Sunday, August 9, 2015

The One in Which ... I Purchase a Mesh Body



Ever since I returned to SL, I've been trying to figure out mesh.  Now there was some mesh coming into the world when I left 3 years ago...I even made a few mesh items myself.  However, the whole mesh body thing was only beginning to take shape...haha...pun intended.  I have had mixed feelings about mesh shapes & heads.  In my ignorance I thought, why would anyone want to look like everyone else?  I certainly don't want to.  However, after recently trying on several demo mesh bodies, I realized they are still VERY customizable.  you still need a shape to go under them.  And even though its not completely unique per avatar, even the skin and details can be customized a bit.  I have yet to be ok with buying a mesh head though.  Maybe once they are as customizable as the bodies I'll consider it.



So that leads us to the choices...so many choices.  I looked over the reviews on http://meshbodyaddicts.com/ and also chatted in world with a few people.  The general consensus was that Belleza and Maitreya stood out ahead of the pack.  They happened to be my favorite demos as well.  I definitely want to purchase others in the future though, especially for the plans I have in SL.  I really want the Belleza body but since Maitreya was a bit cheaper and I "needed" a new skin too, I went with them.



This body has been blogged about countless times I'm sure, but here is my take.  I find it absolutely stunning.  I love the fact that it goes with Glam Affair skins, which are some of my all time favs.  You can find all the details on what I'm wearing in the photos below.  Here are a few close ups (un-edited) of the amazing detail on this body.


And...have I mentioned how awesome the feet are?  I HATE feet!  But I LOVE these!


Next purchase will be the Belleza body!  Then we'll see what happens after that.

Style Sheet

Mesh Body ~ Maitreya Mesh Body - Lara
Skin ~ -Glam Affair - Katya - America 03
Hair ~ ::Exile:: Set Free: Dark Reds
Location ~ My humble home
Poses ~ by Zelly Mornington (no longer in world), Dove Swanson (no longer in world) & Maliah Naidoo (of KaTink...can be found under Annemarit Jarvinen).

Please Note:  The first 3 photos in this post are edited so to see the originals, please visit my flickr.  Thank you!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The One in Which ... I Visit the Okinawa Summer Festival


So I tend to get bored fast if I don't have something to keep my busy.  And until I'm able to transfer some linden in world, shopping is not much of an option.  So I've been checking out some different events and discovering new designers I can shop when I get rich!

Today I found my way over to the Okinawa Summer Festival.  Its a Japanese event with 40+ designers showing their awesome wares and goes through August 24th.  So be sure to go visit here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Ryukyu/110/144/24


As I was looking around, I found this beautiful maxi skirt!  The designer has a women's shirt as well for free, and men's shorts & a tank.  And all the other items are great as well at a super good price point.

After styling the skirt, I went in search of a great sim to take photos and ended up at Drobak Village here:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/DROBAK%20village/60/36/22

Since I edit all my photos and play with photoshop keep in mind that the actual item will appear slightly different shades than what you see here.  So to see the raw shots before editing check out my new flickr account (Forgot the password on my old one):
https://www.flickr.com/people/134265140@N05/

And of course don't miss the Style Sheet below the next picture.


Style Sheet

Maxi Skirt - ++Twilight++ MAXI SKIRT 5
Jacket - fri. - Tourist.Jacket - 24.7 Pack (no longer available in SL)
Tank - JANE - intrinsic tanks.oranges
Necklace - EarthStones Falling Leaves Lariat Necklace- Autumn
Nail Polish - * RezIpsa Loc * ~ Autumn Nail Pack (no longer available in SL)
Shoes - *RRS* Boho Fringe - Gingerbread - DTCH Gift (no longer available in SL)
Hair - >TRUTH< Adeline -  reds
Eyes - Amacci ~ Gaze Eyes - Spring Green
Skin - (no longer available in SL)
Poses - (no longer available in SL)

Saturday, July 25, 2015

The One in Which ... I return to SL


Three years...that's how long I have been gone from SL for the most part.  I have stopped in a time or two to chat with friends, check out the skin fair earlier this year, do photos for someone...but in general, I have not spent any significant time in SL since late 2012.

Why did I leave?  A variety of reasons but suffice it to say RL was not good for us for a while, and I needed to focus on that.  I was in a deep depression and I lost interest in anything SL related, as well as most everything else.  Then I just stopped thinking about it.  Occasionally SL would pop into my mind, and I would try to log in but my heart wasn't in it.  Then, things started to turn around for us in RL.  I started running my own clothing boutique and recently moved it to a better and bigger location.  I am super SUPER excited and loving my RL job!  My plan is to start carrying my own clothing designs in the near future.

Why come back to SL?  Well, my head seems to be in a better place now.  And I have been thinking a lot about how much fun I used to have and all the awesome friends I made.  I want to get back into designing in SL in my "spare" time.  And I for sure want to blog!  Today I got to catch up with a handful of old friends in Starwalkers.  That was awesome.  I have officially been in SL for about 5 days in a row now. That's a record!  I'm staying interested and coming up with all sorts of ideas.

So...to all my old friends that I have not kept up with in RL, I have missed you!  Watch out...Ana's Back!!!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Color Inspiration #1: Spring Tones

Color Inspiration - Spring Tones 001d

Just in case you didn't know...I am obsessed with color.  Have been since I was a kid.  So when I found http://design-seeds.com/ I was in love!  I use it for a lot of RL crafting project inspiration, and then had the idea to use it for blogging inspiration as well for SL.  I have seen several blogs where people put together an outfit then highlight a few colors out of it...they look really cool.  But I decided to take this another direction. Instead, I first chose the colors and then used those to find the clothing.  Its much more challenging...but I invite you to try!  So my first outfit was inspired by the following:


It was kinda difficult to find these colors that worked ok together.  Especially the purple shade with the blues.  I had to cheat a bit and tint the jacket, but overall I think it worked.  I hope to do more of these!  I haven't blogged much in a while because of my RL health, so hopefully now that I'm on the mend (knock on wood)...I can get more done!  Enjoy the rest of the pics, and the credits below!


Color Inspiration - Spring Tones 002b Color Inspiration - Spring Tones 003b

What I'm Wearing



Ibizarre Johanna Pants (nature)
MichaMi: Noomi Jacket in Sky (Jacket) - tinted
* RezIpsa Loc * ~ Aubergine Nails
jane.intrinsic.tank.pr concord
-Glam Affair - Leah Lipstick 20
"T.Z." UGERY Bag - Dirty Ivory
**Pocket Mirrors** Sonja Updo Light Blonde
:+*R*+: Meringue Necklace, Earrings & Ring Gold
Cake - Flutter lashes - Tintable
fri. - Basic Pumps (Iris)
fri. - Lucid.Belt (Tan) - Large
Mayfly - Deep Sky Eyes (Hazel Shadow, w2)
Poses:  Luth

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Glaming It Up!

Recently I walked in a runway show with one of the agencies I am in:  Solo Evane.  The show was for LIV Glam clothing, Deesses skins and VENDOME Jewelry.  I don't really walk in many runway shows these days.  I prefer the background aspects of modeling.  If I do anything more in the forefront its usually blogging or photoshoots.  So it was nice to be on the runway again!  I decided to blog the 3 outfits I wore, since its been ages since I've been able to blog!  Real life has been...well...not sure there are any words to even describe it.  Anyhow...here they are, starting with my favorite.  Credits at the very bottom!




Solo Evane Glam Show Outfit #2b

Solo Evane Glam Show Outfit #3a

Solo Evane Glam Show Outfit #3b

Solo Evane Glam Show Outfit #1a

Solo Evane Glam Show Outfit #1b

What I'm Wearing
Outfit 1

Dress:  [LIV-Glam] VIKEE ZIPPER DRESS
Shoes:  [LIV-Glam] Fall 2012-[Stella]-Eclipse Open-Toe Pump
Makeup:  Deesses: Inna - Lipstick 2 & Deesses: Inna - Eyeshadow 6
Hair:  L+N Danae Mesh hair Brown
Jewelry:  **VJ Barocco Old gold
Bag:  [LIV-Glam] Fall 2012-[Stella]-Snake Effect Tote-{Mesh}
Skin:  Deesses: Inna - Natural - Flat White
Eyes:  *Mayden couture* - Eyes L 03
Pose:  GLITTERATI


Outfit 2

Dress:  [LIV-Glam] BOHEME AISHA DRESS
Boots:  [LIV-Glam] Fall 2012-[Stella]-Shanti  Knee Boot
Nail Polish:  * RezIpsa Loc * ~ Red Leaf Nails
Makeup:  Deesses: Inna - Eyeshadow 1 & Deesses: Inna - Lipstick 5
Hair:  :esk-imo: Hair _ Fraya _RED 01
Jewelry:  **VJ Flora
Skin:  Deesses: Inna - Natural - Flat White
Eyes:  [ jewels ][ topaz ] (from <TheAbyss>)
Pose:  GLITTERATI


Outfit 3

Dress:  [LIV-Glam] GAGA OUTFIT PLUM
Boots:  [LIV-Glam] Fall 2012-[Stella]-Shanti  Knee Boot
Nails:  * RezIpsa Loc * ~ Plum Nails
Makeup:  Deesses: Inna - Eyeshadow 4 & Deesses: Inna - Lipstick 10
Hair:  Bliensen + MaiTai Hair - Curl Up/Night
Jewelry:  ** VJ FATAL Gold
Skin:  Deesses: Inna - Natural - Flat White
Eyes:  HD - 2010 Cytrus Series - Violet eyes 5