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1930s fashion is one of my favourite styles when it comes to vintage clothes, but rather difficult to construct with the means of Second Life – especially when you don’t want to wear an “out of the box” outfit all the time, but I think I succeeded with this one. Also, I felt like donning a “serious” outfit before indulging in the playful nature of spring dresses, and there is a certain grown-up quality to the clothes of this decade which you don’t find in the years before of afterwards.

Sometimes, the outfits I blog go through a rather long evolution before I decide they are ready for taking a picture, but this one was a very straight-forward and quick development: every single item I tried just fell into place and the most time-consuming task was fitting the hair under the hat.

Body:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) Brooke FAIR Subtle 6
  • Eyes: [LeLutka]-Reflections-Mist-Eyes
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: Ingenue :: Myrna :: Natural Black

Outfit:

  • Jacket & Gloves: [The Sweetest Good-bye] 2nd Moon – Grey
  • Skirt: Ingenue :: Vintage Basics :: Secretary :: Ebon
  • Stockings: *Sheer* Stockings 01: Nylon Black
  • Shoes: Maitreya Neyya * Toe-cap grey
  • Hat: *COCO*_WoolFeltFedora_Black
  • Bag: [LeLutka]-handbagBLACK

Other:

  • Pose: *TorridWear* – Geometry 04

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In order to re-familiarize myself with blogging, I’m going to visit the 1950s again, and what would be better than wearing the “Doriane” coat by L’Abel on that occasion? Not only does it offer a splash of colour I’m often missing at this time of the year, but also it does have the most wonderful “New Look”-shape, with a tight-fitting bodice and a wide skirt. Accentuated with a black collar, black cuffs and matching accessories, the outfit remains classy while still making a statement.

Body:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Summer Cocktails 5
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: Kin -Joan- [black]

Outfit:

  • Coat: L’Abel – Doriane coat
  • Shoes: Maitreya Group Gift Pumps black
  • Stockings: *Sheer* Stockings 01: Nylon Black
  • Earrings: ~Muse~ Claris Pearl earring in Gold
  • Gloves: Fleur Gloves Short Black
  • Hat: Tesla hat “Joan” [free]
  • Bag: (P-K) Vintage Petit Sac Noir

Other:

  • Pose: *TorridWear* Drama 08

 

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Just a quick drive-by-post, since RL has me in its thrall, but I couldn’t bear to have this picture sitting any longer in my flickr-account. It is a contribution to Hybrid Ansar’s blogger challenge, issued here.

I’m quite in favour of plus-sized avatars becoming more visible, and as I wrote before, I’d use a bigger shape myself if it didn’t come with a bunch of problems: prim parts of clothing don’t fit and sometimes cannot be modded enough to make them fit and a lot of poses are rendered unusable because of arms or hands sticking in tummies or hips…

I’m wearing Prelude’s Estelle dress in silver blue here, a beautiful 40s-inspired dress with excellent textures and great shading. Complemented by Evoke’s Slingbacks, some of the cutest shoes I have seen on the grid in a while, this makes for a very romantic outfit.

Body:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Summer Cocktails 6
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: ETD Juliana – Smoke

Outfit:

  • Dress: Prelude – Estelle (silver blue)
  • Stockings: *Sheer* Stockings 01: Nylon Black
  • Shoes: Evoke Ribbon Slingbacks – Black Leather / Black Satin
  • Earrings: Paper Couture Diamond Bow

Other:

  • Pose: *TorridWear* – Geometry 06

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(Credits and more detailed body shots at the end of this post.)

It requires only a superficial skimming through my blog to notice that I wear exclusively skins made by Roslin Petion and CJ Carnot. Not that there aren’t other good skins: some look very beautiful – on other people. I have tried a fair amount of different demos from various brands, but none of them really looked like “me”, except those by Fleur.

My love affair with the brand began in 2007, with the Vivant skins, and upon returning to SL earlier this year, I fell head over heels for the Allure line. Needless to say that I’ve been anxiously folllowing the progress of this latest project, waiting for the release – now under the new name of “5th & Oxford”, which is not merely a rebrand of Fleur, but (with Roslin’s words) more of a “lifestyle brand” that will offer many more products besides skins and women’s fashion only.

As much as I was anticipating the new skins, there also was a bit of nervousness: would I like the new skins just as much as the old ones? Or would I like them too much, perhaps, so that I wouldn’t want to use the old skins anymore? Would I still look like “myself”?

I count myself lucky to have a chance at taking a look at the new “Audrey” line a little early and there was no reason to fear, as I know now; Roslin and CJ have treated their skins to a careful renovation without demolishing the whole look. The strong points of the Allure line are still there, complimented by new features. There are other blogs publishing their reviews together with a complete overview of skintones and makeups available, so instead of doing a visual documentation, I wanted to put my thoughts about this skin into words and use pictures only to illustrate my point.

“Audrey” launches in three skin tones – fair, medium and tan – and with 24 different makeups. The shading under the bust and buttocks is a bit more pronounced and some body parts look a little shinier than in the Allure line, but “Audrey” still is a very balanced and subtle skin – which counts for much in my book. I prefer skins that don’t show any of the intense highlights you often find in examples which are based on images taken under studio conditions, because they look a little too artificial. CJ & Roslin, however, got the balance just right: their skins look smooth, neither too flashy nor dull.
A few subtle moles on the torso add a bit of interest without being too obtrusive, and the freckles are really good: neither too dark nor too pale, they are splattered over the nose, cheeks, shoulders and cleavage, thus creating a very natural look. Usually, I don’t wear freckled skins, but the one pictured above stole my heart and I will probably put it on once in a while in the future.

A novelty are different lip forms and textures within the same kind of makeup, meaning that you not only pick a lip colour you want, but also the texture and, to a certain extent, the shape of the lip. The makeup is excellent, as always. Very detailed and nuanced, just as great as in the previous skin lines.

A bigger difference between their previous releases and “Audrey” is the nose – I don’t know how they did it, but the shading of the nostrils is excellent. I daresay I haven’t seen any better yet in in Second Life®. Unless you have selected a slider value of 50 or more to turn your nose up, the way the avatar mesh works creates “creases” on either side of the nose – a fact that bothered me to the extent that I have openly wished for prim noses to replace the standard one. With “Audrey”, it seems that I can stop wishing for a different nose, because the shading hides those creases almost completely; they are hardly visible now.

The brows have a great shape and definition, but make sure you are using Windlight settings that don’t crank the scene gamma values too high up, or the black brows will wash out and look brown instead. If in doubt, just play a bit with the slider values until you find a setting that works for you.

If you have loved Fleur or Tete à Pied skins before, you won’t be disappointed by “Audrey” either. If those skins weren’t for you, there are enough differences to warrant getting a demo of the new line. For pictures of the other makeups or skintones, please check the blog of Grazia Horwitz (“More Than Meets The Eye”, link is listed on the right) or the feeds. I’m sure the updated blog of 5th & Oxford will be available soon as well.

The release of 5th & Oxford’s “Audrey” skin is announced for Sunday, so keep your eyes open for more information.

Both Pictures:

  • Skin: (5th & Oxford) FAIR Audrey Fresh Freckles 2
  • Eyes: (Miriel) Realistic Eyes – Strong Green [not available anymore]
  • Lashes: (Miriel) Lashes – Feather [not available anymore]
  • Hair: Tiny Bird – Olivia (pepper)

Picture 1:

  • Bikini: /artilleri/ Annalee bikini *purple*
  • Pose: *Torridwear* Drama 08

Picture 2:

  • Shoes: [Armidi Gisaci] Dhali Bow Platforms – White
  • Pose (left): *TorridWear* Curves 06
  • Pose (right): *TorridWear* Coy 06

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