CALLING ALL GEEKS ‘N’NERDS!

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:)

Kitty FINALLY Blogs..THE HOME SHOW 2013!!

So, The Home Show.  OK, I’m late to the blogging party for this one, profuse apologies galore, BUT better late than never!

You have until the end of the month to enjoy this event, eleven days to be precise, and enjoy it you will. Take ample Lindens, because as you stroll around the beautiful Culprit designed sim-build you are sure to find many items to tempt you to part with your lovely virtual cash.

By now there are plenty of posts listing the wares from each vendor, so I won’t do a rundown in that sense.  What I will do is share my favourites with you, why I like them, and why I think you’ll like them too.

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First up, ORGANICA.  I’ve long thought that I didn’t have enough hanging plants in my virtual home, BUT they can be a bit primmy and some of the more ‘old-skool’ designs that are to be found for sale on the grid can look pretty naff. Organica provides however, with a rather wonderful array of hanging and potted plants especially created for the Home Show.   I especially liked the ‘Hanging Ivy Planters’ and the ‘Hanging Bamboo Herb Planter’.Snapshot_013

The Bamboo Herb Planter has found a place in my home in front of my writing desk,as you can see above,  and it looks great against the window.  It also offers up a little privacy against the neighbourhood too. Incidentally, the plants that it features are rosemary and sage and it has just 1 LI, which is very tidy indeed.  (I imagine in real life it would smell amazing too!)Zinnias_001

ZINNIAS is always a huge favourite of mine, purely because of the zinging colours and patterns that Zinnia Karu deploys so effortlessly into her designs. Her work mixes  Mexican  and South American styling with modern shapes and patterns to great effect. If you’re looking for something extraordinary, check out the Quetzalcoatl wall shelf, which will really brighten up a dingy corner , it features a pot-plant and maracas, everything perfect in detail and aspect.  I am totally love with the chilli pepper tree so much that yes, it’s in my virtual home.   The fabulous ‘Sol’ Patio Sofa looks just as good indoors as it does out, and check out the Neo-Urban fire bowl. I’m also using this at home to brighten up some decking and chairs and it makes for a beautiful evening outdoor ambiance.Zinnias_006

The ‘Sydney’ sofa at MUDHONEY  is beautifully constructed and textured and is exactly the kind of sofa I would love to sink into in real life. It just looks so bloody comfy, and is textured beautifully. The animations are excellent as always too, and there are singles and couples poses to enjoy.   The Addison Chandelier complements it perfectly and is a brilliant modern take on the traditional Chandelier shape.  I loved it so much I found a home for it in my kitchen (trust me, it really works!)Zinnias_007

MICHIGAN’S SHACK has every gamer’s fantasy catered to with a fabulous retro gaming sofa, arcade cab, table and wall art.  (This is the kind of furniture I’m sure my beloved would love in real life.  In fact, he has 24 arcade machines already so I sort of wish he had those in Second Life and this furniture in his real one instead!)

My winner though has to be BAZAR. Yes, I know it seems like this blog has become the unofficial Bazar fan-club, but in all seriousness the work created by Ria Bazar Mavendorf is just astounding to me,  and that is why I keep featuring it. That’s all there is to it, I’m a fan and her work really excites me.  Ria has some new releases to be found at the home show which really are astonishing, I couldn’t love them more if I tried!

The ‘Toronto’ sets  feature natural wooden furniture coupled with modern prints and accessories to create a contemporary look for the home. Each piece is lovingly crafted and menus for texture change options (light, dark or natural wooden finishes) and animations are utilised to the full.Zinnias_002At the Home Show 2013 you’ll see the Toronto bedroom, Study and Arts and Crafts room displays are waiting for you to wander around and experience them to the full. All of the items are beautifully presented, and on the walls you’ll see a listing of the land impact for each item.  Rest assured that every single piece is bloody wonderful and unique in its own way. For example, the Arts and Crafts room features a drawing table, pots of paint, a designer’s mannequin and canvases primed and  ready for you to create upon.  If you need some ideas you’ll find prints from Leonardo Da Vinci and other resource materials on the shelving unit ready to inspire you.

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When you’ve finished your crafting for the day it’s time to retire to your  Toronto bedroom.  This is stylish and functional with  quirky elements like the bedside cabinet which features suitcases incorporated into the design, so clever and really effective!  The bed features a four poster frame and a colourful choice of bedding options.  There’s a clothing rail and vanity table to complete, with decorative pieces like artworks, vases and a stylish mirror.

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If you can’t sleep then time to hop off to the study for some late-night blogging. The Toronto Study features all the essential elements that you need, and more besides.  Desk, shelving and seating all tied in with the Toronto theme and embellished with great extras such as a working clock, plants, cabinets and PC.  All of these gorgeous sets work beautifully together of course, because they all adhere to the same theme, but elements of each one can be used anywhere in your home to great success.

It’s at this point in the proceedings that I’d like to point you in the direction of my FLICKR account, where I have a set featuring some of the home show items that I’ve mentioned, and more besides. You’ll see work from Bazar, Mudhoney, Trompe L’oil, Zinnias and more besides, and I hope you enjoy taking a look at my virtual abode. I love it, it makes me really happy I must say!

Finally, I’ve said many, many times before on these pages what really gives your virtual home that realistic touch are the knick-knacks, so keep your eyes peeled because you’ll find an epic selection dotted around The Home Show.  I really adore the DIGS ‘Ferryside Driftwood Décor ‘wall hanging and the matching tray décor too.  There are some fab gacha prizes to be won at NOBLE, and look out for the seashell bottles, lamps and other assorted oceanic goodies which are ideal for jazzing up the bathroom at home.  CULPRIT screams colour, and has some dazzling drawer units, shelves and photo frames that would be suited to a colourful, kawaii style home, or even a virtual toddler’s playroom.

There is a lot to see and enjoy at the event and it’s not too busy now because of some other events that you may have heard of are currently attracting a lot of attention in-world. (Like Food Fair for example, that’s another Culprit build too.  Oh, and let’s not forget Hair Fair and Shoe fair and ALL THE F*CKING FAIRS!! Ahem!)

If you’d like to know more, take a gander at the official blog which features lots of information about the event, including maps.  I’ll see you there, I’ll probably be asleep on the Mudhoney sofa again..hmm, so comfy! 

Kitty Eats ALL The Pies At The Food Fair 2013!

I’m going to be super relevant by posting about an event that’s just started in world, and that is ‘Food Fair 2013’

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See the ducks in the background? Not on the menu apparently..

I love food, in fact I’m a bit of a pig when it comes to anything edible. I eat way too much junk, not enough fruit, lots of chocolate and hence I am the size of a small planet in real life.

In Second Life of course calories don’t matter so you can eat as much as you want..and with that in mind I set off for Food Fair for shit-loads of virtual tasting!

The Food Fair build is nice and neat and easy to navigate, with a number of colourful shops and stalls centered around a large pond.  It features an array of creators offering up their finest food-related wares, but if I’m brutally honest there are some totally baffling vendors here as well, who have little if anything to do with food, but hey, let’s not start off by being too critical, but please asssure me that the breedable sharks aren’t going to be used in Shark Fin soup?!

Well a fair bit actually, and there were lots of avatars here as well. It surprised me that it was so busy,and  that is always good to see. Alas, there wasn’t much in the way of food-tasting, but lots to feast your eyes upon nonetheless.Food Fair_003CULPRIT have some extremely tasty furniture offerings; including a lovely sofa and liquorice style cushions and pillows. They also have a pear tea set that is absolutely to die for, it’s just so cute and one of those things that you see and wish you had in real life. (Well, at least I do anyway!) I’m one of those girls who prefers pears to apples , especially when it comes to cider, so this had to find a place in my virtual dwelling. Food Fair_004

CASA DEL SHAI have a lovely market theme going on with mouth-watering  baskets of fruits on display that you just want to dive into and smell and taste and oooohh..my tummy is rumbling. They have some really fabulous kitchen scales on offer too which are well worth a punt and I indulged in the red ones to decorate my kitchen. Food Fair_006

Note the watermelons above? Where’s Torley Linden at?!

Looking around I was hoping for more small items that I could decorate my kitchen with, I didn’t see as many as I had hoped, but I did note that there were some stores still setting up so I will have to take a return trip and investigate further.  Provided my ever-expanding waist band will let me of course, but back to the tasty stuff.Food Fair_002

PILOT is a brand that I have a lot of time and respect for in-world. The work that Kaz Nayar produces is always phenomenally built and textured, and it seems that he can apply those same skills to food making as well. Dear me, I could have picked up and eaten the chicken nuggets, burger and fries and ham dinner that he has on sale! Not only are his products outrageously realistic but land impact is nominal.  My only quibble are the prices, L$200 for some nuggets and dip is a bit on the steep side BUT then again..just look at them and tell me they don’t belong in your mouth?!Food Fair_007

CIRCA has supplied a gargantuan array of food items, but my favourites have to be the cocktails. They really look the part,  and you can buy various different packs to guzzle besides the pool. There’s also a number of really cool Gacha machines in store, I won a few nifty cocktails out of them and they look scrummy! Food Fair_005

Of Course BAUWERK  have some amazing items for sale ( they don’t really do anything less than awesome do they?) including lovely bistro sets, wine-cork stools and the most delicious looking muffins at just L$5 each! I bloody love muffins I do…

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And my last but not least pick is from A.E. METH have created foodie comics in five designs which just look so utterly brilliant.  It’s clear that a lot of effort has gone into creating these items, which make them all the more special if you ask me.

These are just a few things that caught my eye at this event. Also check out the brilliantly alternative  ‘Witchhazel’s Spice Rack’ at MV, ‘The Summer Barbecue Pack’from RASSASY FOODS and the fabulous fortune cookies bags from ADORE+ABHOR.  Now you must excuse me, I’ve eaten a LOT and need to relax a little, so I’m just going to float about a bit with my new duck friends….

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Check out the  full run-down on Seraphim, and click here to TP to the event itself!