The Balcony

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Eliza:

Hair: +elua+ Tierra_R_Darkbrown by Miu Edman (@Uber)

Head: Head: .LeLutka.Head.Cate 2.7 by JadenArt

Skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* for LeLutka Heads *Agatha* NORDIC by Steffi Villota (@Uber)

Outfit: neve short – watson and gwen top by coldLogic (@Uber)

Bracelet: EarthStones Peace, Love & Harmony Bracelet Set –Chrysocolla by Abraxxa Anatine (@Tres Chic)

Belly ring: EarthStones Tania Belly Ring by Abraxxa Anatine (@Cosmopolitan)

 

Stewart:

Hair: Exile::Tommy by Kavar Cleanslate (Free Gift)

Head: CATWA HEAD Stanley by Catwa Clip

-NIVARO- Skin – ‘Harley’ Catwa by Reishi Prophet

Eyes: .ID. Winter / Mesh Eyes / Steel by Audrey Lamede

Body: Body: Belleza- Jake Mesh Body by Tricky Boucher

[ kunst ] – Enzo bracelet by Kunst Himmel

[ kunst ] – Mateo bracelet by Kunst Himmel

[ kunst ] – Paolo bracelet by Kunst Himmel

Jeans: [Deadwool] Broberry jeans – Belleza – crush by Masa Plympton

Ring: ~~ Ysoral ~~  .:Luxe Ring Passion :.(Belleza men) by fenixdragon Rau

 

Pose: Amitie The Balcony by BELEN Ackland (@Cosmopolitan)

House: Trompe Loeil – Verdi Creek Camp Cottage Blue by Cory Edo

Autumn Home

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Eliza:

Hair:+elua+ Noela_Darkbrown by Miu Edman

Head: Catwa Tumble by Catwa Clip

Skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* CATWA Head “Face Kimberly” Nordic by Steffi Villota (@Tres Chic)

Body: Belleza Isis by Tricky Boucher

Shirt: neve top – tuesday neutral by coldLogic

Bracelets: [ kunst ] – bracelets by Kunst Himmel (@Tres Chic)

Shorts: neve short – baby denim by coldLogic

Boots: Apple May Designs Alandra Boots (Isis) – Brown by Apple May (@The Liaison Collaborative)

Stewart:

Hair: [MALO] F04 Hair by Malone Brandi (@The Men’s Dept.)

Head: CATWA HEAD Justin by Catwa Clip

Skin: L’Etre Josh Applier for CATWA by David Cooper

Body: Slink Physique Male by Siddean Munro

Shirt: CARSON Hoodie (LightColors) – ColdAsh by Cold Ash (The Men’s Dept.)

Pants: *Shai* Men’s Basic Chinos by Shai Delacroix

Shoes: [Deadwool] Ulrich boots – (non rig.) – red by Masa Plympton

House: Trompe Loeil – Kenna Cabin by Cory Edo (@Collabor88)

Wreath, Pumpkins, Milk Can: Apple Fall (The Liaison Collarborative, Fameshed)

Cart: Serenity Style- Autumn blues cart by Hastrid Inshan (@Tres Chic)

Dog: JIAN Lively Labs :: Adult (Companion) RARE by JianSL (@The Arcade September 2016)

Noela

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Hair: +elua+ Noela_Darkbrown by Miu Edman (@Summerfest)

Head: Catwa Amy by Catwa Clip

Skin: Le Forme Nina Skin Catwa Applier by Louise Marsault (@Cosmopolitan)

Body: Maitreya Lara by Onyx Leshelle

Eyes: I.D Elegant Eyes Grey by Audrey Lamede

Dress: Stories&Co. Chloe Sundress – Polka Dots by Flutter Memel (@Fameshed)

Earrings: LUXE. Ornate Earring Silver by Jaycee Dover (@The Liaison Collaborative)

Bracelet: LUXE. Multi Cross Bangle Silver by Jaycee Dover (@The Liaison Collaborative)

Ring: [ kunst ] – Endurance ring by Kunst Himmel (@The Liaison Collaborative)

Shoes: Ingenue :: Emily Heels by Betty Doyle

Pose: Everglow Breeze by Fanny Willis (@The Liaison Collaborative)

My World

My World is one of Luna Jubilee’s newly released poses and is wonderfully evocative, as her poses tend to be. My top and skirt by the talented Sands Leavitt are available at Uber this round, and the Balloon Earrings from Caelan Hancroft add a quirky note to today’s style and can be found at the Cosmopolitan Event. Thanks to Stewart (who is getting dragged into more and more of my posts lately!) for helping me with the pose.

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Eliza:

Hair: Dura *DG*63 by chiaki Xue

Skin: Skin: *YS&YS* Noemi Tone02 Skin Applier – Lelutka by Monicuzza Babenco (@Shiny Shabby)

Earrings: Cae :: Balloon by Caelan Hancroft (@Cosmopolitan Event)

Top: [Azuchi] Cate Shirt  by Sands Leavitt (@Uber)

Skirt: [Azuchi] Cate Skirt by Sands Leavitt (@Uber)

Ring: Cae :: Charmed Ring :: Tied (@Cosmopolitan Event)

Stewart:

Hair: Hair: +elua+ Phillip by Miu Edman

Skin: Skin: -NIVARO- Brando Skin by Reishi Prophet

Shirt: Deadwool Hugo shirt by Masa Plympton

Pants: Deadwool Dandy Trousers by Masa Plympton

House: Apple Fall Hardwick Manor by Apple Fall

Screen: Trompe Loeil – Ines Branch Screen by Cory Edo

Pose: !bang My World by Luna Jubilee

Equinox

For now it seems as though
you are still summer
still the high familiar
endless summer
yet with a glint
of bronze in the chill mornings
and the late yellow petals
of the mullein fluttering
on the stalks that lean
over their broken
shadows across the cracked ground

-To the Light of September, W.S. Merwin

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Eliza:

Hair: +elua+ Zephne_Darkbrown (@Shiny Shabby)

Skin: *YS&YS* Noemi Tone02 Skin Applier – Lelutka by Monicuzza Babenco (@Shiny Shabby)

Sweater: neve top – campus by coldLogic

Shorts: Mimikri – Shorts / Gitana oslo by Mimikri Kit (@My Attic@TheDeck)

Boots/Socks: E-Clipse Jolie  Boots  Fitted  Black by Thetra Blackheart (@Shiny Shabby)

Stewart:

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Rafe by Tommy Fairplay (@Men Only Monthly)

Skin: Nivaro Brando by Reishi Prophet

Sweater: {Fe Style} Rumishton Sweater by kev Brunswick (@Men Only Monthly)

Pants: 7mad;Ravens S Dean- Worn- Jeans by Poe Cross (@Men Only Monthly)

Shoes: UC_moc_folk_boat_shoe by unitedcolorsteam

 

Garden Snug: :Cheeky Pea: Autumn Shaded Garden Snug by Isla Gealach (@Shiny Shabby)

Wheelbarrow: Apt B // Snuggle Up Wheelburrow by FadeArcade (@Shiny Shabby)

Pumpkins and bucket: Ariskea[ Terre Automne ] by Aris (@The Arcade)

Poses: Focus Poses Couple Pose 11 (with Labrador Retriever) by Carol Kling, Infiniti Poses Back me up by Brandi Monroe (@Gen-Neutral)

Location: Sandbanks Bay

Noemi

I finally admitted to a friend recently that I wear my mesh head mainly out of laziness because there’s not so much to fix in Photoshop. There! My dirty secret is out! Judge me! Fortunately for me, Monicuzza Babenco released the beautiful Noemi skin applier for both the Logo and the Lelutka mesh heads this month at Shiny Shabby. Also at Shiny Shabby are Luna Jubilee’s latest single poses, which were perfect for today’s shots. The Neve team has also been hard at work and released several designs this week that hint at autumn weather and the end of summer heat.

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Hair: +elua+ Yepa_Darkbrown by  Miu Edman (@The Chapter Four)

Eyes: IKON Odyssey Eyes by Ikon Innovia

Skin: *YS&YS* Noemi Tone02 Skin Applier – Lelutka Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco (@Shiny Shabby)

Jacket: GizzA – Sport Jacket [Herringbone] by Giz Seorn (@The Chapter Four)

Pants: neve legging – zeezee houndstooth by coldLogic

Boots: REIGN.- Not Your Momma’s Knit Boots by Kenadee Cole

Pose: !bang poses 550-559 by Luna Jubilee (@Shiny Shabby)

Location: Sandbanks Bay

Breathing Space

I have been meaning to get to this sweet pose by Luna Jubilee since it was released at the Men’s Dept. this month…but it wasn’t until Winter Thorn’s lovely Lisbeth Garden Blanket set was released at Collabor88 that I had the perfect setting for it. Thanks to Stewart for helping me with the pose today.

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Eliza:

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Arden by Truth Hawks

Head: LeLutka.Mesh Head-KARIN by Jaden Art

Skin: Swallow Samantha Applier for Letluka head by Luciayes Magic

Shirt: *COCO*_GinghamCheckShirt by Cocoro Lemon (@The Chapter Four)

Pants: SPIRIT – Daisy jeans by Spirit Osmus (@Kustom9)

Stewart:

Hair: +elua+ Phillip_Darkbrown by Miu Edman

Skin: -NIVARO- Brando Skin by Reishi Prophet

Shirt: not so bad . STAN t-shirt Reda Bertolucci (@The Men’s Dept)

Pants: [monso] My Slim Jean by Morphine Janick

Flips: FLite.- Leather Flip Flops (SLINK)- Brown by Liam Cole

Blanket/Picnic set: {what next} Lisbeth Garden Blanket by Winter Thorn (@Collabor88)

Trees: Skye Scots Pine, Botanical Aspen, Felix Pine Cluster

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

Location: Sandbanks Bay

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.

  2. 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!

Skin Fair 2015: Glam Affair

Aida Ewing’s complexions are some of my favorite in SL. Depending on the individual avatar they are skins that can look both very young or more adult. And since Aida is always right on top of getting appliers out for whatever new mesh body part is out there, we never have to worry about whether our skin is going to match our body. Katra continues Aida’s tradition of high-quality skins, and includes a few different eyebrow and nose options, Glam Affair can be found on sim 2 at Skin Fair.

I happened to be listening to Elgar’s Enigma Variations as I worked on this, so perhaps my friend’s observation that this was a sad look were not totally off-base. But sadness and beauty often go hand in hand, and it is difficult sometimes not to be influenced by powerfully emotional music.

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Hair: Elua Jaycee by Miu Edman (@creation.jp)

Skin: -Glam Affair – Katra skin by Aida Ewing (@Skin Fair Sim 2)

Eyes: AVELINE Hybrid Eyes – Naturals – Red Finch by giggle Solo

Pose: !bang Stand 288 by Luna Jubilee