These Dreams Will Come

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"I had a dream that you were flying!"

I woke up from a nightmare tonight.  I have an irrational fear of aliens and my dream was a cross between facehuggers and the video game Fallout.  It isn’t just the H.R. Giger type of aliens that scare me.  I just fear the moment where you wake up in your bedroom, bedsheets pulled snugly around your relaxed shoulders, only to find two very strange (and very real), bulbous eyes staring back from the dim light.  I don’t care about spiders or snakes.  I fear the intergalactic boogeyman.

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"And you could touch anything, including the stars!"

So it seems fitting that I show you this new outfit from BunnyStar today entitled “The Dreamer.”  Mhyja put in a lot of time and effort to make sure the outfit was both elegant and whimsical.  She even went so far as to add particles to both the hat and the skirt, both of which you can turn off and on with just a click.

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"I remember wishing that I had that sort of power."

The hat and jewelry pieces are pretty versatile too.  I could see using both in different outfits that I have lying around in my inventory.  Plus, if you’re a guy, you can use the hat, too.  It’s sold separately, but only as a women’s hat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t buy it.  The back of the hat does have a bow on it so it’s a bit feminine, but it’s modifiable.  Just push the bow into the hat to hide it.  I do that sort of stuff all the time with my wardrobe items. Remember to make a copy before you play around with it.

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"So I asked you where to get my start."

Inside the birdcage skirt, there are three little birds and a cute, white bunny.  All of the characters blink which I think is an adorable addition to the overall feel of the piece.

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"That's when you held me close and told me 'the greatest power is within your own heart."

If you’re interested in purchasing “The Dreamer Full Outfit,” get it this month.  Mhyja has a promo sale going on so you can get a pretty sweet discount.  It’s worth it.  The outfit is eye catching, unique, and of great quality.

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Style Card: The Dreamer

Entire Outfit: BunnyStar: The Dreamer Full Outfit

Hair: Raspberry: Jess Hair in White Pearl

Skin: Pink Fuel: Skye – Milk – Scene

Lipstick: Pink Fuel: Glam Lipstick – Cherry

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Men’s Fashion: Blowing off Some City Steam

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"I knew a man."

Who’s that handsome fella?  Oh wait!  That’s me!  Yeah, if you ever bump into me in-world, there’s a chance I’ll look like this young gentleman.  He’s not really an alt.  I guess I’m too lazy to have one of those.  Instead, this guy, whom I’ve affectionately named “Kevin,” is just an addition to my inventory, the inventory of someone who is usually a woman.

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"A man who spent a lifetime wondering where he fit in."

I guess I just can’t help but have a male shape lying around in there.  Men’s fashions are just as fun as women’s.  Sadly, however, it’s hard to find great men’s wear in Second Life.  I really feel like the guys are being neglected a bit so I’ll do my best to blog about quality men’s items whenever I get the chance.

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"He got into trouble wherever he went."

And weapons!  If you read my blog, you know that I like a great weapon or two (or twenty).  For Kevin, I decided to go with the pistol from the Steampunk Pirate Masters Collection by Steam Powered Nuts.  I just got it today so I haven’t been able to try out the weapon’s features yet, but I can say it looks great. I did edit it by setting the shine setting from “low” to “none” for these images.  I’ll try to give updates on how it handles in the future.

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"And if he tried to stay away, well, trouble would just find him."

As for wardrobe, I stumbled upon a great store called Mr. Poet one day in SL.  I really like the textures that the creator uses.  You can tell they put a lot of thought into their designs and I appreciate that.  I’m sure I’ll be posting more from this designer in the future

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"Yeah, I knew a man. I knew him once and then never again."

If you know of any great men’s clothing stores, please let me know either through a comment here on the blog or through an IM in-world.  I’d love to showcase more men’s wear designers in the future.  There’s nothing wrong with looking your best, no matter what your gender or sex may be!

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Style Card: City Steam

Jacket/Shirt Combo: Mr. Poet: Peacoat and Pleated Shirt-Vest Set in Black

Pants: Mr. Poet: Leather Woven Pants Black

Shoes: Redgrave: Aviator Loafers in Black

Weapon: Steam Powered Nuts: Pistol: Steampunk Pirate Masters Collection

Goggles: Bytegang Worlds: Kimiko Air Pilot Goggles

Hair: Drot: Josh: Smoke

Skin: Redgrave: Emil: Pale Skin: 2 Day Beard

Eyes: Redgrave: Granit

Lip Ring: ROZOREGALIA: Nornir: Lip Pierce 1

Ring: Design Extreme: Silver Inlaid Ring 1

Ear Gauges: I made them.  If you want a pair, just send me, “GasOven,” an IM in-world and I’ll gladly give you the set for free. They’d work on women, too.

Forgotten Punk

Steampunk I

"Forgotten City...Forgotten Punk"

The Forgotten City is up there on my top 10 list for favorite sims.  Up until just recently, I never really ran into anyone while I was lurking around.  That always shocked me because the sim is absolutely gorgeous and you can tell that the creator put in a lot of time and effort.

It’s a steampunk paradise, and because of that, it needs a wardrobe to match.  That’s where this little number comes in.  Aside from the last two images in this post, these shots were taken in late May.  Since then, there have been a few new additions and some changes to the Forgotten City sim but this outfit hasn’t had any.

Steampunk II

"Bravery will determine your survival."

There’s several reasons for that.  For one, I’m in love with several of the key pieces.  The dress is by Rotten Toe and it’s both gorgeous and intricate.  The subtle glow effect on the full skirt adds a great effect, especially when you’re playing around with windlight settings to add fog and darkness.  I did, however, layer both skirt options (mod and resize) that the designer includes in order to get even more fullness.  Alone or doubled up, the piece looks great, though.  Not to mention the blood splatter all over the dress adds a lot of character.

Steampunk III

"Lost in time, you're vulnerable even if you feel protected."

The bow attachment to the dress didn’t really fit with my steampunk theme since it has this rad little sculpted human heart attached.  The sculpted bow was something I wanted to use, however, so I modified the piece by pushing the heart back into my torso and out of sight.  I love garment pieces that you can play around with.  I do the same in real life to get the sort of look I want for shoots (although, I probably can’t be pushing things into models’ torsos without them getting a tad upset).  The heart attachment is really cool though.  Just be aware that if you choose to buy the dress it won’t look exactly like the one I show here.

Steampunk IV

"Shadows keep you safe. Now, even the sunrise has a fear all its own."

The corset and the stockings I added are both by !K&L!.  I’m really liking the ripped stocking look lately, and these thigh highs look pretty tight.  It’s a great way to glam up a harder look.  I don’t think there’s anything wrong with looking glamorous while you’re kicking some ass!

Steampunk V

"Make sure you know where you're walking, especially if you've made enemies."

And then there’s one of my favorite parts!  SHOES!  I am so thrilled with these boots by Bytegang Worlds.  I had to have them, and even though I’ve read reviews that claim they’re difficult to size, they fit my avatar wonderfully.  Not to mention, the textures are gorgeous and the small details make these boots one of the best additions to my collection I’ve ever made.

Steampunk VI

"Grow. Learn. Survive...or pass like the time that binds you now."

Accessories are just as important as the dress or pants suit you’re wearing, and this styling makes no exception.  I added the goggles and the awesome collar from Bytegang Worlds as well.  The quality is great and the hard look of the pieces, in my opinion, compliments the softer lace and ruffles of the dress.

Steampunk really is a great style to play around with and I hope a lot of you get involved with it as well.  Fashion is about letting your imagination run wild, no matter where or in what time it may take you.

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Style Card: Forgotten Punk

Dress: Rotten Toe: Zombie Bloom

Corset: !K&L!: Part of the Corset Kitty pack. (Bonus Corset)

Stockings: !K&L!: Ripped Black Garter

Arm Warmers: Epic:  2.0 Arm Warmer Slouchies (Includes Color HUD)

Collar: Bytegang Worlds: Kimiko: Steampunk/Victorian Choker

Goggles: Bytegang Worlds: Kimiko Air Pilot Goggles

Shoes: Bytegang Worlds: Kimiko: Victorian High Heels w/Warmers

Hair: Truth: Tilly in Crow (Streaked)

Skin: Redgrave: Leona

Makeup: BunnyStar: 10×10 Night Pack (smokey)

Tattoo: Para Designs: SyKaDeliK (Black/Medium)

Nails: Sexy Mamas: Manicure – Sculpted Prim Nails