Iced Bokeh To Go

Ice Whimsy- w/love hunt

The With Love  hunt begins November 30th, with many grid favorite stores participating. The hunt will begin at 4pm slt, the starting location is at Cheeky Pea.  Here’s a sneak peek of the skin La Petite Mort will be offering for their hunt item.  This skin features a lovely pale blue/white bokeh effect near the eyes, and strong almost flushed from winter blush.  This skin was fun to style, check out what Sasy did with it!  Where I went light and bright, she brought out the blues, and added some depth. I’m wearing it with Chaisuki’s 47 lashes, and Izzie’s Double Wing Eyeliner for super drama.  I’m all dressed up for an event with my Shiver dress from LeLutka, and jewelry from Muse.  These items have been in my inventory for a while, and that makes them perfect for events.  Many people rush out to grab a dress for a formal event, only to find they are one of several wearing the same dress at the event.  I like to pick up dresses, and formal jewelry here and there, so when an event comes around I have many dresses that minimise the likelihood someone else will be wearing them.  Vintage items are great, vintage like my Muse Celestine Front jewelry.  Consider this while getting ready for your holiday events.  I’m wearing new hair from LeLutka, called Electra, a soft whispy braided style, with a matching hair base.  Have fun with the hunt, and check back here, for more hunt info as it updates.

Hair: LeLutka – Electra – Marilyn {MESH}
Hairbase: LeLutka- Hairbase – Marilyn
Eyes: Amacci – Gaze Eyes – Silver
Lashes: Chaisuki – Lashes 47
Skin: La Petite Morte  –  Birgit – Tone 2 – w/love (Currently available in the With Love  hunt)
MakeUp: Izzie’s – Double Wing Eyeliner
Earrings: Muse – Celestine Diamond Frost Earrings
Necklace: Muse – Celestine Diamond Frost Necklace
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}
Dress: LeLutka – Shiver Dress – Skies
Poses: aDORKable 
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Snare

Snare

I’m wearing a recent release from Ison, the mesh Geometric Dress in tan, it features two tone chevron-esque details at the shoulders and neckline. I accented this detail with chevron print leggings from League, from the Folklore Leggings set, called Ziggy. My hair is a release from earlier this month by Exile.  The Beyond The Waves mesh hairstyle features a seperate attachment of flowers to be worn with.  It’s a really pretty style, click here for the post on Exile’s website about it to see the flower option.  I’m wearing it in Rio from the Fusion pack for a toned fade. My clutch is the mesh Envelope Clutch from Mon Tissu, it features two attachment points, under the arm, and a hand attachment. It’s chic, and I love the trim detail. I’m also wearing a new item from Ohmai, a cute mesh bee ring I picked up at the Bees Through the Seasons event.

Celoe Snare Ankleboot Color Composite

Today, Celoe released their Snare Ankleboot!  This mesh ankleboot is hot, put together with leather, in a wedge style, with wood heel simulating a traditional heel.  So amazing to look at, serious shoe porn.  I am in love with the leather straps that fit around the wood from the leather wedge, not to mention the zipper down the back of the shoe. The Snare Ankleboot is available in 8 colors shown above.

Hair: Exile- Beyond The Waves – Rio {MESH} NEW! 
Eyes: Amacci – Gaze Eyes – Silver
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin: Amacci – Hazel – Nutmeg – 05 Day
MakeUp: Amacci  – Hazel – Nutmeg – Lip Tattoo 8
MakeUp:  LeLutka – Liquid Liner – Black
Jewelry: Indyra Originals – Suha Stones – Russet
Ring: Ohmai – Antique Bee Ring – Gold {MESH} NEW! (Currently available at the Bees through the Seasons event)
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}
Clutch: Mon Tissu – Envelope Clutch – Beige {MESH}
Dress: Ison – Geometric Tunic – Tan {MESH} NEW! 
Leggings: League – Folklore Leggings – Ziggy
Boots: Celoe – Snare Ankleboot – Akaroa {MESH} NEW! 
Poses: aDORKable 
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

The Song That Never Was

The Song That Never Was

While out shopping with Sasy, I picked up a few cute items. We stopped by the Bees Through The Seasons event (click the link to check out the flickr group) , which was beautifully built by Beetlebones designer Suetabulous Yoot.  It’s an event run by Crystalny Resident, who I happened pick up this cute Studded Clutch from her BeeHive store on Marketplace.  I also picked up this messy half-do hair by Beetlebones.  I bought the caramel pack, which features to variations of color.  While out, I also picked up this Leather Pencil Skirt at Fanatik, I have to go back for more colors, such a classic item, with nice texturing. Earlier this week, I was able to stop by the Around the World Event, where I picked up this zebra print top from 22769 there. It’s mesh, nice texturing, I love all their offerings for the event, I felt they really nailed the theme.  I’m wearing my Maitreya Gold Suave shoes in Raven to accent the top, and jewelry by Celoe.

Hair: Beetlebones – (BBSalon) Beehive Messy Half-Do – Caramel 2 {MESH} NEW! (Currently available at the Bees through the Seasons event)
Eyes: Amacci – Gaze Eyes – Silver
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin:  Izzie’s  – Faith Skin – Sunkissed
MakeUp:  LeLutka – Liquid Liner – Black
MakeUp: Izzie’s – Lipgloss – Dark Red
MakeUp: Izzie’s – Faith Eyeshadow – Gold
MakeUp: Amacci – Classic Blush Tattoo – Red
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}
Purse: BeeHive – Studded Clutch (Red & Gold) {MESH}
Bracelet: Celoe – Dara Bracelet – Stigma {MESH}
Necklace: Celoe -Clement Necklace – Sonata {MESH}
Top: 22769 – Olabisi Top – Zebra {MESH} NEW! (Currently available at the Around the World Event – Africa)
Skirt: Fanatik – Pencil Skirt Leather – Gold {MESH}
Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Suave – Raven {MESH} NEW!
Poses: Ploom
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Gold Dragons & Tassels

Gold Dragons & Tassels

I’ve put together this outfit for hitting the stores with Sasy yesterday. It’s mostly mesh, and a cute casual look.  I’m wearing a new mesh hairstyle from LeLutka called Ella.  It’s a lovely sexy kitten-y style.  I’m wearing it with my matching blond fun tone hairbase.  I’m also wearing two fall release items from Celoe and Maitreya.  Celoe’s Chardonnay Pants in heath, with Maitreya’s wool Lux Sweater in Mix Creme.  I’ve acessorized with Remy’s Beau Tassel necklace in Red/Silver, and Boom’s Golden Dragon Take It Easy tote. I’ve also added bangles and rings from Zaara, and finished off with a newer release from Maitreya Gold, with the Suave shoes in Oxblood.

Hair:  LeLutka – Ella – BlondeFun {MESH} NEW!
Eyes: Amacci – Gaze Eyes – Silver
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin:  Izzie’s  – Faith Skin – Sunkissed
MakeUp:  LeLutka – Liquid Liner – Black
MakeUp: Izzie’s – Lipgloss – Dark Red
MakeUp: Izzie’s – Faith Eyeshadow – Gold
MakeUp: Amacci – Classic Blush Tattoo – Red
Necklace: Remy – Beau Tassels – Red/Silver {MESH} NEW!(Currently available at the L’Accessories event, click here to see what else is there. )
Rings: Zaara – Kashiti Bobble Ring – Pearl/Gold
Bangles: Zaara – Sadaf Shell Bangles – Gold
Bag: Boom – Take it Easy Tote – Golden Dragon
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}
Top: Maitreya – Lux Sweater – Wool-Mix Creme {MESH} NEW!
Pants: Celoe – Chardonnay Pants – Heath {MESH} NEW!
Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Suave – Oxblood {MESH} NEW!
Poses: Ploom
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Omid

Omid

Lelutka recently released this updo with hair band called Nook.  It features a color change menu for the hair band, giving you plenty of options. I’m also wearing a fairly new jacket from Celoe, the Maru Coat. It’s a nicely styled coat, with lovely details. I’m mixing it with a boatneck top from Whippet & Buck in red.  They’re having a sale currently and this only cost $50L! It’s all layer so great for layering with mesh! I’m also wearing Fri.day’s Iunno jeans, which are layer as well so work great with my Jazz Boots from Maitreya.  I love this shade of red!

Hair:  LeLutka – Nook Hair – BlondeFun {MESH}
Eyes: Amacci – Gaze Eyes – Silver
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin:  Izzie’s  – Faith Skin – Sunkissed
MakeUp:  LeLutka – Liquid Liner – Brown
Jewelry: Mandala – Omochi – Silver {MESH}
Bag: Maitreya – Mesh Shopper – Minsk{MESH}
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}
Coat: Celoe – Maru Coat – Gray {MESH}
Shirt: Whippet & Buck – Cole Boatneck Top – Lonestar (Currently on sale! $50L)
Jeans: Fri.day – Iunno Jeans – Light Wash
Boots: Maitreya – Jazz Boots – Cardinal {MESH}
Poses: Ploom
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

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There is this great person named Eku Zhong. She is funny, talented, kind, and also quite ill. Not ill as in awesome, ill as in sick. Not sick as in super cool (well she is that too) but sick as in very, very ill.

You may or may not be aware of that- up until a few months ago, I wasn’t. I was clueless. I had no idea because Eku doesn’t make a big deal of it. Day in and day out, I would complain about my little problems and she would listen patiently and advise wisely.

Her presence as a friend is a blessing. She brings fun and light wherever she goes- and she does so in the face of incredible challenges. Her ability to stay positive no matter what is an enormous inspiration.

Her struggles started with MS. Then they found thyroid cancer, and through poor treatment it…

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Cloud

Cloud

Collabor88 for November 2012 opened with a new themed collection called Painted Desert.  Brilliant theme, the color palate was refreshing and dead on for this theme.  From the collection I’m wearing Clawtooth’s I Never mesh hairstyle, Clawtooth released two hairs, this one is similar to the other, and features bangs/fringe. I’m also wearing jewelry from Collabor88 – Maxi Gossamer Jewelry’s Tarifa mesh necklace, and matching mesh earrings.  They have color change/resize via menu, just click the jewelry. It’s very lovely, very southwest.  I’m using these items to style with DCNY’s new mesh Boho Baby Dress.  It’s a cute dress in a variety of fun colored paisley patterns, from subtle buttercream to its a bohemian Christmas with Gingerbread.  The design is cute, featuring ties on the bodice and lovely trim. I’ve styled the cloud colored (cerulean) with matching cerulean shoes and purse from Maitreya.  Izzie’s recently released this new skin Geanna. Shown here in my favorite tone Sunkissed, you can see its a lovely, fresh, youthful look.  I’m wearing the nude rose lipstick, and silver eyeshadow.  Izzie’s skins features lipsticks, eye shadows, freckles, cleavage options, and are avialable in a variety of tones.

Hair: Clawtooth –  I Never – Coffee with cream {MESH} NEW! (Currently available at Collabor88 – Nov 2012/Painted Desert theme)
Eyes: Amacci  – Gaze Eyes – Grey
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin:  Izzie’s – Geanna Skin – Sunkissed NEW!
MakeUp:  Izzie’s – Lipstick nude rose NEW!
MakeUp:  Izzie’s – Geanna Eyeshadow silver NEW!
Jewelry: Maxi Gossamer Jewelry – Earrings/Necklace – Tarifa  {MESH} NEW! (Currently available at Collabor88 – Nov 2012/Painted Desert theme)
Dress: DCNY – Boho Baby Dress – Cloud Mesh New!
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}  
Purse: Maitreya – Leather Satchel – Cerulean {MESH}
Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Shanti – Cerulean
Poses: Marukin
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Faux Shadows – Quick & Dirty Tutorial

SL-Stock Image Background-_003 & Faking It FINAL

This is a very quick tutorial I have cobbled together for those using stock images who want enhance their photos.  My method isn’t perfect, many imperfections can be seen where I didn’t finish off this or that, but if it weren’t for a before and after shot, your eyes would probably accept the final image. More advanced photo editors will spot areas that needed to be cleaned up and adjusted more.  But this is a start in the right direction for you to play around with your photos more and what you might do.

Faking It Quick & Dirty tips

I started out with a stock image I took earlier today on location.  I took a photo from another blog post of myself, prior to editing, and very, very roughly cut myself out.  Had I taken a specific shot for this tutorial and a blog post on it, I would have green screened, or taken more effort to emulate some of the tones of the lighting used in the stock image. But that’s not always neccessary, I just like to cut out the middle man as much as possible and do most of it inworld.  I made a copy of my stock image, and cut out the upper right hand corner’s leaves all the way to the tree itself.  I then removed much of the sky between the leaves as quickly as I could, and then enlarged it so it would take up my entire avatar.  I then made two copies, I played with the transparency, and multiplied them over my avatar.  I had to reduce the brightness of my avatar as it stuck out like a sore thumb, while to my eye I can tell the avatar was not part of the shot, I still need to keep it a bit brighter as I would be blogging the outfit, and it needs to be seen.  I could reduce the brightness much more to make it blend in and it becomes nearly a different photo. When doing this, keep in mind where your lighting is in your stock image and how it would effect your avatar when you take the avatar photo.  Try to mimic the same lighting in your studio.

Overlays

Always keep in mind what you want to show.  Don’t be afraid to cut out, or use overlay’s creatively.  For stock images, you can always go out on location and take your own, or use stock images from the Second Life Stock Images flickr group.  I have also prepared another image using some overlays from Insight Designs to show some effects.  I used, if I recall correctly, at least 2 0r 3 overlays from Insight Designs, above.  Here’s a link to the earlier blog post for that image, done completely different with no overlays. Here’s a link to another quick tutorial on using stock images and playing with brightness, and contrast in a couple of programs.  If you use any stock images from the group, please leave a note and a link on the stock image you used, so we can see what you did with it!  Oh, and if you want details on the first outfit, see the earlier blog post on it here.  If you have more tips, tricks, and links to more tutorials people might like, please leave a comment to share them.  I will be checking back regularly to moderate them so they post.

Ten to Twenty

ten to twenty

I’m  really excited as this should be my first post on the Style Academy feed, check out their flickr group, for more yummy photos. Maitreya released the Milia Sweater Dress, and Suave Shoes this week.  This mesh dress is super comfortable looking, well textured, and fits nicely.  It’s available in 16 colors! It looks great on it’s own, or layered over jeans, sweats, leggings, and stockings.  The Suave shoes are super sexy, with many heel options, and a sock option as shown here. It’s available in the Maitreya Gold section of Maitreya.  I’ve added Maxi Gossamer Jewelry’s latest release – Santa Fe, new at FaMeshed.  This jewelry features menu driven texture change options on the disc, triangles, and cording.  My skin is a new release from Adam N Eve.  It’s Disa, in T4.  Disa comes in a variety of makeups, with blonde and red eyebow layers, cleavage enhancer, and de-enhancer, and dimples (worn). It’s a lovely skin, with a mature look.  The body is up to the standards you see from Adam n Eve, so you will continue to look great.  Shown here is Meadow makeup skin, with dimples, and blonde eyebrow layer.

Hair: Elikatira – Interrupt – Blonde 07 {MESH} NEW!
Eyes: Amacci  – Gaze Eyes – Grey
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin: Adam n Eve – Disa T4 Meadow
MakeUp: Adam n Eve – Eyebrow Tattoo Blonde T4
MakeUp: Adam n Eve – Disa Dimples T4
Earrings: Maxi Gossamer Jewelry – Earrings – Santa Fe{MESH} NEW! (Currently available at FaMESHed)
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer Jewelry – Necklace – Santa Fe {MESH} NEW! (Currently available at FaMESHed)
Bracelet: Maxi Gossamer Jewelry – Bracelet – Santa Fe {MESH} NEW! (Currently available at FaMESHed)
Tote: Maitreya – Mesh Shopper – Romance {MESH}
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}  
Dress: Maitreya- Milia Sweater Dress – Sagebrush {MESH} NEW!
Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Suave -White {MESH} NEW!
Poses: Marukin
House: Trompe Loeil - Sunbleached Skybox
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Celoe’s Mirage

Celoes Mirage

Celoe will be doing a major release soon, I did a sneak peek yesterday of the Maruca Coat/Dress, and a link to Sasy’s post of the Maru coat. Today I’m giving you a sneak peek of Celoe’s Mirage Tunic, and Chardonnay Pants. I love the designs they used on the Mirage Tunic. It’s very vintage, and bohemian. I like that I can easily wear the tunic over the Chardonnay Pants, without resorting to wearing a large top and smaller bottom. The Mirage Tunic is available in 8 colors, and the Chardonnay Pants come in 5 colors. I’ve accessorized my look with Mandala’s Omochi Earrings, and Bracelet in Silver. I’ve also used my Rio Clutch from Osakki, which is dead on perfect for this outfit. Osakki is in process of reopening her store. My Ilaida Mojri shoes from Zaara, are a great addition, these pair are in black, they feature menu change quilted fabric tops, in 12 colors, and banding/shoe liner in Gold or Silver.

Chardonnay Pants Colors Composite

Celoe - Mirage Colors Composite

My makeup is blend of two eyeshadows that come with my Cassandra Skin from Izzie’s. You can create a variety of effects, and shades by layering eye makeups. Shown here are the base skin’s eyes, the blue and teal eyeshadows on their own, and then layered versions. The first being teal, then ‘add’ as an option instead of wearing, the blue. In my look, I created a near match to the teal on my tunic by first wearing/adding the blue eyeshadow, then I “added” the teal. Playing around in your makeups this way can really help you make the most of what’s there, and don’t forget to add in from other skins, or makeup sets. My last photo in the series shows the eyemakeup with LeLutka’s Liquid Liner in black added on top of them.

Layering Cosmetics

Hair: LeLutka – Yippie – SoySauce
Eyes: Amacci  – Gaze Eyes – Grey
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin:  Izzie’s – Cassandra Skin – Sunkissed
MakeUp:  Izzie’s – Cassandra Eyeshadow Teal
MakeUp: Izzie’s – Cassandra Eyeshadow Blue
Makeup:  Izzie’s – Lipstick Rose
Earrings: Mandala  – Omochi Earrings – Silver
Bangle: Mandala – Omochi Bracelet – Everest Silver
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}  NEW!
Bag: Osakki – Rio Carry All Clutch – Baltic  (Currently closed. Reopening soon.)
Top:  Celoe – Mirage Tunic – Chill
Pants:  Celoe – Chardonnay Pants – Cloudburst
Shoes: Zaara – Ilaida Mojri – Black
Poses: Marukin
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Celoe’s Maruca Coat/Dress

Maruca Blood

Celoe is releasing a collection of mesh clothes soon.  Shown here is the Maruca Coat/Dress in Blood, and the other colors in the photo below.  This is a SNEAK PEAK! This is a really well thought out trench dress, that can be worn either as a coat or dress hence the name.  There are extra components added to the skirt to achieve a really nice full look, and provide optimum coverage.  It’s a cute look, great for fall and winter. I like that the collar, and lapels are not so high that they could interfere with added accessories like necklaces, scarves, etc. I’ve accessorized my coat/dress with LeLutka’s Saffron Pumps, Orta’s Stella Clutch, and Yummy’s Jennifer’s Set. Recently Pididdle released this mesh ceramic flower headpiece at My Attic, but it’s now available at Pididdle’s mainstore.  It’s a cute addition, and can really make a look. The Maruca Coat/Dress is available in Blood, Blue, Dark, Gray, and Roast. They will also be releasing a short version called Maru, you can check it out here on Sasy’s blog.

Maruca Composite

Hair: LeLutka – QCX hair – SoySauce
Eyes: Amacci  – Gaze Eyes – Grey
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin:  Izzie’s – Cassandra Skin – Sunkissed
MakeUp:  Izzie’s – Cassandra Eyeshadow – Brown
MakeUp:  Izzie’s – Lipstick – Dark Red
Hair Ornament: Pididdle – Ceramic Flower Headpiece – Rose {MESH}  NEW!
Jewelry: Yummy – Jennifer Pearls Set {MESH}
Hands: SLink  – Mesh Rigged Hands – Elegant {MESH}  NEW!
Clutch: Orta – Stella clutch – Ruby
Dress:  Celoe – Maruca Coat/Dress Blood {MESH}  NEW! SNEAK PEAK
Shoes:  LeLutka – Saffron Pumps – Electric Red
Poses: Poses: aDORKable
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry