Happy Thursday, my lords and ladies! I can’t believe we’re at the end of July already; so many events I’ve not yet visited, and so little time left in the month! While I make like a whirling dervish and try to visit as many soon-to-be-closing events as possible, I want to invite everyone to a brand new shopping experience with plenty of time left in the current round (whew!) It’s called Illusion Point, and it’s a fantasy-themed event where some of the very best designers on the grid are showcasing their creations at fabulously discounted prices. I was thrilled to get the opportunity to sneak peek some of the items on offer, and just as excited to finally be creating my first fantasy-inspired look. I hope I did these wonderful designers justice, or off with my head! :)
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Aline – Porcelaine | FAD Fashion Event, through August 25th
Hair / Damselfly | Harvest – Dark Reds HUD | Past Event Gift
Eyes / Suicidal Unborn | Bastet Eyes – White | Group Gift
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
* Eyeshadow / Nova Bodyshop | Layla Eyeshadow – 012 | N21 Event, through August 10th
Lips / Pink Fuel | Lipstick – Dark Shine (Pink/Teeth) | Group Gift
* Facepaint / ARISE | Susa Facepaint – White Cyan (Soft) | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Jewels Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace
* Jewelry / Modern Couture | Amore White Necklace & Tiara | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Gown / Les Encantades | Belona Gown (with Arm Guards & Shoulder Armor) – Golden Teal | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
My luminous gown, jewelry and facepaint are all Illusion Point exclusives, by Les Encantades, Modern Couture and ARISE, respectively. I just love the mix of softness and strength in the Belona Gown, which comes with optional arm guards and shoulder armor, so you can be a jewel-toned damsel one moment, and a glam goddess warrior the next! It comes in 8 colors and is available in standard sizes. The exquisite Amore Jewelry Set is so beautifully detailed, with glistening gold filigrees, a jewel here and there, and bevy of delicate roses. It may be found in 4 colors, each sold separately. And I’m enamored with the Susa Facepaint, which is both delicate and defining, and comes in 8 shades (tattoo layers only) with both soft and normal opacity styles.
I really like the strong, well-defined brows on my gorgeous Aline skin by DS’ELLES, which is exclusive to the FAD Fashion Event through August 25th. My nails, which I was delighted are perfectly matched to my gown, are by my go-to nail guru, Alaska Metro. And I have to say once more how rapt I am with the group gifts from Suicidal Unborn, particularly the three sets of eyes members can collect from the VIP room. The Bastet Eyes have a wonderfully animalistic, otherworldly quality to them that I thought suited my fantasy style perfectly.
Hope you’ve had a marvelous week, and be sure to sneak a visit to all the July events that are wrapping up today and tomorrow! If you need guidance, my SL Fashion Events Tracker is always there to help make your shopping a bit easier. Enjoy! ♥
The real world me (or as my friend Shae delightfully puts it, my “meaty self”) used to work in the cosmetics industry, and in online forums dedicated to beauty, a lot of fun and funny acronyms exist. Being someone who loves fiercely adores alteration, one acronym in particular caught my fancy and describes me perfectly: PPP, or Pale Porcelain Princess. Alright, not so much the “princess” bit, but Pale and Porcelain? Absolutely! This means that whilst living in a part of the country that enjoys eight or so months of summer-like weather, I’m able to stand very little sun and heat before I start burning and swooning. But in Second Life? Bring on the brilliant beaches and sweet, summery sunshine!
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / AlterEgo | Lydia v2 – Honey (Hipsta Plz) | Group Gift
Hair / Elikatira | Kara – Essentials HUD | Free Gift at Hair Fair 2015, through July 26th
Eyes / Suicidal Unborn | Nova Eyes – Deep Blue | Group Gift
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper
* Eyeliner / Nova Bodyshop | Sagan Liner – 003 (LeLutka, TMP appliers & system tattoos) | AnyBody Event, through July 31st
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Lizzy Lipstick – 001 (Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam, Sweet Lips, LeLutka, TMP appliers & system tattoos) | AnyBody Event, through July 31st
* Necklace / Secret Love | Rosette Necklace | Aristo Event, through July 24th
* Outfit / MMC | Summer Jumpsuit (Maitreya, Belleza, TMP, Slink, Lena, Eve, Omega Appliers & System Layers) | Ross Fair, through August 5th
* Shoes / KC Couture | Laura Heels (for Maitreya, Slink High & Belleza)
Poses & Destination
* Pic 1 / Zomy Poses | Casual Posepack – Casual #3 (Mirrored)
* Pic 2 / DS’ELLES | Stand Pose Beach – Pose 2 | The Black Dot Project, through August 4th
Location / Black Basalt Beach
Exciting news! I finally made it over to Hair Fair 2015, and while I went in a full-body alpha layer to help mitigate lag, it probably wasn’t even necessary as I found it to be a remarkably smooth browsing experience with little difficulty despite the heavy crowds. I was able to snag a wonderful bevy of free gifts, and was elated to see that Elikatira – the brand who has the honor of being my first ever SL hair purchase, some 8 or 9 years ago – was offering three hairstyles in her gift box. So much joy! The Kara style, with its perfect bow headband, is gorgeous and comes with the Essentials HUD which offers a wonderful variety of hair colors to choose from. Hair Fair is on through July 26th, and the crowds should thin considerably this week, so don’t miss out!
I’m wearing the wonderfully retro-inspired Summer Jumpsuit by MMC, which comes in four color combinations and offers appliers for every body under the sun, as well as system layers. If you’re ever looking for applier clothing that will suit multiple mesh bodies in your collection, MMC has all the options covered brilliantly! My necklace is by the always-wonderful Secret Love, and offers a HUD with 7 petal colors, 3 metals and 2 pearl hues. Matching earrings are included in the set, and it’s an exclusive at the new Aristo event, which ends on July 24th.
I wanted a strong red lip and perfectly flicked cat eyes for my look, and Nova Bodyshop met the challenge brilliantly! Both the Sagan Eyeliner and Lizzy Lipstick may be found at the current round of AnyBody, and I’ve listed the various appliers that these cosmetics come with to my credits above. While I still use system tattoo layers myself, I hope this information will be helpful to those with mesh heads and/or mouths!
Last but surely not least, I’m thrilled to be blogging for KC Couture, one of my very favorite shoe brands on the grid. Klari’s designs are wonderfully affordable and always offer lots of options in their HUDs, and many of her designs are compatible with Maitreya, Slink and Belleza feet. My Laura Heels are deliciously vampy, with peep toes, buckle and zipper detailing, and a wide range of color and metal options in the HUD.
In my last beach-inspired look I was all sweetness and cheer, but this time around I found the perfect setting in Black Basalt Beach, a location I discovered on Flickr that has a wonderfully rustic, weathered look to it. It’s still every bit as beautiful as the more pristine Baja Cove, but the bits of driftwood and overgrowth gives it a different feel that I really enjoy. If you’re looking for a place to enjoy your Sunday, I highly recommend a visit! ♥
/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!)
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! ♥
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
* 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
* Atonement / Crystals Pose Set – Silver Ropes | SL Marketplace
When I was very young, the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit debuted and it seemed nigh impossible to escape references to it in pop culture. While I wasn’t wild about the movie (much of it went over my little ginger head), I was irresistibly drawn to Jessica Rabbit, and loved to sashay around the house singing “Why Don’t You Do Right”, her sumptuously sexy torch song.
I’ve always enjoyed the fantasy of cosplaying Jessica in real life one day, and when I tried on MMC‘s Diamond Body Suit with Moon‘s gorgeous Moonlight hair (a brand whose teeny L$100 group joining fee is a million percent worthwhile), I immediately got a glimpse of what a modern day Ms. Rabbit might look like!
Want to give a special mention to the absolutely lovely group gift from Secret Love. It comes in three metals and offers oodles (yes, that’s an official term!) of color-change gem options. There are actually two necklaces set out as group gifts at the moment, and you should absolutely snatch them up. Not only because I said so, but because Secret Love’s designer, Faylinn Erin, is one of the warmest, friendliest and funniest people on the grid. True fact!
I’m really beginning to love the idea of one-piece outfits; they feel so easy and effortless! And there’s something distinctly Blanche Devereaux about an outfit that you can just “sling on and go” in its confident glamour. I imagine that Blanche fancied herself as a (slightly) more mature Jessica Rabbit, with her seduction and beguiling manner. I may have quite a while to go before I’m a Golden Girl, but I sure do feel like a glamorous chanteuse today!
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / PUMEC | Mira – Spring | Group Gift
Hair / Moon | Moonlight – Gingers HUD | Group Gift
Eyes / SU! | Nova Eyes – Grass | Group Gift
Eyelashes / Ri | Lashes – 03 | SL Marketplace
Eyeshadow / Pink Fuel | Shimmer Eyeshadow – Barely There | Past Group Gift
Lips / Fudge | Peach Icecream Lip Smudge | Free on SL Marketplace
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I’m sneaking in a last-minute edit to this post to delight over a number of amazing sales I recently learned about, because I love you and don’t want anyone to miss an opportunity to snag some incredible deals!
❖ 50% off everything at Trompe Loeil through June 24th
❖ 50% off ALL hair styles at Magika through June 30th
❖ Yardsale at The Cookie Jar featuring 13 home & garden designers offering at least 50% off + free gifts, through June 30th
❖ 50% off all items at A:S:S through June 30th
❖ 50% off the entire store at Third Eye through July 1st
❖ 50% off at the FATE and coldLogic mainstores through July 5th
❖ L$50 hair sale at TRUTH, with 80 more styles just added. End date is unknown, but hurry!
When I was around 12 or so, my mom surprised me by purchasing an shabby, well-loved upright piano from a local seller in the newspaper. It arrived by the grace of a moving truck and the combined efforts of several people, and I remember feeling rich for the first time in my life. Though it had only cost a nominal $50 or so – the family really just wanted the convenience of having someone else move it from their home – to me it felt like a luxury, almost a monument. That piano had substance and took up space in the world; it was an instrument of creation and creativity, and it became the one thing in the world that felt like it was mine alone.
Mom signed me up for the most affordable lessons we could find; $8 paid to a fading jazz pianist at a local music store who started me down the same staid path that every dutiful young student was expected to take. But I was a cherry-topped chanteuse who fancied herself to be the next Tori Amos, all passion mixed with fiery angst, and none of this “First Year Piano for Beginners” nonsense. My interest in music waxed as the lessons waned, and for hours I sat pressed with my ear against a boombox balanced precariously upon the piano ledge, picking out Tori tunes by ear and belting them out with equal fervor.
We lost the piano when I was 15 and had to move, and I was heartbroken. I’d sneak into abandoned practice rooms at my high school and college, playing from ear and memory, but it was never quite the same. To this day, any time I come across a shabby old upright, faded with the patina of time and players past, I grow wistful with fond, faraway childhood memories. My heartfelt thanks to Asa Vordun and her gorgeous L’Arc en Ciel region for giving me a moment’s repose to lose myself in lovely thoughts once more.
I’m honored to have been invited to blog for My Closet, My Choice Store (MMC), and I paired the sleek and wonderfully fitted Vany Pants with the Sara Sweatshirt, a VIP group gift from Suicidal Unborn. Shae showed off the Kitty version of the sweatshirt last month – in fact, I think she may have been wearing it when we bumped into each-other on the grid for the first time! – and when I picked it up, I was thrilled to find the gorgeous galaxy print in the HUD.
MMC’s unisex Real Collection Glasses were just what I needed to shield me from the gloriously setting sun at L’Arc, and they can be found either as a group gift or for only L$1 on the Marketplace. I’m so happy when creators offer their group gifts on the MP; it’s a wonderful kindness for those who may be out of group space but would still like to sample a brand’s products.
Quality shoes for system feet are difficult to come by these days, so when I spied the indigo pumps with a soft dapple of stars in the I’m a Blue Princess outfit at Cotton Candy Monster, I had to snatch them up! I was at the store tagging a Midnight Mania board on the suggestion of a member of the SL Frees & Offers group, and was dazzled at the kawaii clothing and incredibly affordable prices at CCM. Lots of lovely items to be found there!
Skin / Belleza | Mae – Sunkissed Dark | Past Fifty Linden Fridays Sale
Hair / Sentinus Hair | Stephanie – Pink | Group Gift
Eyes / SU! | Bastet Eyes – Silver | Group Gift
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Gloss – Strawberry | SL Marketplace
* Sunglasses / MMC | Real Collection Glasses – N1 | Group Gift or SL Marketplace
Piercing / Diamante | Agony Facial Piercing | SL Frees & Offers Group Gift
Rings / Cae | Phases Rings – Crescent & Star | Past Event Gift
Top / SU! | Sara Sweatshirt – Stars | Group Gift
* Pants / MMC | Vany Pants – Black | SL Marketplace
Shoes / Cotton Candy Monster | I’m a Blue Princess Pumps | SL Marketplace
L’Arc en Ciel