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When I visited the Rezzable 2010 event at Greenies to check out the Exile Laya hair, I was immediately drawn to one of the Bare Rose outfits.  Bare Rose is one of my favorite stores, after all.  ^_^

Then I hit up Inspire Space Park and played at being some space warrior queen, impervious to the perils of floating about in outer space.  😛

LOTD space 01

LOTD space 02

LOTD space 03

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Hair – Exile, Laya
Outfit – Bare Rose, Echidna
Eyes – Body Politik, Total Darkness
My skin is from LAQ.

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January 30, 2010 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

60L Sunday Sci-Fi Sweets

The 60L Sunday group is HUUUUUGE and so yes, there’s a ton of stuff that gets listed each week.  Last week’s list was well over 150 items.  😮

Thanks to the organizational skills of the people behind 60L Sunday, however, going through the entire list is entirely do-able.  They use a subscribo system to deliver a notecard to members, and the notecard is basically just a list of all the stores that have a 60L offering for that day.  For each store listed, there’s a landmark and picture embedded.

I was able to look at all 150 textures within a reasonable amount of time, and since the notecard is sent with Modify perms I’m able to edit the list as I go through it.  I simply deleted the items I knew I would not be picking up for whatever reason, while leaving intact the listings for items that caught my eye and interest.

Last Sunday, I picked up three items that really got my attention as I looked at the ads:  the Blind Mag eyelashes from Crimson + Clover, a Donna Flora dress called Jillian (it was available in four colors, I chose platinum), and celt carved earrings from Beautiful Jewels.

The eyelashes are fantastic. At first I paired them up with my white orbital eyes from Nomine (I’m not sure if these eyes are still sold, it seems I’ve had them forever and after all this time they’re still among my favorites)…

at blue galaxy

… but I paired them up later with my all dark eyes and I think all that black makes the lashes pop out more!

LOTD sci fi 02

I wore the Donna Flora dress and C + C lashes with my new Laya hair from Exile, my white knee high boots from LAQ, and my Luck Inc. wide leather belt for a kind of science-fiction-ish look:

LOTD sci fi 01

The Jillian dress uses a system skirt, so I busted out my dress shape for these pictures.  (Time for a little shameless plugging of my own store:  I include a “dress” version with all my shapes, to be worn with clothing that employs a sytem skirt layer.)  I’m generally not a fan of system skirts because of the way they seem to inflate your avi’s ass like there’s no tomorrow, and because of the way they often appear to be floating around your torso, but the skirt on this dress was very nicely done and any wide belt will work great at the waist area.

Last but not least, the pair of earrings that I picked up from the 60L Sunday event:

celt carved silver earrings

Don’t let the sheer size of the 60L Sunday listings prevent you from picking up some gems! The organizers make it easy for you to filter through everything, it just takes a little bit of time to look at notecard pictures. (Plus, I think they’ve taken the size of the group into consideration so now they’re making it a weekend event that actually covers Saturday and Sunday.)

Style credits…

First three images:
Hair – Exile, Laya
Eyelashes – Crimson + Clover, Blind Mag lashes
Dress – Donna Flora , Jillian platinum
Boots – LAQ, Knee high boots white
Belt – Luck Inc., wide leather belt solid
Eyes – Nomine, orbital (first image); Body Politik, Total darkness (second and third image)

Last image:
Hair – LAQ, Tess (must be worn with a hairbase skin)
Earrings – Beautiful Jewels, celt carved silver earrings

My skin is from LAQ.

You can also visit the Sixty Linden Sundays blog.

January 29, 2010 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

021 to 025 of 365

I think my latest images from my 365 project thingamajig kind of reflect the way I currently see SL fashion.  For me, it’s basically like being a kid again with all these crazy fun possibilities for letting your imagination go.  You can dress up as an alien, a superhero, or a mythical creature… it’s just endless!

None of it would be possible without the amazing content creators that grace our grid with their talents.  ❤  I normally don’t do the gushing fangirl thing and reach out to designers at random, but when I laid my eyes on the Laya hair demo from Exile I *had* to IM Kavar Cleanslate just to say “THANK YOU”.  I liked this hairstyle so much, I actually used it in three of the five shots I’m posting about!

Anyways 😛  Here are my latest…

021.  space queen

Day 21 of 365, at Inspire Space Park.
I was *trying* to give this image a comic book cover feel because I felt the pose came out looking sort of superhero-ish, but I’m not really sure what else I should do to it.

I think it’s looking a bit busy, though, with that background >.<

022.  snagged

Day 22 of 365, snagged.
Lol. \o/

Have I mentioned that Carson is awesome? ❤

023.  lashes

Day 23 of 365, lashes.
I really like these eyelashes that I got during the latest 60L Sunday, from Crimson + Clover. 60L Sunday has an INSANE amount of stuff but at least they’re really organized, allowing you to go through their notecard and quickly filter through everything.

I’m in the group as a merchant but I haven’t done any 60L releases myself. I am a lazy bum. I think I need to fix that!

024.  insilico plant

Day 24 of 365, insilico plant.
I shot some pictures for a blog post that I plan on putting up soon. This is one of the shots I took. I tried playing around with it to make it look like a painting? Not sure if I really succeeded in doing that. ^_^

025.  casting a spell

Day 25 of 365, casting a spell.
Kouse Singh made a recolor of her Hope gown and I had fun setting up some shots as a wicked fairy. I actually blogged this earlier and you can find that here.

Some style credits…

Image 021:
Hair – Exile, Laya
Outfit – Bare Rose, Echidna

Image 022:
Hair – friday, Neva.2
Dress – Musashi-Do, Tender Blossoms (limited edition color)

Image 023:
Hair – Exile, Laya
Eyelashes – Crimson + Clover, Blind Mag Lashes (60L Sunday)
Eyes – Nomine, orbital

Image 024:
Hair – Exile, Laya
Dress – Donna Flora, Jillian platinum (60L Sunday)
Boots – LAQ, Knee High Boots white

Image 025:
Gown – Kouse’s Sanctum, Hope for Haiti recolor
Wings – Fancy Fairy, Bloodvine ebony XLarge
Skin – Curio, Moonbeam Light Elf Happy Holidays (group gift)
Hair – Mau’s & Mej’s, Daiyu No Needle
Particles for hands – Pixel Mode, Pixel Dust Dance Particles white/pink
Eyes – Body Politik, Total Darkness
Poses – from my store, Mela’s

My skin is from LAQ.

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Photography, Project 365 in 2010 | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

006 – 010 for Project 365

Still catching up on my Project 365 posts.  ^_^

006.  blue

Day 6 of 365. Shot on the Life Is Good sim.

What is your favorite color?

I’ve always found this to be an interesting question, because favored colors, scents, tastes, etc. are always changing as you evolve as a person, or move through the days and events that map out life.

I’m somewhat inconsistent when it comes to selecting a favorite color. I like red a lot, especially a deep, rich, blood red; words like ‘vibrant’ and ‘passionate’ come to mind when I picture that hue. And then there’s the happy, almost fragrant and frolicsome quality of green.

But every now and then, there are moments when the contemplative serenity of blue is really soothing. ❤

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Day 7 of 365, nap with Baby Coqui.

Afternoon nap pose with my baby 😀  (I don’t do the whole motherhood roleplaying thing, but omg having a Zooby baby is like the ultimate prop LOL.  The babies are ridiculously cute!!!  If you want to find out more about them, read Gogo’s blog!)

008.  planets

Day 8 of 365. Towing my zooby baby around while exploring the *little kasiopaya* Planets & Art Labyrinth.

I saw this location on M Linden’s flickrstream and had to come check it out for myself.

009.  dream

Day 9 of 365, dream.

My avatar’s eyes shut right at the moment I shot this, and it seemed appropriate.

010.  taking refuge

Day 10 of 365, taking refuge.

The word ‘refuge’ fits with this image in a lot of different ways. He knows why. ❤

Some style credits…

Image 006 & 007:
Hair – fri.day, Neva.2
Dress (lol a very SHORT one) – Luck Inc., Tankdress 50L Friday Nerdieh
Jeans – Armidi Limited, A001 Jeans Regular Classic
Shoes – UBU, Drunks
Image 006 was shot on the Life Is Good sim. You should make time to visit this sim, because Porta Fosse will be closing it down on January 15. 😦 Don’t miss it!

Image 008 & 009:
Hair – Exile, Jane
Outfit – COCO, WinterCSR Choice prize
Boots – Reek, Autumn boots Red 50L Friday

Image 010:
Dress – TRUTH Martini dress, group gift

My skin is from LAQ.

January 11, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Project 365 in 2010, SL Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Cassie undies from Blowpop, LAQ’s Glow Drew, & cheapo knit button boots

As I said in my previous post, Annyka Bekkers of Blowpop very recently released a bunch of new items, and instead of putting everything all in one giant post, I want to savor each pretty 😀

Today I want to talk about Cassie! The Cassie Low-rise Boyshorts & Bra set, that is. Click on the images to see larger versions:

blowpop cassie front and back

The texturing on this set is gorgeous. Yes, it may all be virtual, but you can almost *feel* how soft and comfy these bra and panty sets are! The shading and highlighting are perfect, accentuating curves in all the right places. I really like the light shading right at the band above the ribcage area, which gives the bra a nice three-dimensional feel.

blowpop cassie fatpack

Cassie sets are available in a lot of delicious colors, and they all look fantastic. I also think these babies are a great bargain at the price they’re set, and I totally say go for the fatpack! That way you get to mix and match the colors, too, which is fun 😀 I own a lot of underwear, swimwear, and lingerie because I like to use these types of items in my shape ads for my store, and just based on my own personal consumer experience I’d have to say Annyka is arguably one of the best designers you’ll find on the grid right now, period. Seriously. I love her stuff.

button knit boots

The knit button boots I’m wearing in these shots are from a Japanese designer named Masami Niekerk. I’d actually found her boots by accident while browsing mindlessly through Xstreet. The boots are loaded with texture change options and walking sounds. I’m actually not a fan of shoes with sounds, but I loved all the sweet color options and it was only 10L! Speaking of Xstreet, I’m kind of sad about the impending changes that will be made to that site. I realize Linden Lab wants to create a marketplace that isn’t so cluttered, but once these new fees go into effect I sincerely doubt we’re going to find these sorts of gems anymore.

LAQ Glow Drew

I’m also using LAQ’s latest Glow Skin release, Drew. Drew was actually an original Portrait Skin line face, but Mallory Cowen has given her the Glow treatment and the result is beautiful. Drew is available in three skintones. With each tone pack, you get ten makeups and a hairbase option for each.

Around the same time I tried on the Cassie undies, Carson bought a vacuum cleaner for me! It’s the Meggasuc Vacuum from -RC- Cluster and when you attach it to your avatar, a vacuuming animation takes place. I think it’s super cute, and tried it out in our new skybox that Carson’s been putting together. I loved it so much I had to take a vid, hehe.

And, see? The undies are so comfortable I like wearing them while doing housework. 😛

Credits…
Hair – Exile – Cherry
Underwear – Blowpop – Cassie Low-rise boyshorts & bra
Skin – LAQ – Glow Drew + Cleavage enhancer 2
Boots – Masami Niekerk – button knit boots

In the video…
Panda doll – Pink Fuel – Regular panda
Water box with straw – *mocorin* – sizuku pack water
Vaccum – RC Cluster – Meggasuc vacuum cleaner

November 22, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Shoes | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Return of a classic favorite: LAQ Glow Lacie

Well, I meant to blog about the re-release of the Lacie skins at LAQ as Glow skins a while ago now, but life has been rather hectic over the past week.  (Just thinking about how crazy things were is making me tired again!)  Better late than never, though, right?  🙂

The Lacie skins are available in four skintones, and each skintone comes with eight makeups.  You get two versions of each makeup:  bald, and hairbase for wearing with certain hairstyles.  There’s a lot of pretty details on Lacie, but the part I love about this particular skin most are her eyes:  she has deep set eyes that are framed by nicely done brows that aren’t too thick or too thin, but just right.

Anyway, enough talk… let’s just get on to the pics 😀

LAQ Glow Lacie milky

Glow Lacie milky makeups

LAQ Glow Lacie fair

LAQ Glow Lacie fair makeups

LAQ Glow Lacie peach

LAQ Glow Lacie peach makeups

LAQ Glow Lacie nougat

LAQ Glow Lacie nougat makeups

You can click on the images above to see (much) larger versions of them on my flickr stream. Visit the Laqroki sim (Laqroki 154, 67, 23) to try demos of the skins.

On a side note, I never thought I’d see the day where I’d drop over 1k on a single pair of shoes in SL. Ever. But omg, I did! I splurged on a pair of Maitreya Gold shoes and I am 100% free of buyer’s remorse. These shoes boast prim toes/feet and the designers included skin presets/notes so that you can match them to most major designer skins. They’re fabulous so I *had* to show them in one of my pics 😀 ❤

Other credits… >> in the milky tone image
Hair – LAQ Claudia
Top – fri.day basic cami
Shorts – fri.day denim shorts

>> in the fair tone image:
Hair – Exile Voodoo
Dress – LeeZu freebie
Shoes – Maitreya Gold Salience

>> in the peach tone image:
Hair – 69 Q.B.
Jacket – Aoharu Black short jean jacket
Bikini – Last Call Yelena gold bikini
Tattoo – Aitui Fuse
Jeans – Gearshift Maverick jeans

>> in the nougat tone image:
Hair – LAQ Imani
Top – Last Call Tatienne lacy shirt
Bag – =E.M.A.=

August 25, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Tempest, Constanze, and Ryel

Today I had the pleasure of romping about SL as a princess.  Yes, I know a lot of RP people would use the pretty gowns from Kouse’s Sanctum to roleplay elves but I’m going to insist on being Her Royal Highness.  😀  I headed over to a sim named Pirate Fairy Retreat to take some pics of my royal finery from Kouse’s store:

Kouse's Sanctum - Ryel and Constanze Kouse's Sanctum - Tempest (irridescence)

The first two gowns are the Ryel gown in blush, and the Constanze gown in bubblegum. I’m not sure which one I liked more; I adored the poofy long sleeves on Ryel and the way the colors complemented each other, but I’m also really partial to the diaphanous quality of the outer flexi prims on Constanze’s skirt… they kind of reminded me of fairy wings 🙂  The second picture shows off the Tempest gown in irridescence; I loved the colors on this one!  I also have Tempest in the ocean color; you can get a closer view of the bodice in this next shot:

Kouse's Sanctum - Tempest (ocean)

While looking around the Pirate Fairy Retreat sim, I went underwater and discovered some marine life.  I went swimming with a seal, and did it in my gown… because dammit, this is SL and I can do that if I want.  :p  I might revisit as a mermaid…

Kouse Singh very recently announced a photo contest, and everyone who participates gets an exclusive Mayah Tiara! (If you’ve gone shopping at Kouse’s before, then you already know she tends to include jewelry and tiaras with a lot of her outfits.) Here’s my sneak peek at it, I think Exile’s Love Song hairstyle goes beautifully with tiaras and crowns:

mayah tiara

I’m just going to lift her graphic off her flickr and plonk it here in my post :p Click the image below and it will take you to her store blog where contest rules and info are available.

Kouse's Sanctum Photo Contest

Other credits…
Skin – Laqroki Jennie
Hair – Exile Love Song
Eyes – Exodi Zbilja
Shape – Mela’s Maggie

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Machinima | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

loreena and michael

My friend Brianna recently released a new skin named Loreena at her store, Le Pinceau. I think this time around, my favorite makeup is #03, with it’s bright pink lipstick and silvery, slightly smoky eyes. I thought the makeup on #00 was interesting; well, I suppose “makeup” is the wrong word since it’s a mostly nude look but she has sort of a flesh-toned lipliner on.

Clicking on the image will take you to a larger version on my flickr:

le pinceau loreena

Their 75% off sale is still going on, too, so if you’ve been curious about their new store now’s the time to take a look!

While I’m on the subject of skins, L’oring or Lazolli skins (or both? I am a little confused as to what the official name of the brand is, honestly) has a Michael Jackson skin that is probably the best one I’ve seen on the grid thus far. I never really paid much attention to the skin other than to think “wow good likeness” in passing.

Last night, though, while cruising around I saw the avatar name MichaelJackson —— pop up on my Mysti radar. Out of curiosity, I sought him out and said hi, and admired the likeness he’d achieved thus far. (I’m usually really shy about approaching people, but I guess the faux celebrity thing was too interesting for me to just pass by ^_^)  I recalled the L’oring (or Lazolli! lol) skin, so I asked him if he wanted to check it out. We headed to L’oring/Lazolli and this is how it looked on his av:

skin shopping with michael jackson av

😀 He tried on the shape demo that was offered at the store, but we both agreed his shape was a lot better. Then we did the Thriller dance, haha. A friend of mine recently gave me an attachment that plays a Thriller soundbyte while animating your avatar with the dance from the Thriller music video… it’s fun. If you want a copy of it to share with your friends, let me know and I’ll toss one to you! Just IM me, my name is Melanie774 Kidd. Here’s a quick vid of the attachment at work:

P.s.  RIP, Michael Jackson.

Other credits…
In my pic with MJ (sorry, I don’t know where he got his stuff):
My hair – Exile Rayne
My skin – Laqroki Claudia
Tube top – Tres blah (this is pretty old, not sure if it’s still available)
Shorts – Aoharu

In my video:
Tank Top – Mon Amie group freebie
Shorts – Maitreya (also pretty old and not sure if it’s available)
Socks – Lulu
Roller Skates – Pixel Mode

July 16, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Machinima, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment