They call it stormy monday, but Tuesday’s just as bad..

21January

Being Bipolar isn’t especially nice.  I manage extremely well, all things considered.  And I really don’t like to moan about it, because there are so many out there who have it far worse than me. But it can play absolute havoc with plans, and when I’m on a bit of a downer the only way I can cope is by shutting the world out and functioning at the bare minimum. 

The depression that is a particular symptom of mine can be crippling. If I had to choose between the manic highs and the thundering lows of this condition, I’d opt for the highs everytime. But even so they’re not exactly fun. When I’m on a high my brain races, I hear incessant music, chatter and sounds (I call it my ‘head radio’), and I can’t sleep. But when I’m feeling low, I feel crippled. I feel shut off from everyone and everything around me and just want to be left to hide. Thinking becomes difficult, I become exceptionally forgetful and morbid and procrastination is the theme of the day. It is incredibly hard to function; even basic tasks, like blogging, become the toughest of challenges.

This is why sometimes you’ll not see me update for a week or so. I work in real life, so obviously that takes priority, but occasionally if I find my symptoms are starting to go haywire then I shut myself down from all kinds of activities, blogging and Second Life-ing being the main one. Which is pretty crap really because it’s the one of the few things in my real life that give me lots of joy!

But I always come back.

And here I am; still feeling a little out of sorts but there is just so much wonderful stuff occurring in the world at the moment that it would be silly if I didn’t log-in to experience it. To ease myself back-in gently, here’s a look of the day that I am really relishing.

First up is the hair. This is available at MY ATTIC and is from MINA. It’s a lovely, mid-bob style called ‘Nikky’ and I really do adore the shaping of it. The face is slightly hidden creating a really sexy profile, and the hair is also materials ready, which means that it has an extra bit of oomph (that’s a technical term, that, obviously).  It has a lot of volume too, which can be a little over-powering BUT that’s easily fixed if you increase your head size a smidgen. I think it’s glorious, and the colour choices that are available are really very impressive too.  It was hard to know what to plump for truth be told, but I liked the Light Brown options best of all, and I’m incredibly happy with the result. Even better  the hair packs cost a mere L$95 a pop, so what’s not to love?

Next we have the skin which is by BELLEZA. I’ve written so many times on these pages about that brand, but they never cease to amaze and astonish. This skin is called ‘Ria’ and  includes a number of delectable make-ups in the pack. What really appealed to me were the subtle winged-eyeliner options featured in the range, and also the array of gloss and matt lips. Feeling a bit low I needed colour, so plumped for the gorgeous red lip. Tricky Boucher always creates perfect lips and the suggestion of shine upon these is very special indeed. Ripe for kissing I think!

My Jewellery is an old favourite; it’s the ‘Wanderer’ set from LEAGUE, an esteemed Second Life brand that is having a fantastic 50% off sale until January 26th. Guys, don’t miss it. There are some stunning items of clothing and exceptional footwear, as well as skins, included in this epic event, but my tip for you is to stock up in the awesome accessories that LEAGUE has always excelled at. This jewellery purchase  is a replacement for a previous Wanderer set of mine that went, well, wandering from my inventory a few years ago. (There’s NOTHING worse than looking for something in your Outfits folder and seeing the words ‘Broken link’ is there?) I’ve opted for the version that includes different kinds of mixed wood shades, but I am tempted to return and pick up the other colour-ways if I can scrape together the funds before the sale finishes It’s always been one of my favourite jewellery sets and as an added bonus the bracelets are incredibly good at hiding SLINK wrist seams. The set is available for a mere L£123 at the moment, and be sure to check out the scarves and other adornments while you’re in-store. Stock up, you’ll thank me for it!

I wrote previously about my favourite jacket of last year, and here it is again, the EMERY Hollywood denim jacket.  Any opportunity to wear it and I’m there, and it goes extremely well with this dress from GATO. I *had* to get this frock because it features a cat print, and of course you know how I feel about cats. I must confess though I very nearly didn’t get it because rather than it being full it’s just a partial-mesh piece, and I have had disappointing experiences with those kinds of outfits before. I couldn’t resist though, so I had to indulge, and I’m really glad that I did because as you can see it actually works really well. I’ve made an exception though, and I really hope that GATO as a brand starts to lean towards full-mesh pieces. It’s a really great label with a great feel to it and some of the best styling I’ve ever seen.  Don’t believe me? Check out the GATO Flickr, it’s sassy and vibrant and just really rather wonderful.

Last but not least back to MY ATTIC, because I’m using a fantastic pose from PLOOM’s latest pose release at the event. This is a five pose pack that features some really great stands, with both a standard and curvy option for girls with a bit of oomph on their avatar. This stand, number #6, is destined to be a favourite of mine from a very impressive and original pack of poses indeed.

So that’s my look fo the day, hope you like! I’ve a list as long as my arm of things I need to blog, and I’m catching up..albeit slowly. Until then if you need your blog fix (and even on my down days I sure as hell do!) Why not peruse some of the entries on my sidebar, or check out my Bloglovin feed? 

KITTY WEARS: 

Hair: MINA ‘Nikky’ (Materials) in Light Brown L$95 – Available at MY ATTIC
Eyes: IKON ‘Ardent Eyes’ in Pewter (ML)
Skin-BELLEZA ‘Ria’ in Medium 4 (Dk, worn with Gloss Lip #2) (NOTE: Individual  skins L$188, fat pack of five is L$788) – Available at C88
Jewellery – LEAGUE ‘Wanderer’ Wood Medley – L$123  Don’t miss the sale!! (Ends January 26th)
Jacket – EMERY Mesh Denim Jacket Hollywood-Dark L$350 (Check out my blog post HERE)
Dress – GATO Kelly Dress. L$100
Pose – PLOOM  ‘DNCR’  kitty wears #6  L$95- Available at MY ATTIC

(Huge thanks to Heidi Volare for blogging so many beautiful things recently that she got my arse in gear and helped get me out of my blog-funk)

Fabulous Freebie From League Makes Kitty Snoodilicious!

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I think something that’s putting people off the current SL boobie craze is, to be honest, the fashion. People think it’s all about see through, fish-net blouses and strips of cloth pretending to be a tee shirt. If I’m honest that’s probably about 90% of the outfits I’ve seen thus far, BUT you CAN do big boobs in Second Life and keep them classy, as I hope the photo above proves.

In fact I’m actually really excited about this post because I discovered an awesome freebie at League which for me is the key component of this look, and I have to share it with you!

League is a Second Life treasure. A fashion, skins and accessory store that has quite frankly become a metaverse legend.  Nena Janus is the Goddess behind the brand, and she’s gifted to us a pack of three snoods, and guys they’re sublime. (In fact, I hope to goodness that Nena makes more of these, because they’re *perfect* for hiding applier lines. They also fit me beautifully and I therefore need squillions of them! )

Anyway, back to the snoods. For L$0 you receive a pack of three.  There’s a paisley and antique rose design, each one perfectly textured (it’s League, what do you expect?) but my favourite has to be this tribal print. It makes me a very happy kitty indeed!  It’s so ruddy versatile and an utterly brilliant frontage cover-up for when you’re feeling coy and don’t want your Tangos on display. Something as simple as this can make such a difference to your look and should be an inventory staple. Plain tank top? Add snood. Plain black dress? Add snood…and so on.  Mix and match happy, and it cost you *nuffink*

But don’t just drop by, grab the snood and rush away. 

Go and have a good gander around the store and take in not just the clothing and skins but also the array of scarves and utterly divine jewellery that are on offer. All of them feature League’s contemporary style-signature that’s become something of a trademark for the brand.  It’s no surprise that the store has been around since 2007 and continues to go from strength to strength because it’s one of the most compelling upon the grid, and long may it reign.

I don’t know precisely how to describe what makes League so unique; but for me it’s the way Nena Janus creates her pieces, but each item, even the skins, is infused with a lightness of touch to the textures that makes them so different from other items available upon the grid.  I guess you have to own and wear League to know precisely what I mean, but if you do you’ll know what I’m talking about.

So back to the outfit. I teamed the snood, with a very basic, V-neck long sleeve sweater by Intrepid that I found on the market-place for L$70.  I then added my mesh jeans and necklace from a few complete outfits that I had previously purchased from Ducknipple. Finally I added some old favourite wooden bangles and pumps and voila, not a peep of flesh anywhere, but a stylish, casual look ideal for mooching around the grid. Scrummy if I say so myself!

Anyway, go and pick up your freebie box of Snoods from League while they’re available.

 And if you see Nena PLEASE ask her to make more snoods..they’re snoodilicious!

Styling Notes: Skin by Belleza,  Hair By Elikatira,  Eyes by Ikon. Snood by League,  Sweater by Intrepid, Mesh jeans by Ducknipple and nails by Bamboo. (Bracelets no longer available)

Fifty Linden Friday- They call me ‘The Wanderer’

Friday soon comes around doesn’t it?

As always I poddle on over to The Rumor blog and see what they’ve listed and decide what I am going to go and check out in more detail. There are only a few items that caught my eye this week; a lovely stone gazebo from Cheeky Pea (Didn’t get it, purely because I don’t have enough prims but I do suggest that you go and check it out) and a fabulous jewellery set from League that I scraped my Lindens together for because I just had to have it.

And here it is..rather resplendent don’t you think? It’s called ‘Wanderer’ and has an ethnic vibe. It’s a combination of wooden-textured beading and initially what I thought to be Chinese coins, but I think they’re just symbolic devices used to give the piece a bit of oomph. It’s fabulous, and not only that it comes with a vast array of mix and match options so you can elect to have as many, or as little ‘coins’ on your necklace or bracelet as you wish. You can also select from a variety of different strand options. The set includes earrings which I am wearing BUT you can’t see them because of my hair.

This is indeed a bit of a ‘wanderin’ star’  (Oho- see what I did there?)  A very special set indeed, wonderful value  and easy to dress up or down. Well worth your fifty lindens don’t you think?

In League with the Devil….

Last night I sent my first ever notice out to ‘Fashcon’, which was ever so exciting and I got quite a few visitors to my store..woot! ( Kitty does a happy clap) One of the ladies who visited was ever so nice, and I must apologise if she’s reading this as I forgot her name, BUT she suggested I go to League to check out the skins. I was very keen to do this, because as a shape creator I’m only too well aware of the importance of a quality skin to bring out the very best in your shape, and vice versa. If you pick up a pants shape, chances are your skin won’t ‘sit’ as well as it should…Anyway, it’s important to me to try as many skins as poss and make sure they look good when worn with my handi-work. This was the first one I tried on…
I don’t really need to say much at all here do I..except..isn’t this bloody sensational? If you squint your eyes you can kind of see the image without lines but to be honest I think you still get a great feel for how well this skin performs. I adore it. It costs a fortune and hopefully I’ll start making more sales so I can buy the ruddy thing but just *wow*! This skin, I kid you not, practically makes you melt. If you’re not melting that’s because you’ve had to leave the PC to go and change your pants due to excitement wee that you’ve accidentally let go:)
This is a beautiful, seminal skin production folks. The colouration, the tonal value..the whole package just works perfectly and I am so impressed. I’m wearing my ‘Kittylicious! Ultimate Kittycurve’ shape here and I think you’ll agree the effect is rather swell, don’t you think?
So there you go, it’s official ( as far as I’m concerned)..League skins look great with my shapes ( Note: this sentiment isn’t endorsed by League, it’s purely my opinion..but if you don’t believe me just look at the bloody photo..it speaks for itself!)
( I’m adding them to my list to go with Redgrave,Curio, Tuli and LAQ)