So in the end, what was my costume of choice?

akeleton_002This one! No need to worry about my hair or skin or make-up or ANYTHING really, other than the awesomeness of this APHORISM skeleton! It’s part of the Skeleton Collection available at WAYWARD HALLOWEEN. It’s a gacha prize, from a machine featuring two rare avatars (male and female) 6 Skulls – Devil, Vampire, Los Muertos Cross, Los Muertos Flower, Male & Female and some skeleton props too. akeleton_004

It looks super-realistic and I’ve been wearing it at various parties across the grid and got so many compliments, so if you’re after a quick costume and have left it to the last minute, pop over to WAYWARD HALLOWEEN and play the Gacha! (Oh, and if you have a chicken dance in your inventory, hidden away somewhere as most of us do, use it when you’re wearing this avatar. Got one of the laughs of the night!) Here I am at DANCE ISLAND, dancing next to DeadMau5, as you do..(Party still going strong guys, come and join us!)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN READERS!

A Gentle Halloween..

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Can there be such a thing? Well, for this post I wanted to create a softer, gentler look for Halloween.  Not everyone wants their costumes to be super-loud and in your face with props and sound effects and all sorts of nasty.  Some people like a subtler approach, and I found that incredibly easy to do courtesy of a few fabulous bits and bobs that I discovered at THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR.

First of all I’m wearing a skin by a brand that I’ve never worn before, ‘Jennifer’ by LURE.  It’s not a bad skin at all actually: the body looks pretty good and the skin tone looks nice and constant across my MAITREYA body. The face is pretty too, although the brows weren’t to my preference at all.  Fortunately a NB option meant I could add some ZOUL CREATIONS eyebrows to make for a very lovely face indeed.  I’m not wearing any cosmetics other than the brow add-on and I think you’ll agree with me that as faces go she’s lovely.  With that in mind I think she’s a great choice for a basic everyday wear skin.

So an understated outfit for an understated skin is required, and some of the separates on sale at THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR more than meet my requirements.  You can’t go wrong with simple yet quality pieces in SECOND LIFE, but the texturing has to be spot on. These ‘Seleste’ tops by VISION are super simple to wear yet very effective because their colours are nice and bright and the surface looks perfect.  An absolute wardrobe staple and incredibly cheap at the price too; a fatpack costs L$799 and contains 15 tops in a shade for every occasion. I wouldn’t normally do this but I would say if you have the Linden you might want to consider splashing out on the fatpack because you will get so much wear out of these tops! (A three-pack of tops costs L$199 btw, still great value but that fatpack is where it’s at!)

My top was easy enough to sort out, but what about the bottom? Trousers? Nah, I fancied a nice skirt and instead of raiding my virtual closet for a denim number, as is my usual choice, I decided to go for something super girly. This ABSOLUT VENDETTA Skater Skirt is just the ticket and totally works with the VISION top, it’s like they were made for each other! What witchcraft is this?!   In fact, I am not one at all for dotty prints but I absolutely adore the texture on this skirt; it’s charming and the colour perfectly complements my hair and hat, which are incidentally gifts available  from WASABI PILLS (hair) and LYRICAL & BABYSTEPS at TRUNK OR TREAT 2015.

To finish is my only purchase from FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAYS this week, and whenever LIVALLE is featured I’m there quick as a flash.  I absolutely adore LIVALLE footwear, it’s so beautifully made and packaged and to get two pairs of suitably spooky heels (one orange and one black) for just Fifty Lindens is a real treat indeed.

So there you have it; a nice gentle Halloween look for the more introverted amongst us.  What do you think?

Kitty Wears:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.4

SKIN: Lure ‘Jennifer’ (NB) MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR

EYES: IKON  ‘Triumph Eyes’ Armor (S) (OLD GROUP GIFT)

EYEBROWS: Zoul Creations Eyebrow Set 03-Black

LASHES: Hush ‘Flirt’

HAIRBASE: GAJA X Celebribase – Fran

HAIRSTYLE: Wasabi Pills ‘Chanel’ Licorice GROUP GIFT

TOP: Vision ‘Seleste’ MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR

SKIRT: Absolut Vendetta  – Skater Skirt  MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR

SHOES: Livalle ‘Rhiannon’ Platform Heels (Orange Bat) FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY (May still be available! Go see!)

PIERCING: Yummy – Spiked Septum (Gold)

HAT: Lyrical & Babysteps ‘Witch Hat Hairband’ FREEBIE FROM TRUNK OR TREAT 2015

POSE:  K&S ‘Seductive Lady 4’

I’ll meet you at INDIE TEEPEE

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It is incredibly easy to become jaded by events in Second Life, I know I am as guilty of that as the next person, but when an event launches that is as special as INDIE TEEPEE then it is worth your time and effort to check out. I think it’s going to be the hot ticket event of the month, and it will surely benefit from frustrated avatars who can’t get into HAIR FAIR 2015. Can’t get in to buy fabulous hair? No problem, get yourself over to INDIE TEEPEE instead!

One of the things I really like about this event is the website. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve visited an event’s website and been left feeling frustrated by the lack of information. I’ve also visited many a website and become completely perplexed by the layout and what it is trying to tell me. Not so with anything on INDIE TEEPEE’s website because it’s a thing of beauty and really easy to navigate, bursting at the seams with content. There are podcasts, a Spotify playlist, a full schedule and profiles of various avatars that have been involved in the production of this event. Care has been taken to produce this website, and it shows..but does it show at the event too?

I think that it does. Like a festival in real-life there are different areas for activities and events, and lots of shopping in between. The sim has been decorated to give a Burning Life cum Glastonbury feel; where barren areas dotted with campfires are juxtaposed with greener areas and portaloos! (Try one, they’re super-fun!)

You can enjoy many activities at the sim such as watching machinima or exploring some of the artworks that are on display. You’ll be able to watch the machinima on the big screen under the stars from the comfort of the back of a pimped-out truck, or a picnic blanket.

There are a number of art installations to view and explore at the event; my personal favourite is ‘Muses’ by BryneDarkleyCazalet which is an interactive artwork featuring some inspiring female musicians. I like this because it features a number of my own personal favourite artists (Kate Bush, Siouxsie Soux, Bjork and Debbie Harry amongst others) and I find it the most personally resonant art on display at the event, but all of the pieces look spectacular against the desert backdrop.

Because this is a festival you can be assured of some fantastic live music and DJ sets. There really does seem to be something for everyone at each of the three stages. I’m looking forward to hearing some tunes, and perhaps taking in some of the live Roller Derby action that is being hosted at the event. I’m also looking forward to the events that are going to be held at the Literary Corner too.  There’s a giant copy of my favourite novel of recent years  (and I’m currently enjoying it in audiobook form read by Wil Wheaton) ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Kline overlooking the comfy cushions and the campfire that decorate the area.

Nothing has been overlooked here at the INDIE TEEPEE event, and I’m actually really excited about it.  Many years ago The Guardian newspaper held ‘Secondfest’ in world, which was a cracking virtual festival where I made life-long friends.  I really hope that INDIE TEEPEE proves to be the same!

PicMonkey CollageWhat do you wear at an event such as this? Well, festival chic obviously, and you’ll be able to stock up on that at the event shops. Take stacks of Lindens guys, because the shopping is good!   Some of the best content creators in Second Life are participating and you can be assured of some fabulous finds.  I found a fantastic summer top from APHORISM at the event. The ‘Sun-Kissed’ top comes in 5 pattern colours (Yellow, Black, Green, Pink and White) and 5 plain colours (Blue, Crimson, taupe, White and Black) and is quintessential festival wear. I opted for the flowery print in loose cotton which while simple perfectly encapsulates the festival vibe. (I teamed it with my APHORISM ‘Glastonbury’ boots, an old favourite of mine, these boots are the kind of virtual fashion that beg for close attention. Zoom in to catch all the details and you won’t be disappointed!) The boots and top look perfect with an epic INDIE TEEPEE festival-find, the stunning ‘Haight-Ashbury’ leather bag with an embellished pattern from REVERIE that really does need to be seen to be believed. Last but not least you’ll need a hat to give you some relief from the sun in the desert heat, and I found the perfect hat in the shape of a rather glorious fedora by REMARKABLE OBLIVION. Yes, it’s a fedora but no, it doesn’t require tipping, OK? You’ll find a full list of participating shops HERE.indie teepee_007

So, all that’s left for me to do is wander the area, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of this festival.  I’m so happy that this has been created and built in Second Life, it really does look absolutely stunning and I hope it lives up to my expectations. You know, I have a feeling it will actually surpass them..I do hope so!  I’ll meet you there by the porta-loos..

INDIE TEEPEE FESTIVAL OPENS 10th JULY 2015 CLICK HERE FOR TP

SKIN FAIR 2015- YumYums ‘Hope’

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When I ventured forth to begin the blogger previews at Skin Fair 2015 I immediately realised that this year the event is going to be a bit of a corker. As you can tell from my previous posting, I’m a bit overwhelmed by it all.  In fact, I’m pretty confident in my assertion that you will not be disappointed, there are some amazing skins on offer and I’m not even going to choose one favourite from everything that I’ve seen and tried so far because it’s impossible.  Before I proceed any further with my reviews let me just give you a few notes on the layout this year; it’s incredibly straightforward to navigate the two sims. It’s obviously been designed to be easy upon the eye and to not overload the senses or your computer. For an event of this magnitude it would be all too easy to create a complex, dazzling location but the fact that this location will be utterly swamped with avatars (and therefore inevitably crash city for the majority of visitors) has evidently been at the forefront of the production team’s mind. I appreciate that. The sim is clean, uncluttered with white buildings and an easy to navigate layout across two levels, and it just works.

Anyway, back to the reviews. Confession time: I had never heard of the YUMYUMS brand until Skin Fair, BUT that’s the point of events like these isn’t it? They open your eyes to new labels and designers, as well as introduce you to new works by your old favourites.To be perfectly honest the naming convention of the brand and the styling made me think YUMYUMS was going to be uber kawaii (Newsflash:it is!), so when I put the skin on I was a little apprehensive,because as much as I love that kind of look it’s not something I regularly wear. Of course, I needn’t have worried because Hope is absolutely bloody divine and perfectly easy to adapt to a pretty regular avatar about town like myself.

The main thing that struck me about this skin is the quality of the colour across the body and how well it’s been blended. There aren’t any hard edges at all, it has an almost soft focus quality to it and a light and airy feel, which I know sounds utterly bonkers but go ahead and try a demo and you’ll see what I mean. The colour is even and applied perfectly to detail areas. It’s incredibly satisfying to wear.

If you like to sport a mesh body in-world you’ll be delighted to know that this is a skin that looks ruddy awesome naked. I tried ‘Hope’ with my Maitreya Mesh Body and was incredibly impressed by how beautiful she looked. If you like taking snaps then rest assured that this is a skin that will photograph very well. (In fact, don’t laugh but her nipples on the Maitreya bod looked awesome!)

What I really like about ‘Hope’:

  • I’m wearing the ‘Latte’ tone and it’s a lovely colour. Not too pale or too strong, a mid-tone in the true sense of the term with perfectly distributed colour across the body.
  • I’m cheating a bit here, but features such as the blush layer, along with freckles and moles make this a very authentic looking skin.
  • A lovely array of lip shades and appliers for practically EVERYTHING!

The face is probably the most important part of a skin, and here is where Hope really comes into her own. She has a very wholesome feel to her which is probably due to the choices of blush and the ability to add freckles to her should you so wish. ‘Hope’ looks flushed in a very attractive manner indeed. In fact, this is probably why I decided to try her with ginger brows, something that I wouldn’t normally do. I’m glad I took the chance to try her in a different colour way to what I am used to because with her ginger brows, coupled with the latest hair from EXILE (available at Collabor88) and my juicy PXL Sweet Lips she looks blooming amazing doesn’t she?

Speaking of appliers I’ve NEVER seen such a comprehensive Applier HUD in my entire Second Life. Click HERE to see what I mean!

The HUD covers all the important brands of mesh attachments; bodies, mouths and hands and feet and was very responsive and easy to use. I sometimes find that when I load a HUD I have to wait for it to warm-up before it works, do you ever find that?Well, no problems with this one at all. It was incredibly responsive. It’s also really nice to look at in its own right; well-designed and nice and big and bright.

As I mentioned in my list above something else that I really like about ‘Hope’ are the lipstick options.  There are are a couple of packs available at the event to choose from, and joy of joys IoKKo MoLko has made appliers for the PXL Sweet Lips which I’m  rocking at the moment. There are LOADS of delicious colours to choose from and they all look absolutely nomworthy. I mean, you know how I feel about pink right? I even LOVED the pale pink lipstick shade, am I ill?!!

I decided to play about further with this skin and added hair from ELIKATIRA along with one of the lipstick shades (this time without my PXL Sweet Lips) and woah, am I channelling Molly Ringwald in this shot or what?!

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Readers, ‘Hope’ is an absolutely smashing skin; I am incredibly impressed with her. In fact you could say that YumYums have given me hope, but that would be cheesy..so I’m not going to say that. Nope, not at all.

I will say that she is definitely worth adding to any self-respecting Skin Addicts repertoire, and on the strength of this release YUMYUMS is a brand I’ll definitely be keeping a very close eye on in future!

SKIN FAIR 2015 is open NOW!!   (YumYums is booth 49, Sim 1)