Haute & Soft & Fast!

Haute gal in town

Out for an afternoon of shopping, Sequoia has it all together in this eye catching ensemble styled around Paris Metro’s Scribble Cocktail Dress. She was so taken with this ensemble that includes the hat, that she created a matching bag and jewelry of her own modified design to match. No stopping there she took a yellow cab to MStyle to pick up the perfect shoes. And those legs!!!  Are you taking a long look? . . .

Were you wondering too? how could an elephant stand on those?! Ohhhh . . . you thought i meant Sequoia’s legs . . . mmm hmm!

Haute gal in town

Wearing – Scribble Cocktail Dress and Hat by Paris Metro Couture
Shoes – GOSHI Pumps – Aureolin by Mstyle
Jewelry – asymetrique::all colors::bangles by ::je::suis::
Hair – *Dura-Girl*30 from Dura Hair
Nails – Painter by Finesmith
Poses – Morgane Batista’s Pose Shop


Soft evening breeze

A bit later that evening we meet up with KymSara . . . , the party was lovely, but it is time for a breath of fresh air and a quiet stroll on the beach. The Mountain Satin dress, NEW from Paris Metro, is a classic look with a contemporary feel accentuated by a vintage straw hat draped with a colourful sash. The Mountain Satin dress is perfect for a look that will take you through the afternoon into an evening of cocktails on the patio at the club and, finally, under the moon with wedgesandals in hand, being chased by the waves and a soon to be dear loved one. Carefree, the skirt is sheer heaven and will float and flutter making the evening breeze even more inviting.

Soft evening breeze

Wearing – Mountain Satin Dress NEW from Paris Metro Couture
Hat – Mountain Satin Dress Accessory from Paris Metro Couture
Jewelry – “Honey” Ensemble NEW from WTG Jewelry
Nails – ::je::suis::
Hair – Privanka by CaTwA
Shoes -Espadrilles by GoS
Poses – DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

Haute hoggin'

Ever the consummate stylist, Sequoia was back the next day going round and round and after a rather loud exhausted search she found the perfect accessories to go with her new Racing Baggies Pants and Halter Top from Paris Metro. One thing is certain and you can take it to the bank. The Racing Baggies Pants and Halter Top will most definitely show off your curves and the will rev up your favorite race fan; talk about your fashion “cycle”. Are you with me so far? Are you on “track”? Now i know what you are thinking so she is on a motorcycle, so what, you may even think its easy to shoot fashion pics, right? Hah! After a stack of blurred images i got one! Sequoia, in her bee coloured outfit, has a lot to buzz about and you too should be taking the fast lane to Paris Metro.

Wearing – Racing Baggies and Halter top by Paris Metro Couture (includes hat)
Boots – Short Western Boots by G Field
Jewelry – **Western** Jewelry and Nail set by +:+WTG+:+
Hair – Tina by Amacci

Happiness is Being Ever so Blue

Ever so blue

It is certainly no surprise that so many love PurpleMoon Creations and that the VIP Group has grown to over 14,000 members! It is so easy to see when you take in this incredible confection of lace and satin, the Ninde Gown, which was a gift from Poulet to celebrate that milestone in her group. The soft cascade of blue roses on the bodice is echoed with the matching headpiece. I think the elegance of the Charleston Lace Grand Ballroom provides a wonderful setting for this gorgeous creation. Thanks Poulet! You are not only one of our most creative designers but, also most generous. So much to feast our eyes on and many opportunities to expand our wardrobes!

Ever so blue

There is always plenty of fun going on over at PurpleMoon, they are celebrating their 3rd Anniversary and holding a photo and live runway contest to give one lady the opportunity to become “The Essence of PurpleMoon”. They want to find the most elegant and glamourous model to represent the magic of PurpleMoon. It’s about great style, beauty and class. But most of all, it’s about getting to see their brand through your eyes. If you would like to become “The Essence of PurpleMoon” join the PurpleMoon VIP Group to get details. While you are at it you can hunt down the gorgeous gown Paula listed in the previous post of this blog as well.

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Ninde Gown NEW from PurpleMoon
Garland – Matching Ninde from PurpleMoon
Nails – Blue Myst from Finesmith
Hair – Anna by Amacci
Shoes -Sydney from SLink
Poses – DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

On Location: Charleston Lace Grand Ballroom

Free VIP PurpleMoon Elegance

Head to Toe - All from the fabulous PurpleMoon  3rd Anniversary Hunt!

Looking for something to do this weekend? Wellll… if you are not already a PurpleMoon VIP and you have a group slot you might want to add PurpleMoon Creations. Poulet Koenkamp has created a complete look which she is giving away during her “From head to toe” – PurpleMoon Anniversary Hunt. All the items are brand new and specially made for the anniversary. This Anniversary gift is a complete look and includes full length gown, exquisite jewelry set, including necklace, earrings, bracelet and ring, and a menu driven elegant coiffure with four shade options and tattoo hairbases.

Head to Toe - All from the fabulous PurpleMoon  3rd Anniversary Hunt!

The hunt package is available until July 7th to Group Members, the only catch is that its a hunt and you have to explore to get all the pieces. Not that it is really all that difficult, especially when she provides hints!
***SPOILER ALERT***[All hints are listed at the end of this post].
All the pieces of this look have been hidden in the PurpleMoon Main Store and the BOHO House inside 14 little silver pearls, there is a sample one right at the entrance of the store. It is easy to pick up the pearls…when you find a pearl simply touch it and receive its contents, but you must be wearing your PurpleMoon VIP tag.
Good Luck and Happy Hunting!!!

Head to Toe - All from the fabulous PurpleMoon  3rd Anniversary Hunt!

Model – Sequoia Nightfire
Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Paula Gown in Purple – Gift from PurpleMoon Anniversary Hunt
Jewelry – Pearl’s Dream in White – Gift from PurpleMoon Anniversary Hunt
Hair – Vin Hair – BASICS – Gift from PurpleMoon Anniversary Hunt

Helps

  • * There are 14 pearls to be found. Each one has a number so you can easily track the ones you are missing.
  • * There are 9 pearls hidden at the First/Main Floor, 3 pearls on the Second Floor/Upper level and 2 pearls in the BOHO House. (Outside the Main Store across the garden)

Hints

  • #01 It warms your hearth.
  • #02 Bubbles fro your tired and cold feet.
  • #03 Dance surrounded by roses.
  • #04 It’s a name, it’s a month, it’s a top!
  • #05 People say Elvis was seen in this room.
  • #06 It is a name of a flower that reminds me of my mom.
  • #07 She is in Wonderland.
  • #08 Poulet’s first gown ever is surrounded by butterflies and this little pearl.
  • #09 It’s a bird, it’s gold, i’s a queen!
  • #10 In this room all the names have three letters.
  • #11 Gold and Diamonds in infinite circles.
  • #12 Among all these tiny frozen pearls, there is one that sounds out.
  • #13 Going on vacations? Start packing!
  • #14 Sit down and relax at the light of a candle, you are done!

Thor’s Hammer Falls Silent. . .

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Second Life lost one of its true fashion icons the last day of May, which sadly went relatively unnoticed. Ivalde Vintage Fashion, the shop which sustained the finest in Vintage Women’s clothes, from carefully researched inspirations, is now closed.

Neferia sept 2011Neferia Abel

Neferia Abel is a legend in SL Fashion, building an incredible collection of what one customer described as,“a very valuable living fashion history”. Angie Mornington of Fabulous Fashion on Treet TV said of her experience attending an Ivalde Fashion Show, “was like taking a visual walk through time”.

Fabulous Fashion - Angie & NefFabulous Fashion – Angie & Nef

Neferia’s designs were indeed derived from historical patterns, illustrations, films, and photographs and her textures were based often on actual fabrics and laces from the era she was designing. What most people were unaware of was that these fabulous clothes were all textured with paintings or drawings from the artist’s hand.

Ivalde-Live TV BroadcastLive Broadcast of Ivalde on Norwegian Network TV

Neferia’s artistry was not only acknowledged by SL, being asked to be the main guest of the second episode ever of Fabulous Fashion, but she was also being featured on a major Norwegian television network program. Ask some of the hosts of other SL TV programs and you will find they are serious customers of Ivalde. Neferia not only provided a full array of outfits that had depth and true style, but were modest and professional as well. Neferia has a love of her customers and those she worked with so much that it was unbearable for her to linger, so she went softly into the night. Ivalde Vintage Fashion clothes are still available on Marketplace, but it is not the same as the experience of shopping and getting the famous customer care from her “family” when visiting the store. That is just how it is with Nef, she not only created wonderful clothing but also a comfortable place where everyone felt at home.

Ivalde Vintage Fashion (1.28.11)Warm Hearts and a Warm Hearth

The sim of Ivalde was created from the imagination of Neferia’s husband, Brumm Bricklin, and was full of Norse Teutonic Myth and legend. KymSara Rayna captured the last sunset over the Ivalde sim where Thor the Thunder God stood watch from a mountain top. Even he could sense the passing of something special. The closing of Ivalde Vintage Fashion and passing of Neferia Abel’s presence in Second Life fashion could be compared to the silencing of her countryman’s hammer.

and Thor's Hammer Falls . . .Last Sunset over Ivalde

We would like to share some thoughts and memories of our time with our dear friends and family to give you a sense of our and Second Life fashion’s loss…

Ivalde Vintage Fashion (1.28.11)The First Home of Ivalde

It seems like only yesterday, not the over four years it has been, since when we Vintage Lovers would gather in the original wooden building. Things seemed simpler, gentler and moved much slower then. We would meet in the early evening around the Lucky Chair to share our adventures and compare notes on our fashions finds. Neferia’s latest releases always caused excitement across the grid.

Fabulous Fashion - Faces of IvaldeIvalde models posing for Fabulous Fashion TV

Ivalde never once advertised for model positions they were always filled by those who shopped there. Nef would on a very rare occasion ask one of her customers to join the Ivalde staff as a model. It was so rare because it was so very seldom any one would leave once hired. It was a thrill and absolute honour to be asked and a blessing to be part. The Ivalde staff was more like a family than a work team, we were sisters with an absolute love of vintage and could not have been happier than being at Ivalde. We really enjoyed sharing the amazing designs that Nef was creating, and loved being with each other. Our customers were family; all the models had their regulars, which we were excited to see and share not only the latest vintage designs, but to chat and get to know them personally.

MOD Girls in LondonSequoia, KymSara, Beulah, Ada, Eileen, & Fay

The staff of Ivalde was always on call to any of our customers whether we were in the store or not. That was by choice and out of loyalty to Nef, she never had us turn in time sheets or keep tabs of our time, we were family and we were there when she had new releases and gone to RL when we needed, no questions asked except out of care. She gave each of us a tag that truly exemplified how she felt about us, “Trusted Friend”.

Vintage Fair Opens today!Sequoia Baccara, & KymSara

Each of the models had their special place in her heart and each of us had a particular vintage that we all felt Nef did best and likely because we looked absolutely fabulous in that particular era. We had something really amazing there which may never be repeated and worth a look back at the people who made it special. In the course of five years only a dozen special ladies held the tag of Ivalde Model.

ashwyn collectionAshwyn Collection named in memory of Ashyn Pastorelli

Ashwyn Pastorelli was with us all too briefly. The very personification of the ‘blythe spirit,’ Ashwyn brightened the room, wherever she was, she loved to dance, loved people and brought her special style to our little family. Sadly she lost her long RL struggle with MS only a week before her wedding.

5.9.12pm_001Qyhat Harbour

Qyhat Harbour, was the first model coordinator, but in reality she was more a mother to all of us models, looking after us and being certain we had styled properly before getting on the stand, sometimes firmly, but always caring that we represent Nef and her designs well. She continues to offer her abilities in SL for the benefit of others with her many skills.

dreamingBeulah Mills

Beulah Mills was the top model and was our big sis and was the nurturer. Beulah was a hoot, and could always be counted on to lighten our mood with some odd avatar or toy; she moved on to RL over a year ago and is sorely missed.

beeJujuBee Klaar

JujuBee Klaar was the overnight model and kept us all on our toes mixing and matching and often with the wild hair to take us out of our comfort zone and make us stretch our imagination. She moved on from modeling to become a celebrated SL artist, marketing her own brand of textures, sculpture and paintings.

eileen villiersEileen Villiers

Eileen Villiers is so clever and was always busy with extra projects. When Eileen was not meddling, or looking so groovy in her 70’s getups, she could always be found tending her ever increasing brood of breedable chickens and then it was on to bunnies. I always found that funny, it was as if she was breeding a supply of food, because her other avatar was a Tiny Fox.

KymSara RaynaKymSara Rayna

KymSara Rayna was there when the sim was picked up this week; she remained a steadfast model for over four years. A Renaissance woman she is a musician and artist. She has shown and sold several of her quilts which she sewed in RL through SL. Currently she is an award winning photographer receiving accolades from RL artists for her virtual images. Her flickr addiction has made her the perfect blogging partner to her sister Sequoia.

Sequoia NightfireSequoia Nightfire

Sequoia Nightfire came after KymSara to Ivalde and never sat still. Her Aurora Borealis jewelry was featured on the Ivalde sim, she is a top model, teacher and mentor and Academy Director for Mimmi Boa Modeling Academy. Her gridwide hunt “Peace On Earth” is entering its fifth year. She just finished with her Top Model Event Colour of Couture and finds plenty of charitable events to get involved in. Sequoia now blogs and has a nice following with her sister KymSara in their “Notions of Style” fashion blog.

fay rhodesFay Rhodes

Indefatigable, Fay Rhodes, also always had several irons in the fire. In addition to her ready wit and willingness to explore any and all styling challenges she was a poplar DJ with a loyal following. She now is making shoes for all vintage lovers to enjoy.

Ada HoobinooAda Hoobinoo

Then there is little sis, Ada Hoobinoo, who owned her own SL modeling agency and mall which she coordinates between her college studies.

Back to BerlinMadison Talon

Madison Talon who now is deeply involved in the Swing Times era sim and is hostess and owner of Club Noir, the best 40’s era club ever to be in SL. Her previous venture “USO 1940’s Club” was the first WWII era club in SL. She continues to hold special events with 40’s or WWII themes on request.


Baccara RhodesBaccara Rhodes

Then last year came Baccara Rhodes, who actually arrived long before any of us. She joined SL in its infancy and was even the subject of a feature for CBS News about Second Life. Her wedding planning business in SL is famous for holding the only wedding event that Philip Linden ever attended. Baccara joined us to try and manage a monumental task to keep Neferia free from the worry of doing anything but creating new designs. She succeeded entirely in what she came to do, but when Nef’s RL became even more demanding time became the ultimate enemy of our favorite designer.

ElaraGloriana ScabblebatElaraGloriana Scrabblebat

Last to join the family was our dear little sister ElaraGloriana Scrabblebat who raised our spirits whenever she was around, even if it was ever so briefly toward the end of the Ivalde era. In my picks I have a quote from her, “in my philosophy we all have a belief system or BS, and so knowing we all have our own BS, i am patient since i know not everyone’s BS jives with mine ;)”. Elara is a builder as well as model and has a very bright future ahead for herself in SL.

A Red, White & Blue Kinda Day!Our USO Poster

As one can see a lot of talented ladies with very diverse interests were in full support of Neferia Abel and still managed to have a full productive SL. The growing and development of those interests and abilities was directly influenced by the vision of Neferia to provide a nurturing creative environment.

Nef was fond of that Chanel quote, “Fashion fades but, style is forever.” Thank you to all who carry the love of Neferia Abel forward, I am sure that we will still see plenty of Ivalde designs at Vintage affairs around the grid for a long time to come. We are saddened by the closing, but richer for the experience of being a part of the Ivalde family.


Andrews Sisters - LIVE!Andrews Sisters – LIVE!

**This article is reprinted by permission from an article published in the June 2012 edition of Retropolitan Magazine written by the authors of this blog. You can visit Retropolitan Magazine online at retropolitan.org.

Ivalde and L`Abel Creations of Neferia Abel Online [click bold names to link]

Official Ivalde Website www.ivalde.org

Ivalde Vintage Fashin outfits still for sale at Marketplace

Ivalde on Flickr Ivalde Group Pool

Ivalde Vintage Fashion on Flickr Ivalde Vintage Fashion

L`Abel Fashion on Flickr L`Abel Group pool

Here comes the Bride!

The Spring Bride

Poulet Koenkamp of PurpleMoon Creations thinks to provide us with an answer to every possible season. June of course is Wedding season and Sequoia makes such lovely bride in the amazing new Keira Wedding Gown. Originally designed for Keira Soulstar, for her day of betrothal, this awesome design has been released in time for your own magical wedding.

The Spring Bride

The lace covered gown is beautifully detailed and edged in finely scalloped lace around the back and bodice. The veil flows from a delicate daisy crown and is embellished with matching floral appliques.

The Bride; Attended

Sequoia is the absolute vision  of loveliness as she walks down the aisle of the perfectly lovely and well appointed garden Chapel at Clair’s Wedding Chapel & Gardens. This is truly a dream location for that most special day.

Here comes the Bride!

With the ceremonies over, Seq off to her honeymoon, and the guests all departed, Kym takes time to reflect on the day as she watches the sunset over the water. Her caring attentiveness and lovely countenance have brought her a vast collection bridesmaid dresses, always the maid of honour, . . still she smiles, feeling very special in this most beautiful Christina Rose Gown from PurpleMoon.

Always a Bridesmaid

Sequoia Nightfire is wearing – Keira Bridal Gown New from PurpleMoon Creations
Jewelry – Pearly Shell set including tiara, necklace piercings and bracelet from +:+WTG+:+
Hair – Maya in Mahogany by >TRUTH<
Nails – Silver Rings & Nails by SDesigns

KymSara Rayna is wearing – Christina Rose Bridesmaid Gown NEW from PurpleMoon Creations
Jewelry – Natasja Ensemble by Alienbear Designs
Hair – Katt by Damselfly
Shoes -Kymmie by Lindy Shoes
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

On Location: Clair’s Wedding Chapel & Gardens

All Photography by KymSara Rayna

Kente Magic!

Kente Magic

As many of you know i am a real life quilter and i love a variety of textile art, so the other day when a friend told me of a new gown had seen made of Kente cloth i had to go see for myself. Vivien Emerald is a relatively new designer in SL Fashion, her store Désir is one i hope you will take time to go discover for yourself.

Kente Magic

Kente cloth is a type of silk and cotton fabric made of interwoven cloth strips and is unique to the people of Ghana, Ivory Coast and Togo. Originally it was considered a royal and sacred cloth, worn only at very special occasions. Over time, the use of kente has became more widespread. As more fabric and couture artisans have discovered the rich colours and incredible textures of this fine fabric, we have seen this African craft spread literally around the world.

Kente Magic

The Ghana Kente gown from Désir far exceeded my expectations! Vivien has not only managed to capture this exquisite fabric in a glowing texture, but integrated the flavor of original West African design as well. In a visit to her delightful shop you will quickly discover her eclectic tastes and that she has an appreciation for the unique fabrics and traditional designs of many cultures. While these influences are clear, her creative work is thoroughly original. You will definitely be seeing more of her designs in Notions of Style!

Wearing – Ghana Kente Dress NEW from -Désir-
Jewelry – d’Jango Gold from alaMood and Kay Bracelet by Finesmith Jewelers
Nails – Rave Red from Finesmith
Hair – Ruri by D!va
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Shoes – Krystal by Fay’s Shoes
Poses by Body Talking