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A Preview of ~Jayne~

Jayne - Gown - Promo

I’m currently in the midst of plotting for this year’s Fashion for Life event, so this post is going to be short and sweet: The new ‘Jayne’ gowns will be coming soon, to Kouse’s Sanctum. But first, you can find this special promo version at the main store, for 99L


~Brooke~

Brooke Raspberry
It’s another release day, and that means that the draw for fatpacks has taken place! The winners are:

Tessa Sugarplum
Karenza McCullough

Brooke Midnight II

I’ve decided to have another draw for this release, so once again, anyone who purchases one of the new ‘Brooke’ gowns before the next release date, will have their name entered into a draw for a free fatpack of any gown in the store. Purchase two and have your name entered three times. 🙂 Two fatpacks will be awarded.

Brooke Sepia II

So, just what is the new release, this time around? Brooke is a 10 piece set. Each dress features a golden bodice over top of a cream chemise with puffed sleeves.

Brooke Emerald

There are two bodice prim types included, one is more dramatic than the other, and adds some flare to the ball gown and short skirt versions. Speaking of which, Brooke features three skirt types: full ball gown, a more slim skirt, and a fun short skirt.

Brooke Marine

You can see all the ads, and more pretty pictures, on my Flickr. You can find the gowns, at the Kouse’s Sanctum main store.


~Shannon~

I am so very happy to finally release the ‘Shannon’ gowns, which are available with either gold, or silver trim.

This style of gown encapsulates much of what I love about gowns…subtle details, less subtle details (haha), vibrant colors, and multiple ways to wear.

Shannon Poster II

Each Shannon gown includes two skirts, a long, evening gown style skirt, and a fun short skirt. If you’re feeling like a little experiment, you and try wearing both at the same time. 🙂

Everyone who purchases a Shannon gown between now and the next release date will have their name entered into a draw. If you buy two gowns, your name will go in three times. There will be two prizes awarded at the next release date. What are the prizes? Two lucky ladies will win a fatpack of any gown style in the store that they choose. 🙂

Shannon Poster I

If you want to see all the available colors, you can find them on my Flickr, or visit the main store to take a look at the display.

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Kari Poster 1

It just hit me that it’s been entirely too long since I blogged, yet again. Real life has been busy – and isn’t showing much sign of slowing down yet! I thought this morning I’d set aside some time to blog about the current 99L specials, and the new Kari gowns.

It’s Autumn in my part of the world, and getting chilly fast. The trees are bursting with vibrant colour, fallen leaves dance across the ground, and for my family, Christmas planning is happening already. In keeping with the Autumnal mood, the Kari gowns are available in some deep, fall-inspired shades (such as the chocolate, wine, grape, cranberry, and forest) as well as staple colours such as white and black.

Kari Poster 2

You can find the full nine available colours at the Kouse’s Sanctum main store, and preview them on my Flickr.


~Mae~

So I named this newest gown after a dear friend, Maelenn Catteneo. They’re part redux of a really old gown, called Calliope (if anyone even remembers that one), and part new thing.

I made them for regular avs, and also for the petites avs, as well. There are also modesty options available in store. The regular sizes include the following pieces: system shirt bodice, glitchpants, chest bow, skirt, and sleeves. The Petites include: bodysuit, chest bow, skirt, and sleeves.

Mae - Gown Poster

These gowns are available in a total of 14 colors, all of which, you can find after the break.

Mae - Gown - Frosting

Mae - Gown - Charcoal

Mae - Gown - Blue Steel

Mae - Petite Gown - Rose

Mae - Petite Gown - Wine

Mae - Petite Gown - Lilac

More pictures after the break!

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Keep Calm and Keep Shopping!

Ack! I meant to blog this so much sooner…for a limited time (until May 28th) you can find a limited edition style of gown at Kouse’s Sanctum, made especially for the Keep Calm and Keep Shopping event. The gown is named Chantelle. Chantelle offers multiple wear options, including optional sleeves, and optional bustle for the skirt.

Chantelle - Blush

There are seven available colors, in total. These gowns will -only- be available until May 28th, after which they no longer be for sale.

You can find more information about the event here.

Chantelle - Sky

Chantelle - Gown - Lilac

You can view the rest of the colors after the jump!

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Spring Cleaning Sale

So, until the end of May, there’s a gigantic sale on at Kouse’s Sanctum. Over 40 styles of gowns will be retired from the main store on June 1. Until then, you can find them for just 75L each, and a few fatpacks which also have their prices slashed more than 70%.

All of these gowns on sale, are on the second floor of the store. Here’s a SLURL: http://slurl.com/secondlife/SeaBreeze%20Oasis/177/224/12

As a note, please use ‘Buy’ instead of ‘pay’, in order to receive the discount. 🙂


A Valentine Treat

Brianna - Deep Love - Valentine Gown 2012

This dramatic recolor of the popular Brianna gown, called ‘Deep Love’ is just 25L this Valentine’s! This price will be in effect until the next regular release (possibly at the end of this week).

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Back to Black

I suppose it’s been long enough since my last post, right?

Firstly, my Flickr pro account expired, and it’ll be a little while before I renew it, so if a ton of my pics seem missing, that’s why. But right now what I want to let you know about is Chic Management’s Back to Black event, and that I’m participating in it, offering a brand new, never before released gown, called Tranquil.

Tranquil - Gown - B2B - 2

I put a lot of thought into whether or not I’d include a notecard with the gowns outlining my own experiences with depression, but then I decided it would be better to put it on the blog, so anyone can read it if they want to, regardless of having purchased a gown or not.

During my teen years I battled with depression that was brought on in part by the stress of school, being bullied, and the stress of my home life. Between the three, I felt hopeless, useless, and worthless most of the time. There were many times when I thought I’d be better off dead, or that I should try to run away from my problems.

I talked to the school’s guidance counsellor ad nauseum, trying to seek solutions to my problems. Most of the offered advice included moving away from town and going back to a city I lived in as a child. Family members that had left town to return to the city reinforced this notion to me in phone calls and letters. I could see where this could be good advice, and sometimes I actually managed to convince myself that it was what I wanted, but in the end, that was false conviction and I always stayed here, knowing if I returned to the city, I still wouldn’t be happy.

I ended up trying antidepressants. The only thing they achieved was that I ended up sleeping most of the day, and wishing I was asleep the time I was awake – sleep became the escape from reality. However, this only went on for several days before I tossed the pills, knowing they wouldn’t, and couldn’t really help me.

The year I finished High School I started Second Life, and my business was born that summer, in 2007. SL served as another escape from reality, where I could look however I wanted, do whatever I wanted, go wherever I wanted. That led me to Medieval roleplay, ballrooms, forests, and countless stores. It led me to begin creating gowns and jewelry. I thought it made me happy. But in reality, it was a bandaid on a broken limb.

The beginnings of the turning point for me, when my depression ended and my life really, truly began, wasn’t until October, 2010. I’m placing the date here, because that’s where the events began that lead me to where I am today. Someone, who shall remain unnamed, came to our house (at that time, it was just my mother and I), and was verbally tearing apart a man from our town. They cried foul at the man’s behaviour in church the previous Sunday, about how ‘he shouldn’t have done that, he shouldn’t have said those things to that man of God’. This sparked my interest. I had become somewhat indifferent towards Christianity, and I’d previously grown wary of ‘that man of God’ because of his attitudes and behaviours.

Now, my spiritual life was a mess. I’d spent my teen years being depressed and many times trying to seek God, crying to Him, begging Him, feeling like I’d come really really close – but ultimately failing. I bounced back and forth between trying to please God and pleasing myself with my escapes from reality so much that I grew tired of trying. I now know the real culprits behind that failure, but that’s another topic for another time. Anyway, at the time I didn’t call myself a Christian anymore. I knew some scripture, but not much. But something inside me told me I needed to really get in touch with this man. He had enough faith in his convictions to stand up in front of many and speak his mind. That impressed me.

I searched for him on facebook, and sent him a friend request. After he accepted, I spent time observing him. During this time, I found myself convicted of my lukewarm attitude towards God. The seeking began again – in earnest. My bible started seeing a lot more use. I took more than a passing glance at devotionals. I researched things online. I acquired a collection of 8 movies about Jesus. I watched these movies one at a time, and then a while later, ended up watching them all in a marathon session.

I broke. It was finally brought home to me in a real way what Jesus did, and that He did it for -me-. Worthless, useless, hopeless (I thought) me. I was worth -dying- for. I went into a room alone and cried, begging God to forgive me of my sin, and to help me to change and live how He would want me to – not just for a week, but for life. I didn’t feel like I failed this time. I felt forgiven. I felt comforted after my tears. I felt peace – real, deep peace.

A song by Mark Lowery called ‘Make it Real’ became dear to my heart. I pasted some of it’s lyrics into my SL profile.

As for the man – Richard. I pretty much stayed quiet with regard to him until something he posted caught my eye – a screenshot of the Blizzard website showing the thumbnail links to their games. I couldn’t help but comment – and indeed this post garnered many comments, because he was bold enough to call it what it is in light of scripture. It’s Satanic. There are people who fail to see this, but he wasn’t one of them. While there are plenty of people who will defend their games, TV shows, music, etc, the fact remains that secular media does nothing to encourage Christianity or Christian values. Rather, much of it attacks both.

One clear way to show this is the massive anti-Christian sentiment that is in SL. I know full well that posting this won’t make me popular, but popularity isn’t what I’m after anymore. What I want to achieve here is to let anyone who is willing to read the whole post understand that my personal experience is as follows: My depression wasn’t cured by counselling, pills, or people. It was cured by Jesus Christ. My life now is happier than it’s ever been before, and I give God all the credit for it.

After my comment, I watched the thread for a while. I ended up messaging Richard, wanting to encourage him. What began was a long dialogue that led to both parties being encouraged and inspired. He gave me the link to his personal testimony. There was a mix mp3 of his testimony in music that was available for download on his page, so I downloaded it, and listened to it.

I’m going to try to keep this post from becoming a book and speed up my recounting of what happened. For a while I distanced myself from listening to a lot of secular music. I stopped listening to the radio. But I didn’t give it up entirely. I still listened to a handful of artists that I enjoyed because I liked their ‘catchy tunes’. This was actually hindering my spiritual growth, though, so I was given a much needed push to give it up, and I did.

Richard and I got together in the dating sense on March 10th. He gave a beautiful account of what happened at that time at our wedding, and it’s on video. We got married on July 16th, 2011.

The past 13 months have been a whirlwind of change for me, and in good ways. My faith in God is firmer than it’s ever been before. I’m glad I didn’t go back to the city. If I had, I’d have missed out on the wonderful man that I’m now married to. More importantly, I might have missed out on God. But I know I am exactly where He meant me to be. I’m more than content with that – I’m happy. And with this I’ll conclude, that hateful comments won’t be approved. 🙂


~Gabrielle~

Gabrielle

Gabrielle is the newest release from Kouse’s Sanctum. Reflecting Medieval and Rennaisance charm, it’s a gown that incorporates vibrant color with detailed gilt trim to create a lush look fit for a princess.

I’ve decided to make one version of it, the burgundy one, named ‘Wine’, only 99L for a limited time. So if you’d like to pick up a copy before the price matches the main release, do hurry. 🙂

Gabrielle Special Edition Ad

Also new, are the Shiloah jewelry sets, which include a necklace, tiara, and matching earrings. The sets are available in three metal choices, and are all gem change scripted.

Shiloah - Jewelry Set - Silver

Shiloah - Jewelry Set - Gold

Shiloah - Jewelry Set - Wrought Iron

You can find them at the main store.