Friday, August 1, 2008

Drunk on Punch

Iris Seale of Punch Drunk gave all her group members a sneak attack shopping station, and I jumped fast on the teleport button and joined the fun. Tomorrow Iris releases her new items to the public. The Enayla Collection is Iris's beautiful new gowns and I wanted to share with you the release she sent:
"This collection is inspired by the paintings of Linda Bergkvist. Her artwork can be found at . Check her out and buy her prints if you find her work as gorgeous as I do. She uses rich detail, lovely colors and an eerilly beautiful universe in her paintings. I found inspiration in the soft but insistant lighting that she uses and the way her lines curve so effortlessly. This line is entirely hand-drawn. I wanted to play with effects of light and shadow on opulent fabrics and decadent details. Much of my hardest work on this line is found in the detailing and trim. I used Indian, Thai and Chinese silks and cottons for these gowns, along with some French silks and chiffons. The dresses are named after the paintings that inspired them, but some come from my imagination. Loving and Blackbird you won’t find in the paintings, but they were still inspired by the artist’s style. I loved making this collection and I hope you enjoy it, too."
I do Iris, I do! Shown above is the Loving Dress, which is just one of the 6 dresses, a few I've already seen hitting the blogosphere. Check out Punch Drunk tomorrow!

Monday, July 28, 2008

Cyberglam in Second Life - CaLLie CLine's Swan Song

caLLie cLine's Swan Song

This is one of my favorite dresses to hit SL in a long time, due to the fact that this dress is done in a style I have yet to see in SL. caLLie's "Swan Song" is the first time I have seen something close to Cyberpunk and Runway Couture combined. I have been calling it, "Cyberglam". I want MORE of it in Second Life in general.
Also I cannot think of a high fashion piece in SL that has the movement this displays in the gems on the sculptie skirt and jewelry set. Not only is there movement in the form of a water-like substance ebbing and flowing throughout, there is also a movement of wings and feathers and terrestrial life happening when the varying feather skirts are added to it. I find that very smart, whimsical and unique in SL. This dress is stunningly alive.

This piece in all it variations is glamorous AND cutting edge while not at all coming off as pretentious. I'm probably not the only person who has looked at certain gowns and seen the snob in them. Reason being, is caLLie approaches her work with a wide-eyed excitement, rarely having a solid plan of attack or manipulation. When art is approached from that level, magic happens.

She also creates magic with others as was the case with "Swan Song". Nebulosis Severine was responsible for the creation of the water-like jewels displayed in the piece, taking it completely out of this world.

For those that aren't enthusiasts of the "cyberglam" style, caLLie has also included multiple options to turn this dress into pure glamour. You can make at least 7 totally different outfits out of this emsemble without even thinking and the potential is there for many many more as well.

This brings me to my last point. This piece or shall I say these SEVENTEEN pieces, is pure generosity at 1111L. Many designers as we all know sell half as many pieces for prices ranging from 1500-1800L.

Swan Song is available at the Black Swan Sim by Rezzables until August 4th, 2008 at which point it will be made available in caLLie's flagship location on caLLiefornia.

Monday, July 21, 2008

AM Pro Rides 1964 AM Pro Impala

Cars are an amazing fashion accessory, and none sexier in SL at this moment than the 1964 AM Pro Impala crafted by Abacus Mimistrobell. Without having to wear a HUD of any kind, this sweet ride works just as it should. In the words of Abacus, "This car was created for classic low rider lovers, big and small. Featuring a host of SL's top creators to bring to you a build that has left no stone unturned. This project has been a true work of love for all involved , and was built with the utmost attention to detail. Everyone on the AM Pro Rides Team stepped it up a notch to bring the true feeling of this car to SL. From the masterfully crafted design, to the hand made custom textures, to the superb scripting for all the working gadgets and ease of drive, this car is definitely a milestone in this companies long future and one to be looked upon by all for conceptual design for ages to come."


★Custom Scripts - Les White! nuff said!

★NO HUD!- This car WORKS in every sense of the word

★Main Menu
- To access the main menu the tires make perfect buttons.
- Convertible - Paint - Passenger - Camera - Show Seats - Wipers
Dice - Hydraulics - Squirt - Notecard

★Custom Plater
- This car comes with 6 AM Pro Rides license plates and one blank one.
Drop out the custom plater, drop your own texture on it then click the license plate

★Working Parts
- Wipers & Spray - Dice Toggle - Hydraulics - Shifting and dash
pressing anims - Radio with 8 random loop presets and search -
Dash clock set to SLT - Horn - Turn signal and blinkers -
A/C with sounds - Speedometer - Window up/down with anim -
Convertible option - Customizable License plate Texture -
Headlights - Trunk

- 18 Custom animations by one of Bits and Bob's creator Yawneeb

- 5 Custom particles by Maldavius Figtree

★Passenger Info

Driver/Passenger/3 rear passengers/ and the final person gets to
be tied up in the trunk :P

- The front passenger animation can be switched to male or female
via the car's main menu


- Engine, Burnout, Dash button clicking, wipers, Radio loops, Crashing
sounds when hitting objects, Thud sounds when hitting avatars, Shifting
Window rolling

★Camera views
- Driver - Puts you right in the drivers seat with a true perspective of the road
and dash
Behind - " -_-"
Above - Think "tailing helicopter"
Wide - follows the driver 360 degree perspective not just the direction of the car,
with a great cinematic cam .... great for machinima purposes

- 7 of the original palette colours from the 64 Impala
- 12 Custom AM Pro Rides colors
- Random function for 100% full spectrum random colors

- The roof, midsection, and underside of the cars body can also change
seperately allowing for 3 tones of customization

- 19! Low lag, 2 prim TempOnRez displays, featuring every preset

Before this ride was released, I wasn't much of a car girl. This car , its customization and intuitive interface makes it a joy to drive. The wheels are rezzed while 3 other parts of the car are worn, all without losing an eyelash.

The hood and windows also come up, along with added touches like head and break lights, turn signals, stereo presets and dice that you show or hide depending on your personal style.

If you are an avid driver, you MUST own this car. Really, in terms of fun, power and sophisticated simplicity, it's the hottest vehicle on the market.

This car is Available for 5000L at AM Pro Rides and will make you feel like a rockstar!

Special Thanx to Abacus Mimistrobell, the CalGal Group, and Callie Cline!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

FUR, FUR AND MORE FUR!!! it's the new black!!!

ok so... you're asking, "what the heck is she taking about???" fur??? she's in a princess dress with a bunch of tinies!!! OH NO I AM NOT!!! the avatars you see next to me are some of the most prominent fashionistas in SL... including the one and ONLY ms. sasy scarborough!!! yes you heard me right!!! she's the one eating the cookie!!

FUR is sorta always been in, faux or real, it has it's appeal, but did you EVER see fur look SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO cute as this??? i sure haven't, nor have i seen ANYONE look so great wearing fur!

so if you're confused now.. don't be... just run (don't walk) to loco pocos island... a new interactive and very fun sim where YOU wear FUR, harm NO animals but BECOME cute lil animals who can dress up, do great animations and EXPLORE and beautiful magical new sim created by damien fate and washu zebrastripe.

i had fun as a little mouse named michael AND as princess caLLie, having a magical time with some very cute little crtitters!!!

they open today... and will give out a free avatar for today's event that wont be available ever again... if you can't make it today, get there soon and have some fun.. it's a place i will want to visit often and i hope you will too... i'd love to see you wearing fur!!


caLLie cLine

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

RL Files

Le Smoking: A Homage to Yves Saint Laurent

Helmut Newton's 1975 photo of Le Smoking

Yves Saint Laurent was the most inventive, original and influential of all designers of the 20th century. During the 1960s and 1970s, he popularized fashion trends such as the beatnik look, safari jackets for men and women, tight pants and thigh-high boots, including the creation of a famous classic tuxedo suit for women: Le Smoking suit. He also started mainstreaming the idea of wearing silhouettes from the 1920s, '30s and '40s. He was the first, in 1966, to popularize ready-to-wear with his line Rive Gauche...

He was the costume designer for numerous iconic films ranging from Bunuel's
'Belle De Jour', starring Catherine Deneuve who is wearing Le Smoking for the gala...

Yves Saint Laurent's Le Smoking Tuxedo is no doubt one of the most enduring and powerful fashion creations of the last century. And in the 21st century it continues to appear in today's designers' collections season after season.

Catherine Deneuve has always been his source of inspiration and a good friend...

Every season, designers pay homage to what was one of the most controversial designs when it was debuted in 1966 as part of Saint Laurent's Autumn-Winter Haute Couture collection. When the first YSL examples appeared in 1966 as part of Saint Laurent's 'Pop Art' collection, as a black jacket and trousers with four button down pockets, and a high-waisted satin version over a white organdy blouse, they immediately became alternative to the classic little black dress or evening gown. Instantly adored by a chic collective of style icons like Catherine Deneuve, Francoise Hardy LouLou de la Falaise, Lauren Bacall and Bianca Jagger... Over the next 30 years Saint Laurent reinvented his signature silhouette in hundreds of new and different ways from dress and short versions to jumpsuits and trenches. Today all Saint Laurent's successors from Alber Elbaz to Tom Ford and Stefano Pilati, all ensure that Le Smoking is an inherent feature in every YSL collection…

Monday, June 9, 2008

My Look of the Moment

I went to a fabulous show yesterday put on by Nex Core feature the designs from the House of Rfrye. It is no secret that I'm a fan of Raven Pennyfeather's work. So that is where my look of the moment was inspired from. I'm wearing Raven's Fervor and matched it with the most perfect ankle boots from Bax Coen, and skin by Fleur in the newest Dig Ophelia. It is worth noting that Dig Ophelia will be the last regular Vivant release from Fleur. I've included some other shots. Enjoy! Visit Fleur InWorld! House of RFyre InWorld/Online! Bax Boots Inworld!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Just a little more Fleur...

I couldn't resist taking this picture, and in turn I couldn't resist showing off the Fleur Shoujo Skins that I mentioned in my previous post. These skins are a collaboration with Nicky Ree, whose Lady Edwina in aqua dress is featured above. These special skins are available in the Lilly and Lotus tones, and there are 3 makeup variations, Elizabeth (left), Florence (center) and Lady Edwina (above and right). Visit Fleur InWorld!

*Hair by Paper Couture

Le Fleur Flourishes...

Skins are a tough one for a lot of people, meaning that it's tough to choose just one for many of us, or it's tough for some of us to find just the right one. Well if you are in the skin market, or maybe you just can't resist a good looking skin, I invite you to go to Fleur and take a gander at the newest Vivant skins. The Le Fleur, the Lady Aurora, and Laura are elegant, classy, and well polished looking creations. I've shown them here in the bronze skin tone, but these are available in a range of 6 separate tones. I should also mention the awesome Fleur Shoujo skins that were done as a collaboration project with Nicky Ree. the Shoujo skins are equally as gorgeous and look wonderful with the dresses Nicky whipped up for the project. Visit Fleur InWorld!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Ready for the Runway...

As a model, I have a lot of poses in my inventory. I mean a lot. You never know what pose you might need for each situation or what pose will look great with each outfit. This is where Luth Brodie comes in. The creator from Reel Expression has been a runway girls (and guys) dream for quite some time now, and she continues to create poses that really make our avatars look great.

So, along with many of you, I was thrilled to see Luth's newest poses. These are the same quality poses she has given us in the past, but with an added bonus. As Luth explained on her blog, all of the Runway version 2 poses, and all her poses from here on out, have a natural ease in and out which is ideal for runway work and is huddle compatible. What's even better is that all of her old sets will be reuploaded for her new store opening which will happen on June 15th.

Visit Reel Expressions InWorld!

Other Items: Hair by AOHARU, Skin by MMS, Bracelets by Jenny Thielt, Clothing by Vette's Boutique (thank you Miabella for the tipoff), and shoes by Maitreya (freebies on the GossipGirl Sim).

Saturday, May 3, 2008

This Week's AvaStar Style Hotline

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

This Week's AvaStar Style Hotline

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

House of Rfyre and Zhao team up again!

Don't you just love it when two amazing designers work together to bring us a complete outfit?? Don't you just love it when they do it more than once?? I know I do for sure, so I was thrilled to hear that Raven Pennyfeather and Melanie Zhao are at it again with another collaboration. The Durante from the House of RFyre and the Tamara shoe available in 3 Durante textures are a match made in heaven! As always, Raven gives us all sorts of options with her clothing. This time you may choose to wear the jacket open or closed. Availabe in noir, earth, and crimson these are worth a look or two!

Both the clothing and shoes can be found at the House of RFyre. Take a look at the House of RFyre InWorld/Online and Zhao Shoes.

Other Stuff:

Skin by MMS and Hair by Aden

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Latests delights from the House of RFyre

As always Raven Pennyfeather does not disappoint, and her latest is no exception. This time, however, you will get double your pleasure because Raven and Melanie Zhao of Zhao shoes teamed up to bring you the Black Dahlia ensemble (available separately).

A classy "suit skirt" the Black Dahlia is sultry and sassy. The detailing on the dress excellent, as it always is. The boots are a perfect match, as they should be, Melanie made them from the same fabric and created a wonderful design.

Take a look at the House of RFyre InWorld/Online and Zhao Shoes.

Other items from:
Hair by Aden and Skin by MB Designs

Friday, April 11, 2008

This Week's AvaStar Style Hotline

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

This Week's AvaStar Style Hotline

I have to apologize about last week's absence of a column, when I downloaded the Avastar, all I could get was the German version???? Anyways, here it is:
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Friday, March 7, 2008

personal style


One of these days, someone asked me what exactly was my style. At the time, I answered that I liked more casual looks but that doesn't really give anyone an idea about my style. It's true that I am a more casual girl outfits type but I also like punk, grunge, funky or super classy outfits. Well, I guess I don't really have a specific type of style. I follow my taste and make outfits wearing pieces from here and there that I truly like.
In this post I am showing an outfit in which I am really comfortable in. The skin is a Vogue skin - the one people usually say I look better in - which has the cutest freckles and heavy eye make with glossy lips. The shrug is one of my personal favourites from MG fashion and I guess everyone's favourites since I see it people using it very often even though they were released a long time ago. The tee is from Camie Cooper in tan. It's one of those must have packs because it comes in all the layers and it can mixed with almost everything. The pants are from Mischief that, in my opinion, has amazing jeans (and pants and sweaters...). This jeans come in two layers which is quite handy to wear with boots without having to mod it. The boots from Shiny Things are one my favourite inventory pieces ever. I know there are a lot of new and gorgeous boots out there but I have a true love affair with this model. And, last but not the least, the jewelry set is from Violet Voltaire. Her jewelry goes with pretty much everything and I am a lover of cameos (and pearls).

facelight: Aenea's Fireflies (not for sale)
skin: (CS) Vogue Skin - Amber (Aqua - Mid) Freckled
eyes: []::Tuli::[] steel eyes
lashes: Cake - Bedroom Lashes
hair: Kin-Yohkoh-[RED]
manicure: Awesome Glitter Manicure & Pedicure Combo Black
jewelry: ::Violet Voltaire:: Glitterati Set - Blue
jacket: [MG fashion] Crocheted shrug - blue
tee: *Camie Cooper* Long Tee's - Tan
jeans: **Mis** NexGen Denim - Cuff Me Clasp Me - Black
boots: (Shiny Things) Old Laceup Boots - blue
poses: *Luth* Runaway | Tillie's Posing Stand v1.16 HUD

SLurl ~ in-world stores locations

Saturday, March 1, 2008

This Week's AvaStar Style Hotline

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

an open letter about content theft, protection, and little more.

hi everyone...

i have decided to write a letter to the content creation community about the very real issue we are facing (and have always faced) about protecting our content. also about being forthright in our business practices, and supporting each other along the way.

many challenges have arisen in this world as it evolves, grows and changes. my hope is that by sharing a few thoughts, i can answer the many questions and notecards i get daily on this subject. i simply don't have time to answer each different person, hence the reason for this post. these are just some of my thoughts about the subject and are not meant to be taken as legal advice or anything of that sort.

i'll post my thoughts in bullet points as i am prone to ramble.

1. protection starts with the creator. do your homework, find out how you can protect yourself.
2. avoid "reacting" to the "latest" scare, take a deep breath and realize this is part of a long process.
3. in as much as possible, try to refrain from yelling inflammatory things to "alleged" thieves, it seems to weaken and cheapen the "groups" credibility when one yells such things as "you should rot in hell you f*ing thief!"
4. be careful when accusing others, no matter what evidence you have. use the term "alleged thief" or "alleged theft"... you need to protect YOURSELF in this as well. the last thing you want is a RICH "alleged" person suing YOU for slander. and that is exactly what someone can do. if something has NOT gone to trial and someone has not been pronounced "guilty", YOU will be the one at risk if you blog, type and post things saying, "so and so is a thief".
5. realize there are more of us than them and we will work through this. try not to lose heart.
6. try to stay positive and encourage each other (which so far seems to be going great)
7. if you pass out private im chats, you are breaking TOS rules and YOU can suspended.
8. refrain from any reactions where you are "breaking the rules".

one of the most important things i want to say is this... in as much as you can, look at the ways YOU may be "stealing". i have heard in designer groups, people asking for 'hack codes' for the new PS, maya, etc. and no one has said anything about that. is it ok for us to use software we did not purchase, stolen, if you will, and then expect someone to protect us? just a question for us to ask ourselves... i've heard it so many times... people asking for copies of software, textures and other things and using them in a way not intended by the original creators.

i think we need to look at every way we conduct our businesses. are any of us who have had things stolen, using stolen, or "borrowed" software or textures to create our goods?

we all make mistakes, have things we "turn our heads about", or justify... and so will those who "lift, steal, copy" things... they may not think it's a big deal, any more than some who use 'unbought' software do. i have heard people say... "well ADOBE is a big company, it's different, i'm just one person"... if you are a "big" designer... or appear to be, a "alleged thief" may justify their actions by saying "oh well she owns a big sim and is so huge... i'm just a little person."

again, these are just a few of my thoughts. i'm learning as i go, re-examining myself, my practices, making necessary adjustments, and it's been eye opening to dialogue about this with others whom i respect.

i'm not sure if this post will even be of any help to anyone. i know how it feels to have one's works stolen, and it's not cool. it makes you want to just give up. my incidents were never brought public, and have seemed to be handled ok. we'll see.

we can hope that LL can assist us as we journey through this process of raising awareness, and hopefully coming up with something that discourages theft, but ultimately, the power is in OUR hands and there are more of us than them.i've seen the amazing power of our community to raise awareness, money, and blaze new trails. i believe we can do that with this issue as well. our community is full of amazingly talented, smart, and hardworking people.

one last thing to ponder... in any business, one must figure "theft" into one's business plan. it will always be a fact of doing business. the LARGEST companies in the world are not protected. (only one in 3 versions of microsoft is ever purchased, and good ol bill is doing quite well) but from disney to louis vuitton, rolex to "the gap", there are blatant knock offs in every major city in the world. that's just part of it... so we must remember that too.

i write this with the hopes that some of this information is helpful to us as a community and to encourage us to "ACT" and hold back from "reacting", and to try to maintain a professionalism as a whole. i am proud to be a part of this community and i truly believe we will make it though this challenge and come out stronger.


caLLie cLine

p.s. i wrote most of this letter, save a few edits some weeks ago... and decided it was timely to post it today after being in a few meeting this week about the subject, doing a few interviews, and also speaking to chez about the campaign he started. (which is GREAT!!!!!)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

My Folders Spill Over

So as a blogger you get perks, yes, you get very good perks! One being that there are times when the talented designers and creators across the grid drop their beautiful creations on you!

Typically, I'm an organized person, but there are times when that organization turns into organized chaos. So today I took the bull by the horns and sorted, and realized all the lovelies that I haven't given the time and effort to that they deserve. And although these items have been around for a while, I always like revisiting for those of you who get busy and don't have a chance to check everything out the minute it comes out.

So here is my review mix for the day. Featuring ETD hair, Canimal skin and eyes, dresses by Pin Upshaw of Pin Up Dolls, Jewelery by Alexandra Nichols, and shoes by Maitreya. Ta Ta for now!

Hair: ETD Camille - Blackberry, Eyes: Canimal Essence Soul - Brown, Skin: Canimal Essence Charisma, Dress: Pin Up Dolls - Cosmo Gown Great Grape, Jewelry: Dahlinks Center of all Things Onyx Necklace and Earrings, Shoes: Maitreya ChiChi Black.

Hair: ETD Camille - Blonde, Eyes: Canimal Essence Soul - Green, Skin: Canimal Essence Charm, Dress: Pin Up Dolls - Cosmo Gown Deluxe Edition, Jewelry: Dahlinks Tahitian Black Pearl Earrings and Necklace, Shoes: Maitreya ChiChi Black.

Hair: ETD Camille -Elika's Red, Eyes: Canimal Essence Soul - Blue, Skin: Canimal Essence Grace, Dress: Pin Up Dolls - Cosmo Gown Ice Blue, Jewelry: Dahlinks Double Strand Classic Grey Pearls.

Hair: ETD Camille - Caramel Blackened, Eyes: Canimal Essence Soul - Brown, Skin: Canimal Essence Lust, Dress: Pin Up Dolls - Cosmo Gown Fresh Fushia, Jewelry: Dahlinks Urban Cheek Black Pearl and Silver Necklace, Bracelet, and Earrings, Shoes: Maitreya ChiChi Black.

Hair: ETD Camille -Espresso Burnt, Eyes: Canimal Essence Soul - Brown/Green, Skin: Canimal Essence Mystery, Dress: Pin Up Dolls - Cosmo Gown Citris Tist, Jewelry: Dahlinks Urban Cheek Black Pearl and Silver Necklaceand Earrings, Shoes: Maitreya ChiChi Black.

for-NEVERMORE!!! yes!!! it's true

i'm gonna totally GUSH in this post... for a few reasons... but first of all, THE NEW NEVERMORE SKINS ARE OUT!!! YES!!! FINALLY... some of us have been waiting 2 years... and... they are worth the wait...

ok, so now to gush... santana lumiere, true artist extraordinaire who is the creative "genius" behind all nevermore products (and i personally do NOT use that term lightly) made these skins in a week..

1200 of them... ok i don't totally get that, but...

so what i really like about these skins is:

1. the body...
2. the face...
3. the option to "lighten and darken" your skin in appearance (you can even add the linden freckles!)
4. what you get with each skin.

OK SO YOU NOT ONLY GET A TONE YOU CAN MAKE REALLY LIGHT OR DARK TO SUIT YOUR MOOD... BUT you get 2 eyebrow options, thick and thin (and GREAT brows btw) a lightly freckled version... and dang, i can't remember what else, lol... oh prim lashes, face light, and some other goodies... so for ONE face you get like tons of opportunities to get different looks and just 1k each...

ok so to gush....

santana doesn't have a blog... she rarely puts her new stuff in the forums, and much of her stuff is NOT brand new... but this girl was a trailblazer in SL fashion. her hair textures on her OLD hair made years ago still looks fresh and lovely. her eyes are great, manicures, jewelry, her dolphie boots are like works of art, and have you ever seen her furniture??? oh and... her body suits???? basically MOST of her stuff, (not all) can stand up to anything being put out.

NO she hasn't learned sculpties yet, i don't think, but really there isn't an artist i admire more in SL. we've chatted a lot in the past as we became friends... and i've been equally impressed by her way of looking at what she creates. in normal conversation she says little pearls of wisdom that just make me step back and say... "wow"...

because i wear her skins pretty much exclusively... i send folks over there often, and always people are like, "OMG i NEVER knew of her!!!"

but there isn't a designer i know who doesn't admire her work and i'm just thrilled that i get to say... YAY, HER SKINS ARE OUT!!!

i was gonna show a photo... but.............. i think it's best you go check out a demo and see for yourself. today i invited my group over to see them (at her place) and a few put on demos and it was like WOW!!!

anyway, THAT'S all for my gushing.. i told santana.. 'you know people have asked me if you paid me' cuz i have spoke about her skins so often... and she said... "wow, that would be pretty lame if i did.... if i had to pay someone to wear what i make, i guess that would make me wonder if it was even worth making at all."

and THAT is what i think is so amazing about her....

anyway, congrats santana... please make more stuff too... like clothes, and other things...

a very happy callie signing off!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2008

This Week's AvaStar Style Hotline

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Monday, February 18, 2008

This Week's AvaStar Style Hotline

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Staring at the Sea with PixelDolls

I meant to blog this when it was released but my good intentions got eaten by the monster that is First Life. Better late than never I suppose, and this set certainly deserves a second look.

I don't buy fatpacks or full collections very often but when I do it's usually at PixelDolls. The Revenait Au Rivage collection hooked me from the moment I saw it on the designer's blog. Like the Innocent Dans L'Amour set, this is a complete avatar: shape, Stella di Roccia skins (each gown has its own makeup to suit), AO, light, eyes, lashes, hair, complete outfit *including* boots. Whew! This time there are four colorways in the collection: Ocean (pictured to the side), Midnight, Seaglass and Iridescent. The cost is normally 400L each, with a reduced price fatpack, BUT until Tuesday they are on sale for half price at the Chartreuse location only. As in the Innocent sets, some items (eg. lashes) are the same across colorways, but this time each outfit has its own eye color (and they are lovely). The ad copy mentions a HUD, but I didn't see one in any of the folders so I'm not sure if it's to change the colors of the boots or the hair, or if it's a typo in the ad. I also found the item permissions in the Revenait set a bit confusing: the outfit and skin are transfer only (boo!), while other items are no-transfer. Please note that I bought my fatpack when Revenait was first released, so things may have changed since then.

As every fashionista knows, price is less important than a gorgeous dress. Revenait is an interesting mix of elegance and edge, with torn fishnets and fabric that looks water-spotted. The lines of the off the shoulder bodice and tiered skirt are familiar to PixelDolls fans, and they work very well with these textures. The movement of the skirt is lovely too. I also like the versatility of this dress; I've worn it dressed up or mixed with casual pieces and it looks great either way (even for something as silly as seahorse riding - see picture at end). I'm always trying to streamline my overstuffed inventory, so I value pieces that aren't limited to working with one style. As is normal for PixelDolls, the designer has supplied each piece on every possible layer for ease of making your own outfits.

I'm happy to say that I liked the hair colors from Revenait a lot more than those in the Innocent set. They're unusual multihued colors, but quite striking and they suit the style of the dresses well (unfortunately I forgot to take pictures of them). I also like that they're only 14 prims each - I'll be looking to these next time I'm headed to a fashion show or other laggy event.

The skins are lovely, though I would prefer a less heavy brow. The makeups are dramatic and certainly not ordinary (clockwise from top left: Iridescent, Midnight, Ocean and Seaglass). I can't really pinpoint it, but the Stella di Roccia skins I've tried have a certain tone or lustre that gives them their own feel that is different than any other skins in my rather large collection. I don't feel quite myself in them yet, but I like them very much and find myself reaching for them more and more. They do make my avatar look more mature than many other skins I wear, which for me personally is a welcome addition to my skin repertoire.

The more I wear this set, the more I like it. Once again, PixelDolls has brought the grid something special at a price almost anyone can afford.

Wearing: Revenait Au Rivage in Ocean (dress, stockings, boots, skin, eyes, AO), hair: TRUTH Olivia (Fire), neko parts: Hybrid and Jungle Voodoo