MVW 2012: Evening Gown for Miss Iceland 2012 by Faster Pussycat & Finesmith

The evening gown for Miss Iceland 2012 came out of the hand of Honey Bender, owner and fabulous designerof Faster Pussycat . Honey, for me always stood for extravagant and extraordinary with her designs. And she stayed  herself true and created a wonderful evening gown for Miss Aphrodite Brianna, Miss Iceland 2012. The purple gown can be worn in different versions for the skirt. I chose the one that was originally worn on the MVW 2012 runway. The huge skirt adds a very elegant touch and all the amazing golden decorations on the gown really made this gown something that stood out. The texturing and the choice of the prims again shows very clear the sign of Honey Bender. All the sequins that decorate the upper skirt… shiny and in many shades of purple… simply amazing. You can find the “Aphrodite” gown at the Faster Pussycat Mainstore with all its amazing skirt versions 🙂

The jewelry was made by yula Finesmith. The “My Girl” set really was made to match this gown. No big necklace but all those filigree and little extras like the Eye decoration at the left eye, the ring and the amazing headpiece complete this ensemble to a perfect set as well 🙂 The whole set is menu driven and colorchangeable for the noble metals and the gemstones. The “My Girl” set you will find at the Finesmith Mainstore.

Details

Gown: Faster Pussycat – “Aphrodite” – NEW

Jewelry: Finesmith – “My Girl”

Hair: Urban Lutz – “Tiffany” – NEW

Skin: Silken Moon – “Rookie” (special custom makeup)

Nails: [V] Couture – “Royal Purple”

Lashes: Detour – “Spider”

Poses: Body Talking

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

“Wicca the Lioness” – A very special creation from Poulet Koenkamp!

(PurpleMoon – “Wicca the Lioness”, Model: Wicca Merlin, Photographer: Poulet Koenkamp)

Today I have a very special creation of PurpleMoon. This outfit is going to be part of the Back to Black event of Keira Seerose. The Back to Black event is an awareness event of mental health. For all participants Keira gave out several key words, the designer had to work with and make creations and designs according to the given word. The word Poulet got was ‘courage’. But before I tell more about the story behind the wonderful “Wicca the Lion” outfit I would like to add a personal story I have with this incredible design of Poulet Koenkamp, owner and designer of PurpleMoon.

I know Poulet quite for some time and she always was very kind and friendly. Even as I was a very new aspiring model she always supported me and let me blog her awesome gowns. She as a huge past and archived a lot with her clothing. PurpleMoon is one of the most wanted stores for Miss Virtual World designs, as well PurpleMoon supports many charity events if they have a good reputation and Poulet takes part in many different little events for limited and special creations. She dedicates a lot of time to help and support several events and people.

A few weeks ago, as I finished another blog post for her we were talking and I asked her what people have to do to get gowns named after them. It was kinda in a funny mood and meant as a little joke even if I for sure dreamed in forever to have one of her creations named after me. But I actually never thought about this could happen, as mostly very well-known people were allowed to give their names for PurpleMoon creations.

Then she suddenly said “Just ask me.” and I started shivering and still did not really got it. The she asked me to tell her a few words about me so that she could get an inspiration. I told her a bunch of attributes and words that came in my mind if I think about me. In the end I looked my words and was afraid as they totally made no sense together. But Poulet said, it was exactly what she needed to work with and I was even more excited.

Time went by and I started to think that I gave Poulet too much weird input about me, as she suddenly ran in my IM again and told me she wanted to tell me something. We actually talked on voice for the first time ever – she really has a wonderful smooth voice that fits her personality totally – she told me that she did a gown named “Wicca the Lioness” as she was working on the item for the Back to Black event.

Here I would like to steal her words that she put on her flickr as it is the short version of what we talked…

Poulet Koenkamp:

“I would like to share a little bit of the story behind this picture. I’ve known Wicca for long time now and I’ve known myself for even longer than that, but not as long as you are thinking.

Around 12 years ago, I had to go through, what it is so far, the hardest moment of my life. It came like a storm and I thought it was never going to leave me. Depression, phobias, fears, panic attacks, you name it. For a while it was almost impossible to even get out of my house, or stay in a room with more than two people, or teaching my students, or … pretty much feeling that I was going nuts. And as somebody said the other day, whatever your brains tell you, you will believe, it’s your brains, you know?

A month or so ago, I get this invitation to be part of the “Back to Black” event organized by CHIC with the main purpose to raise mental health awareness. Later on I was given the word “Courage” and asked to create an item inspired on the concept of “Courage is not the absence of fear; it is the overcoming of it”.

Around the same time, chatting with Wicca we come across the idea of creating an outfit inspired by her and she brainstormed for me a few words that I kept on a notecard.

I struggled for a month. There was no deadline for Wicca’s outfit but there was one for the event. One day, don’t ask me why, I realized two things. One, I was relating a lot with this creation, with the word, with the concept. Courage. It took me a lot of that to get out of the place I was many years ago. If somebody is looking for an advice, what worked for me was therapy, lots of it, and a couple of hours of yoga every day. I found myself, the one that was hidden and afraid. I overcame to my fears; I faced them, battled them and accepted them. They keep coming back sometimes, but I know them already and they are not as strong as they used to be. I keep fighting.

The second thought that came to my head was that the beginning of the outfit I had in front of me was not only about my own courage, there was something else in it. I looked for my notecard and read out loud the words Wicca gave me, they were all there. [16:22] Wicca Merlin: crazy, elegant , tight, extraordinary prims, satin, classy, avantgarde, shiny, adult, non-symmetric

It seems that all these words, thoughts, memories and impressions had been bouncing in my head for while and they all came out in the shape of the “Lioness”. Who has an armor to protect herself, who has the strength of a lion and the fragility of the feathers; who has an open heart easy to break but that she has learned to protect; she decided it is better to keep it open giving as much love as she can than refrain the power of its love.

A little story that might inspire somebody else, It takes a lot of courage to walk through troubling times, but, you learn so much on the road, it absolutely worth it.

Event opens February 11th
More info: www.chic-management.com/?page_id=1236

With this words I even felt more honred that this wonderful creation carries my name now. I cannot compete to Poulet’s picture at all but I at least wanted to show her how much this outfuit means to me and I tried on by myself as well. It has so many details that just come right of my heart and Poulet made the effort to look behind my outside and she catched so many of my inner that is nearly not to belive… but she did it…

Poulet I have no words that would nearly describe how much you touched my heart and how grateful I am… still… thank you lots and you know how much it means to me 🙂 *hugs you tight*

(PurpleMoon – “Wicca the Lioness”, Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin)

Details

Outfit (incl. hair, shoes & nails): PurpleMoon – “Wicca the Lioness”

Tattoo: Wicked Tattos – “Live for Today”

Skin: Silken Moon – “Rookie” (special custom makeup)

Eyeliner: Silken Moon – “Wicca”

Lashes: Detour – “Widow”

Bow: Archery Ranges – “Dynamic Archery”

Pose: Wicca Merlin

For Love of LeeZu

With Valentines Day drawing near, LeeZu’s thoughts turn to love and we want to share the love with you all.

Contest Rules:

Create a Mix and Match Outfit using parts from two or more different outfits from LeeZu. At least one item MUST be either pink or red to qualify as an entrant! Take a snapshot of you wearing your creation. Send the full perm snapshot along with a notecard listing what you are wearing to Barbara Nicholls. It’s that simple!

Prizes:

Every eligible entrant will receive a special prize just for entering. The [LeeZu!] Saroche Bag Marakesh is exclusive to this contest.

There will also be cash prizes for the top three Mix and Match looks. Please note: You will be judged on the outfit you’ve put together, not the photograph. So, a snapshot is all that’s necessary.

All entries will be judged by LeeZu! Management Team.

Third Prize:    2000 L
Second Prize:   5000 L
First Prize:    10000 L

Also, the top three winners will win a photo shoot with a professional Photographer. The finished photos will be framed and displayed in the lobby of LeeZu’s main store for a week after the contest with the winner’s names.

Questions?

Contact Barbara Nicholls or Tempest Henessey

Happy 5th Rezday dear Wicca!!!

Mayden Couture – “Where is the Concert?” hunt item

Outfit (incl boots): Mayden Couture – “Ewa”  – NEW – (item for the “Where is the Concert?” hunt)

Hair: Raw House

Hairbase: inkies

Piercings: [ni.ju]

Earrings: Mandala

Tattoo: iNFLiCT

Skin: Silken Moon

Nails: Mstyle

Poses: The Muse

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Finesmith Muse 2012 – My Finale Styling

For the finale of the Finesmith Muse 2012 we got the theme to be a romantic princess… not my usual style but I tried my best 😉 I know it was some time that the finals were done, but my I wanted to have pictures done by my sweet little sister Falbala Fairey. With all the MVW 2012 she was so busy and I am very happy and grateful that she took time for me and this fantastic pictures. Thank you so much sissy they are fabulous and exact what I had in mind :), you made me look like a beautiful princess 😉

The description for the show we had to write on our own again and I got help from the wonderful Sweetest Sands. She is a wonderful person with a huge imagination and fantasy and awesome writing skills and a nother sister of mine. She wrote me a story that we just had to shorten lightly , so that it could be used during the show. I am very grateful that I have such an awesome support from people who I am allowed to call family 🙂

Story:

Many years ago in a far away land there lived an enchanted kingdom deep in the heart of a forest, where both fairies and humans lived together in harmony.  The King was a handsome strong and kind human man, and the Queen the most beautiful sparkling fairy ever seen before.  The Queen’s gift of her sparkle lit the kingdom brightly at night which was important as the all the trees would block the light from the moon and stars above.

The King and Queen lived many happy years together until one day the stars sent them the gift of a special daughter called Princess Wicca, who had the strength of her father, both the beauty and the sparkle of her mother.
One day a great storm befell the Kingdom and for many days the skies rained heavily and the sky the darkest shade of grey that Princess Wicca had ever seen before. The week before Princess Wicca’s birthday the storm had passed, but so too had her sparkle, as if it had been washed away by the rain drops.  The Princess looked everywhere she could but feared her sparkle had been lost forever. The King and Queen called upon all the humans and fairies to help to find the Princess’s sparkle before the twelve hour of the day of her birthday, in return they would reward the gift of as many Finesmith jewels as they could carry.

Everyone in the kingdom set out to find the Princess’s sparkle, with humans searching the land and fairies searching the sky in hopes of being the lucky one to find it.
From one nearby kingdom, a handsome charming Prince decided to join the search in hopes of being the winner.
Days passed and hopes of finding the lost sparkle of Princess Wicca began to seem but a distant dream and many stopped searching, but the Prince seemed determined not to give up searching even the smallest flowers and tallest trees.

The day of Princess Wicca’s birthday arrived but the joyful day had no meaning for her with the great loss of her sparkle.  She was wearing just a simple white gown from Tres Beau, ornamented with the “BlackBarbie” train and her favourite Finesmith jewelry. The “Winterflower” earrings, her “January” necklace, the “Kagami” ring she got from her father as she was born and a little “Snowflake” brooch. Her parents tried their best to give her hope even though there was but a few minutes from striking twelve.

As the Princess turned her head to look into the distance as the clock began to chime, she noticed a handsome man carrying a gold chest with a velvet ribbon tied around it walking towards her.  With bated breath she stood perfectly still with the great hopes of it being her lost sparkle.  The man knelt before her “Princess Wicca, it is with great honour I bestow upon you the return of you once lost precious sparkle.” And with that he placed the chest before her, eager to see it she pulled hard on the ribbon and lifted up the lid of the chest as fast as she could, and there before her very eyes was indeed her found sparkle of light.

The Princess danced around and around laughing out loud now reunited with her once lost sparkle, the Prince admired her beauty.  Both the King and Queen overwhelmed with joy presented the Prince as many jewels as he could carry and joined their daughter in the celebrations.

The End

Details

Gown: Tres Beau – “Shae”

Hair: Son!a – “Adore”

Ring: Finesmith – “Kagami”

Necklace: Finesmith – “January Collection Back Necklace”

Earrings: Finesmith – “Winterflower”

Brooch: Finesmith – “Snowflake” bracelet

Train: Finesmith – “BlackBarbie” shoulder piece (3 times in different sizes)

Gloves: CKD – “Satin Opera Gloves”

Eyeliner: cheLLe – “Icey Inner White” + “Icey Sparks”

Pumps: LeLutka – “Saffron Pumps”

Skin: Glam Affair – “Castalia”

Model: Wicca Merlin

Photographer: Falbala Fairey

Apocalyptic Impressions

On the 14th and 15th of January Opium was holding a casting for the new Opium Evolution agency.

They gave 3 themes to all of the applicants. Vintage, Goth Couture or Apocalyptic. All the old opium models were allowed to cast and new aspiring models could try out as well, it was announced as an open casting.

After thinking about what I wanna do I decided to get for the theme that would be my own biggest challenge… I figured that many will go for goth couture as we all have our inventory full with black great clothing and accessories. Vintage… I really like doing vintage styles and I could not decide wich style I wanna go, there are so many like 20s to 70s and in SL you will find a lot of vintage stuff. So I decided to go for Apocalyptic.

With the theme apocalyptic I immediately have movies in mind like, Water World, Riddick, Books of Eli, Pitch Black or Mad Max. Kinda a post apocalyptic theme after a huge atomic world war, where people have to get back to the basics to survive. Ruined cities where a few survivors fight for their rights and surviving.

As you can see on a few pictures I was not the only one that came up with that idea. Malek Sahara as well dressed up for apocalyptic and I just asked him if he would pose with me for a few pics 🙂

I really had fun with this styling and competition for my self and to collect all the stuff together, that I needed. Together with some cool action poses and using the cool weapons I got it made my ticket into Opium Evolution 🙂

Details of my styling:

Jacket: Tonk Tastic – “Connor’s Jacket”

Pants: NeurolaB Inc. – “MESH Baggyz”

Shoes: Shiny Things – “Flare Oxfords”

Belt: Tonk Tastic – “Stielhandgranaten Belt”

Piercings: [ni.ju] – “Chain Chop” + “Snake Bites” + “Amped” + “Amaterasu”

Tattoo: Wicked Tattoo – “Live for Today”

Makeup: Nuuna’s – “v3.7”

Earrings: Rozorogalia – “Hydra”

Scarf: grasp – “Skull Desert”

Skin: !Silken Moon – “Rookie” /signature makeup Wicca Merlin not for sale

Hair: EmoTion – “Elements”

Weapons: Breach – “USP” + “MP7”

Guest Model: Maltek Sahara

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Finesmith at Fan Limited Store Edition 13!!!

New at the Fan Limited Store 13 – “Paulinha” in white!!!

The wonderful set yula Finesmith made for our Miss UK 2012, Miss Paulinha Lefevre, now can be purchased at the Fan Limited Store for 50% off… only for one month, then it will go back to the Finesmith Mainstore for the normal price! Ladies… grab your purse – or the creditcard of your hubby – and ruuuuuun!!!

Fan Limited Store: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Tropical%20Moments/226/24/24

Details:

Jewelry: Finesmith – “Paulinha” /white – NEW

Skin: Silken Moon – “Rookie” /fair – NEW

Eyeliner: Silken Moon – “Wicca” – NEW

Hair: ploom – “Dusty Beehive”

Pose: Manifeste

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

MVW 2012: Evening Gown for Miss Thailand 2012 by Elan

The wonderful “Miss Virtual World” gown by Elan was worn by Miss Thailand 2012, Miss DiamondGem Destiny. Alatiel Malies shows that she is an experienced SL designer for quite some time with that amazing gown. One thing I admired Alatiel Malies always for, she is the perfect example that simplicity can be so stylish and fashionable. The “Miss Virtual World” gown again shows that you do not need a hell lot of prims and a million different textures to make an elegant and interesting gown. The skirt is open in the front and with that it has a very sexy touch added to the elegant style. If you take a second view you will see the beautiful details and textures Alatiel added on this gown, the little flowers at the hips, the wonderful prim that decorates the deep neckline in the front, simply stunning. The “Miss Virtual World” gown from Elan is available in 8 more awesome colors. Just make your way to the Elan Mainstore and check it out!

Details

Gown: Elan – “Miss Virtual World” – NEW

Jewelry: JCNY – “Jenna Ricci” /limited edition

Skin: Glam Affair – “Castalia”

Hair: Son!a – “Adore” /blond

Pumps: LeLutka – “Saffron” /silver

Poses: Manifeste

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

TDR item from LeeZu

Gown: LeeZu – “Audrey Flexi Dress” /fire – TDR item

Jewelry: Finesmith – “Hermos Espina” – NEW

Skin: Glam Affair

Makeup: LovelyMi

Hair: PurpleMoon

Pose: Manifeste

Mode & Photographer: Wicca Merlin