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Casual and Sleek — Featuring A.F.I Designs and blackLiquid

I’m not sure how I got these out of order. Blame it on the rain or the brain. DJ A.F.I is not just a fantastic spinner of tunes. She also creates great designs. I pulled together this chic look with her new Bloom dress and blackLiquid’s newest Virgin s…

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Using My Living Imagination — Featuring *LI* Living Imagination, and A&A Hair

Couturier’s Docks will have a whole array of new items very soon and this stunning gown from Living Imagination will be there. It’s called Angel Garden – Heaven, and it made me feel like I was wearing a little piece of heaven. I wore one of her gowns for my MVW audition on Saturday and I’m including a photo of that gown as I styled it as well. I’m grateful to Bodza Mubble for her support and friendship.

I have one of those special sister friends who’s always looking out for me, holding my hand when I’m anxious, listening when I need to talk, and who bonks me over the head when it’s needed. She pointed out this hair style from A&A – Viennara. I hadn’t been to that store in ages.

I’m not always sure how to style the darker skins from Kyxe Skins & Shapes but I love that she and other gorgeously darker skinned ladies have offered their input. And I love the challenge. Why do I change skins all the time instead of sticking with one? Because one of the nicest people I’ve met creates them in 12 shades and I want to represent all of them as part of her team of Kyxe Beauties. Laila will release in all 12 shades over the next few weeks and I look forward to showing you all of them!

Featuring Living Imagination Angel Garden – Heaven from Couturier’s Docks August
Featuring A&A Viennara Hair Mixed Brown
1. Poetic Color: Quicksilver
2. Maxi Gossamer: Swallow Wings
3. Kyxe Skins (Read more...)

May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor – Baboom! Exclusive at the Hunger Games

Playful and brightly colored are two definitions of what I’ve seen from Baboom Couture during the Hunger Games event. I’ve loved the chance to show you the beautiful fun by Kyra Camel.

I’ve used brighter lips and intentionally ‘tinted’ hair to a more neon-like color to keep with the theme. I also realized that with the unique bolero she created, and the silver shading at the bodice, then add to that the great plumage of flowers as a head piece and veil, the need for jewelry disappeared. It’s one of the few outfits I’ve ever styled without adding a bit or bauble.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit the Hunger Games event, I hope you can, and look for your favorite designers so you can wear exclusives like this long after the party ends and everyone packs up to go home. And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Featuring Baboom! from The Hunger Games – Stroll Around Capitol
Featuring Tchelo’s Nails Must Have Color
1. SLink: Mid High Female Feet
2. Lindy: Madlin Black Heels
3. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Latte Skin Tone (Laila)
– Captivate Lips Juicy
4. EMO-tions: Collien
5. IKON Steel Blue Pale Eyes
6. {NanTra} Poses
7. KaTink Backdrop

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*MochaWear* – NEW NEW NEW – A Brand New Store On the Grid

I actually styled this *MochaWear* Rose Cardinal gown for Hermione Mocha – aka Pattie Peacock – because (EXCITING!!) she’s opened her own store and wanted me to share in her joy and her artistry by blogging an item or two from her initial releases.

I went through the things she shared and thought about each of our own personal approaches to art and how very differently they can appear. The same idea, a red gown for example, might be produced as many ways as there are designers out there making gowns.

I took two photos in one locale and then got busy helping someone and distracted. I then came in to do something else the next day and had ‘photograph Hermione’s gown’ on the top of my list. It wasn’t til I went to edit the photos that I realized I had duplicate sets of photos from two different days looks. You can see a few changes I made from day one to day two.

I don’t think I could ever say enough to share how much I revere Belle Roussel. The work she puts in, hours and hours and hours of it, shows in everything she does. Quality products for more than fair prices. But there’s more. She constantly has items she gives away, so even the most restricted budget might own a pretty bit of sparkle at Chop Zuey just because that’s the way it works. Today’s Mistress Enchantment set offers something I’ve actually not seen often, a very long chain. It’s beautiful and accented the gown wel (Read more...)

Models Giving Back Presents Rock Your Rack! September 1 thru September 15

Such an important event, for a great cause. Though it’s not reprinted in its entirety, I want to share the press release for this event on my blog. I know I have readers who come to my blog but have never visited Second Life. I hope that by sharing det…

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Wicca’s Wardrobe At The Hunger Games; Celebrating a New Kyxe Face and Glittering Too From Chop Zuey

I found another radically fun costume to show you! This outfit called Enobaria comes from the genius of Wicca’s Wardrobe and is an exclusive for The Hunger Games. Few accessories were needed to complete the look because she did all the work for you and for me!

I paired it with another new Laila face, Kyxe Skins & Shapes very newest face, this time on the Mocha skin tone. The bold colors seem to glint off the screen because of the beautiful contrast between clothing and skin choice.

The earrings I pulled from a set called Symphony Tri-Color set at Chop Zuey tied the rose tint on my lips to the rest of the outfit and added the elegant richness that always comes as a result of wearing jewelry from Chop Zuey.

Featuring from Wicca’s Wardrobe at The Hunger Games Enobaria Outfit
Featuring from Chop Zuey Symphony Special Tri-Color Earrings From the Set
Featuring from Kyxe Skins & Shapes Mocha Skin Tone With New Laila Face
1. IKON: Sunrise Eyes Steel Blue Pale
2. *~Damesfly*~: Jase
3. Gaeline: Felicia
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Ripe Grape Matte Lips
5. SLink: Female High Feet
– Elegant 1 Hands
6. Corpus Poses

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Oh My Goodness – September Chock Full Of Fun – Rock Your Rack, 24 Squared and .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week

I can’t believe how many things begin soon in our shared world. Jamee Binder, aka Jamee Sandalwood and her team of Models Giving Back have a special Rock Your Rack event beginning September 15th. Designers who share the same passion Jamee and I and many others do, to encourage support for charities that impact the entire world, will be working with Rock Your Rack to raise funds for Breast Cancer research.

Penumbra Fashion & Events launches Autumn/Winter Fashion Week September 13 and will run through September 21. A selection of incredible designers will be represented with events that occur throughout this special week. It’s going to be a blast!

Siren Productions also has a September event. Yes, so much to do, so little time! Last year, it was called 24, and it was a smashing success. I loved being able to participate in it, and so many others must have as well because this year, they’re calling it 24 Squared. Exponentially greater numbers of participants, events, limited editions and more make this year’s 24 that much better! Mark Your Calendars!

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Costume Party At The Capitol? — Featuring Baboom! from The Hunger Games, [Liv-Glam] from Designer Showcase, Kyxe Skins & Shapes, Chop Zuey, and Wicca’s Wardrobe

I have to say that I love costumes for masquerade parties, Halloween, and any other excuse to wear them and I’ve loved the designs that have come from this year’s Hunger Games event. I remember watching some of the scenes thinking, “Wow, that would look great in Second Life.” Little did I know… Baboom Couture has several exclusive items at the event and hopes you’ll love all of them and take them home.

As much as I love Capitol Day, the name of this dress, and all the fanfare and glitz from the movie, I could also minimize the look, the makeup, and take it down a notch and wear it any time. It’s not JUST a costume or themed outfit. Smart! Wicca’s Wardrobe has several items at events around SL. The poses I used with this dress were perfect for it. I told Wicca when she shared them with me that I was desperate to use them NOW. Pencil skirts are sometimes difficult to pose. Funky Pencil Skirt poses solves this. Designer Showcase really lives up to the name. Designers from all over the grid are invited to participate, and their items are showcased for a month at a time. The heels from [Liv-Glam] – Isadora Wedges – are only one of several great items they’ve got at the showcase this month.

I introduced you to Laila yesterday and have another skin tone with the new face today. This time, it’s Kyxe Skins & Shapes beautiful Walnut Skin Tone. Twelve skin tones comprise the spectrum you& (Read more...)

I Could Be An Exotic Princess! — Featuring from Artizana at Designer Showcase, Image Essentials at The Black Fair, Kyxe Skins & Shapes and Chop Zuey

All summer long… I could wear this little dress everywhere. I wish I owned one in my closet here in my world off line. It’s sleek and sexy and comfortable. This month at Designer Showcase, LAYIDU VI as well as four other items are on sale. Get to know Artizana – “Ethnic inspired fashions for women & men – mesh clothing, accessories & decor. Exotic African, Caribbean, Indian, Indonesian, Persian fabrics. Africa ethnic couture boho and more…”

Kyxe Skins & Shapes have a new ‘face’ coming very soon – Laila. This is the Chocolate Cosmos version. I find the eyes and brow notably different from some of the other faces created by the same designer. My favorite feature on this newest face is the dark thick brow. It’s fashionably fierce. More new poses from Image Essentials Props and Poses allow me to show you the best curves, oh la la!

Chop Zuey sells something you want. I just know they do. I know this because every single time I visit, there are many somethings I want. From the very unique items that you might not ever even envision to the classic wedding bands to the casual everyday colorful stones sets, it’s there. This Romance in F set is just one example. I loved the button style of the ring, so I turned it to the side and converted to earrings to add to the overall look.

Featuring Artizana from Designer Showcase Layidu VI
Featuring Kyxe Skins & Shapes Chocolate C (Read more...)

Just An Elegant Dress — Featuring Loovus Dzevavor and [Liv-Glam] from Designer Showcase, Also Image Essentials, Face Paint and [White-Widow]

I really liked the design of this pencil skirt and top meshed together. I love the way it hits a high waist then drops down below the knee. Fashion evolves, and skirt lengths go up and down. The pencil skirt won’t ever go out of style and Loovus Dzevavor really made this one feel refined.

This dress and the heels as well are part of August’s Designer Showcase. [Liv-Glam] offers a set of pantone colors for the heels, so I tuned one in that looked as if it were created to match the dress. Love it when that works!

Beautiful poses abound at Image Essentials Props and Poses, and in this case, also at some of the events away from the main store like these Graceful Elegance set at the Black Fair. A blend of two great makeup designers created the overall face, and I loved the intensity. [White-Widow]‘s Chance provided the elements that framed the eyes while Face Paint’s recent Doe release painted the rest.

Featuring from .::LD::. Silk Top Pencil Dress in Hemlock
Featuring from Image Essentials Graceful Elegance (Set 1) Poses
Featuring [Liv-Glam] from Designer Showcase Isodora Wedge Heels
Featuring from Face Paint Doe Storm Cloud
Featuring from [White-Widow] Chance Black/Pink
1. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
– High Female Feet
2. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Marigold Skin Tone
3. EMO-tions: Connor
4. IKON: Sunrise Eyes

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Who Is Effie Trinket? — Featuring Baboom Couture from The Hunger Games, Loordes of London from Designer Showcase, [White-Widow] and ***Feel***

When Kyra nudged me yesterday, asking if I wanted to blog the new outfit Effie that she’d created for The Hunger Games, I was all excited. I really wanted to blog an outfit or two from that series of movies, and Effie is so so sooo over the top. It helped pull my gentle little elegant self out of the box I keep close at hand most of the time.

Baboom Couture keeps a current edge on an ever changing definition of chic. When I met Kyra maybe two years ago now (where does time go?!), she made me smile when she asked, if I would like to blog news for Baboom. The answer was and has always been since then a resounding “YES!” show me the news.

The really cute wedge sandals from Designer Showcase come in several different color leather and wood combinations and for a summer come fall look, they suited just wonderfully well. [White-Widow] creates some of the most unique makeup pieces I’ve found as I shopped. I first discovered it at Couturier’s Docks, and since then have bookmarked their main store.

Featuring from Baboom! at The Hunger Games Effi Exclusive
Featuring from [White~Widow] Petale Blue/Black w/eyeshadow
Featuring ***Feel*** Cross & Butterfly Triplering Silver-Blue
Featuring from Loordes of London at Designer Showcase Dr. Shoeseurs #25
1. SLink: High Female Feet
– Elegant 1 Hands
2. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Marigold Skin Tone
– Glamour Ombre Ocean Lips
– Frost Metallic Lips
– Shine Shadow Wh (Read more...)

When The Stars Go Blue — Featuring DressMe and ***ArisAris***

 Sometimes what I do helps me escape a world that’s challenging. I’m sure many people find some form of escape via the net. You might characterize me as outgoing, assertive, and extroverted. If you met me in person, you’d find much the same qualit…

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Classy, Sleek and Sexy — Featuring Carrie’s Lingerie and Image Essentials from The Black Fair

I imagine you can tell I really enjoyed taking these photos. Sometimes, everything just feels right. I felt it from head to toe today, and such a sexy toe too!

The new outfit is a teal color of the set Jazzy, found at Carrie’s Lingerie. Every single item from the slinkiest nightie to the most delicate wedding pieces has a special air of elegance and class to it. It’s one of the reasons I love Carrie’s and have since I discovered her 4 years ago. It’s hard to believe the first Limited I bought was August 2011. Time flies, doesn’t it!

Image Essentials Props and Poses has several items at The Black Fair including this chair that’s been designed with multiple pose options built into it. The basic black and white makes it easy for you to find a place for it anywhere in your house or club.

Featuring Carrie’s Lingerie July Jazzy
Featuring Image Essentials from The Black Fair The Slipper Chair
1. Violator – WaterLily Jewelry Set – Right eyebrow from set
2. Violator – NightLight WhiteSilver – Earrings
3. :::LP::: Leather Cage Sandals
4. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
- Female Feet Mid
5. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Pearl Skin Tone
6. Face Paint: Breezy 5
7. *~Damesfly*~ Kippar Rigged Mesh

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Preparing, One Day At A Time – Featuring !Lyrical B!zarre Templates!, h.m.a.e.m., -{ZOZ}- and KMADD

It’s still 11 days away but it seems that everything I see in Second Life now beckons the question, “Will I use this item in my MVW audition? If I do, how will I use it.” I love the challenge this event presents to me and I know that I will give 100% o…

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Finding Beauty A Little Bit Of Everywhere — Featuring Truth, ~ghee, *GLITTER*, blackLiquid from The Instruments and [Liv-Glam] at Designer Showcase

Where do you find beauty? I love traveling around Second Life looking for places that make me think of peaceful real locations around the world. I also like fantasy worlds that make no sense whatsoever but look fantastically creative. It’s just that th…

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Give Someone New A Chance To Be Great — Featuring Zanze at The Month of Games and DE Boutique and -{ZOZ}- at Designer Showcase

Zzoiee at Zanze stole a piece of my heart when I knew little or nothing about modeling, blogging and the whole fashion business of Second Life. She seemed willing to let me learn and welcomed me as part of her team regardless my lack of experience.

I hope that I pay such warmth and encouragement forward. As I put together this style for one of Zanze’s outfits at The Month Of Games, I reflected on the different pieces I’ve modeled for her and how striking each new piece really is, how much time she puts into her work, and how she always nails the theme of this or that event so well. I loved being the White Rook in this case.

I’ve also got new heels from DE Boutique from Designer Showcase August and more of -{ZOZ}- also from Designer Showcase. The heels and nails both are designed to work with SLink. If you haven’t broken down and gotten SLink hands and feet, how will you ever be able to wear these artistic designs?

Featuring from Zanze at The Month of Games White Rook
Featuring from DE Boutique at Designer Showcase Shine Heels (White)
Featuring from -{ZOZ}- at Designer Showcase Shimmer Basics French Polish
1. SLink: Female Feet High
– Elegant 1 hands
2. Chop Zuey: Black Ice Earrings
3. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Pearl Skin Tone (Candice)
– Candy Eyeshadow Midnight
– Luscious Diva Lips
4. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
5. Gaeline: Natura
6. EMO-tions: Lissi
7. Manifeste Poses

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Just A Little Bit More — Sonatta Morales at The Month of Games and !Elemental at Designer Showcase

Yes, there’s more to show you. Time is running out… tick tick tick… but that doesn’t mean I can’t race towards the finish line and show you a few more pieces from The Month of Games like this pretty short summery gown from Sonatta called Miss Cindy.

I’ve added jewelry new from the Designer Showcase for August from !Elemental Jewelry. The brilliant tones in Ophelia add a pop of color and the gold allows the tiny gold balls floating around the head like a halo and waist as well to shimmer.

Featuring from Sonatta Morales at The Month of Games Miss Candy
Featuring from !Elemental at Designer Showcase August Ophelia
1. Focus Poses
2. >Asset<: Zhuge
3. Gaeline: Fantasia
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Pearl Skin Tone (Candice)
5. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
6. Morphine: Freya Cut Lips
7. {{BSD Design Studio}}: Fashion Trend Zigzag
8. Backgrounds by KaTink

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A Beautiful Distraction — Sabra Style

I distracted myself while Second Life was making me nuts. Okay, yes, I admit, I’m already nuts, but sometimes SL exacerbates my nuttiness. I couldn’t get some pieces of some outfits to rez, unless I was an Eve avi, and that just isn’t quite fashionable…

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Take a Bite — Featuring Purple Moon from The Month of Games; Also Featuring *Rag Dollz*

Purple Moon created this pretty little pink dress with a peplum waist for one of the three exclusives at The Month of Games. Today is the last day and I wanted to show you a little bit more, while there’s still time to shop! I’ve also got on a new rele…

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A Quickie Or Two — Featuring [[Masoom]] from The Month of Games

I have a couple of The Month of Games outfits I haven’t shown you yet and today is the last day. Yikes. Forgive me for the short note. Hopefully I can truncate what I say in favor of a few more photos and stylings today.

This look comes from [[Masoom]]. The designer at Masoom really puts a lot of effort into each creation she completes. She’s an untapped treasure in the high fashion world of SL. If you haven’t discovered it, you should visit TMoG today before it’s too late and see what treasures she has in store for you.

Featuring from [[Masoom]] at The Month of Games Mistress Gown
1. EMO-tions: Shelby
2. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
3. Gaeline: Starlia
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Pearl Skin Tone
– Alabaster Lipsticks Tangy Orange
5. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
– High Feet Female
6. HOLLYHOOD: Black Vida Heels
7. [[j'adore]]: Tiffany
And because he asked, I’m including the location – properties owned by Marcus LeFevre

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