basics, hair, mesh, new releases, separates, shoes, skins, skirts, tops

Mad For You

Hello readers! Wow, it was a whirlwind of a week last week getting ready to get married on Sunday! I couldn’t believe how busy I was! You know who else was busy? Some of my favorite designers! And lucky for us, they were, because there were some wonderful things released in the past few days.

Style - Mad For You

Mmm…meshy goodness from Raspberry Aristocrat! The new Sweet Tanks and Sweet Pleated Skirts are awesome! I love basics, as you all know, and I can see myself pairing these up with lots of things! If you STILL can’t see mesh, you’re missing out! I’m wearing the Small size in both of these items, and only had to modify my shape a tiny bit to get things to fit – like dropping my boob gravity down slightly and bringing in my saddlebags a bit. Oh, don’t you wish for sliders for your physical body? I know I do!

For those of you who still aren’t into mesh, <a href="Gos just came out with these amazing Storm Sandals. Oh, I am in LOVE with them! So so so many ways to customize and with the fatpack [and really, why wouldn’t you get the fatpack?] you can hit the Random button and get your shoes to surprise you with colors! I told Gospel that was a GREAT feature for someone like me because it meant I would have to make an outfit to match my shoes instead of the other way around. Fun times! Also, the foot is SO incredibly easy to match to your skin [at least it was for me] and I find the toes to be very nice looking. In fact, I’d love to have a bare foot! [Hint hint!]

Tricky Boucher of <a href="Belleza just released the new Chloe skin and it’s soooo pretty! This is definitely going to become my new “everyday” skin, I can feel it! Lots of makeups to choose from, but if I were you, I’d fatpack it. There is a lighter brow tattoo, but it’s not very light, so blondes may want to play around and see how it works. I find that using the light brow tattoo with my blonde hair that has darker roots works a bit better.

And of course it’s not a week without new releases from Truth! The new Brandi hair is gorgeous, as you would expect, and comes with some hair flowers! I’m not wearing a flower in this photo, but they are cute! I’m a sucker for accessories for my hair.

Time to go shopping!

In this post:

Skin: Chloe – Fair in Makeup #4 by Belleza
Hair: Brandi in Caramel by Truth
Top: Sweet Tank in Guacamole by Raspberry Aristocrat [Mesh!]
Skirt: Sweet Pleated Skirt in Ecru by Raspberry Aristocrat [Mesh!]
Shoes: Storm Sandals by Gos
Jewelry:
* Wanderer bracelets, necklace and earrings by League
* Devotion Bridal Set rings by Earthstones
Pose by Everglow

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MV-SL-Fashion, new releases, skins

Ispachi Audrey Is Coming!

I’m always a little “Eeee!” when someone asks me to blog skins. I LOVE new skins, but I’ve always been better at blogging shoes than skins. And let’s face it, many other bloggers do skin reviews way better than I do. But! I adore being asked, and I adore it more when I actually love the skin as much as I love the new Audrey skin by Ispachi!

The pictures are shot in the CalWL windlight setting only [no shadows] and have not been retouched in Photoshop. How they’re shot is exactly how I see them.

Style - Ispachi - Audrey

This skin is so soft and feminine. The shading is very lovely and natural without the harsh highlights you can find on so many skins. I really kind of wanted to just run my hand over my body because the skin just looks so very baby soft.

There are 12 pretty makeups, too, ranging from soft and light to more of an edgy look.

Style - Ispachi: Audrey, Faces 2

Style - Ispachi: Audrey, Faces 1

The brows on the skin are a dark brown, but there is a tattoo layer to make them lighter, which I am wearing in my pictures. The skins come with regular and cleavage versions, plus bald and with hair. I’m wearing the Milk tone, which is the palest.

The Audrey skin comes out at Ispachi this Saturday, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

In this post:

Skin: Audrey by Ispachi
Hair: Pia in Latte by Truth
Lingerie: I Promise Lace by BOOM
Sweater: Nicole by Ingenue
Shoes: Pimp Your Pumps Square Courts by Gos
Eyes: Zbilja Spirit in Peridot by Exodi
Dramatic Eyelashes by Exodi
Poses by Everglow

charity, fairs and expos, MV-SL-Fashion, shapes, skin fair, skins

Skins & Shapes!!

Did you hear? The Skin & Shape Expo opened todayyyy!!! Are you excited?? Although I’m not as big of a skin whore as some people who shall remain nameless, I do love a good skin. I don’t normally buy shapes, but there are some really lovely ones out there, too. Let’s see three of my favorite finds [so far!] from this year’s expo!

From Belleza, the ADORABLE Aiko skin!

Style - Belleza: Aiko skin

How sweet is that face? It’s more of an Asian style skin, so I changed up my shape a little to reflect that, and I just love it! There are 15 makeups to choose from, plus lipsticks!

Amacci has some full avatars this year, and this is the skin, shape, and hair from the Kiara avatar.

Style - Amacci: Kiara skin & shape

So pretty! The full avatar package is truly a great deal because you get the Katie skin, different sized shapes, the Emilia hair, eyebrow bases, eyes, cleavage tats, and lingerie.

And what skin fair is complete without Curio? The new May skin is just so lovely!

Style - Curio: May skin

I’m wearing this on my own regular shape and I just adore it! There are 12 makeups and of course the Megapack is a real bargain because you get alllll the skin tones and makeups. The only thing that would make this even better in my eyes is if there were blonde eyebrows! Please, Gala? PLEASE???

Get yourselves over to the Skin & Shape Expo NOW!!!

Also in this post:

Shirt: Sunday Girl in White On White by Kyoot
Jeans: Low.Rise Jeans in Light by fri.day
Hair:
Photo 1 – Ava (Upper part only) in Raven by Truth
Photo 3 – Pia in Jupiter by Truth
Poses by Exposeur

accessories, casual, dress, girly girl, MV-SL-Fashion, shoes, skins

All Things Bright & Beautiful

More newness, more goodies! I couldn’t be more thrilled with all the lovely things coming out lately!

Style - All Things Bright & Beautiful

Again from Jane comes another lovely new spring dress called Bliss. Oh bliss indeed! Stripes, flowers, bright colors? I could not ask for more.

You know I’m a sucker for a great pair of flip flops, and the new Patteson flip flops from Reek are just wonderful! They come in all kinds of colors and truthfully, the best thing you could do is fatpack them because these will last you all summer long.

And fresh from Adam n Eve comes the very lovely Paige skin! Take a closer look at the face. It is too sweet for words.

Style - Paige skin, Adam & Eve

The skin in the photo is completely unedited by me, so what you see is what you get. And I think we can all agree that what you get is darling! Each skin tone [I’m wearing it in Natural] comes with 6 lipstick tattoos, 4 eyeshadow tattoos, freckles tattoo, manicure and pedicure layers, cleavage and eyebrows. I’m wearing the blonde eyebrows and the Pretty n Pink lipstick layer. I just love mixing and matching!

I’m off to go play with more new stuff!

In this post:

Skin: Paige by Adam n Eve
Hair: Pia in Swedish by Truth
Dress: Bliss in Custard/Strawberry by Jane
Shoes: Patteson Flip Flops by Reek
Eyes: Riven (20) by Exodi
Makeup:
* Paige Pretty n Pink lipstick [comes with skin] by Adam n Eve
* Eyelashes – Dramatic by Exodi
Accessories:
* Tibetan Bracelets by Yak & Yeti
* Viva Le Bohime Earrings in Blue/Green by Eolande’s
Pose by aDorkable Poses

casual, MV-SL-Fashion, new releases, new-to-me store, skins

So Much Good!

There are some days that I just have to jump on the bed and squeal because there is just so much good stuff in SL!

Style - So Much Good!

Did you know that adorable Elle Kirshner of Second Spaces has a sister? And did you know her sister is getting her feet wet in the fashion world of SL? Swan Ling brings us Argyle Anonymous, a great little store with some cute and pretty affordable items! I’m wearing the green Buttoned Shirt over the cream Floral Tank. Keep your eyes open on this new store!

I’m sure you all know by now, but there’s a new Belleza skin out! Erika is a sweet faced cutie with a precious little freckle under one eye. Like all Belleza skins, it’s beautiful. I’m sure a billion other bloggers will show you all the goods on the skin, but I’m not that kind of blogger, so you just get to see a close up! I’m wearing the Pale 3 with the Lips 5 tattoo layer lipstick. Soooo lovely.

Style - Belleza, Erika close-up

Do you love it? Of course you do.

Oh, look at my eyes. They’re from new-to-me store Banana Banshee. They’re called Janszoon and I’m wearing them in Seagrass. Gorgeous.

Shoo now. Go shop!

In this post:

Skin: Erika Pale 3 by Belleza
Hair: Nicola in Auburn by Truth
Eyes: Janszoon in Seagrass by Banana Banshee
Shirt: Buttoned Shirt in Green by Argyle Anonymous
Tank: Floral Tank in Cream by Argyle Anonymous
Skirt: Cut Off Jean Skirt in Light Blue by Doppelganger Inc.
Socks: Scrunched Prim Socks in Green by Maitreya
Makeup:
* Pale – Lips 5 by Belleza
* Eyelashes – Dramatic by Exodi
Poses by Exposeur

fashion, freebies, fun, gifts, group gift, jeans, MV-SL-Fashion, reviews, shirts, skins, today's gaze, tops

Today’s Gaze – I Don’t Like Your Girlfriend!

I was wandering around Crush Row last night [truly one of my favorite shopping areas in SL. It’s gorgeous.] and stumbled into Von Ducky. This t-shirt caught my eye and made me laugh, and so… Today’s Gaze was born.

Now is this shirt the highest quality? Nah. You can see the hems aren’t exactly awesome. But it’s so cute, I don’t mind.

Underneath I put on a green shrug & gloves that I picked up from Torridwear I don’t even know HOW long ago. They’ve been in my inventory pretty much since I rezzed, I think. Because the shrugs are on the shirt layer, it makes them PERFECT for putting underneath t-shirts for a layered look. I tinted the green darker that it originally is. I wasn’t sure if you could still get them, but go backstage at Torrid’s store. They’re still there, and you get 6 colors for just $20L. It’s a hell of a deal.

My Garage jeans from League and my PornStar Hi-Tops from Urban Bomb Unit are staples in my inventory. In fact, if clothing in SL wore out ever, these would be falling apart because I wear them so often. League really is my favorite place for jeans, even if they are a little pricier than most places.

Ryker Beck of Exodi has been teasing us on Plurk [along with bad girl Jori Watler!] with glimpses of her new Sienna skin. Yesterday she generously gave her VIP group a preview of Sienna. Look at my face, it is gorgeous!! The whole skin is marvelous, and this is a first for me because I never have managed to look good in any of the Exodi skins before. It always made me sad to see Sophia in them because she looked soooo good and I never did. But Sienna…wow. I love it! I can’t wait for them to be released. The Exodi group is a pay group [$250L], but Ryker spoils us, so it’s worth it. I’m wearing her Zbilja Spirit eyes in Crystal Blue, which were also a group gift.

And to tie it all up, I’m wearing [still] the gorgeous Green II hair in Beach Blond from Maitreya and the Delicious Lollipop rings & bangles from SyDS, one of my favorite fun ring shops. My poses are from Pffiou! which is currently not open while my favorite French girl takes a bit of an SL break.

Oh, and for some reason, the shirt reminded me of this song, which is now embedded in my head. :-p

Free Speerit, freebies, group gift, MV-SL-Fashion, reviews, skins

Freebie Quickie: Free Speerit Fiona

One group that I have never left, even when it was quiet for months, is the Free Speerit group. Desidelia Vella does absolutely beautiful female skins and she’s very generous in giving away special makeups from time to time.

Today’s gift is a special group only makeup of her newest skin – Fiona.

This is just such a gorgeous skin! All the details are beautiful and if I were a darker skinned avatar, I think I would most definitely run to this skin.

Fiona is free in the group notices for the next 2 weeks, so run to join and grab it! There is a $1L joining fee, so if you have to join and leave, at least it won’t break your bank. 🙂 The full Fiona line with 20 makeups will be at the Free Speerit mainstore this Sunday.

Also in this post:

Eyes: Beloved Silver by Beloved Custom Designs
Hair: Heidi [browns] by IrEn
Bikini: Halterbikini in Aqua by SySy’s
Poses by Olive Juice

budget friendly, dollarbies, skin fair, skins

Staged @ Discover Your Skin

If you didn’t know, the Discover Your Skin skin fair starts… NOW! From August 12th until August 19th, you can head on over and get your skin lovin’ on.

One designer that will be at the fair this year is one that is fast becoming one of my favorites – Staged! They’ll not only have their gorgeous skin lines out there, but also this amazing dollarbie!

This is the Cerra skin, which I have blogged before, but in 2 Peacock makeups – a soft green eyeshadow and a green eye-catching mask! You also get the very cute bikini to go with your skins. There is the pale and the tanned tones in the package too, and shaved or unshaved options, so it’s really like getting 8 skins for $1L. You can’t beat it!

We’ll see you at the fair!

Also in this post:
Hair: Wendy in Platinum by Truth
Eyes: Beloved Sapphire eyes by Beloved Custom Designs [Will be available soon]
Lashes: Diva by LeLutka

reviews, skins

Staged – Cerra Skin!

Do you remember my post on the stunning Mother Nature gown by Staged for the Black Swan event? Well…did you know that designer Dezi Jarvinen is also a skin designer??

The recently released Cerra skins come in 2 tones, pale and tanned, [although I hear a medium tone is also in the works] and in 12 yummy makeups. Let’s take a look! And don’t worry, I don’t do nude reviews, so it’s work safe! Plus there is blurring or light fixing in photoshop in these pictures.

These skins are very natural and my favorite part of the body is definitely the tummy! It’s beautiful and feminine without that too flat or too ripped look that some skins have. And the makeup! Oh my, I just went crazy for all the pretty makeup. The lips are just so full and gorgeous, too!

Now I will be honest, because I try not just to throw rainbows on everything. I admit that there were a few bits I didn’t much like on the skin. The hands are a little wrinkled and the “lady bits” are not ugly, but not exactly pretty. But for as skin picky as I am, they weren’t deal breakers.

The Cerra skins are $899L each or you can fatpack for $5199 [almost half off if you fatpack!!]. While you’re at Staged, check out Dezi’s other skins and her very pretty clothes. There are also 2 dollarbie clothing items and a free gift of some cute jewelry. When you walk in and the menu pops up, choose to get your gift. Now stop reading – go shopping!!

Also in this post:

Hair: Leigh in Anxious Blonde by fri.day [in store group gift]
Eyes: Open Ocean by Miriel [No longer available]
Lashes: Glamour by Miriel [No longer available]
Bikini: Free.Kini in pink by fri.day [In store gift]
Poses by Imperial Elegance

Free Speerit, skins, tutorials

Free Speerit Eyebrows!

I was contacted last week by the awesome Desidelia Vella of Free Speerit and she asked me if I’d mind writing up a tutorial for some new skins she’s putting out. Well, not new as in a new line, but new as in these have eyebrows that can be tinted! One question that a lot of skin designers get is if eyebrows can be colored to match their hair. I know as someone who is primarily blonde, sometimes it is nicer to have a lighter eyebrow, and there are lots of redheads out there, and those who have pink, purple, or blue hair! But tinting eyebrows isn’t something that we get the option to do a lot of the time in SL, so it’s not a skill that most people just know. So after working a bit, I came up with this tutorial. It will be in the new skins that come out at Free Speerit, and I believe those come out this week. 🙂

Sometimes tinting your eyebrows when your hair is a different color other than brown/black [the standard eyebrow color in Second Life] can add a subtle effect to your overall look that is very fashionable.

** Not all eyebrows can be tinted! It is much easier if you have a modifiable hair/eyebrow base. **

To begin, make sure you create a backup copy of your skin and hair base by right clicking on them in your inventory and right click to paste. While you should be able to make changes again after you modify the eyebrows, it’s always a good idea to have an original backup.

Now right click on yourself and go into Appearance Mode. Click on the Hair tab and then again on the Eyebrows tab. It will look something like this:

Tutorial - Hair Tab

Set your Eyebrow Size to 100 for the best results when tinting your eyebrows. For more coloring, also set the Eyebrow Density to 100. If you want a lighter tint to your brows, then you can play with the Eyebrow Density to get the intensity of the tint the way you want it.

After you have set the Size and Density, click on the Color tab.

Tutorial - Color Tab

You will now be able to move all the sliders around and find just the right tint for your brows! As you can see here, when I move the Rainbow Color and Red Hair sliders to 100, I get a nice pink brow. But you can use all the sliders to match your brows for blonde, red, or even blue hair.

Tutorial - Rainbow Colors

You might notice that you have a little extra untinted eyebrow near the inner corners. This is easily fixed by going into the Skin Tab and in the Skin Color, choose a lighter Pigment. I found that moving the Pigment slider to 30 takes care of the untinted part and does not change your color. See the example:

Tutorial - Skin Color Tab

Once you have the color you want, click on Save and you’re done! Have fun playing with your new eyebrows!