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

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Fields of Gold

Fields of Gold
I decided my blog needed a splash of color this week so I was thrilled when I spotted Zibska‘s new release for the new event The Instruments. ‘Kiele‘ comes in 4 colors and I debated long and hard between the blue and yellow versions because they are both my favourite colours (and the black version too, to be honest, because it looks stunning but that would have defeated my purpose of brightening up the blog!) In the end yellow won because it just made me feel the most happy!

This beautiful outfit comes in several parts – I somehow managed to knock the top orbits off and didn’t notice until after I’d taken photos and logged off.. my irritation with myself didn’t beat my laziness, however,  so I didn’t re-take the photo – I was really pleased with the way it had turned out, anyway, and I didn’t fancy my chances of getting back into the exact same position.

Putting this together also gave me an excuse to buy the booN hair I’d been eyeing for a while and I was delighted to find no.7‘s butterfly deco lashes, too. Honestly, whenever I want unusual and strikingly beautiful items, Zibska, no.7 and booN are pretty much my go-to stores; it’s rare that I don’t love one of their releases and I’m always excited to try them out.. so if you do see a lot of their items on this blog – it’s not laziness, I’m fan-girling!

Finally, the skin I’m wearing is from the wonderful Glam Affair.. it was a release for the Fifty Linden Friday’s round before last but it is still outside the store as I type this so, if you want to grab it, run! as I’ve no idea how much longer it will be there for. Appliers, if you want them, are sold separately.

I think that’s pretty much it for now – I have a few things building up that I want to show you and a bit more free time next week so hopefully you’ll see some more posts from me pretty soon.

Hope everyone’s having a good weekend and wishing you the best for the week!

Fields of Gold (Closeup)

unedited close-up (click to enlarge)

Credits

Clothing
Outfit: ‘Kiele (Citrus)‘ – Zibska (@The Instruments) – L$300NEW*
(includes bodysuit, skirt, orbits, head piece and foot straps)

Accessories
Necklace: ‘Folium Necklace‘ – Pure PoisonL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join]

Body
Hair: ‘LYU038 (Blonde)‘ – booNL$280 – 3-color pack (designed to be worn with hairbase, sold separately)
Hairbase: ‘Gathered Mid Hairbase (Blonde)‘ – booNL$100 – Fatpack
Skin: ‘Coral (Jamaica, Lotus A)‘ – Glam AffairL$50*
(*Past Fifty Linden Friday, still out at time of post. Slink appliers sold separately, L$95 each)
Eyes: ‘Luminous Mesh Eyes (Dusky Bronze)‘ – MayflyL$99
Lashes 1: ‘Vieja Martha Fly Away Lashes‘ – no.7L$99 (includes 2 versions)
Lashes 2: ‘Butterfly Kisses‘ – no.7L$99
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Gesture)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (High)‘ – SlinkL$675 (wearing included basic nails)
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body slightly modified)

Photo Tools
Pose: ‘Petals in the Wind 4‘ – aDORKable PosesL$200 (pack of 4 poses & props, tinted greyscale version used)
Windlight Setting: ‘LightUpMySLife‘ by Strawberry Singh

Location
+Natural+

 

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)

 

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

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

With a Smile and a Song

With a Song and a SmileAnother round of Collabor88 started which, as always, means I’ve been emptying my virtual wallet for ALL THE CUTE STUFF!

For instance, this adorable ‘Fluffy‘ dress is by Julliette Westerburg of Tres Blah and I love it a lot; it’s pretty and girly and fluffy and it makes me feel like some kind of romantic heroine. Similarly cutesome is this ‘April‘ hair by Truth Hawks and, I have to admit, while I was already in love with its beautiful windswept look, it was the optional birdie hair clip that clinched the deal! 😀 Both of these items can be found at this month’s round of Collabor88, as can the sweet ‘Ella Heels‘ for Slink medium feet by Darling Monday that I’m also wearing.

My skin is ‘Oceane‘ by Filthy. I’m wearing the Ivory tone but there are six tones included in this discounted fatpack. Lots of makeup, freckles, cleavage options and various appliers are also included making it a fantastic deal for just under L$500. Alexandra has recently relocated the store here and it’s well worth checking out – there are 7 discounted fatpacks of older skins available in addition to her gorgeous new release.

I took this pic at Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe & Forest – it’s a place I’ve been to before but this was my first visit since I’ve returned to blogging. I was so happy to see its just as lovely as ever – so much beauty to explore there.

Full credits below and I’ll see you next time!

hugs,

Credits

Clothing
Dress: ‘Fluffy Dress (Roses)‘ – Tres Blah (@Collabor88) – L$188
Shoes: ‘Ella Heels (Cream)‘ – fri.day (@Collabor88) – L$188*
*for Medium Slink AvEnhance Feet only.

Body
Hair: ‘April‘ – Truth (@Collabor88) – L$188 – Light Browns pack (also wearing included hair clip)
Skin: ‘Oceane (Ivory)‘ – FilthyL$490 – discounted Fatpack (also wearing included freckles)
Eyes: ‘Deep Sky Eyes (London Fog, w2)‘ – MayflyL$0 – Free Colour
Lashes: ‘Tableau Lashes‘ – Cheap MakeupL$0 – Freebie (Marketplace)
Hands: ‘AvEnhance Hands (Casual)‘ – SlinkL$450 (wearing included basic nails)
Feet: ‘AvEnhance Feet Female (Mid)‘ – SlinkL$675
Shape: ‘Keri‘ – Panda PunxL$0 – Group Gift [Free to Join] (body & face slightly modified)

Photo Tools
Pose/Prop: ‘Sparrow Pose Set (Great Grey Shrike)‘ – SchadenfreudeL$300 – includes 6 birds/poses
Windlight Setting: ‘Original’ by StrawberrySingh.com
Editing: GIMP & PicMonkey

Location
Cheeky Tiramisu Cafe & Forest

Can’t Hang Around

My first post for Seraphim Backstage.. hope you enjoy!