Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter


Sadly, I've had several drafts half finished for a while now, haha~ but here's a quick Easter post because it's been so long, and there are plenty of Easter hunts to do out there!

Everything featured in this image (with the exception of my actual avatar and hair) is actually free stuff that I've gathered throughout the years. A lot of it, therefore, may not be free any more, but here are some of the things might still be there this Easter!

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Ears - *katat0nik* [Magic of Oz Spring Hunt FREE] 
Outfit - !gO! Ragwitch Dress [last year's group gift]
Boots - **BE** Puddles Easter
Bento Pose - SarSari Project Se7en GIFT
Lanterns - Dysfunctionality [Great CasperTech Grid Hunt]
Mr. & Mrs. Bunny Egg - Swayland [Easter Hunt Gift]

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Walking in a Winter Wonderland


Sorry about the lack of updates recently! (Although if anyone knows this blog, they'll also know that I tend to update sporadically, haha...) It's been a long winter season (and we've just started!) and I've found myself too busy lately to go on the computer (is this the 21st century or isn't it?? I spent over four days in a row without touching my computer, getting everything off my phone...), so this is still going to be a short post because I need to get back into this!

Here's hoping everyone had a happy holiday season and that 2017's going to be a great year! (Let's not... talk... other things.)

I've mostly been going to really snowy / icy areas in Second Life lately half because it really has been snowing a lot in real life for me, and half because of my unholy obsession with Yuri on Ice lately (and SL really needs some beautiful skating outfits; I'd practically kill for them), so I've been looking around a lot of areas that include ice skating.

The pictures in this post (and this isn't a fashion post, so oops?) are taken in two separate areas, one with an actual ice rink (not to mention a heck tonne of snow), and the other in a little cabin more dedicated for quiet reading and writing than anything else (because I'm always looking for more places like that).

The middle two pictures are taken at the [ arts & letters ] literary salon, which is a beautiful little place that allows voice for discussion and reading. No, it doesn't have an ice rink, but it's currently sweet and snowy there for a very peaceful atmosphere. The other area (with ice rink!), is Nouvelles Aventures, which... well, I haven't actually managed to explore this whole place yet because the ENTIRE area is super photogenic and it's very very large so that allows for a crazy amount of beautiful pictures.

I'll probably go through a few more snowy areas before the season is out (and pray that I find more beautiful skating outfits-- c'mon, guys, nothing wrong with a little rhinestone and bedazzlement!), so look forward to that! 




Saturday, October 15, 2016

Images for Halloween!


So what have I been doing the past little while? I'm usually fairly active here around October, right? I love the scary stuffs, right?

Ding, ding! That's correct! The thing is, I finally got the rare mesh head that I wanted (that's why I had excess of the same face for Iphys), and decided to finally take the plunge and splurge for a Maitreya body, which tends to be waaay more than I'm willing to spend for just about anything. I think it's actually my largest purchase in Second Life in... well, ever. So it took me a while to stop cringing, to tell the truth. But I love it! I love the sheer amount of clothing made to fit Maitreya, and I love the crazy amount of alpha hiding. Now I can actually wear more than before due to the bits and pieces of the body that I can hide.

So what else have I been doing? Well, I've got my heart set on the FabFree Photo Challenge, so I've been taking pictures for that. I'll showcase a few here, and if you want to get the outfits, then just click on the pictures-- it'll take you to the Flickr page which will have the links to get all the free items... since that's what the Challenge requires!

Most of what I've been doing is testing my own photography skills, to be honest. I have a tendency of snapping a nice picture on Second Life and then throwing open Photoshop just to either crop or resize it a little without changing anything at all. I've seen so many other people with super amazing pictures that looks like the entire thing was created from scratch on Photoshop and never understood why anyone would want to take more than thirty seconds on it.

Well, that's what I'm doing now. Taking a bit more than thirty seconds. Granted, most of it is still definitely time spent on Second Life adjusting lighting to get the images right, now I'm doing just a bit more editting to get the colours just a little bit more eye-catching.

Maybe soon I'll learn to do more than that! Who knows?



Friday, September 16, 2016

New to Second Life?


Welcome to Second Life, Iphys!
Today we've got a very special entry, created with a lot of help from someone who decided to finally make an account. In exchange for letting me take pictures of the new newbie area (I was curious! It's been a very, very long time since I signed up) and using her for this post, I'd make sure she had everything she needed to not feel inadequate in-game.

Day 1
So if anyone see Iphys online, go over and tell her hi!

L: pr!tty/EmilyC, M: D!va/RS, R: Truth/Addam/EmilyC
As of this post, her avatar is 5 days old and I swear I've done nothing more than give her a single gacha item I had two of, and 5L for her to join the Third Life group. Every single thing she's accumulated beyond that is entirely free. Sit back for this long, long ride! (Long for me, lot of links for you.)

I didn't have all that much time to guide her around the first day, so we started with the basics: after a few minutes spent learning controls and how to fly, etc, I threw a mesh head I got at SOMEMORE gacha for 88L at her and the 5L to join Third Life, and covered basic shapes to start with. She put on the head, adjusted her avatar, and then it as off to Poetic Colors to get her some better eyes. After that was a stop off D!va for hair, and then we dropped off the Edelweiss booth at Insilico for an Attack on Titan uniform (easy to put on and all) and that was all the time I had for the first day.
L: Mello/Caboodle, M: Truth/M*Motion, R: amiable/EmilyC

Of course, being that she was of a realistic height and the head looks quite young, she decided that she didn't want to look so childish, so on day 2 and 3 we went for different mesh hair and clothes. We picked up a few hair gifts from [Mello], joined the pr!tty group for a gift in it's notices, and then went on to [VALE KOER] for some shoes and socks. After that we hit up *COCO* and Zenith and {amiable} and M*Motion and ::S@bbia:: and M.I.X.* for some really kick-ass group gifts. (Top image is Mello hair with an outfit from Zenith.)
L: D!va/MIX, M: D!va/amiable/Addam, R: pr!tty/cheeky/CP

L: MINA/ZD, M: pr!tty/WhiteArmory, R: Truth/Caboodle
She picked up a pair of sculpted hands from ::YEGRINA::  (lucky board item that I had no patience for), and then we started up again the next day.

Day 4 we hit up Caboodle and realised there was a grid wide hunt going on, so I managed to get a few new items myself! After that it was a stop off at Addams, EmilyC, ZD, and Snowpaws. We went for some more hair after that for different occasions: dropped off at Truth, and then MINA.

Day 5 was a round tour to pick up all the gifts at the You.Gatcha event, and a stop off to the White Armory to get something nice and fancy.

I got curious about the items nowadays that were out for new avatars under 30 days, so we went around... a lot of different sims that didn't offer very good stuff. Most of the gifts were years old and entirely out of date, but Sna@tch seemed to have a pretty decent outfit for newbies, and Kastle Rock Couture has a 500L gift card for newbies.

There's just... so, so many outfits I didn't take pictures of. SO many. But we got dozens of outfits and Iphys didn't have the patience to go through everything just for me to take pictures of her (and you might have noticed I like taking pictures of her), and with all the sim-hopping I haven't gotten around to organising anything of my own inventory yet. All of this were just a few of my favourite stores and a cursory search off the Third Life website. I learned that a few of my favourites were gone (SMC, for instance), and that a lot of others were obsolete (oh, whatever happened to BareRose...)

Everything I mentioned here must have been... maybe half of the stores we went to. Most likely not even that. I'm afraid I lost track after a while, though. Either way, it was a successful outing, and I hope it was a fun introduction to Second Life for her (and for whoever might be using this post!), so I'll leave you guys with just one last picture-- this time, one she agreed to take with me.

Dresses and shoes from *COCO*

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Vicarious Youth


As I've apparently skipped over the SL13 celebrations (I hope other people haven't! It's just... X-Men: Apocalypse came out and drew me back into the X-Men fandom-- yeah, I'll stop there. XD), I've only got a rather short post today because of this utterly adorable outfit from Vicarious Youth!

In case my previous kid post with cute stuff from that store didn't inspire a quick peek, then perhaps this cute boy outfit might! Shirt, pants, and shoes all from the store!


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Kemono Kids


Alright, so 'Kemono' and 'kid' isn't something you usually hear in the same sentence together-- at least not on Second Life (I can't claim I know much f the usage of the word 'kemono' off Second Life, but I know there are Google results!). And just why is that? While Utilizator's Avatar 2.0 has a sweet, rounded face and body, Kemono bodies tend to be more slender (outside of the hips and thighs-- let's not ever talk about the hips and thighs there) and with the naturally small chest on the mesh body (easily changed for entirely flat chest), it should be a decent option for a childish mesh avatar from kid to young teen, right?

Well... there are plenty of child mesh bodies out there now. The most popular being, of course, being Toddleedoo followed closely by SMB. Unless you spend all your time on Adult sims doing... adult things, chances are you've seen quite a few kids on Second Life wandering around-- there's a thriving family community here, and plenty of spaces to reclaim your inner child. But despite my affinity for playing a kid, I waited quite a few years before I pushed into the mesh territory to try my hand at a boy avatar. I didn't like any of the kid mesh out there, and I already trusted Utilizator mesh, so... despite the Kemono being targeted more at the Furry community, I knew I had to try my hand with its human counter-part to see how well it could be adopted. It's such a beautiful avatar, after all, so why isn't it more commonly used?


Likely because of the above pictures. As adorable as my avatar turned out with Kemono, it would be rather foolish to keep it if none of the clothing could fit, right? The two biggest problems I ran into were: your normal SL mesh clothing seemed to lean just a few centimetres in front of your body, meaning unless the clothes were made specifically for the Kemono, nothing would fit at the collar and anywhere that the torso and even legs were revealed. The second issue, while not as prominent and alarming, was that for some reason the area around the ankles would be elongated greatly while wearing mesh. This meant that pants were suddenly too short (would show the ankles) and that shoes that touched the ankles were too high.

Luckily, the ankle problem can be fixed! It took me far too long to figure this out, but... when you get your Kemono avatar, there is an item in the folder called Bonus Items. Rez that, open it, and within there is something called Kemono Body (No leg deformations) along with the version number. Wear that instead, and it will turn you legs into... voilĂ , the third image shown above, with the really weird looking ankles. But that means you can wear jeans and boots, even if you can't really pair jeans with bare feet.

Because of this, I have two shapes I use with my Kemono: one shape for shorts (with the original Kemono avatar) and below the ankle sneakers, and the other shape for jeans and above ankle sneakers. Both are always paired with a scarf or something of the like... let's just say it's a quirk my boy avatar has, then.


Zerou is wearing:
Mesh Avatar: Kemono by Utilizator $900L
Mesh Head: M3 System Venus Head by Utilizator $500L
Skin: Tor Shade Skin Mod by =^HARO^= $300L
Hair: Unisex 32 from Dura in black $120L
--FREE ITEMS--
[VALE KOER] VASIFORMS [ group gift sneakers ] 
pictures taken at Chestnut Valley

Monday, May 16, 2016

Frisland


I figured it's time I shared one of my favourite places to go when looking for photoshoot oppotunities-- Frisland.  This cloudy, sleepy little island is not only one of the most beautiful places I've seen in Second Life, but also happens to be extremely accomodating for those looking for beautiful pictures-- join the group, and you get temporary rez rights to allow you a space to put down your pose balls if need be.

This idyllic isle is the perfect place not only to take photos, but to enjoy the calm serenity that can be offered. There are birds chirping, farm animals grazing, and buildings interspaced that serve from housing to schools to windmills and barns, to a tiny rustic chapel at one corner of the island, just waiting for someone to come and sit in search of inner peace.

I've never truly seen anything else of its like on Second Life. Every inch of this island provides new and different opportunities for spending time with friends and family online, taking some of the most beautiful photos I've encountered so far. I could churn out dozens and dozens of pictures for this post, and none would be able to do the entire sim a bit of justice.

There's something soft and sweet here, like honeysuckle in the summer heat, and yet cool enough to make you shiver. A summer storm, perhaps. The grass and leaves are silken to the eyes, and the entire sim embraces that feeling of a calm sanctuary.

From camping grounds to beaches to little alcoves tucked away behind flower-ladden trees and birdcall, this entire place is a visual embodiment of how I felt a Tennyson poem would be-- not so much his Arthurian works, but more like The Islet:

a sweet little Eden on earth that I know,
A mountain islet pointed and peak'd;
Waves on a diamond shingle dash,
Cataract brooks to the ocean run,
Fairily-delicate palaces shine
Mixt with myrtle and clad with vine,
And overstream'd and silvery-streak'd
With many a rivulet high against the Sun
The facets of the glorious mountain flash
Above the valleys of palm and pine.'


Obvious, the comparison isn't perfect (I'm over writing reports on poetry!), but it's the essence that I feel runs parallel and true.


Shamera is wearing:
 *barberyumyum* 53 mixblue [ past LB @ Sanarae ]
  Gritty Kitty Studio Headphones [ discontinued? ]
~Tableau Vivant~ Cho Hair - Sun&Flower [ accessory w/ 75L gacha ]
 :Moon Amore: Traveler Necklace [ past Kustom9 gift ]
[Miseria] Bearnotes Backpack [ past gacha ]
Just a Girl top and skirt [ Carver's End prize ]
Izzie's Leather & Beads Watch Bracelet [ past hunt item, now 249L ]
Utilizator shorts, socks, and boots [ 100L, 20L, 100L ]