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Kouse’s Sanctum

I’m naughty — I had these in my inventory for a bit and only got to blogging them today! It’s just that I’ve been busy/consumed/obsessed with different projects. This post will be picture-intense, so to balance things out I will attempt to refrain from indulging in my usual verbosity. Emphasis on the word “attempt”. :p

Okay… today’s post is all about a lovely shop named Kouse’s Sanctum. I first learned about the white-haired Kouse Singh on flickr, where she posts beautiful images from the fantasy side of SL. Think Avilion, elves, and dragons. ^_^ Well, I guess I’ve been residing under a sculpted rock or something because it was quite a pleasant squee-worthy surprise to discover that Kouse has been crafting beautiful gowns.

First gown up: the magnificent Celestial Empress gown in Azure. You know, my favorite color is actually red, but show me a dress like this and I could easily forget that fact, hehe. An Evanescence song came on the radio just as I put this on, so I might’ve channeled a very slight bit of Amy Lee when accessorizing. ^^

kouse's sanctum celestial empress azure I 768

kouse's sanctum celestial empress azure II

Here is the Emerald version:

kouse's sanctum celestial empress emerald II

kouse's sanctum celestial empress emerald I

kouse's sanctum celestial empress emerald III

You know what’s great about gowns like Kouse’s? Pair them up with a romantic hairstyle like this one and you get a perfect showcase for your lovely shoulders, and imho there’s blessed little out there that can capture that right balance of fantasy, romance and sexiness without venturing into tramp territory. Gratuitous shoulder shot next :p

shoulderssss

Kouse is generous. This next version of the Celestial Empress is called the Midnight Kiss, and it’s a group freebie and even comes with a tiara and necklace.

kouse's sanctum midnight kiss gift I

kouse's sanctum midnight kiss gift II

The corset lacing along the back is positively delicious. I’m a big fan of stuff that shows off the curvature of the spine; the more, the better, I say! 😀

kouse's sanctum midnight kiss gift III

kouse's sanctum midnight kiss gift IV

Another series of gowns to take a look at is the Lady Serenity. This next photo shows the Cirrus version of Lady Serenity (worn with white hair in honor of Kouse ^^):

kouse's sanctum lady serenity cirrus

There is a subtle difference between the two dresses in that shot above — the skirt on the right is actually somewhat transparent. All of Kouse’s gowns come with different flexi-skirt options. Some are slightly transparent, others are built larger so that you can use the outfit as a ballgown.

Lady Serenity comes in other colors, too. Here it is in Red Rose:

kouse's sanctum lady serenity red rose I

kouse's sanctum lady serenity red rose II

Again, the two skirt options:

kouse's sanctum lady serenity red rose III

Last but not least, the Lady LeShelle dress in Forest:

kouse's sanctum lady leshelle forest

Lady LeShelle comes with two prim belts in silver and gold. I meant to show the Lady LeShelle gown in black, too, but I couldn’t find some of the prim pieces in that great ever-expanding maw that I call my inventory. 😡

Pay a visit to Kouse’s Sanctum to pick these goodies up and to see even more of her selection: Garindan 10, 146, 263

Other credits and SLURLs after the cut. Missing SLURLs will be provided later when I log back in and can grab them; until then, the Search tool is your friend. 🙂

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March 19, 2008 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A look back at some 2007 SLRFL goodies

SL Relay For Life (RFL) activities will be starting up again soon, and I for one am looking forward to getting some limited edition goodies while knowing that my money is going towards an important cause!  The SLRFL Clothing Fair will be kicking off in mere weeks, you can read more about it at their blog.

Thinking about SLRFL made me go back through my inventory to take a look at some of my favorite RFL items that I’d picked up last year.

This cute set of bikinis came from Sand Shack Surf Co. and artilleri:

2007 RFL kinis

First Impressions had these amazing pink suits that I couldn’t pass up.  I loved that the shirts came on two layers and there were prim attachments like the necktie, blazer button, and sleeve cuffs:

2007 RFL fi pink suits

Also from First Impressions was this set of sheer blouses inspired by the legendary Edith head:

2007 RFL fi edith

And last but not least, this gown from analise that I *had* to have when I first learned about it:

2007 RFL analise gown

There were soooooooooo many limited edition lovelies that I recall came out last year for RFL!  Get your wallets ready, because I just know there’s going to be tons of must-haves this year, too… after all, the pics above are but a mere, miniscule sampling of what came out in 2007.  Speaking of which, what were your favorites?

Read past the cut for info on other items used in this post ^^

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March 4, 2008 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

<3 Cupcakes!

The prolific Mimi Coral of ❤ Cupcakes sent her update group a notice this morning about her latest batch of tasty dresses, skirts, and a blouse. I happened to take a glance at the number of people in her group this morning and was surprised — when I first joined her update group about two weeks ago, there were only 18 people. Now there are 81! Her group is easy to join, just search for “<3 Cupcake” in the Groups tab and she should be about the fifth or sixth listing.

What caught my eye this morning were the dress lengths. She’s been consistently releasing cute baby-doll type dresses with hems cut either at or above the knees for several weeks now, so the longer lengths of her new formal dresses are a nice change of pace.

Here’s the first of them (SLURLs and other info are at the end of the post; click on the images to view the larger sizes on my flickr account):

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With the Floral Couture Formal dress, you get to show off your avi’s shoulders and back, which seems to be par for the course with the dresses at ❤ Cupcakes. Even with that fair amount of skin showing, the dress remains sweet and almost demure. Perhaps it’s the shape of the dress? The prim skirt starts slightly above the waistline and then falls nice and full around your legs. Or perhaps it’s because the dress is a lovely confection of satiny, almost pearlescent ruffles and gathers. ^_^ Either way, it works for me.

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❤ Cupcakes is like a big candy store for me; whenever I go there, I can’t leave with just one item. Couple that with my indecisiveness, and you can see how I’ll easily lose twenty minutes in her store while contemplating all the pretty textures.

😀 Luckily for me, whenever Mimi releases an item in multiple colors she takes the pain of decision-making out of it — she simply packs all color versions of the item together and sells them as a single unit, as she’s done with her Leila Formal Gowns in pink, gold and blue. This time the prim skirt on this dress starts at the waistline instead of above it, and the bodice is just *packed* with details, making for a seemingly tactile texture. The skirt prims also possess this almost lifelike quality; as your avi walks about you can almost imagine hearing the material making rustling, crinkly sounds.

If you’re the type that loves buying things in fatpacks, then you’ll want to take a look at these gowns. The dresses here usually sell for L$250 a pop; this set of three is going for only L$350.

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And speaking of getting great deals on multiple items being packed together, here are the Ruffly Polka Dot Skirts in silver, blue, gold, and pink. All four skirts will run you only L$150.

I’m happy with these skirts because, as with everything else that Mimi produces, I love the textures. I felt that these looked as if they had a sort of lived-in, faded cottony type quality, which in my mind evokes a kind of “super comfortable, old favorite, closet staple” feel. Yeah, like that big sweater or that somewhat worn pair of jeans that you keep going back to, year after year. ^_^

If you’re anything like me and have collected far too many of the great boots that designers have been creating in SL, then you’ll apreciate the skirt length. With the hem cut just above the knees, these will go very nicely with a pair of flat-footed boots.

Visit ❤ Cupcakes at http://slurl.com/secondlife/Optimal/103/224/23.

What I’m wearing…

1st image: Skin – RaC, Felicia; Hair – RaC, Southfork dark brown; Eyes – Simtropia, Honey spot; Earrings – Paper Couture, Antique Pearl Earrings (limited edition, no longer available); Dress – ❤ Cupcakes, Floral couture Formal Dress; Shoes – Maitreya, Grace Heels pearl; Body Shape – Mela’s, forthcoming release

2nd image: Skin – RaC, Felicia; Hair – Armidi, Bombshell Midnight I (slightly modified to fit); Eyes – Simtropia, Honey spot; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 02; Dress – ❤ Cupcakes, Leila Formal Gowns (pink, blue, gold); Shoes – Maitreya, Grace Heels pearl; Body Shape – Mela’s, harcourt

3rd image: Skin – TaP, Vivant Buff Terre 3; Hair – RaC, Southfork ash brown; Eyes – Simtropia, gray deep;Manicure – RaC, Manicure 06; Sweater – First Impressions, Boatneck Sweater Beige (this color was offered as an update group gift only); Skirt – ❤ Cupcakes, Ruffly Polka Dot Skirts (blue, gold, pink, silver); Boots – JCNY, H&M Original Suede Boots; Body Shape – Mela’s, aurora I

December 4, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment