Enchantress of Dragons

Enchantress of Dragons
La Metallique Fair opened on August 15th and I was lucky enough to cover the event for Seraphim – this always gives me an opportunity to really look in great detail at the items available at an event and I was particularly blown away by what is on offer here. Organised as a celebration of L’accessoires‘s second anniversary, the fair is packed full of fabulous jewelry, shoes, bags and other accessories on a metallic theme. I’m truly spoiled for choice as to what to blog and I do hope I have the chance to post more before the event closes, but I needed to show you some of the designs made by Alienbear Gupte because they are just breathtaking!

I love dragons – I particularly love Chinese dragons – so you can imagine the squee’ing echoing around my head when I saw these. The detail in each and every piece is incredible and photographs so beautifully – I had so much fun working on the pics that I had to tear myself away to actually blog them ( a raw shot is included further down so you can see a couple of items in their unedited glory.) A copy version of the dragon scale bracelets is a completely free gift for the duration of the event and a couple of the items are totally exclusive to the event and won’t be available later. There are more items in the fair stand than I’ve pictured, including a fantastic earring set that is a VIP group gift [L$100 to join] – I wasn’t able to get the group vendor to work for me but if you take the landmark to the member’s shop (once you’ve joined the group) you can pick it up there. Check out Alienbear’s Flickr for her vendor photos.

Alienbear’s Designs are not the only store to be offering items that will only be on sale at La Metallique Fair – so be sure to visit if you can and take a good look around – it really is a lovely event with a nice clean set up and has never been particularly laggy when I’ve stopped by. It’s open until September 8th so you still have a week and a bit.

These shoes can also be found at La Metallique Fair – I’m sorry you cannot see them in great detail but they are gorgeous and the whole 22769 stall is another must-see stall. The dress I’m wearing is by the always-yumtastic BOOM and I cannot believe how well it matches the jewelry.. I love it when that happens!

I also want to say a big thank you to the girls over at the wonderful FabFree blog for making me aware of this lovely dollarbie skin by INSITU! Follow this link to read Love Trill’s post and see her beautiful shots of all the included skin tones.

Finally, a word on a personal frustration – I know I can’t be the only blogger this happens to (please tell me I’m not!) but it seems like I’m always getting a shot I’m happy with, changing all my settings and getting out of the pose and/or editing it until I’m happy, and then realising I forgot to do something. In this case it’s my nails – I was going to change the length and use an applier. It’s certainly not something I’m going to attempt reshooting for (I shot these on ultra with EVERY FREAKING THING ENABLED and it’s so rare my computer will tolerate that I’m not going to push my luck!) still, these little things bug me.. maybe I need to write myself a checklist..

Hope you’re all having a fantastic week, thanks for reading!

Enchantress of Dragons Closeup Collage

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Dress: ‘Hye Tube Dress (Amber)‘ – BOOML$295
Headpiece: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon Headpieces‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$1000
Necklace: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon Scale Necklace‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$300..
(..ONLY available for the duration of the event.)
Bracelet: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon scale Bracelet‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$0 – Freebie..
(..copy only version, transfer version is L$250.)
Ring-L: ‘MeiMei Dragon Ball Ring‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$500..
(..also includes Dragon bracelet, not shown.)
Ring-R: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragonhead Ring‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$500
Shoes: ‘Serenity Heels (Gold)‘ – 22769 (@La Metallique Fair) – L$185
(..for Medium Slink AvEnhance Feet only.)

Body
Hair: ‘Tsubasa (Midnight)‘ – ArgraceL$250 – 5-colour pack
Skin: ‘Nikole (Pearl)‘ – INSITUL$1 – Dollarbie..
(.. includes 4 skin tones and lots of appliers.)
Eyes: ‘Liquid Light Mesh Eye (Sea Green Shadow)‘ – MayflyL$99
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack (2 versions worn)
Lipstick: ‘Center Of Attention Lips (Fire Engine Red)‘ – GlamorizeL$22 – 20-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Medium)‘ – SlinkL$675
Shape: My usual

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Erte_two‘ – oOo StudioL$45 (hand positions modified with Animare)
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight (avi): ‘Starry Starry Night‘ by sian – available for download here..
(..seen best in raw closeup as the other photos have been edited.)

LOTD ~ 07-05-14: I’m a Little Bit Country

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I’ve been very busy covering events with Seraphim which means my own blog has had to take a backseat for the past week – I’m also working on some items for an event (more on that soon) and am taking a few days holiday this month – but I will try to sneak a few things in here whenever I get the chance!

I have managed to update my blogroll, though, which can now be found on its own page rather than having to scroll down a long and untidy list on the sidebar. I made little icons for each blog and am pretty chuffed with how it’s ended up looking – hope you like it!

That’s the end of the update, back to the fashion! Today’s look is a simple one but I liked it so much as it is I didn’t really want to add a load to it – it’s inspired by a dress from Coquet available at Rhapsody  – a beautiful event that embraces various music genres. Rhapsody is open until July 12th and is packed full of exclusives by some truly wonderful designers – well worth a visit! The lovely skin is a free gift currently available at Essences that I just added a simple freckles layer to. I think the result is fresh and yummy!

Hopefully see you again soon! ❤

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Dress: ‘County Road 22 (Blue)‘ – Coquet (@Rhapsody) – L$199
Shoes: ‘Nika Sandals (Brown & Gold)‘ – Pure PoisonL$249*
[*2 versions included in 2 colors each. For Flat Slink AvEnhance Feet only.]

Body
Hair: ‘Shimmer‘ – MagikaL$250 – Pack 1 (30 colours via HUD)
Skin: ‘Jamie (Pale02)‘ – EssencesL$0 – Freebie – also wearing included teeth layer*
[*4 versions included in 4 skin tones each. Appliers sold separately.]
Eyes: ‘Luminous Mesh Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Freckles: ‘Freckle Face (Sunned)‘ – Glamorize L$5 – 4 versions included
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Flat)‘ – SlinkL$675 (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: usual

Pose
Innocent 2‘ – oOo Studio L$0 – set of 8, VIP Group Gift [L$100 to Join]

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‘ by 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 at 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 at 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 😉 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 at 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)‘ – LarkL$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‘ – LCKYL$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: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Lashes: ‘Tableau Lashes‘ – Cheap MakeupL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Left Hand: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Relaxed)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Right Hand: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Bag)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Mid)‘ – SlinkL$675
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified)

Phototools
Pose: ‘Wobble‘ – oOo StudioL$0 – Freebie
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight Setting: ‘Nacon’s Natural Noon
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 😉

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 adorable  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: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Gesture)‘ – SlinkL$450
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Galaxy‘ – A:S:SL$98 – 8-colour pack, toenail applier also included
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$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: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Facelight: ‘Light Lab v1‘ – Color LabL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace) (used in close-up only)
Windlight Setting: ‘Raymond’s Brighter Day
Editing: GIMP, PicMonkey & Pixlr-o-matic

Spaaace Boots

 

Back to the Drawing Board

Back to the Drawing Board It’s been 8 months since my last blog post and, although I’ve missed blogging terribly, it was a much-needed break. I haven’t been well in rl and in my time away I’ve realised that trying to blog all the things! (and attempting to build) had become somewhat overwhelming. I was so weighed down trying to keep up with events that I lost some of the love I had for in-world photography.

Also, to my shame, I was becoming slap-dash in my creative approach. It didn’t help that there were some really obvious things that I should have learned already but that I’d somehow managed to remain oblivious to.. such as being able to take much better resolution photos. Fortunately, the wonderful Strawberry Singh has some excellent tutorials and, finally, I am paying attention!

So this time around I will be focusing on honing my blogger-craft by spending more time taking better constructed pictures and writing informative posts. I will, of course, try to keep up with current events and promotions (mostly because I’m a shopaholic) but there are blogs already out there that manage this much better than I ever will and I don’t want to burn out again. I’m also hoping to return to building, but that will be a much more gradual process.

Most of all I’m looking forward to learning new skills and sharing my little slice of Second Life with you all again.. and I promise future posts will probably not be quite this wordy – I just had a lot to catch you up on!

And so.. let the blogging (re)commence!

The inspiration for this post came on a random shopping trip which led me to Mad Echo. I’d previously purchased one of their very cute Neko Clutch purses on the Marketplace and I wanted to see what the store was like. My eye was drawn (geddit?) to this Sketchbook Costume as I hadn’t seen anything like it before and I was really impressed with the style. It took a little while to dawn on me that this was how I wanted to return to blogging, but once it did I was so excited to complete the look!

Kitten’s included hair texture is absolutely brilliant and worked so well with most of the modifiable hair I had in my inventory though in the end I settled on the very cute (and currently on promotion) style by A&A as I thought it complimented my sketch-avi’s face the best. I modified my shape a little more than usual to work with this skin, opening up the eyes and tweaking the mouth to really show off its beautiful detail.

My first real challenge was clothing – I really wanted to keep to a paper theme but I couldn’t find anything pre-made that fitted the idea I had in my head – which was the kind of cut-outs you would put on a paper doll.  So, I looked at a few websites and found some lovely designs (free for personal use) at Paper Thin Personas; not wanting anything too detailed, I just took a rough trace of this dress on the bottom right. At first I kept the tabs because I thought they would look cute but they didn’t work well with my pose in the end so I took them out. Finally, I filled the shape with this lovely crumpled paper texture, uploaded it, slapped it on a prim, attached and positioned it. I could have possibly made something more sophisticated but I wanted it to look rough-and-ready and I think it kinda works.

For the shoes I simply found a modifiable pair of ballet pumps I already had in my inventory and added the same texture to them.

Everything else was pretty straight forward and you can find the full credits after the next pic.

I hope you enjoy this post – I’m really excited to be back!

such a pretty face
such a pretty face

Credits

Skin: ‘My Sketchbook Skin‘ – Mad EchoL$250 (also includes eyes, hair texture and Tango/Phat Azz appliers)
Eyes: ‘My Sketchbook Eyes‘ – see above
Hair: ‘Claire (Light Blonde)‘ – A&AL$1 – Marketplace Promo (modified with texture included above)
Dress: item made by yours truly specifically for this post, see blog text for details.
Shoes: ‘Meadow Flats‘ – DECOL$150
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (face and body slightly modified, more info here)
Pose: ‘Innocent_two.1‘ – oOo StudioL$0 – VIP Group Gift [L$100 to Join] (arm positions modified with Animare)

Room: ‘Blind‘ – GlitteratiL$100 – Marketplace Only
Wall Art: ‘Flyaway Wall Art (Birds, Black)‘ – {what next}L$125 (collection of 6 frames with decals)
Rug: ‘Just A Rug 2‘ [Full Perm] – w.a.f.MESHL$1 – Marketplace Dollarbie (modified with Crumpled Paper texture)

Windlight Setting: [NB] Sepia 1700