19/11/08b

Back to School

I came across some sad news as I was logging in today, a much loved designer is having to close up shop. This does not mean her items will no longer be for sale, but due to economic reasons she has decided that closing her in world location is the best way to stay creative. Thank goodness we have alternatives to land, or we would lose so much talent otherwise.
The store is Ashia Designs, by Ashia Tomsen. You will also know her as the ever enthusiastic blogger over at Freesyle. Everyday she spends hours putting together wonderful finds for us all to ooo and ahhh over, as well as running her business and working RL. Her message to her group was totally heartfelt and I hate to see her have to pack up, but thank goodness she isn’t leaving us altogether that would be too heartbreaking.

“Dear Gorgy ones
Tis with heavy heart that I report to you that Ashia Designs can no longer afford to keep an inworld presence. As such, the main store will close Thurs 27th slt. I will try to get my slx and onrez pages updated, so you will be able to buy new stuff as and when it comes. Until the closing date, all skins will be on sale for 100L each, so if there’s one youve been after, now’s the time to grab it.
I want to take this time to thank you all for your support, help, advice and neverending cheer over the last 18 months. It has been an absolute pleasure to get to know you all, please stay in the group, as I promise I will still be releasing skins/eyes and freebies. From the bottom of our hearts, kenlee and I wish you all joy and gorgeousness in your second lives XD!
Ash & Ken
<3”

So as you can see, everyone will benefit from this situation, as from now until the date set, all the skins in her store are drastically reduced to 100L each and many of those come with freckles options as well. I went over as soon as I logged in to find a store full of people and grabbed some skins I didn’t already own. Two of which I am showing today.

Old School CKS 1
Old School CKS 2
Old School CKS 3

The skins are the Cat Beige 2 and Bare Green 1, both come with freckles options- not shown. There are many reasons to adore these skins, one of my favourite parts is the collarbone and chest area, and I don’t mean the breasts themselves – even though they are fab, but more to do with the breast bone area, as its incredibly featured in this skin, you will be able to see that better in the next pic.

Other details I really like, are the mouth and eyes, it’s a very expressive face, and if you are into fantasy skins you will have to check out all of those too, I got some drow skins that are aces. DEMO DEMO DEMO at 100L each you would hate to miss out.

Ashia like moi lives in Aus, and down here right now is manic school time, I mean crazy stuff goes on for the next 4-6 weeks roughly – depends on if you are a private or not. But it is exam time and formals for the high schoolers, and not to mention the insane schoolies week up top. The weather is getting hotter too, which makes for irritability all around.

So as I had these two deliscious sets from CKS Designs in my waiting to blog folder, I thought that now was the perfect time to show them. This first set is the Old School set, I have been hording this forever and as soon as it was released I ran around like crazy so excited. First reason was because Kit was back in form, the other is because the skirt has the pantyless option WOOOHOOO!, no I don’t run around the grid pantyless, but I do like the option to actually wear panties with a skirt – yes I have gone into detail about this before so I will save you the rant.

Now if you haven’t shopped at CKS Designs before – WHY NOT? – you will be surprised at how much you get in a set , no seriously the girl is a layer magician. She makes layers you don’t even know exist. Let me try and explain, A shirt from CKS means that not only will you get it on every top layer, but you will also get the bottom of said shirt on both pants layers. For a skirt you will get the option of just the band of the skirt – in the case of this set I am speaking – on the pants, underpants and jacket layer, the band of the skirt with underpants included so that it looks like you have on seperate panties, and those will be on both pants layers, and lets not even go into how she does her socks:P. The girl is a marvel, and no not the comic.

With the Old School set though , she went above and beyond. You see unknown to me, until today, there was a seperate bag inside the already huge set. Each Old School set comes with double colour combo as shown. So there I was snapping away and went to wear a second set and all of a sudden I was wearing a bag, now usually I keep bags, but as CKS items are transfer I don’t usually, so I thought that this was odd, and why does it have a different name? so dragging it to the ground I realised that there was a second sweater option, and not just a regular sweater but a fabulous Letter Sweater – goes all American Love on you all.

We don’t do all that here – sobs – and I grew up wanting a lettermans jacket so badly as a teen. But again back to layers, she didnt just make this wearable as its own sweater, oh no that would be too normal :P, she made the jacket layers the armbands and letter so that you have the option of wearing it with the shirt layer with scooped neck ORRRRRRRRRRR wearing it over the top of the adorable turtleneck. One for each letter, I was so excited and snapped away wearing my S proudly.

Then I realised OMG I am doing this wrong, Growing up watching all the jock movies I know I am supposed to be wearing my partners letter, so even more excited and proud I was to put on the M, YAY Kit I loves you ♥ .

So the set comes with two skirts, two turtlenecks, a bunch of socks, white panties, because if you are going to bounce around you have to have your cottons on. Super sexy shorts in both colour combo’s ANDDD the lettermans sweater layers as well as scoop neck shirt. I would count the items this all involves but I don’t think I can – by the way Kit, tell Jim I think I’m winning :P.

With the pics, I wanted to wear hair in keeping with the look. These first three are from Magika, the first being a group gift – they give hair out all the time. It is called Connect, and as it wasn’t boxed but I wasn’t aware of that at the time, I dragged it to the floor to unpack to be green texted with the new copybot system, that also deletes it immediatly, scared the hell out of me…I certainly hope it does the same to thieves because now it will have my name in a data base for tracking. If this is something that you would like for your hair maybe contact Sabina Gully to find out how to go about it, don’t rez the hair lol.

Connect is a great swept back bangs style, with braided pigtails, the second hairstyle is Kewl, again pigtails but very long and with double ties, thirdly we have Zoey, this one is a side back pony which is so cute, because from the front you look like you have short razor cut hair, it’s like two looks in one.

The shoes I am wearing with these pics are the J’s Sneaker P.E’s so many great colours in these to choose from and all of them went so well with the Old School sets. I keep meaning to find out what the PE stands for as down here we actually call school sport PE for Physical Education, but I wasn’t sure others did that too?.
Student Body CKS

The next set is the Studen Body set, a mix of plaid and argyle which Kit loves and I am so glad she has returned to making, as she has such fun with it. Again many many layers make up this set, not as many as the other, but still a lot. The great thing with this one is not just the fabulous prints and overall style of the set, but also the ability to use each seperate as just that. It would be so easy to find other alternatives to utilise these pieces. The low scoop of the polo top would make it very fitting with a great pair of slacks or jeans, and I adore the ever so little skirts, their bold print makes them eyecatching – or is that the length that does that. Regardless any sort of top option would be an added look to the mix.

My other love and thankfully an addiction of Kits, so I am hoping we see so many more, is the socks, now the socks in the first set are just fab, but this set the not so knee highs are Tasssssssssssssty. I am wearing them with the Diva heels from Tesla which I love and they also had the right colours to go with these sets YAY.

The hair i am wearing is NEW from HCT , and is called Pearl, it’s so sweet but so booksmart looking I thought it was appropriate too, especially when teamed up with the SMP glasses from booN. HCT has added a new pack to its textures called Foxy , so if you haven’t been over in a while, you should check that out.

Now for some Eyes, Treasured Vision by Malkavyn Eldritch. Malkavyn is part owner of the Magic of Oz sim, if you haven’t been – WHY NOT? – lol. He makes all of his eyes by hand and the outcome is fantastic, many many layers of work goes into handdrawing these eyes, and the ones shown are some of his favourites in the Flecks series. They come in large and small, I am wearing the small. A beautiful assortment of colours and I really like how they are named very appropriately as you see such wonderful flecks of light in the eyes.

So if you have been looking for some new eyes and want some beautifully handdrawn ones, then you should go check out Treasured Visions, and experience the Magic of Oz while you are there.

Slurls to teleport to stores shown can be found HERE (click on name of store and it will open a Slurl Page for you)

Hair by: Magika , HCT
Clothes by: CKS Designs
Skin by: Ashia Designs
Shoes by: J’s, Tesla
Jewelry and Accessories by: Essentia,, booN
Poses by: Ana Lu
VR Professional Kit for all pic taking by VR Foundry

Always thankful for:

Essentia for my Beautiful Hair Roses and Jewelry many pieces of which I have watched being made, and had the pleasure of wearing first as they are custom fit to my shape-I’m blessed.

Nuclear Boutique for my lovely Lashes that I wear when I think of it and because Ari is awesome.

My VR Posestand Professional/VR Posestand HUD/Library is by VR Foundry , The NEW Features include Keyboard Controls, MONO, HUD Controls, Locking Camera and Pose Positions, ability to save Colour Sphere Presets, Return to Poses Locked previously and SOOOO Much more. The VR Posestand is sold seperately as is the VR Posestand HUD , or in a Package ..HERE, HERE, HERE, or at the VR Foundry Main Store. now also with stand alone Library HUD, for on location shoots in no build areas – no notecards needed just throw in your poses.

My eyes which I get complimented on all the time are from Minnu Model Skins the MMS Green which I love.

Poses and Stands always used by me while taking pics, even if some end up on cutting room floor:
Maitreya
Digital Dragon Designs
Pixeldolls Empire Dress AO poses
Happy Dispatch
Juicy
Grapevine
Mela’s
[LAP] Long Akward Pose
ANIMAH
Ana Lu Fresh Poses
Naughty Neko Designs
Imperial Elegance
Lost Angels
Studio Sidhe
Vista Animations
Dela
Le Boudoir Mode d’Ambre
Reel Expression

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