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All in the Lips

Valentines day is fast approaching, for many that means a frenzy of crazyness trying to find the perfect gift for a loved one, others choose to ignore it altogether. Me I like to just embrace the myths surrounding it, well not exactly sure if they are myths or not, but as I wasn’t alive then and people say it isn’t so, then I just want to believe in it just because.

What I like to think of is that apparently St. Valentine was a priest who performed weddings on people that wanted to go against the laws of the time, and get married. How weddings were illegal I do not know but anyway myth or fact, the idea that people were secretly getting married and that he put himself in danger for love makes me think it’s a sweet day to celebrate.

Bebae has released Limited Edition Valentine Skins to celebrate, and these will be taken away afterwards so do not miss out.

All in the Lips 2

When I saw the rich red lips of one of the two make ups, I thought instantly of Marilyn Monroe, now this woman was so unlucky in love, or maybe she was lucky many times over, who knows. I was at Icing the other day and couldn’t resist this marvelous Marilyn Inspired dress, not only does it look the part, but it has a gesture built into the skirt that you activate and then can type woosh and up the skirt goes, its fantastic. Now as romantic and beautiful as it is, the wooosh features will have your partner chuckling, and that’s the kind of night to remember I adore the most, I make Mel laugh all the time, he calls me his Payday.

There are two different animations with the skirt, and the hand in front of mouth one is too cute, and you even get a prim grate to put on the ground to stand over , for a more realistic effect, Miko has thought of everything.

Now in the ad Miko isnt wearing Marilyn hair :O, but on a visit to Curl Up and Dye a few hours later with Whimsy, we came across the perfect Marilyn Style. Curl Up and Dye does amazing themed hair, from so many different TV shows, Movies and general themes, she even has the flying Nun which is too funny.

This is a fantastic look as I said to really show off the beautiful skin from Bebae, I am wearing the Cream tone in this pic, because it really suits the high glam pin up era so well, and again YUM on those lips. The shoes which are a fabulous summer sandals called Sulaco and they are from Enkythings, these are such a great sandal for the vintage retro looks, and the white goes well with this dress because of the subtle shades of grey highlighting the white.

All in the Lips

A complete about face in looks, I wasexplaining to Fia a little incident that occured the day before, and took him over to Vellas, we both fell for the GamePlayer Belt, which is funny because when I got it he said he wanted it and I almost gave it up so he could have it, but he bought it anyway, lol Men , anyway that shows that it is transfer.

The texture work on the prims if this belt is fantastic, and I was stoked to realise after purchase lol that there is redbull strapped to the back, those that know me know that I drink way too much of that stuff. What I fell for the most though was of course the mouse and usb plug, it looks just like mine, and the disc and case and video card – which I had to ask Fia what that was – is really detailed.

Now one thing I have to point out is that it has lots of little prims, meaning resizing COULD be a pain, but because of the Scripts R Us free Resizer script it was effortless.

To compliment the buckles and metal attachments on the belt I am wearing the Bliensen+MaiTai Vintage Leather Gloves, these are so cute, you wear the glove base, and then the cuffs that are studded and buckled and have not only a resizer script in them, but also texture change and metal change according to your needs to match the gloves worn.

Yesterday I was blessed with others to get a sneak peak of the soon to be opened Festivale Sim, which is the soon to be home sim for Long Awkward Pose and Pixel Dust, WOW is pretty much all that needs saying, as soon as you hear it is open get on over there.

Now I have to admit that I couldn’t help shopping while there, I think I bought something from every store there bar two that I had everything from already lol. The Hartelied Flat’s from Lazy Places are just adorable, you can get these in different versions in the black, or there are fantastic fruity ones too, I got the lemon as well, couldn’t resist…also if you are a big LP fan then you need to make sure and visit because they have a only available at Festivale pair of Red boots there to buy.

Seriously it is a brilliant idea to do that, because not only does it bring people to every one of your satelites but you are promoting the sim you rent at too, if every single store that rents other locations did that, my goodness the shopping across the grid would be fabulous, it would also open up the potential for sims that have stores that are similar to other sims.

Also while there I came across Skanks R Us, I have not been to Skanks for soooooooooooooooooooooo long, its terrible I haven’t and I do always mean to, but tonight made it possible for a visit. Now I have to admit to buying these Stitched Jeans for a very strange reason that ended up not true.

Ok don’t laugh at me, but look at my left leg under the highest rip, I SWEAR that the following rips and stains look just like a Garden Gnome, I swear I was in the little store and immediately they caught my eye and I was convinced that that is what I was seeing, but regardless of the me seeing a crazy blindfolded and tied up gnome that isnt really there, they are great jeans, the stitching is large and messy and they have four different options of wear.

I am wearing them with the Kellie Tank top from CKS Designs which has a lovely ruffle look with sheer topping, but as delicate and pretty as it looks it totally suits a darker and dirtier feel. The hair which I have been meaning to show for yonks is the Bunny style from House of Heart, this style has wonderful full rich curls and is topped with the argyle beanie which is texture change on click, so you should be able to match it to other favourite argyle prints you have YAY.

The Bebae Valentine skin with the pink lips would be a perfect all rounder skin, the beautiful body work is all there, and the soft gloss of the pink lips is fabulous, not only that, but with the Limited Time Only factoring in, no one born after that day will ever have it lol. So make sure you check them out while they are in the Bebae Main store and DEMO DEMO DEMO.

Click HERE to TP to the stores shown.

Hair by: Curl Up and Dye, House of Heart

Skin by: Bebae

Clothing by: Icing, Skanks R Us, CKS Designs

Jewelry/Accessories by: Bliensen+MaiTai , Gransy Fashion

Shoes by: Enkythings, Lazy Places

Poses by: Ana Lu

Posestand Professional and Hud by: VR Foundry

Always thankful for:

Essentia for my Beautiful Hair Roses and Jewelry many pieces of which I have watched being made, and had the pleasure of wearing first as they are custom fit to my shape-I’m blessed.

My VR Posestand Professional/VR Posestand HUD/Library is by VR Foundry , The NEW Features include Keyboard Controls, MONO, HUD Controls, Locking Camera and Pose Positions, ability to save Colour Sphere Presets, Return to Poses Locked previously and SOOOO Much more. The VR Posestand is sold seperately as is the VR Posestand HUD , or in a Package ..HERE, HERE, HERE, or at the VR Foundry Main Store. now also with stand alone Library HUD, for on location shoots in no build areas – no notecards needed just throw in your poses.

My eyes which I get complimented on all the time are from LeLutka the MMS Green which I love, but alas are no longer available but there are still fabulous eyes to choose from.

Poses and Stands always used by me while taking pics, even if some end up on cutting room floor:

Maitreya

Digital Dragon Designs

Pixeldolls Empire Dress AO poses

Happy Dispatch

Juicy

Grapevine

Mela’s

[LAP] Long Akward Pose

ANIMAH

Ana Lu Fresh Poses

Naughty Neko Designs

Imperial Elegance

Lost Angels

Studio Sidhe

Vista Animations

Dela

Le Boudoir Mode d’Ambre

Reel Expression

Ex- Pose & Roodie Noodie

Aphrodite Creations

Tuli

Mamesando

Street Magic

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Dolly

Dolly 2

A Quicky today, it’s only taken me 14 hours to get it to you , what a day.
I went to the Pixeldolls SALE yesterday, and actually haven’t even done the whole room yet, but wanted to share two things that need showing, and are MUST HAVES!.

A while ago Pixeldolls opened a seperate section called Avatar, and I went over as soon as it was opened to check it out, now this was a store were you could buy ready made avatars for 500L, shoes hair, clothes skins and shapes, eyes and in some cases even AO’s.

PIXELDOLLS 50L SALE LOCATION HERE.

There were a few I had my eye on but did the um and ah thing. Well yesterday I realised that they are also part of the incredible 50L SALE, and two I just couldn’t resist are this first one which is Yvaine. I am not wearing the shape that came with, but it is also wonderful. The other thing you cant see in the pic, because it was really too hard to take pics of to cut out, the ingenious use of flexi alpha prims attached to the body with dazzling starbursts sprayed across them, so you look as though you are surrounded by starts, its just beautiful.

The skin is just fantastic in this avatar it is so dreamy, and the hair is adorable.. the outfit I can so see getting worn when not in full Yvaine mode as well, so much for such a great price.

Dolly

This is part of another of the Avatars, this one though I did change more than just the shape. This is Galaxie and whatever your motivati0n for grabbing it, at 50L it’s a steal.

The catsuit is from the set, and it is just fabulous, the texture work on this is amazing, Pixeldolls has fantastic futuristic looking sets like this one, but again for 50L even if you can’t imagine when you would wear it, that’s the thing with our lives here, it could be tomorrow lol.

The set does come with boots, but they are texture boots with prim base heels, so I swapped that out for the fabulous Skai boots from Adam n Eve, these are a fab boot style for this catsuit. Also from Adam n Eve is the marverlous Bliss skin. This is the Red Candy in tone 2, a photosourced/handpainted hybrid style skin, Sachi has been doing a lot more of that mix lately and it is really starting to take her in a new direction as far as flexing her skin muscles is concerned.

Now though a lot of the body is covered for these pics, believe me it has all the attributes that make Adam n Eve skins popular, body shading and details are just fab, and nothing more fun than taking the express elevator to one of the Adam n Eve change rooms and trying them out for yourself. DEMO DEMO DEMO.

The other day Kallisti Burns of Discord Designs mentioned new Braids and me being me did a big ‘MORE LONG BRAIDS” plea. Yesterday to my surprise a New medium to long style of the braids I love was passed to me in my usual colours, and the name is Sasy, thank you so much for both things, the hair is a great mix of braids in a pinned back style allowing for fast paced moving in this stream lined look, I can so see riding a motor bike in this outfit.

Just wanted to share with you two must have 50L items from Pixeldolls. Don’t delay as I am not sure how long the sale is on for.

Click HERE to TP to the stores shown.

Hair by: PixelDolls ,Discord Designs

Skin by: Pixeldolls, Adam n Eve

Clothing by: Pixeldolls

Jewelry/Accessories by: n/a

Shoes by: Adam n Eve

Poses by: Luth, Torridwear

Posestand Professional and Hud by: VR Foundry

Always thankful for:

Essentia for my Beautiful Hair Roses and Jewelry many pieces of which I have watched being made, and had the pleasure of wearing first as they are custom fit to my shape-I’m blessed.

My VR Posestand Professional/VR Posestand HUD/Library is by VR Foundry , The NEW Features include Keyboard Controls, MONO, HUD Controls, Locking Camera and Pose Positions, ability to save Colour Sphere Presets, Return to Poses Locked previously and SOOOO Much more. The VR Posestand is sold seperately as is the VR Posestand HUD , or in a Package ..HERE, HERE, HERE, or at the VR Foundry Main Store. now also with stand alone Library HUD, for on location shoots in no build areas – no notecards needed just throw in your poses.

My eyes which I get complimented on all the time are from LeLutka the MMS Green which I love, but alas are no longer available but there are still fabulous eyes to choose from.

Poses and Stands always used by me while taking pics, even if some end up on cutting room floor:

Maitreya

Digital Dragon Designs

Pixeldolls Empire Dress AO poses

Happy Dispatch

Juicy

Grapevine

Mela’s

[LAP] Long Akward Pose

ANIMAH

Ana Lu Fresh Poses

Naughty Neko Designs

Imperial Elegance

Lost Angels

Studio Sidhe

Vista Animations

Dela

Le Boudoir Mode d’Ambre

Reel Expression

Ex- Pose & Roodie Noodie

Aphrodite Creations

Tuli

Mamesando

Street Magic

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Please Stop the hating

For well over a year now I have watched little snippets here and there referring to “the feed” and criticism of it. Then it started to be about particular blogs, bloggers, stores, designers and what not. It started before I returned to blogging and its been getting worse each and every day, and I do not mean ‘the feed’ but the hating.

Some of you may be wondering what feed? well see that is going to be my first point, and there are going to be a few, you see this has been eating away at me for a long time, and now into 2009 I am over it, truly over it enough to do this on my blog, something which I am against in the first place.

If you do not agree, that is fine, you don’t have to, if you do then yay… this is more so for my sanity as much as anything, because you see when you keep all this in it does effect your everyday, and believe me the hating is effecting mine.

1. The feed that gets the most hate is the Fashion Planet feed… this feed was started and has been kept running by Tao Takashi a resident of Second Life, who has many projects and has always been a very polite man in the few times I have spoken to him in world. The feed was for letting bloggers of fashion, and stores that sold fashion to be able to be listed in one area, so that people could skim and then find a post or ten that interested them enough to read further.

For one thing as stated already ‘The Feed” is not the only thing that Tao does, if you look at his website HERE . But all I ever see recently on ‘The Feed” about Tao is how he has not gotten around to listing someones blog, again NOT THE ONLY THING HE DOES!. Now yes sometimes all at once a dozen or so blogs will be added, that have waited sometimes for months, and then sometimes because he is doing them, someone that has just asked to be added gets added.

Regardless he gave us ‘The Feed” he pioneered it, as far as I know there wasn’t anything prior to it as a feed, but if I am incorrect I apologise, but he gave it to us, has never asked for anything in return and right now the way people carry on it is not surprising it is not his first priority.

Whether you want to admit it or not, stores that appear on ‘The Feed” owe him a lot of their business, whether by their own hand because they have their store blog on there, or because a fashion blog has done a post on their items. Understandably many stores that want to appear there get frustrated because it is a marketing tool, but there are other ways, such as IheartSL which allows you to post and link to your own blog, and is on the feed. What’s New unfortunately ran into author limits , but regardless there are other ways to tide you over until Tao has time to add you.

2. I see constant commentary on the size and quality of peoples pictures on the feed, this again is hating, and I have to wonder how many have clicked the actual link to that blog to investigate further. I still consider myself a PS novice , big time actually, I have been lucky to have been taught things by friends along the way. But only recently did I start using Flickr to store my pictures.

In the case of Vendor ads though, ones that go in world and to your vendors, these pics should be maximum to help lag 512 x 512 some do bigger, some do smaller, but if you are going to post those pictures on your blog then possibly consider saving two versions and naming one blog copy. If you are a fashion blogger and you do save to a site such as Flickr there are options of what size you want to get the html for to post on the blog.

It took me a long time to even know what html was, and how to use it for pics, only because of Word Press did I start to because of the scary numbers saying how much space I was using. With blogger I uploaded directly from hard drive to blogger and if that is the case, then if your pics are big to begin with it wont necessarily make them smaller… but see the thing is that people are laying out their blogs for their blogs, not for the feed, and if they have a particular style template and so on, they are laying it out for that.

But instead of hating on them, IM them, help them, encourage them to learn other tools and how they work, sometimes you will find that the person you do try and help is horrified to find out that they have been doing something others have found annoying. Also as far as quality it is possible that people don’t know how to use the in world tools to get the most effective resolution, I myself only just in the past 8 months or so learned to use ctrl ~ to get the highest resolution, clicking it in advanced and using snapshot or ctrl shift S does not do that, also depending on the graphics card maybe, it is how the person doing the blogging or vendor pics sees their items on them and in world, as well as in whatever tool they are using, improving on that takes time AND encouragement. If I had been commented on when I started about my pics I would have been so upset, I know they are horrible, I have recently been back to appearance mode to see archives, but I am blessed to have been given the time and patience to get better, and hope I get better still.

3. That brings me to this point also, again people are blogging for their own blogs, whether fashion blogs or store blogs it is THEIR blog. I see mention of people annoyed because a designer has the nerve to show multiple colours of an item. Funny how that is really as it could be that 8th colour that you MUST HAVE, but again a suggestion would be better to politely encourage the designer to perhaps do a montage pic showing all the colours in one shot, many stores show all in a fat pack ad anyway so that could be a good pic to post on the blog, and one or two singles to that people know what to look for in the store.

From experience I know that customers and in this case readers see an item in a store blog and then search exactly what they saw, if it differs then they are lost. I once showed a new item from my last job in a different way than the vendor pic and got all kinds of IM wanting to know where it was. Another suggestion would be that if they don’t want to do a montage to perhaps load them all on Flickr or a sharing site and link to them, so people can see more.

But even if they don’t, no one should get all bent out of shape about it, that is what the scroll bar is for, does it really need to be criticised ?. Also those that post on the feed know full well that cuts do not work, but that is a very small amount of people that know that, how do you know that the person that has done numerous items the same hasn’t tried, business wise many post on their blogs and that is it, they do not go and check where that post goes and if it is showing in all locations the way intended, all they are concerned about is that it shows on THEIR blog the way it is meant to.

4. The feed again is something that many use as a marketing tool, but have you ever looked at the blog roll ? seen how many blogs are actually listed but never seem to do any posts. Now this will shock you, I know a designer that posts blog posts on the feed through another format, now one day I realised that they had a blog that is listed on the feed, I asked why they didn’t use that blog to post on as well or instead of, their response was WHAT FEED ? .

This made me laugh, but you see many many moons ago a partner had actually been the one to list that older blog on the feed, they did not know it was there, and had gone on to use another blog as their main and sometimes post on a syndication that takes them to the feed, they didn’t join that syndication to reach the feed, they joined it to be part of that blog knowing that many would go there to see posts of a large range of people.

Now that got me thinking as to how many times that has also happened, for instance I am the one that has gotten work blogs and so on on the feed, and if I was to not be around anymore and they had someone else do the blogging , would that new person know about all the likes and dislikes of the haters ?.

5. If a blog is an information blog, more so than a listing of new items for a store, or a fashion blog, but does relate to the fashion industry they will post on the feed also, but again the blog is theirs to do with what they wish, and if that means re posting information because of an update or new info added, or just because a slurl or time has changed that is them doing the right thing by their business.

If because of how the feed is set up that means that that post reappears at the top of the feed then so be it, the ones that seem the maddest about that are either ones that don’t like having someone already seen get more air time than them, or ones that don’t like scrolling past what they think should be the last thing they saw. Either way get over it, seriously… you cannot be that upset because someones blog moved up or down a feed, if you think that people miss your post because of the second reason you are not giving people that read the feed enough credit.

If you use Word Press look at your stats, look at what posts get read on what days, I can do two or three posts in the same amount of days and the first and second post still get hits from the feed, right now the last post on the feed is marked at 12pm the 24th it is now 9am the 25th sl time but that doesn’t mean that time on that blog is even in sl time. But it does mean that anyone reading the feed daily is going to see you.

7. Picking on vendor ads and designers creations, we are all guilty of being in IM with a friend and confidant and feeling safe enough to say that an item in a store or a notice isn’t fab, yes we all have done it, I know I have more times than I want to admit to, but commenting in the open anywhere is just not right, anyone that is willing to spend hours in PS or GIMP and try their hand at designing for the masses is worth a lot more respect than that.

I pull my hair out trying to make an alpha layer, I get so upset not being able to do anything in PS more than select and deselect my pics for my blog posts.

Not just the spending hours on creating their designs, but to actually invest all the time and energy and MONEY to have a business in SL is hard work, and to occasionally see other designers do the criticising boils my blood. It takes time to learn all aspects of SL creation, you can be an incredible clothing designer but fall short on the ads, or even setting out your store. Or you could be learning as you go, no one older than a year can honestly say they do not have something from an older store that they wouldn’t wear now, that the style and workmanship just isn’t up to the standards that store has elevated to.

Give them a chance, make suggestions if you have to, but don’t dare hate on them, they are trying and they are learning, and they are human, and you do not have to buy the items you do not feel are worthy of your avatar or your lindens. Let them grow, let them find their way, they may just surprise you, plus there probably isn’t anyone that hasn’t seen a glimmer of something in a bad ad that called to them, taken a chance and hit gold.

6. Now this one is more personal, the blogger hate…oh this one gets on my wick the most believe me. I have seen many blog posts or comments about hating on bloggers, or other bloggers feeling they needed to express how much of a let down the rest of the bloggers are.

If you do not like how bloggers blog, don’t read them. If you think you know how to do it better, by all means do so and send me a link. I see comments about all the free stuff bloggers get , I for one know from experience that it takes time to get ‘stuff’ that many bloggers, myself included started out with a huge inventory and wanted to show some of the fabulous things they have purchased along their time in SL.

Yes I started blogging with a 37K inventory and it is bigger than that now, but that also has to do with work. Whether it matters or not, I only spend a minimal time out of work clothes, the longest I am in any outfit other than work stuff is while on a pose stand in my house taking pics to share with others.

Many stores ignore blogger requests because they have been burned in the past, also some just have stores as a sideline hobby and don’t feel the need to market their product outside of their own blog and other methods of advertising, if they are blogged because a blogger buys the items so be it.

It takes time and a lot of trust to build up a base of designers who send you items to blog, yes some newer designers will send to all bloggers, but not usually enough to fill in a post every day, and yes many bloggers post something every day. Look at any bloggers post properly and you know they have always put lindens of their own in that post.

Also many newer bloggers are terrified of designers, they wouldn’t dare approach one to ask to blog them, they often feel that they aren’t good enough to do so , YOU ARE.

Another thing many don’t realise is that just as many designers are intimidated to send items to bloggers, fearful of the outcome of making such an approach, designers and bloggers are people just like customers and readers. We are a community overall, don’t ever be afraid to talk to someone, or ask for help with something.

Aside from that bloggers are doing their best to show items to people that may have an interest in seeing them, and if they don’t they have usually enjoyed putting together the look and writing the post. I don’t know any bloggers personally who are so full of themselves that they went into it believing they had a right to an audience.

Now this is an interesting question, how many designers send items to bloggers NOT on the feed ? there are hundreds of them out there, I send to bloggers I know will do a damn fine job of blogging them, if the items are not their style and they don’t just blog what they are given that is fine too, if they find that the item comes in useful a year from now , well many that know me know I am a big believer of ‘Something old is New to someone”, but don’t hate on bloggers because you don’t like that they aren’t posting anything you haven’t seen before, because they are on the same feed, if you have to then go past the feed, there are so many blogs out there. When I find out a blogger isn’t on the feed I encourage them to join Ihearts so their posts get seen, but its not just because of the clothing, it is because I enjoy their words and creativity, encouragement goes so much further than hate.

Remember most bloggers read the feed too, they fall for a pair of shoes and hair just like the readers do , so if that same hair and shoes or skin or whatever gets shown five days running isn’t that awesome for the store that created it. One thing people seem to forget is that bloggers are not trying to make you look like them, they are sharing their passion for fashion.

If you see a top in a mix and match look that you love that’s awesome, if you want to go out and buy everything they wore, even better…but don’t get all bent out of shape because you have already seen another blogger do the same look.

That is my number one peeve, and this is actually at the bloggers, sorry I feel bad but I have said this to bloggers in the past, so if I don’t let it out now once and for all I will go nuts.

The feed is not your only source of readers, and if it is through the feed you get your traffic that doesn’t mean jack..it just means that readers see you have done a new post and click to see what you have to say because they are a fan. When I read the feed I right click open new tab on everything I like the look of, and then read each post that way.

DO NOT not post something because it has been on the feed already, do not mention that you were going to post something else but its been on the feed already so you didn’t, that makes me NUTS. I am reading YOUR blog, I am possibly even coming from somewhere other than the feed, do not let me miss out on your interpretation of an outfit because someone else has done it already. It could be you that makes the difference in me buying it, yeah believe it or not , someone can see the same items already shown ten times and NOT SEE IT.

People get all snarky about challenges and blogs all doing the same fun thing, well yeah ok sometimes it isn’t fashion related, sometimes its just because they want to be part of the fun, LET THEM, if you do not blog you have no idea how it can get, sometimes bloggers need to take back their blogs, hug them tight and remember that they are theirs to do with what they wish.

Just like people use flickr and snapzillato take fun pictures on, sometimes a blogger needs to just let loose in the forum they created for themselves, they want their readers to know a bit more about them, they want them to experience the other side of that blogger. There is nothing wrong with that, again it is people that have this false sense of what the feed should be, sorry to say but the feed has not been that way for many years.

Lastly another thing is the difference between reviewing and featuring, I see comments a lot about how bloggers don’t do proper reviews, well thats an assumption on the readers part that the blog is a review blog, mine for one is not now and never will be a review blog, it is a fashion blog were I blog what I am wanting to show, or have been given to show, if I am given something that isn’t something I would personally wear out and about that does not change me blogging it – I believe in showing as much as I can from all sorts of ranges, it doesn’t always have to be my everyday style but seriously a day dressed as a keg wearing panda is a fun day, another example would be me in the past wanting to show the fabulous work of Valiant , the mens clothing store, I posted as both male and female to show how fab the creations were, and some of the items fit only the male shape, so I don’t wear them, but wanted to share them.

That is the kind of blog mine is, if I have been sent an item that has a flaw then the designer is told, if it is fixed and re sent it is shown, if it isnt fixed I don’t blog it, there is a page in my blog to show exactly how I blog, know what the bloggers style is before you mix them all up in one pot, we are all different, we all blog differently and we all have different directions for our blogs.

Anyway as I said I had to get that off my mind.

Please stop the hating, it is not doing anyone any good at all, and if you are doing it in public then I’m sorry but you may not lose friends or customers or even readers, but you will lose a lot of respect.

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Sheila- Cringes

Sheila - cringes

HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY!!

Don’t get me wrong, if your name is Sheila it is not meant as an insult…but if you are an Australian female like me, you will understand the cringe. Right now I have Alf Stewarts voice in my head, and that’s never a good thing.

Earlier tonight I was shopping with Newdoll, and we came across a store I had been to before, but when Newdoll told Winter about it, we discovered he hadn’t it all started like that I swear.

So he was tpd in and he was starting to put together his Australia Day look, which it officially became 3 hours or so ago. He wanted some thongs – flip flops for you other strange people – so remembering I had seen some recently I tpd him over, while Newdoll went to have dinner, oh my goodness what we got up to while she was gone.

We some thongs for Winter, and then he wanted an Akubra , so we tpd and found a store with lots of goodies, but it didn’t stop there, oh no.. we then tp’d to one of my favourite Mens stores called Jungle Wear because I insisted that he needed a shirt like one I now owned thanks to Fia – it’s taken me two years to get that shirt lol.

So we were running around and we found him a ripped sleeve flanno – that’s Aussie speak for flannel plaid shirt. I put on mine and my cut off jeans shorts also from Jungle Wear, and then OMGoodness Winter trumped me with his cutoffs, seriously you have not seen anything until you see a Vampires bum hanging out the back of some seriously ripped and frayed denim shorts.

When looking at the pic of the men in the shirts, we came to the conclusion that Winter was in much need of a Mullet, which leads us to Aemilia Case of Philotic Energy, another Aussie. She had a style called Autumn that she deemed worthy of being a Mullet and the games began, an hour later, we were all at the Pond – left there in a hurry let me tell you – Newdoll was back and we were tping in every Aussie we knew online.

Which ended up with Aems redoing her Mullet as we all got crazy and doing a black roots, bleached blonde version , and I am so serious when I say that if there was a blondes with black roots pack in most styles it would be popular I bet :P.

To celebrate, and we so did, Aems is offering the Autumn Limited Edition Australia Day hair for 1L so you to can Bogan it up.

Now if you want to know what an actual Bogan is , you need to take a wander over to Winters blog HERE , because he has nailed it, and I am so glad because he got nailed earlier himself by a Koala, the awesome Koala I am holding is made by Faery Sola of Studio Sidhe – another Aussie – and was a present last Aussie Day.

The Semi uggs are from ETD, and the skin I am wearing by yet another Aussie is from Slink and called Anya in the base make up.

Now as much as I love this look inworld, I would never, I repeat NEVER ever have dressed this way in RL, I once went to the store last minute during winter and forgot I had my uggs I wore as slippers on my feet, and damn near had a fashion heart attack. I sent one flying across the carpark in my urgency to get them off my feet fast enough lol… the shorts yes, the shirt, again flannos are to keep warm in the dark behind closed doors in winter, mind you I have no issues with others wearing them lol.

If you want to see the crazyness that we got up to, and of course the totally awesome pic of Winter in speedoe’s then go visit the set at flickr HERE , thanks to EVERYONE that came to have fun last night, it was awesome.

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Sharing the Miracle

I had this plan, to take pics of as many people that I could, before Christmas and make a book. It was a good plan, except I had left it too late, and time got the better of me. For that I am truly sorry, I did get some wonderful pics and some heartfelt messages from amazing people, and that was the idea, messages from the heart, whether they were quotes or humor , or just how they were feeling about the New Year fastly approaching.

Next time instead of a deadline, I will just take it slower 🙂 . I hope you like them, thank you so much to everyone that helped, and if you aren’t in the pics, please know I really wanted you to be.

Sasy Scarborough

Whimsy Winx

Truth Hawks

Babyboo Glitterbuck

Click HERE to see the rest on FLICKR


xox Sasy xox

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Prowl

A few weeks ago, well the same day Newdoll and I went to Nyte n Day we went to League as well, as soon as I saw this first set I was smitten.
Prowl
What drew me to the set was not just the brownzilla yummyness, but also the fabulous ropes and leaf fronds. The set is called Steampunk Apocalypse by League and there are so many ways to wear it. For a start you get two versions of the corset , just in case ropes aren’t your thing, then there is the bolero jacket that actually has shoulder pads but I opted for without.

The detailing on all the textures is superb and very authentic looking, you can just imagine a survivor making such a great and fashionable item out of the bits and pieces she was able to salvage. The stitching on the corset is large and course, but incredibly done. One of my favourite parts – not shown- is the bra top underneath, made from a piece of fabric and just twisted and manouvered into a strapless bra. Everything in the set including the leg warmers and arm bands are just fun and quirky , I love the amount of thought that went into this set, as I said there are many pieces, including even a rope belt, that you would be able to mix and match these pieces with many others.

Such as the Shaman rust Jewelry set from Dark Eden, again someone working with the aftermath and putting together such fantasticly inspired pieces from the debris. I really love the hand pieces, they are so cute, and the cogwheel/gear necklace and earrings… there are different versions of rust you can get in these sets, I went with the Dark. Also from Dark Eden I am wearing the boot bases to the Vagabond boots, I will show them in full another time, but the bases worked really well in the mushroom colour for this set.

The hair is from Old Gravy, and somehow, which is amazing to me; I didn’t already own this style. It is the Candi style, and the bangs and those full tails are just too cute. Now I have to point out that when I was there a few weeks back it seems that Old Gravy have reverted to their old ways, some hair has demos, some doesn’t it’s all very confusing. But trust me, if one of the demos fits you then it all will, and it is all fab.

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Now lucky for lag that day, because I was strolling about near the entrance to League and ended up in one of those fun lag pulls, you know when you are trying to walk and then suddenly you are traveling over sims lol. Well I found my self smacking into Unzipped which is just across from League and WOW what a store. It’s like this huge steampunk RP kind of metropolis thing lol, ok I don’t know how to explain.

First off Newdoll and I were entranced by the vehicles, especially the motorbikes/tanks, they were so many degrees of cool, unfortunately they don’t let you sit on the display one :(. Then the clothing got a hold of us both, I couldn’t resist this set, even though it will be very rare I will get a chance to wear it.

It is called Nocturnum and its wicked. You get three different looks in the one set, the long skirt , which I couldn’t help capturing in full swish as I changed poses. Then you have the short skirt option, which is good for a fast getaway – those future men are scarey, you can so tell I grew up in the era of Mad Max :P. Then you have the long pants and the long coat option, you could wear the coat train with the short skirt, but for pics it kind of goes through the skirt etc. I love the jacket in this set, and can see wearing it with all sorts of other pants.

There are so many incredible sets like this one, so make sure you check them out, I made it easy for you to go to both stores in one go :P. The boots I am wearing are again the Nomad boots from Dark Eden that I wore and showed closer the other day, the moss pair were a little light, but as they are mod I was able to tint them darker.

The hair again also from Old Gravy is Vicious, the long tails with the strips of cord, and that widows peak YUM YUM YUM ! can more hair people make hair with bangs like that pleeeeease , or Satine you make more, because seriously they are incredible bangs and I have both styles from Old Gravy that have them and I want MOOOORE.

The skins I am wearing in todays post are both from Lion Skins. They are the SU skins in sunkissed and pale, beautiful dramatic make up without being so dramatic you cant just wear them all the time. The bodies on the Lion Skin skins are beautifully shaded, the tummy is yummy. Definitely DEMO time in these if you didn’t already get over there when they did a huge revamp recently. The Lionskin skins are definitely wear as little as possible skins because the detailing on the bodies are really well done, you will be wanting to be half nakey as often as possible.

The poses are again by Street Magic and if you didn’t go yesterday and check them out, you can today :P.

Click HERE to TP to the stores shown.

Hair by: Old Gravy

Skin by: Lion Skins

Clothing by: League, Unzipped

Jewelry/Accessories by: Dark Eden

Shoes by: Dark Eden

Poses by: Street Magic

Posestand Professional and Hud by: VR Foundry

Always thankful for:

Essentia for my Beautiful Hair Roses and Jewelry many pieces of which I have watched being made, and had the pleasure of wearing first as they are custom fit to my shape-I’m blessed.

My VR Posestand Professional/VR Posestand HUD/Library is by VR Foundry , The NEW Features include Keyboard Controls, MONO, HUD Controls, Locking Camera and Pose Positions, ability to save Colour Sphere Presets, Return to Poses Locked previously and SOOOO Much more. The VR Posestand is sold seperately as is the VR Posestand HUD , or in a Package ..HERE, HERE, HERE, or at the VR Foundry Main Store. now also with stand alone Library HUD, for on location shoots in no build areas – no notecards needed just throw in your poses.

My eyes which I get complimented on all the time are from LeLutka the MMS Green which I love, but alas are no longer available but there are still fabulous eyes to choose from.

Poses and Stands always used by me while taking pics, even if some end up on cutting room floor:

Maitreya

Digital Dragon Designs

Pixeldolls Empire Dress AO poses

Happy Dispatch

Juicy

Grapevine

Mela’s

[LAP] Long Akward Pose

ANIMAH

Ana Lu Fresh Poses

Naughty Neko Designs

Imperial Elegance

Lost Angels

Studio Sidhe

Vista Animations

Dela

Le Boudoir Mode d’Ambre

Reel Expression

Ex- Pose & Roodle Noodle

Aphrodite Creations

Tuli

Mamesando

Street Magic

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I should be so Lucky

A while back the lovely Teagan Blackthorne of Savoir Hair put forth a challenge, a literature challenge…as in you needed to dress up like your favourite character from a novel. I wracked my brain and as I am so behind in posting lately it was difficult for me to try and detour away from my to do folder.

I didn’t stop thinking about it though, and yesterday I spent some time with Teagan and asked her straight out, if by literature it had to be ‘great works, not that I am against great works, I grew up in bookstores and restaurants, and my cafe was almost half half. But I really just couldn’t get my head around it. One character kept calling to me though, and I ran it past Teagan and she explained she had never meant for it to be so complicated. That you could even do comic characters if that was your thing.

Well that was my thing growing up, you see I only read comics as a kid, and when sticking their nose in where it doesn’t belong adults would question my mum about it, her response was ‘My Daughter is reading”, I love her so much lol. Then one day I decided it was time to read some books,and *giggles* the first Novel I ever read was Jackie Collins Hollywood Wives… I kid you not, I was 14 and read it in like 2 days. After that one I became a Jackie Collins fan big time, and us having a bookshop didn’t hurt, it was all there, every single book at my disposal.

After Hollywood wives I read Chances and then Lucky, and that is who is my character, the great Lucky Santangelo. She ROCKED!. Now I did go on to many other authors after that, I have read thousands of books from all sorts of writers, and genres..but there is just something about Jackie Collins that will always make her one of my favourites.

Ok I am sure you are wanting to get onto the clothes now lol.

Lucky

One thing about Lucky was that she was a pants woman, and boots. So it was actually this release from Dela that got me thinking about her in the first place. This is the stunning Vivian blouse, it comes in a huge range of colours, and this white one is just wonderful, silky and beautifully crafted, The puffy sleeves and the back part of the shirt – hidden unfortunatly- are all sculpted and give a voluminous effect at the back, its a great way of doing what the template doesn’t allow for naturally.

Lucky Santangelo was a hard working business woman, but she had her own style and this combo is something I could totally see her wearing. The Linda leather pants also from Dela are also made in an assortment of fabulous leather colours, and you get three different leg cuffs with them. Adding the recent release of the Silver and Zebra Jewelry and belt from Dark Mouse I am stylin up a storm.

The jewerly comes in not only Zebra and Silver, even though its GORGEOUS, but also copper/tiger and gold/leopard, they are all as fabulous, and it’s so wonderful to have your jewelry perfectly match your belt.

Now the hair for Lucky look was a no brainer, the Delilah hair from Analog dog is just perfect. Another perfect style would be the Madison, also from Analog Dog but too full near the face for these pics.

Speaking of faces, the Belleza Belle skins were a great choice for this post also, as Lucky has an italian heritage I needed something a bit more tan/olive skinned, and these ones in the tan are just striking. I will go into more with the skin pics at the end.

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One humorous part of the Lucky series of books, was the fact that she hated wearing dresses and skirts, but at times was forced into it by her dad. If that was going to happen though, it was going to happen HER way. So again to Dela and this ensemble would totally be in keeping with HER way.

This is the Marni crop jacket and Marni skirt, I have tinted the belt slightly in this one as it was a beautiful bronze colour, but didn’t go with my plan. The fabric in these just like the Vivian blouse are a beautiful silk, and the way they sit is just magnificent. I added the Gauze beach tank from Lala Foofoo just for a bit of her own casual thrown in.

The boots are the High Ride’s from Adam n Eve, the semi biker style boot is total Lucky, keeping her edge even though probably having to go to some fancy schmancy event. Seriously I could put together looks for her all day, I am so glad I asked Teagan if any book or written works character was allowed.

Lucky 3
Now as the Lucky books all centered around hotels and Las Vegas, there was lots of pool side conversations, this is the Wicked Bikini by VR Foundry, its a high maintenance bikini with a sporty yet sexy look. By highmaintenance I mean you need to be aware that it is sheer 😛 but if you are shy like me you wear both layers for more coverage. This swimsuit always makes me think of James Bond, and things like windsurfing and jetski’s.

The skin tones worn in this pic are the tan and the sunkissed, so you can see the two different tones to compare, they both have really beautiful shading and that bum, wow. one of my favourite parts though has to be the heel and back of the ankle, I don’t know why, but it just looks really smooth and detailed. The tummy is nicely shaded and the cleavage is just delish.

Now what makes me very happy, as you know is that the skin comes in both shaved and not shaved versions, meaning that regardless of your inventory you will always have a suitable skin, no matter how low a designer takes their clothing. With these pics I am wearing the Tesa hair from Analog Dog, but it is a freebie at Savoir Hair’s location at Hair Spray , YAY Free hair.

Lucky 4
Lucky 5
Lucky 6

( You can click the pics for bigger versions ) One of the other really nice features to the Belleza Belle skins is the brows, they actually look plucked but in a really good way, I mean if you have dark brows there are chances that a few hairs are going to stray, so these look really neat and not overdone at all. I have no concern about darker brows with skins, even if I am wearing blonde hair in world I don’t care too much as it’s obviously not my natural colour :P.

Another favourite is the mouth, that mouth is very well created, the natural lines to the lips and that minute dip of skin at the base of the top lip gives it such a natural look. Wonderful make up variations are available, some a bit more dramatic than others, but a nice mix over all. Check out the DEMOS as soon as you can, I have only shown a taste of the wonderful range.

I got new poses yesterday thanks to Teagan *shakes fist* lol , they are from a relatively new store called Street Magic, but apparently not new creators, ooooo mystery. They have hair, clothing , jewelry, shoes, and poses in their store, so you should check them out.

A moments silence for OnRez *sniffles*

Click HERE to TP to the stores shown.

Hair by: Analog Dog

Skin by: Belleza

Clothing by: Dela, Lala Foofoo, VR Foundry

Jewelry/Accessories by: Dark Mouse

Shoes by: Adam n Eve

Poses by: Street Magic

Posestand Professional and Hud by: VR Foundry

Always thankful for:

Essentia for my Beautiful Hair Roses and Jewelry many pieces of which I have watched being made, and had the pleasure of wearing first as they are custom fit to my shape-I’m blessed.

My VR Posestand Professional/VR Posestand HUD/Library is by VR Foundry , The NEW Features include Keyboard Controls, MONO, HUD Controls, Locking Camera and Pose Positions, ability to save Colour Sphere Presets, Return to Poses Locked previously and SOOOO Much more. The VR Posestand is sold seperately as is the VR Posestand HUD , or in a Package ..HERE, HERE, HERE, or at the VR Foundry Main Store. now also with stand alone Library HUD, for on location shoots in no build areas – no notecards needed just throw in your poses.

My eyes which I get complimented on all the time are from LeLutka the MMS Green which I love, but alas are no longer available but there are still fabulous eyes to choose from.

Poses and Stands always used by me while taking pics, even if some end up on cutting room floor:

Maitreya

Digital Dragon Designs

Pixeldolls Empire Dress AO poses

Happy Dispatch

Juicy

Grapevine

Mela’s

[LAP] Long Akward Pose

ANIMAH

Ana Lu Fresh Poses

Naughty Neko Designs

Imperial Elegance

Lost Angels

Studio Sidhe

Vista Animations

Dela

Le Boudoir Mode d’Ambre

Reel Expression

Ex- Pose & Roodle Noodle

Aphrodite Creations

Tuli

Mamesando

Street Magic

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Guide Me

No idea why I chose Guide Me as a title, but I guess that’s how I feel about our grid, and it’s people.
Anyway I was grabbing from different folders today for this post, and had a lot of fun doing so, hope you like.
Guide Me
So I was wandering around Popfuzz the other week, YAY for their New Main Store, and hadn’t realised that the Fuzzy sim was right next door. I knew Popfuzz owned it but didn’t realise they were connected, so I was wondering around with some friends I tp’d in and came across a PanJen store.
You remember a few weeks back I did a post on some Military coats of hers, well this is another, which also has fantastic Pinstripe pants.

The long trench style Military Coat is warm and woolen in fabric, the prim work is lovely and the double breated buttons and epillettes are fab. You can wear it with or without the long coat bottom, and as I said the pants are just wonderful. They do only come on the pants layer but as they are copy/mod I was able to shorten them and tighten the cuffs to wear with boots.

The Newish Nomad Boots from Dark Eden really fit into this look, with the charcoal like leather and tarnished buckles, the solid heel works for that marching Millitary feel, well it does for me anyway. This outfit makes me pine for the snow I keep hearing my favourite Men whining about each day, Fia says he understands that Snow is a miracle, but he is sick and tired of shoveling the miracle lol.

To accompany the pinstripe look I went with the New hair from Magika called Sneaky, the striped scarf/headband look of this short do is very carefree but stylish all at the same time, it can be casual or a bit dressier dependant on your mood.

Bebae Belina skins are one of the recent releases in the Skins line, and the shine on those lips is fantastic. This is the Cinna Bare-2a and as a bare skin this is just beautiful, that no make up made up look with a rich and glossy mouth is exactly the type of skin you want as your all rounder skin. Torie does such great work on really detailing the face, so that you come out looking fresh and enticing, without having to try too hard.

Guide Me 2
This next set is from Zenith, awhile ago Cajsa IM’d me and asked me to meet up with a designer friend of hers Miffyhoi, and the funny thing was that I already had a few things from the Zenith store. Miffy was lovely enough to pamper me with lovelies and this set Baggy just called out for some attention.

The set even comes with the cute trainers, the baggy pants are sculpted and fit really well, the addition of the belt with pouchbag is extra fun, but that fur collared vest has to be a fav part for me. One thing that stood out though and needs to taking note of, is that the bra is on the undershirt layer, and the tat is on the shirt layer, a bit odd to do it that way, but if you wear your own favourite tats I am sure you will be able to find your own black bra to wear with the combo, or change it up with a cute tank or shirt.

Adding more Dark Eden with the Lilith Set armbands, to sort of offset the strapped belt I was all set to street dance, lol sorry it’s one of my favourite style of movies, I love all those “I want to be a dancer but I don’t get into the school I want to, so I end up street dancing and then get accepted” kinds of movies. This outfit is totally that look lol.

Ashia and I went to Discord Designs last week and I had seen the Carter style before, but only this time around realised that there was in fact a head covering version. You see the Carter style is a braids hawke, how cool right ? but as much as I am totally never worried about being bald, a hawke in this style just didn’t work for me, but with the head covering version, as in hair styled to look as though the hawke braids are pulled up from long hair rather than shaved its all good, you get both versions in the pack :). There are such fabulous braided styles at Discord Designs you really need to try on all the Demos.

This Belina by Bebae skin is the Cinna: Berry-1b, full berry coloured lips with that marvelous gloss, and the tummy on these skins and all the Bebae skin range is toned well for a fit without muscley look.

Guide Me 3
While taking the pics of Baggy I was in IM with Miffy of Zenith and she passed me a New set called Victoria, perfect timing as all morning I had in my head that today I was going to show at least one of the Newer colours available in the fantastic Dela Ballet Slippers. I loved when these were released in black and crimson, but the newer colours just add so much fun to looks. The sculpted slippers are just beautiful, the shape of the foot covering, and the really well made ribbon ties around the lower leg give them such authenticity.

The Victoria dress by Zenith is a lovely short corset style with a short flexi skirt that can be perceived as a tutu. A very burlesque look that you could probably dress up a lot more than I have today. The charming neck choker is a rose inlaid with a large pearl, as is part of the set. The dress comes in other colours, but I was all about embracing the purple, so much so that the light Purple in this Gorgeous Gem hair by Magika was a must. This style is soft and flowing and has these delicate gemstones decorating the hair, such a fab look.

This skin by Bebae is the Belina *Cinna: Cat-2a, again such beautiful glossy lips and just look at the cleavage, perfect for a corset style dress like this one. The shading on the Bebae skins is wonderful and one of the best reasons to check out a Demo for yourself. I am using the Long Awkward Pose poses in the pics today, but the middle picture in this one is an animation from Mamesando, that store has the most awesome animations, they are fun and enchanting and you have probably seen many girls lately suddenly bend over and wriggle their bums, that is a classic Mamesando pose lol. They are all adorable and you can spend eons of time checking them and the incredible avatars they have there, thanks to Newdoll for taking me there one night.

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Lastly we have the Temptation set from Stellar, Stellar is the rebranding of Stellar Designs by Lexi Morgan who has recently created a new logo and dropped the designs part of her business name. When you branch out into all sorts of creations like Lexi has sometimes a rebrand can help broaden the reach to a wider audience.

The Temptation set is appropriately named, the bra and sheer crop top are definitely enticing, but oo la la on those leather pants, just as well the Bebae skins are low enough on the privates to accomodate – even if not shaved grumble grumble – yes I feel cheated, having been subjected to Torie getting nakey in the middle of a store once while discussing that exact topic and then her releasing a shaved skin to much joy, and now to go back to not I WANT MY INNOCENCE BACK *giggles*. This rich and red lipped skin is the Belina Cinna Smokey 2b, the eyes are fab but again it is all about the mouth, whatever it is that Torie does to get such incredible mouths she needs to never stop.

Now back to the Temptation leather pants, the dipped v front pants come in both pants layer and underpants for a boot fit, and the stitching and the hipster cut are just fantastic, these are definitely a must have.

The Venus boots are also from Stellar as Lexi has branched out into footwear they come to just below the knee for me, but dependant on your height that will vary a bit. They are slouchy and strapped with silver buckle detailing up the height of the boot with matching silver heels.

The last hair shown is again from Magika and is the Mon style, the hat hair is just super, the slouchy beanie is a thick wool style and the two braids are shaped very stylishly for it to fit exteremely well. This style would also look fabulous with the Panjen Military coat shown at the top.

Click HERE to TP to the stores shown.

Hair by: Magika, Discord Designs

Skin by: Bebae

Clothing by: Panjen, Zenith, Stellar

Jewelry/Accessories by: Dark Eden

Shoes by: Dark Eden, Dela, Stellar

Poses by: Long Awkward Pose, Mamesando

Posestand Professional and Hud by: VR Foundry

Always thankful for:

Essentia for my Beautiful Hair Roses and Jewelry many pieces of which I have watched being made, and had the pleasure of wearing first as they are custom fit to my shape-I’m blessed.

My VR Posestand Professional/VR Posestand HUD/Library is by VR Foundry , The NEW Features include Keyboard Controls, MONO, HUD Controls, Locking Camera and Pose Positions, ability to save Colour Sphere Presets, Return to Poses Locked previously and SOOOO Much more. The VR Posestand is sold seperately as is the VR Posestand HUD , or in a Package ..HERE, HERE, HERE, or at the VR Foundry Main Store. now also with stand alone Library HUD, for on location shoots in no build areas – no notecards needed just throw in your poses.

My eyes which I get complimented on all the time are from LeLutka the MMS Green which I love, but alas are no longer available but there are still fabulous eyes to choose from.

Poses and Stands always used by me while taking pics, even if some end up on cutting room floor:

Maitreya

Digital Dragon Designs

Pixeldolls Empire Dress AO poses

Happy Dispatch

Juicy

Grapevine

Mela’s

[LAP] Long Akward Pose

ANIMAH

Ana Lu Fresh Poses

Naughty Neko Designs

Imperial Elegance

Lost Angels

Studio Sidhe

Vista Animations

Dela

Le Boudoir Mode d’Ambre

Reel Expression

Ex- Pose & Roodle Noodle

Aphrodite Creations

Tuli

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Thinking about Darker Tones

Ok so I had a thunk, and Fia had half of it really, we do that, hash things out and I have my eureka moments lol. It’s great when you have best friends like that, you just banter at it, and great thunks evolve.

So anyway, last week I went to find one of the stores I had posted on as the slurl was wrong, and while I was there I came across a mag I hadn’t seen before, it was Ebony style and it was its first issue, but that was last year and I don’t know if there has been issues done since, or if there is more to come. That’s totally a tangent but anyway, I have seen and heard numerous times comments made about black skins, all of the why’s and wherefores about them not being as available as the lighter/whiter tones.

Now as a person who has never needed to shop for a darker skin, I totally understand that it would probably really be frustrating, especially if looking for the colour of skin that you are in RL, I mean I remember the big release of CS doing redheaded brow skins being such a huge deal to so many redheads… again another tangent, but something that was a very big need obviously for them to go back to PS and do a whole range with redheads in mind.

Ok so anyway, we were talking about it, and the usual thing came up, as this has been my experience in work and my dealings with skin makers. Many skinners feel that when doing the make ups on the darker tones it changes the make up. This is true, and well it makes sense, it is also the reason I helped Aleri name every one of her make ups with each tone a different name, so that any slight differences wouldn’t matter as they had their own name lol.

Ok so rambling on, so I said to Fia the thing is that people need to stop fearing the darker tones, instead embrace them as their own skin line, stop trying to make a darker tone with the same whatever amount of make ups you made for the original tan/sunkissed/pale/goth whatever tone.

Make a black skin with black tones, there are so many different shades and tones in black skin. The thing is too that its not only african or african americans you should be thinking about, but what about all the islanders all over the world with darker skin.

I also dont think that anyone particularly cares that the sunkissed berryguavadotsparkle make up is the exact same on a darker tone, because that is what demos are for. No one wanting a darker tone skin is going to try on a sunkissed demo and expect the make up on the dark tone to be the exact same, again that is what demos are for. If someone tries on a skin in the tone of their choice and they don’t like the make up they don’t , end of story, they aren’t going to buy it just because they thought it looked good on the other tones first.

I am sure it will happen, that someone will see the make up you do on one skin range, and be dissapointed that its not available in another, but thats just how it is, don’t fear it embrace the diversity, thats the whole point right, thats why people are frustrated in the first place.

Go wild, be creative, use it as a chance to explore and expand your horizons, ask in your groups if anyone has a particular darker tone they love that they would want to see , grab some regular customers that might be seeking a darker tone and ask them to be beta testers for you.

Spread the word that you are going to give it a go, and ask people to give you feedback on what they don’t particularly like in darker tones already on the market – try not to get them to put down other skinners by name, but just things that they have seen that don’t really work for them. I know from experience with one friend that opts for darker tones, that she hates when people make the faces look lighter as though they are wearing the wrong colour foundation. I’m guessing thats the workaround for the make up issues.

But yeah that was my thunk today – and Fia’s, and I really think its something people need to give a go, I mean just think of it this way, those tones you end up with the darker tones, well the lighter versions could totally appeal to many other nationalities also.

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Ok so the poll ended up at 65% saying No they didn’t mind notes on flickr pics, 19% said they do, and 16% said sometimes, so that still leaves me where I was at, because I would be worried that I would note on the yes persons pics lol. Now I feel more frustrated than before *sooky la la’s*.

Tonight when I got on Milli Santos IM’d me about her New Couples poses, Her and Newdoll have opened a store together at Popfuzz. The store is called Ex-Pose and Roodle Noodle – so no more noodle box but a bigger brighter funna shared space with two aussie hellions.

Now being one person, and Mel and Fia not being around, I had to come up with a way of showing them to you on my own. Thank goodness for the VR Professional Posestand and Hud by VR Foundry , or I wouldn’t even have been able to take on the challenge. So with my total security of the locking camera feature I was able to take these pics as one person doing two poses.

Now the thing is that these couples sets are “Supposed” to be all romantical and stuff, but I had another thought entirely. Over Christmas I bought the St Trinians dvd, always a huge fan of the originals I wanted to see what it was like, and it was on sale. I am sure I am not the only one that does this, but watching the movie I got so excited about the clothes and shoes and what not, constantly thinking “ooooo I wanna blog that look”, and so on.

Those girls were crazy and so much fun at the same time, anyway I realised that these New couples sets by Ex-Pose could allow that to happen.

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First poseball set is called Cheeky Kiss, but in my St Trinians mode it’s more of a ‘Do you wanna know a secret” pose set lol. On a shopping trip with Newdoll a few weeks back I totally shopped with this future post in mind.

We were actually at Popfuzz – see fate I tell you – and had come across the Nyte n Day satelite store, wanting to go and check out the main as it had been far too long, we tp’d over and I headed straight for a set that I had coveted on Kit months ago. The set is the Libertine set by Nyte n Day .

The Libertine set comes with all the pieces you could need to look all Private Schoolgirly, one of my favourite parts of this set is the System Skirt, nope the skirt isnt system its the bottom of the jacket that is, a totally perfect use of the flared out upper of the skirt layer giving the blazer more body, GENIUS.

Now the tall me on the left is in full Libertine, the shorter gossipy me is wearing the Salopette Fishnet Stockings from Dutch Touch . Not only do you get the stockings but the fab suspendered look is part of them, so very racey indeed.

Both hairstyles are from Kin , yes I ended up going back again with Digit and we shopped like nutters. The very 80’s and totally how I wore mine back when I was in High School style is called Karei, a side pony style that is just totally fun… the style on the right and the larger pic is Shannon , also very 80’s for me with its layered look , but mine is and was longer.

Having shown both in the past, and so not caring that I have lol, because I will again. The two shoe styles are Diva on the top and High Oxfords on the bottom, both from Tesla and both fantastic shoes for this and many other looks.

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The second poseball couples set is Gotcha by Ex-Pose, I told you that those girls were crazy, but you can totally see when done with a couple this pose is hot hot hot. When other schools came to compete with St. Trinians girls they were going to have to accept that there was going to be a smack down lol.

That’s what I really like about photography inworld, largely in part to the fabulous pose makers, and the minds of the individuals that purchase them – or in this case are lucky enough to be given them.

It’s totally up to you what you see in a pose or set, something created with a specific theme in mind can be used in such a different way, and that’s what makes us so lucky. So the poor me getting smacked down is wearing the Emme set by Nyte n Day, this is available in a range of different colours, but I was feeling the Maroon colour as I think , dont quote me, but the rivals of St. Trinians had a similar colour in their uniform, and also because I really like the combo of Maroon and grey :P.

Emme is semi high waisted and the short pleated flexi skirt is just lovely. My only pine with this set is that the high waist band portion isn’t on a seperate layer if I wanted to wear that look with other shirts…but still can wear the skirt with longer shirts to compensate.

The rough and tumble me is wearing the shirt layer and skirt from the Libertine, because you wouldn’t want to get your blazer dirty, and any evidence of a brawl can be covered up that way lol.

Last week I think it was, Ashia Tomsen of Freestyle, IM’d me with ‘You like Latex don’t you” or something like that.. a big YES and a LM was passed. She blogged a wonderful group item from SHI and was letting me know there were more goodies to see.

The store is very fetish orientated, so be prepared and respectful of that. Well worth the trip, because not only do they have fabulous latex clothing, but OMG the booooooots, and OMG the prices. These boots are the Black Leather boots, I also have the Latex and the NEW released yesterday OMG Whimsy will die, Ballet Boots YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM YUM , those I will be showing soon also.

The leather work and sculpties on these are marvelous, and the buckles and straps running up the whole length of the boots are divine. I can’t wait for more releases in the future from SHI and I am so greatful to Ashia for letting me know about this store.

High Oxfords from Tesla also come in a Berry that just go perfectly with the Emme Maroon/Grey by Nyte n Day. The hair on the rival me is Shaggy Chic by Dernier Cri this style can withstand a smack down as its tousled to begin with, the hair on the ruffian me is Short Layered Aveda by ETD , got to love the Aveda styles they don’t date at all.

The Oopsy Daisy Star bandaids I have on after being beaten up are really old from House of Paisley thats now Crush Factory , not too sure if they are still available , but handy to have when your school has a rival .

A long time ago Fleur created the Biba make up for the Vivant skin line, now this was a favourite of Kit Maitlands for so long, and is so beautiful. Recently they released the Biba make up in the newer Allure skin line and the outcome is just as tantalising.

I am wearing both the Truffle and Alabaster skin tones in the Biba 1 make up, the rich lips and dark and smokey black eyes are fabulous for not only rebel teens, but all sorts of fantastic looks. But if you were anything like my friends and I back in high school , heavy eyeliner was the norm.

Make sure that if you were a fan of the Biba Vivant you venture into Fleur and check out the Biba Allure it really is gorgeous.

Click HERE to TP to the stores shown.

Hair by: Kin, Dernier Cri , ETD

Skin by: Fleur

Clothing by: Nyte n Day , Dutch Touch

Jewelry/Accessories by: Crush Factory

Shoes by: Tesla , SHI

Poses by: Ex-Pose and Long Awkward Pose

Posestand Professional and Hud by: VR Foundry

Always thankful for:

Essentia for my Beautiful Hair Roses and Jewelry many pieces of which I have watched being made, and had the pleasure of wearing first as they are custom fit to my shape-I’m blessed.

My VR Posestand Professional/VR Posestand HUD/Library is by VR Foundry , The NEW Features include Keyboard Controls, MONO, HUD Controls, Locking Camera and Pose Positions, ability to save Colour Sphere Presets, Return to Poses Locked previously and SOOOO Much more. The VR Posestand is sold seperately as is the VR Posestand HUD , or in a Package ..HERE, HERE, HERE, or at the VR Foundry Main Store. now also with stand alone Library HUD, for on location shoots in no build areas – no notecards needed just throw in your poses.

My eyes which I get complimented on all the time are from LeLutka the MMS Green which I love, but alas are no longer available but there are still fabulous eyes to choose from.

Poses and Stands always used by me while taking pics, even if some end up on cutting room floor:

Maitreya

Digital Dragon Designs

Pixeldolls Empire Dress AO poses

Happy Dispatch

Juicy

Grapevine

Mela’s

[LAP] Long Akward Pose

ANIMAH

Ana Lu Fresh Poses

Naughty Neko Designs

Imperial Elegance

Lost Angels

Studio Sidhe

Vista Animations

Dela

Le Boudoir Mode d’Ambre

Reel Expression

Ex- Pose & Roodle Noodle

Aphrodite Creations

Tuli