Spiderweb Ascot suit from Paradoxical!

Just in time for your Halloween needs, Paradoxical has a new design out: the Spiderweb Ascot suit. here’s a pic…

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I just love it!  Fully mesh, and meticulously done textures really make it sing.

The suit’s available at the Halloween Hellraiser party that Paradox Messmer (yes, the designer for Paradoxical) is organizing; it’s a fundraiser event for the Mental Health America charity, which helps folks who have mental illness. So you’re not only getting a nice seasonal suit but you’re also helping out those in need.

The event is a a 2 day party with 10 DJs playing from 12pm noon-10pm SLT each day both Saturday (oct 18th) and Sunday (Oct 19th) and there will be exclusive Halloween-themed goodies from 16 great designers: Madrid Solo, Faster Pussycat, Vero Modero, Death Rocker Bettie Crocker, Goth1c0, Razor and more, with 50% of sales of these items going to the cause.
The event is going on at Terre des Mortes Saturday and Sunday, so you should stop by and see what tickles your fancy: with a suit like this available, I’m sure there’s going to be some other lovely stuff- and I KNOW the DJs will be great fun!

Here’s another shot of the suit in a less cool tone of light:

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STYLECARD:
Hair: Exile ‘Machinehead blacks’
Suit: Paradoxical ‘Spiderweb Ascot suit’ in Medium
Eyes: FATEwear FATEeyes
Skin: ‘Samuel T4′ by Clef de Peau
Freckles by Lolli Hoxley (a dollarbie you can find on the Marketplace)

Uh-oh, It’s Firestorm Phototools Time…

So a couple of people have asked me to do something about how they’re not sure what to do with phototools and I seem pretty confident playing with them.
I’m going to walk you through the VERY basics in this blog post, and I would love love LOVE hearing from you about what you’d like me to delve deeper on.

This is a photo I took a while ago- back in February, the upload date tells me.
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It bears note that I did not touch it with Photoshop: I’m including it as an example of the sorts of effects you can pull off with phototools if you take the time. Now that I’m getting a bit of a handle on using Photoshop, I feel like I could have done SO MUCH more with this, but imagine having this as your starting point in editing with Photoshop. It’d be handy to let the viewer do a lot of the work for you, right?

Let’s look at some of the Phototools settings available using Firestorm or Singularity viewers. I’m going to be working on a PC with Firestorm here: Singularity uses most of the same shortcuts, and has most of the same functionality. On a Mac you’ll wanna use the Apple key (if memory serves) instead of the Control key.
So here’s where we’re starting out: mid-range graphics settings, no bells and whistles. This is just me, sitting in a chair, hum de hum…

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Nothing bad, but nothing very exciting, right? Let’s go deeper… Continue reading

Better Than The Rest

So this morning I crawled out of bed RL and checked email, and hey, what’s that SL notifications? A new thing from Exile?
I logged in to find out a couple things.
A: Exile has new hair for Mens Dept this round,
B: it’s named Machinehead
C: I look good blonde.

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This new hair also has a really lovely profile, as you can see here:

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One thing it occurs to me I haven’t really shared about Exile hair that is probably worth noting is the really lovely hud that Kavar does for texture changes. So here’s a photo of it.

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So this is the ‘Dark Blondes’ HUD: Exile does a variety of colors, but what you may miss out on is that in addition to the ten different tones of dark blonde here… see all the little colored dots around the left-hand side of each circle? Each of those is a highlights color. You can give yourself blue highlights, or purple, pink, white, gray, red, brown, or black- I used the brown highlights in the pictures above.

All that at Mens Dept this round; click here to shop!

 

STYLECARD:
Shape: I made it myself
Eyes: FATEWEAR FATEeyes 3.0Skin: Clef de Peau ‘Samuel T4′
Hair: …you read up there, right? Exile ‘Machinehead – Dark Blonde (California)’

Echo Beach, Far Away in Time (yes, two posts in a few hours!)

From nine till five I have to spend my time at work
The job is very boring, I’m an office clerk
The only thing that helps pass the time away
Is knowing I’ll be back at Echo Beach some day

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Echo Beach
Far away in time
Echo Beach
Far away in time

— Martha & the Muffins, ‘Echo Beach’

So Paradoxical is the shop of someone I’ve known inworld for years, Paradox Messmer (whose blog is over here).  He’d done a promo image recently for a new top he came up with (he’s only done just a few items, and he’s already texturing things this well!), and I was saving up my pennies, so he threw me a copy of the top. It’s named Solaris: it made me want to go wander on the beach in the afternoon.

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I really love the way he’s gotten such a solid knit texture baked into the thing- and it really hangs nicely, too. Good stuff, and hey, at L$150, isn’t it worth a shot?
You can find his marketplace shop here (and yes, there are demos!).

Additionally, this is my 201st post on this blog: I am surprised the anniversary snuck up on me so thoroughly!

Stylecard:
Top: Paradoxical ‘Solaris’
Skin: Clef de Peau ‘Samuel 04′
Hair: Exile ‘High And Dry’
Eyes: FATEeyes 3.0
Hands: Slink ‘Male Hands Relaxed’
Pants: LMD ‘Beach Bum Pants Pewter’

Ladies Night!

Girls, y’all got one
A night that’s special everywhere
From New York to Hollywood
It’s ladies night and girl the feeling’s good

Oh yes it’s ladies night and the feeling’s right
Oh yes it’s ladies night, oh what a night, oh what a night!

—Kool & the Gang, ‘Ladies Night’

So one of the curiosities of blogging around Second Life stuff is that every so often you get something that’s nice but… just isn’t you. I’ve got some great harem pants from one shop, but you aren’t ever going to see me wearing them, for example.

This past couple weeks, I’ve gotten a few gifts from shops with a ‘blog if you wanna’ note affixed. The first one I thought ‘well let’s hang onto this for some occasion when I’m going to need to blog some female items…’ and then the next one was ‘okay, these are both-genders, I’ll blog these sometime soon when I have something else they go with…’ and then the next one was a lovely set of furniture that I’d be unlikely to use (I just don’t really need a vanity all that often!), and then came the pearl earrings and I went ‘Okay, OKAY! I GET it already!!’ and dug around in my inventory for the female avatar.

What Photoshop I’ve done on these pics is restricted to the avatar herself: again, I don’t feel like I should be taking away from what you’ll find if you pick these items up. So Nathalie, if you’d be so kind as to– yes, that’s where I need you, thanks. Continue reading