Monday, July 21, 2014

Mrs. Darcy in Nature

Looking Out for Lydia

The Empire waistline owes a lot of its simplicity to Neoclassical styles and popularity, and is loosely based off of the chiton of the Greeks which was belted under the bust for women. It was developed primarily in France, and also ushered in an era of short, often curly hair, thin ribbons to hold up the hair, and additional garments like shawls for the purpose of warmth and to offer some cover for bare arms and throats. In England, the style was popularized by Emma, Lady Hamilton even though England and France were at war, and heralded an era of Neoclassical influence which would continue until Queen Victoria took the throne. Austen is firmly seated in the middle of all of this, where serious topics were skimmed over with a narrow margin of pleasure-seeking and Empire building. In between the careful maneuvering of her novels, hints of the horrors which lay beyond the drawing room can be seen, and very few families are untouched by war and strife. Out of this era strolls this evening dress from Junbug tucked under a military-style pelisse. It's available in a variety of shades, though I picked up the pale pick for 50L Friday, along with the texture-matching shoes fit for the SLink high feet. With a fine lace fischu, I could walk along any street in absolute comfort and style as well - the color combination and length are charming, and it moves well. The coat is also available separately, and would be very fine over a variety of empire gowns.

Waiting for Jane

I pulled my accessories from a variety of current events, leaping around rather like a gazelle - or something equally graceful and unpredictable. From the Hair Faire I have an amazing updo from Ploom. It fits extremely well, and is layered and built very realistically. The bow hair flops slightly as one would expect hair too, and has an amazing softness around the edges. The bangs alternate between being tucked sedately behind the ears, and dangling down in front with a gentle curl, and are layered such that they fall naturally around the face. Like always, Ploom offers up a wide variety or hair shade options - in this case I went with a blond/yellow/pink fade which made the "bow" part of the hair look particularly fun. The bangline of my hair worked beautifully with the pr!tty flowerband I picked up at One Word. It came with a single or double set of flowers, and I really loved both the shape - which reminded me strongly of the foam flowers you can buy in craft stores - and the gentle pastel colors. Finally, my jewelry is a new release at Genre from Eclectica, a glorious baroque set with dangling teal gems. Earrings, rings, and a generous necklace are included, and they offer up a bold statement to balance out my relatively simpler gown. I really like the asymetrical but balanced arrangement - and the fact I was able to echo the jewelry with the cosmetics around my eyes. The flower pattern I echoed through a White Widow design, with large, swirling bronze flowers. The teal I echoed with one of my best and narrowest eyeliners from cheLLe; I love how bright it looks against the bronze and black.

Dust on my Ankles

One final note - my gorgeous poses are from !bang, which recently moved to a new store and is having a sale associated with the move. I was able to fill out a lot of my collection there, and I really recommend you check it out soon.

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Ploom: Honey (Hair Faire)
Hat: pr!tty, Floral Wonderland (One Word)
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Rainbow
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: White Widow, Cristal
Eyeliner: cheLLe, Cleo Called
Lipstick: Mock, Bella Vetro Gloss
Jewelry: Eclectia, Versailles (Genre)
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands & Feet: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands & Feet
Nails: Nine Inch Nails, Deco
Clothing: Junbug, Mrs. Darcy Floral
Shoes: Junbug, Mon Chere Pumps

Poses: !bang


Location: RFL: RECOVERY Isla Gealach
Light Settings: Phototools, July Light 02
Water Settings: Glassy

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

Saturday, July 19, 2014

A Little Pick-me-up

A Little Pick-Me-Up

Sometimes, after a long, hot day a girl likes to come home to a little pick-me-up.

Credits Keaniez: 

Boxers - (Red)Mint -side/Back
Ear plug - Jelly Shop
Eyes - Ibanez Luminous Eyes - Mojito
Necklace - Flightless  - Geronimo skull feather
Etched hair - JOMO
Hair Beads - Evening Star
Facial hair - Emortal Concepts - black chin curtain
Tattoo - Para Designs
Hair - Birth - River hair, aqua night
Skin - Birth - Li skin Light
Piercings - Ni.Ju. - snake bites


Pose: GLITTERATI - Caged

Credits Deoridhe: 

Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Discord Designs, Yayaungen (Hair Faire)
Hat: The Annex, Floral Headband (Secret Affair)
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Rainbow
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: cheLLe, Look of Love
Lipstick: Izzie's, Fuyu Lipstick
Necklace: 22769, Leafes (Secret Affair)
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands & Feet: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands & Feet
Bracers: The Annex, Bracer Suede (Secret Affair)
Nails: Adore & Abhor, Striped Drips
Clothing: Pixicat, Royal Dress (Secret Affair)
Shoes: Pixicat, Royal Shoe (Secret Affair)

Pose: Magnifique Poses, Dominatrix 1 (with crop)

Location: Captured Moments
Light Settings: AnaLutetia, AvatarOp whiter

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

Formal Rainbows

Windmills of Your Mind

It's rare that I work with separates; I am much more inclined to start with a complete piece of clothing and add accessories from there. Now and then, separates inspire me to make exceptions - and I never regret it.


Where the sun has never shone

( More pictures here. )

Credits:

Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Discord Designs, Nisha
Bow: katat0nik, Texture Change Bow (QFC Hunt)
Horn: Adore & Abhor, Shimmery Unicorn Horn (Group Gift)
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Rainbow
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: Ni.ju, Kumi
Lipstick: Adore & Abhor, Fluff
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands & Feet: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands & Feet
Nails: Adore & Abhor, Striped Drips
Shirt: G Field, Floral Halter
Jacket: Violent Seduction, Catallena (Kustom 9)
Skirt: katat0nik, Tulle Skirt
Shoes: SLink, Quinn

Pose: Diesel Works

Location: The Looking Glass
Light Settings: TOR, MIDDAY Touch o' purple
Water Settings:

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Beached White

Arising from the Shipwreck

This post is going to be more than a little event heavy. July has had a slew of events and there's no sign of us slowing down any time soon. Fit for a Princess continues until the end of the month, and it has lovely things for anyone seeking a Happily Ever After like this white gown from Kouse's Sanctum, also available in an amazing array of colors besides. It has a gorgeous, hip-length corset with delicate curls upon it. The sleeves  have pleasant puffs, and the neckline is a lovely square one; I had a little skin-bleeding through some of the ruffles since I'm a scooch fatter than the average avatar, but otherwise the fit is easy and good, and the included invisible layer works well without leaving any gaps. Each side of the skirt is strongly rigged to the legs, which means in poses where one leg is before the other you end up with a sharp angle, but other than that it moves quite well, and the length is such that you can see the peeping of shoes - or in this case bare feet - under the hem. I truly adore it; in fact, I'm considering adding to my considerable Kousely-Collection with a few more colors. I think the length of the corset is my favorite aspect, as I'm particularly fond of that smooth line over the hips with a flair out below. I'm also still wearing the nail shades from Frogstar on my fingers and toes, this time in a blindingly white shade which works beautifully with the rest of my look. I love how muted the colors are in this particular set, but the white itself is glorious.

Looking Back Where I Came

My hair is a gloriously twisted updo from Ploom which takes full advantage of Ploom's divine ombre shades. I know I've mentioned it before, but it bears repeating that these really add an incredibly punch to Ploom's styles - and you can see why in the gorgeous swirl where the color goes from a pale blond, through pink and green and ending on an eye-smartingly-bright blue. I love the effect of a relatively usual shade becoming suddenly rich and unusual - and in this case it adds a delicious pop of color to balance out darker shades elsewhere in my look. This particular look is one of several available at the Hair Faire, and well worth braving the lag and avatars to find. It fit perfectly, with delicate tendrils along the sides of the face far enough forward to not interfere with my ears; truly perfection held up with pins. Darker shades also come in with this set of color-changing jewelry from Elemental. This is one of the four cool color shades, a lovely rich purple, and the metals are color changing as well through a dizzying array of options, including several combination metals like a gold-tinted silver scale.

Softness of the Shade

Oh My Gacha offers up another dizzying array, this time of gachas. I was completely floored by a sim full from edge to edge with gacha machines, often several from the same store, each with their own offerings. Naminoke is one of my favorite gachas to play, as the prices tend to be on the low side and the offerings are so adorable. In this case, it's sets of colored flowers to cling to several parts of the body - from growing out of the temples to twining around the wrists to clinging to the ankles. At least three different color sets - two shades of purple and a lovely blue - are available, and often they have additional flourishes like silvery strands from the hair or little creatures lurking among the blossoms. Sadly, I didn't end up with a full set of any color, but I have high hopes of running across these in a yard sale and filling out my collections. Finally, the ribbons around my toes are from BooBubbleGum and I was lucky enough to score the rare, which includes this cute charm above the heel. The ribbons themselves are rigged for the SLink high heels, but the charm is editable so that if it lands too far down your foot you can shift it around to fit smoothly. Since I ended up with the rare, I also ended up with a charming HUD to change the colors - including to this pure white shade. I've been wishing for foot ribbons for a long while, and these cheer me immensely.

Tip Toe

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Ploom, Carrie (Hair Faire)
Flowers: Naminoke, Asagao (Oh My Gacha)
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Rainbow
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Lipstick: Mock, Lucir Lipcolor
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Jewelry: Elemental, Danaria Set
Hands & Feet: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands & Feet
Nails: Frogstar, Fairytale Endings (Fit for a Princess)
Clothing: Kouse's Sanctum, Amelia (Fit for a Princess)
Shoes: BubbleGum, Twinkle Feet Straps (Oh My Gacha)

Pose: Exposeur


Location: Majilis Al Jinn
Light Settings: TOR, MIDDAY Anime Ciel
Water Settings: Nacon's Lake Water

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

Monday, July 14, 2014

Cage of Wishes

Rawr Uncaged

Have I mentioned how much I love cage dresses? Wishbox released a new one - a rigged cage this time - and it's simply glorious.

Pursed Lips

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Asset, Hurricane
Decorations: Remarkable Oblivion, Papillon
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Rainbow
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: Elymode, Solstice
Lipstick: Pink Fuel, Metallic Lipsticks
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Necklace: Elemental, Sylvain
Hands & Feet: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands & Feet
Nails: Frogstar, Fairytale Endings (Fit for a Princess)
Clothing: Wishbox, Cage Dress
Stockings: Cannibelle, Foxtrot Stockings
Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui, Fey Sandals

Pose: Don't Freak Out

Location: Timeless Woods
Light Settings: Phototools, Meni Light 1
Water Settings: Glassy

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fit for a Princess: In Exile

Upon the Widow's Walk

I'm decked out in a ton of Fit for a Princess finery again, in something which has become a wonderful habit. This month is "Happily Ever After", and it is living up to its name - a ton of stylish and shiny finery for the Princess on the go. My mood is darker, though - this is a princess who, despite her finery - has been cut off from her seat of power, like Elizabeth I in exile. My gorgeous, satin gown is a release from Junbug, and it is divine; rich color, flouncy lace, and rigging which holds up to even some of the strangest poses I could throw at it. I love the double puff of the sleeves and the smooth line of the bodice. The sleeves are also a good length and width, covering my SLink hands without obscuring them.

Lonely Friends

Left to walk the high reaches in the gloom surrounding her estate, the Princess in Exile dreams of a day when she can take her rightful role as Queen. She's keeping her crown, a lovely starburst set above a frame by Luminary, close at hand and practicing balancing with it on her head even through the most athletic of long, boring walks on cliffs. The frame is particularly fun, curving across the from of my hair; it can actually also serve as a forehead band on a different, tighter style of hair. The gorgeous matching necklace is from Krystal and I adore it. I have a total weakness for keys, and this one is completely lovely. It comes in four different colors with diamonds, and if I could also have it with color changing in addition my little key-loving heart would be gleeful. The final bit of Fit for a Princess gear is my nails - soft but rich colors with silver tips from Frogstar.

Wreck

( More pictures here. )

Credits:

Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: KOY, Bri
Hat: Luminary, Freya Crown (Fit for a Princess)
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Rainbow
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: Elymode, Solstice
Lipstick: Pink Fuel, Metallic Lipsticks
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Necklace: Krystal, Key to my Heart (Fit for a Princess)
Hands & Feet: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands & Feet
Nails: Frogstar, Fairytale Endings (Fit for a Princess)
Clothing: Junbug, Ever After (Fit for a Princess)
Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui, Fey Sandals

Pose: !bang


Location: Valhal - EMO-tions
Light Settings: Phototools, Epi Vintage Light
Water Settings: Glassy


Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

SL11B: Auditorium on Fascinate

Birthday Fascinate 3

This was one of the lovlier stages, with two parts - a front and a back. I had wanted to attend a bunch of events, but I lost track of the calendars and then lost track of my week.


Birthday Fascinate 2

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Location: Auditorium on Fascinate
Light Settings: TOR, DUSK Fairytale glow

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Rainbow Waters

You, Stop... Come Here

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of blogging something other than events - licking my wounds after my vast failure at covering Second Life's Birthday (though in my defense, my idea was rather stupid given how much else was going on in my life). I was inspired by the hair, from Ploom, which I've wanted to show off for a while. It's a subtle set of pig tails, caught back far enough to fall behind my ears. The length is extremely long - falling well below my hips. Both the all of the hair and the length makes it a more challenging hair both to dress and to pose - the fall over the shoulders limits how far your head can turn naturally, and the sheer volume tempted me to pull a Lady Godiva. I did near as, placing a simple swimsuit from Baiatice underneath - a lovely linked bikini with a pretty metal clasp in the front. It's being sold at the Summerfest Event, which ended today. Hopefully it will make the transition to her main store soon as it's completely lovely. I especially like the cutout over the stomach - sexy lines there.

Sun Bathing

On my head I added this amazing, color-changing headdress from Folly. It is astonishing; just about everything is color changable with as much as twelve or fifteen different options. My only complaint was that I wish it was HUD tinting instead of via menu - the options are so varied and amazing that I wished I could see the colors instead of trying to judge from names. Otherwise, though, the headband is amazing, the flower add-ons are delightful, and the options make me wriggle like a thrilled puppy. It can go with anything, in astonishing variety, and I have no doubt these will be showing up again after I completely rework the coloring to fit a completely different outfit. Finally, these amazing poses are from Grafica and are available at the Rhapsody event right now. Yes, shocking as it seems, I actually have managed to cover something while the event was going on; please pick your jaws up from the floor. These poses are all based off of different dances or music, and I simply adore them - managing to be unique, interesting, and to not twist my limbs despite the sometimes extreme shapes they make. I love the variety of arm and leg shapes, and the real natural feel to the poses, and I also love that each set comes with mirror images of the pose. 

A Leap Forward

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Ploom, Pepper
Hat: Folly, Nouveau Headdress
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Rainbow
Glasses: Eclectica, Antique Glasses
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands & Feet: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands & Feet
Nails: A:S:S, Fairy Wings
Clothing: Baiatice, Caprice Monokini
Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui, Fey Sandals

Pose: Grafica

Location: Sunset Beach
Light Settings: TOR, MIDDAY Baskaholic
Water Settings: Glassy

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

Saturday, July 5, 2014

SL11B: Despite all my Gauge, I'm still just a Fae in a Cage

Sands and Steel

I love cage dresses. I have a bunch of them, but they are much rarer to find across the grid since mesh hit - largely because by they're very definition they cannot easily be rigged. The cage part of this The Library dress isn't rigged, which means it continues to make interesting shapes around my thighs and calves no matter how I'm posed, and I fell in love the second I saw it. The bodysuit is rigged; I'm wearing the small, which was smaller in the bust and larger in the rear end than my normal shape. The bum shape in particular is very fine - high enough to seem sexy and be striking, but not so high that it looks like things should be hanging out. I love the rivets up the front and holding the skirt to the waist, and I completely adore the narrow wire of the cage skirt. The entire outfit has a really industrial feel, so I tried to soften and make it more fey using curvy, curly, clothy accessories. First the french hood - which is a release from Aisling I picked up a while ago and dates back to the Tudor era in style. It's built more like a crown or a headband, without the usual veil, and it has a lovely trim of pearls which drapes over your hair and leaves a single bead on the forehead. It reminds me of Florence for some reason (maybe the pearls?), and it was a headdress style which traveled across the European Continent and all the way to England as well, thanks to Anne Boleyn. Blessedly, this gorgeous hood comes with a color changing HUD, which means I will probably indulge in wearing it many more times in the future since I can match it up to so much of my inventory.

Fine Work

The Wasabi Pills hair I paired the hood with was a simple style with a part in front, but wasn't the usual completely pulled back style of the Sixteenth Century. I love it's simple, curved back style which lets me show off one of my earrings, from Bliensen + MaiTai, and highlights the matching necklace. Wasabi Pills has been adding in lovely wisps of hair which make the styles feel much more natural - less like something fresh from a stylist and more like a person pushing their hair back and heading out into the world. I fell in love with the Bliensen + MaiTai spirals, and the metal width is reminiscent of the cage skirt I'm wearing which also bringing in a curved edge. I love how the swirls fade together and change direction, and the curve of a circle through my earlobe. The swirl is echoed in my other hardware, also from Aisling but this time in a more fantasy mesh shape, and echoed again in these amazing shoes from Lassitude & Ennui. Clearly, this is pure evidence that they love me, because in addition to all of the usual lovely shades of shoe, Lassitude & Ennui made Rainbow Shoes. Rainbow. Shoes. Nevermind that they are also swirly, and curly, and lovely, and have delicate heels which make it clear anyone who is anyone would have wings. I don't even have words for how much I want these shoes on my feet forever; it's as if someone wonderful went into my brain, took out a dream, and then handed it to me - what bliss!

Wings and Wire

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie's, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Wasabi Pills, Ellie
Hat: Aisling, Godelieve
Ears: Illusions, Seelie Ears
Eyes: De La Soul, Rainbow
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: Damned, Rainbow
Lipstick: Mock, Brown Sugar
Wings: Una, Steampunk Wing
Hands & Feet: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands & Feet
Nails: Nine Inch Nails, Ying & Yang
Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai, Voluta
Bracers: Aisling, Lady of Highgarden
Clothing: The Library, Iron Maiden
Shoes: Lassitude & Ennui, Fey Sandals

Pose: Ploom


Location: DJ Stage on Impressive
Light Settings: Sim Default
Water Settings: Sim Default

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

Friday, July 4, 2014

SL's 11th Birthday: DJ Stage on Impressive

Evil Stage of Evil Staginess

Impressive is built as a secret bunker by some sort of scientist - perhaps this is the secret lair of Carlos, built in between dates with his adoring Cecil. What I love the most about it is how the fans in the roof were done, however, with light shining through it and gently spinning. The effect was striking, and when I went back to to a fashion shoot there, I took full advantage. One thing which struck me was how well materials were used as well - subtle and never overpowering, but there was an added realism to the look which really blew me away.

Evil Ramps

To either side of the massive dance floor are the exists, which curve through the rock and have control centers and enormous, mysterious machinery looking things. This build is the most obviously dystopic of the stages, but I quite like the feel of playing in the Evil Overlord's Secret Bunker while she's away.

No Safe Evil Exit

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Location: DJ Stage on Impressive
Light Settings: Phototools, Build 002

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only