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Thank you, Evie <3

As I’d mentioned in a previous post about Evie’s Closet, if you love your avi you will join her group.

This group gift arrived in the notices this morning, the Chimera gown in Diamond:

Evie's Closet group gift

Right now enrollment into the group is closed, so if you’re not in the group, tough bananas for you! Just kidding :p Go visit her stores in either Madison Place or Juicy and check out her gorgeous clothes, and make sure you join her group when the next opportunity arises.

February 29, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Freebie | , , , | 2 Comments

My new Nyte ‘n’ Day dress

Ever since I got the Valentine’s Day dollarbie tanks and undies set from Nyte ‘n’ Day I have been meaning to go back and treat myself to new clothes. Everything there looks really good and I like the prices there because I am very strict about limiting my spending in SL.

I found this in the “New” section of the store and it came in several colors but of course I chose blue!

nyte 'n' day

nyte 'n' day 2

Nyte ‘n’ Day: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Couture%20Isle/119/252/22

Hair is from ETD, skin is from Dutch Touch, shoes are from Tricolore, manicure is made by Sin Skins but it was free at the L word sim and you can tint it, and pose is from Juicy.

February 26, 2008 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Candy House and other new hair goodies

Wow, lots of great hairstyle goodies came out over the past few days, plus I came across a really cute hair store called Candy House. Here’s a bunch of my favorites…

ETD Marisela and Armidi Roxy

I love the hair at ETD because the styles there almost always fit my avi right away. If I ever need to edit ETD hair, it’s usually just some minor change like moving a prim ever so slightly so that it doesn’t cover up an ear. Upon visiting the newly remodeled store, I was immediately drawn to the romantic-looking Marisela hairstyle which you see pictured here.

Using my Armidi giftcard, I was also finally able to treat myself to the Roxy style that I’ve been wanting for a while now. ^^

Another hairstyle that I adored is the Berri2 by Truth. I didn’t buy it for my main avi because it didn’t quite look right on my shape, but my altie sure looks adorable in it. 😀 There were actually a bunch of new styles that just came out at Truth and the demos are free, so it’s definitely worth your while to take a look there.

While running around some random Japanese sims, I came across the adorably named Candy House, which is owned by the equally adorably named Marina Puff. Candy House has more of a cozy boutique feel to it, with roughly a dozen hairstyles. What’s great about Candy House is that you get all the available colors in just one package for just 120L, and as if that weren’t plenty of value for your money, some of the packages contain the hairstyle with different types of bangs… again in each color.  Awesome stuff, really!

All right, instead of writing a whole lot more about the hairstyles I grabbed at Candy House, I shall simply let the pictures do the talking. 😀

Candy House Mocomoco

FYI — this Mocomoco style has texture change hair accessories on it. You simply click on each part to cycle through the textures. This hair is modifiable and so I plan on eventually loading some of my own patterned textures in it.

Candy House Yoko Dango

Candy House Futatu Musubi

Candy House Half Up Hair

BP big bomb hair

And oh my goodness… I am in love with this hair from BettiePage Voyager’s shop in Osaka. After seeing it on Natasha, I HAD to have this hair, even if it meant camping at the BP* lucky chair for it. (It’s not for sale and is offered only as a freebie from the chair.)

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Okay, and now for a completely abrupt change in subject, (because quite frankly I am too tired at the moment to come up with some clever segue)… I have two cute chairs up for sale at my shop in Juicy (the sim formerly known as La Reina).

mousie chair

cherry chairs

If you’d like to give them as presents, you can do so by sending from either my OnRez storefront or my SLExchange listings.

February 26, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Hair, Mela's | , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

My ShopArmidi.com adventure

I went on a shopping binge last night at Armidi.

ShopArmidi.com

Okay, it wasn’t exactly “at” Armidi; I visited the sim to activate my giftcard but it was all Firefox browsing from there. 😀

The Armidi blog recently announced that people could use their giftcards on MyGiftCard.ShopArmidi.com, a development I was very happy to hear about because I’ve been dying to use my giftcard for a while now. Okay, maybe not dying… but it felt urgent! :p The giftcard site is actually a foreshadowing of the official Armidi.com shopping site that they’re saying will come out in Spring 2008.

My initial experience with activating the gift card was a bit bumpy — visiting the website resulted in my receiving a message saying that my password had been lost (didn’t know I had one in the first place) and that I needed to visit the gift card kiosk in the Armidi sim to get assigned a new one. Okay, no problem. When I arrived there, however, the kiosk’s response was something along the line of, “You already have a password, please visit the website to retrieve it.” Like a person repeatedly hitting the crossing button at the sidewalk corner, I began to click the kiosk a bunch of times in annoyance and w00t! I eventually got my password.

ShopArmidi.com looks to be everything a shopping website ought to be — aesthetically pleasing, an intuitive layout, and it loads fast. You navigate from the landing page to the different departments (Beauty, Gisaci, Intimizzio, etc.), and each department has a series of pages that you can click through using the numbers listed at the bottom, as well as the Previous and Next page links.

Fatpack lovers will be happy to learn that they can now buy that dress or pair of jeans they’re so keen on in every color, and at a discount — a feature that is currently not available in the Armidi sim. These are not small discounts, either. Take a look at their cute Moccas boots, for example: the boots are 295L each and come in fifteen colors, so if you were to buy each one separately that’d run you 4425L. The “All Colours” option will let you grab all of them in one fell swoop for 2950L, which is a savings of 1475L. That’s like getting five of the boots for free. If you’re crazy enough about the shoes and don’t mind putting your inventory through that kind of abuse, then you should be happy with that feature. ^^

Another thing I loved about using the website was the delivery service. From the moment you hit Confirm, the speed with which your item is delivered in-world is impressive. The site’s FAQ says to expect delivery within ten seconds, although it may take as much as thirty to sixty seconds if there’s lag, etc. Honestly, I probably got all my stuff in five seconds or less; when I’d switch from Firefox to my SL client, the little blue delivery message in the upper right corner would already be waiting for me. Okay, this next point will probably seem like fluff to most people but I do love little touches like this… my items were delivered to me in a black sculpty shopping bag that gave me my purchases in a folder as soon as I rezzed them, and when I attached the shopping bags to my avatar’s hand, I saw a subtle hand-swinging animation. How cute is that?! 😀

There are a couple of things I didn’t see on the site, however, that I do hope will surface in the official shopping website when it debuts later this year. For starters, navigating between the departments involves the extra step of heading back to the landing page. While this is not a major issue, it is mildly annoying and I would have preferred to see some kind of feature that let me skip straight from, say, Intimizzio to Elephant Outfitters instead of constantly going back to the main page. Another thing I wouldn’t mind seeing tweaked is the font color of the text for the page numbers and the names of the items. The font itself is already kind of on the small-ish side; the lightness of the font color makes it that much less legible. One more thing I want to see — and I’m sure they will offer this come later this year, I’d be shocked if it weren’t — is the ability to purchase things from them and have it delivered to another avatar as a gift.

Oh, there was one more thing that occurred, and the lightning-speed with which Armidi’s staff resolved it has cemented my position as a fan of theirs. I’d used up almost all of my giftcard’s funds and had 265L left — not quite enough to purchase the 295L Roxy hair that I wanted. There’s no way to refill your card or to pay the difference out of your own linden balance, you’re simply given an insufficient funds message. I sent an e-mail to Armidi’s support address, and I don’t quite remember how long it took but it felt like maybe only five minutes had passed before I was getting IM’d by London Armidi? Anyhow, that kind of speed impresses me a lot, especially when it’s coming from a merchant as big (and therefore quite busy) as these guys.

One more thing to note — according to the giftcard site, Armidi group members will get a chance to view the site shortly before the rest of the public will be able to use it come this Spring.

February 26, 2008 Posted by | Fashion | , , , | 3 Comments

Disco Bitch

Yay, I’m blogging on Grid Expectations now, people will actually read what I write! Comparing traffic stats between our Poseur blog and here was humbling.

Gogo teleported me to BP* because the lucky chair had a letter N. (Sucks for Niki that she wasn’t on!) She had been watching the chair there because of some fabulous hair that Triangle Caudron had posted. I can see why my circle of friends went a little chair camping mad for this hair! It can’t be bought, you can only get it from the chair.

I am calling this look my Disco Bitch look, thanks to Vivi for the excellent name suggestion.

I'm a disco bitch!

The pose is from mine and Nikita’s shop!

Sorry for not including the location where I got the clothes.  I had several messages all asking where I got this!  I got it from a lucky chair at an authorized reseller’s store.  Only the green version is in the chair but I think there were other colors for sale too.  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Leodegrance/165/49/65

February 25, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Freebie, Hair, Poseur | , , | 3 Comments

mela’s is now on SLExchange and OnRez

Wewt, so I finally finished getting my most recent stuff up on SLEX and OnRez 😀

I’ve been meaning to get my things on there but never quite got around to it.  Over the past couple of days, however, I’ve had several requests from people wanting to send the skin fatpack as a gift to friends… so I figured I should make gift-giving easier for people when they’re not able to find me online.  Or if I’m AFK (which is like, 75% of the time ^^).

Here are the linkies:

mela’s @ SLExchange.com (you will need to enable mature content but I promise my pics are all PG!)
mela’s @ OnRez

On a side note, the girls from Poseur have been waiting patiently for their blog to be added to the Fashion Planet feed (they’ve been on the iheartsl feed for weeks now, though… sorry, couldn’t resist :p ) but since that’s not happened yet, they’ve been invited to use Grid Expectations to announce their stuffs or whatever.  ^^  You can view their blog at http://lesposeurs.wordpress.com/ and check out a couple of their pose vendors at my shop in La Reina.

February 24, 2008 Posted by | Mela's, Poseur | , , , , , | Leave a comment

D!FF Isometric Dresses

I think I’m starting to notice a pattern in my shopping habits:

I like cute dresses.
I tend to favor the shops that have the kinds of prices that make it super easy for me to justify buying lots of stuff in one helping (i.e., ❤ Cupcakes, Fireflies, D!FF, Magnolia, just to name a few).
The more versatile the item is, the better.

D!FF’s new Isometric Dress, which comes in three color combinations, happily fulfills all these criteria. ^^

D!FF Isometric Dresses

Clicking on the above image should take you to the flickr page where you can view a larger version.

The flexi-prim skirts have been given a flattering shape and the hem length is instant cuteness. The tops are provided on both the shirt and jacket layer, making it easy for you to mix things up with other items in your inventory and thus attain your own individual look.

The design of the dress is simple enough so that it lends itself to a variety of different looks, while the vibrant colors and the pattern keep things visually interesting and fun. Just add the right hairstyles, shoes, and other accessories, and you can go from a look that’s appropriate for a day at the park or the zoo, to a smart looking get-up for visiting the art museum. (Yay for coming up with scenarios for your clothes while playing dress-up ^_^ )

Read on after the cut for details and SLURLs for the three looks in the image above…

February 22, 2008 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

New items at Mela’s

A new body shape is up at my shops in La Reina and LicoLico ^_^

Introducing akane, a modifiable body shape that comes packaged with ten skins, available for 500L.

poster akane 1024

If you’re not looking to get a new shape but enjoy collecting skins, then you can pick up the skins for 40L each. Better yet, you can save 50% by getting all ten skins in a fatpack for 200L.

skin fatpack 512

All skins are sold with three pubic hair options (bare, landing strip, and natural), and include a tintable eyebrow base. (Instructions on how to tint the eyebrows are included with the skins.)

Here are the makeups…

skin mermaid skin grocery run skin coffee candy skin cocoa break skin cherry bomb skin fantasy skin flamingo skin glam slam skin pink chocolates skin sorceress

I’ve also set out a new freebie ^^

skin elephant freebie

The freebie is also available at both my La Reina and LicoLico locations!

February 22, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Mela's, Skin | , , , , | 2 Comments

The White Faun

I am still in fantasy dress-up mode. ^^

white faun at green muslin

This faun (or satyr if you’re an ancient Greek :p ) outfit is from a collection called Titania’s Court by Riann Maltese, which you can find right at the entrance to Fairy’s Grove Creations.

I’ve been wanting one of these faun outfits ever since I first spotted the vendor for it back in October, but as always I was gripped by indecision as I contemplated the six colors that are available. I ultimately chose the white one because I think it makes for a nice contrast with my darker human skintone. 🙂 The faun avs come in six colors, ranging from black to white, with autumnal-looking reds, browns, and yellows in between.

white faun

This truly is a beautifully made ensemble. For starters, the texturing work on every single piece in this set is fantastic, from the horns to the hooves.

I was also really pleased with how the legs look. The primary leg prim is a sculpty while the tufts of fur that appear around the hooves and at the leg joints are mostly torii. The texture covering the lower torso and thighs is on the underpants layer and comes in two versions, one of which does not cover the crotch (for all you kinky fauns out there, I guess).

For your head, you get a pair of sculpted horns and sculpted ears, and a prim tail for your tush. The ears and the tail are scripted to twitch and move, much like how you’d see a neko ear attachment move.

02/25/2008 Important addendum!!:  There are two versions of each color at the vendor, one for males and one for females.  Whenever you click on a color button, a preview of the av will show in the display, so that’s one way you can tell whether you are viewing the male or female version.  You can toggle between the genders by using the male/female symbols on the left side of the vendor.

More on what I’m wearing following the jump…

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February 20, 2008 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

SL Poetry Group

I did my first poetry reading in SL yesterday.

even my avi looks nervous

I snapped that pic right before going up on the stage and reciting a sonnet over voice chat. This was pretty ridiculous of me, but I was like super silly nervous about it because the sonnet is something I’ve written. ^^ I’m usually extremely private when it comes to my writing but I was feeling kind of… well, anti-social for not sharing when everyone else was doing so. After a bit of waffling over whether I should do it or not, I finally took the plunge 😀

The SL Poetry Group is one of my favorite groups that I belong to right now, even though I’ve been a part of it for maybe only a month. There are quite a few people who participate and they meet at regularly scheduled times all over the place. In regards to the use of voice, everyone is accommodated. I personally prefer using voice at these gatherings because I like hearing the readers (there’s this one woman named Morgue with a voice that was meant for reciting, it’s like butter and her accent is so pretty), but if you aren’t able to hook up sound or use a mic, that’s not a problem — the poems are also fed into these things called “line readers” which will recite the verse in public text chat in a different color (so as to differentiate the poetry from actual resident chatter). You can also have another voice user recite the poem for you if you’ve no desire to recite it yourself.

There were some bongos on the stage where I recited, lol. They really worked if you clicked them, too — it made me think of Mike Meyers and his beat poet in So I Married An Axe Murderer so for fun I put together my own pretentious poet outfit :p :

SL Poetry group

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February 18, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, SL Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments