Falling Embers

Falling Embers
Just stopping by to showcase these gorgeous lashes by no.7 available at L’accessoires until December 8th.. they include a colour-change HUD with 4 metal and 8 gem colour options and I think they are absolutely stunning!

This was also another opportunity for me to buy some more of my favourite DECO hair – I love the way it works with COCO‘s doll avatar and I’m kinda pleased with the way this pic turned out in general – if you’d like to see a much bigger version just give it a click as the blog layout does tend to make things pretty small.

Best wishes and see you soon!

Credits

Accessories
Jewelry: ‘Changing Season Couture Lashes‘ – no.7 (@L’accessoires) – L$150*..
..with 4 metal and 8 gem options.

Body
Head: ‘Kyoko (ClosedEyes)‘ – COCOL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]..
..all the old DOLLCOCO heads released as non-rigged versions, 9 in total.
Body: ‘Doll Body‘ – COCOL$450
Hair: ‘Hiveish Hair (Ember)‘ – DECOL$250

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Closeup 11‘ – GlitteratiL$100 – 11-pose pack

[*review copies received with thanks!]

New COCO BJD Avatar!

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I’ve been waiting excitedly for this new release from COCO as I’m already a big fan of their doll avatars (I use them a lot in my Second Life art) – when I saw the word that their new Ball Jointed Doll Avatar was available yesterday I rushed over and bought one as soon as I could (a real ‘shut up and take my money moment!) I will always love my original DOLLCOCO avatar but this new one has the same bone positions as a regular SL avatar, which (I think) makes it move more fluidly with existing poses and animations. I also tried on some of my ‘normal’ mesh clothing and found it to fit much better. I confess I don’t really understand the science – all I know is she looks and moves GREAT!

What you get:
Head – comes with Green and Grey eyes in small and large, human and elf ears, in addition to blink, closed eyes, open eyes and open mouth versions.
Body – has two sets of hands and bandage (modesty) or not versions and comprises of 6 parts.
Dress – sheer and normal versions included.
Insect Wings – flapping and static versions included.

As always, these new avatars are, in my humble opinion, fantastic value for money. Oh, and the original DOLLCOCO dolls and accessories are now half-off for the foreseeable future!

Hair: ‘Linda (Dark Brown)‘ – Amacci (@Old Europe Village) – L$0 – Umbrella Hunt Prize
Head: ‘Doll_Head_001C‘ (mesh) – COCOL$450NEW!
Body: ‘Doll_Body‘ (mesh) – COCOL$450NEW!
Dress: ‘Doll_SlipDress_White‘ (mesh) – COCOL$300NEW!
Wings: ‘Doll_InsectWings(Flapping)‘ (mesh) – COCOL$150NEW!

Secret Ambition #1‘ pose by Baffle! (no longer available, store closed)
Overlaid texture by InSight Designs (free)

Marionette

Just a quickie, seeing as this is my second post of the day, but I was too excited to wait to show you this awesome lucky board dress by yome shoujo. It’s hard to get normal clothing to fit the stunning Dollcoco avatars but I thought this was too perfect not to at least try; fortunately the dress comes with three prims – each resizable – so with a bit of twiddling it totally fits!

I’ve also been waiting for the perfect opportunity to show off this hair by Wasabi Pills. I love their stuff and, at L$250 per colour pack, it’s pretty affordable too!

Doll Body: ‘Snow‘ (rigged mesh) – DollcocoL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]
Doll Head: ‘Lena‘ (rigged mesh) – DollcocoL$450
Hair: ‘Up in the Hair (Jellyfish)‘ – Wasabi PillsL$250 (4-colour ‘candies’ pack)
Dress: ‘SI-op (Black & White)‘ – yome shoujoL$0 – Lucky Board (8mins)
Strings: Marionette Doll Puppet Strings‘ – Anara’sL$90

Photo studio and pose by HelaMiyo (L$2)

Cast Away

Sometimes in Second Life, just like in ‘real’ life, you stumble across something that absolutely takes your breath away – that’s what happened to me the first time I saw someone wearing a Dollcoco avatar. I’ve loved the doll look for a long time and have tried lots of different jointed skins  – some better than others – but nothing compared to this: I did the SL equivalent of staring open-mouthed (zooming in with my camera) and complimented the wearer on her skin; she was kind enough to tell me it was actually a mesh avatar and gave me the landmark.

Having spent over L$1500 on a doll skin before, I was expecting this avatar to be way out of my current budget, so I was quite shocked to discover that the bodies (available in 2 colours: snow and cacao) were a free group gift and the heads (10 available: 9 snow, 1 cacao) were only L$450 each. Considering what you can pay for an avatar, skin or even a good pair of shoes I’m pretty sure that’s a bargain to anyone. Other current group gifts are Elf Ears and a Joker Card Dress.

The two bodies each come with a choice of smooth, covered (bra/shorts) and anatomically correct upper and lower sections; they also include a ‘cap’ so you can wear them like a headless dress mannequin, looking very finished even without a head – I’ll be doing pics like that soon as the idea appeals to me. The variety of exquisitely painted heads is very good and you can adapt ‘normal’ hair to wear with them like you would for your usual avatar. There’s a growing range of clothing/accessories available priced between L$250-750 but at the moment I have no desire to cover her up – the detail is too good!

I headed to Chouchou last night to have a quick play around with different graphic and environmental settings (my first photos with shadows: yay!). I’ve been messing about with pixlr-o-matic again and trying out picmonkey (the first picture is edited using that and I’m impressed so far). I’ve used GIMP for years, mostly for RL photos, but sometimes it’s nice to try packages for inspiration and, to be honest, getting nice effects in a few clicks is pretty awesome. I didn’t want to fill this post with too many similar photos but check out my Flickr set if you’d like to see more shots.

Doll Body: ‘Snow‘ (rigged mesh) – DollcocoL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]
Doll Head: ‘Lena‘ (rigged mesh) – DollcocoL$450 – Not Free

Pics taken at Chouchou
BrokenDoll03‘ pose by Fruct0se (L$40)