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It sings like the wings of a dragonfly

When the planet spins, it sings like the wings of a dragonfly M. Craft

I’m sure you have noticed by now that my style tends to be a little on the – darker – side. But those close to me know that I love a wide range of things. Fantasy styles being one of them. I love anything that tickles my creative tastebuds.

Fantasy Gacha Carnival is a newer event to me. One that I felt the need to explore once I received this amazing dragonfly outfit from The Annex. I am wearing the RARE selection but trust me when I say that every single option is just as beautiful. In fact I will likely use the colourful wings in future Flickr pictures. Collect the whole set and you’re really spoilt for choice.

TA BLOSSOM GACHA KEY

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Pose: Lalochezia
Location: Unknown (forgot the landmark)
Hair:  Vanity Hair (Hairology Anniversary Gift)
Eyes: Suicidal Unborn – Tender Eyes
Outfit: The Annex – Blossom Gacha @ FGC *

Items marked with a * were received for review/blogging purposes. Thank you to the stores involved. This does not affect my opinions in any way. This blog is not sponsored.

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When there’s no more room in hell

“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”  Dawn of the Dead

“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.”  Dawn of the Dead

Everything in this post was free or as close as possible. Suicidal Unborn group costs 100L to join but gives immediate access to more than 20 group gifts both new and old.

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Location: Columtreal University
(Please respect that this is a roleplay sim. No SLURL. If you visit be respectful. Thankyou)
Hair: Runaway – Jade (Hairology Anniversary Gift)
Outfit: Suicidal Unborn – Zombie Cheerleader (Group Gift includes outfit, eyes, teeth and more)
BloodSuicidal Unborn (Group Gift)
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And now a word from our sponsors.

Scared of my shadow

The debate rages on in the blogging community. What is a sponsor? What is a sponsored post? Why would any blogger stoop so low?

It’s a simple question that is easy to answer. Money.

As the  gridwide shopping calendar fills with new events, blind boxes, sales and release days it is easy to watch the cost of blogging rise with each passing month.

A blogger is taken more seriously if they stay ahead of the trends, blogging the major events as soon as possible. Take Luxe Box for example. The bloggers and vloggers who are considered major players are those who can offer in depth coverage within the first few hours of release. This can often mean staying awake into the early hours to get the post out on time.

The other end of this spectrum is the creators and event owners who need timely coverage to build their customer bases. Advertising can become expensive. Therefore it makes sense to create a list of willing, topical bloggers who can help reach an audience.

It is only natural that these two parties would come together to support each other. Bloggers receive products for free, and often before release. Creators receive targeted publicity and access to a larger audience.

But when does this mutual support become sponsorship? When is the line crossed?

This blog is not sponsored.

I apply to become an official blogger for some stores and events to simply offset the costs of doing the thing that I enjoy. I am not paid to blog. I don’t allow stores/events to tell me how I should present their products, now how I should review them. If I want to post negatively I reserve the right to do that.

In ‘real world’ media this would be considered a review. A company sends their product to the media outlet and in return they get an honest review. The onus is on the company to ensure their product is of adequate quality to gain a positive one.

A sponsored post works differently. A company sends their product and notice of what they would like the ‘review’ to say. These pieces are usually marked as ‘sponsored’ reviews and are paid articles along the lines of advertisements.

In SL, in my opinion at least, the line is crossed when one of the two parties attempts to hold a higher level of control over the other. If a store was to rule that only their items were to be used in a post, or that a blogger must blog every release sent their way. This would be sponsorship. As with everything it comes down to the people involved what they are willing to accept.

Regardless of the mechanics it is this relationship that keeps the shopping community up to date. As long as bloggers keep their reviews honest there is no way that this can be a bad thing.

What are your opinions? Throw them in the comments. I’d love to hear them

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No More

No More

I am always at a loss about what to put here. I don’t particularly make images with words in mind, nor do I want this blog to become a stream of compliments about creativity and imagination. That feels fake, and I don’t want to do fake.

I love to make art. It doesn’t have to be amazing art, but to take an idea and turn it into something real is amazing to me. That is why I love to create, and why I love to use the creations of others to realise my own ideas.

The biggest compliment for me is when a designer likes my work in return. Which is why I am ecstatic to now be able to call myself an official blogger for Songbird, Veechi and The Annex. Thank you to those designers for believing in me.

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Pose: Songbird *
Location: Private Sim
Hair: Runaway – Jade (Hairology Anniversary Gift)
Eye Makeup: Veechi – Harvest Shadow (Sad November) *
Lip Makeup: Abigalia – Matte Lips
Piercings – Suicidal Unborn – Kara
Glass and Cuts: Songbird  *
Dress: Suicidal Unborn – Sick Girl Dress (Anybody)
Tattoo: Speakeasy – Morbid Tattoo

Items marked with a * were received for review/blogging purposes. Thank you to the stores involved. This does not affect my opinions in any way. This blog is not sponsored.

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Hello Avatar

Hello Avatar

 

Hello Avatar. 

Don’t forget to smile today. 

Psst: It’s hairology’s first anniversary, so get down there for a mass of exclusive wigs and of course the free gifts/dollarbies.

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Location: Private Sim
Hair: Vanity Hair – Hairology Anniversary Gift
Eyeliner: Veechi – Wet Liner (Anybody) *
Tattoo: Speakeasy – Morbid Tattoo

 

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She’s Queen of the Forest

The Annex for Gacha Garden

She takes care of the creatures
She supplies all of their needs
With her they have a much better chance now
To stay happy and free

(Ted Nugent – Queen of the Forest)

Items marked with a * were given for review/blog purposes. Thanks to the designers involved.

Location: Skye

Pose: Awkward

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Hair: Wasabi Pills – Ryleigh
Eyeliner: Veechi – Wet Liner (Anybody) *
Outfit and Accessories: The Annex – Winter Queen Gacha (Gacha Garden) *
Tattoo: Speakeasy – Morbid Tattoo

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Let there be light

Let there be light

I adore new toys. Lumipro is one that I have wanted to get my hands on for months now. But with the price tag I was forced to stare at its awesome from afar. (I may have also stroked a few Flickr images too.) So you can imagine how loud I screamed when I got that little notification that somebody had gifted it to me for my birthday!

I have spent most of the day watching YouTube videos and reading posts, and I am still no closer to fully understanding this little HUD of magic light but I can already tell you that it is worth every linden.

Lumipro is a photography tool that brings allows you to add extra light and effects in world. It would take me forever to go into all of the tools here. In fact, the creator has done that in a YouTube video much better than I ever could.

In the picture above I’m using a skull ‘GOBO’ which projects a pattern onto the wall. Isn’t it cool effect? I’m hoping to get more time to play with it this week so that I can get a better idea of how it all works.

Today’s outfit is my favourite from Halloween 2016. I don’t think Halloween should be just for October, so this will get worn a lot this coming year. The top and animated leggings are both from last months C88. One of my favourite events and one that I usually hit monthly. I’m giving this month a miss so I would love to see your buys. Throw a link in the comments.

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Hair: Lamb – Shadow
Top: Tres Blah – Olsen Sweatshirt (C88 October)
Pants: Pixicat – Fall.Tights
Tattoo: Speakeasy – Morbid Tattoo
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Getting older, not growing up.

Little Black Top

I always dread my birthday. Not because it’s a bad day or has bad memories. Not because I don’t want to get older (I don’t, but that’s not the reason). But because they have never been particularly fun. Especially as an adult.

It has been drilled in year after year that a birthday is ‘just another day’ and that I shouldn’t care about celebrating. That ‘we don’t have birthdays at our age’ by my much older relatives. It has created a bubble of guilt that demands that I feel bad about wanting the annual anniversary of my birth to be considered a special day.

As an older teen I looked forward to being old enough to go out for birthday drinks with my friends. I’m now in my early 30’s and for the most part this hasn’t happened. Those few times that it has I have found myself having to either strong-arm my friends to come out or I’ve had to pay for a couple to come. Money has always been an issue, so paying for three people to drink… not so fun.

Tomorrow is my birthday and in the past few days I have had a wobble as the date loomed. I have looked to it with dread, knowing that I will (and have) hear the same people disregard the whole thing. Knowing that it will be, for all intents, just another day.

So I have made a promise to myself.

I am going to buy myself a gift and take a day doing whatever makes me feel happiest. Because if anyone can make my special day, well… special, it’s me.

I’m going to begin right now by giving a huge thank you to a friend (who I won’t name) for the lovely gift card that bought the top I am wearing in this post.

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Top: Just Because – Emma
Pants: Ison – Suede Pants (Luxe Box September)
Tattoo: Speakeasy – Morbid Tattoo