Posts Tagged ‘blogger challenge’

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Newness, NYC and Viewer Woes

March 31, 2012

That moment when you get overly excited about something small?  Yeah, that.  I’m almost bouncing in my chair (okay, fine, I’m actually in my bed) because I’m so eager to share this stuff with you guys!  But I spent most of the evening trying not to tear my hair out as I tried to take this pic.  I installed the newest Firestorm viewer about a week ago and it’s not performing for me nearly as well as the last release.  So, while I tried to play with DoF and some WL settings, SL choked and sputtered and eventually died, but not before I got one snapshot.  One.  So that’s what you’re getting!

So, there’s a new brand in town and I’m in love with the mesh designs!  {bilo} is having a grand opening sale until… April 8th, I think.  All of their mesh items are 100L, tattoos are 50% off and everything else is 50L!  This dress is a combo of mesh and system clothing and I was shocked and elated to see how well they flowed together.  Some of the best fitting mesh items I’ve worn yet!  Goodness… I must really want you to get over there to check them out because I’m actually getting a SLURL for y’all.  LOL

I’m also in love with a couple of new, exclusive releases that you can find at the Dressing Room Blue.  The sleek pony and fedora hair from LoQ and the sweet Atomic skin made me squee and I had to have them.  Lordy mae…  I must be more excited than I thought, I’m all benevolent and stuffs.  Here’s your taxi to TDRB.

Oh!  And I almost forgot:  This New York City sim was lovely.  I’ll definitely head back there if I need another clean, urban backdrop.  (Although, I’m not sure it’s all that New York-y…  Isn’t the LOVE art/statue/thingum in Philly?)

Credits:

Dress | Bilo – Annaya (Black, partial mesh)
Hair and Hat | LoQ Hair – Cupcake (Black, for TDRB)
Shoes | SLink – Tiger Heels (Black)
Skin | Atomic – Grace (Buff, Electric, TDRB Exclusive)
Eyes | Vision – Eyes by A:S:S – Herbalist Eyes (Ocimum)
Lashes | Miamai – Catwalk Lashes (Star)
Purse | O&N (Old & New) – Studs Purse (Light Taupe)

Pose | Exposeur – Vixen 9

Sim | New York City

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52 Weeks of Color, Part Deux – St. Patrick’s Blue

March 30, 2012

I think that running late on this one actually helped me out, lol.  Since St. Paddy’s day is over, I wasn’t hung up on the color green!  Anyway, I did a little playing with shadows and projectors and DoF and PS today.  I’m still trying to get the hang of shadows and DoF, but I’m more comfortable than I used to be.  Now, playing in PS…  That’s a whole different story.  I consider myself a skilled beginner when I’m working in GIMP, but PS is like learning a whole new language.  So I didn’t do anything fancy for this pic, just a feathered, rounded crop like I always do (even that wasn’t as easy as I would have liked, lol, nor did it turn out as well as I would have liked).

Credits:

Dress | Aura – Balloon Dress (Love Blue, Love Gatcha)
Tights | Rezipsa Loc – Zipper Tights (Black)
Shoes | [e] Elikatira – Move Pumps (Onyx)
Hair | [e] Elikatira – Soft (Black 04)
Skin | Illusory – Love (Milk, Organic)
Eyes | Vision – Eyes by A:S:S – Herbalist Eyes (Ocimum)
Nails | RezIpsa Loc – St. Patrick’s Blue Nails

Pose | Exposeur – Top Model All-Starts Introductions (Angelea)

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52 Weeks of Color, Part Deux – Aquamarine

March 30, 2012

I had to invite a very special av over for this color of the challenge.  This is her blog debut and she was a little nervous about showing her face in public, but the lovely Beryl Button made for a wonderful model.  (Get it?  They go together because aquamarine is the blue-green version of beryl?  Anyway, that IS how she ended up choosing her name – after deciding that Aquamarine was a bit… flamboyant.)  And don’t ask what they’re doing in the kitchen, Chloe just needed a place to sit so I could use the Exposeur pose I picked up at the 50/50 sale.  Make sure you get over there, the 50L or 50% off sale goes for just two more days.

Of course, RezIpsa Loc came to my rescue for this color by offering a sweet little bodysuit with the sophisticated touch of houndstooth accents.  Just about everything Chloe has on are her old standbys, but Beryl is wearing some new (to me) brands that had some too-good-to-be-true deals on the marketplace.  She’s supposed to be wearing a tank from Petticoat Lane (from Glitterati’s Katey Coppola), but it was taking its sweet time to be delivered.  The Simplestuff pumps were 25L and the jeans from Pd were 10L.  Crazy, huh?  *crosses my fingers and mumbles pleasedon’tbecopybotted pleasedon’tbecopybotted pleasedon’tbecopybotted*

Credits:

On Beryl:
Hair | Wasabi Pills – Sybille Mesh Hair (Golden)
Top | Holli Pocket – Wrap Up Tops (Mint, Seraphim gift)
Jeans | Pixelated Designs – 7′s (A)
Shoes | Simplestuff – Monochrome Pumps (Aquamarine)
Skin | Step inSide – Eva (Tan, Seraphim gift)
Eyes | Roly Poly – Natural Eyes (Black)
Makeup | Mock – eShadow (Light Winterberry 1)

On Chloe:
Bodysuit | RezIpsa Loc – Bodysuit (Aquamarine Houndstooth)
Hair | [e] Elikatira – Soft (Black 04)
Shoes | [e] Elikatira – Move Pumps (Onyx)
Skin | Illusory – Love (Milk, Organic)
Necklace | Dark Mouse – Sage Advice Pearl Necklace
Eyes | Vision – Eyes by A:S:S – Herbalist Eyes (Ocimum)
Eyelashes | Miamai – Catwalk Lashes (Star)
Tattoo | Vestigium – Zodiac (Leo)

Pose | Exposeur – Love and Glamour

Prop | Awesome Blossom – Madison Loft Skybox Kitchen Island

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52 Weeks of Color, Part Deux – Avocado

March 29, 2012

You know the saying “Haste makes waste,” right?  Yeah…  that.  I hate rushing through something only to realize all of the things that you did wrong or could have done better.  And yeah, I could redo it, but…  Just don’t judge this pic too harshly, okay?  I actually kind of love it (Chloe’s face is just too sweet!), but there are so many things wrong with it I don’t even know where to start.

Anyhoo…  Avocado!  I’m making my way through the color weeks, even if I am a little behind.

Credits:

Tank | fri.day – Twofer Tank (Olive.Branch)
Skirt | 5th and Oxford – Rebel Mini (Dirty)
Leggings | Nachtigall – Crochet Leggings (Brown 2)
Hair | [e] Elikatira – Soft (Black 04)
Necklace | Dark Mouse – Sedate Me Necklace
Skin | Aura – Briar (Cream, Grass, for C88 March)
Lashes | Miamai – Catwalk Lashes (Star, Mesh)
Eyes | Vision – Eyes by A:S:S – Herbalist Eyes (Ocimum)
Tattoo | Vestigium – Zodiac (Leo)

Pose | Exposeur – Vixen 9

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52 Weeks of Color, Part Deux – Dandelion

March 8, 2012

I’m playing a bit of catch-up with my color challenge, but I’m getting there.

The focus for this color isn’t just about the look, it’s about this lovely vignette from Zoe’s Garden.  Adele Rhiadra makes me so happy when she creates these little meadows (her Autumn Island is one of my other favorites).

I wasn’t really thinking about it when I was putting this shot together, but Chloe often helps me work through my thoughts while I’m blogging, and today she brought my attention to the fact that spring is right around the corner – daylight saving time is this weekend!  I know most of us haven’t had a “real” winter, and I don’t know about you, but I think I’m subconsciously yearning for spring.  Chloe’s outstretched arms and closed eyes made me realize that I am looking forward to spring.  Embracing it, even.  I’ve had a lot of changes going on in my RL and change is always hard for me.  Change is a scary thing, but it has to happen.  So, as the season changes, hopefully I’ll be welcoming whatever blossoms in my life as much as I’m looking forward to the first dandelions poking their heads out of the grass.

(How spoiled by mesh are we??  I grumbled about this system skirt the whole time I had it on!  LOL)

Credits:

Dress | Whippet & Buck – Bardot Tartan Tube Dress (Gold)
Hair | Magika – Kiki (B&W Pack)
Skin | Rockberry – Apple (Light, Freckles)
Freckles | YS & YS – Freckles 3
Tattoo | Vestigium – Zodiac (Leo)

Pose | aDORKable Poses – Chill Dork Pack (Chill 10)

Prop | Zoe’s Garden – Interlude with Fence

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52 Weeks of Color, Part Deux – Dark Raspberry

March 8, 2012

Yep.  Dark Raspberry:

Credits:

Skirt | Jane – Lillith Maxi Skirt (Blush)
Top | Jane – Intrinsic Tank (Fawn)
Boots | Decoy – Jully Boots (Raspberry)
Hair | [e] Elikatira – Me (Brown 08)
Skin | Mynerva – Milena (Cream)
Makeup | Mynerva – GG Full Face
Eyes | Vision – Eyes by A:S:S – Heterochromia Eyes (Blue)
Tattoo | Vestigium – Zodiac (Leo)

Pose | pda – Melochord Seventy-Five

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52 Weeks of Color, Part Deux – Folly

February 24, 2012

Yes, folks, I AM still doing the 52 Weeks of Color Challenge.  While the rest of you might be all dark raspberrying or even dandelioning, I’m playing with folly.  And let me tell you…  Between Rezzie’s sweet little dress, this amazing Amacci hair from the Festival of Sin and the tough/cute leggings from Pink Lip Gloss…  This color was heavenly for me.  Oh, and this is the first snap I took, too.  All around a good thing.  :)

Now, don’t forget, the Festival runs through March 3rd, so you’ve only got about another week to get over there and check out the sinning.

But we’ve got some good stuffs coming up, so don’t be too sad that the event is almost over.  The Fresh Unknown Hunt starts on March 1st!  I have oodles of boxes waiting for me, so I’m sure I will be showing you guys some great gifts from the new creators and designers out there!

Credits:
Items available at the Festival of Sin will be noted in red.

Hair | Amacci – Pythia (Graphite)
Dress | Rezipsa Loc – Folly Dress (Folly)
Leggings | Pink Lip Gloss – Sheer Skelly Leggings
Shoes | fri.day – Basic.Pumps (Black)
Skin| Glam Affair – Sakura (D – TDR 27)
Tattoo | Vestigium – Zodiac (Leo)
Nails | RezIpsa Loc – Sparkly Nails (Onyx)
Eyes | Vision- Eyes by A:S:S – Herbalist Eyes (Ocimum)
Lashes | LeLutka – 2011 Lashes
Lashes | Cheap Makeup – Vintage Lash 1

Pose | Frooti – Just a Girl
 

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52 Weeks of Color Challenge, Part Deux – Patina

February 2, 2012

A patina is the accumulated changes in surface texture that occur over time.  This process is easily seen in cases like the Statue of Liberty, which display the characteristic green color that inspired this week’s challenge color.  Less obvious than the shiny copper to dull green-blue transition, anything can acquire a patina as it ages – your favorite antique rocking chair, the stone steps leading up to your house of worship, the heirloom lucky coin that you carry in your pocket and rub between your fingers.  I’ve been feeling more than a little worn around the edges and used up for the past couple of months and, though you can’t see it, my patina is changing.  Time alone takes its toll, add a little academic stress, career anxiety, emotional turmoil and all the other daily environmental factors that rub and grind and scrape at the surface (and deeper) and it’s clear to me that my shiny exterior has been dulled and colored.  But I keep reminding myself of the grandeur that our lady liberty now possesses because of her patina and it keeps me moving forward, looking ahead to the day I find myself swathed in a new shade of me.

Wow.  Got a little more than you planned on there, huh??  On to the good stuff:

RezIpsa Loc has, once again, created a handful of perfect items with the 52WOC challengers in mind, the amazing cracked tattoo layer that inspired this post is from the delightfully dark Nomine and the talented Photos Nikolaidis made the startling and gorgeous eyes I’m wearing.

Credits:

Sweater | RezIpsa Loc – Cowl-Neck Sweater (Patina)
Tank | Jane – Intrinsic Tank (Raven)
Hair | Tiny Bird – Nantes (Light Black)
Skin | Glam Affair – Linn (Light, Primavira D Makeup)
Tattoo | Nomine – Papillon Makeup (Cracked Tattoo, Black)
Nails | RezIpsa Loc – Sparkly Nails (Onyx)
Ring | R.icielli – Antique Gold Butterfly Skull Ring
Eyes | Vision – Eyes by A:S:S – Resurrection Eyes (Lt. Teal)
Lashes (Tattoo) | Cheap Makeup – Vintage Lash 1
Lashes (Prim) | LeLutka – 2011 Lashes

Pose | aDORKable Poses – Chill Dork Pack  (Chill 9m)

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52 Weeks of Color – Iron

January 26, 2012

I usually like to focus on the clothes a bit more than this when I’m doing the WoCC, but I changed it up and focused on focus.  Yeah, that’s what I meant to say.  I was fiddling with the Depth of Field settings as well as my WL settings, intending to play more than anything else, but…  I’m using the result as my Iron.  I think it’s kind of lovely actually.  <self-deprecating comment removed>  So here it is, uncropped and unfussed with.

Oh!  And how about this gorgeous creation from SoliDea Folies??  I absolutely lovelovelove getting dolled up in these gowns and costumes.

Credits:

Gown | SoliDea Folies – Let It Snow (Black)
Hair | [e] Elikatira – Rhythm (Black 04)
Skin | Glam Affair – Jadis V2 (Snow Queen, With Love (again) From… Hunt Gift)

Pose | HelaMiyo – Looking Back 4

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52 Weeks of Color Challenge, Part Deux – Electric Indigo

January 23, 2012

Electric Indigo.  Really??  This round of colors is might kill me.  But, to stave off the dying, we’re going to have to get creative.  Despite RezIpsa Loc‘s releases that coordinate with our color weeks, I couldn’t find anything in my inventory that suited me.  And Rezzie did an amazing pic herself and I just couldn’t compete with it, so I went a completely different direction.

As I was searching the net for inspiration, I was reminded that indigo is the color of the sixth chakra, or the third eye.  I’m a little lacking in the intuition and clarity department, so I figured this might be a nice little meditative activity for me.  With a bit of  pseudo-research I found that according to Hindu tradition, the sixth chakra is also known as Ajna and the presiding deity is Ardhanarishvara, a half male, half female composite symbolizing all the duality and dichotomy in the universe.

So, this is my VERY loose interpretation of what I’ve read and how it felt to me at the time.  And if I am very wrong about anything, please let me know.

Credits:

Sari | Zaara – Menaka Sari (Red)
Hair | RezIpsa Loc – Caroline (Air)
Skin | My Ugly Dorothy – Fairy of Ord (Heavily edited)
Jewelry | U&R DOGS – Polonaise Pierced Earrings (Gold)
Jewelry | U&R DOGS – Clair de Lune Bracelet (Gold)
Lashes | LeLutka – 2011 Lashes
Nails | Finesmith – Gold and Red

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