Candy's Dandy Lookbook #35 - Halloween!

A bit eccentric, but that’s the way I like it. (I can’t get over the zipper on this dress, with the little S!)

Wearing (Candy Flanagan):
Hair (with Hat): Katat0nik
Skin (with Makeup): Tres Blah (No longer available; Designers United limited edition.)
Eyes: Dernier Cri
Lashes: Laqroki
Tattoo: Silent Sparrow
Collar, Cuffs, Bracelets, and Belt: Illusions (Currently available at the Jewelry Fair.)
Dress: Schadenfreude
Gloves: anuenue
Tights: BP
Shoes: HOC

Resources:
Poses: Reel Expression

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Candy's Dandy Lookbook #31

I love layers. And skulls!

Wearing (Candy Flanagan):
Bow: Refuge
Hair: Gritty Kitty
Skin: Tres Blah
Eyes: Dernier Cri
Lashes: Laqroki
Glasses: Epoque
Piercing: Miau Haus
Necklace: Violet Voltaire
Blouse: Katat0nik
Bracelet: Imagen
Watch: Muse
Dress: Niniko
Leggings: Happy Finds
Shoes: Niniko

Resources:
Poses: Waffles/DFO!

Candy's Dandy Lookbook #17

I’m something of a tiara connoisseur and this is my all-time favorite!

Wearing (Candy Flanagan):
Jewelry: Violet Voltaire
Hair, Dress, and Shoes: Katat0nik
Skin: Tres Blah (No longer available – Stumblebum Brigade.)
Eyes: Dernier Cri
Glasses: primOptic
Braces: PrettiFuL
Stockings Amerie

Resources:
Poses: Reel Expression

One of the most prevalent subcultures in Second Life is that of the Neko. Catgirls and boys alike can be identified by their ears and tail – the image of a human with feline characteristics is the essence of Neko. You’ve seen them in the clubs, you’ve seen them out shopping, maybe you’ve even dated one. Now you can be a cool cat, too, with my guide to Second Life Neko!

the cat's meow - hybrid

The most well-known Neko accessory shop is, without a doubt, Hybrid (SLURL). Hybrid has been offering ears and tails since 2006 and many Nekos on the Grid are familiar with their products. Hybrid accessories, now in the third generation featuring sculpted prims, are fully scripted and HUD-controlled. Texture and color change, twitching ears, and swishy tails are just a few of the options. My favorite options in the V3 series are the moods – one click changes the position of your ears and animates your face simultaneously. The ears and tails are sold separately, for L$150 each, with pierced options available.

Due to one of the Hybrid founders leaving SL and the release of the V3 series, the V2 series is currently on sale at a steep discount. Ears and tails are L$25 each, accessories L$10. This is a great chance to test out the Hybrid system! Male and female Neko skins and tattoos, whiskers, cat eyes, and other accessories are also available.

My favorite Neko tattoos are from EtchD (SLURL), though, featured above. Modifiable, you can tint them in appearance mode. Unisex spotted and striped versions are on sale for L$75 each.

the cat's meow - trap

Extrovirtual (SLURL) has a history of outstanding avatar design. Known for the adorable Tinies, Extrovirtual also offers full-size feline avatars as well as Neko accessories, among other things. Extrovirtual products retain a whimsical cartoony feeling, often implementing regular prims as opposed to sculpties. I’m a fan of the smooth, sculpted ears in the Neko ear and tail sets (L$275 per set), but the simple flexi tail isn’t my favorite. While not as heavily scripted as the Hybrid accessories, the Extrovirtual ears and tails do have movement, twitching and swishing with the best of them. They are also modifiable, so manual tinting for a perfect match is possible.

The light ginger set from Extrovirtual, tinted a pale orange, goes well with the orange Neko skins from Trap (SLURL). The Neko skins at Trap are available in male or female versions, with both plain and striped versions, for L$700 per color. The color palette is quite vivid, with blue, orange, red, pink, and violet, as well as a Caucasian beige tone – these aren’t your typical housecats! I really love the markings on the striped versions and couldn’t bear to cover them up completely!

the cat's meow - nomine and temenos

Both Nomine (SLURL) and Temenos (SLURL) offer skins beyond the typical range. Nomine’s neko skins include panther, cheetah, leopard, snow leopard (pictured left above), and tiger. The fur details are smoothly blended into the skin, with patches cleverly avoiding seams. The markings on Temenos’ neko skins are very defined, crisply layered over smoothly textured skin. Options include tiger (pictured right), tabby, and leopard – with an extensive tone and makeup range. The skins come packaged with a basic ear and tail set. My favorite detail on the Temenos’ skins is the light-colored section stretching from collarbone to just below the navel. Nomine’s neko skins are L$500 each; Temenos’ L$799.

The snow leopard is sporting ears and tail from Discord Designs (SLURL). Discord Designs is a great hair store and the ears and tail are available in the same tones as their hair. They are basic, but well-scripted and cheap – only L$30 per color pack or L$90 for all colors! The black panther is wearing the matching tail from Temenos and ears from Curious Relics (SLURL) – they’ve got a lot of Neko accessories, including paws, tails, and eyes. The ears at Curious Relics are L$480.

the cat's meow - temenos

Whenever I feel the urge to go Neko, I dig out prim eyes. I love the mis-matched look you can acheive with them – Nekos look great with one blue and one green eye! My favorite prim eyes are from EbiSkin (SLURL). They’re free!

the cat's meow - bounce full

Blurring the lines between Neko and Furry, Bounce (SLURL) offers furred skins with anthromorphic details. Admittedly, the Bounce skins are far from perfect. There are some seam issues on the body and a very distinct seam line dividing the face from the scalp – this is thankfully covered by most hair styles. The unique markings and touchable fur texture make up for any imperfections, though, as does the price tag of only L$300 per skin. Scripted ears and tails are sold separately, for L$150 apiece.

Don’t be a scaredy cat, find your own Neko style today!

Without really meaning to, I created two contrasting outfits and images, both featuring umbrellas! I love umbrella AOs. I have two, from TorridWear and ANA_Mations. They’re both adorable and give me plenty of reason to wander around the Grid, hoping it will rain.

rainy day 001

The first outfit is classic Candy. It all started with the free frog hat from Slanted Fox (SLURL). The Fishy Strawberry (SLURL) shrug might match, but it’s a clash fest from there on, with a bright pink playsuit from MG Fashions (SLURL), neon green fanny pack from Yummy (SLURL), and happy yellow rubber ducky wellies from Jeepers Creepers. The TorridWear (SLURL) color-change umbrella, with AO, completes the look. Taking a picture in a black-and-white room I found while exploring was just an extra bonus!

gray world

After a couple of days wandering the Grid in the previous outfit, I apparently needed a fashion palette cleanser. I went for completely monotone, in shades of gray from UnToneQuilt (SLURL). The gray skin is from Launa Fauna of Chai (SLURL) and was available on a previous incarnation of the Silent sim (home to the Kyoot main store; SLURL), but I don’t believe it is available any more. Katat0nik’s (SLURL) scripted hair came in handy when looking for a gray shade to complete the outfit – I love having so many options! I chose the ANA_Mations (SLURL) umbrella and AO for this shot, the free monochrome parasol was a perfect match.

As I was exploring the Katat0nik sim, I came across a perfect tiny globe from 109 Prims (SLURL). I love the creativity and attention to detail that shows in everything from 109 Prims and the globe made a perfect photography background!

RC - Voguey Friends

RC Cluster (SLURL) is having a sale! Nearly everything on the first floor at the mainstore is 50% off, but only through the end of today. If you haven’t been to RC Cluster before, get there fast! The store is full of quirky odds and ends. RC Cluster has household appliances, school supplies, a Thanksgiving feast, even crutches and a wheelchair. You’ll find a lot of things to make your SL more like your RL, right down to pubes and armpit hair. (Eww!)

There are also cute poses, like the “Voguey Friends” pose pictured above. The poses are not currently on sale, but quite reasonably priced. I got the skating rink at RC Cluster as well, a half-price sale was the perfect excuse to splurge on a fun, new build.

RC - Sibling Rivalry

There’s so much cool stuff that Agnes and I had to duke it out over who gets to buy what. The RC Cluster pose “Sibling Rivalry” was the perfect way to express our petty frustrations. Of course, she’s on the wrong team – go Pink Tacos! If you haven’t chosen sides yet, you can get a roller derby uniform at Katat0nik (SLURL). Just don’t let me catch you in a Khorndog uniform or you’ll get what Aggie did! (No Aggies were harmed in the making of this post.)

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Photo Credits

Hi, everybody! Welcome to the Sparkle Village Glitter Poof Show! Here’s an important announcement for all you crazy kids out there, so listen up!

Starlust (SLURL), beloved motel and home to many a cool cat, is getting a makeover! The Starlust Motel is being turned into a unicorn sex island, thanks to the hard work and dedication of two of Starlust’s most infamous residents: Apatia Hammerer and Allegory Malaprop. There’s even a new name in store, “Sparkle Village”! There are unicorns and glitter and many presents to be had, so get on over there and check it out!

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Photo Credits

That’s all the time we have for today! You know what that means, right, kids? That’s right – tune in next week for more from Glitter Poof and Candy Corn on the Sparkle Village Glitter Poof Show! Buh-bye!