The Swing – A Story by Elle

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The woman sat there quietly in the park, her hands gripped tightly about the rope of the swing, as her thoughts flooded back to her childhood in Tulsa.   “Swing me higher, Daddy,” she heard in her thoughts.  “I want to touch the moon just like those astronauts did!”  Her father would laugh and push the swing higher and higher. In the background, the familiar voice of her mother would chime “Be careful!  She might jump out of the Swing!”  Mother knew her too well – her risky daredevil ways that miraculously never resulted in any major injuries!

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The women suddenly comes back to reality and the quiet of the park settles around her.  All she has now of her parents are the voices in her head, the photographs and the memories that fill her dreams at night.  “Hold on tight, daddy” she says to no one.  “Don’t forget to take me to get Ice Cream after.” She chuckles and looks around, wondering if someone was about that overheard her ramblings.   The woman sighs and leans her head against the rope, her lips uplifting into a smile. It was a lovely evening.

Hair: tram D318 hair / cork
Skin: [KOOQLA] Nico – Tan 03 (lb)
-tb- Tres Blah Fluffy Dress – Polka Dots
(fd) Fashionably Dead Sneakers – 18 Neon Yellow
(Yummy) Ellery Glasses – Mint
DECO – Recycled Necklace
Tenjin – Fairy Princess Tattoo – Faded
Swallowtail Orange Flower Bracelet [double]
LaGyo_Canvas and palms hat
Location – Hazardous


Nylon Outfitters High Def Skins & Luxuria Appliers

Nylon Outfitters High Def Skin

First off, let me say it is my personal opinion that one cannot do a skin critique in a similar manner to say a Glam Affair or Pink Fuel for the skins released by Nylon Pinkney.  Why is that you might ask? Well, in my mind Nylon Outfitters falls into a niche market, similar in some ways to the Skinnery, but even more so.  “High Def is the latest release in skins from Nylon Pinkney, and the first I think in a long while too.  I feel as though the wearer of this skin would lean more on the eclectic, offbeat side of the grid looking to create a character versus an idealized version of one’s self.  The skin appears to be largely hand drawn and much more artistically driven than realistically driven in its form and function. Now, don’t get me wrong, the face is beautiful – but it is that unusual beauty that not everyone might want to achieve in Second Life.

Now, I am not saying this skin doesn’t have it’s minuses, mind you. Three in fact, stick out in my mind:

  • The stomach area is a bit too toned for my taste .
  • The skin tone on the neck of the Physique applier option does not look the same to me as on the standard skin.  This makes the neck line of applier more apparent than I prefer.
  • Number three taken out!  I figured out the lipsticks were sold with the Loud Mouth Appliers Woot!!

 

Nylon Outfitters High Def Skin Face

 

A couple more things before I close my post for the day.  Along with the skin, Nylon has also released these gorgeous makeups and they are works of art on their own. LOOOVE.  Also, I am so excited about the prospect of lingerie appliers for the SLink Physique mesh body.  Featured in this post is probably my absolute favorite lingerie designer Roslin Petion and her applier release for The Deck under her brand name Luxuria; and not unexpectedly, the set is sublime!

Okay, that’s all I got – all the details on my look can be found below. So until next time, take care my friends and have a great Second Life!

Skin: (NO) Nylon Outfitters High Def Skins – Golden -
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Lala
(NO) Nylon Outfitters High Def Cosmetics – Eyeshadow – Purple Gold Blend
[Buzzeri] Crystal Eyes – Jade
Slink Physique Mesh Body
{Luxuria} Summer Crush *radiant orchid* Slink Physique Lingerie Applier
Poses: Imeka


My Thoughts – Glam Affair Rose

Glam Affair Rose

 

No one can deny the beauty of Glam Affair skins and the talent of the creator.  Recently, Aida Ewing of Glam Affair released “Rose” and I have to admit, this is my favorite skin from her in a long while.  At the moment, this brand is really the powerhouse skin brand on the grid.  No can argue that her work is impeccable, that she is always on the forefront when it comes to trends in mesh body parts. She is a smart business woman and has done a wonderful job of keeping her brand on the mind’s residents with her frequent releases at a variety of events.  But for me personally, I would like to see some changes with the brand.

The reason I like Rose so much is I feel as though this is her first skin in a long while that I can clearly see some real differences in the lips and in the eyes.  As the saying goes in Real Life, “The eyes are the window to the soul”; I argue that in Second Life it is the lips.  Over the last six months or so I felt as though her skins were a bit too similar in appearance, particularly when it came to the lips.  The shape of the lips really provides a unique face and finally with Rose I found a face that lent itself much more readily to customization.

What changes would I like to see with Glam Affair? Well, since I am a relative nobody and the chances of Aida reading this are slim to none, LOL, I feel as though I have the freedom to say what I feel without repercussions!

  • I would like to see a less than perfect looking overall skin texture.  I feel sometimes the skin is too over-corrected making the skin texture appear flat.  In the past, with Cleo I believe, she offered a tattoo layer with more distinct pores.  I would like to see that more often.
  • More variation with the lip shape.  Like I said, in Second Life, I believe the lips are the window to the soul; it is the main feature that gives that face a unique look.
  • Last but not least, I wish she would release more of her makeups and lip shades separately or as a tattoo layer within the option purchased.  Is it a matter of her making more Lindens with forcing the customer to buy several different skins? I don’t know. But I would love the option to mix and match at least.

Those are my thoughts on Rose. Don’t get me wrong, I think this skin is divine.  But for GA to remain the powerhouse it is, I think some changes would be beneficial.

Hair: Lamb. Nothing – Eccentric
Skin -Glam Affair – Rose skin – ( Europa ) 01
Eyes: IKON Spectral Eyes – Wraith
Pose: Kirin


DID YOU SEE MY PHOTO WITH YOUR HAIR?????

Kooqla, Truth and Losthaven

I said that to someone earlier today – a good friend of mine that has made some of the best stuff on the SL market for years now.  Even when I was on my SL break, I would log in every couple of weeks just to grab this creators new releases – that’s how much of a fan I am of his, personally and professionally <3.

Any who enough of this fangirling,  let’s talk about all the new releases in my post today.  Truth and Kooqla both had marvelous new releases this week:  “Tom” the unisex hairdo from Truth and “Summer Shake” for the Cosmetics Fair from KOOQLA.  Elle is wearing also wearing the skin with the Summer Shake eye makeup 01,  paired with the “Tom” Hair in one of  his light blond shades and she looks GORGEOUS!  Accessory wise, rounding out today’s portrait is this sublime necklace from Losthaven for the Genre event.  Losthaven is a new store to me and apparently the brand’s focus is largely on role play specific type wares:  From apocalyptic to fantasy, Losthaven is the store to check out!

Last but not least, I finally got around to trying Dead Apples. I have heard about this brand for sometime now within the RP community.  When visiting the store, I could see that most of the releases focus on more fantasy type eyes though.  For everyday eyes, a fellow blogger in the store suggested I check out the Striking Eye Series. I have to admit the textures of the eyes are gorgeous, although a bit too subtle and light for my taste and the fitting was a bit clunky. Not sure if it was the script or some sort of lag issue occurring on my home sim, but it took me about 20 minutes to finally fit the eyes to how I like them.  Even so, I know texture talent when I see it, so I am definitely keeping Dead Apples on my list of stores to check out regularly!

Okay, that’s it for me today kids.  So until next time,  take care my friends and have a great Second Life.

Skin: [KOOQLA] Summer Shake (lb) for Cosmetic Fair
Eye Makeup: [KOOQLA] Summer Shake 01 for Cosmetic Fair
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Tom
Eyes: {Dead Apples} Striking Eyes – Spring

Outfit
[LJ] Losthaven Marie Necklaces – Antoinette for Genre
(Caroline’s Jewelry) Kennedy White Pearl Earrings

Pose by marukin


French Macarons Are Gluten Free

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Did you know French Macrons are gluten-free??? I didn’t and I was so happy to find out this so important piece of dietary information.  You see, I love Macrons…yes MACARONS which is the French spelling of the same delicious treat we often refer to in the US as Macaroons.  Well, there is a bit of a difference though:  Both of these edible delights start with egg whites and sugar but that is where the commonalities end.   American Macaroons use coconut as a primary ingredient, whereas French Macarons use Almonds with a layer of Buttercreme between the layers.  Either way they are both heavenly and GLUTEN FREE!  You see, I am Gluten Free but NOT by choice, LOL. When someone says to me “Elizabeth I am thinking about going gluten-free,” I generally reply “Now why the hell would you want to do that!”  Being Gluten free…truly Gluten free is a big pain in the ass.

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Anyway, the reason I am bringing up Macarons is my applier shirt today features cute little French Macarons.  Now, I won’t fault the creator behind okkbye for naming her shirt incorrectly because not everyone is as much of a French Macaron aficionado as myself, woot!  And yes, I wore another version of the same top yesterday, but I am so excited about the possibilities of Slink Physique applier fashion I just can’t help myself.  Along with this top, I paired today’s look with all sorts of goodies from Collabor88 and The Seasons Story, including the fab-o jewelry from Mandela.  LOOOOVE.

Welp, that’s all I got!  So until next time, take care my friends and have a great Second Life.

 

Skin: [ MUDSKIN ]_Scarlett_Red Eyebrow_tone1
[ MUDSKIN ]_Deanna_ Lip Makeup7_tone1
[KOOQLA] Nico – beauty marks tattoo
[PF] Pink Fuel – Freckles Across Nose (lt)
Hair: Lamb. Strangelove with Lamb Hair Base Cropped – Ginger (Hair Fair)
Eyes: IKON Spectral Eyes – Dew
Slink Physique Mesh Body

Outfit
[okkbye] Two-Piece Slink Physique Applier – Macaroon (TOP ONLY) for The Seasons Story
-David Heather-Escouade Skirt/White for The Seasons Story
fri.day – Rebecca.Wedges (Stone) for The Seasons Story
VCO – Art eco Bag _ sky for The Seasons Story
Earring [MANDALA]KYARA/Sunrise for Collabor88
[MANDALA]KYARA_Bangle set_Marrakesh for Collabor88

Poses by Imeka


Silent, Zombie Avatars

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Oh Boy, has Second Life changed since 2007!  Gone are the days of trolling about shopping sims looking for what is new and fabulous and making new friends along the way.  Shopping in SL now is pretty much limited to the various monthly, quarterly and special events filled with tiny booths and silent, zombie like avatars staring off into space.  Does anyone out there remember places such as Starlust where people would not only shop but hang out and chat?  Even my beloved Tableau that used to be filled with all sorts of chatty avatars is a ghost land.  *Sigh* I kind of miss the old days.

Any who, enough of my reminiscing, let’s talk about my outfit.  Today’s look is variable mishmash of events namely The Seasons Story, Collabor88 and Cosmetics Fair.  First off let’s talk about my dress from the brand okkbye.  This is my very first purchase from this brand and I have to say I am excited about the possibilities with clothing applier design for the new mesh bodies that are coming out.   I was never one for thinking mesh was the end all be all in SL fashion and I welcome this change.  The top fits like a tight-fitting dress should!  Gone are the annoying gaps about my shoulders, the invisible body parts if your AO is not mesh friendly, hello va va voom!   My only “critique” of this looks is the retroish use of a standard prim for the crotch area.  I am not a designer by any means and I am not sure if this would work with the mesh bodies, but I would have preferred a rigged mesh crotch cover thingy similar to what Mon Tissu did a few years back with one of their pencil skirts.  Besides this one small flaw in my eyes, I love this dress.

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For Elle’s lovely face, I combined the Scarlett skin (OMG so in love with this skin)  from MUDSKIN, with Kooqla’s lipsticks for the Cosmetics Fair along with my beloved Pink Fuel freckles. The one change in SL I was all on board with from day one was this creative use of tattoo layers.  AND with skin designers embracing this by often offering tattoo lips and lipsticks with their releases, you can customize your avatar how you like.  YAY for change.

Okay, that’s all I got for today.  All the details on the look can be found below; and as per the norm, take care my friends and have a great Second Life!

Skin: [ MUDSKIN ]_Scarlett_Brown Eyebrow_tone1
[KOOQLA] Nico – beauty marks tattoo
[KOOQLA] Shake Lipstick 02 for Cosmetics Fair
[PF] Pink Fuel – Freckles Across Nose (lt)
Hair: Clawtooth: Safari Babe – Sun Kissed for Collabor88
Eyes: IKON Spectral Eyes – Dew

Outfit
[okkbye] Two-Piece – Pizza for The Seasons Story
erratic / karen – block heels / multi 2 for The Seasons Story
(Yummy) Elephant Cuff – Gold for Collabor88
::{u.f.o}::sapari chic shoulder bag – python camel for Collabor88

Poses: Marukin


“You can put a Bird on it…..”

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I am finally back from a long week in Vancouver for our annual sales meeting and I still recovering, LOL.  The hotel was fabulous, the food was great, but I had to be “on point” 18 hours a day it seemed and it was exhausting. So after really doing next to nothing in SL and RL on Saturday (and with no desire to deal with all one has to deal with involving SL events), I finally got around to checking out the Hair Fair on Sunday.  My second stop was Ohmai and I absolutely fell in love with all the styles.  My personal favorite though is the Newreem style which screams PHOTOGENIC to the Max in my eyes.

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Putting the look together to compliment the hair was totally easy peasy as well. It was just one of those moments of synchronicity that just made my virtual life even more pleasurable.  Sometimes I feel pressured to style like this, layer like this, etc and so on – so much that when I find a look that is simple at the same time artistic, I jump with joy.

So here is to jumping to joy by “putting a bird on it”  and everything else joyful about this hair style. Thank you Anya for making me smile.

Hair: !Ohmai Salon: Newreem [Naturals Pk] (Hair Fair 2014)
Skin: [ MUDSKIN ]_Deanna_Red eyebrow_tone1
Freckles: [PF]  Pink Fuel – Freckles Across Nose (lt)
Dress: =Zenith= Bohemian Summer (Begie) For Collabor88
{Luxuria} Rosa Lingerie – Bra *cherry blossom* 1
Shoes: fri.day – Wayfaring.Sandals (Tan)
(Yummy) Cat Eye Readers – Pastel Pink
Swallowtail Mesh Flower Bracelet Yellow
Tenjin – Fairy Princess Tattoo – Faded
Poses: Marukin for Collabor88
Location: Imeka


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Just a simple post before I leave for Vancouver tomorrow.   A mix of old and new, current releases and past, from a few different designers.  I will write more when I get back – but for now, have a great week!

Hair – Dura *Dura-Girl*51(Black)
Skin – [KOOQLA] Nico – Tan 02
…Mutresse… Netegli Dress for Fameshed
-tb- tres blah Saddle Shoe – Polka Dots
MiWardrobe – Pensamiento – Headpiece – Green
MiWardrobe – Three Planets – Necklace – Light Green
(Yummy) Ellery Glasses – Black
(Yummy) Heart Locket Bracelet – Gold Filigree
Pose – Marukin


Some Days Are All About Dancing with a Pink Poodle

Dancing with a Pink Poodle
TRUTH HAIR Elyse
[KOOQLA] Nico – Tan 03 (lb)
*Fishy Strawberry* Carthage Dress – Poppy Blue (Fameshed)
(fd) Fashionably Dead Sneakers – 4 Floral Pink RARE (previous arcade item)
Le Poppycock ~ Persephone’s Halo ~ Dreamspun (bird) (For Rhapsody)
Swallow Just Design Stereo Bag 03 (For Rhapsody)
Tenjin – Fairy Princess Tattoo – Faded
Pose:  Le Poppycock
Location:  Tableau


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Summer Green

Not much to say today except to remind everyone about Creation.JP which runs through the 15th I believe.  The dress I am wearing in this ensemble is from Zenith and is available right now at the event.  So don’t forgot to check out Creation.JP ASAP!

Hugs all,

 

Elle

Hair: [LeLutka]-DULCINA hair – AlmostGoth
-Glam Affair – Cassia – America – 05 H
-Glam Affair – Cassia – Lips 16
Dress: =Zenith=Bow Dress (Flower) for Creation.JP
elikatira [e] Novel Hair Flower
Ingenue :: Lola Heels (Slink Add-On) :: Cherry for Collabor88
Swallowtail Flower Bracelet Yellow
(Yummy) Cat Eye Readers – Pastel Pink for Collabor88
Kirin Poses – My Cute Pinwheel Orange Sun
Location:  Small Town Green


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