~Sascha’s Red Hunger~

Let the games begin!

The Opium Evolution Hunger Games that is!

The games and shows will take place from August 1-10…but that won’t stop me from showing you an exclusive sneak peek at this stunning Red Hunger dress from Sascha’s Designs.  Sascha will be featuring the Hunger Gowns in Red, Gold, Silver and Black at the Opium Evolution Hunger Games Event…there will also be an exclusive color that will only be available at the games, but I am not going to tell you what it is yet…you’ll just have to watch this blog to find out in a few more days.

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Enjoy this sneak preview and get ready for the Hunger Games!

Stay captivated! ❤ ❤

~X~

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Hair:  Analog Dog – b – honey (Coral)

Jewelry:  LAZURI Jewelry – Celeste Heirloom – Color Change- Dark Gems

Pose:  Del May – Tilt

Shot on location at Baja Norte…thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring place Lauren Bentham ❤ ❤

***NOTE that I am not a mainstream fashion blogger.  My focus is telling a story through a photo…so I DO manipulate my photos.  TRY before you buy. ***

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~Music and Magic at Templemore City~

Welcome to Templemore City…an entire sim dedicated to showcasing the best live music talent and DJs in SL.  Templemore is the brain child of Luis Lockjaw …created from his passion for music and the desire to have a place where the diverse SL population can come together to listen to music performed by artists from around the world.  Luis (suit jacket and tie) and, his best friend Gravey Jones can often be found tweaking the Templemore City build and supporting musicians during their sets at the live venues.
Gravey Jones and Luis Lockjaw...creators of Templemore City

In addition to housing several music venues, each with its own unique vibe, Templemore City  is also an amazing cohesive build where you can stop by to take a stroll around the main square, wander off the side streets or enjoy the old time carnival rides.  It’s a great place to spend an afternoon or evening checking out the amazing music offered, enjoying the company of other SL music enthusiasts and don’t forget your camera because there are so many fantastic photo ops all over the sim. <3<3
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Gravey Jones is also a musician who performs in Templemore City and you can find a sampling of his music on his SoundCloud.  Luis is constantly searching for new artists to add to their venues and you will find a line up of who is performing on the Templemore City Google Calendar.

Templemore City …come for the music…stay for the magic.

~Change~

It is always around this time of year that I become more reflective.  I start shifting things around the homestead, organizing my desktop, and assessing my avatar for updates.  Usually these updates are minor, but I will admit I look drastically different from my rez day on October 5, 2008.
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Yes..this is me…fresh off Welcome Island.  Well, actually, it is about a week out…by this time I had switched out my eyes to these neon aqua ones and attempted my first “editing” project by lengthening the back of my hair. Of course, I thought I looked pretty good, but it didn’t take long to notice that there were better options to change my look.  There have obviously been a multitude of changes in skin and tweaking my shape over the years…but I have always wanted to keep a “Eurasian” look for her.  It hasn’t been easy, and there have definitely been some mis-steps with skins, but I think I’ve finally found a skin that compliments the look I have been working toward.  The Belleza Aiko (Pale) skin looks just stunning on me!
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I have absolutely adored Belleza skin for ages…but kinda gave up on it as an option because it never really fit the look I was trying to achieve.  Having said this, the ONLY place I took my husband for skin was Belleza; it is simply flawless on him.

I know Aiko was released a while ago, but, as I said, I had given up on Belleza as a skin option; I don’t think Aiko was around when I stopped trying on the Belleza demos. I am so thrilled that I decided to take a random trip back to see what Tricky Boucher had created lately!  The moment I tried the Aiko demo on…I knew I had finally found THE skin for me…THE skin that took over four years to find!  It is simply the perfect Asian skin…rendered with a deft and talented hand; crafted with an eye for the true nuances that mark the subtle beauty of ethnic skin.  Thank you Mr. Boucher…my husband and I both adore our Belleza skins! <3<3
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My outfit today starts with the Amy top and Zoey pants from /erratic/.  I can’t effuse enough about how fabulous this shirt and these pants are!  The shirt has gorgeous draping…with the front loosely tucked in…the back is untucked but lies wonderfully against the pant. It isn’t easy to wear separate mesh pieces and have them “layer” over each other without issues….but this shirt works!  The pants fit like a glove and have a buttery soft texture to them…with attention to even the smallest detail; such as the pull tab and slider on the zippers.

I finished off my look with the gorgeous Sound hair from [e].  Elikatira is having a HUGE retirement sale (HURRY back with your gorgeous newness soon!!).  It isn’t easy trying to get into the store right now…but WELL worth it…so RUN!!!  My necklace is part of the latest release set, **Attar**, from +:+WTG+:+; found at the new round of Limited Bazaar.  My Bracelet is part of the Harvest set from CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY, the Agam ring (no longer available), on my right hand, is from *TWISHEE*, and my adorable Beagle, named Bagel, is part of the Z Bag from ZOOBY’S.

Other Ephemera

Eyes:      Ikon

Eyeliner:     LpD

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* 

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB::

Beauty Marks:  [:T:]

Curved Wedges (Black):     [RA] RunAway

Hands:     Slink

Poses:     aDORKable Poses

Shot at my private studio using Scarlet Creative For William Weaver Art Gallery build using Lumipro lighting.

*Please also note that I am NOT a mainstream fashion blogger and I DO edit my pictures…please try demos before purchasing items.

~Zenshi puts the zen back into your SL~

“Welcome to Zenshi Heights! The first and only residential community centered around high fashion, style and design. Conceptualized by
Zzoie Zee, CEO of Zanze Enterprises, and Rusch Raymaker, CEO of Avenue, and custom designed by esteemed architect Colpo Wexler, the
unique modern architecture and minimalist zen influenced interior design of Zenshi Towers and its neighboring Townhouses, Homes, and
Private Estates hold a unique appeal to those involved with and interested in the fashion community. Ideally located next to the
luxury Zenshi Shopping District and top modeling agency Avenue, Zenshi Heights is second to none in quality, comfort, convenience,
and, most importantly, style.”  (*excerpt from the rental information notecard for Zenshi Heights)Zenshi 8

If you’ve never been to Avenue or haven’t visited lately…you are in for a wonderful experience.  The six sims, that collectively comprise Zenshi, feature the breathtaking designs of Colpo Wexler from Digital Cult Lifestyle.  His eye for a clean aesthetic, highlighted with arresting symmetry, truly reflects the zen feel the Zenshi founders were looking for.Zenshi18
If you are a die hard fashionista, model, fashion blogger or just live to shop…you won’t be disappointed.  In addition to Zenshi being the home of the preeminent fashion magazine, Avenue, there are stores from SL’s cutting edge designers; to cater to your every fashion desire.
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Even if you you are not fashion oriented, there are many other amenities to enjoy at Zenshi.  The architectural design and minimalist zen landscaping are a treat for those who love to explore, sit for a quiet chat with a friend or capture beautiful photographs.  It truly is a place that invites one to slow down and enjoy your visit.
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You will find yourself returning to Zenshi so often that you just want to stay.  You are in luck.   Head on over to the ZanzE Estates~HQ to pick up the information packet and tenant application; to become a resident.  ZanzE offers several different types of accommodations for eclectic tastes.  Choose an apartment in the Towers with stunning views, a Townhouse, individual Home or your own private Estate.  Bring your prims…Zenshi will provide the privacy.
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~What are you waiting for…if you were there…you’d be home by now~

Me and my Zibska shadow…

I just scored this fabulous Plaisance dress from Zibska~Jewelry, Roots & Couture!  It was really tough to decide which outfit to purchase, because Zibska has some really creative…or, as she aptly describes it, punk nouveau designs.
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I absolutely love the geometric, three dimensional, hollow boxes with their gray scale harlequin design.  It makes me think…art and fashion meet science…just brilliant!  (click through the pics to see the detail of the dress)

I chose to accessorize the dress with the ethereal Glam Affair Roza Unamed skin, the fashion forward Just Design Mesh Creations Deviant Shoes, Tuty’s LIMBO Short Wet Hairstyle, and Mime Eyes from Dirty Cute-Ugly Duck (store is empty and eyes not currently available).
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William Weaver’s build 002 served as a perfect backdrop for the shoot and The Apple Spice Fighting Gravity Poses from Apple Spice, cStar Limited and AnTi-Social highlight the fabulous quirkiness of this dress.
Me and my shadow...I’ve been visiting the Lumipro blogspot to learn more about how to get the best usage out of my Lumipro HUD from Stefan Buscaylet.  So, on this shoot, I kept fiddling with the lights and found a way to make the shadows pop and become part of the focal point of the pics.

I know they aren’t perfect and I broke the rules…but I had a blast composing and taking the pics. My biggest disappointment with them is knowing how much I really need to learn more about using layering/masks so that I can get a better color balance to the pics.  The skin is wayyyy to bright here…despite adjusting the intensity, fall off, radius and color of the Lumipro lamp.

It’s all part of the journey and staying captivated.

The Other Details

Hands:     Slink Mesh rigged hands Elegant.

Eyeliner:     LpD  Prim Eyeliner (black)

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* Eyelashes- 11-Showgirl

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB:: (Beetlebones) Mesh Lashes V.01 (SLEB Black)

Beauty Marks:  [:T:] Beauty Marks tattoo layers (layer option 2) [:Tuli:]

Teeth:     PXL creations [ PXL ] OpenMouth PRO with HUD

Lips:     .:Glamorize:. Rival Black Combo Makeup

Phototools, William Weaver & Firestorm 4.3 Beta

Ok, so I think I have my viewer/video card issues fixed.  I downloaded the Firestorm 4.3 Beta; which now comes loaded with the amazing Phototools.  It appears to be playing nicely with my video card…but I’ve only had it two days and haven’t done any serious photo shoots…so the jury is still out.  If you don’t know who William Weaver is or what his Phototools is all about…he is definitely worth checking out and Phototools is indispensable for SL photography.  Also, check out Mr. Weaver’s fabulous FREE photography builds on the Marketplace.

Here are a few quick snaps using the Edward Hoppper build 001:
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I didn’t use a specific windlight…instead I used a combination of the sky setting sliders and my Lumipro lights…so I don’t have specific details on the lighting for you:(…
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I took one from inside and one  from outside the build so you could see how the different perspectives look with the shadows.

Anyway, Firestorm 4.3 Beta is working great so far…hopefully I can stick with it and not have to bounce back and forth between it and Niran’s Viewer.  I REALLY like the quality of photos that I can capture in Niran’s…I’m just too dang stubborn and lazy to learn a whole new viewer.  I’m also spoiled by all those windlight presets that I can access in Firestorm, but are limited in Niran’s.

If you do download Firestorm 4.3 Beta and want to use the Phototools…make sure you read all the documentation on the Paperwork Shows site; where you will find all the information you need to utilize Phototools to maximum advantage.  Don’t forget to follow William Weaver and his amazing work! I don’t know him personally nor have we ever conversed or met…I just truly admire his work and builds. <3<3

The Other Details

Sari:   Zaara  ZC : 7 Menaka Sari

Hair:  “D!va”  “Maya” (onyx)

Shoes:     Maitreya Gold  Yaxkin Pearl sandals

Earrings:     ZIBSKA Severine earrings in Gold (Gift from Hair Fair)

Armband:  !!!Quality Designs!!! Athena set

Necklace:  *~*Illusions*~* Orinthia Puro set (Texture & Stone change)

Ring:  Zaara Raga oyster ring *paua*

Wedding Rings:  CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY Kismet Engagement ring and inset & women’s wedding band set.

Skin:  Glam Affair – Jadis – Natural Clean(a)

Eyes:  [Curio] Tragic Eyes – Fatpack (Purples and Blues) Watercolor Shine Large (Prim eyes) Not currently available.

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* Eyelashes- 11-Showgirl

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB:: (Beetlebones) Mesh Lashes V.01 (SLEB Black)

Beauty Marks:  [:T:] Beauty Marks tattoo layers (layer option 2) [:Tuli:]

Hands:     Slink Mesh rigged hands Elegant.

Poses & Props:     None…I used my Perfect Lady AO from Vista Animations

Props:   

Bed:     {what next} Morning Tea Bed

Luggage:     Sweet’n’Tart Skins & Tindy Creations [Boxed] Tindy Creations : I’m Leaving Home(Coconut)

Shot at: ~Ephemera Studio~