Are You Gonna Eat That?

Center Ville
Center Ville

That´s the joke among those who know me.  For the longest time I was the thinnest person around.  Although this allowed to me become a model in RL for both Runway and Television (it happily added 10 pounds to my physique) it also made me the target of jokes all round.  ¨Hang on to …. (fill in the blanks) or the wind`s gonna take you¨  they used to say whenever they were not asking me if I was anorexic.

The fact was that no, I was not.  Some of us were really just built that way and it´s not just from eating a cheese cube.  I was a fast eater and when out to eat with friends or out for dinner with dates, whenever there was a pause I would ask … ¨Are you gonna eat that?¨    That´s how I got my last name … –  Landa AreYouGonnaEatThat? – Crystal.  There ´s even a t-shirt that says that!  I so love to eat!

My mother had it worse than me, she came of age when women were bigger.  She´d tell me stories about how she used to fill in her dresses by wearing shorts underneath.  While all the other mothers were encouraging their girls to diet, mine was giving me ice cream Sundays with lots of whip cream for dessert and sending me to the gym, not to lose weight but to sculpt some curves.  Eventually it all evens out and even the skinniest of us becomes curvy.  I wish someone had told me that back then, but I am ever grateful I never had the usual breast augmentation because so it seems, nature will take care of that !

The Dress & The Heels

Koufuku Dress
Koufuku Dress & Essenz Heels

I´m so happily surprised about a self-proclaimed newcomer to the world of Fashion Design.  Her name is Luy (LadyLuy) and she is the owner of Center Ville.  When I become a newcomer I want to be just like her ! Her dress (above) comes in 10 different and outstanding textures.  From printed to solid color, you can see the¨feel¨of the texture down to every detail.  The dress is like a grown up bib.  The necklace high on the front and back, but cutting deep on the sides.  The hemline cut very short. It comes with an alpha layer. Depending on your shape you can wear it with or without the alpha and this makes it WowMeh Body compatible.  A beautiful dress to wear with the Essenz Detroit heels either in White (shown) or Black.

Center Ville – Koufuki Dress ….

Essenz – Detroit Heels

Nantra – Pose

Mandala – Bracelets

That Skirt

Leezu
Leezu

Once during a trip to Mexico City, I lunched right alongside ¨La Doña¨ in the restaurant du jour!  that same day, my fiancé at the time, smashed the cameras of two  paparazzi – to my horror – who took pictures of me as we ate when we went down across the street to have coffee.

Later that afternoon I snatched it.   The most outrageous skirt that I had ever seen.  After figuring out the equivalent size, I wore it.  The waist and hemline  were longer in the front than they were on the back.  I fell in love with it immediately.  The next weekend, while visiting friends at a Ranch in Texas, I inadvertently left it down by the pool.  I was never able to recuperate it.  All the service staff stating that they had not seen it.

I only got to wear it once.  The Leezu skirt above is an exact replica of that skirt and it makes me feel like ¨it¨ finally came back home.  Did I even mention it comes in Black and Silver as well?

Leezu – Mini ruffles skirt, Maitreya – Bag, Miel – Bracelet, Redgrave – Scarf, Prism – T-Shirt, Nantra Pose

Your Daughter is Beautiful But She IS a Hippie!

Even.Flow
Even.Flow

It was the mid 90´s and grunge was all the rage but my father was getting these kinds of messages from his friends.  He was outraged; yet, I was pleased.

Even Flow – Adrift Dress in Black (comes with a hud to change colors and combinations)

Damselfly – Zendaya Hair

Essenz – Tampa Sandals in brown to match the dress belt

Nantra – Pose

Maitreya – Bag

Formal & Informal

Leezu Dress
Leezu Dress

When you require a dress that is long, sexy and comfortable, turn your eyes to the Bon Bon Dress by Leezu.  Available in Black, Cream and Yellow.   Mmmm I want to eat it but I can´t ´cause I also want to wear it!

Leezu – Bon Bon Dress in Cream

Nantra – Pose

Kunglers – Jewelry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Tourist

Gizza and Nya

 

The Mumbay Harbour, her first port of entry into India on her way to Uttar Pradesh.  Her clothing still reflective of her western ways.

 

Gizza
Jumping off the ship in Gizza Sailing Dress

The Gizza ……. is a beautiful ensemble available in two different colors and patterns versions.  Strapeless. Short.  With beautifully detailed buttons and an anchor crest.  A coordinated scarf tied around the belt.  Comes fully accessorized with sunglasses, hat and a texture change bag together with the famous Betty Heels included!  The version below also comes with a charm bracelet, earring, ring and matching necklace in a maritime theme!  Simply Gorj!!!

Maubray (Above) – Bracelet

Gizza – Sailing Dress Crosswise & (below) in Stripped Lemon

Gizza in .....
Gizza in …..

Sightseeing Wearing Nya

Nya´s Lolita Cocktail Dress
Nya´s Lolita Dress

Silky cotton sundress. Sleeveless. Close to the body then flaring right below the waist.  The skirt pleats move beautifully as you take a walk about.

Nya – Lolita Dress

MG – Bracelet

Taj Mahal

By the time she arrives in Agra she has already begun to embrace a modern take on Indian dressing style.

Nya´s ...
Nya´s Bodysuit Lore

The top is a very short dress of  patch colored prints in silk.  A halter neckline hugs your upper body tied by silk chord to the pyramid like lower part.  Underneath it all, silk cotton voile pants.  To be worn with flat sandals or chunky heels.

Nya – Bodysuit Lore

Baiastice – Arm bracelet

Before Leaving

 

Nya .-..
Nya Alice

When you are ready to go back, do so in beautifully pleated Harem Pants, topped by a single button vest in coordinated print.

Nya – Alice Outfit

Milk Motion – bag

Legal Insanity – Dark Glasses

Fanatik -Fringed scarf

Envy  – Belly piercing

Mons – Bracelets

SLURL for the Second Life Taj Mahal interpretation:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Danbi/61/114/39

 

Jorge Ben Jor – Taj Mahal

The only music that I can think of when I look at images of the Taj Mahal is the song by musical genius Jorge Ben Jor.

It´s unfortunate that my favourite version –  a crazy, crazy, jamming session he made with Gilberto Gil – is not available with a good sound quality, so I offer you this one.  It´s a tribute to the splendor and love between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal. I hope you like it as much as I do! xoxo, Landa

 

All Summer Long

All Summer Long
All Summer Long

Penumbra Fashion Week SS14 concluded splendidly on Saturday but its retail area will remain open for three more weeks where you will be able to find most of the items featured here, unless specified otherwise.

LG All Summer Long is a lady like chemise type dress.  Although its cut is very simple it is done in whimsical textures and colors (several available) and comes with a side ruffle making it interesting.  The dress comes in the longer length that so many designers in RL presented last year for 2014.  As such, it just DEMANDS a higher heel and I have paired it with the perfect ones from Gizza (inset above).

Style Info

LG – All summer Long Dress

Gizza – Betty Heels with bows (in Red with color changed to purple)

Beautiful Lies

Lyrical Lies
Lyrical Lies

Lyrical brings us Lies, an elegant and feminine ensemble that comes with a ruffled knitted type tube skirt that ends just above the knee and a corset that accentuates your hourglass figure.  The skirt´s ruffles are mirrored on the peplum and the neckline is pleated which to me is slightly reminiscent of Montana.  It comes with black and gold bangles, a headpiece  and a black retro – futuristic neckpiece (the latter not shown).  Very much The Hunger Look.

Style Info

Lyrical – Lies Skirt and Corset Set

Violent Seduction – Shoes

Morantique – Earrings (vintage)

Being Ella !

Ella
Ella

A great mix of art and functionality.  The Ella dress by Dot-Be is a short asymmetrical dress kept simple in order to highlight the artsy print, which along with your legs should be the only accessory star.  Deep scoop neck and sleeve-less.  I test drove it at a club yesterday and got all rave reviews !

Style Info

Dot-Be Ella Dress

Maitreya – Booties

.Shi – Bracelet

AF – Industrial Chair (gacha)

Tribalistic

Tribal
Tribal

The B.I.P (Beauty is Pain) Tribal swimsuit in purple comes with every sort of applier imaginable except WoWMeh (awwwwww).   Worn here without appliers it has a very enticing cut, it´s very easy to wear and the print is just très yummy!

Style Info

B.I.P – Tribal Monokini in Purple

Miel – Bracelet

Kungler´s – Necklace

Epoque – Ring