Archive for February, 2011

February 21, 2011

Lookbook #5

Lookbook #5

Enky’s Dollarstore is worth a visit: the layout is refreshingly simple and free of clutter, it’s easy to find what you’re looking for, and there are some hidden gems among the more ordinary offerings. I picked up a fatpack of Exile hair (Kyanna, shown here in arctic) and a fatpack of this knitted cropped top by Ayumi (it also comes in silver and red) and spent 2L$ in the process. Bargainous.

You may notice that there are shadows in this picture. I initially achieved them with Kirsten’s Viewer, but a) taking snapshots in a large resolution results in strange bands of light across the image (this one was cropped and edited to remove them), and b) the viewer now crashes on loading. Hello, shadows. Good bye, shadows. *sniff*

Credits
Skin: Curio – Moonbeam (Light) Cupid – Crave 1
Hair: Exile – Kyanna (arctic) – from dollarbie fatpack at Enky’s Dollarstore
Eyes: Senasy Cybernetics – Rotating Mechanical Eyes
Lashes: Celestial Studios – Groupie (discontinued)
Makeup: La Malvada Mujer – Le vernis #2
Cropped jumper: Ayumi – Knit Cropped Top (black), from dollarbie fatpack at Enky’s Dollarstore.
Gloves: DE Designs – Reaper set
Tattoo: sYs – Gift (freebie, discontinued)

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February 15, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day! (Lookbook #4)

St. Valentine's Day

I like to enjoy St. Valentine’s Day by letting my loved ones know that they are loved, and not to focus on cards or chocolates or flowers. It’s a muted kind of celebration, and as such, I chose a muted kind of Valentine’s outfit for today’s lookbook post. No lace or lingerie, no hearts, but three of my favourite colours: red, white and black.

Credits
Skin: Curio – Moonbeam (Light) Cupid – Crave 1
Hair: Shag – Somebody’s Baby (white)
Eyes: Senasy Cybernetics – Rotating Mechanical Eyes
Lashes: Celestial Studios – Groupie (discontinued)
Makeup: Natural Beauty – Lipstick 30 (Lipstick set 3) & Virtual Insanity – La Ligne (Red, Lashes)
Dress: Atomic – Swooped (Brick)
Leggings: Nevermore – Obsidian Latex Bodysuit
Legs: P.I.L Mech Stilettos (discontinued)
Poses: (Right) Exposeur – Top Model Spring ’11 Intros, ‘Nicole’ / (Left) Olive Juice – Alice in Wonderland pose pack, ‘Tea Cup’

February 8, 2011

Powersuit Profile: Ladies who Lunch – Jem Jacket

I have an incredible love for the late-80s/early-90s power-suit. It is simultaneously awkward and cool, as evidenced by Grace Jones and Rachael from Blade Runner.

Grace Jones, cover of Nightclubbing Rachael in Blade Runner

So, somehow my sci-fi fashion inevitably involves giant shoulderpads. I’m sure I’m being a product of my time, and this look won’t work for everyone, but it works for me.

The current resurgence of 80s fashion in RL means that there’s no shortage of it in SL, so I’ve been able to find several suitably be-shouldered outfits. Here’s the first: the all-prim Jem Jacket by Ladies who Lunch. It’s unisex, contains resize scripts (it’s no mod, but there’s an option to delete the scripts), and is deliciously glam.

Jem Jacket by Ladies who Lunch (close-up)

As with any outfit made entirely from prims, there are some caveats to be aware of:

  • There are two alpha layers included, as well as the alpha textures to make your own layer, and the notecard mentions that men tend to use the minimum alpha and women and maximum. I’d agree with this assessment, but I found that the maximum was very slightly the wrong shape for me. (You can see where the alpha is peeking past the jacket in some of these pictures, though it’s only noticeable from certain angles.) However, the inclusion of the alpha textures means that I can fix this issue myself. I imagine that making an alpha texture that will suit all shapes is pretty difficult, and I’m not bothered by this feature.
  • Your hips are going to poke through (if you’re female) unless you’re careful with your AO and poses. I created a separate category of straight-hipped poses for my ZHAO AO, but I prefer to cycle between poses rather than have a fully animated avatar all the time, so this is again not really a problem for me. The jacket is definitely more masculine in shape than otherwise, but that’s the aesthetic of the piece. You can make the jacket bigger to compensate, of course, or change your shape a little. In fact, that leads to the only real improvement I can think of: a glitch clothing layer to wear underneath the prims.
  • Speaking of shapes, those boob sliders are going to have to come right down, unless you make the jacket really big.

Jem Jacket by Ladies who Lunch (variations)
Jem Jacket by Ladies who Lunch (details)

Having said all of that, I think the small sacrifices you make to wear this piece are completely worth it. The textures and sculpted prims are good quality, and the gem embellishments really make it special. There are three variations for the body of the jacket: no gems on the lapels or back, gems only on the lapels, and gems on the lapels plus a gem cross on the back. (In all versions, the shoulderpads are gemmed.) The jacket itself comes in white, black, yellow, red and purple. It’s a detailed piece, and I think it merits the 320L$ price. It’s unusual, striking, and well-executed.

Jem Jacket by Ladies who Lunch

Jem Jacket by Ladies who Lunch (320L$ / Inworld / Marketplace)

Credits
Skin: Curio – Moonbeam (Light) Cupid – Crave 1
Hair: Exile – Ada (astral)
Eyes:Senasy Cybernetics – Rotating Mechanical Eyes
Lashes: Celestial Studios – Groupie (discontinued)
Trousers: PixelDolls – Empire Belted Suit – Dragon set
Tattoo: sYs – Gift 1 (freebie)
Makeup: Natural Beauty – Lipstick 30 (Lipstick set 3)

February 6, 2011

Destination: S.I.C 49

S.I.C 49 is a fully-realised reality, a place which reminds me strongly of the gritty ground-level living of Blade Runner, but with a Japanese twist. It’s a Japanese sim, but the official blog has some English, and I understand that there are frequent events and tournaments held there. You’ll find a few shops in your wanderings, but they’re so well integrated into their surroundings that you’d hardly know they’re not part of the scenery. Neon and graffiti are in competition; glittering sky-scraping buildings are the backdrops for rusting fences and bare concrete.

S.I.C 49

S.I.C 49

Towering over all is the Science Innovation Company, an ominous-sounding corporation if ever I heard one.

S.I.C 49

What Japanese sci-fi setting would be complete without a huge mecha robot?

S.I.C 49

Visit S.I.C 49
Official blog

Credits:
Skin: Curio – Moonbeam (Light) Cupid – Crave 1
Hair: Lamb – Bang Bang in Milk (edited for hood)
Eyes:Senasy Cybernetics – Rotating Mechanical Eyes
Lashes: Celestial Studios – Groupie (discontinued)
Boots: NeuroLab – Fatality Electro
Hooded top: GRAVES – Rogue (hood/shoulder/collar/sleeve prims, jacket layer)
Gloves: DE Designs – Reaper set
Trousers: PixelDolls – Empire Belted Suit – Dragon set
Tattoo: sYs – Gift 1 (freebie)
Makeup: La Malvada Mujer – Le vernis #2
Poses: picture 1: Exposeur – Monique (from Top Model Spring ’11 Intros); picture 2: I ♥ Posey – IPMEX00001 – 10

February 6, 2011

Cybernetic prim eyes in Second Life

I recently decided that it was time to upgrade my ocular implants, and to go from static eyes to something a little more exciting. Prim eyes can have animated textures and glow effects, so they seemed the logical choice. There’s no shortage of prim eye creators in Second Life, but how many of them are cybernetic in nature? I scoured the marketplaces, both in-world and out, and came up with three options. As always with my review posts, there is no post-processing on these pictures.

pIRA Tech – Bineyez BlueGreen

120L$ / In-world / Marketplace

These Bineyez come in thirteen different colours (see them all here), which is a good range. They have a glow effect and the textures rotate slowly. I’d describe the look as electronic rather than industrial – more a refined computer avatar than exposed machinery on an android. There’s no scripted menu or HUD for the glow, but you don’t really need one, since it’s the work of a moment to edit it in the build menu. (Here’s what they look like without any glow.)

I think the price is approaching the upper end of what I’d pay for eyes – especially when you only get one colour – but it’s not excessive, and they are gorgeous.

pIRA Tech - Bineyez BlueGreen (glow)

primal groove – Cyber prim eye

0L$ / In-world / Marketplace

Not the most sophisticated eyes around, but then they’re free! I think this would make a great starting point if you’re not sure how much you want to commit to the look. Each eye has a scripted menu for colour changes, and you can choose from eleven colours plus an ‘off’ mode, which is essentially black with the glow turned off. You can also tint them yourself for more fine-tuned control.

There are three sizes, because technically they’re prim irises rather than full eyes. You can see this best in the bottom picture where I’m wearing the smallest size with the included eye base. (I’m wearing a plain black eye base in the others.)

Cheap (well, free) and cheerful, and a good look – you can’t go wrong.

primal groove - prim eyes overview

Senasy Cybernetics – Rotating Mechanical Eyes

100L$ / In-world / Marketplace

Finally, my very favourite prim eyes! The advert does these eyes no justice at all – I had actually seen them in the Marketplace and dismissed them, but I changed my mind after visiting Senasy Cybernetics in-world. They have a vendor that will show you all the items in 3D, and I’d recommend going there to see the quality of these eyes. The textures rotate and the coloured areas glow.

They come with a HUD that has three areas of control:
– Colour – there are R/G/B bars on which you can adjust the sliders for a really large variety of colours. They’re not as sensitive as the sliders in, say, Photoshop, but the degree of control is still impressive. Even better, there are six slots in which you can save colours for quick-change in future. I use this feature all the time; it makes outfit-matching easy and painless.
– Glow – up or down.
– Transparency – more or less, so if you wanted, you could partially see the eye base layer you’re wearing.
The HUD will control the colours of any other Senasy Cybernetics creation you’re wearing, so if you don’t want it to affect them (or you only want to colour one eye), detach them temporarily while you use it.

I very rarely find myself wanting to take my Senasy eyes off. The price, given the amount of customisation you get, is crazily low. They’re a bargain, and easily the coolest looking eyes I own. Go and see them for yourself; you won’t be disappointed.

Senasy Cybernetics - Rotating Mechanical Eyes

Credits
Skin: Curio – Moonbeam (Light) Cupid – Crave 1
Hair: Shag – Somebody’s Baby (in white from monochromes pack, tinted)
Lashes: Celestial Studios – Groupie (discontinued)