Tropical

Tropical

The Sylva Dress from The Secret Store is easily my favorite dress at the moment. I love palm trees, palm prints, and everything that reminds me of the beach or a tropical island. I even found a chair from Glam Affair Home @ Collabor88 that features pillows with palm prints! I added some planters around my house to bring more greenery indoors. Most of the house plants are from What Next, and the planters are texture-changing.

Tropical

What I’m Wearing:

Truth Hair – Cheri
The Secret Store – Sylva Dress (Tropical)
Blueberry – Grace Pants
Ingenue – Sigrid Heels (Latte)

Windows Ate My Pictures!

night out

 

Okay so…the other day I managed to take a whole batch of photos including the one you see here with Elle in her New Years Eve outfit she had been styling for weeks!  Well not exactly weeks, and maybe actually, just a couple of hours – but that’s beside the point, LOL.   But as luck would have it (or more than likely an ID10T error on Elle’s typist’s part) windows ate them all!  Elle was traumatized and so beside herself, she just couldn’t push herself to try to take the photo again.  Oddly enough, one was still in my recently viewed cached items, although, the file itself was gone!  So what’s a disappointed and lazy fashion blogger to do?  Use Snipit and take a photo of a photo woot!

Anyway, I had tons of fun with this photo – from styling Elle to building the little set.  There are so many wonderful little knickknacks in SL now that I think building sets might be a thing for me going forward.  Details on the items used in this photo along with Elle’s outfit can be found below. For now…I am out peeps – so in the meantime, take care my friends and have a great Second Life!

Hair: *barberyumyum*85(LC)
CATWA HEAD Catya
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5
Glam Affair – Sarah Applier ( Catwa ) Asia – LIMIT8

(fd) Fashionably Dead Special Day Dress – Teal LARA @ Collabor88
fri.day – Sugar.Platforms (Coal) @ Collabor88

Set Items
Soy. Vanity Set
tarte. holiday twig vase @ Collabor88
Apple Fall Annan Reclaimed Frame
{vespertine}– my quirky corner / bird trinket box

House – L2 Studio Shoreline MINI

Glam Affair Lucrezia Skin for LeLutka Simone Bento

Glam Affair - Lucrezia

Happy New Year’s Eve!

I haven’t done a skin review in years, mostly cos I felt that SL system skins have peaked around 2013, and there was nothing else to write, that I haven’t written hundreds of times before. I have reviewed 245+ skins in SL from countless brands, some have stagnated and never moved beyond system skins, or they simply retired.

I plan on reviewing more skins in 2017, if I can alternate between more than a handful of brands. I won’t look for seams or point out flaws anymore, because it’s 2017 and I figured that most brands should have that figured out by now. If a skin is not to my liking, you will not see it on my blog. It may have taken me about a decade of SL blogging to figure it out, but it is much more efficient use of my time to focus only on well-made products. Unfortunately, that does mean that a lot of brands with potential will not get the feedback that they desperately need to grow.

Glam Affair - Lucrezia

This is the Lucrezia skin from Glam Affair. This skin is available at Uber, along with lashes and brows made specifically for the LeLutka Simone Bento head. I like the brows that it comes with, so I didn’t get the extra brows pack that can be worn with any Glam Affair skin/Lelutka Bento head. I also like that I can mix-and-match the makeups from some of the recently released Glam Affair skins to create some different looks. Even though I didn’t wear a lot of Glam Affair over the years, I do appreciate that Aida is a prolific skin maker.

Glam Affair - Lucrezia

The Lucrezia skin is $899L per skin tone, and comes with 8 brows color, 8 lipsticks, and 8 eye shadows. It is available at Uber at the moment, and will probably be available in store later on.

Juicy - Emma // LeLutka Simone Bento Shape

I have made a shape for this skin! Buy the Emma shape in my store or on Marketplace.

Glam Affair - Lucrezia

What I’m Wearing:

Glam Affair – Lucrezia LuLetka Applier (America)
Wasabi Pills – Isla Mesh Hair
The Secret Store – Lola Cropped Sweater (Deer) S
Blueberry – Cake Leggings
Ingenue – Woodruff Boots (Saddle)
Mandala – Tensei Earcuffs
Mandala – Necklace Legacy (Kilimanjaro)
Zenith – Autumn Leather Bag (Mix B)

LeLutka Simone 2.0 Bento Head

LeLutka Simone 2.0 Bento Head

“Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world. The disarray. I choose to see the beauty.”

As I played with the new LeLutka Simone 2.0 Bento Head, the quote above from Westworld kept replaying in my mind. I just celebrated my 10th year rez day in SL, and I love how advanced and beautiful everything is now. I’m grateful for the creators of SL who are serious about their craft and release outstanding quality products. With every advancement in SL (windlight, mesh, fit mesh, bento), I keep thinking that this is the best it can ever be, and then something else comes out that makes it even better!

LeLutka Simone 2.0 Bento Head

I’m sure you’ve seen pre-release info about the LeLutka Simone 2.0 Bento Head and preview pics, so I won’t list all the features. Read the official blog post to see all the technical details. As someone who has worn a mesh head for years now, bento blows my mind because of its editing capabilities. I found a face that I loved from the previous lines of LeLutka heads, but of course I wished there were things I could tweak to make it feel more like me.

LeLutka Simone 2.0 Bento Head

The LeLutka Bento HUD is easy to navigate, fast, and includes some bonus features like eye positioning. I’ve worn a separate eye HUD to control my mesh eyes (mostly centering and keeping it still for photos), but now that’s one less HUD to wear!

LeLutka Simone 2.0 Bento Head

Look at these expressions! The HUD includes 24 expressions, 6 eyelid settings, parted mouth, blink, etc. If you play around with these, it’s possible to create random new expressions. I predict that there will Expression packs released in the future, so the possibilities are endless.

LeLutka Simone 2.0 Bento Head

Eye positioning, the eyelid move with it! I used a separate eye position HUD before, but my eyelid did not move, since it was not bento.

LeLutka Simone 2.0 Bento Head

I’m still editing my head, so you will probably see it change over time with tweaks and new skins. Is anyone else as picky as I am? In addition to having a nice front view, I also want my profile to be proportionate and pretty.

Some of my friends have asked me if they should get a bento head, and my answer is obviously yes, but do try a couple of heads from different brands before deciding. I may like LeLutka mesh heads best, but someone else may prefer the HUD/sliders and overall face shape of something else. A bento head still has restrictions, so there’s a chance you will want to tweak something but the slider won’t allow that much editing. For example, I wanted less eye crease, but at 0 setting, there’s still a lot of crease left. On other heads, I could almost squish the eye crease further, but I think sometimes allowing too much editing can deform a face. For now, I am fully committing to this Simone head, but I’m still excited for new faces that I can tweak 😀

There is a lot to say about this mesh head cos it is the best thing released in a long time! I’m super excited, and I can’t wait for all the fabulous skins and makeups that brands will release to go with this head! Do you wear a bento head now? What are some features you would like to see in a future release?

What I’m Wearing:

LeLutka Simone 2.0 Bento Head (coming soon)
Exile – Eyes On Me @ Collabor88
Glam Affair – Emily Skin (coming soon)
Blueberry – Show Time Mask, Dress, Coat, Ree Heels @ The Arcade
Mandala – Choker (Princess-dogtag), Ring