{ My Yearbook Photo } Smile Challenge Meme

Strawberry Singh‘s back to doing her Monday Memes and I’m so glad I’m able to participate in one again.  I admit this one was pretty easy and straightforward and well, just plain fun!   All I had to do was bare my pearly pixel teef and snap a photo!  But it did take me back a bit to those days… picking out that perfect outfit you were going to wear for your school picture, thinking about how you’d wear your hair and trying to keep it perfect for picture time with an entire can of hairspray, pre-picture angst over that surprise pimple that would be captured for all eternity in your yearbook photo, and whether to smile with or without teeth, or not smile at all because.. well.. you know some teeth should remain hidden.

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The default SL avatar has a notoriously creepy looking smile most of the time.. erring a bit on the side of psychotic.  Thus came along many different alternatives to creating a ‘smile’ from teeth/alphas to an actual mesh mouth or in my case here, a mesh head that has several different expressions to choose from.  The mesh head I’m using is from Slink, called “Visage” and comes in 2 different shape styles: Emma and Becky. They’ve been around for quite a while now, however, not too many skinners in SL actually carry appliers for them. With so many mesh parts on the market, I think that skin creators just have their hands full keeping up.  This is the first skin I’ve ever purchased from Deetalez and I was quite pleased with how it turned out on the mesh head.  In the past I’ve used appliers from Glam Affair (here), Pink Fuel (here) and also from Izzie’s (here). The Mesh Project has had a lot of success with their mesh heads from what I’ve seen, but they also come at a much higher price.  At this point I haven’t been ready to spend that much to try one. The fun part about mesh heads is definitely the variety of facial expressions.  Some might say I cheated to achieve the more attractive looking smile for my yearbook photo, but I would say I was being resourceful :P.

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And since we were on the topic of school, GizzA has just released a couple very cute and very plaid dresses that seemed to go right along this theme. I thought I’d get myself into double trouble and head on over to the location from this past weekend’s party at Elysion (an adult sim): “Fast Times at Elysion High”.  The amount of detail Syn puts into her themed party builds always amazes me and with a little PS magic I was able to put myself (twice) right back there for some afterschool extracurriculars… *ahem!* I mean… extra credit! I have always been a bit of an overachiever. Hehe.

Well if you want to join in the fun, definitely go check out Berry’s Yearbook Flickr Group and feel free to add your own smiley snapshot!  Stay cool and see ya round the halls. ❤

~ Trinetty Skytower ~

STYLE CREDITS

Pic #1 (Yearbook Photo)

Mesh Head – Visage “Emma” – Slink

Skin – Laura “Glossy” b1 (mixedtype) – Deetalez

Eyes – Lillian Eyes (winter) – Buzzeri **NEW** @Kustom9

Hair – Gone – Magika **NEW**

Accessory – Goto Glasses – HOC Industries

Outfit – Melly Blazer (rose) – KITJA **NEW** @Kustom9

Pose/Prop – Yearbook Prop – oOo Studio

Pic #2 (Teacher’s Pets)

Girl on the Left

Mesh Head – Visage “Emma” – Slink

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya **NEW**

Mesh Feet – High Feet – Slink

Skin/Appliers – Laura “Glossy” b1 (mixedtype) – Deetalez

Eyes – Lillian Eyes (winter) – Buzzeri **NEW** @Kustom9

Hair – Gone – Magika **NEW**

Accessory – Goto Glasses – HOC Industries

Outfit – Stacey Dress (plaid beige) – GizzA **NEW**

Shoes – Eleanor T-strap Heels (brown) – GizzA

Jewelry – Butterfly Necklace – =ZENITH= **NEW** @L’accessories

Pose – #261 – Slouch

Girl on the Right

Skin – Romy (America 01 G) – Glam Affair

Mesh Hands – Casual – Slink

Mesh Ears – HUTUU – MANDALA

Eyes – Lillian Eyes (winter) – Buzzeri **NEW** @Kustom9

Hair – Harmony (Ponytail – Browns) – TRUTH **NEW**

Accessory – Nerd Glasses – Mad Mesh

Outfit – Emily Dress (black beige) – GizzA **NEW**

Shoes/Socks – Windie (black) – CandyDoll

Pose – Stands 438M – !bang

{ On a Sparkling Sea… Would You Wait for Me? } & Berry’s Black & White Portrait Challenge

I have a confession…I fell in love.  I couldn’t not have it.  The dress, that is.  I mean, I’ve been in love with Zaara Kohime’s designs for years, but this NEW Suhina dress… I knew it must be mine.  In fact, I’ve rarely taken it off since getting it because… well just look at it.  It’s gorgeous.  It’s sparkly sequin like fabric shimmers wrapped around me and it paired perfectly with her Atiriya jewelry pieces.  It comes in many other just as lovely colors, but with me sporting blonde hair these days, and my favorite grey Promise Eyes from IKON, the grey faded to aqua gown was the perfect choice.  I decided to take this pic and use another love of mine… Bokeh.  I’m sure if you look at many of my photos you’ll see that it’s a commonly used effect.  (DON’T HATE ON MY BOKEH)  I just love the soft, romantical whimsy it gives.  This particular choice of bokeh I loved for the shimmery effect.  You can find bokeh brushes pretty easily (deviantart.com is a great source) and create your own effects in PS, or a texture that you can overlay on the image.  I used a combination of both for my pic here.

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And since Miss Strawberry Singh decided to do a Black and White Portrait Challenge for her meme this week, I took a close up version to de-saturate and play along.  I don’t actually do very many black and white portraits.  If I do, I tend towards the vintage look and sepia.  It takes some mastering I think to get a photo to pop when you do it in black and white.  Contrast is key.  I tend to up the contrast slider much more on a black and white than I would on a colored photo.

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I wish you all a great day… ❤

CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Kaelyn (America 02) – Glam Affair

Eyes – Promise Eyes (Grey) – IKON **NEW**

Hair – Rowan (light blondes) MESH – Truth **NEW**

Lashes – Fantasia MESH Lashes – Gaeline

Rigged MESH Hands & High Feet – Slink

OUTFIT

Dress – Suhina Gown (aquamarine) MESH – Zaara **NEW**

Jewelry – Atiriya Stone Earrings, Necklace & Bracelets (aqua-silver) MESH – Zaara

Shoes – Hera Heels (silver) – Slink **NEW**

POSES

Poses – Model 550 (Close up) & 582 (full body) – Manifeste

{ City Stroll } Autumn Challenge

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As promised I have some more newness from ColdLogic to show off to you.  I decided to also make it a part of Strawberry Singh’s Autumn Challenge Meme by answering a few quick questions on the subject of “Fall”.  I hope everyone’s enjoying the start to October!

  1. Is autumn your favorite season? Why or why not? – Yes, most definitely without a doubt.  I grew up in Michigan and so Autumn was a bigger deal and lasted much longer than the Fall season I get in Virginia now.  I am just a cooler weather girl… I love my warm sweaters and jeans and sitting around a fire with some hot cocoa.  I would opt for this over hot, sweaty summer any day. 😛
  2. Do you call it Autumn or Fall? – I use them both really.
  3. What kind of weather does your area get during this season? – It’s mostly sunny and mild in the high 60s or low 70s.  Much warmer than I prefer for this season, but as long as I can wear a sweater I’m happy.
  4. Which color do you always associate with autumn? – Rusty Orange
  5. Which Autumn themed sim is your favorite at the moment? – Mine? kidding! lol.. I haven’t really gotten a chance to see all of them out there.  But the newly renovated Floorplan sim where I took these pics is on the top of my list right now.  As well as Vespertine’s.  So many details put into these beautiful locations.

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CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Autumn – Belleza **NEW** (FLF item)

Eyes – Perspective Eyes (Hazel) – IKON **NEW** @The Boutique

Hair – Juniper (browns) MESH – Truth **NEW** @The Season’s Story

Lashes – Fantasia MESH Lashes – Gaeline

Rigged MESH Hands & Medium Feet – Slink

OUTFIT

Top –  Hedley Shirt (Cinnamon) MESH – ColdLogic **NEW**

Bottoms – Brewster Pants (Cocoa) MESH – ColdLogic **NEW**

Shoes – Delia Heels (Latte) MESH – Ingenue **NEW** @Collabor88

**for use with Slink Feet only**

Purse – Minkomink Bag (brown) MESH – {u.f.o} **NEW** @The Season’s Story

Jewelry – Dew Encrusted Teardrop Necklace & Ring MESH – Maxi Gossamer **NEW** @Collabor88

POSES

Stands 215 & 213 – !Bang Poses

LOCATION

The Floorplan Sim