Nouveau chez / New at: “Redgrave” & “Soreal”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

When I discovered Soreal a month ago, Kwamey Pinion, the designer, talked to me about a sneakers project. Not long after, he dropped me pictures of the sneakers and I got thrilled! Then I tried on the first release and i was disappointed. The shape of the sneakers, if they perfectly fit women’s feet, let the ankle of most male avatars show through the shoes. The only way to avoid that was to make them so huge, even with a biiiiig avatar, It looked ridiculously oversized. Believe me, I tried them on with many shapes. I aways try to harmonize the size of my shoes with the size of my avatar. I’m 6′8″ in sl, not heavy framed, and my ankles showed through the shoes. The only way to have the shoes fitting well at a right size was to build an avatar more than 7′2″ high with body thickness lower than 30. That way the shoes had a size proportionate to the avatar’s size (in a realistic manner) and were big enough to hide the ankles completely. From having spoken about that a lot with Fallingwater Cellardoor (Shiny Things) and Eponymous Trenchmouth (JCS Shoes), I’ve known how tricky men’s shoes are to fit on the sl mesh.
So I went back to Kwamey and explained the problem to him. Like every designer dedicated to creation and quality, he welcomed my criticism and worked on a modified version he released two days ago. This is the reason why you see the “Soreal City Steps Sneakers” so late on Slmen. Showing flawless items is more important than being the first to show them, right? ;-)

Note: the former buyers of the sneakers will receive an updated version automatically with the update system.

• So! These sneakers are not only nicely sculpted (only 17 prims each!) and realistically textured, they are also innovative. They are resizeable by script, which is way easier than doing it manually. You just have to click on each of your shoes and choose to increase or decrease their size a bit, more, or a lot, until you get the perfect size looking the best on on your avie. More! When you buy a three-pack or a “All 13 colors” pack (including an exclusive color), you are provided a hud which allows you to choose the color of your shoes. Less inventory cluttering, one setting for all the colors, it’s the perfect method!

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Showing sneakers and jacket in red.

Soreal City Steps Sneakers” are sold for 395 Lindens a pair, 695 for three colors, and 2395 Lindens for the “All 13 colors” pack. In our opinion, the best bargain is the three-pack including three of our favorite colors (shown below): Red, Brown, and Camo. it’s our “best buy” advice for these shoes. They are no modify (no worries, the scripts allow you to finely tune their size), and copy no transfer, but the vendor in the shop allows you to easily purchase gifts.

What I like: the realistic look, the photosourced lovers will be amazed; some colors, really nicely designed; the scripted resizing system and color changing system.
What I wish: better prices for the packs especially for the “all 13″ one; a laced version, as i’m not a fan of velcro sneakers (ok, it’s totally a personal taste matter :-D);

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

• I couldn’t show good realistic photosourced sneakers without good realistic photosourced pieces of clothing. So I chose the Sporty Sweater Fighter jackets from Redgrave, by Emilia Redgrave, the queen of photosourcing. High quality is here as usual at Redgrave, and it’s maybe the only reason why I show on slmen those very expensive items. They come in two versions in the pack, plain and showing a belt under the jacket. To go along with them, two presized pairs of collar ribbons which add a little bit more realism.

They come in Red, Moss, Brown, Violet (all shown), Black and Coffee (not shown). They are modify and transfer for easy gifting, and are sold for 380 Lindens per color pack.

Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 3/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack…): 3/5 - Price: 1/5 - Value for money: 3/5

Some other combinations:
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Left to Right:
Sneakers and Jacket in Brown, Sneakers in Pink, Jacket in Violet, Sneakers in Camo, Jacket in Moss.

Soreal’s sneakers: other slmen favorites:
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Left to Right & Top Down: Brown, White, Pink, Camo.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers :
Soreal City Steps Sneakers (395 Lindens/color, 695 Lindens/pack of 3 colors, 2395 Lindens/all 13 colors, scripted resizing, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Soreal [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Veste de sport / Sport Jacket:
Sporty Sweater Fighter *REDGRAVE* (380 Lindens/color, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Redgrave [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Volume pour manches / Sleeve Filler:
Sleeve Filler -all sliders to 100, but: sleeve length: 95, Sleeve looseness: 9- (50 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Slmen.com Head Quarters [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Jean / Jeans:
MANTRA Destroyed Jeans (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Mantra [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Hair:
PE Mykal Kohl & Ash Brown (150 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [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:
Joshua Normal Skin Stubble 1 (1800 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Damiani [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Nouveau chez / New at “Mantra” & “Muism”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Thursday, January 3rd, 2008

Introducing new pants by Kim Takashi for Mantra. These “snake skin” patterned jeans are tintable. I show them with a light blue tint and you can express your color creativity as much as you want! The pants are copy-no-transfer, so you can save each of your own creations.

These pants are perfect to mix and match a Rockstar outfit! Well, this is Kim’s goal to release such items, and she succeeds totally. They come with two prim buckles. Usually, Kim provides a version of her pants with the buckle drawn on the texture, for those who want to avoid one more attachment. As these pants are tintable, they don’t come with this option: the buckle would be tinted too, which might look weird. You can have the new “snake skin jeans” for 125 Lindens.

To go along with these pants, I chose the new “Fox” hair by Icemocolo Voom for Muism. It completes my rockstar look perfectly. Muism will release a lot of hair for men in 2008, which is good for us SL guys! Also, one of the always perfect tattoos from Aitui, a tank top from Renegade in the uber versatile “Tank top pack” offering a full range of layers and colors from white to black (plus it’s tintable), the new Envision V.2 skin from The Body Politik in its “rockstar” makeup 2 option, and some jewelry from Guillaume pour Homme.

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Jean / Jeans:
MANTRA Snakeskin Jeans (tinted)(125 Lindens with 2 prim buckles, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Mantra [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
*Muism* Fox dark ash-high light (250 Lindens/color, 1000 Lindens/6 colors, 2500 Lindens/all18 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Muism [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Débardeur / Tank Top:
[Renegade] Darkest Tank Tucked, in Tank Pack (249 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT)
@ Renegade [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Tatouage / Tattoo:
AITUI TATTOO - Dolphin Peau /black ink/ =undershirt= (100 Lindens in a pack including 2 ink colors on every top layer, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Aitui [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

• Boucle d’oreille, Collier, Bracelet, Bague / Colier, Bracelet, Ring:
O-Rings Triple Earring Black Rubber rings and chain (250 Lindens in a pack of 5 pairs, Perms: M/NC/T),
Screwed Necklace Mn sz (375 Lindens in a pack including also a single bracelet and a single ring, Perms: M/NC/T),
5 Screw Coiled Bracelet Mns Sz (125 Lindens in a pack including also another bracelet and a ring, Perms: M/NC/T),
3 Screw Coiled Ring Mns Sz (125 Lindens in a pack including also 2 bracelets, Perms: M/NC/T),
@ Guillaume pour Homme [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:
.:: TBP ::. Envision Caramel 5 O’Clock Shadow Skin v2 B M2 (1750 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ >The Body Politik [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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Noir et Blanc / Black and White: “Aitui”, “Civvies”, “JCS”, “Mantra”, “Tête à Pied”, “The Good Life”…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Costume, Special Event | Saturday, December 15th, 2007

New black and white skin at Tête à Pied! Roslin Petion and CJ Carnot released this special edition in black and white, in 3 facial hair options plus the “mature” version. Each comes in hairy or bald in the same package. You can get them, as usual, for a low 500 Lindens.

New men’s hair at “The Good Life”! Avant Scofield offers us this hair in 24 very good textures. He used a new alpha texture, to give it a real choppy look. Obviously, today I show it to you in black!

To go along with them, i chose a grey shirt from Civvies (Posy Trudeau), black pants from AItui (Jesseaitui Petion), a bracelet from Mantra, (Kim Takashi) and white shoes from JCS (Eponymous trenchmouth). Only colored part, intense blue eyes from Zada (Zada Zenovka).

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Skin:
TaP Vivant Men’s Late Shift Noir (500 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by CJ Carnot & Roslin Petion,
@ Tete a Pied Vivant Men’s Skins, Nouveau (203, 127, 22)

• Coiffure / Hair:
The GL - Luffer - Black (250 Lindens/2 close colors, 1500 Lindens/24 colors, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Avant Scofield,
@ The Good Life, Good Life (87, 207, 28)

• Shirt / Chemise:
[CIVVIES] Buttondown Shirt - Skulls (100 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Posy Trudeau,
@ A I T U I, Aitui (195, 120, 23)

• Souliers / Shoes:
Carl Perkins White (400 Lindens/color, 1200 Lindens/fatpack of 6 colors, Perms: C/NM/NT),
by Eponymous Trenchmouth,
@ JCS Shoes, Tean (229, 96, 25)

• Bracelet:
MANTRA Wood & Glass Bead Bracelet (35 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Kim Takashi,
@ MANTRA, Doll City (213, 79, 25)

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

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Nouveau chez / New at “FNKY!” (Funk Schnook)

Ben Vanguard | Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

New pants at FNKY! Some filthy jeans in 4 colors (shown) and 2 versions. Well, thay aren’t SO filthy, and it’s good for me! As usual, the items from Funk Schnook are high in quality. The price is high too! 275 Lindens for a color pack including a regular and an extra ripped version, 700 Lindens for the fat pack, a real bargain for this one. Filthy jeans are obviously moddable, and copy/no transfer.

The T-Shirt from Moth Well for Inone Style offers a very cool design and is sold for a very fair 65 Lindens.

The Rayzor glasses from Aenea Christensen for Nea-Ban are scripted; you can change the color of the frame, the lenses, the tint of the lenses, plus you can switch between two ways of wearing them: on the nose or on the forehead! 225 Lindens.

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FNKY! Filthy Fives - Faded Black (Extra Ripped)

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Left to Right & Top Down - FNKY! Filthy Fives:
Deep Blue; Faded Blue; Faded Black; Soiled;
Soiled (Extra Ripped); Faded Black (Extra Ripped); Faded blue (Extra Ripped); Deep Blue (Extra Ripped).

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Tee-Shirt / T-Shirt:
Alice Pink (65 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Moth Swell,
@ Inone Style @ Mainstore, Blue Quill (147, 11, 78)

• Jean / Jeans:
FNKY! Filthy Fives (275 Lindens/pack of two versions in one color; 700 Lindens/Packs of 4 colors; Perms: M/C/NT)
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Chaussures de sport / Sneakers:
FNKY! Kicks (Black) (550 Lindens/color in 5 sizes, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Lunettes de Soleil / Sunglasses:
Nea-Ban Rayzor (225 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T)
by Aenea Christensen,
@ Nea-Ban Sunglasses and Jewelry, West Sunset (111, 91, 22)

• Bracelet:
MANTRA Wood & Glass Bead Bracelet (35 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Kim Takashi,
@ MANTRA, Doll City (187, 137, 23)

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Blue Steel (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 - Stubble (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day : Future Urban

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Monday, November 19th, 2007

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Jean / Jeans:
MANTRA Destroyed Darker Black Jeans (no buckle) (150 Lindens/pack including 2 pairs of jeans (with and without textured buckle) and 4 prim buckles, Perms: M/C/NT),
MANTRA Three Rows Spikes Buckle (Warrior Pack) (50 Lindens/pack of 3 prim buckles, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Kim Takashi,
@ MANTRA, Doll City (187, 137, 23)

• Bouson / Jacket:
*=eat me=* Nullzone Jacket - Red M (400 Lindens/color, 1700 Lindens for a pack of 7, Perms: M/C/NT),
Includes jacket layer, shirt layer (not used), 7 patches on back and on sleeves, 2 sleeve styles,
by Philo Sion,
@ Eat Me, Glass Earth (134, 175, 23)

• Tatouages / Tattoos:
.:InkD - Tinker (Tinted: RVB: 153, 48, 43) - (400 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Laylah Mistral,
@ InkD! Tattoos, Ravens Requiem (139, 125, 27)

• Chaussures / Shoes :
kk keox men shoe verkaufsbox red croco (400 Lindens, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Kakaue Yoshikawa,
@ K&K fine quality, Starfish (220, 233, 22)

• Lunettes / Glasses:
Aviator neko glasses (125 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Kendra Ling,
@ United Designs! by Kendra Ling, Demonic Empire (115, 133, 25)

• Collier / Chocker:
Aitui - Grid Necklace :by kiki: (175 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Kiki Miranda,
@ A I T U I, Aitui (195, 120, 23)

• Poignets / Cuffs:
PE-Wrist Cuffs - MO spike cuff (225 Lindens/pack of 2 colors brown and black, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Aemilia Case,
@ Philotic Energy, Imogen (57, 17, 57)

• Coiffure / Hair:
DarkStar Designs - Ikarus (100 Lindens/color, Perms: C/M/NT),
by Gaia Midnight,
@ Darkstar Design, Lions Shore (196, 62, 23)

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

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Friday, November 9th, 2007

Some new things today!

New jeans at Mantra, by Kim Takashi. They come in three washes of blue (shown). Each color pack includes 2 versions, with and without textured buckle, and 4 prim buckle attachments. I’m not very happy when it comes to adjusting a belt, so I appreciate particularly this way of getting some more realism without too much work! ;-) 150 Lindens for a color pack, 375 for the everything pack! Kim switched her perm to modify-copy-no transfer to allow you to include her jeans in outfits folders and protect you against inventory losses (you can back up your copy items on a prim) and in case of misdelivery when you buy them, there will be no problem to get them again. Thank you Lindens!

New bracelets and armbands by Faery Sola for studio sidhe. I’m showing a bracelet. Each color pack (from six) comes with prefitted left and right versions of both bracelet and armband. They are nicely textured and show a semi-precious bead on the leather thong. You can have a color pack for 125 Lindens, or an everything pack for 375 Lindens.

New shoes by Emilia Redgrave for Redgrave. These sculpty boots use a very photorealistic texture. They are the first “kind of” chelsea boots in SL, with elastic sides. They come in four colors : Black, Brown, Honey, Darksand, for 450 Lindens each pair, or 1600 lindens for them all.

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MANTRA Medium Wash Jeans (no buckle) with Silver Buckle

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MANTRA Light Wash Jeans (no buckle) with Silver Buckle
MANTRA Medium Wash Jeans (no buckle) with Silver Buckle
MANTRA Dark Wash Jeans (no buckle) with Silver Buckle

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Jean / Jeans:
MANTRA Medium Wash Jeans (no buckle)(150 Lindens/pack including 2 pairs of jeans (with and without textured buckle) and 4 prim buckles, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Kim Takashi,
@ MANTRA, Doll City (187, 137, 23)

• Chemise / Shirt:
[SC] Stitch Front Button Up Tops Orange (110 Lindens/color, 900 Lindens/14 colors, Perms: NM/NC/T),
by Emma Gilmour,
@ Sand Shack Surf Co, Lions Shore (40, 182, 24)

• Chaussures / Shoes :
BOOTS Black-Leather *REDGRAVE* (450 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Emilia Redgrave,
@ *REDGRAVE* Mens & Womens FASHION, SANDS Island 1 (171, 95, 24)

• Bracelet:
:+:SS:+: Beaded bracelet [Brown, Yellow & Black] (125 Lindens/one color pack, 375 Lindens/everything pack, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Faery Sola,
@ :+:Studio Sidhe:+: [Main Store], Stadtrand (29, 238, 22)

• Collier / Necklace:
[ZC] The snake bite necklace (180 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Keishii Roo,
@ Zona Cero, Icewater (45, 148, 24)

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

• Yeux / Eyes:
EyeFidelity RealEyes - Gunmetal (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 - Stubble (1850 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

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Nouveau chez / New at “Jeepers Creepers Shoes”, “Mantra”, and “Philotic Energy”

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Friday, November 2nd, 2007

• Once again, I am introducing today new shoes by Eponymous Trenchmouth! “Oslo” come in 4 colors: Gray, what I would call “taupe,” my favorite, Black, Brown (shown) and Khaki (not shown). As usual, superb texture, different left and right build for a better realism, 2 sizes in each pack… what else? Well, you can get 4 pairs for the price of 3, thanks to the new fatpacks at Jeepers Creepers Shoes!

• Another new hair for men By Aemilia Case! Philotic Energy now offers 22 colors, 16 tones and 6 tipped. When it comes to choosing hair for men, you just can’t ignore Philotic Energy.

• I showed a few days ago the very good torn jeans from Kim Takashi for Mantra. She just released new sets of prim buckles for them. Prim buckles are easy to position, and with them you can add a touch of personalization to your jeans without spending an hour to adjust a prim belt!

• I discovered the “Cielo” shirts by Feliz Krasner one day when I was shopping at Hayate Hair Lab. They are open up and down, so they are perfect to show that buckle on your belt! The shirts on the jacket layer come in Pink, Orange, Black (shown) Blue and Red (not shown). You can wear them with a tee shirt under them, but they look good and sexy worn alone!

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El Trebol-Cielo in Pink, Belt buckle “YingYang Buckle”, Hair PE Grady in Auburn, Oslo Shoes in Gray.

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Oslo shoes in Black and Brown

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El Trebol-Cielo in Black and Orange, Belt buckle “Southwest Buckle” and “Celtic Knot buckle”, Hair PE Grady in Black and Sandalwood.

Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Chemise / Shirt:
**el trebol**Cielo (100 Lindens/color, 400 Lindens/pack of 5, Perms: NM/C/NT),
by Feliz Krasner,
@ ** el trebol ** Women’s & Men’s, JAPAN 01 (100, 61, 26)

• Jean, Boucles de ceinture / Jeans, Belt buckles:
MANTRA Destroyed Jeans (150 Lindens/pack including 2 pairs of jeans (with and without textured buckle) and 4 prim buckles, Perms: M/NC/T),
MANTRA Buckle Pack B (Aesthetic Pack) (50 Lindens/pack of 3 prim buckles, Perms: NM/NC/T)
by Kim Takashi,
@ MANTRA, Doll City (187, 137, 23)

• Souliers / Shoes :
Oslo (400 Lindens, Perms NM/C/NT),
by Eponymous Trenchmouth,
@ Jeepers Creepers Shoes, Tean (229, 96, 25)

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Grady (150 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens/6 tipped, 1200 Lindens/16 colors & 6 tipped, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Aemilia Case,
@ Philotic Energy, Imogen (57, 17, 57)

• Lunettes de Soleil / Sunglasses:
FNKY! LePhreaks Glasses - Color change - (300 Lindens, Perms NM/C/NT)
by Funk Schnook,
@ FNKY! & Cake, FNKY Cake (128, 45, 24)

• Bague / Ring:
Mhaijikal Rings stacked pd (100 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

• Collier / Necklace:
LC Covet: Kai Men’s Tags - Fresh,
by Lyra Muse,
@ Covet, Dazzle (211, 248, 301)

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

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