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LAQ Special Holiday Offer!

Prices on Glow skins that are currently available as singles at LAQ (Imani, Elin, Kat, Kira, and Blondie) have been slashed 50% from now until January 10!  These are currently the only Glow skins that are sold as singles (everything else is in packs for 1990L).  The singles are normally priced at 1490L, but right now you can pick them up at just 745L each.

The packs, however, are an even better bargain:  just 1500L for 8 – 12 skins!  If you’ve been wanting these, now is the time to grab them.  After January 10, these skins will no longer be available as singles and will be sold in packs only for the standard Glow price of 1990L (which I think is already a great deal).

And, what better time than now for me to show off some shapes that I sell in my store for these skins!  :p  Here are some pics of the skins that are on sale, and some of the shapes I’ve made to go with them.

For LAQ’s Imani skin:

Mela's Dani Body Shape 01

For LAQ’s Kat skin:

Ivanka Body Shape at Mela's

For LAQ’s Elin skin:

Nola Body Shape at Mela's

LAQ’s Kira skin:

At Mori Pwani

LAQ’s Blondie skin:

LAQ Blondie skin

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Mela's, Skin | , , , | 3 Comments

heading for dance class

I picked up fri.day‘s freebie ballet sweater a while ago for my alt and I really liked it, so when they held their sale earlier this month I knew I had to get it in black.

After I put on my new sweater, I decided I wanted to dress my av up as if she were heading to ballet class. ^_^ While doing so, I ended up rediscovering some oldies-but-goodies that still look good.  You can click on the images to see larger versions.

LOTD:  heading to dance class

My Tess hair from LAQ, which works with the hairbase option on my all-time favorite skin, was perfect for this look. I searched for legwarmers in my inventory and unearthed some older BP* “ungry rabbit” legwarmers! These are no longer sold at BP* (hehe, vintage), but the lace versions are still available and Bettie’s got lots of other colorful types available now. I also threw on my Blaze tights (another old favorite) and the cute free flats I recently got at In Her Shoes.

I felt my look wasn’t complete, however, without a shoulder bag. After all, when you head in to dance class, you need to bring things like your shoes, extra hairbands, water bottle, towel, and maybe some jeans for afterward. 😀 I rootled through my inventory for a bit to see if there were any shoulder bags that would work, and I found some old Sumi (Tuli) lucky chair bags that I got last year.  (I wish she’d make stuff like this again, they’re so freaking CUTE.)

I realized at that point that I don’t have any bag holding poses.  I’d always meant to make a bunch of shoulder bag poses but that’s just one of the one-hundred-gajillion things I’ve been meaning to do in SL that I never got around to.  I decided that I would do some poses right then and there, and here are the four I did just for this post 😀

shoulderbag poses 01-04

I’m probably going to be making these bag poses available later at my store, Mela’s. I dunno when :p

Right after I took these shots, I found out from my friend Vivi that I could get my WinterChoice!2009 CSR cards stamped a day early if I joined the Choice! group.  (If you’re not familiar with the Choice! events, please visit here for more info.)  I wasted no time and got my cards stamped, and one of the first things I unpacked was the DPyumyum white tiger avatar.  Oh my god… this avatar is SO KEWT.  Seriously! I fell in love with it and ran around SL as White Tiger Mel for several days ❤ and took this fun, short dance vid:

tiger mel dancing tiger mel

Credits…
Sweater – fri.day, Ballet Sweater
Tiger avatar – DPyumyum WinterChoice!2009 CSR gift (obtained by redeeming fully stamped CSR card at the Choice! Event Hall)
Tights – Blaze pantyhose
Legwarmers – BP*, legwarmers usagi (discontinued item)
Shoes – In Her Shoes, Bows Bows Distressed black flats
Bag – Sumi (Tuli), When pigs fly (discontinued lucky chair item) [slurl leads to current temp location in the sky]
Skin – LAQ Trisha (hairbase version)
Hair – LAQ Tess; Mau’s & Mej’s, Daiyu noneedle
Necklace – custom gift from the best partner in the world, Carson ❤
Poses by me, which I might make available along with the rest of my poses at my store Mela’s depending on how lazy I’m feeling

addendum:  People have been asking where the video was shot.  It was shot in my workstudio!  I use a KMH skybox, with a couple of walls removed and a deck added.  The clock on the wall is a freebie from Chronokit.

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Machinima, Poses | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

New and new-ish: Curio, Paradisis, Exile

Gala Phoenix of Curio has released a lovely new skin called ‘Elf’; there’s one makeup in all skintones available as a group gift. It’s got the same body as her previous skins, with a new face…the shading makes the nose appear a bit thinner, and there are adorable dimples to either side of the mouth. The brows are a bit thinner than on her previous skins, and fairly light, so you’ll probably want to go blonde with it. I’m wearing it here with a recent hairstyle from Kavar Cleanslate of Exile, called ‘Monica’, in champagne; it’s a fun, messy ’80’s glam ponytail style that was perfect for the look I wanted.

The outfit is a mix-and-match of two new releases from Ankhari Tammas of Paradisis Creations;  ‘Superstar’; a sexy, daring clubwear outfit in gold and black with a cropped top, fingerless wrist gloves, and gold panties, matched here with the Superstar 2 pants in black. I’ve paired it with Sweetest Good-Bye’s ‘Billie’ bolero hoodie (the black with gold trim matches perfectly).

Skin: Curio Elf ‘Happy Holidays’ (group gift) in petal – dark

Eyes: Naughty Designs – Paris Blue Eyes

Hair – Exile – Monica in Champagne

Top, panties – Paradisis Creations, Superstar

Pants, suspenders – Paradisis Creations, Superstar 2

Shoes – Maitreya Gold, Esprit XTD Noir

Prim nails – Pixel Mode Sculpted Nails

December 16, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Hair, Skin | , , , , | 1 Comment

Ingenue: Marguerite, Jane, Judy, and Rosie

I have to admit, when I hear or read the brand name Ingenue, I pretty much immediately think of the typical retro stuff you’ll see in fashion mags and google searches:  sweet, pillowy skirts made of generous helpings of tulle; bobby socks, oxfords, and poodle skirts; Esther Williams style pinup swimsuits that were daring decades ago but are now modest by today’s standards.

What I generally don’t think of are items such as jeans and overalls, which is precisely what Betty Doyle released a little while ago.  And I love them!

Click the images to see larger versions.

LOTD marguerite and jane

I wore Ingenue‘s Marguerite sweater top and Jane jeans for this look.  The Marguerite top has excellent knit texturing with an argyle detail on the chest area, and what I really love is the sculpted blousing prim that goes right above the waist.

The high-waisted Jane jeans are organized in several layers for mixing and matching, allowing you to wear your shirts tucked or untucked. One of the things I immediately noticed about the jeans were the leg sculpts; they’re the perfect skinny jeans! ❤  The sculpts are modifiable, too, so even if you have a bit more thickness/muscle tone in your leg area you’ll be able to edit these to fit.  I also wore one of my bigger shapes just to check if the prims could be modded to fit and I forgot to take a picture of the result for this blog, but I think the jeans sculpts looked just fine with a few tweaks.  ^_^

LOTD ingenue judy & rosie

My friend Gogo told me I was channeling my inner Minnie Mouse when I paired Ingenue’s red Judy blouse with the Rosie overalls, lol.  The overalls are very 40s and look great; they come with sculpted rolled-up cuffs that are modifiable.  I’m probably going to wear these again with some of my favorite old standby tank tops from Celestial Studios and a cute, short hairstyle. 😀  The Judy top comes complete with puffy sleeves and a cute round collar attachment.

hibiscus 01

I’m also wearing something that is very, very special with my Ingenue outfits:  It’s a necklace that my partner, Carson, had custom made just for me!!  ❤ I really love the thought that he put into it; it features my birthstone at the center, and of course the hibiscus represents my beloved home, Hawaii.  This is actually part of a set that includes an anklet and shorter necklace, and all of it was designed by the ever-so-lovely Caroline Apollo of Caroline’s Jewelry.  (She currently does not do custom designs, but you should check out what she does have available 🙂 )

Thank you, Carson, for being one of my best friends in SL, for making my SL more fun, for watching old musicals with me, and for being Don Lockwood to my Kathy Selden.  😉

Other credits…
Skin – LAQ – Trisha; LAQ – Molly
Hair – 69 – Omnia 10; fri.day – Eloise; fri.day – Neva.2
Shoes – In Her Shoes – Bows Bows Distressed Red flats
Poses are all from my store (Mela’s), except for the last one; I think that’s from Reel Expression. ^_^

December 16, 2009 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment