How To Have Low ARC And Still Wear Fur

I had a REALLY busy December and hadn’t been able to blog as much I would have wanted to. But now that all the shows, events, commitments are finished and the holiday season Christmas frenzy is over, I am back to blogging again! Yaaay! 😀

This eventful month, however, have made me renew my awareness for keeping our looks low ARC (Avatar Rendering Cost) when going to events not just for the show participants but also for our own good as we all want lag to be kept as low as we all can. Of course, there is always the discussion about whether ARC is the sole factor responsible to keep lag low. No, it’s not. There is also the factor of scripts involved but that does not mean, we can go to shows and events with ARCs ranging in the reds. ARC also plays its part so let’s keep our ARC low!

My rule of thumb is under 1,000 ARC if possible. And if I want to be really fashionable and still in the ok range, I would say below 1,500 ARC. I’ll write how to see ARC numbers at the end for those you don’t know how to check but for now, let’s keep the discussion on the subject of how we can wear fur and still have relatively low ARC.

As most fashionistas are aware of, fur is known to be a no-no-item that shoots up your ARC numbers, sometimes in the range of 10,000 and over depending on what you wear. Recently, however, some clever creators are starting to create fur items that look gorgeous, glam and still keep to a low ARC number. So today, I would like to introduce one that does just that!

I have today, two fur bolero jackets that not only look warm and stylish for winter season parties or events, but are also very versatile. It comes in black and white and the design allows you to wear them with casual, semi-casual as well as formal outfits. And what’s even more wonderful is that they are only +1,088 ARC! This means, if you style smart, it is actually possible to keep your ARC numbers below 1,500 in total and still enjoy a look using fur! Now isn’t that a great news?

The fur boleros are from Gabriel, which is a store by a Japanese designer, Takuya Jinn. He is relatively new but has some great outfits that use sculpt prims in very clever ways and this fur bolero is certain one of his clever creations. Here, I have worn the black version with a skirt + down jacket set, replacing the down jacket with the bolero to give it a little less casual look. Then I used the white one to make a more smart casual or city casual look, which ever way you wish to call it. Both of these bolero jackets can easily be used in formal looks by wearing them over a formal gown so here I chose to show two casual looks, one a bit more semi-formal than the other.

The first look is casual and I took the skirt from a set that comes with a down vest with matching texture. The necklace I am wearing here comes included in the fur bolero jacket which is a nice piece to be worn alone too. The earrings I used here are from another Japanese designer, Emi Woller and her store called PISA. She includes a large and a small size in the set, so here I wore the smaller version. Again, without resize scripts, these earrings also contribute to keep lag low while we can choose whether we want to wear these bigger too if we wanted to.

Gabriel – Fur Bolero (black)

Fur Jacket: Gabriel, Fur Bolero (black)
Skit: Gabriel, Check Down Vest Suit (black) *used skirt only
Necklace: *Included in Fur Bolero (black)
Earrings: PISA, Banded Agate Earrings
Boots: Courtisane, Allumeuse Boots (olive)
Hair: Vixen Hair, Camillia (blackmail)
Skin: Dutch Touch, JoLie Cream, Eagle

The second look I made is a bit less casual. Some people might call this smart casual or city casual and it’s something I might wear to go to an art exhibition or a nice get together where I don’t want to be over-dressed but still be seen dress nicely. Here, I wore the shirt and underpants layers of a one-piece mini dress from ce cubic effect and used it as a shirt and replaced the necklace that’s part of the fur bolero set to something that looks a bit more formal.

The jewelry pieces you see here are from J and W jewelers which is a relatively new store that my fellow model Wenadrenia Soderstrom has started with her RL and SL hubby, Jens Marksman. This store is quickly gaining popularity with their bold but also elegant designs.

Gabriel – Fur Bolero (white)

Fur Jacket: Gabriel, Fur Bolero (white)
Shirt: ce cubic effect, Wrap Tank Mini Dress (cocoa beige) *used only shirt and underpants layer
Pants: ce cubic effect, Flare Trousers pants (off white)
Jewelry: J and W Jewelers, Michele’s Whisper
Shoes: Baiastice, Querelle (brown)
Hair: Vixen Hair, Myth (bombshell dark)
Skin: Dutch Touch, JoLie Cream, Autumn

And lastly, as I promised this is how you can see ARC numbers for those that do not know how. Go to your Advanced menu* on the top bar of your SL viewer and click through Rendering > Info Displays > Avatar Rending Cost and you will see numbers above avatars. If the numbers are in green, it means the number is low ARC. Mid range will be shown in orange and high range will be shown in red. So turn this info display on when changing to make sure you are within reasonable range before going to events!

*If you do not see an “Advanced” menu next to “Help”, then hit “ctrl + alt + D” and it will show up.

Posted by Kay Fairey, Agency Director and Top model for Boulevard Agency, Team edo Director and writer for the Best of SL Magazine.

Lovely Dresses From A New Japanese Designer

A relatively new Japanese designer, Sayuri Cremorne, comes up with lovely and sweet dresses for almost any avatar to enjoy. Her outfits are usually very feminine and has a twist one way or another and should be attractive to many who enjoy SL fashion. And needless to say, as with many Japanese designers, her creations are very reasonable to buy.

Today I have two of her outfits to show.

The first one is called “Gold Fish Dress” which is a name so befitting with the bright hue of orange looking exactly like a gold fish tail. Gold fish has been an important part of Japanese culture just like koi fish which I see so often even in SL. It brings a feeling of peace, nostalgia, home, and most Japanese will have many sweet memories attached to kingyo, or gold fish.

So here is the “Gold Fish Dress” which is so unique that I just love it so much. The colours and patterns used on the top has a faint Japanese look while the bright orange (or maybe I should call this the kingyo orange) give it a stunning impact that makes almost anybody stop.

The necklace I used here is the same Grape Necklace from PISA that I showed in my previous post, but in a different colour that oddly matched the kingyo orange. It added fun to the look. And here again, I am using flat shoes to complete the look.

Sugarcube – Gold Fish Dress (orange)

Outfit: Sugarcube, Gold Fish Dress (orange)
Necklace: PISA, Grape Necklace by Bi-color Tourmaline (gold version)
Nails: J’s, Nail Vivid Pack (orange)
Hair: Cake, Berlin (black)
Shoes: Gbberish, Princess Pumps (rose garden)
Skin: Lion Skins, Cana Fair #3

The second one is HASU which means “lotus flower” in Japanese. It is a silky mini dress that comes in white and pale pink with the entire dress looking like petals of a lotus flower. I wore this with flat shoes and with this necklace and earring set that is one of my favorites. It is a set made with pale pink sakura (cherry blossom flowers) made by sinamon Loon of si*na museum which I have worn before in my blog. But since I have never seen anything like this I think I will continue to wear and show this here. 🙂

Sugarcube – HASU

Outfit: Sugarcube, HASU (pink)
Necklace & Earrings: si*na museum, Sakura Set
Nails: Love Soul, Nail Silver Gradation (pink)
Shoes: Phoenix Rising, Summer Flats (pink)
Skin: Lion Skins, Cana Fair #7

Written and modeled by Kay Fairey, CEO & Top Model for Evane Model Agency, Modavia Super Model and Top Model of Boulevard Agency and writer for the Best of SL Magazine.

A New Casual From Kunglers

One of the recent releases from Kunglers caught my eye. “Lucylle” which came in three colour variations but I got the one that was labelled “blue.” It was a casual style that was hmmmm….how shall I put it….”a controlled explosion of colours.” Some days I want to dress chic and elegant, but there are days when I want fun in my styling and it was one of those days when I came across “Lucylle” and I couldn’t leave without getting it.

I must say, I had a blast styling this. The colours that are in the skirt are so varied and so interesting that depending on what colour you add to the look, the whole image changes like a chameleon. And it was fun mixing and matching various items that might look nice with this outfit. The bright colours used do pose some difficulty in SL where it’s not always easy to get the exact colour you want but I guess that is the same in RL. But with so many colour options you have that you can pick from the skirt, it’s a fun process to see what I can match.

Whenever I want bright colours, the first place I turn to is ALB Dream Fashion that always never fails me with items that come in lovely bright colours. The colours that designer AnaLee Balut uses are very complicated colours and not just plain bright pink or orange, for example, just like the pair of shoes I am wearing in these pics. She has a distinctive style with her colours which I love so much. And sure enough, she had the exact shoes I was looking for. Stylish pumps in a blend of pink/orange. 😀

Then I added a brand new release from PISA where Japanese creator Emi Woller offers some very detailed formal jewelry that are usually based on classic Italian designs. This newly released necklace, however, was a fun item designed around grapes. She made a necklace with a grape pattern but also came up with colours inspired by the various grape species you can get. Like this one I wore was inspired by muscat grapes with a refreshing green colour that was then translated as peridot gem.

Then for hair, I chose Eran 2 from Mirone which is a hair shop by another Japanese creator, Miu Edman. It’s a fun casual hair with colour changing hair band that will be a nice hair to have in the coming summer months as it should look really nice with swimming wear. In fact, there is a Mirone store right next to PISA’s main store. So you might want to check out both.

So thanks to AvaGardner Kungler and her wonderful creation, I ended up having a great time styling and so much fun!

Outfit: Kunglers, Lucylle (blue)
Shoes: ALB Dream Fashion, SUSA Heels shoes
Necklace: PISA, Grape Necklace By Peridot (gold version)
Nails: These nails were part of the “Lucylle” set
Hair: Mirone, Eran 2 (ebony)
Skin: Exodi, Genesis Candace Apple “Black Rose”

Written and modeled by Kay Fairey, CEO & Top Model for Evane Model Agency, Modavia Super Model and Top Model of Boulevard Agency and writer for the Best of SL Magazine.

A Lovely Purple Gown From My Precious

My Precious, where Agnes Finney is the owner and designer, has always been in my mind as a store that had a lot of pink and red. But the store is apparently changing! She now has her own sim that houses a huge store as well as an event space and a separate area for bridal needs. The moment you step in, you can see so many other colours besides the red and the pinks that she had always been known for.

I found this purple gown there which was one of such gowns.

My Precious – Vera Amethyst

It is an elegant silky gown with lace texture around the hem of a ballroom skirt as well as gloves and comes with a ribbon tied at the back. The top is a halter type top which leaves the back all bare.

Maybe it’s coming from my childhood days when I dreamt of being a princess as I watched videos of Snow White and Cinderella, but a ribbon at the back is something that makes me smile for no particular reason. For me, it was something that ALL princess gowns had to have in my fantasies.

Since the colour of the gown is quite strong, I didn’t want to use gems or colours for jewelry so I matched some pearl jewelry I had from a Japanese store called PISA. It is a jewelry store that specializes in classic Italian jewelry designs and the prim work by its creator, Emi Woller, is absolutely amazing. The jewelry I got here are great to add that bit of classic elegance to any outfit so I thought it would be perfect to use them with this gown. Now I can enjoy the lovely impact this purple has and also add some classic elegance to balance it out.

The hair is one I have used before. “Kay ver2” from R’s Hair Style, which goes really well with big ballroom gowns especially.

Outfit: My Precious, Vera Amethyst
Necklace: Jewelry Shop PISA, Drop Pearl NC 2ren
Earrings: Jewelry Shop PISA, Drop Pearl Earrings
Bracelet: Jewelry Shop PISA, Pearl Diamond Lace Bracelet
Hair: R’s Hair Style, Kay ver2 (black)
Skin: *This is a discontinued skin from Minnu

Written and modeled by Kay Fairey, CEO & Top Model for Evane Model Agency, Modavia Super Model and Top Model of Boulevard Agency and writer for the Best of SL Magazine.