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The Girl Next Door AO!

While we’re waiting for Tao to add Gogo’s website to the feed, I’ve decided to add her to this blog because really, I tend to blog at a somewhat leisurely pace and awesome deals like a 1L AO should not have to wait for my slow ass to post them. :p

Now, with that said, please, if you’ve got a newbie friend or an alt and she needs an AO, just get this one. This is just my personal preference, but an AO that could pass for a frame out of Madonna’s Vogue music video just screams “noob” to me and looks… well, silly! I mean really, who goes walking around town with their hips constantly jutted out like they’re modeling at a photoshoot?

What’s great about this AO, too, is that the stands do not lock the head in place. I understand there’s probably a need for a stand that does that once in a while, but for everyday casual use I think a stand with a locked head looks unnatural. I’m talking from experience; I had a stand in my AO that does not allow my av to move her head when she’s looking at things or listening to people, and it’s a bit annoying.

Okay, I only meant to add a single sentence to the top of this post to explain why Gogo is now posting at Grid Expectations. :p Without further ado, please read on for Gogo’s announcement 😀 ~ mela

The Girl Next Door AO is now available at my shop on La Reina for $1L. This includes 5 low priority stands (the head/neck is flexible), 1 ground sit, and 1 chair sit. The AO comes fully mod so you can put any poses that you like into your current ao, or add more to it!

The Girl Next Door AO can be found at my shop on La Reina.

Also, Queen Coronet of ::::QC Designs:::: made this awesome New Year’s Tiara!! She sells a bigger version for $100L, but the small one I’m wearing in this picture is available for only $1L in her shop. Who can resist tiaras & feathers?! Come get your tiara here!

December 30, 2007 Posted by | Fashion, Poses | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Baiastice Haute Couture

I’m a sucker for gorgeous and luxurious gowns. Like, really. Case in point: when Simone held her 100L sale a few months ago, guess who was repeatedly hitting Right-click > Buy in the wedding gown section, even though she has no plans on getting married in SL anytime soon (or ever, for that matter). 😮 Yeah, laugh all you want, I know there’s tons of you out there who’ve done the same…

Anyways, I recently discovered Baiastice Haute Couture, a store owned by Italian designer Sissy Pessoa, and guess what she sells! That’s right, gowns and dresses. Okay, she sells a lot of other stuff, too, but trust me — when you arrive there, it’s the gowns and dresses that are going to grab your attention.

Here are two items that grabbed not only my interest, but my linden wallet as well (clicking on the images will take you to their respective flickr pages where you can view larger versions; credits and SLURLs are at the end of this post):

baiastice histoire

The Histoire gown is a floor-length strapless number in an unusual taupe print. Horizontal bands of slightly lighter material repeat from top to bottom, except for one darker band that lies just below the breasts. Also drawing your eyes to the cleavage baring gap is a different colored texture that seems to peek out at you from under the neutral print of the gown.

I should mention that the skirt prims were designed for an avatar that’s considerably taller than my own. (Fyi, my avatar is 5’9″.) Since the prims are modifiable and copiable, shrinking the prims to fit was a painless procedure. In keeping with the neutral tone of the texture, I opted for a terracotta shade of lip color, copper-ish nail polish, and gold bangles and earrings. Since the cleavage area already has a number of things going on there, I decided to forgo wearing any neck adornments.

baiastice alabastro

The Alabastro dress is the first dress that really took hold of my notice. This is a very flirty and very playful dress that shows off a lot of skin, from the almost completely bare shoulders and half-bared midriff to the exaggeratedly asymmetrical hemline and sheer front flexiprims that will show off your gams like nobody’s business. What keeps it from going over the top is the shimmery, almost monochromatic texture.

Because of the somewhat ostentatious feel of this dress, I felt it was only right that the rest of the outfit should keep up. I chose to accessorize the dress with diamond encrusted t-strap heels, diamond jewelry, and silver hair. Offsetting the glitzy look are a softer pink lipcolor and nail polish.

Those weren’t the only things that caught my eye, of course, but I didn’t want to go completely crazy in the store. :-p Two other outfits that I almost bought were the Greenwater gown and the Quiet Voice dress, which comes with a hat. I took the liberty of snapping a photo of the Greenwater poster:

baiastice greenwater

You can find these and other gowns and dresses at Baiastice Haute Couture in the Centro Italia sim.

P.s. When I went there today, the Christmas freebie gifts — a white gown and some lingerie — were still being offered. To find them, look in the hallway just past the second room on the ground floor. Since these freebies have a Christmas theme, I’m not sure how much longer they will remain there.

What I’m wearing:

1st image: Dress – Baiastice Haute Couture, Histoire; Hair – RaC, Southfork black; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Lashes – RaC, Black flirty lashes; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 06; Earrings – Caroline’s Jewelry, Eva Gold Hoop Earrings; Bracelets – Caroline’s Jewelry, Gold Flexi Bangles; Shoes – Maitreya, Grace brown

2nd image: Dress – Baiastice Haute Couture, Alabstro; Hair – Armidi, Ginza silver; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Sofia; Body Shape – Mela’s, pink lady; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 01; Jewelry set – Muse, Limited Edition Dauphine set in silver/jet (group gift); Shoes – Paper Couture, strapped diamond heel granite

December 30, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments