I Used To Be A Dancer, But Now I’m Just (Re)tired

1 I Used To Be A Flapper

Have you ever seen those older ladies who don’t dress their age? I don’t mean that they’re sporting skinny jeans and piercings – I mean they’re fully made up and wearing the clothes they wore when they were young and desirable. Depending on their era, it might be a poodle skirt and twin set or a flapper dress and feathered headband.

I want to be like that when I grow up. Never forgetting the time when I was a bit of a bombshell. When heads turned to see “the girl in the hat.” When I knew how to flirt but not be a tease. When I was the centre of attention and loving every moment.

That is a gift that takes a lot of confidence to pull off. I hope I remember how I danced like tomorrow wasn’t coming. How I had the world in my hands and I was never letting go.

The dress and headpiece I’m wearing are from Salt & Pepper at the Vintage & Cool Fair. No, they’re not the era I grew up in, but they evoked the memory of a time when I was the dancer, and not just (re)tired.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

*Dress: Salt & Pepper S&P Dress Audrey by xxSaltandPepperxx (available at Vintage & Cool Fair 2015 – August 21 – September 4)
*Headpiece: Salt & Pepper S&P Audrey Headpiece by xxSaltandPepperxx
(available at Vintage & Cool Fair 2015 – August 21 – September 4)
Shoes: Pure Poison – Andreea Pumps – Maitreya – RARE by Shaleene Kenin (gacha prize)
Hair: “”D!va”” Hair “Iris” (Fatpack) by Marisa Kira (group gift)
Tattoo: [White~Widow] Midnight in Paris – Maitreya Mesh Body by Julie Hastings
Skin: -Glam Affair – Summerv3 – America 02 E by aida Ewing
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Bench: Cheeky Pea :CP: Sweetwater Bench Burnt by Isla Gealach
Surround: Pixel Mode – Victoria’s Hideaway – Sun Cover by Tya Fallingbridge (gacha prize)
Table: Pixel Mode – Victoria’s Hideaway – Willow Side Table by Tya Fallingbridge (gacha prize)

Pose by the bench

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet

Almost Ready For The Ball

1 Almost Ready for the Ball

Who would believe that I am already to go the ball, and I’m waiting for my date to get dressed????

A classic cliche turned on its head 😉

As you are probably aware from reading my blog, I am a devoted user of LUMIPro Blog. It is my one essential for Second Life photography. Stefan, the creator, is currently working on the latest update, so to keep us all busy while he toils, the LUMIPro team has engineered a photo contest. Grab a cutout image of Stefan and take a photo with him, somewhere in Second Life.

The rules are pretty simple, as long as you own a LUMIPro.

You must own a LUMIPro.
You must use LUMIPro in the shot in some way.
Entry photos must be added to the LUMIPro Flickr Group and tagged with I took out Mr LUMIPro.
Only entries uploaded on or before July 31, 2015 will be considered.
By entering the contest you give LUMIPro the right to use your images in promotions as well as social media.
Stefan and I will go through all the entries and pick our top three favorites, and here is what they will receive:
First prize will receive 5,000 lindens.
Second Prize will receive 3,500 lindens.
Third Prize will receive 2,000 lindens.

You can head over to the LUMIPro Sales Gallery to pick up your cutout of Stefan (just buy it for 0L). Then all you have to do is post it to LUMIPro’s Flickr Group with the tag I took out Mr LUMIPro, and you are entered to win! If you don’t already own a LUMIPRo system, you can trial it while you are at the gallery, admiring Stefan.

I also wanted to mention the dress I am wearing. It is from Apple May Designs and it is on special for 25L for the duration of SL12B (through July 20th). Head on over to the Apple May Designs mainstore (or hop onto Apple May Designs Marketplace Store) to pick up this lovely bonus edition of the Bella Gown in purple for a song!

Once again, I am wearing a hairstyle from Hair Fair 2015 – and this one is free! I love the hair attachments from Amacci Hair and I was thrilled to find this updo. It comes in all colours and includes hair bases to match every shade. Stop into the Amacci booth and click on the big 10 to receive your very own. It’s perfect for wearing a tiara 😉

I have to wonder how the ending of Cinderella would have changed if Prince Charming was as slow getting dressed as Stefan!

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

*Dress:Apple May Designs Bella Gown (FITTED) – Purple by Apple May (available at the main store and Apple May Designs Marketplace Store for 25L through July 20th)
Necklace: Cae :: Dazzle :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft
Earrings: Cae :: Dazzle :: Earrings by Caelan Hancroft
Tiara: Cae :: Dazzle :: Tiara by Caelan Hancroft
Hair: Amacci Hair – Alva by Carina Larsen (gift at Hair Fair Redhead Sim 2015)
Skin: -Glam Affair – Summerv3 – America 02 E by aida Ewing
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Mirror: Cheeky Pea :CP: Old Memories Mirror (edited to add reflective image) – Stencil by Isla Gealach
Bed: Cheeky Pea :CP: Heart On a Wire Bed by Isla Gealach (available at Uber through July 23rd)
Build: L2 Studio Dove Bay House by Lindini2 Lane

Pose: oOo Studio Poses brevity_five by Olaenka Chesnokov

Photos taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet

Clouds In My Coffee

1 Vanity_1

Vanity. I’ve got it…at least concerning Peep. I love to dress her up, make sure she is perfectly coiffed, made up like a dream. I spend hours, literally, styling an outfit, taking a photograph, striking a pose. And all for what?

To undress, search through shops and events and my inventory to do it all again…with barely a hint of a smile on my perfectly beautiful face.

I have decided that Peep is like clouds in my coffee.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Dress: Apple May Designs Exie Mesh Gown (S) – Leo by Apple May
Shoes: KoiKoi Siren Red by eku Zhong
Hair: *ARGRACE* SERI – Ginger by rika Oyen
Skin: -Glam Affair – Amberly II skin – America 13 D by aida Ewing
Body and hands: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) High by Siddean Munro
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Branch candles: Scarlet Creative The Arcade Love Birds Mod Trans by Charlotte Bartlett (gacha prize)
Mirror: Cheeky Pea :CP: Old Memories Mirror – Stencil by Isla Gealach
Chair/pose: Aerial Antique chair white/brown by Tamara Artis
Table: Scarlet Creative Rustic Lace Table by Charlotte Bartlett
Box of books: 8f8 – 13. Our Secret Hideout – Crate of Wisdom by iBi (gacha prize)
Hairbrush: Trompe Loeil – Hairbrush by Cory Edo (rezzed from the Vintage Vanity set)
*Bed: Kuro & [Con.] – Just a bed by Luana Dawg & Wavie Haller
Bedside table: .Olive. the Forget me Not Bedroom – Nightstand (Full) by naminaeko (gacha prize)
*Dresser: Kuro – Anfisa dresser by Luana Dawg
*Lamp: Kuro – Anfisa lamp by Luana Dawg
Build: L2 Studio Dove Bay House by Lindini2 Lane

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet