In the Right Light (NSFW Beyond the Cut)

Two of my best friends in SL, Coralizity and Mhyja Questi (the creative powerhouse behind BunnyStar), agreed to participate in a very sexy, themed shoot portraying Renaissance-inspired lovlies!  We had a blast and together we experimented with different windlight settings, calling them out over the telephone when we found something we liked.  What we experienced together was a fantastic journey though the many moods of Second Life lighting and how those windlight settings can really alter way your images are perceived.



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Bedroom Burlesque (NSFW Beyond the Cut)



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From Day to Night – One Character – Casual to Formal

I first got the idea to put together a “day to night” wardrobe transformation when I began walking around in this incredibly cute, aqua and black mesh dress by Aura (shown on left).  Right now, you can pick it up at COLLABOR88 for well under what the dress is truly worth.  It fit my avatar very well and was made even more fun by the addition of this adorable, pink belt by  It never hurts to personalize a look with your own unique touch ^^

For the day look I tried to imagine what I’d want to wear while out shopping with my girlfriends.  I wanted the styling to be flirty and full of energy so I accented my sassy mesh dress with pops of pink.  For a final touch I added these fabulous new shoes by N-core.  The “Coquette Spikes” shoes were love at first sight for me!

When it came to decor for the entire set, I knew I wanted something young, modern, and full of vibrant color!  The first image shows you the entire set I built.  It isn’t two different sets but instead one large set built to “fade” from the day look to the night look.  To get my avatar wearing both of her unique looks but in one image, I just shot the set twice from the exact same camera angle.  Then, it’s as simple as layering the two images in Photoshop.  To get the exact angle I used the Furware Peek HUD.  It’s an awesome tool to have in your inventory!

I wanted the evening ensemble to compliment the character’s style all while looking like she’s about to go on a romantic date.  It was important to me that I didn’t compromise her individuality so I purchased her hair from the same creator.  Action creates some wicked styles that really appeal to alternative fashionistas.  I will say, however, that the brand doesn’t allow you to modify the hair manually so make sure you try a demo.  If you can’t get Action hair to fit with the resizer, you’ll need to make shape modifications.

The ability to experiment with your avatar’s style and identity is one of the reasons why I love Second Life so much.  I’m so thankful for all of the talented designers out there who put their heart and soul into their creations.  We have a wonderful, magical world here in SL and I hope my posts have been helping many of you find products and places that perhaps you hadn’t seen before.  I wish you all the best of luck in discovering your personal styles, joys, and passions here within our second world!

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The Smart Fashionista: L$175 Room

Well, this may well be the very last StyleOven post for 2011.  Over the past six months I’ve had a lot of fun, met some really talented people, and have spent more $L than I’d like to remember.  Maybe it’s for that last realization that I decided to create this post.  All of the decor (minus the curtains) in that image above equals out to L$175 total!  That means that if you’re an SL fashionista on a budget you can still put a room together that looks like it costs much more.  Saving money and being stylish are both things we can appreciate in the next year of our second lives!

Most of the decor and furniture you see is from LISP Bazaar.  LISP has a lot of great L$10 items that both work well together and are polished and clean.  The chair and sofa are even scripted to texture change so you can choose from a few different colors to match your decor.  If you’re on a budget, you may want to start at LISP first.  Their sale stuff is really easy on the virtual wallet.

I had built the room to compliment the outfit I’m wearing.  The mesh dress is from ISON and I’m pretty much in love with it.  It has a great cowl neck that really flatters the bust area all while being wide enough to showcase jewelry.  I did add a belt to the dress by Celoe so if you want the exact look you’ll need to stop by there as well.  I really love adding belts to sleek dresses like this.  It adds a sophisticated touch that is excellent for any holiday party you might attend.

My hands are mesh.  They’re by Yabusaka and while they do bend at the wrists, the fingers do not move.  What you see in the photo below is how the fingers appear at all times.  They have a much more delicate and fragile appearance than our standard SLAV hands.  Each time I wear these hands I like them more and more.  Make sure you try a demo, however, because the hands don’t blend seamlessly into your avatar’s arm.  There will be breakage so you’ll need bracelets or something of the sort.  As for color, the HUD is easy to use and I’ve had no issues matching skin tones.

I’m sure many of you will be attending parties tonight in order to rush in the New Year with style.  I wish all of you a safe and happy evening and I hope your reflections back on 2011 are positive and satisfying!  See you all in 2012!

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Born to Die

I’m no stranger to depression.  Honestly, I don’t think I’d know how to get along if that dark shadow weren’t following me down this winding path I’ve come to know as my life.  Depression, at least for me, has almost become a security blanket of sorts.  I’d even go so far as to call it a “friend” even though I know those words are false on my tongue.  It’s just that if I’m scared to be happy, to move on and step out into the light, depression is there to softly take my hand and woo me back into its firm, cradling embrace.  It knows all of my fears and my agonizing insecurities and it isn’t afraid to use any of them against me.  My so-called friend is a selfish one.

One of the worst things about depression is that it makes our worst nightmares seem to leap out of our subconscious mind and then parade about as though they really were of flesh and bone.  One moment you can be as happy as a newly birthed star, smiling and swirling about in the happy chaos about you, and then the next moment Depression comes spiraling in as a giant, hungry black hole ready to spaghettify you and swallow you whole.  How in this universe could someone escape a gravitational pull like that?  “Impossible,” one might say.

Ah, but it isn’t impossible!  Sometimes, you just need to look your grinning friend Depression in the eye and tell him (or her, I’m not sure what gender your friend may be) that you’re tired of always burning through short-lit matches there in his dark, little corner.  You want to walk out into the sunshine and if he isn’t willing to follow you there it’s his loss.  He’ll just have to sit back in the darkness trying to remember what it felt like to gleam at you with that purulent smile of his as he eagerly took you on a romantic stroll down Sorrows Ln.

And yes, it is easier said than done.  Much easier, sadly.  Facing a foe like that, someone who has been there all along or for a great deal of time, is always difficult.  Facing that part of yourself is terrifying.  I’m not alone though, and if you suffer from Depression’s grasp, neither are you.  It takes a lot of time to get better and a lot of practice telling yourself that you deserve to be happy and to enjoy your life to the fullest.  You may even find that you fall back into the shadows to lean on Depression’s sturdy shoulder from time to time.  I know that I did.  Many, many, many times in fact.  Honestly, I still sometimes see his grin today but it’s a bit fainter and he’s a little more in the distance.  It’s taken a long time but I’m learning how to turn away from his caress.  I know that anyone else could do the same if they just keep trying and believing in themselves.  Often we have no idea how strong we really are.

Even if all hope seems lost, it isn’t.  There’s beauty all around you.  There’s beauty inside of you too, even if you don’t quite see it.  Yet.


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