Fashion

When Opportunity Knocks

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Photographer: Morgana Hilra

 

So, I’ve wanted to do blog posts with other bloggers for a while now. Earlier this month I was asked by Morgie to do a blog post with her. I’ve been reading So Hawt SL and been a fan for about 4 years now (and friends for about 3), so it was so cool when she messaged me inworld. I was at an Arcade yardsale (and you know how obsessed I get at the beginning of the Arcade month), and I dropped everything and ran home to get changed.

 

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Photographer: Morgana Hilra

You can see the full post over at So Hawt SL ^^

 

Styling Credits

(provided by Morgana)

~*~Jared~*~

Shape – So Hawt SL Shapes – Chris – Coming Soon
Hair – *Dura-Boys&Girls*49(Black)
Skin – ~Tableau Vivant~ Sean Skin – Tone 05
Eyes – IKON Ascension Eyes – Sahara
Ears – (MALE)_[MANDALA]TAPER_EARS
Hands – Slink AvEnhance Hands Male – Relax

Top – [RA] Turtleneck Sweater – Gray
Pants – [NV] Bubu Baggy -Camo-
Shoes – LQMesh Soldier Boots – REDGRAVE

~*~ Morgie~*~

Shape – So Hawt SL – Kaela – Coming Soon
Skin – -Glam Affair – Artemis – Asia – TheLastDays 02 - Uber
Eyes – [Buzz] Faerie Eyes – Angel
Hands – Slink AvEnhance Hands Female – Relaxed
Lashes – *MC* “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes with HUD – Pack1
Ears – (UNISEX)_[MANDALA]Simple_ELF_Ears
Hair – Exile::Day The World Went Away All or nothing – Uber
Eyeliner – :Little Pricks: Underliner. – District 5
Tattoo Upper – :Little Pricks: Dangerous Beauty(w/Applier) – District 5
Tattoo Lower - :Little Pricks: Kismet – District 5
Teeth – [PXL] OpenMouth Pro v2.0

Top – [Cynful] Sping Hoodie – Black – Big Show
Shorts – *COCO*_LayeringShorts_Flags - Uber
Shoes – *COCO*_Lace-UpBoots_Black – Uber

Kneepads – *COCO*_KneePads – Uber
Watch – [MANDALA]BILLIONAIRE_PRIDE(silver) – August Collabor88
Bracelet/Earrings – MG – Bangles and Earrings – Ukai’s Talismans – Uber

~*~Monica~*~

Shape – Hers
Skin – -Glam Affair – Skye – Jamaica 03 – The Arcade Gacha
Hair – adoness: myrina: coffee
Makeup – [mock]Blackest Night Shadow

Corset – *League* Nyx Corset -Leather- Black
Pants – GizzA – Skinny Pants [Grunge Dirty]
Shoes – [L.Warwick] -Sawtooth Flats- Slate – Uber

Necklace – Chop zuey Black Tooth Grin Mens Necklace

Group Pose – 3 Friends Pose – Dyer Poses –  Destocking MarketSept 5th – 25th

My Retreat

Watching flurries outside the window

Hey guys! There’s been a lot going on lately, with RL (classes have started again) and SL. I was happy to have been asked to do some consulting for a new fitted mesh breasts brand (yay!). Also, after what seems like months (really weeks, but SL time moves quickly as we all know), my boyfriend has been able to come back inworld so now we are making arrangements to live together. But first, he had the idea of going to a winter retreat for a week. He’s good at finding places to visit :)

Our winter cottage @ KAMRAIN Properties

From what we saw as we were looking, Kamrain Properties has houses for rent anywhere from 550L to 1250L a week. This is just for the winter houses – they have summer ones as well. Most are furnished, and some are not. For instance, there was a beautiful house that was I think 1k L a week with 333 prims. But I didn’t want to furnish it – it’s a vacation, not a permanent residence. The house we are staying in is 850L for 40 prims. But to tell you the truth, I haven’t felt the need to take anything out of my suitcase except my clothes.

retreat3_001Living Room/Dining Room

I have noticed lately that there are a number of people who are feeling stressed, just by reading various SL social media sites. Bloggers feel the need to attend all of the events and blog all of the things. Designers are not only striving to maintain and improve their products, but they have to do this while meeting the needs of all of the various events in SL. Club owners I feel always feel some sort of stress because there is always something  happening that can possibly take away from visitors having a good time at the club. And of course, there is always issues that come up in relationships (friend or intimate) that can threaten the peace. In my observations, some people have decided to take a break, and others are starting to suffer either mentally or physically.

retreat3_002Bathroom

One of the reasons why some of us get stressed is because it is easy to get involved in various projects in SL – that is if you know where to look. As we pile on project after project, all the individual stressors take their toll on us mentally. I think this is why I feel like I don’t have anything to blog, even though I can look on my to-do list and find that there are plenty of topics that I can blog about. When this happens, I try to talk about something that’s happening with me right now to break out of feeling this way.

retreat3_003Bedroom

One thing that I learned while being on vacation is that I definitely need more winter clothing. I decided to wear one of my favorite outfits on my first day.

Shirt & vest: Paradisis
Leggings: coldLogic
Boots: Maitreya
Other items: Hair – Emo-tions; Skin – Glam Affair; Glasses – Armidi

 

I think I’m going to get back to relaxing – I feel better already! :)

Take care for now, and stay tuned!

Flowery Perfume

Hey everyone! I have lots to share with you today…where to begin?

I’ll talk about something that I don’t normally focus on in my blog posts – using windlight/environmental settings to adjust your lighting in Second Life. You can use windlight to better illuminate your photos, or if you want to create a certain mood. For instance, if you want to take photos of a haunted house, you may want to use darker lighting vs a bright cheery one. Some bloggers choose to use mainly one windlight setting for photos, which gives their photos a distinctive, recognizable look. I’m not that kind of blogger – when you blog indoors, outdoors, casual, formal, fantasy, kinda photos, I think one windlight does not do your photos justice.

In SL Blogger Support, there was a blogger named Criistinaa Chau  who wanted opinions on how she was doing on her blog. Someone asked her what windlight did she use, and she said that she used Juicybomb’s settings. I wasn’t sure how I missed these – maybe because when Gogo put out this blog post I wasn’t really thinking about that yet during my blogging journey. The windlight that I am using is Gogo Hearts SL. I felt like it went well with the outfit that I have on today. One thing that Gogo said about windlights was this:

“A lot of people don’t know this, but the direction that your avatar faces matters when using a Windlight Setting made by someone else. When I am on a pose stand, my avatar is always facing SOUTH, and the blank prim background is behind me.”

I always suspected this, but after seeing how this photo came out…the proof is in the pudding (or photo).

Gizza is a store that I am very fond of, but yet I don’t find myself shopping there as often as I would like. Why? This is what happens – I get the note card from the group about their new releases. I get excited, but at the same time I’m still reading group notices, blogs, Facebook, and Seraphim SL. Because there are so many events lately, each with at least 10 stores that I’m clicking through Seraphim’s gallery to see what they have, Gizza gets lost in the shuffle. Until the next new release from them that is, and then the cycle happens again. Well, I put an end to that today :) This is one of Gizza’s latest releases – Flowery Perfume. I like how there are several colors, changeable by a HUD.

Today is the last day for the elikatira hair sale – all single hair pack colors are only 99L. I got some cute hairs from there. I appreciate the sale lasting until I had recovered from last month’s Hair Fair ^^

Okay – that’s all from me! Until next time, happy shopping!
Styling Credits

Hair: [e] Odette
Skin: Glam Affair – Coral – Jamaica – Lotus
Outfit (including shades): Gizza - Flowery Perfume
Scarf: .Enfant Terrible. Vintage Girl scarf  red
Makeup:
Lipstick: MOCK Cosmetics – Innocente in Sange
Face and chest glitter: Deetalez
Pose: Corpus

 

Come Inside

 

Yup – this is actually my room :) I tried to get a lighting that shows that it’s dreary-looking outside, and my room is warm and inviting. Did it work? :D

What inspired this look today is this chemise dress that I have on from ghee. It’s currently at the Black Fashion Fair,which ends on the 22nd. Now, I don’t know if you can see it or not, but this has a small dot pattern (hence called poppy dot). I don’t mind it not being as obvious because this is my vision for my blog post. But if this was a vendor photo, I may want to reconsider my vision. I’ll tell you a story on that (yes, I feel like a storyteller lately ^^).

When I used to be manager of a clothing store a few years back, the owner was struggling with making quality vendor photos. It really sucked because our clothing were of similar quality to other stores, it was just our delivery was lacking. She couldn’t take good photos, and I was just starting to take decent ones but I had so many other responsibilities that I couldn’t take pictures. So we would hire bloggers to take photos – I think it was like 50L a photo or something. It paid off in sales and even got noticed by an event owner.

One day, we got a complaint from the event organizer because the black pants in the vendor picture looked blue. I looked at the photo, and I said hmm you can tell the whole photo has a blue tint to it. So I color corrected the photo (added red) so that the pants would look black. Then she and I got into an argument because whereas I saw off-black, she saw dark blue. I showed her color swatches in off-black and dark blue online and she said no – they were dark blue and blue. She even called her friend in and her friend said the first vendor picture looked like dark blue pants and the second photo looked like off black pants. So as you see, you don’t want your customers to second guess the shade that you used in your clothing.

So, back to my look. The hair is from Exile, called Letters and lipstick, is from Collabor88. I had to use the Letmein HUD, because it’s been over a week and C88 is always full when I try to go there normally. I know the creator of that hud is rolling in some lindens now lol.  They do have a lot of nice things there at C88 – I may blog some of them later. The shoes are from L. Warwick, called Cordelia. The shoes are currently at SLink West.

Stay tuned for more – until then, happy shopping!

 

Styling Card (additional items)

Skin: Glam Affair
Jewelry: Chop Zuey
Pose: Olive Juice

Monica presents ” MOCK Your Fase “

A “MOCK Your Fase” makeup session with Monica Querrien

Hey guys! I am so excited – I have wanted to do this makeup “session” for a while but didn’t have the right inspiration for it. But when Mockie (M.O.C.K. Cosmetics) came out with a new lipstick line, I knew it was time :)

In Second Life, we have been blessed with 5 tattoo layers. This allows us to be able to wear a natural skin makeup, and then add makeup as we see fit. Some people have said that nowadays we need more than 5 layers, but that’s another topic. I personally like to purchase skins with a nice natural tone so that I can create my look. I will show you what I normally do. The only thing that will be different is that I will use everything from one makeup store. Normally, my look would incorporate makeup from several stores.

 

mockurfase_001Au naturel

 

In real life, the first thing you would do after cleaning your face would be to put on any coverup makeup, such as primer, concealer, foundation, etc. This will give your skin a smoother look. Mockie did give us as a gift lip primers. I don’t really use them, but they would be good to help cover up really bold lip color that is on your skin.

This is me with no makeup, just eyelashes. I currently use Mon Cheri’s Falsies – they have three types of lashes according to thickness and length, and a variety of colors. The skin I am wearing is from Glam Affair – Jamaica tone. I find that Glam Affair does very nice natural makeup. Of course there are a variety of skin stores that have natural makeup, but I choose to wear this skin for this session.

 

mockurfase_002Natural eyeliner

The next thing that I do is to use eyeliner. I chose to use Guyliner 2k in this photo because it is natural -looking eyeliner. It fills in any gaps between my lashes and my eyes, and makes it look more complete. I normally use thicker eyeliner, but I couldn’t find anything in my inventory from MOCK that fits the bill. I know the store has them, because I have referred people to the store to get them. I guess I need to go too lol. So what I think I’m going to do is to use slightly different eyeliner.

mockurfase_003Smoked eyeliner

This is called Funsies eyeliner- Smoked Senna C. It gives it a smokier look.

mockurfase_004Eyeshadow

Now for the fun part – layering! I added a Touch of Magic (in Abatwa) over the Smoked Senna. You can still see the senna behind the abatwa color. The Touch of Magic eye shadows give a nice subtle color, so by combining the two shadows, I had my smoky and delicate looks together.

 

mockurfase_005Contouring

In real life, we add highlights and contouring to our face to keep our face from looking too flat after we make our skin smooth and uniform. I admit that I haven’t played around with highlighting and contouring my face in real life. So I decided to do it today in SL by using Nephrias, a contouring blush that Mockie was experimenting with and wanted feedback. I’m not sure if this would work well with a darker skin tone, but as you see, it looks very dark on my skin. However, when I added Dark Tan blush…

mockurfase_006Blush

…it looks a lot better. If I wanted to do post-editing on this, I would blend the blush a bit at the edges to give it a better look. Since most skins come with blush, I’m not sure how effective contouring would be. I have however used Mockie’s blush colors to tone down excessive blush on the skin in the past. This is why it’s important to have a good skin to start with – you don’t want to use up your tattoo layers covering up your skin so you can add color.

Now here comes my favorite makeup– lipsticks! Mockie recently came out with a new set of lip colors called Innocente. I thought the colors were fun and playful, and some of them have quite a fruity look in color.

 

 From top left to bottom right: Tropical fever, Absinthe, Affair, Alizarin, Amaranth, Bare Roman, Cerise, Fever, Jacarta, My Pink, Plumaria, Pomegranate, Sange, Violet Shock

 

Well, this concludes today’s session. I hope you had fun looking at all the different makeups. If you would like to see more makeup looks, just hit me up in the comments section or inworld :)