Seven days of denim challenge turned into a bit of a ruddy farce really due to RL issues, BUT I’ve still enjoyed posting these denim-centric updates and I really do hope I’ve given you some styling inspiration.
If anything I’ve been surprised at how much quality mesh denim there is out there on the grid, and that’s really good to see. It’s one of those fabrics that if it isn’t done right it looks terrible, and you can see that reflected very adequately in some Marketplace stores, I’m sorry to say. Fact is, it’s a difficult texture to apply, and to make it look fully authentic you have to pay special attention to the creasing and the shading, especially if you’re going for a vintage denim look. This is why denim pieces can often be pretty expensive, but you really do get what you pay for. I think I’ve possibly saved the best entry to last…
The jeans that I’m wearing were pretty expensive in SL terms, costing a very steep L$345. That is a LOT of dosh for me to shell out on one item, but they’re totally worth it, let me explain why.
They’re from MON TISSU, a brand that I don’t purchase often ( because of the cost- it’s very much an investment brand for me!), BUT when I do splash out in the store I know that the item(s) I am buying will be cherished rather than slung into a hidden corner of my inventory, never to be seen again.
Why? Well, just look at these jeans: they are PERFECT. Zoom in and you’ll see embossed buttons, realistic contrast stitching and creasing so brilliantly executed that you will want to leap into your computer screen, snatch them off your avatar and wear them to death. I know I always get mighty enthusiastic about the items I share with you on these pages but in all seriousness there are some designers in Second Life that just nail it, and Anouk Spot is indeed one of them. Even the fact that I’m wearing the distressed version of these jeans doesn’t detract from their quality or the way that they look; it would have been so easy to have been slap-dash in the application of the distressed look because it’s not supposed to be perfect after all, but it’s been done with great care. I couldn’t love these jeans more if I tried.
To finish the look I added this fabulous unbuttoned shirt and vest combo, and went for a pin-up feel by adding one of the newer releases from TRUTH. I don’t normally wear big hair, as you all know I’m a bob girl, but this style is irresistibly and looks amazing when worn. In fact, when I was testing the demos I noted that the black version of this hair gave an exceptionally Amy Winehouse feel, which can only be a good thing if you ask me. (Indeed, I’ve been listening to ‘Back To Black’ while I wrote this entry! That album is always amazing, how I miss her..)
To finish my look I went to THE DRESSING ROOM FUSION and invested in the latest MONS septum ring release. MONS seem to have found their niche with these epic facial piercings that they’ve been churning out recently and I’ve become a huge fan. Of course, I’m also wearing my favourite eyeliner, also by MONS, but my base skin is NAR MATTARU ‘Maya’ which I just adore. The brows on this skin are absolutely perfect for this look, and this ‘Pin-Up Girl’ make up is simply outstanding. I added a tattoo layer also from NAR MATTARU called ‘Ov Khaos’ to give this style an edgy look and finally threw on this utterly delicious, texture change bangle available from TDR. It’s from Izzie Button who has really come into her own in 2014, not just with her sensational skin-work but also proving her talents when it comes to being an exceptional mesh designer.
I could quite happily look like this all the time in Second Life. What’s been your favourite look during this challenge?
TRUTH ‘Grande’ (with bangs) Gingers
NAR MATTARU ‘Maya’ (Tone 03) Makeup ‘Pin Up Girl’
MONS Makeups- Black eyeliner series 8
NAR MATTARU ‘Ov Khaos’ Tattoo (normal)
IKON Ardent Eyes ‘Pewter’ (ML)
HUSH Lashes ‘Flirt’
CHEERNO Human Ears (Tragus) (THE MENS DEPT)
TEE*FY ‘Laura’ Unbuttoned Knotted Shirt
MON TISSU Harlow’s Cuffed Jeans (Distressed)
SLINK Female (AvEnhance) Hands (Casual)
SLINK Female (AvEnhance) feet (Flat M)
IZZIES Aarya Bracelet (THE DRESSING ROOM FUSION)
MONS Mesh Septum ring (style 15) Black (THE DRESSING ROOM FUSION)