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BoHo HoBo #1: The Frock Coat

When I read Alicia Chenaux’s blog post about BoHo HoBo on Tuesday, I knew it would be the sort of place I’d like. I was wrong. The moment I teleported into the place, I was in love. It’s a beautiful store, and the proceeds go to a fantastic cause – community-based education in Pakistan and Afghanistan, especially focused on girls – all proceeds go to the Central Asia Institute. I didn’t realize till I went to the web site that this was the organization founded by Greg Mortenson, author of Three Cups of Tea (one of my mom’s favorite books!).

And the clothes! Eastern inspired hoho chic! All those beautiful jewel tone colors. This is the first of several posts featuring clothing from the store. I wandered around and clicked till I could click no more! The first thing that caught my eye was these yummy crushed velvet frock coats. Immediately I thought of….the Third Doctor…and the Eighth Doctor….who tended more along these lines style-wise. Then I realized that my favorite of the coats was…purple, and I thought, yeah, Prince, circa Purple Rain era.

I went to Wikipedia and found the definition of a frock coat. Here is part of it:

A frock coat is a man’s coat characterised by knee-length skirts all around the base, popular during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The double-breasted style is sometimes called a Prince Albert (after the consort to Queen Victoria). The frock coat is a fitted, long-sleeved coat with a centre vent at the back…

Of course, I needed to put my own spin on this beautiful coat, so instead of pairing it with the included mini dress (a very early 1970’s look), I paired it with a black jacquard top, black leggings, and buckled black boots.

Also featured: Mango Mango Vamp Spring Skin,¬† Duh! Women’s Pirate Boot in Black. Lamb Sleepyhead hair in Sun-Dried Tomato. Violet Voltaire¬† Melancholy Necklace in Black. Top from PiselDolls Marie Dress in Black. Vive Wait Listed Leggings in Abyss (no longer available). Pose by Glitterati.

The included mini dress is really cute as well!

Also featured: VG Spandex Tight in Black, Baby Monkey Malia Boot in Black, LaGyo Crystal Long Necklace, Lamb Dog Roses Hair in Kit Kat (includes Hat). Pose by Glitterati.

The dress and coat together are $175L. Mini dresses are available separately for $75L.


…and I go retro

When I heard that L’Abel was having a 50% off sale, I just could not wait to get over there and pick up a few choice items. I love the retro styling of Ivalde and L’Abel…well, I just love retro clothing period. Dresses range from about $125L to $200L and separates from about $30L to $75L. There are some formal gowns available as well.

This ivory lace top went particularly well with some Vive9 pants I had in inventory.

Skin: JeSyLiLo JESY Free Gift skin Pale*J2
Shoes: Duh@ Spring Flats in Parchment from Strawberry Festival
Hair: Fri.day Anna in Passionate Red
Vive9 Legal Attention Pants in Chocolate
L’Abel Malin Antik Shirt
Pose by dfo

I loved the romantic styling of this deep maroon brocade dress.

Skin: Nova Gloss
Shoes: Mielle Sculpted Shoe in Black
Hair: Bellissimo Wendy in Red
Jewelry: *KK* Jane Pink Pearl Necklace and Earrings
Dress: L’Abel Laikai Maroon Dress
Pose by Dieslworks

The retro styling of this Clawtooth Hair on special this last week went well with these outfits. I liked the casual, playful mood of this vest and skirt set.

Skin: JeSyLiLo JESY Free Gift skin Pale*J4
Shoes: +YUZUKAMIYA + Ribbon Sandals
Hair: Clawtooth Velvet Moon in Delicious Wine
Vest and Skirt: Caitlin Red Vest and Skirt Set
Pose by LAP

Romantic retro

Finding some bottoms to go with this new retro-influenced Madeline Top in Teal from Pixel Dolls (available at the main store) was a bit of a challenge, but the Ivalde Misha Black Leggings in my inventory fit perfectly with the top.

Skin: Filthy Girl AQ Filthy Glam in Dusk, Hair: Magika Kaylee Hair in Auburn,  Necklace: Mynerva Victoian Cog Necklace ($10L Special at Black and Blue Fair), Pose by estetica