In the East

Vlinder Reitveld has to be a very interesting woman. If you read her profile, you find that she is currently “Hunkered down in Bangkok and staying out of the warzone til Thailand gets its act together.  Next stop, Delhi in June.. maybe Turkey after that.” As she travels, she teaches women in these countries about technology entrepreneurship. She says her main source of income comes from making clothing in SL. She uploads her work, sets it for sale, and helps her SL customers out as she finds internet cafes. Wow. If nothing else, this should prove not every person in SL is a fat guy sitting at the computer in his parent’s basement.

Modesty

Vlinder clearly catches inspiration on her travels, this from India with the choli and dupatta. With its magnificent texture based on Northern Indian artistry (called “Zari,” according to a friend of mine), her combination of sculpties, prims and system pieces creates a beautiful outfit befitting a woman of grace and gives us a peek at the wonders she sees on her travels.

Modesty

Vlinder takes it a little farther by offering add-ons to the basic Ghagra Choli so one can exhibit more modesty with portions of the Modesty Add-on (which includes a veil, which I decided to forego), as I do above, or show more skin, as I do below with her Arabia Add-on (purely an outfit of imagination). She offers this set of ensembles in 6 colors. I wear with a pair of great shoes from moon Ling, which are called “naagra,” according to my expert authority.

Modesty

I struggled because I wanted to wear a beautiful, darker-toned skin that had a hair base. I finally found Mallory Cowen’s Tasha in Nougat in my inventory, and it fit the bill perfectly. With the exotically shadowed eyes, the glowing skin tone, and the perfect wisps of hair from the hair base, this skin suited both the modest and the less modest looks perfectly.

In the East

“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu

Hair: !lamb. Bang Bang Bob – Ink by Lamb Bellic for lamb.

Skin: LAQ ~ Tasha2 – 04 [Nougat] Glow skin (hairbase) by Mallory Cowen for Laqroki

Outfit: Eila Ghagra Choli by Vlinder Reitveld for Vlintuition *

Earrings: *Primagine* Maja Gold Earrings by Trixie Bumbo for Primagine

Shoes: ::: MOON ::: 1001 Nights Slippers Cocoa by moon Ling for :::MOON::: *

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Sara Smile

Remember the 70s? For me the whole idea of that era smells like the inside of school buses and Bonne Bell Bubble Gum Lip Smackers and Love’s Baby Soft and Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific and wears satin baseball jackets. (I just showed my age card—ugh.) One of the sweetest love songs at the time was “Sara Smile,” which has been recently redone by The Bird and the Bee.

Sara Smile

I wrote this while hearing that song and decided that Harper needs to smile. (“Won’t you smile awhile for me, Sara?”) She sure smiles wearing this outfit from monica Outlander. Putting together two separates from her brand spankin’ new store (a building collaboration between monica and Valeries Muircastle), I pair this well drawn tank top with funky harem pants. One thing monica is willing to do is take risks with her fashion, and she succeeds, pairing slim with full, wild with sedate. I look forward to seeing what monica intends to do in her other store—she said it will be avant garde and pret a porter.

Sara Smile

Atop my head is another brilliant hit by Lamb Bellic. I think I am becoming a 50L Friday junkie based on Lamb’s hair alone. Her offering is often the most anticipated item for me and always a pleasure. I especially like the platinum blonde of this color. I don’t do blonde often or happily. Yet this one makes me smile.

Sara Smile

Finally, LeeZu Baxter and Enktan Gully have teamed up again, this time to make a platform pump for the best fashionistas. With the textured fringy ankle and the high curvy sole and heel, these shoes are funky and fierce all at once and fully in keeping with the LeeZu vision.

Sara Smile

When you feel cold, I’ll warm you
And when you feel you can’t go on, I’ll come and hold you
It’s you and me…. forever

Hair: !lamb. Sugarless – Powder by Lamb Bellic for !lamb.

Skin: []::Tuli::[] Eva (tone 4/li) 05a by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Top: Miamai_Wool Tank Top Red by monica Outlander for Miamai

Pants: Miamai_Jeunesse Pants Red by monica Outlander for Miamai

Bangles: **DM** Lena Bangles Fire [no transfer] by DarionMonkee Levitt for [MONKEE]

Shoes: .*Courtisane*. La Sauvage – Red by Enktan Gully and LeeZu Baxter for *Courtisane*

Black is Always the New Black

Are you tired of that whole thing.. “Brown is the new black, gray is the new black, red is the new black.” Guess what? Black is the new black.

Black is the New Black

Or so Takuya Jinn and Marie Lauridsen would have us think. I combo’ed these two sensational pieces into one outfit to show how well black comes off. (It is also a lot more forgiving for designers and for wearers—hides a lot of sins and we don’t have dandruff in SL, so that’s never a problem.)

Takuya’s top, which comes complete with the silver chain you see, is a useful number as it comes as a regular long-sleeved turtleneck, a cropped long sleeve piece, and the sleeveless one you see here. I would tell Takuya that normally ladies wear their necklace tucked under the turtleneck but other than that, it’s great work.

Black is the New Black

Marie’s harem pants are super funky with a great silhouette. Wear them with a dressed up turtleneck or wear them down with a hoodie. They are versatile and have a different sort of look than jeans or pants. (And they show off my fabulous gams, provided here by Tricky Boucher).

Black is the New Black

The glasses and ring are exquisite pieces from Aslan Kish. They are really for the avatar herself—one spends quite a lot of time gazing at the infinitely tiny prims making up the ring and glasses—prims that are not that noticeable from far away. The shape of the glasses is fantastic.

Finally boots from Onyx LeShelle, a sort of second generation after her first sets that introduced great sculpty work with luscious suede-y textures to the grid. These repeat the formula with a  fashion-forward silhouette. They have been out a while, but they are still great. (We at A Passion for Virtual Fashion are not about the newest things. We are about the best things.)

Black is the New Black

The New Black:

Hair: JE*REPUBLIC-Ah-ruem-II-Wine by Jungeun Vella for JE*Republic

Skin: -Belleza- Alyson SK 11 by Tricky Boucher for Belleza *

Top: ::GB::Highneck sweater(B) by Takuya Jinn for Gabriel

Pants: (Milk Motion) My harem pants black by Marie Lauridsen for Milk Motion

Glasses: AIR_ROSERIUM_silver by Aslan Kish for AIR

Ring: AIR_ROSERIUM_RING_silver by Aslan Kish for AIR

Boots: Maitreya SoHo Boots ‘Black Suede’ by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya