Cheep & ChiChi Retires

I’ve recently decided that I want to re-focus my blogging and ‘Cheep & ChiChi,’ while I’ve enjoyed it immensely, no longer quite fits what I have in mind. I’ll be leaving the blog up for anyone who might like to see the archive (and for my own nostalgia!) but, after today, it won’t be updated.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has ever stopped by, sponsored and/or supported Cheep & ChiChi – I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog – if you’d like to follow my current projects, please stop by my flickr stream or new blog, Dreaming of Hoopoes.

Best of all wishes

Chia ❤

Falling Embers

Falling Embers
Just stopping by to showcase these gorgeous lashes by no.7 available at L’accessoires until December 8th.. they include a colour-change HUD with 4 metal and 8 gem colour options and I think they are absolutely stunning!

This was also another opportunity for me to buy some more of my favourite DECO hair – I love the way it works with COCO‘s doll avatar and I’m kinda pleased with the way this pic turned out in general – if you’d like to see a much bigger version just give it a click as the blog layout does tend to make things pretty small.

Best wishes and see you soon!

Credits

Accessories
Jewelry: ‘Changing Season Couture Lashes‘ – no.7 (@L’accessoires) – L$150*..
..with 4 metal and 8 gem options.

Body
Head: ‘Kyoko (ClosedEyes)‘ – COCOL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]..
..all the old DOLLCOCO heads released as non-rigged versions, 9 in total.
Body: ‘Doll Body‘ – COCOL$450
Hair: ‘Hiveish Hair (Ember)‘ – DECOL$250

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Closeup 11‘ – GlitteratiL$100 – 11-pose pack

[*review copies received with thanks!]

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!]

And I Feel Fine

And I Feel Fine

It’s the end of the world as we know it..

Genre has started a new round and, this time, the theme is Post Apocalyptic. Chariot‘s contribution are these fabulous scavenged breastplates – they are modifiable so I had no trouble fitting them to my shape and the textures are exquisite, as always. There are three versions available: ‘Unstoppable‘ (pictured), ‘No Entry‘ and ‘Diverted‘ – they cost just L$50 each or you can buy all three for L$100. The round is open until December 12th and is packed full of incredible items so be sure to hop on over!

I also want to mention this androgynous ‘Jahne Doe‘ skin by Deluxe Body Factory because I am utterly in love with it! It’s one of the prizes in MadPea’s latest interactive hunt/game, Blood Letters. A modifiable shape is also included but I used my own because I really like the way it looks on my current face shape.

Blood Letters is an unusual and compelling murder-mystery game that unfolds a little bit each day. You need a HUD to play (costs L$400) which allows you to pick up clues – you receive prizes at the rate of one a day (if you miss a day, don’t worry – you can go back along the time line, you just can’t skip ahead) and then a bunch more at the end; they have all been stunning so far (you’ll have to wait a little longer for this skin as the story hasn’t reached that location yet.) I’ve been playing along and it really is a lot of fun with a great sense of community in the MadPea group as we all try to solve the case! The game runs until November 30th and the starting point is here; full instructions on how to play can be found over at the MadPea blog. The experience is most definitely adult-orientated so I would recommend making sure you are comfortable with the themes before taking part.

Thanks for reading – see you all soon!

Chia ❤

And I Feel Fine_closeup

Jahne Doe

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Breastplates: ‘Roadwarrior Breastplate (Unstoppable)Chariot (@Genre) – L$50*
Overalls: ‘My Overall (Dark Blue)‘ – monsoL$315
Shoes: ‘Belted Ankle Boots‘ – COCOL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]

Body
Hair & Hairbase: ‘Trilby (Hot 02)‘ – Raw HouseL$150 – 10-colour pack
Skin: ‘Jahne Doe‘ – Deluxe Body FactoryL$0 – MadPea Blood Letters Hunt Prize..*
..you need to purchase a HUD and follow the game to gain this (and many other) fantastic prize(s).
Read more here.
Eyes: ‘Luminous (London Fog)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Freebie
Shape: usual (modified)

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘BrokenDoll02‘ – Fruct0seL$40
Windlight: ‘Apocalyptic Sky‘ by sian – available for download here

Location
I just rezzed a dock from the ‘Walkable Structures‘ pack by KIDD Creations onto the bit of my sim that faces the ocean.

[*review copies received with thanks!]

LOTD ~ 11-10-14: Sunny

111014LOTD Sunny

A quick look inspired by some lovely free-to-join My Kawaii World group gifts over at antielle.

Credits

Clothing & Accessories
Dress: ‘Marin Magique (Sunny)‘ – antielleL$0 – My Kawaii World Group Gift [Free to Join]
Shoes: ‘Gyaru Heels (Cream)‘ – Violent SeductionL$199 (for Medium Slink AvEnhance Feet only)
Parasol: ‘Birdcage Umbrella (Gold)‘ – NYU – includes poses, past event item/not currently available

Body
Hair: ‘Helie II‘ – LCKY – past VIP Group Gift [L$500 to Join] – not currently available
Skin: ‘Sora <Vanilla> Sugoi (Sunshine)‘ – Pink FuelL$300..
..includes 9 brow colour options. Slink appliers sold separately, L$100 each.
Eyes: ‘Luminous (London Fog)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Freebie
Lashes: ‘C01 Natural Eyelashes‘ – FTLL$280 – Fatpack
Freckles: ‘Heart Freckles (Tinted)‘ – MiaSnow – past group gift/not currently available
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Mouse)‘ – SlinkL$450
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Medium)‘ – SlinkL$675
Nailpolish (Slink applier): ‘Marin Magique (Sunny)‘ – antielleL$0 – My Kawaii World Group Gift [Free to Join]..
..includes 3 versions for both finger and toenails.
Tattoo: ‘Birds Cage‘ – BOOB-LiSHL$10 – includes tattoo layer and various appliers
Shape: usual

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

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!

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!

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

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!

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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