Friday, 27 January 2012

La Dolce Vita

Some utter gorgeousness from Donna Flora today, plus deliciously extravagant new hair from Vanity Hair and sexy spiky pumps from N-core.

I took the photos at the Cinecittà...La Dolce Vita sim. Featured in the SL Showcase, it means a kind of fashion that never fades away. It's the home to Donna Flora, and makes for a fun and glamourous shopping experience.

Style notes:

Frock: Donna Flora - Bon Bon/black
Jewels: Donna Flora - Opera/skull
Shoes: N-core - Coquette Spikes/black
Hair: Vanity Hair - Neox HP/platinum
Gloves: LaGyo - Zarema gloves/croco black

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Venus in Furs

One great thing about pixel fashion is no-one's going to throw eggs or paint at you if you wear fur - and no animals, faux or real, are harmed in any way (unless you want to get into arguments about symbolism and the power of imagery - but somehow I doubt that my choice of coat for this outfit will send people running to their local real life furrier in this case). But ethics aside, furs are unlike anything else for making a fashion statement - timeless and opulent, fur is all about luxury, decadence and sheer look-at-me glamour.

This gorgeous fur coat is from the November outfit from Tres Beau. It comes as part of a complete outfit with a sweater, trousers, boots, and a hat - perfect for romantic strolls in snowy winter sims. But, as I'm not one for wearing out of the box outfits, I decided I'd try something a little more glamourous, and wear it with the look I put together for the Red Carpet styling theme for my Miss Virtual World Academy 105 class.

I've been meaning to take some photos of this look since last November, but never seemed to find the time.  I was inspired by Halle Berry at the 2011 Oscars when I styled the look, and I got some great feedback on the course for it. Of course, the Oscars are held in L.A. where the sun almost always shines, so the celebs don't need coats when they strut their stuff on the red carpet - but here in chilly London, mid winter premieres demand coats - and what better to throw over a lovely lace gown than a fabulous fur?

Style notes:

Coat: Tres Beau - November Sable Fur Coat
Dress: Azul - Dailey/champagne
Shoes: N-core - Poison/Rose Clair
Jewels: Rozoregalia - Aludra

Hair: MADesigns - Bo/Light Blonde II
Nails: N-core Manicure
Skin: Glam Affair - Linn /Light BL Clean
Eye makeup: KOSH - Lost Souls Eyeshadow/Rotting Roses
Lip gloss: MOCK - Teenage Dream lipgloss
Lashes: Miamai - No Alpha Lashes No.1

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Inspired by....Vivienne Westwood

Some good news for me this week - Tres Beau has taken me on as a blogger! I don't enter into this sort of relationship lightly, as it's important to me that my blog remains a personal styling diary - I only want to blog about fashion I enjoy wearing. But Tres Beau, one of the longest established fashion houses in SecondLife (Kimmera Madison started in 2004!) is exceptional - the quality is always amazing, and the styles range from haute couture through lingerie and more edgy high fashion, for both men and women.  So I'm delighted to be able to present some of their designs to you.

As soon as I saw the vendor ad for Dana I was inspired to put together a Vivienne Westwood look - the exaggerated shoulders and nipped in waist of the cropped jacket combined with the long plaid skirt, with extravagant asymmetric folds falling from one hip, seemed exactly right.

Dana comes as a complete outfit with a hat and veil and gloves with red cuff to match the jacket, and a big white bow at the neck of the blouse - it's quite an equestrian style, very elegant and chic - but for this look I wanted to accessorize a little differently, so I added a plaid scarf from So Many Styles, crocodile gloves from Lagyo and a shiny black corset from NV Corsetry to really emphasize that waistline.

Style notes:

Jacket, blouse and skirt all from Tres Beau Dana outfit*
Corset: NV Corsetry - Wrath Black Underbust Corset
Boots: Ladies Who Lunch - Precarious Platforms/houndstooth flower
Scarf: So Many Styles - Tartan Scarf/grey
Gloves: LaGyo - Zarema Gloves/croco black

Hair: kik - Ovis Aries A/platinum
Skin: Glam Affair - Linn/light 07 BL
Makeup: Lovely Mi - Avant Garde/06(eyes)

*Review copy

Monday, 23 January 2012

Welcome to burlesque ~ now the show is over...

House of Heartsdale and Runway Cafe invited you to an evening of unique and fabulous entertainment... a fusion of Burlesque Theatre with a Fashion Show, featuring some of SL's best designers, animators and models set in a stunning environment.

The show ran for 3 days in January 2012, and was a huge success.

For those not lucky enough to see it live, it was broadcast on Metaverse TV and an edited version can still be seen here.

And just in case you're wondering, I was in 2 numbers - Big Spender wearing Lady Thera (I'm the blonde at the end wearing blue) and Moulin Rouge Lady Marmalade wearing Blacklace (I dance solo second, with big hair and a top hat). Enjoy!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Plastic Fantastic!


This fantastic plastic mac has just been released at .S H I. It's one of those truly original pieces that can be hard to find on the grid these days. It's a kimono inspired shape, with colour change options for the belt and back pack, and comes with either black or white trim. While it certainly lends itself to avant garde styling, I felt I wanted to wear it more conventionally, as a super chic rain mac, so I took myself off to Virtual Props and Poses rainy sim and donned an umbrella to take my photos.

The perfect accessory for this look is the clear plastic tote bag complete with an ipad and a copy of Vogue. It's a group gift at Coco - one of a wall of goodies that you can pick up when you join the group at the store.

Style notes:
Coat: .s h i - Plastik available at Euphoria
Sweater: Coco - Turtleneck Sweater/black
Skirt: Alexohol - MESH Pencil Skirt/black plaid
Boots: R2 Fashion- Mino'aka{lo'ihi}" boots/off-white & black
Tights: No.9 Nylons - Neon Pantyhose/ black50
Gloves: LaGyo - Dana gloves/Jet
Glasses: LaGyo - Bozena sunglasses/Jet
Bag: Coco - Clear Tote Bag/black **Group Gift**

Hair: DrLife Healthy Hair - BoBo/All Color
Skin: Glam Affair- Linn Light/BL clean

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

New Romantic

I spotted this herringbone tweed maxi skirt by Chantkare on another blog recently, and knew I had to have it. It inspired me to put together a New Romantic look - harking back to the eighties London fashion that celebrated the excesses of victorian gothic style.

This pretty skin by Essences is on sale at The Fashion Garret this week, and, although it's a departure from my favorites from Glam Affair, I felt it's softness would compliment this look beautifully. It's a great quality skin at an amazing price, so drop by The Fashion Garret quickly to grab it before it's gone forever!

Style card:

Skirt: Chantkare - Herringbone Maxi Skirt/grey
Blouse: Kyoko Couture -  No.53 Oji Blouse/white
Cape: Chantkare - Nova
Earrings: Mandala - Sinra Piercing/silver
Hair: Chantkare - Tonnelle Updo/Pale Blonde Summer
Nails: Mandala - pale skin option long nails
Skin: Essences - Kandia/club **currently on sale at The Fashion Garret**
Lashes: KOSH - No Alpha Lashes no.4

Photo location: HuMaNoiD

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Perfect leather pants

Maitreya have released their mesh line, and amongst a whole lot of gems are the simply the best leather pants, in a wonderful array of colours. No longer the preserve of punks and bikers, fine leathers are a staple of any fashionista's wardrobe. I've styled mine with knit, suede boots, a polished stone necklace and a cute fur clutch bag from Je Suis - this look is all about the textures. The necklace and earrings are a current subscribo gift from Miel - just drop by their mainstore now and sign up to get your for free - the group joiner is right by the entrance.

Style card:

Trousers: Maitreya - Leather Leggings/Rosewood (MESH)
Jumper: Coco - SleevelessSweater/BeigeGray
Boots: Maitreya Alexa Wedges/Terra Cotta (MESH)
Bag: Je Suis - Sauvage Clutch/giraffe
Necklace and earrings: Miel -  Uva (subscriber gift)
Bangle: Amorous : The Orb Tribal Bangle

Hair: Tameless - Norine/Blondes
Nails: Mstyle - Long Nails/Elegant
Eye makeup - Mons - Odela Eyeshadow/Smoke
Skin: Glam Affair - Linn/Light Bl Clean

Monday, 9 January 2012

You shall go to the ball!

Red is the colour of love and passion, so what better choice for the upcoming season of romance? Vero Modero has just released a new formal line with some gorgeous red gowns including this rather lovely number. And keeping it red all the way, I've accessorised with the gorgeous new Milky Way jewellery set from Mandala - by happy coincidence I dropped by the store yesterday and found this complete set - nails, rings, bracelets, necklace and earrings on special introductory offer for only 77L$!!!! Amazing value! Though I'm not sure how long the offer will last, so get there quick!

Style card:
Gown: Vero Modero ~ Jennings Red Gown
Jewellery: Mandala ~ Milky Way Jewelry Set ~ Hawthorn Red
Hair: Je Suis ~ Hair Care Sonique
Lashes: Je Suis ~ False lashes 002
Makeup ~ Miamai Vain for Fashionably Late (this week only)

Picture 1 ~ Glitterati
Picture 2 ~ Di's Opera

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Welcome to Burlesque!

In the post Christmas run up to Valentine's Day our minds (and other parts) turn to romance...and in 2012, it's all about Burlesque, the art of tease. It's everywhere at the moment in SL...and right on trend, the House of Heartsdale and the Runway Cafe are collaborating to produce an innovative show fusing fashion and cabaret.

I'm lucky to be one of the team of models in this unique event - I'll be part of a team dancing to Hey Big Spender and Lady Marmalade (Moulin Rouge) wearing Blacklace and a new collection by Lady Thera. This is one for your diaries!

Anyone familiar with my Flickr photostream will know I'm a big lover of burlesque styling, I adore the subtle seductiveness of corsetry, stockings and high heels - feminine, sexy and teasing, naughty but nice - hiding as much as it reveals, and always, for me, classy, not trashy.

Style card:

Corset & stockings:  Blacklace - Boo - Red Velvet (comes with a burlesque skirt, not shown)
Shoes: N-core - Ultraplatform - Rouge Passion
Jewellery: Gems & Kisses (now closed)
Fan: Chanimations - Fan (static) Red
Skin: Glam Affair - Linn Light BL 07
Hair: Vanity Hair - Ruperta Platinum

Picture 1: Chanimations Fetish Cabaret Burlesque Swing
Picture 2: Diesel Works Coquette Seat

Friday, 6 January 2012


I was prompted to pay a visit to MOLiCHiNO when I saw this super stylish belt in a fab fashion blog - when I got there I was delighted to find some great fashion separates in fantastic textures and wonderful colours - so I splashed out on a whole new outfit - and here it is! Something snug and stylish for a winter day. I love the colours in this short knitted skirt, and they tone perfectly with the creamy yellow turtle neck jumper. The fur bolero in brown is a lovely texture and comes with 3 sleeve style options. I added big beads from Lagyo and Miel, and a big bag, also from Lagyo, and, of course, the wonderful Bindi belt in black, to complete the look.

Style card:

Jumper: MOLICHINO Sally Turtleneck
Skirt: MOLiCHiNO Nivalis Skirt
Bolero: MOLiCHiNO Fur Bolero
Belt: MOLICHINO Bindi Belt - Black
Tights: MOLiCHiNO Glymnee Tights
Jewellery: Gems & Kisses - Lucky Owl Gold Earrings; LaGyo - Kalea woven necklace - cinnamon brown; Miel - Lish necklace; Amorous - The Orb Tribal Bangle Right
Bag: LaGyo - The Desperado bag - lady
Boots: *YS&YS* Yeti Boots
Hair: Vanity Hair:Ruperta-Essence

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Winter cool

There are some cool goodies to be had at bargain prices from The Dressing Room this week. In a special new Year collection, the regular contributors have 2 items on offer - one a New Year special, the other, their best selling item from The Dressing Room in 2011 - so you get a second chance to grab some great stuff you may have missed during the year, all for 70l$ or less!

Glam Affair have released a special edition of their new Linn skin for TDR - I'm a big Glam Affair fan, and have been pretty much wedded to Gio for the past few months since it was released. Although I'd tried demos of Linn, I hadn't decided to buy until now - this special from the Dressing Room is called Linn Light - Party! and it comes with pink lips and 5 lipstick tattoo layer options in funky colours like the mint green, as worn in these pics. I think you'll be seeing more of me in Linn in 2012 for sure!

I'm wearing the stylish Donnaii Coat in beige from R.icelli. This short trench style coat has gold stud detailing on the lapels, shoulders, belt and cuffs. It's part of a special New Year set from TDR that includes 6 items of clothing in beiges and golds, a pair of shoes, earrings and a ring, all for an astounding 70l$!! If, like me, you're loving cool beiges and golds this winter this is one set not to miss.

***Quick update***
I entered the first photo in The Dressing Room Stylish Contest this week, and I won!!!!! So now I'm doing a little happy dance all the way to TDR Blue  to admire my photo on the wall and collect my prize - the whole new collection! :DDD

Style card:

Coat: R.icielli - DONNAII coat (beige) (*TDR)
Tights: sYs -TWIGGY leggins (flesh)
Boots: epoque - Mesa Platforms (nude)
Bag: Tee*fy - Full Leather Holdall bag unisex (*TDR)
Jewellery: So Many Styles Native Bead Earrings and Necklace (Silver) (*TDR)
Skin: Glam Affair - Linn Light  - Party! (BL) (*TDR)
Lipstick: Glam Affair - Linn Lips 02
Hair: Vanity Hair:Lady Boy (Platinium)