Where Beauty is Neverfar

After completing my course through Visionaire, I’ve been even more excited to travel around SL and find gorgeous sims to practice with.

I keep a list of places that I’d like to visit when I have time to go for a photo wander.  Neverfar was on that list, so away I went!

VR WindmillI must say, Neverfar absolutely fantastic.  I normally play around with various windlights when I take photos, but the sim windlight is spectacular.

All the earth tones were fabulous, and the landscaping and decorating were amazing.

Neverfar Artist VignetteEverywhere I looked there was another stunning view.  I would love to have an outdoor studio space like this one.

VR Living Room VintageI was blown away by the design aesthetic of the whole sim.  I’m normally not a fan of shabby chic or rustic vintage, but this sim is one I could definitely live in.  The sumptuousness of the decor and the lived-in, cozy feel made for some spectacular scenes.

Swamp HouseAs I walked around, I found surprise after surprise, including this fabulous little patio area.

Beach HouseThis little shack with its comfy chair makes you want to just kick off your shoes, sit down, and relax with your favorite book.

Boardwalk Cafe VintageIf you get thirsty, you can head a short ways down the boardwalk and grab a cold drink at this gorgeous little cafe stand.

Neverfar sim SLOne of the things I love about SL is being able to see the creative genius of its residents.  I was actually surprised how much I enjoyed Neverfar – it’s not my usual style, but it is so gorgeous.  I found myself staying much longer than I normally do, just to let the beauty sink deep into my soul.

Take a few minutes and go for a visit – it will not disappoint.

The Trace Too – Summer Trace

The Trace has long been a go-to destination for photographers and beauty lovers.  There have been some changes, so I decided to head back for another look.

What I discovered is that there are now three (3!) Traces – decorated for Summer, Fall, and Winter.  The Trace Too is the Summer Trace, and it was absolutely gorgeous.

beach buoy

This was my view upon landing – simply stunning. I love the soft pinks and purples in the horizon. The waves and water are so realistic – I just stood and listened and looked for a while.

beach house at The Trace Too

There are several beach houses dotted around the sim, all superbly staged.  They looked so comfy and cozy, it was hard to resist plopping down onto one of the swinging chairs and lazing the day away.

chair at The Trace Too

There were also little vignettes here and there, like this adorable sun chair, tucked in under a sheltering tree branch.

Fountain at The Trace Too

I love fountains, and this lovely maiden with her fishy companion was just too cute.  Something about the sound of running water is so soothing.

beach house at The Trace Too

All the beach houses were lovely, surrounded by the water and gorgeous fields of colorful flowers.

vintage car at The Trace Too

My favorite find was this vintage car.  I can just imagine driving around, top down, the wind blowing through my hair, taking in all the gorgeous sights.

The Trace Too is a must-visit!

Pin-Up – LOTD #201

LOTD 201
What did you say, dear?

I look fabulous, I know.

Don’t you wish you did?

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Details:

Hair: Vanity – So Quiet – Cerise  (7797)

Skin: Lumae –  Niska 4 – Peach (@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: La Moyet – Vivian – Old Rose (@FAD)  (9100)

Bracelet/Earrings:  Maylo Designs – Champ Jewelry Set  (86752)

Shoes:  KC Couture – Vixie Heels  (1516)

Pose/Prop: Exposeur – San Juan – Blue

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I seem to be stuck in a vintage theme lately, and I’m loving it. 🙂

There are items from several ‘new-to-me’ things in this photo.

I discovered Vanity hair at the Vintage & Cool Fair, and I LOVE the Moonriver hair they had.

So I took a quick trip over to the mainstore to check it out, and found this fabulous pixie cut.

I had never heard of the FAD event before, so when I saw the ad, and that it was a vintage/retro theme, I had to go see for myself.

Le Moyet is a ‘new-to-me’ designer, but I just love the vintage feel of this dress, with the polka dot fabric and the adorable little poodle appliqué on the skirt.

Add some jewelry and these fabulous slingbacks from KC Couture and I instantly feel like a glamorous pin-up model. 🙂

The prop is from Exposeur from the Garcha Garden event (I think).

It’s only 5 prims and comes with 4 built-in poses with mirrors.

I’m not sure why it’s named ‘blue’ when it’s purple, but it’s still a great prop. 😛

It’s finally Friday, so enjoy your weekend!

(Especially those of you in the US, who get a long holiday weekend!)

LOTD #200 – Milestone

LOTD 200
Vintage and retro

Two of my favorite things

Aren’t they one of yours?

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Details:

Hair: Argrace – Nao -Auburn

Skin: Lumae –  Niska 4 – Peach (@Wash Cart Sale)

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph Eyes – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress: Petite Mort – Rose Lyla Dress (@Wash Cart Sale)

Bracelet/Earrings:  League – Pearls and Lace Set

Shoes:  Reign – Midnight Heels – White

Pose: Elephante

Location: Tihuta

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Today has been a crazy day.

I’ve had so many interruptions and distractions while trying to get this post done, it’s not even funny.

Even though it’s been crazy, it’s been good.

I got to help out someone who needed it, I had a couple of new opportunities cross my path, and I’m still having fun. 😀

I’m a big fan of the Cart Sale by Fab Free, and I love that I’m able to find quality items for low prices.

This is another skin from Lumae – I’m in love with how easy it is to change skins.

They are so well done that I don’t even have to fuss with the neck seam in my photos!

The cute vintage dress is another find from the Cart Sale.

I love all the little details – the appliqué on the front, the lace on the sleeves, and the adorable bow at the waist.

The outfit was screaming for some vintage hair, and this cute pixie cut from Argrace was just the ticket.

Add some pearls from League, some adorable bow heels from Reign, and I’m ready for a night out on the town!

It’s hard to believe I’ve been doing these LOTD posts for 200 days now.

I’ve missed a few days here and there, but I’m proud of myself for doing it.

I’ve learned so much – both about blogging and photography.

Now, I’m off to finish my crazy day, and all the things still left on my to-do list!

LOTD #198 – Downtown

LOTD 198

Hip popped, eyebrow raised,

She nodded towards the sign,

Her eyes questioning.

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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

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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 #197 – Kept Waiting

LOTD 197

She paused a moment.

He was late; she loathed waiting.

She frowned, debating.

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Details:

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

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes:  IKON – Triumph Eyes – Electric

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Body/Hands/Feet: Maitreya – Lara

Dress: Dead Dollz – Astra – Blue (@Vintage & Cool Fair)  (2752)

Earrings:  Ear Candy – Silver Lily (16876)

Shoes:  KC Couture – Vixie Heels (2028)

Pose: Custom

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As I approach 200 LOTD posts, I find myself debating how to change them up and make them more interesting.

During a conversation with Yummy about literary devices (she started it, honest!), she mentioned that she had thought my captions for the LOTD posts were intended to be haikus.

While that was not my intention, I can see how my short captions could be interpreted that way – a ‘Katku’ as Yummy dubbed it. 😛

So, I’ve decided to write actual haikus (starting with this LOTD post) and see how it goes.

I’ve always liked haikus – I think the brevity and the rigid format appeals to the minimalist in me.

I’ll see how it goes – if nothing else, it certainly forces me to think more carefully about my word choices and imagery, which is good practice.

I’ve been on a vintage kick lately thanks to my repeated visits to the Vintage & Cool Fair, and now the FAD event has a round going with ‘vintage’ as the theme, so I shall be heading over there later.  There’s a cute poodle skirt I’ve got my eye on. 😛

I absolutely adore this hair from Vanity (another stop on my t0-visit list) and this dress from Dead Dollz is just gorgeous.

I love the bow, and the lace top is an applier for my mesh bod.

I must confess, I don’t like fussing with all the appliers. I find myself sticking to skins that are built-in to my Lelutka head and Maitreya body, and though I own a gross ton of nail appliers, I rarely use them, instead making do with the shades that are built-in to the Maitreya HUD.

I wish there was a way to insert/add new appliers into the HUD.  Sigh.  A girl can dream, right? 😀

The shoes are a MP find from KC Couture and were the perfect touch for this outfit.

LOTD #174 – Beautifully Carefree

LOTD 174

The scenery here is beautiful, he thought to himself.

She seemed so carefree and relaxed.

He’d have to break the news soon.

But not today.

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Details:

Hair: Elikatira – Fiona (@Cosmopolitan Room)  (59269)

Skin: WoW Skins – Sara – DarkTan

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Dress:  Valentina E. – Zoe Cotton Knit Dress – Raspberry & Teal  (@On9)   (614)

Eyes:  IKON – Utopia Eyes – Pale Cerulean

Shoes: Ricielli – Thayla – Fuschia (@On9)  (3144)

Pose:  Chisa Creations

Location:  Timeless Memories

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Today I was too lazy to create a scene of my own, so I took a quick little trip to the Timeless Memories sim.

It’s always so nicely decorated, and I love taking pictures there.

I stopped by the On9 events a few weeks ago and found these gems.

The amazing dress is from Valentina E.

There were several different color options, but I love the combination of the raspberry and teal.

I paired it with these to-die-for shoes from Ricielli.

I love a sexy heel, and these were just the ticket. 🙂

I tend to go for items with a vintage/retro vibe, and this hair from Elikatira was screaming my name.

This round of the Cosmopolitan Room had a lot of cute items, but the hair HAD to come home with me.

If you get a chance, check out the Timeless Memories sim – you won’t be disappointed.

LOTD #163 – Calm Your Nerves

LOTD 163

She slammed the phone down, annoyed by yet another pervert.

Honestly, what did they get out of breathing at her through the phone?

She shook her head in disgust and flounced over to her favorite chair.

LOTD 163 2

She sat on the edge of the chair, still a bit rattled.

What she really needed was a martini.

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Details:

Hair: Tukinowaguma – Shinobun  (16798)

Skin: Glam Affair – India

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands/Feet/Body: Maitreya – Lara

Head: Lelutka – Lotte

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Corset/Panties:  Pixicat – Temptation Corset – Black nr.2  (3382)

Necklace/Earrings: Luminesse – Lulani Chocolate Ruby Gold Earrings/Choker   (20062)

Shoes:  KC – Vixie Heels   (2028)

Pose: (1) Image Essentials Booty Call Prop  (2) Eternal Dreams

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I hate answering the telephone.

But I hate listening to a ringing phone even more.

I blame it on the 3 years I spent working at a busy answering service, where I was constantly surrounded by ringing phones.

(That’s also where I developed my carpal tunnel; in the days before computers, all the messages were written by hand.)

Though I own a smartphone, I would say that it actually is used as a phone less than 10% of the time.

If I get a call from an unknown/restricted/blocked number, I don’t answer.

I’ve gotten a few odd/weird phone calls (usually from a crazy ex, but that’s another story).

I have been looking for an opportunity to use this great phone prop from Image Essentials, and when I put on this corset set from Pixicat, I had it.

The phone prop has 3 poses built in, all of them crazy sexy. 🙂

The Pixicat corset is just gorgeous – I love the frilly bows and the rose accent.

The Luminesse jewelry I think I picked up at a cart sale many moons ago, but a girl can never have too much jewelry.

Or shoes!

These adorable slingbacks from KC were on sale on Marketplace a few weeks ago, and I just had to have them. 🙂

I love KC shoes, because there are always so many options via their HUDs.

And again, I must say that I love using my mesh head and body for photos – such a timesaver!

The rest of the decor are various items I’ve had for quite a while, so I’m not listing them here.

If you’re curious about a particular item, just ask. 😀

Oh, and the numbers you see in parentheses are the render cost of the items, as near as I could figure them.

There are a few designers who have begun putting the render cost of items on their vendor pics, and I think it’s a great idea.

Just doing my bit to help you be an informed consumer. 😛

LOTD #73

LOTD 73I seem to be on a ‘vintage’ kick lately.

I can’t remember where I picked up this gown, but I love it.

My only complaint?

I can’t sit down in it. 😦

The skirt is very uncooperative when sitting and tends to look like I’m wearing a ‘cone of shame.’

Details:

Hair:  Truth – Ainsley

Skin: Laqroki – Martina – Mocha

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands: SLink – Elegant

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Eyelashes: Redgrave – Classy

Dress (including necklace and headband): Grumble – B&W Vintage Corset Gown

Pose:  Diesel Works

LOTD #72

LOTD 72This gown is one of my absolute favorite vintage gowns.

I picked it up at Genre ages ago, but the classic lines make it timeless.

Details:

Hair:  Diva! – Layla – Moonstone

Skin: Laqroki – Martina – Mocha

Shape: Laqroki – Glow (modded)

Hands: SLink – Elegant

Eyes: IKON – Utopia – Pale Cerulean

Eyelashes: Redgrave – Classy

Dress: The Annex – Satin Evening Gown

Earrings: Luminesse – Taji Heirloom Slate Earrings

Necklace: Luminesse – Taji Heirloom Slate Necklace

Pose:  Diesel Works