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Long Live the Queen!

Strawberry Singh

Whenever I put on any kind of crown in Second Life, I admit to feeling a bit like royalty. Who wouldn’t though with this crown? It’s just magnificent! Below is a full shot of the crown because even though I love the closeup shot of my face, I really did want to show you the full detail of the crown. The crown is from Enfant Terrible from her Magic Ride Gacha at this month’s Arcade and it will absolutely make you feel like a queen!

Each piece of the set is so very detailed, I adore it. I am wearing the rare gold crown and gold necklace in the first two pictures and also the gold chain (instead of the crown) in the third picture. The set also has a dress, more accessories and the most fun thing, a magic carpet! Probably one of my most favorite sets this round of Arcade.

Long live the Queen! (click here for a raw shot)

I’ve shared the raw shot of the first image and I was asked on flickr to share a tutorial on how I got from the raw to the finished shot. It was hours of work and I honestly don’t recall all of the steps, but if I am able to go back and remember it all, I’ll try and do a tutorial. I noticed I haven’t done a tutorial in a while, would you guys like more photoshopping tutorials? I just don’t feel like I am qualified enough to really do an indepth Photoshop tutorial, I just press all the shiny buttons. Are there any other kinds of tutorials you would like to see from me?

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The skin I’m wearing is the latest from Glam Affair and will be available at Skin Fair from March 13th till the 29th. The last image was taken by Aida Ewing herself. I was so excited to be able to model for the vendor this time because I absolutely love all of her images. Definitely check out her whole flickr stream if you haven’t already.

Ever since Aida posted that image yesterday I’ve had a number of people contact me asking me where I got my shape from. My shape was custom made for me back in 2009 by Catero Revolution. Catero is no longer in Second Life and my shape is not for sale. Just thought I would add that here since so many of you were wondering. I do have two shapes that I’ve made myself in my marketplace store if you’d like to give them a try.

A few people also wanted to know which eyes I’m wearing in Aida’s picture. I’m wearing the Ikon Charm eyes in the hazel color. In the first three images though, I am wearing it in the Moor color. Definitely my favorite eyes on the grid these days!

Glam Affair - Katra skin - SkinFair 2015 (Photo by Aida Ewing)

Today is Friday the 13th and I haven’t done a Friday Find for a few weeks now. I just haven’t been feeling up to it and admit to being super stressed. I’m going to go away for a few days this weekend and get a much needed break. Hopefully I’ll return fully charged and be able to do a Friday Find next week. Here’s a bit of a weekly roundup though:

Weekly Roundup

  1. Photographer of the Week: Jordan Giant – Jordan has been a favorite of mine for many years now and she keeps getting better and better. She’s a wonderful Home and Decor blogger as well.
  2. Gacha Minion – I mentioned this in another post earlier this week but thought I would share it again here as well. Gacha Minion is giving out free pro access for a month. Sign up if you are a gacha addict and looking to sell/buy/trade any gacha items, old and new.
  3. The Drax files radio hour – show #59: gdc post mortem [with karl krantz] – Just released today!
  4. There’s No Shame In Playing Second Life By Beau Hindman – A positive article about Second Life? Just don’t read the comment section. Ever.
  5. Buzzfeed Quiz of the Week: Could You Actually Be A Serial Killer? – See, I’m totally harmless you guys! :)

Have a great weekend and stay safe! <3

1st, 2nd and 3rd pictures:
*Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle
*Skin: -Glam Affair – Katra skin [ India ] 06 F by Aida Ewing (Skin Fair)
*Eyes: IKON Charm Eyes – Moor by Ikon Innovia
*Mesh Eyeliner: -Glam Affair- Couture Eyeliner no.03 by Aida Ewing
Eyelashes: Mon Cheri “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Olivieri
*Hair: little bones. Lovestruck by Nova Faerye
*Jewels: .ET. Magic Ride by leenfantterrible (@ Arcade)
4th picture: (by Aida Ewing)
*Mesh Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V2.1 by Onyx LeShelle
*Skin: -Glam Affair – Katra skin [ India ] 06 F by Aida Ewing (Skin Fair)
*Eyes: IKON Charm Eyes – Hazel by Ikon Innovia
Eyelashes: Mon Cheri “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Olivieri
*Hair: TRUTH HAIR Sally by Truth Hawks
*Mesh Ears: [MANDALA]STEKING_EARS_Season5 by kikunosuke Eel
*Clothing: Zaara : [Mesh] Chandni lehenga *ivory gold* by Zaara Kohime
*Earrings: Zaara : Ayanna Jhumka earrings *clear* by Zaara Kohime
*Nosering: Zaara : Ayanna nosering *clear* by Zaara Kohime

Avatar Transformation Challenge

Meme instructions: Transform your avatar completely so that even your friends wouldn’t recognize you. Don’t forget to share the link to your image in the comments and add your pictures to the Blog Memes flickr group. This week’s Monday Meme idea was provided by Mr. Skell Dagger. Several months ago he was kind enough to […] Continue reading →

Events & Weekly Roundup

Events this week Instead of doing a Friday Find this week, I figured I would cover some recent shopping events you can visit instead. Uber – started on February 25th with the theme Boho. (Uber SLurl) Sneak Peek – started February 25th (Sneak Peek SLurl) FaMESHed – starts March 1st (FaMESHed SLurl) The Arcade Gacha […] Continue reading →

Take me to Jodhpur

The Arcade Gacha Events returns March 1st and Zaara is taking us all to Jodhpur, India this round. Jodhpur is the second largest city in the Indian state of Rajasthan. It is often referred to as the “Blue City” due to the vivid blue-painted houses that surround the infamous Mehrangarh Fort. It is one of […] Continue reading →

Avatar in a Box Challenge

The lovely Vanessa Blaylock has started a new challenge called Avatar in a Box! She was inspired by Hugh Kretschmer‘s 2006 art/fashion piece Special Delivery where he lovingly assembled outfits and body parts in a box, which you can see in her post. I didn’t really want to cut up my avatar in pieces like […] Continue reading →

Mrs. Robinson

Botgirl called me Mrs. Robinson earlier today and that sort of inspired this post, even though I am completely innocent and have even sworn off men for the rest of my life (or until I meet a really hot guy). But yeah, I did have fun dressing Manberry up like a schoolboy and photoshopping a […] Continue reading →

Cozy Winter Evenings

(click here for a raw shot) The Arcade Gacha Event starts at midnight, December 1st and has all sorts of items to keep you warm and snugly throughout the winter season. All of the items you see in this post will be available there, except the skybox. The skybox I’ve had for many years now […] Continue reading →

Seducing the Butler

(click here for raw shot of selfie) It’s hard work trying to seduce an inanimate mesh object, but the butlers from Mutresse for this round of Arcade are so lifelike that from the pictures, you’d think I didn’t have any trouble at all. I mean, I DID get him to take a selfie with me. […] Continue reading →

Intellectual Conversations

There was someone I used to have long intellectual conversations with about politics, religion, finance, convenience stores (don’t ask), fashion, food, movies, tv shows, and so much more. That person is no longer in my life and I kind of miss and crave the all-nighters we used to have just talking our ears off. It’s funny […] Continue reading →

Paint the town red

Junbug has released a gorgeous gown for FaMESHed this round so I got all dressed up and felt like painting the town red. I asked the handsome Mr. Akami to take me dancing and not only did he take me dancing, he also serenaded me on skype as I took these pictures. I can’t deny […] Continue reading →

The Walking Dead

I am totally late to the party but several weeks ago I started watching “The Walking Dead” on Netflix and now I’m totally addicted. However, I have a somewhat love/hate relationship with that show. I love the story line and show itself but the gore and zombies are giving me some serious nightmares. I’m only […] Continue reading →

The Maharani’s Boudoir

Maharani is sanskrit for a very great Princess, who ranks above the queen. So she is the queen of all queens and the wife of the Maharaja. Zaara Kohime has created a vanity set which you would find in a Maharani’s Boudoir for this September’s Arcade Gacha Events. You can see the complete set as […] Continue reading →

I miss you

Have you ever missed someone so much that you hated yourself for it? Yeah, I hate myself right now. — Strawberry Singh (@strawberrysingh) May 30, 2014 The Arcade Gacha Events start on June 1st and the shopping guide has been released so you can start working on your shopping lists before it opens. Credits: *Skin: […] Continue reading →

The Winter Season Challenge

Even though Winter Solstice isn’t till December 21st, I still decided to do this meme today because I always see the starting of December as the start of the Winter season. So today’s post is of course about Winter, the season…not the bratty vampire. Meme Instructions: Take a wintery picture and/or answer the following questions […] Continue reading →

My Wish for You!

“This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, […] Continue reading →