Kitty’s Hips Don’t Lie

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I feel all Shakira and Beyonce-like in this ‘Montmartre Collection’ outfit from APHORISM which is available at SHINY SHABBY. It’s a super-soft  two piece affair available in a variety of colours so that you can mix and match to your hearts content, but both top and bottoms can be worn in a myriad of different ways with other outfits too. I’m wearing mine with some examples from the belts that are designed to compliment the outfit perfectly; this is stunning summer wear that is perfect for cocktails at a beach party as the sun goes down. The fabric would keep you warm as the cool sea breeze starts to chill your sun-drenched skin. How wonderful does that sound? As you can see, the Montmartre Collection  looks absolutely stunning worn with this ‘Queen’ hairstyle from LITTLE BONES and these ‘Odyssey’ eyes from IKON, both of which are FREE GIFTS available in each store now (can you believe it?)

I’m absolutely relishing LITTLE BONES hair at the moment and the free gifts that are available when you join the group are second to none, there’s a whole shelf-full for you to rummage through. It’s really wonderful when a group owner bestows quality freebies upon members, and that’s something that Nova frequently does. This latest gift coincides with the development of a new colour palette, called ‘Duo Tone’, which the gift allows you to explore courtesy of a HUD, and I heartily recommend that you drop by the store and grab ‘Queen’ to try it.  There are ten options to try in the hud and basically each half of your hair is a different shade, either complimentary or contrasting. The results are really exciting, and the potential offered by this new palette adds a cracking twist to your in-world hair shopping pleasures.The same gratitude extends to IKON.  The eye releases from this brand NEVER disappoint (which is why I wear them 95% of the time!) and this latest group gift is no exception. The gift is an exclusive pair of Odyssey eyes, called ‘Clarity’, and they’re beautiful. ‘Clarity’ seems to consist of blue shades to the edge of the iris, with sandy tones near to the centre. Perfect for the beach then, and a fabulous gift indeed!

If you become completely hypnotised by this release and find yourself wanting more, then you’ll be pleased to know the entire range of 49 colours are available exclusively at The Mens Dept (TMD) until June 30, where they are marked down 25%. After the event ends, they will be available at the main store, at full price.
Like all IKON eyes, these are gender neutral and work on both men and women. ‘

Here are all the details so you can go shopping!

KITTY WEARS:

SKIN: ZOUL CREATIONS ‘Carly’ (Sk1 No Brows ChB)
(Eyeshadow – Carly Eyeshadow Dreams 03)
(Lipstick – Carly Lipsticks Bubblegum 03)
EYEBROWS – JUST MAGNETIZED ‘Diva Brows’ (Brunette 03)
EYES – IKON ‘Odyssey’ eyes in ‘Clarity’ (M/L)
LASHES – HUSH ‘Flirt’
HAIR – LITTLE BONES ‘Queen’ (S) (GROUP GIFT)

Body:
MESH BODY – SLINK ‘Physique’
TATTOO – Antielle ‘Moon Bastet Sleeves’ –  (AVAILABLE AT THE KAWAII PROJECT)
MANI/PEDI –ADORED ‘Sparkling Nights’ (Slink + Omega)

Outfit:
TOP, BOTTOMS & BELT – APHORISM ‘The Montmartre Collection’ (AVAILABLE AT SHINY SHABBY)

Jewellery:
Bracelets – ZAARA ‘Friendship Bracelets’ (AVAILABLE AT THE ARCADE GACHA)
RING – REIGN – Chamber Rings- Meow (Black)

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LOTD: GOA TRANCE KITTY (Dancing around her bedroom, not the beach!)

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I’ve not compiled or featured a LOTD post for a wee while so I thought that I’d share my current appearance with you all. I’m totally in love with my look at the moment, and that’s due to a number of factors: a fantastic group gift hair from LITTLE BONES, my glorious ZOUL CREATIONS skin and the amazing ARCADE offerings from ZAARA. It’s not even the most recent group gift either, that’s called ‘Rude’ and is on the counter, but this long-length style which is a shift away from my usual bobbed/mid-length favorites works perfectly with my outfit.  I don’t tend towards long hair in SL for a number of reasons. It doesn’t always photograph well with bits of clothing or limbs sticking through it and I find it very hard to actually discover long hairstyles that I truly love. I do have some, but they tend to get used for blog posts then find themselves thrown into the deepest, darkest corner of my inventory. Not so with this style at all.
I remember once reading an article where a journalist that the Pet Shop Boys do themselves a huge disservice by using epic songs as B-sides; the point being that because their quality was so great they could be released as singles. This is a gift in a similar vein; the style is incredibly easy to wear and ALL the colours you could possibly require are included in the pack. Had this been available to buy I would have bought it. Instead, Nova Faerye has been seriously generous in giving this one out to group members. I really rate the slightly off-centre parting and the way that the hair falls onto the shoulders. I also particularly like the lock that hangs down at the back too, it’s very realistic, and of course being LITTLE BONES hair you’re guaranteed some beautiful colour options. I’ve waxed lyrical about how much I adore ‘Carly’ by ZOUL CREATIONS before, but I’ve not taken her off for a number of weeks now.  I just keep finding new ways to wear her because of the quality eyeshadows and lip colours Shantia Soulstar crafted to match. As you can see the skin works with this look perfectly; the eyeshadow and lip colour compliment the colours of both my hair and my trousers completely. I opted to wear the no-brow option though just so I could add my go-to brows from JUST MAGNETIZED, and, of course, my favourite MONS eyeliner is included too!

!I also picked up this utterly amazing nose-chain from MAXI GOSSAMER at UBER. The nose-chain is something I have always wanted to try wearing in-world but have never quite felt brave enough to give it a shot.  They’ve seemed a little too obtrusive, but this delicate chain with pearl embellishment really does the trick.   I think that it works beautifully with this casual look despite it having a dressy feel.

Moving on, I discovered a store recently called B BOS. It’s clearly been around for a while, but it’s a new discovery for me and it’s not bad at all, featuring some really excellent tops, dresses, pants and other items. In fact,  I dragged a friend over there so she could also indulge. As regular readers know I do like my mesh pieces and there are plenty of those in-store to choose from, it was a highly enjoyable visit.  If you go  be sure to take your time and check out this cracking top that I’m wearing called ‘Valery’. It’s available in a number of colours and with some printed logos too, but I chose black so it would prove more versatile. It cost a very acceptable L$160, and I really rate the hanging strap and chain details, as well as the high cut and cap sleeves. I do have a few criticisms though. First up, there are a number of textured items visible in the store that are clearly not original (for example the Batman logo features prominently).  My second criticism?  I hate store logos on outfits and this top sports the B BOS logo on the back below the collar. I don’t wear store logos in real life, let alone second and I prefer items to be plain rather than have names emblazoned upon them.  I didn’t register that it had the logo on it until I had purchased the item,  but decided that I had to make an exception because I really do love the styling plus the name is relatively discreet and I can just about cope with that. Last but not least, ZAARA at THE ARCADE is absolutely killing it with these amazing ‘Arpora Fisherman’s Pants’. I’ve raided multiple yard sales and got myself every single blooming colour and I fully intend to spend my summer in Second Life wearing nothing else. They are utterly sublime, beautifully patterned and textured (as you would  expect from Zara Kohime) and fit my Slink body like a glove. I want more of them, no, I NEED more of them. They make me a very happy kitty indeed. If I can find the bracelets to go with I’ll be satisfied! (UPDATE: Found them, OH HAPPY DAY!!)

Finally, check out my flat. It’s an absolute mess, absolutely festooned with gacha wins past and present, but I don’t care a ruddy jot. THE ARCADE has provided so many brilliant decorative pieces this round that it’s hard to know when to stop, so I haven’t! There are clothes, cats, make-up and stuff everywhere, and I couldn’t be happier. As my friend Natalie put it, my flat is incredibly eclectic, and I think it’s a fair reflection of who I am in both lives, although I must confess in the metaverse I am definitely better dressed. Right, you’ll have to excuse me, I’m sticking my ZAARA Goa trance CD’s on and attempting to tidy-up..toodles!

Kitty Wears:

SKIN: ZOUL CREATIONS ‘Carly’ (Sk1 No Brows ChB)
(Eyeshadow – Carly Eyeshadow Magic 03)
(Lipstick – Carly Lipsticks Lilac 03)
EYELINER: MONS/Makeups – Black eyeliner series -8
EYEBROWS – JUST MAGNETIZED ‘Diva Brows’ (Brunette 03)
EYES – IKON ‘Destiny’ eyes in Maya (M/L)
LASHES – HUSH ‘Flirt’
HAIR – LITTLE BONES ‘Wasted’ (L) (GROUP GIFT)

Body:
MESH BODY – SLINK ‘Physique’
TATTOO – INHALE ‘Vessels’ (AVAILABLE AT THE CHAPTER FOUR)
MANI/PEDI –ADORED @Sparkling Nights’ (Slink + Omega)

Outfit:
TOP – B BOS ‘Valery’ top in Black
TROUSERS – ZAARA ‘Arpora Fishermans Pants’ *Eggplant* (AVAILABLE AT THE ARCADE)

Jewellery:
CHOKER – XYZ//Tattoo Choker (black)
NECKLACE – ZAARA [Goa Party] Rudraksh necklace (AVAILABLE AT THE ARCADE)
RING – REIGN – Chamber Rings- Meow (Black)
NOSERING –MAXI GOSSAMER -‘Maharani’ (AVAILABLE AT UBER)

But have they got cat class, and have they got cat style?

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For a time I was well and truly bitten by the breedable bug in Second Life. You only have to scan the archives of this site for the evidence, along with my Flickr feed. It was a HUGE part of my virtual existence. I started with the OZIMALS Bunnies, then I went into breeding the ever-amazing KITTYCATS and then the AMARETTO Horses too.  I enjoyed it immensely and gained a lot of pleasure from breeding and selling at auction, making some Lindens to feed back into my burgeoning habit.  Unfortunately, I started to find myself seriously out of virtual pocket and after realising I had an addiction to the whole breedable gamut, I stopped.

The thing is, I miss it.  There’s nothing more exciting than mixing a couple of traited bunnies or cats and waiting in anticipation for those baskets to be delivered. I can recall the excitement that very nearly tipped me over the edge as my first ever bunny was born, and don’t even get me started on the Kittycats! For a time I curated a fabulous collection of stunning black cats, and when the market was thriving I even found time to blog bargains and beauties that I’d found during my time wasted wandering auction after auction. I was even an auctioneer for both horses and then cats, and then the moment was lost.  The bottom seemed to fall out of a vastly over-inflated market, and as is the way of Second Life the focus shifted onto the next big thing, and my breedable days were no more.

Out of all the breedables, I held a very special place in my heart (and still do) for the Wildwood Cats

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They launched in 2010 and looked utterly sensational.  I was lucky enough to beta-test them, as I had the Krazy Kitties before, but for me they were the first real quality breedable cat launch in-world and they had fantastic accessories, traits and a really authentic feel to them.  It was so hard not to fall in love with these amazing critters, and I was for a time obsessed. And then I wasn’t, and they melted into the background and the Wildwoods became sadly no more:(

Then a few years ago in 2013  I heard whispers that they were back in a new incarnation as ‘IMAGINALS‘.  The name was a poor reflection of the previous incarnation, and the website and the product were very different too. The basic ear shape had changed into something akin to Mr Spock on a very bad day, the pelt and eye textures weren’t as good (lacking the depth that they had before in my opinion) and in short they weren’t as nice as I recalled the Wildwoods to be.  Despite this, I treated myself to some but lost interest and gave up. They just weren’t the same. I sadly accepted that was that, and my Wildwood and Imaginal’s forays were totally at an end…

Cut to today.  For some reason, I found myself mooching around OZIMALS, looking at bunny things and getting nostalgic and misty-eyed.  Looking at the new bunnies, and the horses for that matter makes me feel that in the beginning we had it so much better. These updated ones just aren’t my bag at all, with different eyes and patterns that just lack a certain warmth and panache that the originals had. As I was pondering the past I noticed a link to a market where I saw a sign for ‘Stray Cats.’  What the chuff are they I thought? I took a closer look with my mouth gaping, and a sweep by the website confirmed it: they’re back again!

In fact it would seem they’ve been around for a while (at least since November 2014) yet  I’ve heard NOTHING about them at all, which to me indicates a somewhat subdued release.  Remember the days when we’d be queuing around the block to beta new breedables? Yeah, I don’t think this had quite the same buzz sadly. That could be because people were wary of what had gone before with these breedables failing in their two previous incarnations.  People lost lindens, and they’d be foolish not to be hesitant to commit again.

I decided to take a trip over to see what the Stray Cats HQ was like. For me, when I think of the name I think of an urban backdrop, festooned in swirling litter and empty beer bottles, cats in dustbins and burned out cars, that kind of thing.  For selling a breedable that would be a really original sim design and a refreshing change from the pastoral scene-setting that seems to be de rigueur. Alas, Stray Cats have opted for a safer location design and to be frank it’s a huge disappointment. The location is functional but lacks the environmental structures and landscaping that works so well for OZIMALS and KITTYCATS.  It doesn’t make me want to explore any more than I have to, and this is surely a no-no when you’re selling a product in SL.  Again I can’t help but think back to the glorious WILDWOOD BREEDABLES early days and wonder who was it in that team that they clearly don’t have anymore, because someone with a real flair for eye-catching texture and design  is missing from the whole enterprise.  I did discover some truly smashing and interesting looking cats in all kinds of pelts and sizes.  There are dragon themed pelts, as well as husky and more traditional looking styles, although they still have those damned pointy ears. Stray Cats_003

The other point to note is that the website, although competent, doesn’t have the design pizzazz that the original Wildwood Website had.  That was a dream to visit because it was seriously well-designed and a colourful treat for the eyes.  This website is adequate but nowhere near as enticing or professional looking. (Like the HQ it has a slightly vintage Second Life feel to it, and not in a good way!)  It’s more Imaginals in presentation, and I don’t think that should be something that is repeated.  Call me a stickler for content but too many different font types do not a positive impression make.  Fortunately,  there’s a Facebook page too which looks better by comparison.

You could forgive me for being overly harsh in my criticism here. I don’t think I am, as a passionate beta tester, early-adopter and someone who genuinely loved WILDWOOD BREEDABLES I want Stray Cats to do well.  Wildwood’s were (initially for me at least) the most pleasingly shaped cats that were available in our metaverse; the animations were great and they just had ‘it’ by the bucket-load.  KITTYCATS are just as wonderful too of course for both an amazing product, design and customer service, but for me it was always the WILDWOODS that just had the edge.  I just loved their look, and for that reason alone I’d love nothing more than for them to flourish again.

But it would seem that this is the company’s third shot at the breedable game, and what will they do differently  to be successful this time? I honestly don’t know.  When I checked out the HQ I noted a marketplace area with a few vendors selling different breeds and prices were mostly reasonable. I DID see a cat priced at L$35000 though, which I balked at and quickly moved past.  There was also an auction area with at least ten patrons in attendance which got me interested, but when I fully rezzed I saw that there was just one podium with any actual auctionable stock upon it. (It seems the dragon pelts are very popular..)Stray Cats Collage

Yet in my heart I want to give these cats another go. 

I won’t be one for over-spending and breeding to excess like I did before, those days are long gone, but I’d love nothing more than a pair of these cats again.  The whole point of the breedable game was enjoyment, and nothing was as fun as logging in-world to find a new nest waiting  to be birthed and discovering what was lurking inside.  On closer inspection it would seem that there have been many improvements in the animations and functionality since the old days, and although they don’t look quite as good as they did back then (in my opinion at least) they do have something about them that makes them appealing.  I think that they look much better than the Imaginals though (thank goodness!) I doubt people will be as prepared to invest again like they were

But my gut feeling tells me that people will need to be seriously impressed if they are to invest again like before, especially as the Wildwoods seemingly left a lot of folks stranded.  I checked the group membership listings  and observed that the in-world group has 561 members. That’s not a bad number until you realise that the current membership of the Kittycats Addicts group is 15291!

How could the STRAY CATS approach that number? Well, what I want to see is a quality breedable product in both body-shape and trait that is aesthetically pleasing and offers plenty to the aspiring  breeder to get excited about. Not too much to ask really is it? I  want the animations to be entertaining and offer some avatar interactivity, but I don’t want the food and add-ons to cost an arm and a leg.  I just want a quality breedable cat that offers an extra dimension to my Second Life. Is that too much to ask, and can these kitties provide that?

I’m late to the party but what I’ve seen of the actual cats themselves makes me think that they could have potential again.  Certainly a quick look at the in-world group and the Facebook page assures me that the interest is there, and noting the latest FAQ and the fact that there are Youtube tutorials suggests to me that this is being taken seriously as well it should; there was never anything wrong with the product after all.  But execution is all, and it is that alone that will move STRAY CATS into the breedable big league if there is even such a thing anymore.

If I was part of the creative time behind this product I would want to work on the main store location as a matter of priority, along with refining the website and getting the branding absolutely right.

 To be given a second chance with a product of this nature is unheard of so a third is an absolute gift, and with the  breedable zeitgeist fading into the past now it is the perfect time to give this product the success that it always deserved. 

Can the STRAYCATS team make it this time? Only time will tell, but you know what? Here’s hoping they can. 

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Click HERE to visit the HQ in-world and let me know what you think in the comments.  

Has the time for breedables completely passed these cats by? Or do you think they could make it this time? 

Some Kitty Thoughts And Jottings..

It’s been a challenging time recently, in both real life and Second Life. Quite often when I don’t blog for a few weeks it’s because I’m dealing with a symptom of Bipolar II. For me, it usually manifests as a depressive episode and more often than not I can feel it coming on, although occasionally it can hit me from out of the blue. I started to feel really glum a few weeks

I started to feel really glum a few weeks ago and realised I was starting to struggle. When that happens I batten down the hatches and deal as best I can; that means I sleep a lot, I tend to not be interested in any of my normal pleasures (in other words Second Life) and I retreat into myself until it passes. I have to do this so that I can at least function in some capacity in my real life job. When I’m in the thick of an episode I feel as though I’ll never get clear of it again, but slowly I start to emerge.

That’s where I am at the moment; I’m starting to come out of this interminable funk and beginning to feel better again. Whilst I was dealing with this latest episode I missed loads of IMs, events and lost a shedload of goodies that were dropped on me too (so if you sent me something and it hasn’t appeared I can only apologise).  I realised long ago that there’s no point crying over missed posts; I’ve said on these pages before real life ALWAYS comes first, and it does, but oftentimes the two existences collide.

An example of this happened just this past weekend when I finally ventured onto Plurk again and discovered to my horror that two friends had died; Thorny and Scarlett (Amy) I’ve written before on these pages about friendships made in the virtual world but it’s worth remembering that the friendships we make with people in the virtual world that we choose to inhabit are just as valid as the ones that we cultivate in reality. We may never meet the person behind the avatar, but how we respond to them and feel about them is just as credible as the emotions generated by being with someone on the physical plane.

It’s incredibly hard to accept that we’ll never encounter their presence upon the virtual or physical planes ever again. But they will live on in our hearts, forever remembered with love.  I’m so glad they came into our virtual world and fostered friendships and relationships that will endure, and while we may choose to represent ourselves through pixels on a screen, It’s worth remembering that behind the keyboards we each have beating, vibrant hearts, and that’s where we’ll carry the memories of our dear friends forever.

And that’s the reason that despite my illness, and the fact that it may take me away from Second Life from time to time, I always come back. I find my way home.

STOCKHOLM SYNDROME

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It is always an absolute joy when Ria Bazar drops something new on me. It always gets me seriously excited to see what she has created, and she never disappoints. Last night I managed to FINALLY log into SL after a few days out of the loop.  (If you’d like to see why I’ve been otherwise engaged, click HERE!) I started raking through the off-lines and IMs (shudder) and then once I’d logged out so I could install the latest Firestorm viewer (loving it so far) and then logged back in  I FINALLY managed to open the box that she had sent me, at which point I did an embarrassingly bad merry jig of happiness.

She’s done it again guys and gals.  Ria has released the STOCKHOLM BEDROOM.  As usual, it’s a corker featuring stylish, slightly retro pieces that work perfectly together. All of them are designed, sculpted and textured to the highest standards (as are all Ria’s pieces) and work together beautifully, but can also be used to great effect to enhance a space individually too.

Ria told me that she’d gone for some new textures in this one, and they can be found in the blankets, sheets and pillows of the bed which is the centerpiece of the set.  I challenge you to find another creator in world who so uses animations and rezzable props so thoughtfully in their furniture pieces. (For example,  I love the options Ria has included for breakfast in bed. Just go and try it out for yourselves but trust me, it’s *really* cool!)

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She never skimps on detail does our Ria; I love the typewriter and the bottles with their candles and the trainers that can be used to decorate the floor.  The His ‘N’ Hers clothing racks are really funky and will really look the part in any industrial themed dwelling, and I’m especially keen on the artworks that have been created by Ria herself.  They have a real Visage/New Romantic vibe to them and really add atmosphere to your living space.

This is a bedroom set  that has to be seen to be believed, so I strongly urge you to visit the 6TH REPUBLIC event, where you’ll find the STOCKHOLM BEDROOM available for the bargain price of L$566 (PG) or L$626 (Adult) Incidentally, check out the textures on the bedside table and the hammered metal cabinet; as always they’re perfect and worth every Linden spent.  The event runs until May 27th, don’t miss it!

Kitty In The Kitchy!

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I wanted to take a step away from blogging about skins (I’ve written so much about skins recently that I have developed a twitch), but I wasn’t sure what I wanted to tell you about. As I mooched around my skybox thinking of a blog post to write, it suddenly struck me; let me share some details about my virtual home.  I love reading LOVE TO DECORATE so why not share my Kitty-space with my readers?

I’m going to share posts with you about my Skybox over the forthcoming few days.  I’ll tell you how it’s decorated and hopefully show you why I love it so. I’ve lived many different places,  but I always keep this skybox as my super-secret ‘Kitty Lair’. I’ve owned it for a number of years now and the place where it’s ‘moored’ is cheap for rent and out of the way up high in the clouds so that I am nice and secluded and never bothered by neighbours. I’ve lived on the ground until recently too, but I always come back to my skybox because it feels like home. The way this space is decorated and displayed is probably the most authentic representation of my real-life self within the virtual world that is my second home. I absolutely adore it.

The build itself is a BARNESWORTH ANUBIS creation, called ‘NYC Apartment Skybox’. It costs a cheap-as-chips L$400 ion the marketplace, and has a lovely low land-impact of just 30.  It’s incredibly roomy and open-plan which makes for lots of fun when decorating. I have loads of skyboxes in my inventory but this one suits me perfectly, and I always come back to it. My only wish would be for perhaps an extra couple of rooms (or even a second level) but that’s not something that I am in desperate need of, just a dream that I file under ‘Nice-to-have’. Like all Barnesworth’s builds,  it’s beautifully textured and the details are absolutely perfect. Oh, and because it’s a New York City apartment the view out of the windows is of the great city itself a place I will visit one day, but for now my skybox will have to suffice.

As you walk in the first thing you see is a large space with a kitchen clearly visible. Which is funny because the big tiled space is actually designated as a bathroom BUT for me it screamed out for a glorious kitchen and some suitably fancy decoration, which is just what I added. I have TWO favourite kitchens in Second Life. They are the BAZAR ‘Toronto Kitchen’ because of the modular options and ability to adapt it to many different designs, and this TROMPE LOEIL  ‘Retro’ number.  I’ve never had any issues fitting and adapting this to suit my needs. It’s absolutely perfect with a 1950’s feel and the animations that are incorporated make for some great photo opportunities.

Obviously, my thing is cats both in RL and SL. That’s no different in my skybox either, and as soon as you enter you’re surrounded by cats of every shape and size; some decorative, others who live with me. The kitchen space is no different, in fact,  I used the TROMPE LOEIL kitchen cabinets to house my precious SCHADENFREUDE Chibi Cats collection. There are also four FASHIONABLY DEAD cats mooching around in the space, but that’s because I keep my HALF DEER litter tray and food bowls here too.
The window above my kitchen cabinets lets in much-needed light to illuminate the area but is also the ideal spot to grow a few culinary herbs too! This is where my ORGANICA’Hanging Bamboo Herb Planter’ really comes into its own. At night,  the kitchen is illuminated by my ‘Addison’ chandeliers in Red by MUDHONEY. I love the shape and simplicity of these, and rather than just having one I decided to be super decadent and have four in my kitchen. Their colour brings the fiery red elements of the kitchen together perfectly and blends beautifully with my ‘Gerzzo’ chairs and table from THE LOFT which extend the retro vibe.

In the Kitchen

I decorate my kitchen according to the season; sometimes I have pots of warming soup boiling on the stove, or enormous pizzas bursting out of the box ready to be devoured. I use gacha prizes to decorate and bring the kitchen to life, and I’m rocking a pile of dirty dishes from HODGEPODGE next to my sink. My favourite Vice Jars from COMMONER have pride of place next to a brilliant animated BITTER VANILLA cutting board, which has a number of fruits, vegetables and breads available for selection. You’ll also spy a few items from NYLON PINKNEY (‘Sleepy Cat Pot’ in Red and CopyCat Art ‘Feed Me’ poster) along with a fabulous Industrial Baker’s Rack from SECOND SPACES that I’ve added a few pieces to. I have a great ‘Kitchen Element Sign’ in Red from CASITA opposite the most important part of the kitchen; the place where I make my frequent cups of tea and indulge in my favourite snack of hot, buttered toast. I love my ‘Gerzzo’ kettle (another THE LOFT creation)  and my TARTESSOS ARTS animated toaster which pops the toast out in a violent manner similar to the till in ‘Open All Hours’ (British comedy, utterly brilliant). My favourite thing in this corner has to be my LARK ‘Teafor2′ embroidery though; it’s just so perfectly done and looks so sweet in the corner.

I serve my tea from a BEACH STREET Tardis tea-pot into NOODLES Doctor Who style mugs, gazing over at my wall art. It’s ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ from IONIC, a very old acquisition which I retextured to fit in with the theme of my kitchen, and it just works perfectly.

Last but not least my virtual day is accompanied by a soundtrack of tunes belting out from my SOY Vintage Boom Box, stowed away in the corner out of harm’s way ( I got fed up of the cats jumping up and knocking it flying!) So there you have it, my virtual kitchen. It’s the centre of my home and I absolutely love it, so if you’ll excuse me I have a pile of dirty dishes to wash, kitties to feed and brews to be made. Fancy a cuppa?

Why not share the details of your Second Life home or specific rooms that you love?  I’ll feature the rest of my home over the forthcoming days..stay tuned!

 

Mistress Kitty & Her Famous Fortune Parlour…

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TAG GACHA has begun and the theme is ‘The Side Show’.  It’s an absolute must visit if you like twisted clowns, bearded ladies and especially ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show‘.  The location is incredibly well-styled and evocative so be sure to take a few snaps as you begin your Tag Gacha game. It’s incredibly enjoyable and I was chuffed to win the ISON rare; this turn of the century style dress that comes complete with a HUD of different colours. It’s rather evocative and reminded me of Eva Green’s fabulous turn in ‘Penny Dreadful’. I’m also wearing the latest skin from ZOUL CREATIONS in this shot, called ‘Chloe’, and like every release from Shantia Soulstar she’s a joy to wear and style.  (I’ll talk more about her in a future post because you can’t really see her properly on this snap). My hair is by MINA from KUSTOM 9 and really does add a turn of the century vibe to this shot.

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Berry’s Memes: Double Threat Meme

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Time to take a break from blogging skins because I’m fair exhausted by it all (Did you spot what I did there? I have no shame..) and let my mind wander over to that special place where Strawberry Singh’s Meme Challenges reside. I haven’t done all of them yet but I do try to and I particularly like her latest, the ‘Double Threat Meme’. Here are my answers!

Two online screen names you’ve had: Well, my very first name ever online was Ookster. I had a cat named Ook, so I added to it and used that. I used that name all over the place in the early years of the internet on programs such as Pirch and ICQ, that kind of thing, so if you ever saw that name it was possible me! I don’t use either of those applications anymore, and over the years my online identity morphed into ‘Ookster the Kittywitch’, and now more often than not my online name is Kittywitch.

Two video games you’ve played: My favourite game ever was Superfrog on the Amiga. I could still play that and get happy today, it was just beautifully done and tons of fun to play. As for another game? Well, in my house there are currently 28 arcade machines, so as you can imagine I’ve played a lot! I guess my second favourite game would be Gauntlet II. We have a cracking example of of those and I always play Valkyrie as my character. Incidentally, I am USELESS at it. (Can I have a bonus? I love playing the Baby Park on Mario Kart.  It’s just the whizzing round and throwing eggs and shells at people, such fun!)

Two things you love about Second Life: Dressing up and decorating my space. I love making Kitty look good, and I find the process very relaxing and enjoyable.  It’s definitely therapy for me!

Two things you’ve done in Second Life: Gosh I’ve been here a while and done a lot of stuff! Two things? I was present for the last night of The Three Lions .  (Stop the press, that was 8 bloody years ago!! It only feels like yesterday!!) That was a very entertaining, although poignant, night for all! I hung out with Richard Hawley when he played a gig in-world too. He said I looked good, which was nice. (I’d dressed up all Rockabilly style)

Two things you still want to do in Second Life:  My ambition is to have my own pub/hangout ! Ah, if wishing made it so because I need the land and the cash to start with,  but I really want to resurrect the feeling of The Three Lions again. I want a really good quality mesh build, it has to look right, and I want it to be somewhere that people come for music and dancing and frolics just like The Three Lions of old.  As you can tell, I miss that place such a lot, and I know my pub would never be the same but I wouldn’t want it to be.  I would want my venue to be inspired by the original, but to build on the community which that founded with the friends that I miss terribly. Sadly this is a complete pipe dream because it’s not something I can afford to do, so I live in hope of finding the perfect pub in-world still that will recreate the feeling I used to get at 3L. The second thing that I would like to do in Second Life is to help a designer craft a capsule wardrobe based on Kitty’s style ethos.  That means plain but well-textured jersey frocks in great colours, shirts and denim skirts and leather and denim jackets, boots, sneakers and such BUT with one proviso: they MUST feature cats! (Dream would be that I would do this with Nylon Pinkney and Polyester Partridge.  Can you imagine how fabulous that would be?!)

Two things you like about your Second Life avatar:   like Kitty’s face. I do think she’s a very pretty avatar, and I also like the fact that her weight fluctuates just like in real life, so sometimes, depending on ‘her’ mood, she’s a bit chunkier on some days. I love the mesh bodies that are available now too, so often times I’m just lounging around in my virtual abode in my undies throwing outfits together and enjoying the view, as it were!

Two of your Second Life Pet-Peeves: Inflated egos and drama-llamas. Anything that ends up on SLSecrets really, ’nuff said!

Two things you did as a newbie that you’re embarrassed by: My original shape was ridiculous. Top heavy, super thin and hands like shovels. I thought I looked great but I looked a proper chuff.  Also, I liked face-lights a bit too much. I’m not sorry. (In other words YE GODS THE EMBARRASSMENT! I AM SO SORRY!!)

Two of your closest friends in Second Life: Two very special friends are London Callin’ and Cyclic Gearz.

Two of the most beloved things in your inventory: This is a very tough question to answer.  At the present time I have almost 58k inventory items which is an utterly ridiculous number, so thinking of something precious out of that lot is a hard task indeed! I’d be distraught if I lost my inventory, I really would and I’ve suffered that once before.  It was few years ago now (fortunately it wasn’t as big) and it really did upset me very much.  The thing is we invest emotion and money into our virtual things, so losing them can prove as hard as losing something precious in real life.  I’m avoiding the question, can you tell? OK, I guess if I lost Kitty’s shape (her face has always been the same, apart from a few tweaks here and there) I’d be gutted because I’d feel like I’d lost ‘her’. As for something else? Well, anything cat related is pretty important to me, my collection of Chibi Cats made by Allegory Malaprop take pride of place in my virtual kitchen cupboards so losing them would break my heart!

Thanks again for a challenging Blogger,erm, challenge Berrycakes!

Boho Kitty Happy in APHORISM and ZOUL CREATIONS

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I’ve done very little to this snap other than add a background and fix a dread that was sticking through my torso; I want you to bear that in mind BECAUSE I want you to click on the picture, zoom in and take into account the absolutely awesome textures that are at play in this snap. The two main elements, the skin and the top/cardigan combo are from two of my favourite designers on the grid, SHANTIA SOULSTAR and RUCY BYRON, the names behind the brands ZOUL CREATIONS and APHORISM respectively.
First of all now that SKIN FAIR 2015 has finished I’m surprised to be reviewing a new skin release so soon, but this is ZOUL CREATIONS we’re talking about after all and if you recall Shantia is all about releasing quality skins to the masses at cracking prices. The skin that I am sporting is called ‘Tara’ and she’s a beauty. I’m wearing her in the palest skin tone (01) because it’s my favourite to wear when sporting a Shantia Soulstar creation, it’s on the pale side but with a real warmth to it. The tone is always utterly fab on Shantia’s skins, I never have any complaints.
The visage is beautiful and really benefits from the fabulous brow that Shantia has added to this line, which totally rocks the heavy brow look but offers a little less hard definition than your standard full-on Kardashian brow. The eye make-ups are corking as always, there are plenty to choose from and Shantia offers a choice of three intensities for each style, which means you can be as subtle or as dramatic as you dare.
The thing I like about Shantia and her skins is that she offers so much for your Linden, and her skins are genuinely top-notch. I’m not just saying that; I really believe that we have someone here who offers a hell of a lot to the skin genre and for that should be applauded and celebrated. Like NAR MATTARU skins ZOUL CREATIONS prove that you don’t always have to follow the big brands in-world. Not that there’s anything wrong with that as I’ve said many times on these pages, but gosh isn’t it grand to have alternatives?

Shantia has just released a FREE Maitreya body applier in-store. Let me read that to you again, FREE APPLIER. I cannot stress enough how awesome that is! (Look I don’t mind paying for appliers if and when I need them but the fact that a designer is kind enough to let you have them for free is pretty bloody fantastic.) ALSO do NOT miss the APRIL 2015 group gift. This will give you the perfect feel for Shantia’s skins if you have never worn them before, and bear in mind that appliers are free, and it’s free to join the group as well,  making this freebie a positively unmissable treat.

‘Tara’ is available at THE MAKEOVER ROOM where you’ll find the skin on sale for just L$299 (two tones in each pack). Eyeshadows are available with a pack of ten styles (in three degrees of intensity) each L$75 FOR THE LOT. Lipsticks also come as a pack of ten and cost L$75 for the complete pack as well.

Appliers for the following are available FOR FREE at the Mainstore (remodelled and looking lovely too!) Slink (physique and hands/feet), Maitreya, Omega, Lolas,Linc Azz, Wowmeh and Evebody. Amazing!
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Moving on to my outfit: I’m wearing APHORISM’s latest release for THE SEASONS STORY. It’s such a treat, yet again something I would happily wear in real life! This is a rather lovely longline cardigan and sleeveless crop-top that fits like a dream, as do all of RUCY BYRON’s mesh endeavours. The shape of the longline cardigan is very authentic; sleeveless and loose with the top sitting snugly underneath. You can of course mix and match them or wear them separately with other items, something that I’m sure I’ll be trying over forthcoming blogposts. Aphorism items are always a real joy to wear and it’s a credit to Rucy’s imagination that he comes up with some amazing collections time and time again.

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Some cracking stuff on display here peeps.  To complete my look I added dreads and bangles and some of my favourite LIVALLE (L. WARWICK) shoes to make a boho-look that’s definitely not too shabby. In fact, I think I look blinking awesome.  List of all vendors below, happy shopping!

Kitty Wears:

Hair – ‘Cosima’ (Brunette) by DISCORD DESIGNS

Ears  – Gen 4 Heart Plugs by AITUI

Eyes – ‘Hope’ eyes in Denim by IKON

Skin – TARA in SK1  – ZOUL CREATIONS @ THE MAKEOVER ROOM

Sleeveless Cardigan & Crop Top –  APHORISM @ THE SEASON’S STORY

Denim Skirt – BUENO

Shoes – ‘Elation’ in Choco/Caramel  L WARWICK (LIVALLE)

Tattoo Choker – XYZ

Pendant Choker (Just visible!) – YUMMY

Rings – ‘Laura’ Rings by leQED

Bangles – 22769

Nose Stud –MONS

Tattoo – ‘Mucius’ by THINGS

Read me a bedtime story and tuck me in?

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Had to share this picture with you all because I’m rather fond of it; I think it’s because I’m wearing the ‘Tara’ skin by ZOUL CREATIONS.

It’s a bit yummy, I’ll be posting more about it in a bit. Right, time to try and squeeze into bed next to the cats…