Genre – South Asia

Previously posted @ Rags To Riches.

This round of Genre’s theme is South Asia and there are so many gorgeous items up for grabs. I just want to say first up that I apologise if I have put together my look and it is offensive to anyone cultural backgrounds.  It was one thing I was wary of as a designer when I thought about designing for this round myself. I liked my items and thought they looked pretty together but if I have worn something that is traditional and not supposed to be worn with the other please forgive my ignorance.

Genre S. A. 1

This gorgeous swing comes with couples and singles poses and I love the bright bold colours of the cushions.  It’s also available in black and white wood and the swing is animated to swing back and forth if you want it to, as well as the ability to change the textures a the click of a button.

Genre S. A. 2

The Wall unit from Mirage is a delight.  I love the little alcove wall piece with the candles and hanging lantern.  The one problem I had taking the photos was not having a man prop available as all poses are for couples.  So grab your wall unit, grab a significant other and have some awesome cuddle time.

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The final piece is a garden fountain by Frogstar.  I love all the knick-knacks and furniture that come out of this store so much.  The water in the garden is animated as is the little fountain streams.  There’s no sits in it but plenty of space to places animated cushions around it for sitting and cuddling.  My outfit is also all from Genre.  There was so much to choose from that I think I changed clothes five times before settling on this look.

Genre S. A. 4

Skin: Flounce – Kawaii in Caramel (Midnight Mania Prize)
Hair: booN – PKJ371 (worn with booN gathered mid hairbase)
Hair Piece: Norena Soir Production Florals – Hibiscus Hair Piece (mesh) *Genre, Sept*
Eyes: Dead Apples – Lumiere Blues
Eyelashes: BeetleBones – Mesh Lashes V.01 (Dollface Black)
Nose Ring: A:S:S deLuxe – Mayur Nosering (mesh) *Genre, Sept*
Earrings: Wimey – Brass Tribal Earrings (mesh) *Genre, Sept*
Necklace: Storybook – Kali – Sun Metal (mesh) *Genre, Sept*
Hands: SLink – Mesh Rigged Hands
Tattoo: *adored – Rising Lotus Henna Hand Tattoo for SLink *Genre, Sept*
Feet: SLink – Avatar Enhancement Medium Feet (mesh)
Mani/Pedi: Frogstar – Carissimi Glitter
Outfit: Sweet Lies Designs – Razia Outfit #1 (mesh) *Genre, Sept*
Shoes: Bliensen + MaiTai – Giddha Shoes (mesh) *Genre, Sept*
Pose: NanTra – Bollywood Dreams #2 *Genre, Sept*

Swing: [Hate This] Home – Jhoola Indian Swing (mesh) *Genre, Sept*
Floor Cushion Decor: Mirage – India Wall Unit (mesh) *Genre, Sept*
Fountain: Frogstar – Backyard Water Garden (mesh) *Genre, Sept*
Tree: Natural Fantasies – Relay For Life 2008 Survivors Cherry Tree

Tagged: A:S:S deLuxe, adored, BeetleBones, Bliensen + MaiTai, booN, Dead Apples, Flounce, Frogstar, Genre, Hate This, mesh, Mirage, NanTra, Natural Fantasies, Norena Soir Production Florals, Second Life, SL, SLink, Storybook, Sweet Lies Designs, Wimey

Genre: Sacred

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Image Description: Shot of the back of someone in a suit with an ankle length skirt and heavy boots standing on a bridge.

I’ve never been accused of being particularly androgynous; if anything, I tend sharply toward the femme end of the spectrum, being a fan of skirts, frills, ribbons, and shiny jewels. That’s part of what makes Genre so fun, though – offering up opportunities to go against the grain stylishly. One thing I particularly liked about what I’ve seen so far is that contrary to the tendency for “androgynous” to be most often translated to menswear for women, Genre offers up several types of womenswear for men, and some truly lovely clothing that meets in the middle – like this long skirted suit by A:S:S. It’s available with and without boobs, and somehow manages to meld together feminine and masculine in both pieces – the narrow simplicity of the suit top complements slighter builds while the length of the skirt is reminiscent of robes worn as much by men as women, especially historically. I’m not normally a suit wearer, but this one tickles my fancy much more than I would have otherwise expected. I echoed the narrow tie in the earrings from claMberry, which feature silver findings (gold is also available) and long, thin ties. They’re quite fun as an accessory, especially with an androgynous theme.

Image Description: Torso shot of a boyish woman in a suit with pale skin and hair on half her head.

I wanted relative simplicity for the rest of my look, and so focused immediately on this neutral, extremely pale skin from Even Tide. It’s delicately shaded, and would work as well on a man’s shape as a woman’s; the body shading is delicate and lets the mesh shape do much of the work. It also comes with a selection of tattoo layers for different effects and shadows, but I wore it plain and it is lovely without a single addition. It doesn’t come with appliers for any of the body add-ons, but I was able to match the skintone using SLink’s basic utility. Even with the more feminine touch of my Mock lipstick, the effect is much more boyish than my usual. I wanted a similarly boyish hairstyle, and so went with The Stringer Mausoleum‘s wilted mohawk in a startling shade of white called, happily, “Unicorn.” I love the jagged edges of it, and how it drapes beautifully over the temple. There are a bunch of other colors, but I found a certain glee in going white on white under the darkness of my severe suit. Speaking of severe, by far my clompiest accessory is these amazing boots from C L A Vv, in shiny patent leather. I adore the weight of them, and the angled shine. My poses are all suited for men or women, and are from Mien. They’re fairly straightforward overall, with arms set wide enough to not cut into the body whether boob bedecked or otherwise!

Image Description: Close-up of a pair of boots under a long skirt walking towards a bonsai tree.

And finally, Schadenfreude not only released a treat bucket, but she released four – one of them as a special gift for members of the Silent Sparrow group and at the tail end of a lot of up and down stairs, because that store is a three dimensional labyrinth. If you aren’t one of the lucky members, you can get a free brown and orange one at Schadenfreude‘s store as well, and if you’re a member of that august group there’s also a group-only bucket hidden somewhere around the elephant, but I love my red and blue carnival bucket so dearly! I also have it on good authority that katat0nik has a similarly individualized and fun bucket in melon shades for her group members, which means one can match trick or treat buckets with almost any look.

Image Description: Boyish woman in a suit with a long skirt walking down a path from a gazebo.

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Even Tide, Taylor Skin (Genre)
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: The Stringer Mausoleum, Together Apart (Genre)
Ears: Illusions, Seelie
Earrings: claMberry, Tie (Genre)
Eyes: De La Soul, RooMee
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Lipstick 1: Mock, Opal Lipcolor
Lipstick 2: Mock, Russian Red Lip Jelle
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Hands: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands
Nails: A:S:S, Superglitter
Bucket: Schadenfreude, Treat Bucket (Silent Sparrow Group Gift)
Clothing: A:S:S, Mason Suit (Genre)
Shoes: C L A Vv, Platform Boots (Genre)

Pose: Mien (Genre)

Location: Sacred
Light Settings: TOR, NIGHT Anwar
Water Settings: Glassy

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

Genre: Modern Femme

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Image Description: Woman with purple and blue hair walking along the ledge outside a building with her eyes closed.

We’re a little over halfway through Genre’s Androgyny event, and the offerings remain glorious. What I particularly appreciated is that there were unisex offerings from the femme side of things as well as the butch; there is a tendency for androgyny to be boiled down to streamlined and on the butch end of things for everyone, and so I was thrilled to see some offerings on the more femme edge, while keeping simple, straightforward styles; even boys deserve bows. Apricot Paws offered up a dress with a wide range of boob options: from flat to enormous, which can work for all sorts of avatars: human or not, and all sorts of genders: male, female, and other. The dress is color change, both the main body of it and separately the narrow band of color around the waist with a sweet bow in back; I love the subtle nods to an obi-style belt on an otherwise contemporary dress. The front and back colors are different, with a seam line along the sides, offering up some variety coming and going. It’s also a simple, slightly asymmetrical shape which is rigged well to the thighs, moving naturally without cutting at the midline between the legs. Now and then a curve might cut into the thigh a little, but outside of static poses it isn’t too noticeable, and in those – for photography purposes – a little angle goes a long way. I paired it with a bolero from Peqe that I picked up at the last Genre event; I love the combination of the high color, loose curve from the neck down, and belle puffed sleeves. It fit nicely over Apricot Paws‘s dress, a valuable ability in a bit of outer-wear.

Image Description: Closeup of feet wearing dark brown boots with gold crosses on them, standing on a red carpet.

My dual colored hair from Alli & Ali offers up another perspective on androgyny – closer to the Gemini effect than the place where male melds into female and the line between becomes obscured. The style is short and sassy, with fluffy curls and a nice curve around the ears large enough to fit even my oversized ones! I especially like the sideburns, long enough to be boyish while short enough a woman could rock the style as well. Also on the masculine edge, I’m wearing boots from C L A Vv again, this time in a warmer shade of brown to complement the soft blacks of the rest of my look. I love their heavy, platform weight – especially in contrast to the brighter colors and pastels of the rest of my look. It knocks this back from “Deo is her usual feminine self” closer to the spectrum which encompasses androgyny. And finally, hanging around my neck and layering perfectly between my dress and bolero is this adorable crystal necklace from Souzou Eien. I love the style of the necklace itself, a narrow leather band that hangs high around the throat with a long, descending length above the chain – it sets it apart from other, wider-shaped necklaces, and makes it work better within the narrow teardrop of skin I’m flashing. It comes with a color-changing HUD as well, through a variety of pale shades perfect for the crystal-lover on the go.

Image Description: Woman with purple and blue hair standing on a stairway.

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzies, Irene
Sparkles: Folly, Rainbow Sheen
Hair: Alli & Ali, DoubleTrouble (Genre)
Ears: Illusions, Seelie
Eyes: De La Soul, RooMee
Eyelashes: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyeshadow: Mons, Glamorous
Lipstick: Izzie’s, Fuyu
Wings: Deviance, Sidhe
Jewelry: Souzou Eien, Mystic Crystal Necklace (Genre)
Hands: SLink, Rigged Mesh Hands
Nails: A:S:S, Fairy Wings
Jacket: Peqe, Bali Shrug
Clothing: Apricot Paws, Ribbon Dress (Genre)
Socks: G Field, Button Socks
Shoes: C L A Vv, Platform Boots (Genre)

Pose: Don’t Freak Out

Location: Deadpool Fashion Shopping City
Light Settings: TOR, MIDDAY Maldives
Water Settings: Glassy

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping, only

Blog post #467 Kaithleen’s is at Genre

Previously posted @ Sohhh Sarah .

Have a look at this!

Outfit: Laqroki: Demin Dress in Dark Blue http://slurl.com/secondlife/Laqroki/245/246/207

Bandana: Kaithleen’s:Bandana in blue http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Analog%20Dog%20Hair/31/235/3162

Eyelashes:  :: DUTCH TOUCH :: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Pixel%20Dreams/122/39/24

Eyes: Amacci: Emerald Eyes – 9 http://slurl.com/secondlife/Amacci/133/136/23

Hair: Amacci: Melody in Dark Brown http://slurl.com/secondlife/Amacci/133/136/23