{ What makes a happy home }

I’ve been making a new home in SL the last couple weeks… in between trying to get work done on other things.  Before this I would log in on a platform in the sky somewhere surrounded by pose stands and random objects.  I bet many of you know this scenario well.  Those that do photography or blog, or even build… logging into a platform is pretty common. I would set a scene on this corner or that, take a photo, tear it down… it was always just temporary.  It’s been almost a year since I’ve had anything that resembled a real home in SL that actually stuck around, a place where I could invite people and say “this is my place” and not be embarrassed by the barren wasteland that I paid tier on every month.  So it was time to lay down roots and move in.  The fall always inspires me to decorate, in both RL and SL… as even my RL home is full of the warmth of fall colors.  I love the earthy browns and natural textures and fabrics, distressed pieces, and knotty wood floors.. and lots of windows dappled with sunlight.

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On a cool crisp day with the leaves rustling just outside, there is still a cozy home full of warmth, where lazy puppies snooze and curious kitties play. Oh!  And there is always a steamy cup of coffee waiting for me…

…In my dreamy autumn home.  My happy happy home.

CREDITS

Meribel House (RARE) – Scarlet Creative **NEW** @The Arcade

Meribel Day Sofa – Scarlet Creative **NEW** @The Arcade

 Love Curtain with Pole – Scarlet Creative **from past Arcade Gacha

Sleepy Puppy (RARE) – Ispachi **NEW** @The Arcade

Breakfast Tray – Ispachi **NEW** @The Arcade

Cats in Motion #5 and #9 – (Fashionably Dead) **NEW** @The Arcade

Stacked Envelopes, leaf herbarium book, knitting basket – {vespertine} **NEW** @The Arcade

Gilt Frame, Frame Shelf, Carriage Shelf – Apple Fall **NEW** @The Arcade

Strung Branch Pendant Light, Recycled Wood Parquet Table, White Iris – Apple Fall **NEW** @C88

Pumpkin Clonch (Colours) – Apple Fall **NEW** @H&G Expo RFL Item

Milan Lounge (Crisp Linen), “Home Sweet Home” Heart, Reading Pile 25, Fashion Trunk (Classical) – Apple Fall

Leather Pouffes (cafe & chestnut), Floorwood Table, Cigars – Zigana **NEW** @TMD

White Rug – Zigana

Holden Radiator – [ARIA] **NEW** @FaMESHed

Gretchen Vintage Rug (cream) – [ARIA] **from past Arcade Gacha

Old School Wire Baskets – Sari-Sari **NEW** @The Arcade

Radio 1A579-A – Seven Emporium **NEW** @The Arcade

Old Floor Lamp (bronze) – Tarte. **NEW** @The Arcade

Constance Potted Orchids – DIGS

La Petite Joie Cafe – Hat Rack – 8f8 **NEW** @The Arcade

Engineer Boots (Dark Brown) – (Sleep Eddy) **from past Arcade Gacha

Artist’s Cabinet – Cheeky Pea **past FLF Item

{ Too Cool for School }

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As much as this post is full of all the lovely things from The Arcade that make me nostalgic for school days… It really was the new “Boston” Outfit from GizzA that served as the inspiration for this picture.  Although the outfit comes in 6 different pattern options (including shoes – not shown), I fell in love with the pastel version of this outfit, particularly because I have a passion for all things pink!  Within minutes I knew I could build the perfect little classroom scene for my not-so-serious-schoolgirl because (Milk Motion) and Sari-Sari had the cutest offerings for Arcade this round with “back to school” flair.  For some reason I’m having a strong desire to watch the movie “Clueless” again.

It’s time to hit the books!  Nahhh.. let’s hit the mall instead!

~ Trinetty Skytower

CREDITS

ON ME

Skin – Skye (Asia 7 H) – Glam Affair **NEW** @Arcade

Hair – Thelma (Variety) – Truth

Mesh Hands & Physique Body – Slink

Outfit – Boston (Spring) – GizzA **NEW**

Shoes – Outsiders (pink) – FLite. **NEW** @Arcade

Jewelry – Modest Crown Ring – (Yummy) **NEW** @Arcade

Accessory – Gems Flames Glasses (pearl/gold) RARE – [glow] studio **NEW** @Arcade

Accessory – Carry Me Satchel (Lime) – Olive. (from previous Arcade)

Yum Bubblegum! – [Pink Fuel]

SCENE

Desks (yellow – RARE), backpacks, world map, cursive board, library book, cootie catcher, mini chalkboard, schoolbooks – (Milk Motion) **NEW** @Arcade

Chalkboard (on wall), ledger, notebook, leather catchall – Sari-Sari **NEW** @Arcade

Pose – Lumineux 10 – Ma Vie.

{ Emily } NEW from Belleza for The Arcade!

Introducing a gorgeous new skin line from Belleza made exclusively for The Arcade Gacha Event going on now thru the end of September..

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There are 12 commons and 3 rare skins to win covering all the skin tones that Belleza offers from Fair to Tan… each skin comes with 5 brow options (blonde, red, brown, dark, and no brow) as well as additional layers for moles, lip gloss, and hair color bases.  If you adore freckles, go for the rares!  They will give you the sunkissed natural look.

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Have fun playing The Arcade! And good luck!

~Trinetty Skytower

CREDITS

PHOTO #1 – LINE 1

Skin – Emily (Commons #4-7) – Belleza **NEW** @Arcade

Hair – Grande (Variety) – Truth **NEW**

PHOTO #1 – LINE 2

Skins – Emily (Commons #8-11) – Belleza **NEW** @Arcade

Hair – Clover (Variety) – Truth **NEW**

PHOTO #1 – LINE 3

Skins – Emily (Commons #12-15) – Belleza **NEW** @Arcade

Hair – Day the World Went Away (Natural Fusion 2) – Exile **NEW** @Uber

PHOTO #2

Skin – Emily (Rares #1-3) – Belleza **NEW** @Arcade

Hair – Dancing On My Own (Extremes) – Exile **NEW** @Arcade

ALL

Mesh Ears – HUTUU – [Mandala]

Eyes – Crystal Eye (Winter) – Buzzeri

 Lashes – Dolly Falsies – Candy Mountain

{ Feeling blue.. but not really } NEW from GizzA & Glamistry!

I was feeling blue.. but not really.  Not in a sad sort of way.  Blue because it’s one of my favorite colors.  It does invoke a sense of calm with it as well.  And I surely need calm in my life right now.  With school back in session and my Arcade shopping done.. this might be as calm as it gets for me right now.  So I’ll take it.

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Celebrating calm with GizzA‘s new “Flowery Perfume” blouse and hot pants set in a beautiful shade of blue (also comes in pink and mango colors controlled with a texture changing HUD).  I paired it with my new “Anemuna” heels from Glamistry, a brand that’s still relatively new to the grid and I have no doubt they will become one of the go-to shoe shops.  Glamistry has a very unique HUD system that allows you to still purchase individual colors one at a time, and still not bog down your inventory.  It keeps track of which colors you own through a database and pulls them up whenever you wear your HUD!  Glorious!  My inventory is forever thankful as more and more designers start using HUDs to allow color change options vs. multiple copies of clothing pieces.  And you know what that means… MORE ROOM FOR MORE CLOTHES!  😀

Happy Shopping!

~ Trinetty Skytower

CREDITS

Skin – Emily (Pale 7 Bl) – Belleza **NEW** @Arcade

Hair – Grande 2 w/Bangs (Variety) – Truth **NEW**

Eyes – Crystal Eye (Winter) – Buzzeri

 Lashes – Dolly Falsies – Candy Mountain

Ears – HUTUU Mesh Ears – [MANDALA]

Mesh Hands and High Feet – Slink

Nail Appliers – Stiletto Manicure – Hello Dave

Top – Flowery Perfume Blouse (Blue) – GizzA **NEW**

Bottoms – Flowery Perfume Hot Pants (Blue) – GizzA **NEW**

Shoes – ANEMUNA for Slink High Feet – Glamistry **NEW**

Jewelry – Pearl Earrings (blue) – GizzA **NEW** @L’accessories

Pose – Nao – Bauhaus Movement **NEW** @TLC

 

{ Mi Tesoro del Sol }

 
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So for anyone who’s somewhat aware of the events of Second Life.. This week marks the first week of the June round for The Arcade!  >insert applause and cheering followed by crying over empty pockets<  I must warn you, there is some super cute stuff out there and all I can say is… GOOD LUCK!  I’m showing off the new London Hair from Exile as well as the India skintone of Glam Affair’s Livy Skin both available at Arcade.

But the feature piece I really want to show off is this exquisite necklace from a store called Empyrean Forge that specializes in original, one of a kind, mesh fantasy pieces.  Currently they are only available on Marketplace as they are cranking out new pieces.  I’m sure you will be seeing much more of them in the roleplay / fantasy community events and elsewhere.  Most of their items are HUD color/texture changing for the metals and stonework, allowing you to customize it to whatever look you need.   Definitely go check them out as well as get your bum over to Arcade and have a little fun!  Summer is a comin’!  Happy Shopping! ❤

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CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Livy (#2) – Glam Affair **NEW** @Arcade

Hair – London (Dark Browns)– Exile **NEW** @Arcade

Eyes – Ascension Eyes (Hazel) – IKON

Fantasia Lashes – Gaeline

Mesh Eyeliner #1 – Glam Affair

Mesh Hands – Slink

Nail Appliers – Golden Collection – PUMBY*

OUTFIT

Dress – Blazing Sand Dress – The Muses**NEW**

Jewelry – Tesoro del Sol Necklet – Empyrean Forge**NEW**

Jewelry – Colure Ring – The Forge

Jewelry – Gold Cuffs – erratic

POSES / LOCATION

Full Shot – Standing Set 2 -Pose #8 – Limitless Poses

Closeup – oOo Studio – Jewel #2 (hands adjusted)

Zimbala Sim

{ Clarity }

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High dive into frozen waves where the past comes back to life
Fight fear for the selfish pain, it was worth it every time
Hold still right before we crash ’cause we both know how this ends
A clock ticks ’til it breaks your glass and I drown in you again

‘Cause you are the piece of me I wish I didn’t need
Chasing relentlessly, still fight and I don’t know why

If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?
If our love’s insanity, why are you my clarity?

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I am featuring a mix of items from a number of events going on in SL right now.  My beautiful Leila skin from Belleza is still available at The Arcade til the end of the month.  And if you haven’t had a chance to check out The Seasons Story yet, definitely go have a look!  I was so very impressed with all the fabulous creations on sale there.  You’re sure to see much more from there in my future posts.  Lastly, the latest round at The Boutique just opened a few days ago with lots of New York 5th Avenue styled fashions.  My favorite buys were definitely these lacey booties for my Slink feet and my new IKON Perspective eyes in “Clarity” – the inspiration for my post in both color and name.

Happy Shopping!

CREDITS

BODY

Skin – Leila Arcade #15 –  Belleza **NEW** @The Arcade

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

Hair – Keira (darks) MESH – tulip. **NEW** @The Seasons Story

Lashes – Fantasia MESH Lashes – Gaeline

Rigged MESH Hands & Feet – Slink

OUTFIT

Outfit – Turtleneck Tunic (black) MESH – .:ryvolter:. **NEW** @The Seasons Story

Bracelet – Murano MESH – Cae’s **NEW** @The Boutique

Shoes – Alicia Lace Booties** (black) MESH – lassitude & ennui **NEW** @The Boutique

**for Slink MESH Feet

Hair Accessory – By Any Other Name (black) MESH – BOOM **NEW** @The Seasons Story

POSES

Expose Line 2-9 – Di’s Opera Poses (used in close up)

Avantgarde Line 2-10 – Di’s Opera Poses (full body)

{ 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)

HELLO! It’s time to shop… the ARCADE!

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September is just a few short hours away and that means it’s time to play, play, play… and pay, pay, pay those super fun Gacha machines at The Arcade!  The Arcade is turning ONE and this round is so super fabulous I can’t wait to show you all more of what there is.  You’ll surely want to indulge in all the goodies, and gorge yourself on Gacha madness.

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Make sure to check out The Arcade Blog to see all the amazing offerings from the designers and to start making those shopping lists.  As well as submit your own pics using Arcade items for the photo contest in The Arcade’s Official Photography Flickr Group!  You might even win advance entry into the next Arcade round!

Happy shopping everyone!  Hope to see you there!

CREDITS

BODY

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

Eyes – Ascension Eyes (Hazel) – **NEW** IKON

Hair – Heck on Wheels (Coco) MESH – Clawtooth **NEW** @The Arcade

Lashes – Fantasia MESH Lashes – Gaeline

Rigged MESH Hands – Slink

OUTFIT

Dress & Jacket – Roberts (Citrus) MESH – ColdLogic **NEW**

Bag – The Donut Bag MESH – Milk Motion **NEW** @The Arcade

Speech Bubble (Hello) MESH – [Monso] **NEW** @The Arcade

Foodies – Blueberry Slushie, Liquorice, Nachos and Cheese, Popcorn and Pretzel –

*exclusive concessions items for The Arcade Bloggers*