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I found myself left to my own devices last night and, of course, went on an impromptu shopping/styling/exploring/photographing/photoshopping spree 😀 I’m so crazy about all the denim that Zaara is doing these days — I expect I made a mistake in not fatpacking this skirt. The older I get, and the more packed my inventory gets, the more I’m willing to splurge on really high-quality basics for my everyday wardrobe. This skirt is one of those pieces (along with her new jeans and shorts) that are a wardrobe staple. The top is from Berries, Inc., on sale right now as the store is planning to close its doors in a couple of weeks 😦 All the clothes I have from Berries, Inc. are extremely well made … and simple enough to serve as wardrobe staples as well — so this is a good opportunity to stock up. This shirt comes in three levels of sheer-ness … This is the most transparent version, just to give my husband a smile ;).  And not to be missed is this terrific hair from Truth (haven’t taken it off since I bought it!), and the extremely versatile jewelry from Sn@tch (color change, of course!)

Hair: Truth
Skin: Laqroki
Jewelry: Sn@tch
Shirt: Berries, In. (sale ’til Sept 15)
Skirt: Zaara
Location: Forgotten City


August 28, 2011 Posted by | fashion, MV-SL-Fashion | 2 Comments



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Lots of awesome newness today, my friends! If you, like me, routinely miss group messages, take note — Exodi VIPs have new group gift for August — Sophie. This might be one of my favorite faces from Exodi yet! And I was completely delighted to see that the eyeshadow on the skin perfectly matched my new eyes from Insufferable Dastard. These eyes are some of their newest releases – Mirror, and are just gorgeous. The pack comes with prim eyes, and various base options.

While I was at Insufferable Dastard, I took a look at the latest free gift, set out for anybody. Its a nice lip “fade” which just kinda stains your lip without covering the entire lip area. I love the dimension and subtle color it gives to the lip without overwhelming it. I’m not really much of a lipstick girl — so this is perfect. I loved the free gift so much, I joined the Insufferable Dastard group for a small fee and got an entire set as a gift. And even that wasn’t enough — I hopped over to the Grunge Soul Project and bought the set they have there too! Who says a good loss leader can’t yield revenue!! 🙂 The lip color I’m wearing here is one of the Grunge Soul Project colors.

My dress is the newest release from MichaMi … you can always count on her clothing for a kind of timeless elegance. Well-made, as always — this will be a wardrobe staple for a long time to come. Her lines and fabric are so lovely that I kept the accessorizing to a minimum — this dramatic necklace from Miel, and one of the newest Truth hairs. Altogether — an easy look that will go most anywhere.

On a more “technical” note — I’ve long had a goal to learn to use Photoshop more effectively in my photos. So — you’re going to have to suffer thru that with me!! Its my intention to use these techniques for parts of the picture that don’t really distort the actual fashions I’m showing … but I’ll make a note if I do otherwise. Right now — I’m practicing the useful art of liquifying, and this was my first attempt! I used it just to fix some pointy elbows and jagged body lines. I had actually been a little intimidated by the thought… but I think it went pretty well!

Hair: Truth
Skin: Exodi ~ Sophie (august group gift)
Lip Fade: Insufferable Dastard at The Grunge Soul Project
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard ~ mirror
Dress: MichaMi
Necklace: Miel
Poses: Poseur

August 4, 2011 Posted by | fashion, MV-SL-Fashion | Leave a comment

Pearl Necklace~


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I have been crazy about Sn@tch clothing for ages now… and pretty much every week I add a slew of new items to my shopping list. So when my husband (why yes — that is a wedding ring on my finger!) wanted to buy me something sexy and fun to wear… Sn@tch was our first stop. I fell in love with these pastel net shirts — sweet and spicy all at the same time, and actually quite versatile. I could see this worn as an interesting layer in a lot of different looks. Here — I’m keeping it pretty simple with just a couple of vintage accessories. The panties and stockings are included in the pack, as well as a bunch of different colors — all for one amazing price, as always.

And speaking of accessories — this vintage pearl necklace was a former group gift from Dark Mouse — and its fantastic! If you don’t belong to her group… why??? She gives out some fantastic gift, has great sales — and all of her work is just terrifically well-made.

Hair: Truth ~ pandora ~ champagne
Skin: Laqroki ~ Pearl
Eyes: Laqroki
Outfit: Sn@tch
Necklace: Dark Mouse (former group gift)
Ring: Earthstones ~ Dark Devotion ~ Garnet
Shoes: G Field
Poses: Olive Juice and Poseur

August 2, 2011 Posted by | fashion, MV-SL-Fashion | 2 Comments



I’ve been inspired lately by so many of the terrific photos I see on the fashion feeds — I’ve been trying to get out of my photosphere a little more. This time I made it as far as my studio backyard, where I have set up this fantastic prefab from L2 Studio. I know you can’t see a whole lot of it in this photo, but you can see some amazing pictures on Grazia Horwitz’s new home & garden blog, Fanciful Living in a Virtual World! I adore the layout of this house, as well as the wonderful texturing.

My outfit is a quick summer look I put together with these terrific capris from Sn@tch. They are the current Blue Light Special, and I believe they will be disappearing this weekend! So definitely hurry! The pack includes 8 candy colors, and are perfect for kicking around the grid this summer.

Hair: Truth
Skin: Laqroki ~ Pearl
Top & Capris: Sn@tch
Jewelry: League
Shoes: Slink
Pose: Reel Expression

Skybox: L2 Studio
Chair: Art Dummy
Rug, Nesting Table, Raven: LISP

July 17, 2011 Posted by | fashion, MV-SL-Fashion | Leave a comment

6-17-11: LOTD

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I’ve got so much goodness on today, its hard to know where to start! Some of it is new, some not-so-new… but all of it is terrific!

I was thrilled to have some time recently to wander around the Accessories Fair. The fair runs thru June 26th, 3pm slt… so you still have plenty of time to get out there. And, honestly — it was really pretty easy to get around, and a very charming build. I enjoyed myself a great deal. I snapped up these amazing Gos sunglasses as soon as I arrived. Because I’m a colorful kinda girl, I got the fully loaded pair — but you can also get a more basic sunglass — both of them 50% off during the fair — and you really can’t beat that! The various options for personalizing your look are just mindboggling — you’ve got your entire summer wardrobe in one pair of glasses. I also picked up this terrific necklace from new-to-me ruchica — I couldn’t resist the bird motif, and I loved the clasp at the front of the necklace — what a terrific little detail. I’m going to look forward to checking out more of this designer’s work. One of the really cool things about going to fairs is that you often get an opportunity to see things you liked when you first saw them, but just never picked up. That was the case with the wonderful Trouble charm bracelets from Aluinn. They aren’t new releases, but just the perfect fun bracelets to add to my collection.

My new shirt is from London & Bird — something I actually first saw on Flickr. I’m not sure they have an inworld shop yet, but you can get this on the marketplace. I’m wearing the jacket layer in this picture — its the only layer that has a hem at the bottom — and I think its just the perfect length. If you’re using a browser that lets you wear multiple items on the same layer, you shouldn’t run into any problems, but wanted you to be aware in case you are trying to layer this with a jacket. For 30L each — these shirts are a great wardrobe staple.

And these pants!!! If you haven’t checked out some of the terrific stuff at insanya, you are so missing out! These fantastic capris are superbly textured, and so wearable. You actually get two versions of the pants — with a shadow that corresponds with the cargo pocket (shown here), and one without. I LOVE that attention to detail. I’m wearing the capris here with my Gos Urban boots — and actually love the look with the checkered cuff. But they would actually look terrific with some great sneakers too. The pants come in a variety of patterns — all of them great.

Hair: Truth ~ Pia (tinted)
Skin: Tuli ~ Sara (dark blonde brows, fierce lipstick tattoo layers)
Tattoo: Avatar Tattoo ~ scorpio (tattoo layer)
Shirt: London & Bird (available on the Marketplace)
Pants: insanya ~ SerieZ Capris
Sunglasses: Gos ~ Deception — fully loaded (special at the Accessories Fair)
Earrings: Talisman
Necklace: ruchica
Bracelets: Aluinn
Boots: Gos ~ Urban Boot
Poses: Reel Expression + Tillie’s Pose Stand

June 17, 2011 Posted by | fashion, MV-SL-Fashion | Leave a comment

Easy Living~

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I love today’s look so much, I’ve been running around in it for days, and its become my quick, go-to casual outfit for the warmer weather. I built the look around this terrific new-ish top from Sn@tch. It has a lot of interesting detail, but is oh-so-easy to wear. This one can easily be dressed up or down. I went more casual with my newest favorite jeans from {mon tissu}, and my favorite cowboy boots from J’s. The pieces that just finished off this casual look are the necklace and bracelet from Miel … recently a FLF special. Not only are they gorgeously made — but the alphabet beads are customizable with a super-easy to use HUD.

I’ve been busy lately landscaping and setting up a new house. In a quest to do more location shooting, I ventured as far as the beach. This absolutely fabulous rock jetty behind me is a marketplace find — 10L for a copy/mod rock jetty, and extra palms and rocks to help blend it into your landscape. There are right and left versions of the jetty — I used them together to create a lovely little cove — I’ll show you the whole thing another time. If you enjoy living on the ocean, and especially if you have a place to add some off-sim decor — definitely check this out.

Hair: Truth ~ Sarita ~ champagne
Skin: Laqroki ~ Pearl
Eyes: Laqroki ~ dazzling grey
Tattoo: Khush ~ owned
Top: Sn@tch ~ Rita top in Aqua
Jeans: {mon tissu} ~ Denim-LouLou ~Light 1
Necklace & Bracelet: Miel ~ friendo
Ring: EarthStones ~ Dark Devotion Bridal Set ~ garnet
Boots: J’s ~ western boots ~ dark brown
Poses: PoseAnywhere HUD 2.0; Reel Expression ~ Sassy V2
Location: private home; rock jetty by Q Creations; blue water by J&B Designs


June 12, 2011 Posted by | fashion, MV-SL-Fashion | 2 Comments

Embracing Summer~~


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Hello my friends! June always signals summer to me… the world moves at a different pace… and its a great time to spruce up your summer wardrobe!! One of the things that always says casual summer to me — clamdiggers and wedge sandals!

The clamdiggers and cute shirt are both from a set by Sn@tch. I was feeling kinda pink today, but, as always with Sn@tch, the package contains several different vibrant colors, plus a pair of white pants — all for an insanely low price. I love this set because it is very mix-and-matchable — you can mix and match colors in the set, and you can mix each piece with other parts of your wardrobe. I know I’ll be wearing these a lot this summer!

I want to mention my hair from Truth. This is not the latest release, but I love, love, love it! Its become a wardrobe staple for me. I love the wavy curls that move just enough … its just the right length to work with any clothing and movement (without doing weird things in your shoulders and chest, or sticking out at weird angles — you know what i mean)… and it works for casual and dressier occasions.

Happy summer!

Hair: Truth
Skin: Laqroki
Eyes: Laqroki
Outfit: Sn@tch
Shoes: Pixel Mode
Necklace: Magpie
Ring: Earthstones
Poses: flowey; reel expressions; poseur (sorry! can’t remember which was which in this set)

June 2, 2011 Posted by | fashion, MV-SL-Fashion | Leave a comment

New Skin from Tuli ~ Sara

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I have a super-quick post to show you the amazing new skin from Tuli … Sara! I love this skin like I love all of Tuli’s skins… every new release is my new favorite. I’m especially loving the options she’s including in her packs… eyebrows, eyelashes, freckles, and lipsticks on the tattoo layer — I love being able to combine my own preferred look. I also want to take this closeup as an opportunity to show you some new eyes I’ve been interested in taking a closer look at … from Insufferable Dastard (ID). I’m really enjoying some of their interesting effects and colors — this is the dilated eye (reflection version). I’m looking forward to trying a few more of these.

Skin: Tuli ~ Sara ~ sunkissed (with black eyelashes and freckle tattoos)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard
Hair: Truth ~ Alison (tinted)

April 15, 2011 Posted by | fashion, MV-SL-Fashion | Leave a comment

Color Challenge: Week 16 Teal — and KittyCatS <3

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A few of you probably knew this was coming this week… I couldn’t resist using my teal cat for this photo! (I have on teal-ish eyes and eye makeup, too). I actually have two things to talk with you about….

I’m wearing the gorgeous new Zoe skin from Tuli. You can find her at the Skin Fair — and she is just wonderful, and what you would expect from Tuli. Tuli has really embraced the tattoo layer makeups and such — and gives us tons of options. The skins come with a bare version, and eye makeup versions. Additional options on the tattoo layer are brows (yay! multiple reddish choices!!), eyelashes (in different colors), freckles, cleavage, and lipsticks!! I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate being able to combine things the way I like them best. As for the rest — Tuli’s skins are always beautifully drawn. Pick up a demo and try them for yourself!

And … yes — I have fallen hook, line, and sinker into the world of the adorable new breedables, KittyCatS. I never envisioned myself getting into breedables… and I’m not even a cat person in RL … but everything about this venture has drawn me in… from the excellent product, to the fabulous community of breedable/cat people. I expect to talk some more about this fascinating SL avocation… but to give you a head start, if your interest is piqued … check out this terrific review by Aywren Sojourner, and check out the official KittyCatS website. The cat you see with me in the pictures, is a limited Valentine edition cat — no longer available in the store, tho’ you might find them on the secondary market. She’s going to breed my first little kitten sometime today, and I’m beyond excited! Its the little things 🙂

Hair: Truth
Skin: Tuli ~ Zoe (Skin Fair)
Lipstick & Freckles: Tuli
Eyes: Miriel (no longer available)
Cat: KittyCatS

February 25, 2011 Posted by | fashion, MV-SL-Fashion | 1 Comment

Color Challenge: Week 15 Red

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Red is one of my colors … and I’ve been waiting for a chance to show off this wonderful (not so new) piece from Vextra Messing. Vextra really does some wonderful, wonderful work… and I love her latex. And, anything with a buckle on it is tops in my book!

I don’t have to tell you about these boots… but… just… perfection. If you’re going to bother… just get the fatpack.

Hair: Truth
Skin: LaQ
Outfit: Vexed — Vextra Messing
Boots: Gos
Bracelets: Sweet Poison
Eyes: LAQ
Poses: Poseur

February 18, 2011 Posted by | fashion, MV-SL-Fashion | Leave a comment