Gangster

Or perhaps I’m the one in the white hat chasing the gangsters?  I love coming up with outfits for themed parties.  This is an old ensemble and I’m actually wearing it on my system bod.  Sometimes, system clothing works really well, and in the case of old items from Carrie’s Lingerie (which is where the corset, bra, and gloves are from), you can’t really go wrong!

Oh and the fab car behind me is at Builder’s Brewery.  They have fantastic classes for beginners to experts.  Go and check them out for all your building needs.

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Vilma

A little mix and match today with this cute ruffled mini.  I’ve shown you the top before, but I thought it went really well with this mini skirt so here it is again!

The mini skirt comes in nearly every mesh body size, and it also includes a 20 color HUD!  10 solid colors and 10 cute textures!

I found this pretty little location to photograph too.  Most of the time I photograph in the studio as I’m too busy with building or texturing or scripting or something to get out and find locations.  Well, this time I got out yay!

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Cold?

This dress has just enough design on it so I can’t really classify it as an LBD… ok, it’s an LBD 🙂

It was a group gift for the Maitreya Gifts, Sales & News group a little while ago from Lo’s, and therefore it’s only in fitmesh for Lara.

I think that is the designer had stopped and thought for a moment, adding a materials layer for shine just for the pattern at the hem could have made a great dress into a totally spectacular dress 🙂  As it is, it’s certainly one to consider when going out clubbing!

 

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Sheena

Today I’m wearing an eye-catching mini dress in a really dark purplish brown.  I like this color a lot!

The dress fits all three Belleza sizes, both Slink sizes, and Maitreya.  There are no standard sizes.  The detailing on the straps is really nice, and although there are a couple of minor breakthrough issues, if you wore a longer hairstyle, they wouldn’t be an problem.

I’ll wear this dancing to Eden.  I know the boss will appreciate it as she loves short skirts (but she’ll probably tell me again I need to eat more lol).

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Sheer Beauty

Not me!  Sheer Beauty is what the dress is called!

Sizes are standard rigged, but they work well with Lara.  The outfit is a dress and a slip, and the gauzy upper layer makes the dress.

And included in the box was a pair of glass slippers for Slink High.  Blue shakes the box wondering if there’s an included prince 😉

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Red Iris

This is an experimental fitmesh dress for Maitreya, so unfortunately the rigging isn’t the best, but oh my, I really like it and I hope the creator gets the rigging right!

It comes in sizes for all three Belleza bodies, Hourglass, Physique, and eBody too, and as well as this red version, there is a pink version too.  Because it has so much alpha, if you’re wearing applier panties with it, don’t forget to switch on mask mode 🙂

Or be daring and wear it without hehe

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Cuteness

It doesn’t get much more cute than pandas!

I picked up this great top and skirt combo on the last Women’s Stuff Hunt.  You should keep your eye out for this hunt, it’s a good one with plenty of really nice outfits, makeup, skins, and even sometime hairstyles!

This outfit is just in standard sizes, and has Omega and Maitreya appliers for the bustier, but it works nicely on Lara, with only a few tiny breakthroughs, mostly at the end of the sleeves in extreme poses.

My hairstyle was a giftie from this year’s Hair Fair.  It has a full range of colors to suit anyone or any outfit.  I love the high ponytail 🙂

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Spoiled

This little dress was a gift on Monthly Midnight Madness.  If you don’t belong to this group you’re missing out on some wonderful giveaways each month!  But really, I wore it to show off the gorgeous new jewelry that my darling Aeon got me for my rezday recently!  She spoils me terribly 🙂

The dress is in fitmesh sizes for Lara, Hourglass, and Physique.  There was an a texture HUD available for it too, but I didn’t bother buying it.

Aeon gave me a gift card to Chop Zuey for my rezday.  She’s so wonderful!  Chop Zuey is one of the largest jewelry makers in SL, and their range is awesome.  I spent days looking for something that would be suitable for both casual and formal wear, and I had settled on a tennis necklace in diamond and platinum.  I went to buy it and the store uses one of the gift card systems where you have to rez out the card, and that transfers the amount to store credit.  So I had to go home to rez the card, and as I was coming back, I noticed this set that I’d missed in my days of agonizing.  I changed my mind in about 20 seconds 🙂

It’s a really lovely set, again in diamond and platinum, consisting of the choker, left and right bracelets, and earrings.  There are two other version available, one in diamond and gold, and one in black diamond and gold.  And to top it all off, this was a set designed for Layka Zelin when she was Miss Venezuela Virtual in 2014!  Wow!

Here’s a closeup of the bracelet.  One minor issue is that the bracelets and the choker are all attached to weird places.  Don’t just add these, attach the bracelets to your left and right hands and the choker to your neck.  You’ll then need to edit them to place them correctly.  The bracelets can be a little tricky figuring out which way is the right way up, so perhaps wear them right out of the box first so you know how they should look.

Also be aware that detailed jewelry like this is very expensive when it comes to avatar rendering complexity.  The choker alone is approximately an additional 62,100 rendering cost!

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Harmony

Hi lovelies!  Today I’m sporting a cute little layered hanky dress!

I’ve been a little slow getting to some of the new outfits that I have to show you and I can’t remember how I came across this one.  I think it was an MM board giftie.  It’s for Maitreya Lara only.

I’m also wearing a necklace that I got at the BoHo fair last year (you see how slow I can be?!?)  It’s really quite nice although it has a scripting issue and won’t resize in 1% increments.  I did manage to get it close though!

And my hairstyle is a gift from this year’s Hair Fair.  I hope you managed to get there and found yourself a bunch of new hairstyles!

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Darktable

After my post about my Wacom tablet and mediocre drawing skills, I thought I’d show you two more pics that I did just for my Flickr account.  Both of them were intended to teach myself about a wonderful piece of freeware called Darktable.  This is a photo processing program for Linux and Mac OS X (and vague Windows support), and it’s a rather marvelous piece of software.  You can do all types of interesting post-processing with it.  I’ve barely scratched the surface with the possibilities it opens up.

This first photo was taken when I got very interested with what you can do with point lights and the shadows that can be generated in SL with them.  Now, of course, I use point lighting all the time in my photos.  I even wrote up a very basic tutorial on how to set up lighting for a shoot.  I used Darktables to play around with the contrast to get the shadows to pop more and to add even more light coming through the window that I got with the photo I took in SL.

In the second photo, I used Darktable to desaturate the image and add photo grain, and again played around with lighting curves to get the look that I wanted and to darken the shadows.  I’m pretty proud of both results, even though they’re so different and similar at the same time (did someone mention “bum”)!

 

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