I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the response to the Blithe Photography Contest that took place. Every single entry was beautiful, unique, and captured the true spirit of the region. I spent a long time this morning sifting through all the entries trying to decide on the winners, and quite frankly in my book you are all winners. That being said, I promised a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize, so I must choose! Thank you so much to all of you who took the time and effort to enter the contest. Thank you for all of the love and support you have shown Blithe. Your artistic interpretations surpassed my expectations entirely.
Also, before mentioning our winners, I must send a shout out and a thank you to Ms. Sanura Snowpaw. Sanura was kind enough to contact me and offer additional gift cards for her store Somnia as an extra prize for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, and also 8 honorable mention gift cards. It was such a kind gesture, that did not go unnoticed, and I’m certain the prize winners will love the extra surprise!
1st Place: Gorba McMahon: I am simply in awe of this image. The attention to detail is remarkable, and the way Mr. McMahon captured the spirit of Blithe in a single image is astounding. One of my favorite parts about this image is the tiny little waving avatar in the middle portion of the photo. (check out the full size version on flickr to see the little details) You can see him waving from afar as he travels across Blithe, discovering everything it has to offer. Mr. McMahon also linked to this awesome youtube link to correspond with the image which really helped to breathe even more life into the image.
Second Place: Ayla Barzane: During the contest I would continually check the group to see which new images were popping up for the contest. When Ms. Barzane submitted her image and I saw it for the first time, I literally gasped out loud in complete awe and amazement. The color tones she chose to use in the image show a different side to a region that I’ve always envisioned as neutral and monotone. She brought a side of Blithe to life that I didn’t really realize existed, and has inspired me to add a little color to the sim in the future. Everything about this image is beautiful. Doesn’t it make you want to curl up on the beach with a good book, or someone you love?
Third Place: Skip Staheli: I love this little detailed close up from Mr. Staheli. I love the story it tells, and the effort he put into creating a scene at Blithe. A few sea gulls, scavenging for lunch. The color palette he chose was perfect for this beach setting, and in my mind I can hear the seagulls singing, and the waves crashing against the shore as I soak in every part of this image.
As I said, I had a really hard time deciding on the winners for this contest. As I was sifting through all my choices, there were so many other images that stood out. There are a few names and links of images I would like to make “honorable mentions” from the contest, that while they may not have received one of the top three prizes, their images still captured my heart. I chose 8 honorable mentions to feature since Sanura sent me 8 additional gift cards. I honestly could have thrown 20 honorable mentions together with how many great contest entries there were! These 8 were exceptional in there own special way! These are in alphabetical order:
Bijou Lee: Image – This one captivated me from the start. I love the kitty playing next to her and the lighting/shadow work.
GrizzyGrut: Image – What a clever perspective. I love the thought that went into this.
JenniferKatie: Image - I love that she appears to be waiting for someone to arrive at the tavern. The anticipation was captured perfectly.
May Sims: Image – Such a sweet capture. I love seeing couples make use of the sim.
Perrain Berenohn: Image – Major points for point of view & perspective. Great peek through the curtains.
Samuel Moorsider: Image – There’s so much spirit in this image. I think it captures the soul of Blithe.
Terry Fotherington: Image - Rich color palette. Beautiful capture.
Thank you again so much to each of you for your participation in the contest. I will be contacting the contest winners with their prize money, additional Somnia gift cards. I will also be passing a little token gift card from Somnia to the honorable mentions.
Body: Maitreya | Onyx LeShelle – Lara
Skin: Glam Affair | Aida Ewing – Alice Cygana (available at March’s Uber)
Hair: Wasabi Pills | MissAllSunday Lemon (available at March’s Uber)
Eyes: Adored | Constance Daehlie
Necklace: MG | Maxi Gossamer (available at March’s FaMESHed)
Top: Blueberry | Blueberryxx (available at March’s FaMESHed)
Shorts: Blueberry | Blueberryxx (available at March’s Uber)
Pose: Imeka | Natiwilliams
House: Apple Fall | warehousefifteendesigns (available at January’s Collabor88)
Print: Floorplan | Tegan Serin (available at Uber)
Boombox: 7 Emporium | Agustkov
Zodiac Art: Cheeky Pea | Isla Gealach (available at Uber)
Wardrobe: Brixley | Isabelle Requiem (available at January/February’s The Liaison Collaborative)
Crates: 7 Emporium | Agustkov
Sofa: Consignment & Floorplan | Wavie Haller & Tegan Serin (available at Uber)
Wall hanging: DIGS | Iris Maskelyne
Coffee table: Consignment & Floorplan | Wavie Haller & Tegan Serin (available at Uber)
Plant: Tarte | Alixxbella (available at Kustom 9)
Laptop: Tarte | Alixxbella (available at Kustom 9)
Book/Jar: Vespertine | Amelie Knelstrom
Laundry basket: Apple Fall | warehousefifteendesigns
So two of my most favorite people in Second Life (Cate Footman & Jessyca Teardrop) have recently joined forces to bring us a brand new venue in Second Life called !ndustry. This adult oriented, urban style club will combine live music, good people, a great environment, and so much more. What more could you ask for really? I recommend joining their group so you can get information on all the great events to come. I am so proud of all they have accomplished, and cannot wait to see this place succeed and thrive! We need more quality hang outs in Second Life, and this is a step in the right direction!
The Arcade is once again around the corner, and I’m pleased to see that Ingenue will be a part of it once again. Betty Doyle is one of my favorite creators in Second Life, and is also one of the sweetest! I never get an opportunity to showcase her items enough, so today I’m showing off her beautiful Jaclyn heels. This gacha will come with Belleza, and Slink versions, which is wonderful! Of course it will also be offered in a multitude of colors, so play that machine until you win every hue!
Another store that I’ve followed since nearly the beginning is Lacuna, and they have recently released this beautiful & incredibly sexy halter dress. I love the way this fits and moves with my body! It comes in a variety of hues, but the black was most definitely my favorite!
Lots of new goodies! I hope you get a chance to wander the grid and find all of them! If you are seeing this before this evening, stop by !ndustry for an awesome DJed opening party! Jessyca Teardrop will be dropping the beat, and it’s bound to be a GREAT time!
Skin: Belleza | Shyla Diggs – Grace
Hair: Truth Hair | Truth Hawks – Devinna
Eyes: Buzzeri | Eleri Catlyn – Celestial Eyes
Glasses: Mon Tissu | Elie Spot – Four Corner Readers
Dress: Lacuna | LacunaInc – Schatze Halter Dress
Shoes: Ingenue | Betty Doyle – Jaclyn Heels (available at The Arcade starting on December 1st)
Pose: Imeka | Natiwilliams
Skin: Pink Fuel | Mochi Milena
Hair: Wasabi Pills | MissAllSunday Lemon (available for Seraphim Social)
Jacket: Baiastice | Sissy Pessoa
Jeans: Coldlogic | Damien Fate & Janie Marlowe & Zyrra Falcone
Shoes: Gos Boutique | Gospel Voom
Pillow: We’re Closed | Wendy Xeno & Mandingo Quan
Yellow Cushion: What Next | Winter Thorn
Rugs: Bazar | Ria Bazar
Love seat: The Loft | Colleen Desmoulins
Ottoman: The Loft | Colleen Desmoulins
Checkers: The Loft | Colleen Desmoulins
Houseplant: Apple Fall | Warehousefifteendesigns
Pillow Basket: Trompe Loeil | Cory Edo (available at October’s FaMESHed)
Poppy Vase: Apple Fall | Warehousefifteendesigns
Books: Dutchie | Froukje Hoorenbeek
Location: The Pixel Bean Coffeehouse