LOTD 11/28/2016 – Mix & Match with Mesh becomes more and more difficult!

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TUNES

I’m gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone
To lighten up
I’m gonna tell ’em that
I’ve got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I’m looking up
I’m gonna soak up the sun
I’m gonna soak up the sun

[Sheryl Crow]

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Mix & Match… still my favourite way of styling even if mesh makes it more and more hard;)

With the mesh body rigged clothing it is even harder as it already was with standard mesh sizes, but if you try hard enough it still works somehow… mostly :p

Especially if you want to wander around with your mix and match styles in SL and not just do pictures, where you can cheat about poke through or bad back views 😉

Sometimes it can help that you combine several parts of one designer, but not always you find what you want by just going through several outfits from one designer – plus I really do love the challenge to combine different creators as well 😉

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I had a talk lately with one of my close friends about what is the advantage of standard sizes and mesh body sizes, because many designers do not even offer standard sizes anymore.

Part of that is that the SL community more and more uses the mesh bodies and standard sizes not always do fit on those, even if you can work many especially if you are not going to show too much skin. sometimes it does not matter for a simple pair of jeans, if you can alpha out everything properly what is covered by the jeans, or if you wear a full body suit with long sleeves for arms and legs. The more skin you show the more difficult it becomes because of the default alpha HUD for each mesh body.

But with the bigger usage of mesh bodies, certainly designers will tend towards the appropriate sizes and rigging to those as well. So I guess some when the standard sizes will be gone due the fact that they will not sell to well anymore.

And exactly because of this, I keep some parts even if they are older. I know many laughed when I told about my inventory numbers and called me a fool that needs to rezz forever, but for mix and matches sometimes if you sneak in an older part it can make it interesting again and as well spares you a lot of headaches by fiddling with fitted mesh only 😉 (I am not saying i would use my hair from 2008 or really old looking accessories from 2010 all the time, but I do keep some things that are timeless for me and probably useful)

I am looking forward where SecondLife will go and with the new Bento possibilities it will be a new adventure like it was with every new possibility the past years – That keeps SL exciting to me… working out new things and new ways of importing likes and dislikes into a new way of virtual life 😉

Maybe in 10 years we laugh about good old times with standard mesh sizes, like we do now about flexible prims and sculpts :p

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Details

Pants: [sys] – “Mellow” NEW @ The Liaison Collaborative

Top: Asteria – “Rhapsody Fringe Top”

Pullover: Asteria – “Michelle-Cardigan Hanging Shoulder”

Waistcorset: Asteria – “Capretto Corset”

Shoes: Glamistry – “Lantana”

Hair: EMO-tions – “Vera”

Necklace: Eudora 3D – “Dream Catcher” – NEW @ Enchantment

Braclet left: Enfant Terrible – “L’odeur du Cuir”

Bracelet right: [kunst] – “Conrad”

Poses: ALIUD

Location: StoryBrooke Gardens

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

LOTD 05/22/2016 – Landscape, Scenery or Editorial?

Sometimes it is a hard decision how you want your photo to look like.

This time I was pondering a lot between an editorial look, or just find a matching landscape or if I wanna build a scenery on my platform.

 

I started with roaming around sims to find an ice location first when Anderian IMed me and we talked about editorial shots. I told her I am looking for something modern hippy looking when she suggested to just try google for 70s editorial fashion shots.

And there my vision of a landscape did go… now I wanted to do an editorial one :p

Enough of story telling about sceneries, let’s get the view on the clothing 😉

The amazing “Happy Stroll in the Rain” jeans from Whimsical Imaginarium are the base of my todays styling. I got those amazing pants from Bodza, while we were talking and I fell immediately in love with them. I have a heart for wide flaired bell bottom pants in RL as well… I am not a 70s person, I was born in the 70s so the basic late 70s trends did pass me by while being a little child. Even if I remember some of those being in my wardrobe.. especially those weird wide dresses that started to get wide under the chest…

Now you gonna say ‘Oh yeah there is millions of those pants on the grid’ but well.. those catched my eyes because of the amazing texture and as well with the idea of having one lower leg colored different. To cover the color break on the knee, Bodza put some delicate lace and as well to repeat the colors ( yes I am a friend of no standalone colors… :p ) one oft the back pockets has the same color.

The amazing textured top is made by Asia Rae and it was a perfect addition to the amazing jeans – style and colorwise 😉 The “Demy Crop Top” comes with a color HUD so you can customize the top to your needs colorwise.

For the jewelry I decided to go for a mix and match of 2 different Kungler sets and an amazing necklace from Charm. The cool glasses that did underline the modern 70s look I got from agapee. They are kinda funny to use, as they come with a HUD that lets you move the glasses up to your head with an animation and as well you have 3 options for the glasses to fold the front side up.

For the hair I decided to go with a new style from Truth, which was released on the actual round of the Enchantment event.  The hair is very versatile too as you get different options for the forehead part and several sizes for all kind of chest sizes.

The best shoes to go for todays look were wedges (Grand I can hear you on that one and believe me, usually I am not a friend of wedges myself, but that look simply called for them!)

The “Oksana Leather Heels” from [MODA] actually did not look that bad and with their huge HUD – all of their shoes have that huge HUD – it was quite easy to match them in color to the rest of the look 🙂

Since I wanted something clean and editorial looking, as well as something with sit poses – which are so underestimated in so many blogs – I tried my luck on the “Lovers Crate Seat” from Shutter Field. The poses in that little cube are quite awesome, they just did not go too well with my outfit, so I just tried random poses out of my inventory to make it work. I realized very fast that having long legs and being a little bit above the average in terms of height, makes sitting a huge challenge :p . But with some minor graphic surgery even that worked out quite well. Since I am not that great skilled in working with editing programs, I can promise it really only was minor fixing 😉

So in the end, it was the editorial version for today, but like I said to Tempe lately when we talked – and she agreed with me – … every style, every look, can call for something special. I neither wanna miss the fun roaming around on sims to find amazing locations, nor I would like to just have self-built sceneries or only white screened pictures for my blog. It is a lot about moods, feelings and emotions, that make me decide what the end result will be 😉

Details

Pants: Whimsical Imaginarium (*Wh.I*) – “Happy Stroll in the Rain” – NEW

Top: Asia Rae [AR] – “Demy Crop Top”

Shoes: [MODA] – “Oksana Leather Heels”

Bracelet: Kunglers – “Keira”

Ring: Kunglers – “Assira”

Necklace: .Charm. – “Fearis Collar”

Glasses: agapee (*agp*) – “Johnny Sunglasses”

Hair: Truth – “May” – NEW @ Enchantment

Prop: Shutter Field [sf] – “Lovers Crate Seat”

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Sunny Afternoon with GizzA

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Sometimes if you put on an outfit it automatically throws you in a certain mood…

Exactly that happened today, when I put on the new “Maryjane” outfit from GizzA.

Technically I am too you for the good old hippy times but from what I heard and saw by pics it must have been a great time. The fashion and style at that time was a very catchy and colorful.

Jeans were a huge part of it as well as knitted stuff. GizzA brought it kinda back to life with the flower power high-waisted jeans and the knitted vest wich are parts of the “Maryjane” outfit. The knotted bra and the 2 different necklaces are as well part of the look. I did not wanna go too much into the old hippy style so I decided to wear some more modern looking dreads from EMO-tions as the hairstyle for the look. The oversized sunglasses were kinda a must for the look and I am anyways a huge fan of those 😉

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For the picture I wanted something country side looking and while I was TPing around to find the right location, I remembered “The other Side” sim. The sim really has so many neat spots for all kinds of pictures and it s really worth a visit!

I decided to make my way to the corner with the cute horses and cows, as it was so peaceful and quiet and just the right location for my look like I did imagine it 😉

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Details

Outfit: GizzA – “Maryjane” – NEW

Hair: EMO-tions – “Rula”

Glasses: Izzie’s – “Oversized Sunglasses”

Skin: [sys] – “Eva”

Location: The Other Side

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Dare to be hip and colorful?!?

Today I have the great pleasure to welcome a new designer on my blog. Dani Plassiz, owner and designer of Styles by Danielle. We all know Styles by Danielle as a wonderful casual chic and elegant gown paradise. The more the outfit I wanna showcase today jumped my eyes as I entered the Mainstore.

I was told to pick me one of the wonderful outfits. After I saw the “Groovy Poa” outfit I tried to find one that is more representative for the wonderful creations of Styles by Danielle because I thought Dani will kill me, if I would choose the “Groovy Poa” for my first outfit to showcase. But my eyes always went back to that wonderful colorful outfit.

Then I saw the cool “Catina” booties and the matching “LP” jewelry set for the “Groovy Pow” and could not longer resist…

The “Catina” booties have a HUD with wich you can chnage the seams of the “Catina” booties to every color you want. The amazing black leather texture is made so realistic. you can see the shine and reflection of the lights… simply amazing.

The jewelry set carries the simple name “LP” and just tells what it is 😉 A wonderful set of little vinyl LP’s where you can change the middle color by a menu.

The Styles by Danielle Mainstore is really a paradise for lovers of elegant gowns, classy casual chic, city chic and even for the crazy people like me 🙂 All the textures are wonderfully made and put on the prims and layers.

Details

Outfit: Styles by Danielle – “Groovy Poa” /colors

Shoes: Styles by Danielle – “Catina” /black

Jewelry: Styles by Danielle – “LP” /color changing set

Hair: Miamai – “Reka Mohawk” /black

Nails: Candy Nail – “GATCHA Toy Nails” /yellow

Lashes: Redgrave – “Rockstar”

Skin: Silken Moon – “Rookie” /Fair Rock

Disco Balls: Glitterati

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Do the Hippy Hippy Shake – Mesh News from LeeZu!!!

Outfit: LeeZu – “Sophia Dress” /red – NEW (mesh)

Hair: Wasabi Pills – “Taleen” /lemon tea

Shoes: Courtisane – “La Viviene” /all reds

Skin: Silken Moon – “Rookie” /Wicca von Teese (special custom makeup)

Eyeliner: Silken Moon – “Wicca” /black stright

Eyeshadow: L.Fauna – “Basic Shadow” /antique gold

Jewelry (incl. nails): Mandala – “Milky Way” /red

Poses: Body Talking

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin