Monday, September 22, 2014

Love At First Sight -- Featuring [LG] Boutique, Loovus Dzevavor, Son!a and from the Four Seasons Market - Frozen Poses

Today I got to style something that I fell in love with the moment I saw it. I've worked with [Liv-Glam] designs over a period of time, beginning soon after the store had opened up to now and every single time anything has been released from them, I've admired the very talented designers who textured the outfits so incredibly well. We all know that there are several mesh designers who sell full perm items, and multiple designers buy the different pieces. Some do alright. Some are good. [Liv-Glam] rocks!
Aside from the fact that the items produced there are stellar quality, like this gown in black and silver (or black and gold on the HUD), [Liv-Glam] participates in multiple sale events and shares such a complex inventory week after week that include many many pieces at special prices. I recently visited their newest main store and Oh My Goodness! it just blew my mind. Everywhere I turned, there were sale items. Walls and walls. Then I stepped into the building, and found myself surrounded by sumptuous items, the build, the displays, the furniture; everything was chosen deliberately and fit perfectly.
I matched the gown with a headpiece from Son!a called Chess Head Rook. Another new color of heels that were released this past week during the Autumn/Winter 2014 Penumbra Fashion Week come from Loovus Dzevavor. I love unique hats and could wear a gazillion heels and then be happy to discover pair number gazillion and one.

A set of unusual poses and props from Frozen Poses were the ones I used in these two photos. With the added leaves props, some of the poses seemed more applicable as natural posing, but used alone, they provide a real editorial selection. The poses, and the leaves not seen in these photos, are part of the Four Seasons Market Event in progress. There are all sorts of items, clothing and decor, themed for fall, so you may find yourself happily tempted as you explore Frozen Poses and so much more.

Featuring [LG] Boutique-Fall 2014 Cafe De Flore Bagged 1
Featuring Son!a Chess Head Rook
Featuring .::LD::. Signature Stilettos Aluminum [Silver]
Featuring Frozen Poses Leaves Set from Four Seasons Market
1. Zuri's: Shimmering Opal Set
2. Delicate by Caryn (new makeup)
3. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
-- SLink: High Female Feet
4. October's 4Seasons: Orchid Skin Tone (Angelina)
5. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
6. Bliss: Mandy
7. Nikita: Double Thick Lashes

Sunday, September 21, 2014

You Ain't Seen Nothin` Yet - Featuring Morphine from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week, Persefona from Four Seasons Market, !Lybra, and Chop Zuey

I hope that though .PENUMBRA. Week, ( Penumbra Fashion & Events ) draws to an official close today, the new collections I've had bits and pieces to share with you might still be shared. Designers will be taking their new designs home with them and stores will have all sorts of new goodies to tempt you. The SL - Morphine sandal heels are the last official post I'll make for .PENUMBRA.
A new event begins today and has an array of Autumn items styled for both avatar wear and decor. I hope to share a little of both though I primarily stay with fashion these days, I don't want to disappoint the Event organizers or the many creative people who participated. The wreath from Persefona is one of several autumn leaf color accessories. Whether you're looking to add to an outfit for a night by the campire, something adorably perfect for such an outing, or searching for a unique piece to wear in your next Autumn fashion show, you might enjoy this from Four Seasons Market.
!Lybra has gone out of their way to make their world accessible even while they build a new store around their ever present ever classy designs. I had read about the special little corner they set up for those who maybe never tried Lybra before or are new to Second Life or simply on a very threadbare budget - this corner has an array of really darling designs for almost any occasion and they're all 1L. This Nurit red dress came from that section. It was the perfect frock for playing at a Carnival tonight.

When you live life fully, to the edge and then some, everything fires on all cylinders. You're a human engine and whatever your passion, it's pumping thunder and creating lightning. Some designers offer a few new items each year while others create scads each week. One designer that uses her imagination brilliantly is Belle Roussel. Today, she released Be Da' Buddha as a clutch (not shown) and as a shoulder bag. If this isn't clever, and beautiful, and so perfectly Chop Zuey, I don't know what is. Every time I think I've seen it all in Second Life, I realize that certainly hasn't happened yet!

Featuring Chop Zuey Be Da' Buddha Clutch
Featuring Morphine Slink High Heels Sandals from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring Persefona Autumn Wreath from 4Seasons Market
Featuring !Lybra Nurit
1. {NanTra}: Wanderlust
2. Chop Zuey: Kharma Earth Gold Set (Bangles and Necklace)
3. SLink: Female Feet High
-- Elegant 1 Hands
4. October's 4Seasons: Chocolate Cosmos
5. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
6. Truth: Chilali
7. Gaeline: Starlia

*Living Imagination* Changed Its Name To *Whimsical Imagination* and Has a New Limited Item at The Couturier's Docks

Living Imagination with Bodza Mubble shared The Couturier's Docks item with me along with the news that she's renamed her store. It's now called *Whimsical Imagination* I look at the flights of fantasy that come from Ms. Bodza's imagination, and I think often that the word whimsical helps define her enter aesthetic. I loved the new business name change. I'm going to update it on my blog and hopefully you'll have a chance to visit her store as well as the once a month Limited items to show event at Couturier's Docks.
This mermaid style gown has all the beautiful colors of the season, and the name 'Royalty'. I had fun figuring out a style to accompany such a colorful gown. If I wear a gown like this, I often leave shoes off because my feet stay hidden.
I must share, however, that when I go visiting, someone should nudge me if they see me kicking up the dance floor or sitting on furniture, because those bare feet appear and sometimes this is not the best comment on fashion. Since this happened yesterday, to my cherry faced, embarrassed chagrin, I know I must not forget the feet!

Featuring *Whimsical Imagination* Royalty at Couturier's Docks
 ****(Formerly called *Living Imagination*)
1. Image Essentials Props and Poses: Graceful Elegance
2. EMO-tions: Eternal Jewelry Set
3. Lips by Caryn
4. FuLo: Bangles
5. Morphine: Freya Cat Eyeshadow Yellow Full
6. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
7. October's 4Seasons: Papaver Skin Tone
8. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
9. Maxi Gossamer: Wild Full Thick Lashes
10. [elika]: Breathe

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Team Fox and a Great Charity Event -- Featuring Sabra Style

My greatest passion amidst the passion I have for the fashion business in Second Life is how well and often this community of people participate in and celebrate and donate to charities. Today, at the LeFevre Mansion, I got to see some of the most beautiful models on the grid from BLVD rock the runway in an array of designs that were on display purely to raise finances for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's.

To donate directly follow this link please:
At the LeFevre Manshion
Artizana Ethnic Couture, Blue Moon Enterprises, Dot-be fashion, Image Factory in Second Life, Sabra Style, Soul Designs, and Surplus Motors donated the items used in the fashion show with 100% of the proceeds donated going to the charity.
A Wonderful Reason To Celebrate
I looked in my little folder of "Blog Me" for a design by one of the designers represented at the event to show my support. (Not the designs shown that day but items I might have to blog from them from other places, other times, just to clarify...) I found Vivienne in Gold from Sabra Style by Kylie Sabra. I got to sit with her at the event, which made it even more special, and cheered on her many contributions as the BLVD models showcased them, and she and I both found the designs presented by the other designers in the show fantastic and cheered for them as well.

It's really hard for me to step out of my little work zone and go anywhere, really. I'm far more shy than many of you might have imagined, and the anxiety of 'I won't know anyone.' follows me whenever I do gather my wits and put on my brave face. Once I arrive, I'm usually so glad I made the effort to attend, but it's the making myself go part that I have to overcome. Events occurred all afternoon as part of this program, two fashion shows, live music, DJ music, and more. I attended the first fashion show and heard one of the musicians play. I even got to dance for a bit, after poking in IM and asking if he liked to dance, would he dance with a stranger.

Marcus LeFevre and his team, Team Fox and all of their representatives, and everyone else responsible for making the event possible made it beautiful as well.

Featuring Sabra Style Vivienne in Gold 
(Photos Shot at LeFevre Mansion)
1. .:JUMO:.: Riyadh Gold Heels
2. SLink: Female High Feet
3. Candy Nail: Harvest Beige
4. October's 4Seasons Marigold Skin Tone
5. Face Paint: Gold and Silver
6. Gold Speckles by Caryn
7. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
8. Truth: Lunara
9. Maxi Gossamer: Swallow Wings
10. [[j'adore]]

Say Something.. Featuring ::Sweet Intoxication:: and .:JUMO:. from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week

"Say Something" by a Great Big World

Say something, I'm giving up on you
I'll be the one, if you want me to
Anywhere I would've followed you
Say something, I'm giving up on you

And I am feeling so small
It was over my head
I know nothing at all

And I will stumble and fall I'm still learning to love Just starting to crawl

Say something, I'm giving up on you
I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you
Anywhere I would've followed you
Say something, I'm giving up on you

And I will swallow my pride
You're the one that I love
And I'm saying goodbye

Say something, I'm giving up on you
And I'm sorry that I couldn't get to you
And anywhere I would've followed you (Oh-oh-oh-oh)
Say something, I'm giving up on you

Say something, I'm giving up on you
Say something...
~Meaning (1 interpretation):

When your having trouble in a relationship and you know that things are coming to an end but you want so badly to hang and make it work. You want to be "the one" for them but only if they want to accept you as theirs. You will do anything for them, follow them wherever they go but they wont do the same. You feel like you're the only one in the relationship trying to make it work. It seems like the other person has no hope but you want them to say something, anything to make you stay and keep on fighting. All these overwhelming feelings make you feel so small. Going into the relationship you didn't know what you were getting your self into. You have never loved like this before, there are going to be obstacles, you will stumble and fall but you will learn and keep going. After all the pleading and asking them to stay you just cant keep going, you are finally giving up, you are sorry that you couldn't get them to stay. I love you but I need to swallow my pride, accept defeat, and say goodbye.

How often do you experience this? It seems to me that it happens more often online then in my life off line, but maybe that's because I'm almost house bound and so I'm more likely to seek out friends online than someone who lives out beyond their front door. It's a maudlin song, but it's so deeply meaningful, intense, and something I can easily access personally because I've been through it. I've heard it sung on The Voice. I've seen it danced on So You Think You Can Dance. I heard it on two different music awards shows, once when it was just A Great Big World singing it and then again, when Cristina Aguilara sang it with them. It's personal. It's emotional. It speaks to me.

I don't know why it's been in my heart and head all day but it has. Even as I set up for photos and styled and had my personal time on my little work dais high in the sky over Second Life, I hummed it. There's a link on my wall that I found earlier on Facebook of an older gentleman sitting at a piano and he's playing and singing, on a street corner in somewhere USA.

What am I wearing? It looks so different from the photos I often take of Caryn. ::Sweet Intoxication:: (a great name for a store I think!) created the urban outfit for .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week. And because it had a mini skirt, I got to wear heels to show you too, Riyadh heels in red from .:JUMO:. I don't know where I found the sim with the dragon painting on the wall. I went to a sim that came up when I typed in the word Urban, but dragons don't really feel urban to me, yet it felt like a great place to take the photos. I hope you enjoy the styling, and the reminiscing sort of emotion accompanying them this morning. Say something...

::Sweet Intoxication:: Female Urban Outfit 1 from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
.:JUMO:. Riyadh Red Heels from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
1. Tres Beau: Belled Necklace and Earrings Set
2. Chop Zuey: Hana-Shobu Belly Ring
3. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
-- Female Feet High
4. OB4S: Chocolate Cosmose
5. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
6. Face Paint: Avante Liner
-- Couture Design 1
-- LipGloss Brites Electric Purple
-- Nail Appliers Spill
7. Gaeline: Felicia
8. Hairoin: Incognito
9. [LAP]

Friday, September 19, 2014

One Day... Featuring .::Dead Dollz::., ~ghee and .:JUMO:. from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week, KaTink Poses and no. 7

**Warning: One of my crazy long winded notes!

Some day, I want to grow up and be my avatar self. I would go to all the fabulous parties, never wearing the same attire twice. I would borrow jewelry from Tiffany's and have body guards to protect me from being mauled because I had on 3.2 million dollars worth of diamonds. I would have automatic everything. Maybe even an automatic 'mom response' to some of the incessant questions that do NOT stop when the child you once knew becomes a tall, grown... well... child. I'd have the fancy house down by the water that's on Cao's blog today. (I rarely reblog because we're all inundated with loads of data here and there, but well, I want her fancy house and it plays perfectly into my fantasy!) -- I'd have parties every night, music with live musicians to play it, food catered from only the best places, and some sort of amazing medication like the ultra-sexy Bradley Cooper takes in the movie Limitless and... if you haven't seen Limitless, put it on your weekend to rent at Redbox or wherever in your world you grab the movie and popcorn. You won't regret it. And you'll understand why I would need such a drug. With great parties come great people, great dancing, and I've heard it said, though I'm not sure if it's rumor or truth, great parties often lead to great sex. SEE WHY I want to grow up to be me?
For now, I will stick to pretending, to playing Barbie and to appreciating the expanse of designers who help create the imagery of my fantasy world. This time, I have on a new gown from .::Dead Dollz::. and I'm not sure, but I think it's the first time it's ever appeared on my blog. The mini-collection I got to see as part of .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week piqued my interest immediately when I saw the names of the items. The box was called Heisenberg and the gown I chose to share is Gray Matter. If you're fans of the hit series Breaking Bad (alas, it finished it's last season in 2013 ack!), the names would amuse and entertain. If you're really die hard Trivia nuts and Breaking Bad is your thing, you'd really enjoy the names of the items produced for this week!

People want bloggers to work with their items, and of course that's what we do and why we're there. In such a massive project like .PENUMBRA. countless designers have added their flair. Many many gowns, a few cocktail/clubbing dresses, a random rare pant suit or jeans set, and then accessories after that. Unfortunately, there are only so many gowns that could be styled in a period of two weeks. However, I know countless bloggers who are trying to do as much as they can and so am I. I'm grateful when I open a box that has jewelry, hair, heels, or other trinkets that add to the ability to puzzle the pieces together in such a way that each outfit is a mix and match of those event(s) that are in progress. I share this because I hope it helps encourage designers to mix it up a little. If I have a box with 4 pair of heels from one designer, and no one else sends heels out, then I will have 4 blogs with the same designer illustrated because they came from that event. But for the designer who sends 4 gowns, I pick the one I think best suits my tastes, and go from there.

And I shared all that to say that this .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week had .:JUMO:. as one of the contributing designers and the array of items submitted to work with from there allowed for multiple pieces to be used. I try to share the love. That's a good way to put it I think and one other bloggers use as well. I don't want to be an Events blogger who ends up only working with three or four designers. I switched to being a full time, fully invested Events blogger so I could be exposed to new creations by new people I've never tried. JUMO, thank you for all the accessories you created and shared! The jewelry in this styling, Salimah OnixDiamonds, made the elegant look even more refined. And ~ghee, who also sent an array of things that allowed for more than one blog entry, shared this purse. It's basic black and silver, but the strands of leather on the side of the purse changes hue with a HUD.

KaTink shares items that I sort and use in different ways at different times. KaTink Poses has poses, props, items for couples, for romance, for besties, for group gatherings and more. If I could have a KaTink pose set for my 23 family members on my Mr's side of the family, Thanksgiving would be so much easier, right? Only if that were possible. I get pouty (really, occasionally I do!) at times, because I don't have a special someone who would hop into pair poses with me. Most of the time, as a result, I do the static poses and backgrounds. This time, I realized the Pose Meh pack had poses AND a little prop. I set up a little scene, and 'Posed Meh'. Hahaha... and one more quick note. The bright red sign comes from no. 7, and from a box that has a number of other creepy signs, police tape and things I think are preparing us for Halloween.

Featuring no. 7 Snapshot Overlay/ Wall Decor 
Featuring .::Dead Dollz::. Gray Matter from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring .:JUMO:. Salimah Jewelry Set OnixDiamonds from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring ~ghee Couture Handbag Silver Metal from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring KaTink Pose Meh Prop and Poses
1. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
2. -{ZOZ}- Dark Spring Silver Nail Appliers
3. October's 4Seasons: Blossom Skin Tone (Laila)
4. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
5. MG: Swallow Wings
6. Amacci Hair: Silvia - Light Blond Pack

On Owning Umbrellas -- Featuring Petit Chat from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week and Face Paint

I have umbrellas! The most amusing thing to me is the fact that in my world off line, I don't own an umbrella. I've had one a few times along the way for my sons who had to have them for bus stops, and then they would get eaten in the big black hole that must exist in every student's locker, but me... I don't use them. I don't know why, maybe a childhood fear. I used to arrive at school soaked, and teachers wouldn't quite know what to do with me. I walked to school from 6th grade through 12th and then did a lot of college campus walking, far shorter distances than my grade school years, and I got used to those teachers and professors shaking their head at me.
What does one do with umbrellas? In my case, I immediately typed rain into the search function to find... ~drum roll~ Rain! And I did. I'm sure at other times of day I may have found some far more unusual extracurricular activities in the alleyways, but Adult sims tend to be the flavor of the week type places, and once a place is abandoned, I don't imagine zombies would even populate the empty buildings. No food! Okay so I'm in my Caryn-Noire mode this morning I guess...
Petit Chat had a note card, with items from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week, which really works so well for one little blond wild child in South Carolina, when dealing with new merchandise selection. I know that to some degree, I can't know how something will look 'on' me til I wear it, but at least with a note card of photos, I can guesstimate and then select one. I understand all the many ways designers are asked to box items for different events and the amount of work hours that go into every step, so I go with the flow and find myself grateful, no matter how it's done. I picked this outfit, Accept Loss Forever, from a selection to share with you because of the umbrella. It's girly, frufru as I would have said in my younger days. What I didn't expect was the pattern on the black dress. It looked like a well cut mini when I saw the note card imagine. When I put it on, I realized it was a scene, and it made me think of Sin City, the first movie, and it made me go aha, clever! With the outfit, I decided to go very understated with jewelry or other accessories. I wanted the umbrella to be it. I did find a new color from Face Paint called On the Go (Wood), and added it. Hope the makeup is waterproof, or I'll end up with my favorite Zombie look after all!

Featuring Petit Chat Accept Loss Forever from .PENUMBRA. Fashion Week
Featuring Face Paint On the Go (Wood)
1. *Calico* Phoebe
2. Gaeline: Starlia
3. KMADD/Moda: Starlia
4. OB4S: Alabaster Blonde
5. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
6. Pose Added to Umbrella + AO Vista Animations