A makeover was needed

Meet my alt;

Actually, she is my old main, but I more or less abandoned her back in 2008. Before that I wasn’t really that into shopping and styling and photography and such, so you can imagine what a mess I had to work with.

Too tall, leg sliders maxed out, too small hands..well, you can imagine. So naturally I just said “screw this”, completely changed her shape up, got her a mesh body, hands, feets and a head. It’s been fun to play around with something completely different. She’s even shorter then Shyn, so I’ve had to fiddle a bit to make her proportions look right, but I think I’m getting there. Naturally she won’t be taking over as my main, I still adore Shyn way too much for that, but she is fun.

She was still lacking in the clothes department, so I took her around to C88 and The Body Mod Expo and ended up with some goodies.

SL got a little more fun again. I’ve been in a rut, as you know, stuck only creating for events, not going out and having fun, exploring or shopping. I now shop for something that’s not “me”, and that’s interesting. It has also been interesting to play around in Photoshop. With all the mesh fixing what previously took quite some time to repair in Photoshop, I can now spend my energy on playing around with different effects. This time I tried out a few quick actions, and they turned out alright for something that only took minutes.

Anywho, onto the credits;

Mesh head: LeLutka Mesh Head-Leda
Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
Eyeliner: PMD – Colour my wings
Piercing: MONS / MESH – Unisex Septum Ring
Hair: little bones. Lock – Ombre&Roots
Eyes: PMD – Mori – Greyscale
Dress: Foxes – The Craft – Bitch Craft (Collabor88)
Necklace and crown: [The Forge] Razor Rose Crown (gacha)
Shoes: :::insanya::: d3mon1a Boots – Black (Body Mod Expo)

It’s been a while…

…and it’s all my fault, I will admit that, for sure.

Sometimes you just need a break from things. Sometimes RL just keeps you so damned busy you can’t even get around to doing the things you really want to do online…and sometimes the creativity, the spontaneity, the freaking will to live just disappears. Sometimes it’s just all of the above, as it has been for me these last few months.

I’m back, kinda..I hope anyways. I have missed blogging so very, very much because I do really love it, it honestly keeps me happy and creative and pushes me to keep learning and to get better at what I do. I guess that’s why I did the tutorials in the first place. I love to learn new things, and I can spend hours and hours just looking at tutorials and speed-paintings on youtube, just soaking up new knowledge because it is just so fascinating to me. So for me, seeing how well my first tutorial went, I loved it…and it for sure made me happy to make more and more…and now..coming back to my blog and see my traffic just keep going, cause so many of you kept coming back for my tutorials? That was an awesome feeling, and really inspired me to keep going.

So here I am again, some of my inspiration and creativity returned, and now I really hope I will be able to hold on to it.

Also, let me just give a quick shout-out to understanding designers. I completely understand those of you who removed me during the time I did not blog, cause hey, it was most certainly justified, and I sure would have removed me if I hadn’t blogged in this long time..but for those who kept me around, I love you too <3 Really, I appreciate how understanding you are to those of us bloggers who just can not keep up and keep blogging daily..and in my case hell, even monthly. I feel bad about this, I really do, and I can only hope you guys can accept my apology and trust me when I say that now that I have some of my blogging-mojo back, I shall for sure try to get better at it.

This picture was something that just happened after I asked on Plurk for some places to find good poses. I did get a bunch of good suggestions on where to go, and I teleported all around the grid and bought poses here and there. Buut, since this is SL, I crashed hard once I got this single picture. Trust me *chuckles helplessly* I had lots of pictures planned, but once I crashed after I took this picture, I figured “Eeh, what the hell, it’s a good picture, and now I have lots of new poses to use in other posts..this will do” Then I saw Raineys tutorial linked on Plurk on how to draw hair in Photoshop. I’ve been meaning to learn how to make hair look decent, and her tutorial did teach me quite a bit, so I gave it a go here. Obviously, as you can see, I am far from as good as she is, but I tried..and I know the more I keep at it, the better I will get at it, so expect more edited pics from me.

I tried to not deviate too much from the original hairstyle, and I may have altered it slightly..but eh, it’s hard when it’s so many colours as it is here. I’ll keep at it..and I definitely recommend you to check it out too, if you like tutorials.

Speaking of tutorials, I have another in the making. I shot all the video bits, and even talked along with it to see how that goes, like I did with my older tutorials. Right now I am stuck editing it..we’ll see if I release it as is, or if I just cut and paste and make it all purdy and stuff and make a voice-over. Anywho, a new tutorial is coming for sure, this time on how to remove green-screen (or blue-screen, or whatever you prefer to shoot against)

Now, I know this was probably a bit too much honesty to read from some random fashion-blogger on SL, but meh, that’s how I roll. Id rather be honest and put it out there and say how it’s like then try and hide it behind “oh sorry guys, been busy, Im back now tho”. This time away from fashion-blogging did make me rethink the whole blogging thing though.

I think for now I am going to stick with blogging just for me..because I love to blog..because blogging makes me happy, and making new pictures is something I want to do. Maybe I’ll even learn to write in a way that makes sense..who knows what the future holds? Whatever comes, I am so looking forward to it.

Now..here is the credits to what I am wearing..finally *grins* I guess you are tired of the rambling by now. Worth noting however, I am wearing some things from Futurewave..I hope these things will show up at the mainstores of the creators eventually, but you never know with event exclusives.

Skin: [Pink Fuel] Sora <Alabaster> – Special Edition (Futurewave)
Hair: [LeLutka]-FERAH hair – Fades Natural
Eyes: Pin Me Down – Era ( set 2 and set 3)  (Futurewave)
Top: Chocolate Atelier – Celeste
Pants: [ SAKIDE ] Urban Outfit
Necklace: Cobrahive – Beloved Thor
Bracers:  [The Forge] Viking Bracers, (WornBronze)
Pose: oOo Studio (From the Adorn set)

Did you miss me?

While I was gone? Yeah, no, I doubt that. In parts because Kinu picked up my slack and blogged some stuff while I wasn’t blogging. Awesome pictures at that <3 She is getting so good. But also in parts because, hey, why should you care about me, right? I’m just yet another fashion bloggers among hundreds. I don’t make anything to stand out. I’m not one of those top 5 most important bloggers. I know this. And to be quite honest, I am not striving for it either.

I love my followers, I really do. I blog for you guys..but mostly, I blog for myself. Blogging isn’t just that for me. I don’t just blog. I experiment, I try new things, I sit through hours and hours of tutorials to pic up on new things. Some of those new things I pick up on end up on the blog, sure, some of those new things I learned end up incorporated into my store and the creations I make there.

Sure, some pictures may be “boring” or “standard” fashion blogging. I recognize that, and to be honest, there is nothing wrong with that either. Some days I just want to show off what I am wearing, without spending an hour finding a fitting location for the outfit, then another hour finding the exact right pose, then another two to four hours in photoshop editing that picture…and you know what? That’s fine. I seriously admire bloggers who can blog every day, day in and day out, just doing good pictures with whatever they are wearing.

But now..I feel like that just isn’t enough. Not for me. I want to really pour myself into my images. Just really stuff my personality into them. If that means I will do less posts? So be it.

 

I can live with that. Hell, I can even live with doing some of those “standard” or “boring” posts, just to show off what I am wearing..cause seriously, some days I just want to show of what I am wearing, cause I am fucking hawt :> Simple as that.

So yeah, I guess what I am saying, from now on I shall try to put more “me” into my pictures..good or bad. Mostly bad I think, cause I’m not that interesting to start with :P

Be it just me rambling about my day irl, my emotions, the music I am listening to, what I did in SL or whatnot, I feel like just blogging about what I am wearing isn’t enough anymore. I want to evolve. Second Life has done so much for me over the years. I have been here for over seven years by now, closing in on eight, and I can’t see myself leaving any time soon.

In Second Life I really discovered the creative side in me. I discovered new music, I made new friends, it helped form my creative side…and that creative side is what keeps me blogging. If I can’t keep developing my creative side, I have no idea what I would do with myself, seriously. Setting up pictures and tinkering away with them in Photoshop is almost like therapy to me. I love it.

So, there you have it, ramblings from me. What I want to say with all of this I do not know yet. I might just start getting even more creative, which I’ve wanted to do for a long while now..I might just start talking more, opening up more…taking more creative pictures,,,do more tutorials to share what I’ve learnt. I dunno really, I just felt I had to say this..and this is part of the reason I haven’t blogged in a while. I over-think everything I do and say, it’s just part of my nature.

Whatever happens, I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.

 

aaand now for the credits of wtf Im wearing, which I guess is what you all are after, not my rambling.

Skin: Glam Affair – Candy skin – Europa 14 (The Arcade Gacha)
Hair: [LeLutka]-LIVELY hair/Dark Grayscale
Eyes: PMD – Erina (Released soon..somewhere <.> keep your eyes open *grins*)
Makeup: PMD – Darkside
Eyelashes: PMD – The skully lashes 1
Chest piercing: .:ellabella:. Ysandre Blogger Pack (We <3 RP)
Top: …::: Scrub :::… Just a Little Black Leather (Stalkerazzi)
Panties: [ SAKIDE ] Slide/Slide ’em off Panties FU Black
Stockings: BAX Ornament Leggings Bands
Thigh highs/shoes: [ SAKIDE ] Willful Velvet Thighs&Pumps Black
Hands: Slink AvEnhance Hands Female (Updated..no seriously, go update if you havent already!)
Nail appliers: PMD – Black and White
Tattoo: ~Cannibelle~ Efa Tattoo (Most probably no longer available)

The Summoning

Are you excited for another round of We <3 RolePlay? Well, here is just a few reasons why you should be. This pose-prop from Chanimations has been updated with new features, more colours and more poses and is discounted by 50%, so only that is a reason to be excited. Im also wearing these new gorgeous horns from Plastik, which will be available at We <3 RP. If you know me, you know Im a sucker for horns, and these are so very pretty.

We <3 Roleplay opens soon (4th of August, 3pm SLT) and this round has more vendors then ever, lots of things at discounted prices..you really don’t want to miss it if you are into RP, trust me on that.

 

Skin: Glam Affair – Zara
Hair: [LeLutka]-ALICE hair
Eyes and makeup: PMD – Haarken (Cry of the Peacock)
Horns and jewelery: :[Plastik]:-Camael Horns
Silks: Deviance – Necromancer – Dark Shadow
Hands and feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement
Pose with orb in first picture: !Musa! Orb Pose
Poses and props in picture 2-3: (*chanimations Sourceress (SET 1) – “Summon and Spell”

Solitary

First of all let me just say this…I love you all <3. No, seriously, I do. I didn’t expect that good response to my tutorials. I was going back and forth if I was going to post them or not, sending them to friends asking if they were good enough or not. Apparently they were, and I am so very happy about it.

Yes, there will for sure be more tutorials, absolutely, don’t worry about that. I will finish up the picture I started on, and after that there will be more. I am a bit of a tutorial-junkie myself, I love to read and watch tutorials and then try them out myself, so I can absolutely understand why you like these. They are, so far, pretty basic, and I know I would have loved to seen these when I started out my blogging, so no worries, there will be more. Also, I do love feedback. If there is something you guys would love to see, let me know and I will try to do it. If it is something I know and use, I will try to show you how it I do it.

Keep in mind, however, with my tutorials, one thing; I learned Photoshop on my own. I have no formal training whatsoever, everything I know is things I picked up from tutorials here and there. I am more then happy to share what I know, just yeah, keep in mind I do not know it all.

And now, on to something completely different. The one event around where I dress up looking like something completely different. We <3 RolePlay still has a few days left of this round, so Im gonna show off a few things you can grab this round.

Skin: Essences – No Remorse 01 (We <3 RolePlay)
Hair: [LeLutka]-LILLIAN hair/Dark Grayscale
Eyes: Dead Apples
Chain: .:ellabella:. Childlike (We <3 RolePlay)
Bracers: [Innoc] shell outer armor (We <3 RolePlay)
Outfit: Velvet Whip – Leaf (We <3 RolePlay)
House: Trompe Loeil – Rustic Pavilion
Books and other clutter: . a i s l i n g . Kaitlin books (and a lot of other Aisling items found at We <3 RolePlay)

Lean on me

Yeah, alright, I admit, I do love taking pictures with other people. It is a nice change from taking pictures of only myself, and it is a bit of a challenge for me to work on someone else. So today I dragged my good old favorite sarcastic asshole Nogard Siamendes with me to do pictures. Seriously, that’s why we became friends in the first place >.> We just clicked as friends, and we still are after all these years. Now if he finds me too cheesy with this lil public affection I’m showing, I’m sure he’ll make fun of me, but whatever :P It’s rare to find people you get along well with in SL for as long as we have.

I had lots of fun editing the first picture, which you may notice, as it’s quite heavily edited (specially if you click on it to get the original size), the other two I just smoothed out a few hard edges and adjusted the colours a bit, so they are more or less as seen in SL.

On Me:

Skin: Glam Affair – Margot – Europa 02
Hair: [LeLutka]-CHERYL hair/Dark Grayscale
Eyes: REPULSE – Nocturnal Eyes and {D.A} Sinistre – Blind Grey
Collar: SiniStyle Posture Collar (D-Rings)
Eyeliner: PMD – Liners
Lipstripe: PMD – Lip Markings
Tattoo: ~Cannibelle~ Efa Tattoo
Piercing: [MANDALA]OKAKI face peiarcing set
Vest: (r)M~Lavish Vest~No.06
Skirt: Yasum*MESH*DARE YOU SKIRT*PITCH
Shoes: Opium Extreme AnkleBoots
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hand Casual
Nail appliers: PMD – Black and White
Ring: [ SAKIDE ] Black Cranium Rings PACK
Poses: Both are by Exposeur

On Nogard:
Hair: Exile Pulse
Vest and shirt : Razor/// Trekka
Tie: Razor/// Formal
Gloves: Razor//// Timberlake
Pants: Razor//// Jawbreaker grunge
Boots: GOS Triumph
Tatoo: Vestigium Scale
Skin: Tableau Vivant – Zero
Eyes: Repulse Nocturnal