Nouveau chez / New at: “Simone!”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Formal | Monday, July 7th, 2008

This 2 button tux from Simone is well designed, available in a bunch of colors, and full of details that add to the overall realism. The cummerbund is especially nice, with a nice shirred effect. The sculpty bow tie is a little simple, but it does work, and is easily adjustable (unlike some sculpty attachments…). Sells for 450L, comes in sapphire, emerald, onyx, gold, fuchsia, ruby, amethyst, and teal. You can also buy the pack of formal bowties, in all these colors, plus white, for 250L. As usual with Simone! outfits, lots of layer combinations allow you to mix and match. Brava, Simone!

I matched the magenta Kensei hair from Truth with the Fuchsia tux (this amazing “dollarbie” is available for 1L, in a fatpack of 72 colors…incredible). In the rest of the pics, I am wearing the dark choco color of Kensei.

Finishing off the outfit…the City Walk shoes in black from Shiny Things, arguably one of the better pairs of dress shoes in SL, and the Ratri Night Dark Ring from Mhaijik Guillaume.

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Casual, Printemps-Eté / Spring-Summer | Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

I continue to be impressed by Simone Stern’s amazingly low-priced collection at Style Starts Here. I frequently turn to something from SSH when I can’t think of what to wear. I know that the styles will mesh, and that the quality will be consistently good. This black pin-stripe shirt is nicely done, with clear textures and well-matched seams — not easy to do with stripes, believe me.

I wanted a contrasting color for my pants, so I chose the white jeans from Indigo, another color of the multi-pack of jeans that I showed recently in black. Not sure what color belt I’m wearing as it’s under the shirt. ;)

Have I told you before this hair is available from Boon…FOR FREE? If I haven’t, I’m telling you now, and if I have, it bears repeating! The hair comes in 12 colors, two sizes each, for…did I mention the price? Free! ;) Go grab it…you might be surprised at how often you’ll wear it. It’s unisex, so bring your boyfriend or girlfriend to grab a set as well.

Mhaijik Guillaume has come out with a cool set of matching jewelry pieces. The Spring Cord Ring Bluesz sells for 50L, the bracelet for 175L, with the set including bracelet, necklace and ring going for 275L. I thought they would be a bigger pain to adjust than they were, but it was quite easy.

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Hoorenbeek now makes the all-stars in a low-top version (thank you). I’ve shown every color here except green, for sake of even numbers and grids of photos. Yes, sometimes we at slmen.com are forced to be pragmatic. Imagine the camo without a pattern, and you pretty much have the green…

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Left to Right and Top Down:
All-Star in: Red, Purple, Pink, Blue, Camo, Brown.

Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

• Souliers / Shoes:
All-Star Low-Tops (520 Lindens/colors, Perms: NM/C/NT),
@ Hoorenbeek [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Chemise / Shirt:
Black Pin-Striped Shirt (50L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Style Starts Here [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Ring / Bracelet / Necklace:
Spring Cord Ring Bluesz, (50 L, Perms: M/C/NT),
Spring Cord Bracelet Bluesz, (175L, Perms: M/C/NT),
Spring Cord Necklace, Bracelet and Ring Bluesz Set, (275L, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Mhaijik Things [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
boon NMR32 (0 Lindens/pack of 12 colors, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Boon [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

Jeans by Indigo.

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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 “Style Starts Here” and “Philotic Energy”

Perry Proudhon | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Dressy, Semi-Casual | Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

This retro-style silk shirt, beautifully textured with deep colors and a natural sheen, is a great example of the new collection by Simone Stern called Style Starts Here. With SSH’s signature selection of layers — jacket, shirt, underwear — this is a versatile addition to your wardrobe. At 50L, how can you go wrong?
Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 5/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 5/5

The Chinos are well designed, with a soft, worn finish that gives them a well-washed appearance. They come in numerous colors, with black shown here today.
Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): 4/5 - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 4/5

I love this new hairstyle by Aemilia Case. “Kai” comes in the usual great selection of colors offered at Philotic Energy. Careful attention paid not only to the front, but to the back of the hairstyles is something not always done by designers, but Kai (and a number of the new styles by Ms. Case) is well done all-around. Shown here in Chocolate.
Quality: 5/5 - Style-Originality: 4/5 - Usability (different layers, modify perms, amount of outfits put together with a single pack): NA - Price: 5/5 - Value for money: 4/5

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

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

• Chemise / Shirt:
That 70s Shirt - Patterned Retro Shirt (50L, Perms: C/M/NT),
@ Style Starts Here [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Souliers / Shoes:
Oslo, Grey shoes (400 Lindens, Perms: NM/NC/T),
@ Jeepers Creepers, [Designer, Address & SLURL]

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Kai (150 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens/6 tipped, 1200 Lindens/21 colors & 6 tipped, Perms: M/C/NT),
@ Philotic Energy [Designer, Address & SLURL]

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

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New shopping sim “Style Starts Here” by Simone Stern: affordable quality casual clothing.

Ben Vanguard | - Non classé | Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Style Starts Here” is the new concept store created by Simone Stern, well known owner and designer behind “Simone! Design.” The idea is to offer affordable quality fashion, to provide multi layered items, and to offer casual but elegant clothing.

Style Starts Here, by Simone Stern, @ Style Starts Here (120, 131, 29)

Practically, that means that you can find there shirts, sweaters and jackets for 50 Lindens (some exceptions go for up to 125 Lindens), pants for 100 Lindens (some exceptions go up to 125 Lindens). Simone Stern is smart enough to know that selling 1,000 items at 100 lindens is better than selling 100 at 300 Lindens. I’m personally pretty fond of win-win deals like this! It’s such a relief to see a well established designer like Simone Stern, providing clothing and accessories to the community for 3 years, offering good stuff at fair prices. Cool stuff without many prim attachments, but with good seams (don’t laugh, it’s not so often), with lower pants which don’t look jagged (yes, there are ways to avoid that, now the trend is to put a quickly done sculpty cuff to hide the bug). After seeing so many poorly done items on the market at delusional prices lately (I’m not talking about high range and high quality expensive items with an exclusive flair you can see often on slmen :-) ), it’s so cool to find a place like this. (Guys, I will tell you a secret: you don’t look good and classy with overpriced poorly done items on your back. You just look ridiculous and stupidly show-off).

Every item comes in every layer possible. This is the best way to perfectly mix and match many outfits, and at slmen we are neverending advocates of multi-layer items. So you get shirt, undershirt, jacket and complement on the underpants layers (those which allow you to wear a shirt or undershirt layer with low waist pants without showing your belly) for the tops, and pants and underpants layers for the pants, the underpants layer being a great alternative when you want to wear your pants tucked in boots without messing with the sliders in appearance mode, and back to normal when you want to wear them untucked.

A few samples of what SSH offers for men:
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Top Down: some separates shirts and sweaters, some separates pants, some complete outfits, some leather items.

Everything is obviously moddable, another point we are extremely sensitive about at slmen. That should really be the rule, and I’m glad more and more fair and customer conscious designers allow their customers to have clothes that actually fit well, whatever kind of shoes they wear, for example, but also to avoid the ugliest thing in sl men’s clothing (in my humble opinion): jackets with tight sleeves. This is so simple: the volume of the sleeves is given by the shirt layer, “sleeve looseness” in appearance mode. You just have to give a dozen or a bit more points to that slider, adjust a bit the sleeve length of the shirt and of the jacket layer to have a perfect realistic look. Too many “designers” are forgetting this, and preventing their customers from looking good.

Finally, the range of classy casual that “Style Starts Here” offers is a great addition on the market. You can choose in sl between hundreds of jeans, from clean to the dirtiest you could ever dream, brand new or torn to death, in all washes you can imagine. But when it comes to wearing a cool pair of chinos, the selection is terribly narrow. Some people complain that SL offers too many sleek and classy items and not enough alternative items. Well, we must not connect to the same grid :-) On the other hand, you can get plenty of good suits and tuxedos, official and formal wear. To summmarize, lets say that Style Starts Here is the perfect outlet for casual friday wear, and a bit of a weekend wear, when you want to be cool and comfy without looking like you are about to wash, or just finished washing, your car!

Style Starts Here, by Simone Stern, @ Style Starts Here (120, 131, 29)

Style Starts Here
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Left to Right and Top Down:
The new Style Starts Here Shop. Coffee corner with the reward system. One phone booth, housing the super gift system

What else? This! Simone Stern offers in “Style Starts Here” the most flexible gift system. No store card with imposed amount. Here you can reach one of the phone booths in the sim which houses the system, make a deposit on your account, and then give the exact amount of money you want to whomever you want in the grid. It’s simple and secure. The person you are offering such a gift could even, if you want it, receive an IM telling her about your gift. The mad coder behind this is Stephen Psaltery, and he is damm good! I was told that, maybe, this system will be for sale on the grid soon. I can’t wait! Another way to give gifts or to shop soon will be to browse “Onrez.com.” The items will be available there in a little while.

But wait, there’s more! Simone Stern wanted to reward her customers, hanging out on the sim, helping each other. So she offers a cool coffee corner with free coffee, tea and cookies. You want more? You’ll have more! Members of the group will soon be able to benefit from the reward system. When you come here and chat with your friends, helping the newcomers, you will be rewarded with 4 lindens every 5 minutes. The amount you gain will allow you to buy SSH stuff. This is not camping, as the system pops the people off the chairs in the coffee area every 30 minutes. Another smart way of being good with her customers in a win-win deal!

Note: I often get criticized in IM when I show Simone Stern’s items. Not because they have flaws and that I push readers to buy bad products, not because they are ugly, which could after all be possible, as a matter of taste! No, just because I’m showing Simone Stern’s items.

So this is the occasion to make some things clear: Simone Stern lets her customers know about what she does and doesn’t do in her customer service. Yes, she doesn’t pretend to be your friend to sell you more stuff, like many others do. You know what? It suits me well. And I intend to promote her stuff, as often as she will offer good and reasonably priced items.

More. Simone Stern doesn’t pay me. Simone Stern is not my friend, she is on my list for easier contact, period. We don’t hang out together, gossiping on every other designers, she has no time for this, and neither do I. Yes, I respect a lot Simone Stern’s business as I consider her a fair seller and content creator. Yes I’m thankful because she helped me a lot when I started slmen and I was totally unknown. She provided me stuff without even thinking of any reward, as slmen could stop without taking off. This is not a reason why I would show stuff from her that I don’t like. As a conclusion, I won’t tell you that I’m paying everything to run this blog, and therefore I do what I want, it could sound rude…

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Tenue du jour / Outfit of the Day: Aitui, JCS Shoes, Mystikal, Simone!

Perry Proudhon | - Every Day Outfits, - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual | Monday, December 10th, 2007

To me, texture is the most important part of SL clothing, and that’s what attracted me about this sweater from Simone! and the Aitui pants. Both look soft to the touch, draping realistically, with nice highlighting. The Oslo shoes from Eponymous Trenchmouth continue to be my favorites…I rarely wear any others on SL lately.

Mystikal Faddoul’s Chico hair is natural and messy without being scruffy. Shown here in Chocolate, the color is less severe and compliments the softness of the TaP skin.

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Style, Photography: Perry Proudhon

• Pull / Sweater:
(Simone!) Purple Sweater (100 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Simone Stern,
@ Simone! Design Main Location, Simone (81, 228, 32)

• Pantalons / Pants:
Reborn Slacks, Black (150 Lindens, 550/pack of 5 colors, Perms: M/NC/T):
by Jesseaitui Petion,
@ A I T U I, Aitui (195, 120, 23)

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

• Bague / Ring: Robert Dual Tone Gemstone Ring (200 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T), with menu driven color changer for the main gem and the metal, by Kesseret Steeplechase,
@ KessKreations - Fine Jewelry and Wedding Accessories, Crystal Shores (235, 29, 22)

• Coiffure / Hair:
Mystikal Chico Chocolate (250 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Mystikal Fadoul,
@ Mystikal Hair Designs Main Store, Mystikal (129, 120, 27)

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

• Skin:
TaP Vivant Bronze Clean Cut - (500 Lindens),
by CJ Carnot,
@ Tete a Pied Vivant Men’s Skins, Nouveau (203, 127, 22)

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Tenue du Jour / Outfit of the Day : JCS Shoes, Philotic Energy, SF Designs, Simone!…

Ben Vanguard | - Tenue/Outfit, Automne-Hiver/Fall-Winter, Casual, Semi-Casual | Friday, December 7th, 2007

NEW: Winter Warmer Set at SF Designs. In that generous pack, Swaffette Firefly offers 3 kind of jackets, a sweater (not shown), a pair of brown pants (on the pants and underpants layers), prim collars for the sweater and the jackets in two sizes (you can wear only one type of collar, sweater or jacket, at the same time), prim cuffs in two sizes as well, and two sizes of prim tails for one of the jackets. Oh, I forgot a pair of boots (not shown). You can get all that for 500 lindens. All is copy.

NEW: Second part of the last release of men’s hair from Philotic Energy. Billie II makes you look messy like after you had to fight a huge wind! Well, it can be used in indoors parties too :) Some colors are just unique. Thank you Aemilia Case!

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Style, Photography: Ben Vanguard

• Veste fourrée, pantalon / Jacket, pants:
sf design winter warmer set - male (500 Lindens, Perms: M/C/NT),
come with pants, sweater, boots, 3 types of jackets with collar, tail, cuff prim attachments,
by Swaffette Firefly,
@ sf design formal and suits for men, Innisfree (134, 53, 537)

• Pull / Sweater:
In (Simone!) Casual Sweater Set (200 Lindens/pack including 2 sweater and a pair of pants, Perms: M/C/NT):
(Simone!) Plain Sweater,
by Simone Stern,
@ Simone! Design Main Location, Simone (81, 228, 32)

• Bottes / Boots :
Ugh Tan (300 Lindens/color, Perms: NC/NM/T),
by Eponymous Trenchmouth,
@ JCS Shoes, Tean (229, 96, 25)

• Bague / Ring:
Christmas Ring Gold (250 Lindens, Perms: M/NC/T),
by Mhaijik Guillaume,
@ Jewelry Mhaijik Things, Pheosia (59, 212, 152)

• Coiffure / Hair:
PE Billie II Chocolate (150 Lindens/color, 600 Lindens/6 tipped, 1200 Lindens/21 colors & 6 tipped, Perms: M/C/NT),
by Aemilia Case,
@ Philotic Energy, Imogen (57, 17, 57)

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

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