Thursday, August 30, 2007

Close-Up: Pearly Whites

About a year and a half ago, CJ and I started Tête à Pied for no other reason than my desire for more complex, nuanced makeup, red brows, which at the time were pretty much unheard of, and maybe even earn us enough money to help CJ out with tier and me with my shopping habit. It amazes me how much Second Life and Tête has changed since then. Content creators have come and gone, there is more than one brand that has been born and experienced huge growth in half the time that we've been around.

Normally, I tend to keep my blog posts rather dry, professional, impersonal. It's hard for me to speak from the heart in such a public way but I am so overwhelmed by the experience of this putting out our Vivant line that I'm compelled to bare just a little bit more of myself. I don't want to come across as someone acting the part of of the pretentious artist, but I think we have grown so slowly because we see Tête à Pied as a means of expression and personal creativity first, and a business second.

I can't help but feel it's time to really drive home what we are about: quality, craftsmanship, integrity. I am really proud to say that our skin stands up to the closest scrutiny. While no skin can be to everyone's personal taste nor work perfectly with every avatar shape, we believe that after hours of testing and comparison, Vivant matches up with the best Second Life has to offer. It exhibits hundreds of hours of hard work and years of skill. Vivant is the combination of CJ's years of experience with photo shop and my life-long love affair with makeup. Not so long ago, I worked in cosmetics and I've always been passionate about it. More than any other line we've done in the past, Vivant is about that love. I spent weeks researching & creating makeup looks and still more weeks with CJ discussing and implementing the technical execution of these looks. Each look is unique, many with features (like a specific kind of liner) that are specific to that makeup look alone.

We have had amazing feedback from bloggers, friends, customers, and other content creators. CJ and I would like to thank all of you for your recognition and compliments. We have had so much great coverage but there are a lot of details and subtle improvements that many might have not noticed so from time to time, I will highlight them here. Today it will be our teeth. For our Vivant line, we wanted to make sure that we didn't neglect a single feature and with photography loving fashionistas on the rise, we couldn't help but notice some not so picture perfect smiles. We were guilty of it ourselves, the first picture is our old teeth, the default Linden teeth. As you can tell in the old picture, the default teeth have a gray cast to them and the bottom of them is uneven. I didn't take a picture but the tongue is a bit too bright red to look natural. Our new tongue is a more natural shade and our teeth are brighter, whiter, straighter, and model perfect.

Now onto your sneak peek....

For those of you that were wondering, yes, we are continuing our Calendar Girl series but with the new Vivant skin range. Expect the release to come out in a day or two. For now, you will have to be content with a look at one of the 3 makeups we will release with our septembre outfit. This is septembre 1 in out buff skin tone. As it often happens, the outfit was designed first and the makeup was created to coordinate with it. Sometimes the makeup idea comes from a specific photograph or image but this month I just played around a bit until I found something that was pleasing to the eye. I wanted just a hint of a cat's eye to the liner to give a nod to hint of period influence in the outfit but I wanted to keep it fresh and contemporary. This is where the color comes in. Die-hard Tete fans might notice that the little tail on the cats eye is in a different spot than usual, it arises from the lower lid. I saw that style on a french blog when doing research for the line. If I ever manage to find the link again, I will gladly post it. She had a whole section on just cat's eyes and it was amazing the variety that is possible.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Vivant Release

Our new shop is finally open to the public and stocked with our new skin range. Vivant is a hybrid skin range that is available in 16 distinct makeup looks with 3 variations each. That's 16 looks, 48 makeups, 6 skin tones, 288 skins in all. Best of all, at just 500 for a single and 1200 for a 3 pack our skin is now affordable enough to change as often as you do your outfit. More than ever before, Tête à Pied is about the makeup. A few other important points, our brows our mod in appearance and we have created a range of free pre-made brows for your conveinance. They are located on the side wall. We have also created matching pubic hair in the form of panties. This allows us to have a variety of free pubic hairstyles and colors. The colors can be changed in appearance under underwear.I do plan on discussing a bit more about our journey and going a bit more in-depth in sharing our inspiration for different looks but for now I wanted to just briefly sum up the most important information.

Friday, August 17, 2007

Less than 24 Hours Left!

Just a quick note to those of you not in the Tete group, the sale ends sometime after 10 AM PDT and the shop will be closed to the general public until Monday when we will release our new line. This is your last chance to buy any of those skins as they will be removed FOREVER. The shop will be open on Sunday for an INVITE ONLY preview party extended just to the Tete group, personal friends, and bloggers. Group enrollment is by invite only until AFTER the party. Anyone who has received an invite and is not in the Tete group, please IM me for an invite or you will not be able to attend the party.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Beginning of the End

It has been nearly a year since we came our with our current range of skins. As you may already know, CJ and I have been working on the new line for a few months now and the time to release them is drawing near. We will be removing the old range to make room for the new and have decided to offer the skins at a really low cost. Singles are just 200 and 4 packs, 500. I think it just may be the best deal going on the grid right now.
I would also like to take the time to thank everyone who has sent in notecards and shapes to help us prepare for the new line. We can't possibly make everyone happy and there is no way to make a skin that looks great on every shape and at the same time, doesn't make everyone look like a close but that said, I think we've made our most appealing skin to date. While working on Vivant, we have kept both the compliments and the criticisms in mind and we both hope that you all will be as happy with the results as we are.

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Août is Out!

Our August addition to the Calendar Girl series is a sweet little suit in seersucker. I seriously adore seersucker, a fabric I find to be both elegant and casual, not to mention a great warm weather fabric. Each suit comes with a fitted cropped jacket, short pleated prim skirt, and trousers. The sets are available in four pastel shades of pink, yellow, green, and blue.

Now we also have some good and bad news in regards to the skin. There will be no skin in the Calendar Girl release but that's because we are busy with a brand new skin range and we decided against selling our soon to be retired skin with it. The good news is that those of you who are eager to see what the skins look like will get a peek since I am wearing it in our août ad.