Sunday, November 16, 2008

Raid Juju's Closet for a Fresh Take on the Little, Black Dress

I was lucky enough to run across the Black Ribbon Dress (above) by Juju's Closet the other night on a shopping expedition. The Black Ribbon Dress from Juju's Closet has given my Doll's own closet a much-needed, fresh take on a timeless favorite, the little, black dress. The lines on this piece are simple and clean, while the overall design of the piece is stunning. The textures and prim-work put into Juju's Black Ribbon Dress are attractive and understated, making the doll (and not the dress) the show-stopper.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Can You sey Cute?

My Doll just picked up the new Girls School Hair by Panache and is currently refusing to remove this adorable head of hair (above.) As it turns out, that's not such a bad thing. These short pigtails, bundled under a color-changing sculpted beanie hat, were screaming for an equally cute outfit to match. My Doll seized the opportunity to piece together some of her new favorites from sey to create a casual, urban look that is nothing short of feminine.

My Doll decided to pair her new sey sleeveless hoodie with sey's yaya jeans in blue (below.) Sey's sleeveless hoodie is most definitely something to write home about! The textures are right on and extremely detailed. The letters on the front and back of this piece give off just the right reflection and shimmer, giving this sleeveless hoodie a very authentic and realistic feel.

The sculpted hood attachment is just as detailed as the textures and lettering on the hoodie, right down to the tiny, colored, clothespins on the left side of the neck portion of the attachment. The hood attachment doesn't have a lot of the issues as other sculpted hood attachments out there, specifically it doesn't look too bulky.

While at sey, my Doll also picked up the yaya jeans in blue (above.) Although the yaya jeans lack the magical prim attachments that the sleeveless hoodie is blessed with, they manage to make a case of their own. The jeans appear to have just the right amount of wear and tear on them, again creating a very authentic look. And maybe my Doll is a little bit too bootylicious to be hanging signs on her rear, but who can resist a pair of jeans that say "Follow Me!" on the back?

My Doll finished off this casual look with Shiny Things' Ribbon Boots in black (below.) As I'm sure you already know, these boots are terribly fabulous. They apparently inspire even lofty, lawyer-types to kiss your feet.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

This Doll Does It For Her Country

The veteran in my life didn't think twice about reminding me that today was Veteran's Day, so my Doll donned her very favorite Army girl look in celebration. Agent Orange, this one is for you! My Doll's favorite Army girl look is comprised primarily of the Camolicious outfit from Alkaline Designs (above.) The Camolicious outfit is hardly new to Second Life, this outfit happens to be one of the first (of many) Army girl outfits that my Doll purchased. But alas, the sexy Camolicious outfit has withstood the test of time and endures as one of my Doll's favorite ensembles. As always, the devil is in the details, and I wasted no effort in selecting the perfect accessories for one of my Doll's favorite looks.

When suiting up for one-arm push-ups (below,) my Doll's legs are strapped with the Dual SIG P229 handguns from the fine weapons makers over at The Omega Concern and her favorite camo leg warmers from MPS. And you might notice that this little morale officer happily bears the pain of battle in Zhao Shoes' Fyre stilettos in black.

My Doll's tummy happily bears one of the many superior tattoos created by the one and only JanderSunStar Vendetta for Design Vendetta. My Doll thinks this hand-drawn piece of wearable art complements her Camolicious outfit perfectly. The look is completed with a gas mask from AMBUSH that emits smoke particles when turned on (above) and some fabulously messy hair from Hair Solutions. Happy Veteran's Day!

Monday, November 10, 2008

Dreamy Doll Clothes at D-Factor Exclusive

The Italian Contingent, RIKKI Bayliss & Co., gave my Doll some premium LM junk after a stern talking to about her (poor) decision to wear some eye jewelry that apparently looked like something else splashed across her face. (Ewwwww! And I'm sorry, I was getting overly emo, they were supposed to be tears!) The LM junk blew my mind with the first hit, D-Factor Exclusive. Once I landed I realized that I had to quickly choose and leave the store (despite the siren calls of the reduced-price items on the second floor,) or risk blowing my whole wad on the fabulousness at D-Factor Exclusive. My Doll opted for D-Factor's short, sexy outerwear (above) and a super sweet disco dress (below,) both in black.

D-Factor's textures and styles would rank high with any fashionista. My Doll certainly wasn't disappointed. The designs are simple, elegant, and uber-sexy. The textures and photoshop work aren't far behind. Case in point, the sequin textures on the black disco dress (below.)

Sunday, November 9, 2008

A Doll's Best Friend: The Fashionista Closet

After a long hiatus from the blogosphere, going blind on presidential elections and tiny prims, and a trip to see my Italian Connection for some good LM junk, I decided that it was again time to wrestle with my inventory demons. So today I went into battle with my very favorite weapon, The Fashionista Closet. The Fashionista Closet is a genius invention by Sparkle Skye and the creative minds over at Allure, designed to combat the inventory beast and keep a diligent fashionista's inventory somewhere within the realm of reasonable. The Fashionista Closet allows the owner to store (and purge) any items he or she does not want to carry around 24/7, so long as the items are copiable. The best part of using the Fashionista Closet system, aside from purging thousands of items from inventory after a good session, is that you end up with an enormous collection of well-put-together outfits that are available to you at the click of a button from anywhere on the grid. Read on, my fellow dolls.

My closets are well-established and each holds different types of items that I need to store (e.g., prim hair, objects, clothes.) The actual objects that serve as the closets are extremely low-prim and modifiable. You can see from the photos that I changed the textures on my Fashionista Closets to something a little more Shyayn than plain 'ol wardrobe textures. To use my favorite weapon and faithless companion in the battle against an out-of-control inventory, I first assemble an attractive outfit from my inventory and take a decent picture of my Doll (above.)

Then I store the copiable components of the outfit in the Fashionista Container (above) and texture the Container with the photo that I took of my Doll in her newly-assembled outfit. In this case, I created an outfit called "Celestial Studios Tank and Zaara Jeans Outfit." After moving the outfit from my inventory into the Fashionista Container, prim hair, skin, jewelry and all, I rename the Container appropriately. The Fashionista Containers are "smart," and give you a warning that you can't miss if you happen to accidentally place non-copiable items into the Container.

Above, the green text indicates that everything I've put into the box has the correct (copy) permissions. After my outfit is stored in a Container and properly labeled, I take the newly-named Container into my inventory and then move that Container into the Fashionista Closet that I'd like to use to store that particular outfit, accessory, or object (below.)

After all of my outfits for the session have been put together, photographed, and stored in their respective closets, I click on/touch each closet to get a menu (below) that asks what size HUD I'd like the closet to rezz (small, medium, or large.) Since I'm just partially blind at this point, I opt for the medium-sized HUD which rezzes on the ground in front of the closet after I select "Medium" from the menu (below.) Once rezzed, I take the HUD into my inventory.

The all-important HUD allows me to see what outfits I have stored in a given closet and gives me access to any of those outfits from anywhere on the grid. To access the outfit I just stored, I wear the HUD from my inventory and locate the outfit (either by photo, search, or flipping through the pictures on the HUD) and select "GET!" from the HUD interface. Once I select "GET!" from the HUD, the closet sends me the requested outfit (below.)

Then I simply wear the folder given to me by the closet and my whole look can change (without all that bulk in inventory.) And you can change your look again, in seconds, at the click of a button (below.) I can't decide if this is better than not having to carry all of those outfits around in your inventory. Lemme know what your dolls think.