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!]

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

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!]

 

 

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!]

Gacha Rewind and Play Poster v2 1024

LOTD ~ 06-19-14: Ricielli World Cup Hunt

061914LOTDI mentioned in my last post that I was considering trying to fit more in during the week and this is my road test of that idea. I love spending time writing more detailed blog entries but they take so long to do that I can realistically only manage about one a week. I took a little look back at how frequently I used to post and it made me feel somewhat nostalgic – also, sometimes I just don’t have that much to say other than ‘ohmahgawdilovethischeckitout’ and I figure that would get ridiculously boring to read over and over again!

So, I’ve decided to reintroduce some more standard, look of the day, posts that consist of a simple studio shot, a few words with any crucial information needed, and the usual list of credits (minus a few things like photo studio type stuff and windlights used). I may be playing with how I present these for a while until I settle on a look I’m happy with so please bear with me!

I’m excited with the idea of hopefully being able to blog a little more often and perhaps keep up to date with a few time-sensitive events and offers. For example, this look was inspired by a store hunt being held by  for the World Cup – there are 20 fabulous mesh items to be found inside footballs (I’m British, I refuse to call it ‘soccer’ 😛 ) dotted around the store (they’re pretty big so you don’t have to hunt too hard!) and each costs just L$15. I’m not too sure when this hunt ends but can see more details on their Facebook page here and find the SLURL in the credits.

I hope you’ll enjoy these LOTD posts – obviously they’ll contain less yabbering from now on! 😀

Loves ya! ❤

Credits

Clothing
Jacket: ‘Leather Vest (Turquoise)‘ – RicielliL$15 – World Cup Hunt Prize
Pants: ‘Nell Skinny Pants (BabyPink)‘ – Ricielli L$15 – World Cup Hunt Prize
Shoes: ‘Kenzie Studded Stiletto (Beige)‘ – RicielliL$15 – World Cup Hunt Prize
[*for High Slink AvEnhance Feet only.]

Adorable Doggie
Doge – French Bulldog (Cream)‘ – Birdy/Alchemy (@The Chapter Four) – L$100 per play – Gacha

Body
Hair: ‘Dakota (Strawberry)‘ – LaViereL$250 – 4-colour pack
Skin: ‘Alena Azure (Vanilla)‘ – Pink Fuel (@Free*Style) – L$50*
[*Slink appliers sold separately at Pink Fuel’s Mainstore, L$100 each.]
Eyes: ‘Luminous Mesh Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack
Lipgloss: ‘Your Lipgloss #4 (Sentimental)‘ – AngelicaL$0 – 9-color pack, opening gift
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (High)‘ – SlinkL$675
Shape: usual

Pose
Nightcall (But You’re Still the Same)‘ – PurrsnickittyL$50 – 4-pose pack

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

New Maid of Orléans

New Maid of Orléans

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I’ve been impatient to create this post but an annoying virus and general busy-ness have been conspiring against me – finally, though, I am proud to show off MetaTheodora‘s latest releases for The Fantasy Gacha Carnival: ‘Foundling‘ masks and armour.

sian is an incredibly talented designer and I am much in awe of his/her work so it was a complete delight for me to be in receipt of some review copies and to share this look with you all. There are 12 sets of armour to collect and each contain 10 pieces, including a rigged undersuit. The coordinating masks are available in a separate gacha and, at L$75 and L$50 per play respectively, I think the prices are a steal.. especially for the quality of the work involved. I’m wearing the gold versions of both items – you can see more detail in my close-up following the credits and check out sian’s website to see the other versions available.

I’m absolutely in love with the style and versatility of the pieces and the use of materials is simply glorious (seriously, look at that shine!) I found the unrigged parts really easy to resize to suit my shape and I can imagine finding many more uses for just one or two pieces in other styles in addition to wearing them together. I rotated my mask slightly to act as a visor because I was taken with the idea of presenting another face as I bow my head and I think it’s created an interesting look.. it’s one I’m very taken with, in any case.

Wishing you all healthy and happy times!

Credits

Clothing
Armour: ‘Foundling Armour (Gold)‘ – MetaTheodora (@The Fantasy Gacha Carnival) – L$75 per play (10-piece set)*
Mask: ‘Foundling Mask (Lemuria/Gold)‘ – MetaTheodora (@The Fantasy Gacha Carnival) – L$50 per play*
Shirt: undershirt from ‘Rhea (Ivory)‘ – Creative ChaosL$1 (gown set)
(*review copies – diolch yn fawr, sian!)

Accessories
Sword: ‘Sun Sword‘ – Chaotic INC.L$100 (resized using this script by Blackburn’s – L$0)

Body
Hair: ‘JOPE57 Hairpiece (Blonde)‘ – booNL$90 – 15-colour pack
Skin: ‘Oceane (Ivory)‘ – FilthyL$490 – discounted Fatpack (also wearing included freckles)
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Casual)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body modified)

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Long Sword Guard 2‘ – AAA PosesL$149 – 5 poses included
Windlight Setting: Phototools – Epi Vintage Light
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey

Location
[DEADWOOL] – Medieval Church

New Maid of Orléans - Closeup

MadPea: The Lost Mine

The Lost Mine 1 (Mad City)

Mad City

In case you’re unfamiliar with the name, MadPea provides some of the most engaging and innovative events and hunts I’ve ever seen in Second Life. I’ve recently been lucky enough to join their blogger group and I’m looking forward to sharing with you some of my love for all things Pea!

Their current hunt is The Lost Mine and it’s a total delight to experience. As is usual for a MadPea production, this hunt is more of a game than the traditional pixel-searching most often associated with Second Life hunts; yes, you do need to look for certain objects but there are puzzles to solve and places to explore too. I found it to be challenging enough to be interesting without being so frustrating I was tearing my hair out.

To begin you need to purchase the HUD available in Mad City. This costs L$150 and includes a bag you need to wear in order to collect your items. This is the only purchase necessary to take part in the hunt and collect your prizes, of which there are more than 20 – you can read more about these later in this post.

There are three main stages to the hunt: the first takes place in Mad City, the second in the Dwarfins sim and the third in The Lost Mine itself. The hunt HUD guides you easily through each stage but you can also find a detailed guide and introduction on the MadPea website here.

I don’t want to give away too many spoilers for the hunt because one of the pleasures for me in taking part in MadPea events are the surprises you encounter along the way. But, if you do get stuck, the MadPea group is a fun, friendly and free-to-join group that is full of people happy to help a lost adventurer.

Mine Entrance

Mine Entrance

Another thing that stands out for me with this hunt is the quality of the builds – everything looks amazing which is why I ended up getting so snap-happy! I have enhanced my photos slightly (because I pretty much always do!) but I took everything in the official viewer (on ultra) using the region environment settings and the raw shots don’t actually look that much different from what you see here.

Inside the Mine

Inside the Mine

The avatar I’m wearing is one of four available to purchase for this hunt (2 Dwarfins and 2 Peas), they are completely optional but a lot of fun to use. The Pea version includes a backpack that you can add tools to by playing the coordinating Gacha in Mad City – there are 5 tools to collect: binoculars, helmet, lantern, shovel and sledgehammer.

Deeper Inside

Deeper Inside

My little companion you can see pictured here is one of four available clue-finders.. again, it’s perfectly possible to complete the hunt without one, but I definitely found the first two stages less frustrating with my mini-me chatterbox tagging along. He wasn’t of any use in the mine itself but I so enjoyed watching his cute little feet try to keep up with me that I kept him rezzed.

A Beautiful Vista

A Beautiful Vista

After picking up my loot I hopped back to the mine’s entrance to admire the view once more before heading home to unpack my lovely boxes.

The Treasure's All Mine!

The Treasure’s All Mine!

These are only a handful of the prizes that await you on completion of The Lost Mine – there are over 20 in total including clothing, accessories, decor and more. You can see further prize previews here if you are so inclined.

The Lost Mine hunt will end on April 30th but, honestly, even if you haven’t started yet, you still have plenty of time to complete it – it’s a fairly short hunt that you can easily get through in one sitting or return to as and when you have some free time.

If you do decide to play, I hope you enjoy it as much as I have and keep an eye out for more fabulous MadPea events!

Love and stuff,

Credits

Wearing
Avatar: ‘Brave Pea‘ – MadPeaL$200*
Accessories: ‘Pea Avatar Attachments‘ – MadPeaL$25 per play (Gacha)*
Companion: ‘Pea Clue Finder‘ – MadPeaL$150*

Treasure
Building: ‘Mine Shack‘ – Never Totally Dead
Map: ‘The Professor’s Map‘ – Collage
Chest: ‘Treasure‘ – Elephante Poses
Gold: ‘The Lost Mines’ Golden Treasure‘ – Wimey
Barrel/Tools: ‘Mining Decor‘ – Alouette

Start Location
Mad City

(*review copies)

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

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