The Dark Side-Part One

Following a few comments on previous posts, I noticed the skins I had chosen struck a chord with readers. Certainly when I started in Sl over 2 years ago, there was a distinct lack of choice when it came to darker skins. That has changed tenfold in the last year, much to my delight. Diversity can be expressed in so many ways here, be it choosing to be goth, neko, furry, or all the above mixed together. So this is the first part of a series showcasing darker skins available now, I’m stoked to say I have many brands to show.

Imani face
Imani

We start with the Glow range from Laqroki. I had a few of the portrait skins, purchased very early ’07. I loved them, but for me, the tones missed the mark, the lighter ones anyways. The release of Glow piqued my interest, and I poured over the bodies zoomed all the way in. I loved them. So much so I bought them for myself and Q. The faces were always Laq’s selling point and those first pale ones certainly didn’t disappoint.

kira makeups
Kira

I don’t know how I missed the release of Imani and Kira. Maybe the fact that I never seem to get group notices is part of the problem :P They are absolutely gorgeous, and seem to me more grown up than previous releases. The faces are so pretty, and the bodies are amazingly real, without being too real. The highlights are smooth, the shading is yummy, especially around the stomach. Toned but not too muscly.

bodies

A good butt is important to me, and Kira and Imani have that covered (or uncovered as the case may be :P) The Glow range is most definitely an option for those wanting photo real without feeling like you’re stepping into someone else’s face. Click on the photos to see them large and on black, on my flicker stream.

imani

kira

And a couple of artsy fartsy pics, cos I couldn’t let the opportunity pass by without a wee bit of PS play. Please gimme a yell in comments if there is a skin you wanna see, or if you’re a skinner with a darker line you would like showcased. Stop by Laqroki and demo away, I really think you’ll fall in love like I did. Ash Out.

Credits
Skins
Imani & Kira Laqroki Glow
Hair
Fuel
Zobovic @ Hair Fair
Lingerie
Seldom Blue

Haven

A few weeks ago Terry invited me to a party. Being the anti social creature I am, I ummed and ahhed, then finally agreed to go.

hd1 copy

Haven Designs was having a grand reopening, and there was much celebration. Of course terry made the all time fatal mistake of going AFK, leaving me all alone with my wallet and camera….damn her :P By the time she got back I was a few fatpacks down and breathing hard. However, there was absolutely no buyer’s remorse, as I was totally stoked with my purchases. The first set shown is the Tory Rags in grey. Just a hint of naughtiness, the strips of material placed oh so strategically.

hd2 copy

The Flourish set, shown here in red is to die for. The material hoiked up and draped over one hip, so yummy. These are clothes you just feel sexy wearing, whether or not you’re an RPer, there is always room for more hawtness in your inv.

hd3 copy

The Willow camisk is so cheeky and adorable, with a whisper of nipple showing, it looks like the camisk is sliding slowly off your body, delicious. I was lucky enough to win a giftcard later in the party, and got loads more that I will show at a later date. Thank you terry for inviting me, and thank you Delora, for such yummies. Ash Out.

Credits
Outfits
Haven Designs
Skins
Curio
Hair
Maitreya
Jewelery
Zaara

Indi

I must be the most forgetful chick on the grid, I swear! I see stuff, go “oooh that’s soo cool”, vow to check it out (the store I mean) then promptly forget. Then when I remember, and get all excited, TP bestie, and she’s like, ” I brought you here last year dood” shame reigns :P

Indi Designs is one such store. I had seen pics on the feed, *knew* the clothes were so me, and kept getting sidetracked. So when I finally decided to ignore IM’s and just GO, a screaming match then ensued, “How could you have been shopping here and NOT TOLD ME? YOU SUCK” Again, shame reigns, cos bestie had indeed taken me to Indi Designs, on more than one occasion…….oy. This first outfit is “Morgan” and I just adore it. There are so many options, the mind will boggle. Everything comes on all layers, you can mix and match to your heart’s content. Not only that, you can sex it up, or make it a more professional look, with the click of your mouse. GOTS TO LOVE THAT :P

This is “Hazel” and is my absolute favorite. 2 different kinds of stockings, pants, several top options, jackets, prim bits, or not. That’s right! If you’re in a sim that’s laggy, never fear. All your prim belts are drawn onto the clothes, your fashion WILL NOT WANT :P

Lord and who would have thought, amazing lingerie, from the same store? Not I said the fly! But here it is, gorgeously shaded, on every layer imaginable. You actually get 12 pieces in the one folder, so you can dream up all kinds of combinations. My favorite part is the “G” is not a piece of string that gets lost in the av mesh, total win! Ash Out.

Credits
All Clothes
Indi Designs
All Skins
Curio
All Tattoos
Garden Of Ku

Pic 1
Hair
Refuge
Boots
Redgrave

Pic 2
Hair
Red Queen
Boots
Redgrave

Pic 3
Hair
Clawtooth By Clawtooth
Shoes
Tesla
Jewelry
Perturb Action

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