Tomoe Gozen

There is nothing I love more than a character skin, a skin inspired by something or someone. A skin that makes you think, wonder or dream. A skin that makes you want to shoot a million pictures of it, and not in a circle jerk, I love my av kinda way.

MIA Jinn has created the kind of skins that make me drool, and keep my in PS for hours playin around. Her store MJ+DADA was a new to me store, but I stood in her Skin/Shape Expo booth for hours after the first vendor pic pic had rezzed, waiting excitedly for the rest. Shown here are her charity Skins [MJ+DADA] MJD*2-04 TOMOE M3-03 and [MJ+DADA] MJD*2-04 TOMOE M5-03.

The name of the skin, Tomoe, rang a bell way back in the dark recesses of my mind. So I scanned MIA’s blog and found this Wiki link. Tomoe Gozen was one of the few examples of a true female warrior samurai in all of Japanese history. She was a samurai during the time of the Genpei War (1180–1185). Her name is pronounced [tomo.e].
If the story fascinates you as much as it did me, follow the link and read on! It clearly inspired MIA, as she has made an amazing set of skins, based on her imaginings of Tomoe. Really beautiful, creative skins I think you’ll love. I can’t wait to see more from this talented designer. Ash Out.

Credits
Skins
MJ+DADA Charity Skins @ Skin/Shape Expo 09
Hair
Kin-Raine

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Meet Keisha

I’ve shown you some amazing skins from my friend Steiner before, and I’m so stoked that he is at the Expo, and that I can show you his release.

This is Keisha, and she is so gorgeous. With each new release, I can see Steiner’s talent growing, it’s very exciting for both him and his store SD Skins.

I look very different today no? That’s because I slipped into a yummy shape by Leafy called Bree. I was going through all my items to blog with Jussy, and as soon as I put on this shape with Steiner’s skin, we were both speechless. Such a classy, grown up look, it’s so beautiful.

There a 8 makeups for Keisha, and 3 different hair options, so when you buy a pack, you actualy get 24 skins, which is bargain.

Find this and so much more at The Skin/Shape Expo 09. A massive thank you to Ms Sasy Scarborough for putting the slurl list shown below together. Also check out http://www.komen.org for more info on where your hard earned lindens will be going. All the organisers and designers have worked so very hard, and I wish my fellow designers a very succesful expo. Now I think I’ma sleep for a few hours, after pulling 3 days of double duty wearing my respective blogger/designer hat.

Expo Stores/Slurls
Landing HUB A

Landing HUB B

Adam n Eve

Aimesi Skins

Alite

Atelier La

B FFAE

Belleza

Body by Eve

Body Doubles

Body Perfect

C-Stylez

Chai Nova

Cheerno

Contour

Curio (Gala)

D-Skin

Damiani

De Mode

Djinn & Tonic

Exodi

Foxy Curves

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Gees Design

Hourglass Shapes

Idiosyncrasy

Imagen

Inflict

Issigonis

Juicy

KA

Kamilian

Kittylicious

La Petite Morte

Lazoli

Leafy

League

Less than Three

Little Bird

Lovesick

MADesigns

Manifest

Mannequin

Maverick Design

Meat

Mela’s

Milk Motion

MJ + Dada

N0 9

Pacadi

Pink Fuel

Posh

Rock Candy

Rockberry

Schadenfreude

SD Skins

SFS

Shape It Up

Shape Mania

Shapes by Kira

Shapes by Liz

Shiki

Signature

Silhoutte

Sin Decade

Skin Tight

Skin Within

Slut Cookie & Co

Snow Rabbit

Sophistishapes

Splendilicous Skins and Shapes

Sui Generis

Sweets Party

The Body Politik

The Obscene

The Plastik

This is Fawn

Tuli

Tyranny Designs

Valkyria Physiques

Zanzo

Credits
SD Skins @ The Skin/Shape Expo 09
Shape
Bree By Leafy @ The Skin/Shape Expo 09
Hair
Flapper-ETD
Bikini
Last Call
Jewelery
Primalot

Pink Fuel At The Fair

It opens tomorrow, Skin/Shape Expo that is!! For me it’s been a flurry of reverted prims, my failure at operating even the simplest of scripts, and doing stoopid shit like not activating my tags before throwing down my whole damn booth. I are the smart. But, my failings aside, it is such a joy to be around some of the most creative people around, and to see such amazing skins and shapes.

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Pure-Tea

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Pink Fuel was already one of my favie stores. Then Mochi started making skins. Can you say ready to combust? Absolutely gorgeous hand drawn yummyness, beautifully quirky makeups and lovely right on the mark tones.

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Leafy-Milk

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Pure-Honey

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These are but a few of the makeups on offer at the fair, Beesting and Leafy being my faves so far. I love the flushed red lip of Beesting, and the barely there eye.

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Beestung-Honey

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The body is amazing, a really cute butt, and not overdone boobs. The face is to die for also, the button nose is incredible. Yes, it’s a puppies and rainbows post from me, just deal :p My day has been maxing out the stress radar, so it’s nice to relax and appreciate these delicious skins. Find them and so much more at the Expo when it opens officially tomorrow. Ash Out.

Credits
Skins
Pink Fuel @ The Skin/Shape Expo 09
Hair
KC -Contessa
Lingerie
Nomine

Adam & Eve Skin Fair Yummies

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Skin/Shape Expo 09 is almost upon us and I for one am so totally stoked. Not only is it a charity event, but you are gonna be seeing so many new/upcoming designers. Apart from me being a part of this, a few of my good friends are also taking part, and I can’t wait to show you their awesome shit.

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Desire

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Sachi is someone I have admired for years, in recent times I have been honoured to show her amazing art, and to hear all about her creative process. I have many skins in my inv from Sachi named “test” or “Beta”, and those are stunning, let alone the finished product.

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Aki

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Adam & Eve have many new releases happening at the fair, including GUY’S SKINS!!!!!

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Amanda

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What you see here is but a small sample of things to come from Adam & Eve, the freckles are incredible, I’m such a sucker for freckles. Every skin maker I know does them differently, myself included. Each take is as unique as the individual freckles themselves.

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Portia

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Portia has to be my standout from Sachi. She is just so drop dead gorgy. I’ll be first in line to buy the whole lot when the official opening happens. Ash Out.

Credits
Skins
Adam & Eve @ Skin/Shape Expo 09
Lingerie
Nomine
Hair
HCT

Kraftika

Once upon a time, there was a group of fresh faced sl-ers, back when clubs and dancing in sl were the shit. We all hosted or DJ’d at various clubs round the grid, making money to pay for uploads (in my case) or practicing torturing prims, in the case of Anuitka Barthelmess and Zara Yip. Back when Voodoo was the place to be, Zara managed the club, Annuitka and I hosted, Jester and Karr DJ’d, and Kenlee was the long suffering PR type person.

What a difference nearly 3 years makes. We’ve all moved on to do the things we love, and you can really tell Anuitka loves what she does. Kraftika has gone from strength to strength. You will find some gorgeous pieces at the store and at the Jewelery Fair. The stunning necklace 133 is a standout for me, it’s the perfect statement piece for that special occasion.

The bangles are out of this world. You have a million choices of stacks, colours, thickness. I chose the 304 bracelets for this post, I just love them. The ring, unfortunately can’t be bought. Anu made it for me years ago, as practice, and it’s something I really hold dear. Just putting it on reminds me of those first days in our SL, and reminds me that there are eleventy twelve billion reasons I have stayed, and most of those reasons have to do with the people. Ash Out.

Credits
Jewelry
Kraftika-NO 133 Necklace, NO 304 Bracelets, Ashia’s Golden Ring (not for sale)
Hair
Curio-Gertrude
Skin
Idiosyncrasy-Lucy Makeup 4 Sunkissed

Kitsune Couture And The Fair

Ms Justice dragged me to the Jewelery Fair very early SLT. For her it was 5am, and she’d been up for nearly 24hrs (she works ridonculously long hours) I’m not usually an accesories fan ( terribly not fashion of me, I know) but I did find an amazing store that I fell in love with. Also, Sasy sent me to grab some Ug boots, and me being dopey couldn’t find them. Cue emo whining, and she tp’d in to hold my hand :P Then her hair rezzed. Then it was all over for the poor boots, sasy’s hair won. She introduced me to the designer Niennra Kitsune, much chatting ensued, and she drowned me in hair, literally.

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Gfield is a new to me store, apparently I live under a rock, because how on earth they escaped my radar is beyond me! I fell in love so hard with the Rusty Rose set, bloody of course.

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The head wreath is just breathtaking. I have a bajillion ideas for photos with this, stuff that inspires stuff is total win.

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I’ll tell you a wee bit about Niennra. You may have previously associated her with the Magika brand. Until recently she worked with Sabina, the fashion section was hers. She has struck out on her own now, with Sabina’s blessing. The result is Kitsune Couture. The hair is gorgy, my fave textures, I love the blonde, srsly.

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She also has clothes!!! Soo worth a look. Now that’s entirely enough writing for me, as my arm has swollen to twice the size it was yesterday and aches like a motherfucker. Ash Out.

Credits
All Jewelery
Gfield @ The Jewlery Fair
All Hair
Kitsune Couture
All Skins
Idiosyncrasy-Devon