Friday, February 26, 2010

ELIXIR: Eradicating Bad Latex

ELIXIR - Bad Latex Bounty Hunter On White

ELIXIR Latex Bodysuit Black

Latex is a hot commodity in Second Life.  Generally-speaking, it’s also completely effed up or otherwise fugly and unacceptable (and often sold for astronomical prices.)  Most latex clothing on the grid features giant white gashes masquerading as reflections over flat textures and completely unflattering cuts that scream “DO NOT WEAR THIS.”  And let’s not forget all the latex designed for desperate dominas that cover everything except your T&A.  If I had a $L for every time I’ve seen crap latex palmed-off as “couture” or “lingerie with an edge,” I’d be on the cover of BusinessWeek instead of Anshe Chung.  So what are you supposed to do if you’re in need of QUALITY latex that won’t break the bank or scream “attention whore” to everyone around you?  I’ll tell you.

Go over to ELIXIR Latex, home of the finest latex in Second Life.  It puts all the other latex out there to shame.  The cuts and designs are all tease and no sleaze.  The reflections from ELIXIR are so far superior to anything else out there that you’ll wonder what you were thinking when you decided to wear that lesser latex.  Oh, the prices are better too.

ELIXIR Latex Bodysuit Black Close

ABOVE:

ELIXIR latex Bodysuit 1.5 F- Black

SLink Marina Boots Black
Omega Concern - Dual/Single SIG P229s
LAQ ~ Jewel 01 [Nougat] Glow skin
>>ROOTS<<00A10007
[rQ] HuSh~Blonde

 

Go Forth And Make New Hair!

Visit GL Sculpts

CALLING ALL MAKERS OF FINE HAIR!  Ghanie Lane Sculpt Maps has just released a big ‘ol set of fabulous sculpted braids in a ton of different varieties just for you!  40% Off for today only, so you better get moving.  48 different sculpt maps, in total.  I can’t wait to see what fabulousness comes out of this, cause you know I have it bad for hair!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Exquisite Jewelry at a Reasonable Price

Shyayn On Flickr

One of my resolutions for 2010 is to be more reasonable about in-world purchases, particularly avatar accessories.  I love to accessorize and fatpack is my favorite color, so it’s not difficult for me to go into a jewelry store and spend an impressive chunk of change.  (Since $L 1,000 is about $4.00 USD, a spending spree for accessories can really add up if you’re shopping somewhere that the average set in a single color retails for somewhere around $L 1,200.)  But thankfully Mariposa Jewelry appeared on my radar this week, proving that I don’t have to sacrifice quality or quantity!

I was nosing around Lithe the other day to see what prims I could steal needed to be done, and a little pink wall in Ghanie Lane’s store caught my eye.  I immediately went over to investigate, especially since I told her to return those damned guest vendors love pink.  I was pleasantly surprised to see some jewelry that looked pretty darn impressive from the display.  I checked the price and thought it couldn’t be that great because all the big name jewelers charge three times as much, but the bracelet on display held my attention for several minutes and kept calling my name.  It looked so well-done.  And to my amazement, it is!  Every meticulously-designed piece features sumptuous textures and excellent prim work.  And at $L 320 for a full set that includes earrings, a necklace, and short and long bangle bracelets, it’s safe for me to go back into the jewelry store.

Shyayn On Flickr

Mariposa Jewelry

ABOVE:

Mariposa:Aubade (Silver/Blue)
Mariposa:Aubade (Silver/Pink)
Mariposa:Aubade (Bronze/Aquamarine)
Mariposa:Aubade (Bronze/Orange)

Maitreya Aisha II - Ash Blond
LAQ ~ Alice 02 [Nougat] Glow skin
LAQ ~ Cleavage enhancer v2 - [Nougat]
caLLie cLine - bLack ribbed racer tank Jacket

 

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Best In BOOTY Jeans

Shyayn On Flickr

Got Booty?  I do!  And sometimes it’s hard having a little junk in the trunk when most things are made for avatars that look like they need a hamburger or two.  I ran over to Deviance this weekend and made an extraordinary find!  Deviance is primarily known for providing costumes and wings, and you’ll hear more about that later, but I’ll be damned if they don’t have some of the best booty jeans I’ve come across to-date.  And ZOMG, the multipack is only $L 500 and comes with a TON of booty.  The multipack includes two versions of the Dragon Jeans, three versions of the Flower Power Jeans, the Rockstar Jeans, and the Plain Jane Jeans – each in 4 different colors: black, dark blue, blue, and faded.  That’s 28 DIFFERENT pairs of jeans for $L 500.  And they are well-worth it if you’ve got a lil’ junk in the trunk and want a totally sexy pair of booty jeans that don’t show your crack! They look pretty good from the front too. :)

Shyayn On Flickr

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Shyayn On Flickr

ABOVE:

Deviance-Plain Jane jeans-black
Deviance-Plain Jane jeans-blue
Deviance-Plain Jane jeans-Dark Blue
Deviance-Plain Jane jeans-faded

Deviance-flower jeans v1-blue
Deviance-flower jeans v2-blue
Deviance-flower jeans v3-blue

Deviance-dragon jeans v1-black
Deviance-dragon jeans v2-black

Boingo Ribbed Tie-Top (Black)
[rQ]Dreams~BLONDE/PLATINUM
LAQ ~ Alice 02 [Nougat] Glow skin
[LeLutka]-Saffron Pumps (Neutral Black)

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Gothic Lolita Essentials

Shyayn On Flickr 

I’m pretty sure that “gothic” is the last word anyone who knows me would use to describe me.  Nonetheless, I like to try a new look from time to time and given that the fashion subculture of the Gothic Lolita abounds in-world I saw it fit to memorialize it here.

I came to know Saur Holt, the creator behind Gothic Passionate Dreams (::GNP::,) ages ago when she had a tiny shop under another name.  I’ve gotten to know her over the years.  (Yes, it has been that long.)  And I can tell you that I don’t know anyone that is as passionate about gothic couture as she is while being a southern belle who is as sweet as pie with a self-admitted love for hip-hop and rap music.  Her prim work and clothing textures have dramatically increased over the years and today she boasts a huge store filled to the brim with quality outfits for the gothic diva.  (She does a great job with uber-short skirts too.)  Pictured above are some of her very latest releases, the ::GPD:: Gothic Lazombra outfits, and they are some of her finest work to-date.

Shyayn On Flickr

While I was there, I also picked up a set of the Gothie dresses, which are very well-done and definitely fit for a sophisticated gothic princess.  When you run by ::GNP:: make sure you check out all of the opportunities for great free stuff near the front of the store.  ::GNP:: is forever having great give-a-ways and there’s currently a complete outfit in the lucky chair right at the landing point.

Shyayn On Flickr

I opted to use one of the newest releases from the Boingo skin store, Elektra, for my first venture into the gothic fashion world.  The Boingo skin store is one of the best kept secrets on the grid and you’ll be hearing a lot more about it soon.  I selected this particular skin because it provides a beautiful face with super hot, crimson red lips and the pale tone of the skin is exemplary of those most commonly associated with the Western Gothic Lolita.  Stay-tuned because I’ll be posting a full review of Elektra!

ABOVE:

::GPD:: Striped Lazombra
::GPD:: Dreams Lazombra
::GPD:: Gothic Black Lazombra
::GPD:: Gothie-Green
::GPD:: Gothie-Pink
::GPD:: Gothie-Red
Boingo: ELEKTRA-PALE-Crimson
BAX Ankle Boots Black Patent
[the Obscene] Lashes-ARAKHNE-Tintable
Exile Ada/bluevelvet
EarthStones Mystic Pentacle Neckace - Onyx
EarthStones Mystic Pentacle Earrings – Onyx

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Get Beads On Fat Tuesday Without Going Topless

Shyayn On Flickr

All good Catholics know that today is the day we indulge before lent is upon us.  So like any good Catholic girl, I wanted to celebrate on this Fat Tuesday.  I wouldn’t bother showing up if I didn’t have something fabulous to wear, so I ran over to my favorite source of costume wear on the grid, A Touch of Ireland, to find the perfect Mardi Gras ensemble.

Shyayn On Flickr

As you can see, my favorite costume joint didn’t disappoint with the Mardi Gras Outfit 2010.  It’s a magnificent design that will undoubtedly garner you the most beads of any lady at the affair (and you won’t even have to take your top off!)  This showstopper comes with a number of very high-quality prim attachments that could only be made at the hands of Meekal and AliciaKay Kilara, including a mardi gras-themed beaded necklace and bracelets, an outstanding mardi gras mask, and a skirt that goes down in the prim-skirt Hall of Fame.  All prim attachments are totally 100% modifiable with no ridiculous resize scripts and of impeccable workmanship.  Oh wait, it gets better!  This little number is only $L 375!  Reasonable prices, high-quality wares, and modifiable attachments are just a few of the reasons that I keep going back to A Touch of Ireland again and again. 

Shyayn On Flickr

ABOVE:

A Touch Of Ireland: Mardi Gras Outfit 2010
Burroughs Jewelry: Premium DDee Hoops Earrings
Hairy Situations: Brie (Fields)
LAQ ~ Alice 01 [Nougat] Glow skin
Stiletto Moody Bare Ingrid (Midnight)

A Touch Of Ireland: Mardi Gras Tables

Monday, February 15, 2010

Excuse Me, Mr. Linden …

SM Marilyn Ad - Cropped
Am I crazy?  Or weren’t Linden Lab in-world minions recently seizing the accounts of content creators and deleting anything emblazoned with “Marilyn” or “Monroe” or any combination of the two words, even items having absolutely nothing to do with the famed starlet?  I suspect they were doing so to comply with US laws concerning copyright and trademark some legal threat from the estate of Marilyn Monroe

Well, looks like the folks over at Stiletto Moody weren’t affected.  (It’s probably because they overlooked the Stiletto Moody empire as they were too busy begging arranging for Stiletto Moody representatives to speak at the 2010 SL Pro! conference.)  You can find the image above on the Stiletto Moody website as an advertisement for the “Name Our BARE Movie Stars of The 50s” contest.  The Stiletto Moody shoes, apparently named for Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall, and Katherine Hepburn are obviously still in-tact and presumably selling for the same astronomical prices that we’ve come to expect from Stiletto Moody.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Perfectly Pink Marina Boots for Valentine’s Day

SLink Marina Boots - Valentine's Day Ed.
Happy Valentine’s Day!  In case you haven’t already heard, Ms. Siddean Munro of SLink released her brand, spankin’ new SLink Marina Boots with textures that are absolutely adorable and completely perfect for Valentine’s Day.  At $L 150 a pair, these are a steal!  And I like them so much that I’m quite sure I’ll be wearing them during many, many other days of the year.  These have win written all over them with beautiful shades of pink, little heart zippers, and perfectly painted pink hearts.  Love ‘em!  Run over to SLink to pick up your pair today, I’m not certain of how long they’ll be available.  Who knows?  You might even get struck by cupid’s arrow on the way.
ABOVE:
SLink Marina Boots – Valentine’s Day Special

Saturday, February 13, 2010

A Deliciously Dapper Valentine

Deliciously Dapper Valentine 1
My goodness, the cool weather this week reminded me that although Valentine’s Day is upon is that it’s still a bit brisk out and some folks might be looking for Valentine’s Day ensemble that is comprised of a bit more than a bra, thong, and smatterings of lace.  So I was terribly excited when I stumbled upon this wonderful little number from a little store on the grid, CdC Fashion deLuxe!  It embodies all the femininity of teeny, tiny lingerie but with significantly more coverage.  The prim attachments are magnificent and TOTALLY MODIFIABLE, so no silly resize scripts with the blue menu to worry about.  (And we all know that those resize scripts do NOT come even close to helping all the dolls out there with faces and bootys of all different shapes and sizes.)  The textures work just fine and the prim work is worth writing home about, so this is definitely the ensemble for you if you’re looking to get into the Valentine’s Day spirit without parading around in lingerie.  Can you imagine that someone recently told me that lingerie was NOT a complete outfit.  *GASP*  (If you like showing your pixel nips, it come with both naughty and nice versions.)  Oh, and did I mention that this outfit compliments the Black Cherry shade of the newest release from Bax Boots perfectly?  It does.
Deliciously Dapper Valentine 3
And in Bax-related news, there is now an in-world group for Bax Boots lovers from far and wide!  I found out about this little gem on my last visit to the Bax Boots main store when I discovered that the newest release was 50% Off for members of the Bax’s Boot Promotion and Update group.  So you can bet your bottom linden that I panicked and frantically clicked on everything I could until I found out exactly where and how I could join.  Simply search for the group under the “groups” tab in the SecondLife search or visit the Bax Boots main store to find the group joiner kiosk and pay your $L 250 to join.  Group members are entitled to special deals (like the one mentioned above) and all the Bax Boots news they can handle.  If you ask me, $L 250 and sacrificing a group spot are well-worth the deals.  If you factor in the (one-time) fee I paid to join the group, I still came out ahead on my purchase of the new Bax Red Suede Boots.
Deliciously Dapper Valentine 2
To complete one of my more full-coverage looks for this year’s Valentine’s Day season, I accessorized with a deliciously dapper monocle from .:-CatniP-:. and some exceptional jewelry from Burroughs Jewelry.
ABOVE:
CdC Fashion deLuxe - Lady Valentine (Black)
BAX Prestige Boots Red Suede (Black Cherry)
LAQ ~ Alice 08 [Nougat] Glow skin
LAQ ~ Snowstorm - black
Burroughs Jewelry - Jealousy Necklace
Burroughs Jewelry - Jealousy Earrings
Burroughs Jewelry - Jealousy Bracelet
.:-CatniP-:. Monocle V2

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Extreme Hotness For Valentine’s Day

Shyayn In Blacklace
Yummy with a spoon!  I went to Blacklace (again) about a week ago and put a serious dent in my $L balance, which wasn’t hard to do because they have so many hot, hot, hot selections of lingerie that are perfect for Valentine’s Day.  And yes, they feature all the quality and perfectly delicious textures that Blacklace fans have come to adore.  You can see that on my last trip, I picked up the Precious: Red Satin & Lace Babydoll.  It is 100% precious, cute as a button … and sexy as all hell, right down to the satin heart on the back of the thong panties.
Shyayn In Bax and Booty 
I wanted to hint that the girl wearing this might be a take-control girl in the bedroom, so instead of some high heels I paired it with the BAX black patent ankle boots and some edgy jewelry from Shiny Things.  I’m not normally an ankle boot kinda girl, but the unsurpassed quality coming out of BAX has made me reconsider this stance as now there are perfectly delicious ankle boots to parade around in (and they come in every color of the rainbow.)  And if all that weren’t enough, I topped the whole ensemble off with this come-hither hairdo from Kin.
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ABOVE:
~Blacklace~ Precious: Red Satin & Lace Baby Doll
BAX Ankle Boots Black Patent
Kin-Malcsi-[blonde]
LAQ ~ Alice 08 [Nougat] Glow skin
LAQ ~ Cleavage enhancer v2 - Layer1 [Nougat]
Shiny Things - savage bracelet - black and ruby
Shiny Things - savage necklace - black and ruby

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Casual 4 Valentine’s Day

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My favorite cheeky shirt makers at T-Junction have been at it again for Valentine’s Day!  In case running around in skimpy lingerie isn’t your style, head on over to T-Junction and get your casual look on for Valentine’s Day.  They’ve got things for boys and girls, Valentine’s Day haters and lovers alike.
And in case you’ve been hiding under a rock and don’t know, Curio released some great Cupid skins for Valentine’s Day.  They’re full of fantastic shades of pink and red, with the beautiful faces and truly fabulous bee-stung lips we’ve all come to expect from Curio.
Don’t forget to accessorize your casual look!  If you’re a Valentine’s Day hater, head on over to ~Tea Lane~ and pick up some of the unique earrings made especially for those of you that want to show the rest of the grid how much you absolutely detest Valentine’s Day.  And if you’re a casual girl that loves Valentine’s Day, stop off at Earthstones where you’ll find plenty of jewelry to set your heart aflutter. 
ABOVE:
:GP: Sundust [Dark] Cupid-Pure 2
~TL~ My Beating Heart Earrings
T Junction - I Hate Valentines Day
EarthStones Bleeding Heart Earrings - Rose Quartz
:GP: Sundust [Dark] Cupid-Amore 2
T Junction - I'm With Cupid
:GP: Sundust [Dark] Cupid-Teddybear 2
~TL~ Thanks, Cupid! Earrings
T Junction - Love Sucks
EarthStones Bleeding Heart Earrings - Amethyst
:GP: Sundust [Dark] Cupid-Lovelorn 2
T Junction - Loved Up
Exile Ada/ash

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

How To Get A Valentine In 2010

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and I know a lot of you are pissing and moaning because it’s just another occasion to memorialize the fact that your single.  Don’t fret!  Follow these simple instructions, and you too can trap get a Valentine in 2010.
1. Dress To Impress
Blacklace Cupid - Red and White
One of the reasons that Valentine’s Day is better than Halloween is because it’s an excellent opportunity to buy LOTS of lingerie and pass it off as a completely reasonable ensemble for several weeks, whereas Halloween only allows you to pretend to be slutty for one night.  That being said, I’ve seen a lot of lingerie out there and on the feeds.  Most of it is okay, if you’re not trying to get laid or just wear something made of satin and lace that covers as much of your body as possible while still being technically underwear.  Needless to say that isn’t going to work if you’re wanting to attract attention of the hot-blooded male variety.  So…
Get your cute, little pixels butts over to Blacklace where you can pick up a number of things that will make you look like hot sex on a platter.  I highly recommend the Blacklace Cupid Set, among other things.  It comes in both pink and red and is all the fabulousness that we’ve come to expect from Blacklace.  Sumptuous textures, impeccable lines, and finely-crafted prim attachments make the Cupid Set a winner!  Blacklace has become one of my very favorite places to procure fine lingerie because Ms. Mariska Simons is NOT afraid of color.  Soft, muted colors are all fine and good, but I love brave, bold colors done properly.
Blacklace Cupid - Plus Heels
And let’s not forget to pay a little attention to the girls.  Remember that men are simple creatures and 99.5% of them are easily confused and distracted by female breasts, even the gay ones.  A nice rack goes a long way towards getting whatever it is that you want when dealing with a man, whether it’s the kid who works in the office supply room or the CEO.  Nobody on the grid does cleavage like Mallory Cowen over at LAQ.  So make sure you put some of the LAQ Cleavage Enhancers on your list.
Last, but most certainly not least, outfit yourself in some outstanding high heels.  Put the boots away for now because a pair of super high heels at the end of stocking-clad legs is indisputably hot.  I opted for the LeLutka Saffron Pumps, which are a mighty fine shoe and come in a bevy of colors.
2. Set The Scene
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Although most men aren’t terribly picky about much of anything and will happily walk out of the house looking like they were dressed by Stevie Wonder, it is nonetheless important to set the trap scene.  A nicely decorated enclave will foster intimacy and, more importantly, remind him that you are all woman.  And I don’t care how women’s lib you wanna get about it, men always respond positively to that homemaking stuff.  (That’s why you’ll get anything you want if you set the crock pot before work and he comes home to a house that smells like a meaty dinner.)  Just think of decorating as your virtual crock pot.  I have released everything you’ll need and more for trapping attracting your Valentine in 2010.  Come check out all the ~SHAG~ Valentine’s Day goodies and get your house in order!
3. Look Cute And Approachable
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You’re dressed and the scene is set.  Everything is in place to lure attract your Valentine to-be.  All you have to do at this point, is wait.  Don’t forget that men are also easily intimidated and have a tremendous fear of rejection.  So whatever you do, make sure you look attractive, available, and approachable.  At any rate, you have built it and they WILL come.  Expect your first victim suitor within an hour or so after you’ve completed your preparation.  He’ll likely just wander in and sit on your sofa, like he owns the place.  (The male ego is HUGE, albeit incredibly sensitive.)
4. Greet Your Guest
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The trap plan has worked and a potential Valentine for 2010 has arrived!  Evaluate from a distance and use the eject button, if appropriate.  If he passes initial inspection, approach and greet, making sure you position yourself as to give your suitor an unfettered full-body view.  (He will likely be rendered mute at this point and you are completely in control.)  After that, you just have to use the menu…
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ABOVE:
~Blacklace~ Cupid: Red Heart Lingerie Set
~Blacklace~ Cupid: Pink Heart Lingerie Set
Calla White Lupine Bleached Blondes (Pale Honey)
LAQ ~ Alice 01 [Nougat] Glow skin
LAQ ~ Cleavage enhancer v2 - [Nougat]
[LeLutka]-Saffron Pumps (Electric Red)
[LeLutka]-Saffron Pumps (Electric Pink)
~SHAG~ Suck My Kiss Sofa
~SHAG~ Lust Coupon ~ 69
~SHAG~ Love Me! Balloons (2010) - Big Red Bow
~SHAG~ Love Me! Lights (2010)
~SHAG~ Sculpted Sheepskin Rug

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Fabulous Sculpts Galore for Valentine’s Day and More!

Pesky RL kept me away for almost a month, but I made it back to the metaverse just in time for this year’s Valentine’s Day festivities!  And Ms. Ghanie Lane of Ghanie Lane Sculpt Maps has been a very busy bee in my absence.  If you have any interest in building, I recommend heading over to Ghanie Lane Sculpt Maps for exquisite sculpts at an exceptional price.  Don’t know how to apply a sculpt map?  It’s okay, the instructions are in the box and it’s as easy as pie.
And finally, there is a fantastic set of alphabet sculpts on the grid!  Every alphabet set I’ve purchased to date features mangled poles resulting in ugly texture glitter, but no more!  The new alphabet set from Ghanie Lane Sculpt Maps is awesome, and if you’re anything like me then you’ll be relieved that you now have a low-prim way to write your name (or anything else) wherever you want.  (These will be perfect for creating a Shyayn version of the necklace Mariah Carey wore in the “Touch My Body” video!)
GL Alphabet.jpg
Just for Valentine’s Day
Leaving no creator without everything they could ever hope for, Ms. Lane has just released some essentials for Valentine’s Day.
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Just for Jewelers
Ghanie Lane Sculpt Maps specializes in providing sculpt maps and sculpted prims that can be shrunk to itty bitty sizes for use in avatar attachments, especially jewelry.  (This is what the designation “nano” in the advertisements means and you can the relative sizes in the upper right-hand corner of each advertisement.)  So if you’re an aspiring jeweler or someone wanting to make belts, hats, or other avatar accessories then you’ll want to stock up.  Need additional tips and tricks on how to make jewelry and create magic with tiny prims?  Check out the outstanding jewelry tutorials by Natalia Zelmanov here under the jewelry tutorial section.
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Just for the Chinese New Year
This year the Chinese New Year falls on Valentine’s Day, and in honor of the occasion, Ghanie Lane Sculpt Maps has released several sets of Hanzi letter sculpt maps.  So far, Ghanie Lane Sculpt Maps has released sculpt maps for the luck, love, and tiger of the Chinese zodiac symbols.  I believe she is working on more symbols for this line, so be sure to join her mailing list when you stop by to stock up.  Mailing list members are privy to special sales, promotions and freebies, so it’s definitely worth a mailing list subscription.
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Affiliate Vendors – 40% Commission On All Sales
Ghanie Lane Sculpt Maps also has an affiliate vendor program that pays the owner of any affiliate vendor 40% of every sale.  Affiliate vendors are FREE at the Ghanie Lane Sculpt Maps store on Lithe.  Affiliate vendors are available in 8 different models, ranging from 1 to 23 prims each.
Gl Affiliate Vendors - 40% Commission