Bathing beauty.

Bathing wardrobe
[location: las islas]

The Back Story.
In RL, I don’t have a complete bathing suit wardrobe. I have no need of one. Even if I could, I don’t think I would live my life in a swimming suit.

Well, thank heaven for the dolly dress-up world of SL, because now I can just pretend to have a bathing beauty wardrobe without the expense and body image issues involved.

All images:

  • Skin: Al Vulo – Pollon Snuggle Milk – 0L (group gift)
  • Eyes: Hoot – Beachball Eyes – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Poses: Marukin – 0-1L (gifts and hunt items)

The Goods: Black Beauty.

  • Hair: Posh – Bitter in “midnight”
  • Makeup: La Malvada Mujer – Cinema Muto #1
  • Body/Bathing Suit: Coco – Sheer Bodysuit – 0L (group gift)
  • Shoes: Gabriel (GB) – Gladiator Sandals – group gift

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Big Red.

  • Hair: Sixty-Nine ([69])– Mia in “Dark Rouge” – 0L (group gift)
  • Hair base: Analog Dog – Hiar Base – 0L
  • Glasses: Blah – Nerdy Acid Glasses – 1L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Bikini Top: Sleeping Koala – Fruity Bikinis in “Kiwi” – 0L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Necklace: Deviant Girls (*dg*) – Little dg necklace – past gift
  • Ring: Baby Monkey – Solitaire Ring – 0L (group gift)
  • Shorts: The Secret Store – Summer Beach Shorts in “coral” – 0L (Season’s Hunt item)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Hi-Top Sneakers Colour Pack in “plaid” – 10L

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Almost Blue.

  • Hair: Plume – Exotica in “onyx” – 0L (Season’s Hunt item)
  • Sunglasses: Alphavillain – Baroque Shades – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Necklace: Gabriel (::GB::) – two-strand necklace – 0L (group gift) + Baby Monkey – Surfer Necklace – 0L (group gift)
  • Bracelet: Baby Monkey – Surfer Bracelet – 0L (group gift)
  • Vest: Sheep Door – Gunjo vest – 0L (Poupee Hunt item)
  • Bikini: Jill – Bikini Blue – 0L (group gift)
  • Shoes: Fir & MNA – Twine Shoes – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

Bathing wardrobe

The Goods: Mellow Yellow.

  • Hair w/Hat: Sixty-Nine ([69])– Eve Hat – 0L (group gift)
  • Hair base: Analog Dog – Hiar Base – 0L
  • Makeup: Squeek! – Checkers Face Tatt – 1L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Bikini: Waffle! – Polka Dot Bikini – 0L (FTLO Scavenger Hunt item)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Middy Leopard – 0L (group gift)
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Melon, baby but way too skinny.

52 Weeks - Melon
[location: overrush digital club] [52 Weeks of Color Challenge]

The Back Story.
I can’t tell you how skinny I had to make myself to fit into this skirt. Gawd bless ’em, I do like Tokodoki, but when you have to push all of your sliders down to zero in order to keep bits and pieces from poking out, maybe the designer needs to supply a resizer hud. I mean, common… body thickness = ‘0’? That’s some messed up shit.

52 Weeks - Melon

52 Weeks - Melon

The Goods.

  • Hair: Dura – April group gift
  • Skin: Al Vulo – Pollon – 0L (Group gift)
  • Earrings: BRB – Watermelon Earrings – 0L (Poupee Hunt item)
  • Glasses: Alphavillain – Baroque Shades – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Bikini: LeLutka – Set Bikini, part of ensemble – 0L (group gift)
  • Skirt: Tokidoki – Mini Skirt – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Shoes: Baby Monkey – Molly Flat – 10L

Bathing trite.

Jumping onto the bathing bandwagon
[location: lost world]

The Back Story.
It feels so predictable and unoriginal to do the bathing suiting thing, but is it really any more trite than boots in winter? Surely not.

Olé.

Summertime

The Goods.

  • Hair: Plume – Exotica in “onyx” – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Skin: Mother Goose’s – Hena-III – 1L
  • Bikini: Milk Motion – My Itsi Bitsi Bikini – 0L (Seasons Hunt item)
  • Sarong: Graph – Mexican Scarf – 0L (Poupee Hunt item)
  • Bracelet: Jill – Leather Bracelet in “camel” – 0L (gift)

Jaded.

jade2
[location: the untroubled sound] [32/52 weeks of color challenge]

The Back Story.
I’m heading off for vacation, I’ll have to play catch-up with the colors when I get back in about three weeks. I got me my bathing suit and am ready to go, yessiree….

jadeport

jade

The Goods.

The basic Rochas idea. Paris Fashion Week.

Rochas Idea
Karzai’s name may be mud in Afghanistan, but he’d still be chic in Paris.

The Back Story.

At their Paris Fashion Week show, Rochas was all over the karakul hat, the “furgina” made famous and chic by Hamid Karzai.

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Over a year ago, the New York Times said this hat was so over, at least in Afghanistan. In Paris of March 2011, however, it’s the bomb. Alas, Second Life is closer to Afghanistan on this one. I searched and searched and come up nil. The closest I could get was a handful of garrison caps. The one pictured here is a very rudimentary one sold via the Marketplace, and you have to be willing and able to add textures to it yourself in order to make it something approaching interesting. Give me RL fabric and an RL sewing machine, and I’ll do you something quite respectable, but I know next to nuzing, dahlink, about making virtual clothes.

Designers’ challenge: make a decent Persian lamb karakul/Karzai hat. In multiple colors, please, or better yet, color changeable.

Rochas Idea

The Goods.

Dressing for low lag success.

Dressing for low lag success 1
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.
Dressing for low lag success 4

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?

Dressing for low lag success 3
Cute at 100.

Dressing for low lag success 2
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:

Reds.

Bathing Beauty

The Back Story.

There’s something about a rich red and a pale turquoise together that’s just really appealing. When the red challenge came up (Week 15 of Luna Jubilee’s 52 Week’s of Color), I went there without thinking about what I was doing. I more consciously figured that the challenge + Valentines Day confluence would mean lots of ballgowns and slexy night out ensembles. Consequently, I went with a old-fashioned bathing suit (which is dubbed a “bodysuit” by the shop, but whatever).

And what a funny coincidence that the week 16 challenge will be teal (close enough to turquoise for a galloping horse, I say). Check out the door to the right of the phone booth… great minds think alike, what?

Finally, dig, I mean dig the crazy shoes, daddio. They make me feel like digging into the box of Valentines goodies an evil friend gave me this week.

 

Now, I suspect to really be in the spirit of the color challenge, we should restrict ourselves to one look, but my friend Uma (who does not do the photogblog thing, instead imposing herself on me from time to time) got all, “Oh! Oh! I wanna do this! I wanna do this!”

I may have said phooey to gowns and over-the-top romance, but Uma was all about the gown. She picked up a couple of these Izzie numbers during this past December’s “Season’s Hunt,” and has been wanting an excuse to play in the red (the other is a delicious mossy green). So, go Uma!

The Goods on Etoile.
The Goods on Uma.