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Look of the Day: June 18th

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Friday, June 18th, 2010 Fashion, LOTD, MV-SL-Fashion, Uncategorized No Comments

Frecklefaces like makeup!

We talk a lot about shading, about the qualities that make a skin “good.”  And then we get to the makeups.  My face is the part of the av I spend the most time looking at, and I usually pick skins for blog posts based on the “look” — usually, that’s achieved through makeup.  If you don’t buy fatpacks of skins, it’s the makeup that determines which skin in a particular line we want to buy.  If a skin creator doesn’t have the makeup we’re looking for, we’ll often walk away.

Above, you can see three makeups each from three different creators.  The first row is › Continue reading

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News!

I’m so pleased to announce a some major changes to my blog! I have a new look and a new address: I’ve moved from sarahthered.wordpress.com to sarahthered.com. This move has been made possible thanks to my sponsor, Alderson & Charron’s Third Life Books. In acknowledgment, you’ll notice a new Sponsorship section in the right-hand column of the blog, with a link to their web page.

I’ve also edited the title of the blog. Where I once was What? Another Fashion Blog?, I’m now Red and Re-Read: What? Another Fashion Blog?)  I wish I could take credit for the clever wordplay, but I’m afraid it’s all Kat Alderson’s work. I also need to acknowledge Stacie Pryor, who has been and remains an influence in my blogging, and is a total dollface.  I also adore Anya Ohmai for her help in tweaking the CSS of the new blog theme. <3

And, I don’t know how to say this without sounding totally cheesy, but thank you for reading.  I know “dear readers” is a total cliché, but it’s true — without you, I’d have no motivation to put together the pictures and words and whatnot; I’d just be talking to a bunch of LEDs in a monitor, and that would be lame.  Also, those of y’all who write awesome blogs and take awesome pictures — I may never have gotten into this without your influence.

So, <3 to you all, and to Third Life Books, and y’all who have supported me along the way.  I celebrate this milestone with you.

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010 Uncategorized 3 Comments

Cowgirl boots

You would think that, being from Texas, I would have a life-long love of cowboy boots, but you’d be wrong.  For years, I fought against a western look, thinking that in doing so, I was fighting against the stereotype that all Texans wear Wranglers, ride horses, and own cattle or oil wells.  The truth is, I grew up in a city of over a million people, and I’m no rodeo girl.

But, what can I say, I’m a sucker for trends.  The cowgirl boot is in, and maybe I’m grown up enough (or immature enough) to accept and enjoy messing with peoples’ assumptions.

So, here are three cowgirl boots in SL.  First, about their SL-shoe-ness.  All three styles attach the boot at the ankle, rather than the foot.  This is good for photos, as you won’t get wonky broken ankles, but bad if you were planning on wearing pants with a cuff attachment.  The three boots fit differently — if you look at the comparision photos, you’ll see that the Adam n Eve boots sit very high on the leg, while the Kalnins sit rather low.  All three use sophisticated sculpt shapes, and all three are meticulously textured.

Now, about the boots.  The above criteria are really specific to the virtual world we live in; the next comparison points apply equally to non-virtual boots.  The most obvious difference in the boots is › Continue reading

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Look of the Day: January 22nd

It’s been a long time since I did a look of the day.  Usually, my look of the day is whatever outfit I’m wearing for another blog post.  However, I’ve decided to start sharing my “running around the grid” looks, because, well, I like them.

I like to wear simple, comfortable looks when I’m hanging out in the skybox, or running around the grid.  I don’t accessorize much; I just like to throw together a few › Continue reading

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Friday, January 22nd, 2010 Fashion, LOTD, MV-SL-Fashion, Uncategorized No Comments

Eyes

A few eyes for you to compare today.

From top to bottom:

Miriel Realistic Eyes in Muted Hazel are, unfortunately, no longer available in-world, but they remain favorites.  The coloring on these is perfect, with just the right shade of green around the edges, with the heavy amber haloing around the pupil.

I love the size of the irises and pupils in Eponym Fallen Eyes in Chicory, and the shading around the edge of the iris.  The hint of pink in the corners is nice, hinting at realism without getting too veiny.

Kunstkammer Surrealist Eyes in Olive Green really capture the detail of the human iris, with its weird structure, like transparent bits all layered over each other and jumbled a bit.  The muted coloring is very natural.

SLink‘s Eyescream Eyes in Flecked Forest are smouldering, with nice shading along the top of the whole eye, where the eyelid casts a shadow.  I also like the soft blurred edge of the pupil.

Disclaimer: I’m acquainted with some of the designers shown here.  However, I only blog things I like, regardless of affiliations or gifts.

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Footwear Expo: Sandals

Wheeeee! More footwear from the Footwear Expo!  I was planning on saying something about wearing open-toed shoes in winter, since it’s a virtual world, and our toes don’t get cold or wet, etc.  But, why do we always comment on the weather?  Why do we do so more often in the winter?  It’s funny how our physical worlds have such a strong influence on how we see our virtual worlds.

Ok, back to the shoes.  Obviously, these are sandals, a selection from the Footwear Expo.  All but the second pair in the first row have prim feet, so it was an adventure for me to learn all the different tinting HUDs.  I’m still a bit of a noob when it comes to tinting feet, so please excuse any errors.  What I find most interesting is that with the tinting HUD often do far more than just tinting.  From resizing to toenail colors to recoloring individual parts of the shoe, these HUDs offer far more options than old-fashioned click-to-change-color shoes.

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Sunday, December 6th, 2009 Uncategorized No Comments

Footwear Expo: Booties

Have you heard that the Footwear Expo ends today?  If you’ve not been yet, perhaps these booties will tempt you.

First, I must say, booties are generally terribly unflattering to most of our RL figures.  The solid structure, ending abruptly where foot meets leg, destroys the leg line and makes you look short.  That said, I adore them.  They have a certain je-ne-sais-quois that just screams chic.  And of course in SL we can just make our legs a bit longer to compensate.

What I find most striking about this set of booties, all available at the Footwear Expo, are the › Continue reading

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Footwear Expo: Work Boots

The Footwear Expo ends today — it’s your last chance to see so many talented virtual cobblers in one place!

Work boots, by themselves, may not seem very girly.  However, They add an edge to an outfit that can’t be achieved any other way.  Oh, and they’re terribly stylish right now, in both worlds.

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Freckleface: Eye see you!

Another round of freckled skins for us to compare! Hooray!

Freckles are awesome, and so are these faces.  I love that these skins bring very unique personalities to the same shape, with the same brow, lighting and hair.

I wanted to talk about eyes in this post, and what characteristics to consider when comparing eyes between skins.  So I made you an annotated  animated gif. Yay! › Continue reading

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