I have to give a quick shout-out to Honor's Post Menopausal Blog, where I get a lot of my locations these days. She directed me to DDLE2 (yes, it's an odd name for a sim!) where I explored around finding different places to take pictures. I got foiled partway through by some vividly green ground which totally threw off the composition of my pictures, and a general problem with areas being too uniform - which makes for not terribly interesting backgrounds - but I think the end results were worth flying all over the sim! Other blogs which cover new locations in Second Life are invaluable for my picture taking. I can't stress enough how difficult it is to find new and interesting places, even though Second Life is full of them! I'll also sometimes hit the Destination Guide, but by and large I go by finds from other bloggers.
Now to get into me!
The hair is new from the Hair Faire, a Calico Ingmann Creations new style. I've been buying her hair for a long time (I recently found all the odd colors in her Seelie hairstyle in my new folder - been there a while!) and she just seems to get better. Better accessories, better textures, even better ways of working themselves - now her sets come color changing using huds, so you only have one "blond" hair in your inventory but you can change not only the shades of blond, but also add streaks to it! I was totally blown away. The accessories are also changeable through a hud, which is amazing; I did a fun combo here using the greener tones but there's a wide variety to match them with tons of outfits!
The corset is, as I said above, from Schadenfreude. I'm not sure this hue is still available, but I know there are other Schadenfreude corsets you can buy. I was surprised at how easily this fit with my poses, though, especially given how often corsets and poses mix badly. Even with the bending poses this worked well, though I was aided by the skirt covering up the bottom edge of the corset - which smooths over some flaws in the avatar mesh. I ended up doing some editing to the corset itself to fit my shorter, wider shape, but since the main part of the corset was a single prim this was really, really easy.
The outfit is from Deviance and I adore it! I have this in every possible color, which was a huge money sink but I've been able to use it in so many combined outfits, and in of itself it's charming. I even have a bunch of color combination ones, so I've really gotten my money's worth with it. It almost seems like it's meant to be worn with a corset; the texturing of the torso was corset-like, but I think the narrowness of the waist Schadenfreude gave me really highlights the level of skill in the flower detailing of the skirt and bodice. The primwork combines wonderfully with the texturing, making this look almost real. I particularly like the semi-transparent prims over the bodice, which really add a magical quality.
This kind of challenge really makes the color challenge worth it - I don't think I ever would have combined these items without the push of trying to match an unusual color. I've been thinking about what other kind of challenge might be fun; briefly I took part in a pose-object challenge, but it was simply too difficult to find things without buying, and being able to not buy new things every week is central to my ability to keep up with this challenge. Perhaps an accessory contest might be fun, though; I have immense accessory depths, so it might be fun to plum into them and see what I can find.
( More pictures here. )
Eyes: De La Soul, RooMee Eyes - Rainbow
Skin: De La Soul, Charlie - Sparkle
Ears: Illusion, Mystic Ear
Wings: Fancy Fairy, Azarelle
Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations, Isis 2 (w/flowers)
Dress: Deviance, Supar Plum Fairy - mint
Corset: Schadenfreude, Mint Julep Corset
Shoes: G Field, Flower Pumps "Eve" - cream
Light Settings: TOR, Midday - Herr Gracken
Water Settings: Valdez
Photographed by Deoridhe Quandry
Post processing: Cropping only