Stopping by my quilt on a snowy evening…

Stopping by my quilt on a snowy evening . . .

Stopping by my quilt on a snowy evening . . .

Stopping by my quilt on a snowy evening . . .

Model & Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing -Kashia Gown – NEW from DESIR Haute Couture
Jewelry – Paprazzi II by Chop Zuey
Shoes – Grace Sandals by Gos
Hair – Zaara by D!va
Skin – Essentail Saga by LAQ
Poses by Di’s Opera
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

Quilt – Aurora Borealis by KymSara Rayna

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Something Special This Way Comes…

Something special this way comes . . .

Something special this way comes . . .

Model – KymSara Rayna
Photographer – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Selena Gown NEW from Desir Haute Couture {October Group Gift}
Jewelry – Fire Hot Ensemble by WTG Jewelry
Hair – Indecent by GuRL6
Skin – Nellie by LAQ
Shoes – Sydney Stilettos by SLink
Poses – Di’s Opera
Lighting by Lumipro

On Location at the Mechanical Toy Factory maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Forgotten%20City/223/71/333

From Formal to Casual with Purple Moon & WTG Jewelry

Fly me to the moon . . .

The spring releases at PurpleMoon Creations reflect the amazing breadth of amazing designs we enjoy from Poulet Koenkamp. Her gowns are always elegant and the Lolita is simply magical! So, it seemed appropriate to add tosy Xue’s Magical Circle earrings from WTG Jewelry.

Fly me to the moon . . .

Wearing – Lolita Gown in Hazelnut NEW from PurpleMoon Creations
Earrings – Magical Circle by WTG Jewelry
Hair – Zaara by D!va
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Poses – DieselWorks

Marzia

With cascades of blooms accenting elegant lace and flowing silks PurpleMoon’s new Marzia gown is truly breathtaking. And, once again, I found tosy Xue’s Jewelry to be a perfect accent. The Blessings Ensemble from WTG Jewelry, while not a new release, is one of my favorites, and seems as if it is designed to match this lovely gown.

Marzia - Detail

Wearing – Marzia Gown NEW from PurpleMoon Creations
Jewelry – Blessing Ensemble by WTG Jewelry
Hair – Chika4 by D!va
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Poses – DieselWorks

At Club Noir

Purple Moon Creations regularly offers entire styled outfits put together by Poulet and her staff of models. These Designer’s Choice ensembles are consistently well assembled, (with such an amazing array of coordinates to select from!) and usually deeply discounted. These next two outfits are among the ones I haven’t been able to resist adding to my growing wardrobe of PurpleMoon Casuals. I am also excited about all the new spring releases from Lindy’s Modern & Retro Shoes! And this very latest release from WTG Jewelry, the Isis Ensemble is actually a group gift!

We recently celebrated Lewis & Maddie’s second anniversary at Club Noir, their vintage themed Jazz and Swing club. The B&W look seemed like the perfect setting for this shoot. And, its a great spot for an evening of good music and dancing with someone special.

At Club Noir

Wearing – Dahlia Top & Skirt – from PurpleMoon Creations
Jewelry – Isis Ensemble – NEW Group Gift from WTG Jewelry (ColorChange)
Poses – DieselWorks
Shoes – Arial by Lindy’s Modern & Retro Shoes
Hair – Yara by CaTwA
Skin – Alva by LAQ
On Location lighting by LumiPro

On location at Club Noir Jazz & Swing Club

Sunset on the stream
You don’t see me in pants very often and when you do, you know that they must be really well designed. I really love these Alison Pants from PurpleMoon. You’ll find it hard to pick just one pair from all the great colors! Lindy’s new Bradye Wedge Sandals are just perfect for the season.

Sunset on the stream

Wearing – Dahlia Top in brown & Alison Pants – from PurpleMoon Creations
Necklace – Majestic by PurpleMoon Creations
Poses – DieselWorks
Shoes – Bradye by Lindy’s Modern & Retro Shoes
Hair – Hope by Damselfly
Skin – Alva by LAQ
On Location lighting by LumiPro

Softly on a spring breeze . . .

Softly on a spring breeze
There is something about a new gown from DESIR Haute Couture that inspires me to seek out a soft breeze along the coast! Vivien Emerald brings us yet another delicately flowing creation in her recently released Patrycja Gown and, once again the detail work is superb from the stand-up pleated collar, to the surprise cascade of orchids at the deeply cut back, and the layers of sheer silk in the full skirt. I chose the gold colour and accented it with the Pearly Shell Jewelry and Nail Ensemble from WTG Jewelry for the candlelight glow of an evening stroll through the birches, and down to the coast line. You will find your favorite among the other delicious pastels available.
Softly on a spring breeze
Softly on a spring breeze
Wearing – Patrycja Gown in gold – NEW from DESIR Haute Couture
Jewelry & Nails – Pearly Shell by WTG Jewelry
Poses – DieselWorks
Hair – Caitrin by Exile
Skin – Alva by LAQ
On Location lighting by LumiPro
On location, at home – The CascadesStill Red . . . Little, not so muchPerhaps, like me, you’ve always loved wearing a special red dress. Since childhood, when the Red Riding Hood story was a fashion influence, right until today, I think there has always been at least one red dress . . . maybe more . . . in my wardrobe. The Euridice gown from DESIR Haute Couture has definitely moved into a special place for me. Elegant and sensuously soft, it is just the perfect “all grownup” gown for the L’il Red in all of us! And I thought an “Into the Woods” setting might be just right for a shoot today. No Big Bad Wolves at Oubilette but, keep an eye out for that scary troll.Still Red . . . Little, not so much
Wearing – Euridice Gown NEW from DESIR Haute Couture
Jewelry – Fragrance Ensemble – from WTG Jewelry
Hair – Darilyn from Damselfly
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Poses – PosESioN
On location Lighting by LumiPro

Breakfast at FineSmith

Breakfast at FineSmith!

While visiting the recent Hollywood Fashion event I found this delightful outfit at SF Designs and immediately thought that if Holly Golightly were to visit Second Life today she would probably head straight to FineSmith for breakfast! I went digging through my older jewelry drawers and found just the right pearls from FineSmith – fitting for that vintage look. And then, I thought of what a more current look Holly might discover on this visit . . .

Wearing – Audrey Outfit includes Hat & Shoes – NEW from SF Designs
Jewelry – Pearl Choker & Pearlin Earrings from FineSmith
Skin – Alva by LAQ

Breakfast at FineSmith!

Yula’s amazing new color-change Diamond Ensemble would probably catch the eye of a savvy, fashionista like Holly Golightly – and also catch the eye of everyone in the ballroom as she made a grand entrance.

Wearing – Natzuka Gown from DESIR Haute Couture
Jewelry – Diamond Neclace & Earrings NEW from FineSmith
Hair – Katt from Damselfly
Skin – Alva by LAQ

Breakfast at FineSmith!

Perhaps she might even go for this spectacular new Collar from FineSmith, which also goes quite well with the earrings from the Diamond Ensemble.

Wearing – Natzuka Gown from DESIR Haute Couture
Jewelry -Guilt Collar & Diamond Earrings NEW from FineSmith
Hair – Katt from Damselfly
Skin – Alva by LAQ

Ebony and Ivory : In Pefect Harmony

Fresh Desir!

Vivien Emerald ushers us into the spring fashion season with a spectacular series of gowns and costumes from DESIR Haute Couture that were designed for candidates in the Miss Virtual World competition. The Ashia Gown is a spectacular, strapless, layered design incorporating both light translucent layers and tone-on-tone silk for a dramatic and yet flowing look.
KymSara chose the noir (black) version of this gown and Sequoia the blanc (white).

DESIR White Ashia

Kym really like’s Yula’s innovative creation of a jeweled fascinator headpiece and the NEW Shameless Ensemble available from Finesmith Jewelry.

SHAME on me!

Sequoia chose a traditional pearl set from WTG called Pearly Shell to complement the Chinese Shena head piece which is included with the dress.

Ebony, Ivory , working together in perfect harmony !

DESIR White Ashia

Model – KymSara Rayna
Wearing – Ashia Gown in black NEW from DESIR Haute Couture
Jewelry – Shameless Ensemble – NEW from Finesmith Jewelry
Hair – Asami by D!va
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Poses – PosESioN

Model – Sequoia Nightfire
Wearing – Ashia Gown in white NEW from DESIR Haute Couture
Headpiece – Chinese Shena head piece (included with dress) from DESIR
Hair – “Asami” (Type B)(Onyx) from “”D!va”” Hair
Jewelry- **Pearly Shell** bangle, ear pierces and necklace by +:+WTG+:+
Skin – Al Vulo
Poses – Morgane’s Runway – Michela sets 1 & 2 NEW from Morgane Batista Poses

All Photography by KymSara Rayna

Four Fresh New Designs from Paris Metro Couture!

All in bloomSpring is definitely in the air and all of our favorite designers are anticipating the season’s colours with special offerings. Yula Finesmith brings us the colours of Spring with a floral inspired Ensemble Called Kotar. And yes, those are the Rave Nails, also from Finesmith Jewelry! My gown is the latest release from Paris Metro Couture, a delicate floral, appropriately named Etre en Fleurs. You will find it in a variety of impossible to resist colours — perfect for that first spring affair.All in bloom
Wearing – Etre en Fleurs Gown – NEW from Paris Metro Couture
Jewelry – Kotar Ensemble – NEW from Finesmith Jewelry
Hair – Ulrica from Amacci
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Poses – WetCat
On Location lighting by LumiProOn Location at The Botanical Gardens
maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Botanical%20Gardens/…Daddie's FlowersContinuing the spring floral inspiration, Rose rfb Morpork brings us this luscious floating gown called “Daddie’s Flowers” from Paris Metro Couture.  I knew that I had to shoot this in the dreamy environment of Alirium. The matching Princess of the Forest Jewelry Ensemble, was one of the wonderful colour-change sets offered by Lazuri Jewelry during the recent Fashion for Life event.Daddie's Flowers
Wearing – Daddie’s Flowers Gown – NEW from Paris Metro Couture
Jewelry – Princess of the Forest Ensemble NEW from Lazuri
Hair – Gloria NEW from Amacci
Skin – Essential Saga by LAQ
Poses – WetCat
On Location lighting by LumiProOn Location at Alirium
maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/alirium/129/123/37Lacy Candy
You must see the amazing texture detail on the Lacy Candy Cocktail dress from Paris Metro Couture. Offered in a variety of colours as well as this noir, the lace top is lined in a contrasting tone and the mesh skirt is lined in the matching colour. A very polished look for the coming season of galas. And with this delightful short skirt I can show off my new Grace Sandals from GoS Boutique. My bracelet and earrings are from Chop Zuey’s River Rocks Ensemble, released during the recent Fashion for Life event.

Lacy Candy

Wearing – Lacy Candy Cocktail Dress – NEW from Paris Metro Couture
Jewelry – River Rocks Ensemble – NEW from Chop Zuey Jewelry
Hair – Coralee from Amacci
Skin – Alva by LAQ
Shoes – Grace Sandals – NEW from GoS Boutique
Poses – WetCat

Visit to the Emerald City

I just had to choose this Emerald Arun Gown from among the spectrum of spring-like hues from Paris Metro Couture and add the LaSchiava Jewelry Ensemble just released by E-Clipse from the current round  of offerings from L’Accessoires. And where better to shoot this combination than the Emerald City at Oz? This is a must visit sim. It is fully executed in mesh and has some of the most creative vistas!

Visit to the Emerald City
Wearing – Arun Gown – NEW from Paris Metro Couture
Jewelry – LaSchiava Ensemble NEW from E-Clipse for L’Accessoires
Hair – Anna from Amacci
Skin – Julie by LAQ
Poses – WetCat
On Location lighting by LumiPro

On Location at Oz – (A must see fully mesh sim)
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More gowns of Desir

All that Glitters . . .When my friend Norma saw my photos of the Starline Gown; one of Vivien Emerald’s latest releases from Desir Haute Couture, she exclaimed, “O Kym, the stuff of my childhood dreams!” And, I would venture to guess that it may very well be the stuff of some “all-grown-up dreams” for many of us as well. Vivien continues to bring us the most exquisite designs. This gown really is worthy of some very close scrutiny. The complex swirls of the billowing silk are meticulously and symmetrically assembled to accentuate the pattern which is introduced as a theme on the corset top – a veritable visual symphony! You must experience the rhythmic flow of the gown to fully appreciate the complete design. While it is dramatically large, it moves with the gentle grace we have come to recognize as a characteristic of Desir gowns. I also found Belle Roussel’s recently released Tabula Rasa jewelry ensemble from Chop Zuey Couture Jewelry to be a delightful accent. I believe I would be wearing this gown for weeks . . . if I didn’t have a few more from Desir to unpack and shoot!

All that Glitters . . .

All that Glitters . . .

Wearing – Starline Gown NEW from Desir Haute Couture
Jewelry – Tabula Rasa Ensemble – NEW from Chop Zuey Jewelry
Hair – Miu by D!va
Skin – Essential Saga from LAQ
Poses – DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

A Formal Affair in a Marshmellow World

Next on my fave list from DESIR  is the January Group gift – a Winter Gown in glistening snow white satin embellished with cascading snowflakes on the cowl cape. It seemed just the ensemble for a formal winter affair at Takalo, a simply amazing sim, with more beautiful snow than I have found anywhere in SL. Yula Finesmith’s new Papiyon Ensemble, in platinum, added a matching touch of jewelry elegance. And, my little feathered escorts seemed pleased with my choices!

Winter is a Marshmellow World

A Marshmellow World
 Wearing – Winter Gown NEW Group Gift from Desir Haute Couture
Jewelry – Papiyon Ensemble NEW from Finesmith Jewelry
Hair – Jodilynn by Damselfly
Skin – Alva from LAQ

Poses – DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

On Location in the snow at Takalo
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One misty morning, early . . .

In the midst of the chill of the bleak mid-winter I find myself anticipating the coming of spring and all the blooms that accompany the reawakening of my mountains. I think Vivien must have had similar thoughts as she created two dazzling new gowns with warm floral motifs from Desir Haute Couture. The Rehana Wisteria, is simply fabulous. From the billowing lace underskirts, to the richly embroidered theme blooms and the warm color accents this gown whispers the news of coming warm breezes and morning garden freshness. I love the natural blues Vivien selected for this gown and was delighted to find a perfectly matching jewelry ensemble among the vivid colors of NES – Finesmith Jewelry’s very latest release.

One misty morning, early . . .

One misty morning, early . . .

Wearing – Rehana Wisteria Gown NEW from Desir Haute Couture
Jewelry – NES Ensemble NEW from Finesmith Jewelry
Hair – Faye by Mirone – No Longer Available
Skin – Alva from LAQ
Poses – DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

On Location in the early morning fog at Renovation
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O, my stars . . .

Desir’s other new floral theme gown – the Sayoka –  captures Vivien’s enchantment with the delicate sakura flower blooms which she recently discovered. While the lines of this  figure-focused gown are truly dramatic enough to warrant attention, the incredible embroidery on the sheer deep cut back panel will certainly draw that second and third admiring look. The lovely hair flower and a matching ring are part of the Sayoka offering. I’ve added tosy Xue’s Magical Circle Earrings from WTG Jewelry and the bold red Dawn bracelets from Finesmith Jewelry for my shoot under the stars at the magical Tempura sim.

O, my stars . . .

Wearing – Sayoko Gown NEW from Desir Haute Couture
Jewelry – Magical Circle Earings from WTG Jewelry & Dawn Bracelets from Finesmith Jewelry
Hair – Gloria by Wasabi Pils
Skin – Alva from LAQ
Poses – DieselWorks
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

On Location under the stars at Tempura Island
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Let it Snow!

Winter Wonder

Augusta Creations has just released a delightful bevy of gowns and cocktail dresses to tantalize us during the chilly months of winter. I was thrilled to find Augusta’s lovely gift of the Iole Gown, in seasonal red, just in time for a recent holiday gathering. And speaking of lovely gifts, Belle also filled our stockings with some very special jewelry ensembles during her 12 Days of Christmas event at Chop Zuey. I am wearing a few of the “days” here — the “Joy Abound” ensemble includes earrings, bracelets and necklace pieces.

Winter Wonder

Wearing – Iole Red Gown – NEW Member Gift from Augusta Creations
Jewelry – Joy Abound Ensemble NEW 12 Days of Christmas Gift from Chop Zuey
Hair – Antonella by Damselfly
Skin – Molly from LAQ
Shoes – Moshi by Nardcotix
Poses – Di’s Opera
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

Dancing among the Snowflakes
There are so many choices at Augusta Creations! You are sure to find just the right dress for that special event. And, with so many holiday events you will want to pick up more than one, right? I couldn’t wait to get to the club in my new Ilde Cocktail Dress and celebrated with a bit of dancing among the snowflakes at the studio! MiaMai’s new Lily shoes – recently released through L’Accessoires – were a perfect match for this lovely gown and tosy Xue’s latest release, the “Ice Queen” ensemble from WTG Jewelry, completes the look from every angle.

Dancing among the Snowflakes

Dancing among the Snowflakes

Wearing – Ilde Grey Cocktail Dress – NEW from Augusta Creations
Jewelry – The Ice Queen Ensemble NEW from WTG Jewelry
Hair – Annna by Amacci
Skin – Molly from LAQ
Shoes – Lily by MiaMai for L’accessoires
Poses – Di’s Opera
On Location Lighting by LumiPro

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