Painting the grid purple for RFL

Tomorrow’s the day to paint the grid purple. There are purple things being sold at 1/2 price, low cost and for free EVERYWHERE – so no excuse! Grab your favorite purple whatever and put it on! Show your support in the fight against cancer! Grab Jadwiga cheap in exclusive purple and do it tomorrow cause after that it’s gone! Here’s a slurl to Dark Mouse!

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Outfit Credits

Hair – Jadwiga (RFL Exclusive Purple) – Dark Mouse at Whimsical Creations

Skin – CS Vogue Purple Light Freckled – Celestial Studios

Eyes – Purple – La Sylphide

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Eyebrow Piercing – Captive Bead Eyebrow Ring Silver – Faux Posh

Outfit (Shorts, shirt, jacket, scarf) – Tokyo Drive – Bare Rose

Leggings – Nylon Calf Leggings Purple – Soxies

Shoes – Porn Star Hi-Tops – Urban Bomb Unit

Poses – Almost Always – LAP

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Just having fun

So I’m sitting here with my coffee, watching the news and playing dress-up. The scent from my overwhelming mass of star jasmine on the pergola is wafting in, but I’m hyped up on Zrytec, so I can take it. I’m feeling quite springy today! I’ve recently picked up a bunch of stuff and wanted to kind of mix it all together. I absolute LOVE my new jacket from Zaara. I got it in black at the 50% off sale, but also picked up the RFL exclusive in pink! Simply perfect. I have a fatpack of vintage tanks that I got from cupcakes a long time ago, and almost invariably one of them matches my mood and/or outfit. I doubled up some dark mouse necklace (wonder what my ark is LOL). I’m certain I’m the last person in SL to pick up the Faye hair from Maitreya, but I was uncertain if it suited me or my avatar. It certainly works awesomely with this outfit. I wanted fun, flirty and young for the skirt – and the multi colored pattern of this skirt was perfect. Sandals from Shiny Things in a bright yellow (but to my eye, a lime green) work well for a summery flats feel. I swear I looked for a big bag to go with this look. I looked everywhere! (ack I always do). I couldn’t find a BIG bag. So of course, I made one. Introducing the Carry All Bag in Zebra from Dark Mouse. I have some tweaking to do, but I will release this in the store. I hope everyone finds it as useful as I did! Curio skin, an awesome tattoo called “free emily tattoo” and some glasses I picked up for free (I think), complete the look! Outfit credits and Slurls to the stores are below the pic

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Outfit Credits

Hair – Faye (Gold Blond) – Maitreya

Skin – Petal FREX Light Sunny (Umbra 2) – Curio

Eyes – PC Eyes Carribean Reef – Poetic Color Eyes

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Glasses – K_gs 227 — Kumaki Glasses Style — Shimokitazawa Prim Farm – cannot find location inworld anymore

Tattoo – Free Emily Tattoo – ::Para Designs::

Jewelry – DM Flowers are Blooming (Silver), DM Triple Pearl Strand (White) – Dark Mouse Jewelry at Whimsical Creations

Handbag – Dark Mouse Carry All Bag in Zebra (Not yet released) – Dark Mouse Jewelry at Whimsical Creations

Jacket – Inka Jacket for RFL *kitschy pink* – Zaara

Tanktop – Basic Tank Top – Vintage Green – ❤ Cupcakes

Skirt – Cutesy Skirt – Cute Floral – ❤ Cupcakes

Shoes – Kelly Sandals (Yellow) – Shiny Things

Poses – Almost Always – LAP

Playing dress-up & Fair warning!

Sometimes you just feel like playing dress up! I bought this dress some time ago – at Ibizarre, one of my absolute favorite stores. I’ve not really had an occasion to wear it to, so this is just for fun. I lurve this dress – the floating skirt, the tied halter top with the keyhole neck lined with gems. Lovely, flirty, fun. Check out the skirt too – perfect pleats with subtle sheerness. I couldn’t really wear a necklace so I whipped up some blingy flashy earrings and bangles (well they are as blingy as I get which means they don’t flash, sorry bling fans). If you really like them, and read my blog – you’ll want to be a part of my group PRIOR to June 1, as this will be my EXCLUSIVE group gift for June, and you won’t be able to get them by joining the group afterwards – that’s right – you’ll have to be a part of the group beforehand. Fair warning and it won’t be for sale in the store! I paired this outfit with my extremely versatile Periquita funny girl shoes and HOC seamed stockings – seemed in keeping with the fun flirty look. The hair is from the ever fabulous ETD, the Loraine 2 style…I so wanna be Elika when I grown up ;-). Skin is Uma Rockberry – I only have one thing to say – WHERE ARE MY FRECKLES? I desperately want this skin with freckles. The tattoo is from a fun little shop called Para Designs that I found while scouring the old Fashcon notices. Oh! The eyes are from Poetic Color, where I go to buy myself a new set whenever I feel down. I truly lurve PC eyes. Outfit credits after the photos.

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Outfit Credits

Hair – Loraine 2 (Strawberry) – ETD

Skin – Group Gift Light (Uma) – Rockberry

Eyes – PC Eyes (Summer Storm) – Poetic Color Eyes

Tattoo – Wild Flower Tattoo – ::Para Designs::

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Jewelry – DM Platinum Bling Bangles & Earrings (EXCLUSIVE Dark Mouse June Group ONLY gift) – Dark Mouse Jewelry at Whimsical Creations

Dress – Rhinestone Dress (black) – Ibizarre

Stockings – Classic Seamed Stockings (Black) – HOC Apparel

Shoes – Funny Girl Flats (Black) – Periquita

Poses – Almost Always – LAP

The world is not black and white

But of course, my jewelry is! So I mentioned in an earlier post that I had this idea for a new jewelry piece, and so I started working on it! I wanted to create something with a bit of bulk, but in the dramatic contrasts that can only be reflected in black and white. Oh I also wanted it to be pearls and diamonds and flowers. ACK. Anywho, I sort of had a head start on this piece in many ways. First off when I was making the pieces for the Fashion Designer’s Challenge, I made several different types of flowers in different designs. One of them was the abstract flower piece that is the central focus point of this necklace. I knew that I would use it for something, I just didn’t know what. While I think the ‘white’ of the white pearls part could be a bit, lighter (and I’ll probably work on that at some point) I really love the way that this turned out! I’m calling it black & white pearls, simply because I couldn’t come up with a name that reflected the black & white qualities of it (seriously, google: “black and white things” I could not call it the orca set haha). My plurk buddies gave this piece the thumbs up, thank you very much everyone, I can’t tell you how much your encouragement means to me. On top of this jewelry piece, I do have one new hair style release, I’m calling this style, Karolina. It’s a lovely style with two thick braids and summery straw hat (Color change!). The hat is a bit dramatic with a lovely flower brooch pinned to the center! This is a definite, “I’m too cute for words wandering through a field of flowers hat!” Anyway – these new items are available right now in my store! OH! I updated the FREEBIE box in my store!Here’s a taxi (erm slurl) to the store!

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Parting is such sweet sorrow

I was reading the fashion feeds and saw Miriel Enfield’s post that she is closing up her shop and sim in the very near future. Short, and to the point. ;-). I was saddened to hear this, as Miriel’s jewelry is the very first jewelry that I ever spent my hard earned lindens on in Second Life. I have always admired her design skill and have learned a lot simply by looking at her pieces. She has a delicate and unique touch. I put together this little ensemble, and I’m wearing two lovely necklaces of Miriel’s. The outfit in reality is wrapped around the hair with hat, a style that I’m currently working on, though it is largely finished. I’ll tweak it a bit more before I release it. The short, sweet dress is from Dutch Touch. The adorable shoes are a find I secured whilst searching through old Fashcon notices and are from ‘new to me’, Miel, where the clothes also appear to be fabulous. The tights are also new from Royal Blue, and I bought these without ever having an idea of what I’d wear them with, and low and behold, they just work. The striking blue eyes are also Miriel, and the skin is Chai. Stop by Miriel’s before it closes. Here’s a slurl.

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Outfit Credits

Hair – Karolina (Dark Red) Not yet released – Dark Mouse Jewelry at Whimsical Creations

Skin – Chai Double Shot (Doe – Tone 4 Freckled)- LF Chai Skins

Eyes – Standard Eyes (Light blue) – Miriel’s

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Jewelry – Find your way Necklace (Silver/Blue) & Starry Night Choker – Miriel’s

Jewelry – DM Sea Diamond Bangles Dark Mouse Jewelry at Whimsical Creations

Dress – Sunny Dress (Sea) – Dutch Touch

Stockings – Garter Socks (Noir) – Royal Blue

Shoes – Ant Flat (El Paso) – Miel

Poses – Almost Always – LAP

Days of wine and roses

Out and about shopping, which I do when the creative vibe fails to buzz. Finished a couple glasses of wine in the hopes of gaining some kind of buzz! Well I headed over to Royal Blue because after teasing everyone unmercifully, Marni Grut finally put her new stuff up for sale! I’d been teleporting to the store every evening for a week and even resorted to private plurking her so I could get this rose skirt. I wanted it for the sheer happiness it exudes. Did a little wandering in the Fashcon notices and discovered this cute little new store called Avebury with like 3 items. I bought one of the them, which if you think about it, bodes well for a great new place! What a great jacket and the way the scarf drapes! Fabulous! Headed over to Thistle and dropped into Soxies, a new store that sells tights in every color and length and possible combination! I will never again be without the perfect tights for an outfit. Discovered the kitten heels from 50 flats in my inventory after a search on “lime” and went with CS Vogue skin. One of my newest hairstyles, Hania, with a “I just got out of the wind” kind of feel. I should be sitting in a cafe somewhere staring out moodily at the fog and nursing a espresso. Outfit credits, as always, after the picture.

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Outfit Credits

Hair – Hania (Dark Black) – Dark Mouse at Whimsical Creations

Skin – CS Vogue Green Light Freckled – Celestial Studios

Eyes – PC Eyes Caribbean Reef – Poetic Color Eyes

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Bracelets & Earrings – DM Colorful Bangles & Hoop Earrings – Dark Mouse at Whimsical Creations

Eyebrow Bar – Silver – Tousled

Jacket w/Scarf – Satin Jacket & Desert Scarf (Black) – Avebury

Skirt Spring Bum in Nior Rose – Royal Blue

Leggings – Nylon Leggings Black – Soxies

Shoes – Kitten Heels Noir Lime – 50 Flats

Poses – Almost Always – LAP

Rant.

You know, I’m sitting here in my wee cafe to be (yes, yes, I’m putting in a little ‘hanging out area’ in the store as I move forward in the rebuilding of the darn thing). I spend a lot of time in SL obviously. I build, I hang out with friends, I change clothes, I blog. I am addicted to SL, I love it. But today is one of those days that just frustrates the hell outta me. First off. I’m changing my clothes (HA! first time in three days) and I settle on an all black ensemble (yes, I am and always will be a San Franciscan at heart), because it’s easy, and I’m not going to be blogging anything, I’m just building. I pull out my skirt folder, and try my old cake mini skirt. Yes, I love it. However the prim part is still tinted grey cause of an old SL bug, and when I UNTINT it, it goes wierd in my viewer – the back prim goes light, the front stays dark. Okay, can’t wear it. As I’m sitting here, I think, hmmm maybe I’ll add those springy flowers to the back yard that I got a ways back. Go to look for my landscape folder. It’s gone. Damn – did I delete it? Ack maybe I think. Damn was there anything I truly loved in it? Probably. But it’s so easy to accidentally grab and drag a folder in our inventories without realizing it. Okay back to the skirt folder, I can buy more landscaping. hmmm maybe my Pixel Dolls long velvet skirt. Then I realize, some of my skirts are missing. Oh the folders are there. Like my long blue Skin Flicks skirt. (yes, I love long swingy skirts). Folder is there, skirt gone. Then I start looking around. I logged out with 14K inventory items and now I have 13,400. This is just wrong. I guess I need to get second inventory, because I CANNOT rely on LL to run SL properly and protect my stuff. I KNOW THIS. But it doesn’t make it any better, being realistic and pragmatic. I just want my stuff. I could file a ticket, but why bother we all KNOW what they will tell me to do. There are other things. I build. I have a business. I am encouraged by LL to do these things (Your world. Your imagination) but I cannot select prims near the chest area using the regular client. This bug has been around FOREVER now. If you build jewelry OR hair for that matter, choosing a prim near the neck is a pain in the ass. These small annoyances are just that. Small annoyances…I mean it’s not like my hair is in my ass. Oh wait. It could be. Rant over. I feel better now.

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Just a bit of newness at Dark Mouse

Yes, more new stuff. All shiny and bright and waiting to be snatched up. I’ve got 3 new hair styles, Anna: a long flexy doo with a high teased crown and a texture change headband. Hania: a updo with fly-away strands. Julita: a pulled up high pony tail with fringy, pointy bangs. Stop by the shop today to give them a try, demos are free. While you’re at the shop, join my group by clicking the subscriber and get a lovely little gift, that may just come in handy this summer. Oh on another note, I’ve joined the Designers Showcase Network, I invite you to give it a whirl. There’s a kiosk in my shop next to the subscriber – and I put in as my ‘sample’ a pair of my most extravagant earrings. You won’t get them right away – the whole point is to let you leisurely examine the cool stuff that the designers in the network sell with out the pressure of hunts, or lag – read the notecard! The reason I give away freebies is that I want you to like my stuff so much that you’ll come back and buy OTHER stuff. I’m just devious like that. A bit of cat and mouse, as it were (omg why couldn’t I stop myself!). I also UPDATED the lucky chair in my shop. Might be worth your while to wait it out! Oh! There seems to be some interest in the skins I wear in my ads – this time round, Anna is Rockberry ‘Uma,’ Hania is Curio’s ‘Lovely,’ and Julita is Celestial Studios ‘Vogue.’ Here’s your taxi to the shop!

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Retro Summer

So I’ve been continuing to work on hair, though I’ve got a wee idea for a new jewelry set that I’ll probably start making reality (or, erm virtual reality?) in the next week or so. It’s been a busy week for me in SL and RL. Ack I think I’ve signed up for too much. Although I am truly grateful for all the support I’ve been given in my new hair venture. Thank you all. What can you do when you’ve signed up for too much? When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping! Dropped by to check out the new releases at Naive, and scored! I LURVE long skirts that hinge on casual. Snapped this right up. Added the tank! Cruised by Violet Voltaire’s shop for the last sale – do this, go now – pretty sure it ends Saturday. Oh and I finished this hair that I’ve been working on. Tee hee it’s called Anna – big wide hairband, touch to texture change. I’ll be releasing it this weekend, be there or be square! You know I never mention this enough, but my lashes are from La Sylphide and I truly ❤ them. I rarely take them off. Threw on my own vintagey goodness tortoise shell bangles and the lovely FDC shoes from Felicity! Walla. Oh and Rockberry, Uma, what a great skin – AND – my god an awesome fatpack price! BTW, I am getting a bit of jaggy edge on my photos, despite having my anti aliasing at 16!~ I don’t know what the problem is, will work on it!

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Outfit Credits

Hair – Anna (Dark Brown)(Will release on 5/15) – Dark Mouse Jewelry at Whimsical Creations

Skin – E Light (Uma) – Rockberry

Eyes – PC Eyes Caribbean Reef – Poetic Color Eyes

Lashes – Natural Prim Lashes – La Sylphide

Bracelets – DM Vintage Tortoise Shell and Diamond Bangles – Dark Mouse Jewelry at Whimsical Creations

Necklace & Earrings – Angel Set (Black/Black) – Violet Voltaire

Outfit (Skirt & Top) Carolina Top & Basic Long Brown Skirt – Naive

Shoes – FO Dream Shoe in Platinum – Felicity Shoes & Boots

Poses – Almost Always – LAP