Essential

23 05 2010

I’ve been on a SL break for the last few weeks and that’s why I’ve not posted in so long.  I’m not entirely sure that break is over, but I had to come back and do a post featuring my newest favorite photography gadget:  The PoseAnywhere HUD by Essential Soul Studios

When my new friend DavidThomas Scobal contacted me to tell me about his creation, I was really excited to try it out.  A HUD that lets you use your own no trans poses on someone else?  I’ve wanted something like this since I first started taking photos in SL.  And while I find it terribly ironic that it’s being released the same week I close my photo studio, I am extremely thankful for its existence.

To test it out, I took the lovely Kyria Tomsen to Bon Temps, La (the True Blood SIM) and snapped some fun photos in the graveyard.

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December Warmth

29 11 2009

Winter is fast approaching and that means the cold and snow will be here before I’m ready.  That is always the case in RL since winter is my least favorite season.  I don’t really care for snow.  However, Shiryu Musashi of Musashi-Do has created a coat so fabulous you won’t mind traipsing through the cold white stuff as you do your holiday shopping.

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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





Guest post – The Style of Argrace

3 07 2009
**The following is a guest post written by my friend, and MDR co-owner, Rhodesy Durant.  I often seek Rhodesy’s opinion before purchasing certain things, so I was delighted when she decided to take me up on the offer of doing a guest post.  I’m sure you will love her look as much as I do.**
 
 
Having known Arcadia Nightfire since her first moments in SL, I am no stranger to the concept of fashion blogging. I watch her put together outfits and then go on to describe them for the fashion conscious to absorb. I’ve watched her both fret at trying to get an outfit just right and squeal with glee when an outfit just falls together with no effort at all. She is my partner in crime when it comes to shopping, so we visit a lot of the same stores. Therefore, it shouldn’t surprise you that we went to Hair Fair together on more than one occassion to make sure we’d seen it all.

Because of lag, we both snagged demos to try on back at the studio.  Being Durannies, we both have soft spots for Fedoras but when I spotted Agrace’s store full of them, I decided to pass because they came in all natural hair colors and not my favored purple.  However, when Arcadia tried on one of the demos, I was hooked; I ran to their main store in hopes of avoiding the Hair Fair lag, but was unable to snag this divine creation.  But what a TREAT I discovered! I was delighted to find a whole line of gorgeous hair and even better: clothing that made my inner preppy melt! 

Agrace seems to dabble in a little bit of everything—furniture, jewelry, hair, clothing (for men & women), and eyes. I didn’t want to leave the store! Lindens have been a smidge tight lately, but when I saw this Natural top for ladies in the sensational royal purple satin, I didn’t even think about the Lindens. I just clicked buy! Once I put it on, all of Arcadia’s offers to allow me the occasional “guest blog” spot on Fashion 360° became mandatory. I had to share this with her readers… or maybe I’m just that vain, and I couldn’t resist showing off.
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AYUMI x 3

28 04 2009

A few weeks ago, Ayumi Shinn dropped a review item on the SL Bloggers Network in world, a cleavage enhancer that she designed and is selling in her store.  I’d never heard of her store, [AYUMI], before so I decided to go check it out.  She has some really cute stuff, but my favorite was the Button Up Shirt with it’s plunging necklace and thick belt underneath the bust line.  It comes in five colors, and she’s selling them for 150L each, or 250L for the fatpack.  Never one to pass up a deal, I grabbed the fatpack and decided to see what kind of looks I could throw together using this daringly sexy shirt.

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The Dichotomy of Arcadia…and other newness.

18 04 2009

A few weeks ago, I posted about the Tear You Apart shirt by Rara Avis called Prep School Punk in which I raved about how much I adore said shirt. The one down side I described was that it didn’t come in more colors because I wanted more of them.  Well, Azriel Ballyhoo, the designer, saw my post and contacted me to tell me that I had inspired her to make more of these fantastic little shirts.  She had been thinking of it for awhile, but my post got her motivated again.  I am so happy that I inspired this wonderful designer to add more options for this super sexy shirt.  She is releasing five new versions today and, of course, I am going to show them all to you.  This is probably going to be the longest post ever posted, especially if you are reading this on one of the feeds.  But, I think it’s worth it.  Ready?

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Mix and Match The Night Away!

14 04 2009

I’ve given up on doing the entire Bunny Hop Hunt for several reasons.  It’s just too big and too hard and my inventory is already too chaotic to add another 200+ items that it will take me months to sort through.  So I asked myself which stores I’d be sad to miss and just hopped to those places.  One of those places was Baiastice.
 
I’ve always thought Baiastice to be one of the most interesting stores on the Grid, and I tend to have very strong reactions to the designs of Sissy Pessoa.  There is no internal debate for me while shopping there.  If I own it, it was an instant “I love it and must have it right now” decision.   And I’m always excited to find new stuff out at Baiastice because there is the possibility that she’s done something that will blow me away.  Imagine my delight to have stumbled upon an entire area of new stuff (well new to me, anyway) while hunting for yet another elusive easter egg.  It was an area of mix and match seperates that I was really excited to see at Baiastice.  And, of course, a few things immediately grabbed my attention.  The first was this lovely, soft silk top. 

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