Typhoon Ondoy Relief Fundraiser

“After the deluge of the terrible storms, there will always be a rainbow, a grander scheme to rebuild new lives.”

The Typhoon Ondoy as you may have seen over the news, destroyed thousands of homes in the very city we live in. That day, I got a phonecall from my sister to ring up emergency numbers to call in Marikina.  A friend of hers reported the big Marikina river had swollen and fiercely pushing out to the banks at 10am. Our country has no consolidated 911 emergency response teams, needless to say, there was nothing on the web to call except for the mayor’s office.

As the day unfolded,  I recieved text messages from friends, people stranded on top of their roofs, asking to report it online.  There were countless stories of being stranded for 18 hours up on rooftops as the floodwaters rushed in their homes in as little as 3 hours. People, cars and trees swimming  precariously in side by side, washed out into the metro’s streets. It was mayhem as the rains continued nonstop for 6-or so hours.

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The internet being the only form of communications for some areas (phonelines, mobile was cut off) was a huge aid. Facebook, plurk, twitter updates had helped Filipinos tremendously for calling out volunteers, troops to send out, rubber boats to deploy, updates on victims stranded, missing persons listings.  In about 24 hours, private citizens and teams were dispatched to help out those in need. Its such an remarkable feat of unity amidst catastrophe.

Luckily spared from the rains and flooding, albeit the flickering electricity and internet connections, we decided to produce an in-world fundraiser to help out the Philippine Red Cross efforts. Casa del Shai and Straylight Botanical will be contributing 50% of  our earnings this two weeks to the cause. Last night the Typhoon Ondoy music event was a huge success. Thanks to my partner and RL husband, Kriss Lehmann, our friends Miabella Foxley and Bethany Heart, we will be donating a total of  over $L500,00 to Red Cross this week.  Your efforts make you all our internet heroes. We salute you. Thank you all for extending a hand.

If you had missed out on any of our fundraising activities, please take the time to post your personal donations to Red Cross Philippines via bank transfers or Paypal.

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Life is a Cabaret, My Dear!

Introducing the Casa del Shai Holiday Release for 2008, a collaboration between Shai and Luth Brodie of Reel Expression.

The Mein Herr Costume is a tribute to the fabulous performance by Liza Minelli. As the Cabaret theme goes, this snazzy outfit includes a sculpted bowler hat,  the bowler hat with Liza’s curly black hair, Leather Vest in all layers, Sequined Shorts, garters, stockings, and a black studded choker.

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The Bowler Hat is also sold separately so our men can be all dapper this season!  The hat comes in singles or the bowler 3 color packs, or you can buy a bowler hat with hair separately.

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Happy Holidays!

Boudoir Holidays

After the Volpe undresses, a new collection of bejeweled underthings await your voyeur. Casa del Shai introduces two new additions to the glamourous Boudoir line.

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The Selena Lingerie Set is calling for glamourous festivities behind the velvet rope. The french vintage lace sets the tone of the evening as it illuminates the jewel tones of each piece. Complementing your decollete, Selena is made of rich satins and little girl bows. A dream of purple, blue, fuschia and seafoam will make you feel sexy underneath it all.

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The Phoebe Lingerie Set is playful underwear worth your holiday dreams. Set in this season’s hottest plaid, accentuated in ruffles and lace, she is most herself in the bedroom listening to her tunes in bed. Each piece is color coordinated with matching panties, a pair of stockings and garters making sure you play Santa Baby tonite.

Both Lingerie Sets availabe at the Casa del Shai Boudoir section in the sim. Enjoy!

Did someone say kittybow?

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Volpe

The Volpe Silk Blouse is a study of classic lines and silky goodness. A silky sculpty prim kittybow atop a dangerously proper blouse fit to perfection. She lurks behind horn rimmed glasses, perhaps a trademark of her librarian days. And shes still on top of her game, although older and classier among her peers. The Volpe Silk Blouse is quite a successful prowess, a little minx, seducing your skin with its supple ripples. Comes in a plethora of colours, it features a sculpted prim kittybow, sculpted sleeves and prim cuffs. In both shirt and jacket layers. Available only at Casa del Shai.

Siobhan Steps Out

Scuttling insistently around town, a flustered Siobhan settles in her seat at the cafe. She orders an espresso, whips out her pen and notepad. “What are you doing today?” she writes. A blase blank page stares at her, sneering at her loss for words. Siobhan stares longingly at the other people at the cafe, busily jabbing away at their berries. “Oh darn, life without online social networking is such a pain.” she moans.

The Siobhan Dress, a dollop of a ladylike elegance amidst a tech-ridden, trend-laden society. This new release is inpired by fall winter’s plaid, subdued into a pencil skirt and a bustier topped with sheer chiffon lace. Comes in four tartan variants. Only at the Casa del Shai.

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Behind the Velvet Ropes

Paparazzi calls out your name as you step out of your limousine, gingerly extending a hand to the cowering throng of people outside the theater. Flashbulbs blind your eyes and in slow graceful motion, you slide out on your heels, instantly flashing everyone a smile. Every single photographer wants to you to strike a pose.  Every single celebrity wants to know where you’re partying after the event. Every magazine editor wants to know who designed your gown. Give them a show of glamour and ritzy elegance only you can carry off tonight. It’s your brilliant spotlight, baby. And the show is just about to start.

 




Casa del Shai brings you the ultimate evening gown collection to make the crowd swoon.  The Eden, Xanadu, Midas and Sitta Evening gowns are now exclusively available to the hip young starlet in you.

These gowns are now in theaters at the Casa del Shai sim. The collection is also available at the Glam Expo at Vanity Universe. Ciao Bella.

The Dark Ballerina at Black Swan

She sways and twirls into a trance, the Dark Ballerina in her jewel encrusted box. Her movements languid and her skirt flouncing patterns of shadows across your face. A little release for your jewelry box to mesmerize your night soul. The Rosalind Ballerina dress is a dollop of gothic sweetness, inspired by Tim Burton’s movies (Nightmare before Christmas and Beetlejuice). The dress comes with a sheer top, accented by appliques and a fluffy featherlike tutu to spread your magic abound. Only available now at the Black Swan sim. A tiny introduction into my upcoming collection…

The Rosalind Ballerina Dress

The Rosalind Ballerina Dress

Happy Philippine Independence Day!

Casa del Shai celebrates Philippine Independence Day this weekend with a clothesline filled with Pinoy (Slang for Filipino) Tshirts. Depicted with filipino pop culture icons, nuances and humor, these shirts are a fun way to show your national pride, channeling the funky hipster lifestyle. For a fun quick english translation, get someone who knows tagalog and it just might start an interesting conversation about Balut.

Wave your flag and eat Balut like a true pinoy homie. Now available at Casa del Shai.

Haute Boheme

Annouck smooths down her frivolous skirts, smiling at the orange rays of sun. The new boheme has emerged, a new soul has stepped out gingerly onto freshly cut grass. Alas, it is the season of carefree tromping  and frolic in fresh air. We welcome it with the new Annouck Halter Dress, in a sculpted tiered skirt. The easiness of a mailot lies underneath, spun in butterfly fabric, sheer and luxurious. Embellishments of a bronze ring, tied around her neck, and a low cut draping back, this dress  defines the eclectic, colorful, ironic persona in all of us. Summer luxe is but a simple twirl of a skirt.

Only at the Casa del Shai.

Sprinkle in some floral fever

As the heat intensifies, the ladies strip down to prettier undies and tidy little floral dresses. This season, Casa del Shai introduces a variety of blooms into your knickers drawer with french toile. The Soleil Lingerie set is a hark back into our frolicks as teenagers, carefree and fun. Sheer ruffle accents skim the outlines of this set with miniature ribbons to match. Comes with bra, matching panties, garters and stockings. Available in Fennel, Bloodorange, Lila and Antique colors. Spray some perfume and youre ready to romp.

Gorgeous men are not left out with the new Alain Swim Trunks. A toast to the new softer masculine trends, this swimsuit is a tempting invitation to embrace hot summer nights in tight lycra. Comes in 2 eye-catching varieties of plaid and floral, this will surely hug your derriere this summer.

Now available at the Casa del Shai.

Royalty seduces the Casa del Shai

Feast your eyes on a decadent coat to feed all your Cruella Deville fantasies…

Presenting the Duchess Coat in sophisticated glory. The Duchess moves sinuously as the vixen of the night. The mistress of the Boudoir is confident, mischievously scheming and unapologetic about her charms. She arrives fashionably late with a divine fur collar, tied together with a satin bow, her coat is crafted out of vintage Chantilly Lace and leather trims. Innapropriate glimpses of garters and sheer stockings are to be expected as stuffy snooty social circles are beyond her. The Duchess wants you to peek into her Boudoir.

The Duchess Coat in Black

The Duchess in Black.

The Duchess Coat in Red

The Duchess in Red.

The Duchess Coat in White

The Duchess in White.

The Duchess now scintillating pixels at the Casa Del Shai, Deco

(All images are downloadable for your personal wallpaper pleasures at 1440 x 845 pixels each.)

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Romancing The Filipiniana Ternos

Casa del Shai introduces The Shai Filipiniana series, a loving tribute to the glorious Filipina ancestors, drawing inspiration from our history and colorful literature. We celebrate our Independence Day every June 12, when the first flag was raised over Taal, and I thought it was a good time to showcase true Filipina flavor. These Ternos are stylized variations of the Philippine National Costume adorned with lace butterfly sculpted sleeves, bell sleeves, the Panuelo (shawl), shirred bodices, pearls and flexified ball gown skirts. Each gown harks back to the Filipina Mestizas of the 1800s as it evolves into the the ternos Imelda Marcos personified in the 70s . They symbolize the grandeur and beauty of the Dalagang Filipina, mysteriously demure yet amazingly proud and strong.

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These gowns were made with much heart and love. A proud independent nationalist, and a culture geek at heart, this is why I am proud to be Filipina.