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031 – 035 of 365

More of my Project 365 images!

031.  hanging with vivi

Day 31 of 365, hanging with Vivi.
Vivi is one of my oldest and most trusted friends in SL.

One of my favorite things about Vivi is the way she plays at dressing up in SL!

032.  chairs

Day 32 of 365 (02.01.10), chairs.
Carson and I sitting in our matching chairs in our skybox. 🙂  I was in an experimental mood and played around with different filters on this shot.

033.  logout edit

Day 33 of 365 (02.02.10), logout edit.
I didn’t take any pics this day, so I cheated and grabbed the screenshot from my logout.

When I pulled up the image I thought my av looked a little lonely so I played around with the image in an attempt to make it a little blue and cold. I tried, anyway. 😛

034.  random headshot

Day 34 of 365 (02.03.10), random headshot.
Sometime last year, I wrote a blog post on giving your avatar subtle facial expressions.

I’m still trying to look for ways to give my avatar facial expressions that aren’t cartoonish, and I use the lip sync feature a lot. I think I’ve managed to make my av look like she’s surveying a scene with a little bit of surprise and contemplating saying something? 😀

035.  testing poses

Day 35 of 365 (02.04.10), testing poses.
I’m testing some poses I made for a blog post! Making poses for my blog is fun 😀

Some style credits…

Day 31:
Vivi’s outfit is from 110 prims (sorry, don’t know what it’s called)
My hair & skin is from LAQ (Tasha hairstyle, Imani2 skin)

Day 33:
Outfit – Deviance, Blue Belle (Magic & Romance Hunt item)
Hair – friday, Eloise
Shoes – Shiny Things, Hyasynths

Day 35:
T-shirt – T Junction, Team Lizzie custom t-shirt (T Junction will create custom tees)
Hair – Truth, Caroline (tinted the barrettes to match t-shirt)
Jeans – Armidi, Grace Jeans
Shoes – Detour, Mixflip Sneakers – Pink Hearts

February 7, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Photography, Project 365 in 2010 | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Make Your Friends Smile :)

My friends Gogo and Wilma recently put up a couple of pictures on Gogo’s blog, in which they were sporting some really cute pink t-shirts intended to brighten a friend’s day and make her smile.  I thought it was really sweet of them so I got one of the Team Lizzie t-shirts, too 😀

T Junction Team Lizzie 01

I don’t even really know Lizzie except for what I see on her blog from time to time, as well as from all the hard work she puts into helping run the iheartsl bloggers group. Something about seeing my friends wearing these pink Team Lizzie t-shirts just kind of spoke to me, though; I guess it made me reflect on friendships and relationships. Let’s face it, SL is like any other community and will have moments of toxicity and it can be pretty easy to dwell on that.  In the end, however, what’s really worth the expenditure of our energy?  Not the negativity and drama fests, that’s for sure.

T Junction Team Lizzie 02

And so, yeah, while my wearing the Team Lizzie t-shirt is an acknowledgement of Lizzie and all her colorful commentary, great blog pics, and her contributions toward making the iheartsl bloggers group work, I’m also wearing the t-shirt in this post because I feel compelled to acknowledge the other message that’s behind it:  that there are good people out there who have their friends’ backs and are willing to proclaim it to everyone.

Yeah, I realize I might be sounding a wee bit Pollyanna-ish right now, lol.  But you know, when someone does something simple like put up a plurk saying “Hey, I really like you a lot :)” (something I’ve learnt from personal experience with Carson 😀  haha) or make a t-shirt letting you know they’re rooting for you… it just feels really, really good.  And I like being a part of that, even if it’s just peripherally and with a t-shirt.

Okay… on a side note, I’m becoming addicted to making my own poses for specific blog posts.  I made four for this particular post and I’m going to make them free just for this weekend at my store! I’ll probably have them up sometime later tonight. ❤

GE 2010.02.05 team lizzie

Other credits…

T-shirt – T Junction, Team Lizzie custom t-shirt (T Junction will create custom tees)
Hair – Truth, Caroline (tinted the barrettes to match t-shirt)
Glasses – HOC, Rectangle Framed Glasses
Jeans – Armidi, Grace Jeans
Shoes – Detour, Mixflip Sneakers – Pink Hearts
Earrings – Diamond Studs from Vivienne Graves, unreleased
My skin is from LAQ.

February 6, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Mela's, Poses | , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

016 to 020 of 365

More of my Project 365 shots.

016.  dancing on the moon

Day 16 of 365, dancing on the moon.
I found out that the Life Is Good sim is actually going to remain open for another month! Porta Fosse happened to be present at the sim so I asked him, and he said it’s scheduled to close on February 15, not January 15th as I’d previously thought.

While I was there, my Plurk friend Quaintly appeared and I watched in amusement as her little green arrow on my mini-map chased his green arrow down, lol.

By the way, speaking of Plurk!  Plurk is fun, there’s tons of SL’ers on there and it’s become a great tool for networking, getting to know your SL acquaintances a little better, or sometimes it’s just good for laughs.  It’s also addictive and they’ve sort of made it into a kind-of-game by awarding “karma points” for your activity.  I’m currently trying to enlist three more people so that I can unlock the “idiot” smilie (lol) sooooo… if you don’t have a Plurk account and want one, please please sign up using my link?!  CLICK CLICK, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO HELP ME GET MY SPECIAL SMILIES!

017.  baby pose

Day 17 of 365, baby pose.
Yes, I’ve become obsessed with my Zooby baby.

The baby has an AO built in so that when you ‘attach’ it, you can opt to have it sleeping in your arms, etc. The AO doesn’t touch the avatar legs, though, so you will have the noobish looking default anims on the bottom half of the av (but there is a nicely done walk anim included).

Getting my av to pose like this was slightly tricky, because my av’s head kept moving every which way and then her eyes wouldn’t focus where I wanted them to.

I finally got it though, and now I’m kind of toying with the idea of making baby poses.  Just for fun. 😛

018. last day of WinterChoice

Day 18 of 365, last day of WinterChoice.
Carson and I went to the WinterChoice Event Hall to do some last minute exchanging of cards.

I ❤ Carson 😀

019. hanging with the Deep Ones

Day 19 of 365, me and Baby Coqui with our new friends. 😛
I blogged about my visit to Innsmouth on a previous post, you can read about it here!

020. quick snapshot with carson

Day 20 of 365, I snuck a quick pic with Carson while we were both logged in. I wasn’t in SL very much on this day, and this was the only picture I took. I think Carson doesn’t like this picture, oops! 😡

So there you have it, my latest set of five images for my 365 project.  🙂  I’d originally intended for my 365 to consist exclusively of simple, unedited shots straight out of SL.  I quickly discovered that I sometimes want to play with the images, however, whether it’s simply cleaning up some sharp corners on the avatar body or just enhancing the light a little bit.  It’s fun!

I’m really just kind of fumbling about, though, when I play with filters and layers and what not.  Hell, I only just recently discovered how you can get more control over your black and white image by playing with the different channels under Hue/Saturate!  (Carson taught me that 😀 ) (PS CS3 has a black and white conversion tool that’s pretty neat, too.)

Hopefully, if I stick this project out and see it all the way through, I will see some kind of measure of improvement in my pics.  Hopefully.  😛

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Some style credits…

Image 017:

Hair – Truth, Belinda
Nightie – Edelweiss, Night Wear Irie

Image 019:

Hair – Maitreya, Sasha
Top – MNK Shop, Knit Sweater Red
Jeans – Armidi Limited, A001 Jeans, black classic
Glasses – House of Curios, Rectangle Framed Glasses #001

Image 020:

Hair – LAQ, Tess (must be worn with a hairbase skin)

My skin is from LAQ.

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Photography, Project 365 in 2010 | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

006 – 010 for Project 365

Still catching up on my Project 365 posts.  ^_^

006.  blue

Day 6 of 365. Shot on the Life Is Good sim.

What is your favorite color?

I’ve always found this to be an interesting question, because favored colors, scents, tastes, etc. are always changing as you evolve as a person, or move through the days and events that map out life.

I’m somewhat inconsistent when it comes to selecting a favorite color. I like red a lot, especially a deep, rich, blood red; words like ‘vibrant’ and ‘passionate’ come to mind when I picture that hue. And then there’s the happy, almost fragrant and frolicsome quality of green.

But every now and then, there are moments when the contemplative serenity of blue is really soothing. ❤

007.  nap with baby coqui

Day 7 of 365, nap with Baby Coqui.

Afternoon nap pose with my baby 😀  (I don’t do the whole motherhood roleplaying thing, but omg having a Zooby baby is like the ultimate prop LOL.  The babies are ridiculously cute!!!  If you want to find out more about them, read Gogo’s blog!)

008.  planets

Day 8 of 365. Towing my zooby baby around while exploring the *little kasiopaya* Planets & Art Labyrinth.

I saw this location on M Linden’s flickrstream and had to come check it out for myself.

009.  dream

Day 9 of 365, dream.

My avatar’s eyes shut right at the moment I shot this, and it seemed appropriate.

010.  taking refuge

Day 10 of 365, taking refuge.

The word ‘refuge’ fits with this image in a lot of different ways. He knows why. ❤

Some style credits…

Image 006 & 007:
Hair – fri.day, Neva.2
Dress (lol a very SHORT one) – Luck Inc., Tankdress 50L Friday Nerdieh
Jeans – Armidi Limited, A001 Jeans Regular Classic
Shoes – UBU, Drunks
Image 006 was shot on the Life Is Good sim. You should make time to visit this sim, because Porta Fosse will be closing it down on January 15. 😦 Don’t miss it!

Image 008 & 009:
Hair – Exile, Jane
Outfit – COCO, WinterCSR Choice prize
Boots – Reek, Autumn boots Red 50L Friday

Image 010:
Dress – TRUTH Martini dress, group gift

My skin is from LAQ.

January 11, 2010 Posted by | Fashion, Project 365 in 2010, SL Travel | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Avalon & Ariel

Well, I’m a naughty blogger, I am.  I meant to blog these… well, never mind how long ago it was that I’d meant to blog these.  :p

While Violaine Villota of Fancy Fairy is known for her delicate, beautiful fairy wings (both in SL and in RL!) and magical fantasy apparel, she also has really cute hand drawn skins.  Her Avalon skins have pleasingly smooth complexions and tones, and feature makeups that come with optional tribal markings to cater to the fantasy market.

Click the images to see larger versions.

fancy fairy mahogany & birch

fancy fairy willow and teak

The skins are sold with Copy/Modify permissions, and the eyebrows are tintable. If you get the fatpack, you’re treated to the Sunset and Ruby makeups that aren’t available as singles.  (While you’re there, don’t forget to pick up the Dia De Los Muertos skin pack she has up for a mere 50L.  I realize it’s not exactly that time of year, but these are fab and you should have these!)

I’m wearing the Ariel gowns in these pictures, from Kouse’s Sanctum.  The gowns are featured in the following colors, in this order:  aurora, raindrops, flora, ice, and dusk.

KS ariel_aurora KS ariel_raindrops KS ariel_flora KS ariel_ice & dusk

My favorite part of the Ariel gown is hands down the lush, full flexi skirt that swishes and flares with your every movement. I’m especially partial to the colors on the raindrop and aurora versions of the gown. The gown features sculpted gold roses, which also adorn the included armbands and the prims that adorn the bodice/neckline area.

If you’re a fantasy roleplayer or if you just plain love flitting about the grid in gowns, pay a visit to Fancy Fairy and Kouse’s Sanctum to see these and more.  🙂

Credits…
Skin – Fancy Fairy, Avalon skins
Gowns – Kouse’s Sanctum, Ariel gowns
Hair – fri.day, Cassie (first image left); Truth, Luna (first image right); fri.day, Eloise (second image left); LAQ, Radiant F03 (second image right)

November 25, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

LAQ Glow Carina

LAQ released a new Glow skin a little while ago, and her name is Carina 🙂  Carina is actually one of the faces from the original Portrait collection, but given the “Glow” treatment — updated body, skin and facial features that are enhanced with a healthy “glow”, and sharpened details.  The result?  A skin that has a natural look and fresh feel to it.

Carina is available in three skintones, with eight makeups for each.  Each makeup has a bald version, and a hairbase version for wearing with certain “hairbase” hairstyles from LAQ.

LAQ Glow Carina fair

LAQ Glow Carina fair makeups

LAQ Glow Carina peach

LAQ Glow Carina peach makeups

LAQ Glow Carina nougat

LAQ Glow Carina nougat makeups

Visit LAQ to try out the Carina skin demos!

Other credits…
>> in the fair tone:
hair – LAQ Imani
outfit – Last Call Femme Fatale
heels – Maitreya Gold Salience
Shot at Mont Saint Michel sim.

>> in the peach tone:
hair – Argrace Baseball Cap relaxed ponytail
lingerie – insolence clara
shoes – UBU Drunks
jacket – COCO bomber jacket
tank – fri.day cream basic cami
Shot at the Harold sim.

>> in the nougat tone:
hair – Truth Belinda
lingerie – Blowpop Jolene
Shot at private location.

September 7, 2009 Posted by | Fashion, Skin | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

fri.day’s just around the corner

I was going to save this post for tonight, but, surprise!  If you are one of the people who had the foresight to join the fri.day update group while it was still in open enrollment, then you can already get onto the sim! I personally haven’t visited the sim yet, I’ll probably go tonight after I’m done with real life work and stuff.  But!  Before I flit off into the busy day, I’m going to get my fri.day post out 🙂

friday cardigan sleeve options

It became readily apparent from the moment I opened the review pack that the designers at fri.day understand that women in SL want clothing basics that come with loads of options.  It was all building block type clothing pieces — cardigan, cami/tank, trousers, shorts, pumps, flats, tee.  Just the cardigan alone came with three different sleeve options (long, rolled, and scrunched) and on two layers (jacket and shirt).  To help you get started, they also include styling notecards with pictures that show examples of how their clothing may be worn.

friday basic tee & denim shorts

The piece that grabbed my attention almost immediately were the basic denim shorts.  The texturing is nicely done, but what really impressed me were the cuff prims — the texture on them looks really good, and the sculpts are excellent.  I’ve had other shorts in the past where the prims don’t really adhere to my avi’s thigh shape, but these fit very nicely.  The little loop on the side adds interesting detail.

friday cami

One of the great things about having basic pieces, of course, is their inherent versatility. You can take the different clothing articles and then it’s up to you, your imagination, and your inventory of accessories as to what sorts of looks you’ll put together.  I wore the cami with the cardigan, trousers, and flats to make up a low-key outfit that’s appropriate for maybe a business meeting, and then wore it by itself with the shorts for a casual low-prim look.

friday allison jealous red triptych

In addition to a clothing line that features boatloads of wearability options, fri.day also offers hairstyles. The review pack came with a sculpted updo named Allison.  I chose to wear it in the Jealous Red color because I liked the name :p  To complete my redhead look, I busted out my Laqroki April skin.  (The hair in the picture with lots of cleavage is a freebie from Truth :p )

Gogo posted some nice pictures of the pumps and flats offered by fri.day, which you can see here.  I’m liking the shape and texture of the flats a lot so I’m probably going to check them out and see what other colors they’re available in.  As for the pumps, Roslin Petion of 5th & Oxford said it best on plurk; she pointed out how the arch and height on the side of the shoe are well-crafted and make for a classy high heel!  So much so that it boggles her mind, lol.  ^_^

See you at fri.day on Friday!  😀

Other credits…
Skin – Laqroki April
Hair – Truth Jess, Laqroki Radiant F02
Eyes – Exodi Twilight
Navel piercing – Mela’s
Necklace – Sable Rose Jewelry
Glasses – Nea-ban
All pictures were shot at the beautiful Alirium Gardens.

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

blowpop felice & jolene

I’ve been somewhat remiss about blogging this past week due to a busy first life and just general tiredness, but now I’m ready to pick up where I left off!  I’ve got a bunch of stuff I’m really wanting to share on my blog, and topping my list are more delicious skimpy things from Annyka Bekkers of Blowpop.

Blowpop’s Felice is one smoking hot little number that may be worn either as a cami and panties set, or as a slinky, snug slipdress.  It was pretty much love at first sight for me when I saw the shading, highlighting, and creases in the texturing on these pieces.  They’re designed in such a way so that your curves are given some extra oomph — few dresses will make your av’s butt look this good, lol.  I was particularly impressed with how Annyka made the leopard print pattern on the textures line up at the seam along the waist for the slipdress; the spots line up perfect so that you forget that it’s actually composed of two separate clothing layers.

blowpop felice copy

The skirt prim panels for the slipdress are among the best I’ve seen, too.  The hem of the dress features a scalloped lace edge (also present along the waistband of the panties).  Normally this sort of thing would take me at least a couple minutes of editing to get prims fitted juuuuuust right, but after a mere 10 second edit the prims merged with the pants/underpants layer textures perfectly, almost as if they were meant for me ❤

Leg-baring, cleavage-revealing body-hugging slipdresses like this almost always make me think of Elizabeth Taylor in some of her scenes in her bedroom from Cat On A Hot Tin Roof.  So naturally I had to bust out my short, dark, wavy Linda hairstyle from Truth and snap pics in my SL bedroom 😀  My bed is from Instinct and what’s great about it is that it has lots of lounging about, chilling out types of poses.

Felice comes in a range of rich colors just waiting for you to eat up:

blowpop felice colors 01

blowpop felice colors 02

Another one of my Blowpop acquisitions is the Jolene set in the scarlet color. The stockings are purchased separately and come in different levels of sheerness. Jolene is everything a girl could want in lingerie; cute, sexy, pretty, and delicate are all words that come to mind when I take a moment to admire it. ^_^  How can you resist stuff like this?  You can’t!  :p

blowpop jolene scarlet

Other credits…
Skin – Laqroki Kira
Hair – Truth Linda, 69 Nina
Eyes – Exodi Twilight

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

look of the day: Vogel T-shirts & Zero Number slippers

Schrottvogel Wei, the designer behind Vogel Surfwear and SJA Customboards, has some t-shirts that are perfect for cruising around the beaches of SL.  His experience as a graphic designer shows in his t-shirt designs. I’ve got a whole bunch of them; I’m featuring my favorites in the image below:

Vogel T-shirts

You can click the image to get a closer look at the designs; a much larger version is available on my flickr stream. (Just in case you’re wondering about the saying on the last t-shirt, it’s from a song called Killing in the Name by RATM. You can read a little bit more about it here.)

I felt like dressing up low-key today because I’m going to be busy in RL this afternoon. When I’ve got a full day ahead of me, I tend to just take it easy in SL and tend to small business issues that won’t consume too much time. T-shirts always go nice with booty shorts, so I busted out one of my favorites from League. I also felt like giving my new Laqroki April skins some face time (ha!) as well as my new Charlotte hair from Truth. The headband that comes with Charlotte is scripted to color change, so I was able to match it to my tees.

The freebie Zero Number slippers I got during my recent visit to the head-explodingly adorable Drowsy sim finished up my look. In Hawaii, we don’t call them flip-flops, we call them rubber slippers… or, if you employ local dialect, “rubbah slippahs”. Lol 😀 Over here in the islands, we don’t wear our shoes indoors, so seeing a bunch of slippers and shoes arranged on a shoe shelf out on the porch is not an uncommon sight at all.  I thought it’d be cute to put the slippers at the doorway of my SL house, and I set them up the way you’d see in RL:  some people put their slippers away nicely, others will kick them off hurriedly and haphazardly.

Zero Number slippers

Credits…
Skin – Laqroki April
Hair – Truth Charlotte
Eyes – Detour Crystal Eyes
Glasses – Nea-ban Retro Standard
Shorts – League Booty Shorts
Shape – Mela’s (not yet released)

July 23, 2009 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

look of the day: the jilted bride

I love my Jasmin skins from Laqroki. I don’t wear these skins all the time, but they are among my all-time favorites, and today I felt like putting on my Jasmin skin with the streaky mascara.

SL fashion has never been about being “hip” or “fierce” or “making a statement” for me; it’s all about letting your imagination run wild, and playing at using your avatar’s appearance to tell a visual story. Kind of like when you’re four years old and putting on that pretty pink princess costume and tiara. 😀 When I studied my avi’s streaked eye makeup, I decided she needed a reason for looking as if she’d done some crying.  I recalled a recent discussion with some friends during which I’d admitted to having a lot of wedding gowns in my inventory. Voila! The Jilted Bride, hehe.

Look of the Day:  2009-07-18 Look of the Day:  2009-07-18

Look of the Day:  2009-07-18

Out of all the gowns I own, this one from Last Call is probably my favorite.  I felt that the loose updo with it’s nicely placed tendrils falling here and there, worked great with this look.  It’s the Luna style from Truth.  I actually own the blonde pack of that hair, but since my skin’s brows are a dark brown I tinted the hair to look a bit darker.  (Please note, tinting does not always work nicely; textures will lose a bit of “shine” when you do this.  Also, always make a backup of your hair before you play with tinting.)

Look of the Day:  The Jilted Bride

I also wanted my av to have an expression that would befit her streaked mascara, so I edited my shape to give her a subtly sad look.  (I’ve posted about how to edit your shape for subtle expressions here.)

By the way, if you’re on Flickr and have some images that feature Last Call clothing, don’t forget to add them to the Last Call by Dazzle Haute Couture flickr group.  🙂

Skin – Laqroki Jasmin
Hair – Truth Luna
Gown – Last Call Josephine
Eyes – Exodi Zbilja

July 19, 2009 Posted by | Fashion | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment