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Welcome to my humble blogette where I pen my thoughts on modeling, fashion, life, the universe and everything, all appertaining to the virtual world of Second Life. You must take me as you find me for I am not so shoppingly stylish as Mr Ugajin, nor so infinitely amusing as Mr Fall nor indeed so cold bloodedly hot as Mr Jefferson. But I do enjoy writing about the wild, weird and wonderful world of Second Life and so that is what it says on the label and exactly what you’ll find here. Suffice to say I think it terribly common to get into amateur dramatics and so do not entertain such notions. I am neither a writer nor a stylist nor a model nor a photographer of any repute, I dabble in them just for fun and to make wonderful and entertaining friends. Thank you!
Another lovely furniture post!
This time I’m featuring the Chaise Lounger LACY by Fi’s Creations and here’s her blog. This lounger is on offer for the February run of The Kollective, a collaboration between designers and bloggers with fab results. The theme for February was Cold Blustery Winter.
I think Fi managed to combine the theme colours admirably. There’s great scripting here with a texture changer for all sofa parts including frame, back piece and side arm in ice blue and soft pink so you can go with the one colour and lace throw or multi colours and lace throw. The cushions are separately scripted too in four theme colours - lilac, ice, rose and pink. I didn’t find any sort of lagging with the scripts – nice.
Three sit animations and eight relax/laying animations that can also loop in combinations are another fun thing to fiddle with. In fact this lounger’s a whole lot of fiddling! I like it a lot It was easy to alter the poses to fit via the HUD using XYZ co-ordinates. A few clicks and you’re done. Here’s me relaxing on the ice blue version.
Of course I only have to turn my back in this place and one of my darn cats is on the lounger! Sharlene chose the rosy pink version with toning cushions and she only has three poses – collapse, mate and eat. Poor Sharlene, taking her name in vain here as only today she presented me with a new Copper Bengal kitten with Odyssey Rainbow eyes - wow! Come to think of it, I do pretty well with collapse, mate and eat.
Chaise Lounger LACY is partial mesh and has a Land Impact of 15. Do go over and visit The Kollective soon, lots of lovely exclusive things to indulge in – shapes, skins, jewelry sets (one from yours truly), furniture and all sorts. It’s on from now until 26th February.
So much great fashion for us gents on the POE 6 Hunt! Here’s my second post for menswear, it’s well worth hunting
69 Park Avenue is a well established MensWear shop. Designer, Silexe Core, has given us this winter outfit. Three mesh items – coat, jeans and scarf plus one alpha for the lot. Even socks are included so we don’t get our tootsies frozen!
Dot-Be by designer, BonieFacio Boucher, includes a delightful unpacking animation with his hunt gift which I’m sure will bring a smile to the weary hunter’s face! A great double sleeved shirt here, with the peace logo on it. Very useful wardrobe item. I used the L size from the 5 standard sizes. (watch by Robbish)
Orquidea by adriannesuz McMinnar is a vintage and modern clothing provider which I’m ashamed to say I haven’t come across until now. The hunt gift is a smashing set of clothing layer basic rib knit sweaters in black, chocolate and dark red. There’s a tattoo layer included to prevent any imperfections in the clothing layers – excellent. You’ll get a lot of wear out of these beauties. On top of the sweater is NerdMonkey’s gift – an extensive set of winter fisherman’s rib knit scarves. Extremely easy to stretch to size, the colours include black, cyan, pink, red and yellow. I’ll be using these a lot! (Sunday Jeans in black by by sf design, hair [monso] Jay in black/brown)
Citrus by SissyMo Morrison’s gift is this great double sleeve tshirt and low chucks which are great for tight jeans and shorts as worn here. The tshirt is the standard 5 sizes, I took size L, and the chucks have a resizer with delete option. I loved the Peace texturing on this set I’m also wearing the Clinton Flatcap which is part of Xen’s Hats hunt gift. This stylish hat has a resizer with delete option – brilliant!
I loved this hathair by ChiChickie! Hair Salon. So many textures, both for the hat and the hair via a HUD that also had a tinting facility on it. A really useful and versatile gift here. A chic Mesh shirt/jacket combo is B&W’s hunt gift. Designer, Ayrton Radikal, gives us consistantly good work and this gift is no exception. The gift is offered in the standard 5 mesh sizes, I took a size L here, and Ayrton includes a notecard with recommended sizing for a perfect fit. The cute Japanese ‘Peace and Love’ bag comes in tan and blue canvas shades and includes a ‘hold bag’ animation that doesn’t override whatever else you have on. Wonderful and thank you, designer Uklea of LavandaChic. (winter jeans in bone by GlamDammit)
All poses except for the Tuxedo ones are by the lovely Wicca Merlin for Wicca’s Wardrobe. A new set coming up – ‘Gravity’ and an older set, ‘Redneck at Work’ are featured. Wicca knows what poses work for bloggers and models alike! Don’t forget to collect the ‘Angelic’ poses in the POE6 hunt gift.
Now, two smart suits. We’re all going to need at least one of these in our SL lives, both for our own formal functions and also to attend our friend’s special occasions! The first one is the hunt gift of Innuendo Italian Style. By designer, Francesca Bonetto, this classic Italian tuxedo suit comes in one complete Mesh piece and one alpha so it couldn’t be easier or quicker to dress up! Click, click and you’re ready The little Christmas Tree brooch is by GDit Jewelry and is texture change for 4 useful metals. Moz slaved over this (lol) so go and get it! (hair Scott 02 by UncleWeb Studio, sf design Emilo shoes)
Second suit by Allie Munro of Grumble. Allie gives us a charcoal jacket and pants plus a shirt and tie combo. These are separates in the standard 5 sizes and fit nicely. I like to wear a size M shirt with a size L jacket over the top and a size M pants underneath. That seems to work really well as far as fitting goes. A great suit – thank you, Allie
Phew, I think that’s enough for now as my computer disappears in a haze of steam. Cheers, m’dears!
Part two of my POE 6 blogging extravaganza and I thought I’d showcase some of the men’s fashion on offer. I’m really pleased with the consistent quality of gifts from our favorite designers and I’m sure you will be, too
First up is a top by Legal Insanity. Mesh in the standard sizing and I used the L size with no problems, alpha fitted fine. It’s a nice top with three quarter sleeves, great logo and shape. Really liked it! I’ve teamed it up with the Bradley Fedora by Xen’s Hats. As well as this elegant fedora, designer Xenobia Foxclaw has included the Clinton flatcap for men in blue material and the Alva Headband for girls in brown wool – all controllable by a resizer with delete option. The texture change mesh scarf by Zanze fits nicely over the top. The scarf comes in three sizes, s, m and l and it has three different textures suitable for the winter season. I chose the plaid one here in a medium size. Everything’s controlled by a useful HUD including delivery.
Something completely different by ALB Dream Fashion, a whole costume which has a Hacienda feel to it. I appreciated the mesh pants here, they had a wrinkled appearance cut into the mesh – haven’t seen this before. Hat and loose headscarf can be added separately. There’s also a clothing layer plain black vest which can be worn with the pants as another simpler option. The snail mascot is a fun touch Nice versatile boots, too. AnaLee Balut is spoiling us! In the same pack there’s a similar themed costume for ladies. I used one of the poses from Diesel Works. We get four action poses in the gift - kneeling with hand on top of head, leg in air and hand to ceiling, pose from reverse hip forward and leg forward. Great for blogging.
You’ll need to adopt an ethereal shape for this stunning mesh costume by Inga Wind Clothing! I’m joking because Inga has given us a great HUD that resizes and stretches any piece of this costume ‘Angel of Peace’ – wonderful! The winds flap when you fly which is great fun and the globe has an inbuilt animation as shown. Not all angels have white skin!
(Hair is Exile – Far Behind, Men’s Bare Feet 2.0 by Cathy Foil)
Inga’s ‘Angel of Peace’ costume again. KittyCatS gift, ’Peace Angel’ – an animated revolving kitty chases a halo all around the top of your avatar – extreme cuteness! The pose used is from Wicca’s Wardrobe gift, a set of four angelic poses – two ladies, two gents – but can be used for both genders in practice. I was most impressed with these poses, they looked stylish and accurate
That’s all for now. Good hunting and cheers m’dears!
A return to blogging for me after a bit of a break! We all need those sometimes.
The Peace on Earth Hunt, run by the redoubtable Sequoia, is the oldest and most popular hunt in Second Life. It runs from December 1, 2013 through January 6, 2014. I’ve been a hunter in the last three, a designer in the last two and a blogger in this hunt, the sixth version. Going to attempt to showcase the furniture and men’s clothing which I’m sure won’t fit into one post so this is part one.
I am loving the gifts in POE6, the designers have been very generous and produced work of an excellent standard. The furniture is amazing and you’ll be able to furnish your home with a lot of Christmas cheer!
A beautiful screen by SequoiaStyle LI 15, and when you ‘sit’ on the carpet the body is held in ‘dressing pose’ which is suitable for adjustments to apparel and jewelry – ingenious! By the side is the Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze Mounted Mahogany Cabinet in the Manner of Adam Weisweiler, by Malaspina Productions (wing of Joyous Living Store). This ornate cabinet is only LI 2 and has pictures on all three facing sides.
Park Place – Home and Hearth Fireplace by DeAnn Dufaux. The fireplace and tools are separate so you can use those after the holiday season. There’s a mantle picture, three candles, a poinsettia and a garland with lights to add. All low prim for a very nice display! The fire animation can be clicked on and off.
Ishtari Design Concepts by Alyssa Warden, has given us this stylish mesh set entitled, ‘Vintage Holiday’. Total LI 16 you get a lot of chic for your house! I really liked this set and appreciated the attention to detail. There’s a working radio which you can touch to choose the music.
True North Designs brings us a piano for LI 9 - wonderful! As is typical with a traditional player piano, one doesn’t actually need to sit down and play – it can play all by itself! However, there is a piano playing animation in the cushion on the stool, so anytime you want to sit down and show off your amazing ivory tickling skills, you can Comes with 4 play modes and various tunes. Thank you, Dellybean!
Zen Creations Tree Scene by Zhoie Zimermann – lots of parts to this set, with the cutest of animations. Touch the tree or the pillow pile and you’ll soon be relaxing and writing Christmas cards and tying up presents!
Last but not least is a wondrous tree by caLLie cLine. She calls it the caLLiefornia grown peace tree. The dove has subtle animated sparkles and you can remove him or her to use in your home all year round as a symbol of peace. The stylish white bag can also be used elsewhere.
I think that’s all for this post so get your hunting boots on
(originally written on aman4allseasonssl and transfered over )
Received a massive bloggers pack from Paco this month and it was full of extremely good stuff so I had some fun tonight and attempted to do it justice.
Having mastered Blender a long while back, Paco and Manu have finally purchased another sim, this one dedicated to the [bauwerk] furniture label. I really love their mesh furniture, its quirky, well made, often themed and always low land impact. Furniture at its best!
The Globetrotter set is the latest [bauwerk] release and it’s a vintage set that’ll have you dreaming of exploring the globe, planning an expedition and generally reminiscing on your latest trip abroad. The centerpiece must be the Traveling Trunk chest with 15 single and 9 couple poses. It’s texture change for the cushions - taupe, teal, violet, green, neutral, red, blue, brown and creme.
Joining the trunk we’ve got suitcase and traveler storage drawers, vintage magazines, a choice of vintage planes with LI 1 and LI 3 would you believe, and a map picture which I enlarged at the back of this tableau. Globetrotter is mesh with materials enabled and is copy/modify so you can rez as many drawers as you want! Available now at the [bauwerk] mainstore.
Do you have fond memories of childhood camps, more specifically boy scout camps? What fun! For the September run of THE CHALLENGE the theme was teenage years. [bauwerk] produced the Boy Scout Camp set, with authentic 3 legged stools, lantern, campfire and tent. The items are all mesh, materials enabled and are copy/modify. I put the whole lot out for only 20 LI, wonderful. You can buy these items separately as well.
The tent has 14 single animations and 6 animations for two avatars for when you’re camping out with a friend. The 3 legged stool has 11 sitting poses to suit all camping activities and a few more! You can switch the fire and lantern glow on and off.
Here’s the fire switched off and the lantern flickering in the last of the embers. I expect there’s dew on the grass as the morning light greets our happy campers! Get your Boy Scout Camping set – here. If you would like to read more about THE CHALLENGE which is a monthly themed furniture and accessories extravaganza, here’s their blog.
Now on to the Mens Dept offering. We have both a set of men’s sportwear from the 22769 label and a choice of three [bauwerk] video arcade machines which have 9 fun animations in them and include an easy adjustment facility, making them great for photography work.
First up is Derpy Kong in which Mozart is battling with the machine whilst endeavoring to look super cool in the green variety of the 22769 Sweatpants and Over Head Tank. The sportswear is available in three colors – green, red and gray - and can be bought separately so that it’s possible to mix n match.
Having thrashed Derpy Kong, Mozart tries his hand at Rocks in Space or at least he will when he’s stopped posing. You won’t need an alpha for the top, it fits without one and like the pants, comes in the 5 standard SL sizes.
I think this animation made me laugh the most. It’s just what you feel like when you’ve overdosed on Second Life *laughs* and that’s what this video arcade machine is called. At only 2 LI you can afford to put one practically anywhere. And here’s the red version of the 22769 Sweatpants and Over Head Tank.
All three machines are available now at the Mens Dept, along with the excellent sportswear.
Until next time, cheers m’dears!
(originally posted on aman4allseasonssl and transfered over)
I wanted to look at an innovation in design from the Redgrave group. Got some information from Dean Ashby of Redgrave and a couple of designs to try out.
What’s so different about these mesh clothing items? Well, if you’ve ever experienced the sheer frustration of matching mesh pants up with shoes and boots so that it looks natural and nothing sticks out or looks peculiar, then you’ll love these items because… they are adjustable! Yes, you did read that correctly. Within certain parameters you can adjust Liquid Mesh products (LQMesh) with sliders. But that’s not the only thing – and wait for this – LQMesh automatically adjusts to body shape so no more working out which size of Mesh you want or adjusting your body shape to accommodate a standard sizing. Keep your unique shape! Can this really be true?!
Dean says that LQMesh is in its first stages and that Redgrave would appreciate if we direct comments and suggestions to him so that they can make improvements. Try out the products as demos first and see how we get on.
Open the box and you’ll find one size and associated alpha layers. Sometimes you’ll find a second product version that will cover even more shape settings. Try it on and it may fit correctly right away. Remember, LQMesh adjusts automatically to your body shape.
Here’s Dean again… “But we went even further. The mesh also follows certain body shape sliders. That means you can even resize our product with your shape which is not possible with any other mesh up to this point. You can try that by right-clicking your avatar, select “Edit my shape”, choose the tab “Legs” and then for e.g. change the slider “Leg muscles”.
And his advice for the shoe/boot problem?
“If your shoe sticks through our mesh pants you just go to “Edit my shape” then choose “Legs” –> “Foot size”. Moving this slider will make the pants cuffs wider or smaller.”
So far, so great! What sort of things can you adjust for? Body Fat, and Legs in particular – leg muscles, butt size, saddle bags, knee angle and foot size.
As you might imagine, I was intrigued and I had to try it out. There’s a small collection of LQMesh products at the moment - some nice beach sets, classic jeans, heavy wash jeans, beanie hat and Henley sweaters. Have a look on Marketplace – here.
I tried out the Classic Jeans and Belts set (3 varieties of both with regular and wider waist versions) and the Cargo Outfit Mike consisting of ultra baggy shorts with matching belt and two versions of vintage tank top in LQMesh plus leather bracelet. Jeans pack is L$350 and the Cargo pack is L$320, very reasonable price for all the good stuff you receive.
There are limitations to LQMesh due to SL technical parameters. The maximum setting for body fat is 18 and the belly size is 5 but combinations within these parameters are possible. For butt size Redgrave recommend that we don’t go lower than 50. With that in mind I tried on the Classic Jeans. Here they are from the front view.
The jeans came with 4 alpha layers, I was in between layers 1 and 2. If you get these layers too big, then you’ll get gaps showing in the skin at centre front between the fly and the side waistband. If it had been an ordinary mesh I’d have gone to layer 2 and altered the pelvis area on my shape to fit. With the Redgrave jeans I went into ‘edit’ and fiddled about with some of the designated sliders – it was amazing because the jeans themselves were altering and not my body shape as such. For instance, I had these sneakers on with laces that stuck out so I used Dean’s tip and altered the foot size from zero up to 33. Here’s the result.
And here’s the finished waistline – these now fit as well as a clothing layer. I couldn’t see any gaps or alphas showing at all. Adding the belt and it went very neatly into the waistband under the belt straps. Wow, my modeling teacher, Bety, would be pleased at that! A perfect fit.
Now, for the butt. This is such a sticking point with standard Mesh. Unless the designers (and some of them do) texture this area in a three dimensional way, the butt invariably looks as flat as a pancake. Not very appealing. So… does my butt look big in this? *laughs* It certainly looks well shaped now!
Next, I opened the Mike Cargo outfit… this contained alphas for the pants, the vintage t-shirts and a combo for them both. I put these on and did nothing to them as the fit was really good. There’s a matching non-LQMesh bracelet which I liked, too. I did go into ‘edit’ and fiddle with the sliders again and you could make the legs bigger to compensate if you’d been massively working out or something and had attained calf muscles to rival Atlas. Here’s the combo outfit from the front. I must say that the detail of the texturing is very, very good as in the Redgrave products generally.
There was one fault that I picked out and this was on the t-shirt. It happened when the avatar shoulders were in a rounded position as you brought the arms forward and what happened here was that the top of the armholes would squash in and make the straps appear narrower, the same sort of problem that you’d have on a clothing layer, say. But this is a minor niggle and would only apply to a small percentage of avatar positions and be important in runway productions.
As with the jeans, the butt looked good again, rounded and natural. If you’d like to try these out as demos or buy some of them indeed, send any comments to Dean Ashby so that Redgrave can keep developing what I consider to be a huge improvement in Mesh apparel.
Until next time, Cheers m’dears!
Showing this Thursday, 6th June at 1pm SLT, ‘The Collective’ celebrate 50 years of movie history with a huge classic of a show featuring the delicious women that surrounded James Bond 007 in Ian Fleming’s unique novels. See all your favorite characters portrayed by fabulous models!
For landmarks, please contact Kellis Denimore as these won’t be given out until one day before the show.
Photography – Angeli ‘Angie’ Optera, model – Moz, suit – Scion in sepia by GlamDammit, Nemiscel Sniper Rifle