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SL Hallowe’en — Enter freely and of your own will….

“‘Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness you bring!… I am Dracula; and I bid you welcome….'”

“I was not alone. The room was the same, unchanged in any way since I came into it; I could see along the floor, in the brilliant moonlight, my own footsteps marked where I had disturbed the long accumulation of dust. In the moonlight opposite me were three young women, ladies by their dress and manner. I thought at the time that I must be dreaming when I saw them, for, though the moonlight was behind them, they threw no shadow on the floor.”

Bram Stoker
Dracula

Feeling a little…undead lately?  Want to dress appropriately?  Why not try this combination?  My good friend Nanceee Sinatra, co-owner of Frank’s Place (which I’ve written about several times here) also does the occasional dress under the Sinatra label.  She kindly gifted me with two colors of her Resurrection gown — appropriately named, don’t you think, for a vampire?  Especially one as sexy as this!  The skirt goes down to there on the right, and is cut up to here on the left, while the bodice plunges almost to places unknown in front, and sure does so in back.

If you’re now one of the walking dead, you have to look the part, don’t you?  No glittery skins, like those poseurs in Forks, Wash.  No, ice-pale is the way to go; and Adam n Eve had a nice super-pale geisha skin I chose here, called Mei Li 2 (the particular skin is the Geisha 1 makeup).  To go with that, a friend in the Fashion Emergency gifted me with a set of thick, black lashes you have to try on to believe!  They’re Artemis from the oBscene, and they’re excellent for the dramatic look I was aiming for here.

If you want a look like this, your shoes need to ascent to the stratosphere.  I’m not in ballet heels here, but Adam n Eve’s Babii pumps — in black, of course — fit the bill nicely.  Topping it all off, the jewelry is almost all in black pearls — Primalot’s Luna black enamel bracelet with inset pearls; Muse’s Catherine cocktail ring in gold; and Dahlinks’ Chloe back-knotted pearl strand make up most of the bling here.  I wanted a bit more color, though; a rich vampiress should have her share of diamonds, too.  So I threw into the mix a pair of platinum earrings with diamonds by RH Engel, and a favorite cocktail ring from a season or so ago by Paper Couture.

The crowning touch:  the hair is Sirena Makayla (in jet black, of course).  This is another of Sirena’s recent new releases, and is animated like so many of her ‘dos.  I’m wearing it down for this shot, but the updo is excellent as well.  (One note on the updo — when I tried it out, the hair didn’t go all the way immediately.  I had to do a teleport to get the down strands to derezz properly.  Your mileage may vary.)

Anybody know where I can find Jonathan Harker, now…?

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“Oh, We Got Trouble, Right Here in River City….”

Actually, Sascha Frangilli of Sascha’s Designs has Trouble; and now I have it.  I think I’ve seen someone wearing this in another blog that I can’t remember now; but it’s so pretty that I figured I’d give it a shot.  As it turned out, I went kind of hog-wild today at a few stores, so I had some new stuff as well to try out.

Sascha’s fabric here is a lovely royal blue silk with either a flower print or embroidery in the weave; I can’t quite make up my mind which.  Either way, it works wonderfully.  The waistline is nearly empire height; it probably would qualify, except for the flower-covered breast cups.  I like the buttons up the back as well; a nice little detail.

When you purchase this, in whichever color you prefer, you’ll also get a variety of skirts to choose from.  I went for the “sleek transparent” skirt by preference this time.  But you also get one with a normal train, a much heavier train, and then an addition in front of that (picture 9)!  It reminds me of Pink Splendor, a collectible Barbie doll from the late 1990s.  The only dress I’ve seen with a bigger skirt was Princess Diana’s wedding gown!  It’ll probably be rare to want a skirt that big, unless there’s some super-formal ball going on some time, but it looks beautiful.

A note on the hair:  I can’t make up my mind if this style is the best choice; still, I thought I’d give it a try here.  It’s also new, from Sirena, and is called Drucilla.  Like many of Sirena’s styles, this is animated.  When you wear the hair sticks, the style goes from big and loose to looped up and secured with the sticks.  The animation even has you running your hands through your hair to “do” it up or down, which is a nice touch.  I’m thinking this style is just on the borderline of being acceptable for night wear like this; your mileage may vary, and I’d like your opinions.

The details:

  • Standard shape/skin Type 1
  • Hair: Sirena Drucilla (scarlet), with hair sticks
  • Lashes: the oBscene Artemis
  • Gown: Sascha’s Designs Trouble (royal blue)
  • Shoes: Adam n Eve Seductress (silver)
  • Jewelry: Caroline’s Sesen suite (necklace, earrings)
  • Gloves: Mimikri cloud, with cuffs

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Great Hair from Tukinowaguma

I stumbled across Tukinowaguma hair sometime in the deep, dark past that I can’t remember, and I purchased one of her interesting wigs at that time.  But I didn’t go crazy about her hair until I got a sale ad from the Galleria at Frank’s, which drew me to her store there.  After catching sight of the other styles she had, I ran off to her main store and went crazy. KateForster Akina does lovely bobs, one of which I include in this photo essay; but her updos are fantastic as well.  If you’re looking for big hair for a ball or formal dance gown, definitely try out one of the Tukinowaguma stores, and you’ll find things there to enchant.

Most, if not all, of the styles are scripted for color change, by the way; click on the wig to bring up the menu.  You should either make a copy of the original (preferable, unless you have a huge Inventory), or choose a white shade to bring back the original base color.

I’ve placed the best of the photos I’ve taken in a set on my Flickr stream, and on Koinup as well.  If you like them, please leave comments (both here and there!).  But I’ll give you a small taste here of what I came up with, instead of drowning you in six tons of photos on this blog. As it worked out, I had a mess of Satin Sheen gowns from Nicky Ree on hand as well, and sets of opera gloves from Mimikri; and so I decided to try a themed photo shoot, changing only colors, shoes, hair and jewelry.  A few WindLight tweaks, courtesy of Torley Linden’s excellent package, are also used here.  As long as you have a good default saved to fall back on, don’t be afraid to experiment with those sliders, for both sky and water!

A few notes:

  • Nicky’s Satin Sheen gown is available at her store in most colors for L$100.  This absurdly low price for a Nicky Ree original is because she’s offering the original — it appears, from my reading of the notes I found in the packages, that someone’s copied her.  Please patronize the original designers, not the 7th Avenue knockoff “artists.”
  • Mimikri’s gloves are some of the best I’ve found on the Grid.  The cuffs are prim addons, so I did a little mixing of colors for effect, to match a few of the gowns.  Buy the whole set, and use the cuffs to show the “lining” of your gloves!

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UK Couture — Phixion Suit

Going to Nicky Ree or other places can be fun and give you all sorts of nice fashions.  Quality textures, well built in the prim attachments, nice falls of skirts, and so on.  Then you see just how much you’ve spent, and the sticker shock sets in.  The price is often justified, of course; all that effort and creativity deserves its payment, and I won’t put them down too much if they want to get reimbursed for their time.  (Unless they’re charging like a bleedin’ madman.)

But who says you always have to pay top dollar to dress fantastic?  Take a look at UK Couture.  Stylish clothes that don’t shoot your budget in the foot; what more do you want?  As proof:

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This outfit is called Phixion, which I have no idea what that means.  Does it matter?  It just looks good!  Black shirt, black pants (that actually cover my belly button!), and this lovely white jacket that I need to remember for other outfits in the future; and all for less than L$300, as I recall.

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For a smashing day look, I teamed it with the Nif Nif gloves from LeeZu Baxter.  They’re actually longer than you see here; the sleeves of the jacket cover them up, of course.  And the hair is from Pazazz, who sells fatpacks for very nice prices; sadly, this style (Spoiled) seems to have disappeared.

Shape/skin: Luscious & Lords Katelyn
Suit: UK Couture Phixion for Ladies
Eyes: Curious Kitties Crystal Eyes
Gloves: LeeZu Baxter Nif Nif (black)
Hair: Pazazz Spoiled (Raven, Sapphire tips)
Shoes: Adam n Eve Serpenti (Diablo black)
Jewelry: Kimbra Celtic Cross necklace and earrings (separate packages); watch by Virtual Impressions

A few more pictures can be found at my Flickr stream.

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