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Vintage memories from Whippet and Buck

Whippet and Buck is a Second Life brand for which I have gradually developed a great appreciation.Many of the store’s pieces reflect vintage influences. When I was putting together this outfit, I thought of the period around the turn of the 20th century…Gibson Girls and the movie “Somewhere in Time.” All my avi needs is a bustle and a longer skit, perhaps some lace up boots instead of the pumps, and she’s so there!

W&B Claven Lace Blouse, featured exclusive item at W&B’s LE.LOOK  store
W&B Victoria High Waist Pencil Skirt, Stumblebum item from W&B’s mainstore

Also featured:  Mango!Mango! Fresh Vamp Skin, Gos Platform Pump, Happy Finds Vintage Flower Necklace, ploom Dusty Beehive Hair in Cinnamon. Pose by o’m.

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From the weekend

The deal of the weekend was definitely Posh‘s freebie hair gift pack, released to celebrate the opening of The Rumor sim. The hairstyle featured above is Posh Rosey Love Hair in Scarrlet, Also featured: PixelDolls Mira Top in Violtet (PixelDolls has been really wonderful over the last several weeks in offering a number of freebies). The ufo Mami’s vintage pants are from The Pookie Flea Market. The Kookie Lazies – Night Shoes were a 50 Linden Friday item. The LaGyo Crystal Long Necklace was a previous offering at The Dressing Room.

Here are more of the PixelDolls freebies…the Leslie top in Violet  and Summer skirt in Charcoal is also available at the main location. Also featured: Malfean Visions Admiral’s Stiletto Boots in Black ($60L Weekend),  The
Hair/Hat is from Djinn & Tonic – Rosalind in Merlot, and featured at the Potter’s Field event.

Also featuerd at The Pookie Flea Market is u.f.o. Cina Vintage OP Turkish Delight Dress.The hair is one of the Posh freebie hairs –  Posh Egotistical Hair in Scarlet. The W Lace Black Bolero is an older item from my inventory. The shoes are Kiwi Trios Sandal in Black, and the jewelry is from Twisted and Spoiled and was featured at the Black and Blue Fair.

The dress, stockings, and necklace above are from Ironik Kitties and were featured for 60 Linden Weekend. Boots were also a part of the outfit but I liked these shoes from my inventory better. They are from Red Shoe and I am not sure if they are still available. The hair and hat is the same Djinn and Tonic item shown in a picture above,  from the Potter’s Field event.

The pictures in this post feature TIK-TOK Fae skin (Lazy Sunday item). Posse by exposeur and LAP.

Up here, the air is clear…Car Wash Cart Sale and more

I finally got a skybox rezzed above my new land last night (you can read more about that at 117prims). The skybox I chose to rez wasn’t quite tall enough to handle my photo studio, so I improvised, moving some lights down for the time being. Wow…there’s a lot less lag up there.  Here’s the Cupcakes dress I featured yesterday; I seem to have so much more detail on it now.

I’m trying to keep up with anything interesting on the fashion front as well, although my time to do so is currently limited. I managed to get to some of the Hump Day Madness specials and  the Car Wash Cart Sale yesterday. I landed on what I think of as the “main” Car Wash sim and was pretty underwhelmed over what I found. Then I went over the bridge to the other sim…and wow…Ingenue, A-Bomb, Artelliri, HeartSick, Ear Candy and more. Definitely worth spending some time over on that side of the sale! For those who aren’t familiar with this event, all items on the carts are $10L and lower. Items below that are from the Car Wash Cart sale are indicated as such.

Above: HyperCulture Loose Summer Dress Hump Day Madness Special, HeartSick Aether Halo Skin from Car Wash Cart Sale, Ingenue Shoes from Car Wash Cart Sale, L0Q Aura Hair. Pose by NSA.

Above: HeartSick Top from Car Wash Cart Sale, Ingenue Skirt from Car Wash Cart Sale,  DbT Shoes from  Car Wash Cart Sale, Mango!Mango! Honey Bee Pale Skin from Hump Day Madness.  Pose by LAP.

Below is an outfit that I got a few days ago  at Prelude’s sale, and hadn’t had a chance to blog yet.

Above: Prelude Dress (Hat included), Ingenue Hair (NOT from Car Wash Cart Sale…this is from the discount room at Ingenue’s mainstore), Before Sleep Skin from Car Wash Cart Sale,  Coolesta Madrid Stiletto Shoes. Pose by LAP.

Island Girl

So…Cupcakes recently put out a nice little gift for in-world group members, featuring a s set of skins and a summer outfit in two colors. The bandeau top and floral skirt had me looking for a suitable island climate for a photo shoot, and via the Second Life Destination Guide, I found Dreamer’s Paradise, an ethereal island full of rich blue and green foliage. What a great place to take a relaxing mini vacation. The soundtrack here is gentle meditation music which really fits the environment.

Wow, I really just had a “duh” moment in SL, too. I’ve been tampering with Debug Settings in the Advanced Menu, attempting to tweak the image quality, and I managed to get some settings in place that stubbornly weren’t responding in the regular preferences settings. Which was great, but as the image quality improved I realized that I was really having problems adjusting this skirt. The base seemed a lot more grey in the background than the flexi part. As I was adjusting, I wondered to myself, “can I maybe make the background on the flexi a little more grey? Sure enough, I was able to do that, and now it blends in better.

Cupcakes Tiny Floral Skirt in Blue and Bandeau in Navy, Cupcakes Dahila Copper/Bronze Skin, Dark Mouse Shell Flower Jewelry, Kyoot Self Adsorbed Hair in Chestnut, pose by Glitterati

Kristen’s Viewer and weekend goodies

I swap out SL viewers more frequently than I swap out Linden Homes, which means that I bounce back and forth between the viewers available for the Mac several times a week (sometimes within hours).  For picture taking, I am most impressed with Kristen’s Viewer. I still can’t get shadows on a dual-core MacMini, but I know I’m far from the only person having that problem…and I can’t spring for more processing firepower any time soon.

Take a look at the following two pictures, featuring the Tres Blah Romantic Chemise in Beige (from Stumblebum) and the Phoenix Rising Forte Skirt in Ice (from the PR birthday hunt). These illustrate some of the great strengths of the viewer as well as at least one big challenge.

Look at the detail that is in these pictures, from the rosettes on the shoes, to the semi-transparency of the skirt, to the individual pearls in the necklace. Bear in mind that these photos are now only 450 pixels wide, resized in PhotoShop from the original resolution of 6000 pixels wide. There is a windlight setting in Kristen’s Viewer – I think it’s called Midday Shadows or something similar – that gives bright lighting but keeps the definition that comes with shadows.

III Summer Pearl Necklace (from the Black and Blue Fair)
Exile Leslie Chocolate Caramel Hair (from The Dressing Room, just added this weekend)
Tres Blah B Romantic Chemise in Beige (from Stumblebum)
Purple Moon Satine Champagne Pumps
Phonex Rising Forte Skirt in Ice (one of the birthday hunt freebies!!!)
Tuli Gina 02 Skin (from The Dressing Room, just added this weekend)
Pose by Glitterati ($100L fatback sale!!!)

I had three issues with Kristen’s Viewer. First, the camera keyboard controls don’t work, so I had to try and adjust camera position from the camera window. That’s always been difficult, and you can see these two pictures have a foreshortened perspective. Secondly, the right window controls in Kristen’s Viewer aren’t consistent. If you have the button to activate the little control pannel for the right window, all buttons should flip the right window to the indicated category (ie, inventory, landmarks, etc.). Some do switch, others close the window (there is a close window button that should handle that function). It is really annoying. Third issue is that with the latest build of Kristen’s Viewer, the Starlight skin doesn’t work  – it won’t allow you to log in (it was working on the build from a few weeks ago). I didn’t realize how much I would miss it till I couldn’t use it any longer.

Despite these issues, Kristen’s Viewer is still by far my favorite for taking pictures.

Just for a quick comparison, here’s the last shot I took in the SL 2.0 viewer.  I’ve set anti-aliasing to about the same level as Kirstens, and most graphics other settings were at least close.

It’s not…terrible, there is some decent definition on the pumps and the dress. But it’s just not as sharp as the Kristen’s Viewer shots. And it’s not just that the background isn’t fully rezzed…everything about the picture seems a little more fuzzy. I may have to go take this picture again, because I really like the dress and the hair. The hair especially reminds me of Blondie.

Garage Sheila Skin (Thirsty Thursdays)
CC Design Pumps Black Bow Grey
Lamb Whop Dee Doo Hair in Butter
Mocha Moon Light Dance Dress in pink
Pose by Diesel Works