EveryBody Deserves to be Happy!

EDTBH 1
Last week Lucie Bluebird did something amazing – she launched Project EveryBody. The project encourages us all to stop judging ourselves and others for how we choose to look in this virtual world (and out if it) – I highly recommend reading her interesting and thought-provoking posts.

For her first blogger challenge from this site, Lucie encourages us to be brave, to create a look we might usually have never dared to try – something that we might admire but is too far from our perception of our virtual selves or out of our comfort zone for us to have previously embraced.

It took me a good while to figure out what to do for this challenge as I think that I’m pretty flexible about what I blog and I genuinely am attracted to many different styles – it’s usually time that constrains me rather than willingness. Then I realised: Chiana has never had boobs. I’ve seen absolutely amazing avatars that have mesh breasts but, while admiring them, I never felt that the look was ‘for me.’ Initially I wasn’t sure how to go about making Chiana more busty – which implants to try and how easy they would be to fit – and then I remembered something that is gaining a lot of attention right now – the WowMeh fitted mesh body by Baby Ghosn (in-world store here, blog here). I hadn’t bought one earlier as I wasn’t convinced it would add that much to my general look but I read that it had recently been updated to work with breast sliders so I thought it might be perfect for this post.

The body itself is headless and works with SL shape sliders so it’s really easy to adjust and get your own unique look that’s a lot more flexible to what can be achieved with the standard avatar. It comes with a lot of nice features including a set of casual hands and flat feet (I also purchased the additional tiptoe feet) but you can, with a little effort, make it work with Slink attachments too. I had some difficulty with seams that didn’t show so much in my poses but that I wouldn’t be happy walking around with BUT I haven’t spent a lot of time trying to get everything ‘just right’ and it seems to me, and judging by feedback from others, that it should be possible. In any case, WowMeh is still a work in progress and updates are free so it will be interesting to see how the body develops and it’s a lot of fun watching more skin and clothing creators get on board.

EDTBH 2&3
(I think this is also the first time I’ve had my nipples out in this blog – so we’ll see what that does for site traffic πŸ˜‰ )

As I began playing with my shape to balance out my new mighty boobs I realised I didn’t want to stop there: I decided I would also utilise this challenge to be brave about something the real-life me has a lot of trouble with – reveling in a much curvier shape. My own body has grown so much over the years, for various reasons, but my self-love has never grown with it. I’ve denied myself so many fun activities just because I think I’d look idiotic doing them, always with the promise that I’ll do them ‘when I’m thin again’ and I never, ever, look at myself as being sexy even when people in my life have insisted that I am. So, you can imagine that the idea of being the centre of attention, on stage, flaunting my shape is pretty much the stuff of my nightmares. At the same time, I adore women that are comfortable enough in their own skins to not care what others may think and who just fucking own it! – I wanted to join their ranks, if only for one glorious virtual moment!

What really surprised me over the course of preparing this post is how much I’ve come to love this shape – I think it looks adorable. Obviously, it’s still pretty idealised – nothing sags or has stretch-marks – and I wouldn’t say it’s even particularly that fat – but it’s pretty large by SL standards and I’ve certainly been this size in real life and still felt like a whale which, when I look back now, is an awful lot of wasted time hating myself when I could have been out having fun and being happy.

Being larger in SL has its own challenges – getting anything with standard sizing to fit is obviously not likely to be possible but I’m already looking forward to seeing what other outfits I can put together. While I still can’t see this becoming my default ‘look,’ I think I’ll be using it a lot more than I expected to: I’m going to be taking Curvy Chiana out and about and maybe, just maybe, as she gets braver, I will too.

Lastly, I’d like to leave you with the words of a woman who has much inspired the ‘real life’ me – the first time I heard it I cried with relief that there was someone out there brave enough to say these things, to challenge the ideas of ‘accepted beauty,’ and she started me on my own, admittedly shaky, journey to body acceptance.

Full credits follow the video and remember, whoever you are, whatever you look like in whatever world, you are beautiful.

Yes you are.

❀

Credits

Clothing
WowMeh Applier: ‘Bodysuit (Black)‘ – Hawt Spot ClothingL$25 (applier only)

Body
Hair: ‘Shimmer‘ – MagikaL$250 – Pack 1 (30 colours via HUD)
Skin (face and hands): β€˜Oceane (Ivory)β€˜ – Filthy – L$490 – discounted Fatpack
Skin (body): one of the basic tones included with the WowMeh body
Lipstick: ‘Lip Balm (Blood)‘ – AlyceL$90 – 20-colour pack
Lipshine: β€˜Diamond Lips Lip Gloss – Dark Midday Designs – L$1 – Dollarbie (Marketplace)
Eyes: β€˜Liquid Light Eyes (London Fog, w2)β€˜ – Mayfly – L$0 – Free Colour
Lashes: β€˜Tableau Lashesβ€˜ – Cheap Makeup – L$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Mesh Body: ‘WowMeh Headless Fitted Mesh Body‘ – WowMehL$899
Hands: β€˜AvEnhance Hands (Elegant)β€˜ – Slink – L$450 (wearing included basic nailpolish)
Feet: ‘TipToe Feet‘ – WowMehL$50 – Promo Price (wearing included basic nailpolish)
Shape: a heavily modified version of my usual shape

Decor
Stage: ‘Les Folies Vintage Sideshow‘ – POSTL$800 (includes much more than pictured)
Sign: ‘Big & Beautiful‘ – by Chiana Oh (not for sale)

Photo Tools
Pose (Main Pic): ‘Diamonds 1 (w/Swing)‘ – {NanTra}L$60 – 7 poses/1 prop ($60L Weekend Promo Price)*
(*hand & neck positions modified slightly with Animare)
Pose (Pic 2): ‘Diamonds 2 (mirror)‘ –Β {NanTra}L$60 – 7 poses/1 prop ($60L Weekend Promo Price)
Pose (Pic 3): ‘P.Y.T. 3‘ – ploomL$75 – 10-pose pack (Lazy Sunday Promo Price)
Facial Expressions: β€˜Expression HUD v1.0β€˜ – AnyPose – L$0 – Freebie
Facelight: β€˜Light Lab v1β€˜ – Color Lab – L$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Windlight Setting: ‘Silver‘ by StrawberrySingh.com
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey

With a Smile and a Song

With a Song and a SmileAnother round of Collabor88 started which, as always, means I’ve been emptying my virtual wallet for ALL THE CUTE STUFF!

For instance, this adorable ‘Fluffy‘ dress is by Julliette Westerburg of Tres Blah and I love it a lot; it’s pretty and girly and fluffy and it makes me feel like some kind of romantic heroine. Similarly cutesome is this ‘April‘ hair by Truth Hawks and, I have to admit, while I was already in love with its beautiful windswept look, it was the optional birdie hair clip that clinched the deal! πŸ˜€ Both of these items can be found at this month’s round of Collabor88, as can the sweet ‘Ella Heels‘ for Slink medium feet by Darling Monday that I’m also wearing.

My skin is ‘Oceane‘ by Filthy. I’m wearing the Ivory tone but there are six tones included in this discounted fatpack. Lots of makeup, freckles, cleavage options and various appliers are also included making it a fantastic deal for just under L$500. Alexandra has recently relocated the store here and it’s well worth checking out – there are 7 discounted fatpacks of older skins available in addition to her gorgeous new release.

I took this pic at Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe & Forest – it’s a place I’ve been to before but this was my first visit since I’ve returned to blogging. I was so happy to see its just as lovely as ever – so much beauty to explore there.

Full credits below and I’ll see you next time!

hugs,

❀

Credits

Clothing
Dress: ‘Fluffy Dress (Roses)‘ – Tres Blah (@Collabor88) – L$188
Shoes: ‘Ella Heels (Cream)‘ – fri.day (@Collabor88) – L$188*
*for Medium Slink AvEnhance Feet only.

Body
Hair: ‘April‘ – Truth (@Collabor88) – L$188 – Light Browns pack (also wearing included hair clip)
Skin: ‘Oceane (Ivory)‘ – FilthyL$490 – discounted Fatpack (also wearing included freckles)
Eyes: β€˜Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)β€˜ – Mayfly – L$0 – Free Colour
Lashes: β€˜Tableau Lashesβ€˜ – Cheap Makeup – L$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Hands: β€˜AvEnhance Hands (Casual)β€˜ – Slink – L$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: β€˜AvEnhance Feet Female (Mid)β€˜ – Slink – L$675
Shape: β€˜Keriβ€˜ – Panda Punx – L$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body & face slightly modified)

Photo Tools
Pose/Prop: ‘Sparrow Pose Set (Great Grey Shrike)‘ – SchadenfreudeL$300 – includes 6 birds/poses
Windlight Setting: ‘Original’ by StrawberrySingh.com
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey

Location
Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe & Forest

Shoppin’ ’til mah bag cries..

Shoppin' 'til mah bag cries

I have to confess, this pic didn’t really turn out as well as I wanted – I’m still struggling with finding a balance between quality and what my graphics card will allow so it’s a bit of a slow process for me at the moment, given my computer keeps seizing up! I’d normally have retaken this to fix the odd angle that makes me look a little squinty in one eye but I crashed so often I was losing the will to live, forgive me?

By contrast, I couldn’t be happier with my outfit! The all-in-one mesh cardi/blouse/skirt is the amazing work of woomi of Amitomo – there are four versions available but this particular colour-combination made me squeal with delight and the work is just so beautiful, I totally adore it! It is currently to be found at Forest Spring Concert Mini Event; I haven’t been able to find out how long this seriously cute event is open for but it definitely is at the time of posting and it’s well worth a visit if you haven’t already!

This sweet skin is ‘Mimi‘ byΒ Apple May Designs – I picked it up a couple of weekends back for only L$25 – it’s back to full-price now but there are, at the time of posting, versions with very pretty makeup, Vegas, set out at the bargain price and there are a variety of tones to choose from. L$25 sale items are a regular thing atΒ Apple May Designs so it’s well worth subscribing to their news and updates; I also picked up ‘Anna‘ with Fantasy makeup yesterday for that same low price.

My adorable bag was a gift atΒ DramaZone last weekend and has a HUD that lets you change the emotion of the egg – I thought tears were appropriate for mine given the amount of stuff I make it carry πŸ˜‰ The bag is not currently set out but I seem to remember reading that it will be available for sale sometime soon. I did notice that there’s a dollarbie ‘Dance with me..eggi!‘ available – you wear it as an attachment and it slow-dances with you! Lots of fun and it comes with the same HUD as the bag so you can change its expression.

My pose is by oOo Studio and I meant to mention in my last post, but totally forgot, that there are loads of free poses to be had there – in addition to the VIP Group gifts (the group costs L$100 to join) many of the single-pose vendors have a bonus free pose available next to them; these are available to everyone, not just group members.

Photos were taken atΒ Kaelyn Alecto‘s beautiful It all starts with a smile – I had gone there earlier to take some pics for the recent photo contest but I realised that the one shot I managed to take (thanks, graphics card!) was unintentionally almost exactly the same view as the contest poster.. doh! Still, it was a lot of fun doing a bit of non-blogging related photography again and I ended up playing with PicMonkey‘s ‘Posterize’ tool which I think works really well on digital pics – you can see my attempt after the credits. The contest has finished now but there are some seriously amazing photos in the Iaswas Flickr contest pool which I highly recommend checking out and drooling over – I certainly have!

That’s pretty much it for today – scroll down for full credits.

Love &stuff

❀

Snappy-shotCredits

Clothing
Outfit: ‘Spring Cardigan Onepiece #3‘ – Amitomo (@Forest Spring Concert) – L$200
Socks: ‘Cozy Socks (Argyle Slate)β€˜ – Lark – L$25 – Gacha (with Slink Applier)
Shoes: ‘Sorcha Heels (Nude)‘ – LVLEL$0 – Subscriber Group Gift, 2-colour pack*
*for Medium Slink AvEnhance Feet only.

Accessories
Bag: ‘Emotional Egg Bag‘ – DramaZoneL$0 – Past Freebie, inc. HUD for different expressions

Body
Hair: ‘Lynlee‘ – LCKY – L$0 – past VIP Group Gift [L$250 to Join]
Skin: ‘Mimi (Pale A)‘ – Apple May DesignsL$575
Lipstick: ‘Frutty Lip #1‘ – Mercury ShopL$0 – Past Hunt Prize
Eyes: β€˜Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)β€˜ – Mayfly – L$0 – Free Colour
Lashes: β€˜Tableau Lashesβ€˜ – Cheap Makeup – L$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Left Hand: β€˜AvEnhance Hands (Relaxed)β€˜ – Slink – L$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Right Hand: β€˜AvEnhance Hands (Bag)β€˜ – Slink – L$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: β€˜AvEnhance Feet Female (Mid)β€˜ – Slink – L$675
Shape: β€˜Keriβ€˜ – Panda Punx – L$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified)

Phototools
Pose: ‘Wobble‘ –Β oOo StudioL$0 – Freebie
Eye Position: β€˜Expression HUD v1.0β€˜ – AnyPose – L$0 – Freebie
Windlight Setting: β€˜Nacon’s Natural Noonβ€˜
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey

Location
It all starts with a smile

IASWAS Poster Style

Spaaace!

Spaaace
What’s your favourite thing about space?

Mine is space the futuristic fashion πŸ˜‰

Spaaace Close-up
click to enlarge

The inspiration for this post was seeing May Tolsen’s release for the current round of Kustom9 – ‘Space Friends‘ are so adorableΒ  that I knew I had to have some for my very own. These detailed original meshes are designed to be worn as attachments but I thought it would be fun to rez them for this post; I resized ‘My Home,’ (taking care to make a note of its original dimensions so I could return it back to its intended state once I was done) and I love the results!

Of course, setting up a space-themed post meant I got to shop for lots more cool stuff (not that I ever really need much of an excuse.) I stumbled across Nylon Popstar‘s leotards a little while ago and I knew they would be the perfect starting point for my outfit – there are 9 colours to choose from, each including 2 transparancy options, multiple layers and Phat Azz and Lolas appliers for only L$50 a pack. Hopefully the pictures speak for the amazing quality of the texture itself – it really is that shiny!

A search for space-y items on Marketplace returned these funky boots by Killer Cerise and I just had to have them: the style and texture is just so cute! I resized them slightly and used the alpha for my Slink feet rather than the one included as my legs are pretty small.. but that is the beauty of modifiable items, with just a little tinkering you can have them fit pretty much any shape you choose to be.

I found Olli Braveheart‘s hair store, LCKY, thanks to a fellow blogger and I’m now a big fan: the styles there are really something special and the colours in the packs are some of the loveliest I’ve seen. The one I’m wearing here is an older style which fitted perfectly under Dolce Blackflag‘s fab helmet – there are currently 15 discounted styles out in store sold in colour packs costing only L$50 each.

I’ve layered quite a lot of eye makeup for an ‘out of this world effect’ but the skin itself is a lovely dollarbie from the ever-fabulous MiaSnow (back in-world again, yay!): its lips were already a perfect match for my chosen outfit.

I hope you enjoy this look at least a little as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it!

Until next time,

❀

Credits

Clothing
Leotard: ‘Plastic Leotard (Orange)‘ – Popstar IndustriesL$50 (inc. opaque & transparent versions)
Tights: ‘Pabu Tights (Sky)‘ – UmeboshiL$50 – 5-colour pack
Boots: ‘Power Boots‘ – Rotten CherryL$250 (Marketplace)

Accessories
Helmet: ‘Helmet (Orange)‘ – GallacticL$150

Body
Hair: ‘Nazu (Flood)‘ – LCKYL$50 – 5-colour pack
Skin: ‘Ember Trend (Pale)‘ – MIA14L$1 – Dollarbie
Eyes: ‘Anime (Blue)‘ – CranberryL$0 – Past Hunt Gift
Lashes: ‘Tableau Lashes‘ – Cheap MakeupL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Makeup Layer 1: ‘Basic Inner Eyeliner (Black)‘ – made by yours truly/not for sale
Makeup Layer 2: ‘Trindolyn Powder Makeup (Orange)‘ – no.7 (@Skin Fair – Sim 1) – L$200 – 12-colour pack
Makeup Layer 3: ‘Princess Star Blush (Blue)‘ – Adore&Abhor (@Skin Fair – Sim 3) – L$0 – Freebie, 11-colour pack
Makeup Layer 4: ‘Vivacious Eye Makeup (Turquoise)‘ – GlamorizeL$7 – 7-colour pack
Hands: β€˜AvEnhance Hands (Gesture)β€˜ – Slink – L$450
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Galaxy‘ – A:S:SL$98 – 8-colour pack, toenail applier also included
Shape: β€˜Keriβ€˜ – Panda Punx – L$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified, more info here)

Decor
Texture: ‘Deep Space (Beyond)‘ [Full Perm] – Clutter for BuildersL$0 – Past VIP Group Gift [L$1000 to Join]
Planet/Spaceship: ‘Space Friends‘ – Tentacio (@Kustom9) – L$70ea – Gatcha*
(*modded and rezzed: ‘Home Alone’, ‘Seaquest Blue’ and ‘Apolo13 Green’ shown, others available)

Photo Tools
Pose (Main Pic): ‘Spread Your Wings and Fly Away (2M)‘ – HopScotchL$40
Pose (Close-up): ‘Scarlett3‘ – Diesel WorksL$0 – Freebie, 11-pose pack
Pose (Boots): ‘Nana_freebie‘ – oOo StudioL$0 – Freebie
Eye Position: β€˜Expression HUD v1.0β€˜ – AnyPose – L$0 – Freebie
Facelight: β€˜Light Lab v1β€˜ – Color Lab – L$0 – Freebie (Marketplace) (used in close-up only)
Windlight Setting: β€˜Raymond’s Brighter Day
Editing: GIMP, PicMonkey & Pixlr-o-matic

Spaaace Boots