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Archive for November 2009

So I get things all over the price ranges in SL but my favs are high quality inexpensive, and things that are out of the way shops most of my friends have never hear of before. My avies been going to the MoonCat sims for years and in many cases getting the same items each time LOL, anyhow I see the store IZUMIYA in the MoonCat Izumo sim which I was sure I have not seen before, and an inspect on a few things verified it was indeed newness to me. Place has amazing deals and also has unisex and men’s clothes.

Anyhow even cheapskate me buys out most of everything there, I guess for whatever reason convention has I follow the trend not putting price in blog postings, but heck I could say for what I consider minimum tip for a club DJ I can buy four outfits there.

 

 

So here is one of outfits I get, looked good for Autumn. Is knit mini skirt, turtlesneck top, the thick socks (funky in that they are not symetric which is like really rare in SL but very common in RL haha), and three variations of the topcoat.   Store is in background. It had some boots that came with but those were not so good in my opinion, were system texture boots with prim tops, so instead I put on pair of suede boots i got in a fatpack at Alessandra that I always like excuses to wear.

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Hair: **Hair Influence =My Happy Ending by Seseragi Design
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Outfit: High Neck Shirt, Skirt, Jacket, Socks
=IZUMIYA=Fashion Set NO. 17
Footwear: ALESSANDRA – Suede Boots Black

What you can’t see:
Tintable lace bra and g-string by BabyDoll

Taking a break in the Opium sim by CC’s Cafe and colleen has it all decorated for autumn, so I put together something that looks like it should be autumn for me anyhow. I started out with the outfit that came with the jacket, but then kept mix and match with other pieces in my inventory, and then decided a nice cap would be nice so spent like an hour wandering around Hairspray and Hairspray2 trying demos and stuff and finally find this hair and cap combo I liked, note is scripted to change color for the cap and the hair ties.

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet – Pubix
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair (is hair and cap combo): Amacci Hair Sandra ~ Jet Black
Top: STYLE – Silky String Top – Blush by Simone/Style Starts Here
Pants: Mimikri – Leather Pants/Alexa black
Jacket: *D&L Fashion street SIENNA** sculpted jacket
Underwear (not visible but I know it’s there): Purple Panties By PopFuzz
Footwear: Ti’Amo Diamond Kisses Black by Ayella Sieyes
Socks: Tintable Barefoot Socks by Robin (Sojourner) Wood
Earrings: “Sunshine” chained earrings by Inca Temple
Belly Jewel: Sunshine naval piercing by Inca Temple
Necklace: ::: B@R ::: Lowrise MPP Necklace by Bare Rose

well I’m not anyone who gets to make definitions or be the trendsetter fashionista everyone looks to, but I think the main point of ethnic/boho is that it is individual and eclectic, and properly carried off it should be like very unique to each wearer. So,  to me it is all about an overall feel to an outfit, that has things that bring up thoughts of hippies, gypsies, shopping in funky thrift stores, hanging out in 3rd world marketplaces, and seeing yourself fit in maybe into pictures of people from all over the world in traditional native costume.  Then trying to get elements or influence from those sources and mix them up so is not all just one thing, but rather comes together like a good soup does. Tops can be from tight almost sheer tanks to puffy sleeve peasant dresses, and no rule one way or the other on bare midriff.  Typically skirts should be maxi and billowy huh, but short skirt over leggings and other layering things, or even some of the baggy pants if used with other elements can work, like that defy any real rules there too.  And jewelry and fringes, and lot of mixes of things that have embroidery or appliques, prints like batik, and a whole world of fabrics from muslin to silks, at some point all I think can be incorporated to ethnic/boho.

Ethnic/Boho was the niche one of my older avies was in when was trying my hand with SL clothing design (surprise surprise), anyhow, so many people do it so well, and the elements are available almost all over SL, I am hopefully going to highlight a few ways to use this as basic inspiration, and hopefully feature some shops and designers kind of  out of the mainstream of most people’s SL experience, since heck one of the major keys to me with a ethnic/boho fashion win is to have an outfit ensemble that is unique to you in a crowd of people all in ethnic/boho outfits and one that everyone goes “oooh where did you get those (fill in the blank?).

Also … well RL roots of ethnic/boho were thrift stores and raiding grandma’s closets and so to me part of the deal is it should not be very expensive to put together.

So in that veins this first piece fits in well as it is bare midriff tight layered tank tops and billowy long skirt with a nice pattern. I got the base outfit in a box at LicoLico for very inexpensive, hair is a recolored freebie, the bangles came with, other jeweleries i snag from other outfits, and I’m a fan of what I guess in SL is usually referred to as slave shoes, those nice jeweled things that have toe ring and anklet connected.

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: +YUZUKAMIYA+Reiko+Bordeaux (though I tinted the original darker to look right on my avie)
Outfit: DemiDemi long skirt and top set
it has two layered tanktops, glitch pants and a skirt
Footware: EarthStones Beautiful Slave Footlet – Tourmaline
Bangles: DemiDemi sculpted prim bangles (comes with the outfit)
Necklace: The puka shell necklace that comes with the TubeTop Outfit from Bare Rose
Belly Jewelry: Chained elegance blue Belly bar by Angel Affects

 

The Jiji dresses from YOMESHOUJO is another variation of ethnic/boho does not have bare midriff and is not even using a skirt, but uses a dress, but holds onto basic overall theme as it invokes the same feeling when I look at it. I can almost RL feel a breeze watching my avie walk around in these outfits the prim pieces are multi layer and all have varying flexi properties so it has a very nice look. Green and Orange variations and heck I do a pic of both, since I can also show off one of my favorite footwears from Pipistyle in matching colors.

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: * 0 Style *Prissy*(Dark Chocolate)
Dress: xxYOMESOHUJOxx *jigi*green
Footwear: pipiStyle-DESIGN-MULE-green

And in the orange:

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: * 0 Style *Prissy*(Dark Chocolate)
Dress: JigasxxYOMESHOUJOxx *jigi*
Jewelry: xxYOMESHOUJOxx -necklace-*jigi*
Footwear: pipStyle-DESIGN-MULE-orange

 

So extension of theme of variations to push envelope of the ethnic/boho style, though maybe kind of more subtle than with tank tops and skirt is to do with a pair of baggy pants. This one has that Madonna inspiration thing going on with visible victorian lace bra (I won’t confirm or deny rumor that I wore this outfit before to an event but instead of the victorian lace bra I use t-shirt layer nip rings I make to fit this skin). Add the fishnet top with the prim accents to either and it works pretty nicely. Then instead of a billowy skirt some baggy harem or coolie style pants, or some elephant bells do something very similar, so  maybe more edgy if you go with like mesh or sheer tops, but the overall vibe has the same base.
The EarthStones slave bracelets and footlets kind of reinforce that harem feel, and heck exposed belly button needs some adornment and this seemed like the right piece.

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: **Hair Influence =My Happy Ending= midnight black by **Seseragi Design
Bra: victoria lace bra  black by SF Designs
Top: Priestkings Code {Fishnet Top}
Pants: Modern Coolie Pants by Puppet On A String
Footwear: EarthStones Beautiful Slave Footlet – Tourmaline
Jewelry:
Bracelets: EarthStones Beautiful Slave Bracelets – Tourmaline
Belly Ring: EarthStones Belly Ring – Yin Yang/Gold

So couple weeks or so ago was a big freebie thing at Decoy, so I get a fatpack of these tops which remind me of some scarf thing I once get years ago on an infomercial that never worked out. Anyhow I tried with lots of different things and decided that cutoffs and ripped jeans worked best.

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: *T/O/H HAIR BOB2 by Kappers in Japan
Top: [Decoy] Zanza – Meadows
Jeans: NaimaSexyrippedJeans
Footwear: Simple Geta Platforms : Gold Flowers -w by ITAN KISHI
Jewelry:
Necklace & Earrings: 1960’s Chic Feather, Hyper-Gems Jewelry Set by JCNY
Bangles: *tal* Carmina Bangles by Analise

So I was going to a place that was like having “Best In Neko” and typically I go with my alt that is a grungy type neko for those things, but I know there is also the “kawaii” or cute neko looks and decide to go that way instead. Anyhow remember LicoLico, one of my favorite malls in SL, anyhow I remembered seeing some really cute neko outfits and track them down, they were from MoonCat Izumo, which is interesting since one of my favorite shoes creators is Pipistyle in the MoonCat Izumo home sim, but that’s another blog entry when I do their shoes huh? Anyhow I pair with some Gunslinger Boots from Solange, which I have always considered to be like one of the essentials you just got to have in inventory.

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: **Hair Influence =TSUBAKI= M-dark brown by **Seseragi Design
Outfit: (Top, Pants, Socks, Skirt, Neko Ears & Ribbons): =^. .^=kumin Wa-Neko(Akane) by Kumin Kohime
Footwear: *Solange!* Gunslinger Boots – BLACK/silver

Okay sometimes I get stuff on whims just because and then am like amazed what I get. This outfit I get from Ann Otoole’s Unique Needs and it’s one of the few things I got that didn’t need very much adjustments at all which is amazing considering how many pieces are in this set. It’s got two versions of the weapons and armor things, one regular and one with spellfire scripts, and then the cloak and hood have scriptings for open, closed and like partial and so on.

Anyhow is pretty sweet outfit, even though i don’t do any roleplaying or like that is nice to have something like this in the inventory just in case.

The back has some really nice detail too on the shield and the cloak texturing is so nice that I also take a shot from the back.

Outfit: *UN!* Dueling Dragons Cloak & Arms Set Women’s Green Gold
Hair: >>Celine black green by Mau’s & Mej’s
Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack

Ha, is what a friend says that this outfit looks like. I like the combo of plum, strawberry and gold.

Hair: mag girl hair 7 by Kowloon Wig
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Top: Zaara : Nilaya – *Plum*
Leggings: +LR Leggings (Strawberry) by Lika Ruby
Footware: slave bells gold by Ti’Amo
Jewelry (Diadem, Bracelets, Earrings, Necklace): Ecliptic by Inca Temple

So I am on the way to a club now that has a Red Theme event. Ha i dress up to fit theme but never enter the contests LOL Anyhow sometimes you can do just simple without lots of accessories, or like in this case a few things left over from outfit you were just wearing before. In this case I put on an outfit I got long time ago at Little Fish and change my hairstyle and poof whole new look from the plaid skirt, leggings and camisole i had on before I change.

Not alot of things with this outfit huh?

Hair: :: Shining moon sym T3 from Mau’s & Mej’s
Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack

Outfit: *Littlefish Dream of clubs
Shoes: SLink Glamour Platform (Coloured Heel)

Earrings & Tina: Yak & Yeti * Bollywood Jewellery silver/ruby

Oh and I don’t think I mention before, everything at Yak & Yeti is freebies, and very well crafted freebies at that.

I get these leggings back on my trip the other day to LicoLico, and keep putting them on trying to match them up with something I had or what I could think of to get. I liked them with a sapphire Chinese dress I got before at Lika Ruby (who I really like and will likely show up a lot in my blog over time cause I got a bunch of their stuff), and with a blue scrunchy skirt from Drawmachine which I decided would look better with something else so was a good purchase anyhow.  Eventually I thought dang a plaid skirt, and then remembered that one of my older avies from like 2007 who is a neko had some really cute skirts from Neko Gear, so off I go to Nekopolis, and dang 2 year old fashion and they still look good, and I buy 3 different colors of them. The shoes I get a few weeks ago and never wore but finally get them figured out, I have not had good luck with sculptie feet and sculptie toes trying to get to match my skin tone in the past.

Hair: Tukinowaguma luna SH ebony white
Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack

Top: .::AC::. TANIMA 001 camisole Black no shade 2 by Asymmetric Clover
Skirt: Strapped Tartan-Red-n-Black-Skirt by Neko Gear
Leggings: *Raskn* black lace leggings
Shoes: SLink Glamour Platforms with Sculpted Feet

Jewelries:
Yak & Yeti * “Devdas” Indian Glass Bangle Set * red/gold
Yak & Yeti * Bollywood Jewellery silver/rubin (necklace, earrings &tika)
diamond sperm belly jewellery by Alienbear

So I seen a picture of a jungle somewhere and searched for SL jungles on a whim and find a place called Jungle Territory in the Acanthus sim. Eventually I see a nice bath area and all so i take a break from exploring and take this picture.

Hair: Tukinowaguma luna SH ebony white
Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack

Poncho: (CS) midnight poncho (mossgreen) from CREAMSHOP
Jeans: *Girlie* Babydoll Jeans with belt
Tee: *Sprawl* Plain Tee *pink* (that i cropped to 74 length)

Earrings: Le Fleur Earrings (white Diamond) by Alienbear
Belly Ring: dragon belly ring by Anarchy Cinquetti (Don’t remember the store name)
Bracelet: EarthStones Beautiful Slave Bracelet – Tourmaline
Footwear: EarthStones Beautiful Slave Footlet – Tourmaline


World Wide Interactive 24/7 Soap Opera Character

I'm just a supporting cast member to world wide interactive 24/7 soap opera called "Second Life". It's a just a game or time-waster to some, and more important than real life to some, and everyone else is in between the extremes.

I'm not a primary character in anyone else's personal soap opera story, just supporting cast. I stopped taking it serious like that years ago with older avies that had romances, ran businesses, were entertainers, were designers and builders. Now I am just wanderer vagabonding around and try to spend the inheritance my older avies left me. Lots of the time is frustratation on missing how things use to be in SL when the magic was still there for me, now is my hobby and try as i try, i cannot keep from logging in for hours and hours at a time, but I do resist temptations to let it take over my real life once again.

What I'm blogging:
Is in the end in style of a fashion blog but is not like a real "I'm a fashion blogger" nonesense thing.
I'm not all so much about finding new designer things that are out so much as finding things I like i never seen, or better track down something I saw before and didn't get and now want to get, and playing with what I got in inventory in addition to things I see when I'm out getting new things.
I'm not real fashion blogger type that like has designers drop things into inventory and say "blog this" huh, nothing like that, mostly is to go through the thousands of things I have and at least get some use out of them and maybe a few stories and like my observation on things.

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Personal Pet Peeve in SL fashion trends

So, my avie is short and wide by SL standards, consequently most all prim parts need some adjustments. I hate resizer scripts (that as far as I read in blogs don't work to stop copybot anyhow), since they do all directions, and typically i need to make shorter and wider, not bigger which you cannot do with those scripts. Some designers are really cool and will send or upsell me a modify set of prims or will adjust if i send them my shape if they insist on not selling a mod version; and others tell me pound sand and say that I need to change my shape. Most designers ignore me if I make requests or they ask for a bunch extra lindens to do a fitting. The second two sets I'll never buy from again nor do I recommend, hope they are happy with the one sale.

Unless Otherwise Noted

I realize some of stuff I don't change much so unless otherwise noted the following should be presumed:

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack