We are heading into the last weekend of the Skin Fair and I thought I would revisit some of my favourite skins. This year I have focused a lot on closeups rather than in-depth looks at the skin bodies, so I decided to take a different approach with this post. It isn’t one of my old style skin reviews, with detailed comparisons of the body shading, but you do get to see a lot more of the skins than previously. I also took the opportunity to show some more poses from the Sovereign Born Royal Chaise from Roawenwood for the March Treasure Chest, though the very first image uses a static pose from oOo Studios.
Today I thought I would take a bit of an overdue look at the bento update to the Slink hands which came out a few weeks ago. And, seeing as we’re talking about bento, a video was of course in order to show the new possibilities with these hands. I also took the opportunity to show off the FATE Hand Poser and several sets of new manicures from the Plastik, as well as featuring two new releases from the Ostara’s Altar event (which I ended up calling Altar of Ostara in the video) since that suited the beautiful spring weather we’ve had today.
I really like the field of tulips from Little Branch for the Victoriana round of Genre, so today I changed around the season on one of my sky landscapes and planted some tulips around the ballet academy build from Nomad. I think it turned out to be a rather charming backdrop for the gown from Anachron, also from Genre.
Have I mentioned how much I love my Landscapes Unlimited landscapes? A few times, probably, but it bears repeating. I love having so many different vistas at my fingertips, it really helps since I do almost entirely location shots. This, the Sahara Oasis solid sky landscape, was just what I needed as backdrop for the Wild Girl outfit from Noble Creations for the Secret Affair. And the outfit, in turn, was the perfect way of showing off the tattoos from alaskametro for the Spoonful of Sugar charity event. I am also wearing a Skin Fair exclusive skin, Ella from Adam n Eve.
The Victoriana round of Genre is now open and its time for me to showcase a couple of more items that you will find there. One is from a staple here at the blog, a lovely gown from Senzafine, and the other is a piece of decor from Velvet Whip, a brand I have featured on a few occasions in the past but not with any regularity. I’ve also got another Skin Fair release to show as well as a new item from the Plastik.
Feeling like you should be treated like royalty? Then you will want to take a look at my unboxing video for the Treasure Chest for March. Its theme is “Royal Treatment” and it includes 12 designers, each with their own interpretation of what that might be. The teaser photo reveals a few of the things you will find in the box, but to see all of the goodies you will have to watch the video. If you like what you see, the Treasure Chest now costs L$3000, but if you had signed up before the reveal it would have been L$1500, so keep that in mind for next month if you would like to give the only roleplay oriented subscription box on the grid a try.
A new round of Genre is opening today at noon SL time. The theme for this round is Victoriana and in my first post as a Genre blogger I hope to give you a little taste of what you can expect. As you may remember, Genre changed its format last round, moving to a permanent build (rather than a new one for each round) and doing away with the L$100 max price. A discount is still offered, but this gives designers more flexibility in what they can make for the event.
This is actually my first time wearing a League skin even though I’ve demoed the brand on a number of occasions previously. Back when League was most active I was mainly looking for skins for a particular set of shapes, but now that I make shapes for sale I need a wider variety of looks, not the least when it comes to bento mesh heads. I have always thought League had a very nice, distinct look and I think it carries over quite well onto the Cate head from LeLutka. For this particular shape, I tried to stray a bit from Cate’s “comfort zone”, pushing for a more angular face.
The vast majority of the skins available at the Skin Fair are normal human skins, but for those who prefer their Second Life to be a little different, there are a few options. One of these is Alia Baroque’s Fallen Gods brand, which offers two different fantasy skins at the fair—for male as well as female avatars. In this post I am focusing on one of them, Scales. The other skin is called Draco and features a smaller scaling pattern, as if you were a dragon in human form.
For some reason, I had the hardest time getting this photo sorted out. I don’t know how many different locations and backdrops I tried before finally deciding to slip into this new dress from the Muses and all of a sudden getting the idea that it looked a bit pirate-y. The tattoos from Silentsparrow (for this past 50 Linden Friday) may not be classical pirate tattoos exactly, but why be limited by that? I am also giving you a second look at one of Adam n Eve’s Skin Fair exclusives, subtly made up with some makeup from alaskametro.
I don’t have that much in the way of clothing to blog right now and that is probably just as well given all the skins I would like to show off. It is (unsurprisingly) particularly true for when I am in a male shape as my inventory is rather heavy on gowns. But that just means you get to see a lot of the Carverus fantasy skin from the Plastik, which is available at the Skin Fair that just opened today.
At 12.01 am SL time on the 10th of March, the Skin Fair will open its doors to the public. At the fair, produced by Pale Girl Productions, you will find two sims full of skins, makeups, tattoos, shapes and mesh body parts, with each booth containing at least some exclusive items. Have you yet to find the perfect skin for your mesh head? Or perhaps even the perfect mesh head? Then you will want to fill your inventory with demos and do some thorough testing. You can already start preparing by joining the Pale Girl Productions Info Group to which the designers are sending their demos.
And if you want at look at a few of the designers and an overview of the fair itself, I’ve done a little video for you. In addition to skins and heads, it includes a look at the just released bento update for the Slink female hands. After the video, I have also included close ups of four of the skins that I showcase as well as information about all the bits and pieces worn.
It is feeling a little odd to be setting up photos with a spring/summer feel when we’ve suddenly had a mass of snow dumped on us in real life, just as it was starting to feel like the beginning of spring. But that’s March for you. Fortunately, the weather is a bit more predictable in Second Life, which is to say it is exactly what I need at any given moment. In this case, I wanted a beautiful forest to show off this lovely statue from Noble Creations together with a few other thing from the new round of We Love Role-Play.
Today the fantasy fashion in SL is dominated by elaborate outfits that are more jewellery than clothing, often with very little fabric to them. If you go back some years, before mesh, flexi silks made up a huge part of the available fantasy wear and some of my favourite pieces were from Solange. Today’s outfit is a brand new mesh release from her which should be out in the store tomorrow (Friday). It is a beautifully rigged silk camisk with a matching thong for when you don’t quite feel like baring it all. Also featured in this post is a new hair from Wasabi Pills and a new shirt from Gabriel.
I had picked up two sets of sword poses from Genre’s Viking round when it opened, but it wasn’t until the latest release from Noble Creations—Warrior Girl—landed in my inventory that I came up with how to use them. The result includes a good dose of fantasy clichés, from the horned helmet to the scant clothing. But no chainmail bikini, not this time.