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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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Review: Reel Expression Burlesque poses.

Reel Expression recently released several Burlesque-themed poses sets.  I wanted to do these pose sets justice, really showing off their expressive quality (more on that later.)  As I was playing with the poses, I decided to try my hand at setting up poses in an intimate, photable-type setting, using poseballs to set the poses where I wanted them.  It’s a bit of work to get the poses to work all together, trying to visualize where and how each pose will interact with one another, but it was an interesting experiment — though certainly an area where I could use quite a bit more practice.  It’s funny; you wouldn’t think slapping down a few poseballs would be so much work to align.

Moving on to the poses themselves.  In this case, I’m considering the two Burlesque standing pose sets and one Burlesque sitting pose set from Reel Expressions.  So, how does one evaluate a set of poses?  For me, specific criteria: expression, naturalism, fit, mesh distortion, and value.

First, expression: does the pose express a certain mood?  Is it sultry, or emo, or standoffish?  I demand that my poses have expression.  I want them to tell a story.  You may have a perfect outfit and setting, but it’s really the pose that will tell the narrative — the narrative that helps to make a picture worth a thousand words.

Burlesque, in my mind, is about the contradiction between › Continue reading

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Thursday, January 7th, 2010 Fashion, Feature, MV-SL-Fashion, Poses 4 Comments

Review: Elsa Boots from Sand Shack Surf Co.

The lovely and talented Emma Gilmour of Sand Shack Surf Co recently asked if I’d be interested in doing an in-depth, proper review of her latest shoes — the Elsa boots.  I was a bit hesitant to do a comprehensive review, as the potential for drama isn’t worth it for me.  Anyway, as Emma and I chatted, we reminisced about the early days of SL fashion blogging, when a reviewer was supposed to be thorough, and include both strengths and weaknesses of a particular item, and their own experiences with the item — when we expected bloggers to educate us on what we should be looking for when we evaluated things.  I decided to rise to the challenge — though in this case, it was easy, as Emma is an experienced, talented designer, and so there’s little need for constructive criticism.

So, these are the Elsa Boots, available from Sand Shack Surf Co.  First, let’s look at the features available with these boots, and then we’ll analyze them more closely.  There are essentially three › Continue reading

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Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 Fashion, Feature, MV-SL-Fashion, Shoes 1 Comment

Freckleface: A few more

A few more sumptuous freckles skins to look at today.  I’m running a bit behind on these, but I hope you’ll forgive me.  I’ve been out of town, and my internet access was inadequate at best.  Anyway, let’s start by taking a look at the faces.  As usual, all skins are shown on the same shape and brow shape, without prim eyelashes.

Each of these skins offers a different style of freckle, from the barely-there delicate dots to more full face coverage.  More notable about these four skins, however, is the overall feel of the face.  Some are more youthful, while others have a more mature look to them.  Vulnerable, naive, confident, innocent, fresh-faced, exotic, old-fashioned — these adjectives might apply to one or a few of these skins, but not all, and that’s what I like about them.  You have the opportunity to choose a skin that not only suits your shape and overall look, but even suits your particular mood at the moment.

Now, on to the bodywork.  › Continue reading

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Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 Fashion, Freckles, MV-SL-Fashion, Skin 2 Comments

A few darker skins at the Expo

So, you may know that I like freckled skins.  What you may not know is that I also really like the darker range of skins.  (Freckled dark skins are of course the holy grail.)  So here is a small selection of some of the darker skins available at the Skin/Shape Expo.

I find that darker skins in particular show off the unique character of the skins.  Not only does each skinmaker create unique shades in the darker range, the differences in facial features — lips, eyes, nose, brows — often become more pronounced.  Now, I’m wearing my usual shape, so of course they’ll appear different on your shape — do try them on.

With different skinmakers come different body shadings.  We’re looking at the overall body shading and the usual fine details — collarbone, boobs, elbows (front and back) abs, knees (front and back), toes, shoulderblades, spine, buttocks and heels.  Look closely at how each skin treats these body parts differently.

Now, shoo!  Go try on some dark skins!  Even if you think the darker shades don’t suit you or your av, I encourage you to try on a demo — the elegance of these beauties is worth it.

Also, the bra and panties set is an exclusive release, part of this weeks Fifty Linden Fridays, so if you like it, you’d best grab it before midnight tonight.

Credits:
Hair: Adam n Eve Lena – Black
Skins, left to right:
Rockberry Farrah F dark
Adam n Eve
Desire 2 Preview – Nutmeg
Curio GP Bean – Light – Vixen – Majesty 2
Eyes: Exodi Zbilja Eyes – Brown
Lingerie: 5th & Oxford Little Miss Lingerie in Olive (Fifty Linden Friday Special – today only

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Friday, October 2nd, 2009 Dark, Fashion, Skin No Comments

back to high school

Phire Zuhra of Style Genesis challenged bloggers to show off their high school style, and asked us what crowd we hung out with then.  This was a tough one for me — I drifted along the periphery of several different crowds: the Ivy-league-bound nerds, the drama kids, the band geeks, the student council preps, the stoners, the goth kids.  I had friends in every crowd, but never really belonged to any.  I guess I was a bit of a loner then, too.

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Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 Challenges, Fashion 1 Comment

Odds and Ends

I was looking at the mess of my inventory, thinking how woefully behind I am in sorting, when I had an idea.  I decided to see if I could create a cohesive look, using only items from my unsorted inventory.  So, I started with the first unsorted non-system folder, right below the trash, and worked my way down.

The process was oddly refeshing, allowing the look to develop organically and build upon itself.  I can get caught up in trying to achieve a specific look, looking only at items that meet my predetermined visual expectations.  Meanwhile, forgotten favorites moulder away in the inventory.  So, this was fun — no prior expectations, and using awesome items before they disappear into the dark abyss of sorted inventory.  Interestingly, the lovely Stacie Pryor of Sheek posted a similar concept just as I was editing my pics.

Now, while many of the items I’m wearing are previous group or hunt gifts, you may be able to find something similar in the creator’s store.  In addition, there are a few items in particular I’d like to draw your attention to. › Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 Uncategorized 3 Comments

Freckleface: Four that fit me

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the quantity of quality skins on the grid.  On the other hand, the selection means that we can find just the right skins to suit us, that feel right.  You know what I mean — ever tried on a skin that looked amazing on everyone else, but when you slapped on the demo, it looked like a stranger was staring back at you from your screen?

Here are four skins out right now that feel right to me.

Each of these faces are unique and have their own personality, yet they all have that special something that makes them feel right to me.  The bodies are equally unique — see how each creator has approached the stomach and back in a different way?  (I so love comparing things side by side.)

Want to try these skins on for yourself?  Here’s the info you want.  From left to right:
Adam n Eve Bliss T1 makeup Freckly
5th & Oxford Medium Fresh Freckles 6
*blowpop* N2 Elizabeth tone C 5.1 Graphite 1
Imagen Irene – Este – Patricia

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Friday, August 28th, 2009 Freckles, Skin 4 Comments

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