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Demons – !dM deviousMind, The Plastik and Muse at Enchantment and Stargazer at Genre

Previously posted @ Chic Le Freak.

Seepferdchen – Royal Guard Sea Urchin Companion – !dM deviousMind at Enchantment (Opens 14th August) – MarketPlace
Dancing Anemone Bracelets, Torc and Back Attachment HUNT GIFT! –[MUSE] at Enchantment (Opens 14th August) – MarketPlace

Ursula Bralette, Earrings and Headdress (All with Colour change HUDS and Material enabled options) – The Plastik at Enchantment (Opens 14th August) –  MarketPlace
Nagaddraigh Set (Skin, appliers, Mesh Legs and Wings) – Stargazer at Genre – MarketPlace

HAIR * – [KoKoLoReS] – Nala – MarketPlace

SHAPE – Custom

EYES – Ikon – Promise * – MarketPlace

LASHES – *GA* – Mesh Lashes Mysteria * – MarketPlace

MESH BODY, HANDS AND FEET – Belleza – Freya Fitmesh Body

POST# 815 Genre- The Age of the Dragon New Release’s Drago Skin – Shape – Tail – Horns From Sinful Needs ~ Release’ Mesh Champion From Pucca Firecaster’s Creations

Previously posted @ S & T Culture Couture.

OutFit By PFC~ 0- bracer’s – Champion’s – Leg Bandage -belt – [ part of the Champion ]                                                                                                                                        ~*New Release*~ ~*Mesh*~

OutFit By PFC~ – belt – Boots [ Part of the Son of Odin ]  ~*Mesh*~

Beard By DECO – Bandit Beard (coal)   ~*Mesh*~

Hair By *SongF* – Blaze male black   ~*Mesh*~

Tail By Sinful Needs ~ Mesh Tail, Drago [ Find it at Genre- The Age of the Dragon ]                                                                                                                                 ~*New Release*~ ~*Mesh*~

Horns By Sinful Needs – Mesh Basilisk Horns, Drago [ Find it at Genre- The Age of the Dragon ]                                                                                                                                                          ~*New Release*~ ~*Mesh*~

Skin By Sinful Needs – Basilisk – Bahamut – F1 [ Find it at Genre- The Age of the Dragon ]                                                                                                                                             ~*New Release*~ ~*Mesh*~     

Shape By Sinful Needs – Shape – Basilisk (M – 6’6″) [ Find it at Genre- The Age of the Dragon ]                                                                                                                                                       ~*New Release*~ ~*Mesh*~

Genre: Bride of Hades

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Lost in a Strange Underworld

The story of Persephone is a troubling one for modern people. A girl, daughter of a god, is desired by her Uncle Hades, who claims her without pausing to ask for her consent. Her mother grieves, drying out the world and making it so that nothing can grow until her daughter is returned. Her plan eventually works, but not until Persephone has eaten some of the food for the dead – in many cases it’s implied Hades forced the food on her – and thus is doomed to the depths forever. A compromise is struck, though; for several months Persephone is with Hades based on the number of pomegranate seeds she’s eaten, and the rest of the time she comes back to the surface once more – her mother celebrating through an explosion of bounty.

Modern readers often argue that Persephone must have consented in some manner, and the story has even been retold as the secret plot of a girl wanting to escape her overbearing mother. As a story of desire, incest, and the helplessness of women in a world full of people with more power and influence, however, it is a compelling story of loss and compromise for Persephone herself. Robbed of any reasonable choice to determine her destiny, she leverages what power she can to make a life for herself torn between the power of mother, and uncle. Who knows what secrets she holds in order to keep some part of herself for herself in a world dominated by her own family. In the past there were vast cults of people dedicated to each god, and I wonder what the ones who embraced the hard choices of Persephone would whisper to each other in the dark.

Finding One's Own Way

Fallen Gods‘ approach to the Underworld for this Genre is to embrace the pomegranates of Persephone, transforming them into a gorgeous tattoo which begins on the face and curves down ones torso. There is a matching Hades tattoo for men, this time representing the jagged break in the ground he used to abduct her. Both have a lot of versions included; Persephone comes colored and not, and with outlines in a variety of shades appropriate for any skin tone, and Hades comes in five different colors, all of them intense. Covering most of me with modesty befitting Persephone is this hair and veil combination from Anachron. The hair comes either rigged or not – I chose the not-rigged version so that I could fit the hair to match my rounded skull. The hair and veil are both tintable via a HUD, and the latter can be matched to the Greek-style dress Anachron made to match.

I added in a gorgeous mermaid dress from Fission, though, in order to make my personification of Persephone a bit more modern. It comes in four colors, the fabric behind the black mesh shifting into each shade while the black remains consistent. I tinted the gray a rich gold in order to make it match up more effectively with the rest of my accessories, and the effect is striking! Fission also lines the inside of their skirts and rounds the edges of the gown nicely, and it’s well rigged despite the mermaid style being tricky around the knees. Finishing out my goldy dark look is a fantastic flowered halo from Souzou Eien. It’s well placed, with a large ring and lovely gems tucked into the hearts of each flower. The final detail from Genre is a ring and necklace pair from Bliensen + MaiTai which are actual blinking eyes. It’s startling the first few times you’re not paying attention and something moves at your neck – definitely a creepy final effect.

Light Steps on Hard Metal

Two final points that add a lot to this look – my Glamistry heels are one of their older releases, but they are an amazing combination of straps and chains which are placed with exacting detail and tie in to a band down the arch of the foot. I love them for how brief they are, and for the double layered platform which jogs in under the sole of the shoe. Like all Glamistry shoes they are recolorable via a HUD, and after the initial color is purchase the others can be added via the HUD for a lower price. All of the colors are available for mixing and matching as well, which makes these some of the most versatile shoes on the grid.

I also couldn’t do anything I do without the fantastic poses I buy from pose makers who are often under-appreciated. Grafica is one of my favorite stores, having a wide variety of styles and moods including a bunch of poses from both modern and historic dances. There are floating and leaping poses as well, which make picking what I’ll be doing in a given image really a treat! Make sure to check out Grafica when you’re looking for a way to move yourself into the best images and I’m sure you’ll be happy.

Depths of Tartarus

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie’s, Irene
Tattoo: Fallen Gods Inc, Persephone (Genre)
Hair: Anachron, Veiled Promise Hair (Genre)
Halo: Souzou Eien, Spangled Halo (Genre)
Ears: .:Soul:., High Elf
Eyes: .:Soul:., Roomee
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Lipstick 1: Adore & Abhor, Shreveport Lips
Lipstick 2: The Wicked Peach, Pleasure Lip Stain
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Body: SLink, Hands & Feet
Nails: A:S:S, Golden Thread
Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai, Underworld (Genre)
Bracelets: .aisling., Aphrodite
Outfit: Fission, Zoe Gown (Genre)
Shoes: Glamistry, Hyachinth Heels

Pose: Grafica

Location: The Dark Empire
Light Settings: Annan Adored Red Moments

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping

Genre: Olive Underworld

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Walking the Streets

Darkness walks the grid for a little while longer as Genre continues with the theme of Underworld. Deamons, death, darkness, and everything that goes bump in the night is represented, from Death herself to the accoutrements of terror. The Underworld is Greek in origin, but since the days of Athens it has been expanded into a variety of religions, worldviews, and fantasy realms. Genre’s Underworld covers the gamut, from traditional Greek dress to batwings and thorned horns and even the odd Japanese influence. I went more fantasy Christian, with the horns and batwings of a demon dressed up in a pretty frock.

The horns are courtesy of BlackPearl and curve out of my temples in a swirl of wires, bands, and metal leaves. I love the combination of natural and decorative, with triads of leaves all over the top and back, and long mental wires hanging down like branches and twigs. The crown is included – an inverted cross at the brow and hanging metal strings from brow to temples. In addition to the dark metallic texture, the entire headdress is materials ready and is cleverly applied so that it looks like metal gleaming through dark rust, catching the light in bits and pieces through a dark haze. My wings, on the other hand, are from Chimeric Fashions and have a matching horned mask I’m not showing here. The shape is a simple, wonderfully curved batwing accentuated with curls of olive. Each bone is left in shadow while the membrane thins to a dark olive brown. I especially appreciate how the curls leave gaps where the forearm bends down, and how each finger goes in a slightly different direction. I also was tickled when I realized the hue matched the browny-black of my headdress and the bulk of my Blue Blood dress with it’s green accents. Blue Blood has long been a favorite of mine, and I’m so glad to see her step fully into the world of articulated mesh. In this case, it’s a sleeveless, deep v-necked gown that beautifully mixes revealing with full. The folds and gathers at the waist are full and broad, meaning that it moves smoothly with my movements and looks natural even with wide stances. The fabric has a good heft to it as well, and fit my body perfectly. I also love the details, like the buttons at the bottom of the v-neck, and the grommets on the belt and collar. The fatpack is your purchase, so you get all of the colors along with a color changing HUD – offering eight riffs on this dress with the lapel, belt, and underskirt all changing color while the rest stays the same.

Under Construction

The demon is in the details, and for this look I went with a combination of eyes, cosmetics, and accessories for the succubus on the go. Eyes and lipstick both come from Senzafine, and have a fantastic pearly effect to them. I mismatched two of the six varieties and punched up the glow a little. One of the advantages to mesh eyes is that they can be paired hetero-chromatically, and I loved the idea of an off-color demon. The purple lip is shiny without being too obvious, the sort of glow one might get off of feeding from the life-force of the wicked before their inevitable descent into darkness. It stands out well over the striking Gauze base – also available with red highlights along the side for date-night. I wanted something simple but non-human, and this fit the bill perfectly. The final touch was this collar, stolen from the neck of Cerebus himself, and shared with the rest of us from Hate This. Being more of the brief than swanlike in the neck department, I often find collars a but of a trial to fit, but the narrow design of this one and the fact it is editable made resizing and placing a snap – and I only pricked my fingers a couple hundred times on the lethal-looking spikes! Unlike a lot of collars which pass on the verisimilitude for the extra-spikey, this collar not only has grommet detailing on the front, but the back has a perfectly rendered buckle, complete with slightly extended tongue and beveled collar end. I’m not normally a spikes kind of girl, but the delicate placement of the spikes, and the differences in length of spike around the collar, gives this a classy, polished feel.

Swing by Genre this week to pick up accessories to make your inner demon sharper and give her lips some of that pearly, soul-eating sheen!

Laughing as Rome Burns

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie’s, Irene
Hair: Doe, Nikki
Horns: [BlackPearls], Isoderia Headjewel (Genre)
Ears: .:Soul:., High Elf
Earrings: Wicca’s Wardrobe, Dragon Earrings
Eyes: Senzafine, Tuonela Tytti Mesh Eyes (Genre)
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Cosmetics: Gauze, Monochrome Demon (Genre)
Lipstick: Senzafine, Tuonela Piika Lip Stain (Genre)
Collar: Hate This, Cerberus Collar (Genre)
Wings: Chimeric Fashions, Demon Dream Wings (Genre)
Body: SLink, Hands & Feet
Nails: Somnia, Drippy Black
Jewelry: .aisling., Handariel
Outfit: Blue Blood, Mistica (Genre)
Shoes: fri., Oakley Heels

Pose: Exposeur

Location: After the Fall
Light Settings: Urbania

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping

Naamah @ Genre

Previously posted @ {K}iss {K}iss.

The current round of Genre carries the theme – Underworld. Lumae created two new items for this event, the very pale and mysterious Varda fantasy skins (blogged here) and the Naamah skins.

Naamah comes in both the Adore and Jewel (shown below) skin lines. Each skin comes with several options including bare, dotted brow, tribal and oracle. Naamah will be 100L (per skin) during this event.

Summon The Underworld

Both the Jewel and Adore versions of Naamah come with a TON of appliers including:

  • Omega Body and Head
  • Omega Yabusaka Petite Body Applier (use in conjunction with Omega head)
  • SLink Multi HUD (Hands, Feet, Physique) and Visage
  • The Mesh Project Body and Head
  • Maitreya Dedicated Appliers
  • Belleza Body Dedicated Appliers
  • LeLutka Head
  • Eve’olution by Absolut Creation
  • Genesis Lab Appliers (Works best on Chloe Head)
  • AMD Baby Bump
  • Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam, Sweetlips and Kissers Mesh Mouths
  • Soul Ears

Genre ends August 12, which will be here before you know it. So don’t miss out!

Teleport

credits: windblown iii by emo-tions | sheer bodysuit by amd | slink physique mesh body | slink elegant hands

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Genre: Dragon General

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Image Descrption: Woman in a red and black uniform wearing a military had and saluting.

Genre is on it’s last legs, stumbling into camp to rest in just a few days, so make sure you swing by before the troops vanish into the mists. In my last post I went very cute, but this time I approached it with all of the seriousness of a four star general – in this case leader of the Dragon Troops. My poses the full military model, a release from Nantra in the theme of a bugle boy. There is an included bugle prop, but they work well both with and without and are a fun mix of playful and serious. A few are outright pin-up poses, which can be a whole lot of fun in the right hands and with the right outfit. In this case I angled things toward the powerful – a commander in control of her Romanesque world, and Nantra was critical for making my every move polished.

Image Description: Close up of a pair of ankle boots with red lacings.

My outfit, from this fetching hat to the tops of a pair of gloriously shiny boots are all from Cog & Fleur, and in addition to this skirted uniform there is also a jacket which can be paired with the high waisted pants for a more masculine edge. I love the pairing of dress and pants, though; it works well for flying, too, since the dark interior of the dress (yay for fully lined clothes!) and the dark pants make for a seamless fit. This is a combination of several templates from several creators, all textured both in inventive ways and so that they work beautifully together. I love the gold accents in particular, and how the black, gold, and red all work together to dramatic effect. By far my favorite piece is the boots, though; materials added to the subtle texturing make for intense gleam and shine that looks impressive up close.

Image Description: Distance shot of a woman in a black and red uniform standing inside of a Roman style monument.

Make sure to swing by Genre and check out all on offer – you won’t want to miss it!

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie’s, Irene
Hair: Wasabi Pills, Maiko
Ears: .:Soul:., High Elf
Earrings: Wicca’s Wardrobe, Dragon Earrings (The Instruments)
Eyes: .:Soul:., RooMee
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: Elymode, Coal & Gold
Lipstick: Adore & Abhor, Shreveport Lips
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Body: SLink, Hands & Feet
Nails: A:S:S, Victorian Velvet
Outfit: Cog & Fleur, Madison Military Set (Genre)

Pose: Nantra (Genre)

Location: Super Secret Sim
Light Settings: TOR, HORROR Asian Red
Water Settings: Glassy

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping

Genre: Curb-Stomping Kawaii

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Image Description: A woman in a camouflage, short ruffled dress walking away form an army jeep with a spotted dog in it.

The Military has rolled into Genre-town, and the results are… mixed. There’s lot of camouflage in some very interesting places, and by far one of the most interesting is this combination of Lolita and combat colors. It’s lover-cut than the typical Lolita, but pleasingly fluffy with the rough edges and rounded profile of classic Curious Kitties. It’s fitmesh, so trying a demo first is a good idea, and in addition to the dark green I’m showing here it comes in water blue, sand tan, and urban gray. The skirt is more tutu than flowing layers of petticoat, and it’s a fun shape to mix and match with tights or pants. There are also some very nice buckly belts around the waist, setting this apart from other Lolita styles. It comes with matching boots (not shown) making it a cohesive look. It was a lot of fun to take two very different things and try to combine them, and I think I managed admirably!

Image Description: Shoulders-up closeup of a woman in a camo, short sleeved dress with camo and bullet lace bracelets, camo and stars nails, and a spiked headband.

The rich, jungle color was an easy match with a variety of accessories – for example these amazing bracelets from Tanoshi, which also come in a bunch of other shades – like red, brown, teal, and navy. They have heavy rifle-sized bullets pinned around the edges with enormous grommets, and half of them come with lace in addition! They match my shiny star nails to perfection! Those come from Vengeful Threads and are enormously fun! Purple, pink, the green I’m showing, blue, and red are all options, each with silvery stars and bits of camo laid into them. I rounded out my look with two non-Genre offerings. The first are these awesome, flirty stompy boots from Dilly Dolls which seem simply made for combining steel toes and ruffles. They come in solid colors, but thankfully they are editable and one can select individual faces, so I was able to add dark and bright green to various surfaces and make it fit in better with the rest of my look – I adore modifiable clothes for so many reasons, but this level of individualization is a big part of it.

Image Description: Closeup of a pair of knee-high, gray boots with a large, green bow over the toes.

In contrast, the gray matches the bullets of my bracelets and the spines on my headband. That headband comes with the matching hair from Wasabi Pills with a fun single shoulder flow. I’m wearing it in mottled cool shades and gray to carry the color scheme further; I didn’t want to go to warm and unsettle the effect. Look at how seamlessly the hair curls over one of my ears – and Wasabi Pills has moved more and more towards individual strands of curling hair, which make them really stand out. The final touch is my necklace, a heavy round shape like dog-tags but a little more sinister – this is one of my favorite necklaces from Eclectica, an octopus hugging a stone. I love every little coil of its tentaclely goodness, and it really pulls the whole outfit together – so to speak! Now I’m ready to take on all comers in the jungle, the prettiest General you’ve ever seen!

Image Description: Bust-up portrait of the same woman as above, this time looking slyly over at the top of a barrel and a box with a star on it.

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie’s, Irene
Hair: Wasabi Pills, Sharon
Ears: .:Soul:., High Elf
Eyes: .:Soul:., RooMee
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Body: SLink, Hands
Necklace: Eclectica, Octopus Neckpiece
Bracelets: Tanoshi, Bullet Bracelet (Genre)
Nails: Vengeful Threads, Stars in Camo (Genre)
Outfit: Curious Kitties, Camouflage Buckle Dress (Genre)
Stockings: Stellar, In Bloom
Shoes: Dilly Dolls, Danielle Boots

Pose: Glitterati

Location: Genre
Light Settings: Phototools, Lo Light 03

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping

Shore Leave for Genre

Previously posted @ Shopping Therapy with Shay.

 
Genre is open and the theme is Military.
 
The gorgeous Vivian Dress is by Fission available there, sadly it doesn`t work with the SLink Avatar.

 
Other Credits
 
Feronia hair by TRUTH
Tyne Skin by Amacci
Geneva heels by Essenz
Anchor necklace by Izzie`s

Camo Girls Genre

Previously posted @ Shopping Therapy with Shay.

 
Genre opens later today and the theme is Military
 
Fission makes you look real great:
 
Wilma Tshirt
Yvette Capri
Hiking Boots

Genre (Anime): Cherry Blossom Decadence

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Image Description: Woman in a short, purple dress and high stocking boots walking down a cobblestone road away from a temple door.

There are many themes which Anime has brought out of Japan, and one of the most evocative and enduring is cherry blossoms. They represent ephemeral beauty, not simply of the “Nothing gold can stay” variety, but of the swift death of the warrior in pursuit of her ideals. In Japan, early spring is the time of Hanami where friends and families gather together under the cherry blossom trees to eat, drink, and celebrate – a tradition that goes back for centuries. Gifts of cherry trees were given to the United States after World War II and planted around the Tidal Basin there among the monuments to presidents Thomas Jefferson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as well as the memorial for Martin Luther King, Jr. There is nothing quite like that double row of trees – one above the rim of the basin in an endless curve, and the other reflected back as the water gently laps against the wall.

My introduction of the cherry blossom as something brief, beautiful, and redolent of death was through CLAMP, a famous quartet whose many stories made the leap from drawn material to anime. It’s difficult for me to say which of their many creations is my favorite, but my love hops nimbly between Card Captor Sakura (one of their gentler Magical Girl series), Tokyo Babylon (side story to X/1999 whose focus is the love between a pure boy and a cruel man), CLAMP School Detectives (another X/1999 side story, completely unrealistic and enormously fun), Angelic Layer (a Magical Girl story once removed), and xxxHolic (a mind-bender of a series, and companion to Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicles). Cherry blossoms take a central roll in Tokyo Babylon; the two main characters, Subaru and Seishirō, meet under a cherry in full bloom and death and beauty haunt their entire, destructive interaction. I find the melding of sweetness and murder enticing, and all of that is contained within a cherry blossom.

Image Description: Torso shot of a woman in a purple and black dress staring flatly out of the image; her face is in dappled shadow.

It seemed appropriate for me, therefore, to settle on cherry blossoms for my second look from this month’s Genre. Vengeful Threads‘ kimono-inspired mini dress is covered in pink cherry blossoms on a black field. The wrap dress has a wide belt, reminiscent of an obi without having the same straight shape; the color-blocking harkens back to other traditions without hewing too closely to them. I love the long leg-warmer boots, and the distance between the hem of the skirt and the top of the sock is just wide enough to be evocative. I couldn’t resist the lure of impractical clothing with weaponry, though, so I added a bamboo shinai from Souzou Eien – also available at Genre. This is a wonderful, basic training sword and comes with three included poses that can be switched between by tapping the sword. You can also do what I did, and have it go along for the ride as you pose!

I went simple for the hair, choosing a solid, unrigged mesh style from Chimeric Fashions, who typically does some rather wonderful masks. It’s a twist updo with large buns in the back, and since it’s a single object it’s easy to resize to fit a variety of head shapes. I particularly appreciated the big buns as they gave me a place to tuck hair sticks from Distorted Dreams; the lavender was a touch less pink than the rest of my look, but it made for a softer counter-point to an otherwise bright ensemble. There are two versions – one with beaded dangles and the other without – and my only complaint is that I don’t have them in every color of the rainbow! I’m a total sucker for hair sticks. They default to facing forward, but I found it easy to shift and reposition them to the back of my head instead, and they can easily be adjusted to work with any hairstyle. Adding a third lavender accent is a tiny, floofy and cute doll from Muse that I fit against the front of my head. The little flower and ribbon bedecked ornament might not quite fit with my …ruthless presentation as a cherry blossom assassin, but my love of sparkles and adorability won out over all other considerations.

Image Description: Rear view down over a woman's head; her hair is pinned up with lotus flower hairsticks and she is staring at the point of her shinai.

( More pictures here. )

Credits:

Skin: Izzie’s, Irene
Hair: Chimeric Fashions, Rope Buns (Genre)
Hairsticks: Distorted Dreams, Lotus Dream (Genre)
Toy: Muse, Chibi Choo Hair Toy (Genre)
Ears: .:Soul:., High Elf
Eyes: .:Soul:., RooMee
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Eyeshadow: #adored, kali eyeshadows
Lipstick: Adore & Abhor, Silent Star
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands: SLink, Hands
Shinai, Souzou Eien, Shinai Kendo Sword (Genre)
Nails: A:S:S, Gold Thread
Outfit: Vengeful Threads, Midnight Sakura (Genre)

Pose: Grafica

Location: Miyagowacho Hanamachi
Light Settings: Sim Default
Water Settings: Sim Default

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping