A Marriage of Design and Beauty

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever.”~ John Keats

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

Monica Outlander, always known for her creativity and fun in SL, has announced the Miamai Luxe Scavenger Hunt, and I have been given the auspicious honor of being one of the bloggers who will be supplying a hint for you. While I won’t just give you the question and answer, I will give you many hints photographically and textually.

This is how it works: The first three people who answer all the questions on the website and submit a notecard to Shae Sixpence will win the entire Luxe Collection, including all the shoes you see in these photos. Every single one for your virtual tootsies. How can you not try?

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

This is all in honor of the release of Monica Outlander’s new spring collection at Miamai, the Luxe Collection, which includes shoes from her partner, Pill Kanto.  With this “reception,” I wanted to point out how Monica’s work is a marriage of design and beauty and for this collection, it’s a romantic assemblage of the sensual qualities of fabric and clothing with softly-colored, spring textures. The blouse drapes and balloons around the waist, the skirt flows in billows of heavy luxurious fabric. The pieces are mix-n-match so you can wear them with other pieces in the collection or potentially with other creators’ work.

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

As for our reception, what better place than the Nash Conservatory at Kew Gardens, which Barnesworth Anubis has so faithfully replicated with his Classic Conservatory, which is being sold at Collabor88 this round. The building is perfect for concerts, parties and wedding receptions, as you can see here. I festooned the windows with Maxwell Graf’s mesh drapes and hung Tya Fallingbridge’s gorgeous chandeliers, which she is selling at the Home Show. Froukje Hoorenbeek’s bistro table and vases are perfect for dinner.

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

That being said, if you look closely, each table has three pairs of shoes, one from each of Pill Kanto’s three different collections, at each table. (All the tables are shown in the photo with all the shoes Pill will be selling, hint hint hint. And yes, they are heavy on style AND land impact I found out, so put them on your feet, not on your land.)

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

The Seasons Story opened yesterday to great applause and lag so take your time before you run over. It’s open through the end of the month (I think—no dates to be found). Aida Ewing is offering a set of skins derived from her popular new Brandi series, delicate and otherworldly. I top the look with a wavy ‘do from Bubbles Clawtooth and accessorize with gorgeous pieces from Maizon Rayna and a pretty ring from Allegory Malaprop.

Check out these other bloggers’ entries for the other hints:

Strawberry Singh
Foxx Pawpad
Caoimhe Lionheart
Sylphia Constantine
Harlow Heslop
Kynne Llewellyn
Shae Sixpence
Grazia Horwitz

The Marriage of Design and Beauty

Did you find the answer? No? One last hint: XXXIX

Hair: Clawtooth: Lady Stardust – Coco by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth

Skin: -Glam Affair – Brandi – Europa 04 H with -Glam Affair – Brandi – Lipstick 04 by Aida Ewing for –Glam Affair-, available at The Seasons Story *

Eyes: ::Nar Mattaru:: Bardo Eyes / Forest by Jade Glazner for Nar Mattaru

Top: Miamai_Kalia Cotton Rose by Monica Outlander for Miamai * (available April 12)

Skirt: Miamai_Anya Gown Plain Brown by Monica Outlander for Miamai * (available April 12)

Jewelry: TdO*CLOE’ bracelet and earrings by maizon Rayna for Terra d’ombrA *

Rings: Schadenfreude Simple Ring Trio (copy) by Allegory Malaprop for Schadenfreude

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Autumn Nights Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Venue: [ba] classic conservatory by Barnesworth Anubis for barnesworth anubis, available at Collabor88 *

Table: Dutchie bistro table by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie *

Vases: Dutchie glas vase with yellow flowers by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie * (modified)

Curtains: Rustica – Mesh Drape TOP SWAGS by Maxwell Graf for Rustica * (modified)

Chandeliers: [PM] Pixel Mode  – Chandelier – Long – Pewter by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at the Home Show 2014 *

Shoes: MIAMAI_Curiosity high pumps – luxe, MIAMAI_Difference high pumps -luxe, and MIAMAI_Indifference high pumps -luxe (to be worn with Slink high feet) by Pill Kanto for Miamai * (available April 12)

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin, available at Collabor88

The Shoe In

The Shoe-In

“You can’t by happiness but you can buy shoes, and that’s the same kind of thing.”

The Shoe-In

I have been to Heaven and back, and I’ll tell you, it’s quite a trip. Shoetopia opens today, and while I’m not an “official” blogger for Shoetopia, I was given early access and blogger samples with a bunch of other great bloggers, so I feel obligated to tell you about my visit and share some celestial enlightenment.

In true form they have made a literal shoe Heaven in the two sims. A path wanders through the clouds leading from gazebo to gazebo—a paradise of shoe shopping with some of the best shoe makers in SL and even a few designers who have dipped their toes in shoe-making (rather successfully, I must say). Highlights in my memory include Gos, N-Core, Lapointe and Bastchild (some to-die-for men’s shoes), Boom, Bax Boots, Pixel Mode, G Field, Slink, Baby Monkey, League, Kittie’s Lair, Ingenue, ArisAris, and BSD Design.

My first shoe is from BSD Design, one of the participants in Shoetopia. BabyChampagne Sass is donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of one her shoes to Shoes4Soles (no link given in the Shoetopia blog), which is a generous donation for the caliber for BabyChampagne’s work. In fact, it seems each designer is giving 100% from one item, which is pretty damn generous. (Not positive how it works—donation details haven’t been posted on their blog and the press release they sent out was TLTR.) I pair it with a handbag from Juno Martel, proceeds going to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan from the Water Lantern Festival.

The Shoe-In

Let me tell you my impressions. First tip: Just get the Slink feet already. You can buy them right there as I did. Many shoes being sold are built around the feet. Of course, the price tag on some of those shoes is a bit high considering they don’t include a foot or the fancy HUD work that makes a footed shoe or the Slink foot cost 600 or 700L. You can get a nice Gos shoe or N-Core for the same price without having to mess around. (In other words, I willingly pay Gos and Nuria for development costs for their HUDS and webhosting. People who build shoes around a Slink foot shouldn’t be charging as much because their cost is simply not as high.) However there are a few darling and reasonable shoes that fit the Slink feetsies. I gave up and got the feet myself just so I could wear the cute shoes I keep seeing.

Second, be prepared for this event: lag is gonna be a huge issue–more than it should be. Graphical lag may well be a factor–I am not sure if textures from the vendors have been enforced at 512 or less. However, sim lag is definitely gonna get you because of the build. None of the structures or vendors are phantom and of course, all the charity vendors are scripted as well as the gacha vendors. Avatar scripts had not been turned off as of my visit there.  If the organizers experience sim lag—and they will—it’ll be about the massive amounts of collision. There’s so much folks can do before opening without asking customers to dress like newbies. They haven’t done it all.

Finally, let’s be frank: you’re not going to get in right away, kids. Agent limit is 45. That’s ok! Shoetopia goes on for TWO weeks. Don’t rush it. You don’t have to be the first one in. The shoes aren’t going anywhere and your size won’t be sold out. They are passing demos out in a group and a map is being posted on their blog so you can find the creator you like quickly. Besides, the lag during the opening days should be enough to discourage you. Take your time and wander over during the next week when you hopefully can enjoy the shopping with less lag.

Give the organizers a hand. It’s a lot of work. And goodness knows, they mean to do well because they have been at it for months. And the designers really showed up for this event. Hit Shoetopia before it ends on November 30 and drop a few on Shoes4Soles.

The Shoe-In

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” ~ Marilyn Monroe

Hair: MINA Hair – Tabita by Mina Nakamura for MINA *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Elvi – America – 06 E by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Moon Eyes – blue by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Outfit: [LG] Boutique-[ FALL-13] Drinking From The Bottle by SamanthaSJones for LIV-Glam *

Handbag: Fire Blossom Handbag Pastels by Juno Mantel for Junbug, available at The Water Lantern Festival

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Bag Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand appliers: Glam Affair – Slink Hands Skin Appliers ( America) by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Dark Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}surreal gold by for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at Shoetopia *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

If the Shoe Fits…

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“For women, shoes are the most important. Good shoes take you good places.” ~ Seo Min Hyun

The news crashing the feeds and grid today is about the introduction of the new Gos Boutique line of shoes and feet. The main difference these will provide is an easier system for matching your skin to the shoes, making the very aggravating business of matching feet to the main skin almost effortless.

How does it work? Pretty simple—Gos has gathered the skin tones and settings for over 300 skins (and he will be adding more) so that he has done all the work for you. All you do is wear the HUD (show below). It will take you to a webpage (shown under the HUD) where your avatar is automagically registered with a password and where you can search for skins he has already matched and choose the correct skin. As you can see, he has already gathered quite a collection of well known skins.

Easy peasy. You click the skin you want. You sync the HUD, abracadabra, it shows up on your HUD. You click the HUD and it shows up on your shoes. Even ankle dorks like me can do it!

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HUD shown in-world

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Personal skin database

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Available skins

If your skin is not listed, you have a couple options—you can do a manual match using the hud, which uses a traditional spectrum matching grid with 17 base skin colors or you can register your desire for your skin to be matched on Gos’ blog here. He is working pretty busily on gathering more skins to be matched and most popular, of course, will get matched first, so even if you manage to match yours, register anyway.

You can store up to five skins in the hud, and the hud works from shoe to shoe with a simple sync. I honestly have not found it so easy to match skins, especially as I am particularly skin-matching deficient. The shoes are great because the database will never become obsolete—when someone comes out with a new skin, I can check and see if Gos has matched it yet and quickly click to match or send in a request.

And of course, the styles are amazingly gorgeous. I tried them with a variety of skins to show how the match comes out great every time. And oh man, how EASY!

If the Shoe Fits...

Skin: Belleza Ava SK by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Shoe: The Grace Sandal by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

If the Shoe Fits...

Skin: League SK by Nena Janus for *League*

Shoe: The Marilyn Sandal by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

If the Shoe Fits...

Skin: PXL Sophia by Hart Larsson for [PXL] *

Shoe: The Mae Platform by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

If the Shoe Fits...

Skin: Glam Affair Amberly Jamaica by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Shoe: The Sophia Peeptoe by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

If the Shoe Fits...

Skin: Adam N Eve T3 Siobhan by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve  (had to show the great knees.. heehee) *

Feet: Arched Feet and Flat Feet by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Find them TODAY at noon SLT at Gos Boutique. Tutorial found here.