My Memory Lacks Initiative…

Yeah, so I’m already dead on the inside
But I can still pretend with my memories and photographs
I have learned to love the lie

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Ok, so the lyrics of this song sound incredibly depressing… but the upbeat nature of it and some of the random things they say make me giggle.  So… bear with me.  This is my mood on blog post #3 of the day.

You’ll have to forgive me for being the largest blogger hypocrite ever today… when I made post #1 today and mentioned I didn’t understand how some people could do multiple posts in a day (except for those who sacrifice photo quality), I was kinda intrigued and inspired to try it myself.

I hate it.  I’ll be lucky if I can sit down and do one per day.  Let alone multiple per day, several days in a row.

I just feel like I got NOTHING else done today.  Granted, I’ve been awake since 7pm my time yesterday, so the longer I go, the more I slow down with exhaustion.  But seriously.  I’ve pretty much been standing in my dance pit tabbed into Photoshop, or writing, or looking up SLURLs, or tp’ing to MIC to take pictures, or tp’ing to an event to figure out more information about it… I couldn’t imaging allowing this to consume my entire SL.

There’s so much else that I enjoy doing, I couldn’t sit here all day every day just blogging.  I can do it for short periods of time, like now, to catch up on how far behind I am on everything, post-wise… but I don’t think I could do it regularly.

I’d never get anything else done.

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This is the part where some of you tell me, “Well Tivi if you didn’t yammer on every time you blog, then maybe it wouldn’t take you so long to post the shit and you could get multiple posts done in a day AND do other things.”  But that’s just it…

a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences,observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.” — Dictionary.Com

From what I read… the very definition of a blog includes writing.  This has been one of my pet peeves for awhile.  People who literally post nothing but a picture or two… on a white background, no less… and then style credits.  And usually incomplete style credits – another pet peeve I can rant about later.  Like… where is the creativity in that?  Where is the originality in that?  Where is the art in that?

Where is the BLOGGING in a blog like that?

There is someone I know, and I don’t want to use her name just in case people misunderstand and think I’m talking about her negatively (I’m NOT… I love her to death and wish more people would follow her example).  She keeps a blog, on a blogging website… but then she does additional pictures that are not blogged and keeps them solely on her Flickr.  She doesn’t call them her ‘blog’ and her ‘Flickr blog’.  She calls them her ‘blog’ and her ‘photo journal’.  THAT, to me, is accurate.

Much like events are cropping up all over the place and coming out of the woodwork, bloggers seem to be coming out of nowhere as well.  Everyone who can operate the SL camera and start a WordPress or Blogger site and post pictures and sometimes credits is trying to call themselves a blogger now and it’s just… frustrating.

What happened to the days when bloggers actually… you know… BLOGGED?

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*~* My Memory Lacks Initiative… *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Yolandi (Artic Tone; Makeup 04) || Glam Affair || Summerfest (til July 12th)
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: The Italian Job (Blondes) || Vanity Hair
Ears: Steking Ears (Season 5; set to Elf) || Mandala
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant) || Slink
Feet: Avatar Enhancement Feet (Mid) || Slink
Nails (hands): Mesh Nails (Slink Elegant) || ZOZ
Nailpolish (hands): Wild Summer 2015 Polish || ZOZ || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
* Must have ZOZ Mesh Nails for this polish
Nailpolish (feet): Tropical Nails || MUA || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
Eyeliner: U-Color-It Bold Liner (Thin Set) || Madrid Solo
Outfit: Fleur (Etre Aux Anges Collection) || Lyrical Bizarre
* Includes Corset, Panties, Pearls, Collar, Garter, & Back Piece (called ‘chest piece’)
Jewelry: Hibiscas Falls || Moondance Boutique || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)

Pose (photo 1): Phenomena 04 || Ma Vie
Pose (feature/photo 2): Star 04 || Ma Vie
Pose (photo 3): Revealed 02 || Ma Vie

Location: MIC Imagin@rium

Blogging Tune: “LG FUAD” – Motion City Soundtrack

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I Want To See What You’re Willing To Lose…

Where are You taking me?
I can’t be blamed
I want You to want me again

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I have an insane attention to detail 98% of the time, and so I find myself gravitating towards the ring in this picture.  When I was messing with windlight settings for this picture, something seemed off.  Now granted, I’m not used to my hands being all ‘in your face’ in poses, but I wanted to show the jewelry and the nails, so I knew this would be a better pose to try.  However, I noticed when I turned full bright off on the jewelry, it stayed on in the ring.  For those who normally turn full bright on on their jewelry to avoid it dulling in darker windlights, then this will be no problem for you at all.  For those who keep it off, this may present an issue, but the designer is said to have an open door policy for those who may have experienced problems.  I have no doubt she would be willing to aid you, if you find yourself in need of a solution to this problem.

Also, I’m making myself out to be a hypocrite with my last post of, “I don’t understand how people can crank out several posts in a day.”  Though to be fair, I already had this outfit styled.  I was wearing it WHILE writing my last post… because that last outfit was what I’d been wearing for, like, 4 days, before I finally took the pictures 2 days ago and edited them last night.

And also… again… this is my first time experimenting with mesh nails that go on Slink hands.  The good thing about ZOZ is that she makes everything pretty simple to do, even for someone like me who’s never done it before.  She’s got the instructions broken down into individual notecards that are numbered in the order you should follow the steps.  That’s good for people like me who have the tendency to skim when I understand PART of the process but not ALL of it… and then I end up missing an important step and screwing something up.  With ZOZ’s system, I can read the titles of the notecards and either read the step or skip it, depending on if I already know how to do that particular part of the process.

It’s a lot easier than I’m making it sound.  It literally took me 30 seconds.  Lol.

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Also, how CUTE is this purse?!  Each color (yellow, orange, green) default attaches to your hand, but I was totally inspired by the ad photo that features the model holding one in her mouth to re-attach mine and adjust it to match.  These are the things that amuse me at 8 in the morning.  Lol.

I feel like lately most of my outfits are mix and matches of not only designers, but events.  There are SO many events going on right now, and going on all the time anymore, that I rarely find myself in a designer’s mainstore anymore.  I just wait for them to come to events.  The only time I’m in the mainstores would be, like, if they were at an event that I missed, and I want to see if they brought their release back to the store.

I’m still trying to figure out if this is a good thing or a bad thing, from a marketing standpoint.

Oh!  Also!  The jewelry set that features the necklace and ring that you can see also has matching earrings that you cannot see with my mass of hair.  Basically they are studs that match the gemstone in the center of the flower, a couple linked rings to make one of the plumeria flowers dangle.  They are super cute and simple, but do require some editing to get them to match, as they are initially at entirely different rotations when you put them on.  All together, it makes a nice set that offers color change options on the gemstones, plumeria flowers, metal, and pendant on the necklace.  The butterflies (the yellow and white pieces) are not color change.

I am positively IN LOVE with these sandals from Pure Poison that I found at Uber.  I thought I was going to have to choose between the colors, which at the time I was styling something completely different and didn’t know quite what color to go with.  But when I clicked on the circle to buy the color I finally chose, much to my surprise, it was one price for a pack that contains 6 different colors – Black, Brown, Rainbow (named “Colors” in the pack), Pink, Teal (the one I’m wearing), and Green (named “Vert” in the pack).

Overall, I’m just super obsessed with these ZOZ nails, and can’t stop staring at them.  It takes a lot to get me away from Nailed It, Giela Delpaso’s brand… as she has been such a super sweet sponsor of my blog for a long time.  But lately, I find now that I bounce back and forth between Nailed It and ZOZ, and now I’ve discovered Figure.  3 wonderfully talented designers to diversify my nail collection.

Probably the best three I’ve seen in SL to-date.

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*~* I Want To See What You’re Willing To Lose… *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Yolandi (Artic Tone; Makeup 04) || Glam Affair || Summerfest (til July 12th)
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: Lessons (Hud 01) || Magika Hair
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant) || Slink
Feet: Avatar Enhancement Feet (Mid) || Slink
Nails (hands): Mesh Nails (Slink Elegant) || ZOZ
Nailpolish (hands): Wild Summer 2015 Polish || ZOZ || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
* Must have ZOZ Mesh Nails for this polish
Nailpolish (toes): Tropical Nails || MUA || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
Eyeliner: U-Color-It Bold Liner (Thin Set) || Madrid Solo
Dress: Fiona Dress (Blue) || Heydra
Heels: Katarina Sandals (Teal) || Pure Poison || Uber
* Versions for Slink Mid and Maitreya Medium included
Purse (photo 2): Slice Purse 2 || Lyrical Bizarre || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
Jewelry Set: Plumeria Bloom || Moondance Boutique || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)

Pose (feature/photo 1): Jewel 01 || Ma Vie
Pose (photo 2): La Vampira 08 m || Ma Vie
Pose (photo 3): Becoming 01 || Ma Vie

Location: MIC Imagin@rium

Blogging Tune: “Desire” – Years & Years

Can You See Me, I’m Shining…

Everything I can arrange
Every part of me you change
Just hold me together
Tell me, you’ll always want me to stay

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God I’m so far behind.  (I feel like I’m saying that way too often for my own good with blogging lately.  I’m sorry!)

I’m not sure how some people can make multiple posts in a day.  I mean… I know some that sit down at their computer to blog because that is the ONE thing they are in SL for… so they get up, have some coffee, start their first post, break for meals, and finish their last post before they go to sleep.  And they can crank out several posts that way.  I just… can’t.  I feel like if I try to do multiple posts in a day, most of the time I end up sacrificing post quality and image quality.

Not that my images are fantastic… but I TRY.  And if I’m trying to crank out 3, 4, 5 posts every day, then I’m not going to have the time to try as much as I do with pictures now.

Now… on days like today, where it’s 5:15am and I’m WIDE awake because I was bedridden most of yesterday, sick out of my mind… then yeah, I might manage to crank out a second, or even third post today.  Depends on styling inspirations, posing inspirations, and whether or not I can fix my tablet… cause drawing shadows with my mouse is just… ugh.  I don’t have a steady enough hand for that.

But anyway… I have zero idea how some people can crank out several posts in a day.  And I find myself looking at some of them and going, “Hmm… maybe if they focused more on quality than quantity, their pictures would highlight the items they’re blogging in a more flattering way.”

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That said… I can TOTALLY understand the pressure that fellow bloggers might feel to HAVE to post several items at once.  I have a sponsor whom was on vacation for a bit, so she came back, got into a huge energy frenzy and sent out like 2 or 3 full blogger packs in the last week or so.  So I’m staring at 8 or so outfits from just that one designer going, “Ohhhhh my god, how do I figure this out, and get everything else done?”  Sometimes I can focus less on an outfit or two because of my, “If I wouldn’t wear it regularly, I refuse to blog it… because I can’t promote something I don’t like,” thing.  But with this particular designer… I can NEVER do that.  I love everything she does.

Her talent is frustrating.  And that sounds so stupid to say.  I just want to be able to show EVERYTHING she ever does in the most AMAZING pictures ever.  And I totally can’t.  Cause I’m not the most amazing photographer ever.  But I love everything she does.  So you’ll probably see a lot of it coming up.

THIS post, though, has stuff from a new event that’s opening in 4 DAYS that I’m super excited about.  iNOVARE’s FashionTropic event is featuring soooo much summer, and will open on July 7th and run through the end of the month.  I hold the honor of being the Blogger Manager for this event, which gives me access to the same stuff the bloggers have access too, so I figured I’d throw my hat in the ring and showcase some of this stuff too.

Because why would I expect other people to do stuff that I don’t want to do/can’t do.  Lol.  I may not manage to get all the posts they’re required to do (why I didn’t apply to actually blog), BUT, I can definitely highlight some things I LOVE.  Like this dress.  I love big poofy dresses, and Nya’s absolutely killed it with this one.  It comes in, like, 4 different colors that are varying degrees of tropical, colorful awesomeness.

Also for FashionTropic are some pretty neat sunglasses from MEVA.  They come with a hud that lets you change the color of the glass lenses (6 colors), frames (7 colors), legs – the part that goes behind your ears, for non-glasses-wearing folks (7 colors – that match frame colors), and stripes (5 colors).  You can also change the degree of transparency of the glass lenses, resize via the hud, and turn full bright on and off.

The nails that you admittedly can’t see to great are from a designer I’d never heard of before, but LOVE the detail in their nails.  These feature a white/pearescent base with green palm leaves on them in varying patterns and orientations.  I’ll definitely be sure to keep a look out for Figure in future events, and I’ve already kept an LM to their store for further perusing.

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*~* Can You See Me, I’m Shining… *~*

Shape: MINE
Skin: Yolandi (Artic Tone; Makeup 04) || Glam Affair || Summerfest (til July 12th)
Eyes: Hope Eyes (Fjord) || IKON
Hair: Crazy In Love (Blondes) || Exile (this style found on Marketplace only)
Hands: Avatar Enhancement Hands (Elegant) || Slink
Nailcolor Applier: Tropical || Figure || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
* Appliers for Slink (fingers & toes), and Omega (fingers & toes)
Lipstick: Facade Lips (Hulk Green) || Madrid Solo
Dress: TropicalNights Dress (Olive) || Nya’s || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
Sunglasses: Bamboo Glass || Meva || FashionTropic (opens July 7th)
Jewelry Set: Savannah Heart Key || Maxi Gossamer || Uber

Pose (photo 1): Rock Chic 09 || Ma Vie
Pose (feature/photo 2): This is my Land 06 || Ma Vie
Pose (photo 3): Glow 05 || Ma Vie

Lounge Chairs: Valiano Lounger || Trompe Loeil
Gazebo: Original Creation by Sim Builder/Owner Rumegusc Altamura

Location: MIC Imagin@rium

Blogging Tune: “Shine” – Years & Years