Look of the Day : An Afternoon in Shades of Grey

Just a quick post for a look I loved that I threw together a few days back when my significant other decided to whisk me off dancing one afternoon.

LOTD

One of my all time favorite mesh skirts is from The Secret Store, I love its great fit and shaping. I paired it with this shirt from Amarelo Manga. I’m new to Amarelo Manga and am loving their clothes so you’ll be seeing more here I’m sure, and this shirt is one of my faves I know I’ll be wearing often, both with skirts and jeans. Maxi Gossamer and Bamboo Nails never fail to complete my looks, and Elikatira hair often finds it’s way to my head, much as this recent one has.

Top of the World

Now, time for more shopping, so many sales on this weekend, and so much to catch up on yet for photos, purchases and gifts from Valentine’s weekend, I’ll be keeping busy for weeks I’m sure! *Waves a Farewell for now and goes off to sort thru the piles*

Catty:
Blouse – Amarelo Manga – Marcia – , by Luana Barzane
Skirt – The Secret Store – Mini – Carbon, by Maylee Oh
Skin – Adam n Eve – Siobhan – T3 Tomato, by Sachi Vixen
Hair – Elikatira – Conclusion – Black 04, by Elikapeka Tiramasu
Earrings, Bracelet – MG – Sedona Gypsy, by Maxi Gossamer (February FaMESHed)
Nails – Bamboo Nails – Darkside, by RubyRedRusset
Shoes – GField – Alex – Patent Black, by Cerberus Noel
Ring – JCNY – Athena Wedding, by JD Hansen
Eyes – IKON – Lucid Eyes – Optimism, by Ikon Innovia (February Group Gift)
Lashes – Maitreya – Mesh V.I.P. Gift, by Onyx LeShelle
Poses – Random AO and Dance

Star:
Skin – Nivaro
Hair – KMadd
Eyes – Poetic Color

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SLife is a Bowl of Berries Inc With a Side Order of Elika

There are a few shops in SL that seem to be on my AutoTP – when a new sale or new release notice is sent out ..I tend to find myself flying off to their store almost before the notice opens for me. This past weekend brought news of a sale at Berries Inc – 50% pretty much all the goodies thru April 18. I’ve been meaning to get a blog post done about this delicious store for some time now, and I decided this was the perfect time to do it so that more get the opportunity to get over there and get some new yummy clothes. As I was preparing to take pics, a notice from Elikatira dropped, and AutoTP hit again (Jeni seems to have AutoTP too…she was there at Elika soon as that notice hit too!!)!! This time, new hair…perfect for the pics I was planning. I just love the Essentials Collection in Elika hair…it offers not only my usual black but a great selection of other colors too for spicing things up.

Berries1

I love Berries Inc’s casual, wearable styles. The colors are soft and the textures are so comfy feeling. Summse (Designer/Owner of Berries Inc) always manages to get the textures and designs just right for casual, sexy looks. The Mel shirt is one of my all time favorite shirts, often worn with various jeans or shorts. I’ve got it in two colors, so far…and surely will be getting more before this sale is over. It’s great for a more “revealing” look, or over a tank or bra too if you want a little more coverage.

Berries3

Berries has dresses too. Shown here is one of my faves, it’s fun and flirty, but you’ll have to go buy one for yourself, if you want to check out the revealing back.

Berries2

The Berries Spring Sale runs thru April 18, so don’t delay long. Take time to enjoy the Sim while you are there too, the shop/sim also ranks among my favorites too for deco (not for sale)! Now that this post is finally done, I can head on over to Fri.day for their sale…50% off thru the 17th of April. Shopping!! *waves and runs*

Credits:
Skin – Belleza – Erika – Fair (Past Group Gift)
Hair – Elikatira – Theory – Brown 08, Black 04
Shirt 1 – Berries Inc – Matilda Top – Choco
Dress – Berries Inc – Bomb Dress- Grey/Pink
Shirt 2 – Berries Inc – Mel Shirt – Light Grey
Jeans – Berries Inc – Lazy Sunday (Previous Sale item)
Eyes – Poetic Colors – Lava Dust
Poses – Everglow – Random

Skin Fair 2011 – Turning Over A New Skin

It’s Skin Fair time again! The Vanity Universe Skin Fair begins today Feb 20 and runs thru March 6, and it’s an event you wont want to miss.
Skin Fair Tuli Leaf
Approximently 46 skin designers have gathered in one location to show you there latest and, in most cases, greatest works of art for your avatar. What this means for you is that you can kick start your spring with a brand new skin, and do all your browsing in one location. Shown here is one of my favorites, Tuli’s Zoe, check my Flickr and watch the blog for more of my faves to come.

Skin Fair 2011

Vanity Universe Skin Fair 2011


The lag is sure to be bad the first days, so I’d advise some advance preparations : clear your cache, turn off programs you aren’t using, turn down your graphics settings, dress down for the occasion, make a folder for newly gathered Demos, and head on over. Make the rounds, gathering your demos and filing them away to take home and try them on there where you’ll have less lag, and can turn your graphics back up so you can see them properly. Check the map, here or at the Vanity Universe site if you’re looking for your favorite designers.
Skin Fair Map

Skin Fair Map

Credits :
Vanity Universe Skin Fair 2011
Hair – Elikatira – Rumor
Skin – Tuli – Zoe – Fair 06 Brass
Eyes – Poetic Color – Night Rain
Poses – Everglow

Out of the Box : SLDD, Zaara, LAP and Belleza

Everyone knows Zaara, LAP and Belleza, no need to explain who they are, tho it never hurts to say it again when it comes to designers of their caliber, each of these are exceptional designers that excel in what they do. SLDD, short for SL Daily Deals, is a fairly new club on the grid, that will be bringing us some great deals, and sometimes exclusive items, from these (Belleza not included but I just love this skin!) as well as other designers.

SL Daily Deals features select designers which will be offering sale items throughout the month at 10% , 20% and 25% off in their stores. You’ll be able to find them easily, just look for the SLDD signs. Each day, one store from the group will have one item marked down to 50% off just for that day, and it may be an exclusive item, not to be sold again.

SLDD is a Shopping Club, and works a bit differently then what we’ve been seeing in the past. To join the club purchase a Club Membership Card available at any participating vendors store and then using this much like you would a gift certificate to purchase the sale items. Simply wear the card, click the sale sign for the item you wish to purchase, give it a moment to sync and then purchase your item. Take care to make sure you are purchasing it for the discounted price and not the regular price, and also make sure your card has sync’d or you may be spending more then planned. It really is much simpler then it sounds.

Catty Gets Bolly'd

I love Zaara, and could not pass up the opportunity to get an exclusive color, which was one of last weeks SLDD 50% off items, and as I expected, I am loving this tunic. It is available still in various other colors, I know I’ll be getting another or two. I paired it with her newest pant release, and love them too and have been wearing them with various other tops, definitely this will be a regular in my wardrobe, and I will be going back for more colors. I have hundreds of poses in my fave Tillie’s (newly updated 3.1 version) pose stand and a good chunk of them are from LAP, so when I saw she was participating in SLDD’s last week, I hurried over and purchased a great set at half price, and some more discounted ones too. While some of these items (only the purple Zaara) may no longer be available, I thought it was a good chance to not only show off good releases but to point out the fact that ..you simply must follow SLDD daily so you do not miss anything good!

Also, I am wearing a new love, the newest Belleza skin, Elle. This particular make-up is part of the group gift, which as of a couple days ago, was still available in the store if you are a member of the group (250L to join and oh so worth it). I am still debating which skin tones/make-up packs to purchase at this time.

(Credits – (links to all stores in sidebar):Skin – Belleza – Elle – BR SK – Group Gift. Pants – Zaara – Churidar Slacks – White. Tunic – Zaara – Syona Kurta – Purple (SLDD Exclusive, 50% Off, no longer available). Poses – LAP – Bolly Set (purchased at 50% off SLDD, no longer available at this price). Shoes – Tesla – Vixen. Lashes – Celestial Studios. Eyes – Poetic Colors – Dark Wood. Hair – Audacity – April – Onyx. Pose Stand – Tillie’s 3.1. Location – Personal Home. All items purchased or obtained by my own means unless otherwise noted.

Giving Back in SL: Typhoon Relief Event 09



Typhoon Relief Event 09, originally uploaded by bethyheart.

Wondering what to do on a lovely Sunday afternoon in SL? Want to give back to the world and have fun doing it?
Today, Sunday the 11th from 9AM – 7PM SLT on the Pemberley sim, an all day fundraiser event is being held for the Red Cross to benefit the victims of Typhoon Ondoy.
There will be live music performances during the event, here is a list of times to help you plan your day.
9:00am – Dakila Lacava
9:30am – Kevinthomas Carpool
10:00am – Hazideon Zarco
10:30am – Michelle Ecksol
11:00am – TonewoodFrank UNplugged
11:30am – Obeloinkment Wrigglesworth
12:00pm – Lyndon Heart
12:30pm – Raspbury Rearwin
1:00pm – Keiko Takamura
1:30pm – EricSteffensen Mistwalker
2:00pm – Nonge Shipman
2:30pm – allister westland
3:00pm – Sylar Morrisey
3:30pm –
4:00pm – Jessy Sommer
4:30pm – Phemie Alcott
5:00pm – Skye Galaxy
5:30pm – Harper Messmer
6 -7pm – MicRocka (Kafka Dinzeo)

The following stores (and possibly more) will have items available for purchase with proceeds going to Ondoy victims.
Addict
Aitui
Aoharu
BOHICA
BOOM
Botanical
Diesel Works
Doux Petit Dahl
Duboo
Kenzie Co.
Lelutka
The Loft
M. Fox
Minettes
Miseria
Modd. G
Mudhoney
!Ohmai
Pididdle
Pixel Mode
RC Cluster
Shade Throne
Silhouette
skream
SMP



Typhoon Relief Benefit 09, originally uploaded by bethyheart.

The Catty Box: Giving Back with Trees

Kriss Lehmann of Botanical has sent out a notice thru his SOM alerting us to some news affecting his RL friends near his home in the Philippines. Typhoon Ondoy, also called Ketsana, hit with a vengence this weekend. I wont go into details here, we all know how devastating these storms can be, for more info, you can check CNN.
Botanical Decorates Our Home Sim
Kriss Lehmann is known throughout SL for his amazing trees, which decorate many a sim across the grid. Dick (my partner in all things SL) and I share a love for Botanical trees, and when I heard this news, I knew I had to help get the word out. Kriss has touched all our lives with his creativity and beauty, whether we know it or not, you cannot wander very long without seeing his trees and his landscaping textures. For the next two weeks, your purchases at Botanical will not only further beautify your life, it will give back to RL. Kriss will be donating 50% of all sales during the next two weeks to help locals affected by Ondoy. Shai Delacroix, another talented artist beautifying our lives, will also be donating 50% of all sales at Casa Del Shai for the next two weeks to the same.

Kriss has set up a donation kiosk in world at Botanical, you can also find them at Casa Del Shai and other locations also (not available at the time of this posting). If you’d rather, you can also donate directly at the website for Red Cross Philippines.

The Catty Box: Skins – Shiloh by Exodi (Ryker Beck)

June has been a busy month for me with rl happenings, Hair Fair 2009 preparations etc but finally Thursday I started taking pics for this blog post that has been on my To Do list for too long. Ryker Beck has outdone herself with her newest skin, Shiloh. Shiloh was released earlier this month under the new name Exodi, replacing Genesis as the Ryker Beck label. It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Ryker’s work, and I was fortunate enough to get to beta this skin, and had been sooo anxiously awaiting it since that little peek. I love the previous skins, Eden and Candace, and I knew this was going to be something special. I was not disappointed. I have a feeling Shiloh will be my fave skin for quite a long time, the one I’ll always go back to.

Exodi - Shiloh

Exodi - Shiloh - Oceania : Gone Wild


Shiloh is available in 4 skin tones, Caramel being my favorite (of all Exodi skin tones in fact), and the one shown here. The initial release of Shiloh included 8 make ups, all very yummy and offering a good selection from the bestest red lip ever, to a soft natural look. Later, Shiloh – Oceania was released, which includes 8 tropical summery make up options. Shiloh offers the same quality of detailing and muscling that Candace offers, but is much more refined. I love the belly button, the nipples…are just nearly perfect, the details on the knees and arms…even the nails! The shadows and detail of the spine and collarbone are simply the best, and of course, the ears! All Shiloh Skins are available at Exodi.
Exodi - Shiloh MakeUps

Exodi - Shiloh MakeUps


As I was taking pics for this blog post, rumors began to come of the tragic loss of Michael Jackson. As a long time faithful fan of MJ, I was stunned by this news. Following the wake of this news Ryker Beck did something amazing…she put all of the Shiloh skins, as well as Eden2, the jewelry, clothing, and select other items at Exodi, on sale for 50% off, with 100% of all sales thru July 3 to go to Make a Wish Foundation in memory of Michael Jackson. She has taken a horrible day, and done something great, allowing us all an opportunity to mourn the loss of an exceptional person and artist, while at the same time giving back. This is a perfect opportunity to try the Exodi skins, as well as her other creations. Thank you Ryker for sharing your art and your love.
Michael, may you finally find the peace and love you deserve, and may we all come to understand what a gift your time with us was. As I watch my daughter’s love of music and dance grow to include an appreciation of yours, I know that what you gave us will continue to grow and be appreciated in the years to come.

Exodi  -  Michael Jackson Sale

Exodi - Michael Jackson Sale


The sale is only at Exodi Main Store location.

(Credits:Hair – Audacity (not yet available), Clothes – WoE, (shirt not yet available), Piercings – Deviant Kitties, Shoes – Stiletto Moody, Eyes – Second Skin Labs, Pose – LAP)