whispers on the night air

Caverna Obscura recently celebrated their 10th anniversary in-world, and to celebrate, Elvina Ewing created a Anais, a dream in golden silk.  This was a one-day only gift, so I fear that I can’t send you to Caverna looking for it — but I can send you to Caverna to look at all the wonderful things that Elvina is creating.  She’s long been a source for amazing outfits, and her more recent forays into fitmesh do not disappoint!

 

  • Model8 pose (made by Nytemyst Grace)

Anais comes in several variations, sheer and opaque depending on how brazen you would like to be… or how revealing.  Either way, Elvina lets you be your sultriest.

Get yourself to Caverna Obscura  and check out all the lovely pretties for your fae, your arabian nights, or whatever your fantasy might be.

Mahalo!  A hui hou!

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Spoiled

This little dress was a gift on Monthly Midnight Madness.  If you don’t belong to this group you’re missing out on some wonderful giveaways each month!  But really, I wore it to show off the gorgeous new jewelry that my darling Aeon got me for my rezday recently!  She spoils me terribly 🙂

The dress is in fitmesh sizes for Lara, Hourglass, and Physique.  There was an a texture HUD available for it too, but I didn’t bother buying it.

Aeon gave me a gift card to Chop Zuey for my rezday.  She’s so wonderful!  Chop Zuey is one of the largest jewelry makers in SL, and their range is awesome.  I spent days looking for something that would be suitable for both casual and formal wear, and I had settled on a tennis necklace in diamond and platinum.  I went to buy it and the store uses one of the gift card systems where you have to rez out the card, and that transfers the amount to store credit.  So I had to go home to rez the card, and as I was coming back, I noticed this set that I’d missed in my days of agonizing.  I changed my mind in about 20 seconds 🙂

It’s a really lovely set, again in diamond and platinum, consisting of the choker, left and right bracelets, and earrings.  There are two other version available, one in diamond and gold, and one in black diamond and gold.  And to top it all off, this was a set designed for Layka Zelin when she was Miss Venezuela Virtual in 2014!  Wow!

Here’s a closeup of the bracelet.  One minor issue is that the bracelets and the choker are all attached to weird places.  Don’t just add these, attach the bracelets to your left and right hands and the choker to your neck.  You’ll then need to edit them to place them correctly.  The bracelets can be a little tricky figuring out which way is the right way up, so perhaps wear them right out of the box first so you know how they should look.

Also be aware that detailed jewelry like this is very expensive when it comes to avatar rendering complexity.  The choker alone is approximately an additional 62,100 rendering cost!

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Harmony

Hi lovelies!  Today I’m sporting a cute little layered hanky dress!

I’ve been a little slow getting to some of the new outfits that I have to show you and I can’t remember how I came across this one.  I think it was an MM board giftie.  It’s for Maitreya Lara only.

I’m also wearing a necklace that I got at the BoHo fair last year (you see how slow I can be?!?)  It’s really quite nice although it has a scripting issue and won’t resize in 1% increments.  I did manage to get it close though!

And my hairstyle is a gift from this year’s Hair Fair.  I hope you managed to get there and found yourself a bunch of new hairstyles!

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Aloha kākou!  Greetings from the Islands, sending you all my love from home!  Prism Design has the perfect swimwear for me, a lovely tropical-print boy shorts ‘kini for a group gift!  

  • GLITTER — Back Pose (Pose Lover event gift)

Eeek, I may have stayed out in the sun too long!  Sounds like time for a nice tropical drink in the shade, sit back and relax and let the world go by.   I wish you all a wonderful day filled with aloha.

Mahalo!  A hui hou!

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Darktable

After my post about my Wacom tablet and mediocre drawing skills, I thought I’d show you two more pics that I did just for my Flickr account.  Both of them were intended to teach myself about a wonderful piece of freeware called Darktable.  This is a photo processing program for Linux and Mac OS X (and vague Windows support), and it’s a rather marvelous piece of software.  You can do all types of interesting post-processing with it.  I’ve barely scratched the surface with the possibilities it opens up.

This first photo was taken when I got very interested with what you can do with point lights and the shadows that can be generated in SL with them.  Now, of course, I use point lighting all the time in my photos.  I even wrote up a very basic tutorial on how to set up lighting for a shoot.  I used Darktables to play around with the contrast to get the shadows to pop more and to add even more light coming through the window that I got with the photo I took in SL.

In the second photo, I used Darktable to desaturate the image and add photo grain, and again played around with lighting curves to get the look that I wanted and to darken the shadows.  I’m pretty proud of both results, even though they’re so different and similar at the same time (did someone mention “bum”)!

 

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Drawing skills

Sometimes I take photos for my Flickr account without any intension of turning them into blog posts.  Mostly, I do it when we have huge events in Eden and Nandi wants someone to take pics so we can post them to the club’s Facebook page.  But sometimes, I take them just for myself.  Or to challenge myself to do something new.

Late last year, I bought myself a Wacom tablet for drawing in Gimp.  My main focus was better photo retouching with the pressure sensitivity a tablet brings.  But one of the first things I found myself doing with it was drawing hair, as I’d been inspired to give it a go by the work of one of SL’s best post-shoot artists, Angi Manners (warning, NSFW).

Here’s my first ever attempt.

I’m not a great artist, but I’m pretty happy with how this turned out!

For a list of clothing, you can see a previous post on the blog.

P.S. Did anyone notice that this was a lazy way of not doing a photo shoot today? 🙂

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A night out

Happy Friday, everyone!  I found this lovely minidress,Diamonds Take You Higher,  from Precious Designs, and it seemed perfect for hitting the clubs!

Diamonds features a lovely texture-change HUD with several lovely colour options. I do love the purple!

Whether you’re going out on the night, enjoying a quiet night in, or even if you’re still hard at work — I wish you a wonderful aloha Friday.  Love and hugs and kisses, my lovely friends!

Mahalo!  A hui hou!

 

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Alicia

“I think you have your dress caught in your garter belt!” Aeon said when she saw this dress 🙂

This is a clever mix of fitmesh and applier clothing, specific to Maitreya Lara.  There is not even an Omega applier for the stockings!  It was an MM prize at Ko-H, and I expect it will be available again on their board as they tend to cycle through a number of items.  Visit the store and have a look!

My hairstyle is by Alice Project, and at the time of writing is still available on their MM board if you want to slap it 🙂  It comes with an essentials HUD with a nice color selection, although the red is not my favorite.

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Here comes trouble.

I should have known that when Andrea and I went looking for a place for a few drinks and some dancing, we could only end up in one place —

  • Addams — Kendall Loose shirt (#25)
  • AddamsOrnella High Rise Jeans (#23)
  • DeVicious — Glow Boots (black)  (sadly, DeVicious is no longer available either in-world or on Marketplace)
  • an lar [poses]Tara Mini Series – Three pose

Andrea just recently upgraded to a mesh body (Maitreya Lara) and a new skin (WoW Skins  2016 Irene Bronze CL), and I think she just looks fabulous.  Plus…  it’s a whole new world of shopping up for her!  Addams has a host of lovely mesh clothing items to fill your wardrobe, with lots of fitmesh to fit any mesh body.

Summer is a great time to turn over a new leaf, to get a new start.  Well, frankly, anytime is a good time to take a new start!  Now, how about that dance?

So much mahalo to Andrea for agreeing to pose for my camera!

Aloha!  A hui hou!

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Lies White Lingerie

Well done applier lingerie!  I’m spoiled with fitmesh lingerie, but sometimes a creator comes out with effective looking lace in appliers, and Lies have managed it in this case!

My perspective editing in Gimp could be better, but it’s better than a blank mirror, don’t you think?

There are system layers for the bra, panties, stockings and garter, and a Maitreya applier for them too.

My hairstyle is a gift at Hair Fair, which goes through until July 16th.  You still have a few days to go and grab the gifts and get some new wonderful styles.  Don’t forget to grab a bandanna there too to help support Wigs For Kids!

  • Lingerie: White Lingerie with Maitreya Applier by Lies
  • Body: Lara by Maitreya
  • Hands: Slink Dynamic
  • Hair: Katherine by ICONIC
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