The final day to make a move

N1CO  ice queen

Well the last day of July has arrived and with it sees the final hours of the Month of Games, what a wonderful event it has been. With exclusive designs, parties and fantastic shows it has been a non-stop ride of fun. I decided I wanted to do one last post and found I had this gown tucked away. Slipping it on I thought ” oh what a pretty ballgown”, then I thought “oooh there’s a hud in here”.

collage Ice Queen gown

Yes that is the same gown! The hud has 15 different choices of colour but that’s just the beginning of the fun. The first button lets you colour the whole gown one colour- nice but if you want something a little different then you can experiment with different colours on different parts. The bodice, top part of the skirt, each flounce and the hem/underskirt are all selectable for re-colouring, giving you a huge array of options for creating a different coloured gown every time you wear it.

If you have time you can head over to the Month of Games for one last visit , you will find this gown in the Candyland themed area. But I suggest you race around all three areas, they are not large but they have lots of great items to check out. By going to all three game themed areas ( Chess, Candyland and Clue) you can pick up all three of the following nail packs by {ZOZ}.

collage zoz nails MOG

While there has been a growing number of nail huds being released for adding different polishes to Slink nails ( either the add-on nails for default hands, or more commonly the hands and feet) Zoz has not limited herself. Yes she has released huds to be used in this manner but she also has gone a new path by releasing her own set of mesh nails, check out the length ! These are designed to be worn with specific Slink hands- casual, elegant, elegant 1, you can however mod them to wear with other mesh hands. There is a notecard with all of the information you need to know about suggested hand size, and a reminder to use the utilities hud in your Slink hands pack to hide the original nails to improve the way your new super {ZOZ} nails sit. As well as the addition of being able to have different length nails ( in these sets I’m pretty sure they’re longer than the standard Slink nails) but Zoz has added little themed emblems too.

Before I finish up my post I want to take a moment to acknowledge the organizers, creative forces, sim builders, models, and of course the wonderful designers who have all come together to create a unique and fun event. I would like to thank the designers for sharing their items with the bloggers, I have enjoyed discovering some new to me designers through this event and have some new LMs to main stores to follow up. It has been a real pleasure to blog items from this event and to see the wonderfully creative works of other bloggers.

Anyway time to stop chatting and let you get your final shopping spree at the Month of Games. Grab the SLurl below the details.

Details:
Skin: Sora <Alabaster> – Lt. Smoke, Pink Fuel
Hair: Silverblade Hair – female – Fall, ~Tableau Vivant~
Eyes: Kaleido Eyes – Night, IKON
Gown: Ice Queen Gown, N1CO ( @ Month of Games)
Accessories: Valkiria Goddess Crown [Silver Rare], -UtopiaH- ( past gacha event item)
Extras: Slink Physique body
Slink casual hands and high feet
Black Queen Silver Hand Wrap and mesh nails, Sweet Candy mesh nails and Who mesh nails {ZOZ}, ( @ Month of Games)
Poses: White, *PosESioN*

SLurl to Month of Games : http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Black%20Veil/129/141/1997 – closes 31st July!!

 

Comparing apples with apples – and an orange

Or I could have named it comparing Wowmeh with Physique and my default SL body.

With mesh bodies becoming more prevalent I decided it was time to take another look at the two that I have, I like different aspects of both of these mesh bodies but am not a full time wearer of either. For these photos I used Nam’s Optimal Skin and Prim and used the same clothing and poses for each body. I will include details of skin and clothing at the end as per usual.

First up a little information; Wowmeh is currently undergoing a redevelopment and relaunch, as I had bought mine before temporary close down I have been able to access the updater and receive the new model, titled Silhouette.

Both Wowmeh and Physique are fitmesh and work around your own shape, theoretically this means that if you can wear a Standard sizing small with your default body you can wear this size also with the mesh bodies . However the huds which provide the necessary alphas to work with mesh clothing is what makes the difference. Take a look at the comparison shots of these huds below:

collage wowmeh slink huds

It may not be obvious but there is one significant difference in the way these alphas work.  The Wowmeh  alphas are applied to left and right sides together, with the ability to apply alphas to either the front or back, or different parts of the front and back- this is really useful if you have a low back on a dress. The alpha system for the Physique is the opposite you can cover the left and ride sides separately- useful for skirts cut on an angle perhaps, but the front and back are covered together. Both systems allow you to cover piece by piece, the Wowmeh has some very small strips through the mid section , useful for different length tops and waist lines, but also frustrating when sometimes you can not click on just the right piece. Basically there are good and not so good points for both.

I decided to start with a fitmesh dress, one I had picked up from Valentina E, I love this dress and can happily wear it with my own SL shape.

default (non mesh) body,  fitmesh dress

Fitmesh dress with default body

As you can see a perfect fit no parts poking out, no clash with the length of the alpha.

Fitmesh dress with Wowmeh Silhouette v1

Fitmesh dress with Wowmeh Silhouette v1

Again a good fit no clashes or issues, the back of this dress is gorgeous and low cut with a cross back detail, which becomes a problem for the Physique alpha system.

Fitmesh dress with Physique

Fitmesh dress with Physique

Now we have a problem on the left hand side you will see an area of skin showing through,at breast level. There is an alpha I could activate to cover this area better, but take a look at what happens on the reverse side.

Fitmesh dress with Physique, rear view

Fitmesh dress with Physique, rear view

Now this isn’t an issue with all dresses, but it has a potential to cause difficulty when you are wearing mesh that has a different length or different neckline from front to back.

I do have other mesh and fitmesh clothing that I can wear with either and both bodies with no difficulty at all. Plus there is also a growing number of clothing designers releasing applier clothing for either or both of these mesh bodies.

For the next set of photos I picked out some lingerie in my inventory that came with appliers for both, what a bonus!

collage wowmeh slink comparison I will add these pictures to my flicker [ https://www.flickr.com/photos/serenitycouerblanc/] tomorrow so you can see them slightly larger but it gives you an idea of how different these bodies look. Remember I am wearing each mesh body with the same shape as I wear normally. The Wowmeh body comes with 2 versions , insize and outsize, the second has a lush fullness to thighs and breasts but this will reduce clothing options as they are not likely to work with standard sizing mesh clothes. The Wowmeh body comes with its own feet and hands and I am wearing them in the above photos, though if you have already invested in Slink feet you may want to continue wearing your own.. or maybe not I will show you why down below. The advantage the Slink feet have is that a huge number of designers have been able to access the base , or templates, to create and release compatible shoes. Other than that the difference between the Wowmeh hands/ feet and those of Slink comes down to a question of personal taste, I personally prefer those of Slink. An interesting point with the Wowmeh feet and hads which is obvious in the above comparison is that they come in one size, I assume as fitmesh they also adjust to your own shape so were I to wear them I would be adjusting the feet to be a little larger- especially if I was wearing the outsize version.

So I tried out my Slink feet with the Wowmeh and the Slink bodies, of course we would expect to find a more compatible fit with products made by the same creator. Now I have done no post editing other than cropping, so the lines you see on all of these photos are as shown, playing with windlight I could have eliminated these but I wanted to stay consistent across all photos. So you will see there is a difference for both when it moves down to the stocking applier. Also to be aware of is a size difference. My default SL body wears a M or S standard sizing and I prefer to wear a M for my Slink hands and feet. When wearing the Wowmeh I found the hands looked best when XS or XXS and the feet were best as XS, for wearing with Physique the recommended is XS.  But anyway back to my Slink feet since I am such an addict to my Slink compatible shoes I would not be ready to give up these, so take a look at the comparison shot below.

Left, Wowmeh body with Slink feet XS  Right Physique body with Slink feet XS

Left, Wowmeh body with Slink feet XS
Right Physique body with Slink feet XS

 

As you can see the join is not something that you could easily hide or ignore, remember I have done no fancy lighting or editing in these pictures as I preferred to give as true a comparison as I could based on my computer graphics etc. I endeavored to get the the photos as identical as possible but will not claim that they are 100% identical but the shadows will give you some indication when the picture may have been taken at a significantly different angle.

So for those of you who are interested in mesh bodies for your avatar I hope this has been a helpful comparison. I know there are other bodies available and there is likely to be more. However my money is not endless so I am not likely to be investing in any additional examples. I do like what these two creators have achieved and am excited to see the future updates. My advice with any avatar enhancement like these mesh bodies is to demo , always demo and experiment with wearing the clothing you have unless you are prepared to throw out everything and start over, you really want to make sure that the body you buy suits you, your needs and your wardrobe.

Details:
Skin: Calla (Brows2) brown Mixedtype, DeeTaleZ
Hair: JERRY hair – IrishRed, [LeLutka]
Eyes:Eternal Eyes – Feldgrau, IKON
Lingerie: A Sexy Little things white, includes appliers for Wowmeh and Physique, Avanti ( purchased on MP https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/144043)
Dress: Harper Halter Dress w/Belt Texture Change hud, Valententina E
Mesh Body types:  Wowmeh Silhouette v 1- currently only available to those who have already purchased Wowmeh, insize and outsize included in same pack
Slink Physique
Extras: Slink high feet and casual hands
Poses: Alea 01, Eternal Dreams

A jewel in the night

bedecked in jewels

I realized late last night that it is 2 years to the day since my first blog post,wow how time has flown by. I had not remembered the date as significant and had already planned this post featuring some of my favourite designers.. and then I thought, what a perfect way to celebrate two fun years of sharing my ongoing love affair with SL than a romantic evening setting.

 

 Greed, silver- Carries Lingerie

My lovely silver lingerie set is the silver version of Greed, from the Sins collection range at Carrie’s lingerie. This is one of the many items in the heavily reduced sale that is almost over .. you only have until the 31st to make the most of these bargains before they’re locked away out of sight. How can you pass up that opportunity? Lingerie of such beauty should never be hidden away, so grab some quick and enjoy the savings ! Speaking of savings , did you know that being a member of Carries VIP group gives you access to new releases first, with a discount, plus monthly gifts and weekly discounted items. This is a pay to join group but it pays that back in savings while you get to enjoy beautiful lingerie and fantastic accessories like makeup and footwear.

 

Jeweled silver flat sandals , Carrie's Lingerie

While you are at Carries make sure you check out their range of Slink compatible footwear. The latest of which is these jeweled sandals, though really it’s more jewelry than footwear- but perfect for wearing with lingerie or silks. It is for wearing with Slink flat feet and comes in silver or gold with a hud to change the gems in the centre of the circles.  I found the perfect complement in the recent release from Zuri Rayna Jewelry .

 

MIsty Sweet , black diamond and sterling silver, Zuri Rayna Jewelry

The Misty Sweet sweet is a lovely remake of a previous design, it consists of earrings, necklace and belly jewel ( not worn this time). Misty Sweet is available in a large array of colour choices and you can finish the set by purchasing the separate nose piece ( this is one of Zuri’s elite pieces so you can change the colours of the jewels in the nose piece). Remember if you wear your group tag while purchasing from the new release vendors and the single vendors on the first two floors you will enjoy the group discount. So if you haven’t joined already do so today, there are signs in store and friendly staff around to answer your questions.

Details:
Skin: Klaudia – brown eyebrows – hot chocolate, Deesses ( @ Gacha Mania http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Wolfs%20Wood/160/50/3504 )
Hair: * LOVE_WAR* hair, .:EMO-tions:
Eyes: Lucid Eyes – Black, IKON
Outfit: Greed ,Silver , Carrie’s Lingerie ( this set also includes stockings and LTA not worn) – SALE on selected items , ends 31st July http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Carries%20Dreams/83/129/22
Jewelry: Misty Sweet Set ( includes necklace, earrings and belly jewel) Black Diamond-Sterling, Zuri Rayna Jewelry http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jewels%20Isle/218/192/25
Misty Nose Piece, Zuri Rayna Jewelry
Shoes: Slink Flat Feet Silver Sandals Gem Change, Carrie’s Lingerie
Extras: Slink flat feet and casual hands with Just Dark Metals Polish {ZOZ}
Furniture: Setee Sofa, red, =Mirage=
Curtain: Hanging Tree, Kalopsia

Checked-mate

The game is not over.. well the Month of Games is not over yet. Though the end draws near. But the fun doesn’t have to end with the last day of the event, as long as you get some of these fantastic chess inspired outfits you can  game on long after Checkmate is called.

The White Rook, Dead Dollz

 

Details:
Skin: Aria skin – Asia – Combination 12 H, -Glam Affair -
Hair:Ganymede plus hairbase , Zibska
Eyes: Promise Eyes – Storm , IKON
Outfit: The White Rook , Dead Dollz ( @ Month of Games) – Final days of this event
Jewelry: LORD RING and earrings, FINESMITH
Shoes: Karnamak Pumps , Silver, Eudora 3D ( @ A6D Mix&Match event)
Extras: Slink high feet and casual hands with STYLE SET- Slink enhancement polish from FINESMITH

 

The White Knight, PurpleMoon Creations

Details:
Skin: Erin Pale Pearl Brunette Chest C, *League*
Hair: * LEGOLAN * snow, .:EMO-tions:. ( past gacha event item)
Eyes: Horizon Eyes v2 – Caramel , IKON
Outfit:The White Knight , PurpleMoon Creations ( @ Month of Games) – Final days of this event
Shoes: Sanaa Stiletto Sandals – White, ::DirtyMind::
Extras:Slink high feet and casual hands with STYLE SET- Slink enhancement polish from FINESMITH

 

 

The White Rook Chess Gown, Zanze

Details:
Skin: {Alex03} *pale02* brunette, Essences
Hair: Jenna, Tameless
Eyes: Lucid Eyes – Silver , IKON
Outfit: White Rook, Zanze ( @ Month of Games) – Final days of this event
Shoes: Calbe Pump – MidnightMoonglow , Hucci
Extras: Slink high feet and casual hands with STYLE SET- Slink enhancement polish from FINESMITH

 

Black Rook Gown, Poute

Details:
Skin: Ashley Tan BBB 2, -Belleza-
Hair: Youth, [e]
Eyes: Utopia Eyes – Dark Brown, IKON
Outfit:Rook Gown- Poute ( @ Month of Games) – Final days of this event
{Checkmate~ tophat} .::Cubic Cherry Kre-ations:.. ( @ A6D Mix&Match event)
Golden Queen Clutch, Pure Poison ( @ A6D Mix&Match event)
Shoes: Golden Queen Sandals for SLINK Mid feet, Pure Poison ( @ A6D Mix&Match event)
Extras: Slink mid feet and casual hands with STYLE SET- Slink enhancement polish from FINESMITH

* All poses used are from *PosESioN*

Before I post this I want to share a closer view of two of the shoes that fit this chess theme brilliantly, they are available at a new event called A6D Mix&Match event. The idea is that a store has a display of two items at the event,one is available for purchase here and the other will be at the mainstore. By buying the event item you get a hud included which when you wear it and buy the other item (located at the store) you pay full price and then get a 50% refund. There is no required purchase if you just want one item you just buy that, but if you want the discount it it a great idea to check out the event first. I picked up the checked shoes from Eudora 3D , after buying bracelets at the event, and other shoes from Pure Poison after buying a matching clutch purse.

collage chess themed shoes

SLurl to Month of Games: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Black%20Veil/129/141/1997

Slurl to the Mix and Match Event: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/After%206%20Days/154/103/23

Pretty and poised in purple

Passionate about purple

I am passionate about purple, I mean I like a lot of colours, and they all feature in my inventory in pretty healthy quantities. But if there is one colour I find hard to resist it is purple. So when I had the opportunity to choose a colour of the newly released Peony sandals from NSP Florals it really was impossible to pass up this opportunity. I mean on top of the gorgeous flowers ( that are an optional add on but why would you leave off such beauty) and the fact that they are designed to be worn with Slink high feet.. just look at the sheen of that deep purple. I promise to show you another close up further down the page but I also want to mention a few other things.

Tameless hair - Cecelia

This sweet new hairstyle from Tameless is a wonderful new release that I was able to get a blogger review copy of. I really like the soft waves that frame the face and as I was reading the information I discovered they have re-done their hud system. Allowing you to colour the hair with roots, and in my case I mixed the huds layering a streaked style over my natural colour . Take a look at the huds below left is the Natural , right is the Fantasy streak option – lots of potential for creating quite an individual look , love it!

tameless new hud

In case you hadn’t quite picked up on it, I am wearing the Slink Physique body , loving not having to smooth any elbows or knees so I wear it every chance I get. I was thrilled to hear about a special skin offer available at Pink Fuel, it is primarily for New avatars but made available for everyone. The Renee skin that I am wearing is FREE for avatars under 30 days old, and for everyone else you can buy your choice of skin tone for a tiny 150L. Whilst I was in store selecting my Hazel tone I grabbed the Physique applier and was ready to continue shopping.

collage Perfectly purple

My lovely lavender dress is from Valentina E as part of the The Dreaming Tree ( check this link on Seraphim for pictures and SLurls-  http://seraphimsl.com/2014/07/26/daydreaming-with-the-dreaming-tree/ ).  I couldn’t pass up the chance to show the daring back so stood up to pose using a few of Diesel Works poses.

Just Darks Metal polish {ZOZ}

My passionately purple polish is courtesy of the Just Dark Metals Polish hud from {ZOZ} which you can buy at reduced price at Sunday Park ( http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Xemtantic/197/139/1456). Now one final shoe shot..sighs happily – oh plus you get to admire the {ZOZ} purple polish on my toes too.

NSP Florals-peony stilettos,deep purple

Details:
Skin: Renee <Hazel> – Pure (dkbrow), Pink Fuel
Hair: Cecelia, Tameless
Eyes: Spectral Eyes – Darkstar , IKON
Dress: Sophia Dress , Lavender, Valentina E
Shoes: Peony Stiletto (Deep Purple), NSP Florals   http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Excalibur%20II/85/67/24
Extras: Slink Physique – mesh figure V1
Slink high feet and casual hands with Just Dark Metals Polish {ZOZ}
Furniture : Marguerite Armchair , Moonlit Lavender, Senzafine
Standing poses: Lourdes, Diesel Works

A new reign begins

Forever the Faraway gown- Ivy

The 26th of July sees the final stage of the search for Miss The White Armory 2014.  The finalists are ready and excitedly / nervously awaiting the beginning of the show , 1pm. Tonight I slipped up to the beautifully designed setting where this special event will happen. I am wearing one of the recent releases from TWA,  Forever and Faraway gown, shown here in  Ivy . My necklace was a past TDR purchase from [glow] studio, while my hairstyle from EMO-tions is currently available at My Attic.

I hope to see you at the crowning ceremony , here’s the SLurl: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Emerald/143/30/762. It is the start of a new reign for one lucky lady as she dons the Miss TWA crown and title, so come along and show your support.

Following on from that there is to be a formal, tuxes and gowns please, ball, see the invitation below.

Miss TWA 2014-AFTER PARTY Poster

Just an everyday girl

montony ,dress young lady

This dress came to me through a blogger group and as I had never seen anything from this store I rezzed it out as soon as I could and what a lovely surprise. Sometimes SL appears to be flooded with either couture clothing or clothing that consists of little more than a few strings. Now I am not criticizing either of those as I enjoy wearing them now and then, however sometimes I long for what I call everyday clothes.  Initially this brings to mind jeans, shorts, comfortable tops but in the heat of summer what you really need is a crisp cool dress. The Young Lady dress from Montony is such a dress, I really love the weight of the fabric it reminds me of wearing my “Sunday best” as a child this meant a pretty dress that was kept especially for wearing to church or for a special occasion.This full length dress with slight gathers at the almost cinched waist is a feminine dress without exposing lots of skin, and  that is a refreshing change.

My cute freckled skin is courtesy of la petite morte at the Season Story and my hair a lovely soft style from Wasabi Pills featured at the Hair Fair. The Hair Fair is in it’s last days but there’s still time to try a few more demos, grab a few more styles,and make a few more donations to this worthwhile cause- Wigs for Kids. More information here : http://hairfair.wordpress.com/

Details:
Skin:ellen t7, .la petite morte. ( @ The Seasons Story)
Hair: Midori Mesh Hair – Rouge, /Wasabi Pills/ – tinted a little darker ( @ Hair Fair)
Eyes: Promise Eyes – Mahogany, IKON
Dress: Young Lady (Red), MONTONY
Location: Ison