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New at LAQ: Imani 2 skin!

I remember when the Imani skin first came out at LAQ; I thought the skin was beautiful and ended up wearing it for several days and enjoying the different makeups.  I’d felt the skin was perfect as it was, so when I logged in today to a notice about an Imani 2 skin, I was surprised.

Anyway, I shrugged off my momentary surprise, went ahead and rezzed the box, unpacked it’s contents to my inventory, and then put on the first skin.

And it was love all over again.

The Imani 2 skin remains faithful to Imani’s face overall, but various updates have been made that refine her appearance.  Probably the very first thing you’ll notice are the lips.  The lips are, for the most part, same as the original, but there’s some subtle enhancement to the shine on the lower lip.  There’s also some shading along the upper lip that’s new, and there’s a noticeable difference at the “cupid’s bow” section.  While I still love the full, pouty look of the lips on the first Imani skin, I’m really happy to see the definition on these new lips.

The next thing I noticed were the eyebrows.  Imani 2 has essentially the same eyebrows, except they’re a bit more fleshed out and more full.  I adjusted my hair base (the system hair worn to create a bald pate) slightly; the first Imani skin has slightly thinner brows and I felt that the level of pointiness and arch of my personal brow shape could be taken down slightly for the new Imani 2 brows.

Imani 2 also sports a very subtle beauty mark in the area of the left cheekbone, something that is not present on the first Imani skin.

Finally, I also noticed right away that the “glow” or “shine” on this skin has been distributed slightly differently.  It’s really amazing to see skin designers work their magic on the avatar mesh with the subtleties of shading and highlighting.  I feel as if the face of the Imani 2 skin has an overall slightly softer, more feminine feel to it because of the new glow/shine that Mallory has used on it.

imani 2

I’m not sure which is my favorite skintone for Imani 2; I keep wavering between Ebony (the darkest) and Cocoa (the second darkest).  Imani 2 is also available in Nougat and Peach for those who want a lighter version.  There are ten makeups available for each skintone, and for each makeup there is an optional hairbase (for use with some of the hairstyles at LAQ; using a hairbase skin with one of the hairbase styles results in a nice looking, realistic hairline).

By the way, the pendant I’m wearing in this image is from Caroline’s Jewelry.  When I’m not wearing my beloved hibiscus pendant that my partner Carson gave me, I find I tend to put these lovelies on.  Caroline’s offers these sweet sculpted script font initial pendants so that your neckline can be adorned with your and your sweetie’s letters.  ❤

caroline's jewelry:  m & c pendant

caroline's jewelry: m <3 c pendant

You can choose between a heart symbol or an & symbol.  To get the initials of your choice, just pick up the order form from the vendor at Caroline’s Jewelry and follow the simple instructions.  I think this would make a really cute Valentine’s gift, which happens to be right around the corner!

(Other credit:  Tess hair, by LAQ.)

January 31, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, 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

LAQ Ania and Luck Inc Sweaterdress

LAQ recently released a new Glow Skin.  Say hello to Ania!

Click images to see larger versions.

LAQ Ania

LAQ Ania

Even though I love trying on different skins I always go back to my beloved Trisha… but I dunno, I’m really loving the look of Ania and perhaps enough to make a switch! One of the first things I noticed about this skin are the brows.  The eyebrows on my Glow Trisha are a huge part of what I love about that skin, but the brows on Ania are just as good imo.  I’m also loving the shape of the lips as well as the perfect amount of gloss on them.

I’m not one of those people who absolutely must have freckles on her skin.  Not that I have anything against freckles, I think they’re cute!  But I don’t have any in RL so I’ve never desired them on my SL skin.  Ania has a light dusting of freckles, but it’s very subtle (you might need to go to the larger images to see them).

LAQ’s Glow Ania is available in three skintones (fair, peach, and nougat). You get a pack of 10 makeups and optional hairbase, too.

The first outfit I decided to put on with my new Ania skins was my red sweaterdress from Luck Inc.  Red is my favorite color 😀  Luck Inc is known for showing a lot of skin; this sweaterdress covers a little bit more than some of their other items but it still shows off your cleavage and legs!  (Speaking of legs, I think this dress would look cute with skinny jeans, too.)

Luck Inc Sweaterdresses

I started out with my Omnia 10 hair from ::69 but because it’s a long style, it kept cutting into the big cowl neck prim on the dress and it was hard to find a pose that wouldn’t do that. If that sort of thing bugs you, especially when you’ve got an AO with a lot of movement, then I’d say switch to a hairstyle that’s shorter or pulled back, like maybe a ponytail or half pony.

I’m really liking Luck Inc’s texturing, CK Winx does lovely work.  But don’t take my word for it, here’s a closer shot of the dress, in black:

Luck Inc Sweaterdress

Last but not least, the necklace I’m wearing in the last shot is from Caroline’s Jewelry… and some of you Twilight fans out there might recognize it if you clicked on the larger image! It’s the [Lion & Lamb] Rosalie Crest Necklace. Caroline’s recently released several Twilight inspired pieces, and one of my friends commented that the jewelry would also work with fun outfits like period gowns, too.

Credits…
Skin (all images) – LAQ (a.k.a. Laqroki) – Glow Ania + Cleavage Enhancer 2

3rd image (Left to Right)…
Dresses – Luck Inc. – Sweaterdress in Bulgarian Rose, Black, and Khaki
Hair – ::69, Omnia 10; Little Heaven, Rabi; lamb, Oh Sugar
Shoes – Maitreya, Shanti; Maitreya, Soho boots; LAQ, kneehigh boots
Hosiery – Sheer, KissKiss Tights; Blaze, Pantyhose in tan
Glasses – Naughty, Lennons sunglasses
Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, [Lion & Lamb] Rosalie Crest Necklace

4th image…
Hair – Truth, Linda

November 30, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Laqroki, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Hibiscus and lily

Wow, I haven’t touched this blog in literally half a year.  Where does the time go???

I finally got a new machine and Second Life has turned into this amazing, gorgeous new world and has basically renewed my ❤ for it.  Ask any of my friends and I’m sure they will attest that all I ever said to them for the first few days after getting my new hardware was “OMGGGGGGGGG EVERYTHING LOOKS AWESOME”.  And it SO does.  I took some comparison pics:

for comparison another comparison shot

Seeing SL like this has also renewed my desire to go out shopping, ha. Everything just looks tons better — shoes, clothes, hair, jewelry. So I guess it’s not surprising that I’ve decided to revisit my blog; I have pretties I want to document!

I’m from Hawaii, so I’m always tickled when I find Hawaiiana in Second Life.  I recently spotted a Bare Rose hula girl outfit on Tori Heart’s blog; I haven’t had a chance to go look at that yet but I will.  ^_^  Gogo also told me about a sale going on at the Yabu sim and I was delighted to see some amazing hibiscus flower sculpts at G-Field.  I picked up the yellow hibiscus because that is Hawaii’s state flower, and I also picked up the crystal pink hibiscus.  (The crystal pink one was 1L at the time I grabbed it, I’m not sure if it’s still that price.)  They’re modifyable so you can resize them; I had to resize them because they were huge.  Be careful when you modify, though, because these are no copy/trans.  You can click the images to see bigger versions on my Flickr.

G-Field yellow hibiscus G-Field crystal pink hibiscus

I also recently got the lily hair clip from Caroline’s Jewelry.  It’s copyable and no mod but comes with a resize script, and it’s also incredibly lifelike and pretty.

Caroline's Lily hair clip

Credits:

Skin – Laqroki Kira
Eyes – Exodi Twilight Anger
Hair – LeLutka Venessa (or Vanessa? Folder says one thing but all the hair objects say another lol)
Flower vase in the comparison images – Morantique

July 1, 2009 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Warm clothes for winter

I think I’m particularly fond of items like coats and jackets and other winter-related clothing in SL simply because I never wear these types of clothes in RL. When I TP’d over to Skin Flicks to look for glove layer manicures (I got a French manicure from there when I first started SL and I really like it), my eyes inevitably wandered over to the clothing section where there were some coats and jackets prominently displayed.

Click the following images to view larger sizes on flickr. Credits and SLURLs are at the end of this post.

victoria winter sport

This first outfit is the Victoria Winter Sport Outfit. I definitely took note of this outfit first! The collar, upper arm sleeve puffs, glove cuffs, and pants legs are all made of sculpty prims; the lower part of the jacket is actually on the skirt layer. As you can see, there’s lots of brown on this outfit, and it’s nicely accented with a gold and white scoopneck shirt that’s mostly hidden except for the arms.

I really dug those puffs on the sleeves; they reminded me a little bit of those cute jackets sold at Tuli that I also like a lot. The pants get my seal of approval too, because of the flattering highlighting and folds that have been drawn onto the seat that will probably make any butt look nice.

The items that are on the system layers are not modifiable, but all of the prim parts are, and the whole thing is transferrable. (Wish I’d thought to look here during the holiday shopping season!)

victoria winter coat

victoria winter coat 2

I also picked up the Victoria Winter coat. The coat comes in black, pink, red, beige, and grey; it took me quite a while to decide what color to get before I decided on black. ^_^ I was pleased to discover that it can be worn in two lengths: there is a prim skirt for the longer version, and a system skirt layer for the shorter version. The skirt prims are flexi, while the collar, sleeve cuffs, and the tie above the waist are sculpties.

strawberry milk chocolate 2

strawberry milk chocolate

mnk gifts

Another item I found was this cape from MNK Shop in the Americamura sim. (Gotta love these Japanese sims!) It was love at first sight, what with it’s cuteness, it’s pinkness, it’s fluffy puffy white furballs adorning the neck area, and frilly lacy layers underneath. Even the name given the cape is delicious — they dubbed it the “strawberry chocolate milk cape”.

It’s fun to watch the cape swish around your avi as you navigate about. The cape is almost completely made of prims, with flexiprims for the part that drapes down and sculpty prims for the shoulders and arms (there are two prims for each arm). It comes with a jacket layer item, too, to accommodate your avi’s movements.

MNK Shop has left a bunch of gifts lying around, too. I saw things like belts, a fur shawl, some free poses and an adorable fluffy cat-in-a-box hat. I couldn’t be arsed with taking pics of all of them except for my two favorite gifts, which were the hat and the poses. :p

What I’m wearing:

1st image: Jacket/pants/gloves ensemble – Skin Flicks, Victoria Winter Sports Outfit; Hair – ETD, Janine black; Earrings – Caroline’s Jewelry, Large Gold 3 Hoop Earrings; Skin – RaC, Trisha smoky; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Shoes – Last Call Vamp, Liah chocolate (foot prims only); Sunglasses – PrimOptic, Vizion

2nd image: Coat – Skin Flicks, Victoria Winter Coat black (long version); Hair – RaC, Cherry black (upcoming release); Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha smoky; Glasses – NeaBan, retro; Boots – Insolence, Charlotte; Hosiery – Blaze, black; Earrings – Celestial Studios, Lulu color change earrings; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 04

3rd image: Coat – Skin Flicks, Victoria Winter Coat black (short version); Hair – Armidi, Ginza midnight; Skin – RaC, Trisha smoky; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Earrings – Celestial Studio, Lulu color change earrings; Jeans – Maitreya, Raw Jeans (these are not available at Maitreya’s main location at GlamWorld but it is still for sale in-world at the Bali Hai location, or you can buy it on OnRez); Boots – SF Design, red suede boots (foot prims only); Sunglasses – NeaBan, aviators; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 04

4th, 5th, and 6th images: Cape – MNK Shop, strawberry milk chocolate cape; Hair – ETD, Chalissa II; Lashes – RaC, black flirty; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Shirt – ❤ Cupcakes, White Lacy Shirt; Jeans – Tres Blah, feeling blue jeans; Boots – SF Design, pink suede boots; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 02

January 6, 2008 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Fireflies

There’s a new kid on the block at La Reina, the sim where my store is located! Okay, not a literal “kid” but rather, a store called Fireflies. I’d never heard of it before, but I’ve since made myself quite familiar with it. :p

Aside from the fact that the dresses at Fireflies all come from the same designer, Novella Voom, there is a common denominator shared by all of the clothes offered there that strikes you immediately: they are all sexy. Provocatively sexy; elegantly sexy; sweetly sexy… I’m sure I could come up with several other adjectives ending with the “-ly” suffix but I think you get the point.

The textures are beautifully done, too. My favorite from Fireflies, the Scarlet, is a flirty red dress that seems to shimmer, and the clever highlighting and shading on the shirt layer makes it look as if the dress is reflecting light. Then there’s the sheer and lacy Isobel dress with it’s use of clean alpha, which you can take advantage of by wearing yet more lacy underthings; or if you want to be truly daring, just wear the dress by itself and let it show off that lovely skin of yours. ^_^

Here are several of the dresses that my friends Wilma Delgado and Gorgeous Yongho and I picked up while browsing the shop (clicking the images will take you to their respective flickr pages where you can view a larger size; credits and SLURLs are at the end of the post):

Fireflies Scarlet

Fireflies Isobel black

Fireflies Isobel red

Fireflies Isobel white

Fireflies Vivienne

Fireflies Eden

Fireflies Krystal

Fireflies LeiLei

Fireflies Romy

I should mention that everything in this store is very affordable. In fact, the last four dresses shown above are all just L$1 each; last time I checked, there were six of these “dollarbie” dresses available.

To see these dresses for yourself, visit Fireflies, located on the boardwalk at La Reina.

What we’re wearing:

1st image: Dress – Fireflies, Scarlet; Hair – Kin, Ash black; Lashes – RaC, Black flirty; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha smoky; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 04; Earrings – Paper Couture, Paillette earrings black and red; Bracelets – Amaretto, black bangles (freebie); Shoes – Shiny Things, Signature Slingbacks red / Jewelry worn with long version: Earrings – Caroline’s Jewelry, Eva Gold Hoop Earrings; Bracelets – Caroline’s Jewelry, Gold Flexi Bangles from the 3 Flexi Bracelets-Gentle Sway set

2nd – 4th images: Dresses – Fireflies, Isobel in black, red, and white; Hair – Kin, Ash black; Lashes – RaC, Black flirty; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha smoky; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 04 / worn in full-length shots of black version: Lingerie set – Insolence, Clara Black Satin; Shoes – Armidi Gisaci, Dalia Pump black

5th image: Dress – Fireflies, Vivienne; Hair – ETD, Marisela nickel burnt; Skin – RaC, Tasha smoky; Shoes – Shiny Things, Spring Stilettos black; Jewelry – Appetite & Eve Jewellery [Serendipity Studios], Victoriana Diamond Encrusted Pearl necklace, earrings, and ring

6th image: Dress – Fireflies, Eden; Hair – Kin, Amaunet white; Eyes – Nomine, Orbital 4; Skin – Sin Skins, Etheria Crinaeae (blue/aqua); Manicure – RaC, Manicure 11; Choker – Curious Kitties (accessories), Strap Choker; Neko ears – Hybrid, Sculpty Neko smooth fur; Neko tail – Hybrid, Basic Neko Tail; Piercings** – Zipz, eyebrow light metal spike micro twisted + nose titanium curved barbell + lip linked double light titanium captive steel rings; Tattoos – The Body Politik, Tribal Armband; Stockings – Curious Kitties, Fishnet & PVC Stockings; Boots – sf design, hi tuff black small boots; Bracelets – Cake, 80s pop bracelet
** Piercings were originally three separate sets; modified and linked by myself to accommodate lack of sufficient facial attachment points.

7th image: Dress – Fireflies, Krystal; Skin – Minnu Model Skins, Pale SkinGloss Rain; Hair – ETD, Katherine platinum; Shoes – Periquita Shoes, Black Toe Lolita; Necklace – GRANDMA!, wood-necklace (Y)

8th image:  Dress – Fireflies, LeiLei; Hair – Celestial Studios, Annie May II espresso; Lashes – RaC, Black flirty; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha smoky; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 02; Earrings – Paper Couture, Chinese Lantern Earring pearl; Shoes – Shiny Things, Ballet Flats classic pearl

9th image:  Dress – Fireflies, Romy; Hair – ETD, Naomi black; Eyes – Simtropia, gray light; Skin – Soda, fiona beta (group preview freebie); Manicure – RaC, Manicure 02; Body Shape – Mela’s, upcoming release; Leggings – Girlie, black leggings; Shoes – Shiny Things, Wood wedge platforms black/black; Bracelets – Caroline’s Jewelry, Black Rubber Bracelets

January 2, 2008 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 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

Oooh… pressies from Mischief and Icing!

My inventory is out of control, so I’ve been abstaining from the holiday freebie frenzy for the most part.

No one in their right mind, however, can say “No” to a freebie from Mischief and Icing. The update groups for both of these great stores are currently giving away two very pretty dresses, so if you’re not part of these groups yet… time to join! Janie Marlowe added in her notice this morning that another freebie will be coming out soon, and it sounds like it will be a menswear item. Ooh…

But enough of my yakking. Behold the pressies ^_^  As always, you can view larger versions of these images on their respective flickr pages by simply clicking on them, and SLURLs and credit info are at the end of this post.

The Mystified Halter Dress in snow, from Mischief…

Mischief Mystified Halter Dress

The lovely Twilight Gown from Icing…

Icing Twilight gown

Not part of these groups yet? Joining is super easy.

To join the Mischief update group (founded by Janie Marlowe), just hit Search > Group tab > type “mischief” and it will be the group at the top of the list with over 1900 members (as of this writing).

To get on the Icing update group (founded by Miko Omegamu), hit Search > Group tab > type “icing” and this, too, will be at the top of the list with nearly 900 members (as of this writing).

Additional info…

1st image: Dress – Mischief, Mystified Halter Dress in snow (group gift); Hair – RaC, Priss black; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – Soda Boutique, Fiona beta (group preview freebie); Shoes – KK Outfitters, Lo-Top Kool Kicks Women’s Black; Bracelets – Caroline’s Jewelry, Black Flexi Bangles from the 3 Flexi Bracelets-Gentle Sway set; Body Shape – Mela’s, pixie

2nd image: Dress – Icing, Twilight gown (group gift); Hair – ETD, Vivian chestnut; Eyes – Simtropia, blue light; Skin – Celestial Studios, Vogue Skin in Champagne/Noir-Smoky; Necklace – Cake, Bezel Set Diamond Necklace; Body Shape – Mela’s, pacific rose

December 18, 2007 Posted by | Fashion, Freebie | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

More goodies at D!ff

I found out that there were some newer items at D!ff so I ran over a couple of days ago to check their store out. Cute stuff! I picked up a couple of sweaters that have these great sexy necklines, a couple of funky plaid print pants (say that phrase with me really fast three times in a row, hehe :p ) and a blue version of that bra’d cami I fell in love with the first time I hit their store. (Credits/SLURLs for the remainder of the items worn are at the end of the post.)

diff cami jeans

I was happy to find that the girls decided to put their excellent cami, now in a pretty blue color, in two versions: with and without the bra peeking out over the top. Personally, one of the things that drew me to the cami in the first place is the bra but that does tend to limit your layering options a bit, if you are into the whole mix-and-match thing. The braless version’s neckline, unfortunately, was cut just a bit too low at the neckline for me to use — I don’t want my avi’s nips showing so I put a white long-sleeve shirt under it for this pic.

The plaid black jeans are going to get a lot of usage, I just know it. When I first picked these up I hadn’t realized just how well they’d end up going with a lot of my tops and T-shirts. Maybe it’s the soft, used-jeans quality of the texture as well as the coloring. One thing to note about these jeans, they are not modifiable, so be prepared to commit to that exact degree of leg flare as shown in the picture above.

diff glitterold

If you were to ask me what my favorite item is this time around at D!ff, I’d have to say it’s the Glitterold Stripe*d Sweater. I love tops that have 3/4 sleeves, as well as blouses that have scoop necks, and what do you know, this sweater features both. ^_^ A perfect amount of cleavage shows, and the prim flower that sits at the neckline draws attention to it. Mhmm, sexy!

diff tintable diff red plaid skull

Speaking of sexy, the Tintable Softe*d Sweater has a V-neck that plunges all the way down to the sternum, baring lots of cleavage. It comes with a couple of prim ribbons that you can either attach to the corner of the neckline, where it will draw attention to your cleavage just in case anyone may have missed it :p or you can opt for the ribbon that attaches to your left hip instead.

Paired with the sweater in the pictures above is the Red Plai*d Skull Capri. This was a true impulse purchase for me; red is my favorite color and I really dug that skull on the left thigh, and the girls price their clothing so reasonably it’s easy to just keep clicking on the Pay option of the right-click wheel. I’ve a feeling these pants are going to get paired up almost exclusively with my collection of shoes from KK Outfitters and my Hybrid neko ears & tail; they all just go together very nicely.

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Going back to that Tintable Softe*d Sweater — yay for tintable clothes! I’d just picked up this black flower skirt from Kurotsubaki’s location in the neighboring sim and this sweater turned out to be a perfect match once I’d tinted it a shade similar to that of the flowers along the side of the skirt. I’d debated whether or not to make the outfit look a little more demure; layering another blouse under the sweater (since it’s on the jacket layer) would have done the trick.

You can find these items at D!ff, located in the Juicy sim.

What I’m wearing…

1st image: Hair – ETD, Kizzy black; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Tattoos – Red Ruin, Live Fast Die Young Tattoo Sleeve; Glasses – Nea-Ban, Retro Standard scripted; Choker – Curious Kitties (accessories), Standard Black Strap Choker; Manicure – RaC, Manicure No 11; Bracelets – Caroline’s Jewelry, 3 Flexi Bracelets Gentle Sway black; Camisole – D!FF, Navy Bra*d Cami; Jeans – D!FF, Phunky Black Plai*d Jeans; Shoes – KK Outfitters, Lo-Top Kool Kicks Women’s Black
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Camisole – D!FF, Navy Braless*d Cami; Shirt – RaC, Plain Longsleeve Shirt White (from men’s clothing line)

2nd image: Hair – Truth, Amy Jane black; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Glasses – NeaBan, Retro Standard Scripted; Sweater – D!FF, Glitterold Stripe*d Sweater; Jeans – D!FF, Blue-ee Darke*d Jeans

3rd and 4th images: Hair – ETD, Brittany black; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Glasses – NeaBan, Retro Standard Scripted; Manicure – RaC, Manicure No 11; Top – D!FF, Tintable Softe*d Sweater (ribbon at chest or hips); Capris – D!FF, Red Plai*d Skull Capri; Shoes – KK Outfitters, Lo-Top Kool Kicks Women’s Black

5th image: Hair – ETD, Brittany black; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Glasses – NeaBan, Retro Standard Scripted; Manicure – RaC, Manicure No 11; Top – D!FF, Tintable Softe*d Sweater; Skirt – Kurotsubaki, black flower skirt

December 1, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The versatile White Lacy Shirt at <3 Cupcakes

White Lacy Shirt 01 I am a fan of mixing and matching numerous clothing articles from different designers; in addition to being just plain fun, it’s a way to get creative while expressing your own individual tastes and style.

As a result of this penchant for mixing up outfits, I’ve found that I’ve there are a handful of basic wardrobe pieces that I continually gravitate towards — items like the torn jeans miniskirt from the Last Call Yelena set; my Tres Blah jeans with the oh-so-perfectly shaded derrière; the Naughty Designs classic set of crop sweaters (that are modifiable! w00t for being able to control sleeve lengths); my continually growing collection of sneakers (they look like RL Chucks except for the logo) from KK Outfitters; the basic hoop earrings from Paper Couture (they’re free!); etc. They’re all incredibly versatile, enabling me to build my outfits in a myriad different ways.

I’ve recently added another item to my little list of clothing essentials: the White Lacy Shirt from ❤ Cupcakes! by Mimi Coral. (She’s also got lots of cute dresses — oh, soooo many sweet dresses, you end up feeling like a kid in a candy store!! — but that’s a whole ‘nother story, heh.) It’s incredibly versatile, and not only because of the basic white coloring. The shirt comes on all three system layers plus the underpants layer for tucking under the waistband of your pants and skirts, making it a super flexible and thus great choice for layering with other pieces. The fact that this shirt is also modifiable and copyable just adds even more value to this bargain of a shirt, because now you can create tinted copies. ^_^

The styling of the shirt itself is basically sweet, innocent, and romantic, what with the high collar and lacy front… totally makes me think of Anne of Green Gables stuff. :p The style is hardly limiting, however; you can still pull a diverse amount of looks out of the shirt. Here are a few outfits I was able to put together (credits and SLURLS are at the end of the post); they all use the same shirt (as well as the same Nicola Red Cameo locket from Caroline’s Jewelry; for some reason I felt compelled to keep pairing the two) but I feel they’re dissimilar enough so that you don’t “feel” like you’re recycling the same look over and over:

Outfit 1

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Back when I bought the shirt at ❤ Cupcakes!, I also picked up a 2-skirt set that comes in pink and grey. The skirts have a very feminine feel, what with the hip-accentuating buttons along the side and all the gathers and ruffles in the texture. Offsetting this nicely are the dark browns and leaner lines of the boots and the tweed jacket (which has that great torn detail that I love ^_^). Topping it off is a smart-looking capped hairstyle, and I added a turquoise bangle for a just a teensy-weensy subtle contrast. 😀

Outfit 2

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In this next outfit, I again layered the shirt under a jacket, but sort of reversed things — this time, it’s the top half that takes on a very feminine look with a hairstyle that is long, wavy, and shiny, as well as a jacket piece that takes on a very feminine form with it’s puffy sleeves and midriff-baring cut. Balancing things out again are the same brown boots paired off with figure-hugging faded jeans.

Outfit 3

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After the girly skirts and jacket I wanted a leaner and sexier look, so out came yet another essential piece — the thigh-skimming little black mini skirt. Completing the look is a dark red leather jacket and black pantyhose, along with some rather naughty-looking black platform boots that cling to the legs. In keeping with the somewhat edgy look is the short red hairstyle that deliberately brushes some hair over the right eye. Note: I felt that wearing prim lashes with this look was imperative but texture weirdness resulted in the right eye’s lashes poking through the hair; I remedied this by modifying the set of lashes so that only the left eye would be adorned. (Don’t forget the rule of thumb; ALWAYS make a backup copy before editing!)

Outfit 4

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It would be remiss of me to not pair this shirt with a skirt that’s equally romantic-looking. (Shorter avatars, please note that the prims on this particular skirt are somewhat longish; the body shape worn in this image is 5’9″ and the skirt fell to near the ankles.) Because I felt there’s already so much going on with the full shape and texture of the skirt, I refrained from adding any other jewelry and the only other adornments are the red manicure/pedicure on the glove/socks layers, as well as the simple sandals.

Outfit 5

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Last but not least: a rather prim and proper yet dainty look that would work at the office. The slim black skirt, black seamed stockings, and solid black plain pumps create a nice long and leggy line. What keeps the outfit from venturing into overly-stuffy secretary territory is the bolero jacket that remains open and thus leaves most of the torso exposed, and that wonderfully feminine hairstyle. There’s so much to love about this hairstyle, not the least of which is the incredibly life-like healthy-hair texture. The waves are nice and full, the bangs are a great length, the double-stranded headband is a nice touch, and I LOVE that the ears aren’t covered, meaning that you can show off your earrings and still get to keep a great length in the back.

So there you have it, five different outfits. They all have their own unique feel despite having been built around the same, very basic piece. The White Lacy Shirt is incredibly easy to work with because of the thoughtful layering options, and at L$75 it’s practically a steal. ^_^

Credits and SLURLs

Outfit 1: Hair – ETD, Janine black; Eyes – Simtropia, deep brown; Lashes – RaC, black flirty; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Nails – RaC, Manicure 06; Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, Nicola Red Cameo Locket in Gold; Blouse – ❤ Cupcakes!, White Lacy Shirt; Jacket – Nylon Outfitters, Tweed Jacket in brown; Skirt – ❤ Cupcakes!, Skirt Pack skirt in pink; Bracelet – 67 angels, Bangle #01 Turquoise; Boots – Last Call Vamp, Liah boots in chocolate

Outfit 2: Hair – RaC, Southfork black; Eyes – Simtropia, deep brown; Lashes – RaC, black flirty; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Nails – RaC, Manicure 06; Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, Nicola Red Cameo Locket in Gold; Blouse – ❤ Cupcakes!, White Lacy Shirt; Jacket – Tuli, from the Ana earth set (group freebie); Jeans – Last Call, from the Frida set; Boots – Last Call Vamp, Liah boots in chocolate

Outfit 3: Hair – Kin, Ash red; Eyes – Simtropia, cerulean light; Lashes – RaC, black flirty (modded to be worn on left eye only); Skin – RaC, Tasha; Shape – Mela’s, Harcourt; Nails – RaC, Manicure 04; Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, Nicola Red Cameo Locket in Gold; Blouse – ❤ Cupcakes!, White Lacy Shirt; Jacket – SLink, Black Red Leather coat (sans prims); Skirt – Last Call, pants layer and skirt prim from the Ginny set; Hosiery – Blaze, pantyhose in charcoal from the 13 color bundle; Boots – Szentasha Fashions, boots-zipper-short in black

Outfit 4: Hair – RaC, Southfork black; Eyes – Simtropia, cerulean light; Lashes – RaC, black flirty; Skin – RaC, Tasha; Shape – Mela’s, Aurora I; Nails – RaC, Manicure 04 & Pedicure 04; Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, Nicola Red Cameo Locket in Gold; Blouse – ❤ Cupcakes!, White Lacy Shirt; Skirt – Material Squirrel, Patch Skirt; Sandals – Lassitude & Ennui, Signature sandals in black & silver

Outfit 5: Hair – RaC, Priss black; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Lashes – RaC, black flirty; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Nails – RaC, Manicure 04; Earrings – Paper Couture, Antique Pearl Earrings (limited edition, no longer available); Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, Nicola Red Cameo Locket in Gold; Blouse – ❤ Cupcakes!, White Lacy Shirt; Skirt – Ingenue, skirt layer from the Paris Lullaby set; Stockings – Insolence, socks layer from the Clara Black Satin set; Pumps – Enkythings, Talyn black

November 24, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment