Emerald take #2

One of the best parts about Luna’s challenge is having my best friend do it with me. We both posted our emerald yesterday but then I hemmed and hawed the rest of the day wondering if I liked mine even a little. I felt like it was half-assed and thrown together somewhat haphazardly out of tiredness and laziness from being sick. I called Kaiden (thanks for the encouragement hun!) and after much venting on both our parts and a general sense of dissatisfaction we started over and did it together. I am much more satisfied with the results. So here we go… take 2 on emerald.

❤ Ayako

on Ayako:

HAIR: TRUTH – Francesca – Auburn

SKIN: LAQ – Tasha glow skins 07 – fair

EYES: LAQ – Reflect truegreen

LASHES: [chuculet] – Julia eyelashes

DRESS: *Reale* –  Victoria dress – green

SHOES: Maitreya – Shanti – black

on Kaiden:

HAIR: TRUTH – Lourdes – Crow

EYES: LAQ – Dazzling marine eyes

SKIN: Belleza – Allyson skin 15 – medium

LASHES: LAQ – mascara 01 – black

DRESS: *[pp] – Emerald petal diamond dress

SHOES: Stiletto Moody – BARE Lauren – black

POSE: Glitterati – Switch

52 Weeks of Color Challenge #13 – Emerald

Hooray for emerald! I loved doing taupe last week – turned out to be more fun that I thought.  Earthy tones are always so interesting and taupe made me think of a sandy beach. Honestly though, I’m a much bigger fan of bright, vibrant and bold colors. Things like fuchsia, turquoise, and of course emerald. Plus green happens to be my one of my favorite colors (after blue) though I’m a bit embarrassed to say I own almost no green – RL or SL.

This weeks look was a source of great frustration to me. I had lot of trouble finding just the right green for this week. A look that was EMERALD – not olive not grass and definitely not sea green. Blah. I went back to Phoenix Rising hoping they were still open and looking for a source of inspiration. Found lots of green tops but none really emerald but I think I came close with this forest-y green corset top.

Jane is always a stop whenever I shop, whether it’s for the challenge or otherwise. This beautiful lace skirt is part of a 6-pack that is currently free right smack dab in the front of the store.  Yay for free things that are super cute!

❤ Ayako

P.S. I’ve been a bit under the weather this week and feeling rather lazy so sorry, no links today. 😦

HAIR: Magika – Ren – brown

SKIN: LAQ – Tasha [Fair] glow skins 07

EYES: LAQ – Reflect truegreen

LASHES: [chuculet] -Julia eyelashes

JACKET: Jane – Essence jacket – raven

SHIRT: Phoenix Rising – Brace lace shirt – forest

SKIRT: Jane – a little lace skirt – eucalyptus

SHOES: fri. – basic pumps – green

POSES: Posies – Jessica tall & ANTM Amanda

It Girl

Real quickie of a post today. My best friend (you know who you are) is wonderful for letting me use all of her poses and her photo area whenever I need it. (Mostly because I’m too damn cheap. Why go buy photo studio stuff myself when I can mooch off others. j/k). I got an im last night from her telling me to go check out a pose she just got from Striking Poses. “It girl” is so much fun. I love the way it says “Bam! Look at me everyone!”.

The shirt comes from Phoenix Rising. They’ve been in a perpetual state of closure for 3 or 4 months now but if they’re still open… get over there! Fabulous clothes for anyone on a tight budget like me. I love this shirt. I’ve always been a fan of the way women look in button down shirts – very sexy. The attached loose tie gives off the vibe that you’re done working and being serious, now it’s time to party. The jeans are my latest must have item – thank you Luna Jubilee or I never would have discovered Nayar. Finally good to have a pair isn’t ripped. XD

❤ Aya

HAIR: Truth – Lanie – Cranberry

EYES: LAQ – Reflect truegreen

LASHES: [chuculet] – Julia eyelashes

SKIN: LAQ – Tasha [Fair] Glow skins 02

TOP: Phoenix Rising – Push Femme- black

JEANS: Nayar – Anna Jeans – black

POSE: Striking Poses – It girl

52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Taupe

Here we are – week 12 already! Time is flying by faster than I realized! Only 40 weeks left although when I say that aloud it seems a lot longer.

I’ll be honest….until this week I really had not a damn clue what color taupe was. I’ve never really seen it only heard people describe it as “if khaki brown and gray had a baby they’d name it taupe”. Which to me is a hilarious way to describe a color but it certainly gives you a visual.

I was aiming for something totally different this week. I usually lean towards the cute and sweet or even semi-dressy outfits when I do the challenge. But one of my friends nudged me to try something more outside my comfort zone and do something sexier even bordering on risqué. I think I’ve hit that! Now how to find an outfit that says all that while being kinda lazy…..

I searched for “taupe” in the marketplace and I was quite surprised at how many options it gave me. Thanks to fabulous Sassy Kitty Designs, which offers a lot of their clothes in taupe, I found the perfect outfit. I love the sexy open top of the jumper. Coupled with this super sexy pose from Striking Poses and my look is complete! I feel like a model on the cover of a magazine. Risqué in taupe….. look out SL!

❤ Ayako

HAIR: TRUTH – Francesca – Auburn

EYES: LAQ – Reflect truegreen

LASHES: [chuculet] – Julia eyelashes

SKIN: LAQ – Tasha [Fair] Glow skins 02

OUTFIT: [Sassy Kitty Designs] – Unzipped Lace Jumpsuit – Taupe

SHOES: Maitreya – Shanti – Black

NECKLACE: *~*evie*~* (now PomPomPom) – Silver cascade necklace

POSE: Striking Poses

I’m a party girl!

I felt like a party was the thing to pull me out of the winter doldrums and it was! I went to a friend’s house and we had a “just because” dinner party with the two of us last night. May not sound like much of a party but it was so much fun! Just what I needed.  For whatever reason my party mood has carried over into the virtual world. I’m all dressed and now to go hit up a party in SL…watch out grid here I come!

❤ Aya

HAIR: TRUTH – Lanie – cherry

EYES: LAQ – Reflect truegreen

SKIN: LAQ – Tasha [Fair] Glow skins 02

LASHES: [chuculet] – eyelashes – Julia

TOP: Erratic – Kenzy glitter wrap top – black/gold

JEANS: Nayar – Anna Jeans – black

SHOES: Maitreya – Shanti – black

POSE: Striking Poses

52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Indigo

Yay for indigo! Last weeks challenge was almost painful and I am so relieved to do this week . I have so many shades of blue in my inventory. I do remember from art classes that indigo isn’t really a blue but falls right in-between blue and purple on the color spectrum. Sort of like trying to distinguish blue-violet from violet-blue. Sneaky little bastard of a color. I tend to think of it as blue-er but I do know several people for whom indigo brings more purple shades to mind.

I really tried to use what I already had but there were so many options I couldn’t decide! The top is from Rock Me Amadeus and I’ve had it what seems like forever. It’s by far one of my favorite things to wear. The sweater is recently new to my inventory from Jane – one my favorite stores in all of SL. It’s usually one of the first stops when I shop. The boots are so cute and fun – my favorite part of the outfit.  I grabbed them from *Fir & Mina* as part of The Seasons Hunt going on right now.

❤ Ayako

HAIR: TRUTH – Lanie – Cherry

SKIN: LAQ – Tasha [Fair] Glow Skins 02

EYES: LAQ – Reflect truegreen

LASHES: [chuculet] – eyelashes Julia

SWEATER: Jane – tailgate sweater – navy

TOP: Rock Me Amadeus – Pretty Blue Top

JEANS: League – Woodstock Jeans – Black

BOOTS: *Fir & Mina* – Wellies SH

POSES: Posies & Essential Soul

P.S. Hooray I finally learned how to put in links! /me jumps for joy

Really Quick…

This shirt is a little more punk rocker than I usually wear but it’s still great.Thanks to Insatiable Fashions! If you’re a rocker girl like my friend K, go pick one up! The store has lots of clothes that will be right up your alley.

❤ Ayako

HAIR: TRUTH – Lanie – Cherry

SKIN: LAQ – Tasha [Fair] Glow skins -02

EYES: LAQ – Reflect truegreen

TOP: [IF] Lila Top – Blue

JEANS: Nayar – Anna Jeans – Black

SHOES: Maitreya Gold – Shanti – Black