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Auld Lang Syne

Now is the time to don your newest party dress and celebrate the end of the year like it was the last!  Here’s a toast to a new year and a decade of fashion and I can’t wait to see what Second Life brings in the future.

This month I was lucky enough to sample the new releases from Fab.Pony and I must say that I am happy to see Tatianna Faulkes is still ahead of the curve.  Her greatest addition this season?  Unitards, which should be the first fashion trend for the new year.  Leggings have come back in the last few years and now that same lycra magic can spread all the way up the torso.  Accessorize a unitard and you have created a perfect outfit for a party or event where trendiness is imperative.

Ringing the New Year in with:

FAB.PONY Confetti Dress, Froo! Dress, and Unitard

[ATOMIC] Skin Winter_Porcelain – Spice Cookie

:+*U&R*+: LE.LOOK! la femme – Earrings

Hair left to right:

!lamb. Say – Sunset

(VW) Pushed and Shoved – Blonde Tones

.:[ Tiny Bird ]:. Girl Anachronism – Caramel

Shoes left to right:

Maitreya Neyya * Patent Leather Black

*ordinary design* -Jaguar-

ANEXX_TripleFringePumpus

Left outfit finished with:

(Madsy) Blazer – black

MichaMi: Carmela Belt in Black

A Very Merry Christmas

Greetings and felicitations to all this season!  I hope the year was eventful for you all and that you are glad to be done with it!  XD

This year I started blogging and I have to thank everyone who has made it a success.  My fellow fashion bloggers, readers, and developers have responded with such positive comments that I count myself very lucky to be a part of such a dynamic industry!

I also have to be thankful for meeting the man who will soon intertwine his second life with mine.  I have always been a woman who was always whole and happy on her own, discovering the world by her own voice, but after three years I have found out that having someone along for the ride and listening to them can bring even more understanding and appreciation to an already plentiful experience.

So here’s a toast to this year and the next: go out into the world and do well, but more importantly go out and do good!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Let the seasonal tradition of overeating begin!  It’s actually pretty warm here, with this turkey day being the coldest this week, and I am waiting for the chance to bundle up and feel the cold chap my cheeks.  But like most things, Second Life can provide us with the platform to live our fantasies.  This time I took a look at the Winterfest showcase and I found Angel Woods.

 

This little gem is nestled amongst the bustle of the mainland and provides a very intimate scenery.  Plenty of nooks and crannies for peaceful reflection or for couples.  With the snow gently falling, I thought it was the perfect time to experience some new, wonderful designs by SL’s hottest designers.

 

Angel Wood

Angel Wood

What I use to keep warm:

:GP: Petal Frex [Light] Winter-Sniffles 1 (the new skins from Curio are so cute and are perfect for exploring the outdoors.  Just the right amount of red nose and cheeks means fun in the snow.  If you want to theme it up this season, winter skins should be on your Christmas list)

fri. – Cassie – Passionate Red

Zaara : Anaya cluster earrings *onyx*

*COCO*_CheckSwingCoat_Blue (I love plaid, and this new coat from Coco is just so natural looking.  It drapes beautifully and flatters the figure.  I can’t imagine leaving the house this winter without it)

*PERSONA* Dita knit blouse – white  (for the plaid coat, I thought a knit would be best for underneath.  Just so happens that I stumbled upon this sweater that I have had for just about forever.  Always important to coordinate your textures and prints.  Knits and plaids have had a centuries old love affair with each other that can’t go wrong)

*COCO*_SlimJeansBelt_Brown (it’s the little details that really tell the world that you are smart about your appearance.  In other words?  Wear belts!)

[LeLutka]-WOOL PANTS-gray

Black Lace Gloves from *{JB}* Ariadne IV

Ring black saphire / oversize  / R *REDGRAVE*

Headline: New York Divorcee Spends Thousands at Husband’s Expense

This sweater reminds me of all the extremely stylish matrons of world renown who are the woman behind the man.  Jackie Onassis, Brooke Astor, etc.  They were larger than life women with class and pride.  I found this sweater by Chantkare and for the first time in my second life, I want to put on white hair, talk about botox, and dress like my life depended upon it.

Manhattan Power Wife

My story for this character is a first wife; there for her man when he was just a lowly stock trader.  He is now a titan of industry, but resentful of all that she has done for him.  To assert his fledgling identity, he has been sleeping with a young model and like that it is out with the older, and in with the teenybopper.

But hell have no fury like a woman scorned.  She has hired the best divorce attorneys and hawked all her priceless jewelry to pay for them.  She still dresses like a queen, but her throne is in danger.  To show her husband, and the world, that a wife isn’t so easily dismissed, she has gallivanted and strutted her way into half his fortune and his company.  They might not be man and wife, but he’ll be pleasing her until his dying day.  Women like this always have the last laugh.  It’s catty and empowering.  I love it.

What the bitch is wearing all the way to the bank:

*League* Skin Pale -Misty- Golden Glow Dark Bald BT

fri. – Jules – Melancholy White

ROLE OPTIC SG-53 Eternity

p.c; Vintage Black Earrings

CHANTKARE– Paula SWEATER DRESS  IVORY

Zaara : Vanisri wrapped necklace *amythest-silver*

fri. – Wide Waist.Belt (Bright.Lime)

::: B@R ::: Emanuela Purple

M * A * ii * K * I Long Legging Pearl

Maitreya Neyya * Violet Leather

Vixen Files

Talk about going from cute to sexy in four hours!  Last night, I was checking out what was new at Lamb (post about that later), when I got caught up in the Designers United event.  Really laggy, even with my mere 576 ARC (please people, you can still look great AND be considerate to others) but most everything was a steal if not free and were of impeccable quality.  The crow theme?  Unbelievably genius!  After that I swung by LeLutka to grab a demo for their new Eclat skin.  Wasn’t even looking to buy, but O.M.G… had to break my piggy bank and snag some of that right there and then!

All Business

I have to admit that the skins I typically buy have more natural makeups.  Sure, when I try demos on I often love the deeper lipsticks and the colored lids, but when it comes time to click and pay, I opt for neutral shades.  This time I was at that same place: do I get the bolder color or do I stick to the middle of the road?  Well I went for it peoples.  I figured: it’s LELUTKA, if you can’t be daring with a design so couture, when can you be?  I went bright red and I never went back.

So for today’s outfits took a formal approach with more texture, unique accouterments, and less saturation to let the skin and makeup standout.

Both have on…

[LeLutka]-EclatPale-makeup6

[LeLutka] – Cleavage Volumizer A(PALE)

Eyes Leona -SageGreen- *REDGRAVE*

*Beauty Avatar* REGINA – Eyelashes 03

 

Left Ensemble…

fri. – Kate – Melancholy White

!Ohmai : FeatherCardigan WHITECROW

*Miss 80s* CROW QUEEN necklace

[LeLutka]-OLIMPIA pants/black

Right Ensemble…

MMShair-O’HARA – Charcoal

Zaara : Isis Shirt {pitch}

p.c. Black Pearl Drops Earrings

(Milk Motion) My feather necklace

* Baiastice_Regalwool pant-black

BAX Ankle Boots Black Patent (ji)

Autumn Leaves Start to Fall

This week has been less about fashion and more about socializing for me in Second Life.  I have casually been shopping some new stores, but for the most part I’ve been hanging with friends and exploring.

Looking this casual is hard work.

Looking this casual is hard work.

These two looks are very different but share commonalities.  One is rural while the other is urban.  One is modern while the other is traditional.  But both are cute and comfortable with flats that keep my feetsies warm in the cooling weather and thick pants for lovely days in the fall weather.  They are multipurpose outfits, perfect for this week when I was all over the grid.

Both have on…

[PF] Skye <Milk> – Beestung  (dkbrow)  <— Has a rosy cheek perfect for outdoor apparel

Eyes Leona -SageGreen- *REDGRAVE*

*Beauty Avatar* REGINA – Eyelashes 03

Lefty is wearing…

fri. – Kate – Timid Brown  <— Gotta love Fri.Day releases

Intrigue Co. – Love Love Love (black) shirt <—- offers a hint of color that sets off this other wise monotone ensemble

MichaMi: Carmela Cardie in Black

Schadenfreude Pearl necklace with cameo <—- I love mixing old and new, so a cameo on a multicolor pearl strand is perfect for making this contemporary outfit more eclectic.

MichaMi: Carmela Belt in Black <— Shiny patent belt adds interest without standing out and becoming the focal point.

{SMS} Shiny Denim Black  <—- They’re supposed to be denim, but I swear that they look so much like leather.  This adds contrast to my other cotton textures that again adds “zazz.”

*AuMa* *KNITTED Boot’s GRAY*

Righty has on…

fri. – Rashelle – Passionate Red

*ARGRACE* COAT ” Traveler”  (Rose) Lady <— an amazing job.  I love how versatile and realistic this jacket looks.  And it comes with optional sweater underneath (wearing)

:::Sn@tch Cashmere Scarf:::

(Ducknipple) Barks – Brown  <— I have always loved plaid pants.  They are a perfect alternative to jeans.

MIEL ANT FLATS – BROWN DERBY

(poses by Fri.Day)

I Miss My Sky

I have had dreams in which I can fly all my life.  I just lift off the ground and soar like a bird.  However, the closest any of us mortals can get to that ultimate feeling of freedom and wonder is to use an airplane.  In one, someone can look out their window and behold the endless horizons around them.  The fluffy, white clouds floating below them.  Not even the birds reach you… awww, I love to fly.

Another place on my travels around Second Life is Abbott’s Aerodrome.  This airfield provides hours of fun with sky diving and demo planes, balloons, helicopters, etc.  Very realistic sights and sounds, not too mention six sims of open space, provide for a very unique experience.  I am a girl who lords quality, and I am very impressed by everything Cubey Terra has created.  To prepare for such aeronautical gallivanting, I planned an outfit that is both trendy yet vintage; couture yet relevant.  I want to look good flying off of the runway by taking ideas from the other runway, 😉 .

Amelia Air Heart

Amelia Eat-Your-Heart-Out

This is a couture costume itching to have wind rush through it.  I feel like one of the early female combat pilots who trained during World War II.  They are some of the unsung heroes of American history that are just starting to get the recognition they deserve.  My influence was Amelia Earhart, if you can’t already tell.  From my hair to my boots, I found inspiration for this ensemble from the highest sources in fashion.  Now I’m ready for takeoff.

Aeronautical sophistication achieved with…

LeLutka‘s pale Moscow skin…

Curio‘s Betty Boop in red.  Amelia Earhart’s hair was often cropped, but it had a natural curl to it that if it were longer, I have no doubt that Betty Boop would have been out of luck claiming this symbolic style, heehee…

Armidi Gisaci‘s Lifestyle Aviators in light silver doesn’t need an explanation.  The name of the style and of where you can get them tells you what to use them for and how fabulous you’re going to look doing it..

Muism‘s leather Bomber jacket in brown.  Same deal, different purveyor…

… an ivory scarf from Aoharu.  It was important in the early days of aviation to keep warm.  That required bulky scarves, thick gloves, and padded hats.  Today’s aircraft come equipped with heating, but a thin scarf is a small detail that makes major impact when finishing an outfit…

Zaara‘s Isis blouse in white.   A button down with a simple collar would have been just what Amelia Earhart would have wanted.  The comfortable cotton is what keeps any pilot comfortable on transatlantic trips…

Last Call‘s breeches.  The store might have closed over a year and a half ago, but nobody did work clothes like LC.  Their breeches and other riding outfits are primary pieces in my wardrobe to this day…

… and finally J‘s new long boots in sand.  The new thing for designers is to just make the boot all one prim and hide all the rest with invisiprims.  It creates quite a stunning and unified appearance.