Introducing Maitreya Mesh

I’m going broke for you guys, but I suppose it’s worth it. Just take a look at my newest additions from Maitreya… I know I’m a little behind on the Maitreya mesh releases, but I’m sure you can forgive me.

Aren’t those wedges to die for? I was tempted to get the boots as well, but instead I bought the Neutrals fatpack (4 pairs for 1000L). They go for 500L a pair, so it’s like you’re getting two free pairs of shoes… or at least that’s what I told myself after becoming broke because of this visit to Maitreya. To check out the full range of mesh products at Maitreya, go here http://sl-maitreya.blogspot.com/!

I also updated my Windlight settings to those that Luna Jubilee uses. I really wanted to be able to use a studio but still have shadows and an overall nice picture, so I’m extremely pleased that Luna’s work for me! As you can see I’m still in the learning process of using shadows in my pictures and such, but I’ll get better with time, I promise!

Oh, and one last thing before I go. The only little issue I ran into with wearing all of the mesh at once is that you need the alpha layers to hide parts of your body that may stick out, but you can’t wear more than one alpha layer at once (at least not in Firestorm). What I did was I wore the blouse in size Large and used the shoe alpha layer, but just a heads up for you guys! x

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End of the Year Sales

There’re sales galore in SL right now if you just do a little searching! Select stores – Atomic, ploom, -paper.doll-, Illusory, Cheeky Pea, and Aura – are participating in a year end 50% off certain merchandise sale, so here’s a peek at my savings!

I own a good portion of Atomic clothing already, but I grabbed these jeans and adorable top for a combo of 125L. I added on the leather jacket and black ankle boots just for a more edgy feel to an otherwise very feminine outfit! x

Alina

Hair: elikatira Early

Shirt: Atomic Lovely Chiffon in Jade

Jeans: Atomic Ripped Skinny Jeans in Vintage

Jacket: DeLa Leather Jacket in “Bebe” Black

Shoes: fri.day Journey Boots in Black

Back to Blogging

Hey guys!

I know when I last posted I said I was leaving for an indefinite hiatus, but I feel like it’s time to return to my passion, which is blogging and discovering new stores in SL! The time I took off was intended for me to focus on roleplaying at Hogwarts: Your Story and I have truly enjoyed my time roleplaying there, but now I feel as though I can manage both commitments. This time around I intend to treat blogging less like a job and more like a hobby. Another little addition I am happy to share is that I have a new laptop (a Macbook Pro, to be exact) and now I can enable shadows in SL! I can’t wait to begin posting again and contribute more to the blogging community. :)

Alina x

52 Weeks of Color Challenge: Wenge

As the 52 Weeks of Color Challenge draws to a close, I’ve had an ample amount of time to think about my blog and the future of my blogging in Second Life. I’m not the greatest of bloggers – I don’t have the most amazing picture quality, most creative outfits, or most expensive and best made clothes, but blogging has definitely taught me quite a lot… even if my contribution is but a speck on the radar. Blogging has taught me about Photoshop, websites, community, and so much more, and even if I’ll be disappearing from the Second Life fashion blogger community for a spell, I’ll always remember these valuable lessons. If/when I return, I hope to be able to contribute more to this blog and to Second Life in general. Now I am busy with RL, and whenever I do manage to make it on SL I’m spending all my time at the Hogwarts: Your Story RP. Throughout my long years on SL (previous to my creation of this account) I’ve learned that it’s impossible to be good at everything and you cannot stretch yourself too thin. My choices were either focus entirely on blogging or focus entirely on roleplay, and at this time I’ve chosen to spend my time in SL roleplaying.

Anyway, here’s my outfit for this week’s color: Wenge. I really do like this color, a nice and deep gray, perfect for fall. I especially adore this new cardigan from Vive9 – definitely a must-buy! I hope you all have a wonderful week!

xo Alina

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Hair: [elikatira] Changes

Lipstick: Pink Fuel Glam Lipstick – Cherry (w/Teeth)

{Clothes}

Turtleneck: fri.day Basic.Turtleneck (Charcoal)

Cardigan: Emery Oversize Cardigan Carmin [Black]

Pants: Mon Tissu Cigarette Jeans ~ Black

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College & The Future

Hello, reader. :) Today I felt as though I needed to clear up the future of my blog and explain my current RL situation. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m enrolled in college {for privacy reasons, I will not release the name of the college I attend!} and blogging becomes extremely difficult during semesters. I’m 20 years old and this year will be my sophomore year of college, and even though I managed to blog fairly frequently during my freshman year, I’m not sure if sophomore year will treat me quite as well. This year I’d like to be more social and make more friends in my RL community, and sometimes that means putting SL on hold. To me, SL is something you can always come back to and restart in, but RL shares certain opportunities only once or twice in a lifetime. So, what does this mean for my blog? Well, as I’m sitting here, surrounded by boxes of unpacked dorm items and the chaos of moving in, I cannot help but feel that I may take this year off when it comes to blogging. College life is something you’ll experience once, for four, short years, and I do not think it selfish to want to indulge in the opportunities available in my RL currently. I may pop in from time to time, especially during breaks during semesters and such, but unfortunately I will not be following a set schedule. I will try my best to finish out the 52 Weeks of Color Challenge, as there are only ten weeks left and those posts are once a week. When it comes to blogging other events and creating styles/looks/etc., I will no longer be a go-to source. I suggest you check out my blogroll {they are all amazing blogs} in the meantime.

This is not goodbye, just see you later. I love each and every one of you.

xo Alina

The Platinum Hunt 2 & 1 Year of Blogging!

1 year already.

The other day I logged into SL and realized that Alina has been around for almost 2 years – and today was her 2nd Rez day celebration. Yup, that’s right: August 15th! Now before you get all confused and say “Alina today is August 16th…”  I am purposely posting this a day later in celebration of my first blog post, which was August 16th, 2010! Lots and lots of celebrations going on in Alina’s little SL. :)

Anyway, let’s get into the interesting stuff – the fashion. I went hunting today in The Platinum Hunt, which is always a joy. I only picked up a few things because I am currently experiencing SL poverty {a.k.a. hurry up Tuesday I need my 300L}, but I managed to create three very different looks with only 40L!

The style on the left is my favorite. It’s so glamorous and party-ready, I absolutely adore it! You can’t see it in this picture, but my hair is actually a super cute, punky ponytail from Exile that I surprisingly had yet to blog! This hair has become one of my go-to styles lately in SL. Next, the staple of this look: the dress. I’ve been really into paper.doll and all of their lovely dresses recently, and this one is no exception. It comes with options of a gold or silver top and was only 10L through the Platinum Hunt!

Now for the middle style. Once again, I’ve had this hair for quite a while now {hello Hair Fair days} but it hadn’t made an appearance in a post! I love it inworld, but I found it a tad difficult to photograph… ignore my lack of photoshop skills, haha. Anyway, this is more casual and hang-out friendly, but I love the pop of color that the shoes give and the slightly more put together look that the beautiful necklace from SIGMA gives. And, of course, the cute tank top from Atomic, one of my favorite stores on the grid. Very cute!

Finally, the third style. I’m not quite sure why, but I’m feeling a concert vibe from Alina in this outfit. Once again, the picture doesn’t show it but the hair is actually a sweet little messy bun, thanks Clawtooth! The mini dress is from Grixdale… PLEASE don’t close! I am so so so sad that Tyr has decided to close down shop, but look out for a Grixdale tribute that I’ll put up soon. <3 And last but not least, the pumps – another forgot-to-blog Inventory item! Vive9 created these sassy pumps for The Dressing Room a while back, and they go perfectly with the look!

All right, I’ll say goodbye now. Thank you for all of the support I have received over the last year, it truly means so much to me and I hope I’ll be blogging for many years to come!

xo Alina

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Hogwarts: Your Story

My first words regarding H:YS {Hogwarts: Your Story} must be in thanks to Anya Ohmai for guiding me to this RP, however indirect the guidance was! ;P Anywho, you may think I’m crazy, you may think I’m weird, but I decided to join a Hogwarts RP approximately… three days ago. I was part of another “world of Harry Potter RP” before, but I found it much too large and spread out for my liking. I was constantly getting lost in the castle and I felt very lonely, hehe. Not to say that it was a bad RP – far from it, actually. To date it has probably been the most successful of Harry Potter RPs, but I have a feeling that H:YS will rival it. I really have no idea how I will balance the RP, blogging here, and my RL; I’m hoping that my blog doesn’t get pushed to the back burner, but I’ve been searching for something to get me interested in SL again and it looks like H:YS is it! Of course RL takes precedence over anything {as you all know and agree with… hopefully} but we’ll see!

If you’re interested in H:YS, check out the group inworld and apply! :D

xo Alina