Some of you may remember my former column, What I Like, at Shopping Cart Disco. I have decided to revive that effort, though with a few differences. At the end of the column, I will add a gallery of 50 photos that caught my eye as well and that I considered including because it’s impossible to highlight every worthy picture.
Tyra Eiren has created a very dramatic photo. It is called Princess Warrior of China and it does seem like something out of an Ang Lee action movie. The drama is created in several ways. Her hand is forward, projecting in front of her face. It captures our attention because it lies one-third of the way across the picture, following the Rule of Thirds. You can see that her face is not directly centered in the middle of the shot. Except in rare circumstances, positioning the subject right in the center makes for a static picture. That small shift off center creates a more dynamic picture full of life and movement. You can see her hair, he kimono and the flashes of fire and sparks all radiate away from the center – another way to make the picture more dynamic. Notice as well, her sword is held at a sleight angle – just one more way to create a feeling of urgency and drama. I like it. Continue reading
There’s only a few designers with the confidence in their design aesthetic and creative skills to resist the tides of change while simultaneously surfing the waves. Monica Outlander is one of those artists. Her new MiaMai Black Label collection is the perfect exemplar of that duality of leading and trailing edge design.
What do I mean by that? Well, she is using appliers for Slink Mesh attachments to enhance her clothing. Meanwhile, she provides system layers for people who use the default avatar. She is using mesh in many creative ways. Meanwhile, she will use flexi-prims when they suit the design better. It is that flexibility that leads her to use whatever method best suits the design – not just the newest method, that shows confidence and commitment to her own vision.
I have important information. I can tell you how to shop THE SHOPS. I too have stood in the bright white landing point shouting OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING and ended up leaving frustrated. It’s happened. But, I’ve sorted it out and now I feel daft as it’s easy. Let me take you on a trip while I buy some lipstick. First of all, TP to THE SHOPS.
The FIRST thing that happens when you land is that you are handed a folder. YOU NEED THIS FOLDER. This is not a group joiner nor an invite to attend a BEST IN RED CONTEST WITH DJ HOT PANTS. This is an important folder and it contains a shopping hud and a styling hud. Put the shopping HUD ON.
If you are going to buy ANYTHING you’ll want to go ahead and buy credits. Not that big of a deal, you can sort out what you want and get the dollar amount closest to that. Pay the circle of the amount you want to pay. And now you have credit at the store.
Click on the picture on the wall that says THE MESH PROJECT to go pick up a body if you like. When you click on the body these are your choices.
I grabbed DELUXE. But you see there is a free version, GREAT for giving it a try.
You can also pick up a head if you like. I didn’t get one and I regret it a little I’d like to check one out. NEXT TIME! Mesh heads fascinate me.
This is where I grabbed the shoes and dress. You can also pop over to THE BOUTIQUE for more clothes. YAY clothes.
But I wanted lipstick! So – I found the arrow on the floor to go BACK to the first room with all the TP options.
And now I can choose to go to THE SKIN SHOP.
And since it was lipstick I was after, it was lipstick I found.
I chose CUTE and then chose my color palette from there. It was SO easy!
And that’s how you shop the shops! Easy!
I confess, I like mesh parts. I am trying out THE SHOPS for the first time, and giving their new DELUXE mesh body a whirl. I picked up a very pale skin while I was there and a freebie dress and shoes, to see if I liked their version of the mesh Gidge. Continue reading
Sophie will be back from visiting Auntie Inventory soon and I’ve got a surprise for her! Alouette has released an AMAZING NEW DOLLHOUSE for the Arcade and you’re going to need ALL OF THE PIECES.
Yes you are.
The happy King and Queen are ready to play in this magical little play set that’s perfect for children of all ages. Yes even you grown ones.
It sits on pedestal table that is surrounded by a flowing moat. Exactly what every castle needs.
Put it on your shopping list – you’re going to need it!
Castle Dollhouse – From Alouette – for THE ARCADE
I have my shopping list. I have my lindens (ok not as many as I would like BUT SOME). WHY IS THE ARCADE NOT OPEN YET? I AM READY BRING IT TO ME!
Until then, I’m waiting, killing time around the house playing with SNAKE PLISSKIN my KittyCat and relaxing on my new sofa from Cheeky Pea. Continue reading
I’m a little late this week because I had a long weekend and have pretty much spent the past 48 hours lazing around in my underwear trying to find the energy to add clothing. In SL I haven’t been much different.
I got this lingerie set from Blacklace and since I put it on I have been unable to take it back off. It’s just so pretty! I love the lace details on every item which brings the set completely together. Plus it’s Blacklace so I know that I can trust the quality.
The set comes with all of the layers you would expect, including the gloves and the stockings. It also comes with appliers for slink hands and feet and appliers for Lola’s, Gos, Wowmeh and tons of others. I love this flexibility. It means I can wear it no matter how big my boobs or ass are today and still look hot.
Of course, I chose a favourite “lazy spot” for my picture. The Pixel Bean is the ideal place to kick back and chill out with a cup of freshly brewed coffee. I really suggest you all check it out at some point.
Lashes: GA – Mesh lashes – Fantasia
Lingerie (Inc Gloves and Stockings) Blacklace – Menage a Trois – Snow Leopard
Hands and feet: Slink Mesh
Hair: LeLutka Addison – Rita
Shape: My Own
Skin: Pink Fuel – Renee
Location – The Pixel Bean
The move is complete, the bags and boxes unpacked and I have settled into a chair to take a last look before crawling into bed.
The nice thing about moving in Second Life is that one does not have to look the part. I am wearing a mini-dress from 1992 that is the ne plus ultra of hot, sexy modernity. It’s revealing, edgy and definitely “designed” but not at all over-designed. It comes in a solid beige, a solid black or this print – and all can be found at The Dressing Room.
Contact is all it takes
to change your life
to lose your place in time
Contact, asleep or awake
you may wake up to find
There she stands
in a silken gown
Love comes walking in
gidge Is wearing:
Beauty Mark: [PXL] Beauty Mark POS10 Dark SX
Lashes: Amacci – Eyelash Tattoo 5
Dress: La Penderie de Nicole:Odyssey dress:Moss/Silver-Fitted Mesh COLLABOR88 August
Bag: LaGyo_Metis bag Silver (NO POSE) COLLABOR88 Aug
Earrings: LaGyo_Metis earring Silver COLLABOR88 August
Hands: Slink Mesh
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Nissa
Shape: Gidge ~Savoir Faire Shapes~
Skin: *League* Skin Erin Pale Aurora Blonde Chest D
Eyes:IKON Eternal Eyes – Periwinkle (S)
The thing about skins is, none of us wants to look like the other one. But for the awesome price of the ARCADE it’s hard to pass up a great skin like Emily. You can always opt to make some tweaks to the skin that make it more YOU, your signature look, than just the out of the box skin. Three very small adjustments personalized this #5 version of Emily. Continue reading