52 Weeks of Color – #23 Pistachio

Looking at this weeks color swatch I wasn’t even sort of excited to do pistachio. It’s exactly how I felt last year when we did like 4 consecutive weeks of brown colors. To me, pistachio = puke green. But then I found this darling tank top that said it’s the same green as our color this week and it doesn’t look at all like puke. I also noticed that when I looked up the hex code for my background, it was not even sort of puke green looking. I breathed a huge sigh of relief and set about styling my pic this week.

Since this week started out hotter than blazes and I desperately wanted to be at the beach, I did a summery  looking pic. It would be something to wear walking along the boardwalk or maybe the pier in Grand Haven. Alas, it’s not even sort of warm now, but I’m still hoping for the beach and the weather that drives me there.

♥ Ayako

Hair: [e] – Over – Red 06
PXL – Kate *Special release at Skin Showcase
Lip Gloss: 
PXL – Kate – Strawberry Lip Gloss *Special release at Skin Showcase
Sunglasses: Etoile Levane
 – H4W Glasses – Adria
Tank: {katatonic} – Striped Tank – Pistachio
Shorts: {Zaara} – Denim Shorts – Indigo
Flip-Flops: Maitreya – Flip-Flops – Lucid
Poses: SEmotion


Rainbows for Luna

The 52 weeks of color are over but sweet Kaelyn Alecto had something up her sleeve. A special week 53 post as a surprise for Luna Jubilee the genius behind the challenge.

From the groaning over several weeks of brown to the excitement of pink to the puzzled “Is this really a color???” it has really been such a wonderful year. I can’t thank Luna enough for how much she has inspired and encouraged all of us bloggers along this crazy ride. I am so grateful to have met you and to have been a part of the challenge. And to Kaelyn: you’re amazing for thinking this up. Hugs to both of you.

❤ Ayako

Hair: Truth – Gigi – Honey
Exodi – Isolde – Viviante (available in the Lucky chairs)
Eye shadow: 
ee. – Linter – Lime 
*Deviance* – Rainbow Fairy Wings
JANE  – Loop de loop scarf – Rainbow (bright)
T-shirt: JANE –
Rainbow tee – Milk (past group gift)
fri. – Designer Jeans – Regular wash – Skinny
[e] – Fair flats – Lime/White 

52 Weeks of Color Challenge: 15 Faves

I’ve spent a lot of time looking over my flickr this week and so many memories came flooding back to me. I see those pictures from the first few weeks and think “Gah! What was I thinking?” While I am by no means an expert photographer, this past year I’ve learned so much about taking pictures and advanced my Photoshop skills. I’ve upgraded my computer and while it’s not brand new, at least it’s new to me. This challenge has helped me to become a better blogger as well. I discovered new stores while I expanded my vocabulary of colors. I learned about adding slurls to my posts and giving more details about the outfits I’m wearing. I tend to be a bit of a slow learner so I can’t imagine where I’d be right now without this past year.

It was so difficult picking just 15 but here they are:

1. Jade 1 (32 of 52), 2. Ayako electic lime 3 (17 of 52), 3. Aya periwinkle 2 (25 of 52), 4. Ayako sienna (10 of 52), 5. ayako jem & band (28 of 52), 6. Jazzberry (41 of 52), 7. Ayako banana 2 (22 of 52), 8. Ayako Liver (43 of 52), 9. Aya cream (51 of 52), 10. Eggplant babes 2 (24 of 52), 11. Ayako bronze 1 (45 of 52), 12. Aya taupe (12 of 52), 13. Aya Olive 2 (27 of 52), 14. Ayako patriarch 2 (38 of 52), 15. Aya green 1 (8 of 52)

❤ Ayako

52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Orange

Here we are ladies – the final week of our beloved color challenge. 😦 Amazing how quickly time passes! I’m looking at the calendar going… wth? Where did this whole year go? I know I was there for all of it, yet somehow I feel like a chunk of time passed me by without me even knowing it. I probably shed a few tears thinking about the end this week.

My original idea was orange-crazy but I decided earlier to tone it down and use the orange to accent my pic instead. I wasn’t sure if it would be to random looking with the hat but as it turns out, I love it! I’d be tempted to wear something like this in RL if my stomach was actually that toned! LOL.

A little note about the challenge: I’ve said it a million times but it’s so true I have to say it one last time. I am so incredibly thankful to all of you, especially Luna of course, for being passengers with me along this crazy, fun journey of color and fashion. I have grown so much as a blogger, a photographer and even a stylist. Btw, anyone else’s closet grow by leaps and bounds during this? I’m pretty sure I’ve added about 1,500 items since I started the challenge! Here’s my orange before I get all misty-eyed again.

I love all you wonderful ladies and I hope we stay in touch. *Muah*

❤ Ayako

Hair: Tiny Bird & Merrit
Skin: Exodi – Sophie – Viviante (October group gift)
Top: *BOOM* – Aruba top – Tangerine
Jeans: [Cynful] – Modest Skinny Jeans (LowRise)
Boots: ALEIDA – Sarlotta Boots – Orange (no longer available)
Pose: Glitterati

52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Cream

Week 51 arrives with mixed feelings. I’m excited that we’ve made it through 51 weeks but sad that it’s almost over. I remember chiming in at week 4 and thinking how incredibly long and difficult the next year would be. We’ve muddled through it and here we are at last with the end in sight. I am so going to miss this! Man that depresses me! Ugh anyway.

To Luna: I can’t say thank you enough times for dreaming up this challenge. It’s been a great opportunity being able to participate in this and gave me a chance to learn from you more experienced bloggers. And inspite of all the “bleh moments” in there where we doubt our choices or the grr at the color swatch, this challenge has been so much fun! I really love seeing what everyone comes up with!  Without further ado here is my cream:

I found this shirt at ATOMIC and instantly I knew what I wanted to do. It looked so sweet and dreamy to me and the new hair from LeLutka simply added to to look. So I photoshopped with that in mind to get a sort of soft, dreamy looking pic. Halloween color for next week should be fun! I predict lots of pumpkins in pictures lol.

❤ Ayako

Hair: LeLutka – Mourray – Auburn Haze
Skin: LAQ – Susan – Fair
Jacket: G*Field – Ruffle Bolero – Gray
Top: [ATOMIC] – Lovely Chiffon – Cream
Jeans: fri. – Designer Jeans (skinny) – Regular Wash
Pose: Glitterati

52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Mulberry

Gah week 50 already?! Where has this past year gone??? I’m so sad to see this coming to an end. I’m hoping and praying that Luna keeps this challenge going. Pretty please with cherries on top? Either way though, this has been the most amazing group of women I’ve met in SL. All you wonderful bloggers keep up the great work! You ladies rock!

Mulberry brings me back to my childhood. There was a mulberry tree that grew in the back yard of our cottage. It was a wild tree I think or maybe it was there when my parents bought the place I don’t really know. But I would sit on the deck railings in the summer and pick the most ripe berries off to eat. And I remember having to check the bottoms of my feet before going inside to make sure I hadn’t stepped on any berries that fell. Eventually that tree was cut down when we remodeled the deck/patio area but I still remember the sour-sweet taste of mulberries from our little tree.

This week was more difficult than I thought it would be. I hemmed and hawed over the color strip because while I do my best to match it, I had a lot of difficulty. It didn’t help that I was gone from Wednesday on last week and didn’t have much time to think about what to post. Normally I try to match the color swatch given but I went for trying to match the berry color instead. I was even hoping to find a mulberry tree or something close to use as my backdrop because of the aforementioned memory but nothing I saw seemed fitting. Oh well. Here’s to hoping that cream won’t be too much of a challenge. I’m looking forward to the favorite 15 looks that everyone puts together after the challenge is over. Until next time!

❤ Ayako

Hair: Magika – Dara – Black
 Exodi – Sophie – Viviante (past group gift)
M.O.C.K Cosmetics – Buccaneer Lip gel
Nails: Exodi – Nails – True Red
Top: INDI Designs – Silk Top – Burgundy
{Happy} – Cheeky Minx Skirt – Charcoal
Earrings: {Zaara} – Anjami Chandelier Earrings (past hunt gift)
Pose:  Glitterati

52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Wenge

So I sort of knew that wenge was a kind of furniture, but a color too??? My world is forever been changed now that wenge is on the color palette. Aren’t there enough shades of brown already without adding this one? But what a monster of a color it was. I think I banged my head a few times trying to find the right outfit to wear for this week. I pulled out every single piece of brown that I had hoping and wishing I would find the right one. Feeling too tired to shop in-world, I went to marketplace which turned out to be even more headache inducing than I thought it would be. It took 2 hours of shopping online for me to decide on this outfit from The Sea Hole. So here is my wenge-ish post.

I’m hoping next week will be easier but I guess you don’t call it a challenge for no reason right?

❤ Ayako

Hair: Analog Dog – Baby-  Cocoa
Skin:  LAQ – Susan – Fair
The Sea Hole – Gleam Team Tunic – Chocolate
fri. – Basic flats – Cream
Posies (no longer open?)