Working Nine to Phive

Working Nine to Phive
These Phunky Monkeys designed by MadPea are here to take you away from the boring rat race and bring you a whole barrel load of fun!

Most can be attached to your avatar and are delightfully animated to walk alongside you, look around or do other adorable things. ‘Charlie Chimplan‘ also has a lot to say for himself.. and is freakin’ hysterical!

They can be found at the fabulous Cirque de Seraphim – a fundraising event for the ASPCA jam packed with the cutest circus-themed items evah! A portion from all exclusives made for the event benefits the chosen charity (voted for by Seraphim readers) and you can also donate directly via booths scattered around the two sims. Seraphim are keeping track of the money raised here.

MadPea is sponsoring the event and have also created 3 exclusive items of which 50% of all sales go to benefit the ASPCA – see those items (and the full range of monkeys!) over on the MadPea blog. Also, you can read more about the event, and see the full line-up, over on Seraphim.

Cirque de Serphim is open until November 26th so be sure to make the most of this last week and grab yourself some circus-y goodness!

kooky kompanion
LOOK AT HIS LITTLE FACE! Kooky Kompanion at MadPea’s booth (Cirque de Seraphim)

Credits

Phunky Monkeys*:
(large) gacha vendor model (not currently for sale)
(on chair) ‘Kooky Kompanion‘ – backstory
(on desk) ‘Charlie Chimplan‘ – backstory
(between cubicles) ‘Betty Baker‘ – backstory
(on cubicle) ‘Lil Phunky‘ – backstory
(floor – left) ‘Soaper Special
(floor – right) ‘Spinning Simian
all (apart from the vendor) can be purchased at Cirque de Seraphim until November 26th; L$100 per play

Room: ‘Mrs Bumpkin’s Classroom‘ – Sari-Sari – past freebie, not currently available..
..I re-textured the originally lovely wooden floor to make it more office-like.
Desks: ‘Cubicle‘ – CatboyL$75
Chairs: ‘Office Chair‘ – CatboyL$75
Computers: ‘Office Equipment‘ – CatboyL$10 – also includes table and paper shredder
Picture: ‘Conform.’ – just something I threw together
Graffiti Cans: ‘Tagger‘ pose prop from Motionless (store closed)

[*review copies received with thanks!]

Haunted

Haunted
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If you’re still looking for Halloween inspiration, you should really check out what MadPea has to offer on the Marketplace – they have two stores there: older items and more current ones – there is something for all budgets and, being MadPea, the items are quirky and packed with the kind of atmosphere perfect for this time of year.

Wondering where I am in the picture? Well.. I’m the table.. this fab avatar is just L$10 and I am totally in love with it..

Table closeup
‘Just Desserts’

..because it’s totally random and fun to just blend into your surroundings (assuming your surroundings make flesh-eating pies on period furniture seem normal!)

I scuttled off to take this picture at the creepily fantastic Bentham Manor, which is part of the Green Mire II Hunt. Today is the last day Green Mire is open and the last day of the hunt so make sure you wrap everything up and grab your last photo opportunities while you can – there are also two new gifts to pick up if you’re in Madpea’s free-to-join group:

Pea in Captivity Necklace
MadPea 8000 Watch

Lots, lots more is coming in November, including MadPea’s first adult only hunt – Blood Letters – I’ll be bringing you details soon, or you can always check out their awesome  official blog!

Have a spooktacular time, everyone!

 Credits

Avatar: ‘Just Desserts‘ – MadPeaL$10
Location: Bentham Manor

I Want to Believe

I want to believeMadPea’s latest hunt Green Mire II – The Gathering is well under way – I had huge fun following it, especially as it’s not the traditional hunt we’ve become accustomed to where you hop from sim to sim looking for the same hidden object. Instead you wear a HUD and follow the story of the path you’ve chosen – the object (or person!) you’re looking for can vary greatly from place to place as you’re basically tracking down clues as you become immersed in the unfolding tale.

Some of the items can be challenging to find but there is always lots of friendly help in the MadPea group should you need it and, because the story is so engaging, I found that took a lot of the usual hunt frustration out of it as you really feel involved with what you’re doing. I completed both paths and I think the time commitment amounted to a few hours (I completed it in stages and had a good look around some fab sims I’d not seen before!) – you can always go back to where you left off, too, so it’s easy to just dip in and out as suits you. The hunt runs until October 30th so there is still plenty of time to take part at your leisure!

The HUDs cost just L$100 each with loads of prizes awaiting you at the end of each path – grab the one(s) you want at the starting location in the Green Mire.

You can also read an introduction to the hunt over on the MadPea blog here.

Scroll down for more pics & credits and, if you do decide to take part, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

To coincide with the hunt, some new Peawear has been released to really help you feel the part. It’s great-looking mesh with options for both guys and gals:

The Gathering Paths

Journalist
Clothing & Accessories
Outfit: ‘Press (Female)‘ – MadPeaL$150..*
..includes outfit, boots & ID badge, male version also available.

Believer
Clothing & Accessories
Outfit: ‘Space Invader (Blue, Female)‘ – MadPeaL$200 – 6-colour pack..*
..includes outfit, 2 versions of boots & gun/holster (not shown),
male version also available.

Both
Body
Hair: ‘Learner (Equinox)‘ – Tableau VivantL$300 – 14-colour pack..
..includes male & female versions
Skin: ‘Brandi (Pippy Style A, Jamaica)‘ – Glam Affair –  past Fifty Linden Friday, not currently available
..Slink applier sold separately, L$95
Eyes (Journalist): ‘Luminous (Dusky Bronze)‘ – MayflyL$99
Eyes (Believer): ‘Luminous (London Fog)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Freebie
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: My usual

Phototools
Pose: ‘Back Poses (Shu-2)‘ – BehaviorBody Animations L$50

*review copies – thanks MadPeas!

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All the prizes are amazing but here are a few of my particular favourites; you can see more prize previews for each path here and here.

Spacewalk
[Believer’s Path]
D-Files Avatars‘ by Dwarfins (male & female versions both included)
TBF Rosettean Spaceship‘ by Warbug (attach and click to fly/land)

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Bathtime
[Journalist’s Path]
Alien MireHawk‘ by 7mad;Ravens
MadPea Hunt Skin (Girls)‘ by 7 Deadly s{K}ins (male version also included)
Celestial Signs Tattoo‘ by CoLLisions
Cosmic Mesh Dress‘ by #candy (male outfit also included)
Alienwear Boots‘ by Heathenesque
Dirty Bath and Alien Duckie‘ by [noctis]
Ascension Barn‘ by *~by Nacht~*

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Retro Nostalgia

Retro Nostalgia
click to embiggen..

I have been having such a lovely time with MadPea‘s Rewind & Play collection for The Arcade. So many of these items bring back childhood memories for me and the extra little touches and features have really been making me giggle. Evey item is interactive so you truly can play with these adorable toys! It’s hard to pick favourites but the custom pictures in the ‘Wind & Watch‘ and the brilliantly rude ‘Crazy Jack‘ have made me laugh so hard!

I’m always blown away by everything MadPea produces – it’s why I jumped at the opportunity to become a dedicated blogger for them – but the quality of these items is honestly astounding – I get a such a sense of tactile-ness from them, as if I can almost really feel their textures.. I really recommend you check them out for yourselves!

Now please excuse me while I go wake up Jack again.. later!

 

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Romper: ‘Farrah Jumper (Aqua)‘ – LolitaL$159
Skates: ‘Hi5! Roller Skates‘ – CandyStripes – past hunt prize, no longer available

Body
Hair: ‘Katniss V2 (Roots/GoldWheat)‘ – CaTwAL$99 – Marketplace Promo, 5-colour pack
Skin: ‘Alena Azure (Vanilla)‘ – Pink Fuel (@Free*Style) – L$50..
..Slink appliers sold separately at Pink Fuel’s Mainstore, L$100.
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (Deep True Grey)‘ – MayflyL$99
Eye Makeup: ‘Lenore (Gold/Purple)‘ – RubedoL$75 – 5-colour pack..
..past Lazy Sunday item, still out at time of post
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack
Lipstick (base): ‘Pastel (Sky)‘ – UtopiaHL$99 – 5-colour pack
Lipstick (top): ‘Candid Lip (Yellow Gold)‘ – Madrid Solo Cosmetics – this particular version is an old event freebie..
..but there’s lots more in store!
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Weather‘ – c.A. :: chocolate atelier – past event item, not currently in-store..
..5 texture options on HUD, mani/pedi both included
Shape: My usual

Decor
Skybox: ‘Attic Skybox (Maja)‘ – prim worXXL$199 – full perm
Plant: ‘Happa 02‘ – chronokitL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]
Boxes: ‘Cardboard Box‘ – DBy MeshL$0 – Freebie
Memory Boxes: ‘Pattern Trinket Boxes Set‘ – vespertineL$120
Rug: ‘Rug (Naturel)‘ – ZiganaL$50
Toys: ‘Rewind & Play‘ – MadPea (@The Arcade) – L$75 per play – Gacha*..
..various shown, scroll down to gacha key pic for more detail.

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Sitting 11′BehaviorBody Animations L$60
Facial Expression: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight: ‘Nacon’s Sweet Dawn‘ (Firestorm viewer)

[*review copies – thanks MadPeas!]

Gacha Rewind and Play Poster v2 1024

When Snails Attack! (Kagami 2014)

I’ve waited to post about sian’s awesome items (more about these after the next pic) for this Japanese horror themed event because I wanted to be able to experience it fully for myself – and I’m so glad I have because it’s truly amazing! There is so much to see and do – I really took my time and spent a good few hours there (in sessions) but I still feel like I want to go back and do more. You land at the market area and from there you can pick up a HUD and instructions on how to play the game in which you follow and interact with an unfolding storyline.. a kind of puzzle adventure. The theme is horror but it’s creepy in parts rather than terrifying and I found the overall atmosphere interesting and endearing.. and the builds are beautifully done. It’s also completely free to play!

I’m seriously impressed with all aspects – it’s just so fun and engaging and with the main puzzle, hunt & mini games within the game, there is lots to see and do! I’ve posted a collage of some of the pics I took as a teaser – but I’m giving no spoilers about the rest of the experience.. I hope you all have chance to find out for yourselves. Kagami will be available until the end of the month so there is still plenty of time. SLURL here or read more on the official website.

As I mentioned earlier, the landing point is a market, and here you can shop for some truly original items designed especially for the event. sian very kindly sent me Chariot’s blog pack which contains a wealth of items based on the manga series Uzumaki.. I confess I haven’t read any of the manga, nor seen the film (though I now very much want to!) but the items are exceptional. I’ve always loved snails – there is just something about them that make me smile so, to me at least, the skullclamp, earrings and bracelet hit a sweet spot between creepy/sinister and cute (because ‘OMG there’s another snail.. squee!) – I appreciate you may feel somewhat differently if you don’t like snails but you still gotta appreciate the gorgeous textures and originality.. I particularly love the bracelets for the snail trails! For each main item you buy there are bonus snails – for decor and for your hand – and there is also a fatpack of all the ‘Spiral Obsession‘ items available at a very reasonable L$400.

Seeing as I’ve been enthusiastic with my editing of the photo I’ve included a raw shot after the credits.. and a shot of the items displayed on a rather interesting mannequin head I picked up on the Marketplace. Hopefully they give you a little more detail, but I also recommend taking a look at sian’s flickr as the photos there are always incredibly beautiful and you’ll also be able to see the table in its full glory.

I hope you take the opportunity to visit Kagami while it’s there and show some love to the creators and participating designers if you’re able because without them our little world would be a whole lot less interesting!

See you soon!

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Skullclamp: ‘Spiral Obsession Skullclamp‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) – L$160*
Earrings: ‘Spiral Obsession Earrings‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) – L$160*
Dress: ‘Caelestis (Bronze & Gold)‘ – Occult & The Fallen (@We Love Role-Play) – L$420
Bracelets: ‘Spiral Obsession Snailtrail Bracelet‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) – L$160*
Snails: ‘Spiral Obsession – Hand Snail‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) – included with any main purchase..
(..attachment location modded)*

Body
Hair: ‘D802 (Amber)‘ – Tram (@Collabor88) – L$188 – 2-colour pack
Skin: ‘Coral (Jamaica, Lotus C)‘ – Glam Affair – past Fifty Linden Friday, not currently available..
(..Slink appliers sold separately, L$95)
Eyes: ‘Liquid Light Eyes (Desert Dawn Shadow)‘ – MayflyL$99
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack
Eye Makeup: ‘Magali (Olive)‘ – ZibskaL$250 – 11-color pack
Lip Gloss: ‘Your Lip Gloss #5 (Beige)‘ – AngelicaL$150 – 3-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: My usual modded

Decor
Snail: ‘Spiral Obsession – Deco Snail‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) – included with any main purchase*
Table: ‘Spiral Obsession – Table‘ – Chariot (@Kagami) – L$60
Head: ‘Female Mannequin Head (Shirley)‘ – Reflect DesignL$195

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘EEEK 1‘ – Hopscotch – past Subscriber Group Gift, not currently available
Windlight (avi): ‘Washed Out Sky‘ by sian – available for download here
Windlight (Kagami): region settings
Windlight (display): ‘Studio Light‘ (included in the Firestorm viewer)

Location
Kagami 2014 (collage pics only)

[*review copies – diolch yn fawr, sian!]

Spiral Obsession Display
snails!
When Snails Attack raw
click to enlarge

 

The Artist

The Artist 1

This is going to be a picture-heavy post but I couldn’t resist because the colours and surroundings were so beautiful. I finally made my way to the stunning Noble sim as featured on Cait’s blog and, I’m sure, many others. It is absolutely gorgeous and I need to go back to take many more photos! A nice touch is that if you join the group you may rez objects – a very useful thing for bloggers! The group costs L$150 to join but I think that’s a more than fair contribution to make towards such a lovely place.

Several of the items I’m wearing are from The Gallery Gift Shop‘s anniversary event and hunt.. including this fabulous hat by Aniki and Mayhem Seetan of Azoury. It is so much fun to wear and the textures capture the light beautifully.. there are two colours available (black and gray) and both are for sale at The Gallery’s event for just L$79 each.

The amazing easel set is by Pandora Popstar of LISP – it includes various poses and let’s you ‘paint’ a picture over a certain amount of time (3, 9 & 15 minute options are included as are a wearable brush and palette). It’s really cool to watch the picture develop and, once completed, it gives you the image to place onto a canvas (also included). There are several pictures built in to the set but you also have the option of adding your own.. which is what I’ve done here.

I’m going to stop chattering now and just post the rest of the pics.. full credits are at the end of the post!

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

The Artist 2

The Artist 3

The Artist 4

The Artist (closeup)
Closeup to show off this lovely skin by la petite morte – a free hunt prize at TGGS (click to enlarge)
De Vesting
and the finished ‘painting’ – this is unedited except for cropping/resizing.. I may still tweak it further for my own canvas over at by Chiana Oh, though!

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Hat: ‘Chapi Chapo (Gray)‘ – Azoury (@TGGS) – L$79
Dress: ‘Cassy Dress (Sunshine)‘ – NYU – past Fifty Linden Friday item*
[*this color is not currently available but others are for L$230 each.]
Shoes: ‘Monica Peeptoe Wedges (Grey)‘ – Elysium (@L’accessoires) – L$290
Artist’s Accessories: ‘Painter Brush & Palette‘ – included with easel set (see decor)

Body
Hair: ‘Tsubasa (Ash Black)‘ – Argrace L$250 – 5-color pack
Skin: ‘Scarlet‘ – la petite morte (@TGGS) – L$0 – TGGS Anniversary Hunt Prize
[*includes appliers for Slink Hands & Feet, Lola’s and Phat Azz.]
Eyes: ‘Dolly eye V2 (Bubbly, M)‘ – Umeboshi (@TGGS) – L$0 – TGGS Anniversary Hunt Prize
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack
Eye Makeup: ‘Dot Love Eyeshadow (High)‘ – Angelica (@TGGS) – L$190 – 4-color pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Weather‘ – c.A. chocolate atelier (@TGGS) – L$50 – 5 texture options on HUD
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (High)‘ – SlinkL$675
Shape: My usual

Decor
Easel Set: ‘Paint Me A Picture‘ – LISPL$250

Photo Tools
Poses: included in decor and sim’s own furniture
Windlight Setting: ‘Coastal Afternoon‘ (edited)

Location
Noble Goes Dutch: “De Vesting”

 

Tranquility

Tranquility - Main Pic
click to enlarge muchly!

My week didn’t turn out to be as productive as I’d hoped but I have managed to put this scene together inspired by MadPea’s items for The Arcade – Bonsai Madness. Their trees are beautifully done and will brighten up any virtual corner; in an extra lovely touch, if you pair a bonsai tree with its appropriate partner they make sweet music together! 16 varieties of trees are available (including 2 rares) – scroll down to the bottom of this post for a vendor pic that shows all of them – and the price per play is just L$50.

I absolutely adore the henge detail around the base of the rare trees – I’ve included a close-up shot a little further down the post so you can see for yourselves – touches like this are part of what makes MadPea items so special!

Tranquility Close-up Also to be found at The Arcade is this lovely short kimono by Pixicat – there are several colours/designs to be won as well as 2 tote bags and some rare accessories – again, the price is just L$50 per play.

The Arcade gacha event is running all month and, now that it’s about halfway through, I’ve found it much easier to get in to so if you would like to visit for a proper look around, now might be a good time to do so!

Other items in this post are mostly things I’ve had tucked away in my inventory for just such an occasion or sourced really cheaply on the Marketplace – and I do mean really cheaply.. the whole main table set from Roots was only L$9 and I think it’s incredibly well done, let alone astounding value for money! I’ve listed everything that’s included in the credits – well worth checking out!

Well, that’s all from me for this post – I have an idea I’m toying with to try and fit in some more posts each week so hopefully I’ll have that worked out soon.

Tranquility Detail
Hizashi (Rare)

Until next time.. wishing you all kinds of happiness!

Credits

Clothing
Dress: ‘Oriental Kimono (Blossom)‘ – Pixicat (@The Arcade) – L$50 per play – Gacha

Accessories
Hair Pins: ‘Wooden Chopsticks (Carved Lily)‘ – ZynL$0 – Freebie, pack of 5
Cup (pic 1 only): included with furniture set.

Body
Hair: ‘70535 (Chocolate)’Pink HustlerL$0 – Fatpack, Subscriber Join Gift
Skin: ‘Oceane (Ivory)‘ – FilthyL$199 – Fatpack, Limited Time Sale
Eyeliner: included with above skin.
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Flat)‘ – SlinkL$675 (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified)

Decor
Building: ‘Japanese House (Unfurnished)‘ – Kah TownL$50*
[*review copies – many thanks!]
Main Table Set: ‘Japanese Table‘ – RootsL$9*
[*includes table (texture change), table cloth (texture change), 4 cushions (with animations), rug (not shown),
tea set (gives cup), incense (not shown), 2 lamps (1 shown)]
Side Table: ‘Japanese Side Table Light‘ – Basic GearsL$0 – Freebie, 2 versions
Plants: ‘Bonsai Madness (Ryu, Kasa, Hizashi)‘ – MadPea (@The Arcade) – L$50 per play – Gacha
Fans: ‘Hanging Fans‘ – KuroL$75
Gong: ‘Japanese Gong‘ – PapilioL$40
Cat: ‘Fortune Cat‘ – MishMishL$100

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Maya Pose – Anjalikneel‘ – ZM CreationL$50 (*arm positions modified with Animare)
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight Setting: ‘Gwen’s Light‘ (Firestorm Viewer)

MadPea Bonsai Poster

The Art Lover’s Hideaway

The Art Lover's Hideaway 1
I’m in denial. The epic Mad City is being torn down at the end of the week and I DON’T WANT IT TO GO! *sniff*

I’m planning on walking the roads a few more times and taking some more pics before the week is over but I’m writing now to share with you the city’s latest event which will be taking place until the end of days. Typically for a MadPea Production it’s an innovative one – the Art Gacha Festival has filled the park with some amazing original work from incredible artists and it is truly something to behold. For perhaps the first time ever there is the opportunity to try your luck for your favourite pieces through gacha machines – and swap and gift and all that yumminess that is part and parcel of the popular gacha craze.

I used some of the works available as inspiration to furnish a skybox – something I don’t actually do as often as I’d like! I’m so happy with the results that I’m leaving it rezzed for as long as I can before I need the prims again. In pic 1 you can see the beautiful work of paramparamm and in pic 2 are the wonderful sculptures of Harter Fall. I wanted to show the variety of art available – and I think these items do that well.

There really is as wealth of talent to be discovered at Mad City right now – other contributing artists are RAG Randt, Sabbian Paine, Alia Baroque, Thea Maiman, Quinn Reinerman, Ole Etzel, Fuschia Nightfire, Moeuhane Sandalwood, and Eupalinos Ugajin – and they reflect a wide range of styles and mediums. You can read more on the MadPea blog if you feel so inclined.

I love art in (and out) of Second Life and I would be so excited to see more of this kind of event which brings outstanding work out of the galleries and exhibitions and straight to the people. Not that I don’t like galleries and exhibitions (I really do!) but I don’t always know where to find them and they don’t always present the opportunity to stumble across an artist you haven’t heard of before, fall in love with their work and then be able to visit their gallery or flickr in the way that an event like this does.

The MadPea Gacha Art Festival will run until May 31st so if you’d like to take the opportunity to experience the event you’ll need to visit this week. It’s also the time to say your goodbyes to (or discover) the sim as it, too, will close at the end of the week.

Farewell, Mad City.. you will be much missed!

The Art Lover's Hideaway 2
Credits

The Art
Picture (left, pic 1): ‘Tree 7‘ – paramparamm Papp (@Mad City Art Gacha Festival) – L$61 per play*
Picture (middle, pic 1): ‘Tree 3‘ – paramparamm Papp (@Mad City Art Gacha Festival) – L$61 per play
Picture (right, pic 1): ‘Naked 2‘ – paramparamm Papp (@Mad City Art Gacha Festival) – L$61 per play (rare)*
Sculpture 1 (left, pic 2): ‘Guard Monk Alien‘ – Harter Fall (@Mad City Art Gacha Festival) – L$50 per play*
Sculpture 2 (right, pic 2): ‘Derwit Monk Alien‘ – Harter Fall (@Mad City Art Gacha Festival) – L$50 per play*
(*these were review copies but I had a few to choose from and I have been playing the gachas myself)

The Build
Skybox:  ‘The Chatham Loft – Dark (with surround)‘ – Trompe LoeilL$250

The Furnishings
Chair: ‘Arm Chair 1.02‘ – 19 Motorcycle L$0 – Freebie
Rug: ‘Rug (Naturel)‘ – ZiganaL$50
Box: junk. product box
Tape Recorder: ‘ATR (Worn)‘ – Standby Inc.L$50 per play (Gacha)
Wall Light: ‘Pulley Light‘ – junk.L$100
Mannequin: ‘Dress Form‘ – Remarkable OblivionL$0 – VIP Group Gift [L$50 to Join]
Light: ‘Tripod Theatre Light (Bronze)‘ – ConsignmentL$50 – Fifty Linden Friday (still out at time of post)
Books & Papers: Zigana product box

Windlight Settings
Pics 1 & 2: Annan Adored – Light Explosion III
Pic 3: Annan Adored – Dusty

The Art Lover's Hideaway 3

The Cutest Invasion

The Cutest Invasion
There’s a Moosey on your Law-awn!

So, a little while ago, the fabulous Scarlet of Alouette requested on Plurk for people to do some pics of her Funny Puppet Fair item so that she could decorate her stall with them. Because my mind works in mysterious ways I decided to turn my Mooseys into a horde à la Plants vs. Zombies using mostly random items in my inventory.

I’m actually pretty pleased with the way the picture turned out – it makes me giggle, probably more than it should, so I thought I would share it with you all now that the fair is open. I’ve also added another picture of a zombie scooping up a moose that has made it to his porch and he is TOTALLY NOT GOING TO EAT IT BECAUSE IT IS TOO CUTE! Okay? Okay!

These adorable Moose are only L$65 a pack and include small and large holdable as well as rezzable versions. Funny Puppet Fair closes on May 25th and it’s well worth a visit – make time for it if you can.

Scroll down for full credits.

Undeadly yours,

Braai.. Hugz!
Braai.. Hugz!

Credits

Pic 1
Moose: ‘Mabelle, Marty, Morgan, Morris & Murphy Moose‘ – Alouette (@Funny Puppet Fair) – L$65 each
Traffic Cone: ‘Un-movable Traffic Cone‘ – Gb Charlton’s StuffL$10
House: ‘I Wanna Be A Cottage‘ – ErijoaL$100
Fence: ‘White Picket Fence‘ – GlitteratiL$100
Trees: ‘Cardboard Apple Tree‘ – c( Two Cats )L$0 – Past Hunt Gift (no longer available)
Flowers: part of ‘Dwarfs Builders Kit‘ – SculptyliciouZL$250
Lawn: ‘Funky Grass Textures (Checkered)‘ – Little Closet – no longer available

Pic 2
Avatar: ‘ZombieAvatar‘ – *COCO*L$0 – Past Free Gift (no longer available)
Moose: ‘Marty Moose‘ – Alouette (@Funny Puppet Fair) – L$65
House: ‘I Wanna Be A Cottage‘ – Erijoa – L$100

Windlight Setting: CalWL

 

EveryBody Deserves to be Happy!

EDTBH 1
Last week Lucie Bluebird did something amazing – she launched Project EveryBody. The project encourages us all to stop judging ourselves and others for how we choose to look in this virtual world (and out if it) – I highly recommend reading her interesting and thought-provoking posts.

For her first blogger challenge from this site, Lucie encourages us to be brave, to create a look we might usually have never dared to try – something that we might admire but is too far from our perception of our virtual selves or out of our comfort zone for us to have previously embraced.

It took me a good while to figure out what to do for this challenge as I think that I’m pretty flexible about what I blog and I genuinely am attracted to many different styles – it’s usually time that constrains me rather than willingness. Then I realised: Chiana has never had boobs. I’ve seen absolutely amazing avatars that have mesh breasts but, while admiring them, I never felt that the look was ‘for me.’ Initially I wasn’t sure how to go about making Chiana more busty – which implants to try and how easy they would be to fit – and then I remembered something that is gaining a lot of attention right now – the WowMeh fitted mesh body by Baby Ghosn (in-world store here, blog here). I hadn’t bought one earlier as I wasn’t convinced it would add that much to my general look but I read that it had recently been updated to work with breast sliders so I thought it might be perfect for this post.

The body itself is headless and works with SL shape sliders so it’s really easy to adjust and get your own unique look that’s a lot more flexible to what can be achieved with the standard avatar. It comes with a lot of nice features including a set of casual hands and flat feet (I also purchased the additional tiptoe feet) but you can, with a little effort, make it work with Slink attachments too. I had some difficulty with seams that didn’t show so much in my poses but that I wouldn’t be happy walking around with BUT I haven’t spent a lot of time trying to get everything ‘just right’ and it seems to me, and judging by feedback from others, that it should be possible. In any case, WowMeh is still a work in progress and updates are free so it will be interesting to see how the body develops and it’s a lot of fun watching more skin and clothing creators get on board.

EDTBH 2&3
(I think this is also the first time I’ve had my nipples out in this blog – so we’ll see what that does for site traffic 😉 )

As I began playing with my shape to balance out my new mighty boobs I realised I didn’t want to stop there: I decided I would also utilise this challenge to be brave about something the real-life me has a lot of trouble with – reveling in a much curvier shape. My own body has grown so much over the years, for various reasons, but my self-love has never grown with it. I’ve denied myself so many fun activities just because I think I’d look idiotic doing them, always with the promise that I’ll do them ‘when I’m thin again’ and I never, ever, look at myself as being sexy even when people in my life have insisted that I am. So, you can imagine that the idea of being the centre of attention, on stage, flaunting my shape is pretty much the stuff of my nightmares. At the same time, I adore women that are comfortable enough in their own skins to not care what others may think and who just fucking own it! – I wanted to join their ranks, if only for one glorious virtual moment!

What really surprised me over the course of preparing this post is how much I’ve come to love this shape – I think it looks adorable. Obviously, it’s still pretty idealised – nothing sags or has stretch-marks – and I wouldn’t say it’s even particularly that fat – but it’s pretty large by SL standards and I’ve certainly been this size in real life and still felt like a whale which, when I look back now, is an awful lot of wasted time hating myself when I could have been out having fun and being happy.

Being larger in SL has its own challenges – getting anything with standard sizing to fit is obviously not likely to be possible but I’m already looking forward to seeing what other outfits I can put together. While I still can’t see this becoming my default ‘look,’ I think I’ll be using it a lot more than I expected to: I’m going to be taking Curvy Chiana out and about and maybe, just maybe, as she gets braver, I will too.

Lastly, I’d like to leave you with the words of a woman who has much inspired the ‘real life’ me – the first time I heard it I cried with relief that there was someone out there brave enough to say these things, to challenge the ideas of ‘accepted beauty,’ and she started me on my own, admittedly shaky, journey to body acceptance.

Full credits follow the video and remember, whoever you are, whatever you look like in whatever world, you are beautiful.

Yes you are.

Credits

Clothing
WowMeh Applier: ‘Bodysuit (Black)‘ – Hawt Spot ClothingL$25 (applier only)

Body
Hair: ‘Shimmer‘ – MagikaL$250 – Pack 1 (30 colours via HUD)
Skin (face and hands): ‘Oceane (Ivory)‘ – FilthyL$490 – discounted Fatpack
Skin (body): one of the basic tones included with the WowMeh body
Lipstick: ‘Lip Balm (Blood)‘ – AlyceL$90 – 20-colour pack
Lipshine: ‘Diamond Lips Lip GlossDark Midday DesignsL$1 – Dollarbie (Marketplace)
Eyes: ‘Liquid Light Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Lashes: ‘Tableau Lashes‘ – Cheap MakeupL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Mesh Body: ‘WowMeh Headless Fitted Mesh Body‘ – WowMehL$899
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Elegant)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nailpolish)
Feet: ‘TipToe Feet‘ – WowMehL$50 – Promo Price (wearing included basic nailpolish)
Shape: a heavily modified version of my usual shape

Decor
Stage: ‘Les Folies Vintage Sideshow‘ – POSTL$800 (includes much more than pictured)
Sign: ‘Big & Beautiful‘ – by Chiana Oh (not for sale)

Photo Tools
Pose (Main Pic): ‘Diamonds 1 (w/Swing)‘ – {NanTra}L$60 – 7 poses/1 prop ($60L Weekend Promo Price)*
(*hand & neck positions modified slightly with Animare)
Pose (Pic 2): ‘Diamonds 2 (mirror)‘ – {NanTra}L$60 – 7 poses/1 prop ($60L Weekend Promo Price)
Pose (Pic 3): ‘P.Y.T. 3‘ – ploomL$75 – 10-pose pack (Lazy Sunday Promo Price)
Facial Expressions: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Facelight: ‘Light Lab v1‘ – Color LabL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Windlight Setting: ‘Silver‘ by StrawberrySingh.com
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey