Bowkini bliss!

Have you ever seen something in RL and just felt like you HAD to have it in SL? If you have, get help. Also, you’re not alone. I saw this AMAZING bikini/ lingerie online the other day and IMMEDIATELY had to have it in SL. I Plurked a photo of it asking if anyone knew if such a thing existed, but unfortunately no one had any ideas. My dreams were shattered.

FORTUNATELY, I have some incredibly talented people on my TL. I got an IM from Jillian Snow of J1 Designs telling me that she had tried her hand at recreating my beloved bikini (henceforth affectionately named by me, the bowkini). She named it Maribel <3

Next challenge? The pose. I again turned to Plurk for assistance. A couple of my awesome friends (Button family members, even) came to my rescue and sent me poses. I LOVED what they came up with and ended up downloading QAvimator and making a sort of hybrid pose. It took me FOREVER. I respect pose makers even more immensely now for how much hard work goes into a pose that does not distort or look funky or… well… it’s tough.

SO… days later, after much hard work and the input of tons of AMAZINGLY talented friends, I get to show you my lovely bowkini:

A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped me with this. I am incredibly flattered and amazed by the helpfulness and talent of people in SL, and I am proud to call you friends.

Bikini: J1 designs (get it here)
Hair: Truth
Skin: Glam Affair
Eyes: .Insufferable Dastard.
Tattoo: AITUI

Itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka-dot bikini!

She was afraid to come out of the locker.
She was as nervous as she could be.

She was afraid to come out of the locker.
She was afraid that somebody would see.

(Two, three, four, tell the people what she wore.)

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Just another day in paradise…

Have you been to Magika yet? The styles are fantastic (they have mesh, too!) the color options are gorgeous, the color-change hud and mirrored versions that come in the packs are amazing… all-around super well done hair. PLUS only 199L per pack! You need to go today… NOW… and check them out. Go! Why are you still reading!?

Tank: Luck Inc
Shorts: Doppelganger (take tp on the wall up to the outlet for these shorts)
Hair: Magika
Skin: Aura
Tattoo ; AITUI
Eyes: IKON
Pose: Glitterati
Photo location: Artilleri

P.S. This is another to add to the collection of unedited photos.

Let’s go back to bed…

Let the phone ring, let’s go back to sleep
Let the world spin outside our door, you’re the only one that I wanna see
Tell your boss you’re sick, hurry, get back in I’m getting cold
Get over here and warm my hands up, boy, it’s you they love to hold…

Shirt: Maitreya
Hair: [elikatira]
Skin: Aura
Tattoo: AITUI
Pose: Glitterati
Furniture: LISP
Wall decal: IOTK
Skybox: ::Modest House::

Tres Fab

This post is sort of a bonus for me. First, it piggybacks off of the last post since the image has only been cropped, but not enhanced in any way. Secondly, everything I am wearing gives me the happy giggles. When I first saw this dress, I wanted every color… but finally settled on just one. The shoes I could just lick, they are so yummy. The whole sim these stores occupy (called Lula) is adorable, too. Another one to stop and look around at- there are some other cute stores, too! I took the photo right outside the door of Tres Blah.

Hair: [elikatira]
Dress: Tres Blah
Shoes: Mon Tissu
Skin: Aura
Tattoo: AITUI
Pose: Glitterati

Unedited.

Something I hear a lot is that in order to be a good photographer in SL, you must have mad Photoshop skills. While Photoshop can definitely be used to enhance your photos, I wholly disagree that if you don’t have or don’t know how to use PS, you can’t produce great photos in SL.

My dear friend Harlow Heslop has issued a challenge- Unedited: A blogger/photographer challenge. For this challenge, you are able to use any windlight setting but may not enhance the photograph in any way. It is a fantastic way to test your photography skills and think of new ways to take photographs that don’t need to be altered. Here are a couple of my entries so far:

One thing I have learned that is really important to SL photography is angle. Some angles tend to distort your images, and no amount of editing will be able to fix that. Hold Alt while left-clicking to zoom, Ctrl+Alt+left click and drag will rotate and change angle, and hold Ctrl+Alt+ Shift to reposition your frame. I also learned from Harlow’s Tips & Tricks on Photography Composition that you can zoom in/out/return to original distance by using Ctrl+ 8,9, or 0. This allows for zooming with less distortion. I never knew!

Lighting: Use windlight. Try different settings, change time of day, and just see what happens! I never use default settings any more. If you have the capability, play with lighting and shadows. There are so many possibilities. Even if your video card does not support shadows and lighting, you can still get neat effects using different lighting techniques.

Posing: Your avatar will look different photographed from different angles, especially in different lighting conditions. Make sure that the pose you choose is flattering for your particular avatar, or helps you create the desired effect. Don’t be scared to try something new.

Background: What is behind your avatar? Does it enhance or take away from your shot? Be aware.

My last idea for capturing photos that don’t need editing: TAKE MORE THAN ONE SHOT, and never be afraid to try new things. Take a shot, change your angle, take another shot, change your lighting, take another shot… Just keep going until you get just what you were going for.

*For credits, click image. Credits are listed in the image description on Flickr.

Stop and smell the flowers.

I have a love/hate relationship with shopping. I LOVE getting new things… I hate running all over the world looking for what I want. Because of this, I do a lot of shopping on Marketplace. OR when I go to a store I pop in, get what I need, and get out. The thing is is, so many creators put tons of effort into their stores. They don’t just want people to pop in then poof.

One such creator is Izzie Button, creator of Izzie’s. Surrounding her store, she has created a lovely space to enjoy. I feel terrible admitting that I’ve been there probably 5 times or more without actually looking around at the scenery. Do not make the same mistake. First, go to the store and pick up something gorgeous. This will not be difficult, as everything is adorable. THEN- and this is big- wander around a little. You won’t be sorry you did.
Photo taken at Izzie’s store

Top: Izzie’s
Tattoo: AITUI
Skin: Aura
Hair: Wasabi Pills
Eyes: IKON
Pose: Glitterati

Rockabetty



Ever since I was a little baby noob, I have LOVED Artilleri. I love the clothes, the sim… even the music they play in the store. Whether you’re into poodle skirts and bobby socks or badass greaser guys in plain white tees and leather jackets *drool*, there is nothing quite like good ol’ 50′s style.

Shirt & Capris: Artilleri
Heels: N-core
Hair: Truth
Skin: Aura
Eyes: Ikon
Tattoo: AITUI
Pose: Glitterati