Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Fabulous on a budget

Sometimes, I just want to go discount shopping.  I love The Dressing Room for this reason.  Everything is priced at 40-70 L$ and as a result, it's easy to get many beautiful things without breaking the bank.

I also had to get this hair and blog about it...it was not from The Dressing Room.  It's from Magika.  I saw the 'do on Miaa Rebane's blog this week and I fell in love, instantly!   Miaa is my style icon here in SL...her fashion is just inspired...she can do no wrong in my book and so I had to go out and get this hair.  I just had to!

See below for style card.

Style Card -
Dressing Room Items:
Non Dressing Room Items:
Jeans - Liv Glam
Hands, Feet, Shoes - SLink
Hair: Magika


Saturday, January 25, 2014

Simple Elegance

I have to say that this month's collabor88 has been my favorite in a very long time.  There's something about the theme, "Raw Nostalgia" that is just pure magic this month.  The decadence of yesteryear, the glamour of pearls, the clean lines, the soft draping...I could go on and on....but in one word, it's perfection.

I had an excuse to wear one of my finds today.  I made it to round 2 of RadarSL Magazine's Spring Casting and I needed to wear something that defined my personal style.  I'm a minimalist at heart.  I like basic, simple, and understated elegance.  I'm not one for a lot of "froo froo" or over-styling.  I want people to see me when they see me, and not be bogged down by layers of clothes, jewels, and other accessories.  Don't get me wrong.  All of that has it's place.  But the heart of who I am when it comes to fashion is just simple and elegant.

For me, this dress was absolute love at first sight.  It's just so stunning.  The design is by House of Fox and I chose it in a rich plum shade, called Oxblood.  There are not a lot of "bells and whistles" to this gown and I think that's why I love it. The way the material gathers at the waist, above a sexy thigh high slit...gives me goosebumps.   In case you can't tell, I'm super duper in love with this dress!  I would put this on any RL starlet on the red carpet this awards season, and they would be a best dressed nominee for sure.

It really can speak for itself and does not need any accessories, but I did choose a necklace to accompany my look.  A statement piece from Paper Couture.

For my interview, I wore a short pixie cut, but for my blog post, I wanted to vamp up my look so I chose an old favorite of mine.  A big curly hairstyle from Likeli.  I also did a dark lip in plum from Pink Fuel and a sexy smokey eye from Nuuna's Skins. I love my SLink hands and feet and the nail color is from the basic SLink nail HUD.

Style Card:
Dress:  House of Fox - Collabor88
Necklace: Paper Couture
Hair: Likeli
Hands and Feet and Shoes:  SLink
Lipstick: Pink Fuel
Eyeliner: Nuuna's Skins (Part of Kati Skin Set) (Skin not shown in photos)

Thursday, January 23, 2014


Sometimes, I just want to shave my head.  I would never do it in RL...it would take much too long to grow back.  But in SL, I can do anything I want and it's only temporary.  I loved this shaved hair base from Lelutka.  It's realistic and I feel so strong and amazing when I wear this and nothing else.  

These awesome army fatigues are a Peace On Earth gift from Shabby Chic that I didn't even realize I had.  I had visited so many stores during the hunt this year and hadn't opened half of the gifts I had picked up yet.  I love finding cool things in my inventory that I didin't even know I had.

The skin is a real minimal pale skin from my favorite designer in SL, Nuuna's Skins.  I just love every skin and makeup ever put out by this store.  All are amazing and unique.

Scroll below photos for SLurls and Style Card.

Style Card:
Military Uniform - Shabby Chic
Shaved Hairbase: Lelutka
Boots: Leverocci (only on MP)
Hands: SLink

Monday, January 20, 2014

Second Life Helpful Tools Meme

One of my favorite blogs to follow is Strawberry Singh's blog.  She came up with a Meme for the week to have everyone take a photo of a screenshot showing the HUDs that make our second life easier.

Here are mine: 

1. Anypose Expression HUD - This is my MUST HAVE!  I take photos all the time and I use it to move my eyes and it also allows me to control the eyes of any person I'm taking a photo of.  It's also free so go to MP and get yours!

2. My Huddles is on the top of my screen and has a set of 20 poses that are random and general and if I need to pose quickly, I have some to choose from.

3. My DV C for runway shows which I don't really need every day, but it's so small, I typically don't even notice it and it's always up and ready to go.

4. My top right is just one runway walk that I have set so when my ao is turned off, I don't walk around like a noob.  :D

5. Bottom right is my tried and true Gaeline Animations AO which I've had so long and I should really get a new one, but this AO feels so much a part of me that I can't really part with it.

6. My bloodlines HUD which I don't use or haven't used in years, but I like the radar on it, so I keep it.  I'm sure there are better Radars out there, but I'm a creature of habit, so I've kept this one around.

7.  And finally, I don't use this all the time, but when I'm taking photos, phototools is essential for me to set the sun position to get the shadow effect I want in world.  This photo is untouched, and uncropped, but thanks to my phototools I am able to get a pretty good photo that doesn't need too much touching up.  I use firestorm, so I'm not sure if this feature is available in other viewers.

What HUDs can't you live without?  Take the challenge and make your own meme! :-)

Feeling Casual

I love getting dressed up in SL.  It reminds me of how much fun I had with my barbie dolls as a little girl.  But in second life, I'm the barbie and there are literally limitless options to what I can put on and wear. It's fun to go all out and crazy sometimes, but it's also just nice to sometimes throw on a big baggy sweater and lounge around in something comfy.

I love Liv Glam and was able to get 3 great outfits from them yesterday at the discount event, The Open Closet Event.  These particular looks will only be available at the discounted prices until tomorrow, so hurry over if you can and then new looks will take over.

The look I've decided to blog is one of my favorites. It's still elegant and simple and feels like me, but it's oversized and fluffy and is perfect for a chilly winter day.  Paired with a simple pair of black leggings, this look will stand the test of time for sure.

I'm a little bit late to the party when it comes to SLink feet, having only purchased my first pair in the last two weeks, but I do love them.  I love the realism they bring to my avatar. And the skin matching HUD is very simple to use if your skin designer hasn't yet come out with a skin applier. The shoes were purchased from SLink as well and are super simple and very beautiful.

As for the hair, I'm loving Lelutka's new fairytale hair styles. They are absolutely gorgeous and really do look like all of our favorite Disney Princesses.  They are beautiful. They have all the styles, everyone from Jasmine and Pocahontas, to Rapunzel, and Belle from Beauty and the Beast.  I'm wearing Belle in the Dark Grayscale tones.  I plan on going back and purchasing all of the different character's styles as time and my wallet allow.

See below for style notes and SLurls to stores and to the Open Closet Event.

Leggings and Sweater : Liv Glam or The Open Closet Event
Earrings:  Soedara
Hair: Lelutka
Hands and Feet/shoes: SLink

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Lady In Red

I probably won't make more than one blog post per day very often, as I don't want to experience burnout and quit blogging.  I am very much enjoying feeding my creative side with photography and beautiful fashions in SL and it seems that 2014 is going to be another great year for styling in Second Life.

I've had two exciting things happen today.  One exciting moment happened when I was approved to be a BOSL blogger and these photos and style notes will be my first post for it!

The other amazing moment happened when Sofia Corleone of Celestina's Weddings asked me to blog for her and of course, I was extremely honored.  In SL these days, mesh is everywhere...and I for one am grateful.  One of the things I love the most about Celestina's Weddings is the use of flexi and other embellishments to add to the mesh creations, giving each piece a totally unique look.

This gown is one such example.  It's called Locuala Inspiracion and is a beautiful sexy red gown that made me feel like a bombshell from the moment I slipped into it. I could imagine RL star, Sofia Vergara wearing something like this on the red carpet.  It's just that beautiful.  I'm pretty sure my photo doesn't do it justice.  The train is beautiful layers of lace and tulle and absolutely breathtaking.  It's a real statement piece.  Heads will turn when this dress enters a room.  The gown comes with beautiful jewelry pieces as well that you can mix and match with other outfits.

If you are looking for pure elegance, this is the gown for you.  See style card below for landmarks to store locations.

Style Card
Hair: Dura
Lipstick: Pink Fuel

9 Aspects : Part 2 What do Witch Kings and Disney have in common?

The 9 Aspects, Finesmith Muse Project Event has been going on for nearly a week now, and will continue until the 20th of January, 2014.  If you haven't gone and taken a look at the designs, I highly suggest you do so before it's too late!  All proceeds are being donated to Samatata: A place of equality -An orphanage in India that is run adminstrated by women.

Please click here for SLurl to get your designs before it's all over!

The two designs I'm blogging today happen to be two of my favorites.

The first is by Celestina's Wedding and is a beautiful and victorious depiction of Woman as a Protector.  The dress is an absolute work of art, from the sculpted trains to the beautiful elegant wings.  It's partially mesh as well and is made to fit your avie like a glove.  It's absolutely brilliant.  I couldn't stop camming around myself.  The zillions of little details are just astounding.

Style Notes:
Dress, jewelry, and wings - Celestina's Wedding
Hair - Dura 51

When I first put the dress on it reminded me of that scene from Disney's Frozen, with the song, "Let it Go." Coincidentally, I also heard the song this morning whilst in SL. The triumphant melody of the song matched the dress so well,  I decided to link you all to it for your listening pleasure.

Don't believe me?  Take a listen!

The Second look was from Pekas Designs and portrays Woman as a Warrior.  When I put this on, I feel like a total badass!  The armor is tough, but has a real air of femininity to it as well.  It's just absolutely amazing!  Seriously.  I felt all "I am woman, hear me roar" in this.  It's sexy.  It's fierce.  It's a real show stopper.

Style Notes:
Full outfit: Pekas Designs (See link at top of page to purchase)
Hair:  Dura

I love female warriors.  I have a special place in my heart for them.  Probably why I love the movie Lord of the Rings.  Women in this movie aren't wimps.  They are warriors who have an irreplaceable role in the full outcome of the story.  They are strong, and they are my heroes!  Below is my all time favorite scene, featuring an example of a woman warrior from The Lord of the Rings; Return of the King.  It's not long.  Why not have little watch?  You know you want to!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Years Resolutions and Radar Spring Castings!

My 2014 New Year's Resolution was to stop second guessing myself and just go for things that make me happy.  I have let my terrible shyness and self doubt stop me from going for an exciting career in fashion in Second Life.  But no more of that!  I'm going to just put myself out there and do it...and if I fail, I'll fail knowing that I at least gave it my all.

That being said, I decided to take part in Radar SL Magazine's Spring Model casting and submitted 3 looks that matched 3 assigned genres.  The genres were Street Chic, Avante Garde, and Minimalist. My personal style and aesthetic in SL has always been minimal.  When I try to go Avante Garde, I feel I fail miserably. I like simple lines, classic draping, and understated elegance.

But I decided to give each of these styles a go and here is what I've come up with. I squealed with excitement when I found I made it to round 2!  If I don't make it any further than that, it's okay.  I am learning that "going for something" does not always mean succeeding at it.  It's all about the process...and I'm becoming more and more excited by it.

Now as far as styling these looks, I got a bit lucky.  I love Collabor88 and thanks to the amazing theme this month, I was able to put together the following looks.  See below each photo for my style notes.

Avante Garde Look
Dress :  Junbug - Via Collabor88 - Instant Crush in Night
Collar and Pearl Necklace - Maitreya via Collabor88 - Vintage Collar and Pearls
Headpiece - Miamai Black Label -Titania in Black

Minimalist Look
Dress - Color Me H.O.F. via Collabor88- Victoria dress - Grey
Hair - Lelutka - Inverted (Black)

Street Chic Look
Boots/Pants - LeeZu!  - Helena High Heeled Pants - Cream
Top - LeeZu! - Mia Corset Pants - Corset Dress - White
Hair - Likeli - Black Curly Fro 
Glasses - Ladies Who Lunch - Diva Glasses - White

Monday, January 13, 2014

9 Aspects

I was honored to have the opportunity to be a part of The Finesmith Muse Project Event, 9 Aspects yesterday.  Its a week long event that opened yesterday with a fantastic fashion show which I was able to host. Nine Designers came together and created an outfit representing an aspect of woman's life which will be sold on the sim for one week. 100% of the profit will be donated to the orphanage in India, Samatata (A place of equality) ran and administrated by Women.  The looks were fantastic and everyone should go and check it out.  Buy your favorites here.

Because the show benefits an Indian Orphanage, I decided to wear something for the show that had a bit of Indian style and flair to it.

Style Notes:

Dress -  Mirage Arabian Treasure Company  Sarie Gown - Forest (includes head jewel)
Earrings- Soedara  Hoop Earrings Large
Hair - Catwa  Mesh Selena Hair
Arm Henna Tattoo - Bilo
Lipstick - Pink Fuel Glossy Pout Lipsticks