Friday, 15 April 2011

vital statistics

Update! See my more recent post "Vital Stats Take 2. One year later." Here.

There's a new fad for sharing digits - that's body shape measurements on the appearance slider bars in SecondLife - thanks to an interesting post by Strawberry Singh at StrawberrySingh.com 
Never one to resist a bandwagon I'm jumping right on! 
I've never used a shop bought shape, never having found one that did what I wanted it to. I just tweaked and played around with the slider bars until I was happy. I'm a constant tweaker now, and probably have hundreds of different versions of Bea knocking around in my inventory - these days, I usually tweak to fit different skins - aiming to keep the same facial appearance, but the shape stays pretty much the same. My avatar is on the tall side at 6'6" (in her bare feet).  She used to be shorter and much curvier, but I got really fed up of having to edit literally every clothing prim I got - so I slimmed her down. I'm very pleased with the result - elegant, but still curvy enough to have a little oomph in the booty department! It works with most poses now as well :-)


Looking at the amazing array of shapes and sizes in the flickr group, there really are no hard and fast rules of what makes a great avatar shape - but one things for certain - attempting to reproduce naturalistic proportions isn't essential in virtual worlds, why should it be? In fact, arms proportioned accurately to the real human body tend to look a little apelike in SecondLife for some reason.  Check out the flickr group to see everyone else's digits  www.flickr.com/groups/digits


In these photos I'm wearing: Mary skin from Glam Affair (pale shade); N-core sandals (free group gift), bikini from Sas-It-Up, hair from Boon and jewellery from Finesmith (who are running an excellent backroom sale at the moment).


There's a little typo in the stats in the photo below - my hands are actually size 10, not 0! I think they could probably be a little larger, but prim nails come in size 10, and I'm far to lazy to have to edit them!

Styling notes: Skin - Glam Affair; shoes - N.Core Sense (group gift); bikini - Sas-it Up; hair - Boon; jewellery: Finesmith


Petals in the wind


I decided to enter the Glance Front Row 2011 (GFR11) photo contest on Flickr using the lovely petals in the wind pose from Adorkable Poses, and went to the Japan Tempura Island sim which I remembered has these wonderful trees and flower fields, so pretty and a perfect backdrop for the pose.

The GFR event took me to several stores I hadn't visited before, and I was delighted to find JANE a store specialising in gorgeous and reasonably priced casual wear - it certainly burned a bit of a hole in my Linden balance! This dress is one of their items for Relay For Life, with 100% of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society.

Style card:
Dress: JANE Lucidity Dress/Cream (for RFL)
Sandals: *Felicity* Alexa Stiletttos/Bronze (for RFL)
Necklace and Bracelet: Milestone Creations Shell (Hair Fair gift)
Hair: LeLutka RAIN/Powder
Skin: Glam Affair Mary/Light
Eyeshadow & liner: [Addict] Aki/Sky
Shape: models own
Pose: Adorkable
Model: Beatrice Serendipity
Location: Japan Tempura Island

Find all Front Row participating stores on www.frontrow.glance-international.com

Monday, 11 April 2011

Modernist


Todays modernist fashion is all about pared down elegance - geometic shapes, simple lines, exquisite tailoring, fine fabrics and neutral colour palettes - the sixties mod brought up to date with sharp tailoring peppered with bold statement accessories and colour. Classy, chic and modern.

I've tried to acheive this look starting with the beautifully tailored layered top from Lelutka, which I have recoloured in navy and tan.  This is paired with tan wide leg trousers, part of a jumpsuit from Veschi for The Dressing Room.

Simple two-toned high heeled pumps from Lelutka conitnue the navy and tan clour palette, to which I added some splashes of burnt orange - in the bag (also from Lelutka) and the jewellery. The earrings and bangle are from So Many Styles. The oversized necklace which I recoloured to match my colour theme is from LaGyo.

The thing I found most difficult for this look was, surprisingly, the hair.  I wanted a classic clean Sassoon inspired bob - I finally settled for this simple pudding bowl bob from Bliss Couture which I think adds a quirky, sixties edge to the whole look. I couldn't resist adding the apricot lipstick from LG Concept which reminds me so much of my grandmother's orange ice lippy back in the sixties and I think completes the look. 


Model's Workshop Styling Challenge - Sci-fi


I put this look together for the Model's Workshop Sci-fi Styling Challenge and I won!

What a great theme! really got my imagination going! I've called this look "Borgarella" - the fantastic shiny pink assymetric bodysuit from Muhi reminiscent of Jane Fonda's iconic Barbarella from the seventies - a sexy space kitten that I brought up to date with cyborg accessories.

To assimilate my Barbarella I used a laser eye from Neurolabs and edited a cyborg headpice from Linden inventory and I added the laser beam to complete the headset. I found the cute pink popgun in a huge weapons store and added some glow. The boots are also from Neurolabs (definately worth checking out).

My jewellery is from Rozoregalia - fantastic detail and suggestive of armour. The nails are from Studio Nails, hair from Vanity and the skin from Glam Affair for The Dressing Room.

And after the contest - well, I had to go on a space exploration at Inspire Space Park - a wonderful place where you can float through space or do T'ai Chi amongst the stars!


Inspire Space Park http://slurl.com/secondlife/Shinda/85/195/1560/

Babydoll





featuring delightful babydoll dresses by Irie Campese of So Many Styles

So Many Styles mainstore

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Model's Worskhop Styling Challenge - Avant Garde



This is the look I put together for the Model's Workshop Avant Garde styling challenge  -  it was the first time I've done this, and unbelievably, I came second! It was a completely surreal experience because on my screen my avi was ruthed, even though others could see me more or less as I'd intended...

The theme was Avant Garde - I wanted to use this brilliant structured dress in dazzling yellow - the layers look like petals to me, which is how I arrived at the hair choice. All the colours had to be bold to balance the brightness of the dress.

Credits:

  • Dress: Blazin, by Lelutka (isn't it fab?)
  • hair by Boon 
  • ring (worn as a bracelet) from Rozoregalia
  • earring from Glow Studios
  • make up by Miasnow
  • skin by Curio

shape is my own.