Can You Survive The Pyramid of Death?

31 10 2009

Looking for something fun to do on Halloween?  There are several fabulous Halloween-themed builds out there on the grid, but I wanted to show you one you may not have heard of yet: The Mysterious Pyramid of Death.  The lovely ladies at Reasonable Desire have put up a really fun and interactive build that’s perfect for a Halloween date night or hanging out with a group of friends.  And speaking of Reasonable Desires, if you’re still looking for a ready-to-wear costume this is the place to go.  They have an amazing array of fun costumes from the sexy bubbles costume to the historical pilot Amelia.  As a bonus, if you make it out of the pyramid alive, you’ll recieve one of their costumes as a free gift.  But getting it won’t be as easy as you think.

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Surprise! It’s Halloween!

31 10 2009

**Edited to fix the Surprise! slurl**

Happy Halloween!  It is the most important day of the year (for me, anyway) and also my favorite holiday all rolled into one.  But, alas, I know there are some of you still looking for that perfect costume.  If you’re in the market for a ready-to-wear witch costume, Lara Aridian of Surpise! has made a fantastic one. 
 
Witches don’t always have to be dark and sexy.  Sometimes, witches are just cute and sassy (w/a hint of sexy), and that’s what this first costume by Surprise! is. 

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Review: PACADI Jasha

31 10 2009

PACADI Jasha reopened this week with their new fall collection and a new build. I must admit that I’d never heard of the store before a notice announcing the Fall Collection went out to the iheartsl blogger’s group this past weekend.  I decided to check it out while I had a bit of free time and was pleasantly surprised to find both Lotta Shelman and Julia Tower there as I looked around.  They were putting a few finishing touches out for the reopening, and I really enjoyed their new space.  Things are organized into different buildings, so finding what you’re looking is fairly easy.  Lotta and Julia, co-owners of the PACADI Jasha brand and the designers behind the fantastic clothing and jewelry, were kind enough to gift me with some review copies of the things that I liked.  I’ll show you some of what I picked out.
 
The first thing I had to have with this Striped Long Sleeve shirt in blue.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes

29 10 2009

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Thursday, October 29th, at 7 p.m. slt MDR will be throwing their “Something Wicked This Way Comes” party in celebration of the most important holiday of the year: Halloween.  Our affiliate for this month is Rara Avis

I’ve discussed Rara Avis in this blog before (here, here, and here to be exact) and they are one of my favorite design teams.  Nineveh Teskat and Azriel Ballyhoo have amassed an eclectic mix of designs that showcase their talents and eye for detail.  They have both male and female clothing, and even some unisex looks that I think are visually stunning.  But I suppose I could say that about all of their designs.  Two of my all time favorite inventory items are from Rara Avis, which I blogged about in those previous posts…the Unlovely Baby dress and the Arcadia shirt, and I’m not just saying that because it was named after me.  Rhodesy and I are really excited to have these incredibly talented designers sponsoring our Halloween party this year.

And though I have blogged them before, I’d be remiss if I did not show you a couple of the newer releases at Rara Avis, the second of which will be available in an exclusive color for FREE at the MDR party.   But first, I want to show you a design that was released a few months ago: Almost Diamonds.

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Quick Look: The Chauffeur?

27 10 2009

Have you ever had one of those days when nothing you put on seems “right”?  I was in that sort of mood one night last week as I stood there trying on look after look after look.  Nothing was speaking to me though until Rhodesy mentioned something about dressing like “The Chauffeur.”  For those that don’t know, The Chauffeur by Duran Duran is my favorite song of all time, and I immediately jumped on the idea.  Of course, I couldn’t do an exact copy of the outfit in the video, but I could maybe get close and by combining some different pieces, we came up with a look that I absolutely adore.

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The first item for the look was the Pea Coat from Ibizarre in black.  I adore this coat and have it in almost every color available.  The Pea Coat is just one of those essential fall items, don’t you think?  It’s stylish, comfortable, and perfect for those days when you need a bit more than a light jacket but it’s not time to break out the winter coat just yet.  I added the SLink buckle pants, also in black, because they are the perfect pair of pants for almost any look. 

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I wanted boots, and I went back and forth over this before finally deciding on the BAX Prestige Boots.  I have to admit, I was a little leery about buying them.  They are somewhat expensive, and I generally refuse to buy any boots that don’t come in a demo version.  But I was assured an exact fit by the CSR at the store, so I decided to take a risk.  And wow, am I so glad I bought them!  These boots are FANTASTIC!  It took me a little while to get them fit right, but with the built-in sizing script, it was far easier than doing it by hand.  The fitting system is genius, and I love that I can change the color of the zipper on the back and the sole.  They also come with an AO and sounds if you should choose to use them.  These boots are so sexy and chic…definitely my favorite by far.

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I do not have a Chauffeur’s hat, alas, but I did have something close: the Sunday hair by Magika, which comes with this cute hat.  I really liked the ponytail along the side of this hair and the way it frames my face well.  I’ve been wearing a lot of hair from Magika recently.  The selection there just gets better and better.

The skin is ::Exodi:: of course, since I never wear anything else.  Though I do feel the need to promise to have Ryker’s virtual babies if she’ll just give us more makeup for Shiloh.  I NEED more, Ryker! *bats her eyelashes*

My new friend Annabella Donner saw me the other day and said I looked like I’d stepped right of the pages of 1960’s British Vogue, which was a wonderful compliment, and since Duran Duran are from England, I’ll call this look a success.  However you describe this outfit…British Vogue, The Chauffeur, Fall Chic…I love it and will definitely be wearing it a lot this season.

Photography by Arcadia Nightfire, MDR Photo Studio

Model Info:
Skin: ::Exodi:: – Shiloh (Honey), Nosferatu (LtBrows)
Eyes: ::Exodi:: – Speculation Eyes, Blue
Eyelashes: Beauty Avatar – Regina Eyelashes 10
Hair: Magika – Sunday, Blonde C
Manicure: Sin Skins – Glitter Manicure, Black
Jacket: Ibizarre – Pea Coat, Black
Pants: SLink – Buckle Pants, Black
Boots: BAX Coen Designs – Prestige Boots, Black

Poses:
Photo #1:  LostAngel – Summer Crash #1
Photo #2:  Diesel Works – Aurora #2
Photo #3:  LostAngel – Summer Crash #8
Photo #4:  Diesel Works – Aurora #8





Can A Vampire Be Kyoot?

25 10 2009

**Edited to correct pose information**

There are times when a certain item immediately catches your eye, and you know instantly what you will do with it.  This happened to me several months ago as I was shopping in Kyoot.  I hadn’t been to Kyoot in quite some time and had decided to go and see what was new.  While shopping, I saw something white out of the corner of my eye and immediately turned and walked toward it.  Before it even finished rezzing, I knew it would be perfect for Halloween.  I was not wrong.  Straight Jacket Surrealist brings the Halloween to Couture. The only thing left to do was buy it and figure out which direction to take.

As I stood in the loft going through my inventory trying on this and that, I began to brainstorm.  My first thought was maybe a Mummy, so I added the Boxer Arm Wraps from Urban Dare.  But then, because this dress has fabulous stitches here and there, I thought it could be used for a fabulously modern twist on Frankenstien’s Bride (I still think that could work).  And then, I began trying on skins.  When I put on the Julana III, Bleeding Hearts by DaeSkins my inner vampire (yes, I do have one) stood up, pointed at that dress and said “This is fabulous and it is MINE!”  And so, vampire it was.

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Ballet Gothique

21 10 2009

Sometimes inspiration for the right costume or even the right look can come from those who know you best.  A few weeks ago, I was trying to come up with the perfect outfit to wear to a surprise birthday party for the lovely Saiyge Lotus and was feeling particularly blocked.  It was a Goblin Ball, but not being very goblin-y myself, I decided to just go with something dark.  You’d think that would be relatively easy for me, but I still found myself struggling to come up with something fun and unique.  Enter the wonderful Gabby Panacek, who I was chatting with via IM at the time.  When I told her of my dilemma, she casually suggested I go as a Goth Ballerina.

 Cue the light bulbs and fanfare!  That was something I knew I could pull off, which I did.  And, I enjoyed the look so much that I decided to blog it as part of my mix and match Halloween Costume series, with a few slight variations.

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