Red Hot Kitty!

Red Kitty

I had a mooch around SANARAE earlier, and shock horror, I *really* enjoyed it! I’ve found it a little too eccentric for my tastes in previous rounds, but this time, shock horror, I actually bought a few scrumptious things!  I got my summer on and splashed out on this bikini from INDENTED.  It’s called ‘Rayne’ and rocks a bang on-trend frill that covers the funbags area, along with the piping crossing the body that connects the brief. It looks great on, although as per usual my brain can’t disconnect properly so starting thinking about tan lines, and how you’d have a real problem if you wanted a wee. This is not an outfit to get drunk in, trust me! Also at the event, I spied a collar that said ‘Kitty’ on it, so how could I resist? It’s from SUPERNATURAL and is really well detailed, there’s even a clasp and chain at the back.  I’m still sporting my ever fantastic CODEX gloves from the KINKY event, but I’ve taken off the claws element (using the HUD included) so I can bare my red nails. Last but not least I nabbed this pose from SHINY SHABBY.  There wasn’t too much that caught my eye this month, but I confess I was enamoured by the ‘Feline’ poses by XXY and purchased those, one of which I’m using in the snap above.  I have to say though that I’ve not used poseballs in years, and was surprised when I opened the package that’s what it contained.  Still, no matter, I think the end result was totally worth it. Incidentally, the INDENTED bikini really sparked my interest, so I popped along to the store and I’ll definitely be paying it a second visit.  (This is what events are good for folks, they DO get traffic to your main store!)aaaaaSnapshot_002**SaNaRae runs until 18th July**

Kitty Wears:

Mesh Head: CATWA ‘Kimberly’ (with CATWA Mesh Eye Inserts)

Mesh Body: MAITREYA ‘Lara’ V4.1

Skin: AMARA BEAUTY – KouraLee (Tone 5)

Eyes: IZZIES ‘Tokyo (Lights)’ Eyes (worn as appliers on mesh eye inserts)

Hair – TRUTH – ‘Scout’ (Multitone 1 HUD – Group Gift)

Outfit:

Bikini: INDENTED ‘Rayne’ SANARAE EVENT

Accessories: 

Collar: SUPERNATURAL ‘Little Kitty’ (Red) SANARAE EVENT

Tattoo: DAPPA ‘Misfit’ Tattoo BISHBOX JUNE 2016

Gloves: CODEX ‘Visenya’ KINKY EVENT

Pose: XXY-Feline  SHINY SHABBY 

Lipstick: PINK FUEL ‘Queen’ Lipstick Palette (POWDER PACK – MARCH)

Here, Kitty Kitty!

This week saw the release of the latest BISHBOX.  Along with POWDER PACK, It’s the only subscriber box that I pick up every month. I was incredibly excited to discover that the theme this month was ‘Bad Kitty’, as you can imagine that ticked ALL my boxes, but unfortunately, when it came to the opening and reviewing of the contents there were only a select few items that I really enjoyed.  In fact, this is how disappointed I was: I recorded a vlog and then deleted it. I just thought I sounded incredibly miserable and negative, but the fact was, there was so much scope and yet most of the participants had gone for the same old ideas.  I felt let down and disappointed. There is a lot more to creating a cat aesthetic than masks, PVC and collars.  True, it’s a theme that has been done to death in Second Life but I was ready to be wowed with some super original content and that just wasn’t the case. Now I’ve had a whinge there were a couple of stellar items that I really enjoyed, and I’ll feature those in forthcoming posts.

In other news, UBER has some interesting offerings this month. It’s an event I find a little hit or miss in the extreme. When I finally manage to get in I either go mad and buy all the things or harrumph and roll my eyes as I slope off home in a sulk.  This month saw me buying a few items but I don’t think it’s up to the usual standard. That said, the ‘Yonder Eyes’ from IZZIE’S are well worth checking out if you want to up your virtual eye game; the colours Izzie has created are beautiful.

Can you see a theme developing here? In fact, that’s something I’m seeing reflected in other events and offerings across the grid; is the virtual shopping bubble about to burst? Nah, I don’t think so.  Don’t forget that it’s almost Summer and people tend to hang out more in real life once the weather gets warm.  Yes, designers have real lives too you know!

Anyway, here’s a look I threw together featuring items from BISHBOX, UBER and MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY, which finishes soon so quick..run!

Kitty wears:

Body:

Mesh Head: CATWA ‘Kimberly’ (with CATWA Mesh Eyes)

Mesh Body: MAITREYA ‘Lara’ V4.1

Skin: AMARA BEAUTY ‘Katie’ POWDER PACK SL MAY 2017

Ears: MANDALA ‘Steking’ Season 5

Eyes: IZZIES ‘Yonder Eyes’ UBER

Hair: TRUTH ‘Scout’ ( Multitone 1)

Outfit:

Top: TETRA Off-Shoulder (red) UBER

Shorts:  L&B Swear ‘Dita’ Denim Shorts UBER

Boots: HUCCI ‘Itabuna’ Boots MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

Accessories:

Earrings: REIGN ‘Pentagram’ Earrings

Ears: DOE Wire Kitty ears – Part of hairstyle exclusive to BISHBOX ‘Bad Kitty’ May 2017

Choker: XYZ Tattoo Choker

Necklace: YUMMY Tiny Skull Necklace – Gold

Make-up: PINK FUEL ‘Queen’ Palette lipstick (From POWDER PACK March 2017)

Glasses: YUMMY Lillian Glasses – Gold

Manicure: SLACKGIRL ‘Sinal’ Mesh Nails @ MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

Pose: LUXE ‘Sonya-5’ UBER

MBA brings back the heat!

MBA Brings it back

It’s a SCORCHING round of MBA this month! An absolute banquet on a stick of fab fashions and first up is this glorious NARCISSE ‘Charlie’ bodysuit.  It’s plain and simple, just like me, but don’t be fooled; the fat-pack features colour options and ability to change individual elements, such as the contrast neck ribbon, which make a real, stylish difference.  I’ve teamed it with these epic SLACKGIRL ‘Sinal’ stiletto nails, that feature a bang on-trend chevron motif. They come with a HUD with enough colour options to see you through the summer!

To complete my look I’m wearing the TRUTH GROUP GIFT for May. This style, ‘Kare’,  gives me a real 80’s feel; it’s a mid-length, shaggy bob and comes complete with multi-styling options so you can get the perfect look. Even better than that are the colour HUDs.  The new textures are astonishing! Truth is making some epic changes gang, and they’re for our benefit! (VIP Sale extended until 16th, click HERE!)

I spied some cracking Bento poses on the Marketplace, so I went to check them out in-world, and I really recommend that you do the same.  They’re from REVE OBSCURA You’ll find a good selection of male and female poses for L$50 a pop and the one I’m using here is called ‘Rawr!’  I look forward to seeing many more Bento poses here!

The rest of my look features the ‘Queen’ lip and eye palette from PINK FUEL for last month’s POWDER PACK. I was complimented on it today whilst I was busily building in a sandbox, and I’m not surprised, every single one of Mochi’s contributions thus far has been outstanding, and I can’t see what she has in store for us this month. I’m also *still* wearing my AMARA BEAUTY ‘Justine’ skin as my base. It’s just perfection and I’m wearing it in a much deeper tone than I normally would because, hey, you know, summer right? (Plus, it’s such a beautiful colour!) Last but not least are my KIBITZ Jelly Bracelets from last month’s BISHBOX.

Kitty goes ga-ga for Gacha!

When I was a little girl, Gacha machines as we now know them didn’t really exist. (By that I mean the large gift-giving behemoths filled with toys and candy that they’ve become today)

Gachas in my day were much smaller in stature and the prizes were usually a plastic ring and a Bazooka Joe, if you were lucky.  My local Gacha was outside the ‘Blue Star Café’ in the village where I grew up.   In fact, we didn’t even call it a Gacha.   I’d never heard of that word until a few years ago.  In fact I don’t know what we called that particular machine.  But I can remember that it had a motorcycle chain holding it down, although no-one would ever have wanted to steal it, and it was 2p a punt.( Let me put it into context for you; the local newsagent had one of those plastic mannequins outside of a little boy wearing callipers collecting pennies for The Spastic Society!  How times have changed, and yup, I’m *that* old! )

I think Gachas are now much more common and cost a few quid, if not more, but you can get some pretty awesome prizes from them . Looking back though I was quite happy with my Bazooka Joe gum. They were brilliant actually; with their little comics inside the wrapper. I never did save them up and send off for a prize though; I kinda wish that I had now.

Now, I was going to say that you can enjoy Gacha in Second Life without the expense, but that’s a big fib, because the Gacha festival is upon us from March 1st (TOMORROW!!) and it’s going to cost you some serious lindens, purely because of the amount of amazing items that you can win. 

I’ve had a sneaky-peaky at the preview page and it’s left me giddy with excitement to the point of feeling like a kid waiting for Christmas day.  Seriously! I’ve been looking forward to this event all week, and now that it’s almost here I don’t know how I will sleep tonight knowing the amazing stuff that awaits.

And trust me when I say there are some truly amazing items to play for as well. From collectibles to clothing, to furniture, glasses, musical instruments, skins, poses, headgear, jewellery,avatars and even gypsy caravans!  There’s something for everyone at this event.  It is going to be IMMENSE.

I’m both pleased and pissed that there’s a tumblr where you can view the items. Pleased because it gives me a chance to work out what machines I’ll be hitting up tomorrow, and pissed because it just reaffirms the fact that I have about 24 hours to wait until the event starts.  I can’t wait that long; the tension is killing me!

So while I wait I’ll share with you some of the vendors that I’ll be visiting. Alas, I can’t visit every single one without taking out a pigging virtual loan or selling a body-part.  These are Gacha after all and there’s no guarantee what you’ll get, but some of the prizes are outstanding.

Let’s have a shufty at a few…

I’m all about collectibles, as my post earlier this week may have proved, so with that in mind I’ll definitely be visiting the NARDCOTIX ‘Puss Pillow’s vendor. I mean, this ticks ALL my boxes. Cats + Pillows= one happy kitty, and JUST LOOK AT THEM! They’re so bloody GORGEOUS! I’ll be having ALL of those thank you very much. L$50 a play, with  a choice of 12 pillows to win. It’s hard to pick a favourite from the picture but I will really be hoping to get either of the two rarest in that machine.

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HALF-DEER  have provided a range of cup-cakes that I’ll be hitting up with gusto.  I blooming LOVE cupcakes, and these look scrumptious, and are just too cute to not have in your virtual abode; there are ten to win at L$25 a shot. Again, I don’t mind which one I win from the selection either, so long as I end up with a full set! They will look darn tasty in my kitchen won’t they?

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Time for a rousing chorus of  “It’s so FLUFFYYY!” because INTRIGUE CO.  have designed a new selection of Plushie Pals for the event. They’re circus themed and look flipping brilliant! The rares in this machine are actually props, a tent and a marquee so that you can play Circus in Second Life. Again, they’re all stunning so no,  I can’t pick just one because I’ll be happy with any of them.  But then again, the Zebra is calling my name..!

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Every girl needs a teddy bear, and the Candy Bears from SWAY’S are just perfect companions for cuddling.  There are 24 to play for,  with the ‘Rainbow’ and Confetti’ bears being the rares in this selection.  At L$25 a play they’re not going to break the Linden bank too much either!

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If you can recall my previous post about the COMMONER Kitchen Storage Jars then you’ll know I’ll be throwing some more Linden their way and trying to win myself some of these Brash Cans. There are three sets to collect featuring vices, prescribed meds and glam attire. I’m not sure which ones I’ll aim for, although at this moment in time some Xanax wouldn’t go amiss! (I’m British, I had to ask what that stuff was for on Plurk..)

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My final collectible choice are the ‘Bento Friends’ Bento boxes from STANDBY. These are super cute with 11 animal themed mesh bento boxes to be won, and a rare item comprising of a table and cushions for you to use while enjoying your bento feast. NOM!

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That’s my pick of the collectibles, so what about wearables?

Well, I’ll definitely be having a shot at winning some of the rare Wool Felt Cat Hats from MILK MOTION. There are *gulp* 60 to win, but I have my eye on the starry cap; it looks rather swish, don’t you think?  I’m pretty sure this is going to be a hugely popular gacha item, and is just L$50 a go.

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TABLEAU VIVANT  have two fantastic Gachas this round.  First up are some back-packs. I don’t often wear bags in Second Life, but these would change my mind. They look great, are non-rigged mesh and feature resize scripts too for a perfect fit. Not only that but I’m intrigued by the three rare items in this Gacha, because two of them are surprises. We can see that one of them is a bunny back-pack which looks unbelievably squeesome, but the other two are shaded out so you can’t see what they are.  It’ll cost you  L$75 each time you try to find out.  Worth a shot? It’s one of the more pricey Gacha items, but in my opinion more than worth it.

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And so is the Spirit Hood available from TABLEAU VIVANT’s second gacha in the event; this features a virtual version of those animal hoods with mittens built in that everyone was wearing around Christmas (yes, I’ve got one in real life, shush) Judging by the picture this looks to be quite a promising item, BUT it’s one-size rigged mesh so I recommend that you try a demo before parting with your L$75. If the demo fits, then there are 27 to win. Fingers crossed the demo fits me then!

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NYLON OUTFITTERS  have an ‘Art Nails’ mesh nails Gacha at the event and you can win one of ten sets of nails. It doesn’t say on the poster if any of them are rarer than others, but I certainly have my eyes fixed on the ‘9 Lives’ and ‘Party animal’ set. At L$50 a try I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for some luck on this one; they’re rather fancy aren’t they? I love the quirky presentation and styling of these so much!Image

I’ll also be hoping for good things at THE SECRET STORE  where you can win a pair of vintage roller-skates.  There are twenty different styles, with three rares. I’ve not been roller-skating in Second Life for a LONG time, but if I win the Panther skates I may be inclined to have another go!

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There are a number of skin Gachas to play at the event, and all of them look totally fabulous so I guess I’ll be having a punt in all of them, but the one I will definitely be hitting a smidgen harder than the others is from PINK FUEL.  Why? Well because they have a skin called ‘Von D’ which looks right up my street. There are 7 skins available in the Gacha and all of them look very enticing and original. The Elphaba, Cyber Grey and Ch-Ch-Oco skins have really caught my eye too; in fact I’d be happy winning any of them. L$100 for a quality skin? Yes please!

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I haven’t told you about every single Gacha machine at this event because at the time of writing MORE images keep being added to the site, and to be honest I’m squealing so much in real life I’m about to give myself heart-failure.  I’ve not told you about the gorgeous dress from BAIASTICE,  nor the amazing mesh lamps from TROMPE LOEIL or the bedroom furniture from SCARLET APPLE, or the hair from TRUTH.  OMG, some of the brightest and best that the grid has to offer are all here, and then some! There’s an official vendor list here.

If I was to try to write about everything that would mean I’d be here all night working myself up into a frenzy and I’m excited enough as it is. I have a sneaky feeling that it’s also going to be an utter swine to get into as well, so it may be one of those rare occasions in-world where it may be kind to the sim and to the rest of us if you consider de-primming and using a low-arc avatar for your visit.

Of course, with these being Gacha items you can transfer them, so that means if you get duplicate items you can swap them. The fun is in seeing what you get after all, but if you’re not lucky you’re your winnings why not  ask around on Plurk or in ‘The Arcade’ group to see if anyone has any swapsies? But don’t forget you can also gift your winnings to friends, and that for me is key.

In-world events like this are all about having fun and sharing the love with those nearest and dearest, and I can think of one chum in particular who may find herself receiving the odd item from me, especially if it’s too pink for my liking!

Enjoy the event guys, hope you get all the goodies you wish for!

You can keep up to date with the latest by following The Arcade on Plurk

OMFG, just as I finished writing this post this appeared on the list:

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<Kitty expires from excitement>

P.S. I haven’t posted a LM because I don’t know where it is yet!! Will update when I know:)

Oh, and a quick note- be sure to check out the official Arcade blog.  There’s an amazing photo competition with an astonishing array of prizes up for grabs that you must enter!

(All items at the event can be seen here. Imagery featured in this blog-post is from The Arcade Shopping Guide site. Huge thanks to Octagons Yazimoto, Katharine McGinnis, Emery Milneaux and Umberto Giano and all the vendors involved for bringing this event to the grid!)