..at this point I have to confess I’m not a fan of Jack Vettriano, But I AM a fan of Tribute Island. It’s just such a wonderful concept, a lasting virtual tribute to those that we’ve loved and lost from spheres as diverse as film and literature to servicemen and women who have fallen in wars both recent and in the past. I’ve blogged it before, quite a few times, but it continues to offer the jaded virtual traveller something new and interesting to enjoy…and enjoy it I did on Friday, as the island hosted a concert by Second Life musician and singer/songwriter Cylindrian Rutabaga, who performed a tribute to Eva Cassidy. I was alas a little late, which meant I missed her cover of ‘Fields of Gold’ ( I’d wanted to hear that as it was played at Dee’s funeral) but I still had a thoroughly wonderful time. I even got to try out my tango with the Island’s director, Nikk Huett, and if you look very carefully you’ll spot a wee ratty friend on his shoulder. He was very good on his feet too! You’ll find a link to Nikk’s blog, ‘Lactose the Intolerant’ on my blogroll to the left and it’s well worth a visit:)
As a teen I *always* lusted after a curly bob. Alas, a disastrous perm left me with hair that was more like a dandelion with legs rather than a sensual 80′s goddess…*never* again.
However, LaLa Moon have more than quenched my curly thirst by releasing this beauty at Hair Fair. It’s called Popfuzz and is rather fantabulous..and just because it’s curly and black doesn’t mean it resembles pubes in any way, shape or fashion…in fact if I had pubes as luscious and silky as these curls I’d be a *very* happy Kitty indeed! ( Hang on a minute, that’s not to say my ladygarden is in any way inadequate..oh I’ll shush) Seriously though folks, this is beautiful hair that moves like a dream. It only took a tiny adjustment for me to reach hair nirvana with this one, so it comes highly recommended by me. Personally, I think I look a ruddy foxtrel in this one…
I’m really late in posting this review so I must apologise, I’ve been a very busy Kitty (not that I’m complaining!) but better late than never eh? A couple of Friday’s ago the scales were lifted from my virtual eyes and I witnessed a virtual bedroom revolution, which is not nearly as kinky as it sounds! I received an invite to attend an event hosted at INSTINCT. This was a name that wasn’t familiar to me, and then I discovered that the design team were the same people behind CORN. If you aren’t familiar with CORN make yourself a cup of tea and bugger off in world now, and come back when you are…(Click here). Back? Good. Corn (Named after the proprietor, Cornelius Sloat) is an *infamous* design house in world. Think funky modern styling with a focus on bold colourful design and intricate detailing. (It’s the kind of stuff that Amanda and Fukmi have in their home, which is a veritable palace. Cowbags.) I have indulged myself in the past, and I own a couple of corking desks and a coffee machine from there which are irreplaceable to me. The coffee machine in particular is a wee work of prim art. Anyways, Friday night comes along and as per usual, Kitty doesn’t have a date. Kitty is abandoned and all alone in world, whilst Jez battles orcs and twats steaming purple monsters with smoke flaring out of their nostrils in World of Warcraft. A typical Friday evening in our house then. But, having got ever-so-slightly fed up of having to visit places on my own and even more fed up of looking like a billy-no-mates with a serious BO problem I enlisted the help of my chum, Professor Preminger, to accompany me, knowing that if the event turned out to be not-so-hot then at least I’d be guaranteed some scintillating conversation. The professor is a well cultured older gentleman after all…Once we arrived we were a bit lost as to where the event was being held, until we were whisked into a sky box by Devon Fischer, Cornelius’s business and SL partner (lovely lass) Having never met Mr Sloat before I was a bit apprehensive, I mean this is a chap who holds a highly enviable reputation across the grid and it’s enhanced by the fact that he obviously doesn’t eat ugly-muffins. (Readers-He’s a bit on the tottylicious side!) I needn’t have worried though, Cornelius was lovely; totally sans ego and extremely friendly. I confess dear reader that I was drooling a tad into my keyboard, but seeing as my tooth is a bit dodgy it could have been that. Ahem.
So, there we were, chatting away in a beautiful red velvet lined skybox to the star of the show but we still had no idea what we were actually there for. Plus there was barely anyone else in the room, which kind of alarmed me.I mean this was a very exclusive launch of something fabulous, so where was everyone? Not only that, why were there two very attractive people in their underwear in the corner? Fortunately more invited guests appeared (rather stunning ladies they were too, the Professor was very happy) and as if by magic the skybox we were in was filled suddenly with seating, champagne and a stage area…
With a bed on it.
“Oh shit!” I thought as I took my seat, “It’s going to be a bloody Amsterdam style sex show!” I was feeling *really* uncomfortable at this point, because the Professor, although a very good friend of mine both in Second Life and real life too, wasn’t perhaps the most appropriate companion for me to sit with and watch such shenanigans. Besides, as an older avatar I had visions of his virtual pacemaker packing in…Can you imagine how I’d have felt if LeapyLee had tagged along? Oh don’t even go there..all kinds of wrong. Anyway, I took a very deep breath and waited for the ‘performance’ to start.
Cornelius and Devon appeared on the stage and began a very professional presentation. About animated sex beds. Seriously!
It was at this point that I stopped squirming and listened, and realised that this wasn’t going to be tacky or sleazy at all, in fact what was being said made perfect sense. You see, it occurred to them that the sex beds in Second Life were pretty bog-standard. You get what you pay for, and the majority seem to be all animation with little or no aesthetic quality to them. In other words, about as erotic as naked mole rat. To be fair I do own a couple of very nice ‘special’ beds that I’m more than happy with;both are four posters and look very pretty . However, the ‘intimate’ poses in both are the same bog standard inny-outy-uppy-downy-thrusty-woohoo jobs that you see all over the grid, even though I purchased them from two entirely different locations. ( Please note: Not that I ever get to use them, seeing as his- nibs is never in blinking Second Life..grrr)So Corn and Devon have decided to reinvent, or at least reinterpret the wheel and make their own ‘happy finish’ beds..and we were about to get a demonstration.
The two beautiful semi-naked models that I’d spotted earlier took to the stage and adopted their positions..and it was *lovely*. As Cornelius pointed out, and I for one agree entirely, the one thing that is sorely lacking in a lot of these beds are, to be blunt, foreplay animations. It’s like that scene in the school in Monty Python’s ‘The Meaning of Life’, where John Cleese and his wife are demonstrating coitus to a bunch of very embarrassed students. If you want to be a virtual lover par excellance, you need to get the virtual juices flowing, and the best way to do this? A bit of a cuddle and a snog obviously! Well, that’s what we were shown..the menus in the bed incorporate a vast array of animations to enjoy before you get all down and dirty ( 36 different ones in total) PLUS, all of these animations have been specially designed and are exclusive to the Instinct range. I was pleasantly surprised to see that what was being demonstrated was intimate and rather special..perfect for lovers. It’s true that there is very little in the way of embraces and snoggathons built into sex furniture with most animations aimed solely towards the main event. Instinct redresses that balance completely and then some..and another thing that I really liked was that these beds are great because if you just want a kiss and a cuddle or a cosy chat then that’s exactly what you can have..they don’t add any pressure. Just like in real life if you want to get into bed and cuddle to sleep then that’s what you can do here too. Romantic huh? Of course if you want to rip each others clothes off and have a virtual bonking frenzy then you can do that as well, and trust me you’ll have a very good time doing it on one of these! Needless to say I was very impressed, and then we were invited to the main showroom to explore further and see this new range in its entirity. My goodness, it’s stunning. It looks like you’ve walked into a real-life showroom, because the lighting and the layouts are exactly what you would expect in a real life environment. I had a major Kittygasm…and not because I had sat on a ‘special’ bed….but because we were surrounded by some of the most beautiful furniture that I have ever seen on the grid, and if that wasn’t enough, some of the bedroom layouts came with bathrooms that are to absolutely die for. Veritable design heaven. I left the Professor to it, as he was being fawned all over by the majority of the female guests in attendance, and went off to explore the showrooms. I ended up changing into my undies so that I could take some pictures and just enjoy myself, after all this is what it’s about isn’t it? As I wandered around I got a feeling of deja vu and then realised that a lot of the designs seemed very familiar. I’ve seen similar items in Habitat and Ikea, but that’s not a bad thing if you ask me. There are so many beautiful furniture pieces in the world that I want but could never possibly afford, so stores like Instinct help to make my dreams *almost* come true. Why? Well because you can kit your home out a lot more cheaply in the virtual than you can in the real world, so in effect you can have the house of your dreams without the hefty price tag! BUT that’s not to say these items are cheap. Alas, they are a bit on the pricey side…but you do get an absolute wad of loveliness for your dosh. It’s true that quality costs. If you decide to buy, you’ll find that the Instinct wares are sold in complete sets, so not only do you get a wonderful bed, but you also get all the components that make up a room display. That means more for your virtual dollar :additional furniture, lighting and artwork. If you’re in the market to buy new furniture then make no mistake, these are some of the best modern-style new releases I have seen to date in Second Life. The designs are textured to perfection, and with detailing like blankets half strewn across the bed and scatter cushions just ready for you to virtually sink into them it’s impossible not to fall in love. Lovely finishing and careful attention to detail means that when you zoom in to have a good look there’s nothing to complain about…BUT I do think that at L$5k for a bedroom set (not all are the same price I hasten to add) no matter how fabulous, it’s going to be a real stretch to afford these furnishings for most grid inhabitants, which means that they’re perhaps aimed at a more elite clientele. If modern cutting edge design is your bag then Instinct probably has what you’re after at a price… My suggestion? Go to Instinct and indulge in trying everything out, and then start saving your virtual pennies. It may take you *months* but trust me, it’ll be worth it! Click HERE to transport directly to the virtual fabulousness that is Instinct’s store.
So how was your bank holiday weekend? Mine was super-fruitful, literally! (Think the best melons you’ve ever seen…it’ll make sense in a bit:) My good friend and neighbour Amanda Shinji very excitedly IM’d me to tell me that she had a new shape and skin and couldn’t wait to show me. “Wee!” I thought, eagerly anticipating her arrival. Then she buggered off on her jollies for the Bank Holiday weekend so I had to wait until last night for the grand unveiling. It was worth the wait though, because she looks *fabulous*. She always did, but her new skin has made her look sensational. I was really gob-smacked when I saw her, and zoomed in on her chops to examine further. Bogeys aside we’re talking skin perfection folks. I already have some fantastic skins myself from places like Fleur and Laqroki but the skin that Amanda was wearing was really something else. The shading on the face and around her mouth was so expertly applied that her lips looked real, and at close quarters you could clearly see blemishes and moles. I was sold, but it wasn’t until she borked mid conversation that I thought, “Oh sod it, I’m bored” and zoomed over to Redgrave to have a look for myself. Note, the key word is ‘look’, I wasn’t planning on purchasing anything….(Stop laughing!)
I must confess that I had *never* heard of Emilia Redgrave until last night, which is crazy when you consider she’s a constant in the metaversal press during 2008. I guess my head must have been well and truly wedged up my virtual arse because I cannot believe that I have never discovered her until now. Alas, she’s suffered greatly at the hands of content thieves, scum-sucking leaches that they are, and had a large quantity of her skins stolen upon their release day. If the sources I read were correct, this resulted in her threatening to leave Second Life, but thank goodness she hasn’t because her skins are amongst the best I have ever seen, so it’s no wonder that they were so revered by the thieves who took them. (Quick note-if you see Emilia’s work anywhere else other than her official stores or outlets let her know…theft is still a huge issue across the grid and plain unnacceptable)
Back to the good stuff. Have you ever experienced the sensation of wandering around a store in Second Life and getting so excited in real life that you’re continually exclaiming and profaning and your mouth is just permanently hanging open due to a mixture of shock and awe? No? Well, go to Redgrave then and you’ll experience it for the first time, I kid you not! For a start, it would appear that Emilia is amazingly talented when it comes to perfectly capturing the faces of various celebrities. Usually when you see a so-called celebrity skin in Second Life they don’t look anything like the star they are supposed to be. That’s absolutely not the case here..Brad Pitt *is* Brad Pitt (that’s when my jaw dropped, when I saw him!) and there are other celebrities like Tyra (Banks), Beyonce and Rihanna here too…in fact the majority of the skins on sale here are celebrities,and should you want to look like one of these legends you can also buy the requisite shape and matching eyes to complete the look. I wouldn’t complain if I saw a few Brad Pitts’ wandering around the grid, but I do wonder what makes people want to look like celebrities..I don’t really get it. I’d sooner have my own shape and employ one of these skins over the top to give myself a ‘feel’ for that particular individual, rather than a full on representation of them, but of course that’s a personal choice.
It was so busy in the store (a good sign, make no mistake!) that the demos wouldn’t rez properly for me, so I grabbed a fistful and TP’d back home to try them on in the privacy of my boudoir…and it was lust at first sight. These skins are *divine*. Due to my Brad Pitt fetish I elected to try the ‘Angelina’ skin and although utterly beautiful it didn’t feel like Kitty enough for me..I dunno, the shape of the eyes and brows just didn’t click.
And then I tried ‘Kiara’ and was instantly transported into avatar heaven.
I’ve never seen body shading so perfect in my entire Second Life. Basically my norks look absolutely fantastic..The care that has gone into the toning and colouring around the cleavage and decolletage area is, without a doubt, the best I’ve ever seen. I want to get them out at every opportunity and shout, “Woohoo! Look at these babies!” because they are *that* good. My derrier is also absolutely perfect, and my face..well, see for yourself. It’s certainly me, but me after a very restful holiday in a health-spa. Or some serious collagen/botox….(Did you see ‘Super Botox Me’ on TV the other night? OMG!!!)
I love the make-up options that this skin ensemble provides and absolutely adore my lips..they look super juicy and nommable. If I had one wish it would be to have an uber red lipstick and smoky eyes combo, but I’m more than happy with the options that ‘Kiara’ provides. In fact, the only issue that I have with ‘Kiara’ is a relatively minor one, and that is around my lady-garden area. Basically, the seams near my flange are a bit wonky, and from the angle I was viewing it certainly held more than a passing resemblance to a badly-stuffed kebab..but you know what? I’m not bothered. It’s not as if my lower parts are something that I ever get out in world very often anyway. (Depends if I’m plastered in ‘The Crown and Pearl’ usually) and I never indulge in cyber-fumblings so it makes no odds. Besides, this skin more than makes up for what is a relatively minor issue by the sheer quality of the rest of the product.
It’s hard to encapsulate in words how this skin makes me feel- I guess it makes me feel a lot more ‘real’ due to its structure and subtle details like the moles and freckles that you can see on the tummy area…as someone who has a fair few moles in real life I really like seeing them on a skin. I’ve yet to meet anyone in real life who genuinely has a complexion like alabaster, so these little additions really do take the authenticity up a notch. The belly button is really cute too..no way is there any smelly stuff hidden away in there!
So there you have it, a new skin on the same old Kitty to add to the rest of my ever expanding collection. To think, when I first started out in world I balked at the idea of ever changing my appearance in this way because I thought I would be betraying the character that Kitty/I had become. Now changing skin has become as second nature to me as changing my outfit, and I’ve come to realise that it’s the shape underneath that really captures your virtual soul rather than the skin over the top. Each time I wear a different skin I’m enhancing my appearance in different ways, but if I changed my shape then I definitely wouldn’t be me anymore, so that’s not an option. It’s funny how you develop in world over time isn’t it?
I’m chuffed to pieces with the new me.. BUT what I’d really like is to meet a chap who has just invested in the ‘Sawyer’ skin at Redgrave. This is purely for research of course, I want to see up close if the male skins are just as wonderful as the female, and seeing as Jez *NEVER* reads this blog it would be fine if you decided to come and visit me at my home in Jasper Islands so that we can compare and contrast details. Ahem.
Anyway, Redgrave skins..go and check them out by clicking here….
..I have no morals. Seriously though, I thought I ought to at least try and make some Lindens out of the website because the popularity of Kittywitchin is increasing on a daily basis. At the moment I’m close to getting 1000 individual hits a week, which is astonishing! (OK, not quite the squillions of hits that ‘Fabfree’ or ‘Linden Lifestyles’ continue to receive on a daily basis, BUT I’m definitely getting there, so thank you dear reader for your continued support:)You may remember recently I was planning to launch advertising on Kittywitchin, but alas WordPress.com doesn’t allow it. However, it does allow donations via Paypal, so if you’re in a generous kind of mood please use the tip jar to the left to share your love. ALL the donations I receive will be converted into Lindens and fund my in-world purchases for review on. This will enable me to feature more designers and content creators on these pages, with the aim of gaining that particular designer publicity and hopefully increasing their sales…which means although I won’t make a profit as such, I’ll still have nice shiny newness in my inventory to enjoy. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me:) Plus if you donate I shall feature you on my ‘Kittywitchin Roll of Honour’ for everyone and their Grandma to see for ever more…which is nice.
So, you wanna be the first to get the ball rolling? You’ll get to feel all warm and glowy inside if you do!
I’m sure Ivey Deschanel, the genius behind the ‘Snatch’ label, won’t be offended when I say that usually her designs are anything but classy. Ivey’s work is best described as ‘loud, trashy, sexy and in your face’ and I’m not being an arse-licker when I say that I have yet to find anything in ‘Sn@tch’ that I didnt like. Aimed primarily at the Neko/Goth/Emo/Rock market, it’s a store that is *bursting* at the seams with prim pleasures that make you go all gooey in unmentionable places. It’s a bloody treasure trove, and it’s priced so ruddy reasonably that I wonder if Ivey ever makes a profit. If you’ve ever had the pleasure to meet her you’ll know that she is an absolute star too- she describes her designs as clothes that she’d ‘..love to wear in real life..’ Well, you and me both on that one Ivey, especially with your latest releases. Can you believe that this beautiful halter neck dress is by Ivey? I know! Isn’t it stunning? This floor-length beauty comes in a number of patterns, but the black and white one screamed at me to buy it. So I did, and I teamed it with a hair freebie (yes, a freebie!) from Sirena at Hair Fair called Zoey, and my fave earrings by Yummy to create this look. Of course, you can’t see the floor length skirt on this but trust me, it’s sensational. As per usual the textures are spot on and I *so* want this dress in real life! (It would hide all my wobbly bits, and there’s plenty of those!) But do you see what I mean about classy? Make no mistake, every wardrobe needs one of these, and at..wait for it…L$150 a pop you can buy all three. (Yes, I know..she’s crackers isn’t she?) It just goes to show that you should explore EVERY store on the grid for clothing possibilities. Even if you don’t ‘do’ Neko or other genres especially, it’s still worth visiting the stores that cater to those lifestyle’s just because you find wonders like this one. I also heartily recommend that you join Ivey’s subscribe-o-matic to be kept up to date with her releases. The notecards that she sends out are a pleasure to read; highly entertaining and she also keeps you up-to-date on her freebies. You can get a rather fabulous outfit called ‘Jailbait’ in store for absolutely bugger all if you’re quick…so, what are you waiting for? Here’s your taxi to Snatch!
“Login Failed-Due to higher than usual load, logins have been temporarily disabled. We anticipate logins will be disabled for only a short time’
Hang on, it’s showing as 67, 335 avatars logged in. I’ve seen it over 70k before and it managed ok, so what gives?
Yes, I battled on through the lag sludge whilst managing to restrain myself from killing avatars in ballgowns and as a result I have have enough shiny new hair happiness in my inventory to last until at least next week year!
Seriously folks, it’s *excellent*. Hair Fair is based on an Aztec theme and it’s bursting at the seams with freebies..I’ve never had so much free stuff in my entire Second Life! As for the hair, well it’s stunning. Designers old and new have their very best on display and the actual prices are very reasonable. Be sure to check out the vendors who are giving 50% of their profits from particular styles to the ‘Locks of Love’ charity. I’ll be featuring all my happy hairiness on these pages over the coming week.
Remember Hair Fair lasts for a fortnight, so don’t panic, there’s *plenty* of time to shop if you can’t get in on your first attempt..it’s taken me a good few visits to see it all myself, but it’s worth the stress!
Deep breath time….Ooh I am *cross*.
I’ve just managed to get into the Purple sim at Hair Fair. It’s lagalicious; it’s like walking through mud with potentially the worst lag I’ve ever seen and shopping is practically impossible. Even when you manage to buy demos you can’t rez them to try them on, and then when you do they’re *buggered*. So you buy demos and zoom home to try them, then you can’t get back into the sim. Shopping hell.
Now, as you read my previous post alluded to wearing very little out of consideration to fellow avatars to ensure that we all have a happy hair experience, but it appears my words of encouragement fell on a few deaf ears, because I’ve just seen an absolute bunch of twonks in Hair Fair wearing so much bling that it’s a wonder they haven’t brought the grid down, let alone the sim. Normally I wouldn’t be so bothered, because I do believe that Avatar Rendering Costs aren’t necessarily a good thing, because I think they may well lead to discrimination etc. BUT at an event that is only running for a short period of time, and one that is for charity at that, I think it may be important to consider the weight your avatar is adding.
I am walking around barefoot and bald, in a bikini, with an ARC of 1. This will probably be the only occasion in Second Life history where this happens, but hey-I’m doing my bit. Which is more than I can say for the pillocks with ARC’s of 1500 and above..FFS, you’re buying HAIR! You don’t need your bling boots, whips, prim trenchcoats or your jetpacks…just put some pigging underwear on for modesty’s sake and go like that!
Perhaps at this kind of event ARC limits may have to be considered. We all know how popular Hair Fair is, so I seriously doubt that sales would suffer…
Check your ARC people before you go to Hair Fair, please.
To do this, you need to go into:Advanced->Rendering->Info Displays->Avatar Rendering Cost.
….and if you don’t do it, please be warned that I may have to kill you when the lag subsides.