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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As any girl knows, there always seems to be a reason to buy more lingerie or another pair of shoes.  For shoes, it may be that you just don’t have the exact right pair for that new outfit or you just have to try some from a brand new store or designer.  When it comes to lingerie, how often have you seen a new sensual release that you just had to have?  Or maybe it’s time to spice up a romance.  I know that I can come up with many reasons, some would say excuses, to buy more of these two items.  A peek into my shoe and lingerie folders in my inventory would prove that.  Luckily, just as in real life, Second Life offers a plethora of quality shoe and lingerie stores.  One of my favorites for elegant lingerie is, of course, Insolence, best known for it’s high quality, luxurious lingerie sets.  Camilla Yosuke, the owner of Insolence, takes great pride in her designs and makes sure that each new release not only maintains her high standards of quality, but also offers a unique styling and isn’t just a rehashed previous offering.  Her latest set, the Dolores Lace Ensemble, holds true to these ideals.

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Pictured above is the Delores set which is sold in black and white, the black variation available with various colors of flowerettes in the lace detail of the bra (see top inset).  Besides the all black and allwhite sets, you can get the black with red, gold, purple or teal.   This is a classic three-piece set consisting of matching bra, panties and garter belt and as is typical for Insolence sets, there are various combination and layer options for the garments.  A pair of classic back-seamed stockings in either black or white is also included.

The wonderful selection of lingerie sets offered at Insolence is reason enough to visist on a regular basis, but as an added bonus, there is also a small but growing selection of shoes.  The most recent addition to the this line is the Marie Jeanne Heel. The black and purple (bottom inset) can be seen above.  The same attention to detail as in the lingerie can be seen on the shoes, as evidenced byt the realistic texturing and silver strap buckle.  Other colors available are Beige, Carmel, Pink and Steel Blue, while the black is available with gold or silver buckles.

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A couple of weeks ago I posted on some new releases from Insolence, one of Second Life’s premiere upscale lingerie stores.  Now Camilla Yosuke has produced yet another new set, the Barbara.  The interesting thing about this new one is that she utilized a recently available new type of sculpted prim.  Unfortunately, these new types of sculpted prims will only rez correctly in viewer versions 1.21 or newer.  This means that you will need to use the latest release of Second Life or the current RC viewer to see these parts as they are intended.  The good news however, is that these parts are not necessary to use the lingerie.  In fact you won’t be using the prim parts when wearing the set under other clothes anyway.  Also, the clothing layer portions are made with the same excellent quality texturing that we have come to expect from Insolence lingerie.

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The set also offers a nice variety of styles and is available in a range of colors.  In the picture above you can see the triangle bra and high waist panty paired in wine.  The prim frills edging the bra neckline and the panty waistband as well as some of the bows can be seen.  On the right is the back view of the shelf corset paired with the bikini panty in teal.  The back frills and bow on the panty and back bow on the corset are visible.  As with all Insolence sets, the bra, corset and both panties come in multiple layers.  The lace top stockings seen are included in the sets.

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The wearing of lingerie is about more than just donning it for a woman. The color and style we choose to wear is often greatly influenced by our mood. The clothes we wear, places we intend to go and the activities we expect to engage in all affect our decision as well. Although it’s intended to be hidden from view, offering a glimpse of bra strap at the shoulder or the top of the panties above the waist line is seen as sexy by many. Lingerie is also used to set a mood in intimate settings. Many men prefer the allure of a woman clad in sexy lingerie to that of a naked one.

Mood and atmosphere is such a part of the lingerie experience that it makes perfect sense to consider this when selling it as well. Evoking the feelings to match the styles of what is sold can help greatly in getting a woman to make a purchase. In fact the entire process of buying to wearing to the removal of these garments often carry undertones of sensuality and sexiness. This is just as true, if not more so, in virtual worlds as the real world. One such place that excels at this is Blacklace. The store on the new Alphamale and Blacklace sim is expertly designed and decorated to help set a mood that matches the wonderfully alluring styles of the designer, Mariska Simons. From the dark romantic shades and classically styled interior to the intriguing and professionally done product displays, all elements combine to produce an atmosphere consistent with the mood her products are intended to help create.

Naturally, we want to feel good about the things we purchase as well, so it’s important that we are happy with the product once we get it home and wear it. This has never been an issue for me with Blacklace lingerie. All the items I have are well made with nicely detailed textures. Below, are pictured several sets as examples, beginning with the Passionate Touch in purple. This set combines a satin and lace corset, panties and garter belt and comes in many other colors. Sheer black stockings are included. Next is the Fantasies bra and panties set in a blue and black floral pattern. Other colors for this set are white, teal, gray, purple and red.

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When the creators of Second Life were designing the avatars for our world, they wisely added an underwear layer. I suppose many people wonder why underwear is needed here, and I suppose it’s not, but I still like to wear it. Women wear underwear for more than one single reason. One of those reasons is how it makes us feel when we have beautiful lingerie on, even if we intend to show it to no one. Judging from the number of lingerie stores in Second Life, it is obvious that women find reasons to buy and wear it here too. I have come across a number places that sell truly wonderful and diverse underwear for women and recently discovered another. Angel Dessous sells lingerie with a distinctive European style to their designs. I had the pleasure of meeting the owner, Nando Korobase, a few days ago and he graciously showed me a preview of some new designs he will be releasing soon.

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It’s a sunny and bright day, a good day to step out for tea, and a nice excuse to leave those jeans and put on some ladylike clothing to feel feminine. To create a ladylike ensemble, I begin with a Last Call low neck lace blouse that comes with a pair of lacy cuffs.  I have chosen this blouse because of its overall finish, which is sleek and sexy.  I then paired the blouse with a well textured grey pencil skirt from Ingenue and layered with a pair of black nylon stockings.  To complete the feminine look, I put on a pair of black pumps and accessorized with a light grey thin belt with gold buckle (modified and textured myself), a stylish ivory and lace clutch, a gold and white necklace, and a nice wool Jessica hat from ETD (hair included).   

Looking and feeling completely ladylike, I am ready to enjoy the sun, my tea, and my day.

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Shape: Custom

Skin: Drew (Fair) for L$4000 from RaC City

Shirt: Lace Blouse (from the Desiree outfit) for L$100 from Last Call 

(Last Call will be having its’ final L$100 sales starting from 11 January 2008, for a period of month.  According to the group notice, once this sales has concluded all sale items will no longer be available in SL from their original creators.  This means all items will be permanently retired so this will be the last chance for anyone wishing to purchase items created by Ginny Talamasca, Katterina Dagostino, or Devyn Carmichaeto do so from the Dazzle Sim.) 

Skirt: Pencil Skirt (from the Joan outfit) for L$250 from Ingenue

Stockings: Black Nylon Stockings for L$50 from Sheers Stockings

Shoes: Black Leather Pumps for L$400 from Redgrave 

Belt: HH Belt (White/Gold) for L$15 from Haalsa Hallard Fashions 

Necklace: Find your way Necklace for L$25 from Miriel

Clutch: Ivory and Lace Clutch for L$10 from Hat Heaven

Hat & Hair: Jessica II (Honey) free items from ETD