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Archive for January 2010

So nothing here is even close to a “New Release” or like that (heck the shoes aren’t even for sale in world anymore). But they hit a home run as an outfit for salsa dancing. The outfit itself is from Hot LALA which I get the green one couple years ago from my friend Desi who gives it to a former version of Nicci, and so I find this earlier when I was raiding her inventory of transfer stuff. Ha this was so nice I had to go get one in red since i had pair of these shoes in red.

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: Tukinowaguma luna SH
Outfits: Hot LALA Salsa
Footwears: Ti’Amo pearla

So in the course of some lucky chairs and hunts and so on I come across Arwen’s Creations  MM board at a Gorean place called Tabuks Ford. There was very interesting looking dress in the picture and it must be popular since I got it as a prize and it was needing 100.
Anyhow I try it on and it has lots of ways you can wear it, I figure since was Gorean I would use hair and jewelry from Gorean merchants as well.
So, again, quite a few ways to mix and match this between the stitched body suit, corset, skirts, scarf, veil and so on.

This pic I change hair into Cori from Hype, and added the current freebie from sf designs shearling boots and take off the skirt.

Then I make a mistake and take off the top leaving just corset and was like wow that works pretty nice like that. So off I go to start twisting it into something totally different than was intended.
I add the black and gold quilted skirt I got at Lika Ruby recently. I was not happy with what I had for footwear so much but then thought it was good excuse to bite the bullet and get a pair of Solange Gunslinger in black & gold. I have in black & silver and white & silver, and really I think a couple pairs of these should be considered a wardrobe essential.

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: Hmpf by Rynja Zephaniah (Priestkings Code)
Hair: ~Hype~ Cori/Onyx
Basic Outfit: {AS} Stitched Lady~Mushroom MM BOARD (Arwen’s Creations)
has two types of skirts, top, corset, pants, scarf, veil and belts
Additional variation: +LR studs-skirt(black)(Lika Ruby)for skirt
Earrings: Daggers Earing in gold by PA Designs
Necklace: ::: B@R ::: Exotic Dancer Necklace (Bare Rose)
Footwear: *Solange!* Gunslinger Boots – BLACK/gold
Footwear: sf design winter shearling boots
Poses from Cherry Girl

So the gym shorts, the top and the socks are all freebies, and the sneakers are like i think only 50L and color changable, so this is a very affordable outfit huh?
Also I like since it looks natural with the body type my avie has since she is athletic proportions with extra body width, and things like leg muscles at 90%. I do that because of the inworld hobbies Nicci Chau has, heck check my flickr for old pictures of horseback riding, scuba diving, surfing, mountain climbing, kayaking and on and on. Figured I needed an athletic avie to look right with those things so I made one.
Also one of the things I do is set body fat up around 20% and then trim individual areas like waist and such back some so that things that are suppose to be out some are there to start rather than try and puff things out.
Can get like full bust or nice shape butt with settings less than 20 that way and not look artifically inflated. Maybe is just that i’m use to it but I think you get better looking shape that way. I am sure is lot of shape makers who see different or like that but it’s what over time seems to make sense to me.

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: * 0 Style *Prissy*(Dark Chocolate)
Top: -Collect*- All aroundT_K (is modify and I cropped it to length 78 just because I like to do that)
Shorts: *COCO*_Gift_AthleticShorts
Socks: sfd ankle socks with prim cuffs (cream)
Footwear: HOC Apparel – Hocs Sneakers
Jewelry: diamond sperm belly jewellery by Alienbear

ooh I find a store new to me and go nuts (like what else is new huh?) The evening couple nights ago starts nice huh.
First I get this sweet pair of black leather boots in a Midnight Mania board, this one has been blogged all over and like seems to do lockdown in only a few hours last few days and I been missing out.
Anyhow I’m back at Lika Ruby for that coat I blogged about and shazzam!!!

[0:50] +Lika Ruby+ Lucky letter: Now, Lucky letter is N.
[0:50] +Lika Ruby+ Lucky letter: Nicci Chau, you are a winner!!
[0:50] Nicci Chau: finally haha three days
[0:50] Nicci Chau: i been stalking this board 🙂
[0:50] +Lika Ruby+ Lucky letter owned by Lika Ruby gave you ‘+Lika Ruby+ coat rose(magenta)LB ver*’ ( ).

So I finally win the coat from the lucky board at Lika Ruby but while I’m there I see one of the other board stalkers in an outfit that I really liked and did a quick inspect and am off to a store I am not familiar with called *salire.
Immediatly I’m like wowed how nicely made stuff is, and how affordable (like 30L each for the fur outfits I got on in this post). Bunch of freebie and dollarbie and group gift things. I get a chance to talk a bit with salire who was adding a new wall to the store, and she is very nice person and thanks me and my friend who were shopping but was not pushy like huh?
Most of the time it creeps me out bigtime if the shop owner is there when I am shopping or like that, typically I tp away if I see, but in this case she was very welcoming and I don’t get those feelings so she adds to my list of places where I like the designer personality as well.
(I haven’t met all that many designers and won’t make list of ones that really bug me but I guess could shout out to PopFuzz Bamboo (PopFuzz), Etain Peregrine (Dark Eden), June Dion (Bare Rose), and swaffette Firefly (sf designs) as being designers that I am comfortable to be around in their stores.)
Anyhow back to point of this, I take a few snapshots in these to actually try to show off the boots and then get carried away and make an outfit out of one of the other pieces I get and then wander around the sim.

So the boots don’t look right but i see in a dalmation print so i get that one next.

Then I get the gingham outfit and even though it was nice with the boots I decide to get it quirky and play around with stockings and footwear and like that and end up with this look:

and I am hearing too some other lucky boards calling and so I wander around, and next door I find the store M*Motion, and get a few things, one of which a knit that I’m hoping matches the knit lucky chair boots I get awhile back. I meanwhile get called over to a friends and use that hang out chit chat time to try out some new stuff and use her wall as backdrop for a pic of the M*Motion outfit.

So stylesheet:
All pictures….
Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack

*salire fur outfits:
Hair: **SD hair premium 002-XM black (Hair Influence)
Outfits: *salire knit fur set/leopard & *salire knit fur set/dalmatian
Footware: .:Pelletteria Morrisey:. Black Leather Boots
Diadem, Bracelets: Ecliptic by Inca Temple
Earrings: Piercing set-Daggers (PA Designs)

*salire gingham outfit:
Hair: **Hair Influence =TSUBAKI=
Hair decoration: +Lika Ruby+ corsage-Tsubaki-
Outfit: *salire Gimgam set
Underwear and stockings: *Shai * The Duchess
Footwear: :::Sn@tch Streetwalkers-Black Satin:::
Bracelets and Necklace: Ecliptic by Inca Temple

M*Motion blue knit outfit:
Hair: *Brits*Ano Nuevo Black (Simply Britnee)
Outfit: M*Motion Knit Blue
Footwear: *AuMa* for Lucky Chair JAN 2010 (Blue Camouflage)
Jewelry: Alienbear Design (2009 NX Dark gift set)

sssshhh… hahaha to top all things off, I forget to unbox that coat from the Lika Ruby lucky board when I get so caught up with all these things LOL

So, those of you that are in Lika Ruby’s update group know about the new Lucky Board she posted in the main store. Check out this cute jacket:

So what does that have to do with piecing together black and gold outfit? Ha, the fashion journey begins ….
(This gives you bit on insight on how things are for me for like an hour or so after I log in.)
Anyhow I go there in the black and white outfit I was in from last post when I’d been out dancing and got the compulsion to get the bobby sox LOL
I’m there for awhile and it starts getting packed, and no N ever comes up. So … I start to camera around some huh, since I have not been to the main store before, usually I go to the Kowloon or the Magi Island stores before.
And I see on the opposite side wall a new quilted and studded fabric skirts. I’m not sure what I think of those really, but I have always have good luck at Lika Ruby before so I buy one in black.
My thought is heck I’m already in black monochrome it should work right? Well, okay skirt I decided was a winner, is cute, but on further notice it is black and gold.
Dang I’m all black and white, a bit of gold maybe on the tie on the vest I got on, so that can stay, and shoes are black and gold so for now they are in picture. Time to rifle inventory.
Need to lose the white ruffled blouse, and heck I’m in Lika Ruby and a promo pic has the shiny sweater on, and i got that, and Lika Ruby is one of those cool spots that gives you all layers and also matches underwear layer nicely with shirt or jacket layer textures to get a tuck in look if you have a jacket overtop.
Got to change the hair since I decided before is poor form wearing the same hair two posts in a row when I was trying to justify buying a new hair onetime at Mau’s & Mej’s, and for more twists in the plot I end up with the hair I got there in this outfit.
So, i put that on and this is going good, so I don’t have gold bobby sox with my fatpack and did not see them, I know I seen some before but don’t think any of my older avies ever got any.
The more i think about it I decide some nice stockings in gold would be even nicer, and then remember a pair of gold lacey looking shoes I see before at pipistyle for like only 60L but I don’t get cause i didn’t know what I’d wear them with.
So I’m off to stop at pipistyle to get the shoes and decide they will work and it reinforces my thought for some stockings.
Well, I look in inventory for stockings and don’t have gold but do try on my favorite pair of stockings I got before at Casa Del Shai in the Duchess outfits and wonder if she has anything in gold. So, off for some shopping, as that counts as excuse to go shop at Shai’s which is always fun to look around at.
So she does but not as single item, comes with a bra, pantie and stocking set and I am already in frenzy mode since I’m almost together with outfit so cha-ching off goes some cash and into inventory is the undies.

So pix of final version of the outfit:

Ha and since I drop a few unexpected coins on the undies might as well show them off too as they are really cute( ooh la la LOL)

Then I think to myself, dang I never do get that jacket from the Lucky Board at Lika Ruby LOL, so all this activity and I spend a few bucks in the process and is ironic that it starts with a freebie Lucky Board and I don’t even get that prize 🙂

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Eyewear: primOptic Steam glasses 1.17 (adjusted to be gold frame mirrors)
Hair: >>Celine black gold (Mau’s & Mej’s)
Top: +LR shiny Knit (gold) (Lika Ruby_
Vest: ZC : 1 Maitri short jacket *black* (Zaara)
Skirt: +LR studs-skirt(black)
Bra, Panties & Stockings: *Shai* Soleil Lingerie Set Antique (Casa Del Shai)
Earrings: Gold Hoop with diamond (BijouxOr Design by Alienbear)
Shoes: PIPIStyle-AnkleShoes-Gold
Any poses I might have used: Cherry Girl

So I’m at Twilight still huh and at the deck of my friend colleen while i get outfit together and check my new dances i put in my chimera to see if they really are any good.

I like the black and white monochrome look and use that lot of times when I go out to events. So at one point earlier I’d seen old ZZ Top Video on youtube and like decided I needed to get some bobby socks and work from there to get an outfit.

After maybe half an hour I end up going to Zaara to get the vest that I had not bought like a few months ago to finish this one off.

So I take a few pics out on colleen’s deck, and then last one is me burning up dance floor at the Twilight club LOL

So when I log in I always make a point of changing outfits (lot of times I change every couple hours if it is one of the marathon all day or all night logins).
I usually poke around inventory pick some piece and then keep changing this and that until I decide I’m ready to do something else. In this case I had a few group gifts to collect and some landmarks to check out for some hunts that were updated and like that.
So I do those and just need a place to sit and get caught up with IMs and maybe look at some of the things I get from hunts, lucky chairs and midnight mania the previous days too.
One of the places I go to sit is in the outdoor cafe at Twilight Blues And Jazz Club in the Twilight Sim. My friend Lazlo owns the sim so I guess I’m kind of unofficial resident of the sim.
Anyhow here I am out front of his club ready to sit and sort through some inventory and get caught up with some IM and blogs and like that.
PS–this is also one of my favorite places to go dancing when they got events like live music and sometimes some DJ.

Oh so this outfit is the kind of look huh like is cold outside but you are going to a warm place so you wear a warm coat and like that but like something where you can cool off inside easy like a tanktop.

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: Amacci Hair Mariana ~Black Coal
Jacket: *D&L Fashion street SIENNA**
Top: silky string top blush by Simone Stern’s Style Starts Here
Jeans: sexy_ass_jeans bright-blue_ripped by drawmachine
Necklace: ::: B@R ::: TubeTop Puka Shell Necklace from Bare Rose TubeTop Dress outfit
Belly Jewel: diamond sperm belly jewellery by Alienbear
Footwear: [Decoy] Jully Boots – Tan

A note about the top, so I tend to prefer tops that are modify. The reason is sometime you want to wear some belly jewel or like that with some outfits, and so default bottom of shirt layer covers enough of the belly to look too awkwards.  And a tip too for those who don’t mod things like that, if you put shirt length at 78 it is perfectly above a belly button area plus it is break point there is no ghosting of color. that is something you see when you use sliders on system clothing layers, some numbers ghost the texture or color like a transparent coat of couple pixels, and then next number up or down fills in the area rather than go further. Add to that you are hit and miss with the front and back portions of mesh matching (try that sometime and see how uneven things are with sliders especially bad on the arms),  anyhow the slider setting 78 is one of those rare points where mesh and texture and color and all that fill in and match around.

So first off I get tip about really sweet pair of boots at AuMa in the lucky chair, which after a few attempts I get. So pic to start is the lucky chair boots which I decide to wear some tucked in Drawmachine SexyAss Jeans in white.

But that is not main story here, because while I’m there waiting on an N to show up I spot another pair for sale and so after I win the one in lucky chair, and like them, then I buy the other pair and like so much I spend forever piecing together an outfit. I started with the boots and then went through different ideas. Like this one where I got tucked in jeans, knit top and leather jacket:

I keep trying ideas until I get this all black thief or super spy kind of outfit together.
Then I am racking my brain to try some remembering places that had the right feel for the outfit, and tp all around to take some photos.
SL being what it is most of my landmarks were out of date, lots of places were gone and not rebuilt, but I do find a few that were just right.

sitting on a bench on a bridge:

riding a tagged city bus:

sitting in an alleyway:

and finally working out my streetfighter style on a punching bag:

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet

Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack

Hair: Amacci Hair Elvira ~Black Coal
Glasses: primOptic Steam glasses 1.17 script adjusted to be mirror shades
Turtleneck Top: *COCO*_Gift_TurtleneckSweater
Black Pants: *COCO*_ShinyLeggings_Underpants
Boots: *AuMa* Hessian boots&padlock *BLACK CROCO*

In the first pic for the Hessian boots I had:

Hair: ~Hype~ Cori
Jacket: ::: B@R ::: Heavy Leather Jacket
Top: .: Naive :. Knitted Top Pink Tee
Jeans: sexy_ass_jeans bright-blue_ripped by drawmachine

Could not avoid doing the pun, sorry LOL.
I was in Plum Sandbox working on a project I have been building, anyhow I realized that the new Shoes and Accessories Hunt had started and I should get moving on that. Take a bit of break before i finish the last 50 or so of the New Year’s Hunt that I was burning out on. So I decide to try on a few things I had gotten that I had not looked at yet.
Anyhow, I had cruise by Aphrodite Outlander’s store AC last night (she made a comment on my blog entry from few days ago and I looked at her blog and it looked like she makes the kind of things I like so I wander over there), and was trying out the store gift shoes and lacy tank top to see how I like and i was very impressed, especially with the tanktop (I’m not really a shoe fanatic and most the time I wear like the slave bells, flip flops or geta anyhow), so I don’t consider myself any expert on shoes.
These shoes did look nice though with the top and I like that they look light and don’t got the prim foot since I never get the skin tones to match on those and just move them into my “probably will never use” folders.
I also take a shot from the backside huh to show off the highlights in the texture on the rump of both the top and the leggings from Lika Ruby (ha the view which was commented on by one of the residents hanging around Plum when I TP in).

Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: Hmpf by Rynja Zephaniah (Priestking’s Code)
Top: AC Lace J Pink gift by Aphrodite Outlander
Leggings: +LR Leggings pink(Strawberry) by Lika Ruby
Footwear: AC Sasy Chic gift by Aphrodite Outlander
Poses by Cherry Girl

So today was one of those days external forces at work instead of me picking up in new years hunt like i expect, I log in and I have a few gift cards from my friend Colleen Criss waiting for me to check out some places.
So need new hair for a new look huh? Well colleen had send me a 300L gift card at Hair Solutions which I used to get a nice 60’s mod style over one eye look.
100L at Hell Bop and used it to get 85L value wifebeater style tee. They got lots of really sweet retro clothings and i make a note on a couple things to get later.
I had gotten a new pair of heels from Midnight Mania the other night from Vanity Designs and I like how they went with the whole thing.
So to start out I go for that Daisy Duke look kind of. I put on the Hell Bop top and thought a pair of cutoff jeans is always a nice thing and like went to my “go to” Flaunt cutoffs.  Considering all the jeans I have bought or got in MM boards, lucky chairs, gifts and those I have made myself,  it’s a statement of some kind huh that these were from Flaunt’s lucky chair, and like my old avie Gypsy had these as her “go to” jean shorts,  and is still what I go for to judge other cutoffs.
The top is somewhat sheer so like depending on light can see the clothing layer nip-ring and tattoo combo that I made hinting through a bit LOL

Across the street from Hell Bop is a small store named Doolhof who also has retro clothings, and I read the profile of the owner Siren, and it was one of those profiles entertaining enough that I feel compelled to buy something. Anyhow I seen there was LM for main store so I go there.
Anyhow after checking all the things I end up with her outfit called Susie and it was very reasonably priced. So i start out to use gift cards but get distracted and spend some lindens anyhow LOL.

So colleen also gave me a gift card from Tart for 100L and so off I go to see what that can get me and so I find if I kick in 50L I got nice choice between cardigans, jeans, 3 pack of tube tops, or singles of shorty tube tops. Maybe is other things in my range but I already was hooked with the tube top 3 pack and was deciding what color set so I don’t camera the whole place.
I ended up getting the pack called “Staples” which had red, black and white. Others were more like blues, greens, purples and like that.
So I try on the red and first thing I notice is they have some cold nip shading which is fine as long as I remember not to wear that top to sims where people take objections to anything like that.
Pair the top up with another one of my “go to” the line pants from Lika Ruby (blue this time) and I like the look.

In all pictures:
Skin: Adam n Eve – Desire t2 – make up Russet
Eyes: booN tsubura eyes lampblack
Hair: [HS] Rana ’09 – Sable (Hair Solutions)
Earrings: [LeeZu!] Pink Opal Flower (hard to see but they are there)
Footwear: .:VDI:. Envy – Chandra Black Platforms GB (Vanity Designs)

Pic 1:
Top: HB – Hank – Undershirt Tank white wifebeater (Hell Bop)

Pic 2:
Top and pants: Doolhof Susie

Pic 3:
Top: TART tube top – red
Pants: +LR Line pants-blue (Lika Ruby)

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.

January 2010

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