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!

<3

 Credits

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

Odile

Odile

Today is the last day of the Mystic Realms Faire so you have just enough time (I hope) to swoop over and grab this amazing and beautifully-crafted crown by Chariot which was the inspiration behind today’s outfit. There are more fab goodies to be found in sian’s stall and the fair in general is stunning, so, if you haven’t already done so and you have some free time today, I really recommend you taking this final opportunity to visit.

I’ve been playing around with PicMonkey‘s newest comic book features and I like the dramatic way this turned out – particularly the dot shading on the skin (which is a beautiful L$70 bargain by Swallow currently found at The Dressing Room Fusion.) I really enjoy working on photos like this when I get the chance but I still appreciate how beautiful the items are on their own –  scroll down past the credits if you would like to see the unedited shot.

Hope you’re all having a great weekend!

<3

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Crown: ‘Princess of the Rains and Rivers‘ – Chariot (@Mystic Realms Faire) – L$150
Shoulder Pieces: ‘Anja Fur Shoulders (Black)‘ – House of Fox – no longer available
Bodysuit: ‘Dolly Suit (Kohl)‘ – Miseria – not currently available
Corset: ‘Nairi Corset (Ash)‘ – RiskeL$175

Body:
Hair & Hairbase: ‘Lika Updo (Black 2)‘ – MiamaiL$200 – 4-colour pack
Skin: ‘Monia Halloween v2‘ – Swallow (@TDRF) – L$70..
..also includes 4 brow colour options, and appliers for Slink hands, feet & Physique.
Eyes: ‘Woeful Eyes (Transparent)‘ – Brixley – this version not currently available
Eyeliner: ‘The Doll Eyeliner‘ – no.7 (@booN apartments) – L$25
Eyelashes: ‘Fallen Feathers‘ – no.7 (@booN apartments) – L$25
Tattoo: ‘Oil Owl (Oil Slick Collar 100%)‘ – Clemmm & ContraptionL$300..
..also includes further tattoo layers, eyes, nose piece, eye pulls, and various appliers.

Photo Tools
Pose: my own
Windlight: greyskymoon

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

Odile unedited

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LOTD ~ 10-22-14: Dem Bones

102214LOTD Dem Bones
I love this time of year and everywhere I turn people seem to be releasing the cutest things; there are loads of free and cheap items popping up all over the place. My dress is a new free-to-join group gift from COCO – and I absolutely love it – it’s just so sexy (with side slits you can’t see in this photo) yet casual and it’s going to be a while before I take it back off! The incredibly detailed collar is a new VIP gift from Remarkable Oblivion. This group costs L$50 to join but there are a whole bunch of amazing gifts available for such a tiny price.

The super-cute hair with eyeball bows is by LaViere and can be found at Trunk or Treat – this colour is from the red fatpack, which is totally free, and I think I remember the other packs only being priced at L$80 each. A HUD to change the colour of the bows is also included. Trunk or Treat is a kid-friendly event but there is plenty for adults to enjoy too – most carts seem to have a freebie and it’s a lovely little market to look around – it ends on November 5th, so be sure to visit before then.

I’m also totally in love with this skin by 7 Deadly s{K}ins, which can be found at a discounted price at the fab Feeb’s Rascal’s St. Sales Room – the colouring is just beautiful, especially on this freckled version.

Finally, Ricielli is having another hunt to say goodbye to their old store as they refurbish.. there are 20 gorgeous, and generous, prizes available – including a fatpack of these stunning shoes – all for just L$15 each. You can see a line-up of the prizes on their Facebook page and I think the hunt ends around November 12th.

Back again soon, thanks for reading!

<3

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Dress: ‘Tee Dress (Black)‘ – COCOL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]
Collar: ‘Oracle Collar‘ – Remarkable OblivionL$0 – VIP Group Gift [L$50 to Join]
Shoes: ‘Malinda Heels (Black)‘ – RicielliL$15 – Hunt Prize, 8-colour pack

Body
Hair: ‘Sabrina (Fire)‘ – LaViere (@Trunk or Treat) – L$0 – Freebie, 5-colour pack
Skin: ‘Feeb’s Sacha v2‘ – 7 Deadly s{K}ins (@Feeb’s Rascals St. Sales Room) – L$400*..
..includes 2 versions, and appliers for Lola’s Tango, and Slink Hands & Feet
Eyes: ‘Leo Eyes (Green)‘ – BrixleyL$1 – Dollarbie, 7-colour pack
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Elegant 1)‘ – SlinkL$450
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (High)‘ – SlinkL$675
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘High Shine‘ – Simply ChaotixL$149 – 31-colour pack*
Shape: usual

[*review copy received with thanks!]

Pose/Prop
Bones‘ – GlitteratiL$0 – Freebie

Sons of the Silent Age

Sons of the Silent Age

The inspiration for this post came from some incredible new accessories by sian of Chariot – ‘Cyborg Fashion‘ includes 5 items in 2 colours each and is available at The Gathering Gacha Event until October 15th, all items are commons (no rares in the machine at all) and they cost just L$50 per play. The event itself is full of other equally yummy things so go take a look over the next few days, while you still can.

I’m a little slow blogging at the moment as I’m busy preparing my own little store for some upcoming hunts, please bear with me – I hope to be back up to speed soon!

In the meantime – love and hugs

<3

Sons of the Silent Age (closeup)

 Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Cyborg Parts: ‘Cyborg Fashion (White)‘ – Chariot (@The Gathering Gacha Event) – L$50 per play – Gacha*..
..includes Bracelets, Earrings, Interface Link, NuSB Link, Personal Hub, and Choker (not shown) in black or white
Bodysuit: ‘Enbi Suit (White)‘ – R2 FashionL$149
Boots: ‘Enbi Boots (White)‘ – R2 FashionL$149

Body
Hairbase: ‘Lice Free Life (Coal)‘ – Vaughan’sL$99 – 4-colour pack
Skin: ‘Skin of Sunday2014_4‘ – MudskinL$99..
.. Slink appliers sold separately, L$59 each (currently discounted)
Lashes: ‘Zibskaggs Couture Lashes‘ – no.7 – not currently available
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Medium)‘ – SlinkL$675 (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: my ususal

Photo Tools
Pose: my own
Windlight: ‘Brighter Night‘ by sian – available for download here

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

 

 

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!

<3

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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Regarding Donations and Fundraisers

I’m writing this mostly in response to some posts I’ve seen on Plurk about the Love Ulaa fundraiser I was involved in but it’s something that’s been on my mind for a while as negativity always seems to pop up when such events are held. Like I’ve said time and time again, one of the things I love about Second Life is that people come together to help each other out in awesome and amazing ways. The flipside to this is that there are some that treat that with suspicion and distaste – calling the recipient’s life into question and making those who contribute out to be gullible fools.

I wanted to reply on Plurk, but it’s a restrictive forum and I always end up getting wordier than I intend. So I’m posting this here and will link back where appropriate.

People who ask for help (or have fundraisers arranged for them, etc) are just that – people asking for, or seen to be in need of, help. They are not accountable to anyone – they are not registered charities who need to present their accounts or justify their causes. They are simply people who are brave enough to say, ‘do you know what, guys, things are really difficult for me right now.’

No one is obliged to give them anything and I know I don’t give anything I can’t afford.. my personal responsibilities have to come first. But what I do contribute, I do with a happy heart, whatever the ‘goal’ of the cause, if it’s something that resonates with me (and I have the luxury of deciding what that is.) I don’t mind if it’s something people consider ‘worthy’ or essential or just something that would make someone’s life better right now. And, if it’s the case where I’m buying an item whose proceeds happen to go to a cause – if it’s something I want anyway that’s no different from shopping regularly and I don’t ask store owners what they’re doing with the money – I don’t need to because it will be buying food, paying rent, replacing computer parts, taking holidays, shopping themselves etc.. normal stuff that people do. Shopping at or donating to fundraisers does not buy me a ticket to scrutinize that person’s life from then on – I’ve decided to give, the way in which the person in receipt of what I’ve given chooses to use it is up to them. Priorities or circumstances may change for all I know.

No one likes to think they might be duped, scammed, etc but I think that is mostly a case of hurt pride in feeling that we’ve allowed ourselves to be deceived. If it happens, isn’t it better to move on and remember that we wanted and were able to help and how good that feels? There are malicious scams preying on the vulnerable, of course there are, and they do need to be stopped but pointing the finger at anyone who dares to say ‘I need help’ is not the way to do that.

I don’t know for sure, obviously, but it doesn’t feel like the people who spread this negativity are people who decided to help Ulaa (or others) and are feeling disappointed.. I think they are people that feel a sense of jealousy – why not me, isn’t everyone’s life hard? Shouldn’t everyone be deserving of some help from time to time? The answer is yes, of course.. but unless we cultivate a climate in which people feel it’s ok to reach out to one another to give and receive help and love then that’s not going to happen.

If anyone disagrees with me that’s obviously your right – this is simply my opinion. I won’t be entering into a debate about it – I’ve said what I wanted and I have issues with depression that means conflict really takes its toll on me.. it was hard enough to write this. I do, however, wish you all well <3

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!

<3

 

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

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