Caught up in the Rapture..

You know, pauldrons need to be a fashion thing again, they really do. they add so much oomph to an otherwise simple outfit, and this dress from RAPTURE screams ‘Pauldrons!’ Well, OK, it doesn’t really, but the simple yet super-effective one shoulder styling of this fitmesh frock yearns for you to accessorize, accessorise, ACCESSORISE! So I did, I added the aforementioned pauldrons that I found on the marketplace after a quick search. I also added the latest style from TRUTH to hit the grid at UBER, along with these fantastic biker chic gloves by RE ( also from UBER– it’s a spectacular round this month!)

This dress would also look just as good with a scarf or a chunky collar and thigh-high boots too.  This look makes me think Hollywood’s version of Cleopatra, but with a 21st-century vibe.

 

 

Let’s Get Some Shoes

I can never say the word ‘shoes’ without this going through my head..anyway, it’s Shoetopia, and if you want to buy some sho..erm, footwear then this is the event to visit!

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I had a very brief flit around and saw some pairs that caught my eye; not all of them for myself but I could see plenty of friends wearing.  In fact,  if I’m being honest there were only a few pairs that appealed to me especially, although there were some cracking male shoes this year that I’ll get Jez to tell you all about.  The shoe styles I did like though will be featuring in some of my future blog posts, starting with this pair, ‘Raquel’ by DEAD DOLLZ. These are a classic high heel design with a simple but very effective ruffle on the back; they’re fancy, but not OTT, and the gentle criss-cross toe bar and elegant ankle strap balance them perfectly.   Also included are hosiery socks to wear with the shoe via HUD, featuring 12 colours and on/off feature.  Incidentally at FAMESHED this month there is some coordinating hosiery to complete the look (which I’m wearing here in my picture) too. I’m also sporting some BAIASTICE lingerie in this shot too, the lovely ‘Guepiere’ set in lace black, also available at the latest round of FAMESHED. To finish my look I added my NERIDO ‘Chic’ Bolero jacket along with my AVAWAY ‘Gwen’ ribbon corset choker. (All basic kitty look details can be found HERE) Incidentally, the pose in this photo is NOT from the pop I’m sprawled across, it’s from the ‘Saucy’ shoe pose set by INFINITI which is also at SHOETOPIA.

Click HERE to go get some shoes.  Click here to feed your soul at FAMESHED.

 

As Pure As The Driven Snow

..of which, we have plenty in the UK.  I swear I’m starting to get cabin fever! Anyhoo, following on from my last post raging about events is a look I cobbled together purely from shopping at two of them: FROU FROU and BLUSH. Now, you know my thoughts on FROU FROU so I won’t go over them again here.  BLUSH is a different beast, it follows a more conventional in-world format; there are no surprise layouts or quirks. When you first rez into the event you’re in a room which is pretty much filled with awesomeness. Seriously, this is where the majority of the quality is at, and I relished looking around at the lovely things that were on offer. I’m guessing this initial room cost a bit more to be included in than the second, which is a far more mixed bag; after you’ve exhausted all your shopping options in the main room and wander into the second you’ll still find great designers such as WASABI. EXILE, KIBITZ and ATOMIC to name check just a few, but if I’m being honest there are a few slightly ropey inclusions. But let me stress I’m NOT applying that to everything in the room, there are some excellent contributions to be found but it lacks the overall consistency of the first.  That said I certainly spent enough in both rooms, which contributed to my pulling this rather fabulous look together!Sweet Dreams

It’s all about layering and the purity of white, contrasted with a peekaboo bra and a cracking bolero jacket.  This is one of those occasions where I wish I had bought a ruddy fatpack rather than a few singles, but hey ho…  The jacket is really very pretty and detailed well; a textured base with fluted edging tape all the way around, and it’s tied with a bow.  Above that, I am wearing the glorious wee AVAWAY ‘Gwen’ corset collar with contrasting metal trim.  It comes with a very extensive hud enabling you to change the colour of the ribbons and the metal filigree frame.

My underwear is of course from FROU FROU, as I have simply adored that event. This peek a boo bra and panty set is from ABRASIVE. The ‘Lustful Lingerie’ set hugs the curves and really turns heads, which admittedly does tend to happen when your norks are out, even in Second Life. To complete the look I added some rather lovely AMD lace garters along with some favourite LUXURIA stockings. Last but not least, some vintage style glasses from MULLOY and the hairstyle that I really cannot get enough of at the moment, ‘Lady’ By TRUTH,  My poses are a cracking discovery that I made at BLUSH, they’re by POSEIDON and the set is called ‘Flirtation’ Who’da thunk it, huh?

Despite the obvious sauciness of this look I actually think it’s incredibly beautiful, hope you do too!

All look details included in article text; Kitty’s current basic look (avatar skin, ears etc) can be found HERE. 

Friday Thoughts: On events and all that stuff..

In recent months there’s been a lot of talk about the noticeable changes in attitudes towards shopping that avatars seem to be making.  Basically, events, fairs and gacha-centric occasions don’t seem to pull in the crowds like they used to.  There are probably zillions of reasons for this, but I have a few of my own.  For one, there have been too many piss poor events that have clearly been about making cash rather than shopper experience.  Avatars are people behind keyboards after all, and there’s only so long that shoddy workmanship will be tolerated before people start to not care.  Event quality is EVERYTHING. That doesn’t just mean the quality of the goods that are on sale, but also the environment. If you put the effort in, then you’ll reap the rewards, I guarantee it.

One example of this in recent weeks has been FROU FROU.  Now, I’ve blogged about this event before but it really has been the gift that keeps on giving; the event environment is exquisite, and the items on display are top notch. I’ve spent a serious amount of money at this event because it’s been such a pleasure to shop at, and I really hope the event organisers and content creators know that.  In fact, if you’re reading this and you’re one of them, please know it’s been a sheer delight.

We’re into March now and events are coming thick and fast, and yeah, we’re starting to see a repeat of a familiar pattern; a few quality well-established gigs and a whole lotta shambles. My absolute pet hate at events is when they include content creators who have bought a few mesh templates, a few textures and thrown something together to call themselves a creator.  Now, I know everyone starts somewhere BUT I’ve no time for this kind of shit. We don’t need crappy textures from 2011 and ill-fitting garbage, we want beautiful shapes, textures, original mesh and amazing ideas!

So here’s a plea to content creators and to event organisers: make 2018 the year that you raise your standards and kick out the trash.  Don’t accept shoddy workmanship from prospective participants just because they’ve paid you a few Lindens to be included.

Build your event reputation, make it an event that people buzz about.  Trust me, word travels fast and if it’s a good one we’ll flock to it! Before you try to make your event quirky and original, get the basics right: make the location easy to navigate, with clear vendor displays and purchase points. Get a listing in the events guide, be selective about promotion using excellent photography and PR.  Have a proper organisational team that works, and don’t make it all about profit.  If you want to succeed, start off by concentrating on making your event a success by putting reputation above profit.  Invite the best to cultivate the best. If you build it properly, I promise we will come.  Oh, and here’s a call to my fellow avatars too; please for the love of all that is holy don’t bloody buy anything at crappy events, because it’s only by showing our distaste for them will we see their end.

I don’t know about you dear reader but I really want 2018 to see a real change in the avatar shopping experience; so let us all spend our money at the events that place principles before profit and ensure that both content creator and customer have a cracking time.

Oh, and here’s a promise from me as a blogger; I’ll call shit out when I see it, too.

**The event I’ve mentioned in this post, FROU FROU runs until March 10th.  Go and see it to understand where I’m coming from, and buy some new knickers while you’re at it **