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Where Can I Find… Featuring [PS] at Rock Your Rack, ::N2:: and -{ZOZ}- at 24 Squared, [mom ami] at The Instruments and E C R U at Designer Showcase

I love this job!

This second styling of the day, yay the weekend and I’m home!! and it’s chock full of really good stuff, stuff YOU WANT to see up close and personal. First, at Rock Your Rack, opening tomorrow September 1, you’ll find charitable donations from so many designers, it’s incredible. I almost never change my shape for any blog. I’ve just been the ‘Caryn’ shape for so long now… and she is me. However, for charity and to support a designer I didn’t know til now, here is the shape ::Circe:: from [PS].

The Blue Society dress is the first item I’ve ever worn from ::N2:: and can be found at 24 Squared, the event that begins September 5th and is sponsored by Siren Productions. Additionally, the nails from -{ZOZ}- are also from this event. They blend a really believable french nail style with colorful art tips, Butterfly Mesh Nails.

The Instruments begin a new month and with it comes new items like [mom ami] hair. I’ve never used their hair before this, and have on the new Cherly. It’s very full bodied, but worked well with the more endowed shape I was wearing.

And finally, the beautiful heels peeking out from under the decorative maxi skirt come from E C R U at Designer Showcase. They’re a heel with a personality all their own; you could wear them with just about any style, to a party, lunch with a friend, and you’d fit in perfectly.

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A Buffet Of Good Things – !Lyrical B!zarre Templates at 24 Squared, {NanTra} at The Instruments, and Bliensen+MaiTai at Rock Your Rack

On today’s buffet, a little of this and that, and taking all the photos outside Lyrical B!zarre Templates because several pieces are mixed and matched from her designs. The three tiered skirt and top come from 24 Squared is called Gossip. The headpiece comes from Ghost and the gold necklace (there are two layered) comes from the outfit called Devotion.

Additionally, a new set of poses have been put out by {NanTra} for The Instruments, and here are 3 of the 8. They’re available this month and are called Pret a Porter.

At Rock Your Rack, underway in the morning tomorrow! (September 1), you’ll find all sorts of things designed to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Bliensen + MaiTai have the heels and bangles from a set called Pretty Poseur.

Please consider donating directly to the foundation if you’re not able to attend Rock Your Rack:

Featuring {NanTra} from The Instruments – Pret a Porter
Featuring Bliensen+MaiTai from Rock Your Rack – Pretty Poseur
Featuring !Lyrical B!zarre Templates! from 24 Squared Gossip
1. Bliensen+MaiTai: Flowers Nail Applier
2. Face Paint: Royal Flush With Coral Lips
3. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Latte Skin Tone
5. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
– Female Feet High
6. !Lyrical B!zarre Templates!: Devotion Necklace
– Ghost – Hat
7. BB: Gothica Necklace

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Friends, Fun, Events and More — Featuring A.F.I Designs, Moondance Boutique, Designer Showcase w/Lindy and 24 Squared w/.:JUMO:.

I’m home! This afternoon, I slept for more than a little nap, and feel like I might catch up soon. It’s amazing how much sun and surf demand of the body. Even if all you do is sit there!

A good lady, great DJ and friend also happens to create content for sale at her store, A.F.I Designs. Every now and then, she nudges my IM and asks, “Want to blog something for me?” This time, it’s this unique two layer mini. The alpha layer of the top piece is shear, and the second piece is solid. Chic and very fashion now.

Siren Productions puts together awesome events every other month. I don’t know how they keep up with everything. I admire the work and enjoy participating as a blogger. Once, I even got to be one of their live models. If you visit 24 Squared, you’ll see great designs like the clutch here from .:JUMO:. – only one example of multiple awesome pieces JUMO has at this event by the way!

Before I went to Event Only blogging, I worked with a classy group of various designers. The jewelry set I found in my folder from Moondance Boutique says “Earth Day” set. But it’s something I haven’t used yet, so here is Mia Earth Set. It matched the dress perfectly. So I’m glad I discovered it.

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.PENUMBRA. Fashion Week – Coming Soon…

Every year, new trends arrive, old favorites reappear and blends of things never seen before become the most chic way to wear your clothes and accessories..PENUMBRA. Fashion week will showcase some of the best fashion you’ll see all year. A slam-full w…

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Fixing My Mistakes – Featuring 24 Squared With >Asset< and Blacklace; Featuring – DE Boutique from Designer Showcase

This week I’ve been away, on vacation, and happily soaking up the sun. Perhaps the sun addled my brain or perhaps I did that all on my own. Either way, I’ve had a terrible time with focus and details. I’ve sent apologies to the designers that were effe…

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A Wonderful Whirlwind of Fun — Featuring Wicca’s Wardrobe at Couturier’s Docks and Rock Your Rack

Wicca’s Wardrobe – A Wonderful Whirlwind Of Fun -

I’m so thrilled to work with Wicca and Wicca’s Wardrobe from time to time, at least the times our paths cross! She’s got one of the most unique styles of anyone I know so it’s logical that her designs for her store are also unique and so very Wicca.

This time, I styled two outfits, using many of the same materials so I could showcase items from both the Couturier’s Docks and the Rock Your Rack exclusive she’s created to help raise money for Breast Cancer Research along with Models Giving Back. Both are cleverly constructed and something new to the eye. I love that.

The Couturier’s Dock outfit includes a top/skirt combination, Violetta, with a pair of toeless shoe-leggings, Lavinia. The perfect pedicure peeps out at the open toed window. A top hat and dress, Nephele Gown, that looks as if it might have stepped out from another century shows a completely different side of Wicca’s designs, and makes for the second of two contrasting pieces that show her diversity.

To donate directly by follow this link:

Featuring from Wicca’s Wardrobe at Couturier’s Docks Lavinia Leggings
Featuring from Wicca’s Wardrobe at Couturier’s Docks Violetta Top
1. [[Masoom]] With Love Necklace
2. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
– Feet female high
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A New Designer On My Radar – Sabra Style – and the Ever Glorious Chop Zuey

Every so often I receive an item from Kylie Sabra at Sabra Style. I wasn’t sure how I got on her radar, but I was happy to be there and enjoyed the array of items she sent for me to review. I’ve done three other items from her shop (found in the Renaissance Galleria), and tonight I styled KellyAnn in fuschia. My favorite part of this dress is the mesh slinky sleeves. I really enjoy seeing new ways mesh has been adapted by different designers to create a wide vision of art.

I popped into her store to get a sense of it’s layout, her array of items to be bought, and her general aesthetic. There are multiple colors of some items, just like KellyAnn, so you have the opportunity to find something that suits your skin tone and color wheel as well as your personal tastes.

Chop Zuey by Belle Roussel has the most beautiful collection of necklace, earring, bracelet (not shown in photo) and a ring, done with a white gold backdrop and a variety of precious gem stones. I’ve chosen Garnet for these photos and will show you some of the other stones in other photos in the coming days so you can get good look at the quality and artistry that always exists at Chop Zuey!

Featuring Sabra Style KellyAnn in Fuscia – Sabra Style – Kylie Sabra
Featuring Chop Zuey Trifles Collection – Trifles Garnet Set
1. {ZOZ}: Black Queen Silver Polish
2. [[Masoom]]: Poses (for standing poses)
3. SLink: Elegant Female Hands
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Wild West Event and Image Essentials Props and Poses is there! — Rock Your Rack Opening 1 September and [Alexithemia] is there!

 Image Essentials Props and Poses gets involved in events all over the grid, and it’s a wonderful place to visit if you’re a photographer, model or just someone looking for a fun place to explore. Kay Weston puts together her own poses with props and poses she buys elsewhere. She pays the tier on an entire sim, and doesn’t charge for membership or anything. It’s one of the most remarkable places I’ve been and she’s one of the sweetest people I’ve met. This ‘Saloon’ set comes from the Wild West event.

The gown comes from another super event, Rock Your Rack. Designers from everywhere are on board with Models Giving Back as they seek to raise money and awareness for Breast Cancer Research. You can buy this gown, Jupiter’s Desire, by [Alexithemia] – a new business on the grid – and in the process, get an exclusive gown and something special that also donates to the charity.

Donate directly by following this link:

Featuring Saloon from Image Essentials Poses and Props at Wild West
Featuring Jupiter’s Desire [Alexithemia] at Rock Your Rack
1. Chop Zuey: Jamrock Set
2. [White-Widow]: Chance Black/White
3. Pichi: Rich Shimmer Lip Color [lickable]
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Blossom Skin Tone Laila w/Thick Blond Brows
5. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
6. >Asset< Sophie Hair – Blondes
7. Gaeline: Magnificia

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It’s Posh and It’s For a Great Cause – Rock Your Rack Previews from {POSH PIXELS} and *::Schoen::*

A new gown from {POSH PIXELS} takes center stage this morning. I’ve paired it with some Hunt Items from *::Schoen::* – their Sunflower Nail Mesh set and their small black Crystal Earrings – and created an outfit that really presents the Rock Your Rack …

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A Sweet Little Bundle Of Fun — Featuring Zanze at Designer Showcase

Designer Showcase offers an array of designers each month, with new releases, often in colors that differ from what you may find in the designer’s main store. You’ll also find exclusives, gifts, and other treats while you’re there.

This month, Zanze had a cute casual set for sale, Caroline top and shorts. With hair from EMO-tions, jewelry from Moondance Boutique and nails from there as well, it was easy to accessorize this clever sweet set.

If you haven’t visited Designer Showcase yet this month, you should soon. The month is nearly over and then… it will be time for new ideas, items and more fun, of course!

Featuring Zanze Caroline Top and Shorts
1. EMO-tions: Anita
2. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Mocha Skin Tone – Laila
3. Moondance Boutique: Jewelry
– Nail Art
4. Poses from Demise of Flight
5. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
6. Maxi Gossamer: Thick Full Lashes

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Couturier’s Docks – A Ticking Tocking Better Run Fast Event – Lybra

Something special from Lybra – at Couturier’s Docks, and it’s not difficult at all to see how a gown like this could sell out quickly. If you don’t know how Couturier’s Docks works, it’s like many of the special discount arenas scattered around the grid. The unique option at this particular location is that designers present items 1/2 off but… BUT… there are a limited number of each item sold… only 50.

It stays constant for each month, and counts down from 50 to 0, for each submission. Depending on the moment, the item posted may disappear more quickly than other items, so though you can find the items from month to month, getting there early has its perks!

Razamataz has a selection of new poses created for Rock Your Rack, which begins in a few days! You’ll find an exclusive set only available at the event, a special Hunt gift and Gachas. Many designers are planning on offering exclusives, Hunt gifts, Gachas and some are doing a very special silent auction item as well. You need to mark your calendar for September 1!

Featuring Lybra Chie from Couturier’s Docks
Featuring Razamataz from Rock Your Rack Poses
1. Amacci Hair: Silvia
2. MG: Swallow Wings
3. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Marigold Skin Tone
– Blond Brow Tattoo
– Cherry Blossom Matte Lip
– Electra Blue Eyeshadow
5. SLink: Female Feet High
– Elegant 1 Hands
6. .:JUMO:. Brighton Heels Kiss

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Sending Prayers — Featuring Chop Zuey’s Venezuelan Poodle Moth

One of my favorite people in all the virtual worlds that I know, and I admit to only knowing one well and a few others very remotely, has surgery to look forward to in the near future, and while he’s waiting, all the worries and what ifs run through hi…

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Rock Your Rack and Rock Some More — Featuring Nya’s Closet at RYR, Plus New From no. 7 and !Lyrical B!zarre Templates!

Do you ever find yourself pausing and remembering that this is supposed to be fun? Once in a while, I realize that I’m getting ultra serious about everything, every deadline, every need here and there. I want to be professional and I want to retain my ‘good name’. Those are both important. But I think one of the reasons we spend any time online (or anywhere else in our life) is to have fun.

When I created the look that went with this eccentric dress, one of Nya’s Shop exclusives from Rock Your Rack, I deliberately went over the top. I was thinking about the vibrant colors of Tokyo fashion and how the world really feels so small when we interact online with one another but it’s so huge when we’re thinking of the distance from Tinyville SC to Tokyo, and all the wild and wonderful things the world offers beyond my front door.

I have a new head piece from Lyrical B!zarre Templates as well as new makeup from no. 7. With a compilation of all the things, the world spinning till it becomes a rainbow of brilliant color, shining brighter and brighter, I was really glad to tap into that fun moment and share this sneak peek to the Rock Your Rack Event.

Please mark your calendar for September 1 thru September 15 to shop for content created just so we can raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. There are donation jars all over the sim where this event will take place and there’s an online option to donate directly found here:

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So Much To Show You — !Lyrical B!zarre Templates!, Couturier’s Docks, L&H, and Chop Zuey

If only I had more hands or hours in the day, I could keep up with some of the creative ladies and gents who make these garments for us day after day. I could never keep up with some of them and one that comes to mind is Loredana Alexandra and all she does at Lyrical B!zarre Templates.

The thing is, each time she makes something new, I want to stop what I’m doing and style it and photograph it, before I do anything else that day. She’s recently had a spread done for modeLS magazine and several recent designs of hers were showcased there.

I’m soooo squishy hug smushy wet stuff proud of her too. It’s a great thing when this thing we do that’s definitely a business becomes entwined with unbreakable friendship. How lucky I am!!

If you touch the bangle, you have an assortment of color tones, all suited to the fall colors that are trending. I’ve also got a new head wrap to share as one of the ladies who work on Our VOICE shared it with me and I used the other one (see my new Cover photo).

And though some pieces I share with you from Chop Zuey may not be new releases, they’re new to me, and my blog so they’re a part of this look also, the aptly named Mooncrystals.

Featuring !Lyrical B!zarre Templates! from Couturier’s Docks August Ripples
Featuring Maxi Gossamer Bangles Painted Daisies
Featuring L&H Headwrap Afrique Noire
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Beautiful At Sunset — Featuring Morphine and Kyxe Skins & Shapes

I had fun with photos and lighting and backdrops and more today. It’s rare that I do three blogs in one day AND post one of them to Versus, so it feels like an awesome day. This gown comes from a designer that used to be called [Mirror's Enigma] but has since rebranded and now calls herself SL – Morphine.

I know her as a skin designer, and she’s talented! She sent me this pretty gown, that has the option of being a dark blue (shown in the photos) a dark red or a black. If you don’t know Ydreece Forester, she’s someone worth meeting and her designs are made with talent and a whole lot of heart. That’s the best sort to me. I was grateful she thought to send me one of her new releases.

The other thing I’m happy to show you is the next in the series of the new FACE at Kyxe Skins & Shapes – Laila in the skin tone Blossom! One of many reasons why I adore Kyxe’s products is the amount of work that goes into each skin release. You’ll find a number of options, with hair base, without, with teeth, without, with light brow, with darker brow, and on and on… these things make every Linden you invest go further and the quality of each new skin FACE shows the craft of the designer partners as it develops betterer and betterer.

Featuring Morphine: Jade’s Long Dress (DARK)
Featuring Moondance Addiction Nails
Featuring Kyxe Skins & Shapes Blossom Skin Tone Laila
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Carrie’s and KaTink — A Perfect Time To Introduce the Rock Your Rack Event

I have a lot to share with you so I’ll start with the sexy slinky and always classy Carrie’s Lingerie. Julie – this month’s VIP Group Gift, contains all the colors of the season. Because of the number of ways you can wear it, you’ll feel sexy by night …

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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...)