LOTD ~ 10-22-14: Dem Bones

102214LOTD Dem Bones
I love this time of year and everywhere I turn people seem to be releasing the cutest things; there are loads of free and cheap items popping up all over the place. My dress is a new free-to-join group gift from COCO – and I absolutely love it – it’s just so sexy (with side slits you can’t see in this photo) yet casual and it’s going to be a while before I take it back off! The incredibly detailed collar is a new VIP gift from Remarkable Oblivion. This group costs L$50 to join but there are a whole bunch of amazing gifts available for such a tiny price.

The super-cute hair with eyeball bows is by LaViere and can be found at Trunk or Treat – this colour is from the red fatpack, which is totally free, and I think I remember the other packs only being priced at L$80 each. A HUD to change the colour of the bows is also included. Trunk or Treat is a kid-friendly event but there is plenty for adults to enjoy too – most carts seem to have a freebie and it’s a lovely little market to look around – it ends on November 5th, so be sure to visit before then.

I’m also totally in love with this skin by 7 Deadly s{K}ins, which can be found at a discounted price at the fab Feeb’s Rascal’s St. Sales Room – the colouring is just beautiful, especially on this freckled version.

Finally, Ricielli is having another hunt to say goodbye to their old store as they refurbish.. there are 20 gorgeous, and generous, prizes available – including a fatpack of these stunning shoes – all for just L$15 each. You can see a line-up of the prizes on their Facebook page and I think the hunt ends around November 12th.

Back again soon, thanks for reading!

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Dress: ‘Tee Dress (Black)‘ – COCOL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]
Collar: ‘Oracle Collar‘ – Remarkable OblivionL$0 – VIP Group Gift [L$50 to Join]
Shoes: ‘Malinda Heels (Black)‘ – RicielliL$15 – Hunt Prize, 8-colour pack

Body
Hair: ‘Sabrina (Fire)‘ – LaViere (@Trunk or Treat) – L$0 – Freebie, 5-colour pack
Skin: ‘Feeb’s Sacha v2‘ – 7 Deadly s{K}ins (@Feeb’s Rascals St. Sales Room) – L$400*..
..includes 2 versions, and appliers for Lola’s Tango, and Slink Hands & Feet
Eyes: ‘Leo Eyes (Green)‘ – BrixleyL$1 – Dollarbie, 7-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Elegant 1)‘ – SlinkL$450
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (High)‘ – SlinkL$675
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘High Shine‘ – Simply ChaotixL$149 – 31-colour pack*
Shape: usual

[*review copy received with thanks!]

Pose/Prop
Bones‘ – GlitteratiL$0 – Freebie

Running away from the circus..

Running away from the circus

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Yay for the weekend! Although, the end of the month has just kinda crept up on me and I nearly forgot I wanted to show you some amazing items available at this month’s round of We Love Role-Play which is ending very soon!

This hat of yummy-texture-goodness is by sian and can be found in 5 individual colours or in a fatpack with 2 more, exclusive, colours. Check out the vendor pic here to see the others. I love blogging sian’s creations because they really help me to create more unusual outfits.. and I hope you like this one because I really enjoyed putting it together! The skirt, top and collar is from Eudora 3D and are also to be found at We Love Role-Play – available in sets of 6 colours or as a fatpack, vendor piccy here. Full credits and slurls further down.

Items at We Love Role-Play are discounted so, while they may be available in their respective mainstores soon, you might not find them at these prices again – so do take a good look around the event this weekend while you still can!

I also just want to quickly say that  The Fetish Circus, where I took this shot, is a truly incredible and beautifully crafted sim. I need to return to take some landscape shots (when I have more time for being patient with my graphic card limitations) but I highly recommend you take a look for yourselves – just be aware that it is adult land and you may see some naughtiness.

That’s me for the weekend – I hope you all have a lovely one!

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Hat: ‘Starwatcher 3 (Black)‘ – Chariot (@We Love Role-Play) – L$180
Mask: ‘Mask of Tharna‘ – KRUXL$0 – Freebie (modded)
Outfit: ‘Carnivale (Red)‘ – Eudora 3D (@We Love Role-Play) – L$250
Gloves: ‘Foe Gloves (XXX)‘ – RazorL$249 – with texture HUD
Stockings: ‘Leather Stockings‘ – Revenge Store – not currently available
Shoes: ‘Stompers (Black/Red)‘ – DRDL$60

Body
Skin: ‘Jamie (Pale 01)‘ – EssencesL$0 – Freebie, 3 skin tones included..
..Slink appliers sold separately, L$100 each.
Eyes: ‘Woeful Eyes (Red Bloodshot)‘ – Brixley – this particular version is not currently available..
..but there are many other truly beautiful eyes at this store!
Cheeks: ‘Toy Soldier‘ – Laudanum LollipopsL$0 – Freebie, also includes key..
..you can find the gift box near the gachas.
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Fashionable Black‘ – By SnowL$1 – Dollarbie, 8 texture options on HUD..
..mani/pedi both included
Shape: My usual

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Morte 6‘ – PosESioNL$80

Location:
The Fetish Circus [adult]

Enchantress of Dragons

Enchantress of Dragons
La Metallique Fair opened on August 15th and I was lucky enough to cover the event for Seraphim – this always gives me an opportunity to really look in great detail at the items available at an event and I was particularly blown away by what is on offer here. Organised as a celebration of L’accessoires‘s second anniversary, the fair is packed full of fabulous jewelry, shoes, bags and other accessories on a metallic theme. I’m truly spoiled for choice as to what to blog and I do hope I have the chance to post more before the event closes, but I needed to show you some of the designs made by Alienbear Gupte because they are just breathtaking!

I love dragons – I particularly love Chinese dragons – so you can imagine the squee’ing echoing around my head when I saw these. The detail in each and every piece is incredible and photographs so beautifully – I had so much fun working on the pics that I had to tear myself away to actually blog them ( a raw shot is included further down so you can see a couple of items in their unedited glory.) A copy version of the dragon scale bracelets is a completely free gift for the duration of the event and a couple of the items are totally exclusive to the event and won’t be available later. There are more items in the fair stand than I’ve pictured, including a fantastic earring set that is a VIP group gift [L$100 to join] – I wasn’t able to get the group vendor to work for me but if you take the landmark to the member’s shop (once you’ve joined the group) you can pick it up there. Check out Alienbear’s Flickr for her vendor photos.

Alienbear’s Designs are not the only store to be offering items that will only be on sale at La Metallique Fair – so be sure to visit if you can and take a good look around – it really is a lovely event with a nice clean set up and has never been particularly laggy when I’ve stopped by. It’s open until September 8th so you still have a week and a bit.

These shoes can also be found at La Metallique Fair – I’m sorry you cannot see them in great detail but they are gorgeous and the whole 22769 stall is another must-see stall. The dress I’m wearing is by the always-yumtastic BOOM and I cannot believe how well it matches the jewelry.. I love it when that happens!

I also want to say a big thank you to the girls over at the wonderful FabFree blog for making me aware of this lovely dollarbie skin by INSITU! Follow this link to read Love Trill’s post and see her beautiful shots of all the included skin tones.

Finally, a word on a personal frustration – I know I can’t be the only blogger this happens to (please tell me I’m not!) but it seems like I’m always getting a shot I’m happy with, changing all my settings and getting out of the pose and/or editing it until I’m happy, and then realising I forgot to do something. In this case it’s my nails – I was going to change the length and use an applier. It’s certainly not something I’m going to attempt reshooting for (I shot these on ultra with EVERY FREAKING THING ENABLED and it’s so rare my computer will tolerate that I’m not going to push my luck!) still, these little things bug me.. maybe I need to write myself a checklist..

Hope you’re all having a fantastic week, thanks for reading!

Enchantress of Dragons Closeup Collage

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Dress: ‘Hye Tube Dress (Amber)‘ – BOOML$295
Headpiece: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon Headpieces‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$1000
Necklace: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon Scale Necklace‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$300..
(..ONLY available for the duration of the event.)
Bracelet: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon scale Bracelet‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$0 – Freebie..
(..copy only version, transfer version is L$250.)
Ring-L: ‘MeiMei Dragon Ball Ring‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$500..
(..also includes Dragon bracelet, not shown.)
Ring-R: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragonhead Ring‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$500
Shoes: ‘Serenity Heels (Gold)‘ – 22769 (@La Metallique Fair) – L$185
(..for Medium Slink AvEnhance Feet only.)

Body
Hair: ‘Tsubasa (Midnight)‘ – ArgraceL$250 – 5-colour pack
Skin: ‘Nikole (Pearl)‘ – INSITUL$1 – Dollarbie..
(.. includes 4 skin tones and lots of appliers.)
Eyes: ‘Liquid Light Mesh Eye (Sea Green Shadow)‘ – MayflyL$99
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack (2 versions worn)
Lipstick: ‘Center Of Attention Lips (Fire Engine Red)‘ – GlamorizeL$22 – 20-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Medium)‘ – SlinkL$675
Shape: My usual

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Erte_two‘ – oOo StudioL$45 (hand positions modified with Animare)
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight (avi): ‘Starry Starry Night‘ by sian – available for download here..
(..seen best in raw closeup as the other photos have been edited.)

LOTD ~ 08-19-14: One, Two, Three, Four, Five

081914LOTDI’ve had this incredibly cute hair from Pink Hustler sat in my inventory since I saw it in another blog (I wish I could remember which one so I could credit appropriately but I’m afraid it was months ago!) I was reminded of it as soon as I saw this adorable dress from BOOM at the Olive You fundraiser and couldn’t wait to put the two together. Olive You is full of brand new items from some amazing designers who are all giving 100% of the proceeds to help the owner of Olive raise some money towards court costs as her family fight to save their home, and it’s open until the end of the month.

A couple of other things I want to note – these beautiful eyes are from Langly and are only L$1 for a pack of 3 on the Marketplace, and the eye makeup by Angelica can currently only be found at The Gallery Gift Shop‘s Anniversary event which ends soon. Oh, yes, and the fish in the hair are animated (squee!)

Thank you for reading! ❤

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Dress: ‘Maliit Dress (Swim)‘ – BOOM (@Olive You) – L$150 – 100% of proceeds donated
Shoes: ‘Halcyon Sandals (Orange)‘ – BOOML$275..
(..for Medium Slink AvEnhance Feet only)

Body
Hair: ‘70527 (Light Blond)‘ – Pink HustlerL$150 – 2-colour pack
Hairbase: ‘Hairbase Tattoo 2 (Pearl Platinum)‘ – AmacciL$0 – Fatpack, Free
Skin: ‘Sora (Vanilla) Sugoi‘ – Pink FuelL$300..
(..Slink appliers sold separately, L$100 each)
Freckles: ‘Freckle Face (Sunned)‘ – GlamorizeL$5 – 4 versions included
Eyes: ‘Eyes Pack #4 (Blue)‘ – LanglyL$1 – 3-color pack, Dollarbie
Eye Makeup: ‘Dot Love Eyeshadow (High)‘ – Angelica (@TGGS) – L$190 – 4-colour pack
Lip Gloss: ‘Your Lip Gloss #2 (Orange)‘ – AngelicaL$150 – 3-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nailpolish)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Medium)‘ – SlinkL$675 (wearing included basic nailpolish)

Pose
HentekoPose11 (Peace Ver)_5‘ – NaturalL$10 – 5-pose pack

LOTD ~ 06-22-14: Agent Pea

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The very latest in Peawear is this slick secret agent outfit (a male version is also available) – you can find it in-world or on the Marketplace (where you can also purchase a few pieces separately.) Read more about Peawear on the MadPea blog.

Credits

Clothing
Complete Outfit: ‘Female Agent‘ – MadPeaL$275*
[*Includes dress, boots, holster, gun, glasses/shades, spy pen, briefcase and PBI tag necklace.]
Review copy – many thanks!

Body
Hair: ‘Morea (Borgogne)‘ – Vanity HairL$1 – Fatpack
Skin: ‘Brandi – Pippi Style (Jamaica)‘ – Glam AffairL$50 (includes 2 skin tones)*
[*Past Fifty Linden Friday, not currently available. Slink appliers sold separately, L$95 each]
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Bag/Relaxed)‘ – SlinkL$450 each (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: usual

Pose
‘Love Gun (Stand 3)‘ – aDORKable Poses – no longer available

New Maid of Orléans

New Maid of Orléans

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I’ve been impatient to create this post but an annoying virus and general busy-ness have been conspiring against me – finally, though, I am proud to show off MetaTheodora‘s latest releases for The Fantasy Gacha Carnival: ‘Foundling‘ masks and armour.

sian is an incredibly talented designer and I am much in awe of his/her work so it was a complete delight for me to be in receipt of some review copies and to share this look with you all. There are 12 sets of armour to collect and each contain 10 pieces, including a rigged undersuit. The coordinating masks are available in a separate gacha and, at L$75 and L$50 per play respectively, I think the prices are a steal.. especially for the quality of the work involved. I’m wearing the gold versions of both items – you can see more detail in my close-up following the credits and check out sian’s website to see the other versions available.

I’m absolutely in love with the style and versatility of the pieces and the use of materials is simply glorious (seriously, look at that shine!) I found the unrigged parts really easy to resize to suit my shape and I can imagine finding many more uses for just one or two pieces in other styles in addition to wearing them together. I rotated my mask slightly to act as a visor because I was taken with the idea of presenting another face as I bow my head and I think it’s created an interesting look.. it’s one I’m very taken with, in any case.

Wishing you all healthy and happy times!

Credits

Clothing
Armour: ‘Foundling Armour (Gold)‘ – MetaTheodora (@The Fantasy Gacha Carnival) – L$75 per play (10-piece set)*
Mask: ‘Foundling Mask (Lemuria/Gold)‘ – MetaTheodora (@The Fantasy Gacha Carnival) – L$50 per play*
Shirt: undershirt from ‘Rhea (Ivory)‘ – Creative ChaosL$1 (gown set)
(*review copies – diolch yn fawr, sian!)

Accessories
Sword: ‘Sun Sword‘ – Chaotic INC.L$100 (resized using this script by Blackburn’s – L$0)

Body
Hair: ‘JOPE57 Hairpiece (Blonde)‘ – booNL$90 – 15-colour pack
Skin: ‘Oceane (Ivory)‘ – FilthyL$490 – discounted Fatpack (also wearing included freckles)
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Casual)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body modified)

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Long Sword Guard 2‘ – AAA PosesL$149 – 5 poses included
Windlight Setting: Phototools – Epi Vintage Light
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey

Location
[DEADWOOL] – Medieval Church

New Maid of Orléans - Closeup

Hellebore

Hellebore 1

I have a huge weakness for unusual skins so I was delighted when I found Nuuna Nitely‘s store. This particular skin was just L$1 from the ‘Freebies and Cheapies’ wall and includes eyes to complete a very striking look. I’m pretty sure I’ll be making a return visit soon as there are other items I neeeeeed!

The hand-jewelry from Vika is something I’ve had my eye on for a while and I was really happy to find a use for it – the bones sit over system hands and have a chain to the wrist and finger (a version without nails is also included in the pack). Personally I think the design is stunning and seriously underpriced at just L$99 – not that I’m gonna argue with a bargain!

This dramatic hair is a gift at the always-fabulous Zibska and comes with 5 colours in the pack. To finish it off I used a free hairbase from Amacci – this particular style has soft curls at the neck and temples which I just adore; their huge hairbase fatpacks are completely free and well worth picking up!

In an attempt to keep with the somewhat surreal theme I modded my shape more than usual: elongating the body, flattening the chest and rounding the belly a bit. I also wanted a pretty basic pose to keep the line nice and straight and to fit the emptiness of the overall mood. I couldn’t find exactly what I had in mind so I ventured into creating something myself from scratch using Animare – I’d only ever used it to tweak hand positions before but the HUD and online instructions are really user-friendly so I got what I needed without too many problems. Obviously, this is just a really simple pose that I made for my own use – but if anyone thinks it might come in handy for them too just give me a shout in-world and I’ll be more than happy to pass along a free copy.

Once I’d put this look together I knew where I had to go to take shots – the fantastic Cherry Manga‘s Insanity sim. It’s breathtaking, as always, and strikes a chord with me that I find difficult to put into words (so I’ll just use some of my old ones if you don’t mind). It’s desolate but beautiful and definitely thought-provoking, and I highly recommend a visit.

Finally, I have some exciting news (well, it’s exciting to me!): I’ve been added to Seraphim’s event blogging team and they’ve all been immensely welcoming and fab. I’ve got a lot to learn but I’m so happy to be a part of a project I’ve been a huge admirer of for such a long time! ❤ *dances*

Scroll down for full credits and I’ll be back soon!

Until then,

all best wishes ❤

Hellebore 2

Credits

Clothing
Nipple Covers: ‘Wicked Nipple Pasties (Black)‘ – SoedaraL$95

Accessories
Hand Jewelry: ‘Hand Bones with Claws‘ – VikaL$99 (no nails version also included)

Body
Hair: ‘Giddy (Black)‘ – ZibskaL$0 – Freebie (5-colour pack)
Hairbase: ‘Hairbase Tattoo 2 (Black Coal)‘ – AmacciL$0 – Freebie, fatpack
Skin: ‘Halloween 2010‘ – NuunaL$1 – Dollarbie (also includes eyes)
Eyes: ‘Creepy Black Eyes‘ – NuunaL$1 (included with above skin)
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body modified a fair bit)

Phototools
Pose 1: ‘Still‘ – by Chiana Oh/not for sale*
*but if anyone thinks it’ll be useful to them feel free to give me a shout in-world and I’ll send you a copy!
Pose 2: as above but using Animare to tweak my position
Windlight Setting: ‘Bryn Oh’s Immersiva Grey Dust
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey

Location
Insanity by Cherry Manga

 

Spaaace!

Spaaace

What’s your favourite thing about space?

Mine is space the futuristic fashion 😉

Spaaace Close-up

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The inspiration for this post was seeing May Tolsen’s release for the current round of Kustom9 – ‘Space Friends‘ are so adorable  that I knew I had to have some for my very own. These detailed original meshes are designed to be worn as attachments but I thought it would be fun to rez them for this post; I resized ‘My Home,’ (taking care to make a note of its original dimensions so I could return it back to its intended state once I was done) and I love the results!

Of course, setting up a space-themed post meant I got to shop for lots more cool stuff (not that I ever really need much of an excuse.) I stumbled across Nylon Popstar‘s leotards a little while ago and I knew they would be the perfect starting point for my outfit – there are 9 colours to choose from, each including 2 transparancy options, multiple layers and Phat Azz and Lolas appliers for only L$50 a pack. Hopefully the pictures speak for the amazing quality of the texture itself – it really is that shiny!

A search for space-y items on Marketplace returned these funky boots by Killer Cerise and I just had to have them: the style and texture is just so cute! I resized them slightly and used the alpha for my Slink feet rather than the one included as my legs are pretty small.. but that is the beauty of modifiable items, with just a little tinkering you can have them fit pretty much any shape you choose to be.

I found Olli Braveheart‘s hair store, LCKY, thanks to a fellow blogger and I’m now a big fan: the styles there are really something special and the colours in the packs are some of the loveliest I’ve seen. The one I’m wearing here is an older style which fitted perfectly under Dolce Blackflag‘s fab helmet – there are currently 15 discounted styles out in store sold in colour packs costing only L$50 each.

I’ve layered quite a lot of eye makeup for an ‘out of this world effect’ but the skin itself is a lovely dollarbie from the ever-fabulous MiaSnow (back in-world again, yay!): its lips were already a perfect match for my chosen outfit.

I hope you enjoy this look at least a little as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it!

Until next time,

Credits

Clothing
Leotard: ‘Plastic Leotard (Orange)‘ – Popstar IndustriesL$50 (inc. opaque & transparent versions)
Tights: ‘Pabu Tights (Sky)‘ – UmeboshiL$50 – 5-colour pack
Boots: ‘Power Boots‘ – Rotten CherryL$250 (Marketplace)

Accessories
Helmet: ‘Helmet (Orange)‘ – GallacticL$150

Body
Hair: ‘Nazu (Flood)‘ – LCKYL$50 – 5-colour pack
Skin: ‘Ember Trend (Pale)‘ – MIA14L$1 – Dollarbie
Eyes: ‘Anime (Blue)‘ – CranberryL$0 – Past Hunt Gift
Lashes: ‘Tableau Lashes‘ – Cheap MakeupL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Makeup Layer 1: ‘Basic Inner Eyeliner (Black)‘ – made by yours truly/not for sale
Makeup Layer 2: ‘Trindolyn Powder Makeup (Orange)‘ – no.7 (@Skin Fair – Sim 1) – L$200 – 12-colour pack
Makeup Layer 3: ‘Princess Star Blush (Blue)‘ – Adore&Abhor (@Skin Fair – Sim 3) – L$0 – Freebie, 11-colour pack
Makeup Layer 4: ‘Vivacious Eye Makeup (Turquoise)‘ – GlamorizeL$7 – 7-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Gesture)‘ – SlinkL$450
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Galaxy‘ – A:S:SL$98 – 8-colour pack, toenail applier also included
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified, more info here)

Decor
Texture: ‘Deep Space (Beyond)‘ [Full Perm] – Clutter for BuildersL$0 – Past VIP Group Gift [L$1000 to Join]
Planet/Spaceship: ‘Space Friends‘ – Tentacio (@Kustom9) – L$70ea – Gatcha*
(*modded and rezzed: ‘Home Alone’, ‘Seaquest Blue’ and ‘Apolo13 Green’ shown, others available)

Photo Tools
Pose (Main Pic): ‘Spread Your Wings and Fly Away (2M)‘ – HopScotchL$40
Pose (Close-up): ‘Scarlett3‘ – Diesel WorksL$0 – Freebie, 11-pose pack
Pose (Boots): ‘Nana_freebie‘ – oOo StudioL$0 – Freebie
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Facelight: ‘Light Lab v1‘ – Color LabL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace) (used in close-up only)
Windlight Setting: ‘Raymond’s Brighter Day
Editing: GIMP, PicMonkey & Pixlr-o-matic

Spaaace Boots

 

My Secret Garden

My Secret Garden 1
It’s been a busy couple of weeks of updating my inventory and generally re-acclimatising myself so it’s taken a little more time than I planned to get another blog post out; I’m feeling much more ‘with it’ now so their frequency should increase – I certainly have a lot to share!

While I’ve been discovering lots of new (to me) places, I’ve also re-visited some old favourites. This beautiful hair, ‘Shine,‘ was recently released by Sabina Gully of Magika and, as soon as I saw it, it was a real shut-up-and-take-my-money moment. I’ve always loved her style but I think she’s possibly outdone herself for sheer adorability with this one! Sabina’s colour packs are ridiculously generous, too – L$250 for 30 colours? Total bargain.

It’s also really good to see Filthy back in business: I remember the doors being closed some time before I took my blogging break so I was excited to find them again on my return. The skin I’m wearing here is a Group Gift (the group is free to join and there are a generous amount of gifts out) and I pretty much haven’t taken it off since I tried it on. I just think the face is so pretty; the only make-up enhancements I made were adding lashes and a little lip gloss so the subtle glow of the cheeks and gorgeous eyeshadow you can see are all part of the skin in its out-of-the bag state. Beautiful work!

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Amongst the stores I hadn’t shopped at before are MOLiCHiNO, Violent Seduction and Lil Things. I discovered, thanks to Seraphim, that MOLiCHiNO are back in SL following their own break so I visited to see if I liked owner Aurelia Chauveau’s style (I did!) and take part in the contest Seraphim mentions. The contest has ended now but the VIP Group is still free to join until the end of the month and there are some lovely gifts out already. While I was there I picked up this sweet ‘Pixie Dress‘ – I love its cut and texture but my absolute favourite thing about it has to be the folds and shading.. that kind of detail is just so yummy!

The epically cute ‘Heart Heels‘ I’m wearing (detailed pic here) are by Iki Akiri of Violent Seduction and they are addons for the Slink Medium feet. I had to adjust these somewhat to fit – resize and reposition – I’m only mentioning this because there is no demo and it would be easy to have a wah-they-don’t-fit! moment when you put them on out of the box.. but it pays to remember that these fab shoes are totally modifiable (which is always a massive plus to me) and it took me all of two minutes to get them looking perfect on my footsies.

In looking for a necklace to finish off this outfit I stumbled across LillyRose Delicioso’s lil store ‘Lil Things‘ on the Marketplace. I stalked her profile, as I always do, and noticed she had a small in-world store next to The Little Bat so I hopped on over and picked up her lovely ‘Doe‘ necklace there – and I’m very happy with its sweet design.

These meshes are all the original designs of the respective people I’ve mentioned – so, if you shop in their stores, you are picking up some truly unique (as well as beautiful) items. The amount of talent in Second Life never ceases to amaze me and I know a lot of work goes into the things we buy for such small amounts of money. I’ve recently been trying to learn how to use Blender and the resulting headache it’s given me has cranked up my admiration even higher: you lovely designers are simply incredible!

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Finally, I want to say a few words about the garden items I’ve picked up in order to showcase this outfit – I’m aware this post has become pretty long so I’m going to have to be fairly general – all were really inexpensive (some even free) and all are modifiable. The sakura tree comes with many lovely touch-driven options and the delightful walled garden has a working door and built-in sounds (you’re probably gonna see this in a LOT more posts!) If you are looking for similar items it would certainly be worth a peep at the credits and following the links to the Marketplace ads which give great detail on just what is included.

Scroll down for detailed credits.

I’m trying to better document everything I put in or use to edit a blog picture to be more precise and transparent so they are longer than usual but I’ve split them into sections that hopefully makes it easier for you to find the items you’re interested in.

I’m not going to go as far as detail exactly what I’m enabling in PhotoTools because mostly I just keep faffing around until it looks about right to me.. I’m still learning how best to use them for my particular set-up and I actually had quite a lot of trouble taking this close-up shot after I updated to the lastest version of Firestorm. I was going to talk more about that here but this post is already way too long, so I’m going to do a follow-up post showing some of the difficulties I had and what I did to resolve them for anyone that’s interested – not so much a tutorial as a.. I dunno.. learn-along?

Until then, ❤

My Secret Garden 2

Credits

Clothing
Dress: ‘Pixie Dress (Sky)‘ – MOLiCiNOL$229
Socks: ‘Cozy Socks (Blue Rose)‘ – LarkL$25 – Gacha (with Slink Applier)
Shoes: ‘Heart Heel (Peach)‘ – Violent SeductionL$300

Accessories
Necklace: ‘Doe (Bronze)‘ – Lil ThingsL$50

Body
Hair: ‘Shine‘ – MagikaL$250 – Pack 2 (30 colours via HUD)
Skin: ‘Group.Gift#6.2013 (Ivory)‘ – FilthyL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]
Lipshine: ‘Diamond Lips Lip GlossDark Midday DesignsL$1 – Dollarbie (Marketplace)
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Lashes: ‘Eyelash 1‘ – StrawberrySingh.comL$50 – Pack of 5 (Marketplace)
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Gesture)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Mid)‘ – SlinkL$675
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified, more info here)

Decor
Deer: ‘Mythical White Stag and Doe‘ – Chaplin’s Landing CreationsL$50 (Marketplace)
Butterflies: ‘Butterflies (Pink B)‘ – aliriumL$0 – 4 colours/2 types, Group Gift [Free to Join]
Flowers: ‘Flowers (Pink & Cyan)‘ – Bubblez DesignL$0 – 4-colour pack, Group Gift [Free to Join]
Tree: ‘Cherry Blossom Sakura Tree v3.2‘ – The White Lotus L$50 (Marketplace)
Garden: ‘All Ivy Garden Wall‘ – Emma’sL$45 (Marketplace)

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Devon05‘ – Admit One (@Seraphim HQ) – L$0 – Pack of 5, Seraphim Group Gift [Free to Join]
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Facelight: ‘Light Lab v1‘ – Color LabL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Windlight Setting: ‘Juicy Loves You’ by JuicyBomb (available for download here)
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey – contrast, spotlight and slight touching-up

Back to the Drawing Board

Back to the Drawing Board It’s been 8 months since my last blog post and, although I’ve missed blogging terribly, it was a much-needed break. I haven’t been well in rl and in my time away I’ve realised that trying to blog all the things! (and attempting to build) had become somewhat overwhelming. I was so weighed down trying to keep up with events that I lost some of the love I had for in-world photography.

Also, to my shame, I was becoming slap-dash in my creative approach. It didn’t help that there were some really obvious things that I should have learned already but that I’d somehow managed to remain oblivious to.. such as being able to take much better resolution photos. Fortunately, the wonderful Strawberry Singh has some excellent tutorials and, finally, I am paying attention!

So this time around I will be focusing on honing my blogger-craft by spending more time taking better constructed pictures and writing informative posts. I will, of course, try to keep up with current events and promotions (mostly because I’m a shopaholic) but there are blogs already out there that manage this much better than I ever will and I don’t want to burn out again. I’m also hoping to return to building, but that will be a much more gradual process.

Most of all I’m looking forward to learning new skills and sharing my little slice of Second Life with you all again.. and I promise future posts will probably not be quite this wordy – I just had a lot to catch you up on!

And so.. let the blogging (re)commence!

The inspiration for this post came on a random shopping trip which led me to Mad Echo. I’d previously purchased one of their very cute Neko Clutch purses on the Marketplace and I wanted to see what the store was like. My eye was drawn (geddit?) to this Sketchbook Costume as I hadn’t seen anything like it before and I was really impressed with the style. It took a little while to dawn on me that this was how I wanted to return to blogging, but once it did I was so excited to complete the look!

Kitten’s included hair texture is absolutely brilliant and worked so well with most of the modifiable hair I had in my inventory though in the end I settled on the very cute (and currently on promotion) style by A&A as I thought it complimented my sketch-avi’s face the best. I modified my shape a little more than usual to work with this skin, opening up the eyes and tweaking the mouth to really show off its beautiful detail.

My first real challenge was clothing – I really wanted to keep to a paper theme but I couldn’t find anything pre-made that fitted the idea I had in my head – which was the kind of cut-outs you would put on a paper doll.  So, I looked at a few websites and found some lovely designs (free for personal use) at Paper Thin Personas; not wanting anything too detailed, I just took a rough trace of this dress on the bottom right. At first I kept the tabs because I thought they would look cute but they didn’t work well with my pose in the end so I took them out. Finally, I filled the shape with this lovely crumpled paper texture, uploaded it, slapped it on a prim, attached and positioned it. I could have possibly made something more sophisticated but I wanted it to look rough-and-ready and I think it kinda works.

For the shoes I simply found a modifiable pair of ballet pumps I already had in my inventory and added the same texture to them.

Everything else was pretty straight forward and you can find the full credits after the next pic.

I hope you enjoy this post – I’m really excited to be back!

such a pretty face

such a pretty face

Credits

Skin: ‘My Sketchbook Skin‘ – Mad EchoL$250 (also includes eyes, hair texture and Tango/Phat Azz appliers)
Eyes: ‘My Sketchbook Eyes‘ – see above
Hair: ‘Claire (Light Blonde)‘ – A&AL$1 – Marketplace Promo (modified with texture included above)
Dress: item made by yours truly specifically for this post, see blog text for details.
Shoes: ‘Meadow Flats‘ – DECOL$150
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (face and body slightly modified, more info here)
Pose: ‘Innocent_two.1‘ – oOo StudioL$0 – VIP Group Gift [L$100 to Join] (arm positions modified with Animare)

Room: ‘Blind‘ – GlitteratiL$100 – Marketplace Only
Wall Art: ‘Flyaway Wall Art (Birds, Black)‘ – {what next}L$125 (collection of 6 frames with decals)
Rug: ‘Just A Rug 2‘ [Full Perm] – w.a.f.MESHL$1 – Marketplace Dollarbie (modified with Crumpled Paper texture)

Windlight Setting: [NB] Sepia 1700