Happy rezday to me

Five

I’m five years old today and a steady diet of lindens and exercise of skidding across laggy sims has kept my avatar more youthful and radiant then ever.

It’s been a long journey from the early days of falling for people in distant countries who ended up shacking up with others behind my back, making some genuine and warm friendships in SL and on Flickr (and the 52 weeks of colour challenge group — you’re so warm-hearted and genuine), owning property that can never really be owned at all because it doesn’t really exist, staying up until 4am virtually dancing while my eyes went blurry from spending too long on the computer, and now playing with fashion that I often wish existed in real life.

My heartfelt thanks to Bloomy Miles for making this picture. My first outfit didn’t survive the editing phase and she must have stayed up late more than once to pull this effort together. Thank you, gorgeous friend.

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Image by Bloomy Miles

 

Wearing:

Skin: Skin: LAQ ‘Elin’ Fair Glow, 01
Eyes: Amacci ‘Real Eyes’, Golden Green
Eye Make-up: Boom ‘Renegade Princess’, Coal Mine
Lip Colour: Kosh ‘Drama Lips’, Blood
Hair: made by Bloomy
Dress: Fellini Couture ‘Poppy’ (includes two versions of dress, headpiece and gloves)
Necklace: Donna Flora ‘Bettina’

Bloomy, Bloomy, bloo, where are you?

Bloomy Miles popped by when I was setting up a picture. When I was finished and turned around to look for her, she was gone.

I found her up a tree rezzing birds about the place. As you do.

Thanks for visiting, my gorgeous friend, and I hope we both fit in the treehouse next time.

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Wearing (me, the one in the corner at ground level):

Skin: Baiastice ‘Pulchra’, Porcelaine Makeup 1
Eyes: Amacci ‘Real Eyes’, Sapphire
Hair: LeLutka ‘Amanda 2’, Marilyn
Dress: Zaara ‘Mahari’, Indigo
Pose: part of Frozen Panty ‘Balloon Tower’ Pose Set
Location: Home, South Point Keys
Windlight: Annyka’s Soft Lavender
Props: Balloon Tree House by MMGraffiti, Fence by Rez (only available in the marketplace), Shrubs by Happy Mood, Balloon by Frozen Panty,

52 weeks of colour part deux — week 4, iron

Adieu

If the news of Olive Juice Poses closing wasn’t disappointing enough, the closure of Lost World this week brought a double blow.

This is a quick picture taken with one of the Olive Juice poses I bought at the current half-price sale and in front of the last tree standing at Lost World.

The good fortune for the week was that I was cleaning my inventory and trying on this iron-like dress when Luna announced the challenge colour — bonus.

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Wearing:

Skin: Baiastice ‘Pulchra’, Porcelaine Makeup 1
Eyes: Amacci ‘Real Eyes’, Sapphire
Hair: Wasabi Pills ‘Ran’, Blonde
Dress: Coco ‘Party Dress’, Silver (includes gloves)
Pose: Olive Juice ‘Closing Time’
Location: Lost World
Windlight: AnaLutetia AvatarOpt

52 weeks of colour part deux — week 3, electric indigo

Sometimes, despite desire and the affection in our hearts, we hurt those we cherish the most and lose them from our lives. We can try to mend fences all we like, but when the damage is already done our efforts are usually exercises in prolonging the pain. We keep reaching though because hope ignores logic almost every time.

That’s what I was trying to portray here.

PS: I was saddened by the news that Olive Juice Poses is closing in the next month. I had already taken this picture before I found out, but there will be more Olive Juice poses used in coming weeks as a thank you to Bella for the creativity and good humour she put into every pose and prop. All the best for you and your family in the future.

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Wearing:

Skin: Baiastice ‘Pulchra’, Porcelaine Makeup 1
Eyes: Amacci ‘Real Eyes’, Sapphire
Hair: LeLutka ‘Amanda 2’, Marilyn
Dress: Zaara ‘Mahari’, Indigo
Bracelet: Donna Flora ‘Alma’
Pose: Olive Juice ‘Reaching’
Location: Home, South Point Keys
Windlight: Bristol
Props: Picket Fence by Adjunct, Tree and Shrubs by Happy Mood, Balloons by Jisper’s Jaunting Whimsy

Giardino di LouLou in winter

Pomme de neige

LouLou Teichmann invited me to her place a couple of weeks ago to see her winter-fied garden. The flowers have been put into hibernation and in their place is a lovely snowglobe of cool dreams and icy promises.

I’m not sure I was dressed suitably for the occasion but I accidentally bought this Finesmith outfit (I wanted the necklace and didn’t read the card properly) but it’s a great look and hopefully complements the frosty garden.

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Wearing:
Skin: Baiastice ‘Pulchra’, Porcelaine Makeup 1
Eye Make-up: Boom ‘Renegade Princess’, Coal Mine
Lip Colour: Kosh ‘Drama Lips’, Blood
Hair: n/a
Eyes: Amacci ‘Real Eyes’, Sapphire
Outfit: Finesmith ‘Leah’, White (includes headpiece)
Nails: Mandala ‘Takara’, Metal White
Apple: MariposaB
Pose: Di’s Opera ‘Feminine Line 2’, Pose 10
Location: LouLou’s
Windlight: Alchemy Immortalis – Fog Lifting

52 weeks of colour part deux — week 2, coral

Sweltering

The colour coral reminds me of the orangey-pink blush and frosty lipsticks by Max Factor and other cosmetics giants of the 1970s and 1980s that littered my mother’s dressing table. I swear even her pancake foundation in a tube had undertones of coral — I could check because I think she still buys it several decades on.

I thought of doing a tribute to that period in this week’s 52 weeks of colour challenge, however, it was 40 degrees Celsius outside and my brain was too hot to function beyond telling me to look to the sky for signs of a cool change. This was my second attempt at making a set on my little sky platform and took three long attempts; it’s all about lessons for next time.

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Wearing:

Skin: Baiastice ‘Pulchra’, Porcelaine Makeup 1
Eyes: Amacci ‘Real Eyes’, Sapphire
Hair: Maitreya ‘Natalie’, Powder
Dress: Leri Miles Designs ‘Jenna’, Coral
Headpiece: LaGyo ‘Spring Orchyds’
Bracelet: Mandala ‘Pearl Rain’, White
Pose: Dare ‘Relaxed’
Location: Home, South Point Keys
Windlight: Bree’s Appleblossom
Props: Picket Fence by Adjunct, Shrubs by Happy Mood, Bird Bath and Flowers by XIV

52 weeks of colour part deux — week 1, champagne

I love you and you and you

Oh my god, weeks ago when Luna Jubilee said the second 52 weeks of colour challenge would start in the new year, I thought that was ages away. Nope. I’m late but catching up as quickly as I can.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to do a dark’n’threatening skeleton picture or a pretty woodland image with happy bunnies, but the twains, they met. I’m sorry to the people I scared at Mandala when I dropped by with a floating skeleton attached to my head.

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Wearing:

Skin: Frick ‘Dragonfly L’Exposition’, Ghost (no longer available)
Eyes: Amacci ‘InSight’, Forest
Outfit: AD Creations ‘Miss Skeleton’ (includes hair, gloves, hosiery and shoes) (thank you, Aliza Karu)
Headpiece: AD Creations ‘Flying Skeleton’ hat (thank you, Aliza Karu)
Nails: Mandala ‘Unisex Pack’ (oops, they didn’t show in the picture)
Pose: SEmotion ‘Model Pose’ 47
Location: Happy Mood in Winter, Cadenza
Windlight: 3am

My favourites of 2011

My Favourites of 2011

This is my second annual list of favourites following shameless inspiration from Tanaquil Beaumont’s blog last year.

I haven’t had a lot of time so it was lucky I had an image in my ‘to edit someday’ folder that contained many of my favourite things. This list is by no means exhaustive as I’m forgetful and have a Word document stuffed full of trial outfit pictures and a list of vendors I haven’t checked out properly. That’s what 2012 is for.

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Shape: I haven’t changed my shape much except making it a bit fuller in figure (oh, the shame of looking back 12 months and seeing a stick-thin avatar with the height set to ‘mega-tall’ and the fat set to ‘0’ on every slider. Things are more realistic now and I’ll leave the glamazon look to the SL models.

Skin: My go-to skin changed from LAQ to Baiastice and I experimented occasionally with Chaisuki and Mynerva skins and a new LpD skin. I find the Baiastice pale skin the easiest to photograph so it tends to be the default when I copy and make new outfits.

I was going to change to another brand but, as soon as it was shot-gunned to almost every blogger on the grid (except me), I became like a spoilt child and didn’t want it. Seeing an item everywhere I look takes away its specialness and my desire to have it.

Eyes: I’m still wearing the same Amacci eyes from 12 months ago and have no reason to change. I tried a couple of other booming brands from the year but they just didn’t photograph well on me; they looked perfect on other avatars so I’ll chalk that down to my lack of technical skill. I was given some Les Fleurs du Male eyes and the grey is a lovely shade with a high shine for a change from my usual green or blue.

Hair: LeLutka’s blondes are outstanding without a hint of brassiness — I don’t care how bad the lag gets in the hair shop because the styles are worth the waiting time. For silvers and platinums, Wasabi Pills has been a stand-out for a small but well-considered collection and I can’t wait to see 2012’s releases.

I adore Tukinowaguma for avant garde and daring styles and have picked up some well-designed Maitreya and Vita’s Boudoir styles as well.

Make-up: I find it hard to deviate from Kosh and Boom for dramatic colours that are rendered expertly and photograph cleanly. There’s also some Chelle in my inventory for softer colours and dreamy fantasy faces.

Fashion

The majority of my purchases moved from casual wear to more formal and avant garde outfits. The most recent stand-outs for me have been Miamai for stunning high fashion and sYs for daring avant garde-bordering-on-cyber clothing that makes my pixelated heart sing.

My other classic favourites include Fellini Couture, Vita’s Boudoir, De La, Grim Bros and Solidea Folies and my new darlings for the year are Ladies Who Lunch, Coco and Les Petits Details (LpD). All the designers release new ranges regularly and keep pushing SL’s technical boundaries in exciting directions.

I have been remiss in not spending more time with Aliza Karu’s AD Creations, Mon Tissu, Donna Flora, The Sea Hole, Peqe and Rotten Toe and resolve to do so.

For shoes and accessories, I must admit to abject laziness and continue to TP around La Gyo, Gos, Anexx, Shiny Things, Slink, Vita’s Boudoir, Donna Flora, Rozoregalia, Mandala and Kunglers. If there are shoe and jewellery fairs in 2012, I am there.

Poses

I relied heavily on one brand last year but was energised by the number of pose designers making me want to throw linden dollars at them. My new favourites are Miamai, Di’s Opera, HelaMiyo, Olive Juice, Lost World Creative and Vice Poses. I was thrilled to appear in an ad for Vice Poses a couple of months ago — this makes me biased but in the best way as I was already keen on the energy of the poses and how they bend dramatically but neatly without awkward sticking-out bits.

Technology

I changed my viewer to Firestorm Beta and love the old-school controls. I recently upgraded to the new release and the windlight menu is taking a while to get used to as well as trying to remember all the camera controls I changed last time. Quick postscript: I don’t have clouds in any windlight setting in the new Firestorm viewer — it’s back to the beta version until I sort it out.

I’ll have to wait until it’s time for a new computer to be able to enjoy the worlds of shadows and mesh. Big fail on both in the main viewers even though my computer is only 18 months old but part of the problem comes from having an ATI graphics card.

Thank you to all the people who have posted tutorials, shared and published windlight settings and helped keep the SL community learned and enthusiastic. There is a small culture of back-stabbing, pettiness and comment whoring, but there is a much bigger culture of co-operation and good spirit.

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Wearing:

Skin: Baiastice ‘Pulchra’, Porcelaine Makeup 1
Eye Make-up: Boom ‘Renegade Princess’, Coal Mine
Lip Colour: Kosh ‘Drama Lips’, Latex
Hair: Wasabi Pills ‘Mimi’, Iceberg
Eyes: les Fleurs du Male ‘Alive’, Dark Grey
Dress: sYs ‘Sygne’ (includes headpiece)
Boots: Slink ‘Whitney’, White
Pose: Vice Poses ‘Torch Song’
Location: Lost World
Windlight: Places Mother