Imagen

Ceteris paribus

Apparently some people are terribly concerned that others are going to steal their “look.”  I think this is greedy, selfish, and stupid.  Anti-inspect shields don’t work, and we can track something down even if you won’t tell us where it’s from.  By trying to hide the source of an item, the creator may lose sales.

Most importantly, no one is going to steal your look (unless they’re one of the crazies, and in that case, you have bigger issues than your look.)  The same outfit can have a dramatically different feel, just by changing the details.  Observe.

Same outfit.  Same accessories.  A change of hair, a change of skin, and you instantly › Continue reading

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Fishnets

Fishnets fishnets fishnets fishnets.  They’re possibly my favorite legwear in-world, bringing vintage sexiness with a touch of bad girl.  Annyka Bekkers of Blowpop recently released new fishnets, to much fanfare.  She’s put a lot of work into perfecting these.  I thought I’d see how some of my old favorites compare.

Check out the pelvic area, the general flow of the fishnet pattern, the side seams, the ankles, and the feet.  All of these are made well, but one pair in particular stands out for me.  Also, I don’t want to take over the whole feed, but feel free to click on the pic to go to my flickr and see side and rear views of the fishnets.

And a Halloweeny pic, because I felt like it. › Continue reading

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Thursday, October 8th, 2009 Compare-And-Contrast, Fashion, MV-SL-Fashion No Comments

Old and New from Fusemelon and Imagen

Aemilia Case has rebranded her hair store; what once was Philotic Energy now is Fusemelon, with new hair styles and textures, and an expanded product line.  In skin news, Imagen has released new versions of the adorable freckled Irene skins for the Skin/Shape Expo.

Let’s start with the new Imagen Irene 2.0 skins.  They’re appropriately named — this is an updated version of the Irene skin, rather than a whole new one.  Rack Brautigan, the creator, has done a bit of tweaking to improve the overall look of the body.  First, there’s a warmer, generally more rosy tone to the skin.  Also, check out the changes in the breast shading, ribs, stomach, belly button, and knees on the front side.  The rear view shows new shoulderblades, spine, knees, and heelbones.

No changes have been made to the face, which is fine with me.  I’m quite fond of the face.  The all-over freckles are pleasing without being too heavy, and the nose and mouth fit my shape very well.  There is a new set of makeups released for the skin fair, and they’re both adorable and versatile: lightly applied pale blue eyeshadow, a natural face, gentle eyeshadow smokiness, and a classic killer red lipstick with winged eyeliner.

Now, let’s talk about the hair.  › Continue reading

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Tuesday, September 29th, 2009 Fashion, Freckles, Skin 2 Comments

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

Bryce at Hair Fair 2009

Gentlemen, pay attention.  Many of you are oblivious to mens’ hairstyles in RL.  You think it doesn’t matter; you like the way your barber’s been cutting it the last decade; you don’t want to worry about upkeep.  (Ok, metrosexuals, perhaps this doesn’t apply to you.)  I ask you to scroll through the six hairstyles below.

Bryce Designs Wonder in Sienna and Tuxedo (proceeds benefit Locks of Love)

Hairstyles are important.  Hairstyles help to tell the world you are; they express a certain personality.  Bryce Tully, the talented creator behind Bryce Designs, has six offerings at hair fair, and each has its own flavor.  Bryce is one of the leading mens’ hair creators, which means one of the leading creators of ladies’ short styles.  Sorry boys; we’re stealin’ your stuff again.

Bryce Designs Holmes in Sienna and Tuxedo

Look at those › Continue reading

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Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009 Fashion No Comments

IDK

 

idk is a new store, a collaboration between veteran designers Esme Michigan of Uncle Wiggly and Chav Paderborn of Steamstress.  They describe the general aesthetic of their clothing as “kind of scene style like ish.”  Now, neither me nor my av is particularly “scene,” but many of the offerings are versatile, and suit a variety of looks.

I love love love the Drape Tops.  They’re a bit of a cross between a graphic tee and a dressier blouse.  The drapery around the neckline is very flattering, and the wrinkles on the midsection and shoulders lend a comfy feeling to the shirt.  The graphics are simple, elegant, and not overdone.

In the top pic, I’m wearing the idk Bubble Skirt.  The charcoal and black stripes are deliciously moody, while the shape of the skirt is playful and fun. The combination of those qualities make the skirt delightfully quirky and wearable.

Also worn is Tiny Bird hair.  I’ve been really digging on all the hairstyles Tiny Bird has been releasing, and the name coordinates nicely with the graphics on the shirts. There are sleeker, more polished styles at Tiny Bird, but my favorites are the hairstyles that are very RL-wearable: a bit messy, with wavy bits flying out, but totally chic.

Other things I’m wearing: my two favorite tattoos, from Tramp Stamp and Aitui.  Skin from Imagen, with great freckles and makeups that coordinate with the outfits.  Miriel eyes — get them now; the store is closing soon.  Jewelry from VG Republic (currently closed) and Dark Mouse.  Dark Mouse has the best everyday costume jewelry, and I wear their stuff all the time.  Stockings from Sheer — love ‘em.  One of my own skirts, the Dovely Linen Skirt from Vanitas Vesture.  Shoes from Detour and GL Designs.  The ruching on the Detour London Flats adds just the right amount of detail, and the GL Designs wedges are color-change; gotta love color-change.  Finally, poses from one of the masters, Reel Expression.

Outfit 1 Credits:
Hair: Tiny Bird Olivia in Wheat
Skin: Imagen Irene skin, Este tone, Humo makeup (lucky chair)
Eyes: Miriel Standard Eyes in Gilded Plum
Tattoo: Tramp Stamp Rowan
Shirt: idk Drape Top Black Bird
Skirt: idk Bubble Skirt (Horizontal Stripe) Charcoal
Bracelets: VG Republic Color-Change Resin Bangles (store closed)
Stockings: Sheer Stockings 04: Torn Fishnet Black
Shoes: Detour London Flats – Black

Outfit 2 Credits:
Hair: Tiny Bird WillowC in Ginger
Skin: Imagen Irene Skin, Este Tone, Patricia makeup (previous hunt)
Eyes: Miriel Standard Eyes in Champagne
Tattoo: Aitui Tattoo – Fire Fish Sleeves – method – worn
Shirt: idk Drape Top Silver Birdbranch
Skirt: Vanitas Vesture Dovely Linen Skirt – Green
Jewelry: Dark Mouse Charming Set in Sliver
Shoes: GL Designs Hips Wedges
Poses: Reel Expression  – from Movement and Vintage sets
photo layout inspired by juicybomb.com

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 Fashion No Comments

Freckleface

Freckles, oh freckles.  I not particularly fond of my real-life freckles; I wish I had a smooth, creamy complexion.  However, I won’t wear a skin without freckles in-world.  Odd, right?  Skins just don’t “feel” right on me otherwise.

The thing is, not all SL freckles are created equal, and we freckle-fiends are picky.  Fortunately, there are lots of freckled skins to choose from, in a variety of price points, each with unique freckle patterns, thanks to the talented creators we have in SL (y’all rock!)  From delicate barely-there freckles, to big fat freckles with a distinctly hand-drawn look.  From just a few, scattered across the nose, to freckles that cover from hairline to toes.

So, without further ado, I present freckles.










A few notes: All pics are taken with the same shape and the same windlight settings.  When possible, I’ve worn the provided eyebrow shaper for each skin.  Several of the makeups shown are previous hunt prizes or group gifts, but you should be able to find a selection of makeups offered from each store shown.

There are several skins above that are personal faves of mine.  And a part of me wants to talk more about them.  But really, this post is about the freckles, not about my own biases.  So scroll back up, and take another look.  Click to see larger sizes.  Choose your own favorites.  :)

Special thanks to [42], Blowpop, D-Skin, Fleur, and Genesis, who all generously sent review copies.

Credits:
1.  [42] Angel Kisses, Neutral tone, makeup 02.  L$300 for a set of four makeups in a single tone.  Two makeup sets and three tones available.
2.  Adam n Eve Devon – Red Special Edition (previous picks reward gift).  L$1200 per makeup; L$3000 set of four.  Four tones and eight makeups available.
3.  Adam n Eve Bliss – Tone 1 – Freckly makeup.  L$1200 per makeup; L$3000 set of four.  Four tones and four makeups available.
4.  Blowpop Infinity line, Elizabeth face, Heavy Cream tone, makeup 5.  L$1000 per skin; L$3600 6-makeup fatpack.  Three tones and six makeups available.
5.  Blowpop Mellie3 line, Honey tone, Burlesque Queen, brunette.  L$1200 set of four makeups; L$5000 20-look fatpack.  Six tones and 20 makeups available.
6.  Cupcakes Lovespell line, Lace tone, Spring Fling makeup (Easter hunt gift).  L$1000 per makeup; $5000 for fatpack of 10.  Five tones and 35 makeups available.
7. D-Skin Skin 64, F1_E0_L1 makeup.  L$1000 per makeup.  Many faces, each with 6 makeups available.
8.  Fleur Allure line, Bare set, Truffle shade, makeup 3.  L$1000 per makeup. A total of four makeups on six tones are available with freckles.
9.  Fleur Boutique Parfait 2 line, Strawberry tone, Makeup 2.  $L 1000 per makeup. A total of three makeups with freckles are available on three tones.
10. Curio Lovely face, Petal shade, Dark, Firehouse makeup.  $L1000 per makeup; $L3000 for fatpack of six.  Five faces in three shades, each with six makeups available.
11.  Curio Radiance Shade, freckle demo.  L$700 per makeup; L$2000 for fatpack of four. 10 shades and 44 makeups available.
12.  Genesis Eden line, Sugar tone, Reluctant makeup.  L$1000 per makeup; L$15000 for fatpack of 20.  8 shades and 20 makeups available.
13.  Heaven’s Skin&Shape yuka Prototype1N F.  Free.  A small selection of free skins, some freckled, available.
14.  Imagen Irene line, Este tone, Humo makeup (current lucky chair prize).  L$995 per makeup; L$2985 for fatpack of four.  Four shades and 16 makeups available.
15.  KA Lost Special Evangeline Lilly Skin (part of a complete avatar — free).
16.  lessthanthree Sugar Skins, light tone, Godiva gift makeup.  L$600 per makeup; L$3500 per fatpack of eight usually — fatpacks on sale for L$240 through April 24th — yes, that’s $L240.  Three shades and 8 makeups available.
17.  LF Chai, Ginger tone, Antonia makeup. L$250 per makeup.  Six tones and and 45 makeups available.
18.  LF Chai Double-Shot line, Tone 3, Brisk makeup (previous hunt gift).  L$950 per makeup; discount fatpack cards available in different amounts. Eight tones and 35 makeups available.
19.  Pulse Climax line, Tone 1, Makeup 2 demo.  L$1200 per makeup; L$10,000 for the fatpack of ten makeups.  Four tones and eleven makeups available.
20.  PXL Creations Grace Line, Natural Tone, NudeEyes NudeLips BrownEB F makeup.  $L1500 per makeup; L$4000 per fatpack of four; L$7000 per fatpack of seven.  Five tones and and 28 makeups available.
21.  Redgrave Laura face, Bronze makeup.  I don’t see this one in the store right now, so it may be slated for an updated rerelease.
22.  Rockberry TMRHE Gift Skin 4.  L$1250 for a set of 6 makeups.  6 freckled sets available.
23.  Rockberry Megan A Natural Freckles (current lucky chair gift).
24.  Skin Within Adhira line, Profile Gift.  L$1200 per makeup; L$3600 for a set of six makeups.  24 makeups available.
25.  Skywalker Halloween Gift Skin [lash].  L$800 per makeup.  L$2000 for a fatpack of 5.  A variety of faces available, with about 10-15 makeups available for each.
26.  Tuli Elizabeth skin, Fair tone, Enticing makeup.  L$750 per makeup; fatpacks for L$1275/3 makeups and L$2125/5 makeups.  Seven tones and 15 makeups available.
27.  Tuli Kalista skin, Light tone, Valentine makeup (previous hunt gift).  L$850 per makeup; L$4500 per fatpack of seven.  Three tones and 21 makeups available.
28. Tuli Natalie skin, Light tone, previous group gift.  L$1000 per makeup; L$3000 per fatpack of 5.  7 tones and 10 makeups available.
29. Tuli Sumi Beauty Red.

Non-skin Credits:
Eyes: Genesis Au Naturel Eyes in Hazel
Lashes: LeLutka Seductress Lashes
Hair: Truth Ana Lu in Auburn

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Friday, April 17th, 2009 Fashion, Freckles, Skin 4 Comments

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