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Bliss Couture Zaks

It’s good to get back into modeling harness here.  It’s been so RL busy lately that I haven’t taken the time to just sit down and do the work needed for a good fashion shoot.  But I squeezed out a block of time from supervising my daughter from afar, and working on recreating a story that was lost in one of my several computer crashes,and forcing myself to ignore Pinterest for a while, and got this photographed.  It helped that the dress seized my attention!

The only thing new on me here is the dress, which is brand spanking fresh from Amutey Decuir and Bliss Couture.  It’s called Zaks, and I fell in love with the print pattern on it when I saw the publicity photos on Flickr.  It’s so soft and feminine and reminds me of water plants, so I went to the Water Temple at Cerridwen’s Cauldron to photograph this.

The one thing I don’t absolutely like about this dress is the shape of the skirt itself.  It definitely attracts attention, but it seems a little weird to be walking around in, even as an evening gown (which is what I believe Amutey intends this dress to be).  I was wearing this, however, when I got in touch with one of the estate managers at my house to fix a few problems, and the first words out of her were that she loved this dress.  This, then, like all of fashion, is a case of Your Mileage May Vary.  (It also varies for me in the sense that I don’t see this as an evening gown, but perhaps one for a daytime party or a resort.  Again, this is how I’m interpreting it with my personal sense of style.)

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The details:

  • Dress:  Bliss Couture Zaks (turquoise)
  • Boots:  BAX Coen Prestige Boots (gold)
  • Jewelry:  Dahlinks My Lady Emerald Wedding Ring Set (platinum); Elate! Square Stone Ring (onyx/silver); EarthStones Dangle Stud Earrings, and Tennis Bracelet and Necklace, all in champagne diamonds/gold
  • Hair:  Analog Dog Harper (onyx) (A different Harper, incidentally, not me [grin].)

Photographed at Cerridwen’s Cauldron region

 

 

Warming Up Fall with Prism

I stopped by the Pixel Bean Coffee House this morning for a cup of joe, and found that the deck was deep in falling leaves.  There was a rake and wheelbarrow off to the side, but the maintenance man looked to be taking a break.  A definite nip in the air, too — fall is arriving for sure.  My legs cursed me for wearing a miniskirt this morning, but at least the rest of me was nice and warm in this outfit from Prism, given to me by the store’s Herradura Baar as a rezz day gift last week.

Don’t you just love that texture, created by Journey McLaglen?  You can see the individual knit rows here, and the colors are wonderful, a contrast to the reds and golds of the leaves around us.  (Although, if you have a taste for lots of orange, there’s a special Hallowe’en version available at the store right now.)  The prim collar and shoulders are very nice, as well, and don’t look to go shifting around into Strange Locations.  (There are stocking cuffs as well, but I left them off here.)  Lots of nice, snuggly warmth here for a chilly autumn morning.  I’d better enjoy it now, before the virtual snow starts to fly in many places.

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The details:

  • Skin:  PXL Candy Sunkissed, SE, Red lips
  • Eyes:  Poetic Colors Gold Flakes (sapphire)
  • Hair:  fri.day Leigh (Jealous Red)
  • Top, skirt, stockings:  Prism Laura (blue/sage) (gift from store)
  • Shoes:  Detour Supersprint sneakers
  • Jewelry:  Dahlinks Stage & Screen diamond studs; DDL black onyx/silver ring
  • Lashes:  Adam n Eve Glamour prim lashes
  • Glasses:  Epoque Swan Shades (loud color, metal handle)

Thanks to Nero Yedmore and Lureila for consenting to appear in the background.

Posted October 21, 2011 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion

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Quick Look: A Royal Wedding Day

Here we are, and William and Kate are now Their Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge!  Throngs have cheered, the kids have kissed on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, and I’ve retired to a side chapel for a little quiet time and some quick photos before going home.

When you’re attending a wedding, the idea is to look stylish, but not to outshine the bride.  This tulip print dress by Reale (available on the Marketplace) is a nice spring/summer choice for a wedding day; not too much prim load, so that the bride can have all the good cycles to herself, and yet graceful, flowing and with the promise of tulips in the breeze.  The halter neckline has a bow in back for the final touch.

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Your accessories should also be understated yet elegant.  EarthStones tennis suite of bracelet and necklace in champagne-toned diamonds and gold are excellent here.

(Incidentally, if you’re wondering at the different appearance for myself here, I’m in a Japanese mood lately; I’m doing my “Keiko” character.  I’ve lost the maker for both the skin and the hair, but I’ll insert them when I get a better chance.)

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The details:

  • Skin:  Ayumi v3.2
  • Eyes: Silverr Andel, Jeweltone Tourmaline
  • Nails:  Candy #P000 basic prim nails
  • Dress: Reale Floratta (Mallu Mayo)
  • Shoes:  Lemania Indigo black pumps
  • Earrings:  Dahlinks Stage & Screen diamond/gold studs
  • Necklace, bracelet:  EarthStones Tennis suite

Photos taken at the Anglican Cathedral in Second Life, Epiphany region

Get the Party Started

I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started

Morning breaks over the Cafe du Monde in One Quarter French, but I'm still ready to party in this cocktail frock from Osakki, called Chained.

Get this party started on a Saturday night
Everybody’s waiting for me to arrive
Sendin’ out the message to all of my friends
We’ll be looking flashy in my Mercedes Benz
I got lot of style, check my gold diamond rings
I can go for miles if you know what I mean
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started

I discovered this clothing store in the same region as the main store for Rozoregalia. The short, poufy skirt is decorated with gold chains, and flaps of gold lamé on the side, throwing flash and shine about you as you move.

Pumping up the volume, breaking down to the beat
Cruisin’ through the west side
We’ll be checkin’ the scene
Boulevard is freakin’ as I’m comin’ up fast
I’ll be burnin’ rubber, you’ll be kissin’ my ass
Pull up to the bumper, get out of the car
License plate says Stunner #1 Superstar
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started

If you're going to wear the hat that comes along with the dress, make sure you have on a bob hairdo. I found this old classic from W & Y (their Model 25, scripted for all colors).

Making my connection as I enter the room
Everybody’s chilling as I set up the groove
Pumpin’ up the volume with this brand new beat
Everybody’s dancing and they’re dancing for me
I’m your operator, you can call anytime
I’ll be your connection to the party line

I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started
I’m comin’ up so you better get this party started

Lyrics:  “Get the Party Started” by Pink

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The details:

  • Skin: PXL Candy SK SE light eyebrows
  • Eyes: Glam Affair Stella Eyes 03
  • Hair: W&Y Model 25 “AllColor”
  • Nails: Candy #P000 Basic prim nails (Red08)
  • Dress: Osakki Chained party dress
  • Shoes: Baiastice Bow-back Ankle Boots
  • Left bracelet: Finesmith Moroccan Bracelet
  • Right bracelet: Shade Throne The Black Rider bracelet
  • Earrings: Dahlinks Stage & Screen diamond/gold studs

Sky settings:  Torley’s Sunset Oriental Delight 2

Photographed at One Quarter French region

Spreding My Wings Like a Swan

An experiment: click on the pictures for larger versions

I was exploring a sale a few weeks back — I think it was something like 55-linden Tuesday, or some such stuff — and one of the stores did not have laid out what I was looking for, at least that I could find.  But they did have something else, and that made all the difference.  Combining that with some other goodies, including a super-luxe buy from one of the most fabulous jewelry stores on the Grid, made the difference in this.

The gown is Harlow, from RBZ Design, and this is what I purchased when I could not find what was supposed to be out.  I’m not angry; this was so pretty that I bought both this dress and another in green, for when I’m in my red hair.  I normally don’t go for such a plunging bust line on a strapless dress — I keep thinking the bodice stays up by surface tension and nothing else.  I’ve gotten used to it, though, from so many of my old vintage Last Call dresses that I’ve become comfortable with such a revealing look, I guess; I rather enjoy this one.  And the silvery decoration running around the confection adds a beautiful touch, as does the bow in back, pinned up by a diamond brooch.

The aim here was for femme de luxe, and so I went all out on the jewelry.  You can see just part of it here, but I have a fair collection on, which is the advantage of the Add feature on many of the 2.x clients.  Wear your first piece, then Add the next pieces until you get what you want (within the maximum limits).  Here, I have one ring on the right hand (from Muse, sadly no longer open) and two on the left, as well as a bracelet on each, and a long trailing string of black pearls around my throat.  And diamond earrings, of course:  these from U & R Dogs.  On my feet are a delicious pair of slingbacks from N-core.  (Why can one never remember to take a picture of the shoes unless you’re doing a shoe article [sigh]?)

The big diamond splasher is vintage Paper Couture; while the black flower with a black gem in the heart is a recent creation in the Bouhachi line from Rozoregalia.

But the topper, literally, is this.  I was shopping at Finesmith Designs later during the sale.  After picking up their sale item, I browsed, and waffled, and then said what the hell, and took the plunge to buy this beautiful headdress, called simply Swan.  It’s hard to keep from thinking about the film Black Swan on seeing this, but I assure you I suffered no hallucinations — just raptures of delight.  The headdress is a hat, so I paired it with a black bob from MADesigns, and black lipstick and eyeshadow, and voila.

The one place I might have went overboard is with the additional Capucine eye “tattoos” from White~Widow; but I liked the silvery dots below my eyes for effect, and so kept this on.  Aside from this, a lovely confection to fly away into the night in, along with the prince of your dreams….

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The details:

Jewelry:

Zaara Syona Kurta

A quick one, as I’m suffering from a nasty sinus infection right now.  Fortunately, I wasn’t in Second Life, and I completed these shots the other night when I woke up in the middle of it all.  This kurta from Zaara unites Western-seeming cut with Indian taste in texture and color for a fabulous combination.

Zaara opted for tight-fitting churidar pants with the top, and included another of her fabulous scarves as part of the package.  I added some of her mojri flats for shoes.

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The details:

  • ClothesZaara Syona kurta (black), with Tanya dupatta scarf w/ tassels
  • Mani/pediSkin Within (Vixen)
  • Jewelry: Yak & Yeti wax bangles (green); Dahlinks Stage & Screen stud earrings (diamonds/gold)
  • Hair: Indulgence Allure red (cinder)
  • Shoes: Zaara Ilaida mojri flats (navy, but scripted for several colors)

Photos taken at Zaara region.

Early Afternoon with Margaret

Casual is comfortable; but sometimes you want something a little dressier for daytime wear.  When I got an ad from the PB Collection for this lovely little dress, I wrapped up other business I had in world at the time and headed over to their main store to snap it up.

It’s called Margaret, and is wonderful for so many reasons.  I think the thing that caught my attention first was the belt.  I have no end of troubles with Second Life prim belts, but this one called out to me, and made me unlimber the wallet.  And, with just a little adjustment, it seems to fit nicely and give me little problem with “disappearing matter syndrome,” aside from my hand sometimes creeping through the vinyl on one of my AO poses.

And then the colors just screamed out to be had.  It’s either a tie-dyed job, or an geode on acid; I can’t make up my mind which.  Add to that it’s a corset top, which I seem to have fallen in love with here in world.  Next, the skirt is a lovely, flirty little thing of prims that leave your legs nice and out there.  If you wanted, you could go with just the system skirt underneath; I think it gives the dress a more casual look, but that wasn’t what I was after here.

I had nothing in terms of shoes to go with this delicious confection, so I zipped off to Adam n Eve, and picked up almost the first thing I saw, their Mistral heels in “mauve,” almost a match for the cups of the corset.  But I actually teleported in at the hair department before going over to shoes, and her Olivia hair seemed perfect for this, as well as just a fine hairstyle — and I ended up getting a fatpack, and 19 points on my loyalty card.  (A nice program that Sachi has going; try it out.  I’ve gotten several things for free with loyalty points.  You need to wear the card when you purchase something to get the points, or when you’re spending them.)

The last touch is always the jewelry.  Dahlinks supplied these — the necklace and ring from a suite called The Management (don’t ask me why; I’m just the blog author, not the creator) that seemed to straddle the line between formal and informal; and a pair of diamond studs named Stage & Screen. I added an antique lapis-bead watch from Foxchase Designs for balance on the opposite wrist.

In this, I think I’m ready for either late afternoon tea, or cocktails on the veranda.  What would you say to a Haig and Haig Pinch and water, maybe?  Or should that be a cosmopolitan with Carrie and the gang…?

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The details:

  • Skin: Atomic Bambi Lana-Sunblush-Siren-Gloss-2
  • Nails: Skin Within Vixen mani/pedi
  • Eyes: Cape Shelley Wild Lilies eyes
  • Hair: Adam n Eve Olivia (lavender)
  • Dress: Ardigraf Designs/PB Collection Margaret dress
  • Shoes: Adam n Eve Mistral heels (mauve)
  • Jewelry:  Dahlinks Stage & Screen stud earrings (diamonds/gold), and The Management necklace and ring; Foxchase Designs lapis bead watch

Photos taken at Lion’s Gate club.

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