Stay away from the light.

Today I was thinking about the story of Icarus. I am not sure why it was in my head, but I decided to put together a photoshoot along the lines of flying too close to the sun. I think it turned out pretty well.

✫ TOP,  SKIRT & BODY CHAIN: The Beatrice Outfit is a new release by Just BECAUSE. The top has HUD-driven buttons, and the skirt has HUD-driven panties (with toggles). Fitted for Maitreya Lara, Legacy, Perky, Kupra, and Reborn. The top and skirt come in 18 gorgeous solid colors for 249L each or 1,299L for a fatpack. The body chain is only in a fatpack for 649L. Remember to try the demos first.

Just BECAUSE creates high-quality original mesh clothing for women. I can not stress how much I love Just BECAUSE's designs. I have been following/blogging Just BECAUSE since 2012. The quality has always been top of the line, with significant care given to the styling and hand-drawn textures. To top it all off, Just BECAUSE has always kept it reasonably priced. Most places I found when I was younger have outgrown my price range and, if we are honest, style. But not Just BECAUSE; it just keeps getting better and better.   

✫ WINGS: The White Archon Wings are an older creation I have had for a while. The designer is  Europa. These are prim wings and available on the marketplace still. The wings are scripted to open when flying and close when landed.  

✫ EARRINGS: The Liza Earrings are a new release from  CAZIMI. These are copy and mod and are customizable with 6 metal colors. They cost 195L.

✫ MAKEUP: All makeup was created using the Lelutka hud with the mesh head. See the Head section below for more information.

 ✫ HAIR:  I picked up the lovely Blair Hair at Doux for 500L. The hairstyle is a fitted mesh hairstyle. It includes 1 hairstyle and the fatpack color HUD.  

 ✫ HAIRBASE: The hair base is by LeLutka and came with the Avalon head. Please see the Head section for more details.

✫ EYES: I am wearing IKON's 'Perspective' Eyes in Oxidation (M). IKON's eyes are affordable at 150-170L each, and if you join their in-world group, you can get a free set of eyes. Ikon's Eye sets come with IKON Mesh Eyes that are HUD controlled. You also get appliers for Lelutka, Omega, Genus, Catwa, and BOM Layers in multiple eye sizes. I have worn IKON eyes for years. I highly recommend them because they are affordable and have a massive range of colors and styles.

✫ HEAD and BODY SKIN:  The lovely Jalyn Skin is by .:Soul:. Jayln is a Generation 3 [G3] skin. I am wearing the [H1] Human skin tone. The head skin is Evolution/standard. The head skin and body skin are sold separately. Both head and body skins are available in 16 human and fantasy skin tone variations. There are demos available to try before you buy. You can pick the Head Skin up for 899L for each skin tone or buy a fatpack of all 8 human or 8 fantasy skins for 5,999L each. The body skin is available for Belleza, Legacy, Omega, and Slink for 449L each skin tone or 2,999L for the fatpack. If you join the .:Soul:. VIP group (350L), you can get a 15% discount on every purchase and free group gifts and teasers on new releases, updates, and store sales.

✫ SHAPE: The lovely Ume Shape is by  Unknown Hare at the Happy Event for 300L. 

✫ HEAD: I am wearing Lelutka's Avalon Mesh Head in this post. At the time of this posting, this head costs 3,990L. This head can support  Evolution (EVO) and Evolution X (EvoX) skins. The Avalon set comes with a Head, Teeth, Mesh Eyes, Elf Ears, and many bonus goodies like hairbases, face light, multiple teeth accessories like braces, ear piercings, and samples of cosmetic tattoos. It is Bakes on Mesh Ready (BOM) and comes with a default shape, Head and Ear skins in BOM layers, and skin, brow, and eye applier. Avatar complexity for the head alone is approximately +5738 (Head, Teeth, and Eyes). Lelutka is my go-to place for mesh heads. I love their style, quality, and ease of use for their huds. I own several of their heads. There are demos available for you to try before you buy.

✫ BODY: Today's body of choice is Maitreya's Lara Mesh Body. The Lara Mesh Body is Bakes on Mesh Ready (BOM). The body includes Bom add-on parts, a save stick to save your configurations, Bento hands, with hand poses and hand AO built into the HUD. The body has the 5 default foot shapes (Flat, Low, Mid, High, and Ballet). The HUD comes loaded with 22 Glam Affair skin tones, and BOM layers are provided. There are five nail shape options and 19 nail polish options. Alphas are controlled via HUD. There are over 200 possible selections. The body comes with mesh lingerie made by Erratic and BOM Layers by Zaara. At the time of posting, the Maitreya Lara Mesh Body costs 2,750L. If you prefer a petite or flat look, Maitreya has add-ons for the Lara Mesh Body for 499-599L each. The Lara Mesh Body, the Petite Add-on, and the Flat-Chest Add-on have demos available to try before you buy.

✫ POSES:  The pose used is from HelaMiyo's Favole set. HelaMiyo has a large selection of affordable unique static poses for men and women. Definitely, one of my favorite stores to find poses with character. HelaMiyo has a public photo studio and a free group that gives you access to a room with the dollarbie poses. I recommend HelaMiyo as a must-have in any pose collection.

✫ LIGHTING: For lighting, I use LUMIPro. LUMIPro is a HUD worn by the photographer that controls all aspects of lights worn by the model or self. The photographer can adjust position, color, radius, and falloff. You do not need rez right to use LUMIPro. The built-in posing system controls ten models independently without needing to rez for pose stands. You can pick up a copy for 6,6995L on the Marketplace.

Disclosure of Material Connections: I may have received one or more products as review copies. Regardless, I only recommend products I personally use and believe will benefit my readers. See my full disclosure policy here.

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