Monday, November 29, 2010

Avenue With A Twist

There were two Avenue Models Academy classes this weekend - Styling and Pose Management.  Styling was a very thorough and detailed assessment of last week's assignment (three layers, three designers, completely styled) including prim editing, overall effect, styling and shape and Pose Management was a repeat of the assignment adding a walk, default pose and four poses with the same level of feedback and runway walking until my fingers cramped.  Talk about intense - I'm loving this course!  After I finished styling for Pose Management, I asked several friends for feedback and one referred to my outfit as "Artful Dodger Chic", so I headed out to New London for a few Dickensian shots and discovered the offices of Scrooge & Marley (among other landmarks, fictional and real).

Location SLURL: New London Village, The Doctor Who Zone , TARDIS

LeeZu - NOIR Efraims Daughter Pants
Glam Affair - Make-up Layer 05
[MANDALA] - Mikoto Belt (Black/Silver)
niciARTLINE - Leggings Muster Design #1
fri. - Comfy.Cardi (Wine)
~GW~ - Steampunk: Chemise
N-Core - Belt Ankle Boot Black
EarthStones - Asian influence Jewelry Set - Luck
W&Y HAIR New 38 (Black)
*Linc* Half Fishnet Stockings Black
Poses by Manifeste

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Strolling Down the Avenue

All the updates this round are Avenue - Couture and Academy.  I was selected as one of the semi-finalists for the Couture Avenue Look 2011 contest for November (you can see my entry here) and had the opportunity to join the other four contestants on the runway.  I didn't win, but I had a terrific time and met some great people - I also didn't fall on my face, into the triangular holes on stage or into anyone's lap, so all good there.  For full details:

Couture Avenue Look 2011 - November Semi-Finalists
Couture Avenue Look 2011 - November Finalist

In other news, I started my first class of the Avenue Models Academy yesterday and it was completely fabulous.  There is a very different approach from MVW with a lot of emphasis on runway work and I'm really looking forward to eventually being confident enough on a catwalk that I'm not shaking like a leaf and holding my breath the whole time.  The first night was the info, overview and welcome and, along with a lot of information and links, we also picked up our first assignment:  Create and style a look on any theme using three layers from three different designers with separates not allowed (in other words, gotta rip apart stuff that goes together).  If you can't guess, I styled around a music theme.

Top: LeeZu Noir Efraims Daughter 
Leggings: niciARTLINE Muster Queen (Transparent)
Belt: [ATOMIC] Music Belt_Black
Collar: Hat Mechanic Maus Collar
Hat: Wild O Garden Hat Black
Pants: Baiastice Anna Lou (Black)
Boots: Heroes of Fashion - McQueen Goth Boots
Hair: MrS - Languid (Black)
[White~Widow - w/Eyeshadow] Face Tattoo 10

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Silk Road Hunt Begins!

From the organizers of my favorite hunts (The Steam Hunt) comes the first semi-annual Asian themed hunt, The Silk Road Hunt!  If you are interested, take a bit of time to read up on the history of The Silk Road.  I just started this one over the weekend, so I'll be opening boxes when I finish and posting some of the bounty, but you can see previews of quite a few of the gifts (and they look great - as I would expect) at the hunt blog (URL at the end of the post).  As with The Steam Hunt, the clues are clever, the participants are friendly, the group is helpful, the hunt is well organized, the gifts are great and the overall feeling is fun, so head to the starting point and pick up some pagodas!  From the press release:

++++++++++The SILK ROAD Hunt+++++++++++

THE SILK ROAD consisted of an extensive interconnected network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean world, as well as North and Northeast Africa and Europe.

The SILK ROAD Hunt will take place from 1-30 November, 2010.

There will be SILK ROAD-themed gifts to find hidden all over the grid in more than 80 participating shops. You'll be offered a variety of gifts as you search for the hidden items. Only high-quality designers have been invited to participate, and their exclusive items will be available only for the duration of the hunt.

As with most hunts, you begin at a starting location. That location will give you the LM to the next, and so on.


Starting Point:  The Silk Road Hunt, Mieville Dickens

However, if you join the group, in November you'll be given a list of all the merchants' shops and you can start wherever you like!

SEARCH the group The SILK ROAD Hunters and join for free!