Not Forgotten

I’ve been on SL now for 2 years.  In that time, I’ve accumulated quite a large wardrobe, especially since my little store has made enough money to afford me the chance to reinvest many lindens back into the SL economy.  I purchase quite a bit.  When I started this blog, I really wanted to help people find unique items and locations within SL so that they could enjoy the fashion and the scenes just as much as myself.  I never expected a blog to be so time consuming and difficult to keep up with, however.  It’s even more so because I like to go all out with my image sets because this really is a passion of mine.

I want to share more though.  I want to show you all even more things that make our community and world wonderful and unique.  I can’t promise I’ll post all the time, but I want to try a little more.  Real life work can be consuming but, after all, I’ve been around two years.  It would be a shame to give up now.  I feel like there’s so much more I want to discover and experience within SL. There are so many artists whose creations I’d like to experience.

Style Oven isn’t going anywhere but the image collections may get a little smaller.  Maybe I’ll start posting 1-3 images per post.  That way I can maybe share a little bit more.  That way I can experience a little bit more ^^

*Style & location info after the cut.

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Believing in Magic

For the past twelve or so hours I have been going crazy over these adorable, mesh, petite avatars by Fallen Gods Inc (see images below).  They are absolutely fantastic and everything I would want in a mini avatar that is realistically proportioned and well textured!  I loved them so much, in fact, that two of my best friends and I got together to tell the tale of a wandering girl who finds two very unexpected prisoners while out in the forest ^^

…But I’ll let the pictures tell you the story.  I’ll use my words to tell you about the avatars themselves!  First off, they’re quite tiny as you can see in the images.  Cora used her full size avatar so we could have a size comparison that was visually interesting.  Cora is about average in height for an SL female.  When Mhyja and I first picked up our avatars (thanks for the gift, Mhyj!) we weren’t sure if many things in our inventory would fit.  At $L1,500 per avatar set some people may get a little nervous.  After all, we want an avatar that we can customize.  Well, I have GREAT news!  You can indeed use many of the items in your inventory just so long as they can be modified and sized down.

If you’re obsessed with hair (Mhyja and I both are) you’ll probably want something custom on your little characters.  Mhyja and I both found different brands that seem to be working for us.  I used a beautiful style from booN that I tinted to two different colors (buy platinum and then go color crazy) and Mhyja decided upon a sexy style by Exile.  If you’re not in the mood to resize anything, Wasabi Pills did team up with Fallen Gods Inc to make an adorable mesh mini style that fits your petite right out of the box. It’s priced very reasonably.  Mhyja and I both picked it up and it is indeed very cute.

If you get one of these little avatars, start looking for prim attachments in your inventory.  I used this sexy flower bikini by Severed Garden.  The avatars come with both PG and anatomically correct bodies so you can just use the PG version, like I did, if you want to hide your naughty bits.  Speaking of which, the black bodysuit Mhyja is wearing is by Fallen Gods Inc and comes with the Petite Dracos set.  On my computer, the bodysuit vanished when I had my graphics on ultra with shadows.  It may just be me but I’m giving you a heads up in case you run into it too.  If you do, just take two identical images of your avatar, one with shadows on and one off.  Layer the images in Photoshop and then you can just use a layer mask or simple selection and cut to remedy the issue.  There may be a way to fix it in the viewer too but I’m not sure (Phoenix Firestorm).  If you know a way, please leave me a comment.  I love to hear tips ^^

A note on wings: both Mhyja and I aren’t using the wings that came with our avatars.  The wings that are included in the petites packs are beautiful but Mhyja wanted to use her custom demon attire that she’s been building for BunnyStar and I’ve been dying to use these JOMO wings ever since I bought them a couple months ago.  It’s amazing how much you can customize these little ladies!    We even added prim eyes and eyelashes!

If you’re thinking about purchasing a set, I recommend it for sure!  I already own both the Crystals pack and the Elves pack.  They’re a great addition to any SL avatar lover’s collection and a creative challenge for any fashionista.  Go out there and live big in a tiny package! ^^

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Impish Curiosity

Hooray for being back in action here on StyleOven!  I missed my little blog but sadly real life was calling and I needed to get a lot of photo edits finished!  Today, my friend Cora and I set out to finish up a photoshoot we had styled a couple weeks ago.  I shot the images in the sim Mysterious Wave, which has been remodeled since I blogged about it on Sim Sunday back in August.  The new design is cool and great for images but I feel a little sad while I’m walking around there.  I haven’t even been in SL for a year yet but I’ve seen so many things change and other things totally disappear.  We all really do need to capture our memories in screenshots.  I’m glad I had shot in this sim before it changed.  It’s great to be able to look back on the beautiful things we’ve experienced during our travels.

Cora and I based our stylings around the Mysterious Wave sim itself.  The creator, Cherry Manga, put a lot of bird imagery within the sim so Cora and I decided to compliment that with our ensembles.  I had everything but the mask by ContraptioN and the Hair by BC322 already in my inventory.  That’s a pretty exciting feeling!  I’m just now getting to the point where my inventory has so many options that I can style near complete wardrobes without the need to shop.  That’s an awesome moment for a SL fashionista!

Most of the time while shooting, I like to use pose anywhere HUDs because they make things so incredibly easy.  When shooting with another person is an area that allows object placement, however, I really like using inexpensive pose stands.  You can purchase them on the marketplace.  Mine only cost L$10 each.  I always unlink the pose stands and then ad my own cube to them before relinking.  That way they’re easier to move about the sim.  If both of you have mutual permission to move owned objects the entire process becomes a fun, uncomplicated process.

I’ve been collecting a lot of poses lately.  I keep finding that, as a blogger, you can never really have enough.  My favorite brands so far are Glitterati and Di’s Opera.  Glitterati has a lot of great couple and multi-avatar poses that I enjoy as well.  You’ll be seeing some of them here on StyleOven soon.  I keep finding that I have the most fun blogging when I’m shooting with other people.

I hope all of you are well and enjoying your new year here in Second Life!  I can’t wait to meet many more of you and to share experiences while we try to find our place within this beautiful world.  Thanks for all of your support and I hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Portrait of a Broken Heart

"True horrors run deeper than flesh and bone."

This is a cropped version of the original image that is heavily Photoshopped.  The original shows the subject’s nude breast so I censored the image in an effort to not offend anyone viewing this in a feed.  If you’d like to see the original image, either click on the cropped one above or follow the link here.   You can find the original hair at Exile, the skin at Glam Affair, the flowered headpiece and pretty collar at LaGyo, and that big, wide grin at ContraptioN.

Men’s Fashion: Aeronn Investigates Sleepy Hollow

It seems Ichabod Crane won’t be investigating Sleepy Hollow on this fateful night.  Instead, young Aeronn has wandered to the edge of this quiet town, perhaps to see if the mysteries surrounding so many unexplained deaths can be solved by her quick wit and meticulous eye.  She may have found more than she bargained for, however.  This bridge harbors more than a thick blanket of ominous fog.

Because you see, from the depths of that deep sea of smoke rides forth an apparition of terror.  Atop a flaming steed, leather reins clinched between tightly wound fingers, rides a being who is not man but monster.  In his grip a jack-0-lantern grins, unholy fires lapping against the never singed flesh.  His horse rears upon its hind hooves and yells into the night as the moon leers from behind the beams of the covered bridge, illuminating the demon’s shoulders and the pulsing, bleeding stump of a neck.

The stars quiver and cower behind billowing blankets of clouds as the sounds of hooves beat against the cold earth.  There’s a shrill scream that echoes throughout all of Tarry Town, birds scattering from their rooftop roosts as they sense the danger below.  Then, just as suddenly, the air turns stale and beautiful Aeronn finds herself alone in the dull, murky light.  Longing for the safety of the town, she slowly walks towards the old bridge that rests upon the river like the barge of Charon himself.  With a heavy lump in her chest she stops right before the first weathered plank and leans into the darkness.  Her eyes widen in disbelief, and behind her, a bright glow drowns the forest canopy in crimson.

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I’d like to offer a special thanks Aeronn for letting me use the image I took of her.  I was shooting in Innsmouth and she just happened to be stumble upon me so I took a shot to capture the moment.  It was a pleasure meeting you Aeronn and I hope you enjoy the image!  It was a fun adventure!

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Also, you’ll need to make your own flaming pumpkin head since I can’t find one on the marketplace that was both flaming and mod/copy so that I could add a pose animation.  All you need to do is find a mod/copy jack-o-lantern (I included the one I used in the style card) and then find yourself a fire script.  I used one that I already had but you can find one with a great texture on the SL marketplace.  Just drop that script and texture into your mod/copy jack-o-lantern and you’re good to go.  You may need to tweak the script a little but it shouldn’t be too difficult.  If you want a pose animation (on priority 4) you can also add that into your pumpkin along with the appropriate animation script.  I’ll try to get a step-by-step tutorial for this sort of thing since it’s also good for all of those purses so many women have in their inventories.  Until then, feel free to message me in-world if you’re having any problems creating your jack-o-lantern head.  Happy haunting!

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Style Card: Headless Terror

Coat: Zenith: Marquis Vladimir (Black/Grey)

Pants: AITUI: Reborn Slacks – Low Rise  [Onyx]

Cloak: Ookami Ningen: Remains of the Night Cloak

Boots: The Abyss: M_Latex_Boots

Severed Head: KAZ: Halloween Sculpted Neck Amputation with Bones

Gloves: 1st Act: Salute Gloves in Charcoal

Jack-o-lantern: Escapades: Halloween Pumpkin Pack (modified heavily)

Horse: BareRose: Black Horse

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Location: Innsmouth