~Autumn Leaves~

In case you don’t yet know, ~ghee~ is having an Autumn Leaves hunt!  I’ve tried on all the pieces and they are rich with the beautiful colors of Fall and perfect for a day out shopping, meeting friends for coffee or a romantic afternoon with your sweetheart.  I’m wearing the Oatmeal Coat, Pumpkin Thermals top and leggings and Oatmeal boots.  You’ll find more details below my photo!

~Autumn Leaves~

From the  ghee promotional packet:

The ghee Autumn Leaves Hunt is underway! The ghee gals have created an amazing Autumn Leaves Collection and have turned it into a hunt. This hunt contains 27 co-ordinating pieces that you can layer, mix and match in so many ways! All you have to do is look for the 27 Golden Leaves that are 10L each and the whole collection is yours! This fantastic hunt will end on November 30th, 2014.

For hints check out the ghee blog:

http://ghee-sl.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/spruce-up-your-fall-wardrobe-with.html

Items in the Autumn Leaves Hunt:
ghee Autumn Leaves Hunt Poster

Life and Fashion are fleeting…stay captivated! ❤ ❤

~X~

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Xiu is also wearing:

Skin:  Glam Affair  – Aria

Hair: Magika – Dots

Poses: Label Motion  – Autumn Leaves prop/pose pack (ONLY 60L!)

Shot on location at  Private Residence

Scarecrows and fencing:  BAZAR

Fallen Leaves:  3D Trees

Haystacks:  Diavolo Creations

***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. ***

~Noa at Enchanted Photopia~

While checking in on Facebook today, I saw this great youtube video posted for Enchanted Photopia.  I watched the entire video and was so inspired by it, I knew I had to go explore the place further.  What an incredibly magical place, full of vignettes featuring familiar animated movie characters and scenes.  Trust me, that description does not do this wonderful place justice.  At the very least watch the video…but it is very much worth the visit!

Enchanted Photopia was the perfect backdrop to try to capture my fun outfit; featuring the Noa dress from Sascha’s Designs.  The Noa dress is the latest release form Sascha’s…you have the choice of purchasing three separate HUDs and each has a choice of six different dress textures. I will show all three HUDs below.  The dress texture I am wearing in the first photo is from the Noa No.2 HUD…I really love the Sugar Skull feel of the graphic.
~Noa at Enchanted Photopia~

The Noa No.1 HUD has stripes, plaids, florals and paisleys…a great mixture with choices suitable for any occasion.
SAS - Noa No. 1 Dress

The Noa No. 2 HUD features Candy Skull designs that would be great for creating a very Retro Rocker or Kawaii look.
SAS - Noa No. 2 Dress

The Noa No. 3 HUD has a mixture of florals, plaid, a plain white and a celestial looking black pattern; a great mix to suit any style mood.
SAS - Noa No. 3 Dress

I styled my look a little more on the Kawaii side and chose the Sunday Hair (Rainbows) from+Spellbound+,  MARYJANE Wedges (Romance) from Reign, the {Turquoise} necklace and bangles from Ariskea (previously available for purchase at the 21 event), the Tiger lily ring from MG-Maxis Gossamer, and my fabulous nail appliers are from the new Romantic Sparks polish collection by ZOZ!  My incredible Immortal Eyes are the latest mesh eye release from Ikon…these eyes are just amazing!

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Check out Enchanted Photopia or stop by the fabulous stores featured here and shop til you drop!
http://youtu.be/k3eTaG4Wbs4

Life and fashion are fleeting…buy now and stay captivated!

~X~

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Xiu is also wearing:

Fawn:  Alchemy  – Dreams-Spirit Fawn Familiar-RARE (past event gacha/gift from a cherished friend))

Dog:   Alchemy – Doge-French Bull Dog-Snow (past gacha item from The Chapter Four Event)

Socks:  Mimikri– -Maxine-Overknee Socks

Hair:  [elikatira] – Looking (retired style)

Skin:  Glam Affair  – Aria

Hands:  Slink – AVEnhance – Elegant1

Wedding Ring Set:  CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY Kismet

Pose: {Sugar Heart} -Cotton Candy~5 Static Model Poses (available on the Market Place) *includes cotton candy prop shown.  Pose edited using Animare

Shot on location at  Enchanted Photopia 

***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. ***

~Catching fireflies in Wisteria Starlite~

One of my few cherished childhood memories is catching fireflies, at twilight, in the field across from my grandparents farm in Maine.  I recall using a mason jar, that we’d poked holes in the lid, and leaping through the tall grass trying to capture what we called lightning bugs and  tinkerbells.  It was heartbreaking to see them die so we always made sure to release them shortly after capture; ensuring they’d grant our wishes and return another night.

I had not thought about the magic of catching firelfies in many years…then I saw the Moonlite and Starlite gowns from ~ghee~…and those enchanting evenings came flooding back.  The ~ghee~ Moonlite and Starlite gowns are actually a two piece ensemble…the Moonlite gowns come in deep rich jewel tones with an off-the-shoulder top and the Starlite gowns feature a racer back top and muted tones.  The moment I slipped into the Starlite Wisteria gown, I knew I had to capture its shimmering beauty surrounded by the quiet elegance of  the Angel Manor Gardens; while chasing firelflies at dusk.  I spent several wonderful hours in the Angel Manor Gardens…shooting the photos for this piece…and reveling in the childhood memories of evenings filled with moonlite, starlite and fireflies.

~Catching fireflies in Wisteria Starlite~

It’s a great big crazy world out there and life is fleeting…stay captivated! ❤

~X~

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Xiu is also wearing:

Hair:  Analog Dog – b – honey (Coral)

Skin:  Glam Affair  Aria – Asia (previous gacha item)

Hands:  Slink – AVEnhance – Elegant1

Ring:  Lazuri – Celseste Heirloom

Poses:  I used a Manifeste the Art of Posing (on hiatus) pose as my base and altered it using my Animare Hud…so that I could “hold” the firefly jar, from Outdoor Store & Osmosis; which is meant as a table top decor item.

Shot on location at Angel Manor Gardens  

**I used DOF and Phototools Hospital Light windlight….using the sun position slider I was able to capture the shimmer of the materials “satin” feel of the skirt and to pick up the highlights in the hair.  I also used a wearable projector and three point light from the LUMIPro system and adjusted them to create a soft key and fill lighting on the avatar…to prevent loss of detail from uneven windlight shadowing.

***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. ***

~Summer in Sailors Cove~

Reason 99999 why I LOVE Second Life…I can live anywhere I want to and the move is a snap!

A lot of people in SL just don’t think that having a “home” is important…but I have always had a home in SL; for me it is part of the immersive experience.  I’ve lived in skyboxes, spaceships, apartment buildings, tropical islands, showy mountains and currently a house boat.  My husband and I love to sail around the collective sims that connect to the Blake Sea…so it was an easy decision to rent a boat slip at Sailors Cove; which is part of the collective.  Sailors Cove is a charming New England themed port with quaint shops, a concert area and dozens of little places to discover. After our first visit to the village, we decided to rent a boat slip…one slip led to another and now we have three boat slips and a lovely shop on the waterfront.

It was a gorgeous summer day with warm coastal breezes, clanging bells on buoys, the high pitched chatter of gulls and terns and wispy white clouds drifting high in cerulean skies.  I love to explore the little village I call home…there are so many things to discover and enjoy.  Today I spent the afternoon bicycling around the docks and side streets; peering in shop windows and chatting with visitors.  As the sun started to slip over the western horizon, I finished my day of wandering with a triple scoop and my favorite pooch.
~Summer in Sailors Cove~
My outfit today is the July VIP Group Gift, Blossom Contrast shorts and Bikini Cover-Up Top from ~ghee~, Pure Poison Aurore Sandals (available at We ❤ Role Play event) and Berry Juice hair from LoQ Hair (75L Fat Pack Promo on the Marketplace!).  My Silver Chain Hoop Earrings are from Ecco and my bangles were from [EY:NO], which is now closed.

You can rez a bicycle like this from the vendors outside the rental office at Sailors Cove. My pose and ice cream cone are part of the My Summer Ice Cream pose pack from Label Motion…which I modified to fit the bike; using Animare.

My pooch was a gacha, from Alchemy, for the June round of The Chapter Four event.

Life is fleeting…take time to enjoy something from each day you are here and stay captivated! ❤ ❤

~X~

 

~Whiteout in Candy Land~

Do you remember playing that fun board game Candy Land, where you follow the winding track through the Candy Cane Forrest and Gum Drop mountain in search of King Kandy?  I remember playing it with my niece and nephew and the little buggers tried to cheat!  Despite the cheating, we still had a blast and it whiled away the endless hours of being stuck inside on a school snow day.

Yesterday I mentioned the Month of Games event, hosted by Siren Productions, was in full swing.; with tons of fabulous designs geared toward three game themes.  One of the themes is Candy Land and the amazingly talented creator behind Lyrical B!zarre Templates came up with this oh-so-sweet candy dress named Whiteout. This dress is loads of fun and perfect for a costume party, a day exploring or just because you LOVE candy!

~Whiteout in Candy Land~

You can really get creative with the different components of this dress…I used a copy of the bodice candy piece as a wreath for my hair and I wore it on my *DOLLCOCO* avatar!  I accessorized the dress with the Fairytail Hair and Spring Fairy Parasol from Boudoir and my lovely little snow colored French Bulldog; a past The Chapter Four gacha from Alchemy.  The fabulous Wonderland Teacup Party is the latest VIP group gift from Boudoir and ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 48 HOURS…so HURRY!

I shot this on location at a really adorable little parcel named A&R haven & relax place.  This enchanting little place is full of wonderful spots to relax, take photos or enjoy the dances created by the owner Ryeeee.  A fantastic little hidden secret garden that is well worth the visit and don’t forget to check out her lucky boards, filled with her unique dances, that turn over quickly!

Now I’m off to gather clues for the next game theme!

Life is fleeting…stay captivated!

❤ ❤

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Xiu is also wearing:

Ballet Shoes:  Slink – Ashia Ballet Pointe Pewter

Pose:  Diesel Works Poses & Animations

***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. ***

 

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

Art & Fashion…

The opening, yesterday, of the Autumn Art Walk at Beguiled Art Gallery and Studio was very well attended.  Those who joined us gave praise to the amazing pieces of art; set amongst the lush landscape.
Autumn Art Walk @ Beguiled 11/17-12/15

We have very special and exclusive fashion events planned for the first and second weekends in December.  Stay posted for more information to come in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, take a leisurely stroll through the Monet-like setting at The Beguiled and enjoy the latest visual creations from some of SL’s most gifted artists.

*If you are a photographer, fashion blogger or just someone who likes to take pics…you can take advantage of the many wonderful props, scenes, scenery, photo studio and natural landscape at The Beguiled.  You can also rez your own props there…in turn, we respectfully request that you take your things with you when you are finished.

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~

~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 :))

She’s a COCO D!va in her Baby Monkeys…

She's a COCO D!va in her Baby Monkeys...

It was late afternoon on the island of Armenelos as she was hugging the curves in the road with her Classic 43S GT (FREE!) from ZMO Autoworks on the Marketplace.  She was late for a dinner date and driving a bit too fast.  The cool autumn air caressed her skin and playfully pulled at the wisps of her Naomi Hair(onyx) (group gift/free to join) from “D!va”.  The soft dove colored cashmere Shirt Dress (group gift/free to join) from *COCO DESIGNS* kept her warm against the bracing air descending with the evening.  She still refused to wear stockings but her suede, studded Aubergine Nadine pumps (lucky board prize) from Baby Monkey Shoes kept her feet toasty as she pressed a little harder on the gas peddle.

Her handler from M16 had informed her that she would be meeting with the dashing owners of Armenelos, Tymus Tenk and Truck Meredith…her mission was to obtain the Golden Idol from their  Haunted Castle at BALFALAS; so she could gain access to the Lost City.  X pulled up the the Monkey Bar and immediately eyed the two men. She slid her lithe frame from the GT…her long legs stretched out as she stifled a yawn…knowing that she’d caught their attention.
She's a COCO D!va in her Baby Monkeys...

She slowly turned and gave them a langorous smile…casually turning her head so her spectral The Ghosts of Sweet William diamond earrings (SPECIAL FabFree gift…no group join required!) from CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELRY glinted in the fading sunset.
She's a COCO D!va in her Baby Monkeys...

X made her way across the agora…thinking to herself…this was going to be easy. <3<3

*Note…hair in the last shot…Sam (crow) (group gift/free to join)  form >Truth<.

The Details

FREE!!!

Dress:  Group Gift Dress (mesh)  from COCO DESIGNS (free to join) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/COCO%20DESIGNS/107/209/23

Shoes:  BM Nadine Pump Aubergine (lucky board prize) from Baby Monkey Shoes http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dindrane%20Elfor/161/53/44

Automobile:  Classic 43S GT (multi color) Version 4.2 (0L) from ZMO Autoworks https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Classic-43S-GT-multi-color/3447846

Hair (1st & 2nd pics):  “Naomi”  Hair (onyx) (20K member group gift/free to join) from “D!va” http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CalanDiva/148/157/25

Hair (last pic) Sam (crow) (group gift/free to join)  form >Truth< http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Truth%20Hair/113/35/28

Earrings:  The Ghosts of Sweet William diamond earrings (SPECIAL for FabFree!! no need to join group)  from CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELRY http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chop%20Zuey/39/138/27

NOT Free

Skin:  – Glam Affair – Jadis – Natural 08(b) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beauty%20Avatar%20couture/164/134/25

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

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* Eyelashes- 11-Showgirl  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REDGRAVE%20Skins%20Fashion/97/162/23

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB:: (Beetlebones) Mesh Lashes V.01 (SLEB Black) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beetlebones/48/39/2098

Beauty Marks:  [:T:] Beauty Marks tattoo layers (layer option 2) [:Tuli:] https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/T-Beauty-marks-tattoo-layers/1829557

Poses:  Diva  and Sleek Dork Packs (not free) from aDORKable Poses http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Deck/77/192/21