Friday, April 21, 2017

DAZZLED

I have tried to get back to blogging and life seems to always get in the way but at time things happen and I loop back around to my blog again.  It is like a creative force simmering in the back of my mind.  First let me say that it is a process of relearning my programs and how to take photos in SL, and it is not like riding a bike.  There is so much to learn and do that at times I find myself shying away from it.  Also I sometimes discover that I am not 100% happy with every photo so if this blog updates later it is because I have fretted over the shots.  Second I want to say that this blog is dedicated to Kenadee, a very kind woman whose creative force is overwhelming and I would be surprised to find a woman in SL who does not own at least one pair of her shoes.  I met Kenadee when I needed some assistance and she presented me with amazing customer service.  Being a CSR, Store Manager, and marketing was my career in SL for many years and I have very high standards when it comes to customer support.  Kenadee surpassed them all while being kind and generous the entire time.  Through the conversation we discovered we have many things in common and it was very nice to just have a chat when both of our lives was focused on working in SL.  If you have never discovered REIGN I suggest you take the link at the bottom of this blog and do so immediately.  In fact start with what I am wearing, the REIGN Dazzled Set Gacha that is available at N21. I discovered many amazing items in this set and when I put on several of the pieces it made me feel like a blinged out Wonder Woman!  I am giggling...seriously I should have made myself a gold lasso to wear with it!  The detail, texturing, and jewels in these creations are amazing and this completely plays to my love of shiny things, my friends say I have SADD, shiny attention deficit disorder.  Apparently I am known for shopping with friends and suddenly yelling "Oh look!", only to be discovered looking at shoes or jewelry.  Yes because of this my REIGN folder is massive much to the frustration of Riots wallet.  In these photos I am wearing the gold set which is made up of several rares but trust me when I say that a complete set in any color is well worth the time, effort, and lindens to acquire!  I will provide a link to the REIGN Flickr at the bottom also so that you can get a better look at each piece as there is more then what I am wearing here.  I hope you all enjoy the new round of N21 and fall in love with the REIGN Dazzled Set as much as I have.  I wonder if Kenadee would make a gold lasso?




I wanted to do a shout out to Genesis Lab also in this blog.  I am wearing the Sofie bento head that is at Epiphany in their Luxury Dream gacha.  Riot hates gachas but went and won this head for me because he knew I wanted it.  I am also wearing the Paola natural skin applier from the Paola Skins & Cosmetics gacha that is at Kustom9 which I won myself.  Yes these are gacha rares but again both are worth the expense. MP is a great place to resell the extras and make some of your lindens back after you play the gachas.  The hair I am wearing is an old gacha from Exile called Dancing on my own that is discontinued and I could not find it in my blondes at all.  I was just about to give up when I refreshed my search and several popped up.  I rush to purchase it only to find that it was my own daughter Phedre who had it listed on MP.  She had 3!  I called her in skype and she was actively listing her products.  This is such a cute hair that I feel really lucky to have acquired it.  Yes my daughter gave me my color. Oh if anyone has this in the blacks and want to sell let me know! Okay time for the styling credits!  Have fun playing those gachas!




REIGN Dazzled Set on Flickr:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/108809965@N07/34171289875/in/dateposted-public/

N21 Landmark:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Maybe/130/107/2495

REIGN Mainstore:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Yesterday/88/120/22

What am I wearing:
REIGN DAZZLED SET GACHA @ N21
REIGN.- DAZZLED TIARA- GOLD
REIGN.- DAZZLED NECKLACE- GOLD
REIGN.- DAZZLED TOP (MAITREYA)- GOLD RARE
REIGN.- DAZZLED HIGHWAIST BOTTOMS (MAITREYA)- GOLD RARE
REIGN.- DAZZLED GLADIATOR HEELS (MAITREYA)- GOLD RARE

Genesis_Lab. - LUXURY_DREAM_GACHA @ Epiphany
02 Genesis_Head_SOFIE Bento RARE

Genesis Lab. - Paola Skins&Cosmetics GACHA @ Kustom9
01 Genesis_Lab_Paola_Skin_Applier_3.0 FATPACK RARE (Tiramisu tone)

{JAS} Betty Armlets & Cuffs @ We Love Roleplay
{JAS} Betty - Gold

MAITREYA Body @ Maitreya

Exile::Dancing on my own 8. Ice blondes @ https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/193973

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas!



I really loved building the set for this photo because I was able to use allot of wonderful gifts from many creators and items that I was not able to decorate my home with this year.  The beautiful tree is a group gift from LeLutka. The stocking is a group gift from Artisan Fantasy and part of their 2016 Christmas Collection.  The nutcracker soldiers on the mantel are a gacha I found at Larnia Kids called LK ~ Sweet Stuff Nutcracker, and the large blue Nutcracker on the floor is from +CONVAIR+.  I rounded out the set with candles from Lucas Lameth (luc) and a swag from Jian.  I am really happy with how the items came together to set the mood and add the warmth I was looking for.  I have found a new appreciation for the holiday's this year, a feeling that I had lost somewhere along the way of growing up and then walking through adulthood.  I guess this year I decided I will not adult and embrace all the magic of the season.  As my own home fills with the smell of cooking ham, spices, and fresh baking bread it is snowing outside.  So magical and even I started my day watching an old black and white movie about Christmas.  I hope you all have a beautiful Christmas with all your friends and family.

What we are wearing:
I am wearing the *GF* 2016 Holiday Group Gift.  It is a lovely gown called Winter Princess that comes with matching slingback heels. The group is free, as is the gift.  You can locate it here - G field Mainstore. While there make sure to pick up the other wonderful group gifts. I am also wearing the (Yummy) Stardust Necklace in Silver. You can see all of  Polyester Partridge's beautiful creations here at her mainstore Yummy Accessories. To round out the look I have on polish from ZOZ , and a lovely hair from Magika.  Riot is in [Deadwool].  My body is from Maitreya, his body is from Slink. We both use Ikon eyes and mesh heads from CATWA.

P.S. Riot wants everyone to know he is naked under his clothes.  Now you know why I never let him type in this blog!  Merry Christmas everyone!


Monday, September 26, 2016

SWOON WORTHY




Okay so I decided to take some photos and play with the settings in SL some more. I am not sure how I feel about the results. Mixed I guess.  I promised to let it be known when I alter a photo, so on these I did sharpen them in my program. I then played with them to add some brightness, warmth, and trimmed them to size.  I honestly feel that they are not the best but I will continue to learn and grow.  I have been delving into Strawberry Singh's tutorials hoping to absorb knowledge.  Here is hoping effort and time pays off in good photos.  Anyways on with the focus of these photos.  What this gorgeous man is wearing and my new shoes.

So it has been stated to that I should be the woman who blogs about men's clothing in SL from the woman's standpoint.  Actually this is not a bad idea.  First be warned I will not always photograph or blog the latest item, some creations are indeed timeless.  This wonderful man who has me in his arms is a cherished friend and he is indeed a sharp dresser.  I have to say that the Peak suit from Deadwool he is wearing is just sexy. This suit when worn in a full package of excellence is sensual.  It is sexy in that subtle I am going to possess you, undress you, worship your body, all the while smoking a cigar and drinking brandy way.  Let me swoon a moment here.  Okay better, but men must understand it takes more than a good suit to make the man swoon worthy.  It takes a good body, skin, shoes, hair, and above all else how a man presents himself.  I guess it depends on what a man is looking for in SL will dictate if he bothers to make effort.  No matter what if he wants a real woman then he better be a gentleman and understand that real women not only expect respect, we demand it. We give respect and yes we all want that man that when he logs in fires up our IM and says hello beautiful. We also expect our man to put in just as much effort into his avatar as we do. Okay back to the look. From a woman's standpoint this suit is a must have in every man's inventory.  When you go to purchase it do not cringe at the price because it is completely worth every linden spent. As you can see my friend pulled together this full package of excellence and indeed is swoon worthy.

Now on to my shoes.  Miamai is back from a little time off and hit the grid with a new pair of pumps called Across the Board Pumps. These pumps are for this round of Shiny Shabby and are made from leather, wood, and little metal toggles.  They transcend easily from casual, to business, and ultimately to a night out. It is hard to place these is one category because they work so well with so many different looks.  I styled them in a boho outfit and they fit perfectly.  Then I went for a more business look and again they fit perfectly.  Ultimately I liked how they had this modern edge to them and paired them with the items that came from the collaboration of Ison and Rowne.  I took it a step further with a metal jewelry set from Miami and opted for a shaved look in homage to Annie Lennox.  Yes I will admit to collecting her music and respecting her ability to always remain a powerful woman.  All together I love this look and will have to play some more with the items I purchased from the Ison x Rowne collection.  To my understanding this collection is being removed from the grid and once it is gone, it is gone for good. So drop everything and go to Ison and Rowne now.  Well I hope everyone has had a great Monday and I will be back soon.

Kalia~





What I am wearing:

Miamai_Across the Board pumps at Shiny Shabby
ISON x Rowne - Venturini Skirt (Onyx)
ISON x Rowne - Halston Top (Onyx)
Miamai_Levels parure Gun Metal & Silver
CATWA head
Bold & Beauty Applier for head and body
no.match shaved hair base
Ikon Eyes
ZOZ Nails & Polish

What he is wearing:

[Deadwool] Peak suit (wool)
[Deadwool] Oscar coat
[Deadwool] Monk shoes
CATWA head
Nivaro skin


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Empty Streets

It has been so long since I did a blog I am not even sure if I remember how to blog!  So here we go.  Taking pictures in SL has changed so much at first I was overwhelmed and thought I was insane to try again.  However blogging is like a drug.  The styling of the outfit, finding the pose, hunting the location, and then finally taking the photo is almost a compulsion.  I sat for a moment and wondered why I had stopped blogging in the first place.  I know a huge part was event and designer demands preventing me from blogging what I preferred and honestly allot of the items I blogged I did not even like.  I think it showed sometimes.  Anyways I realized what a creative outlet this was for me and suddenly I missed blogging.  This need to blog started to grow in me slowly.  Little comments here and there from my friends about how my outfit needed to be shared.  Strangers suggesting I blog again.  Finally it was the moment when I had styled this outfit that I took the step back into blogging.  The photo is only cropped to size and untouched.  That was something I hated from before, the time spent fixing designers little bloopers in my programs so that the items looked right.  I did not enjoy it and a comment from my friend Mire was part of why I had stopped blogging, it made me sad and would not leave my mind. "You are as bad as those creators who present their items in a manner that is a lie and trick naive people like your sister Brie into buying crap."  My sweet sister Brie is famous for this and she is such a kind soul it really cut me deep.  Anyways time does heal and it made me realize that if I work on a photo in my programs I am going to say so.  I felt this was a fitting photo as a blogger coming back.  I feel that I was naïve before, now I am slightly jaded, a little bit cynical, and hopefully wiser.  I also feel as if I am walking empty streets alone.  



HOODIE & PURSE: [hh] Larkin Outfit
NAILS & POLISH:  {ZOZ} Fall Flowers Polish
BODY: Maitreya
HEAD:  CATWA
LOCATION: Cynful


Sunday, February 23, 2014

BOHO BEAUTIFUL aka GACHA ADDICTION FED

Sometimes a look comes together without effort.  Something sparks it and the next thing you know you are done.  Well black cowboy boots painted with colorful flowers did it for me.  I was at The Chapter Four which is a monthly sales event.  I often forget about all of the wonderful little sales markets you can find around the grid, but today I was reminded.  So off I run to see what is there.  I land and immediately am loving the hobbit hole style of the build.  I quickly look over the designers, but I know Chapter Four has those dang gacha machines. A gacha machine is in my opinion one the most wonderful and yet awful creations to come out of SL.  Goddess knows I have happily dropped thousands of lindens into designers pockets hoping for one item.  So like a gambling addict I almost run to the Gacha room.   I try to wait patently for the pictures to rez in and then ones does, before me are the cutest cowboy boots by Coco Designs.  I really wanted them!  I feed the machine and promise myself only once.  I wait and then the boots land in my inventory.  FIRST TRY!  To say I was happy is an understatement.  Now the rest of the room is rezzed in and I saw the fringed bag by Moon.  I had to see if I could get it in Midnight to match my boots.  Again I promise myself once and only once.  I feed the machine and I get a rare.  Dang it I did not want the rare!  I know everyone wants the rare but I really wanted the midnight bag.  So like all good addicts I say okay just once more.  I again feed the machine.  I stare at my inventory and there lands the bag I wanted!  I give a quick glance to the rest of the room and run home.  So there I was standing in my house naked and bald but I have on great pair of boots and matching bag!  Then it just happened.  I saw the outfit and was able to dig around in my closet and pull it together.  I admit I had a moment of self doubt, should I wear jeans or not! My original choice in shorts was reaffirmed and I just let it be.  So here it is raw shots and all.  For the record I am loving the Vali Shirt by Miamai this is the second time it has ended up in my blog!







 
 
*COCO* CowboyBoots(withSocks) in FloralBlack
MOON}. Suede Fringe Bag in Midnight
 
MIAMAI Vali Shirt in Sky
 
Items at C88
TRUTH HAIR Electra -  light blondes
 
 
Items at Main Stores
[[>CaKe!<]]Denim Shorts Floral Medium
:::Sn@tch Just a Ribbed Tank (Black-J):::
*League* Skin Isla
Rings by EarthStones
 



 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

BOHEMIAN ESSENCE

Completely inspired by this design I could not wait for Monica Outlander to release Miamai's Vali to bloggers for the Style Icon Event.  The premise of the event is to do a design that is inspired by a style icon.  The designers were given latitude in their choice of style icon. The style icon could be anyone who inspired everyone or just the designers themselves.  Now this is the part I love. Monica brought this event close to her heart and selected someone who inspires her both as an artist and as one of her personal heroes.  She chose Vali Myers.  Vali was a larger then life woman who embraced her own personal style.  She funneled her beliefs, her passion, and her life experience into her art work.  Vali Myers inspired designers, artists, photographers, and writers becoming an icon of the bohemian artist.  With the Vali release Monica captures Vali's spirit and the bohemian essence translating it into a casual but chic look, that encourages you to wear your hair a little messy, wear big rings, and dance with the wild abandonment life deserves.  I have to say that if this is a glimpse of what is to come from Monica and Miamai I am excited.  Monica has turned a corner in her creations channeling her intensity and artwork into her designs, in essence honoring Vali Myers to the core.


Where: "The Style Icon" Fashion Fair
When: February 7th till February 28th - 2014
(I will add the LM to the Fair when it Opens)







 
 
Oh and I only added a little grain to the first photo.  I really did not want to mess with Vali Myers painting.  I am standing inside an egg I plastered with her painting, Winters Rooster.  To learn more about Vali Myers you can go to her trusts website.
 
 
BLOUSE: Miamai Vali Shirt Heart *Style Icon Fashion Fair Exclusive*
PANTS: Miamai Vali Pants&Belt *Style Icon Fashion Fair Exclusive*
NECKLACE: Miamai Vali Necklace *Style Icon Fashion Fair Exclusive*
FACE TATTOO: Miamai Vali Makeup *Style Icon Fashion Fair Exclusive*
SHOES: KoiKoi *21Shoe Event*
SKIN: *League*
HAIR: [Elikatira] (No longer available)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

WINTER


Recently I was doing a hunt, I know big shock, when I landed at a store I have never heard of, Ever An' Angel.  The hunt was huge over 200 stores and I had been at this for days when I landed there.  When you get to a certain point in a hunt you really do stop looking at the items in the store, you find yourself focusing on finding the gift so you can just finish the stupid hunt.  It is why I am a firm believer that hunts should remain under 100 stores and even that is pushing how many should be involved.  So I land at yet another location, Ever An' Angel then promptly look up the hint.  I look back at my second life screen to get my bearings when I am hit in the face by a snowball.  What the heck?  You have my attention.  I hunted down the culprit to find a snowman placed perfectly to lob snowballs at new arrivals.  I laughed then started to work on the hunt but was very quickly distracted by a photo of a beautiful white coat.  So yes my shiny ADD kicked in, what, it was sparkly!  I am off in search of the coat.  Along the way I find the hunt gift, then another hunt gift, and an entire stack of group gifts.  I admit I got them all then sent the LM to my sister Shiloh, plus several friends so they could come see the designs.  Finally I focus and find the coat on the third floor I purchase the white version only to have the prims not match the mesh.  What?  I flip through my day setting making sure I was not stuck on something strange but alas I had to contact the designer.  Now I am telling you this because I want you to understand the level of customer service I received.  The designer landed in front of me, saw the problem, fixed the problem, and handed me a new coat in under 20 minutes!  She then had a pleasant conversation with me and pointed out the group gifts.  hmmm   So of course I am now not only pleasantly surprised with this store, I am impressed by the designer.  A serious look around clearly defined the style and needless to say I am in love.  So I decided to interview the designer Ever Courtois for my blog.  I will be finishing that interview soon and show you another amazing design from Ever An' Angel.   For now I had to share the object of my obsession, Ever An' Angel 2013 Winter Coat in Winter White.  It comes in two version one fully closed and a partially open. I love the partially open version because it really works well with my new Miamai Black Label Silk high boots in sequin.  You will appreciate how the prims move on this coat because they flow about you instead of being caught in a windstorm, and as you can see the flexi prims blend well with the mesh.  I also discovered that Ever An' Angel is a team of designers each creating and complimenting each other in their style.  But I will get into that more when I do the interview blog. Take the time to hunt down Ever An' Angel today.  You will not regret it. 
 
 


I paired the coat with MIAMAI's Black Label Silk high boots in sequin and the Black Label Ardore Leggings in black, LeLutka's group gift Chill in powder, Glam Affair's Holiday group gift Mokatana in Petal, and finished with Maxis Gossamer Accessories - MG's  Pekkala's Moon Pentagram jewelry set and Ketama ring. The pose is by *PosESioN* for Kustom9 and is Deadly 10. 


DAZZLED

I have tried to get back to blogging and life seems to always get in the way but at time things happen and I loop back around to my blog aga...