meet Scarlet!

Never stop to amaze me… The textures, the colors, the originality, the trend… DIRAM always has something spectacular to present to us! And this time is no wrong… djod Karu just made amazing hats, and Gown skirts and this armor I couldn’t resist on blogging.

DIRAM Armor

– Scarlet Armor in Black and Gold

– Scarlet Skirt & Body – Gold

– Scarlet Mask – Laced

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Better go check the other creations on DIRAM:

Victoria & Amanda Dresses… You’ll be surprised!

 

Thank you djod <3

Di

 

. genesis .

So late in the week, I’m going to answer Berry’s monday meme at the end of this post – and also present a new brand in SL fashion scene.
Sundaara Designs

Sundaara’s store is already open, worth to take a very good look at it and add something super to your closet. Even though her outfits come in several colors, I chose to show you to black ones; anyway, take a good look at your favorite colors once you get to her store.

Sundaara - Baroq

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| Dress: Baroq (in clack) – Sundaara Designs
| Shoes: Kourtney (black) – {TARAshoes} by May Vayandar
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Inspired by Elie Saab latest creations in real life, Sundaara designed this amazing gown.
Sundaara - Ellie Dress

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| Dress: Elie Gown (in black) – Sundaara Designs
| Headpiece: Fascinator (part of Inkeri outfit) by Zibska
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Next and to bring out the sexy chic in you *smiles*
Sundaara Halter

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| Dress: Halter Sequin (in black) – Sundaara Designs
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Definitely worth the while to take a look at Sundaara’s store; these creations come in several colors; pick your choice and, of course, there’s much more for you to see and get fashionably chic.

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And well, this week has been so incredibly – I was going to say busy, but I prefer to call it “full” – that only today did I have my time to answer Berry’s last mondays Meme – Introspection. So, here it goes.

1 – Regardless of your current number, how old do you actually feel? – Good question *smiles* I’m 47 but, honestly, I have no idea what “being 47″ means in terms of how I feel. I’m the same person I was when I was 20, 30, 35; yes, more experienced and hopefully more mature.

2 – Which is worse, failing or never trying? – For me, never trying. No matter what the result is going to be, I really don’t like to have “what if’s” in my life; what if I had done that? ; do I accept this person in my life, what if I’m going to get hurt? ; so, I am totally okay with failing, but not okay with those huge questions marks over our heads , sometimes in my life. I just give it a go; does it work? Good. It didn’t work? Good too, one more lesson learned.

3 – If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? – Actually, nothing. I’m over those 40 years now *smiles* and good to 40 more to come. No regrets, I wouldn’t change a thing.

4 – Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? – I try not to be worried. I mean the term “worried” is quite heavy for me. What I do is just think if I do this who will I affect? Positively or negatively? Sometimes, I just don’t care, honestly. If the result is going to be “negative”, or I’m aware I’m going to hurt someone, I still do it. The most important thing for me is … whatever I do, I want to do it right, no matter what. I do my best to keep my thinking away from fake morals I was taught when I was a little girl, and if I have to tell somebody how I feel and know in advance I’ll hurt the person, I’ll do it. I accept the fact that I can be mean and I’m darn good at it! The opposite is also true, I’m good at what I do always, as long as I act according to how I’m feeling. No matter what. The right thing for me to do is be myself always.

5 – Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton? – A joyful simpleton, no doubts about it. The word “genius” doesn’t mean necessarily have a high IQ… just saying ;) Emotional intelligence has proven to be more efficient that IQ measurement. And usually the words “genius” and “worried” don’t go hand in hand. Those we call geniuses are usually totally out of this world, disregard society rules, forget daily things that are routine for the most of us. So, geniuses aren’t usually “worried” people.

6 – Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend? – Oh yes! Even more important than any romantic relationship, friendship comes first for me. I’m loyal to the extreme, my friends know I’m always here and if I cannot be at a certain moment, I will inform them. My friends know I don’t lie, I’ll tell them what I think or feel right in their faces, not in their backs. My friends know if they tell me something private, it stays with me. Fortunately, I have some people that give all this back at me; they are very few and those are my friends. The rest are acquaintances and I’m quite a social person, love a good chat *smiles*

7 – Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now? – I remember, yes. 5 years ago, 8 years ago, one year ago, 20 years ago. If it matters now? Yes, it does, I’m not going to lie. There is only one way for upsetting things not to matter; forget them (to forget means we got over them) . Honestly, many of them I chose not to forget, cause I want those upsetting things present, as reminders.

8 – At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? – Oh so many times!! Ahh recent past, okay *laughs* This past week in real life, my goodness! *smiles* Right now I can’t talk about it, I’m still feeling that emotional rush of joyfulness, I kind of need to just feel it and talk about it only with my family.

9 -If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job? – No, I wouldn’t. Work for me isn’t a burden, it’s a pleasure, that fortunately comes with economical benefits as well. I’d feel fortunate to win enough money to help my family and keep doing what I love to do.

10 – If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today? – All my close family members, if possible, have them all together with me.

11 – What do you feel is the difference between being alive and truly living? – Being alive is just … breathing . Right? To live, oh that’s different. Doesn’t matter if we are in a wheel chair, if we are housewives, if we feel sad or depressed. Living is just being in the moment, no matter what we are doing – doing the laundry, watching TV, talking to someone, writing a blog post *smiles* – doesn’t matter. Living is just be very present in whatever I am doing. Just do what I do, every moment, in a very aware state of mind – truly enjoying simple pleasures of life.

12 – If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? – I’m not afraid of making mistakes. As a human being, it’s logically impossible to never make a mistake. I do allow myself to make mistakes; I probably won’t do the same mistake twice, but I’ll make so many others. I know that, so, why fear?

13 – What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? – Nobody is entitled to judge anybody; people are entitled to their own opinions, yes they do. I can accept them, agree or not. But judgemental people usually have more issues with themselves than with others. So, why bother? No, I wouldn’t do anything different. It’s their judgement, it stays with them. I keep my personal inner power in my hands and won’t give it away so easily.

14 – If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be? – Well, he or she wouldn’t probably understand my words as a newborn, so I’d just look at him/her, admire the beauty and the blessing of a new life. I think the newborn would feel that gratitude, not in words, but through a simple smile. I truly believe his/her soul/mind/spirit/body will do the rest, once we offer them gratitude. On the other hand, being a mother myself, nothing like to be close to a newborn all day and observe. They give us more pieces of advice than we can possible give them as newborns. We just have to really observe them. *smiles* Newborns are excellent teachers for us … the grownups ;)

Thank you Berry for this thought challenging Meme!

. AVENUE Fashion Week 2013 – Blvck Anchor Sneak Peek .

For today’s men, Blvck Anchor presents an outstanding ready-to-wear Autumn/Winter Collection.
The outfits can be mixed and matched, a pair of pants can be the perfect match for an amazing sequin shirt or with a warmer jacket for colder days. Yet, the colors are so warm…
Male fashionistas, you cannot miss this showcase and ladies, don’t miss it too; whenever you need to give your significant other something for him to wear – as a fashionista – you’ll find it, for sure.

SHOWCASE:
October 1st @ 6PM SLT

Outfit: Durant
Blvck Anchor  - Durant

Outfit: Dolf
Blck Anchor - Dolf

Outfit: Donovan
Blck Anchor Donovan

Every man will look trendy with Blvck Anchor. Match items from several outfits and own it, like a true fashionista!
Another showcase not to miss!

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Photographer: Sea Dench
Guest Model: Tetsuo Fhang
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AVENUE Fashion Week 2013 – Amarelo Manga – Sneak Preview

This is a very special collection for me.

Luana Barzane created her Autumn/Winter Collection to showcase during our Fashion Week inspired by my country – Portugal.
The way she did it is absolutely brilliant: through the use of cobalt blue and white, the creator of Amarelo Manga captured one of the most traditional Portuguese Arts: tile work.

The outfits were named after famous women in the History of Portugal and Brazil and the connection our two countries have had through centuries.
The pumps were named after one of the main cities on the northern central part of my country – Viseu.
I’m completely honored to present Amarelo Manga for AVENUE Autumn/Winter Fashion Week 2013.

Showcase:
October 3rd @ 12 Pm SLT

Outfit: Leopoldina (cobalt)
Amarelo Manga - Leopoldina

[Image taken at Portugal Lisboa sim: how many times did I go to work in this yellow tram, in my RL!]

Outfit:
Carlota Joaquina (cobalt)
Pumps: Viseu
Amarelo Manga - Carlota Joaquina ready

[Image taken at Portugal Centre sim – One of the public transports to travel across the country is this train you see in the photo and yes, I’ve travelled in it so many times in RL as well.]

What’s left for me to show you or tell you, inspired myself by Luana?
There is a word they say it doesn’t exist in any other language other than Portuguese – and it seems to be true as far as I know:
~~ saudade ~~

There is no translation for it, as a single word. In English we can say “I miss you”, but there is no noun for it.
Saudade is a feeling.
Portuguese traditional music is called Fado – tourists from all over the world come to Portugal and listen to Fado in taverns, eating and drinking, while a woman sings, wearing a shawl (very typical too). Historically, Fado are love songs, sad songs, sung by women who saw their loved ones leave in a boat or a ship, not knowing if they would ever come back home safe.

No one better than Portuguese Fado singer Amália Rodrigues to show you what the word saudade means. Just by listening to her…. we get it.

Amália passed away in October 6th 1999.
Recently, a Portuguese group of artists performed this same song in a homage to her: Gaivota (Seagull)

Indeed, a very special collection for me, personally.
Obrigada, minha querida Luana!

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Photographer and Model: Sea Dench

AVENUE Fashion Week – Fall/Winter 2013 – XIAJ Sneak Preview

Presenting one of the male brands to be showcased during AVENUE Autumn/Winter Fashion Week 2013 – XIAJ
XIAJ presents a dark collection, with an amazing touch of haute couture given by accessories for male, masks, hoods, crowns.
Black being the main color, there is subtile reference to the orient wether it’s in the pant’s shapes or in the jackets used.

Showcase:
October 3rd @ 4PM SLT

XIAJ - Kuma FINAL

Outfit: Kuma

XIAJ - Lee Chaolan READY

Outfit: Lee Chaolan

XIAJ Ryu READY

Outfit: Ryu

For the Haute Couture Showcase – on October 5th @ 6PM SLT – XIAJ presents an extraordinary ensemble, created exclusively for this event: Kyo
XIAJ - Haute Couture Outfit - READY

Welcome to XIAJ! A cohesive male collection that will have you wanting for more!

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Photographer: Sea Dench
Guest Model: Tetsuo Fhang
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. strong spring/summer .

It’s an amazing season, this year.
Spring/Summer 2013 is full of strong personal styles.
Wether we chose to wear pastels and be sweet or we chose to mix that sweetness with strong details, like a bold eye makeup.

Cosmetic Fair 2013 is going on right now and it is definitely a must see.
Zibska presents several eyeshadows for Cosmetic Fair 2013. Some are so springy that are just part of your day-to-day makeup ; others are really bold personal statements.

Dare to mix’n match! This season anythig goes!
Just be yourself and dare.

Zibska

With a tender pinkish corset by Zibska and a jewelry set by FINESMITH, you just create THE look.

Strong Spring

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Style Card – Photo 1
| Eye Makeup: Zibska Forse (available @ Cosmetic Fair 2013)

Style Card – Photo 2
| Corset: Zibska Brigitte (in Necatrine)
| Jewelry: FINESMITH Tamar set (ring included)
| Eye makeup: Zibska Jojo (Candy)

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Happy shopping!

AVENUE Fashion Week 2013 – House of {TORN}

{TORN} is no longer an unknown brand.
On the contrary.
After 7 years in Second Life, Asri Falcone Originals gave birth to {TORN}, chic casual wear that specializes in mesh clothing and accessories for all body types.

Being part of the first mesh Fashion Week ever in SL, also organized by AVENUE, {TORN}’s creations have been always present in the chic closets of the modern, city women.

This spring, trends have been amazing in diversity; sometimes pastels are featured; other times, strong and bold colors are IT. And this is the case.

{TORN}

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Style Card:
| Jacket – {TD} Herrera Red ( which can be work with or without belt)
| Pants – {TD} Gouchos Red

To take a look at the Spring /Summer Collection by {TORN}, featured at AVENUE Spring/Summer Fashion Week, you may visit AVENUE Retail Area.

AVENUE Fashion Week 2013 – Zanze .sneak peek.

And cheers to another great designer to be showcased during AVENUE FW.
Zanze

Just an “amuse bouche” pour vous …

This is [ZE] Clarice mesh dress {ABSTRACT} acessorized with [ZE] Brigit Bag {CHECKMATE}

I like to present you only one design, the whole collection is definitely a must see.
Zanze’s showcase on monday, April 1st @ 2PM SLT

Zanze

AVENUE Fashion Week 2013 – Ariskea .sneak peek.

Some designers we are familiar with.
Others are bringing their art to SL recently and AVENUE Fashion Week will showcase Ariskea.

I’m absolutely curious to see Ariskea’s creations!
Diaxm says in her SL profile “My specialization is my path to create and make a different world visual for every person that loves art.

This collection has been inspired by pastel fashion, which is the trends of the years 2013 2014. It has also been designed exclusively for AVENUE Fashion Show . I hope you will enjoy the products as much as i draw them.”

This is Ariskea Fleurie Sage mesh gown.
A must see! Another showcase not to miss.
Tuesday, April 2nd @ 11AM SLT.

Ariskea