LOTD #276 – Facing Fear

LOTD 276

She blinked, confused, as cameras flashed.

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One of my favorite quotes is by Ralph Waldo Emerson – Always do what you are afraid to do.

I’ve always wanted to be a better photographer, both in RL and SL.  I’ve taken online courses and tried to teach myself, but my photos never seem to match what I see in my head.

A month or so ago, I was scrolling through my social media and saw that the Visionaire Institute in SL was accepting applications.  I’ve thought about applying for several semesters, but never did.

All those negative thoughts ran through my head – “I’m not good enough, I’ll never learn to take photos like X” – and on and on.  Mostly it was fear talking.

Fear that I wouldn’t be able to learn. Fear that I wouldn’t be able to hold my own with the other students. Fear that I wouldn’t be creative enough. Fear of stepping out of my comfort zone. Fear of social interactions.

This time, though, I decided to face my fears, and I applied.  I thought, if I get in great, if I don’t, I can always apply again later.  I purposely tried to put it all out of my mind after I applied, so that I wouldn’t drive myself crazy.

I actually succeeded in not obsessing over the application, so I was happily surprised to get a notice that I had been accepted into the program.  🙂

And I’m so glad that I applied – after only two classes, I’ve learned a ton and have met some of the greatest people. I am looking forward to learning more and hopefully improving my skills as I go.

Thanks, Mr. Emerson. 😀

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Details:

Hair:  Elikatira – Betty

Skin:  Glam Affair – India

Eyes: IKON – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Simone

Dress: Brii Underground – Sofia Dress

Jewelry: Modern Couture – Gianna

Pose: Nantra

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LOTD #275 – I Want You

 

i-want-youHe just knew she meant him.

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This post has taken much longer to appear than I had planned.  This outfit is from a Belle Epoque gacha from the June (I think) round of Jackpot Gacha.  I fell in love with this outfit when I saw, and I had to have it.

But, of course, as with all gachas, the piece you really want/need is always the rare.  I played waaaayyy too many times and ended up with a ton of extras, but I managed to snag 2 rare corsets and 1 ultrarare (which is the one I’m wearing in the picture).

I’m still wearing my Kori Catwa head.  I haven’t taken it off since I put it on.  I really want to buy another one, but I’m waiting to for the Bento project to make it to the main viewer, then to Firestorm, before I do.

Speaking of Bento, I’m also curious to see how the new bones will affect posing animations and dance animations.  I personally see the new hand bones as being more useful in AO and posing animations, but we shall see.

I AM looking forward to having pretty mesh hands that aren’t stuck in one permanent pose – Vista Animations has shown some of their work already, and it looks cool!

In the meantime, I’m still digging through inventory and finding gems like this to take photos of.  I’ve even sworn off of shopping (gasp!) until I open everything I’ve already bought – which may take a while.  😀

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Details:

Hair:  Elikatira – Betty

Skin:  Glam Affair – Asia

Eyes: Catwa – Light Brown

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Catwa – Kori

Outfit: Belle Epoque – In The Navy (hat, corset, shoes, gloves)

Pose: Tuty’s

I’m Not Bad – LOTD #269

LOTD 269

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I saw this harness outfit by Salt and Pepper at the Vintage Fair, and I had to have it.  It comes with a HUD and you can change the metal and pearl colors.

I wanted to keep the look for this photo simple, so I added some elegant earrings I had from Glitzz and some gorgeous hair from Elikatira (also from the Vintage Fair).

If you haven’t been to the Vintage Fair yet, you’re missing out.  There are some fantastic vendors there with some absolutely amazing pieces.  There is an ARC limit (75K, I believe), so wear something simple and avoid jewelry!

I know I’ll be going back several times to pick up pieces I missed on the first go-round – I’ve got my eye on a fab vintage swim cap from Meva. 🙂

Happy Shopping!

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Details:

Hair:  Elikatira – Betty – Essentials (@ Vintage Fair)

Skin:  Glam Affair – Margo – India

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Simone

Outfit:  Salt & Pepper – Yvette Harness – Cream (w/Pasties) (@ Vintage Fair)

Earrings: Glitzz – Zania

Pose: Nantra – Social Climber (modified)

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Winter Lights – LOTD #256

LOTD 256

She paced back and forth slowly, wincing slightly as the new heels pinched her feet.

It was getting colder, and this coat wasn’t as warm as it looked.

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I think I have a shopping addiction. 🙂

I have so many items that I pick up here and there and then promptly forget all about them.

It is fun to sit down for an unboxing session and discover gems I don’t remember purchasing. 😛

Like this fabulous dress/coat from Ana Markova.  No idea what event I bought it at, but it’s gorgeous!

Shiny Shabby is currently an anniversary round, so there are tons of free gifts you can snag.

I grabbed this fabulous necklace set from Meva and this terrific hairstyle from Elikatira.

I keep an eye out for the FLF sales, and when Glamistry was on the list, I ran right over.  I love their shoes, and they were offering the fatpack for only $50L!

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Details:

Hair: Elikatira – Kiki  (@Shiny Shabby – free gift)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Eyes:  Amacci – Zenith (@Shiny Shabby – free gift)

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Rings: sYs – Ring (@Shiny Shabby – free gift)

Necklace: Meva – Long/Short Stone Necklace (@Shiny Shabby – free gift)

Coat: Ana Markova – Ingrid – Lipstick

Shoes: Glamistry – Amaryllis

Pose: Verocity – 7 Sins

Location: Furillen

LOTD #195 – Purple Love

LOTD 195

Purple was his favorite color.

Lilac, violet, mauve, eggplant, periwinkle, plum, amethyst, mulberry, or orchid.

He loved them all.

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Details:

Hair: Elikatira – Elodie  (46237)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph Eyes – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress: Mon Cheri – Aurora Dress – Mauve (@Vintage & Cool Fair)  (4416)

Necklace/Earrings: Virtual Impressions – Honour – Purple/Diamonds  (36901)

Bracelet:  S&K Fashions – Diamond  (2989)

Pose: Mine

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It’s been a busy week for me, so I’m behind on my LOTD posts.

So, of course, when I sat down to work on them, my computer goes bananas and I have to spend over an hour troubleshooting and restarting to get rid of the (still) unidentified gremlins in the system. 😛

I did manage to make it to the Vintage and Cool Fair and I picked up this gorgeous corset dress from Mon Cheri while I was there.

I love pastels, and this soft lilac was one of my favorite colors in the line.

I don’t remember where I picked up this hair from Elikatira, but I love the long straight lines of it.

I’ve been wearing my IKON eyes forever and when I saw these new ‘electric’ blue eyes, I had to have them.

I still haven’t taken off my Lelutka head – I’ve forgotten what I look like underneath!

You can’t see them in this photo, but I’m wearing some super-cute vintage sling-back heels from KC – I’m hoping to feature them in a blog post over on I ❤ Shoes SL (my new shoe blog – if you’re a shoe lover, follow me over there!).

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend – there are lots of fairs and sales this weekend, so make sure you get all your shopping in!

Can you believe it’s almost September??!!

LOTD #183 – Quiet Evening

LOTD 183

She focused on her breathing – in, out, in, out.

The kittens frolicked unnoticed as she tried to let go of her anger.

Why was a simple phone call so hard?

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Details:

Hair: Elikatira – Fiona

Skin: Genesis – Cappuccino

Head/Eyes/Shape/Eyelashes: Genesis – Sunny  (Group Gift)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress:  Purple Moon – Hedy Gown – Grey (Group Gift)

Earrings:  Indy&Co – Briolette Earrings – Noir

Necklace:  Pure Poison – Jennie Necklace – Black

Pose:  Eternal Dreams

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I’ve had this mesh head from Genesis sitting in my inventory for quite a while.

I can’t believe it took me this long to get it out!

I love the pale skin and the vintage look of it.

A free group gift, it comes with the head, eyes, eyelashes, ears, skin, shape, and an applier for my Mait bod.

The vintage look of the head is a terrific match for this gorgeous gown that is the current group gift at Purple Moon.

I joined Purple Moon over a year ago, and it’s one of my keeper groups.

Looking at this dress, you can see why!

I found this vintage hairstyle from Elikatira and added the necklace from Pure Poison as a finishing touch.

It’s been a long weekend and I’m behind in getting this post out.

Hope you are all enjoying your Tuesday!

LOTD #175 – Warm Sands

LOTD 175

He’d been trying to get a picture of her all day.

He snapped the pic as she turned to ask him a question.

She glared as he grinned.

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Details:

Hair: Elikatira – Kara (@Hair Fair – Free Gift)  (61525)

Skin: WoW Skins – Sara – DarkTan

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Top:  The Annex – Nickie Bikini – Blue Striped (@The Chapter 4)  (1106)

Skirt:  Coco – Sheer Panel Skirt – White (@The Chapter 4)  (11410)

Necklace:  Meva – Anchor Necklace (@My Attic)  (2700)

Bangles:  Maxi Gossamer – Athena – Silver (@Mix)  (50035)

Eyes:  IKON – Utopia Eyes – Pale Cerulean

Shoes: United Colors – Crystal Snake – Silver (@The Chapter 4)  (12196)

Pose:  Elephante Poses

Location:  Bamboo Beach

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The last few days have been blazing hot where I live.

100F and above – even in the shade!

While I love warm places, I don’t love feeling like an ant under a magnifying glass every time I step outside. -.-

I want warm, not fiery.

Warm sand, warm water, and cool breezes. 😀

So, I found a nice warm beach in SL – the beautiful Bamboo Beach.

One of my recent shopping trips included a stop at The Chapter 4 event.

(It ended on July 24, so if you like what you see, check the mainstores or MP!)

I found this cute little bikini from The Annex and paired it with this darling skirt from Coco.

I love the little sheer strip detail on the skirt.

While I was there, I couldn’t resist these adorable sandals from UC.

I love the color and detailed ankle strapping.

The hair is a free gift from Elikatira at the Hair Fair this year.

I love the color change bow – it adds a touch of fun to the hairstyle.

I recently joined the WoW Skins group and have been wandering around in their Sara skin.

The bangles are from Maxi Gossamer – yet another piece from her Look Book for Mix this month.

I love the cut-out detail of the bracelets – delicate, but substantial.

The anchor necklace from Meva is a find from this round of My Attic @ The Deck.

It was the perfect whimsical touch. 😀

LOTD #174 – Beautifully Carefree

LOTD 174

The scenery here is beautiful, he thought to himself.

She seemed so carefree and relaxed.

He’d have to break the news soon.

But not today.

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Details:

Hair: Elikatira – Fiona (@Cosmopolitan Room)  (59269)

Skin: WoW Skins – Sara – DarkTan

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Dress:  Valentina E. – Zoe Cotton Knit Dress – Raspberry & Teal  (@On9)   (614)

Eyes:  IKON – Utopia Eyes – Pale Cerulean

Shoes: Ricielli – Thayla – Fuschia (@On9)  (3144)

Pose:  Chisa Creations

Location:  Timeless Memories

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Today I was too lazy to create a scene of my own, so I took a quick little trip to the Timeless Memories sim.

It’s always so nicely decorated, and I love taking pictures there.

I stopped by the On9 events a few weeks ago and found these gems.

The amazing dress is from Valentina E.

There were several different color options, but I love the combination of the raspberry and teal.

I paired it with these to-die-for shoes from Ricielli.

I love a sexy heel, and these were just the ticket. 🙂

I tend to go for items with a vintage/retro vibe, and this hair from Elikatira was screaming my name.

This round of the Cosmopolitan Room had a lot of cute items, but the hair HAD to come home with me.

If you get a chance, check out the Timeless Memories sim – you won’t be disappointed.

LOTD #170 – Old History

LOTD 170

She stepped purposefully down the uneven stairs, her stilettos tapping against the aging stone.

He’d called her out of the blue.

She hadn’t seen him in years, long before she ended up in Rome.

What was he doing here?

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Details:

Hair: Elikatira – Chantal (@Hair Fair 2015 – Free Gift)  (63340)

Skin: WoW Skins – Stella – Darktan (Free Group Gift – July)

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Dress:  Guiliadesign – Cheyenne Retro – Beige (@Fashiontropic)  (6224)

Eyes:  IKON – Utopia Eyes – Pale Cerulean

Bracelets:  Meva – Coins Bracelet (@Fashiontropic)  (4136)

Earrings:  Meva- Coins Earring (@Fashiontropic)   (5160)

Rings:  Punci – My Rings – Set #3 (11151)

Shoes: Friday – Opal Heels – Antique (@Mix) (1656)

Bag:  Zenith – Rattan Shoulder Flower Bag – Cream (@Season’s Story)  (3432)

Pose:  !bang, Infiniti

Location: Slink West

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I am busy working on photos and trying to sort out my insanely large ‘Open These’ folder!

That’s where I stick everything I buy from events (with sub-folders, of course), so I know (mostly) what I got from where.

But there have been so many events lately that I can’t seem to keep up. 😛

I saw a notice about a ‘new-to-me’ event called Fashiontropic, and since I don’t have nearly enough tropical stuff, I stopped by.

I’m glad I did, because I picked up this charming little dress from Guilia Design – I love the retro fabric.

While I was there, I found a lovely jewelry set by Meva – you can see the earrings and bracelets in the photo, and there is a necklace in the set as well.

So pretty!

The hair is a free gift from Elikatira at Hair Fair this year.

They’re a ‘new-to-me’ hair brand, but I love the look, and there are 3 (3!) free hairs in their gift.

I’m not usually one for accessories, but I got this bag from Zenith at The Season’s Story and it just matched so perfectly.

Speaking of accessories, I have become obsessed with rings!

I love these rings from Punci (which I think I picked up at anyBody, but I’m not sure) – I added the inset photo so you can see all the yummy details.

The lovely skin I’m sporting in these photos is from WoW Skins.

I recently joined their VIP group (while the fee was discounted!) and picked up the group gift for July – this lovely Stella skin.

I’ve been wearing my old skin for so long, it was a refreshing change!

My shoes are from Friday for Mix this month.

You get three pairs in one, so it’s a complete steal.

I love the shoes at Friday – so hot and sexy!