Closing Doors



Honestly I think Scandalize offers some of the very best group gifts  -- and often.


Credits:

SCANDALIZE  - RENEE SPRING GROUP GIFT[ PATTERN version (also a set in white.

*PINK HUSTLER* choker (old gift)

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Essena

Pose by: oOo Studio

Tres Chic's Birthday Bash



It's birthday month at Tres Chic and many designers have added group gifts to their booths.  Lots and lots of pretty things. Here are a few favorites from my friends.

Left:

BlackOpium.Ingrid.ETHNIC.SKIRT and TOP
< IDEALIA > VOXI Earrings

Middle:

Queenz ENT DRESS (many many mesh body fits)
THE OAK - Flower Sunglasses Gold

Right:

.:Beyond:. Sabrina Skirt and Top
.::Supernatural::. Sharona V.2 White [Gold] necklace

There are many shoe gifts also, my favorite being the  Magda shoes in Salmon from G&D





Poses by: aDORKable

Autumn in Spring


The SEmotion Libellune Lap Kitties are so VERY VERY CUTE!!!  They come in a huge variety of furs with a vast array of rarities. There is a hud with different holds and animations for the kitties depending on their designation. This is the default animation.



This is Kitty number 3 which is not only my favorite but happily coordinates with my outfit.  Try your luck at Cosmopolitan.



Summer style; Fall colors.

A forgotten path.



Credits:

FashionNatic @ Cosmopolitan - NICOLE PLAYSUIT  (Lara and Freya) with giant hud of plains and vintage floral prints

Amacci Shoes - Aegina

Meva Marlene Collar 2 Gold


Hair: eXxEsS : ESPRESSO



Pose by: Everglow

A Scooter Journey



With my framerates back to my normal -- months in the reversal -- I have been doing a happy dance, almost continuously. I decided to see if my scooter worked better with a doubling of those important digits.

The not so grand tour went from my nearest rez area back to my home.  Not that far, but I still got into trouble a time or two. Happily the folks with security seem to be following The Lab's rules and I made it back on the street (oh so not gracefully) before I was booted home (whew!).


There are some lovely areas along the route. I especially like the homes with rock steps leading to them. I headed west then south and fairly quickly found myself at my home region. The crossroad leads to the neighborhood rocky park which was my cue to get off the main roads. Navigating the PATH was much more difficult and I ended up on one neighbors yard trying to get back beyond the fence line.


But eventually I DID make it home.  No way could I squeeze artfully back through my tiny gate opening with my current skills so I hopped off and let the server return my scooter.

{what next}  Monaco Scooter

Trudi top by MEVA
{MYNX} Used Skinny Jeans
Baetik : Zola Espadrille : Print (more on those in a later post - new)

Hair: eXxEsS : ESPRESSO

Poses by: the scooter

32 days in Bellisseria



It has been a busy month. Lots of building and plenty of inventory shuffling with a few items lost long ago reappearing (and of course some DIS-appearing -- such is my life). I have had a wonderful time decorating my 1024 beachfront plot. So very much fun.

Aside from a couple of placeholder items that will hopefully be replaced soon and a little more clutter upstairs, I am set. With only a handful of prims left, I need to be thrifty but I am sure that items will come my way as the weeks and months pass by.

Feel free to stop by. Heathstone on the beachfront. Lots of outside clutter. Easy to find.

My big news this week was the return of my normal framerates after many months at half speed. It looks like my issues were network related as they were fixed when the network updates were completed. VERY happy to have things running better; a trip down Memory Lane to the Old Gray Days was not fun. 

Looking forward to SL16B next month, I will be taking some time off for a bit. I will still be around of course, just not working quite as much.

The Bellisseria Places Page has been updated with new Atoll areas.  See the sidebar.

And the typist is off to the tub.




Linden Houseboats - The Atoll



By now some of you know that Wednesday was "the day" for the 709 houseboat release at Bellisseria. Those of us that take part in the endless forum conversations were ready for the "feeding frenzy" (not my term but an apt one) that began around 10 am.

There had been some warning the day before as Patch Linden posted the 24 hour or so estimate for the conclusion of a month's work by Moles -- and Patch of course. 

Within 27 minutes all houseboats were taken.

I took part in the melee, via my building alt Lani.  Lani didn't want a houseboat but the typist wanted the EXPERIENCE of Houseboat Atoll day :D.  And it was that.

It was both wild and frenzied with the biggest hurdle being the endless error messages on the website.  I had been refreshing the page for a few minutes before the release, noted the houseboats appearing and tried to get one --- like 40 times! Each time there was a "error - please start over" message or now and then a "sorry we are out of what you wanted message".

I was not alone.

Eventually I switched to my notebook thinking that maybe a touch screen would be a bit faster when having to click on check boxes and buttons (IF one got that far of course). Amazingly my notebook garnered a houseboat. I doubt really that the notebook made the difference, more likely there were just fewer people trying to get a plot because they HAD theirs. That works too.

Lani turned in Houseboat one and tried for a better spot. Houseboat two was on the continent and not the atoll, and Lani gave that back too. It was never the plan to KEEP a plot, I just wanted to go through the process so that I could report in a first hand manner.

The new area is lovely even if I am a landlubber at heart.

Folks that missed out on this release can try again (maybe in a month, no official statement and likely there will be none until the regions appear magically from the mist). 

This is the latest official statement from Patch for those wondering -- and for historical purposes.

We know they will go very quickly, but as time goes on we will get more out, and hopefully faster.
Our next focus will be to bring more Traditional Homes plus more Houseboats in another smaller launch while working in parallel to a larger launch and an exciting new theme. As usual, stay tuned here for more updates! 

You can follow the Linden Homes update thread to keep informed on upcoming releases.

Butterflies



Now the Stories&Co. Signature Velour Leggings are some of my favorites and this color a long time winner, again for me; so it was with great enthusiasm that I put together this outfit.   

The new "Slime" color is a release for Palette, a newish main store discount shopping event. So head on over and pick up a pair of these great pants, perfect for Spring and Summer.


Baiastice - Aly Blouse

KUNGLERS - Elvira bracelet in Crystal

Hair: eXxEsS : Espresso


Pose by: lisanna.lauria - beyond antique [nla]

A Walk in Santorini



Pretty little semi-sheer tunic, made as a coverup but working as a not so prudish dress -- sleek hair and gorgeous photo backdrop. A perfect photo shoot.

Credits:

Baiastice_West Tank Dress (get it here)

MINIMAL - Santorini Backdrop (get it here)

(Kunglers) Dinorah necklace - Quartz


[LAKSHM] Lilit Hair (get it here)



Pose by Di's Opera

Coffee Shop



My very favorite release at Cosmopolitan is the SATEN coffee bar set from Rioro.   I am a big Rioro fan simply because style meets optimization in the product line and you don't see that so much these days. 

This is a lovely collection and if a coffee shop isn't in your future there are some great plants as well as some cool bar stools.  So pop on over and teleport to the full demo.


Sylvari

From !dM deviousMind "Sylvari" for The Fantasy Collective.

Absolutely gorgeous and quite magical, the detailing is superb and the costume moves with grace. What more can I say!

Many colors to choose from, the rares include texture change options to match the hue of your choice.  




Hair: eXxEsS : Espresso

Poses by: BehaviorBody

Monthly Midnight Madness



It's that time again. Get your avatar complexity under 50,000 and head out to a big variety of stores.  This month there is even something for the guys!

Here is the rundown page. 

A few friends journeyed out  in the early hours while I had tea. The BREATHE store had a huge crowd and with it some vendor issues but other places were easy to enter and quick to pick up the short term gifts.  Free group required of course. Pick up your handy hud from the group archives.

A second group of gifts goes out at noon SLT.

Left:  a perfect fitting undies set from  NX-NARDCOTIX.

Right: a perfect fitting swimsuit from JUSTICE.


Poses by: aDORKable

Floating



Two outstanding new releases come together for this post.

The Baiastice West bikini, a tiny number covers only the important bits. Get a great tan while looking spectacular. Tons of color choices including plain colors plus six bonus textures in the fatpack hud.



And the Trompe Loeil Genoveva Hacienda Poolhouse, my favorite building from that brand this year.  Plenty of great outdoor spaces with fireplaces and wall fountains. A plant accented lap pool lets you relax in style. Shallow rooms with floor to ceiling windows -- and oh, there is the almost free price as a bonus -- make this a winner. Choice of PG or A versions

Find both of these items here. 




One of two back decks with plenty of room for friends.

Deep Static glasses and no.match hair @ Cosmopolitan (see this post)

Pure Poison earrings

Pose by: the pool

An Ibiza Morning



One of my favorite releases so far this May is the really lovely build from .:revival:., the ibiza pergola.  This is somewhere between a pose prop backdrop and an accessory building. The back is finished with a door and solid wall. It is however only 7 inches or so deep, so no ROOM there.

Whatever it is or however you might use it, the collection of items are gloriously textured and smartly modeled. Find it here. Sorry no direct landmark, so find the .:revival:. booth and then teleport to the full sized demo.

Worth the effort for sure.

Beach Combing



Ready for summer?   I am! 

Here is a great look for the warm days ahead.



Hilly Haalan Amanda Top (four patterns by hud) Group gift - free group.

Deep Static Rina Sunglasses @ Cosmopolitan

Hair:  NO.MATCH NO SUFFER @ Cosmopolitan


Stories&Co. Signature Vinyl Leggings

Pose by: LAP [nla]

Salt Air



There's a celebration going on. Seven years.

Find these items plus lots of great gifts for your home here.  Free group require.

Credits:

Sweater: Giz Seorn
Necklace: LaGyo
Earrings: Pure Poison
Glasses: MINIMAL
Hair: {Limerence}


Pose by: Diesel Works

It's Love



Living in the burbs can get a little stifling for a free spirited gal, but never fear there is something to get any gal (or guy) out of the doldrums.

G&D Motors is the place. Free group gift on the wall (no group fee). This has gas or no gas options and a lot of things I have NO idea about. Parkable at 26 land impact. LOD3.



Blue Skies Sea View



All moved in, I have been exploring Bellisseria - seeing the different community clusters, getting an idea of all that is my new home.  So far I haven't found another place that I would move to if I had the chance.

A small path, a tiny slice of sand and and a vast sea out my front windows. Once again I am a lucky gal.

Credits:

Ricielli - Celly Top and skirt with texture change hud @ Cosmopolitan

Baiastice_Tropez Wedges-Bone-Maitreya

EarthStones Peace, Love & Harmony Bracelet

Hair: pr!tty - Dakota


Second Spaces - Nola shuttered cabinet - white/open
Tuesdays Novel Clock - Fatpack
Books and other clutter - ChiC buildings



Pose by: West End Poses @ Cosmopolitan


Daydreamers




May. Spring; well at least on the calendar.

Some new and recent releases in my world include:

AVALE's Amy Shirt and panties with some gorgeous detailing. The short tank can easily work as outerwear. Find it at Cosmopolitan through Saturday.

Trompe Loeil's  Soleil Patio Chair with texture choices. This is an oversized rattan chair (a couch is also available) with texture options, reminiscent of the 1950s and 1960s popular styles. If that genre fits into your home stylings be sure and check out the new offerings at Uber.

Deep Static Edison Glasses, Sunset

Hair: [LAKSHM] Treat

Pose by: the chair

Soleil Greenhouse



The Trompe Loeil Soleil Greenhouse boasts plenty of windows with a one room (two "tipouts") floorplan perfect for casual living. Privacy shutters on touch and a variety of pretty plants adds to the charm. A deal at 61 land impact -- for sure.

Find it at Uber!

Take Me For a Ride




A great new gift is out on the Marketplace -- actually TWO gifts. What's a gal to do when faced with choices? Well pick the brightest and flashiest version I guess.

I took my new convertible out for a spin on Bellisseria. Rez zones let even us on walking paths drive the roads.  Amazingly I did very well.


I will say that sim crossings are BAAAAAAD so going very far is problematic. This is not the car, but the crossings :D and hopefully those will improve over time.

After I took these photos and did this blog post I realized the car was against the TOS so I am deleting all the info on where to find it. Sorry. But the pictures are great, so that's a plus. And it was a fun photo shoot.




Pose by: the car

Gardener in Me





Such a great time I am having decorating my new Linden Home. Since I prefer to spend most of my virtual days outdoors (even it if is just on my building pad :D) a good portion of my 351 land impact points have been used to enhance my Winchester two story home and to give my backyard a lived in feel.

Today I remade a greenhouse. Tiny with plenty of details it fits easily in my spacious backyard. The new Linden Home Greenhouse comes in eight siding colors in a fatpack and will coordinate with any of the new traditional styles. Other items including the wheelbarrow are new releases. I even found some older decor pieces that had been misplaced. It's all good.

If you have a Linden Home or hope to get one soon, check out the new ChiC building  releases on the Marketplace or main store.

Water barrel with hose by Shutter Field.

Pose by: ChiC buildings

Looking Towards the Future - Second Life




What we know -- or think we know; This month in SL.

A  wrap-up of current knowledge on important matters in Second Life -- mostly so that I can go back and reference my tidbits of information in the future. 



Long time teleport disconnects are better for some but still not completely stable. Work and testing is continuing. Many citizens and some techier folks have noted that the issues began when EEP hit the grid. There was one comment from a developer that the same roll out of EEP also contained some Linux code.

The newest comment this week is from Simon Linden from the User Simulator group (see Inara Pey's post for more info)



But not all of The Lab seems to be on the same page.


A quote from "the communications team" via this post at NWN.



From that same post, the team answered the ongoing last name question.



While the delay is not a surprise (there have been many mentions of "working on it" over the last six months) this was as close to a timeline goal as I can remember seeing.

EEP in general is still problematic with long lists of complaints and issues on the forums.  Included in this  lengthy diatribe by Niran V Dean of Black Dragon Viewer fame.


Personally while I am not having issues while still using Firestorm, I hope EEP gets put on a very slow track with the code disappearing from many of the servers until it works well.



While last names are still in the future, disconnects still being worked on and EEP taking a lot of criticism -- the SUPER BIG PLUS for Linden Lab has been --- drumroll please: The NEW Linden Homes.





Watching the dot patterns on the Bellisseria map as new sims opened for claiming it appeared that half the continent had been claimed in less than a day. 

In less than 48 hours both houseboats and houses were claimed. [see official statement here].

A new houseboat area is currently under construction at SSP and just today some community areas (not much room for that) can be seen on the map.

This new "pickle" (Patch's term) will be going south of Myopia Falls.

Somewhere around 500 closely packed houseboat slips will be available (I am guessing next week just from watching the progress) so that all those homeless people screaming "Where is my houseboat?" in anger will have a CHANCE once again.

Be aware that these will like go VERY quickly. Pay attention to the official Second Life blog posts.




There WILL be more homes (many official statements on this both from Patch and Abnor Mole) but they won't be appearing any time in my personal definition of "soon". It takes months. Time to build more styles of homes. Time to terraform and build roads and make a hand-made organically derived communities.

Watch the SSP map (just type in a number like SSP25 to get to the staging area) to watch the progress.

So far we have seen what many believe are trailers on what SEEM to be 512 lots. These have appeared and disappeared along with some green-roofed houses with red "chimneys".  This is all my interpretation of pixels on a map of course. Inara wrote on her blog recently that there might be another Linden Home Preview at SL16B --- and that certainly sounds like a good plan to me. I hope they have enough to show us by June.

Floating



Tensor's Flying Market  is one of the most engaging builds I have visited in awhile.  Both calming and beautiful, it asks us to dream of possibilities. And, something we don't see enough of these days, it is smartly built in that optimized sense of the word.

Whether or not you are an American Cancer society supporter, I encourage you to visit soon before it disappears into the mist and celebrate the work of Riven (lrriven).




Credits:

Baiastice Ali Belted Dress with both sheer and solid fabric versions, on off panties and bra with many colors and patterns -- this from the fatpack extras. Find it at Uber.

KUNGLERS - Martina bracelet and ring (texture change by hud) at Cosmopolitan

Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA Barret


Pose by: Vibe

Shadow Dancing




shadow songs           shadow singers

i look for myself

in shades of dark and light

content to dance on

           and on

              and on

Credits: 

Cherry Bloom - Belinda Bodysuit @ Cosmopolitan

Hair: eXxEsS Cupcake


Pose by: Dance Studio Pose Prop - ChiC buildings

Bellisseria Car Boat and Plane Rezzing Zones




Airport and large boat dock at Coral Waters

For those of you that don't hang out at the SL Forums, here is a list of brand new rezzing zones, graciously typed in by Abnor Mole :D

Plane rezzing zones

Dogbone Island Municiple Airstrip

https://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Coral%20Waters/105/147/22

Boat rezzing zones

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Baxby Gulf/253/64/21
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Norse Auk/149/110/21
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Springhurst Gulf/202/170/21
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Calm Waves/151/129/21
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Echo Cove/201/231/21
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Washburn/89/227/21
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE88/33/49/22


Car rezzing zones (Sections of road you can rez a car on):

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE79/211/113/29
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE43/208/7/36
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE94/82/86/27
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE184/132/142/22
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE69/229/156/23
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE133/206/13/34
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE180/197/54/31
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE74/162/232/31
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE228/18/112/29
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE259/17/122/24
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE194/104/19/25
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE146/82/246/33
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE115/10/59/47
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE83/121/121/47
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE68/89/208/43
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/SSPE62/6/70/39

For those of you wondering why they are where they are and not in every region, it has to do with Land Impact. We have to be extra careful to reserve enough Land Impact on the main parcel to support the LI of everyone's houses. So we placed most of these rezzing areas in regions with no resident homes in them for now.

Spring Dresses



It's Spring and that means bright and pastel colors, pretty prints and short skirts (well we seem to always have those short skirts!). 

Three great dress -- all for free. Here's the scoop.

Left: ND*Vivian Ruffle Dress-Pink  ...::Nala Design:: for Teleport Hub group 
Follow the red arrow - fixed landing point

Middle: Blueberry - Danni - Corset Dress - Cream (free with group gift certificate; group join 5 linden - short time offer).

Right:  [>Ma'De<] Sofia SUMMER- Teleport Hub group



Poses by: LAP and the Brocycle

Biking Across Bellisseria


From  coast to coast on the new continent -- a few of my favorite snapshots.

My European hour escaped (even though I am not in Europe) began in the late night hours from my home on the beach in Heathstone (west coast). My goal?  My friend's house in Fox Chase across the continent.

Like many places I have lived there was no direct route from Point A to Point B. But with my map close at hand the long circuitous journey was made.  My top photo chronicles my stopping place for the eve, the bridge at Shanty  --- somewhere near halfway -- at least in my mind.

North, East, South, East, North == and the journey continued in the very early morning hours.



Not everyone has a home yet. A few mailbox home-givers refused to present to their new owners, but this creative citizen was not to be deterred, giving passers by a visual treat with smile attached.


Roads twist and turn. Hills offer peddling challenges and visual interest. The new Linden Home continent is truly awe inspiring.  Most new residents have yet to settle in, but some have created homey escapes with their 351 land impact points. I only spotted a few laws broken on my long drive -- certainly a plus.  Bellisseria is definitely NOT a cookie-cutter world and the builders of the project have a right to feel proud.


Outdoor space are different from one another in shapes and size. Some lots have fences as in my neighborhood and others have none. Some of those without built in barriers have added their own buffers, giving even more variety.  



A few lucky folks have lots adjoining park-like areas with the appearance of "double lots".   Rocks and trees mingle in a natural dance in some neighborhoods, in others there is the feeling of a gated community with dictated rules. All in all the environment feels very REAL. 

Within the community housing areas, short distance viewing is the best plan, but those that can may want to opt for super long distance settings now and then -- simply to get a feel for the vastness of the project. 

Credits:

My outfit hales from Stories&Co. and includes the new Mallory Bodysuit which is available in several hud pack choices. Find it at the newly opened Kustom 9.  A really superb fit, this can be worn under "some" clothes or used alone as swim or exercise wear.  Here I paired with Stories&Co. Ash Shorts (also with texture hud options).

Amacci Shoes - Tahiti Boho Sandals with Straps

Hair: eXxEsS : CUPCAKE

{what next} Sonoma Bicycle - Cream (super easy to use - other styles without flowers are available also).  


Poses by: the bike


Salt Water Escape


Many places on earth have their own special magic. Tropical locales are high on some lists including mine. Whether tourist or resident, the warm breezes and soft sounds of surf invite us to dream.

Credits:

- Safira - Rebecca outfit @ Cosmopolitan through today.    Made for high platform heels; check the demo and your shoe wardrobe. Solid pants also available.

Bracelet (retired creator nla)

=DeLa*= Mesh Hair "Cheri"


Location: Salt Water



Pose by: Helamiyo from the new Act Naturally set

Seven Billion Stars


There are of course many more than seven billion stars. For all we know there could be an infinite number -- ever growing and expanding.  We are but a speck in an unfathomable darkness.

A gigantic set of futuristic avatar part can be found at the Baiastice both at The Epiphany. Oh so many parts, pieces and colors. Here I have used pieces from both sets as well as the VIP reward mask. There are also regular common heads as well as a set of RARE heads with color change hud.

A shape is included in the pack but I used my regular shape and it worked well.  This outfit is rigged differently than our regular bodies so adding accessories may or may not work well. Still with so many options in the release it should be easy to find your own individual look.

Photo taken at the spaceship at MOSP.


Poses by: LAP [nla]

Rye Whiskey


An impressive new release from No. 59 for Tres Chic, a wide range of whiskey props including a wearable version of bottle with glass and Bento hold.

This is really beautiful work  and the detailing is ...


well, phenomenal seems like a good adjective. These are perfect props for bar or home (there is a tray version also).  

As I was taking my photos, I kept hearing a very old song that my great grandmother used to sing, "Rye Whiskey".  I am not sure if she ever DRANK whiskey, but she did love that song.  I found a few renditions including one by Pete Seeger, a name I actually recognized amidst some long departed artists. 


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFSAc3E1hWc


Background bar: Trompe Loeil - The Dragon & Orchid Home Pub Dark