I don’t really no where today’s article came from. Invariably it starts off with me trying to make an outfit. I thought I would do some dancing tonight, but half-way through changing, I decided to go check out new releases. So I put on the fishnets and darkened my makeup. That’s when the Billy Idol song started looping in my head. So now I want to talk about some of the new stuff I have gotten recently.
This pose is free from Olive Juice at the Pose Fair on Shisei. The skin is Laqroki’s newest creation, Elena. I have to be honest and say that though this skin is impressive, I did notice one flaw and that is that while the body has the typical Laq pigment, the face has a lot less yellow in it which makes face and body subtly mismatched. Of course this is no issue considering I bought all ten makeups for under $2000L. It’s still stunning!
What I wear when I’m dancing with myself…
LAQ ~ Elena – 02 [Milky] Glow skin
fri. – Scarlett – Happy Blond
::SUGARCUBE – HASU – one sholder dress ( blanche )
Canimal – Torn socks – white
J’s Real Toe Cross Belt Pumps SILVER
A&A FAshion Extrem Necklace Gold (The Dressing Room special)
fri. – Wide Waist.Belt (Bright.Pink) – Med
bMc! Zebra Bangles, STACKED [R] –(Luc) boutique
::GBf::white rose Boquet
Right off the bat, I want to tell you that nothing funky or new was found for this post. I wanted to do an article that was very close and personal to me. I wanted to say something about myself that I wouldn’t otherwise say and thus show you all a side of Maev Ceawlin that few get to know. And that is I am a huge formal junkie. The first dress I bought in Second Life was a ball gown, the first hair I bought a romantic up do, and one the first places I searched for upon rezzing (which will be three years ago Saturday) was a ballroom. I love to dance and it is one of the ways I meet people (it was how I met my fiancé).
So I wanted to share with you some of my favorite looks and gowns. I am always looking for the next best thing, and my aesthetic has always been (and will always be) simple, graceful, romantic, and natural. The same skins I wear for casual wear are invariably the same skins I use when in formal attire. To dress them up, I change lashes to something more full and dramatic (hint, hint). Shoes aren’t in this post, because they are usually hidden by the long gowns, but when dancing, the skirt often reveals the footwear so here is some advice: get open-toed heels in at least two colors, black and white; while pumps are okay, they aren’t dressy enough. Keep it simple; a ball gown is supposed to be about accentuating the waist, bosom, and visage, not your feet so always match as close as you can to your gown and please, no bling.
I guess it’s the little girl still within me that loved to play dress up, put on mama’s jewels, put some Vivaldi on, and dance around the living room with my biggest teddy bear, but I can never resist the urge to slip into something silky and exquisite, go to the more popular ballrooms and dance the night away. I recommend the indulgence, even if you don’t like to dance; what better way is there to see what everyone else is wearing! XD
SySy’s is a top priority for me when it comes to gowns. I subscribe to the updates and own at least a half-dozen of SySy Chapman’s gowns. They are classy and well made. I am a woman who, above all else, prizes versatility and economy, so Redgrave‘s pale Jennifer skin in smoky is a staple of mine. The dramatic eye and pale lips go with everything in my wardrobe, and the ample cleavage provides the sex appeal where the dress demands it. Aden‘s Suri hair goes perfectly with its flirty and romantic curves.
With Spanish flair, this gorgeous gown is from Son!a. I saw this on another dancer at a ballroom I frequent and had to have it The lace is beautifully done (with options that allow it to be opaque or see-through for those more brazen), the color rich and the applique detail at the bottom very graphic and modern. League‘s Misty skin is just as detailed as Redgrave’s, but you get different cleavage options. I enjoy how bright this skin is and its refinement. The style of my hair has seen a trend recently, and that is that it usually has something to do with Truth Hawk’s ever-growing collection of delicately coiffed dos. Here I am wearing Rosa, an àpropos title for an up do that comes with three different colored roses that you can interchange to match your outfit. This picture doesn’t do them justice, they. are. gorgeous. The attention to detail is absolutely, completely, and masterfully crafted. I want a whole dress just out of the roses, heeheehee.
I told you I keep it simple, lol. This SySy Chapman gown is as basic as they come; a rich velvety brown that drapes off one shoulder. But how many times have I gone to the dance halls and all I saw was red, pink, and boobs? Brown might be earthy, it might be neutral, but it stands out in a sea of color. I always pair this dress up with Maitreya hair, because both are realistically made and go well. I’m using the dramatic lip option that Curio skins come with, which is a blessing, because I would never buy them on my own.
Another important dressmaker that I have visited for years is Nicky Ree. This woman has always put out a stunning gown and she’s been one the best in the business forever and a day (SL time). This gown I’ve had for almost two years (I just realized that number and gasped; I had no idea I was that old lol) and I love the rich brown, but also the fun stripes in the top that make this unique. Atomic‘s winter skins have been good to me this season; I love the shading on the cheek and the brows are the perfect shape for my face. Fri.day‘s Quinn makes an appearance in this blog, being the more styled long length in my inventory. The color and delicateness goes wonderfully with the skin and gown.
Kungler’s is relatively new on my list, and this is the only dress I’ve bought from there so far, but I am very impressed by their elegance. This is actually a more avant-garde piece; with these almost wreath-like wrappings going down the back and up around the front of the dress, but I think the colors are amazing. The wine tulle is brought out even more by the taupes and blue-greens of the straps. To me this dress is very earthy and so I usually wear leaf earrings and a more natural hair style (in this case Maitreya’s Dylan in almond)
This gown is new to me and it’s from Skin Flicks, purveyors of fine formal and semi-formal wear. I love the draping and light lavender color of this dress. I feel pretty and ethereal when wearing it. Going with that idea, I used a loosely gathered hairstyle from Fri.day, Jasmine2. Tendrils frame and cover my face just as romantically as the dress drapes my body.
If you noticed, I started out dark, with the deep tones of passion and sensuality. We end here with lighter shades of romance, bringing elegance and discernment to the forefront. This dress is one of the few in my closet that comes from the same designer that I get my haute couture. I must say that Lelutka has crafted a piece of the highest quality in this gown. It’s just drooling with sophistication and realism from the sash around the waist to the structured bodice. If I want to make a statement to all those I come across in the dance halls, I wear this beauty. I usually wear Lamb!‘s bumped ponytail because for me it equals the simple splendor of the gown.
And there you have it! My secret pastime is exposed! Though I can’t say I didn’t enjoy immensely this article. My jewelry choices here were from Luc (formerly Earthtones when I bought them) and I didn’t vary from this because I usually don’t vary in real SL. I like jewelry to be complementary, not the focus, so I make them small accents in my ensemble (another good hint).
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
Where I live, the weather has gone from freezing to flirty and I have been taken so aback at the transformation. The grass is growing and some of the underbrush around my abode is starting to sprout green. I even have sandals on and I almost forgot how it feels to have the breeze on my toes. Is spring officially here? Well… no, not officially; tomorrow at sunset marks the official start to spring, but technically… yes, very much so.
I’m glad, because I am ready for some bright colors and highlighted tresses. (Feels the wind on her bare legs, shrieks, and then runs to the drugstore to pick up Veet)
This spring won’t be about muted or warm, but bright and punchy. It was a long, hard winter and now we should be looking to cheer ourselves up with yellows and greens. Faces will be fresh, hair will be light, and accessories abound.
I am ready to enjoy nature once more… spring is in!
Milk Motion‘s Alice skin with freckles. Nothing says natural more than a nicely tanned, freckle face.
This glorious mane is the aptly named Spring Breeze from Junwave. I can’t quite see anything else so perfectly meant for a lovely spring day than this beautiful hair in light brown. And to add more to its perfection, I have put in a tropical flower, provided by Artilleri (from the Charlotte dress outfit).
The dress I wore also in fall, but it luckily has two tops and I had yet to where the sleeveless version! The tiered, strawberry dress from Couverture flows marvelously as the air wafts through it.
To keep it comfortable, I slipped on some Kelly flats from Shiny Things. When you’re taking a walk through fresh growth, forget the heels and get as close to the earth as you can.
The necklace is the Journey Circle I got back when (luc) was Earthtones and the bangle is Persona‘s crack-metal… all in gold by the way.