Category Archives: Avatars

Community pinning? A new pinboard and news

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What´s this? an empty pinboard called Sandbox? Well guess what guys it´s yours, well kinda, i have a few rules for it, you can find them at the end of this blog post.

So basically this is a Community pinboard where every one of my followers can pin to, it´s basically there for us to share among us as a Community, be it Blog posts, Event Flyers, announcements, new releases, tutorials, links to stuff you like and enjoy in SL.

I tought it would be a nice interactive way to share likes of us all, to find new shops, blogs, events and products, it will be moderated of course, but guys we´re grown ups here, we know what to do or not, don´t we?

I´m now slowly adding around 600 people to it, slowly and carefully, if you want to be added right away please drop me an im.

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Ok here are the basic rules:

1- SL related things, but external resources are welcomed also.

2- No IP infringement items, or SL´s TOS breaking (if you´re a creator or a blogger) if you have doubts if it´s infringing or not, avoid it please

3- Keep it PG, or in other words, cover your bits.

4- Don´t spam, cause you don´t want to be that kind of person to you?

5- Bloggers one pin per blog post, 3 blog posts per day.

6- Add the info on the pin, What, where, when whom is basic info we need, if you´re a creator link to you flickr or blog we wanna see more of you.

7- No bickering on comments, seriously just don´t.

I hate moderating stuff, but i will come down hard on anyone breaking these rules, without a warning and with the blaze of 100 suns, but i do it cause i love yall.

I reserve the right to expand on these if necessary.

That´s about it it´s time for some fun and some pinning.

Amblyodipsas Rosaceae

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Today I have a lot of new things for you guys, events coming that i´m going to officially blog, even if i had promised myself i would cut down on official blogging, a bloggers challenge, and some more randomness.

So let´s start with the challenge shall we, sometime ago the coolest Pancake in town in her amazing Renoobed started a blogger challenge, as you know me i rarely do those, unless by accident or if i really like it, i really suck at too much writing and musing, but i had to at least give this one a try, it´s called Create a Character Challenge and you can read all about it b clicking the link.

Like i said writing is not one of my strong points at all, so the idea of creating a whole character including background for it is at best a torture, but i did try and i figured the best way to do it was heading of to Genre and see what they had new tis month, not many events cater to roleplayers or are constantly themed like this small monthly event. And when i saw this gorgeous skin from Fallen Gods and i knew i had to use it, next i still had the whole rest of the look to work on, and i reminded myself of tow things i had seen recently first the Hair from Exile i saw in this post White Tea by the lovely Sonya Marmurek, and second these petals i found in this amazing blog post Petal Explosion from Charisma Jonesford.

So i created not a character but a whole new species a mix of roses and snake who´s nature is unknown and who´s probably the reason roses have thorns, tiny as little sharp snake´s teeth, that ill surprise you with a small bite. ´m afraid this is as good as it gets as far as character backstories as i can go, i did get a new exciting look from this challenge, and went way out of my comfort zone when it comes to showing of skin, so it was certainly a time well spent and most of all my preparation for those upcoming events.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin:  Fallen Gods - (Genre)
Eyes: Ikon - Ardent Eyes (The Boutique)
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer - Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Exile – Crazy in love
Lipstick: +Nuuna+  –  comes in the Juuli skin (Skin Fair 2013)

Blossoms:  ~*RunoRuno*~ Cherry Blossom Petals

Pose by Del May

And here is the events part i promised you guys this was also my mind being constantly thinking of two events that are probably my favourites every year.

Fantasy Faire – That starts on April the 20th lasting until April the 28th, Last year i had so much fun doing this event it was crazy, I had just started blogging officially events and Fantasy Faire was one of the very first, I also had the amazing pleasure of working closely with Khyle Sion from Refined Wild and is then project for the Faire,  Paper boats in a paper sea I also see Khyle is decorating one of the sims this year and i can´t wait to see the result. By the way the Faire is still looking for bloggers and you can find the application here.

The World Goth Fair – Again another one of my favourite events happening from the 15th of May until the 30th and run by one of the best event organizers i´ve seen so far, Axi Kurmin, this year is it´s second edition and oh my have we grown so much since last year. And we can only get better and better, the amount of new shops joining the event is amazing and so is their quality, so i can´t wait for this laid back event, where i go goth for a few weeks.

And this is it my ramblings for today, just be prepared for some crazy looks around these parts as i prepare myself o dress up and go whimsical and dark. See you all laters maybe with a Pinterest update.

These are a few of my favourite things part 1

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And when i say a few i mean only a few, I remember well a year ago when mesh was new, there where only a few stores selling mesh and the quality was very different then what we have today, the SL fashion industry changed and moved into the future finally, leaving a lot of people lost and confused.

Today mesh is a huge part of our SL lifes stores embraced it, some going full mesh, some going partial, some embracing it in a whole no different way recently, with the coming of mesh boobs and appliers for them so that regular system clothes could literally embrace the mesh itself.

Over the year we´ve seen new brands arriving, old ones revamping themselves and a whole lot of new things, today i was a bit bored, i´ve been busy this holiday season like you all, but today i found i had a little time to sit down and organize my inventory, as usual i was looking at events stuff, moving things into folders, opening boxes, trying out things, and i usually look a mess when doing so, i wanted to take a pic of the new Bilo skin for this months Zodiac, I had no idea what hair to wear and luckily i had stopped at My Attic and grabbed this cute Ploom updo and i realized i was not only wearing some holiday colours but i was wearing some of my favourite brands, and over this year i gained so many favourite stores i decide to do a few more pics of random stuff from random events i have laying about.

Then suddenly i find my self putting up my idea of my favourite shops from the past year, so here are a few portraits and thoughts on the shops i´ve been wearing most often and blogging about.

First i will start with skins I´m here wearing a skin from Bilo, i didn´t feature first because of my special connection with the brand (If you look at my profile it´s writen there I am a CSR for the store, I would like to say i don´t get payed for it  in any way shape or form tho, I´ve just known Chandra for sometime now, and we´ve been close friends since then, I started blogging when she started entering events and I´ve seen her shop growing slowly over time in quality and effort, I now know a lot more than i ever did before about the creating process, how much sweat and tears go into it, be it mesh or a texture) This pic was just the starting point for this post.

Another skin brand that I´ve seen grow over time in a really suprising and impressive way is Essences another shops also featured in this Edition of Zodiac, that has also been in almost every big event for this past half month, with an increasingly quality, making me slowly grow closer and closer to their skins.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Bilo - Esha (Zodiac)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer -  Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Ploom – Mosh (My Attic)
Cardigan: Bilo - Munira Cardigan

Now what do i mean with growing into a skin? Let me explain it better, some skins you go hmm i like this is different, and as you wear it more and more often with time, it growns on you, it´s not that use makes you appreciate something better, just that you slowly step out of your usual everyday look and start enjoying and appreciating different facets of yourself and your own shape.

I never change my facial features, I´ve stopped tweaking my shape about two years ago when i was finally happy with the final result, and this brand skin always looked different on me and i couldn´t pin it down why, I´m talking about Glam Affair a brand that always made me go hmm, but after a year of blogging has become my second most blogged brand and one of my favourites, not just for Fantasy but regular more fashionable pics, i collect most of the brands special events skins and i´m totally in love with them all.

Another skin I´ve had a similar relationship with was Pink Fuel, again one of the best SL brands that i always tought looked slighty off on me until i started grabbing and wearing not just here but also occasionally inwrold every special event edition.

Mind you i still wear mostly my favourite skin inworld which is my Milena by Mynerva i love it´s clean no makeup look more than anything else for my daily walkbouts, but i´m starting to realize i wear it less and less as my Skin folder grows bigger and my time for walkbouts grows smaller, and now i found out, well not really found out just wore a bit more a lot other skins like Belleza who´s Wynter Skin a few weeks ago for Fifty Linden Friday had me gasping for how beautiful it is.

My knees go weak with every Fallen Gods release and my inner Fantasy geek wants to fly around SL naked wearing nothing but skin and wings. I cry a little when i see every new My Ugly Dorothy skin out there or Mother Goose´s i wish would actually fit my shape, and i feel tempted to make a new one just for their skins. And i´m slowly growing fonder of the Skinnery,  and i´m atencipaticing Nomine´s new focus only on fantasy skins. And this only to name a few shops i didn´t picture here on this post and it´s follow up one.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Essences – Caprice skin (Zodiac)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer -  Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Wasabi Pills - Amelie
Dress: Geometry – Winter (Gothmas by Gaslight)

At the end of a day i realized a skin says a lot about who we are and is one of the most important pieces of an avatar, but i think i also found out my avatar wants to be a lot of different things and some might not even make much sense to me at the time, but it will at some point, when i realize i feel good enough on my own skin to change it as often as i can and feel like.

Red Riding

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I´ve taken the opportunity that Fairy Tales in 2012 started yesterday and will remain open until July the 8th, to talk a little about Fairy Tales, and women´s roles in it, starting with Little Red Ridding Hood, as an example of the violence in it and of the Tale as a cautionary one.

When first published in print by Charles Perrault in Histoires ou contes du temps passé in 1697 this story was finally brought from oral tradition into paper, the red hood or cap are leftovers of the mentioning of blood in the previous versions, the ending in Perrault is also closer to the original one, one of death and violence, where all little girls who stray from paths suffer danger.

And here we have so many angles to the story a tale of warning told to children, that you shouldn´t tsray of the path and roads, and enter woods alone (one of the biggest symbols for the unknown and unfamiliar), that you shouldn´t talk to strangers, (in this case the big bad wolf, reminiscent of Loki in the dialogue and a trickster himself).

But many also view the story as a symbol of sexual awakening, and loss of virginity, while we see Little red as a little girl, a long time ago little girls where not little for long, while in the oldest versions of the tale make her a victim her story is later changed as a smart child, who tho reckless for venturing in the woods alone, was smart to see thru the wolf´s diguise, and call out for help, turning the whole idea of the trickster dialogue around, where the wolf is not telling lies to cove his identity, but simply answering her questions, and while doing so is tricked by he in outing himself, of all characters in fairy tales, at least female ones, Red gains more insight and depth as a character thru time, going from a small disobedient child who gets herself killed for being disobedient, to a smart little girl who is foolish but smart to call out for help, to modern times where it´s usually replaced by a strong woman capable to defend her ground, or to even an over sexualized hunter of wolfs.

For years we were told don´t step out of the path and be careful of strange men, today Red Riding can very much walk wherever she wishes, the wolfs are still out there of course, and violence still happens everyday, except women these days learn to be careful from other sources, while blood is still red.

All of this to bring you an amazing new event, where SL creators create their own vision of the symbols of these Fairy tales, and it´s refreshing to see that in a world as SL where women are the main shoppers, the more depicted characters are female ones, in ways that today are quite far from their original ones.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Lara Hurley - Snow White (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Eyes: Izzie’s  – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Exile – Lady in Red (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Top: Glam Affair - Lisa (Fairy Tales in 2012)
Pants: Tableau Vivant – Shindig Pants (COLLABOR88)
Undertop: Miamai – Nene Red (CHIC²)
Sandals: lassitude & ennui - Nyrha sandals
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics - Clear Lipgloss

Pose by label motion – Fugitive (Fairy Tales in 2012)

ETA: I decide to add one of my favourite Illustraction of this story:

Little Red Riding Hood begins to suspect something. Illustration by Gustave Dore (1832-1883) for ‘Les Contes de Perrault’, 1867.

World Goth Fair part 1

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Yes   The World Goth Fair is about to start, well we still have one more day to wait, it actually starts on the 15th and last all the way to the 31st of May, and it will benefit the Sophie Lancaster Foundation with the full support of the good people of World Goth Day.

And i spent all weekend photographing previews of fair items, the theme of this year is Canivale and it can be easily seen thru the fair build that ranges from several booths that spread across two sims, Dark Eternity and Cursed (one a Mature and the other an Adult sim, linked here are the gatcha tents slurls), over the next two weeks i will try to bring you the old, the new and maybe something blue in between, those who know me, know goth is way far from my casual style, but this is sl and we all need to climb outside our comfort and usual zones, i do enjoy dressing up and ely is totally going goth for the rest of the month, this time for a good cause.

There will be no fixed teleport points during the fair and lm´s to every store booth will be accessible on the website with a direct SLurl there, there also a lot of gatchas, and i do love gatchas, those will be found either at the shop booth, and also at the two gatchas tents around the fair.

Today for you i bring you a couple of shops, first The Little Bat, The embrace yourself dress i´m wearing on the first pics will go 100%  to charity, There are also 3 variations of the Molly skin, that i will be wearing a lot over the next week made exclusively for the fair, and a few more items like dresses, and the pair of eyes you see me wearing also, their gatcha items are some lovely collars, you will see me wearing latter over the week. I had never heard of The Little Bat to be honest, but was amazingly surprised at the effort not only put into the fair but t the quality of the offers. Another shop i had never heard about is DemotiK and here on the 3rd pic you will see me wearing one of their charity items in my petite form, and they also have a lot more items exclusively for the Fair, one of them the shoes i am also wearing on first picture. Also added to the last picture is a freebie gift found at the Gothic Toys booth this adorable spooky shack in a jar.

Another shop i love is Pin me Down, a regular Zombie Popcorn brand, and that I have been blogging for sometime, I love their edgy and certainly different makeups, Pin me down is offering a whole new set of gorgeous makeup called Doomsday, you will see later, and oh god it´s so beautiful and it comes in so many colours, they also have some uber cute Lip markings, as seen on first pic, and a bunch of eyeliners on their gatcha machine, you will certainly see me wearing those a lot.

Last but not least the muses, the muses offers a wide selection of mesh mixed in with system layers, that will fit any avatar out the box, like the dress i´m wearing here on the second picture, and gives us an amazing selection in classic and classy goth wear,   or sexy depending on your desires, like you will see on my next posts about the fair.

To the mix i have been adding some makeups from The Summer Beauty Festival, that is still running and will run until the  25th, so still more than 10 days to shop there.

Remember that still going is also the The WGD Nightstalker Hunt that started on the 1st, you can find a list of all hunt participants here and is also a part of World Goth Day SL Celebrations.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Eyes: The Little Bat - Manson Eyes (World Goth Fair)
Hair: Elikatira –  Again
Eyelashes: Beetlebones – Mesh eyelashes
Dress: The Little Bat - Embrace Yourself Dress with necklace (World Goth Fair)
Shoes: DemotiK - Seranade Skully Heels
Makeup: Pin Me Down – Gatcha Eyeliners (World Goth Fair)
Makeup: Pin Me Down – Lip Markings (World Goth Fair)

Poses by Adorkable

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Eyes: Ibanez – Signature Eyes
Hair: Exile –  Violetta (The Dressing Room Blue)
Eyelashes: Beetlebones – Mesh eyelashes
Dress: the muses – Elegy (World Goth Fair)
Necklace and Earings: the muses - Valois
Makeup: Izzie´s – Glitter Eye Make-Up  (Summer Beauty Festival)
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Dark Kiss LipSmacker (group gift)

Poses by Glitterati

Wearing:
Petite: Plastik – Fantasy Faire Petite Avatar Light
Dress: DemotiK – Souless Petite Lady´s Dress (World Goth Fair)

Spooky shack in a jar by Gothic Toys

Poses by Adorkable

Loki me, Loki you, Loki three?

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You know what really is pretty awesome? Doing something you like, and it´s way better when you do it with people you really, really like, and i got to do just that over the weekend with my very two good friends, Sonya Marmurek from Astalianda and Nicole Twigvald from smileyorc.

Over the weekend we got together and did what girls usually do in SL, which is sit down and have tea and cupcakes? Hell no we actually dressed up as gods and prepared to destroy the world, we also had tea and cupcakes of course, world destroying gods also enjoy a snack and a cuppa among friends.

Like all destroying gods we looked fabulous in our Nomine Loki Avatars, as you can see below:

This gorgeous, Limited edition Gown, comes with so many pieces, including skin, shape, hair, tattoo layers, 3 types of horns, skirts, capes, so many to list and can be found in 6 different colours (only 12 of each will be sold).

And what a better setting for a meeting of gods but this beautiful mesh stage by Refined Wild, where great things are planned by girly giggling gods.

Thank you very much Sonya and Nicole for a wonderful afternoon. I <3 you girls.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Hair – Wasabi Pills – Jacqueline
Outfit and Skin: Nomine - Loki Gown in purple
Wings: [europa] – Nyxus wings 

Stage: Dancer’s Triad by Refined Wild (available in normal and petite sizes)

Poses by Adorkable and Glitterati

The Genie is out of the lamp.

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And she is visiting the Devil´s Locket another one of the beautiful sims of Fantasy Faire and the amazing work of Lauren Thibaud, This Arabian inspired with modern flashes of piping and a giant mechanical elephant takes to the amazing One Thousand and One Nights universe of magical carpets, genie´s, thief’s, magical jewels, and enchanted animals, all of this in one sim.

So i had to grab my petite again and try out the WorN? genie effect, i had the blue one for normal sized avatars already that was a gift in this years Twisted Hunt but i totally  needed the petite version, where i can pick and change all the effects and colours, i know the desert is not the best place for flowers, but i coudln´t resist wearing this top from evie´s closet Ariel set, besides genie´s are magical, and everything is possible in the land of magic.

So for today call me little desert flower and who knows i might grant you a wish.

Wearing:
Avatar: Mynerva – Peach Petite
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Dragon Petite Mesh Hair
Top: Evie’s Closet - Ariel  (Fantasy Faire)
Bottom: Weather or Not? – Genie Effect (Fantasy Faire)

Poses by Weather or Not?,and Olive Juice at the Pose Fair

The mind of a Toymaker

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Is a whimsical place for sure, and you do feel like you are inside the mind of one when you visit the shop location of Mayah Parx, owner and builder of The Epic Toy factory at this years Fantasy Faire at the Jungle Bungle sim.

Mayah is already a known name The Toymaker that makes our jaws drop with all the fantasy oriented and interactive builds you can find at her shop, i still remember with glee the hunting at The Epic Toy Factory during the Steam Hunt not so long ago.

Well as you know her shop is up for and ready, and as usual we get a lovely selection of decor items for the home, most glowy and sparkly and perfect for some petite pics, even if they are so small they get lost in the grass.

I´m wearing here again some of my favorite shops also present at the Faire, This evie´s closet dress is a Faire gift, the hair again is Wasabi Pills, I then added my Material Squirrel favorite wings so far, available in petite and human size and Faire exclusives, the cute little mushroom parasol is from epic, one of the new shops i´ve found out at the faire.

And before i leave you, just some info on the MadPea organized hunt that started, as usual it works with a HUD you buy for 100L minimum donation and is named, The Fairelands Saga, come and join it for a bit of fun.

Until the next blog i say goodbye and vanish in a poof of glitter and fairy dust.

Wearing:
Avatar: Mynerva – Peach Petite
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Orion Petite Mesh Hair
Outfit: Evie’s Closet - Nyria (Fantasy Faire gift)
Wings: Material Squirrel - Maiestre Fairy Wings in Ocean (Fantasy Faire exclusive)
Parasol:  Epic- Rickety Mushie Parasol (Fantasy Faire )

Poses by PictureMePretty, Attitude available at the Pose Fair

Mon Petit Amour

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It´s pretty awesome when you have a new toy in Second Life, and it´s even better when you convince your partner to get one also, what totally rocks is when you can accessorize you new toy and use it to blog.

For months now I´ve been tempted to by myself a petite avatar, and for months i couldn´t rationalize the expense of one with so much blogging to do lately, but bf finally saw one inworld at a store and he immediately imed me about it saying these are those petites things you haven´t shut up about for months?

Lucky for us the petite he met was Dolly and not only she was super nice, but she was also a shopping addict like me, and soon she flooded Sha with a lot of landmarks for us to check out.

I must admit I was totally taken over by the Mynerva petite as soon as I saw it, and I knew I would not leave without it, and not to mention i totally squeeked when i realize not only Evie´s Closet was doing petite clothes, but my favorite Evie´s dress was available for my petite self, weird when you buy something repeated in different sizes, like it also happened with one of my favourite hair by Wasabi Pills.

While i had no doubts in what avatar to pick, bf took his time and ended up choosing this super super cute Faun, since it seemed closer to is avatar looks.

Later on i got Dolly and her partner Jacks to be kind enough to pose with us, so here it is a boat with a few petites.

Ely:
Avatar: Mynerva – Peach Petite
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Amandine Petite Mesh Hair
Outfit: Evie’s Closet - Eden

Sha:
ND/MD – Little Faun Boy

Dolly:
Avatar: Al Vulo – pale petite avatar
Outfit: SeVered GarDeN -  Olga
Hair: Wasabi Pills Orion
Wings: Material Squirrel

Jacks:
Avatar: Fallen Gods
Outfit: Vengeful Threads - Garreth
Hair: Wasabi Pills- Dragon 

Finally I can say I am totally prepared for the upcoming Fantasy Faire, so expect some more petite blogging soon folks. Remember the Faire for al things fantastic is close to start, and I will try to cover it as much as possible.

A huge thank you to Dolly and Jacks for letting me photograph them and having the patience and kindness to pose.

52 Weeks of Color – Seashell Peach

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Yay while getting ready for Fantasy Faire I finally gave up and bought a Petite Avatar, They are originally from Yabusaka, but some creators are releasing, skins, makeups, clothes and some amazing furniture for them, so I totally gave in, and here is her debut on the blog and on Luna Jubilee´s 52 Weeks of Color Challenge.

I picked a Mynerva petite, since i simply adore the shop and use usually a Mynerva skin already, for outfits of course my first option was Evie´s Closet and for hair Wasabi Pills, when you think the hair can´t be any cute than it is, seeing it in this tiny size will totally make you change your mind.

So here it is my first petite post and certainly not the last.

Wearing:
Avatar: Mynerva – Peach Petite
Hair: Wasabi Pills – Amandine Petite Mesh Hair
Outfit: Evie’s Closet  - Will O The Wisp – Petites