Saturday night, Sunday Morning

Saturday night, Sunday Morning

Like I said in my last post, I’m all about the kitty-prints at the moment!

It’s not hard to find Leopard print items on the grid and they can look both really funky and chic. I created two different looks for a weekend that both feature Leopard print.

My first look is perfect for a raucous Saturday night bash at a local rock club. In real life, this combo (wombo combo! Ahem, sorry ;P)  would be ideal ‘cos if you got too hot and sweaty at a gig you could take off the shrug and tie it around your waist, and the print pants just scream rock and roll!

My two key parts to this look are a mesh shrug with tube-top from Cynful, and some jeans from Waffle. 


Cynful is a beautiful, high-end store that really stands out from the crowd. Walking into the store truly is a feast for the eyes with all the wares beautifully presented and the colours zinging out at you. It’s like a colour-swatch brought to life, making for a really enjoyable shopping experience.  I love whizzing around the store to see what’s new, and when I saw ‘Shruggable’ I knew it had to be mine!

‘Shruggable’ includes both mesh shrug and mesh tube top and comes in a glorious array of colours. I opted for black , so that I can mix and match both the shrug and top with other items in my inventory.  The shrug costs L$290 a pop, with an applier costing L$100.

This makes for an expensive item, but I think when you consider the versatility these pieces add to your wardrobe, as well as the fact that they’re mesh and beautifully textured (as is everything in store) the benefits outweigh the cost.  You’re paying for quality after all, Cynthia Ultsch’s designs are not cheap and the clothing sure reflects that.

Waffle! by contrast is cheap and cheerful and hurrah for that! This store comes straight from the imagination of the delightful Kiki Paine, and is located in the Dream Valley Plaza; a really neat and modern circular shopping zone.

Like Cynful the store itself is laid out in a really appealing manner and features some great items ranging from tattoos to underwear and separates, and you’ll find lots of outfits here that feature appliers as standard.  (I purchased my Camo drawstring tube-top from here, and that’s fast becoming a favourite of mine.) There’s a lot of choice in store, with the ‘Troublemaker Lingerie’ being especially alluring,  but my must-have item from here are the ‘Rock Chick Leopard Jeans’.  Not only are they a bargain at L$99 a throw, and come in a choice of five fabulous colours, but they look bloody brilliant worn  and go with loads of things lurking in my inventory, and looked excellent when worn with the Shruggable!

I teamed the outfit with a couple of necklaces; one which I’ve worn for a while now which is the Chinese motif necklace that’s sold as part of an outfit by Ducknipple. The Owl necklace was one of those things I’d forgotten that I had in my inventory, as you do. It was a happy find for me then, and funnily enough, it was from Happy Finds! (Run by the best named avatar in Second Life – Annoyingjapanesechild.dinosaur. Seriously!)  I’ve no idea how I forgot that it was there because I love owls, and this necklace is really well made and super cute to boot.

To finish I’m still wearing the Belleza skin, ‘Ava’ that I acquired a few weekends ago. I just LOVE the eye-make up on this skin, which is making it really hard to take off. (I’m into eye-make up on skins in a big way at the moment.) Fortunately by buying some lip colours I can make it more versatile, but I do wish there were more eye make-ups like this in store!

Finally the hair is by Elikatira. The sale was due to finish on the 23rd; and I confess that I haven’t visited in the past few days because if I had I would have probably bought the store. The sale sign did mention all styles would be retired once it finished; I have mixed feelings about that because part of me doesn’t want anyone else to miss out on the fabulousness that is Elikatira hair, but on the other hand I kinda like the idea of exclusivity that retirement sales bring. (Although judging by how many people purchased hair, most of the grid probably has this style anyway!) But here’s the thing, retiring these items means that new stock will be coming soon. Can you imagine? Squee! (And rumour has it that it will be mesh! Double yay!)


Of course, after  Saturday night must come come Sunday morning, and my guess is that you’d be nursing a hangover and wanting something comfortable to wear.  (I picture Kitty about to go for Sunday lunch in this outfit. In real life I guess the skirt would be a teensy-weensy bit too short but hey, this is Second Life so I can wear my skirt how I want!)

For this look I teamed a lovely’ Nia’ jumper from Sn@tch with this scrummy mesh print skirt from Tentacio.  The sweater adds a little Schoolwear-chic, don’t you think? I’ve watched the store rise over the years and I’m so chuffed by how it has evolved and succeeded.   Ivey Deschanel works damn hard at her designs and there is some amazing clothing to be found there. 

There are now lots of lovely mesh items to choose from, and I’m delighted that her range of clothing with appliers is increasing, as this picture shows. Even if the darker side of fashion isn’t your thing, I would still pay Sn@tch a visit, and I doubt that you’ll come back empty-handed. (Trust me on this, you won’t.)

Once you’ve drooled all over my sweater, be sure to check out my skirt. I’m so excited by this mesh skirt! (Can you even be excited by a skirt? LOL)

I don’t wear skirts that often in-world  but since finding this wee beauty I’ve not taken it off. Even better there are a few more to choose from in the range and they’re a fabulous price of just L$70!  Incidentally if you haven’t checked out Tentacio before then I insist you stop reading and go there NOW. It’s just totally brilliant, oozing hipster styling from every pore and the prices are fantastic.

To finish the look I elected to wear my ‘Tassels’ necklace from Glow Studio, and the rather fetching Jamie hairstyle by Wasabi Pills, which is fast becoming a favourite hair store of mine. I love the textures that they use on their hair in store, and it’s a must visit for long-hair lovers. The Jamie style is beautifully crafted and I love the way it drapes over the shoulder and across the face.  (It doesn’t interfere with mesh bewbs either !)

So what do you think? I hope you like both these looks as much as I do, and I am certainly having fun wearing them. And speaking of fun, see the jukebox that I’m standing in front of? Isn’t it bloody glorious!  It’s from ‘The Stuff Store’, and the stuff that they sell is rather special indeed!  I first discovered them when I decided to buy Dad something nice for his new pad. I thought a juke box would be ideal to finish off the bar area against his home, so I did a search on the marketplace and found ‘The Juke’. This mesh creation evokes a golden era, as does most of the other retro ‘stuff’ in Crias Rowlands’ eclectic store.  It comes in both Modern and Retro versions, is mesh and weighs in at just 8 prims, which is astonishing when you consider the detail. It serves as a land radio featuring 80 stations, so there should be music available to suit every taste, and something I really like is the fluorescent tubing on the front of the unit which, when switched on, creates the perfect ambience.  It really is a stunning, substantial piece of kit and really turns your house into a home.

Well that’s me sorted for the weekend, I’m just gonna sit in front of my Juke and enjoy some tunes I think!

Whatever you’re doing in world this weekend, real or virtual, I hope it’s a corker, and if you’re bored why not check out the stores I’ve listed in this post? Happy shopping!

Fifty Linden Friday is BACK!

Fifty Linden Friday is BACK!

…from the mists of time! Yes, that’s right readers, one of the most popular and quintessential Second Life events ever has returned to grace the grid.

Yup, I’m talking about Fifty Linden Friday and it’s back with a bang, crash and wallop even bigger and better than before:)

(Happy sigh) It’s as though it never went away, and it was a real joy to see that the crowds were out in force earlier as I toured the vendors for all fifteen  participants.  I’m delighted to say that the quality of the goods hasn’t diminished one jot.

This time around you’re looking at items from:

Fri.Day 􀀋
Meshworx 􀀍
Pig 􀀁
Wasabi Pills 􀀈
Funky Junk 􀀀
One Bad Pixel 􀀆
Adore & Abhor 􀀊
Glitterati 􀀇
Schadenfreude 􀀃
Glow Studio 􀀉
Cheeky Pea 􀀏
Ingenue 􀀅
Surf Co 􀀄

And there are some absolute must have purchases too. The lamp and frame from Meshworks,  the mesh boots from Deco, the totally gorgeous bob that I’m wearing in both pictures from Wasabi Pills and the make-up from Adore & Abhor all made my list.  (I’m wearing the eyeliner in this shot, looks great doesn’t it?) I also treated myself to the plum babytux lingerie from One Bad Pixel, but an absolute MUST BUY this week has to be Glitterati’s amazing photo prop, featuring 5 poses which come to life when you add shadows. Astonishing, and it  meant I could make this amazing wee picture below:

Kitty’s adventures in ‘The Dressing Room’

Kitty’s adventures in ‘The Dressing Room’

If you’ve never frequented ‘The Dressing Room’ in Second Life then BOY are you in for a treat. There are two of them; the original, and another called ‘The Dressing Room Blue’ and you *must* visit both because they feature some glorious items from some of Second Life‘s most esteemed and original designers at rock bottom prices.

It gives you a fabulous opportunity to try a famous designer’s work that you may have always wanted to experience but were a little unsure about, without going way over budget.
Here’s a prime example; I’ve never worn a ‘Your Skin & Your Shape‘ skin before and more fool me for not trying. So, I’m now wearing one and you really will have to peel it off me because it’s a ruddy corker.
In fact, It has to be one of the most seductive and alluring skins I’ve worn in a very long time.
It’s called ‘Adriana Technicolor-TDR 9‘ and it comes with an astounding list of options,: cleavage, freckles and black hairbase all included.
I’m wearing it with one of my own shapes here, ‘Sophie’ (coming soon!) and I just think it is a total bobby-dazzler, as they say in these ‘ere parts.
What really makes this skin is the eyeshadow; It’s just so unspeakably beautiful and very technicolor indeed as the name suggests with shades that are all blended extremely well, meaning that it retains a softness in the eye area that some other skins struggle to achieve. The lips by comparison are understated with adequate shading and highlight that suggest a moistness and dewy quality, but truth be told I don’t think that these are as well done as the eyes. Sod that though because no one will really be taking any notice of them. This one is all about the peepers!
Any complaints? I have just one, and that is the shading under the bust doesn’t work so well; it seems a tad wishy-washy by comparison to the striking cleavage above. I can see the reasoning behind this; the artist is trying to create an illusion of shadow but it doesn’t quite work in my opinion. That said, no one can see an under-cleavage when you’re wearing a tee can they? In other words, don’t be put off. It’s a really minor criticism and this skin is a more than worthwhile addition to your collection. I am just LOVING it.
Oh I forgot to tell you how much didn’t I?’s L$70. I KNOW!!!!! Amazing huh?

Ok, moving on to the hair that I am sporting and this is also a Dressing Room find, but this time it’s from the ‘Dressing Room Blue‘. It’s called Layne and it’s by Exile, so you just know that it’s going to be awesome don’t you? You get four colours in the pack (blonde, red, black and brown) for L$60!! It’s enough to have you hopping up and down with excitement..which I did, obviously:) It’s a messy layered style with a loosely gathered pony-tail. I love the loose tendrils that frame the face, and it’s the perfect compliment to the skin.
This look is completed by the addition of a fantastic Glow Studio necklace. It’s called ‘Baked Steel’ and has a fabulous sheen to it, a very simple structured piece but by golly it’s rather bloody fabulous. Again, it’s an utterly stupid bargain at just L$50. I do like Glow Studio products very much and it’s always worth a visit for funky jewellery that will complete an outfit;  fortunately TDR features a number of their items which means you can fill your virtual jewellery box for next to nowt.
It really is worth visiting both TDR locations just for the feeling of elation and smugness you get when you leave, safe in the knowledge that you’ve just got some of the best bargains on the grid and are going to look utterly astonishing.
Let’s recap; A YS & YS skin for L$70, hair for L$60 and a necklace for L$50. That’s L$180, under L$200 for the lot…unbelievable.
And to think, I haven’t even told you about the Tuli exclusive skin ( it’s yummy!)
Or the Baiastice frock (Pure couture elegance!)
Salivating yet? If you want to take a peek at what’s on offer check out the fabulous Dressing Room blog, then grab your purse and go shopping. Have a cracking time!