The Light ~ We <3 RP Preview

Holy wow, busy few days!

I have been having the absolute BEST time styling for this month’s round of We <3 Role Play (opening TODAY at 3pm SLT) and, gosh, it’s a great feeling to get back into blogging with a bang like this. Like anything, the more you do the easier it gets and the bug has hit me HARD with a couple of looks that haven’t made their way up here yet. This one jumped to the front of the list, though, and I’m sure you can see why. :D

When it hits, inspiration is glorious!

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Confessions of a Closet Apothecary (Cloth-a-cary)

The Alchemist

Okay, confession time.

I have a lot of stuff.

I know, I know; I’m a blogger and stuff is what I’m supposed to collect. It’s true. What might not be readily apparent is how much I love doing it and, even more than that, how much I LOVE anything even remotely magical. Bottles, books and beakers; skulls, candles and glowing things .. if I don’t already have it, well, ..I need it. Please. Just point me in the right direction and stand to one side!

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If Animals Could Speak – What Would They Tell Us?

CZ The Lion Speaks

I wish I knew.

CZ The Lion Speaks

It’s rare that I post as simple a headshot as this, rare that I allow myself the time to sit down and focus on ONE thing that matters to me. Most of my stylings are about an outfit being greater than the sum of its parts, of the harmony that we’re able to find in mixing and matching between textures and styles, genres and concepts but there’s always point to them. The point I want to make today is simpler; an emphatic statement with few words rather than the chapters I devote to one style or another.

Life is precious.

I’ve been struggling to find my response to the insanity of these last weeks. I’ve wanted to speak out in some way, not because I need to be heard but because I believe it’s important to deny extremism the gift of my silence. Maybe one blog post isn’t much in the grand scheme of things, and that’s fine, but added to others it becomes more.

Second Life is full of brilliant and talented people devoted to helping one another and together, we have donated thousands upon thousands of dollars to charitable organizations. I’m warmed and astounded every time I see another one of these events on the grid; the willingness of our designers, event-coordinators, and residents to support their global community. To be loving, hopeful, and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

Credits:

Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour StripLash in Morocco ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: (NO) Cosmetics – Cat eye ~ Nylon Pinkney ~ NEW @ Collabor88 (Dec. 2015)
Makeup 2: [PF] Lipstick <Light> – Simple (red) ~ Mochi Milena

Hair: [LeLutka]-SALOME hair – Powder ~ Thora Charron

Jewellery: Chop Zuey ~ The Life of a Lion Set ~ Belle Roussel ~ 100% of proceeds donated to the WWF to honour the life of Cecil the Lion

Jewellery 2: Chop Zuey ~ Nose Diamond Gld ~ Belle Roussel ~ Old Group Gift

Pose: *PosESioN* Delicate Set ~ Dahriel

Are You Ready for the Return of the Light?

December We Heart Preview 3072

I think I’ve said before that I put a -lot- into my posts. Even the simple ones that come together quickly (styling>photography>prose>credits) are based on a mood or a thought; a thing I’d like to convey here. I approach these entries as a means of communication and always, always write the sort of blog posts I’d want to read. I approach these entries carefully, too, as I’m representing more than myself. My hope, always, is to do more than stand around looking good in front of a camera.

I’m writing this now because this particular post has been a challenge, but in only the very best ways.

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The idea for this picture has been brewing for a few days, as most of mine tend to do, but from the moment I saw the preview for PFC’s General Cloak I knew that this preview post would be epic. Believe me when I say it’s not a word I use often or lightly.

Now, I love a good HUD and I think you know this by now. Anything that PFC - General Cloak HUDgives me options as a stylist brings me to a happy, happy place (“copy” and “mod” are two of my favourite words) because I LOVE to play with my clothes and, gosh, Pucca Firecaster has never disappointed in this regard. Looking to the right, you can SEE how many options are packed into this beautiful cloak (available with and without the fur collar); everything from the cords to stunningly realistic pelts to throw over your shoulder can be changed with the press of a button. The best part, though? Selecting the white cape means you can literally tint it any colour you want because .. it’s COPY/MOD. Excelsior!

While we’re on the subject of options, too, I have to say that I was SO EXCITED to see (Yummy) on the designer list for December’s We <3 Role Play! Words – they cannot express the incredible collision of worlds that occurred in my brain when I saw that Polyester Partridge was putting a shoulder brace and a utility belt on offer and yes, I just said “Polyester Partridge” and “utility belt” in the same sentence. I might have also giggled like a schoolgirl shortly thereafter. Maybe a couple of times. >.>

Yummy - Leather Utility HUDThis HUD, however, is really good because, again, we’re getting options without having to pay through the nose for the luxury of changing our minds in the future. What I really enjoy about the shoulder brace and utility belt is that they’re available in pristine and distressed versions of some really lovely colours and, AND don’t let that resize button fool you either. Both pieces are unrigged mesh and copy/mod to boot!

December We Heart Preview Progression

The challenge for me, at least where this post was concerned, was including so many of my first loves in what promises to be an AMAZING round of We <3 Role Play. Everything listed in my credits below is a favourite whether I’ve raved about it here or not and I’ve done my very best to do each of these items justice. It took a bit of work to get everything lined up for the finished photograph at the top of this post, as you will see in the three base shots above, but, gosh, I think it was worth every minute.

The NEW round of We <3 Role Play opens December 4th at 3pm SLT. In this round, and in the spirit of the holidays, each of the designers have been asked to offer either a gift (L$ 0) beneath one of the sim’s beautifully decorated trees or hide a hunt prize (L$ 0-10) somewhere near their booth. Interested? Join the We <3 RP Group and keep an eye on notices for clues!

Happy December, my dears!

Massivest Credits Ever:

Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Bag, Fist ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour StripLash in Morocco ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades ~ Steffi Villota
Makeup 2: .Pekka. Metallic under eyeliner Ver 2 – Light Blue ~ Kathya Szczepanski
Makeup 3: WARPAINT face makeup, origins +FGInc.+ 70% (tintable) ~ Alia Baroque
Nails Applier: .Atomic. {Nails} Witchcraft 2 – Slink ~ Ivy Graves
Ears: SHORT [MANDALA]FANTASY_ELF_EARS ~ Kikunosuke Eel

Hair: + Lamb. Dust Bunnies – Variety/Ombre/Eccentric ~ Lamb Bellic ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Dec. 2015)

Corset: .:EMO-tions:. * CORALINE * CORSET ~ Mirja Mills ~ ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Dec. 2015)
Leggings Applier: Gawk! Black Cotton Leggings – Maitreya ~ Mell Mcmahon
Boots: [V/W] Rider Brown High Boots – Slink Physique ~ Madmacit ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Dec. 2015)
Cloak: PFC~General (Female) ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Dec. 2015)

Pauldron: (Yummy) Leather Shoulder Brace ~ Polyester Partridge ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Dec. 2015)
Belt: (Yunmy) Leather Utility Belt ~ Polyester Partridge ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Dec. 2015)
Bracers: [V/W] Cross Bracers Jade ~ Madmacit ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Dec. 2015)
Necklace (Worn): (Yummy) Ancient Amulet Necklace – Gold ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Dec. 2015)
Necklace (Held): EF: Archimedes Astrolabe Necklace ~ Empyreanforge ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Dec. 2015)
Circlet: Eudora 3D Eos HeadPiece ~ Eudora 3D ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Dec. 2015)
Earrings: Eudora 3D Eos Earrings ~ Eudora 3D ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Dec. 2015)
Halo: .random.Matter. – Lorac Halo – Bronze ~ Nikhol Hax ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Dec. 2015)

Sword: MadPea Return of the Light – Mercher Spellblade ~ Rag Randt ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Dec. 2015)
Wand: MadPea Return of the Light – Taika Wand of Light ~ Electronic Mode ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Dec. 2015)
Doves: {anc} NO LIMITS // flock of flying doves. [caviar-black] ~ Aki69 ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ The Arcade (Dec. 2015)

Pose: PosESioN – War 6

Sim Surround: Y.B -sim surround landscape Dolina pine snow ~ Yony Bing
Snow and Tree 1: Heart – Wildwood Giant Pine – Pine & Forest Floor ~ Lilith Heart
Tree 2: Botanical T2C Mesh Fir ~ Kriss Lehmann
Tree 3: Botanical – T2C Linden ~ Kriss Lehmann

Fitmesh of the Future? Excelsior!

Hello, my loves!

Just a quick post tonight showing the last of my November We <3 Role-Play round up (probably) and while it isn’t my usual style, I’ve been experimenting with different looks as I gear up for *drum roll* the 2016 Fantasy Angels casting competition!

I’ll share my initial styling here this weekend and talk a bit more about the process of styling with a mesh body and more skin (hint: the answer is ACCESSORIES). It’s been a fantastic challenge so far and I am looking forward to all of it; the highs, lows, and absolutely everything in between.

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I just love the way Dead Dolls clothing hugs my Maitreya bod (read: no awkward distance between gusset and bits) and the wonderful part about having fitted mesh that works specifically for a certain body is that my shape dimensions can be almost anything at all – the clothing still looks perfect. Want wider hips? Check? Adjusting the chest? Double check! So not only do we have beautifully smooth lines at our ready disposal now, but the ability to wear gorgeously-textured clothing that works with it, instead of against, is better than ever.

Credits:

Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour StripLash in Tokyo ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades ~ Steffi Villota
Makeup 2: [LB Glamour Eyes] Circe Set 1 – 4 ~ Santana Lumiere ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Nails Applier: :[P]:- Slink/Maitreya Nails:// Feah ~ Aikea Rieko

Hair: enVOGUE HAIR – Inna ~ Casandra Rain

Bodysuit: Dead Dollz ~ Lumen – Silver MAITREYA ~ Kiddo Oh ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Boots: ..::ILLI::.. Maitreya Lara Doutzen Boots ~ Equitum

Headpiece: Zibska ~ Amelie Deux ~ Cascade ~ Zib Scaggs ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Earrings: Zibska ~ Amelie Deux ~ Earrings ~ Zib Scaggs ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Necklace: Zibska ~ Amelie Deux ~ Necklace ~ Zib Scaggs ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Arm 1: .aisling. LadyOfHighgarden Shoulders Silver ~ Damian Kleiner ~ Gacha Item
Arm 2: .aisling. LadyOfHighgarden Bracers Silver ~ Damian Kleiner ~ Gacha Item
Hand: .aisling. LadyOfHighgarden Hands Silver ~ Damian Kleiner ~ Gacha Item

Pose: *PosESioN* Selena ~ Dahriel ~ Available December 1st @ The Inspiration Event

Location: InSilico NORTH

Note to Self and Interested Parties: The word “excelsior” is vastly underused. Must fix!

Winter is Coming – Are You Ready?

I’m a fan of winter, always have been. It might be my Canadian roots showing (*checks hair, checks feet; all good*) but I love the colder weather; the idea of bundling up and trudging through the stuff, hearing the snow crunching underfoot with every step and feeling hundreds of snowflakes land on my face and eyelashes. It’s lovely .. for a few months, anyway. ;)

But there’s definitely a sinister element to winter, demonstrated time and again in real life and fiction, both.

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This is the direction I decided to take my newest style, incorporating some incredible pieces from We <3 Role Play (We <3 RP) and the Fantasy Gacha Carnival (FGC), both of which are open until the end of November.

I’ve gone with a bit of a Death Knight vibe (fun if you’ve played World of Warcraft at all) in this particular picture and it’s hilarious to think that it started out completely different from where we are now but .. if you look verrry closely, you might see that the original look had pink fingernails (and I forgot to change it up this morning). Although now I really do feel like someone looking like this can do whatever the heck they want with their nails – I wouldn’t give me trouble over it; would you?

Credits:

Skin: Lara Hurley-Fae natural/Rose Pale ~ Lara Hurley
Eyes: IKON Deadshine Eyes – Quicksilver ~ Ikon Innovia
Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara ~ Onyx LeShelle
Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Elegant1 ~ Siddean Munro
Lashes: .: Mai Bilavio :. World Tour StripLash in Tokyo ~ Mai Bilavio
Makeup 1: DeeTaleZ Makeup NATURAL Lip shades ~ Steffi Villota
Makeup 2: [theSkinnery] Huntress Markings – Tired of Fighting ~ Umazuma Metaluna ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Scars: [theSkinnery] Huntress Markings – Scratch ~ Umazuma Metaluna ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Nails Applier (*sigh*): Hello Dave – Slink AvEnhance – Soft As Love – Gloss ~ Maia Gasparini

Hair: Tableau Vivant \\ Kyou hair ~ M4ri1lyn Magic ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)

Boa: !gO! Ate – collar hell RARE ~ Gocha Merlin ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ Fantasy Gacha Carnival (November 2015)
Top: Moon Elixir – Huntress – Maitreya – 1 – Top – RARE ~ ElixirBlack ~ NEW @ Fantasy Gacha Carnival (November 2015)
Skirt: !gO! Ate – skirt hell RARE ~ Gocha Merlin ~ Gacha Item ~ NEW @ Fantasy Gacha Carnival (November 2015)

Torso Chains: .aisling. Serena Chestlace ~ Damian Kleiner ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Gorget: PEQE – Royal Neck (Silver) ~ Inex Hax ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Circlet: .Charm. Nostre – Faded Onyx ~ Basic Deluxe ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Horns: [The Forge] Hard Steel, Horns. ~ Deccan Arida ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Necklace: .aisling. Angah Necklace ~ Damian Kleiner ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Bracers: LUXE. Pentagram Cuff Silver ~ Jaycee Dover
Claws: ieQED talon.ring.set.obsidian [SLINK 20 – elegant 1] ~ Sigifaust
Sword: [SWaGGa] Archangel Sword – Silv/Blk Type 2 ~ Sh0rtie ~ NEW @ Fantasy Gacha Carnival (November 2015)

Pose: *PosESioN* Medusa ~ Dahriel

Bowl: *HEXtraordinary* Silver Scrying Bowl – Grey Weathered Stone ~ Corwin Lacourte ~ NEW @ We <3 RP (Nov. 2015)
Tree 1: Heart – Ancient Maple ~ Lilith Heart
Tree 2: Botanical T2C Mesh Fir ~ Kriss Lehmann
Tree 3: Botanical – T2C Linden ~ Kriss Lehmann