I Can See Forever

I can see forever

A mid year resolution to explore more, I took off in my new {MYNX} Chevron Romper, available in a HUGE selection of sizes including some lesser known mesh body types. With lots of pretty colors to choose from, pink was my cheery choice of the day.

 I landed at Hestium, rich in atmosphere and lovely views.


Lots of venues and events are winding down including Hair Fair.  Don't miss this very pretty updo gift from *barberyumyum.  I featured it WITH the head wrap in my Hair Fair Gifts post. It does double duty for fancier times without the colorful accessory.

And it is almost AUGUST!  Where has the summer gone?


Maitreya Mesh Body

.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA

Lumae - Eirtae skin applier

Mayfly Eyes

Poses by: the binocular prop and aDORKable

Such a Tease


I am messing with you in this post.  Or perhaps I am simply showing you parts of outfits you seldom see. Our "walking away view" IS important -- sometimes really important.

New from eXxEsS, a messy summer hair style with the option of animation and a huge amount of colors to choose from (two huds).

And from ArisAris/BW, the Hibiscus set which comes with three shorts colors by hud as well as many tied top colors, both prints and hues.  These are stellar shorts with beautiful detailing -- perfect for showing off your backside *wink*. Find the set at the Aloha Fair. There are MANY mesh body fits as well as standard sizing.

Psst! You can get a black pair of shorts and solid black tied top at Addicted to Black

Now get out there and do some virtual exploring. Get outside. Enjoy the day.

OK. I felt badly about my feisty mood when I penned this last eve so it's a bright new day and here are some close ups for you -- and a bonus.


For those of us that like realism in our virtual land, these are difficult to beat.


And here is the front of that summertime slightly bad girl hair (IMHO of course) along with a very cute necklace from *AvaWay*, the ARLETTE Jewelry Set (earrings are also available). Texture change, it can be found at Lost and Found for a couple more days.


Maitreya Mesh Body

.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA

Lumae - Eirtae skin applier

Mayfly Eyes

Poses by: aDORKable, Beehive (nla)

Breaking 1000


I've been doing this a long time, but I have never had a page view day over 1000, so I figured it would be good to mark the occasion.

Happy it finally happened.

AND (update) it happened again a few days later. So not a complete fluke!  LOL.


What's Happened to Blogging?



Working my way toward 4500 posts in eight years I am wondering what has happened to blogging.

That isn't a facetious inquiry. I really do want to know.

My blog stats are double their usual norm this week -- well the norm of "lately". Does that mean I am doing a better job? Unlikely as I am simply doing what I always aim to do -- show off items that I admire and think my readers would enjoy in a way that let's them -- well actually SEE the items they might be interested in.

Yes, (insert chuckle) there is a bit of condescension there as I really don't get the photos that are so very arty that the reader has no idea what actually resides in that dark and blurry background or what color that dress actually is.

Pretty photo?  Yep. Can I see the new stuff that is available? Nope.  Can I pick out what is featured amid the cacophony of visual stimulus?

One of my goals for 2016 was to play with the big boys in the creative realms. I am doing fairly well with that, now in four popular venues. I am holding out for Shiny Shabby or another top spot. That might happen. It might not.

Along they way I have become someone who looks for blog posts of their products, not just a long time blogger who happens to have had a shop or three for-e-ver. And you know what? That change of perspective has taught me a lot.

The new trend in advertising is Flickr. I get that in part; bigger photos -- zooming in up close and personal. But what happened to words? As a consumer I really would like to know some details about the item I am interested in.

Who (Trompe Loeil), What (Arton Raft Travel Set), Where (Uber), When (July 25), How (SLURL).  I want to KNOW THAT STUFF!

Recently I have been blogging some of the venues. I am not an official blogger; I really don't need or want to be. I am just another designer who admires the work folks go to in order to make our virtual world the best it can be. I send out "You've been featured - Chic at Phil's Place" notecards each day.

OMG, NOTECARDS?  Yep, notecards. That used to be the norm. It takes a little bit of extra time but it let's designers know you actually featured what they sent you. It is also is a simple courtesy like thank you notes, mandatory a few decades ago, now in endangered species status.

You know what happens? "I" get thank you messages in return.



Something to think about.





Over at Uber

Afton Raft Travel Set

Tomorrow's post today as it is Uberlicious over at -- well, UBER!

From Trompe Loeil, the Arton Raft Travel Set which includes a glorious raft that is somewhat in the Tom Sawyer - Pirate - Glamping genre. Yes, well -- it IS a new genre *wink*.  Much fun especially if you have an inlet or waterway on your land.

If not, never fear, the double sleeping bag as well as other decor items work just fine for non-sailors. Ambient maps are included so that you can add your own touches  if you so choose. The canvas texture is indeed mouthwatering. Very romantic!


Also not to be missed are these Spina Sandals from Baiastice. A rainbow of colors await you.



If you love satin and taupe in all its shades of beauty, don't miss the Boho Princess bed and accessories from Cheeky Pea.  There is a voluminous canopy option for those who REALLY want to feel princess-like. I am a pretty simple gal  so this is special enough for me.


Trompe Loeil - Attic Skybox

Stories&Co. Signature Tank Dress

Pose by Diesel Works

You Don't Bring Me Flowers

You Don't Bring Me Flowers 1

What's a gal to do?

Well buy her OWN flowers of course!


You Don't Bring Me Flowers 2


At Tres Chic:

Artisan Fantasy Flower Cart (gacha)

Taisiya hair by Tukinowaguma 

Petite Mort- Black Henna slip dress - many colors and fits like a dream as you can see.  Standard sizing, fitmesh, Maitreya, Slink



Bliensen + MaiTai  Suleyka  Necklace  at The Secret Affair.
Matching earrings are available.





Maitreya Mesh Body

.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA

Lumae - Eirtae skin applier

Mayfly Eyes

Poses by: Helamiyo and aDORKable

Movie Star


Feeling very much the movie star, I am strutting my stuff at Cinema City (LEA2).

A modern, grayscale world with neon --  the environment embodies the glamour of an early Film Noir Hollywood.



Amazingly I had a brief interlude with stardom -- of the real life film variety.  I learned a great deal in my months on the movie sets.  While I don't plan on going back to those days, it is indeed fun to play at being a paparazzi favorite.


My outfit:

From Tres Chic

fame femme : RuffleTop - Black -- lots of fun; plenty of colors and sizes including Slink, Maitreya and standard sizing mesh

MURRAY- Round-Frame Sunglasses - I really love these! I had an issue with the lenses and my mesh eyelashes but by tinting the lenses black (they are gradients of course) the problem was solved.  Gold or silver and three lense tints by hud.

#Foxy - Youth hair - sleak and stylish with a topknot and lots of length.



Maitreya Mesh Body

.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA

Lumae - Eirtae skin applier

Mayfly Eyes

Poses by: Helamiyo and Diesel Works

Lost and Found July


Lost and Found is open for its brief tenure. It wasn't difficult for me to find my favorite release of the event -- the PLAAKA SKYPLANTER SET. Lovely design, good LODs, stellar land impacts and some super realistic plywood (what can I say, I am seduced by texture) make it a standout for sure.



The pots come as white but are easily tintable to coordinate with your decor using "select face" in the building menu. 


A cute little open shed can house your hanging foliage or you can sprinkle them around your living areas.


The trowel with baby transplant was the packaging. Super cute, I couldn't resist adding it to the scene.







And here is the offering from ChiC buildings for July. The Industrial Set is available per piece or as a fatpack.

Art and cart are texture change.



Land impact 2 or 3 per piece. 




Pipe shelves come with or without books.

Book covers can be tinted using the same "select face" method in the building menu.




FLF Dining Goodness


Need to perk up your patio or garden area?

Today's the day.

From {what next} for Fifty Linden Friday a super cute folding bistro table set i that includes petrol, sand and green.  Objects appear for some animations.


A decor set is your second FLF choice. Notice that there are TWO versions of the coffee cups for a more realistic effect. With and without steam versions are both in the pack and there are three coordinating colors of vases making this is perfect partner for the bistro table.


Happy Friday.

A Boho Summer

A Boho Summer

It's summer for many of us. A time to lay back, rest, read -- and have a little fun. Cool outfits (sometimes of the baring variety) are of course called for.

At Tres Chic for July:

-- the Boho Bedstead Bench by ChiC buildings; complete with clutter, this is a decor item with lots of detail (no animations).


-- the Naomi top shorts and belt by Mimikri that fits like a dream with lots of style and tons of mix and match color options. Solid color tops are also available and there are even tintable pasties (mesh and system) for demure gals. Slink, Maitreya and standard sizing versions come in the packs.

This is definitely going to be one of my favorite summer casual outfits.

My hair is new from eXxEsS; look for COCO. And yes, there is a hud with different patterns and plains for the scarf!




-- the Zany Plateau Shoes by -KC- Couture come with an extensive and easy to use color hud. You can change the complete shoe color or various parts for multi-color goodness.  Slink, Belleza, Maitreya and TMP fits.




Camera and pose from ChiC buildings


Maitreya Mesh Body

.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA

Lumae - Eirtae skin applier

Mayfly Eyes

Poses by: Diesel Works, ChiC buildings, LAP (nla)

Coffee at Dawn

Coffee at Dawn

If you love tattoos you won't want to miss this new one piece intricate design by Nanika. The back is just as glorious as the front. Find Neysa it at Tres Chic.  White, black and henna are available. This is the faded version.

And while a bikini or scanty undies will show this off beautifully, we sometimes need OMG -- real clothes!   The new United Colors Charlotte dress is Perfect with  a capital P.  With lots of skin areas in lots of places, a full color hud for changing both fabric and metals; it is available for Slink, Belleza and Maitreya.


Once you have your body art and creatively cut saucy dress, you'll want some stunning shoes. These too can be found at Tres Chic. Look for the ..::ILLI::.. Maitreya Laelia Leather Heels.  These are also available in suede.



Hair:   Cleo by Wasabi Pills

Maitreya Mesh Body

.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA

Lumae - Eirtae skin applier

Mayfly Eyes

Poses by: Everglow and Behavior Body

Romantic Reading


Tis a good summer for shopping!


From the recently opened Tres Chic at its new location we have:

Pixicat's Inna Playsuit, a lacy number with a  great fit and lovely details. With eight colors to choose from -- both pastels and darks -- there is bound to be a favorite or two in the mix.  


The Boho Glam Guitar pose set from Frozen (Tres Chic) includes five poses with correspondingly placed guitars. A fun addition to your pose prop collection.


The Cheeky Pea Book Nook Fort Set for The Epiphany is filled with fun!   The book fort is the rare item - well you guessed that I am sure! The pillow area comes in both PG and Adult versions.

My beautifully crafted hair is from BOON at Tres Chic.  So very romantic, it is sure to be one of my favorite updos when I am feeling girlie!





Maitreya Mesh Body

.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA

Lumae - Eirtae skin applier

Mayfly Eyes

Poses by: Frozen at Tres Chic and the Reading Cosy

A Walk on the Beach

no.match at Hair Fair

Hair Fair is underway with styles for everyone. This is my personal favorite of the year, NO.ICETEA by no.match.  There are several versions of this theme which can be worn by girls and guys.


Lots and lots of details, make this a winner in my book.  Mini color huds in brown, red, blonde and black (which includes a white version).

Find them here and get your summer on!

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Platinum/41/27/23

By the way, the sims are still full as I type this post. If you have problems getting in, there ARE adjacent "camming" sims. OR you might just like to play "hit yourself against the invisible wall" rather than hitting the teleport button repeatedly. Check out the map and you'll find your way.

Happy hair shopping.


Maitreya Mesh Body

.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA

Lumae - Eirtae skin applier

Mayfly Eyes

Pose by: STATUS

Stargazing

stargazing

Items from three events come together in an evening of stargazing.

The Mechanical Giraffe in Silver from [Since1975] is terrifically creative. A  low maintenance pet,  it attaches and follows with you. Perfect for photo ops, it doesn't move when you move (SO HANDY!) and can be adjusted for height to ground. Black and gold colors are also available. Find it at Tres Chic.


Other silvery goodness includes this harness top from MEVA for ROMP. There are lots of other colors (some two tone) to choose from. Perky breasted gals like me might want to wear a nipple cover skin layer --- or not LOL.   It is ROMP after all.

My pretty updo silver streaked hair is one of the new releases from Amacci at Hair Fair.



Stories&Co. by Flowey / High Shine Leggins - Metal


Maitreya Mesh Body

.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA

Lumae - Eirtae skin applier

Mayfly Eyes

Poses by: aDORKable, Diesel Works

Dreamweaver



Dreamweaver is the theme for this month at the Liaison Collaborative.  The brilliant colors and fine details of many releases can easily merge and mingle with items from other current venues.


The Shimasani Weavers items from Roawenwood definitely had me dreaming of my time on the desert.  The details are especially well done, the colors brilliant. Drop by and see it in person. You have until the end of the month.

Grayscale

Grayscale

Sometimes it's all about the ABSENCE of color.


Valentina E. Neha Kaftan MAITREYA Silver. (On9 ) Many other colors available; Maitreya only. Scripted with auto hide or unscripted choices.

 ChiC buildings SEA Flower Art - Chrome ( On9 ) Also in gold

 Cheeky Pea Wire Birds Chest of Drawers and rug (FaMESHed)

 Second Spaces - chalk banner - believe

 NOMAD // Scattered Stars 01 (gift Indie TeePee)




Details, details ...



Also in the grayscale camp, the Memories Low Bed which comes with linked photo frames for the floor. A colorful version is also available.

Find it at the Second Spaces booth at COLLABOR88.



Vanity Hair:All About It

Maitreya Mesh Body

.LeLutka.Mesh Head-STELLA

Lumae - Eirtae skin applier

Mayfly Eyes

Poses by: aDORKable

Tao - Outside My Window


Sometimes our virtual blogs are part of a therapeutic process.

The world is topsy turvy these days. Not much makes since. The future (for those of us in America as well as some other countries) looks fairly ominous. And, there is not much we can do as individuals --

There are always too many deaths, but the recent days have added exclamation points to that idea.

Amidst the turmoil most of us continue with our lives. There are good days and not so good days. We worry about the people we love; we wonder how we can dig ourselves out of the messes that we have -- in part -- made for ourselves.

We take a deep breath, water the garden, feel the warm breezes caress our cheeks and know that somehow and someway we will likely make it through.

Stronger? Maybe.

Wiser? One can hope.


Lamp I made today with a lovely backdrop of the Little Branch Honey Mesquite tree {4seasons} available at On9.

House by Trompe Loeil




Hair Fair 2016 Gifts


Mithral Apothecary

Gifts are always part of Hair Fair.  Here are a few of my personal favorites. Many come with huds. Long rigged styles usually include "boobs" versions for bustier gals.

barberyumyum - **DP**YUMYUM

Besom
Damselfly
KoKoLoReS

Zalea


Stories&Co. Signature Tank Dress

Poses by: grafica

Hair Fair 2016 Preview

 

Hair Fair 2016 opens tomorrow!

I spent the early morning hours walking the streets there -- well, actually the sidewalks as this year's theme is retro movie making backlot style.  Perfect little lollipop painted mid-century abodes house some pretty spectacular hairdos.

It took me exactly one hour to walk the Fair. This with a few photo op stops, some gift retrievals and a demo purchase.  Teaser shots follow.


While many shops are in the minimalist category for decor, some folks decorated in style!


Tableau Vivant at Hair Fair

Tableau Vivant wins my personal prize for style this year! Click the photo for an up close view.


Bandanna styles include some original designs. Watch for the shops as you wander the streets.

Hair Fair Tips:

* Join the Hair Fair demo group and try before you visit. 

* Leave your mesh body, head, scripted hair and jewelry at home.  Better yet, wear the invisible avatar alpha layer in your inventory's Library folder.

* Turn down your draw distance; turn off shadows and advanced lighting.

* Keep going in one direction and follow the sidewalks and you'll complete a tour of the sims without missing anything.

* Look carefully for gifts (some are not obvious).


My gifts of the Fair post coming up post haste :D.