Farming Virtual Style

farm girl

Farmers.  High on my list of "must have" folks -- especially the ones that follow sustainable, organic practices.   If the Back to the Land bug has ever grasped you in its chompers, you understand the nostalgia that can accompany homesteading.

I have experienced the ebb and flow of farm life, the rooster's crow as dawn breaks -- or other inopportune times of day and night. But if you have missed out in corporeal life, you can still have the experience.

Enter Digital Farm System with a demo site at Home and Garden Expo.


With a full range of animals, plants and other products you can set up your own mini-farm, for yourself or for roleplay.


Like pets and pet plants, your farm props will need water and other specialty items like fertilizer in order to give you food or wool or simply pretty flowers.

The main store is here.

And a side note.

I have lived next to a couple of farms in Second Life, watched the crops and the animals wondering just how popular was this game within a game. Well as EXPO opened DFS was the spot to be. Homestead folks looking for new items to add to their locations filled the sim. So, this reporter is a bit smarter now -- and that's a good thing.



My not new but fun to put together outfit includes:

*LACUNA* Camille Gingham bra applier
Meva Fringes Vest Suede Brown
*KOM - Kale Jeans
Ducknipple: Outfit vs7 - Boots

Hair: NO.MATCH_NO.EASY.

POST: Old Water Well Pail


Pose by: LAP [nla]

A Clouded Past

meva WLRP

The Meva Lailanid release comes in four neutrals with flower add-ons. Maitreya fit.

Find it at We Love Roleplay.


Baiastice Elefth Sandals offer color change options for beads, leather and tassels. Maitreya, Belleza and Slink Flat. Find them at COLLABOR88.

Hair: eXxEsS : TOFFEE


Pose by: Helamiyo

Come Sail Away

come sail away

Entice has a darling sets of skirts new in the no group needed Midnight Board.  That's pretty much the news. Standard sizing, Maitreya and Physique fits. Maitreya fits Di' eBody classic perfectly. No alpha slots needed so eBody FREE gals can use also.  Find the room with the round glass atrium. The boards are there.

Di is wearing the new release crop camisole from MOZ previously featured.

Little Xia is wearing the new Coco group gift cropped top which comes with five colors via hud. A great staple.





Poses by: aDORKable

Home and Garden Expo

remembering greece - stairway
ChiC buildings


RFL Home and Garden Expo opens on the 19th.   With five sims of indoor and outdoor goods to peruse, flying is -- as usual -- your best bet.

I suggest starting at the event sim and using that as your anchor point, but as long as you watch where you are on the map you should be able to explore all the areas in a few hours.

There is art mixed in with flowers. Horses roam and of course the Breedables area is adjacent for those of you into that game within a game.

The entry photo is the favorite part of the new ChiC buildings Remembering Greece two story home.

Here are a few shots of some of my favorite builds so far. Bungalows and castles are also in the mix -- of course!

Mavin Homes
Also Known As
Also Known As

And there are some lovely interior layouts also.

ALUORA

More news coming up so stay tuned!

Patterns

patterns


Home and Garden delights with an arty flair -- one coming in; one heading out soon.

From Newchurch @ The Liaison Collaborative, the Doucette Art Deco fireplace  in either white or black. Plenty of style with quiet fire crackle and fittingly low land impact, it could be your next snuggling spot.

And at Cosmopolitan through Saturday, this lovely sculpture from Lucas Lamth, Angelfish Sculptures in Silver, Gold, Rose and Copper. Three LOD versions are included in the pack. I chose the standard version which will work fine for most folks. Land impact 2.


Difficult to believe but this lovely slip dress gift from Witch)O(Craft at the Garden of Shadows Fair fits eBody FREE (how cool is that?)  Along with eBody friendly Maitreya there are Slink and Belleza versions. Another great TeleportHub ($10) group gift. Shoes are a part of this set but do not work for eBody. Maitreya and Slink gals can no doubt use this bonus.

Depending on your use for this pretty little thing, you might just need some undies to go with. Happily Di found some applier undies along with a fun looking top that she hasn't tried yet.  Beautiful Dirty Rich is the maker of this $5 super practical item that was happily added to the eBody hud (woot).


Lovely textures abound in the new D!va group gift (free group). There is an option for a side ponytail and the unrigged hair  comes with resizer.  Really lovely, this doesn't have the longest LODs so best for intimate engagements (hence pairing with the slipdress). 

These smashing attention getting earrings are a SLO&F group gift (free group) from ALTER at The SENSE Event.  They are very oversized and I have made them smaller here. Happily they come with the traditional resize script. You will need to reposition them also. Think of it as a skill building exercise. They are worth the extra steps.




Poses by: Le Poppycock and aDORKable

Remembering Greece

summer whites


The RFL Home and Garden EXPO is on the horizon.

My unplanned new release turned out to be a shop / living area built for some friends. Then there needed to be decor -- and so it goes. Sometimes unplanned is a good thing.

Along they way I had an opportunity to revisit some memories of my first big mesh creation using Cycles (the "more authentic" Blender baking engine). I had a vision back then three years ago in OpenSim. It turned out well, but I was happy to see that those extra thousands of hours spent in Blender did indeed improve my skills.


wall greece


This isn't really a post about my new releases, even though I am disguising it as such. It is actually a meme and perhaps a diary entry to myself.

I have made some changes recently in my virtual life, pairing down events, saying goodbye to some brands that I have been blogging for. They were difficult choices, but I feel good about making them.

Those of you that read New World Notes may have noticed me in headlines. I do believe there should be credibility in blogging. I DO believe that we owe our readers a fair view of products. And, I do believe as creators we owe our customers "wise" mesh as well as gorgeous :D.

So I am working though my beliefs and moving them to the forefront.


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There aren't many actual SL blogs these days, most fashionistas have moved to Flickr photo-journalism with a few credits via link -- if viewers are lucky. And yes, I do miss the olden days. I plan to keep on blogging and taking pretty pictures, but  my self-limiting choices of late will most likely move me away from daily entries.  So that 5000th post will be a couple of months away still.


At the same time I plan to keep showing you items that I appreciate for both their style and craftsmanship.

So stay tuned.

Fashion credits:

[[ Masoom ]] Luscious Top  @ Cosmopolitan 

Available in the top 3 mesh body fits. Hud for buttons and belt. Hud for fabric choices. Honestly I never got past white and gold and I have been wearing this for a few days. Very realistic wrinkles and it is a pleasure to see something not perfectly skin tight. Get a demo and try for yourself.

Previous releases:

Stories&Co. Signature Velour Leggings - sure to be my goto pants for the summer months.

Meva Boho N4 Necklace Gold2

pr!tty - Girim - :Short


Poses by: Le Poppycock *Heartache* (many gold stars from me - check them out; some props included plus pose ball versions)

Shadow Self

shadow of self

Hiding inside

The person

No one

Will ever see


From FashionNatic  @ Cosmopolitan, the Michael Cardigan with vast color and texture change hud.  Signature, Belleza and Slink fits. Shown here on Exmachina Davide.

A&D Clothing - Pants -Jules-

Hair .:EMO-tions:. * LEIF *

Photo taken here:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA6/23/147/2502

Pose by: Diesel Works [nla]

Chill in the Air

leather and lace

If you live in the southern climes, you are moving into the colder months of Autumn. If you are from my neck of the woods, you are looking forward to warm Spring days.

Either way it is handy to have your jacket close at hand and the new Baiastice Leather Shoulder Jacket  is perfect for the job.  Add the Haider Fringed Camisole for "visual interest" *wink* and you are set.

Also in the release but not making it into the final shot -- Marcel Shorts with a great fit and many colors to choose from.

Find them all at FaMESHed.

A perfect jewelry pairing comes with one of the Meva Mandy sets from Blush.   Choose from a variety of all in one necklaces each with a color hud for metals and accents. This is the Collar Bands + Necklace version.

And a note to fashionista's. While the carefully tossed over shoulder jacket (two styles to choose from) walks very nicely with the interior hold, for photo shoots you will need a priority three pose.

Helamiyo features priority 3 poses that work well with the jacket.


Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA Barret


Pose by: Helamiyo, the jacket and Amacci's neck hud

Baja

baja

Di loves this new gift from .:AMUI:.  for the Teleporthub.com group ($10 to join). The Belinda outfit comes in plenty of sizes including standard sizing for non-mesh bodies so your chances of finding a fit are good.  This is not a PERFECT fit though and if your avatar is less than average in their build, it may not work for you.

Still, if you like the style then it is certainly worth a try. This will NOT work for eBody Free. Sorry gals.

A bit difficult to find, it is on a short entrance wall here.

Pssst - I just heard on the eBody group that there is an update coming soon. When I know more, you will know more.

Pose by: aDORKAble

Gentler Side

gentler side

Sometimes it is just about quiet beauty and magical surroundings.

From Stories&Co. @ Collabor88, the  Lois Halter Dress which comes in three texture hud versions, this being the plain.

Hair from pr!tty @ The Chapter Four  - Sunny

The .:JUMO:. Rosary Pearls are an anniversary gift at The Chapter Four. There are two versions with hold poses. I opted for a static pose and adjusted the pearls for its use. Those long ago far away jewelry designer skills still come in handy. 


Photo taken at The Looking Glass.

Pose by: *PosESioN*

Sunset and Urn

Sunset and Urn

If you love roleplay, eclectic accessories or simply presents -- you will want to journey over to WLRP to check out all the birthday bash gifts. Some are group (free) and others are buy for zero. There are a few pay ones so click carefully :D.

While I have a few new items in my "you never know when you might need this" accessories folder, my favorite find was this very pretty outfit from glYph.

The Aneksi outfit comes in three parts (dress, sleeves and "slip"). Only for Maitreya.

My hair is a lovely new release from eXxEsS : Latisana. So soft and subtle.

The Dornish Pottery is from UU (Unorthedox and Underworld) at the same WLRP event.

Adept Ruins and fireplants by ChiC buildings.


Pose by: KoKoLoReS

Blue-green Fantasy

cassia

She met me in the blue-green forest where rippled waters kissed stones birthed in a time before our imagination. 


!dM deviousMind "Cassia" **Fantasy Gacha Carnival May 2018**

Four pieces make up the outfit with a myriad of colors to be tired for. A forest nymph has never looked so good.

Lara fit only.

alaskametro "Alchemy" nails 01

Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA Barret

Photo taken here:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/LEA6/157/216/2503

Plants by Cerridwen's Cauldron

Pose by: SEmotion available at Cosmopolitan

Glamping in Flowers

glamping in flowers

Glamping has a new definition, raising the bar on the "glamour" part of the equation and adding in some pret-ty to the mix.

From Trompe Loeil for FaMESHed a lovely Beiwen Flower Tent.  Not for the prim challenged, it is so romantic!

Be patient if you don't have premium status. With all the gifts to be found (including a lovely firepit from Trompe Loeil) it may still be a few days before those with less than special status can get in :D.  There is most of a month, so don't despair.

Di's outfit is from MOZ Designs and includes two new releases that fit eBody and eBody FREE.

I have to tip my hat to this brand for filling in a much needed slot fashion wise. There is now no reason why everyone (well gals) can't look outstanding! 

!MOZ "Renata" Skirt & Ranger Belt  (skirt can be worn with or without belt)

MOZ Crop Cami *

Color huds let you choose your look. eBody Curvy (and I am guessing Curvy FREE) can also wear these cute and summery styles.


Pose by: ChiC buildings

Fameshed Anniversary



If you are premium folks like my gals here you have likely already visited the festivities at FaMESHed. Along with tons of lovely gifts there are some pretty impressive new releases. You can of course check out the catalog at Seraphim, our go to event website -- but if you are wondering out the bountiful gifts, here are some favorites from those who have been.   I will be waiting a bit longer I guess. I have my eye on that lovely planter and succulent from N4RS *wink*.



Left:

!APHORISM! - Eve Jumpsuit Ltd Ed Gift
**UTOPIA@Design** - "IRIS" - Fameshed Gift (heels)
Empyrean Forge: Cumulus earrings
Legal Insanity - Silver cross Necklace *Fameshed* gift

MINA Hair - Kimmy (one color) FaMESHed gift (happily Sami's color!)

Right:

NYU - Mini Qipao, Fameshed Anniversary Gift
-Narcisse- Andrea Lace Up Heels - ML - BLACK
Hair: Navy+Copper - Black Tea


Home and Garden item:

Ariskea[Fameshed]May (pink cherry blossoms)
N4RS Fasciata

Garden Shed by Mesh India - Tree by Little Branch




Poses by: LAP [nla]

An Evening Respite

emozine and grass

It's easy to forget how important poses and animations are to our virtual world. Anyone who has beta tested a new platform will recognize how odd we feel when we can't "move" as we would like.

Tomorrow is your last day to pick up the pose from EMOZINE @ Cosmopolitan. After that a new round begins, but I am guessing this "Once in your Live" pose will be available in world and Marketplace -- so test if you are tardy shopping.

There is a story behind this outfit. It was made for a photo contest that I decided NOT to enter after I visited the sim LOL.   Oh well. I had a great time putting the look together and this pose definitely highlights the Baiastice Circle Sandals which I loved but have been hanging around my "to blog" folder for way too long.


Also in this shot:

Mesh India Garden Shed
[DDD] Seasonal Sculpty Gift Grass
Asteria "Kim" [Maitreya] Bodysuit - Ivory
TUKINOWAGUMA Dubet hair


Poses by: Emozine

Fading Light

losing the light

Brush stroke scurry across the canvas.

Controled but carefree.

So little time to catch the light.


From Chez Moi at Cosmopolitan a painting set including easel with painting and supply cabinet. Three animations (standing painter, sitting painter and pondering).  Palette and brush giver when painting.

And out tomorrow at The Chapter Four, a very fitting set of painterly attire, Rust Republic's Too Sweet Gacha. Various top colors some with sayings. Pants are rare. Maitreya fit. Note these are skinny pants and will need alpha layers.

Other artist items from The Artist's Studio gacha - ChiC buildings. 

Hair: eXxEsS : AVELA




Pose by: the easel

Backyard Patio

22769 backyard patio

The Gacha Garden is back and jumpin' with lots of goodies to try for.

From 22769 a big outdoor set perfect for summertime get togethers.  Couch and building are the rares. Two other urns make up the remainder of the prizes.

Spring Blacks

spring blacks

Most of us think of Spring as a "pastel time", but there are plenty of great DARKER outfits that work well in the season.

From NyDesign as a Fitmesh Fantics group gift, the Tulip dress in many fits.  Big three plus eBody CURVY fits.

From NyDesign's May lucky chairs (group) the Summer Spirit Outfit - Blossom Sparkles Mix which includes a hud with three colors of print. Big three fits.

From Rosary, the Veronica romper with many color choices via hud. Big three fits. Maitreya fit eBody (not free version :D)

Photo backdrop by Paparazzi at Cosmopolitan

Poses by: K&S Only Girls (Gacha Garden Group Gift May)

Desert Light

desert light

The desert changes its mood with the seasons. Monochrome and silent in winter, harsh and barren in summer, welcoming as the first bits of greenery peak from behind rocks and climb out of crevasse.

Fantasy Faire is officially over although the sims will remain up for another week. The builds will turn to pixelated dust and the sims are retrieved and wiped to become palettes for future creators.

Sanoria was created at LEA6 and its remnants remain there. It is truly my favorite place on the grid. Shops are gone of course but the paths, relics and flora remain to be reborn again for others to visit.

The story quest will move over as well as a small treasure hunt. We only need the Sanorian sky for its rebirth to become complete and hopefully the new Windlight system will be finished soon. Meanwhile it is my peaceful place from the hustle and bustle that sometimes becomes my life.


From cinphul @ Cosmopolitan, a set of rocks and artifacts that fit perfectly into the Sanorian landscape.

My outfit is also from Cosmopolitan, the adorsy - Demi Top and pants with color change options. The pants are cropped and banded with a keyhole opening on the sides, a mix of casual and feminine with a good fit and plenty of detailing.


I have had this hair from EMO-tions for some time now, winter if I remember correctly. I loved it but didn't have anything to pair it with. Happily it was a perfect accompaniment to my new styling.  Look for Carol.

Almost together I had a time finding a finishing touch necklace. Finally I tried on the Meva Nani Necklace Silver from last Fall.

PERFECT!!!!

Find it here at the MEVA store.  There are four variations to choose from.  Earrings, rings and bracelets are also in the packs.

Pose by: SEmotion

Townhouse Patio Party

ny design gifts

For some of us the days are getting warmer. My real life air conditioner was inaugurated for the year yesterday.

Time for shorts and halter tops and smooth skin a showing.

I really like Paparazzi's photo backdrops. They make life so easy!  My favorite I think is one from Christmas time last year, but they are all very nice and useful depending on your attire -- and interests of course.

This is the Townhouse Backdrop which includes the baby tree, lighting and some very convincing specular shin on the bricks.

In the foreground interest category we have Raindale's patio table and chairs set with texture change hud and an option with mini-light string.

Find them both at COSMOPOLITAN.

The gals are all wearing free attire from NY Design.  On the left a super cute halter mini with a big texture change hud filled with lots of choices (group lucky chair). The Maitreya sizing fits eBody and eBody FREE.

In the center we have another lucky chair item with many texture choices by hud AND Slink shoes if those are your feet of choice -- or your alternative mesh body wears Slink :D. These are standard sizing items and the bangles come with.

And on the right a super cute (again texture change) group gift with high waist shorts and checked bandeau top with puffy sleeves.

So zip on over there and explore some. There are several group gifts downstairs and a teleporter by the door will take you upstairs for a few others (older).


Poses by: the chairs and aDORKable

Lemonade - FLF


It's Friday! Among other things -0- like the weekend coming, it signals that super fifty dollar long time event that many of us love.

From {what next} two versions of the Dahlia Drinks Cart. The dispenser gives lemonade to visitors with a choice of either regular or Bento animations. This is the tintable wood version; there is also painted white.

Individual pieces let you design your own decor scheme. This setup is nine land impact.

The backdrop is available from Paparazzi at Cosmopolitan.

Looking Forward

Fantasy Faire - Divine

Fantasy Faire has a few more days left so it is a good time to visit if you haven't been over.

While there are plenty of wondrous fantasy outfits, decor and accessories to be had, not everything is in that mode. There are some items that are definitely crossover.

This is Les Encantades Yula dress in "leather". Solid color versions are also available.

The Maitreya version is a perfect fit for eBody gals as well as eBody FREE and of course I suspect -- MAITREYA :D.

A very pretty day dress that is well worth checking out.

Find it here. 

Pose by: aDORKable

Workout

workout

If you feel like sweating a bit or simply strutting you stuff at the gym, NY Designs has a new workout set with color change hud as a group gift.  Find it here on the Group Gift wall.

The Sexy Workout set comes in many mesh sizing with Maitreya fitting eBody and eBody free.  There is a cropped hoodie to wear when you leave the gym. Various solid colors are available via hud.

Hairs: /Wasabi Pills/ Haley Mesh Hair (discount area)    and Navy&Copper - Cinnamon (past hunt gift)

Poses by: aDORKable and the weight bench

Hello Tuesday - Heidi


Missing your MEVA fix lately?  Yep, it can happen.

But for those that overlooked the Heidi ring set awhile back or just purchased one color, the gold version is out for Hello Tuesday!  These are really lovely with a great hud that let's you show and hide  individual rings.

Dressy to casual, they just seem to work. Find them at the Cosmopolitan store here.

Pose by: aDORKable

Memorials

memorial

People come and go throughout our lives. Some move on, some leave the planet -- each impacts the person that we are, that we hope to become.

From Artisan Fantasy a truly lovely Memorial set which includes benches. From a mesh maker's point of view this is exceptional work. Detail below.


My outfit really couldn't be prettier; feminine with rich details and understated tones the "Lothiriel" Gown - Faith from Senzafine. One of her bloggers from awhile back she somehow disappeared from the radar (or mine anyway) so I was especially happy to see her back -- and with such beautiful work.

I rarely get to wear these jewelry and hair accompaniments, that minimalist tomboy thing in my off hours -- but it was a pleasure to pull these out from my inventory!

(Kunglers) Nadir necklace - Amethyst
.:EMO-tions:. * ALESSIA *


Pose by: aDORKable

Quiet Midnight

midnight desert

Colors mix in a vivid dance of patterns. The Dreaming Thicket  Verbena Skirt and top with shawl combines femininity with hints of exotic places.

Many sizes and lots of color palettes we chose the warm tones of the desert. With plenty of sizes to choose from including standard sizing, we are both wearing Maitreya which fits eBody as well.  The skirt set (two pieces will also work for eBody free.


Armlets and bangles are from ::Bite&Claw::  and available in four tones.


Adornments are of course in order. This pretty Goddess Diadem is also from ::Bite&Claw::.


And this lovely necklace is On A Lark Memorial Locket Eternal Circle includes texture change options.

Plants, buildings and artifacts from ChiC buildings at Fantasy Faire.

My favorite "hat hair" is Vanity Hair: After Dark older but hopefully still available.

Di's hair by enVOUGE but most likely no longer avialable.

Poses by: BellePoses and ChiC buildings

Meva at Man Cave

meva man cave

One of my favorite shopping places for "guy stuff" is Man Cave. It is just SO "manly" :D.

Lots of great things await you there this month including a super outfit with oh so many choices of textures via hud from MEVA.

The Taro oufit comes in both Belleza and Signature fits and may fit other male bodies too, so trying a demo is always wise.


The boots are really superb! And again texture change via hud.

Hair by no.match
Sign a current group gift from Dead Row Designs.

Pose by: Diesel Works

Fantasy Faire 2018

Sanoria at Fantasy Faire 2018

Fantasy Faire is open for the tenth year and you are all invited!

There are places to explore, activities in which to partake, games to play and plenty of shopping with special vendors set up to donate your lindens to build a new hotel of the families of cancer patients in Kenya.


I was excited this year to be one of the WorldMakers for the event. Along with a leisurely strollable shopping experience, inquisitive folks can journey on a easy quest to learn the story behind the sim called Sanoria.

quest of the ancients at Sanoria

Find the artifacts, come close, touch --- and let them whisper the memories of the entities that once inhabited the land.  If you played A Steamy Mystery in Terradale, this is similar if a bit simpler!



Read the story and start your journey here. 

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erstwhile

It is not a surprise the the sim sponsored by The Looking Glass leads the way in design. Twelve steampunk ships can be found on the top level, six shops around the bottom perimater and the works of The Looking Glass in the main salon of Erstwhile Station, a very fun place to visit.


Erstwhile borders Sanoria and this builder had a joyous voyeuristic  experience watching Marcus plan, build, rethink and build anew. He is REALLY FAST!!!!  Lots of enjoyment there.


Don't miss the arrival scroll in the lounge. listing sims and creators. It definitely had me smiling.



If you are looking for a place to experience that youthful joy of old, Tiny Town fits the bill. Bright and cheerful, it is built with the enthusiasm of the young. 




Need a low lag, fantasy outfit? You can pick up this all in one skin and outfit with various appliers and system skins at the landing points of each sim.  Brought to you by Plastik

Head on over and enjoy! 

My steampunk attire is by Have Unequal and not sold at the Faire.

Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA  Nathan (new)

Pose by: Grafica [nla]