I am horrible about leaving my phone at home – like really horrible. This happened twice last week and a coworker of mine could not get why I really didn’t care! Sometimes being without a phone is freeing: No obsessive checking of social media or the news and no unwanted phone calls. Just…quiet.
Second Life is like that for me at times as well. You see I have this super secret alt that nobody knows – in fact she is still dressed in her noob clothes! So for those days when all I want to do is roam around looking at pretty places, I log her in. Peace and quiet and pretty pictures is all we need at times.
“Elle Couerblanc here, reporting live from the 10th Rez Day event for the SL Diva, Elizabeth Hallstrom” (the roar of the crowds can be heard behind her).
“WAIT A MINUTE,” a fellow says to the reporter, “Who is Elizabeth Hallstrom exactly?” At this point, Elle covers her mic and turns to the fellow and replies in a curt tone, “Elizabeth is me you fool! Well I am her and she is me and we are…never mind you idiot, GET OUT OF MY FACE AND LET ME DO MY JOB!”
Whoa…what a dramatic moment right? You see, Elizabeth was my very first avatar in Second Life and she was brought into this alternate reality on exactly January 27th, 2007 probably sometime around 3PM SLT. Yes there have been others to follow: Lizzie Lexington, Betty Paramour and Bettencourt and eventually, Ms. Elle Couerblanc! But I really do like Ms. Hallstrom, so every 6 months or so, I bring her out of the closet, dust her off and make her all pretty once again. You see, if i were define one of my avatars as the closest to “me”, it would be Elizabeth.
So Happy Rez Day Ms. Hallstrom and I hope you have many other rez days to come!
This past Monday, the media reported extensively on a report by psychologist Cliff Arnall indicating Monday January 16th may be the Bluest Monday in a very long time. So what was Elle’s typist doing on that particular Monday? Well she was at home, sick and taking photos of her Second Life avatar!
I did not feel particularly blue emotionally but for sure I was feeling down physically. After being in Second Life for almost 10 years, I have found my avatars often are a reflection of myself in Real Life. Not necessarily say how Elle looks but in how I decorate Elle. When I am happy I tend to dress her in youthful, colorful clothes. In a moment when I am down, I might dress her in more dark, subdued tones. And on Monday, when these photos were taken, she was in a whole lot of black!
Any who, just some random thoughts today. Details on Elle’s look can be found below. So until next, take care my friends and have a great Second Life!
Coffee & Doughnuts…this is what popped into my head when Elle found her way into this Tea house located at The Village & BarDeco. Even though I haven’t had a doughnut in years, the idea of taking a bite of scrumptious glazed doughnut – gently fried to perfection and lightly coated with the sugary glaze – kept filling my head while I took this photo.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I ate a doughnut! You see, I have been blessed *cough* with Celiac’s Disease and therefore I not supposed to eat any gluten whatsoever! Well…I cheat…but I am selective with my cheating (LOL): Pie and cupcakes are my Gluten Achilles heal and, well….Bagels. You can get a marvelous gluten-free cupcake – but bagels?? Forget about it!
Any who, that’s all I got for now. Yeah short and sweet for me but it’s Saturday and I need to do laundry in Real Life. Damn this thing called RL….it keeps me from doing all sorts of fun things! So until next time – take care my friends and have a great Second Life!
Last week I was in search of a well done urban based sim for the above photo of Ms. Elle. Even in my SL past, urban sims could be seriously hit and miss and were often not updated. Honestly I had absolutely no idea where to even start when I began this endeavor but I had an idea in my head for this photo that I wasn’t willing to let go. To remedy this, I went directly to my beloved Explore Second Life group on Flickr to find a spot that might work for me. One of the few urban sims that popped up after searching a few pages was one called Sexy Cat. Yeah I know…I should have gotten a hint from the sim name but it seemed “clean” in the photos and well done therefore I thought to myself – Mission Accomplished!
Any who, I popped on over and found the sim to be relatively uninhabited – the only other avi on the sim had a profile description that more or less said “Second Life Explorer”. So I sent Elle on a nice leisurely stroll in search of that perfect photo spot – something that would make this outfit definitely stand out. As Elle made her way around the place, I went through a mental check list in my head: Nice urban grunge feel (check), Bodega like stores (check), nice use of colors (check) and once the spot was found I was definitely ready to Rock and Roll!
Well midway through my photo taking a shadow appears on my screen and it stays there for a good long while. Of course in my head I am thinking “Dude, I am standing here not moving, looking like a dumb ass so….GET OUTTA THE WAY!” Then the familiar “ding, ding” happens and I get this IM from the male resident:
[2017/01/02 10:52] xx: hey hun
At this point, the sighing commences on my part as I begin formulate my wordy reply:
[2017/01/02 10:53] Elle Couerblanc: hello (So thoughtful and elegant a reply, right? Now profile perving commences and the vedict for this fella was “harmless”)
[2017/01/02 10:53] xxxx: how are you
[2017/01/02 10:53] Elle Couerblanc:: fine (suddenly I feel the need to check out the land info tab. Whoops – all the key words are there that should have been a huge red flag about the point of the sim when I tp’d in!)
(Okay now…wait for it…wait for it – the important question suddenly jumps into my brain. After a brief pause I type the words……) [2017/01/02 10:53] Elle Couerblanc: is this a sex sim or something? lol
[2017/01/02 10:54] xxxx: yes
[2017/01/02 10:54] xxxx: sexy avatar
[2017/01/02 10:54] Elle Couerblanc: haha oops I just liked the looks of it
[2017/01/02 10:54] Elle Couerblanc: thanks but I am just here taking photos (Now I feel bad…the guy really thought I was here for the same goals as him!)
[2017/01/02 10:54] Elle Couerblanc: sorry
[2017/01/02 10:54] xxxx: its ok hun
And then he continues on on his way leaving me to my work. Well you can’t blame the guy for trying, but unfortunately for him I was not his target audience! It was definitely a case of right place, wrong girl for this gentleman. At this point I am laughing at myself in real life for my total reborn noob mistake! Anyway Mr. Redacted Name Resident, I hope you found what you were looking for that day! Because regardless of anyone’s reason for being in Second Life, as long as you can legally buy cigarettes in the US and it involves others who can legally buy cigarettes as well (AND are on the same page as you), you are definitely entitled to live out your dreams in Second Life, whatever they may be! Rock on with your ePeens friends, just avoid the Blingis if you can!
One of my favorite pastimes in Second Life is exploring Sims and the art installations throughout the grid. Since I am basically a noob these days, I have started to rely on flickr groups for places to explore. One of these groups is the Explore Second Life group that has a wealth of photos for me to draw from for locations and inspiration. One of these sims I came across in the group pool as Rosemoor; and since I was in the mood for another wintry photo from what I saw at Rosemoor this was just the place I was looking for.
My only issue with this photo is in my opinion, Elle is a bit under dressed. Honestly, in real life, if there was snow on the ground like this, I would have my happy ass in a big ole jacket! But this is a fantasy world and all so I can’t be too picky! Perhaps she has on an invisible jacket? YES that’s it – an invisible jacket, friends, which keeps her warm like nobody’s business! On a side note, I almost took this photo with demo skin on too – whoops! Noob, I tell ya….I am one big noob now!
Any who, that is all I have for the moment and my dog is demanding I take him for walk – STAT. So as per the norm, the details on the look can be found below along with all the SLurls to all the stores (am I being a good blogger or what). So until next time – take care my friends and have a great Second Life!
Okay so…the other day I managed to take a whole batch of photos including the one you see here with Elle in her New Years Eve outfit she had been styling for weeks! Well not exactly weeks, and maybe actually, just a couple of hours – but that’s beside the point, LOL. But as luck would have it (or more than likely an ID10T error on Elle’s typist’s part) windows ate them all! Elle was traumatized and so beside herself, she just couldn’t push herself to try to take the photo again. Oddly enough, one was still in my recently viewed cached items, although, the file itself was gone! So what’s a disappointed and lazy fashion blogger to do? Use Snipit and take a photo of a photo woot!
Anyway, I had tons of fun with this photo – from styling Elle to building the little set. There are so many wonderful little knickknacks in SL now that I think building sets might be a thing for me going forward. Details on the items used in this photo along with Elle’s outfit can be found below. For now…I am out peeps – so in the meantime, take care my friends and have a great Second Life!
I am a huge fan of the Dystopian Genre and the game Fallout 4 is one of the few single player games I actually play. When I took this photo, for some reason Fallout 4 popped into my head when I looked at it again in Photoshop so I just rolled with it! The editing was minor though, just cropping and a simple “action” I came across a few years back which mainly just softens to look of the picture. Most of what you see though is pretty much Second Life at it’s finest – a gorgeous Windlight setting developed by Neva Xenga for her Neva Estates group of sims and the sim “junk” developed by Tab Tatham.
Sims like junk are what keep me wanting to take photographs in Second Life. For me, often my SL photography process is I first find the sim or setting that inspires me, then look for an outfit, along with the right pose, that will work with the surroundings. Sounds simple enough – although it can days for me to complete the image that I like enough to upload. By the way, since I am a returnee to Second Life, please let me know of sims, stores and pose shops I should be checking out.
Anywho, that is all I have to say for the moment but I shall return soon! So in the meantime – take care my friends and have a great Second Life!
Hello Second Life! My name is Elle Couerblanc and I will be joining Gogolita and Aems here at JuicyBomb! I am thrilled to be a part of this team and happy to be back in Second Life. I have been away from the grid for a while (damn RL) and finally have a bit of breathing room to start enjoying gaming once again. It has been close to almost two years since I was around regularly (only popping in now and then to say hello to everyone) and so much has changed!
You might be asking what dragged me back into SL (besides my friend of course) after all this time. Well the answer is simple my friends – BENTO! When mesh heads first came out, I hated them…..HATED…..THEM and felt like the uniqueness of avatar creation was gone forever. But Bento has changed this perception for me and I cannot wait to start exploring SL again.
So join me friends on my adventures in Second Life and of course with a bit of fashion sense along the way. A little about me and my photos: I do use some Photoshop techniques – largely using Actions to enhance rather than to take away. I don’t edit facial features though when I post about skin, such with this photo featuring Park Shin from The Skinnery found at Collabor88. I also enjoy reinventing Elle fairly regularly: meaning I am not tied to a specific ethnicity, hair color, size etc. Also, I am bit slow to the latest trends and releases so I might post about something that might be OMG a MONTH OLD! Furthermore I am a bit lazy about SLurls (LOL) but I will do my best to change this nasty habit.
Anywho, enough of chattering – details of my look can be found below. So in closing, take care my friends and have a great Second Life!
Edited to add: Excuse my renoobness in my forgetting to bump up my antialias in this photo. It is not as crisp as normal. I will do better next time folks!