Nouveau chez / New at “Kitchy Boutique” and “Philotic Energy”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Costume, Night, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Friday, February 29th, 2008

Kitridge deSantis just released this time limited outfit for Kitchy Boutique. She was inspired by the 80’s.
I chose to combine it with the funny hair with hat from Aemilia Case for Philotic Energy, and the Chuck Taylor Converse-like shoes from Akeyo I showed you yesterday.
Look at this other ring from the last “Mesmerizing mystical hypnotic” collection by Mhaijik Guillaume: Mhaijik Jaitay Gold and Gold Ring, with animated texture.

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste de smoking, Tee-shirt, Jean / Tuxedo Jacket , T-Shirt, Jeans:
KB Steve timelimited outfit (170 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Kitchy Boutique [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Volume pour manches / Sleeve Filler:
Sleeve Filler -all sliders to 100, but: sleeve length: 95, Sleeve looseness: 12- (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SLMen [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

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

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Noah - Kohl (150 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [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:
FNKY! Antonio Tan - Bouncer (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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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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Huge sale at “Simone!”

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Thursday, February 28th, 2008

Let’s make it short and simple: everything is at 100 Lindens. Take a chance to get a few suits and outfits at incredible prices!

Everything is moddable, copy and no transfer.

Follow this link to see what you could get at a steal price from our favorites (check absolutely the suits!), and much more!

Direct TP to the shop : Simone! Designs, by Simone Stern, @ Simone (201,229,28)

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Nouveau chez / new at: “Robin (Sojourner) Wood’s AV Store”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

It’s no secret I adore Robin Sojourner’s stuff. Not only because they are nicely done, using the best technique for a perfect design, but also because of Robin herself, who she is and what she brings to SL’s community.
For those who might not be aware, Robin gives tons of excellent tutorials on clothes designing to the community. Her templates, freely downloadable, are used by a huge majority of designers in SL. It’s all about sharing and it’s what I wish SL was, what I thought it was when I began (and the reason why I launched Slmen, for the record). Plus, she builds some of the most poetic and delicate items (her candles and lights are magic) and a visit to her land is a very cheerful moment.
I show you today her latest creations, New Flannel Shirts and Worn Jeans.

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Showing Worn Jeans gold thread in black with New Flannel Shirt in Buchanan Plaid.

The new flannel shirts come in many colors. Their plaid fabric shows bright colors. They are offered in the same pack in many options: tucked and untucked, each of them with roll up sleeves or not, plus untucked open shirt with roll up sleeves or not. Each of those versions is provided on the jacket layer, the untucked versions are also available on the shirt and undershirt layer. Well, I just miss a complement on the underpants layer to wear the tucked versions with low waist pants!

Seams are the best you can find, Robin uses 3D software to bake her texture and it shows. Everything is moddable and copy-no transfer. You can have your favorite color for 100 Lindens. Yes, 100 Lindens. I know it’s surprising to get so many options of such quality work at this price, and yes, you could be more used to seeing overpriced items very poorly done, sadly more and more on the grid. Fortunately Robin is here to remind us what ethics and humility are.

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New Flannel Shirts in, left to right and top down: Clergy Plaid, Culloden Plaid, Logan Plaid, and Valentine Plaid.

What I love: the fantastic quality; some original color mixes.
What I wish: more trendy colors, maybe; more than everything, a complement on the underpants layer to wear the shorts with low waist pants!!!

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 6/5!!!

Worn Jeans. They come in 9 colors (shown below), each of them showing over seamed thread in white, gold, tan, and another color harmonized to the fabric’s color. The used fabric is very realistic, and it shows nice ripped torn area on the knee and behind the left thigh. Shadowing and highlighting, keys of realistic looking items, are just great. Those jeans are old but clean, it’s important to tell you that, as the filthy trend is very prevalent on the grid these days :-D
Important note is, those jeans are high waist, and they follow the basic SL template. There was a time when each and every pair of pants on SL were like that; now it’s the opposite, and it’s good to have a reliable source of higher waist pants to wear with shirt layer items without an underpants complement. Without these complements, you show your belly, which is not really appreciated by men :-)

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Worn Jeans White thread , left to right and top down: Black, Blue, Brown, Charcoal, FadeBlue, Burgundy, Gray,LightBlue, and Hunter.

Each pair of jeans is sold for a very low 50 Lindens. You can get a pack of 4 versions of the same colors with every thread color available for 150 Lindens, I’m not sure of the interest of this pack. The full color pack of nine pants, to choose between white, gold or tan thread, for 300 Lindens, is your best choice. 9 high quality items for this price is just a steal! For this price you get two layers, pants and underpants, the last one useful when you want to wear them tucked in boots for example, without messing with the sliders of the pants layer. Everything is obviously moddable, and copy-no-transfer.

What I love: the fantastic quality; some colors; the nice realistic texture, staying soft.
What I wish: I should say “Nothing,” but I’m not like that! I wish some more subdued colors (Burgundy and Hunter are a bit too flashy IMHO; you can over tint them a bit though, but it’s not the same); a low waist version! Please, please Robin, consider it!

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 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 6/5!!!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Chemise, Jean / Shirt, Jeans:
New Flannel Shirt (100 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
Worn Jeans (50 Lindens/color, 300 Lidens for a 9 colors pack, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Robin Sojourner [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de Sport / Sneakers:
[ hoorenbeek ] All Stars - Black (480 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
Kensei - Sable (200 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/Every 72 colors packs, Perms: M/C/NT),,
@ Truth [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:
Joshua TAN Skin Face 1 eyeliner (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / new at: “Hoorenbeek” & “Kin”

Perry Proudhon | - Every Day Outfits, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Sunday, February 24th, 2008

The new Hoorenbeek All Star tennis shoes are very well-made and come in an array of colors, including the sand shown here and (below) black, pink, purple and red, as well as green and blue, and (previously shown on slmen.com) white and camo. The detail is excellent, as well as the realism. They look quite a bit like the real thing. I look forward to the possibility of a low version as well as these high-tops. To me, high tops are always annoying with long pants on SL as you have to make the pants flare bigger than you might usually wear.

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 3.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 2/5 - Value for money: 3.5/5

This new hair by Kin, Yohkoh, is cool, especially in black (of course). At only 100L a color, it’s a real bargain, too. I like the shaggy style and the flexi touch at the base in the back. You can get a fatpack as well for 600L, including colors like pink and blue. It’s in the women’s section of Kin (is there a men’s section?), but like a lot of Kin’s stuff, it works as a unisex style.

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

Finishing off this outfit are brown chinos from Style Starts Here and a nice striped sweater from Unknown Boutique.

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

• Chaussures de Sport / Sneakers:
All Stars - Sand (480 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Yohkoh (100 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens for a fat pack of 9, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Kin [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pantalon / Pants:
Chinos with Leather Belt - Brown (100 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Style Starts Here [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Pull / Sweater:
:: ? :: Striped Sweater - Brown (180 Lindens/pack of 8 colors, Perms M/C/NT)
@ Unknown Boutique [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Medium - Emo (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day

Nuno McCullough | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

Keep it simple

Sometimes a nice T-shirt makes everything on an outfit, this time I picked a green one at FORM, the pack comes with a complete set which gives you the possibility to hide your bellybutton and only for a mere 50 Lindens.

And finally the star of this outfit: the new All Stars Tennis from Hoorenbeek, this model belongs to my youth and I remember to have lots of them in black or white, so I was thrilled with the idea of having them on SL, they are comfy, have a good texture and nice details and goes with every casual look; a must have in every casual wardrobe.

I simply love accessories, so this time I choose the black Celtic cuffs at Studio Sidhe; since the moment I saw them I knew I had to have them – their realistic texture make you almost smell the leather, the dog tags are from Aitui and the aluminum sunglasses from Moderno.

For this outfit I changed my hairstyle with this Philotic short flex hair.

Remember boys, keep it simple

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Style, Photography: Nuno McCullough

• Tee-Shirt:
on 3 layers: jacket, shirt, underpants (50 Lindens. Perms: M/C/T),
@ FORM [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
All Stars/Camo (Includes 4 sizes) (480 Lindens. Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
Jeans/Kerouac/Blue. (Includes 3 exchangeable belt buckles and 3 tees that feets over the jean and behind the belt buckle) (460 Lindens. Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Collier / Necklace:
Dog Tag Necklace (Long and short version included) (175 Lindens. Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Aitui [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Lunettes / Glasses:
Aluminum framed sunglasses (50 Lindens (sale price,) Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Moderno [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Poignets / Cuffs:
Men’s Celtic Knotwork Leather Cuff (New Black) (100 Lindens. Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Studio Sidhe [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Yeux / Eyes:
Aitui Hazel eyes (49 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Aitui [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Skin:
MMS GEN3 chesthair (1700 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Minnu Model Skin [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / new at: “Hoorenbeek” & “SF Designs” & “Stellar Designs”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter | Friday, February 22nd, 2008

• New at SF Design: Knitted Jacket. They come in three colors: blue, my very favorite (shown), grey, and maroon. In each color pack, you get 2 versions of the jacket, with high collar or open collar, 2 sizes of prim collar to wear with the high collar jacket, sculpted cuffs. I noticed with pleasure that the sculpted addition perfectly fit the jacket layer, the prim work as well as the texture. Great job Swaffette Firefly!
You can pick your favorite color for 120 lindens. Like every item you can buy from good and fair makers, the knitted jacket is fully moddable.

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 3.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack…): 3/5 - Price: 4/5 - Value for money: 5/5

• I show also brand new sneakers from Hoorenbeek. Those “All Stars” are another great sculpty work. I’m not sure sculpty shoes are such a breakthrough for dress shoes, knowing the level of perfection reached by some items from JCS for example, but I have to admit that, for casual and sporty shoes, sculpties are a bliss.

These sneakers come in four sizes per color, in ten colors. I personally find the difference between each size a bit too high. The “large” ones are especially big, and even tested with a very tall and big avatar, looked really big. On the other hand, I’m not sure the xsmall are small enough for the interested ladies or particularly small avatars.

These “All Stars” from Hoorenbeek are, for now, and in my humble opinion, the best “converse like” shoes on the grid. I just wish for some more subtle colors, those offered being a bit too basic for my taste. Some are really great though, like the white shown today, the camos (will be shown in a few days by Nuno McCullough), the sand, red and black ones. Perry Proudhon will show you some other colors in a few days, too.

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Such good work has a price, and, at 480 lindens, they are certainly not given. Anyway, the guys from Hoorenbeek did a great job and the “All Stars” sneakers will probably be a hit, until the next talented competitors show off! As usual at Hoorenbeek, you can choose from copy-no transfer and no copy-transfer versions. It’s good to have a choice!

Quality: 4.5/5 - Style-Originality: 3.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 4/5 - Price: 2/5 - Value for money: “3.5/5

• I won’t forget to say a few words on the last jeans from Stellar Designs. These “Burnin Love Destroyed and Ink’d Jeans” bring a little something more in the universe of jeans we can find on the grid. They are torn, very used and show a hand drawn sketch on the right thigh. This way, Lexi Morgan succeeds in renewing a bit these old good jeans.
They come in four colors, from light to dark blue, plus silver, available for 130 Lindens for one color, 400 for all four. Copy-no transfer and obviously moddable.

Quality: 4/5 - Style-Originality: 3.5/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack, sizes for attachments…): 3/5 - Price: 3/5 - Value for money: 4/5

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste Tricot / Knitted Jacket:
SFD Knitted Jacket Blue (120 Lindens/color, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ SF Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
SD Burnin Love (Destroyed & Ink’d) Jeans - Light (130 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Stellar Designs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chaussures de Sport / Sneakers:
[ hoorenbeek ] All Stars - White (480 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Bague / Ring:
Mhaijik <3s… Ring Leather and Copper ID (100 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
@ Guillaume pour Homme / Mhaijik ThIngs [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
The GL - Luffer - Ashed (250 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/24 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),,
@ The Good Life [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Tan - H03/B02 - Stubble (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ FNKY! [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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