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

 

LOTD: Kitty Dares To Double Denim

double denim_002I have no shame.

For a  ‘Fashionista’ (spits tea all over keyboard) you’ll find me wandering the grid looking more like a ruddy virtual bag lady rather than the epitome of elegance and a show-piece for Second Life design.  For example, while writing this post I was trolling the grid dressed head to foot in demos. Demo top, demo skirt, demo hair. No ears. I looked like a ruddy chuff to be frank, and I didn’t care a  jot..because I was DEMOING ALL THE THINGS!!

And there are a LOT OF THINGS out there demanding demo time..
I tripped over to KUSTOM9 earlier and went mad for all the denim. I have a love/hate relationship with denim in real life, I can never get a decent pair of jeans to fit due to the fact that I have a pot belly the size of a small continent, but in Second Life of course you don’t get those issues.  In fact, I felt so empowered by denim trip that I found myself breaking the ultimate fashion rule. You should never, EVER do double-denim. And me being the rebellious type, I went all out for triple. At the time of writing I still have all my teeth and haven’t felt the need to cut my hair into a mullett..so I think I’m safe:)

I snatched the MOTIAMIE tied denim shirt and coupled it with the BUENO denim top. These are both extremely well shaped and textured; I found that the denim top fitted extremely well under this shirt. Occasionally I find I get issues with multiple alphas and mesh items just not working that well when layered but these are spot on.  Once I was sporting them I decided to visit the creator main stores to check out their other items. I couldn’t find one sadly for BUENO, but MOTIAME is right up my street. It seems to be a temp store in a skybox but is definitely worth a look, I spotted some excellent items, like the sporty dress and a gorgeous striped sweater as well as a fabulous array of Kimono. MOTIAME is definitely added to my watch-list!

I also scooped up this fabulous hairstyle by MOON, a brand along with SPELLBOUND that I’ve really been digging this year. Of course, I had to have it because it’s a bob, and you all know how much I adore my bobs,  but I really liked the shape, with the loose tendrils to one side and the ear-tuck. Oh, and it’s also called ‘Mourning Sickness’, which I thought was a fantastic name.

double denim_001Last but not least, an honourable mention to these awesome ears from THE MENS DEPT, courtesy of CASA CHEERNO. They’re super easy to wear and the re-size and the colour match hud was practically spot-on when it came to matching the ears to my stunning skin, ‘SKYE’ by NAR MATTARU ( in tone 3).   It’s just absolutely delicious, especially when worn with the stunning ‘Gentle Breeze’ ombre lipstick. I’ve loved so many skin releases this year but the NAR MATTARU brand has been a real find for me personally and is always an absolute treat to wear.

To finish my look I added the latest necklace release from Yummy because it’s absolutely wonderful and appeals to my witchy sensibilities. It’s the most sublime collection of crystal pendants including a divining pendulum and they’re set on silver chains. The texture on the crystals is absolutely spot-on, but you’d never expect anything less from Polyester Partridge.

Last but not least, I added a septum ring and some favourite eyeliner from MONS to complete my look leaving me ready for the weekend in triple-denim style. What do you think?

Kitty wears: 

Hair by Moon (‘Mourning Sickness’ Ombres Pack)  **KUSTOM 9**

‘Skye’ tone 3, worn with ‘Gentle Breeze’ ombre lipstick skin by NAR MATTARU 

Ears by CASA CHEERNO **THE MENS DEPT**

‘Maya’ Eyes by IKON 

Eyeliner and Septum Ring by MONS

Necklace by YUMMY

Tied Shirt by MOTIAME **KUSTOM9**

Denim Top (worn underneath) by BUENO **KUSTOM9**

Skirt by MARSHMALLOWS (No longer available)

BUY ALL THE THINGS!!!

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Yup, that’s  precisely what I said when I discover TWO of my favourite designers were having sales!

First up is the ever amazing MAXI GOSSAMER.  I love the jewellery created by this brand and you’ll find selected pieces in store in the backroom at 50% off, which is NOT to be missed! If you’re looking for accessories to wear with summery dresses and beachwear you’ll find your favourites here. (Protip- the bangles and bracelets are especially good from MG.)

As if that wasn’t enough to cause my bank manager to weep, I then discovered that OVERHIGH (OVH) have ALL their old collection reduced to L$50 each item!

That’s why I’m stood with my gob open on the second picture. All those lovely items in beautiful colours cost practically diddly squat! I MUST HAVE ALL OF THEM!!

(Of course, I bought everything in black..but hey, still worth it!! I’ve now got leather shorts, tops galore..frocks and everything scrumptious to accessorise with my spangly new MG jewellery! Sometimes it’s GOOD to be the Kitty:)

Taxi time! Here are your rides to Maxi Gossamer and Overhigh

HAPPY SHOPPING!