Monday, July 26, 2010

A Visit To Potter's Field

Be sure to to visit Potter's Field, a .44 Caliber Event, open from July 24th - August 24th.

Skins, clothing, animations and more are available to those not
faint of heart. Some items are available only during this event.

Participating Designers:
Djinn & Tonic
Fear & Clothing
Glam Affair
Sanctity Poses
Sangre Noir
The Obscene
Waverly Kline Designs

Dress: -Glam Affair- Lady Crow
Skin: -Glam Affair- Sofia Funeral 1
Hair: Tukinowaguma Raptor Silver(W)+Wing
Shoes: BAX Ankle Boot Black-Suede
Jewelry: .::JF*s::. Eclipse Egagement Ring

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Swimsuit Edition?

You might think that my avatar looks a little awkward in a swimsuit, and you'd be right in thinking that. Thing is, I never let her wear one! I never let me wear one, but that's for quite different reasons. Niv never gets to wear swimsuits because she's rarely in a swimsuit-needing scenario. Not the type to hang out on beaches, rarely part of the pool party and hottub set, although, I do have a particularly nice kiddie pool out where I keep my bunnies. But right now, it's hot here (by UK coastal standards...I'm sure most of the world would consider it fairly brisk for July) and while I'm flopping around in front of electric fans, drinking gallons of ice water, and spraying myself with overpriced aerosol cans of water, I figured I should let my avatar have an easier time of things, in this gorgeous new bikini from Adam n Eve. There is of course the slight issue of Niv's pale, pale skin to take into account, but fortunately, dweeb that I am, I keep a folder labelled "Summer Skins", for just this type of occasion, glowing and lightly golden, like I've taken a bath in self-tan, and rolled around in some bronzer to dry myself off. If only real life were so simple.

The skin I've picked out to wear today is my most recent "summer skin" acquisition, from I C COCO. When Persephone first saw me in it, she was startled at how much darker it was than my usual skins, but I couldn't resist how incredibly cute the face was, and the genuinely healthy-looking glow it had to it. I say the face was cute, but I must confess, I had to tweak my shape quite a lot to keep from looking rather goofy. But when it was done, it was worth it. The skin features full, innocent-looking lips, and delicate freckles over the nose, and I'm all about the freckles, as readers may have noticed. I'm also fond of the wispy, natural looking eyebrows, and the rosy cheeks. So it was the perfect compliment for my new bikini!
I've been on rather a yellow kick lately, so this Ringed Bikini in Lemon, from Adam n Eve was a buttery delight to me. The top is a sexy strapless bandeau, shaped at the centre with a white ring, and gathered to a straight clasp at the back. The shading on the folds is soft and immaculate. The bottoms are scanty little bikini bottoms, low cut and skimpy at the front, and high-cut and pleasantly butt-bearing at the back (the I C COCO skins have excellent butt shading, quite showoffable). For the shy/modest/slightly prudish amongst you, the Ringed Bikini also comes with this stylish little wrap. Sculpted and ever so slightly sheer, it drapes over the hips and helps one feel just a little less exposed, without straying into the realms of frumpy. Overall, a very elegant, but all the same, very sexy beach ensemble.
With it, I'm wearing silentsparrow's belladonna:lepidoptera tattoos, in bluesky, it must be an ADHD thing, but when I see a smooth canvas of pixelflesh, I have an overwhelming need to cover it in swirly patterns. And, it would seem, moths. It's for this reason that I'll probably never be a good housepainter. My adorable necklace is by Lazy Places, from the current Gatcha festival going on at Albero, I'm such a sucker for Gatcha thingies, my goodness. My hair is shiny and new from Magika, Sally, it's called, and I was drawn to its epic quiffiness. And the astute among you may have noticed that I am not wearing my usual Schadenfreude ears, but instead, SLink ears, which I don't wear nearly enough, they're really very lovely, and I am wearing now for reasons of laziness (one of the preset skintones for them is acceptably similar to this skin, likewise, the pretty feet!)

Adam n Eve's Ringed Bikini also comes in Pink, Blue, Green, Black and Purple, so even if you're one of those who refuses to acknowledge the existence of the colour yellow (and I know a few!) there's no excuse for not checking them out!

Outfit Credits:

Skin: I C COCO - Scarlett 21 - Freckles
Hair: Magika - Sally - Wild: Red
Bikini: Adam n Eve - Ringed Bikini - Lemon
Tattoos: silentsparrow - belladonna:lepidoptera - bluesky
Feet: SLink - Jolie Pied Barefoot - Medium
Ears: SLink - Sachara Ears with Studio Sidhe Kaleidoscope Earrings
Necklace: Lazy Places - Cute As A...necklace from Albero Gatcha fest

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

I'm a Little Bit Country...Day 1

...and I'm a little bit rock n roll. I'm actually a lot more rock n roll, I'm not very country at all, to be honest. Thing is, I don't really like the music. Sure, I like Dolly Parton's Jolene, and the music from Smokey and the Bandit, not to mention the smatterings of Alt. Country that hya plays on the silentsparrow radio stream on the silent sparrow sim, and Johnny Cash if he counts, but for the most part, no, just can't do it. On the plus side, I'm exceedingly fond of the accents and scenery of the southern US, I harbour a kitsch-fuelled desire to visit Dollywood, and I really, really, really like cowboy hats and boots.
I learned this for proper when Emee and I moved our herds of bunnies to a rather countrified sim, our parcel had a stonking great barn in the middle of it, and not much else. So, being me, I just had to decorate. Which posed a slight problem for me. Our previous bunnyhomes had been decorated in a meadow style, acres of wildflowers, lots of trees, that sort of thing. A barn though, that called for something different! Something more farmy. Given that the main store on the sim (Jody's Bunny Barn) is done up in, as the name would suggest, a barn style, with posters of country music and cowgirls and saddle stools and barrels and oh, just all sorts of country wonderment, there was my theme. I tarted our parcel up with wheatfields and squeaky windmills and dirt paths and picnic tables, all the fun of the farm! But this left me with a problem. I'm a great believer in dressing for one's surroundings, and my usual style just didn't cut it. Not at all. And so I threw on some cowboy boots that I happened to have languishing in my inventory. And then I remembered a hat that I had! Oh and jeans. So many jeans. And I discovered, I really liked that style of dress, especially with the sun shining and the fresh air coming through my window.
Of course, I'm British. I'm British and a city-dweller and a half-hearted goth, I have absolutely no business trying to be in the slightest bit authentic about any of this, which is a bonus, since it gives me leeway to be a little more "alt" than country in the whole business, but it makes me feel a little less out of place when I ride my horse over to Jody's Barn to see what she's got on the bidboards there. And so, I would like to proudly commence my series of "Little bit country" posts, which will go on for as long as I can be bothered.

Today's post contains a few bargains, a few oldies but goodies, and some shiny newness. We shall start, I think, with the old bargains! My hair/hat is historically one of my favourites, Ministry, from Gritty Kitty. Given that it's over three years old (in fact, my avatar is only a week or two older than it), and predates sculpties in Second Life, it holds up amazingly well. The all-prim construction of the hat itself is flawless, and the style itself is ageless simplicity, slightly messy, long straight hair, in a wide range of sleek textures. The best thing about this unisex hair? Nowadays, it's free! Or perhaps 1L. I just checked. Fatpack of colours, 0L! Can't say fairer than that.
Another oldie I'm wearing is the jodhpurs from silentsparrow's Nightmare suit, an elegant long-tailed riding outfit which comes in four shades of dark, and is coupled with Daymare, in light pastel shades. And right now, it can be yours for a mere 50L. Up until August 1st only. Everything in silentsparrow's not-so-secret sale area, (underneath the store, watch out for laser sharks) is marked down to 50L until then, at which point it will be ruthlessly culled and you'll have lost your chance at some of hya's most classic outfits at super bargain prices.
My layered top is part of the Buckley Lolita dress from Katat0nik, which unfortunately, if my wanderings around the store are anything to go by, it looks like isn't available anymore. Sorry for being a tease, get used to it, perhaps. Okay I took pity on you, it's listed on XStreet, here.

And so, onto the less-old! My boots are Schadenfreude's new Riga Kicks, sculpted greatness with amazing softly glossy textures, which come in at least a million colours. I am perhaps exaggerating, it is in fact 15, but in true Allegory style, the fatpack of the boots is colour-changeable by HUD. They come as a one-piece full boot, or a two piece shoe-and-upper combo, so you can wear the shoe part to peek out the bottom of pants. The part that fulls me with glee about them in particular is that Allegory has included invisiprim-free versions to be worn with 2.0 alpha layers, so they won't clash with any alphas you're standing on/in-front-of/in. Also, they make the bottom of your legs vanish, so you can float around all spookylike if you so desire. Cowboy boots, they ain't. Yummy boots, they so so are.
My lovely skin is from the new Cupcakes skin line, Dahlia. Longtime customer of Cupcakes as I am, the Dahlia skins I think are my favourite of theirs so far. the makeup I'm wearing here was part of their excellent 1000L Skin Club deal, which sadly is no longer available (hah!) but at the moment they have some fantastic deals in store on certain unnamed makeups in the Dahlia line, as well as others, for only 250L, which in my opinion is well worth checking out.
With all the strawberry madness that's been going on what with the current Strawberry Festival hunts going on on the Magic of Oz and Ozimals sims, and the Strawberry Elite bunnies, I havn't been able to bring myself to take of silentsparrow's beautiful Strawberry Vines tattoos, either. So here they are!

So when I'm checking out the new and beautiful bunnies on the bidboards in the friendly relaxed atmosphere of Jody's Bunny Barn, it's nice to know that I can do it in style, even if I am just a very, very little bit country.

Outfit Credits:

Skin: Cupcakes - Dahlia - Cameo - Brownout (freckled) [this makeup no longer available]
Hair: Gritty Kitty - Ministy - Redhot [free!]
Top: Katat0nik - Buckley Lolita Dress - Brown [available on XStreet]
Pants: silentsparrow - Nightmare - Ashes [50L until retirement on August 1st]
Boots: Schadenfreude - Riga Kicks - Brown
Tattoos: silentsparrow - Strawberry Vines (Ornate)
Eyes: Schadenfreude - Geoflake Eyes - Treeflake
Ears: Schadenfreude - Fey Ears - Solid Acrylic Plugs

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Surviving the Holiday Heat

As you may know, July 4th is Independence Day in America. Picnics in the park, afternoon at the beach and spectacular fireworks in the evenings are just a few of the activities for this holiday weekend.

Hot summer weather doesn't mean you cannot be cool and fashionable. I found the ideal outfit for celebrating the 4th at Simay Design. Check out Panama, a stylish short ensemble. A strapless top tied provocatively between the breasts to allow the hot July sun to tan your shoulders.

Loose fitting shorts tied with a cloth belt made of matching material are perfect for a stroll down the beach or down the main street of fashionable boutiques. The texture is unique with an equestrian motif in black, orange and yellow/gold on a white background.

I loved the matching jewelry so much I decided to snatch up the tiered disk necklace and earrings in gold and orange. A floppy straw hat is the perfect topper with two matching material flowers off to the side. Bright orange flowered flat sandals finish off this summer style.

Enjoy Panama in the sun or in the shops.

Outfit: Simay Design- Panama Dress
Skin: Unique Megastore - Afrodite_2G-A2_M6_by_Nany_Merlin
Hair: Exile Posh/mink
Shoes: *LOTTA_Anne Marie Orange
Necklace: Simay Design- Panama Necklace
Earrings: Simay Design- Panama Earrings
Bracelet: =DeLa*= Bangle "Carmen - b" Orange
Hat: Simay Design- Panama Hat

KTQ Komfy Klothing

Sitting here at the keyboard in my pajamas (admit it, you do it too), I thought why not let my avatar dress in comfortable clothing.

So I decided to pull out my Hello Kitty pj's from KTQ Designs. What better way to relax in your Second Life home than in bright pink jammy bottoms with the classic Hello Kitty texture.

A simple white tank along with fuzzy white slippers complete that 'no one will see me' style we all love to wear at home.

Add a floppy and loose ponytail pinned back with bobby pins and you are
ready for quiet night in with a bowl of popcorn and movie.

Funny, because as I am writing this blog
I looked down and saw I am wearing the same outfit, except my slippers are blue. LOL

Save some popcorn for me!

Outfit: KTQ Timeless-Hello kitty Jammies
Skin: -Belleza- Vanessa dore LMN 8
Hair: *Dark Mouse* Julie (Licorice)
Shoes: -Powder- fur slippers

Son!a's Sweet Summertime Dress

Everyone talks about finding the perfect little black dress. Well, I found that dress, and not just in black! Sonia28 Jie, owner and designer of Son!a Luxury Fashion is known grid wide for her extraordinary wedding and evening gowns. I am here to remind you Sonia28 has also created amazing casual clothing.

Nadja is a sweet and feminine short dress, perfect for summertime fun. The plunging halter top ties behind the neck with prim ribbons hanging down an exposed back. The midriff is covered by a high-waisted band of sheer lace, teasing the viewer with a bit skin.

The skirt gives the appearance of multiple layers; a straight skirt with a soft netting overlaying skirt trimmed with scalloped lace matching the midriff. Leaving no detail overlooked, Sonia28 Jie even added lace edges to the glitch pants under the skirt.

Nadja is available in two styles - a sweet polka dot, as seen in the black and the white dress photos and a gentle textured print, like the beige. Along with the beige, black and white colors seen here, Nadja is also available in a soft pink, dark red, aqua blue/green, silver, rose, hunter green and rich purple.

If you are anything like me, you will have a hard time choosing one color. Thank goodness Nadja is sold in fatpacks.

Dress #1: Son!a Nadja print beige
Skin: -Belleza- Belle sk Smokey Rubies
Hair: W&Y Model Hair 6 "Type"A
Shoes: B&G Woman Shoe Esther - Camel
Jewelry: [VG Republic] Double African Bangle Bracelet
Purse: =DeLa*= Clutch "Chanel" Beige

Dress #2: Son!a Nadja Black - polka dot
Skin: Unique Megastore - Afrodite_2G-A2_M4_by_Nany_Merlin
Hair: Tukinowaguma Judeyrey SH Gold 2
Shoes: Kalnins Footwear - Sonata
Jewelry: ~SIGMA~Jewels/ Siren bracelet (brown-beige, gold)

Dress #3: Son!a Nadja White - polka dot
Skin: -Belleza- Belle sk Smokey Rubies
Hair: Tukinowaguma Ethnical (Satin) Ebony
Shoes: -Skifija- Classic High Heel Shoes -Dreams Troy
Jewelry: EarthStones Lacy Bracelet - Mother of Pearl