~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!
~Change~

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
~Change~

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.

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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

~Rush Hour~

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I often stumble across the best things just from having a serendipitous conversation.  I am in the process of rolling out an Autumn Art Walk and had the wonderful opportunity to have a fabulous conversation, in the wee hours of the morning, with one of the artists.  We started talking about the blustery weather and keeping warm…which eventually lead to talking about fall fashions in SL.
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M became very excited about an outfit she found on the Marketplace…from KIKI Designs.  The outfit was indeed fall fabulous and extremely well priced.  With my interest piqued, I flipped through the pages for this store and found another outfit that said “BUY ME!!”.  Now how can I resist that?
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This Pied de Poule outfit in pink houndstooth comes with the smashing belted jacket, tights, bag and sky high platform pumps…all for 175L!!  The textures, draping and fit are spot on. I don’t usually like everything to be all matchy-match…but this just works without being overdone; especially when using minimal accent jewelry.

As soon as I put it on, my first thought was  to do a location shot in a city scape…so into search I went and entered “New York”…which took me to this amazing scaled replica of Central Park called “Midnight Manhattan Reverie” @ Virtual Reverie.  A definite MUST see and fantastic location for photo shoots!  I LOVE finding new places to explore and shoot photos!

The Details

Oufit (Belted Jacket, bag, pumps & tights):     KIKI Designs– Pied de Poule OUTFIT(Pink) MESH (175L)

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

Glasses:     Maitreya Mesh Jackie O Sunglasses

Hair:  *booN DES423 Hair (black) with *booN hairbase mid gather (black)

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

Hands:     Slink Mesh rigged hands Bag R, Elegant L

Poses:     aDORKable Poses Bag Lady Dork Pack

Shot on location @ “Midnight Manhattan Reverie” @ Virtual Reverie

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.
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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’s a Chrysalis Sorceress…

Chrysalis Sorceress

Don’t walk…RUN to Chrysalis to grab this Metamorphosis Dress!!!  It is a group gift (free to join) and a MUST have for Haunting away the hours on All Hollows Eve.   It is also ONLY available for THREE days…so hurry on over…what are you waiting for…take the taxi!!!  This dress comes with the butterfly head piece, collar, arm and leg butterfly adornments.  I decided to wear my sleek booN des423 hair attachment with the matching boon hairbase from *SAIKIN and booN (not free).  The shoes are Venezia (black) (not free) from Similar Quality Italian Ladies Footwear. ANNNDDDD…I went back to the [Etchaflesh/Virtual Props] Tricks and Treat Hunt for a THIRD time (it is so easy to do!!) and scored the Elektra the Lightening Girl Pose set…complete with these fabulous lightening bolts!!!  (no group join required…just grab the Hunt HUD and fill it with the  candy pieces to redeem it for a prize on one of the kiosks).
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I accessorized the outfit with these fabulous color change Demon Horns (5L) and color change Claws (5L) from Mini-me Productions on the Marketplace.  The skin is Jadis Snow Queen from Glam Affair (not free),  black lips (1L) are .:Glamorize:. Rival Black Combo Makeup from Micalia Darkrose on the Marketplace, face tattoo is Face Deco VIP Spring 2011 Collection (black) (old group gift/50L join fee) from Sascha’s Designs, – DAMNED – CatEyes MakeUp (75L) from – DAMNED – BodyShop on the Marketplace, the *Witch* Eyes are part of the *LpD* Skins Mainstore *Witch* skin and eyes group gift pack (free to join)….and the really cool eyeliner (prim attachment) is also from *LpD* Skins Mainstore (group gift/free to join).

The Details

Free!!!

Metamorphosis Dress:  Group gift (free to join)  Chrysalis http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Gigli%20Aragami/188/55/24

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

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

Elektra the Lightening Girl Pose Pack:  Hunt item from the [Etchaflesh/Virtual Props] Tricks and Treat Hunt http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Endless%20Death/43/164/29

Almost Free and reasonable!

Color Change Demon Horns & Claws:   (5L each) available from Mini-me Productions https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Demon-Horns/2778561

Black Lips:  .:Glamorize:. Rival Black Combo Makeup (1L) from Micalia Darkrose https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Glamorize-Rival-Black-Combo-Makeup/2844638

Cat eye make-up:  – DAMNED – CatEyes MakeUp (75L) from – DAMNED – BodyShop https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/DAMNED-CatEyes-MakeUp/1819437

Face Tattoo:  Face Deco VIP Spring 2011 Collection (black) from Sascha’s Designs  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Coco%20Beach%20Kelina/252/201/23

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 Snow Queen (not free) from Glam Affair http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beauty%20Avatar%20couture/164/134/25

*Photos were shot on location @ Journey to the Lost City http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/BAY%20OF%20BALFALAS/246/129/2220