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New at LAQ: Imani 2 skin!

I remember when the Imani skin first came out at LAQ; I thought the skin was beautiful and ended up wearing it for several days and enjoying the different makeups.  I’d felt the skin was perfect as it was, so when I logged in today to a notice about an Imani 2 skin, I was surprised.

Anyway, I shrugged off my momentary surprise, went ahead and rezzed the box, unpacked it’s contents to my inventory, and then put on the first skin.

And it was love all over again.

The Imani 2 skin remains faithful to Imani’s face overall, but various updates have been made that refine her appearance.  Probably the very first thing you’ll notice are the lips.  The lips are, for the most part, same as the original, but there’s some subtle enhancement to the shine on the lower lip.  There’s also some shading along the upper lip that’s new, and there’s a noticeable difference at the “cupid’s bow” section.  While I still love the full, pouty look of the lips on the first Imani skin, I’m really happy to see the definition on these new lips.

The next thing I noticed were the eyebrows.  Imani 2 has essentially the same eyebrows, except they’re a bit more fleshed out and more full.  I adjusted my hair base (the system hair worn to create a bald pate) slightly; the first Imani skin has slightly thinner brows and I felt that the level of pointiness and arch of my personal brow shape could be taken down slightly for the new Imani 2 brows.

Imani 2 also sports a very subtle beauty mark in the area of the left cheekbone, something that is not present on the first Imani skin.

Finally, I also noticed right away that the “glow” or “shine” on this skin has been distributed slightly differently.  It’s really amazing to see skin designers work their magic on the avatar mesh with the subtleties of shading and highlighting.  I feel as if the face of the Imani 2 skin has an overall slightly softer, more feminine feel to it because of the new glow/shine that Mallory has used on it.

imani 2

I’m not sure which is my favorite skintone for Imani 2; I keep wavering between Ebony (the darkest) and Cocoa (the second darkest).  Imani 2 is also available in Nougat and Peach for those who want a lighter version.  There are ten makeups available for each skintone, and for each makeup there is an optional hairbase (for use with some of the hairstyles at LAQ; using a hairbase skin with one of the hairbase styles results in a nice looking, realistic hairline).

By the way, the pendant I’m wearing in this image is from Caroline’s Jewelry.  When I’m not wearing my beloved hibiscus pendant that my partner Carson gave me, I find I tend to put these lovelies on.  Caroline’s offers these sweet sculpted script font initial pendants so that your neckline can be adorned with your and your sweetie’s letters.  ❤

caroline's jewelry:  m & c pendant

caroline's jewelry: m <3 c pendant

You can choose between a heart symbol or an & symbol.  To get the initials of your choice, just pick up the order form from the vendor at Caroline’s Jewelry and follow the simple instructions.  I think this would make a really cute Valentine’s gift, which happens to be right around the corner!

(Other credit:  Tess hair, by LAQ.)


January 31, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Skin | , , , , , | 1 Comment

LAQ Special Holiday Offer!

Prices on Glow skins that are currently available as singles at LAQ (Imani, Elin, Kat, Kira, and Blondie) have been slashed 50% from now until January 10!  These are currently the only Glow skins that are sold as singles (everything else is in packs for 1990L).  The singles are normally priced at 1490L, but right now you can pick them up at just 745L each.

The packs, however, are an even better bargain:  just 1500L for 8 – 12 skins!  If you’ve been wanting these, now is the time to grab them.  After January 10, these skins will no longer be available as singles and will be sold in packs only for the standard Glow price of 1990L (which I think is already a great deal).

And, what better time than now for me to show off some shapes that I sell in my store for these skins!  :p  Here are some pics of the skins that are on sale, and some of the shapes I’ve made to go with them.

For LAQ’s Imani skin:

Mela's Dani Body Shape 01

For LAQ’s Kat skin:

Ivanka Body Shape at Mela's

For LAQ’s Elin skin:

Nola Body Shape at Mela's

LAQ’s Kira skin:

At Mori Pwani

LAQ’s Blondie skin:

LAQ Blondie skin

December 25, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Mela's, Skin | , , , | 3 Comments

New and new-ish: Curio, Paradisis, Exile

Gala Phoenix of Curio has released a lovely new skin called ‘Elf’; there’s one makeup in all skintones available as a group gift. It’s got the same body as her previous skins, with a new face…the shading makes the nose appear a bit thinner, and there are adorable dimples to either side of the mouth. The brows are a bit thinner than on her previous skins, and fairly light, so you’ll probably want to go blonde with it. I’m wearing it here with a recent hairstyle from Kavar Cleanslate of Exile, called ‘Monica’, in champagne; it’s a fun, messy ’80’s glam ponytail style that was perfect for the look I wanted.

The outfit is a mix-and-match of two new releases from Ankhari Tammas of Paradisis Creations;  ‘Superstar’; a sexy, daring clubwear outfit in gold and black with a cropped top, fingerless wrist gloves, and gold panties, matched here with the Superstar 2 pants in black. I’ve paired it with Sweetest Good-Bye’s ‘Billie’ bolero hoodie (the black with gold trim matches perfectly).

Skin: Curio Elf ‘Happy Holidays’ (group gift) in petal – dark

Eyes: Naughty Designs – Paris Blue Eyes

Hair – Exile – Monica in Champagne

Top, panties – Paradisis Creations, Superstar

Pants, suspenders – Paradisis Creations, Superstar 2

Shoes – Maitreya Gold, Esprit XTD Noir

Prim nails – Pixel Mode Sculpted Nails


December 16, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Hair, Skin | , , , , | 1 Comment

LAQ Ania and Luck Inc Sweaterdress

LAQ recently released a new Glow Skin.  Say hello to Ania!

Click images to see larger versions.

LAQ Ania

LAQ Ania

Even though I love trying on different skins I always go back to my beloved Trisha… but I dunno, I’m really loving the look of Ania and perhaps enough to make a switch! One of the first things I noticed about this skin are the brows.  The eyebrows on my Glow Trisha are a huge part of what I love about that skin, but the brows on Ania are just as good imo.  I’m also loving the shape of the lips as well as the perfect amount of gloss on them.

I’m not one of those people who absolutely must have freckles on her skin.  Not that I have anything against freckles, I think they’re cute!  But I don’t have any in RL so I’ve never desired them on my SL skin.  Ania has a light dusting of freckles, but it’s very subtle (you might need to go to the larger images to see them).

LAQ’s Glow Ania is available in three skintones (fair, peach, and nougat). You get a pack of 10 makeups and optional hairbase, too.

The first outfit I decided to put on with my new Ania skins was my red sweaterdress from Luck Inc.  Red is my favorite color 😀  Luck Inc is known for showing a lot of skin; this sweaterdress covers a little bit more than some of their other items but it still shows off your cleavage and legs!  (Speaking of legs, I think this dress would look cute with skinny jeans, too.)

Luck Inc Sweaterdresses

I started out with my Omnia 10 hair from ::69 but because it’s a long style, it kept cutting into the big cowl neck prim on the dress and it was hard to find a pose that wouldn’t do that. If that sort of thing bugs you, especially when you’ve got an AO with a lot of movement, then I’d say switch to a hairstyle that’s shorter or pulled back, like maybe a ponytail or half pony.

I’m really liking Luck Inc’s texturing, CK Winx does lovely work.  But don’t take my word for it, here’s a closer shot of the dress, in black:

Luck Inc Sweaterdress

Last but not least, the necklace I’m wearing in the last shot is from Caroline’s Jewelry… and some of you Twilight fans out there might recognize it if you clicked on the larger image! It’s the [Lion & Lamb] Rosalie Crest Necklace. Caroline’s recently released several Twilight inspired pieces, and one of my friends commented that the jewelry would also work with fun outfits like period gowns, too.

Skin (all images) – LAQ (a.k.a. Laqroki) – Glow Ania + Cleavage Enhancer 2

3rd image (Left to Right)…
Dresses – Luck Inc. – Sweaterdress in Bulgarian Rose, Black, and Khaki
Hair – ::69, Omnia 10; Little Heaven, Rabi; lamb, Oh Sugar
Shoes – Maitreya, Shanti; Maitreya, Soho boots; LAQ, kneehigh boots
Hosiery – Sheer, KissKiss Tights; Blaze, Pantyhose in tan
Glasses – Naughty, Lennons sunglasses
Necklace – Caroline’s Jewelry, [Lion & Lamb] Rosalie Crest Necklace

4th image…
Hair – Truth, Linda


November 30, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Laqroki, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Avalon & Ariel

Well, I’m a naughty blogger, I am.  I meant to blog these… well, never mind how long ago it was that I’d meant to blog these.  :p

While Violaine Villota of Fancy Fairy is known for her delicate, beautiful fairy wings (both in SL and in RL!) and magical fantasy apparel, she also has really cute hand drawn skins.  Her Avalon skins have pleasingly smooth complexions and tones, and feature makeups that come with optional tribal markings to cater to the fantasy market.

Click the images to see larger versions.

fancy fairy mahogany & birch

fancy fairy willow and teak

The skins are sold with Copy/Modify permissions, and the eyebrows are tintable. If you get the fatpack, you’re treated to the Sunset and Ruby makeups that aren’t available as singles.  (While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up the Dia De Los Muertos skin pack she has up for a mere 50L.  I realize it’s not exactly that time of year, but these are fab and you should have these!)

I’m wearing the Ariel gowns in these pictures, from Kouse’s Sanctum.  The gowns are featured in the following colors, in this order:  aurora, raindrops, flora, ice, and dusk.

KS ariel_aurora KS ariel_raindrops KS ariel_flora KS ariel_ice & dusk

My favorite part of the Ariel gown is hands down the lush, full flexi skirt that swishes and flares with your every movement. I’m especially partial to the colors on the raindrop and aurora versions of the gown. The gown features sculpted gold roses, which also adorn the included armbands and the prims that adorn the bodice/neckline area.

If you’re a fantasy roleplayer or if you just plain love flitting about the grid in gowns, pay a visit to Fancy Fairy and Kouse’s Sanctum to see these and more.  🙂

Skin – Fancy Fairy, Avalon skins
Gowns – Kouse’s Sanctum, Ariel gowns
Hair –, Cassie (first image left); Truth, Luna (first image right);, Eloise (second image left); LAQ, Radiant F03 (second image right)


November 25, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Look of the Day: Blowpop Blue Roses, LAQ Jewel, J’s boots, and booN

This is the third in a series of posts about some new releases from Blowpop that I’m really loving. In addition to the cute triangle bra & boyshort sets, and the three goddesses set, we’re treated to lots of colorful camis.  The Blue Roses cami made for a great casual top, and I cruised around the grid in this outfit for a couple of days.  🙂

Clicking the images will take you to larger versions.


I’d say that 99.9% of the time, I’m not at all fond of wearing t-shirts in SL that feature a store logo and I know from previous discussions on Plurk that I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’m more than happy to make an exception for these tops from Blowpop, though! The Sailor Jerry styled artwork is beautiful and displays Blowpop’s (slightly naughty sounding!) catchphrase, “Lick, Don’t Bite”.

Also worn is LAQ’s Jewel skin, a fairly recent addition to the Glow Skins collection.  Jewel is quite stunning, and is available in darker skintones (you can see more of the tones and makeups below).  I seem to gravitate toward boots a lot in SL; maybe this is because I never get to wear them in RL?  I live in Hawaii and the only time you ever really need to wear boots here is when you’re doing yardwork or gardening, lol.  But anyway, I was long overdue for some updated cowboy boots and I finally recently splurged on J’s Western Boots.  Finishing off the look is my favorite new hair, a sculpted dreadlocks style from booN.  booN has a whole bunch of dreadlocks that look incredible and I’m hoping that the selection will grow in the future.

As with the three goddesses tops, the Blue Roses camis are available in both long and short lengths as well as on a variety of clothing layers to maximize your mix and match potential.  They’ve been made in a bunch of colors, and they go perfect with the lowrise boyshort undies.  I think it’s the perfect combination for chilling out in your skybox with your closest friends.  😀

blue roses long and short 500

blowpop blueroses colors

Accompanying the release of the Blue Roses camis are the Rampant camis, which feature a gold lion rampant……. licking a lollipop!  Haha.  I’m curious to see the Blowpop coat of arms.  😉  These, too, are available in a bunch of colors:

blowpop rampant colors

Camisoles – Blowpop – Blue Roses (1st, 2nd, and 3rd images); Rampant (4th image)
Lowrise boyshorts – Blowpop – from the Cassie underwear set
Skin – LAQ – Jewel + Cleavage Enhancer 2
Hair – booN – LUV205
Shorts – League – Booty Shorts dirty
Boots – J’s – Wester boots


November 23, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Hair, Shoes, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vanity Universe 2009 Skin Fair organisers ejecting avatars on suspicion of ‘wearing stolen skin’

A member of one of my SL groups (Fashion Emergency), Sun Marseille, a visitor to the skin fair, was ejected by Nadja Baxter, one of the organisers. She had no idea why, and so sent an IM to Nadja asking why; she was told ‘you’re wearing a stolen skin’. A log of Sun’s conversation with Nadja Baxter is reproduced below:

[17:30] Sun Marseille: why did you eject me?
[17:30] Nadja Baxter: your wear a stolen skin
[17:31] Sun Marseille: nniumm no
[17:31] Sun Marseille: dont be ridiculous
[17:37] Sun Marseille: how do you know what skin im wearing and who are you to boot me without asking me first?
[17:38] Nadja Baxter: sorry i have not time for people like you
[17:39] Nadja Baxter: buy your skins from the original creator and you are wellcome 🙂
[17:40] Sun Marseille: are you nuts??
[17:49] Nadja Baxter: ask to hwher you bought this skin ?
[17:50] Nadja Baxter: no answer ?
[17:50] Nadja Baxter: no answer ?
[17:54] Nadja Baxter: so where you bought this skin?
[17:56] Sun Marseille: little late to ask me now.. isnt it?
[17:56] Nadja Baxter: is it a secret
[17:57] Sun Marseille: not at all
[17:57] Nadja Baxter: you are very wellcome
[17:57] Nadja Baxter: but whre you buy this shin ?
[17:58] Sun Marseille: im sorry .. but you severly disrespected me.. if you had asked me BEFORE kicking me out .. I would have been nice
[17:59] Nadja Baxter: hum yes that can bee

The skin in question was bought from Le Mode ( ), created by Milla Crystal.

When contacted, Nadja Baxter declined to comment.

UPDATE: Nadja Baxter issued an apology; the chat log of this is below:

[18:12]  Nadja Baxter: iok i sse you buy from a creator
[18:12]  Nadja Baxter: so i  apology.
[18:13]  Nadja Baxter: you are wellcome at the fair
[18:14]  Nadja Baxter: it is strange for the customuers what is stolen at a skin

Even with the apology, this sort of behaviour on the part of an event organiser is extremely questionable, in my opinion; one hopes that she won’t be quite so precipitous in the future.

le mode 1

Sun Marseille wearing the Le Mode skin Nadja Baxter called 'stolen'


November 8, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Intellectual Property, Second Life, Skin, SL Events | , , , , , , , | 20 Comments

LAQ Glow Carina

LAQ released a new Glow skin a little while ago, and her name is Carina 🙂  Carina is actually one of the faces from the original Portrait collection, but given the “Glow” treatment — updated body, skin and facial features that are enhanced with a healthy “glow”, and sharpened details.  The result?  A skin that has a natural look and fresh feel to it.

Carina is available in three skintones, with eight makeups for each.  Each makeup has a bald version, and a hairbase version for wearing with certain “hairbase” hairstyles from LAQ.

LAQ Glow Carina fair

LAQ Glow Carina fair makeups

LAQ Glow Carina peach

LAQ Glow Carina peach makeups

LAQ Glow Carina nougat

LAQ Glow Carina nougat makeups

Visit LAQ to try out the Carina skin demos!

Other credits…
>> in the fair tone:
hair – LAQ Imani
outfit – Last Call Femme Fatale
heels – Maitreya Gold Salience
Shot at Mont Saint Michel sim.

>> in the peach tone:
hair – Argrace Baseball Cap relaxed ponytail
lingerie – insolence clara
shoes – UBU Drunks
jacket – COCO bomber jacket
tank – cream basic cami
Shot at the Harold sim.

>> in the nougat tone:
hair – Truth Belinda
lingerie – Blowpop Jolene
Shot at private location.


September 7, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Return of a classic favorite: LAQ Glow Lacie

Well, I meant to blog about the re-release of the Lacie skins at LAQ as Glow skins a while ago now, but life has been rather hectic over the past week.  (Just thinking about how crazy things were is making me tired again!)  Better late than never, though, right?  🙂

The Lacie skins are available in four skintones, and each skintone comes with eight makeups.  You get two versions of each makeup:  bald, and hairbase for wearing with certain hairstyles.  There’s a lot of pretty details on Lacie, but the part I love about this particular skin most are her eyes:  she has deep set eyes that are framed by nicely done brows that aren’t too thick or too thin, but just right.

Anyway, enough talk… let’s just get on to the pics 😀

LAQ Glow Lacie milky

Glow Lacie milky makeups

LAQ Glow Lacie fair

LAQ Glow Lacie fair makeups

LAQ Glow Lacie peach

LAQ Glow Lacie peach makeups

LAQ Glow Lacie nougat

LAQ Glow Lacie nougat makeups

You can click on the images above to see (much) larger versions of them on my flickr stream. Visit the Laqroki sim (Laqroki 154, 67, 23) to try demos of the skins.

On a side note, I never thought I’d see the day where I’d drop over 1k on a single pair of shoes in SL. Ever. But omg, I did! I splurged on a pair of Maitreya Gold shoes and I am 100% free of buyer’s remorse. These shoes boast prim toes/feet and the designers included skin presets/notes so that you can match them to most major designer skins. They’re fabulous so I *had* to show them in one of my pics 😀 ❤

Other credits… >> in the milky tone image
Hair – LAQ Claudia
Top – basic cami
Shorts – denim shorts

>> in the fair tone image:
Hair – Exile Voodoo
Dress – LeeZu freebie
Shoes – Maitreya Gold Salience

>> in the peach tone image:
Hair – 69 Q.B.
Jacket – Aoharu Black short jean jacket
Bikini – Last Call Yelena gold bikini
Tattoo – Aitui Fuse
Jeans – Gearshift Maverick jeans

>> in the nougat tone image:
Hair – LAQ Imani
Top – Last Call Tatienne lacy shirt
Bag – =E.M.A.=


August 25, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LAQ Glow Jessica skins

Mallory Cowen of LAQ (a.k.a. Laqroki) has released her latest installment in the Glow Skins series. Say hello to the beautiful Jessica 🙂 Glow Jessica skins come in four different skintones. For each skintone, you get a pack of eight makeups. For each makeup, you get two brow color options, blonde and brown.

And now, on to the pics! I’ll refrain from writing too much, and will just let the pics do the talking. Larger versions of these images are on my flickrstream, and there will be NSFW pics after the cut:

Glow Jessica milky tone

Glow Jessica milky makeups

Glow Jessica fair tone

Glow Jessica fair makeups

Glow Jessica peach tone

Glow Jessica peach makeups

Glow Jessica nougat tone

Glow Jessica nougat makeups

I’ll admit, the most important thing for me in a skin is the face and so that’s almost always what I focus on, but the skins in the Glow line deserve a look from head to toe.  NSFW pics to follow after the cut…

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August 13, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments