Genre: Rhapsody in Blue

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Glissando

This month’s Genre is Celebratory, a Third Anniversary Party filled with shine and glamor and edged on all sides with a pretty ribbon of silly. As events go, it’s one of the longer ones and inspires a cavalcade of unusual clothing and accessories. That sheer variety is on display all over this month’s event – clothing crossing several ages, accessories for many different types of avatars, and some wonderful celebratory items to decorate homes and accentuate parties. Nowhere is this more obvious than this dress from Blue Blood, a fluffy confection that combines an elegant Mandarin collar with puffed lantern sleeves and bodice reminiscent of Fifties’ cocktail dresses. It transitions smoothly into the wide, ruffled skirt, and the combination of the catch along the collar and the dividing line down the center of the dress adds interest. It comes with a fatpack of colors divided into light and dark, twelve options in all, and each of them combine two tones of color – a brighter, shiny half, and a slightly dull, leatheresque half. Clever use of materials adds to the sense of texture and shine on the dress, making the tentacles seem embossed into the surface as well as making each half seem like a different type of surface. In addition to my eternal favorite, tentacles, there is also a skyline version of the dress which you can see me wearing in my DDR post.

Reverse Modulation

Goth1c0 also blessed us with colorful fatpacks, offering up a wide variety of textures on these charming zippered heels with the platform base. Unlike a lot of fatpacks, where the different textures are color variations on a theme, these boots include this fun, blue embossed pattern, animal print, a fun spiderweb, and even some skulls and crossed bones – ten options in all – and four metal colors. The shapes of the openings are wonderfully fun, each zipper hanging free off to the side. I love the silver detailing along the base and the pipe-shaped heel with it’s cute, rounded center. One of the things I love about the SLink high feet is that they offer up options for cut-out, boot style heels that show off the smooth foot beneath. The style of shoe also let me show off my fantastic nails to good effect – another Genre offering, this time from Sense-able Fashion. I chose one of the puzzle nails, an interlocking pattern of blues which seemed made for this overall look. There are two other sets, all of them brightly colored and fun, a valuable way to bring your celebrations all the way to your fingertips. And just in case you want to celebrate down to your marrow, The Stringer Mausoleum made an amazing set of starburst eyes in a variety of shades – each one eerie and pale, and yet somehow compelling. There is a wearable demo in gray in addition to the purchasable colors, and each comes with such incredible options – petite eyes, mesh eyes, legacy eyes, and a system layer – that even the pickiest eyeophile would be pleased.

Ritornello

( More pictures here. )

Credits:

Skin: Izzie’s, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Alice Project, Blue Jeans
Ears: .:Soul:., High Elf
Eyes: The Stringer Mausoleum, Celebration Eyes (Genre)
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: Elymode, Blue and Sky
Lipstick: Senzafine, Sirene Lipstick
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands & Feet: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands & Feet
Nails: Sense-able Fashions, Puzzle it Out (Genre)
Outfit: Blue Blood, Lynn – Tentacles (Genre)
Shoes: Goth1c0, Dark Call (Genre)

Pose: Grafica

Location: Square pegs in round holes
Light Settings: TOR, NIGHT Flyer
Water Settings: Mirror Water

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping

Genre – Celebration Round

Previously posted @ The Fashionable Heart.

Genre is set to open! This round’s theme is Celebration. I’m kicking it off with this super-sexy sheath dress from Annex. Works perfectly with Lara body and is lovely on its own! The dress is available in this gorgeous pink, as well as a bright blue, black and red.

Style Details:
Dress: The Annex – Sheath Dress – Pink – Coming soon for Genre
Blazer: Emery Lennox Over Shoulders Blazer Eden at Collabor88
Necklace: Ariskea [Scarlett] Heart Necklace [Silver red] – Coming for The Liaison Collaborative 1/15
Glasses: Ariskea [ Hipsty ] Glasses [ Miss Grey ] – Coming for Project LImited (with limited availability!)
Shoes: fri. – Cora.Heels (Nude) at Collabor88
Skin: [theSkinnery] Blair – Bare face(toffee) – at The Season’s Story (Winter Edition)
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1
Hair: pr!tty – Kalel – {Short} – at The Season’s Story (Winter Edition)


Genre: A Queen in Egypt

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Sunshine on the Obelisk

Genre is in the ancient world, and Egypt is one of the oldest. Once again I’m mixing up Roman and Egyptian styles – the collar style jewelry and cosmetics are Egyptian in influence, while the gown is revealingly Roman inspired, rope trimmed and tied low at the hips. Its named Vestal for the followers of Vesta, the keepers of sacred fire, and some of the most powerful women in Rome. Their simple robes are re-imagined here as a comfortable, loose gown of draped cloth that is actually in two pieces – meaning one may mix and match top and bottom robes if one wishes. Created by Les Encantades, these gowns are well-rigged and smooth while still following the bend of my knees. I particularly appreciate that the fabric is lined inside, which means tricky shots from the side still can look good. The drape in back is gorgeous – the folds of cloth layering over each other and around a much slimmer body in a sexy yet still subdued manner. I particularly appreciated that I was able to have it fall between the folds of my wings; so often I have to handwave fabric in my back-shots, but in this case the fabric fell perfectly around the roots of my wings making for a lovely look.

Rounded Angles

My accessories are the more Egyptian end of things, though in both cases more inspired by than directly copying. The eyeshadow and liner layer separately and are created by Oddfish to suit male and female avatars alike. The colors – a range of blues and greens – fit with a bunch of the different patterns of liner and smoothly with the eyebrows – also included. There are a wide variety, from simple to complex. I chose a deep teal to go with the jewelry from Muse – a set with a lot of variety, including a collar style necklace, jewels down the brow, a large nose-ring with a chain to the earring, earrings in addition, and wide arm bands. I love the delicacy of the chain work, from the layers of linked rounds around the neck, to the more ornate spirals on the armbands. The variation of stone is nice as well; instead of focusing on a single stone, it’s a mix of different shades of teal and cyan and different shapes of stone, like diamonds and teardrops. They’re truly some beautiful pieces which can work well with a historically inspired outfit like this one, or with more modern dress.

In My Eyes

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie’s, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Discord Designs, Deoridhe
Ears: .:Soul:., High Elf
Eyes: .:Soul:., RooMee
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: Paloma Snow, Egyptian Eyeshadow and Eyeliner (Genre)
Lipstick: Mock, Bella Vetro Gloss
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands
Nails: ZOZ, Love Polish
Jewelry: Muse, Ma’at-ka’Ra Set (Genre)
Belly Ring: Earthstones, Chakra
Outfit: Les Encantades, The Vestals (Genre)

Pose: Exposeur

Location: Temple of Ithis (Adult)
Light Settings: Phototools, Dream Book Light 03

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping

Dear Darlin’ – On a Lark/Sweet Poison at Secret Affair and Genre and Candy Cyanide at The Fantasy Room

Previously posted @ Chic Le Freak.

Sabel dress from Candy Cyanide comprising the dress and the bodice insert

The extremely well made and detailed Collector Boxes are the joint effort from On a Lark and Sweet Poison for Secret Affair.  There are four Commons (Candle Maker, Torturer, Herbalist and All Purpose) and one Rare (Scribe).  You can also buy closed versions of these boxes

Another collaboration in the form of the Renzo Bracer.  Available in brown or black they are, again, very well made and a must have for your RP wardrobe.

SKIN
Shada Latte 2 ([Banned], WowMeh, Phat Azz, Ghetto Booty, Lola Tango, Physique Slink Hands and Feet Appliers) *

HAIR *
SHAPE
Custom
EYES
Ikon – Promise *

LASHES
*GA* – Mesh Lashes Mysteria *
MESH ASS
[Banned] – Fitmesh Ass
MESH HANDS AND FEET

MESH BOOBS

2015 – A Pleasant Surprise – Masoom @ Sneak Peek and Muse @ Genre

Previously posted @ Perceptions Sita Writer.

Last night the clock struck 12 and today is a new year… and what better way to start off the new year than by picking up a new cocktail dress in white silk at Sneak Peak by Masoom called Pleasant Surprise.  I can’t think of a better way to start off the New Year… can you?

I love the cascading layers of this dress and the wide bow that accentuates my waist…. I left Mr. X a notecard and told him I was gift wrapped just for him!  Pleasant Surprise is an exclusive at Sneak Peek through January 5.

What I didn’t realize is that Mr. X, knowing I am an Egyptophile, left me a most wonderful package from Muse… I felt like Howard Carter when opening this absolutely stunning jewelry set called Ma’at-ka-Ra Full jewelry set that is an exclusive for the Genre Event.

The set comes with two arm bracelets for men and women, earrings, a headpiece, a traditional Wesekh collar for men and women and an ornate nose ring that goes from your ear to your nose.  It is really easy to resize so wearing this is a breeze!

This set is expertly  rendered in the finest 18 kt. gold hand wrought loops embellished with the finest Persian turquoise.   There is great historic meaning to this necklace.  Hatshepsut Ma’at-ka-Ra was the first female pharaoh of Kemet. She reigned between 1650-1600 BC during the 18th dynasty. Ma’at-ka-Ra means ‘Truth/Order/Balance (“Ma’at”) and the Spirit/Double (“ka”) of Ra’. Hatshepsut means ‘Foremost of Noble Women’  I know for me, it will become a go to favorite necklace.

Wearing: 
Masoom –  Pleasant Surprise in White Candy – the exclusive at Sneak Peek
Event Landmark: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/zenshi%20south%20two/139/123/53
http://penumbrasl.com/
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Seven%20Wishes%20Plaza/149/83/44

Muse – Ma’at-ka-Ra Full Jewelry Set – exclusive at the Genre Event
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ecstasy/44/29/23

Skin- Morphine Skins
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sago%20Island/238/204/24

Genre: Life’s Tragedy

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Life’s Tragedy by Paul Laurence Dunbar

Arriving on Shore

It may be misery not to sing at all,
And to go silent through the brimming day;
It may be misery never to be loved,
But deeper griefs than these beset the way.

Genre this time is about Ancient Worlds – a whole slew of options, from Greece to Egypt, and today I’m a fashionable woman from Greece sporting the latest in Egyptian cosmetics and jewelry. My chiton is created by Luminary, and I chose a particularly bright gold because the hue and texture was incredibly attractive to me – it looked luminous and liquid, with bits of dull and bright intermingling pleasantly. The shoulders are lovely and rippled, and so is the skirt – falling in long, loose folds.

Blessings of Plenty

To sing the perfect song,
And by a half-tone lost the key,
There the potent sorrow, there the grief,
The pale, sad staring of Life’s Tragedy.

I paired it with a heavy pendant from Eclectica in lapis lazuli and gold. I am a fan of scarab beetles – a symbol rooted in ancient Egypt – for a number of reasons, including it’s connection with the sun and transformation. The winged version Eclectica created for this pendant is gorgeous, the wings inspired by traditional jewelry without copying it. My only, selfish wish would be for a wider variety of colors and the ability to mix and match – I am a spoiled fairy, I know, but I have daydreams of rainbow scarabs dancing in my head.

The earrings, which are similar but from a different hand, come from Sax Shepherd Designs and offer a subtle counterpoint to Eclectica‘s dynamic winged sun roller.

Sandy Days

To have come near to the perfect love,
Not the hot passion of untempered youth,
But that which lies aside its vanity,
And gives, for thy trusting worship, truth.

I pulled up my chiton for a few fragile moments to show off these amazing sandals from Bliensen + MaiTai. I adore the fire feathers hanging down from the anklets and lovely, double layered bands over the feet. They are really quite charming and fun, and slip on perfectly over SLink’s flat feet. The twine along the front is a particularly nice touch – I love how it’s slightly uneven and imperfect, something which is more difficult than perfection in a world like Second Life.

Sun and Stars

This, this indeed is to be accursed,
For if we mortals love, or if we sing,
We count our joys not by what we have,
But by what kept us from that perfect thing.

And finally my poses are all a release from Genre as well – a gorgeous statuesque set from ht studio. Half of them are shown with men and half of them with women, but I found all of them worked well with my entirely female body. Despite seeming very similar at first, there is a variety to the arm and leg placement which is really quite pleasant. In another skin, I could be holding sheaves of stone wheat and standing in an arched niche.

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie’s, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Ploom, Moxie
Ears: .:Soul:., High Elf
Earrings: Sax Shepherd Designs, Priest of Khepri
Eyes: .:Soul:., RooMee
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: Zed Sensations, Egyptian Eyeliner
Lipstick: Buzz, Gem Lips
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe Wings
Hands: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands
Nails: A:S:S, Glamour Silk
Jewelry: Eclectica: Scarab Neckpiece (Genre)
Clothes: Luminary, Lucia (Genre)
Shoes: Bliensen + MaiTai, Inkasisa (Genre)

Pose: ht studio (Genre)

Location: Melita Insula
Light Settings: TOR, MIDDAY Baskaholic
Water Settings: Glassy

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping

Genre – The Ancients Round – December

Previously posted @ The Fashionable Heart.

New round of Genre celebrates “The Ancients.” Everything from the Egyptians to China and the Celtics.

Style Details:
Gown: Enchantment [E!] Babylon – New for Genre - The Ancients Round
Necklace: Eclectica Scarab Neckpiece-pale gold & white – New for Genre - The Ancients Round
Headpiece: [MUSE] Ma’at-ka-Ra Forehead Piece Unisex – New for Genre - The Ancients Round
Armband: [MUSE] Ma’at-ka-Ra Left Arm Bracelet – Female – New for Genre - The Ancients Round
Nose Piercing: [MUSE] Ma’at-ka-Ra Nose & Ear Piece Piece  – New for Genre - The Ancients Round
Eye Shadow/Liner: Oddfish OF/PS^ Egyptian Eyes  – New for Genre - The Ancients Round
Hair: Truth Hair – Neria
Skin: Essences – Tila {medium02} brunette
Pose: NanTra – Sarabande 4


Lumae, Genre Goes Post Apoc

Previously posted @ {K}iss {K}iss.

For this round of Genre, the theme is Post Apoc. Lumae is offering up a new skin called Star, done in a special post apoc makeup seen below. All eight tones are available for only 75L per tone. Below, I am wearing the Cocoa- Tone 8. epoc credits: ty hair, mink by exile | ring collar by beautiful dirty rich 


Lumae, Genre Goes Post Apoc

Previously posted @ {K}iss {K}iss.

For this round of Genre, the theme this is Post Apoc.

Lumae is offering up a new skin called Star, done in a special post apoc makeup seen below. All eight tones are available for only 75L per tone. Below, I am wearing the Cocoa- Tone 8.
epoc

Teleport to Genre: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Analog%20Dog%20Hair/34/204/3161

credits: ty hair, mink by exile | ring collar by beautiful dirty rich 


Dusty Pond – Genre

Previously posted @ Pretty Little Pixels.

This whole post is actually centered around one new item that I really wanted to show you guys! The necklace and earring set by AZE Designs. It’s gears! I think it’s so cool looking. Simple, but edgy. These gears would look awesome with lots of different styles. As you can see, I’m demonstrating that they even look great with something simple. You can pick up this awesome set until November 12th at Genre!

Credits
Hair - Truth by Truth Hawks – Vida
Top – Erratic by Erratic Rain – Basic Long Sleeve in Light Pink
Cardigan – Blueberry by Blueberryxx Resident – Carla Open Cardigan
Skirt – Pesca by Tsugu Nirvana – Lace Skirt
Jewelry – AZE Designs by Amilia Zabaleta – Impedimenta Gear Set (Genre)