All’s Vintage & Fair!

Vintage is a look that I do pretty well.  In fact, some of my most popular posts have been features where I’ve been decked out in retro 1950’s or 1960’s styles.  Truth be told it’s a look I like very much so I’m always happy to wear it, and fortunately, you can find lots of places that sell the right clothing to make these decades come to life at THE VINTAGE FAIR 2017

I’d say that about 85% of the participants nail exactly what vintage looks like at this event. You always get participants at events that just don’t seem to get it, but they seem few and far between at this one, which I welcome. I’m so sick of events that have themes that people don’t stick to! Of course, vintage applies to a lot more than just mid-century fashions, and look around and you’ll be delighted to discover clothing from every period of the 20th century, and a little earlier than that in some cases, too!All's Vintage And Fair!

I  needed to get my groove on, so to that end, I splashed out on a beautiful new period hairstyle from ELIKATIRA, along with a new frock (of course in a leopard print) and some spectacular new ZOOM shades.  I love my beehives and rockabilly style updos.  This ‘Mabel’ hairstyle is a great take on the classic; not too high that it towers and sits uncomfortably on the head, but nice and structured with loose waves that curl over the shoulders.

The dress is a bit special too, it’s from PURPLE MOON CREATIONS and features a sewn on high-waist with button detail, leading into an open shirt with a collar at the top. I love it; the HUD features seven different styles of dress including the leopard print that you see here, along with spots and cherry print too.  It’s incredibly wearable and fit well on my Maitreya body, although I did have to alpha mask a few areas.

Last but not least, add some ZOOM shades ( and Y’all know how much I love ZOOM, right?) and there you have it, an absolutely exquisite, vintage look that is incredibly wearable in-world.  VINTAGE FAIR runs from June 9th – June 25th, don’t miss it!

Kitty Wears:

Body:

Mesh Head: CATWA ‘Kimberly’ (with CATWA Mesh Eye Inserts)

Mesh Body: MAITREYA ‘Lara’ V4.1

Skin: AMARA BEAUTY  ‘Miriela’ @ WE<3RP June

Ears: MANDALA ‘Steking’ Season 5

Eyes: IZZIES ‘Tokyo (Lights)’ Eyes

Hair –ELIKATIRA ‘Mabel’ VINTAGE FAIR EXCLUSIVE

Outfit:

Dress: PURPLE MOON ‘Shelby’ VINTAGE FAIR EXCLUSIVE

Accessories: 

Tattoo: DAPPA BISHBOX ‘Bad Kitty’ May 2017 Exclusive

Glasses: ZOOM ‘Noa’ Glasses VINTAGE FAIR EXCLUSIVE

Rings: YUMMY ‘Love Spell’ ring set

Pose: AN LAR POSES ‘The Betty Series’  VINTAGE FAIR EXCLUSIVE

Rockabilly Kitty

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Recently I’ve become more drawn to vintage styles, in particular Rockabilly. You may have spotted this influence creeping into my posts of late. I love the fusion of modern day styling with 1950’s retro wear, and it’s something that is pretty well served in Second Life.  You know, it’s good to change things from time-to-time; for a long time Kitty’s been all about bobs and leggings, things I can still add into the mix, but I’m starting to experiment more now with longer hair and tattoo layers.I’m also getting into piercings in a big way, a habit that’s being satisfied by the fabulous mesh ear creations of brands like Aitui and Casa Cheerno.

IT isn’t just ears either; in real life I’m a bit of a wuss; I have my ears pierced, and my belly-button too,  but I’ve always loved the way septum piercings look. ( I always thought the model in the ‘Crawling’ video by Linkin Park looked stunning with hers.) Sadly, I would look a complete horror in RL if I adopted the same look. Yet in steps Second Life, which is helping me once again achieve my ambitions through my avatar, so you’ll find me bobbing around the grid rocking out with multiple piercings galore. I love septum piercings, and I’m enjoying finding new ones all over the place. Pinterest is providing me with great styling ideas, and of course so are the myriad of Second Life blogs too. We had a Rockabilly Fair in world last year, and I so wish I’d paid more attention to it at the time! But it’s not all Rockabilly, I’m keen on Suicide Girls stylings too, and gorgeous women like Dita Von Teese and Kat Von D are all big influences at present. It’s not a look I’m confident that I could carry off in real life at all, but Second life is sure helping me to find it in-world!

That’s one of the joys of our little virtual world though isn’t it? Thanks to the wonderful content creators out there we can re-create looks and add our own twists to them; some things that are a lot easier to achieve in the virtual world than in reality. I mean, I can change tattoos in a heartbeat in SL, in real life, well, that’s not going to happen is it?   Anyway, here’s a simple yet effective look that I’m sporting in-world at present, and it pushes all my Rockabilly/Suicide/Geek girl fusion buttons very well.  I’ve teamed a fabulous hairstyle by MOON HAIR along with a pair of great pants from GAWK. Both of these items were sourced at the VINTAGE & COOL FAIR.   I’ve matched these with this really nifty hoodie and jacket  from MOTIAME that I picked up at Kustom 9, which is really well-made but needs to be made available in more colours (especially primary shades!)

I’m also sporting some fabulous YUMMY accessories: this gorgeous gold skull necklace and some favourite spectacles of mine.   I adore Yummy jewellery and am a proper fan-girl of both Polyester Partridge and Nylon Pinkney whose designs compliment each other absolutely perfectly, and are always totally ruddy brilliant and bang on-trend.  What do you think? Are you liking this development in Kitty’s style? Do you know of any great Rockabilly stores to visit too? Please feel free to share in the comments below!

Kitty Wears: 

Ears: AITUI – Ear System: Gen 4, Heart Plugs

Skin: NAR MATTARU – ‘Maya’ Tone 03 ‘Pin-Up Girl’

Eyes: IKON – Ardent Eyes ‘Pewter’ (Group gift)

Hair: MOON North Circular – Roots & Ombres Pack – Vintage & Cool Fair

Jacket: MOTIAME – Leather Jacket with Hoodie- Khaki – Kustom 9

Necklace:YUMMY – Skull Necklace in Gold – Collabor88

Septum Ring: ARISE-Calla Septum Ring

Eyeliner: MONS – Black Eyeliner Series 8

Hands: SLINK Mesh Hands

Glasses: YUMMY – Ellery glasses in black

Pose: DYERMAKER-‘Against The Wall’ #8

PS I think it’s only fair to highlight the probable reason I’m starting to change my appearance in SL. It’s to do with a certain character from a show called ‘Orange Is The new Black’

SEVEN DAYS OF DENIM CHALLENGE:DAY 7

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Seven days of denim challenge turned into a bit of a ruddy farce really due to RL issues, BUT I’ve still enjoyed posting these denim-centric updates and I really do hope I’ve given you some styling inspiration.

If anything I’ve been surprised at how much quality mesh denim there is out there on the grid, and that’s really good to see. It’s one of those fabrics that if it isn’t done right it looks terrible, and you can see that reflected very adequately in some Marketplace stores, I’m sorry to say. Fact is, it’s a difficult texture to apply, and to make it look fully authentic you have to pay special attention to the creasing and the shading, especially if you’re going for a vintage denim look.  This is why denim pieces can often be pretty expensive, but you really do get what you pay for.  I think I’ve possibly saved the best entry to last…

The jeans that I’m wearing were pretty expensive in SL terms, costing a very steep L$345.  That is a LOT of dosh for me to shell out on one item, but they’re totally worth it, let me explain why.

They’re from MON TISSU, a brand that I don’t purchase often ( because of the cost- it’s very much an investment brand for me!), BUT when I do splash out in the store I know that the item(s) I am buying will be cherished rather than slung into a hidden corner of my inventory, never to be seen again.

Why? Well, just look at these jeans: they are PERFECT.  Zoom in and you’ll see embossed buttons, realistic contrast stitching and creasing so brilliantly executed that you will want to leap into your computer screen, snatch them off your avatar and wear them to death.  I know I always get mighty enthusiastic about the items I share with you on these pages but in all seriousness there are some designers in Second Life that just nail it, and Anouk Spot is indeed one of them.  Even the fact that I’m wearing the distressed version of these jeans doesn’t detract from their quality or the way that they look; it would have been so easy to have been slap-dash in the application of the distressed look because it’s not supposed to be perfect after all, but it’s been done with great care.  I couldn’t love these jeans more if I tried.

To finish the look I added this fabulous unbuttoned shirt and vest combo, and went for a pin-up feel by adding one of the newer releases from TRUTH.  I don’t normally wear big hair, as you all know I’m a bob girl, but this style is irresistibly and looks amazing when worn.  In fact, when I was testing the demos I noted that the black version of this hair gave an exceptionally Amy Winehouse feel, which can only be a good thing if you ask me. (Indeed, I’ve been listening to ‘Back To Black’ while I wrote this entry! That album is always amazing, how I miss her..)

To finish my look I went to THE DRESSING ROOM FUSION and invested in the latest MONS septum ring release. MONS seem to have found their niche with these epic facial piercings that they’ve been churning out recently and I’ve become a huge fan.  Of course, I’m also wearing my favourite eyeliner, also by MONS, but my base skin is NAR MATTARU ‘Maya’ which I just adore.  The brows on this skin are absolutely perfect for this look, and this ‘Pin-Up Girl’ make up is simply outstanding.  I added a tattoo layer also from NAR MATTARU called ‘Ov Khaos’ to give this style an edgy look and finally threw on this utterly delicious, texture change bangle available from TDR.  It’s from Izzie Button who has really come into her own in 2014, not just with her sensational skin-work but also proving her talents when it comes to being an exceptional mesh designer.

I could quite happily look like this all the time in Second Life. What’s been your favourite look during this challenge?

Kitty Wears: 

 TRUTH ‘Grande’ (with bangs) Gingers

NAR MATTARU ‘Maya’ (Tone 03) Makeup ‘Pin Up Girl’
MONS Makeups- Black eyeliner series 8
NAR MATTARU ‘Ov Khaos’ Tattoo (normal)
IKON Ardent Eyes ‘Pewter’ (ML)
HUSH Lashes ‘Flirt’
CHEERNO Human Ears (Tragus) (THE MENS DEPT)

TEE*FY ‘Laura’ Unbuttoned Knotted Shirt
MON TISSU Harlow’s Cuffed Jeans (Distressed)
SLINK Female (AvEnhance) Hands (Casual)
SLINK Female (AvEnhance) feet (Flat M)

IZZIES Aarya Bracelet (THE DRESSING ROOM FUSION)
MONS Mesh Septum ring (style 15) Black (THE DRESSING ROOM FUSION)