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Ingenue: Marguerite, Jane, Judy, and Rosie

I have to admit, when I hear or read the brand name Ingenue, I pretty much immediately think of the typical retro stuff you’ll see in fashion mags and google searches:  sweet, pillowy skirts made of generous helpings of tulle; bobby socks, oxfords, and poodle skirts; Esther Williams style pinup swimsuits that were daring decades ago but are now modest by today’s standards.

What I generally don’t think of are items such as jeans and overalls, which is precisely what Betty Doyle released a little while ago.  And I love them!

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LOTD marguerite and jane

I wore Ingenue‘s Marguerite sweater top and Jane jeans for this look.  The Marguerite top has excellent knit texturing with an argyle detail on the chest area, and what I really love is the sculpted blousing prim that goes right above the waist.

The high-waisted Jane jeans are organized in several layers for mixing and matching, allowing you to wear your shirts tucked or untucked. One of the things I immediately noticed about the jeans were the leg sculpts; they’re the perfect skinny jeans! ❤  The sculpts are modifiable, too, so even if you have a bit more thickness/muscle tone in your leg area you’ll be able to edit these to fit.  I also wore one of my bigger shapes just to check if the prims could be modded to fit and I forgot to take a picture of the result for this blog, but I think the jeans sculpts looked just fine with a few tweaks.  ^_^

LOTD ingenue judy & rosie

My friend Gogo told me I was channeling my inner Minnie Mouse when I paired Ingenue’s red Judy blouse with the Rosie overalls, lol.  The overalls are very 40s and look great; they come with sculpted rolled-up cuffs that are modifiable.  I’m probably going to wear these again with some of my favorite old standby tank tops from Celestial Studios and a cute, short hairstyle. 😀  The Judy top comes complete with puffy sleeves and a cute round collar attachment.

hibiscus 01

I’m also wearing something that is very, very special with my Ingenue outfits:  It’s a necklace that my partner, Carson, had custom made just for me!!  ❤ I really love the thought that he put into it; it features my birthstone at the center, and of course the hibiscus represents my beloved home, Hawaii.  This is actually part of a set that includes an anklet and shorter necklace, and all of it was designed by the ever-so-lovely Caroline Apollo of Caroline’s Jewelry.  (She currently does not do custom designs, but you should check out what she does have available 🙂 )

Thank you, Carson, for being one of my best friends in SL, for making my SL more fun, for watching old musicals with me, and for being Don Lockwood to my Kathy Selden.  😉

Other credits…
Skin – LAQ – Trisha; LAQ – Molly
Hair – 69 – Omnia 10; fri.day – Eloise; fri.day – Neva.2
Shoes – In Her Shoes – Bows Bows Distressed Red flats
Poses are all from my store (Mela’s), except for the last one; I think that’s from Reel Expression. ^_^

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

:sey and !_Ce_Cubic effect

As I’d said at the end of yesterday’s post, I had more goodies to blog from :sey.

Clicking the images will take you to their respective flickr pages where you can view larger versions. SLURLs and credit info are at the end of this post.

sey tidori

This eye-catching number is called the tidori 2 coat. While one would think this dramatic mix of patent leather, lace, silver metal parts, patterned material, and a generous helping of black feathers (!) would seem visually cacophonous, it’s all actually pulled together very nicely by limiting the color palette to black and white.

Since the coat is already so visually engaging, I kept the remaining part of the outfit simple with skinny black pants and black ankle boots.

sey tidori 02

The coat features a belted flexi-prim skirt, prim sleeve cuffs lined with black feathers, two pouch attachments that go on either upper arm, a sculpted prim collar, and a hoodie that’s given a black patent leather texture and more black feathers. A closer inspection of the upper arm pouches reveal a leather zipper slider, white lace, and silver prim buckles.

sey tidori 01

The upper part of the coat is on the system jacket layer. I noticed that the texture stretches a bit over the breast area, causing the texture to look a little muddy in that area, but it’s a very minor quibble of mine that I can easily overlook. This coat has so much flair and attitude, it’s hard not to love it. 😀

Loved it so much, I went and splurged on the tidori pink coat as well:

sey tidori pink

There are other color options available as well: red, blue, yellow, and two others that I’ve forgotten (sorry). The coat also comes in red plaid as well as an interesting “black wave” pattern.

cubic effect 02

cubic effect 03

This next jacket from Ce Cubic Effect features a cable knit texture that shows up very clearly on the sculpty prims it’s been applied to.

The first thing that grabs your attention about this jacket is it’s incredible shape. Thanks to sculpties, designers have been creating prim attachments with realistic shapes for collars, sleeves, wrist cuffs and the like, and they’re often used to enhance clothing that goes on the usual system layers. A few designers, such as June Dion from Bare Rose, have been taking sculpty clothing even further, crafting entire outfits out of prims. mirai Jun of Ce Cubic Effect seems to be following suit; her store inventory include coats and an entire dress made of prims.

I tried to get shots of this jacket from all sorts of angles so that the great shape of this piece shows through. It’s been endowed with a figure-enhancing blouson shape, something that’s simply not possible on a system layer clothing article. the same pouf-ish effect is used on the sleeves so that it looks as if you’ve pushed the sleeves up your arms slightly. The neckline is also given a great sculpty collar shape, creating an opportunity to show off some of the more dramatic necklaces you’ve got stashed in your inventory.

The areas where you see the material “gather” are actually where the sculpty prims end, exposing the system jacket layer texture that lies beneath it.

A word of warning: people with somewhat bustier/thicker avis may want to see this jacket in person before making the purchase. My own avatar, while not the tiniest one around, is definitely on the slight side of the sliders and in spite of this fact I still needed to edit my shape. Yes, the prims on this jacket are all modifiable, but for some reason mirai chose to give them mod/no copy/transfer permissions, so I was hesitant about editing the prims without having the insurance of a copied backup first.

What I needed to edit were my avi’s breasts. Yes, they’re not exactly large to begin with :-p but it wasn’t the size that I had to edit; rather, what I found I needed to do was increase the cleavage a little bit so that they wouldn’t poke out through the sides of the jacket prims. Here’s a picture showing my avi wearing the jacket with and without the edit:

cubic effect 01

The system jacket layer has got my avi covered, but the difference in the clarity of texture rendering between the jacket layer and the prim is quite noticeable and I didn’t care for it. A quick adjustment on a single shape slider was all that was needed, though, so I’m quite happy with how it turned out. 😀

What I’m wearing…

W/ the black and white coat: Coat – :sey, tidori 2 coat; Hair – Truth, Amy Jane black, Skin – RaC, Trisha palette #2, Lashes – RaC, black flirty (modded to accommodate hair); Eyes – Simtropia, blue deep; Pants – ETD, Barely Cords black; Boots – Insolence, Charlotte Black Low Boots; Earrings – Paper Couture, Diamond Curl earrings

W/ the black and pink coat: Coat – :sey, tidori pink coat; Hair – Kin, Ash black; Skin – RaC, Trisha palette #2, Lashes – RaC, black flirty (modded to accommodate hair); Eyes – Simtropia, blue deep; Pants – ETD, Barely Cords black; Boots – Insolence, Charlotte Black Low Boots; Earrings – Paper Couture, Diamond Curl earrings

W/ the cable knit jacket: Jacket – !_Ce_Cubic effect, Full Sculpted Knit Jacket dark gray; Skirt – Ingenue, from the Paris Lullaby set; Shirt – Last Call, Crocheted Tank Top from the Lyra set; Hair – ETD, Holly black; Eyes – Simtropia, blue deep; Prim Lashes – RaC, Black flirty; Skin – RaC, Trisha Palette #2; Manicure – RaC, Manicure No. 04; Shoes – Shiny Things, Classics black/cherry; Hosiery – Blaze, Pantyhose black; Earrings/Necklace – Paper Couture, Black pearl set; Bracelets – Amaretto, black bangle set (from the 1L gift package)

December 17, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments