Witchy Wednesdays /Jewelry Fair 2014 The Willow Necklace By Aisling

Snapshot_003 So Jewelry Fair 2014 kicks off on September 13th (my real-life birthday as well! WOOT!) and guys it is going to be great. I’ve had the privilege of having a sneaky wander around the rather excellent build and can tell you now, you need to get yourself some Lindens because there are some seriously stunning baubles and trinkets on display that you will NEED to buy.  

It runs from Sept 13th-28th and you’ll find that all tastes and genres are accommodated perfectly well, and I’m pretty confident that there will be something for everyone on display. You’ll find a plethora of stunning jewelry from well-known and not so well known designers; from simple statement pieces to the more avant-garde items that Lady Gaga herself would be proud to sport.   As well as amazing necklaces there are tiaras, wedding and engagement rings, earrings galore, wristwatches, bracelets, bangles and all kinds of piercings too! It’s impossible for me to list every item, but I can assure you that your visit will not leave you disappointed.

Here’s an example of the awesome that awaits you.  This stunning necklace, ‘Willow’, features a pentacle set against the backdrop of a beautifully rendered tree with branches reaching skyward and roots pushing down into the earth below. (Click HERE for a better look)

It’s part of a collection that will be available at the event from AISLING called ‘Sortilege’. The necklace comes with a HUD so that you can change the metal colours of the necklace and you can re-size too.  Oh, and it’s materials enabled as well, meaning it will look even more  amazing when worn. If you’d like to check out other pieces in AISLING’s collection, take a peek at the Flickr feed HERE.

This piece isn’t available until the fair opens on Saturday, so I’m sort of cheating a bit by featuring it here today, BUT consider yourself warned in advance and make sure that you don’t miss out on this cracking piece of Pagan perfection when Jewelry Fair 2014 opens to the public.  (Note: this picture is a raw shot from SL that I haven’t enhanced in anyway, yes it is that gorgeous. Just like me:)  

Even More Gothmas By Gaslight Goodness!

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And even more purple. I’m wearing items that will coordinate with this glorious JALWA skin, so you’ll have to forgive me! But hey, don’t I look posh? My selection from Gothmas By Gaslight today includes this stunning frock from DG DESIGNS called the ‘Lucretia Dress’.  Nice isn’t it?  This eye-catching, and very steampunk-esque jewellery is from AZE JEWELRY DESIGNS and is the Magic Lantern Snowflake Slides Set in Gunmetal. Why snowflake slides? Well, you cannot see it at all in the picture I’m afraid, but the small circular petals on the necklace are filled with tiny, detailed snowflakes that move! A very quaint and a  totally original idea.

Click HERE to visit Gothmas by Gaslight at Cursed, and click HERE to visit Gothmas By Gaslight at Sium. 

GOTHMAS BY GASLIGHT

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Gothmas By Gaslight will begin on Sunday 15th December  and run until 5th January 2014 and if you’re a fan of Goth, Steam/Diesel Goth and Dark Victoriana it’s going to be an absolute must visit.

We’re talking a banquet-on-a-stick of all things dark and delightful, held upon two sims: Sium and Cursed. (Note: Cursed is rated ‘A’. Even though this isn’t an especially Adult location, you won’t be able to access if yours is a free Second Life account.)

It promises to be really rather special indeed; the location has been sumptuously decorated with a Gothic Christmas twist making it a great place to take photographs, and there are some exciting contributions from some of the leading names in virtual alternative fashions and furnishings, as well as some equally outstanding newcomers too. I really loved the layout of the event; it’s beautifully decorated with plenty of Gothic flavour, and the vendor booths are small and sweet, and it’s nice and easy to navigate.

You’ll find absolutely everything you could require from make-up to dresses to furniture and frock coats, everyone is guaranteed to find something luscious to spend their Lindens on. If you like your Yuletide darkly dramatic this event is a must-visit.  I’ll be featuring some of the items I’ve found there on the blog over the next few days, but check me out in this fantastic Ballerina Outfit from Dark Water Designs.  It includes corset, collar, shoes, cage skirt and panties and is incredibly dramatic and would make a  bold statement at a Yuletide Ball. I’m especially impressed by the detail on the bows; each one has a mesh skull decoration, and the corset is equally fabulous with its festive design. Shadowed Luik Darkfury has done a great job on this outfit, and it’s part of a vast collection of collars, suits, corsets and jackets that are available from Dark Water Designs at the event. Not only that, there are Gacha machines too…yes, I said Gacha. I can see you twitching already, now stop that! 

I’ll post the links to the locations when the event begins but until then take a look at the official Flickr feed so that you can grab a taste of what is in store…

Witchy Wednesdays: Kitty Goes Gothic At Corvus

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You may find it hard to believe, but I actually adore The Sisters Of Mercy, and growing up Siouxsie Sioux was a heroine of mine. I adored the Goth sub-culture; anything black and dramatic was seriously appealing to me. I never dressed especially gothically though, nor did I dye my hair black (until I was in my thirties, and immediately regretted it!) but I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for Bauhaus and Dead Can Dance.

In Second Life there are many stores where you can find Goth couture, and one of the best is Corvus.

Corvus sells excellent dresses, skirts, tops, jackets and all sorts of Gothic/Emo/Heavy Rock wear, each item lovingly adorned with massive dollops of awkwardness and dread.  Each item is lovingly created by  Lori Stanton before being placed out for sale at either her in-world store or via her Marketplace listing.

There are some great designs on show; dramatic imagery and statements adorn tees and frocks with equal disdain. The palette in store is predominately black, grey, red and occasionally white, but you’ll be hard pressed to find many other colours. There’s not a pastel in sight, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing in my book..

Prices are pretty darn exceptional too, especially for mesh.  I don’t usually purchase many items featuring prints, preferring to wear plain, but some of these are too good to resist.  I was quickly drawn to the ‘Anger’ dress, pictured below,  which was an absolute bargain at L$50.

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The off-the-shoulder styling of the black mini-dress at L$80, seen below, makes it a great wardrobe staple.  It’s  a real statement piece, despite the bargain price tag, and proves that it’s easy to make a really classic, elegant look on a budget.

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There are some great freebies in store too. Seeing as it’s my lucky number I couldn’t resist the ‘13’ Dress which cost absolutely bugger all, yet looks brilliant in the graveyard shot at the top of this post. On the marketplace, I also found this freebie Witchy Tank, perfect for ‘Witchy Wednesday’.

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There are a variety of slogan tattoos available in-store, as well as more novel items such as bullet holes and neck scars. I really rate the make-ups too, including some interesting  variations of my favourite cat eyeliner , as well as some heavy facial shading and inscriptions.  There are skins available as well.  I didn’t demo these but they look pretty impressive; think pale and interesting, with dramatic, penciled brows and swoops of eyeliner making them the ultimate in Goth Chic.

This is the kind of store that Angelina Jolie would have felt very at home in circa her Oscar win, but you don’t have to be 100% Gothic to wear these designs. There are many items amongst the asymmetric and roll-neck dresses, crop sweaters and tees that work just as well on non-scene avatars. It’s definitely one of those stores that you have to experience for yourself.

But be warned, it’s certainly not a shop for the faint of heart. This store is totally Zodiac Mindwarp-ed onto a different level to the regular stores you’ll usually find featured on Kittywitchin’, but it’s really worth a visit.

Great mesh pieces, great prices and great Gothic design..what more could you ask for? (Well, seeing as you’re asking, some white foundation, a Brocade jacket and some bat-earrings wouldn’t go amiss…)