[#691] California Gurls

 

California girls
We’re undeniable
Fine, fresh, fierce
We got it on lock
West Coast represent
Now put your hands up

Katy Perry, ♫California Gurls♫

 

It’s been quite a while from the last entry I posted but to be honest I haven’t really felt all that creative even with the time in isolation that I’ve had. Though I sparked enough to motivate me with one of the recent Session Skins releases named Ciara. I paired it with a new hairbase release by EMO-Tions that came out for the newest round of Cosmopolitan (an anniversary round at that!)

What better way put a smile on faces then a barely dressed woman in a pool in warm weather? It hasn’t quite reached where I am yet but we’ve had some pretty wonderful days over the last week or so; I’m crossing my fingers that there are more of those and less of the rainy ones that have been showing up. With that I feel more of the designers are going to be creating and releasing shorts and tank tops for the guys and more bathing suits/bikinis for the women and that will be great fun to take pictures of. Seeing a new release of a sweater or long coat around this time always bums me out because I’m longing for the warm weather and know that in reality that type of clothing would be just way too hot.

 

You could travel the world
But nothing comes close
To the golden coast
Once you party with us
You’ll be falling in love

 

POSE: Elephante Poses – Kitty

HAIR: EMO-tions – Hairbase 3.0 with HP @ CosmopolitanNEW
HEAD: Genus Project – Classic Face 001
SKIN: Session Skins – Ciara (Tone 05)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v5.1

BIKINI: Salt & Pepper – Wet 12 Bikini Black Flower ✦ GACHA

 

[#687] Baby You’re A Haunted House

 

Oh, baby, you’re a haunted house
Better find another superstition
We’re gonna stay in love somehow
‘Cause, baby, you’re a haunted house now

Gerard Way, ♫Baby You’re A Haunted House♫

 

We’re in the last weekend (two days and counting) of Skin Fair. There are a lot of fun skins, shapes, make-ups and accessories still waiting for you if you haven’t made your run yet. Now is the chance as the crowds should be pretty quiet today yet but tomorrow it may be busy as it is the last day of being open and there will be a race to the finish to get those last minute makeover items.

After some thought I wanted to make mention that the pose I used in this photo shoot is by Image Essentials. Recently the store that I was once a proud blogger for closed it’s doors for good. It was a sad moment learning about it but I understand the reasons behind why it was done and I have nothing but love and respect for Kay Weston. I also wanted to say thank you to her for being one of the first few brands to have faith in me when not a lot of brands were picking me up. You gave me a lot of reason to keep striving and wanting to create better images and you will forever have my gratitude.

So thank you very much from deep down. I wish you the nothing but the best for the future.

 

And your heart will stay forever
When your last remains are few
In the dark we dance together
And I’d like to be waiting with you

 

SKELETON: Remarkble Oblivion – Dead Astaire / RAREGacha

POSE: Image Essentials – Get Down ✦ Store Closed

HAIR: Tableau Vivant – Add-Ons Collection (Pigtail Buns)
HEAD: Genus Project – Baby Face W001
SKIN: Little Devil – Jade (Pale) @ Skin FairNEW
LIPS: La Malvada Mujer – Atropo Lips @ Skin FairNEW
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v5.0

DRESS: Friday – Wednesday Dress

 

[#683] Soak Up The Sun

 

I’m gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone
To lighten up
I’m gonna tell ’em that
I’ve got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I’m looking up

Sheryl Crow, ♫Soak Up The Sun♫

 

Today is another gloomy one here and I decided that I was going to infuse some warm weather vibes into my artistry. For the look that I’ve put together for this entry I have some fun things from Skin Fair that I really think are fantastic. It’s amazing just how many great stores are a part of this event and every year it just gets better and better in my estimation. From looking at works from my fellow event bloggers I am amazed at the creativity and looks everyone is putting together.

Amuse Bouche has several skins for sale at Skin Fair and when it came to me choosing one it was difficult so I did some consulting and the consensus was that Cassie paired with the Genus Baby Face W002 which is almost making its debut at the event, were the best choices. The skin itself is Bakes On Mesh tattoo layer with a brow and non brow in the pack. The skin only comes in golden which a little bit more colorful than the usual pale tones I go with but it’s not entirely tanned. The body appliers are sold separately so if you don’t have any previously releases by this store then you would need to get them.

I’ve also added a little bit of color to the lips of this look by using the Babe Lips applier by TheMars. This pack has 10 different tones of reddish tint lip gloss that is applied via HUD. The version I am using is for Genus branded heads but it is also being sold for CATWA heads as well so there are at least two different brands that it can be used for.

Many of you know about the great singles and couples poses being offered at the 10th anniversary round of the Pose Fair but did you also know that most if not all the booths offer gifts as well just for browsing their booth? I thought it would be a great idea if I presented one of the gifts and I chose one of two “Signals” poses by PRINT. I thought this best fit the idea of being on the beach and just enjoying the sun soaked day by listening to the music that was in my head. I love the hand gestures in the pose as I tend to do those a lot in various things (even when nobody is watching or looking). I certainly encourage anyone that hasn’t stopped by their stall at the event to check out this gift and their other poses because I don’t think there would be any regrets.

 

Laughter is a sunbeam of the soul.
Thomas Mann

 

POSE: Print – Signals (Gift) @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Truth – Vivid (Truth VIP Gift)
HEAD: Genus Project – Baby Face W002 @ Skin FairNEW
SKIN: Amuse Bouche – Cassie (Golden) @ Skin FairNEW
LIPS: TheMars – Babe Lip Applier @ Skin FairNEW
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v5.0

TOP: Blueberry – Love Spring (Previous FLF)
SHORTS: Blueberry – Love Spring (Previous FLF)

 

[#681] Tennis Court

 

Baby be the class clown
I’ll be the beauty queen in tears
It’s a new art form showing people how little we care
We’re so happy, even when we’re smilin’ out of fear
Let’s go down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah

Lorde, ♫Tennis Court♫

 

For a time (probably in my teens) I had this thing for Tennis. It was like this fascination I had with it even though it can be really boring for some people to watch. It was something that at least inspired me to get out and get fresh air and get exercise even when I wasn’t completely good at it. I would watch all the Grand Slam events on television and cheer for my favorites like Andre Agassi and jeer my least favorites like Pete Sampras. It was all in part to the influence my brother had on me and the things he liked were kind of an impression on me.

I find it really funny in a way that many years later I am like super excited to see well made tennis poses. OsTentatoN has three tennis themed sets out right now at the Pose Fair that I think for photographers and bloggers will really enjoy creating fun looks and be reminded that warm weather (at least for us in the US) is coming soon.

TennisCouple is a set of poses 4 can be purchased as single packs but there is an advantage of getting the FatPack because it includes one extra pose that you cannot get unless you do. Each set comes with a supplied mesh racket for both men and women (except in the pose I’m using which only the female one is needed). The great thing about it is that it comes with it’s own court backdrop (which is a clay court). It’s really well done and the textures on it are details but if I could have made one suggestion is that the court could have had a texture changer for those who prefer grass or hard courts as well. Clay was never my favorite to watch but it was amusing to see the tennis players white uniforms get destroyed with the orange of the clay that seemed to always get on them.

This set is available right now exclusively at Pose Fairs 10th Anniversary Round and it runs through the end of the month. Take a look at this pack and some of the other fun works by OsTentatioN while you are there!

 

Tennis belongs to the individualistic past – a hero, or at most a pair of friends or lovers, against the world.
Jaques Barzun

 

POSE: OsTentatioN – TennisCouple @ Pose FairNEW

Look 1 (Him)

HAIR: Stealthic – Atlas
HEAD: CATWA – Victor
SKIN: Stray Dog – Joaquin (Tone 03)
BEARD: Mister Razzor – Negan
BODY: Signature – Gianni v5.0

SHORTS: RIOT – Andrew Shorts (White)

Look 2 (Her)

HAIR: TRUTH – Destiny
HEAD: Genus Project – Baby Face
FACE: LePunk – Hayley
MAKEUP: WarPaint – IWokeUpLikeThis2
MAKEUP2: WarPaint – Naked Lips
BODY: Belleza – Freya

TOP: Evie – ActiveBabe Polo Crop Top
SKIRT: Evie – ActiveBabe Jacket & Skirt

 

[#677] And This Is My Kinda Love

 

Chloe does the tables in the French Quarter
She’s always been given
So I can’t always make her laugh
But I’m proud to say
And I won’t forget

Chloe Dancer / Crown Of Thorns, ♫Mother Love Bone♫

 

The official opening of the 10th Anniversary of Pose Fair is upon us. I cannot wait to see what comes in terms of creativity from the poses that I have at my disposal from this event but I’m excited. Given the fact that I have more to work with since I’ve been blogging female items as well, I feel that it gives me just that much more freedom. Less constriction based on how very little there is sometimes for men (though it is slowly changing but not quick enough for my liking).

I will start with my choice for the pose set I am using which comes from Diversion. This store/brand has been around for a few months from what I know and from what I have seen, it is a store that I want to use items from and now is the time to start. I picked the “Springtime Sadness” pack because it works for the shot I had in mind. Not only am I able to get the full seated pose in the frame but also have it be close enough to show off the skin I’ve chosen to wear.

“Springtime Sadness” has 6 different poses (including mirrors) and is available starting today.

Session Skins latest face that is out for ladies is named “Pearl” and as with most of the new skins, it is full-body Bakes On Mesh. It comes in tones 00b, 01, and 02 with skinny and chubby body types for variety and versatility. It also comes with a mole option via a tattoo layer and includes a brow and body shape. I like lighter tones as I feel they suit me best (probably in another life I was goth maybe?) I find that Session Skins put out some amazing and gorgeous faces for women so for anyone who hasn’t found them then it is high time you get to know them and love them. You’ll be glad you did.

Also, I’m using the “Joker Stairs” backdrop from Minimal which is a depiction of one of the locations in New York from the movie. I tentatively had other plans for using this but I’m not sad that I did this photo session before those. I feel it turned out awesome and gives me more reason to use it and not have it be a one-off and sit in my inventory for ages because that would be a shame with how detailed it is.

 

Remember: the time you feel lonely is the time you most need to be by yourself. Life’s cruelest irony.
Douglas Coupland

 

BACKDROP: Minimal – Joker Stairs Backdrop

POSE: Diversion – Springtime Sadness @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Elikatira – Misha (Exclusives)
HEAD: Genus Project – Classic Face W001
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Pearl Fullbody (Tone 00b)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v5.0

DRESS: Wicca’s Originals – Cecilia Dress

 

 

[#668] Sparks

 

But I promise you this
I’ll always look out for you
Yeah that’s what I’ll do

Sparks, ♫Coldplay♫

 

My mind sometimes is filled with so much information that I don’t always remember if I’ve been to a location for a photo. This is the case with The Four Seasons sim, which is where this particular photo took place. I have been to most of the places that I know of or browsed through guides so lucky for me that I was having a conversation with Brenna and told me to check this place out. It’s a really great place not only for pics but also to explore and you can join the group at a small cost ($50L is all) to be able to rezz props.

I think when it has come to creating winter and holiday themed photos, I am getting better at it then I have been in previous years. Ideas are not always tucked away and can happen on the spot much like how this arrangement happened. I had the look and pose I wanted but the last bit that I needed was how I was going to implement the right surroundings; as I wandered around I found a tree clearing with a snow sculpture of a dog made of snow.

Who can say no to a cute snow doggo? Apparently not even me.

Elephante Poses has been around a long time as far as Second Life grid standards apply (even so much as taking a break for a while). I really thought that when I saw the ad vendor for the “Shine” set that it was very manageable to make it work. The set has 6 different poses that activate when you attach the sparkler to yourself. The vibe I was feeling when I was working on the environmental part of the scene was evening time so that I could use a facelight (the only time that I personally feel is acceptable) to have that illuminating feel from the sparkler.

The lighting along with a little of depth of field thrown in set the stage for what I consider an intimate setting. If I hadn’t already picked the song I wanted to use to play off of the situation in the scene, the second choice would have been “Silent Night” which also would have made sense. The logic of it is that it would have had that Christmas movie feeling to it where either a single person or a choir would sing (usually with candles) and it would visually be immaculate.

There’s absolutely no regrets with how this turned out though and it gives me the opportunity to use that song for another blog entry either this year or in the future.

 

Every moment contains a spark of eternity.
Elie Wiesel

 

Photo taken @ The Four Seasons

POSE: Elephante Poses – Shine @ Pose FairNEW

HAIR: Olive – The Nin
HEAD: Genus Project – Classic Face W001
SKIN: Session Skins (Store / MP) – Yvette (Tone 01)
BODY: Maitreya – Lara v4.1

OUTFIT: Insomnia Angel – Houndstooth Ouji Lolita RARE ✦ Gacha

 

[#667] Kissing Under The Mistletoe

 

You know the stars are shining just for you
Let’s take a walk and we can follow the moon
Until we reach the place we could stay
Maybe kiss a bit and dream away

Kissing Under The Mistletoe, ♫Loving Caliber (feat. Emmi)♫

 

After a small break with that last entry, I’m back at it again with more goodness from the Pose Fair; I couldn’t begin to tell you how much I enjoy doing photos with Brenna. This time we’ve come together to show everyone the “Kiss Me” pose from Space Cadet. It works well because we are both fans of this brand and when I see them at an event like Pose Fair I gravitate towards it and I make sure that I put together a scene as quick as possible. This sweet pose is included with the mistletoe prop so that anyone can get in on the fun.

It also seems that Brenna also has most of the new items in her look then I do but of course I’ve previously blogged the skin I’m wearing as well as the hat/hair (that I’ve not found a good angle to capture yet still but bare with me, I’m trying!) She’s wearing hair and a skin from the Doux/L’etre gacha from The Arcade (and was also kind enough to hook me up with some spares for one of my previous entries). There’s also the “Dove Sweater” by Miss Chelsea that has two exclusive designs at the Anthem event for just $99L through the course of the event so ladies if you haven’t taken a look at that it’s worth doing.

Admittedly this probably wasn’t the greatest scene setup that I’ve ever used in one of my photos but I wanted to focus on the pose and the closeness of Brenna and I. This time of year is not that easy for me and probably even more so now without getting into detail but the best way to put it is that being with those you care about helps with some of that and I’m all for those moments…and besides I don’t think we’ve ever done a photo before where we’re kissing with mistletoe.

I wouldn’t be opposed to more of them in the future.

 

Mistletoe. I surmount all obstacles.
Vanessa Diffenbaugh, The Language of Flowers

 

POSE: Space Cadet – Kiss Me @ Pose FairNEW

BACKDROP: FOXCITY – Photo Booth – Old Station

My Look

HAIR: lock&tuft – Bad Santa @ TannenbaumNEW
HEAD: LeLutka – Guy v3.4
SKIN: Stray Dog – Jeffrey (Tone 03) @ TMDNEW

SWEATER: Tonktastic & Hermony – Crewneck Sweater
PANTS: ::K:: – Soft Cargo Pants Homme – Tan
SHOES: Kokoia – Sniper – Black

Brenna’s Look

HAIR: DOUX – Snowflake Queen @ The Arcade Gacha EventNEW
HEAD: Genus Project – Baby Face W002
SKIN: L’Etre – Snow Skin @ The Arcade Gacha EventNEW
BODY: Belleza – Freya

SWEATER: Miss Chelsea – Dove Sweater (Xmas Red) @ AnthemNEW
JEANS: Tres Blah – Paige Jeans @ Collabor88NEW