MBA, FLF and Project Limited too!

shopping_006As I type this, David Bowie is playing in the background.  I’m listening to the 1983 album ‘Let’s Dance’ which features some absolutely astonishing tracks, including some personal favourites such as the title track, along with ‘China Girl’ and ‘Cat People (Putting Out Fire)’.

I’ve always loved David Bowie; I saw ‘Ashes To Ashes’ on TOTP as a little girl and became fascinated with him.  The fact that he’s gone is such a loss, but what a legacy he has left behind, and his last album, ‘Blackstar’ is definitely worthy of your time, although it now makes for a poignant listen.

I’d say this look is Bowie-inspired, but that would be a bit cheeky of me; it isn’t really, although the flash of colour to my lips and the slightly punk feel to my outfit would be perfect for wearing to a concert of his.  Alas, I’ll never get the chance now.

KITTY WEARS:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.4

HEAD: Lelutka ‘Stella’ HUD 1.3 (worn with GLAM AFFAIR ‘Laura’ applier, Asia tone)

EYES: IKON Triumph Eyes – ‘Dusk’

EARS: Mandala ‘Steking’ V. 3

HAIR: Barberyumyum 73 (brown) FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY

TOP: Valentina E  ‘Gwen’ Tank & Peekaboo Bra (Khaki) FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY

SKIRT: D E Designs ‘Sheryl’ Skirt MESH BODY ADDICTS BI MONTHLY

ACCESSORIES:

:Z.S: Pagan choker –  Witch PROJECT LIMITED
[Z O O M] Lince Eyes Glasses PROJECT LIMITED

POSE:  Get Bent (no longer in world, sorry!) ‘Lean This Way’

A Gentle Halloween..

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Can there be such a thing? Well, for this post I wanted to create a softer, gentler look for Halloween.  Not everyone wants their costumes to be super-loud and in your face with props and sound effects and all sorts of nasty.  Some people like a subtler approach, and I found that incredibly easy to do courtesy of a few fabulous bits and bobs that I discovered at THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR.

First of all I’m wearing a skin by a brand that I’ve never worn before, ‘Jennifer’ by LURE.  It’s not a bad skin at all actually: the body looks pretty good and the skin tone looks nice and constant across my MAITREYA body. The face is pretty too, although the brows weren’t to my preference at all.  Fortunately a NB option meant I could add some ZOUL CREATIONS eyebrows to make for a very lovely face indeed.  I’m not wearing any cosmetics other than the brow add-on and I think you’ll agree with me that as faces go she’s lovely.  With that in mind I think she’s a great choice for a basic everyday wear skin.

So an understated outfit for an understated skin is required, and some of the separates on sale at THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR more than meet my requirements.  You can’t go wrong with simple yet quality pieces in SECOND LIFE, but the texturing has to be spot on. These ‘Seleste’ tops by VISION are super simple to wear yet very effective because their colours are nice and bright and the surface looks perfect.  An absolute wardrobe staple and incredibly cheap at the price too; a fatpack costs L$799 and contains 15 tops in a shade for every occasion. I wouldn’t normally do this but I would say if you have the Linden you might want to consider splashing out on the fatpack because you will get so much wear out of these tops! (A three-pack of tops costs L$199 btw, still great value but that fatpack is where it’s at!)

My top was easy enough to sort out, but what about the bottom? Trousers? Nah, I fancied a nice skirt and instead of raiding my virtual closet for a denim number, as is my usual choice, I decided to go for something super girly. This ABSOLUT VENDETTA Skater Skirt is just the ticket and totally works with the VISION top, it’s like they were made for each other! What witchcraft is this?!   In fact, I am not one at all for dotty prints but I absolutely adore the texture on this skirt; it’s charming and the colour perfectly complements my hair and hat, which are incidentally gifts available  from WASABI PILLS (hair) and LYRICAL & BABYSTEPS at TRUNK OR TREAT 2015.

To finish is my only purchase from FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAYS this week, and whenever LIVALLE is featured I’m there quick as a flash.  I absolutely adore LIVALLE footwear, it’s so beautifully made and packaged and to get two pairs of suitably spooky heels (one orange and one black) for just Fifty Lindens is a real treat indeed.

So there you have it; a nice gentle Halloween look for the more introverted amongst us.  What do you think?

Kitty Wears:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.4

SKIN: Lure ‘Jennifer’ (NB) MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR

EYES: IKON  ‘Triumph Eyes’ Armor (S) (OLD GROUP GIFT)

EYEBROWS: Zoul Creations Eyebrow Set 03-Black

LASHES: Hush ‘Flirt’

HAIRBASE: GAJA X Celebribase – Fran

HAIRSTYLE: Wasabi Pills ‘Chanel’ Licorice GROUP GIFT

TOP: Vision ‘Seleste’ MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR

SKIRT: Absolut Vendetta  – Skater Skirt  MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR

SHOES: Livalle ‘Rhiannon’ Platform Heels (Orange Bat) FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY (May still be available! Go see!)

PIERCING: Yummy – Spiked Septum (Gold)

HAT: Lyrical & Babysteps ‘Witch Hat Hairband’ FREEBIE FROM TRUNK OR TREAT 2015

POSE:  K&S ‘Seductive Lady 4’

QUEEN OF THE CATS

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I was determined to tidy up my skybox this weekend.  By tidy I mean put away some random things with the goal of freeing up prims for the onset of THE ARCADE. TL;DR didn’t happen; instead I ended up playing around with make-up and lip appliers and dancing around with my virtual cats and basically doing anything but the tasks I’d set myself.  So at the end of it all the skybox still looks like a pigsty, there’s still a cat sat in the sink and stuff everywhere BUT I look fabulous.

And by fabulous I do mean absolutely yummy in an exciting and windsept and interesting manner. I’m still wearing my FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY GLAM AFFAIR skin from a couple of weeks ago, but I’ve added some eyeshadow from it that I picked up at THE VINTAGE & COOL FAIR from LA BOHEME.  I wrote a few posts back about how impressed I was with this brand and that still stands..  I also rummaged around in my inventory for a lip applier that would set off the eyeshadow and found this little belter from a collection of pinks that I had in my inventory by ADORED BODYSHOP. Add some IKON eyes into the mix, along with my fave JUST MAGNETISED brows and you’re almost ready…

I say almost because hair is obviously the next logical step, and I thought I’d give my virtual roots a break after the dizzy heights of the VANITY HAIR updos that I’ve been sporting recently.  So I went simple and picked up this dandy ‘Torniquet’ hairstyle from MOON.  This was their FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY offering this week and it just goes to show that you should never dismiss FLF for throwing up cracking items.  Some weeks it can be a little hit and miss, but never forget to check it out just in case you miss something that you’ll spend your weekend kicking yourself over.  (I speak from experience, I’ve done it many times so I now have a reminder in my phone to tell me to check out FLF, it helps!)

To finish I added a FOXES jumper (that was their contribution to August’s MIX event) and a skirt from JUST BECAUSE, a group gift that is rather smashing indeed!

And then I sat on the floor and played with my cats.  It’s a hard virtual life…

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Kitty Wears:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.4

SKIN: Glam Affair ‘Katra’ (Polar) August NB

EYEBROWS: Just Magnetized – Diva Brows – Brunette02

EYES: IKON  ‘Vanity Eyes’ Denim

LASHES: Hush ‘Flirt’

LIPS: PXL Sweet Lips

EYELINER: La Boheme Glamour Eyes ‘Hecate’ S4 -8  – VINTAGE & COOL FAIR

LIPSTICK:   Adored ‘Desire Lips-Back To The Fuchsia’

EARS: Mandala ‘Steking’ Series 5 (Pixie)

HAIR: Moon ‘Tourniquet’ -Noir

TATTOO: Reckless ‘Joon II’

Outfit:

TOP: Foxes Sweater – Light Graphics (Maitreya Fit)

SKIRT: Just Because: Denim Lace Skirt – Pink (Group Gift-Maitreya Fit)

SHOES: Reign – Adley Wedges (Violet)

POSES: (Top Picture) AMITIE-Summer 03 (Second Pic) STATUS -Godiva Long Drape 

Windlight Used: CANIMOD

LOTD: Marsala Mondays

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Sometimes Fifty Linden Friday throws up an absolute blinder of an item.  Over the years I’ve seen all kinds of absolutely brilliant bargains featured every week, and this Friday past was no exception when I TP’d into GLAM AFFAIR and purchased their latest offering at the bargain fifty linden price. ‘Katra’, as she is called, is an absolutely cracking skin, but not because of any particular make-up style or enhancements.  She’s actually pretty plain and almost boring really, but POW! does she make a cracking canvas to add colour to, as I hope the photographs featured with this post prove; ‘Katra’ is an absolutely beautiful skin.  There’s a reason AIDA EWING is one of the most popular skin designers in-world, and this skin serves as a firm reminder  of that fact.  ‘Katra’ was available  in the ‘Polar’ tone (which is about as pale as I’ll go when it comes to skins) and it doesn’t feature much facially other than a hint of blush swept across the cheekbones and some very simple shading to the eye.  However, once I threw my PXL Sweet Lips into the mix in a gorgeous shade of Crimson, and added some eye-liner then ‘Katra’ really seemed to come alive.   The base tone (when viewed in CalWL) has an almost translucent quality to it, and it looks beautiful across the entire body, not just the face.  This is a skin that wears very well indeed. I decided to adorn myself in the No Brow version of the skin which meant I could add my NAR MATTARU ‘Nova’ brows into the mix.  I’m really into changing the way my skins look by way of eyebrows and hairbases at the moment,  and these ‘Nova’ brows are an excellent addition to any inventory, offering a lovely sculpted shape that I would absolutely kill for in real life.  Thank goodness for Second Life, eh?

I’m still wearing my absolutely sensational ‘Emily’ hair from ACTION INKUBATOR at the moment too, and it will take nothing short of a miracle for me to wear a different style at the moment because  I’m way too in love with this style.  so instead of new hair, I added some new ears,  (Only in Second Life can you write a sentence like that!) with my chosen tabs being the latest version of the popular STEKING ears from MANDALA.

Mandala’s original STEKING ears were my very first mesh-ear purchase in-world and I recall at the time wondering if they would be worth it.  Many blog posts later I can confirm that yes, they were indeed worth every single linden because they were, and still remain, absolutely brilliant ears to sport in-world and just add that extra element of authenticity into the mix.  I have a number of pairs of mesh ears in my virtual box of delights nowadays and I really don’t feel virtually dressed without them.Snapshot_006

What’s different about this  latest STEKING release are the options that are included; you have the choice of human, pixie or full blown elf-ears along with piercings and best-of-all, tattoos.  Not just your common or garden tattoos either; these are full-colour and are either positioned along the main part of the ear, along the cartilage or at the very tip. It’s the tattoos at the tip that are particularly attractive and make these ears so striking however you choose to wear them.  In fact, if you’re a regular FLICKR viewer here’s a challenge for you – count how many store ads and modelling shots you see these featured in.  That’s how I discovered them myself.  (They are pretty ubiquitous at the moment  BUT please don’t let that put you off purchasing them. There’s often a reason something becomes so popular in Second Life that everyone you see seems to own it and that’s because said item is so well-made that you’d be foolish not to indulge!)

So onto my actual outfit which  this rather adorable dress from MUKA.  It’s incredibly simple but well-shaped and *just* qualifies as a dress (although you can add a denim skirt/shorts underneath with ease).  You know, I’m turning into my mother, I really am, because when I first saw this I was convinced it was a top, rather than a dress.   (Another example? OK well there’s a cracking denim skirt at this round of KUSTOM 9 but my first instinct when I saw it was to scoff “Skirt? SKIRT? Bloody belt more like!” I’m blaming such a reaction on age…) Anyway, top or dress it doesn’t really matter because it fits well (I used the bespoke Maitreya fit included in the pack) and looks very pretty too.

I raided my inventory jewellery box for something that would work with my look in a relaxed manner, and found the ‘Savannah’ bracelets from the ever-amazing MAXI GOSSAMER were just the ticket.   Around my neck I’ve added this absolutely outstanding ‘Spirit Animal’ necklace from ATOMIC at COLLABOR88.  I’m wearing the owl design because cats for some mad reason aren’t included but fortunately for me owls are my other favourite animals (Great Greys in particular, I love their massive moon-like faces) after my feline obsessions.

To finish I elected to add some body art and to that end I’m sporting an astonishingly awesome leg tattoo that would surely make even Cheryl Cole wince.  This absolute beauty of a body art piece is from RECKLESS and is actually an old group member gift. I love it when brands offer their group members treats such as this one; it really makes joining a group worthwhile and definitely makes you feel that as a customer you’re held in high regard…
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..which is evidently what Gospel Voom must think judging by the absolute stormer of a group gift he’s bestowed upon us this month.    His ‘Skull Chain Sandals’ have proved to be a real hit in-world and it’s not hard to see why; they’re beautifully crafted and absolutely worth your time zooming in and out in a shoe-loving frenzy.  They’re so bloody pretty!  Like all of Gos’s footwear releases  these  shoes look so real that it feels like you could reach into your monitor and pick them up.  They’re beautifully styled and the small skull is incredibly well detailed for its size.  And just when you think it couldn’t be any better these shoes are gifted to us in the sensational ‘Marsala’ shade, which is the Pantone colour of 2015, don’tcha know. (If you follow that link it will take you to a page that displays colour pairings for the Marsala shade-handy when you’re looking to match something fantastic with these shoes, and trust me they deserve nothing less!)

I love it when a look comes together, and I do think this one is rather special.  What do you think Kitty Readers?

Basic Look:

Skin: GLAM AFFAIR – Katra – Polar – August NB

Eyeliner: NAR MATTARU Zoe Makeups (Eyes) Liner

Brows: NAR MATTARU Nova Brows (High) Black

Hair Base: GAJA X Celebribase – Fran

Ears: MANDALA ‘Steking-Season 5’

Eyes: NAR MATTARU Just The Basics : Green

Lashes: HUSH Lashes – Flirt (bottom)

Lips: [PXL] Sweet Lips  v1.4

Mesh Body, hands and feet: MAITREYA ‘Lara’ V 3.4

Outfit:

Hairstyle: ACTION INKUBATOR ‘Emily’

Dress:  MUKA Sophia – Peach – M

Shoes:  GOS Skull Chain Sandals – Marsala – [Maitreya]

Accessories:

Nose Ring: MONS  – Dreamer Septum Ring (style-4) black COLLABOR88

Bracelets: MAXI GOSSAMER – ‘Savannah’

Tattoo: RECKLESS – Joon II (Group Gift)

Necklace: ATOMIC ‘Spirit Animal’ – Owl COLLABOR88