Christmas is almost here and I have spent the past few days wrapping presents and watching cheesy Christmas movies with my roommates. I recently also had the pleasure of meeting my dear friend Cyanna Starsmith in-world for the very first time and snapping this festive picture of us. Cyanna has her own blog called Shop ’til Drop. She is incredibly stylish and takes dazzling photo’s to showcase her daily looks. To keep up with her wonderful stylings and work, make sure you follow her blog as well as Flickr.
Les Encantades recently released this festive outfit and it is absolutely adorable. It comes with a jacket, dress, collar and garters and is available in several different colours. You can find this sweet outfit at the Les Encantades mainstore.
“Lemme hear you say
Can’t keep it bottled up
Make it pop like pink champagne
In the purple rain
We’re gonna paint the city
We’re gonna show off all our pretty
Let ’em know our names.
Screamin’ so loud
They’ll hear us in LA” – Ariana Grande, Pink Champagne
A great thing about photography is that there is always space for collaboration. I recently got together with my dear friend Exis to shoot a photo of this wonderfully cozy outfit by MSS, which you can currently find at On9.
This month’s theme for On9 is Grand Holiday Party. It is a round filled with glitz and glam and it’s simply fabulous. Check out the shopping guide on the On9 blog for a full overview of the December exclusives.
Pale Girl Productions is the company behind a couple of big and exciting events, such as Skin Fair. For this winter, they got together with Empyrean Forge to revamp the Mystic Realms Faire into the new Winter Solstice in the Mystic Realms event. It is a winter fantasy event though with over a 100 vendors and participating designers from all kinds of genres, I am sure anyone would be able to find something that suits their style.
Project Bento is an extension to the standard Second Life avatar which makes it possible to customize your mesh heads, similar to shaping your standard Second Life facial features in the past. You can read more about Bento in this short forum post by Linden Lab.
Before purchasing your first Bento head, please consider the following:
Project Bento is currently still in its beta testing phase, meaning that there will be bugs and glitches. Creators will do their absolute best to fix any bugs on their side. However, please remember that they will be unable to fix Second Life bugs.
Catwa – Catya Bento Head
Catwa recently released her first Bento head named Catya. Listed below are a few details regarding the head that I have not discussed in my video:
Expressions: Catya comes with 9 standard expressions. The expressions are currently only compatible with the default shape:
HUDs: The pack includes an Animations and Master HUD. The last one of which is a replacement of the previous Main HUD.
Price: Catya costs 5000 L$ and comes with the following:
– Alpha layers
– Various gestures
– Mesh head (with teeth)
– Mesh head (without teeth)
– Animations and Master HUD
– Info & Updates Log
– Rigged eyes
Remember to try a DEMO before purchasing the head.
Troubleshooting: Join the in-world group called CATWA HEAD Friends for live chat support. Paste the following link into your local chat and click to join: secondlife:///app/group/29c5ca14-7e13-fdf0-c531-2507844a1eef/about
For my video on Catya, I displayed three different looks to show various ways of styling and shaping the head. You can find the custom shapes that I have used for these looks on my Marketplace.
Hair: “”D!va“” Hair “Nina” @ The Liaison Collaborative * Top: :V.e. Hopeless Romantic Blouse Rose Earrings:(Kunglers) Gaby earrings Citrine @ On9 * Head: CATWA HEAD Catya [With Teeth] v1.02 * Head applier: .tsg. Ikki Applier for Catwa Dyana *OMEGA* – X Tone * Lipstick:.tsg.Ikki Lipstain Omega Applier – Blood * Eyes:CATWA RIGGED EYES Catya v1.00 * Body:Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 Shape:CD – Catya Shape – Annie
Look 2: Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Ramsey @ We Love Roleplay * Top:SD Sweater V11 with Hud Black Head: CATWA HEAD Catya [With Teeth] v1.02 * Head applier:[PF] – Liya – CATWA Mesh Head Applier (monolid) * Lipstick: Included with head applier Eyes:CATWA RIGGED EYES Catya v1.00 * Body:Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 Shape:CD – Catya Shape – Bella
Look 3: Hair:Moon. Hair. // Pixie Harlow Dress:UC_Lily_dress @ The Liaison Collaborative * Head: CATWA HEAD Catya [With Teeth] v1.02 * Head applier:Insol: face Kate (CATWA), ST02 ‘Creme’ @ Uber * Lipstick: Included with mesh head Eyes:CATWA RIGGED EYES Catya v1.00 * Body:Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 Shape:CD – Catya Shape – Lesley
Event dates: The Liaison Collaborative | November 7 – 30 On9 | November 9 – 28 We Love Roleplay | November 4 – 30 Uber | October 25 – November 23
Event dates: On9 | October 9 – 28 Designer Showcase | October 5 – 31
Cosmopolitan | October 10 – 22 The Chapter Four | October 4 – 21 The Seasons Story | October 10 – 31 Salem | October 1 – 31 FaMESHed | October 1 – 27
Tomorrow is the last day of On9‘s June round before it closes up until the 9th for a new and dazzling round filled with summer delight. I will be doing a vlog for the July round of On9 as well, which is so very exciting for me.
On another note, because of my current real life circumstances I feel as if it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take a short break from Second Life and blogging/vlogging. I have to take some time off to focus on wrapping up my semester and simply reprioritize things. I will return as soon as I feel capable to blog/vlog again and above all, feel inspired to.
In all honesty, blogging has felt like such an obligation lately. I absolutely love taking the photo’s and experience so much joy creating new outfits, scenes and finding new photoshop techniques but some of my more recent posts were sparked by a force of inspiration rather than that they were results of its natural flow. I have so many ideas and concepts for my video blog and YouTube channel as well, though I never feel like executing them, simply because I am so tired, demotivated and feel so uninspired at times. And I know that creating content with that state of mind will lead to nothing but being unsatisfied and unhappy with my work, which leads to even more demotivation. It’s a vicious cycle and it’s one that I have been through and thought I had overcome in the past, but it always comes back. Due to this I also feel as if a short break could perhaps help me regain some of my “creative energy”, as far as I have that, and completely terminate this vicious cycle so I can return with new content that you and I will both enjoy without having to cope with all kinds of negativities and such. Thank you for everything and I hope to see you in July! ♥
“It’s summer all the time
With you, you make me feel alright
All swings and waterslides
We’re summery and pretty high
I’d like to watch the tide
Come and then go out at night
– Viola Beach, Swings And Waterslides
Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * LENI * (Reds) *
Top: !TLB – Beach Please Tank *
Bottoms: .HW. Mermaid .Bootie Shorts. @ Suicide Dollz*
Choker: tapi :: luna choker @ Suicide Dollz*
Head: CATWA HEAD Helena V4.9 *
Head Applier: Insol: CATWA Face Applier ‘Ashley’ – ST2 ‘Creme’ @ Tres Chic*
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.5 Eyes:AG. Hypnotic Eyes – Mermaid – M *