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

 

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My Ithaca – LOTD #262

My Ithaca

She leaned on him lightly, testing his strength.

Feeling his warmth, his reassuring presence, the comforting beat of his heart, she relaxed, melting into him.

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Today’s LOTD post is brought to you by the Pose Fair 2016. 😀

I was lucky enough to get early access to the Pose Fair and one of the things I snagged was this gorgeous couples pose from Glamrus Poses.

I don’t often get a chance to pose with my lovely husband, so I like to take advantage when an opportunity presents itself. 😀

Called ‘Never Be Alone,’ I bought it as soon as I saw it.  I love how her hand rests gently on his shoulder, and how she leans into him.

There are tons of amazing poses at Pose Fair this year, so make sure you visit before it closes.  The fair is open until March 26th at midnight, so you only have a few days left!

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Details:

On Her:

Hair: D!va – Layla – Moonstone

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Pale Cerulean

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress: SAS – Serendipity – Black

Earrings:  Heart & Soul – Earrings

Pose: Glamrus Poses – Never Be Alone

On Him:

Hair: Redgrave – Chris – Black

Skin: Redgrave – Craig – Rich Tan

Eyes: Argrace – Shiny – Lime Green

Tuxedo: KK – Men’s Tuxedo

Poser – LOTD #261

LOTD 261

Her eerie blue eyes followed him as he moved around the room.

It made the hair on the back of his neck stand up.  What was she up to?

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Today’s LOTD post is brought to you by the Pose Fair 2016. 😀

I saw a blurb in one of my blogger groups about requesting early access as a blogger, and I thought, “Why not?”

I mean, I blog, I love poses (I own around 2000 of them at last count), and who doesn’t like early access?!

Honestly, I didn’t think that I would get it, but I did.  So I got to spend a couple of hours yesterday perusing all the stores without having to fight lag. 😛

I have many favorite pose stores and lots of them were at Pose Fair.  Several of the stores had out free or low cost gifts, which of course I snatched up.  You can never have too many poses. (Or I can’t, anyway!)

One of the pose sets that caught my eye was the new belly dance series from Black Tulip.  I love her work, and I couldn’t resist.  I know that I can use these as transitions in dances, so I get double-duty out of them.

Pose Fair 2016 opens today at 12pm SLT, so hop on over and check out all the amazing poses!  I know I will be making more than one visit. 😛

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Details:

Hair: T&S Glamour – Gisela – Black

Skin: Lumae – Fae – Cinnamon

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Pale Cerulean

Eyeliner: Tuty’s – Black Eyeliner – Egyptian

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Hands/Feet: Slink – Elegant 1/High

Outfit (including jewelry and headpiece): Angelwing – Coin Silks – Black

Pose: Black Tulip – Belly Dancing

In the Dark – LOTD #215

LOTD 215
She stood tall, gazing

down at him haughtily.

“What do you say, boy?”

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Details:

Hair: Magika – First Light  (3565)

Skin: Lumae – Niska Amber – Petals  (@My Attic)

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph Eyes – Electric

Eyeshadow: Slack Girl – Basic Needs Eyeshadow

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands: Maitreya – Lara

Feet: Slink – High

Top:  The Annex –  Sweater Vest – Grey   (@My Attic)   (8070)

Pants: The Annex – Chinos – Charcoal (@My Attic)  (2290)

Shoes: Bushu – Millie – Black  (@My Attic) (2318)

Pose: Ma Vie – Didi (@My Attic)

Decor:  Paper Moon – Moving Photo – Storm is Coming (@Genre)

Floorplan – Leaning Cross – White  (@Collabor88)

Second Spaces – Coven Hall Stand – Black (@Collabor88)

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Genre and My Attic @ The Deck are two of my favorite events, and I am loving all the goodies from the current rounds.

First, the decor piece from Genre – I LOVE LOVE LOVE these animated storm frames from Paper Moon!

There are three different ones, and they are all amazing.

Collabor88 had these other fab pieces from Floorplan and Second Spaces.

Floorplan has been a favorite store for a long while, and this cross is an example of why.

I also love the hall stand from Second Spaces – it’s such a versatile piece.

The outfit is all from My Attic – and fantastic pieces they are!

The top and pants are from The Annex, and they are adorable.

Choose from lots of different colors so you can mix/match to your own personal style.

The shoes from Bushu are amazing, and come in a variety of colors as well.

I’m loving this skin from Lumae so much I haven’t taken it off yet. 😀

And I’m all attitude with this pose from Ma Vie, also found at My Attic.

This round of My Attic closes soon (September 30), so don’t miss out on all the goodies!

Genre and Collabor88 will be open for a while yet, but you should definitely check them out as well.

Happy shopping!

Lost in the City – LOTD #214

LOTD 214
Her look was confused,

turning to glance all around.

Where was her wallet?

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Details:

Hair: Truth – Snow  (2696)

Skin: Lumae – Niska Amber – Petals  (@My Attic)

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph Eyes – Electric

Eyeshadow: Slack Girl – Basic Needs Eyeshadow

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands: Maitreya – Lara

Feet: Slink – High

Dress: Leri Miles Designs – Hilary Dress Fitmesh – Marsala  (@My Attic)  (5854)

Earrings/Necklace:  Meva – Pearls Set – Cream  (@My Attic)   (10446)

Shoes: Nantra – Gabrielle Heels – Marsala  (@My Attic)  (11446)

Pose/Purse: Nantra – Illegally Blonde  (@My Attic)

Location: New York City

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My Attic @ The Deck has long been a favorite event of mine – lots of terrific designers at fabulous prices.

I was lucky enough to be picked as one of their bloggers this round, and I’m happy to report that this round is as fantastic as ever.

I discovered Lumae skins at the Cart Sale a while back, and I love this Petals skin as much as I did the others.

Tons of appliers so you can wear whatever mesh bits/bobs you have and everything matches perfectly.

Leri Miles Designs is old favorite, and this fitmesh Hilary dress does not disappoint.

I love the side slit in the skirt.

Nantra made it easy to look even more fabulous, with these Gabrielle heels that match the LMD dress perfectly.

In addition to the heels, Nantra also has a pose set (Illegally Blonde) that comes with the purse you see above, as well as an adorable puppy and books.

For a finishing touch, I added the pearls set by Meva.

I needed an updo to show off the fantastic earrings, and this style by Truth was just the thing.

All of this gorgeous can be found at My Attic, but the round only lasts until September 30, so don’t miss out.

Take Time – LOTD #205

LOTD 205
Stop and breathe, won’t you?

Your time is not infinite.

Celebrate your life.

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Details:

Hair: Truth – Anouk (16512)

Skin: Lumae –  Niska6 – Cinnamon (@Wash Cart Sale)

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph Eyes – Electric

Eyeshadow:  Slack Girl – Basic Needs Eyeshadow

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress: Sage – Izzy Dress  (5760)

Shoes:  Illi – Mirime Heels (4004)

Pose: Diesel Works

Location: Timeless Memories

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Things are busier than ever here in Oz. 😀

I’ve started some new projects, some I’ve been wanting to do for a while, and some just kind of appeared.

But busy is good for me – I just have to work out my time management, and I will be good – schedulers are my friend!

I am still loving this Truth hair – I haven’t taken it off yet. 😛

Same with the skin from Lumae – but now that I’ve discovered how easy it can be to change skins, I may just have to start switching them out more often.

I wanted something soft for this picture, and this fabulous dress from Sage is perfect.

Each dress set has three options, so I chose the robin’s egg blue you see here.

And since I’m paying more attention to shoes now that I’m also writing over at I ❤ Shoes SL, I picked up these oh-so-sexy heels from ILLI.

They too come with a HUD, which means I can make them match just about any outfit – such a great deal!

I knew I wanted someplace amazing to take this pic, and I found it at Timeless Memories.

If you haven’t been, stop by and take a gander for yourself.

It’s simply beautiful!

Fierce – LOTD #204

LOTD 204
Vulnerable and

alone maybe, but fierce and

ready for a fight.

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Details:

Hair: Truth – Anouk (16512)

Skin: Lumae –  Niska6 – Cinnamon (@Wash Cart Sale)

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph Eyes – Electric

Eyeshadow:  Slack Girl – Basic Needs Eyeshadow

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Tattoo: Letis – Inermis

Jeans: Rebel Hope – Rockstar Mesh Jeans – White (@FaMESHed)  (3432)

Necklace: DRD – Anarchy Necklace  (4141)

Shoes:  N-core – Enchained (6392)

Pose: Infiniti

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This month I have made an effort to stay more focused on blogging.

I’ve been having a lot of fun playing around with Photoshop and filters and effects.

I generally try to stay pretty true to in-world looks and lighting on my LOTD posts, but it’s gotten a bit boring.

So, I decided to mix it up a bit and do some more (I hope) dramatic pics.

I am loving this new hair from Truth – it’s short and fun and flirty, a terrific combination.

When I was at FaMESHed, I picked up these amazing rockstar jeans from Rebel Hope.

I paired them with these studded heels from N-core, which I adore.

I wanted something a bit different, so I opted to go shirtless and took the opportunity to show off both this fab tattoo from Letis and this dangerous-looking (but gorgeous) necklace from DRD, which I picked up a while ago at The Fantasy Collective.

After playing around with lighting in-world, I was pretty happy with the photo, but I felt it needed a little something.

So I hopped over to Perfect Effects and added a grungy filter and ta-da!!

I’m also having quite a bit of fun coming up with the haikus that I have been writing to go along with recent posts.

Maybe I’ll gather them up into a collection. 😀