Happy Thanksgiving & Some Newness

Darlings, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. If you’re not from the U.S., I hope you have a lovely day as well!  This is probably my honest-to-goodness favorite holiday. No presents, no hype, just family and food and lots of love and time for reflection on the year and all we have to be truly thankful for. I am humbled and amazed by all that I have to be thankful for. I couldn’t even list it all if I wanted to. I do want to say to you, though- thank you. Thank you for listening to my ramblings, looking at my stuff, and just spending some time to let me into your life a little. I have so much fun putting together looks and writing my silly little posts, and it makes me happy to know that there’s someone else out there who gets some enjoyment from it, too. So, thanks for letting me share my stuff with you. <3

ON TO THE NEWNESS!

The Secret Store and Nyu have collaborated AGAIN and this time, they bring us this lovely Camille Dress! I really adore the lace collar on this. The shape of it is so cool. OK, and this hair. It’s called Joy, and it’s Wasabi Pills’ newest release. It is very aptly named, as it truly does bring joy to my pixel noggin. There is also a bang-less (fringe-less?) version of this hair, called Joy 2. 

I’m going to leave this post short because I have lots of turkey and cranberries to gobble! Have a lovely Thanksgiving, everyone!

Dress: The Secret Store & Nyu- Camille Dress NEW
Socks: The Secret Store- Lace Knit Socks
Shoes: Mon Tissu- Sloane Pumps
Hair: Wasabi Pills- Joy NEW
Skin: Mother Goose’s- Abbey
Freckles: R.icielli- Freckles
Eyes: Mayfly- Liquid Light Eyes
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyeliner: cheLLe- French New Wave Eyeliner
Nails: Izzie’s- Classic Nails
Pose: Don’t Freak Out!

Such Great Heights

So, unless you’ve been living under a rock you may have heard of the Cinema event that is currently running. This event is SO cool. A ton of amazing designers have gotten together to bring you all sorts of movie-inspired items. You can read more about this event here!

I am so excited to to show you one of the hairs from Alice Project that’s available at Cinema. It’s called Willow and it’s absolutely fabulous. It comes in two different parts, the blowing hair and small braids (enlarge photo below to see braids better). This way, you can wear it with or without the braids.  It also has a version that blows straight out, one that is angled up and one that is angled downward. As is the case with all Alice Project hairs, it also has the amazing HUD that allows you to change the textures forever and never run out of awesome options. This hair can appropriately be called epic. I almost never use “epic” because the internet people ruined it for me (yes, you) but this is a valid use of the word. Suck it.

I also need to tell you about this beautiful dress by The Secret Store & NYU. It’s a collaboration piece and I really hope to see more of these because this one came out so great. The dress comes in 10 different colors and can be worn in so many ways. It was originally released for Lazy Sunday but it is now available at regular price.

OH, one last thing I’d like to mention. When going to Cinema, as with all large events, PLEASE PLEASE dress down and remove as many scripts as you can. There IS a script gate at Cinema. I believe the limit is 50 scripts, but less is always better. Wear system clothes, remove your HUDS (you know you don’t need them while shopping) and wear unscripted hair and shoes, etc. I have even heard of people who wear full alphas, remove their AO, and just go invisible. I go, look at everything, grab demos, and take them home to try them on. Then, I go back later to get what I want. When we all do little things like this, it helps EVERYONE to have a better experience and greatly reduces lag. Don’t be a selfish shopper!

Dress: The Secret Store & NYU- Fall Babydoll Dress
Socks: The Secret Store- Lace Knit Socks
Shoes: Ingenue- Ariane
Hair: Alice Project- Willow Cinema
Skin: Mother Goose’s- Abbey
Shape: Mine
Pose: don’t freak out!
Location: Aear

HUGE Sale @ [elikatira]

Guys, I am SO excited. I should be writing this post in all caps, but… I’ll try to not be *that* annoying…

You may or may not know that I absolutely adore [elikatira]. I have been wearing [elikatira] and before that ETD for longer than I’ve been Maribel Button. So, I have to tell you about the HUGEMUNGOUS sale going on at [e] right now!

I usually don’t but multiple hairs at once. Normally, I just grab them as I need them for looks, but I could not help myself… I bought 5 hairs in the same visit the other day because… how could I not? If you’re a hair lover like me, you CANNOT pass up this sale. Every single hair, all the shoes, everything in the store is 70% off. That’s insane, no? Go. It’d be fiscally irresponsible for you NOT to go but all the things. Think about it. Grab a calculator.

Here’s one of the hairs I grabbed the other day, called Rush:

Go. Seriously, go. Now.

Top: Beetlebones- Semi-sheer Cropped Lace Tank
Necklace: Yummy- Sea Trinkets Charm Necklace
Hair: [elikatira]- Rush
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard- Ultimate Eyes
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyeliner- CheLLe- French New Wave
Teeth: Izzie’s- Teeth Set
Nails: Izzie’s- Classic Nails
Skin: Glam Affair- Lilith
Shape: Mine
Pose: Don’t Freak Out!

Gatcha Madness @ The Arcade!!

Yes, this is another Arcade post. This weekend was full of fun at The Arcade. I spent WAY too much on gatchas, but my home and av tell me it was worth it. I have more great stuff to decorate with and wear, and that’s never bad!

Ready for me to show off all the stuff i got? Ok! We’ll start with the ISON sheer baby blouse, Tee*fy Vintage Brownie Camera and Shakeup! Vintage Ring:

Another view of the Shakeup! Vintage Ring:

Below, you’ll see the Nardcotix Gatcha Rainboots and the *BOOM* Carnival Bow Clutches!Nylon Outfitters- Doll Head Vase (2 shown), <:*BoOgErS*:> Memo Station, Intrigue Co.- Plushie Pals, Mudhoney Sunshine Sign, floorplan. chevron cubby, & Ohmai!Animal Spice GatchaCheck out this Arcade Shopping Guide to see what each gatcha has to offer! You can also browse the Arcade Flickr Group to see other bloggers and photographers flaunting their spoils!

Quick tip: If the region is full, you can tp to the adjacent sim and cam into The Arcade and play the gatchas from there! Also, keep an ear out or ask around for people trading and selling their prizes! A few people have even set up little resale markets where people are selling their extras at the original price!

Top: ISON- sheer baby blouse The Arcade
Leggings: Tee*fy- Basic Solids
Boots: Nardcotix- Gacha Rainboots The Arcade
Hair: [elikatira]- other
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard- Ultimate Eyes
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyeliner- CheLLe- French New Wave
Nails: Izzie’s- Classic Nails
Skin: Glam Affair- Lilith
Shape: Mine
Poses: Don’t Freak Out!

Items (all from The Arcade gatchas):
<:*BoOgErS*:> Memo Station
Tee*fy- Vintage Brownie Camera
*BOOM* Carnival Bow Clutch
Nylon Outfitters- Doll Head Vase (2 shown)
Intrigue Co.- Plushie Pals
Shakeup! Vintage Ring
Mudhoney Sunshine Sign
floorplan. chevron cubby
Ohmai!Animal Spice Gatcha

New Exile & PIDIDDLE @ The Arcade

So, I was halfway through writing this post when I went to add a link to the Exile Blog to show you the hairs that were released today… and lovely WordPress wiped the whole post. SO, lemme just show you this hair. Along with the hair, I’ve got on one of the super adorable Deco Collars that are available in PIDIDDLE’s gatchas at The Arcade event, which starts tomorrow! Check out this Arcade Shopping Guide or The Arcade Flickr Group to see more previews of the super fun, cute, amazing, wonderful, and drool-worthy items that will be available at this really cool event!! Also, have a lovely weekend and I hope you get some really fun stuff from The Arcade gatchas!!

Closer view of hair & collar:

Sweater: Tres Blah- Preppy Sweater Collabor88
Jeans- Jane- sweet n low jeans
Shoes: Slink- Astrid Boots
Hair: Exile- Turn the Page
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard- Ultimate Eyes
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Eyeliner- CheLLe- French New Wave
Nails: Izzie’s- Classic Nails
Skin: Glam Affair- Lilith
Shape: Mine
Poses: Don’t Freak Out!
Location: The Grounds (home of The Pixel Bean)

Milk Motion @ Collabor88

Have I mentioned that I really like lace? Well, this dress by Milk Motion has filled my daily lace requirement. It’s available in a variety of colors at Collabor88 this month. It was all I could do to not spend my rent money buying every single one.

I also really like this hair from Truth. I have been seeing it all over the place, but I haven’t had anything that I felt it would go with. It was the first hair that popped into my mind when I put on this dress. I was so excited to finally go grab it!

Dress: Milk Motion- lace dress Collabor88
Shoes: N-Core- Coquette
Hair: Truth- Kirby
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard- Ultimate Eyes
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Nails: Izzie’s- Classic Nails
Skin: Glam Affair- Lilith
Shape: Mine
Pose: Don’t Freak Out!

Summer Harvest Hunt Finds!

The Summer Harvest Hunt (<- click for details) starts today! Yesterday, I showed you the great item from BENT, and today I want to show you a few more items!The top of this dress is system layer clothing, but the skirt is mesh. I think that’s a great thing for people who aren’t fully sold on mesh or have bodies that won’t fit mesh the way it’s being made right now. I really like this necklace, too. It’s very delicate and sweet. This pavilion is even a hunt gift! There are two versions- one with these cute hanging lanterns and one without. Stay tuned for more previews, or visit The Ego Co. Blog to see what other bloggers are saying!

Dress: Has Been- SHH Womens Gift Summer Harvest Hunt
Shoes: ANEXX- Bow Ballet Flats
Necklace: Jamman Jewels- Copper Leaves Necklace Summer Harvest Hunt
Hair: Truth- Marina
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard- Ultimate Eyes
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Nails: Izzie’s- Classic Nails
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Shape: Mine
Pose: Don’t Freak Out!
Pavillion (with lights): *Kukuvaya*- SHH Demeter Pavillion Summer Harvest Hunt

Lilith by Glam Affair

So, I already have a post scheduled for today, but I can’t NOT show you this skin. I am absolutely floored and  HONORED that I was given this preview. As you may have guessed by my constant wearing of them, Glam Affair skins are my favorite. They are so well made, so beautifully done, and they are just right for the look I try to achieve for my avatar. I know that everyone has their favorite skin brands. GA is mine, for sure. All that being said, I have been stuck on Giselle for months now. I just LOVE everything about her. I have tried Mia and Cassiopea and Roza, and they have all been very beautiful but I have not been able to let go of Giselle. Until now.

Lilith, the new release from Glam Affair is… ridiculous. I am SO EXCITED. It is just gorgeous. Because I suck at words, let me show you.

The tones- Arctic, Europa, America, Jamaica, India, & Africa (click to view larger)

The makeups-

SO! Keep your eye out for the release and go try it on! I can’t wait to see everyone in this lovely new skin!!

Hair: Elikatira- Away
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard- Ultimate Eyes
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Skin: Glam Affair- Lilith NEW!
Shape: Mine
Poses: Marukin (top) & Don’t Freak Out! (bottom)

These Boots

So, these Monso boots came out a while ago. I’m totally late to the party, but I really do like them a lot. Not only are they realllly nicely made, they also have this nifty hud that allows you to change the texture of different parts of the boots! The different textures are really adorable, too.

 

Go demo them and play with the hud and see how empty your SL has been without them!

Top: Tres Blah- Half Tucked Tee
Shorts: Mon Tissu- Cuffed Denim Shorts
Boots: Monso- My Western Boots
Hair: Truth- Lykie
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard- Ultimate Eyes
Lashes: Beetlebones- Mesh Lashes
Skin: Glam Affair- Giselle
Nails: Izzie’s Classic Nails
Shape: Mine
Pose: Don’t Freak Out!

Depth of Field Tutorial 2- Faking It!

Hi! Ok, so I wrote a DOF (depth of field) tutorial a while back, and one thing I have heard is that some people just don’t have graphics cards that can handle DOF. If this is the case for you, fear not! You can add depth to your photos by using Photoshop. It’s actually really easy and there are tons of ways to accomplish this effect. I am going to show you one of these ways. Stay tuned for other techniques in future posts, and feel free to share your own!

Tutorial begins after jump!

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