Friday, 30 April 2010

Another Kick.

Still cruising through those beautiful Allure shoes, and this time it is free of the socks and tights, stepping into the naked foot version of these great shoes. The foot in the Maitreya Gold shoes remains one of the most realistic available, with subtle shading and skin texturing beyond compare, they also boast one of the most user friendly HUDs for customizing.

I am not sure why some designers have not yet adopted a similar system to the Maitreya Gold, but it should be said that it is a feature that I would like to see included on more 'high end' brands, regardless of price, if your customer's opinions matter, I would wager many of them would prefer the simplicity of a colorful graphic system. SL is at its core a visual platform.

That said, the sandals are an easy style to dress up or down, this time I went for a more classy dressed up feeling with one of the newest clothing items from Maitreya, the Bubble Skirt Dress, and the gorgeous new Siri hair.

Visit Maitreya again soon.

The Stuff;

Maitreya Gold, Allure - Red.

Skin: LeLutka, IFE, Light Makeup 1D (hairbase).

Maitreya, Siri, Chocolate.

Maitreya, Bubble Skirt Dress, Grey.

Accessories: Mandala, Monica Earrings, Red. & MEB, Silver Bracelet. & Calla, Pearl Wrap Bracelet, Blood.

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Thursday, 29 April 2010

how did you come up with the name of your blog: I named this blog the summer before I moved to Italy. I knew that living in Italy was going to be a life filled with inspiration, and this blog was designed for the purpose of sharing inspiring photos in Italy with all! Inspiration in Italy when where you introduced to fashion: I have loved style for as long as I can remember. My mom even told me that before I could speak I was picking out my own outfits, and she said I was incredibly stubborn when she would try to dress me, clearly I had my own opinions! I think I have always been confident in my own sense of style, and now more than ever I feel that I have a true sense of my tastes.
how do you describe your style: I would like to think that my style is a mixture of classic, posh, and slightly unique. what made you start a fashion blog: My husband and I design and make our own clothing, so originally I had a different blog showcasing our designs. With Inspiration in Italy, I had the opportunity to combine style and the beauty of Italy....and they just seem to fit so perfectly!
what do you think you bring to the fashion blog world: I think the concept of combining my adventures in Italy with my own style is definitely unique, and something interesting. I also often feature my own designs, which I know others can appreciate and hopefully be inspired by. how is your style different than everyone else: I try to wear what flatters me, what looks best on me that is far more important than any trend of the moment. who is your inspiration: Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Bridget Bardot. what impression do you want to leave on the people that visits your blog: I'm a girl who loves style, and loves the adventure of traveling....and Italy has stolen my heart. Also, living in Rome has inspired me immensely in terms of my style! Being surrounded by historical beauty every day has awakened my senses and my passion for style. how is your favorite designer: I don't have a favorite designer. what piece is a must have in your closet: my brown leather boots, I don't know what I ever did without them.

Loving It.

More of those new Maitreya Allures, this time the sock version. I pulled them together with a very relaxed look, including the Maitreya Boyfriend Jeans, a pretty ruffled cami from Nylon Outfitters, and some new chunky silver accessories from Mandala. I even managed to find this really fun crimped hair from MrS, and I love the heavy cropped bangs. The shoes come with 2 size options but can still be resized to fit any avatar, and loads of colorful sock options, though my favorites are the basic white. It is just an all together great outfit for running around the grid, and once again no need to skin match.

Visit Maitreya for the shoes.

The Stuff;

Maitreya Gold, Allure - Socks, Nude (White).

Skin: LeLutka, Estelle, la femme (LE.LOOK Exclusive).

Hair: MrS, SECRET, medium length crimped hair - brown.

Maitreya, Boyfriend Jeans, #08 & Nylon Outfitters (NO), Ruffle Camisole, Dusty Rose.

Accessories: Mandala, Takara Bangles (White Stone) and Takayama Earrings (Silver) and Hannya Necklace (Silver) & Donna Flora, Bice Ring (Tinted Silver).


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Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Allure.

Maitreya's latest release of footwear and fashions came at just the perfect time, I am not one to spend a lot of Lindens lately, but the beautiful palate and predictable quality of the items makes it much easier to enjoy the shopping trip. The newest from Maitreya Gold Footwear is the Allure, a beautiful and very 'now' style sandal with a zippered closure up the heel. It also comes in a few variations which pick up on the more recent trend to wear socks and tights with your sexy heeled shoes.

There was a time where the sight of someone with hosiery and sandals together was almost laughable, but the trend seems to have stuck, and with the new 'underwear as outerwear' collection from Maitreya, it is much easier to embrace. I chose the Allure in a lovely SeaGreen shade, green tends to work well with so many colors so when deciding on just one pair these were the ones for me.

The Allure come with a full assortment of 12 shades of full length tights and shorter sock versions too, and best of all no skin matching required with this style! In addition to the many hosiery options included with the shoes, a sexy gartered version is included with the belted girdle available as part of the clothing release. The overall look has a sultry boudoir feel, but the spirit of the collection can be reinterpreted and worn with more mainstream garments.

More Allure to come, but visit Maitreya to get a closer look at these styles.

The Stuff;

Shoes: Maitreya Gold, Allure - Tights, Seagreen (Powder).

Skin: LeLutka, Estelle, Sunkissed Makeup 6(D).

Hair: Tukinowaguma, Jenny, Brown.

Outfit: Maitreya, Bodysuit de la Ruche, SilverBlue & Maitreya Girdle and Stockings, Salmon (worn with Powder stockings).

Accessories: Donna Flora, Bice Ring (Tinted Silver) & Encore, Knotted Pearl Necklace, White.

Poses: Exposeur.

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Tuesday, 27 April 2010

New Releases @ A-Bomb

A-Bomb @ Alt Fair:
A-Bomb store:

$75 each for clothing separates which may be purchased in six color variations. Separates include: A-BOMB BB Halters-Dots, A-BOMB BB Sculpt skirts, A-BOMB BB Pencil skirts, & A-BOMB BB Halters-Solid.

"Next at the fair is shoes. Cat has made some flippin fabulous high-heel sandals. We have two versions, one is color change and one is copper only. These are named Phoxxe after a friend of Addison's who lost a battle with brain cancer. Her favorite color was copper, thus the single-color pair in copper with all proceeds going to the fair charity, Nothing but Nets. These are 100L. The color change shoes have 50% of proceeds going to charity, so these are being introduced at the full price of 300L (still a bargain). " - From provided notecard.

Also available are the A-BOMB Gidge-Patent for 300L; pictured right.

Additional Credits:
Hair- Uncle Web, Skin- [photon], Jewelry- Fairy Tale & Deco, Poses - [LAP] & Malt, Skybox - *Pash* Ty A-bombers!

Salomé - Rue Tiquetonne - Paris

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"I am a Student in Philosophy and photographer
Today, I have a figure-hugging classy look. I like to change every day ...
If I had € 1 000 I would buy CHANEL Shoes and a CHLOE Bag.
I love Books. I hate Hipocrisy".
My message to the world: "Stand back with retrospection"
I wear a camisole by H&M
Short by ZARA
Bag by PRADA
Perfume: "Dior J'adore" by DIOR
how did you come up with the name of your blog I don't live in a very fashion forward city. Whenever I go out with friends, whether it'd be parties or dinners, I always find myself overdressed when compared to others. I love wearing heels, skirts and dresses. I don't think we should only feel comfortable when others around us are doing so. Therefore, I named my blog Always Overdressed when where you introduced to fashion I loved fashion ever since I was a little girl, trying on my mom's high heels and going shopping with her always made me so happy. how do you describe your style
I'd like to think that I have a feminine and classy style with an edge. I have a hard time defining it as I am still trying to figure out what I like and look best in! what made you start a fashion blog I started a fashion blog because after reading so many inspiring fashion blogs, I wanted to be more aware of what I was wearing everyday and perhaps to inspire someone else. what do you think you bring to the fashion blog world Passion and appreciation for fashion. how is your style different than everyone else I don't follow every trend. I believe everyone should wear what makes them feel beautiful regardless of what is considered popular. who is your inspiration fashion designers and fashion bloggers what impression do you want to leave on the people that visits your blog wear what makes you feel beautiful and confident, life is too short to "blend in". how is your favorite designer YSL, Valentino what piece is a must have in your closet black platform pumps

New Release - Inga's Taisa

*IW* Taisa in Red

Inga Wind Clothing Store:
Inga Wind Blog:

Includes 3 hairs (2 different colors of one style), shoes, & mask.

Additional Credits:
Skin- [KA]; Poses - @waffles & Lazy Places; Skybox - *Pash* Ty Inga =D

Monday, 26 April 2010

Decent Exposeur.

The awesomeness that is RubyStarlight Writer came through with something very special for me today, I simply don't know how she finds the time, but she does! I had made a special request for a couples pose inspired by a photo I had found, and sure enough, Ruby did an amazing job with it! If you haven't visited her Exposeur Shop yet, or tried any of her fantastic modeling poses, you are in for a treat. This one is tentatively titled 'That Shoe Girl and... Casanova?', I am not sure if it will be for sale, but I adore it, for obvious reasons.

Other things I adore today... these fairly new Short Lace-Up Boots from G Field. These are exactly the type of boots that can work with modern fashion and vintage inspired looks, the classic lace up boot comes in an beautiful assortment of soft shades, they also come in black (seen here) and white versions that offer enhanced color change features, like the sole, eyelets, laces and sides. The prices at G Field are truly amazing, so go grab yourself a pair or two and enjoy!

Visit G Field and Exposeur today!

The Stuff;

Footwear: G Field, Short Lace-Up Boots, Black.

Skin: LeLutka, Estelle, Sunkissed Makeup 2D (hairbase).

Hair: Analog Dog, Whimsy, Black.

Outfit: R.icielli, Luciana Bodysuit, Azure. (The Dressing Room) & Bijou, Rosemary Leggings (from Set).

Accessories: CIHUAE Fresh water pearls on sterling silver (Complete Set).

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Karen - Rue Tiquetonne - Paris

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I am a Stylist in men accessories
"I compare Fashion with Art. It's the same freedom"
My look is very casual
If I had € 1 000, I would buy new glasses
I love the process of creation and its secrets
I hate dishonest people"
My message to the world: "Don't forget to be generous ..."
I wear a sweater jacket by YVES SAINT—LAURENT
Vintage Silk Under-Jacket
Vintage shirt
Shoes from China
Clutch bag unknown
Gloves made by me in collaboration with FABRE
Vintage Glasses
Perfume: "I did'nt found yet. Always testing ..."

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Adrien - Rue Tiquetonne - Paris

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I am a Dancer
"Fashion is to express yourself
"My look is a transition between 80's & 90's"
"If I had € 1 000, I would buy an item of LACROIX or MC QUEEN
"I love Art, I hate discrimination"
My message:"Art and creation make your life better ..."
I wear a vintage jacket from my mother and father (unisex)
T-shirt "Fly Baby Fly" by H&M
Shoes vintage
Slim jeans by H&M
Watch by CASIO
Pefume "Farenheit" by Dior

Fatiniza shoots her 1st Music Video "Out of Control" - Behind the Scenes

Colombian pop-rock bombshell Fatiniza, with whom I recently shot in Oman for her Debut Album, has just filmed her first music video for the single release "Out of Control" ... and I have been fortunate enough to have been her makeup artist.

Not only is Fati an amazing vocalist whose self composed lyrics touch your body, mind and soul, but moreover is she a true artist in everything she does from the moment she wakes up until she finally falls to bed late at night. As is typical for overwhelmingly creative persona with a mind that never sleeps, people surrounding them must be flexible and able to improvise. Hence, I pretty much packed everything I own as a Makeup & Hair Stylist to head for the filming.

Being that Fati has this incredibly creative mind, she challenges me as a makeup artist to come up with innovative concepts and accepts nothing but perfection (sometimes she seems only little Colombian and very German - no offense, I am German - I can say that).

Fatiniza has incredible attention to detail and working with her it can happen ... it regularly happens ;) ... that 3 pairs of exactly the same fake eyelashes are rejected because they are clearly unworthy of identical twin status ... "Sey are not se same, see se hair here" she mimics my German pronunciation ... and right she is, they are unworthy of going on stage.
So, last Friday after much anticipation and carefully selected sets of eyelashes it was finally time to shoot Fatiniza's music video for her debut single "Out of Control" at Dubai's creative hub "The Fridge". Her album including the single will go on sale at Virgin Megastores at the end of May 2010.
It was a looooong but amazingly memorable day in my life. I will post the video shortly ... here are some teaser images from the day.

Check out Fati singing "Out of Control" live in the recording studio. Now available at Virgin Megastores! Congrats Fati!

Photo credit: Nick Feraru

OK! Magazine Gucci Jewelry Beauty Shoot - "How to" Makeup for Beauty shoots

Last month I had the privilege of collaborating with OK! Magazine Middle East sporting Gucci's new collection of jewelry, shot by the amazing Candy Kennedy and modeled by the beautiful Militza from Bareface (who had just arrived from London - a fresh face to keep your eye on).


The look and feel of the shoot was intended to be "traditionally elegant, simple yet beautiful and clean for a strong yet soft woman". I wanted to bring out the incredible jewelry with the makeup and support its statement of bold brave elegance by creating a symbioses between the makeup and the jewelry.
When designing looks for shoots I generally receive a brief from the Fashion / Beauty Editor of the Magazine, in this case the lovely Melanie Penny, Fashion & Beauty Director of OK! Middle East. She had sourced images of bronzed beauties which she showed me about a week before along with a short brief explaining that she and her client were seeking a golden look.

Whilst for Makeup Artists published beauty shoots are such an honor, it's really important to not get carried away trying to show off your talent. Always keep in mind that, unless you have been hired to sell makeup products, the look you have designed must support the product you are advertising, meaning every decision you make must add to the client selling the specified product.
So, yeah, it would have been great to go stronger on the blush or add a fantastic looking lip colour, but would it have helped sell the jewelry any better ... probably not, most likely it would have overpowered any other elements in the shot.


Doing beauty shoots (i.e. close-ups of the face) demands great attention to detail from the Makeup Artist. There is no room for error, if your line is not straight - it's not straight, it's there for everyone to see "up-close" - your ugly crooked line with your name printed on the same page ;)
When I do makeup for beauty shoots, I always take 3-5 minutes at the end of the makeup session to double check all makeup elements. During this time I polish and perfect.

Here are a couple of things I check just before the model starts shooting:

- under eye coverage sufficient
- symmetry of all elements (lips, eyes, brows, blusher, lashes)
- straight eyeliner on top of eye
- coverage of waterline liner, making sure inside corner of eye is clean of any residue
- highlighting polish (bridge of nose, arch of brow, above brow, innner corner of the eye, cupid bow, top of cheekbones, around the mouth)

Now that you know some of the "beauty makeup" tricks - make this look your own!
Here is how:


(1) Prime your skin with "Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage" from Mac (you need this to help your foundation adhere to your face and increase its longevity).

(2) Use Chanel's "Vitaluminiere" foundation (in your skin color), which is a coverage building foundation and powder (to set the foundation) with Makeup Forever's translucent "HD Powder". Don't skip the powdering step, it is vital to prolong the life of your foundation on your skin.
For this photoshoot I used "RCMA" creme foundation on Militza, a highly pigmented full coverage foundation created for the sole use of photography makeup, which was designed by a group of Professional Makeup Artist in LA. Unfortunately it is not available in the UAE.

(3) Add colour to your face using Mac's blusher in "Peaches" on the apples of your cheeks blending up/backwards and "Coppertone" blusher to contour just below your cheekbone (no further inwards than the outer corner of your eye).

(4) Finish with my all-time favorite Dior Bronze Collagen Activ in "Amber" by applying only little where the sun would naturally tan your face (forehead, chin, cheekbones). I always use the "Bobbi Brown Face Bronzer" brush for this kind of bronzing to guarantee a natural finish. Do not sweep it over the nose unless you are going for a slightly clown-like appearance.


(1) Use Illamasqua's Liqid Metal in "Solstice" (available at Bloomingdale's Illamasqua counter in Dubai Mall) all over the lid and blend out and upwards. Apply the same underneath the eye - from the outer to the inner corner. You are doing this to create a base which will later intensify your eyeshadow colours and increase the longevity of your eye makeup.

(2) Then take a metallic warm golden eyeshadow (I used Inglot AMC shine 27) and apply all over the lid, take the same golden eyeshadow and apply underneath from your inner corner 1/2 down towards the outer corner. Now intensify the crease of your eye with a metallic brown (Inglot AMC shine 42 was my choice). Blend well in circular motions to make sure you have no harsh lines.

(3) Take the same metallic brown eyeshadow and apply underneath your eye from the outer corner 2/3 inwards towards your inner corner.

(4) Take Bobbi Brown's liquid gel liner in "jet black" and draw a beautifully shaped line just above your lashes.

(5) Using DUO eyelash adhesive (available at Mac) apply your stunning new lashes from Girls Aloud's Cheryl (available at Carrefour and Spinneys Al Wasl) to open up your eyes, making sure to avoid a droopy eye by placing the lashes close to the inner corner of your eye. If you feel they are giving your eye a sad expression, cut off a little from the inner corner of the fake lash until you feel that the lashes are giving your eye an upward movement at the outer corner.

(6) Line your eyes' waterline top and bottom with Mac's amazing kohl liner "Smolder".


(1) In this case I only used a lipliner and a clear lipgloss to keep the focus on the eyes and allow the jewelry to take centre stage. Choose either Mac's "Subculture" or "Spice" as your nude lipliner and fill in the entire lip. For this shoot I used "Subculture" because it just about matched Militza's natural lip color.

Et Voila ... off you go sporting your new fabulous jewelry looking gorgeous! Easy!

Ash's Trash Shroom Hunt

Ash's Trash is having a small mushroom hunt. Find 8 small sculpty shrooms scattered about the sim. Touch the mushroom in store for hints.

HAIR: voting gift from Alli&Ali Designs,
SKIN: L$1 for a piece of candy-stephanie 3.,
SHOES: group gift 4/19 ($50 fee) or purchase in store - [*M2M*]MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT group

Sunday, 25 April 2010

More Play.

Another new release from Stiletto Moody, this one is an elegant open-toed stiletto with soaring height and a belted ankle strap that gives these shoes a bit of edge. Much like the other releases in the BARE line, the Anita Shoes have that menu of options for color matching of skin, nail polish shades, metal options, etc. I am wearing the newly released Payton Dress from Baiastice, this rich purple shade and super short mini work perfectly with the shoes, I also added plenty of chunky silver accessories to complete the look.

Visit Stiletto Moody & Baiastice for these.
The stuff;

Stiletto Moody, BARE Anita (All Color Set).

Skin: LeLutka, IFE, Suntan Makeup 5D.

Hair: Zero Style, Kristin 2.0, Chestnut.

Dress: Baiastice, Payton Dress, Purple.

Accessories: CIHUAE Jewelry, Silver Double Bar Necklace & UZURI, Ibzgane and Bibi Cuff Bangles.

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OUTFITS: L$0 for *Connors* ALOHA! (FREE GIFT). & *Connors* Petit Military (FREE GIFT).,
HAIR: L$0 for *C:K* Nyanotech 09-B Series Hair - LuvviesV2.,
SKIN: Midnight Mania (target 75) ::DS:: MM Skin @ Dulce Secrets

LEFT: group gift in store - =Zenith=White Chiffon Dress-group Gift
RIGHT: L$1 for -PHOENIX RISING GIFTBAG-flirt., (source),

OUTFIT: L$0 for Hazardous freebee.
HAIR: L$0 for 3636-Alicia.,

CLOTHING: L$0 - Ash's Trash Clothing 14 leggings & 6 outfits
SHOES: L$1 for .::Mother Goose's ::.~button sandal (pink) & .::Mother Goose's ::.~ clothes pin sandal (blue),
SHOES: Lucky Chair - BM Ultimate Rachel Rose Snakeskin,
SHOES: Lucky Box - kawaii red engineerBOX @ Myお店ELAN,
HAIR: Group gift in store - Alli&Ali Designs Present 23th April 2010 f,

PANDA AVATAR: L$0 for NIYARI # panda san.,

JACKET, SKIN, SHAPE, & EYES: L$1 for **Schoen** 1L$ gift. (jacket)
Skin - L$1 for ::Schoen:: Anime Skin (FairySnow).
Skin- L$0 for **Schoen** Anime Skin (Free).,
SKIRT: Lucky Board (10 min): **sen*2**AntiqueFlowerSkirt_LB,
HAIR: L$0 for hairs &/or Lucky Boards @ Yuzuya (free shop)

PANTIES: L$0 for :::Last Ride::: The Red Pants [BOX]
CAMISK: Lucky Board - *WT* StarLight Camisk

Judy, Judy, Judy.

Stiletto Moody's BARE Judy takes a futuristic approach to the sexy laced up boot, this sans heel style defies convention and makes for a unique choice. Available in multiple shades and an all color set, the Judy shoes feature a prim foot that can be skin matched, the shoe also allows for 2 metal choices, and many more Stiletto Moody extras.

Visit Stiletto Moody for these.

The stuff;

Stiletto Moody, BARE Judy (All Color Set).

Skin: LeLutka, IFE, Suntan Makeup 4D.

Hair: Mirai Style, Ofif, Darkbrown.

Outfit: Bijou, Bounce, Green Set.

Accessories: Redgrave Driving Gloves, Black and U & R Dogs, Figaro Earrings and Ring.
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