A Sexy Sweet Christmas!  

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Omg, I know.....I haven't been here forever and I have missed it sooo much!!! Wow has it been a whirlwind of things that has been keeping me but no longer! I am back and ready to share some great designs with you....
Starting out is the Christmas release from Insolence....Of course my utterly favorite lingerie and fashion store in SL, I had to share my findings.

Jaime is a new satin ensemble, very classic in its lines, but made of the shiniest satins and sweetest lace bits that one could imagine. This set was designed with most attention on getting the most rich satin touch, and as an attempt to find the perfect curves for a classic Bra, Panties and Garters set. It was thought to be made for wearing under a warm winter coat out in the cold cold weather and being revealed to that special someone while laying by the fire with a cozy rug, wine and candelight!
I love all of insolences pieces but the detail of the flowing lace that is delicately placed on the bra and panties along with the seaming of these pieces amaze me of the artistic eye of its creator, Camilla Yosuke. The triangular cut right at the right spots and the coverage of the bra makes such beautiful lines throughout.

There is also a surprise waiting for all of us eager shoppers at the store. You can grab a beautifully wrapped box filled with this short, sexy dress with wrap sandals , bra, pantie and garter set. Also inclueded is a drop pearl necklace that can be worn time and time again. The whole set can be worn out to a cocktail party or just throwing a house party.

Rhodesy is wearing: (In Purple)
Skin: Naughty Design Alina Fair - "Eye Shadow Smokey, Red Lips"
Eyes: Sin Skins Intense Violet/Obsidian Eyes
Hair: Damselfly - Riley in Raven Cool
Nails: Sin Skis Glitter Manicure in Plum
Lingerie: Jamie in Purple by Insolence
Shoes: Fluffy Black Shoes by the Booty Boutique
Necklace: The Dauphine Necklace (silver/lavender) by Muse

Aracdia: (in red)
Skin: Celestial Studios - Charmed Skin 20 (Glitter- Silver 2)
Eyes: Eye AC - darkturquoise
Hair: ETD - Yvette, Scarlet
Manicure: Sin Skins - Glitter Manicure, Crimson
Lingerie: Insolence - Jaime, Red
Shoes: Pixel Mode - Cocktail Shoes, Bloody Mary
Jewelry: Inks & Kinks
Nostril Diamond Stud Caroline's - Individual,
a Right Hand RingAlienbear Designs: La Fleur
Necklace, earrings, bracelet

Pyper:(silver lingerie)
Skin: Redgrave-chloe/smoky
Eyes: Glanz-Mid fresh blue
Hair-Shop Seu-pompadour-blonde
Lingerie-Insolence-Jamie, Silver
Shoes: Vamp-platinum
Jewelry-CCD Pure Butterfly Collection (necklace, bracelet, earrings)
Left hand ring-JCNY-Calla Lily
Right hand-Kraftika-101

Red dress:
Skin: Skin: Redgrave-chloe/smoky 4
Eyes: Glanz-Mid fresh blue
Dress: Insolence-Jamie Christmas Dress--comes with panties, garters, bra
Shoes: Incsolence-JamieChristmas shoes-Red shoes
Jewelry:Insolence-Red Beaded Necklace

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Dress Me Up Challenge: Arcadia by Gabby Panacek  

For my second challenge, Gabby gave me the following guidelines:

"Okay, Arcadia, let's get you away from the goth for a little bit. I'd love to see you put together something Glam punk in style. Start at Maitreya and Emery...their recent collaboration will give you lots of pieces to work with. Then check out Gritty Kitty or Exile for some hair. Oh, and I'd love to see you try some brighter colors with this, too. Have fun!"

I must admit that I found this the most daunting of the challenges, not because I dislike Glam Punk or anything, but because of those two little words: bright colors. *shudders*

After hiding in a corner and listening to my inner Goth hissing in my head for a while, I decided to be brave and tp over to Maitreya to see what their collaboration with Emery produced.

The results were interesting. And while I can appreciate the aesthetic of the outfits, I wasn't sure any of them were even remotely "me" enough to wear. But I did find myself drawn to the look in the promotional signs, so I thought I'd try to replicate that. It looked very Glam and still a bit "me". I found the Emery Biker jacket and immediately wished it came in more than two colors. Fuscia (Hot Pink to me) and Yellow are not colors I would normally wear. But I kept hearing Gabby's words in my head, so I snagged the Hot Pink jacket as it is the lesser of two evils. At least it's derived from red, right?

Next, I grabbed the Emery Denim Burk pants and the Maitreya Frenzy shoes in the special Hot Lips edition. They're black with hot pink on the bottoms, which totally matches the jacket.

And though Gabby directed me to other places for hair, I couldn't pass up the Nico hair sitting next to the Frenzy shoes. The Maitreya Armwarmers in black were next (sorry, I have to have black in there somewhere Gabby), and I was starting to feel a little better about the outfit. Not entirely comfortable, mind you, but I thought it would at least be an interesting experiment. All that was left was a shirt. And while the model in the promotional sign had on just a plain grey shirt underneath her jacket, I decided to grab the Emery Call Me outfit (a freebie, btw) and use the Blondie shirt from that outfit with my new look. It works perfectly to tie in those black armwarmers. As for accessories, I tp'd over to ::69:: for some fun pink and black star earrings and decided to use my Exotic Zeenu necklace from Viva La Glam instead of hunting around for a new one. With all of the pieces gathered, I tp'd home and put the whole thing together.

And you know what?

I LOVE it.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this look! I've not stopped wearing it for an entire week. Can you belive it?

Gabby, you've corrupted me!

More photos and info behind the cut.

Here you can see the Maitreya Nico hair. I wasn't quite sure about it at first, but Rhodesy gave it the green light when I sent her a photo of me wearing the demo, so I went with it. And I'm glad I did. It's super sexy, and it's a lot of fun to photograph. Believe me, I know. I'm wearing Beach Blonde, but it comes in a vast array of colors.

Ah, the Emery Biker jacket that started the whole thing. The first thing I've ever owned in SL or in RL that is pink. I think the texture on this is fabulous, and the cut is quite flattering. It comes with a prim collar and sleeve cuffs, but I opted to wear it without. You could do a totally different kind of look with them, though. And at 200L, I think it's quite the bargain.

The Maitreya Armwarmers go great with this jacket too, but I bet you could wear them with lots of looks. Oh, and they also come in a dizzying array of colors. You can get single colors, or packs of three.

Two great photos of the Emery Denim Burk pants. I'm not sure I'll ever take these off. They're just perfect. I love the color and texture, and they are incredibly flattering, especially in the back. And the skinny legs...love the skinny legs.

The Maitreya Frenzy shoes in the special unreleased edition, Hot Lips. Don't you just love Maitreya's shoes? So sexy and chic. I like these almost as well as their Virtue shoes, which I wear with just about everything. I may have to go back and get more colors.

So there you have it...Arcadia gone Glam Punk. I certainly never expected to see me in anything pink, but I'm glad Gabby challenged me. I love this look and will definitely be wearing it...a lot. Most importanly, I had fun. Which is what this is all about, right?

Photography by Arcadia Nightfire, MDR Photo Studio

Model Info:
Skin: Celestial Studios - Charmed Skin 20 (Glitter- Silver 2)
Eyes: Eye AC - darkturquoise
Hair: Maitreya - Nico, Beach Blond
Manicure: Sin Skins - Glitter Manicure, Black
Top: Emery - Tee Call Me 1
Pants: Emery - Denim Burk
Jacket: Emery Biker Jacket, Fucsia
ArmWarmers: Maitreya Armwarmer, Black
Shoes: Maitreya - Frenzy, Hot Lips
Jewelry: Inks & Kinks Nostril Diamond Stud
Viva La Glam - Exotic Zeenu Necklace (recolored)
::69:: - OpenStar Earrings, Pink/Black

Photos 1 & 3: Long Awkward Pose - Seduction
Photos 2, 4, & 5: Striking Poses - DQ2 - Ann Margaret
Photo 7: Long Awkward Pose - JewelryPose_16

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Dress Me Up Challenge: Arcadia by Gidge Uriza  

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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Gidge said "I want to see you do WARRIOR GODDESS! I’d cruise Fairy’s Grove and Tekeli Li for inspiration.Think……..BREASTPLATE!"

Ask and ye shall recieve, my dear. I give you Arcadia as Warrior Goddess.

I have to thank Gidge for coming up with this idea for the challenge because it gave me an excuse to buy an outfit I've been coveting for quite some time; Amazon by GothiCatz. I thought it was lovely the day it came out, and I still adore it. Of course, how often does a photographer need to be wearing a breastplate? And so, I resisted...and resisted...and resisted. But now, thanks to Gidge, it is mine! *cue evil laughter*

Amazon comes with two skirt options, Rubellite and Emmerald. I'm wearing Rubellite (of course). The movement on this skirt is just stunning; I would expect nothing less from Looloo Beck.

The detail on the breastplate is gorgeously done, and that same pattern is accented on the waistband of the skirt as well. I love how the top looks like a corset done in metal. I added some henna tattoos, from LaynieWear, just for fun.

One of the places Gidge told me to check out was Tekeli Li. I must admit, I'd never heard of that place before, but I'm glad Gidge pointed me in that direction. What fun stuff! I bought the Wyrmling hair to go with my Warrior Goddess look. It's quite well done, with a cute yet fierce looking dragon resting atop the head.

The back is just as fun, with cascading falls of hair held up by metal rings. It's very ornate and just what I was looking for.

The best part is that it's all scripted. You can change the hair color, the color of the dragon, the color of the jewels on the dragon, etc. All with just a click of a button. How fun is that?

I was also able to find some lovely jewelry. The Sinqui Collar and Cuffs set is just understated enough to go with the Wyrmling hair. It, too, is scripted. You can change the color of the metal and the color of the gems. The possibilities abound with stuff from Tekeli Li. And we all know how much I like versatile items.

Of course, no Warrior Goddess look is complete without some kick ass heels, and I had the perfect pair in my inventory. ZHAO's Savannah in black leather. Nothing says Warrior Goddess quite like leather straps wrapping half way up your leg. These shoes are stunning, and with the right outfit, make a very bold statement.

Last, but definitely not least, a Warrior Goddess must have a trusty blade. I tp'd over to Stone Keep and snagged the Spell Fire Dragon's Eye blade. A lovely peice of metal work. It comes with a shield (not shown), and animations for drawing and sheathing the sword. It even has sound effects.

All in all, I had a lot of fun putting this look together. Thanks, Gidge!

Photography by Arcadia Nightfire, MDR Photo Studio

Model Info:

Skin: Deviant Kitty - Voodoo Lashes - Sunkiss
Lashes: Deviant Kitty -Deviant Prim Lashes 01
Eyes: ::Tuli:: - Mesmerize Eyes, Blue
Hair: Tekeli-li - Wyrmling, Scripted
Manicure: Sin Skins - Glitter Manicure, Black
Pedicure: Candy Nail - #000 Basic Toenails, Black
Tattoo: LaynieWear - Henna Shoulders 1
Outfit: GothiCatz - Amazon (Rubellite Skirt Option)
Shoes: ZHAO- Savannah, Black Leather
Jewelry: Tekeli-li - Sinqui Collar and Cuffs
Sword: Stone Keep - Spell Fire Dragon's Eye Sword and Sheath (comes with shield not shown)


Photo 1: Long Awkward Pose - Helping Hand
Photos 2 & 3: Long Awkward Pose - Dayum
Photo 4 & 5: Long Awkward Pose - Seduction

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Dress Me Up Challenge  

Friday, December 12, 2008

Oh, why not? It could be interesting.

I was just having a conversation with a client about how I like to "play dress up" in SL, but that I'm still a Goth girl underneath it all. She responded by telling me that the Goth girl always shines through, no matter what I'm wearing. Which, I thought was a very sweet thing to say.
So, with that in mind, I open myself up to the whims of my readers. Dress me up!
Achariya is the brilliant mind behind this challenge and the rules are as follows:
1. Post a picture of yourself in your underpants.
2. In this post, invite your readers to suggest a particular outfit (or jewelry, shoes, skin, etc.) from a designer for you to purchase and write about.
3. In the next few weeks, look back over the suggestion list and incorporate these ideas into your regular blogging, marking these entries with the tag “dress me up.”
Post in as many or few suggestions as you want. It’s up to the blogger’s discretion to pick which items to wear, so no complaining if they don’t pick your idea.
Photography by Arcadia Nightfire, MDR Photo Studio
Model Info:
Skin: Celestial Studios - Charmed Skin 20 (Glitter- Silver 2)
Eyes: Eye AC - darkturquoise
Hair: the Abyss - Secret, Light Blonde
Manicure: Sin Skins - Glitter Manicure, Crimson
Pedicure: Candy Nails - #000 Basic Toenails, Red
Bra and panties: Lovelace - Millais, Crimson
Pose: Striking Poses - Sarah Michelle Gellar_1

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Snowy Stage  

Sunday, December 7, 2008

I have a love/hate relationship with snow. On the one hand, I think freshly fallen snow (when it's like six inches deep) is one of the most beautiful sights you'll ever see on this planet. On the other hand, I absolutely despise driving in it. I am of the firm belief that if it's going to snow at all, there should be enough of the white stuff on the ground that I don't have to leave my apartment for a few days. Otherwise, what's the point?

But there is hope.

The beauty of Second Life is that I can enjoy the snow without having to drive in it, and that's just what I did a few days ago when wandering around MDR's new SIM. We have this lovely mountain top area with lots of trees, snow, and even wolves howling in the distance. It's very picturesque; the perfect stage for the newest GothiCatz outfit.

GothiCatz has been one of my favorite stores since I first began my second life, and LooLoo Beck certainly keeps getting better. Stage is my favorite winter outfit, by far. I love everything about it, and it is the most appropriately named outfit in my inventory, I think.

Stage is dramatic, eye-catching, and absolutely lovely. The red and black striped knitted sweater and black leather pants could almost be considered casual, but the added fur trim around the collar and sleeves gives it that extra something special to make it go from normal to WOW.

I love the texture on this shirt; it is exquisitely done and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy just by looking at it. And the row of buttons down the front adds a touch of cuteness to this dramatic winter outfit.

Of course, my favorite part is always the leather pants. These are highly detailed, with little metal accents all down the front of the legs. I paired this outfit with the Hylda boots from Tesla and kept the jewelry to a minimum - this outfit doesn't need any accessories.

You can take the fur trim off, but I think the outfit looses a lot when you do. Of course, it's up to your personal taste and the clothing is lovely with or without the fur.

Stage is the perfect outfit for taking in the winter scenery or going on those holiday shopping sprees. Tp over to GothiCatz and check it out.

Photography by Arcadia Nightfire, MDR Photo Studio

Model Info:
Skin: Celestial Studios - Charmed Skin 20 (Glitter- Silver 2)
Eyes: Eye AC - darkturquoise
Hair: the Abyss - Secret, Light Blonde
Manicure: Sin Skins - Glitter Manicure, Crimson
Outfit: Gothicatz - Stage
Shoes: Tesla - Hylda Boots, Black
Jewelry: Inks & Kinks Nostril Diamond Stud
Caroline's - Individual, a Right Hand Ring

Photo 1 - Striking Poses - Krista Allen_10
Photo 2 - ANA_MATIONS - BabyDoll4_hip
Photo 3 - Long Awkward Pose - Emo - Forlorn
Photo 4 - Striking Poses - Tyra Banks_1

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