~Love~

There are many in SL who vehemently insist that SL is SL and First Life is First Life and NEVER the twain shall meet. There are yet others who have managed to strike a balance between how much of the two worlds they allow to crossover. Then there are those, albeit rare, who find themselves completely immersing the two lives…my husband and I are two of those people.
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The man wearing the fabulous new mesh tuxedo from LAPOINTE & BASTCHILD is my wonderful husband Douglas Caldwell.  Neither one of us was particularly in search of a relationship in SL and neither one of us ever gave thought to any SL relationship transmuting to First Life….it just happened.  Our first meeting in SL was completely random and it was clear from that first connection that this relationship was going to be different.

First, we didn’t go through that whole “madly in love” phase…we were just immediately comfortable with one another; like friends who have known each other for years.  Communicating with one another was just a flow of easy conversation…and before we knew it we were living together in First Life as well.  We are approaching our one year anniversary and I cannot begin to explain how much his loving presence has changed SL and FL.

I can’t tell you that mixing SL and FL is good or bad…I only know that for us it has somehow just worked.  Every relationship is unique to the two people involved; regardless of which “world” or “life” it is built in.  What has worked for us is simplicity…we have always just been the same, beautifully flawed, human beings in both worlds.  Our avatars may not look like our First Life selves, but our hearts and our spirits have remained the same in both worlds.

I love you Mr. Caldwell.
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My hair is the fabulous Zoey (Saffron) from *Bliss Couture* and the stunning Harvest jewelry set is from CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELRY;  as is my Kismet wedding set.  My top is a classic “go to” wardrobe selection, Poet Shirt II (Cream), from ~Sassy!~ and my pants, Kay, are from MOLiCHiNO (Fabulous classic styles).

Other Ephemera

Skin:     Glam Affair

Eyes:      Ikon

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* 

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB::

Beauty Marks:  [:T:]

Boots:     SimiLar Quality Italian Ladies Shoes and Boots

Hands:     Slink

Poses:     aDORKable Poses

On Doug

Skin:     Belleza

Eyes:     FDM ALIVE EYES

Hair:     Calico Creations

Shoes:     Immerschon

Shot on location at Zenshi using LUMIPro HUD V3 Version 3.2 lighting.

*Please note that I am NOT a mainstream SL Fashion Blogger and that I DO edit my pictures…please try demos before purchasing items.

~Yasum…you too can LIV-Glam!!~

I finally had the chance to visit *LIV-Glam*, a few days ago, and I was NOT disappointed.  Despite the fact that I am a bit late in “discovering” Ms. Samantha S. Jones’ store…I am making up for the lost time with my *LIV-Glam* purchases!  The l ALEIDA l bo furjacket set I am wearing today is actually a free hunt item in her store…however, you will likely see more of her things on my blog; in the future.
~LIV-Glam~

The funky shoes are from Yasum Design and are called *Geisha Geta Punk*…and with good reason…they have a delicious twist from traditional geta with their tip toe design.  The detail and texture, of the shoe, is fabulous…my only wish is that the foot were a bit more refined and the HUD were easier to work…but that isn’t deterring me from wearing them to death; they are just so much fun to wear and build outfits around.  Oh, and they come in several different pattern/solid tone choices and are priced at a very reasonable 99Lfor the single or 499L for the fatpack of all seven designs.
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I’m also wearing yet another amazing hair, Looking, from [e]Elikatira is having a HUGE retirement sale and you can pick up a single color pack or the “essentials” pack for the incredible price of only 70L!!  No outfit is ever complete without something from CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY.  In this instance, it is one of the gorgeous group gifts, Tabula Rasa (Necklace and earrings), the amazingly talented Belle Roussel generously blesses her members with. <3<3
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Drop dead luminous eyes are from the Eternal Collection (Black/L) at Ikon.  Mr. Innovia…you have a new stalker!

Other Ephemera

Ring (on right hand):  *TWISHEE* (no longer available)

Wedding Ring Set:     CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY

Skin:  Belleza

Eyeliner:     LpD

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* 

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB::

Beauty Marks:  [:T:]

Hands:     Slink

Poses:     aDORKable Poses

Full body and foot pics shot on location at Avenue Headquarters, using William Weaver’s phototools windlight Horizon Building Light preset and LUMIPro HUD V 3.2.  The headshot was captured in my personal studio aslo using LUMIPro V 3.2

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

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~

She’s a CHOP ZUEY Fascinator in her *Bliss Couture*…

She's a CHOP ZUEY Fascinator in her *Bliss Couture*

Ok…so Halloween is now only a few short days away and you’ve seen just about every type of costume there is in SL.  What if you’re looking for a costume that isn’t really a costume…something with a little bit of that dark All Hallows Eve edge but with elegance.  Then you are in luck!  This fabulous Halloween Dress from *Bliss Couture* is dark and edgy, airy and elegant, and sleek and sexy.  It is also FREE when you become a *Bliss Doll* (member group/free to join).  The detailing on this wonderful dress is a gauzy netting with bats in flight…I love that the edging on the top and skirt is formed by the bat silhouette.  Perfect for dancing the night away with your immortal beloved.
She's a CHOP ZUEY Fascinator in her *Bliss Couture*...

I couldn’t resist pairing the dress with the equally edgy yet elegant Itsy Bitsy Spider Fascinator (group gift/350L to join and worth EVERY linden!) from CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY.  The detailing in this amazing hat contrasts and yet compliments the dress.  The Bat necklace is a 2009 group gift from Alienbear Design….which is free to join, however, you won’t need to join the group to score this amazing piece of jewelry…just follow the embedded link to the Marketplace and it is yours for FREE!  I also picked up the Jewel Bat Earrings *PROMO* (15L) on the Marketplace from Xia’s Boutique…these earrings are loaded with color/texture and size change options!
She's a CHOP ZUEY Fascinator in her *Bliss Couture*

So what are you waiting for…grab your favorite undead dance partner and haunt the night away in style.

The Details

Free!!!

Dress:  *Bliss Couture* 2012 Halloween Gown Gift Bag (group gift/free to join) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gown/74/209/354

Necklace:  Alienbear design (2009 halloween gift Bat Necklace (black)) https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Alienbear-design-2009-halloween-gift-Bat-Necklace-black/98092

Prim Eyeliner:  Group Gift (free to join) *LpD* Skins Mainstore http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/GoldenSand%20Island%20008/173/81/606

Almost Free!!

Earrings:  Jewel Bat Earrings *PROMO* (15L)  from Xia’s Boutique  https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Jewel-Bat-Earrings-PROMO/4109505

Color Change Claws:   (5L) available from Mini-me Productions https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Color-Change-Claws/2778198

Group Gift/with join fee

Hat:  Itsy bitsy Spider Fascinator (group gift/350L to join and well worth it!)  from CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chop%20Zuey/39/138/27

NOT Free

Shoes:  Venezia (black)  from Similar Quality Italian Ladies Footwear http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sleeping%20Beauty/173/189/26

Hair:  booN des423hair attachment and booN matching hairbase (sold separately) from SAIKIN and booN http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SAIKIN/128/125/698

Skin:  –Jadis- Natural- 9 (a) (not free) from Glam Affair 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

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

Shot on location at:  The Glass Pavillion http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/BAY%20OF%20BALFALAS/69/56/24

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

She tangos in NC Paris full of .:EMO-tions:….

Tango in Paris

A few months ago I joined the NC Paris Group (free to join) the group gifts are generous, from jewelry to dresses, and each item is well made.  I love that I can pick up a nice piece of jewelry to mix and match with my everyday as well as elegant looks…for FREE!!  Something about this simple black skeleton dress made me want to do more with it than make it another Halloween outfit…so I threw on the bronze skeleton cuff, matching earrings, fine bangles and clutch (ALL free at NC Paris)…called Kyle and asked him to meet me for a Tango (10L pose from [MotivAction] Poses & mesh clothing).
Tango in Paris

I topped the look off with the fabulously tousled *Anita* hair from .:EMO-tions:. (Free). The gorgeous Samhain necklace, with matching earrings (not worn) from ::CHOP ZUEY COUTURE:: is a group gift (350L join fee…but the creator is VERY generous with giving their members free gifts).  I scraped my pennies together to join this group but it is worth EVERY linden!!

Tango in Paris

In this close-up you will see the clutch…unfortunately, the pic doesn’t do it justice.  This clutch is free to the members of NC Paris Group (free to join) and matches perfectly with the skeleton dress, earrings and cuff.  It is studded with diamonds on the front and the clasp is a gorgeously detailed bronze skull with a crown and diamond set eyes.

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The Details

0 to 10L (No group required)

Hair:  .:EMO-tions:. *Anita* /darkbrown  (0L/gift)  no group required.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hells%20End/127/116/23

Pose (First pic):  {[MotivAction] Tango serie. Gift. (I) [Box] (10L)  https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/MotivAction-Tango-serie-Gift-I-Box/2067923\

Group gifts with 0L group join fee

Dress:  NC Paris Mini dress MESH edition Speciale  (Free to group) (The group is free to join just make sure you wear your tag to get the gifts) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NCparis%20Fashion%20Region/55/80/25

Skull Cuff & Earrings:  NC Paris Fantasy Jawels Cuff & Earrings (Free to group)http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NCparis%20Fashion%20Region/55/80/25

Skull Clutch:  NC Paris Clutch Glam (Free to group) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NCparis%20Fashion%20Region/146/209/25

Fine Bangles:  Multi Fine Bangle NC Paris (Free to group) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NCparis%20Fashion%20Region/146/209/25

Group gifts with fee to join group

Necklace:  Samhain Gld set (Neck collar & earrings) (Group gift) ::CHOP ZUEY COUTURE:: (35oL group join fee with generous group gifts) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chop%20Zuey/39/138/25

NOT Free

Skin:  – Glam Affair – Jadis – Natural 09(a) 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

Shoes:  Venezia Black (RGB) Similar Italian Footwear http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sleeping%20Beauty/176/189/25