On a Golden Wintery Eve & Bamboo Dreams

On a golden wintery eveI am continually amazed at the creative elegance of Vivien Emerald’s spectacular couture designs. In these latest releases from DESIR Haute Couture, Vivien has captured the allure and mystery of the traditional lines of Chinese costume while exploiting the beauty and flow of the most incredible silk brocades to bring us two gowns of breathtaking beauty. The Chinese Golden Dragon Costume features a high collar bolero with very traditional capped shoulder elements, over a gown which dramatically emphasizes the form and movement of the wearer. The ensemble includes an incredible dragon headpiece, with an appropriate hair addition to complete  the traditional costume look. I chose however, to style this one to show its flexibility as a more modern formal gown, adding tosy Xue’s fabulous Myth Jewelry set from WTG Jewelry (which seems almost magically matched to Vivien’s gown) and a typical western updo from Amacci. Regardless of your personal approach to this gown, you will be delighted with the look, fit and ease of wearing the myriad parts and attachments that are a part of this most amazing design.
On a golden wintery eveOn a golden wintery eve

Wearing – Chinese Gold Dragon Costume NEW from Desir Haute Couture
Jewelry – Myth Ensemble from WTG Jewelry
Hair – Rona by Amacci
Skin – Essential Saga NEW from LAQ
Shoes – Menisa from Enkythings
Poses – DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

On Location in Amatsu Shima – maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Amatsu%20Shima/28/110/22

Bamboo Dreams

It is difficult to choose a favorite between these two costumes from DESIR Haute Couture! In the Shena ensemble, Vivien once again finds inspiration in the line and fabric of the most traditional Chinese dress, moving forward from there with her typically stunning interpretation. The billowing soft silk she uses in this gown contrasts so effectively with the detailed fine lines of the primary gown pieces. As soon as I saw the floral and bamboo embellishments on this rich fabric I knew right away that the perfect jewelry match would again be one of my favorite sets from  WTG Jewelry. This is one of tosy Xue’s earlier designs with a relatively unremarkable name of J:D-02, but an amazingly detailed floral cluster which echoes the embroidery of the gown’s collar. Vivien also includes her awesome dragon headpiece/hairpiece attachments with this ensemble to enable you to capture more fully the essence of the traditional costume.

I really enjoyed a visit to the China and Amatsu Shima sims to shoot this series in two of the most tranquil and dreamlike settings in SL. And, having the on-location lighting flexibility of my LumiPro, enabled me to capture the beauty of these designs in a most appropriate environment.

Bamboo Dreams

Wearing – Chinese Shena Costume NEW from Desir Haute Couture
Jewelry – J:D-02 from WTG Jewelry
Hair – Faye by Mirone (No longer available)
Skin – Nellie from LAQ
Shoes – Baba Yaga from Enkythings
Poses – DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

On Location in China – maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/China/146/213/1250

Bamboo Dreams

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Christmastide in Paris, and the hunt is on!

Noel en Paris

Rose’s awesome designs from Paris Metro Couture just keep on coming! Her latest release includes a line of holiday gowns, which are all just beautiful. I selected the Red Velvet Romance Gown and Cape ensemble for the Annual Snow Ball. (Would you believe this incredible gown is actually a gift for the Womanstuff Hunt?!)  There is nothing like deep velvet to make you feel pampered and elegant, with just a touch of the softest fur trim at the bodice, and top of the long gloves. Once you arrive at the ball, and remove the cape, this gown is sensational from every angle. Rose’s meticulous details are even noticeable in the line of the deep cut back and the row of tiny buttons. Yula Finesmith’s “Let it Snow” jewelry is a perfect compliment for the holiday touch. I chose the gold for this look but, was tempted by the other textures as well – especially the platinum version. Interestingly, Rose has named her other holiday gown “Let it Snow!” and this jewelry set would also be perfect with that gown. We’ll have a look at this combination soon! But if you just can’t wait, hurry over to Paris Metro Couture where you’ll find the “Let it Snow” gown, in lovely holly green, as Rose’s very special gift in the Peace on Earth Hunt.

Noel en Paris

Noel en Paris

Wearing – Red Velvet Romance Gown and Cape NEW from Paris Metro Couture
Jewelry – Let it Snow – NEW from Finesmith Jewelry
Hair – Rona from Amacci
Skin – Essential Saga NEW from LAQ
Poses – DieselWorks

Only three wishes

While you are hunting you simply must check out the latest addition to the Storybook Collection at Paris Metro. Inspired by the timeless classic, Aladdin’s Lamp, this gown captures all the exotic mystery of the oriental romance thriller. My Dark Zone Jewelry from Tosy Xue at WTG Jewelry is just the perfect match for the elegant lace silhouettes of this gown.

Only three wishes
Wearing – Aladdin’s Lamp Gown NEW from Paris Metro Couture’s Storybook Collection
Jewelry – Dark Zone Ensemble – WTG Jewelry
Hair – Mitzi – NEW from Damselfly
Skin – Essential Saga NEW from LAQ
Shoes -Sydney Stiletto from SLink
Poses – DieselWorks

First Snowfall of the Season

And, last but certainly not least, the Cassis outfit, a perfectly delightful little knit mini and sweater combination, complete with coordinating boots and long socks. Just the thing for a romp around in that early snowfall. You will surely find your favorite colour among the choices at Paris Metro!

Wearing – Cassis Miniskirt and Sweater NEW from Paris Metro Couture
Jewelry – Let it Snow – NEW from Finesmith Jewelry
Hair – Tibby from Damselfly
Skin – Essential Saga NEW from LAQ
Boots & Long Socks – Part of Cassis Ensemble from Paris Metro Couture
Poses – DieselWorks
On Location lighting – LumiPro

On Location at Awesome Taiga maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Awesome/225/245/27

Peace on Earth Hunt #5 is underway!

It is hard to imagine that another year has passed so quickly and we are already into the second week of the Fifth Annual Peace on Earth Hunt! This event is always a highlight of the holiday season with designers sharing some of their finest work with us. And it seems like the generosity of the participating designers just keeps getting more incredible with each year. Sequoia Nightfire, founder of the Peace On Earth hunt, is taking a very deserved rest on the sofa. Meanwhile I sit near enjoying a chat with sis.

Peace on Earth Hunt Items

Let’s set the pace with this very special gift from Stonewood Interiors & Cabins. Their “Let it Snow” furniture suite includes two chairs, and a cuddle sofa with scads of really fine poses, as well as the coffee table and two end tables with operating lamps and a matching area rug and of course, the tabletop Christmas tree. As soon as I opened the globe I knew this had to replace the furniture in the studio. I am really loving this picture too. I have only just begun to unpack some of the hunt gifts, so you’ll soon be seeing more here for sure.

For more on this Holiday tradition please visit : Peace On Earth Gridwide Hunt

Without a song . . .

Without a song . . .
One of the intriguing new offerings from the current L’Accessoires Collection is the Carina headpiece from SoliDea Folies. It is available in a variety of colours and I was particularly attracted to the flowing feathers. What better way to showcase such an original design than with Rogan Diesel’s latest pose prop — the Nighingale’s Sorrow, from DieselWorks. Two of the 15 great poses which are included with the prop are shown here. There is also a Nightingale’s Glee version of the cage prop in gold, which has sixteen poses which would have our l’il bird singing for joy again! Superb designs continue to flow from Rose’s creative studio at Paris Metro Couture — more than I can keep up with at the moment! But I especially wanted to share one of my favorites; the Elegant Long Sweater Dress. This has to be one of the best mesh designs I have found lately. Whether you are curled up by the fireplace, or strolling through your favorite mall, this NEW dress delightfully accents your every curve, and will keep you warm and cozy as those December winds begin to blow. O, and be sure to visit Chop Zuey while you are working your way through your Christmas shopping list. Belle has released some most lovely new sets, which will make great gifts, or perhaps additions to your own jewelry collection. I am wearing her Black Storm ensemble which includes both member and hunt gifts.
Without a song . . .

Without a song . . .

Wearing – Elegant Long Sweater Dress NEW from Paris Metro Couture
Jewelry – Black Storm Ensemble – NEW from Chop Zuey Jewelry
Headpiece – Carina NEW from SoliDea Folies at L’accessoires

Skin – Essential Saga NEW from LAQ
Shoes – Celine NEW from MiaMai at L’Accessoires
Pose Prop & Poses – Nightingale’s Sorrow NEW from DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro