Life.Is.Beautyful.

I was a little down this morning about a random comment, so I was going to skip today’s blog and just stay mellow and listen to music when I ran across Nikki Sixx’s (Motley Crue et,al) “Life is Beautiful” on my MP3 player. Life Is Beautiful is about Sixx’s past drug addiction, the difficulties he encountered while addicted. And as we all hope of those we love who live in addiction we always hope they reach the realization that in reality, life is a beautiful thing, worthy of living. If you are sad or upset, take a moment and look outward, enjoy the smile of a newborn, a flower growing in a rocky area, hear the sound of a bird whistling to the winds or the purring of a cat. Sometimes we focus that mental camera inward too much, so I love to change my view by opening doors for strangers, smiling like I mean it and often just saying hallo. Life can be an amazing adventure, but really it is only what we put into it that measures what we receive from it. If you open your heart just a little, let the sun shine on the dusty dark depths, you will be amazed at the new lightness of heart you feel. Trust me, I am not trying to treat others pain with frivolity, I myself have lived with tragedies that seem insurmountable. I know in all things a little darkness will grow, but I think I am just giving all of you a wish gift from me, I am hoping each of you will have a moment of peace, a moment of joy and a long moment of childlike happiness in your adulthood. *falls of soapbox*

Life.Is.Beautyful.

Recently, on Facebook, I had the honor of meeting Second Life designer/creator Elettra Gausman of Orage Creations (*OC*) and what a wonderfully funny and nice person she is! Curiosity piqued, I wandered over to the Marketplace and purchased a dress I immediately fell in love with, “parfum.” Well I failed to listen to myself, I always preach to wear only colors that work with your skin season, and apparently beige isn’t it. The gown was gorgeous, so the problem was all me. I explained the problem with Elettra and being the well informed and creative person she is, she dropped a few outfits to me in colors that work with my winter skin tones. I was instantly in love with the black cocktail “Fifi” this is the sort of elegant evening attire I lean to in normal situations. I threw on some Miamai hairs and Similar Italian shoes and I was done!

Life.Is.Beautyful.

I was simply amazed by the “Royal” gown as well. It is a scrumptious sapphire shade of blue in a heavy satin. The sway of the skirt and bodice ruffles pulls the viewer’s up to the wearer’s lovely face. A gown with this much drama needs very little fuss and frill so I included a simple Purple Moon necklace, Donna Flora earrings and the gorgeous Purple Moon updo. As an aside, I’ve included the “Parfum” gown because the gown would look so divine on so many of you, and honestly, when I added the brand new Kungler’s “Nirvana” jewelry in a rich ruby, it kind of created a bit of a color block between the gown and my face, giving me back some of my color.

Life.Is.Beautyful.

I enjoyed the offerings of this designer so much, I hope you will check out her store today! MuWah! have a gorgeous day! Taxi:

Think.Believe.Achieve.

Think.Believe.Achieve.

Moving kind of slow, which is typical after a perfect weekend, but I wanted to mention a new store, L’accessoires. Love em or hate em, a good model always needs accessories to kick their look up a notch. It’s what separates the cleverly devised from the blandly ho-hum. And just because you throw a hat, or necklace or earrings on, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best choice for the outfit. So next time you need to style to the nines for an event, play dress up. Cycle through several shoe, jewelry, or any other accessories, don’t just run to the old fave, you will be surprised how finding the perfect accessory can create the perfect appearance.

Think.Believe.Achieve.

And luckily, for the time constrained models like me, L’accessoires has opened its door. I popped in last week and within 5 minutes purchased a top, three hats, a pair of bangles and sunglasses. Done and run, it doesn’t get any better than that. For more information, I fudgied the information from my dear friend and fellow model, MeiMei Shui’s blog and included it below. I had so much fun at the shop, I included the taxi for you! Enjoy! Taxi:

Think.Believe.Achieve.

Look 1
Hat: Bliss Couture, Florentine (L’accessoires) *wearing the black and the white
Bra Top: *SoliDea FoliEs* Venusia (L’accessoires)
Pants: Maitreya, Mceht
Bracelet: Finesmith, Kitsch
Earrings: Indy & Company, Maelle

Look 2
Hat: NYU!, Bold Ribbon (L’accessoires)
Hairs: Maitreya, Bo
Necklace: Indyra, Ibiza

Look 3
Hat: La Penderie de Nicole, Roseflower (L’Accessoires)
Hairs: Boon, ARK554
Dress: *LpD* Atena
Jewelry: Purple Moon Creations, Venice (L’accesoires)
Shoos: CeLoe, Aelia Wedge

L’accessoires is opening at midnight August 15th!!

We are proud to announce a brand new concept in Second Life: L’accessoires! This event is brought to you by Groupe Le PonPon and aims to provide you with a customized shopping experience centered on accessories as well as shoes with its first cycle starting on August 15th until September 8th with some amazing designers:

Ameliarae Beauparlant
AZOURY
Bliss Couture
Glam Affair
Gotzsche
HANDverk
LA PENDERIE DE NICOLE
Lassitude & Ennui
Milk Motion
PurpleMoon
NYU
Solidea Folies
Tableau Vivant
Tee*fy
UMEBOSHI

Don’t Want to Be Caught Dead in that Same Old Outfit Another Day?

Don't Want to Be Caught Dead in that Same Old Outfit Another Day?

Don’t worry about it!! The next round of the Couturier’s Dock Starts August 18th at 11AM!! I know you will discover some great finds there so I even included the taxi for you! Taxi:

**A special thank you to Aliza Karu of AD Creations Dollhouse for the use of her “Miss Skeleton” dress for this advert. POSE: Lost Angel Industries, “The Dark Alley” photo box w.poses, part of 2012 Vintage Fair, Chic Management

This round will include limited quantity items from the following designers:

Aliza Karu AD Creations Dollhouse
AntoniaXp Countdown
Applonia Criss Chantkare
Aurelia Chauveau Molichino
Blackliquid Tokyoska Blackliquid
Descent Dover, LibDescent Poses
LovelyMiwako7399 Menna LovelyMi Makeups
Mila Tatham *SoliDea FoliEs*
Nevery Lorakeet *LpD*
Poulet Koenkamp PM (Purple Moon)
RiRi Bazaar, HMAEM
Vikee Xevion [[LD]] Major
Zxxrysa Magic .::PiCHi::.

Welcome to the Couturier’s Dock! We are Salimar Art SIM and we are tomorrow starting our fifth round of this fun event and the inventory will disappear quickly and once the current inventory is gone, it is gone. We do not refill stock so don’t miss out on some of the incredible finds at the Couturier’s Dock. We purposely kept our designer’s list limited to some of the designers we feel have niched their own genre of fashion so the items available to you will be unique, limited to lots of 35 units, will be affordable at a price range of 50 to 500 Lindens (50% off the main store price) and we hope what you find will be a treasured addition to your Second Life inventory.

The Couturier's Dock

Postcard.To.A.Dear.Friend.

Recently, with so much joy, I watched a dear friend of mine turn forty. Forty. Such a milestone! I picture forty as standing on a precipice of Mont Blanc, as you look back you see all the pages of the life you have lived, the little mistakes, the big victories, all the dalliances, pains and joys that have softened your hard edges and just somehow made you softer, wiser, and perhaps nicer than you were at twenty. Hopefully we all become a little less opinionated and a little more forgiving because all we have lived will create the enlightened us of forty. And women always seem more in tune with themselves, more loving and somehow at their most beautiful at forty. Don’t you think?

Postcard.To.A.Dear.Friend.

As the woman of forty turns her view opposite, forward, she will see all the blank pages of her life story yet to be lived, experienced and written. She will intertwine the lessons, the histories, of the first forty years and in the second forty weave it into a more colorful, gorgeous tapestry of a life, a tapestry befitting royalty, a life, a love of those around them, a dedication written in the hearts of all those they have touched. You have already lovingly touched a soft piece of my heart, etched your name deeply, permanently there, my dear friend Mila. I am honored to see the beautiful you of forty, and will be equally honored to travel a few more steps with you as you live your history, as you continue to write your pages, my words dispersed in small snippets through your wonderful pages, I am honored to know I have had a small place there, even if only for the brief moments of letters written on the sand to be erased by the tides of the sea. One day, I may have washed away but at some point, even if only for the waxing and waning of a moon, I am here, I am with you, and I feel joy. Happy Birthday Mila! I hope you like the picture my darling Skip Staheli has made of the *SoliDea FoliEs* “40” dress you so kindly gave to us for your birthday.

Postcard.To.A.Dear.Friend.

On to business. I know this is what my dragon, Draakje Dailey, calls “Cao’s version of “Word and Peace.”” The International Model Agency is having a “Sydney Fashion Week’” beginning August 17th 2012 through August 22nd, 2012. *SoliDea FoliEs* will be having a show on August 19th, 2012 at 5AM SLT. Above is the gorgeously colorful, unique offering created by Mila Tatham exclusively for this event. It has so much of the exquisite colors and feel of a native aboriginal costume, I just had to have it! Isn’t it divine?

I hope you get the chance to support these hard working models by attending the shows. I know I will pop into a few just to see the exclusive apparel these wonderful designers have made! I hope you will too! Have a wonderful weekend!

Look One:
Dress: *SoliDea FoliEs* “40”
Hairs: Tuty’s, “wet look”
Hat: Miamai, “Memento Boreal”
Makeup: LovelyMi Makeups, “Aphrodite”
Tights: Peqe, “Unicef”

Playing.With.The.Paparazzi.

Playing.With.The.Paparazzi.

Just kidding, hehehe I don’t have paparazzi. Well other than a Dragon who likes to stalk me all the time. But honestly, I’ve just wanted to wear this kick arse mask for a long time. Oh! and trying something new, throwing in a microblog every once in a while. Just trying to save you from constant Ear pollution, I’m kinda green that way! <3

Outfit:
Hat: La Gyo Taxi:
Hairs: Tuty’s, Mathilda Bob Hair, Taxi:
Mask: Oh Mai Groucho Mask, –.– couldn’t find a SLURL, I think I picked this up at a previous Chic event, and I think they hit Zombie Popcorn every once in a while.
Dress: Ison, Shift Blazer, Chic Management Vintage Fair! get there before its all gone! Taxi:
Bag: *LpD*, Shopping Bag **New** and so Cool! <333 Taxi:
Boots: Maitreya, Radical Boots Taxi:
Jewelry: LaGyo, Macula bracelet, Domi Bellique Necklace Taxi:
POSE: Del May Taxi:

Coo.Coo.Ca.Choo.

Coo.Coo.Ca.Choo.

I don’t know what it is, but I hardly ever take a profile picture of myself. I suppose it’s because I blog. So I am always blogging clothes or items, not my face. But recently when I saw one of my fave loves, model and blogger extraordinaire, Diconay Boa, wearing the “Couture Birdie” hat from The Boudoir, a madcap trendy boutique of the simply brilliant sisters, Vitabela Dubrovna and Precious Restless, I wanted a turn! Not because I thought I could do it the justice my friend Dico does, she is an incredible artist, I simply snap pictures, but because I think this hat is truly a one of a kind statement piece.

Coo.Coo.Ca.Choo.

For the overall look, I paired the stunning symphony of feathers with a “boyfriends jacket” the new Gizza, “men’s mesh tuxedo jacket.” And no, this won’t be the new trend, Cao’s in men’s clothes, I just loved the outrageous “smoking jacket” feel of this coat. It has a certain retro-posh male movie star appeal to it, don’t you think? Don’t worry, next time I promise to put some pants on.

Cao~Caoimhe's Symphony...

But the thing I love most about The Boudoir, is the versatility. Skip and I created this pic, well, I styled, he worked miracles over a year ago and created it from a real world piece of art I found. The mermaid outfit is a fave of mine from the Boudoir, I love the scales of the bodice and the multi-dimensional tail. And as so many of you know, I use Boudoir quite a bit, expecially during MVW because so many of its parts are modifiable and this is often needed for indepth styling challenges. And the best part about the Boudoir, is they have so many different genre’s of fun to choose from.

So if you get a chance, stop by The Boudoir and Gizza, let your mind create and visualize a whole new you! Here, I even paid for your taxi’s: Boudoir Taxi: and to Gizza’s: . Taxi:

Look 1:

Hat: Boudoir, “Couture Birdie Hat”
Earrings: Indy & Company, “Sylph”
Hair Base: Vaya Con Dios

Look 2:

Jacket Shirt and Tie(in hand): Gizza, “Mens Mesh Tuxedo” *New*
Garter’s and stockings: Maitreya
Hat: Boudoir, “Couture Birdie Hat”
Earrings: Indy & Company, “Sylph”
Hair Base: Vaya Con Dios

Look 3:

Mermaid: Boudoir, “Sea Dragon Mermaid”
Face Tattoo: The White Widow <3

Bringing.The Swank.Back.

I know, I know, for a person who isn’t a Chic Management blogger for this particular event, I sure am covering it alot, but I have to say, I’ve seen so many groovy things, I can’t seem to stay away. And when I saw this incredible dress from Molichino, I just had to have it!

Bringing.The.Swank.Back.

I originally saw the dress on someone elses blog (I’d give cred’s if I could honestly remember who it was) and just knew with its never out of style elegance it would be a welcome edition to my “must keep” wardrobe finds. I’ve been staying away from the Vintage Fair because of the lag, but by using the SLURL found on Chic Managements website, Link: I teleported to right in front of the store, didn’t even move, just cammed in, purchased the gown and headed home. The haltered gown is a gorgeous lace and satin, the color divine perfection the way it fades from a gentle pink to a stunning gold. Aurelia Chauveau of Molichino has an exquisite eye for detail and no detail was left out of this scrumptious design. Wearing it feels like being a glamorous Hollywood Starlet.

As an aside, I know I mentioned her two blogs ago, but again. I have to say, I don’t think anyway makes vintage jewelry quite as well as Squinternet Larnia of Donna Flora. I know she has not been well, but I heard a little birdy say, she is back and starting to design some new pieces. I hope it is true because her pieces are simply divine, much like the baubles I would play with as a child when visiting my grandmama. Elegant, weighty and oh so glam, they are the perfect compliment to the perfect gown.

If you get a chance, stop by the Vintage Fair, there are so many eras, so many styles to choose from, I know you will find something fun to play with. But in all ways, enjoy your weekend, surround yourself with friends and good shopping and be glam. I love these designers so much, I’ve included the taxi to their stores for you! xo

Molichino: Taxi:
Donna Flora: Taxi: