This Corona Moment Brought To You By ….


Piddler’s Perch and their free gift for the Homestuff  group members

This Corona Moment Looking Forward

This Corona Moment Looking Forward

It’s lazy days like these that make me not want to leave my home in SL, just spend all my time fixing it up, inviting friends over, and hanging out there. Thank goodness I have help in figuring out how I am going to fix it up, because there is a new group just for this purpose, and, based on the track record of the group organizers, it promises to be a good one. The Homestuff  group is brought to you by Ivy Maverick and Rob1977 Moonites, the organizers of Menstuff and Womenstuff. The group launched March 28, 2012 and designers are invited to fill out the application, if they have home related products and wish to participate as a designer in the group. So far more than 20 creators have taken them up on this invite and placed gifts out in the lounge for collection by group members. The above scene is one of the free gifts that the group members are eligible to get simply for being a member. It’s from Piddler’s Perch and below is the view from the front of the same perch.

This Corona Moment Front View

This Corona Moment Front View

The gift, the Fun in the Sun deck set, is quite elaborate and includes the deck, two torches on the deck posts (touch on and off), the two palm tree cluster and shadows, two chairs (each with multiple male and female poses driven by an easy to use touch menu), the table, the 3 candle cluster (touch on and off), and the ice cooler of beers. I know the name was fun in the sun, but I just couldn’t resist shooting the pics at dusk / night so that you could see how lovely it looks when you use the built-in lighting. Rowan Attis, the creator of Piddler’s Perch is not just an exceptional creator, capable of setting an adorable scene, she is thorough, generous and approachable. She strives to make her work better at any opportunity and welcomes comments or questions from her customers. I actually had a question about the freebie and honestly didn’t expect much because it was a free item, but not only did she respond, she treated me to first rate customer service and took the time to make sure that all the issues I had were addressed and taken care of to my satisfaction. If that is the sort of caliber of designers this group is attracting, I can’t wait to see more.

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Homestuff Logo

Now for those of you who just want to join the group and take advantage of the benefits such as the adorable freebies like the one shown in this blog, you can do so by joining the Homestuff group in world. You can pick up the free gifts once you are a member at the SLSTUFF LOUNGE http://slurl.com/secondlife/Gizza%20Creations%20II/21/16/72, and you’ll find more information about the group and the creators that are part of it on the Homestuff home page. There will be more blogs posted there soon as they get the staff up and going for the blog. I also will be expecting a pretty awesome Homestuff Hunt one day to go along with the amazing ones already thrown by the organizers. Keep your eyes out for more information on Homestuff.

Style Card

Store SLURLs available on the SLURLs page

Furniture and palms:

Piddler’s Perch – Fun in the Sun deck set (Free gift for Homestuff group members)

On Ais:

Skin: *VERSHE* – Andrea Deep: Aruba (Brunette)*
Freckles: -Glam Affair – Leah Freckles C*
Hair: ::Exile:: – Perri:Sable (TDR)
Eyes: [SLB] Eyes – July’09 – Green R
Lashes: Crissy Designs – Irresistible Look Eyelashes
Nails: *Sexy Mamas* – Prim Nails
Bikini Top: (seen from front view) REEK -
Sweater: (seen from back view) *VERSHE* – Chic Sweater: Sea*
Shorts: *VERSHE* – PumPum Shorts: Dark Wash*
Shoes: *VERSHE* – Mimi Flats: Dots*
Glasses: [ glow ] studio – Club! Glasses vol. 2 (silver) (TDR)
Earings: [MANDALA] – tukemono earrings (silver) (TDR)

On Dhirk:

Skin: *REDGRAVE* – [03] DeepTan Skin -David-/ unshaved+hair
Hair: *Coma* – Varsity Hair – Blonde 2
Eyes: [SLB] Eyes – July’09 – Blue B
Tattoo: *REDGRAVE – Arm-Tattoo -David- (Torso)
Finger Tape: Luck Inc – *SL* Finger Tapes w/ nails
Facial Piercings: [NikitaFride] – Piercing(MHO4)
Necklace: G&T Creations Fashion and Romance – Dragon Tribal male necklace (MHOH4 # 36)
Boardshorts: [Armidi] – Ibisco Boardshorts / Blue

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To My Friend, Khloe


My Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit is one of my favorite stories. I think of it many times a year but always at this time of the year, because of the association of bunnies with Easter. My love for this story is one that I share with my friend, Khloe. So I decided to make this blog post dedicated to her, because of my desire to do something for her this Easter that both represented this story we both so love and gain strength and inspiration from and that represented how much she means to me.

 For Khloe 1

For those of you who don’t know the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, you can find the full story here: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/williams/rabbit/rabbit.html. It is known as the story of how a toy becomes real. Now if you don’t know the story the smothering with love might not make that much sense and you might not understand how that is part of the journey to becoming real. It is the story of a stuffed rabbit that becomes the favorite toy of a sick little boy, who eventually is loved so much he is worn and so much he becomes a real bunny.

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

For Khloe 2

So off I set, on a journey to find an outfit, some poses, a bunny which I could I could smother with love and maybe someday help become real, and a place to take pictures of it all. Khloe wasn’t available for dressing up like a bunny, but fortunately just in the nick of time Olaenka Chesnokov, creator of oOo Studio, released this bunny pose set, complete with accompanying bunnies that I could use. Once I had the poses and the bunnies the FreebieFriday hunt gift (a skirt, bodysuit, shoes, glasses, belt and bunny ears) from VERSHE landed in my lap. I was ecstatic and decided to use it when, Vershel made the decision to extend the freebie hunt for this outfit through Sunday. That way anyone seeing the pictures would still be able to get the free item. I used everything in the outfit except the adorable shoes. I was just in a barefoot kind of mood and wanted to show off my new Gaeline bare feet. I also wanted to remind folks that in addition to this freebie outfit from VERSHE (The item will be hidden in a small eggs somewhere around the store and for group members only.), group members at VERSHE would also be getting my Spring Eyeshadow from my blog on LpD. By the time this article is published there will be an extra egg added to the hunt with that free gift will be set out at VERSHE.

For Khloe 3

So the only thing remaining for this endeavor was a place to take some spring inspired pictures. After TPing around the grid to several promising but not quite right locations, I tried out one that I found through Flickr, Frog’s Garden. I discovered Frog’s Garden (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bonaire52/35/56/23) because of this picture, http://www.flickr.com/photos/liqueur/6892608244, posted on flickr by Liqueur Felix. When I TPed in to check it out, it was the perfect spot. Exactly what I had in mind. Small and quaint and beautifully decorated. A store in the most unobtrusive way. It inspired be so much to create my own similar space that purchases are sure to ensue in the future, but at the time I was all about the picture taking. I am pleased with how they turned out and there are a few more I posted in my Flickr stream. I had a blast playing with the windlight options and various presets and combinations of my own. I strongly encourage you to go get some pics of your own and either before or after drop by VERSHE to pick up your freebies and the last ever Fashionably Late to get your own set of bunny poses.

For Khloe 4

Happy Easter Everyone! Here’s hoping that this year you are loved so much you are worn to the point of becoming real.

And Happy Easter, Khloe.

Style Card

Store SLURLs available on the SLURLs page

Skin: *VERSHE* Andrea Tan: GoGo (Brunette)*
Freckles: -Glam Affair – Leah Freckles C*
Hair: elikatira – [e] – Listen – Brown 04
Eyes: [SLB] Eyes – July’09 – Green R
Lashes: Crissy Designs – Irresistible Look Eyelashes
Nails: *Sexy Mamas* Prim Nails
Outfit: *VERSHE* Easter Chic Outfit (Free to group members)
Ears: *VERSHE* Chic Easter: Ears (Free to group members)
Glasses: *VERSHE* Easter Chic: Bunny Glasses (Free to group members)
Earrings: [MANDALA] – tukemono earrings (SILVER)
Bare Feet: GAELINE – MOCAP ANIMATIONS & AOs – SHOES – HAIR – FASHION – *GA* – Tip Toe Bare Feet

oOo Studio: Easter Bunny #4 (Fashionably late)

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It Feels Like I’m Living In ::Exile::


Maybe that’s because lately ::Exile:: has been one of the main hair brands I find myself throwing on. It is becoming one of my main go to brands, if not the main one. Kavar Cleanslate has produced some particularly gorgeous hairs over the course of his career, and, so far, I would say he is at the peak of his performance to date. This latest release is all mesh and all styles are long styles in this latest release. This round the styles are youthful and even a bit vintage in their feel. So  kind of a combination of new and old. I am wearing this latest release in the pictures below and from left to right the styles are: Prelude, Tonight Tonight, and Satisfaction. (Click on any of the pictures below for a link to a larger version with more detail.)

Prelude - Tonight Tonight - Satisfaction

Prelude - Tonight Tonight - Satisfaction Headshot

That youthful feel which the new hairs from ::Exile:: is what inspired me to combine the hairs with the new Glam Affair skin, called Leah. Leah feels a very different skin than anything Aida Ewing, the creator of Glam Affair, has done before. With 5 skin tones, 22 different lipstick layers, 3 freckle styles, 3  colors each of which gives the option to include the same color hairbase or not, and 13 base makeup skin options (12 makeups and one clean option), you can have pretty much any look you want. I went with a very neutral base makeup skin, -Glam AffairLeah MedTan – 02, which had almost no eye makeup and a very natural lip color, as you can see in the picture of the Exile style called Satisfaction and the beige Maggie Outfit from [ m ]. That picture has no lipstick color or any other form of added tattoo layer makeup. The only make up added to the other two looks are the lipstick. You can see what a huge difference it makes in the look just to add a different lipstick color.

Prelude - Tonight Tonight - Satisfaction Full Body

Prelude - Tonight Tonight - Satisfaction Full Body With M & Vershe

During the process of deciding what to do with the hairs, I had come to the decision that I was just going to do headshots showing just the hairs and the make up and then Magnifico Miggins, the creator for [ m ], sent me a collection of two of her upcoming releases to look over. The first was an adorable, perfect for spring mini dress she calls the Maggie Outfit. When she sent it over she included all of her upcoming color releases – aqua, beige, black, green, grey, pink, and red. Accompanying that outfit collection was her exciting new watch. A chunky, fun, colorful watch, she calls the Miracle Watch. The miracle is the face of this watch which has a subtle rainbow coloring that reminds me of a sclupti map that constantly changes. Mag says that the face will never repeat, that color combinations might be close or similar, but will never be exactly the same at any given time when you look at it. I personally found the watch mesmerizing to watch. LOL I had fun watching the watch – that sounds so funny to me, but it is true, I did.

Now this dress may look as if it has sculpti or mesh attachments to give it that 3D look you see in the pictures, but that isn’t attachments, just really amazing texturing on the part of the creator. The only attachment is a basic prim piece for the skirt that goes between the legs that you are probably all familiar with in other outfits. The outfits were fun and I wanted to show a little bit of their versatility without changing it up too much. When trying things on I paired the dresses with shorts and pants and they worked wonderfully as a top. I also liked adding the Claw Belt from [ m ] which is one of Mag‘s recent releases for kind of a slightly edgier look that better fit the dark lipstick I had put on this version of Leah and the shiny black nails I had on. As far as color coordination, everything just kind of fell into place – the matching hair color accents the matching watches and shoe colors I happened to have and want to display, everything.

Okara Sliders - Le Plateau - Mimi Flats

Shoes: Okara Sliders - Le Plateau - Mimi Flats

Only one thing remained to finish off the three looks before I would be able to head out and hit the town and that was shoes. So I pulled out two new releases from Vershe and an old stand by from [ m ] and the looks were complete and I was ready to hit the town. Now the cute clunky heals that are a new release from Vershe were something that all the members of her group had the option to drop by and pick up the store for FREE, last Friday. Yes, that’s right, I said  those shoes were FREE. Freebie Friday is something Vershe creator, Vershel Iadyl, does for her group. She puts out one never before released item that you do have to hunt for but if you are a member of the group you get it for free when you find it. This happens every week. This past week it was this adorable pair of shoes, and the previous week it was a PHATTY PACK of her new mesh Capri sweatpants she calls LabelWh*re Sweats. Yes a PHATTY PACK, 7 colors, of her never before released item. I have been in groups before that had great free gifts or frequent gifts or both, but never one quite like this. A weekly freebie of a brand new release and other random gifts just because the woman is feeling generous, all as part of a group that there is no fee to join? If you know of a group like this that has such huge benefits to join please share in the comments section because I would really like to maximize my group space. Funny, I remember when we survived on 25 and now 42 just isn’t enough.

Ok so back to the shoes. The adorable Okara sliders were a freebie that is now available for sale. Next is the classic chunky heel pump from [ m ] called Le Plateau Heel. I went with a basic black look with the top part patterned with white birds, a signature look for [ m ]. And finally I added the Vershe Mimi Flats, a new release, in the pattern she calls Dots. It is a cute fresh, summer, feel – perfect for a day of sight seeing or exploring around SL. Vershel would kill me for saying this, but my nicknames for her shoes are the Okra Sliders and the baskin robins shoes. Not sure why that is what comes to mind with the names and the patterns but my mind is just crazy like that sometimes; so if you ever hear me or see me “talking” about these shoes and I call them by the wrong name, you will now know which ones I am talking about.

Speaking of exploring, look out here for upcoming blogs on adventuring. I have scouted out some fun locations and hope to do another adventure sight seeing shoot soon. But for now I am signing off and sending you to the credits, so that if you saw any thing you like you can run out and get it. Everything except the dress and watch are available for purchase, now, and the dress and watch are only about a week away, so run right out and pick up your favorites.

Happy Shopping.

Style Card

Store SLURLs available on the SLURLs page

Worn in all outfits:

Freckles: -Glam Affair – Leah Freckles C (New)*
Eyes: [SLB] Eyes – July’09 – Green R
Lashes: Crissy Designs – Irresistible Look Eyelashes
Nails: *Sexy Mamas* Prim Nails
Watch: [ m ] Miracle Watch (Shown in Baby Blue, Pale, and Black) (Coming soon)*

Worn in Exile – Prelude:

Hair: ::Exile:: Prelude:Chardonnay (New)*
Skin: -Glam Affair – Leah MedTan – 02 BL HB (New)*
Lipstick: -Glam Affair – Leah Lipstick 09 (New)*
Dress: [ m ] – Maggie Outfit aqua (Coming soon)*
Shoes: *VERSHE* – Okara Sliders (New) (free for group members last Friday at Vershe’s Freebie Friday)

Worn in Exile - Tonight Tonight:

Hair: ::Exile::Tonight Tonight:Persimmon (New)*
Skin: -Glam Affair- Leah MedTan – 02 Red HB (New)*
Lipstick: -Glam Affair – Leah Lipstick 22 (New)*
Dress: [ m ] Maggie Outfit green (Coming soon)*
Shoes: [m] [m] Le Plateau Heel Special
Belt: [ m ] Claw Belt special

Worn in Exile – Satisfaction:

Hair: ::Exile::Satisfaction:Moreno (New)*
Skin: -Glam Affair- Leah MedTan – 02 D HB (New)*
Dress: [ m ] Maggie Outfit beige (Coming soon)*
Shoes: *VERSHE* Mimi Flats: Dots (New)*

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Energy’s Club 2 Year Aniversary Free For All


Free *VERSHE* skin and several other great freebies to be had. Up now and will be up for a couple days. So don’t wait … you don’t want to miss out. You can find them at the Energy Club. While you are there enjoy the club. It has been around for 2 years … which in SL is a loooong time for a club to stick around. So don’t take my word for it, let the track record speak for itself, they must be doing something right.

Energies Anniversary Mash Up Set

You have to be a member of the Energy Club group in order to get the gifts but if you can spare a group slot they are worth it. Below is the start of the wall of freebies and it extends down with clothing, shoes, tattoos, and more.

Energies Club Entrance to the Group Freebies

Energies Club Entrance to the Group Freebies

Style Card

Store SLURLs available on the SLURLs page

Skin: *VERSHE* Energies Skin (Exclusive)
Cleavage: *VERSHE* Cleavage (Tan)
Hair: *Alice Project Hair* Maria (Hair Fair 2011 LE Pack)
Eyes: [SLB] Eyes – July’09 – Green R
Eyelashes: **Irresistible Look Eyelashes**-Crissy Designs
Nails: *Sexy Mamas* Prim Nails
Shirt: [ 2byte ] Art of Escher denim shirts ( Cornflower blue ) (Epoch – Escher event)
Leggings with boots: Maitreya MCEHT Legging (Epoch – Escher event)

Adventures On A Rainy Day


… Primary colors in a Second Life® …

The adventure began, when I saw a friend with the Umbrella from ++NODe++, but I suspect it began even before that. I have been feeling like doing a rainy day piece this entire winter, because we have had a lot of rain where I am from and there have been so many incredible rainy day creations of late in SL. So I decided to go and see the creations of Nyagos Kidd, the creator of ++NODe++, for myself. There I found basically two creations in an amazing variety of colors and patterns and a beautiful and inspired store design. Possessed while there, the mood overcame me and inspired me to look for places to enjoy the rain.

The adventure begins...

The adventure begins...

The first creation was the one I came for, the umbrellas. Which, by the way, come in a huge collection of combinations of 6 designs/colors per umbrella. This bright blue umbrella when considered with the adorable bright yellow galoshes that I got from Stuff In Stock‘s participating store, su . vida, I planned on pairing it with brought to mind a Mondrian painting. Those galoshes came with three pairs – bright pink, electric yellow, and vibrant green – cost me a combined total of 80L. What a steal!

So the thought of a Mondrian painting got me thinking about the adorable black and white coldLogic houndstooth coat dress, called parke.white, that I had been drooling over at March Mesh Madness 2012. That, combined with a Glam Affair skin sporting bright red lips and painting my stock nails from Sexy Mamas a BRIGHT Red, would at least complete the desired color palette and really stand out against the drab rainy day.

Me & My New Umbrella

Me & My New Umbrella

Before setting out, I had to admire the second amazing creation, an adorable pile of pillows, shaped and decorated to look like iPhone app icons. You can get your very own from the gotcha machine on the wall, or just admire the massive pile in the middle of the room. You know I forgot to look and see if there was a Second Life® icon pillow. Regardless, the pillows are bright and colorful and really stand out in the drab (and extremely elaborate and creative environment) of the rainy store.

And As I Looked Into The Dark ... I Knew The Adventure Was Beginning

And As I Looked Into The Dark ... I Knew The Adventure Was Beginning

My favorite rainy sim, Rainy Town, the sim where Cream Shop once had its main store, is sadly gone. So, I was completely at a loss for where to go next. I was, however, inspired by the location. So I called out to one of my favorite groups to find more places of inspirational rain. The group was Fashion Emergency, FE for short, a group of fashion conscious SL residents who help find the obscure and not so obscure in the world of SL Fashion. The help there most often is of a fashion nature, but has been known to be all over the charts. Friendly members rising to offer their two cents and sometimes more is a common occurrence and my quest was no different. So off I went, on my new adventure, singing in my head, “Me & My Umbrella” to the tune of “Me & My Shadow” in some sort of mash up with “Umbrella by Rhianna. I know I am crazy like that. What can I say?

Sweet Lovely Cute was how I was feeling so I stopped there first...

Sweet Lovely Cute was how I was feeling so I stopped there first...

My first stop in my rainy day adventure after leaving ++NODe++ was the Sweet Lovely Cute Sim. While rainy, the sim was a little, too, industrial feeling for my mood. As you can see it is an exceptionally well-done, random-clutter kind of back alley / warehouse feel. Since it wasn’t what I wanted, I didn’t stay long. But never fear! I marked the sim for later exploration and took off to the next of the many suggestions shared by the group. Some were wonderful, but still none were quite what I was looking for, and therefore, I saved them for future adventures. And some were lovely, but too laggy to get a decent picture with all the scenery rezzed. And, of course, I had to play extensively with my new capabilities of shadows and dept of  field, which only added to the difficulties of the experience.

Balance is everything ...

Balance is everything ...

As we spoke of sims we had enjoyed exploring and ones that were no longer part of SL, I remembered a sim based around a devastated coastal town, Innsmouth. Finally, it was my own memories, which took me to the place that finished out my quest and had me playing, exploring, and snapping shots for hours, Innsmouth. The sim is designed to look as if a hurricane has ripped the quaint little town apart. What I didn’t remember was some of the creepy dark things lurking in hidden places in the town, just waiting to be stumbled upon by some unwitting SL resident.

You can't let yourself get swept away ...

You can't let yourself get swept away ...

When I first landed, I must have landed while the hurricane was still in progress, because the skies were dark and stormy and the rain pelted down on my body. I was thankful for the thick fabric of my dress and the sturdy umbrella that I had toted along with me. Boy! Did they came in handy. And those dirt roads would have been unmanageable in my normal high heels. At one point, I was even afraid that I would have to send out an SOS to have someone come pull me loose from the mud. I had that awful suction thing going on and almost lost one of my new boots.

I stayed ...

I stayed ...

In the end I managed to get my self out of my suction predicament, and apparently, I stayed so long that the rain pretty much came to a stop. I began to see signs of light getting brighter, as I walked out of town and on my way back home. I was returning my avi to familiar places of safety, one where I control the environment and the decor. That way i would be able to log out and leave her to rest up from her long and arduous journey around the grid …

And As I Looked Back …

And As I Looked Back ...

And As I Looked Back ...

… Out Came the Sun …

Out Came the Sun

Out Came the Sun

And dried up all the rain. Leaving me to sing Itsy Bitsy Spider, all the way home. On this adventure, I strongly identified with that Itsy Bitsy Spider … I had had my adventure to see the world and when the storms lifted I had achieved my goals and headed home, none the worse for wear.

Upon returning home, I compiled my pictures, saving the best shots to share, and even ended up making a graphic novel type set of them. If you are curious to see the effects, you can check out my Rainy Day Adventures … Graphic Novel Set found here on flickr. For Sim and store information, see below in the style card section. And If you have your own favorite pics of these or any other wonderful rainy locations, please share them in the comments. For some reason, there never seem to be enough good rainy scenes in SL. So please if you know one do share… Happy adventuring until next time.

Style Card

Store SLURLs available on the SLURLs page

Skin: -Glam Affair- Layla Light – L HB 07
Hair: [e] Over – Blonde 02
Eyes: [SLB] Eyes – July’09 – Green R
Eyelashes: Crissy Designs – Irresistible Look Eyelashes, [ glow ] eyelashes – Secret Eyes 01
Nails: *Sexy Mamas* Prim Nails (custom shade) and Reale – Manicure – red (alternated depending on if pose broke the nail AO override)

Coat Dress: coldLogic jacket – parke.white
Galoshes: su . vida – color shock zebra (matt) – Yellow
Umbrella: ++NODe++ – umbrella_v2_NO1

Poses: (marukin) [blossom] sundress (Collabor88), (pda) Marvelous Design (Collabor88), [doll.] Celestia 1 (PLATINUM HUNT), Djinn & Tonic – Designers United 2 – Up & Away Attachment (moved birds out of the way), and poses from my natural AO

Locations

NODe+ Store (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SLOW/15/65/21)

Sweet Lovely Cute (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Bon%20Voyage/56/50/23)

Innsmouth (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Innsmouth/166/218/25)

52 Weeks of Color Challenge Second Time’s The Charm


Luna Jubalee is starting off the New Year than with round two of her 52 Weeks of Color Challenge. I just found this late Friday night so I am a little past the first dead line with these pictures, but I decided to make up for it by doing both a casual and dressy look. I seriously doubt I will manage to do something for each of the weeks of the challenge but I am doing this completely from my existing inventory and not getting anything store bought for the challenge when I do post.

Week One: Champagne
January 1 – January 7

Post 52 Weeks of Color 2 - Champagne_Full_Length_CompositeFull Length

Post 52 Weeks of Color 2 - Champagne_Torso_CompositeHead & Torso

Style Card

See the SLURL page for store SLURLs

Basics in both Casual and Dressy Look

Skin: ::Dulce Secret:: Lizelle Champagne Base Skin Naked
Hairbase: [LeLutka]-HAIRBASE Powder
Hair: Exile Eva/champagne
Eyes: [SLB] Eyes – July’09 – Green R
Eyelashes: Crissy Designs – Irresistible Look Eyelashes
Nails: *Sexy Mamas* Prim Nails
Jewelry: Zaara : Raga oyster ring *pearl* (gold), basic piercing
Shoes: Maitreya Gold –  Shanti Champagne

Poses and Props: oOo Studios – Champagne (rhand), marukin poses from Collabor88

Casual Look

Top: [ATOMIC] Vital Top_Champagne
Pants: JANE – low ride pants – Champagne
Scarf: Zaara : pashmina shawl *ice coffee*
Earrings: Zaara : Anjami Chandelier earrings *gold*

Formal Look

Gown: Designs by Nicky Ree – *NR* Shine Gown Champagne
Jewelry: Chaos, Panic, & Disorder :*:CPD:*: Oscar Night Pearl & Diamond Earrings & Necklace (#60 in the Whiz Hunt)

Week Two: Coral
January 8 – January 14

For more details on the challenge go to Luna Jubilee’s Blog on The Challenge

Piece of CupCake


So, I am still trying to stick to my policy of more pics less words, but this post is, at least in part, on skins – two different ones from the same manufacturer – so it will be wordier than I want posts to be on a regular basis. There will however be plenty of pics so you can also see for yourself the quality of these unBra skins. So let’s get started with the overview and my shameless flaunting of near nakedness in lingerie the color of the current holiday season.

Head ShotFor up close and personal details on any of these pictures, just click on them. Doing so will take you to the same picture on my flickr, where if you view all sizes you can get to the super large versions of these to see the sort of detail which highlights how well made these skins really are.

Miranova & Tasia Full Body Shots with 3 New Analog Dog Hairs

Miranova & Tasia Full Body Shots with 3 New Analog Dog Hairs

OK, for starters, I am not going to talk about the skins. I am going to talk about the adorable new Analog Dog hairs I am wearing in these pics. Three new styles – Cello, Lira, and Viola – just came out on January 27, 2011. Once again Queue Marlowe out does herself. Loads of options, loads of colors and one of my favorite things, the freedom not only to edit prim by prim but to be able to self tint / custom tint. You can do this strand by strand or the whole style at once. You may not find you need to do this though because the standard color range is HUGE and each has a natural highlight built in. Another really nice touch to note is that Queue uses an alpha prim that gives the hair lovely movement and grace. So if you are looking for something really sexy and feminine to wear on Valentines Day, hustle your cute little bum down to Analog Dog for one of these new releases. And if you are wearing one of these skins from unBra featured in this post, you really do have a cute bum; though it may not be little. LOL.

Close Up Body Shots

Close Up Body Shots

So the two skins I am looking at are both from unBra and the bodies on both are the same in color options and the actual designs, only the makeups / faces differ. The older of the two is Miranova and Tasia is the latest release. I will get into the differences later, but as you can see the over all body is gorgeous. I actually had a guy tell me the other night when I was wearing this skin around getting comfortable in “my new skin”, that he had spent most of his time in my presence staring at the back of my legs and that he just couldn’t get over the detail on it. Now he may not have been able to stop staring at the back of my legs, but for me, I find myself fixated on the bum and breasts. The detail leaves me in awe. The breasts come with 4 different options for cleavage, from non-existent to fake boobs to large natural to gigantic natural breasts, thus making pretty much every girl in SL happy and just a few guys, too.

Cleavage Options 1,2,3,4

Cleavage Options 1,2,3,4

Also important to realize is that there is no sign of seeming anywhere on this skin, a rarity even in the best skins. The chest / breasts are as realistic a skin texture I have seen on a skin without having that uncanny valley feel. There is even incredibly faint veining that while realistic is not overly heavy; you really have to hunt for them. The fact that they aren’t obvious is the root of their charm.

Tasia Makeups

Tasia Makeups

In Tansia, you get fourteen different makeups standard, and if you are gonna buy 3 or more of them you should get the fatpack for just 300L more and get 11 more makeups AND get the fatpack bonus – 11 lipsticks! Now the same number of makeups and the fatpack lipstick options are available in Mironova but I only got the four shown in the pick above called Cleavage Options 1,2,3,4. Each line has a total of six skin tones as well – Pale, Tan, Dark, Redux A, Redux B, & Redux C. The Redux tones have a lot more red undertones to the skin.

Tasia Lipstick Colors

Tasia Lipstick Colors

Now, I know what you are thinking… that you will get the added benefit of being able to wear the lipsticks across the styles and with other skins, but you can’t. The lipsticks have a lot of the skin drawn in around the lips, which means that the skin is going make it impossible to wear the lipsticks with any other skins. The lipsticks are gorgeous, but this is a major limitation in my opinion. Mainly because I wanted to be able to wear the lips from Tansia with the more natural sunkissed surfer girl look of  Mironova. The mouth on the Mironova skin shoes a little teeth which I am not a huge fan of. But all in all, these two skins are a great fit for me. I found them to be comfortable and natural. If I could add something for the next release from unBra, I would love to see a really natural skin – no blush, no lipstick, no eyeshadow, no eyeliner.

I should also mention is the hot little lingerie set that I am wearing for this post. It is from Cupcakes (hint: that is where the name of the article comes). This was on sale when it first released for only 10L along with one other color of the set. It can’t hurt to go check it out because it might still be on sale and with Valentines Day coming up you might want to pick up this little number if you have something really special coming up. I hope you all have something special coming up.  Happy Valentines Day to all!

Style Card

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Skin: :unBra: Skin -Miranova- dark / M5 (breast 3) (hairline); Tasia- dark / M5 (breast 3) (hairbase)
Hair: Analog Dog – Cello, Lira, Viola
Hair Accessory: /artilleri/ Hibi hair flower *mouth* *FLF*
Eyes: [LeLutka]-Reflections-Mist-Eyes
Eye Lashes: Crissy Designs – Irresistible Look Eyelashes-Tuli Hope Nose
Nose piercing: self made – basic piercing
Nails: *Sexy Mamas* Manicure – Sculpted Prim Nails
Lingerie: *Cupcakes – Fancy Lacy Stuff – Red
Shoes: !Stiletto Moody Bare Lana (Anniversary – Group Gift)
Boot fixer

Pose stand system: [Tillie] Posing Stand 3.1
Pose: Fri.day model.pose 9

The Analog Dog hairs and the unBra Mironova skins were blog review copies, but not unBra Tasia, though. That one came out of my own pockets. For that matter everything else was purchased or a group gift or self made.