Date Night

I’m getting ready to go on a date with Mac tonight, and I’m actually really excited about it. It’s been a good while since I’ve been asked out to go dancing! Chivalry is not dead! Woooo!

For the occasion, I am wearing Tres Beau skin Harper on LeLUTKA‘s Raven head and with Tville‘s Glorious eyes. My locks are from Doux, their latest release: Danielle and I am sporting Tres Blah‘s Tori sweater while I’m getting ready!

I have kept my makeup simple but effective. Eyeshadow, liner, and blush all come in the makeup add-ons pack which you get with your LeLUTKA heads. Everything is modifiable, so I tinted the pink eyeshadow with a bit of yellow to make this lovely salmon color to go on my eyelids and I did the same with the beige lipstick from the HUD to make it a warm coral. on top of it, I have added the glitter mesh addition which comes with Raven for a bit of sparkle. I switched my lashes for the heavier ones which are also in the LeLUTKA HUD and there you are: instant party makeup! In case you had not realized it… unpack those extras that come with your LeLUTKA heads, they are REALLY worth it!

Since we’re going for some tango and salsa, I have put on this sexy lil’black number from Tetra, named Valentine. Tetra has recently been updating some of her items to Reborn as well, so go take a look if your previous purchases are among them if in the meantime you have switched bodies like I did! As it’s a bit cold out today, I put on the black fur Roksana stole from Antaya, which does not come in a Reborn edition, but this is the legacy one, and it just fits well. A girl should always keep her independence on a date, so I grabbed this little clutch from DDL to store a lipstick and my credit card and keys and on top of it being a useful item, it’s also stinkin’cute, right? My other accessories are from LaGyo, I snuck into Kustom9 cam sim earlier today and LaGyo has these lovely Ciao Bella hair flowers and earrings out. Since my date loves orange, and it’s really difficult to find orange dresses made for Reborn which also match my fashion taste, I instead focused on it for my jewelry. LaGyo‘s items are modifiable, so I could play a bit with them to get the right tint that I wanted!

And there we are, the full look. Just before heading out, I slipped on the Snowflake pumps from Baiastice, and practiced some moves on the tunes of Gotan Project. What do you think? Good? Not over the top? Let me know!

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!

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.

Tweed

Today’s base is Sally, the new skin from The Skinnery and LeLUTKA’s Irina head. I feel Irina is a bit difficult to love for a lot of people. because she has strong features, which makes her look harsh easily, but I adore her. It does require some shaping to make her work for me, but hey, when you have a good base shape and you make a copy of it before you start working on it to make it fit another head (or body for that matter), you can never really eff up! The only additional layer I am wearing here, is the subtle undereye blush that comes with Sally. Today’s hair is Gemini from Exile, and it has this interesting styling option of short bangs or longer fringes, which really makes it 2 styles for 1 price really! Wearing the bangs version here in the clean pic! I woke up in the Retro Road shirt from Fashionably Dead. I have been a fan from Toast Bard’s creations ever since my very first beginnings in SL, and she still does not disappoint with her leisurely cute style!

For makeup, I went with Alaskametro today. Both my eyeshadow Dara and lipstick Ozone are hers. Eyes and lashes today are out of the LeLUTKA box, belonging to the default equipment Irina comes with. And here you see Exile‘s Gemini hair in the other style, with the loose fringes

My outfit is a mix from Ison‘s Haley ribbed pullover, and Tres Blah‘s Tweed skirt. Just like Sally and Gemini, these items are available at this month’s Collabor88. My boots and purse are from DDL, and if you run, you will still find them discounted from last weekend’s sale!! Oh and since it’s getting colder, I went and bought some new tights from Vannies on the marketplace. Good tights are hard to come by. I wish more creators would make them. Stay-ups a plenty, but I truly hate it when, in a regular not provoking outfit, the garter is visible. So a huge thank you to Vannies for making these!

Almost Human

sometimes you wonder what is underneath it all. What remains of us when we peel all the layers of civilization away. What is beyond the facade of our societal mask, our human veneer? Well in the case of Marierose, the new skin from Glam Affair, she’s covering -but only barely- a beautiful, golden android. I started out today with Ora, by LeLUTKA and Glam Affair‘s Marierose and to obtain the look above, I added Dernier‘s Trophy metallic body in gold, as well as Nylon Outfitters’ Secret Robot Halloween makeup, also in gold. My eyes are Avi-Glam, Glory eyes from pack no. 6.

With my bionics covered, and a fair amount of body paint, I definitely look more human though, and definitely a Golden Girl, though not by age. The major change, body paint aside, are the lenses from Avi-Glam‘s Glory eyes, pack 4, with the gorgeous little specks of gold in it, combined with Michan‘s Mayhem lashes. And of course the luscious wig by Truth, called Unravel, in a rich golden blonde. For make up, I put on the Marierose B skin from Glam Affair, which has the darker brows, and the face shadows 40% which also come with the skin. My eyeshadow is by Top1Salon, from the Oily 3 pallette and I also used a little nose contour by Jack Spoon, Biba 4. Speaking of Jack Spoon, my lip gloss is also theirs, a collab with Miura, who made my Eos lip jewel. The pretty little gold foil freckles are a group gift from Alaskametro, a brand which has been around forever, and it still relevant. Alaska makes some gorgeous make ups and skins, and she’s one of the most generous creators too. A brand I am always happy to support!

Last but not least, for my dress, I went back to Dernier, wearing the gold sequined Zoe dress, and Gos’ Charlene pumps, also in gold. My only other piece of jewelry is the Johanna bracelet from Kunglers.