Glad

Glad

“Stay close to anything that makes you glad you are alive.” ~ Hafiz

Glad

There’s something to be said for the life of SL, the shopping. So many great events are open right now, especially the spectacular Fantasy Faire (which I haven’t gotten a chance to see), the Black Fashion Fair, Shiny Shabby, 100 Block and many other events. I admit, sometimes it’s just about the shopping for me. I am glad to have SL.

Mixing it all up is even more fun. Start with this top from Spooky Mistwallow that includes a texture-change HUD with different combinations that allow for top and belt looks. Then find this great balloon skirt from Moonbubble Gothly that she has at the Black Fashion Fair that includes several different black-based textures like plaid, polka dots, hearts, baroque. I just love this skirt and the choices. Senzati0n Domenitzo’s great heels for 100 Block have a HUD that allows several color choices. Zig-zag straps make these shoes sexy and fun.

Glad

Monicuzza Babenco recently released the Yvonne applier set for the LeLutka mesh heads. Monicuzza offers a HUD as you see below, and she gives you great instructions right on the HUD about how to use the makeups. I definitely toyed with the saturation of the makeups and the glosses on the LeLutka HUD to achieve this look. For example, my lips are the deep dark purple lips on the lower right hand corner of the lipsticks.

Glad

My great waves come from MissAllSunday Lemon for Uber. With extravagant corkscrew curls and a side part, the hair is bodacious and beautiful.

Don’t you love the furniture I have arranged in the photo? FadeArcade is offering these pieces and several others in a gacha at Shiny Shabby. FadeArcade has fabulous textures on these pieces, which are charming singularly or together.

Glad

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Blair Mesh Hair – Golden  by MissAllSunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/, available at Uber *

Mesh head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-ARIA v1.1 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Head applier: *YS&YS* Yvonne Tone03 Skin Applier – Lelutka Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco for *YS&YS* *

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

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.2 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Top: :KR: Asymmetrical Top by Spooky Mistwallow for Kastle Rock Couture *

Skirt: [ bubble ] Tulip Skirt by Moonbubble Gothly for [ bubble ], available at the Black Fashion Fair *

Nail applier: Nailed It – Maitreya – Gemstones Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: Essenz – Naples (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at 100 Block *

Furnishings: Apt B // Douze Roses GACHA by FadeArcade for Apt B, available at Shiny Shabby *

  • Apt B // Douze Roses – Recycled Basket
  • Apt B // Douze Roses – Chair
  • Apt B // Douze Roses – Step Stool
  • Apt B // Douze Roses – Cabinet RARE

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Glad

April Fool

April Fool

Come you’re the only one
Come be my April Fool
Come come
Be my April Fool
We’ll break all the rules

~ “April Fool” by Patti Smith

April Fool

I love this song from Patti Smith, a gruff sweet song for an edgy look with its own bit of sweetness. The 100 Block opened yesterday and there are a ton of great looks at the “garage sale” they are putting on. Every exclusive item is marked down 20% or more. Like this hoodie mini-dress from Cynthia Ultsch, that is available in four colors and includes a HUD to texture the dress in different configurations, including the ties. The dress is made for standard sizes AND mesh body sizes. My boots are also from 100 Block, and they are Tatyana Ultsch’s offer, available in a ton of colors and also with a HUD to change looks up. They are custom mesh from Tatyana and yes, have been made for mesh bodies, including the Maitreya body. (Don’t they fit well?)

April Fool

I am wearing the Aria mesh head from LeLutka because Aida Ewing recently came out with makeup appliers for the head, and I wanted the chance to swap up a new look. Several in the collection are very specialized and avant garde, but this look is perfect for our tough girl with glossy red lips and smoky eyes. Ikira Frimon is featuring this darling braided ‘do with blunt-cut bangs at 100 Block, edgy enough for this look but cute enough to take the edge off our tough girl.

April Fool

Hair: [^.^Ayashi^.^] Umeko hair-fatpack by Ikira Frimon for ^.^ Ayashi^.^, available at 100 Block *

Mesh Head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-ARIA v1.0 by JadenArt for LeLutka *

Head applier: Glam Affair ( Lelutka Heads ) Aria skin Applier [ America ] 03 by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – soot – b by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.0 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Dress: [Cynful] Hoodie Dress – Maitreya Lara by Cynthia Ultsch for [Cynful], available at 100 Block *

Boots: :::i::: OverKnee Boots – (Maitreya) by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya:::, available at 100 Block *

Poses by VestigeCreations for Vestige Poses, available at Pose Fair *

April Fool

Look Into My Eyes

Look Into My Eyes

Look into my eyes, let them hypnotize
These eyes long to make you a perfect work of art

Fall in love with me only then you’ll see
What these eyes have been planning for you

~ “Look Into My Eyes” by Janelle Monae

Look Into My Eyes

A dramatic song from Janelle Monae suits this gorgeous dress from Kiddo Oh, one that she sold at Fashion for Life to benefit charity and now presumably has at her store. (It came and went without a chance to get to it!) With the skirt cut up my thigh, it has a touch of Moulin Rouge, especially with the cut-open back. The dress comes with a HUD that allows you to change the texture of the top to suit your skin tone, making it lie beautifully against your body (be it mesh or system). Big bowed stilettos from Bens Beauty for Slink high feet—a whole set of colors in one pack for one low price—are found at Fi*Friday.

Look Into My Eyes

And once again I show the LeLutka mesh head, worn on my standard shape with the Maitreya mesh body. Here you can see the detailing up close. You can also see MissAllSunday Lemon’s gorgeous updo for Uber with her beautiful textures and AvaGardner Kungler’s gorgeous earrings for Cosmopolitan Room.

Look Into My Eyes

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Lindsey Mesh Hair – Gingerbread by MissAllSunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/, available at Uber *

Head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-ARIA v1.0 by JadenArt for LeLutka (available April 1) *

Eyes: {D.A} – Marble – Journal by Soleil Reid for Dead Apples

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

Dress: Tanguera Pink S by Kiddo Oh for .::Dead Dollz::., available at Fashion for Life *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Amala earrings – Crystal  Cosmopolitan Room by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at the Cosmopolitan Room *

Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Bens Boutique – Bowella Stiletto (Slink High) – Black by Snow Martiel for BenS Beauty, available at Fi*Friday

Poses by VestigeCreations for Vestige Poses *

Look Into My Eyes

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?

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

Spark

Spark

I just found my spark
Give me a fire to start!

~ “Spark” by Until the Ribbon Breaks

Spark

Tom Ford recently did a star-attended fashion show in LA with his newest collection, a combination of denims, boho and some 70s touches. So it was quite serendipitous when I opened one of GraceHaddington’s latest dresses and found this funky 70s design on the HUD in a pattern that looked amazingly close to one Tom Ford showed. Grace LOVES patterns and is one of the few in SL that uses them liberally and with a completely wonderful sense of proportion and color. I paired Glamistry’s newest sunglasses (to keep out the LA sun) and a pair of his great platform sandals, both of which come with his slick color change HUD and linked to his flawless shopping system. A wrist cuff from Systi Cisse locks the look up.

Spark

Thora Charron just released two new hairs and this gorgeously-textured, side-swept ‘do includes a HUD with a variety of her luscious colors. No more separate hairs cluttering your inventory—it’s easy peasy. My skin is Sawsan Secretspy’s newest for the Designer Circle, and I hope you can see how gorgeous it is. I think I will blog this one again because it’s worth seeing. As always, Sawsan lends her special elegance and sexiness to this skin and with her applier, it’s a complete look.

Spark

Hair: .LeLutka.Rebel hair by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Romina Golden by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at Designer Circle *

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

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

Dress: [LaVian&C0] FW2015 Do Or Die Dress by GraceHaddington for LaVian & Co. *

Glasses: Glamistry: Sunglasses PU2001 by Glamistry for Glamistry *

Bracelet: [sYs] AXIOM bracelet (left) – gold by Systi Cisse for [sYs] *

Nail applier: Nailed It – Maitreya – Pastels Set HUD (wear) by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: Glamistry : STATICE Heels – maitreya by Glamistry for Glamistry *

Poses by Mavi Beck for Ma Vie *

Complementary Express shipping for orders over $500. Mmhm.

Spark

Everywhere Hair

Everywhere Hair

I called this “everywhere” hair because Thora Charron from LeLutka has managed to hit every demographic in SL for her Hair Fair offerings: RP, high fashion, romantic and dressy. In Thora’s typical style, the textures are detailed and beautiful with all the exacting touches typical of a LeLutka hair.

Everywhere Hair

The styles, of course, vary in vision. Using mesh in interesting and exciting ways, Thora has managed to make a collection for Hair Fair that is certain to donate lots to Wigs for Kids, especially with the lush hair colors and great hair textures.

Everywhere Hair

The hair comes in packs by color and do not include a HUD. This may or may not be a winner for some. Certainly, wearing non scripted hair IS a winner to most people, and there are abundant color choices. I love this lush red—Harvard—and think it’s stunning for all these hair styles.

Everywhere Hair

Hair (top to bottom):

[LeLutka]-CHRISTINE hair/Dark Red by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

[LeLutka]-FRANCINE hair – Harvard by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

[LeLutka]-COLLEEN hair – Harvard by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

[LeLutka]-CHARLENE hair – Harvard by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

Skin: .:JUMO:. Mariah Skin Cocoa Red Brows with .:JUMO:. Mariah Eyeliners 002 by JuneMonteiro for .:JUMO:. *

Eyes: pearl – clear pond – medium dark by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Dress: Bon Bon Longdress <mesh,rigged,materials> /cream by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Poses: KaTink – Chanel Runway Fat Pack 1-15 by Annemarit Jarvinen for KaTink *