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Ooh La Lacey!

Let Me Just Slip Into Something More Comfortable...

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I can always count on Disaster Krogstad to have a recommendation for places to shop. He has a keen eye, enjoys spoiling his little moppet, and has traveled the grid far more widely than I. Recently he showed me a little boutique on the Tableau sim, Ooh LaLa. (Addendum: The sim is currently under re-design, but you can see the Ooh LaLa line – which is part of Nylon Outfitters – on The Marketplace.)

I loved the design of the store, and really hope it doesn’t change too much in the sim remodel. It harkened back to when femme fatales of the silver screen wore structured corsets, weren’t afraid to embrace their femininity, and styles didn’t have to be cut all the way up to there to be considered sexy.

While there aren’t a lot of different pieces offered, what is available is intriguing. I purchased three different outfits: the Lacey Slip, the Betty BodySuit, and the Lined Corset. I also picked up the Garter Clips and Black Seamed Stockings which are sold separately.

After trying on all three, I was most strongly drawn to the Lacey Slip, which I purchased in Black. I appreciated its classic lingerie lines, the detail of the wide lace bands, the sensual draping of the fabric over feminine softness. Some clothing on Second Life is shadowed and highlighted for a girl with almost body-builder-like abs, but the Lacey Slip hints at the gentle curve of a woman’s belly and the delicious spot where thigh meets hip.

What’s “Just Right”: I love the attention to detail when it comes to the patterning of the lace and the wrinkles on the fabric. As a ‘period piece’ the construction seams are perfectly placed and add to the authenticity of the garment. [While the garter straps are sold separately, they were remarkable enough to earn their own comments: The realism of the garter straps is very high. The satiny texture and the slight shift of the ribbon is luscious. I appreciated the way the garter straps peeped through the bright white lace of the slip.]

What Could Use Improvement: I wish that the ribbons where the straps meet the bodice were prim ribbons and not part of the texture of the garment. On a smaller chested girl, they would work, but for me, there was distortion. The outfit cries out for the completion of the garter straps – I wish they were sold as part of the outfit.

Featured Outfit Details: The Lacey Slip
Price: 150 for the Lacey Slip, 140 for the Garter Clips (a 3 color set), 30 for the stockings.
Pieces: 5 (Jacket/Shirt/Undershirt, Pants/Underpants) + Prim skirt piece and a landmark.
Availability: Black (featured), Red, Cream, and Pink

Ratings:
Detailing: B+
Prim Attachments?: 1 – the ‘skirt prim’
Resizing Scripts?: Not applicable
Tattoo Friendly?: Not if you want to include the garters.
Curvy Girl Friendly?: Yes! In fact, some of the shading work celebrates a girl with softness.
Multi-purpose pieces?: I suppose one could wear this as a dress… maybe?
Permissions?: Copy – yes / Modify – Yes / Transfer – No. (All colors available on the Marketplace for gifting, though.)
Sim Rating?: Sim is currently closed for construction.

Photo Details:
Model & Photographer: Sabella Fallen
Location: Carbondale Heights
Poses: [What Next], Alchemy Immortalis, Olive Juice, Diesel Works
Props: Dressing screen and stool by What Next. Victorian Skybox by FE Designs.

Model Details:
Lingerie: (Ooh LaLa!) Lacey Slip in Black
Stockings: (Ooh LaLa!) Seam Stockings – Black
Garters: (Ooh LaLa!) Garter Clips
Shoes: Opium Ultra Stilettos in Black
Jewelry: *JD* black pearl necklace
General: Hair by Argrace, Skin by Belleza, Eyes by Poetic Colors, Nails by Candy Nail, Wedding Ring by JCNY

Vendor List:
FE Designs: Victorian Manor Themed Skybox (The Marketplace)
PS/PS & JD: Pearl Jewelry Set(The Marketplace)
[What Next]: Vintage Dressing Screen & Stool Modelling Props (The Marketplace)

Extra Special Bonus Edition Review!

Impish Eku
Okay, I’ll be honest. The real reason for this secondary review is that it was a pretty thin excuse to get a friend of mine into lingerie. (Ok, so maybe I *am* trying to feature a wider variety of body types. But still. Doesn’t she look adorable? :)) The Betty Body Suit is the outfit Disaster thought I would be most drawn to – but on my curves, it just didn’t look right. Enter someone of more delicate proportions – the infamous Eku Zhong!

All of the things I held against the Betty outfit, Eku praised – the lack of extra shadowing below the bustline, the modest back, the highlights and shadows. So it just goes to show that not everyone is going to see the same outfit the same way.

What we did agree on: The styling of the garment is beautiful – it captures the concept of that time period very well. I also appreciated that the garter clips were built in to this outfit, rather than a separate item. (However, the layering options using the garter clips aren’t the strongest. I would have liked to have seen a ‘bottom part of garment + clips’ option.)

Featured Outfit Details: The Betty BodySuit
Price: 150L
Pieces: 6
Availability: Red, Black, and Cream

Model Details:
Lingerie: (Ooh LaLa!) Betty BodySuit in Red
Stockings: (Ooh LaLa!) Seam Stockings – Black
Boots: Opium Hell Cowboy Boots (Unisex)
General: Hair by TheAbyss, Skin by []::Tuli::[], eyes by *REDGRAVE*, Shape by Eku Zhong (Custom, not for sale).

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Little She-Devil

Naeve modeling Belial by Blacklace

SummoningKneeling
Top CloseupSibirica Horns
SassyInfernal Magic
Bax Prestige BootsBarbed Wire Bangles
Hand on HipSorceress
By Naeve Rossini

BlackLace unveiled the Belial: Red Leather Devil Costume at their
Halloween line launch show at the Runway Cafe on 10 October. I was teased with it in the announcement notecard and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. What can I say? I put this on a week and a half before Halloween and I’ve been wearing it ever since!

I’ve loved BlackLace’s products ever since the first time I set foot in their store and every time I go back, there’s something new to fall in love with. Belial is no exception and it honours their high standard of quality.

The lingerie is a saucy leather strap affair, practically a harness-turned-teddy by the addition of some of the best sheer fabric texturing I’ve seen. While it’s naughty enough to skirt the edge of fetish, it still retains the mystique of lingerie in a perfect balance.

Although the extra parts were included to complete the outfit, I never expect extras to measure up as well as products where the designer specializes in, say, horns or boots. The ones provided were decent, but were ultimately supplanted by products from Illusions and Bax Coen, respectively. The wings were pretty good and I opted not to search for alternatives.

What’s “Just Right”: The whole combo just works together. Even with the included horns and boots, it looks unified with each piece complementing the others. It manages to make someone terminally saccharine in appearance look even mildly sultry, so kudos to BlackLace on that! My favourite part of the whole outfit is the sheer textures in the teddy and the stockings. The highlights and shadows and hints of red are just right.

What Could Use Improvement: Speaking directly to the lingerie, I would have liked to see leather straps that weren’t quite as glossy. The effect seemed a little less realistic to me, though the complaint is really like quibbling over whether one brand of caviar is better than another. I would have liked to see some kind of boning in the teddy to match the rear garter straps; they just seem structurally odd where they are currently placed.

Featured Outfit Details:
Featured Outfit: Belial Red Leather Devil Costume by BlackLace (In World, SL Marketplace); alas, there is only one colour available only in-world
Price: $450
Pieces: 26; 10 clothing, 16 prim, plus 7 non-clothing objects

Ratings:
Detailing: A- Fabulous job altogether, extra impressed with the highlights and shadows on the sheer parts, but the leather straps could stand to have slightly improved textures to give it a more realistic appearance
Prim Attachments: Wings, Horns (not shown), Pendant, Bangles, Charm Bracelets (not shown), Boots (not shown)
Resizing Scripts: There are resizer scripts in all of the prim attachments except the pendant
Permissions: No Copy, No Modify, Transfer; the prims (except boots) have limited Modify permissions, although they appear to be No Modify due to the scripts’ permissions
Tattoo Friendly: Yes; you just need to be careful which layers you select as some will overlap with others and you’ll end up with lighter/darker sections of sheer fabric
Curvy Girl Friendly: Yes
Sim Rating: PG

Photo Details:
Model: Naeve Rossini
Photographer: Sabella Fallen
Props: Fireball and Pentagram/Candle set from the Sourceress: Fire Ritual, by Chanimations/Devious Minds (In World / The Marketplace)
Location: No Salvation: Dark Gothic Church, Dragon Rose Bay
Poses: DeePosed, Long Awkward Pose, Olive Juice, Glam Affair (no longer available)

Model Details:
Outfit: Belial Red Leather Devil Costume by BlackLace
Horns: Sibirica by Illusions
Boots: Prestige Leather Boots in Red by Bax Coen Designs
Nails: Magic of Witch in Red by Candy Nail
Skin: Kate by League
Hair: Annika by Truth
Eyes: Hell Fire by Poetic Colors

 

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