Spring Forward, Fall Back

1 Autumn Blight3

It is the time of year when those of us who follow Daylight Savings Time start changing our clocks. Here in Australia, we did it this weekend. I, of course, forgot. Because it is our spring, that means moving the clock forward an hour. Yet after over 14 years in Australia, October still feels like it should be autumn.

The fall months have always been my favourite. The gradually cooling temperatures, the crisp and riotous colours of the changing leaves and the promise of longer nights to snuggle down into soft, comforting blankets are special moments of the season to me. It is a time of transition that speaks not of an ending, but of a beginning of seasonal festivities to be shared with friends and loved ones.

Here in Australia, that is all turned on its head. October brings springtime, new growth and bounteous blossoms, but also a rise of allergic reactions. I have already abandoned my woolly nightshirts for tee-shirts and open windows as I try to find a cool spot on the pillow when I lie down to sleep. When I dream, it is of bonfires, hay rides and mulled cider around an open fire. When I awake, it is to covers tossed to the floor and a sheen of perspiration on my face. As my body adjusts to the time change, the morning light that awoke me just a few days ago is still an hour away when the alarm jars me from my seasonal dreams.

At least in Second Life I can recreate the season, falling back on my midwestern memories of oranges, golds and red. Of the walks through a meadow, glorying in the magical glow that only comes from an autumnal sunset.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Jacket/top: *Fishy Strawberry* Ducato Leather Jacket S – Brown by Fae Eriksen
Jeans: tulip. Alana Jeans S Classic by Minami Susanowa
Boots: (LaRoo) Shotgun Boots (Brown) by LaRooShoes (store closed)
Hair: *ARGRACE* Mia – Ginger by rika Oyen
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT PetalPink MEB C2 (FR) by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Hand appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand Appliers NAT by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Pose: Eternal Dream Poses *ED* Trudi 09 by Fata Boa

Location: My home

Strike A Pose Challenge: My Heros

1 aDORKable Rug Burn

I am really pleased that this week Miss Berry chose to do a pose meme. Before I started blogging myself, I often read other blogs and would scour the credits for the name of the pose, or at least the posemaker. Sadly, more times than not, the information was left out. So when I started crediting my posts, I made sure I included the pose.

Posemakers really are my Second Life heros, especially the ones that make posing look natural. I discovered, recently, when I made my first pose that it isn’t that easy to do! It is available free in my marketplace store and quite a few people have grabbed it. I haven’t gotten any reviews on it yet, but I hope that the folks who use it enjoy it. While I made one more for a post, I can’t see me entering the posemaking business anytime soon!

Ah, but this isn’t about me; it is about my favourite posemakers. Here is what Miss Berry has asked us to do:

Meme Instructions: Share a picture of your favorite pose or a list of your favorite posemakers on the grid! Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments (of this post) and share your picture in the blog memes flickr group.

My photo isn’t necessarily my favourite pose, but it is by my favourite posemaker. Time after time I find myself turning to aDORKable Poses by Adorkable Peapod when I am shooting. Sadly, this store is closed in world, but a lot of the poses are still available on Marketplace. I have so many that I can’t put all of my single poses in a single HUD. Occasionally, Adorkable will put out a set of poses for an event and I am always first in line to snatch them up. I do miss her quirky yet natural style.

I have done recent posts on two other of my favourite posemakers. First is Eternal Dream Poses by Fata Boa. I love Eternal Dream Poses for the same reason I love aDORKable – the poses are natural, joints aren’t contorted and they are the types of poses I use every day. You can visit the Eternal Dream Poses Mainstore to see what I mean.

For couple’s poses, my new favourite is Kuro in Motion by Luana Dawg. I do use a lot of Exposeur poses for my couples shots, but what I love about Luana’s poses is that each one works equally well for full-body shots and closeups. If you visit the Kuro in Motion store, you can see this in practice with the vendor ads. Bodies are positioned so that once you have done a wide shot you can just zoom in your camera and shoot the close shots. This is especially helpful with couples if you use pose balls, as adjusting those suckers can be a real pain!

Receiving Honourable Mentions are !bang by Luna Jubilee, oOo Studio Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov and another retired posemaker, Katey Coppola who still has her GLITTERATI poses available on Marketplace.

One last note: if you visit Pose Fair this year, make sure you stop by Kuro in Motion to see Luana’s “Shattered…” pose. I have made three attempts at shooting this pose with the mirrored image – the last today, in hopes of using it for this post – and I have failed miserably each time. Don’t let that discourage you, though. I believe I have gotten too ambitious with my sets and unfortunately, I have ended up with “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear” images or funhouse mirror shots. Keep checking back, though…I’m going to do it if it kills me!

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Shirt: [[RH]] Design house – [[RH]] Ladies Men’s Shirt (White Stripe) by Ryo Ixxel
Jeans: Maitreya Boyfriend Jeans Slim – Original by Onyx LeShelle
Hair: *Dura* JAPAN FAIR Limited hair A-3 by Chiaki Xue (colour modified) – this was for Japan Fair and may no longer be available for sale.
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT PetalPink MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers NAT by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Bed: [ARIA] Adelaide bed by Yelo Uriza
Bed tray: [ARIA] Adelaide decorative tray by Yelo Uriza
Trees and flowers from *Happy Mood* by Sasaya Kayo

Pose: aDORKable Poses : Rug Burn II 7 by Adorkable Peapod

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD

Ramblings Of A Smiling Blogger

1 It all starts with a smile

I took a day off of my world travels to visit a familiar location, It all starts with a smile. I have loved this sim since I first saw it about a year ago. Owners Kaelyn Alecto and Maxxster Resident have generously opened it to the public and it is refreshed seasonally. It is a lovely, whimsical place with rolling hills, paths to wander and all sorts of adorable and surprising vignettes around every corner. I thought about doing a full photo shoot of the sim, but to be honest, I was tired and that just taxes my little brain too much. I do love taking landscape photos, but it is not an easy task for me. Too much thought has to go into camera angles and lighting for it to be relaxing. So in order to just kick back and enjoy myself, I just shot a couple of selfies 😉

Before I started shooting I had sent an IM to my blogger mate, Cougar Sangria, who had mentioned she had been trying desperately to get the black hair pack from Exile in this round of The Arcade. Being a redhead, I naturally had it tucked in my inventory, gathering dust and in need of a good brushing. I offered it to her and we ended up trading – she got her coveted black hair and I ended up with the dark reds. We chatted a bit, discussed the need for a Gacha Anonymous group in world and then parted our ways, both intent on finishing work on our blog posts.

That got me to thinking. I have become friendly with several bloggers in Second Life, but with very few exceptions I have only met a few in person, and then only when bumping into them while shopping or when doing a blog-related photo. While I continue to have conversations with many of these amazing people via blog comments, I haven’t yet really gotten to know them well in the world we all call home and report on pretty much daily.

I admit that I have become more solitary while I am in Second Life since I started blogging. Or perhaps I started blogging in part because I had begun to spend more time alone. While I used to be at home pretty much just to change clothes before hanging out at a club or going shopping, it is now where you will find me most of the time. I do visit other places more frequently now, but I am almost always on my own and there for the express purpose of taking photographs.

Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. I DJ two sets a week which forces me to be social and I almost always have fun. The times I enjoy it less are when the crowd is quiet, more content to keep their conversations in private. I like to entertain – to get the group involved in local chat, laughing and teasing, picking up on a song that they might like to keep them involved. So I can’t say that I am an isolationist. But my days of just hanging around with a lot of people for the sake of being around others has passed.

Last night was one of those nights when I had a really fun time DJing. The crowd wasn’t big, but they were engaged and I laughed and chatted all night. There was rarely a pause in the chatter, which was quickly filled by someone making a joke or comment which started the group talking again and I found myself grinning all evening.

I have rambled a lot in my post today. I didn’t have a clue what I would write when I sat down to blog. But like so many others I publish, it all started with a smile.

Pretty stuff I’m wearing:

Top: Tee*fy Basic Tucked Tank Sand by Azure Electricteeth
Jeans: Maitreya Zipper-Skinny Jeans * S #3 by Onyx LeShelle
Boots: {Sleepy Eddy} Engineer Boots (Brown) by Metro Moonwall (gacha prize)
Necklace: Cae :: Promise :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft
Earrings & Ring: Cae :: Promise :: Earrings & Ring by Caelan Hancroft
Holster bag: ANE Holster Bag Brown 01 Leather by Anemysk Karu (available at The Chapter Four)
Headband: *LODE* Headwear – Boohoo [dry grass] by Chirzaka Vlodovic (gacha prize at The Chapter Four)
Hair: *ARGRACE* MIZUKI – True Red by rika Oyen (New release)
Skin: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Peach Lips MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Eye Makeup: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Smokey Eyes by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Hand applier:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink HandApplier SK by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Pose: Eternal Dream Poses – *ED* Runway Love 09 by Fata Boa

Location: It all starts with a smile