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!

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!

THE HOME SHOW 2014 – THE TANTALISING TORONTO LIVINGROOM AND BATHROOM

The TORONTO sets have been, I’m sure, a roaring success for Ria Bazar. Every single one has been an astonishing release, and none more so than the TORONTO BATHROOM and LIVING ROOM, at THE HOME SHOW 2014. Of course there’s a house to match the sets so you can have a fabulous, complete look from top to bottom, but I’ve found that these pieces work extremely well in a skybox setting, and because they’re mesh and prim-light they’re a perfect choice for a Linden Home with their ridiculous 250 prim limit. (Would it hurt to make it 500 Linden Lab, WOULD IT?)

ImageSo what can I tell you about them? I always wax-lyrical about Ria’s work upon these pages, and I ain’t about to change, especially when you consider how awesome these latest releases are. The living room is fresh and funky and works beautifully in both male and female abodes.  When I visited THE HOME SHOW the sets were proving exceptionally popular. (There was constantly a crowd checking the displays out which was great to see, but a bugger for taking photos! However in the end I got a few snaps to share, and then I want to show you what I’ve done with them in my skybox)

The strength of the whole TORONTO collection has always been the industrial chic elements combined with classic lines and modern yet tasteful accessories. This is amplified in the living room, with a statement sofa (colour-change, natch) that can be used with or without a decorative throw, and two metal chairs. One of them is available with a cushion which you’d need, as I imagine that it would be a bit uncomfortable upon the old derrière if you didn’t use one! There’s a very stylish leather pouffe to compliment, along with an epic combination of a standard lamp that is reminiscent in styling of a builders hand-held lamp, and a very striking main fitting that looks a bit like a spider! These elements are tied together by some beautifully decorated bookcases, a plant, a globe and some great photo frames ready to fill with your fave snaps. As always the accessories are just as fabulous as the main pieces and I really rate the wire candle-sticks and world-map that bring the suite together. It’s perfect to use on its own, or to add to, which is what I’ve done in my skybox below…

ImageThe TORONTO BATHROOM carries the factory vibe even further and a word to all Steampunk aficionados, you will need this in your life. The metal finish adorning all the key pieces can be colour changed to suit your needs, and the lighting echoes that in the living room; functional yet completely on-trend. The emphasis on metal textures and pipe-work, along with the wire accessory baskets, traditional stamped signs and brilliantly executed accessories make this an absolute winner, and that’s before you even consider the animations and rezzable props that can be applied.

ImageIt never ceases to amaze me how many extras that Ria fits into her furniture sets at no extra cost. They are always incredibly useful for scene-setting and you can make some gorgeous photographs with them, or use them to just enjoy spending time with your loved one. The TORONTO BATHROOM has to be my absolute favourite yet; it’s just so imaginative and will work in so many modern spaces, lofts and skyboxes. It’s absolutely made of win. And of course you can style these items in a myriad of ways, and you’re guaranteed a satisfying result. This is how I’ve done my bathroom, isn’t it glorious?

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The reason I feature BAZAR so frequently on these pages is because Ria excites me so much as a designer. The work she produces consistently offers fabulous quality and value for money.  From the classical stylings of the FLORIA range to her fantastic residences, Ria has provided something for everyone in her collection, and I’ll awlways be proud to feature her on my pages.

 You can visit her in-world store by clicking HERE, her marketplace HERE or check out these two TORONTO releases at THE HOME SHOW 2014. Here’s looking forward to her next release, I wonder what it will be?

Splish Splash Kitty’s Taking a bath!

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As all of my regular readers know I’m a huge fan of Ria Bazar-Mavendorf’s work. I’ve been blogging Ria’s items now for well over a year, and each release is consistently awesome, with fabulous builds, textures and innovative features carefully blended to create some of the best furniture in the virtual world.  The ‘Floria’ series has been a particular delight, combining elegant textures and fabrics together in a classical style with a gentle, modern twist, and the latest addition to the collection is no exception. The Floria Bathroom is one of the most extravagant bathrooms experiences you can have in Second Life and comes complete with mesh components full of options that will help you to engineer the perfect bathroom for your virtual home. Like all of the Floria range the bathroom is texture change so the units can be altered to whatever finish you see fit with the same wood characteristics and colours that were previously used in the range.

This makes it an especially nice choice for en-suite bathrooms, particularly if you already have the Floria Bedroom.

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The quality is of course paramount, and the selection of accessories chosen for the set is rather brilliant too. There are matching sink units, with a mirror and accessories for him and her. There’s a decorative shelving unit which is ideal to place above the pedestal, especially because it features an air-freshener! There’s even a loo-brush and a toilet paper holder too. All the fixtures are further enhanced by a golden gleam courtesy of the metal colour deployed across the range which is applied to pipework, door-knobs and other fittings.  The star of the show has to be the tub. It’s a huge, claw-footed tub ideal for two to relax in and is brimming with options. For a start, you can choose soapy water, romantic rose-petals or even a fabulous bubble-bath to luxuriate in. Not only that but you can rez a bath rack that has everything you need for your perfect bath-time experience. Choose from a book, carefully propped so that you won’t get the pages damp, a bottle of wine or a shaving mirror with bath-time creams and unguents to enjoy. There’s a menu teeming with animations for single males or females, and there are couple poses too, which I really enjoyed. These are perfect for romantic moments with your significant other, and all the poses can be easily adjusted. I really like the option to rez candles around the tub; add the rose petal option and you’re all set to take advantage of the Adult only options that are available..

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It’s not just the tub that is full of animations either; the sink units have options such as brushing and drying your hair or having a shave, each one rezzing the right appliance for the job. And if you need to use the loo, you can do so in comfort whilst reading a magazine. A novel and very amusing touch indeed! To finish the set there’s a side table brimming with towels and bath treats as well as a beautiful candelabra with four flickering candles to add a touch of opulence to proceedings. There’s even a lovely screen to help protect your modesty too.

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The Floria Bathroom is a wonderful addition to all of the ‘Floria’ range from Bazar, but will work in any virtual abode or skybox where luxury and low-prim count are key.

 And don’t forget, there are no tide-marks or mess to clean up after all the fun, and you’ll have LOTS of soapy fun with this, I promise…*ahem*


Kitty & JezCLICK HERE to visit BAZAR in-world.