Monday, October 24, 2016

Penumbra AW '16 Fashion Week - Style Personalities Part I

Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
Coco Chanel
Fashion, for me, isn't just about the latest fad on the runway, but more about style.  Many people search for the meaning of style, and in all reality, the definition is fluid and personal when examined beyond the stitching.

1.  a popular trend, especially in styles of dress and ornament or manners of behavior.
Synonyms:  vogue, trend, craze, rage, mania, fad
1.  a manner of doing something.
"different styles of management"
Synonyms: manner, way, technique, method, methodology, approach, system, mode, form, modus operandi
2.  a distinctive appearance, typically determined by the principles according to which something is designed.
a particular design of clothing.
Synonyms: fashion, trend, vogue, mode
3.  elegance and sophistication.
Synonyms: flair, stylishness, elegance, grace, gracefulness, poise, polish, suaveness, sophistication, urbanity, chic, dash, panache, elan
Personal style is not something that is just in the air. It is something you have and that you apply to yourself.
Paloma Picasso
It often takes years for someone to find the fashions they feel confident in, and very rarely even know style personalities exist or that the things they feel the most amazing in are the clothing and accessories that fit their style personalities the best.

It doesn't seem to matter what source you look to on the net, since the original research and hard copies have become hard to find over the years, the experts all agree there are five basic style personalities; Classic, Dramatic, Natural, Gamine, and Romantic; with most people being a combination of at least two.  Saturday kicked off Penumbra's AW '16 Fashion Week and I decided this would be a perfect time to talk about personal style, style personalities and where they fit into fashion, whether in real life or Second Life.

The first ensemble I opened from the amazing Trinity Yazimoto, the creative mind behind Petit Chat, fit perfectly into the Natural style personality, so I decided this was the starting point for the week!  The Natural woman loves comfort and function over high fashion.  Her wardrobe is filled with neutral pieces in natural fabrics and weaves with very few, if any prints.  Her accessories are well matched with her ensemble and are never large or distracting.  You often find this woman's jewelry box to be fairly empty as she doesn't need many pieces to coordinate with her outfits as simplicity and function outweigh the need to keep up with the latest fad or trend.  The Rendez-Vous sweater with coordinating retro styled cigarette pants with modern cutouts from Petit Chat come in a wide variety of colors and are currently exclusively available at Penumbra's AW16 Fashion Week, which runs through the 30th.  The soft cashmere sweater with delicate cuffs and detailing along the sweater's hem, sits perfectly above the hip hugging, straight legged, checked pants, giving just a flash of flesh as do the little ring cutout detailing along the sides of the pants, lending this ensemble a tiny bit of edge and sex appeal, which even the most Natural woman will admit is needed from time to time.  Each piece comes with standard sizes, fitted mesh, Slink, and Maitreya sizes, which means it will fit almost any body out there!  Every piece from Petit Chat is hand textured with an incredible attention to detail, as well as being materials enabled bringing each creation to life.  And if you were looking for a perfect set of nails to go along with the tones of the Fall season, then make sure to check out Luna Body Art while at Penumbra's event.  I am wearing one of the colors from the Autumn Basics collection which happen to be unisex for Slink hands, and are not the only release for the event, so stop by and check out the goodies, I promise you will find all kinds of amazing creations at this years AW Fashion Week presented by Penumbra!

The Fashion Details

Hair - Clawtooth - Fleur

Sweater and Pants - Petit Chat - Rendez-Vous - Iced Coffee @ Penumbra AW Fashion Week

Nails - Luna Body Art - Autumn Basics Slink Nails

Make sure and stay tuned for the remainder of the articles this week about style personalities and more from Penumbra's AW '16 Fashion Week and remember to stay true to your style and make today's trends in fashion and home decor work for you!


Sunday, October 23, 2016

And they called it puppy love...

Fall has definitely fallen in Second Life as Winter starts to nip at my heels here in Northern Arizona and I have to say I am absolutely loving the creations popping up all over the grid, including this stunning new Gazebo set from [CIRCA] and the ADORABLE Pupkin Gacha collection from unKindness!

[CIRCA] brings you two new release collections at their secondary main store, with the gazebo perfect for any season, and the wonderful accessories and pumpkin collection will turn any outdoor area into a Fall oasis, setting the perfect location to set up your Pupkins, from unKindness, which are currently only available at the current round of The Epiphany.  There are several colors and styles available via gacha, with The Princess and The Spartan being the RARES, which come with color change menus, meaning will always have your favorite puppy color combo!  I have fallen in love with them all, I think they call that puppy love, and I promise if you take a stroll by my land you will see these guys peeking out from every corner and around every tree!

The Decor Details
[CIRCA] - Clearview - Fancy Gazebo Set
Gazebo, 2 Planters, Lantern
15 Couples Animations
New In-store release

[CIRCA] - Nature Valley Collection
Garden Bench, Garden Chairs, Pumpkin Stump with Rabbit, Fall Tree Stump Planter, Pumpkin and Leaf Pile Decor
New In-store release

[CIRCA] - Pumpkin and Gourd Crate - Fall Gift '16

unKindness - Pupkins Halloween Gacha @ The Epiphany
10 Commons, 2 RARES

Serenity Style - MYCUF - Gold @ The Project Seven

Have a wonderfully wicked rest of your day and remember to always stay true to your style and make today's trends in fashion and home decor work for you!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

I used to think a "Men Working" sign was a good thing in the bedroom

I remember back in high school and my early college years joking about stealing one of those highway road work signs that says, "Men Working" and hanging it over my bed.  It used to amuse the hell out of me, and to this day, still kind of does in that juvenile sort of way.  That feeling changed yesterday however, as the men of my home had to tear up the carpet and padding to see what was wrong with the floor, since it was starting to collapse; only to discover a cracked floor support piece.  Which means, I need a "Men Working" sign this weekend to remind me to avoid the extremely large hole in the bedroom floor that just happens to be on my side of the room on the way to the bathroom.  Being the fix-it man he is, the boyfriend thinks it is going to be an easy fix, so as I sit hear and type they are off to Home Depot to get the materials needed to repair the beam and the enormous hole that had to be cut.  I am hoping I don't need any more orange cones with reflective tape tonight and that I can once again dance around our bedroom between the shadows and the light.

The Fashion Details

Jacket, Pants, Shoes - BF - Cristiane

As most of you know, one of the reasons I love being a part of WE LOVE TO BLOG, is that I get introduced to designers I might normally come across, as they start off their careers on SL.  This month is no exception with this amazing creation from BF, who I had never heard of before, but you can bet I skipped over to the store to see what other goodies were waiting, and trust me you won't be disappointed.  The textures are very well done and the entire ensemble flows together perfectly with fantastic geometric designs and bold color patterns.  The outfit comes in standard sizes as well as those for Maitreya, Slink Hourglass and a couple other mesh sizes, meaning you are sure to find the perfect fit for your body, so don't waste anytime and go check out BF today!