Nouveau chez / new at: “Akeyo”, “Casa del Shai” & “Jewelry Mhaijik Things”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Formal, Night, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Thursday, February 28th, 2008

• Yet another re-creation of the famous “Chuck Taylor by Converse” in SL! Just a few days after the very good sculpty ones from Hoorenbeek, Akeyo released these ones. The sculpty work is simply amazing (and you know I’m not a mad praiser!). Artoo Magneto knows perfectly how to play with sculpties, and more important, succeed in the delicate exercise of texture baking on them. These “Chucks” by “Akeyo” are resizable by menu, very finely, so you can harmonize perfectly the size of your avatar with your shoe size, dealing with the terrible constraints of male feet in SL! The resizing device is synchronized left right, so the menu controls the size of both shoes at the same time. There is more! The colors are menu changeable as well. You can choose to modify the color of both shoes or one at a time, for the creative ones willing to mix different colors left and right! I won’t forget to tell you that you can change separately the foot, tongue, lace and ringlet color, choosing between 12 available tones.

Let’s talk about price now! These sneakers, offering thousands of color combinations, resizable following your most extreme needs, are sold for a very low 600 Lindens. No mod (but the menu driven changes available), copy, no transfer. No more hesitation, get a pair!

What I love: the sculpty work’s quality; the color options; the resizing system; the left untied laces!
What I wish: I just NEED a low top version, it’s too hard to fit pants with these high tops sometimes! I wish I could pick exactly the color I want, with RGB values. I know, I know, never enough… But you have to admit that could have been great to have them in the same pink than the bow tie I’m wearing today!!! Oh, and a glittering version too… no limits! :-)

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 3.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4.5/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 5/5

• Classic Tuxedo at Casa del Shai. Well, classic and Shai aren’t really compatible! This formal suit is one more evidence!
“The Classic Tuxedo” comes in black, grey and white (shown today). In each pack, you will find 2 jackets on the jacket layer, one with cummerbund, the other without; on both shirt and undershirt layers, the shirt alone; on both pants and underpants layers, two options: without cummerbund and with it, this last option to wear with the shirt alone. You will get also 2 bow ties, one of the same color as the suit, another one in a contrasted color, soft pink for the white tux, white for the black and grey ones, glitch socks to color the inner side of your pants, and a prim tuxedo coat tail.

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As usual, the texture is great. Shai’s talent at coloring shows even in her whites (which is not so easy, believe me). I won’t praise any longer; after the previous note on Akeyo, you will think I’ve been abducted and replaced by aliens…;-) Plus, admit it, this tuxedo is too sexy to be classic…

Everything is moddable but the jacket layer, for some mysterious reason, copy and no transfer. You can pick your favorite color of “The Classic Tuxedo” for 750 Lindens.

What I love: well, everything!
What I wish: jackets layers with modify perms. Why does Shai make everything moddable but those? Mystery… I know I’m totally OCD, but moddable jackets allow to SLIGHTLY shorten the sleeves for a perfect look when you use the shirt layer to give more volume to the sleeves… same old story. It’s just frustrating when you love an outfit! The price, just a bit too high. But when you like…

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 4.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 2.5/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

• Mhaijik Guillaume just released “Mesmerizing mystical hypnotic” collection of rings with animated textures. Listen to what the creator says about them: “Gaze into the depths and transcend into a mystical sense of oneness. You will be spellbound by the shimmering majikal colours as they swirl and fade out and back in again. Become lost inside, discover your internal cosmos.
Party boring? Client or Significant other late? Wearing one of my rings offers you an escape from the waiting time. :-D”
6 new, superb and very different rings (showing today “Kavi Poet Ring,” more to come very soon!)
Moddable and transferable. 250 Lindens Each.

What I love: The originality of the animated texture, totally the opposite of bling, only you know it’s here. Discreet luxury and real chic, isn’t it?
What I wish: nothing really. Maybe a slightly lower price!

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): N/A - Price: 2.5/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Smoking, Chemise, Ceinture de smoking, Noeud Papillon/ Tuxedo, Shirt, Cummerbund, Bow Tie:
*Shai* The Classic Tux in White (750 Lindens/color, Perms: NM & M/C/NT),
@ Casa del Shai [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de Sport / Sneakers:
AKEYO_shoes_CHUCKS (600 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Akeyo [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Mhaijik Kavi Poet Ring (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
Jared - Silver (slightly over tinted in pink) (200 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/Every 72 colors packs, Perms: M/C/NT),,
@ Truth [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
{FP} Bright Eyes - Small - Taffy (75 Lindens/color including 3 sizes, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Flesh Peddlers [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
Joshua Normal Teint Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at: “Eros Design”

This Alex3 suit by Keth Mommsen for Eros Design is not only perfectly done, it will allow you to express your creativity at coloring, as he offers a tintable version of the tie and of the shirt in the package, added to a ready to wear version!

In the pack you will get two sets of pieces, conveniently numbered, 1 for the ready to wear version, offering a great red tie on a white shirt, with a vest and a long jacket with a complement on the skirt layer (moddable so you can have a more classic look), 2 for the tintable version, offering the same jacket, pants and skirt, plus a special shirt layer for the shirt and a very special undershirt layer for the tie, both tintable. This is the most clever way to offer different ties for a single shirt, as you keep the ability to modify the shirt sleeve to give volume to the jacket’s sleeves, and you still have the ability to change the tie’s color.

The suit is black, which is really challenging for the maker, as in SL the textures do not have thickness like irl, thickness and volume which could grab the light and show the details. Keth did a great job on the pockets, lapels and buttons, to make them visible even on a dark background. There is more: Keth Mommsen knows to place her lapels in the right place to lessen the impact of the body distortion due to movements. You can use many poses and AOs, still looking good without too much ugly distortion.

It goes without saying that this kind of attention to detail ravishes me. I just wait for new versions of this great suit, a version without a vest, more colors of course, and especially in case of tintable objects, a copy-no transfer option. Plus I (and many other) lost so many “no copy” items, eaten by SL…
Anyway, this Alex3 suit is an absolute must have in my humble opinion. I just really hope there will be more colors soon!

Everything is moddable and transfer; you can get your copy for 600 Lindens.

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 4/5 - Price: 4/5 - Value for money: 4/5
We have no information about the customer service’s quality provided by Eros Designs.

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What you can have playing with the ties and shirt colors:
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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Costume, Chemise, Cravate / Suit, Shirt, Tie:
*ED* Alex3 w/Tintable Tie (600 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Eros Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Boots :
JCS SOMA 1 Black/Gray (400 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT or NM/NC/T),
@ JCS [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Ring:
Loved Ring a Miscellany on O-Ring Mns Sz (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
PE Faris Kohl (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shape by Zada [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
.:: TBP ::. Envision Caramel Scraggly Goatee Skin v2 (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Bonne Année! / Happy New Year! (with some more new from “Eros Design”)

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Dressy, Formal, Night | Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

End of party, with “James After Hours - Black Tie” by Keth Mommsen for Eros Designs. The pack includes an open collar shirt with untied bow tie (both on jacket and shirt layer, for tucked or untucked look), two prim rolled up cuff attachments and two pairs of pants. One plain black, the other including the lower untucked part of the shirt. With it, you could wear the shirt layer, looking untucked, and have the jacket layer free for a jacket of your choice.

Everything is moddable and transfer. You can get the pack for a low 150 Lindens.

I like the mix of laid back and formal of this outfit, and I find it very sexy!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I wish you a wonderfull year 2008, with all your attachments staying where they should be!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Chemise et Pantalon de Smoking / Tuxedo’s Pants and Shirt:
*ED* James After Hours - Black Tie (150 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Eros Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
City Walk - black (300 Lindens, Perms NM/C/NT),
@ Shiny Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Robert Dual Tone Gemstone Ring (200 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
with menu driven color changer for the main gem and the side metal,
@ KessKreations [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shape by Zada [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
Envision Caramel Chin Stripe Makeup 2 with hair (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Joyeuse fin d’année! / Happy end of year! (with some new from “Eros Designs”)

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Formal, Night | Monday, December 31st, 2007

Introducing today for the first time a creation from Eros Designs by Keth Mommsen. I show you the last release for men, “James Tuxedo,” a classic black tux with bow tie. You will find in the pack a shirt in the shirt layer, a jacket in the jacket and skirt layer, a pair of pants with satin finished side band, and a prim bow tie. Everything is moddable and transfer. You can have this Tuxedo for 500 Lindens.

I like particularly the attention given to details in the tux: buttons, collar, satin ribbon, even the black is not too black to allow some shadowing work, as SL can’t allow full black items to react to light like irl. Not all designers think of this!

The ring from Kesseret Steeplechase, with its little show-off-still-chic attitude, fits well with a grand party outfit!

I chose the updated Envision skin from Body Politik with some black eye makeup for a slightly decadent look. The new hair design on it is so good I decided to not add any prim hair for this look!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Smoking, Chemise, Nœud Papillon / Tuxedo, Shirt, Bow Tie:
*ED* James Tuxedo (500 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Eros Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
City Walk - black (300 Lindens, Perms NM/C/NT),
@ Shiny Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Robert Dual Tone Gemstone Ring (200 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
with menu driven color changer for the main gem and the side metal,
@ KessKreations [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Shape by Zada [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
Envision Caramel Chin Stripe Makeup 2 with hair (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at “Casa Del Shai” and “Mystikal Hair Designs”

• Shai Delacroix offered us a couple weeks ago two formal tuxedos with a special Shai touch: three versions of the shirt: with untied bow tie, so very Shai LOL, regular white to wear with a prim bow tie, and with regular tie. All that in two colors, black and Leopard. I ‘m showing today Leopard which is totally original.

The fabric of the suit, with a leopard skin pattern, would be certainly terrible used by many other designer in world. Shai knew to make it chic and wearable in an offhand manner!

Pants and shirts are moddable for perfect fitting. 650 Lindens for each color.

• I’m showing you a new hair from Mystikal Faddoul. It is gently messy, neither too long, nor too short, the kind of hair i like wearing with something a bit formal, to break the look! :-) You will notice it looks great on the rear side too!

It comes in 23 colors and is offered for 250 Lindens per color.

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Tux Leopard with Shirt Lilac Bowtie

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Tux Leopard with Shirt Plain White plus prim Bowtie Lilac; Tux Leopard with Shirt Lilac Tie.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Smoking, Chemise/ Tuxedo, Shirt:
*Shai* Le Smoking Tux Leopard (650 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Shai Delacroix,
@ Casa del Shai Flagship, Deco (114, 166, 31)

• Souliers / Shoes:
[savvy avvy] mens shoe Dark Burgandy (300 Lindens, Perms NM/C/NT),
by Mathfew Alonzo,
@ savvy avvy, Hake (55, 102, 21)

• Coiffure / Hair:
Mystikal Page - jbrown (250 Lindens/color, Perms: C/M/NT),
by Mystikal Faddoul,
@ Mystikal Hair Designs Main Store, Mystikal (129, 120, 27)

• Bague / Ring:
Ring Champagne in Calgary (150 Lindens/pack of three rings, 275 Lindens with a matching necklace, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Sharbat Bright (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada office & mainstore, Triangulum (24, 22, 26)

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Tan - Baby Face Soul (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

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Nouveau chez / New at “Styles of edo” (edo Tone)

Perry Proudhon | Dressy, Formal, Night | Sunday, October 28th, 2007

With all the formal affairs that seem to occur in world, you’ll be ready for the next wedding, ball, or sim opening with this tuxedo from edo Tone. Tuxedo sets of various combination range in price from 550 to 600L, or you can buy the jacket and pants without shirt in a pack for 400L. The shirt without vest is 165L and 195L with the vest. It’s really a well-made tux, very natural, with beautiful textures. My favorite is the shirt with silver vest and tie…it really shimmers! Paired here with the versatile City Walk shoes in black from Shiny Things and the really cool and economical stacked color-changing rings from Mhaijik Guillaume.

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Shown: Jacket and pants with tuxedo wing vest sil

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Left to Right:
Jacket and pants with Styles of edo, Wingcs;
Jacket and pants with Styles of edo,Tuxedo Wingbc

Style: Perry Proudhon
Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Smoking / Tuxedo:
Styles of edo Tuxedo (Perms: M/C/NT),
by edo Tone,
@ Styles of edo, Main Shop-Tuxedo, Suit Collection, Chuginadak (236, 163, 40)

• Souliers / Shoes:
Shiny Things - City Walk - black (300 Lindens, Perms NM/C/NT),
by Fallingwater Cellardoor,
@ Shiny Things, Shiny Falls (83, 187, 28)

• Bague / Ring:
Majikal Rings, stacked pewter colour change (75 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/NT),
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Mhaijik Guillaume jewelry, Pheosia (59, 211, 151)

• Yeux / Eyes:
(Avatar) Eyes: Natural - Blue (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Nephilaine Protagonist,
@ Pixeldolls, Port Seraphine (32, 132, 27)

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Medium - H17 Emo - (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY @ FNKY Cake Island, FNKY Cake (128, 46, 24)

• Coiffure / Hair:
Happy Dispatch nekoge short - silver (100 Lindens/color & 300 Lindens/pack of 15, Perms: M/C/NT),
by hiko Nino,
@ Happy Dispatch, HappyDispatch (163, 112, 304)

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Nouveau chez / New at: “Cattivo” by Lissa Maertens

Lissa Maertens for “Cattivo” offers us her new “The Englishman” suit. This very good obsidian suit comes with a full collection of elements.

Jackets first, you will find 4 of them in the pack, open and closed, with or without skirt component for the lower part: this way, everyone should find a jacket to suit his needs and his avatar shape.

[My advice about skirt complement is, for a better fitting, to set your butt around 20-30 . I've said a few days ago that you should have a copy of your shape with the feet set to zero to fit the shoes, maybe you could consider having another one with feet to zero AND butt to 25 to fit the suits with skirt layer for the bottom part of the jacket! :-) One more reason, if needed, to never buy a shape from a shape-maker not customer-conscious enough to sell (often at high prices) no modify shapes.]

Pants: two pairs, one to use as is, another one to use with prim legs for a perfect finish. If you feel uncomfortable with prim attachments, use the regular pair! Thank you, Lissa, for giving us the choice!

Vests: one model in two different length, and a bonus one including a poofer for the sleeves of the jacket you wear over it!

Shirts. I should say orgy of shirts! Eleven shirts with different ties, plus open collar with and without ascot, and closed collar with and without ascot. Not to mention the version to wear with the prim collar that comes in the pack! It’s not over! You also have 4 shirts on the undershirt layer to wear under the vest, buttoned or not, with and without ascot. Well, 21 shirts! I never saw such generosity.

“The Englishman” is absolutely versatile. Wearing it, you could have a modern, classic look, and, using the vest, a retro, more formal look as well. Without the vest and with the ascot, it could even give a casual chic flair.

All the items are modify, no copy, transfer, and the prim attachments are modify, copy, transfer, so you can mess with them as much as you want after a security backup! All is modify means you can be sure you will be able to make your pants fit any shoes you could want, adjust the optional skirt layer of the jacket perfectly, and set the shirt and jacket sliders to be sure the jackets won’t have ugly and unnatural tight sleeves! :)

The items are nicely designed, with the handdrawn flair I’m more and more attracted by. With this suit, it’s now obvious that Lissa Maertens is not a beginning designer anymore. Her very first items could have some flaws, like all the first items of the big names, believe me, but she evolved a lot.
Certain things remain the same with Lissa, though: she offers a very warm and caring customer service, she is humble enough to take critiques to become better, and down to earth to offer very attractive prices. Yes, all these components are sold for an incredibly low 450 Lindens!

With that “Englishman” suit, Lissa reached the next level. She is a hard worker and i’m sure I will be impressed as well with her next release.

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Cattivo “The Englishman”:
Shirt Buttoned Tie Aqua, with open jacket (w. complementary skirt) closed jacket (w. complementary skirt), and w/o jacket.

Some other possibilities:
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Left to Right and Top Down:
• Open Jacket (w. complementary skirt), Vest to fill out jacket - Optional, Shirt Buttoned Ascot - Undershit Layer;
• Shirt Buttoned Tie Blackred;
• Shirt Buttoned Tie Purple;
• Open Jacket (w/o complemntary skirt), Shirt Unbuttoned Ascot - Undershit Layer.

Style: Ben Vanguard

• Veste, Chemises, Cravates, Gilet, Pantalon / Jacket, Shirts, Ties, Vest, Pants:
Cattivo “The Englishman” (450 Lindens and FREE, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Lissa Maertens,
@ Cattiva e Cattivo Main Store (12, Annapurna (101, 109, 34)

• Souliers / Shoes :
City Walk shoes - Black (300 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Fallingwater Cellardoor,
@ Shiny Things, Shiny Falls (83, 187, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Gray Quartz (i) Indoor version - SbZ (100 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Zada Zenovka,
@ Shapes by Zada - stunning shapes and eyes, Kusawa (221, 115, 36)

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Medium - Baby Face (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

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