I have traveled land and sea – Hairs!! Hairs!! The Arcade! :)

Hiya peeps!

And another post already. I am so excited to see all the good stuff being made for WE LOVE RP! But… that will have to wait until I am done with my post for The Arcade, which is starting TOMORROW already. And also a bunch of awesome hairs! :D Guess which song I have been listening to? Yeah right, Ocarina of Time soundtracks. I bet you see it? :P

The hair!

A couple of days ago I reviewed my first Tableau Vivant hair and I liked it. I commented that the ends of the strands seemed  a little clumsy. I must say I was surprised when Mari1yn Magic IMed me and thanked me for the review. I was truly amazed because usually when a designer IMs me, I expect trouble coming my way (granted he isn’t the only one reacting so well to a review). But nothing like that, he actually said I had a good point. So when I got the hair for the upcoming round of The Arcade I was really, really happy to see much slimmer strands and slimmer tips. :) I already mentioned I like his muted textures a lot! The hair comes in two versions, the normal one displayed and a sleepy one, which is the rare and looks very tousled. :) Also, this style is VERY easy to combine with a lot of hats and things like that. Happiness!

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So many hairs! :D

In the picture below you can see most of the new hairs on the grid.

Exile is releasing these two really, really awesome styles for The Arcade as well. Look at those gentle waves and I LOVE how the windblown hair looks really, really realistic: A little messy yet still cute. :) I think Kavar Cleanslate really has hit the nail on the head with these hairs. The second one is super versatile and fits well with hats and similar items as well, plus, they are both suuuuper feminine. Big fan of these!

Queue Marlowe of Analog Dog surprised me with this one, it is super creative and I enjoy her textures more and more. Unfortunately I only got the red one (which is a rare, grumpy grumpy) after I already did the shot. Her tones seem to have really improved over time and I enjoy this style a lot. The highlights are so welldone, too! I only wish I could hide the accessories. It will be avilable tomorrow at The Arcade.

Mina Hair is going to release this fabulous hair at WE LOVE RP. :D It think it is a really cute style and I truly like that it isn’t yet another NEAT brow, but a halffinished one that doesn’t even have a tie. :) If you followed Mina Nakamura’s evolution over the past year, you probaly noticed how much she has improved. Her textures and tones have gotten better and better. Soooo looking forward to see all the messy braids in role-play. :) It the perfect out of bed style, imho.

The last one is a new release by Truth Hawks and well, do I really have to repeat myself yet again? I like it, and I like it a lot. :) I can say that the designers displayed are my current favs for red tones, though Truth always is a TINY bit ahead just because of the many options and maybe because I like his tones a LITTLE better.

Also, all of these use HUDS to tint the hair, so YES! YAY! Happiness! No more messed inventory. :)

Hairs

Hair: Tableau Vivant, Petit Ladies, reds (M4ri1yn Magic, TOMORROW @ The Arcade!!)
Ears: The Skinnery, Puki Elongated Ears (Umazuma Metaluna, @ WE LOVE RP!!)
Eyes: Buzzeri, Mysteria Eyes, ice (Eleri Catlyn)
Lashes: Snow Rabbit, R6 v. 1.00, attach to nose (Shirousagi Noel)
Brows: Deetalez, Addon Brows, colors, nordic (Steffi Villota, NEW!!)
Hands/Feet: Slink, elegant/flat (Siddean Munro)
Horns: Half Deer, Aventine Horns, wicked (Halogen Magic, TOMORROW @ The Arcade!!)
Dress. Auxiliary, Curve Dress, red (Crushed Clarity/Ivy Graves)
Bolero: The White Armory, Jasmine Arabian NIghts Set, masala (Bee Dumpling, @ The Fantasy Collective!!)
Legwarmers: Monso, My legwarmers, khaki (Morphine Janick)
Sandals: Ingenue, Pandora Sandals, sepia (Betty Doyle, TOMORROW @ The Arcade!!)
Hat: PFC, Hawk Eye Cap (Pucca Firecaster)
Belt: Ingenue, Bertille Belt, moss (Betty Doyle)
Shoulderpads: Sweet Poison, Daphnaie Epaulette, leathers, gacha (Bella Domela, Gacha!!)
Pouches (upper Arm) Ravensoul, Ronja Outfit, brown (Cry Hawker)
Bracers: Unrepentant, Woodsman’s Bracers, wood (Jalynne Ohmai, not currently available)
Quiver: PFC, Ottoman Quiver (Pucca Firecaster, Gacha!!)
Necklace 1: Ison, Deer Bolo Tie, gold (Harry Hyx, TOMORROW @ The Arcade!!)
Necklace 2: Death Row Designs, Zombie Apocalypse Necklace (Jaimy Hancroft, TOMORROW @ The Arcade!!)
Eyepatch: Shi., Patch Mechanics, 4.1 (Joy LaPerriere, TOMORROW @ The Arcade!!)
Circlet: Luminary, Perdita Chain Circlet, gold (Augurer Resident, not currently available)
Bow: LR Weapons, Hazel Bow (Larion Rhode/Allia Lane)
Poses: Kirin Poses, Florence Set (Carolina Sautereau)

Location: Wälder of Norel (german meideval fantasy role-play)

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The Wicked Witch from the West – News from Calico, Yasum, Fameshed and more! :)

Heya peeps!

WE LOVE ROLE-PLAY ist starting tomorrow at 3pm slt and we are al soooo excited about it. There are so many crazy awesome goodies and great deals for people to pick up! Don’t forget to check outour WEBSITE, where we update the previews as soon as they are being sent to us. You will also find the previews here on The Blogging Elf. :)

The hair!

So, let me tell a brief story: Calico applied for We Love Role-Play and we declined her for several reason. We were simply not convinced. A day after I sent the message (I really loathe doing that!) Calico Ingmann IMed me and I got prepared inwardly for lots of butthurt and a shitstorm.

But nope, nothing like that happened at all. In fact,a  very friendly, if somewhat sad seeming Calico asked me what the reasons were and I reluctantly explained them. It makes me feel awkward giving feedback so directly especially when a person is very polite and kind. I pointed out our main concerns and we brainstormed a bit on what could be improved. She said she’d work on it, what already surprised me!

Two days ago, Calico IMed me again to tell me she had redone ALL her textures and her meshwork. Then she sent me a review copy. I was worried…what if I still didn’t think it was good? I put on the hair, and while it is no style I would wear regularly, my eyes almost dropped out of my head. I think my first response to her was something along the lines of ‘WOW.’

Calico Ingmann’s new textures are amazing imho and easily up on par with many of the famous hair designers out there. They are soft and natural looking, subtle highlights and the colours are well chosen. Each colour-package comes with a HUD to tint the hair which is another big plus in my book. I am very much in love with these and love that she told me she’d update her newer styles, too!

But not only the textures improved majorly! Her meshwork did, too. Before, it always seemed a little too chunky too me, not gentle curves but blocky strands. Now? I see soft curls and smooth strands that look entirely natural. It looks so soft I wanna bury my face in it. I am very much convinced that with her current improvements, Calico really stepped up her game and now can compete with the popular creators out there again.

Also, each part of the hair accessory is tintable with a HUD. :) I chose autumny colours for this style.

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I really ask you guys, even those who always frowned upon the mere mentioning of her store, to give this store a  chance. Not only has she improved her hair within only two weeks by more than a 100% in my book, but also she proved to be an incredibly mature person with an admirable attitude that deserves applause. No one likes to hear negative things about their products, but where many, many designers would have blown up in my face and complained all over the social media to raise a mob against that terrible woman who dared to point out bad stuff about their items, Calico instead took the hints and ideas and WORKED. And the result is sooo worth to have a look at, so wait for her new releases! :)

We for sure invited her for WE LOVE RP now and are glad to have her in!

And here you can see Calico’s hair from behind!

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The boots!

Yasum Designs by Azlyn Vaher is a store that utterly confuses me. Most of the time, I totally get lost in their huge, confusing layout and give up frustrated after 20 minutes, haha. I have been frequenting their store in the past at times, but lately it seems they really improved their game. These boots are really to my liking! They come ins everal earthen colours and are part of a gacha which’s price is 75L. The mesh is welldone from what I can tell and…I LOVE the straps and lacings! Lacings! Azlyn made me an happy elf with these. :) I also like the unique idea of adding a bit of a metal part to the boot, giving them quite the badass look. Don’t you dare to let me kick you! :P

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Hair: Calico, Penny, Reds (Calico Ingmann, Mesh!! Coming Soon!!)
Ears: Illusions, Drow Ears (Siyu Suen, Mesh!!)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard, Tropical Brights, Lemon Sea (Josh Figgis, Mesh!!)
Lashes: Snow Rabbit, R6 v. 1.00, attach to nose (Shirousagi Noel , Mesh!!)
Hands: Slink, elegant (Siddean Munro, Mesh!!)
Top: Ricielli, Mini Top, chocolate (Fhara Acacia, Mesh!!)
Top 2: Kei’s Spot, Kei’s Fallen Leaf, brown (Keiko Zoon, Mesh!! NEW!!)
Sleeves: Little Tasta, brown sleeve, common (Etana Vella, Mesh!! NEW!!)
Skirt: Moon Amore, Leather Highskirt, tricream (Psyqueen Resident, Mesh!!)
Pants: Ison, Moto Leather pants, brown (Harry Hyx)
Boots: Yasum Designs, Nicci’s Steam Boots, brown, common (Azlyn Vaher, Mesh!!)
Belt: Izzie’s, Leather Buckle belt, brown (Izzie Button, Mesh!!)
Necklace (short): Ellabella, Nahimana’s Autumn Necklace (Ellantha Larsson, Partial Mesh!! SOON @ WE LOVE RP!!)
Necklace (long): MG, Royal Autumn Forest Acron (Maxi Gossamer, Mesh!! NEW @ Fameshed!!)
Ring: MG, Royal Autumn Forest Acron (Maxi Gossamer, Mesh!! NEW @ Fameshed!!)
Bracelets: Tea S., Claw Cuff Bracelet, gold (Tea Soup, Mesh!!)
Headpiece: Sax Shepherd Designs, Witch Circlet, Whilhelmina, common (Sax Shepherd, Mesh!! NEW!!)
Basket: Black Parls, Ninia Outfit (Yasay Resident, Mesh!! Coming SOON @ WE LOVE RP!!)
Staff: Eldritch, Lambentea Staff (Kiera Ashdene)
Poses: label.motion, Marta and Wiza Sets (Anne Dakun)

Location: Harrowdale – A Forgotten realms Sim (Medieval Fantasy Role-Play), The Dalelands

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They turned to dust all that I adore – News from Stitched and Five and Twenty

Heya peeps!

My homestead is slowly coming along and I am starting to wonder why so many people complain about there being too few prims. Well, sure, if you want to build an entire city around the whole sim…that’s not gonna work out. But with forests, a harbor, a campa dn a village, I am still doing pretty well. Thought the decorating part still scares me! ;D Friends are very welcome to visit anytime!! Just shoot me an IM.

The boots!

My friend Adele Bumblefoot of Stitched is stuck in a total designing flow. Today, she dropped two folders with boots on me. I already liked her first attempt at boots though those had a bit of a bland feel to them still. However, these ones are really, really detailed and nice. They come in several colors of which I am displaying the brown tone. I love, love and love those straps with the buttons on them and the nice leathery feel the texture displays. Very unique details! Also, the wrinkles on the calf are really well done and give them a used and worn look. These are handmade mesh, too! However, I am still not 100% happy about the footshape. Imho, the tip is a wee bit too sharp, the look of it doesn’t make much sense when you consider the whole shape of the boot. I am not sure, but sharp tips on boots, isn’t that cowbow style? :D But, it is really a minor thing. The foot itself is already a big improvement compared to her older boots as it is much less flat. I think for future version of these a worn, scratched leathertexture would be really awesome.

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The corset!

Searlait Nitschke of Roawenwood (and 5&20) is usually known for furniture. Many forget that she offers clothes as well. This corset, which was sent to me by a friend, is really to my liking. I enjoy the tough look it has and I muchly enjoy those straps that go over my shoulder. It gives it a realistic feel. Now I can explain how it stays where it should stay while my elf is fighting! :P The texture and choice of colours is welldone, even if the leather looks a wee bit too clean for my taste. However, I will probably combine this with a lot of outfits.It looks like ideal riding/hunting gear for any kind of female badass character. I do believe (!) this piece is a template, but I may be wrong. Even if so, I enjoy it’s look greatly. It also comes with a nice pouch and unlike soooo many other corsets, this one is asymmetrical which is hard to mix and match, but once you’ve managed it, it looks fantastic. It also has nice lacings on the back! The only thing that does not appeal AS much to me are the…what are they called…uhh…latchings?..on front of it. Maybe working with a texture that supports the tiny details would have helped here. However, all in all, I really like this piece!

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Hair: Truth, Elaine, Reds 02 (Truth Hawks, Mesh!!)
Ears: Illusions, Drow Ears (Siyu Suen, Mesh!!)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard, Tropical Brights, Lemon Sea (Josh Figgis, Mesh!!)
Lashes: Snow Rabbit, R6 v. 1.00, attach to nose (Shirousagi Noel , Mesh!!)
Hands: Slink, elegant (Siddean Munro, Mesh!!)
Bolero: GSpot, Cloey Outfit, brown (Jalilah Jewell, Mesh!!)
Corset: 5&20, Huntress Corset, grey/brown, rare (Searlait Nitschke, Mesh!! Coming Soon!!)
Skirt: Eclectic Apparel, Tegan Skirt, black (Eclectic Wingtips, Mesh!!)
Boots: Stitched, The Walter Boots, brown, rare (Adele Bumblefoot, Mesh!! Coming Soon!!)
Belt: The Forge, Daerwen belt, brown (Deccan Arida, Mesh!!)
Wreath: Evie’s Closet, Autumn Wreath (Evangeline Miles)
Necklace: Izzie’s, Leaves Necklace, gold (Izzie Button, Mesh!! NEW!!)
Ring: Manna, Elenween Ring I (Manna Yoshikawa)
Collar: Whatever, Aya Collar, old leather (AnnaGrey Resident, Mesh!!)
Bracelets: Tea S., Claw Cuff Bracelet, gold (Tea Soup, Mesh!!)
Pauldrons: The Forge, Daerwen Armor, brown (Deccan Arida, mesh!!)
Bracers: The Forge, Viking Bracers, gold rare (Deccan Arida, Mesh!! Coming son!!)
Bow: Ez Weaponry, Eldar Bow, black (Deccan Arida, Mesh!!)
Poses: label.motion, Wiza Set (Anne Dakun)

Location: My new home. :D

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We’ve come to far to give up who we are – NEW releases (Elikatira, Junbug, On A Lark)

Heya peeps!

So there, have been a couple of new releases this time around. One of my favorite stores for hair re-opened today and I am sort of happy! Sort of!

The Hair!

Elikapeda Tiramisu of Elikatira has been making us girls happy with her hair ever since 2007 I think, back the it was ETD. Then she worked for Fri.day and proceeded to open her own store, Elikatira, which she closed down a whole ago to open up again, TODAY! I pretty much stormed it once I heard about it. I must say, her hair has always been impeccably done, very pretty textures, good sculpt/meshwork and styles that for some reason always fit my head. Technically, I do not need even to demo it.

Yet again, her styles are supercute and very, very well executed. Nowadays, her hair comes in huge colorpacks with 18 (!) texture options to choose from. The colours are changed via an easy to use HUD. Of course, the Essential pack is still available as well. Sadly, the reds in the Essential pack are not the ones I need/want, so I have to stick to the reds pack. It’s a pity, because I used to do well with the Essential Packs, but with the new textures, the color range in the pack has changed and doesn’t suit me anymore. The price is 350 Lindens which is good for that many options.

However, despite my very obvious fangirly attitude towards Elikatira, I noticed a few let downs for me as well.

1. The demo only comes with one colour. I’d really love to see the other colours, too. Especially blacks and reds tend to very, very tricky.
2. 18 options per package are nice, but I’d personally rather pay less and have less otpions. After all, I really only will use 1-2 colours of those anyways.
3. Many of the reds have a very pinkish undertone. It was hard to find a red for me which was truly red. BUT: The hair is tintable! Yay!
4. Some of the styles look VERY familiar. I wish she had offered more stuff that feels truly new.

However, despite my concerns, I already bought three styles there. The quality after all is just very, very good.

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The corset!

Juno Mantel of Junbug gave up, she is tired of listening to my whining and bitching about her gown not being mix and matchable. And tadaaaa! Now she released the corset with the blouse separately from her last released gown. :D I am so happy! The corset is very welldone even if I wish the highlights were a little less bright. I love it! It is easy to combine with other pieces and fits very well. The texture is cute, too, as well as the attention to detail. I love the lacings. :) The fatpack will be 650 Lindens for 9 colours, which is one hell of a deal imho! A single colour costs 295 Lindens, which is a very good price as well. Check these out. :)

The vest!

I love vests. You can combine them with just about anything. When I saw PewPew Zero’s Post about a release from Discovering Destiny of On a Lark that included a little vest I went there and was all the happier when I saw just how many choices of colours you have. It comes with a whole outfit called Blayze and costs 250 Lindens. Skirt and vest are mesh, then there is a necklace, a layered undershirt and more. I am not usually a huge fan of OAL, but this little vest really did it for me and I quickly picked it up. :) Now I have one more little item added to my collection plus a new skirt. :)

So, here is my today’s outfit:

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Hair: Elikatira, Allie, Cherry (Elikapeda Tiramisu, NEW!! Mesh!!)
Ears: Illusions, Drow Ears (Siyu Suen, Mesh!!)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard Tropical Brights, Lemon Sea (Josh Figgis, Mesh!!)
Lashes: Snow Rabbit, R6 v. 1.00, attach to nose (Shirousagi Noel , Mesh!!)
Hands: Slink, elegant (Siddean Munro, Mesh!!)
Horns: Auxiliary, Oblivions Horns, Rare!! (Tyr Rozenblum, Mesh!!)
Vest: On A Lark, Blayze Outfit (Discovering Destiny, NEW!! Mesh!!)
Corset /w blouse: Junbug, Mayfly Corset Top, brown (Juno Mantel, NEW!! Mesh!!)
Skirt: Ecelectic Apparel, Anna Skirt (Eclectic Wingtips, Mesh!!)
Pants: Zenith Fashion, Draped Trousers, Choco (Miffyhoi Rosca)
Boots: Lassitude&Ennui, Embroidered Boots, Red/gold (tinted) (Jackal Ennui, Mesh!!)
Armor: Innocuous, Shell Outer Armour, garnet) (Circuitous Resident, Mesh!!)
Harness: The Forge, Chest Harness female (Deccan Arida, Mesh!!)
Mask: Yasum Designs, Face Armor (Azlyn Vaher, NEW!! Mesh!!)
Necklace: Manna, Elenween Necklace I (Manna Yoshikawa)
Crown: GSpot, Suncrown Rose (Jalilah Jewell, Mesh!! Gacha!!)
Bow: EZ Weaponry, Eldar bow, black/gold(Deccan Arida, NEW!! Mesh!!)
Dagger: LR Weapons, Pirate Dagger (Larion Rhode/Allia Lane)
Poses: Label.motion, Berry Poses (Anne Dakun)

Location: City of Dust (Gorean Role-Play, currently CLOSED for Rebuild!), City of Dust

So, City of Dust, home of the Myrmidons (or at least it used to be) is being rebuilt by Yasay Resident and Cloey Scorfield. I really like this build, it is much prettier than most GE sims and not flat! It is rather obviously not made for large raids. It has NPCs, lots of attention to details and clues that can be picked up for role-play. There are clear sections yet at the same time the layout is confusing enough to get lost in it. It has a very realistic feeling to it for a gorean sim. Pretty textures, too! I am in especially in love with the red rooves, those are so, so nice! I truly hope that whatever group will be there will be actually role-playing instead of simply honoring the three Rs of Stupidity: Raid, Rape, Release. This sim and its environment certainly deserves much better than that. :)

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Hair Fair 2013 – First Impression and a lot of awesome hairs. :) And releases from Truth! :P

Hello peeps! :)

Hair Fairt 2013 started this night and the gods were kind with me and sent an angel impersonated by Voshie Paine, who told me at 3 am (or so) my time that I now had pre-access to the Hair Fair as a blogger despite having forgotten (omg!) to apply as one. Well you can guess what happened. ;D I rushed over and inspected the four sims, enjoying my lag-free journey. Here is your TAXI! :)

My first impression

My eyes were bleeding just a litte, because the whole fair is a giant Legoland. :D Honestly, at first I thought ‘WTF’, but while flying around, I started to like it. It is actually quite adorable, since each vendor is located in one giant legopiece. Kind of a cute idea. :)

My overall impression with the Hair Fair 2013 is pretty good, even though I wish a FEW relatively crappy (sorry) vendors were instead replaced with quality ones. I am not sure how the Hair Fair handles their vendors, is it first come first serve? Or do they actually choose them? I sort of missed Truth, Magika, DeLa and one or two other stores, but I was told by Gogo and others that some have their own, personal reasons for not participating, thus I suppose I cannot blame the eventmanagers. :)

This round, I made it a point to have peek at stores I never paid much attention before. I was still sort of startled to see textures that remind me of 2009 at best at times, though overall, I think the quality provided was neat. A lot of new faces around, too, which made me happy and forced me to stay up until 5.30 am. ;DAlso, GUYS! Lots of hair for you there, too! :)

What irked me…

What irked me a little is the amount of stores participating in the event who usually have nothing to do with hair at all, or haven’t released anything in aaaaaages. There are quite a few notably ones. It does seem a little forced and a bit like a quick money grab to me when a store who doesn’t really even offer hair at their mainstore (unless they launched their hairline at the Fair!) suddenly (and sometimes every year!) comes up with hair. Imho, often (not always) it cannot quite compete with the quality of established designers anyway and I find it odd that they price their items at the same price or even demand more than established designers such as Exile (random example!). ISON made a notable difference there with their hair being only 99 Lindens from what I saw. No matter the praise a lot of them get from their fancrowd, I was often not exactly convinced. A few though offered some nice stuff. :)

I really don’t think creators should feel compelled to participate in every fair out there, wether or not it really fits their store. Dishing out a quick round of hair just to be in seems strange and very forced to me and that often reflects in their work, too.

There were a lot of stores that had some really neat stuff, however, and I won’t call names here, a few stores that were praised to the heavens by their followers, didn’t impress me at all. Odd headshapes, chunky strands and very stiff seeming styles were not to my taste. I suppose not blindly following the crowd something is a wise thing to do.

I really wish both LaViere and Clawtooth would offer actual red tones, and less carrot-like ones. I wanted hair from those stores badly, but….but…..me no orange! :( Pleaaaase Azure and Bubbles, make some real reds, too? :D :D Overall, it is a LOT more complicated to find nice red (not ginger!) shades than black. Old days were easier!

Random question:

Do you also sometimes have the problem that certain designers’ hair just never fits your head?? I am not sure if MY headshape is odd or theirs. Exile sometimes looks odd on me for example, but usually it fits. Truth always fits, so do Magika, D!va, Wasabi Pills, LeLutka and many more. But many hairs just seem waaaay to square for my head. :(

And a suggestion for all hair designers:PLEASE make your hair modifyable. I really wish to be able to tint my hair. That is how I usually deal with Clawtooth (their blacks are no actual black either and I wore them a lot, simply adding a bit of a blue/grey undertone). I am aware that too much tinting takes away from the texture, but: I would appreciate it anyways if it was left up to me if I want to run around with muted textures or not. I think I am subtle enough with it and I am sad to miss out on many hairstyles that I like, just because their colours are far away from actual red.  PLEAAAASE?

So, here are, in alphabetical order, the hairs I got so far:
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I think I must have accidentally bought the wrong shades of the Auxiliary hair, haha. Damnit? I found no actual red color in there.  I think the textures are smooth and the hair is very cute. Imho, this is very smooth meshwork, too, so I quickly grabbed it, even though it was 300L, which is more than average. However, you get more than average colors as well! :)

Baiastice is one of those random stores that I personally know for clothing (Do they have hair usually?? I haven’t checked yet!) that came up with hair. And I like it! Smooth, natural seeming textures, nice colours and no chunky, odd strands. :) It fits my head perfectly.  I like it!

Exxess surprised me. Usually I was never much impressed with their hairs, they seem too unnatural (not that this isn’t a bit toopoofy either :P) and the textures a tad too glossy. However, this style convinced me at first sight. They have neat reds imho, not just gingers! It is a very soft style and for some reason, I don’t think the textures are bad at all. I am very glad I checked out their booth! :)

Well, I suppose I do not need to say much about Exile. Their hair, in this case, fits my head perfectly fine, their textures are awesome and I LOVE this style. It is exactly the kind of length I want for my elf, and it falls in soft, natural seemign waves. I liiiike it! :) I also like the reds they offer.

Then there is Iren. I always had the problem that their hair looked like actual wigs on MY head, but good on others. Grumble. So I was reluctant to try first because I thought I might just get frustrated again. But noooo, I did it and I am happy. I only wish it was modifyable because their red tones are not exactly what I like. but oh well, this one is close enough and I LOVE the soft waves combines with the brad. Iren often loks way too big on my head, but this one is really nice. :)

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Ever since I found Mina Hair again and saw that she makes mesh hairs now and has improved GREATLY on her textures, I am a fan. Her textures are very soft and silky. In this case, I am showing both a tinted (Mina her is modifyable!! :D) version and the original colour I used. I like both, but for my particular character, the non-tinted is a bit too bright. There are four styles to be had, I am showing my two favourite ones. Ido think some of Mina’s hairs are a little big for the average head (mine is sized 52) at times, but in this case, I was lucky. I really like them both.

Redmint is a brand I never especially liked, their hair always seemed chunkly and oddly shaped. Buuuuuut, a friend of mine basically shoved it right in my face and I am glad she did, otherwise I might have not noticed these two styles. While the texture is a TAD glossy for my taste, I really like the red shades they offer and the look of these two styles. The braids really are soft and seem to fall naturally on the back/over the shoulder (see pics below). I am truly impressed with these and like them a lot. :) Great improvement there, I hope they keep up with this good work.

Here the view of the braids from behind:

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So, I daresay the Hair Fair reached its goal with me and sucked a LOT of Lindens outta my pocket. :D :D Thanks for establishing this event every year.

BUT! Someone was missing. And damn, Truth made his own little hair fair. Ever since Truth released his new textures alongside with a new storebuilding I drool over his hairs. His new releases caused me to run by after looking for him at the Hair Fair for an hour or so. Thanks, Gogo for letting me know he does not participate, LOL! I might have looked for another hour.

So here we go, needless to say I love these. I love the textures, the softness of the styles, the natural fall of strands as well as the shades! These reds are still my fav reds. :) I am so happy that Truth’s hair always fits me so well. Lately, too, his creativity has picked up again and the more recent styles have been really pretty and unique once more. The new textures are just yummy.

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That reminds me:

Dear Truth Hawks, please, please, please make more of soft wavy styles like Candy? Please? Please? :)

<3 Arica

We <3 Role-Play!!! – The LIST is out!

Hey guys,

in 6 days We Love Role-Play is starting again!! Wooohooo. And the list for this round is fabulous!

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These are the participants for the upcoming round, starting on June 4th at 3Pm SLT, in no particular order (Please do be aware that even if this list is supposed to be the complete list, changes may happen due to RL circumstances!!!). I do hope I have not forgotten any store. :)

Soedara (Marbella Pronovost)
Birdy/Alchemy (Nina Helix)
The Fallen (Triad Fallen)
Dead Prophet Designs (Dais Abonwood)
Innocuous (Circuitous Resident)
Essences (Inka Mexikola)
Apsara (Bilo) (Mayaa Thistle)
Due (Freya Dubled)
GSpot (Jalilah Jewel)
Senzafine (Synjari Myriam)
Bliensen + MaiTai (Plurabelle Laszlo)
Silk Worms (Trippy Fall)
Rustica (Maxwell Graf)
Trident (Laufey Markstein)
Dysfunctional Designs (Anke Hatchuk, Kalia Firelyte)
KahliDesigns (KahliDesigns Resident)
Aisling (Druunah Esharham, Damian Kleiner)
The Plastik (Aikea Rieko)
Elvenbreath (Selina Forder)
So Many Styles (Irie Campese)
Illusions (Siyu Suen)
The Lounge (Erielle Deschanel)
The Muses (Dolce Blackflag)
Europa (Kazuhiro Aridian)
Lightstar Designs (Krystal Silverweb)
The Library (DreamFantasia Nightfire/Augurer Resident)
Tia (Tia Biscuit)
Ellabella (Ellantha Larsson)
eep (Eep Resident)
Analog Dog (Queue Marlowe)
Roawenwood (Searlait Nitschke)
EZ Weaponry/The Forge (Deccan Arida)
Arwen’s Creations (Arwen Serpente)
Velvet Whip (Reeva Hax/Madmacit Resident)
Panda Express (Kioko Kumaki)
Black Pearls (Yasay Resident)
Fallen Gods Inc. (Alia Baroque)
Bite & Claw (Graea Resident)
Heartsick (Amesha Jewell)
Evies’ Closet (Evangeline Miles)
Kouse’s Sanctum (Kouse Singh)
Musa (Filomena Quinnell)
Envisage Limited (Aliandra Miami)
Primus Weapons (Thord Karu)
Xanimations (Xanxan Jervil)

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So, I’d say this is a damned cool list guys! I am really looking forward to the next round and I do hope that the same goes for you! :))

 

<3 Arica

 

Modern Elfy Times!!! :)

Hello peeps,

so, I guess I owe an explanation (or not?) as to why I am have been sooo slow with everything lately. I keep telling myself that I’ll have the time to blog more…but then I figure: NOpe, again no time. I am currently in a trainee programm for teachers and it basically eats up my time. I got my final exams in less than three weeks and well…I better not procrastinate. So until the 4th of March, I will probably not be blogging again after this post.

Today, I wanted to show you gyus an outfit I made for a casual OOC elf a s well as some of my favourite hairs that more or less recently have been released.

Here is my outfit. Forgive the not so cool picture, I tried to figure out how to get shadows to work properly. Oh well…skillfull me isn’t all that skilled yet. :)

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Hair: Exile (Kavar Cleanslate Mesh!!)
Shape: selfmade
Eyes: Mayfly (Arkesh baral, Mesh!!)
Ears: Illusions (Siyu Suen, Mesh!!)
Blouse: Tee*fy (Azure Electricteeth, Mesh!! Collabor 88!!)
Skirt: Götzsche (Goetzsche Resident, Mesh!!
Pumps: Elikatira (Elikapeda Tiramisu, not for sale anymore. :( )
Clutch: Milk Motion (Marie Lauridsen)
Belt: Tokidoki (Maya Levane)
Necklace: League (Nena Janus)

Here come my six current favourite hairstyles, in no particular order:
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Both Magika hairs are just flawless. I love, love their system where you can buy the whole scale of natural colours (brunette, red, black, blondes) for only 250 Lindens. The textures and meshwork is awesome, and each hair comes in three sizes. Magika has improved so, so much over the years. Imho, Sabiny Gully is currently one of the best hairmakers out there. These hairs fall in a natural manner and are really long as they reach down to the lower back. I am in love with these. Also I think her haircolours look very nice and natural, even if I picked a not so natural red right now.

The LeLutka hair is very nice as well, the soft waves giving it a very innocent look. I love the fact that you can turn the hair accessory on or off. I have to unfortunately turn it off because it clips into my elven ears. :( But even without it, this hair looks really nice. Her haircolours and textures are very, very good as well. I really can rarely complain, unless she is making one of her strange hairstyles again for which you’d need a bottle of hairspray to have them stay that way. But oh well, this one is awesome! It also fits me quite perfectly, even without the alpha layer.

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And here comes Eaters Coma. Kumii Yoshikawa always already amazed us with her really pretty styles that she made for SIXTYNINE. The style ‘ME’ was one of the favs I’d say, and I saw so, so many chicks with it. Guess what? Now she has redone it in mesh, and while I like Burley’s remake of it as well, this one just made me SO happy. I am wearing it on the right. I do not think it is  a 100% exact replica of her old ME-style, and I wish teh bangs would be a bit lower on this one, but this is a thick, very wellmade and hot braid that goes over your boob. Truth has made a similar style, I believe it is called Froukje, but the way the braid just seems cut off at the bottom always bothered me. I love this. Eaters Coma in general makes very good mesh styles, even if not all of them are fitting my personal tastes. The style on the left is one of my current most worn styles as well. I think her textures are awesome, however I do wish she would add more colour-variety to her packages. Also, making hair, even meshhair, no mod is a bit sad. One should be abllowed to tint it a bit!

In the middle there is Exile, and I really, really do like it. Often enough, the shape of Exile’s hairs doesn’t go well with my headshape at all. In this case, I was SO hapy. Not only does it come with a bunch of cute, rigged meshflowers which you can obviously detach. :) The textures are nice and I really do like how it flows down over your boobs. I tinted the hair in this case. I bought the Naturals Package Exile offers and the tone ‘Sunset’ doesn’t exactly strike me as a red tone, so I tinted it a bit,  e voilà, now I am happy. :)

I think that is something  creators of hairs should really keep in mind: Please, please add packages with one example of each natural colour! I know Exile, Eliaktira, LeLutka and Magika do this, but I really wish others would follow as well. Make it a little more expensive than  the usual packs, that justs eems fair. But nothing is worse than having to buy tons and tons of hairs in a new colour, just because youc hanged your colour after years. :D I know what I am talking about.

 

So, that’s it for now and the next post will be more than liekly after the 4th of March. Unless I start procrastinating… :P

Arica