I think one of the biggest things that sets the mood for a photograph in Second Life is your choice of windlight setting. One windlight setting that I am always inspired by is Miss Strawberry Singh’s windlight called “Diamond”. You can find it in her zipped pack of windlights which feature ten beautifully done settings for all sorts of moods. Diamond has this stunning way of making your subject really stand out while keeping everything around you muted and foggy. I tweaked and played with some of the sliders, so this isn’t exactly what it looks like, but I encourage you to take a peek at her settings if you never have before. They are stellar!
Isn’t this boat cool? You can find it on the sim Grey Havens. It’s a great little photo prop surrounded by beautiful water, trees, and all sorts of scenic stuff. This sim is part of the chain of sims in the Calas Garden’s area. Probably one of my most favorite group of sims on the grid. I’m sure you’ve seen my talk about them countless times in posts prior.
Collabor88’s colors this month are lovely and very tranquil feeling. Most of the items are easy to match with other favorite accessories and you are bound to find something that suits your tastes while browsing. I’ve heard from many people it’s been one of the busiest Collabor88’s to date…and next month marks the one year anniversary of the successful event! I can’t believe it’s already been a year! I know they have some surprises up their sleeve for their first birthday! My hair, skin, dress, necklace, and pose can all be found at this month’s round.
I went a little picture crazy for this post! I also really wanted to show off the back of this dress because I thought it was just darling! As usual, you can find out details on all my items below!
Skin: Glam Affair | Aida Ewing – Roza (found at Collabor88)
Eyes: Mayfly | Arkesh Baral – Deep Sky Mesh – Pale Paris
Lashes: Maitreya | Onyx LeShelle – Mesh Eyelashes – V.I.P. Group gift! (The group is FREE to join!)
Hair: D!VA | Marisa Kira – Tomoko2 (found at Collabor88)
Necklace: LaGyo | Gyorgyna Larnia – Hamptons Necklace (found at Collabor88)
Dress: Schadenfreude | Allegory Malaprop – Eala Dress (found at Collabor88)
Shoes: Ingenue | Betty Doyle – Organique Flats
Pose: Marukin | Valencia Southard (found at Collabor88)
Location: Grey Havens
If I was strolling through a park or wandering through my local gym, and saw this handsome guy sitting on a bench I certainly would not hesitate to do a double take! My man Ark is looking quite handsome and dapper in his new clothes from this months Men’s Department roundup!
I am so impressed with this event. There have been a handful of awesome men’s events popping up on the grid and it makes me really happy for all you male avatars out there. It also makes my eyes happy because you all look so nice!
For the month of July The Men’s Dept has a wide array of items to choose from. Everything from skins, eyes, and shirts to masculine home decor and accessories. You are guaranteed to find something that suits your eclectic tastes.
Poetic Colors has released a beautiful set of scripted mesh eyes for you men who are in need of an update! You can pick up the mesh eyes in eight different color choices. To go with your new eyes, you can also grab the awesome new mesh collared shirts from Sleepy Eddy (i love the name of that store btw!). The shirts also come in eight hues. Ark paired his new shirt and eyes with a great pair of jeans from Razorblade Jacket. My favorite aspect of the jeans is the texture work. The hues and tones in the denim almost look multifaceted. Very impressive and realistic!
Cheeky Pea is taking part in this months round as well and has put out a beautiful and intricate mesh bench called the Henrik Bench. The bench has 6 singles animations, and 3 couples animations. (The couples ones are ultra sexy!) The bench is only 7 prims which is awesome for the amount of detail involved in it.
So men! Make sure to take a peek at all The Men’s Dept has to offer, and if you are looking for a lag free place to view all the items before purchasing you can check out SeraphimSL’s detailed and well done post on this month’s items!
What Ark is Wearing:
Skin: Belleza – Ashton
Eyes: Poetic Colors – Pearl
Hair: Raw House - Adam
Shirt: Sleepy Eddy – Pocket Polo
Jeans: Razorblade Jacket – Jaw Breaker Jeans
Shoes: HOC – Easy Striders
Bench: Cheeky Pea – Henrik Bench
Being a blogger in Second Life certainly comes with an array of frustrations. There are timelines to blog items, trying to figure out where to apply for various events, locating the perfect venue for a photograph, trying to match fashionable apparel and accessories together without looking like a total clown, etc… The list is nearly endless. It can be a challenge to know where to turn when you have a question or concern.
That is why I’ve chosen Katya Valeska as my next Pay It Forward Project “victim.” You see… Miss Valeksa somewhat recently started up a group, and also a website here in Second Life called [SL] Blogger Support. The website is filled with fantastic resources, tutorials, places to visit, challenges, etc…
The [SL] Blogger Support has an impressive support team that Miss Valeska has put together including Lila Quander, Luna Jubilee, BellaStarr Fhang, Magenta DeVinna, and Kaelyn Alecto. All of these women are informed, and enthusiastic about helping the blogging community, new and old find their place on the grid.
I chose Katya as my next Pay It Forward person because I felt what she was doing for the Second Life Blogging community was really special, as well as incredibly encouraging. The community can unfortunately at times be a bit of a challenge when you are either new, or looking for answers to questions. This group has opened up the door for bloggers to come together and help one another grow and improve. It is an absolutely fantastic resource for inspiration and guidance when you need it most.
Keeping in theme with The Pay It Forward Project I also wanted to mention a really encouraging Pay It Forward entry from Miss Aemeth Lysette. Her blog entry is heartfelt, encouraging, and very real. I encourage you all to check it out. It was certainly an entry that made me have a very different outlook on a lot in general, and shows the power of a genuine and true friendship that she found & needed most during a very difficult time in her life. Thanks Aemeth for opening up and sharing with others who you value most here in Second Life.
That’s all from me today. I’m sorry this hasn’t been a weekly thing like I hoped it would be. I don’t ever want to feel rushed or pushed to pick someone weekly because of a deadline, I rather it be an easy and obvious decision when I feel someone fits the project!
Congratulations Katya and thanks again so much for being my next Pay It Forward Project “victim!”
For anyone who is an enthusiastic Harry Potter fan, or simply a lover of beautiful sims & architecture, you are in for a real treat! Mischief Managed will be opening up for roleplay very soon and right now the sim is open from July 6th through the 9th until 9pm SLT. After that the sim will start phasing into it’s roleplay mode.
The entire sim is one of the most breathtaking and well done sims I’ve visited in Second Life. When you first teleport in you land in a gorgeous and beautifully planned train station. Steam rolls from the train and the ambient sounds of station noises and conductors calling out can be heard in the background.
After you gather all your needed roleplay information you then board the train for Hogwarts! When you lay your eyes on the castle you will be absolutely blown away. It’s absolutely flawless. My computer and my internet were giving me fits yesterday so unfortunately my photos do not do this beautiful sim justice.
You can find more information on the Mischief Managed website, including a calendar, staff information, as well as rules, and important dates.
I encourage everyone to stop by during the public viewing dates to admire the hard work of the Mischief Managed staff! I have a feeling it’s going to be one of the highest quality roleplay sims on the grid!
I’ve been wanting to do a new challenge lately that will not only inspire bloggers, but residents of all sorts. Something anyone and everyone can participate in at every skill level…
So The GREAT Grid Hop Challenge has been born! Here is what you do.
1. Start at your home location in Second Life.
2. Open up the map!
3. Start grid hopping & exploring! Click random sims and spots and teleport! Where will you land? What will you find? You can do this endlessly until you find something that captures your attention! Please make sure that if you land on what appears to be private property or someone’s personal space to continue on your way to somewhere else! There are endless public places on the grid!
4. Keep a look out for beautiful landscapes, interesting shops & venues, quirky little treasures & oddities that you come across.
5. Once you find something interesting take a photo or a variety of photos of what you’ve found. Write something about your findings & make sure to include a SLURL for others to check out your findings! You can post these on flickr, your blog, or both!
6. Add your photos to The GREAT Grid Hop Challenge Flickr Group!
7. Please keep this as a positive and respectful challenge. This isn’t an opportunity to make fun of something, or invade someone’s private space. This is meant to be fun, and encourage residents on the grid to explore new places in the Second Life Community.
Have fun! I can’t wait to see everyone’s explorations! <3