RAYNE

Shaken, Not Stirred

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Sometimes you create a look and immediately a character springs to mind to go with it. Today, I feel like an effortlessly chic, yet devastatingly dangerous Bond villainess. One second I’m seducing 007, and the next I’m coiled like a serpent, ready to strike. And yet, through every twist and turn of my devious plan, my hair stays perfectly plaited and my lipstick is always flawless!

Calypso Cafe
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Shaken, Not Stirred
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Lola – Neva (Brun)
* Hair / Besom | Left to Jackson – Browns HUD | N21 Event, through August 10th
* Eyes / DS’ELLES | Prunelle Mesh Eyes – Green (Vert)
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Hayden – 007 (LeLutka, TMP, Kissers, Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam & Sweet Lip Appliers + Tattoo Layers) | N21 Event, through August 10th
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Tropics Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace

Style
* Jewelry / Salt & Pepper | Jungle Earrings, Bangle & Ring – Gold | Gacha Items at The Epiphany Event, through August 4th
* Bag / LEGENDAIRE | Lilly Bag (6 colors in HUD) | The Instruments Event, through August 7th
* Dress / RAYNE Couture | It Girl – Pink | Sneak Peek Event, through August 4th
Shoes / KC Couture | Rimini Sandals (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink Medium)

Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Signature Pose | Iwone Poses – 003
* Pic 2 / Signature Pose | Iwone Poses – 005
Location / Calypso Cafe

My dress is the fabulously slinky It Girl by RAYNE Couture, and may be found at the Sneak Peek event through August 4th. It comes in two other colors, and I favored this gorgeous reddish-pink print that makes me feel like a freshly ripened strawberry. Yummy! My perfect braid is by Besom and is the Left to Jackson style found at the current round of N21. Its sister style, Jackson, is also available sans the wide-brimmed hat. Another N21 item that I’m featuring is the gorgeous red pout of Nova Bodyshop‘s Hayden Lipsticks. They’re available in both system tattoo layers and a wide range of appliers; all of the details may be found in the credits above!

I rarely carry a bag in Second Life, and when I do, I really appreciate a style that looks functional (like one could actually stash their possessions inside), and that has a pose modifier that allows it to work properly with Animation Overiders. I’m thrilled to say that LEGENDAIRE‘s Lilly Bag offers both! 6 lovely colors may be selected from the HUD, and it may presently be found at The Instruments event. My glam gold accessories are all from the Jungle set by Salt & Pepper, and are yours for the collecting at the current round of The Epiphany. It’s a wonderfully unique gacha-themed event that allows you to trade in extra copies of your commons toward special exclusives. It’s a bit tricky to wrap your mind around the concept, but here’s a Flickr post that offers a wonderfully clear explanation of how it all works. You have until August 4th to experience The Epiphany!

I hope you’re all having a marvelous start to the week! I’m off to indulge in a little light murder and mayhem … I mean, get my nails done? Yes, much more likely story. Until next time! 💋

Late Bloomer

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/me stretches and purrs! 🐱

Lately I’m getting by on only around 4 hours of sleep a night (or morning, as the case may be) so finding a space of solace and serenity in the virtual world is bliss when I’m working on a new photo or post. When I spied the name Chakryn Forest in someone’s profile’s picks (not that I was perving or anything … ahem), it seemed familiar to me, and when I put together this look I thought an enchanted forest would make for a lovely backdrop.

This won’t be a particularly wordy post, because there are some last minute, event-exclusive lovelies that I wanted to share, and I’d much rather you go check them out than be scrolling through my rambles! (Although I truly adore and appreciate that you do!)

Late Bloomer
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RAYNE is offering the chic, sleek Blossom jumpsuit as a free gift to group members, and it may be picked up from the Sneak Peek event, which is also where the beautiful La Boheme outfit resides that I featured on Monday. I found a sweet and apt accompaniment in the Rose Crown by db Dollz, which is a gacha prize from the Ross Fair Event. The crown comes in several sweet colors and combinations, and is beautifully crafted.

I peeked into The Dressing Room Fusion and fell hard for Izzie‘s lovely Arrowhead Necklace, which comes in both gold and silver metals with an versatile range of texture-change hues, and is a steal at just L$70. My favorite part is that it’s literally pointing at my bosoms, as if ensuring that people direct their gaze at my womanly curves. Hey, no complaints here! :)

My soft midnight black polish is from Alaska Metro‘s free tester pack, which offers Maitreya, Slink, Eve and Omega appliers. Her designs are dazzling and wildly affordable, so I highly recommend picking up the tester pack and then thoroughly buying out her entire Marketplace shop! And my ring is gift from a past round of We Love Roleplay by designer Fawny; it’s so pretty with its delicate leaf design. I realized that it was meant for the other hand, but I really wanted to show off the ring with this pose, so I was very appreciative that the ring has copy/mod permissions and I was able to easily create a left-hand version. I so dearly love when creators give us options like this!

Please be sure to check the end dates of the events as listed below, and if you haven’t already, take a peek at my Fashion & Shopping Events Calendar which will give you all the start and end dates of the currently ongoing events at a glance. I’m scheduling this post in the middle of the night, so by the time it publishes I’ll hopefully be dreaming sweetly. Good morning/night, dear readers! ♥

Body
Avie / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Clara Skin – Neva
Hair / Magika | Things – HUD 01
Eyes / SU! | Bastet Eyes – Amethyst | Group Gift
Lashes / ACD | Eyelashes 1 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Arte | Cat Eyes Eyeliner – Short | SL Marketplace
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Gloss – Strawberry Lips | SL Marketplace
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Basic Pack for Slink, Omega, Maitreya & Eve | Free on SL Marketplace

Style
* Crown / db Dollz | Rose Crown – White | Gacha Item at Ross Fair Event, through July 6th
Necklace / Izzie’s | Arrowhead Necklace – Gold | The Dressing Room Fusion, through July 3rd
Ring / Fawny | Sweet Rose Ring | Past Event Gift
* Outfit / RAYNE Couture | Blossom Jumpsuit | Group Gift at Sneak Peek Event, through July 5th

Poses
* Atonement / Crystals Pose Set – Silver Ropes | SL Marketplace

Location
Chakryn Forest

Summer Rayne

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In my little corner of the First Life universe, it’s HOT. I think even the Grammar Police would forgive that egregious caps lock usage, because there’s just no suitable way to express the special melty, sweltery misery of a desert summertime. Why did a red haired, fair skinned, burns-to-a-crisp-in-10-minutes lass move to such a place? Excellent question, my friends! Do let me know if you ever think of a logical answer. ;)

Having grown up in the Northeastern part of the US, I was used to never living far from a body of water, whether it was the Atlantic ocean; a pretty lake at a state park; even a swimming hole at the base of a waterfall where you’d steal away on lazy summer afternoons for shy smooches with your high-school paramour. But in the Southwest? Bodies of water are either man-made and un-swimmable, or merely a faraway dream.

With our lack of precipitation and shorelines, I always have a dual dream of rain and the beach, although not necessarily experiencing both at the same time! But in Second Life, I’m enjoying exactly that: a beautiful oceanside escape and a gorgeous outfit that may not be suitable for rain, but was beautifully made by RAYNE. Close enough for me!

Summer Rayne
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I feel just like a tropical, boho beach babe in my long, lovely skirt and fringed top by RAYNE Couture, which is exclusive to the Sneak Peak event through July 5th. It comes in three different color combinations; I’m showing the forest/red (left) and teal/purple (right) styles here. And my beautiful, freckly and fresh-faced skin is by DS’ELLES, whose skintones are just perfection for sunny summer days! They give me a soft, sweet kiss of sun that I can’t even dream of achieving in real life.

How lovely it is that the virtual world lets us experience so many things we can only wish for in the physical world, from the serenity of an ocean’s shore to the golden loveliness of tanned skin. Is it any wonder that I’m absolutely rapt over my 2nd Second Life? ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Lola Skin – Neva
Hair / Entwined | Elinna – Light Reds HUD | Group Gift
* Eyes / DS’ELLES | Prunelle Eyes – Amande
Lashes / ACD | Eye Lashes 3 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Langly | Eyeliner 1 | Free on SL Marketplace
Eyeshadow / TSM | Eye Highlight | Free on SL Marketplace
Lips / Pink Fuel | Glossy Pout Lipstick – Love

Style
* Earrings / Secret Love | Pearl Droplets Earrings | SL Marketplace or in-world
* Outfit / RAYNE | La Boheme – Forest/Red and Teal/Purple | Sneak Peek Event, through July 5th

Poses
Overlow Poses / Pack Gift 4 – Poses 1 & 2 / Free on SL Marketplace

Location
Baja Cove