Yesterday V. Today -

Much like Technology, fashion in SL has improved 10 fold in the last two years. Technology brought us things like the IPad, Kindle, and Nook, and SL's fashion world brought us better textures, cleaner prims, and seamless garments that look very real. I had gone through my inventory and looked at a few of the older styled outfits that I LOVED back in the day. As fashion improves, and textures improve, I decided to see if, so too, some of these old designers improved...

I was disappointed.

Most of them had simply gone out of business, unable or unwilling to change the way they designed, which is a shame, as most of them had some wonderful ideas and visions, if only they would take the time needed to improve upon them and learn more!

As most of you know, I do Photography, and I DJ'd, as a DJ, if I played all the songs that were hot 2 years ago, you all would I'm sure like it at first, but after a few times of me whipping that set out, you'd stop tuning in... why? Because there are LOTS of great things out NOW with today's technology!

So I guess this is a call out to all the designers out there doing the same old thing (and using F'ing templates so all your shit looks like everyone Else's shit) UPGRADE OR DIE! no really, I love seeing people succeed at what they enjoy doing. Don't set yourself a limit on one piece, FINISH THE OUTFIT, if you're not satisfied with it, chances are your customer base won't be either. Oh sure, some of these designers have been around forever and have plenty of people shoving their faces turning their noses brown... BUT... don't you want new Ll's? New people to enjoy your designs? New money as the old logs out never to return....

Fashion in SL is as ruthless a business as it is in the RL. Good luck to all of you designers. I wish you the best...

Delirium – Opps Oh My >.<

UPDATE: 7pm EST, I logged into SL to find that Christel had passed me a FIXED layer.  Thank you so much Christel for a fast response.  I wish you all the best, and you showed me today why I am a fan of your creations.  Great Customer Service.   A++++++

As you all know I am a HUGE fan of Delirium clothing.  They have some of the best urban gear in world for both men and women.  CM and team just released their newest creation called  “Storm”.  While on the whole its an amazingly crafted piece (see photos), I am not so pleased at what it does to my skin.
The prim work is amazing!  I paired it up with the Apple Hair in Henna from Maitreya  $250L, and a nice pair of SoReal sneaks.
Now for the part that disappointed me, and yes I do realize I am being uber picky, but for those of us who spend a FORTUNE on skins and having a well put together avatar this was a let down.  FOR THE RECORD:  I will STILL continue to patronage Delirium cause I think their stuff is fantastic!  however as we all know, sometimes things like this happen.  With that said…..
In the first photo (which has not been touched up in Photoshop) you can clearly see that when the shirt layer is worn, there is a line across the lower half of my tummy.  The little box shows a close up.  Now I am not sure because something was not erased from the shirt template or not, either way, I thought I was losing my mind and was about to contact the maker of my skin when I had the thought… “What would happen if I took off my shirt?”.  So I did, and you can see in the second side, that the line is no longer there.  Obviously something amuck with this particular layer.  As I said before, its really not that big of a deal, but it IS noticeable.
Just a little notice by a blogger who takes pride in putting her best pixels forward ;)
♥ Suite.

Capturing the experience

Before I get into the actual items I intend to blog this morning, let me explain why I’m doing it. You see, last night, I had the most amazing dream. All I’ll tell you is it involved a few people I love dearly, a Bugatti Veyron, and a really pretty empty highway. Yes, I was totally dreaming about a car. What?! Does that make me a guy? HELL NO. Have you SEEN this car?!?! It’s friggin’ sexy!!! Okay, I know, a car? Sexy? Rose dun lost her mind. Fine. Have it your way, but before you judge, you should appreciate the sexiness of my dream car:


This is the Bugatti Veyron Sang Noir. Tell me this car isn’t sexy and I’ll call you absolutely crazy! Anyway, that was the car in my dream, so today’s shopping excursion in SL took me to a few different “car manufacturer’s” in world and led me along a really interesting path, which you now get to read about!! See, isn’t this wonderful!? And to think, it all started with sex on the hood of a car. *blush*

CarBlog_002 First stop, was to EMH Motors, as my search on xstreet showed that they had recreated the Bugatti! Upon viewing their concept of the car, I was really excited! Until I saw the price. *sighs* They’re expensive. Much like Real Life, the car evades my financial status. But the details they managed to recreate are amazing, never mind the scripts!! Yep, these cars are fully scripted and drivable! They had TONS of cars, from a Mustang to something that looked like the van from Scooby Doo! There was even a rather impressive pink Cadillac! I must say that I was HIGHLY impressed at the details EMH has captured! Each car once the sculpties rez’d was impressive in it’s own right. Of course my favorite is the one shown, dream car, remember?! However, There were so many, you’ll have to experience the exquisite details for yourself on their sim. After realizing these cars were out of my budget, I pushed on in my quest for the ultimate driving experience…CarBlog_001








Next I decided to search for “Cars” in the SL Search engine and came across “EastCoast Customs”. These care were much cheaper than EMH, however, no where near as impressive texture wise, what I was impressed with was the engine details. They’ve prim’d CarBlog_004 out every piece of this car, so while the textures aren’t great, the details are still there. Granted, there’s no mistake that these cars are virtual. And yet, I still didn’t have my dream car in SL… It’s worth mentioning that EC Customs had some AMAZING motorcycles!






The disappointment felt over the lack of my Bugatti Veyron Sang Noir, I went back home, and decided to see if I could recreate the excitement of driving in a virtual environment with the car I could afford…



carblog_006  and with that, I have decided that while, you can obtain a vehicle in SL that resembles the car of your dreams, you’ll never get the feel of actually driving it. The leather under your hands as you grip the wheel, the feel of the speed as the force pushes against you when you hit 200mph will never come from a vehicle you can obtain in SL, so for now, I’ll have to save so I can at very least lick the hood once in a while. *laughs* Happy Shopping!!


Kilo's Night Out (in Urbanista and Kalnins)...

Learning to live without someone is a lot harder than learning to live with them. ~ me

Ok...I'll admit it. I've been in a huge funk.  Breakups do that.  I have turtled in the worst way and hardly ever leave my home. Since he left back in Jan/Feb...I go to work...I come home...I relax and listen to music and when it's bedtime...I either tuck myself in...or I log out. Wash, rinse, repeat.

But then one night, I received a gift: a new music stream.  Well not really received so much as ganked from my homeboy's house after a night of forcing myself to be sociable and going to go play greedy at his house.  I tuned in, closed my eyes and let the mellow sounds of R&B wash over me in tandem with the waves lapping at the edges of my land and I drifted away. This became my the soundtrack of my sanctuary and meditation while I continue to heal up. So one day...I asked my friend who provides the stream who the DJ was that rented it and surprisingly, he obliged me with a name.  I im'd the DJ and thanked him for his stellar station and a few days later got a response and an invite to come hear him live.  I call up my sissah and she calls up her friends and we get dressed and off we go...

The event was "best dressed" or something like that.  While I wasn't sure if I was best dressed, I definitely wanted to wear something new.  So I went shopping to one of my new discovery places: Urbanista (which is where I got my blue short set seen above as well).  I put on my lil dress and thought hmm....Kalnins' new shoes would go GREAT with this!  So..I get to primping and prepping.  Small note:  ya know...for a world that is supposed to move faster than the real world, I take MORE TIME getting ready to go somewhere inworld than I do out.  Anyway...back to the fashion!!

I LOVE this dress. It's playful, cute and sexy all at once.  While it is short as all get out, it still for some reason lent an air of sensual class to me when I put it on.  I didn't feel too snooty, nor did I feel like I was letting all my goodies hang out.  The only thing I didn't like about this dress was the skirt prim.  This shot is how it looks when you put it on for the first time. UGH! I can't go out with that sticking out like that! NOPE.  Luckily, this prim is modifiable (Yaaaaaaaaay). So after a little manipulation and adjustment, i got it to look right, even though for some reason, depending on how you bend a piece of the prim will still stick out on the left side.  That I can live with...for now.
Now...the Kalnins oooooh the Kalnins.  I'm an impatient blogger.  I got the notice, saw the shoes and before I could get the review copy I was in the store, pouting over lag, asking someone to point me to the gray box that held these treasures.  My computer is super slow and I had someplace to go! They were 50% off too at the time as a new item and that just made this venture...THAT much sweeter.  So I grab my heels get home, slip these puppies on and within 1 minute, they are colored to skin, dress and looking oh so pretty on the tootsies.  My toes actually wiggled.

I gave myself the final once over, grinned at the results for once and dashed off to join my sissah Suite and listen to KRNB radio live for the first time.  DJ Jayce Slade was amazing!!  The right song for that right the right time *nods slowly* He shouts your name out when you show him love and he has a voice...smooth as silk *swoons, gets dizzy, thuds*  Needless to say, I stayed as long as the lag would let me and when I got back home...I exhaled for what felt like the first time in ages, thanking a radio station, my friends and the little bit of will it took to go out again...silently as I lounged in my new outfit on my couch til I drifted away again. Kilo's night out was completely successful.  I'm still healing up, but ... slowly coming back out of my shell. Now to try that again a little more often...maybe someday with a ... date O.O

~ Kilo

Da Threads N Particulars...

Outfit 1:

Blue short set: Daphne (avail in cyan, light blue, light pink, pink and gray) in cyan from Urbanista

Outfit 2:

Little white dress: Thalia (avail in at least black, red and white) in white from Urbanista
Shoooooes: Yolanda from Kalnins

In both:

Skin - Fierce Body & Boutique (not telling which one...MINE)
Belly ring - Tribal Belly Ring from Xcite
Hair - Benicia in Ebony from Bishwear
Necklace - Scorpio necklace from Dahlinks
Facial Piercings - Enticing (modded) from Puncture
Earrings - Opium: basic silver hoops (got them when i first got in game 2 yrs ago LOL)

Location: my apartment inworld :-)
Poses: [doll.] by Suri Christen (various poses *smiles*)

oooh...and the RADIO STATION - - KRNB 97.7 *THE GROOVE* run by Jayce Slade

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Shop*gasm is a creation from the twisted warped mind of at least 2 people with shopping a.d.d. and the mind of one person who loves to tag along and will one day have a computer fast enough to keep up.

Kilolo Jenkins
Roselynn Darkstone
Suitelady DeCuir

This blog is a project that was birthed out of three sisters and friends wanting to do something together that we could all enjoy and share.

The contributors of Shop*gasm are consumers. We like to shop. Correction...we LOVE to shop. For the most part, we blog our purchases. Maybe not every single one, but definitely something we find noteworthy.

On the off chance we're given items for review, we're thankful. But like other blog sites, we can not guarantee that your item will be blogged, nor will we guarantee that our review of items are always going to be favorable. What we will guarantee is an open and honest blog for you to read, with just enough moxie and personality to make you either hate it or love it. LOL

Hopefully you'll find the blog just as fun and awesome as we have in creating it :)