Possessed

No. This is definitely not an ordinary blog picture. This is when blogging meets art, I guess. A very personally defined art. I recently read some posts, about how blog pictures should be only barely edited and only show the clothes in specific windlight which caught my attention as a)a lot of people got involved in it making it a debate and b)I’m one of those bloggers that are struggling, trying to figure out what a)viewers and b)designers want to finally see.

I found the post completely reasonable, as the point of it was clear. Customers should be able to see the product clearly, not altered from heavy editing or distorted by avatar positioning. But my question regarding that would be, what are vendor images and demos for? All designers/creators post at least one vendor/ad picture of the product on their social media and the event so everyone should be able to see what the product looks like before purchase. What are bloggers for then? Well, in my opinion, bloggers are used to show something different. Show their own personal styling using one specific product, show their creativity and imagination and even sometimes, their art. They’re also used as a great advertisement as well, depending on how big their fan base is but that is a totally different subject.

Whether it’s my poor Photoshop skills or my limited free time, I try not to spend too much time editing my pictures or going too far with it. I do follow the rule, that in most cases less is better. I have also realized that the better the raw image is the less editing it will need. This is why I try to spend more time in taking a good snapshot, improving my photography and then only touching it up on Photoshop or BeFunky. But everyone needs something to make them different from the others. Everyone needs to find their niche and that one thing that will make them stand out.

Personally I’m still trying to find mine, which explains my constant look changes and picture differences. It’s useless as I end up hating everything I make. But I definitely know LOTD (Look Of The Day) blogging is something I cannot do. Standing there in front of an empty wall, hands down, looking like a mannequin and just changing outfits, is something that would eventually make me get bored of blogging and quit. If there’s one thing I love about this whole experience is having to use my head, trying to come up with something different, something interesting, something that would catch the viewer’s attention. I always aim for diversity. Do I always succeed? No, but I have so much fun doing it. It’s so challenging having an idea in your head and making a picture of it using specific tools. Yes, always keeping in mind that showcasing the “sponsored” products is the main interest but sometimes, the whole picture does that for you.

I believe everyone should be free to do what they feel like in their images and say whatever they feel like saying on their blogs. It’s their platform to express their feelings, creativity and imagination anyways, so they have every right to do so. Besides, it is up to each and every single one of us to appreciate, like or dislike one’s work. So try not to think of what designers like or want to see first but focus on what you want to make. If they have chosen you to work with, it means they have faith in your work. If not, yes, bummer, but remember how much fun you had doing it and how, even for a few minutes, you loved the result.

This was the case with this post’s image. Maybe I’m influenced by Halloween which is close (even though we don’t celebrate it in Greece) or I’m just too excited about the upcoming Nightmare and Salem events that open on Saturday. The dress from Lybra for Shiny Shabby September round, inspired me for something dark and witch-y. I’m sure it’s not what Natzuka had in mind when she created it, but I couldn’t help it. Hair is from Runaway inspired by the Enchantress from the Suicide Squad movie and can be found at the We Love Roleplay event for a couple more days. Pose and props are all from Glitterati which can be found in the marketplace, among other amazing creations of her, perfect for photography.

Highly recommended: The picture is best viewed whilst listening to the Castle by Halsey.

That would be all for now, catch you all next time. Have a good day/night and be kind to one another.

possesed1
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HEAD: CATWA – Sarah V4.10

HAIR: Runaway – Enchantress Hair @WLRP (NEW!) (ends September 30th)

SKIN: Glam Affair – Olivia (past Epiphany exclusive)

DRESS: Lybra – Giulia @Shiny Shabby (NEW!)

TATTOO: Nanika – Luna @On9 (NEW!) (ends September 28th)

FACE TATTOO:  IGOTIT – Lexa Tattoo @TFC (NEW!)

SCENE: GLITTERATI – Mausoleum

Feelings

“Survive now, Cry later…”

I need to tell you about my recent experience with Flickr safety filters. For those who don’t know, Flickr filters all posts in order to make it a safe environment for everyone. Makes perfect sense. Now, what is considered safe, moderate or restricted, is up to everyone’s tastes, likes and behavior I guess.

I recently posted a picture I was in lingerie, nothing explicit shown, only an image you might as well see in a fashion magazine or even on TV. Someone apparently reported it as unsafe (I’m sorry that my bare arm offended you) and that resulted into my whole stream changing to moderate by flickr staff.

At first I thought, ok, even better in case I forget to change my safety options in the future. Then, I realized that, every picture I had spent hours posting on flickr, adding to groups and all of my work basically, had been removed from the groups that don’t allow moderate images.

I believe you can guess my frustration. I didn’t cry, but I was about to. Did I get a warning before that happened? No. Flickr staff did contact my right away, asking me to change my safety levels for certain images, which I did and everything is back to normal now, but oh my gosh, that surely stressed me out and would have saved me so much trouble if I had been given a heads up first.

Anyways, I would like to dedicate this fully clothed, sad picture to the person(s) I might have offended. Please know I’m not doing porn, it’s not who I am. If I look too sexy in some images, thank you, but that is probably the pose and the feeling I get out of it. If it insulted your taste, I apologize, but next time, let me know about it and I’ll fix it for you.

Thank you Slack Girl for these beautiful tears (what an oxymoron phrase!).

Be good everyone.

Feelings
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HEAD: CATWA – Sarah V4.9

HAIR: Rezology – Tossed Behind

SKIN: Bold & Beauty – Chloe

TEARS: SlackGirl – I Cry! (Available for CATWA / Omega / Classic SL)

SWEATER: Pixicat – Cozy Sweater

SOCKS: {sallie} – Knit Over the Knee Socks @Pulse.Fundraiser

 

Scotty

“Sameness is the mother of disgust, variety the cure”

Francesco Petrarch

I don’t necessarily agree with that statement. Works for me at the moment though.

A new poses store is here and might be “Just Another Pose Store” or JAPS but I happen to find it very good! Who doesn’t want to have a variety of poses to take pictures in? Is it always possible? No, but desirable? Yes. In JAPS store you’ll find plenty of couples poses, some cute and some kind of naughty, so I think you will definitely get what you’re looking for.

Time to grab your special someones and get your cameras out people. I didn’t have a special someone available so I grabbed the lovely and so kind Scotty instead. He’d been so patient and so helpful, I’ll be forever grateful! Thank you so much sweetheart!

You can have a look at JAPS mainstore here

Enjoy

SCOTTY
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Exis:

HEAD: CATWA – Sarah V4.9

BODY: Maitreya – Lara V3.5

SKIN: L’Etre – Sarah (Cotton)

HAIR: Tableau Vivant – Yoann @SUMMERFEST’16 (NEW!)

LINGERIE: Erratic – Delice

SHOES: Phedora – Malena (GROUP GIFT)

 Scotty:

HEAD/SKIN: CATWA – Jackson

HAIR: ARGRACE – GAKU

BODY/SKIN:  NIRAMYTH – AESTHETIC

BOXERS: G I O M E N – AESTHETIC BOXERS

TATTOO: Letis – Dragon

 Pose:

JAPS – Take Charge

Location:

Khaled

Mr. Darcy

“All women desire a Mr. Darcy. Unfortunately, most men have no idea who that is…”

Welcome back everyone!

In this project, I’m using another one of Fetching Poses, Tropical Summer event exclusive pose. Fetching Poses released movie-themed poses which fascinated me and the featured movie in this one is Pride and Prejudice.

I figured dressing up in costumes, similar to the movie, would be the easy option. I was inspired to create a different style instead, posh and formal but less of an era.

I had the assistance of the wonderful and brilliant Brad Zeurra  once again.

If you still haven’t checked out the featured poses, I think you definitely should. If you are into photography and blogging, they definitely provide a different platform for everyone to create beautiful images.

Enjoy and happy shopping!

 

MR.DARCY
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Brad:

HEAD: CATWA – Justin V4.9 (NEW!)

BODY: Signature – Gianni v2.7

HAIR: Deadwool – Undercut hair

SKIN:  theSkinnery – Jason (No body skin appliers available for the Signature mesh body yet so he’s wearing L’Etre’s Ian.)

TUXEDO: Hoorenbeek – Tuxedo

SHOES: Hoorenbeek – Regal

EYES: IKON – Odyssey

Exis:

HEAD: CATWA– Sarah V4.9

BODY: Maitreya – Lara V3.5

 SKIN: PUMEC: – ISA (GACHA RARE)

HAIR: Rezology – Dicty

EYES: S0NG – Aki

DRESS: MoDANNA – Leather Gown

EARRINGS/NECKLACE: MG – Alexa Black Choker Pearls

GLOVES: Moon Elixir – Lush

POSE: Fetching Poses – Pride and Prejudice (bench is included) @TSF (NEW!)

LOCATION: Saint Pete City

Doll Factory

“The first 5 years of a girl’s life, are spent playing with Barbies. The next 15 years are spent trying to look like one”

Welcome back everyone!

TGIF!!!

I had warned myself that this month would be a busy one, but it’s not even close to what I’ve imagined. New releases, new events, new sims, stores closing, others move, other re-open. I’m always trying to be up to date and keep up with everything but, oh well, you know how it is.

So speaking of events, Vintage Fair opens today! SlackGirl is in this round with a very interesting product. It is called LouLou and is a box, a flower, and eye make up. Box is resizable, flower is worn in the mouth (but can be moved if you want and turn into a hair accessory) and make up is available for Catwa/Lelutka/Omega and TMP mesh heads! All are sold together but can be worn separately.

When I tried them on, I instantly thought of barbie dolls in plastic boxes on shelves. I talked to my bestie Julie (I always ask for her advice, you should too, she gives awesome advice), and figured fine, let’s do a post about feminism and how women are treated like objects and pressure themselves to always look perfect and always look pretty and so on.

But I woke up this morning and thought, who really wants to read me rambling about all that?

Happy shopping and have fun<3

DOLL-FACTORY
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BOX: SlackGirl – Lou-Lou Box @VINTAGE FAIR (OPENS TODAY) (NEW!)

FLOWER: SlackGirl – Lou-Lou Flower @VINTAGE FAIR (OPENS TODAY) (NEW!)

EYESHADOW: SlackGirl – Lou-Lou Eyeshadow @VINTAGE FAIR (OPENS TODAY) (NEW!)

LEFT:

HEAD:  Catwa  – Sarah

SKIN: theSkinnery – Magali @C88 (NEW!) (I’ve linked to the off sim – cam shopping landmark.  You can have a look at previous posts for the other one)

RIGHT:

HEAD: Lelutka – Simone

SKIN: PUMEC  – Dinara @WE<3RP (NEW!)