Category Archives: Shops that i like

Community pinning? A new pinboard and news

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What´s this? an empty pinboard called Sandbox? Well guess what guys it´s yours, well kinda, i have a few rules for it, you can find them at the end of this blog post.

So basically this is a Community pinboard where every one of my followers can pin to, it´s basically there for us to share among us as a Community, be it Blog posts, Event Flyers, announcements, new releases, tutorials, links to stuff you like and enjoy in SL.

I tought it would be a nice interactive way to share likes of us all, to find new shops, blogs, events and products, it will be moderated of course, but guys we´re grown ups here, we know what to do or not, don´t we?

I´m now slowly adding around 600 people to it, slowly and carefully, if you want to be added right away please drop me an im.

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Ok here are the basic rules:

1- SL related things, but external resources are welcomed also.

2- No IP infringement items, or SL´s TOS breaking (if you´re a creator or a blogger) if you have doubts if it´s infringing or not, avoid it please

3- Keep it PG, or in other words, cover your bits.

4- Don´t spam, cause you don´t want to be that kind of person to you?

5- Bloggers one pin per blog post, 3 blog posts per day.

6- Add the info on the pin, What, where, when whom is basic info we need, if you´re a creator link to you flickr or blog we wanna see more of you.

7- No bickering on comments, seriously just don´t.

I hate moderating stuff, but i will come down hard on anyone breaking these rules, without a warning and with the blaze of 100 suns, but i do it cause i love yall.

I reserve the right to expand on these if necessary.

That´s about it it´s time for some fun and some pinning.

These are a few of my favourite things part 2

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Some time ago i did a blog about some of my favourite shops over the past year, on that post you can find here: These are a few of my favourite things part 1 i talked mostly about skins, and of course a lot was left out, so today i bring you clothes and jewelry.

Now let´s talk about clothes, the advent of mesh brought a lot of changes to how we wear clothes these day, issues with standard sizes, templates and deformer where highly talked this year, most creators had to adapt and learn not also mesh but rigging, for some it was easier than for others, a huge amount of new shops came out, and a few won ground in customer preferences. I adore mesh clothes, system layers and even hybrids of both.

The amount of shops i usually wear here is quite big and it would be impossible to talk extensively about them all, so i´m gonna simply name a few of my favourites over the past year and talk maybe a bit more on some newcomers.

My favourites for blogging and regular wear this year where: MaitreyaGeometryBiloZaaraLeagueCracked MirrorErraticIngenueColdLogic, These of course are just a few of the many brands you can find in SL or my inventory, but basically the shops i end up wearing more here and/or inworld: But a few shops stand out for me this year as you can see on my next paragraph.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Belleza - Wynter Skin
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer –  Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: booN
Dress: Volstead  – Empire
Jewelry: [HANDverk] – Beaded Leather Necklace and Earrings

It was pretty cool to see Glam Affair  start doing clothes and even more recently hair also, i can´t wait to see more clothes from them.

I don´t really do Roleplay in SL but Volstead  that started as an entry of clothes for a themed 20´s RP sim contest has won my heart and not only are the clothes gorgeous and some of my favourite of this year, but they work outside of RP environments.

Another two shops i´ve keep and eye on most of the year are Perception and 22769 – casual couture, Maggie started doing corsets and does some of the best shaped ones in sl due to her knowledge in corsetery in actual RL, and i´ve seen her work move well father away from simply corsets to a whole new array of products.

In the meanwhile the boys from 22769 can basically do it all it seems, they do furniture, clothes for both sexes house and decor stuff, there´s nothing they can´t do and they do it always with a smile, meaning Manu and Paco also get a prize for nicest creators in SL this year.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Glam Affair- Renee (My Attic)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer –  Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Truth – Sassy (My Attic)
Corset: Perception – Overbust Corset — Capricorn (Zodiac)
Necklace: Perception – Capricorn Horn Necklace (Zodiac)

Now jewelry, in RL i can´t wear earings, not for more than 15 minutes before the itching starts i don´t wear necklaces either because i don´t like things around my neck, but in sl i can and do wear all of those, this year we had a few newcomers i fell in love with like House of Rain, stores i already knew and wore like, [HANDverk]LaGyo and lassitude & ennui and the biggest surprise of them all  Maxi Gossamer who now makes some of their sl pieces available for you also in Rl, follow the link to see which models are available here.

Well that´s all for now, hopefully i´ll be back soon with another instalement of my favourite things this last year, see you all soon and have a glorious weekend

These are a few of my favourite things part 1

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And when i say a few i mean only a few, I remember well a year ago when mesh was new, there where only a few stores selling mesh and the quality was very different then what we have today, the SL fashion industry changed and moved into the future finally, leaving a lot of people lost and confused.

Today mesh is a huge part of our SL lifes stores embraced it, some going full mesh, some going partial, some embracing it in a whole no different way recently, with the coming of mesh boobs and appliers for them so that regular system clothes could literally embrace the mesh itself.

Over the year we´ve seen new brands arriving, old ones revamping themselves and a whole lot of new things, today i was a bit bored, i´ve been busy this holiday season like you all, but today i found i had a little time to sit down and organize my inventory, as usual i was looking at events stuff, moving things into folders, opening boxes, trying out things, and i usually look a mess when doing so, i wanted to take a pic of the new Bilo skin for this months Zodiac, I had no idea what hair to wear and luckily i had stopped at My Attic and grabbed this cute Ploom updo and i realized i was not only wearing some holiday colours but i was wearing some of my favourite brands, and over this year i gained so many favourite stores i decide to do a few more pics of random stuff from random events i have laying about.

Then suddenly i find my self putting up my idea of my favourite shops from the past year, so here are a few portraits and thoughts on the shops i´ve been wearing most often and blogging about.

First i will start with skins I´m here wearing a skin from Bilo, i didn´t feature first because of my special connection with the brand (If you look at my profile it´s writen there I am a CSR for the store, I would like to say i don´t get payed for it  in any way shape or form tho, I´ve just known Chandra for sometime now, and we´ve been close friends since then, I started blogging when she started entering events and I´ve seen her shop growing slowly over time in quality and effort, I now know a lot more than i ever did before about the creating process, how much sweat and tears go into it, be it mesh or a texture) This pic was just the starting point for this post.

Another skin brand that I´ve seen grow over time in a really suprising and impressive way is Essences another shops also featured in this Edition of Zodiac, that has also been in almost every big event for this past half month, with an increasingly quality, making me slowly grow closer and closer to their skins.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Bilo – Esha (Zodiac)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer –  Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Ploom – Mosh (My Attic)
Cardigan: Bilo – Munira Cardigan

Now what do i mean with growing into a skin? Let me explain it better, some skins you go hmm i like this is different, and as you wear it more and more often with time, it growns on you, it´s not that use makes you appreciate something better, just that you slowly step out of your usual everyday look and start enjoying and appreciating different facets of yourself and your own shape.

I never change my facial features, I´ve stopped tweaking my shape about two years ago when i was finally happy with the final result, and this brand skin always looked different on me and i couldn´t pin it down why, I´m talking about Glam Affair a brand that always made me go hmm, but after a year of blogging has become my second most blogged brand and one of my favourites, not just for Fantasy but regular more fashionable pics, i collect most of the brands special events skins and i´m totally in love with them all.

Another skin I´ve had a similar relationship with was Pink Fuel, again one of the best SL brands that i always tought looked slighty off on me until i started grabbing and wearing not just here but also occasionally inwrold every special event edition.

Mind you i still wear mostly my favourite skin inworld which is my Milena by Mynerva i love it´s clean no makeup look more than anything else for my daily walkbouts, but i´m starting to realize i wear it less and less as my Skin folder grows bigger and my time for walkbouts grows smaller, and now i found out, well not really found out just wore a bit more a lot other skins like Belleza who´s Wynter Skin a few weeks ago for Fifty Linden Friday had me gasping for how beautiful it is.

My knees go weak with every Fallen Gods release and my inner Fantasy geek wants to fly around SL naked wearing nothing but skin and wings. I cry a little when i see every new My Ugly Dorothy skin out there or Mother Goose´s i wish would actually fit my shape, and i feel tempted to make a new one just for their skins. And i´m slowly growing fonder of the Skinnery,  and i´m atencipaticing Nomine´s new focus only on fantasy skins. And this only to name a few shops i didn´t picture here on this post and it´s follow up one.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Essences – Caprice skin (Zodiac)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer –  Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Amelie
Dress: Geometry – Winter (Gothmas by Gaslight)

At the end of a day i realized a skin says a lot about who we are and is one of the most important pieces of an avatar, but i think i also found out my avatar wants to be a lot of different things and some might not even make much sense to me at the time, but it will at some point, when i realize i feel good enough on my own skin to change it as often as i can and feel like.

Shops that i like part 3 – Illusions

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I said i would do this bit once a week but aparently i lied because it has been a bi-weekly blog post, but i am still doing it, taking some snaps of some of my favourite shops in SL, first it was Culptrit, then lassitude & ennui and this time it´s Illusions.

Siyu Suen has been in SL since 2006, a for years she has made some of the best if not the best masks in SL, detailed a wonderfully crafted, but with the coming of mesh and it´s adoption to mask making and not only, have they become more detailed, but the possibilities are now endless, as i´ve seen from Illusion´s new mesh ear releases.

I picked this store today not just for their products tho, when i write these shops that i like blogs i try to measure the whole shopping experience and what i know about the creator, and that usually includes the shop itself, and the Illusion´s shop inworld is something to see, the huge majestic building, with the small houses down the hill, the classic bridges, the shiny water, does bring us to a small inspired Venice, perfectly fitting for the store contents, making it such a wonderful shopping experience.

So even if you´re not planning on shopping, plant at least a visit to explore the sim, and be engulfed in it´s mood, you never know you might stumble into a masquerade ball where Siyu is djing herself, and masked people great you like an old friend.

Illusion´s blog

Illusion´s Flickr group

Location: Illusions at Carnivale: The Isle of Masks

How do you walk on water?

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I do it barefoot and today i do it in a COLLABOR88 look and mood, because the 8th was yesterday and as usual it´s COLLABOR88 time, and the July edition made me scream and jump of joy, first because i love the event, second because this months edition is even better than last month´s, third because i see some shops i love have become regulars, and also a few new faces, and fourth i promised my friend Geni a makeover soon, and it came just in time for it.

And today i bring you a dreamy walking on water and air look in this gorgeous Schadenfreude dress, which i totally fell in love with as soon as i saw the preview on flickr, along with the matching shoes, which i´m saving for a later blog.

I was extremely happy to see Schadenfreude again at C88 and has a permanent participant, also amazing at this months edition is the jewelry, not only the Maxi Gossamer, and LaGyo i´m wearing, but all the other jewelry makers at the event that i will show of later.

The skin i´m wearing is also from the event and by Glam Affair, and i think it´s a must for any shopper who likes their skins, it´s a clean basic bare skin and i was really impressed to see it at the event, it´s so versatile and you can simply add on the makeup layers you wish over it, like i did here, with these gorgeous, whites by Pin me down.

Finally let´s talk about hair, and this one is a classic by Elikatira and one of her first mesh works, and since i mentioned hair, is everyone has anxious as i am about Hair Fair? It´s about to start, most specifically next Saturday the 14th, and i´m waiting as many anxiously.

See you all again soon with my usual shops that i like later and have all a good start of the week.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Glam Affair  –  Roza (COLLABOR88)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Elikatira - Abbey 
Dress: Schadenfreude –  Eala (COLLABOR88)
Feet: Slink – Mesh Feet
Earings: LaGyo – Santa Monica earrings (COLLABOR88)
Necklace -Maxi Gossamer  – Garbo Graduated (COLLABOR88)
Makeup: Pin Me Down – Whites 8
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss 

Poses by ibang –  mini series – back up (COLLABOR88)

Shops that i like part 2 – lassitude & ennui

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A couple of weeks ago i did a blog post on a shop opening, i had never done one before and i actually loved it, i don´t think shops get enough exposure, sure we get to see all the new release, and all the items on blogs, but not much of the actual shops themselves, and today, just having a inworld store is a rarity sometimes, and i really enjoy it when not only there is a inworld store, but it´s a pleasant place to shop at, and somehow reflects the owner´s taste and looks.

 I´ve said several times i´m not much of a shoe person, which is weird for a woman, not that i don´t like shoes, is just something i don´t honestly like spending too much time worrying about, i do worry if i am wearing the right shoes, and that is why i always go for classic looks, and versatile shoes to wear. And here comes one of my favorite shops, and my number one options for footwear, which is lassitude & ennui, you can visit their blog here.

I already knew the shop for some years, but what changed it all and made it my favorite, was the coming of mesh, Jackal´s Ennui talent really shines, and every single mesh release made me come back to the store for more. My avatar is not very tall and i always had issues with most heels, stilettos simply do not work for me, my favorite pair of shoes became my cute boudoir mules, that i wear with anything formal, these you will have to pry from my dead cold hands.

But enough about shoes, i wanna talk a little about the shopping experience itself, I love the shop, it´s why i included some pictures of it, i love shopping inworld, i usually use the marketplace for looking up stuff and see where the shop his, for random browsing, to look up shops slruls (creators please put your inworld location in the marketplace, it´s a wonderful tool for all shoppers), and i use it to just get something fast if i´m in a rush but already know the product, so i do love shops, and i love the layout of this one, the open space makes me feel alive, i love walking thru the ruins while i look at the displays on the boards.

There is nothing more comforting than shopping for shoes, while walking barefoot on grass.

Location: lassitude & ennui mainstore – slurl