Hi all, I have an inspired look for you today, built on some new releases and a few favorites. I’ve been wanting to build a look with Milk Motion‘s pants since their release, and it took a bit of time for me to find how I wanted to wear them. I made a pact with myself, that I won’t force myself to post something because it’s new or popular, etc. Only if I’m ‘feeling it,’ if that makes sense. I do this for two reasons: 1) I’ll showcase it as best I can then and 2) This is a lookbook. I share this with you because, as a blogger, to bloggers and fashion affectionados alike, above all, I delight in seeing something worn well and creatively. I realize there are a lot of different types of blogs out there, some mainly do reviews and so the point of them is to showcase ‘fresh stuff,’ so them excluded. (And I thank them for all the hard work and notifying they do for us.) For the rest of us, who cultivate lookbooks, my message to you is take your time and do it how you like it. If your point is to showcase your personal style, nothing will ever be too soon or too late, so just have fun with it and remember to play! Of course, we all have excitement in new finds, that’s different. Just no pressure, this is all in good fun. ^..^

Moving on, by far my favorite new hair by 69 is Beni. I love the striped beret and the sassy, straight-haired bob. It’s one of those hairs that adds just the right dash of personality to a look, and it’s equally fitting when worn with a one-off minidress or pin-straight black jeans. I’m so happy to see 69 back, btw, it’s been ‘too long’ of a wait for me, as I really love Kumii’s work and she does a durn good hat hair!

Giana of GiGi Couture wore these awesome Italiano shoes in her new (fab) jeans ad and I had to find out where to get them! Good timing on our parts, as they were just released today. I love their leather covered platforms and studding and all the options that come with them. (The shoe changes to black/red/white/brown.) Definitely a statement shoe (but not obnoxiously so), and one that is just classically edgy enough to be ‘forever current.’ Also ‘yay’ for awesome new shoe brands! If this is the first release for this brand, I’ll surely want to see more from Italiano.

DeLa released this Chanel clutch recently, and I love it! A classic, hard-shell shape with a feminine bow. One of those things you can dress up or down and wear with both pants and dresses. It makes a great party clutch, but even more so, adds some femininity to my tomboy pants and hard-nosed shoes.

The Albero summer fest is going on and there are some great new items out from some of my favorite stores like Fishy Strawberry and RunoRuno. You can’t really see it, but under my shirt is Barbee‘s Albero exclusive bikini. The red color is refreshing, since most of barbee’s line is black and white. Also on offer are these great new loose, drapey cardigans and I love them! I’ll be featuring them in a look soon, for sure.

One last note, the Harajuku Box skin fair is going on until the 28th, so be sure to stop in and grab all the limited edition offerings from Curio, Blowpop, League, 5th & Oxford, My UglyDorothy (pictured) and more. There are some mega cute skins available and you have to check them out. I like fairs like this, because it really brings designers out of their box and you see a lot of makeups you wouldn’t normally expect. Wewt. <33Love, Abra

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{Beautiful Girls} Nile Shape

 {Beautiful Girls} Nile Shape

As some of you know, in December I quietly started a little cottage shop called {Beautiful Girls} where I sell my pretty little shapes & poses. I’ve held off on formally introducing the line on Better Imagined since I was lacking a home in & out of world, but that has changed! {Beautiful Girls} now has it’s own blog, where you can find the latest news and preview the new releases. Since {BG} is a ‘nomad’ business at the moment, it’s great to have some sort of place to house the label. 

{Beautiful Girls} is pretty unique in that I’ve set out to make the prettiest shapes** I can and for the present time, am selling them as a ‘Pay what you wish or what you can’ item. I started making my own shapes from day one and found it fun to make them and pass them out to friends. This is the idea behind {BG}, my hope is that by having them for sale, I’m able to do what I’ve always done on a bigger scale. Which is pretty cool and exciting for me. :))

My first release was ‘Odette‘ and she debuted @ the now defunct Hotel Dare Free Shizzle Forest. (*tear.) This shop was put on by Free*Style and since I am a writer there I decided that instead of selling the shapes on OnRez, I’d offer them at the shop. Well it took a little bit for us to find a new place, but Apatia of the Starlust Hotel came to the rescue and offered Free*Style a stupendous spot @ Horst! You can’t believe the excitement we felt on move in day. For me, it doesn’t get much cooler than Starlust and I totally fangirl the place. lol. 

So now that we’re all moved in, I’ve again put Odette up for sale and I also have a second offering: Nile. I’m pretty pleased with this shape, she’s beautiful and thick and sexy. I think you will like her a lot, as she goes with many skins and style types. I’ve put together some looks with Nile, styling details below. I hope you enjoy {Beautiful Girls} as much as I enjoy creating them. :)) xoxo

Visit Nile’s release page @ {Beautiful Girls}

TP to Free*Style @ Horst & ‘Pay what you wish’ :))

 

  {Beautiful Girls} Nile Shape

{Beautiful Girls} Nile Shape

{Beautiful Girls} Nile Shape

{Beautiful Girls} Nile Shape

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** Trust me, as I mentioned to Esme, even if I wanted to make them ugly, it’d be hard! xD

Outfit Details:
{Outfit #1}
Hair: “Glamour_Long” by Docomo (old hunt gift)
Skin: “Suzana” in Pale Freckles 22 by LionSkins
Necklace: “Amethyst Nest” by Paper.Couture
Shirt: “Eve” in Cornflowers In Me by Ornamental Life
Skirt: “Porto Cervo” by Beauty Avatar (part of outfit)
Shoes: “Studded Leather Sandals” in Brown/Brown by Boing Fromage

{Outfit #2}
Hair: “Ayase” in Dark Chocolate by Zero Style
Skin: “Jasmin” in 01 Fair by Laqroki
Lingerie: “Lily of the Valley” in Be My Honey by Ornamental Life

{Outfit #3}
Hair: “Eeka” in Black Cherry by Inorite
Skin: “Belina” in Cinna/Earth by Bebae
Dress: “Almada” in Sea by Beauty Avatar
Shoes: “Coron” in Aqua by (Luce) (I dunno if this shop is still around! =o)

{Outfit #4}
Hair: “Rita” in Pearl by AOHARU
Skin: “Double Shot” in Peaches 07 by Chai
Earrings: “Old School” in White Gold by Fabulous
Shirt: “Penguins and Wagons” in Pharaoh’s Girl by Ornamental Life
Jeans: “Classic” in Charcoal by {Zaara}

{Outfit #5}
Hair: “Ponytail” in Coffee by Revolve (tinted darker)
Skin: “Suzana” in Pale Freckles 10 by LionSkins
Dress: “Wrap Tank Mini Dress” in Gray/White by Ce Cubic Effect
Boots: “Ballet Boots” in Black by A-Bomb

{All Outfits}
Nile shape by {Beautiful Girls}
Eyes by Poetic Eyes

Too much/too young

November 7, 2008

Too much/too young | Six

My RL friend laughed when he saw this post. He says this is spot on, my daily look. I would concur, and yet I love pearls, I love leather, I love sneakers, I love jeans. (And I totally need a pair of sunglasses on most days for reasons that will go undiscussed here..) I dig good accessories and for the most part, I like a lot of them. This can change at any time and usually does, but my general rule is ‘more is more.’ Hey, it works for me.

To me this is an easy to wear outfit, with a lot of great pieces and a ton going on. It’s almost busy, and how a person can save busy outfits from going over the edge is to keep everything in the same tonal range or pick items that really compliment each other. The tee is a new fav, from AyYaiYai. I also picked up their cassette tee which is equally fun and totally unisex. There’s also this burger one out there on the grid, and I’m kicking myself for not getting it, only because all the shops can get jumbled in my head. (A new mission, for sure.) For me, if I really like it and it’s at a ‘non-main’ shop, I buy it. Or else it’s basically pixel dust to me. The world is big, SL is bigger. Smooches xo

Too much/too young | One

Too much/too young | Seven

Too much/too young | Eight

Too much/too young | Three

Too much/too young | Four

Too much/too young | Five

Too much/too young | Two

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Hair: ‘Yuka chignon’ in Brown by BP*
Skin: ‘Lyla Pale Natural’ by Redgrave
Jacket: ‘Short Leather Jacket’ in Brown by Ce Cubic Effect
Shirt: ‘Geisha Kitty’ tee by AyYaiYai
Jeans: ‘Classic’ in Charcoal by { Zaara }
Sunglasses: ‘Retro Shades.2’ in Neon by VINTAGEwear
Earrings: ‘Tsubaki’ earrings by *UnTone*
Necklace: ‘Pearl Strand Necklace’ by paper.couture
Gloves: ‘V gloves in Brown’ by Vett’s Boutique
Belt: ‘Key Belt’ single belt by Little Heaven
Bracelet (L): ‘Terra Bangle in Opal’ by TOSL
Bracelet (R): ‘Metal Bangle Bracelet in Fall Colors’ by Love Chic
Ring: ‘Everbloom ring’ by paper.couture
Bag: ‘Pochette’ in Indigo by No Face
Shoes: ‘Porn Star Xtra Hi-Tops’ by Urban Bomb Unit (UBU)

Practical Girls

November 4, 2008

Practical Girls | Seven

Practical Girls | Four 

 

…know how to dress cute and keep warm.

…keep a good balance between sexy and cute and never look prudish or slutty.

…love a good pair of shoes that you can actually walk in.

…get their beauty rest.

…keep the makeup natural.

…explore bright colors with optimistic enthusiasm. 

♥xo

 

Practical Girls | Two 

Practical Girls | Nine

Practical Girls | Six

Practical Girls | Three

Practical Girls | Eight

Practical Girls | Five
 
Practical Girls | One

 

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Skin: ‘Sakura’ in Light Natural by Redgrave

Hair: ‘Rihanna’ in Dark Brown by [Aden]

Dress: ‘Omaha’ dress by Beauty Avatar

Sweater: ‘Knit Jacket’ in Dark Gray by Ce Cubic Effect

Leggings: ‘Argyle’ tights in Purple1 by BP*

Shoes: ‘Stella’ pumps in Extra Pink by =DeLa*=

Bracelets: ‘BH Bracelets’ by *UnTone*

Scarf: ‘Mraz’ scarf in Raspberry by [Decoy]

Nails: ‘Dark Purple/Black’ by Swallowtail

The real girl

October 20, 2008

tha real girl

I made this outfit a few days ago and have been wearing it since then- a record for me. So comfy and cozy it is, this is what I wear out to Sunday brekkie in RL. Comfortable doesn’t have to lack in sexy/cute/prettiness. All it takes is a little creativity and some great pieces.

comfy

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Hair: Jade in Golden Blond by Maitreya 

Skin: Lyla Tan from Redgrave

Hoody: Hooded Parker in Burnt Umber from Ce Cubic Effect

Tank: Minden in 8 from Beauty Avatar

Leggings: Tartan in Red from Kookie

Boots: Muggys in Brown from Kookie

Necklace: SW Necklace in Gunmetal from [ICoN]

Bracelets: Pyramid Bracelets in Black/Wine from ::69::

Ring: Pink Opal Ring made by Masquerade Ball (IM for info as shop as dropped off the grid)

Nails: French Manicure in pink/white from Love*Magic Nails


ps. Don’t have time for slurls today, but I’ll try to do them when I can. ;) <3

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