Emotional Support



While I don't have an "emotional support" animal in real life, I do miss my parrot of 35 years (yes longer than many kids stay at home).  He really DID seem to know when I was sad.   Meanwhile with a little luck or some perusing of the aftermarket you can have your own baby alpaca supporter. For those that want to try their luck, the HEXtraordinary stand in in the first circle of gachas at the current Gacha Garden event.  There are various furs to be had in the more common (no jacket or halter) babies. Both companion and Wanderer (32li) are in the machine.   For those wanting to simply buy, the title is: 4. *HEXtraordinary* Alpaca - Emotional Support Companion - RARE


For those days that you simple don't want to leave your building pad (or equivalent) the new Paparazzi - BACKDROP - Knightsbridge House is perfect. It comes with a color change hud for door, curtains, windows and trims. You can color the building to coordinate with your outfit. Super easy. The building also resizes by hud; here it is smaller than default and weighs in at 9 land impact. Find it at Cosmopolitan.

The Little Branch Potted Birch can also be found at Cosmopolitan.

Over at Men Only Monthly you can pick up this great unisex hair by no.match.   Look for No Right.




My outfit of the day is older, HashTag - Blossom Spring Jacket+Dress - Grey  and Mosquito's Way - Maxine shoes


Pose by aDORKable

Making Music FLF



It is a really good week for Fifty Linden Friday.  If you need some show stopper decor with a minimal land impact number, check out the pianos (no music - two color choices) at LISP Bazaar.  A really great addition to my dance studio room in Bellisseria.

Off to shop some more!



Holiday Kitchens



Sugar and spice, cocoa and candy canes -- the holidays are close at hand. What a better time to update your kitchen!

From Trompe Loeil at FaMESHed, the Belasco Kitchens with texture change options and a variety of layouts. This is a REALLY BIG KITCHEN so if a spacious culinary area is your goal, this may well be what you have been waiting for. A gorgeous sink and finely detailed stove are built in as well as a serving bar.  And if you are in need of a new abode to go with this great industrial styling, check out the companion  Belasco Cottages.


In keeping with the season you will of course want cooking props. From {what next} a big set of kitchen items including framed prints.  With plenty of details and texture choices, you can bring the celebration into the coziest room of the house!   Grab the goodness on Fifty Linden Friday. 



Winter Whites



I love white in winter. I can remember when that was a no-no -- well at least for my mother's generation. No white before Memorial Day.  But happily we have more self-assurance now as women. Really, a good thing.


I love the look of white on white -- crisp linen or cotton or rayon -- against freshly fallen snow. So I plan to wear a lot of white this winter.


To that end I picked one of the four-pack huds of the neve stone jacket that included this pale pink.  Many of the four in a pack sets have plaids, but I am a plain gal in or so many ways.  Find the jacket sets (blouse can become invisible if you choose) at FaMESHed.  There are coordinating slacks if you so choose.


I love this hair!  There are two versions. Honestly I had a time seeing the differences but you may be more adept at spotting them.   Out for Hello Tuesday (usually out the day before) in blonde.  Find it at no.match at the Cosmo sim. No I Don't is the style.




If the corporate or educational look is your persona, then these new glasses from Deep Static can add a little pizzazz without looking TOO sexy (as if we care).  Find the Luca glasses at Men Only Monthly.


New decor items out at Cosmopolitan include a hall set by cinoe, Pale Dawn, bureau, stool and mirror -- and some Floral Statuettes by MADRAS

Stories&Co. Signature Velour Leggings


Pose by: the stool


Spring in Autumn



Those wintry days are creeping up for many of us, but happily we can have any weather pattern any time in our virtual surroundings. 


It is a good round over at Gacha Garden with lots of impressive Home and Garden items as well as wearables of course. I have myself a new little friend that I will show you sometime soon. Meanwhile be sure and venture over yourself and pick up some extremely nice gifts. 


Shown here:

-Sorumin- Sophia Dress -Maitreya
.::Supernatural::. Hanny Earring Gold  ( a necklace is also in the set)
{Limerence} Agata hair (mini hud with pastel colors and this blonde.


Photo taken at Whimberly.

Pose by: fri.day (old)

Beaches and Memories



Sometimes our virtual worlds and corporeal worlds collide -- overlapping times and places. Bits of memories seemingly lost float to the surface of our daily perceptions.

Huntington Beach California, a quiet sleepy beach town in the middle of the last century.  Oil rigs touched the sky as you moved north towards Long Beach and Los Angeles. A small nuclear power plant (one of the first I believe) marked the expanse south on the way to Sand Diego. And the beach? It seemed to go on forever.



I spent my first years of life in that simple town, one where the library took up a good portion of the main street.  I was in the "bookworm club" each summer and would read a portion of a book to the librarian and tell her the story IN the book.  One of my favorite books (this in the children's section of the library) had the word "ennui" in the title. I remembered that when a friend gave me a pair of lassitude and ennui shoes; that was our first holiday season in Second Life.

Things come together in strange ways.

I can remember walking down main street with a girlfriend. It was maybe four blocks then, perhaps five. We wore our dad's oversized white shirts and curlers. Curlers of course let everyone know that you had a "date" that evening, so you wore them as a status symbol -- especially if you were too young to date.   The tiny bakery sold the best ever chicken pot pies. These came in heavy duty pie plates which you were charged for. You traded them back for a refund on your next visit.



A five and dime sold everything a young gal could want including lots of linens printed for embroidering. And as you reached Huntington Beach Boulevard (Highway 101) you found the pier. It was very famous back then and surfers would come from all over to "shoot the pier" which meant navigating between the pillars. It was illegal of course and dangerous, but that didn't stop the free-spirited surfer boys with the woodie station wagons and sun-bleached hair.

 The Huntington Beach of Second Life isn't "my" Huntington Beach really, but the creator has done a notable job in recreating the FEEL of my birthplace.

Be sure and visit. Be sure and take some sunscreen --- and of course your swimsuit. 



Swimsuit by Cherry Blossom at Cosmopolitan
Hair: Opale . Elly Hair


Some historical photos from the last century. 

Pose by: SEMotion

Snowbound



Those wintry days will be upon us soon.  I love snow --- well, VIRTUAL snow!  If you have a family or simply lots and lots of "stuff" the new Trompe Loeil - Ellison Mountain Cabin may be the perfect abode for this year's  colder months.



 Now this is way too much house for me, but it is lovely with gracious textures and plenty of details.  There is one really really big central room, a master bedroom with office or sitting room alcove and a second bedroom. A roomy sun room is a bonus. This will fit best on a 4096 lot giving you some space around the perimeter as well as plenty of land impact points to decorate with.





There are three colors to choose from as well as an optional snow roof. 145 land impact points without the snow add-on.

Find it at Uber.







Sun Dappled Morn



It has been a lovely October in my part of the corporeal world, translated into virtual life with the help of a few Windlight sliders.  Bright sun, clear skies with spectacular sunsets and sunrises offer sharp contrasts. 


If you happen to be one of the folks living in the newly released Bellisseria trailers -- or otherwise "prim challenged", you will definitely want to check out the new release from Second Spaces.   This Kirby Sofa comes in both light and dark (shown) versions, with good LODs and pretty textures. Add to that  singles and couples animation choices and it gets interesting. Add to THAT a 4 land impact rating and it becomes MORE than interesting.    Couches and beds are always difficult to find in the low land impact range, so if you are hunting for ways to get more for less be sure and visit Uber.   This is part of a big retro set that includes a really nice well-used sideboard, some fun window frames and other decor items.


Also at Uber, the new Cristy releases. Here I mixed the Cristy set (pants and tank) with the Cristy blouse. The tank became invisible to show off some extra cleavage.   Lots of great colors on the fatpack hud which includes patterned pants in various styles.  Belt and choices of textures come with the pants.  Look ffor the Baiastice booth.


The KUNGLERS Shana necklace features animal inspired touches including a jaguar and a full texture change hud.  Find it out at Cosmopolitan.


Guitar: {what next}
Sculpture: Lucas Lameth
Plant: Roiro

Pose by: the couch

A Freindly Fall




Out at the new round of Cosmopolitan, a big set of nicely made Fall-esce decor for both indoors and out. Bowls of nuts and mushrooms abound; russet leaves add to the seasonal appeal. And of course there are our outdoor friends the squirrels and hedgehogs. 


This is my kind of gacha as there are no "loser" pieces. You will of course have your favorites as I do.

Find these along the wall at the Old World Back to Nature Gacha.  Items are no mod. 


Also in this shot:

NOMAD // Rake and Basket and leaves
22769 - Vintage Wheelbarrow  (gacha item)
Felix 1 Prim Mesh  3 Birch seasons change 20m High

Mime




We don't seem to use words like "clever" and "imaginative" and "creative" as much as we did when SL was young. Partly Second Life has become more of a business for many folks -- those who have spents hundreds of hours learning a craft so tha they could create in the post mesh world that is now SL.

It wasn't a pretty back in the times early days, but the playing field was a bit more flat and I at least remember us laughing more.  So in a land where items are often created over and over with only slight variations, it is refreshing to see a release with some surprises thrown in.

This is the :: MS Design :: Mime Outfit  currently available at Cosmopolitan.  One color and for Maitreya only, it offers lots of fun and thoughtful extras.  The outfit comes with playing cards to store inside the front chest pocket as well as a beret and a jaunty scarf.  Animations are included along with the set (oh my) and if you have Omega for your mesh head and hands there is mime face paint  and glove appliers.

I took myself over to the Eiffel Tower because the first thing I connect Mimes to is Paris.   Wikipedia tells me that miming dates back before that city came into being, but also mentions several well known French actors the introduced many of us to the art.  Hence -- PARIS.


Hair: Vanity Hair After Dark (old)


Pose by: the Mime Set

Good Morning Autumn




A great round at Cosmo again and that makes me happy.   Clothes and hair and lots of great Home and Garden items abound. More are coming up but here is  a selection to peak your interest.


At the main event:

Your Dreams{YD} Peace of autumn -  Small garden
Your Dreams{YD} Peace of autumn - Bed PG/A (rumpled an on the floor; so many memories there)  Color change menu

(Fundati) Dead Tree Twisted -- my favorite from a big collection which includes colorful dead trees, stumps and a great new spooky tree

//Ascend// Jenna Cropped Leather Jacket - MAITREYA   -- so many colors to choose from. The detailing is spectacular and you can change zipper and tank colors with a separate hud.

.::Supernatural::. Kali Set Gold - necklaces come as a set or separately and in various metal choices.


Hair: NO.MATCH_NO_CHEESE ( high LI)



And out for Hello Tuesday, the ..::THOR::..Riverside Refuge - Complete  -- This is a super tall build that can be lowered into the ground. Lovely detailing, the living space is tiny but cozy with plenty of deck space. It would work well on water also; just park your boat at the end of the fenced deck and ladder. This is a LOD 3 or 4 build so checking out the demo is of course advised. 





Pose by: SEMotion

Calavera





And a fun time was had by all. 

If you are in the "good old days" group -- you know the one where you are busily chatting and remember "the time when we .... " and laugh, then this post is for you.


There is a hunt going on at the Hallow Manor event -- one with lots and lots of prizes to be had.


This isn't a free hunt (see the "hunt" link above for all the info) but you are given choices in participation, so YOU get to decide how much you want to spend.   Among the outfits and accessories and decor to be found, the Calavera set from !dM deviousMind is a stand out.   I was smiling all the while with flexi prims a waving in the breeze. Sculpts and mesh are also featured so this outfit is indeed a time capsule of fashion.


Maitreya and Hourglass fits.


My perfect for the styling hair is a new release from eXxEsS, SUSPIRIA.

The pasties under those carefully placed hands are from another !dM deviousMind set and not included in the hunt prize.







Pose by: Diesel Works

Ice Cream and Neon - K 9 Gifts




Moving away from the sophisticated French-girl look of my last post, I give you a youthful and girly styling which includes many Kustom 9 Anniversary gifts -- including the backdrop.


Credits:

May's Soul - game necklace (K 9)
Yokai - Fish Ice Cream  (K 9)

Polar Bear. Fastlane - Blue/Red - Backdrop (Texture Changer)   (K 9)

Stories&Co. Signature Velour Leggings
Stories&Co. Signature Tube Top

Hair:  [^.^Ayashi^.^] Taura hair-Anime set




These Maitreya lace up camo boots  from Gabriel  are quite spectacular! 

::GB:Nubuck leather boots (Maitreya) Pinkcamo




Some very nice Home and Garden presents can also be found.


Mithral * Dwarf Umbrella Tree (Black Pot)
Trompe Loeil - Fabric Pumpkins Decor
[Merak] - An Autumn Delight
..::THOR::.. K9 Bday Gift - 2019
Kalopsia - Farm Fresh Vase (brown) K9 gift


Poses by:

K 9 Sixth Anniversary Gifts



There are so very many lovely gifts at the Kustom 9  6th anniversary round!   Really, it is a cornucopia of goodness.  This first post highlights some of my favorites.

Watch this space for more to come!


Credits:


=Zenith=Leather Collar
[ILAYA] Polly Earrings
*AGATA* [Maitreya] Helena dress
Moon. Felt Beret - Stone
alme.   Halloween Ombre Gift   - nail applier


 [ ninety ]  kustom9 [ Gift ]  - photo backdrop


Hair: Vanity Hair: After Dark-





Pose by: Nigotine [nla]

Desert Color



Color abounds this round at Cosmopolitan.  Bright, hot, scorching color; hues mix and mingle in patterns guaranteed to keep you warm when the winter chill knocks on your door. 


From BananaN, rainbow teepees that can't help but make you smile.

Little Branch's tropical croton plants off companionship .





Duvet Day offers up the Leyla Bed with bright colors and plenty of animations.

Lamplight



Easy to hide in the shadows ----

Too easy.






Credits:   

ISON - kylie dress -maitreya- (leather). Black is one of four colrs available on the Saturday Sale. Many mesh body fits.
ISON - choker harness - Free on the Saturday Sale (maybe longer?). Rigged to many mesh body fits.


Deep Static - Jess Glasses with texture change hud and tinting options at Cosmopolitan. Resize.


Baiastice_Alyssa Thigh High Boots at FaMESHed.  These come with an extensive decorating menu with various shapes of studs (not shown in this photo).




Pose by: 22769

Witches Brew



Just to make you smile ---

Out for Fifty Linden Friday,  the Witches Brew Pumpkin Spice Latte Tray -- one of three styles in the pack. Along with orange and white versions of the festive Latte giving trays, there is cake. Well of COURSE there is cake!   And naturally, a pumpkin. 


Find them at {what next}.


Timeless



Classics and beauty --
Intertwine

So that we can pause --
and remember



Credits:

InsomniaStore at Cosmopolitan - Glitter Lady Gown  in NUDE which carefully craft almost not there fabrics into elegance "almost" safe for work.


"Killer's" Timeless Love Seat (PG) also at Cosmopolitan features lovely details and a working clock. While not a long distance viewing item, it is a superb pose prop.   4 land impact




KUNGLERS - Aimee  necklace

Hair: eXxEsS  Margarita


Pose by: Helamiyo and the bench

Witches and Devils



There is a special round of the Arcade this month.  I went over on day one and tried my luck -- and did well :D.

One of my favorites of this round is from Baiastice's The creepy family set. This is the Black Horns Child_F. Honestly I have been wearing it for a few days and feel quite a home. THAT'S  a scary thought.   It was appropriate attire as I worked in the Witch in the Steam-House installation at Babbage.  Much fun. I have to admit that I dropped the wings while I worked. Very impressive and dramatic but not terribly practical. I kept having to say "excuse me" as I hit people with the wings -- well my AO did I guess.

All that aside this is a really fun set with lots of heads and masks to win.   So be sure and take a look. 


The rest of my attire has been dredged from my inventory but happily came together in a great look.  The winners are:


Stories&Co. Signature Velour Leggings - Fatpack / Maitreya
amias - ABBE gloves 2 black
[SP] Ascendant Wings [M] Ascend 2.0
RFC - RFL Dragon Top - Fitmesh Maitreya


Location: The Witch in the Steam-House.


Pose by: LAP [nla]

Something Spooky This Way Comes



The Babbage Schpookyhaus is just about open.  It has been a fun couple of days with many forgotten props unearthed.   "A Witch in the Steam-House" is happily taking visitors for photos and fun.   So stop by Quarry Hill with your Windlight set at local for the best effect.

Here is your hearse.  Avoid the witch at all costs.

A Dusky Morn



With plenty of fun for Fifty Linden Friday, you can find this country gal hair and hat at elikatira.  Along with a variety of colors by hud, there are color choices for all parts of the hat. 


Vest: Meva Fringes Vest Suede Brown
Earrings: Meva Feather Earrings



Pose by: Kirin

Fall Farm Kitchen



Smells of warm apple pie and bread a rising.

Wood smoke and coffee on an Autumn morn.

Tis the season to watch the chilly day from the warmth of the kitchen.


Newness in the foreground:

Second Spaces - Autumn Harvest - canning table - black  (I LOVE THIS TABLE!)
Second Spaces - Autumn Harvest - pendant light - black
Second Spaces - Autumn Harvest - orchard baskets (modded from a larger set)
Second Spaces - Autumn Harvest - canning pot & tongs
Find them at Uber.



{Your Dreams} Autumn Wishes - Feeling
{Your Dreams} Autumn Wishes - Cosiness
Find them at Cosmopolitan.





Let There Be Dragons


Twice a year we get to wander  NEO JAPAN. One of my favorite shopping venues, it takes us back to the early days of Second life when wandering the shopping areas was a pastime, not a chore.  The ambiance add flavor to the event and both traditional and contemporary Asian themed items are featured.

As in previous years, there is a great gift (buy for $0) from Gabriel. Bellaza and Signature fits for the guys and Maitreya for the gals. Find the pack in a large vendor poster at the Gabriel booth.


I took a friend with me this morning. If you missed the lassitude & ennui Dragon animesh pet for The Ark, never fear -- main stores are a great way to shop!  Decide on your favorite color and add the little guy to your outfit. He floats and smiles a lot and now and then he flies around you.   And he will fly when YOU fly!


UNCOM Loki - Cozy Winter GACHA pants
Meva Thors Hammer Necklace Black


Hair: *TUKINOWAGUMA* Nathan



Pose by: Di's Opera

Moth to a Flame



The fantasy holiday is nearing. Who will you be? WHAT will you be?

From deviousMind  for  Lootbox,  the "Falena" MothGirl Gacha. Whether you opt for the full fantasy of moth wings, arms, antennae and so much more OR take things a bit more mainstream -- like the timid gal I am, this is a lovely set.


Each round of gameplay rewards you with a random set of the outfit. The gacha consists of 2 sets in 12 common colors to mix and match, for a total of 24 commons. The lamp in the background is one of the RARE items and comes complete with flying moth decorations.


Don't be shy. Be a moth girl!


Pose by: ChiC buildings

Fall Bounty


If you love details the crate and fruit gacha from Old World may be just what you are looking for.   Perfect for kitchen as well as farm stand decor, you can try your luck at Cosmopolitan.   Produce scale is not part of this gacha but one from Sese.




In the background, the (Fundati) Dead Halloween Branch II is only one of several versions of barren trees made for the upcoming spooky season.   Find the two collections at Cosmopolitan.

H and G Finds




Whether you are one of the several hundred folks currently decorating their new trailers or an old-time home owner in need of some "new stuff", I have a few new discoveries for your styling pleasure.

First up, this super-fun trampoline bed lounger from DJ.SF (Decor Junction and Shutter Field).  There are three fabric versions to choose from and both PG and Adult versions.  What a great way to enjoy the outdoors.   Find them at Cosmopolitan.




Moving indoors -- these wooden blinds from the new ROIRO gacha at Cosmopolitan  are impressive. Well, let's make that Impressive with a capital "I".  Tons of detail and only half a land impact. Oh my!    ROIRO is one of my favorite  creators and the gacha includes many nice plants and decor items (some which can be traded in for copy versions) as well as a two story building.   Not being much of a gambler, I opted for the aftermarket for my shopping spree. These are mod for size, but work very well in the Chesepeake trailer.



My last REALLY great tip is this birch tree set from Landscaping by Felix.  Trees are very large with good LODs and seasonal texture change options.  A three pack includes single, double and tripple tree objects -- each at one land impact. It is a marvel and I am happy to see them populating the new trailer sims.





Early Departure



A misty morning in Fall.

A train to catch.

Destination?

Unknown.



Credits:

-:zk:- Colin Jacket& Pant and Body with optional bodysuit under jacket from Cosmopolitan. Tons of great color choices.   Cosmopolitan

I opted for a more SFW Stories&Co. Signature Tube Top - Neutrals. Applier tops would work well with this finely detailed set.



I love these Reily Glass from Deep Static. Made for guys?  Well maybe, but not in MY book!!!! Find them at Men Only Monthly.



My luggage is a hunt prize from Wood Works in the Around the Grid 7 hunt which ends in a few days -- so hurry.

Amacci Shoes - Aegina

Hair: pr!tty - Dakota

Pose by: LAP [nla]

Feeling Pretty



Sometimes we just need to dress up to give our spirits a boost. We don't need a date or a purpose. Pretty clothes and jewelry are like a bubble bath -- sometimes just for ourselves.


Two striking items can be found at this round of Cosmopolitan.


From Kunglers,  the Aimee necklace with texture change hud for both metals and stones. There are matching earrings also available. 


And from Candy Kitten, the call me baby dress in an elegant charcoal damask.  Free group gift for Cosmopolitan folks.  Find it right inside the front doors. Several mesh body fits are available.  This comes with a color change hud.


Hair: no.match - No Nothing

Pose by: SEMotion

Coffee for Two




If you need some gorgeous "food clutter" in your home styling, there are two lovely coffees and sweets gifts out from andika (in with D-Lab).   They definitely have a festive and upscale look and I happily upgraded my antique tea cup with newness. Two land impact (not terribly heavy mesh - items were uploaded separately and linked) .  Free group.

Yum. I'm getting hungry!


The Quietness of time



Fall -


The time of year when mist lingers in the early morn, birds quiet, shadows take on the soft edges of quieter times.

Newness:

Yasum*Lara*Eliana* dress with two choice of huds (this is the color-pop version which features lots of pastels as well as this muted pattern on black). Trims and pipping can be changed as well as two areas of the dress. Also for the new Legacy body. Wearing on Lara.  Find it newly available at Cosmopolitan. 


KUNGLERS Alima necklace is great for those that like casual stylings. It features strings and beads with texture change abilities. Find it at Belle.


Deep Static barely there Kim glasses can be found at The Sense Event.  Huds let you change colors and transparencies.


Hair: NO.MATCH_NO.RISK.

Poses by: SE Modeling

Trailer Life



The trailers have arrived on Bellisseria. The release was spaced out over time but in eight hours all of the campers, trailers and tiny homes had been claimed.   Lani found a lovely plot on her second try and set up home.   


Trailers can be classy or grungy or somewhere in between but for many folks trailer life and beer go hand in hand.   If you need themed clutter for your new abode, or even if you aren't living that vagabond existence virtually, some new sixpack offerings from No59 may be just the final touch for your casual environment.  Sixpack bear givers to rez, wearable sixpacks and perma bottles complete with Bento holds (you don't want to ever run out of BEER!) can be found in various flavors at The Man Cave.    And if you already have a collection of No59 beer supplies, this is a nice addition to any themed styling!



Four days in the making, our Wolfington abode is complete.  All but a couple of hours of those long days were spent making new insides for the Chesapeake trailer.  With eight styles to choose from, this was my favorite. It is also not intrinsically "livable".   The home boasts a sturdy gangway entry with sturdy slider glass doors -- and one big room with lots of tiny windows.   I loved the outside but the inside -- not so much.   



After a bit of hair pulling I completed new interior walls, a kitchen, bedroom closets and cabinets and a dividing wall with sliding pocket door.   Well versed in the intricacies of trailer living it was easy to be realistic in my build and styling. Storage and built-ins are high on most tiny home dweller. 



The key to trailer living -- both virtual and corporeal -- is scale. Big overstuffed items don't work well in tight spaces, so small and "lite" designs were my picks for this cozy space.  Many items are from Trompe Loell and {what next} with a few of my own creations and some personal favorites from other creators.   Land impact wasn't a problem really. With such a small space I didn't  need to watch every prim. I still have about 50 of the 175 land impact points available.



The camper areas are very parklike with plenty of trees and rocks and water features. It really isn't trailer park living in the new Bellisseria sims, it is more akin to places that let folks buy land within a themed park area and place their movable homes into a more permanent setting.  Lani's plot is on a hill above a narrow dirt crossroads and across from a pond and waterfall. Very pretty.