Category Archives: Challenges

Liftoff

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I don´t know if you guys missed my pics, i know i did missed making them, but lately with a bit more time on my hands and mostly inspiration i got back into taking a few pics, most inserted in series with a bonding theme.

I did first, a series of 8 pictures mostly following this edition of Enchantment in mind, since Little Red Riding Hood is one of my all time favourite children stories (yes i had a red hood back them and wore it all the time).

But this pic is a little special it´s for a contest entry and i never ever do Photo contests, but Audio to Visual SL Photography is an amazing concept by Walton F. Wainwright (faust.steamer) owner of Contraption, and a very talented creator, i was excited with the simple rules, the idea and mostly the musical selection, so if you want a challenge, or to do a contest because it´s fun do not miss out on this one.

The song i picked was Iron by Woodkid an amazing artist with a unique style, that i find mind-blowing. And you can find it along with my recent pics on my brand new tumbrl account, since the blog is so filled with events, i post these there, with simplified credits.

That´s it for now guys, have a great weekend and don´t forget to enter this contest because it´s some of the most fun i´ve had in a long time taking pics.

 

 

 

Puss in Boots

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As you all know i recently mentioned that Fantasy Faire was coming, and with that in mind i had to do a picture i´ve had in my head for ages.

Wearing:
Avatar: Yabusaka – Pookabi Mesh Avatar
Belt: Roadrunner’s Creations - Slingshot Holster Belt
Hat: Illusions - Cavalier Hat
Boots: lassitude & ennui - Assassin boots

Pose by Del May

You see the thing with kids is they get obsessed with things, be it characters, TV shows or games, and lately my nephew´s fascination with the Puss in Boots is at it´s height, and even knowing next week he´ll be fascinated with some other character, i had to do this picture for him (he loved it by the way), and it also comes back in full circle to the start of this post, and show how enthusiastic i am about Fantasy Faire and why.

I was always more of a sci-fi person then actual Fantasy, but SL sorta of changed it for me, and i grow more and more fond of Fantasy inworld, not only because of the excellent work i see creators put out but also because i go back to being 4 years old like my nephew, and suddenly the whole world is filled with dragons, monsters, and whatever creature my mind can come up with.

This is why i get so excited about events like Fantasy Faire, they bring a little back of the old SL slogan, Your world, Your imagination.

This post is also part of a sort of self-imposed challenge, at the start of the year i did an application so people could troll me and decide what i should blog, you can find it here and troll me, just keep in mind i am slow, and this is my first time doing.

Well Jackal Ennui wrote:

Blog as a furry!

I’m curious which is your inner animal, and how it is styled.

I´m afraid this is as close as i´ll ever be to a furry, and of course, human or not i´m always fabulous, with the right accessories, and plenty of swag, as for my inner animal, we all know it´s the lolcat, so this gorgeous avatar was just perfect.

That is all for todays folks, don´t forget to check out my Pinterest for updates and previews on events, I´ll see you all soon, with more news and ramblings.

Updated Events:

FaMESHed

The Challenge

-Woeful Wednesday

 

Ongoing Events:

Pose Fair 2013

Atelier Kreslo

-The Boutique

The Dressing Room Fusion

L’accessoires

The Gallery Gift Shop

Genre

The Black Market

Adore & Abhor’s 5th Anniversary!

Zodiac

The Mens Dept.

 

Coming Soon:

The Garden

- Bees Through the Seasons

COLLABOR88

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.

What is your beauty base zero?

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That was the question asked By Portia Pexington in this interesting challenge.

I realized i didn´t really have one well not an actually saved one ready to wear, since the option of outfits became available i usually keep two outfits only in my inventory, one is made of a full body alpha and nothing else, i call it my event suit, it allows me to visit events and cut down on lag, I´ve considered making another one tho, since an alpha makes it hard to try demos, so i´ll probably just make a new event outfit soon that consists of a simple all black skin.

My second outfit is usually a simple casual look i probably blogged at some point and is there for emergencies going out occasions, like if i suddenly need to pop out of my platform and i just trow it on, it´s usually like i said casual and seasonal, so i don´t feel so awkward and out of place, but that usually fails me miserably, since i change skins often for the blog, when i put on the outfit the feet and hands are never matching.

But tbh i rarely wear this outfit, i´ll proudly walk around the grid looking like a hot mess most of my time, which usually means bald, with my AO of, at least 3/4 different mesh pieces and the wrong alpha layers on for them and unmatching feet and hands, i sometimes joke i must be somewhere on some The Fugly of SL website of Flickr group somewhere.

But i´m glad i stumbled upon this challenge since it made me set up this simple look i can wear everywhere and is now saved in my outfit folder, ready for a blog post when i feature my regular everyday skin.

Shape: mine 

I´ve had this shape for 2 years now, a huge difference from my previous one, two years ago i lowered my avatar closer to my RL height, something that makes most avatars sorta of tower over me, since that huge change two years ago i haven´t touched the face at all or the body much, only changes i do remember doing, was recently to resize my ears making them bigger, to fit some hair styles.

Things like general body i mess with all the time to fit mesh clothes, but i keep several copies of my basic shape in different places of my inventory and with different names due to two months ago SL simply deleting one versions of this shape.

Skin: Mynerva  –  Milena

I´ve used Mynerva skins for my regular skin for about 3 years now, and didn´t even think twice when Milena came out, it fits my shape, which is something i never change, and i simply love it´s details and mostly the freckles, i do sometimes add on an extra freckle layer, but not all the time, mostly for more natural and casual looking blog posts.

Brows: Mynerva  –  Milena Brow Shape/Milena Brows Red 3

I always keep my brow shap constant, but having the Eyebrows in a seperate layer makes me forget them sometimes, which can be the ocasional pain of taking a bunch of pics and finally loose that nagging feeling something is wrong with them, when you realize you forgot to wear your eyebrows

Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 

I sometimes try diferent eyes but these brown ones have been my favourites for over a year  now i love my brown Izzie´s.

Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer - Eyelashes – Groomed

I quite these and i do tend to be lazy and also having a hard time fitting most lashes to my eyes, but i would love to experiment, so if you know more eyelashes out there and worth trying out let me know, i so wanna play more with close-ups.

Hair: [ monso ]  - My Hair – Yoon/ Cookie Pack

I usually go for short haircuts for my day to day preference, this one is one of my all time favourites, even if it´s not my favourite of all times colour i love how it fits my face and overall cuteness.

Feet: [Gos] Boutique -  Mesh Feet (New Release)

These are new, tho i bought them over weekend and haven´t managed to take them off yet, cause they´re pretty  and i like them, lol i know it´s my new favourite toy, and after filling out a request on teh website for my regular skin to be added to the database, this morning i recieve a personal IM informing me it had just been added, talk about good personalized costumer support there. I can´t now wait to try the matching when i get home later.

Sweater: Fashionz! – Long Sleeve A01 Shirt
Bermudas: L.Fauna - Bermuda

Pose by  Long Awkard Pose (no longer available)
Kukuvaya – Norah Skybox (Four Walls Hunt)

Collaborate

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As i said on my last blog post i´ve been away and now on return i find myself spinning on all the new and regular events, regular like Zodiac which i blogged over the weekend and you can find at the official Hottie Cooterati Experience blog here, and new because Cinema is almost here and i will start soon showing you guys some previews, while we anxiously await the doors opening.

In the meanwhile another regular event just opened it´s doors yesterday, and as usual and from what i have seen at Seraphim and the multiple plurks by the creators, a lot of new and discounted goodies like every month, with a mix of dashing bright colours and quite unique items, sadly i´ve yet to get to the event, and i doubt i will be able in the next couple of days, with all the traffic, but i already have a pretty long mental shopping list.

So today i bring you some of last months items that should be available at the shops own stores, and i also bring you guys new shoes, or better new boots, these from one of my favourite brands, lassitude & ennui, that where specially made for this last edition of L’accessoires, that ended sadly yesterday but should be available at the shop soon.

So guys consider this my to late blog post, where i show of things from events ended and prepare for their new editions.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Glam Affair   –  Lilith
Hair: Elikatira - Flattery
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya - V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Dress and cardigan: {u.f.o.} – you and me/cream, ribbonbon cardigan/purple
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer - Marrakech Heart
Boots: lassitude & ennui- Phoebe boots
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics - Clear Lipgloss 

Poses by STaTUS

Me in a fancy chair

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About a week or two ago i started my first challenge, i had never done of these really, but this tumblr Men Sitting in Fancy Chairs, linked on plurk by Alice Demonia, was just so full of awesome, and an incredible idea, and i wasn´t the only one who thought so, because Ruby Starlight from Exposeur liked it so much she did two pose sets inspired on it, with chair included, one for men and one for us ladies.

So as soon as i saw Ruby´s add for the poses i ran over to the shop to get both sets, but i already knew what chair i wanted to use, and even if Ruby´s is very well done, the chair i´m using here has it´s own story.

It all started over a month or two ago when i spotted this chair by 19 Motorcycle in SL not once not twice, but at least 4/5 times in different locations, well i became obsessed about it, a fast tp to the store and i saw the chair there, but couldn´t find it on sale anywhere, eventually i simply gave up, and went on about my days spotting the chair occasionally and becoming frustrated by not having it.

Until one day why checking out the second edition of Fluid, with the lovely Pancake over from Renoobed, i see the chair there at the event has a decoration prop, frustrated i vented in local chat how much i loved it but couldn´t find it for sale at the shop, a few minutes after i left the event i get a im from a stranger, who had heard my silly rant and informed me the chair was a freebie from the store, that you could get from the board at the entrance, of course i ran over to grab it after all this time looking for it was just under my nose.

So anyways, here it is a challenge, a story, hopefully not to boring, and a chair with me sitting on it, showing off some of the goodies from several events in SL, my gorgeous necklace from Maxi Gossamer is from COLLABOR88,  and my fingers are crossed that Maxi will become an event regular, the earings are from Chloe i heard has some new goodies coming out soon to events.

You can find this gorgeous sequined top by Cracked Mirror at this month´s edition of My Second Box, and the hair is one of Exile´s Hair Fair releases who´s donations for WIGS for KIDS has reached over 3.000 dollars so far.

So here i am Sitting in a probably not so fancy but certainly different chair, and i know i´m probably not as exciting as the Tumbrl pictures, but here it is my first try at my very own first challenge. For other challenge entries please check out the Flickr Group. See you all soon with more new hair.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya - V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Exile – Crush (Hair Fair)
Top: Cracked Mirror - Sequin Crop Top (My Second Box)
Jeans: Maitreya - Flare Jeans
Shoes: lassitude & ennui - Boudoir mules
Earrings and Ring: Chloe – Honey Drop
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer - Tilly Ethnic (COLLABOR88)
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics - Clear Lipgloss 

Chair: Freebie by 19 Motorcycle
Poses by Exposeur  - Men Sitting In Chairs/Women Sitting In Chairs

A blogger challenge and my usual tldr blog post of the month

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Well let´s start with a bloggers challenge shall we? Earlier today Alice Demonia, hair maker and plurker extraordinaire, linked this pretty cool tumblr Men Sitting in Fancy Chairs, and it is totally filled with awesome pics of models and actors just lounging about in one big chair, looking pretty amazing, so i thought, we totally need this for SLers, so here is my challenge, for bloggers and anyone else willing to try: SLers Sitting in fancy chairs, so please add your pictures to the flickr group, i´ll have my own entry for the challenge soon.

Here are the rules: A person in a chair, you don´t even have to be sitting, it doesn´t even have to be fancy, i just love the mood of those pics, and ask people to find their own mood, either for their own personality or a character. Simple rules no?

So what else has been going on? Events and more events all over SL while FaMESHed, has just started Fairy Tales in 2012, end on the 8th, the day COLLABOR88 starts and these are just the tip of the iceberg, still going on is the second edition of Fluid by  The Ego Co., and Summer by the Sea Gacha Festival, has just started over weekend, and over next weekend is also time for ZombiePopcorn, also something we´ve been waiting for a year is Hair Fair, what can i say? I´m a sucker for hairs and the Wigs for Kids is a charity i can totally stand behind.

That´s about it for the past and the next month, i was gonna post this yesterday but sleep deprivation is still taking it´s toll on me to be honest, see you all later and have a wonderful friday and weekend.

I´ll give you my numbers but don´t call me, not even maybe.

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Last year i missed this challenge/meme  What’s your digits? altogether since i wasn´t blogging at all and i never got around to post on the SLU thread with the same title and i wasn´t even on Flickr then, but i found this challenge super fun and interesting, this year thanks to Strawberry Singh again, it´s back and with some extra details What’s Your Digits? – Take 2: The Mesh Revolution!.

So here it is, or better here are my numbers, my digits, my measures, yep i am that small, i´m about 1.70 meters, my real life height, i became this small half way thru 2008 when trying to add a more realistic size to my avatar, she also went thru a facial change, that i´ve kept with slight changes whenever i did a major skin change, but since i´ve been using Mynerva, for about a year and half now, I haven´t touched the face sliders at all.

This is my personal shape that i keep several copies about spread thru my inventory in case it goes all bonkers and LL decides i should not need it someday, and deletes it by mistake. I do mess with copies of it a lot, every time i wear a mesh item i adjust it to the mesh in the size that sort of fits it more overall, so my look doesn´t  change dramatically.

So here it is folks, let´s see how much this changes maybe next year if the challenge pops up again.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maitreya - V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Wasabi Pills - Kummi
Bikini: Artilleri – Renee bikini
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics - Clear Lipgloss 

poses by fri.day and Avatar Ruler by The Golden Oriole

Templates and some Randomness…

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I´ve been meaning to write about templates for sometime, but i keep forgetting, until today, I wasn´t even going to blog today since i had no time to take pictures yesterday and was absolutely exhausted but, while discussing with friends about templates, and after we talked, i looked up at pics from one event and saw the same shirt in it being sold by several people.

But my issue is not that the same people are using the same templates, in this event for example this top appeared at least being should by 3 different shops, one of the shops didn´t even bother to make a unique texture for it, they just simply used the ones that came with the mesh template, and the template add, even worse is i have seen a dress being sold a few weeks ago, where they didn´t even bother doing anything at all and jus applied the shading texture to the mesh.

There have always been templates in SL i even own some and i usually used them for silly stuff, a funny t-shirt to gift a friend, or make bf a t-shirt he couldn´t find. The thing with mesh templates and what is actually bothering me are basically two things, i see on the marketplace almost exact copies of other stores mesh models, i do know this happened before with sculpts, yes i do, but the way it became balant is scary, i´ve seen several models from amazing stores that i know are original models, being imitated and sold as templates for pennies, a week or so later they are all over a bunch of events some with the either no original texturing at all and some with the textures that came on the template pack.

The thing is as a shopper this scares the shit out of me i see a huge second market showing up with lower quality mesh with hardly any texturing and it scares me how these people can actually call themselves creators, and why are they in so many events selling half of them the same thing.

It also makes me upset to see a few other templates out there badly rigged, these are a lot more expensive, but the rigging on them makes me cringe. In the meanwhile there are very good templates for sale, but these we don´t see about much, they will show up every now and then, and usually with better textures, and also clearly not a cheap copy of someone´s else models.

All this rant, just to say, i think templates can be a good tool, but only when used wisely and well, i expect a bit more work from someone before i call them a content creator.

And i dint´want to make this blog post a hateful one, I don´t believe it´s ok to just come around and say this is bad or ugly, that is not proper criticism, i wish i would see these creators put more effort into their work, more elaborate texturing, the adding od small details, that could even be a mix of sculpts and mesh, I know very well mesh is not for everyone, it takes time to learn it´s even harder to rig, my advice to those who work with templates, make them your own.

If you can´t find good textures, there are hundreds of good texture sellers in SL, that offer, original cute and excellent quality fabric textures, If you have problems with modeling and rigging there are people who can´t texture and will gladly form a partnership with split profits. If you can model but not rig there are quite a few people out there that will do the rigging for a price or a commission. There are workarounds around these issues, that help the whole community.

And i´ll leave an afterthought for event organizers also, how do you think your event looks like when at least 3/4 items in it are exactly the same?

Anyways this also comes about with a meme i usually don´t do these, but i was tagged on one by Sion Pearl  over at parthenoid, and this relates to question number 5.

1. What does Second Life mean to you? 

Means way to much time and money all spent in a good cause, and usually good product, that sometimes can be life changing.

2. If you could do anything in SL and know you’d be successful, what would you do?

Trees and plants and cover the whole grid with them, all kinds of trees and plants.

3. What is the best thing that ever happened to you thanks to SL?

I met my RL boyfriend in Sl and a lot more amazing people.

4. What do you think we as a community could do to improve SL? 

There is only so much a community can do to improve something, at the moment the community itself does a lot, while LL doesn´t, a good example is the current SLB9 celebrations, where everything was payed and organized by the community alone.

5. Your biggest SL fashion pet peeve? (Please illustrate with a picture of yourself doing it!) 

Here it is my biggest pet peeve when it comes to fashion, lazy template use, and here i am doing it myself.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Wasabi Pills - Anais
Bracelet: House of Rain – Crysania
Top: Wiggle Time by Elysium Hynes 
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics - Clear Lipgloss 

… lipstick and mirrors and hairspray.

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The title of today´s blog is part of a quote, by a comedian i admire a lot, Joanna Lumley, and the full quote goes like this:

I find it a great antidote… lipstick and mirrors and hairspray.

And today i bring you all of them, lipstick is the most important one today probably and part of a blogger challenge started by Cajsa Lilliehook,  so for it i picked this pretty skin from essences available at  CHIC²CHIC Management  second anniversary event, and one of the several lipstick options that come with it. I also bring you a lot of Hairspray in this new Clawtooth, hair made specially for COLLABOR88 .

Also from COLLABOR88 are these gorgeous shoes from Ingenue (available in several colours)  and the lovely dress by Schadenfreude ( available in a wide diversity of patterns, and sizes, including kid size).

And last  but not least mirrors, the thing about mirrors is, it´s fine when you hold up them to yourself, to admire your look, to look for faults in it, but with what i do have issues, is when people insist on holding up mirrors to others expecting to see their own reflection.

So i would love to see a lot less mirrors about at the end of the day,  a mirror only reflects what is there, not your wishes, and reflecting your wishes on others, steals them of their own reflection, making all those holding mirrors look foolish.

And this long rant is basically about feeling good about oneself, wearing what we love, what we choose, and not being held hostage to the mirrors other wave at us.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: essences – Rowena (CHIC²)
Eyes: Izzie’s  – Natural Mesh Eyes
Hair: Clawtooth – Babette (COLLABOR88)
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer – Eyelashes – Groomed
Dress: Schadenfreude – Mondrian Color Field (COLLABOR88)
Wedges: Ingenue – Jive Wedge (COLLABOR88)
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics - Clear Lipgloss  

Poses by Long Awkward Pose