Falling Embers

Falling Embers
Just stopping by to showcase these gorgeous lashes by no.7 available at L’accessoires until December 8th.. they include a colour-change HUD with 4 metal and 8 gem colour options and I think they are absolutely stunning!

This was also another opportunity for me to buy some more of my favourite DECO hair – I love the way it works with COCO‘s doll avatar and I’m kinda pleased with the way this pic turned out in general – if you’d like to see a much bigger version just give it a click as the blog layout does tend to make things pretty small.

Best wishes and see you soon!

Credits

Accessories
Jewelry: ‘Changing Season Couture Lashes‘ – no.7 (@L’accessoires) – L$150*..
..with 4 metal and 8 gem options.

Body
Head: ‘Kyoko (ClosedEyes)‘ – COCOL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]..
..all the old DOLLCOCO heads released as non-rigged versions, 9 in total.
Body: ‘Doll Body‘ – COCOL$450
Hair: ‘Hiveish Hair (Ember)‘ – DECOL$250

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Closeup 11‘ – GlitteratiL$100 – 11-pose pack

[*review copies received with thanks!]

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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

Mirage

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The inspiration for this outfit comes from these fab earrings that I won as a random prize just for visiting PurpleMoon Creations .. then I found and fell in love with this hair at Nylon Outfitters: hope you like it! ❤

Hair: ‘Bantu Loops (Black)‘ (mesh) – Nylon OutfittersL$200 – Includes hairbase
Skin: ‘Acorn Frex [Dark] Party Girl-Potion 2‘ – CurioL$0 – Past Group Gift [Free to Join]
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes – London Fog‘ (4 levels of whites) – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Earrings: ‘Tribe Earrings (Gold/Iron/Copper)‘ – PurpleMoon CreationsL$0 – Random Store Prize
Necklaces: ‘Khaleesi’s Temptation‘ (mesh) – Maxi GossamerL$288 – Past Collabor88 (not currently available)
Top: ‘Everyday Tank (Sand)‘ – BOOML$125 – Sheer version also included
Pants: ‘Veshti Pants (Batik)‘ – (mesh) – English MuffinL$250*
Shoes: ‘Distressed Heels (Olive)‘ (mesh) – DECOL$300
Shape: ‘Keri‘ (modded) – Panda PunxL$0– Past Group Gift [Free to Join]

AO animations by Kuso
Location: Chouchou

(*Review copy gratefully received! <3)

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In Wunderland

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The Wunderland store is filled with the most ‘wunderful’ clothes and I couldn’t resist taking a picture there in front of the fab wall decal ❤

Hair: ‘January (Frappuccino)‘ – TruthL$0 – Subscriber Group Gift
Skin: ‘Acorn Frex [Light] Party Girl – Midnight 1‘ – CurioL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join, check past notices]
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes – London Fog‘ (4 levels of whites) – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Earrings: ‘Feather Earrings (Black)‘ – CentoPalliniL$1 – Dollarbie
Necklace: ‘My lill Owl (Oynx)‘ – Needful ThingsL$160
Jacket: ‘Woolen Blazer (Grey)‘ (mesh) – WunderlandL$99
Top: ‘Everyday Tank (Sand, No Sheer)‘ – BOOML$125
Pants: ‘Super Skinny Jeans (Grey)‘ (mesh) – WunderlandL$185NEW!*
Shoes: ‘Distressed Heels (Licorice)‘ (mesh) – DECOL$300
Shape: ‘Keri‘ (modded) – Panda PunxL$0– Past Group Gift (no longer available)

AO animation by Kuso
Location: Wunderland

(*Review copy gratefully received! <3)

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I mentioned a couple of posts ago how the wonderful Marls bought me a fantastic pair of mesh cargo pants – well, here they are! I think they are incredible – the textures and style are just so realistic – and you get free shoes when you purchase a pair (or are very lucky and get given them as a pressie like me!) – what more could you want?! I ❤ them!!

Hair: ‘Fusion (inc. Hairbase)‘ – YassineL$150
(review copy gratefully received, thanks Maride! <3)
Skin: ‘Jung Base (Burly)‘ – My Ugly DorothyL$1950
(review copy gratefully received, thanks Sopha! <3)
Eyes: ‘Liquid Light Eyes (Desert Dawn Shadow)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Past Group Gift (no longer available)
Earring: ‘Saturday Night Special‘ – CoLLisionsL$0 – Hunt Prize (part of a set)
(Finding FabFree Hunt, ends September 30th)
Tattoo: ‘Come Rock Locke‘ – CoLLisionsL$150
(review copy gratefully received, thanks Guen! <3)
Top: ‘Vendetta Tee‘ (mesh) – Cracked MirrorL$0 – Subscriber Gift
Nails: ‘Punk 2‘ – FormanailsL$0 – Group Lucky Board* [Free to Join]
*Boards change weekly
Pants: ‘Her Cargo Pants (Denim)‘ (mesh) – DECO (Marketplace) – L$450
Shoes: ‘Daisy Walkers (Coconut)‘ – DECO (Marketplace) – L$0 – Free with cargo pants
Shape: ‘Keri‘ (modded) – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift (No longer available*)
(*in-world store now closed)

Nerd Set 1_8‘ pose by Focus Poses (@Perfect Wardrobe, L$80 – set of 10)

New from Shabby Cat, Hunt Prizes from CoLLisions and an Awesome Friend

This comfy new crop top release from Shabby Cat comes in 8 colours (with or without tank options included) at L$160 each – or you can get the whole caboodle for just L$500!

I also want to give a shout out to Marls who gave me an AWESOME pair of cargo pants (I’ll show them soon) that came with these fab ‘DaisyWalkers‘, solving my shoe crisis for the day! ❤ you, Marls :0)

Hair: ‘Scrub (Black/Red)‘ – YassineL$150
(review copy gratefully received, thanks Maride! <3)
Skin: ‘Jung (04, Burly)‘ – My Ugly DorothyL$1, 950
(review copy gratefully received, thanks Sopha! <3)
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes – London Fog‘ (4 levels of whites) – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Earrings/Necklaces: ‘Saturday Night Special‘ – CoLLisionsL$0 – Hunt Prize
(Finding FabFree Hunt, ends September 30th)
Top: ‘Cropped Sweater w/Tank (Gray)‘ (mesh) – Shabby CatL$160 (fatpack L$500) – NEW!
Bracelets: ‘Keys to Plunder‘ – CoLLisionsL$0 – Hunt Prize (also includes necklace)
(The Perfumed Cutlass Hunt, ends September 30th, L$10 to buy Hunt HUD)
Nails: ‘Mizu-Hanabi (Gray)‘ – pulcino – L$0 – Past Event (no longer available)
Shorts: ‘Basic Short (Soft)‘ (mesh) – TentacioL$70NEW!
(review copy gratefully received, thanks May! <3)
Tattoo: ‘Lost Flock‘ – UmeboshiL$0 – Past Group Gift [Free to Join]
Shoes: ‘DaisyWalker (Coconut)‘ – DECO (Marketplace) – L$450 (with cargo pants)
Shape: ‘Keri‘ (modded) – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join*]
(*in-world store closing soon :0( )

319‘ pose by Glitterati (L$50)