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XStreet is for Lovers

I pride myself on being progressive when it comes to customs, taste, and technology, but there are times when I myself drag my feet.  I certainly am not the first person to try something new (because I know that it is often the case that first time technology comes with a long list of grievances), but I never want to be the last, or even one of the last, to try something.

This time I am referring to the online marketplace for Second Life, XStreet.  Three years into the game and I flat out refused to use the thing.  I have always loved using the search algorithm inworld and going from store to store in order to get that vibe that comes with shopping.  However, even I change my mind about most things and XStreet is no different.

My turning point was when I was planning my wedding.  I was getting so frustrated going from one wedding store to another and not seeing what I wanted.  How do you search for burgundy flower arrangements and sculpted prim bouquets?  I must admit that a lot of things I used for the wedding was either found or purchased on XStreet.  It was just so… convenient.

If ever I need something obscure or specific, the search usually does a good job sifting through the tens of thousands of items sold on XStreet.  I use it to find costumes and scripts.  I even found my house on XStreet and even though I still like to buy things in SL (I tend to choose XStreet items that are also sold inworld and then go there) I am increasingly finding myself relying on XStreet.  Now I will visit almost everyday even when I am not looking for anything particular; just like I used to do inworld.  There are no rez times, no lag, and the deals are amazing.  I have bought beautifully crafted shoes for under 50L and furnished skyboxes for under 100L.  I truly never know what wonderful thing will be sold next and I can spend days browsing.

And the convenience just got better now that all linden transfers do not have to be done at a kiosk in Second Life but in your XStreet account online.  So today’s post features some of the things that I have bought online.

The motif today is clubbing.  I enjoy the music scene and put on something that’s fashionable, sexy, and moves well.  The Xstreet items that I bought on a whim because they were so inexpensive were the red boots and the black dress.  I also bought Truth’s Brit hair online because of the almost guaranteed crowd that always shops inworld.

Outfits from left to right:

[LeLutka]-EclatPale-makeup6(DARK BROWS)freckles, !lamb. Ghost – Rotten Carrot, Cake – Deco Lashes – Tintable, +*CC*+ T-Shirt (Black), AOHARU_BT_Leggings_Black, :+*U&R*+: LE.LOOK! la femme – Earrings, MIEL VIV NECKLACE, Vida red suede buckled ankle boots  v1.02, belt from middle outfit

Lara Skin-Adina smokey1-nude lips pale, >TRUTH< Brit – cocoa, Cake – Bedroom Lashes – Tintable, NADAS*MINIDRESS LAURA*, Ms.O.Lei-ny “Swirling Heart” necklace / choker / collar, Anthrax (Cyanide), BAX Prestige Boots Black Leather

LAQ ~ Blondie 08 [Milky] Glow skin, ((JUNWAVE))LoosePony*GOLD*, Cake – Vamp Lashes – Tintable, Canimal – Body Graffiti (black magic), {SMS} Tweed Corset White BF, (Elate!) Betsy (Cobalt), winter blue bangle (Argyle), Maitreya Frenzy – Retro

pose from Meya


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


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


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)


Flight of Fancy but an Eurail Pass

To be young and travelling is an important dream for my friends and me.  For a lot of us that dream is an actuality and many of my friends have moved on to big cities or Europe, but for now I have to rely on Second Life to be my window to the world.  I love exploring sims and the things people have created.

I think Showcase is a great tool for this, and if you don’t use it on a regular basis, then you are missing out on something profoundly mind blowing.  More often than not I find essential places for relaxation or hanging out.  Whether it be real life representations or something truly fantastical, Second Life is infinite in its variety.

And it inspires me to create functional outfits.  I want to be a trendsetter, but I don’t want to wear four inch heels in a nature sim.  I attach myself to the imagery, so for me it becomes a whole lot believable to be in a setting if I’m dressed for that setting.  So for this post, I was inspired by Club Visiwa Estates, a beautifully done community encompassing eight sims.  It is mediterranean inspired and includes a business district and both urban and rural residences.  Almost venetian in its decor, it includes canals and entertainment.  The second I saw it I knew I would be coming back again and again.

American Tourist

American Tourist

My outfit fits the type of tourist that wants total immersion in a culture.  She’s tired of being sheltered by friends and family and wants to get away from school or work and just finally experience the world.  She’s cute and fashionable, but she also wants to be comfortable.  She’ll often wear what she finds in her travels and she packs very little; instead she wants to be spontaneous and free to go where and when she wants.  This requires her clothes to be translatable to many different situations.  Cottons are a must and skirts can be a versatile way of going from casual to dressy.

The only thing she doesn’t skimp on is the shoes, heehee.  Three or four pairs of day wear and one evening are a must to keep the blisters at bay.

The clothes on her back…

Skin is the new Skye line from Pink Fuel, available at the Skin and Shape Expo on KMADD Events Sim.  It’s the lightest tone, Milk, and the makeup is Beestung.  I love it because it gives me the natural look I’m always going for and the lips are unique in their coloring.  It’s the time of year when the tan fades and the skin starts to get that cold, rosy look.

My blouse is a standard in my wardrobe; and Armidi Gisaci Milla Milla in Ajan Creme.  The Oxford is perfect for the student-on-holiday perspective I’m going for.  I guess that’s why they call it that, LOL.

The skirt is new from Nikukyu at the new Switch Mall.  It’s cute and comes in two different versions with optional belt.  Also has lace underneath for a total package that’s amazingly under 100L.  Whohoo!  I like it because it completes my reminiscent look.

The shoes and bag are from Miel, a wonderful store that I’ve just discovered.  Really nothing better than a comfortable pair of slip-ons and the bag was a subscription gift!

The hair is Fri.day‘s Eloise in Moody Brown.  When you live in Hostels, the simplest hairstyles are the best.  Fri.day is my favorite place to get hair now, because the textures, to me, are the best.  I love every color, and that’s saying a lot.  I also love that I can get every color for a reasonable price.

I’m adorned by Fab.pony‘s Leaf earrings in gold and Argyle‘s winter gold bangles.  Enough bohemian to pull it off, I think, :p

Thanks to Bingo Poses and  Katiya Rhode-Singh for her amazing textures


Fall Favs

This fall, the boots to have are calf and above the knee.  For all those with knee highs (I know, I have a dozen), don’t fret; you still look cute :), but a lot of designers are ushering a new age of the thigh highs.  The funniest thing happened to me (IRL).  I was wearing new, suede calf boots and this random woman told me that she used to have a pair of white ones in the 80s… squee!  That’s when  I know I’m doing something right, >D

Thigh High Sheik

Thigh High Sheik

I love the mini/tunic look right now.  I love how this Total Betty dress is off white and slightly bohemian.  It comes with it’s own system belt, but to wear the fri.day jacket, I had to nix that.  To make it up, I replaced the belt with the one I got at the fri.day sale (BTW, how fantastic was that sale?!?  I nabbed things in every color… you can’t not).

These new BAX Coen boots are TO DIE FOR; they have the quality you expect from Bax Coen, and then they blow you away with their detail.  They are also REALLY practical with a full menu of options including auto fit and different accent colors to create the perfect shape and look for the unique avatar.

I am a natural girl, if you didn’t already know, :p so to make this outfit perfect for me, I needed to bring down to earth the glamour of the boots and the hauteness of the belt.  To do this, I have the dress, but I also have Truth‘s wavy hair.  It hides all the effort it took to make my look so effortless.  I complete my ensemble with Lucas Lameth‘s amulet set, which is just the low key way I wanted to adorn my sternum without covering the top detail in the dress.

Complete Details…

Skin: :Curio: Sundust-Vixen-Mink

Hair: >TRUTH< Elle – copper

Dress: ::TB:: Bianca White

Jewelry: -EARTHTONES- Dreamweaever N&E Scarlet/AntqSlvr

Belt: fri. – Wide Waist.Belt (Pumpkin)

Jacket: fri. – Military Jacket (Black Denim)

Shoes: BAX Prestige Boots Black Leather


Don’t Be Givin’ Me No Evils

So though I don’t consider myself a hipster (the lifestyle is too apathetic and negligent for my taste), I have to admit that I like the way they dress.  Hipsters claim they loathe mainstream, but they are more often than not slaves to trends whether it be in alternative music or organic food.  I try not to get sucked into their ways, but I hang at their clubs a lot and the fashions always get me.  Some can be full out glammed, but others are comfortable in their Clash duds.

So my alternative looks always tend to take on a Hipster quality.

Getting Ready for a Hot Night

Getting Ready for a Hot Night

Hipsters adore anything non-American and even though I drink Bud and listen to John Mayer, I also enjoy foreign affairs.  The title of this post comes from a British show called “Little Britain.”  If you haven’t seen it than rent it; I tell you it is the best sketch comedy I’ve ever seen.

So my typical weekend evening consists of me standing in front of my closet for like fifteen minutes, just staring abstractly at everything I own, picturing separates that would go well together.  I try not to repeat the same outfits twice within a month or so (thus my gigantic wardrobe) and then I move a few things around; holding up a certain bottom to my pile of folded tops to see which colors complement.

Usually I’ve bought something new or there is a certain piece or accessory I want to coordinate into an ensemble.  This evening I wanted to where this hair from Dernier Cri.  Isn’t Dernier Cri awesome?  You can buy a three pack with any color you want.  I spent like 20 minutes figuring out which shade went best with my skins and now I want to show it off with something hip.

Hair Glory

Hair Glory

Showing love to…

Milk Motion skins.  I wanted my makeup to be very naturale.  Alice accents the hair well.

Dernier Cri hairs!  Always great, I picked up three other styles along with this one and I didn’t pick the same shade twice!  Each design is unique and has its own attitude so it’s so awesome you can pick and choose from over 70 shades.

&Bean‘s Rain which is all sorts of hip.  It mixes so many elements into a stylish and fun look.  I slipped this one on along with Maitreya‘s black leggings.

Armidi‘s Dahlia pumps!  A must, especially in cerise (pink)!  I find that a basic design shoes, like simple pumps, in bright colors always takes an outfit to the next level when it comes to style.  You’ll never go wrong with stand-out footwear.

I went all out with my jewelry.  Luc zebra bangle on my left, Shiny Things code armlet on my right, and two necklaces dangling and jangling to the music.  One is Royal Blue‘s stone pendant in gold multi-colored, the other is VintageWear‘s Mixed Tape.  You will be seeing me wearing these a lot this summer!

Now I must rush… I’ve spent so much time getting dressed that I’m going to be late to the clubs!