April 7, 2010 § 4 Comments
Many moons ago, My laptop stopped being able to keep Second Life open for more than 5 minutes without crashing the whole computer. Various remedies helped a little bit but I was never able to stay in world for more than 15 minutes.
This was enough of a problem but it coincided with a growing ennui on my part, a simple boredom with the world and with myself. I tried creating alts but that just gave me more people to neglect. If you can’t explore and interact with people SL just isn’t much fun. I also felt like I was buying the same stuff over & over, I’d see stuff I liked but it just wasn’t “Amelia” – I had set her so firmly in my mind she was stagnating.
Two things happened to change things recently.
- I got an ad for Launa Fauna’s tattoo layer beauty marks
- I got a new computer
Number two is fairly self-explanatory. I love my new iMac with an unholy passion and it has no trouble at all with SL.
As for number one, ever see something and get slapped in face with “Want!“? Amelia is basically a perfected version of myself. She has many of the same characteristics and flaws that I do, those being understated or exaggerated at my whim. Probably the biggest difference (besides stomach size and hair color) is that I have this giant witch’s mole on my chin. (Seriously, it’s the exact same size and placement as the Wicked Witch of the West.) I gave up the idea of her having one when I created her because those things were up to the skin creators.
I’d also given up on the idea of Amelia having a tattoo. I’ll never have one in RL because of sagging skin and, you know, pain but I do admire them and what they can say about a person. I’d played with them for a bit on the underwear layers but the fact they got taken off so often for layering made them too “unreal” and annoying. Plus I never found one I liked for her permanently.
So when I saw the ad and found out that not only was the tattoo layer usable but beauty marks were already out, I logged right in and ran over to get them. And they were exactly what I wanted, except for the placement. My first though was to commission a custom one. I had thought about the tattoo I had wanted during my “break” and had a decent idea of what I really wanted. So I was looking at two tattoos, one a lot of work for the artist to narrow down what I wanted, when I went google surfing to find out more about them.
Problem: There is only one tattoo layer, so if I wanted both the mole and the tattoo, they had to be on the same layer which meant basically by the same artist.
Solution: The viewer is past the obscure file extension and the difficult to understand alpha channel transparency and now supports 24-bit PNGs. This I can do.
So over several days and a couple of hundred linden in uploads, I have my own personal beauty mark and tattoo that I never take off. Just knowing I’m still wearing it even if it’s covered by clothes makes it more “real.”
Anyway, now I have to show you pretty pictures. Be warned, these may be the last you see from me for months more. Fashion blogging is time-consuming and hard work and I don’t have the time or the energy for it right now.
This is what I was wearing when I started this post. Do you recognize this av? I don’t. I found the hair when I went looking for something else at Exile. It”s called Amelia and I love it so much I’m pretending it was named after me 😉 The glasses are from Primoptic, they fit better with the outfit than my regular ones. The skin is one of the Audrey line from 5th & Oxford. Yes I know both they and Launa Fauna have new lines out but they look pretty bad on me, I’m pretending I’m ok with this. At least it leaves more money for other stuff. The outfit is Urban from Gypsy Soul. I was so proud when the boots from Shiny Things (still the best shop name evar) went perfectly with it until I realized that they were the ones shown in the ad *pout*. Bracelet is from U&R Dogs. And the bag was a love at first sight from Veschi I think, it doesn’t say.
This one is totally to show off my new tattoo. Even if it’s not the world’s best, I like it because I made it. Hair is Sabrina from Dark Mouse. Love her textures but this lighting doesn’t do it justice. Glasses are my normal Sophie from Primoptic. Jewelry is Eolande’s Cameo & Pearls locket. Pearls are very popular for jewelers in SL but difficult to do well and realistically so I was thrilled when these came out. The detail is gorgeous. Shrug is from Mischief (I’m very into layers this year when I never have been before *shrug*) Top is Leopard Love from Atomic. As is the tote. That was another must have once I started wandering around again. The jeans are my old painting jeans from iki, which were the first thing I could find that rode low enough to show off the tattoo. A problem I’ve since rectified however 🙂
And because this stuff is addictive like all time-pits, one more because I just can’t stop. The bag is one of my favorites from Bare Rose. A shape that is one of my favorites in RL too. Hair is the demo from Exile, it’s a freebie in all the colors. Jewelry is Eolande’s Princess pearls, which I’ve been beating myself forever for not blogging. Everyone has blogged the new Jori outfit from 5th & Oxford (I loved them way back when they were Tete a Pied 😉 I like the contrast of the cardigan with different colors. You can see the cami peeking through the little holes. The cami, btw, is from last month’s freebie from Mischief. The bottoms are Boardwalk shorts from Raspberry Aristocrat.
It’s a classic Amelia look, and yet not, I like it.
BTW, any tips on lighting for the new viewer? I haven’t been able to come up with anything I really like.
September 23, 2009 § Leave a comment
Fairs are so popular not only because favorite creators put out new releases but also because they give us a chance to browse through others we haven’t seen before.
If you’ve read this blog at all, you can’t have missed my jewelry obsession. It’s one of the things that has carried through from real life to SL where I can indulge a lot more freely. I had a blast at this year’s jewelry fair and found 2 or 3 new (to me) designers I plans to keep an eye on.
Freebie-(Elate!) Square Stone Ring – Jade
*~*Illusions*~* *~*Orinthia Ring: Copy
Freebie-Dark Mouse 30’s Art Deco Ring
Dark Mouse Abalone Dreams – Copper
Dark Mouse Stainglass Blue Bangles & Earrings
Eclectica Herbals Violet Set
Kunstkammer Black Forest Suite – Pearl/Crystal/Moonstone
PRIMALOT JF09 Freebie ‘Hortensia’ necklace & earrings
August 19, 2009 § Leave a comment
See previous post for explanation of why I don’t blog much.
Starting with the hair frmo Dark Mouse, one of my last hair fair prizes. The suit is from Pink Outfitters. The pants and jacket are sold separately in a variety of matching colors. The texturing has a lot of nice detail. Under it is a cami from Aphrodite Creations. This color is a freebie but you’ll be seeing it again in other colors, it’s great for layering and comes on al layers. The necklace and earrings are from a sale at Atomic Cherry. Zaara made the bracelet, I love the texturing on this too. The shoes are another freebie, this one from Maitreya for joining the group.
August 13, 2009 § 2 Comments
Hey, it’s not a month late! Still going through my hair fair picks. This is a nice lose bun from Dark Mouse. Sam’s pants are from Aphrodite Creations, as are the shoes which I haven’t worn as much as I should have this summer. The cute pose was another blogger thank you gift from Cyanide.
May 9, 2009 § Leave a comment
What could possibly drag me out of my school-induced stupor? The opening of Savvy? designer Dakota Buck’s new store Whippet and Buck (along with Twiggy Whippet). I loved Savvy? and W&B looks like it’s going to be a new addiction.
My favorite item (so far) in the new store is the boatneck tees. They’re very versatile and come in a rainbow of colors for just $60L a piece. The hair is a freebie (limited time) from Bryce. Possibly the best place for men’s and short women’s hair on the grid. Pose is a new freebie from TorridWear. Just join the group.
We know ‘kota loves her system skirts. And she’s spreading the love again with these high-waisted versions. More Bryce hair. Another Torrid pose. This one from the Drama set.
This hair is new from Dark Mouse. The skirt is from SLink and the pose is Muism. Am I the only one who still wears her Vivant skins almost daily?
Finally, the cropped jacket is another B&W release. I saw it and though 50’s ladies lunch. I’d love to see what other people did with it though.
January 31, 2009 § Leave a comment
So it’s my monthly update ;-). School is fun, it just soaks up a lot of energy.
We have a new top by MichaMi, I love how she works with the templates. Skin is Winter Nights 1, one of the new ones from Fleur, the deep rich colors are just what the fashionista ordered for winter. Earrings and bangles from Dark Mouse. I wouldn’t touch animal print before I got into Second Life. But I’ve learned how to do it sexy instead of skanky. The necklace is Miriel’s Limited Edition Heart Necklace. The title of this post comes from the bag. I found myself browsing through +Plus a little while ago and found these fabulous purses. It’s too bad there wasn’t room for a close-up because you can’t really see the amazing texturing on it.