So Bizarre!

28 08 2008

I was flipping through the second edition of the Modavia Fashion Directory the other night, and I came across a section entilted “Emerging Designers.” This was probably my favorite part of the entire publication as I am ALWAYS on the lookout for the newest fashion finds in SL. I mean, my inventory is under ten thousand…I obviously don’t have enough clothing yet. Right?

The designer that caught my eye the most was Anyusha Lilienthal and her Ibizarre clothing line. The clothes in the photo were gorgeous and seemed to be exactly my style, so I grabbed my friend Rhodesy and we tp’d over to Ibizarre as fast as SL would allow. To say we were impressed would be an understatement. The building was gorgeous and the clothes were fantastic. When we saw the prices, we were even more excited. Everything was quite reasonably priced and would fit into any clothing budget. I also liked the diversity of the styles in the clothing offered. Something for everyone is definitely a plus and Ibizarre has it.

I snagged this fantastic leather dress at the outlet store, which is off to the left of the main store. Be sure to check that out as everything in there is deeply discounted.

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Slink Into Leather

21 08 2008

Every wardrobe has it staples. There’s the little black dress, the perfect pair of jeans, the basic t-shirt, etc. Then there are those versatile pieces you can build different looks from. Take a pair of capri pants, for example. Depending on what you pair with it, they can be casual or a little bit dressy. These pieces are just as important as those staples, perhaps even more so, because they give you options. I love having options, which is why I was so excited when I stumbled across the perfect pair of leather pants.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking…leather pants? Are you crazy? I know…they go in an out of style, sure. But the key is that they ALWAYS come back in. And do you know why? Because nothing makes your derriere look quite as good as the perfect pair of leather pants. Of course, there is the added bonus of being figure flattering and looking great with your best stiletto heels and your clompiest boots. And let’s not forget the reason to wear them in the first place, attention. Nothing grabs the eye like well fitting leather pants. You’ll always be noticed. Where can you find this fabulous new wardrobe must-have? They’re at Slink: The Art of Beauty. Taking this one pair of pants and adding different items from my inventory, I was able to create four distinct looks pretty effortlessly. I could have put together a ton more, I’m sure, and I am sure you can take these and make them your own as well. The options are limitless, really. Let’s check out what I came up with, shall we?

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Costume Reveal

9 08 2008
Ah, costume parties. They can be such fun but, depending on the theme, finding the right costume can prove difficult. I have found that piecing a costume together can be much more fun and creative then buying a ready to wear one. Now, I’m not saying never buy a ready to wear costume, because sometimes they fit the theme perfectly. I’m just saying…if you’ve not tried piecing together your own, give it a try next time you get invited to a costume party. You’ll see what I mean.

For MDR’s Midsummer Night’s Dream Party, I decided to go as Queen Titania. I chose that particular costume idea for two reasons: 1) She’s a great charachter in the play, and 2) My rl name is derived from Titania and means “Queen of Fairies.” So really, it made perfect sense for me to attend the party as Queen Titania. But I also knew that there was a very good chance others would have the same idea as me. So, I decided to create my own unique Titania look. LOTS of shopping later, I came up with what I thought was the perfect costume to portray the Queen of the Summer Court.

My costume started with the dress. I know most fairy costumes aren’t much on clothing, but I thought Queen Titania should have a lovely dress. I wandered into Fancy Fairy Wings and Fashions and fell in love with the Champagne and Roses dress. Designer Violaine Villota has made a stunning confection of a dress. I love the red bodice and the way the material lays. The texture is stunning. It’s delictate and beautiful. It comes with several skirt options, but I chose the longest for my costume.

More photos and info behind the cut.

In the same store, I found the most gorgeous pair of fairy wings I’ve ever laid eyes on: The Scripted Kira Wings in Blood Velvet. The wings open and close as you walk and have the most gorgeous texture on them. They’re absolutely stunning and I love the richness of the colors. The red in the wings went perfectly with the Champagne and Roses dress.

The next item on my list was a new skin. My friend Rhodesy Durant found the perfect one for me at *~{Frick}. The Peaches – Shamrocked v.1 skin was the perfect summery compliment to my outfit. Oh, and the hair I chose was the Sharon hair from Sirena in blonde with red tips. I wanted something elegant yet fun, and the Sharon hair was perfect for that.

The crowning touch (pun intended) to the outfit was the Princess Carlita set from Alienbear Designs. This set comes with a crown, earrlings, necklace, scepter, and bracelets. The detail on Alienbear jewelry is to die for, really. I can’t say enough good things about the work of Alienbear Gupte. Simply stunning.

The finishing touches was YIP’s magrttes fantasy eyes that look like a summer sky, a cute little fairy wand (which I have absolutely no recollection of how it came to be in my inventory), fairy dust on my feet which was a gift from Rhodesy, and the Avilion Mist Fantasy Collection in Moonlight. This stunning jeweled set comes in all sorts of shapes and is color changing as well. A very fun accent.

In the end, there were other Titania’s at the party but my costume was still unique and original. That’s the best advantage for piecing a costume together. No one will look quite like you.

Model Info:
Skin: *~{Frick} – Peaches -Shamrocked, v.1
Hair: Sirena – Sharon, Blonde with Red Tips
Eyes: YIP’s – Margrttes Fantasy Eyes
Wings: Fancy Fairy Wings and Fashions – Scripted Kira Wings, BloodVelvet
Gown: Fancy Fairy Wings and Fashions – Champagne and Roses Gown
Jewelry: Alienbear Designs – Princess Carita Full Set, Red
Avilion Mist – Fantasy Collection, Moonlight.
Fairy Dust on Feet and Purple Fairy Wand.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream…

8 08 2008

“If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, V, i

Join the MDR staff tonight, Friday August 8th, at 7 p.m. sltas we celebrate Midsummer and pay homage to one of Shakespeare’s best plays. Music, merriment,prizes, and fun decor are all in the works. We’ll also be giving away lindens for the Best Midsummer Costume so come dressed in your fairy best.

MDR Staff will be dressed up as well but, alas, our costumes are a secret until the big event. Shopping for costumes is such fun. And piecing a costume together from different things can be more exciting and challenging then buying a ready made outfit. I’ll be doing a post tomorrow on my costume and all the fabulous places I explored to find just the right pieces. Of course, if you come to the party you’ll get to see it sooner.

Hope to see you all in the MDR Portfolio Room tonight at 7 p.m.

Right to be WRONG!

6 08 2008

WRONG is definitely on my top ten list of favorite stores in SL. So when I heard they were having a freebie hunt to celebrate their new store, I couldn’t wait to participate. The prizes were hidden in cute little chocolate bars as the store is now located in a renovated chocolate factory.

I like the new store. It’s sleek and spacious…the perfect place to sell the kind of clothing WRONG specializes in. My friend Rhodesy and I spent a little time there grabbing all the bars of chocolate we could find. But not only did WRONG owners spoil us with chocolatey freeness, they also set out a few special items for a “Less Than 50L” sale. More photos and info after the jump.

I grabbed this Clip skirt for 25L and the Splatter top for 10L. A fantastic outfit for less than 50L, what could be better?

Rhodesy and I both grabbed this great pinstripe top she’s wearing. I love the details on WRONG clothing. The rings on the front and the straps on the back make this top extraordinary. She paired it with two of the freebies we found on the hunt, the purple A-Line skirt and the cross necklace. Another outfit for less than 50L.

But wait…there’s always more.

My third grab from the sale table was this fantastic black velvet coat. At 30L, this is more than a steal. I paired it with my stripped jeans from Decoy and my favorite WRONG boots for a fun and sexy look. I love the versatility of this piece…you can dress it up or dress it down and always look fabulous.

One of the freebies on the hunt was the Blue Patch Dress. I bought the red version a few weeks ago, so I thought I’d model that one instead. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this dress. It’s super cute yet retains that edgy fabulousness WRONG is famous for. It has corset lacing on the back and I love the black shoulder straps, though I can’t decide if they look like ribbon or leather. Either way, it’s a fun addition to this dress.

I could post for days on just the clothing I have from WRONG: edgy, casual, gothy, industrial, you name it…you can find it here. Be sure to check out their new store if you haven’t already.

Model Info for Rhodesy Durant:
Skin: Naughty Designs Alina Fair Eye Shadow Smokey, Red Lips
Eyes: Sin Skins Intense Violet/Obsidian Eyes
Hair: ETD Janine in Blackberry
Nails: Sin Skins Glitter Manicure Plum
Top: WRONG Pinstripe Top
Bottoms: WRONG – A-line Skirt (purple)
Necklace: WRONG Beaded Cross Necklace (black)
Earrings: Large Silver Hoop Earins by Caroline’s Jewelry
Bracelet: Black Double Wrape Bead Bracelet – Lowe Shine by Bonita’s Jewelry & Funique
Shoes: WRONG – Buckle Boots (purple)

Model Info for Arcadia – Outfit #1
Skin: Celestial Studios – Charmed Skin – 20 (Glitter)
Eyes: Eye AC – Dark Turquoise
Hair: ETD – Jackie, Elika’s Red
Manicure: Sin Skins – Glitter Manicure, Crimson
Jewelry: Ruby Eye Belly Stud (Freebie)
Slither – Earrings, Ruby Red on Black (freebie)
Inks & Kinks – Nostril Diamond Stud
WRONG – Sanity Jelly Bracelets
WRONG – Beads & Bangles, Red
Top: WRONG – Splat Top
Skirt: WRONG – Clip Skirt
Stockings: Falln – Noel Dress Stockings, Black
Shoes:WRONG – Basic Boots, Black

Model Info for Arcadia – Outfit #2
Skin: Celestial Studios – Charmed Skin – 20 (Glitter)
Eyes: Eye AC – Dark Turquoise
Hair: ETD – Jackie, Elika’s Red
Manicure: Sin Skins – Glitter Manicure, Crimson
Jewelry: Ruby Eye Belly Stud (Freebie)
Slither – Earrings, Ruby Red on Black (freebie)
Inks & Kinks – Nostril Diamond Stud
Coat: WRONG – Black Velvet Coat
Jeans: Decoy – Stripped Jeans, Dark Denim
Shoes: WRONG – Basic Boots, Black

Model Info for Arcadia – Outfit #3
Skin: Celestial Studios – Charmed Skin – 20 (Glitter)
Eyes: Eye AC – Dark Turquoise
Hair: ETD – Merijayne II, Chocolate
Manicure: Sin Skins – Glitter Manicure, Crimson
Jewelry: WRONG – Sanity Jelly Bracelets
WRONG – Beads & Bangles, Red
Jen’s – Vampire Bait Choker
Inks & Kinks – Nostril Diamond Stud
Dress: WRONG – Plaid Patch Dress, Red
Stockings: Gothicatz – Panthera, Stockings
Shoes: WRONG – Basic Boots, Black