Archive for the ‘Shapes and skins’ Category

Leather Cinderella (via A Passion for Virtual Fashion)

I love it when someone does a great piece of writing. Harper Beresford’s fashion taste is great here, too. Go forth, and enjoy!

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Leather Cinderella Once upon a time in a homestead sim far far away (probably Zindra), in a stately sculpty chateau lived a widowed gentleman and his lovely daughter, Cinderella. While he loved his daughter, he was concerned for her well-being—he thought she needed a mother to teach her how to tweak her shape and position her eyelashes. So he partnered a woman, HotMama51 Paine,  who had two daughters—Squeakieee278 Resident and 2Fly4U Afterthought and gave her … Read More

via A Passion for Virtual Fashion

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Carmen Was a Hussy (via It’s Only Fashion)

Many of us already know these basic editing techniques; but there are many newbies coming along looking for advice, and so the more publicity such information gets, the better. Besides, it’s a great dress!

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Carmen Was a Hussy I am wearing the Carmen dress from Kunglers for Fashion For Life. It’s clear it’s inspiration comes from the fiery Carmen of Bizet’s opera. Carmen is an opera filled with catchy tunes that you will find yourself humming for days. The music is beautiful and makes it easy to forget what a misogynistic story it is. It’s all too familiar. A man who cannot accept that the woman he loves does not love him decides that if he can’t have her, no one will, … Read More

via It’s Only Fashion

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I Love Viewer 2 Makeup!

The Version 2 viewers have been controversial; but there is one definite hit with couturiers:  the new “tattoo” layer.  An ugly word for a layer that has so much versatility built into it.  I know, Emerald-heads; you’ve had additional attachment points for prims for a year or two.  But nobody in my experience supported them besides Emerald; I never got them to work; and, with Emerald now viewer non grata on the Grid, that option is fried.  Why not try something that is supported and tons better?  They give a Resident a flexibility in looks that skins aren’t able to, or are too expensive for most purchases.

For instance, in a story I’m writing for my own amusement, I have a space traveler visiting an alien world.  Bare Rose has an old costume called Space Agent, which I pulled on for this occasion:

I love golden skin; I guess I should have been a daughter of Auric Goldfinger.  And I love Hallowe’en, which gives me a chance to really dress up, at least in Second Life.  So I’ve combined the two here, at The Looking Glass.  But most gold skins I’ve found, except for Adam n Eve’s need makeup, and (with love and respect to Sachi Vixen) I think Adam n Eve’s is a little pale usually.  I want a richer coloration.  So here I’m wearing a skin from Wunderlichs, available in INSILICO SOUTH.  (You may remember my story series from earlier this year, which I shot in INSILICO.)  And now, to get some color onto my face.

The good thing about the tattoo layer is that you can combine elements together.  Just right click and select Add instead of Wear.  I believe you have a maximum of five or six items you can combine on the layer, at least in Kirstens S20 viewer, which should be enough for most needs.  It was sufficient here, with one left over before I hit 5.

The main complaint, as I noted, was lipstick.  On this, Adam n Eve have the right prescription.  Their skin was okay, but their new lipstick gives me a pop of crimson just where it counts.  (They have quite a number of shades, as well as eyeshadow, nail polish and a species of “body makeup” that tints the entire skin.)  After that, the eyes became the focus.  First comes eyeliner, which I obtained at Miamai; their LesMakeups 02 does the job here.  For shadow, Tattanooga has quite a collection of possibilities, and this Everyday 026 was my choice, since I was leaning toward purple and blue as my scheme above the gold skin.  The one thing I wasn’t satisfied with was the eyebrows on the skin, and trying a different bald cap than my normal didn’t darken them any.  The thing, then, was to cover them up.  Enter White~Widow, who have some very exotic possibilities I’d just acquired recently.  I selected Jellyfish, which completely concealed the brows and gave me an even more alien, exotic appearance.  (I did have lashes, but the bands around my Analog Dog Kathryn hair were on the same attachment point, and I didn’t try to do an add with them — which I think I could have done, actually.  I’ll have to check on that when I log back in, as I’m still in the costume.)

If there’s a Hallowe’en party sometime soon, I think I’m ready this year; don’t you?

I named almost everything already, but a few things weren’t mentioned, so:

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Fantasy Fit for a Queen (Updated)

(UPDATE:  Cajsa Lilliehook has done a set of photos on this style as well, recently uploaded to her Flickr stream.  Check out the set.)

One of the wonderful things about Second Life, to me, is the pure fantasial aspect.  You can be or dress anything you choose to be; a librarian can be a grunge biker, a debutante can be a goth, a human can be a dragon or a small furry otter.  Or you can dress yourself like the richest and most powerful person you can imagine, even if you’re living in RL on a beer-and-pretzels budget.

Try this confection, for instance.  A simple gown, with the addition of some wonderful things, becomes a style fit for a queen.  Indeed, the gown is named Queen, from Gold in the Night and Elisea Carter.

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2010 SL Oscar Fashion Contest: And the Winners Are….

A bit of a cash windfall allowed me to do an unannounced increase in the prizes for my first SL Oscar Fashion Contest!  The first place will receive L$2,500; 2nd, L$2,000; and 3rd, L$1,500.  I’m also going to do four Honorable Mentions, and have decided after checking the bank account that each will receive L$250.

As these things always are, this was not an easy contest to judge.  I had around 50 entries by the time I closed my groups at Flickr and Koinup for the year, including one who entered by leaving a link in the comments to my original contest announcement (a legal form of entry).  Almost all of the entries were good, and many of them were excellent good.  I had to rework the cut three times before I started the judging in real earnest.  And, in the end, 2nd and 3rd place were tied — although any one of the three places might have been worthy of first.

And so my thanks to all, my congratulations to the winners, and I hope you’ll enjoy the shopping spree I’ve just financed for you.  The Accessory Fair is going right now, so there’s a chance to blow the cash in one spot (grin).

Onward to the winners!

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Tales from Insilico — Suffering for Her Art

Read Part I here….

Read Part II here….

Caution:  some situations in this story, and some pictures involving nudity, should be considered NSFW/NSS

Jadzia lay curled up on the cot in the side room, seriously regretting every recent moment of her existence. This has to be the last damned time, she thought to herself as the nausea began rising up again.  As she edged her head over the side of the cot to find the hurl bucket, her mind went over the past twenty-seven hours of station time….

It had been over three months since she had finally paid off the “photo-etched” skin mod she had obtained at a “black” biolab; but the attention she had hoped for from talent scouts had never come.  Jadzia knew they were jaded in appetite, of course; they had seen it all and then some, it seemed, and you really had to be maybe a parsec out there now to even catch a glimpse from them, let alone get the attention of an agent.  But she thought this mod would have done it for sure!

There was only one thing for it — to try again, or to go back to selling herself in a different way.  Being a courtesan meant peddling her body, or at least certain portions of it, but being Shayana had paid the bills.  And she had been good at it, too, pleasuring both herself and her clients, and acquiring something of a reputation for it.  But you could only do so much whoring before something started seeping into your soul.  Remembering the peace she had felt that night in Atonement, the abandoned church-turned-club, Jadzia’s small core of self-pride asserted itself, and she resolved to try one more time.  She booked the appointment — not as obviously as calling a more reputable clinic to “set up an appointment,” of course — and showed up the night specified.

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Tales from Insilico — The DJ’s Freedom and Pain

Click here for Part I….

Caution: one photo below potentially NSFW/NSS

Some people felt that the life of a disc jockey — an archaic name for a job that had last seen a disc of any kind hundreds of years and a galaxy ago — was a mindless grind of cuing music files, fielding requests, and hoping that the boss would cough up the promised pittance, euphemistically referred to as “pay.”

Playing DJ at a club in Insilco

Jadzia begged to differ, at least while the music played.  To Jadzia, formerly Shayana the courtesan, the music was freedom, and the music was joy, and the music was escape from the blasted hell of the streets outside the club she worked at.  She was never more at home, never more comfortable, than when she was behind the music desk, punching up songs and mixing…. Read the rest of this entry »

Then and Now

Me then, middle and now

My original avatar (post-startup version), my "middle period," and today

Sophia Harlow has challenged us fashion mavens to reveal what we used to look like, compared to the (supposedly) polished appearance we have now.  And so I’ve done so, but for me it seems to be more a matter of skin tone and makeup than changes to my face.

The first above is my “original” appearance.  (I don’t count the original Linden female avatar I started off with; I think few of us who joined Second Life before the “Great De-Ruth-ing” would.)  Both the shape and skin were called Wendy, and the vendor is no longer available as far as I can tell, unless the “store” is well hidden.  I was well satisfied with this look, but I ultimately moved on to an Alady skin named for Jane Seymour.  Since I haven’t been back to Alady in a long time, I don’t know if she still carries them or not.

When I finally decided that I wanted a more intense look, I went to Chai, whom I’d stopped into before, and I picked up the middle skin, from her old series.  This was her skin shade 04, and with a much heavier eyeshadow and lipstick.  Getting used to this one was a shock at first, it was so profound a change from the scrubbed-face Harper of before.

Eventually, though, about three months ago, I decided that, while the skin shade was the fairer appearance that a redhead should have, that makeup was too much, unless for nighttime.  So I plunged out again, and settled on Numbah 3 above, which is Lana Sunblush Siren Gloss 2 from Atomic Bambi.  As you can see, the eyes and lips are still made up more, but it isn’t quite as much “evening glam” as the old Chai skin.  This is what I wear from day to day now…and, frankly, I forget to take it off and put on the Chai when I go out to Frank’s Place at night!

If you’d like to see more, check the comments at Sophia’s article.  Cajsa Lilliehook and Gidge Uriza have both done their own at It’s Only Fashion as well.

Review — Prim Lashes by Miamai

Prim lashes are both blessed and cursed by Residents, mostly by the female avatars.  They improve our looks tremendously, and give variation to an appearance.  They’re often relatively inexpensive, and attach onto face points that aren’t often used (unless you’re wearing a hat or something else on your head.)  On the down side, they need adjustment to fit, a fiddly process that for many never quite works and that can tax the patience; and they usually can be seen floating a centimeter or so from the eyelids if you turn your head to the side.  Most lashes use invisible alpha-channel textures, as well, which brings its own problems familiar to many working with high-heel shoes in world.

Miamai now introduces something I haven’t seen before:  prim lashes.  That is, lashes made totally out of prims.  No single-sheet units with alpha textures here; each hair is an individual hair.  monica Outlander has released nine sets so far at L$150 each for your consumption.  I subscribe to updates from Miamai, so I went to the main store to check this out.  I was not alone, either — runway model Mui Mukerji was also in the store, having received the notice as well, and many more ladies arrived soon after.  The following is my opinion only, I should point out, coming from trying on two different sets, one for more casual wear, one looking like it’s meant for sheer glamour (as well as runway and modeling work).  I did, however, discuss these some with Mui, and that will be noted where it appears.

More after the break….

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Fashion Review — Sui Generis

Up front, I should note that I am a friend of Cajsa Lilliehook, the owner of Sui Generis, but I have attempted to put that aside for this review.

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Cajsa Lilliehook is well known in the world of Second Life for her fashion blog, It’s Only Fashion, her excellent photography, and her sense of style in putting together clothes for any look. Now Cajsa enters the field of the storekeeper and shape artist with her new store, Sui Generis.

You don’t see many reviews for shapes, do you? But shapes are as necessary to the avatar experience in Second Life as skins or clothes. The shape, of course, is the matrix that the skin stretches over, giving…well, giving shape to the face and body. Even if you’re running around a a blob of ionized gas, the shape is in there. (Usually, you just need to rezz up to show it.) Creating a shape that is pleasant to the owner is as much a work of art and patience as a good skin or suit.

Cajsa is no stranger to tweaking shapes, when allowed. Her photographs almost always show her in the perfection of fit, something I still strive for at times with my usually no-mod shapes. Now she’s putting to practice what she has learned, adding a dose of real-world “shaping” to the mix. Her Sui Generis shapes are nearly unique, not only because of the limited amount for sale — 75 of any shape — but because she makes the faces non-symmetrical.

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