MBA: Bohemian Like You

MBA Bi-Monthly-My Favourite Look..is drawing to a close.  It’s been an excellent round, and I’ve rocked some awesome looks this month, but I think this one is particularly special in an understated way. It’s often the case when you first try something on you’re just not sure how to make it work, at least it was for me with this top from VINYL.  VINYL as a brand has built up quite a fervent following and it’s no wonder; they make great individual pieces, but when I tried this leather top on I just wasn’t feeling it.  That is until I added these trousers, part of the ‘Lia’ set from ELEGANCE BOUTIQUE.  The unusual cut-out feature below the hip and the fabric texture works really well against the short styling of the VINYL ‘Katy’ top and as a combination,  they’re perfect together.  They have a boho vibe, enhanced even further by this statement necklace by YUMMY for N21.  To complete the look I added a gorgeous style by RUNAWAY HAIR that I purchased at HAIR FAIR 2016, and added these absolutely perfect statement sandals from GLAMISTRY.  These ‘Columbine’ sandals are just divine; the perfect combination of strap and sole with fabulous details such as rivets and textured bands.  As you can see from the snap below they complement the trousers beautifully; both are so well constructed due to their texture choices that they just ooze quality. The snakeskin effect just takes the detailing on these onto the next level; they’re an absolute must-have for summer 2016! feet_001Oftentimes a look works for me because I can totally see myself wearing it in real life; this is one of those occasions.  A simple look that’s upscaled despite the simple styling due to the statement necklace and great textures; it’s my absolute favourite creation from the latest round of the MBA BI-MONTHLY for JULY 2016.

You’ve got just a few days left to enjoy the event, don’t delay! 

Kitty Wears: 

SKIN: AMARA BEAUTY ‘LIZA’ CATWA applier /MAITREYA body applier in 03 Peach    (Kitty wears this on Catwa ‘Gwen’ mesh head) 

Part of the ‘Buy Now’ event, links for demos as follows: 

EYES: IKON ‘Triumph Eyes’ eyes in  ‘Storm’

LASHES: ARTE ‘Gem Lashes’ (Catwa) Set 01 THE CHAPTER FOUR

SEPTUM RING: CHARY  -7 (Gold) RARE (No longer available, store closed) 

NOSE STUD: AMALA ‘The Circle Nose Stud’

NECKLACE: YUMMY  ‘Paradise Pendant Collection’ (Gold) N21

HAIR: RUNAWAY HAIR ‘Jenna’ (Ombres-materials) HAIR FAIR 2016

TOP: VINYL ‘Katy’ Leather Top (Maitreya)– MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

TROUSERS: ELEGANCE BOUTIQUE ‘Lia’ Ivory (Maitreya) – MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

SANDALS:  GLAMISTRY ‘Columbine’

(Poses are by Striking Poses and are so old it’s ridiculous, so sadly they’re not available in-world anymore..)

Any colour, as long as it’s black

JUDE_001I think I’ve mentioned before on these pages how much blogging has changed in general since I started all those years ago.  These days there’s far more emphasis on designers seeking out a select few bloggers to actively promote their wares, rather than bloggers approaching them directly.  The latter still happens, but I guess these days it’s a bit passe.  The general consensus is understood to be that you find out who’s looking for bloggers, and you see if you meet their criteria.  If you do meet their requirements then job’s a carrot and you apply and hope/pray/sacrifice to the Gods that you’re accepted.  Now there’s nothing wrong with this approach, but it does have flaws.  For example, designers can have certain criteria that some bloggers find very difficult to attain.  A recent example of this was DEAD DOLLZ.  Now, I’m a huge fan of the brand but I didn’t stand a cat in hell’s chance of being accepted as a blogger for them. Nor did a lot of other people, cue tantrums and snark and cries of “It’s not fair!” Perhaps it isn’t, but here’s the thing, if you make something and you’re going to give it away for free then I think it’s your right to choose who blogs it. Suck it up Buttercup, move along and if you like something THEN BUY IT! Yes, I know it seems to be the same bloggers who get the goodies every time; well, look at their work and you’ll see the reasons why they’ve been chosen. It sucks not to be selected, I get that.  After all my time in-world I still apply for events and I don’t qualify for many more, but I never give up.  (It comes down to this; blog for yourself, for enjoyment above all else, and anything else that comes along is a bonus!)

Anyway, I went to  THE BLACK FASHION FAIR 2016 this morning after a considerable lie-in (boy, I needed that!. ) I rezzed in-world and zoomed over to the event and I was generally very impressed by the quality of the wares on display.  I was also very pleased by the layout of the place; it’s easy to navigate and makes shopping very accessible. There’s a lot of lacey numbers on display, along with plenty of tops and short slinky dresses. I spotted some gorgeous gowns too, and some great jewellery.  (You’ll also find quite a few quality freebies, including a set of three poses from PURPLE POSES that you mustn’t forget to pick up.  PURPLE POSES are a great pose brand and I do like their work, so anything free from them is a proper treat!)

Anyway, going back to my intro I picked up this cracking dress with suspenders by DEAD DOLLZ at the event and I think it’s a bit of a corker. It’s called ‘Jude’, and is made for my Maitreya body so fits perfectly. The HUD that comes with it allows for a few texture change options along with metal and fabric colours for the suspenders, and three different stocking styles.  I’ve teamed it with a hairstyle that will be available at TRES CHIC.  It’s by BEUSY, and it’s called ‘Lolita’. This is a prime example of my trying something that I wasn’t too sure about and it working utterly perfectly.  I love the plait across the crown and the tendrils that frame the face. It’s also very easy to resize too, which helps!

Of course,  I’m still wearing my ‘Lucie’ skin that I blogged yesterday, along with DEESSES eyeshadow to emphasise my peepers, which are from BUZZ at THE EPIPHANY.  It takes a lot to get me out of my IKON eyeballs, but this brand is a close favourite of mine, and I luckily dropped a rare on my first try! I’m also sporting a few freebies in this shot.  First of all these earrings and my black manicure are all gifts from THE BLACK FASHION FAIR 2016, along with an aforementioned pose by PURPLE POSES. Last but not least my location is actually a prop that I won in a Gacha at TRES CHIC from L’etre.

Here’s your shopping list! Happy Saturday!

Kitty Wears:

SKIN: AMARA BEAUTY ‘Lucie’ CATWA applier /MAITREYA body applier in 02 Fair (worn with lipstick from matching lip palette) Available from WE ❤ ROLEPLAY 

HAIR: BEUSY ‘Lolita’ TRES CHIC

EYES: BUZZ  ‘Glacier Eyes-Storm (RARE)’  THE EPIPHANY

EYE MAKE-UP: DEESSES ‘Fierce’ Eyeshadow set (Catwa)

DRESS: DEAD DOLLZ ‘Jude’ THE BLACK FASHION FAIR 2016

SHOES: REIGN ‘Onyx Heels’ (Maitreya High)

EARRINGS: SN@TCH ‘Akasha’ Earrings – FREEBIE- THE BLACK FASHION FAIR 2016

MANICURE: PICHI ‘Black Manicure Nail Lacquer’ – FREEBIE- THE BLACK FASHION FAIR 2016

POSE: PURPLE POSES ‘Callie 02’-FREEBIE- THE BLACK FASHION FAIR 2016

PROP: L’ETRE ‘Contemporary Hall’ (From Gacha) TRES CHIC 

I have NO IDEA what to wear for Halloween…

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There’s *STILL* so much to do before Halloween, can you believe it’s finally here?! I’m frantically trying to decide on my outfit but failing miserably; there’s just too much choice this year! So, while I try to perfect my look I’m chilling out in my skybox home, experimenting with various make-ups and hairstyles.   One thing I absolutely adore about my virtual home is my LARK dresser that is covered in TRES BLAH items from various rounds of THE ARCADE.  Of course, there are cats everywhere (how many can you spot in this snap?) along with jewellery and styling products galore.  It’s a very Kitty-bedroom!Rummaging around in my many boxes helped me to rediscover a favourite from last year; my Mona Halloween Lingerie from BLACKLACE.  Via the nifty miracle that are OMEGA APPLIERS I got to be able to wear this set on my MAITREYA body. Swit swoo huh?  Add my go-to NCORE boots in their Halloween edition and I could pretty much out go as is; except I can’t decide which BLACKLACE undies to sport seeing as they’ve dropped another group gift upon us which is just as snazzy..Halloween_003

..see what I mean? This is the ‘Maddy’ Halloween gift , and I’m wearing it in purple (orange is included as well, yay!)  I’m also sporting the second hairstyle available at the latest round of UBER from LITTLE BONES while I do the dance of ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ around my bedroom as the cats stare at me in a bemused manner.

I still haven’t decided on my outfit for Halloween.

Kitty Wears:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.4

SKIN: Glam Affair Alice-America 04 NB

EYES: Ikon‘Charm Eyes’ (Brown)

BROWS: Just Magnetized ‘Diva Brows 03 – Brunette’

LASHES: Hush ‘Flirt’

EARS: Mandala ‘Steking’ Series 5

LIPS: PXL Sweet Lips

HAIRBASE: Gaja x Celebribase – Fran

JEWELLERY:   Cae ‘Eerie’ Necklace – Available on SL Marketplace HERE  and Yummy ‘Spiked Septum’ (Gold)

Picture one credits:

HAIRSTYLE: Little Bones ‘Luna’ (M) UBER SL

UNDERWEAR: Blacklace ‘Mona’ Halloween Gift 2014

LIPSTICK: Adored ‘Pop Lips’ (Sweet Lips)

EYELINER: Adored ‘Cherry Bomb’ Winged liner (tintable)

BOOTS: N-Core ‘Alexandra’ Halloween Edition

POSE: Get Bent ‘Call Me fluffy One More Time I Dare You’ (No longer in-world, sadly)

Picture two credits:

HAIRSTYLE: Little Bones’Creme’ (L) UBER SL

UNDERWEAR: Blacklace ‘Maddy’ Halloween Gift 2015

LIPSTICK: Adored ‘Pop Lips’ (Sweet Lips)

EYELINER:Adored ‘Cherry Bomb’ Winged liner (tintable)

POSE: Kokolores – Lazin #1

Kittywitchin has had over 200,000 page views!

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I’m feeling quite emotional today, but in a good way.  Y’see, overnight Kittywitchin’ surpassed 200000 page views, and for me that is an enormous personal achievement.  I’m absolutely stoked by this.

As I’ve written many times before Kittywitchin’ has never been anything other than the blog of an ardent Second Life hobbyist; and even after 8 years of writing about Second Life I’ve still got so much to learn about the darn place!  But one thing has remained constant, and that is the love I have for the virtual world that I also call home.

This past fortnight has been a challenge.  Windows 10 really messed up my ability to log in and blog, but slowly and surely (and thanks to my amazing tech-wizard boyfriend) things are starting to get back to normal. My PC isn’t quite as sick as it was, and I can actually rez in-world for the moment without crashing spectacularly. Huzzah!

Not being able to log in really brought it home how much my virtual life means to me.  I was in despair at a few points during the week. It’s beyond a habit for me now;  I do actually have to log-in as part of my day, even if just for a few minutes.  I’m like Parzival in ‘Ready Player One’ logging into the Oasis on a daily basis and  although I don’t  yet have a haptic suit and gloves,  I do have 3D glasses and I hope to get an Oculus Rift when they (hopefully) launch in Spring 2016.  That will bring a whole new element to my time in world!

What is Kittywitchin’s next goal? Well, for the immediate future it’s to keep writing about Second Life.  But further on down the line I don’t know if I will be writing about Second Life or Project Sansar. As someone who adores her current virtual existence the idea of leaving this occasionally buggy and often frustrating world for a next-gen platform is actually quite hard to even contemplate at the moment.

So until then Kittywitchin’ will carry on, faithfully documenting the many shopping trips I make, the events that  I visit and most of all sharing with you the fun that I hope, no I’m sure, that I will continue to have in this mad, crazy metaverse that I call home.

Thank you so very much for reading my blog.

(Now, if everyone can just get out of Kustom 9 so I can get in, that would be super-awesome!)