A very dear friend of mine took me to *YS & YS*, I was amazed at the quality and I was like a kid in a candy store!  Later she introduced me to Monicuzza Babenco, owner of *YourSkin & YourShape*.

I knew immediately I wanted to blog her wonderful designs.  From gorgeous boots, prim feet shoes, jewlery, lashes and shapes.  I love skins, yes, I am a skin-o-holic!  Monicuzza’s skins are some of the most beautiful in all of Second Life. 

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 These chunky ivory earrings are my absolute favorite!  You can buy each piece separetely or the set which includes the necklace, two bracelets, earrings and flexi armbands.  They’re perfect for about any ocassion from formal to casual.  Monicuzza has a beautiful selection of jewelry.

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Kal Rau

Gentlemen… I take my hat off to you (it’s a cute fushia leather hat from Maitreya… heehee).  I never really realized how limited you are when it comes to shopping for a wardrobe.  Men’s fashion has developed at a much slower pace than womenswear but there is a fair amount of quality clothing out there that folks may not be aware of.  There are good designers and then there are GREAT designers.  Kal Rau falls into GREAT!

Kal Rau knows what looks good on a man and designs a line of very easy going and sporty clothing.  The versatility is great… you can mix and match his designs and add a few accessories to boot.  The craftsmanship of the clothing is incredible and the textures are so real.  You walk away looking like a million bucks without spending it. 

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Clothing modeled by Brett Seetan

How many times have you walked into a clothing store and picked up some promotional (freebie) clothing just to get home, try it on and delete it?  I know I’ve done it so often I can’t keep track.  You would think you would learn by now, right?  But you just can’t pass up a freebie and I’m happy Brett didn’t either.  This is what freebies should look like.  The Kal Rau Sport Shorts and White Long Sleeve Promotional Shirt are perfect . 

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APPLONIA CRISS

CHANTKARE

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How many of us have put on the “perfect dress” and then spent the next 20 minutes rummaging through  inventory, looking for jewelry that will complete the look?  I have some great jewelry but of course not everything I have is  going to match my ever growing wardrobe.  I guess it’s that time again… TIME TO SHOP!

Applonia Criss of CHANTKARE has been designing clothing in Second Life for less than a year and she has come a long way in such a short span of time.  As a designer, she brings us “modern hip” creations, fulfulling our cravings as fahionistas to stand out… to be one of a kind.  Her existing jewelery line is ever expanding and up-to-date with the season and trends, complimenting her clothing.  She makes pieces that work together to create a total image and balance what you are wearing.  Applonia’s designs will accomodate any one of your moods or tastes… from simply classy to edgy elegance. 

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The LONGLACE DAY DRESS is simply adorable!  The moment I put it on, I just knew that I was going to get a lot of use out of this dress.  This is the perfect dress for all occassions.  The lace detail is wonderful… the same texture is carried out through the entire dress and I like the way the bodice is sheer but not too sheer.  The skirt moves beautifully beacuse the underskirt is in two parts, each part moving independantly of the other.

Hair:  *~*Damselfly*~* Josefa – Cinnamon

Skin:  REDGRAVE – Leticia Tan Skin in lilac

Dress:  CHANTKARE – LONGLACE DAY DRESS SPRING 09

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:: Genesis :: Eternia Engagement Band

 When I was first asked to write for the blog, I thought I would tackle one of the issues I had the hardest time with in fashion – finding the right accessories – mainly jewelry. I first stumbled upon Ryker Beck on Flickr. Ryker’s photographs quickly stood out in both their quality and creativity. I’m always on the lookout for nice pieces of jewelry, so when I found out she had a jewelry store, called :: Genesis :: , I promptly tped over. Needless to say, I wasn’t disappointed…I got that giddy feeling we all get when we’ve hit paydirt. The first thing that struck me was that the quality workmanship and attention to detail she instills in her photographs, reflected in her jewelry making abilities as well. The second thing that struck me, other than how reasonable the prices were, was the variety – from casual to formal. I’ll be highlting a few of her items:

First off, Genesis has a NEW release this week….the Eternia Engagement Band. Its not only an engagement band, but has the wedding band as well. Two for one! It has a nifty script in it where you touch anywhere on the ring and a menu will appear. During the engagment, just choose “Hide Band.” After the weddding, you can choose “Show Band” to display the wedding band.

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Fine Art and Fashion Design graduate, Pixieplumb started out designing vintage purses and found herself quickly drawn into the world of accessories – shoes, belts, bags, you name it. Pixieplumb works hard and listens to the needs of her customers, something that is very rare indeed. She took a little time out from her busy schedule to tell me exactly what her new business empire, Baby Monkey, is all about and where she hopes to go next.

Harriet Gausman: When did you first start designing in SL?

Pixieplumb Flanagan: Early in January, this year.

Harriet Gausman: Did you have any RL design skills or did you learn inworld?

Pixieplumb Flanagan: I got my B.A in fine art and fashion design in 1981, but designing for SL is very different from designing in RL. And of course, the raw materials are virtually free in a virtual world!

Harriet Gausman: What or who do you consider your inspiration for your designs?

Pixieplumb Flanagan: Initially I wanted to make hats and bags (purses) with a retro 1940’s and ’50’s look. They were things I wanted and couldn’t find in SL. Some of my friends liked them and suggested I make them to sell. From there it was like Topsy and just growed! I listen to my customers’ feedback about the styles they would like to see, and I have to put in a thank you to my rl husband who is also my sl partner, Gonkerplumb Flanagan. He makes my sculpt maps, and is infinitely patient and kind.

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