MBA: The Desert Rose

UntitledSo, managed to get into HAIR FAIR 2016 yet? I have, cue a smug kitty purring like the proverbial cat that got the cream! I had a mooch around on Friday night and I was super impressed; guys this year there are some pretty amazing hairstyles on offer with every taste and whim catered to. I think it’s the best one for a couple of years truth be told, and I found it much easier to navigate and shop than during previous events. This year the sim is styled like a movie lot with small bungalows used as shops displaying the wares. There are camera rigs and equipment scattered around that suggest a bustling movie-making environment, but none of the set dressing detracts from the main event: SERIOUS HAIR SHOPPING.My first assessment suggests that there are more bobs and mid-length styles this year, which pleased me no end (even though I tend to wear my hair longer these days, typical!) and it’s been incredibly hard to pick a stand-out style; plus when I visited there were some vendors that hadn’t been set up yet, so clearly I’ll need to visit many more times! I know that it is frustrating if you’re struggling to get in, so the best advice that I can offer is to join the HAIR FAIR 2016 group in-world because it is FULL of demos for you to try. Make a list of what you like, and BE PATIENT. The first few days of an event like HAIR FAIR 2016 are always insane; if you can wait a few days then go midweek when people will be at work or busy doing other things. For super safety as well, remember to wear a very low ARC avatar. I’ve mentioned before that I basically strip everything down and remove all my mesh attachments, clothes and shoes and either go wearing an invisible avatar or just my underwear. Despite what you may think Hair Fair isn’t an event to be seen at, it’s an event to shop at, and any lag reductions are always appreciated.
Anyway, here’s a lovely style that really caught my eye. It’s by ELUA and what really appealed to me about this was the body at the crown; I love a voluminous ponytail and when it has as much oomph as this it’s a sure-fire hit with me, isn’t it grand? (Because I’m wearing a mesh head there’s a bit of an edge to the way the style sits; to combat this I added a substantial hair base from L’ETRE, a store that sells some amazing hair bases that you can use with a variety of mesh heads. This one has been available for a while and it’s not very often that you’ll see me without it, I do love it so!) Wearing a style with dark roots allows for better blending with the hair base, so as you can see it looks perfectly wearable and very smart. I love the way that the hair falls to either side of my head from the ponytail itself, and it frames my features beautifully.
Speaking of which, check out my face Kitty readers! This is the ‘Liza’ skin from AMARA BEAUTY and of course it’s yet another winner from Shantia Soulstar. (This skin features in this month’s ‘Buy Now’ Marketplace event)  This one has a heavy brow that is just perfectly applied and I love the juxtaposition of the brow against the hairbase. The brow frames the features beautifully; in fact, all that is needed really is a strong lashline and you can get that from your Catwa HUD, but I’ve opted to use some lashes that I found at THE CHAPTER FOUR.
These are the ARTE ‘Gem’ lashes and they’re beautiful. They’re nice and long they frame the eyes without the need for extra liner, and as you can see they look perfect. In fact, the face is pretty simple here and all I’ve added for extra definition is a nice strong toffee lipstick from the ‘Liza’ palette. I’m wearing an old favourite septum piercing along with a nose stud that was a rather splendid ‘Fifty Linden Friday’ choice by AMALA and neither distract, but complements the make-up perfectly.
Onto my outfit and I’m wearing a rather wonderful dress by KAITHLEENS from MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY. This is the Maitreya fit; it’s a little generous to the bust and shoulder area but I do like the shape and the contrast bow belt at the waist makes for a very feminine look.
To finish I added a super chunky YUMMY ‘Tuareg’ necklace from the UBER ‘Sahara’ event and I’m good to go.

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’

HAIR: ELUA ‘Xanthe’ Ombre Basic HAIR FAIR 2016

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  Tuareg Beaded Necklace UBER-SAHARA

DRESS: KAITHLEEN’S Tied Dress – Fatpack Maitreya – MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

 

MBA: My Tears Dry On Their Own

MBD Bi-Monthly - For the Blog 1Another day and another vintage inspired look courtesy of this month’s round of MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY.  Incidentally, it doesn’t have a vintage theme, it’s just how I’ve decided to style my snaps this time, but I do think it works, especially with my outfit choice for today. I’m wearing an absolute bobby-dazzler of a frock from HILLY HAALAN. There’s so much to love about this, from the button detail to the ruffles and the general shape of the dress.  It fits my Maitreya body very well but here’s the best bit: using the HUD you can change the ruffles, bodice and chest of the dress to create a style all of your own, which is PRECISELY what this Kitty did, see? MBA Monthly- To Be BloggedEven better than that? There are FIFTY options on the HUD for this dress and it costs just L$125. Which is crackers.  It’s so worth getting, and so much fun tweaking the outfit options on the HUD. I especially like the choice of patterns and it’s super fun to mix them with plain elements to make a unique dress.

To add the vintage feel but with a modern twist I added my beloved VANITY HAIR ‘Winehouse’ style (I think Amy would have liked this dress), I and added some big shades from GLAM AFFAIR, that I had totally forgotten I had but was delighted to rediscover them covered in dust and a bit of old chewing gum at the bottom of my inventory..

I’m still sporting my ALASKA METRO ‘Pride’ manicure and my CAROL G ‘Lovely Roses’ tattoo, but the sharper eyed amongst you may spy that I’m sporting a different skin. This is the ‘Alice’ skin from WOW SKINS that is available at this round of MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY  and it offers some lovely detailing to the face and body. (Yes, I know you can’t see properly owing to sunglasses, I will show her off a little later this week, OK?)

KITTY WEARS: 

SKIN: WOW SKINS ‘Alice’ CATWA applier /MAITREYA body applier in Milk   (Kitty wears this on Catwa ‘Gwen’ mesh head) MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY JULY 2016 

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

HAIR: VANITY HAIR ‘Winehouse’ (F)(MAT)-Ombres

DRESS: HILLY HAALAN ‘Akira’ Dress MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY JULY 2016 

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

SUNGLASSES: GLAM AFFAIR – Vintage Sunglasses Black

TATTOO: CAROL G ‘Lovely Roses’ MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

MANICURE: ALASKA METRO ‘Pride’ PULSE FUNDRAISER

MBA: Let The Sunshine In!

Vintage Sunday Style

So the latest round of MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY is well and truly underway, and it’s full of wonderful treats and fantastic clothes, shoes, skins, manicures and everything you need to make your avatar look her very best.

For my first official post this round (although I did feature the tattoo in my last post as a sneak peek) I wanted to share this gorgeous ‘Lisa’ dress from LX.  I confess that this was the first thing I opened  purely because of the name (yes, it’s my RL name if you didn’t already know) so it was with some trepidation that I unwrapped the blogger package to reveal the goodness inside.  I wasn’t disappointed, this is a GREAT outfit and as you can see from my snap it lends itself to vintage styling incredibly well.

In fact, although this is a dress it really does evoke a two-piece bathing suit to my mind, can you see that too?  Not that it matters especially but it does make for a cracking virtual beachwear outfit.

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As you can see I added the amazing APHORISM ‘Bella’ Sandals to this dress to create a sassy, summery look with an old-skool vibe.  It’s a cracking round of MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY, and I’ll be featuring further items on the blog this week.

KITTY WEARS: 

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

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

HAIR: PINK HUSTLER  PH8057

SUNGLASSES: MAXI GOSSAMER Monroe Florida 50’s Classic

BODY:  MAITREYA ‘Lara’

EARS: SWALLOW Pax in ‘Silver’ THE ARCADE JUNE 2016

TATTOO: CAROL G ‘Lovely Roses’ MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

MANICURE: ALASKA METRO ‘Pride’ PULSE FUNDRAISER

DRESS: LX ‘Lisa’ MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

SANDALS: APHORISM Bella Wedge heels INDIE TEEPEE

 

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A Very Vintage WeekendAPHORISM have released a couple of items that are just perfect for a vintage summer look. Of course, they work perfectly well when not given the vintage treatment, but as soon as I saw the  dress and the sandals I just knew what I needed to do with them!

What I did was add this fantastic Duffy-esque semi-updo from PINK HUSTLER  along with a pair of gloriously camp MAXI GOSSAMER shades to evoke a style that John Waters would be proud of.  Alas, I didn’t have any pink flamingoes.

The sundress is very pretty and I really like the double layer effect; the gauzy overlay is just short enough so that the hems of the original dress appear below it to provide the illusion of an edge.  The moulded cups to the main body of the dress also feature a contrast edge, and despite the apparent simplicity, there’s a lot of effort gone into making this frock. The main body of the dress is a more complicated looking texture than the gauze too, so when they’re combined it really feels like a substantial piece.

Of course, it works perfectly with the Bella heels.  These are a fantastic summer sandal; a classic style with  extra oomph by way of texture and finish. Zoom in, and you’ll find the chunky wedge heel coupled with  a choice of plain, rough and snakeskin leathers; perfect for pairing with not just dresses, but shorts and jeans too.  You’ll find the sun dress at THE SEASONS STORY, and the Bella Wedge Heels are available at the fantastic INDIE TEEPEE event.

Incidentally, it’s almost time for the MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY, and there are some wonderful items this round which I’ll be happily sharing with you on these pages. To begin I’m wearing a tattoo that I thought worked perfectly with the tones of my dress, it’s from CAROL G and I *really* like it! It’s called ‘Lovely Roses’ and they are precisely that.

KITTY WEARS: 

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

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

HAIR: PINK HUSTLER  PH8057

SUNGLASSES: MAXI GOSSAMER Monroe Florida 50’s Classic

BODY:  MAITREYA ‘Lara’

EARS: SWALLOW Pax in ‘Silver’ THE ARCADE JUNE 2016

TATTOO: CAROL G ‘Lovely Roses’ MESH BODY ADDICTS BI MONTHLY (LM not released yet..)

MANICURE: ALASKA METRO ‘Pride’ PULSE FUNDRAISER

DRESS: APHORISM Sun Dress THE SEASONS STORY

SANDALS: APHORISM Bella Wedge heels INDIE TEEPEE