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New Releases

~The Three Sisters~

Well, not really. But they are three very recent releases at Kouse’s Sanctum. Daniella, Marissa, and Devora are three gown sets that span time and style to bring something fresh and interesting to your virtual wardrobe.

Daniella uses jewel tones and lace to create an elegant, timeless look.

Daniella Emerald

Daniella - Ruby

Marissa combines old with new for a modern look that gives a polite, subtle nod to historical garb.

Marissa Lake Blue

Marissa - Snow

Devora incorporates vibrant color with antique beige and floral print to create something unique in an empire waisted gown.

Devora - Chocolate

Devora Amethyst

All can be found in a wide range of colors at the Kouse’s Sanctum main store.

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~Naomi~

There’ve been several new releases at the Sanctum recently. One of which is Naomi, which you’ll see a bit of in this post.

Naomi - Ivory

It’s very much a lush, fairy-princess type of gown, full of ruffles and detailed patterns worked into the front lacing corset, and in the ribbon threaded onto the belt. A matching jeweled pendant sits at the centre of the belt’s front. The skirt is a very full, ballgown styled, with much emphasis on the flow of the primwork as it moves with you while you wear it.

Naomi - Periwinkle 1

While the original intention of ‘Naomi’ was to capture springtime pastels, it’s also been made available in deep jewel tones and in more muted hues for those who prefer more earthy colors.

Naomi - Onyx

Credit type things:

The jewelry used in these images is from the ‘Madame Royale’ set, which will be released at a later date. Hair is by Exile and Maitreya. I’ve also found use for some very sweet poses from Adore & Abhor which work very well with gowns, and are quite affordable. The eyes are from Banana Banshee by Rosemarie Indigo, and the skin is Sia from League.

Naomi - Blush


~Limited Editions~

Right now at the Sanctum, you can find four limited edition ‘remixed’ gowns. Each one draws two different styles together, to create something new. The catch is, only 30 of each of the four will ever be sold.

Mischa - Gown - Limited Edition

Mischa brings together the textures from Michelle, and some of the prim styling of Antonia…including elegant Enlightment era panniers and lacy sleeves.

Artemaith - Gown - Limited Edition

Artemaith brings together Artemis gown prim work with the textures from the Faith series.

Sophia - Gown - Limited Edition

Sophia brings together the Sophie gowns with the diaphanous skirt of the Naomi collection, and a new shoulder prim twist.

Selah - Gown - Limited Edition

The limited edition Selah brings together the textures of the recently released Selah gowns, and combines it seamlessly with the skirt and sleeve style of Jocelyn.

Once they’re gone, they’re gone forever, so if they catch your fancy, you can pick them up here, and they’re only $L300 each.


Pacific Crisis Fundraiser

Sophie - PCF Vendor Ad

Once again, the SL community is coming together to help raise funds for people in need. Over 400(!) brands from across the Grid are offering special items to assist victims of the March 11th earthquake/tsunami which affected Japan very seriously. Our collective thoughts and prayers are with all affected by this event.

That said, I’ve made a special version of the ‘Sophie’ gown for the Pacific Crisis Fundraiser. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Americares, which will then find its way to those who need it most. For more information, you can read here.

Please consider visiting the venue and shopping. There are a lot of items from every possible field, and all of the money raised will go to people who really need it. You can teleport here.


~Fashion for Life~

It’s that time of year again! Relay for Life has begun in SL, and kicking it off is Fashion for Life, formerly known as the Relay for Life Clothing Fair. Once again, I’m honored to be a participant in this great event as a merchant. This year’s offerings from me are a mix of old, and new (previously unreleased items).

Michelle - Gown - Relay - Ad

The theme this year is ‘Beyond Black and White’. Keeping that in mind, my items this year aren’t all the standard purple. The Relay version of Michelle is an example of this, including black, white, and purple with silver trim altogether in one gown. This version of Michelle includes all the same pieces as a standard Michelle set.

Artemis - Gown - Relay - Ad

For those who enjoyed the Artemis gowns released at the end of last year, she makes another appearance in a rich, royal purple.

Jocelyn - Noir Combo - Fashion for Life - Ad

Jocelyn is something completely new. It’s a large set with many, many options for customizing the look, only some of which are shown in the ad. This version of the set, at only 400L, includes the black base gown with both knee length and full length skirts, and two colors of belt and apron to choose from.

Faith - Gown - Relay - Ad

Next is Faith, another brand new item. It’s a pretty, large skirted ball gown fit for a fairy princess, and I do hope you’ll enjoy it.

I decided this year, to also make some jewelry for the event. Initially I’d meant to only make a crown, but, an IM from the lovely Evangeline Miles nudging me for a full set made me choose to do exactly that…make a complete set. And so, it’s available either with just the crown (three versions included in each package, and they’re transfer for gifting) for 150L, or, for 400L, you can purchase the complete set with includes crowns, necklace, earrings, and bracelet.

Lilly - Crown - Ad

Also, there’s a gacha in which you can find the Shulamith earrings. There’s a total of six variations of the earrings. Each try at the gacha is just 25L, and as with the rest of the items, 100% of the proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

Shulamith Earrings Gacha Ad

You can find Kouse’s Sanctum at the Fashion for Life event on the Stieglitz sim. Click here to teleport.


Garden City Relief

gardencityrelief

Recently, Christchurch New Zealand was the victim of a terrible earthquake. For more information on this devastating event, you can read here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2011/02/24/new-zealand-earthquake-recovery.html

To help raise relief money for those affected, designers from around the Grid, myself included, will be offering goods, of which 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Garden City Relief. You can read about the project here: http://gardencityreliefsl.wordpress.com/

My offering (pictured below) is a special recoloured edition of the Destiny II gown, in the favourite colour of one of my Kiwi friends.

Destiny II - GC Edition - Ad

The event runs from Feb 26th-March 5th. You can teleport to the vendor area using this link between those dates to view all the offerings from the various merchants.


~Sophie~

Sophie - Onyx - Gold Trim

The Sophie gowns are now available at Kouse’s Sanctum in their full range of colours, and my sincere apologies for the delay in blogging it. I’ve incorporated whimsical curls and butterflies into this design, keeping it fairly simple, but also interesting. There are a number of rich colours you can choose from, in either gold or silver trim (thanks to a nudge by a friend of mine, the silver versions exist). Each set includes three skirts, a full ball gown skirt, an evening gown skirt, and a short skirt as a bonus.

Sophie - Violet - Silver Trim

I was visiting the Garden of Dreams whilst capturing these images. I suggest paying a visit if you haven’t, there’s beauty to be seen there in every corner. I’d like to mention that the jewelry shown in these pictures is not yet available, but will be released -very- soon, so if you’re interested in it, please keep an eye out for release notices. The set is called Margaret, and will include tiara, necklace, and earrings.

Sophie - Sapphire - Gold trim1

As I work to prepare for the coming year’s events and releases, I’ll leave you with more pictures of Sophie. There are several below the cut, as well as a link to the complete set on Flickr. Safe winds!

Sophie - Ruby - Gold Trim

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~Melody~

Melody Wine

The second new release in this brand new year is Melody. You may have gotten a taste of this gown from the ruby red and emerald green versions in the Advent Calendar. Now, this gown is available at the main store in it’s full range of colors. I’ve chosen to make the regular release contain more muted tones as a change of pace, and I find the result to be very pleasing.

Melody Sable

Melody is a fairytale gown. With a full prim skirt that moves beautifully with you, and optional lacy prim sleeves, as well as chest ruffles for that extra touch of detail. I’ve paired the Melody gowns with the soon to be released Altheda jewelry set, which includes a necklace and matching earrings.

Melody Obsidian

To view more pictures, please look after the jump!

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~Victoria~

I’m still catching my breath from this Holiday season, and it’s not quite over yet! Everything on the Advent Calendar is still there at very low prices. After New Years it’ll be moved, and the prices on the items will increase, so if you want to pick them up while they’re still a steal, now is the time!

Victoria Diamond

December was a pretty quiet month for me release wise. Why? Because most of the time I was working, it was either on goodies for the Calendar, or on one of the three gown sets I’ve been working on concurrently. Two of those are now out: Victoria, and Melody. In this post, I want to give you a glimpse at Victoria.

Victoria Seas II

I paired this gown with the Fiona circlets, which were first offered in a limited edition for the Celtic Magic hunt in November. The circlets are now available in the main store in silver, gold, and wrought iron varieties, all of which have texture change, allowing you to choose from many pearlescent textures.

Victoria Ruby

The Victoria gowns, and the circlets, will both give you points on your customer appreciation HUD when you wear it for shopping. Also, I’ve managed to find time to install the scripts for the system into just about every vendor in the front half of the store. The exceptions to this are the items on the Advent Calendar, and the cheapies at the front that run under 100L.

Victoria Violet

Victoria gowns are available in 10 colors (not counting the Holiday themed ones in the Calendar). Some of the tones are vibrant jewel tones, while a few are a little more muted. Each set includes top on jacket layer, glitch pants, prim skirt, and chest prims. The chest prims may need slight adjustment, depending on your shape, but I’ve made every effort to make editing it as easy as possible.

More pictures and info about the first customer appreciation reward after the break.

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~Artemis~

Artemis Frost

Artemis is one of two new releases out at the Sanctum now. Though I originally made the textures for Artemis over a year ago, various attempts at prim work left me very dissatisfied – until this carnation. The sets include system layers, prim sleeves (upper and lower), an over skirt of sculpted prims, and the traditional flex prim underskirt, as well as the sculpted drape sash that falls from left to right.

Artemis Lavendar

There’s more than new releases at the Sanctum this week, though. I’m proud to announce that the second annual Christmas Advent Calendar is now up! Due to time constraints, I’m only able to let you see the first week’s worth of goodies in advance, but I’m working overtime to get everything else ready as soon as possible. Just like last year, one new item will be made available for purchase each day from now until the 25th! You can find the Advent Calendar in the same area that the Halloween countdown was.

Artemis Sweet Grass

Also new to the Sanctum is something that’s been in the works for a long time – a customer appreciation program. Atzel Congrejo of ACD has been an excellent help in bringing it into being, and now it’s ready for you to enjoy. For those who are either in the in-world update group or have joined the Subscribe-O, you’ll have been sent a box which contains the release note, as well as the HUD and information about this new system. You can also get one by clicking on the sign in the front of the store.

To begin, it’s the new releases that are compatible with the system, but I’m working to add more to it, so that every purchase you make will gain you points whilst wearing the HUD. It’s as easy to use as possible – promise! All you have to do is wear the HUD, and make sure you use ‘pay’ instead of ‘buy’ when shopping – that’s it!

When you get your HUD, you start with 3 free points. Most of the forthcoming items you can redeem the points for will cost between 10-20 points, so before long, you’ll be able to redeem for exclusive items that won’t otherwise be available for sale.

Artemis Nile Blue

With that said…Happy December!

Credits below the cut.

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