Kitty Purrs At QE

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I’m on a mission at the moment to find good quality clothing for avatars who choose to wear mesh breasts. There are so many stores on the grid that don’t accommodate them yet, and I sure as hell enjoy wearing mine, so I dream of a day when a store like Cold Logic will incorporate appliers into their range.

That’s not to say that there aren’t any good clothing options out there already.  There certainly are; Patchwork Heart, Ellemeno and Cynful immediately spring to mind. There are other smaller names too, but at the moment I’m seeing a lot of the same templates being used for clothing for busty avvies in stores. I’ve no issue with that per se as long as interesting textures and adornments are used to make the item stand out from the crowd.

I do hope there’s not going to be a controversial ‘them and us’ culture develop among designers leading to some sort of great divide around who caters to boobies and who doesn’t.   The fact remains that there’s a lot of fetish wear and items that expose part, or all of your knockers to the metaverse, and I don’t necessarily want to do that.  I may wear mesh boobies, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that I want to look like a tart. 

At the moment my gut suggests such a division may be unlikely, especially when you have trailblazers like Strawberry Singh owning some norks and taking amazing photographs in them. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see! (I’d be interested in your comments on this issue reader, please feel free to add them below)

I’m also very into big-cat print clothing at the moment. I’ve not gone full on Bet Lynch, but I do like a nice tiger stripe, or leopard spot skirt. I’ve found a couple of items on my travels that I’m going to share with you; and first up is this rather lovely shirt from a store called QE,  located on the Jersey Shore.

Actually the HQ for the ‘Big Boobie Babes SL’ group is directly opposite the store. (Incidentally, that’s your  starter for ten, because if there’s a group HQ on the sim you’re bound to be able to find some boobie-wear nearby.  And that I did!)

QE retails a mixed bag of fashion and you’ll find basic wardrobe staples such as dresses and tops. The range isn’t extensive but I have a hunch that this is because the creator, Emms, is probably busy working on new range additions.  There are some items that I think you’ll like.  Look out for the ‘Bambi Dress’ which comes in a variety of options, plain or patterned, but the patchwork styling has a nice hippy feel to it. It’s mesh as well, which makes it even more appealing, and not bad for L$250.

There are some basic jersey dresses, always a good investment at just L$169, and you can choose from black, red or pink.  Again, as with the majority of items in-store, they all include appliers.  The ‘Cozy Sweater’ is not dissimilar to the shape of the ‘Open Sweater’ at Ellemeno. This isn’t a problem for me though, as I said previously it’s what designers do with the template items that’s important, and Emms has applied a lovely chunky knit with contrast pockets to her sweater design.  The open styling of course means it’s wearable with mesh boobies, and they’re a nice addition at L$150. (Even better , the ‘Cozy Sweater’ in green, costs just L$1 so a great dollarbie addition to your wardrobe!)

My favourite item in store is the ‘Button Down Top’in ‘Classic Cheetah ‘design, which I’m wearing in my picture above. There’s a variety of these tops on sale, but I wanted animal print and this shirt was most definitely relevant to my interests. It’s sexy (open to just above the waist) but not over-the-top, and it’s also an absolute bargain at L$120, and looks great with a pair of mesh jeans, some chunky bangles and your fave flat shoes. Well, that’s how I’m wearing mine anyway.

QE has a number of satellite stores around the block; you’ll find it at Cleavage, Calista and Sense Appeal as well so you may well encounter the store while out shopping or doing other stuff and things, and I heartily recommend it for building up your booby wardrobe at a low price. Essential purchases for me are the Jersey dresses and Button Down Tops, you can do so much with them:)

(NOTE: The main store is actually (according to Emm’s profile) based at Sense Appeal, but I visited and it’s actually a hardcore sim ( A future breeding lab apparently. My eyeballs were on stalks!) and I couldn’t see the store; but I did see other things. Yikes!)

Styling Notes: In the picture above Kitty wears shirt from QE, Jewellery by Earthstones, Skin by Belleza and hair by Elikatira

Kitty Says ‘Ello To Ellemeno! (And QE and Waffle)

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I’ve done a few hunts recently after becoming the proud owner of some fine virtual norkage, and I promised to write about some of the stores I’d discovered. So here’s me keeping my word 🙂 The main store that I want to tell you about today is called ‘Ellemeno’. It retails quality clothing for the female, busty avatar, and by quality I mean pretty darn good!

It’s the first store that caters to the bigger busted avatar that has, for me at least, evoked the experience that you get from some of the higher end retailers in world. I can’t quite put my finger on the reason for that; I think it’s because of the styling and presentation of the store.  The graphics and photo displays look really professional, as does the way items are presented in store.  It makes me want to shop there, and it makes me eager for more.

But of course, the most important aspect of the store is the merchandise. Ellemeno specialises in tops, jackets, dresses, lingerie and even a few costumes as well.  All of them are well made and suitably displayed in store, inviting you to buy them and try them. There’s a presence on the marketplace too, although I did notice that not everything I found in store was listed on there.

So what kinds of goodies await you? Well, first of all let me tell you about this classic little black dress that I’m wearing. It’s actually a hunt prize, can you believe it? Nope, I couldn’t either. A simple style with a contrast belt making it bang on trend, and it was free as part of the ’Hunt For Your Inner Slut’, ahem.   It’s also mesh! I was so chuffed, I teamed it a classic black bob courtesy of Elikatira ( last few days for that that sale guys, don’t forget!) and had a look Anna Wintour herself would be proud of! Incidentally I’m stood next to the pink version which is rather special as all the proceeds from the sale of this dress will go to the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation. It costs L$250 and is well worth investing in.

One of the strengths of Ellemeno are the gowns. It’s not easy to find a quality gown if you have norks that you don’t actually want to put out on display, but Ellemeno rises to the challenge.  The ‘Long Formal Gown’, at  L$250 is available in five colours, plus black, and has a high front with a slightly draped back.  The gown is plain apart from an embellished pattern that fades after the waist leaving a plain skirt. It oozes quality and as the name suggests VERY formal and just needs an up-do with signature earrings and bracelet as well as fabulous heels to complete the look. The Tuxedo dress and Tiffany gown are also gorgeous too. The Tuxedo Dress, at L$250, is perfect for accompanying your be-suited fella to a virtual function. The Tiffany Gown however is very special, and the white version would make a spectacular wedding dress. I also really like the versions of the gown which feature rainbows of colour across the main body.  You have to see them to truly appreciate the quality, but at L$150 for the coloured versions, and L$300 for the white, they’re great value.  The Lulu Ruched gown and the Tori dress are also worth investing in; the former is perfect for a masquerade ball (as the accompanying poster in-store suggests) and the latter is ideal for a cocktail party or formal beach gathering.

While the weather is cold you’d do worse than popping on a Fairisle Sweater, and there are six to choose from at Ellemeno.  I really like these because the texture and shading are just right, and they’d look great with tights and boots. Again, just L$250 a pop.

There are lots of wonderful items to see in store and I couldn’t possibly feature all of them here, but I do rate the vintage feel of the ‘Doris Dresses’, the selection of  shirts and most of all the  so-called ‘Open Sweaters’ (They’re hoodies, LOL 🙂 You don’t need to be the ‘Fallen Madonna With The Big Boobies’ (you will only understand that reference if you used to watch ‘Allo Allo’ )to get the benefits of these. They’re gorgeous, with some fantastic textures to choose from including cats (Yay! Cats!) mustaches  tattoos and my own personal faves, owls and gaming gear. These are a great addition to your mesh wardrobe, and would look fab with baggy jeans.

Point to note: There are a couple of hunt items that are well worth picking up in store. One is a milk carton from the ‘Hello Titty’ hunt (which finished on the fifteenth so hurry!) There’s the ‘Hunt For your Inner Slut’ heart to find (go look at the gowns 😉

But perhaps the best thing is that selected items in store bearing a pink ribbon are reduced to half price, with 50% of the proceeds donated to Susan G. Komen For The Cure Breast Cancer Foundation.  

Ellemeno is a store I’m adding to my favourites list, and I’m really looking forward to CarrieAnn Lemon’s future releases, in fact, I can’t wait for them! (NOTE: I visited both the mainstore and the satellite store at Cleavage for this post, all hunt items are at the main store)

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Kitty wears: Hair By Elikatira, top by QE (at Cleavage), open sweater by Ellemeno and trousers by Sakide.

I mentioned the shopping sim Cleavage in the blurb above, so I want to give a quick shout out to two other stores I found there and really enjoyed; WAFFLE and QE.

QE’s satellite store had only a few pieces on display, but they’re all great, especially the Cashmere Crops, available in an array of colours for L$120 each or a fat-pack of three tones in the same colour range for L$300. I’m wearing a purple cashmere crop in the pic, under the ‘Open Sweater’ by Ellemeno. (It’s a hoody!!) The mainstore is located at Jersey Shore, seems it’s still standing proudly in Second Life!

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On the opposite side of the street is WAFFLE, a satellite store with just a few items but all are well-priced and produced. My pick in this store is the Camo Drawstring tube-top. I really love this, and it’s a brilliant price at L$109. I wanted to see a lot more from designer Kiki Paine, so will be sure to check out her mainstore.

Phew! A TON of shopping happy for you there, dear reader! You’d better stock up on those lindens and get your shopping shoes on, it’s time to go pop some tags!