Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Let Yourself Be Human -- Featuring ~ghee, FINESMITH and Baboom!

Some of the most difficult moments in life occur when I disappoint someone. I'm certain that no one in any life, any lifestyle, any gender, any religions, not a single soul goes through life without disappointing someone. When I do, I feel it to the core of my being. I sometimes even feel physically ill, as a side effect.
The only way I know how to make it through those moments comes via communication. I have to give the person who was disappointed time to vent, to share frustration, listen to the anger or the sadness, or whatever other emotion I engendered by doing the thing I'd done. Absorbing their angst only makes it more heavy to my spirit, and sometimes it takes a long time to get past it. It's not that friends or family are unforgiving. They are, and do, long long before I give myself a break and forgive me.
It's challenging to build a reputation in any business, anywhere in our world, and it's just as easy to break it, tear it down, and sabotage the positive energy with one little thing. I've often thought that thousands of good deeds might be easily overlooked by a single misdeed. It's just how we as humans act and react. I hope that you give yourself permission to be human. You might not win the crown, or get the job you wanted, or find your way to your dreams. You also might find a friend who's having a really bad time of it, and behaving contrary to everything you know about that person. You might not know why, or ever know, but it might help to give friends a get out of stupid free card, and let them be human from time to time too.
~ghee created this evening gown, and has a sparkle effect that doesn't show on still photos. It's gorgeous and made me feel very feminine. Baboom! made this spring decorated hat with loads of color and symbols of holiday, play and fun. Something as beautiful gives me a good jolt of joyous energy and helps me get through those human moments. It's just one of many many reasons I do this thing called blogging in this virtual world we share.

Designers make this thing I love to do possible. My thanks goes ever warmly to each of them:
Featuring Baboom! Happy Summer Hat
Featuring FINESMITH Didi 1 Back Necklace Blue
Featuring ~ghee~ Shimmer Bloom Gown
Featuring FINESMITH Mohar Pekan Bracelet and Earrings
1. KMADD/Moda: Attention Eyes
2. Kyxe Skins & Shapes Blossom Skin Tone
3. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Apple Blossom Gloss
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Hypnotic Apple Martini Eyeshadow
5. Nailed It: Runway Perfect Hunt
6. {{BSD Design Studio}}: Post Modernism Black Leather

A Fierce Something -- Featuring h.m.a.e.m., Zanze, and blackLiquid from the Cosmetics Fair

I think there's a genuine treat involved in working with the most creative minds in Second Life. I happen to focus on fashion, but I'm always in awe of settings and builds and other content creators too.

blackLiquid has items at the Cosmetics fair including the Tribadelica makeup and piercings shown in my photos.
I haven't blogged something from Zanze in a while, and this Cassidy dress suited me perfectly. The hem of the original dress matches the length of an elegant little mini, but then she cut out two layers, with peep holes that took the elegant dress close to the edge of in your face sexy. Oh la la!
I realized after I put the pieces together that this outfit also celebrates the quirky and wonderful that defines h.m.a.e.m. I imagine any business that calls themself Hate Me And Eat Me has a point of view that would make me and many others smile, and it's true. You can visit h.m.a.e.m. and find all sorts of interesting. The most recent item I have to share from there, the Infinite Vortex, is the yellow ribbon with black polka dots on it.I decided not to use it as a head piece, though that's how it was originally displayed. It's not really a bow tie, but in keeping with the diverse spectrum of interesting that makes this store interesting, it COULD be Salvadore Dali's idea of a bow. The piece I did use as a headpiece comes from the recent SAVIAD Fair. You'll also notice cuffs and earrings. They all came from h.m.a.e.m.

The designers who provided all the elements to create this style all make my world more fun!
Featuring h.m.a.e.m.
-- Infinite Vortex - Sun
-- Teteoinnan Headpiece 001a1
-- Aztec Cuffs
-- Transom Earrings (modified for color)
Featuring Zanze Cassidy Dress in Leather
Featuring blackLiquid Tribadelica from Cosmetics Fair
1. PosESioN Fiero Poses
2. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
3. Kyxe Skins & Shapes:
-- Orchid Skin Tone
-- Pink Berries Gloss
4. blackLiquid: Chen Face Golden
5. Gaeline Mesh Lashes: Magnifica
6. SLink: Elegant 1
7. .::Shellac Nails Spill
8. Space Boots

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Lovely Shade of Pink - From !Lyrical B!zarre Templates - Also Featuring K-Code - and From Japan Fair: Candy Nail

I would style a handful of designers every day, every hour, because far more than just the artistic people they are, they're also truly beautiful people in their heart and soul, and they share that with everyone in their company. It makes me feel like I'm connected to something far more than "JUST" a business.
I'm blessed. I've noticed that as time passes, those relationships that go far beyond just the work place type of business acquaintance slowly shifts towards a truth that most of these people are now wonderful friends, people I admire, for their clothing and content creation? Yes, Sure. But it's so much more than that.
Lyrical B!zarre Templates owner Lyrical Bizarre aka Loredana works harder and puts so much of her time into her store, and it shows. She's developed the skill to make her own templates. In a world where few know how to manipulate the programs needed to render new mesh forms, her skill adds depth and beauty to collections and designers all over the grid.
If you're a designer and you're looking for a new template to use, something fresh, a new perspective, and you haven't visited her store, it would be a great time to visit. You'll find an array of glorious spring colors, new items, and loads of fun. And you'll meet one of those irreplaceable people who I know will touch your life magically.

This pretty in pink styling comes to you from these outstanding content creators:
Featuring !Lyrical B!zarre Youthful Mesh
Featuring K-Code Megan Boots Black
Featuring from Japan Fair Candy Nail Twist Chiogami Blue
1. EMO-tions: Anita
2. Gaeline Mesh Lashes: Felicia
3. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Chocolat with Makeup 05
5. Manifest Poses

Monday, April 14, 2014

Not A Diva! -- Featuring In-Pose!, FINESMITH, Candy Nail, and J&A Rock Couture

Today, when I put this style together, Second Life and I were not having the best of times. Technical issues kept making me growl. Yes, I really do growl! One of my favorite people came down to ask me why I was bouncing in and out of the sim at Kyxe Skins & Shapes and as soon as Ms. O appeared, I stopped bouncing. I should have asked her to come much earlier in the afternoon. By the time she came to visit, I'd probably gotten to the most extreme of frustrations, the snarl level.
In case your computer or your Second Life gives you a hard time, I know the secret now. Just invite Ms. O over to where you're trying to work. She's a force of nature, a force to be reckoned with, and she seems to have the POWER. (Insert muahahahahaha here for effect)
The dress and poses are both from In-Pose. Trinity Graves has made poses as long as I've known her but she's been working with clothing creations and other content beyond poses for a while now, and I think this unique dress shows her aesthetic very well.
Paired with a new release from FINESMITH, the unusual hat AMIT, and a pair of heels that came with color changing options (which I love) from J&A Rock Couture, I felt well put together, despite the unrelenting network challenge.
And when Ms. O appeared she commented, "You Diva!" I laughed. I'm so not! But I did wear TWO sets of lashes because one of the other Kyxe Beauties does and I like to try out new ideas. But still, not a diva.

I'm always grateful for each designer who made my styling possible!
Featuring In-Pose! Coco Dress
Featuring FINESMITH AMIT - Black
Featuring Candy Nail Twist Black and Purple
Featuring J&A Rock Peeptoe Heels
Featuring In-Pose! Sazzy Poses
1. EMO-tions: Pola
2. Gaeline Mesh Lashes: Mysteria and Starlia
3. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Lily Hannah Skin Tone
5. Kyxe Skins & ShapesL Dreamy Temptation Eyes
6. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Eggplant Gloss
7. FINESMITH: Cougar Set - Leopard and Black Pewter

A Real Date! - Featuring Carrie's Lingerie

It's very rare for me to go to an event or spend time out with friends when it's not connected in some way to the work I do in Second Life. I miss more than many of you would know the ability to work outside my home. I yearn for those years to be returned to me, or maybe for them to be in my future. For my now, the most useful I can feel comes from work I do online in Second Life. I feel like I make a difference in some small way and that feeds my need to feel like I'm valuable. If I worked outside my home, or even if I volunteered somewhere, I'm sure I would return to using Second Life as a venue for fun, pleasure, playing and people.
That does't mean that I dislike the company of others away from working relationships. By no means! I just put the work I do with blogging and modeling and sharing my two cents when it comes to marketing advice and other ways I touch the fashion industry ahead of other activities. So much so that sweet people tease me about letting my hair down and kicking up some fun. It's gentle natured and always positive so... last night, I took that advice and went out on a date in Second Life. I visited a place JUST for the fun of it with someone who wasn't a client or a sponsor or an event or anything other than a good friend. I have to agree with those who've said I should get out more and enjoy Second Life on the playful side of things. I DID!!
Before this date, I felt so much like a girl, a bit shy, unsure of what to wear, unsure of what he'd enjoy. I knew it wasn't as big a deal as I was making it in my head and heart, but I'm an emotional girl sometimes (mosttt times) and I do look at every small detail in every way possible with regard to anything, and in this case, I wanted it to show that I'd put time and effort into going on said date, so when I met him there, he'd say "Wow, this person made an effort to make me smile!"
Carrie's Lingerie continues to be one of my favorite go to places for sensual, sexy, elegant, refined and just plain beautiful items. You might not realize, based on the name of the store, that gowns and shoes and makeup and other accessories were also a part of the package when shopping at Carrie's. I knew I would wear something from Carrie's but I had to pick it out and I was thrilled to find this incredibly beautiful Burlesque gown in purple. Many of the pieces Carrie creates contain prims, flexible pieces, absolutely artistic layers, but rarely (up to this point) has it included mesh. The mesh skirt for this outfit suited perfectly to the overall look. I had a special newly created curvaceous shape and I was able to find a size that fit the curves.

I think he enjoyed the styling, and overall effect like I hoped he would. It's hard to go wrong with elegantly created lingerie, and with Carrie's, I always find something new and special when I visit. Since I first found "Grace" at a 60L weekend list and went to see about this place called Carrie's Lingerie, I've loved it. You and your special friends might also. It can't hurt to try!

My thanks to each designer who made my outfit a success!
Featuring Carrie's Lingerie Burlesque in Purple
Featuring [Modern Couture] Luxury Set
1. Bax Boots: Prestigue Suede
2. Bliss: Sierra
3. Natural Beauty Lashes
4. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
5. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Blossom basic skin tone
6. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Glamour Ombre Passion Lips
7. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Innocence Subtle Purple Eyes
8. Poses Built In To Props At Carrie's Lingerie VIP
9. [[j'adore]] Poses  (Standing poses)

DOPE Spring Fashion Week 2014 Is Coming Soon!

Only 30 Designers have been accepted as part of 2014 DOPE Spring Fashion Week. 10 of those Designers were handpicked by the fashion team at DOPE Magazine.

A week of fashion that you will not soon forget begins with an Expo on 21 April. Events through the week will celebrate all the new and beautiful things designers have in store for Spring releases. 

Fashion shows dot the week, sure to be informative as well as entertaining!

Watch my blog for more details as they are shared, and be prepared for FABULOUS-ness!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Easter Market: 1)PICHI, 2)WERTINA - Japan Fair: Candy Nail, Also KaTink, EMO-tions, Chop Zuey, {{BSD}} and Kyxe Skins & Shapes

With pose creators, they seem to make them in packs of five or ten. As a model, and as I've prepared different looks, I noticed that if the pack were used in tandem, it looks like the pack could be used all at once on a runway and display a dress, or boots, or something with each pack. I have much much more experience behind a camera than on a runway, so this is only my perception. I had fun with setting up the poses here, from KaTink. One had hands up, and I immediately thought stealth, like on Survivor when one of member of an alliance overhears something while listening behind a bush. You'll see my rendition of that in this set of photos. Thank you KaTink.
Many of the items that come with different fairs and events are full outfits from the get go. I feel responsible to show you as many parts as possible in such outfit sets. I like separates a lot, as well, and when I have the chance, like I did in this series, to put a top by one designer with a skirt or pants or shorts in this case, it's more of a puzzle to me.
The sweater print is from WERTINA at Easter Market, and the shorts are from PICHI. I also have a new set of nails from Candy Nail, from Japan Fair. I've been a Candy Nail shopper for a few years, so I enjoyed finding Candy Nail as part of Japan Fair and knew it would be a treat. There are several styles, some with very unique sculpts for the nail's shape. You have to go and see!
EMO-tions spoils customers with new gifts regularly. The hair that Ms. Mirja Mills is giving away this month is seen in these photos, Suri in the Snow color. The headband will change colors, to optimize your use. I liked keeping it white so it would show the bold difference between the white head scarf and the Marigold skin tone from Kyxe Skins & Shapes.
The very very up close and personal head shot was taken to show you a whole new product idea that was added to Kyxe inventory this weekend, brow tattoos to add drama to your skins in many color and shape options. Across runways in the world of fashion off line, brilliant colored hair and unique brows are trending. This means more pink and blue hair this spring! I'm going to dye it!! And also thick, or cut or even brightly matching brows are on the horizon.
Babycham PagneSass touched my heart when she allowed me to begin blogging her shoes mid-year of 2013. I knew she crafted her own mesh forms for each new shoe, and she had her own ideas and dreams to creatively add something to the fashion world of Second Life. I think she's had an impressive new year, and for one lady (me!) she's made my heart soar more than a few times as she shared a new style here and there. The Super Model shoe was the first shoe I blogged for her and now she's released a Special Anniversary version of it, and the Nu Purple suited just fine for this styling. I wish her the very best in 2014, and beyond as she continues to grow.
One other detail is the Brooch from Chop Zuey. The small heart pin stuck to my sweater made me think of the pinning that used to occur in the days when my parents were dating. If a fella liked a girl, he'd pin her. I think it was like a promise to a promise to a promise, that meant it was possible, even likely, that the couple would marry after high school ended. I don't think there are little significant moments like that in modern teen culture. It's a sweet little heart pin and beautifully designed.

What a treat each designer presented that helped create this blog. Thank you!
Image Essentials Sim: The Meadow
Featuring KaTink Poses Roxeanne 2
Featuring from Japan Fair Candy Nail Queen Rose Spring Pink
Featuring from Easter Market PICHI Greta Shorts
Featuring from Easter Market WERTINA Dona Spring Sweater
Featuring {{BSD Design Studio}} Special Anniversary Super Model Nu Purple
Featuring Kyxe Skins & Shapes NEW Eyebrow Tattoos Blond Eyebrown 1
Featuring Chop Zuey Captured Heart Brooch
Featuring EMO-tions New Group Gift Nuri in Snow
1. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Marigold Makeup 02
2. Gaeline Mesh Lashes: Felicia
3. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes