Sometimes I get asked how I start styling and if I could describe what I do. For the usual fashion stylings I can at least try to explain what I do one after another as you usually follow certain rules when you put a look together that you got asked for. Sometimes you follow the standard color schemes or you style after an RL look that you saw somewhere, or you use some other source of inspiration. But there is days, at least for me, where I do not have anything requested and start going through my inventory. Sometimes I get stuck with an item, an accessory, and wanna turn this in a whole look. But when I try to go by the first idea, that this detail gave me, I get stuck and do not really know what I can do to complete it, without looking boring or stereotype with so many others that were wearing that item before. And who wants to see the same item over and over again in the same way?
For today it ws the “Hunter Headdress” headpiece from XtraX, that caught my attention. I found it longer ago on the “I <3 RP” event. I was looking for horns as the “Hunters Headdress” fell into my hands. I could not resist to buy it, even if I had no idea yet what I am going to use it for. Sometimes things have to rest in your inventory for a while like a good bottle of red wine before you have the perfect idea how you wanna use it :p .
I was sorting my inventory as I came across the headpiece and I just put it on to see how it fits as it part wise mesh. Then I stood there at my studio – naked, only wearing that headpiece and tried to imagine a styling. If I would have used my first idea I would have tried some fantasy looking, but I kinda wanted to have something more realistic. The “Hunters Headdress” headpiece combines so many different fabrics and items, the leather, the suede parts, the horns and the little accessories on the horns. I remembered an old Benetton advertise campaign and this idea kinda got stuck in my head. United Colors of Benetton always had chic casual clothing. So I looked through a few of my last folders I got for blogging and found the “Brandy” mesh dress from PurpleMoon. The colors were perfect matching the headpiece.
Since I did not want to go too sexy, I added some leggings as I like the way how short dresses or hot-pants go together with leggings or tights. Maybe that’s something I still carry with me from the 80′s :p . For the shoes I had some boots in mind, that I had for a long time, a time where mesh was not yet on the grid and those sculpties was one of the first and best ones I saw, when it came to realistic looking shoes. I did know, that they were from Hoorenbeek, but I could not recall the name of them. Since I had an addiction to this brand for quiet some time, I do not have just one pair and so I started looking through my Hoorenbeek shoe folder. Finally I found the “Lucille” boots in the tan/beige color. The brown and creme tone was a wonderful match in my opinion. With the mask there is no need to look for hair, makeup or earrings so I just wanted to ad some bracelets and maybe a necklace. For the necklace I recalled the last releases from EMO-tions back to my mind. There was a new mesh necklace from Mirja Mills, owner and designer of EMO-tions, that should match the look. A not too elegant but excellent made long modern necklace called “Precious”, in the colors green, brown and silver parts in different shapes.
When I looked at the result I really was not sure what it should be and how I can orchestrate this for a picture. That does not mean I did not like it but with such a controverse look, I needed something strong, lightly dark and kinda grunge looking. I saw such a place not too long ago and looked through my ‘Photo Places’ folder, till I found it again – “Old New York“
For the right poses I first wanted to make some, but then I remebered some of my Del May poses that should be perfect for this. Powerful, different and expressive, so why make poses when you aready have wonderful ones that perfectly fit ?
I hope you enjoyed my little styling journey
Dress: PurpleMoon – “Brandy Dress” (mesh, Gypset Market)
Headpiece: XtraX – “Hunters Headdress” (part mesh, I <3 Roleplay)
Boots: Hoorenbeek – “Lucille Boots”
Leggings: LeeZu – “Cat Tights”
Bracelets: GizzA – “Asia Watch & Bracelet”
Necklace: EMO-tions – “Precious” (mesh)
Poses: Del May
Sim: Old New York
Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin
Gorra: VooDoo Cap White
Gafas: Afro Glasses Mesh Black & White SPLASH!
Collar1: <Toxic Bish> Studs Mesh Bracelet & Collar Black/White
Collar2: SPLASH!] Sound Necklace
Top: [DB] *Group Gift* LOVE Knotted Top - White (Mesh)
Pulseras: [whatever] collier de chien - white
Uñas con pulseras: Brooch Nails Black SPLASH!
Anillos: [whatever] SEXYRINGS ~
Pantalon: ~Cysleek =^.-=~ Mesh Biscuit Outfit (Unisex) GROUP GIFT
Bambas: [whatever] CG Sneaker -
sneakers [FL] Adidas Court Attitudes Fatpack [Boxed] NEW IN STORE NOW
skin [the Skinnery]Angie-Bare face(toffee)
wooly hat (NO) Funky Pompom Cap – Red
hair (fd) Lopsided Lilly (Earth Pack)
headphones (fd) Radio Headphones – White + Black
necklace (fd) Caterpi Home Necklace ♥
blazer The Secret Store – Structured Blazer/Fameshed -Bloggers/Friends
bratop RaMa RoWanberry – Cage Bustier Red
shorts [CheerNo Femme] SURUALI Shorts Denim03
Flip-flops have been a beach staple for as long as we can remember. Over the past decade, this classic form of footwear is now being used by men and women of all ages. Almost every home in every country has them, or have tried one at least once in their lives. The footwear business is a billion dollar industry and wholesale flip flops is a big business that doesn’t seem like it will be out of style anytime soon. Did you ever wonder how the history of flip-flops has evolved and how we get to enjoy the sandals that we do today? Read on to discover the humble beginnings of this classic bestseller.
The term “flip-flop” dates back to almost 50 years ago, but in reality, this has been enjoyed by men and women for over six thousand years! “Flip flap” was also a popular term used in 1529. It is quite amazing to know that the Stone Age paintings and Egyptian murals already have early illustrations of flip flops on rocks, tombs and temples. This dates back to as early as 4000 B.C.
Papyrus leaves were the material of choice in 1500 B.C. The natural fabrics used actually vary, depending on the region: Palm leaves and papyrus were popular in Egypt, rawhide was used in Africa and India preferred wearing their flip-flops made of wooden material. China and Japan enjoy rice straw sandals. Other countries have also used plants, such as the yucca plant in Mexico and the sisal plant in South America.
The old version of the sandals we use today did not always have the distinct band on the largest toe. Certain civilizations had different preferences on where to put the toe strap. Mesopotamians liked it in their third toe, the Romans used the second toe and Greeks were the first to use the big toe for the band strap. These were the first flip-flop styles in the world.
It was in Japan that the thong sandal started to gain popularity. Initially used by Japanese children to help them learn how to walk, the “zori” (Japanese for the thong-style slippers) is now the footwear of choice in almost every country in the world.
The Japanese were responsible for bringing the flip-flops to America. They gave out the “zori” as souvenirs. Soldiers were some of the first sandal users, but the material was stiff and cheap that they ended up having blisters. American pop culture caught on, and it evolved into the bright designs that we see today. First seen in California surfers and beach lovers, materials of different kinds have started to emerge.
Flip flops are like the jeans of footwear – they never go out of style. The past twenty years have really put the flip flops along with high fashion; from simple rubber versions to studded Swarovski crystals to famous brands like Havaianas flip flops, this well-loved sandal is here to stay.