Just lovely things….

I could be blogging all the fabulous collaborations from Etheria, but so many people are highlighting them, that I instead felt like just kickin back for a bit. I recently acquired some lovely stuff via 50L Fridays, sales, etc….I picked up the Brande 2 hair from the fri.day sale – love a good sale, and this hair feels so laid back. I paired it with the love of my life, the latest skins from Fashionably Dead, which I cannot get enough of. The top is the, “Ditsy Floral” from Treh Blah – love the name haha. Love the delicate shading on this top. The shorts are my first purchase from Young Urban, and unisex – I topped these shorts off with my own belt from Dark Mouse! I saw the ‘hoot bag’ at Gritty Kitty a few weeks ago and had to have. I’ve just been too busy to actually wear it! I treated myself to the Ginger Boots from Shiny Things. I love the casual feel of these boots – and the retro flowers. The texture work is outstanding. Finally I used a piece of jewelry that was given to me as a gift from Kess of KessKreations, the Olympia necklace. I love this piece. Not only because, like all of Kess’ pieces it’s incredibly versatile, but for the delicate touches (like the clasp at the back of the neck and the superb pearl texture). You can snag this piece at Etheria right now! That’s it for now!

Outfit Credits

Hair – Brande 2 (Thoughtful Brown) – fri.day

Skin – Morning Sun (Faded/Freckles) – Fashionably Dead

Eyes – Autumn Early Frost – Poetic Color Eyes

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Jewelry – Olympia Necklace – KessKreations for Etheria

Top – Strapless Ditzy Floral Top – Treh Blah

Shorts – Summer at English Bay – Young Urban

Bag – Hoot Bag – Gritty Kitty

Glasses – Skinny Framed – HOC

Boots – Ginger Boots (Oil) – Shiny Things

Poses are a variety from LAP

Etheria – A dreamy collaboration

About three months ago, I was chatting with my dear friend Kesseret Steeplechase, and discussing creativity and how we spend so much time bringing our ideas to life in Second Life. We were talking about clothing designers and jewelers and fashion in general – then Kess says to me, we should do a show! I said, we don’t do shows – we don’t have show skillz. She said – yes we can! And from that moment forward we decided to hold an ‘event.’ I told Kess that what I was really interested in was collaborating with clothing designers. Coming up with an idea – talking about it, bouncing ideas off one another. Then I said, but you know what would be really great? To have a designer design something to go with my jewelry, rather than me making something to go with their clothes.

That’s when we decided to hold an event. Our goal was to be creative, pull off a great event and most of all have fun. We decided on asking three other jewelers to join us, and having them pick out and work with a designer they like. We both admire the work of Caroline Apollo (Caroline’s Jewelry), DarionMonkee Levitt (MONKEE) and Lola79 Heinrichs (Lolapop!) and invited them to join us. Not too long after this discussion with Kess, I had the privilege of being introduced to Sienia Trevellion of Lark. I had been admiring her designs from a far, and found that we shared an affinity for leaves and birds. About a month after meeting her, I asked her if she would work with me on Etheria, and I was thrilled when she said yes.

I immediately got to work on a jewelry piece that had been in my head for a while. The idea was to create something that felt alive and magical – fae. I always envision fae as not quite controllable and even wild creatures of the wood. I imagine them to be distracted by shiny things and wearing decoration that would be by necessity, of the forest. The idea for the set I created came from there. The bracelets and earrings grew from the initial idea of the necklace. For me it’s a flowing, growing, ethereal piece that can be worn with high fashion, fae fashion and even casually. Sienia and I had a fabulous collaboration – we create in a similar manner – which is, we have an idea and we see where it takes us. I told her I envisioned a flowing dress – almost 70′s like, I recall telling her – I may have mentioned Stevie Nicks. Light, floating with an open neckline. She succeeded beyond my wildest imagination. It was a pleasure working with her, and I hope to do so again! I hope that you’ll join us at Etheria, where we will introduce our joint creations to the public!

Etheria, a dreamy build that opens tomorrow, is the brainchild of Karizmah Avro, builder extraordinaire – who as a friend and collaborator I could not be more proud to work with! I’d also like to take a moment to thank not only all the jewelry designers involved in the show, but our clothing designers. Not only Sienia Trevellion, but Shelly Toonie of Moonshine Designs, Betty Doyle of Ingenue, Evangeline Miles of Evie’s Closet and Ghanima Uriza of Blue Blood. Everyone has given 110% and it shows! And last but not least I’d like to thank my good friend Jayde Cuthbertsson for the gracious use of her sim. Etheria opens to the public tomorrow, Sunday, June 13 at 3:00 p.m. SLT with a fashion show – hosted by Phaylen Fairchild, seating is limited by sim limits so please arrive early if you want in. If you miss the fashion show – Etheria opens formally to the public at 4:00 p.m. It will run till June 20, and all items at the show will only be found for sale exclusively there. The show will also feature random prizes! Just land in the sim and you’re bound to get one or two as all the jewelry designers will be giving them out. You don’t have to do anything! Just explore the sim, check out the designers collaborative works and other new releases and enjoy!

Teleport to the Fashion Show – June 13 @ 3:00 p.m. SLT (Slurl will work when the show opens).

Teleport to Etheria – June 13 @ 4:00 p.m. SLT (Slurl will work when the show opens).

The picture is a sneak peak of a lovely gifty just waiting for you to show up and be randomly gifted.

A Happy Hump Day fit for a Queen!

Hi there my friends! Unfortunately the search bug is still adversely affecting me, and even though my beloved Dark Mouse Groupies have logged onto JIRA in droves and dramatically upped the vote count, there is still not action on it. Ah well onward and upwards – but please VOTE here is you can. In that vein I have an uber fun Hump Day special this week! Introducing the Queenie hair! Yes, okay I’m totally having fun with this hair – it was a blast to make the hat. Stop by the shop and pick it up (2 colors, basically blonde & dark brown for $69L – here’s a taxi! It will be available starting midnight tonite (well actually it’s available now). If you’d like it in more than 2 colors, or can’t wait for midnight, the full price versions (5 hair shades for $250) can be found in the hair room at the Dark Mouse store.

Etheria is approaching!

I’m so excited I can’t think straight. This just makes up for everything with the search! And, I lurve Sienia <3.

On June 13, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. join SL’s Dreamiest Jewelers for a very special & collaborative fashion event! We invite you to,

~ Etheria – When Jeweler’s Dream ~

Phaylen Fairchild will host a Fashion show that will introduce the collaborations of:

~ Caroline’s & Ingenue

~ Dark Mouse & Lark

~ KessKreations & Moonshine Designs

~ Lolapop! & Blue Blood

~ MONKEE & Evie’s Closet

At 4:00 p.m. we invite you to visit Etheria in the clouds and explore the collaborative efforts of some oF SL’s most exciting jewelry artists, including an introduction to some of their best work!

In addition to the fashion show, there where be random prizes given out from each of the designers! Just visit and win!

The show opens on June 13 at 4:00 p.m.!

Kickin it old school – and the search drama drags on!

Hi there my friends! Yes, my natural cheerfulness has returned. Truth is, I’m addicted to creating in SL and I’ve recently become fascinated with making clothes – so there’s always something for me to do in SL. Plus there is Etheria! I cannot tell you how excited I am about this project and how much I cannot wait for next week to arrive. I’m working with Sienia Trevellion of Lark on a collaborative outfit and if I must say so myself, it’s awesome. You’ll be invited to join us for a fashion show of all the collaborative projects and to browse around a fantastic build by Karizmah Avro, builder extraordinaire! The other jewelers featured at the show are the fabulous Caroline Apollo of Caroline’s Jewelry, Lola79 Hienrichs of Lolapop! DarionMonkee Levitt of MONKEE and good buddy of mine, Kesseret Steeplechase of KessKreations! There will be prizes JUST FOR SHOWING UP! Awesome time all around. On the drama front, Dark Mouse is still lost to search. I’ve been learning more about what is happening, and this problem of stores falling out of search is not just my problem. Check out this JIRA – take some time and read through the comments. At the time of this blog post, 290 people have voted for this issue to be resolved by LL. We need a lot more to capture their attention! Go now and vote! Here’s the link.

I figured I should throw some fashion into the post (and yes kickin it old school with my old photo format) – and I have been on a shopping spree because what’s the best thing to do when you’re frustrated, angry and your business is getting killed by a search bug? FAHGETABOUTIT AND GO SHOPPING! First stop, Sn@tch! This ‘swirl and swing’ dress just appealed to my own personal sense of whimsy! A must have and a bargain at $250L for 3 different versions. Seriously, Sn@tch’s pricing is the bomb. I paired it with the new Lola skin from Lelutka – I only bought ONE of these skins, thinking that I could make it go farther in 2.0 because of the different lipsticks available using the new tattoo layer option. However since I hate 2.0 (what did I type that outloud?), and everything but the skin itself has vanished from my inventory you see just the basic skin! Lovely, no? Seriously this is the first Lelutka skin I really like – the only thing about Lelutka skin is that I always look annoyed. Since of course this is my current mood, I felt it was fitting! I also went to fri.day sale last night and basically bought all the hairs I did not have. It was a leap of faith, because the store was so packed, there was no trying on demo’s – I basically just waited for the photos to rez and then bought in my color – this Scarlet do with headband is my personal favorite! Another new favorite of mine are the new flats from Zaara. The texture on these flats is so well done, that I felt compelled to include a close up. Plus I cannot do prim feet, so having options to hide my ugly Linden issue feet is a great bonus. Finally I accessorized with what will shortly be a new release (as in, as soon as I get my shit together, stop bitching and package up the damn thing)! I love you all, and ask you once more, please vote on this JIRA issue today. Second Life is what it is not only because of the huge businesses that sell fabulous stuff that we all know and love but ALSO because of its wondrous variety of creators and unique items. If the smaller and unique shops lose search, they will lose their tenuous hold on affordability. Do it today, for me and for the businesses like mine.

Outfit Credits

Hair – Scarlet 2 (Thoughtful Brown) – fri.day

Skin – Lola Light Makeup 5 – Lelutka

Eyes – Star Earth – Poetic Color Eyes

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Jewelry – Chocolate Sparkles Set Dark Mouse – Not yet released (sorry)

Dress – Swirl & Swing – Sn@tch

Glasses – Skinny Framed – HOC

Shoes – Ilaida Mojri *black* – Zaara

Poses are a variety from LAP