I'd just received a new red dress from Etsy shop PamSDminiClothing, but the intended recipent - Angelika - had gone off for a new face-up.
What to do?
I decided to try it out on Chloe. My goodness, what a transformation!
Still sweet and serene, but now with an unexpected supercharged sexiness;
I heightened the contrast on the photos - they were actually taken inside at noon, using a backdrop - to simulate the harsh lighting of night-time artificial lighting. I wanted a "fashion shoot" feel to the photos.
The night-time backdrop really makes the red dress "pop".
Chloe was very obliging and didn't even mind posing unsupported...
I was so taken with Chloe after these photos were shot, that I bought two more dreaming Chloe face-plates! And her very own body.
This will be perfect for photographing Chloe and Angelika together, or doing "day" and "night' photos with them.
But that's a story for another day...
Fairyland's Feeple65 Chloe is so pretty, but my preference is for human sculpts. Then I spotted a human "dreaming" Chloe face-plate on the Den of Angels marketplace, and I couldn't resist buying her.
As it happens, I had just organized to send my two "Angela" face-plates to Angel Toast Aesthetics for new face-ups, so by happy chance I had an "unoccupied" body for Chloe when she arrived.
What a pretty gal!
Her expression is so sweet and serene. For some reason I thought this was her company default face-up.
I don't know why, as she doesn't appear to have a company face-up. The human "dreaming" (with partially opened eyes) Chloe face-plates were issued as a "event" bonus in December 2010. They were all issued blank. I have no idea who did the face-up but it is very pretty.
I decided that she would have a bohemian persona, and popped her in this Iplehouse EID dress to photograph her. I had tried out my Angelika (Feeple65 Angela) in this dress first, but she has such a direct gaze that she looked like she was contemplating putting a hex on someone... whereas gentle Chloe looks like she's about to waft off to a long soak in a tub sprinkled with rose petals and surrounded by scented candles...
The Feeple65 female body has lovely long legs and this dress shows them off to perfection.
Angelika is a gal with attitude, and would never "waft" anywhere...
She needed support for this pose, but sadly a tuxedo-clad escort was nowhere to be found so she had to make do with a stand.
She is wearing another new EID size dress from Iplehouse, and Iplehouse shoes.
I tried the shoes on Lady B (EID Carina) first, but they seemed too tight, and I didn't want to damage them so gave up trying to put them on her. However they fit Angelika perfectly.
I then tried them on the new EID woman's feet from Iplehouse, and can report that they do indeed fit the new feet! No trouble at all, in fact, although I find it impossible to tell whether the new feet are slimmer than the old. Obviously, they must be.
A bit of experimentation established that the new EID feet can easily wear SD10/SD13 size shoes e.g. Elfdoll shoes, but not SD16 shoes. The latter are extremely slender fitting shoes and can be worn by Feeple65 and the new Soom Super Gem females. However, Angelika can not wear all SD16 styles - I think her instep is higher so low-cut SD16 styles are okay but shoes with a high instep or boots are not.
I purchased these beautiful checkered pants and lilac jumper (sweater) from Etsy shop Kawkana STYLE - they were meant for Sylvie, my Soom Breccia so were purchased in SD+ size.
But they fit SID woman very nicely too. Interestingly, they are available from Kawkana STYLE in SID size as well - maybe that size is not as snugly fitting?
They are being modelled by Tiare (Iplehouse Mari). Her pin is a miniature Scottish kilt brooch in silver and semi-precious stones.
So poor Sylvie still has no winter clothes.
I was so pleased with Bane's new look that I immediately took some photos of him with Lady B.
I love this elegant backdrop - it's in neutral shades so doesn't distract from the photo subjects.
Bane is obviously ready to relax;
"Oh... were we going out tonight?"
"Shall we order in instead?"
Bane also now has the new slender EID hands, which go particularly well with the EID model body.
Here is much the same shot, with his former hairstyle and hands;
And I can't resist including this shot of Lady B in her new finery;
I loved the look of this wig from Iplehouse...
Both photos below are from Iplehouse's website.
When I got it, it actually looks like this...
Hmm... yes, Iplehouse are correct - it does need to be styled by the owner!
So, after a bit of combing and pulling, it looked like this; not bad, but still not like the Iplehouse photos. It has a strong wave which needs to be straightened out at the back, and it needs trimming. I wish Iplehouse would show how it was done.
I suppose given the wig's original appearance, that some-one with a bit of hair-dressing knowledge could do the same sort of thing to many soft synthetic mohair wigs.
However, for some reason I decided to try it on Bane. I really wanted to give him a contemporary style and his curly wig really wasn't doing it for me.
A bit of brushing back from the forehead, and some careful snipping at the sides and back; and voila!
It could do with a little tidying at the back, but I'll leave for when I'm feeling a bit braver.
I purchased SID man Vincent from Iplehouse in 2014 through the Doll Choice system. I had always liked him, but did not purchase him when he was first made available in his Limited Edition in 2013.
I first envisaged him like with short blond hair like his promo photos, but with his black brows and eyelashes, he just did not make a convincing blond.
His Limited Edition promo photo; here we can see that the major difference is that his lower eyelashes are painted lighter.
Photo copyright by Iplehouse.
I subsequently re-envisaged him as a different character (Luc) with black hair and blue eyes, which was much more successful. Observe the difference in the lower eyelashes - this is the only difference that I have been able to make out.
I do note that the promo photos show a little gloss applied to the lower eyelids and mouth, lending the face-up a little more liveliness. This does not seem to be added by the production face-up artists but I like it and will add it myself to my dolls once winter passes and the weather and light are a bit more conducive to painting.
Then a friend got the chance to acquire a Vincent cast during his original promotion. We could see that his face-up was slightly different from my Vincent. My friend equivocated over getting him, as she preferred the face-up on my Vincent, so I arranged with her to swap the heads.
The result: yes, the face-up on her Vincent was the original promo face-up and much more amenable to Vincent reverting to being a blond.
I took a couple of experimental photos showing his awkward reunion with his 'girlfriend' Sylvie (a beautiful Soom Breccia). Much to my surprise, the second photo below was invited to the "explore" group in Flickr which meant it suddenly garnered a lot of views, far more than any of my other photos.
I don't know why that was selected above the others - I'm always a little surprised as to why some of my photos are favourited above others.
Based in New Zealand, I've been a collector of ball-jointed dolls since 2011.