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Posted by Stephen Bentham on January 26, 2009
Posted in Accessories, Art and Photography, Costumes, Semi-formal, Shoes | Tagged: , 69, bare rose, casa del shai, dp yumyum, Foxy's Smoke Shop, guild of crie, last call, Lelutka, paper couture, redgrave, Silentsparrow, Tiny Treasures | 15 Comments »
Posted by Caliah Lyon on December 15, 2008
Posted in Accessories, Art and Photography, Casual Chic, Costumes, Designer Spotlight, Jewelry, Shoes, Shopping | Tagged: archange, armidi, aura, bare rose, blaze, cachet, coco, Cubic Effect, e. watkins, grapevine, guild of crie, kraftika, mms, muse, pixel mode, truth | 14 Comments »
Posted by Lucas Lameth on May 4, 2008
So I have a boot addiction. I saw these awesome rain boots on the fashion feed and decided I needed them no matter what. The boots were the inspiration for this outfit and everything just kind of worked along. I’d post pictures of me naked wearing just the boots but I’m not sure if that meets the fashion standard of this blog.
I bumped into one of my fashion clad male buddies who usually sports eccentric colorful wear like a good NY hipster. He was wearing ‘Random Industries’ brand by Garbage Prototype clothing and I fell in-love. I usually avoid Random like most photosource clothing but boy-oh-boy when style is concerned Random has it all packed down to the cheesecake. I spend a good dish of lindens there today but am most pleased to sport this striped-t with vest. It’s artsy-fartsy and super sexy which was exactly the look I was going for. The awesome tie, which apparently is decked with skulls just like my boots is from The Good Life. The high detailed cuffs are my favorites which I always whip out when Im feeling a bit hipster-grunge you can also find at The Good Life. And what a Good Life it is indeed.
There isnt a lot of hair that matches my new Laqroki skin and shape combo so I was pleased to find this simple artsy hairstyle from Truth. That man is whipping up quite an amazing batch of hair for men and women. I think the greater half of his store is now hair. Which means you should drop by and get a new do.
SKIN Ethan 01 Portrait skin by Laqroki (Formerly known as RaC) HAIR Fraser – Dark by TRUTH SHIRT/VEST Party vest black w/shirt by RANDOM NECKTIE Afternoon Tie – Black Skull by The Good Life JEANS A001 Jeans [Twilight Industrial] by Armidi TATTOO ‘Reside ::method::’ by Aitui EAR PLUGS Swirl Ear Plugs by Drifting Sands BOOTS Pirate Rain Boots by UBU (Urban Bomb Unit) CUFFS EYES brown eyes by Fashionably Dead POSES All poses by Reel Expression
Posted in Accessories, Art and Photography, Shoes, Style Diary | Tagged: aitui, armidi, drifting sands, fashionably dead, laqroki, reel expression, the good life, truth, urban bomb unit | 2 Comments »
Posted by Lucas Lameth on May 3, 2008
LAQROKI I was curious about the new Laqroki skins and I found a skin called Ethan I absolutely couldn’t take off. I usually wear Abyss, but that skin fad has created another clone era for ideal male AVs in Second Life. I was ecstatic at the selection at Laqroki but also the quality. Their previous work felt a little too photo-real but these skins have so many variety and ethnic flavor. The quality also feels like it went up a few notches or perhaps thats just me gushing over the new kin. Ethan had an Asian/Oriental feel and being Pacific Islander in real life I was instantly drawn to the look. I modified my shape a little and am pleased with the baby-faced result in combo with my new skin. So visit Laqroki and check out their skins. Maybe your new favorite skin will be an undiscovered Laqroki.
MUISM My tastes fall into more hand-painted clothing rather than photosourced clothing. I have always stayed away from Redgrave and Muism because of some very photosourced quality and high prices. Meanwhile handpainters, who Im confident work much harder, charge less. Today I was surprised to be seduced by Muism. I found these sculpty scarves that Ive been looking for in Second Life (and enjoy the style in real life) but also I found some great mens poses and a variety of mens bags. The one I chose today is an army style bag similar to a style I own IRL. So I had to have it. They have other great selections though and if you are a male fashion horse you must check it out. I love the Muism tank top which comes in many layers. My favorite tank is from Aitui but all of Aituis shirts and tanks are jacket layer which make them impossible to layer underneath button downs and jackets.
HOORENBEEK Amazing shoe store where you can get these hip new cowboy boots either in a new or used style in a few colors. A friend had told me about this store and ever since I have been obsessed. Their prices are also a bit high but their style and quality are absolutely unique. They make mens shoes that are up to date in-style IRL in SL. While hoorenbeek sells some apparel and accessories their main key item is their shoes. –There are a lot of great mens footwear out there already, but some are fantasy-like, flamboyant or very grunge. Other than hoorenbeek there are also great boots at Maitreya and City Walk/Formal shoes at Shiny Things.
SKIN Ethan 01 Portrait skin by Laqroki (Formerly known as RaC) HAIR “Nekoge” Brown by Happy Dispatch BAG ‘One shoulder’ army style bag by MuismTANKTOP 40% transparency Tank top/White by Muism SCARF Crinkle scarf/black by Muism JEANS A001 Jeans [Regular Painter] by Armidi TATTOO ‘Reside ::method::’ by Aitui EAR PLUGS Swirl Ear Plugs by Drifting Sands JACKET Sculpted Velvet Jacket: Blac by Pixeldolls/Pixelmen ROSARY His Prayer Rosary, Onyx/Silver by EARTHTONES boutique CIGARETTE FNKY!Cigarette Set by FNKY BOOTS Cowboy Boots – Black by [ hoorenbeek ] EYES brown eyes by Fashionably Dead POSES All poses by FORM and Muism PHOTOSHOOT LOCATION The Far Away, Dreamworld North (196, 143, 22)
Posted in Art and Photography, Designers, Shoes, Style Diary | Tagged: aitui, armidi, drifting sands, earthtones, fashionably dead, fnky, form, happy dispatch, hoorenbeek, laqroki, muism, pixeldolls, pixelmen, the far away | 6 Comments »
Posted by Caliah Lyon on April 10, 2008
Edited Jan 12, 2009 – With the release of Release Candidate 1.22 the avatar mesh has now been fixed so it shows as a default white rather than grey shade. This is the reason why clothing on avatars would be darker than the attachment prims even if they had the same texture. Once 1.22 goes live as the default client, using these settings, you should no longer need to tint prims or wear facelights! To allow for this brighter avatar mesh I’ve lowered two settings: Scene Gamma (now default at 1.00) and Ambient (now default at 0.64). All other settings are the same. I’ve also included in the tutorial how to set this automatically as your default lighting whenever you log on. – Caliah
Some of you may remember the old WL presets I made several versions back. As those are long obsolete, I’ve come up with a new preset which works on the current client based on one of the default midday settings. With this preset your avatar will look better with local lighting and atmospheric shaders (no need to turn them off unless in a build full of local lights). It’s recommended to use a very faint face lamp or none at all in public (consider it as doing the public a service in that your face lamps won’t be blinding anyone else on WL!). Note that the lighting is uniform no matter which direction you’re facing. If you do opt to go without a face lamp you can raise the Ambient Intensity (I) value to compensate. I’ve set it to 0.64-0.70 here for the outdoors, but lower settings are recommended for builds with a lot of lighting.*
You can just download this preset here and place the file directly in C://Program Files/Secondlife/app_settings/windlight/skies or follow this guide to set it manually. NOTE: If you are using RC 1.22.xx it will save the preset to the C:\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\SecondLife\user_settings\windlight\skies directory. While the path is harder to remember this enables you to keep your settings across different installs of the SL client. Save it there if you prefer.
Recommended Face Lamp (Versions 1.21.xx and below)
I’ve made two face lamps, one warm (with a slightly orange light) and one white. I’ve put a box in the Muse lobby that will give you the in-world version of this tutorial in a notecard that has the lamps and some helpful pictures.
Open World > Environment Settings > Environment Editor and click on Advanced Sky, then click on “New” and save under a filename you remember. I’ve named my preset OptimisedWL.
The Atmosphere Tab
This is largely to improve the quality of the horizon and has little bearing on the lighting itself, -except- for the Max Altitude, Density/Distance multiplier values. You can tweak the other settings to your satisfaction to get better skies.
Blue Horizon: R: 0.12, G: 0.12, B: 0.16, I: 0.16
Haze Horizon: 0.09
Blue Density: R: 0.32, G: 0.59, B: 1.00, I: 1:00
Haze Density: 0.65
Density Multiplier: 0.18
Distance Multiplier: 2.0
Max Altitude: 188
I’ve set Red and Green values slightly higher to give the light a warmer “sunlit’ tone, but you can make all RGB values equal for a whiter, more neutral light. If you want brighter light you can raise Ambient using the “I” (Intensity) slider. A range of 0.64-0.77 is recommended, combined with Scene Gamma of 1.00-1.22. Note that you may have to lower both Ambient and Scene Gamma if you regularly visit builds with a lot of local lights.
Sun/Moon Color: R, G, B and I at 0.086
Sun/Moon Position: 0.000
Ambient: R:0.64, G:0.64, B:0.63, I:0.67 or R: 0.70, G: 0.67, B: 0.66, I: 0.70 (second setting is brighter)
East Angle: 0.16
Sun Glow: Focus: 0.10 Size 1.75
Scene Gamma: 1.00-1.15
Star Brightness: 0.00
The Clouds Tab
The only difference with the clouds tab from any default preset you might have is the coverage. I’ve set it to low (exactly 0.13).
As always, you can fine-tune these settings to suit your particular preference 🙂 Press New and save it under a name you prefer.
Using This Setting As Your Default
If you want to dispense entirely with the day and night presets and have this setting on all the time, do the following:
Press the button marked Day Cycle Editor in the Advanced Sky Editor menu. This will give you a box where you can specify what preset to cycle through every three hours (keys).
You don’t need this if you want this WL setting to be your default lighting all the time. To discard them press Delete Key several times until only one key remains.
Press Save Test Day to save your changes. No more need to set this every time you log in!
Note – in most current WL settings old facelamps are much too bright; it would be best to have a friend check if yours is.
* Sadly nothing can be done about local lights if you go shopping and happen to pop into a build that’s full of them (apart from turning off atmospheric shaders), but a politely worded notecard to the designer or owner may help convince them to update their lighting methods.
Posted by Caliah Lyon on January 13, 2008
Edit: Get the new Windlight Viewer version 126.96.36.199495 here. The presets I’ve uploaded for it still work 🙂
I’ve updated the Optimising Windlight for Avatars tutorial because of the increased Ambient values in version 18.6.76116 (thank you WL team). For me this version produced some beautiful avatar shots for ads; all the recent Muse ads in the last release were shot using this updated preset, changing the East Angle of the sun around in the advanced sky editor and some local lights (either face lamps or ones I set down manually). In my opinion, minus the black bands in the sky and other glitches, it was aesthetically the best release to date; with a little tweaking and some local lights avatars had the added depth and realism similar to characters in many current, high-quality 3D videogame titles.
Avatar in WL version 76116, using the Optimising WL for Avs preset, left w/ facelamp, right without.
Avatar in version 76116, region default lighting.
Client Tips for Sales
It’s been the season for sales since December, so I thought of putting up a few tips in order to make your shopping experience as painless as possible. Besides stripping down to the basics (primless clothing, no or low-prim hair and no shoes) and turning down all your graphics settings, there are a few steps that you can take:
Under the Client menu (enable the Debug menu with ctrl+alt+D) select Rendering>Types. You’ll see a list of types that your client renders. Turn off the types superfluous to your shopping – Sky, Trees, Water, Clouds, Ground, Particles, Sound, Bump.
Most importantly, to cut down on client-side lag disable Character when you’ve reached a spot where you can cam-shop comfortably. You won’t be able to see your avatar, but your client is spared the effort of rendering dozens of other people and their attachments, and you the effort of asking other people to remove their prims. You will have to turn this back on if you need to move around, but the benefit is worth it.
A few people have noted some increases in stability with the Windlight client; one of its features that probably helps a great deal is Avatar Impostors. If you move around a bit while shopping having this is indispensable for reducing client lag. For me, using Nicholaz EC-1a with an older WL version 18.6.75762, with graphics settings at their lowest, impostors on and certain rendering types disabled has proven the most stable setup for high-lag, crowded areas. I didn’t crash once at the Last Call sale and I’ve used it for the runway at fashion shows.
Have a good week 🙂
Posted by Caliah Lyon on November 25, 2007
Please refer to Optimising Windlight for Avatars 2.0
as these settings are obsolete.
This is a simple method to optimise the First Look Windlight Viewer so the light doesn’t cast those dreaded harsh shadows on your avatar’s face. It also casts the landscape in a softer light, eliminating glare, and making it easier on your eyes. I’m sure there are better settings, but this is a straightforward no-frills solution for those of us who don’t want to fiddle too much with the controls. Your avatar will look good even without a facelamp (even if it’s a little dark), though this is best if you do wear one 🙂
Using this preset with my own facelamp (facing the sun/facing away from the sun).
Using this preset without a facelamp.
Default Windlight presets (Noon, Sunrise). Note the lines that “age” an avatar.
1) Open World > Environment Settings > Environment Editor.
2) Click on Advanced Sky.
3) Choose the Blizzard preset. Click on New, then save the preset under another name, e.g. “My Preset.”
4) Click on the Clouds tab. Set Cloud Coverage to something low, like 0-0.20.
5) Click on the Lighting tab. Under Ambient, raise I (intensity). I recommend using 0.35-045, with the lower values for those who use facelamps; raise higher if needed.
6) Look for the Sun Glow setting. Raise Size to 1.99 (the maximum).
7) Click on the Atmosphere tab. You need to look at the values for Haze Horizon and Haze Density (read on what they do by clicking on the “?” beside each).
8) Have your avatar face the direction of the sun, then fiddle with the settings. I set my Haze Horizon somewhere between 0.15-0.40 depending on how bright I want my horizon, and my Haze Density is 1.00-4.00 depending on how bright I want the day or how clear I want my surroundings. Look at your avatar’s face while adjusting the sliders so you can judge which setting works best for you. Remember to turn in all directions so you can see how it looks when you face away from the sun.
9) You can change the direction the sunlight is coming from by changing East Angle. The Blizzard default is 0.00; try experimenting with what setting you prefer. This is particularly useful for photography.
10) Save your preset, then make any other adjustments you may want to make. If the lighting is a little dark for your taste overall, try clicking on Lighting then raising either Ambient Intensity (I) or Scene Gamma a fraction.
I’m aware this isn’t perfect – it may cause the landscape to look a little dim, some of the lines on your face may not be ironed out, but this is a good all-around preset for when you’re just exploring or shopping and want to look your best with Windlight. Hope you find this useful!
1/13/2008: I’ve adjusted the values for Ambient (as per version 18.6.76116 which you may download here and useable only with a third-party client such as Nicholaz) and added a step for East Angle. I am supporting vers. 76116 in this tutorial because the current version, 18.6.76886, has local lighting with effects on avatars similar to the default viewer.
If you’d like to just download the preset, you may download it here. Unzip these to C:/Program Files/Secondlifewindlight/app_settings/windlight/skies, and rename it from AvatarOpt to whatever you like before starting up SL. When you look in your presets it should be there. Adjust the Ambient Intensity and East Angle value in the Lighting tab as needed. Enjoy!
Posted by Lucas Lameth on October 25, 2007
S E C O N D . N I G H T . L I F E . II
I just wasn’t done shooting at the “The L Word” Sims so here’s the sequel from Manna’s storyboard snapshots. Cheers! — The social scene is half the fun of fashion. First we start with a simple but oh-so sleek Gisaci Classic Cashmere Turtleneck in Charcoal (L$145) and Armidi Limited A001 Jeans in Regular Industrial (L$145). Dark denim is always key for a comfortable semi-formal look. Blue and light denim recommended for casual day wear and with light colors like pastel. Remember, Caliah Lyon’s Muse Classic Tank Watch (L$200 set of two) will fit MEN and WOMEN. I cannot stress this enough. These are the classiest watches in Second Life. Not owning them is a FASHION SIN! — Get these stylish 1-prim wine glass decorations (L$90 m/c/nt) at mike’s studio, Roosa (217, 103, 27).
Refreshed? Start the night life off with Armidi Limited new Paris Henley in Black (L$125). Ginny’s Last Call Moderno Ladro Pinstriped Pants (L$300 for Ladro Outfit) keep this look classy. — Ofcourse, Manna and myself always always choose Gold. Fellows often steer toward silver but times-a-changing and I say be brave fellas’, add a little gold. Even if it’s one of those fancy tooth implants. At Armidi, I was also able to snatch some Pyramid Cuffs in Black & Gold (L$135) and these snazzy Fi Umo Sunglasses (L$225).
Relaxing at the bar before hitting the dance floor. Smoking a FNKY! Cigarette (L$150). Easy slick hair, spike it up! with Rach Snookums Frangipani “Jake” Hair in Chocolate (L$200). My favorite male sex appeal skin of choice in SL is none other than FNKY! Antonio in Tan/Baby Face Soul Patch (L$1850).
Time to show these suckers how to spin the beat! Look bad-ass in Luth Brodie’s Reel Expression Mens poses (L$150 each).
You wake up with a hangover and a stranger in your bed. It happens. At least you look stylish in Armidi Intimizzio Boxer Briefs in Dark Gray (L$125) and out of bed hair The Grammar from Armidi in Mocha (L$295). Slip on your FNKY! Executive Glasses I (L$330) and turn them red to look smart and busy.
And now you nod and take down their number in your savvy 803 Slurry Street Pocket PC (L$350). Put them down as “The blonde one with wavy hair”. Smile, escort them out and get more sleep for tomorrow night.
My eyes of choice at the moment is Purple eyes from Fashionably Dead (around L$60).
Happy Fashion Affair Second Life!
Shopping References from this Post:
803 Slurry St., Istar (47, 99, 22) Armidi, Armidi (135, 127, 25) Fashionably Dead, Tableau (Currently Closed) FNKY!, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24) Frangipani Design, Iladil (95, 57, 71) Last Call/Moderno, Dazzle (130, 12, 27) mike’s studio, Roosa (217, 103, 27) Muse Fine Jewelry, Linji (143, 151, 49) Reel Expression, Lalique (224, 95, 27) The Good Life, Good Life (113, 85, 26)
Sight-seeing References from this Post:
The L Word in Second Life,The L Word1 (127, 154, 26)
Posted in Accessories, Art and Photography, Club Wear, Decorations, Designers, Poses, Semi-formal, Skins and Hair, Style Profiles, Tools and Gadgets | Tagged: 803 slurry, armidi, fashionably dead, fnky, frangipani, moderno, muse, reel expression, the good life | 2 Comments »
Posted by mannarosewood on October 23, 2007
G . O . L . D : R . U . S . H
Gorgeous makeup by Tete a Pied starts the inspiration for these looks (TaP Vivant Buff Glam 1 L$500). For Jewelry, Lunaria Necklace with Laurel earrings (L$399) from EARTHTONES boutique make subtle highlights. Breezy hairstyle is ETD – Flapper in Chestnut (L$150).
Here we have out first outfit featuring Relika’s Love Lace outfit in Brown (L$400 entire set) worn as a Jacket layer and tube top also from Relika worn in black. EARTHTONE’s Angela Fleur ring & cuff set in clear crystals and gold (L$159 for set).
Gold Jacqui Pants by LAST CALL (L$1 As Customer Gifts). Paper Couture’s “The Signature Bag” in tan (L$125). While Tableau is closed, snatched PC goodies at Barcola.
Autumn Gold Outfit : Manna Style Watch
This outfit we use Savvy’s? Mean Business Wilhelmina Jacket and undershirt as inspiration (L$xx for Savvy? Wilhelmina Outfit). I wanted a luscious full skirt to keep this look feminine so I used elka lehane’s Boing Fromage long tiered crochet skirt in Off-White (L$110) and tinted both the prim skirt and pants layer in a light cream to mix with my color palette. Must-have seasonal accessories include Muse Classic Tank Watch in Natural/Gold (L$200 for a set of two), Muse Simple Drop Necklace (L$1 Free Gift), Muse Claris Pearl Earrings in Gold (L$50) and Tete a Pied Gold Pailette Clutch (L$100). Metallic Disc Sandals in Natural (L$150) also from Tete a Pied perfectly bring out rich autumn colors. Hair is ETD’s Phoebe in Dirty Blonde (Currently FREE!)
Gold n’ Glamour Outfit : Manna Style Watch
Center of inspiration for this outfit is the Armidi Gisaci Bunni 45 Mini Dress – Gold (L$235).Very rich luxurious texture. Also from Armidi Gisaci new Rio Beleza Wedge in Black (L$295) and Hair – The Glamorous I in Nutshell (L$295). Pantyhose in Sheer Ebony by 1-800-BETTIE’s (L$60). For accessories we have Savvy? Repairs Necklace in Gold/Onyx (L$100), EARTHTONES Ladys’ Hoop, Gold/Stud1 XL (L$100) and EARTHTONES Solaria Cuff & Ring Set Gold Black (L$199)
More gold accents, Fallingwater Cellardoors Shiny Things Ruffle Boots in coffee (L$400). All poses featured by Reel Expression (L$150 each). All eyes are Grey Eyes from FNKY (L$60).
Happy Fashion Affair Second Life!
Shopping References from this Post:
1-800 BETTIE’S Roosa (235, 21, 28) Armidi Gisaci Armidi (128, 128, 0) EARTHTONES boutique Muse (90, 161, 107) ETD: Elikapeka Tiramisu Designs ETD Isle (194, 192, 31) FNKY, FNKY Cake (128, 43, 24) LAST CALL Dazzle (128, 128, 0) Muse Fine Jewelry Linji (143, 152, 49) Paper Couture Barcola (80, 125, 26) Reel Expression Lalique (209, 115, 26) Relika, Eventide Far East (77, 185, 48)Savvy? Froth (103, 229, 23) Shiny Things Shiny Falls (163, 181, 37) Tete a Pied Nouveau (197, 149, 23)
Posted in Accessories, Art and Photography, Casual Clothing, Designers, Jewelry, Shoes, Skins and Hair, Style Profiles | Tagged: 1-800 Bettie's, armidi, boing fromage, earthtones, etd, fnky, last call, muse, paper couture, reel expression, relika, savvy, shiny things, tete a pied | 2 Comments »
Posted by mannarosewood on October 23, 2007
S E C O N D . N I G H T . L I F E
Style Watch: Manna Rosewood
A night out in the town. Manna arrives from her limousine wearing Armidi Gisaci Vidalia Pumps in Amethyst ($L375) and Shai Delacroix’s new Lilac Wine Dress ($L400). She casually smokes a ladies cigarette with holder from Pixeldolls (I Mean Business: AO. Cigarette holder with smoke L$700). Look closely and we recognize 1-800 BETTIE’S Pantyhose in Ebony (L$60)
Manna passes gracefully down the red carpet into the “The L Word” Nighclub (The L Word1 127, 154, 26). Rich dangling earrings in Onyx and Gold from EARTHTONES Conessa Jewelry Set (L$299). Hair perfectly divine, which is Elikapeka Tiramisu of ETD Vivian – Chestnut Updo ($L150).
Gorgeous violet makeup strongly accenting the dress is Vivant Buff Biba 3 by Tete a Pied (L$500). You can always count on CJ Carnot’s work and Roslin Petion’s magic-makeup-touch for your special occasions.
Luxurious long leather gloves from Tete a Pied (L$100 each). Packages include three size lengths of short/medium/long gloves. Choose from a variety of colors. Looking for a lesson in lady-like ettiquete? Go to Luth Brodie’s Reel Expression for beautiful poses (L$150 each).
It’s been a long night. The sun is rising. Time for the after-party.
Happy Fashion Affair Second Life!
Shopping References from this Post:
1-800 BETTIE’S Roosa (235, 21, 28) Armidi Gisaci Armidi (128, 128, 0) Casa del Shai Deco (102, 160, 31) EARTHTONES boutique Muse (90, 161, 107) ETD: Elikapeka Tiramisu Designs ETD Isle (194, 192, 31) Pixeldolls Port Seraphine (128, 128, 0) Reel Expression Lalique (209, 115, 26) Tete a Pied Nouveau (197, 149, 23)
Posted in Accessories, Art and Photography, Couture/High Fashion, Designers, Jewelry, Shoes, Style Profiles | Tagged: 1-800 Bettie's, armidi, casa del shai, earthtones, etd, pixeldolls, reel expression, tete a pied | 4 Comments »