Another year comes to a close

Hi people! I have taken a short break. The end of year crazy hit at work like, well crazy, and then all of a sudden it was Christmas and now it’ll be another 3 until this year comes to an end. I promised myself to take it totally easy until I go back to work in 2023, so here I am, lazing around with a nice coffee and my latest in-world purchases!

You must have been living under a rock if you haven’t heard that until December 30, LeLutka and 54 other awesome designers run their Holiday Special. with free heads for him and her, and tons of skins and other goodies! Most vendors will be set to group only, but hey… pretty much all of the participants, have also waived group fees for this special occasion! So today I am wearing Raven, the free head for women from LeLutka, and she has the potential to usurp the place as my default head from Avalon. I saw people mentioning Celtic features, and “Helena Christensen-like”, which, yep, I can see that. I am wearing her here with Amara Beauty‘s Raven skin and BarberYumYum‘s P18 hair, and the totally comfortable Winnie top and skirt from Offline. Also, I think my eyes are the Noel eyes from Avi-Glam, which is also one of the Holiday Special gifts, but I am not 1000% sure! However, go get the Noel eyes, they are pretty!

Getting ready for an early New Years Eve gathering, I decided to switch out the brows on the Raven skin for Nuve‘s Molly brows, because they are a bit stronger in my face, which I like. My eye liner is from Jack Spoon, The Medea (heart) liner 1 and I added some of Avi-Glam‘s Paris lashes, for extra volume. Also from Jack Spoon, from the Holiday Special, I am wearing the Blame it on the Boogie lipstick and then I added a bunch of other layers, The Biba kit beauty mark from Jack Spoon, and some contouring and blush from Deetalez.

My sweater is the Pom Star sweater from Fashionably Dead, which I’m using as an extra layer over my party dress, because after all, it’s cold outside! but as soon as I get out the door, I’m leaving that behind, put on my Yummy Holiday Party Set, which just is so lovely with Fashionably Dead‘s Slinky Party Dress. From Vannies, I am wearing these lovely fishnet tights with a seam and I slip on my Salvadori Strappy Leather Heeled sandals, grab my Natalia mini purse from Miura, which just fits my key and credit card, and off I go!

Rouge

It’s not often that Kooqla releases a new skin, and I ran as fast as my lag-prone computer would allow me to The Jail Event when I saw there was a new one!

How pretty is she? Callista, what an appropriate name. means the Most Beautiful in Greek. Au naturel she’s youthful, and pretty, especially when worn on LeLUTKA‘s Briannon. My hair is by Rama salon, a new collab with Sintiklia, named Chelsea and available at Equal10 and my sweater is by Miss Chelsea (complete coincidence, I just liked what is written on the sweater: I like them real thick and sprucy)

In the dressed-up version, I tidied my Chelsea hair, and I picked Jack Spoon‘s Munster Winged eyeshadow, combined with Izzie‘s blush from her snow makeup set and my lipstick is by Suicidal Unborn from the Hesperia collection.

Quite a different look, right? Ready to go out for a dance (who am I kidding) I’m wearing Ison tonight, Juliana Cowl dress, with Mylie’s Bolero and Macey’s Glitter Strap heels. I added my Yummy Holiday party set jewelry and I’m all set. Just grabbing a small purse from DDL for my lipstick, credit card, and phone, and off I go!

If you don’t woe me by now

what is your current favourite show? I am swept away by Tim Burton’s Wednesday series for Netflix. So I had to turn Graz into my version of Wednesday for the blog… It kind of started while still wearing yesterday’s outfit and remembering that, before I adjusted my shape to the wider mouth which I usually do like on my avie, the lips on Avalon with the Sol skin from Guapa had a more or less Wednesday-ish pout. So that was the start to see how far I could pull it off.

I think I make a cute Wednesday, wearing Guapa’s Sol skin on LeLUTKA‘s Avalon, with Izzie‘s smokey smeared mascara and Temizi’s chin cleft. My hair is called Wednesday (obviously) and is from Rama Salon, and I am wearing Violent Seduction’s regicide dress. I still think they pulled a shitty stunt at The Arcade, making the left shoe and the right shoe, as well as the left and right sock, and the left and right laces separate purchases, but I love this dress and it does make me think of the one Wednesday was wearing at the Rave’N

above is the unedited, raw from sl version, below, I did some minimal editing!

Psychopaths

One of the brands I always buy during the weekend sales is Technofolk. I love their style, even though it is very much not me. I rarely wear their stuff, but I’m in awe with their aesthetics and creativity! So today I decided I will go out in a Technofolk outfit!

However, I have started the day with Guapa‘s Sol skin (weekend sale) on LeLUTKA‘s Avalon head. My hair is by Lueur (also a weekend sale item) and I am wearing COCO Design‘s Ribbed sweater, which is ALSO a weekend sale item. Yet,I am not feeling cheap :D. When I say weekend sale, it can be any of the many. I lose track!

However, with a fierce Technofolk outfit, I felt I needed a fierce makeup, and Identity Faces happens to have out the Love Me collection for the weekend sales, and the smokey glittery eye and glossy burgundy lips are perfect, especially when I added a little contour by Dotty’s Secret (Blended 2, 50%). Quite a difference, eh?

And there we are. 1:100 children are psychopaths? Sounds reasonable when you look at the amount of psycho (and socio-) paths in the world. I think it may actually be a little more!

So all items are by Technofolk here, from the coat and the shirt, to the pants and the harnesses. Only my Lena ankle boots, which you can’t see here, but fit the look very well, are from Gos

No Ugly Sweaters

Christmas sweaters, yes! But I can’t get myself to buy ugly ones, despite the prizes at work for the “best” ugly christmas sweater! I’ll just pass on the free voucher, and buy my stuff!

But this one from Sorumin is actually cute, not ugly! With the bow on the front, I look like a gift. A really good gift if I may say so myself! I wouldn’t mind showing up in the office like this. I mean, I would not win the prize, but I’d feel good!! I’m wearing it here with Erratic‘s Kamryn pants and Gos‘Lena ankle boots. My Sun purse is from DDL, and my earrings are the Santa Inc giftie from Michan!!

For my face, I went with Nuve’s Regina skin on LeLUTKA‘s Avalon head. My hair is from Dura, NA23 and i bought it as TMD. it’s officially a guy hair, but I have never cared for that, it’s unrigged, so I can easily resize it to fit my girly head! For make up I went with Goreglam for both my lips and eye makeup. Aurora is the eyeshadow, and it comes in a set of lovely hues, and the lip balm is called Sonatine. Both are currently out at Santa Inc. This is also where I picked up my lashes from Michan and my eyes are Moonshine, by Avi-Glam. Still among my favorites because they make you look so soft, with the dilated pupils.

This week is nuts!

I mean, really! All of a sudden we’re full in the end-of-year rush, with the entire team in a frenzy to wrap up all their goals for the year, and then some! Also, I have a guest coming over tomorrow, so when I got home tonight, I had to prepare the guest room and get (most) of the paperwork from the dining table, which doubles as my home office, and oh well, you know what I mean. It’s December my favorite month of the year (Not. No really, It’s my birthday month too, but ever since I was a kid, I have been structurally overwhelmed in December, and I just want it to be January)

Anyway, I did want to share this lovely new Glam Affair skin with y’all. She’s called Ruth, and Ruth has never been prettier in SL! I’m wearing her here on LeLUTKA‘s Avalon, and applied the Adele brows from Nuve. Eye make up and lip toner are from the Ruth package, so that was easy. I only added a few beauty marks from the Boheme collection by Jack Spoon. Oh and a special shout out for my lashes, they are new by Nylon Outfitters,and they are beautiful and lush!

For my outfit, I picked the Sweater and Buttoned Shirt from Fashionably Dead. It comes in a vast selection of colours and patterns, so I just had to fatpack. The choice stress was impossible! I am combining it with Ison‘s Leilani palazzo trousers and grabbed the pattern 3 Winter coat from Movement. My earrings are from the Alicia set by Yummy.

AI yourself

WordPress wants to know what my feelings are towards meat today, but I want to talk to you about AI! It’s no secret that AI “art” is on the rise. These engines have massive learning power and they get better and better all the time. The first one I dabbled with was Art breeder, and then of course now you have the prompt based Mid Journey. Mid Journey requires Discord though and i don’t know man, I kind of hate discord. it’s too much for me. But some SL creators use it to generate images for their SL art creations and what i see there, is that also Mid Journey is in full development and gets better all the time.

However, I want to share with you today Lensa. Lensa is an app for your smart phone that lets you generate AI based images “Avatars” based on a set of photos you upload to it. it’s a paid service, but a lot of fun to try out if you can spare a couple of bucks.

these are some of the first that I did, and I can tell you, it’s addictive! In the second set, I added some RL imagesfrom myself and these are some of the results

and then the one I did today, a mix of SL and RL images, which ended up looking nothing like either Grazia, or my RL , but they are still pretty cool!

Effortless Elegance

Being elegant in SL is not much different from RL. I used to attend some fashion shows in SL, mainly when a stylish vainpyre who happens to be my immortal brother used to grace the runway with his pixels and I was always fascinated with what SLmodels and show producers consider(ed) to be high fashion and/or elegance. An overload of accessories, attachments, intricate prim torturing outfits (pre-mesh) on stick thin models with maxed-out boobs which would cause them serious back pain in RL (or to tip over because top heavy). To be honest, fashion shows in SL used to be my guilty pleasure, my trainwreck that I could not look away from. Elegance for me is less is more. Or like Mme Chanel used to say, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off

Today’s skin is one of the weekend sales offers from Guapa, Marieta, worn on LeLUTKA‘s Avalon. I’m wearing Wings ER1203 hair with it, which is out now at Anthem and Tville’s Stardust eyes. I have added some freckles from the Boheme Collection from Jack Spoon and I am wearing here the Tattered sweater from Tres Blah

Beautiful skin doesn’t need much, so I went with Goreglam Dior eyeshadow, which I made slightly less opaque because I wanted it a bit lighter than the full 100% version, and my lipstick, oh my lipstick, is from Nuve, the Glam Lipstick Chic from Anthem, which is also available in a Gothic version. She should have called it Chicstick because it’s so gorgeous and flawless and chic.

Nothing says elegance like a high waist pencil skirt, which I am wearing in a knit version here from Stories & Co. Weekend sales, so the min set of 4 colours per body type is only 60L$! You don’t need to spend a fortune to look like a million dollar! To keep it semi casual, instead of a crisp shirt, I decided to go with this cropped sweater from Reign, but to glam it up with Yummy‘s Holiday party set, Pure Poison‘s Lady Pumps, and a simple tote from DDL… There, that is all.

Black & Blue

No worries, it’s purely about the lights in these pics. It’s dark and I love to work with blue light, because it gives that, je ne sais quoi of gloom without being downright depressing, if that makes sense? I have been over The Arcade for years now. I remember the days I would go SO broke trying to get those coveted gacha rares, but to be honest, I have also always hated gachas and I felt that in general interest in the event was dwindling long before the ban on gachas. Those insanely talented creators who would made amazing sets that would keep you playing until you literally had no L$ balance left, they left the event long ago, and nowadays, yeah… nah… not really. However…. when I saw that one of my favourite skinners, Amara Beauty was in this round, I decided to give it a try. Got in immediately, on day one. That should tell you something. I got lucky, because after 2 pulls on the machine, I saw a fat pack coming up! so I kept playing until I got it! I also got a few of Mutresse’s Naughty Elves, simply because I adore Mutresse and then left as fast as I could.

And isn’t she gorgeous? Her name is Carmelia, and I am wearing her on LeLUTKA‘s River. yes, Lelu’s gorgeous androgynous head is a total beauty with this skin! I added some moles from Jack Spoon‘s Boheme set and a subtle chin dimple from Saxo. Today’s eyes are the Influencer eyes from Avi-Glam and my hairbase is Wispy Bangs hairbase from Angel eyes, new out at Level. From Fameshed, which has also opened today, I picked up the Polly slip dress and cardigan by Amias.

For my final outfit and look, I went full drama. The outfit is by Avec Toi, the Artemis blazer and vest. and I am wearing the Ruby pants underneath, also from Avec Toi. Initially I was wearing the Ruby blazer instead of the Artemis blazer, but I wasn’t completely feeling that look, so I went over to the shop and see if there was something that fitted my mood better for today. Got immediately approached and complimented in that over the top way that I think only SL subs do, as if wearing latex instantly makes you a Domme. No, it only makes you wear latex, k? I sometimes like wearing latex. it’s sexy! And the Artemis blazer with the vest and shirt, offers a bit more contrast than the Ruby blazer. For my makeup I kept it classic. I’m wearing the smokey eyeshadow which came with Amara Beauty‘s Callie skin, and I added the BOM shading from Influence‘s cheek deformer. My lipstick is by Dernier, the Marilyn lipstick. My hair got did, and it’s now the Cosmetized Melody hairbase, which are lovely fingerwaves, and I added the Bloom beret from Opale. My sole piece of jewelry is Yummy‘s Solitaire ring. I love that ring, It’s gorgeous! My shoes, again are by Gos, the Charlene patent pumps and my wine is from Chicchica!