Vi Does TDR…

Back when nights were long, friends were goofy and I actually had free time, we used to all load up on the FLF bus (guess who was that tour guide? O.o) and head out for destinations unknown to see what goodies we could find on the cheap. This trip invariably ended up two places, disintegrated into chaotic laughter and The Dressing Room. Its just the icing on the affordable cake of a night shared with good friends and, sometimes, really dirty jokes. FLF has left us bereft but luckily, we still have TDR and her ever lovely twin TDR Blue.

Garments:

Baiastice_Rabibad Mesh shirt-peach (TDR- Current)

MichaMi: Marinara in Black, Skirt Only (TDR from New Year Trio)

Hair:

[Shag] – Bombshell – butterscotch (W/custom tint)

Shoes:

[[LD]] Major: Jet Set Pump [Tahiti] MESH*

Jewelry:

MONS / Bracelet Xena (pink&orange) (TDRblue – Current)

[ glow ] studio – Her longest earrings (black/cop (TDR BLUE 47)

Beauty Accessories:

Amacci Hairbase Tattoo – Dark Copper

Miamai_NoAlpha Lashes N15_No Facelight

R.icielli – Lipstick 02/06

Miamai_XGen_FullBody Freckles 02 COMPACT

~Natural Beauty~Gloss+teeth 3

Candy Nail #FP006 Clear Glitter French Fresh

Additional Accessories:

HouseofFox ::OnyxClutch Mesh[Ice] TDR Blue (TDR – Current)

I also have a new favorite thing in these amazing mesh glasses from none other than Debora Stine…

You can grab these amazing shades by visiting Debora’s store on marketplace, Muschi.

A big thank you to TDR and TDR Blue for keeping us well heeled in an affordable way that is also a great chance to relax with pals and goof off a bit.  Its a nice respite in a ragingly horrid economy and a completely hectic life.

The Dressing Room

The Dressing Room Blue

And here’s an additional outtake from the cutting room floor…

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Shot on location at the new amazing Mayfair sim.

Quickstyle: Animal Instincts

This one sort of happened organically as I went about my casual, laid back Friday. I’m really loving the casual and yet chic look of this Veronica Lake hair from Lelutka.

Peqe – Knit Sweater Zebra
Muism – Straight Fit Jeans in Dark Rinse
Glow Studio – Zebra Feather Earrings
Lelutka – Lake Hair in Harvard
Je Suis – Naive Nails No.001 in Greys
Nyte’N’Day – Ginger Belt in Black

Style by Step: 80s Color, 20s Flair

Yes, I’m back to Ty Zvezda.  Something about this store made me instantly love the clothes.  It has to be the feminine flair with which these designs are created. 

For this look, I honestly considered toning the jewels down and using all black accessories to make the dress really pop out at you.  However, styled that way, it was too bland.  Too bad prom.  To tone down that look, I turned to a little 20s flair.  Something slightly period yet in a modern way.

The base for this look is, of course, the Koale Dress in Fuschia from Ty Zvezda.  Please note ladies that yes, this is a sculpted design, BUT sized and posed correctly it is not at all hard to wear.  You could most certainly wear this for events and look bright and fresh.

While I went for the Saffron Pumps in Black from Lelutka, you could also easily do a nude shoe to extend the length of your leg. Or a more open heeled sandal to lighten the look.

This look started with the Je Suis Magnifique Bangles in Purples. Choosing a secondary color for the gems keeps you from being too terribly monotone and adds some visual interest. By selecting a complimentary color as opposed to one that contrasts, it keeps the look toned down and understated. With colors this bright, I tend to not contrast. Its bright enough, it doesn’t need my help.

Side Note: When you visit Je Suis, keep in mind that buying the fatpack of these bangles gives you the option to combine ALL of the colors they offer in any way you desire. You can change the color of each bracelet in the stack. C’est Magnifique! …oh wait, is THAT where the name came from ?!

The LaGyo Crystal Long Necklace is also a color changing piece and its length and the way it hangs gives it a 20s flair that makes it perfect for this look. I’ve paired it here with their Magnitudo Earrings.

The !Lamb DIY Haircut in Butterfinger with a custom tint has the short bangs and short cut of a woman liberated by booze and jazz. Although I expect they were going more for the look of someone who stupidly let their cousins put a bowl over their head to use as a guide for a home haircut, which actually happened to my sister once.

The trick here is to try to go for something unique. Its so easy to get stuck in the habit of seeing a cocktail dress and going, “Oh, I need to wear strappy heels, diamonds and an elegant hair.” You don’t NEED to do anything but think outside the box.

Style by Step: Oh, What a Feeling.

I have rhythm now.  And its not just from the records in the record store.  This outfit hit fashion rhythm courtesy of some totarry hawt Madonna-esque cross jewelry from Je Suis.

It all started at The Whore Mansion when I saw this very fabulous I Love NY Mini Sweater.  The way she has it layered over a black tank with the shorts and hose reminded me of Hollywood’s idea of great dance gear in the 80s.  So I took her basic style and amped it up with some accessories into a like totally fabulous nod to flashdance.

The basic look consists of the aforementioned sweater.  The Whore Mansion‘s Shitty Pants in Black. I’ve gone with the *Sheer* Tights 21: Fishnet in Bold Black to give myself that underlayer fit for broadway (or ballet school) hopefuls. Whatever welds your iron.

That gives you a basic look to build on.  For this particular look, I took inspiration from Strawberry Singh‘s recent blog and opted a tattoo in.  Her’s looked so rich, who could resist adding one when a bare midriff presented itself?

This one, from The Sea Hole,  felt flowery but with a bit of edge to it as its Death Lili name suggests. This one is very me, but with the infinite options out there you are sure to find one that is very you for your next cropped top.

The next piece to fall into place was this lovely low slung rock and roll studded belt.  The Ginger Belt from Nyte’N’Day leaves me waiting for the next Whitesnake song and looking around to see which car Tawny is going to roll around on next. Because if she doesn’t show up, hell, I’m a ginger. I’ll do it myself.

Once the belt was in place, it became a no brainer to hit up Blitzed for some leather cuffs. I used the classic Brutal Cuffs in Grey on the left wrist, but the newer Legacy Cuff in Black on the right.

The real aha! moment for me with this look was hitting Je Suis and noticing that the Gothique set would make a lovely Madonna reference in the mix of my 80s dance look. Who danced in the 80s without dancing to Madge?! I’m wearing both the earrings and the necklace here. And yes, my earrings are properly adjusted under all that hair.

These lovely flowing locks were styled by the geniuses at !Lamb. This is Honey in Butterfinger with a custom tint.

Side Note: I add a custom tint to most of my hair. Even if its already red. The shade of gingah I like is very specific. These are the detail things that make you unique ladies. Don’t whine to me about not getting this or that if you aren’t doing your detaiilll worrrkkk. You know who you are.

And finally, what would a nod to the 80s be without some sassy legwarmers? These are the Bax Wool Legwarmer 2.0 in Black. Mine are committing complete heresy by being tossed over some Mentine Basic Ankle Boots in Black Patent.

A little Moonshadow in True Blood and some nice Miamai No Alpha Lashes N15 and I hit the streets of ‘New York’ to find a nice record shop where I could find some dance inspiration.

If you need me, I’ll be in the salon shaking it to some vintage Prince. Because in this look, there will definitely be some Thieves in the Temple tonight.

Quickstyle: Baiastice

Sometimes there is no explanation for fashion magic.  Like the fact that the belt buckle is the same gold glow as these bracelets I just picked up late last night.

Baiastice  –  Bodysuit de Soupirs in Tan
Baiastice  -  Feathers Set in Black

Miamai – Keo in Red  

Glow Studio - Give Up Earrings

Glow Studio - Many Square Gold Bracelets

Sheer – Tights 21:  Fishnet Bold Black

Mentine – Soft Leather Set Gloves

Moonshadow – True Blood

The pose used here is Maitreya Model19.

Fashion Statement: Mondo

There are occasions when something touches you.  A person, a place, a garment, whatever it may be.  It just so happens that as part of being a total clothes whore, I am not-so-secretly addicted to Project Runway.

This past season Project Runway introduced its legion of faithful followers to a certain someone named Mondo Guerra.

(For more on Mondo, http://www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/season-8/designers/mondo-guerra)

Mondo started the season quite shy.  He felt isolated and alone because he is more reserved and didn’t make friends as fast as some of the other contestants.  He was my favorite from the start not only for this(I adore an underdog), but for his quirky personal style and his amazing designs.

As the season progressed, everyone got to know Mondo better and all who knew him loved him.  Even the big bitch of the season, Gretchen (know to us as Gretchen the Terrible Textile Taker).  For Episode 10, Mondo’s adventure through Project Runway took a personal turn.

The contestants were given the opportunity to create their own textile and Mondo’s textile had a very personal meaning.  Mondo is an unfortunate victim of the latent societal issues with not only homosexuality but the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  I sobbed as he told his story on project runway.  Because all too often, the most tragic things happen to amazing individuals.  And for Mondo, the fear of telling the truth of a situation and losing the love of those you hold dear was a daily repression on him as a human being. 

These pants were his way of opening up, facing the truth and shouting it to the world.  And after this, we got to see a whole new Mondo.  Being able to release the weight of this big secret seemed to help him blossom and grow.  It was a joy to watch.

This is a HUGE thank you to Kaysha Piers from Osakki for bringing Mondo’s HIV Positive pants into SL as leggings and a total Fashion Statement for Mondo.

Viola for Mondo

For this styling, I selected all Osakki clothing.  Kaysha was awesome enough to bring this design in-world, its the least I could do.

The Guerilla Bodysuit in Ink from Osakki was chosen to represent the societal and familial constraints that were holding Mondo back.  This bodysuit is a perfect choice with its high shoulders and chain detail.  I love that its designed as a bodysuit.  You can pair this with any number of leggings and make it look fresh every time.

Obviously, the leggings are the special edition Osakki Noxious Leggings in Mondo Yellow.  LOVE them.  They are the base that this look was built around and were chosen because they are the in-world representation of the pants Mondo crafted for Episode 10.

I’ve selected the red hot and spanking new Maitreya Gold Shearling Boots in Black to keep a military feel to things.  They are worn here with Warm Knit Socks in Black from Vive9.  I love that the boots have a ton of hot buckle detail on them AND a high heel so you stay high fashion.  Its no mistake that the shearling detail picks up the antique gold color of the jacket’s buttons.

In addition, I’ve used LaGyo’s Numinoso Elbow Cuffs in Gold over the jacket’s sleeves for a little extra modern military touch.  Since this look is very high fashion and a statement look, I chose Miamai’s ultra haute Ashane Updo in Red with LaGyo’s Magnitudo Earrings in Gold.  The earrings were one of the tougher calls, I wanted something that felt right.  These nice, solid onyx stones just felt right. They lend themselves to the austere nature of the military look fairly well.

My lips are sealed and keeping Mondo’s secret with a little help from JesyLiLO’s Tattoo Face in Hurt.  Miamai NoAplha Lashes in N15 help frame out L. Fauna’s Smokey Cat Shadow in Black and the tear streaked mascara from my face Tattoo.

This look is for Mondo.  Thank you Mondo for being you and touching my life.  May we all learn from your unique ability to mix prints and colors in a way that no one else can.  May we also learn from your pain and be more open to the differences in each of us.

Note:  To capture this look, I created a huge white box then created positive symbols and alternated the colors between black and the fuschia color on the leggings.  The overall effect made a fairly spiffy backdrop for the look.