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Brunch in Manhattan with Paper Couture

Hundreds of lady-avatars across Second Life wait with baited breath whenever the word gets out that Paper Couture is about to release a new collection.  Ava and Cora Lu have attracted a devoted clientele in the time their house has been open, and deservedly so; their dresses are the highest of design, leaning in some cases toward the absurdly fantasial levels of upper haute couture.  At the same time, their dresses are wonderfully beautiful, and have graced many a party or ball.  I wore Paper to the get-together I invited my friends to on New Year’s Eve 2008/9.  (That’s me in the center, wearing Paper’s Magpie, with Gidge Uriza and Cajsa Lilliehook to the right of the picture.)

That time has come again; the couturière and the jeweler have teamed again for what I feel is another smashing fall collection.  Some I’ve spoken with are not so impressed with the results this time around; but I struggled through the sim lag at Tableau region yesterday and gave a good examination of the displays, and promptly wished I had about L$10,000 to spare.  As it was, I found several items I couldn’t do without, and the Lus profited from my visit (grin).

My choice for this outing is Manhattan Brunch.  One look at the texturing of this dress will give you the reason why I chose it; after all, I live in a cottage I’ve decorated in an Art Deco theme.  I really don’t know if this is wearable to an actual brunch, as it seems a little showy for a midday function.  I went ahead and honored the name, though, by wearing a set of daytime leather gloves.

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Shopping for Vinyl in Creamshop

How many have been to Creamshop region?  It’s a struggle to move around in there sometimes, as it’s an Openspace region (I thought I was going to get away from writing about these, but….)  I’m reluctant to post a landmark, but I’m trusting people won’t flock there, so to speak.  Any road, if you do go there, you’ll find an experience that beggars words to describe.  Designed with wonderful artistry and craftsmanship, the rainy moodiness of Creamshop somehow fills you with longing and joy at the same time.

Of course, the eternal drench pouring down from the skies, as eternal as the Dantëan rains of the third circle of the Inferno, can get oppressive at some point.  When I visited the other day, I ran for some shelter — being careful to watch out for the cabs in the street — into a small record store across the way from the actual Creamshop store.  In there, it was fascinating to go digging through the shelves and bins for goodies.  If I ever get a stereo capable of playing vinyl — and if the owners of the region keep it going — it might be nice to jump back and pick up some titles.

Creamshop store itself has some nice stuff, and I’m wearing some of it in these pictures.  The one problem I could have is with the muffler, which you have to edit by script.  I’ll experiment with it in future, but I’m fighting for cycles with the other half in Real Life; Kit’s (ahem) acquiring a few lectures at the moment.  So I’ll reserve judgment on that aspect for now.  In any case, enjoy!

Shape:  Alady Jane Seymour
Skin:  GemCorp Wendy (no longer available)
Eyes:  Curious Kitties Crystal Green
Eyebrows:  Digit Darkes (high/high point)
Lashes:  Alady free prim lashes (included in skin package)
Hair:  Mirada Sarita (silver)
Jacket:  stock V-neck sweater (formerly available in Dublin region; I don’t think the store is there anymore)
Pants:  Last Call Jeans (burnt sagebrush; no longer available)
Gloves:  LeeZu Baxter Nif Nif (black)
Shoes:  Biddle Boots black ankle boots
Accessories:  Creamstore Glam Bangle (white); Creamstore Linen Stole muffler scarf (blue); Creamstore Silent Bamboo earrings (metallic red)

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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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