Tropical Climes



Fragrant flowers, fluttering hummingbirds, ocean waves crashing on the rocks far below the bluffs. Warm winds and good friends. Pretty much paradise.


Photo taken here. 


Credits:

JF Design-Sophia-Pants and Top at Cosmopolitan
(Kunglers) Maria bracelet - L - Crystal

Hair by eXxEsS : SAHARA

Pose by: aDORKable

Witchwood Forest




There is a fun hunt going on over in Witchwood.  It isn't a free hunt, but it is definitely a good value.   A variety of items can be purchased at very low prices. I ventured over and then called out to Sami and we had a lovely time wandering the beautifully designed grounds. We didn't find all the items that we were looking for, but we did find our favorites.

Mine is the Witchwood- Boho Bliss Celestial Dress along with some cute tan sandals. Find the dress by the Victorian carriage and the  shoes on a cement bench near one of the shops.

Sami chose the crochet cardigan which can be found near the old well.   We were both looking for the boho purse, but weren't lucky with that find. 

Be sure an pickup the flower basket gift as well as the hunt hint list right at the landing point. Then explore.  There is also a great looking  witch's house gacha to play -- tucked away in the forest. And oh so many other pretty places.


Witchwood is home to Petite Mort and Oubliette. The hunt and sale runs until the end of the month, so hurry.


My hair: NO.MATCH_NO.BREEZE.    Sami's is by TRUTH




Poses by: Helamiyo, Amacci pose hud, LAP

Outfit Thumbnails in Second Life


Thumbnails for outfits have been around for a very long time -- I just have never used them. Partly I am a "cheap" gal. I always test with local textures, use the beta grid and try VERY hard not to upload things more than once. It isn't really the quarter of a cent cost; it is the principle.

But 2020 brings a new type of game in my world.  Money comes in and never goes out. So, with a ton of extra lindens at hand I decide that 2020 would be the year to make my virtual closet a more pleasingly pretty place. For those of you that need a help  with the process, here are the steps and some tips.


There are a few methods you can use to add your thumbnails.  If you are a blogger you likely already have a great looking photo of your outfit. Typically that is what I have been using for my newer "favs".

Your blog photo will need to be cropped  and definitely resized. 256 x 256 is the ONLY size you can use in your thumbnail slots.    Once you have your thumbnail made from the larger photo it is a simple process of uploading and using that in place of the default folder with hanger icon.  You cannot use local textures to test the look unfortunately, but some practice will let understand what you want in your thumbnail.

Here are some step by steps:


The simplest way it to just take a photo  THROUGH the outfit pane.  





Right click on the outfit icon (with hanger still ) that you are wearing. Choose Take a Photo.  One click and you are mostly done, you simply have to OK your shot and the image appears magically to describe your outfit --- but



Remember how tiny this photo will be? You don't really want background in the shot; you want enough of the outfit UP CLOSE so that you can be sure you are selecting your outfit of choice. 

The screenshot above would be the typical default photo of your avatar and outfit.  Too much barn, not enough outfit.



Happily the "take a photo" option isn't automatic and you DO have the ability to try again.  You need to close the snapshot pane however before using the "take a snapshot" option for a retake.


In this example the shot (which of course looks much larger than the 256 version) was too dark when used.






So I brightened the photo in my graphics software and uploaded -- this time using the upload in the BUILD menu. Then I used the SELECT PHOTO option to replace the dark photo with the brighter one.

It really IS nice to be able to see the visual representations rather than just the descriptive phrases! 

It is also a fun project as long as you take your time and enjoy the process. 


Poses by: Vista Animations AO


Thumbs Up Caddie Golf




My thumbs up pick from Cosmopolitan (opening at midnight) is this DARLING retro golf cart.   What a cutie.  Adding to the imaginative design are long distance LODs (most often missing in cars) plus three sizes for a perfect family outing.  Perfect for those in traditional or camper Belli homes, it has operational controls that let others ride with you. There are four seats, but I didn't have enough volunteers to test out possibilities.

The poses are realistic and it drives without a hud using simple keyboard controls.  While I am one of the worst drivers in SL (I am sure of it) it handles well except for turns. Backing up worked nicely and you could go a a snails pace if that is your choice.  It isn't the most robust of autos; after all it IS  a golf cart.  But for looks and style it can't be beat.

Look for The Black Forest display near the entrance.



The dashboard let's you change the color as well as designate who can drive and ride. With really lovely detailing this 18 land impact cutie is perfect for adding some nostalgic style to your humble abode.



From the notecard:


~ 1. CONTROLS ~

The following controls apply to the TBF Caddie Golf Cart:

• Steering - Left and Right Arrow keys
• Throttle up - Up Arrow key
• Throttle down/brake - Down Arrow key
• Reverse - Down Arrow key

• Turn signal left on - Shift + Left Arrow key
• Turn signal left off = Shift + Right Arrow key
• Turn signal right on - Shift + Right Arrow key
• Turn signal right off = Shift + Left Arrow key
• Toggle headlights on and off - Page Up key (FN + Arrow Up key on a Mac)

• Car horn - Page Down key (FN + Arrow Down key on a Mac)

• Car color - Color buttons on the dashboard
• Car access - Keyhole button on the dashboard
• Upend and rotate car 90 degrees - Click on the steering wheel
• Toggle avatar position console - Click on the seat that is in use

The Car Access key can only be used by the owner of the car. Upend & Rotate and the color change button can only be operated by the owner (even when not seated) or by the driver. The avatar position console can only be operated by the driver and the relevant person on the seat.

The camera target and position can be adjusted by changing the coordinate values in the Object Description field of the vehicle in Edit. Any change in value will take effect after resetting the script.



~ 2. TERRAIN ~

The Caddie Golf Cart can overcome rough terrain and sim crossings to a certain extent. Objects that stick out of the ground vertically can only be overrun when they are no more than approximately 10 cm tall. Taller obstacles may be overrun at significant speed. The Caddie Carts for Kids, Toddlers and Babies require a smoother terrain.

Upon crossing a sim, the driver may become misaligned with the driver's seat. This can be prevented by turning off your Animation Overrider (AO) prior to seating, or remedied by unsitting and resitting. Some sim crossings involve transition from one Second Life Simulator or type (e.g. Main Channel) to another (LeTigre or Magnum). Such transitions may sometimes result in unseating, severe avatar displacement and even loss of the vehicle. This is a general problem with vehicles in Second Life and the only solution to date is to rez a new car.

City Lights



Opening day at Uber.
Always exciting.

What will you find?


From Baiastice -- the Trish dress and Lorna thigh high boots. Two fabric choices plus bonus colors in the fatpack. On-off panties. (On-off panties? Oh my.)


Hair: -FABIA- Mesh Hair   < Abigail>

Paparazzi Urban View backdrop

Pose by: LAP [nla]

Coffee Bar




The Burrow Coffee Company is beyond impressive. Rich in details it is a calm spot in our hurried lives.  Of course much of the time it is a BUSY "calm spot".  But in the wee small hours of the morning I had the place to myself.


Credits:

-:zk:- Eva Dress at Cosmopolitan

Hair: Wasabi Pills Cleo

Pose by: Dyer Maker

Mermaid



Now I don't have a tail, but I do have sun and sea -- and ROMANCE.

New at Belle (and my personal favorite release in the whole event) KUNGLERS - Tainara necklace is feminine, fragile and simply fantastic. So very pretty. A color hud let's you change stones and metal, but I was happy with the out of the box look.  Add my sea view and some no.match hair that I had been wanting to show you for a long while (No Gain) and i couldn't help but think of fantasy.

Grab your favorite fancy dancing dress and go make some magic!




Pose by: Amacci's neck pose hud (LOVE IT)

Six-pack



Sunset.
Lat summer.
Warm breezes.

And cold beer.


Don't miss out on this great gift from No.59 - a wearable six-pack, a rez version and a permanent drinking beer. Lots of fancy scripting includes a beer giver. This excellent addition to your home and wardrobe can be found at the birthday table (Six years) at Peak Lounge. There was a very packed party going on when I visited, so dust off your dancing shoes! 


At Cosmopolitan, a big collection of fun cropped hoodies. The "DANGER" version with  police yellow tape theme and the word danger on the front is my favorite.  Find the Kara hoodies at the .{PSYCHO:Byts}. cubicle. 



Hair:  NO.MATCH_NO.CLOUD

Poses by: Helamiyo and the sixpack

Coffee Time



So many lovely Home and Garden items at Cosmopolitan this round, shopping should be both fun and easy. Here two creators with similar styles get together in my personal pairing of favorites.

From MADRAS, parts of the Arabica Coffee Grinder Set

From Myrrine - Home and Garden three of the gacha prizes in the DEVERAUX set


Off Hours



I have great fun dressing up and pretending to be "someone else". Maybe it is a type of virtual schizophrenia, I don't know.  What I do know is that in my off hours I tend to wear things that are comfortable and casual. 

Two new releases from Cosmopolitan fit that bill.

AVALE Chantal Outfit - ltet's you change colors of bands and main knit via hud.  There is a rigging issue on one ankle of the Lara fit so some roomy boots will be needed.  I was willing to wade through my boots for something stylish and fitting and chose some ancient but still great looking booties from Apple Fall. Likely you have something in your closet that will work to, just be aware). 

no.match ~ NO LEAVE  hair is available for one stop shopping



Pose by: Vista Animations AO

War Games




Credits:

From Cosmopolitan:


"Killer's" Outpost Shack (PG) (Light Blue)
Little Branch _ZelkovaSerrata.V2{Animated}*4Seasons

And at Man Cave:

No59 F-Class Beertap FatPack - four color packs plus three versions (one for experiences).


Beautiful Clutter



I am not a huge believer in clutter that collects dust, but here in our virtual abodes scattered goods -- sometimes collected, sometimes discarded -- add to the realism of our world.  For those with a garage, workshop or carport, this new set from Second Spaces, aptly named "In the Garage" is great fun.     Find it at The Epiphany, opening soon. 

Rakes and folding chairs are also included.

Subway




Feeling citified?  Get your grove on with some hot new releases and a great group gift.  Here's the scoop.



AT Cosmopolitan:

//Ascend// Aria Hoodie with Earphones  - tons of colors, on-off tee, on-off earphones with color choices. Plenty of fun included.

Deep Static Zoey glasses - two styles and numerous colors, both plain and tortoise shell.


Backdrop  -- this months group gift at Minimal.

#EMPIRE - Leggings
Mowie. - "Sienna" Belt


Pose by: Nantra

Berlin



Well THIS WAS FUN!!!!!


A really big set (as usual) from deviousMind  for The EPIPHANY .  So mark your calendars and circle the date. You don't wan to miss this release.

Along with an impressive vintage burlesque outfit in several colors, there are shoes and bangles and a boa. Best of all (for me anyway) are the backdrops. Whether you try for it all or play a few times, you are bound to get something great.







Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA Taube

Pose by: LAP [nla]


Caravan



Wanderlust. Most of us get it from time to time.

From Trompe Loeil for Collabor88, the Zenovia Caravan. Lovely detailing and textures, you can park it in a forest or on a beach and have a home away from the hustle and bustle of everyday existence.


Sounds like heaven.



Hair: no.match_ ~ NO_BREEZE

Pose by: the caravan

Choices




Credits:

Baiastice_LouLou Dress at Collabor88 (matching booties are available)

.::Supernatural::. Hanny Gold

Hair:  TUKINOWAGUMA Kettu


Poses by: SE Modeling

Ten Year Challenge




From Strawberry Linden, a new challenge for older folks.   How have you changed over the last decade?


My photos are actually 2009 and 2019  -- Falls since I hadn't saved any great 2010 shots (that Flickr 1000 photos thing).

Amazingly I can remember taking that photo so long ago.  One great thing about having a blog is that you can look back.    Once Flickr changed hands I started uploading my photos both to this blog and to Flickr. Then if the photo sharing site does go away (rumor) there will still be pictures to look back on.

I had forgotten I was once a redhead and my current picture isn't all that typical of my day to day look as I am normally dark blonde now. But both had pretty landscapes in the back and seemed to go well together.

You can add your own challenge photos on the forums or on Flickr.

Sleep-over





Sometimes a friend is the best medicine.

Credits:

BoubouKi   Daira Set in Blue -  a new group gift

Hairs:  -FABIA- Mesh Hair   < Abigail>   and TRUTH / Cheri


Apple Fall Countryfolk Bed - PG
ChiC buildings  Low LI Drapes with Cornice

After the Party



Early dawn.
Memories surround me.
Choices made; roads taken.
Winding roads with no endings.



From Baiastice at FaMESHed, the Tempest suit which includes both lace and solid versions of each color OR a fatpack with six bonus tones. Most body fits.

And fro Kunglers at Belle, the Lucille set. Very posh and with texture change
options.




Hair: ""D!va"" Hair "Giz" (Type B-3) RARE

Pose by: SEMotion. Eternal Dream


Piano by Nutmeg
One LI drapes  and painting by ChiC buildings
Violin by 22769
Fireplace Trompe Loeil

Promises in the Wind




A  new year.
Resolutions.
Letting go of the past.
Looking towards the future.


Newly out at Gachaland, the deviousMind "Roaring 2020s" set (big of course) not only contians wearables (including feathery goodness) but pose props.

From the notecard:  There is a fitted LARA flapper dress in 6 common colors, 6 matching accessory sets containing heels, gloves, pearl choker and pearl strings. 4 different common decor fonts and decors. And 2 rare items with pose menu, a martini glass with olive pick and a moon crescent with moonshine font and starburst.

Not surprisingly I chose the simplest of stylings including the stellar choker with pearls draping everywhere including the back.  So vintage. So classic.   The shoes are part of the same accessories set. Lots of great items to try for.


Hair: no.match_ ~ NO_SECRET
Poses by: elle