Britannia

The Brittania Village Festival is taking place this weekend and so I made a quick visit to the sim to take my photo today. It was the perfect backdrop for the fabulous Raffia hat from Maxi Gossamer, available at Fameshed this month. I am also wearing Maxi’s Damasc Bangles today, which is the group gift for this month, available for all group members at the front of her store.

Hat: MG – Hat – Raffia Beach Hat by Maxi Gossamer (@Fameshed)

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Treena by Shylah Honey (@Fameshed)

Head: LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN by Jaden Art

Skin: *YS&YS* Yvonne by Monicuzza Babenco

Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx Leshelle

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Savannah Heart Key by Maxi Gossamer (@Uber)

Dress: Addams // Dakota Dress by Amalia Rainwood (@Uber)

Bangles: MG – Bangles – Damasc Bangle by Maxi Gossamer (Group gift)

Shoes: ISON – suede strap heels by Harry Hyx (Mix Event)

Location: Brittania Village Festival 

Se Feliz

Si un día encuentras la alegría de la vida
Se feliz,
Con los colores de una mariposa
Vuela entre las luces de la primavera

-Descemer Bueno, Se Feliz

 

Hair: =DeLa*= Fitted Mesh Hair “Ellen” Dark Browns by Kuranosuke Kamachi (@Summerfest)

Head: LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN by Jaden Art

Skin: *YS&YS* Yvonne by Monicuzza Babenco

Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx Leshelle

Necklace: Cae :: Balance :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft

Top: coldLogic shirt – linke – pink by coldLogic

Shorts: coldLogic short 151 – fant – white by coldLogic

Shoes: Ingenue :: Ninette Heels by Betty Doyle (@Summerfest)

Pose: !bang stand 484 by Luna Jubilee

Location: La Cosa Nostra

Balance

This week I am headed up to the high mountains for my yearly disconnect with all things technology. It’s a forty-five minute drive to anywhere with a signal. Now, I like to be connected, I like to be in touch. But sometimes it is nice to just take yourself out of the loop and enjoy having face to face conversations, and sit and look at mountains and water and trees, and forget about the race that 21st-century life has become. Being away from technology for a few days also gives me an appreciation for the wonderful things technology does for us. Let’s face it, as nice as camping is, no one wants to live like that long-term anymore. So for me it’s all about appreciating the best of both sides.  I went in search of the most electro-tecno sim I could find today and found it in INSLICO, an urban-futuristic city build.

Sands Leavitt released the sleek and beautiful Portia skirt at Shiny Shabby this week and it was the perfect fit for my outfit. I am so impressed with the quality of Sands’ work and look forward to seeing what he does next.

Hair: MINA Hair – Elvire by Mina Nakamura (@Kustom9)

Head: LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN by Jaden Art

Skin: *YS&YS* Yvonne by Monicuzza Babenco

Jacket: GizzA – Moto Leather Jacket by Giz Seorn

Shirt: [rua modena] Zip-Front Lace Vest – Onyx by Kathy OToole

Skirt: [Azuchi] Skirt –Portia by Sands Leavitt (@Shiny Shabby)

Boots: JD – LouLou by Dave Freeman

Pose: The Muse Poses – Polyhymnia 5 by Audrey Cresci

Location:

Blooming

I have always loved climbing flowers and plants. In the house I grew up in, there was climbing ivy all over the front bricking. Sadly my parents cut it down regularly because it would get into the brickwork and cause damage. But oh, how pretty it was—just like the lovely climbing clematis from Heart at Fameshed this month. My sweet sundress from coldLogic is so summery and perfect for the weather, however inevitable it may be that my legs will be scratched up by various garden plants found in Cory Edo’s Garden Bard Abode side garden.

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Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Lexique by Shylah Honey (@On9)

Head: LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN by Jaden Art

Skin: *YS&YS* Yvonne by Monicuzza Babenco

Bouquet: [WaM] Flowerbush by Dennie Ling, La &Li Style Wildflowers  Bouquet mixed by Lidia Palmira

Dress: coldLogic dress – carlson by coldLogic

House: Trompe Loeil – Garden Bard Abode by Cory Edo

Climbing flowers: HEART – Ancient Climbing Clematis – White by Lilith Heart (@Fameshed)

Beach Weather

Although springtime is heading quickly into summer, the monster winter that has just passed has not yet been banished from my mind. Fortunately, the wealth of summery items coming out lately is washing those icy memories slowly away. Today was the perfect day to relax on the deck of Cory Edo’s beautiful beach hut. This pose is one of Luna Jubilee’s latest, available at The Men’s Dept. Thanks to Stewart for helping me with the pose today.

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Eliza:

Hair: [e] Lena by Elikapeka Tiramisu (@Collabor88)

Head: LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN by Jaden Art

Bikini: Baiastice_Jade Bikini-Origh by Sissy Pessoa (@Collabor88)

Shorts: Addams // Epiphany Short w/ Belt by Amalia Rainwood

Flip-Flops: ISPACHI [Summer Flip-Flops – Small] by Diarmuid Miklos

Bracelet: Bracelet: Zaara [Goa party] : Friend by Zaara Kohime (@The Arcade)

Stewart:

Hair: Exile Vindicated by Kavar Cleanslate

Skin: -NIVARO – Brando Skin by Reishi Prophet

Body: The Mesh Project Body by The Shops

Trunks: ::K:: Johnny Boardies Homme Red  by Kitt Ragu

Towel: The Loft Anchor Towel His Yellow by Colleen Desmoulins

Beach Hut: Trompe Loeil – Kiya Beach Hut Fruit Punch by Cory Edo (@Collabor88)

Pose: !bang – ache by Luna Jubilee (@The Men’s Dept.)

Flux Sur Mer

Flux Sur Mer is a beautiful new sim with several differently styled areas—it was the perfect backdrop for my photos today. As you can see, I am still experimenting with my new mesh heads and learning the ins and outs. I do like that there is a minimum of correction that needs to happen on a mesh head photo…I guess I can add that to my pros column! My luminous skin applier today is a new release from Ele Brandi of Modish.

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Hair: Tableau Vivant Luce by M4rilyn Magic

Head: LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA by Jaden Art

Eyes: IKON Sovereign Eyes by Ikon Innovia

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx Leshelle

Skin: ::Modish:: Ivone LeLutka Applier by Ele Brandi

Jewelry: Gossamer Esmeralda Gypsy Queen by Maxi Gossamer (@Fameshed)

Bracelet: Zaara [Goa party] : Friend by Zaara Kohime (@The Arcade)

Top: coldLogic shirt – kylie – watermelon by coldLogic

Pants: -tres blah- Grace Cropped Jeans by Juliette Westerberg

Sandals: Maitreya Shiki Sangria by Onyx Leshelle

Pose: Del May Orderly Queue 9F by Del May

Luggage: AF Worn Luggage Bag by Apple Fall

Location: Flux Sur Mer

Outbreak

Sands Leavitt of Azuchi released the awesome Rogue pants at We<3Roleplay this round. They are so bad-ass that it took me awhile to find awesome enough stuff to wear with them. Fortunately I can always count on Axsis Thorne of Remarkable Oblivion to provide wonderfully textured items. The fabulous messy pony tail is by Mina Nakamura at this round of the Chapter Four.

I took this photo on the Outbreak sim, which is a post-biological apocalypse type sim. It’s a beautifully crafted sim, but please be respectful of role players if you choose to visit.

 

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Head: LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN by Jaden Art

Eyes: IKON Sovereign Eyes by Ikon Innovia

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3 by Onyx Leshelle

Hair: MINA Hair – Dionne (materials) by Mina Nakamura (@The Chapter Four)

Tattoo: Letis Tattoo : Inermis : for Maitreya mesh body by Leti Hax

Gloves: RO – Mercenary Guild – Gloves – Reloaded – Right RARE Axsis Thorne  (@The Arcade)

Vest: RO – Mercenary Guild – Vest – WoodMane by Axsis Thorne (@The Arcade)

Boots: Female Steelhead Roper  by Chelsea Malibu

Pants: [Azuchi] Pants -Rogue- Battleworn Brown by Sands Leavitt (@We <3 Roleplay)

Arm  Straps: [V/W] Arm Straps by Marek Vander

Bracers: [V/W] Bracer Coal by Marek Vander

Pose: Fucking Ninjas Lone Wolf by Ninja Krokus

Location: Outbreak

El Taxi

Yo la conocí, yo la conocí en un taxi
le dije tú tienes novio, ella dijo que sí, como así,
entonces ¿qué tú haces por aquí?
Tu me lo paraste, el taxi sientate aquí, sí

-Osmani García, Pitbull y Sensato, El Taxi

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Hair: [monso] My Hair – Choa /Black Brown by Morphine Janick (@Fameshed)

Eyes: Ikon Sovereign Eyes Armor by Ikon Innovia

Skin: Glam Affair Avril Applier for Lelutka mesh head by Aida Ewing (@Shiny Shabby)

Head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN by Jaden Art

Jewelry: MG – Necklace – Maharani by Maxi Gossamer (@Uber)

Shirt: E-Clipse Dorothy Shirt Sable by Thetra Blackheart (@Fameshed)

Shorts: Addams // Bermuda Denim Rolled Up by Amalia Rainheart (@Fameshed)

Shoes: Pure Poison – Sandra Sandals by Shaleene Keenan (@Shiny Shabby)

Bag: =Zenith=Vintage Leather Handbag(Leather) by Miffyhoi Rosca

Pose: Del May Avant-garde by Del May

Location: NYC

Undecided

I took the plunge this week for my sixth rezday to try one of the Lelutka mesh heads. I chose the Karin head and used the Glam Affair Avril applier from the Shiny Shabby event for my photo today. I have been wearing it for a couple of days now, so I am getting used to looking at it.

I haven’t been very interested in mesh heads due to the lack of individualization possible with them. No doubt they are beautifully crafted, but I am just too big a fan of having more choices about my face. Since my view of myself is always changing, the lack of robust change possible with mesh heads makes them a less attractive choice for me. Even with different skin tone and different styling, you can still tell it’s the same facial structure no matter what appliers you add.  Wearing the same skin on ten different shapes provides much more variety, to me, than ten different skins on the same shape, which the applier model encourages. For those who feel differently, I respect that view and wish them happy head meshing. This is only my experience and I don’t presume to tell other people what to like and dislike.

The other big experience I had was all my friends telling me that I didn’t look like myself. Every single person who mentioned it said the same thing. I change my SL avatar face all the time, so I don’t think that there is any one “me” face (although I admit to not taking off Aida Ewing’s Katra for quite some time now); but there is something about the customization of facial features that allows “Eliza” to come through and be recognized, whereas the mesh head made me look like a different person, and unrecognizable to my friends. And there was nothing I could do to change it besides pick a different color of lipstick or eyeshadow. The last downside is that one is entirely dependent on having skin makers who make appliers for the mesh heads. The list is growing, but still pretty limiting in terms of what is available skin-wise in SL, particularly for fantasy or sci-fi skins.

On the other hand, the head itself is very beautiful. This is a lovely face:

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Even if I do wish that the lips could be made a little less full and less pouty according to my personal taste, I cannot deny how gorgeous the workmanship on this mesh head is. The appliers worked flawlessly and were easy to manage. The options for hiding and showing makeup, eyelashes, ears, etc. are ingenious. It was fun to play with. Angles and harsh windlight effects are reduced with the mesh head. 

But it isn’t me.

I likely won’t wear a mesh head when hanging out with friends, but for photography and fashion purposes, it is an interesting area to explore. Will I purchase another mesh head? Maybe. The investment is far more than the return can be until customization is possible, but it’s a fun accessory. Will I continue to purchase appliers for the mesh head I currently own? Probably. For taking SL photographs and showcasing items mesh heads can be valuable for modeling tattoos or makeups that I want to show on my blog in the future, because they are definitely a new and interesting trend in SL fashion. I look forward to what the future brings.

Hair: +elua+ Noah_Darkbrown by Miu Edman (@Shiny Shabby)

Eyes: Ikon Sovereign Eyes Armor by Ikon Innovia

Skin: Glam Affair Avril Applier for Lelutka mesh head by Aida Ewing (@Shiny Shabby)

Head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN by Jaden Art

Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx Leshelle

Dress: Pepe – Lace Trim Dress Beige by Pepe Hair (@Shiny Shabby)

Bracelets: Izzie’s – Leather & Beads Watch Bracelet brick by Izzie Button

Jewelry: Cae :: Baroque :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft (@Fit for a Princess)

Pose: Bang mini three quarter 1  by Luna Jubilee

Location: Bougainvillea

2 thoughts on “Undecided

  1. Harper Beresford

    I have tried the heads with several appliers and it’s really a toss up. I have made some lovely “looks” that don’t look like Harper but are very pleasing. I would say the Glam Affair skins don’t do a lot for me on these heads–they seem flat and kind of doll like, which is not me. However, YS&YS has been really gorgeous on them as has Skinnery. If I had to wear one, I would go with YS&YS or possibly League and would feel pretty and almost like myself.

    1. Eliza

      I will definitely be trying different appliers! It’s a pretty look, no doubt, but I am thinking they will be more a cosmetic option for me than a staple. Thanks for the recommendation!

Spring Song

Come and let us seek together
Springtime lore of daffodils,
Giving to the golden weather
Greeting on the sun-warm hills.

Ours shall be the moonrise stealing
Through the birches ivory-white;
Ours shall be the mystic healing
Of the velvet-footed night.

Ours shall be the gypsy winding
Of the path with violets blue,
Ours at last the wizard finding
Of the land where dreams come true.

-Spring Song, Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Hair: Exile::Finding You by Kavar Cleanslate

Skin: Glam Affair Katra by Aida Ewing

Jacket: Addams // Rapsodia Jacket w/ T-Shirt by Amalia Rainwood (@Uber)

Pants: coldLogic outfit pant 151 – kost – gray by coldLogic

House: Trompe Loeil – Garden Bard Abode (double gardens) by Cory Edo (@Collabor88)

Flowers: Little Branch White Flowers, Pink Flowers 2 and 3 by Cari McKeenan (@Cosmopolitan, 6° Republic Event)

Pose: F*S Pack A1 by Luna Jubilee