Sultry – LOTD #268

LOTD 268 Censored

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I don’t normally like censorship, but I do try to avoid any NSFW posts.  However, I’ve been having so much fun taking pics with the goodies I picked up at the Vintage Fair, that I kinda forgot. 😛

So, out comes the trusty ‘censored’ bar – I wouldn’t want any of the faint-hearted to keel over while reading my blog!

I do have an uncensored version on my Flickr stream, so if you want to mosey over there and have a gander, feel free. 😀

(If the link doesn’t work, please let me know – Flickr has changed their rules and I’m still trying to figure out what works and what doesn’t when it comes to posting pictures from there to here!)

I’ve been shopping like a fiend for the last week or so – so many new events open that I hadn’t been to yet – FaMESHed, Collabor88, We ❤ Roleplay, and (thanks to one of my fabulous blogging groups), I was lucky enough to snag an early access pass into the Vintage Fair!

I love being able to wander around before an event is open – it’s not crowded or laggy, and I can actually walk around, instead of cam-shopping.

I was especially excited to see what was at the Vintage Fair, and I wasn’t disappointed.  There are some fabulous items – accessories, hair, skin, clothes, decor – anything and everything.

The outfit you see is from Avenge at the Vintage Fair.  I’d never heard of Avenge before, but they are definitely going to be added to my go-to shopping list.  I took another picture in an outfit I picked up from there (click here to see it) and I know I will get lots of use out of both.

The fabulous hair is from EMO-tions, out now at the We ❤ Roleplay event.  I love the soft curls.  The necklace is a treasured piece from deviousMind – the LaSombre necklace.

I’ve also been playing around with some free filters and actions I got for Photoshop – so much fun!

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Details:

Hair:  EMO-tions – Jaily – Brunette (@ We ❤ Roleplay)

Skin:  Glam Affair – Margo – India

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Simone

Outfit:  Avenge – Soft Bondage (@ The Vintage Fair)

Necklace: !deviousMind – LaSombra – Onyx/Gold

Earrings: Indyra – Briolette – Noir

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Seething – LOTD #267

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Ok, so it’s been another while since I did a LOTD post.  I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and I put together a picture.  I uploaded it to Flickr, and then tried to embed it into my blog, as I have done since I got Flickr.

I usually make my LOTD photos private, that way they don’t show up on my Flickr feed until after the blog post has published.  Except now it doesn’t work that way.  -.-

Flickr has changed the rules without any notice once again.  Now in order to embed a photo I have to make it public.  Which is what I was doing, but AFTER my blog post published.  There are those of us who like to work ahead, and have our posts scheduled, rather than hitting ‘publish’ as soon as we are done.  There is something called a ‘guest pass’ that is supposed to let you have an embed code for a private photo, but I couldn’t get it to work correctly (or at least, it may work as Flickr intended, but it doesn’t work as I need it to).

So now, I have two choices – I can make my photos public in order to obtain the embed code so I can add them to my blog post, or I can find an alternative to Flickr. Well, three choices, I suppose – one other being that I could go back to just uploading my pics directly to WordPress.

I originally began adding the photos to Flickr and then embedding them in order to save space on my free WordPress account – you only get 3GB of storage with WordPress, which goes pretty quick when you are taking hi-res photos with large file sizes.

After scanning my way through the mind-numbing Flickr forum, it appears the change was triggered because the embed code they provided violated their own TOS.  (I’m still not clear on why.)

I’ll have to do a few more photos and see what option I think is the best for me.  I can upgrade my WP account to get more space – perhaps once I get closer to the limit, it might be worth it.  We shall see.

In the meantime, my photo turned out to be pretty prophetic – I was seething myself by the time I figured all of this out!!  Instead of 15-20 minutes, I spent several hours reading and searching.  Gah!

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Details:

Hair:  EMO-tions – Fenia – Blonde (previously at We ❤ Roleplay)

Skin:  Glam Affair – Margo – India

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Eye Makeup: White Widow – Belle – Red

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Outfit:  Belle Epoque – Sabah – Red  (previously at We ❤ Roleplay)

Pose: oOo Studio – boo!ty pose (modified)

Evolution – LOTD #265

Evolution - LOTD 265

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One of my favorite things is learning.  Which is fantastic, because there is always more to learn when it comes to Photoshop! 😛

I’ve been using Photoshop off and on since 2004, when I was first introduced to it.  However, I didn’t really start learning it until about a year or so ago.

Once I discovered photography in SL, I set out to try and learn as much as I could about both photography and Photoshop, hoping to improve my skills.  I don’t have as much time to devote to it as I would like, but I’m slowly working my way there. 🙂

This photo is fairly simple, but the amount of skills used is pretty long, if I think about it.  I started with a green screen photo. After removing the green screen, I found a background image I liked.  I added shadows, I used a blur filter, I used the ‘match color’ image adjustment, I changed blending modes, and I used layers to add textures and colors . Which may not sound like much, but each of those things has skills within skills.

Photoshop is very complex, but I’m enjoying the process of learning how to get the most out of it.  If I look back to my first photos, I can see a definite change in style and technique!

Next on my agenda is to finally sit down and learn how to use my Wacom tablet – that’s been on the back burner for far too long.  😛

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Details:

Hair:  .:EMO-tions:. * PETRA * – Red (with flowers add-on)

Skin:  Lumae :: Eirtae – T4 – Fawn // Cheri (Freck / Brow 5)

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress: BE Designs – Olivia – Royal Blue

Earrings/Necklace: Lazuri – Enchanted Diamond

Shoes: Maci – Fetish Leather Boots

Pose: Ma Vie – Didi

 

It’s My Party – So Let’s Disco!

My Attic 2
She threw down her purse

as she heard the music start.

Time to boogie down!

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I’ve been having a ton of fun playing around with some fabulous items from this round of My Attic.

With a theme like “It’s My Party,” I knew there would be some fun items, and I have not been disappointed. 😀

I ❤ this adorable bag from sYs – it comes in a variety of colors and is just whimsical and cute.

When I saw this outfit from Mimikri, I immediately went digging in my inventory for disco lights.

It comes in a variety of colors, but I like the look of the nude.  It’s a nice contrast to the bright colors of the disco lights.

The hair is from EMO-tions and is perfect for a night out on the town.  I love the glam updo and the pearl headband.

I’m a sucker for a great pose and this set from Ma Vie is so fun. Exactly what I needed to make my disco party even better. 😛

At My Attic, you can also some find some terrific eyes from The Stringer Mausoleum.  They were a bit hidden in the pic above, so I took a close up to show them off:

My Attic 2 CU

These are the Shyanne eyes in Moss.

You can also see the detail in the hair a bit better in this close up.

Some really fantastic items in this round of My Attic, so don’t miss it.!

It will be open until November 30.

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Details:

Hair: EMO-tions – Roberta – Reds (@My Attic)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Eyes:  TSM – Shyanne – Moss  (@My Attic)

Necklace: Crystal Line – Floret Pearl Necklace

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Top/Leggings: Mimikri – Niki – Nude  (@My Attic)

Shoes: Friday – Samantha Booties – Copper

Bag: sYs – KALL bag – Brown  (@My Attic)

Pose: Pic 1: Ma Vie – Party Girl 04;  Pic 2: Ma Vie – Party Girl 02 (@My Attic)

Seasons – LOTD #230

LOTD 230
She took a moment

to relax; season changes

were so exhausting.

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Details:

Hair: Truth – Louisa (group gift)

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Eyes:  IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet: Slink Elegant/High

Corset/Headpiece:  EMO-tions – Sylvana (@WLRP)

Decor:

Bed/Pose: Consignment – The Nested Daybed

Tree: Laudanum Lollipops – Embrace Tree

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I’ve been so busy with other things lately that I haven’t had much time to take photos.

Which is a shame, because I have a TON of fantastic items I’ve picked up over the last several weeks.

I’m going to try and get several pics done over the next few days so that I can share the cool finds with you before some of the events close!

This picture was inspired by the corset, which I had totally forgotten I bought. :-/

I’ve been doing so much shopping lately, I’m overwhelmed with boxes again.  But when I opened this one and put it on, the rest of the picture fell together.

The corset and headpiece are just lovely, and made me think of nymphs, fairies, dryads, and Mother Nature.

I knew immediately I wanted to use the Nested Daybed from Consignment, which I was lucky enough to snag at a recent FLF sale. 😀

The hair is the latest group gift from Truth, called Louisa.  It’s the variety pack, which I love, because then I can change my hair color depending on my mood. There’s also a color change HUD for the pony tail holder (which you can’t see in this pic).

The tree in the background is something I bought ages ago and recently re-discovered during an inventory search. 😛

If you want to pick up the corset for yourself, WLRP is open until November 30.

My Attic @ The Deck Opens Today!

LOTD 214

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Details:

Hair: EMO-tions – Stephanie 2 (@My Attic)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph Eyes – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Shirt/Vest: The Annex – Sweater Vest – Blue  (@My Attic)

Skirt:  Whippet & Buck – Briet Tweed Skirt – Neutrals (@My Attic)

Bracelet:  Cae – Equestrian – Bracelet  (@My Attic)

Shoes:  Elysium – Greta Loafers – Aqua Marine  (@My Attic)

Pose: Verocity – Uma

Decor:

Uncertain Smile – Vintage Dinner Table, Vintage Console Table  (@My Attic)

Other items: Wimey, floorplan, Frogstar, Park Place, Lok’s, what next, and Dust Bunny

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This isn’t what my attic looks like, though I would spend a lot of time there if it did!

No, I’m talking about the My Attic @ The Deck event, which opens today.

My Attic has long been one of my favorite events, because they have fabulous designers and it’s easy on my pocketbook. 😛

Everything is priced $95L or less, and there are some really fantastic items in this round.

The theme this round is ‘Town and Country’ and I’m covered head to toe in gorgeous designs.

The hair is from EMO-tions – quickly becoming one of my favorite hair designers.

I love the casual, mussed look of it – and the tie is color change, so you can match it to any outfit.

The oxford/sweater vest combo is from The Annex – part of their complete outfit which comes with the top and pants.

When I opened the box from Whippet & Buck (a new-to-me designer), I fell in love with this adorable tweed skirt from the neutrals pack.

The bracelet is part of a set from Cae, which comes with earrings, a necklace, and bracelets.

I’m not usually a flats kinda girl (I love my heels), but these Greta loafers from Elysium are just too cute!

There are lots of color choices – the aqua marine are shown.

And in case you thought it was just clothing at My Attic, fear not. 😛

The large table and the console table from Uncertain Smile can be found there – as well as a chair, a shelf, and a side table.

My Attic runs from September 21 until September 30, so don’t miss your chance to pick up some fabulous items at amazing prices!

Discover Beauty – LOTD #206

LOTD 206
Amid the flowers,

discover the beauty of

your glorious life.

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Details:

Hair: Magika – First Light  (3565)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph Eyes – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress: Aushka & Co – Ane Casual Loose Mini-Dress (1066)

Shoes:  Essenz – Sacramento – Light Blue (@Mix)  (2722)

Necklace:  EMO-tions – Abigail Long Necklace (2120)

Rings: Black Bantam – Ring Stacks Set – Gold (1596)

Bracelet:  Maxi Gossamer – Athena Bangles – Gold (19969)

Pose: Exposeur

Location: Endless Summer

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I’ve gotten lazy for the last few LOTD pics.

Instead of building a backdrop for the photo myself, I’ve been running around looking at all the pretty stuff other people have built and using their hard work!

I saw another blogger post something about Endless Summer, so I went over to check it out myself.

It’s the Dead Dollz store, but the landscaping around the store is really amazing, as you can see.

I picked up this gorgeous hair – a new release from Magika.

I’m always on the lookout for deals, and I saw a notice that Aushka & Co was having a sale, so I scampered over and picked up this cute little mini-dress.

Which just happened to perfectly match my fabulous new heels from Essenz, out for this round of Mix.

Add in a few accessories – necklace, bracelet, rings, and I’m all set!

I wanted to add a little something to this photo, so I opened up my Perfect Effects and found the perfect filter.

I love how the cross-processing gives it a vintage-y feel and makes the flowers pop.

It’s so much fun to play around with all the filters and effects – I love it!

LOTD #182 – Acceptance

LOTD 182

It was so quiet and peaceful here.

The flowers, the garden, the babbling brook – a gorgeous place to soothe her soul.

She breathed in deeply and felt the knot in her shoulders loosen.

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Details:

Hair: Kokolores – Ash  (1977)

Skin: Genesis – Toffee

Head/Eyes/Shape/Eyelashes: Genesis – Maya  (group gift)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress:  ISON – Lace Slip Dress (@Mix)  (10980)

Bracelets: Decoy – Nerissa Cuff – Sky  (792)

Necklace:  EMO-tions – Abigail (@The Attic)  (15616)

Shoes:  Pure Poison – Revamped Amelia Pumps   (7002)

Pose:  Verocity

Location: Moonlight Teahouse

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It’s a time of change in my household at the moment.

School starts in a few weeks, so there’s a lot of preparation to be done.

I’ve been sporadically working on a few new ventures of my own.

I’m trying to learn to take things as they come rather than trying to plan ahead for everything.

I am a creature of habit and I love routine.

So change is hard.

And also good. 😀

For this LOTD, I’ve changed up my look quite a bit.

This mesh head from Genesis, while not my usual style, is amazing.

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

It took me a while to get used to the new shape, but the look has grown on me.

A very generous gift indeed.

This long hair style from Kokolores fit beautifully with my new look (it was a gift at Hair Fair this year).

I’ve been waiting for the right outfit to show off this gorgeous necklace from EMO-tions and when I put on this lace slip dress from ISON I knew this was it.

The necklace was a find from the last round of My Attic and the ISON dress is currently available for this round of Mix.

The dress comes with a color change HUD and 3 color options.

I love this soft peach.

The dress also comes with a Maitreya version with the auto-alpha, so you just wear it and voilá – the alphas are set perfectly. 🙂

I went looking through my shoe collection to see what I could find and came up with these fantastic Amelia pumps from Pure Poison.

The detailing is meticulous and I love the suede look of the shoes.

The final touch was the cuffs from Decoy.

I used the Destination Guide to find this beautiful garden at the Moonlight Teahouse.

So pretty!

LOTD #132 – Caught

LOTD 132She gave up struggling, sighing with resignation .

She had taken a chance on coming here, but she hadn’t expected him to set a trap.

Hearing his heavy footsteps, she prepared herself for what was to come.

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Details:

Hair:  Truth – Harmony

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands: Slink – Elegant

Feet: Slink – High

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Corset/Collar: EMO-tions – Anna Luisa Corset (@ We ❤ Roleplay)

Headpiece: Soedara – Adora Bejeweled Face Chain

Rings: Izzie’s – Celestial Midi Rings – Silver

Pose: Image Essentials

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LOTD #99

LOTD 99It’s the last double-digit LOTD.

On to triple digits!

I still have a TON of old costumes and things to sort through, but at least my ‘acquired recently’ folder is now cleaned out.

That means I can start shopping again!

Details:

Hair:  Truth – Esperanza

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Mesh Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Corset/Panty: Sassy – Apple Blossom Corset – Pink

Headpiece: EMO-tions – Elbensoul Silver Pearl

Armband: Aly – Beaded Swirl Armband