Lady Day

June 3, 2009

Hi guys! I was all ready to post an outfit, when I took a look at it and lost my love for it. Does that ever happen to you? lol, nonetheless, I was determined to make something work today and so I did. Both outfits (this and the one you won’t see) were inspired by the new Whippet & Buck tartan top. Here, you can only see a little peek of it, and without it’s belted, ruffly goodness, but I assure you, it’s presence is essential in balancing out this look. As I’ve said before, I adore the whole W&B line and feel the tag line should be something like: Whippet & Buck, proper dressings for proper ladies. (and gents.) Or something like that. They do a good, simple, feminine silhouette without foofy, pouffy or goofiness involved. And they make a tank in chartreuse. (<333 they know they way to my heart.) The new top can be worn tons of different ways, with or without the ruffle, think: 50’s retro, buttoned up, with destroyed shorts (I wanna try it with the Surf Co. Roll-Down shorts- or Milk Motion‘s), high-waisted jeans…you name it. Oh, and if you’re doing the ‘Man Hunt’ aka. Make Him Over, be sure to pick up the W&B shorts. They are darling on girls, I feel like a deluxe tomboy in them. The shortcut can be found here, don’t shoot the messenger.

Niniko is one of-the-moment darling store and there’s no wonder to it! Cute clothes, GREAT quality and workmanship, very reasonable prices and lots of creativity and imagination infused into each piece. I’m so happy to see that Niniko Boy is now open! This is the ‘men’s only’ offshoot of the brand, and I put it in quotes because I will most certainly be wearing, um, ALL the pieces in this line. I scooped up this jacket and modded out the bottom so it fit my womanly curves. (A hint in case you’d like to do the same: squish the length down a bit, move up the whole prim, then take in the sides.) I love the high collar and the hood- Niniko does a mean hood I tell ya! There’s also a free men’s shirt in the Boy’s wing, it’s cute, blue and has an anchor on it. And none of those things will be preventing me from wearing it!

My funky, chunky shoes are a new release from Sey and I love their stamped leather base! I have a bunch of shoes with this shape, but none which have made such delightful use of the thick platform sides. Way to go Sey! My bag is a back season design from Polina-Kaestner. I’ve had it forever and love it so much…another one of those I-love-it-so-much-I-can’t-decide-how-to-wear-it items. I realize that may make me seem about as fashionable as a Muskrat and I’m sure you can guess just how much I care about that! ;p

Surprise me and tell me you haven’t heard about Poetic Eyes‘ mini-sale type offering. All the previous freebies are packaged and waiting in the store for you, so if you missed one, now’s your chance to snag it. I’m wearing the Summer eyes in Dry Soil. This is the newest collection, based on that deep, rich, bright blue of the summer sky. The fat pack is 60% off for 2 days, which may mean 1 day at this point. So if you want them, hurry on down. They’re really pretty!

The funky two-tone tights are from Twee; this little store has certainly had a revival these days! I’m seeing stuff all over the feeds and in my favorite blogs. I like the way the colors of the tights set off the Skin Flicks pencil skirt. (Which by the way, I love…the whole safari inspired outfit is very well done and the creamy/pinky-beige color is delicious.) Also be sure to check out Skin Flicks new Beach Bum line. I’m digging the slouchy tops and shorts and the soft, simple bikinis are my favorite. Luna did a great review of them here.

Squint and try to make out the broach on my jacket. It’s from Balderdash and it’s fantastic. I first saw this set at Silent Sparrow, ages ago when I was a noobie and had to have it. If you get down to the main store, you’ll find some great jewelry (see the rosaries!) and surprisingly enough, some of my favorite candles in SL. They’re ‘jelly jar’ candles and they have a glowing prim at the bottom that dances light on your table. Grab some of the vanilla ones and a rainbow one (my fav) and you will be set for a cozy summer night.

Do you have a skin somewhere that looks good on you and maybe you’ve never really worn it for no reason in particular? This is how me and Redgrave‘s Venus have gotten along aka. I have forgotten all about this skin. When talking to Emilia a while ago, she said that Venus was probably the best seller of her skins. Which surprised me since I see Leona and Lyla everywhere, but no Venus. Maybe it’s because it’s an older skin. Well regardless, I love Venus’ plushy lips and softly romantic face. The body isn’t as creamy smooth as some of the newer ones, but that’s ok…I have skins that look better when in undies or naked and I have skins to wear with outfits! Oh, if you’re going to get it, I’d recommend the lighter shade…some of the light on the tanner skin is a little less than smooth, imho. (Speaking of skins, have you seen the new men’s one from Imagen?! Check how cute Stokely is in it. Omg, new mens stuff is popping up all over the place! The boys must be so excited! I’m also excited because now that the men’s skins are out, Imagen will be releasing the new female skins. If you remember the clover hunt back in March @ Imagen, #20 was a preview of the skin and I am sooo damn smitten over it! woo!)

Ok, I’m off and running, hope you enjoyed the look! <3Love, Abra

ps. Way to go boys!

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 Clawtooth Group Gift

 

Hai <3’s. I’m back from the vaycay and it was fantastic!! So, a little, mini revision here. I think I’ll post looks as I’ve been doing as well as some more ‘simple’ posts about what I’m loving, though they may not necessarily be ‘full looks.’ I figure this way I can post more for you, which I love to do. 

So buzz around the street is that Clawtooth is the ‘hot new’ hair place and I can see why. Bubbles Clawtooth makes beautiful sculpted styles that are easy to wear. Voila! What’s not to love? And even more…Bubbles’s is quite generous to the group as I’ve aquired 2 group gifts in the past week. Here they are in all their fantastic, feminine glory. To see is to love. xo, Abs

ps. If you’ve been hiding under a rock, or been away as I have, be sure to check out Tableau’s new build which is a wonderment of textural delightfulness. I love it.

pps. /me <3’s the new Curio skin. love.love.love.

 

Clawtooth Group Gift too

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Hair: “Veronica Lake” in Lilac Dreams & “Tiny Dancer” in Pink Eye by Clawtooth (group gifts)

Skin: “Petal” in Chocolate Peach by Curio

Eyes: “Hot Mocca” by Poetic Eyes

Jacket: “Johnny Be Hood” in Red by BOOM

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What can I say? I was in a pretty, odd, colorful mood and this look emerged. I had a lot more written about it earlier, but deleted it all in favor of savory simplicity. Lamb’s hair came via the group and since slipping it on yesterday, I’ve yet to take it off. While happily shopping at the Alberto sim with December, I ran into one of Fall Into Decay’s locations and remembered I had their new dresses in my closet. FID is one of my favorite little dress shops, which is odd seeing as I have not posted about them yet. Such is me, it takes a while to post what I adore sometimes, simply because it is there and always around so I tend to overlook it. Not anymore. If you have not been to FID, you are in for a treat: simple, beautiful dresses with loved & worn textures and a ‘vintage/fresh’ cut. They are very versatile and wearable. I ran over to MiaSnow as I had been planning for the past few days, excited to check out her new releases. I love the clown skin because I usually cannot stand clowns. But her version is so pretty and weird that I needed to build around it. Some oddball accessories, mismatched shoes and the requisite rainbow accessories completed the look. And I even remembered the cotton candy! xoxo

 

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Hair: “Breeze” in Chewed Bubble Gum by Lamb

Skin: “Lolli” in 7 Clown by MiaSnow

Eyes: “Night Rain” by Poetic Eyes

Heart: (part of) “Magdalena gown” in Sin Black by Nomine 

Dress: “B02 Black” by Fall Into Decay

Tights: “Tights D2” in Rainbow Torn by Sheer

Shoes: “Bunneh Slipper” by Sanu / 

Cotton Candy: free @ Riddle & Cioccolata

Ring: “Keyboard 4 Finger Ring” by i-Candy

Gloves: “Low Black Gloves” by Akami

Bracelets: “Harajuku Girls” in Blue by Violet Voltaire (only @ Sugar Mill location)

Tiara: “Harajuku Girls” in by Violet Voltaire

Armband: “Duckmilk” by Ducknipple (freebie.)

Mouth Food: “Super Toast” by LurveBite

Painting: “The Zombie Kids” by Akami

Poses: Torrid Wear, Hiccup

{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

Tokyo via Paris

January 22, 2009

 Postcard from Second Life.

Postcard from Second Life.

 

I really fell in love with Sweetaholic’s kimonos after my friend December took me to their store. “You have to see this place!” she said, and the girl doesn’t lie. Sweetaholic’s are some of the prettiest kimonos I’ve seen in SL. Very, very well done. They are dramatic, the textures are rich and eye catching, the colors vibrant and the designs have subtle little twists that add interest. For the men out there, there are many cool designs as well. I was having trouble deciding what I wanted, since the answer was ‘all’ (don’t I wish), until this punk inspired plaid version caught my eye. I was drawn to how different it is, how it twists traditional into something newer and edgy and maybe even a little bizarre.

Instead of wearing a traditional kimono ‘do, which imho would trump the whole punk ideal, I decided to wear Lamb’s new group gift. !lamb is a new hair store which is making big news for it’s cute designs that come with a hat attached. Everyone who has tried to wear a hat in SL knows that it can be a real pain to fit, and it’s just easier to buy hairs with a hat attached. (or is it vice versa?) Well these, you will like, I am sure of it. I think that this hair is so cute it may even win over those that don’t like berets (the way the 69 CSR hair did). Although the beret is not made to be taken off (the hair is mod, fyi) you could always add another in it’s place, if you like.

The skin is AOHARU and I mention it because it was actually one of the first ‘nice’ skins I bought in SL. Since fashion here evolves by the minute, I think this speaks a lot that it’s still one I really adore. It’s the double black/red eyeliner and the soft, glossy transparent-red lips. In RL I’m not at all a lipstick girl, but prefer a good lip stain topped with lipbalm in it’s place. This makeup looks exactly like it and maybe that’s why I’m so fond of it.

I was compelled to add a little cuteness, to keep the look light hearted. The panda theme comes by coincidence, two cute new releases: Pink Fuel’s Pandas and Sanu’s Sushi Love sets. I really love pandas, and even considered getting a panda-hybrid skin although everyone tells me they’re weird. (You’re wrong, btw. Totes cute!) I knew that they would be just the touch to add kiddish interest and I love how Pink Fuel’s Pandas come with tons of different attachment points, as the leg is less common than a shoulder pet. (btw Mochi, I think a Koala bear leg pet would be a fantastic idea, :) just so you know. /me wants one!! ;p)

The J’s boots have been on my mind for a while. Yes, they are not new but they caught my eye the second they were out and I’ve been waiting patiently to wear them in an outfit. I have a thing for thigh-high boots and although they can be completely trashy if done wrong, I think when done right they are cool and add interest to an outfit. I don’t know if I’d wear them IRL, that just might be a little too much, but they are fun here. Some things just cannot be translated into pixels, and others should not be translated out of them. ;) I hope you like this look and thanks for reading. xoxo

 

 Postcard from Second Life.

Postcard from Second Life.

Postcard from Second Life.

Postcard from Second Life.

 

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Hair: “Bonjour Operator” in Resturant Ketchup by !lamb (current group gift)

Skin: “Plum Red” by AOHARU

Eyes: “Dunes” by Poetic Color

Earrings: “WLB Reflecting Diamond earrings bling off-on” by Beauty Avatar (thank goodness the bling turns off, ffs)

Ring: “Times Square” in Diamond by paper.couture (from Times Square ring set)

Nails: “Black” by J’s (in store freebie, by the other nails)

Kimono: “Kokou#CK” by Sweetaholic

Leggings: “Dotline Tights” in Black by ::humming::

Boots: “Side Lace-up Thigh High boots” by J’s

Leg Panda from Pink Fuel (part of set)

Panda Sushi from Sanu (from random vendor)