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Some Suggestions from Fashion for Life Bloggers

Writing from Kissimmee, Florida.

Fashion for Life has been spectacularly successful so far this year.  The report from the sidebar counter at the event blog is at least L$4.3 million — that’s better than USD $16,000 contributed, with better than four days left in the event.  Not bad, people!

If you’re looking for some ideas, let me throw these at you.  The links go to six articles at three of the best fashion blogs out there:  Michelle Hyacinth’s Weblog, Cajsa Lilliehook’s It’s Only Fashion and Harper Beresford’s A Passion for Virtual Fashion.

 

Last Day of Miamai 50% Off Sale

It’s been a little busy in RL, which has prevented me from checking up on this.  But you still have a chance for one more day.  Selected gowns in the formal department are 50% off; look for the gold star, and enjoy!

Posted January 1, 2012 by Harper Ganesvoort in Fashion

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Saint Patrick’s Day 2011

I always like to do a casual and formal shoot for Saint Patrick’s Day, one of the lovely holidays in world.  This year, besides the computer needing replacing, RL work and home has kept me hopping, and I haven’t been able to do many things I wanted to do.  But I did manage to squeeze in a few fast photos of this beautiful gown very early yesterday….

The dress is from PurpleMoon, and is called Serafina.  It also has a large production-show skirt that I didn’t take the time to fiddle with, but is still beautiful.  For me, this skirt is enough, along with the lovely high collar behind my head.  (I have a thing for dragon-wing collars, I guess….)  The collar is removable, of course, as is the excellent orchid-bloom detail on the breast; but who would want to do away with such niceties?  I used for hair an old ‘do from Sinsation — yes, Sinnocent Mirabeau did do some sane hairstyles during her time in world, and this is one of my nicest short bobs.  Along with this is a new eyeshadow from Miamai, one of their usual package of five at a time.

The jewelry suite of necklace and earrings came, I believe, from last year’s Jewelry Fair; it is by RH Engel, and this is the first time I’ve worn them. (Gotta clean out that inventory sometime…!)  I matched this with….

…a beautiful emerald bracelet from EarthStones, and a big, splashy, Art Deco-like cocktail ring.  Erin go bragh!!

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The details:

  • Eyes: Poetic Colors sapphire, gold flakes
  • Makeup: Miamai XGen Makeup Lash ‘n Liner (teal, no hair base)
  • Hair: Sinsation Emma (no longer available)
  • Nails: Candy #P000 Basic (green)
  • Gown: PurpleMoon Serafina (emerald, flexi skirt)
  • Shoes: Armidi Gisaci Barcelona slingback pumps (seagrass)
  • Jewelry: Earthstones Envision bracelet (gold/emeralds); Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery
    Voices of Earth ring (gold/emeralds/pave diamonds); RH Engel Lumiere necklace and earrings (gold/emeralds)

Photos taken at my Secret (Public) Photo Studio at Harper’s Fine Art and Photography


“How did the Zebra get her stripes?”

From Sascha Frangilli, of course.

This delicious number I’m wearing is named Zebra, and was a L$60 special at Sascha’s Designs last weekend.  I would have liked to write about it then, but this entire weekend has been chaos in a cart, and so here I am today doing the job.  I’m pretty sure this ensemble is no longer just L$60, and yet it’ll be worth every centiLinden you’ll pay (grin).

I’m not normally into animal print patterns — I don’t think you’ll ever find me wearing a leopard-skin coat, real or fake; too tacky, to me — but these pants, with their zipper pockets, appeal.  They fit quite nicely, and leave room for a pair of ankle boots, such as my old standby Biddles.  (I can’t tell you how many pairs of system pants — system pants, no prims! — are too large to fit under at least a pair of ankle boots.)

Then we turn to this excellent top, with just a touch of frilliness at the cuffs, and a lovely prim collar behind the head.  And that neckline…!  I don’t normally show off this much cleavage in RL; but in Second Life, the home of the Fiercely Fashionable,, where the bodies are as perfect as you want them to be, why not go for it?

You may notice I’m trying out a new makeup.  I got a notice from Adam n Eve a few weeks ago, and went to check a new skin.  I didn’t end up getting that, but I found another, Natasha, that appealed.  I like the subtler eyeshadow of this, along with the redness of the lipstick (which I’m matching with a set of screaming red prim nails).  On the top layer, I have a nice enhancement for those who use Viewer 2 — eyeliner from Miamai!  I think that it not only improves the general look of the makeup, but helps to hide any lingering problems I may have with eyelash adjustment (grin).

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The details:

Photos taken at It’s Only Fashion blog headquarters in Glookbone


Elementalist Costume and Some Amazing Hair!

A quick article, as I want to publish one more before I go on vacation. But it’s gotta be a big one, and this fits the bill….

While cruising the recent Crazy Ass Hair Hunt 2, I found this style at Griddie, and it wasn’t part of the hunt.  I dove for the vendor, and here I am in Alpha Point wearing it.  (Alpha Point is the companion region to Omega Point.  It’s still under construction, but the sim is open and many areas are usable.)

I chose to wear along with this a variation on a fantasy-female costume I saw recently on another blog, Elementalist by Deviance.  That version was in plain red; this one is called “Frost.”

A closeup (relatively speaking!) of the hairstyle.  Note how the upper arcs are supported on long tubes over my head; a lovely style for extreme coiffuristas!

And a closeup of my face, featuring the new no-alpha lashes from Miamai, along with their latest goodie — Viewer 2 eyeliner to accentuate the lids.  Not available for 1.23 or other non-2.x viewers, sadly.

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The details:

  • Hair: Griddie Bow (silver)
  • Costume: Deviance Elementalist (Frost)
  • Boots: Bax Coen Prestige Boots (silver)
  • Nails: Skin Within nail polish (Vixen)

Viewer 2 items:

  • Miamai Les Makeups eyeliner; Miamai No Alpha Lashes 19

Photographed in Alpha Point region (location 1, location 2)

I’m sorry I don’t have the SLurls to the stores at the moment, but I’ll attempt to solve that when I get back in August; so watch this space!

Can’t Beat the Regular (Fashion) Army

It is one of my ambitions to someday scoop Cajsa Lilliehook.

Difficult to do, though.  When it comes to me and fashion, though I enjoy the latest looks, I’m still rather much of a dilettante.  Cajsa, along with her co-blogger, Gidge Uriza, is definitely into the depths of Second Life fashion, finding new looks and new mixes and matches all the time.  She gets review copies, pays attention to new designers, and is generally right there among the leaders of the fashion-blogging pack.

Such is the case this time.  I’d gotten the word about Enua, a new party dress by Miamai, that looked absolutely hawt, and I went and snapped it up, planning to be the first to write an article about it.  Unfortunately, my time in Second Life has been scattered and scattershot this past week.  So, when I finally got everything together and zoomed off to a photosphere, I had lost the race again.  Cajsa wrote about this dress already.  She even chose the same color! — not surprising, since we both are usually redheads.

So I’m doing followup again.  Ah, well; them’s the breaks in journal publishing, and I can always put my own twist on the same dress. To wit:

The hair here is definitely twisted — up over my head and way to the side (grin).  This comes from a hairstylist I hadn’t known about before, but I was sent to by Milli Santos. The store is 3636 — yes, that’s the name; don’t ask me.  I just know that many of the styles are beautiful, and most of them are as out there as this one, named Tila.  I remember seeing a style similar to this worn by Doris Day, believe it or not (probably as a wig, since she didn’t have that much hair even back in the Sixties/Seventies), on an episode of her old television show!  The only difference was that her hair arced up from the back of her head.  I’ve searched through Google Images and can’t find a picture of that scene, but that image has stuck in my head for years.  To find something similar here in world is fantastic!

As you can see, this skirt doesn’t leave much to the imagination!  That, combined with the single shoulder, the jazzy emerald green color and the silver trim, make it great for edgy clubbin’ with that guy your mother warned you about long ago.  I did decide, however, to leave off the fur trimmed collar; that was the one aspect that did not appeal to me.  As a prim attachment, it was simple, and didn’t ruin the dress.

With a gown this short, you can either let the dress make a bold but simple statement, or start heading for the heights.  I chose the heights, and J’s Thigh-High Boots certainly do that.  Made for short dresses and similar situations, they help your legs grab attention.  I did more on that line by putting on my Pixel Mode Version 2 prim nails, then lengthening them to Seventies-Cher distance, so they’re more like talons.  Don’t try to operate a keyboard with these babies on!

I may have made a stumble here in my choices when it came to jewelry.  I’m still not certain about the necklace I picked — Paper’s big uncut garnet necklace from a collection or two ago — but I had been too long working on getting this look together as it was, and I wanted something that would help grab attention, so here it is.  My own suspicion is something more in the costume-jewelry line might be better here.  I do like the bracelets I chose, though; a set of matched bangles from Eclectica Morris; and I think the brown of the Beguiled horn-hoop earrings goes nicely with the dress.

“Now then,” she purred, raising an eyebrow at the fellow at the bar, “just where were you thinking of going after you had that drink…?”

The details:

My standard Type 1 shape, with Chai 04 Black Cherry skin added (no longer available)

  • Hair: 3636 Tila
  • Nails: Pixel Mode sculpted nails, v. 2 (HUD controlled)
  • Gown: Miamai Enua miniskirt party dress (green, w/o fur collar)
  • Shoes: J’s Thigh High Boots (black)
  • Jewelry: Paper Couture Faceted Dark Garnet necklace (2009 collection);
    Eclectica Morris Tulip & Willow bangles;
    Beguiled Curved Horn Hoop earrings (smoky bakelite/silver)

And one of these days, Lilliehook, I will scoop you! (GRIN)


Review — Prim Lashes by Miamai

Prim lashes are both blessed and cursed by Residents, mostly by the female avatars.  They improve our looks tremendously, and give variation to an appearance.  They’re often relatively inexpensive, and attach onto face points that aren’t often used (unless you’re wearing a hat or something else on your head.)  On the down side, they need adjustment to fit, a fiddly process that for many never quite works and that can tax the patience; and they usually can be seen floating a centimeter or so from the eyelids if you turn your head to the side.  Most lashes use invisible alpha-channel textures, as well, which brings its own problems familiar to many working with high-heel shoes in world.

Miamai now introduces something I haven’t seen before:  prim lashes.  That is, lashes made totally out of prims.  No single-sheet units with alpha textures here; each hair is an individual hair.  monica Outlander has released nine sets so far at L$150 each for your consumption.  I subscribe to updates from Miamai, so I went to the main store to check this out.  I was not alone, either — runway model Mui Mukerji was also in the store, having received the notice as well, and many more ladies arrived soon after.  The following is my opinion only, I should point out, coming from trying on two different sets, one for more casual wear, one looking like it’s meant for sheer glamour (as well as runway and modeling work).  I did, however, discuss these some with Mui, and that will be noted where it appears.

More after the break….

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