As the days draw closer to summer break, I can’t help to almost feel a sense of relief. I am so busy in real life; I need a break… badly! I don’t like feeling stressed and overwhelmed all the time. Another sense of relief came Friday with the news that my husband was finally hired after fourteen months of being laid off. It isn’t the job he permanently wants to be in, but it is definitely a means to an end. God has been so good to us, and I feel so extremely blessed.
The dress I’m wearing today is an exclusive design from (Elate!) available at Bees Through the Seasons. If you have never visited this small event, just going to see the decor will be reward enough. It is truly one of the cutest designs I have seen… and not to mention that the participating designers are extremely talented! The Ivy Dress is available in four colors and includes five mesh sizes and the necklace in three sizes. I love the simplicity of the design. It’s very classy and chic; the mesh is well made and the textures are well colored and shaded. A free demo is available for your convenience.» View author and full post…
This past week I came across the Meme Challenge blog posts by Strawberry Singh and thought that it would be a fun way to get back into blogging on a regular basis. Her latest theme is SL Pet Peeves; I try not to complain too much on my blog, but I suppose that we all do need a release every now and then.
1. Designers who do not offer demos or who charge for demos. Nothing annoys me more as a shopper than designers who do not offer demos for mesh clothing, shoes, skin, hair or poses. Since each of these items works very differently with the many different body shapes of the second life avatar, it is really important for me to be able to “try before I buy.” I hate wasting money even if it is only a few Lindens. More annoying than no demo is a demo that I have to pay for. To me, asking a customer to pay for a demo suggests that the designer doesn’t have much confidence in his or her product and must make Lindens wherever they are able. In each case, you are most likely not going to get my business.» View author and full post…
I’ve been feeling so uninspired lately. I have been wearing this same outfit for at least two to three weeks. I remember when I used to feel the need to have a different outfit every day in-world. It’s not that I don’t like the items that designers are putting out… I just haven’t felt that into it. I’m sure that it probably is due to a combination of more hours at real life work and never feeling like I’m really getting anywhere in life. It’s taxing on the spirit. Hopefully with warmer weather (if it ever shows up) and more day light hours, my spirit will start picking back up and inspiration will once again be free flowing!
I really do love the shirt I’m wearing. I picked it up at erratic during the store’s 50% off moving sale. Unfortunately, the sale is over, but based on the inventory available in the shop, you will probably see more of this designer featured on my blog in the future. The styles are classy and very well made, and free demos are available for all mesh items. The designer does have an in-world group that is completely free to join; members receive 30% off all new releases (when the group tag is activated) for a limited time after each release.» View author and full post…
I hope you have all had an amazing weekend. This is the first time I have had a chance to make any photos for my blog in two weeks, and I must say that I have really missed it. I have a lot of fun putting outfits together and finding the perfect spot to take a snapshot. My husband and I spent the weekend at my mother’s house last week, and unfortunately I cannot pack up my desktop and take it with me for photos. Spending some time away from the computer is definitely nice, but I always end up missing Second Life no matter how long I’ve been away. It’s kind of like home… You enjoy going on vacation every now and then, but you always want to go home eventually!
I’m honestly not sure how new the top I’m wearing from Ducknipple is. I spotted it while checking out the designer’s new releases and really liked it. If you have never visited this store, you may want to pencil it into your schedule sometime in the near future. Almost all mesh items include a color change HUD; it’s like purchasing a fatpack for the price of one regular item.» View author and full post…
A new round of FaMESHed started this past week which is where I found almost all of the items in the outfit I’m wearing. I really like this “sales” event because there are a lot of good quality designers who participate. It’s not really a sales event, however, since all the items are priced as they normally would be. That of course is completely fine since designers do deserve to be compensated for the amount of time and effort they put into their products.
The top I’m wearing is from Tee*fy, and you really do get a lot of value for your Lindens with this item. There are twelve total color options available with nine out of the twelve including three different designs in the purchase: a striped version, a polka dot version and a solid version. It will be difficult for me to not add a few more colors to my inventory… especially the pastels. Five sizes of each shirt and a modifiable alpha layer are included in your purchase. A free demo is available.
I picked the pants I’m wearing up from FANATIK, and I had a really difficult time deciding between black and pink. The girl in me always wants to buy pink, but I went with my husband’s suggestion and snagged the black.» View author and full post…
Today has definitely been a lesson in patience. I typically take my pictures in Second Life on my desktop and edit them on my laptop; I do it this way since my desktop, which is a gaming computer, is a lot faster and can take better pictures while my laptop is the only computer I have that has PhotoShop. I have known that my laptop was having issues for a while, but today it finally just gave out. Well, not completely out, but I tried to turn it on for three hours very unsuccessfully. After a bit of research, I think the CMOS battery has went out on my laptop; it is a pretty common problem with the version I have and is a really cheap fix. The problem… you basically have to dismantle the entire computer just to replace the battery. I cannot see myself doing that.
I was left trying to figure out how to use GIMP to edit my photos. There are some aspects of it that I do like better than PhotoShop; for example, I think the healing tool has clearer results and is easier to use in GIMP. The IWarp tool is not quite as smooth at the liquify feature in PhotoShop, however.» View author and full post…
The idea for this outfit was completely inspired by the new shoes from LaRoo that are currently being offered at FaMESHed. They reminded me of the combat boots my sister used to wear when we were teenagers. Of course she never wore them with anything resembling what someone in the military would wear; she definitely dressed them up.
I found the undershit I’m wearing while shopping at House of Fox for the shorts that I am also wearing. I love the illusion of modest sexiness that it gives with the high neckline and semi-see through texture. Everything is technically covered, but you can see just enough to want to see more.
The jacket that I paired up with the outfit is a newish piece by DIRAM. The dramatic shape really caught my attention as well as the nine flamboyant textures it is offered in. The only thing that I don’t really like about the this particular texture for the jacket is that the stripes do not line up down the sides under the armpit. It’s a pet peeve I’ve had for years even with real life clothing. Perhaps that is why I no longer wear stripes in my real life. A free demo is available, and your purchase includes five mesh sizes and an alpha layer.» View author and full post…
I had planned to publish these pictures as a special New Year’s post, but as it often happens, real life simply got in the way! Going back to work after a week and a half off was overly tiring. I absolutely love my job, but it can really take a lot of me sometimes.
The dress I’m wearing is from a store that has been around for about a year, titled One Store by Ju Sands, but the store is completely new to me which is always a fun experience. The dress does show a little more skin than what I am used to; let’s just say that I was feeling a bit festive when I was getting dressed. I really love the texture of the dress; the sequins are more elongated than typical which gives the dress a reptilian feel. One Store currently exists solely on the SL Marketplace. Six colors of the 2013 Dress are available and each includes four sizes and an alpha layer. There is no demo specifically for the 2013 Dress, but there is a demo for the Rock Dress which is the same style.
I picked up the jewelry I paired with this dress at Donna Flora.» View author and full post…
-siss boom- reopened recently with an adorable new mesh release titled Afternoon. The one thing that I have always loved about the products from this designer are the textures; they are very soft and feminine… very much like something I would wear in my real life. Nine colors and textures are available, and your purchase includes five mesh sizes and an alpha layer. Demos are always free at -siss boom-.
I have been wanting to visit Amorous jewelry for a while and finally decided to do so with this post. The designs offered at this store are very interesting, and the amount of product you get for you money is wonderful. I’m wearing the Cathartik set; both the necklace and earrings are included in your purchase. The gems are color change and include ten different choices.
Clothing: Afternoon in Tweed by -siss boom-
Shoes: Ruffled Flats in Brown by Cracked Mirror
Jewelry: Cathartik by Amorous
Hair: Fight in Brown 08 by [elikatira]
Skin: Mary Natural 29 by Glam Affair (No longer available – Previous TDR item)
Makeup: Black Eyeliner Gentle Fume by Acid & Mala
Eyes: Eternal Eyes in Glass by IKON
Lashes: 2011 Lashes Curl by LeLutka
Hands: Mesh Hands Elegant by Slink
Poses:  Just Shut Up 8 and  Freestylin’ 1 by !bang 30% Off Sale Main Store
Location: Whispering Wind» View author and full post…
Sorting through my inventory is always interesting, but I’ve had a reoccurring problem of forgetting not only about the things that are unorganized but also forgetting what I have in the organized section of my inventory. I came across a blog about a visual inventory organizer on Every Second Man yesterday that had me very intrigued. I checked out the marketplace listing and thought that the system was a bit pricey; I definitely was not about ready to shell out 699L for a product that I wasn’t sure would work for me. Fortunately, the designer has a very thorough website with an example of how the system works. In short, this program is designed to allow you to efficiently organize and catalog your inventory with pictures and custom tags. I honestly do not know how I have survived without this for the past three years; it is most definitely worth 699L plus some. If you want to use the wardrobe to not only organize your inventory but to be able to wear outfits directly from it, you do have to be using a RLV capable viewer. No matter the size of your inventory, I highly recommend this product.
I’m not typically a fan of system layer dresses that have a prim piece stuck between the legs; too often the prim piece is shaded differently than the dress, and it just ends up looking bad.» View author and full post…