All Wrapped Up For Christmas

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This may be a record. It has taken me five days to complete this photograph!

I don’t usually log in during the week, but with The Liaison Collaborative having just opened and Winter Solstice in the Mystic Realms opening tomorrow, I have been overwhelmed with delicious goodies! Rather than getting into a panic this weekend trying to do tons of photos, I thought I would pop in for an hour or so each night to get some extra pictures taken.

But, once I started unboxing, I discovered that I wasn’t going to be able to simply slip into an outfit and pop out a few props. The set actually took me two-and-a-half nights to build, half to shoot, one to collect the credits (!!!) and finally tonight to process the photo and write the post. All up, this has taken me about eight hours to complete. I could have skipped work today – I have put in the overtime already!

I’m not sure where to start with everything I love in this photo. You are going to have to dig through the credits to unearth all of the amazingness yourself, but I wanted to point out just a few things…

I’m going to start with the dress I am wearing from !gO! at The Liaison Collaborative. The dress itself is just incredible – a simple A-line dress with a square neckline, applique details and slit handkerchief skirt, all in a tastefully glimmery fabric. Then add this sexy but sophisticated boa, and you have the ultimate Christmas dress. You may even decide to save it for New Year’s Eve – it’s just that glamorous! I decided I needed a more cosmopolitan skin, so I packed up my freckles and went with tone 5 of the amara beauty Jewel head and body appliers, coming to Winter Solstice in the Mystic Realms and settled on this saucy little bob with poinsettia combs from adoness, also coming to Winter Solstice in the Mystic Realms.

As for the decor, the highlight for me is the fireplace, Christmas tree, candles, card string and crate with books from {e}lusive, available at The Liaison Collaborative. I received an IM from the creator, Dema Fairport, asking if I would be interested in blogging the set. She explained that ” I am a new builder and this set is literally my debut into the world of mesh home and garden items.”

What? Huh? NEW builder? This stuff is amazing!

The tree is a bibliophile’s dream, the fireplace is amazing with all of those shelves just begging to to be stuffed full of…stuff! The fire itself is perfect – not smoky, not too flickery, just the type of fire that you want to curl up in front of and snuggle with a cup of cocoa and your sweetheart. The same can be said of the candles, which give off just the right amount of glow.

I could go on, but I’ll stop here. Do take a close look at all of the beautiful things just waiting for you to pick up at these events.

Oh, and I mentioned that Winter Solstice in the Mystic Realms opens tomorrow, didn’t I? Click the photo below to keep up with what’s going on at the Pale Girl Productions blog and I promise to include a SLurl to the event tomorrow.

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I’ve got everything all wrapped up for Christmas for you right here.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

On Peep:
*Dress: !gO! Noelle dress – Maitreya Lara by Gocha Merlin (available at The Liaison Collaborative through December 30)
*Boa: !gO! !gO! Noelle Boa Shawl – small by Gocha Merlin (available at The Liaison Collaborative through December 30)
*Boots: Essenz – Calgary (Maitreya) by Senzati0n Domenitzo (available at The Liaison Collaborative through December 30)
*Hair/hair decor: adoness : poinsettia : scarlet by Cruella Pennell (coming to Winter Solstice in the Mystic Realms December 9-19, 2016)
*Body applier: amara beauty body appliers OMEGA (for Maitreya Lara – tone 5) by Shantia Soulstar (coming to Winter Solstice in the Mystic Realms December 9-19, 2016)
*Head applier: amara beauty Jewel 05 CATWA applier by Shantia Soulstar (coming to Winter Solstice in the Mystic Realms December 9-19, 2016)
*Lipstick: *Birth* Willow Lipstick (Cawta ‘Annie’) – TLC – 5 by Silent Alchemi (gacha prize) (available at The Liaison Collaborative through December 30)
Head: CATWA HEAD Tumble V4.9 by Catwa Clip
Body, feet and hands: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: LOTUS. Devotion Eyes – 2 by Lilanachristina (gacha prize)

Decor:
*Available at The Liaison Collaborative through December 30
{e}lusive {e} Book Tree with Lights 1 by Dema Fairport
{e}lusive Fireplace by Dema Fairport
{e}lusive {e} Light string with cards by Dema Fairport
{e}lusive {e} Crate and books by Dema Fairport
{e}lusive {e} Candles by Dema Fairport
Les Sucreries de Fairy * Solstice Doll * Orange Decoration 1 by fairyzette Sahara (gacha prize)
Les Sucreries de Fairy * Solstice Doll * Orange Decoration 2 by fairyzette Sahara (gacha prize)
22769 ~ [bauwerk] Winter Village – RARE by Paco Pooley (gacha prize)
Pose/gift box: oOo Studio Presents by Olaenka Chesnokov

*Coming to Winter Solstice in the Mystic Realms December 9-19, 2016
+XAnSA+ Fantasmas – Gift 1 – S/M by XanXan Jervil
+XAnSA+ Fantasmas – Gift 2 – S/M by XanXan Jervil
+XAnSA+ Fantasmas – Gift 3 – S/M by XanXan Jervil
+XAnSA+ Fantasmas – Gift 4 – S/M by XanXan Jervil
+XAnSA+ Fantasmas – Gift 5 – S/M by XanXan Jervil
+XAnSA+ Fantasmas – Gift 5 – S/M by XanXan Jervil
~Refined Wild~ – Rattan Ball – Light – A MESH Product by Khyle Sion
~Refined Wild~ — Festive Lights – RATTAN STAR – A MESH Product by Khyle Sion
ELYSIUM – Fridtjof bench – aluminium by Aleida Rhode

[ dynasty ] – Box of Ornaments – Grey CLOSED by KidDreamz (available at Shiny Shabby through December 15)
[ dynasty ] – Box of Ornaments – Grey OPENED by KidDreamz (available at Shiny Shabby through December 15)
Kalopsia – Crackers Box by Isabeau Barragula (Available at Tannenbaum Holiday Market through December 25)
Kalopsia – Winter Dome by Isabeau Barragula (Available at Tannenbaum Holiday Market through December 25)
Kalopsia – Puddle Duck – White by Isabeau Barragula (Available at Tannenbaum Holiday Market through December 25)
Myrrine cluster of candle houses by Myrrine (Available at Tannenbaum Holiday Market through December 25)
Vagabond – Ida’s Blanket Pile (Green) by Shawneese Offcourse (Available at Tannenbaum Holiday Market through December 25)
{what next} Holiday Eggnog Latte by Winter Thorn (Available at Tannenbaum Holiday Market through December 25)
*ionic* Now! Poster by Iakua Arriaga (gacha prize)
The Loft & ARIA – Troubadour Rug by Yelo Uriza
ARIA -Nicola Pine Garland by Yelo Uriza (Available at Tannenbaum Holiday Market through December 25)
(luc) Earth Hue Candles, Silver Platter (greens/brown) by Lucas Lameth (available at Shiny Shabby through December 15)
Apple Fall White Iris by warehousefifteendesigns
:HAIKEI: The Winter Cabin / GACHA {7} (xmas sign) by quo0p
Pajamas: Dead Dollz The Sleepy One – Roses by Kiddo Oh
Scarf: Dead Dollz The Warm One – Scarf – Brown by Kiddo Oh
[ zerkalo ] Vintage Ornaments – 4 by AnaisTerpillie (gacha prize at The Crossroads December 2016)
[ zerkalo ] Vintage Ornaments – 7 – RARE by AnaisTerpillie (gacha prize at The Crossroads December 2016)
Build: DaD DESIGN “Aspen Cabin” m/c V.1.0 by sheerpetal Roussel (available at Shiny Shabby through December 15)
random.Matter. – Book of Sorrows by Nikohl Hax (Deco(c)rate November 2016)

Photo taken using LUMIPro by Stefan Buscaylet

Peace And Goodwill

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This is the type of scene that I miss most, living now in Australia. I am heading for my seventeenth Christmas down under, and it just doesn’t feel like the same holiday that it was in the USA. The cold air, warmed by a crackling fire, hot chocolate and the memories as each precious ornament is unwrapped, dusted off and placed lovingly on the tree. Cramming the living room with so many beautiful, shiny things that it is an adventure to get from one side of the room to the other.

Christmas on the beach? No thank you.

At least in Second Life, with the help of some fabulous creators, I can recreate the nostalgic feelings of those Christmases gone by.

Tree Glass Jewel Ornaments by Salt & Pepper

Peace and goodwill to all who enter here.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

    Available at Tannenbaum Holiday Market through December 25:
    *From {what next} by Winter Thorn:
    {what next} Christmas Wall Collage (size 1)
    {what next} Christmas Gift Box Tower
    {what next} Gold Gift Box Tower
    {what next} Holiday Eggnog Latte
    {what next} Christmas Cookie Box
    *From Salt & Pepper by xxSaltandPepperxx (gacha prizes):
    S&P tree jewel -tree topper RARE
    S&P tree jewel blue
    S&P tree jewel brown
    S&P tree jewel gold
    S&P tree jewel green
    S&P tree jewel purple
    S&P tree jewel red (showcased in 2nd photo)
    S&P tree jewel silver (showcased in 2nd photo)
    S&P tree jewel snow (showcased in 2nd photo)
    From Kalopsia by Isabeau Baragula:
    Kalopsia – Carol’s Bows Garland – White
    Kalopsia – Crackers Box
    Kalopsia – Puddle Duck – White
    Kalopsia – Spinning Top – Green
    Kalopsia – Bunny Foofoo – Sitting – White
    Kalopsia – Pile of Gifts
    Kalospia – Winter Dome
    Kalopsia – Carol’s Christmas Garland
    From Pilot by Kaz Nayar:
    PILOT – Hanging Ornaments
    PILOT – Tiered Plant Stand [Evergreen]
    From Fancy Decor by Jake Vordun:
    Fancy Decor: Twig Tree (silver)
    Fancy Decor: Twig Tree (gold)
    From Mori. by Nalena Fairey (gacha prizes):
    Mori . beads C
    Mori . beads E
    Mori. flying key . gold A
    Mori. flying key . silver A
    Toiz. Noel jar lamp by Marinestella
    Schadenfreude Popcorn Garland Decorating Birdies RARE by Allegory Malaprop (gacha prize)
    3-Bee Designs Christmas Ornaments:.gacha Garland by Bee Caudron (gacha prize)
    tarte. crate sled – natural w lights by Alixxbella
    Myrrine cluster of candle houses by Myrrine
    Vagabond – Ida’s Tree Skirt by Shawneese Offcourse
    R(S)W Christmas Card Row by Robin Sojourner

Inside tree: Botanical – Green Douglas Fir Christmas Tree (Tannenbaum) by Kriss Lehmann
*Outside tree: Little Branch LB_XmasTree{34th Street}V2 by Cari McKeenan
Fireplace: Apple Fall Georgian Gothic Fireplace by Warehousefifteendesigns
Rug: Kalopsia – Emily’s Faux Fur Rug by Isabeau Baragula
Small table: dust bunny . rose table . white by lxlNoel
Stockings: {what next} Nordic Stocking (White#1 & White#3) by FrankLee Anatra
Build: DaD DESIGN “Aspen Cabin” m/c V.1.0 by sheerpetal Roussel (available at Shiny Shabby through December 15)

Shadows & Daydreams

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Much to talk about! I know I have been relatively quiet on the blog front recently. It’s not that I haven’t had lots of pretties to photograph, but rather that I lost my shadows a while back. Not literally; I just couldn’t photograph them any longer. Sadly, every time I had shadows enabled and clicked a pic, my viewer crashed 😦 Light and shadows have always been the most exciting part of photography for me, so when I lost the ability to use it in Second Life, my motivation to take pictures began to wane. I would still create a set, style an outfit and shoot multiple photos in varying Windlight settings, but they just seemed flat to me. I am not accomplished enough in Photoshop to create my own shadows realistically, so I just let my work on my blog dwindle to a trickle, while lamenting and daydreaming about my lost light and shade.

Then, yesterday, I decided to finally install the latest beta Firestorm update. I had held back because of the known detachment issues, but since they hadn’t yet released the alpha update in several weeks, I went ahead and installed the current version. And something happened that I didn’t realise would make such a huge difference to me in just a while…

Firestorm changed the configuration of my graphics card as relates to the viewer. I didn’t think anything about it at the time, but when I finally began to take photographs using the new interface (which I LOVE, by the way!!) I noticed that the refresh rate was amazingly faster than it was before. Holding my breath, I went into Preferences and enabled Sun, Moon & Projectors, clicked my virtual shutter-release button and…

Nothing happened. Well, at least not what I was dreading – the crash, the swear words, the frustration, the reboot! The image simply refreshed within a couple of seconds! Considering it previously took up to 20 seconds to refresh an image using the old version sans shadows, I was dancing and laughing like a two-year old hyped up on Frogs in a Pond!

Happy, happy girl 🙂

On top of all of that, I got into Collabor88 and just died deliriously over the goodies from [ keke ] and Vagabond & Kalopsia! You can tell – almost every prop in this photo is from one of those creators. I needed something to showcase this lovely and feminine corset and skirt set from Salt & Pepper for We < 3 Role-Play this month, and they fit the bill magically.

It was a good day. In fact, I think I know exactly how Stella felt when she finally got her groove back. While the shadows aren’t overly evident in this photo, you should see them in some of the other forty-odd raw shots I have!

To celebrate, I’ll just be happily dwelling amongst the shadows and daydreams with a faraway smile on my face.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

*Top: Salt & Pepper S&P Corsage Becca by xxSaltandPepperxx
(available at We < 3 Role-Play August 2015)
*Skirt: Salt & Pepper S&P Skirt Becca S sand by xxSaltandPepperxx (available at We < 3 Role-Play August 2015)
Feet wrappings: fri.day fri. – Aisling.Wraps (Blush) – Maitreya High by Darling Monday (available at Collabor88 August 2015)
Hair: *ARGRACE* NAO – Ginger by rika Oyen (New Release)
Tattoo: [White~Widow] Midnight in Paris – MeshBody Appliers by Julie Hastings (New Release)
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

Floor: Kalopsia – Broken Floor – Dream by Isasbeau Baragula (available at Collabor88 August 2015)
Table: Vagabond – Pearl’s Birdie Cage by Shawneese Offcourse (available at Collabor88 August 2015)
Birdcage: Vagabond – Pearl’s Birdie Cage by Shawneese Offcourse (available at Collabor88 August 2015)
Curtains: Kalopsia– Lace Curtains by Isabeau Baragula (available at Collabor88 August 2015)
Leaves: Kalopsia – Flying leaves – Dream 1 by Isabeau Baragula (available at Collabor88 August 2015)
Book: floorplan. daydream book by Tegan Serin (available at Collabor88 August 2015)
floor lights: [ keke ] glitter floor by Kean Kelly (available at Collabor88 August 2015)
Stars: [ keke ] star glitter by Kean Kelly (available at Collabor88 August 2015)

Pose: Di’s Opera – Glam Series 4 – 2 by Di Hoorenbeek

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet