Film Noir in Chop Zuey

Film Noir in Chop Zuey

I’m inspired to reveal a hint of my inner Film Noir geekdom.  I’ve always loved this movie genre for its veil of dark mystery, paired with the glamour of the avant garde such as Ava Gardner and Hedy Lamarr or the chic sophistication of Gene Tierney .

It’s no secret that I live, eat and breath Chop Zuey. It’s true that I love the product: beautiful, versatile, artistic and elegant–all qualities that I completely identify with. But one of the other things that I love about the company is its generosity towards humanitarianism. I believe that all companies should give back to community and Chop Zuey continues to be an excellent example of how to be a benevolent corporate neighbor.

A Spoonful of Beaujolais Noir Helps the Medicine Go Down

This time Chop Zuey is supporting the Spoonful of Sugar Festival which is a Second Life fundraiser for the in-world Doctors Without Borders organization. Belle Roussel, the owner and designer of Chop Zuey, has created a special edition set for this event called, Beaujolais Noir . As is often the case with Chop Zuey jewellery, it was this set that inspired my outfit.

Incredibly 100% of the proceeds of this set will be donated to this cause.
Equally incredible is that the matching hair barrettes are offered as a free gift at this event! (See photo of barrettes at the bottom of this blog)

What is Doctors Without Borders?

“MSF/Doctors Without Borders mission is to provide medical treatment and care the world over to people in the most devastating and dire of conditions with neutrality. Often with great personal risk to their own safety and well-being.”  Spoonful of Sugar Festival organizers.

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The dazzling Beaujolais Noir set is a limited edition found at the Spoonful of Sugar Festival for Doctors Without Borders. (Photo courtesy Chop Zuey Courture Jewellery)

The Perfect Noir Gown

Marketplace is an amazing way to shop. I found the  Arturo avant garde gown by  Shoenique Designs  in MP and after trying on a demo and seeing how well made it is, I promptly bought it. It comes with mesh body appliers and a lovely hat (not the one shown). I’m new to this designer, but I do like a lot of their styles and will be keeping an eye on their new releases.

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A Word on Hats/Fascinators

I’m crazy about them! I mean…what a fabulous way to add personality to an outfit.(And I always throw on something haute couture before hopping on a steam engine train going to some exotic destination! Who doesn’t, right?)

But I’m pretty discerning when it comes to my hats. Let’s face it, not all hats look like they fit properly in SL. That’s why I always go to Couture Chapeau first when hat shopping. This designer’s been in the grid a long time and has a great fashion sense with a quality product and wide selection. The texture-changing Alhambra Lily Cloche is absolutely stunning and fits perfectly.

Chop Zuey has also designed some incredibly fashion-forward Fascinators. See the following blog about the jaw-dropping fascinators that Belle has created:

Lotus of The Night Sky Fascinator

Working the Nebula Fascinator

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I like layering my jewellery. So for this ensemble, I’ve added the long necklace that comes withe Pentecostal set. (See ad below for image of the full set available at Chop Zuey)

Time’s Running Out

The SPOONFUL OF SUGAR festival began on March 18 and only goes until April 1st. So you may want to hurry and get over there quick!

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Get these beautiful matching barrettes as a gift at the Spoonful of Sugar Festival

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All proceeds of the sale of the Beaujolais Noir  set will be donated to Doctors Without Borders. (Photo courtesy Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery)

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The long necklace from the Pentecostal set is worn in my ensemble. (Photo courtesy Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery)

Details

 Jewellery by Chop Zuey:

Beaujolais Noir (found at the Spoonful of Sugar Festival)

Pentecostal Blk Long Necklace

Visions of Sugarplums Ring

Hat: Couture Chapeau Alhambra Lily Cloche {MESH} Colour Change

 Hair: Couture ChapeauRobyn Pony Tail Unisex Hat Hair Black

Gown: **SD** Arturo Avant Garde Black Gown BSM

Shoes: REIGN Heart Platforms (for Slink, Maitreya, TMP & Belleza)

Mesh Head: [AK] Mesh Head Lara Vers. 2.5 Bento

Mesh Body: Maitreya  -Lara

Shape: Strawberry Singh – Lara

Hands: VISTA Bento Prohand

 Cigarette with Pipe – + Kamiri +

Sim: Pandora Resort

 Lighting HUD: LUMIPro 2017

Model/Photographer: Avalon Chrome


Stoking A Poor Heart Aflame

Stoking A Poor Heart Aflame

I Love You

…Not for me the cold, calm kiss

Of a virgin’s bloodless love;

Not for me the saint’s white bliss,

Nor the heart of a spotless dove.

But give me the love that so freely gives

And laughs at the whole world’s blame,

With your body so young and warm in my arms,

It sets my poor heart aflame…

Insert taken from poem by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX

 

Belle Roussel, designer and owner of Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery sent me the poem that was an inspiration for the styling of her newest release, A Poor Heart Aflame Well it inspired me too. I was particularly galvanized by the allusion to one who gives love freely and passionately. Sinful elegance is my inspiration for the styling of this blog and ad I shot for Belle (shown at the end of this blog). I like the idea of contrasting the sophistication of A Poor Heart Aflame set with an edgier look.

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Mega Textures=Mega Indulgence

The dazzling A Poor Heart Aflame is beautifully elaborate. It’s what Belle calls a Mega-Texture set. This is because the accompanying HUD offers a wide-assortment of options. There are seven different heart colors, eight stones, sixteen pearl colors and three different metals to choose from. The long layered chains are separate from the HUD and have an independent sizing scripts. I love wearing all the pieces together, but of course there is the alternative of wearing one or just a few of the pieces alone.

*Helpful note If you find you need to adjust an individual piece of this set such as the layered chains or long pearl necklace, I recommend that you first save a copy of this set, then go into your inventory, got to “worn”, then find the folder with your set in it and click “edit” on the individual piece and move it accordingly.(Or to move a few select items at once, control and click on the three chains in your inventory for example, to move them at the same time) I found that because there are so many wonderful parts to this and many items are placed close together, that grabbing one item could prove challenging.

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On the Dark Side

Thanks to GizzA , I found just what I was looking for when I wanted something naughty  to wear. The Blade Body Set is absolutely delicious and generously comes with appliers for Belizza, Slink & Maitreya. The sexy Tight Boots are included.

I love the Nawia hair by eXxEsS. You can choose from two extensive texture-changing HUDs that offer a generous variety of colors.

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Delicously Sim-ful

The Sim I shot at is Dead End City . The area I did the photo shoot at is a part of the city that serves as an entrance to the associated adult role play Sim. I have yet to venture in there as it its a fetish-themed Sim, but I’ll admit it is sinfully intriguing.

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Happy Valentines Day

I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day and that the fire of your Poor Heart Aflame is thoroughly stoked.

Details

 Jewellery by Chop Zuey:

A Poor Heart Aflame Mega Texture Change Set

Outfit: GizzA – Blade Body Set (for Maitreya) Tight Boots included

 Hair: eXxEsS : NAWIA (Color set A)

Mesh Head: Lelutka ~ Karin

Mesh Body: Maitreya  ~ Lara

Shape: Strawberry Singh – Lara

Eyes: .:JUMO:. Human Mesh Eye Right – Spinal

Eye shadow: [Stellar] Holiday Shimmer Eye Shadow & Liner (LELUTKA)

Hat: (shown in first photo & in ad) Couture Chapeau: Blow Peacock Afro Chapeau

Gown in ad: Utopia: Heart (appliers included)

Sim: Dead End City 

 Lighting HUD: LUMIPro 2017

Model/Photographer: Avalon Chrome


Around the World in 30 Days:Destination One

Around the World in 30 Days:Destination One

Now that all major holidays are over, Mr T and I have decided to finally go on our honeymoon. So, with all of my favorite Chop Zuey jewellery and suitcases full of clothes from all the best designers such as SASCHA Designs , Mr. H and I have decided to take a trip around the SL world in our private jet. We’ll be traveling for a month and I’ll journal some of the highlights of our trip and share them with you.

Wish You Were Here

Our first destination had us landing at the fabulous LEA14 Wish You Were Here airport. It’s a lovely sim that boasts a “collaborative exhibit about First Life and Second Life locations and human connections in both worlds.” This eclectic build includes a full airport terminal, a tarmac that hosts several jets, airplanes, helicopters and even balloon rides. You will also find a beautiful Japanese Garden, a temple, a hidden city and a farm.It’s a wonderful place to explore and seems to evolve each time we visit.

We landed late in the day as the hot sun was beginning to sink into the western mountains.I grabbed the brim of my hat as a breezy gust of wind threatened to take my hat. Mr. T, who’s always the gentleman, kindly helped me disembark the aircraft.

Dressed for our dinner date at a famous seafood restaurant, we were looking forward to watching the sunset over the ocean while enjoying a nice glass of crisp Pinot Gris with the restaurant’s world renowned fresh lobster served with a rich crab mousse.

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Never Leave Home Without It

Chop Zuey Jewellery is a must when putting together an outfit and I’d feel naked without it. Today I’m wearing the Pentacostal set which comes with several necklaces and bracelets that are meant to be layered. They can be worn all at once or with just a few of the pieces, either way will look equally elegant.The set even comes with two versions of earrings. I’m wearing the smaller of the two sets today. I’m also wearing my favorite Visions of Sugarplums Ring which serves as a wonderful addition to my ensemble. Of course the Bel Aire wedding set which is also from Chop Zuey never leaves my hand.

My Little Red Dress

The mesh red dress called  Fifth Avenue is from one of my most favorite designers, SASCHA DesignsI love this versatile dress so much that I have it in almost every available color.

OMG…the Best Sun Hat Ever!

I found the best sun hat ever and couldn’t wait for spring to arrive so I could wear it. It’s the fabulous Castries sun hat from Couture Chapeau which includes a texture changing HUD for the band . It’s available in four different patterns and I chose the Dots Black and White style. (Full disclosure: The Windlight Setting used for these photos caused this hat to have a brownish hue. The hat’s actually black, white and gray with a red band.)Airport Ava colorized

Style to a T

Mr.T has great style and really knows his suits, opting to wear only the best quality. Today he’s wearing one of my favorites: the Zaara Classic Suit in beige. I think it looks so classy with his Panama hat from Viscon. His exquisitely crafted Traditional Lace up shoes are from ..:L&B:. You’ll notice on his left hand is his Bel Aire wedding band from Chop Zuey, which matches mine.

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Cheers to a Bon Voyage

Later that evening, Mr T and I clinked our glasses in a toast to promising new life together and an exciting, romantic trip around the SL world. We hope you’ll enjoying sharing a part of our journey with us.

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The stunning Bel Aire Wedding set from Chop Zuey stands out above the rest. (Photo courtesy of Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery)

Details

Avalon:

Jewellery by Chop Zuey:

Pentacostal Black set

Visions of Sugarplums Ring

Bel Aire Wedding set

Dress: SASCHA Designs Fifth Avenue

Sunglasses:SASCHA Designs Fifth Avenue Navy Sunglasses

Glove Appliers for Maitreya: [HC] Hopes Creations

Boots: – Slink Demi Boots

Feet: Slink

Mesh Hat:Couture Chapeau  ~ Castries Dots Blk & Wh Sun Hat c/w colour change band

Eyes: IKON ~Utopia ~ Deep Mint

Hair: Couture Chapeau  ~ Robyn Pony Tail Unisex Hat Hair Black

Amacci ~Betty ~ Jet Black

Skin:  Glam Affair ~ Romy skin  Freckles & Moles 04

Mesh Body ~ Maitreya ~ Lara

Mesh Head ~[LeLutka] ~Karin

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Zaara :[Mesh] Classic Suit *beige*

Hat: *viscon* Mesh Panama hat

Dress Shoe: .:L&B:.  Traditional LaceUps w/ HUD

Ring: Bel Aire Plt Mens Wedding Band

Location: LEA14 Wish You Were Here

Model/Photographer: Avalon Chrome


Couture Chapeau Presents: Sophia Loren and Her Hats!

Couture Chapeau Presents: Sophia Loren and Her Hats!

Chigadee London’s Couture Chapeau is one of my favorite hat shops in Second Life. She has recently produced a tour de force of wonderful photos and accompanying new Couture Chapeau hats that you really should see!

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Couture Chapeau is presenting a fabulous Retrospective Display of hats worn by iconic movie star, Sophia Loren.

On display in the Haute Couture Salon, the hats are available for sale along with beautiful clothes inspired by Miss Loren’s glamourous style.

This will be the first in a series of retrospectives of hats worn by celebrities – the original concept of Mad About Hats/Couture Chapeau. The display will run during the summer months, so please bring your friends and come as often as you like.

http://slurl.com/secondlife/Maldives/17/224/21

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