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Feature: Reel Expression Innocence Poses

The lovely and talented Luth Brodie of Reel Expression made some new poses a while back, and they are as usual gorgeous. The set’s called Innocence — I’ve dressed in a less-innocent outfit in order to show the expressiveness of the poses.

So, we’ll run through my pose criteria, starting with expression.  These poses are stunning.  If you dressed your av in an innocent way, they express innocence, as the title implies. In any other outfit, they’ll also express a bit of shyness and especially a certain vulnerability.  They express the beauty of self-doubt — and yes, a bit of self-doubt in an otherwise confident person is beautiful.  After all, flawlessness is dead boring. Our human frailties are › Continue reading

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Friday, March 5th, 2010 Fashion, Feature, MV-SL-Fashion, Poses No Comments

Footwear Expo: Cozy Boots

Winter has arrived in Second Life.  Delicate snowflakes drift down to coat the trees and we get to pull our our coziest-looking winter wear. This of course also means cozy shoes, from little booties to fluffy snowboots.

These four pairs are a few of the offerings available at the Footwear Expo, ending today.  The first are perfect for curling up in front of a fire with your honey; the others are adorable outerwear choices.  In RL, I worry about wearing these types of boots, but in SL, I’m safe — dirty slush can’t soak into my cozy boots and ruin them!

Footwear Credits, all available at the Footwear Expo:
Decoy – Nash Bootie – Brown/Pink
Lazy Places – Knuffel Boots – Grey Chocolate
Miau Haus – Snow Boot – Tan
Surf Couture Parker Knit Boots – Yellow (with color-change slouchy socks)

En Scene photo credits:
Hair: Tiny Bird – Precious Things – Stein Silver (tinted)
Skin: Minajunk Skin – Cry – Pink
Scarf: Artilleri – Sue neck scarf – Pink Polkadot
Sweater: SWA – Cropped Sweater – Yellow (came with the Siren Sundress)
Dress: SD Wears – Bubble-Poo Dress – Pink Peppercorn
Tights: Bijou – Stocking C – White
Boots: Surf Couture Parker Knit Boots – Yellow (with color-change slouchy socks)
Pose: Long Awkward Pose
Photographed at fri.day

Disclaimer: All footwear was received as promotional samples.  I’m acquainted with some of the designers shown here.  However, I only blog things I like, regardless of affiliations or gifts.

Footwear Credits:
Decoy – Nash Bootie – Brown/Pink
Lazy Places – Knuffel Boots – Grey Chocolate
Miau Haus – Snow Boot – Tan
Surf Couture Parker Knit Boots – Yellow

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Footwear Expo: Flats

Dude, how awesome are the tiny skull and crossbones on these shoes?

It’s funny, I’ve been a heels girl for most of my life, but lately I’ve been favoring flats, in RL.  It’s a new experience for me, discovering a range of shoe shapes and styles I’d previously not noticed.  As you can see from a few of the flats available at the Footwear Expo, shown below, we’ve plenty of digital options, too.

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Advocate for a Cure

It’s easy to say you support racing for a cure, or promoting breast cancer awareness generally.  What about everyday advocating for breast health? 

Recently I was having Sunday lunch with a friend and her fourteen-year-old daughter at a wings place, and of course the football games were on TV.  A few of the teams were wearing hot pink jerseys, and we talked about how wonderful it was that those big brawny macho football players were wearing pink to support breast cancer awareness.  Then, things got interesting. › Continue reading

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Monday, October 26th, 2009 Fashion, LOTD, MV-SL-Fashion No Comments

Denim One

This begins what will be a series of jean comparison posts.  Most posts will focus on a specific style or cut, such as holey jeans or high-waisted jeans.  But, I thought I’d start with a simple post showing the importance of cut, and discuss the factors I consider in a pair of pixellated jeans.

Jeans are ubiquitous in both my lives.  I love them; they’re so easy to dress up and dress down for most casual occasions.  However, the look you’re going for will determine which pair of jeans you grab from your closet or inventory.  The cut of a pair of jeans often determines the mood — take a look at how each of these four pairs of jeans subtly change the overall feel of the outfit.

Now, let’s talk about what makes a pair of jeans unique.

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Tuesday, October 6th, 2009 Fashion, MV-SL-Fashion, Pants 4 Comments

Lounging around

I was pleased when the talented designer and photographer Elysium Eilde of Elymode dropped her Lounging Set on me.  I was over the moon once I tried it on — how adorable are these things?  The quality is superb — these lounging pieces scream softness, from the overall cottony texture to the gentle wrinkles, placed just so.  The attention to detail is really remarkable.  In particular, I absolutely love the slouchy cut of these pieces.  There are no straight hemlines or waistbands; the fabric’s riding up this side, or drooping over that hip, just as it would if we were lazing around on a Sunday afternoon.  The cut of each piece — the jacket, the tank, the pants, the panties — is designed to interact with the rest of the set just beautifully.

Now, there are a total of 12 colors; here I’m showing gold, green, and light gray.  The light gray is my fave — it has that perfect heather texture of my fave RL lounging set.  They’re meant to be mixed and matched, and the cuffs on the sweater and pants are color-changeable to every color in the set.  (The cuffs on the clothing texture are well-finished, in case you want to skip the prim attachments.  The attention to detail here is really remarkable.)  They’re also versatile pieces to have in your wardrobe: I’ve dressed them up a bit below.

Credits:

Hair: Tiny Bird The Art Teacher II in Ginger
Skin: Adam n Eve Amanda – Glossy – Freckles
Clothing: Elymode Lounging Set (Lounging Cami and Panties, Lounging Pants, Lounging Zipped Sweater) in Gold, Green, and Light Gray
Skirt: Artilleri Carla Circle Skirt – Red Polka Dot
Dress: Punch Drunk Glam Rock Dress
Location and furniture, pic 1: Artilleri Home
Poses, pic 2: from [LAP] Long Awkward Pose Casually Chill set
Poses, pic 3:from [LAP] Long Awkward Pose Slippery set

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Friday, September 25th, 2009 Fashion No Comments

Second Date

Fleur recently released the Second Date dress.  I love this dress — it’s very much like something I’d wear in RL.  The above-the-knee hemline is playful and fresh for summer, and balances out the plunging neckline quite nicely.  A wide black sash accentuates the waist, complimenting the hourglass female figure.  It’s Roslin Petion’s first solo endeavor as a clothing designer, and wow!  it’s very skillfully done; I never would have guessed.  The shading is delicate and subtle, with no visible seams. 

I’m also wearing a Fleur skin, the Strawberry Parfait 2.  It has a distinctly hand-drawn feel, with a youthful, fresh innocent face.  The lips are full and pouty, and the hand-drawn freckles are playful.  Fleur skins are currently 50% off, but I don’t know how long the sale will last, so hurry, hurry, hurry!

Credits:
Hair: Tiny Bird WillowC in Ginger
Skin: Fleur Boutique Strawberry Parfait 2
Eyes: Miriel Realistic Eyes – Aquamarine
Lashes: LeLutka Seductress volume sculpted lashes
Top Tattoo: Artilleri Spotty Mix Tattoo
Bottom Tattoo: Tramp Stamp Rowan
Dress: Fleur Second Date in Teal
Bracelets: Yak & Yeti Devdas Indian Glass Bangle Set
Earrings: Yak & Yeti Bollywood Jewelry – silver/topaz
Shoes: 1-800 Bettie’s Black Sandal Pumps
Poses: TorridWear
Photo layouts inspired by Stacie Pryor

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Monday, June 1st, 2009 Fashion No Comments

Posemaker Challenge: Dove Love

So, Achariya challenged bloggers, and Dove motivated bloggers — to do what we should be doing anyway.  I admit, I haven’t been the best about crediting posemakers.  All my poses are all jammed into a single posestand, and I have a tendency to flip through them all in one photoshoot.  But I’m trying to be better about being aware of whose poses I’m using, and crediting that person’s work.  And I’m starting with the posemaker who takes up the most space in said posestand, for good reason.

Achariya gave specific parameters for the challenge: choose FIVE poses from ONE posemaker to feature.  Well, I’m not the best at following directions.  This is part one of two, and I’ll feature as many poses as I please!  So without further ado, I present the poses of Dove Swanson, the posemaker for [LAP] – Long Awkward Poses.

I probably use [LAP] poses more than any other posemaker.  What initially attracted me to [LAP] was the attitude.   You know that girl that’s so sure of herself that she doesn’t give a damn what other people think?  That’s Dove’s poses, at first glance.

As I collected more [LAP] and spent more time with these poses, I discovered layers of depth, beyond that surface attitude.  These poses are who we are, who we want to be.  Sometimes confident and self-assured, sometimes terribly alone and vulnerable.  Sometimes glamorous, sometimes everyday ordinary.

Poses are one of the most expressive tools we have in SL.  And it’s thanks to posemakers like Dove Swanson that we make use of these tools.  Hell, Dove makes me look good, and helps me to communicate with the body language of my avatar, even when I’m just standing still.

Credits:
Hair: Artilleri Chrissy in Red (discontinued)
Skin: Adam n Eve Bliss T1 in Freckly makeup
Earrings: part of Dark Mouse True Metal Cross set in copper
Shirt: Armidi Sheer Ribbed Tank Top in Black (worn on multiple layers for opacity)
Paint Spattered Arms: part of MUWU Painting Madness outfit
Belt: Manna Boutique Montmartre (Ladies)
Pants: Frozen Turquoise Valentine Wide Leg Jeans
and of course, all poses from [LAP] Long Awkward Poses
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Thursday, March 5th, 2009 Fashion 3 Comments

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