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Flame Fashion Sequin Mini Dress

While I was just away on holidays I saw orange everywhere when I went shopping for clothing. I love orange so this made me happy. I thought i would celebrate by bringing out one of my favourite orange dress from my SL closest and showing it off in my blog. This isn’t new but it’s better then new, it’s a dress I wear again and again. The dress is from Flame Fashion and is called Sequin Sexy Mini Dress, which pretty much says it all. It costs 299L and comes in 4 great colours. The rust that I’m wearing , gold, aqua and rose. The dress is mesh and comes in 5 sizes, it doesn’t say standard sizing but they are the usual standard sizes.  The store has a lot of nicely textured mesh outfits and there is a demo for everything.  Mesh items are great, but there is still enough flaws in them that I don’t like to spend more then 100L on something unless I try a demo first. Some things are just unwearable no matter how I change my shape.

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The hair I’m wearing is from Truth, and is their mesh style Haven in Espresso. Mesh now has a variety pack. *Does a happy dance* I love Truth hair but rarely bought it because I change my look all the time and no matter what hair colour I bought, it would never been the pack I wanted for the outfit/skin combo I had. I generally only buy hair from shops with variety packs, it is what works for me.  Now that they have a variety pack, even if  it’s on the pricey side, I’ll be buying from them a lot more! The link above goes right to the hair like all my links go right to the item when possible. Truth has redone all their colours, they now have numbers not names, and there are 8 shade colour packs for 250L each, 1 variety pack for 400L and a fatpack for 1250. Pick up the new colour demo packs and hair bases. I swear I have more hair bases in my inventory them most men have total items.

Beautiful, that is the onlyway to describe this new skin from WoW Skins called Chanel. It was for sale last week at SL Fashion Week, but unfortunately between the time I took these photos and the time I wrote this up, I had a 3 day migraine and the skins she was offering switched. I am wearing Chanel in sunkissed in the Cleavage version. If you have missed Chanel, you still have a chance to get it. This skin will be a bonus in the fatpack when Chanel comes out in a few days.  If you want to try another Wow skin in the mean time, there is another skin out at SL Fashion Week which I am showing a picture of next…so stay tuned!

WoW Skins is great for a number of things, and one of the top is that the designer is a very hard working Lady who is always keeping up with trends in SL. She was among the first designers to come out with Tango and Lush appliers for her skins and and now she is at the forefront again in bringing out SLink hand and feet appliers with her skins.  About the only thing that she doesn’t include that I want is gloves with skin texture on the finger tip for prim nails. Those are so handy and prim nails are very popular from what I see walking around SL. If you aren’t in the WoW Skins in world group you need to fix that, she is a very generous shop owner and this is a group that you need to be in. The latest monthly skin gift even contains SLink Appliers. This store is very active, always having sales and new releases and the only way to keep up with all the happenings is to be in the group.

I dressed up Chanel a bit, it has a neutral lip, and I spiced it up with my new favourite set of lip tattoos. It’s The Skinnery’s Voluptous Lip Junkie Set. These are luscious luxurious, rich, shiny lipsticks that make your lips look like voluptous kissable pillows. You get 16 colours for 250L. A definate must buy. I want another pack so I can have more colours…not sure what colours I want because really these are all the colours I use…but I want more…I’m greedy.

The necklace I’m wearing is from Maxi Gossamer  from her Boho Series. It’s the Tarifa necklace which is a mesh necklace that comes in 14 different colours/colour combos on black cording. The necklace set comes with 2 long necklaces and 2 short necklaces and one which is a combo of both. There is also a earring and bracelet set that I didn’t use that matches that is only 199L. I love Maxi Gossamer, and have a ton of her stuff, she always makes such beautiful sets at reasonable prices.  I like that there is almost always necklaces to match her earrings, I hate buying earrings that don’t have necklaces to match.

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This week’s Skin offering at SL Fashion Week from WoW Skins is the Erin Skin and Shape. I’m wearing the Milk tone of the Erin skin with my own shape above.  The Erin shape is lovely though, I’ve never seen a bad shape from Wow, and they have a demo of it and the skins for 1L. The skin comes in milk, tanned and sunkissed tones, each with regular and cleavage versions and the Erin shape. You can get each tone by itself for 150L or all 3 for 400L. Then you can accessorize! You can pick up the tango or the lush breast appliers for 50L each, includes all 3 tones. You can also buy the appliers for the SLink hand or feet appliers for all 3 skin shades for 100L each. You can get the parts you want, without paying for what you don’t want. It works! Whatever tone or appliers you pick you are going to love the soft gloss of the light pink lip, it’s subtle but strong at the same time, and the beautiful shading of the purple shadow. Let’s face it we can never have enough purple make ups!

One thing you will notice is that these appliers when you buy them are not labeled as appliers for Erin, that is because they fit all of the skins that have come from the talented hand of Swansen since Rosa. So you can try them with other skins you own from WoW Skins and see how they match. It’s great when items you buy are multipurpose and you don’t have to buy them again! Check out their blog linked on the side to trace back all their skins that have been released back to Rosa, you will see some lovely photos of some great skins.

Flame Sequin Mini Skirt Picture 2

The shoes and hands above are the best invention since sliced bread. I said after I tried tango breasts that someone should find a way to use appliers to add skin textures to shoes. Well it seems like Siddeon Munro was already on her way to making that a reality. They are part of the SLink Avatar Enhansement System that includes 15 different mesh hands and 2 women’s feet and 1 men’s foot.

If you haven’t looked into the Avatar Enhancement system yet and haven’t tried appliers before, what happens is that you buy the mesh feet and hands, you can either colour them like normal mesh feet and hands using the hud, or use the special enhanced versions and buy appliers (usually at little or low cost from your skin designer).  The appliers are just huds that you wear while you are also wearing the feet or hands that you want to texture. When you click on the hud it automatically applies the texture to the mesh so that they now match the skin seamlessly in most lightings. The feet and hands are still mesh and they will take colours slightly differently than your avatar does, so some lighting will muck up, to use a technical term, but most winlight settings that look great for your skin will look good with the applied textures.  At the end of the day in any lighting this will match better and easier then anything you have ever seen before.

With the hands you can also buy glove appliers from some vendors, and there are a TON of vendors selling appliers for both nail and toenail polish. I’m wearing a rust on both my fingernails and toenails from Orc Inc from thier Rich Darks Fatpack which gives you 50 colours for 550 L. I’m wearing my nails in the long size, but there are several sizes and even a clawed shape. Check out the SLink website for a list of vendors that are adding items for SLink, it’s growing all the time.

The SLink mesh feet are really special and have a world of possibilities. For us women there are two types out right now, the flat and the medium. You can wear these feet alone, the flat feet you walk, yes, flat on your feet with, the medium you walk on the balls of your feet. The flat feet have flat shoes, ballet slippers and flip flops, sandals..that kind of shoe as add ons. The medium feet have pumps and all kinds of sexy shoes like the ones worn above.   Once you have coloured your mesh feet, which takes 10 seconds, as it’s just wear the hud and click, you can change shoes with abandon. The shoes are just a single object in your inventory for each colour, which is sweet for those of us who have too much inventory, so it’s just a matter of right clicking on the colour and shoe you want and choosing wear. Boom. It’s on. Change your outfit or don’t like that shoe with that dress, right click and wear something else. Done…no recolouring needed.

The SLink system also lets designers make outfits with stockings and make appliers for the stockings. You can then use a separate hud to activate the stocking layer on your foot. Once you have applied the stocking applier, your stockings look the same colour all the way to your toes. No more seeing people walking around in stockings that cut off at their ankles

I’m wearing the Elegant 1 hand, which is one of 15 hands in the mesh series. You can buy them a number of different ways, at a variety of costs. However you buy them, if you are wearing the SLink group member title you earn 10% of the sale in store credit for use later.  You can buy single hands for 450L, one of 3 packs of 5 hands for 1,250 or the fatpack of all 15 hands for 2,250, which is definitely the most value for the money.

The shoes I’m wearing Lulu Shoes in Chocolate. You can buy Lulu’s for 450L each or a fatpack of 10 for 2,250. That is about the price of most of the shoes in the store. Some of the fatpacks vary in price depending on the number of shoes in them, but that is basically the level, so compared to a lot of the brands out there, they are a real deal for a very high quality shoe that is extremely easy to match and use.   Win, Win, Win, Win, Win!

The only warning I have for the SLink systems is something I have seen a lot of in both the SLink group and other groups. In my opinion the packages you get for the hands and feet are packed backwards. The hands and feet that are pre-unpacked are the hands and feet that you have to use a hud to colour. Just make a folder for them and label it Hud Tintable and put them aside for when you want to wear them with skins you need to hand tint with RBG matches like most items. Then unpack the boxes that are called Avatar Enhancement. These are the hands and feet that are tintable with appliers. It seems a little backwards that since this is your big selling feature you wouldn’t have these as the items people first get their hands on, but I’m not the designer, I’m sure she has her reasons. Also note that the mesh enhanced feet come with the stocking layer on, there is a little hud in the box for stockings, just put that on and turn them off, and you will be set to go. Other then this small problem, it’s a very simple item to us, if the applier version was packed in the open and the hud boxed, I’m sure everyone would have no problems at all.

The eyes I’m wearing are from Mayfly, and are her Deep Sky Olive Hazel Shadow..I did this close up to show you exactly how beautiful these eyes are and what depth of colour they have.  Mayfly has great prices for their eyes, you can buy the mesh eyes or the system eyes for 99L each. Every weekend they put 3 sets of eyes up for 60L each, so that is a great way to build your collection of eyes for every occasion. That is how I have gotten most of mine.  I do love a sale on great quality items.

The bracelet I’m wearing is from Earthstones, and is her Mosaic Cuff in Solar Flare. It’s a nice piece that matches well, and sells for 499L. It’s hard to tell the scale of something when you are just looking at a box with no photo of the item on. It matches like I thought it would but it’s a lot smaller and doesn’t have the impacted I hoped it would when I paid almost 500L for a bracelet, which for me is a lot for something like that. It’s an extremely well made piece, but if you look at the full length photo of me, it kinda just fades in because of it’s size.

Photography Credits

All the photos were taken on my Katink Photo Studio, using a texture from their Concrete set…number 7

The poses were from the Art Body Store’s Hand Bag Set, unfortunately the store no longer appears to be in business.

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It is very rare for me to find a shop where  I love everything in it, but Gizza is one of those very rare shops.  I walk in there and look around and basically just throw up my arms and give up. Trying to pick what I want to buy the most is a waste of time. It’s easier just to close my eyes and spin and buy whatever I point at when the spin is done, because I’m sure to like it. I think I have seen maybe 2 outfits in there that I thought were less then “Oh, I need”. They were probably pink. *grin*

This fantastic outfit I have on up top is called Shalwar and you get the whole outfit minus shoes for 450L. It comes with some fantastically tailored pants, with multiple prims to achieve the full look around the thighs which slide down to the tailored tight calves.  A belly baring bra top with a leathery texture, and a very nicely textured black and white woven wool scarf wrapped and tucked around the shoulders. It’s all finished off with edgy tattoo on the back which is included, but I’ll let you go to the store to see that.

This outfit has the added bonus of also coming in the man’s version, so if you have a male partner that is fashion forward enough to wear the unusual,  you can wear matching outfits and really rock whatever event you are going to.

The skin I put with this outfit is the Kletva Peitra Diamond Starlight Skin that was made for The Dressing Room Blue. Unfortunately computer problems kept me from posting this while that skin was still out, but I’m sure most of you picked it up already because who could resist those fantastic spikes? For those that didn’t and for those of you who did and love the skin and want more, Kletva has 36 different versions of the Petra skin at their store. The skins are 1,000L each, which is more then you would have paid at The Dressing Room- Blue, but what each of them includes is astonishing!

With each skin you get 6 different skins – 3 with bald heads with 3 different eyebrow colours, and 3 with the major hair colour hair bases with matching eyebrows.  You get an eye, and 2 different eyelashes. You get 14 lip tattoos made to match the skin perfectly, one of the colours is black, which means any skin you pick would be perfect to wear with this outfit. You get 2 freckle options, hard and soft and you get a chest freckle as well. Speaking of chest, you get a cleavage option too. You also get 6 hair attachments, 2 options in 3 colours.  This is one skin that has you covered literally from head to toe.  The only thing missing is a mani and pedi spa treatment.

The hair is an inventory find from Loq called Pure Beauty, it was also an exclusive item made for The Dressing Room.  If you like it, you’ll love a lot of the hairs that Loq has to offer at their main branch. I’ve blogged this hair company a lot, and you pretty much have to have been hiding under a rock for the last 2 years in SL not to know what great hair they do.

These sexy shoes are from SLink. They are the Cassandra shoe in…yes..you guessed it…black. The Cassandra shoe comes in a rainbow of great colours, at 700L each. If you are a SLink group member (membership is free) and have your group membership active when buying you get 10% off. This discount also applies to the fatpack of all 11 colours for 3850L.

SLink has one of the best Huds in SL for their shoes. They come with both Version 2 and invis prim version of the shoe controlled by the hud, lots of metal options, toe nail colours, easy to work sizing and in my opinion the easiest colour matching skin in SL. All of this makes Cassandra a shoe you should try the demo on. If you think the black is pretty, wait til you get a look at the other colours.

The first time I walked through Gizza this dress called Summer Dotty whispered to me. It more like yelled at me. Come here…buy me…put me on…never take me off. I listened. I love orange. My world would be filled with rusts and siennas if I had my way. I even have room in my heart for halloween orange in small quantities, so it’s not all that surprising that this dress managed to sweep aside my ingrained dislike of babydoll type dresses and embrace the orange dotty goodness. This fabric has just the right balance of richness and shiny to keep you watching the fabric swirl in happy contentment for hours, the sign of a great piece of pixel fashion.

The dress is 250L and comes with a beaded choker style necklace and bracelet. They are nice, but I was looking for something a bit different so I am not wearing it with the dress in this photo, but they are definitely usable.

When I saw this dress, I knew I had to pair it with the Glam Affair Monica skin – Summer Euphoria I got from the Euphoria Fashion week. When I bought the skin I had no idea what I would ever wear it with, but it had orange lipstick so I was all over it anyway. Can’t have too much orange put away for a rainy day and you can’t have too many Glam Affair skins.

The hair I’m wearing is from Amacci and is called Melody.  This hair do is rapidly becoming my favourite updo, replacing hairs I have loved for a couple of years.  I love it from the side, the front and the back.  I normally don’t like hairs without bangs much, but I have paired this with the tattoo base that Amacci makes and it makes a great smooth front line to the non-banged hair. These tattoo bases are sold with a bun to match each hair base, and they make a great low prim hair do or great hat hair. There is now a whole line of hairs made to go with these tattoos.  They are 200L a set or for those who like a deal the 8 set fat pack is 600L.  I love fatpacks that are well below half price!

Because Amacci has so many shades, and I have the fatpack (600L) I have even managed to match their tattoo base with other hairs that are older to give them a much better look as well. Hairs from companies that went under before the idea of a hair base ever came out.

With or without the hair base, Melody is a great hair, and it sells for 250L a pack or 900L a fatpack of all 8 shades.  Again less then half price! All the more colours to set your tiara on.

The necklace and earrings are called Phoenix Rising by Earthstones.  I hadn’t been to Earthstones in a couple of years, and I was given a gift card at Christmas by my friend Lashae Karsin, so I thought I would go and see what they had to match this outfit. When I walked in I was shocked at how much improvement the jewelry had undergone in that time. It’s a whole new store from when I was last in it. Now I’m faced with the daunting task of buying a couple of years of great jewelry I have missed. Thanks for not telling me sooner guys…really…My bank account totally appreciates it!  All along the walls all I saw was must have pieces. I love jewelry made with semi precious stones – Jaspers..Agates..Labradorite  as much as I love diamonds and such, these stones have a character that can’t be matched. The jewelry I saw was just as unmatchable.

Phoenix Rising ironically was one of the few gemmed pieces, but the orange colour and fire was perfect for the dress. I bought the set for girls for 599L which included the necklace and earring worn here.

Last but in no way least is an outfit I consider a masterpiece of form and texture Bright Fame. Up above is the long bell bottom pant version of the outfit, the belt and bracelet are included. The pants are fantastic, until you move, they look like a wonderful long skirt, but when you do, the pants dance in the many prim pieces that they are made in.  The outfit also is a miniskirt, which you wear right over the pants in the full outfit.  It’s made in such a way that the skirt just looks like a long tunic when you are wearing both, a technique you don’t see too often in SL. After almost 5 years in this game, there isn’t much I haven’t seen a lot of, so when I see something not done must, it’s a real treat.

The outfit also comes with a fur boa which is all the jewellery the outfit really needs, but I wanted to show it a bit differently so I left it off and tossed on some jewellery instead. You get all this for 400L which I think is quite a bargain.

The perfect skin for this dress is the skin Story from Ploom in Tea skin tone. I’ve had a love affair with Helyanwe Vindaloo’s skins since the first time I bought one when she was still just designing for Deviant Kitties and Ploom was in the distant future. I remember wearing a skin from her called Ice in a skin shade called snow…so white it was almost neon white with lips and eyes the electric blue you only get in teen nail polish, completed with a runny eyeshadow look of course. I wore it with a sea blue sea goddess dress and the whole effect was what one friend called “scary sexy” probably in one of her charitable moments.  I probably wouldn’t be caught dead in either the skin or the dress today, but I was the height of noob cool back then and I adored them both. Fortunately Helyanwe’s designs have grown with me, and this story is a great example. Who knows though, in 3 years I might be looking back on this and wondering how I could wear it, when I should be wearing stuff like the new pale skins with bright blue eyeshadows and lipsticks.  But for now, you can have what is new today, for 950L for 4 versions of the skin with various coloured brows and freckles/no freckles.

The hair is an old inventory find, well it was never lost and it’s probably something I’ll never toss out. It’s Tapika from House Of Heart in Coffee Bean. Who can toss a hair do that has their name on it? Especially one that actually doesn’t suck. I used to use one of the House of Heart add on bangs with this, but now that I have the Amacci tattoo bases, I used the obsidian coloured base with the Coffee Bean hair and it was a great match, and I could wear the style bangless without it looking horrid. Woot Amacci!

The jewellery is from a great shop called Gems and Kisses. It’s something they have moved to their new <99 shop. Who can complain about getting great jewellery and getting it for less then 99L. This is the ego set, I have it in Platinum and black but it comes in 6 colour combinations. At 29L for the necklace and 19L for the earrings, you are going to want them all! Heck, save yourself some time, and just buy everything on the floor, if not the building. You will eventually anyway.  I know it, you know it. Anything else is just denial.

Don’t get so caught up in the bargain hunting in the <99 shop that you forget to check out the regular store. They have some great jewellery there that you won’t want to miss. Even if you are an avowed bargain shopper and won’t get anything unless it’s a “deal” there are still things in the regular shop for you. Just looking around for 2 minutes I found these limited time offerings –  a necklace and earring set for members for 49L (membership is free), a whip necklace for men or women for 50L and some very avant garde necklaces at very low prices, limited numbers, buy and take. Everytime I have come to Gems and Kisses I have found something like this happening. Drop in and see for yourself what excitement is going on.

The poses – Most of the poses are from {socialANGtz} this week, I love her stuff, she is a blogger, so she knows how important is it to keep the poses interesting, but she also tries to make poses with the eyes facing in directions that look good when you are the person being photographed and you can’t use a box and target to change them. That trick only works with 2 people or one person with 2 sets of arms.

Poses Photo 1 – {soci}alANGtz} – Conflicted Set – Pose 1

Photo 2  – {socialANGtz} – Photogenic Set – Pose 3

Photo 3 – {socialANGtz} – Photogenic Set – Pose 5

Photo 4 – {socialANGtz} – At Odds Set – Pose 1

Photo 5 – {socialANGtz} – At Odds Set – Pose 2

Photo 6 – {Terho} – The Variant Set – Pose 6A

Photo 7 – {Terho} – The Variant Set – Pose 1A