Intérieur et extérieur à la maison et à l’écart avec Paris Metro Couture

Lady of the Manor Springtime in Paris! – What a perfect time to enjoy the release of a bouquet of fresh designs from Paris Metro Couture!  Seq is perfectly attired in the New  J’Taime Gown, for  a shoot at Petit Trianon, one of the former residences of Marie Antoinette.

Model – Sequoia Nightfire
Photographer – KymSara Rayna Wearing – J’Taime Gown – NEW from Paris Metro Couture
Jewelry – **Fragrance-S**jewelry ensemble by WTG
Hair – by Iconic

Skin – by LAQ
Poses – Morgane Batista Pose Shop On Location Lighting by LumiPro

Spring Night in Paris

Kym was fascinated by the recent “Eternal Flames” exhibit of Milly Shaple’s work at the Paris Metro Gallery, and is wearing the M. Sharple gown designed by Rose RFB Morpork of Paris Metro Couture in honor of the artist and this special event. This is one of the unique gowns in the Paris Metro Couture Artist Seies. Shown here against the fading evening light you can see that it is as light as a soft spring breeze with a delightful richness of colour and elegance of line. Every gown, or design, in this series embodies some of the exhibiting artists’ work, with 50% of all sales sent directly to the Artist at the time of your purchase. These gowns enable Paris Metro Art Gallery to maintain and continue to bring great talent and events to Second Life. Enjoy all the amazing exhibits at the Paris Metro Gallery and be sure and visit the top floor of Paris Metro Couture, just across the boulevard for the enticing collection of  “Artist Series”gowns. Continuing the theme of fine art, Kym selected a wonderful new piece from one of her favorite jewelry artists we showcase below.

Model & Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Milly Sharple Gown NEW from Paris Metro Couture’s Artist Series
Jewelry – Dragon Fes Necklace. Kaleidoscope Earrings & Bracelet from WTG
Hair – Sandy by Amacci
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Shoes – Absinthe by Nardcotix
Poses – Morgane Batista Pose Shop
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

Showcase of WTG Jewelry

Lady of the Manor

I would say its safe to say that tosy Xue is also one of Sequoia’s favorite jewelers too. This fabulous manor house styling of the J’Taime from Paris Metro Couture deserves the regal treatment and one could never go wrong with tosy’s most elegant “Fragrance” jewelry ensemble which Seq has chosen to adorn herself with.

Spring Night in Paris

Sometimes it is so difficult to pick from all of tosy’s incredible designs but KymSara has chosen well wearing the Dragon Fes necklace. Beautifully detailed it provides a perfect accent to her most beautiful gown.


Vintage A-wear-ness

Dinner on the Fjord

Thirties fashions have a special allure with even the day dresses drawing the line, detail and embellishment we might expect for more formal attire. Neferia Abel’s “Kahrine” — her latest 1930 inspired dress, reflects that refined styling of the era so very well with the tailored bodice tucks, box pleated skirt and detailed embroidery.

Model & Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Kahrine Dress – NEW – from Ivalde Vintage Fashion 1930’s
Jewelry – Folium Set from Finesmith
Hair – Bettie by Analog Dog
Skin – Molly by LAQ
Shoes – Chunky Mary Janes by Evoke
Poses – Morgane Batista Poses
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

Could it be . . . Sandra Dee?

The “Nora” Dress, the newest addition to Ivalde’s extensive 1950’s Collection is already a hit among our Vintage Fashionistas, and may just prove to be even more popular than the recently retired “Sandy” poodle skirt. It’s all about lace and gathered chiffon and I knew right away that the violet pink color would be my personal favorite. I couldn’t help humming a few tunes from “Grease” as I matched up my kymmie shoes from Lindy in anticipation of a fun fifties evening at Runaround Sue’s.

Model & Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Nora Dress from Ivalde Vintage Fashion 1950’s Collection
Jewelry – Kiowa Ensemble from EED
Hair – Style 30 from Dura Hair
Skin – Nelly by LAQ
Shoes – “Kymmie” by Lindy Modern & Retro Shoes
Poses – Diesel Works

Fashion for Life – Last Hours Part 2

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Are you still here? Why aren’t you shopping! Last hours of FFL and still more to buy so many lovely doanations from these awesomely generous designers! Fashion for Life ends tonight in a few hours at midnight! In case you missed in my last post! hurry!!!! Slurls to the sim are included so you don’t miss out!!!

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So many things left to buy!!! Get used to this view of me as i rush past you grabbing all i can! whoooooooooosh there i go!
Thank you Harper this has been the best Fashion For Life ever both as a shopper and a designer. Thanks to all the designers too and builders you really outdid yourselves it was truly amazing and a great way to kick off the Relay for Life. Blessings to you all!!! It’s Time…

Model/Photographer – Sequoia Nightfire
Wearing – Rig33 Aura by ArisAris [FFL]
Hat & Hair – “Ozone” Sunhat (menu driven texture change on all parts) by Eclectica [FFL}
Shoes – Rig32 by ArisAris [FFL]
Skin – MeiMei#9 by LaVie Skins[FFL Exclusive]

Fashion for Life – Last Hours Part 1

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Fashion for Life ends tonight in a few hours at midnight! hurry!!!!
Slurls to the sim are included so you don’t miss out!!!

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You have no time to read, nor do i to write, so many things left to buy!!!

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Model – Sequoia Nightfire
Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Selah by Kouse’s Sanctum [FFL]
Jewelry – **Ribbon-classic** Jewelry ensemble by WTG
Hair – Angelina -Brown-Pack by ICONIC
Shoes – *GF* Flower Pumps “Eve” by G Field

Fashion for Life – Just two more days!

Coat, Hat and Lamps of many colours!

With just a few more days to go in this amazing event we are running to catch up with all the special items offered by our designers. As a quilter, i was quickly drawn to the new long coat of crushed velvet by Trill Zapatero of Boho Hobo. While this is very much a modern garment, Trill’s inspiration from the Crazy Quilt traditions of Victorian times is clearly evident. I love the characteristic colours and the decorative stitching so much! It is also not too late to pick up one of her latest funky hats. This one, called Abe’s Hat, is a part of Boho Hobo’s FFL Collection with proceeds going to the fight against cancer.

Coat, Hat and Lamps of many colours!

Trill has also been working on an entirely new path, designing some of the most creative lamps i have seen in SL. you can spot a few in her FFL shop and  watch the entire collection evolve with a short trip to the Sewer beneath the Afghanistan Museum! Yes, the SEWER, really! Is there no end to this woman’s creativity?

Coat, Hat and Lamps of many colours!

Model & Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Crushed Velvet Patchwork Coat – NEW -from Boho Hobo FFL Collection
Hat – Abe’s Hat – NEW – from Boho Hobo FFL Collection
Jewelry – Delaram Ensemble from Boho Hobo
Hair – Sora from D!va
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Boots – Journey by Finesmith
Poses – Morgane
Lamps ** New Creations by Trill Zapetero of Boho Hobo **

Fashion For Life – 55L Friday – PurpleMoon

Purple Passion for FFL

Poulet Koenkamp of PurpleMoon is offering up one of the most astounding dresses for only 55 lindens during the special event 55L Friday Sale running at Fashion for Life. This passionate and romantic gown is called “Pheasant Gown in Purple”, available only from PurpleMoon. This is for today only, Friday March 16th! You have only 6 hours to take advantage of this spectacular deal.

Purple Passion for FFL

While at PurpleMoon’s Fashion For Life store i spotted this fantastic cubic jewelry set called “Cubics in the Cold” that catches all the colours of the Relay for Life which i thought was an appropriate match up to this stunning find.

This is not the only fabulous donation to Relay for Life that Poulet is offering so come see the others and grab some bargains on all the sims while helping the American Cancer Society find the cure. 

Purple Passion for FFL

Model/Photographer – Sequoia Nightfire
Wearing – Pheasant Gown in Purple from PurpleMoon [FFL 55L Friday]
Jewelry – Cubics in the Cold Set from PurpleMoon
Hair – Day Hair -BASICS from PurpleMoon

Fashion For Life – 55L Friday and more!

Just outside Kyoto

Special event running at Fashion for Life today only, Friday March 16th, is the 55L Friday Sale. Many designers have discounted many of their items to only 55L. Some like Schön have made an exclusive item to sell for just today!!! The “Sei” [White] Kimono gown is just that, only 55L! and exclusive! This is an amazing kimono to reduce to such a ridiculously low price. As a designer i do understand though, we want to offer our best to get you to come see all the wonderful things we have made especially as donations to Relay for Life, so come see and grab some bargains while helping the American Cancer Society find the cure.

Model/Photographer – Sequoia Nightfire
Wearing – [White] Kimono gown “Sei” by Schön [FFL 55 Linden Friday]
Jewelry – **Blessing-G** nails and Jewelry ensemble by WTG
Hair – Youmei EbonyHair + RedFlower by Tukinowaguma
Shoes – “Aulii” by R2

Song of a Nightingale

This ensemble in teal by Schoen called Klita is both edgy and feminine and emphasized nicely by the coiffure. Vanity Hair has done some special hair for FFL and always specially cutting edge. When i put this outfit together with the lace jacket and saw this hair with the teal highlights i thought “why not!” I love how the braid curves around the neck and the flourish of the pompadour of the Nightingale in Jet black definitely sends a message that you are going to “sing” when you go out on the town and into the nightlife. The MEB ensemble is interesting too with the big silver buttons across the breast give a urban appeal and the lace jacket keeps it feminine.

Song of a Nightingale

Model – Sequoia Nightfire
Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Klita dress & Lace White LittleJacket by MEB [FFL]
Jewelry – **Fragrance-S** nails and jewelry ensemble by WTG
Hair – Nightingale-Jet Black by Vanity Hair [FFL]
Shoes – Stiletto White Vernish by MEB [FFL]
Poses – DieselWorks

Aphrodite Enchanting

Finally i finish with the dress named Aphrodite from SYSY’s. Aphrodite was the Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure and it was a pleasure to be able to add the items from Ecletica to this look. The Little Black Pillbox set includes the veiled hat that is menu driven to allow feathers and pearl accents. The gloves are textured so wonderfully and were a perfect match to SYSY’s Aphrodite dress. We all know what a difficult thing it is to match up hair for hats, but Tabata of Vanity hair has made this wonderful hair named Romance for FFL that works so well to fit this outfit!

Aphrodite Enchanting

Model – Sequoia Nightfire
Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Aphrodite from SYSY’s [FFL]
Jewelry – ‘Enchant’ pearl necklace-Amethyst by Eclectica [FFL]
Hair – Romance-Vainille Highlights by Vanity Hair [FFL]
Hat & Gloves – Little Black Pillbox (Pearls) by Eclectica [FFL]
Shoes – Storm_schmooz_noir_desir
Poses – DieselWorks

Fashion for Life – Part 1

‘Fashion for Life’ is the longest running and most successful fashion fair in Second Life ™ and marks the annual start of the official ‘Relay for Life’ events that take place inworld each year. All donations are given directly to the ‘Relay for Life’ general fund which benefits the ‘American Cancer Society’ and its thousands of beneficiaries who rely on the charity for support and advice. Over 200 designers and creators have come together for this event with all organisation, building work and coordination driven by the work of volunteers  to maximize the donated money.

We can’t begin to cover all of the  work of this dedicated team but, we can share some highlights which we have found particularly attractive and encourage you to join these creators making this the most successful charity event is SL history.

Loue Loue

Miamai is offering an amazing selection of lovely designs for this year’s event. Kym is wearing the Loue Dress in red, one of the many dazzling colors available. The match-dyed peacock feathers add a special touch to the softly feminine lines of this vintage inspired gown. And check out the closeup for one of the It’s Time Earring sets offered as Gatcha by Aurora Borealis.

Model & Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Loue Dress from Miamai’s FFL Collection
Jewelry – It’s Time Earrings – FFL Gatcha from Aurora Borealis
Hair – Air Grace by LALA Moon
Shoes – Kitten Heels by Lindy Shoes
Poses – Morgane Batista Pose Shop

All Squared Away

Next we have Kym, All Squared Away in one of the outfits offered by Fantavatar & Moonstruck, a brand which has been focused on fantasy and theme roleplay clothes and props since 2008. With a stretch into a more modern and playful look especially for FFL their line is expanding to include more hair and shoes as well as furniture. Note also another lovely Aurora Borealis’ It’s Time Gatcha Earring set.

Model & Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing -Squary Outfit from Moonstruck’s FFL Collection
Jewelry – It’s Time Earrings – FFL Gatcha from Aurora Borealis
Hair – Squary Updo from Moonstruck’s FFL Collection
Shoes – Silk Heels from Moonstruck’s FFL Collection
Poses – Morgane Batista Pose Shop

Chocolate Mousse

And of course we expected SL’s latest fashion event to include lots of new mesh designs. ArisAris steps up to that challenge with their Chocolate Balloon Dress, a finely detailed knit which comes in all sizes. The strappy Virginia Tan heels are also from ArisAris.

Model & Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Chocolate Balloon Mesh Dress from ArisAris’ FFL Collection
Jewelry – It’s Time Earrings – FFL Gatcha from Aurora Borealis, iGEms Necklace from Aurora Borealis and Nostalgia Bracelet from EED
Hair – Penny II by EMO-tions
Shoes – Virginia Tan Shoes from ArisAris’ FFL Collection
Poses – Morgane Batista Pose Shop

Miamai is DreamSeekers Volta

Aurora Borealis is DreamSeeker Aika

ArisAris is DreamSeekers Tijd

Fantavatar & Moonstruck is DreamSeekers Momentum

and not just any hat!

Meet me at the Fitz!

If you have been following our blog, even casually, for a while you are probably aware of our abiding love for vintage fashion. And, so many of the favorite eras of fashion history featured special hats. One of my favorite quotes on hats…  

“A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.” – Martha Sliter

One of SL’s magic makers of hats, Chigadee London of Couture Chapeau has just released a fresh line of very special hats, sure to delight vintage fashionistas as well as those with more contemporary tastes.

With or without the optional veil, the “Ode to Miss Peele” fedora is a perfect accessory to complete a typical forties look and would also be a striking add for that special dress you been eyeing for the first spring garden party.

Meet me at the Fitz!

Wearing -Olinza Dress from Ivalde Vintage Fashion 1940’s Collection
Jewelry – Zelda Pearls by Aurora Borealis
Hat – Ode to Miss Peele Fedora NEW from Couture Chapeau
Shoes – Felicia Capped Stilettos by SLink
Hair – Grable by Vignette FREE!!!
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Poses by Glitterati
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

My New(est) Chapeau!

Seq has accused me of seeking the title of Fedora Queen since both of my very favorites from Chi’s new collection have a “fedorian” heritage. (is that even a word? we will pretend it is.) I can handle that! Indeed the Salt Fedora, with it’s extended brim and fine textures, seems to have a bit of regal mystery to it, whether worn with a vintage thirties dress, as i did here, or with a crisply tailored modern pants suit. I know that I’ll be exploring a variety of potential matches for these two designs, and heading back to Couture Chapeau for another helping of Couture Chapeau magic.

My New(est) Chapeau!

Wearing – Laurende Dress from Ivalde Vintage Fashion 1930’s Collection
Hat – Salt Fedora NEW from Couture Chapeau
Hair – Caitrin by Exile
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Poses – Reel Expression

KITES Collection Part 1

One Starry Night

STARRY Night —
Sequins and pin pleated chiffon combine artfully to make the Starry Nights gown a memorable standout look for your most special event. In RL this would be so very perfect to wear for my harp concerts but, SL provides a fantasy opportunity to imagine i could be an actual chanteuse — as long as i just pose with the microphone and don’t really try to sing!

One Starry Night

The bold Black and White combination also seems just right for an evening at your favorite piano bar – whether you are performing or just there for a quiet drink with friends and an elegant dance or two. Speaking of bold – how perfect is tosy Xue’s Blessing Jewelry set from WTG with this gown!

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Starry Night Gown from Meiling Couture Kites Collection
Jewelry – Blessing Set from WTG Jewelry
Hair – Chica4 from D!va Hair
Poses – DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

Off for a drive to Malibu!

AYO Cocktail Dress –
And for pure fun – mix one part Little Black Dress with one part Little Red Car! Meiling’s Ayo Cocktail dress inspired me to jump in the Ferrari and zip up the coast to that little seafood place in Malibu. This is a delightfully crisp and flexible ensemble with an optional sleeveless jacket, and just the right feminine frills and bows, with a bit of a breeze in from the ocean giving those loose wisps of hair a bit of a carefree look. Carry the theme of casual elegance right through with the strappy look of SLink’s Tiger Heels.

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Ayo Cocktail Dress – Meiling Couture Kites Collection
Jewelry – Kaleidoscope Set from WTG Jewelry
Hair – LAE 656 by booN
Skin – Julie by LAQ
Shoes – Tiger Heels by SLink
Poses – Morgane Batista Pose Shop
Ferrari Perfetta gift from FiBiX Steig
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

It's a wrap!

MANZA Wrap —
When Diane von Furstenburg splashed her wrap dresses onto the fashion scene in the 70s she launched an enduring favorite concept. Meiling’s latest build on this foundation, the Manza Wrap dress, takes shape with the distinctive prints and solid linens and underlines the whole notion of the wrap by using the two different fabrics. Light and comfortable, while stunningly fashion forward, this was one of my first picks from the Kites collection. Finesmith’s oversize hoops in coral and Kagami graphic bracelet work really well for that late afternoon shopping trip that flows right to cocktails and dinner uptown. And the Felicia Capped Stiletto from SLink are just perfectly matched to that look.

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Manza Wrap Dress from Meiling Couture Kites Collection
Jewelry – Kagami Bracelet and Pearl Hoops by Finesmith
Hair -Tibby by Damselfly
Skin – Molly by LAQ
Shoes – Felicia Capped Stilettos by SLink
Poses – Morgane Batista Pose Shop