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52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Champagne

January 8, 2012

Luna Jubilee’s 52 Weeks of Color Challenge is back!  Time for Part Deux!

And in true Chloe fashion, I’m already late.  It is week one and I am already late.  *sigh*  Oh well, better late than never.  Anyway…

So.  I’m working on getting my blog mojo back.  I’m making sure I keep up with the color weeks.  And I’m going to stop being so hard on myself.  Sometimes a pic is just a pic.  And I’m challenging myself.  I need to take more portraits.  I always take full body shots and I am so jealous of some other folks and their ability to take gorgeous portraits.  So that’s what I’m working on and how I came up with the framing for today’s shot.

I’ve been wanting to blog this dress in all its meshy goodness for a while now, but haven’t gotten around to it.  So here it is.  And I went with laziness and decided that its “champagne” label was good enough for this color week.  Now, I’d never say that it was champagne, but who am I to argue with Maitreya??  lol

The really great thing about taking pics at this distance?  Eyes!  I lovelovelove eyes in SL and while I always credit them, you can’t often see them easily.  When I look at this pic the first thing I see are these great aqua eyes from Agnes Finney‘s Twinkle Eye collection.  There’s a ton of variation in each color pack and they’re all lovely.

(Oh, and my GIMP skillz are getting better, too, no?  I’m a lot better with my touch-ups now.  At least I think I am.  lol)

Credits:

Dress | Maitreya – Nolita Dress (Champagne)
Hair | [e] Elikatira – Me (Black 04)
Skin | Lara Hurley – Katya (Milky)
Eyes | Agnes Finney – Twinkle Eye Collection (Beaute Eyes Silky Soft)

Pose | Exposeur – Pretty Princess 5

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F*ing Perfect

December 6, 2011

Before I ramble, I’ll just say:  How cute is this little Meli set from *elymode*??  Adorable, as always.  With several piece and layer options, as always.  With amazing details and shading, as always.  With a ridiculous number of color options, as always.  Take a look at this outfit and all of her other designs on the marketplace or inworld.

Now, the ramble.  As I’ve mentioned in my last couple posts, I’m trying to get some pics and posts out there.  I fell out of my rhythm for a little while and I’m not quite sure how to get it back.  One of the ways I’m trying to do that?  I’m going easy on myself.  Or trying.  I judge myself far too harshly, overthink my pics, obsess over tiny details, etc.  I’m not a fantastic SL photographer and that’s fine, but it’s something that I enjoy doing and should allow myself to do without stressing over it.  Gone are the days of extremely long shoots with dozens of pics that all end up on the cutting room floor (for right now, anyway).  Gone are the days of hours spent in GIMP trying to recreate effects that I see from people with years of Photoshop and design experience.  I need to focus on being me and working to MY highest potential, not someone else’s.  Even thinking about it and mentioning it here to you makes me feel… caught with my pants down (or off, in Chloe’s case up there^).  Now, I’ll confess, this simple pic up there did take me two shoots before I got something I was happy with and it’s killing me to post it because it looks like Chloe’s neck is broken, lol, but I did it.  Anyway…  As the ramble gets out of hand, I’ll remind myself (and you, I know I’m not the only one that does this) that I AM f*ing perfect.  In my own way, in this very moment.  And if something goes “wrong,” that imperfection is part of being perfect too.

Credits:

Lingerie | *elymode* – Meli Set (Blue and Pink for the Theme Park)
Hair | Tiny Bird – Sodom South Georgia (Natural Red)
Feet |  SLink – Jolie Pied Barefeet (Medium)
Skin | Grixdale
Eyes | Plastik – Vae Collection (Sel)

Pose | HelaMiyo – Looking Back 4

I don’t even really love this song, but Pink hit it on the head, so…

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An Autumn Island

November 15, 2011

This is exactly what I needed.  A nice little relaxing island to myself, all decked out in its autumn glory.  Autumn is my favorite season and the Autumn Island from Zoe’s Garden made me so happy.  It’s like a little seasonal piece of Pandora’s Singing Mountains, floating in space, stars sparkling all around…  LOL  Okay, okay, maybe that’s a bit TOO romantic, but still, it’s really cute and it has replaced my skyhome for the time being.

And I know you can’t see much of me, but I’m wearing my first mesh outfit!  I’ll post a closer pic of this dress soon, but just in case someone’s actually wondering, it’s the lovely little sheath from Ingenue available now at Collabor88.  My sweet Elikatira hair is from Collabor88 too.

Annnnnnd, a quick shout-out to Blogging SecondLife, an attempt to provide a comprehensive resource for the Second Life community.  There are some wonderful SLers out there working hard to put together this ‘one stop shop’ for us when it comes to SL blogs, so be sure to check it out and give them the credit they’re due when you see ‘em.

 

Credits:

Dress| Ingenue – Brie (Chocolate) Collabor88
Hair | Elikatira – Soft (Black 04) Collabor88
Shoes | Elikatira – Move Pumps (Java)
Skin | Grixdale – Ren (Honey tone, Sparrow makeup)
Freckles | Tiny Bird

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LOTD

August 23, 2011

Heyheyhey, lookie who’s back in less than a week with a new post!  And it’s a Look of the Day, no less.  I’ve never done one of these before!  I’m usually soooo driven by an event or challenge or sale or whatever that I never have the opportunity or desire to do a “just because” post.  I’m really going to try getting back in the swing of things here.  I’ve heard from a couple of little birdies that I’ve been missed and that stroked my ego just enough to get me going again.

So, I give you the Look of the (yester)Day!  …and today too, since I liked it so much.  lol

Credits:

Sweater | This Is a Fawn – Cropped Cardigan (Slate)
Cami | fri.day – Basic Cami (Brown)
Jeans | fri.day – Designer Jeans (Regular Wash)
Boots | Gos – Curvaceous Boots (Brown Leather and Suede, Wedge Heel)
Hair | Tiny Bird – Half Awake (Light Black)
Skin | Rockberry – Jules (Light Tone, C Makeup)
Necklace | Concrete Flowers – Varblane Necklace

Pose | Exposeur – I Love Being a Girl! 28

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Pure Juice

March 5, 2011

I don’t know how you bloggers do this all the time.  I spend far too much time styling, posing, shooting and editing to get anything out in a reasonable amount of time.  These are supposed to be preview items here, Chloe!

Anyway, I really enjoyed these dresses from Riddle.  Simple and sexy.  A bit of pink thrown in for that little juicy something.  (And I got to play with all the color options on my Gos Curvaceous boots.)  The Rockberry skin is too sweet as well, featuring Kalista’s Juicy Pink lips for the event.

 

 

Credits:
(Items from the Pure Juice Event will be highlighted in pink.)

 
Dress | Riddle – Lace Dress (Juicy Pink, Tan, Black)
Boots | Gos – Curvaceous (Color Change)
Hair | Truth – Penelope (Night)
Skin | Rockberry – Kalista JUICY (Light)
Makeup | Cheap Makeup – Vintage Lash 1

 
Poses | Exposeur – Top Model Spring 2010 (Brenda, Ren, Angelea)

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Purely Ecru

March 3, 2011

We’ve got a twofer this week!  I’m covering both the 52 Weeks of Color Challenge and the upcoming Pure Juice event, brought to you by CHIC Management and the Juicy sims.  Two birds with one stone, right??

Before the pic, I’ll tell you a little bit more about the event and the featured items.  Pure Juice is a fashion event featuring well-known creators and some hidden gems that have that Juicy flair.  All items are exclusive for the event running from March 5 – March 26.

Ecru might not seem very juicy to you, and this sweet little La Estrella dress may be the last thing I blog from the event that isn’t pink, but it was the perfect way to combine my posts (and I’m lazy, so it worked out well for me).  Now, I’m not the best at manipulating prims, and I don’t have a skinny-minnie avvie, so I had some trouble with getting the best fit, although I SO appreciated the belt and skirt being separate.  The prims are also a little darker than the rest of the dress, but it wasn’t nearly as noticeable on the grey and black versions.  Overall, I think it’s a really cute dress and I love the design of the skirt, so I’ll definitely be wearing the black one in the future.  A girl can’t have too many LBDs, right?  And it’s still winter, I needed a wool one.  Really.  I did.

Credits:
(Items from the Pure Juice Event will be highlighted in pink.)

Dress | La Estrella – Wool Dress (Beige)
Skin | Lara Hurley – Aiko (Pale)
Hair | Elikatira – Early (Black 04)
Makeup | a.e.meth – Glam Rock Lashes (Pink 1)
Necklace | Twinkleberry – Juicy Turns 3!

Pose | HelaMiyo – Looking Back 4

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30 Days of Truth – Day 1

November 17, 2010

Thirty days of supposedly thought-provoking, self -reflective blog posts. Now, as you can see by the number of posts here, my blog is wildly active and I can hardly restrain myself from posting several times a day. Yeah. Right. So in light of my propensity for procrastination and the upcoming holiday season , I am going to amend the meme to reflect the truth of ME and rename it to 30 Truths Stretched Out Over an Undetermined Amount of Time. Yes, I think that has a nice ring to it.

And on with the show.

Day 01 → Something you hate about yourself.

I imagine this might be a difficult one for happy, well adjusted people, but luckily for us, I am neither of those things! I suppose we could take the route of examining what I don’t hate about myself, but… That’s Day 2, sillies, let’s not be too anxious. I’m going to assume that the meme maker wasn’t speaking of physical “somethings” when they created this item on the list, or we could go with the usuals of extra weight here, grey hair there, an ever deeper and more prominent wrinkle right there (yes, botox is in my future, I don’t care what anyone says), etc., etc. And honestly, that would be a little… banal for my taste anyway. Ah yes, the procrastination and avoidance has gone on quite nicely for the last couple of sentences, hasn’t it? Okay, okay, let’s get down to business.

The thing that I hate the most about myself would have to be… See, now, here I am again, trying to decide what to say. And it really isn’t procrastination or avoidance, and it certainly isn’t a lack of things to hate, but… I guess it’s not such an easy question for even the most embittered souls out there. Sorry, happy people, I was unjustifiably harassing you again. There’s this thing that those happy people have that I haven’t figured out yet. They’re full of… something (no, not THAT) that I am missing and can certainly feel as a void in my life. They have passion. (And you have to have the correct image in your head when you read that word, btw, or we can’t continue. It’s the balling of the hands into fists and the slight lowering of the voice and the flexing of all the muscles in your body. Go ahead, try it, you know you want to. Okay, good? Good.) There’s a drive and an oomph and a passion that I’m lacking. I am the dark side of inertia and I hate it. No one thinks of inertia this way because everybody remembers the ball or the matchbox car demonstration. Away it rolls until gravity finally slows it or something changes its path. And that’s how I see people- happily rolling away, dealing with their daily life. But you have to remember that inertia is the resistance to a change the state of motion or rest. I am at rest. Perpetually. I don’t have the oomph. I don’t have the passion. I don’t have what’s needed to give me that first little push down the hill. Unless, of course, it’s a deadline or timeline or something of an externally imposed nature, but I’m not going to count panic or late fees as my passion. Now, maybe there is no such thing as the passion or oomph I’m talking about and I’m making excuses and just need to give myself a swift kick. And in that case, I hate my apathy. Flip sides of the same coin, I suppose. I can’t hate something I don’t have, right? Fine, I hate my apathy. It keeps me comfy and cozy and not caring and not wanting. Yes, I’m working on it. No, it’s not progressing very rapidly. But I’m trying, and maybe this little blogger challenge was just whatI needed to get that ball rolling.

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52 Weeks of Color – Blue

November 14, 2010

Blue. My shoulders sagged when I saw what Luna’s Color Challenge was this week. I have a strange confession to make. I hate the color blue. HATE it. Which is an odd thing to say because I think clear blue skies are beautiful, I think the deep blue ocean is gorgeous, I think the wild blue chicory growing by the side of the road is lovely. But when it comes to clothes, blue is the last color I would wear. Ever. So, it’s even more interesting that, despite the DEEP digging I had to do in my inventory to come up with the couple of blue pieces I did find, I really enjoyed putting together these photos.
I’ll go ahead and give you a two-for-one on the confessions while I’m at it. I know very few people read my blog, that plenty of the hits are Envi (Hi honey, thanks for reading! *mwah*) and that I have no one’s expectations to live up to but my own, but… (And that’s a big “but.”) But I have… performance anxiety? Blog anxiety? I feel this pressure to turn out something decent so I won’t be TOO embarrassed to share with all of the fabulous SL bloggers and photographers I have on my Plurk TL. Now, I don’t have the endurance or the desire to regularly update and I can’t spend any more lindens than I do without going broke as it is, so I can’t quite keep up with all the fashion hoopla, but I was able to teach myself a wee bit of photo editing. Basically, I’m addicted to GIMP now. I want to edit everything. I’m checking out other people’s Flickr pages and trying to recreate effects and emotions that I see and I’m coming up with a bit of a style of my own. I’m getting better, but I’m still not… satisfied? enthusiastic? proud? of many of my photos. And… that whole ramble boils down to two things: I have very little confidence in my skillz and I over-edit as compensation for having no real knowledge of graphical/illustrative/creative whatnot.
I fully intended to work on these some more, making the background go with the blue theme a bit more, but… I kinda love them as they are. So. Here you have it. My unedited, straight from SL, blue blog photos. Enjoy.


Credits:
Hair | *TSM* – Shroom (LE Dark Shines Blue)
Shirt | fri.day – Longsleeve Boatneck.Tee (White)
Bottoms – KHUSH – GeGe (Blue)
Arm Warmers | [Plastik] – Leo Warmer (Psyche)
Necklace | Tea Lane – Bouvier Orange Pearl Necklace
Heels | Tea Lane – Eve Bouvier Orange Heels
Pose, Photo 1 | Exposeur – High Fashion 10
Pose, Photo 2 | Exposeur – High Fashion 4

Windlight Preset | [TOR] SCIFI – Shilarto

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52 Weeks of Color – Grey

November 8, 2010

So, I’m going to try participating in Luna Jubilee’s 52 Weeks of Color Challenge. I would love to do a 365, but I really can’t be arsed to post every day, so I’m hoping that every week is more to my speed.
I’m kinda cheating this week, because I just got home from vacation and am still feeling terribly jet lagged. But I HAD to get a quick SL and GIMP fix, so I took this snap while I was fiddling with shadows (which worked onscreen, but not in the picture, btw, weird). It’s not a great representation of grey or the challenge, but I wanted to get started on the challenge before I got swamped in the return-from-vacay-crash-that-makes-you-want-to-never-leave-the-house-again feeling. So, without further ado, I present to you, GREY:

Credits:
Hair | Magika – Rebecca (B&W: Grey)
Tattoo | .:Acid & Mala Creations:. – Boho Tattoo (Colorable Grey) for Project Themeory
Shoes | Maitreya Gold – Esprit (Black)
Skin | LAQ – Aline Glow 06 (Milky)
Eyes | Poetic Eyes (Lava Dust)
Makeup | Djinn & Tonic (Sweetly)
Shape and Pose | Me

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Endless Possibilities

October 7, 2010

Anything is possible when you set your mind to it, right?  That’s what my mother tells me, at least.  That and “If you don’t succeed, try, try again” and “Stay positive” and all that other positive thinking, new age, mind over matter mumbo jumbo.  Well, I still don’t think I believe any of it, but I’ve been feeling inspired, motivated, optimistic, even.

I’ve made quite a few changes since 2010 began and all of them are shaping up to be very positive ones.  I’ve made time for family, even though they’re 500 miles away.  I’ve been doing a bit more socializing in RL (after only 5 years of living here, woo!) with people my age.  I’ve moved on from a… somewhat baneful situation and have been keeping myself healthy and happy.  I’ve found some creative outlets that allow me to express myself more eloquently.  I’ve started school (again!) to get a degree in something that I probably should have pursued from the beginning.  And through it all, I’ve been lucky enough to have someone to support me when I needed a little buttressing.

So, inspired by Envi’s faith, Rae O’ Sunshine’s plurk and GIMPKnowHow, I’ve put together a project that shows what a little hard work and a little confidence can do.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed myself while making it.

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