Elisa

Good morning world! It’s Monday but feels like Tuesday. Only because I stop work on Thursday due to Easter holidays and I could not be more happy. I think I’m going to spend whole Friday sleeping. And it would still not be enough. Mood is great, let’s take advantage of that!

Today I want to ramble a little and write a few things about the Blogger and Vlogger Network. It had come to my attention by Kess, who is one of the people responsible for it. I’ve been following Kess’ work for a while now and I’m enjoying every single one of her posts. She always has a few things to write about her day or her life in general, which I adore, as it makes me relate to her and makes this whole thing, more personal. If you haven’t seen her post regarding the BNVN already, I’m quoting her vision about this:

“I mentioned briefly yesterday the new Blogger & Vlogger Network that I have been working on for a while now with my wonderful colleagues from Spotlight Magazine, Trouble Dethly and Delicate Flower. BVN is a new support, education and networking resource for bloggers, vloggers and photographers in Second Life with a website packed full of useful tutorials and articles and a programme of live events including talks and panel discussions for designers and bloggers. Check out the website and suggest anything you would like to see and join the group in world to keep up to the date with the schedule of events and network with other like-minded bloggers and vloggers. I personally am very interested in learning more about vlogging so I am very much looking forward to Cassie Middles talk on transitioning to vlogging in a couple of weeks time.”

Source: https://theglamoursauce.com/2017/03/07/bright-lights/

I think you’ve probably seen a bunch of the Network’s posts on social media already, regarding discussions, blogger and vlogger opportunities, picturesque sims and basically anything blogger and vlogger related. There is an inworld group you join for free and you can then be up to date with everything or simply ask for assistance or advice on the matter.

Last Saturday they had invited 3 well established SL brand owners to talk about their perspective when it comes to blogging, to give and share some tips and ideas on how to represent a brand better and what they think bloggers should or should not do. I was out Saturday night and couldn’t attend, but the whole discussion was being streamed live and recorded on YouTube. I watched it last night and I was excited. There were a lot of interesting Q&As. On Tuesday, Strawberry Singh will be on the panel talking about social media and the use of them. Can’t wait.

Blogger & Vlogger Network’s social media

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Elisa
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A mention to this beautiful head is also important! Genesis Lab. participates in the new round of The Seasons Story which opens today. The new release is a skin applier, created and worn on Jane bento head. There is a shape included as always but, like all bento heads, you can also modify it to your liking. She comes in all available skin tones and she has a very youngish doll face that I love. Genesis Lab. skins are also pretty affordable compared to most skin stores on the grid. Price is usually 500L$ and the body appliers (all tones included on the hud) are 200L$ and sold separately for Maitreya, Slink and Belleza (Vista bento hands too).

That’s all for now peeps! Have a lovely day and be kind to one another. See you all soon.

HEAD: Genesis Lab. – Jane 3.2 (bento)

SKIN/SHAPE: Genesis Lab. – Elisa @The Seasons Story (NEW!) 

EYESHADOW: Genesis Lab. – Wet Eyeshadow (gacha common)

EYES: Genesis Lab. – Orpheus 3.0 (gacha common)

LASHES: Genesis Lab. – Annice 3.0 (gacha common)

HAIR: Photoshop hair by Rayne Morgan

Sui

I really didn’t want to wake up this morning. I usually set two alarms, the second one ten minutes after the first one buzzes, but today, somehow, I managed to turn both off and just keep on dreaming. Literally. I guess guilt woke me up. For two reasons. 1. Work ethics, (I don’t know if that’s a thing but it does make sense to me), I can’t be late for work and 2. I had to show you one of the two skin appliers ItGirls created and is going to release at the Skin Fair.

Skin Fair opens tomorrow and will stay open for 16 days. There are so many stores participating that the odds are you will definitely find something to purchase. ItGirls participates with two exclusive skin appliers, one for Catwa and one for Lelutka heads. Today’s post features the Lelutka one. Her name is Sui, she’s a Asian and so pretty. She’s available in 5 different skin tones and with optional freckles or brows as well. I’m going to post her Catwa release soon. Until then you can have a look at all the participating stores here.

There are two sims on which the event takes place. For both landmarks check the credits below.

SUI

Have a good one everyone and be kind to one another.

HEAD: .LeLutka. – Simone 2.6 (bento)

SKIN/SHAPE: itGirls – Sui @Skin Fair 2017 (Sim 1Sim 2) (NEW!)

EYES: Genesis Lab -WILD AFRICA @Kustom 9  (gacha common) (ends March 10th)

HAIR: Photoshop hair by Rayne Morgan

Background image from FLATWORLDSEDGE PHOTOGRAPHY

Dominika

Bento heads give you options. Not as many as you’d probably wish for but quite a lot. Even though I’m very weird and picky about my shape, I often experiment a lot, in case I come up with a new and better one. Pumec recently released a new skin for Catya bento head which included the shape. Not one I would normally wear but, you know me, I like the challenge of getting out of the comfort zone. Oh and speaking about bento heads, Catwa posted a preview of her second bento female head. What do you think? Pretty, right?

entangled
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That’s all for now people. It’s Wednesday so the mood gets better and better! Have a good day/night and be kind to one another.

HEAD: CATWA – Catya v1.08 (bento)

SKIN/SHAPE: [PUMEC] – Dominika @Cosmetic Fair (NEW!)

 LIPSTICK: [PUMEC] – Lipstick (Pack #9) @Tres Chic (NEW!)

LASHES: Mai Bilavio – Heaven Mink Lash @Kustom9 (NEW!) (gacha common)

EYES: [PUMEC] – Mesh Eyes (Pack #4) (past WLRP)

EARS: [PUMEC] – Mesh Ears #1 (gacha)

HAIR: Photoshop hair by Rayne Morgan

Let’s play

Annie Jolifaunt has been one busy lady lately. Especially ever since bento heads have become a new and unique part of SL, she’s been working hard to create shapes, skins and make-up for them, to satisfy all needs. ItGirls has always been one of my favorite appliers store and I believe the reasons why, are obvious. Her Blanca applier for Lelutka is definitely the one I’m addicted to lately. She recently released make-up huds to compliment the skin so I had to share them with you. You can have a look at the huds here. I’m just so glad she keeps me busy with her work. Making portraits all the time has made me memorize Dae‘s tutorials, plus it’s a fun practice. So, yay!

lets-play
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In other news, it’s Friday today  (TGIF-Woot), so that alone, is enough to make your day, isn’t it? I am working tomorrow and it will be another short busy weekend for me again, but at least it’s better than nothing at all. Whatever you do, hope you have a good one and enjoy it. See you all next time!

HEAD: .LeLutka. – Simone 2.1 (bento)

EYES: Genesis Lab – CANDY (gacha)

SKIN/SHAPE: itGirls – Blanca

EYESHADOW: itGirls – Goddess (NEW!) (available on MP too)

LIPSTICK: itGirls – Matte (NEW!) (available on MP too)

EAR: Genesis Lab – Tunnel Oreille De Lotus

CHOKER: [evolove] – Mandy @TCF (NEW!) (ends  January 21st)

HAIR: Photoshop hair by Rayne Morgan

Blanca

blanca
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HEAD: LeLutka – Simone 2.0 (bento)

SKIN/MAKE-UP: ItGirls – Blanca (NEW!) (available on MP too – Shape is included)

EYES/EARS: Genesis Lab

HAIR: Photoshopped hair by Rayne Morgan

This post is dedicated to Daeberethwen Arbenlow, a blogger and photographer I’m sure you all know by her creative pictures and helpful tutorials (links to her work can be found at the end of this post). I had the opportunity to live the dream and meet her a few days ago. I can’t just skip the experience and not share it with you all.

First of all, let me start by saying that everything I know about SL photography, Photoshop or blogging I learned by two bloggers. Strawberry Singh and Daeberethwen Arbenlow. Their work has been incredibly motivating and inspiring. They make everything look effortless. Of course, later on, I discovered it is not really. There is a huge list of bloggers and photographers I admire on SL but Dae’s work has influenced and inspired me in a way I can’t really describe.

Last month, there was a charity event on SL, called #unitedandkind and Dae put herself up for one of the auctions. The highest bidder would get a portrait from her. Can you imagine my enthusiasm as soon as I saw that?

So that brings us to my portrait (which is as beautiful as I expected it’d be) and the conversation I had with her. We did say a lot and talked for a while so I’ve only selected to share what I’ve found most interesting and important:

EXIS: I’m assuming you were blogging back when it was mostly reviewing a copy rather than just making a pretty picture. How much would you say blogging has changed  today?

Daeberethwen Arbenlow: I’ve actually only been blogging for 2 years. I’ve been in SL longer, but I never did reviews. It has always been about the art for me. The only things I review now are things on my youtube so people can make educated decisions about expensive products.

EXIS: Many people say – some actually accuse – bloggers of behaving like celebrities and basically turning SL into a fashion/picture game/contest, where if you’re popular, you’re loyalty and if not, no one wants to hang out with you. Do you think that’s true?

Daeberethwen Arbenlow: I think that is very true in certain circles, particularly among the people who consider themselves runway fashion models. But among the event bloggers and casual bloggers I do not think that is true. People will hang out with you if you are nice and they get to know you. Social media like plurk helps you to get to know people. I do not think most people are clique-y on purpose, if they don’t know you they won’t hang out with you. You have to get a certain level of trust or rapport with someone, is all.

EXIS: How hard is it being Dae? Meaning, almost everyone knows you, wants to be your friend. You probably get randoms teleports, friend requests all the time.

Daeberethwen Arbenlow: It’s not really hard at all, to be honest. I wish I had more time for SL because I work a lot in RL, but I don’t get bombarded with friend requests or teleports. I don’t leave my platform too much, but blogging really makes me happy and I never feel harassed from it. Most people are nice with me because I treat people how I want to be treated. You get the occasional jealousy problems, but for the most part I think people are better than we give them credit for.

EXIS: I think it’s needless to ask about your favorite stores/designers. I’m guessing most bloggers blog or at least try to, for the stores they love.

Daeberethwen Arbenlow: I don’t always blog for the people I like, sometimes they have too stringent requirements. If I don’t think I can honor my commitments with integrity I don’t apply.

EXIS: Do you have any advice to give to new bloggers like me?

Daeberethwen Arbenlow: My advice to newer bloggers is to network, network, network. On Flickr, on Plurk and in world. And then to never let blogging become a job. If you don’t love it, it will start to show in your work. If you feel in a rut, take a photo that makes you happy even if it doesn’t mean everyone will like it or it will meet your requirements for someone you blog for. Do it for you. And don’t repost your photos excessively for faves. People hate that and will unfollow you. Personally it doesn’t bother me much, but I see people getting really upset over it. I do not think bumping is a real problem, I think it is a little dramatic to care if you see the same photo. But bumping a photo more than once (for timezones) comes off as desperate. Another piece of advice, faves do not denote your worth. Not every photo will get as many faves as you hope or think it deserves. It doesn’t mean you suck. Don’t dwell on photos you feel underperformed.

EXIS: Very good point!

Daeberethwen Arbenlow: When I first started, I thought 20 or 30 faves was amazing, but I didn’t focus on faves I focused on my work and eventually the work kept improving because I was learning as I went. And people liked what I was doing. But they like what I do because my passion shows in my work. Not because I thought I’d get good faves. It’s not instantaneous and a blogger doesn’t suck if you don’t get there right away. Just keep doing what you love and it will come in time if you network to show people you exist. Even if you’re Picasso, if you don’t network at all no one will find you.

EXIS: Do you prefer blogging for events or individual stores more? I know you’re blogging for collabor88, The Arcade, We love role-play, The epiphany to only name a few, is it better blogging for events?

Daeberethwen Arbenlow: I like blogging for events the best because I get to play with things that aren’t what I usually blog for, but also it’s really nice to blog for stores because you get basically every release. For skins especially it is nice since I like portraits. I blog for Deetalez so I always have fresh portraits. Skins and heads are my favorite things to blog for, but events are my favorite type because of variety. I blog nearly every day, it would get so old without all that.

EXIS: How did you learn so much about Photoshop? Are you working with Photoshop in your real work too?

Daeberethwen Arbenlow: Well, I already knew a lot of basics from real. But I mostly just did graphics, not retouching. And then I just learned through trial and error, I have a knack for picking up on things that are technical. I just did whatever I needed to make something look how I wanted. Passion about photography is so important for blogging. A lot of taking pretty pictures is knowing what will look good for angles and colors, and that is something that is hard to learn unless you are truly passionate. If you don’t like it after, you take it and bring it into Photoshop, try doing lots of effects on it until you do, like overlays, light leak overlays or snow or anything.

EXIS: Dae you are wonderful, thank you so much!

Daeberethwen Arbenlow: It was my pleasure, thank you for donating.

Then she had to go and edit my picture, which she had ready in like 10 minutes! I don’t know about you, but it takes me way more to edit mine. Overall this is one of my best experiences in the virtual world. I’m more than happy with the result. I’m also incredibly happy I got to meet the woman I look up to and have her actually guide me and advise me.

Here’s where you can find the beautiful work of Daeberethwen Arbenlow:

Flickr
Blog
Tutorials

I would recommend to follow her Plurk too, apart from talented, she’s hilarious.

Thank you all for reading (if you’ve made it this far). Have a lovely day/night/weekend and see you all next time.