Kitty’s First Unboxing Video!

Guys, I did a thing! I did, I did! Granted, it’s no Strawberry Singh quality video but hey, it was fun to do and I’ll probably do some more! To be honest,  it’s thirty minutes of me wittering on about what is in this months DECOCRATE, but you get all my genuine reactions as I excitedly unwrap the goodies. You also get bonus dog barking towards the end..and it’s half an hour of your life that you’ll never get back but hey, it makes an old girl like me very happy!

Kitty@Home: Stockholm & Lima’s Perfect British Christmas

table_001So as regular readers know, in the past few weeks RL got in the way and dropped a blinder on me. I’m getting back on my feet and although I’m still feeling winded by it all (and it will take me a while to recover) I’ve found so much solace in Second Life in recent days.  (I’ve also received some lovely messages of support, so if you’re reading this please know that your words have made a difference, and I’m grateful for them:)
To cheer myself up I’ve decorated my skybox for Christmas/Yule. It’s funny how we do that in the virtual world, isn’t it? Mind you, it’s a lot easier; no broken baubles, tangled lights or pine needles stuck in the carpet, or even worse, the sole of your foot!
Unlike some of the wonderful interiors that you would see on the pages of LTD mine isn’t themed nor is it especially grand, it’s just your regular lots of red and green tinsel and lights  for me and Jez to enjoy, but hey, I am enjoying it, and I will continue to do so for the rest of the festive season.
I’ve got all kinds of Christmas goodies stashed away in my inventory that I’ve collected over the years. Some I’ve had to throw out, but some I just can’t bear to part with even though they use more prims than an entire homestead in their construction! But something I definitely wanted and never had was a proper Christmas dinner set-up, and you’d be surprised by how difficult it’s been to source one. I didn’t want anything overly fancy, just the kind of super-informal setting that you’d enjoy with family and friends before crashing out on the sofa and watching the Doctor Who Christmas Special.  (It had better be good this year BBC, you’ve been warned!)British Christmas GachaKey
I found just what I was looking for at STOCKHOLM & LIMA. Granted, this was actually released in December 2015, but it’s still available and absolutely worth your time and Lindens; I haven’t found anything quite as good this year, which has surprised me, but no matter; the detailed mesh is perfect for my needs. (I mean, check out the sprouts and the Yorkshire’s  what more could you need?!)

I fancied a slightly different table and chairs to my usual favourite BAZAR set; so I ventured over to THE LOFT where I found this ‘Roxanne’ set.  The table is especially nice with a lovely, chunky wrought-iron base and the matching industrial style light feature (just out of shot) really looks the part.  I picked up a texture change table runner while I was there, along with some tableware and voila! My work here is done:)

  • STOCKHOLM & LIMA ‘It’s A British Christmas’ Gacha machine is L$50 per play, located in main building. It’s on the left as you walk in, third section down, next to ‘The Alchemist’ Bar set.
  • THE LOFT ‘Roxanne’ Table, chairs, rug, wall word-art and lighting feature (not shown) are all available as individual pieces or a set.  Table runner and place setting are part of the ‘Casolare’ range in store.
  • PILOT  Tall candlesticks,
  • R(S)W  Votive candles
  • ARIA Giada drawer cabinet
  • TARTESSOS ARTS ‘TA212’ NY wall art
  • AMUSE  Wine bottle (which dispenses filled glasses that I’ve used on the table)

MBA:Dressed for Success!

kitty-bedtime_004Oh, how I love a good frock. (I said frock, now stop that!)

And this, dear readers, is the embodiment of a good frock.

It’s from MOON ELIXIR for MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY and it’s a bit of a corker, as I hope you can tell.  It’s a kind of safari-style dress, so is quite formal with an ever-so-slightly popped collar, buttoned sleeves and buckled belt but then, WOAH, it’s open at the front so pretty much all your wares are on display.  There’s even the suggestion of nipples through the fabric (well, it is November after all!) which makes this rather more sexy than conventional.  I really like it; the mesh is good and the styling means that if you enjoy wearing tattoos and statement necklaces like I do then this is a great way to style them.shoes_008  I found a great pair of heels from MBA as well to team with this look, these are the ‘Sicilia’ sandals by KC COUTURE.  This is a brand that’s really come into its own during 2016, and that doesn’t surprise me one bit when you consider the quality of the releases that they’ve made this year.  ‘Sicilia’ are a real treat too; they come with an absolute multitude of customisation options in the 40 colour fat pack, including  removal of the stud embellishments should you so wish, something I haven’t encountered on similarly styled shoes.   The triple gemstone embellishment at the front looks very pretty and for L$195 you’d be hard-pressed to find a better value pair of heels that you can style so personally.  These will look great over Christmas, don’t you think?

You’ve got one day left before MBA closes for this round, don’t miss out!

KITTY WEARS: 

SKIN: AMARA BEAUTY ‘PRIYA’ CATWA applier /MAITREYA body applier in 02 Ivory

(Kitty wears this on Catwa ‘Dyana’ mesh head and Maitreya ‘Lara’ body – lipstick from Catwa ‘Dyana’ HUD)

EYES: CATWA Mesh Eyes (Un-rigged)

EARS:  MANDALA ‘Steking’ – Season 5

EARRINGS: REIGN ‘Pentagram’ Earrings

HAIRBASE: L’ETRE‘Candy’ (Black)

HAIR: TRUTH ‘Sugar’ (Gingers) – TRUTH VIP GROUP

TATTOO: SPEAKEASY ‘Catnip’

CHOKER: XYZ Tattoo Choker

NECKLACE: YUMMY ‘Divining Crystals’ Necklace (Silver)

DRESS: MOON ELIXIR ‘Wanderlust’ MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

STOCKINGS: Part of the Entice Lingerie set that I blogged HERE   MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

HEELS:  KC COUTURE ‘Sicilia’ Heels MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

POSES: Kitty’s Own

 

MBA: And so, to bed..

kitty-bedtime_003One of my absolute favourite things to do in real life is sleep. It sounds ridiculous, but seriously the whole concept of naps was probably written with me in mind. I can’t think of anything better than getting a blankie, a mug of cocoa and even better, a hot water bottle and snuggling down on the sofa to gaze at the inside of my eyelids.  Bonus points if a dog or cat joins me too ( they usually do!)It’s natural then that I would re-create this in Second Life, and luckily for me, THE ANNEX has provided the perfect prop at MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY.  It’s a simple, draped mesh blanket with a chunky knit texture and a satin seam that makes for some gorgeous photographs..and snoozes! There are  5 options (pink, white, yellow grey and blue) priced at  199L each. Note: There aren’t any poses in this blanket, so adapt it to suit your own (it’s not difficult to do).  Right, you must excuse me, I have some sheep to count, once I’ve moved the cats off the bed!

KITTY WEARS: 

SKIN: AMARA BEAUTY ‘PRIYA’ CATWA applier /MAITREYA body applier in 02 Ivory

(Kitty wears this on Catwa ‘Dyana’ mesh head and Maitreya ‘Lara’ body – lipstick from Catwa ‘Dyana’ HUD)

EYES: CATWA Mesh Eyes (Un-rigged)

EARS:  MANDALA ‘Steking’ – Season 5

EARRINGS: REIGN ‘Pentagram’ Earrings

HAIRBASE: L’ETRE‘Candy’ (Black)

HAIR: TRUTH – ‘Sugar’ (Gingers) – TRUTH VIP GROUP

TATTOO: SPEAKEASY ‘Catnip’

CHOKER: XYZ Tattoo Choker

BLANKET: THE ANNEX Blanket MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY 

HOT WATER BOTTLE: SWAY’S ( from a previous round of The Arcade)

POSE: Kitty’s Own

All things Witchy shall leave you SPELLBOUND!

picmonkey-collageI haven’t written anything remotely witchy on the blog for ages. My bad; I hold my hands up and acknowledge that fully. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to necessarily, it’s just that I haven’t had the time. Plus, perfectionist that I am I’ve wanted to do the subject matter the justice that it deserves and that means lots of photos, lots of writing and lots of additional chores that I just haven’t really had the facility to manage.  However, I am starting the month of October with the very best of intentions to try and make amends, and what better time to begin?

SECOND LIFE truly comes alive at this time of year (which is somewhat ironic when you think about it, being a time traditionally associated with death!) , and right through until Halloween (Samhain),  the grid is simply bursting with buzzing with events and themed sales, parties and celebrations.  It has to be my absolute favourite season and it’s the perfect month to celebrate being a Witch in the virtual world, so if you seek some witchy inspiration, let me start by sharing a few places you REALLY need to visit.

First of all, let me share my absolute favourite Witchy sim..SPELLBOUND!spellbound_004.jpg
OK, I know what you’re thinking : Spellbound is a hair store!?! But the store, and the sim itself, is for me one of the most perfectly witchy places upon the grid. The occult vibe hits as soon as you land outside the main store, where absolutely  everything in sight is beautifully built and carefully placed. Even the font that adorns the sign above the door (on a gothic mansion no less) is just perfect for the theme,  and it really does leave you feeling, excuse the pun, spellbound!

As you enter there’s a cauldron bubbling furiously away,  as incense curls patterns of smoke above the counter. Crystals and potion bottles decorate  the shelves along with grimoires and arcane sketches that hang on the wall, and there’s the ever watchful gaze of an owl and a somewhat friendly looking hell-hound looking after the store in the owner, Kohana Xue‘s absence. Despite the nature of these objects, they all have a colourful, modern bohemian twist, which resonates perfectly  with the product she sells.

She’s changed the landscape a little since I last visited; I *think* that there used to be a stone circle here at some point but sadly that’s no longer present (but there is ample space for one to be erected!)

Why does Spellbound mean so much to me? Because it’s so beautifully and artfully created. You can tell that the store build along with the environment that surrounds it, was truly a labour of love during their creation. Not only that but the contents inside all reflect the theme perfectly; from the way that the store advertisements are lit by candles and crescent moons to the names of the products that she sells, Kohana Xue leaves you in no doubt of her witchy credentials that surely (like mine) extend beyond the virtual home that we share.

Another reason why I adore it so is that despite Spellbound being a store, it puts the majority of the actual Pagan/Witchcraft stores and learning locations you’ll find in-world to shame. I don’t visit many of those places purely because they look shite. There’s no delicate way for me to put this, so I’m not going to; they’re full of builds and artefacts from the early days of the metaverse and it’s a crying shame. Take important places like Witches Island that have served the community for many years. I’m not being disrespectful to the groups that meet and socialise there but the place looks terrible. Ask yourself, where would you rather hang out? A place filled with badly textured builds and furniture that probably looked great ten years ago, or somewhere that really looks the part? It’s especially annoying when you consider how much content creation has moved on in-world; there’s no need to settle for such an uninspiring environment when there’s clearly so much better out there.

While we’re at it, another thing that galls me about such places is that they’re always bloody filled with reproductions of renaissance paintings and copies of artworks made by esteemed real life pagan artists like Mickie Mueller, Lisa Parker and Ann Stokes to name but a few. It makes me incredibly angry to see this, as does any copyright theft in SL, but we’ve all talked about that until we’re blue in the face enough now to know that ignorance is not bliss, and there’s no excuse for it. If you fill your sim with reproductions and copies then I’m not going to frequent it, simple as. Trust me on this, use search and see what kinds of places you find, not one of them look a patch on Spellbound and that upsets me greatly, especially because Kohana has proved beyond a doubt that you can have a Pagan themed environment in-world without cruddy textures, naff styling and copyright abuse.  If she can create like this then surely other people can too?

Well, actually there are some amazing artists that demonstrate the same skills as Kohana. If you’re wanting to establish your own altar in-world then SPELLBOUND sells a few items that can set you on your way. It’s not just hair you know; there’s a gacha in store that is teeming with splendid items that are perfect for decorating your sacred space and there are a couple more quality Witch, Wiccan and Pagan retailers that are more than worth a glance too.  I strongly recommend you check out the work of Kalia Firelyte (the creative genius behind JIAN) and Corwin Lacourte who is the brains behind HEXTRAORDINARY. Not only will you find magical pets and mysterious creatures at his store, but also fantastic Rune and Tarot sets, incense holders, crystal points, scrying bowls and fantastic furniture and exterior builds too! (I’ll be talking about a creation of Corwin’s I’ve recently discovered in a few blog posts time, so stay tuned!) Last but not least we have the legendary Robin Sojourner in-world too, who sells items at her ‘Broom Closet’ store, which is located next to the  Wiccan Learning Centre that she has hosted in Second Life for many years now.  spellbound_003.jpgIf you’re looking for an actual build suitable for your own witchy space you’ll find there are two to consider that are both ideal and available to purchase at Spellbound as well. First of all is the rather grand, formal build that is the ‘Temple Of Illumination’. This impressive structure is styled as a medieval illumination temple and is perfect for formal group meetings and circle workings, but be sure to check out the ‘Atrium Skybox’ that is available in-store too. This is a very crisp, clean and light build that would be perfect for informal pagan group meetings up in the clouds,although it would be just as fantastic to live in.

I’m going to wrap up these witchy ramblings by sharing something with you: my dream in Second Life has long been to establish a working group in-world for witches to hang out in and chat as well as celebrate Esbats and Sabbats.  Sadly I just don’t have the cash to do that just yet, and I’ve never felt that the buildings and accessories are available to be able to do it in style. As Kohana’s work, and that of her peers proves,  Second Life has now reached a stage in build quality where my ambition might prove slightly more achievable.   Alas, I need the land to do it (and some Lindens too)  but one day it will happen, and if you’re interested in joining me on this adventure in the future please let me know, it would be lovely to have you along for the broomstick ride!   Until then, I’ll keep visiting Spellbound to get my witchy hair and home fix.  Click HERE and you can do just the same! 

Summer Moved On

Summer Moved On..I have this weird little RL tradition. Every October 1st I listen to two A-Ha songs (Yes, A-ha, don’t judge they’re an amazing band!) One of them is called ‘October’ and it’s so atmospheric and usually leads me to listen to the album that it’s from, ‘Scoundrel Days’ which is an absolute classic as far as I’m concerned. The second song is always ‘Summer Moved On‘ because it’s such an evocative song and very fitting as the seasons have definitely shifted gear now here in the UK. Despite some warm days the Autumn has definitely landed; the mist was heavy in the air this morning and it’s cold and crisp in the morning. The central heating has been turned on and the jumpers are washed and ready for wearing.
I was listening to these songs as I rezzed into AMATORUM to shoot a snap or two. I love the space here; Luna Jubilee has decorated it so masterfully making it a fabulous location for taking photographs and exploring with friends. There are a few places in-world that I heartily recommend you consider joining to take photographs in-world or to enjoy socially. Along with AMATORUM I strongly recommend BLITHE and also ELYSION. Each one has a group membership fee but when you consider the costs of running the locations along with decorating them and hosting events it’s a small price to pay for the exclusivity of such beautiful areas.
I’m not feeling too well in real life at the moment(sciatica sucks!) so I needed an outfit that was easy to assemble in-world yet perfectly expressed the season. Keeping it casual I elected to wear this excellent ISON ‘Wrap off shoulder sweater’. I often say that I wear things in SECOND LIFE that I would wear in real life, and oh my word I would wear the hell out of this top. I can just imagine how soft the wool would be against my skin, and I love the off-shoulder fit and chunky texture. Of course,  I just had to have it in my very favourite plum/burgundy/deep red shade (oh hang on, it’s maroon!)  and contrasted the deep hue against the faded indigo of a well-loved TRES BLAH denim skirt. To accessorise I picked a YUMMY crochet collar along with a MAXI GOSSAMER ‘Raisa’ necklace which is currently available in world for a mere L$50 (quick, go and get one! It comes in two metals, has multi jewel colour options and includes matching earrings too!) I like the contradiction between these two items of jewellery; one a woven piece, the other a metal. It shouldn’t work but against the softness of the top it does, perfectly.
There’s no need for a fussy hairstyle with this look so long and straight is the order of the day, so I chose an old favourite LITTLE BONES hairstyle. I am *terrible* for remembering the hairstyles I’ve recently bought and have stored away in my inventory, I really am. I have so many styles that it’s frankly ridiculous and I always forget my latest purchases, finding myself wearing old favourites time and again and this one is no exception, but it works beautifully against my L’ETRE hair base and ears which I don’t think I’ve taken off since I bought them!
Last but not least I’m still wearing my CATWA ‘Tumble’ head ( will probably never take this off either tbh, I do adore it so) with my AMARA BEAUTY ‘Priya’ applier. I personally think ‘Priya’ is Shantia Soulstar’s release of the year and will take some beating; it’s such a versatile skin and works incredibly well on all my CATWA heads (Dyana, Gwen and Tumble) without exception, plus it includes a no brow option allowing me to make room for these exceptional brows that have just been released by NAR MATTARU.
I really do like a well drawn chunky brow on my avatar, and these ‘Aurian’ brows are Audrey Hepburnesque in their thickness, but taper artfully towards the end.  With their light feathering to the fore of the brow, they actually feel quite soft and this makes them an excellent cosmetic layer option.
I do love this look, and I’ll be wearing it while I try to get into the myriad of events that have launched this October. We don’t just have the usual suspects to enjoy,  but also so many Halloween themed sales to enjoy that I think I might start to lose count of them all.

I love how the Second Life grid comes to life this month; from now through to Christmas it’s a magical place to be, and I can’t wait to enjoy it all, just like I hope you’ve enjoyed this look!

snapshot_011Here’s your shopping list-ENJOY!

KITTY WEARS: 

SKIN: AMARA BEAUTY ‘PRIYA’ CATWA applier /MAITREYA body applier in 02 Ivory

(Kitty wears this on Catwa ‘Tumble’ mesh head and Maitreya ‘Lara’ body, eyeshadow and lipstick from Priya palette) 

EYES: IKON ‘Charm’ eyes in  ‘Brown’

EARS: L’ETRE Gem pierced ears

HAIRBASE: L’ETRE‘Candy’ (Black)

BROWS: NAR MATTARU ‘Aurian’ Brows (Black) Catwa

HAIR: LITTLE BONES ‘Lo’ ( L-tucked)

TOP: ISON Wrap Off Shoulder Sweater-Maroon UBER SL

SKIRT: TRES BLAH ‘Revival’ Denim Skirt

ACCESSORIES:

SEPTUM: ARISE Calla Septum / Black_Gold

RINGS: Kibitz – Nightmare ring set – Copper

CHOKER(Yummy) Crochet Choker – Wine / Gold N21

NECKLACE: MAXI GOSSAMER  – ‘Raisa’ Drop Necklace **L$50 ONLY TODAY**

POSE (Main picture) : AMITIE ‘Aire 04’

LOCATION (Main picture) : Amatorum

FETISH FAIR: Here Kitty Kitty!

Snapshot_002What is a Fetish, exactly?  Well, the dictionary definition is thus: a form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, item of clothing, part of the body, etc. “a man with a fetish for surgical masks” Yeah, you can get things to cater to that particular whim in Second Life.  You can find pretty much every fetish catered to across the grid, and you’ll find some of them amply represented at THE FETISH FAIR.  Now, truth be told, I don’t think I have any fetishes unless you count an acute  longing for a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake, but there’s nothing sexual in that. (In fact,  I dare say a good slice of Victoria Sponge could be considered better than five minutes of lustful behaviour in some quarters; wash it down with a mug of PG and I’m sold but anyway, I digress..)Snapshot_006I’m not into fetishized behaviour, but I can appreciate that some people are and I do understand the impact that fetish culture has made on fashion and lifestyle in the modern age. Corsets have gone from being mere undergarments to being perhaps the most easily accessible (and adaptable) item of fetish wear, and there are plenty to be found at the event.  There genuinely is something for everyone, but I really liked this corset from WONDERLOST that I picked up at the event.  I like the contrast leopard print at the front (it always has to be leopard print, you should know that by now!) and the straps on the thighs.  I paired it with a mask that I found and naturally had to have; this is the cat mask from BITCH FACTORY that is available at the event. I like the open structure of this, and it looks like it would sit very well with the haute couture crowd.  I have to go back to FETISH FAIR 2016 because it was busy and I’m sure I’ve missed loads of stuff (correction, I KNOW that I have, check out Seraphim’s coverage HERE) but I was pretty sure I fancied a change from boots to go with this look. Snapshot_007.jpgLucky for me then that GLAMISTRY released some excellent heels that can easily adapt themselves to a fetish theme.  The ‘Camilla’ heels feature eyelets and cords that actually give a shibari feel, and even though aren’t sold at the event they’re a perfect match.  I chose mine to match and perfectly coordinate with my outfit; styling them in black with matching cords and adding a red Laboutinesque sole. The little suede tag on the cord can also be coloured to suit your whim and is ever so suggestive of a blindfold. The fact that they’re even called ‘Camilla’ fills my head with images of dominatrix galore…Snapshot_008If there was ever a pair of shoes designed to make you utter the phrase “Yes, Mistress!” these would be it I think!

Here are your shopping details…

  • Basic information including makeup and skin details can be found on my previous post
  • Outfit items available at FETISH FAIR 2016  (Click on brand names for TP to main stores)
  • ‘Camilla’ heels are available exclusively from GLAMISTRY 

MBA: My Tears Dry On Their Own

MBD Bi-Monthly - For the Blog 1Another day and another vintage inspired look courtesy of this month’s round of MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY.  Incidentally, it doesn’t have a vintage theme, it’s just how I’ve decided to style my snaps this time, but I do think it works, especially with my outfit choice for today. I’m wearing an absolute bobby-dazzler of a frock from HILLY HAALAN. There’s so much to love about this, from the button detail to the ruffles and the general shape of the dress.  It fits my Maitreya body very well but here’s the best bit: using the HUD you can change the ruffles, bodice and chest of the dress to create a style all of your own, which is PRECISELY what this Kitty did, see? MBA Monthly- To Be BloggedEven better than that? There are FIFTY options on the HUD for this dress and it costs just L$125. Which is crackers.  It’s so worth getting, and so much fun tweaking the outfit options on the HUD. I especially like the choice of patterns and it’s super fun to mix them with plain elements to make a unique dress.

To add the vintage feel but with a modern twist I added my beloved VANITY HAIR ‘Winehouse’ style (I think Amy would have liked this dress), I and added some big shades from GLAM AFFAIR, that I had totally forgotten I had but was delighted to rediscover them covered in dust and a bit of old chewing gum at the bottom of my inventory..

I’m still sporting my ALASKA METRO ‘Pride’ manicure and my CAROL G ‘Lovely Roses’ tattoo, but the sharper eyed amongst you may spy that I’m sporting a different skin. This is the ‘Alice’ skin from WOW SKINS that is available at this round of MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY  and it offers some lovely detailing to the face and body. (Yes, I know you can’t see properly owing to sunglasses, I will show her off a little later this week, OK?)

KITTY WEARS: 

SKIN: WOW SKINS ‘Alice’ CATWA applier /MAITREYA body applier in Milk   (Kitty wears this on Catwa ‘Gwen’ mesh head) MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY JULY 2016 

EYES: IKON ‘Triumph Eyes’ eyes in ‘Storm’

HAIR: VANITY HAIR ‘Winehouse’ (F)(MAT)-Ombres

DRESS: HILLY HAALAN ‘Akira’ Dress MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY JULY 2016 

SEPTUM RING: CHARY  -7 (Gold) RARE (No longer available, store closed) 

SUNGLASSES: GLAM AFFAIR – Vintage Sunglasses Black

TATTOO: CAROL G ‘Lovely Roses’ MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

MANICURE: ALASKA METRO ‘Pride’ PULSE FUNDRAISER

Gee Baby Ain’t I Good To You

A Vintage Postcard...Every so often a look that I post is so flipping special to me that I’ll share it on my RL FB feed.  It’s not very often that it happens, and when it does it’s always because I think that I’ve made something rather good and I want to share it with my RL family and chums.  Now, all my friends and family know how much I adore Second Life, so I’ve never held back on sharing that side with them, but a lot of people just don’t get it; and although that’s fine too I like to try and share elements of my Second Life with them so they realise it’s not quite as weird as they think.  Anyway, what I’m trying to say is I was so seriously proud of this snap that I just had to share it with a wider audience, and at the time of writing this blog it’s got some seriously positive feedback which has made me super kitty-happy:)

The reason for the share is because of  VINTAGE FAIR 2016.  You can read all about it on the Pale Girl Productions website, and also enjoy perusing the shopping guide too while you wait to get into the event.  There are many eras included in the fair, from the Roaring Twenties through to the Eighties, Nineties and early 00’s (which doesn’t feel *that* vintage to me, gulp!) but one of the most popular decades is undoubtedly the 1950’s and you’ll find plenty from that amazing decade to wear at the event.
Vintage Fair Got Me Like...
I love the 1950’s styling; it’s something I dabble with on occasion adding tattoos and piercings for a more Rockabilly/Suicide Girl-style. Anyway, I found a frock that is an absolute must-have if you like anything associated with that decade at all.  It’s from a brand called EPOCH, it’s called ‘Frenchie’ and there is a selection of patterns available but obviously, I went for the Leopard print.   I teamed it with my favourite beehive from VANITY HAIR, added the YUMMY ‘Ellery’ spectacles(my absolute favourite SL specs) and  I’m still wearing ‘Reilly’ from AMARA BEAUTY here, but this time teamed with a vibrant lip from the HUD. I’ve  worn the no brow option and added some JUST MAGNETIZED brows. The joys of applier cosmetic layers, they just add so much to your look!

Here’s your taxi to the VINTAGE FAIR 2016

Kitty Wears:

SKIN: AMARA BEAUTY ‘RILEY’ CATWA applier /MAITREYA body applier in 03 Peach (no make-up options worn, kept this plain and simple)  WE❤ ROLEPLAY  (Kitty wears this on Catwa ‘Gwen’ mesh head)

EYES: IKON ‘Triumph Eyes’ eyes in ‘Dusk’

EARS: Pax in ‘Silver’ THE ARCADE JUNE 2016

HAIR: VANITY HAIR ‘Moon River’ (Ombres)

BODY: MAITREYA ‘Lara’

DRESS: EPOCH  ‘Frenchie’ Dress  VINTAGE FAIR 2016

Summer Breeze

Mer GirlIt’s amazing how different you can make a skin look by adding a makeup layer.  It’s one of my absolute favourite things to do cosmetically in Second Life, and it not only extends the life of your skin but it gives you so many options too; far and above the standard  extras you tend to get in a regular skin package.  ( I would say Amara Beauty are the exception to that rule, you sure do get a lot for your money with Shantia’s skins!)  The skin is exactly the same as in my previous post, but I’ve added a  longer hairstyle that a mermaid would be proud to wear and a splash of tropical eyeshadow from

The skin is exactly the same as in my previous post, but I’ve added a  longer hairstyle that a mermaid would be proud to wear and a splash of tropical eyeshadow from VEECHI, along with this gorgeous seashore inspired necklace from REALEVIL INDUSTRIES. Perfect holiday look and you’ll find the necklace, eyeshadow and so much more at the TROPICAL SUMMER FAIR 2016.  This is a really lovely event that’s got EVERYTHING for virtual Summer 2016.  You’ll find bags, bikinis, beach footwear, LOADS of jewellery and body art and it’s a real joy to walk around and explore.

The hairstyle is from DE LA at UBER and it’s so beautiful, it tumbles perfectly over the shoulder with just the right amount of tendrils and side-sweep to frame the face. I love how it looks at the back too, it hangs beautifully down the back and looks very realistic and I would ruddy kill for this amount of body in my hair in real life, alas no amount of volume spray is going to give me that so I shall just stick to my virtual version for now! Shopping list ahoy!

Kitty Wears:

SKIN: AMARA BEAUTY ‘RILEY’ CATWA applier /MAITREYA body applier in 03 Peach (no make-up options worn, kept this plain and simple)  WE❤ ROLEPLAY  (Kitty wears this on Catwa ‘Gwen’ mesh head)

EYES: IKON ‘Sovereign’ eyes in ‘Field’

EYESHADOW: VEECHI ‘Lush Tropic Shadow’ (Catwa)

HAIR: DE LA ‘Leah’ Amazing Pack  UBER

BODY: MAITREYA ‘Lara’

NECKLACE: REALEVIL INDUSTRIES ‘Eden’ TROPICAL SUMMER FAIR 2016

NOSE RING: KUNST ‘Septum Keeper’ (Right)

Sunday Sublime

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A sublime Sunday indeed, especially because of the AMARA BEAUTY ‘Amelia’ skin that I am wearing in this snap. It’s beautiful, and I love it.  This is the first skin I’ve tried of hers that features an optional freckles layer, that is accessible via the HUD.  I very rarely bother with freckles or moles in Second Life ( I figure I have plenty in my real one) but I may have to keep these on because they’re so neat.

Shantia is REALLY making fantastic HUDS for her skins; this one features an absolute plethora of lip colours, along with some very pretty eyeshadows and all the brow options INCLUDING the ability to tint them yourself.  Oh yes, and there’s the freckle layer I mentioned before too.

Oh, another thing, this applier is for CATWA (hence my wearing it) BUT it’s for the ‘Candy’ head, which I don’t have.  I took a gamble therefore and used it on my ‘Gwen’ head, and I think the results speak for themselves! I’m not wearing any make-up, just the base layer skin with dark brows in ‘Beige’ tone.  Shantia always makes great brows and these frame the face  perfectly, but there is a no brow option should you fancy something different. (If you check out my previous blog post you’ll see I’m wearing the same skin but with different brows; it looks very effective and just as good, but in a stronger, more defined way.)

Amelia is available at the AMARA BEAUTY mainstore.  Here’s your taxi!

London Living By Ria Bazar @ 6REPUBLIC

You still have a few days left to get yourselves over to 6Republic and shop for goodies for your virtual abode, and if you don’t actually have an abode then may I make a suggestion? How about nabbing yourself one of the nicest, and most original, skyboxes that is currently available in Second Life? Let me back up a bit: this current round of 6Republic is a tale of two cities: London and New York to be precise.  The furnishings and builds at the event have all been inspired by these locations; think prints with skyscrapers, fire hydrant fittings and industrial style furniture as well as union flags galore, but it’s the builds which really evoke the spirit of these great cities, and the latest mesh skybox from Ria Bazar is the Second life equivalent of having your very own London penthouse.terace_001First of all the exterior of this build is a real 3D treat- you actually have a London street featuring building facades and greenery.   This is great scene setting; you can use this exterior to take pictures in, or just enjoy the view from your balcony window.  The skybox sits within this street surround so you get a great view from all of your windows, and it really does make it feel just right. It’s perfect for pictures!London Apartment 3The skybox interior is nicely textured with features like working windows and doors, along with radiators and UK plug sockets.  The walls have been decorated to suggest a revamped apartment that has seen slightly better days, and there’s a bold Banksy inspired print adorning one of the walls to give a really modern edge to the environment. The build centrepiece is the lift (elevator).  That’s right; rather than a staircase there’s a working lift to take you between floors, how classy is that?! The detail upon this is pretty dazzling and I urge you to have a gander! Check out the construction of the lift capsule itself, the rope pulleys and mechanised elements all look pretty dazzling and very unusual.London Apartment  There’s plenty of living space too for you to decorate and the textures that have been used here combine perfectly to evoke a modern space ripe for dressing.  I particularly enjoyed the bathroom; it’s tiny but I used pieces from the Bazar ‘Floria’ Bathroom to fill it and make a space that I could imagine relaxing in at the end of a long, hot London day. I can just imagine lazing in the tub with the window open, listening to the sounds of the birds and the traffic from the street below…London Apartment 2I love a good skybox; I love placing furniture in them and I love where they take your imagination to.  This one definitely took me on a journey to the best city in the world, and I’m sure it will do the same for you.  Be sure to check it out at 6REPUBLIC, and then the BAZAR main store!

BAZAR – skybox, 866L

London Skyhome, 46x46m, 86 LI, c/m/nt, demo via TP, 866L.
Some decorative pieces featured in this from APHORISM @ THE GACHA GARDEN, along with bathroom accessories by VESPERTINE and PILOT. 

MBA: Looks to make you go ‘WOW’!

Anubis_003More MBA BI-MONTHLY goodies to share gang.  First up, check out this bloody lovely skin from WOW SKINS.  To be honest, I don’t tend to wear many skins other than my beloved AMARA BEAUTY ones these days so it has to be something very special to make me want to change.

This WOW SKIN is definitely worth my time though; it’s called ‘Mimi’ and I’m wearing her in tan.  The CATWA applier that I’m sporting is simply sublime; a gorgeous, lustrous lip and slim arched brow offer  great  facial definition, and the tone is evenly and expertly applied across my Maitreya bod.  The applier HUD is neat and offers three brow shades along with a no brow option, and there are five eye makeup options included too.  I’m incredibly taken with it, as I’m sure you can tell!unseemly_003Moving on to my outfit and I’m absolutely loving this ABSOLUT VENDETTA ‘Liloo’ Yoga Top. This is an easy to wear wardrobe essential; add jeans or a skirt and it will look great however you style it. It’s shaped really well and I love the ribbon tie at the back; it’s very nicely modelled and looks realistic. The top is actually three parts: the main body, then there are the bra straps and the centre of the bra – these can all be coloured separately and you can wear without the bra should you so wish.  against the thigh. I’ve had a lot of fun testing out colour options on this, but I’ve opted for the orange because it always looks so effective against denim blue, and that’s the colour of the shorts I’ve dressed it with.  These shorts are from  SORBET.  These are pretty simple fayre, and denim shorts are ten-a-penny in SECOND LIFE but these stand out because of the graceful scalloped edge that sits neatly against the thigh.  I’ve added some of my favourite accessories to create a lovely look for a lazy Sunday afternoon.

If you’re curious about my surroundings this is the SCARLET CREATIVE and TARTE treats that were featured in the inaugural LUXEBOX.  I’m incredibly pleased with mine and will talk about it some more over the next few posts!

KITTY WEARS: 

(Picture 1)

All items as below except Hair is ‘Marion’ MINA from HAIROLOGY

Bra is by ERRATIC. 

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SKIN: WOW ‘MIMI’ CATWA applier /MAITREYA body applier in Tan MBA BI-MONTHLY

EYES: IKON ‘Triumph’ eyes in Storm

EARS: MANDALA ‘Steking’ – Season 5

BODY: MAITREYA ‘Lara’

HAIR: RUNAWAY HAIR ‘Mona’ Ombres & Roots  Available from WE❤ ROLEPLAY 

TOP: ABSOLUT VENDETTA ‘Liloo’ Yoga TOP+BRA  MESH BODY ADDICTS BI MONTHLY 

SHORTSSORBET  Short Festonne [Classique] MBA BI-MONTHLY

ACCESSORIES: YUMMY Chunky Crystal – Purple and Pentagram Pendant – Gold – Purple
KUNST  – Septum Keeper (right)

Pose is !Bang – Stand 554 (m)

 

MBA: Teenage Kraze

good friday_005In real life, I genuinely don’t have much of a shoe fetish but in SECOND LIFE, I really do. It’s not nearly as bad as some people mind you, I know tonnes of avatars who own enough pairs of virtual shoes to kit out a football team a zillion times over, but still virtual footwear is an art form all of its own.  There are some absolutely amazing shoe designers out there now, and every single one of your footwear fetishes can be catered to at the drop of a hat.  From slouchy boots to towering heels, everything’s available, and that makes me one happy Kitty:) MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY has been featuring some great shoes during recent events ( I featured a cracking pair of Gladiator sandals from ILLI here) and the latest addition to my armoury are these scrummy ‘Kenya’ boots from KC COUTURE.  They’re beautifully textured with a big chunky heel and sweep over the foot to a false fastening to the side, which is embellished with fringing and a thin strip of leopard print.  Subtle but ever-so-easy to wear and incredibly dressy; these look great with both dresses AND trousers (might I suggest these?) and I love the open toe making them perfect for Spring/Summer wear.  These heels include a texture changing HUD with multiple options for a mere 295L.good friday_003I dressed mine up with a great FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY find, this ‘Lana’ dress comes from VINYL and features a HUD with 11 colours for just L$50! good friday_001Yup, it’s an early start for this Kitty, but I think it’s going to be a VERY Good Friday indeed! Happy shopping, and Happy Easter!

KITTY WEARS:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.5

HEAD: Catwa ‘Gwen’

SKIN: Amara Beauty  Beige Maitreya Lara applier SKIN FAIR 2016 (Sim 2, booth 10)

HEAD APPLIER: Amara Beauty:’ ‘Kat’ (Beige) Catwa Applier  SKIN FAIR 2016 (As above)

EYES: IKON   ‘Triumph’ Eyes – Dusk

HAIR: Little Bones ‘Luna’ (L- Ombres)

SEPTUM PIERCING: Swallow ‘Nisha’ Septum Piercing (Black)

DRESS: Vinyl ‘Lana’ FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY

SHOES: KC Couture ‘Kenya’ MESH BODY ADDICTS

BAG: Reverie ‘Haight-Ashbury’ Bag (Brown)

MBA: Weekend at Jez’s

weekend_001I don’t do well waking up in a strange bed, but Jez’s new place is a bit of a fancy home-from-home, so I woke up feeling pretty rested after lugging my massive suitcase full of outfits there for the weekend. It felt very odd though; no cats for a start (my skybox is festooned with them!) so I’ve spent most of the day trying to convince him that he needs one, or two.  Perhaps three. Anyway, today I wanted to keep it pretty and simple, so I hung around the pad listening to music and dancing around in my BLUEBERRY ‘Milly’ Leather Shorts.  These are short, stylish and oh so tight that they almost gave Jez a coronary! But despite being leather shorts you can actually dress them up really well; I combined mine with a kimono and some statement jewellery and looked pretty neat, even if I say so myself! weekend_003A soak in Jez’s BAZAR ‘Toronto’ tub allowed me to think about the important things in life, like can the neighbours see my mimsy because Jez’s curtains are the very definition of inadequate?  No matter, we’ve all seen virtual vajay-jay before, so out of the tub I hopped into my lovely DOLLE robe (still available at WHORE COUTURE FAIR 5) and made like I knew what I was going to wear tonight..weekend_004Which of course I didn’t. It’s fair to say I had NO IDEA what I would be wearing.  You know when you have a drawer with personal items stored in it at your boyfriend’s house? I have a whole rail of clobber and of course,  I’d brought a suitcase full yet I had no idea what to wear! GAH!weekend_005Fortunately, MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY saved me again! This beautifully embellished lace and pearl cocktail dress from UNITED COLOURS  makes a statement without needing any additional items such as bold earrings or necklaces. It fits my MAITREYA body perfectly with just a hint of a cinch at the waist.  A slick of lipstick from my AMARA BEAUTY ‘Kat’ Lipstick Palette (to match my CATWA head) and I’m good to go!

So the question is, where’s Jez?!

KITTY WEARS:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.5

HEAD: Catwa ‘Gwen’

SKIN: Amara Beauty  Beige Maitreya Lara applier SKIN FAIR 2016 (Sim 2, booth 10)

HEAD APPLIER: Amara Beauty:’ ‘Kat’ (Beige) Catwa Applier  SKIN FAIR 2016 (As above)

EYES: IKON   ‘Triumph’ Eyes – Dusk

HAIR: Spellbound ‘Your Ghost’ (Chapter I- Earth Tones) WCF 5

SEPTUM PIERCING: Swallow ‘Nisha’ Septum Piercing (Black)

Picture 1:

KIMONO JACKET/TOP: Tres Blah ‘Summer’ Kimono (M)

SHORTS: Blueberry ‘Milly’ Shorts  MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

NECKLACE: Yummy ‘Dreamcatcher’

EARRING (Right ear, cross) Maxi Gossamer

POSE Bee. Bu ‘Venus Fly’ collection POSE FAIR 2016

(The other earring is no longer available in world) 

Picture 2: 

Kitty is lounging in the ‘Toronto’ Bath from BAZAR

Picture 3:

Bedroom furniture by BAZAR 

ROBE: Dolle  ‘Short Robe Sleepwear’ – White  WHORE COUTURE FAIR 5

POSE:  Amitie ‘Aire’ Collection

Picture 4:

DRESS:  United Colours for  MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

POSE: Amitie ‘Aire’ Collection

*All pictures were taken at Kitty and Jez’s new home in Pemberly*

MBA: The BEST khakis in SL!

In this post, you can see me wearing my new favourite trousers. Now, I very rarely wear trousers in-world, probably because I live in them in real-life, BUT I think that’s about to change because of these amazing ‘Shinoda’ khakis! They’re from the very well regarded in-world brand, VINYL, and you’ll find them at the MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY. I’ll tell you why I like them so much; for a start, the way that they’ve been ‘cut’ and shaped makes them look excellent. Creases in all the right places along with just the right amount of ‘slouch’ make for a realistic looking pant. I mean, just look at them, can’t you imagine lounging around in these, or grabbing your car keys and going out to shop in them? I know I can.  I want them in real life!Snapshot_003 They’re also available in an absolute plethora of colours too, and  I’ve no doubt you’ll see me wearing the majority of those a lot in-world, and on these pages. It’s not very often that I recommend fat-packing something (because it’s not often that I do that myself) but I genuinely recommend that you do that with these ‘Shinoda’ khakis because I guarantee they’ll go with anything and everything in your wardrobe! Hurray for my new favourite pants!Snapshot_002I’m wearing mine with a subtly-sexy vest and bra combo from VALENTINA E, along with some great flats that I acquired earlier today from KUSTOM 9 via the MOMENTO gacha machine. To finish I’ve opted for long and luscious locks, courtesy of this fabulous SPELLBOUND release from WHORE COUTURE FAIR 5. SPELLBOUND really are a magical (excuse the pun!) hair brand, and this style is no exception. I’m absolutely loving the waves that tumble over the front of the right shoulder, and the subtle plaits that tidy the hair to each side. It’s a very easy to wear style and works incredibly well with my CATWA ‘Gwen’ Mesh head without too many worries about fitting (the style is rigged) BUT in my opinion, you do need to wear a hair base with this style for best effect, so I am! My accessories are simple, a pair of tortoiseshell glasses from ISON and a necklace from YUMMY and I’m all set for a Kitty adventure with Jez in his new pad this weekend, how exciting! Look, I’ve packed a suitcase and everything! (LOVING this pose set from FROZEN poses at COSMOPOLITAN, it’s called ‘Luggage’ and you can have a LOT of fun with it creating scenes like this one!) Snapshot_008KITTY WEARS:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.5

HEAD: Catwa ‘Gwen’

SKIN: Amara Beauty  Beige Maitreya Lara applier SKIN FAIR 2016 (Sim 2, booth 10)

HEAD APPLIER: Amara Beauty:’ ‘Kat’ (Beige) Catwa Applier  SKIN FAIR 2016 (As above) (Worn with Kat lipstick palette, shade is from the ‘Petal’ trio) 

EYES: IKON  ‘Sovereign’ Eyes– ‘Field’

HAIR: Spellbound ‘Your Ghost’ (Chapter I- Earth Tones) WCF 5

TOP: Valentina E Gwen Tank & Peekaboo Bra MAITREYAFIT Khaki

TROUSERS: Vinyl – Shinoda Khakis Lara in Orange – MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

SHOES: Momento – Ballet flats (maitreya wine) KUSTOM 9

NECKLACE: Yummy Repurposed Charms Necklace – Eclectic – (Old N21 Exclusive)

GLASSES: Ison ‘Pegley’ glasses (Tortoise)

NSFW: Something Kinda oOo!

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..to evoke just the right kind of mood.  The irony here is that these poses aren’t even from the forthcoming POSE FAIR 2016, they’re actually from oOo STUDIO, and they’re the FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY offering in store today. You get seven poses for your L$50, which is excellent value.  All I did was change my facial expression, change the lighting in my bedroom and, well, I added a ‘prop’ (which was a freebie!) and there you have it, some seriously saucy snaps to enjoy for not really much money at all.  I do love a good SECOND LIFE bargain! Huzzah!

Here’s your TP to oOo studio

SKIN FAIR 2016: AMARA BEAUTY ‘Kallie’

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Feast your eyes on this bare-faced beauty! You’re gazing upon the gorgeous ‘Kallie’ from AMARA BEAUTY (formerly known as ZOUL CREATIONS) and as you can see she is absolutely stunning.  Shantia Soulstar has embraced the challenge that mesh heads provide for skin creators, and she hasn’t let us down.  She has created two beautiful mesh head appliers, both available at SKIN FAIR 2016, for LELUTKA and CATWA mesh heads. In this picture,  I’m wearing the LELUTKA mesh head applier on my ‘Stella’ mesh head, and frankly, she’s a revelation.

Shantia has been creating skins for mesh bodies for a while now so has gathered some valuable skin-making experience and she never disappoints when it comes to details. Every anatomical detail is present and correct and beautifully applied.  The same skill that she’s honed for her base skins now applies to her mesh head creations too, as I hope this picture clearly demonstrates. Guys,  this is a seriously breathtaking face.

The thing that ALWAYS gets me about Shantia’s skins are her brows; in my opinion she creates the best eyebrows in SECOND LIFE.  As you can see they arch perfectly and are just the right shape that frames, rather than overpowers, the face.  Cheek contour is always subtle but well applied, and as a foundation for mesh-head makeups ‘Kallie’ proves a worthy ally.  In fact as a bare canvas, even with the limitations that mesh heads currently provide, you can create some beautiful looks with ‘Kallie’ that will make your avatar look unique.

It’s incredibly gratifying for me as a blogger to see a skin creator that you admire continually develop.  I first started wearing Shantia’s skins (back when they were ZOUL CREATIONSin 2014.  That’s not that long ago, but she’s clearly advanced as a skin artist and has a fantastic portfolio which I hope that she is proud of, because each one of her skins are incredibly wearable still.

Personally,  I believe AMARA BEAUTY will be one of the success stories of SKIN FAIR 2016.  I really hope so, not just because Shantia deserves her success and has worked hard for it, but because it’s high time this range of skins got the full recognition that it deserves.

(A quick shout out to ARISE who are also exhibiting at SKIN FAIR 2016, for this stunning under-bust tattoo that I’m sporting.  It’s called ‘Lisa’, so how could I resist? <giggle> (Yes, that’s my real name, hence I just had to have it!) I really love it actually; I do enjoy wearing tattoos in-world but sometimes I prefer something a little more understated rather than an over-the-top number, and this perfectly fits the bill.  I’m a huge fan of  ARISE and I wasn’t disappointed by their range of body enhancements on show at SKIN FAIR 2016.  I don’t think you will be either!)

A final word also for this pose that really caught my eye at POSE FAIR 2016 earlier this evening.  I’ve had a very brief shop there and found a couple of tasty poses that I’ll  be using in my blog posts over the next few days, but this one in particular, the snappily titled (ahem!) ‘Headshot F #3’ from BLACK TULIP really caught my eye.  It’s a real asset to a blogger to have an unusual  way to frame a head-shot, and this pose has a real couture-like feel to it, if you get my drift.  It feels like a pose that a model would strike on the pages of ‘Vogue’ or some other high-fashion magazine. It’s rather striking and very effective for pictures where the focus isn’t on clothing or hair, and one that I think I’ll get a lot of use out of!

KITTY WEARS:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.5

HEAD: Lelutka ‘Stella’  1.3

SKIN: Amara Beauty ‘Beige’ Maitreya applier SKIN FAIR 2016 (Sim 2, booth 10)

HEAD APPLIER: Amara Beauty:’Kallie’ (Beige) SKIN FAIR 2016 (As above)

EYES: IKON  ‘Hope’ eyes– ‘Denim’

TATTOO –  Arise ‘Lisa’ SKIN FAIR 2016 (Sim 2, booth 45) 

SEPTUM PIERCING –Chary ‘Septum Ring’ 7 (RARE)

ENGAGEMENT RING – Cae ‘Cherish’

POSE –Black Tulip – ‘Headshot F#3’ POSE FAIR 2016

NSFW: A Dutchie Kitchen Sink Drama

Dear readers, you ALL know by now  that I’m a Second Life shopping addicted texture whore (that’s a mouthful, as the lady said to the gardener!) but you should also know how much I adore my fancy furniture too. What’s the common denominator here? Where’s the link between a beautifully textured dress and an elegantly composed armoire?  Well the link is simply the one thing that brings these items to life in a virtual world: IMAGINATION.You need the imagination of the creator to breathe life into an object and add the magic that will take it from a mere prim to something sensational in the same way that you also need the imagination of the avatar using or wearing that item too, to take it from being a few mere pixels on a screen to becoming  something real and true.   Honestly, you can’t beat a beautifully crafted piece of virtual furniture, for firing up the grey matter, especially if it’s been equipped with animations that bring that piece to life, and if you require proof of that statement you only have to check out the latest release from DUTCHIE, the “Dutchie Mesh Interactive Corner Kitchen”.  for affirmation. Kitchen Sink Drama Part 1For a start it’s beautifully built, but then again you’d expect nothing less from Froukje Hoorenbeek would you?  This is after all the lady that brought us the absolute masterpiece that is the Villa Utrecht, which never ceases to amaze and inspire,  and even though months have passed since it was originally  released it’s still one of the best homes that you can find in Second Life.  It stands to reason that such an esteemed creator would apply her exceptional skills in the same way to her latest creation, and you’ll be delighted to know “Dutchie Mesh Interactive Corner Kitchen”. is of the same quality and has stacks of elements that add an authentic, realistic touch.The kitchen itself is simple and elegant with colour change options.  You can select from six beautiful colour choices  to match the decoration of any home. I love the muted shades that Froujke has chosen for the colours; they add a classic (but not dated) feel to the kitchen. The stove, which is a brilliantly crafted piece of mesh,  offers 9 colour options, so you can create a kitchen that is totally unique to your requirements. The main build looks sturdy and well-balanced, and additional elements such as the dish drainer, the jar with utensils and even the kitchen organiser are all beautifully  rendered and look quite perfect.Kitchen sink drama part 2Taken as a whole the kitchen itself is outstanding, but what really makes this incredibly special are the stacks of animations that Froukje has added to make this one of the most exciting furniture releases in Second Life this year. She hasn’t skimped either; the PG version of the kitchen comes with ten solo and forty couple animations, along with forty  wearable items and rezzing scenes, with a lot of the couple animations playable solo as well. That’s more than enough for anyone, but the Adult version really takes things up a gear.Guys, it’s pretty astonishing; and having only just bust my virtual cherry  (see this post..) it’s been nothing short of a revelation! The Adult version of the kitchen has ten solo and NINETY couple animations, five sequences and over forty wearable items and rezzing scenes. PHEW!!  (Like the PG version, many of the couple animations can be used solo as well, and it’s tonnes of fun finding out what you can do with them.)  A very neat extra touch is that the adult kitchen is Aeros compatible too; this means your, erm how shall we say it, willy angles are automatically adjusted if you get my drift! Despite my many years in-world I’m having a lot of ‘firsts’ at the moment, and here’s another one because this was also my first time using experiences too. If you have something called ‘AVsitter experience’ enabled on your land the kitchen props will automatically attach to your avatar without asking permission. I can’t even begin to tell you what a revelation this was; you really don’t realise how much of a mood-breaker detaching attachments and re-attaching them can be so this added a real sense of realism to the entire  experience and best of all, made it so much fun. I don’t think I have ever baked, or cooked, or fucked as much in my entire virtual life (or real one for that matter!) kitchen sink drama, part 3 I’m not going to spoil the fun for you too much because this kitchen is something that you really need to try out by yourselves, but suffice to say all the animations  are incredibly satisfying! The sequences allow for you to concentrate on nothing more than the action with your partner and they really are pretty special.  I enjoyed them immensely, and they also offer the opportunity for some really epic photographs too; you will gain a LOT of satisfaction from this kitchen if you’re an avid Second Life photographer. Also, I like the fact that there is more to this kitchen than just standard cooking and cleaning animations (although they are excellent of course). The animations can really be used to tell a story, which is obviously what I’ve tried to do here with my cartoon-strip, and they allow for a lot of role-play and conversational opportunities, as well as epic make-up sex.  Kitchen sink drama part 4To sum up then this is a very special creation indeed that will get a lot of virtual press, and rightly so.  There’s always excitement when DUTCHIE releases something new to the grid and this kitchen is without exception one of the best out there, so If you’re looking for a new kitchen for your virtual abode, or even if you’re not, go and give this one a try. I promise you won’t be disappointed!  

More information: 

Land impact PG kitchen: 30 prims
Land impact adult kitchen: 31 prims
Lamp: 3 prims
Clock: 3 prims

Mod and copy.
100% original mesh.
Materials applied.

Check out the details on Dutchie’s website HERE. 

Click HERE to visit in-world, and HERE to purchase from the marketplace.

NSFW: A visit to THE SEX SPA (Pt.1)

sex spa_003“I eat my dinner in my bathtub
Then I go to sex clubs
Watching freaky people gettin’ it on…” Tove Lo ‘Habits’

Sex in SL has NEVER been something that has appealed to me at all. I know that for some avatars it’s an incredibly important part of their Second Lives, especially when they’re in relationships with partners that they don’t live with; but it’s something I’ve never felt the need to investigate. Besides, I’ve always thought of it based on my original experiences of rezzing into Adult areas, back in the heady, early days of  Second Life.  It was never a pretty sight, and I could never fully understand how someone could get in the mood when there were distracting pose balls dotted all over the place, let alone animations that were jerking in all the wrong ways and making the avatars meld into one globule-like, writhing mess, with elbows jutting through foreheads and prim-phalluses popping out of the back of the avatar heads.  It never struck me as especially erotic, so I left well alone.
I would never have bothered to explore that side of SL again either, had it not been for my curiosity  being piqued quite by chance.  As most shopping savvy avatars are well aware, WHORE COUTURE FAIR 5 has just launched and it’s an absolute must-visit event with over 100 stores promising to fulfill your every whim and desire.  There are some seriously sexy items on show, from lingerie skins and hairstyles to poses and, erm, ‘equipment’. It really  cannot be missed, but missing it I was because I couldn’t find a ruddy LM anywhere! Luckily for me, I knew the event was the brain-child of the esteemed Missqwerty Pevensey, so I looked up her in-world profile, to see if I could source a landmark.  (Now, before we go any further let me confess I do read (and judge) people on their profiles. I love a good profile read, and picks do work because I go to so many of them. (I’ve found hundreds of new to me stores and locations through profile picks so the message here is do not neglect your profile folks, you never know who could be reading!)) ANYWAY, it was while I checked out  Missqwerty’s profile that I happened across her picks, and it was there that I learned of THE SEX SPA.Now, I hold MissQ in pretty high esteem in-world (although she doesn’t know me from Adam, I’m a long time fan of her brand AMERICAN BAZAAR and a fan of the events that she curates) so upon a complete whim I clicked on the link, and I was transported to another place entirely..chilling_011Looks cracking doesn’t it? I have no idea what I expected to find when I clicked on that profile pick but the SEX SPA definitely wasn’t it, because this is a truly stunning place; a gorgeous and well put together place for intimate relations without an iota of sleaze about it.  We’re talking high-class kink, with beautifully chosen and arranged furnishings throughout. Every element of decoration has been thoughtfully placed to evoke the feeling of an actual spa. Don’t get me wrong, the number one priority here is to get laid, but to do so in absolutely lovely surroundings, the kind that I had no idea existed in Second Life. More fool me. chilling_010It truly is a spa as well with massage tables, a gym and sauna, as well as treatment rooms that you can enjoy singularly or as a couple.  I had a blissful time soaking my tootsies. I was a tad apprehensive if I’m honest, having never been to  one of these places it was making me wonder if an avatar would rez in and lunge at me or something worse.  Fortunately,  that didn’t happen which meant that I could  really enjoy my surroundings: I was definitely enjoying the soothing and relaxing but could it really offer more? chilling_003I continued to explore and discovered a tub for two..chilling_013There is a fantastic pool and jacuzzi to be enjoyed outside too, with lovely sofas to relax upon under the virtual sky, or not as the case may be. I spied a couple who certainly weren’t gazing at the stars, so I retreated to a hot-tub to sit and ponder what I’d stumbled across. Despite the activities that were taking place a few feet away, I didn’t feel threatened or even embarrassed. I didn’t feel especially aroused either, despite my enjoyment of the location.  I was merely a visitor taking my time to enjoy the space around me. But I would be a liar if I said I didn’t suddenly feel curious…chilling_008This place had certainly got me thinking; is Sex in a virtual world just as bad as I thought it was, or is it actually an experience to be enjoyed, encouraged even? Just how much of an experience can it really be, indeed is there any point to it at all? It’s not an easy question to answer, but already my perceptions were being changed by what I was experiencing at this place. The fact was, I had to be open to the experience to really see what it was like before passing judgement so I decided to be objective and return with my trusty partner Jez to see what the SEX SPA was really all about…

Tune in for part 2 if you want to know more, here’s a NSFW sneaky peek! 

KITTY WEARS (Main picture)

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.5

HEAD: Catwa ‘Gwen’ (worn with Bold & Beauty ‘Lindsey’ applier ‘Light Fair’; also wearing Maitreya body applier and eyeshadow and lipstick from the range)

EYES: IKON  ‘Triumph’ eyes– Dusk

LASHES: Deesses ‘Luxe Eyelashes-Catwa’ WHORE COUTURE FAIR

HAIRSTYLE: +Elua+ ‘Jaycee’ (Ombre Basic)

EARS: Mandala ‘Steking’ V. 3

HAIRSTYLE: Little Bones ‘Lemonade’ (L – Dip dyes & fades)

ROBE:{dolle}Short Robe Sleepwear – Black WHORE COUTURE FAIR

ENGAGEMENT RING: Cae ‘Cherish’

POSE Muka Pose #4 WHORE COUTURE FAIR L$5 ‘gift’

(Other pictures: HAIRSTYLE: +Elua+ ‘Jaycee’ (Ombre Basic))

Dancing On My Own

Waiting..Make no mistake guys and gals, March is going to be a BIG month.  First of all, we’ve got the first THE ARCADE round of 2016, and the previews suggest that it is going to be an absolute belter. Then we have SKIN FAIR 2016, which I’m incredibly excited by, and that’s just TWO of the events that will be depriving us of our hard earned cash!  This all means of course that I have to be very careful with my pennies, so I’m trying to refrain from shopping as much as possible at present.  This isn’t easy, especially when you consider I haven’t even made it into UBER yet, and virtual shopping for me is very much an itch that I have to scratch, often!waiting_007So cheap and cheerful was on the cards for me today. I wanted to try and replicate the monochromatic colour trend that’s doing the rounds at the moment. If you aren’t familiar with it, it’s when you have the same colour on eyes, lips and nails. It’s a very uniform look, and when it’s done correctly it’s rather beautiful. Problem was, I didn’t want to spend an absolute shit ton on new skins or appliers for my LELUTKA ‘Stella’ head. Not to worry, I found exactly what I was after at DEESSES, which is firmly becoming an absolute favourite of mine for all things applier. For the princely sum of L$99 each i purchased the ‘Fleek’ eyeshadow palette, and the ‘Sexey’ lip palette and applied them to my mush. Et voila, monochromatic marvellousness without too many Lindens spent and how professional do my chops look? I think I look bloody beautiful! Of course, it helps that skin I am sporting, (DEETALEZ ‘Jolie’ Lelutka head applier and European tone Maitreya Lara body  applier)provide the perfect base, but you can’t fail to be impressed by the finished look. I’m also sporting a freebie in this picture too, the glorious ‘Hanky Panky’ lingerie set from BLACKLACE. I’ve been wearing this brand of virtual lingerie for absolutely donkey’s years and they continue to go from strength to strength. They’re also very generous with the group gifts too, as this set proves. I’m wearing it on my virtual booty courtesy of the Omega applier system, and it’s very swish indeed. It’s sheer , so you get a delicious hint of what lies beneath..naughty then, but not too OTT, although the stockings and suspenders really take it up a level. I’m really into my virtual undies at the moment with  DEAD DOLLZ, MILK TEA and of course,  BLACKLACE being real favourite brands of mine so I’m often to be found dancing around my skybox in my almost naked on a rainy Saturday afternoon… Anyway, TL;DR: You don’t need to spend a fortune to look good. Check out your groups for gifts like this one, and hit up places like DEESSES for appliers that can really make all the difference to your look! Enjoy!

KITTY WEARS:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.5

HEAD: Lelutka ‘Stella’ HUD 1.3 (worn with DeeTaleZ ‘Jolie’ Lelutka head applier and European body applier)

EYES: IKON  ‘Triumph’ eyes– Dusk

HAIRSTYLE: +Elua+ ‘Jaycee’ (Ombre Basic)

EARS: Mandala ‘Steking’ V. 3

LINGERIE – Blacklace ‘Hanky Panky’ Beige Vintage Set GROUP GIFT

SHIRT – The Sugar Garden ‘Master’s Shirt’

SEPTUM RING: .ARISE. Calla Septum / Black_Gold

ENGAGEMENT RING: Cae ‘Cherish’

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Happy Valentine’s Day with lots of love form Kitty & Jez xxx

Kitty’s Winter Warmers – Winter Trend 2015

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I found this gorgeous padded jacket at WINTER TREND 2015. It’s from MERLIFIC and the reason it caught my eye was the fantastic digitised skull and heart print that covers it. It’s nothing too fancy but incredibly effective. The padded collar looks well on this too, and I found a medium fit incredibly well on my Maitreya body without too much faffing around.  It’s cheap and cheerful and wears well with an old favourite BLUEBERRY skirt. I’ve also added some EN VOGUE hair that’s an exclusive to the event.  This style comes complete with beret and is a lovely simple bob shape that looks great in the ombre shades. EN VOGUE have been a real eye opener this year for me; they’ve produced consistently great hairstykles throughout the year and were a real highlight at HAIR FAIR 2015. I’m keen to see what 2016 offers from this brand!Last but not least I’m sporting some fantastic patterened tights by IZZIES from THE LIAISON COLLABORATIVE.  They come in all the colours you could possibly need for winter and are incredibly easy to choose and apply via HUD.Incidentally, this a raw shot from SL, so you can see how good these items look without the need for editing.  It’s good to share how items genuinely look in-world, it’s all too easy to edit out a pesky glitch and I plan to feature more of these kind of shots in 2016 so you can see how good items really look.  Of course, having a great PC helps, but so do windlights, choice of pose and the quality of the items you wear.  Good skin and eyes are ALWAYS a starter for ten in my opinion. Add elements like hairbases which add authenticity to your look along with lashes, brows and accessories and you’re onto a vitual winner.

I do think Kitty needs to wear a shirt under this coat though, she’ll catch her death! Here’s your list for shopping happy!

KITTY WEARS:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.4

SKIN: Glam Affair – Katra – Polar – August NB

EYES: IKON Triumph Eyes – Dusk (ML)

EYEBROWS: Nar Mattaru ‘Power Brows’ (Pitch Black + brow highlight)

LASHES: Hush ‘Flirt’

LIPS: PXL ‘Sweet Lips’ v1.4

HAIRSTYLE: enVOGUE HAIR – Miriam WINTER TREND

COAT: *Merlific* Sexy Winter Coat Skull [M] WINTER TREND

SKIRT: Blueberry Belted Denim Skirt Grey

TIGHTS: Izzies Chevron Tights – THE LIAISON COLLABORATIVE

ACCESSORIES:

(Yummy) Repurposed Charms Necklace – Eclectic

(NO) Cat RIng – 24k Gold RARE

(NO) Cat RIng – Max

The Horror! Penta Septum SUICIDE DOLLZ

Kitty Things: How I love my skybox home

home_008As I’ve said before on these pages I find a lot of solace in my skybox.  There’s something very satisfying about logging in to my virtual home and finding all my familiar virtual stuff and things there waiting for me. It blows my mind to think that none of the furnishings, animals and ephemera it contains are physically real, they all live on a server somewhere, but with a splash of creator’s imagination and  a deftly applied texture my favourite comfy chair comes to life, along with all my favourite things proudly on display within.   I adore my skybox home, and although  I do seem to covet and collect skyboxes on a regular basis  I’ve never found it in my heart to replace it. The skybox that I live in is The New York Penthouse from Barnesworth Anubis. It’s my ‘Mary Poppins’ space: to me it’s practically perfect in every way.  That said, there are a few things I would love to see changed, so this  blog-post is going to serve as a wishlist of sorts just in case the creator, BARNESWORTH ANUBIS, happens to come across this post.  So forgive my flight of fancy dear reader and allow me to begin: Hey Mr. Anubis! If you ever decided to ‘upgrade’ this particular skybox design, I have some ideas that you may be interested in?   First up, although I love the open plan could you add a bedroom door? It does get a tad draughty and sometimes the light from the kitchen keeps me awake when Jez is making a midnight snack.   I know I could add a screen to cover the door, but it wouldn’t look quite as polished as if you did it. Same goes for the internal window feature; I actually quite like it but I could see that for some having a solid wall would be more useful.  I always love the floor textures that you  apply to your builds, they’re exemplary, and in my skybox the wooden floor looks especially amazing.  But the brickwork could perhaps do with appearing a tad sharper, especially when zoomed in.   I’d also like the option to have the space for a fireplace, but to be able to incorporate one of my choosing.  (I’m very  partial to the Cast Iron Fireplaces that Apple Fall has released recently and would love to be able to use one of those in my skybox..) Perhaps my biggest customer suggestion for this particular skybox is that I would LOVE another room. Perhaps the floorplan could be increased by removing some of the generous space that is available as you walk in? Or, and even better to my mind, is to add a staircase up to another floor. I’ll take that even further: I would have the staircase situated towards the end of the bedroom  leading up a level.  Even better than that? It would be a cast iron  spiral staircase too! (OOH can you imagine? I can!)home_006Back to (virtual) reality. Now, some of you are reading this I’ve no doubt and thinking, but Kitty, this is a MOD skybox, so why don’t you make these changes yourself? Simple answer? I don’t know how.  I can make rudimentary changes like adding textured panels but I don’t know how to ‘undo’ a build of this magnitude to create extra rooms etc.  Besides, even if I did it, my finished work would never have the panache that a BARNESWORTH ANUBIS build would have. I mean come on, I’d ruin it, and that simply will not do! So here’s a Kitty-plea: Barnesworth, should you happen to be reading this, PLEASE consider making a revised version of this skybox with some enhanced features and perhaps even the touches that I’ve highlighted here.  I know many people who would be incredibly happy if you did that, but most of all me, and I’d be the first in-line to throw the Lindens at you once it was on sale! Here’s hoping my dream becomes a reality.  But it doesn’t have to; sometimes the nice things about flights of fancy is that they’re just that.  After all, there’s a lot to be said for being careful what you wish for, I mean what if Barnesworth released a revised version of this skybox and I didn’t like it?! EEP! Keyhole_008But when it comes down to it, I’ve lived a long time in this skybox and I have no intention of leaving it.  It makes me incredibly happy every time I log in, and after all, that’s what life, real or virtual,  should be about.  With that at the forefront of my mind then, I shall go on living my Second Life  within the comfortable confines of my virtual abode.  Some people have wooded glens and open spaces as their sacred space; but mine is a bundle of pixels and polygons on a monitor that with a bit of magic turn into something wonderful that I absolutely adore.  home_004Barnesworth Anubis NYC apartment

Prim Count: Skybox  30 land impact prim equivalent [mesh item]

Foot Print size: Skybox: 18×27 meters
(with backdrop: 40×40 meters)

Height: about 8 meters, 20 with backdrop
Permissions:
prims: copy, modify, no transfer
Scripted Features: none

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’

Fantasy Friday: Tricks and treats at The Fantasy Collective

Let me be your fantasyIf you have a group slot free it is well worth your time to join THE FANTASY COLLECTIVE and swoop on down to see what wonderfulness  awaits you at this month’s round.  Not only will you discover some suitably scary items, you’ll also be able to indulge on some rather cracking freebies.  Each designer in attendance has placed a stonking great big pumpkin alongside their stand, and it’s filled with either a trick, or a treat.
The treats are exactly that readers too; I’m wearing some of them in this snap.  I look ruddy scrumptious don’t I? Well, first of all you’ll see some blood-smeared on my kitty-lips, that’s courtesy of some epic lip tattoos which are a freebie from IZZIES.  The blood trickling down my throat is a gift necklace called ‘Bleed’ from the always amazing CAE, and the hair is an absolutely brilliant freebie from DAMSELFLY.  Isn’t it just to die for? This style is absolutely gorgeous; I love the fact that it features some pretty plaits to one side (perfect to show off your elven ears) and a full-bodied crown and side-swept fringe to finish.  As freebies go this one is pretty monumental and you would be foolish to miss the event, and this gift too. I paired all my freebie finds with this beautiful ERRATIC ‘Mia’ dress from THE MESH BODY ADDICTS event.  It’s available in a myriad of pattern and plain combinations, but this image just called for me to wear the black version.  I get the feeling that this dress would be incredibly lightweight in real life, very silky and slinky too, but it wears beautifully on my MAITREYA body. Of course because it’s an ERRATIC dress you just know that it’s going to have the perfect amount of detail, even though it’s a relatively simple piece.  The creasing and the slight drape and gape to the fabric feels just right and of course it looks beautiful.  I adore it.
Lots for you to enjoy here readers, so here’s your shopping list! 

Kitty Wears:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.4

SKIN: Zoul Creations ‘Becca’ SK1  Dk Brows chB ( Smoky Brown 02 eyeshadow, Nude 2 lip)

EYES: IKON  Hope Eyes in ‘Crimson’

LASHES: Hush ‘Flirt’

EARS: Mandala ‘Steking’ Series 5

HAIR: Damselfly  ‘Amarie ‘ rigged-mesh mixed pack  THE FANTASY COLLECTIVE (Gift)

DRESS: Erratic ‘Mia’ in Black (Maitreya) MBA BI-MONTHLY EVENT

Accessories:

Don’t be Lost and Found when you’re just 20Twenty!

The Posh Witch's Parlour..

Isn’t it nice when you find something fabulous in-world and something equally fabulous that goes with it absolutely perfectly? Ok, I know I’m prattling on, but you see I’ve got JUST the things for you right here, right now! First up, feast your face on this gorgeous chair and table set from the always astonishing Ria Bazar, which is available at the latest round of ‘Lost and Found’.

It’s called ‘Paris’ and features an armchair filled to bursting with textures and poses along with a matching console and props including books, a print and picture light, flowers and both a full bottle of wine and one that’s been spilled, which is both rather novel and incredibly upsetting.  I hate spilling wine.  To match it I’ve discovered a rather glorious ottoman from MUDHONEY  which really complements the BAZAR ‘Paris’ set.

This ‘Fran’ ottoman is available in both pattern and plain varieties from  a new event launching this month called 20TWENTY .  Don’t you agree that both the chair and ottoman are so fabulously textured they could have been made for one another?  (Ria Bazar AND Ravyn Hynes in ONE blog post, that’s two of the best designers in-world right there gang. YIPPEEE!)

But, why stop there? To Halloween things up a bit I took the next shot with a side table also featured in 20TWENTY; this long-legged side piece is from the ‘Witches Diner Set’ by UNCERTAIN SMILE. I changed the textures on both the chair and ottoman, and also added a ‘Skully Wall Candle’ from DYSFUNCTIONALITY (who also feature in this months inaugural round of 20TWENTY) with the result making for a slightly spooked-up yet still classy place to rest your weary toes after a night of serious trickin’ and treatin’!

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Lost and Found runs until November 1st and you can catch it HERE. It’s extensively covered on the forever awesome SERAPHIM SL blog, and so is 20TWENTY too.

Slip into something comfortable from THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR

Oh the joy that a new operating system can bring. I would tell you the saga of how Windows 10 almost broke me (because it decided that it didn’t like my Nvidea graphics card) but that would be boring. But that’s the reality that I’ve been living the past few days. There’s been some serious swears Chez RL Kitty that’s for sure, and it’s put my blogging back a few days.It’s a shame because I’m actually finding Windows 10 to be incredibly tasty; and it’s actually performing some kind of Witchcraft which is making my Second Life experience much better than normal, BUT I’m still experiencing hitches galore.

Beloved has done some sort of jiggery pokery but until the problem is properly addressed by a patch from Microsoft I fear my activities are going to be somewhat hampered; already my machine has failed twice in the past two hours.  (The glitch itself is incredibly annoying too; my monitor basically shuts down and refuses to allow me to switch it back on.  My speakers working just fine show that behind the blackness my PC is running just fine though, and sadly the only way to restore service is to perform a reboot.  I shudder to think what this is doing to my hard disk.)Kitty Bedroom_004Anyway, enough of my kitty-complaining, I still have niceness to share with you from THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR.  In fact, the item I’m sharing is perfect for returning home after an epic shopping trip. What could be nicer than coming home and kicking off your shoes, then running a luxurious bath before slipping into something comfortable to wear while you binge-watch Netflix or read your favourite book in bed? Sure sounds tempting doesn’t it? Snapshot_002Well,  here’s a simple yet really lovely camisole/dress from DOLLLE to wear once you’ve completed your ablutions. I have blogged DOLLLE before and I do like the label very much; they seem to offer a very nice line in relaxed mesh attire that’s easy to wear and style. The mesh is really well engineered and offers a good fit and the texture choices are sound too.Snapshot_005I’m also wearing the latest skin from ZOUL CREATIONS in this snap; this is the simply scrumptious ‘Iza’ which has been released at the incredibly popular ‘WE LOVE ROLEPLAY’ event.  ‘Iza’ is available in 4 tone packs for 420L each, which include 2 tones each and 5 brow options.  Demos are of course available to try.  As always Shantia Soulstar has created a plethora of applier options for you to choose from; with body appliers available for EVE, Lolas, L. Inc, Maitreya, Omega, SLink, and WowMeh, 0L each. Iza Eyeshadows includes 10 colours, 70L. Iza Lipsticks includes 10 colours, 70L.  (I’ve cheated a bit and because there aren’t any appliers for PXL Sweet Lips with this skin, I’ve just used my PXL Sweet Lips appliers from Shantia’s ‘Della’ release and they work a treat!)
Anyone care to come and wash my back? Bueller? Anyone?

Kitty Credits:
Base Look: 
Skin: ZOUL CREATIONS (Iza sk1 – Dk Brows –Chb  worn withSk1 & Sk2 Blush along with  Iza Eyeshadow – Blue 03 and Della Sweet Lips Naked 03 ) WE LOVE ROLEPLAY
Lashes: HUSH – Lashes – ‘Flirt’
Lips: PXL SweetLips v1.4
Ears: AITUI – Ear: Naked
Mesh Body: MAITREYA ‘Lara’ V3.4 (inc. hands and feet)
Eyes: BUZZ ‘Cora Kitty Eyes’ – Chocolate {Medium}
Hair: LITTLE BONES ‘Thoughts’ – Landslide colour-pack

Kitty wears:
DOLLLE Silk Cami Night Dress, mesh body compatible, 5 colour options available, 250L each/fatpack 880L THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR

Poses:
BOUNCE THIS ‘Destiny’ & ‘Candy’
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It’s Here! The Mesh Body Addicts Fair 2015

Snapshot_002So THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR is in full swing now guys and gals, and there’s a magnificent multitude of mesh apparel for you all to enjoy!I decided to hit up the fair but couldn’t quite figure out where I’d put my keys, which sent me into a bit of a tizzy, but fortunately they turned up before I had a massive Kitty melt-down and I was able to set off for my visit. Actually, I’m fibbing a wee bit because I already had some amazing items from the fair and I’ve used some of them to create the perfect outfit to go shopping in!Snapshot_005 What do you need when you go on an epic trip? Lightweight clothes, a roomy bag and sensible shoes. I managed to meet a couple of those criteria and head off to empty my Linden piggy-bank in super Second Life style! Let me tell you about my look, because I think it’s a bit of a winner if I do say so myself..  I’m still sporting ZOUL CREATIONS ‘Della’ skin and MURRAY hair (‘Giorgia’) because I just love them so much.  I mean just look at them; they combine effortlessly to make a truly great base to build your look upon. So let’s move on to the main part of my outfit which is a tunic from VINYL. I’ve shopped at this store before and really love it.  You know it’s going to be a good store when items are packaged as vinyl records and coffee; seriously guys the packaging is exceptional, but of course it’s what is inside that counts, and I can tell you that you won’t be disappointed.Saturday CollageThe ‘Isabel Tunic’ is the VINYL release for the fair, and I think it’s exceptional.  It’s a great tunic, featuring a lovely shape and a realistic lived-in base texture that you can choose to wear with or without a graphic design. I really like this; I wore it on my MAITREYA LARA body and it fitted very well with just a few alpha adjustments. The base texture itself is nicely done featuring good detailing and the graphic option which I think lends a Boho feel to the top.  It’s rather pretty, in fact, and extremely wearable. This tunic  is available with cords or without; my preference was without for today’s outfit, but it looks absolutely fine with them. You can change the colour of the cords(and the bows on the sleeves) via a neat little HUD. I also like the fact that it’s a v-neck too.
I raided my inventory for something a bit special to pair it with and remembered I had this cracking skirt from BLUEBERRY that has a texture change belt. I figured it would be ideal to wear with the tunic and I was right.  I think  it looks great worn with this VINYL top, they’re a really good match tonally and look as though they were made for each other!  I needed to embellish my outfit so chose to accessorise with a necklace from ……….. which is available along with some other select pieces at THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR. This is a very simple chain with a lotus shape on it; perfect when you need something to wear around your neck but you don’t want anything too fussy that would draw the eye away from your clothing. This  FOREVER FAMOUS ‘Lotus’ necklace fits the bill perfectly with its delicate feel and simple, yet well-designed shape.   I love that this is available in a variety of metal finishes and  because I could choose a rose-gold finish it meant that I could match it to the eyelets and buckle on my BLUEBERRY skirt. (It’s the little outfit details like that which make me a very happy Kitty indeed!)
I further accessorised with my absolute favourite bag this year, the ‘Haight-Ashbury’ from REVERIE that I purchased at INDIE TEEPEE. I’ve never been big on bags in Second Life, but this one has really changed my mind because it really is special. It’s always a conversation piece and I’ve had a great number of compliments for it when I’ve been wearing it during my grid-wide travels. I’m also sporting a watch/bracelet combination from REIGN which was a Gacha prize and I’m also swinging my GIZZA key-chain with gusto while I try and remember if there’s anything else I need to pack before I go…
Last but not least are my shoes. Remember a few moments ago when I wrote that you need sensible shoes on a shopping trip? Yeah, these are anything but sensible, but I care not a jot because they are lovely. These ‘Bucharest’ shoes by ESSENZ are incredibly substantial and I imagine they’d be satisfyingly heavy on the foot. They really deserve to be zoomed in upon and admired too because they’re so perfectly textured; you can even see stitching which is really going the extra mile for detail. You can change the colour of the sole and the metal of the zip at the back should you wish. I think they are pretty awesome, ticking all the boxes for shape, texture and desirability. They make me want to wear a flashing sign above my head that says “LOOK AT MY SHOES! WORSHIP THEM!” because they’re *that* good. Trust me, you need them in your life and you’ll find them in twelve fabulous colours to fit both Maitreya and SLink High feet.  Team them with my VINYL tunic and my exquisite FOREVER FAMOUS necklace from THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR and you’ve got three must-have items already from this event and it’s been not even been open a day yet! Here’s a complete Kitty shopping list for your delectation, and with that I must go and break my Linden bank-account with some more serious shopping! Enjoy!

Kitty wears:
Base Look:
Skin: ZOUL CREATIONS (Della sk1 – Dk Brows – chC  worn with Della Eyeshadow – Kiwi 03 and Della Lips Bubblegum 02 via Sweet Lips applier)
Lashes: HUSH – Lashes – ‘Flirt’
Lips: PXL SweetLips v1.4
Ears: AITUI – Ear: Naked
Mesh Body: MAITREYA ‘Lara’ V3.4 (inc. hands and feet)
Eyes: IKON Destiny Eyes – Maya (M)
Hair: MURRAY ‘Giorgia’ Hairstyle (light brown 05)
Outfit:
Top: VINYL – Isabel Tunic No Strings Medium THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR
Skirt: BLUEBERRY– Belted Denim Skirt – Gray
Shoes: ESSENZ – Bucharest (Maitreya)THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR
Accessories:
Wristwatch: REIGN– Boho Watch- Chevron (RARE)
Necklace: FOREVER FAMOUS Lotus Necklace (Rose Gold) THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR
Bag: REVERIE Haight-Ashbury Bag -Brown

Poses: All poses from BOUNCE THIS! (Candy Series)

Windlight used: CALWL  Post-processing: Picmonkey 

Quick Kitty PS: There’s a cracking competition being run for the duration of THE MESH BODY ADDICTS event that is well worth your entering, see the details below and good luck! The Mesh Body Addicts Fair - Photo Contest

LOTD: A bit of everything! (OMG Gacha, Hair Fair and The Seasons Story too!)

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July is in full swing and it’s a BUSY time of year guys and gals, and with so many events running at the moment it’s hard to know which way to turn or where to spend you hard-earned Linden Dollars. Blogs such as ELOQUENCE (and SERAPHIM) do an epic job of featuring the majority of in-world events so that you can see if there’s anything that you fancy before you try to TP in, and for that we owe them our gratitude. It must have been an absolutely enormous task recording the releases and photographing them at the HAIR FAIR Blogger preview last night, yet Vixen Thibedeau has done a sterling job.  (I was there for about five or six hours, got lost twice, spent way too much and felt completely overwhelmed by it all, so pity the poor blogger that has done all the legwork for you!)

If you don’t use blogs such as ELOQUENCE or SERAPHIM to plan your event visits then I really do recommend that you start doing so now. I never land at an event now unless I’ve had a good look at what is on offer beforehand. I go to each event with my list in hand, get my shopping accomplished and get the hell outta Dodge! I’ll return once the initial furore has died down towards the end of the event run, and then I can happily wander around and take in the build, the displays and the ambiance of the place. (Oh, and stare at all the avatars in attendance and scrutinise what they’re wearing. Ahem, no, I don’t, honest.)

Today’s ‘Look Of The Day’ then includes some items that can be found at events that are currently setting the grid on fire. I’ve gone for a dressed down look today, with the key element being this absolutely ravishing hairstyle from a brand called ‘MURRAY’.  I’ve never heard of them before yet I think they’re going to have an exceptional HAIR FAIR 2015, because all the styles they offer at the event are flawlessly executed. There’s no fuss, no tortured prims or misaligned mesh to be seen and no flatness of texture either; but you will discover hair that is beautifully styled, textured and utterly perfect when worn. (Regular visitors will have noticed that I’m wearing a long hairstyle and shock, horror Kitty-readers but most of the styles that I have purchased at HAIR FAIR 2015 have been loose and flowing, rather than my normal much-loved bob shapes. Clearly I’m sickening for something!)

But back to MURRAY; the reason I fell for this ‘Giorgia’ style is because, well, just look. It’s perfect isn’t it? This is the ultimate in plain and simple long hair. Some people may think that when you’re launching at such an occasion you should go out all guns blazing and throw some seriously fancy styles our way, but actually I think it is far better to start as you mean to go on. It would be way too easy to throw avant-garde and over-the-top styles at us but we’d wear them once, twice maybe before throwing them into the backs of our inventories, and I don’t know about you but mine is bursting at the seams as is. Better to launch with something with universal appeal in my opinion, which is what they have done with all four of their HAIR FAIR releases.

You know you should never disregard ‘simple’. It takes a proper artist to make something look so easy and effortless, when behind the scenes it’s actually very difficult to do. Hair creation in world can be merciless after all. MURRAY is a brand that has started with, well, not so much of a bang, but definitely not a whimper. (I think an assertive stamp of the foot?)
They’re a brand I’m going to be watching with interest and I cannot wait to see what further items they come up with during the remainder of 2015. Incidentally, if you’re curious about the flower it’s actually a freebie in recognition of HAIR FAIR’s 10th birthday and comes in a pack of 6 different shades for you to enjoy from TABLEAU VIVANT. (When you do manage to get in watch out for the freebies that the majority of vendors have placed out for us, there are some absolute cracking styles that people are giving away!) It looks beautiful with this ZOUL CREATIONS ‘Della’ skin and I’ve resurrected my PXL Sweet Lips from my inventory to wear too. Why? Because they’re plain awesome!

My dress is another summer release from the APHORISM label. Rucy Byron is turning into a virtual design powerhouse in 2015 consistently releasing quality fashion for male and female avatars; the dress is available in either pattern, plain or floral flavours and encapsulates perfectly the Boho vibe that seems to be rocking Second Life in 2015. You’ll find it at THE SEASONS STORY.  To accessorise, I’ve added a nose-ring from the latest round of OMG GACHA! which is full of Summer and kawaii-themed delights with loads of machines to play.

There really is so much going on this weekend/this month/this summer in-world that you’ve absolutely no excuse not to find something that you’ll enjoy, and don’t forget that INDIE TEEPEE is in full swing over the weekend too, don’t miss it! ( I previewed it in my last post here)

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Kitty Wears: 

Skin: ‘Della’ by ZOUL CREATIONS
Mouth: PXL Sweet Lips (worn with Della lipstick/applier) by PXL 
Eyes: ‘Charm’ Eyes in ‘Brown’ by IKON
Ears: ‘Naked’ by AITUI
Lashes: ‘Flirt’ by HUSH

Hair: ‘Giorgia’ Hairstyle (light brown 05) by MURRAY @ HAIR FAIR
Hair band: Tropical Headpiece’ in ‘Sunset’ (TABLEAU VIVANT HAIR FAIR gift)

Body: ‘Physique’ by SLINK
Hands & Feet (Casual Hands and Mid Feet) by SLINK

Dress: Summertime Dress (s) by APHORISM (THE SEASONS STORY)
Shoes: ‘Boho Platforms’ in Brown by PURE POISON

Septum Ring: ‘Nisha Septum Ring’ (Black) by ^^SWALLOW^^ (OMG GACHA)
Ring (just seen..only just!) Schadenfreude Owl Wee Beastie Ring by SCHADENFREUDE

Pose: AN LAR POSES ‘The Watchtower Series: Two’ INDIE TEEPEE

LOTD: Goa Trance Kitty Ahoy! (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)

BAZAR gives me 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.

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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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Click here to begin your TAG GACHA game!  (Instructions here)

SKIN FAIR 2015 – Static Skins ‘Seia’

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I wasn’t familiar with STATIC skins before SKIN FAIR 2015 at all, and if I’m brutally honest, I struggled with Seia at first. I couldn’t get her to work on me; styling proved difficult for some reason and I felt like I’d lost my mojo..and then all of a sudden, we clicked!
Her face suddenly struck me as having a real vintage quality to her, almost a 1920’s aspect with the thin, slightly fuzzy brow and the very pronounced cupid’s bow to the lip. I’m glad I persevered because she’s an incredibly satisfying skin to wear indeed. In fact, I ended up styling her in my usual fashion, adding a tattoo from THINGS to add a wee bit of ‘oomph’ and  being very pleased with the results, as I hope you can tell from these snaps!
Unlike some of the other skins I’ve featured from Skin Fair 2015 Seia doesn’t have an overwhelming stack of options choose from, which may seem a tad underwhelming but trust me, it can actually be a relief too! We’re laden with appliers and layers and mesh attachments, sometimes it’s good to keep our choices simple and few. The trick is, they need to be QUALITY. Impiety hasn’t let us down on that score. I would have liked a no brow skin option, just because I’m that kind of gal, but I can work with what I’m given when it’s this good. As you can tell,  I ended up being rather keen on this skin indeed.
So what do I like about Seia? The visage is very pretty and if you are looking for a vintage look to your chops I’d recommend this skin straight away, even though I don’t think it’s intended to evoke that kind of feeling. (Pro-tip, If you increase the size of your eye opening just a tad, and make the dip in the philtrum a little deeper, this skin will practically turn you into Clara Bow) OR you can do away with the regular mouth  altogether and add some PXL Sweet Lips into the mix, should you so wish. I was delighted to find appliers for the lipsticks in the package that will fit PXL Sweet Lips, Nyam Nyam and Loud Mouth.

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Each skin tone costs just L$599 and is bursting with goodness in each bottle. Guys, this is an absolute bargain considering what you get in each pack! I’m wearing ‘Sunkissed’ and it’s a lovely warm ivory tone that doesn’t skimp on the details one jot, even though for the price it could. Your purchase gets you the basic skin along with versions featuring black, blue, purple and red lipstick options, along with the aforementioned  PXL, Nyam Nyam and Loud Mouth appliers.  That’s not all, your Slink, Lolas and Omega applier needs are catered to as well!

I’m so glad I took my time to enjoy ‘Seia’, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by her and think she’s a great find at SKIN FAIR 2015, and I think you will too!

Click HERE to go straight to her!

SKIN FAIR 2015 – Belleza ‘Tess’

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“How very lovable her face was to him. Yet there was nothing ethereal about it; all was real vitality, real warmth, real incarnation. And it was in her mouth that this culminated. Eyes almost as deep and speaking he had seen before, and cheeks perhaps as fair; brows as arched, a chin and throat almost as shapely; her mouth he had seen nothing to equal on the face of the earth.”  Thomas Hardy, Tess Of The D’Urbervilles

Ok so let’s get one thing out of the way. I love BELLEZA. I wear their skins often and have worn them with love and admiration for years now, and on the strength alone of their Skin Fair 2015 release, ‘Tess’, That’s NOT going to change anytime soon.

But why BELLEZA? As brands go, they’re practically legendary in the metaverse and are viewed as being at the very the pinnacle of their craft. You could say the reasons are down to a great marketing strategy, being worn by all the ‘right’ people and just plain luck, but that would be wrong, wrong WRONG. BELLEZA  have achieved their success through hard honest graft and most importantly of all creating the perfect product.

That’s not to say they don’t have their haters; BELLEZA skins, like GLAM AFFAIR, tend to be the equivalent of Second Life Marmite, either you love them or hate them. There’s already too much amateur dramatics in-world for me to develop this point further, suffice to say if you don’t like them, don’t wear them. Move along, there’s plenty of other places to go for skins should you so wish. I don’t know why there has to be so much vitriol spouted in their direction, but I do know that jealousy can be an all consuming mistress, and BELLEZA skins generate plenty of that..
So why do I like BELLEZA so much? Three reasons:

*Wearability. They’re perfect straight out of the box. You know that when you buy a BELLEZA skin you’re investing in quality, plain and simple.
*Durability: BELLEZA are practically timeless, and I can still rummage in my inventory and wear skins from a few years ago knowing that they will still be relevant today.
*Cosmetics: Great eyeshadow and lipstick ranges keep the skins looking fresh and tidy, and you really cannot go wrong with a BELLEZA gloss lip.

You know, I’ve heard people say that because they have an almost classic quality to the skins that they’re limited in the way that you can wear them, and that they don’t lend themselves well to more abstract looks. I’ve also heard it said that they’re totally ‘vanilla’ skins.  To those people I lift my middle finger and wave it with gay abandon whilst happily declaring ‘Poppycock’.

A skin is a base, pure and simple, and if the base you’re wearing is a quality one it can be left alone or embellished and enhanced and you’ll come out the other side looking like a bloody rock star either way should you so wish. I wear BELLEZA with piercings and tattoo layers and various enhancements all the time and look utterly splendid, even if I say so myself!
There are reasons for that of course but most important of all are the details, the enhancements, the little touches of light applied in the right places. THAT is why Belleza are successful because the work on display is pure avatar artistry of the highest level.
For example, faces. The nose on a BELLEZA  skin is always well defined and when worn over your facial shape sits perfectly. What do you mean you’ve never noticed that before? Yup, it does. You zoom in and out a lot on a skin and you’ll be surprised what you notice! They also create the best philtrum in Second Life. Now I know you’re reading this and thinking I’ve lost the plot, but hear me out. You know how I’ve often repeated in the past that age-old phrase, ‘..the eyebrows are the coathangers of the face..’, and that a good skin really needs them to be spot-on to be well balanced? Well you can extend it further, because what is also true is that if you bodge the shape and highlighting of the nose and most crucially of all the philtrum beneath it, then your mouth just won’t look right. It’s an area that needs highlighting and definition for your cupid’s bow to sit properly and for your lips to look inviting and chewable! If it’s flat and barely highlighted it can have a disasterous effect on the rest of the visage. I’ve mistakenly purchased and subsequently never worn skins that have made an absolute bodge of that area. BELLEZA  ALWAYS get it right.
Moving on of course I wear my Belleza skins with the Venus mesh body because, well, why wouldn’t I? The BELLEZA Venus HUD is actually one of my favourites to use, and the hands alone on this particular mesh body are worth the price because of the way that you can click a button to change their position and create pictures like this:

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Now, that is NOT a vanilla skin.

That’s a skin worn without the brow base (so I’ve added my own), along with a tattoo layer and lipstick to make a proper ‘Little-Miss Attitude’ look. (Is it me, or does she look like Thea from ‘Arrow’)

Does that even look remotely vanilla? NEWP. Let’s try something else:

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There’s not even a whisper of Picmonkey on the picture below:

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When you look at untouched photos like the past two (and even the ones I touched up previously in this post just had enhancements to lighting and filters, rather than actual physical attributes) is it not even blatantly obvious why BELLEZA are at the top of the skin tree? ‘Tess’ is plain gorgeous, adaptable and super-wearable. Another point that I want to include: even if you don’t have an awesome graphics card I’ve found that BELLEZA tend to look brilliant on screen. For the longest time I suffered with a card in my PC that was beyond pants, but still my BELLEZA skins looked the part. They just do, and so does ‘Tess’ to an absolute ‘T’.

She’s so beautiful that Thomas Hardy wrote a book about her 😉 , and she is a great addition to the BELLEZA collection. I love her.

Kitty is wearing Tess in medium tone with NO BROWS and in various make-ups available at SKIN FAIR 2015.  (Kitty’s added her own favourite brows because she’s awkward like that..)

Tess is available exclusively at The Skin Fair.  You’ll find her on Skin Fair sim 2, CLICK HERE to try and get in! Tess has 10 makeup selections to choose from in 7 skin tones (fair, pale, medium, sun kissed, tan, deep tan and mocha) all included with the individual makeup purchase. PLUS; cleavage layers, hair base, matte/gloss lips and more!  You’ll find BELLEZA at booth 17, Sim 2, but if you can’t get in you can try the Tess demos in the  -Belleza- group inworld – just check the group notice history.

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!

The Glory Of Glamping!

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If you’re looking for something VERY special for a Christmas gift for someone totally wonderful in your life I have JUST the thing, especially if you’re not short of a few Lindens! Guys you would  be foolish to miss out on the latest release from the ever awesome RIA BAZAR.  

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It’s funny; I was only thinking about Ria last week.  I was considering how she’d not released anything since the brilliance that was her TORONTO series, and wondering if she was OK. Turns out she’s been doing wonderful RL stuff like getting married (Congratulations!) but now she’s back making awesome Second Life creations like this, the ‘Glamping Set’

Backtrack; if you don’t know what Glamping is, it’s like posh camping. (‘Glamping’ comes from ‘Glamorous camping’) Now, I’ve only been camping once in deepest, darkest Norfolk, and although it was enjoyable it wasn’t an experience I’d like to repeat.  For a start,  I had to inflate my air-bed every night and I was waking up in the morning with a sore back because it had deflated as I dozed;  and let’s not even talk about the weather. It was anything BUT glamorous, that’s for sure!

Glamping however is a different concept; all the accoutrements of a hotel room but in the great outdoors.  It’s incredibly luxurious and something I would like to try in real life.  Sadly, you require a small mortgage to be able to experience it yourself.  It may be in a ‘tent’, but it’s at premier room rates and something only the very rich and fabulous seem to be able to afford.

So thank goodness for Second Life, because I can enjoy the glory of glamping without having to wear wellies that leak  or worrying that the gas stove won’t light.

If you buy the whole set you’ll find two tents (large and small) and three pre-made furniture settings in rezzers, for super-quick setup. No moaning about lost tent pegs here! The tents are spacious (even the small one) and  made with the attention to detail you would expect from a Ria Bazar design. The tents are textured perfectly, with the perfect choice of canvas and even a hardwood floor base.  Not only that, but there are lanterns hanging from the tent support beams, and the doors (tent-flaps) open and close beautifully.

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There are two furniture sets included: a double bedroom for couples with a writing desk, and a single bedroom option, for a single person or a child ( You can Rez another bed in the smaller tent and have it as a double, should you so wish.  There is ample space available to do this)  This is where things start to get really interesting, because as usual Ria has created some spectacular furniture boasting a myriad of options for interaction and personalisation. The beds are beautifully made and look sumptuous and ready to sink into with texture change options and covers that you can actually snuggle under. , and include, without a doubt in my mind, some of the BEST animations that you’ll find in-world.

I’m not just talking about sitting and laying down animations(you know the usual bog-standard Second Life fayre), but a number of different sleep styles along with activities such as breakfast in bed, making a phone call, reading, drinking coffee and even some unusual additions such as being Ill!) There are also adult animations included (in the double bed) to allow for some spectacular intimate moments in the confines of your luxurious tent. The animations include automatic rezzable, wearable props to bring the experience even more to life, and I can honestly say these look brilliant. (Trust me when I say this, breakfast in bed has NEVER looked more enticing!)

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Never one to skimp on details, Ria’s included night stands that are texture change and incorporate items inside the drawers. This looks really authentic, and I particularly liked the inclusion of a few ‘naughty’ bits in the top drawer of the Double Bedroom chest! There’s also a texture changeable writing desk to match (again filled to the brim with animations),  chairs, planters and surface decorations to make your tent look comfortable, all with the hint of opulence and extravagance that only Glamping could provide.

The single beds include the same extensive menu of animations and wearable, rezzable props but because of their size include children’s individual animations too.  Wearable props such as a toy aeroplane and a teddy bear make a welcome addition if you want to use this in a virtual family environment, along with some lovely parent and child interactions too. Ria really has covered everything with this carefully planned set.

You can even buy the set unfurnished (should you so wish, madness if you ask me) and purchase the furniture separately but personally I think your money is best spent buying the full set.  It’s an absolutely fantastic purchase, and will look as much at home in a virtual camp-site as on a virtual safari. The possibilities are endless, and it’s a fantastic creation as usual from the BAZAR brand.  BUT don’t take my word for it, go and visit in-world to see it, play with the animations and experience virtual Glamping for yourself!

 I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed, and you won’t come home empty handed either!

Witchy Wednesday@ Geeks’N’Nerds

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Of course, an event like Geeks’N’Nerds is going to be filled to the brim of a witch’s hat with Harry Potter references, and there are plenty to find if you look for them. For the blog  I try to find something that can be used to create a more authentic Pagan ambiance in-world, and I found just the thing at Geeks’N’Nerds. I’m desperate to find more witchy items made from mesh, but they are hard to come by. Sure, you can find some amazing altars (Poppy Teskat has always been a favourite creator of mine) but they tend to be prim-heavy, and these days I much prefer the mesh alternatives.
Fortunately, BLUEBERRY HILL has crafted a rather lovely mesh piece. It’s a table-top altar, and it features magical books, a wand and some Tarot cards. There are spell bottles on there too, and I think it’s a rather sweet way to declare your Witchy inclinations for Just L$150. If you’re a witch that likes to cast circles with swords, then you should also pick up the ‘Sword Wall Mount’ at L$125. Both items have a bang-tidy land impact of just 1 too, what’s not to love? Both pieces and more besides are available from BLUEBERRY HILL at the GEEKS’N’NERDS event until December 10th.

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, if an event is worth doing it is worth doing well. As regular readers know I’ve written about my dislike for half-hearted events on these pages more than once (I’m very repetitive) and I still stand by that statement. Events require effort, planning and most of all they require PASSION. The events that fail are the ones where the motivation was making a few Lindens, rather than getting together and actually creating something awesome in Second Life. But if you succeed, well that’s a different story altogether.

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I think the GEEKS ‘N’ NERDS FAIR 2014 will be absolutely pigging huge, because the effort that has gone into creating the setting is plain for all to see. Guys it’s pretty fabulous, a space age shopping metropolis that you access from a tube station, with nods to all things Sci-Fi and Geeky dotted around. There’s even a spaceship, some shady looking newspaper vendors (they were asking for socks for some reason..) and a coffee house that sells really ‘fowl’ lattes..

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This is going to be a fab place to take pictures but of course I know what you’re thinking, what about the content?! When I visited earlier (Blogger preview day, waheeyy!) about 40% of the vendors hadn’t set up shop yet, but what I did see I absolutely adored. This is one occasion NOT to miss, and I predict it’s going to be packed. There were fabulous desks and chairs, brilliant home accessories that will really enliven your living space along with fashion, hair and skins. It’s a veritable banquet on a stick of geekery, and the references are there for all to see. Doctor Who, Adventure Time, Star Trek, Harry Potter..all the big names are covered with lots of designers contributing their takes on these brands (whilst being incredibly careful about copyrights, naturally)

Stores that will be in this round of Geeks’n’Nerds include:

Boom – Consignment – Culprit -Diesel Works – Exposeur – Every Pixel is Art (EPIA) – Fate Play – Fishy Strawberry – Junbug – Lark – Tea S. – Wimey –  22769 – Cheeky Pea- Wasabi Pills – Sweet Thing – Hopscotch – *Katat0nik* – !Bang Poses – TSG – Kalopsia – Elephante Poses – Bella Elephante – Frogstar- Pixel Mode – .:Buttery Toast:, – Alouette – ieQED – [the Skinnery] – Sari-Sari – Peqe – Noodles – Miseria – Lassitude & Ennui – Blueberry Hill – |CerberusXing| – Breath – Moon – Lumae – Pure Poison – Due – Haste – Decoy – Unrepentant – xin. Second Spaces – B.C.C. – Convair – Damselfly Hair – [Fetch] – Double Take – Floorplan. – Nani – .Arcadia. – ANE – Orion – Alice Project – Fri.day – Cannibelle – Random Matter – Distorted Dreams – Lost Junction – Cae – L. Warkwick Handmade Shoes – Oyasumi – .Storybook. – Forever Famous – Atooly – Casita – .{yumyums}. Kaleidoscope – Brixley – Luminary – Hate This – The Secret Store – Snips & Snails – Razzberry Inc. – The Hive  Altair* – Trinket 

So, what did I spot on my quick visit? Well, let’s be honest, YOU NEED ONE OF THESE:

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Yup, it’s a cat on a Roomba. Ever heard of Max Arthur and Pit-Bull Sharky? Those guys are some of the original internet pioneers of cute, and Max Arthur is the cat that started the whole Roomba-cat movement off. (My friend in RL has bought one of these JUST SO she can try and get at least ONE of her six cats to do a Max Arthur and sit on it. It’s slow progress..)  Luckily,you don’t need to train your kitty in real life, just invest in one of these ‘Prrrmbah Cats’ from CULPRIT and watch it zoom around in a mad and happy fashion!

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Yup, ‘Prrrmbah Cat’. It’s INSANE. Mesh cats in costumes or with flying goggles and scarves zooming around all over the place.

I was laughing hysterically at these and it’s really hard to choose which one to have. They’re L$300 apiece, so NOT cheap, but hella worth it for the guaranteed laughs and nonsense, and of course the continued cleanliness of your virtual abode.

These cats are sure to be some of the stars of GEEKS’N’NERDS 2014 when it opens at the stroke of midnight on the 24th. Keep your eyes glued to the official blog for location details and keep one of your other eyes on this blog, because I’ll be featuring more items from the show this week, because it’s rather chuffing brilliant:)

MUST READ: LOVE TO DECORATE HOLIDAY EDITION OUT NOW

This is an absolutely FABULOUS edition of Love To Decorate, which has totally established itself in 2014 as Second Life’s premier homes and interiors publication. It’s an absolute sensation on every single page with hundreds, if not thousands of decorating ideas. Just because this is a virtual magazine, don’t be fooled into thinking that it has virtual production values too-the layout of the pages and the photographs featured within are astonishing.

I really love that when I’m reading LTD I may spot something that I already own in Second Life, but it’s been presented in a different way. For example, in this edition there’s a feature on fireplaces which has totally got me changing my ideas about how mine is decorated, or at least will be for Christmas. Speaking of Christmas; the table settings and design ideas featured in this issue are just breath taking.  I could never aspire to this kind of luxury in real life, but I can in Second Life; a prospect that I really relish. I’m sure all the content creators featured this month will see a very welcome spike in their profits as the holiday season approaches!

I’m off to get a mug of hot chocolate and I’m going to curl up with my Ipad and read LOVE TO DECORATE from cover to cover. Why not join me?

TIME FOR ANOTHER JOLLY GOOD READ

A few weeks ago I blogged some cracking reads for you all.  Well, it’s a cold weekend in November, so if you ask me it’s time to settle down again for a nice relaxing read, although to be honest, the first read will probably have you hot under the collar! I’m talking about the latest edition of L’HOMME MAGAZINE To be honest this HAS to be one of the best Second Life magazines out there; every page is just utterly sumptuous and the styling, editing and photography are second to none. It makes no difference if you aren’t a male avatar either, or have no association with one, just open the magazine and enjoy every single frame. It is absolutely delicious. (Also, page 20,  Hikaru Enimo, that’s all I’m saying..OOF!) Tuck a bib into your collar, this is indeed a droolworthy read!

Hope you have a cup of tea and a pile of digestives to enjoy as you flick through the pages of the latest edition of THE BEST OF SECOND LIFE MAGAZINE. As usual it’s choc-full of fabulous articles and images, with a great feature this month about SL Media, including SL Live Radio (which I knew nothing about until I started reading, and now I’m happily listening to the stream in real life as I dunk biscuits and flick pages!). Just like L’HOMME you’ll find some stunning imagery too, none more so than on pages 50-61, where there’s a feature article about nudity in-world. Last but not least I really love the interiors article from Arya Braveheart which features a beautiful rural English abode.  It reminded me of some houses close-by to where I live in RL (but alas, could never afford! The joys of the virtual world eh?) (In case you were wondering, I did try to embed BOSL on this page but it didn’t want to play nice, so just follow the link instead to enjoy:)

To Orb Or Not To Orb, That Is The Question…

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And it’s a question that I’ve never had to ask myself, until now.
In all my years of being a Second Life resident (almost 8 years now, eeep!), I’ve never been especially harassed by trespassers at my various abodes. Sure, a few times I’ve rezzed into my home-space and found someone enjoying my furniture and epic decorating skills (obviously!), but it’s never troubled me enough to want to inflict ban lines (urgh) on my neighbours, or invest in a security device. The prompt for this change of opinion occurred two nights ago. I logged in at my new residence, a beautiful Brownstone that I recently took ownership of in the delightful Sunshine Mist community. I had coveted these residences from afar, because I particularly love Harlow Heslop’s epic landscaping skills, so when one became available I jumped at the opportunity to rent. I wanted to feel a sense of community, especially as we enter the Holiday season, and the idea of having neighbours again appealled to me. As I write I’m still busily moving my stuff (read: cats) into the property, and it’s fabulous fun.

I’m incredibly fussy when it comes to virtual home-making, it has to be *just* right (I’m a Virgo, ’nuff said) so I’m having a grand-old time making the space feel like home. All the pleasure, with none of the pain (Although fitting virtual curtains is a challenge and a half, let me tell you! )I find decorating virtual houses exceptionally relaxing after a long, hard day in teh real world, and I take great pleasure from it, as I’m sure regular readers can tell. One of my favourite toys as a child was my doll’s house, and I think my love for that has somehow relocated into the virtual world. It’s incredibly relaxing decorating from behind a keyboard, and there are some absolutely amazing items in Second Life that you can decorate with ( I relish my daily read of LTD!).   and, for me, it’s chill out time. Behind the screen in real life I’m enjoying a brew and listening to music,on-screen I’m moving a wardrobe or changing the colour of the cushions at the touch of a button. It’s bliss, it really is, and it makes me so happy.

So I was a little rattled when my home was, for want of a better phrase, intruded upon.  I logged in, and as soon as I did I realised someone was in the house. At this point I wasn’t concerned, and soon identified that my visitor was sat on my kitchen sofa, drinking a cup of tea. I wandered down the steps and into the kitchen-space, and as I did so the rather well-dressed intruder jumped to her feet. Now, at this point I wasn’t angry, nor was I considering making a fuss. I was (if anything), curious, and had things progressed a different way I’d have sat next to her on said sofa and poured her another cup. She was no newbie, not by the way she was dressed, that’s for sure. She was sporting a quality skin, and a retro look; in other words, the kind of look that would take time to perfect. Yet, according to her account, she was three days old?!

If my name was Alice, I would have probably said, “Curiouser and curiouser!” but it’s not, it’s Kitty.

I actually saved the chat-log, but I’m not going to name names, because I think I was dealing with an alt.Not only that, but an alt who either didn’t have English as a first language, or who was actually taking the piss, and not in a funny way. (All spelling appears as it did in-world. Comments afterwards are obviously mine:) 

[10:42] Kitty Otoole: Hello:)
[10:42] XXXXX: Hi do you live here?
[10:42] XXXXX: Cause I move hear alredy (Really? So that’s why the house was empty when I moved in..)
[10:43] Kitty Otoole: Hi, yes, moved in yesterday
[10:43] XXXXX: so can you go please not saying in a bad way  (I’m glad she wasn’t saying it in a bad way because, you know, I might have taken offence…)
[10:43] Kitty Otoole: Oh! Did Harlow Know? ( At this point, gullible Kitty that I am, I thought there had been a genuine mistake. That thought lasted a nanosecond..)
[10:43] XXXXX: yes (Fib! Fibby fib-fib!)
[10:43] Kitty Otoole: Oh ( I’m realising this is definitely a fib)
[10:43] XXXXX: So please.. (Detecting odd sense of desperation..)
[10:44] Kitty Otoole: Well I’d better have a word with her, so I can get my money back ( I put this out there because obviously I had paid rent upfront, and my mysterious visitor had not..)
[10:44] XXXXX: well ok (Ooh! Seems almost legit!)
[10:44] XXXXX: bye (RUDE)
[10:44] Kitty Otoole: You’d better return all my stuff as well (Bear in mind here peeps, she’s sat enjoying a rather lovely BAZAR kitchen, along with all my accessories, some epic NYLON PINKNEY artwork and a few cats. As well as a cup of tea.)
[10:44] XXXXX: no plaese (Eh?)
[10:44] XXXXX: i dont know were to live (No, but you know where to shop judging by that outfit/hairstyle/skin..)
[10:45] XXXXX: so can we live together tham (Hmm, how do I put this? NOPE.)
[10:45] XXXXX: please (A minute ago you were telling me to go, now you’re asking if you can stay?!)
At this point, I lost the plot. I don’t normally, I’m usually very easy-going and wouldn’t hurt a fly. However, I was feeling played here, and a tad pissed off. Had I not been tired and grumpy I might NOT have done this, and I’m NOT proud of it….
[10:45] Kitty Otoole: Go and find your own place like everyone else does.
[10:45] Second Life: Avatar ejected.

And that was the end of that. Two minutes of banter before I ban-hammered.

And you know what? I felt SO GUILTY. Did I over react? I mean this is a virtual world after all, so does it really matter that much?

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Well, actually, yes it does. I’ve paid rent, bought furniture and invested in the Second Life economy. Had my intruder been a genuine newb I would have perhaps offered some advice about the best way to interact in Second Life (As I poured another cup of tea and offered them a biscuit of course. I’m nothing if not a cordial host!) But my visitor was, quite obviously, not being genuine with me.

Perhaps I’m just too trusting, and perhaps I assume incorrectly that everyone thinks the same as I do, that it IS possible to cultivate respect for fellow virtual citizens, just like your real life peers. But you know, this has started me questioning my own judgement, and now, for the first time in my virtual life, I’m considering installing a security device. And I really don’t like that thought at all. I’m having a virtual-existential crisis here guys!

Thing is, I LOVE seeing how people have decorated their virtual abodes, and I enjoy nothing more than wandering a sim and drooling over the interior ideas I spy around every corner but I set myself hard and fast rules. I always check if someone is in their home before I cam-in, and I NEVER go into a property uninvited. (Probably the only trait I share with a vampire!) But perhaps even that is too much, and I’m no better than my uninvited house-guest?

I get that Second Life can be daunting to a new member, and it can be expensive and alienating as well as welcoming and exciting, but just because this is a world of pixels and polygons it doesn’t mean we have to leave our manners at the log-in screen. 

So the question remains, leave my house as is knowing that people will be able to enjoy it when I’m not around (something I’ve never had a problem with before), or do I hit the marketplace, and buy a security orb?

 Readers, how do you feel about your virtual home? What do you think, am I over-reacting, or is this actually an issue that deserves more consideration? 

Home & Garden Expo 2014: Rustic simplicity with a magical touch from R (S) W

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The 7th annual Home & Garden Expo begins tomorrow, and as ever it is going to be a HUGE event, raising funds for Relay For Life of Second Life.   If you’re seeking a brand new virtual home, or looking for individual pieces to furnish your existing one, you’ll find everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink at the event.  You have until September 28th to enjoy it, and you’ll need to take your time. There are 9 sims, featuring the work of over 85 creators!

I had a nosey and my first impressions are that there are  a lot of shabby chic and rustic pieces this year (as well as more modern furniture and homes too)so if you like your home to rock a boho vibe you’d be wise to pay the event a visit. There are also a lot of traditionally styled homes too, more than I’ve noted in recent years, with greater more emphasis on period living and role-play too.  It’s great to see how this event has truly evolved over the years , and there are plenty of  wonderful items to appeal to every kind of avatar.

Here’s an example, this beautiful ‘Farm Chair- Eyeback’ has been lovingly crafted by Robin Sojourner, for her R (S) W brand. I absolutely adore the simplicity of this piece of furniture; it looks extremely effective with a fabulous worn texture, and would work just as well as a display item as it would a functional chair. Place it in a corner and pile high with books and candles, or you could choose to decorate it with this stunning fantasy piece from Robin, a ‘Dragonfly Dragon’.  Both items have a land impact of 1.  I’ll be featuring more items on these pages during the event but be sure to check out all the other bloggers who are covering this occasion, as well as the official Flickr group too!

Witchy Wednesdays: ISON @ THE ARCADE

We haven’t had a Witchy Wednesday for a short while, but this one is a cracker!

I’ve spoken about my love for ISON on these pages before, so I was delighted to read that they would be contributing to this round of THE ARCADE.  I wondered what fashionable delights they would have on offer and eagerly awaited a peek at their wares. Imagine my surprise then when I saw this astonishing decor as their contribution!

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There are nine pieces in this ‘Altar’ set with no rares to worry about, and as you can see it’s pretty fantastic. There’s lots of lovely detail to admire in these mesh pieces which are realistically aged in all the right places. I love the bottles of herbs for spells, the small cauldron-esque bowl with contents ripe for smudging and the pentacle with the horns really looks the part doesn’t it?  But it’s the altar table itself that has really bowled me over; it’s gorgeous, with a Triquetra carved into the front in an ornate style..don’t you just adore this entire set? WOW!

This is a great addition to your Second Life witchy home and of course you can add items to the table to fine tune it into your perfect altar environment. I really love this and  I haven’t seen any mesh altars out in world at all up until now, so it’s a pleasure to feature one on these pages, and at L$50 a pop the ISON gacha is one of the cheapest at the event.  (Plus because there are no rares you should find this an easy set to complete via the gift of yardsales) Oh the joy The Arcade brings!

Click HERE to try getting in to THE ARCADE or click HERE for a comprehensive Yardsale list, courtesy of Seraphim SL

UBER APOCALYPSE NOW

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Second Life’s latest regular quality event has hit the grid running in a Mad Max style from the impending apocalypse. There are skins, fashion, hair and accessories to die for, as well as a fantastic props and even a fallout shelter too.  It’s a hardcore collection with some fantastic pieces. I’m really taken with this fantastic ‘Doom’ pullover from EMERY; the sloppy style and the gnarly, straggly fibre finish really work. I added earrings and bracelet (not seen) from MAXI GOSSAMER  and finished with this epic release from TRUTH, ‘Rogue’.  It seems Truth’s on fire at the moment with some absolutely storming releases over the past few days.  This one comes with an optional gas mask but if I’d worn it you wouldn’t have been able to see my gorgeous chops..*ahem*

I teamed these items with remnants from my previous blogged look to create an edgy, urban look. I managed to get into this event first try which was a real shock and certainly made me feel that the virtual world had ended, but I don’t think it will stay that way for long! I know we’re all suffering from so many events, but this one really does stand out. Incidentally, if you feel over-whelmed check out the fantastic Information Portal  that has just been launched by SeraphimSL. They’re keeping track of everything that’s occurring in-world and quite frankly I have no idea how they’re managing to do it! September is going to be absolutely manic for events and occasions and I think it’s going to get worse leading up to Christmas. Yikes!

Anyway, back to UBER SL.  Don’t miss it guys and gals! Check out the FB page and the official web-site, and here’s your taxi too!

Kitty’s Comment: Event Fatigue

Guys, have you ever sat down and considered exactly how many events there are in Second Life these days? Every day, another event. 

I have a confession to make; I’m suffering a severe case of event fatigue, and I refuse to be alone in thinking that I’m the only one who is completely overwhelmed by them all.

But don’t get me wrong, there are many amazing monthly events, and I would miss them if they ceased to be.

I’m the first in the queue for Fameshed and Collabor88, so I could be accused of being a total hypocrite by moaning about events as a concept. But let’s be honest, it’s quality NOT quantity that I’m moaning about here.

It’s very clear that some events are better than others; so what is it that makes a great event?

In one word: Originality. There are regular events on the calendar that quite frankly I just wouldn’t set foot in.  Why is that?

Because the items on offer are, quite frankly, crap, and as a community we seem to find it very difficult to admit when something is below par. Am I being harsh here? No, I’m being honest. I know that Second Life is a builder’s paradise and it empowers us to create our dreams, but there’s a lot of truth in accepting the knowledge that just because you can craft an item of clothing or texture a template doesn’t mean that you necessarily should. (Let alone charge for it!)

And that brings me onto another point, and one that really drives me mad. There are a number of events on the calendar that regularly feature textures, pictures and logos that can be found in their original locations after a five second Google image search. I don’t want to see famous brands in Second Life unless they have a legitimate reason to be there. I’m in a virtual environment wearing bespoke items created for it, so what could possibly make you think I’d desire to wear something by Chanel or Nike?

Here lies the problem; for some, looking stylish in world means covering themselves head to toe in logos and designs that have been sourced illegally, and that’s just not on.

Unfortunately it’s relatively easy to take a texture or design, load it into Second Life and apply it as a texture. It shouldn’t be, but alas, it is. Within minutes you can create a wearable item that you can flog and make a profit on, and the original designer will be none the wiser.

It’s unfair, unimaginative and crass. It’s cheating.

I’ll be honest here; if I see a really elaborate pattern or design on a template item I immediately try to determine if it is original, if it’s been purchased under license, or if it’s been taken without consent. 

It’s not hard to do this and please don’t be afraid of putting a content creators nose out of joint by posing the question to them before you hand over your hard-earned Lindens.  If you’re curious about the origins of a design then all you need to do is drop a note card to the designer and ask them.  In fact, I implore you to do just that. If they have nothing to hide I’m sure they’ll be more than happy to tell you how it was made and where the textures were sourced from.

Sadly, some people don’t like admitting that they’ve ripped someone’s work off and can get very offended and even threatening when you challenge them, but that reaction stems from fear of being found out.

As a community I feel that we’re way too accepting; there are only a few designers out there who advertise their work as 100% original, and to my mind it’s something that we should see so much more. So let’s make a stand. Don’t patronise events or purchase from creators that blatantly rip-off logos and textures and pass them off as their own. Challenge the assumptions, ask the questions and hopefully we’ll encourage more designers to be open and honest about their creations.

Let’s see if we can bring it to a point where the badge ‘100% original’ is the standard, not the exception. 

KITTY’S CHALLENGE: SEVEN DAYS OF DENIM!

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Now, here’s a thing. I’ve had such a positive response to my last post that I’ve decided to go the whole hog and do SEVEN DAYS WORTH OF DENIM!!!

I must be mad. I mean, I like denim, but not that much. In fact, that’s something that’s currently being reflected worldwide; sales of jeans by brands such as Levi and Wrangler are absolutely plummeting, and that’s a shame because denim is iconic.  Heck, I can remember falling in love with Nick Kamen and being completely enraptured by every single 501 advert that was subsequently broadcast.

So let’s have a play and see what we can do in the virtual world with this most fantastic of fabrics!  I think this challenge is going to be a lot of fun, and will give you some cracking ideas on how to style denim pieces lurking in the corners of your inventory.

Let’s begin: Here’s my look for Sunday (today, click on the pictures to see them in extreme close-up)  To start I’ve kept it nice and simple. I left my denim top and crystals on that I featured in my last post, but decided to make the look a little more polished. To do that I added the fabulous jacket from THE SECRET STORE that I threw a fit over a few posts back, as well as a gorgeous teal skirt that I picked up as a Fifty Linden Friday bargain, and I really don’t wear nearly as much as I should…

seven days of denimTo finish I’m wearing my favourite bunches, a style called ‘Shade’ by MAGIKA. To tie the tones together I’ve opted to keep my gorgeous NAR MATTARU ‘Skye’ skin, and make-up wise I’ve kept the eyeliner but opted for soft shades to coordinate with the colours in my hair and outfit. What do you think? I confess, I think it works quite well! No wonder I look so astonished! Add a satchel, some glasses and flats and you have a sort of schoolgirl chic look..yum!

Would you like to participate in this meme challenge? I’d love to see what you can come up with, so please have a rummage in your inventory and get your denim on!

I suppose I’d better come up with some rules for this challenge, so here we go: You can wear as many denim pieces as you like, my only condition is that there MUST be at least one denim item in your outfit.  

Take a picture, tell us what inspired your look and please add a link in the comments so that we can all go and see your work! (A link back to this blog would be mighty appreciated too!)

Kitty Wears:

Hair: ‘Shade’ (Hud 03) by MAGIKA

Eyes: ‘Maya’ by IKON

Eyeliner and Septum Ring by MONS

Skin: ‘Skye’ tone 3 by NAR MATTARU (worn with ‘Brown Sugar’ eyeshadow under the eyeliner)

Top: Denim Top in ‘Indigo’ by BUENO at KUSTOM 9

Jacket: ‘Noah’ jacket in Coal by THE SECRET STORE

Necklace: Crystal Necklace by YUMMY

Skirt: FLF Exclusive Linen Skirt by NYU

 

SUPER SECOND LIFE READS AHOY!

Even when I can’t log-in to Second Life, I’m still seeking my fix of all things virtual.  At the moment in RL I’ve just started a new job, which has meant my time in-world has been slight, but through the power of internet publishing I can still get my pixel-fix by reading some of the many virtual publications that are out there.  

Some of them are truly amazing, with exceptionally high standards of photography and some great copy making them just as much fun to read as shop-bought glossy mags. In fact, I actually think they”re better, and of course they’re free!

 I like nothing better than curling up with my Ipad and a cup of tea and enjoying a read of some of the latest magazines.

Here are some that are currently on my reading list, why not check them out? 

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First up is FEROSH, which is just that. This magazine features 452 (!) pages of virtual fashion inspiration, with some amazing photography and some fantastic imagery to behold. It’s an absolute feast for the eyes, and will probably make you want to go shopping immediately. My favourite feature is ‘Asian Inspiration’ that begins on page 50, but there’s so much to love about this magazine that it is incredibly hard to choose! I cannot recommend this one enough, make yourself a brew and settle down to see Second Life in a whole new way. I promise you will LOVE this.

Next we have ‘LTD-The Magazine’ which is the companion piece to the always amazing blog (which you MUST visit daily if you’re a fan of Second Life virtual interiors) The magazine is published bi-monthly, which is just as well, because it takes me so long to visit all the content creators featured each issue! This month is an absolute feast for the eyes. There’s a wonderful feature on a Kittywitchin’ fave, Atelier Visconti, and every single page will make you want to redecorate your virtual home again and again. I absolutely adore this publication, and when you consider it only launched in January it’s fast become the style bible for all things virtual home.

The May edition of STYLE KINGDOM is definitely worth a look if you love all things animal! They’ve gone for a really unique twist on Spring fashion, with models sporting animal prints and accessories galore. It’s really unusual and works really well and will leave you with the kind of longing that only an epic Second Life shopping trip will fix!   It’s the kind of magazine that you need to read with a notepad beside you so you can make a note of all the SLURL’s you’ll be visiting once you’ve finished.

FUSION Magazine is a well established favourite of mine, and each month has a great variety of articles and features with photographs that leave you drooling.  Well, they do me anyway! The May edition is no exception, check out the feature on Goatswood (starts on page 19), featuring photographs by Rylan Carling. It’s absolutely sensational and will make you want to investigate this RP sim immediately! There’s also a feature on ‘It All Starts With A Smile’ which was Kaelyn Alecto’s fabulous sim that gifted SL residents with a myriad of photography opportunities. Sadly the sim has closed, so this serves as a somewhat poignant but worthy reminder of an absolutely epic place.  There’s also a cracking inventory management series running that has given me a few ideas, and the ‘Get That Style’ feature is always a must see!

Last but most definitely not least is VISAGE.  This was a new one to me but has already become a favourite because I absolutely adore the layout of the magazine.  Unfortunately there are only 22 pages to enjoy, but that’s turns out that this production from Autumn Ashdene was for a university project. She asks that if we enjoy the magazine that we head on over to her Flickr page to comment, and I don’t know about you but I would really love to read this one on a regular basis, so please support Autumn in her endeavours and let’s hope to see more from VISAGE in future!

Do you have a favourite Second Life magazine that isn’t featured here?

Why not share it with us in the comments below!