{ A warm hug on the inside }

“Hot cocoa is like…”

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CREDITS

Mesh Head – Annie – Catwa

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Applier – Renee – Glam Affair **NEW** @Uber

Makeup / Applier – Winter Blush – Izzie’s **FREE GIFT**

Hair/Scarf – Handknit Muffler+Nao(Rare b) hair female – Sleepy Eddy **NEW** @TheArcade

Hat – Cat Beanie (charcoal) – (Milk Motion)

Top(s) – Irina Suit Jacket, Leda Hoodie Sleeveless, Adele Short Sleeves – ADDAMS **NEW** @Mainstore

Bottoms – Silvia Ripped Boyfriend Jeans – ADDAMS

Other / Appliers – Nordica Leggings (cranberry) – Alaskametro<3

Shoes – Skates (white) – N-Core

Other – Gushi Gloves – …Mutresse…

Scene

Hot Cocoa Stand Gacha: Complete Set – Sway’s **NEW** @TheArcade

Holly’s Home Gacha: Wooden Christmas Tree (white) – The HIVE **NEW** @TheArcade

Stack of Blankets – Vespertine

Old Lanterns – [we’re CLOSED]

{ My Happy Place } Coming soon to TLC!

Hi lovelies.. this is gonna be a pretty long post of pics so I’m keeping it short n sweet with the wordiness.  I’ve been a fan of DRD (Death Row Designs) for a while, Jaime is notorious for her epic Arcade/Gacha Collections and so not surprisingly it was love at first sight with this adorable Summer Dock set that is coming soon to The Liaison Collaborative for the “Endless Summer” theme.  It’s perfect for that beach/lakeside party on the dock with friends, and is chocked full of cute animations and seating all around..including in the canoe! (click on the images to enlarge!)

And speaking of friends, I called my girls to come join me for some fun in the sun and snapped a few pics of us for oOo Studio‘s new poses that will also be available at this round of TLC!  Perfect for groups of 2, 3 or 4 people.

The Liaison Collaborative opens up on August 7th and will continue til month end.  Plenty of time to get your end of summer party started!

STYLE CREDITS (on me)

Mesh Head – Trinity – LAQ **NEW**

Mesh Body – Hourglass – Slink

Skin/Applier – Petra (Jamaica) – Glam Affair **NEW** @Uber

Hair – Lila w/hat – Wasabi Pills **NEW** @Uber

Top – Felix Long Sleeve w/buttons Shirt – Addams **NEW** @Collabor88

Bottoms – Marisa Doble Lace Shorts – Addams **NEW** @Collabor88

Shoes – Kafa Espadrilles – Mutresse **NEW** @Collabor88

DECOR CREDITS

The Summer Dock Complete Set (including Canoe) – Death Row Designs **COMING SOON** @TLC

Beach Life Gacha: Hanging Sign (sun), Hanging Sign (happy), flip flops, driftwood candleholders, tictactoe board – LOTUS **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Lemonades & Bucket of Lemonades – Keke.

Open Road Gacha: Cooler (blue) – Consignment

Sunning Towel Prop – oOo Studio

Newport Beach Towel – DIGS

Poses – Sprites One, Two, Three – oOo Studio **COMING SOON** @TLC

Location – My home sim

{ Between the raindrops }

Look around
There’s no one but you and me
Right here and now
The way it was meant to be
There’s a smile on my face
Knowing that together everything that’s in our way
We’re better than alright

Walking between the raindrops
Riding the aftershock beside you
Off into the sunset
Living like there’s nothing left to lose
Chasing after gold mines
Crossing the fine lines we knew
Hold on and take a breath
I’ll be here every step
Walking between the raindrops with you

Take me now
The world’s such a crazy place
When the walls come down
You’ll know I’m here to stay
There’s nothing I would change
Knowing that together everything that’s in our way
We’re better than alright

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Mesh Head – Karin – Lelutka **NEW**

Skin Appliers – Karin (Asia Tone) – Glam Affair **NEW**

Hair – Hikari – ARGRACE

Outfit – Krista Dress – Mutresse **NEW** @FaMESHed

Shoes – Laguna Sandals – Rebel Hope **NEW** @FaMESHed

Jewelry – Skylla Immortal Horse Necklace – Maxi Gossamer **NEW** @FaMESHed

Accessory – Cowboy Hat – ARGRACE

Pose – Rainy #7 – oOo Studio **NEW** @FLF

{ Baby you’re so classic } featuring….FaMESHed, LaRoo, and Belleza

This post is wayyyy overdue, so I apologize for the not so newness of these items but maybe they will still be new to some of you! The month just got away from me much too quickly.  The month is not completely over so there’s still time to catch this round of FaMESHed or Belleza’s November Best Buys.  All clothing items will be available in stores after the event is over.  I decided to make use of all the really great fashion options there were not only from FaMESHed but also from DRIFT and LaRoo (who incidentally just introduced a fantastic new collection of mesh heels w/HUD-controlled feet), and create a classic 3 look preview:  one more uptown, one more downtown and one more casual… I hope you like!

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**Edit** due to holiday, family visiting and then illness this post didn’t make it in time for November, but all the November round of FaMESHed clothing will be in their stores soon…  Sorry! :\

CREDITS

Style #1

Skin – Ashley (Med-01) – Belleza **NEW Best Buy November Exclusive**

Eyes – Perspective Eyes (hazel) – IKON

Hair – Pixvior (dark reds) MESH – Vanity **NEW**

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

Top (under) – Dita Tucked Chemise (black) MESH – Valentina E. **NEW**

Jacket – Vintage Fur Bomber (leopard) MESH – Valentina E. **NEW**

Bottoms – Sandy Leather Pants (black) MESH – Cracked Mirror **NEW**

Accessory – Highbrow Shades MESH – DECO

Jewelry – 50s Pearl Necklace (red) MESH – Izzie’s

Shoes – Aria Wedges (red) MESH – LaRoo **NEW**

Style #2

Skin – Ashley (Med-02) – Belleza **NEW Best Buy November Exclusive**

Eyes – Vanity Eyes (Denim) – IKON

Hair – Leighton (browns) MESH – ISON **NEW**

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

Top (under) – Mini Corset non-sheer (black) MESH – Tee*fy

Jacket – City Blazer (Tweeds) MESH – DRIFT **NEW**

Bottoms – Linen Stitched Skirt (black) MESH – NYU **NEW**

Accessory – Neckerchief (black velvet) MESH – DRIFT

Accessory – Scout Boho Bag (gray) MESH – ISON

Jewelry – Gigi shimmer bow Ring (black) MESH – Maxi Gossamer

Jewelry – Ritzy Shimmer Pearls Earrings (black) MESH – Maxi Gossamer **NEW**

Shoes – Hanna Pumps (violet) MESH – LaRoo **NEW**

Style #3

Skin – Ashley (Med-03) – Belleza **NEW Best Buy November Exclusive**

Eyes – Vanity Eyes (Denim) – IKON

Hair – Daydream (naturals) MESH – Exile **NEW**

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

Top – Los Angeles Cardigan (Tanager) MESH – Emery **NEW**

Bottoms – Lana Shorts MESH – Mutresse **NEW**

Jewelry – Mermaid’s Serpent Eye Ring (silver) MESH – Maxi Gossamer **NEW**

Jewelry – Boho Bliss Tassel-Tastic (long) MESH – Maxi Gossamer **NEW**

Shoes – Alison Pumps (black) MESH – LaRoo **NEW**

Poses for All Styles from KIRIN Poses (Maylee Pack) **NEW**

{ A Delicate Flower } Windlight Challenge

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Well it seems as though I’m going to attempt to kill many birds with one stone here.  (Sorry little birdies!)  I decided to use these photo(s) as a good example for Strawberry Singh’s Windlight Challenge.  Though it may not be thee most creative of all windlights I use.   I’ll explain why more later and maybe it still is of help to ‘someone’ out there.  I’m also showcasing some items from The ARCADE, FaMESHed, and the upcoming Fifty Linden Fridays.  I’m a busy girl.. gotta keep it movin.

So without further ado… here’s the Q&A:

  1. Do you use windlight while taking pictures? If not, why not? Yes!  I definitely do.  I honestly would be lost without them.  And have been.  On occasion when updating my viewer didn’t take care to save my created Windlights and lost them when doing a clean install.  I might’ve cried that day.  So now I’m very careful as I rely on them for all my photos.  I will share that my discovery of Windlight settings and subsequent falling in love was after coming across Elysium Eilde’s photography.  Her vibrant and rich colors to her photos inspired me to get creative with my own.
  2. When taking a closeup snapshot for a profile picture, which windlight preset do you use most often? I don’t really have a designated go-to windlight that i use for profile pictures.  Most of the time, even when doing closeups in world, I will use whatever setting I’m using for a full body photo and just take care to adjust the time of day and sun angle to not cast too many shadows on the face that wash out the skin.  If I’m shooting a photo in my makeshift studio then I select one of my pre-made Studio WLs that are probably tweaked from some of the default ones that came with the Firestorm viewer.  (I’ve included some of those below).
  3. Which windlight presets do you use for full body portraits? Again, I really do customize most every single one.  It completely depends on the mood of the photo and the colors in the elements of the photo.  Sometimes I really like to play up the sky coloring and make it something unusual and unexpected.  Some examples of that are HERE and HERE and um… HERE too. 🙂
  4. If you do landscape photography, which windlights do you use for that most often? I rarely do landscape photography, but as I mentioned before, playing with the coloring of the sky can really create a dramatic backdrop for any photo.  If possible I love to use sunset, or sunrise windlights to set a mood when doing landscape pictures.  I will agree Annan Adored’s windlight settings are very dramatic.  And as Berry mentioned, sometimes just using the default sim windlight is enough.  Usually the person that created the environment, chooses a windlight to set the tone for the sim and enjoying it in its original state is great.
  5. Do you have any tricks or tips that you could share for using Windlight effectively? My tip is play with all the buttons.  Definitely the sun/moon position and angle and for me the sun brightness and ambient lighting are the most commonly modified.  Although lately, I have been working on playing with the density and haze horizon settings more to give that far off faded look to things in the distance.  I’ve also found that making sure to lock the clouds helps avoid certain graphics glitches when shooting photos with shadows and ambient occlusion on.  You can also adjust the color of the clouds and really give your photos a very different two-toned look in the sky.  And lastly, don’t just play with the sky settings…. if you’re shooting over where there is water, don’t forget to take that into consideration as well.  Like my above photo, having reflection in the water adds a lot of realism to photography in Second Life.
  6. Have you created any windlights that you would be willing to share with us? I do.  And I’ve uploaded several of them HERE for you to try out, including the “Midday Hazy Blue” sky and “Glassy with Waves” water settings I used for the photos in this post.  Please keep in mind though that this picture was post-processed and I did add a lot of contrast and brightness as well as de-saturated it some to get the final look.

I hope that I was able to give a little more insight into how I achieve the look in some of my photos, and hopefully that is useful to some of you as you experiment.  I am so very glad to have access to so many wonderful windlights built into the Firestorm viewer that they really do give a great base to start from and to the many other photographers who have so graciously shared their custom settings for us to try too. 😀

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CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Candy Skin (America 03) –  Glam Affair **NEW** @The Arcade

Eyes – Vanity Eyes (Denim) – IKON

Hair – Giz (Rare Type B – Citrine) MESH – D!va **NEW** @The Arcade

Lashes – Fantasia MESH Lashes – Gaeline

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

OUTFIT

Dress – Lili Blouse/Skirt (HUD texture change) MESH – Mutresse **NEW**

Jewelry – Charmed Necklace (silver) MESH – Cae’s **NEW** @FaMESHed

Shoes – Lolita Espadrilles (Linen) MESH – Gos Boutique

PROPS / SET / POSES

Wood Fence MESH – Five Minutes After

Grass,Wildflowers & Chair – [We’re CLOSED]

Flowering Grass & Birds – Happy Mood

“Saffron” Singles Poses – oOo Studio **NEW** for FLF (Fifty Linden Fridays)