Friday, December 28, 2012

You've got to be mine, all mine

Last weekend, just before Christmas, I found a fabulous item in my inbox, when Bax had sent me her new releases. It had taken a while, but now the Grande Madame of footwear also has found her way to mesh. And how! These lovely ankleboots are marvellous. The Bax Coen Foxy Boots have tons of options, and the come in Seven colours, Black Leather, Black Suede, Coffee, Earth, Ocean, Sand and Wood. And ofcourse, as we are used to by now, each pair has several color options, and accent colors as well. They are resizable by a +/- function in the menu, and you can even hide the cuffs, so you can wear the boots under a pair of jeans!

The new ankle boots can also be combined with sock tops

I love these new boots and I have been wearing them ever since I got them. With their versatility in colouring you can wear them with virtually anything, and there is a good alternative to wear with your mesh pants, without having to struggle with pumps with difficult to colourmatch feet. Like Jimi Hendrix sang in his song Foxy Lady: "You've got to be mine, all mine"

"You've got to be mine, all mine"

Hair: Wasabi Pills - Valerie (Collabor88)
Nails: je suis... - Naive Basic
Ring: je suis... - Brilliante "ombre" (Fashion Limited)
Lashes: je suis... - Apparence Lashes No. 001
Coat: ColdLogic - Parke
Socks: Meli Imako - Mesh Socks Top
Boots: Bax Coen Designs - Bax Foxy Boots
Pose: Adorkable Poses - Picture Window

Saturday, December 22, 2012

It's the end of the world as we know it...

... And I feel fine. We survived the apocalypse, the Armageddon  the end of the world. We're still here, and it was a blast, or was it? Anyway up to the next versions of Armageddon coming in 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2024, 2028, 2029, 2038, 2047, 2060, and 2076. So we have some great parties coming up the next couple of years.

With Love... For Sway

This last week I have been spending some time hunting for lovely items in The With Love Hunt. In this hunt you can find some awesome items, like amazing dresses, accessories, skins, and even some pieces of furniture! I am about halfway myself as I'm not dedicating all my time to finding the items in the hunt. So I still have a little way to go. For anyone still wanting to do the hunt, There are 73 boxes containing a product worth 400L or more, and they will be for sale at 10L in each participating store. The hunt will run until the end of the month, December 31st.

This post isn't completely about The With Love Hunt, though. During this week I found a link on my login screen of my Firestorm Viewer for another event, Together for Sway. This is a charity event for an SL designer:

Sway Dench has been a fixture in Second Life for years. She creates some of the cutest furniture and decor, and is famous for her Cookie Bears. Recently she learned that there is a benign tumour in her brain, and in 6 to 8 weeks, she will undergo surgery to have it removed. While our dear Sway will make it through this, unfortunately her finances may not. She will be out of commission for nearly 6 months, and her inworld store is her only source of income.

Together for Sway was created to help this sweet woman deal with her time in need.

Various Designer have banded together, and will set out their items (new or otherwise) all in the same venue. 100% of the profits will go directly to Miss Dench.

I have had a peek at this venue and found some marvellous items there, even from some of my favourite designers. In the pictures below you will find various items from both the With Love hunt as Together for Sway. In the credit I will this time also credit the decor because nearly everything in the pictures comes from one of these events.

Hair: Lelutka - Hairbase
Skin: .Insufferable Dastard. - Sofia Skin / Deep (TfS)
Glasses: je suis... - charmante
Piercings: je suis... - perce
Sweater: ColdLogic - esma (TfS)
Hat: SYS - Kazakh cap Wool (WLH)
Socks: Meli Imako - Mesh Rigged Female Socks
Wall cabinet: Alouette - White Wood Entertainment Center (WLH)
Sofa: Cheaky Pea - Rue Abel Loveseat (WLH)
Chalkboard: .evolve. - With Love Chalkboard (WLH)
Lamp: { apple fall } - Manhattan Table Lamp (WLH)
Window: MIASNOW - Winter Window (TfS)
Pose 1st picture: Adorkable Poses - Call Me (phone included)
Pose 2nd picture: Cheeky Pea - Rue Abel Loveseat (Animation)

Monday, December 03, 2012

Sing, sweet Nightingale

A little while ago I received an invitation through the Diesel Works Update Group to apply to the Diesel Works Blogger Group. As most of my readers probably already noticed, a lot of the poses I use in these blogposts are poses by Diesel Works. Rogan Diesel is one of my favourite posebuilders and I must say I am a bit of a collector of his pose props at least. I think I have nearly all of them. So I was already happy when I received a notecard last weekend, in which was told there were not one, but two new pose props. They were two birdcages, Nightingale Glee and Nightingale Sorrow.

I had planned on going there yesterday to seek them out and fool around with them to see what poses were in them, when I got another notecard. This notecard was a thank you for applying to the Blogger Group, and an apology, because the number of replies to the invitation was so enormous, Mr. Diesel will need quite some time  to go through all the applicants' blogs. Then there was a short message about sending the new props sets to a random set of bloggers, which would not mean they were in the group yet.

And about a minute later two more pop-ups came into view. Apparently I was one of the random bloggers to receive the new prop sets! I unpacked them and made a little happydance around them. Ofcourse, I figured that as I had applied to the Blogger group, and I got these as such, I would hop on them and go do what they were made for, making pictures.

These two birdcages are called Nightingale Glee, and Nightingale Sorrow for a reason. While Nightingale Glee is full of nice burlesque poses, and is a shiny golden cage. In the pictures I decided to wear a bright and happy coloured outfit, to compliment the burlesque poses in it.

Nightingale Sorrow is, as the name gives away already, full of gloomy poses, while the cage itself is a dark iron cage. For this I have bought the same outfit is in the upper pictures only this outfit is as dark and gloomy as the cage and its poses are.

All of these photo's are made by the latest FireStorm viewer, which has the new Phototools by Paperwork integrated. These new Phototools are amazing, and I haven't even come round to fully using all features yet. One of the best but also most simple things in this new set is the ability to save a camera position. In the past I have had pictures where I had the perfect angle, but then I spotted a prim that was not correctly aligned, or a colouring that needed to be changed. Then I had to zoom in to fix everything, and I could spend another half an hour to get that camera angle again. Not anymore, since with the new tool there is a simple button to save the camera position and angle, and load it when you need it again. There are also a lot more technical options in the new tool, but for that I recommend reading Paperworks blog, and watching his video turorials.

1st picture:

Hair: Wasabi Pills - Amelie
Blindfold: Dirty Princess - Immoral Beauty Princess II
Corset: Dirty Princess - Immoral Beauty Princess II
Boots: Dirty Princess - Immoral Beauty Princess II
Panties: Random Inspiration - Smooth Thong
Poses: Diesel Works - Nightingale Glee

2nd picture:

Hair: Wasabi Pills - Amelie
Blindfold: Dirty Princess - Immoral Beauty Princess II
Corset: Dirty Princess - Immoral Beauty Princess II
Boots: Dirty Princess - Immoral Beauty Princess II
Panties: Random Inspiration - Smooth Thong
Poses: Diesel Works - Nightingale Sorrow

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Oh my God! I should have you dress me!

Lately it seems everybody is into making platform again, not in the least Skifija, which i've blogged about in an earlier post. This time it's Skifija again, along with some other goodies I found while browsing the Marketplace.

I think Skifija has become one of my new favorite footwear creators. Since he switched to mesh footwear I think I haven't missed one of Goran's designs. It all started with the Lady Night Pumps, where he was very innovative, being the first (that I know of, at least) to create shoes separate from the mesh feet, meaning that you could also take off your shoes! And to this date, The skifija bare feet are actually still my favorite bare feet in my inventory. And I know bare feet! I have them from most of the big shoe companies.

Anyway, this time Goran has released a new pair of thigh high boots, this time the Extreme Platform Boots, in black patent. I wonder if he will be releasing them in other colors as well, although the Sting Boots still only are available in black as well. Perhaps I should drop the suggestion at mr. Osterham, and perhaps in the future there will be other colors available.

The rest of the outfit is very black as well, and leans heavily on Etchaflesh, a shop that has become one of the better known mesh corset makers. In this outfit I have chosen for a neck corset, corset, panties, and arm warmers from Etchaflesh. Together with the lovely jacket from Indyra, and some other accessories these make up the complete outfit.

I must say I'm very pleased with this outfit as a whole as well. I've worn it yesterday all day, and while I was AFK most of the time, I got some nice compliments about it. One of the coolest remarks I got from people yesterday was the following:

"Oh, my God! I should have you dress me!"

Needless to say I was quite happy with that comment. I always say that copycats always are flattering. When people copy your look onto their own avatar they obviously like your styling. As long as the do not copy my entire avatar and keep some of their own creativity in their outfit, I don't mind people copying my style.

Hair: Truth Hawks - Cyanne
Shades: je suis... - Divine
Piercings: je suis... - Perce
Nails: Mstyle - Perfect Hand - Long Nails
Jacket: Indyra Originals - Republica Fur
Neck Corset: Etchaflesh - Zip Me Up Kalima Neck Corset
Corset and panties: Etchaflesh - Lady Death Lingerie Set
Arm Warmers: Etchaflesh - Rubber Arm Warmers
Boots: Skifija - Extreme Platform Boots
Pose: Diesel Works - Diva

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Rosal Unmei

Alright, it's been a while. I've been busy, ok?
Well, not too busy to buy shoes ofcourse  and today I'm going to show you a pair of the nicest mesh boots I have bought this weekend. Yes, this weekend, and yes that means there are more to come, if my schedule allows me.

But for this post I'm going to talk about the newest release from Rosal, the company known for their corsets. Tsarina Mint has succumbed to the Mesh Revolution a little while ago, with her very successful Viron-line in Mesh.  Then there was the release of the Unmei waist corset and the Unmei neck corset. They fit very well together, and are styled in a sort of Japanese way, complete with an obi on the back or both.

And then this weekend there was the release of the Unmei Thigh Platform Boots. These boots also have that same fully customisable look that both corsets had as well.

These boots are so damn HOT! This woman definitely knows how to design her boots. Every single part of the boots is available to set color, shine, glow, and in some parts even texture. This is also the same in the corsets ofcourse.

Well that is all I have to say today. hopefully more will come soon!

Hair: LeLutka - Salome (Mesh)
Lashes: Maxi Gossamer - Groomed Medium Black (Mesh)
Piercings: je suis... - Perce
Nails: Mstyle - Perfect Hand - Long Nails
Neck Corset: Rosal - Unmei Neck Corset Multicolor (Mesh)
Waist Corset: Rosal - Unmei Waist Corset Multicolor (Mesh)
Boots: Rosal - Unmei Platform Boots Multicolor (Mesh)
Outfit: Deviance - Enchantress
Pose: Vista Animations - Sensual & Dangerous AO V1

Monday, October 15, 2012

More Extreme Platforms

The ink on my last post was hardly dry, when the Golden Skifija group received another notice! This time Goran released The SKIFIJA - Extreme Platform (PANTER). And they are gorgeous again! This time they have an extra option of being able to fully adjust the colour the shoe itself as well, so it you want a pink leopard print, you can have a pink leopard print!

These are as usual very detailed, and in addition to the outside being tintable, the other options of tintable feet, nails, inner and outer soles are also applicable to these shoes, just like the previous ones. All and all there are now 4 different Extreme platform heels by Skifija, and I love them all!

Top Picture:
Hair: LeLutka - Lively
Lashes: je suis... - Apparence Lashes - No. 001
Piercings: je suis... - Perce
Nails: Mstyle - Perfect Hand - Long Nails
Top: Maitreya - Athena Sweater
Pants: Maitreya - Leather Legging
Shoes: Skifija - Etreme Platform (PANTER)
Pose: Diesel Works - Diva

Bottom Picture (left to right):
Skifija - Extreme Platform - Black
Skifija - Extreme Platform - Panter
Skifija - Extreme Platform - Crocodil
Skifija - Extreme Platform - Zebra

Friday, October 12, 2012

Skifija Extreme Platforms

Anybody who knows me, knows that I am a huge fan of the new Skifija shoe-line. Goran Osterham was one of the first designers to make separate feet and shoes that fit together, and when he first released his Lady Night Pumps, and later the the High Heel classic, it was an instant hit with me. I love the level of detail in his shoes and since he started to produce mesh, I've gotten every single pair of his shoes.

Today Skifija has released not one, but two new pairs of shoes. Both are of the Extreme Platform series. Some of you may have seen the black version of these shoes. But today I found two new designs in the store. One of them is seen in the picture above, the others are also seen in the picture below.

These shoes both have wonderful detail and as usual for the Skifija shoes, they come with fully tintable feet. Other options are the tintable nails (for when you wish to wear the feet without the shoes), and tintable inner and outer soles. You can find a tutorial to tinting the feet here.

Better get them while they are hot, since today is Friday, and Friday is discount day at the Golden Skifija. Join their group, get a discount card from the store rabbit, and wear that to select the discount on the buy menu. This works on everything in the store!

Shoes: Skifija - Extreme Platform (ZEBRA)
Shoes: Skifija - Extreme Platform (CROCODILE)
Hair: Lelutka - Lively - Jessica
Pose: Diesel Works - DW Barstool v.2011 B/W

Thursday, October 11, 2012

An introduction.

Who am I?

My name is Adanaya Lamplight. I was born in Second Life on June 5th 2009, which makes me over three years old. To some that is old, to some that is young. But then again, as I always hear on so many birthday's, you are as old as you feel.

Anyway, for the first few months I wandered through Second Life, having fun here venturing there, not really having a goal. My first real encounter with fashion in Second Life, was when I applied for a job at Bax Coen Designs. Their Prestige boots were my favourite boots by far. I had spent fitting the boots on a friend of mine when someone suddenly said, "Perhaps you should fill out an application form and apply for a job here."
That person turned out to be Bax Coen, designer of the famous boots, and owner of the store.

One application and a couple of interviews later I got hired, in what I still think is the most wanted job in Second Life. I became a Bax Coen Customer Service Representative. Or at least I became a Trainee. After working with a couple of the senior workers there, I finally got my tag as Bax Coen CSR.

Not long after that came my next step in fashion and modelling. A colleague from Bax, the accessories designer Julia Merosi, asked if I could help her for the launch of her new brand: je suis... I was the model for je suis... princesse and on the launch party I went undercover as one of the mannequins showing off the newly designed jewellery Julia made. I modelled for Julia's designs for about a year and a half I think, until other models were invited to show her designs as well.

Not long after that I did something not many models have done before, and I completely switched my looks. I went from a pale white, skinny, extremely tall girl, to a normal sized, curvy black woman. I knew it meant I had to start all over again in terms of modelling, but I felt more comfortable in my new looks than before, and was very determined to make it into modelling in my new looks as well.

And after a while some level of success was finally there, I managed to make it to the finals of Miss Essence of Ebony, a beauty pageant created to express the beauty of ebony women around the world. I reached the Finals as Miss Essence of Ebony Ghana 2012. The final winner of that competition was Miss Togo, Ngozi Faith. However disappointed as I was, she was the best in the competition, finishing in the top three every single week. When I IMed her to congratulate her, we got to talking and she advised me to join the starwalkers 2010 and Model's Workshop groups and find a modelling academy, and hone the crude skills I had. (Before Miss EoE I had never even been on a runway).

So after looking at a few academies, and not really knowing which one to choose, I saw a notice coming through the Starwalker 2010, that the new semester at Amici Agency and Academy was about to start, and people could apply for a spot in their class. I was invited for an interview with CJ Grantham and Cara Vespucciano-Grantham. They told me about their academy and their beliefs, already giving me some tips during that first interview, and showing me their training grounds. And so a half an hour interview turned into a two hour, conversation/first training, and I attended Amici Academy.

Due to being the only European in that semester, I had all my teachers to myself, and I was able to follow more classes than normally scheduled. I raced through the curriculum, and my teachers deemed me ready for exams after three and a half of the normal six weeks. Due to my nerves the exams did not go perfect, but they went well enough for CJ and Cara telling me I had earned my certificate and I had become an Amici Model.

And from that point, my fashion career really took off.