Nouveau Chez - New at “hoorenbeek” II

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual | Monday, April 28th, 2008

I was happy to learn of these new cowboy boots at hoorenbeek because I’ve always been fond of the Keith hair/hat combo from Moderno and never had boots that went with it. And these boots are great….the top matches the bottom nearly flawlessly. The pattern in the leather is beautiful, the texture of the leather realistic and soft. The black are my favorite (go figure), but all colors are cool.

Muism’s black tank worked well under this sadly no longer available jacket from Desert Moon (sorry, folks…). (There is a very similar one available called Rampage, though.)

Also worn: the Ratri Night Dark Ring, one of my favorite recent pieces by Mhaijik Guillaume, and the snakebite necklace from Zona Cero.

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Left, brown; right, wheat.

• Boots:
Cowboy Boots, Black (520L/color, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ [hoorenbeek] [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chemise / Shirt:
*Muism* Tank, Black (250 Lindens/color, 500 Lindens/pack of 3 colors, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Muism [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
Keith Hair - Black Hat (150 Lindens/3 close colors, 1000 Lindens/All 39 colors fatpack, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Moderno [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
“mainLine” black wash ripped jeans (Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Callie Cline [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Collier / Necklace:
Snakebite Necklace (180 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Zona Cero [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

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New Update for Envision skin (The Body Politik) + 50% off Sale!

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Saturday, December 29th, 2007

Introducing today the updated version of Envision Skin for men, by Maximillion Grant for The Body Politik! And at the same time, I’m pleased to announce that The Body Politik is having a huge 50% off sale on every skin (including the updated ones), shapes and skin-shape packs from saturday 29th until the 31st of december at noon SL time! This is a very interesting way to get the new Envision I’m presenting in depth today.

Faithful to slmen policy about comments, I will stay as factual as I can and let you take a look at the many pictures I did.

First, general pictures in two skin tones, then after the jump, you will see all the skin tones offered, then the 12 different facial hair options added to the clean shaven one, and at the end you will have a look at the brand new makeup versions, in three options. They are modeled with 3 different designer’s shapes, to show you their versatility. (so no, it’s not me on the pictures :-D )

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• Shape: Lemon E4:38 (800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Lemon [Designer, Address & SLURL]
• Skin: Envision Caramel Clean Shaven (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

Note that the pricing scheme remains the same: you can have a skin in one skin tone and one facial option for 1750 Lindens, a pack of 4 diffrent facial hair option in the same skin tone, including the “clean shaven” one, for 3500 Lindens. 4 Packs are provided. You can choose the complete pack of all 13 facial hair options in one skin tone for 5000 Lindens. Each skin comes in two versions, hair and bald. In the following pictures, you will see the “hair version.” As a complement item, you will also get a color matching texture for your Xcite genitals if you have them.

So, what is new in this update?

Maximillion redid the eyebrows and the hair almost completely. The hair is now incredibly realistic, and can easily be worn without any prim hair.

The ears are retouched, and the result is worth it.

Most importantly, the upper eyelid is now lightened. That makes Envision now able to fit many more shapes. The main problem of the previous version IMHO was these dark eyelids which didn’t look good with many face shapes. This is now fixed!

There were little problems with light spots next to the eyes; these are fixed too. Last but not least, the skin suffered from dark patches, depending on lighting conditions, which have been fixed as well, so the skin looks more natural in more situations.

But wait, there’s more! Maximillion Grant went through the whole skin, top to bottom, and did a lot of work smoothing out any graininess while trying to keep all the details. As a result, the entire skin has much better definition.

A few words about the makeup options. They come for each skin tone in every facial hair option! Makeup 1 is an eyeliner, makeup 2 is the same eyeliner with some black eyeshadow, makeup 3 looks to me like the number two version, but tear-stained. Interesting options which stay masculine looking. I know that Maximillion has been working a lot on them!

Envision is now an achieved skin. It was already a good alternative, but its flaws and especially the lack of versatility according to facial shapes prevented it from being in the top category. Now it’s part of the top range and it’s good for the competition between skin creators!

What I like: the huge variety of facial hair options, and now the makeup options, which come in every facial hair and skin tone; the gentle face you get with that skin; the hair; the slim and toned appearance it gives, without overdeveloped abs or pecs.

What I wish: a blonde version. A real black skin tone and maybe a natural tone lighter than “titanium” (maybe with a blonde or reddish version? :-) )

Remember that the 50% sale will make these skins particularly more attractive until the 31st of december 2007 noon SL time!

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

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• Shape: Lemon E4:38 (800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Lemon [Designer, Address & SLURL]
• Skin: Envision Platinum Clean Shaven (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

More pictures after the jump! (Skin tones, facial hair options, makeup options)
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Nouveau chez / New at: “Desert moon Clothiers” by Dragontat Zagato

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Friday, October 5th, 2007

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DMC Revolution Thermal Red

Other available versions
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DMC Feudal Thermal White and Lucky Thermal Black

Style: Ben Vanguard

• Pull, Jean / Thermal, Jeans:
DMC Revolution Thermal Red, Feudal Thermal White and Lucky Thermal Black (75 Lindens each, Perms: M/NC/T),
DMC Garage Jean (125 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ The Block - DMC: Desert Moon Clothiers, Varado (108, 102, 31)

• Volume pour manches / Filler for sleeves:
Filler for sleeves - Stettings for the red thermal: (RGB: 120, 23, 13) - (50 Lindens, Perms M/C/NT),
by Ben Vanguard,
@ Slmen.com Headquarters, Birchwood (72, 206, 392)

• Chaussettes “Pieds nus” / Bare Feet Socks,
Tintable Barefoot Socks - setting: (RGB: 34, 39, 56) - (FREE, Perms: C/M/NT),
by Robin Sojourner,
@ Robin Sojourner, Livingtree Island Center, Livingtree (135, 121, 24)

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
DMC Red Cruizers (200 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ The Block - DMC: Desert Moon Clothiers, Varado (108, 102, 31)

• Bague / Ring:
Glass and Stainless steel Ring - color changeing (75 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

• Coiffure / Hair:
::Syd -LightBrown- (100 Lindens/color, 450/pack of 10, Perms: C/M/NT),
by Gaia Goodnight,
@ Darkstar Design, Bishop Point (200, 54, 21)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Forest (o) Outdoor 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 Tan - Funky Monk (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

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Nouveau chez / New at: Desert Moon Clothiers

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Friday, September 21st, 2007

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Veste, Jean, Pull / Jacket, Jeans, Thermal:
DMC Rampage Jacket (with collar and cuff prim attachments) (175 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
DMC Garage Jean (125 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
DMC Feudal Thermal White (75 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ The Block - DMC: Desert Moon Clothiers, Varado (108, 102, 31)

• Bottes / Boots:
Slander boots gb (300 Lindens),
by GutterBlood Spoonhammer,
@ GutterBlood Spoonhammer at killbillys, Grossglockner (200, 158, 59)

• Bague / Ring:
Jordan*s Randy Men’s Ring (299 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Jordan Morgenrote,
@ Jordan’s fine jewelry at Oyster , Shepherd (177, 87, 92)

• Coiffure / Hair:
*MODERNO: Keith Hair (Brown Hat) - Toffee (150 Lindens for a pack of 3 close colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Starley Thereian,
@ Last Call ::MODERNO:: Menswear, Dazzle (130, 10, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Tawny (o) Outdoor 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 Tan - Funky Monk (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

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Body Positive: Ariantho’s Angels, Body Politik, Nora Entice and RaC

Ben Vanguard | - Body Positive (Skins+Shapes) | Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

A shape and 3 skins, as usual. I chose the skins which offer the best fit for the face contour, then the best fit for the body, and I tried to avoid the one you can see everywhere ;-)

The shape is shown “As is.” Jadenne Ariantho for Ariantho’s Angels did it. Jadenne offers a few very original shapes of both human and elf, adults, teens and even children. Of course, as all quality skins from good and fair creators, these skins are modify, so you will be able to adapt it to your own taste and to fit all shoes, attachments and clothes with simple minor modifications.

I wanted to show you today “more than pale” skins. Diarmuid from Ariantho’s Angels was one of the very few shapes which could match pleasantly the three interesting skins that attracted my attention. I chose Diarmuid because it was the thinnest one, and I thought a pretty thin body was the best match for that kind of skin.

Diarmuid is an adult human male. He is 6‘7“, so a pretty good height in SL, he is in shape without being overmuscled or beefy. He will please those who want an original masculine tall shape without looking like one of the millions of Hulks we can see on the grid.

For further information about the choice criteria, please read this Introduction.

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Style: Ben Vanguard

• Shape:
AA-Diarmuid-Human Adult Male - (6‘7“) - 800 Lindens,
by Jadenne Ariantho,
@ Ariantho’s Angels SHAPES, Green Goblin (143, 135, 501)

• Skin (Top down)
<> Nora Entice - Hunter Glow Gothic Liner (bald) - 1000 Lindens,
by Sezmra Svarog,
@ Nora BodySkins & Fashions, Sonata (227, 72, 27)

<> Envision Wraith Clean Shaven Skin Blk B - 1750 Lindens,
by Maximillion Grant,
@ .:: The Body Politik ::., Eventide South (52, 177, 36)

<> =RaC= Johnny05 skin design - 4000 Lindens (including 6 facial hair styles),
by Mallory Cowen,
@ =RaC=, RaC City (188, 136, 27)

• Coiffure / Hair:
The Good Life - Menace - White - 199 Lindens,
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Yeux / Eyes:
FNKY! Eyes - Frosted - Black (No Veins) - 100 Lindens,
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Boxer / Boxer Briefs:
DMC Boxer Brief Black - 50 Lindens,
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ The Block - Desert Moon Clothiers, Varado (108, 102, 31)

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• Shape:
Ariantho’s Angels-Diarmuid-Human Adult Male
• Skins:
<> Nora Entice - Hunter Glow Gothic Liner
<> Envision Wraith Clean Shaven Skin Blk B
<> =RaC= Johnny05 skin design

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• Shape:
Ariantho’s Angels-Diarmuid-Human Adult Male
• Skins:
<> Nora Entice - Hunter Glow Gothic Liner
<> Envision Wraith Clean Shaven Skin Blk B
<> =RaC= Johnny05 skin design

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Nouveau chez / New release at: Desert Moon Clothier (Dragontat Zagato)

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Thursday, June 28th, 2007

As Usual, these V necks from Desert Moon Clothier come in many options and layers: tucked, untucked, undershirt, underpant, shirt, jacket, so they can fit any outfit, and you can wear them with low rise pants… As usual they are fairly priced at 75 Lindens, as usual they are very neat, with a discreetly sexy shadowing and prim collars which give them a perfect finish.

View all the available versions after the jump.

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Mannequin / Model : Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
“Deception” - Black Pearl,
by Lost Thereian,
@ Influence, Naughty (80, 112, 23)

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Tan - Stubble Soul,
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Yeux / Eyes:
(Avatar) Eyes: Natural. (Chocolate),
by Nephilaine Protagonist,
@ PixelDolls, Port Seraphine (45, 131, 27)

• Polo:
DMC 13 V Collar White (with prim collar),
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ DMC: Desert Moon Clothiers, Goodelli (229, 197, 25)

• Short / Boarding Shorts:
*Shai* Riptide Boardshorts Black,
by Shai Delacroix,
@ Casa del Shai Flagship, Deco (114, 166, 31)

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
Black Mens Dragon Chillin,
by Ninja Petion,
@ Digital Dragon Design, Digital Dragon (113, 113, 23)

• Montre / Watch:
Outdoor Time - Boating,
by Fim Fischer,
@ Fim Fischer’s Watches at Slmen.com Headquarters, Birchwood (72, 206, 392)

• Bague, Bijoux d’oreille / Ring, Ear piercings:
Double Pewter Ring White Opal,
Set Aged Pewter Hoop Earring Plus 2 Left,
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

View all the available versions after the jump.
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Nouveau chez Ask / New release at Ask

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Dressy, Official, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer, Semi-Casual | Monday, June 18th, 2007

“Sigmund” is the new 70’s suit By Neferia Abel for ASK. It comes with 3 shirt’s colors (combined with the jacket on the jacket layer) plus a jacket without shirt, allowing you to wear a shirt of your choice, or no shirt at all! The pack costs 150 Lindens. Yes, it’s a bargain!

Take also a look at the new sculpted sneakers by Tekilah Elytis, the first really good sculpted shoes I’ve seen. They come in several colors for 199 Lindens, a very fair price!

Last but not least, you will find in this post a feast of usefull complements: The sleeves filler you already know if you read this blog regularly, and the bare foot socks and bare hand gloves by robin sojourner, which avoid you to show ugly flesh colored inner pants or sleeves, when you don’t wear socks or have loose sleeves… Those socks and gloves are free, so run and take your pack asap! Elegance, like evil, hides in details :-)

By the way, do you know what means “Ask”, name of Neferia’s shop? No, it’s not the english verb “ask”. Let’s hear the explanation by Neferia herseilf : “I am norwegian and ask was the first man on earth in the viking mythology. Ask and Embla were the first humans created (by the god Odin and his brothers Ve and Vili). They were created by pieces of driftwood, ash and elm respectively. Odin breathed life into them, Ve gave them intelligence and emotion, and Vili bestowed them with senses and speech.
So there is the story behind the name of my shop :-)”

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Mannequin / Model : Ben Vanguard

• Coiffure / Hair:
“Ego” - Drift Wood,
by Lost Thereian,
@ Influence, Naughty (80, 112, 23)

• Skin:
FNKY! Antonio Medium - Stubble (Bald),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Yeux / Eyes:
! SLAB ICE (Light Purple),
by Pompo Bombacci,
@ SLAB Designs, Albata (174, 2, 26)

• Costume, Chemise / Suit, Shirt:
“Sigmund” beige jacket w/red shirt,
“Sigmund” beige pants,
by Neferia Abel,
@ ~Ask~Male shop in Alebi (34, 77, 24)

• Volume pour manches / Filler for sleeves:
[SLMEN.COM] Filler for sleeves (settings : Color RGB (109,73,82) / Sleeve Length 100 / Sleeve looseness 7)
by Ben Vanguard,
@ Slmen.com Headquarters, Birchwood (72, 206, 392)

• Gants “mains nues”, Chaussettes “Pieds nus” / Bare hand Gloves,
Bare Hand Gloves - 100% - 95% - setting : Color RGB (187,135,148)
Tintable Barefoot Socks - setting : Color RGB (144,124,119),
by Robin Sojourner,
@ Robin Sojourner, Livingtree Island Center, Livingtree (135, 121, 24)

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
Brown/Pink Sculpted Sneaker,
by Tekilah Elytis,
@ Tekilah’s Store at the Arcolith Project, Baku (242, 72, 71)

• Collier / Necklace:
DMC Ring Tab Necklace,
by Dragontat Zagato,
@ DMC: Desert Moon Clothiers, Goodelli (229, 197, 25)

• Bague / Ring:
Platinum and Sapphire Ring,
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

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