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 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!
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
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!