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Rashguards at SJA Customboards

I blogged about Schrottvogel Wei’s new line of bikinis at SJA Customboards just a few weeks ago; if you haven’t visited his store yet then now’s a great time to do so because he’s just set out more goodies, this time in the form of really pretty short-sleeved rashguards.

The new rashguards are colored to coordinate very nicely with SJA Customboard’s existing inventory of bikinis, which is good news for you freebie hunters: remember that free blue bikini? Well, now you can get your hands on a matching blue rashguard, also for free.

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Vogel sent me several review copies of the rashguards a few days ago, and I liked them so much that I IM’d him a few times to ask when were they going to be available in his stores. Call me a pest but I was eager to grab the rest of the colors. :p

Rashguards at SJACustomboards

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The first thing that caught my eye about these are the colors and prints. The hues are vibrant and fun, and as I mentioned above they go perfect with the bikinis I bought previously. I also really like these rashguards because Vogel has imbued them with a good measure of realism. They appear to have a snug fit but not without looking like they’re stiff and/or literally painted on. The shading and highlights around the breasts, clavicle, and the shoulder blades is very nicely done, and I especially liked the gentle shading that runs along the spine. He’s put creases on the material in all the right places — they appear alongside the torso, between the breasts, and around the armpit juncture, just like you’d see on the real thing. There’s also some light nipple shading on these just as there’d been with the bikinis, and once again the shading is more apparent on certain colors (white, red, and black) than on others.

The rashguards come on the jacket layer, so if you’re a tattoo enthusiast you can still wear your tats on the shirt and undershirt layers and catch those massive winter waves in style. 😀

You can pick these up at SJA Customboards in Chi. And while you’re at it, don’t forget to grab the free blue one!

Additional info:   Skin – RaC, Tasha; Body Shape – Mela’s, forthcoming release; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Hair – /artilleri/, dayna v2 *pink blonde*; Tattoos – Red Ruin, Live Fast Die Young Tattoo Sleeve; Bracelets – Cake, 80’s Pop Bracelet

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December 14, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

SJA Customboards

One of the nice things about Second Life is that you can indulge a bit of escapist fun. (Pardon my penchant for stating the obvious. 😀 ) So while RL weather temperatures may have been plummeting for a lot of SL residents within the past couple of months, we can all still hit the sun, sand, and surf in SL… and as with all things, we try to do so with a bit of style.

A couple of days ago my friend Sahra showed me a cute blue bikini, and I promptly asked where she’d bought it. Turns out her friend Schrottvogel Wei, who owns SJA Customboards, is now designing swimwear as well. Long story short: I asked to join his update group, and ended up with four of his new bikinis, one of which (the blue one) is a freebie. Yay!

He’s got a total of eight designs up right now, all of which are currently priced at an affordable L$100 (aside from the freebie). He passed the freebie to me along with his red “scull” bikini, after which I visited his shop and picked up the pink “hibiskus” and white “turtle” sets as well (additional credits and SLURLs are at the end of this post):

They are all string-tie bikinis, and I like how Schrottvogel added shading to all of the string parts to give it a more realistic look, the texture doesn’t just sit flatly on your avi’s skin. He’s also placed some nipple shading on the bikini tops — the degree to which the nipple shading shows is dependent on the color of the bikini. While the nipples were more pronounced on the blue and red sets, they were much more subtle on the white set and barely discernible on the pink set.

I have a huge pet peeve when it comes to bikinis: I hate, hate, HATE when I blow something to the tune of L$200 on a bikini/swimsuit, only to find that it does not cover my avi’s nether regions adequately. I’m happy to report that this is not an issue with these bikinis. While they are definitely sexy, what with the the string portion between the breasts and the ties at the hips, back, and neck, they are not crotch-and-ass-baring skanky. Your kitty and tush are all nicely covered up… well, maybe a very slight amount of crack shows but it’s not stripperific-type exposure. 🙂

My biggest praise for these bikinis is over the layering options. Tattoo users, rejoice! Schrottvogel has thoughtfully put these on every possible layer: jacket, shirt, undershirt, pants, and underpants. I love when designers do that!

You can check out the surfboards and swimwear by SJA Customboards at Hedonistic Isle. While you’re at it, don’t forget to grab your freebie!

What I’m wearing…

1st image: Hair – BP*, more summer pony; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Bikini – SJA Customboards, Pink “Hibiskus”; Necklace – Aitui, Tapa Necklace; Flower – Aitui, Fresh Plumeria /White/; Tattoo – The Body Politik, Tribal Arm; Manicure – RaC, No. 04; Body shape – Mela’s, pink lady; Skin – RaC, Sofia

2nd image (featuring the freebie bikini): Hair – BP* more summer pony; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Sunglasses – Nea-Ban, Wayfarer; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Tattoo – Aitui, The Birds Dance; Piercings** – Zipz, eyebrow light metal spike micro twisted + nose titanium curved barbell + lip linked double light titanium captive steel rings; Bikini – SJA Customboards, Bikini Blue “SJA Logo”; Manicure – RaC, No. 04; Pedicure – RaC, No. 04; Slippers – KK Outfitters, Kickers Flippers Women’s Blue
** Piercings were originally three separate sets; modified and linked by myself to accommodate lack of sufficient facial attachment points.

3rd image: Hair – BP* more summer pony; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Skin – RaC, Trisha; Tattoo – Aitui, The Birds Dance; Piercings** – Zipz, eyebrow light metal spike micro twisted + nose titanium curved barbell + lip linked double light titanium captive steel rings; Bikini – SJA Customboards, Bikini Red “Scull”; Manicure – RaC, No. 04
** Piercings were originally three separate sets; modified and linked by myself to accommodate lack of sufficient facial attachment points.

4th image: Hair – BP*, more summer pony; Eyes – Simtropia, brown deep; Bikini – SJA Customboards, White “Turtle”; Piercings** – Zipz, eyebrow light metal spike micro twisted + nose titanium curved barbell + lip linked double light titanium captive steel rings;
Tattoo – The Body Politik, Asian Shoulder; Body shape – Mela’s, pink lady; Skin – RaC, Sofia

November 29, 2007 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments