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Poolside Blogger and Other Misunderstandings

Previously posted @ Its Only Fashion.

My friends Whimsy and Sasy collaborate each round of My Attic for something wonderful. They make photoboxes for bloggers, or great items with lovely poses and props for everyone. When they passed me their item for this round of My Attic, my poor eyes that are adjusting to contacts (monovision, what fresh hell is this?) read “Poolside Blogger and Friends” in the description as this was something for bloggers, and their friends.

“Oh nice, another photobox for bloggers YAY” my brain said.

It’s not. It’s a big ass pool.

Now, because everything at My Attic is 95L you can pick up this big ass pool, that has splashable water (my eyes can’t read well yet I have to sort that out later), pillows with poses and beach towels also just LOADED up with poses. OK WOW this is the best 95L priced item in a long time.

I’ve decided now that I have a pool, that I’m going to spend my day outside in this teeny bikini from House of Hucci. I think you could see my goodies in that previous picture. You were really looking, weren’t you? Perverts.  I’d like to just take an aside here and point out that I’ve tossed down several old Arcade items – this is why The Arcade is brilliant for bloggers – amazing props for shoots :) plus I like my SL to have LIFE in it. I need these things for it!

I placed my pool right at the waters edge – I finally have an infinity pool Where are you going to put yours?

You can see the full gallery of stuff from My Attic here.  There is so much awesome this month, you won’t want to miss it.

This swimsuit chafes a bit.

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Earrings: (Yummy) Dreaming Mermaid Earring – Aquamarine (L)
(Yummy) Dreaming Mermaid Earring – Aquamarine (R)
Head: .LeLutka.Mesh Head-ARIA v1.1
Hair: ::Exile::Walking On Sunshine – Hair Fair 2015
Bikini: ::HH:: Hucci Mermaid Holiday Bikini – Bottom (PHYSV2) COLLABOR88
::HH:: Hucci Mermaid Holiday Bikini – Top (PHYSV2)
Mani/Pedi: A:S:S
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High Left V2.1
Slink Avatar Enhancement Feet High Right V2.1
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – L – Casual
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands V2.1 – R – Casual
Body: Slink Physique Mesh Body V2.3.1
Slink Physique Utilities (alpha and layers) HUD V2.0 LARGE
Eyes: IKON Eternal Eyes – Periwinkle (S)
Pool, Towels and Pillows: W.Winx and Flair – POOLSIDE for My Attic
Radio: Tres Blah – Previous Arcade
Basket: Vespertine – previous arcade
Cooler: Consignment – previous arcade
Sunscreen: w.winx and flair – previous My attic
Books: Tres Blah – previous Arcade

Tutorial Thursdays – Blogger Editing Tools – Picmonkey: Part 1 – Quick Photo Processing

Previously posted @ Free*Style.

I have had so many suggestions for tutorials, I want to thank all those who have contacted me inworld, formally on here. Thanks for your positive comments, and your interest in keeping this project of mine going.
For today’s Tutorial Thursday I am going to be showing you Picmonkey, a fun browser site, that allows you to do some quick editing, without having to download anything onto your computer.
There is no requirement to sign up to the site to use it, though there are premium abilities with a paid account. All these special features are clearly marked when browsing the different menus on the site.
I am mainly a Photoshop user, but when I blog on my other avatars, I like to be able to do it quickly, in most cases, as blogging on 3 separate avatars, on 3 separate sites, can get a little crazy at times. I use Picmonkey for my two other avatars. 
I will be doing a continuing series on Picmonkey, but today I thought I’d show you a quick way to get a decent photo processed using the site. This could be good if you are a blogger starting out and have no post processing software, or just want to update your inworld profile picture.
The lovely LadyLight Koolhoven was my model for this shot today, which I will be editing with during the course of this tutorial. This shot is a raw taken inworld, in the windlight of her choice.
This tutorial will continue after the break, for the sake of the feeds that Free*style is published on.
If you are still interested, please click on through.

Please click on the photos when needed to enlarge the shots. This will help you better understand what is going on during each part of the tutorial.
When you go to Picmonkey, at the top you will see these icons. For the sake of this tutorial, we will be selecting the Edit icon. Then you will get a popup, and you just pick whichever photo you want to edit.
 You will arrive at this screen, which is your editing window. To the left are a series of icons, these allow you to switch between the different editing menus. At the top is another little bar, which is fairly self explanatory, the back and forward buttons allow you to erase a mistake, or see if you like a certain edit by clicking between the 2.
The Icons at the left are as follows(from top to bottom).
Basic Edits, Effects, Touch Up, Text, Overlays, Frames, Textures and Themes.
Today we will only be using Basic Edits and Effects. Like I said, this will be a quick photo processing. It normally only takes me 5 minutes, with text included.
First thing I do is crop my shot. You need to be in Basic Edit for this.
To the left you have the option of manually sizing your photo, or you can pick from a series of preset ratios, in the drop-down. I normally play with the resizer which is right on the photo, as it is easier to get the scene I want that way.
When you get it how you want it, hit the green Apply button. If you are not totally happy, just click the back arrow on the top bar, then try again.
So now I have it the size I want it, I want to make it look a little more “Special”. I do this in the Effects menu. So click the Effects Icon on the left sidebar.
Now, there are a lot of Effects, and you could play all day with them I am sure. I am just going to do a few for this photo, so you can get the feel of how to layer them.

Here I used the very first Effect option, which is Orton. I left Bloom and Brightness alone, and changed the Fade to 50%. Then clicked Apply.
I then click on Cross Process. I normally don’t use this for blogging, as this will change the overall colour of things, and I like to try to show items as close to their actual inworld representation as possible. Because this is just a tutorial, I am going to use this, as it makes for a more vibrant finished photo.

I kept the Effect on Green, and changed the Fade to 50%. Then clicked Apply. The change is subtle, but I like the slight change in the colours.
I then go way way down to the bottom of the list.
 Click the Effect called Focal Soften, you will see a circle on your photo, and it’ll look blurry around the edges. Go into the centre of the circle, click your mouse, then position the circle where you want the photo’s focus to be. I like a bigger focal point, so I enlarge the Focal Size to 80%. Then clicked Apply.
I then go to the middle of the Effects, to one called Dark Edges. It is my person taste to have a bit of a border, that isn’t just a set frame(you can put frames on in the Frame icon).

 For this shot, I changed the Intensity to 20%. Then clicked Apply.
At this point you could be done. If I was blogging I would watermark the avatar’s name somewhere, either prominently, or subtly.
Then you would save your finished photo by clicking save at the top bar. You will come to a menu, with various saving options. Pick what you want, save, then you are done!
Just so you can see where we started, and where we ended up, here is the side by side comparison.

I hope you enjoy Picmonkey!

Help us to help you: Let’s make SL Blogger Support even better

Previously posted @ Moni’s World.

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Hey guys! I just filled out this survey, and if you are a fellow blogger – you MUST fill this out now! Don’t be afraid to give your opinions ^^

Originally posted on SL Blogger Support:

We here at SL Blogger Support are keen to be not just the premier Second Life Group that specialises in support for those who blog about Second Life, we also want to be the very best we can be, for you.

We’d be very grateful if you could complete our first readership survey, so that we can best tailor this website’s content and design to your needs. It will only take a few minutes, and I’ll be analysing and sharing the results with you all next week!

Once you’re done, you’ll be redirected to this page – please then share the survey on your own blog and/or social media! The more responses we get, the more enlightening the feedback will be. Thank you!

If you have any problems with the embedded survey, the link to the stand alone survey is here.

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Help us to help you: Let’s make SL Blogger Support even better

Previously posted @ Colleens SLife In Pixels.

Originally posted on SL Blogger Support:
We here at SL Blogger Support are keen to be not just the premier Second Life Group that specialises in support for those who blog about Second Life, we also want to be the very best we can be, for you. We’d be very grateful if you could complete…

The frustrations of being a fashion blogger in second life

Previously posted @ THE FALLEN PATH.

Originally posted on Time and Lace:

Let me start by saying that this is post is going to be a little bit of a rant post. I need to get some of my frustrations out and this is my blog so I figure why not put it up here. This isn’t going to be a typical post, I’ll put a picture or two up here and I’ll link to it all at the bottom, so if you just want to see a fashion post, go to the bottom to see where I got the stuff in the pictures. This is some of my frustrations as a blogger. This is by no means to say that I’m the most popular blogger out there, far from it, I’m fairly small to a lot of people out there, so I’d hate to think of what those people go through, maybe it’s similar, maybe it’s not. This is just a…

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Blogger Attempts To Increase Popularity By Appearing Nearly Naked!

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With all the lovely Fab Free bloggers, I’m sure you will all be disappointed that the nearly-naked one is me. However, since I already have your attention, here is another helping of amazing prizes from the Menstuff Hunt. It is a 1L hunt, but many of the stores have put their prizes out for free! I realize that the outfit I am wearing will not appeal to every male avy on the grid. Some of us have very few opportunities to wear something like this. Being a blogger, though, is about helping all people find wonderful items. A great set of silks like this could come in handy one day for a rowdy intimate role play or a costume-based event, even if you are not naturally submissive. The Kanzi Silks in Brown from Lo Kajirus Designs are partially mesh, with flexi silk panels which move beautifully as you dance. In style, they have an Asian inspired design while maintaining a classic silk look appropriate for this kind of garment. This is a very sexy look, has tons of style and is a great item to pick up at only 1L.

In all of the pictures in this post, I am wearing a set of eyes I picked up in the Menstuff Hunt over at Avi-Glam. The FREE AG Frozen Eyes are a beautiful light silvery blue and are going right into my eye collection. I am especially excited because I was unfamiliar with Avi-Glam until now, so now I have another potential source of excellent quality eyes thanks to this hunt!

This pose is another prize from this Menstuff hunt. Hopefully, you are getting the idea of how broad the spectrum of hunt prizes is in this one-hundred-store hunt. The M-Sheer-Menstuff-10 from Pics n Poses is a particularly nice pose, best used highlighting the left shoulder and chest of the model. I used it turning slightly, to show more of the details in the front of the Kanzi Silks, and it worked nicely. This is a very nice FREE gift from the people at Pics n Poses.

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Slipping into something a little more comfortable (for you to see me in), this really great gray suit is the FREE Menstuff Hunt prize from (Red)Sand. The Pin Stripe Suit in gray is a set including a matching mesh pin stripe blazer and slacks. The blazer has the black, open-collar dress shirt integrated into it, and (Red)Sand thoughtfully included an optional gap hiding layer, just in case you need it. As it turns out, I did not. The fit was excellent on my avatar without it. The material looks soft and comfortable; it will go nicely in my smart casual wardrobe for those nights that call for a bit more than a T-Shirt and jeans.

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Oddity is an excellent store on Second Life and has created some truly amazing items, including a pair of group gift boots that are SO good, I changed the rules of my blog just so I could write them up! For the Menstuff Hunt, their prize is this unique fitmesh shirt featuring an excellent texture hud that they are giving to us for FREE! The Eivissa Mistic BASIC Shirt is definitely casual but highly attention getting with the realistic cloth textures and rich, decorative detailing. The buttons appear to be metal, standing out from the shirt and the button holes are closed loops, an eye-catching touch. The best part about the shirt, though, is the texture hud that comes with it. It offers the shirt in six colors, the trim in six colors, the buttons in six colors, plus it has two options for brightness and the choice of it being materials-enabled or not! If there was an award for most fantastic hud on Menstuff Hunt prize, Oddity would win it hands down for creating this prize!

The black jeans I chose to help show off this shirt are part of the Menstuff hunt prize from Wilson’s Designs. These are simply styled and carry a nice black denim texture making them a good choice for a go-to mesh set of basic black jeans. That isn’t all you’ll find in the hunt prize over at Wilson’s Designs. These jeans come with a gray, zippered men’s jacket, too, making the hunt prize even greater. For a FREE hunt prize, this is a very good pick up as well.

My last highlighted item this week comes from a creator who is one of my personal favorites. Over the years, Etham has made – and yes, even given away as hunt gifts – some gorgeous crosses. For this Menstuff hunt they have given us the Knight Cross Necklace in gold and black. Although it would look especially great in a Goth style outfit, it is still simple enough to be worn with more casual clothes. The Knight Cross Necklace comes with a short or long chain version and is offered to us for FREE from Etham.

I began this week’s post nearly naked; slithering about to some intoxicating world beat music under the glare of the hot desert sun, and managed to end the post sharing with you my affinity for the crosses Etham has produced over the years. I, my friends, am not easily pigeon-holed. As a blogger, that means I am inclined to share a wide variety of items instead of just those that are “my style”. Or, it might just mean I am crazy. Either way, have fun looking for the little blue T-Shirts that hold the Menstuff prizes in them, and I will be seeing you on the grid very soon!—–WHC Riler

WHC is wearing…

Silks – Lo Kajirus Designs Kanzi Silks in Brown  (1L/Menstuff Hunt Prize)
Note – The Kanzi Silks come with the jewelry included in the gift!
The picture of me in the Kanzi Silks was taken at Parvana.

Eyes – Avi-Glam AG Frozen Eyes in Blue (FREE/Menstuff Hunt Prize)
Pose – Pics n Poses M-Sheer-Menstuff-10 (FREE/Menstuff Hunt Prize)

Pin Stripe Casual Suit – (Red)Sand Pin Stripe Suit in gray  (FREE/Menstuff Hunt Prize)
Wavy Hair – Dura *Dura-Boy*59(Black)

Shirt – Oddity ~Eivissa~ Mistic *BASIC* Fitmesh Shirt w/texture hud (FREE/Menstuff Hunt Prize)
Black Jeans – Wilson’s Designs Mesh Black Jeans (FREE/Menstuff Hunt Prize)
Cross Necklace – Etham – Knight Cross Necklace in gold and black (FREE/Menstuff Hunt Prize)
Hair (Bottom pic)- Jaryth’s Barber Shop David Mesh Hair w/hud (FREE/Menstuff Hunt Prize)

Skin – Belleza Mathieu

I have never mentioned this before but many of the pictures I take for blogging are shot at a FREE photo studio, Karu’s Korner Photo Studio. You really should stop by one day, they have some very nice equipment there and it is free to use.

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Largest Second Life Blogger Directory Again Available for SL Blogger Registration

Previously posted @ {K}iss {K}iss.

Khitt:

Attention SL fashion bloggers!

Originally posted on SL Blogger Support:

I am very happy to invite you all to register your Second Life blog on the largest SL blog directory1,200 Second Life blogs and bloggers are already registered. 1,700 Second Life stores and creators are registered. We have recategorised all the listings to make them easier to find. The sheets now dynamically filter the data you are looking for into embedded spreadsheets placed in 25 new blogger pages and 58 new store pages.

Why should your blog be on this list?

Store owners and creators have used these lists to find bloggers to approach to blog their products since 2011.

Benefits for the SL Blogger:

  • People interested in what you blog about will find you in the category your blog is listed much faster than they’ll find you on Google
  • You can use the listings to more easily find other bloggers in your niche
  • You can potentially find niches that fit your interests that may still…

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The Seasons Story: Blogger Application Now OPEN

Previously posted @ – Randomisms –.

The Seasons Story Blogger Application OPEN 
Time to Open Blogger Application for
New fresh Bloggers
This Application will be open until June 10th.
goo.gl/forms/IzlOqvtBm7

Thank you so much all !

Tips for the Aspiring Blogger

Tips for the Aspiring Blogger

I came across a post the other day that was about new bloggers and maybe some tips that could be given to them in order to help them in their journey. Now, I am by no means a seasoned blogger, but I think every blogger has a few tips and tricks that they can share to help others.

I do want to first start off by saying that there is never an instant success when it comes to blogging. Blogging is about work and dedication and knowing how to combine everything into a post to make each one as amazing as the previous. There is something that you have to do which is just about summed up with paying your dues. You have to pay your dues. There are a few off situations where a person has become an instant success, but this doesn’t mean that they didn’t have to work just as hard. They just might not have been showing their hard work in learning the steps of photography and how to market themselves. It all combines into a really long process which a few have mastered and I feel like the rest of us are just picking up the pieces to get to this point.

With this said, I have a few things that you might want to listen to. The first thing would be to work on your photos. Never think that your photos are just good enough. I have a problem… slight problem… because I just am hardly ever satisfied with my work. I always feel like there is a step farther I could have taken something, or maybe a different setup that I might could have used. The take from with this is that you can always improve. Don’t settle for learning one thing and that being it. You are a student and you need to listen and learn from others. The second thing is postings. I have heard people complain about designers requiring a certain amount of views on Flickr or requiring to post in Facebook groups. Why complain about this? This is their hard work that they are giving to you to show people… why not require something in return so that you know the items will be seen? If you don’t receive the required views on Flickr to apply for an event or designer then work harder. Follow more people and receive more followers. Post in Flickr groups and look for inspiration for your own blog. I am sorry if you feel it is not fair but this has to do with paying your dues. The third thing ties into these other two perfectly. Don’t complain! Instead of taking things personal when it comes to being turned down, turn those into positive things. Let these things motivate you to do more and be better. You will hear no about a thousand times more than you will hear yes… and sometimes you will hear a no from the least expected place. I can tell you that you will need to be able to eat that humble pie.

There is so much more to list here, but I think you will probably get sick of reading my rambling. These are just my top three tips for bloggers who are wanting to work at being better. You will find your stride at some point and when you do there will be absolutely no stopping you. TOOTLES!

Credits:

Skin: Lara Hurley– Scarlett in dark

Head: TheMeshProject– classic deluxe w/ Scarlett applier

Body: Maitreya– Lara Mesh Body w/ Scarlett applier

Eyes: IKON– Sovereign eyes in Fjord

Hair: TRUTH– Katara in light brown

Necklace: Maxi Gossamer- Solaris Pearl droplets necklace @ Collabor88 

Dress: OAKEN by Noodles- Amy Dress @ Collabor88

Shoes: Essenz- Sacramento heel @ On9

Pose: Kirin poses– Sora


WordPress vs Blogger

Previously posted @ Aubrey Monday.

To be honest, I am a bit more confused with the WordPress features and as to how you manage your blog themes and appearances. I cannot find a better theme that would showcase my flickr photos at its best. I didn’t like the font that the WP theme is using to publish my blog either. I have tried the best that I can to make it look better without having to spend money on the template LOL.

Regardless, I found this “tool” that will import my Blogger posts to WordPress. I have not tried it yet but if it works, I might switch back to my Old Blog. :)