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More of my Project 365 images!

031.  hanging with vivi

Day 31 of 365, hanging with Vivi.
Vivi is one of my oldest and most trusted friends in SL.

One of my favorite things about Vivi is the way she plays at dressing up in SL!

032.  chairs

Day 32 of 365 (02.01.10), chairs.
Carson and I sitting in our matching chairs in our skybox. 🙂  I was in an experimental mood and played around with different filters on this shot.

033.  logout edit

Day 33 of 365 (02.02.10), logout edit.
I didn’t take any pics this day, so I cheated and grabbed the screenshot from my logout.

When I pulled up the image I thought my av looked a little lonely so I played around with the image in an attempt to make it a little blue and cold. I tried, anyway. 😛

034.  random headshot

Day 34 of 365 (02.03.10), random headshot.
Sometime last year, I wrote a blog post on giving your avatar subtle facial expressions.

I’m still trying to look for ways to give my avatar facial expressions that aren’t cartoonish, and I use the lip sync feature a lot. I think I’ve managed to make my av look like she’s surveying a scene with a little bit of surprise and contemplating saying something? 😀

035.  testing poses

Day 35 of 365 (02.04.10), testing poses.
I’m testing some poses I made for a blog post! Making poses for my blog is fun 😀

Some style credits…

Day 31:
Vivi’s outfit is from 110 prims (sorry, don’t know what it’s called)
My hair & skin is from LAQ (Tasha hairstyle, Imani2 skin)

Day 33:
Outfit – Deviance, Blue Belle (Magic & Romance Hunt item)
Hair – friday, Eloise
Shoes – Shiny Things, Hyasynths

Day 35:
T-shirt – T Junction, Team Lizzie custom t-shirt (T Junction will create custom tees)
Hair – Truth, Caroline (tinted the barrettes to match t-shirt)
Jeans – Armidi, Grace Jeans
Shoes – Detour, Mixflip Sneakers – Pink Hearts

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Photography, Project 365 in 2010 | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A look back at some 2007 SLRFL goodies

SL Relay For Life (RFL) activities will be starting up again soon, and I for one am looking forward to getting some limited edition goodies while knowing that my money is going towards an important cause!  The SLRFL Clothing Fair will be kicking off in mere weeks, you can read more about it at their blog.

Thinking about SLRFL made me go back through my inventory to take a look at some of my favorite RFL items that I’d picked up last year.

This cute set of bikinis came from Sand Shack Surf Co. and artilleri:

2007 RFL kinis

First Impressions had these amazing pink suits that I couldn’t pass up.  I loved that the shirts came on two layers and there were prim attachments like the necktie, blazer button, and sleeve cuffs:

2007 RFL fi pink suits

Also from First Impressions was this set of sheer blouses inspired by the legendary Edith head:

2007 RFL fi edith

And last but not least, this gown from analise that I *had* to have when I first learned about it:

2007 RFL analise gown

There were soooooooooo many limited edition lovelies that I recall came out last year for RFL!  Get your wallets ready, because I just know there’s going to be tons of must-haves this year, too… after all, the pics above are but a mere, miniscule sampling of what came out in 2007.  Speaking of which, what were your favorites?

Read past the cut for info on other items used in this post ^^

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March 4, 2008 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

D!FF Isometric Dresses

I think I’m starting to notice a pattern in my shopping habits:

I like cute dresses.
I tend to favor the shops that have the kinds of prices that make it super easy for me to justify buying lots of stuff in one helping (i.e., ❤ Cupcakes, Fireflies, D!FF, Magnolia, just to name a few).
The more versatile the item is, the better.

D!FF’s new Isometric Dress, which comes in three color combinations, happily fulfills all these criteria. ^^

D!FF Isometric Dresses

Clicking on the above image should take you to the flickr page where you can view a larger version.

The flexi-prim skirts have been given a flattering shape and the hem length is instant cuteness. The tops are provided on both the shirt and jacket layer, making it easy for you to mix things up with other items in your inventory and thus attain your own individual look.

The design of the dress is simple enough so that it lends itself to a variety of different looks, while the vibrant colors and the pattern keep things visually interesting and fun. Just add the right hairstyles, shoes, and other accessories, and you can go from a look that’s appropriate for a day at the park or the zoo, to a smart looking get-up for visiting the art museum. (Yay for coming up with scenarios for your clothes while playing dress-up ^_^ )

Read on after the cut for details and SLURLs for the three looks in the image above…

February 22, 2008 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fancy Fairy by Violaine Villota

Fancy Fairy by Violaine Villota

Heads up! This post will have oodles of pics plus a very short video. 😀

All right, so I am still on my fantasy fashion kick, where I’m wanting to dress my avatar in ways that I wouldn’t dress in RL. My last couple of posts in this series were about these crazy cute rabbit costumes from Love Soul as well as beautiful medieval-inspired gowns from Evie’s Closet. ^_^

This time, I’ve meandered into the realm of mystical fairies. The lovely Violaine Villota’s shop, Fancy Fairy, (which btw exists in RL, too!  www.fancyfairy.com) comes stocked with a great selection of fairy wings and costumes, and the range of prices you’ll find there will fit anyone’s budget.

Fancy Fairy Dew Petal II

Fancy Fairy Dew Petal I

First item we have here is the Dew Petal Steel Blue outfit. I was immediately drawn to the beautiful color and texturing of this dress, which almost makes it look as if you are wrapped in layers of diaphanous gauze. Along the chest area are dewdrops (hence the name of the outfit), and the edges of the skirt prims have this gorgeous, gossamer-frail-torn look to them, thanks to some mad-skillz alpha work. And look at those wings! They’re somewhat sheer and move nicely with you since they’re made of flexi-prims.

Fancy Fairy Dew Petal III

Like the dress but don’t want to flounce about as a fairy? The dress works great on it’s own — pair it up with some strappy heels and you’re ready to go dancing instead of fluttering. Violaine has thoughtfully included two skirt lengths, the top on multiple layers, and two glitch pants, of which at least one was modifiable (I forgot to check if the other one was modifiable, too, but it wasn’t really necessary since it was already the perfect length to go with the shorter skirt.)

Fancy Fairy Red Leaf I

Next up is the autumnal Red Leaf Fairy outfit. The layers on this outfit are simple enough — an asymmetrical system skirt (wear your dress shape unless you want to be a large-bottomed fairy 😀 ), a system shirt with a “strap” (dunno what else to call it, lol) going over one shoulder; but my goodness the artistry displayed by the textures is impressive! They’re a delicate blend of browns, siennas, burnt reds, golds, purples, dark blues… really marvelous looking stuff. Again, the alpha work along the edges of the top and the skirt are fab.

Fancy Fairy Red Leaf II

As beautiful as those textures are on the clothing pieces, however, the true crowning glory of the Red Leaf outfit are the set of wings that come with it. I know I’m totally going to sound like a broken record by the end of this post… but look at the texture! The gold highlights on the wings themselves, the highlighting along the darker spines, the mottled edges and the alpha where they’re “torn”… gotta love it. Yes, these are flexi-wings, but what makes them special is that they are scripted to flutter via (silent) voice command. I took a short video to show them fluttering:

Fancy Fairy Fae Lingerie I

And you know what? Fairies need lingerie, too. (‘Kay, I just made that up. :p ) This is the Champagne and Roses Fae Lingerie set, just in time for all you romantics who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day. These pretties come with a two-piece bra and panty set, sheer pink stockings, and two corsets that have a lace-up detail along the back.

Fancy Fairy Fae Lingerie II

I personally was super-impressed with the panties, because for crying out loud I dunno how many times I’ve had undies that did not cover up the crotch area as much as I’d like. What’s more, I saw nary a hint of the dreaded texture bleed along the inner thighs that is often associated with panties/bikini bottoms. Amazing.

Fancy Fairy Fae Lingerie III

And talk about comprehensive… every piece is on every layer possible, so you can mix and match these with other items to your heart’s content.

Fancy Fairy Fae Lingerie IV

And yes, this would not be fairy lingerie if it did not have the requisite fairy wings 😀 These are flexi-prim wings and not scripted.

Fancy Fairy Flexiwings

Fancy Fairy has an ample selection of wings to choose from, and yes, all of them are bloody gorgeous. Pictured above are the Kira Grande White Pearl Goldflexi wings and the Kira Valentine Pink Flexi Wings.

The wings come in two types: “plain” flexi-prim wings (“plain” is in quotation marks, because really, these are anything BUT bland) and scripted ones that will flutter, in a wide variety of colors to satisfy most, if not all, tastes. I believe all of the scripted wings will flutter solely by voice command, which IMHO is great because the last thing I want to do is give up more of my client’s real estate over to space-sucking HUDs.

Fancy Fairy freebie

And finally, we have the Sun Fairy outfit. Guess what! It’s only 1L. You have no excuse for not being a pretty princess fairy now. :p This outfit features flexi-prim wings, sculpted sleeve attachments, beautifully done skirt prims, an off-the-shoulder top with a rouching detail all along the flattering neckline, a gold, velvety-looking corset that’s laced up along the backside, and a some beautiful prim leaves and ribbons decorating the breast. There’s even a glove layer so that you have proper looking sleeve ends that go over your hands.

There’s lots more available at Fancy Fairy, and what’s nice is that the Dew Petal outfits, which come in all sorts of colors, can do double-duty as both fairy and evening wear. You can find the shop in the Fushida sim, or just look up Violaine Villota’s profile and check out her Picks tab where she’s got all her locations conveniently listed.

And one more thing to note — this shop is yet another great example of a RL business that takes advantage of SL in a way that shows some common sense.  If you like what Fancy Fairy offers in-world, then you might like what it has to offer in meatspace, as well.  Check out the website at fancyfairy.com ^^

What I’m Wearing…

… with the Dew Petal outfit:

Shoes – Paper Couture, strapped diamond heel
Hair – Cake, Faith silver / RaC, Princess black
Eyes – Nomine, Drakonian blue / Simtropia, brown deep
Lashes – RaC, black flirty
Skin – RaC, Akisha / RaC, Trisha
Poses – Poseur

… with the Red Leaf Fairy outfit:

Hair – RaC, Raven black
Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep
Lashes – RaC, black flirty
Skin – RaC, Trisha
Poses – Poseur, Reel Expression
Video pose – Poseur

… with the Champagne & Roses Fae Lingerie set:

Hair – Cake, Rumor black
Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep
Lashes – RaC, black flirty
Skin – RaC, Trisha
Manicure – RaC, No 04
Poses – Juicy, Reel Expression

… with the Kira flexi-prim wings:

Hair – Armidi, Ginza silver (and the lingerie set, obviously :p )

… with the Sun Fairy 1L outfit:

Hair – RaC, Raven
Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep
Lashes – RaC, black flirty
Skin – RaC, Trisha
Shoes – Shiny Things, Classic Ballet Flats antiqued
Poses – Poseur

February 14, 2008 Posted by | Fashion, Machinima | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments

Fireflies

There’s a new kid on the block at La Reina, the sim where my store is located! Okay, not a literal “kid” but rather, a store called Fireflies. I’d never heard of it before, but I’ve since made myself quite familiar with it. :p

Aside from the fact that the dresses at Fireflies all come from the same designer, Novella Voom, there is a common denominator shared by all of the clothes offered there that strikes you immediately: they are all sexy. Provocatively sexy; elegantly sexy; sweetly sexy… I’m sure I could come up with several other adjectives ending with the “-ly” suffix but I think you get the point.

The textures are beautifully done, too. My favorite from Fireflies, the Scarlet, is a flirty red dress that seems to shimmer, and the clever highlighting and shading on the shirt layer makes it look as if the dress is reflecting light. Then there’s the sheer and lacy Isobel dress with it’s use of clean alpha, which you can take advantage of by wearing yet more lacy underthings; or if you want to be truly daring, just wear the dress by itself and let it show off that lovely skin of yours. ^_^

Here are several of the dresses that my friends Wilma Delgado and Gorgeous Yongho and I picked up while browsing the shop (clicking the images will take you to their respective flickr pages where you can view a larger size; credits and SLURLs are at the end of the post):

Fireflies Scarlet

Fireflies Isobel black

Fireflies Isobel red

Fireflies Isobel white

Fireflies Vivienne

Fireflies Eden

Fireflies Krystal

Fireflies LeiLei

Fireflies Romy

I should mention that everything in this store is very affordable. In fact, the last four dresses shown above are all just L$1 each; last time I checked, there were six of these “dollarbie” dresses available.

To see these dresses for yourself, visit Fireflies, located on the boardwalk at La Reina.

What we’re wearing:

1st image: Dress – Fireflies, Scarlet; Hair – Kin, Ash black; Lashes – RaC, Black flirty; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha smoky; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 04; Earrings – Paper Couture, Paillette earrings black and red; Bracelets – Amaretto, black bangles (freebie); Shoes – Shiny Things, Signature Slingbacks red / Jewelry worn with long version: Earrings – Caroline’s Jewelry, Eva Gold Hoop Earrings; Bracelets – Caroline’s Jewelry, Gold Flexi Bangles from the 3 Flexi Bracelets-Gentle Sway set

2nd – 4th images: Dresses – Fireflies, Isobel in black, red, and white; Hair – Kin, Ash black; Lashes – RaC, Black flirty; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha smoky; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 04 / worn in full-length shots of black version: Lingerie set – Insolence, Clara Black Satin; Shoes – Armidi Gisaci, Dalia Pump black

5th image: Dress – Fireflies, Vivienne; Hair – ETD, Marisela nickel burnt; Skin – RaC, Tasha smoky; Shoes – Shiny Things, Spring Stilettos black; Jewelry – Appetite & Eve Jewellery [Serendipity Studios], Victoriana Diamond Encrusted Pearl necklace, earrings, and ring

6th image: Dress – Fireflies, Eden; Hair – Kin, Amaunet white; Eyes – Nomine, Orbital 4; Skin – Sin Skins, Etheria Crinaeae (blue/aqua); Manicure – RaC, Manicure 11; Choker – Curious Kitties (accessories), Strap Choker; Neko ears – Hybrid, Sculpty Neko smooth fur; Neko tail – Hybrid, Basic Neko Tail; Piercings** – Zipz, eyebrow light metal spike micro twisted + nose titanium curved barbell + lip linked double light titanium captive steel rings; Tattoos – The Body Politik, Tribal Armband; Stockings – Curious Kitties, Fishnet & PVC Stockings; Boots – sf design, hi tuff black small boots; Bracelets – Cake, 80s pop bracelet
** Piercings were originally three separate sets; modified and linked by myself to accommodate lack of sufficient facial attachment points.

7th image: Dress – Fireflies, Krystal; Skin – Minnu Model Skins, Pale SkinGloss Rain; Hair – ETD, Katherine platinum; Shoes – Periquita Shoes, Black Toe Lolita; Necklace – GRANDMA!, wood-necklace (Y)

8th image:  Dress – Fireflies, LeiLei; Hair – Celestial Studios, Annie May II espresso; Lashes – RaC, Black flirty; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha smoky; Manicure – RaC, Manicure 02; Earrings – Paper Couture, Chinese Lantern Earring pearl; Shoes – Shiny Things, Ballet Flats classic pearl

9th image:  Dress – Fireflies, Romy; Hair – ETD, Naomi black; Eyes – Simtropia, gray light; Skin – Soda, fiona beta (group preview freebie); Manicure – RaC, Manicure 02; Body Shape – Mela’s, upcoming release; Leggings – Girlie, black leggings; Shoes – Shiny Things, Wood wedge platforms black/black; Bracelets – Caroline’s Jewelry, Black Rubber Bracelets

January 2, 2008 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

: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

Menswear is not just for men

About three days ago I was looking at Machete and realized I was tired of always seeing him run around barefoot and wearing shorts and wifebeaters. Sure, he’s got a few clothing items: a pair of freebie jeans, a pair of chucks from KK Outfitters, a really nice sweater set from Nylon Outfitters that has more or less been worn to death, and a suit from Aitui that I don’t care for (don’t get me wrong, Aitui is one of my all-time favorite stores because they sell things like kukui nut leis and plumeria blossoms but the giant “AITUI” scrawled along the back of Machete’s neck on his suit collar is a bit of a misstep IMO). Still, I felt it was time to add a little more to his closet. 😀

An impromptu shopping expedition to the Japan sims was undertaken (seriously, they’re given names like JAPAN 01, JAPAN 02, JAPAN 10) and I was not disappointed. Stores I’d never heard of before, such as :sey, -=about=-, and Chase all yielded some fun finds. What made it even more fun for me was the fact that a lot of these clothes will work on girl avis, too.

All right, enough of my jibba-jabba. Let’s see some pics of Machete’s new duds. ^_^ Clicking on 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.

chase

Machete picked up this black jacket at a store called Chase. There are actually two versions of the jacket included in the folder: one with a white undershirt showing at the neckline, and one that has just the jacket itself so that you can layer another shirt underneath. Prim attachments at the wrists and at the collar finish the look nicely, and the prim attachment at the collar also has some flexi-prim parts that add some realism to the jacket. Machete also grabbed this triple hook pendant. I’m normally not a very big fan of these choker type cord necklaces in SL because I don’t care much for the way they float around the neck, but it works with this jacket since the prim collar masks the whole suspended-in-air thing that’s going on.

about black suit

Another fantastic find: a store that’s simply called “-=about=-“. Machete bought the black suit set there and I loved it so much, I had to get it for myself. The designer at -=about=- obviously understands that people like me are fond of mixing and matching their clothes, because a lot of what’s sold in this store is loaded with layering options.

Take the black suit pictured above, for example: you can choose to wear the shirt tucked or untucked, under a jacket or by itself, and with or without the necktie since the tie is actually a prim attachment. You can also choose to wear a different shirt underneath because the suit jacket is also provided on the jacket layer sans white shirt, but please note that I did find two small white markings on the sternum area where alpha is used (see the left portion of the image above); wearing a white or a very light-colored item with the jacket seems to render the markings virtually invisible but they are there.

As you can see, the suit works just great on a female avatar. 😀 While a lot of this is owing to the way system layer clothing is applied to our avis, the lack of strong pectoral shading and definition helps. (Guys who deliberately choose to have a “normal” avatar that isn’t ripped, cut, and chiseled to so-called muscled perfection will also appreciate this, I think.) To help soften the masculine feel of the suit, I chose to wear a skin that comes with dramatic smoky eye makeup and red lips, prim lashes, red nail enamel, and an ultra-feminine hairstyle that is long and wavy.

about military

In this next picture, Machete is wearing the military jacket and denim jeans also from -=about=-. This jacket is what really made me consider buying the men’s clothing at -=about=- for myself in the first place. The olive green texture is incredibly detailed and has that faded, ultra-comfortable look that immediately makes you think it’s someone’s favorite and oft-worn jacket. Denim items that feature torn and frayed details work well with this weathered look.

Once again, -=about=-‘s designer gives you options. Machete is wearing the “rolled up sleeves” version in the picture above, and my own avi is wearing the version that comes with full-length sleeves. Modifiable prim attachments are provided for the collar and sleeve cuffs. (Remember: always make a backup copy of the prim before you begin editing!)

about shirts

-=about=- also sells a shirt set which, imo, gives a thorough offering of layering options that really ought to be the SL standard by now for both men’s and women’s clothing. The shirt set features a t-shirt that you can choose to wear either tucked or untucked, with or without the plaid print overshirt, and it’s up to you if you’d like for the overshirt to have long sleeves or rolled up sleeves. Hell, you can even wear the overshirt by itself to show off those nice tattoos you’ve got on your chest :p , or layered over another shirt from your virtual closet (provided that it comes with an underpants layer, but that’s not something I see very many menswear designers offering).

I chose the black and white shirt for myself and it’s going to go in my “! Favorites” folder in my inventory. Because I own a shape shop, my avi is often in a state of dress (or perhaps I should say undress) that isn’t considered especially polite when you’ve company… so I have a pair of shorts and a Tableau t-shirt in this folder for quick access for whenever I get unexpected visitors. This shirt makes for a nice and (very) cheap replacement of the Tableau tee. ^_^

sey jackets

This next picture shows jackets that come from :sey. Machete had actually stumbled across :sey in the Japan10 sim, but risey Arai’s landmarks all point to his main store in the Honmoku sim. :sey offers a good variety of jackets and coats, and the first thing you’ll notice about them is the detailed primwork with which they are adorned. Tiny prims, flexi-prims, sculpty prims — these jackets have got it all. If you’re not afraid of primmy clothing and you appreciate attention to detail, then these are worth checking out.

Machete is wearing the Riders Jacket in gold/brown. The word “gold” in the description refers to the metal used for this jacket; risey also sells a version of the jacket that uses silver metal. Nice to have that kind of choice, huh! The jacket comes with a double belt that sports lots of studs, grommets and buckles. This theme of lots of small metal pieces is repeated at the collar and sleeve cuff prims, and is offset by a mixing of different leathers (patent and suede). When you make the purchase, you are given both the male and female jackets, so there’s no need to worry about accidentally buying the incorrect gender version.

The jacket I’m wearing was simply named “leather jacket”. I chose red but it’s offered in all sorts of colors, and you can choose to purchase it either by itself or as part of a jacket and pants set. The leather texture on this jacket has a great glossy look to it and the winged skull on the back is a cool detail. This unisex jacket comes with even more prim attachments than the Riders Jacket, with a collar prim, sleeve cuff prims, and a pair of prims that circle the upper arms. Lots of metal is featured on this jacket as well, but in a less prominent manner; the metal pieces are generally smaller than the ones you’ll find on the Riders Jacket. The metals appear as both prims and as part of the textures; I especially liked the decorative zipper sliders on the upper arm attachments.

All told, I had a lot of fun looking at men’s clothing for my avi. There’s more goodies that I got at :sey that I’ll be blogging later; I’m going to have to start paying more attention to menswear from now on!

Additional info:

1st image: Jacket – Chase, Motocross JKT in Onyx; Necklace – Chase, Triple Hook; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Hair – Naughty Designs, OC in Black Pearl; Skin – RaC, Aidan; Jeans – -=about=-, denim; Shoes – Shiny Things, Old Boots black (foot prims only)

2nd image: Melanie (left) ~ Suit – -=about=-, black suit; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Hair – RaC, southfork black; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Manicure – RaC, Manicure No. 04; Bra – Armidi Intimizzio, Kawaii Flower Mesh Lace Bra white; Pumps – Enkythings, Talyn black / Melanie (right) ~ Shoes – KK Outfitters, Hi-Top Kool Kicks Women’s Black / Machete ~ Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Hair – Naughty Designs, OC in Black Pearl; Skin – RaC, Aidan; Shoes – Shiny Things, Old Boots black (foot prims only)

3rd image: Melanie ~ Jacket – -=about=-, military jacket 2tyep (yes that’s how it was spelt ^_^); Body Shape – Mela’s, pink lady; Skin – RaC, Sofia; Hair – Celestial Studios, Annie May III verdigris; Eyes – Simtropia, gray light; Glasses – Nea-Ban, Retro Standard; Skirt – Last Call Shoes – KK Outfitters, Lo-Top Kool Kicks Women’s Green Camo /, Torn Jean Miniskirt from the Yelena set / Machete ~ Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Hair – Naughty Designs, OC in Black Pearl; Skin – RaC, Aidan; Tattoos – Aitui, Vintage Hawaii *Full Upper Body*; Shoes – Shiny Things, Old Shoes brown; Jeans – -=about=-, denim

4th image: Machete ~ Shirt – -=about=-, shirt set; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Hair – Naughty Designs, OC in Black Pearl; Skin – RaC, Aidan; Tattoos – Aitui, Vintage Hawaii *Full Upper Body*; Jeans – -=about=-, denim / Melanie ~ Shirt – -=about=-, T-shirt; Body Shape – Mela’s, pixie; Skin – RaC, Akisha; Hair – Cake, Rumour black; Eyes – Simtropia, stone deep; Shirt – -=about=-, T-shirt; Shorts – G.L.A.M., shorts from the Denim Jumper Set

5th image: Machete ~ Jacket – :sey, Riders Jacket gold/brown; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Hair – Naughty Designs, OC in Black Pearl; Skin – RaC, Aidan; Jeans – -=about=-, denim; Shoes – Shiny Things, Old Shoes brown / Melanie ~ Jacket :sey, leather jacket-red; Hair – Cake, Nick burgundy tint; Eyes – Simtropia, blue deep; Piercings** – Zipz, eyebrow light metal spike micro twisted + nose titanium curved barbell + lip linked double light titanium captive steel rings; Skirt – ❤ Cupcakes, from the Black Gathered dress set; Hosiery – Blaze, Pantyhose charcoal; Boots – sf design, hi tuffs black small

** Piercings were originally three separate sets; modified and linked by myself to accommodate lack of sufficient facial attachment points.

December 16, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Getting mileage out of modifiability

One of my favorite things about playing dress-up with Second Life fashion is finding ways to put my own personal flavor or stamp on the clothes I choose to dress my avi in. Great blogs such as MichaMi Style Blog and Closet Crisis, along with their readerships, are a testament to the fact that this holds for true for pretty much for anyone who is into SL fashion.

Even with the multitude of designers in SL cranking out their products in a variety of textures and colors, however, if you like keeping up with the latest in-world trends then it’s still pretty easy to run into another avatar who will be wearing the same hairstyle, same clothes, same shoes… hell, sometimes they’ll even be using the same AO stands as you.

What’s an avi to do? Well, one great way to really showcase your own individual sense of style in your outfits is to tinker with the modifiable pieces that are in your virtual closet. Hair, skins, system layer items, sculpty prim attachments… there are LOTS of ways to play with your look if you have modifiable versions of these items.

I recently blogged about how sweater dresses are a current season staple in RL (well, for you mainlanders at least :p I hail from Hawaii, the land of T-shirts, shorts and slippers), and Last Call has the excellent Starley II Mini Sweater Dress set available right now. With five colors thrown into the pack, it’s already a real bargain… but when you consider the fact that everything is also modifiable, that just makes it even better. With a bit of imagination and time spent on editing prims and pushing clothes sliders, one can come up with all sorts of variations on this dress. (Important rule of thumb: Always, always, ALWAYS make a copy of an item before you begin editing it!!) Here are four different looks I came up with, all modeled on my soon-to-be-released Sturmer Harcourt body shape ^_^ (store credits and SLURLs are at the end of this post):

1) Modding Happy

Getting mileage out of modifiability 01

This hip outfit layers the dress over a 3/4 sleeve black sweater and skinny jeans, cinches it with a velour heart-clasp belt, tops it with a smart looking cap and ponytail, and finishes it all off with pretty sculpty boots. To achieve this look, I made the following edits to the cream colored version of the dress:

  • Shortened the jacket layer sleeves
  • Shrank the sleeve prims, rotated them as necessary, and changed point of attachment to the upper arms
  • Tinted the jacket and skirt layers grey
  • Tinted the collar and sleeve prims a slightly darker grey to blend in with the system layers

The dress wasn’t the only item that was modifiable in this outfit, by the way! The right front bangs on the hairstyle (which came conjoined with the cap) were edited so as not to cover up the right eye; the black sweater had it’s sleeves slider maxed out; the jeans were shortened so as not to poke through the boots; the belt’s size was altered to fit the waist; even the lip color on the skin was modified. The only items that were not modifiable were the eyes, glove-layer manicure, and boots.

2) Long sweater layered over a skirt

Getting mileage out of modifiability 02

Another chic fall look that layers the dress over denim again, only this time the denim appears in the form another mini skirt. The neutral tones of the sweater dress, tights, belt, and boots offset the dark blue of the skirt rather nicely.

The same simple edits that were applied to the previous example were made here as well, but without the color tinting. To accommodate the short length of the denim mini skirt, the sweater dress’s skirt layer was shortened a bit via the slider. With the introduction of a single new element and some fast easy edits, the sweater dress takes on a cool new look. 🙂

3) Bold contrasting colors

Getting mileage out of modifiability 03

To change things up from the neutral colors I’d been playing with, I decided I wanted a look that was colorful and visually striking. I once read somewhere that the strongest possible contrasting color combination is black and yellow; I decided to use that contrast concept but tamed it a bit by pairing the already grey-tinted sweater dress in my inventory with yellow pieces. I wanted contrast, not walking bumble-bee, hehe. 😉

Very few edits were required to accomplish this look, and most of it involved color tinting. The scarf (which was a real steal, by the way — 7 colors for only 50L) was originally white and I tinted it yellow. I did the same for the tights, which actually comes in two parts (on the underpants and socks layers). Because the color contrast was already quite visually engaging I felt that adding more accessories would make the look too busy, so I limited it to the chunky hoop-earrings, which are scripted to change color via voice command.

4) Basic black

Getting mileage out of modifiability 04

For this final outfit, I went with the trusty all-black look. Again, this was extremely simple and required very little in the way of edits — all dress layers and prims were tinted a very dark grey (as opposed to completely black, which would have washed out all texture details), and the belt was modified to fit over the hips. The sweater dress takes on a look that is simultaneously cute, casual, and feminine when layered like this over black capri leggings, and worn with a dainty banded hairstyle and ribboned wedges.

So there you have it — four additional looks pulled out of an already great set from Last Call, all of them achieved with just some really simple color tinting and prim edits. Thanks to modifiable pieces, with a little bit of imagination and time spent on editing, you can show off yet even more of your own personal style.

Where to find these items:

Sweater dress set is from Last Call and body shape will be released soon at my store Mela’s

1) Modding Happy… Hair: Janine in copper from ETD; Skin: Celestial Studios Champagne Smoky Noir w/ freckles; Eyes: Simtropia greenish; Tres Blah plain black sweater on shirt layer; Boing Fromage black velour heart-clasp belt; LF (Launa Fauna) Ingenue jeans in indigo; Maitreya bloom boots in black.

2) Long sweater layered over a skirt… Hair: ETD Amber in copper; Skin: Minnu Model Fair SkinGloss(freckles) Teacher; Eyes: Simtropia greenish; Caroline’s Jewelry Lo Lo Painted Beads Bracelet, brown leather small; Last Call Yelena Torn Jean Miniskirt (pants layer and prim attachment, taken from the Yelena outfit); Last Call/vamp Liah boots, mahogany; Shiny Things brown strung leather belt; Paper Couture Plain Transparent Tights (underpants layer) from Barcola store freebie gift box; RaC Manicure 06.

3) Bold contrasting colors… Hair: ETD Lydia in chestnut; Skin: Nylon Outfitters Poppy Marked; Eyes: Simtropia brown deep; Imperial Elegance Woven Scarf – snow (tinted yellow); Blaze Pantyhose white (tinted yellow); Paper Couture overstated maryjane shoes, fedora; Celestial studios Lulu Chunky Hoops color change earrings; RaC manicure 11.

4) Basic black… Hair: Hiccup Slow Jamz 2007 in black; Skin: Insolence Lisa Tan Smokey; Eyes: Simtropia honey deep; Paper Couture basic hoop earrings (freebies from Barcola store); Fancy Schmancy slither belt; Girlie black leggings; Maitreya Sassy velvet Black wedges; RaC manicure 4.

November 9, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Miss SL Tropics update

All right, I did not mean to let this much time go by between my posts regarding the Miss SL Tropics pageant. o.o

The sim filled up very quickly on Sunday; the event did not officially start until 12 noon SLT but ASpiRE Isle was packed to capacity before 11 a.m. The contestants weren’t required to be there until 11 a.m., but I’m glad I decided to go to the site a half hour before then; when I arrived, we were *already* experiencing lag due to the load. 😮

Thankfully, the lag was manageable because the limit was at around 55 people. (I recall being in the SL4B sims with as much as 81 people at a time; the lag at that event was of a magnitude I’d not witnessed before and nor since.) I am quite pleased to report that I never did fall off the stage, not even once, which really is a miracle in my opinion.

The first half of the competition involved three fashion segments: Swimwear, Casual, and Formal. The contestants had a special group IM session held all throughout the competition; the organizers used this channel to communicate with us, helping us with our marks and timing. Right at the beginning of the show, the session was full of nervous chatter! Even after the show had begun, we continued to use the group IM, expressing nervousness and encouragement to one another. It was after the formal event that the IM had begun to slow down; I think we were all so relieved at having finished our three runs that we were all kind of just sitting back quietly, hehe.

All right, so what did I wear? Here we go:

SWIMWEAR

Out of all my three outfit themes, I especially wanted the swimwear outfit to reflect the fact that I hail from Hawaii. 😀 I hadn’t realized just how challenging it was going to be, finding a swimsuit that met all of the criteria I’d mentally listed as requirements: it needed to cover up (no excessive exposure of buttcheeks, crotch, and/or boobs), it needed to look tropical, it needed to be in a color that would contrast nicely with my skintone, and for crying out loud… it needed to not have that goddamn dreadful texture bleed right at the thighs. I gotta tell you, that texture bleed bug is really annoying.

swim

The swimsuit I ultimately ended up wearing is a bikini set from Artilleri called Palekaiko. So far I have been digging the Hawaiian print stuff that comes out of Artilleri; the placement of the excellent textures on pieces with modern cuts (i.e., the halter tops and button-down shirts) really gives the clothing a feel of authenticity. I can totally imagine some local Hawaiian resident putting on one of these items in RL to go to a party or what-have-you, myself included. Another thing about the Palekaiko bikini that pleased me is it’s combination of colors: the light background contrasts nicely with the brown tone of my skin, and the red hibiscus print stood out nicely against the vivid blues of the pageant staging.

What I especially loved about my swimwear outfit were the accessories I’d found at Aitui. The necklace and bracelet I am wearing in the image above are actually kukui nut leis, which are very popular in Hawaii. Aitui actually sells these items as a necklace and an anklet; I simply modified the attachment point for the anklet so that it would go around my wrist, instead.

The blossom tucked above my ear is a common variation of the fragrant plumeria flower. Plumeria trees can be found all over the place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Wearing a solitary plumeria blossom tucked in the hair above the ear, or using the flower to adorn a ponytail or updo, is a very common practice here, and the placement of the flower is also often used to indicate one’s status as being single or not (much like wearing a ring on either your left or right hand). I was tickled to find that the owner of Aitui took this into consideration and packaged two versions of each color blossom: one is labeled “I’m Single”, which will attach above your right ear, and the other is labeled “I’m Taken” and will attach above your left ear. Nice touch, eh? Needless to say, Aitui is now one of my Must Visit stores in SL. 😀

Other items included with this outfit: Grace heels in Pearl from Maitreya, Katie hair in Black from ETD, and Manicure 04 from =RaC=, which is on the glove layer.

CASUAL

We were told that this category was called “Classy Casual”, and honestly, I was a bit flummoxed as to how I should convey a tropical “feel” for this outfit. I was originally going to wear the Auntie Elsie dress from Artilleri, which again has a great Hawaiian print texture. If there’s anything I dislike about clothing, however, it’s being a brand name slave. I already had the Artilleri swimsuit; I wanted to change things up and use something from a different designer for each outfit.

After discussing it with a friend, I ultimately decided on a mix-and-match outfit. While the outfit itself doesn’t exactly scream “tropical”, it is something I would wear to work or a social function here in Hawaii. 🙂

casual

All throughout SL, you will find an abundance of lowrise and ultra-lowrise jeans. Don’t get me wrong, I happen to like lowrise jeans and pants and I own a number of them. Sometimes, though, a girl wants a little more coverage without having to resort to wearing the lower half of a business suit, right? Enter Blaze’s HighWaist Jeans into the picture. They come in a comprehensive 6-color bundle with options, options, and more options. Prim legs, pants layer, undershirt layer, underpants layer, jacket layer… I love it when we’re given all these layers to play with!

The conservative feel of the neutral charcoal colored jeans was balanced out by the sexy bold dark red and plunging V-neckline of the long-sleeve top that comes from ETD’s Red Stripe dress. What’s especially nice about this top is that it comes with a shirt layer that goes under the jacket layer of the top itself, resulting in a looser-fitting sleeve.

Other items included with this outfit: Red Suede boots from SF Design, Angel V hair in Black Pearl from Naughty Designs, Mother of pearl necklace from Caroline’s Jewelry at Lo Lo, and Manicure 04 on the glove layer from =RaC=.

FORMAL

For this category, I was determined to find a gown that would somehow reflect a tropical locale… but how on earth does one go about finding a “tropical” formal gown?? I happily stumbled upon the answer to that question when I took a look at Nicky Ree’s Boutique.

formal

Okay, I actually found two gowns at Nicky Ree that I fell in love with. My first choice was a gorgeous confection of a gown called the Sonata in Fuchsia. It is predominantly a peach-pink gown, but it’s generously accented with yellows, golds, and coppers, and I was immediately reminded of the beautiful sunrises and sunsets that we are regularly treated to here on the Big Island. ^_^ I was convinced that this gown was *perfect*.

Hrmm… well, turns out I was wrong. I can’t tell you how bummed I was when I discovered that the gown did not fit my avi’s skin properly, which brings me to the issue of non-transfer items… but that is for another post. 🙂

Fortunately for me, there was another gown at Nicky Ree’s that was also reminiscent, imo, of the fiery sunsets one can see over the lava fields and deserts of West Hawaii: the Exotic Tangia Ballgown in Red. I’m not exaggerating when I say that the sunsets over Waikoloa and Kona are breathtakingly beautiful; people driving along the highway will literally pull off to the side of the road, in droves, to clamber out of their cars and gawk at all of the oranges, pinks, and reds that streak the skyline as the sun settles into the Pacific.

The gown is primarily a peach color, but has a liberally applied golden sheen that gives it depth. The shape of it is wonderful, too: it has a collar that rings delicately around the throat and tops a very plunging neckline, which in turn draws the eyes down the cleavage-baring bodice to a prim belt that sits at just the right spot to perfectly accentuate the hips, at which point the skirt billows out gently around the legs. In other words, OMGZ this gown is HAWT, hehe. I totally need to find more excuses to bust out this outfit in the future! Dancing, anyone?

Other items included with this outfit: Spring Stilettos in peach from Shiny Things, Tyra hair in Black from ETD, Gold Flexi bangles from the 3 Flexi Bracelets-Gentle Sway set from Caroline’s Jewelry at Lo Lo, Eva Gold Hoop earrings from the 6 Sets: Large Gold & Silver Hoop earrings bundle which is also from Carline’s Jewelry at Lo Lo, and Manicure 06 on the glove layer from =RaC=.

Soooooo… there you have it, the three outfits I chose to wear for the pageant. 😀

All right, now on to the finalists and winner of Miss SL Tropics 2007! Here are the names of the runners-up and their placement:

4th place – Ivette Television
3rd place – Feles Seitan
2nd place – Dendre Benelli
1st place – Leisa DeCuir
Winner – Summer Deadlight

Congratulations to all the ladies who participated in the competition, and to Summer Deadlight. 😀

Summer Deadlight is Miss SL Tropics 2007!

For more pictures of the event, check out Bianca Darling’s set on flickr. Or, you can check out my own Miss SL Tropics 2007 flickr set.

August 31, 2007 Posted by | SL Events | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fashion Challenge 4: Sexy Safari

Okay, so I went ahead and put in an entry in the most recent fashion challenge. If you have a few moments, go take a look at everyone’s pics and rate them! I flaked out the last time, so I didn’t want to miss this one.

I had fun choosing the outfit for this challenge, and even more fun taking the pics in the setting that my friend Ranulph Graves (who, btw, is a pro at Photoshop and I keep pestering him about when he’s going to start a Flickr account) helped me find and set up.

I chose a leopard print strapless dress from Ivalde and paired it with red pailette earrings from Paper Couture and red slingback pumps from Shiny Things. To really give it an 80s Duran Duran music video feel, I used the Romance hairstyle from Cake. ^_^ Photos shot in Insula Maris.

The shot that I chose as my entry:

Second Style Fashion Challenge 4

I actually like this shot better, but passed over it in favor of the previous since the outfit shows up in less detail and this *is* a fashion challenge :p

rawr

And here is Ran at Insula Maris… photos aren’t the only things he’ll shoot. :p No llamas were harmed during this photoshoot:

Ran is gonna show those llamas he means business

May 15, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments