Harvest Moon Rising

Veiled in Shadows

Veiled in Shadows

Veiled in Shadows

Model & Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Poet 3 Leather & Lace Corset/Blouse, Black Laced Jeans by Hudson’s Co.
Hat – Lady Gretchen by Hatpins
Boots – Fresh by FineSmith
Hair – Darilynn by Damselfly
Skin – Pamela by Orage Couture
Poses by PosESioN
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

On Location at Wanderstill Ode maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oubliette/198/127/33


From the trackside to the forest . . .

Derby Day

We can always count on Nando Korobase to capture the moment with the most feminine details in the exquisite designs from Angel Dessous. I have mentioned the exciting Black Box event here before.  But, for a reminder, each Wednesday Angel Dessous offers a surprise “Black Box” for a mere $69L. One never knows what will be inside; either a fresh new dress or a set of Angel’s divine lingerie. I unwrapped this Sonata dress from a recent Black Box and was delighted to find it matched one of my new hats – the Lady Maia – from Hatpins.
I am excited for the chance to look fabulous among those watching the 137th running of the Preakness this weekend. I am glad i waited to wear the Sonata this weekend, it might have been a bit scandalous if i had worn it Derby Day to Churchill Downs, i think it will fit in well with the beltway crowd and Baltimore society. Oh, and lest i forget, Fay’s Shoes Krystal shoes are just the perfect finishing touch!

Wearing – Sonata Dress NEW (Black Box) from Angel Dessous
Hat – Lady Maia from Hatpins
Jewelry – “Honey” NEW from WTG Jewelry
Nails – Je Suis
Hair – Yasmeen by CaTwA
Shoes – Krystal from Fay’s Shoes
Poses – Reel Expression by Luth
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

Into the woods

Far from the madding crowd of the track we escape to the tranquil shadows of Chakryn Forest for a look at one of the latest designs from Angel Dessous. Available in a variety of colors in the animal print,  the new Masala dress is truly a marvelous look. From the asymmetric hem to the delicate strap and bodice detail the Masala is both eye-catching and a perfect delight to wear. You’ll find the bonus beaded jewelry set included with your new dress for a complete look!

Into the woods

Model & Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Masala Dress NEW from Angel Dessous
Jewelry – Part of the Masala Ensemble from Angel Dessous
Hair – Nouf V1 by CaTwA
Shoes – Audrey by Kalnins* (*designer left SL)
Poses – Morgane Batista’s Pose Shop
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

Country Chic: Florals

Country Chic - Summer Pantsuit - NEW! from L`Abel

The excitement continues at Ivalde and L`Abel as the word of the special new L`Abel Country Chic Summer Collection splashes on the fashion scene like a beautiful sun shower offering refreshment for the body and soul. Cool comfortable lace, ruffles and florals are the order of the day this summer fashion season. We have already highlighted a some of the lace frosted and hemmed confections of this collection, now let’s have a look at two of the delightful florals.

Counrtry Country Chic - Summer Pantsuit - NEW! from L`Abel

Seq predictably grabbed the Summer Pantsuit in seagreen floral print and is stunning and at ease in the knee length loose-fitting pants and layered strapless top. The picture hardly does justice to any of the Country Chic Collection you must see the impeccable detail to really appreciate ! Tosy Xue really seems to be on a roll creatively as his nails most often are the manicure of choice, this time Seq is wearing the Magna Mater in platinum from WTG. Ever alert to spot a special exquisitely made jewelry design, Sequoia also discovered a wonderful bracelet called Friendo at The Hive when she was buzzing the grid. Of course she bought the necklace too but will save that for another time 🙂

Model – Sequoia Nightfire
Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Summer Pantsuit in SeaGreen- NEW! from L`Abel
Skin – Najeenda Pale from Deesse’s Skins
Hair – Sara Hair – Wheat from CaTwA
Jewelry – Friendo bracelet from The Hive
Nails – Magna Mater platinum by WTG
Shoes – SLink Jolie Pied Achillia Gladiator Silver from SLink
Poses – Glitterati

Moonlight becomes her . . .

As you may have already guessed, when it comes to florals Kym would seek the sweetest and loveliest flowing full skirted dress. Savanna features all the summery hues of pink, purple and blue that are certain to capture the attention of the entire garden grid. Cool comfort is a bonus feature of this lovely dress. It moves with the softest summer breezes to reveal the delicate Belgian lace underskirt. This, of course, was the perfect excuse for Kym to run to Hatpins for a new summer hat to match! (as if she really needs an excuse!) Reghan Straaf always has a super selection of vintage inspired hats which work beautifully with actual period dresses or as a special finishing touch to todays most modern ensembles. It was a challenge to decide, but the Lady Zarah seemed a perfect choice for a midnite stroll in the meadow.

Moonlight among the Foxgloves

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Savanna Dress – NEW! from L`Abel
Hair – Evi by Maitreya
Skin – Emma by Tuli
Hat – Lady Zarah by Hatpins
Poses – Glitterati

Country Chic: Summer Lace

L`Abel Enna (Preview!)

Yesterday was a big day on the Ivalde sim, the first part of the NEW summer Country Chic Collection from L`Abel was released. Neferia Abel has brought an attitude of style that is both flirty, feminine and way cool comfortable. She has brought a contemporary update of a classic look and feel to her L`Abel Summer collection using the coolest summer-weight cotton fabrics to include such wearable, lovable, fashionable, adorable, covetable and most comfortable pieces that i hardly know where to begin 🙂

We were struck at first by a few highlights of this collection right from the outset. Nef has used an absolutely dreamy collection of finely tatted lace fabrics as accent and focal points. This provides a connection to her vintage styles, but with a totally fresh and sassy perspective that is perfect for this season’s fashion trend of Boho Chic. Neferia’s colour palette is perfect to bring out the soft lines of these special pieces! We have been waiting so long for a collection that could offer so much in the way of soft pastels and distinctive bright florals, with a bonus of lace embellishment, to mix and match our to our attitude and style.

L`Abel Enna (Preview!)

The Enna in lavender is so perfectly Kymmie! Soft and crisp in pastel with fine lace accents, you will have the option of a full skirt which could be worn at the waist or babydoll style or the adorable tunic top for a more casual look with the bloomer style pants. Kym was able to, of course, find the perfect hat in the GoS floppy hat with colour change scarf she has turned to the lavender to match.

Country Chic - Jessica; NEW from L`Abel!

Sequoia is all in white, wearing the Jessica White Lace in the long skirt version. What wonderfully fine detailed work on the bodice and well along the waistline and hemline of the 100% lightweight cotton dress. This set is full of finely hand tatted lace overlay and fringe from the long skirt version, seen here, to the many other options including baby doll version and lace cuff bloomers version with a both a long and short tunic. Soft cool feminine sass! complete with a bit of “tude”, which was easy for Seq to manage with her additions of the G Field Short Western Boots and Western hat from Hatpins.Tosy Xue has just released the NEW Kaleidescope set from WTG, in various colours and metals, Seq is adorned in the long silver and beaded necklace with a filigree pendant, a perfect length for this summer look. The nails are also from WTG, called Magna Mater.

Style Cards

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Enna from NEW L`Abel 2011 summer Country Chic Collection Part 1
Shoes – GoS Espadrilles
Hat – Gos Floppy hat with Scarf
Skin – Emma by Tuli
Hair – Evi – by Maitreya

Model – Sequoia Nightfire
Wearing – Jessica White Lace Set from NEW L`Abel 2011 summer Country Chic Collection Part 1
Boots – Short Western boots by G Field
Hat – Heather Western Hat – White from Hatpins
Skin – LAQ
Hair – Maryam by CaTwA
Jewelry&Nails – WTG Kaleidescope necklace and earrings & Magna Mater nails

Ivalde is Back !!!

Spring is in the air!

Ivalde is back! After a total rebuild Ivalde has reopened with a new and historical Norwegian character. The sim is resplendent with natural wonders such as waterfalls and a fjord with a Viking ship and buildings representative of the home nation of owners Neferia Abel and Brumm Bricklin. Standing watch over the sim are monsters of lore such as a rock troll and sea serpent and there is even an occasional ghost sighting of Thora the mansion’s one time matriarch. The best news of all is that during the rebuilding process Neferia was devoting all her time to creating more masterful designs. Her opening day releases included gowns and dresses inspired by fashion eras from the full spectrum of the last century. And she continues even this week later to add even more!

All are so lovely it was hard to decide where to start, but it seemed appropriate to start with one of the earliest designs from the Regency period, the Constance gown. This gorgeous design is rich with luxurious detail, perfectly appointed to this era of elegant refinement, when even a stroll through the spring garden was a formal affair requiring a proper hat and, of course a matching parasol!

I would also have you take notice to what delightful things are on the horizon at +Aurora Borealis+, just a short pleasant walk thru the Norwegian countryside from Ivalde’s main store. The lovely Neferia Cameo set is so perfect with this gown. It is a preview of one of Sequoia Nightfire’s new designs available soon as she bring’s her renewed look once again to her main store on the Ivalde sim.

Spring is in the air! (close)

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – NEW Release – Constance Gown by Ivalde
Hair – Faye by Mirone
Skin – April by LAQ
Hat – Lady Delia by Hatpins
Jewelry – Neferia Cameo NEW from +Aurora Borealis+
Poses – DieselWorks

52 Weeks of Color Challenge: White

52 Week Color challenge - White (Close)

Luna Jubilee’s 52 Weeks of Color Challenge to come up with something white should be easy right? Well maybe! Definitely needs to have the feel of Spring. My first thought turned upon one of my very favorite hats, the Lady Delia by Reghan Straaf of Hatpins. With all the light spring rains i need something delightful to protect me as i go from the garden to the gazebo and back again.

With the choice of chapeaus resolved there seemed to be more of a challenge than i had first thought. I knew something fresh and spring-like was needed, and not any old thing or a dress that might be mistaken for a wedding dress. Then out of nowhere it hit me! There it was! Jojo Runo’s little lace Hyperkinetic Dress from RunoRuno. Very nicely finished in layers of lovely soft lace it offers the ideal blend of formal sophistication and and demure sexiness (is that an oxymoron?)…Nah no more than natural make-up. Alienbear Gupte’s pearls add some lustre and my new Sydney Stilettos from SLink look slick and voila i was ready to dance between the raindrops!

52 Week Color challenge - White

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Hyperkinetic Dress by RunoRuno
Hair – Xaria by Elikatira
Skin – April by LAQ
Hat – Lady Delia by Hatpins
Shoes – Sydney Stilettos by SLink
Poses – DieselWorks

52 Weeks of Color Challenge: Indigo

Mood Indigo

We continue to work our way through the Luna Jubilee’s 52 Weeks of Color Challenge box of Crayola’s, can’t you just smell the paraffin? How fitting that this week we feature a gown from the Edwardian era, which just so happens to be the time period when crayons were invented. A delightful match, for this weeks color Indigo, was found at Ivalde Vintage Fashion. The Trifidr gown is bold in blue textures, accented with eye-catching floral patterns in a sea of deep rich Indigo, the skirt moves with a wonderful flow. A stroll along the avenue or a garden i might be able to make do without my parasol, but a lady is never without her hat. There was no doubt in my mind that i would find the perfect hat to coordinate with this gown at Hatpins, where Reghan Straaf’s period designs offer a tantalizing array of choices. So many choices. in fact, it is always difficult to visit and to come away with only one hat, i settled on two, and chose her Lady Effie for this ensemble. I love to wear Cameo jewelry with this era styling. This set from Second Mirage is unfortunately, no longer available. I have it on good authority though, that a certain jewelry artist, who is my sister and shares this blog with me (not that i am naming any names), might be persuaded to add custom cameos to her line! Would that be so amazing?! ~kym

Mood Indigo (close)

Model/Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Tifridr Gown from Ivalde’s Edwardian Collection
Hair – Miss Banks by Historical Heroines
Skin – Emma by Tuli
Jewelry – Silver Cameo from Second Mirage
Hat – Lady Effie from Hatpins
Shoes – Lady Rose Boots by G Field
Poses – Perfection is Style

52 Weeks of Color Challenge : Blue

Maggie in Blue - for 52 Week Colour Challenge

Neferia Abel is back, and in a 1950’s groove! We are loving it! Luna Jubilee’s 52 Weeks of Color Challenge offered us the perfect opportunity to showcase one of Nef’s newest releases in her collection is the charming little Maggie dress. It’s available in a number of terrific pastels but, since the Colour Challenge this week is blue . . . . and since that happens to be my favorite . . . off we go! When I think fifties I always think of the super period shoes from Evoke, Here we have their Chunk Heel Mary Janes – they not only look good and right for the era but they are sooo comfortable for those long hours on the stand 🙂

Take it from the Top!

…And I just couldn’t resist a bit of departure from era to match up the totally delightful Lady Carrie Hat from Reghan Straaf of Hatpins. It may be a Victorian design but, I really loved the color match and the lace accents, which go so well with the bodice overlay of the Maggie dress. And, it is rather fun to borrow from various eras sometimes! ~kym

Photographer/Model – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Maggie Dress from Ivalde’s 1950’s Collection
Skin – Julie by LAQ
Hair – Ryleigh by Dameslfly
Hat – Lady Carrie by Hatpins
Jewelry – Adriatic Sea Vintage Beads by Aurora Borealis Jewelry (ABJ)

52 Weeks of Color Challenge : Grey

Grey Elsine (close) - for the 52 week Color Challenge

Luna Jubilee has issued a special opportunity to bloggers to participate in weekly challenge. Luna Jubilee’s 52 Weeks of Color Challenge will have bloggers respond each week with a featured outfit in their own personal blog in the Challenge Color and leave a comment linking back to each weekly challenge. Week #1’s colour is GREY. I thought immediately of Neferia Abel’s elegant Elsine Victorian Gown and one of my favorite hats — the Lady Geneva – from Reghan Straaf of Hatpins. Grey seems most appropriate for the Victorian era and, the designs of both this gown and hat are clear examples that grey need not be drab! Watch for our future responses to the Colour of the week. ~ kym

Grey Elsine - for the 52 week Color Challenge

Lady In Red


It has been too long since we have had a Victorian gown from Ivalde but, Neferia Abel made the wait worthwhile with her latest release, the Amaude Gown. The incredible detail on the pin-tucked bodice, and the trim elements reflect Nef’s commitment to both historic accuracy for her period inspired designs and the highest quality finished products. These commitments are also a hallmark of Reghan Straaf’s consistently fine designs from Hatpins, exemplified here in one of my personal favorites – her Lady Annette hat.

Those of us who love the Victorian fashions are going to miss Cornelia Rothschild’s lovely coiffures with Historical Heroines closing Thursday. I think her Miss Banks hair is just right with this ensemble. ~ kym