The Looking Glass


At the Looking glass

Today’s attempt at taking snapshots brought me to The Looking Glass. I told myself that if I had to crash, I might aswell do it in a good looking place. Designed by Markus Inkpen, the same creator as the famous No Sound sim, and Sharni Azalee, that fabulous sim welcomes you to discover fantasy places going from church ruins to old stables or even wonderland.

The Looking Glass

I’ve chosen to take the pictures in the village. Among all the wonders you will see there, what caught my attention was that parrot. Maybe the fact it is called Muad’Dib has something to do with it… (Muad’Dib being the Fremen name of Paul Atreides in Dune from Frank Herbert. It is my favorite book and one of the reasons why my blog is named like that, though the official excuse i’ve found was dunes was reminding of the curves of a feminine body).

Just to tell you a few more words about my snapshots adventures lately. Today, i’ve been able to take 10 pictures! Yeah! BUT… for some unknow reason, i’ve crashed at the 11th. Since then, though I was using Kirsten’s Viewer for the pics, I am unable to log back in SL with Snowstorm which crashes immediately. Go figure…

Skin: LAQ ~ Nellie 03 [Nougat] Glow skin
Eyes: L.Fauna Charm Eyes [Gemini 1]
Hair: [Shag] – La Petite Mort – dark copper
Jumpsuit: .:* LOULOU&CO *:. – S.Suit :: CHARLIE’S ANGEL :: Green
Pullover: [LeeZu!] LBD Loui Pullover right hand /beige
Belt: :. WoE .: Nomi Leather Belt (Blood)
Scarf: [LeeZu!] Miss Mara Scarf /ethno mauve
Tights: *Fishy Strawberry* Woolen Tights – Brown Stripes at The Dressing Room
Boots: *COCO*_EngineerBoots(Black)
Poses: Glitterati

Bye bye,

It’s All In The Background


“It’s All In The Background” is this week’s blogger challenge from Alysha Rennahan. A lot of bloggers will go for a simple white background and won’t post-process their pictures. Some in world windlight magic will make textures and prims look at their best. Sometimes, people who have no idea about using windlight will already feel they are not being shown what they can get in world. Pictures are taken pretty rapidly, minimal work but cropping and adding a background shadow. This is great when you have a lot of new releases to show. The focus is on the outfit, not on the picture in itself.

Paige White

For sure, the avatar is the center of the focus but it looks a bit sad to me. So, I am usualy going for pictures with a background. But then, the nightmare of looking for the right background begins… according to the outfit, you need to find the appropriate sim, with the right colors, theme, etc. Sometimes, I don’t blog cause i haven’t found the background i was looking for. It adds a whole atmosphere to the picture, it can change completely the way people will feel about the outfit.


In the picture above, i’ve chosen a snackbar from YB Prod as a decor. A place where you can expect people to wear such clothes. As I’ve used a background, i want my avatar to pop out of the picture so i am post-processing. For the most part, the post-process work consists in adding shadows (my computer doesn’t handle in world shadows), and then to make an orton effect, playing with the layers blends. Finaly, I am adjusting the colors using curves, saturation and vibrance to have them look closer to the original snapshot though brighter and shinier.

Finaly, here are 2 pictures using roughly the same outfit, the same pose, the same chair from the Season Hunt. The background conditionates the post-process. I tried to use the exact same settings and the second picture turned out to be a green ugly blur. I had to do something completely different in the end.

Paige 26092010


The background is just another piece of the look. It can make it look sweet, lovely, trash, violent or commonplace so choose them wisely!

Skin: LAQ ~ Nellie 03 [Nougat] Glow skin
Shape: ** Dunes ** Paige Shape (not out yet)
Eyes: L.Fauna Charm Eyes [Brown 3]
Eyelashes: :: Exodi :: Eyelashes
Hair: [LeLutka]- MEGAN hair – Rita
Exile Serana Auburn (picture 3)
Jacket: .:Ducknipple:. Slager – Retro (short sleeved)
Necklace and Earrings: .:A&M:. Messed Memory Wire Set
Skirt: .:Ducknipple:. Shampoo – Black/Pink :. Skirt
and *Linc* Low Rise Mini Jeans Skirt Grunge Stars (picture 3)
Leggings: *Fishy Strawberry* Swan Lake Black – Leggins fishnet
Bracelets: .:* LOULOU&CO *:. – Bracelet :: FULL METAL JACKET ::
Gloves: YB Prod (not out yet)
Shoes: [Gos] [DOCS-V2] 8 HOLE – F – Black
Chair: [*Art Dummy!] apple picking (chair) (gift for Sesons Hunt)
Poses: ouch, sorry i don’t remember which one i’ve used as i’ve been trying a lot of new ones 😦 It is either Reel Expression, Diesel Works or !BANG

Bye bye,

Dark Mood

Emma Black

Emma Black 2

Skin: [PXL] Candy TAN NE NudeLips MEB FR
Shape: ** Dunes ** Emma Shape
Eyes: L.Fauna CHAI Eyes +Allure+ [GEMINI 4] small pupil
Hair: Analog Dog AD Ais brown sugar
Jacket: – Tourist.Jacket (Black)
Body: .:* LOULOU&CO *:. – Dress :: GRAPHIK :: Yellow
Leggings: Tee*fy Splash Leggins TDR Edtion Orange 2
Boots: [ hoorenbeek ] Lucille Boots – Black
Necklace: [[MANDALA] AMIDA Necklace/Green/with shadow/spine
Poses: Maitreya
Background textures: Monolith

Exile in Technicolor


Today, i’ve chosen to show you one of the new hairstyle from Exile, Agyness, an original and fun updo which would work aswell with a classical gown as for a rock grunge look. The skin is from Your Skin & Your Shape, a special release of Adriana for The Dressing Room, a glamourous and feminine tan skin to go to a party in the summer.

The top is a part of a dress from The Plastik. It is actualy the gift you will receive if you find the bukhet for the Summer Doesn’t End Hunt which takes place from 1rst till 31rst of August.

Sophia Adriana Agyness

Sophia Adriana Agyness Portrait

Skin: *YS & YS* Adriana Technicolor Freckles Cleavage – TDR 9
Shape: ** Dunes ** Sophia V2 Shape
Hair: Exile Agyness/whiskey
Eyes: [LeLutka]-Reflections-Dew-Eyes
Top: [Plastik] :[P]:-SummerDoesntEnd-S-Sun
Pants: Armidi {Gisaci} Journey Tweed Slacks – Metallic Silver
Belt: >TRUTH< Hipster Belt [steel]
Shoes: Maitreya Gold – Esprit Champagne
Necklace and Earrings: *CUBE*Shell necklace (no longer available i think)
Bracelet: .:* LOULOU&CO *:. – Bracelets :: SUMMER :: yellow
Poses: Glitterati

Bye bye,

Blue Summer


in the past days, i’ve posted a lot of pictures in the blue or pink tones. One of the reasons is blue is the perfect summer sky. While yellow is often the summer color, i need a blue sky to really feel like it is summer. I live in Belgium, a country known for its rainy weather. Even when it is sunny, the sky tend to be a light shade of blue and I’m always admiring southern countries deeper shades of blue skies.

About pink now… i guess it is my inner Barbie showing up. I do like pink, though i am not wearing it a lot, rather in eye make-ups than clothes, that color has a sweet and warm touch which echoes joy and happiness to me. I was very pleased to see that 50% sale on the new Hucci dress only at Le Look shopping sim for these reasons. A good excuse to wear pink for the day. When i was taking the pictures, i had fun playing with the movement created by its flexi prims. 138 L$ for that dress is not a deal, it is a steal!

On a side note, if you haven’t paid a visit to The new Dressing Room Blue yet, don’t waste more time! There are great bargains to get there, especially the new Exile Malibu hairstyle in special TDRB colors. Don’t miss it! The bag was last 50 Linden Friday item. I am showing it a bit late but i am sure you can still get it at Miel, though at a more expensive price.

Now about the scarf… it is a gatcha from the Albero Summer Gatcha Festival. I know it is not blending in the other tones of the pictures but that is exactly what i wanted. Something that offers contrast and mint tone was just great to my eyes for that as it is not agressive.

Emma Hucci

Emma Hucci 2

Skin: [PXL] Candy TAN NE NudeLips MEB FR
Shape: ** Dunes ** Emma Shape (not yet released)
Hair: Exile Malibu/ Malt only 60 L$ at The Dressing Room Blue
Eyes: [LeLutka]- -Reflections-Glory-Eyes
Dress: ::HH:: Hucci Beach Diva – Wild Pink Multi only 50% for limited time at Le Look
Sunglasses: MIEL BELLA PEEPERS wear and click to change color/resize
Scarf: {theosophy} Tegryn Summer Scarf (Mint) at Albero Summer Gatcha Festival
Hair beads: EarthStones Hair Beads – Serenity (L)
Bracelet right: ~SIGMA~Jewels/ Opus bangles (charcoal) right.f~
Bracelet left arm: .:* LOULOU&CO *:. – Bracelet :: MYRTIL :: Blue (V2)(Left)
Poses: Glitterati

Bye bye,

Hi Alice! New Shape out


I’ve added a new shape to the ** Dunes ** collection. Alice is a realistic shape, 1m74 (5’9”) tall, very versatile, whatever the look you want for her, you should be satisfied with her long mysterious eyes, pulpy lips and cute small nose. Her round face has still some hints of her teens. This low 20 girl has had a classical education but don’t think she is too wise; once she goes out, she will rock you out all night long. A second taller (1m92 6’4”) shape is also included in the box aswell as a style card and bald base if you want to look exactly like the model.

Alice Nemo 2

Alice Nemo Portrait

For a free demo, please visit ** Dunes ** mainstore.
Alice is also available on Xstreet for your best convenience.

Bye bye,