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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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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.

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

Footwear Expo: Overknee Boots

The clock is ticking!  Hurry over to the Footwear Expo before it closes at the end of the day!

I’m not quite sure why we collectively equate shoes with sex, but we do.  And no shoe screams sex more than an over-knee boot.

These are, of course, three examples of knee-high boots at the Footwear Expo.  Structured, slouchy, or skin-tight, these boots will add sexiness to any look.  You know you want some — over-knee boots, that is!

Credits:
Shoes, left to right:
SLink – Sydney Overknee Boot – 50L Friday Gold Edition
Coco KneeHigh Boots
J’s Thigh High Boots – Black

En Scene Photo Credits:
Hair: Truth - Marianne – Copper
Skin: Sn@tch – Plush Skin – Tone 2 – Babydoll Fr
Jacket: part of iBizarre Soraya Bolero Jumpsuit – Blue
Leotard: Elymode – bodysuit – wine/blue
Tights: Sn@tch – Cheetah Tights – Black
Boots: SLink - Sydney Overknee Boot – 50L Friday Gold Edition
Pose: Long Awkward Pose
Photographed at the Kyoot Mainstore

Disclaimer: Promotional samples: Coco and J’s boots, Sn@tch skin, Elymode bodysuit.  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: 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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