Growing Up

growing up

Sometimes it is difficult to put our youth behind us. Tomboy days merge into corporate meetings, frilly lace and more adult matters. Still, it is good to remember.

From Baiastice at Salem Macabre Market (opens October 1), a collect of Fall themed and Halloween items, the Marchesa Corset which comes with an easy to use hud that let's you choose between lingerie pieces in that now you see it now you don't manner.  A full dress is also in the mix, perfect for seasonal photos.


The ::WetCat:: "All Dressed Up" Closet Prop is also packed full of choices including closet accessories for both gals and guys (by hud). There are poses for both females and males also of course as well as a texture change menu for woods and fabrics.  Find it at Cosmopolitan.


Also at Salem from Baiastice, Cameo necklace and earrings sets in three styles. This is "Bones".


A perfect pairing for shoes?   Found at Cosmopolitan.

*Dirty Princess* Lace Couture Princess Heels come with an eight color hud for various parts.


My tattoo is from Nanika and available at Tres Chic.  Look for Marisa.

Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA Drexler


Poses by: WetCat and BehaviorBody

Broom Parking

broom parking

We are on the brink of October with all its fun and mystery. So dust off your broomsticks and prepare for pumpkin carving time.

From the latest round at Cosmopolitan:

PLASTIX's  Lunesta Dress for Maitreya and Slink. A color hud is included that let's you choose top, skirt and belt colors separately.



Avenge's New Baroque earrings with three metal choices. A necklace is part of this new release.

Hair: eXxEsS : TOFFEE

Poses by: aDORKable

New Guy on the Block

Davide - New Guy in Town

His name is Davide.

From Exmachina and available at both Cosmopolitan and the main store, Davide is the new entry into the male mesh body arena.

I don't normally do "reviews"; items either make it onto this blog or end up in the pixelated recycle bin. But today I am making an exception.

I haven't purchased a male body to date, but I have tried them all. I can honestly say that this is my favorite.


There are plenty of pros with this body, one being that it comes WITH head and a very nice skin. Four skin tones are in the hud. I felt this the most realistic tone of the choices.

One of the biggest disappointments for me in the mainstream male body options to date was the inability to get much of a "beefy" look.   Most designers seem to find that swimmer's body aesthetic to their liking.  My version here has a modified shape, and with some well fitting clothes I could have made additional changes. As it was, I modified the shape to fit the jeans. As you can imagine my male clothes closet is pretty sparsely decorated.

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Out of the box, Davide looks like this. The hud is extensive and while the alpha choices adhere to the "we can never have enough divisions" mantra, the hud is pretty self explanatory.  For those with a high resolution screens, the tiny slots will be difficult to turn on and off, but since most outfits for guys are fairly standard for alpha needs, saved slots should help a lot in that area.

My copy of Davide opened with some apparent skin issues. In actuality, the body had varying skintones happening all at once. A click or two to find your favorite shade and the body and head match perfectly. The skin is very nice in a slightly painterly mode which I like with very well-crafted eyebrows (I am SO picky about eyebrows) and some subtle shading under the eyes which give a very realistic look.

The hands and feet are quite realistic and the flow of calves to ankles is a cut above some of the other bodies (another thing that kept me from buying before).

David comes with rigged blue eyes. I traded those out for some Mayfly Onyx eyes which photograph well and that worked as well as mesh eyes work in legacy avatars -- quite pose dependent.  I didn't try the omega applier layer options; those are apparently being tweaked for better performance.

The biggest caveat that I can mention is that there seems to be NO DEMO. Hopefully that will come along in the future. There also seems to be an issue with the hud initializing when first added. There is a reset script option but while I did reset the scripts, that did not fix the issue. I had to relog and then all was fine.

This is a release packed with choices and at under $4000 for a full Bento avatar WITH Bento head, it is likely the best deal in town. There are still a few issues to work out, but I would definitely keep my eye on this brand.  If you join the free group you can pick up a free Bento avatar. This comes with no HUD or applier abilities and you will need your own mesh eyes, but it is very lovely and for those folks that spend a lot of time naked (or mostly so) a great way to try out the body.

Since this is a brand new body, clothes will be a bit tricky until designers -- well, start designing. The standard size clothing that I tried worked fairly well though, so it isn't a dire situation. And, honestly when Lara first came out there weren't all that many "Lara" clothes either. We muddled through and were simply happy to look as great and SMOOTH as we do.

Pants, necklace and hair are all antique gifts and no longer available.


Poses by: Diesel Works

Of Pumpkins and Prose


Just a pretty picture of some nicely made Fall decor available at Cosmopolitan.  Look for the *PAN* Autumn Hall set. This full set is available at a very VERY low price, so bargain hunters should zip on over.

Solitude

solitude

The night speaks of subtle whispers and long-forgotten promises. A soft sigh; a remembered embrace.

From Baiastice for Uber, the Ale Faux Suede Dress- this version in brown. Maitreya and Slink fits. Many colors available.

From Kunglers for Cosmopolitan, the Cleuza necklace - a blend of classic and statement-making, this version in peach.

From TUKINOWAGUMA    also at Cosmopolitan, Drexler hair -- a long and messy style with plenty of sass.



From G&D, Mirna sandals for Belleza, Maitreya and Slink with twenty-one colors by hud --- also at Cosmopolitan.


Poses by: Kirin and Torridwear [nla]

Night Circus

All the info here:

It is night. I am at a circus. Hence the title of one of my very favorite books crept in. Always good to point out the mystery.

From MEVA at Shiny Shabby, the Dora pants and shirt. Many neutral colors to mix and match. Maitreya fit.

Add a new shoulder handbag that works very well (be still my beating heart). Find the AsteroidBox. Heatu Bag in four color choices at Cosmopolitan.

The Petite Mort- Boho scarf w/HUD is great for those slightly chilly nights.

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * CHARLIE * at Tres Chic


Pose by: Helamiyo

Entrance

Entrance

From !dM deviousMInd  for LOOTBOX  (a gacha) , "Samira" Tribal Silks. Dancing girls on summer nights. Soft sands. Exotics. All are wrapped up in this glorious outfit. Chandra has outdone herself with this release. Details abound.


From the notecard:

Each round of gameplay rewards you with a random set of "Samira" Silks. The gacha consists of 2 sets in 8 common colors, for a total of 16 commons. The sets are as follows:
• Bra & Silktails
• OrnamentLingerie

On top of the commons, there are 3 lootboxes to win: The **PEARL** Lootbox, the **TRIBAL** Lootbox and **SECRET RARE** Lootbox.

Maitreya and Slink Hourglass fits.


=DeLa*= Mesh Hair "Maree"

Poses by: Eternal Dream and aDORKable

Subway Strolling


From Canimal, Mod, taking us back a few decades to enjoy the fun. A color hud let's you pick your favorite hue. Find it at Cosmopolitan. Maitreya fit.



I added the fun Ivey bracelet from MEVA, this in coordinating black and gold.

Hair: Snorrie by Ducknipple

Pose by: Di's Opera

Body Jewelry

body jewelry

One of the most impressive new release at Tres Chic is the NiU - Chain bikini which comes in many colors, this being silver.

Now there isn't MUCH to this outfit (really, not much at all *wink*) but it is beautifully made. And if you have the occasion to be in NEED of "body jewelry" then you will not want to miss this.

Maitreya fit.

My hair can be found at the same TC locale. Look for the TUKINOWAGUMA both and Francis!  This has a style changer with bangs or no bangs.


Pose by: EverGlow

Country Gal

Cowgirl

A casual country look for the change of seasons.

From Petite Mort, Madison Dress which comes in many prints and denims; this is the Blk Ikat version. Find them at Tres Chic.  Maitreya, Belleza and Slink fits.

From no.match out for Hello Tuesday, NO EASY, pack of reds.

I paired these lovely with two more pieces of the Lisa set from MEVA. It really is a vast set, and remember it comes in silver also. The Imaginarium is the place to try your luck.

My makeup is the new "ROSE GOLD" MAKEUP PALETTE from alaskametro at the 4Mesh event.



Poses by: Torrid Midnight [nla]

Tyrah and the Curse of the Magical Glytches - An Opening Day Report

Hartyshire  and  Glytch Hunting

We've got some serious fun going on here!

Linden Lab's new grid wide adventure opened today. I had no plans to zip right over, thinking it would be crowded; but as I was heading off to bed I decided to pop by. Two hours later I am reporting on my adventures.


After about an hour an a half I came away with an upgraded Glytches catcher (the net) as well as two RARE Glytches and an EPIC Glytch. A long list of common Glytches is also in my inventory. Obviously a new folder will be on my list of todos for the morrow.

My EPIC (non-transfer) Glytch is Ginger Jammies on the right. She is rezzed via hud and follows. She also poofs the pink stars and floats up and down and turns her head and such. She also disappears on my land because of my Object Entry settings. But she hung around long enough for me to get a snapshot.  She comes in that giant box with butterflies.


This is another RARE Glytch.

As you may have read, you start off with a jar in which to trap your glytches. With the jar, you need to be VERY close and click on them with your crosshairs while in mouselook. This was pretty much my first time using mouselook on purpose in almost ten years, and yet in a few minutes I was doing well.

Some glytches don't get trapped OR ring down havok on their hunters (that's me and you). They are a bit like decoys. Others are very fast and difficult to catch -- at least with the jar. I am hoping that the net will catch them from a further distance which would be quite helpful. That is only a guess though.

Honestly this was great fun. I only saw one other person playing as I roamed hither and yon. At first I kept cycling through the same few places as you are only allowed to get a certain number of glytches per area per visit.  But forty five minutes later I ended up in many different places.

When a glytch wins the battle of wills or spell -- jars, nets and bazookas you are in for a treat. Special effects abound. I took a few photos but I don't want to spoil the surprise -- and surprised you will be.

You can find Hartyshire and pick up your hud and jar via the Portal Park.  Once you have your HUD, you don't need to visit the Portal Park again.

Along with collection glytches, you pick up gems. These seem to be random in nature and even the easy to get glytches can be the bearer of gem bonuses.  That was a bit confusing at first as my hud said 11 when I had only captured a few glytches. Since the hud talks to you, I eventually figured that out. In one instance I received 10 green gems at once.

You need to accept the glytches you trapped before teleporting to the next location. Since I have auto-accept on, I could skip that step. So I would suggest turning that on -- even if only temporarily.  Watch the messages from your hud about moving to the next location, gems you have garnered etc.

So that's my late night report. I will be sleeping in tomorrow!  Then I may see how that net works *wink*.

The explanatory wiki page is here: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Linden_Lab_Official:TCMG

Falling Leaves

Falling Leaves

Tres Chic is open with a new Decor Circle filled with Fall items.

The seasons have changed and with them the color palette. And of course we need to be WARMER now (or soon for some of us).

Two of my favorites in this round are pictured; the boots and legwarmers set from Mosquito's Way, Diana, comes with the option of having just the boots or just the legwarmers. A big hud to change each and every part is a bonus. Maitreya, Belleza and Slink fits.

In the leaves are part of a big Fall gacha set from Mesh India. There are plenty of fun seasonal items in the mix. The leaves can be put into piles as shown and resized as needed, so you can never have too many while playing to get your favorite pieces.

A winning set in my book.

Pose by: Helamiyo

A Breath of Fall

A Breath of Fall

A crispness is in the air. My favorite time of year -- as long as it lingers.

From MEVA at The Imaginarium, a new gacha event that blends pulls, gifts, exclusive prizes and sale item (oh my!).

The full set includes rings, bracelets, armbands and necklaces. Silver and gold can both be found in the gacha.


Ducknipple: WonderBra vs1
R.icielli - PEYTON Shorts

Nails by alaskametro
Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA Barret, a wild and free style

Poses by: Helamiyo

Mother Road

Mother Road

Now and I open a blogger box which causes my eyes to pop -- both virtually and corporeally. This Anetta Dress from ~Nerido~ is one of those wide-eyed numbers.  I can't imagine how difficult it was to make; well, I can really and that in itself is awe-inspiring.

Now there wasn't quite enough fabric in this garment for me to buy into the "dress" description *wink*, but happily I had some favorite leggings from last year that coordinated with one of the now-named sweater hues.

I added some beige biker-esce fashion boots and I was set.  Find a variety of color choices at Cosmopolitan. Maitreya fit.


As I was putting together this outfit -- as much for myself as for this photo shoot -- I noted that it was a bit too plain even for my minimalistic tastes. Then I remembered the tiny choker  in the new Lisa set from MEVA over at The Imaginarium.  The set is so very vast it is easy for something this small to get lost in the meelee, but for me it will likely be a long time favorite.

Just a finishing touch; and sometimes that is all that is needed.

Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA Bocek

Poses by: aDORKable and Eternal Dream

Surprises


Some late breaking news brings you ---

From Trompe Loeil, a by-request matching chair for the Hudson Couch, a FaMESHed release.  This is a gorgeous chair, so get back over there and do some additional shopping!  Both fabric and leather versions are available.

And

A Tenth Anniversary Hunt at Sway's.  I am heading towards that tenth rez day, so Sway's was around when I came out of the pod.

Instructions at the landing point. Find the balloons then return to get your prizes.

Reading Pillows with 6 single and 1 couple reading animations
6 texture options (a third pillow is hiding in my shot)
Book / reading props

Stack of Books for decoration

Have fun!

Tall Grasses

Tall Grasses

Early morn on the moor. Tall grasses and hints of the past.

PurpleMoon Charlotte Blouse and Jeans are available in several coordinating sets. Maitreya, Belleza and Slink fits. This is the beige version.

Hair by .:EMO-tions:. * SAKURA *

Find both new releases at On9.






Poses by: grafica

Breathing Space

Breath of Fall

From Hilly Haalan at Cosmopolitan, the Aileen dress, available in two packs -- Glam and Plain. Both hud based  dresses come with many choices. One of my favorites is this subtle white wave texture in the Glam pack. This is a great basic for your closet and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.

Mesh bodies and standard fitmesh sizing.


Also at Cosmopolitan, the Nani set in various finishes. I chose the wood and silver version for a more casual look. A necklace is also in the release.

Find these lovelies at the MEVA booth.


Hair: NO.MATCH_NO.AIM.
Makeup: alaskametro

Poses by: Pose It and aDORKable

Breaking Out

Breaking Out

Sometimes we just need to break out of our comfort zones and have FUN!  This full outfit complete with bangles, purse with hold, applier vintage lacy sorts (SO CUTE!) and over the knee peeptoe boots can be yours today at Hello Tuesday prices.

Hilly Haalan; Roxie outfit; here.

New Gala hair from eXxEsS comes in plenty of scrumptious colors as usual.

The Chronos wall clock from NEWCHURCH can be found at the new round of Cosmopolitan.

Poses by: Vista Animations

At Home

At Home

New releases abound and shoppers should be VERY happy with all the exciting items for both closet and home.

From Baiastice for Frou Frou, a special Lingerie fair with new exclusive releases, a big set of lingerie in both vintage and modern styles, lacy or satin fabrics and solid or semi-sheer. See? LOTS of choices and of course many colors too.

My favorites are the plain versions of the Paris plain panties and bra; this in solid and SNOW.

My backdrop includes the RARE item from the City Victorian 2 gacha from ChiC buildings. Find a big set mixing vintage with contemporary (think remodel :D) at COSMOPOLITAN.   A coordinating remodeled Victorian home is also available.

And over at On9 you can find drape packs with seven coordinating styles in each pack. These are gray scale for tinting and mod for size (instructions are in the pack) and should fit many window shapes. There is backing  (removable) that adds subtle shadows as well as a fabric view for those looking in your windows.

Look for the ChiC buildings area. A fatpack of all five fabrics is also available.


Also at On9, you can find this very pretty tattoo by Nanika.  Stella is the name of this white underbust beauty. Black and henna are also available in many appliers as well as legacy tattoo.

TUKINOWAGUMA's Bosio is a fun, young style with long tresses mixing with high side piggies. This comes with a clever styling hud that let's you have four styles in all. Also at On9.


Poses by: aDORKable

Abodes



If you are a landowner, there are some impressive new buildings just out. Check these venues to find one just right for you. All fit on a 512 or larger lot. 

From Trompe Loeil at Uber, the Hudson Lighthouse which come with or without base. Definitely eye-catching!


Also from Trompe Loeil but at COLLABOR88 this time, the Amelie Pavillon. Romantic and dreamy; perfect for a Fall wedding!



If you love seeing the "bones" of a building then the Montauk Pavillion from Barnesworth Annubis is for you. Find it also at COLLABOR88.


Over at The Imaginarium (a new Gimme Gacha event) you can garner the Darkstone Manor as a gift for playing the gacha.  Look for the ChiC buildings area. 


And coming to COSMOPOLITAN , the City Victorian 2 with open railed loft that overlooks the interior; think "remodel".  Find it along with a furnishings gacha at the ChiC buildings pad. 

Getting Homey

Homey


A new five piece kitchen decor set awaits you at COLLABOR88. {what next} offers two themes (plain as shown or more "girlie":D) with color options by menu. These really great sets features access controls for those that need them.

Tied back curtains in three fabric choices can be tinted to your liking of left grayscale. These are a new instore release from ChiC buildings. Find them here.

Both offer long distance LODs for your viewing pleasure!


Curtains have backing for exterior views and to keep your neighbors smiling.

Lona

Lona

Lona was my great-grandmother's name. She was a strong woman; a suffragette and if family lore is correct, the first female school principal of Texas.  I can't imagine that she could have imagined how far women have come.


From MEVA for We Love RolePlay, the Lona set in either silver or gold. There are two versions of the collar; with and without the pendant.


The detailing is phenomenal.

Hair by *TUKINOWAGUMA* at On9 (opens the 9th). Look for Falla.


Poses by: oOo Studio

Victorian Times

Victorian Lady

It's Arcade time of course and if you are in a vintage mood, the 22769 guys have a set for you!


The Secluded House at The Arcade is packed full of vintage goodness.  Furniture, accessories, art -- all included.



And if Lady Luck is on your side, you might walk away with this grand Victorian mansion.

My outfit is no longer available but my necklace "might" still be found at lassitude and ennui. 

Hair by TUKINOWAGUMA

Poses by: Di's Opera

Pop Fizz

Pop Fizz

Let's celebrate!

From ArisArisB&W the Impactful outfit with a packed texture change hud. Tops and shorts are separate for mixing and matching pleasure. Maitreya, Slink and Belleza fits.

AND --

Bargains await you this Tuesday morn.

The {Petite Maison} Chat Sideboard & decor is tons of fun. I have renamed it the "Pop Fizz" set for the text on the pillow!

Sophistication mixes with brights and neutrals to make a citified statement.



Over at no.match, NO ACCESS; this pack of black and whites is out for Hello Tuesday. Short and sassy and fun!




Poses by: aDORKable