THE DRAX FILES WORLD MAKERS #27: NYLON PINKNEY

Anyone who knows me even an ickle, tiny, weeny bit in-world knows that I have a bit of a NYLON PINKNEY obsession. If I had to confess to super fan-girling over a particular person in Second Life, then Nylon (unluckily for her) is the one.  Oh, and yes I also fan-girl squee on a regular basis over Strawberry Singh, Draxtor Despres, Torley Linden, Hyasynth Tiramisu, Allegory Malaprop,Canary Beck and Codebastard Redgrave, to name check but a few of the awesome avatars that inhabit our Second Life.

 For me, Nylon encapsulates everything that I love in real life, and she brings that all over into Second Life in her own inimitable fashion. She’s the SLebrity in Second Life I would struggle to talk to the most  because faced with her in-world I’m worried that I would open my mouth and say something like “You’re so cool” and faint.  (Basically embarrassing myself even more than I normally do, which for me would be pretty impressive, don’t you think?) I did actually run into Nylon and Polyester at an event a few years ago and engage them in very limited conversation actually, but they’re too cool for me!

Nylon’s quirky style and her amazing creativity just never fail to impress and amaze me. I always look forward to new releases from her, and when it’s an ARCADE round, well, oh man, I know which Gacha machine will be getting my Lindens first!  I don’t really know why I’m such a fan,  but I think it’s because of the way that she uses colours in her artworks  and the style in which  that she actually draws.  I think my admiration is rooted in a little bit of envy to be honest, purely because I covet her art so much.  She has an amazing imagination. If I was talented enough to be able to draw then Nylon’s approach would be what I would most like to evoke; it just flows and she captures the spirit of the avatars she portrays in her work perfectly.  There’s a warped, edgy humour in the workshe creates too that really resonates with me, and a vitality in the expressions she portrays on her digital canvas. Her style is bold, brazen and unafraid, and it’s always been my opinion that when you wear NYLON PINKNEY you’re (to borrow a Torley Linden phrase) ‘amplifying your awesome’ to the power of ten zillion!

Can you imagine how excited I was to see that Drax was featuring Nylon as the next avatar to focus upon in his seminal THE DRAX FILES:WORLD MAKERS series? (Number 27 already!!)

I confess to being super curious to see what Nylon was like in RL and she looks awesome, as does her twin sister, who happens to be the ever incredible POLYESTER PARTRIDGE. Confession time: I never knew they were sisters, let alone twins,  but it was always obvious they were incredibly in tune with each other because their styles are so complimentary. The fact that they’re twins just  blew my brain if I’m honest. Polyester makes stunning jewellery which she releases under the Yummylabel, and trust me, it really, really is.  I do have a confession to make though, I didn’t know they were behind the PAPER COUTURE label until I saw the video! (I feel incredibly stupid for not knowing because now I do know, it’s kind of obvious. I never said I was intelligent! This is a fab look at Nylon in world, but if you’d like to check out her artwork in real life then you really need to click here. You can also commission a portrait (How awesome would that be?!) by following the link here

Anyway, turn on the video and transport yourself to another realm with the help of your guide, Draxtor Despres and thank the pixel Gods that Draxtor creates these amazing glimpses into our second lives. I assure you our real world would be  far less colourful without them! 

Kitty Loves..PXL Sweet Lips

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It’s all about the mesh these days isn’t it? (“It’s all about the mesh, ’bout the mesh, no sculpties!”)  Frankly I just  can’t be me until I have my mesh body and my ears attached. Then, of course, there’s my hair, clothes, tattoos and piercings, footwear and blimey, I’m exhausted just thinking about this! In RL,  I’m far less work.  Unless I’m in the office I’m usually sporting a onesie of some description and I care not a jot.  I tried a few of the mesh mouths when they first came out and despite there being appliers galore out there for them, I just didn’t like the way they made me look. I’m really not into trout pouting. I mourn for Meg Ryan’s  previous gorgeous smile and the idea of sticking anything into your lips to make them larger is just madness to me. I do have an awesome Urban Decay Lip Plumper in RL that makes my pout more luscious in times of need, but there’s some strange alchemy going on with that stuff. It makes your mouth tingle in a way that’s burgeoning upon the unpleasant and the effect is incredibly temporary. A good hard snog will suffice just as much if you ask me.

But back to the issue at hand; mesh mushes. Are they worth all the excitement? Until yesterday, I would have given you a big fat “NO”, but guys, I’ve changed my mind courtesy of this new release from PXL, called ‘Sweet Lips’. I’d observed a couple of Plurk buddies wax lyrical about the virtues of these newly released enhancements but when my good friend Gidge Uriza said they were pretty awesome out of the box I knew I had to try them, because for a start I’m very nosey and for another thing I hate being left out, LOL :) Also, they looked absolutely banging on her, so  I zoomed over to the store where there were quite a few other avatars picking up demos. I tentatively picked up mine and retreated to the comfort of a sandbox to play about with my gob. (Which sounds unbelievably dodgy!)

I was entranced. These are incredibly easy to fit, adjust and wear and I was really pleased with how well I could match them to my skin tone without using appliers. Lip piercings are included (but can be removed via HUD) and I’m guessing more appliers will be forthcoming from a lot of the best skin makes in world, especially seeing as GLAM AFFAIR included some with their FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY offering this week, this beautiful ‘Brandi Sweet’ skin in America tone.

Let me draw your attention to this featured picture because guys, I haven’t done anything with it at all; it’s a completely raw shot from SL, using the Strawberry Singh Close-up Windlight setting, and as you can see these sweet lips look pretty darn perfect don’t they? I’m incredibly impressed. Truth be told they could do with a minor tweak on my part because the fit is a little off on the left hand side as you look at the picture, so you can see a little glitch if you zoom in, BUT that’s me, not the product. A little tweak and these bad boys will be ripe for puckering up and chasing boys all over the grid, as is my usual fashion!

Incidentally you can change the colour of your lips via the HUD, but to be honest I’m not going to be messing about with that. I’ll wait for properly textured appliers I think; purely based on personal preference and the fact that I’m very lazy and cannot be bothered with faffing around with colours etc. Besides, I’m very good at breaking things, and although I think these are worth every Linden I paid for them (L$650) I don’t want to have to buy them again!

I actually don’t think that I’ll be taking these ‘Sweet Lips’ off now that I’ve fitted them, and I really am looking forward to lots of lipstick combinations coming out for them too. I know that like GLAM AFFAIR, IZZIE’S has already released appliers so I’ve no doubt that other skin brands will be following thick and fast. Exciting times!

Another point to note is that these lips are advertised as ’01’, which to my mind, and judging by the spaces left in the vendor in store, means that there will be further releases coming to the grid. On the strength of these alone I cannot wait, my only wish is that the next edition steers away from the gormless guppy-like pout, and perhaps give us a bit of a smile. It’s all very well being all fierce and fashionable but sometimes you just want a bit of a grin, you know?

Anyway, if you want to give these divine ‘Sweet Lips’  a try, and I strongly suggest you do, so zoom over to the PXL Main Store and hit the vendor inside on the right.

Have fun and let me know what you think!

(For details of what Kitty’s wearing, please see previous post!) 

Kimono My House..

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Kimono-style tops certainly aren’t a new thing to the Second Life grid, I have a couple in my inventory from TRES BLAH and ATOMIC that I’m pretty keen on, and they make a smashing alternative to cardigans, hoodies and jackets. Despite my being a jumper aficionado and loving my winter woolies, I’ve actually had enough of them now, and I’m ready for some styling changes. Winter has been a bit grim for us all this year I think, I’m ready for some sun! These gorgeous Kimono style tops from FOXES at N21 are a great choice for bringing some much-needed springtime sunshine into your wardrobe. They’re really rather special indeed, with flowing sleeves that are perfectly ruffled in all the right places and a great shape to the front and hem of the jacket. The kimono ‘sit’ really well on the avatar and are simple yet very effective.

They’re available at N21 in a selection of on-trend patterns that really look the part. If you mix and match with the skirts and tops from the range you’re sure to find a combination that really suits. I’ve emptied my Jewellery box and thrown on an array of my favourite YUMMY pieces to accessorise with, along with a fabulous denim mini from BUENO to make a stylish yet casual look for going out with friends on a Sunday. This is perfect ‘hanging-out’ wear. Add some shades and you’re really talking! I opted for the black ‘Zen’ Kimono because I think I’ll get the most wear out of it, pairing it with the red top for the same reasons. In my head, I’m already thinking of ways to style these pieces; with leggings, short skirts and boots and even shorts and tights..The list is endless! I don’t think this look could be more ‘Kitty’ if I tried. I love it. What do you think?

KITTY WEARS:
Kitty’s Body Basics including:
SHAPE – KITTY’S OWN
BODY – MAITREYA Mesh Body ‘Lara’ V 2.1
SKIN – GLAM AFFAIR ‘Brandi Sweet’ America NB
HAIRBASE- ESSENCES Ash Black
EYES – IKON Destiny Eyes in ‘Maya’ M/L
LASHES – HUSH ‘Flirt’
EYEBROWS – JUST MAGNETISED ‘Diva’ Brows Brunette 02
EYELINER – MONS
MOUTH – PXL ‘Sweet Lips’ 01 (Worn with GLAM AFFAIR applier)
EARS – AITUI Ear System Gen 4 Heart Plugs
Kitty’s Clothing:
SKIRT – BUENO ‘Hard Luck’ Denim Skirt Indigo
JACKET – FOXES ‘Spiritualist’ Kimono Zen ***N21 EXCLUSIVE***
TOP – FOXES ‘Spiritualist’ Kimono Top Small Red ***N21 EXCLUSIVE***

Kitty’s Accessories:
HAIR – CHEMISTRY ‘Mila’ HUD 1
JEWELLERY – Necklaces by YUMMY, including N21 EXCLUSIVE ‘Small Crystal Choker’  (the rest you’ll find at the mainstore)
SEPTUM PIERCING - MONS Mesh Septum Ring in Style 1, Black.
CHOKER - XYZ Tattoo Choker Black
MANICURE – NYLON OUTFITTERS ‘Celestial’ Nails for Maitreya Body

It’s the time of the season….

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THE SEASON’S STORY is one of those events that is as much fun to wander around as it is to buy glorious, wonderful things from. This quarterly event is always beautifully landscaped with imaginative details that make it as satisfying to the eye as it is disheartening to the old Linden wallet. In other words, it’s a treat, and the Winter edition has just begun and you would be utterly foolish to miss it.  Foolish I tell you!

There are a vast array of designers selling both clothing and accessories, along with some corking gacha items. But let me draw your attention to the selection of gorgeous winter coats on offer from APHORISM.

Yes, Rucy Byron has done it again, and you will find these astonishingly glamorous coats  only at THE SEASONS STORY-WINTER.   You will find both plain and patterned varieties, the patterned variety adds a South American flavour to the loose, fur trimmed styling.  The shaping of the mesh is bang-on, along with the choice of textures  that has been deftly applied, as per usual, by Rucy. Chaps these coats wear incredibly well and fit easily, and you have the option to wear each one with or without a hood, they look pretty awesome either way.

To my mind, the patterned coats work incredibly well against a snowy backdrop, the bold colours standing out against the stark, cold landscape.  That said, they can be worn in a variety of ways.  There’s a real hippie/boho feeling to them, and I can imagine the paler colours teamed with cut off jeans, beads, guitar cases, long hairstyles, boots and cut-off tops.  Yes, that would work very well, don’t you think? Think Kate Hudson, ‘Almost Famous’, and you’ll get my drift.

To get your hands on one of these luxurious coats catch a TP by clicking HERE. If you want to see a selection of items that are being retailed at the event, check out this link which will take you to the always brilliant resource EloquenceSL, where you’ll find a full catalogue of all the goodies that are on offer!

‘Winter Coat’  by APHORISM is available for L$350 in five different patterns and three sizes.

BERRY’S MEMES: Yearbook Smile Challenge

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The ever fragrant Strawberry Singh ( I bet she tastes of Strawberries and her farts smell of glittery rainbow sparkles, but that’s a conversation for another day I feel) has relaunched her Blogger Challenges and she’s started with an absolute stonker!

The latest challenge is to create a Yearbook style photo of your avatar.  Berrycakes has created a Flickr group especially for these pictures and there are some fantastic images in there from all sorts of avatars in Second Life. There are even a few Linden contributions too!  Of course mine had to mention cats in some way.  I was going to write “Most likely to die alone and be eaten by her cats”, but Jez had an epic sad when I wrote that and said I wouldn’t die alone because I’d have him, which was rather sweet really. He’s clearly after something…

Anyway, if you want to take a picture and contribute to the rogues gallery then read all the instructions here on Berry’s Blog.  Thanks for a corking meme challenge Berryburps!

NEW YEAR, NEW KITTY!? (Not ruddy likely!)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY READERS!

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic festive season with your family and loved ones.  I know I had an absolutely cracking time, but in between RL work and being with loved ones I found very little time to log-in (which is just as it should be!)   I’m making up for it now though with gusto, and busily compiling some blog posts for you all to enjoy. So let’s start as we mean to go on shall we?

Seeing as it’s a new year I thought I’d share my first semi-nude shot of the year with you all, LOL!  This is me sporting the latest mesh body to hit the grid, ‘Lara’ by MAITREYA. Now, I decided after the BELLEZA malarkey that I wasn’t going to buy any more mesh bodies because with all the DMCA nonsense I didn’t ‘t know if they would prove to be a sound investment. Spendin thousands of Lindens upon something for which you’d expect regular updates, only for the item to be DMCA’d and taken off-grid isn’t a good return on the money spent. Not that I’m tight but I’m not made of Lindens, and I like to be careful what I buy. (Of course you do Kitty, that’s why you have 56k of items in your inventory…PFFFT)

Fortunately BELLEZA returned back to the grid with their wonderful mesh body and a happy Kitty this did make, so when MAITREYA released Lara my initial thoughts were “Nah, I’ll give it a miss.” I already had two mesh bodies, SLINK and BELLEZA, so I didn’t need another one, right? WRONG.

I made the FATAL mistake of demoing Lara. (I blame Magenta De Vinna AKA Skittles for this, because I asked on Plurk if I should give it a go because clearly I can’t think for myself, and Skittles told me that it was definitely worth a demo.) The rest is history. Readers, this body is bloody divine. I zoomed over to a sandbox, opened the box and fell in love.

So what are my thoughts on this bod? It’s very different to SLINK and BELLEZA in that, well to my eyes at least, it’s more ‘lifted’ around the bewbs and bum areas, but not in an exaggerated Nicki Minaj-on-acid manner. It feels youthful and zesty and vibrant and is VERY easy to wear. To me, SLINK feels like the classic mesh body that anyone can wear, BELLEZA feels more modern in some ways,  but this one feels, well, fizzy and vibrant, if you get my drift? Indeed, this is the first mesh body I’ve tried where I’ve managed to get a really good skin match out of the box without wearing one of the designated skins. Seaming issues to the neck in this body have been minimal for me, and after a few minor corrections I can’t see a join at all. I have had problems with my BELLEZA body and my SLINK body with the neck area, but the MAITREYA body has pretty much worked straight out of the box, which has made it a real blessing in my opinion. The whole package feels less ‘fussy’ in a lot of ways; although the HUD doesn’t have the panache of say the Belleza HUD, it’s effective and easy to use. I think the alphas are the most

The whole package feels less ‘fussy’ in a lot of ways; although the HUD doesn’t have the panache of say the Belleza HUD, it’s easy to use. I think the alphas are the most effective thus far too; I’ve found fitting my clothing around this to be the easiest of all the bodies that I wear.  I’ve had issues in the past where I’ve had to change my shape to get the best fit, I haven’t with this and my outfits look grand.

As far as changes go I’d like to see more hand positions included and more nail polish colours too in the basic HUD, but apart from that I really don’t see what other improvements will need to be made, other than enhancements over time.  The HUD needs work I think, even when resized it’s quite intrusive on the screen so if that could be reduced to a tiny icon by the click of a button that would prove useful. It also lacks ‘Oomph’ as far as HUDS go, it could do with prettying up a bit, but that is a cosmetic change that has absolutely no impact on the quality of this body at all.  Of course I ended up buying it, and guys I haven’t taken it off since I got it! 

If you’re into mesh bodies then you definitely need this one in your collection, and if you’ve never tried them before why not give the DEMO a try? The results are really

The results are really fantastic, as I hope my photographs demonstrate..

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I mean just LOOK at my bum, look at the hands…GAH!!! Amazeballs aren’t they? I absolutely LOVE it! There’s plenty of blogger buzz about this release too. I particularly liked Berry’s blog post about this body, which compares it with others on the market (except Belleza), and you can read it here.

Check out the MAITREYA ‘Lara’ body by clicking HERE to visit the Mainstore  The body costs L$2750 (That’s about £5.25), and for the product I think that’s an incredibly fair price.

Have you tried the Maitreya ‘Lara’ body yet?

What do you think?

Let us know in the comments below!

Kitty and The Drax Files

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(Sounds like a band doesn’t it?) I’m a huge fan of Draxtor Despres’s Work, as regular readers will well be aware, so imagine what a treat it was for me when he asked me to appear on the 50th episode of the Drax Files with Drax, Jo Yardley and Tracy Redangel. It’s well worth a listen!

Recording was great fun and we had LOTS to talk about. We were mainly discussing the DMCA process, in particular the situation with Belleza. It certainly stirred our passions as you will hear; with us all condemning the individuals who maliciously brought about the action. Incidentally, I’m delighted to say that Belleza have placed the Venus Mesh Body back on sale again, and rightly so! HUZZAH!

Click here to be impressed by the banter and to laugh at Kitty’s accent..

 

Witchy Wednesdays: Twig Star Light Group Gift From Tarte

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Of course, a Pentagram doubles up as a star too and oftentimes you can use star shapes as a way of subtly declaring your beliefs. This Group Gift from Tarte is, of course, completely fitting for the festive season, but once Yule has ended you could keep this light glowing as a focal point in your virtual home. It’s really lovely isn’t it? The group is free to join too,  so it’s a proper treat (as are most things from Tarte) It’s difficult to find inspired mesh pieces to decorate your witchy abode in Second Life, but I think this is an absolute must-have and the fact that it’s made from twigs adds an extra bit of elemental oomph.

Be sure that you don’t miss out on this! Click HERE to visit Tarte, join the group and check the notices for this fabulous gift.

Kitty’s Arcade Raves & Faves!

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Odd for me that I haven’t blogged THE ARCADE so far, but it’s been publicised to death across the blogging landscape so please forgive my transgression thus far.  But of course, just like all previous rounds it is an absolute corker. Perhaps even more so this time; there’s a massive, gorgeous Christmas Tree in the centre of the build and underneath it you’ll find gifts from many of the designers taking part, and they’re all FREE. Which is bloody wonderful!

THE ARCADE is all about the gacha, and I’ve been hitting a number of machines especially hard. Naturally I couldn’t get in for the first few days, but I’m not having any bother at all now that the initial furore has eased.

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It’s very hard to pick a favourite vendor this time around. My criteria is simple; does it have a cat on it? If the answer is yes then you may proceed! ATOMIC have pushed all my buttons in an abstract sort of way with their ‘Critter Comfort’ collection. Granted, it does look like you’re wearing animal pelts and naturally the idea of wearing a cat draped around my neck fills me with dread, BUT it’s very clear in both lives that these are merely novelty accessories and thank goodness for that, because they look ruddy fabulous:)

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The CASA DEL SHAI Crazy Christmas Sweaters are all kinds of fun. Naturally, I’ve been after the jumpers that feature a very grumpy looking cat on them, but no luck yet.  As I’ve said before, Gacha festivals of this kind are fabulous for picking up wee items and paraphernalia that really turn your virtual house into a home; and I’ve been collecting items from the SORGO Insomniak Geek Collection to scatter around my skybox work area.

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I’m incredibly partial to PIXICAT’s collection of animal onesies, because I collect these in real life…

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They’re called Kigurumis and I own a Lion, Lemur and a Kitsune (Japanese Fox) along with a couple of cats too (these are the only snaps I dared share with you of me wearing them though!)  I love them, oftentimes I get home from RL work and just throw one of these on and that’s me sorted until bedtime. They’re ruddy roasting as well so you don’t need your RL heating on so high when you’re wearing one.  I can’t recommend them enough so was delighted to see them in-world…

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But I think perhaps my ultimate must-have items this round, apart from the PIXICAT onesies, are the bags from NYLON PINKNEY.  The reason I love these is because I am a super-huge NYLON OUTFITTERS fan.  I love Nylon’s quirky and original artworks and designs and when I saw these bags I almost died from excitement. They feature fabulous artworks by the great Nylon herself and include hand-holding animations too. I don’t usually bother with bags in Second Life, but I’m so in love with these that I think bags will be a part of my wardrobe for a long time to come! Naturally I’ve spent a small fortune trying to get the rare, which of course just HAD to be a cat didn’t it? No luck yet sadly, but there’s still time…

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THE ARCADE runs until the end of December so you’ve loads of time to visit and gacha yourself into a coma. Kitty-tip, if you’re looking for a particular item from THE ARCADE try yardsales first. My Yardsale of choice is at THE PEA, where everything is nicely alphabetized and easy to navigate, but SERAPHIM has a comprehensive list.


Kitty Wears: 

Eyes by IKON

Ears by AITUI

Skin by BELLEZA (Eva Med Matte 8) (UBERSL)

Hair by LITTLE BONES (FROST)

Dress By FOXES (C88)

A Very CASA Christmas!

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As the festive season draws ever closer the grid is ramping up the shopping events and leaving me with barely a Linden to my name. There is some seriously corking shopping to be done out there; gifts for your friends or just for yourself along with decorations galore. It’s incredibly difficult to know where to start; so I thought I’d do a quick round up this week of some of the places that have caught my eye and are well worth a looksy.

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When it comes to decorating your home you’d do well to visiting places like CASA where you can discover a number of different designers gathered under one roof.  I discovered some really lovely pieces by creators like KUSSHON, DH, DREAMSCAPES DECOR and DINA’s CREATIONS. I went for a wander, and came across the Christmas offerings from KAERRI. I especially liked the Xmas 2014 Dining display, which looked great with a black and white theme enhanced with splashes of red from Poinsettias and the fabulous table settings.  You can extend the theme into the living area with the Christmas Couch and accessories to match; really love these festive curtains and the Martini giver! Cheers!

Click Here to visit and be sure to take your time exploring all the shops.  There are some great items that you mustn’t miss!