The second Runway Diva’s show was held on Friday, August 1, 2008 for new and aspiring models. Experienced models Rena Mascot, Haruka Kish, Kayella Kurrajong and Aleida Rhode gave a quick demonstration of a simple routine. The audience was to pay attention to the poses, timing and number of stops. The theme of this challenge was to wear any outfit first in black and then in red. After this, 5 talented women were to challenge each other and a winner would be decided by the audience’s IM’s to Rena in a vote. Finally, Rena announced the winner: “The winner is… Mavi Beck!!!!“. Congratulations Mavi! Then came the model’s question time, which this week had a special guest of Miss SL World 2008 Aleida Rhode.

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Fashions fade, style is eternal. Yves Saint Laurent quotes

I am depleted, but oh what a day! Shopping on the Via del Corso, drinking unbelievably delicious cappuccinos (I’ve had several to keep me going) and eating Italian ice cream – which, by the way, is not just a scrumptious food item, but a work of art. Those of you who have seen those marvelous ice cream shop displays know what I mean.

Here I am, laying on the Spanish Steps because I can’t move another inch. Thank goodness I wore this really comfortable and cool outfit from DeLa I brought with me. It comes with two pairs of pants, long ones or these adorable shorts I am wearing. I love the cuffs on these shorts and the scarf detail really sets off the look. There are 11 colour choices and each one is simply delicious. I knew I was going to be on my feet all day, so I prepared and wore these great little slides from Truth. While shopping today, I found these earrings that matched perfectly, so I just had to put them on immediately and tossed my old ones into this great bag from Muism, which is great for all this shopping I am doing.

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“I’ve finished that chapel I was painting. The Pope is quite satisfied.” …Michelangelo
On completing the ceiling of Sistine Chapel

 

I have finally reached Italy and my adventure starts in Rome. My first stop is the Vatican, to gaze upon the wonderous Sistine Chapel. We are lucky in SL to have a replica for those who have not actually seen the original works of Michelangelo. You have the luxury of taking your time to view the paintings and it is much quieter too.

Along with visiting the Sistine Chapel I will be in and out of many churches, so I am wearing a top from Nyte’N’Day, that discreetly covers my shoulders but at the same time the sheer colourful fabric is light enough to keep me cool. There is a nice tie just below the waist to add some interest to this top. The plain white pants are part of the outfit and have sculpted pant cuffs.

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

And so my journey begins. I have my ticket, my maps and my dreams. I am wearing a super comfortable two piece outfit from Gisaci. The white blouse has a stand up collar and adjustable ¾ sleeves. You can wear this blouse with or without the collar and sleeves, either way it’s perfect. There are a lot of choices in colours which made the selection a little difficult, as there is not enough room in my suitcase for all of them. The short skirt comes with the wide black belt, also adjustable, which completes this outfit very nicely. The skirt is rigid but has those lovely folds that make the garment look very soft and it really is a nice fit.

The inspiration for this outfit actually came from the shoes that I picked up at Storm Shmooz. I love this combination of brown and cream, so I snatched them up pretty quickly. I searched through my jewelry box and found these great earrings from Creamshop and bangle bracelets from ::69:: and I was done. I grab my black bag from Muism as it is perfect for all those traveling sundries and I am off – first stop Italy!

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“I wish I had invented blue jeans. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.” . . . . Yves Saint Laurent

Thank you, Levi Strauss, for your contribution to the fashion world. Little did you know how your vision would storm the world. We all have our favourite pair of jeans that we NEVER throw away and when they become threadbare, voilà – we have another fashion style. Jeans are the staple of everyone’s wardrobe and that is no exception in Second Life. We are blessed with many designers giving us all manner of expressions. Today, I am going for the simplicity look.

Out of my vast closet of jeans I picked out my favourite from Pixel Dolls. I have worn them so often they are now as soft as flannel. I love the faded blue colour and the stitch work on the back of the hip pocket. They come with prim leg bottoms.

My absolute most favourite look is pairing the jeans with a plain white tank top. This perfect tank top comes from Muism. The tank comes in various layers and you can wear it tucked in or out. The shading gives it just the right amount of folds. You get two tanks when you buy this top, one in black and the other in white.

The pièce de résistance is this light blue denim jeans jacket, also from Muism. It comes in 3 looks: a plain vest, a jacket without sleeves, and a jacket with a stand-up collar and rolled up sleeves. Your other colour choices are black, original blue, dark blue, and grey.

Now, while I would normally put on a pair of sneakers I could not resist the adorable blue striped mules from Shiny Things. They are a perfect match to the jacket. Because I always feel naked without any jewelry, I toss on a choker and a leather cuff… and I am ready, Mr. Laurent, for my expression of simplicity!

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A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous” … Coco Chanel.

I love quotes by Coco Chanel. When I found this classy outfit called Coco, by Nyla Cheeky of House of Nyla, it screamed fabulous to me. This would be a wonderful outfit to wear when you are delivering that powerful speech in Congress or going on that important interview.

There are quite a few pieces to this ensemble, but let’s start with the jacket. It has 3/4 sleeves with prim cuffs and a buckle detail just below the elbow. The stand up collar fitted perfectly the first time I wore it and the stitching detail around the edge of the pockets make this jacket very classy indeed. It comes with or without the blouse trim. There are two pleated skirts – knee length and mini. An added bonus is that both skirts come with the ‘sit script’ option. The stitching detail is also around the hem of the skirt and the prim pant cuffs, which needed a small adjustment before they fit perfectly.

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