Spring Madness

Spring Madness

“A little Madness in the Spring Is wholesome even for the King.” ~ Emily Dickinson

Spring Madness

I was looking over the photos on Flickr of SL and my own and decided it was time for a little more color and saturation.  I am tired of the haze, the mood lighting, the desaturated tones. It’s Spring! Time for a little madness! I started out with the new vest/hoodie/shirt combo from Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus, which is chock full of so much choice and goodness, I didn’t know where to start first. Their great HUD allows choice of leather shade, metal tone, hoodie look (with Paul’s great prints or solid), hoodie liner (!), and t-shirt color. And the hoodie is an add-on so if you just want a t-shirt with vest or vest alone, you’re in business.

I matched them up with the shortest short shorts from Moonbubble Gothly, also with a wholly choice-filled texture-change HUD and Maxi Gossamer’s feathered necklace for Uber, also chock full of choices on her menu. Socks appliers in over 20 shades from Izzie Button and OMG boots (OMG being used as an adjective here) from Bax Coen with a texture-change choice for shade and accent. (I was clicking for a good hour trying to find a look that was as bold and sexy as I could make for a sunny Spring day between all the items.)

Spring Madness

Thank goodness all I had to do was put on Umazuma Metaluna’s gorgeous skin for Skin Fair that she now has in her store. With the pink blush, the rich skin tone, and the gorgeous sultry features, it was just perfect, no clicking involved (except for the appliers). Ms. Bubbles Clawtooth has this sexy sensuous hair out at Fameshed this round and I put on her “Daring” color set because, well, what’s Spring without a little exuberance?

Spring Madness

Hair: Clawtooth: LUSH  – The Complete Collection by Bubbles Clawtooth for Clawtooth, available at Fameshed *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Judy – Bare face(mocca) DB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for[theSkinnery] *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – hazel by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Jacket with hoodie and T-shirt: L&B Swear “Urban”  Biker Vest w/Tee with L&B Swear “Urban” AddOn Hoodie for Vest – Women’s by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Shorts: [ bubble ] Mini Shorts Fitted by Moonbubble Gothly for [ bubble ], available at the Rock Attitude Fashion Fair *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Maka Boho Feathers by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Uber *

Socks: Izzie’s – Overknee Socks by Izzie Button for Izzie’s

Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High V2.1 by Siddean Munro for Slink

Boots: BAX Poppy Booties Red Suede by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Spring Madness

How Soon is Now?

How Soon is Now?

When you say it’s gonna happen “now”
Well when exactly do you mean?

~ “How Soon is Now?” by The Smiths

How Soon is Now?

I am sure many people have heard the gossip that LeLutka was coming out with a new mesh head as I had heard. Well it’s finally happening (on April 1) and the results speak for themselves. They came out with three heads, not one, so you have a choice of look right off the bat. The heads, crafted by Jadenart, who also creates for Celoe, are versatile, pretty heads employing Aida Ewing’s skins as their initial base and have been created to fit perfectly with the Maitreya mesh body (and alternately fit with the Slink mesh body). I wore these with the Maitreya body and found I had no seam whatsoever. (By the way, these photos have not been touched up at all beyond the cropping and type I overlaid. These were taken directly from SL so you can see them in different windlights unadulterated. What service is it to you, my readers, if I add “effects”?)

The heads are beautifully crafted with a very sleek, easy-to-use HUD that allows for choices with the mouth, eyes and ears, skin tone, and best of all, the intensity and shimmer/gloss of the skin and make-ups, using the materials feature of windlight to create a more customized look. (Yes, I could see the light slide along the gloss on my lips). It’s a very subtle change but very wonderful if you like the idea of really playing with your face’s look. You are given an initial lipstick and eyeshadow created by Aida Ewing/Glam Affair. While I was not given specific information, I am assuming LeLutka is aiming to have skin makers craft their own skins and makeups to the mesh heads as others have. This way you can have your favorite makeup looks, brow colors, and specific features on these heads. (Update: Yes, as expected, LeLutka confirmed they will be giving developer kits to designers.)

How Soon is Now?

As with all mesh pieces, this head makes a few demands on how you use it. One of the items that you should change in your client before you wear your head is “Screen Space Reflections.” This setting allows mesh that is set to shiny to relfect shiny. Unfortunately, shininess can’t be controlled beyond that by mesh creators. In order to allow gloss and shimmer features on the skin, material features were added to the mesh. With this checked on, the head appears horribly shiny and alien. I was running the Firestorm client, so I show how to turn that off below. Go to the Graphics tab, go to the Rendering sub-tab and then click OFF “Enable rendering of screen space reflections.”

How Soon is Now?

Another thing you will have to do when you wear the head is change your eye spacing and depth. As the head fits over your regular shape, it does not control your eyes at all, mesh or system. As you can see below, I put the head on and my eyes were not quite right. I went to eye depth first and then I went to eye spacing and brought my eyes in line. It helped having an eye positioning device to hold my eyes in line while I did it.

How Soon is Now?

There is not a lot mesh head makers can to do to make the individual mesh faces more customizable. There just aren’t a lot of “bones” in the system face (that means rigging points) to allow for changes and if they incorporate them into a mesh head, it would probably require quite a bit of complication, scripting and fiddly stuff that no one wants to deal with. However you CAN change the head stretch as I show on the Aria and Ever heads, and it makes a substantial difference. You will find you also have to change the eye positioning as I showed above.

How Soon is Now?

The bad news? Well, the heads don’t smile or have expressions. Mr. Beresford commented that he wasn’t pleased to see such an unhappy look on the face, though Ever seems to have a twinkle in her eye. I hope LeLutka can amend this in the future. The face shapes seem to be fit (mostly) to Glam Affair skins and aesthetic, so if that’s a look you like, you’ll be very happy. However, if you prefer another, perhaps less doll-like face, larger eyes, smaller lips or less downturn in the mouth, you might have to wait or hope your favorite skin maker can craft a skin that suits the head. Also, the heads can ONLY be worn with a mesh body, so if you were hoping to get away with just purchasing the head and using your system body, you’re out of luck.

Overall it’s great news and I will be wearing the LeLutka head in future photos, though at this time I won’t be permanently switching over.

How Soon is Now?

LeLutka Mesh Head by JadenArt for LeLutka (available April 1)

LeLutka Mesh Head-ARIA

LeLutka Mesh Head-EVER

LeLutka Mesh Head-LEDA

Credits for the rest tomorrow

How Soon is Now?

Spring Again

Spring Again

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” ~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Spring Again

I know every season Serene Footman changes up his sim at Prides Crossing so I went down to take a peek and I was much rewarded with springtime beauty on the sea. I wandered the grounds, nearly avoided a wild turkey, petted his dog and took a few photos of myself in this lovely dress from Giz Seorn, which she has at Shiny Shabby this month. Available in several colors, the dress combines very real mesh details (not just textures but actual cut out shapes) with a lovely springtime lightness. With a beautifully framed cut-out back, the dress is a must have. I paired it perfectly with flower-embellished sandals from HauteCoutureDesign.

Spring Again

JuneMonteiro brings spring time freshness to Skin Fair with her line of skins that also all come with TMP appliers. She includes four eyebrow options and a ton of luscious lipsticks and glittering eye shadows plus Slink appliers. These skins are truly hand-drawn with elegant features. Truth Hawks has issued a number of new hairs this past week including this side swept look with straight bangs upon which I placed one of Jacinda Jaxxon’s Coachella Bound gacha hair flowers.

Spring Again

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Mireya by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .:JUMO:. Alexa Skin Cream Brown Brows with .:JUMO:. Alexa Lips Bourbon by JumoFashion for .:JUMO:., available at Skin Fair *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Jeans by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples, available at The Men’s Dept.

Dress: GizzA – Cara Dress [Plum] by Giz Seorn for GizzA, available at Shiny Shabby *

Hair flowers: {le fil casse} coachella bound! flowerchild hair cluster spring by Jacinda Jaxxon for le fil casse

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: [LB Solid Pink2] *Slink* Manicure and Pedicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Poute- Lolitta Flat Sandals- FATPACK by HauteCoutureDesign for Poute *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Photos taken at Prides Crossing, assembled by Serene Footman

Spring Again

Stephanie Says

Stephanie Says

Stephanie says when answering the phone
What country shall I say is calling from across the world

~ “Stephanie Says” by the Velvet Underground

Stephanie Says

I heard this Velvet Underground song while I was preparing the photos for this blog entry and thought she looked like a Stephanie. So Stephanie says you need to get over to Fantasy Collective and get this lovely dress form Kiddo Oh, make of her custom mesh with her gorgeous satiny textures, imprinted with a Celtic pattern at the waistline and cut up the side in a very sexy way. Paired with a gorgeous choker from LouLou Teichmann from Shiny Shabby and Senzati0n Domenitzo’s generous donation shoes for Fashion for Life, it’s a sexy look.

Stephanie Says

It’s also a fantasy look, made mostly so with this incredible skin from Aikeo Reiko that she is selling at Skin Fair. Aikeo never does anything mainstream though her work is incredibly popular. This fantasy skin is luscious and sexy as if for one of the alien girls Captain Kirk might seduce with the veins or cracks in the skin texture. I wore Marisa Karu’s gorgeous hair for Shiny Shabby in platinum to bring another touch of otherworldliness to the look and with the texture-change scripts in the hair band and flowers, made a lovely customized look.

Stephanie Says

Hair: “”D!va”” Hair “Nene” (Platinum) by Marisa Kira for D!va, available at Shiny Shabby *

Skin: :[P]:- Immortalia Skin-Femme:// Ambrogino by Aikea Rieko for Plastik, available at Skin Fair *

Eyes: #adored – moon eyes – lt blue // a by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at Skin Fair *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: .::Dead Dollz::. Baineth Blue/S S by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at Fantasy Collective *

Necklace: Bauhaus Movement – Nanny Necklace by LouLou Teichmann for Bauhaus Movement, available at Shiny Shabby *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: [LB Chrome7] *Slink* Manicure by Santana Lumiere for La Boheme

Shoes: Essenz – Milan (Fatpack 1) Maitreya by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at Fashion for Life *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Stephanie Says

Spring Fever

Spring Fever

“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~ Mark Twain

Spring Fever

It’s certifiably spring and I have a bounce in my step and flight in my wings. Mami Jewell just came out with this gorgeous dress, made for the MVW 2nd Runner-Up, Issy Flatley. I had to try on the cover dress in Coral because it was just so lovely, especially the way Mami combined mesh and flexi pieces to create a beautiful ruffled confection of a dress with movement and curviness.

Spring Fever

I took my shots at the Un Jour sim that Siestabril Nitely built. With little outposts of flowered islands, some set with posed props, I had some fun taking photos in this beautiful dress. I purchased a head piece from Siestabril to suit the environment and spent some time happily snapping away.

Spring Fever

Of course, the core of my luminescent look comes from Stasey Oller’s gorgeous skin for the Skin Fair. I was always used to her very bold and glossy lipsticks at many events but she has turned that glossiness to a subtle beauty in this set of skins that are sexy and innocent at once with a lovely glow. Stasey offers a ton of appliers with a beautifully detailed body. And thank goodness Mina Nakamura is offering this updo with a essentials color set because the blond matched the skin perfectly and with its romantic tendrils, added the final touch.

Spring Fever

Hair: MINA Hair – Vera by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at Kustom 9 *

Skin: Pink Acid Skin – Doretta – Bare – Butterscotch by Stasey Oller for Pink Acid, available at Skin Fair *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Deep by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples, available at The Men’s Dept.

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: -AZUL- Issy Drape/Coral by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Headpiece: un Jour_*fairy dance head acc*WT by Siestabril Nitely for Un jour

Photos taken at un Jour…There Will Come Soft Rains…

Spring Fever

The Clerihew

The Clerihew

Fashionista Harper Beresford
Blogs what all this great hair is for.
She went shopping to satisfy her muse
and came home with a shitload of shoes.

~ Me

The Clerihew

I subscribe to A.Word.A.Day, and this week they are featuring light poetry words. One of the words was “clerihew.”

PRONUNCIATION:

(KLER-uh-hyoo)

MEANING:

noun: A humorous, pseudo-biographical verse of four lines of uneven length, with the rhyming scheme AABB, and the first line containing the name of the subject.

Of course, I had to take my turn at it, which you see above.

I satisfied my fashionista instinct this blog post with a darling little dress from Beanster Potato that comes with her fantastic texture-change HUD that allows different top colors, all for one low price. My shoes from Kim Lysette have the same fantastic option as does my necklace from Bastchild Lotus. Even my little lunchbox from Moonbubble Gothly’s gacha at Luck of the Irish has a HUD! (And I show several versions on this blog for kicks.)

The Clerihew

Shylah Honey made waves on waves for the new Liaison Collaborative, the theme of which is Bon Voyage. I think she was trying to channel Rose with the casual elegance of these locks. (The back is just as pretty with waves tumbling down.)

Skin Fair is going on and Systi Cisse is offering two skins, one of which is this one that I wear without a mesh body but with Slink hands and feet. The face itself has a very clean gentle palette so I played with the lipstick and eyeshadow included with the skin, having a bit of fun in the process and created a lovely look, especially with Soleil Reid’s eyes from The Men’s Dept.

The Clerihew

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Gardner Rigged-Mesh by Shylah Honey for *~*Damselfly*~*, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Skin: [sYs] SKIN – AYU M01 (brown brows) with [sYs] SKIN – Tintable Eyeshadows (modifiable color) (new) and [sYs] SKIN – AYU Tintable Lips (modifiable color) by Systi Cisse for [sYs], available at Skin Fair *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Aqua by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples, available at The Men’s Dept.

Dress: 20.FIVE Mesh: Sus Dress by beanster Potato for 20.FIVE *

Necklace: L&B “Pear Drop” Necklace by BastChild Lotus and Paul Lapointe for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Lunch box: [ bubble ] Random Lunch Box by Moonbubble Gothly for [ bubble ], available at The Luck of the Irish *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 Casual and Bag by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 223 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Shoes: [LaVian&C0] FW2015 Amanda Heel by Kim Lysette for LaVian & Co. *

Poses by Fanny Willis for Everglow *

The Clerihew

Poor Dear Silly Spring

Poor Dear Silly Spring

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise! ~Wallace Stevens

Poor Dear Silly Spring

It’s coming! It’s coming! The sun is out, the snow is melting, the world is puddle wonderful! I admit I was starting to doubt with the many inches of snow, the never-ending unrelenting cold, and the fact that a groundhog bit the mayor of a town in my state. I know I am overdoing it with the flowers here, but spring is coming and I can’t wait!

TheAnnex is offering this lovely dress among others in their gacha at The Luck of the Irish Gacha that Depraved Nation is holding. There are a kazillion gachas full of all sorts of awesome stuff like this, so bring lots of change. My shoes are HauteCoutureDesign’s original mesh set, and they come with a HUD with six wonderful springtime colors with a darling t-strap design and a wedge heel.

I outfitted my parcel with this great gazebo from Winter Thorn, which also comes with a beautiful cozy fireplace, though I opted to use the more open one so I could take in the promise of spring in the air. I dropped in minor decorations from Sway Dench and a hanging mobile I picked up at Origami by gin Fhang.

Poor Dear Silly Spring

Skin Fair opened at midnight and the sims were INSTANTLY jam packed. (Find all the details here.) You can find this gorgeous skin from Hart Larsson on Sim 1. As usual, he decorates the skin with a cateye liner and lovely lips and features, all hand-drawn and refined. And since Hart is a programmer himself, he managed to unlock every kind of major applier, including that for the Belleza body, so you can rest assured you are PXL top to bottom. My hair is one of Thora Charron’s newest, a lovely romantic look with a twisted lock that pulls to the back and beautiful waves, all with her clever texture-change HUD. And a branch of blossoms from Siestabril Nitely, also from Origami, completes the look and brings spring, finally, to my blog!

Poor Dear Silly Spring

Hair: .LeLutka.Honor hair.M by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Skin: [PXL] Aeryn SK ~ Makeup 04 LEB C2 by Hart Larsson for [PXL], available at Skin Fair *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Deep by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples, available at The Men’s Dept.

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza- *

Dress: The Annex – Spring Fling – Dress – Pink Floral byTheAnnex for The Annex, available at The Luck of the Irish *

Branch: SakuraAsobi-Shunmin-Hand by Siestabril Nitely for un Jour, available at Origami

Shoes: Poute Timber High Wedges by HauteCoutureDesign for Poute *

Poses by VestigeCreations for Vestige Poses *

Gazebo: {what next}Toscana Gazebo (with lights) by Winter Thorn for {what next} *

Décor:

  • HEART – WILDFLOWERS – Buttercups and Daisies Display by Lilith Heart for Heart Garden Centre, available at FaMESHed
  • Sway’s [Heart Birds] garden stake by Sway Dench for Sway’s *
  • *:..Silvery K..:*tsurushi hina_TypeB(T) by gin fhang for Silvery K, available at Origami

Poor Dear Silly Spring