Introducing the new Shai Jamaica Skin!

The devil is always in the details and this skin reels you in like chocolate addiction.

Jamaica, the latest photorealistic + handpainted skin from Shai, featuring a highly detailed face, luscious lips and deep set beguiling eyes.  Probably the best African skintone on the grid today, Jamaica is inspired by the need to express who you are.

Shai Jamaica Ad
Jamaica comes in 10 full skin make ups:

+ a natural African hairbase
+ 2 Cleavage options
+ 3 separate Lipstick palettes in 3 different colors on tattoo layers to mix and match
+ 1 Body Shape in Model and Petite sizes and an Eyebrow shape

Get them here: Shai @ Straylight

Shai Skin Varieties


Shai Virgo Satchel – Mesh Release

Introducing: Virgo Satchel , Our first SL Mesh release for F/W 2012.

The Virgo Satchel is a tailored leather satchel, finished with artfully hand-painted stitches and luxe gold hardware. The stylish leather handle is cinched by a textured leather string with the Virgo emblem charm. This is the perfect it bag for this season’s back to school autumn rush.

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These pretty satchel bags comes in 10 luscious colors: Tangerine, Chestnut, Coffee, Black, Sand, Canary, Denim, Red, Teal and Violet.

Each Shai Virgo Satchel folder includes 1 non rigged mod copy version and 1 posed/scripted  copy only version. The pose is designed exclusively by Grazia Horwitz for Shai.  Click to wear this version to pose your avatar.

Stay tuned for the rest of Casa del Shai’s mesh collection over at our store. TELEPORT.

A brief note: This mesh model is made with Zbrush, Maya and Photoshop. Optimized entirely for Second Life usage, low poly and high poly models available. If you need help fitting, please dont hesitate to message me. Dont forget to follow our releases here, on Facebook , Plurk and join our inworld group *Shai* Shopaholics.



Shai Unveils her Voodoo Dolls!

Somewhere, inside a little closet, hides a tiny discarded bedraggled sack doll. Roughly hewn and faded, it smiles back like a faded memory of long lost nightmares and crawled out dreams. This Halloween, it comes out to haunt you as shakes, rattles with a new life.

The Kulam Sack doll Avatars is our first sculpted tiny avatar venture into the realm of wicked witchcraft. These dolls are handpainted in Photoshop, sculpted in Maya and brought to life with scripted Blinking Eyes!

Kulam Doll Blog

Each doll comes with its own personality:

Punk is an mohawked pierced with a needle teenage boy. Pinned is a do-gooder, fashionably cool with his neatly pinned body and a newsboy cap. Pirate is a buccaneer complete with a scabbard and a bandanna. Rollers is your regular fabulously coifed, dolled up Lady in lipstick. Stitches is almost done up but not quite, his arms off-kilter as its sewn midway.

Kulam is a Filipino word for witchcraft and sorcery.

Only sold at Casa del Shai store and Marketplace.


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.


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.


Happy Holidays!


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.


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.

Filipiniana Terno Ad

Filipiniana Design Shai Delacroix ©Osay Magturo

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.

La Capricciosa Maxi Dress

La Capricciosa Maxi Dress, originally uploaded by shai delacroix.

Casa del Shai rejoins the 50 Linden Fridays group this week to offer a taste into hot hot hot Tropicana. This Friday indulge in your inner cappriciosa and lounge in this season’s hottest trend – Tropical Prints. Welcoming summer 2010, La Capricciosa is perfect for a weekend at the beach and partying barefoot in the sand. The dress comes in modifiable skirt options; short, medium and long, and all 3 should be worn at the same time for a more 70s vibe.
A kaliedoscope of colours and prints, perfect for the bohemian in you. Each color variation only L$50 for 24 hours May 28.

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.


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.

Flickr Fun: Jungle Survivalist Photo Contest *Extended*

We would remiss if we didn’t give members of the Shai Shopaholics inworld and subscribe-o-matics groups an opportunity to enter the “Jungle Survivalist” contest.


As such, the Shai Shopaholics Flickr group contest has been extended to June 21, 2009. For further details on how you could win a L$5,000 store card from Casa Del Shai, see the original contest details post … then enter using your Flickr account.

Use of Photoshop editing is welcome, however, Casa Del Shai products and the overall photo should not be obscured beyond recognition.

To enter:

Submission deadline:
Edit: June 21, 2009 @ 11:59PM PDT.
May 31, 2009 @ 11:59PM PDT.


  • Grand prize: L$5,000 store gift certificate
  • Second prize: L$2,500 store gift certificate
  • Third prize: L$1,000 store gift certificate

Submissions must:

  • Be sent to the Shai Shopaholics Flickr group
  •  Make visible use of at least one Casa Del Shai product
  • Have the full tag: “Shopaholics Survivalist Contest”

Photos: (A) submitted in-world will not be accepted and will be disqualified; (B) that do not adhere to the eligibility criteria will be disqualified.

Edit: Winners to be announced on or before June 30, 2009.
Winners to be announced on or before June 15, 2009.

Flickr Fun: Jungle Survivalist Photo Contest

Hello Shopaholics,

In the spirit of Bear Grylls (Man vs. Wild) and Les Stroud (Survivorman), Shai Delacroix brings you the “Jungle Survivalist” Flickr contest. Conquer your fear, suspend your thirst and hunger before plunging into a photographic adventure with Casa Del Shai on your tool belt.

You don’t have to kill and kill a gila monster with your bare hands or use your pants to purify dirty water. Just use your imagination to capture the spirit of human perserverance amidst the backdrop of unforgiving jungle foliage and you could win Casa Del Shai Goodies.

Use of Photoshop editing is welcome, however, Casa Del Shai products and the overall photo should not be obscured beyond recognition.

To enter:

Submission deadline:
Edit: June 21, 2009 @ 11:59PM PDT.
May 31, 2009 @ 11:59PM PDT.


  • Grand prize: L$5,000 store gift certificate
  • Second prize: L$2,500 store gift certificate
  • Third prize: L$1,000 store gift certificate

Submissions must:

  • Be sent to the Shai Shopaholics Flickr group
  •  Make visible use of at least one Casa Del Shai product
  • Have the full tag: “Shopaholics Survivalist Contest”

Photos: (A) submitted in-world will not be accepted and will be disqualified; (B) that do not adhere to the eligibility criteria will be disqualified.

Edit: Winners to be announced on or before June 30, 2009.
Winners to be announced on or before June 15, 2009.

Kit Kat Club Winners!

After painstakingly spilling over the submissions for Casa Del Shai’s “Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum” Flickr contest with a cigarette in one hand, a glass of cabernet in the other and classic Nina Simone playing in the background, it is my pleasure to announce the winners.

First, a special thank you to all those who entered their photos. I hope you had as much fun prancing around scantily clad in the kick-line ensemble as much as I enjoyed creating it.

Without further adieu, Casa Del Shai’s official Kit Kat Club revue (whom I will be contacting in the next few days):

Grand Prize: Shelby Ziskey

Second Place: Honeydew Lake

Third Place: Darkley Aeon

Honorable Mentions:

We had to mention these two entries who made fabulous impact on the judges. They both win $L500 each and will be contacted shortly.

Eve Kazan

Skell Dagger

Happy New Year, Liza!

Welcoming the new year in about an hour, id like to post a contest for the new Mein Herr Costume.

Show the world what fantastic SL photography you can do with the “Mein Herr Costume” Set and win these prizes:

Grand Prize:
5,000 worth of Casa del Shai Gift Certificate
A modelling stint for the next Boudoir Release
Casa del Shai Top Model (to represent us in upcoming fashion shows)
Winning poster will be up at the Casa del Shai shop

Second Prize:
3000 worth of Casa del Shai GC

Third Prize
1000 worth of Casa del Shai GC

Must show the full Mein Herr Costume on the photo.
Skins, Shoes, and jewelry will be up to you
Must depict the theme Cabaret
Photo Title will be judged accordingly
Must be fun, fabulous, and not sleazy (cant show naked photos).

Submit your photos to this Pool:

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with your SL avatar name.
***Submissions in-world will not be accepted and will be disqualified.

THEME: “Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum!”

Contest Starts December 31, 2008 and ends on January 18, 2009

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.


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.


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!