Digits – Take 2

Tanaquil digits 2012

A bit more than one year after her first digits challenge, Strawberry Singh is asking us how our shapes have evolved since the introduction of residents made mesh clothing in Second Life.

Another change from last year is that Berry is inviting us to use a new Avatar ruler which should give more correct values. This should also give us all a common base to compare our heights. I was estonished to discover Tanaquil’s shape is much taller than what I used to think. She is 1m89 (6’6”) while the official viewer announces 1m69. That’s quite a difference. I am not sure I will shrink her much more though as proportions in Second Life are so wrong, for furnitures for example, that making smaller avatar will only make them look like a bit more lost in chairs designed for giants.

Strawberry Singh is also asking us to answer three questions about our shapes:

1. How has the introduction of mesh affected your SL, if at all? Are you open to wearing mesh often or do you still shy away from it?

I have a love and hate relationship with mesh. While I love the clothes to look so much better, not only because they are following the moves of the body but also because it allows high resolution texturesn, I hate all the restrictions it is bringing. Nethertheless, I am almost wearing mesh all the time, mainly because most of my favorite designers have gone to all mesh creations. Unfortunately, other designers I used to like aswell and who have not joined the mesh revolution seem to release much less new goodies. I hope they won’t disappear. If they were releasing nice items, I would probably buy them, mesh or not.

2. Have you changed your shape to fit into mesh? If so, did you go bigger or smaller?

Yes, though I keep changing my shape all the time. I have tried to make a shape according to the standard sizing system but I didn’t like it and it seems standard size does not seem the same for everyone. With one designer’s clothes, it is going to fit perfectly but when I try another’s it is not ok and I have to modify the shape. In other words, I almost change my shape for every outfit and in the end, I don’t care anymore to try to fit into a standard shape. I keep it roughly between S and M. I have first shrinked the shape to make it fit a S but it is too skinny for my taste without clothes so I have made her rounder and more feminine again though at times, a glimpse of flesh is showing through but I do not care much.

3. Do you think the mesh deformer will resolve a lot of the issues people seem to have with mesh and will it encourage you to wear mesh more often, if you don’t already?

I am curious to see what the mesh deformer is going to make but I haven’t tried to follow its development so I don’t know much about it. I haven’t looked at my digits from last year so I have no idea if it has changed a lot, it might or not as it changes all the time anyway. I am not sure the mesh deformer will make my second life much easier. Wait and see.

To conclude this post, I would like to thank Strawberry Singh who is giving us an opportunity to see how shapes are evolving with the changes brought to Second Life.

Credits:

Skin: –Belleza– Lily V1 Med 2
Hair: [LeLutka]-CACHET – SummerTime
Lingerie: Zaara : Aksaka lingerie *garnet*
Pose: Diesel Works

Unedited

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My pictures will be a bit different today has Harlow Heslop has issued the challenged to post unedited pictures for our blogs. I like the idea as it allowed me to rethink my way of taking pictures.

With time, I have developped a windlight settings and some photoshop editions which allow me to enhance my picture while keeping the colors natural and giving more depth effect. For this set of pictures, I have created a new windlight setting, and I have also framed the pictures so I don’t have to resize them. The result is a bit too blue but let’s say it is the wanted effect.

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In a way, I have cheated as I have used newly released mesh items, which remove a lot of problems from the pictures. When you are going to stores like celoe, Exile and The Secret Store, you are sure to have quality products which won’t disapoint you.

I have used another trick actualy, which was not intended at first. I am taking my pictures in .png to avoid loosing details. I am also taking them using a huge resolution like 4000 x 5000 pixels. I first wanted to post the original pictures but that meant uploading 31 mega to flickr so I have decided to downsize them the way i usualy do, transforming to .jpg with a lower resolution, and hiding a lot of problematic details this way like jagged edges.

No edit Face

Finaly, for the skin, I am wearing pUK from Dutch Touch, the new release for the VIP group only.

As a conclusion, I would like to focus on the fact that, wether you choose to edit your pictures or not, because it is your fun to do so or not, while using quality items, a good windlight setting and having an eye for framing, you should come up with quality pictures.

Credits:

Skin: ::dUTCH tOUCH:: ::pUK:: pEACH – (Bare) CLA FR
EyeLiner: ::DT:: MakeUp – EyeLiner – nr 2 and ::dUTCH tOUCH:: AddOns – EyeLashes plus Kohl
Lipstick: :dUTCH tOUCH:: ::eSmEE:: pEACH – Glossy Fuchsia Lips
Teeth: Redgrave (part of Bella skin)
Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Light Aspen (M)
Hair: ::Exile:: Queen Bee:Nectar
Sweater: [celoe.jet.sweater.ebony/swan.S]
Pants: [celoe.dade.slacks.gold.S]
Nails: ::je suis…naive::Nails::No.001:Pink
Earrings and Bracelet: (Yummy) Hodgepodge Silver
Bag: The Secret Store – Funky Tango Bag – Swatches
Shoes: [celoe.xylia.pump.claret.]
Poses: Fri.day

The Nose Knows Challenge

Hello,

Nose Knows Challenge Before

Jori Watler challenged us to show ourselves with a larger nose than the usual too thin to be true one. So I gave it a try and took some before / after pictures.

To be honest, I don’t think my avatar has such a thin nose as I am often avoiding skins clearly made for people with tiny noses. It becomes rapidly too big on my shape as skin, for sure, matters a lot.

Nose Knows Challenge After

As I have enlarged the bridge, I had to make the mouth a bit wider too or it was looking a bit weird. So the next challenge might be about realistic mouth with thinner and broader lips. The picture doesn’t show it but I have made it longer too. Have you ever noticed many people have such flat faces that their profile look like the nose was cut?

While I wouldn’t wear the bigger size nose shape everyday, I tend to like it, it actualy adds temper to the face and I think she looks rather cute.

Credits:

Skin: [PXL] GAIA SK SE MEB C2 FR
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Egyptian Blue (S)
Eyelashes: Exodi
Hair: >TRUTH< Bea – almond

Bye bye,

Tana

Bourgeoise

Hello,

Bourgeoise

For this 52 weeks of color challenge, Pink, I could have gone all girly and cute but instead, I prefer to play a rich woman going to a party on the roofs of Marrakech, the pink city. I have never had any problem with this color, actualy, I like it pretty much and think it is elegant and feminine. Such a lady only wears elegant outfits and one of the first brand which comes to my mind is Donna Flora with its vintage touch.

Bourgeoise 2

A second brand evocating sophistication is Baiastice and the new line of Maxine shoes makes no exception. It comes in 4 different versions: sandal, platform, over-height sandal and wedges. The three first types are available at Baiastice mainstore while the wedges can only be found at the Shoe Fair 2011 which opens today 14th May at noon SLT. These shoes are perfect if you are looking for elegant high heels. The HUD is pretty easy to use with 20 custom skin tones and plenty of nails colors options.

Baiastice Maxine

Credits:

Skin: [PXL] GAIA SK NE MEB C1
Shape: ** Dunes ** Custom Made
Eyes makeup: [PXL] GAIA SK BubbleGum Eyes (Tattoo)
Lipstick: [PXL] GAIA SK Pale Lips (Tattoo)
Eyes: [LeLutka]-Ellis-Vine/M
Hair: [LeLutka]-HERA 2.0 hair – StrawberryShortcake
Dress:
Earrings: Zaara : Nizam Jhumka (earing) *white*
Bangles: Zaara : Nizam Choodiya (bangles) *white*
Bag: ::: B@R ::: Gefion
Shoes:
Pic 1 – 2: Baiastice_Maxine Sandal-brown tan
Pic 3: Baiastice_Maxine Platform-mother-of-pearl / Baiastice_Maxine wedge-gold pyton
Poses: Long Awkward Pose
Furnitures: NotSoBAD

Bye bye,
Tana

Eggplant

Hello,

Eggplant Portrait

For the 52 weeks of color challenge eggplant, I will start with these fabulous eyes from FASHISM. They just have everything you are looking for: details, rich colors in a wide variety, depth, reflections, they come in five different sizes. The eyes are complimented by a new make-up from elymode and PXL Linda G3 with lilac lipstick to create an harmony of purples.

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I’ve been wearing this new print dress from MichaMi for 3 days already. I adore this dress and the vintage feeling it has. I am wearing socks from Mushie in light grey and the Gos Curvaceous boots in grey as I wanted neutral colors accessories to emphasize the effect of the print of the dress.

Eggplant 2

I am also wearing the d’Jango necklace and bangles in silver from MOOD Jewelry, a simple and elegant set which completes the look pretty nicely.

Credits:

Skin: [PXL] Linda G3 SK LillacLips MEB
Shape: ** Dunes ** Custom made
Eyes Make-up: *elymode* makeup – purple frost – 1
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Eggplant Deep (S)
Hair: (Milana) Lynn [Roots] – Poppy
Dress: MichaMi: Print Dress Sleeve in Plum
Socks: Mushie :: k&k Sexy Socks – Light Gray
Bangles: > alaMood alaMood < d'Jango Silver – Layered Necklace
Boots: [Gos] Curvaceous Boot
Poses: Glitterati

Bye bye,

Tana

Digits of the Day

Hello,

Digits of the Day 2

Like most people in the past days, I am sharing some digits about my avatar shapes, answering Strawberry Singh ‘s question.

I tweak my shape almost everyday, change some sliders to fit better an outfit or just because I wonder if it wouldn’t be better this or that way, but always trying to keep the same feeling about the avatar. I am constantly changing so it might very well be that if I shared those digits in one week, they would be pretty different. That is why I am sharing my digits of the day.

With everyone sharing some parameters of their shapes, it is fun to see how different avatars can be and yet all still beautiful. It is also interesting to see that some people will use some sliders in very different ways. I like my avatar to be a bit curvy, so i’ve chosen to use a height below 50 but not too much so I am adding body thickness and body fat. I have been trying to reduce the thickness to 0 but I didn’t like it, I had the feeling the avatar was flat. When playing with the thickness, one of the problems are the shoulders. You quickly can look like you’ve been practicing body building at high dosis. I guess most people will think my avatar has too large shoulders but I like it that way. When I am trying for smaller shoulders, I feel like it is looking like a chicken with a big bottom and a small top.

All in all, I like my shape as it allows me to wear a lot of different clothing from various brands without having to edit too much. A simple resize will often suffice, well maybe not gowns but I am almost never wearing any. I liked Berry’s idea. I am glad to see so many people played the game.

Credits:

Skin: Tuli [:T:] Sara / petal :: 01 + freckles
Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Egyptian Blue (S)
Hair: [LeLutka]-RAIN hair – SummerTime
Top: .:LeeL:. Khoma – Lavendel 1
Shorts: *League* Frayed Denim Shorts -Cool Dark Blue (pl)

Bye bye,

Tana

Best of 2010

Hello,

Best of 2010

As we are narrowing the end of 2010, time has come to look backwards at what was achieved during this last year. I have started the blog only in May, since then I have written 149 posts, this one being the 150th. That is 150 different outfits, made of skins, hair, shoes, clothes, accessories coming from so many fabulous designers. Among all those items, I have picked some of my favorite to present you this look as a review of what I liked best in 2010.

Best of 2010 Close-up

I would love to see which items you liked best from your blog aswell. So, feel free to work on the same idea and please post a link to your blog as a comment here to let me and others who might be interested know what you’ve done.

Skin: [PXL] Kasumi SK RoseLips by Hart Larsson. I actualy had a hard time choosing the skin, not that i had a doubt it would be a PXL but because I couldn’t decide between Candy, Dafne and Kasumi, three skins i love for different reasons. I’ve finaly picked Kasumi as i haven’t removed it since its release in November, for the skin whore i usualy am, this is a record!

Eyes: L.Fauna Charm Eyes [Gemini 1] by Launa Fauna. Simply the best eyes i’ve been giving to try. I have been testing many others but I always come back to these. The reflection, the size, the color, it has all what I am looking for.

Eyelashes: :: Exodi :: Makeups – Eyelashes – Glamour + prim eyelashes from the skin packs by Ryker Beck. The ones I never remove, easy to fit, rather realistic, the nightmare of eyelashes made easy.

Hair: Exile Serana/auburn by Kavar Cleanslate. I could have picked a lot of different styles from different brands, all styles i wear of a frequent basis but I’ve picked Serana as I’ve used this style in some of the posts I prefer. It has a sexy movement perfect for photography.

Top: Maitreya Bodysuit de la Ruche – Golden by Onyx LeShelle. I could have chosen shoes, hair or jackets but i went for this bodysuit. I have it in several colors and it is a great basic for lingerie or top. A piece of clothing I am using a lot.

Shorts: *Fishy Strawberry* Billy Denim Shorts – Garage by Fae Eriksen. I’ve been wearing those shorts in several posts. Casual and sexy without showing too much they have the perfect length for me.

Tights: Maitreya Allure Stockings – Neutral03 bye Onyx LeShelle. I cannot count the number of posts where i have used those tights. This color or another one.

Gloves: gants moi by Yung Back. One of my oldest and trustworthy friend here. The only girl i will ever call “Mamour”. I don’t think the gloves are for sale, sorry.

Belt: Nyte’N’Day – Ginger Belt – Burnt/Black Studs by Nyte Caligari. A timeless hand-crafted studded casual leather belt you can wear with skirts, pants, anything.

Earrings: p.c; Organic Hoops by Cora Lu. This fall, Paper Couture has once again spoiled us with a fabulous collection, full of fantasy and originality. These Organic Hoops are fun very large earrings, so large it is one of the rare pair you can wear under long hair and still see them!

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Bambu – necklace – natura by AvaGardner Kungler. An elegant with a vintage touch necklace which should compliment many cleavages.

Bracelet: ::je::suis::africain::bracelet by Julia Merosi. The africain set is an ethnic jewelry ensemble you can customize with myriads of possibilities as you can color its beads and other parts to match about any outfit you might wear.

Sunglasses: [Gos] – Custom Sunglasses v3.2 BUTTERFLY by Gospel Voom. Great shoes, great sunglasses with perfect sculpties and the respray technology allowing you to get several colors of a small price in addition to the basic price.

Bag: (Milk Motion) My leopard bag by Marie Lauridsen. I got this bag at one of the Fifty Linden Friday’s. You may like or hate this kind of events but some of the designers are offering us real gems.

Boots: {mon tissu} Provence Riding Boots ~ Chestnut by Elie Spot. I love boots, I cannot resist them! I have way too many already but I will still have to purchase the last ones. Though these boots from mon tissu have rapidly reached the top of my list. The sculpts and textures are perfect and they are not loaded with plenty of scripts and prims that cause you to lag so much you cannot teleport anymore. If you have to choose for one pair of casual yet elegant boots, these are the ones!

Poses: Diesel Works by Rogan Diesel. I’ve used those poses a lot lately as they have some movement without deforming the body too much.

Location: SaliMar. I’ve taken several pictures there last summer. It is a lovely mediterranean village with art exhibitions and a touch of fantasy. A perfect place to discover alone or with that speical someone.

Last but not least and not on the pictures but you just have to have a look at my previous posts: Mayle Oh from The Secret Store! She has rapidly become one of my best friends here. Always supportive, always positive. She has a great sense of styling and her creations are what i am looking the most forward for 2011!

Bye bye,

Tana