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Back in the Saddle Again

 

After a year of being away I made my way back into the social scene with a shopping spree.  Not really a spree… more like I dipped my toe into the current fashion pool.  I wanted to make an outfit that said that I am still a beautiful woman with style and a head for what’s new.  I felt great mingling in this outfit, and turned quite a few heads.  It was a great night and an awesome first time back into the swing of things.

Store links:

Truth Hair Paper Couture Jewelry Imabee Skins The Secret Store Maitreya

Note: Most of these links are to their online stores.  This is the way I shop most of the time.  If they don’t have an online store, I will provide the in-world location.

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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


These are a few of my favorite things…

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).


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


Life is one big road with lots of signs

This last couple of weeks have been so very stressful for my RL.  Hence the lack of fashion in my blog and even time logged on to SL.  The project I was working on had a deadline and now that it has passed and I have done all I could do, I am hollow and depleted of energy and brain function, so my first inclination when free time came was to go on vacation.  Just take a couple of days to be with myself and nature, but I had to do this from my current location.

What better time to take advantage of the beautiful tropical sims of SL?  Some individuals know how to visualize paradise and I can readily dive right into a SL lagoon and feel the warm waters lap around my legs.  So I did a little shopping therapy and dedicated myself to sun, big drinks with umbrellas in them, and the hypnotic tones of reggae music.

Dont bury your thoughts

Don't bury your thoughts

Nothing like floating in the warm waters of the Caribbean.  You feel as though the tide not only takes away the sea, but also your worries.  Just lay back and let the ebb and flow of the ocean make your body and spirit one with the world.  Let the warm sun blanket you in heat as you slather your skin with the fragrant oils of Banana Boat sunscreen. Your cells almost forgot what the sun’s rays felt like as they replenish their supply of vitamin D.

Put your vision to reality

Put your vision to reality

Camping on the beach pushes all your inland troubles, allowing you to live as though deserted on your own world.  Sit on a big log of driftwood, as you gaze into the warm fire, its heat keeping away the coolness of the breeze that sweeps past you.  The waves that hit the shore and the crackle of burning wood are white noise to your peacefulness.  You sleep under the starts, the sand a natural mattress that curves around your body.  With no city lights, the night sky is not black but filled with the billion bright to dull lights of distant celestial bodies.  It fills your vision and you drift off to sleep knowing that they will watch over you until morning.

Wake Up and Live

Wake Up and Live

Sometimes you stay up all night, cheek touching the cool sand, as you watch the clouds roll in and the winds grow strong.  The power of weather and nature surrounds you as you are unprotected by man’s inventions.  You are humbled by its capabilities and feel your clothes and hair whip around you and you kneel at its magnificence.  The horizon stretching out in front of you and the rolling clouds over head make your worries seem superfluous.  The high is like nothing that’s been had before.

So that was my way of getting back to my normal life.  It is certainly not the last time I will need this, but luckily for me it works every time 😉

Vacation luggage includes:

For my bathing outfits, I have Swim‘s Red Bandanna bikini and The Hub‘s zebra print bikini.  For modesty (yes, I do have some, l0l) I used Awesome Design‘s platinum sarong from their Shiver Bikini collection.

My skin with the red bathing suit was Karamia‘s Mia in medium Bombshell; the red lips and high cheekbones give me a refined, classic look.  For the rest of my vacation I used Cupcakes‘ Seduction skin in Wheat, which I picked up from the Easter hunt before my trip.

The hair has range, but each fits for the image I want to convey.  For bathing, I liked the sunlightened look of ETD‘s Gwen in caramel; it was modern and gave the outfit structure.  For the early evening, I like the outdoor and casua look of Truth‘s Tahlia in pumpkin.  For the flowing evening gown, I wanted something equally haphazard and natural, so I always wear ETD‘s Ashley in a blonde tone; this time Sunny.

I wanted to travel light, so the only jewelry I took was Last Call‘s Wood, Metal, and Opal set.  It amazes me that after over a year of closing its doors, that Last Call’s wears remain some of my favorite pieces.

I did not want to wear shoes on my vacation as the sands have therapeutic powers for feet, but when I did wear something, they were flat sandals.  Shiny Things‘ Kelly flats and Detour‘s Layback flip flops.

The biege tank is from Armidi‘s sheer ribbed collection, of which I own all of since tanks are such a integral part to my wardrobe.  The cutoffs are Tres Blah‘s and I have had them for almost as long as I’ve been on SL.  The dress is Dolcevita in blue from BiancaF. and what a perfect name for such a bohemian gown.

The last thing is the hat in my hand in my bathing outfit.  It is really the inspiration for this shoot.  It is Elegance Hat‘s Lisette in red and when I imagined wearing it, I pictured the red bikini and the white sands and decided then that my vacation had to be taken in the Caribbean.

P.S. My vacation was taken at Bahia Tiki and Zen beach

P.S.S. The title and captions for this post are by Bob Marley