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A Galaxy of Color

Like molten suns twisting through a galaxy of swirling jewel tones, Faizah by Reign Congrejo of Evolve sets casual fashion ablaze.  The colors in this outfit are reminiscent of fire tones, resplendent in reds, oranges and blues.  A scrunched neck and cuffs, plus ruching along the bodice, adds further texture.  Black leather pants have muted hints of the shirt colors along the seams that make you look again to be sure they are really there.

Fashionable and versatile, I added buckled high-heeled ankle boots from Koko.  I find myself reaching for these boots again and again for casual flair because they work great with everything from pants, to leggings and even short skirts, being both a little bit dressy, and a whole lot of chic.

I found this great makeup from White Widow hiding in my inventory.  It gave me a touch of exotic with its 3-dot bindi and golden sweeping wings framing the eyes.  I added a layer of smokey blue eyeshadow from [mock] to give some added pop and contrast.  With this outfit’s matching blue beret, hair can be both simple, yet special, so I chose one of my favorite hairbases, EMO-tions Curls with face-framing tendrils.

Styling:

Outfit: Faizah – Evolve

Boots: Buckled Leather Ankle Boots – Black – Koko

Hair: Hairbase – Curls – EMO-tions

Jewelry: Desert Winds Earrings – Finesmith

Belt: Spiked Belt Python #1 – R.icielli

Purse: Gia Clutch Jeanz – R.icielli

Eye Makeup: TRPH2 – Gold – White Widow from The Runway Perfect Hunt 2, Pink Union  Eyeshadow Blue – [mock]

Lipstick: Bella Vetro Gloss Guardsmen Red – [mock]

Nails: Mandala

Poses: Diesel Works

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Mint Chocolate Chip

My absolute favorite summertime treat is a Mint Chocolate Chip shake made fresh from the ice cream parlor, with just a dash of chocolate syrup blended in with the milk and mint ice cream.  Somehow the minty taste makes the drink seem that much cooler and refreshing.

My inspiration for this outfit came from Blueberry’s Mesh Skinny Pants Mias in Brown, which coordinate so well with chocolate and green accents, making me think of that minty goodness.  This outfit is a wonderful blending of some of our up-and-coming designers on the grid…so shake up your normal shopping haunts and give them a visit to add some new and wonderful things to your wardrobe.

Styling:

Pants: Mesh Skinny Pants Mias in Brown – Blueberry

Chemise & Panties: Wine Booty Shortset – Graffitiwear

Bolero: Bolero in Green – elly

Belt: High waisted belt snake brown (part of the high-waisted skirt set) – Izzie’s

Shoes: Boula Heels in Brown Green – Blueberry

Hair: Kirby – Truth

Necklace/Earrings: Camelia – Kunglers

Bracelet: Dallagio Celtic Butterfly Bracelet – Alienbear

Nails: Manicure Set 3 – PIDIDDLE

Backdrop:  Cincetta Pack – PNP

Poses: R.icielli

What I Know Now – Part 1

This is the first post of my “What I Know Now” series to share a bit of what I learned about getting up and running in the SL fashion industry, in hopes of sparing new models some of my personal trials and tribulations.  This idea began one day while looking over my inventory in utter horror, because yes…models need a lot of stuff, and I had a LOT of stuff.  I was so appalled at the state of my inventory that day that I began pondering what I’d do different if I had a “do over” and was starting my modeling career and inventory from scratch.   So…if I was entering the modeling world today, knowing what I know now…here is tip number 1 that I wish I’d known to save me time and linden.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~DISCOUNT DESIGNER STORES~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Styling becomes more economical, faster, and more effective when you know where to shop.  This was one of the most challenging things for me to learn…where do I go to find what I need?  Short of having a good friend who has been in the industry awhile to direct you (which is NOT a bad thing, by the way, but something I did not have when I started) my number 1 favorite way to find new designers and add things to my inventory that are top quality and affordable is to frequent the discount designer stores.

Visiting the many designer discount locations gives you a taste of different styles on the grid, and also allows you to grab a landmark to visit the designer’s main location.  And since they often have exclusive or limited quantity items at these shops, not everyone will have those pieces.  That said, a word of caution…. even if it is free…only bring it home if  a) you love it, b) you will use it.  This was a lesson I learned too late, which added to unnecessary inventory chaos.  Now an item must ideally meet both criteria to find its way into my inventory.

On my visits to designers’ main locations, if I find I LOVE their work, I will look up their group.  Even if the group is one I must pay for, if they give high quality gifts regularly, it is well worth it and a money-saver in the long run.   I have also found that in many cases the main location may have an outlet section, another added benefit to visiting the main shop.  I’ll share my tips for selecting items in a future “What I Know Now” post, but for now, here is a sampling of my recent travel bargains.

Dress: Audrey Dress Disco style – PurpleMoon exclusive at Gypset Market

Necklace: Folieole Necklace Sunflower – Finesmith exclusive at Tropicalia BIG Bazaar

Ring: Here Comes The Sun – Turquoise – Finesmith (group members receive monthly gifts and 20% off on the day new designs are introduced)

Face Tattoo: Henna Red – cheLLe exclusive at the Summer Beauty Festival

Bag: Cowhide Tote Leather Bag – R.icielli exclusive at The Dressing Room

Shoes: Audrey color-change sandals – Redgrave on sale now 50% off

Hair: 2358 Hair – Lelutka, not on sale but it met the criteria a) I love it, b) I will use it

In my pic-within-a-pic in the lower corner, I am making a list of all my favorite discount designer locations for you.  My current list is below.  Please feel free to share others you are aware of in the comments section of this blog for all readers to enjoy.

Gypset Market

Tropicalia Bazaar

The Dressing Room

The Dressing Room Blue

My Attic at the Deck

Fashion Limited

Collabor88

The Designer Showcase

Perfect Wardrobe

Denim and Dots

When we think of play clothes, even as adults, our thoughts naturally turn to denim.  AbbyRose Abbot of Belladonna Couture has made a shortset perfect for summertime fun called Pewter Dots, in two-toned poka dot denim and sweet look-at-me accents, like the open belt and triangle top teasing underneathe this mid-drift-baring jacket.

Quickly becoming a trademark is Belladonna Couture’s trend towards multiple outfits in one box, really amping up the value.  The shortset hints at a bikini peeking out from beneathe, and sure enough…Abby didn’t disappoint, making Pewter Dots an all around fun-in-the-sun ensemble.  This outfit is also available in Royal Blue, for those who would like a brighter alternative.

Finishing off this look, what could be more playful to accent this cute outfit than leather laces with multi-colored beads from mE., along with two-toned eye makeup, with different hues on each eye from MONS and a kiss of blue lipstick from Izzie’s, makeup finds exclusive to the Summer Beauty Festival running now through May 25th.

Styling:

Outfit:  Pewter Dots – Belladonna Couture

Hair: Shena – Vanity Hair

Eye Makeup: Eyeshadow Festival in purple & blue – MONS at the Beauty Festival

Lipstick: Lipstick Blue, part of the Lace Masquerade collection – Izzie’s at the Beauty Festival

Necklace/Ring: Pansy Tropical – mE.

Bracelets: Mess of Bangles Silver & Stripe – Ear Candy

Nails: Mandala

Sandals: Audrey – Redgrave

Poses: R.icielli

Unique Mesh Shapes in Summer Fun Apparel

With a sweep and a swish, you can sashay into summer in this striped mesh dress from AngelRed Couture.  This was my first visit to the store, and I was particularly impressed with some of  Lexi Zelin’s new mesh apparel.  I found the textures to be fun and casual, but with interesting mesh shapes, such as the handkerchief hem on this dress, that all but begged to come home with me.

Also new on my must-have-mesh list are these over-the-knee boots by Kisu Ronas of Ten”10.  They are darling with short skirts and dresses with their built-in leg-warmer look and a shapely fit.  Maybe it’s just me, but they remind me a little of faun hooves, and being a fantasy lover, well….they add the perfect touch of style and whimsy I couldn’t resist. A big thanks to Falbala Fairey for my first introduction to this designer.

Now for some equally fun makeup from the Summer Beauty Festival to give a little shape to your eyes and lips. MONS eyeshadow spray in green with silver liner along the inner bottom eye rim to give your eyes an extra pop, and Lace Masquerade Lipstick in green by Izzie’s.

Styling:

Dress: Summer Mesh Dress in Orange – AngelRed Couture

Boots: Megas Boots in Brown – Ten10″

Eye Makeup: Eyeshadow Spray in Green – MONS at the Summer Beauty Festival

Lipstick: Lace Masquerade Makeup in Green (from the Lace Masquerade collection) – Izzie’s at the Summer Beauty Festival

Hair: Addison – Lelutka

Necklace: The Last Tear in Frosted Jade – Finesmith

Nails: Mandala

Poses: R.icielli

Petals on the wind…catch them if you can

A gentle breeze plays with my new Georgina hair from Truth, as it teasingly tries to pluck the rose petals one-by-one from my Fall Apart top by Blueberry.  This outfit is fresh, feminine and budding with a little bit of flirt.  Dressed up with a long skirt, or dressed down with a simple pair of white jeans, the fly-away petals remind me that spring is slipping away, while the floral pareo hints at the promise of summertime fun.

Styling:

Blouse: Fall Apart Top in Pink & Red – Blueberry

Pants: Pie Jeans – White – Blueberry

Shoes: Boula in Brown & Green – Blueberry

Hair: Georgina – Truth

Pareo: Yani Bikini Floral Pareo (from Yani Bikini) – Badoura Design

Necklace: Muse Necklace (from Muse Outfit) – ALB

Poses: R.icielli