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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These photos were shot at Isla Mallorca, which has a lovely fair build complete with circus tents, fortune tellers, a carousel and more.  Almost Diamonds is a sexy little outfit that reminds me of a burlesque costume, only shorter.  I’m wearing Scarlet here and in the MDR party invitation.  It comes with this lovely corset, which is probably my favorite part of the outfit.  I really love the lacing and the design on the back. 

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 It also comes complete with garters, stockings, lace gloves, and this adorable skirt with bloomers underneath.  Several layering options are included for added versatility.  You could take this outfit in several different directions, but for the theme of “something wicked this way comes” I went with dark and mysterious.  The hair is from Deviant Kitties – Chouli in Red Licorice.  This hair actually works well with a lot of designs from Rara Avis.  I really wanted black lips and eyes for this look, so I went with Eden (Sugar) in Nekophelia by ::Exodi::.  The eyelashes are from [glow] Studio:  Vanity Eyelashes in Rouge, Red.  I thought they added a touch of dark whimsy to the look.  The eyes are new and also from ::Exodi::. Trapped in Amber is part of an amazing set of eyes Ryker Beck released just in time for Halloween.  If you did the ::Exodi:: hunt, you may have gotten them for free.  But for those of you, like me, who missed it, they are available in store for a mere 250L.  The jewelry from this outfit comes from Violet Voltaire, and it’s the Love Like Blood set in, well…blood of course.  And to complete the look, the Athena shoes in Darkheart by Tesla.  I think this look conveys wicked pretty well, don’t you?

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Oh, and in all of these photos I am using the FilterCam HUD by MechanizedLife.  This is the newest version, which comes with fabulous Halloween filters!  FilterCam has long been one of my favorite toys.  It is a terrific tool for enhancing a mood and adding even more creativity to a shot.  You can purchase one for youself at MechanizedLife.  It comes with a ton of preset filters, but you can also add your own, and it is VERY easy to use.
 
The second outfit from Rara Avis, and the newest release, is Dante. 

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Carnival Couture is the term that came to mind when I first saw this outfit.  The Harlequin pattern is one of my favorites, and it is put to good use here.  Dante comes with the jacket and shorts, tights, armbands, cuffs and an attachment for the jacket tails and the collar.  The back is lovely with the large diamond pattern on the jacket and these fantastic coat tails. 

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I decided to go Lolita with this look and added the Lolita hair from Exile in Hazelnut.  I’m wearing the Kawaii Barrettes and the heart stickers on the face, but this hair comes with several options for accessories and they are all color change.  For shoes, I went with the classic Mary Jane design: Bowie from *katat0nik*.  These adorable shoes have color changing bows on the sides as well.  I am such a huge fan of scripted color changing items.  It makes my life/inventory so much easier.  The choker is from [skream!] and is an exclusive item you can only get through their Customer Appreciation Program.  Go to their mainstore and look for the sign with the doll on it for more details.

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Dante is unbelieveably fun and really a fantastic design.  It comes in four colors and is available at Rara Avis for a mere 350L.  However, you can get an exclusive color of Dante that will NEVER be sold in the store at our Halloween party.  And better yet, it’s absolutely free!  There will also be a freebie for the guy in attendance. 

Rara Avis has generously donated a 1000L gift card to be raffled off sometime during the night.  This is in combination with the gift certificate from MDR Photo Studio, so that is quite the prize package.  The newest memeber of the MDR Staff, Teagan Tunwarm, will be running the raffle ball all night, and it’s filled with tons of goodies.  Nineveh Teskat, designer of the aforementioned outfits, and her design/business partner Azriel Ballyhoo will be on hand as well.  In fact, Nineveh will be our DJ for the evening.  So come to MDR Photo Studio’s Halloween Bash…there are sure to be lots of treats..and maybe even a few tricks!

Photography by Arcadia Nightfire, MDR Photo Studio
except Photo #1 (Party Invitation) – Photography by Rhodesy Durant, MDR Photo Studio

Model Info:
Outfit #1:
Skin: ::Exodi:: – Eden (Sugar), Nekophelia
Eyes: ::Exodi:: – Trapped In Amber Eyes, SM
Eyelashes: [glow] Studio – Vanity Eyeleashes, Rouge (red)
Hair: Deviant Kitties – Chouli, Red Licorice
Outfit: Rara Avis – Almost Diamonds, Scarlet **REVIEW COPY**
Shoes: Tesla – Athena Open Toe Stiletto Boots, Darkheart
Jewelry: Inks & Kinks – Nostril Diamond Stud
Violet Voltaire – Love Like Blood Set, Blood

Outfit #2:

Skin: Deviant Kitties – Voodoo Luffly, Sunkiss
Eyes: ::Exodi:: – Trapped in Amber Eyes, Sm
Eyelashes: [glow] Studio – Vanity Eyeleashes, Rouge (red)
Hair: Exile – Lolita, Hazelnut (w/Kawaii barrettes and heart stickers)
Manicure: Sin Skins – Glitter Manicure, Black
Outfit: Rara Avis – Dante, Scarlet **REVIEW COPY**
*katat0nik* – Bowie Mary Janes (bows color changed to red)
Jewlery: [skream!] – Lolita Teardrop Choker **CUSTOMER APPRECIATION PROGRAM**
Inks & Kinks – Nostril Diamond Stud

Poses:
Photo #1: Photo Invitation
Photo #2:  Long Awkward Pose – Slip – Did It Again
Photo #3:  Long Awkward Pose – Slip – Did It Again
Photo #4:  LostAngel – ACTION *Unisex* Cat Eyes
Photo #5:  LostAngel – Summer Crash #3
Photo #6:  Essential Soul – Tip Tapping
Photo #7:  Long Awkward Pose – O&E – Whatcha Want

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2 responses

29 10 2009
Gabby Panacek

Gorgeous Arcadia! And I have to agree, FilterCam is indeed my favorite gadget. I can honestly say it has jumped right over my mystitool for the top spot on my “Things I Can’t Live Without” list! So glad you are enjoying it! *mwah*

29 10 2009
Codie

Thank you for the awesome review and fantastic spooky pictures, this is a fabulous post!! ❤

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