UBER APOCALYPSE NOW

Snapshot_001Get ready for the UBER SL Apocalypse!

Second Life’s latest regular quality event has hit the grid running in a Mad Max style from the impending apocalypse. There are skins, fashion, hair and accessories to die for, as well as a fantastic props and even a fallout shelter too.  It’s a hardcore collection with some fantastic pieces. I’m really taken with this fantastic ‘Doom’ pullover from EMERY; the sloppy style and the gnarly, straggly fibre finish really work. I added earrings and bracelet (not seen) from MAXI GOSSAMER  and finished with this epic release from TRUTH, ‘Rogue’.  It seems Truth’s on fire at the moment with some absolutely storming releases over the past few days.  This one comes with an optional gas mask but if I’d worn it you wouldn’t have been able to see my gorgeous chops..*ahem*

I teamed these items with remnants from my previous blogged look to create an edgy, urban look. I managed to get into this event first try which was a real shock and certainly made me feel that the virtual world had ended, but I don’t think it will stay that way for long! I know we’re all suffering from so many events, but this one really does stand out. Incidentally, if you feel over-whelmed check out the fantastic Information Portal  that has just been launched by SeraphimSL. They’re keeping track of everything that’s occurring in-world and quite frankly I have no idea how they’re managing to do it! September is going to be absolutely manic for events and occasions and I think it’s going to get worse leading up to Christmas. Yikes!

Anyway, back to UBER SL.  Don’t miss it guys and gals! Check out the FB page and the official web-site, and here’s your taxi too!

SEVEN DAYS OF DENIM CHALLENGE:DAY 7

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Seven days of denim challenge turned into a bit of a ruddy farce really due to RL issues, BUT I’ve still enjoyed posting these denim-centric updates and I really do hope I’ve given you some styling inspiration.

If anything I’ve been surprised at how much quality mesh denim there is out there on the grid, and that’s really good to see. It’s one of those fabrics that if it isn’t done right it looks terrible, and you can see that reflected very adequately in some Marketplace stores, I’m sorry to say. Fact is, it’s a difficult texture to apply, and to make it look fully authentic you have to pay special attention to the creasing and the shading, especially if you’re going for a vintage denim look.  This is why denim pieces can often be pretty expensive, but you really do get what you pay for.  I think I’ve possibly saved the best entry to last…

The jeans that I’m wearing were pretty expensive in SL terms, costing a very steep L$345.  That is a LOT of dosh for me to shell out on one item, but they’re totally worth it, let me explain why.

They’re from MON TISSU, a brand that I don’t purchase often ( because of the cost- it’s very much an investment brand for me!), BUT when I do splash out in the store I know that the item(s) I am buying will be cherished rather than slung into a hidden corner of my inventory, never to be seen again.

Why? Well, just look at these jeans: they are PERFECT.  Zoom in and you’ll see embossed buttons, realistic contrast stitching and creasing so brilliantly executed that you will want to leap into your computer screen, snatch them off your avatar and wear them to death.  I know I always get mighty enthusiastic about the items I share with you on these pages but in all seriousness there are some designers in Second Life that just nail it, and Anouk Spot is indeed one of them.  Even the fact that I’m wearing the distressed version of these jeans doesn’t detract from their quality or the way that they look; it would have been so easy to have been slap-dash in the application of the distressed look because it’s not supposed to be perfect after all, but it’s been done with great care.  I couldn’t love these jeans more if I tried.

To finish the look I added this fabulous unbuttoned shirt and vest combo, and went for a pin-up feel by adding one of the newer releases from TRUTH.  I don’t normally wear big hair, as you all know I’m a bob girl, but this style is irresistibly and looks amazing when worn.  In fact, when I was testing the demos I noted that the black version of this hair gave an exceptionally Amy Winehouse feel, which can only be a good thing if you ask me. (Indeed, I’ve been listening to ‘Back To Black’ while I wrote this entry! That album is always amazing, how I miss her..)

To finish my look I went to THE DRESSING ROOM FUSION and invested in the latest MONS septum ring release. MONS seem to have found their niche with these epic facial piercings that they’ve been churning out recently and I’ve become a huge fan.  Of course, I’m also wearing my favourite eyeliner, also by MONS, but my base skin is NAR MATTARU ‘Maya’ which I just adore.  The brows on this skin are absolutely perfect for this look, and this ‘Pin-Up Girl’ make up is simply outstanding.  I added a tattoo layer also from NAR MATTARU called ‘Ov Khaos’ to give this style an edgy look and finally threw on this utterly delicious, texture change bangle available from TDR.  It’s from Izzie Button who has really come into her own in 2014, not just with her sensational skin-work but also proving her talents when it comes to being an exceptional mesh designer.

I could quite happily look like this all the time in Second Life. What’s been your favourite look during this challenge?

Kitty Wears: 

 TRUTH ‘Grande’ (with bangs) Gingers

NAR MATTARU ‘Maya’ (Tone 03) Makeup ‘Pin Up Girl’
MONS Makeups- Black eyeliner series 8
NAR MATTARU ‘Ov Khaos’ Tattoo (normal)
IKON Ardent Eyes ‘Pewter’ (ML)
HUSH Lashes ‘Flirt’
CHEERNO Human Ears (Tragus) (THE MENS DEPT)

TEE*FY ‘Laura’ Unbuttoned Knotted Shirt
MON TISSU Harlow’s Cuffed Jeans (Distressed)
SLINK Female (AvEnhance) Hands (Casual)
SLINK Female (AvEnhance) feet (Flat M)

IZZIES Aarya Bracelet (THE DRESSING ROOM FUSION)
MONS Mesh Septum ring (style 15) Black (THE DRESSING ROOM FUSION)

Seven Days Of Denim Challenge: Day 6

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 So I’ve had a pretty rotten week but thank you for the kind messages that have been sent my way via this blog and Plurk, it means such a lot. 

Back to business, and I thought I’d encourage Jez to get involved in the Denim challenge.

He was especially keen because he wanted to show off this shirt/jacket that he picked up at FATEWEAR, at a reduced price. Get ready folks; FATEWEAR has a 50% off sale until September 10th. I know right? 

FATEWEAR  is one of the best stores for classic mens fashion in-world; I’m not talking just denim items but trousers, suits and all things male. They have fantastic hoodies and sportswear and it’s all mesh featuring excellent colour, shape and clean design. It’s one of those stores that I always recommend to newbies who’re after a polished look in-world, and with this half-price sale everyone can indulge!

Don’t forget FATEWEAR also happens to sell amazing role-play costumes too, and yes the sale does extend to include those items. An opportunity not to be missed!

Anyway, here’s how I got Jez’s look…

Jez wears:

Mesh Avatar ‘Anthony’ by SIGNATURE

Hairstyle #36 in ‘Woodbark’ by DURA

Male short necklace ‘Kotowari’ by MANDALA

Leather Bracelet by RONSEM

Ascension -Pewter Eyes by IKON

Jacket ‘Denny’ Ocean (M) by FATEWEAR

‘Loaded’ Slim Jeans (with Gun) by APHORISM

Seven Days Of Denim-UPDATE

Yes, I know there are a couple of days left, BUT I’ve just lots one of my cats in RL due to kidney failure, which obviously means that blogging is the farthest thing from my mind at the moment. 

Normal service will be resumed shortly, but for now I’m just dealing with the loss of one of my beautiful feline friends. 

RIP Piu, my blogging partner. She would sit in her box next to my keyboard as I typed..and I miss her terribly. 

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SEVEN DAYS OF DENIM CHALLENGE: DAY 5

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Apologies for the delay in posting the latest entry in the challenge; sadly one of my cats is currently on a drip at the vets fighting for her life, so hope you’ll forgive my mind being elsewhere presently. 

However, Second Life is nothing if not a worthy distraction, something I sore need tonight, so here’s my latest lovely look.

This one combines a denim frock and the best denim jacket in Second Life EVER (seriously, that’s what it should be called!) to create a dressed-down casual vibe.  The scarf and leggings worn underneath, along with minimal jewellery, keep the look casual yet on trend.  This exercise this week is proving really worthwhile because I’m rummaging in some deep, dark and dingy corners of my inventory looking for items to throw into the mix. It’s surprising how many amazing items you have that you soon forget (or perhaps that’s just me?!) I always feel like I have nothing to wear. It’s lies; my inventory is bursting at the seams. BURSTING I tell you! That’s why I’m off shopping….*ahem*

Kitty wears:

EYES: ‘Pewter’ by IKON

EARS: Human Ears Tragus by CASA CHEERNO  **The Mens Dept **

SEPTUM RING: by MONS

HAIR: Hana (Roots edition) by MAGIKA

SKIN: Chloe medium bundle 2 (#19 worn with medium lip tattoo #1) by BELLEZA

JACKET: Mesh Denim Jacket Hollywood Dark by EMERY

DRESS: Cindy Dress in Cool Denim by GIZZA

LEGGINGS: Denim leggings in dark by THIS IS A FAWN (No longer available)

SCARF: Silk scarf  Holly by EMERY

Seven Days of Denim Challenge:Day 4

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I’m having so much fun with this challenge!

Today I’ve gone for an Autumn inspired look.  It’s been quite cold today and thoughts are now turning towards the change of season, so here’s Kitty on her way to college or university wearing her  fall colours with pride and looking rather beautiful if you ask me.

To create this look I had a good rummage in my inventory but I also included a couple of items from current events (oh the irony when you consider my previous post!).

Let’s start with the fabulous denim jacket and tee combo that Kitty is sporting.  It’s by COCO and is available from THE MENS DEPT.  I love this vintage denim jacket styling and the upturned sleeve detail looks great contrasted with the baggy shape of the jumper underneath.  This is a beautifully crafted item and a real joy to wear; the shape is completely realistic. I’ve teamed it with some old inventory finds; there’s a brown denim skirt from TEE*FY and some woolly tights from FISHY STRAWBERRY. I’m still enjoying  the BELLEZA ‘Chloe’ skin, and I’ve worn it coupled with lipstick in a nice red (that was a tattoo layer included with the skins).

Accessories include this epic necklace by ENFANT TERRIBLE  from THE FANTASY COLLECTIVE that’s just begun. It’s actually a pentacle with the slogan ‘Witch Please’  (so this post now qualifies as a ‘Witchy Wednesday’ as well, woot!) and I think it really works with the colours of the tee underneath.  It’s rather bohemian, don’t you think?

Last but not least are these beautiful, bookish  tortoiseshell ‘Pegley’ glasses by ISON, and a fabulous hairstyle from WASABI PILLS called ‘Megumi’ that I forgot I had!

 A slick of mustard nail paint (Courtesy of my fave Slink nail applier’s from IZZIES) completes the look, and I think it’s my best one yet!  (Obviously you can’t see my feet, but if you could I’m totally wearing clumpy Doc Martin style boots; the ones from the ARCADE by ILO that I completely adore)

Kitty Wears:

EYES: ‘Perspective-Blush’ by IKON
EARS: Human Ears Tragus by CASA CHEERNO  **The Mens Dept **
EYELINER/SEPTUM RING by MONS
SKIN: Chloe medium bundle 2 (#19 worn with medium lip tattoo #1) by BELLEZA
TOP: Denim jacket with tee (Vintage) COCO  **The Mens Dept**
SKIRT: Basics Highwaist Short denim skirt in brown by TEE*FY
TIGHTS: Woollen Tights in Brown Stripes by FISHY STRAWBERRY
NECKLACE: ‘Witch Please’ by ENFANT TERRIBLE **THE FANTASY COLLECTIVE**
GLASSES: ‘Pegley’ by ISON
HAIR : ‘Megumi’ (in ‘Gingerbread’) by WASABI PILLS

**Quicky: For some reason WordPress has eaten ALL the blinking URL’s that I’d included in my list here for your convenience; It’s late and I need my bed so I’ll add them again tomorrow, OK?**

Kitty’s Comment: Event Fatigue

Guys, have you ever sat down and considered exactly how many events there are in Second Life these days? Every day, another event. 

I have a confession to make; I’m suffering a severe case of event fatigue, and I refuse to be alone in thinking that I’m the only one who is completely overwhelmed by them all.

But don’t get me wrong, there are many amazing monthly events, and I would miss them if they ceased to be.

I’m the first in the queue for Fameshed and Collabor88, so I could be accused of being a total hypocrite by moaning about events as a concept. But let’s be honest, it’s quality NOT quantity that I’m moaning about here.

It’s very clear that some events are better than others; so what is it that makes a great event?

In one word: Originality. There are regular events on the calendar that quite frankly I just wouldn’t set foot in.  Why is that?

Because the items on offer are, quite frankly, crap, and as a community we seem to find it very difficult to admit when something is below par. Am I being harsh here? No, I’m being honest. I know that Second Life is a builder’s paradise and it empowers us to create our dreams, but there’s a lot of truth in accepting the knowledge that just because you can craft an item of clothing or texture a template doesn’t mean that you necessarily should. (Let alone charge for it!)

And that brings me onto another point, and one that really drives me mad. There are a number of events on the calendar that regularly feature textures, pictures and logos that can be found in their original locations after a five second Google image search. I don’t want to see famous brands in Second Life unless they have a legitimate reason to be there. I’m in a virtual environment wearing bespoke items created for it, so what could possibly make you think I’d desire to wear something by Chanel or Nike?

Here lies the problem; for some, looking stylish in world means covering themselves head to toe in logos and designs that have been sourced illegally, and that’s just not on.

Unfortunately it’s relatively easy to take a texture or design, load it into Second Life and apply it as a texture. It shouldn’t be, but alas, it is. Within minutes you can create a wearable item that you can flog and make a profit on, and the original designer will be none the wiser.

It’s unfair, unimaginative and crass. It’s cheating.

I’ll be honest here; if I see a really elaborate pattern or design on a template item I immediately try to determine if it is original, if it’s been purchased under license, or if it’s been taken without consent. 

It’s not hard to do this and please don’t be afraid of putting a content creators nose out of joint by posing the question to them before you hand over your hard-earned Lindens.  If you’re curious about the origins of a design then all you need to do is drop a note card to the designer and ask them.  In fact, I implore you to do just that. If they have nothing to hide I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to tell you how it was made and where the textures were sourced from.

Sadly, some people don’t like admitting that they’ve ripped someone’s work off and can get very offended and even threatening when you challenge them, but that reaction stems from fear of being found out.

As a community I feel that we’re way too accepting; there are only a few designers out there who advertise their work as 100% original, and to my mind it’s something that we should see so much more. So let’s make a stand. Don’t patronise events or purchase from creators that blatantly rip-off logos and textures and pass them off as their own. Challenge the assumptions, ask the questions and hopefully we’ll encourage more designers to be open and honest about their creations.

Let’s see if we can bring it to a point where the badge ‘100% original’ is the standard, not the exception. 

SEVEN DAYS OF DENIM CHALLENGE: DAY 3

shirt_001Another day, another denim adventure!

Today I fancied the classic white shirt and blue jeans combo, but I mixed it up a bit by wearing the shirt open and loose, and adding some frayed denim shorts instead of full jeans. It’s a footloose and fancy free sort of look, made all the better for the glorious hairstyle that I’m sporting, along with an old classic BELLEZA skin. BELLEZA is having a bit of a sale at the moment actually, and it’s well worth your time to check them out. Well, ‘a bit of a sale’ is an understatement, it’s actually a HUGE RETIREMENT sale, so it’s in your best interest to take a trip over and scoop up some favourites before they’re gone forever.
My guess is that the BELLEZA team is planning for the release of their mesh body, amongst other things, so they’re making space in their store for all the lovely goodness coming our way. The sale gave me the chance to finally pick up the Chloe skin that I have lusted after for an age; I don’t tend to buy many skins these days, but I have ALWAYS wanted this skin because of the eyeliner options in Bundle 2.
I genuinely think it’s one of the best skins that Tricky Boucher has ever produced and it’s my honest opinion that the eyeliners, shadow and lip colours have never been matched by any other BELLEZA skin release (with the exception of their Ava BB skin- the eyeliner on that one (which is my profile pic) is LEGENDARY)
These shorts were actually a Marketplace find that I stumbled across months ago. They were only L$1, but they’re a great shape and really effective with their worn seams and overall tatty appearance. I often dress them up with tights or leggings underneath and a big baggy jumper on top, but today I wanted something a little more formal looking, and this gorgeous white open collar blouse from TRES BLAH, at the UBER SL event, was just what I needed.
Last but not least is this beautiful hairstyle from ELIKATIRA. This is another store holding an epic sale and this style, ‘Cassidy’ is included. Regular hair colour packs are available for L$99 each, but you’ll need to be quick because this astonishing offer ends on Friday.

I hope you’re enjoying these denim-centric looks that I’m posting every day this week; here’s to some more heavy duty cotton happy tomorrow! 

Kitty Wears: 

Eyes: ‘Perspective-Blush’ by IKON

Ears: Human Ears Tragus by CASA CHEERNO  **The Mens Dept **

Eyeliner and Septum Ring by MONS

Skin: Chloe (make-up 29 in medium tone) by BELLEZA

Hair: ‘Cassidy’ by ELIKATIRA

Shirt: White open collar blouse by TRES BLAH **Uber SL**

Shorts: Frayed Medium Denim Shorts by LRH **Marketplace Item**

Seven Days Of Denim Challenge: Day 2

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Day Two of my ‘Seven Days Of Denim’ challenge sees me sporting some items in of my favourite shades and creating a rather polished yet casual look.

Both my denim skirt and shirt were from BLUEBERRY, a store I haven’t visited for ages purely because I am small of brain and I forget things so easily.

This shirt is a new release; I saw it advertised on the ever amazing Second Life Inventory Facebook page and immediately knew I had to have it. I love the tuck shape and large, rolled-up cuffs,  and it will look great with so many items I own.  Even more fabulous is the fact that you get a shiny and non-shiny version of the shirt in each pack; the shiny version I think would look outstanding against a pair of black leather trousers. However, I’m not wearing black trousers, instead I opted for an incredibly (read: draughty!_ mini skirt also from the BLUEBERRY label. It’s a sort of stonewash grey but comes with belt and metal texture options, so I opted to change the shade of my belt to match my shirt, and mixed it up with rose gold buckles and rivets, which I complimented with my MONS rose-gold septum ring. Lots of mixy-matchy happy there peeps!

I kept my ‘Skye’ skin from NAR MATTARU on because I am crushing so hard on it right now and yes, I’m still wearing my MONS eyeliner (I can’t help it, I love it so!).  I did change my eyeshadow though; I’ve opted for ‘Marzipan’ (From the NM Skye range) and teamed it with just a gloss, rather than a lipstick.  My nails are long, but there’s no polish, simply one of the french manicure options that comes with the SLINK  hands.

Last but not least is my hair; I’ve kept it up and in bunches like yesterday but this time I’ve opted for messy buns with loose tendrils to frame my chops.  This is a fabulous style by TABLEAU VIVANT available at the DISTRICT FIVE event.

This look is really quite soft and gentle really, but the denim adds an urban touch. I hope you like it, and trust me, you really need one of these outstanding BLUEBERRY shirts!

Why not join me on my denim challenge? I’d be happy to have you along for the ride!

Kitty Wears: 

Eyes: ‘Perspective-Blush’ by IKON

Ears: Human Ears Tragus by CASA CHEERNO  **The Mens Dept **

Eyeliner and Septum Ring by MONS

Skin: ‘Skye’ tone 3 by NAR MATTARU (worn with ‘Marzipan’ eyeshadow under the eyeliner)

Shirt – ‘Myst’ Untucked Mesh Shirt in Purple by BLUEBERRY

Skirt: Belted Denim Skirt in Grey by BLUEBERRY

Hair: ‘Kyary’ (Solstice shades pack) by TABLEAU VIVANT  **DISTRICT FIVE**

KITTY’S CHALLENGE: SEVEN DAYS OF DENIM!

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Now, here’s a thing. I’ve had such a positive response to my last post that I’ve decided to go the whole hog and do SEVEN DAYS WORTH OF DENIM!!!

I must be mad. I mean, I like denim, but not that much. In fact, that’s something that’s currently being reflected worldwide; sales of jeans by brands such as Levi and Wrangler are absolutely plummeting, and that’s a shame because denim is iconic.  Heck, I can remember falling in love with Nick Kamen and being completely enraptured by every single 501 advert that was subsequently broadcast.

So let’s have a play and see what we can do in the virtual world with this most fantastic of fabrics!  I think this challenge is going to be a lot of fun, and will give you some cracking ideas on how to style denim pieces lurking in the corners of your inventory.

Let’s begin: Here’s my look for Sunday (today, click on the pictures to see them in extreme close-up)  To start I’ve kept it nice and simple. I left my denim top and crystals on that I featured in my last post, but decided to make the look a little more polished. To do that I added the fabulous jacket from THE SECRET STORE that I threw a fit over a few posts back, as well as a gorgeous teal skirt that I picked up as a Fifty Linden Friday bargain, and I really don’t wear nearly as much as I should…

seven days of denimTo finish I’m wearing my favourite bunches, a style called ‘Shade’ by MAGIKA. To tie the tones together I’ve opted to keep my gorgeous NAR MATTARU ‘Skye’ skin, and make-up wise I’ve kept the eyeliner but opted for soft shades to coordinate with the colours in my hair and outfit. What do you think? I confess, I think it works quite well! No wonder I look so astonished! Add a satchel, some glasses and flats and you have a sort of schoolgirl chic look..yum!

Would you like to participate in this meme challenge? I’d love to see what you can come up with, so please have a rummage in your inventory and get your denim on!

I suppose I’d better come up with some rules for this challenge, so here we go: You can wear as many denim pieces as you like, my only condition is that there MUST be at least one denim item in your outfit.  

Take a picture, tell us what inspired your look and please add a link in the comments so that we can all go and see your work! (A link back to this blog would be mighty appreciated too!)

Kitty Wears:

Hair: ‘Shade’ (Hud 03) by MAGIKA

Eyes: ‘Maya’ by IKON

Eyeliner and Septum Ring by MONS

Skin: ‘Skye’ tone 3 by NAR MATTARU (worn with ‘Brown Sugar’ eyeshadow under the eyeliner)

Top: Denim Top in ‘Indigo’ by BUENO at KUSTOM 9

Jacket: ‘Noah’ jacket in Coal by THE SECRET STORE

Necklace: Crystal Necklace by YUMMY

Skirt: FLF Exclusive Linen Skirt by NYU