Whatever you do, don't groan. Yes, this is another post about Gos' Boutique shoes, but this image also has me without panties and my big breasted look-a-like 'twin' out on a couch, so that's worth a read. Right? By now blogs and feeds are are buzzing with the business of Gospel Voom's new line of couture heels. (Frankly, I wouldn't mind seeing a sales figure after the weekend so that all of us on the grid and give a whistle of appreciation.) I've never seen so many women excited for a product in SL as I have for these shoes - myself included. I think I was the first one in when the announcement was made that the store was open to the public and we could all 'come n get some'! I'll confess that I was repeatedly clicking on the slurl a few minutes before opening because I wanted in that badly.
The average shopper might ask, "but what's the big deal? The hype was HUGE." Looking at the shoes themselves and the lovely foot it comes on is not any more 'big deal' than the other high quality shoe makers on SL. I mean it's pretty damn gorgeous, don't get me wrong. I'm not going to sit here and knock around the product because the textures are amazing and the shapes are simply beautiful. But so is Maitreya or N-Core. SLink also turns out an amazing shoe. Pixel Mode, too. Also they turn out lovely versions of bare feet.
The HUD is what blows the competition out of the water. Instead of standard presets, which have been the norm for awhile, Gos' Easy Match HUD comes pre-programmed with a web database of some 250 skin tones from all the popular skin makers. On top of that, the list is growing as more requests are turned out. On top of that, there is no need for a sock layer for blending. Nothing holds a candle to this HUD. The work it took to make the HUD alone? I would have paid top dollar for these shoes. Instead, I parted with my linden with more modest pricing to stay on par with competition. (Prices average between $600L and $800L)
And last, but not least, Gos' continued fundraising for animals in need. A few select editions of the Boutique heels are for sale with proceeds benefiting the PDSA.
The latest round of Zodiac is in full swing. One of the items up for sale is the Elysium skin by Bilo Eclectic fashions. I love the shading on the face, and the fact that it comes with mottling of freckles option for us of the ginger persuasion. I especially love the shine on the lips and the subtle but funky - words that aren't normally associated with the other - eye makeup.
I'm really into doing portrait shots lately. It makes photoshopping a bit more realism into a face that much easier. Plus I feel it adds a bit more depth into an avatar. It makes their individuality and beauty that much more visable.
Top [Romper]: ColdLogic - Mathis (Snow)
Necklace: KOSH - Noda Necklace
Hair: Trith - Edith 2 (Cranberry w/ roots)New!
Eyes: IKON - Eternal Eyes (Floe)
Lashes: Damned Eyelashes
Skin: Bilo - Elysium (Red brow w/ freckles)~Zodiac
Windlights: Strawberry Singh's Diamond - Nam's Optimal Skin & Prim
I love playing up with different skins and hair. I imagine I love this because I loved doing it to various dolls when I was a child. In many ways, the SecondLife avatar (or IMVU if that's your poison) is no different to me than the color forms I had when I was younger, though it's less stinky. Nothing delights me more than the special skins that appear at events for small amounts of lindens and hunts. Belleza put out these fun Flash skins in three make up tones for Fifty Linden Friday. They are so fun to play around with in addition to my regular skin I wear.
I know I very recently blogged the new Sense and Sensuality corset from FATAL, but I couldn't resist using this gorgeous set (sans bra) for Unapologetic SecondLife Fashion's '50 Shades of Sexy'. This is a challenged geared towards lingerie, items which don't see as much blog action as the rest of the SL fashion market.
So I raided my virtual panty drawer looking for something that fit the 'Cotton Candy' of this week's theme. I thought about using this bra and panty set from Onyx Wear, but decided on this underbust corset from FATAL was my ticket to sex appeal.
Lingerie: FATAL - Sense and Sensuality set (Pink) New!
Necklace 1: Maxi Gossamer - Giselle Opal (Pink)
Necklace 2: Maxi Gossamer - Pearl Necklaces - Short Combo (Pink)
The long awaited return of Curio Skins has come, but to mixed reviews. A lot of us are happy to see what was once a profitable business for someone be allowed back on the grid. Many of us are unhappy to see Hush Skins being cleared of any misdoings by Gala. In fact, most of us wanted to see the woman torched and forced off the grid. We all saw the proof of Hush's crimes, were appalled to see Gala kicked off the grid while Hush remained, and all wondered what this meant for content creation in Second Life. When Gala and Hush decided to agree on amicable terms that their creations were original, the lot of us balked, enraged over the One Voice efforts going to waste (because we wanted justice) and wondered why things had turned out this way.
Personally? I stand by my purchases for the One Voice event. They cost me probably at max 10 real life US dollars, though I suspect the number is closer to 5. Some spent more, some spent less. The thing is, someone who made something we loved was unfairly under fire - because we all saw the proof of Hush not only ripping from Curio, but from League and Al Vulo as well - and removed from the environment that allowed them to earn a living. The money we raised help ensure that Gala was able to pay for her legal costs, which we are not privy too. I don't blame her for putting the ugly business behind her and because of the funds we all helped raise, she is back on the grid and selling her creations once again.
To celebrate she has released a Megapack of her skins (all skin tones besides the gold tones and all makeups) called Party Girl. It looks pretty awesome on my Asian alt. You can get the skins by joining the group and searching the past notices.