Aloha, Ladies and Gentlemen
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 fashion 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!
In between recovering from lagging around Fantasy Faire 2013 (and I’m being rude because I wasn’t lagging nearly so much yesterday) I had lots of fun photographing new wares from three of my favorite designers.
Firstly, a great photo prop from 22769 [bauwerk] called Telephone which retails at L$110. It’s filled with 10 single animations and is 4 prims/Land Impact 2. These are alterable for both position and rotation and will fit almost any avatar size with a bit of fiddling, I would have thought. This great prop is still on at April’s Mens Dept sale. After then, go to the Flagship store.
Secondly, another stylish and dare I say, cool hair from Carina of Amacci. Called Mason, it is at a reduced price for MWFW (L$149) and comes in 54 colours. Only there until 27th April and then at Amacci Mainstore. You need a hairbase to wear with this one but Carina has thoughtfully supplied those with the hairs.
Last but by no means least, the new skin from Emilia Redgrave. It’s called Chris. At the moment, only available in the Tan shade but it has loads of options - 5 beards, bodyhair and hairless chest, burnt-in-skin hairbase, scalp, and as layers – blond brows, eye shadow tan-booster.. smooth and bronze. If you use the tan boosters it’s like having another shade anyway. As I always do, I took some pictures on Midday setting and some on various Windlight settings so as to get a really good idea of what the skin will look like inworld.
I would suggest you try the demo first – here it is on Marketplace. Now there is a modable Chris Shape to go with the skin and a demo of this is included with the skin demo above. The Chris shape is L$390 and the Chris skin with options as a package is L$1490. That’s good value for all the options considering you might pay over that price just for one skin option from other designers.
Will you have to change your shape for this skin? I favour various LaVie, Birth and Akeruka skins in which I don’t change anything. In this Redgrave skin I did make a small alteration to the lips only and still managed to get that half smile that is so cute! If you have to do this (and it might not even be needed) then remember to take a copy of your current shape and then alter that one and keep it with the skin. That way you won’t be hunting all over the place in the depths of your inventory looking for the darn thing and you’ll still have your original shape. Yes, learned this from bitter experience
Oh, and I nearly forgot – jeans are by GlamDammit – clothing layer jeans to show off a real butt (lol and you did ask for them) from the Tease range.
Went visiting at the Fantasy Faire yesterday and couldn’t help but pick up a few items! This is a ‘Relay for Life’ event on behalf of the American Cancer Society and all the store holders have special items out. In 2012 a total of US$375,385 was raised and it was the 8th relay – an amazing amount. You can read more about previous years on the Wiki page.
Although my computer is not really up to scenic photos I attempted a few shots of the two sims we visited. First is DragonSpire – a fascinating underground cave build with loads of crystals.
Secondly, a shot from the Titans Hollow sim, sponsored by Cerridwen’s Cauldron – the most beautiful build I have seen in a long time. Don’t get worried about the glass floors – you can walk on them! They are like mirrors to the underworld beneath.
This Mesh outfit from FATEwear is called Feredir – Quagmire. An outfit suitable for Elven hunting garb. It comes in three colourways – chocolate (the one I’m wearing), blue and green. It is a RFL item and you can pay what you wish from 300 lindens upwards. I have never seen an outfit like it in which the whole Mesh encompasses the body so you wear one alpha and one mesh – even the boots are included. Feredir has options of with or without cloak. You’ll find FATEwear on Titan’s Hollow
The hair is by Wasabi Pills and is called Erik. There is a RFL version which is pale crystal colourways of mint, pale purple and pale blue that would be great for fantasy wear but being the staid bastard that I am, I bought my usual browns On Magnifcat sim sponsored by Fallen Gods Inc. Going to wear this hair a lot and not just for prancing around the forest.
Ears are the same as in my previous post – Elven Pointed Ears with colouring HUD by 22769 – perfect for any skin. Lo and behold I managed to colour them correctly as well. On Lumenaria sim sponsored by Solarium.
Going to try out the next two sims today so wish me good fortune in my epic fight with lag and old computers!
The 2013 Fantasy Faire is on now until the 28th April. Many items there are exclusive to the Faire and won’t be repeated in the designer stores so it’s well worth a visit. The sims look amazing in themselves, let alone all the goodies for sale! Also, see their blog and here’s the main landing point on the Lumenaria sim.
22769′s Paco and Manu admit that the Faire was well out of their comfort zone because they had not made specific items for fantasy wear but I, for one, think they have done an amazing job.
Now, you’ll only find these items at the Fantasy Faire – the Pavilion, the Royal Room and the Royal Crown.
Dressing up as a passable Legolas, I’m wearing one of the outfits created especially for the Faire. The Leather and Brocade Coat and Pants come in a variety of shades – black, purple, red, and green. It’s a great outfit to wear and very elegant thus befitting an Elf! Bet you could easily wear this in other scenarios as well.
There’s two shapes of Elven ears that come with a colouring HUD and a copious notecard of instructions so you can’t fail to match up skin colours (thanks Manu – it’s his first HUD and well done I have to say). If I can manage to get a good match – and I’m a virtual technophobe – then so can you. I chose the ‘pointed’ set and there’s also a ‘young’ set of more leafy shaped ears. Couldn’t resist a shot here as even an Elven blogger gets in a hug with a redhead!
Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits! This is the Taurus chair (and it comes in four colours including white and this dramatic black) . It’s from the Bauwerk furniture range and on display at the Zodiac event. Running from 20 April – 15 May 2013 – there’s plenty of time to peruse the wares. They have a blog (naturally!) and here’s the main landing Slurl on the Mint Tulip sim. I must say, I really like this chair. It creates atmosphere and makes for a good talking point when showing visitors your decoration skillz
Just for your records…
22769 Flagship Store - here
22769 on Marketplace – here
22769 blog – here
GlamDammit was recently at the Hollywood Event, a fortnight’s extravaganza of 80 designer stores – all with new releases and free gifts. On behalf of Lexi and myself, I would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to Ivy, Ramses and all the stalwart helpers that made this Event the best one we’ve ever attended.
First of all, the build was amazing! It was the streets of Hollywood with shops, a stylish theatre and high rise buildings. The designers had their names down on the pavement in true movie star fashion. All the work of Ramses and much appreciated.
Next, the stores were great. Plenty of room, good choice of prim amounts and a very fair price. This counts a lot towards attending events when you have a limited budget to spend on marketing.
Traffic was huge… over five thousand unique visitors to our store on HollyWood and we have never seen anything like it. This was no doubt due to the continuous efforts of Ivy in rallying people to visit the sim. As a consequence our sales were the best we’d ever had at any event.
The Bloggers were consistently putting out posts of quality and interest, not just on the Stuff-SL blogs but also their own. Very good coverage there, which is not always the case.
Not least of all, Ivy and her staff treated everyone with kindness and efficiency. If we had questions they were dealt with quickly and with politeness. All the Bloggers were praised by Ivy and her staff when they put up their posts – and this isn’t always the case on some groups, often you’re met with a stony silence when you place your hard work. I know from the POV of both a blogger and a designer how these things really matter and make you feel good.
To conclude, we can thoroughly recommend any further Events put on by Ivy and her team. Designers – it’s well worth it. Visitors – you’ll get great deals, Bloggers – you’ll be appreciated.
GlamDammit is at the MensWear Fashion Week 2013 and you can read all the gen at their blog – here. It’s on from Friday 19th April until Saturday 27th April with events each day from around 11am till 11pm SLT on some days. Taxi to the event.
Over on the GlamDammit blog, Lexi will be posting about the new clothing shortly. But just for now, I’ll present the new jewelry sets here. Taking into account people’s comments from the HollyWood Event (especially Mr Pevensey) I’ve tried to do some interesting themed jewelry for us gents. Each sets template will fit a standard male avatar shape without much adjustment needed you’ll be glad to know! Lexi tried the Star Crossed set on and didn’t need any adjustment and our sizes are not uniform. Gasp! Faint! It must have been a magic template or the Bead Rez has been watching Dr Who or something.
First up is Pyrates. Featuring an original design on a pirate theme, its a chunky silver jewelry set and I had fun with the links. Let’s say the Bead Rez was pleased when I logged out that night. You get a long pendant necklace, two chunky bracelets that add up to loads of ‘chunkiness’ wrist wise and a matching ring. If you wear prim nails, then please click and ‘add’ the ring and you won’t lose them! /me resists the yo ho ho comments.
Next set is CrissCross. Now I like earrings but I long for something that is at least kinda masculine. These earrings are they – substantial black grained leather, pearly studs and liquid silver settings – yummy. A matching choker with a dangling cross completes the set. Get yer leathers on guys! Umm, and I don’t mind what you do after that.
You’ll like this one. It’s called Tubular (after Tubular Bells) and our sexy model, Dox, said, ‘Interesting, it’s like cybernetic Egyptian’. Well, I’m not arguing. I reckon this set can be used with a lot of outfits to provide fun and interest, not least of all Runway specials. There’s a necklace, matching bracelet and a couple of click and ‘add’ contrast rings. Black and gold and well… pyramidal in places. With chains. What more could you want? A price drop I hear you say… well it’s not that expensive! I haven’t seen anything like this for gents on SL, either.
Next up, this set is called Nile. It’s unashamedly Egyptian. My favorite style is 1930s Art Deco so it pleases me no end. Chunky and symbolic there’s an Eye of Ra in there, along with Scarab beetles and if you spot Freemasonry symbolism then you’ve been watching one too many Leonardo Da Vinci conspiracy films The Brooch/Pin will shrink down quite small to fit on lapels and cravats and looks posh.
Last but not least we have Star Crossed. One of the themed shows at MWFW is Vegas. This set of three click and ‘add’ necklaces is a bit Vegas but also quite elegant. Two of the chains have a diamond studded cross attached, one is a scoop neck chain. I endeavoured to make the links interesting on their own. If you move the necklaces forward slightly they should fit inside most jacket collars, shirts and lapels without any trouble. Worn altogether they look stunning, worn separately and the effect is more restrained but still Glam.
Also there’s a gacha (yay, I love them!) for these fab sets of bracelets and brooches. Five colorways – gold, silver, copper, iron and gunmetal. If you absolutely can’t get the one you want and have run outta lindens – contact me and we’ll do a swap lol. They are transfer and modify. The title – Ancients of Mu Mu – is from a song by the KLF, long lamented band bless them. I really like this set, it was fun to make and the Bead Rez got a rest too. Can’t be bad!
If you absolutely can’t get on the MWFW sim this week, don’t despair. All the jewelry sets are up on Marketplace, except for the gacha. That’ll be in the GDit store next week if you can manage to restrain yourselves until then.
Part one – details and GDit - here
Part two - Adjunct, [FIEND], *PosESionN* and [PeKaS Design] - here
In this post – more exclusive designs in Menswear from the Hollywood Event, featuring (RED) Sand, Black Label Menswear, Okey Designs and *PosESioN*
First up is (RED) Sand Inc – skins and fashion. Designer Gwen Mendes has made a set of t-shirts and skinny pants in a variety of colours and designs. The t-shirts are called Bling Bling and all of the designs come in white, black and brown colourways. The designs themselves are Pirates, Dance, Bite Me and Bling. These can be teamed up with the Cosmo skinny pants in dark grey, stripes, yellow, blue, denim wash and red. Quite a variety!
The sizing of the skinny pants come in 7 mesh sizes from XS to 3XL so one is bound to fit! The t-shirts in 5 mesh sizes from 2XS to L. Here’s a couple of pairings.
(RED) Sand Inc have a fashion blog - http:redsandfashion.wordpress.com/
and the mainstore is here.
Black Label Meshwear (BLM) have a couple of very nice items for their exclusive new releases. Firstly, a smart Men’s Polo Shirt in blue and white in 5 mesh sizes from XS to XL. I wore the M size. There’s never any trouble with BLM sizing – it always fits
BLM’s second new release is a smashing pair of engineer boots. With a choice of alpha layers and feet and feet and uppers – it makes the boots a versatile choice for wearing with heaps of different trousers. Well done, Blacky! BLM @ Marketplace – here.
As with my last blog post, all poses are by *PosESionN*
‘Minimalit for him’ – set of 11 poses for gents. Perfect for blogging and modeling, Dahriel understands what we need. Mainstore here.
Finally, Okey Designs have released a spectacular outfit called Van Helsing. It comes in two colours – brown and black, I’ve got the black variety on here. Just goes to prove that sculpts and clothing layers have not lost out to mesh in any shape or form. Not when you can buy outfits like these! Okey Designs mainstore – here.
Landmark for the Hollywood Event sim.
If I get more time this week, I’ll blog once again. Until then, Cheers, m’dears!
For all the details about the Hollywood Event – please see part one.
In this section – a batch of wonderful new releases exclusive to the Hollywood Event from Adjunct, [FIEND], *PosESionN* and [PeKaS Design].
First of all, a casual suit from [FIEND] comprising skinny jeans with suspenders (or braces if you’re from Europe) and a combined shirt and jacket, all in Mesh. There’s a choice of five fittings from XS-XL and separate alphas. I chose a M in the pants and a L in the shirt/jacket. Fiend have a blog - http://fiendfashionsl.wordpress.com and their mainstore is here.
Very nice design which will get a lot of wear from yours truly, and I especially like the braces that hang nonchalantly down as if you can’t stand to wear them anymore lol.
[PeKaS Design] who do costume for roleplay and Gor, hispano and all sorts have released eight new outfits for Hollywood, all based on an Urban theme. I’m going to showcase two of them. The textures are well done, especially the Urban Toxic Male jacket – all denim features on the front and a great print on the back.
Urban Dyango has a clothing layer trousers and a mesh deep scoop shirt. There are four sizes for the Mesh from S – XL. I took the L in the shirt.
Urban Toxic male is all mesh, again in the four sizes S – XL. [PeKaS Design] mainstore is here.
Adjunct have this sharp pair of sunglasses out at Hollywood. They are fully modifiable mesh. I just stretched and then moved the glasses for a perfect fit.
All poses are from the new set by *PosESionN*. ’Minimalit for him’ – set of 11 poses for gents – I really liked these. Kept the hands well out of the clothing and looked good too. Dahriel’s blog is here. Check for the new mainstore landmark.
Landmark for the Hollywood Event sim.