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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

Tagged: Apple may designs, avatar, emo-tions, fashion, genre, iheartsl, khitten, lumae, naamah, Second Life, Shopping, slink, underworld

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

Genre (Anime): Scarlet Luck

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Fire and Wood

I have a deep and abiding love for anime, the theme for this month's Genre. My actual favorites are the magical girl anime, where one or more girls – usually in the 12-16 range – get special powers to save the world. It is a powerful series of images at a time when girls are becoming women, stepping into a wider world, and dealing with all which that entails. My first favorite was Mysterious Thief Saint Tail, the story of a young acrobatic thief who steals form the criminal to bring justice into the world, pursued by someone who only slowly begins to see her in the chase. The eternal fan favorite was Sailor Moon, but I was always more of a Pretear or Wedding Peach sort – Pretear for it's complicated story of love and friendship, and Wedding Peach for the introductory speeches which won my heart.I've just recently tun into LaGrange, a combination of mecha and magical girls which makes me truly happy. On the twisted side of the genre, there is Princess Tutu, the story of a bird who becomes a girl who becomes a Ballet Magical Girl; it begins in a world of lightness and playfulness but rapidly evolves into a meditation on depression, pain, self-discovery, and the power of stories. And a celebration and critique of the entire genre is part of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the powerful tale of recursion, fate, and friendship.

All of these stories are about women with the will and power to change the world, but also about the challenges and glories of friendship between girls and women, and how we influence each other to grow and become better people. Sometimes, like with Pretear, the relationships between women are more tenuous, but most of the stories have a central theme of love and understanding primarily between women who may often work at cross purposes.

Light Dance

My outfit is in the style of magical girls, short and bubbly with plenty of ruffles and cuteness. I pulled largely from Genre this look but flavored it liberally with bits from katat0nik, who draws heavily from anime aesthetics. Her arm bands are one of my new favorite ways to accentuate an outfit, and I simply don't want to take my froggy cap off! I picked my eyes – gem style anime eyes from The Stringer Mausoleum – to match the bright blue froggy eyes of my cap. They come in a bunch of types and are fit for petites as well as full sized avatars; I'm wearing the mesh ones in these images. In true anime style, though, my eyes are almost completely hidden behind these astonishing bangs from the Kazama Store. I love the shape, and the cel shading, and the fact it is modify-ok so I could fit it to my fat head and around my enormous ears! It's all of a piece, so you can't resize individual parts, but since it's one piece you can make it wider without making it taller, which is almost as good! It comes in a bunch of colors from the naturalish to the entirely not, and would be especially perfect for an avatar more inspired by anime's artistic conventions than mine is.

Pretty much the rest of my outfit from shoes to collar are all from Faster Pussycat. There are very few ruffled skirts of this style and I really love the many layers and intricate curves. I also like the cut-out on the front of the scoop bodice and the delicate strings tied between them. The heels are entirely impractical – good things I have wings! – but that makes them a fun example of high, stylistic platforms. The polka dot detailing pulled the outfit together, and I really liked the skull touch – that and the rich shade of red round out what is otherwise a sweet and adorable outfit. The hint of death among the cute is definitely a recurring theme of anime and magical girl anime in particular. Under the cute and frills there are darker drives and painful experiences that gradually transform girls into women, if the girls survive the process. I accented my outfit's colors, and it's theme, with my nails, an elegant circle and stripe motif from Dark Passions, not available at Genre but definitely worth picking up oh its own. Referencing Ophelia and her destruction as a teenager, it seemed entirely appropriate.

Broad Strokes

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Genre: Blown Out

Previously posted @ Prim Dolls.

Star at Heart

As I’ve said before, the Genre theme this month is Rockabilly – and this month is continuing for another couple of days, until the twelfth, so you have time to get your country on! I went for super saturated color and blown out highlights for this set of pictures – it seemed to fit the comic book sensibilities of my DRBC dress, now available at Genre. The dress itself comes with a ton of textures, but the second I saw this one, I knew what I wanted to wear! Look elsewhere for your vibrant red and blue, or your stylish black and white poodle skirt – I’m bringing pulp fiction to the grid! The bright colors of my skirt really stand out against the black base dress, a few white polka dots here and there to cut up the darkness. The cap sleeves of the blouse are cut and rigged well – I have a very wriggly animation set, but the sleeves always stayed in place and moved naturally. The scoop neckline is mirrored front and back, the perfect setting for a variety of necklaces, though here I selected a collar from Enfant Terrible, available as part of the TAG! Gacha event, which echoes the polka dots and brings in some stripes. The DRBC dress’ skirt has nice, large folds which make it adaptable across a variety of poses; I’m always watchful for what happens to a skirt when legs cross or move together, and in this case the folds bunch naturally with very little of the “cutting” which can occur when a skirt isn’t rigged as well.

Say Hello to my Little Friend

I kept with the 1950s theme with with hairstyle by Anachron which combines the best parts of Rosie the Riveter’s kerchief practicality with a forward bang curl and a long chignon over the back of the head. Much to my glee, the entire hairstyle is editable – both all of it and in pieces – which means I was able to modify it to fit over and around my larger-than-average ears! It’s always a blessing when a hairstyle lets me shift it around in the small ways necessary for a non-standard avatar, and in this case it was a breeze to make everything fit. Like my DRBC dress, this hair from Anachron is re-texturable via a HUD, and the kerchief has a variety of patterns; here I selected a bright red and skull pattern to match my monstrous skirts. The skulls make a subtle polka dot design, which holds the whole outfit together, even the final matching pieces – my shoes and glasses from Eclectica. Both are re-texturable via blue touch menu, but as an added bonus they are also editable – meaning I could custom tint the bow and trim on my shoes to draw out the colors of my skirt – in this case bright red and orange with a slightly duller teal. I love how Eclectica always gives options for individualization of her creations so I can add touches like this; the look would work without it, but I think it adds a bit more polish to subtly echo colors in multiple places. They’re fit for medium SLink feet and available in a bunch of other polka dot colors.

Broken Lines

To finish out my look I wanted to keep the theme of historical monsters and the bright colors without introducing alpha which might conflict with the alpha of my glasses. To that end, I went with demon wings – in this case a set of chibi demon wings I picked up from Illusions a long time ago at Halloween. These have a wonderful shape and fit beautifully above the scoop neckline of my DRBC dress. I also pulled out one of the dragons from Avatar Bizarre to perch on my shoulder and add some green to my brightly colored mix. I picked up a whole bunch of these at Fantasy Faire and I’m looking forward to pairing them with a bunch of outfits! The tail and head curve are particularly fun, offering up a sense of personality and interacting in an interesting manner with the rest of my look.

The lighting was an experiment, playing with bright and shadows in a more extreme manner than I usually do. I think the effect was wonderful especially using some of the more interestingly shaped items around France Portnawak. One of the blessings and curses of photographing in the wild is a basic lack of control – it offers up chances for serendipity, like the star I found in the top picture, or the pinup pictures below. It’s always an adventure on the grid!

Eclectic Interiors

( More pictures here. )

Credits: 

Skin: Izzie’s, Irene
Hair: Anachron, Rosie Hair (Genre)
Ears: .:Soul:., High Elf
Eyes: .:Soul:., RooMee
Eyelashes 1: SLink, Mesh Lashes
Eyelashes 2: Flugeln Brise, 05-A
Glasses: Eclectica, “Rockabilly” sunglasses (Genre)
Lipstick: Adore & Abhor, Shreveport Lips
Collar: Enfant Terrible, Star choker (TAG! Gacha)
Dragon: Avatar Bizarre, Chinese Shoulder Dragon
Wings: Illusions, Chibi Demon Wing
Hands and Feet: SLink, Hands and Feet
Nails: Orc Inc, GLitterslash
Outfit: DRBC, Grace Swing Dress (Genre)
Shoes: Eclectica, “Rockabilly” platform stilettos (Genre)

Pose: Don’t Freak Out

Location: France Portnawak
Light Settings: TOR, DUSK Fairytale Glow
Water Settings: Glassy

Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping

Skipping this Genre Round. – Not!

Previously posted @ Shopping Therapy with Shay.

 
Paula and Rita Dresses by Fission for Genre
 
On the Dot nailpolish by Vengeful Threads for Genre
 
Daisa Flats by Candy Doll for Kustom9
 
Skipping Poses by Sari-Sari
 
Fae Skin by Lara Hurley
 
Tenille hair by TRUTH

My Favorite Genre

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

Genre kicks off another round of great shopping under the theme of “rockabilly.” YAHOO! I just love retro fashions and Fission and Lumae are supplying everything I need to make my rockabilly dreams come true!

rockabilly babes

Skin: Adore/Cherry Pie in Cinnamon and Sable

Let’s talk about this beautiful addition to Lumae’s Adore skin line. This vintage themed make up is called Cherry Pie. She comes in all tones and includes everything you will need.. all eyebrow colours, freckle options, body options and all head and body appliers, even for petites!

Fission gets into the mix by offering up two, flirty themed fashions. Paula, the good girl, is a strapless dress available in black, blue, pink and red. Rita, the rebellious one, is a cute summer set with skirt and matching bustier. She too comes in black, red, blue and pink.

The items from Lumae and Fission are available only at Genre, which ends on May 12.

Teleport to Genre.

On Paula

  • hair: pinup mesh hair, blondes by virtual diva
  • jewelry:burning love jewelry set by sn@tch
  • manicure: dazzeling blue by zoz

On Rita

  • hair: judette by tameless
  • necklace: corazon necklace by artilleri
  • cigarette: by 19 motorcycle / Paint.O

Tagged: artilleri, khitten, lumae, Second Life, sn@tch, tameless, virtual diva, zoz