Mesh Around Hunt Previews!

Hey! I have something fun to tell you about! Now, you may have heard a little bit about this crazy thing called mesh… it’s been around for a while now, and if you know anything at all about SL fashion, you know that mesh is EXPLODING as a design material. So many designers are moving into mesh territory, but there are still quite a few SL residents who are hesitant about mesh. With this in mind, an all-mesh hunt called Mesh Around was born!

This hunt is a GREAT way to grab a few mesh items to try, see how you like them, fall in love with mesh, and then go buy ALL THE MESH EVER!! The hunt will run from June 1-15, and will be grid-wide.  Wanna see a few of the great things that you’ll be able to find?

This fabulous beaded necklace is from Aura. I love it because it is bright and summery and, being mesh, it moves WITH, not THROUGH my av. Also, this adorable skirt from Pepper will be out for you to find. The skirt is rigged, abut the pockets are not, so you can wear one or both (or neither) and you can reposition them if needed. I love all of the details of the items in the pockets. I could definitely see wearing this to the beach, and not having to bring a purse!

Sidebar: I also want to mention this new !lamb hair though it is NOT in the hunt. I seriously love every new mesh release !lamb comes up with. They just keep getting better and better.

For a full list of participating stores and other information, go here: Mesh Around.

Top: Surf Couture- Retro Reef Bikini
Skirt: Pepper- Tami (Mesh Around Hunt item)
Necklace: Aura- Spirited- Bogo Beaded rigged Necklace (Mesh Around Hunt item)
Eyes: MONS- Shocking eyes
Eyelashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Hair: !lamb- Pearl
Feet: Slink Womens Natural Barefeet (Mesh Rigged)
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Shape: Mine
Pose: Glitterati
Photo Location: Artilleri

Friday!

Last night, [A] Limited opened up to group members with limited quantity releases of some VERY special things. This awesome line of edibles is a collaboration between Ivy Graves (Atomic) and Tyr Rozenblum (Aura & Illusory), so you KNOW it’s good stuff. Check out Tyr Rozenblum’s Flickr or Ivy Graves’ Flickr for vendor photos of some of the releases. I am sure you will be seeing a lot of the items popping up in blogs all over SL- there were TONS of bloggers at the opening last night!

This month’s theme is Happy Harajuku. They opened up the store to VIP members only last night so that we could get a jump on the limited items. If you are not already a group member, make sure you join the “ATOMIC- V.I.P Updates” group inworld so that you can have early access and receive special group gifts next time around! Here are the things I picked up (please forgive the super un-fancy photos… I wanted to show these to you a.s.a.p. since they’re only available in limited #s):

First of all, these adorable [A] Limited Kawaii T-shirts. There are 3 different 3-packs. I HAD to have this pack as soon as I saw it!!

I don’t own many t-shirts in SL, but these were just too cute to pass up! (Also, I just noticed that my hands look GIANT… must check my #s… maybe i have man hands?)

Next, The long-awaited [A] Limited Teddy Bear Hoodie. Those of you who have Tyr Rozenblum on your Plurk timeline know that we have all been DROOLING over these adorable mesh hoodies since she showed us the first photos. They are FINALLY out! There are a ton of great colors for sale and this green one was a group gift!! They only put it out for a limited time- all the more reason to be a group member and get early VIP access!

I picked up the peach one, too. One cannot have too many adorable, cozy hoodies with teddy bear ears… can they? I think not.

Other items include Harajuku skins, Kawaii cloud earrings, Kawaii totes, and cupcake beanies. Yes, you heard right. Cupcake. Hats. Everything is super cute and you need to go now.

Tshirts: [A] Limited- Kawaii Tees
Hoodie: [A] Limited- Teddy Bear Hoodie
Jeans: Maitreya- Rolled Skinny Jeans
Feet: Slink- Womens Natural Barefeet (rigged mesh)
Lipgloss: (Ag)- bitten lipstain
Eyes: IKON- ‘Sunrise’ Eyes
Lashes: Pink Acid- Exotic Top Alpha Eyelashes
Hair: [elikatira]- Away
Shape: Mine
Skin: -Glam Affair- Leah
Poses: (pda) & .::Y&R::.

Peace

Here is another of the lovely Magika hairs I picked up, along with these great pants from Izzie’s and this cute tank from Suicidal Unborn. The tank has a bottom prim attachment which is also really cute, but for these poses it worked better without! This Yoga mat was only 99L. I found it here on marketplace. You get a bunch of colors and it comes with 12 poses! Just perfect for when SL drama is stressing you out and you need to relax.

Here’s another shot, where you can see the lovely back of this hair, and another yoga pose. Have a fab Friday, everyone!

Pants: Izzie’s
Tank: -SU!- Suicidal Unborn
Hair: Magika
Skin: Aura
Yoga Mat: (by Kraft) marketplace link

Photo location: Crossing Currents

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