What Barely’s Wearing Today

31 01 2013

What Barely's Wearing Today

Barely got hit with a set of vests and shirts with bow ties from Jayden Rage. At first he wasn’t quite sure what to do, but a look through the set showed a pretty intensely cool choice of pieces. Jayden’s opening a store and wants to make sure you all check these out. (Barely and I think you should too.) Barely and I worked together to nerd up his look, opting for some spectacular madras pants from Nazaire and spiffy shoes from 2REAL Okelli. Now if he wouldn’t fall asleep while I am trying to take photos….

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

What Barely's Wearing Today

Hair – Exile – Kavar Cleanslate – Sexy Action News in Drift

Skin – Nivaro – ReishiProphet Resident – Emerson Skin in creamtone

Sweater – Avoid – Jayden Rage – Geekazoid in 18 *

Eyes – Ikon – Ikon Innovia – Eternal Eyes in Storm

Trousers – Entente – Nazaire Resident – Madras Pants

Shoes – 2Real – 2REAL Okelli – Low Cuttlerz

Posing stool: Diesel Works – Hemingway Stool by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *






After All’s Set and Done

30 01 2013

Heart and Soul

Someone pointed me to a new site about eggcorns. As Wiki says, “In linguistics, an eggcorn is an idiosyncratic substitution of a word or phrase for a word or words that sound similar or identical in the speaker’s dialect.” In other words, people substitute words because it sounds right and almost makes sense. I played with a few in italics below.

Heart and Soul

This outfit gave me a new leash on life. I chuck it up to the great mesh work done by ValetinaEvangelista. Front in center are the finely textured jacket and skirt, these pieces add up to a darling outfit, enhanced with brass buttons and great textures and its elk. My tank top underneath is from a new set of many colors that Erratic Rain just released and my boots are Bax Coen’s generous ontray for the Dressing Room Fusion.

Heart and Soul

I am trying to curve my enthusiasm about this great new skin from Aleida Rhode with its great details, from the beautiful nose to the boldly-drawn eyes and gorgeously highlighted body. All tolled, it’s a great new addition to the grid with its jar-dropping beauty. (And the one I am wearing is a GIFT for group members so run over there now!) Chiaki Xue presents a new hair for girls, flippy and fun and floorless, while Tiffy Vella is releasing her Valentine’s Day jewelry. This set comes with extensive color change for each of the hearts and the chain, and is not exuberantly priced.

Heart and Soul

Sowing my wild oaks with a little cognitive dissidence.

Hair: *Dura-Girl*43(Black)resize by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: Elysium – Devine – dark by Aleida Rhode for Elysium

Eyes: IKON Utopia Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Jacket: :V.e. Cadet Jacket West Point by ValentinaEvangelista for Valentina E. Couture *

Top: erratic / basics – racerback / brights red 2 by Erratic Rain for erratic *

Skirt: :V.e. Pleated Cadet Skirt M Kremlin by ValentinaEvangelista for Valentina E. Couture *

Jewelry: Eclectica ‘Gathered Hearts’ Neckpiece, Earrings, and Bracelet by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Socks: (Milk Motion)My High socks by Marie Lauridsen for Milk Motion

Boots: BAX Foxy Boots Steel by Bax Coen for BAX, available at TDR Fusion *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *





Learning Curve

28 01 2013

Emerald

You want to be taken seriously, stop dressing like a little girl. ~ Joan Harris

Emerald

Girls who want to be more curvy in SL needn’t worry—mesh pieces will make your dreams come true. Start first with this sexy mesh dress from Marie Lauridsen. By focusing on the shape of the body and not putting a print where a solid color can do all the work, Marie has made this dress clingy and sexy, especially with her telling wrinkles and highlights. Add to this, Marie has added appliers that can be used with mesh breasts, and the dress is the kind of sexy outfit a girl with curves can enjoy wearing without feeling like she is looking trashy. (In this case the appliers were made for Lolas but work pretty well with the Lush breasts.) Add the new peeptoe heels from Gospel Voom, and it’s dangerous curves ahead!

Emerald

My goal was, of course, to kind of replicate the look of Christina Hendrichs. This skin from Hart Larsson does that rather well with its refined coloring and delicious porcelain tone. Hart has recently come out with appliers for Lush so I was able to create an almost-seamless look. My necklace is a pretty pearl-bedecked Valentine from Tosy Xue. And Truth Hawks recent wispy cut in a brilliant ginger-tone makes me almost-Christina (voted sexiest woman alive by Esquire, and boy, they weren’t kidding).

Emerald

The men who constantly stare at our breasts are never the men we’re attracted to. ~ Christina Hendrichs

Hair: >TRUTH< Devina w/Roots – pumpkin by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [PXL] FAITH SK NE DEB C3 with [PXL] FAITH SK Cat Eyes by Hart Larsson for [PXL]

Makeup: L.Fauna Lipstick [Red 2] by Launa Fauna for L.Fauna

Eyes: IKON Horizon Eyes v2 – Deep Glass (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: (Milk Motion) Mina dress – emerald by Marie Lauridsen for Milk Motion, available at the TDR Fusion

Necklace: +:+WTG+:+ **sweet heart** necklace by Tosy Xue for +:+WTG+:+ *

Boobs: [d] Lush Breasts 1.3 by Riann Maltese for Lush

Appliers: [ PXL ] Lush SK Applier by Hart Larsson for [PXL] *

Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_ScarlettPlain by Jin Elfan for Leverocci

Shoes: [Gos] Sophia Peeptoe – Essentials Collection by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *





Va Va Voom!

27 01 2013

Va Va Voom!

“Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.” ~ Mae West

Va Va Voom!

A considerable debate has arisen in the grid about .. well… boobs. I moderate the Skin Addiction group and after considerable discussion, I thought I knew just about all there was to know about mesh boobs without actually owning a pair. I admit. I was put off by the size of them on most avatars. I was also conflicted about how they were used as a piece of essential sexuality—I have big boobs, therefore I am sexy. Sometimes seeing the size of them on some avatars is like seeing male avatars running around with oversized attachments—it’s a silly cartoon. Also I was amused by the naivete of the wearers—don’t you realize having big knockers isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? (Come live in my bra for a day and you’ll find out.)

But I finally caved. What half-decent fashion blogger is not going to investigate the biggest fashion trend since prim feet shoes came out? I bought a pair of Lush mesh breasts—these from Riann Maltese, who offers a demo, unlike the most popular brand, and a guarantee to help match them. But matching them wasn’t a problem at all because Tricky Boucher has recently made appliers for the Lush set, which makes matching a breeze. (Other skin makers, like Hart Larsson, are also coming out with appliers for Lush.)

Va Va Voom!

Fitting, however, is another whole cup of tea. The thing that many find troublesome—the oversized nature, the unrealistic shape—is kind of mitigated by the new Lush set. They aren’t as perky, as cartoonish, or as unreasonably proportioned. However, they are still large and full and putting them on my regular shape (generally a size S in mesh) was not working.

I went to Solange Cerveau, the grid’s goddess of silks and lingerie, for help. She has released quite a few pieces of her sexy lingerie and silks with Lola Tango appliers, and those appliers can be used on Lush breasts with limited success. (The shape of the two breast sets is distinctly different so matching things up is not always the easiest.) She showed me a few tricks (minimize your shape’s chest to 0, work with the repeats on the layers of the mesh to fiddle with positioning, scoot them up and down to make the skin matching to flow together). This gorgeous ensemble is from Solange and it really looks great on a lady with assets.

I finally realized the only way to make them look appropriate to me was to put them on a bigger shape. I didn’t want my breasts proceeding me into any sim and being the whole focus of my look. Having fit them to this fuller sized shape from Xme Xue, I find that I can wear them and feel sexy without feeling silly. Previews of these photos to friends, both male and female, received very positive reviews.

I will note that purchasing the additional appliers is an expense with many designers. I think folks will be put off by an additional 100L upcharge, but I have seen them for 25L or free and/or included in many cases. Warning designers–don’t get greedy, especially if you do a crappy job with the appliers.

My conclusion is that mesh breasts can look appropriate at times and give a great silhouette to a lady’s shape if they are proportioned correctly. Remember that Marilyn Monroe was never really a skinny girl and Christina Hendrichs, a lady with a voluptuous shape, is no size 0. You gotta be able to carry them.

Va Va Voom!

“Too much of a good thing can be wonderful!” ~ Mae West

Hair: >TRUTH< Moxie – night by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: -Belleza- Ava Sk 7 with -Belleza- Ava SK Matte Lips 8 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Makeup: -Belleza- Eyeliner 1by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Shape: MAGGIE – Copy/Mod by Xme Xue for Ample Avi *

Eyes: IKON Utopia Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Outfit: RED/GOLD Carnal Lingerie by Solange Cerveau for Solange! *

Boobs: [d] Lush Breasts 1.3 by Riann Maltese for Lush

Appliers: -Belleza- Lush Sk by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Shoes: .*Courtisane*: La Sauvage L NO CALF SL V.2 /black by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *





If the Shoe Fits…

26 01 2013

shoes comp2 copy

“For women, shoes are the most important. Good shoes take you good places.” ~ Seo Min Hyun

The news crashing the feeds and grid today is about the introduction of the new Gos Boutique line of shoes and feet. The main difference these will provide is an easier system for matching your skin to the shoes, making the very aggravating business of matching feet to the main skin almost effortless.

How does it work? Pretty simple—Gos has gathered the skin tones and settings for over 300 skins (and he will be adding more) so that he has done all the work for you. All you do is wear the HUD (show below). It will take you to a webpage (shown under the HUD) where your avatar is automagically registered with a password and where you can search for skins he has already matched and choose the correct skin. As you can see, he has already gathered quite a collection of well known skins.

Easy peasy. You click the skin you want. You sync the HUD, abracadabra, it shows up on your HUD. You click the HUD and it shows up on your shoes. Even ankle dorks like me can do it!

If the Shoe Fits...

HUD shown in-world

If the Shoe Fits...

Personal skin database

If the Shoe Fits...

Available skins

If your skin is not listed, you have a couple options—you can do a manual match using the hud, which uses a traditional spectrum matching grid with 17 base skin colors or you can register your desire for your skin to be matched on Gos’ blog here. He is working pretty busily on gathering more skins to be matched and most popular, of course, will get matched first, so even if you manage to match yours, register anyway.

You can store up to five skins in the hud, and the hud works from shoe to shoe with a simple sync. I honestly have not found it so easy to match skins, especially as I am particularly skin-matching deficient. The shoes are great because the database will never become obsolete—when someone comes out with a new skin, I can check and see if Gos has matched it yet and quickly click to match or send in a request.

And of course, the styles are amazingly gorgeous. I tried them with a variety of skins to show how the match comes out great every time. And oh man, how EASY!

If the Shoe Fits...

Skin: Belleza Ava SK by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Shoe: The Grace Sandal by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

If the Shoe Fits...

Skin: League SK by Nena Janus for *League*

Shoe: The Marilyn Sandal by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

If the Shoe Fits...

Skin: PXL Sophia by Hart Larsson for [PXL] *

Shoe: The Mae Platform by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

If the Shoe Fits...

Skin: Glam Affair Amberly Jamaica by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Shoe: The Sophia Peeptoe by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

If the Shoe Fits...

Skin: Adam N Eve T3 Siobhan by Sachi Vixen for Adam n Eve  (had to show the great knees.. heehee) *

Feet: Arched Feet and Flat Feet by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Find them TODAY at noon SLT at Gos Boutique. Tutorial found here.





Lupe

25 01 2013

Lupe

She calls me and I can hear the purr of her soft Carribean voice blunted by the consonants of Dutch in my ear. “Darling!” she greets me. “I am going shopping tomorrow. Would you like to join me?”

Lupe

She is technically still a he. She still has the equipment to be a he, but prefers the adornment and way of being a woman. She is not swishy or femme—she is womanly, revealing a regal demeanor cut with a tough edge. Years of being underground in her desires and then the painful process of coming out in a macho culture have created strong backbone. She is not flamboyant as so many in her situation but rather dignified and self-contained.

Europe afforded her a safer place to be who she was, but it also gave her cold feet—cold cold feet. “Darling,” she laughs, “there are days when I can’t feel my poor toes it’s so cold here.” She likes recounting the first time she got off the plane in Northern Europe in January. She had no idea what she was encountering. It was surreal to her. All the sunny days of her childhood in the Carribean, the dry salty air, the big turquoise skies and bright colors in the white sun—all washed to a gray, damp efficient urban solidity.

Some days she wears colors—bright colors. They remind her of the joy of spring in her new home, the rich loam in the air,  the colors of nature exploding and awakening and warmth finally returning to her feet. The first spring she hopped on her bike, rode for kilometers and happened on a tulip field. She gazed at it for hours.

Lupe

Shopping with Lupe is a trip as in a “trip.” She dabbles in the black arts of fashion, finding all the backstore jewelers, the street vendors with gypsy fabrics, the bizarre and unusual and exotic. She mixes leather with snakeskin, lace with motorcycle boots, black lipstick with lush lashes. She is an other being, transinternational and transsexual.

 

She works as a hostess/bouncer in a sex club—there is simply no other work suitable for a woman who is a man. “Eh, it’s three nights a week and good pay. Who am I to complain?” She has a degree in psychology—it serves her well in comforting the t-girls, moody on hormones, fretting about their finances and their nails, crying about the disappointments of their transformation. She always counsels, “It’s a long road and doesn’t always seem to get you as far as you hoped. But it’s the road that chose us so it’s the right way.”

This is one of her club outfits—a combination of fetish and lace and leather. It serves her well—it alternately turns on the patrons and scares them into good behavior. This ensemble is a favorite—dark, brash, sexy. It shows off the surgery she has paid dearly for—an augmentation both expensive and painful.

Is she happy? Happy enough. She has found her place, though her feet get cold sometimes. This is her life.

Lupe

“There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin

Hair: Reptilia by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills

Skin and Eyes:  Anaya by Psycho Kondor for PK Skins

Makeup: Heavy black combo by Yoko Leeeroy for .:Glamorize:.

Bodysuit: JD EXOTIC by Wiraya Johin for Jaydee Designs

Bracelets: Kabuki by Kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Earrings: Senjyu by Mandala by Kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Nails: Kabuki by Mandala by Kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Choker: Milky Way by Kikunosuke Eel for Mandala

Piercings (nose): Gemma by ROZOREGALIA Braveheart for Rozoregalia

Hip Chain: Babette by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer

Belt: Dominator by Tatyana Ultsch for Insanya

Boots: Elise by Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild

Scene ~*GOD*~ Dream Scene – Showcase Set 2 – Box (Snake) by Kayle Matzerath for Garden of Dreams *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations *

Model: Lupe. Photos and text by Harper Beresford





Agua Misteriosa

24 01 2013

Agua Misteriosa

Only time, only the wind,
only your voice, only the colour of your dark hair when you look at me.

I only need you to say to me that what I’m feeling isn’t crazy,
that you feel it when you look at me.

From your mouth, my lips drank water from a mysterious source,
from your mouth.

~ “Agua Misteriosa” by Javier Limon, featuring La Shica

Agua Misteriosa

Long time readers of my blog know I am a secret flamenco fan. I just love the passion and heat of the music, the intensity of the dance, the poeticism of the lyrics and the idea of “duende.” While this is not a traditional flamenco look, it captures the colors and the essence of that passion.

Start with my gorgeous sheath dress from Valentinaevangelista, a beautifully sculpted piece textured with a lush silky pleated texture. I slid this mesh piece over my head and felt the folds of silk drape around my waist, puddling in a beautiful silhouette. I love the halter with the deep cut back—sexy isn’t always about showing it all—it’s about featuring a beautiful part of the body.

 

Agua Misteriosa

Zaara Kohime has recently come out with a new set of gorgeous mesh jewelry with her signature exquisite textures. The set, which comes in seven different varieties, includes a necklace, bracelet and earrings, which combine precious and semi-precious stones in beautiful settings, elevating the lush colors of nature to pieces of exquisite art.

To create the beautiful girl to wear these pieces, I relied on Tricky Boucher’s newest skin, a dramatic updo from Kavar Clean slate and piercingly turquoise eyes from Ikon Innovia. Passion? Got it.

Agua Misteriosa

“She would be half a planet away, floating in a turquoise sea, dancing by moonlight to flamenco guitar.” ~ Janet Fitch

Hair: ::Exile:: Collide:Rust by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: -Belleza- Ava Sk 0 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza- *

Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Marine (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: :V.e. Immersion Gown Ocean by valentinaevangelista for Valentina E. Couture, available at Zodiac

Jewelry: Zaara : Atiriya stone bracelet, earrings and necklace in *carnelian-gold* by Zaara Kohime for Zaara *

Nails: Leverocci – Round Nails_1FA_PastelPlain by Jin Elfan for Leverocci

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *





Crave You

23 01 2013

Crave You

I walked into the room dripping in gold
Dripping in gold
A wave of heads did turn, or so I’ve been told
Or so I’ve been told
My heart broke when I saw you kept your gaze controlled

~ “Crave You” by Flight Facilities

Crave You

I walked into the room dripping in gold, this a gown from AvaGardner Kungler in mesh. This is where mesh is taken step above and we aren’t just given the same templates with the same textures. As usual, Ava, who is a trained designer in RL, applies a variety of textures and elements to her clothing that push them from fashion to couture. I can’t help but love how this simple silhouette is raised by the beautiful textures and more importantly, proportions, that Ava brings to her designs.

Crave You

This lovely light and golden skin from Aida Ewing adds elegance to this ensemble, especially with Ikon Innovia’s hazel eyes. And long flowing locks from Truth Hawks complete it plus another tiger lily–this one golden—from Maxi Gossamer.

I want to note that this room I am in is part of a group of pieces that Kayle Matzerath has made in mesh that are graphically bold and evocative of modern art spaces. The orange bars you see are actually 3D rendered as are the different squares on the wall plus the baked in lights. They are excellent for photography scenes.

Crave You

Why can’t you want me like the other boys do?
They stare at me while I crave you

Hair: >TRUTH< Edith 2 w/Roots – seaspray by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Glam Affair – Renee – Trending 02 BL by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: IKON Utopia Eyes – Hazel (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: (Kunglers) daryl dress gold by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Ring: MG – Ring – Tiger Lily Flower – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Shoes: N-core CAPRICE “Champagne” by Nuria Augapfel and Claire Messenger for N-Core

Scene ~*GOD*~ Dream Scene – Showcase Set 1 – Box (Explosion) by Kayle Matzerath for Garden of Dreams *

Poses by Katey Coppola for Glitterati





Silicon Slumber

22 01 2013

Silicon Slumber

THE FOLLOWING IS PROTECTED INFORMATION. IT IS NOT PUBLICLY DISSEMINATED.

Begin Private Log: Process Code 04021172

Silicon Slumber

She’s sleeping now…charging…

She took the news well. I don’t know how I could ever face the realization that I had been human, and all the things I held dear and took for granted were replaced. Perhaps she was just thankful to be alive. But what sort of life is this?

I look at these hands, the product of a generation’s toil and sacrifice, dreamed up by scientists who died many years before I was ever activated. They had needs and feelings. Wants, desires… They acted on impulse and listened to what their guts told them about a situation before acting. They had ghosts.

Some more devoted philosophers might say that their spirits left their bodies upon the moment of their death, and floated into whatever afterlife lay in wait for all of us. But that afterlife is not mine to have.

Silicon Slumber

If there is a god or gods, I was not created in his image. I was made in the image of a human. The offspring of their dreams, their wants and desires, nothing so supernatural and holy. I know who my creators were.

And that is a comfort to know who made you. To know where you originated, where you came from. I emerged from pure energy being fired through circuits which became life.

But I know when that life is extinguished, I won’t be going to heaven.

And if I don’t die, I’ll keep going on, burning away in obscurity somewhere, working to fulfill ends that are not mine.

I sat on the ledge this evening and listened to a happy couple flirting with each other. Their voices, laughter, intermingled on the breeze, nearly becoming one single entity.

Could it be that experience alone could be enough counterbalance to permit death just this one transgression? Or is it that the spirits of lovers intertwined follows the winds to the afterlife in tandem parallel transcendence…

Silicon Slumber

Those winds are not meant for me.

END LOG

Guest blog by Circuits Resident. Written by Circuits Resident while listening to “Forever Lost” by Conjure One. Photo’d by Harper Beresford. Meet Circuits in play at Insilico.

Hair: Yumi Hair – Hair Band – Iceberg by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills

Skin: Android SX-9 by ono Zinner for [NeurolaB]

Eyes: Sunrise eyes in black by Ikon Innovia for IKON

Bodysuit: Latex Demon white by ladygaga halostar for Glitter Monster

Dress: Holly in Slate by Coldlogic Resident for Coldlogic

Makeup: Heavy Black/Black – Lips by Yoko Leeeroy for .:Glamorize:.

Lashes: 2011 lashes/natural by Minnu Palen for [LeLutka]

Necklace: Olympia in silver/black by Andy Berenohn for GeWunjo

Shoes: Oshun Shoes in white by amandine Arai for PixelFashion

Poses by Rogan Diesel for Diesel Works Animations








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