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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Not Quite Monday

Not Quite Monday

I love Strawberry Singh's Monday meme challenges and have previously participated in a few.  This week's challenge of blogging about your favorite poses and pose makers isn't really that challenging to me since I have had a bit of an obsession with poses since I first discovered them in my early days of Second Life.

I've always felt that poses are one of the most important parts to any picture; they convey so much emotion and contribute such depth to the overall impression and perception of the photographer.  Without good pose makers, Second Life photography most certainly would not be what it is today.

The pose featured in the above photo (click to enlarge) is from a new to me designer, Axix, recently discovered at Pose Fare 2014.  The crow prop is what initially caught my attention; if you ever browsed my shop before I closed, it should be no surprise that I would be drawn to a pose with props.  They are extremely fun to use and make for very interesting photos.  The pack, which was only 100L, included eight static poses and pre-positioned crow props for each pose.  They only thing that I did not like about this pose pack was that the poses do not have smooth transitions; however, that is a very minor detail.

Unfortunately, my two favorite pose makers no longer make poses.  I have hundreds of poses from aDORKable Poses and Glitterati; I probably could never purchase another pose in Second Life and still be set for the duration of my blog just by using what is already in my inventory from these two designers.  We all know that will never happen though!  Both Adokable Peapod and Katey Coppola created graceful, elegant poses that can work in almost any photo.  Thankfully, you can still purchase poses from both designers on the Second Life Marketplace (linked above).


Credits
Clothing: Bohemian Maxi in Aqua by Croquet at FaMESHed
Feet: Mesh Female Feet Flat by Slink
Hands: Mesh Hands Elegant1 and Bag by Slink
Nail Applier: Peary Nails by Izzie's at The Dressing Room Fusion
Hair: April by TRUTH at Collabor88
Skin: Mokatana The Diva by Glam Affair
Skin Applier: Slink Hands and Feet Skin Applier America by Glam Affair
Eyes: Summer Storm by Poetic Colors
Pose: LadyCrow 7 by Axix at Pose Fair 2014
Location: Templemore Hesperia
Saturday, April 19, 2014

Helpless

Helpless

I seem to never be able to stay away.  I can go for months without thinking about Second Life, and then somewhere out of the blue I'm wondering about what kind of new shoes may be available.  I'm helpless.

My latest absence had to do more with feeling overwhelmed than anything else.  Second Life has always been a hobby for me, but trying to keep up with my blog, Seraphim and my pose shop felt more like a job than something I did for leisure.  I had to leave... I needed to breath.  I definitely have a new found respect for creators who are able to hold down a real life job and still design in Second Life.


Credits
Clothing: Blooming Moment Dress by ::{u.f.o}:: at Collabor88
Jewelry: Butterfly Neckalce by Izzie's VIP Group Gift
Shoes: Lily Flats in Prussian by Ingenue at Collabor88
Feet: Mesh Female Feet Flat by Slink
Hands: Mesh Hands Elegant1 and Bag by Slink
Nail Applier: Pearl Nails by Izzie's at The Dressing Room Fusion
Hair: Fleur by TRUTH at The Seasons Story
Skin: Mokatana The Diva by Glam Affair
Skin Applier: Slink Hands Skin Applier America by Glam Affair
Eyes: Summer Storm by Poetic Colors
Pose: Model 272 by Glitterati No Longer Available
Location: Frisland
Sunday, September 8, 2013

Come Away With Me

Come Away With Me 

It's been such a long time since I have been able to make a post.  Trying to keep up with real life work and Second Life 'work' has really limited my time for blogging.  I am hoping to be a bit more consistent than I have been the past couple of months, however.

In early July I opened a small pose shop.  I was really apprehensive about it, but as you know, I have adored poses in world for many years.  With the closing of my two favorite pose shops, I decided that I would take a stab at creating my own.  I don't get to work on poses nearly as much as I want to because of my obligations in my real life, but I am learning and will hopefully soon have a wide variety of poses available.  I have a few single packs available and my first couple pose is available exclusively at Designer Showcase for the duration of the September round.

Come Away With Me

Aren't these shoes adorable?  I think riding boots are such a cute look for this fall, and I am very excited that LaRoo has created such a pretty pair.  Both the mesh and the texture are full of detail which is always essential for a good product.  The boots are also versatile because they can be worn casually or with a more professional or 'dressed-up' look.  They are available in five colors exclusively at FaMESHed.


Credits
Clothing: [Dress] Summer Dress in Red by DRIFT @ The Dressing Room Fusion New and [Leggings] Sheer Tights in Khaki by Izzie's
Shoes: Riding Boots in Brown by LaRoo Shoes @ FaMESHed New
Hands: Mesh Hands Elegant 1 by Slink
Nail Applier: Glossy French Slink Add-On by je suis
Hair: Malia in Sable by [elikatira] New
Skin: Lulu 07 BR by Glam Affair No Longer Available
Skin Applier: Slink Hands Skin Applier America by Glam Affair
Makeup: Black Eyeliner in Gentle Fume by Acid & Mala
Eyes: Ardent Eyes in Skyfall by IKON
Lashes: 2011 Lashes Curl by LeLutka
Poses: [1] Come With Me by Flash Friendly Poses @ Designer Showcase New and [2] Stand 011 Mirror by Flash Friendly Poses
Location: The Pixel Bean Coffeehouse
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Sweet Nothing

Sweet Nothing

Things I enjoy about summer... being able to sleep until noon and managing to actually make two blog posts in one week!  If only the summer could last forever.

My photos today were completely inspired by the new release by LaRoo Shoes at FaMESHed.  I always think schoolgirl whenever I see socks worn with shoes that are typically worn without socks... like heels.  The Ellie Sock Pumps are extremely adorable and very well made.  They are available in ten solid colors and four floral patterns.  A HUD containing twelve colors is also included for the socks.  FaMESHed closes at the end of the month, but I'm sure these will also be offered at LaRoo's main store afterwards.

Sweet Nothing


Credits
Clothing: Montgomery in Sea by coldLogic
Shoes: Ellie Sock Pumps in Peach Floral by LaRoo Shoes @ FaMESHed New
Hands: Mesh Hands Relaxed R and Elegant L by Slink
Nail Applier: French Nails by Izzie's
Hair: Daffodil in Brown 08 by [elikatira]
Skin: Lulu 07 BR by Glam Affair @ The Arcade
Skin Applier: Slink Hands Skin Applier America by Glam Affair
Makeup: Black Eyeliner in Gentle Fume by Acid & Mala
Eyes: Ardent Eyes in Skyfall by IKON
Lashes: 2011 Lashes Curl by LeLutka
Poses: [1] Shy 3 and [2] Pencil II 6 by aDORKable Poses
Location: Pretty Island
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Weird Questions Meme

Weird Questions Meme

Last week's meme challenge by Strawberry Singh was so much fun and wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be; this week's is a little more mellow.  Before I get into answering Berry's "weird" questions for us, I have to say that I was really inspired last week.  With the closing of my two favorite pose stores (aDORKable Poses and Glitterati) within such a short time span, I have been quite saddened.  The discovery of photography was something that happen very early in my slife, and as any Second Life photographer knows, you need poses!  Berry's challenge last week prompted me to attempt to create my own.  I didn't expect to be very successful (I do well to "build" a box in world), but it was a lot funner than I imagined.  I had so much fun that I made a few more poses and got this crazy idea to open my own pose shop!  I'm sure mine aren't the best on the grid at the moment, but I'm having so much fun practicing and hope to have a small store up and running by July 1st!  In the meantime, SeraphimSL.com is celebrating its second birthday, and I have made a small pack of three poses plus mirror as a gift.  They are free at Seraphim's headquarters through July 19th.  You do have to be a member of the in-world -Seraphim- group with an active group tag to receive the gift.

Now, on to Berry's questions...

1. Which was the last sim you visited?  (Other than your home) The Slums

2. Does your avatar look like the real you?  I do have brown hair, blue eyes and very pale skin, but that's about where the similarities end.

3. Do you wear underwear/panties underneath your clothing when out and about on the grid?  Since I wear mesh clothing the majority of the time, I really don't see the need of wearing underwear since I'm wearing an alpha layer to cover those bits and pieces anyway.

4. If you won a million linden dollars, what would be the first thing you buy in world?  I would probably cash out and pay a few real life bills.  Lol  I do think I would eventually like to own a few sims and have rental units.

5. Have you ever bought something in SL and then realized afterwards that you had already owned it from before?  I've done this more often than I would like to admit.  It's usually happened with poses during sales.

6. Have you ever done anything in Second Life that would be considered illegal in real life?  When I was a newbie, I didn't realize you could double click clothing layers to remove one and add another.  I thought it was like real life and you had to get completely undressed first.  I would try to find trees or other objects to hide behind in public so I could change my clothes.  I was actually banned from a sim once (I was less than a week old) for public nudity.  LOL

7. If you could go on a date with any other avatar, who would it be?  My husband, Dryden Macbain.

8. Who, in your opinion, was the greatest avatar to ever slive?  I don't think I've known enough avatars to make a valid decision.

9. What is the most embarrassing thing you've ever done in world?  I went to a shop when I was a newbie to pick up a Christmas present.  You had to sit on Santa's lap to get the gift.  Let's just say that Santa would have been put on the naughty list.

10. If your avatar had a mind of its own, what do you think it would say to you?  Please clean my closet!!

Seraphim Turns Two


Credits