Saturday, 31 January 2015

#312 To push up or not push up, that is the question

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I jumped on the mesh body train quite late, and I have to admit, reluctantly - my reasons being cost and that putting together a blog post took enough time as it was without adding another element.  However, as is my way, once I do something, I do it wholeheartedly, and dare I say it in this instance, slightly obsessively.  Yep, mesh bodies are my new obsession. 

I loved Maitreya's Lara from the moment I put it on, but I haven't yet played enough with SLink Physique to voice an opinion (though this will change in an upcoming post).  As for Belleza Venus, I did not warm to it at all, mainly because of the boobs which just looked odd in terms of both shape and positioning - and the push up option?  Pfft I said, pfft.  No way would I ever use that.

I am now eating my words, because having stumbled across the gorgeous items I am wearing in this post, I thought I would just have to give Venus another go - and that means the whole bod, not just the bod with the SLink hands and feet (I didn't think anything could drag me away from those).   I was incredulous at how easy it was to get dressed - just click on four items - corset, pants, shoes (two feet!) - and voila, done!  No fiddling around trying on different sizes, tweaking my shape, nothing.  All I had to do was click one tiny piece of the alpha to cover a very small area on my back and that was it.  Oh and the hands, got to mention the hands, they are absolutely beautiful, and you can choose 16 different hand positions from the hud - 16!  I found it quite difficult to get nail appliers for the Belleza hands, but with wonderful serendipity the hud from DaneMarkZ landed in my inbox, and gives you 10 beautiful colours to choose from.

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Of course the ease of dressing is entirely because of the incredibly talented designers behind this outfit.  Their rigging of the items to the respective mesh bodies is absolutely superb.  I have over the last few weeks become increasingly irritated to find more and more stores using the logos for various mesh bodies on their adverts, when in reality they give no fitmesh option, let alone any rigged to the bodies, just the standard mesh sizes.  To me that is not only misleading, it is dishonest, and I will neither purchase from nor blog for anyone that does that.  Anyway, hopefully more and more designers will start offering genuine body specific rigged items. 

These fantastic shoes are original mesh from a new-to-me store, Mundos, who give you plenty of options with versions in the box for Belleza Venus, Maitreya Lara, SLink and TMP (not charging separately for each one as I have seen some do). You also get an impressive hud allowing 24 texture choices for 8 different shoe areas, and the area I have sequinned can also be textured plain.  They are absolutely incredible value for money as well as being quite simply stunning.

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The corset and pants are separates from DE Designs, who I confess to not visiting for years (that will now change), and are available in a selection of colours.  I am showing the "old leather" version and really love the texturing on both the pants and corset.

In your corset box you get two versions for Belleza Venus, SLink Physique and classic avatar - and in the case of the corset, different copies for ordinary breast option and push up - hence the post title and pic below.  And in this case, despite my initial reaction to the push up boobs, I definitely think I prefer the push up version for this outfit.  

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Credits:

Body
Body:  Belleza Venus
Skin:  Belleza Grace SK 
Hair:  Magika Never
Eyes:  IKON Hope
Eyelashes:  Redgrave
Eyeliner:  Izzies - Double Wing Eyeliner
Lips:  Belleza Celeste Uber SK Gloss 6
Beauty Mark:  Belleza 
Manicure:   DaneMarkZ - Belleza nails - Pantone Spring 2015 *

Clothing:
Corset:  DE Designs - Tamara Corset
Pants:  DE Designs - Dinah - Old Leather
Shoes:  Mundos Odette Heels for Belleza Venus
Necklace:  Izzies Crystal Necklace (vintage - texture change)
Earrings:  Izzies - Leaves Earring autumn
Bracelet/Bangle:  Cae :: Romantique :: Bracelet

Poses:
Poses:  KaTink - pic #1 Sadie (new), all others Haute *
Backdrop:  KaTink - Skies




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SLURLs are current at time of posting.  If you need help with anything I have blogged, feel free to send me an email, inworld IM or nc, or a plurk (all links on contacts page).  



Tuesday, 27 January 2015

#311 Zsa gets her goth on

#311

I have in the last couple of days completely binned two posts just as I was about to press publish, as I decided I just wasn't happy with them, to the extent that I couldn't fix them without totally redoing them.  That is a heck of a lot of work to throw in the trash, but I am really particular about what makes it on to this blog, and that I portray the items to the best of my ability. 

Anyway, I was a bit despondent for a moment, looking at my blank page, but when going through the new stuff in my inventory I found this little gem of a dress from a new-to-me designer, Livid.  I don't do many fantasy posts (I really should do something about that), but when I do I have such fun with them, and this was no exception.  The pulling together of various random or long forgotten pieces in my inventory, and the trawling of marketplace for the missing bits all add to the fun.

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This dress is one of three similar dresses newly released by Livid, and I absolutely fell in love both with the beautiful meshwork and the leather and brocade textures which are so rich and sumptuous.  Parts of the dress almost glitter, in a gothic kinda way.  The leggings came with the dress and are system layer only.  The boots are part of a separate accessories pack, along with a collar and a clutch.  All the items from Livid are general releases, not for an event - that in itself was refreshing, as blogging these days seems almost entirely event driven.

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I found the snakebites and bat earrings on marketplace, from another new to me store, Xia's Boutiquebut the gorgeous Maxi Gossamer choker was pulled out of my inventory, along with the Adoness hair and beautiful shaved base.

Credits:

Body
Skin:  Belleza - Claudia BFF SK 5
Hair:  Adoness : ragnarok : pitch black *
Eyes:  IKON Deadshine 
Hands & Feet:  SLink Avatar Enhancement
Eyelashes:  Maxi Gossamer - Eyelashes - Party - Swallow Wings
Lips:  Izzies - Qopi Matt Lipstick black - available at TDR
Beauty Mark:  Belleza Beauty Mark 4
Slink Manicure & Pedicure:   Orc Inc. Fingernails - Goth Gloss *

Clothing:
Dress:  Livid: Barock Doll Dress Marie Antoinette *
Pants:  Livid: Gothic Corset Leggings *
Boots:  Livid: Gothic Corset Black Boots *

Accessories
Necklace:  Maxi Gossamer - Necklace - Belladonna Crystal Beaded Choker (texture change)
Earrings:  Xia's Boutique - Jewel Bat Earring (texture change)
Piercing:  Xia's Boutique - Spiked Horseshoe Snakebites (texture change)

Poses:
Poses:  KaTink -  #1 Imogen, #2 Birthday 2013 gift, #3 Savi *
Backdrop:  KaTink  - Sky *



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SLURLs are current at time of posting.  If you need help with anything I have blogged, feel free to send me an email, inworld IM or nc, or a plurk (all links on contacts page).  


Saturday, 24 January 2015

#310 Zsazsa sings the blues

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Tomm is away on business for 12 days so I thought a blue outfit was called for.  I have plenty to keep me occupied with setting up our new home  - this includes somehow turning the whole house phantom, which was interesting, and the usual stuff such as applying a texture accidentally to the whole house.  When not wrecking the house, I still have lots to do - blogging, catching up with friends, sorting out my inventory (notice how I put this last?), etc but sl is just not the same without Tomm.  Big sigh.

Ok, so what am I wearing today - my gorgeous skin is another beauty from .::WoW Skins::. for Designer Circle and is just 99L for each skin tone.  I swear Sawsan's skins get even prettier with each new release.

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My poncho is from .:KC:.Couture and comes with their usual very generous hud giving you the choice of 40 colours and textures for each of the parts - main, wrap and buttons.  The pants, part of an outfit along with a tube top, not worn, come with a hud allowing 5 different colours.

Ok, off to see if I can tick a couple of things off the "to do" list I am intending to work through while hubby is away - yep, Zsa has a to do list, how geeky is that.

Credits:

Body:  Maitreya Mesh Body - Lara V2.1
Skin:  .::WoW Skins::. for Designer CircleAleida Tan *
Hair:  .Ploom. Long Day
Eyes:  IKON Hope
Hands & Feet:  SLink Avatar Enhancement
Eyelashes:  Redgrave
Eyeliner:  Izzies
Lips:  Belleza Claudia SK Gloss 3
Slink Manicure & Pedicure:   Hello Dave *
Top:  .:KC:.Couture DARIA Poncho Rigged Mesh *
Pants:  {Rowena's Designs} Salacia Jeans (part of outfit with tube top, not shown)*
Boots:  Essenz - Chicago
Earrings:  Cae   :: Ascend :: Earring
Bracelet/Bangle:  Cae  :: Ascend :: Bracelet 
Poses:  KaTink - Alexxa *
Backdrop:  KaTink SkyMix *


Info
There are usually more photos of blogged items on my flickr account here.

SLURLs are current at time of posting.  If you need help with anything I have blogged, feel free to send me an email, inworld IM or nc, or a plurk (all links on contacts page).