I have 10,000 more words to write to complete last year’s nanowrimo…yes, last year’s.  Can you see why I have yet to earn the official nanowrimo badge?  I have yet to write 50,000 in 30 days.  I’m amazed by those who do, especially by my very very wonderful friend who has written 50,000+ words in 30 days several years in a row.  I’ve completed it in 45 days, 60 days, and now this year, I’ll be completing it in a year.  Lots has been going on this year that pushed my writing back…including the structure I thought up for it this time around.  Writing a new, complete story in each chapter is not easy; at least for me it’s not.  Which leads me to this post.  One of the things I do when I have writer’s block is look into fashion event notices.

A few days ago, I received a notice about Collabor88, a cozy venue where a variety of designers offer items — priced at a mere 88L — specifically for this event.  I picked up several wonderful creations there, including these lovelies:  a beautiful skin called “Paige” from Illusory (at 88L for each skin tone, I purchased all five skintones); a fun knit dress from Fashionably Dead (neon undergarment not included); sleek and wonderful hair from Clawtooth, with a menu to change the color of the bow (each color pack comes with five different variations of the color for 88L!); and, ever-wonderful jewelry — this time in the form of a bracelet — from Earthstones.

Check out Collabor88 for these great items and more.  Collabor88 is a monthly event, so if you’re interested in the current selection, head over there in the next few days.  Check out Illusory’s earlier post on Collabor88, complete with a list of participating designers.  And then head back again in October to check out the new collection.  I know I will!

Fashion Details, all items listed below are exclusive to Collabor88 :

  • Hair:  “Magic” in the Captivating Brunette pack by Clawtooth; comes with a color changing bow.
  • Skin:  “Paige” naturally neon in Cocoa by Illusory
  • Dress:  “Dead Wheat” by Fashionably Dead (bright undergarments not included but available at Kyoot)
  • Bracelet:  “Jiya” in Sunstone & Cytrine by Earthstones

Every little thing

Yoona Mayo, creator of Cocoon Jewelry, is a huge talent when it comes to working with the tiniest of prims, each of which she brings together to create jewelry pieces of astounding stature.   I’ve known Yoona for more than three years.  Over that time, her ability to fashion every little prim into a spectacular ensemble never ceases to amaze.  Her latest creation — “Peacock,” in white gold — demonstrates her massive talent with aplomb.  Consider the prim count in each piece:  153 prims in one earring; 250 prims in the bracelet; 251 prims in the necklace!   Each prim and the entirety of the ensemble are all utterly gorgeous.  I pair the set with a lush black gown from Poulet Koenkamp, creator of Purple Moon, and a delicious hat from the ever amazing Donna Flora collection, the entirety of which I just adore.

In the midst of these seasoned designers, Yoona’s creations hold up beautifully…and in color combinations and price points you just won’t believe for this incredible level of detail and quality.  When you purchase Cocoon jewelry and wear it, do appreciate its beauty.  But also take a moment to examine the prim count in each piece.  Zoom in close to see the extraordinary level of design and dimension in every element Yoona creates.  You’ll come away with an even deeper appreciation for her talent.  Like me, you’ll soon realize that every little jewelry thing Yoona does with the prim — by itself and when brought all together into the whole — is truly magic, indeed.

Fashion Details

  • Jewelry Ensemble (earrings, necklace, bracelet):  “Peacock” in red, currently available in gold tone with white gold tone soon to be released, from Yoona Mayo, creator of Cocoon Jewelry
  • Gown:  “Nine” gown (a recent group gift based on the “Pinktiki” gown) in black from Poulet Koenkamp, creator of Purple Moon
  • Headpiece:  “Blackpool” created by Squinternet Larnia, winner of BOSL Award 2011 – Best Jewelry Designer, and available at Donna Flora

Black Swan

While at the Fashionably Late venue, this wonderful face makeup caught my eye.  I snatched it up and found myself wanting to create a look that was as equally exotic, mysterious, and magical.  And I also found myself wondering what my friend Misteria Loon has been up to with her designs, so I headed over to her shop Pas De Deux.  There, I picked up this lovely Black Swan inspired ballerina dress.  Misty has created quite an extensive line of ethereal fashion that floats so beautifully along the fantasy spectrum.  I always feel compelled to find a lush garden or forest whenever I wear Misty’s creations.  Or I find myself wanting to take to the sea or to the heavens.  In each of her lovely creations, Misty creates a mood and a story, both of which immediately transport you to a world of beautiful imagination.  Head on over to Pas De Deux, where you will find this wondrous little outfit and many other gorgeous bits of fashion magic.

Fashion Details

In the mood

I couldn’t resist showing a bit of cheesecake to share news of this lovely complete lingerie set, available for a mere 55L as a “Moody Monday” item at Adam n Eve.  The ensemble is a lovely white lace.  I did a touch of post-processing to create the interplay of light.  But even in Windlight or inworld default light settings, this little number is as feminine as it gets.

You can leave your Cloche hats on

My friend Tiffy Vella, creator of Eclectica Jewellery & Accoutrements (slurl here),  has been on a design roll these days.  As shown on her weblog and here, Tiffy’s latest creations are these wonderful Cloche hats.  I just adore them because I do love a fun hat.  But Tiffy’s hats do more than sit so prettily on the head.  Her Cloche hats come with hair plus they are scripted for resizing as well as color changing options if you’d like to switch out the color of the hat itself, the band, and/or the hair.

I wear Tiffy’s knitted version first.  It does come with a short sweet almost Betty Boop type hair style that isn’t visible from the side, but trust me the hair is there and it’s adorable.  I wanted to highlight the texture of this hat, which is why I captured the second photo (below) in a windlight setting that popped the dimension of the flower on the side.  Such an adorable hat!  The knitted Cloche hat definitely can pull off a very coppertone suntan lotion look and just as easily it would compliment the flowing sundress you wear for a walk through a flower meadow or to join friends at a picnic or to attend the SL8B celebrations.  This is a summer hat that is so easy and breezy to live in for the entire season.

For the Ladies Who Lunch set, Tiffy doesn’t disappoint with her Cloche felt hat (below).  It too comes with hair and scripts for resizing as well as color changing options for the hat itself, the band, and the hair.  With the felt version, the band changing options consists of different animal prints.  I show this felt beauty first in black and then in tan.  Note the large jewel and feather on the side of the band that adds such an elegant touch of panache.  Perfect for being On the Town, or checking out new builds on the grid, or revisiting AM Radio’s builds as early and as often as possible while they are still inworld.  (For more information on the upcoming close of AM Radio builds, check out Daniel Voyager’s weblog here.)  But no matter where you go in Tiffy’s hats, one thing is certain:  you’ll most definitely arrive in great style.  Here’s the slurl again to Eclectica Jewellery!

Reflections (literally) on Giants Within

Over the past several months, I’ve read a fashion weblogger I really admire rave about Kirstens viewer.  I became curious so I installed it, tried it a couple of times only to find that for some reason I kept crashing every time I tried to log in.  I tried it again today, hoping I wouldn’t crash and that I could take my usual several hours to set up for a photo session of wonderful new items that Tiffy Vella, creator of Eclectica Jewellery, dropped to me.  Happily, I didn’t crash when I logged in, but I was very much Ruth’d … Glow Ruth, not the Original Ruth, who despite the awkward appearance would be kinda fun to see again on occasion.  (You know, nostalgia and all!)  So, I relogged — hoping I would un-Ruth — but I didn’t.  So then I teleported thinking maybe that would do the trick.  Nope…still all aglow, but the sun and the shadows, which I understand V2 has as well, made for an interesting effect.  Take a look…just me, Glow Me, and my reflection:

Giants within…on multiple levels (even for our avatars) and even in all worlds it would appear.  Very fun, very much fun indeed!

Speaking of Amazing Giants…Happy Father’s Day!!


One can never have too many items from Eclectica Jewellery & Accoutrements.   A couple of weeks ago, uber talented designer and Eclectica creator Tiffy Vella dropped her latest release to me:   the “Deco” ensemble (earrings, necklace, bracelet, and belt).    If the atomic world hadn’t been just a bit hectic of late (with that stabilizing soon), I would have showcased “Deco” immediately.

“Deco” brims over with gorgeousness and a clearly amazing level of intricacy as do all of Tiffy’s creations.   This is a very patient artist, Tiffy is, who somehow delights in the minuteness of design, understanding so thoroughly how each piece in the tiniest detail works within the entire structure to create a most expressive and complete vision that requires no words to appreciate its beauty.  Through various atomic life firsthand experience, I’ve seen that usually people tend to be stronger at vision or tactics, but very very rarely is there a soul who can envision something and execute it exceedingly well from the tiniest of details to the whole.   When it comes to the world of amazing impossibly intricate jewellery that people immediately love, Tiffy delivers time and time again.  Her vision for each piece and ensemble is really so beautiful.  And her ability to bring it to form consistently each time is just amazing.  Truly, fans of her work, like I am, are so very very happy that she’s able to do both.

And you will be too…here’s the slurl again where you can see Tiffy’s work firsthand if you haven’t already (and if you haven’t, you really should):  Eclectica Jewellery & Accoutrements.