Hindsight

Hindsight

“Life is all about ass. You’re either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it, or trying to get a piece of it.” ~ Stephen Jolly

Hindsight

Today it’s all about the ass.. well the new “Cute Azz” from CK Winx. This is the follow-up to the very popular Phat Azz that has proliferated across the grid, amazing some and well frankly, disgusting others. The Cute Azz is meant to be a toned down and improved version of the original and in this respect, it is. The derriere is smaller and the legs are more shapely and proportionate. It’s definitely not nearly as outrageous.

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So I ran out and got it—I couldn’t help myself this time. It really is silly to be mod of a skin group without knowing some of the products people ask about, and well, I was curious after seeing some photos. The photos you see here compare my Harper shape as I customarily wear it against wearing the Cute Azz. I will note that to make the mesh look better on me, I did lower my body fat and belly to 0 as suggested, both of which are above 0 on Harper’s shape. I also increased the hip width and length slightly to make the mesh piece look more proportionate on me.

(Let me interject here with a big hint to all you fashionistas out there: rigged mesh pieces can be made to look better on you when you fiddle with your shape. For the Azz, it responded to changes in hip width and length. For Slink hands, I STRONGLY encourage you all to increase your hand size to 30 or 40 because your regular hands will look like T-Rex hands when you wear the mesh. Do not be so attached to the numbers that you end up looking freakish—they are sliders with arbitrary numbers, not a remark on your own personal value.)

That being said, I found the Cute Azz with the thicker thighs to indeed have an appealing curve on the fronts and backs of the thighs and the calves. I didn’t care for the skinnier legs on the regular one.

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What really put me off, again, was that ridiculous thigh gap, which I first saw in a pair of Maitreya pants, and which shows up on both Azzes. Though it’s a RL fashion, it’s been written down by such august fashion institutions as Cosmopolitan because it puts ridiculous body image ideals on women. It’s really got to stop—most women don’t look like this and most of us don’t want to. Additionally, the gap causes the ass itself to have a funny peak to it which you can see in the photos comparing my system shape to the mesh butt. It’s really odd and not in line with how a truly luscious lady’s butt looks.

I believe it’s possibly a function of how mesh works on our avatars—I see lots of gaps under arms, between legs, etc. It’s a really unfortunate result. I challenge CK Winx to get rid of that gap on her next revision.

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I concluded, after trying it out, that I can live with Harper’s regular shape for most purposes. I can see the appeal of the thicker thigh piece for certain shots that would accentuate the legs but it’s such a minor difference, I can’t see the point.

Let me give a rundown on the fashion here. I saw this outfit from Amberchaudry Corpur that included a Phat Azz applier at the Designer Circle and thought it would be ideal for a sexy look. I dressed it up with a  hip chain from Maxi Gossamer that I love and which includes sizing on all axes, so you can make it hang just right. Boots from Syntella Rhapsody fit my bootiliciousness and Aida Ewing has included appliers for everything with her new skin at the Season’s Story, where this great hair style from MissAllSunday Lemon is also being offered (and great to get if you can swim through the lag).

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Hindsight is 20/20.

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Emma Mesh Hair – Flaming cherry by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at Season’s Story *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Magenta skin – Asia – 05 E with -Glam Affair – Magenta – Asia tone ( Cheeks ) 01 by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at The Season’s Story *

Eyes: Madrid Solo- System Eyes- Green Realm by Madrid Solo for Madrid Solo

Jacket: [[ Masoom ]] Roza jacket by Amberchaudry Corpur for Masoom, available at Designer Circle

Jeans (with applier) and top: [[Masoom]] Roza jeans black by Amberchaudry Corpur for Masoom, available at Designer Circle

Necklace: [7891.] Geranium Necklace – Silver W\Stones by l3ight33 for 7891, available at

Hip chain: Hip Chain – Babette – FULL SET – Curvy – BLACK – V1 by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer

Nail applier: Nailed It – Slink – Raw Nostalgia Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It*

Butt: *L.inc* Cute Azz by CK Winx for *L.inc*

Boots: 7E Affinity (R) *SE* by Syntella Rhapsody for Seven Exits *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Candy Corn

Candy Corn

Candy is dandy but liquor is quicker. ~ Ogden Nash

Candy Corn

Candy corn is like crack for me. I eat it without stop if it is available, so I make sure it’s not available. I really hate that fuzzy feeling on my teeth from the sugar, though. I chose this outfit for one of the photos I submitted to LL for the front page. They didn’t choose it because another photographer also chose the outfit, so I show it here because I think it’s cute as heck. Precious Restless has put together mesh and system pieces to make this charming look. She includes two different brooms with poses and big bat wings that I chose not to wear. The pumpkins are darling and she has decorated this look with spider webs and bats that flutter around.

Candy Corn

The perfect skin for this look was Aida Ewing’s orange eye-lined skin from last month’s Collabor88. (Yes I realize I am past due on this in the blog but the original photos were taken a bit ago.) Blonde mesh braids from MissAllSunday Lemon and intense black eyes from Ikon Innovia made my witch cute but still wicked. Finally, boots from Syntella Rhapsody, with the buttons set to copper, complete this look.

Candy Corn

All the candy corn that was ever made was made in 1911. ~ Lewis Black

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Akiko Mesh Hair – Golden by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills *

Skin: Glam Affair – Shanna ( Europa ) 11 ( Blonde ) by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: IKON Perspective Eyes – Black (M) by Ikon Innovia for IKON

Outfit (with hat): Gwendolyn by Precious Restless for **Boudoir**

Boots: 7E Virgo Boot by Syntella Rhapsody for Seven Exits *

Prop: Halloween & Thanksgiving-pumpkin stump- by Quark Fallen for Arbres Obscurs

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

Domestic Bliss

Domestic Bliss

It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness. ~ George Santayana

Domestic Bliss

A long discussion in Skin Addiction led to an interesting revelation: premium membership in SL is a good deal. I pay $22.50 a quarter. For that I get 117 prims in a Linden home with privacy, 300L a week. That’s 13 weeks times 300L, which is 3900L. At 250L per USD, I get $15.60 kicked back to me to spend in world. So for $6.90 every quarter (so about $2.30 a month or 575L) I get a cute house with 117 prims. If I paid on a yearly budget, it would be even less ($72 USD a year). With that I get access to live chat (which always works for me, and I generally get satisfaction—Cori, you rock), access to member-only sandboxes, some silly content prizes (like vehicles, etc.) and the ability to buy mainland.

I pay more than $72 a month for cable and spend much more time in SL than watching TV. Damn, skippy. It’s a deal.

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I have furnished my Linden home with this gorgeous furniture from Kaerri Rae. Kaerri recently remodeled the Renaissance Galleria for BOSL and she took the design features from her build and translated them to a new furniture collection—the Buchanan collection. Featuring a rich gold and black accented by cool blue accessories, the furniture sets include love seats, club chairs and even a piano. Made in mesh, the furniture has low impact so you can put it in your Linden home and live stylishly.

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I also live stylishly with my chic wardrobe. Synny Whelan has recently built a new mesh store to contain all her stylish mesh footwear, including these sexy boots. The boots include a handy HUD that allows you to choose the boot color. You can buy the fatpack as shown below or color trios (see each column). The metals and soles also have color change.

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Sascha Frangilli put this dress out for 60L this weekend. With a great silhouette and classic styling, it’s a great look for hanging around the house (when you’re a fashionista). My jewelry set is Maxi Gossamer’s gorgeous set for Collabor88.

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I am wearing a casual and sexy new ‘do from Chiaki Xue. I love her short cuts with their loose waves. My gorgeous skin is one of Tricky Boucher’s offerings for Collabor88. Blue eyes suit the blue hyacinths that accent the décor.

Domestic Bliss

“To be happy–one must find one’s bliss.” ~ Gloria Vanderbilt

Hair: *Dura-Boys&Girls*48(Dark Brown) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: -Belleza- Leila Sk 1 by Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at Collabor88

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Rebel Eyes – blue 2 by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Dress: SAS – Alexis White Dress Mesh by Sascha Frangilli for Sascha’s Designs *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace and Ring – Dew Encrusted Teardrop – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Boots: 7E Virgo Boot by Syntella Rhapsody for Seven Exits *

Furniture: Buchanan Collection by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri *

Fresh Peaches

Fresh Peaches

“Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.” ~ Alice Walker

Fresh Peaches

My mom gave me two dozen peaches that I now have to find something to do with. We have had grilled peaches, peach cobbler, frozen peach yogurt and raw peaches. The rest are getting frozen. Summer always brings a bounty. That is not what this blog is about but I have peaches on the brain as they sit down there waiting for me and quickly ripening.

This blog is about some shiny new options. First, let me talk about my jumpsuit from Ariadna Garrigus. Long and lean and tied with a  great big bow, this mesh jumpsuit will take you from shopping to clubbing in no time, especially with these great heels from Synny Whelan, who has added an option to show studs and lace in any color. I opted for lace in black and black toenails. I love options!

Fresh Peaches

Speaking of options, Queue Marlowe has come out with a new way to wear her hair—she includes a HUD with her three newest styles.

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Queue has, of course, so many options, it’s almost impossible to choose. Each hair comes with 12 color choices and, depending on the shade, up to 17 ombre fades. Additionally, she includes a tinting option so you can tint to whatever you want. This hair is entirely customized by me. This is how I got the look I am showing:

1. I chose the Shea/purple ombre fade.

2. Then I went to the tinting and started messing around until I found a shade of pink I liked and upon clicking it, I chose the load option in the pop up menu.

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3. I realized my hair base would not match so I determined the base from the handy graphic Queue has included with the hair and copied the base. Then, using edit appearance, I tinted the hair base to match the hair.

No one else on the grid has this hair. It’s unique to me. That’s options!

Fresh Peaches

Speaking of options… you can now get the fancy pants specular maps in the SL Viewer. I had turned it on and forgotten until I was taking photos of this gorgeous necklace by Maxi Gossamer that is offered at Collabor88 and I saw the light play across it (that’s the purple you see there—it’s way cooler live). I was so pleased to see that! To turn it on, make sure you click “Advanced Lighting Model” in Preferences > Graphics.

I am wearing Aida Ewing’s skin for Collabor88, which opened yesterday and is, of course, packed. As always, she presents a fresh face with glowing features and gorgeous classic eyebrows, nose and lips.

Fresh Peaches

Men, like peaches and pears, grow sweet a little while before they begin to decay. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Hair: AD – ism – light blondes by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Lulu ( Jamaica ) 02 B by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: pearl – dry fern – medium medium by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Outfit: ***ArisAris Igs80 Jusuibo B&W Jumpsuit by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Jewelry: Mg – Necklace – Positano Night Jewel – Short – SILVER with MG – Ring – Positano Night Jewel – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at Collabor88 *

Shoes: 7E Wilshire *L&L* by Syntella Rhapsody for Seven Exits *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *