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It’s been a long time since El and Feles had some photo time together, but with some of Kala Bijoux’s beautiful new sculpted wings in their inventories it was time to put a photoshoot on the top of the to-do list. The Twig Fairy wings and Raphael Angel wings gave them a great base to build their looks around.
They ran off to our favorite fantasy clothing store, because we knew that Delora Starbrook of Haven Designs would have just the thing. Her cuts are always unique and sexy, her fabrics are rich and her flexi has just the right amount of movement.
I really love how the two of them can stick to one photo’s theme, but each bring to it their strong personalities; anyone who knows El and Feles knows just how perfectly their personalities are expressed here. El is full of whimsy with a little bit of sass mixed in (hah a little?) so the asymmetrical cut and slightly tattered flexi of Haven’s Tink was an obvious choice. Feles was a bit undecided, but El pushed her towards the Qadesh silks in red, which is almost as fierce as Feles herself.
Also worth a special mention is this post is El’s jewelery from Illusions. She acquired the Hedera set a few pieces at a time, and is still kicking herself in the ass for not just buying the whole set when it debuted at the jewelry fair. The ivy wraps around arms and legs and neck, and is perfectly sculpted and textured. The actual color of the leaves is green, but El was able to tint the leaves blue to match her look.
Twig Fairy – Shimmer Blue – Sculpted Wings by Material Squirrel
*Haven Designs* Tink – Cornflower
:GP: Petal [Dark] Sunny-Cloud 1
Exile hair Monica/auburn
Raphael angel wings, red – Sculpted Wings by Material Squirrel
Haven Designs Qadesh silks, red
Sinful Needs Brood Princess horns
Zaara Patra silver wire bracelets
Gos Dare bootie, red
Belleza Alyson pale 1
Maiteya Green II hair, gold blond
Candy nail basic prim nails, red
I was about to log off for my afternoon nap when I got an IM from Delora Starbrook of Haven Designs, “Don’t log off yet.” One really doesn’t argue with Delora so I just waited, curious and then she said “Namesake gets a fatpack.” and I got so excited and jumped up and took off all my clothing and waiting for the incoming goodies. “Elysi” is the newest set of silks from Delora, she told me “sorta had Ely written all over it” and I wondered what made her feel that way… I’m pretty sure it was the cleavage.
I love the cut of the clothing layers part of this set, but what really takes it up to another level for me are the silks panels on the sides in addition to front and back, for additional swishiness. The lace at the bottom of the skirt makes this extra pretty and Delora has done a fabulous job giving the lace a wonderful 3-dimensional texture.
I’ve had myself on a bit of a budget lately, plus I haven’t had much time to shop, but I did take a few minutes to head down to the HarajukuBox Skin Fair earlier today. If you love skins from Curio and you do not head down to grab this skin, you are going to kick yourself for missing it. You get ALL 5 tones for just 1000L!!! 10 tones if you consider that each has dark and light.
As usual, there are two makeup options in the pack: an almost lavender blue eye shadow with natural or red red lips…yeah I said red twice on purpose…
THANK YOU Delora for naming these super sexy ultra swishy silks for me… I love them!
Haven Designs Elysi silks
:Gala Phoenix: Beach-Osprey
[Decoy Hair] Zoey
(luc) Kau’i disc necklace & earrings (silver)
**EMJ* Elegance Bangles
SLink Barefoot Beady Style
Wings from Material Squirrel: 2009 RFL Blue Angel Wings, Evadne Wings in Fig, Tattered Fairy Wings in Wasabi Envy
*dances around the island trying on attachments in all the colors with Flamenco music playing in my head* Yup, It’s time for me to fan-girl over Solange! again. Hot damn, woman… these sets are amazing and sexy and so much fun!!!! Available as silks, or dress with multiple skirt versions, Solange’s newest release, Fiesta, comes in a pallet of vibrant colors perfect for the summer. The colorful photos were shot inside one of MiaSnow’s Modern Indulgence skyboxes, which is just chock full of fun textures.
I was even inspired to head down to Sine Wave animations to see if I could find some dances, and they have a little Flamenco section with the “world dances”… so we got Feles to perform for us. Feles seems to think that El is getting a little jealous not being the center of attention, but I tell El to get over it; I let her buy new shoes for the first time in forever, that was all the special attention she was getting! It was the poofs on the back of the Redgrave New Year’s Glam heels that sold her on them, they are just perfect with the dress.
In addition to the beautiful colors, Solange also created a black version and a white one. As we changed into them Feles told me I looked “bride-ish” so I laughed and pulled out some wedding set props. I love the pose I am in but looking at it now, I’m thinking I should have photoshopped my hands bound to that column with rope or something… I don’t look like a very willing bride! The columns, the floor petals and the floor runner (which has lovely edges you can’t see here) all come from Nirvana*, which has a fantastic and huge selection of wedding props that takes up an entire sim, plus a few other sims’ worth of landscaping for all seasons.
I had decided we were finished when El nudged me and said “hey… Ely… we gotta show off the clothing layers under the attachments, plus, you haven’t done an ass shot in a while” The resulting shot required four snapshots (the full shot plus a shot of each of us without hair) in order to make this work! If you are interested in some of the process, you can see it here. And, for the record, although I do have a great ass in world… I owe the ass in this shot to a good deal of Photoshop, too.
I am a tattoo person iRL. My shoulders, upper arms, and a good portion of my back have been decorated by some incredible artists, and every piece has meaning. Because of this, I am very picky about tattoos in SL. Artists, I know it’s not your fault, but the limited resolution of uploaded textures prevents the details from being clear and makes most tattoos look like mush. Negko DeVinna has been able to create a series of tattoos that are delicate, detailed, beautiful, and still look great when you zoom in.
I’m going to be a little lazy with the credits, it’s all here just not ALL the details. Feel free to leave a comment or message me in world if you need more information.
clothing: Solange! Fiesta Silks and Dresses
skin: Gala Phoenix Lovely, Sunny & June in various tones and makeups
tattoos: Negko design
hair: Cake, Truth, and Magika
shoes: Stiletto Moody and Redgrave
poses: Torridwear, Sweet Lovely Cute, Tuli (I think there may be others, I apologize if I left someone out!)
*Special thanks to Carrie Grant of Nirvana; I purchased the wedding themed items for a shoot earlier in the week, and panicked when something didn’t deliver and I was scheduled to shoot in just a few hours. It was one of those SL days when things don’t want to deliver and inventory doesn’t want to load. When things finally decided to work again, she even passed me an extra item to make up for the trouble.
All of us have some favorite some shops in SL that create the “gotta have it” feeling in us with every new release. Haven Designs consistently does that to us, especially El, who hovers near me making grabby hands at the photos and whining “I knoooowwww you have work to do but loooooookit!!!” She’s a bad influence, that one. El had her eye on the Selah set and brought me over to Haven to look at colors, and I just had to get Roewan for myself.
I love the fabrics, textures and colors Delora uses, the cut and design of each set is unique, and the quality of every item is fantastic. Both sets come on multiple layers and can be worn without the attachments for different looks. Roewan even has an alternate version without the midsection that makes a great bikini.
The hair in these shots is Zoey from Annette Voight. If you are a long-time member of the Decoy update group, you may have it, but if not you will be able to purchase an updated version of this style at the upcoming hair fair! Zoey is one of my favorite up-dos on the entire grid, and weighing in at only 41 prims, this is my standard hair for high lag events.
The Night Fairy and Evadne wings from Material Squirrel seen here will make their debut at the Fantasy Faire starting next week along with 3 other new styles in multiple colors. I have been a huge fan of Kala’s work since my early days and she is one of those designers that I still get a little fangirl about, even though I’ve gotten to know her. If you don’t own any wings in SL, I urge you to head down to her shop or her booth at the faire and check it out. You don’t have to RP fairies or demons to wear wings you know.
All poses in this set are from Sweet Lovely Cute which has a new main shop and some new animations, AOs and couples poses to go with the new build. Each pose is full of personality which makes them so much fun to shoot.
photoshop notes: in the last photo, the wings appear to have double tips, that’s just some fancy photoshoppin’ to give them some extra visual movement.
*Haven Designs* Selah – Pink
Material Squirrel Evadne Wings in Coral
[Decoy Hair] Zoey – Brown
::Tuli:: Hope (pale/br) vivid
:: Exodi :: Aidan Bangles and Annah Hoops
Poetic Color eyes by LL – summer – pink garden (s)
SLink Barefoot Beady Style
*Haven Designs* Roewan Silks – Purple
Material Squirrel Night Fairy Wings in Purple
[Decoy Hair] Zoey – Black
::Tuli:: Hope (tan/bl) vivid
:: Exodi :: Alysha Necklace & Earrings
Poetic Color eyes by LL – summer storm -(s)
Stiletto Moody – Gladiator Boots
When Solange Cerveau IMs me and asks “you wanna see what I am workin on?” I pretty much toss anything else I am looking at to the side and wait for her to pass the snapshot. Without exception, what Solange makes I want, and when the picture of the Shalenas silks set rezzed my eyes got wide and it took all my will to refrain from screaming “when can I have one?!?!?!?!!” Luckily, she only made me wait a day
Shalenas includes quite a few options, like almost everything from Solange. The clothing layers come in both sheer and non-sheer versions, and there are 6 skirt options. Long, short and a sheer version of the short shirt are included, and each of those comes with and without the belt. The belted version, which has some beautifully detailed prim work can be worn with or without the panties if you are feeling bold. The version without the belt is meant to sit as though its attached to the panties, and though I love the design of the belt, I prefer the cut of the panties. The way Solange accommodates different tastes really is one of those things that sets her apart.
The texturing and shading that comes from Solange regularly blows mind. The gathering of the fabric is so well done and you can almost feel the silkiness of the material. Colors chosen for this set are lighter and brighter than her usual palette and perfect for the spring-almost-summer being experienced in my little corner of the globe.
Silks from Solange often come with some matching jewelry: Shalenas includes armbands with stones to match the silks. The simplicity of the armbands is perfect, they are enough to do their job without distracting you away from the beautiful cut and texture of the clothing.
Shot at Zweet Zurroundings
poses from Sweet Lovely Cute, LAP, and I think the last shot is a Tuli pose
Shalenas Silks from Solange! in blue, peach, purple and pink
::69:: Model Hair 02
::Tuli:: Faith skin
Avalon Silks, the newest release from Haven Designs, is a sweet romantic sexy playful magical set; just… wow. The unique cut, the delicate fabric, the amazing silver embellishments on the skirt and arm bands create a stunning example of how Haven Designs silks go so far past the norm, I almost hesitate to call them silks.
Most of Haven Designs’ offerings are not for the modest, and Avalon is no exception; the fabric is sheer enough that nipples are visible, and though the bodysuit does connect front to back between the legs, well, I wouldn’t call it coverage. Depending on the angle, the skirt hides you a bit, but any interested party with cam skills is gonna get a look at ya. I love the chain that holds the skirt up, and the way it is designed to sit has that “only in SL but I believe it” quality. El’s hips are pretty wide, so it took some fidgeting, but eventually she got it almost perfect.
El got to break out a few newly purchased items for this shoot, including the Gank collar and cuffs from Violet Voltaire. If you are a fan of Violet’s jewelry, you better get your ass down there by the 16th when the shop will be closing so she can embark on some RL endeavors. 50% off most items and some great freebies/cheapies too.
Also for only a limited time, the NW hair from ::69:: is part of the 1L rainbow pack. Yes, I know, many of you don’t need a rainbow pack, but you never know when pink or blue or purple hair might come in handy. Lot’s of styles available, you don’t even have to bloat up your inventory, take em home and stick ‘em in a box.
poses from Sweet Lovely Cute
grass from Fluffy Green Meadows
The Phantasma Plant (Pink Blush) from Nirvana
Haven Designs Avalon Silks – Lilac
:GP: Petal [Dark] Sunny-Anemone 2
SLink Barefoot Beady Style
::Violet Voltaire::ganK – Collar and Cuffs- Pink
::69:: NW – Pink
Haven Designs is a shop that El found during the clothing fair, and has some of the sweetest fantasy silks on the grid. By sweet I mean that there is a sense of innocence, even on the silk sets and camisks with nipples exposed! Not everything in the shop has that sweetness, there are some amazing sets with a more expected spicy look too. El is usually more sweet than spice so some of the items here had her jumping up and down unable to decide on what to buy and then …then she saw the Attica silks and almost started to hyperventilate “silks….. purple…. with leaves….. it has LEAVES ON IT! omgomg LEAVES!”
I think pretty much anyone who knows El at all would have seen this set and IMed her immediately to say “purple silks with leaves” and known she’d come running. Not only is the concept and design of this set adorable and sexy, it is very well executed and provides accessories for the whole look. The clothing comes on all layers, and in addition to the belt/skirt and cape. you also get the leafy bracelets and ankle bracelets.
The ankle bracelets came in very handy because you will also find SLink’s prim feet there at the Haven Designs shop. I have to admit, I am a tiny-bit anti-prim feet for a few reasons. I have a tendency to pull away from some new trends when they first hit because of my natural inclination to not hop on the bandwagon. But, I’m not too proud to check back in with that new thing a few months later and say… ok, this is actually good and not just a fad. So when El asked for prim feet for this shot I rolled my eyes but she put up a good fight… “but but…. but I like to be barefoot and my feet are so uglyyyyyy pleaaaasseeee?” and I decided that they at least deserved a chance. I have no trouble admitting now… these look awesome.
El and I work with the same windlight settings, so photographing the feet on her was easy. There were a bunch of presets and you can select a custom color and save that to your custom pallet. It helps if you understand color a bit, but it wasn’t difficult at all. There are a ton of choices for nail color and toe rings and nail art, too.
So now El was prancing around with her new prim feet and I was thinking about a location for the shoot and she shouts, out of nowhere, “EARS!!!!!” I stared blankly at her and she clarified,”ears, I have prim feet now I need prim ears” and poofed before I could even comment. She returned just a few minutes later with Elfin ears from Illusions which completed the look beautifully.
The eyes El is wearing are from the Bunny Hop hunt and are from Poetic Colors. Perfect for this shot the green eyes are highlighted with a light purple as though they were custom made for her outfit. The hair is a new release from Magika, and if you are a Magika fan you really should be checking in there often… those ladies are on a roll creating so many new styles it’s addicting.
Oh! I almost forgot. Haven Design’s currently has 3 items in RFL donation boards at the front of the shop, I blogged about one of them here. The designer has promised to make one color from every new release through the end of this year’s RFL campaign a RFL donation item.
*Haven Designs* Attica Silks – Pink (yes this is correct, they are named as pink, but I see purple)
Magika Hair – After – Light Purple
SLink Barefoot Beady Style
:GP: Petal [Dark] Sunny-Anemone 1
pc eyes by LL – easter lilac
illusions *~*Elfin Ears: Naturals
location: Winged Isle, home to Material Squirrel
poses: photos 1 and 3 Tuli, photo 2 dance from Sine Wave
I think this is my last RFL item to photograph. wait. maybe. It is the last full outfit, hmm, does this qualify as an outfit? Haven Designs was one of my new finds at the clothing fair, selling unique silks and camisks. This limited edition “Wendy Silk” set was the first RFL item to catch my eye as I worked my way around the sims, and even though the clothing fair has ended, you can still get it at the main store, proceeds continuing to go to the ACS. There is also another RFL donation item for those of who who prefer to be a bit cuter and pinker. These rich warm golden tones are just my style though, and I love the heavy look of the material on the skirt.
A few weeks ago I was doing the Prefab Promenade tour, and almost every Trompe Loeil building brought on the “I want to take pictures in here” urge. I don’t have the desire for a large living space, so most of the time if I purchase a prefab, its a small build that I will use for photography. When I came across The Silkhouse and the vendor said “all furniture included”, and I saw the very reasonable 1200L price tag, I thought I was dreaming! All furniture and props in these photos are part of the package, and there’s a bunch more I don’t show, even a bathtub!
This was a great set to bring out some poses from Rogan Diesel, who shared with me a pose chair with several poses inside (first photo is captured from the Sine Wave dance Fizzy Pop, the rest are from the Diesel Works posing chair). I pulled the poses out of the chair, which I often do with props, but the lovely Chalice Carling and Jula Carnell have been playing, too, if you want to see the actual chair. The poses in the set range from relaxed and casual to totally sexy, and with 20 different poses you get a lot of variety. I did notice some articulation issues with twisty wrists in some poses, but you might be able to overlook that for this range of unique poses. Take a look at the full set on Rogan’s flickr, he has a SLurl there too.
I’m a big fan of the curly hair styles from Analog Dog and when I saw Feles in this style last week I put it on my must-have list. I love the body created by tight curls and the hair length, if feels full and free without being out of control. The skin I’m in is my all time favorite skin (so far) from Tuli: Kalista Tan 06. The green eye makeup and brown lips.. I am pretty sure she made this one just for me
::Tuli:: Kalista tan 06
*Haven Designs* Wendy Silk – RFL Limited Edition
Analog Dog -kia
Maitreya Verve Pumps – Olive
Tonight was Christmas on the Stokame homestead for myself and Ely. Solange dropped her expansive new mix and match fantasy leather and plaid line, which led to a giddy evening of trying on every piece in very color in every possible combo.
The three key elements are Highland Hip Banger, sexy tops and skirts with tons of funky accessories; Highland Neck Wrap, drapy scarves, again, with multiple choices for length and embellishments and Highland Fantasy, an attitude silks set.
I love Solange for her impeccable texturing, and these pieces excite the texture snob she helped me become. These pieces balance complex lines and bulk with soft drapes, resulting in a fiercely sensual collection.
(Feles forgot to mention our excellent new hair from Analog Dog. She tped in for our shoot and I said “oh…. I want some of that” and tped out and left her standing there! I love the wispy front pieces in these 2 styles. -Ely)
anticipated release date for the Solange! Highland sets is Monday February 9.
Solange! MAUVE Highland Hipbanger jacket 2, skirt, gloves, and wrist and calf wraps
Solange! MAUVE Highland Fantasy panties
Solange! MAUVE Highland Neck Wrap (double) short
the Obscene Ganesha, Amber Celeste
Analog Dog, Go hair in smoke
Abyss The Catalyst boots in black (minus lower leg pieces)
Solange! AQUA Highland Hipbanger: Jacket w/ Bra, shorts, skirt no plaid, gloves
Solange! AQUA Fantasy: Bracers w/ Glove Top, calf wrap
Solange! AQUA Highland Neck Wrap w/ Chain (double)
::Tuli:: Meredith (suntanned) smokey seduction
Analog Dog – embrace cinnamon
*Solange!* Highland Fantasy Black
::Tuli:: Meredith (suntanned) smokey seduction
Analog Dog – embrace cinnamon
*Solange!* Highland Fantasy pink
the Obscene Siren, Amber base skin
Analog Dog, Go hair in cafe
When I posted about Solange earlier today, I held back on these pics because I didn’t wanna present too much of a good thing at once. Now, mind you, my personality is usually anything but submissive, so this is not something I normally wear, but damn, I look good in silks.
There are several options for long or short, simple or more detailed versions of “Devotion”, plus you get a ton of accessories, which is good because I can’t accessorize to save my SLife. Oh, and love that every piece is scripted for size change, bonus.
My big score when shooting this was the Chao hair from Mirai Style. Normally, hair pulled back or in an updo are best for photographing jewelry, especially earrings, but for this shoot I wanted something a lot looser and wild. I went searching for long hair that wouldn’t hide my ears, and OMG did I find it. I did have to mod 4-5 prims to get a clear view of the earrings, but that was just a matter of how the wig fit me. (see it nice and big here)
Shortly after posting the pics to my flickr, I received a request for a dance by the very handsome Jackson Vantelli. How could I say no?
*Solange!* Devotion Silk (Size Scripted) – BLACK
::Tuli:: Elizabeth (tanned) ~ Wisteria
Mirai .+*Chao*+.Black [MS]
[Armidi Gisaci] Vidalia Pump – Metallic Silver
!_Ce Cubic effect Cleric shirt for men(Gray)
!_Ce Cubic effect Cotton pants for men(Dark gray)
<TheAbyss> Scorpio_Ra 4[C]
Uncleweb Studio Ilias-Hair type-A mesh black 02
(shiny things) Belou necklace