Into the Groove

TUNES

Music can be such a revelation
Dancing around you feel the sweet sensation
We might be lovers if the rhythm’s right
I hope this feeling never ends tonight
[Madonna]

I am a kid of the 80s. Music, fashion and the whole lifestyle is something, I was not really able to enjoy when it happened, as I really was a kid in the 80s and sometimes I wish, I just would have been born a little bit earlier 😉

The 80s fashion did not last too long but it did and as well does influence the fashion trends a lot. The 80s was the time of big fashion icons like Lady Di, Madonna, Cher, Grace Jones and many more big names. Certainly most of the ones I called by name are musicians – I am a musician myself in RL, so that is my personal favorites not only for fashion.

The 80s brought out some really avant garde models and creations. Even today if you ask people – young and old – they remember leggings, shoulder pads, stretch dresses and skirts, leg warmers, graphic tees and certainly vibrant and neon colors. The other side of the coin for the more cool kids was the vinyl, latex, denim, fingerless gloves or oversized top looks.

 

Even if my style would have been a bit darker, more towards the rocker styles of the 80s, when I saw the “Chala Ice Cream” dress, made by Rosary, I immediately wanted to do a color pop style. I had no idea for along time how to illustrate the look I had in my mind, but when I saw the “Debbie” poses from BellePoses with those huge records – I had what it needed 😉

When I was styling and snapping the pics I heard a lot of Madonna and Cyndi Lauper to get the right mood and groove. The last one even wore this kind of colorful stuff mostly paired with waist corsets.

Certainly according to Grace Jones stylings, I had to find some really vibrant and colorful makeup. What better place I could have thought of that Zibska. Zib ha a great sense for strong and bold colors and how to bring them on your face as an incredible makeup.

I am really curious what else will be brought back from the 80s besides leggings and white jeans and some more we already had in summer. The fashion industry already released some A/W 2018 fashion trends and I saw animal prints, western styles with cowboy boots and sequins coming back – lets see what else they will bring back! I am crossing my fingers for some rock or gothic creations *searches for her ripped fingerless gloves*

Outfit & Accessories

Outfit: Rosary – “Chala Ice Cream” (Maitreya)

Shoes: UTOPIA@Design – “Alice” (Maitreya)

Earrings: Ticky Tacky – “Lick Me!” (store no longer existing)

Headpiece: :Z.S: – “Retro Headband”

Bangles: :Z.S: – “Cheer Bangles”

Nails: Pink Hustler (*PL*) – “Nail #27” (Maitreya, Bento)

Hair & Makeup

Hair: Sintiklia – “Mbali”

Makeup: Zibska – “Yumi” (LeLutka Applier)

Lipstick: Zibska – “Peake” (LeLutka Applier)

Body & Tattoo

Head: LeLutka – “Simone 3.0”

Body: Maitreya – “Lara 4.1”

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

Tattoo: Redfish – “Wonderland” (Maitreya Applier)

Poses & Props

Poses & Records: BellePoses – “Debbie” (BEnto)

Backdrop: MINIMAL – “KPOP Garage”

Model & Photographer

Wicca Merlin

Playing with Projectors and Lighs – Part I

TFC Fantasy 01

A few days ago, I joined a class about blogging as I wanted to know if I can learn something new, as I am always looking for new thing I can discover and raise my horizon.

The class was amazing and at some point we came to the part of the pictures and how to take them and wich kind of pictures are for what situation. Usually you have more clean pics for blogging and castings and some more artistic pictures for a storytelling blog post or magazines.

We were talking about many of the very popular photographers in SL and as well about the difference of photographer and artists.

While a photographer usually just takes pics and does them tweak a little bit in one of the graphic programs, the artist takes a snapshot and you will not see the original snap anymore after the artist did the magic with the picture in his program by painting and editing a lot by hand. I would never go so far, to say one has less work or more work than the other, the amount of work might be the same, just it is in 2 totally different ways. While the artist has to be very familiar with his editing s program, his graphic tablet and his skills to paint and illustrate, the photographer needs to be familiar with the SL windlights, shadows, special angles and lights and maybe even with projectors or lighting tools. Both is a lot of work, I believe and it needs a lot of practice just it complete different ways.

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I saw for a longer time , that many photographers work with a tool called lumipro. I remember great pics done with this special light tool and I always wanted one to try but, since it is not cheap and I work in so many different areas, I never got one.

But then… lately I was talking to a very long friend of mine a lot and helped her here and there if she wanted my opinion, as friends do usually. Out of the blue one day when I logged in I got a gift…

The crazy girl did know, that I was after the lumipro for quite some time and guess what… She gifted me a lumipro!!! I stormed her IMs telling her she would be crazy to make such expensive gifts and I was totally happy and crazy about. She was just calm, smiles and told me that would be her way to show me how much she appreciated my help. I told her, that I did not do that for any kind of gift, more just because of our friendship and that I never expected anything for that, but she insisted on that this would be her way and I better accept it.

OMG I have a lumipro!

The rest of the evening was just gone, with all the work I wanted to do and I totally lost myself in my new toy. I have to admit I have still no clue how it works properly and I will need to watch a lot of tutorials and ask around to really get used to this fantastic tool but I am more than willing to try!

For today I just played around with the presets and changed them lightly, to see what possibilities and features it has.

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God this is a weapon if you know what you are doing with it!!!

I just placed myself in front of a white wall with my war turtle from [Swagga] and turned my windlight settings to midnight to see the full range of the light balls.

I was blown away what those 3 balls can do and I digged further into the user manual on the lumipro website to see what all those buttons of the HUD can do.

Then I found the projectors… holy cow! Now I know how some light settings were made on pictures that I loved so much!

The way to project lights behind you with different textures as filters, was something I totally had forgotten about since I started to play with windlights.

I do not know much at all yet to really use this fantastic photography tool properly, but I know that I will spend a lot of time in the future to be able to operate this HUD and bein able to use all its functions and features as this really is a lot of fun to play around with and that is the reason why I named this post ‘Part I’, because I am really sure about that this will not be the last post about my playing with lights and projectors 😉

But for now I have to finish as there is a lot of work left wich got delayed because of my new lumipro :p

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Details

Top: PEQE – “Corsetted Top” – NEW (The Fantasy Collective February 2015)

Pants: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Anakri [B&W Edition]”

Shoes: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Raquel Heels” – NEW

Head Piece: Miamai – “Mia Madonna Chloe” – NEW (The Fantasy Collective February 2015)

Mask: ATTIC – “Leather Medusa Masquerade Mask” – NEW (The Fantasy Collective February 2015 Gacha)

Wings: [SWaGGa] – ” Eli Wings” – NEW (The Fantasy Collective February 2015)

Animal: [SWaGGa] – “War Turtle” (The Fantasy Collective Janurary 2015)

Poses: Del May

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Wicca’s Wardrobe: LOTD 05/03/2013

Gizza - Like a virgin full

Today when I was thinking about what to wear for my GizzA shift I was listening to Madonna’s song ‘Like a Virgin’ as I again was dragged in some 80’s mood. Yes I know, I have a fable for the 80’s and especially the music of that time.

I like to mix and match my outfits and so I started to look for a top that I could use for a basic for my styling. As I was trying the “Anna” gown from GizzA, I fell in love with the top part of it and decided to use it together with the collar. For the pants I chose the “Loose Denim Short”, a well from GizzA.  What I loked a lot was the glam looking top against the kinda used looking shorts. Usually you might think that cannot really go together, but for me it did :p . The leggings are one of the latest releases from LeeZu called “Glitter Tights” Together those parts made kinda an 80’s look for me so I went further and added the “Epaulette” shoulder piece and the cute Handkeys” in the music version. The mesh boots I found at J’s. Now I wanted to have a strong makeup that as well underlines the 80’s look and remembered the “Geometrie” makeup from *LpD*.  The wild, lightly messy hair “Dolce” from LeLutka was the perfect hairstyle to the whole look for me.

A last look into the mirror.. ready to go 😉

Gizza - Like a virgin half

Details

Top: GizzA – “Anna Gown” (part of the outfit)

Pants: GizzA – “Loose Denim Short” (mesh)

Leggings: LeeZu – “Glitter Tights” – NEW

Shoulders: GizzA – “Epaulette” (Gatcha item)

Boots: J’s – “Studded Long Boots” (mesh)

Ears: Mandala – “Omimi Ears” (mesh)

Bracelets: GizzA – “Asia Watch & Bracelet”

Handkeys: GizzA – “Handkeys – Music” – NEW

Skin: Silken Moon – “Wicca”

Makeup: *LpD* – “Geometrie Ver.2”

Lipstick: Eyecandy – “Natural Dark”

Hair: LeLutka – “Dolce”

Poses: Del May

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

My Second Pose Set together with News from Bubble’s Design!

Bubbles + Wicca Posen 001

Today I would like to show you one of the latest releases of Bubble’s Designs paired with my newest pose creations, the “Cool Handbag Set” by Wicca’s Wardrobe. As I put on the “Jackeline” outfit from Bubble’s Design I suddenly had the imagination of a 80’s styling :p

The sheer bodysuit with the amazing belt and shoulder collar that makes this wonderful, sexy and deep neckline in the back , immediately reminded of some of the early madonna stylings. Usually I am not a friend of pink but the 80s sometimes just scream about pink and so I added some pink with the lips, nails and the “Paris Pink Fashion Handbag” from MALT.

Then I looked for some cool trendy handbag poses… I went through all my inventory and I found quite some but all looked kinda elegant and sweet and I wanted some cool ones. So what now… make some!

WM - Poses Cool Handbag

I went back to my secret laboratory and started to make some poses that would go with the look I just created. I did some research on RL magazines and found a picture that caught my attention and I wanted to redo this in SL.

There was a girl that grabbed a fence with one hand and was kinda hanging from it, both feet at the ground and she was holding a bag! (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-EEdePH-c1hw/T7AHK7Ir9sI/AAAAAAAAAKA/fPoyGbpdUp8/s1600/V%2Bpose%2B2-001.jpg)

That was as well the inspiration for the first picture of this post, that you can see above ;).

So if you wanna grab them.. I put them for sale a few seconds ago 😉 (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Napf/61/35/40)

Details

Outfit: Bubble’s Design – “Jackeline” – NEW

Boots: [Cliche] – “Pillar Boots”

Bracelets: LouLou – “Crepsule”

Tattoo: Makeup Artist – “Indian Feather Armband Tattoo” – NEW

Hair: LeLutka – “Dolce”

Earrings: Ticky Tacky – “Bring Me My Cabana Boy”

Skin: Silken Moon – “Wicca”

Lipstick: Silken Moon – “Wicca Lips Pink”

Makeup: LovelyMi – “Sabana”

Lip Line: blackliquid – “Lip Line”

Bag: MALT – “Fashions Handbag – Paris Pink”

Poses: Wicca’s Wardrobe – “Cool Handbag set” – NEW

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin

Wicca’s Wardrobe: LOTD 09/06/2012

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Wicca’s Wardrobe: LOTD 03/29/2012 – A Chorus Line meets Madonna

Today it was relatively quiet and I roamed through my inventory, cleaned some out and sorted some in. In that process I tried a few things, I never looked at for in ages. I am sure you know what I mean, if I say, I went shopping, bought some stuff I would like to blog and it got hidden behind all the stuff I had to blog in my inventory*lol*

While I was playing around I got the movie/musical “A Chorus Line” in mind and I have no clue why. My i-tunes was playing Madonna songs and then suddenly as I was trying the “Esher Sheet Tights” leggings with the “Esher Wrap Vest” from ISON, that were sold during the event on the epoch sims, an idea got stuck in my mind… The wonderful corset comes from NV Corsetry and it was the hunt item for the Womens stuff hunt. Originally it came with a full outfit, but for this post I just took “The Ritz Corset” of it.

While I was developing my look I just remembered that Wenadrenia Soderstrom, owner and designer of J&W Jewelers, told me she made new jewelry and she sent me a few samples. For this jewelry, there has to be another post as she has so many new sets and works on a wonderful charity project as well, but like I said that has to be a special post soon 🙂 Nevertheless I wanted to give a short sneak preview of what she created last and as I tried the first set it so matched what I was aiming for. The “Snake-skin & Silver” set of the “Brooks Collection” with all its circles in silver, snake-skin, brown and black really made a great addition to the whole look. The earrings with the tassels hanging down, the necklace with the circles and tassel, the huge bangles and the belt totally matched my imagination 🙂

Last but not least I took a the hat of the “Love for McQueen” outfit, done by RFyre and looked into the mirror… yes that’s what I had in mind 😉

Stay styled,

Wicca

Details

Jacket (with gloves): ISON – “Esher Wrap Vest” /Epoch item

Tights: ISON – “Esher Shear Tights” /Epoch item

Corset: NV Corsetry – “The Ritz Corset” /Womens Stuff Hunt item

Top: Maitreya – “Bra Top”

Panty: Maitreya – “High Waist Pants”

Jewelry: J&W Jewelers – “The Brooks Collection – “Snakeskin & Silver” – NEW

Skin: Silken Moon – “Rookie” (special custom makeup)

Boots: Ten”10 – “Megas Boots”

Hat: RFyre – “For the love of McQueen” (part of a full outfit)

Hair: Baiastice – “Arisa”

Nails: [V] Couture – “Death Nails”

Lashes: [glow] studio – “Raindrop”

Poses: Corpus

Model & Photographer: Wicca Merlin