Tanaquil Beaumont of the Dunes blog had a grand idea and posted her most beloved fashion finds from 2010. I was inspired by her effort and fought a few fashion battles to wear my favourite pieces without looking like technicolour cat vomit.
Before moving to the great finds of 2010, I need to purge some niggles. Poo-poo to:
– The shoe seller who floods the blog feeds with promo copies but never returned my messages about not receiving group entitlements
– The sellers who offer group freebies and discounts but make them impossible to find in-store (yes, make us work for the prize and look at your range, but not hunt to the ends of the earth)
– I don’t think I’ll ever work out prim eyes. I have a hundred and one pairs bought in fits of optimism but I still can’t switch back to non-prim when I feel like it. Reverting to an outfit with old-school eyes is currently my only way to kill off the domineering prim jobs and return to non-prim (unless I learn to love that ghouly grey-eyed look)
– Avatars loaded with bling and HUDs jamming sims at events. We aren’t here to look at you so you don’t need to drag the sim to its knees with your excessive prims. Enough said
– Open-toed shoes with alpha layers that don’t match foot and leg colours. I know designers make it as simple as possible to use the new technology with pre-set options, but I’m not buying sandals again — it’s too much stuffing about for my lazy self
Okay, on with all the positive things. Note that I have paid for everything and I have no affiliations with designers.
Skins and things: LAQ skins are my go-to look. Whenever I think they’re getting a bit dull and there are more exciting options, I flick through a few looks and realise how much I adore everything about them and their happiness to be photographed. I’m also hooked on Baiastice and my new skin love is Chaisuki: even with the relatively high price for a single skin, the make-up options add great value. I’m still reasonably new to tattoo make-up and am enjoying L Fauna and CCD for everyday make-up and White Widow for experimenting with more out-there looks. I went with my vintage Moon Goddess eyes as I wear them more than any other. I don’t know what happened to the brand and I lament its passing, but for new non-prim eyes I usually stop at Amacci.
Hair: I chose a Truth hair. Even though every second girl and her dog wear Truth, it’s because there’s a great range of styles and the blondes to me don’t look brassy. My favourites-to-be for the coming year are Vanity Hair (although the detail on the hairline of some styles could be improved), Boon, Shag and I’m a new convert to Dernier Cri hair — the hair dye menu to change colours is a smart idea
Clothing: I chose a relatively casual look and I keep returning to League, G Field and Reale as new finds for the year, particularly the prettiness and attention to detail of Reale’s range. My enduring favourite is Mimikri — I always know I’m going to find something there whether I’m looking for a simple sundress or outrageous amounts of sequins. One thing in common with these choices is each designer has thought carefully about colour ranges so mixing and matching pieces is easy for crimes against fashion like me.
For more formal and avant garde looks, I can’t go past Eshi Otawara, Vita’s Boudoir (I drop by there just to look around far too often), My Precious and I recently landmarked a brand called Violator that I’ll invest in soon (actually, I just checked in there for a second recce and the outfit I like is $L15,000 — I may not be investing any time soon!)
Bling: Donna Flora, Bandit and YS&YS keep me spending all year long and my new find has been Persona for a small but well-designed range of jewellery. The ranges in gold are particularly well-coloured and detailed. I also can’t wait for what Kunglers will bring to us in 2011.
Shoes: The different viewers and server versions — together with my earlier whinge about alpha layers — make shoes a challenge for me, but I stop first at Shiny Things and Stiletto Moody for footwear. Hoorenbeek has been a wonderful find, although the many fitting options in the box confuse the heck out of me. Thumbs up for always enclosing a detailed ‘how to wear’ card so I can achieve a perfect fit if I invest a couple of minutes. For the pictures, I chose my Gos boots as they fit first time every time, the VIP membership discount also works first time every time and I love the designer’s cleverness with colour-change pack options for some styles
Poses: I don’t know if this is average or not, but there’s about 400 poses in my HUD and it’s getting to the point I don’t know what’s going on in there. My first scan is usually through the Olive Juice poses for their whimsy and limbs pointing in smooth angles for photography (though they’re a bugger to install in the HUD because of the the grammatical symbols, capital letters and other quirks in the cute pose names). My new favourite is Del May for more experimental shots and Agapee continues to impress with classic poses and more-than-generous monthly group freebies of usable poses
Places: I’ve been on an outdoors kick and Alirium has astounded me time and time again with its default forest, and the current frosty winter location is a place of subtelty and peacefulness. Both pictures in this post were taken at Alirium and are unedited apart from cropping and borders. Ode, the Gulf of Loon and the Garden for Change have also been revelations of prettiness. I’ve been around long enough to still have the freebie palm trees and awkwardly swaying ferns in my inventory; today’s landscaping plants and features have advanced greatly, but they’re only as beautiful as the skilled designers who create these sims.
And a big hug to the owners of Voc Linda and all the other locations where we can rez and temporarily create our own scenescapes on their land. Thank you.
Other things: I still use a Huddles HUD from 2008 for storing poses. Hand-typing in the notecards can be arduous, but I’ve never found a better HUD so I’ll keep it until something more fantastic comes along.
I bought a nifty pose stand recently from LL Design, which is drag’n’drop and works fabulously in sims where stands can be rezzed — it even has a ‘homing’ feature so if it’s buried underground it’ll come back.
As far as viewers, I still miss Emerald and I spend most of my time running about in the default SL viewer. I like Kirsten’s and Phoenix but problems with shadows, outfits and annoying pixelated skies prevent me from using them more often. No single viewer has everything for me yet.
This year for me will be learning more about tattoo make-ups, dressing more outrageously, improving my image editing skills and trying to keep my inventory tidy. If I suddenly wake one day with magical techo skills, I’ll create a viewer that handles shadows, outfits, has a zillion windlight settings and doesn’t need its cache cleared.
Skin: LAQROKI ‘Elin 04 (Fair)’ Glow
Hair: Truth ‘Nadine 2’, Seaspray
Eyes: Moon Goddess ‘Green Ice’
Lashes: LAQROKI Black Mascara 01 ‘Flirty’
Blush: from Chaisuki ‘Paris’, Vanille, 08 skin
Singlet: from Reale ‘Bolero’, Brown
Jacket: Mimikri ‘Luisa’, Camel
Skirt/Belt: G Field Suede Mini-skirt, Camel
Hosiery: League Side-Gartered Stockings, Beige
Earrings: Donna Flora ‘Alma’
Rings: (L) Donna Flora ‘Camelia, (R) Bandit ‘Pasha’, Topaz
Necklace: YS&YS ‘Long Pearls’ Gold
Bracelet (concealed): Persona ‘Mighty Heart’ Bangle, Bronze
Shoes: Gos ‘GTFO’ Boot, Stone
Poses: Olive Juice Tea Party Whore and Hula Hoop Girl