Fangirl Edit #2 Dancing Groot

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If you follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, plurk or Flickr you would have seen the picture above with the caption:

Can you guess what I’m doing?

Hint: “I’m hooked on a feeling…”

You will need your geek hat for this one!

Or some variation thereof.
And you thought I just copied and pasted everything! Ha!

If you guessed that it had something to do with this weeks Fangirl Edit you’re almost there. You deserve a cookie for getting so far with such a random clue. hands out the cookies

While I was flitting around Second Life™ finding all the gifts in the Wayward Hunt I spent quite a bit of time in Reign looking for said gift. While I was waiting for everything to rez I noticed they had a front desk and, being the nosey woman I am, I decided to take a closer look. That’s when I saw this:

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Dancing Groot!

I squee-ed and giggled and just about fell over from the excitement.
In-world he does actually dance and he has the cutest little smile on his teeny, tiny sapling face! His little pot is also highly textured which just makes this replica so much better!
I forgot all about the gift and watched Groot dance his little heart out for almost an hour. Seriously, it was a good 45-50 minutes of Groot-watching. It’s the little things, you know?

I realise some of you aren’t as geeky as I am and are probably wondering who, or what, this Groot thing is. Simply, Groot is a character from the comic book-turned-movie Guardians of the Galaxy.  He’s voiced by Vin Diesel and I swear this little Groot actually has some resemblance, but then I did stare at his dancing form for almost an hour so I’m bound to see more than what’s actually there.

Oh! I should probably mention that I did end up finding the gift, which of course made the adventure that much more fun. I left with the biggest, and probably cheesiest, smile on my face. I’ll let you decide:

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I admit that I may have toned the smile down a bit so I didn’t look too much like a weirdo in a store full of other Wayward Hunters! Although if they’re able to see my “look at” crosshairs then it’s highly likely I did look like a weirdo for staring at one spot on the desk for so long. It was worth it!

My geeky heart is full again this week. Now please excuse me while I head back to Reign to watch Groot again.

Credits

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara 3.3 — by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: Glam Affair – Katra Skin [ Jamaica ] 10 — by Aida Ewing
Hair: little bones. Meander – DipDyes&Fades — by Nova Faerye
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Mesh Eyes – Field — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA]Steking EARS(unisex) — by Kikunosuke Eel

T-Shirt: StrawberrySingh.com T-Shirt – #YOSLO — by Strawberry Singh
Jeans: Maitreya Zipper Skinny  Jeans – #1 — by Onyx LeShelle

Necklace: [MANDALA] ONLIEST (unisex) Necklace set – all colours — by Kikunosuke Eel
Watch: [MANDALA] BILLIONAIRE SMEXY (Black) – Unisex — by Kikunosuke Eel
Ring: Ring: MG – Rings – Black Sun – SILVER — by Maxi Gossamer
Shoes: REIGN. – Creeps- Violet — by  KenadeeCole Resident and illy Miami

1st Pose: [02] Saucy Model_9 — by Adeaa Aeon (no longer available)
2nd Pose: Exposeur – March 2015 Gift – Singles – 3.15 Gift pose 4 — RubyStarlight Writer

Second pose also used: Photo Booth: StrawberrySingh.com Simple Photo Studio — by Strawberry Singh

Locations:
Dancing Groot: REIGN Mainstore
Me: My little home

When the Old and New Collide

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If you follow me on either Twitter or Plurk you would have seen that I was cleaning out my inventory. Before I started my serious de-hoarding I had 20,500+ items in that black hole. One tends to hoard things after 8 years… At least I hope I am not the only one!

The hardest part of the process was knowing that I would never wear my Last Call outfits again or have any reason to pull out all my old neko things from Catnip, Atomic and even Hybrid.
I will confess that I have kept my Last Call folder in the hopes I will some day be able to apply the clothes to my mesh body. I know that’s not very likely but I need to hope; they were the first high fashion, good quality clothes I bought in Second Life. They come complete with memories of my first months and years here. Things that remind me of good times are hard to let go of.

Bonus: fifty points to your house if you know those shops, aside from Atomic as Ivy Graves is still creating wonderful things for us.
Another twenty-five points if you shopped at those stores yourself!

Anyway, I still have lots more culling, sorting and decluttering to do but I’m down to a high, but respectable, 9,814 items. Insert cheering here
During this process I realised something quite startling: I am totally, wholly and completely invested in my Maitreya Mesh Body, Lara 3.0. In fact, I am so invested I can’t actually bring myself to take it off.
This means that the grand idea I had of posting about pre-mesh clothes in my pre-mesh body is not going to happen. Also, I may have thrown out everything I couldn’t wear or wouldn’t work with my mesh body.

With that said, I decided today to play with some old skins and try out some of the pre-mesh outfits I kept. Then, because I had an idea, I added some things I picked up at last week’s Fifty Linden Friday.

This was the result:

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Location: Storybrooke Gardens 

Until this point I had completely forgotten how hard it is to get a good picture with pre-mesh clothes. I very nearly gave up because the damn prims were going through my legs, arms, shoulders and at one point my head! And that was while I was trying to find the right poses for the look, without spending any money since I have a wonderful balance of L$88 that has to last me until I get a job.

Now, I realise you can’t really see what I’m wearing in that awesome picture so I took a couple in the studio to show the outfit, skin and accessories a little better.

 

Old-and-New-Studio_001-CompleteMy photoshop skills are okay but I have no idea how to get rid of that last bit of prim in her leg! More learning; bring it on!

You can view the rest of the photo’s in the series here and here.

Credits

Pre-Mesh (no longer available unless stated otherwise):

Skin: LionSkins – forbidden – 20 — by Lion Jonesford
Hair: ! W&Y Hairbase – Black — by Waka Flow
Clothes: * Deviance * – Enchantress (Midnight Blue) — by Surreal LeShelle — Only available in Cream, Crimson, Byzantium and Scarlet. — Note: I am only wearing the prim attachments as, of course, the clothing layers do not work with mesh bodies. The vintage of this outfit means there are no appliers. 

Modern (available now):

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara 3.0 — by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Mesh Eyes – Ice — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA]Steking EARS(unisex) — by Kikunosuke Eel

Tattoo: Letis Tattoo :: Bohemian :: — by Leti Has (used with the Omega System Kit – Maitreya applier)
Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Laud Boots – black — by Onyx LeShelle
Horns, belly piercing, collar: :[P]: – Sunless Violet Diviner Set — by Vae (aikea.rieko) (marketplace store)
Underwear: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara Bra and Panties (comes with the Lara 3.0 mesh body)

Poses:
oOo Studio: Super_one — by Olaenka Chesnokov
[02] Saucy Model_7 — by Adeaa Aeon (no longer available)
{.:exposeur:.} Spring Singles 1 – pose 1 — by RubyStarlight Writer

Photo Booth: StrawberrySingh.com Simple Photo Studio — by Strawberry Singh

 

 

Fangirl Edit #1 Strawberry Singh and Wimey

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This is the first of a series of posts on my blog called the Fangirl Edit. Once a week — on a day that I am yet to decide — I will post about a person, shop or product that resulted in me having a fangirl moment.

For those not versed in this vocabulary, you can see the urban dictionary definition of fangirling here. I will be referring their definition when I mention “fangirl”.

This morning I partially woke up to new notifications on WordPress. This is neither ground breaking nor particularly interesting in terms of posts so I decided I would actually wake up, get out of bed and trudge to the kitchen in search of coffee.

Fast forward ten minutes. Okay it was more like 30 but I won’t tell if you won’t.

With coffee in hand I went through all of the notifications I’d received while I slept. That’s when I saw this:

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I am not ashamed to say that I ran into the office and part squealed, part giggled “LOOK, LOOK, LOOK!” and then proceeded to push my phone into Eidann’s* face so severely he actually had to move back to avoid finding his face squished into my phone.
It doesn’t get much more fangirl than that!

This week has been rather epic since there’s actually been two fangirl moments.

The second one happened a few days ago while I was — surprise, surprise — checking my morning notifications. It’s true, I read my notifications like some people read the morning paper, but when so much awesome happens can you really blame me?
Anyway, I’d seen Wimey in the Fifty Linden Friday roundup last Friday and I went to check it out. I was trying to fangirl in the store, but it was a little too busy and my internet is utterly hopeless (thank you ridiculous Australian internet infrastructure) so I ended up spending more time trying to log in than actually being logged in.

So a few mornings later when I saw the notification that the owner of Wimey, Sash Arabello, was following me I reacted in much the same way as I had with Strawberry’s notification.
I’d have taken a screen shot of the notification but I didn’t know then that I was going to be doing this series. Don’t worry, I still have some proof of my fangirling:

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Insert cheesy grinning here.

My little fangirl heart is full this week. I hope your fangirl/boy moments are also this epic!

Credits

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara — by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: Glam Affair – Katra Skin [ Jamaica ] 07 — by Aida Ewing
Hair: Maitreya Saar – Nuts Pack – Almond — by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Mesh Eyes – Fjord — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA]Steking EARS(unisex) — by Kikunosuke Eel

PJ’s: dgd – {Mesh} Sarah PJ Set [Variety Color Pack] — by Red Glushenko

Mobile Phone and Furniture: {what next} Charlotte Floor Cushions (Set A) and Charlotte Living Room – (Set A) — by Winter Thorn

Pose: Exposeur – Pin Up Selfie – 01 – for Pose Fair 2015 — by RubyStarlight Writer
Facial pose: AnyPose Expression v1.0 — by Phate Shepherd

Location: My little home.

*Eidann Fei is my husband in both worlds. This is his Second Life® name.

Challenges, Baby

For the past few days I’ve been working on my resume for a job that I really want. One part of the application asked for a full body shot and a head shot. That’s no big deal right? I mean, I take lots of photo’s for the blog and to practice my craft. Yet I’ve never taken some for serious purposes, if you know what I mean.

I’ve been fretting over these pictures and whether or not I have the skills required to pull off what I envision in my head. Yesterday, I just went ahead and took the pictures and edited them. I know they’re not as good as other people could do and I suppose I could have hired someone to take them for me, but that would have defeated the purpose.
need to learn.
want to improve and I can’t do that if I’m outsourcing my work.

Of course I wouldn’t talk about something I’ve worked on and not add it! You can view them below. Feel free to stroke my ego a little bit. I sure could use it about now.

Please note: they are intentionally plain and basic. I was after a more relaxed “school photo” kind of feel.

Here’s the full body:

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And here’s the head shot:

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Of course I will list what I am wearing and the poses that I used. Both photo’s were taken in my studio at my tiny little home.

Credits

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara — by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: Glam Affair – Katra Skin [ Jamaica ] 06 — by Aida Ewing
Hair: TRUTH Hair – Harmony – variety — by Truth Hawks
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Mesh Eyes – Fjord — by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: MC “Falsies” Mesh Alpha Lashes — by Freya Olivieri
Ears: [MANDALA]Steking EARS(unisex) — by Kikunosuke Eel

Top: Maitreya – Half Tucked Shirt – Creme — by Onyx LeShelle
Jeans: Maitreya Zipper Skinny  Jeans – #2 — by Onyx LeShelle
Shoes: Maitreya Stagioni XTD Leather – Champagne — by Onyx LeShelle

Necklace: [MANDALA] ONLIEST (unisex) Necklace set – all colours — by Kikunosuke Eel
Watch: [MANDALA] BILLIONAIRE SMEXY (Black) – Unisex — by Kikunosuke Eel

Pose: Exposeur – March 2015 Gift – Singles – 3.15 Gift pose 4 — RubyStarlight Writer (used in both pictures)

Photo Booth: StrawberrySingh.com Simple Photo Studio — by Strawberry Singh