Tag Archives: Stumblebum

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.

Spiders and me just don’t get along…

Even still, I was determined to run and grab the SMOTD Dark Dark Night Dress (part of Stumblebum this week). The spider took up residence briefly on  my avatar’s face, but when I added Lolapop‘s God Save The Queen Jewelry Set to my outfit, Charlotte disappeared. And now my ear is acting all ticklish.

Shoes Clocktower Designs Rogue Silver Pumps (Steals and  Deals)
Exile Betsy Roaring Red Hair (TDR Blue)
Freckle Designs Lou Glamor Pale (on sale this last weekend).
Pose by Olive Juice.

Weekend finds

Tee*fy Ashley Blazer LacyLacey Me (former TDR), Fashionably Dead Bird Skin (Stumblebum), Shag Earth Girls are Easy Hair (Project Themeory), Trubble Jenica Dress in Red,  Sweeter than Candy Yvonne Slingback in Wine ($60L Weekend), Glow Studio He is Mine Belt (current TDR). Leggings from Jill (no longer available). Pose by !Bang.

Lois Lovable in Chocolate Dress ($10L),  Dernier Cri Zero Gravity Hair in Red (Project Themeory), HeartSick Enchant Illusion Very Berry Skin ($50L special), Yak &Yeti Bollywood Jewelry (free). Pose by C.o.D.

Just show me (on the doll)

It’s really kind of ironic, but whenever Putrid Gloom of Show Me On The Doll releases a new promotional or member group outfit in Second Life, I’m typically very happy! I love, love, love the detail in the outfits and the  humor underlying the darker goth styles. Last week Putrid released a feminine, fluffy treat of a dress for Stumblebum called “The Tear Pool”…and it was only $50L! A day or so later, Putrid sent subscribo group members a note, saying that the dress had really been rather successful, so Putrid was going to release another color, called “The Raspberry Whine” which would be priced at only $50L as well.

I apologize for not having more specifics on skin, hair, shoes and poses, but I was running so late with this post that I wanted to go ahead and get it online [EDITED TO ADD: I have updated some of the info below and hope to do more later]. As you can see by the pictures, if one’s avatar is wearing this dress with the boa, it’s really better to wear short hair or an updo.  The hair on the left is one of the newer Truth hairs currently on sale – it’s called Midori. The hair on the right is LoQ Hairs  Con Panna – Ash Black from The Fashion House. The shoes on the left are from aMused at The Industry Shopping District Fair, and the ones on the right are from SLink (currently featured at  The Dressing Room Blue).

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