Cinnamon & Chai has been a passion project of Siddean Munro for the past year or so, a new brand with new possibilities. Cinnamon & Chai is one mesh body type with two UV’s to choose from.
This system has a few exciting features but an amazing innovation that Siddean has brought to the grid (she is always coming up with new and exciting ways to change our ways of life) are Animated feet! Instead of having multiple feet types hiding and showing through scripting, these are one set of feet that are animated to change to the height needed, this not only helps the grid in a big way, but also means that creators can be as creative as they like, with the ability to create content that can move with the feet…such as toe-rings that will move to each height, nails that will move, shoes that can be various heights for more realistic looks, no more having to build runners that are on tip toe just build them flat and the animation takes care of the rest. I do so love that Siddean is often the one with the firsts, as she always provides so much information on how best to use things.
Cinnamon as shown in my pictures has the brand new unique UV that allows for asymmetry without any scripting tricks or appliers, which is more exciting news for content creators, especially when it comes to tattoos, scars, brandings, wounds, birthmarks, freckles and so on, as you will no longer have mirrored arms, feet or hands. I wanted to show that, so I took one of my nails textures (hand painted by me) from my Aussie collection (Free on Marketplace) and faded it out and erased around the edges and brought it in world added to a tattoo layer and BAM! a left arm only tattoo. I wanted to be more creative with the other hand but I would have been at it all day instead of getting to the point, and the Cinnamon & Chai launch is in less than 2 hours from now 7pm SLT 16th Nov.
So as mentioned I am wearing Cinnamon and as you can see even though it is a unique UV I am skinned, and that is because Siddean has included 19 skins with the release in not only the Cinnamon version but also the Chai. Chai is a hybrid, in the sense that she is SL UV all the way down until the feet, and the feet are the unique UV giving us two feet uvs and also no more horrible ankle stretch. For those wanting to use their own bakes on mesh skins (the bodies are bakes on mesh only) you would use your skin and a blender (also provided in the HUD) to cover the feet and tint to match your own skin, it comes in 19 tones, so you should be able to get very close. In both versions they also include a neck blenders for various heads and the Evox heads have their own all included.
I will go into more detail on the what each version of body Cinnamon and Chai do over the next few days, as there is a lot to take in, but you also have the most extensive website to check out yourself at Become Cinnamon. Not only are there lots of details for customers, but also an amazing amount of tutorials and help in regards to content creation. The kits went out a few weeks ago, and anyone that previously had a Slink kit has been sent an updated Slink and a New Cinnamon & Chai kit, and the ease of use to convert is amazing. I took one of my bustiers in system layer and converted it without doing anything other than following the steps and clicking a bake button in Blender (FREE). I will try and show you me doing that step by step, and skins conversion is amazingly easy as well, no recreating skins or any such thing, just load and click.
Back to the Cinnamon and Unique UVs this means that all system layers need to be unique, not just skins, but any body makeup scars, etc, as well as alphas, some are provided, and the way the kit is the ones provided should definitely be enough. For Chai you would use your regular SL UV ones.
I am planning on being Cinnamon for most of my looks, if a system layer is old and I have to wear it, then I have the option of Chai, the bodies are identical in mesh terms, so whatever works in the moment is an easy grab. The HUDs are specific to each version, and they are individually packed, so no chance of messing up.
I cannot wait to see what people do with the freedom of the new UV, it is very exciting and no waist seam on Cinnamon at all, the connection of torso to limbs is under the bottom and what a bottom it is.
The body has more realistic fleshy parts, the upper thighs, the under arms, the breasts are wow, mine are set to 40 and believe me they get big. There may or may not be some work needed on your shape, mine was just bringing my hips in a little and my breasts down, other than that not much at all, but there are shapes included. The 19 skins come in Caucasian, Black and Asian tones, there are also freckles and pubic hair options included.
I hope to show you more soon, but for now I will leave you with some pictures of the great skin tones , and I hope you get the chance to check out Cinnamon & Chai for yourself. The store will be a separate build from the Slink store, but the same region. The bikini is by Freda, and she updated all her clothing to include Cinnamon & Chai in time, and I look forward to more of her items, this bikini and some great cargo pants I picked up from her store are just the start.
VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots
VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)
VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)
LeLutka Axis HUD
Skin & Body Parts Worn:
Chloe Head – LeLutka
Cinnamon – Cinnamon & Chai by Siddean Munro
Moles, Nose highlight (Personal)
Cinnamon Skin BOM included – Cinnamon & Chai
Beach Day Freckles – AlaskaMetro
Paula Bikini – Freda
Smolder Hair – Exile