Asphalt Jungle.

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Walking the mean streets.

The Back Story.

It’s been pretty cold in my neck fo the woods, and while I’m itching for spring, dressing for the frigid months is my favorite thing, and I know I’m going to miss it. I picked up so much booty this season, I’ll never get through it all.

Na ja. Really, I just wanted to take some photogs in this cool sim, Urban Ville. And the pipe, oh the pipe. Plus there was the incentive to try out some Windlight settings I downloaded from Strawberry Singh and Celebrity Trollop.

Not having any luck with the shadows bit on my Mac, as per S’berry’s tutorial, btw. When I get to the part where I’m supposed to select Rendering>Lighting & Shadows in the Develop menu, those items are shaded gray and I can’t select them. If anyone knows what the heck I’m talking about, whisper sweets nothings re. the trick I’m missing.

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The Goods.

Electric Lime wasn’t so bad.

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Let’s get festive.

The Back Story.

‘Course, the reason why it wasn’t so bad is because I didn’t get too strict with myself on this “electric” business. I had these shorty shorts from Boom sitting in my drawer waiting for an excuse. They are called both “lime” and “neon,” and since you need electricity to run neon lights, I said that’ll do, girl. That’ll do.

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The Goods.

  • Hair: D!va – Yuria in Garnet – 0L (lucky board)
  • Skin: Sunny Soon Su Skin – HR Holiday Skin – 0L (group gift)
  • Bra Top: Sugar & Spice – Princess Ruffle Lingerie Set in pink – 160L
  • Short shorts: *Boom* – Neon Hot Pants in Lime Green Heart – 25L for set of two (the lime and a hot pink)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Ultimate Greta, color changeable – 10L or 0L ? (can’t remember if they were a luck board or at the outlet. Either way, I can’t find them anymore, but Baby Monkey has all kinds of decent shoes for cheaps)
  • Location: Syzygy Free Photosphere (be sure you tip those cool cats providing free photobooths, y’all!)

Dressing for low lag success.

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Keeping the rendering costs low, and still feeling decent

The Back Story.

The hype around the Vanity Universe Skin Fair is intense, and that means everybody and her alt wants to get in. When you do manage to finally score a spot on the bus, you’ll get a warning notice to tone down your prims, scripts, AOs and gadgets that result in a high rendering cost. The higher the rendering cost — and the more people insisting on wearing their flowing locks, killer shoes, and I-have-to-pee animation overrides — the worse the lag will be. Chances are, you won’t even be able to see anything but shadows of gray. Take it all off, peeps.nekked2

That doesn’t mean you have to run around buck nekked like this gal did. In fact, with some basic clothes on, I had a rendering cost less than hers (100 on me vs 115 or so on her).

No, put’cher drawers on, darlings. I’m posting this to illustrate that it is possible to look kinda cute without lagging up the joint or otherwise looking like a total pinhead — at least cute enough for a high traffic area where no one is paying any attention to you, anyway, because they’re all getting ga-ga over skins.

“What are these ‘rendering costs’ she speaks of,” some of you less technologically inclined might be asking (and I’m pretty low-scale on the techie meter myself; there was a day when I didn’t know rendering costs from a hole in the ground).

The ARC (avatar rendering cost) is a point score, explains the Second Life wiki on the subject, showing how “costly” it is for a graphics card to render an avatar. You can think of it like this; the more junk you have on, the more energy it takes to render you. As the wiki explains, it’s not the last word on what makes a place laggy or not, but you can be sure that if everyone at the Skin Fair kept her (or his) point score to 150 or less, the lag wouldn’t be so awful.

It doesn’t take much to drive your cost up, either. Here’s a little outfit I put on with no hair, no AO, nuthin’. Wearing the prims that make for the flowy bits, my cost was driven up to 4,903.
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Taking those flowy bits off and just wearing the piece like a little jumper, I went down to 100. That doesn’t look so bad, does it?

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Cute at 100.

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It’s so freeing.

The Goods.
  • Hair: Analog Dog – Hair Base tattoo – 0L
  • Skin: Tuli – Sayuri w/ freckles

Look #1:

  • Shirt: Willow~ – shirt from romper set – 0L (former hunt item)
  • Shorts: Coco – Denim Shorts – 0L (group gift)

Look #2 (not the naked chick):

  • Dress/romper: Snowpaws – Tangerine – 0L (former group gift)

Look #3:

  • Top: Icing – Angel Food Cake (part of outfit) – 0L (former lucky board)
  • Shorts: Hani – Myroom Pants – 0L

Look #4:

The limits of fads.

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Come on, boys.

The Back Story.

I suspect that the style days of the retro menswear gartered socks have come and gone, but I will lay my reputation on the line by admitting that I love the look. Chickipoos, love it, love it, love it. I love it so much that I combo’ed it here with gartered stockings. How overkill is that?

You know, I try to keep up, and sometimes I’m a little behind the curve, simply because I just love sitting on the sidelines watching the curve arc gracefully through the air without any input from me. But I am also discriminating when it comes to deciding to mess about in that arc. For example, you will never, ev-ah see me in exposed breasts with electrical tape X’ed over the nipples. ne-VAH. Perhaps I’m inviting drama here, but come on, my peeps… It’s time to take the skank factor down a notch. Cover your cootch, pull up your drawers, and don’t mistake bits of tape – no matter how festively colored – for adequate décolletage covereage.

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The Goods.

If teal is a pain… electric lime…?

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The Back Story.

Teal. It was a challenge.

Teal Challenge 2

Teal Challenge 3

The Goods.
  • Hair: LeLutka – Rush in AlmostGoth – (former group gift)
  • Skin: .::Mother Goose’s::. – Milla – 0L (lucky board)
  • Makeup: *Boom* @ Kozmetika – Love My Eyes liner & mascara + Les petit Details (*LpD*) – Eyeshadow in Peacock – group gift
  • Sweater: Hell Bop – Mae in teal – 10L @ The Wash Cart Sale (until March 9th)
  • Top: Diapop – Notice Me (part of outfit) – 1L
  • Jewelry: MCD – Bolo Tie – Bourbon Street Hunt item for men + LH @ Bubblez Design – Yutume Bangles – lucky board
  • Pipe: Quazar Panthar (QP) – Apple Pipe, sand blast finish – 50L
  • Skirt: Myth – HighRise Jean Skirt in “forest” (looks like dark teal to me…) – 30L at the closing sale, and I think they are now closed.
  • Leggings: Gato – Vintage leggings #1 – 40L
  • Boots: G.Field (*GF*) – Emma short belt boots in brown – 180L
  • Location: Lollygagger Lane, Clinker
  • Poses: Estetica MENstuff hunt item & tram group gift

The Cheongsam.

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Shanghaied

The Back Story.

Inspired by a shop that has no less than three cheongsams as group gifts, I pulled out the one I had scooped sometime over the holidays at Icing, nabbed the three at Likea Ruby, and played dress-up like nobody’s business.

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The Goods.

Pink

Gold

  • Hair: D!va – Senri – 0L (group Christmas group)
  • Skin: Sunny Soon Su Skin (*S4*) – DevonAoki – 0L (group gift)
  • Makeup: Makeup: *Boom* – Love My Eyes liner & mascara – 25L + Les Petit Details (*LpD*) – Eyeshadow Golden – 0L (group gift)
  • Dress: +Likea Ruby+ – Opening Gift Dress – 0L (opening gift)
  • Boots: Fools Fate – Leather Zipper in cream – 25L (Gacha machine; they’re like 600 or 700L regularly, so if you don’t mind the color crap shoot, just seeing what you get, go for a few pulls on the gacha lever)
  • Location: Risk City
  • Pose: HelaMiyo – Silly Steps – 0L (MENstuff Hunt item)

Cream

Brown

Flowerboy.

Jumping Jack Flash

The Back Story.

I’ve been threatening to do a post featuring guy clothes. Okay… maybe it wasn’t a threat… maybe it was just a thought. Regardless, here’s a post featuring moi in man togs. Yes, that fancy-dancey flowered shirt is made for men by Shiki, and is available on their group gift board. That place – one of the locations on the MENstuff Hunt – has such awesomely groovy hipster men’s clothing, that even my cheapskate friend who makes buckets of the Ls DJing, but has an aversion to anything over 10L, laid down something closer to 200L for something he just had to have.

Other stuff for guys: the pants and the hat.

The Goods.