Whenever some new designer drops some promotional items on me and asks me to check them out and possibly blog them, I try the clothes on. I am always eager to find something new and to find new stores, so I enjoy getting these sorts of requests. Jag Voom of Page 3 dropped a few dresses on me the other day, including this delightful print sun dress. What really set this encounter apart, though was the response to a small criticism. Like more and more designers, Jag had made the prim pieces no mod. Thanks to differences in viewers, the prim pieces were a darker tint than the system pieces and I wanted to mod the prims so I could change that. I also wanted to move just one prim piece in the ruffle. I took a snapshot and sent it back, saying I would love to blog the dress, but only if the pieces were no mod to accomodate viewer and shape differences. The next time I logged in there was a lovely IM acknowledging the critique and sending a new, modifiable dress. That kind of responsiveness to the people will go far to make Page 3 a success – and make it easier for fashionistas of all shapes and viewers enjoy the clothing.
When I first framed this photo in Second Life, there were a few prims that just were not where I wanted them to be. Now there are several ways I could have dealt with those inconvenient prims. I could have spent 30 minutes or so cloning and painting and liquifying in PhotoShop to paint them out of the picture. I could have made a copy of the hair and shoved them inside my head or outside the picture frame. However, I opted for the much easier strategy of simply hiding them or more accurately not rendering them. Unfortunately, not everyone knows about this little trick and so they work much too hard. This short tutorial is to introduce you to the best time save on the grid.
This lovely and evocative outfit from Stylissimo is called Out of the Ashes – and of course, you can see the small red flame bursting out of the gray ashes of the gauzy moire top. Several designers produce these gathered sculptie tops – their RL counterparts being quite fashionable at the moment. Most however, show less restraint and our form is lost in an explosion of gathers and poufs. Here, using fewer pieces, the sculpts contour to the shape beautifully and remain feminine and flattering.
I found the cutest shoes the other day while wandering looking at some shops. They are Sugar Skull Chucks from Naith Smith Design. Inspired by Day of the Dead skeleton cookies and candies, they are adorably macabre and had me reaching for this casual look from MichaMi. I am wearing one of my new shapes for Sui Generis. This is Linna and she will debut at the Skin/Shape Expo this coming weekend. She’s 5’10” which makes her petite by SL standards, though not too short unless you stand next to a 7’6″ avatar. Oh my!
This shape is based on a family photo. Most of the family is blonde and the resemblance is strong enough that I had to add blonde hair, like this Pine style from 69 because my usual red looked wrong with this face – one I am used to seeing on my blonde, blonde niece. The skin from La Sylphide adds to the resemblance.
Like all Sui Generis shapes, Linna comes in three moods In the picture above, you can see the moods she comes with – from the subtle smile on the left, the basic look in the center and the melancholy mood on the right. All Sui Generis shapes come with these three mood shapes plus a skirt shape.
We all know the drill. You put on your system clothes and then attach your primflap or crotch prim and begin to adjust and adjust and adjust. You want those textures to line up. You want the top of the prim not to stick out like a tiny shelf suspended off your pelvis. You hope the prim and the system pieces are the same shade. That the front and the back melt into the system pieces flawlessly. But they don’t, do they?
Well, don’t ask me how she did it, but Annyka Bekkers has mastered the primflap as you can see in this slipdress – Felice, from blowpop. It’s not impossible to spot the prim, but it’s damn difficult. I have never seen this difficult and aggravating piece of clothing done so well. It’s really an amazing job…and the prim flap is even harder to see on the lighter shades of clothing.
So reading the newest issue of Sxy2nd I see that readers voted and chose a swimsuit from JustB as the Sexiest Swimsuit in Second Life. I definitely had to check that out. The suit in the photo was white, but I chose the red for my bandana day outfit because, hey, it’s the 4th of July tomorrow. You are not seeing the sexiest option, that is after the cut and still discreetly photographed…you know me. I had some running around to do, so I covered up a bit with some other super sexy clothes from Exodi.
If you were paying attention last week, you would have popped over to Exodi for the 50% off sale in which 100% of proceeds were to be donated to Make A Wish Foundation in Michael Jackson’s memory. The total raised was 812.99 which is very exciting. While the sale was on, I ran over and picked up just about all the tops she has.
Now who wants to be Princes of QuiteALot when you could be Queen of Everything? Well, maybe not everything, but this dress from Evie’s Closet is one that makes me feel like a Jazz Queen. Maybe the Queen of Sweden who comes to Minnie the Moocher’s Wedding Day? Wait, that was the King of Sweden, wasn’t it If so, well that makes the song much more “political” as he was rumored to be Joe Hill’s father. But that’s too stream of consciousness for fashion blogging. Focus! So let’s focus on the lovely Octavia dress from Evie’s Closet. It’s got a gorgeous Greco-Roman style that would make it at home in the Senate or the Agora, but for me, also makes me think of the Egyptian Revival that flourished during the Jazz Age, which is why I paired it with Art Deco jewelry.
I was listening to Devandra Banhart last night as I was shooting and he kind of makes me think of colors and pastels and mashing things up in a playful way and this is what I ended up with. The top comes from a pink dress (most of my pink tops come from dresses since I accidentally deleted my entire folder of pink blouses) from New Zero aka PixelDolls. It’s a very sweet top with a lovely green ribbon prim in the back.The skirt is from hanamachi and is delightfully springlike.
Sick is an awesome sim for anytime you want to shoot an urban setting at night. With all the signage and the busy night streets, it’s really the perfect backdrop for urban chic – on the noir side. Unfortunately you cannot rez poseballs, but you can use a pose hud.
I saw Sasy wearing this dress the other night at Truth and knew I had to get it – and to wear it with this leather shrug from Cipher. The minute I saw the dress, this shrug came to mind, though I was unsure whether to wear the black or run over to Cipher and buy their red one (it comes in 5 colors) but my budget conscience carried the day and I stayed with the black shrug I already purchased.
Evangeline Miles makes some of the most beautiful gowns in Second Life® - in fact, she should include an oxygen tank with every dress package because her gowns are always breath-taking. The most stunning, I think, is this one, the Imperial Moon gown - a gown so lovely I have bought it twice.
Watching every motion in my foolish lover’s game
On this endless ocean finally lovers know no shame
Turning and returning to some secret place inside
Watching in slow motion as you turn around and say