Ghee Fall14 Collection at Penumbra today!

Greetings!

I know it has been far too long since my last blog post, but I’m back and bringing you a very tiny peek of the drop dead gorgeous new Fall14 Collection from ~ghee~.  The Fall14 Collection has over 70 pieces, from thermals to boots and nails,  which you can see today at 2pm SLT at the Penumbra AW14 fashion Week event.

The choices that I am wearing, from the Fall14 Collection are the Russian Fur Hat (Claret), Fall14 Opera Coat (Claret), Fall14 Satin Sheath Dress (Sangria), Noir Tights, Couture Boots (Gold Metal) and Couture Handbag.

~Fall14~

~ghee~ Press Release:
Inspired by the idea of dramatic opulence, the collection uses fine wools, fur, embossed leather, knit, velvet and satin textures combined in a deep rich color palette inspired by the AW14/15 Pantone Colour Trends. Cassis – vibrant blackcurrant purple; Royal – bright blue; Aluminum – muted mid grey; Claret – rich red; Saffron – deep yellow/gold; Sangria – luscious purple red; Mauve Mist – soft muted mauve; Cognac – rich brown; Cobalt – deep green toned blue; Cypress – muddy grey green, Fog – pale grey; and Noir – charcoal black.

An original abstract pattern, created by Warm Clarity, in 4 lush colorways brings the whole palette together and provides ample opportunities for mixing and matching different looks.

The Fall14 collection includes rigged mesh clothing, rigged and unrigged mesh accessories and system layer ribbed knit sets. The Thermals Set includes different neckline options, and a choice of mesh cowl and turtle neck and sleeve cuff options, giving you a huge range of choices of how to wear it – we’re sure this will become a wardrobe essential this winter!

Fall14 also brings you ghee’s very first exclusive custom mesh items! The Fall14 Couture Boots are original mesh, created for ghee to our design. The Couture Boots for Slink High Feet come in high gloss black leather with stunning ribbon laces and bow detailing – they include a color change HUD for the laces and bow giving you 11 color options in one, and are materials enabled. **.PENUMBRA. FW EXCLUSIVE**

The Fall14 Couture Handbag is also original mesh, in high gloss black leather with a bow detail that matches the boots. Materials enabled with a color change HUD for the bow, and a resizer, it’s a wonderfully chic addition to your look. **.PENUMBRA. FW EXCLUSIVE**

The Couture Handbag and Boots come in either gold or silver metals options.

Other accessories include a chic Russian Hat, an embossed leather wide belt, Opaque Tights (with appliers for Slink feet).and suede clutch bags and boots with rose detail. A Matte Manicure and Pedicure set for Slink Hands and Feet is also available using all the colors in the collection.

ghee Fall14 ~ dramatic opulence.

Selected items will be available EXCLUSIVELY at the Penumbra Fashion Week Retail Area from September 13th.

The rest of the Fall14 Collection in other colors will be available at the ghee Main Store from September 14th.

Join us at 2pm SLT today!

 

Life and Fashion are fleeting…stay captivated! ❤ ❤

~X~

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Xiu is also wearing:

Neck Piece:  The Forge & EZ Weaponry – Scale Armor [gold]

Earrings:  Lazuri – Fall Romance Earrings

Eyeliner:  Eshi Otoawara– Eastern Star Eyeliner

Skin:  Glam Affair  – Aria

Hands & Feet:  Slink – AVEnhance – Elegant1

Poses: aDORKable Poses   modified with Animare

Shot on location at  Angel Manor Estate

***PLEASE 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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~Sascha’s, Zibska, ZOZ, Chop Zuey, Ikon~

Just a quickie post today to highlight new releases from some of my favorite places in SL.  The truth is, I have a LOT of favorite places in SL.  There are so many truly talented individuals creating content in our virtual world…I love being able to wear and show each person’s amazing work.

This dress Otille, from Sascha’s Designs, is not yet released…but get ready…it won’t be long!  I absolutely love the textures Sascha uses…she’s been designing gorgeous clothing for a long time and she knows what she is doing with textures.  I’m wearing the Bronze and Red colors, but I also saw White, Gold, Blue, Sand, Champagne, Mauve, Pink, Moss, Peach, Hot Oil, Purple and Rose; so plenty of options to choose from!

~Sascha's, Zibska, ZOZ, Chop Zuey, Ikon~

Zibska just released these fabulous Plelone shoes that come with a color changing HUD for the shoe and the studs; they are Slink high foot compatible.  My fabulous Slink nail appliers are the Romantic Sparks polish from -{ZOZ}-.

~Sascha's, Zibska, ZOZ, Chop Zuey, Ikon~

The gorgeous eye makeup I am wearing is the Noir 2 Eyeshadows; also from Zibska.  I am also wearing the Shimmer Hair from MAGIKA Hair, the stunning new line of Immortal Eyes (Mesh) from IKON, the Moon Crystals Necklaces (Latest Group Gift) and Kismet Wedding Ring Set from CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLERY, Tiger Lily Ring from MG – Maxis Gossamer Accessories and [Ey:No] bangles (no longer available/store closed).

~Sascha's, Zibska, ZOZ, Chop Zuey, Ikon~

Check out all these wonderful items, and so much more from these fantastic creators!

Life and Fashion are fleeting…stay captivated! ❤ ❤

~X~

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Xiu is also wearing:

Eyeliner:  *Les Petits details*– Eyeliner

Skin:  Glam Affair  – Aria

Hands & Feet:  Slink – AVEnhance – Elegant1

Poses: Del May

Shot on location at  My Private Studio

***PLEASE 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. ***

 

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.
Me and my shadow...
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).
Me and my shadow...
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

Foppish in France…

Just a quickie today.  I am a halfhearted hunt person…there are very few that I will actually finish; I honestly just don’t have the time or patience for most of them.  That said, I did manage to score a few items at a few of the hunts that are currently in progress.
~Foppish in France~I mashed up two dresses from two hunts and two different stores.  The primary dress I used was the black leather dress; which is the hunt prize from Foppish for the Pimp My Hunters Hunt (look for the pink hat).  Which is fabulous all by itself…but I wanted to gussy it up a bit so I layered it over the *Dawson* dress; the hunt prize from StormCrow Designs for the WomanStuff Hunt (look for the pink mesh tshirt).  I know you can’t really see anything of the Dawson dress except for the fantastic feather flounce…but trust me, it is a head-turning dress; which comes with a matching feather boa.
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The skin is also a hunt item from Glam Affair for the WomenStuff Hunt, the clutch is a group gift from COCO DESIGNS, the hair is the latest group gift (Iris/Mahogany) from ChiChickie and the shoes are Venezia from Similar Quality Italian Ladies Shoes (NOT free).

The Other Details

Hands:     Slink Mesh rigged hands Elegant.

Eyes:  Curio Tragic Eyes, Neptune (Large/Shine) (Prim eyes) Sadly not available at this time…HURRY back PLEASE Gala! <3<3

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: KIKI (Came with a skin I bought from them)

Poses:  Diesel Works Poses and Animations …Olivia pose pack (group gift)

First pic shot on location at Chateau de Versailles2 and the second pic was shot on location at FRANCE ~~Paris Eiffel~~Paris 1900

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:
Shadows...
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~

Learning as I go…

It’s been a few days since I posted because I was having major issues with trying to take high rez snaps in Firestorm…for almost a week.  I have no idea what the issue was and I tried the several suggestions that came via the SLU forums…to no avail.  So after the last major freeze then crash, while trying to enable shadows, I switched over to Niran’s Viewer.  I’d heard it was excellent for SL photography.  Still not sure about that…as it is a HUGE learning curve just trying to acquaint myself with the viewer set-up. (AND the sky preset windlight choices are far fewer in Niran’s).  For now I am bouncing between the two hoping to either resolve the love-hate relationship my video card is having with FS or to fully commit to Niran’s.

Anyway, on Monday I had shots (taken in Niran’s) all ready to post for a mash-up dress I’d composed out of two hunt items…but I couldn’t make up my mind which shots to edit/use and finally decided 99% of them were pure crap shots.  Soooo I decided to just start with editing the head shot I took to show the Glam Affair skin (from the WomenStuff Hunt) and the new group gift ChiChickie Iris hair.

This is a the first crop of the raw capture:
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One thing led to another and this post morphed into showing the process and progress of how I am learning to edit my SL photography.  Let me qualify now…I KNOW I am NOT the best photographer…I KNOW I have a LOT to learn…and I KNOW that I make a lot of mistakes.  BUT, through all the mistakes, frustration, lack of editing software skills and pretty much self-teaching…I am enjoying discovering how I can approach SL photography in my own unique way.

First draft of editing…cropped it a bit tighter, rebuilt the crappy nose and tried to maintain the original texture of the skin:
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I wasn’t quite satisfied with the end result…I’d messed up the lovely texture of the skin while trying to fix a few blemishes…which left it splotchy looking. I struggled with going further in editing the face.  After all, there is a point at which the skin no longer looks like the one you will buy.  If I were a fashion photographer and were highlighting the skin for you to run out and grab…I’d leave it as unedited as possible.  BUT, I am NOT a fashion blogger/photographer…I am just someone in SL who enjoys fashion, shopping, photography, art and exploring new places. So I have more creative leeway when it comes to how much I can edit my pics.

My “finished” pic:
Learning as I go...
It took me several hours to edit this pic (on and off…a girl has to sleep eventually)…and I’m sure that someone with mad PS skills could have done it in only minutes.  I did all the editing for this photo in Picmonkey…where I hunt and peck for things…make a LOT of mistakes and learn a great deal from those mistakes.  I break a lot of rules (mostly because I don’t know that I have until I do)…I don’t own PS (That’s a LOT of cash to lay out!), and my skills with Gimp are extremely limited (I can open it…does that count for anything?). I ask as many questions as I can (without trying to be a pest), take classes at Builders Brewery and study other SL photographers work.

In the end…EVERYTHING is open to individual interpretation, we all learn on our own curve and there is usually always more than one way to approach anything in life…including photography and editing.  I’ll continue to make mistakes to learn from and I welcome any help/constructive advice someone takes the time to give me.

Here are several resources that I tap into to try to continue to add new skills, learn and grow:

  • Builder’s Brewery often has excellent classes on photography from beginner to intermediate…check the schedule (online or inworld) for times and dates.
  • Youtube (just enter the search term for the tutorial you are interested in…e.g. “Photo Shop Tutorials”)
  • Strawberry Singh has fantastic tutorials on SL photography. I don’t know her personally, but I am thankful for her kind spirit in sharing what she does.  Study her work…she is fantastic!
  • Cajsa Lilliehook, from It’s Only Fashion, is very knowledgeable in fashion,  photography, blogging and marketing.  She generously shares that knowledge with her readers on the Tutorials & PSAs tab.
  • I belong to over 90 Flickr photography and fashion groups; where I can study fabulous SL photography and post my work for feedback.  If you go to my page, you will find a list of the groups I belong to.  Click on the group link to check it out and to join the group.  While you’re on my page…check out the people who are on my contact list…I am constantly adding people to that list…people who’s amazing work I have noticed and want to follow.  I add them as a contact so I can be alerted when they post new work.
  • In-world I have truly wonderful artist friends who patiently answer my questions.  I also attend in-world art exhibits; to study the work and to support the hardworking artists.
  • Finally, I recently became actively involved, in the SL art community, by organizing/hosting the upcoming Autumn Art Walk that will be running from November 17-Dec 15 at The Beguiled Art Gallery & Studio.

Art and Life are fleeting…stay captivated!  <3<3

Eyes:  Curio Tragic Eyes, Neptune (Large/Shine) (Prim eyes) Sadly not available at this time…HURRY back PLEASE Gala! <3<3

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: KIKI (Came with a skin I bought from them)

~Pin-Up~

Shhhhhhhh…I’ve got a secret fetish…
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Well, not so secret really…anyone who knows me knows how much I love Pin-Up art.  I grew up loving black and white movies, jazz, old magazines and pin-up art.  So, I get very excited when I come across a creator in SL who enjoys designing vintage and pin-up clothing and accessories.
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Last summer I was searching for a mesh bikini and stumbled across an adorable one at this store, on the marketplace, called Etchaflesh.  I liked the bikini so much, I wrote a review about it.  Several days later, I received a special edition corset, as a thank you for the review…and I was officially hooked on Shaodie’s designs.  She manages to fuse goth, pin-up and a bit of rockabilly into her own unique interpretations.  One of the things I love about her work is that she doesn’t overlook the little details that make clothing standout; like the corset lacing on the back of this high-waisted pin-up skirt..  I like the dark edge to her designs, but then she also has some really gorgeous pink corsets; there is something for everyone.
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I decided to pair the skirt with back-seam stockings and top from a 50’s Tintable set that I purchased from Reasonable Desires…a few years ago. The oh-so-fantastic pin-up Jean hair from .:EMO-tions:., and the Coqueta Doll (pink/black) platforms from KIKI Designs. Finishing touches…Severine Earrings from Zibska, Prim eyeliner from LpD and mesh hands from SLink.

The Details

Skirt:   Etchaflesh  Gothsweet Pin-Up Skirt

Top & Stockings:    Reasonable Desires  50’s Tintable lingerie set.

Hair:  .:EMO-tions:.  *Jean* (black)

Shoes:     KIKI Designs  Coqueta Doll (Black & Pink) mesh

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

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

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

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:]

Hands:     Slink Mesh rigged hands Elegant, pointing and relaxed.

Poses & Props:     {what next} Vintage Dressing Screen and Stool Modelling Props (both loaded with pposes)

Shot at: ~Ephemera Studio~

Dog:     Zooby Beagle (His name is Bagel :))