The luxe, honeyed-bronze color of the new Free Love Leather Jacket by Foxes, along with this lovely setting, were the genesis for my autumn-inspired look today!
Jewelry // Xena Necklace 04 by YS&YS
Jacket // Free Love Leather Jacket (Mural Tan) by Foxes for Uber, through May 22nd
Top // Knotted Tank (Group Gift) by Tres Blah
Jeans // Wide Leg Jeans (Mid Blue) by COCO
Shoes // Rimini Sandals by KC Couture
Pose & Destination
As it happens, I’ve only ever experienced spring and summer in Second Life (in recent memory, at least), so the picturesque 50 Caliber sim really helped to set the mood. So much so, that I invoked the spirit of Bob Ross and gave my landscape photograph a bit of a painterly finish. “Happy little trees”, indeed! ♡
In my little corner of the First Life universe, it’s HOT. I think even the Grammar Police would forgive that egregious caps lock usage, because there’s just no suitable way to express the special melty, sweltery misery of a desert summertime. Why did a red haired, fair skinned, burns-to-a-crisp-in-10-minutes lass move to such a place? Excellent question, my friends! Do let me know if you ever think of a logical answer. ;)
Having grown up in the Northeastern part of the US, I was used to never living far from a body of water, whether it was the Atlantic ocean; a pretty lake at a state park; even a swimming hole at the base of a waterfall where you’d steal away on lazy summer afternoons for shy smooches with your high-school paramour. But in the Southwest? Bodies of water are either man-made and un-swimmable, or merely a faraway dream.
With our lack of precipitation and shorelines, I always have a dual dream of rain and the beach, although not necessarily experiencing both at the same time! But in Second Life, I’m enjoying exactly that: a beautiful oceanside escape and a gorgeous outfit that may not be suitable for rain, but was beautifully made by RAYNE. Close enough for me!
I feel just like a tropical, boho beach babe in my long, lovely skirt and fringed top by RAYNE Couture, which is exclusive to the Sneak Peak event through July 5th. It comes in three different color combinations; I’m showing the forest/red (left) and teal/purple (right) styles here. And my beautiful, freckly and fresh-faced skin is by DS’ELLES, whose skintones are just perfection for sunny summer days! They give me a soft, sweet kiss of sun that I can’t even dream of achieving in real life.
How lovely it is that the virtual world lets us experience so many things we can only wish for in the physical world, from the serenity of an ocean’s shore to the golden loveliness of tanned skin. Is it any wonder that I’m absolutely rapt over my 2nd Second Life? ♥
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Lola Skin – Neva
Hair / Entwined | Elinna – Light Reds HUD | Group Gift
* Eyes / DS’ELLES | Prunelle Eyes – Amande
Lashes / ACD | Eye Lashes 3 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Langly | Eyeliner 1 | Free on SL Marketplace
Eyeshadow / TSM | Eye Highlight | Free on SL Marketplace
Lips / Pink Fuel | Glossy Pout Lipstick – Love
Overlow Poses / Pack Gift 4 – Poses 1 & 2 / Free on SL Marketplace
Happy almost weekend, my loves! It’s been a whirlwind of a week, made all the more exciting for me because I took the plunge and bought the Maitreya Lara mesh body. Happiness, you are made of lush limbs and rounded curves! Not having to try and smooth out the odd planes and angles of the system avatar body in photographs is wonderful. Now I can spend the extra time playing with Windlights instead. The virtual world can be so vibrant and beautiful!
I demoed the Lara body for a day or so, and I had contemplated giving the Slink body a try as well, but the hands and feet are sold separately so it would have been a considerably more costly investment (although the sheer amount of shoes available for Slink feet is seriously impressive!)
The roster of designers who work with the Maitreya body isn’t quite so expansive yet, but it will likely grow as time goes on and updates are released. In the meantime, the wonderful Raznay published her Epic List of designers who offer Maitreya-compatible clothing, footwear, and more. If you have suggestions to add, please fill out the form on that page so we can keep the list growing!
I went with a super low-cost look that shows a lot of luscious skin, and I can’t wait to find some affordable applier bikinis for my summertime beachy adventures. The exceptionally beautiful Just Another Tequila Sunrise region is my backdrop today, and has so many beautiful vistas to photograph and explore! Definitely planning to visit again soon and write a proper destination post. So many wonders of the virtual world, so little time. And there’s a more pressing matter: I have only one pair of Maitreya-compatible shoes to my name, and that will never do!
Finally, a shout-out to Infected for the gorgeous Dragon Tattoo sleeves I snagged at their in-world store. I’m absolutely in love with the colors! It seems like colorful applier tattoos are far more rare than their monotone varieties, but I’m hopeful that there will be some excellent treasures to be found in the upcoming Body Art Hunt, which launches on July 1st. Looking forward to it!
Mesh Body / Maitreya | Lara v3.4
Skin / Style by Kira | Ella Skin – 01D | Past Event Sale
Hair / Entwined | Ivy – Fatpack HUD | Group Gift
Freckles / Shock | Tintable Freckles | Group Gift
Lips / Ricielli | Lipsticks 11 – 07
Tattoo (Sleeves) / Infected | Dragon Tattoo | SL Marketplace
Tattoo (Belly) / TAOX | Belly Orchids | Free on SL Marketplace
Top / Lowkey | Shawty Knotted Shirt – White | L$1 on SL Marketplace
Shorts / Prism | Dusty Jean Shorts | Group Gift
Shoes / Fri. | Veronica Platforms – Cherry | Past Event Gift
Sunglasses / Cotton Candy Monster | Sunglasses – Black | Midnight Mania Board
Piercing / Besom | New Age Septum Ring – Gold | Group Gift
Necklace / Lassitude & Ennui | Signature Necklace – Black/Gold | Free at Shop Free*Style
Bracelet / Pure Poison | Danielle Cuff – Gold | Group Gift
Anklets / Cazimi | Rikah Anklet – Gold | L$1 on SL Marketplace
SKBIO / Sang 4 / Past Event Gift
Just Another Tequila Sunrise