Retro Nostalgia

Retro Nostalgia
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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!]

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Enchantress of Dragons

Enchantress of Dragons
La Metallique Fair opened on August 15th and I was lucky enough to cover the event for Seraphim – this always gives me an opportunity to really look in great detail at the items available at an event and I was particularly blown away by what is on offer here. Organised as a celebration of L’accessoires‘s second anniversary, the fair is packed full of fabulous jewelry, shoes, bags and other accessories on a metallic theme. I’m truly spoiled for choice as to what to blog and I do hope I have the chance to post more before the event closes, but I needed to show you some of the designs made by Alienbear Gupte because they are just breathtaking!

I love dragons – I particularly love Chinese dragons – so you can imagine the squee’ing echoing around my head when I saw these. The detail in each and every piece is incredible and photographs so beautifully – I had so much fun working on the pics that I had to tear myself away to actually blog them ( a raw shot is included further down so you can see a couple of items in their unedited glory.) A copy version of the dragon scale bracelets is a completely free gift for the duration of the event and a couple of the items are totally exclusive to the event and won’t be available later. There are more items in the fair stand than I’ve pictured, including a fantastic earring set that is a VIP group gift [L$100 to join] – I wasn’t able to get the group vendor to work for me but if you take the landmark to the member’s shop (once you’ve joined the group) you can pick it up there. Check out Alienbear’s Flickr for her vendor photos.

Alienbear’s Designs are not the only store to be offering items that will only be on sale at La Metallique Fair – so be sure to visit if you can and take a good look around – it really is a lovely event with a nice clean set up and has never been particularly laggy when I’ve stopped by. It’s open until September 8th so you still have a week and a bit.

These shoes can also be found at La Metallique Fair – I’m sorry you cannot see them in great detail but they are gorgeous and the whole 22769 stall is another must-see stall. The dress I’m wearing is by the always-yumtastic BOOM and I cannot believe how well it matches the jewelry.. I love it when that happens!

I also want to say a big thank you to the girls over at the wonderful FabFree blog for making me aware of this lovely dollarbie skin by INSITU! Follow this link to read Love Trill’s post and see her beautiful shots of all the included skin tones.

Finally, a word on a personal frustration – I know I can’t be the only blogger this happens to (please tell me I’m not!) but it seems like I’m always getting a shot I’m happy with, changing all my settings and getting out of the pose and/or editing it until I’m happy, and then realising I forgot to do something. In this case it’s my nails – I was going to change the length and use an applier. It’s certainly not something I’m going to attempt reshooting for (I shot these on ultra with EVERY FREAKING THING ENABLED and it’s so rare my computer will tolerate that I’m not going to push my luck!) still, these little things bug me.. maybe I need to write myself a checklist..

Hope you’re all having a fantastic week, thanks for reading!

Enchantress of Dragons Closeup Collage

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Dress: ‘Hye Tube Dress (Amber)‘ – BOOML$295
Headpiece: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon Headpieces‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$1000
Necklace: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon Scale Necklace‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$300..
(..ONLY available for the duration of the event.)
Bracelet: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragon scale Bracelet‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$0 – Freebie..
(..copy only version, transfer version is L$250.)
Ring-L: ‘MeiMei Dragon Ball Ring‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$500..
(..also includes Dragon bracelet, not shown.)
Ring-R: ‘MeiMei Chinese Dragonhead Ring‘ – Alienbear’s Designs (@La Metallique Fair) – L$500
Shoes: ‘Serenity Heels (Gold)‘ – 22769 (@La Metallique Fair) – L$185
(..for Medium Slink AvEnhance Feet only.)

Body
Hair: ‘Tsubasa (Midnight)‘ – ArgraceL$250 – 5-colour pack
Skin: ‘Nikole (Pearl)‘ – INSITUL$1 – Dollarbie..
(.. includes 4 skin tones and lots of appliers.)
Eyes: ‘Liquid Light Mesh Eye (Sea Green Shadow)‘ – MayflyL$99
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack (2 versions worn)
Lipstick: ‘Center Of Attention Lips (Fire Engine Red)‘ – GlamorizeL$22 – 20-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Medium)‘ – SlinkL$675
Shape: My usual

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Erte_two‘ – oOo StudioL$45 (hand positions modified with Animare)
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight (avi): ‘Starry Starry Night‘ by sian – available for download here..
(..seen best in raw closeup as the other photos have been edited.)

Wascally Wabbit

Wascally Wabbit
This month MadPea took part in the Bleeping Bunny Hunt which ended on the 15th (I know, I’m sorry).. but the great news is that the mini side-hunt that they ran as a sponsor is being left up until the end of the month so you still have time to have some fun and get your hands on the fab hunt prizes priced at just L$5 each. The Mini-Hunt will give you clues to different locations around The Green Mire – some objects will contain more clues (these are free to buy) and some will contain prizes such as the slippers and filthy-mouthed shoulder pet (modifiable so you can tone down the chat if you prefer!) pictured here. Find and click on the poster to receive your first clue and happy hunting!

Pretty much everything else I’m wearing is also by MadPea – you can find these other goodies and more free group gifts in the big hangar at the landing point. It’s always worth a good rummage around there, you never know what you might find! Also, if you’re in the mood for more puzzles (and haven’t yet completed it) see if you can solve The Green Mire Mystery which paves the way for the new hunt starting next month.. YAY!

Finally, a quick comment on the photo resolution – although things have been rezzing for me a whole lot better since I updated Firestorm, my computer seems to be having an off-day so I haven’t been able to make my photos as large and prettyful as I would like, but they are very honest – I’ve done a very little work on the exposure of the first photo and just cropped the close-up – such pretty skin!

See you soon! ❤

Wascally Wabbit Closeup

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
T-shirt: ‘Bunch of Peas Tee (Green/Purple)‘ – MadPeaL$250 – 6-color pack..*
(.. or you can buy individually on the Marketplace for L$50)
Shorts: ‘Gamer Girl Shorts‘ – MadPeaL$120..*
(..or you can buy the complete Female Gamer set for L$150)
Slippers: ‘Bunny Slippers’ – MadPeaL$5 – Hunt Prize..
(..MadPeas Mini Hunt for the Bleeping Bunny, ends August 31st)
Shoulder Pet: ‘Mad Bleeping Shoulder Bunny’ – MadPeaL$5 – Hunt Prize..
(..MadPeas Mini Hunt for the Bleeping Bunny, ends August 31st)

Body
Hair: ‘NewPea Hair‘ – MadPeaL$0 – from the NewPea Female avatar, Group Gift [Free to Join]
Skin: ‘NewPea Essences‘ – MadPeaL$0 – from the NewPea Female avatar, Group Gift [Free to Join]
Eyes: ‘NewPea Eyes‘ – MadPeaL$0 – from the NewPea Female avatar, Group Gift [Free to Join]
Hands (closeup pic only): ‘AvEnhance Hands (Victory)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: My usual modded

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘HentekoPose11 (PeaceVer)‘ – NaturalL$10 – 5-pose pack
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight: ‘BrightSparkly’ by JuicyBomb

Location
The Green Mire

[*review copies – thanks MadPeas!]

Tranquility

Tranquility - Main Pic
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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

Monomyth

Monomyth 1

This post features items from a couple of events that are about to close – this month’s round of We Love Role-Play and The Dark Style Fair.. both end on Saturday but, if you’re quick, you can still fit in a visit! The outfit I’m wearing is ‘Vionnet‘ by David Heather and is an all-in-one mesh dress with blazer combo – it also includes a HUD with 5 color options for the blazer and blazer collar if you want to mix it up a bit. I was so taken with the style and needed to put a post together to showcase it. This also gave me an opportunity to use one of Pink Fuel’s gorgeous Drow skins with their incredible shading (close-up at end of post).

Once I’d put the outfit together I wanted to find some place a little special to show it off in so I tp’d over to the LEA Welcome Area to see what installations there were. I’m so glad I did because I completely fell in love with Alpha Auer’s exhibit Transit’t Imago Anatopism which creates The Hero’s Journey in 12 stages; at each you can collect a folder which contains part of the story of Volund (a nordic elf) in addition to poses and items that will allow you to construct Volund’s avatar as you complete each part of his journey. You can read about the exhibit in more detail on the Linden Endowment for the Arts blog and, if you stop by, you can pick up a welcome folder which includes detailed but simple instructions as to how to get the most out of your visit. I think the installation only lasts for the month of May so, again, you’ll need to be quick if you haven’t visited yet but I think it’s totally worth it if you have the time!

See you next post!

Monomyth 2

Credits

Clothing
Dress: ‘Vionnet (Grey)‘ – David Heather (@The Dark Style Fair) – L$350

Accessories
Birdcage (pic 2 only): ‘Small Present‘ – alpha.tribe (@Transit’t Imago Anatopism) – L$0 – Freebie

Body
Hair: ‘Cornrows Hairbase (BlueBlack)‘ – booNL$300 – 14-color pack
Skin: ‘Drow (Stone)‘ – Pink Fuel (@We Love Role-Play) – L$600
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Eyebrows: ‘Raven (Brow 02)‘ – alaskametroL$5 – 4 styles included
Lashes: ‘Diamond Spades Lash Add-Ons (A)‘ – no.7L$49
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Elegant 1)‘ – SlinkL$450
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Forge‘ – ZibskaL$0 – Limited Gift, no longer available
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified)

Photo Tools
Pose 1 (pic 1): ‘Reduced by a Wind‘ – Mimesis Monday (@Transit’t Imago Anatopism) – L$0 – Freebie*
(*modified slightly with Animare)
Poses 2 & 3: basic pose of my own and part in-built pose from cage in pic 2
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight Setting: Region Settings – follow instructions in welcome notecard

Location
Transit’t Imago Anatopism (LEA 10)

Monomyth (close up)

 

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

Shoppin’ ’til mah bag cries..

Shoppin' 'til mah bag cries

I have to confess, this pic didn’t really turn out as well as I wanted – I’m still struggling with finding a balance between quality and what my graphics card will allow so it’s a bit of a slow process for me at the moment, given my computer keeps seizing up! I’d normally have retaken this to fix the odd angle that makes me look a little squinty in one eye but I crashed so often I was losing the will to live, forgive me?

By contrast, I couldn’t be happier with my outfit! The all-in-one mesh cardi/blouse/skirt is the amazing work of woomi of Amitomo – there are four versions available but this particular colour-combination made me squeal with delight and the work is just so beautiful, I totally adore it! It is currently to be found at Forest Spring Concert Mini Event; I haven’t been able to find out how long this seriously cute event is open for but it definitely is at the time of posting and it’s well worth a visit if you haven’t already!

This sweet skin is ‘Mimi‘ by Apple May Designs – I picked it up a couple of weekends back for only L$25 – it’s back to full-price now but there are, at the time of posting, versions with very pretty makeup, Vegas, set out at the bargain price and there are a variety of tones to choose from. L$25 sale items are a regular thing at Apple May Designs so it’s well worth subscribing to their news and updates; I also picked up ‘Anna‘ with Fantasy makeup yesterday for that same low price.

My adorable bag was a gift at DramaZone last weekend and has a HUD that lets you change the emotion of the egg – I thought tears were appropriate for mine given the amount of stuff I make it carry 😉 The bag is not currently set out but I seem to remember reading that it will be available for sale sometime soon. I did notice that there’s a dollarbie ‘Dance with me..eggi!‘ available – you wear it as an attachment and it slow-dances with you! Lots of fun and it comes with the same HUD as the bag so you can change its expression.

My pose is by oOo Studio and I meant to mention in my last post, but totally forgot, that there are loads of free poses to be had there – in addition to the VIP Group gifts (the group costs L$100 to join) many of the single-pose vendors have a bonus free pose available next to them; these are available to everyone, not just group members.

Photos were taken at Kaelyn Alecto‘s beautiful It all starts with a smile – I had gone there earlier to take some pics for the recent photo contest but I realised that the one shot I managed to take (thanks, graphics card!) was unintentionally almost exactly the same view as the contest poster.. doh! Still, it was a lot of fun doing a bit of non-blogging related photography again and I ended up playing with PicMonkey‘s ‘Posterize’ tool which I think works really well on digital pics – you can see my attempt after the credits. The contest has finished now but there are some seriously amazing photos in the Iaswas Flickr contest pool which I highly recommend checking out and drooling over – I certainly have!

That’s pretty much it for today – scroll down for full credits.

Love &stuff

Snappy-shotCredits

Clothing
Outfit: ‘Spring Cardigan Onepiece #3‘ – Amitomo (@Forest Spring Concert) – L$200
Socks: ‘Cozy Socks (Argyle Slate)‘ – LarkL$25 – Gacha (with Slink Applier)
Shoes: ‘Sorcha Heels (Nude)‘ – LVLEL$0 – Subscriber Group Gift, 2-colour pack*
*for Medium Slink AvEnhance Feet only.

Accessories
Bag: ‘Emotional Egg Bag‘ – DramaZoneL$0 – Past Freebie, inc. HUD for different expressions

Body
Hair: ‘Lynlee‘ – LCKYL$0 – past VIP Group Gift [L$250 to Join]
Skin: ‘Mimi (Pale A)‘ – Apple May DesignsL$575
Lipstick: ‘Frutty Lip #1‘ – Mercury ShopL$0 – Past Hunt Prize
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Lashes: ‘Tableau Lashes‘ – Cheap MakeupL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Left Hand: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Relaxed)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Right Hand: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Bag)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Mid)‘ – SlinkL$675
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified)

Phototools
Pose: ‘Wobble‘ – oOo StudioL$0 – Freebie
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Windlight Setting: ‘Nacon’s Natural Noon
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey

Location
It all starts with a smile

IASWAS Poster Style

Spaaace!

Spaaace
What’s your favourite thing about space?

Mine is space the futuristic fashion 😉

Spaaace Close-up
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The inspiration for this post was seeing May Tolsen’s release for the current round of Kustom9 – ‘Space Friends‘ are so adorable  that I knew I had to have some for my very own. These detailed original meshes are designed to be worn as attachments but I thought it would be fun to rez them for this post; I resized ‘My Home,’ (taking care to make a note of its original dimensions so I could return it back to its intended state once I was done) and I love the results!

Of course, setting up a space-themed post meant I got to shop for lots more cool stuff (not that I ever really need much of an excuse.) I stumbled across Nylon Popstar‘s leotards a little while ago and I knew they would be the perfect starting point for my outfit – there are 9 colours to choose from, each including 2 transparancy options, multiple layers and Phat Azz and Lolas appliers for only L$50 a pack. Hopefully the pictures speak for the amazing quality of the texture itself – it really is that shiny!

A search for space-y items on Marketplace returned these funky boots by Killer Cerise and I just had to have them: the style and texture is just so cute! I resized them slightly and used the alpha for my Slink feet rather than the one included as my legs are pretty small.. but that is the beauty of modifiable items, with just a little tinkering you can have them fit pretty much any shape you choose to be.

I found Olli Braveheart‘s hair store, LCKY, thanks to a fellow blogger and I’m now a big fan: the styles there are really something special and the colours in the packs are some of the loveliest I’ve seen. The one I’m wearing here is an older style which fitted perfectly under Dolce Blackflag‘s fab helmet – there are currently 15 discounted styles out in store sold in colour packs costing only L$50 each.

I’ve layered quite a lot of eye makeup for an ‘out of this world effect’ but the skin itself is a lovely dollarbie from the ever-fabulous MiaSnow (back in-world again, yay!): its lips were already a perfect match for my chosen outfit.

I hope you enjoy this look at least a little as much as I’ve enjoyed creating it!

Until next time,

Credits

Clothing
Leotard: ‘Plastic Leotard (Orange)‘ – Popstar IndustriesL$50 (inc. opaque & transparent versions)
Tights: ‘Pabu Tights (Sky)‘ – UmeboshiL$50 – 5-colour pack
Boots: ‘Power Boots‘ – Rotten CherryL$250 (Marketplace)

Accessories
Helmet: ‘Helmet (Orange)‘ – GallacticL$150

Body
Hair: ‘Nazu (Flood)‘ – LCKYL$50 – 5-colour pack
Skin: ‘Ember Trend (Pale)‘ – MIA14L$1 – Dollarbie
Eyes: ‘Anime (Blue)‘ – CranberryL$0 – Past Hunt Gift
Lashes: ‘Tableau Lashes‘ – Cheap MakeupL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Makeup Layer 1: ‘Basic Inner Eyeliner (Black)‘ – made by yours truly/not for sale
Makeup Layer 2: ‘Trindolyn Powder Makeup (Orange)‘ – no.7 (@Skin Fair – Sim 1) – L$200 – 12-colour pack
Makeup Layer 3: ‘Princess Star Blush (Blue)‘ – Adore&Abhor (@Skin Fair – Sim 3) – L$0 – Freebie, 11-colour pack
Makeup Layer 4: ‘Vivacious Eye Makeup (Turquoise)‘ – GlamorizeL$7 – 7-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Gesture)‘ – SlinkL$450
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Galaxy‘ – A:S:SL$98 – 8-colour pack, toenail applier also included
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified, more info here)

Decor
Texture: ‘Deep Space (Beyond)‘ [Full Perm] – Clutter for BuildersL$0 – Past VIP Group Gift [L$1000 to Join]
Planet/Spaceship: ‘Space Friends‘ – Tentacio (@Kustom9) – L$70ea – Gatcha*
(*modded and rezzed: ‘Home Alone’, ‘Seaquest Blue’ and ‘Apolo13 Green’ shown, others available)

Photo Tools
Pose (Main Pic): ‘Spread Your Wings and Fly Away (2M)‘ – HopScotchL$40
Pose (Close-up): ‘Scarlett3‘ – Diesel WorksL$0 – Freebie, 11-pose pack
Pose (Boots): ‘Nana_freebie‘ – oOo StudioL$0 – Freebie
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Facelight: ‘Light Lab v1‘ – Color LabL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace) (used in close-up only)
Windlight Setting: ‘Raymond’s Brighter Day
Editing: GIMP, PicMonkey & Pixlr-o-matic

Spaaace Boots

 

My Secret Garden

My Secret Garden 1
It’s been a busy couple of weeks of updating my inventory and generally re-acclimatising myself so it’s taken a little more time than I planned to get another blog post out; I’m feeling much more ‘with it’ now so their frequency should increase – I certainly have a lot to share!

While I’ve been discovering lots of new (to me) places, I’ve also re-visited some old favourites. This beautiful hair, ‘Shine,‘ was recently released by Sabina Gully of Magika and, as soon as I saw it, it was a real shut-up-and-take-my-money moment. I’ve always loved her style but I think she’s possibly outdone herself for sheer adorability with this one! Sabina’s colour packs are ridiculously generous, too – L$250 for 30 colours? Total bargain.

It’s also really good to see Filthy back in business: I remember the doors being closed some time before I took my blogging break so I was excited to find them again on my return. The skin I’m wearing here is a Group Gift (the group is free to join and there are a generous amount of gifts out) and I pretty much haven’t taken it off since I tried it on. I just think the face is so pretty; the only make-up enhancements I made were adding lashes and a little lip gloss so the subtle glow of the cheeks and gorgeous eyeshadow you can see are all part of the skin in its out-of-the bag state. Beautiful work!

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Amongst the stores I hadn’t shopped at before are MOLiCHiNO, Violent Seduction and Lil Things. I discovered, thanks to Seraphim, that MOLiCHiNO are back in SL following their own break so I visited to see if I liked owner Aurelia Chauveau’s style (I did!) and take part in the contest Seraphim mentions. The contest has ended now but the VIP Group is still free to join until the end of the month and there are some lovely gifts out already. While I was there I picked up this sweet ‘Pixie Dress‘ – I love its cut and texture but my absolute favourite thing about it has to be the folds and shading.. that kind of detail is just so yummy!

The epically cute ‘Heart Heels‘ I’m wearing (detailed pic here) are by Iki Akiri of Violent Seduction and they are addons for the Slink Medium feet. I had to adjust these somewhat to fit – resize and reposition – I’m only mentioning this because there is no demo and it would be easy to have a wah-they-don’t-fit! moment when you put them on out of the box.. but it pays to remember that these fab shoes are totally modifiable (which is always a massive plus to me) and it took me all of two minutes to get them looking perfect on my footsies.

In looking for a necklace to finish off this outfit I stumbled across LillyRose Delicioso’s lil store ‘Lil Things‘ on the Marketplace. I stalked her profile, as I always do, and noticed she had a small in-world store next to The Little Bat so I hopped on over and picked up her lovely ‘Doe‘ necklace there – and I’m very happy with its sweet design.

These meshes are all the original designs of the respective people I’ve mentioned – so, if you shop in their stores, you are picking up some truly unique (as well as beautiful) items. The amount of talent in Second Life never ceases to amaze me and I know a lot of work goes into the things we buy for such small amounts of money. I’ve recently been trying to learn how to use Blender and the resulting headache it’s given me has cranked up my admiration even higher: you lovely designers are simply incredible!

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Finally, I want to say a few words about the garden items I’ve picked up in order to showcase this outfit – I’m aware this post has become pretty long so I’m going to have to be fairly general – all were really inexpensive (some even free) and all are modifiable. The sakura tree comes with many lovely touch-driven options and the delightful walled garden has a working door and built-in sounds (you’re probably gonna see this in a LOT more posts!) If you are looking for similar items it would certainly be worth a peep at the credits and following the links to the Marketplace ads which give great detail on just what is included.

Scroll down for detailed credits.

I’m trying to better document everything I put in or use to edit a blog picture to be more precise and transparent so they are longer than usual but I’ve split them into sections that hopefully makes it easier for you to find the items you’re interested in.

I’m not going to go as far as detail exactly what I’m enabling in PhotoTools because mostly I just keep faffing around until it looks about right to me.. I’m still learning how best to use them for my particular set-up and I actually had quite a lot of trouble taking this close-up shot after I updated to the lastest version of Firestorm. I was going to talk more about that here but this post is already way too long, so I’m going to do a follow-up post showing some of the difficulties I had and what I did to resolve them for anyone that’s interested – not so much a tutorial as a.. I dunno.. learn-along?

Until then, ❤

My Secret Garden 2

Credits

Clothing
Dress: ‘Pixie Dress (Sky)‘ – MOLiCiNOL$229
Socks: ‘Cozy Socks (Blue Rose)‘ – LarkL$25 – Gacha (with Slink Applier)
Shoes: ‘Heart Heel (Peach)‘ – Violent SeductionL$300

Accessories
Necklace: ‘Doe (Bronze)‘ – Lil ThingsL$50

Body
Hair: ‘Shine‘ – MagikaL$250 – Pack 2 (30 colours via HUD)
Skin: ‘Group.Gift#6.2013 (Ivory)‘ – FilthyL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]
Lipshine: ‘Diamond Lips Lip GlossDark Midday DesignsL$1 – Dollarbie (Marketplace)
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Lashes: ‘Eyelash 1‘ – StrawberrySingh.comL$50 – Pack of 5 (Marketplace)
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Gesture)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Mid)‘ – SlinkL$675
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified, more info here)

Decor
Deer: ‘Mythical White Stag and Doe‘ – Chaplin’s Landing CreationsL$50 (Marketplace)
Butterflies: ‘Butterflies (Pink B)‘ – aliriumL$0 – 4 colours/2 types, Group Gift [Free to Join]
Flowers: ‘Flowers (Pink & Cyan)‘ – Bubblez DesignL$0 – 4-colour pack, Group Gift [Free to Join]
Tree: ‘Cherry Blossom Sakura Tree v3.2‘ – The White Lotus L$50 (Marketplace)
Garden: ‘All Ivy Garden Wall‘ – Emma’sL$45 (Marketplace)

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Devon05‘ – Admit One (@Seraphim HQ) – L$0 – Pack of 5, Seraphim Group Gift [Free to Join]
Eye Position: ‘Expression HUD v1.0‘ – AnyPoseL$0 – Freebie
Facelight: ‘Light Lab v1‘ – Color LabL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Windlight Setting: ‘Juicy Loves You’ by JuicyBomb (available for download here)
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey – contrast, spotlight and slight touching-up