Cat Lady

SECOND U Magazine // Special Edition July 2017 // Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

For the actual issue of the 2nd U Magazine I again was asked to make a few pictures. I always be super happy when Ruby messages me and asks as she usually gives me free reigns of what I am doing ๐Ÿ˜‰

This time it was a special edition – you can read the full issue HERE.

It was not about fashion, or locations or trends… it was about the people and it was great to be allowed to be part again ๐Ÿ™‚

I made 3 pictures but instead of posting all 3, I just picked the one that was the most personal to me, you can see all the others in the magazine.

Thank you Ruby for doing such an amazing job with all those awesome ideas for the magazine ๐Ÿ™‚

Details:

Outfit: Salt & Pepper – “Cat Lady” (Maitreya, Gacha)

Deco: E.V.E Studio & unKindness

Black & White – Pose Studies with Bauhaus Movement

I was in a Black& White mood again and with the amazing outfit from Moon Elixir, called “Gothique” it was easy to go with those colors. The “Gothique” outfit is a huge gacha set with 22 commons and 2 rares. There is many different versions you can wear, with all the parts being single like the harness is not connected to the pants or the body suit, or the top and the sleeves can be taken off as well.

Sometimes, I just have fu fooling around with poses, not for a special purpose just to practise about angles, crops and new views, or even just to see what you can work with shadows in several angles.

Lately I got a huge pack of poses from Bauhaus Movement, because I was searching ‘no standing’ poses. I realized that I have a lot of modeling poses, but not too many sitting, laying or crouching poses or editorial poses that allow to show a full body shot without having more background that me on my blog pictures.

It is hard if you just go with the general way of modeling poses and then try to make a blog picture that does not show like a million trees and flowers and your avatar gets swallowed by your surrounding especially if you go to a non square format for your pictures. I do like the 4:3, or in general the wider then high proportions for my pictures and so I have to find some solutions for myself. And there is so many more options, that make pictures so much more cool with not just ‘standing and being pretty’ poses ๐Ÿ˜‰ And cropping does help a lot with that but sometimes you just wanna see the whole avatar or at least 90% of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

For those kind of pictures I like a plain simple set or background. When I just wanna play with poses, angles and crops I like it very simple to see the result of the shoots better. That’s why I just put some lamps from neigeux, a wall with a black texture and a frame.

The pack I got from Bauhaus Movement is called “Full Metal Panic” set and has 50 different poses – some even with variations. I really felt the whole pack as a great variety of poses for so many different purposes. Certainly I could not show all 50 of them but I found a few cool ones that worked with today’s outfit. In general I like to wear pants for such pose playing, because with skirts you are way more limited with poses because of the stretching and breaking the skirt or its texture.

Sometimes playing with poses without any special goal can be so much fun and usually I end up with way too many pictures and have a hard time choosing the ones I wanna use for my post :p But I hope you enjoy my selection as much as I did ๐Ÿ™‚

Details

Outfit: Moon Elixir – “Gothique” (Maitreya, Gacha)

Hair: Exile “Bad Reputation”

Makeup: .AiShA. – “Be Dramatic” (LeLutka Applier)

Poses: Bauhaus Movement –ย “Full Metal Panic”

Basics:
Head: LeLutka โ€“ โ€œSimone 2.7โ€
Body: Maitreya โ€“ โ€œLara V4.1โ€
Eyes: IKON โ€“ โ€œHope Eyesโ€
Shape: Selfmade

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

“The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion…”

“The most beautiful makeup for a woman is passion. But cosmetics are easier to buy.”

[Yves Saint Laurent]

And again I find myself doing black & red tones pictures… I do not know what that is, but to me lack & red are a very strong color combination especially if you have a deep hued saturated red ๐Ÿ˜‰

For the set I used several items from E.V.E Studio. I love the way how she does her designs, as they can be used from casual to fantasy up to artistic surroundings.

When I unpacked the “{The Wall} Mural Tir Na Nog ” pack from E.V.E Studio, I was totally in love with all this tiles that make a wonderful structured wall and ground. playing with projectors was fun with this wall as the tiles reflect the lights in such an amazing way ๐Ÿ˜‰

The cool dress comes from [sYs] and I found out it’s ‘secret’ when I put on the HUD. Each color comes with a HUD and you can color 2 parts of the dress separate! If you own more than one HUD you can even mix the different colors :p

Tattoos – I rarely wear other tattoos that the amazing art pieces from [White~Widow]. Julie Hastings really is a genius with her tattoos and I rarely found such original, filigree and detailed tattoos somewhere else. Usually you have RL tattoos that, someone brings to SL, but Julie seems to hand draw hers one by one and it looks like her creativity has no limits ๐Ÿ˜‰ The “GetOut” tattoo you can find at the actual round of the Kinky event.

If we take a closer look on the glasses and the shoes you will remember both being made by Glamistry. The shoes come – as usual for Glamistry –ย  withย  several HUD options so you can customize them to your likings. The glasses are made the same way ๐Ÿ˜‰

I more and more like playing with projectors in combination with the SL windlights and I am sure, I will have something more for you soon ๐Ÿ˜‰

Details

Dress: [sYs] – “Symetra” (Maitreya)

Shoes: Glamistry – “Angelica” (Maitreya)

Gloves: .:Avanti:. – “Tessa Gloves” (Maitreya Applier)

Collar & Headpiece: [[RH]] – “Zakuro”

Glasses: Glamistry – “Sunglasses PU2004”

Hair: Fabia – “Luida” @ Vintage Fair 2017

Tattoo: [White~Widow] – “GetOut” (Maitreya Applier) @ Kinky

Lipstick: La Boheme – “Eve Set 1” (LeLutka Applier)

Set: E.V.E Studio – “{The Wall} Mural Tir Na Nog”, “‘Army of me’ Ink Flowers” & {anc} – “Mannequin [alice]”

Basics:
Head: LeLutka โ€“ โ€œSimone 2.7โ€
Body: Maitreya โ€“ โ€œLara V4.1โ€
Eyes: IKON โ€“ โ€œHope Eyesโ€
Shape: Selfmade

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Whispers that I hear…

I can feel you here, watchin’ me
Whispers that I hear are haunting me
I can feel you here, watchin’ me
Whispers that I hear are haunting me
Feel it in the air…

[Lowkey]

Today I have an awesome gacha outfit from Salt & Pepper for you. The “Like a Prayer” gacha is available at the actual round of ROMP.

The gacha comes with so many different itmes and colors, I really had a hard time choosing the parts and colors for today’s look.

Usually a nun seems something well behaved and shiny, so I wanted to drag it over to something dark, since I am on a dark and scary mood at the moment*giggles*

I love how the habit moves with the poses and animations and with all the options you really can create looks from totally nice and proper to something uber sexy if you only use the harness for the body…

For the set, what else I could use as the “Abandoned Asylum” gacha from 22769. I do LOVE their creativity and love for the detail in all of their items. The gacha comes with so many different furniture and deco parts.. you can just decorate away with all of them and since they are usually modifiable, you can even reuse them in different sizes! The amazing spooky mannequins as well are a gacha but from Remarkable Oblivion. That was the most funniest gacha play I ever had. When I saw those mannequins on the Ironwood Hills sim, I instantly knew – I want them! So I went to the event where they were and was doing a happy dance when I saw they are all common items. Usually I am not a lucky person with gachas, that is one of the reasons I stopped playing most of the time. So I started to gamble aways after setting myself a limit and the first 3 pulls already all were 3 rares and I was like “What the hell??? Once I seriously want the commons – really???” No that I did not like the rares, they are amazing, but… seriously?!? – Just on a side note, I never ever was that lucky at any other gacha*laughs*

Thank god I found the missing mannequins for a reasonable price on marketplace, to complete my Spook Show :p

I do not wanna forget to mention, that all the amazing poses I used are from Poseidon.

I still have so many poses and props he made, that I would love to showcase, but that crazy genius guy seems to be on a release flood! Just kidding but it is really hard to follow up with the speed of his releases.. I sometimes really wonder if he ever sleeps*grins* But for this post they were just perfect again. Using his poses seems to me like getting a picture alive. They are so very well thought trough from the fingernails down to the toenails every limb does exactly what it has to, to create the perfect illusion of a movement in just one pose!

It was really great fun to do those pictures and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do ๐Ÿ™‚

Details

Outfit (Incl necklace): Salt & Pepper (S&P) – “Like a Prayer” (Maitreya, Gacha) @ ROMP

Boots: BAX – “Regency Boots” (Maitreya)

Bra & Stockings: Blacklace – “Vivian” (Omega Applier)

Gloves: L’Emporio – “Lace Gloves” (Maitreya Applier)

Claws: MEVA – “Bento Claw” (Maitreya)

Makeup: Slackgirl – “RoseGem Shadow” (Omega Applier)

Lipstick: je suis… – “LeLutka Lips no. 005[greys]” (LeLutka Applier)

Poses: Poseidon

Set: 22769 – “Abandoned Asylum” (Gacha) & RO – “Spook Show” (Gacha)

Basics:
Head: LeLutka โ€“ โ€œSimone 2.7โ€
Body: Maitreya โ€“ โ€œLara V4.1โ€
Eyes: IKON โ€“ โ€œHope Eyesโ€
Shape: Selfmade

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Styling Challenge – It is all about a Bow!

Ok… I admit I am a little bot crazy sometimes :p, but most of you know that anyways ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyways, today the reason for my style and pictures was a wonderful head bow.

A friend gave it to me, it is part of her new gacha and when I saw it, I just HAD to think about a ways how I could showcase it ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, where to start with… first of all, put the bow on. That already was a hard choice, because Twelve gave me not only one to choose from :p. In the end I decided to go with the”Black Snow” one. I always had an addiction for black, white and red so that one just really caught me.

First I thought about a lingerie styling for the bow only and went through my lingerie folder, where I found the “Claire” teddy set from Blacklace. When I did put it on, I realized only lingerie would not be what I would like for the ‘Bow style’ and I started experimenting with several ideas.

I tried some dresses and gowns, they all looked nice, but maybe too nice and smooth ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then I found the “Hisa” leather leggings from Lassitude & Ennui in my leggings folder and with the black and white combination they looked amazing to the bow, but had a serious break/collision at the hips with the lingerie. I needed something to cover that up without hiding one of both. Next step – I typed ‘shorts’ in the search field of my inventory. Oh man… I better should not have done that… I did not even realize before how many ‘shorts’ I have…

Ok… focus Wicca… focus… you need something to cover the waist area. Maybe some high waist shorts would be a good idea! Back to the search window – ‘belted shorts’

Bingo! The “Celine” shorts from Asteria popped up as oe of the first and when I tried them on, I knew those would be the ones to use.

Now the arms looked a little bare and I thought about some kind of jacket. After trying some long-sleeved jackets, which usually were either close or too close in the front, I came across the “Neith” jacket, made by [sys].

That amazing jacket with the scales looking fabric and the short sleeves was just perfect, with the great open front. That even gave room for the amazing necklace from Empyrean Forge.

A tattoo for the arms came to my mind first, but after trying som of my favourite tattoos, I realized I need something more subtile. The amazing slit and sheer sleeves from the “Occult Jacket” just matched awesome under the short sleeves of the “Neith” jacket from [sys].

Looking at the style from all sides I really was happy with it, just some shoes were missing. No high boots, that would take off too much from the leggings, but pumps or stilettos would be too ‘tiny’. All of a sudden an ankle boots came to my mind, which I got longer ago and never had a chance to wear them. The super cute “Wicked” shoes from Moon Elixir. They even come with an amazing socks option!

PERFECTAMENTE!

With that weird mix and match, I got the feeling, that no location, that I know of would fit and so I started to build my own little set for the picture. The “Kira” sculpture from E.V.E Studio is an ultra rare of one of Noke’s gachas. First I thought it would be too huge, but with the great liquid looking ground part it worked out so nicely. I added the “Ivy Bonsai” and some parts of the “Chained Roses”. First it looked like a whole mess, as I am not the greatest set builder, but after some moving and twisting and turning it fell into place ๐Ÿ˜‰

I never made a style based on just one hair bow, but I have to admit, that style would have never come together like this, if I would not have started with the bow :p

Maybe I should do that more often again… just start with a little accessory and see what it does lead me to!

Details

Bow: {1209} – “#7 Holiday Bow – Black Snow”

Lingerie: Blacklace – “Claire Black Lace Teddy Set” (Omega Applier)

Jacket: [sys] – “Neith Jacket”

Sleeves: ISON – “Occult Sleeves”

Pants: Asteria – “Celine”

Leggings: Lassitude & Ennui – “Hisa Leather Leggings” (Maitreya Applier)

Eyeshadow: alaskametro<3 – “Mariposa” (Lelutka Applier)

Nails: Koffin Nails – “Dominatrix” (Maitreya Applier)

Necklace: Empyrean Forge – “Benedictine’s Riata”

Hair: enVogue – “Sonya”

Shoes & Socks: Moon Elixir – “Wicked Shoes & Socks” (Maitreya)

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 2.0”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara 3.5”

Poses: Poseidon

Set: E.V.E Studio – “Kira”, “Ivy Bonsai” & “Dystopia Chained Roses”

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

LOTD 04/13/2014

Lybra & Finesmith 002

Sometimes you do not really know what you wanna style, or what you wanna wear and then you maybe just start with the basic idea of the color. Today I was in a black & white mood.

For the base I took the amazing “Tigress Gown” by Lybra. Lybra made this for the Tiger Alley event at SAVIAD. The imagination of a white tiger is not to deny ;). The long tight shape of the mesh dress, that opens towards the floor, with its tiger looking top and the more black wider bottom was the perfect start to create one of my very own looks ๐Ÿ˜‰ .ย  If you put on a dress you have various possibilities how to style it. You can go for the elegant and pretty look, or you can go a bit more couture or wild. For today I had no particular style in mind and just followed my feelings. The jewelry I took from the “Amit” of Finesmith. Usually the set comes with a black short leather dress but the jewelry itself was so perfect to the “Tigress Gown” from Lybra, so I decided to just mix those 2 ๐Ÿ˜‰ The wonderful head piece with the flower heads wich were repeated at the bracelet and the chest part give some kind of a spring feeling even if they are black. The petals that run down over the face for me give a lightly mystic or dreamy looking attitude to the whole look.

Lybra & Finesmith 001a

Now the whole look becameย  bit too elegant for my actual mood and I remembered the amazing “Gacha Horns” that I got from a gacha at the Arcade. Those made the perfect contrast to the basic elegant look ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

The amazing necklace as well was made for a gacha with a lot of different colors. Natzuka made those and as well some wonderful spring looking rings for her gachas at the SAVIAD Spring Fair.

And now please takeย  look at those evil long and sharp nails… aren’t they just cool?

They are made by Formanails. Formanails started to make nails for the Slink hands not too long ago and I already had a special about them. Ivi Bing keeps herself busy and brings more and more amazing designs. The latest ones are the “XXL” nails. With an inbuilt menu you can change the textures on them by touch and I really was happy when I found a black and white one that was just perfect for my todays look ๐Ÿ™‚

Lybra & Finesmith 003

Details

Dress: Lybra – “Tigress Gown” (mesh, Tiger Alley)

Jewelry: Finesmith – “Amit” (part of a full outfit)

Nails: Formanails – “XXL Nails” (for casual Slink hands)

Necklace: Natzuka – “Latex Necklace Black” (FIERA Spring Fashion Fair 2014, gacha RARE)

Makeup: Zibska – “Dahlinka Wild”

Skin: Silken Moon – “Wicca 3”

Poses: *PosESioN*

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin