LOTD #278 – Hope

Will My Tears Wash It All Away?

Can tears wash it all away?

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It’s been a while since I posted – this photography course I’m taking has been keeping me busy. And, I hope, improving.

My homework this week was to come up with a piece for a new gallery that is opening. This photo didn’t make the cut, but I’m still really proud of it.

It took me much longer than I anticipated to take it, but I’m finding I’m much pickier about my photos than I was before – and that’s a good thing!

Even though I was initially crushed that this photo would not work (mostly because of the work that went into it), I’m excited about trying out some of my other ideas and seeing how they come to life.

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Details:

Hair:  Argrace – Chizuru

Skin:  Glam Affair

Eyes: Izzie’s – Sad Eyes – Blue

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Catwa – Kori

Tears Appliers: Izzie’s Tears

Pose: Nantra

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Last Look – LOTD #253

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He called out to her; she looked back, a question in her eyes.  She saw his face and smiled sadly.

Turning, she slowly walked up the stairs and out of his life.

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It’s always nice when you are sorting inventory to stumble across a gem of buy you’d forgotten all about.

While searching for an elegant updo to go with the dress, I found this uber-glam style from EMOtions hiding in my inventory.

I recently picked up this gorgeously elegant dress from Tiffany Designs at the Designer Circle event.

Maitreya issued a new update to their mesh body, and that has spurred me to try more applier-based clothing.  I still don’t have all the ins and outs of wearing applier clothing figured out, but I’m getting there. 😛

I found these fantastic laced heels from Essenz, which I’ve had for some time, but hardly ever worn.  I have so many shoes – but they are so fabulous!

Amazing what I can find when I go searching. 😀

The pose is one of my own – I’m currently only selling them on Marketplace, but I’m hoping to have an in-world location shortly.

Shot on location at the lovely Ocho Tango sim.

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Details:

Hair: EMOtions – Shelby – Browns

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Earrings: Indyra – Briolette – Noir

Rings: Izzie’s – Celestial Midi Rings – Silver

Dress/Necklace: Tiffany Designs – Ruby Gown – Black (@Designer Circle)

Shoes: Essenz – Cape Town – Black

Pose: Prose Poses – Cheryl

Location: Ocho Tango

Be Still – LOTD #248

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As he fiddled with the lights, he heard her slight sigh.
She’d been holding the pose for almost an hour now.
He supposed he should start painting.

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Taking pictures and playing around in Photoshop are a couple of my favorite things to do. 🙂

I haven’t done much shopping lately (terrible, I know!) but I did manage to make it over to Uber to pick up this fantastic pearl bikini from United Colors.

I fell in love with it when I saw the ad, as did many people, judging from the number of times I’ve seen it on Flickr. 😛

I wanted to play around with in-world projectors and lighting (using some more of those skills from tutorials) and I thought this would be the perfect outfit for it.

After seeing the new Simone head from Lelutka, I picked it up as well.  I love the cheekbones on it, and the expressions are bit different from my other Lelutka head.

I really didn’t do much to this photo other than crop and add a slight blur around the edges. Not my usual style of photo at all, but I think it turned out pretty well. 😀

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Details:

Hair: Lelutka – Sheena – Red

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Eyes:  Gaeline – After Storm – Gold

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Simone

Bikini:  United Colors – Perl Bikini – Nude (@Uber)

Earring: Meva – Pearls – Cream

Rings:  Izzie’s – Celestial Midi Rings – Silver

Pose: Nantra – It’s My Party

Uncertainty – LOTD #234

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She stood awkwardly.

Biting her lip, she wondered

if he would like this.

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I saw these boots advertised on Facebook and ran right over to pick them up.

From Rebel Hope, they are just fabulous.

I love the garters and the suede material.

As I was opening all my other boxes, I came across this outfit from Suki.

I can’t remember where I picked it up (I think On9), but it’s gorgeous, and it comes with Omega appliers, so it works with my Maitreya body.

The hair is from Exile, makeup from Slack Girl and Izzie’s.

I’m enjoying the expressions Lelutka added to their heads.  It gives me a lot more flexibility when taking photos, which I love. ❤

I’ve also started using the brush I made with my signature, which I am also loving.  So much easier to use than faffing with text in Photoshop!

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Details:

Hair: Exile – The Countess

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Eyeliner: Slack Girl – Line Me

Lipstick: Izzie’s – Natural Lips Applier

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Outfit: Suki – Heaven Dress

Boots: Rebel Hope – Avila Mesh Boots – Black

Pose:  Label Motion

LOTD #188 – Lost

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Her arms raised to the sky, her feet began to move of their own accord.

The spikes of her heels tapped out a staccato beat.

She could hear the faint hum of the lightning bugs as she moved.

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Details:

Hair: Truth – Priya  (5057)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  Dulce Secrets – Terra Firma – Hydrangea

Lipstick: Izzie’s – Natural Lips

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands: Maitreya – Lara

Feet: Slink – High

Dress: Entice – Possession – Aqua  (1060)

Shoes:  Bax – Poppy Booties – Silver   (11330)

Pose: Kirin

Lights:  Alegria – Dancing Stars – Fireflies White (@WHRP)

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Things have been hectic in RL this week, getting everyone back to school and back on a regular schedule.

I’ve been wandering around SL, trying to find new stores and new locations to visit and photograph.

While wandering around looking for shoe sales, I happened upon the Entice store.

It had lots of cute items and reasonable prices, so I just had to pick up this cute dress.

I thought I had the perfect pair of shoes to match, but when I tried them on, they didn’t. 😦

So you know what that means.

More shoe shopping!!!

In the meantime, I threw on these cute boots from Bax and some fabulous hair from Truth.

The lights are an impulse purchase while I was at We ❤ Roleplay, but I’m glad I got them.

It’s nice to be able to add effects in-world, so that I’m not trying to create everything from scratch in Photoshop. 🙂

I got these from Alegria, and another set of lights from Jian, which I hope to use in another shoot later.

The adorable pose is by Kirin, from their Beach Ball set.

Happy Hump Day and here’s hoping the rest of your week goes smoothly!

LOTD #186 – Essence

LOTD 186 - Essence

Baxter growled low in his throat and she stood up quickly.

“Who’s there?” she asked.

Her sightless eyes looked right through him.

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Details:

Hair: Truth – Sakina (2704)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes: Dulce Secrets – Terra Firma – Hydrangea

Lipstick: Izzie’s – Natural Lips

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress: Entice – Peggy Sue – Aqua (3814)

Shoes:  Essenz – Costa Rica – Mint (@The Gacha Garden)  (3246)

Pose:  Exposeur

Garden Decor:

Bee Designs – Adorable Seat – Puppy

Jian – Hydrangea Bush

21Strom – Espalier Round – Summer

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I’m trying something new with this post – embedding my picture from Flickr, rather than uploading it directly to the blog.

I think I figured out how to remove the annoying script add from Flickr that plasters their logo all over the photo, but we’ll see.

So far, I can see that it does save uploading time (which was like 20 secs, maybe).

I’m not sure whether it’s really saving me any extra work beyond that.

I still have to add all the tags and groups in Flickr, and then add all my tags and categories on the blog.

However, I did upload the picture to Flickr at a much larger size than I usually use, so if you want to see the photo in all it’s large glory, just click on it, and it will magically transport you to my Flickr page. ;-P

This look was fun to put together.

I’ve been wanting to blog these amazing shoes from Essenz (currently found at The Gacha Garden) for a while now.

Today I was over at Entice (a new-to-me store) and looking at some shoes for Secret Wednesday, when I found this amazingly cute dress.

As soon as I saw it, I knew it would match my shoes perfectly.

The hair is one of the latest releases from Truth (my all-time favorite hair store) – I love the fun, flirty braid.

This adorable seat and puppy are courtesy of Bee Designs from their gacha machine at The Cosmopolitan Room.

I try not to play too many gachas – but in this case, every seat was adorable, so no matter which one I got, I’d be happy.

Bonus that it has a cute little puppy, because I love dogs. 🙂

The current round of Cosmopolitan ends on August 16, so you only have a few more days to snag one of these adorable seats for yourself.

Maybe you’ll get lucky and get an adorable puppy of your own!

LOTD #181 – Shopping Blues

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She stopped suddenly, as if remembering something, her hand flying to her lips.

“What is it?” he asked.

It took her a moment to answer.

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Details:

Hair: Argrace – Nao – Red  (1824)

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Eyes:  Dulce Secrets – Hydrangea – Terra Firma (@Designer Showcase)

Eyelashes: Izzie’s – Mesh Alpha Lashes  (@Mix)

Eyeshadow: PMD – Color My Wings (@The Makeup Room)

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet: Slink

Dress:  Coquet – August Frock – Blue (@FaMESHed)  (51176)

Earrings: Pure Poison – Lala Earrings  (8842)

Rings: Izzie’s – Celestial Midi Rings – Silver (53140)

Shoes:  Chic Chica – Carmen – Sky (@Cosmopolitan Room)  (6224)

Pose:  Infiniti

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I think I’ve reached a point where I am ‘evented’ out.

Every time I turn around, there’s another event.

How on earth dedicated fashion bloggers keep up with all of them, I have no idea.

They skip sleeping, maybe?

I used to wonder how designers/creators kept up too.

Since I’ve started going to more events, however, I’ve noticed a lot of repeats – the same item at different events.

I’ve gotten into a vicious cycle of shopping, blogging, shopping, blogging – I’ve forgotten to have fun while I’m doing it.

So I made the conscious choice to slow down.

I bought enough items over the past couple of weeks to keep me busy with photos for the next couple of months.

I’ve also made the conscious decision to curb my impulse spending.

I limit the events I go to, I set a budget for the event, and I only buy items I really love.

I’ve come to rely heavily on Seraphim and their ‘galleries’ of items at events.

I don’t have to fight lag to look at the items, and sometimes, there just isn’t anything I have to have at the event.

So I don’t even go, thus saving time, L$, and my sanity. 😀

For instance, I went to FaMESHed and bought only two items – one of which is this gorgeous dress from Coquet.

I love the color, the off-shoulder cut, the lace at the hem – so many lovely details.

When I saw these amazing shoes from Chic Chica at the Cosmopolitan Room, I knew they would be perfect for this dress.

You can see all the jaw-dropping detail in the inset photo.

I love how they are sexy and delicate and feminine – a trifecta for heels. 😛

I wanted to add a little ‘something’ to my look, and the eyeshadow from PMD at the Makeup Room was the perfect touch.

There are 6 different colors, in both system tattoos and appliers for your Lelutka head.

I don’t usually shop at Argrace, but I’ve found myself wearing their hair for the last several days.

First I fell in love with their ‘wet hair’ look, and when I saw this adorable pixie cut on another blog, I ran right over there and picked it up.

I love the waviness and the cute little hair clip in the front.

Now, excuse me while I go dig around in the pile of chaos I call my inventory and see what other gems I’ve picked up to show off!

LOTD #180 – Pool Party

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He laughed and shook his head as he looked at her.

“What?” she demanded.

Still laughing, he pointed at her shoes.

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Details:

Hair: Argrace – Hikari – Copper  (63984)

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Eyes:  Dulce Secrets – Hydrangea – Terra Firma (@Designer Showcase)

Eyelashes: Izzie’s – Mesh Alpha Lashes  (@Mix)

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet: Slink

Bikini:  Luxuria – Lucia – Dark Pink

Necklace:  Yummy – Repurposed Charms Necklace – Eclectic (@No21)    (4456)

Shoes:  Essenz – San Jose (Group Gift)  (2728)

Poses: oOo Studio & Chisa Creations

Decor:

Pool: Winx & Flair – Poolside

Towel prop: oOo Studio – Sunning

LOTD 180

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I’m still in the process of organizing my mess of an inventory.

I’ve done so much shopping in the last few weeks it’s crazy.

I have stuff I forgot I had!

I went to the last round of My Attic @ The Deck and picked up some really neat items at some crazy prices.

Like this pool from Winx & Flair.

At only 95L, it was a complete steal.

Who doesn’t want/need a pool?

It comes with several different colored towels and cushions you can rez, along with a cute splash effect.

It was the perfect backdrop for this amazing bikini from Luxuria (also at My Attic).

I’m wearing the system version here, but it also comes with appliers for your mesh bod.

The necklace is another great find from Yummy at No21.

I love charm necklaces and this one is just adorable. 😀

Although it’s a poolside pic, I couldn’t resist adding these shoes from Essenz.

To celebrate a FB milestone, the San Jose heels were given as a group gift.

My eyes are from Dulce Secrets from this round of Designer Showcase.

I love the color and the reflections in them.

The item that really inspired this look was this amazing hair from Argrace.

I saw someone wearing it on a post on ASN and I just fell in love with it.

I love the wet, fresh from the water look.

I knew I had the perfect prop from oOo Studios – a towel with poses built in.

If you’ve never been to oOo Studios, you should go immediately – she does some really amazing poses.

The towel is also texture change, so it is a very versatile piece.

With my summer winding to a close, I thought I’d take the chance to spend some time by my virtual pool.

Now all I need is a good book and a frozen drink!

LOTD #179 – Books!

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She danced gleefully among the pages.

“How can you not like books?” she wondered.

All those worlds, right at your fingertips.

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Details:

Hair: Truth – Froukje – Copper  (20508)

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Eyes:  IKON – Utopia Eyes – Pale Cerulean

Eyelashes: Izzie’s – Mesh Alpha Lashes  (@Mix)

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet: Slink

Dress:  Sage – Candace Dress – Peach (@Designer Showcase)  (1602)

Necklace:  Maxi Gossamer – Summertime Easy Living   (57057)

Earrings: Rebel Hope – Laguna Dangle Flower Earrings  (13752)

Bracelets: Plastik – Aerin Cuff – White Chrome  (1214)

Shoes:  G&D – Sabot – Calamity   (4988)

Pose: Exposeur

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For the last several months, I have been participating in a theme challenge at Scribbler’s Cove.

I make some weeks, I miss some.

I like challenges like this because they generally force me to learn or try something new.

Next week’s theme is ‘Books.’

I’m a read-a-holic in RL, and I have a huge collection of books.

(Not as huge as I’d like, but short of owning the Library of Congress, nothing would do.)

Apparently I also collect books in SL.

I looked through my inventory for ‘books,’ with an idea for a shoot in my head.

Umm, there’s a LOT of them in there.

More for decor than actual reading, of course, but still – a LOT of books. 😀

Floating books, big books, little books, open books, closed books, torn books, old books, new books – you name it, I’ve probably got it.

That makes me happy. 😛

After rezzing my plethora of books, I put together this look.

My usually organized inventory has become a hot mess lately, so I’m trying to go through and pull things I’ve bought but never worn.

Mixed in with some new purchases, of course.

This adorable braided hair from Truth isn’t new, but is one of my favorite looks.

The earrings and cuffs I’ve had for quite a while, but they are definitely keepers.

The necklace is a recent purchase from Maxi Gossamer for July’s round at Mix.

There was so much stuff in that box, I’m still unpacking it!

The shoes from G&D (one of my favorite shoemakers) are from the last round of 21Shoe.  *sniffs*

I can’t believe that 21Shoe closed.

One of my favorite events, darn it.

The dress from Sage is fitted mesh.

I stopped by Designer Showcase to look at another item, and ended up buying this cute little number instead.

Yay for impulse shopping!

Treat yourself – buy a book and read it, and enjoy your Monday. 😀

LOTD #140 – Lonely Reality

LOTD 140Mom hadn’t known she’d taken this picture.

It was a few days after the divorce; Mom was going out with her girlfriends – their attempt to ‘keep her busy.’

But Kelsey knew.

She could see it in moments like this – how alone Mom felt.

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Details:

Hair:  Truth – Delphine

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands: Slink – Elegant

Feet: Slink – High

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Top: Purple Moon – Chica – Black

Skirt: Lumiere – Group Gift (@FaMESHed)

Earrings: Maxi Gossamer – Black Sun – Silver

Bracelets: Maxi Gossamer – Sparkly Pearl Cuffs – Silver

Rings:  Izzie’s – Celestial Midi Rings

Shoes: G&D – Patricia

Pose/Prop:  Exposeur – Sartorialist Showcase

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G&D is a ‘new to me’ shoe creator.

I picked up a pair of their shoes for 21 Shoe, and found these in the store.

I ❤ them!