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I was just complaining about sculpty skirts last night. I am not a fan of them because as the avatar moves they don’t and so you end up looking a bit funky and not in the good way. Also, I am not one to rush to post the latest release but in this case, I’m making an exception.

Both the dress and hair shown here are brand new from Fri.day. The Sweet.heart comes with a color change sash and bow, with a choice of five colors, but I tinted them to match these adorable shoes I got from 50L Friday at Surf Co. yesterday. I bought the dress in 3 colors I liked it so much and the minute I saw the Ruby I knew it would go perfectly with the shoes and I was glad I bought them.

Like most sculpty skirts, this one did have issues with some poses but it was easy to adjust for the most part. I do wish they would have had a flexi version in the pack also but that’s just me being hatery towards sculpty skirts, lol.

I was poking around for jewelry to go with this and ended up over at Le Look in the jewelry section and found this new to me place called La Forgia jewelry. Really you have to go over to their main store too because I found so many cute sets at only 350L a set. I ended up with this one with the beautiful little flowers and metal and leather for this outfit as I didn’t want to be too fancy schmancy with the jewelry since this is a light summertime kind of outfit. The flowers and metal and leather are color change and it is script resizable but it fit just fine on me without any of that. I changed the little flowers to red to match the dress.

I had so much red going on and I felt like yellow was not getting its fair share of attention so I zoomed over to Candy Nail and grabbed these bright yellow prim nails. They have these simple plain ones in about a million colors for 70L each and each pack comes with a bunch of sizes included.

This is of course the new Miley hair from Fri.day in Sensitive Black that I’m wearing with this outfit. I am such a fan of Fri.day’s hair, especially short, updo or pony styles. I wish they’d put more flexi in their styles as well but, can’t have everything I suppose.

The tattoo I’m wearing is from Negko and is called “enjoy the flowers” … he has a lot of really lovely ones in my humble opinion. I’m frequently frustrated by the habit of tat makers to cover the breast area with stuff. I generally don’t want my boobs or arms covered with stuff so it can be frustrating and I’m also still looking for a simple belly and “tramp” stamp set that match as well.

You can see all these pics in bigger sizes and more detail here
Fashion stuff:

Skin – Alyson by Belleza in sunkissed, makeup
Shape – mine
Hair – Miley from Fri.day in Sensitive Black
Lashes – no alpha #6 by MiaMai
Eyes – Midday by Fusemelon
Nails – Basic Prim Nails in yellow by Candy Nail
Tattoo – Enjoy The Flowers by Negko
Jewelry – Primula set by La Forgia
Shoes – Spring Fling Wedges in limoncello by Surf Co
Dress – Sweet.Heart dress in Ruby by Fri.day

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I’m on a roll where posting is concerned so while I am I guess I’ll go with it. I’m moody so it could be in a few weeks my post-a-rama will slow down to a trickle rather than a flood. I want to talk about SL jewelry and prim nails today.

These right here are my favorite prim nails, mainly because they have the nice ring and little jewels on the nails themselves and because they are color change. With a click on each hand, I can change them to one of – I think – 7 colors and I paid less than 1K Linden for them at Love Soul.

Love Soul has become my favorite prim nail dealer. I say dealer because I am afraid I’ve become a little bit addicted. (As a note, all love soul nails are sized for a size 20 hand, there are signs around the store but just in case you miss them, make sure you have a size 20 hand and try the demo before you buy.)

However, I am frequently frustrated when wanting to wear a variety of things all at the same time. I didn’t buy Alamood’s gorgeous ring set for SLDailyDeals mainly because you can only have one attachment to the hand and rings will knock off said prim nails. Here’s a picture of the ring set which I snagged off of SlDailyDeals just to refresh the memory of anyone reading this.

Please note the credit for the pic goes to Alamood and Jori Watler not me and that this was a deal offered for one day only over the weekend just past. In any case, aren’t they pretty?

If these were available with prim nails I would have snagged them faster than a speeding bullet.

Here’s another set of nails I love from Love Soul.

I know I sound like a paid advertisement for this store but I am not, cross my heart. The nails I’m wearing were paid for by me because I liked them. However, I can’t resist mentioning that unless I am in a no script area OR I happen to be doing a pose that does not have or allow a relaxed hand, these do not “break”. I tried them with a variety of the poses I own (obviously not every pose on the market) and they looked fine. I wear them regularly with my ao and except as mentioned, they look perfect. They also come with tintable nail gloves to cover and smooth your skin nails so that your prim nails look the most realistic. I used the same tinting method I have used with my feet more or less to tint the gloves to match my skintone.

Now here’s some more wishing on my part. I love these slave bracelets by Earthstones. They attach to the hand, not the wrist, which is nice because you can still wear bracelets and bangles with them. However, you can’t wear prim nails.

I snapped a pic of the display while I was shopping the other night so forgive the less than fantastic pic. As you can see, they also come in lots and lots of color variations. (I wish they came in gold too.)

And to match, she makes these cute footlets. (Oh how I wish someone like Siddean Munro of Slink would get together with Abraxxa Anatine of Earthstones and make these for prim feets.)

They are darling even on the sad mesh feets we have, nonetheless.

There *are* other makers, mostly jewelers, who make prim nails – sometimes with jewelry. Mandala, for example, makes a gorgeous set with rings, bangles, and nails all in one. To me this is the right direction because a person can be fully kitted out for a night on the town or whatever with these sets.

Here’s another of my less than stellar pics of one of their displays. I have to say I love their ads.

Sadly I haven’t been able to get up the L to purchase their fatpack yet. I will though!

Another manufacturer is Caithlin Carter Designs. Here’s a pic of one of her vendors for jeweled prim nails.

I especially love the multi stone ring with this set, but again, alas, I find their price tag a bit hard to manage just at the moment. (*shakes fist at real life budgets*)

At any rate, I’d just like to encourage designers and makers to expand the idea of rings and prim nails. Bracelets, slave bracelets etc etc. And don’t forget jewelry for the prim foot too. Prims want love too, you know!

Here’s some pictures of me and fashiony stuff with credits after, mainly because my new header is featuring this same outfit so I wanted to give credit somewhere. Please note that my nails look natural 😀

Fashiony Stuff
Skin – Alyson Sunkissed # 12 Cleavage Hairbase by Belleza
Hair – Afterglow in Black II by Cake
Eyes – Midday by Fusemelon
Lashes – No Alpha number 6 by MiaMai (see here for a great prim lash tutorial by Alicia Chenaux)
Jewelry – Black Onyx Earrings and Pearl Necklace by DECO
Pants – Sexy Leather Pants in Purple by Style Starts Here
Top – Bella Lace Top (Long) by PixelDolls in Black
Shoes – Esprit in Black by Maitreya Gold

Please see my new page “Regarding Poses” for pose information.

HI! I wasn’t gonna post tonight but I figured what the hey. I never have anything great or exciting to post about so this is just a sort of “slice of my SL(tm) life”. If you just want the fashiony bit at the end, scroll down!

I was talking to Alicia recently and she mentioned a project she was working on and a conversation she had about what she does in SL(tm). I don’t remember the exact quote but it was something along the lines of “I stand on a pose stand talking in IM’s and staring at my avatar.” In answer to the question “Why?”, she said, ‘Because she’s pretty!”

I completely relate to this little conversation. I do the very same thing and for the very same reason. I look almost nothing like my avatar in real life and as far as I’m concerned that’s part of the POINT of SL(tm). I mean, there are people who want to look like vampires or fairies or foxes or demons or drow or dragons, right? And the people I have talked to almost unanimously say that there’s something about that appearance that rings a bell with them in their hearts. It expresses something inside them, or I should say *Us* that perhaps we can’t express in Real Life.

I make kind of a hobby of creating alts and it’s not to fool people or to be secretive or any of that. It’s often just a sort of art form or experiment. What can I express with this avatar that I haven’t expressed before? Can I make her pretty without spending a fortune, etc? I even have a male alt, and no I’m not telling what his name is. Poor guy he hardly ever gets to be out of the toy box because I feel uncomfortable in his “skin”.

To get back to my previous point. My avatar, Velvet, is an expression of what so many people say when talking about an unattractive person. “Oh but she has such a great personality.” Or “She’s so funny though.” Or, “Wow she has gorgeous hair.” It’s like that old adage about “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” Nobody is going to say, unless in private, “Omg, she has a fat ass,” or “She really needs to lose some weight,” or “God, I would kill myself if had to wear a size ‘number'”. I’ll save the rant about how many people have health issues that affect their appearance through no fault of their own. The mistaken belief that larger size people – for example – especially women, sit around all day eating butterfingers and watching soaps is completely erroneous. Yes, there are *some* people who do but the vast majority do not. And yes, I do have health issues irl and I do have appearance issues. I think a great many people in SL ™ do have some of both. Start a conversation about antidepressants, for example, in almost any group and people will chime in like crazy. Same with other types of health issues.

*Gets off the soap box a bit sheepishly and clears throat, blushing profusely*

Long story short. My avatar is what my spirit, my soul, my mind looks like to me, if you could take a picture of such unquantifiable ideas. Naturally I love her. She is me. She is the finest epitome of me, or at least I hope so. I love looking at her and I believe looking at her is good for my confidence, my morale, my sense of self-worth even. I remember reading a while back, an article that I think appeared in the Washington Post (though I couldn’t find it when I looked for it to link it) about how an attractive avatar can be therapeutic for real world issues of self-confidence etc. The article wasn’t specifically about Second Life ™ but the point was made.

I think because of how I feel about my avatar, this is why it kills me when I see people walking around with system skin, hair, shoes, etc. It’s like, do you not love yourself? Do you not care what you are expressing? To me, not taking care of your avatar is a bit like not taking care of yourself. It’s just…not good in my eyes.

Okay so here’s a picture, lol.

Fashiony Stuff
Skin – Belleza, Alyson Group Gift in Sunkissed (I am buying the whole pack, as soon as I can, oh yes I am. Dear Mr Tricky Boucher, please let me be your beta tester!)
Shape – My own
Eyes – Fusemelon, Midday (she just reopened the store, best eyes ever)
Lashes – No Alpha Lashes #6 by MiaMai (best damned lashes evah)
Hair – Truth, Sage, Expresso (I’m Truth’s biggest fan!)
Earrings – I honestly don’t remember for sure where these are from. I *think* they are from ICED but I’m not positive. Again I will check and edit as necessary. edit! so sorry, these are by Caithlin Carter Designs
Top – This is actually a dress called Magenta in Silver Sequin by Khush. You can’t see it but I’m also wearing her sequin ripped jeans under this. They are very low so for my modesty, I needed a long top. 😀
Choker – Hunter (This was a 60l sunday item last week and I am not in world to check the maker, I will edit later) edit this is by Feeb’s
Arm and Wrist bands – Illusions, Cord Wraps set (I got these at Jewelry Fair, I love them. They also come with a neck wrap.)
Shoes – You can’t see these either but I’m wearing the Zara silver shoes by Kitties Lair, awesome shoes!

Here is a shoe pic just so you can see the awesome. That’s also the cuff and bottom of the jeans I mentioned.

I just took this on my patio – house by -Abode- by Aya Liotta, all the waves and palm trees etc are from Green and Wild. I use the Emerald preset by Ana Lutetia for lighting. I can’t remember the exact name but it’s near the top and is the caliah setting -whiter-.

I’m sorry for the lack of slurls, as I said I’m not in world right now so I cant’ check that. I will edit later.