One of the things I love most about following and engaging with fellow SL bloggers is learning about their process for creating looks and capturing photographs. The other evening, my lovely friend Gia Swizzle sent me a message and asked what I was up to, and I said I was spiriting around the grid, looking for a country-esque region to take a picture at. She graciously sent me some suggestions, but as it happened I’d just landed at Bella Pace, turned the camera around, and found the exact vista I’d been hoping for. So yes, dear reader, I totally was that terrible soul who stands on the landing point and forces all others to rez in on her head. So rude! I mean, I did move slightly out of the way, but I offer my sincere apologies to the few intrepid explorers who showed up and essentially landed on my bosoms. … Actually, what am I saying about apologies? You’re welcome, more like! ;)
“We have gone to the country, in your old car
We have lost our way, so many times
I’ll take you on a trip …”
Maitreya Body – Lara v3.5
Genesis Lab Head & Skin – Melissa
Damien Fate Eyelashes – FATELashes v2.0
Murray Hair – Georgina (Reds HUD) New Release *
Inkheart Eyes – Spring Eyes (Goldish)
Shiny Stuffs Lipstick – Soft Lips Applier (for Genesis Lab heads)
Style & Pose
Ariskea Necklace – Berwood Pendant
TETRA Jacket – Leather Jacket with Hoodie (Maitreya Lara, Slink Hourglass & Slink Physique) New Release @ Uber, through June 23rd *
Addams Jeans – Ginger Boyfriend Jeans with Belt (Maitreya Lara, Belleza Freya / Isis / Venus, Slink Original & Hourglass, and Standard Sizes)
Fri. Shoes – Izzie Sandals (in Buck for Maitreya Flat & Slink Flat)
Label Motion Pose – Berry Pose 1
Destination & Inspiration
So because I find the creative process so fascinating, here’s a glimpse at the weird, wandering, wonderful way this picture came about. It starts with my inspiration, the song “Chupee” by the French band Cocoon. I’ve adored it for years; a lovely tune strummed on a ukulele with lilting harmonies, and lyrics that are charmingly simple and sweet. One of the phrases has always puzzled me, though: “Eating your Chupa Chups …” What was a Chupa Chups, I wondered? Finally I decided to find out, and it happens that Chupa Chups is a brand of lollipops and confections from Spain.
Spain brought to mind the lush vistas of Mediterranean countries, so next I started thinking back to pictures I’d seen on Flickr that might meet that unique landscape. While I was doing so, I began putting my look together, feeling inspired by the “dress for comfort” leanings of the RL Ever, and thinking about what I might wear on a picturesque day trip. The wonderful TETRA Leather Jacket & Hoodie at the current round of Uber was perfect, and the amount of color-change options between the jacket, hoodie, and optional sweater in the HUD is truly extraordinary. I adore a pair of worn, well-loved jeans, so the Ginger Boyfriend Jeans from Addams worked out beautifully, and as my freedom-loving toesies live in sandals year ’round, the Izzie Sandals by Fri were the perfect addition.
And that once more brings me to my fortuitous landing at Bella Pace, where I found this beautiful sight right over my shoulder. What followed was about two hours of fiddling with poses and windlights, taking pictures, making the composite in Photoshop, editing the final picture, and now a few days later I’m finally writing the post. Sometimes I feel strong tuggings of envy and awe toward prolific bloggers who are able to produce amazing photographs and detailed posts much more frequently. But I try not to worry that I don’t measure up, because we all have our special sauce that sets our words, our pictures, and our blogs apart. It’s why I happily follow dozens (if not hundreds) of SL-related blogs, yet I don’t feel myself growing weary of seeing similar items; we all style them differently, and both literally and figuratively, we all look through a different lens.
So I hope this little peek into my own process has been interesting; now I’d love to read about yours! Take me on a trip? ♡
It’s my First Life birthday! Today I turn 25 … again (and again). Such a joy and a pleasure for time to kindly allow me to stay at this tender age for another year more. ♡
Speaking of time, I reached back into my youthful memories and thought about a game I used to play when I was younger: if I could have anything at all for my birthday, what would it be? My desires back then were generally superficial and simple: I wanted to be shorter, to have blonde hair, to look just like Becky Leigh (the petite, honey-haired heartbreaker who was the recipient of every boy’s “Do you like me? Circle YES or NO” missives). These days, I’m glad to say my desires are more esoteric and thoughtful, though no more achievable. Simply put: if I could have anything at all for my birthday, I would have more time.
“All the words are calling
Got time on my own
There’s no destination
Wondering whether I’ll feel it again …
Take some time, just hang around awhile
Like to sit this silent moment out
I don’t want to lose or let you down
Time’s just gonna change itself around …”
My picture was taken at the beautiful Follow Your Bliss region, a perfectly named and wonderfully picturesque place with many lovely scenes and sights to explore. I was particularly fond of the Gone to the Beach sign, as that pure expression of “I’m taking a day off just for me” is something that I haven’t done in a long, long while. Time has been an elusive and evasive entity of late, slip-sliding through my hands like sand through a sieve. And just as in the song’s lyrics, I don’t want to lose anything or let anyone down, but standing on the dawn of a new year in my life, I know that changes have to be made. After all, you know you have an issue with time management when you’re frustrated with yourself that you’re once more getting 7 – 8 hours of sleep a night, rather than the 4 hour naps you were subsisting on. I like to say that I can sleep when I’m dead, but I’d rather get to that point with a leisurely stroll, and not by face-desking after a 70 hour SL-and-Flickr bender. Although I’m sure there are worse ways to go. ;)
So my hope is that I can be gentle with myself and take a breather and a reminder that things can wait for a day; putting yourself first is self-care, not unkindly selfish. But if any of you does happen to have some pull with Father Time, would you sweet-talk him into sparing a few hours for me? ♡
Poses, Destination & Inspiration
It’s really marvelous how genuinely, sublimely happy you can feel, even when life is just smoothly sailing along without any particular excitement, surprises, or razzle-dazzle. I think that’s the pinnacle of contentment: being happy where you are, but eager and welcoming for more.
It makes me think of my friends Kess and Chloe, both of whom have expressed wishing to explore the grid more, while so often finding themselves at familiar and comfortable locales. There is a certain bliss in the familiar, one that I most definitely feel myself, while also longing to indulge in my wanderlust. How often I wish for more hours in the day! But even though I’m barely sleeping and finding only rare, spare time for exploring, I’m still so keenly happy to be home again.
I had wondered and worried if perhaps Second Life might feel like it was falling into gentle decline, with Project Sansar nipping at our heels and untold new sights and experiences to explore. But for me, SL is like that amazing local coffee house or indie record store where you can go to relax, indulge in new finds or old favorites, and feel perfectly at ease. Even if I’m just standing in my skybox, naked but for a hairbase and a smile, I still feel contentment at being in and of the virtual world. ♡
Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Ursula (Blondes 03) by TRUTH (Sale Room)
Eyes // Specular Eyes (Forest) by Avi-Glam
Nails // Diva (Gold) by alaskametro<3
Head Circlet // Pearl Drop Headpiece (Gold) by Amala
Jewelry // Body Jewelry (Gold) by Apple May Designs for We <3 Roleplay, through May 31st
Ring by // Sweet Rose Ring (Gold) by Fawny
Dress // Tropical Maxi Dress (Fatpack) by Pixicat
Shoes // Faith Sandals (Cherry for Maitreya Flat) by Fri.
Pose & Destination
Hiya, sweeties! This will be a quick post, as I’m a grumpy goose after fighting with my PC and Internet connection all night to get photos taken. Alas, I only captured the one but I hope it will suffice to show off these super charming items from Che Bella that may be found as gacha prizes at the Candy Fair, which is ongoing through July 17th!
* Che Bella / Travelling Confectionist Set | Gacha Items at Candy Fair, through July 17th
RARE Carriage Yellow, Display Case Violet, Shelf Mint
Sweet Pops, Chocolates 1 & 2, Candy Sticks, Ice Cream Float 1, Lollipops
Speaking of gachas, I’m thrilled to be blogging for MadPea, who have put together a Collector’s Event launching this weekend that will be offering both vintage MadPea memorabilia, as well as the opportunity to buy, sell and trade items with gacha collectors from all over the grid. Event visitors will also have the chance to snag a coveted “Golden Ticket” which will offer free, early access to the next MadPea game, The Collection. The MadPea Collector’s Market will be open from Friday, July 10th through Sunday, July 19th!
This truly is the ultimate event weekend, as these highly anticipated shopping faires, festivals, and events are ALL beginning within the next few days:
Indie Teepee: Friday, July 10th – 24th
The Seasons Story: Friday, July 10th – 31st
Oh My Gacha: Friday, July 10th – 31st
Hair Fair 2015: Saturday, July 11th – 26th
Wizarding Faire 2015: Sunday, July 12th – 25th
Please click to find a continuously-updated schedule with SLURLs: SL Fashion & Shopping Events
Exhausted yet? I know I surely am! I think it’s fair to say (or perhaps it’s “hair” to say) that Hair Fair 2015 is going to be one of the most jammed packed events of the year, and for good reason! An incredible wealth of hair brands will be represented at the event, many offering free hairstyles and/or accessories as gifts to event goers. But the generous free gifts aren’t even the best part:
every purchase made at the Hair Fair will donate a portion of proceeds to Wigs For Kids, a wonderful charity that creates wigs and hair replacement options for children who have lost their hair due to any number of medical issues.
There will even be an official “Bandana Day” on July 26th where participants are encouraged to remove their hair and purchase special, resident-created bandanas, with 100% of all bandana sales benefiting Wigs For Kids. Find out more at the official Hair Fair 2015 website, and don’t forget that you can gain access to hair demos from the comfort of your own virtual home by joining the Hair Fair Demos group in-world. Just paste this group address into your viewer’s Local Chat box to join: secondlife:///app/group/2e30d166-f3e5-e2de-ff72-b3da2d06ded2/about. Demo hairs are due to be sent out on July 10th, so prepare to be dazzled with an amazing selection of event-exclusive hairstyles!
Sheesh, even my “short” posts are wordy! :) So that’s enough from me; credits for my sugar-sweet, candy inspired look are below. I’m off to rest up before the weekend’s Eventstravaganza. Hope you’ve all had a brilliant week so far!
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / AlterEgo | Janae – Honey (Sweetness) | Oh My Gacha Event, July 10th – 31st
Hair / No.Match | No Tears – Bubblegum | Group Gift
Eyes / InkHeart | Doll Eyes – Green Love
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper & Lower
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
* Crown / Secret Love | Princess Crown
* Piercing / Secret Love | Septum Ring
* Top / CNZ | Lulu Minidress – Pink | To Be Outsider Event, through July 31st
* Pants / MMC | Candy Pants – Pink (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, TMP & Omega Appliers + System Layers)
Shoes / Fri. | Opal Heels – Antique (Maitreya)