Archive for April, 2011

April 30, 2011

52 Weeks of Color Challenge: Tangerine

Forgot to write down my style info but from memory, I think its bikini by Boom; Hair by Magika; Bracelets by Shiny Things.

Tangerine was another dream of a a week for me.  I knew almost immediately how I wanted to show off and edit this color and it came out almost exactly as I had planned.  I wanted a comic/graphic novel-ish finishing treatment and I think I pulled that off. 

The only thing I wasn’t sure of was where to take the picture.  That was solved after I finally found some beach property to rent and got a new home.  Everything in the picture is from Tiki Tattoo and its all gorgeous!  I’m so happy with everything I’ve gotten there so far and I have a list for future purchases to fill out all the little areas of the new place.

I can’t seem to access Luna’s blog at the moment, so I’m not sure if I’m going to love or hate the next color *keeps my fingers crossed*.

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April 29, 2011

More Formality

Skin:  Laqroki; Unknown (forgot to record it)
Hair:  Fri.day;  Allison, Happy blond
Gown:  Purple Moon;  Serafina, Pink
Jewelry:  JCNY;  Young Hollywood, Hypergems Bracelets

As we prepared to go to Elegance Ballroom on Easter evening, I decided to do a 180 from my usual slinky gowns in jewel tones and wear something pastel and poof-tastic.

This gown was a stunner and I truly enjoyed wearing it while twirling around the dance floor.  The level of detail in construction, shading and accessories is just awe-inspiring and I’ll definitely be returning to Purple Moon for future formal wear needs.

April 26, 2011

The Journey

If asked a year ago, one thing I would not have anticipated doing in SL was going sailing.  Just goes to show that ya never can tell. 

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end”  ~Ursula K. LeGuin

I had absolutely no idea that there were a number of linked Linden sims full of open water for sailing.  But a trip with Xan around the Blake Sea was quite an education on how popular this pastime has become in Second Life.  I saw yacht clubs, sailing schools, boat works, and marinas.  You can rent slips to store your watercraft, you can rez it at a private beach or at one of the public rez zones available.

The Greenhouse

One of the most stunning areas we saw along our sight-seeing trip was a beautiful botanical garden sim called The Greenhouse.  We dropped sail for a few minutes so I could capture an aerial shot, but it doesn’t even begin to do justice to the beauty of it.  Its definitely a place I want to return to and take a tour about in leisure.

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”  ~Don Williams, Jr.

Though missing the smell of the ocean, the salt spray and the breeze in your hair, all in all, sailing in SL is almost as relaxing and enjoyable as the real thing.

April 24, 2011

Hoppy Easter Every Bunneh

Hope your day is filled with fun, laughter, chocolate…and Peeps!

April 23, 2011

52 Weeks of Color Challenge: Periwinkle

Skin: Laqroki;  Phoebe2, Fair 08
Hair:  [69];  Olivia 03, Platinum blonde
Dress:  Grixdale;  Sun of a Gun, Vintage Doll, Lilac
Jewelry:  Earthstones;  Inlaid Link Bracelet, Lapis

Okay, so this week was tougher than I thought it would be when I originally saw the color chip.    I went through every last piece in my inventory that could even remotely be considered Periwinkle and found nothing.  The abandoned clothing heap continued to grow with things that were discarded as being either too blue or too purple.  I can’t believe I was defeated so easily by my own inventory.  Oh, the shame.

The shopping therapy I prescribed myself was almost immediately effective when I ran across this beautiful “girly” dress at Grixdale.  The lilac was close enough to a periwinkle that I just claimed artistic license and ran with it.  And how lucky was it that 69 just released this super-cute braided hair with a color-change scarf!  So here’s my one obligatory “woman in field in flowery dress” picture.

Next up in Luna Jubilee’s 52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Tangerine.

Edited to add:  I was going to share the playlist I used when editing this picture and completely forgot.  I wanted the picture really soft so I assembled the music that makes me feel that way, mostly a lot of slow, bluesy tunes.

Closer to You ~ Dennis Quaid (from The Big Easy soundtrack)
Gravity ~ John Mayer
Let It Be Me ~ Ray LaMontagne
Tupelo Honey ~ Wayne Toups
Come Pick Me Up ~ Ryan Adams
Simple Man ~ Shinedown cover
Wild Horses ~ Beth Hart ft. Jesper Benzer

April 21, 2011

In Formal Attire

Skin:  Laqroki;  Nellie, Fair 06
Hair:  Vive9;  Bruna, Sand Dollar
Gown:  AlaFolie; Miss Philipines Version 1
Shoes:  Indyra Originals;  Coqeutte Noir Sandals, silver
Jewelry:  Miam Miam; Amethyst Jewel Bangle & VG Republic; Thin Metal Bangles

Xan’s Tux:  Lapointe & Bastchild;  Couture Tuxedo, Pewter

Couple Pose:  Exposeur;  Stuck on You

Its always a pleasure sorting through my SL closet to get all dressed up for a night of romance, especially when I run across a gown this fabulous.  I don’t quite remember when I got this one, but I do remember thinking I should save it for a special occasion.

I was right.  The dress, the shoes, the hair, the makeup, the tux and especially the man all came together for one very magical night of music and dancing at the Elegance BallroomFor the first hour we were there, a DJ played some of the standards you’d expect to hear.  We received a special treat though when one of their singers, Krisie Snowdrop, showed up (with entourage) to entertain us for the next hour.  She had a very lovely voice and an eclectic choice of melodies that provided a very different, but pleasurable ballroom experience.

April 19, 2011

An Excess of Exxess

Its always so enjoyable after a long break from SL to come back in and gorge yourself buying all the new things your favorite creators have released in your absence.  I’m not really a “goth girl” but I do love the outfits and you really can’t go wrong with Exxess.  (Style notes at the end)

Just don’t follow me home
You’re just too perfect for my hands to hold
If you choose to stay, you’ll throw it all away
And I just want to take your innocence
~Halestorm “Innocence”

Each Exxess outfit comes complete with everything shown, except the skin and hair.  So for one very reasonable price, you get the clothing, all the accessories and even shoes/boots to match.

Now I will tell you what I’ve done for you –
50 thousand tears I’ve cried.
Screaming, deceiving and bleeding for you –
And you still won’t hear me.
~Evanescence “Going Under”

Each style usually comes in two or three colors to choose from and if you don’t have hair to match, there’s even a hair salon with pieces that complement the design aesthetic of the clothing.

Give me the ring on your finger
Let me see the lines on your hand
I can see me a tall dark stranger
Giving you what you hadn’t planned
I drank the potion she offered me
I found myself on the floor
Then I looked into those big green eyes
And I wondered what I’d come there for
~Cradle of Filth “Devil Woman” cover


All Pictures:
Skin:  Glam Affair;  Mary, Grey
Hair:  Truth;  Tatiana, Ivory
Eyes:  Creature Eyes;  Black Ghost

Picture 1-
Exxess;  Savannah, black

Picture 2-
Exxess;  Tramp, black

Picture 3-
Exxess; Laudanum, black

April 17, 2011

So You Want My Digits?

Strawberry Singh has started a blogger challenge to share information about our avatar’s body shape which sounded like a lot of fun.  Little did I realize it would bring me such an epiphany…I’m heading towards being a meatball (another JerseyShore-ism), at least in shape with a freakishly long torso, short legs and full-on T&A.

See, for my first three years of SL, I was one of those freakishly, slider-maxed amazons.  When I came back after a break, I decided to alter my shape into something more realistic and dropped my height about 40 points.  I wanted curves and to be blessed in the T&A dept.  I’ve been happy with my shape for the past year and though I may change up the face every once in a while, the body has pretty much stayed the same.

The biggest problem I seem to have when playing with myself (my sliders, pervs) is getting the shoulders right.  They either end up looking like a linebacker or a ski slope.  I know a lot of that is also dependent upon the pose I’m in, but it still drives me nuts.

After seeing all the lovely shapes of other participants, I seriously thought about adding some more belly, but tho I love Snooki and Deena’s antics, I sure don’t wanna look like them.

April 16, 2011

52 Weeks of Color Challenge: Eggplant

subtitled:  The Uninspired Eggplant

Skin:  Curio;  Lustre, Petal, Patina 2
Hair:  Anaphora;  Nikole_Bole (from The Fashion Garrett)
Dress:  League;  Hitch Dress, Purple
Feet:  Slink; Jolie Pied v2.0 Barefeet
Jewelry:  Miel:  Ahi Necklace

My sis, Bubbles, says I’m an overachiever because I usually have my color challenge picture done by noon the day its announced.  Not this time.

I’m not sure what it was about the egg(plant) and I this week because I normally love purple.  So here I ended up, sprawled on a porch swing in pretty much nothing but a dress feeling unimaginative and uninspired.  No fancy editing, just a few tweaks so I didn’t look like a jigsaw puzzle.  *Sighs*

Edited:  Since I’ve had a couple comments about it, the swing is the Patio Swing from Cool Beans.

April 14, 2011

Born to Be…Mild? Not Likely!

Skin:  Laqroki;  Phoebe2, Glow skin, Fair 02
Hair:  Truth;  Whitney, streaked sand
Shirt:  League;  Garage Shirt (Skull), Charcoal
Jeans:  League;  Garage Jeans, Cool Blue
Boots:  Drawmachine; Ladies Biker Boots Classic
Glove & Jewelry:  Twisted & Spoiled:  Glove & Buckle from Renegade in Black
Rockcandy;  Wristband, checkered red
Tattoo:  Para Designs;  Henna Beauty Tattoo, light

Bike:  HDCC;  2007 Boss, Mystica

 

I’ve had the yearning lately to dust off the vintage bike, roll out to a riding sim and feel the wind in my hair (and the bugs in my teeth) again.  No helmet laws in SL to worry about.  But I’m not sure the old girl is up to it anymore.  The BIKE, not ME!  I’m not ready for a Hoveround Scooter yet.

 

While she’s at the garage getting a check-up, I may start scouting around looking for a place with open roads and plenty of freedom.  Of course these places usually have bike shops and who knows, I may end up with a new one (or two).  But I have the clothes for it already, especially these super-cute jeans from League.  I drooled over these for several visits to the store, but always talked myself out of buying.  Don’t have to ask if my butt looks big in these, they’re just right and the prim bandana is color-change!!!  I’m definitely going back to buy more colors.

 

~~Oh, yeah, that’s right. That’s what’s it’s all about, all right. But talkin’ about it and bein’ it, that’s two different things. I mean, it’s real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don’t ever tell anybody that they’re not free, ’cause then they’re gonna get real busy killin’ and maimin’ to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they’re gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ’em. ~~from Easy Rider