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A new line of woolly scarves and beanies was set out recently at KK Outfitters in Plush Kappa. The scarves, which include flexi-prims for the parts that hang down, come in a lot of different color combinations. The beanies also come in a variety of colors and sport several different logos on the front.

If you’ve followed my blog at all, then you may well be aware that yours truly is one hell of an indecisive person. (Case in point: it took me one whole hour to decide on what breed of dog I wanted from Zooby’s; after I decided to get a lab, it took another agonizing hour to choose between the black, the chocolate, and the yellow. Gogo can testify to this because I pestered her via IMs the entire time.)

Being confronted with the quantity of choices offered at KK Outfitters normally would’ve guaranteed that my avi’s feet would be planted on that store’s premises for a considerable amount of time, but in reality it took me only a few minutes. That’s because they’re priced so affordably, I just bought them all haha. :p (Note: these were all the colors that were available at the time I started on this post; more color options will be forthcoming.)

Red is my favorite color, but… I think I like the pink ones best!

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And yes, it’s not your imagination… aside from the pink ones, those are all the colors representing the different Houses of Hogwarts! Do you know of any Harry Potter fans that treated themselves to the Hogwarts costume offered at Winter Moon? These will go perfect with the school outfit.

What pleased me in particular about these scarves is the fact that you get them pre-set in two styles. You can wear them backwards as well forward, without any fuss!

Also pictured below are two of the beanies, worn by Ary. My favorite is the one with the skull and crossbones. To get a larger view of these images, just click them and you’ll be taken to their respective flickr pages:

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You can find these along with a killer selection of chucks and baseball caps at KK Outfitters in Plush Kappa.

Additional info:

1st & 2nd images: Hair – Truth, Amy Jane black; Skin – RaC, Tasha; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Sweater Dress – Last Call, Starley II Mini Sweater Dress; Scarves – KK Outfitters

Remaining images: Melanie ~ Hair – ETD, Kizzy black; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep, Sweater – Petit Ange, light blue & white / Ary~ Hair – Naughty Designs, Deviance; Beanies – KK Outfitters; Shirt & Tie – about, from the black suit set

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December 13, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fashion Vote: Petit Ange

Who doesn’t love browsing through the Japanese sims? Seriously, there are so many reasons to adore them. The builds and textures are almost always of a superior quality, what with innovators such as Hansode Miasma behind them; there are tons of whimsical creations being sold, wonderfully playful items that will grab hold of your imagination, such as houses shaped like mushrooms and robots and fishes, headphones made to look like fruits, or umbrellas resembling kalo/taro leaves; the prices you’ll find in these sims are often quite affordable (one of my favorite items is a leather belt bag that I picked up for only L$10!); and of course, the plethora of fashion offerings, a good portion of which are inspired by the fashion sub-genres borne out of the legendary Harajuku area in Japan.

I decided to treat myself to a little shopping excursion at a Japanese commercial sim called Aventi Island. It isn’t really a single island, however; it’s more like the sim is dotted with dozens of tiny islands, and on each of these are a single, different store. This refreshingly different approach to the traditional shopping mall actually made browsing the shops seem even more interesting; it’s as if the act of island hopping lends to the sense that you are exploring and discovering. 🙂

Aventi Island did not disappoint — combing through it yielded a lot of cute, interesting, and inexpensive items. For me, the highlight was landing at the Black Cats/Petit Ange location. Anyone who follows RL clothing trends to some degree knows that one of the biggest “gotta-have-it” items of this season is the sweater dress, and Petit Ange offers a whole bunch of them in both pastel colors and darker, richer colors.

Since I already have the beautifully done Starley II mini sweater dress set from Last Call, I was mainly interested in just the pastel set at Petit Ange. I was admiring the white and the pink sweater dresses, which were 110L each, when I saw the poster advertising all four colors — white, light green, light blue, and pink — in a single package for 390L. 😀 I dunno, maybe it’s the American in me who likes buying in bulk when she thinks she’s getting a great deal, but I ended up buying the set instead of just a single dress.

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These dresses come with an insane amount of options; I could almost hear my inventory groaning in protest at the newly added load, there were so many items in the folder. It was a little overwhelming at first, and I would suggest to anyone who buys this set to create a sub-folder for each color. The dress top comes on either the jacket layer, or on a combination of the undershirt/underpants layer. This was a great idea on the part of the designer because the top will look nice under, say, a leather jacket or open coat. There’s also two prim skirts in a large size and a small size, and prim sleeves that attach to the forearms. These have some great fringes at the ends, and the way the sleeve prims drape over the tops of the hands slightly is a nice touch as well. The shading is nicely done, too; there’s a relative flatness to the texture except for some highlights and shadows on the chest area, creating the illusion of figure-hugging knit material fitting smoothly and snugly over the body. The muffler prim also has the same fringes at the end and sways nicely as you move about; I found that if you’re wearing the muffler there’s really no need to also attach the prim collar since it’s almost completely covered up.

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In a couple of separate packs, there are yet MORE options in the same pastel colors. One pack comes with knit caps, mufflers with stripes at the ends, and adornments for your sweater, such as a knit teddy bear or a knit corsage. The leg warmer pack also comes loaded with leg warmers in each color, at two different sizes. The leg warmers have been given some nice details, too; the tops have strings tied round them, as if to keep the leg warmer from falling 😀 and the strings are decorated with little pompoms. You can also decide whether or not you’d like to continue the teddy bear motif by donning one of two left-side leg warmers; one of them will come with the teddy bear attached to the side and near the knee.

Overall, I’m quite pleased with these dresses and the additional packs. They weren’t terribly pricey, came with a bazillion options, the pastel shades are quite lovely, and the details like the teddy bears, fringes, and pompoms are really sweet. Petit Ange totally gets my fashion vote for this set. If you’re not afraid of a little extra bulk in your inventory and are in the market for lighter colored sweater dresses, you may want to pay a visit to Petit Ange’s store in the Sokri sim: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Sokri/229/73/70

Other items I’m wearing…
1st image — Skin (Trisha) from RaC, hair (Amy Jane in black) from Truth, eyes (brown deep) from Simtropia, boots (white bloom) from Maitreya, shape is my own. 2nd & 3rd images — Skin (Deviant Nation Ether/Void Pure) from Celestial Studios, eyes (cerulean light) from Simtropia, shape (pink lady) from Mela’s. 3rd image, left side — hair (Rumor in red grape) from Cake.

November 2, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

AWESOME STORE ALERT & Fashion Vote: D!FF

I’ll explain the title of this post in a bit, but first let’s cover the important stuff. 😀

What do you get when you mix four women, two to three years of development experience cultivated on IMVU, and relatively new statuses on Second Life with rez-days dating back to just this past May, August, and as recently as this month?

The answer: a breath of fresh air in the SL fashion scene known as D!FF.

Earlier today when I met up with my friend Gogo, she was wearing a cool T-shirt paired with these perfect skinny jeans that she said she’d just gotten at a store called D!FF, located on the Juicy sim. Naturally, I had to go check the store out for myself. Here are some of the goodies I picked up while there 😀 (clicking on the images will take you to their respective flickr pages):

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The D!FF Stripe*d Sweatars (yep, that’s how it’s spelled) come in a pack of three, colored grey, olive, and peachy. You can see the attention to detail on these off-the-shoulder sweaters — the sweater’s texture doesn’t simply abruptly start and end at the neckline and hem; rather there is a ribbed knit band that circles the shoulders, wrists, and waist.

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Next up, we have the D!FF Blue-ee Darke*d Jeans, a pair of skinny dark jeans that are destined to become one of my wardrobe staples. I’m already imagining the possibilities with these jeans… Ever admired that skinny jeans + baggy shirt + big bag + pumps + messy yet ostensibly sexy hair look that Kate Moss pulls off with utter ease? These are the jeans to use to emulate that look. I’m already thinking about how these will go perfect with my Enkythings Talyn pumps, a prim scarf from perhaps BP* or Petit Ange, and a longish type of shirt/blouse like Blaze’s Boyfriend Buttondown or Last Call’s Carolynn Ruffled Shirt, or perhaps Last Call’s Starley II Mini Sweater Dress (just don’t forget to wear your dress shape with that). Top if off with Naughty Designs’ Nicole sculpty hairstyle, aviators like primOptic’s rebans, and a big bag… and you’re set!

Just as a side note, one of the girls at D!FF shared that they will be working on releasing these jeans in different colors. W00t! 😀

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You can’t have jeans without some T-shirts to go with it, of course, and D!FF has got you covered. Their tees range from the silly and playful such as the I LOVE NERDS tee and the White Rehab*d Tee, to the somewhat understated yet elegant Circle Tree*d Tees that come in red, blue, green, and grey.

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I’m not sure which item I like better; the jeans or this super cute-yet-sexy Pink Bra*d Cami. Again, the attention to texturing details is evident on this piece. The slight sheen on the black bra that boldly peeks out at the top combined with the shading on the pink cami itself gives the distinct impression of a push-up bra, and the subtle shadows and highlights drawn across the cami suggests the snug fit of the material as it is stretched over the torso.

And is a store really a store in SL if it doesn’t offer at least one or two freebies? D!FF makes this cute Vintage Mustard Bow Top available for L$0, which you can grab from the sign that’s located at the entrance to the store.

UPDATE… It might be a little confusing, trying to locate the freebie. You must click on the word “free” on the sign in order to get the items, clicking on any other part of the sign will not work. 🙂

Pay a visit to D!FF in the Juicy sim to find these goodies and more: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Juicy/197/152/22

What we’re wearing:
Gogo is wearing ETD Loopy hairstyle in platinum, MinnuModel Pale SkinGloss in Rain, and her own custom shape. I’m wearing ETD Hailey hairstyle in chestnut, Celestial Studio Vogue skin in Smoky Noir Champagne, Enkythings Talyn Black pumps, Nea-Ban Retro Standard scripted glasses, and Mela’s Pacific Rose body shape.

All right, I said at the start of the post that I’d explain the title a bit more. So far, other than D!FF I’ve done only one other “awesome store alert” posting on this blog. I’ve created an Awesome Store Alert category for future alerts. Whenever I come across a store that is relatively new on the scene and I feel is deserving of more attention and should be watched for future releases, I’ll write about it and post to this category.

The Fashion Vote bit is based on the concept of dollar voting. What is dollar voting? It’s basically the idea that whenever we buy something, we are casting dollar votes for it. Here, Wikipedia explains it much better than I’m capable of doing at this time :-p Fashion Vote blog posts will simply be a review/recap of avatar appearance-related items that I’ve purchased, or “voted” for. The idea is that by sharing what I’ve bought, I’m sharing what I feel are items that are noteworthy and deserving of people’s money. Keep an eye out on this category; there will be other people contributing to this as well. 🙂

October 28, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment