Witchy Wednesdays: Twig Star Light Group Gift From Tarte

1956873_1003658229650997_627982388051715559_oAs symbols go I’m probably right in saying that there’s nothing more prominent than a Pentagram for declaring your witchy inclinations.

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.

The First Annual Second Life Sand & Sea Expo Is Here!

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And readers, you’re in for a treat if you like things watery! (No, not THAT kind of watery, just for a change!) There are contributions here from some of the best creators on the grid and you’ll find a huge variety of items for sale. When you TP to the upper landing point you can gaze out at some spectacular ships, sailboats and watercraft, but that’s not all, because there’s just as much action beneath the waves, where you’ll find an astonishing underwater paradise ripe for exploration. It’s also a great event to capture some fantastic photographs too!

The main attraction for me was the range of sailing equipment and boats and I wasn’t disappointed, because the detailing  on some of them  is absolutely astonishing.  You may not be able to take them for a sail, but you can hop on and in some cases experience certain animations, which is definitely worth a try.

I was excited to see Motor Loon was exhibiting here, because I actually already own his sensational Loonetta sailboat, and I was chuffed to see he was showcasing his soon to be released jet-ski collection.  But I was equally pleased to encounter other watercraft builders too, such as JP Collections and Southern Seas Ships with builds  ranging from the traditional to modern. You can even find an airboat for sale from Tuff  here, which is perfect should you live in the virtual everglades! (Note: I’m going to do a bigger post about sailing in Second Life in the very near future, and I’ll be featuring some ships and boats from these creators in that piece, stay tuned!)

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It’s nice to see representation from the Sailing clubs in-world too. Sailing is huge in Second Life, and is a hobby that I only discovered recently myself and I am already addicted! (I would heartily  recommend anyone give it a try) so it’s nice to find that the clubs aren’t elitist and open to new members approaching them, which is something I am very tempted to do.  I was also intrigued to see a number of real estate vendors had stands here too.  And why not? At least in Second Life you can live your dream of a beach front paradise, even if you live in a grim and dreary rundown terrace in real life!

If your main watery concern is topping up your virtual tan with friends, then be sure to cast your eyes across the ranges from esteemed creators LISP, {What Next} and Chez Moi. You’ll find beach towels, umbrellas and even a glorious hot-tub to enjoy with friends. There are items to suit every budget, and lots of variations upon the outdoor living theme. To be perfectly honest I lost count of the numbers of chairs and fire pots that were on display, but that’s not a bad thing because there is something here to suit every taste  and they are all well worth seeing and trying out! In fact I recommend doing just that and camming around if you can. There are plenty of vendors here where you can crack open a beer and relax, and if you feel inspired to replicate the environment back at home then rest assured you will find everything you need to create  your very own watery haven here, from furniture to bars to actual islands and buildings to place upon them, everything is  ready to be bought and enjoyed back at your home location.

Be sure to check out the Palm Tree House Hut from Jamy’s Shop, and the stunning range of builds from Headhunter’s island. Appearance and function are everything, and the mesh and texture work here is tantalising, from the smallest starfish to the larger sailboats, so believe me when I say that you will need Lindens in your pockets because you will be very tempted by what you’ll find on sale, and you’ll probably discover a new found enthusiasm for all things sailing!  My recommendation? Drop by the {What Next} stand and rez a bicycle, for a leisurely ride around the displays while you make up your mind what to buy. (Hint: ALL THE THINGS!!)

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I mentioned that there was an underwater element to the occasion and it’s well-worth donning scuba gear for. I love the submerged Zero I found whilst exploring.  The underwater vista is really atmospheric.  This section is perfect for Mer-folk and virtual diving enthusiasts, and you’ll discover beautiful seascapes,  pods of cetaceans and the Oceanic Breedable sharks. (Strange as it may seem they’re not the only virtual breedable pet here, I thought it was only Turkish Van cats that liked the water but judging by the Kittycats that are on display it seems I was wrong! Some of them even like surfing…)

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Last but not least there are loads of freebies available here, but you have to be lucky enough to win them. There’s a fun beachcomber event taking place, whereby selected vendors have placed seashells at their booths and by clicking on them you may or may not win a prize.  I’ve been lucky enough to have a sneaky peek at the prizes and they’re definitely worth trying out for!

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Whatever you’re doing this Bank Holiday weekend, don’t miss this event.

List of participants: 

Oceania Breedables
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{what next}
Fruit Islands
Jamy’s Shop
Jp Collections
Mermaid Treasure and Boutique
HeadHunter’s Island
SSS Southern Seas Ships
Swanky
Triumphal Yacht Club
Leeward Cruise Club
MeadowWorks
Ocean Shores Surf Beach
Weston Marina
Hana Aloha Surfing Paradise
*BOOM* Clothing Co.
CVR
Bee Designs
Nantucket Yacht Club
Action
Deep Seas Mer Outfitters
NDiver
***MnM Designs***
TUFF Old Boats
The Abyss Observatory
Aquatics
Fishers Island Yacht Club
Tideborns
KAZZA
Two Moon Paradise
CHEZ MOI Furnitures
Starboards Yacht Club
Hollywood Real Estate
THE Beachstore

You’ll find the expo runs from 2nd-5th May which isn’t very long, but it could open up a whole new way of virtual living for you.  Right, must dash. I’m heading off to the Blake Sea for some sunset sailing and a rousing chorus of “We Are Sailing!” Who’s with me? 

Click HERE to land above ground, or click HERE to land underwater!

Cold Logic Goes To London

I love logging in to surprises..you know, death threats, final demands..<sigh>

Occasionally I log in to *nice* surprises. The kind that make me go “Squee” with delight, run around in an exhaustive fashion and have to change my Tena-Lady. They are *Good* surprises.

So it was with sheer joy that I logged in today and found a package from Cold Logic.   Yes, I KNOW I blog a lot about Cold Logic and I KNOW I blog a lot about Jane, but seriously until someone starts making clothes to the same standard then quite frankly I reserve the right to blog about their awesomeness until the cows come home, put the kettle on and watch Coronation Street.

So with that out of the way, feel free to salivate over this frock that I’m wearing. It’s called ‘London’ and it’s in plum too, my favourite colour. ISN’T IT GRAND?! It’s actually deceptively simple; it’s a plain shift embellished with a gauze that features a delicate dot-print. It’s over one shoulder too, making it totally on trend and perfect for partying. (It’s the kind of dress in real life that I’d wear to a wedding reception; except alas I couldn’t wear it in real life because I’d look like an elephant with thrombosis. Thank God for SL!)

The mesh shape is excellent, as you would expect from Cold Logic. It has the realism and draped feel that’s required for this kind of style, and it nails it. In fact, it has an almost Toga-like vibe to it, don’t you think? Looks great when you move too (In a ladylike fashion, natch) and is perfect with some killer heels and going back to my Toga comment I actually think you could wear this with some gladiator style sandals and totally nail the look. (Backtrack: I think this may be why it’s called ‘London’..you know, Olympics and such-like. I’ll shush now)

This is versatile styling so you can be delicate with your jewellery and hair or wear something totally OTT; the dress serves as a perfect base for either look. I’ve gone delicate, choosing to wear some contrasting jewellery from Earthstones, along with my Curio Skin and some hair that I picked up at Hair Fair yesterday from Iren (which I shall blog about later)

I think I look a proper bobby-dazzler in this one.. Deffo worth chatting up at the bar:) Oh, and I know what you’re thinking, “But tell us how much it is Kitty!” Here’s the BEST bit.

It’s a FREEBIE.

Join the Cold Logic Update Group in-store and you’ll get this for your trouble…I know right?!

Better get going then…here’s your TAXI

Two shapes for FREE?!

Yep, this boy shape, ‘Utterly Gorgeous’, and the girl shape ‘Goddess’ are going to be absolutely free TOMORROW.

No, this isn’t an April Fool’s gag, these shapes will cost NUFFINK tomorrow only…

Watch this space for details on how to get your mits on this limited time freebie!

Exciting innit?!