Building a Better You

Building a Better You

Building a Better You

The word is out on the grid. The Belleza Mesh body for women is almost ready to be released. Tricky Boucher is this close > < to making many women’s (and men’s) dreams come true. I was disgustingly lucky to get my hands on one of the first copies sent out and I put it through its paces.

First, let me say, I have not been a huge user of mesh body parts. I have blogged them here but it’s not my thing. Big boobs, a ginormous butt: nothing could quite convince me that it was “me” inside that rubber suit.

So is it all that? Yeah. It kinda is.

I got the very small package (not a lot in there), wore it right over my own shape, popped on a Belleza skin (this one being part of Shyla Diggs’ Claudia set), threw on the HUD, and away I went. There was so little to do except wear the alpha and the HUD and click to match the skin! I didn’t have to adjust my shape or wear a billion different layers or even lose my own face. I didn’t feel like I was wearing someone else’s body. I was just building a better me.

Building a Better You

Made from fitted mesh, using all the features of the SL client, the body has been shaped and rigged to perfection, and believe me, I looked. I bent my body to see how the joints looked. I peeked between legs and under arms and did a thorough inspection of the booty (which is always my bugaboo on mesh bodies—thigh gap and ass divots leave me cold). This body is perfection.

Even more perfection came when I changed my shape to make a shorter and curvier girl. Moving sliders for my torso, breasts, legs, and body shape did nothing to make the mesh body distort grossly or make a body that wasn’t fully womanly. I LOVED the rounder girl I was able to create from working on my shape. Look at those thighs. Look at that butt! I know a lot of ladies in SL struggle with their body image. This is a full body we can be proud of and pleased with.

I am very happy with my face so all I need is the body, which is a great option to have. I will say the joint where the mesh body meets the system head is a little funky, but I think that’s to be expected. If I wore a mesh head, that might go away. I didn’t fuss about it. I want my Harper face too darn much.

Building a Better You

The HUD allows you in several screens to do a multiplicity of things. Screen one, you can find your preset skin. Right now they accommodate Belleza skins and other presets but that will change as they bring in other creators’ appliers.

Screen two allows you to reveal or hide parts of the body using alphas, so you CAN wear your mesh clothes without appliers. Yay! I tested this quite a lot and found that the alphas didn’t always fit the clothes, but come on, Tricky has sliced and diced the body to within a few pixels. It does mostly what it has to do. I hope perhaps in the future he can work with creators to make custom alpha layers on his body as an applier.

Screen three gives you natural or push up breasts, and the push ups are not just a trick of the eye with a cleavage layer. They honestly push up. You can also choose your nipple color on this screen, and they are delightfully colored.

Screen four is one of my favorites. On this screen you can choose from among 12 different hand versions to be worn on the left and right sides and also choose a nail color. Again, I am hoping creators will be able to add to this.

Screen five allows you to choose foot shape and the feet replicate in size and angle the Slink feet or the JD feet. I loved these two screens because all I had to do was click to change a hand or foot, not pour through my inventory to find the one I wanted and add alphas and then find appliers for the skin tone of the hands and feet and so on. Click and it was done!

This is not to say you have to give up your Slink hands. They have enclosed a separate Slink skin applier to work with your hands and feet if you are attached to those “attachments.” I can see why people who have invested in these pieces will want to keep them, especially with the extensive network of appliers and add-ons.

The final screen gives you instant access to all things Belleza. The HUD sits in the upper right hand corner, which is a seldom utilized HUD position so it won’t get in the way of other stuff. However I was closing chat a lot to get at the HUD! (I am sure there is a setting in my client to stop the chat from appearing there.) Of course the option is to reattach the HUD to another corner but it’s clearly built to be in that corner (tabs on the left side) and works well there as HUDs attach in other corners.

New Note: Price is going to be 3995L for this body as you see it with the HUD. Got that straight from Belleza.

Yeah, I am pretty excited and happy that Tricky has brought this out. He has been working on this a long time, and I think he has done a fabulous job (with Shyla). I finally feel like I have built a better me.

Building a Better You

Body: -Belleza- Venus by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza-, coming out this week!! (He told me Wednesday.)

Water

Water

Water is the driving force of all nature. ~ Leonardo di Vinci

Water

One of the most beautiful and almost tangible parts of SL is the water. It shimmers, it reflects, it envelops us in its cool blue. So to drop into its sweet depths and walking in it is a beautiful fantasy. This dress from Mami Jewell makes that fantasy come to life. With shimmering sheer watercolor translucent hues, the soft swirl of materials around the body is nothing so much as the flow of water around the body.

Water

I pair it with a beautifully natural skin from Gala Phoenix. Somethign about the definition of this face makes the entire look so much better—the darker brows, the well-defined eyes, and the soft neutral pink lips.And of course, the beautifully drawn body peeked between the sheer scarves of the dress. My blue flowing hair is a beautiful silhouette and remarkable texture for this look. MissAllSunday Lemon knocked it out of the park with this one.

Finally, I draw attention to my eyes, the creation of Ikon Innovia. Before Ikon brought his eyes to the public, I begged him not to make crazy colors. I was tired of seeing the unnaturally flat light blue eyes so many people thought were attractive. Ikon’s first line presented some beautiful choices, both light and dark, and nothing outrageous. However with his newest Utopia line, he brings in the fantastic colors without making them absurd or flat. The depths of this particular pair is artistic, arresting and captivating. Who knew a simple pair of eyes could do so much?

Water

In the world there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong nothing can surpass it. ~ Lao Tzu

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Sybille2 Mesh Hair – (BOOBS) – Aquatic by MissAllSunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/ *

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Dark] May-Blackbird 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

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

Dress: -AZUL- Calypso/Opal(MVW2012/Miss Greece) by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Shoes: Ingenue :: Audrei :: Teal by Betty Doyle for Ingenue *

Gone Daddy Gone

Gone, Daddy, Gone

Beautiful girl lovely dress
Where she is now I can only guess
Cause it’s gone daddy gone

Gone, Daddy, Gone

I will be gone, Daddy, gone for a few days so no blog. I finally get MY summer vacation, a trip to Door County to get cherry jam and play miniature golf and look at the lake and poke around in yarn stores. I tried to rush to fill in the blog for a few days, but thought better of it. I do realize in taking a vacation I am missing out on the dawn of mesh. I did try some mesh on a few days ago but didn’t find it pictorial enough at the time to share. I’m sure there’s plenty to go around.

Luckily AmySue Shirakawa threw this outfit at me a couple days ago. The thing with AmySue is she always gives you the complete package—in this case the dress, gloves, the shoes and a necklace (which I am not wearing). I love how she combined stripes with a brocade on this dress and made it a blonde-perfect color. Her use of lace at the hem is sexy and intriguing and her shoes are knockouts. (And were the perfect color when I wore them—for ONCE.) I opted for a heavier necklace from Anuitka Barthelmess for this look just to mix things up.

Gone, Daddy, Gone

My skin is another of Gala Phoenix’s beautiful recent releases. I admit I have become a kind of Curio girl, but who can blame me? Great eyebrows, sexy eyes, luscious lips, a translucent and glowing skin, a knock out bod—it’s all there. My hair is a sexy tousled blonde from chiaki Xue. I love this blonde color and I always love how chiaki makes shorter hair that frames the face so beautifully.

Gone, Daddy, Gone

Beautiful girl lovely dress
Where she is now I can only guess

~ “Gone, Daddy, Gone” by the Violent Femmes

Hair: **Dura-Girl**18(Blonde)resize by chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Light] Stormy-Puddle 1 by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Absinthe (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Outfit: ! [Adored]ELLE-CREAM (including Elle Color Changing Shoes) by AmySue Shirakawa for [Adored] *

Necklace: Necklace No134 black by Anuitka Barthelmess for Kraftika