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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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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Infatuation – LOTD #271

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I’ve been so busy working on dance projects that I haven’t had much time to take any photos.  So this week, while I have a bit of a break, it’s photo time!

When I take photos, I try to use new items I’ve acquired, and then I can sort them in inventory. I’ve gotten so behind and acquired so many things (thank you, free SL13B gifts!), my inventory was getting out of control.

I spent much of yesterday sorting and boxing and deleting – so cathartic!  Some of the things I had yet to unpack were Birdy’s items from The Arcade. A good friend gifted me the bikini (which is amazing and fits my Lara body perfectly), and I had the arm/leg chains and the headpiece from my own plays.  Add in some gorgeous hair from Truth, and Bam!

I haven’t worn my mesh heads in so long I’d forgotten how much I love them, especially for photos.  I have more time to play around with layers and modes in Photoshop if I don’t have to spend hours smoothing out spiky bits!

I can’t wait to finish opening boxes and find out what other treasures are waiting inside. 😛

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Details:

Hair:  Truth – Damaris – Gingers

Skin:  Glam Affair – Jamaica

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Simone

Bikini: Birdy – Boho – Bikini – White  (@ The Arcade)

Arm/Leg Chains: Birdy – Boho – Arm Chains – Silver; Leg Chains – Silver  (@ The Arcade)

Headpiece: Birdy – Boho – Headdress – Red (@ The Arcade)

Pose: Nantra

I’m Not Bad – 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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Decisions, Decisions – LOTD #257

LOTD 257

She always had such a hard time making up her mind. “What should we have for breakfast, Bruiser? Hmmm?”

The puppy whined in response and she nodded her head.  “Bagels it is!”

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This LOTD is brought to you courtesy of the generous designers of Shiny Shabby (mostly). 😀

I went to Shiny Shabby to try my hand at the Glam Affair applier gacha.  I know, I know, I am supposed to be on a gacha moratorium.  But the applier was so gorgeous!

It’s an anniversary round for Shiny Shabby, so most of the designers have put out free gifts.

They include this cute hairstyle from DeLa, a new-to-me hair store, but one that I will be visiting soon. 😛

This fantastic rose skirt is from Agapee and when I opened the box from Friday, I was in love.  I don’t usually wear socks or flats, but these were just too gosh-darn adorable! Plus, they matched the skirt perfectly.

A quick search in my inventory and I found this cute top from Purple Moon, one of the gifts in their recent Cherries on Top hunt.

A much more casual look than I usually sport, but I’m diggin’ it. 😀

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Details:

Hair: DeLa – Lila (@Shiny Shabby – free gift)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Top: Purple Moon – Love Top – Cream

Skirt: Agapee – Bess Skirt – Rose (@Shiny Shabby – free gift)

Shoes/Socks: Friday – Sarah Janes – Rose (@Shiny Shabby – free gift)

Pose/Pup: Nantra

Location: Warm Springs

 

Joy – LOTD #252

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The sunlight was absolutely glorious, and she paused, letting the warmth of the sun kiss her skin.

She giggled girlishly and spun in a quick circle; her spirits lifted.

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This LOTD is brought to you by my love of this outfit.

When I saw the ad from Caverna Obscura, I was instantly in love with it.  It was a gacha, but if the outfit is cute, I don’t mind playing a gacha, since the whole copy/mod issue isn’t relevant for clothing.

And thus started my descent into the black hole of gacha.  😦

I played the machine a handful of times and got most of the pieces I wanted, the white/silver ones. I got a couple of rares in the gold, so I sold them off.

This outfit had so many pieces that I never managed to get all of them. I used the L$ from the sales of my extras to go back and keep playing.

But the rare white top eluded me.  No matter how many times I tried, I never won it.  After 3 trips to the event to play additional times, I finally gave up.

I spent enough L$ to have just purchased the outfit outright several times over. 😦

After the event was over, I was hoping the machine would appear in the store, but it didn’t.

So, to Marketplace I went, and I found exactly one person selling the piece I needed.  I bit the bullet and bought it, because at this point, after spending the GDP of a small country, I couldn’t stomach the thought of not having a complete outfit.

I do love the outfit.  It has, however, cured my gacha fever.

For a while, anyway. 😀

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Details:

Hair: Truth – Delphine

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Outfit: Caverna Obscura – Angelynn (includes Anklets, Belly Chain, Skirt, Sleeves, Top, and Veil) – Silver

Pose: Nantra – Bleed ‘Em & Weep

Location: Alurel

Going in Circles – LOTD #251

LOTD 251

She paused, sure she had misheard him.  Why did he ask her to wear a formal gown if they were going to be traipsing through a decaying concrete building?

It didn’t make any sense.

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It’s been a while since I did a LOTD post.  I’ve been so busy taking classes and learning new things, I haven’t had much time to actually sit down and try out some of my newfound skills. 😛

When I saw that Purple Moon had a new group gift out, I headed right over.  I love their designs and this gown was no exception.

It comes with a bolero, not shown here.  I wanted to showcase this gorgeous pearl necklace from Maxi Gossamer, which I picked up at this month’s FaMESHed.

The pearls have a HUD – change the pearls to white or black, change the metal to silver or gold.  It also comes with matching earrings.

The shoes are from Friday, in a perfect shade of pink.  The hair is from a Doe gacha. (I know, I know, but it’s hair!)

The makeup is from Slack Girl – the eyeshadow I’ve had for a while, but I just picked up this new pack of lipsticks from the Bombshell event.

Now that I’ve gotten my Photoshop fix, it’s back to work!

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Details:

Hair: Doe – Ondira – Pastel 2

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Eyes:  IKON – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modified)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyeshadow: Slack Girl – Basic Need Eyeshadow

Lipstick: Slack Girl – Anylove Lips (@Bombshell)

Dress:  Purple Moon – Queen Gown – Pink (Group Gift)

Earrings/Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – Constantina (@ FaMESHed)

Shoes: Friday – Cora Heels – Candy

Pose: Nantra – Social Climber

Be Still – LOTD #248

LOTD 248
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

Regency Regal – LOTD #244

LOTD 244
She looked down at him,

disdain oozing from her pores.

He was beneath her.

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I’m so behind in all my sorting that I just found a folder of goodies I picked up at Genre this month.

The theme is ‘Regency’ and there are some great pieces, especially if you like Victoriana.

I don’t usually go for purple, but when I saw some of the items, I couldn’t resist.

This amazing gown is from Goth1c0.  The Antionette gown comes in a variety of colors and sizes, including a fitted version.

I paired it with these fabulous shoes from Avatar Bizarre.  They come with a color change HUD, so you can make them match any of the other fantastic items you might grab at Genre. 😀

The headpiece (the wispy white bits) is a gift from The Stringer Mausoleum at Genre.  I thought it went well with the hair from Exile.

The jewelry set is an Advent gift from Chop Zuey and it finishes off the outfit quite nicely.

I’m still digging and sorting and opening, so more LOTD’s will be headed your way.  😛

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Details:

Hair: Exile – Full of Grace

Skin: Eye Candi – Nina – Tone 4

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet: Slink – Elegant/Mid

Dress: Goth1c0 – Antoinette Gown – Purple (@Genre)

Headpiece: The Stringer Masoleum – Sparkleworks Head Accessory (@Genre)

Shoes: Avatar Bizarre – Lady Rose Slippers (@Genre)

Jewelry: Chop Zuey – Snow Dance Demi Parure Set (earrings/necklace) (Advent gift)

Pose: Nantra – Social Climber

Naughty List – LOTD #242

LOTD 242
She gasped in horror.

It couldn’t be true, could it?

Now what would she do?

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I must admit, I’m having a ton of fun playing around in Photoshop and with the expressions on my Lelutka head.

I’ve been practicing taking photos with a green screen and then adding in various effects.  So much fun!  It’s like playing instead of working. 😛

I’m still busily sorting all the pieces and parts I’ve picked up over the last few months.  This pic has more Advent goodies – the top and the pants are both from Purple Moon’s Advent calendar.

The hair is from Truth and is currently still available (for a few more days) at this round of We ❤ Role Play.  I braved the crowds and the lag to get in just to get this hair!!

The shoes are from N-core, one of my favorite shoe stores, and are just fabulous.  Did I mention I love shoes?!

I’m hoping you’re done with all your shopping and wrapping, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the holiday season.

That’s what I’ll be doing for the next few days. 😀

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Details:

Hair: Truth – Solace (@We ❤ Role Play)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Top: Purple Moon – Joy Top – Red (Advent gift #13)

Pants:  Purple Moon – Xmas Leggings (Advent gift #23)

Shoes: N-core – Enchained

Pose: Nantra – It’s My Party