March 25, 2009
Back when I was a noob this summer, an old friend recommend a few cool places for me to visit. Back then I didn’t realize that most sims, themed or not, were dedicated to shopping. I remember my friend dropping me a LM to Koreshan Pointe. I Tped into this old, abandoned theme park and started wandering around. The design was amazing, and what’s more, I discovered a whole group of amazingly cool shops there, one of them being Mina Jun’s skin shop ‘MinaJunk.’ I loved the style of the skin right away, and ended up getting one that made me look like I had been in the sun, maybe a little too long. It was perfect for summer and had that perfect reddened summer face that I always have during June and July irl. I wore that skin around my beach home everyday and ever since then, I’ve been a big MinaJunk fan.
Mina hasn’t released anything new in quite a while now, and I’ve been patiently awaiting her new releases, tempted by the teasers she’s posted on her Flickr photostream. The new releases are here now and I couldn’t be happier with them! She has done something new, by putting together 5 unique avatar packages, each themed by a different flower: Aijisai (hydrangea), Kiku (chrysanthemum), Sakura (cherry blossom), Sumire (violet), Tsubaki (camellia). Each look comes complete with skin, shape, hair, eyes, clothing, shoes and accessories. Everything has been handcrafted by Mina herself, and I must say the finished items are amazing.
The skin is as mesmerizingly gorgeous as ever, even more so imho, with a soft, radiant creaminess to the texture that is just so, so beautiful. This time around we have hand-painted lashes, a slightly different nose, colorful eye makeup and big plushy lips. The face has soft, rounded cheeks and the features are versatile and lend themselves to many different shape types. Each skin comes with a hair/no hair version, which seems to be the new thing and is quite useful when you are zoomed out on an avatar. (Read: no bald patches!) Plus, some of the hair styles she has created are made to be worn with the hair version of the skin. The hair styles themselves are very imaginative and playful: braided, pinned with flowers and draped in delicate gold chains. Again, she has introduced a new concept with some of the styles, as the hair-base of the skin is made to function as a part of the hair itself. I love the texturing done on them, it’s very realistic and luminescent.
What really gets me, though, is the clothing. I am completely enamored with it. As far as my knowledge goes, this is Mina’s first foray into clothing (at least for her shop) and she has done quite a job with it. Going with the flower theme, each outfit comes bearing the traits of it’s own: Aikisai and Tsubaki wear their flower on the head, Kiku on the head and feet, Sumire’s comes in the form of a necklace and Sakura’s blossoms are fluttering at the top of a dress bodice. The outfits are completely breathtaking; they are colorful, feminine, modern and bring with them a presence of their own. I can see myself wearing the complete looks over and over as well as mixing, matching and adding pieces to different outfits. For me the looks are perfect in every way, the only thing I would change is to add a resize script for the hair and clothing as I had to modify my own gourd-like head to wear it. As the old saying goes: a small price to pay for such beauty.
All in all, this collection must be seen, worn, ogled over and played with. Very well done Mina Jun, if this is the beginning of your brand’s extension, I cannot wait to see what you will bring to us in the future. <3xo, Abra
Details and more photos after the extension.
October 7, 2008
Tis wayyy past my bedtime, I am being so bad! ;P I took these photos because I realized I didn’t have a wordpress profile picture. Had to fix that.
This dress is so darned gorgeous I couldn’t resist writing about it. How could I? It’s amazing x a ba-gillion.
It’s creator is Eshi Otawara and I must confess that everything she makes turns me into a big puddle. Slipping on one of her haute couture creations is wearing an art masterpiece. She pays a great deal of attention to detail, and that delights me. I also own one of her tux gowns, in Gold, which is equally stunning. (see here.)
This dress, called “Hibiscus Dream”, comes with three different body suits. I am wearing the painted one in these photos. There are also petal and leaf patterns. Each is beautiful and gives the dress a new twist.
For now, all my love goes to this dress. Surprisingly fitting with this Paper Couture hair, yes? I am enjoying the whole impossibly-glamours-yet-inspired-by-nature theme.
Last time I checked she had some freebies in the store too. They might still be there, I’d book it to the store asap if I were you. They’re suppose to be super secret but I can give you a hint or two, to get you started. One is worn around your neck, the other is a pair worn on your legs. Easy enough right?
Easy as falling in love with this dress. <3 at first sight.
“Hibiscus Dream by Eshi Otawara” from Chambre du chocolat @ (227, 180, 26)
‘Birds and Wildflowers’ Powdered Wig from Paper Couture @ (59, 66, 28)