Take Time – LOTD #205

LOTD 205
Stop and breathe, won’t you?

Your time is not infinite.

Celebrate your life.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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. 😀

LOTD #198 – Downtown

LOTD 198

Hip popped, eyebrow raised,

She nodded towards the sign,

Her eyes questioning.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Details:

Hair: Truth – Sassy – Reds04 Fade  (2502)

Skin: Lumae – Fae 6 – Cinnamon (@Wash Cart Sale)

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph Eyes – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress: Orquidea – Black Romper (@Wash Cart Sale)  (4730)

Earrings:  It! – Arabesque Set 7  (2994)

Shoes:  Hucci – Hyeres Sandal – Midnight  (2384)

Pose: Nantra

Decor:

7 Emporium – Dancing Girls Neon Sign

Timo’s Creations – Do Not Enter Sign

Creator Unknown – Woman at Work Sign

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Because I’m cheap a discriminating consumer, I always make it a point to stop by the bi-annual Cart Sale at The Wash, held by the wonderful folks over at Fab Free.

If you’ve never been, you should definitely go – tons of stuff on sale for as low as $10L – including this absolutely stunning skin from Lumae that I’m sporting here.

It comes with appliers for every mesh part/head/body you can imagine, and it’s all only $10L!!

I hate fussing with appliers, but this was super easy – 2 clicks to apply and I’m ready to go.

I love this skin so much, I’m going back to pick up some more – and if you’re not into mesh pieces and parts, it comes with all the system layers too!

While at the cart sale, I came across this sexy vintage romper and bought it (at only $10L, you can’t go wrong) and it is smokin’.

I paired it with these fab heels from Hucci and some vintage hair from Truth.

I’m a sign collector, so I dug through my inventory and pulled out these gems.

7 Emporium is one of my favorite creators – I love the style and feel of the items.

And who doesn’t need a ‘Dancing Girls’ neon sign, right?!

The ‘Woman at Work’ sign is so old that I can’t locate the creator, but it’s a classic. 😀

For this photo, I used my Perfect Effects program and found this vignette overlay – I love the subtle black at the edges.

I better get back to work – hope you all are enjoying your Monday!

LOTD #194 – All Attitude

LOTD 194

Her piercing blue eyes didn’t miss anything.

She stopped in front of the car and assumed a pose that was all attitude.

He couldn’t help but laugh.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Details:

Hair: Vanity – Moonriver – Reds (@Vintage & Cool Fair)  ( 5263)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Utopia Eyes – Pale Cerulean

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress: G Field – Karen Bib Dress – Sunflower (@Vintage & Cool Fair)  (1274)

Watch: Ben’s Beauty – Dokata Watch – Gold (78725)

Shoes: Essenz – Boca Raton – Tan (@Festival of Sin)  (2186)

Pose: Nantra

Location: Legends

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I’ve been a busy girl lately.

I’m working hard on new projects, but I did finally find the time to make it to a couple of events.

I’d never been to the Festival of Sin before, so I enjoyed walking around and seeing everything.

My favorite shoe store, Essenz, had a gacha for their gorgeous Boca Raton heels, so I couldn’t resist.

I’m a sucker for shoes, what can I say? 😛

I also managed to get into the Vintage and Cool fair (not an easy task, mind you).

I love vintage and retro styles, and I will be going back several more times before the fair closes, I am sure.

On my first trip, I picked up this cute little summer dress from G Field.

I love the white ruffled bib and the bow.

G Field also has a free gift out of some cute polka dot slingback heels, so make sure you don’t miss those!

Vanity hair is a new-to-me store, but when I saw this retro beehive hairdo, I knew I had to have it.

Vanity also had a $1L gift – a cute little tiara that works perfectly with the Moonriver hair, so I grabbed that too.

A quick search to find a suitable retro sim and voilá – instant sass. 😀

LOTD #193 – Wave Queen

LOTD 193

She raised a hand, her brow darkening with anger.

Suddenly light began to shine down behind her, almost blinding them.

“You dare to question me?” she asked ominously.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Details:

Hair: Truth – Ami  (2842)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Utopia Eyes – Pale Cerulean

Eyeshadow: Slack Girl – Calypso

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Outfit: Les Encantades – Witch of the Seas (@Enchantment)  (33632)

Pose: Chisa Creations

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Enchantment event is open until September 4th.

The current round is based on “The Little Mermaid.”

This outfit is the first thing I bought at the event.

I love it when everything comes in a bundle, instead of having to buy multiple pieces or play a gacha to get the whole outfit.

It appeals to the inner miser in me. 😀

Besides coming all in one package, this outfit is simply stunning.

The fin attachments move gently as you do, and the detail on the corset is spectacular.

I love the swirls of color in the scales and fins – that lovely iridescent look is one of my favorites.

The headpiece is the perfect finishing touch to the entire look.

There’s still plenty of time left to head on over and pick this little gem up for yourself.

While you’re there, don’t forget to try your hand at the Enchantment hunt.

Good luck!

LOTD #188 – Lost

LOTD 188 - Lost

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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!

Finding Joy

Joy

Whenever I’m feeling the blahs, I try to get back in sync with the universe.

I do that lots of different ways, but doing something creative is one I particularly like.

This picture is a departure for me, in that I only had two goals:  use the ballet legwarmers from Reign, and have fun. 🙂

Reign is having a picture contest using their Collabor88 item, which is the legwarmers.

I debated for a while, but finally settled on the black, because I thought I would get the most use out of them.

In fact, I have spent hours scouring SL and Marketplace looking for something just like these, so I was ecstatic to see them.

Earlier this month, while shopping the Mix event, I picked up this cute little projector from Keke.

I knew I wanted to somehow show movement in the photo (like the leaping girls in the projector image), and of course I have a ton of ballet dances.

However, after several failed attempts, I just wasn’t getting what I wanted.

Then I remembered that I could change it so my animations would be in slow-motion.

Once I did that, I was able to capture the moment I wanted – that moment mid-leap, the explosion of energy, of joy.

I added the tree branches and text in Photoshop.

I realized after taking the photo that I had failed to bump up my resolution, so the final product is grainier than I would like.

However, I’m pretty happy with the way this turned out – I even actually submitted it for the Reign contest, though I know I won’t win.

But I had fun making it, and that’s all that matters. 😀

LOTD #187 – Balancing Act

LOTD 187

She closed her eyes and tried to concentrate.

She hadn’t performed in so long, her muscles felt tight, the positions awkward.

It had been years since she’d come back here.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Details:

Hair: Truth – Priya  (5057)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Lipstick: Izzie’s – Natural Lips

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Top: Tres Blah – Secretary Blouse – Hearts (@Mix)  (52600)

Jeans: Purple Moon – Skinny Jeans – Taupe (2632)

Shoes:  Pure Poison – Amelia Pumps  (7002)

Pose:  !bang

Location:  Oyster Bay – The McFly Project

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

For an ‘oops’ picture, I think this one turned out pretty well.

Since I installed Windows 10, I seem to be crashing a bit more than usual when taking photos.

I do run at Ultra with all the bells and whistles, and I had DoF turned on.

I forgot that I crashed with all that on, and when I logged in the next morning, it took me a few minutes to figure out why everything was blurry.

Doh!

Anyhoo, I did manage to snap this pic at the cool McFly Project.

I didn’t get a chance to look around because I was a crashy McCrashyPants, but I will be heading back for a second look.

The hair is another new release from Truth (did I mention I love them?).

I picked up this cute blouse from Tres Blah for this round of Mix.

I love the hearts and the little tie – so vintage and flirty and sweet.

The pants and shoes are old items from my inventory, but matched the color palette perfectly.

This stump was screaming out for a circus-y pose, and I knew I had just the one from !bang.

I know I was initially resistant to mesh heads, but I think it’s been almost two weeks since I took this one off.

I may have forgotten what I look like underneath! 😛

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.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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 #179 – Books!

LOTD 179

She danced gleefully among the pages.

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

All those worlds, right at your fingertips.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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. 😀