Golden Autumn

Picture Made for VERSUS Magazine Fall/Winter 2018 (https://issuu.com/versus.sl.magazine/docs/versus_magazine_fall_winter_2018)

Jewelry

Necklace: Kunglers – “Rosalia”

Hair & Makeup

Hair: no.match – “No.Arrest”

Makeup: alaskametro<3 – “Molten Eyeshadow” (LeLutka Applier)

Lipstick: alaskametro<3 – “Fey Lipgloss” (LeLutka Applier)

Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 3.0”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara 4.1”

Face: Izzie’s – “Pores & Blemishes (LeLutka Applier)

Poses & Props

Pose: Foxcity

Backdrop: Moon_Sha – “Wall Ivy 1 – Summer 1”

Model, Stylist & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

A Walk in the Park

Walk in the Park

You go for a walk in the park ’cause you don’t need anything
The hand that you sometimes hold doesn’t do anything
The face that you see in the door isn’t standing there anymore
In a matter of time, it would slip from my mind
In and out of my life, you would slip from my mind
In a matter of time
[Beach House]

Outfit & Accessories

Jacket: *COCO* – “Denim Jacket over Shoulders” (Maitreya)
Top: Maitreya – “Bali Boho Blouse” (Maitreya)
Pants: Kaithleen’s – “Frill Denim Shorts” (Maitreya)
Tights: Izzie’s – “Sheer Tights Basic” (Maitreya Applier)
Shoes: N-Core – “Rogue” (Maitreya)
Bag: GizzA – “Soho Tote Bag”
Glasses: EarthStones – “The Yesterday”
Necklace: Kunglers – “Melita”
Rings: .Drastic. – “Fairy Silver Rings” (Maitreya, Bento)
Nails: Nailed It! – “French Manicure Pastels Set” (Maitreya Applier)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: no.match – “No.Nothing” – NEW @ COSMOPOLITAN

Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 3.0”
Body: Maitreya – “Lara 4,1”
Face:  Izzie’s – “Pores & Blemishes” (LeLutka Applier)

Poses & Props

Poses: Foxcity

Location

Model & Photographer

Lost Paradise – What do you believe in?

I am not uberly religious, but some themes, which as well are shown in arts again and again, do catch my attention sometimes. I more believe in nature and the power of even that, instead of the church for example. Religion or the believe in god, spirits and ghosts are something very personal and we all have different experiences with that, so I would never ever try to convince anyone of my own opinions about that. I do believe in the thought, that energy never goes away completely (Conservation of Energy) and always gets transitioned into something else 😉

For me tings like the Wiccan cult – or some older forms of nature based believes – are way easier to believe in than god or even the church. There was a time, where I did believe in god and as well the church, but that did end with the death of my father when I was 7. He died because of stomach cancer and all I wanted to know – when I was 7 – was “Why?”. Why would that god, that I did believe in, allow that a disease would be able to take my father from me, when I still needed him so much. There was a group for kids at the church, which I was attending every week and after my father passed away I wanted answers. They had none besides the one the church always uses, if they can’t explain something – “The paths of God are inscrutable”. Tell that a 7 years old girl, which is kinda ripped apart – not really working out well. That was my first disruption I had with that. Later, when I did grow up and started to try to get to the bottom of everything I was told and what I learned, it became even worse… I questioned why god would let it happen, that in a war innocent babies get killed – after I they tried to convince me, that war is nothing god does, but the humans as all have their own ability to make decisions – babies who can’t even walk, talk, speak nor make any kind of deliberately decisions.

I read the bible – more than once, as I wanted answers and I wanted to understand – and the more I read, the more I again questioned so many things… for example, how can I believe in a god that breaks his own ten commandments in the bible? How can I believe in a god, that allows humans to murder in his name? I was taught god is good! I learned I never will get answers more than “God must have his plan” or like I said before “His ways are inscrutable”- which was not enough for me, as I always want to go to the bottom of things. Maybe that is the reason why I personally prefer science and nature over religion itself.

Like I stated at the beginning, for me it is way easier to believe in the power of nature. Nature is very rational and there are proves, that some things do happen as we see it everyday. There is stuff between heaven and earth, not all will notice – or not all will/want to understand. So everyone has the freedom to decide, what he or she wants to believe in Germany, which is something I highly value. I know it is not a matter of course everywhere in the world sadly.

What I had in mind for this pictures, was a modern version of Eve, paired with the believe in natural powers and the Wiccan doctrine – Something nature connected 🙂 (I still won’t believe, that the female should have been the only reason, that locked out the human species from paradise 😉 )

I LOVE the creativity of CURELESS [+] / CUREMORE, especially their gachas that contain those amazing, special and unusual/artistic torsos. This time it was the “Lost Paradise” gacha, which drew my attention. The gacha does not only contain wearable parts, but as well some cool creations for the scenery. The trees, which come with a HUD for the bones and the apples, the snakes in all colors and shapes and the apples on the ground are a perfect scenery. I wanted all kind of warm colors for the set and with the HUDs it was really easy to achieve 🙂 I added some other things to my look – you all know I really love mix and match. I had some amazing parts, which I could imagine would fit so well, like the hand branches from .Drastic. or the cool claws from E.A.Studio. Iam not a fan of ling empty legs – I stated that in past posts already – so I wanted something wrapped around my legs and certainly no high heels 😉 I wanted flat shoes… but I do not own many of those, as I rarely shop for flat shoes besides sneakers, heavy boots and those kind of style. So I was so happy, when I found the “Charro Flats” still sitting in my inventory. I know I got them at an event and then I never had the right look to use them – until today!

Again I was able to just play with stuff I got over the time and did not have to follow any deadlines. Sometimes I really do need that, as much as I enjoy blogging, sometimes I need my freedom. It is different, when you blog for a designer. where you have items you want to showcase in the focus in a very clear way, or if you just fool around with things. I really do enjoy both and I need both for my happiness 😉 It feels like 2 completely different challenges to me and I do enjoy both!

Outfit &Accessories

Torso: CUREMORE – “Lost Paradise / Eden Diorama” (Maitreya, Gacha, Rare)

Legs: Storybook – “Savage – Brown” (Maitreya)

Shoes: Eudora3D – “Charro Flats” (Maitreya)

Apple: CUREMORE – “Lost Paradise / Eve’s Apple” (Gacha, Rare)

Headpiece 1: CUREMORE – “Lost Paradise / Wreath (fire)” (Gacha)

Headpiece 2: La Biche – “Branch Horns (Toadstool)”

Choker: Moon Elixir – “Mushroom Thron Crown”

Hands & Rings: .Drastic. – “Walnut Hand Branches”(Maitreya, Bento)

Nails/Claws: E.A.Studio – “Obsess Claws” (Maitreya, Bento)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] – “Leighton”

Makeup: Zibska – “Kane” (LeLutka Applier)

Lipstick: Zibska – “Folia Lips” (LeLutka Applier)

Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 3.0”

Body; Maitreya – “Lara 4.1”

Face: Izzie’s – “Pores & Blemishes” (LeLutka Applier)

Body Tattoo: Astralia – “Forest Tattoo” (Maitreya, Ivy Elf Gacha)

Poses & Props

Poses:

Foxcity

Set:

CUREMORE – “Lost Paradise / Paradise Tree (Brown)” (Gacha)

CUREMORE -“Lost Paradise /Crawling Snake(Beige & Green)” (Gacha)

CUREMORE – “Lost Paradise / Crawling HeadUp Snake (Beige & Green)” (Gacha)

CUREMORE – “Lost Paradise / TreeHanging Snake (Beige & Green)” (Gacha)

CUREMORE – “Lost Paradise / Forbidden fruits (Fire, Red, Yellow, Green)” (Gacha)

Moon_Sha – “Wall Ivy 1 & 2 – Summer 1”

Little Branch – “WildGrass*1Li{Green}”

Location

Wicca’s Wardrobe (parcel beside the store)

Model & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

LOTD 11/28/2016 – Mix & Match with Mesh becomes more and more difficult!

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TUNES

I’m gonna soak up the sun
Gonna tell everyone
To lighten up
I’m gonna tell ’em that
I’ve got no one to blame
For every time I feel lame
I’m looking up
I’m gonna soak up the sun
I’m gonna soak up the sun

[Sheryl Crow]

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Mix & Match… still my favourite way of styling even if mesh makes it more and more hard;)

With the mesh body rigged clothing it is even harder as it already was with standard mesh sizes, but if you try hard enough it still works somehow… mostly :p

Especially if you want to wander around with your mix and match styles in SL and not just do pictures, where you can cheat about poke through or bad back views 😉

Sometimes it can help that you combine several parts of one designer, but not always you find what you want by just going through several outfits from one designer – plus I really do love the challenge to combine different creators as well 😉

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I had a talk lately with one of my close friends about what is the advantage of standard sizes and mesh body sizes, because many designers do not even offer standard sizes anymore.

Part of that is that the SL community more and more uses the mesh bodies and standard sizes not always do fit on those, even if you can work many especially if you are not going to show too much skin. sometimes it does not matter for a simple pair of jeans, if you can alpha out everything properly what is covered by the jeans, or if you wear a full body suit with long sleeves for arms and legs. The more skin you show the more difficult it becomes because of the default alpha HUD for each mesh body.

But with the bigger usage of mesh bodies, certainly designers will tend towards the appropriate sizes and rigging to those as well. So I guess some when the standard sizes will be gone due the fact that they will not sell to well anymore.

And exactly because of this, I keep some parts even if they are older. I know many laughed when I told about my inventory numbers and called me a fool that needs to rezz forever, but for mix and matches sometimes if you sneak in an older part it can make it interesting again and as well spares you a lot of headaches by fiddling with fitted mesh only 😉 (I am not saying i would use my hair from 2008 or really old looking accessories from 2010 all the time, but I do keep some things that are timeless for me and probably useful)

I am looking forward where SecondLife will go and with the new Bento possibilities it will be a new adventure like it was with every new possibility the past years – That keeps SL exciting to me… working out new things and new ways of importing likes and dislikes into a new way of virtual life 😉

Maybe in 10 years we laugh about good old times with standard mesh sizes, like we do now about flexible prims and sculpts :p

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Details

Pants: [sys] – “Mellow” NEW @ The Liaison Collaborative

Top: Asteria – “Rhapsody Fringe Top”

Pullover: Asteria – “Michelle-Cardigan Hanging Shoulder”

Waistcorset: Asteria – “Capretto Corset”

Shoes: Glamistry – “Lantana”

Hair: EMO-tions – “Vera”

Necklace: Eudora 3D – “Dream Catcher” – NEW @ Enchantment

Braclet left: Enfant Terrible – “L’odeur du Cuir”

Bracelet right: [kunst] – “Conrad”

Poses: ALIUD

Location: StoryBrooke Gardens

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

LOTD 11/25/2016

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The weather at the moment drives me crazy… It is November and we have 12° to 17° celsius.

So one side of me wants to do winter mood pictures, the other tells me it is too warm outside to get into that mood :p .So when I unpacked the “Artemis” dress from [sys] I had to do another more autumn looking one;)

The amazing earrings and the cool bracelet I used come from MEVA and the clear pack pulled hair was done by EMO-tions.

The sim I chose for the pictures is one of my favourite casual looking sims. The “west of the Rain” sim is such a lovely island with so many different scenes and corners.

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Details

Dress & Belt/bag: [sys] – “Artemis” NEW @ The Crossroads

Hair: EMO-tions – “Maureen”

Earrings & Bracelet: MEVA – “Enia”

Poses: ALIUD

Location: West of the Rain

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

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Autumn – when the season adds color ;)

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Autumn has not only the dark, misty and creepy side – It as well has the colorful, warm and cozy one 😉

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Perfect for this time was the “Anna” outfit from Asteria, which I lately got. You have more color choices for that wonderful ensemble, but I decided to go with the light and brown looking one, as it just was matching so nice to the autumn colors.

The outfit contains 3 parts. The super sexy leather top, the high-waisted skirt and the amazing ‘over the shoulder’ hanging coat.

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I would like to drag the focus a little bit more on the amazing new “Hortensia” hells from Glamistry. The amazing platform pumps are decorated with a super cute lace, that ends in a beautiful little ribbon at the back heel. With the huge color HUD you have an awesome range of trendy colors to customize the shoes to nearly any outfit.

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What could be a better hair choice than the new “Leotie” hair from EMO-tions. Now available at the actual round of Shiny Shabby, that hair style just completed my look. With the light gypsy/boho feeling with the incredible little details and ornaments and the fabulous headband, it totally nailed my autumn feeling on the head 😉

Since I am already at the “All starts with a smile” sim, I guess I am going to explore the sim a little more, enjoying the beautiful colors of the actual season and see, if I can find some more nice locations for future posts 😉

Details

Outfit: Asteria – “Anna” – NEW

Shoes: Glamistry – “Hortensia” – NEW

Tights: Izzie’s – “Sheer tights” (mesh body applier)

Hair: EMO-tions – “Leotie” NEW @ Shiny Shabby

Poses: ALIUD – “Runway 2” – NEW

Location: It all starts with a smile

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Surrealistic Autumn with Asteria, EMO-tions and E.V.E Studio

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Surrealism was something, that I liked a lot in school and university when it came to art. The possibility to combine things that do not belong together or even play with sizes to really unnatural proportions can be a lot of fun. To mix dreams and reality as well has a very attractive side for me.

Surrealism:

Surrealism is a cultural movement that began in the early 1920s, and is best known for its visual artworks and writings. The aim was to “resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality”. Artists painted unnerving, illogical scenes with photographic precision, created strange creatures from everyday objects and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express itself.

Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions and non sequitur; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artifact. Leader André Breton was explicit in his assertion that Surrealism was, above all, a revolutionary movement.

Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during World War I and the most important center of the movement was Paris. From the 1920s onward, the movement spread around the globe, eventually affecting the visual arts, literature, film, and music of many countries and languages, as well as political thought and practice, philosophy, and social theory. [Wikipedia]

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E.V.E Studio lately inspires me a lot, to do more surrealistic looking pictures, because Noke keeps releasing so amazing art pieces which are super cool for little sets. This time it was the “Chained Tree” from E.V.E Studio, that brought me on the idea for todays pictures. The tree is part of the “Whispers Gacha”, which originally was made for Chapter 4. To give the whole set more ambience feeling I added the golden version of the “Ivy Tree” (which as well was part of a gacha from E.V.E Studio), some dry grass from [we’re closed] and the cute “Floating Watering Can” from striped mocha.

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First I thought about doing a creepy Halloween themed story, but after looking at all the gold it called more autumn that actually creepy Halloween at me :p.

I remembered a wonderful body suit with a cute leather harness from Asteria, that I did get not too long ago. Together with the awesome “Lost Mind Headdress” from PurpleMoon, the “Jane” outfit from Asteria it made the perfect look for a warm autumn picture series.  Since I was in a total autumn mood by now I added some tights, as I had the feeling, with naked legs, I would freeze like mad outside *snickers*, but the amazing “Sheer Tights” from Izzie’s took care of that ;). The “Jane” outfit from Asteria is made in 3 pieces. The sleeves, the body suit and the little harness. and you can mix and match with different colors as well if you like.

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The amazing hair cut is one of the latest releases from EMO-tions called “Melanie”. With the long hair that falls down straight over the shoulders to the front it looked amazing with the head-piece and the outfit and was the right match to get the feeling for the look as I wanted it.

I learned something again… even if you plan on something spooky dark scary, it can turn out as something warm and light :p

Details

Outfit: Asteria – “Jane”

Tights: Izzie’s – “Sheer Tights” (Mesh Body Applier)

shoes: [MODA] – “Tessa Knee High Boots”

Headpiece: PurpleMoon – “Lost Mind”

Hair: EMO-tions – “Melanie”

Face Decor: [The Forge] – “Face Art”

Tree: E.V.E Studio – “Chained Tree”

Bushes: E.V.E Studio – “Ivy Tree M02”

Grass: [we’re closed] – “Grass Field Dry”

Waterering Cans: striped mocha – “Floating Watering Can”

Poses: ALIUD

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

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Black Friday Sale at GizzA

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Black Friday Sale at GizzA!

From the 27th of November until the 6th of December GizzA has several items discounted from 20% to 50% off.

So I decided to make some pictures with my today’s work shift outfit 😉

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The amazing “Norsk Jacket with Cardigan” is one of the latest releases of GizzA at Shiny Shabby.

The cool jacket, the cardigan and the dress are one piece and you have a wide color selection available, where you can choose from.

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 The amazing “London High Boots” are sold by GizzA as well. The cool over knee leather boots are perfect for the winter season and with each pack you will get two different colors.

The cute “Pastel Brushed Leather Bag” is one of my long time faves from NYU. It kinda reminds me about a bag I had, when I was at the university 😉

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The awesome glasses are as well an item, you will find at Shiny Shabby, made by Sora Tatham for Gabriel.

What got my attention is a wonderful, sweet animation, that lets you swap the glasses from the usual ‘on the nose’ up to your forehead. That feature is part of a huge HUD, which lets you change the frames to different fabrics, as well the lens color and transparency and certainly you can resize it too.

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Details

Outfit: GizzA – “Norsk Jacket with Cardigan” – NEW @ Shiny Shabby

Shoes: GizzA – “LondonHigh Boots” – NEW

Glasses: Gabriel – “Johnny Sunglasses” – NEW @ Shiny Shabby

Collar: EMO-tions – “Tiffany”

Bag: NYU – “Pastel Brushed Leather Bag”

Location: Neva, Sky Villi

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Autumn Mood with an Artistic Touch

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Today, it again will be a post with lots of pictures, as I again could not decide which ones to use for the post so you will get all of them 😉

I was starting to style today with one of the new hats of Tres Beau for Art in Hats. Kimmera Madison, owner and designer of Tres Beau, created 2 wonderful hats for the event and the “A Feather in your Cap” hat immediately caught my heart.

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The black hat is textured with a wonderful detailed fabric. The asymmetric shape totally is my cup of tea, as I like the non even things a lot 😉 The hat is decorated with amazing colored feathers, held by some delicate gems, which connect them to the hat.

When I first put it on, I had to IM Kimmera and asked her, if I have to behave or if I may go wild with it :p .

Her answer just was “Wow me!” Oh dear… going wild is one thing but wow someone who I adored for years and who I respect highly… that is going to be a hard task…

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So I was thinking about, what Tres Beau means to me and about the wonderful woman who is behind it. So I was certain about elegance and as well chic but as well about art and high quality.

When I was thinking about what I could wear to the hat, Asia Rae contacted me and surprised me with one of her own designs. When I tried it on it immediately formed an idea in my mind, about what I wanted the pictures look like.

The strappy top and the wonderful short skirt, were the perfect match and as well elegant but also modern and trendy. So the “Sona” outfit became the choice for the day 😉

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 Now the hard choice of shoes was coming up. When I started looking through my shoes I realized that I recently got incredible artistic shoes from Maichore and i tried on the new “Piotr” heels for the slink high mesh feet. With the totally extraordinary shape of the huge heel, the filigree meshwork around the foot and the amazing little details, those shoes were right perfect for today’s look!

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Now last but not least I had the desire to add some “Wicca twist” and looked or makeup when I kinda stumbled over the “Maiden Face Mask” from DE Designs. Having this mystical half mask I felt the need for something special for the hands as well, that gives the whole style a certain touch. The whole look already turned into a warm autumn kind of style and I decided to use the “Dryad Hands” from Figment. Those turned my hands into tree parts and the idea for the scenery was born in exact that moment 😉

For the hairstyle I needed something that goes well with the hat and as well does underline the little smart touch of the look. The choice fell on the new “Izzy” hair from EMO-tions. The hair at the moment is sold at the On9 event until the 4th of November when the actual round closes. With the long “braided braid” coming over just one shoulder I could perfectly balance out the asymmetric hat without dragging away the focus too  much.

One last look… yes that look really matched everything I was thinking about ,when I started to imagine what I would like to go for the “A Feather in your Cap” hat from Tres Beau!

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Details

Hat: Tres Beau – “A Feather in your Cap” – NEW (Art in Hats 2015)

Outfit: Asia Rae – “Sona” – NEW

Shoes: Machoire – “Piotr” – NEW

Hair: EMO-tions – “Izzy” (On 9)

Arm Parts: Figment – “Dryad”

Mask: DE Designs – “Maiden Face Mask”

Poses: Del May

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

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Dark Tales – Part Two

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(Versus Magazine Autumn/Winter 2015: http://issuu.com/versus.sl.magazine/docs/versus_october2015__af-_10october_1)

Details

Bodysuit: LeeZu – “Liquid Latex”
Top: GizzA – “Fur Stole”
Sleeves: [AD] Creation – “Black Rook mesh sleeves”
Pants: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Renraku Pants”
Shoes: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Cora Booties [Black]”
Earrings & Ring: SoliDea FoliEs – “Cube Earring”
Necklace: [MANDALA] – “LEGENDARY”
Headpiece: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Kandria Headpiece [Black]”
Hair: Baiastice – “Isis 2”
Face Makeup: Nuuna – “Lizi Black”
Makeup: Zibska – “Ltd Noir 13”
Lipstick: L.Fauna – “Lipstick [Red 3]”
Nails: Nailed It – “Dark Set”
Pose: Del May
Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin