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H A I R  | Illimatic – Savee – Jessica Tone

V E S T  | David Heather – Mugler vest – White

T R O U S E R S  | David Heather – Ann trousers – Black

G L A S S E S  | Sorgo – Blow Shades

E A R I N G S  | Baisatice – Cara Earings – Gold

C U F F  | Erratic – Owl Bracelet

S H O E S  | JD – Lacey -Black & Gold (not seen)

P O S E S |  Slouch

 

<3 Dico

MISS MUNDO VIRTUAL | 2014

As I said some months ago, I decided to make my Second Life different, and by Fun I took time to apply to Miss Mundo Virtual 2014. Never thought I could make it till the end. In my head I would quit it, cause I thought it’s not me.

I was wrong!

I saw myself meeting wonderful people, I can say I made friends, despite not be much present due Real Life problems, but all of them so supportive. I won’t mention names, they know who they are. The Miss Mundo Virtual Organization was extremely professional, when we needed guidance they were there to provide us the help we need.  I had pleasure meeting some of the staff personally in voice on the Interview challenge, which was REALLY amazing, I was nervous, but I discovered there was no need, because we were there all by fun and as friends. I’m a very reserved person, and it was a bit hard for me to make all the exposure, but all went well.

I had my happy moments, my moments of cry, rage, sharing… everything good and bad you can imagine. But ll worth-ed, cause the result comes from this: [14:07] Diana Balhaus: MISS MUNDO VIRTUAL IS DICONAY BOA!

I’m now here to show a bit of what my experience was. By words, I can’t express the feelings, the friendships and the support that was involved, but I can show a bit of what took me to despair, joy, but all worth-ed out… Many people already ask me about the Gala Gown… Chill! It will be selling soon. I promise I will announce! Those are the looks:

 

S W I  M S U I T

MMV 2014 - Swimsuit - Diconay Boa

HAIR | Lelutka – Neu – Irish Fade

LIPS | Glam Affair – Layla – Desire Color

EYES | MONS – Black Eyeliner Series – 9

EARING | Mandala – Leather Feather Earings – Japanese Red

BANGLE | Mandala – Takara Gold – Leather Bright

SWIMSUIT | Tres Beau- Mundo Swim 2014 – Wine Color

HANDS | Slink – Enhancement Hands – Elegant 1

FEET | Just Design (Official Sponsor) – MyFeet

SHOES | Just Design (Official Sponsor) – Cult – Edited in Wine

POSES USED | CORPUS (Official Sponsor)

 

N A T I O N A L   C O S T U M E

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HAIR | Illimatic – Emora Braids – Jessica Color (edited in darker)

EYESHADOW | The Skin Shop – Glam – Bronze

LIPS | The Skin Shop – Iconic – Red

EARINGS | JCNY – My@Night – Diamond Earnings – Edited in Silver

COSTUME | GizzA (Official Sponsor) – Dominican Republic Costume [Diconay Boa]

FEET | Just Design (Official Sponsor) – MyFeet

POSES USED | CORPUS (Official Sponsor) – MMV 2014 National Costume – Diconay Boa (Released on CORPUS already);

[All Jewelry except earings - Arm Bracelets and Feet bracelets, and the torso jewelry - are made by Giz Seorn from GizzA- official sponsor of Miss Dominican Republic, Diconay Boa - and part of the costume];

 

G A L A   G O W N

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HAIR | Lelutka – Charlize – It’s Not Ginger

EYESHADOW | MONS – Black Eyeliner Series – 5

LIPSTICK | The Skin Shop – Glamazon – Rose

HAT | LODE (Official Sponsor) – D’conay Hat

EARINGS | Donna Flora – Lucilla Earrings (Edited in White)

CUFFS | Erratic – Cuff – Gold

GALA GOWN | ELYSIUM & AZUL (Official Sponsors)- Phoenix Rising Dress
(Collaboration of two designers – Azul by Mami Jewell and Elysium by Aleida Rhode)

FEET | Just Design (Official Sponsor) – MyFeet

SHOES | Just Design (Official Sponsor) – Lacey – Gold

POSES USED | CORPUS (Official Sponsor) – MMV 2014 Gala Gown – Diconay Boa (Released on CORPUS already).

 

T H E    S H O E S

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SHOES | Just Design (Official Sponsor) – Lacey – Gold

 

 
<3 Dico

 

D I K T A T O R.

DIKTATOR2048

Name says all. This is the brand new Diktator creation (classic version) Comes in two versions, this one and Avant-Garde. A Must Have!

Wearing Diktator Punk Shoes – Classic Version.

 

other items:

CHAIR | Abiss – La Scala – White

HAIR | Adoness : Valasca – Mohogany

ASHTREY & CIGS | Hermony

 

Soon will be featured the Avant-Garde version! Keep looking our Closet.

 

Thank you Usermane for your amazing shoes. <3

 

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meet Scarlet!

Never stop to amaze me… The textures, the colors, the originality, the trend… DIRAM always has something spectacular to present to us! And this time is no wrong… djod Karu just made amazing hats, and Gown skirts and this armor I couldn’t resist on blogging.

DIRAM Armor

- Scarlet Armor in Black and Gold

- Scarlet Skirt & Body – Gold

- Scarlet Mask – Laced

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Better go check the other creations on DIRAM:

Victoria & Amanda Dresses… You’ll be surprised!

 

Thank you djod <3

Di

 

. silent lucidity .

You’re lying safe in bed
It was all a bad dream
Spinning in your head

Your mind tricked you to feel the pain
Of someone close to you leaving the game
Of life

So here it is, another chance
Wide awake, you face the day
Your dream is over…

Or has it just begun?

Silent Lucidity

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Style Card:

| Outfit: (parts of) Whispering Stars Dress by Boudoir
| Blindfold and birds: Xiang by Zibksa

| Props by Storax Tree ( Kate McLaghen):
– Chair Royal Heritage Snow
– Mesh Doll provided by Storax Tree to bloggers

|Pose: Del May
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. superstar .

Ziggy Stadust
An entire generation has been part of this phenomenon, David Bowie creates and recreates himself, over and over, through the years.

Besides being the musician we all know for decades, Bowie’s style has always been an influence in fashion – and so has his wife for twenty years, the fashion icon Iman.

Iman and Bowie

And still today Bowie is on top of trends. He has a vision of his own and gets the collaboration of high fashion models and designers. In his new record, he released a videoclip that is just amazing to watch and listen; he co-stars in the video with the outstanding Tilda Swinton and three high fashion models: Andrej Pejić, Saskia de Brauw and Iselin Steiro.

As a humble homage to this two-colored eye, brilliant man – Bowie, I put together a look that you can easily get at Colab88.

Superstar

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Style Card:
| Dress: [LWL] June C88 – Superstar(Stardust)
| Cuffs: [LWL] Teal(trench) @ the Arcade
| Face tattoo: +Nuuna+ Neuro(P)

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Enjoy and happy shopping!

. oh what a mesh! .

Mesh!
Amazing way of bringing into SL 3D models created outside SL, in third-party tools. As you all know, it can be anything, any object, any piece of furniture, complete avatars and, of course, clothing; mesh and rigged mesh outfits.

For us SL models, it really is a challenge, at this point, to showcase mesh items, because of the mesh specifications. In terms of clothing, we need to add alpha layers to some body parts and that has been quite a challenge for many of us!

Working with mesh inworld has been challenging , not only for models but also for SL designers.
Mesh outfits’ patterns and textures rez faster and are really unique.

And what can we do, SL models, when some of the alpha layers we need to add, really show up and make us look transparent – literally, in some body parts?

I was organizing my inventory one of these days and found a real treasure! I had it for some time but only two days ago I really understood how helpful this information is for all of us who are modeling in SL.

Marcopol Oh, creative designer of *La Penderie de Nicole* and *OH! Studio*, had included an extremely useful notecard inside an outfit folder I got from him, quite some time ago.
All of us will benefit from this insight into how mesh should be uploaded into SL and how all of us, customers, will gain a lot as well.
It has to do with shaping. How to adjust our shapes for perfect fitting mesh outfits. For designers and creatives, it’s incredible how it can help everybody to actually fit into your mesh items, without any complaint whatsoever.

Now, it’s the time when we all models say – wait a minute! I’m NOT going to change my shape! Or even retouch it. I spent so much of my time with my shape, had mine custom made, etc.
So, basically, we are really afraid or even tweaking our shapes a little bit.
Fear not! *smiles*

First, we don’t have to touch our faces or height – if you decide, as I did, to keep my avatar maximum height in SL [some SL models have decided to be shorter, as an attempt, I think, to be more "real"; "short" in SL is still a very tall person in RL; but my opinion on this will probably be subject to another post, soon.]
Let’s focus on how to shape our avatars to fit mesh outfits perfectly.
Allow me to share with you parts of the notecard Marco sent in his folder.

Some creatives in SL like Minnu Palen and Thora Charron (of LeLutka), Siddean Munro (of SLink), Elie and Anouk Spot (of Mon Tissu) and Jaden Celoe and Shay Sibrian (of Celoe), they all propose Standard Sizing and they all work with it.

Standard Sizing

This means that all mesh items from any of these creators and designers follow the exact same numbers, in terms of mesh uploading for SL, so they fit any avatar’s size.

Shaping is actually the secret here.
Or reshaping a little, because, actually, only some parts of our avatars are affected by mesh’s alpha addons.
Basically, if we all have the same numbers in some body parts, there will be no problem with Stardard Sized mesh clothes.

First, we all – SL Designers and Models – can get the 5 basic shapes fo free from Marketplace ( you will need to log in to see the pack of five shapes).

Remember, we don’t have to all wear the same shape and all look alike.
Only a few parts of our shapes need to be tweaked a little to wear Standard Sizing mesh or rigged mesh: Body Fat, Torso Muscle, Breast Size, Love Handles, Belly Size, Leg Muscle, Butt Size and Saddle Bags.

But by now, you probably have lots of questions, wether you are a SL Model or a SL Designer.
Here is the Q&A section of the notecard, from all the designers mentioned above:

- What is Standard Sizing?
- What is the purpose of Standard Sizing?
- How do you know the Standard-Sized shapes are accurate?
- Where are XL and XXL?
- Won’t we look like a bunch of clones if we’re all using the same 5 shapes?
- Where can I get these shapes and how much do they cost?
- What if my own personal avatar size doesn’t match one of the Standard Sizes?
- I am a creator. How do I make use of the Standard-Sized shapes, and how do I let my customers know I am using Standard Sizing?
- How do I let my customers know what Standard Sizing is?
- I create and sell shapes. Can I use the Standard-Sized shapes as a base for shapes that I sell?
(At the very bottom you will find the Standard Sizing measurements.)

- What is Standard Sizing?
Standard Sizing is a system created to standardize avatar shapes so that rigged mesh clothing can be created to fit most adult human female avatars and so that consumers will be able to objectively identify their own avatar with one of the Standard Sizes, enabling them to comfortably purchase rigged mesh clothing and accessories. We have created a group of 5 shapes representing the 5 most common adult human female avatar sizes in Second Life: Extra Extra Small (XXS), Extra Small (XS), Small (S), Medium (M), and Large (L).

- What is the purpose of Standard Sizing?
Creators and shoppers would benefit greatly from having a common language to communicate about sizing of garments and accessories for avatars. As a consumer, you can determine which Standard Size is closest to your favorite shape and buy clothing in that size. As a creator, you can fit your designs to the Standard Sizes, guaranteeing that they will fit a wide range of customer shapes.

- How do you know the Standard-Sized shapes are accurate?
The numbers we used to create the 5 Standard-Sized shapes were calculated using the results of a survey of over 500 adult human female avatars. The survey information focused on the following measurements: Body Fat, Torso Muscle, Breast Size, Love Handles, Belly Size, Leg Muscle, Butt Size, and Saddle Bags. Because rigged mesh responds to variations in Heights (including Height, Torso Length, and Leg Length) and Widths (including Body Thickness, Shoulder Width, Hip Width, etc.) on its own, these measurements were not included in the survey.

- Where are XL and XXL?
Based on our survey results, very few users identify their avatar shapes as XL or XXL. Limiting our sizes to XXS-L should make for an easier transition into widespread use of the Standard Sizing system. If a designer wanted to create clothing larger than Standard L, they absolutely could.

- Won’t we look like a bunch of clones if we’re all using the same 5 shapes?
Being able to express your individual personality and style through a unique avatar is one of the foundations of Second Life. We do not want to limit that any more than is necessary to provide a basic reference point for avatar sizing. Of the dozens of measurements that make up each person’s shape, only 8 of them are relevant to each of the 5 Standard Sizes. Even those 8 can be tweaked and still fit that size. This allows a person to largely preserve their original shape, with the added benefit of knowing their Standard Size, and being able to shop comfortably for rigged mesh clothing.

- Where can I get these shapes and how much do they cost?
You can download all 5 of the Standard-Sized shapes for free from the Marketplace here. They are full permissions, so you are free to modify them or use the numbers as you please. However, note that making changes to the following measurements may compromise the way Standard-Sized rigged mesh garments fit you: Body Fat, Torso Muscle, Breast Size, Love Handles, Belly Size, Leg Muscle, Butt Size, & Saddle Bags (We recommend that these measurements be changed only slightly, if at all).

- What if my own personal avatar size doesn’t match one of the Standard Sizes?
Your shape will most likely fit into one of the Standard Size categories. Since all rigged mesh clothing will probably include alpha bases, minor size variations of the 8 measurements listed previously will be will hidden, along with any glitching due to posing or animating. If this is not the case, you may want to modify your shape so that clothing fitted for a Standard Size will also fit you.

- I am a creator. How do I make use of the Standard-Sized shapes, and how do I let my customers know I am using Standard Sizing?
You can download the 3d files here ( http://dl.dropbox.com/u/6003454/Standard%205%20sizes.zip ). Once you load the Standard-Sized shapes into your 3d programs, you can build your clothing around them. Included in your download is an icon that represents your use of Standard Sizing. You can display this icon in your store, on your vendors, in your blog, etc. Hopefully, as Standard Sizing becomes more widely used, this icon will be easily recognized in the Second Life community. You can also have your store listed in the directory of shops offering Standard Sizing by filling out the form under “Stores/Creators”, found here: http://bloggingsecondlife.wordpress.com/ . Be sure to check the boxes next to Standard Sizing and Mesh.

- How do I let my customers know what Standard Sizing is?
Feel free to distribute the information provided here any way you’d like!

- I create and sell shapes. Can I use the Standard-Sized shapes as a base for shapes that I sell?
Yes.

A directory of shops offering Standard Sizing can be found here:

If you have any questions or comments please join the in-world group “Standard Sizing System”. This is a discussion group for Standard Sizing issues where you’re free to voice any concerns or suggestions via chat.

Below you will find measurements for each of the 5 Standard-Sized shapes:

-XXS
Body Fat: 0
Torso Muscle: 21
Breast Size: 32
Love Handles: 22
Belly Size: 0
Leg Muscle: 40
Butt Size: 24
Saddle Bags: 22

-XS
Body Fat: 5
Torso Muscle: 31
Breast Size: 48
Love Handles: 25
Belly Size: 2
Leg Muscle: 45
Butt Size: 34
Saddle Bags: 30

-S
Body Fat: 7
Torso Muscle: 35
Breast Size: 52
Love Handles: 28
Belly Size: 3
Leg Muscle: 50
Butt Size: 38
Saddle Bags: 33

-M
Body Fat: 11
Torso Muscle: 38
Breast Size: 58
Love Handles: 31
Belly Size: 6
Leg Muscle: 56
Butt Size: 44
Saddle Bags: 36

-L
Body Fat: 24
Torso Muscle: 48
Breast Size: 71
Love Handles: 39
Belly Size: 14
Leg Muscle: 69
Butt Size: 62
Saddle Bags: 45

Maybe you have already seen this info before, but it’s never late to remind ourselves again that to work with mesh or rigged mesh items, we need to work with our shapes, without fear of losing our identity. Personally, I was really amazed on how easy it was for me to adjust my avatar to the Standard Sizing numbers.
Easy and extremely helpful for everybody. Thank you Marcopol Oh for sharing this information, and to all SL designers that are working now with Standard Sizing for mesh and rigged mesh.

what a mesh

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Style Card:
| Dress: My Poofy Sleeves Dress (mesh) from a previous collection @ Limited Bazaar – *La Penderie de Nicole* by Marcopol Oh
| Shoes: Infra (red) – JD (by David Freeman) discounted now @ {Mes Brics a Bracs}