Wait long enough and what you used to wear will come back into style, so it’s fun to wear retro looks, and recreate the past, one you lived or just have seen on TV and Movies. It’s also great when you can put together a great look at a great price. This dress is from Spearsong a store filled with things I would love to wear and all at great prices. It’s called appropriately enough – Womens Mesh Retro Dress. It costs just 70L. You can get the fatpack of all 6 textures for 500L. There are some funny fatpack pricing in SL, like this one. If you bought all 6 separately you pay 430L so you pay an extra 80L instead of getting a discount for getting them all.
For a mesh dress this one fits great. I wore my normal small breasted shape and all I had to do was hike my breasts up a touch and I could do away with the alpha layers entirely. The only weakness of this design is the alpha layer doesn’t cover the one spot it really needs to which is the butt. I have to change my butt size to about 20 so it didn’t show skin. It was sad to do it. It is kinda a crime against nature for a black girl to have small flat ass but under a mesh dress no one can tell.
I like all the small details on this dress. The fact that the dots stay basically the same size, no bigger dots on spots where the fabric expands like on the breasts like I have seen on other mesh dresses with dots. I love the texture of the satin belt, how it has that reflective little sheen that real satin has. I also appreciate the finishing little touches like the perfect small zipper in the back of the dress. So many outfits don’t have any visible way of getting them on and off. I appreciate the touch of realism.
The shoes I’m wearing in this picture and the one above are from N-core. I have loved N-Core shoes for a long time, this is the group gift edition of the eternity shoe. You can’t get this “dotty version” but you can buy 12 other colours of eternity shoes for 495 each or get the fatpack for 3495L. At the fatpack price it’s like getting 5 pairs free.
This great afro is from a edgy shop called Unorthodox owned by designer Tonio Harmison. He does all kinds of great urban hair designs. 90% of his hairs are made for men, but a lot of them can be worn by women. So be a little adventurous and buy demos and give them a try. The only fly in the ointment is that he charges 1L for demos, I hate paying for demos, It’s not the money, it’s just the idea. It really works against the designer. Sure you get 1L even if I don’t buy the hair, but I don’t try as many demos, I only buy the ones for the hair I’m pretty sure I’m going to buy. Result, I don’t those hairs that aren’t my normal style that look surprisingly good on me. For a couple of lindens, you have lost 2 or 3 hair sales.
The hair I’m wearing here is called ” Natural Curls – Side Part -Female…this comes in black and blonde…350L each colour. This does have a part on the left side if you have it as a very short afro..a part in both the hair and hair base, but I liked the longer afro look for this retro outfit, it’s nice that it can be versatile and I wanted to show that.
I know you all want to know about this skin,who wouldn’t. The bonus is that the body is even nicer then the face..Score! It’s by Glance and is called Nyasha, her latest creation. She has a great system for skins, you buy the skin in the tone you want, then a lip pack and a shadow pack…or just use the lips and shadows you already own. I of course bought both, It is a good deal, all the shadows and lipsticks are superbly done.
The Base skin is 1,099L, The lipstick pack which has 12 colours, in both matt and gloss for 499L. The shadow pack is 10 shadows fo 399L
The rich brown eyes I’m wearing are from Mayfly. They make the best mesh eyes I have tried so far. They fit me perfectly without any need to fiddle or move around which has never happened to me before. They also come in 4 different pairs of eyes per box so that you can have the whites you want. Ironically finding eyes with good whites to me often feels harder then finding eyes that have great irises. Going to SL “best” eye store netted me eyes they said were for pale skin that had whites that were pinker then my skin, and it wasn’t even that pale a skin. Boy was that a waste of money. I don’t know how many eyes I have bought that have had grey in the corners when your eyes look to the sides or even worse blood red in the corners. At times it has been enough to stop me from trying new eyes at all so I really appreciate the white options in these Mayfly eyes. \
They don’t just have great whites though, the iris comes in a huge selection of colours, the ones I am wearing are the Tawny Bristre eyes. All of their eyes look even better on your avatar then the photo on the front of the box, which is a nice change from some shops that photoshop so much that it’s the other way around. Top it all off with a great light reflection, it all add ups to some great eyes that only cost 99L each.
The “exactly perfect for the dress” necklace that I’m wearing is from Izzie’s 50′s pearls necklace in white. This necklace costs 60L each or 500L for the fatpack of 16 colours They come in a rainbow of colours and tones, there is probably something perfect for your outfit, retro or not.
Last but not least there is my nails. These are from Bamboo, which is a shop I found recently. They are having a sale right now so all their nails are on 50% off so grab them now while you can because I don’t know when the sale is over, there was no end date on any of the sale announcements. I can never seem to do great photos of prim nails so I’m going to put a photo of the store photo..they do a much better job of it then I do.
Bamboo’s nail packs come with 5 different nail colours or designs in a set, controlable by a hud that lets you colour each nail. The nails are scripted in ways that let you exchange hud controls for what are normally extra pairs of nails. The hud grows your nails to 4 different sizes, from small to extra large. The hud will also change the size of the nails to fit hand sizes 0, 10 or 20. These nails are a ton of fun, very beautiful, with loads of imaginative designs I haven’t seen anywhere else. RubyRedRusset, the designer, does a great job of keeping her marketplace shop up to date so if you aren’t in the game when you read this, have a peek there.
The only complaint I have about the store is that it heavily uses some shades of certain colours and doesn’t use other shades at all. For instance I tried to feature them in my last blog post but there wasn’t a single wine/burgundy nail. There also isn’t light olives or moss greens but if I wanted the green in the picture above I could have had over a dozen different packs though.I find as a consumer that when the same colours are used again and again in packs, even though it’s different designs, I eventually stop buying them, because you can only use so many items of the same colour. I hope things mix up a bit, get some jewel tones and tapestry shades etc etc because I love these nails.
Photography Credits – I took the photo with my Katink photo studio, using the April Showers Pack 1 background pack. This is background 9 out of the 10 full permission backgrounds that you get for 100L.
Photo 1 – Still Life – Silly Little Twit Set – Zoom Zoom Boom – Still Life makes great poses..fun..silly..bashful..introverted…wistful..if you can feel it, still life shows it, and shows it at a price that doesn’t break the linden bank.
Photo 2 – KS2Cool – Pose 70 – These poses are by a terrific blogger Karla Scorbal so of course they are great for bloggers. They are also the cheapest poses I have ever seen. Every pack of 10 poses is just 5L. Anyone who uses poses needs to pick
Photo 3 -
KS2Cool – POse 78
Photo 4 – Taken from market place with shop owners permission