Lawks-a-lawdy, I’m BACK!!!

OH HAI! So, I’m pleased to announce that my wonderful PC is here; I’m back in Second Life and I’m playing Kitty catch-up with mucho gusto. Guys, the PC is so much better than I could have ever dreamed about, I’ve been thoroughly spoiled and I can run SL in Ultra without it even breaking a sweat.  Thank you so much to my beloved, Jez, for spending a small fortune upon me. I promise I’m worth it!  The difference it’s making to my picture taking is beyond belief too and here’s a funny thing; I’ve noticed that just by using the one-click ‘enhance’ function in Windows 10 photo settings my pictures are spruced up to such an extent that I’m not even needing to Picmonkey them (unless I want to, of course). 26092015_002Of course, it helps if your foundations are good to start with, and they are precisely that for this shot. I’m wearing ZOUL CREATIONS ‘Brianna’ skin, the ‘Cara’ dress from APHORISM and this exceptional beehive, ‘Fall Ball’ from VANITY HAIR.  I’m really loving the recent up-do releases from VANITY HAIR and they each add an element of sophistication to your outfits.  This style in particular, ‘Fall Ball’,  is a bit of a bargain, and it’s currently available on the marketplace in the absolutely perfect ‘Must Haves’ pack for a measly L$50! (No, I’m not joking, look!)

The ‘Cara’ dress from APHORISM is a lovely, solid mesh outfit that also exudes class and under-stated glamour.  The full sleeves with contrast cuffs and collar add a retro edge to an otherwise basic shift.  Simple and super effective, when teamed with this hairstyle you really don’t need to accessorise that much to achieve maximum awesome from your look.  Of course quality footwear is a must with an outfit of this kind, and I feel that despite the dress being simple it’s worthy of more than a pair of simple flats.  Fortunately, N-CORE have come to the rescue with these astonishing ALEXANDRA boots.  As boots go these are just stunning; well textured and with the kind of heel that means you can clean the cobwebs from the ceiling with your head! They cover plenty of bases: dress ‘em saucy and kinky or use them to just add an element of pizzaz to an otherwise relatively conservative outfit, which is just what I’ve done here. The Arcade_008To finish is the ‘Brianna’ skin, yet another simply imperial release from SHANTIA SOULSTAR who has worked her backside off in 2015 producing some absolutely top-notch skins.   Every single release has been a winner, with Shantia’s exemplary make-ups adding totally new dimensions to her skin range.  I challenge you to find a better array of bespoke lipsticks and eyeshadows.  Each release is a treat, ‘Brianna’ is no exception! I think you’ll agree that this is a cracking look to return with, and get ready for some serious LOTD posts as I get back into the swing of blogging.  It’s October which means there is lots to get excited about on the grid; Second Life really does seem to come alive at this time of year! HUZZAH! 

Kitty wears:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.4

SKIN: Zoul Creations ‘Brianna’ SK3  Dk Brows chA ( Green 03 eyeshadow, Orangey 3 lip)

EYES: IKON  ‘Triumph Eyes’ Armor / ‘Hope Eyes’ Crimson

LASHES: Hush ‘Flirt’

EARS: Mandala ‘Steking’ Series 5 (Pixie)

HAIR: Vanity Hair ‘Fall Ball’ AVAILABLE ON MARKETPLACE FOR L$50!!!

DRESS: Aphorism ‘Cara’ in Black  SHINY SHABBY

BOOTS: N-Core ‘Alexandra’ Boots @ KUSTOM 9 

Simply Selene

selene_002The ‘Selene’ Collection from APHORISM is definitely a must-play machine at THE GACHA GARDEN event. You’ll find some beautiful items there, but none more so (in my opinion at least!) than the fabulous bracelets and necklaces that feature in this particular prize-list.edb89c_3197e366339e4d6a8fc9fff40fd0b0e3.png_srb_p_533_533_75_22_0.50_1.20_0What I particularly like about these luscious items are the textures of the stones that Rucy Byron has used; he’s obviously researched his crystals well and they really do look shiny and real. I am a huge fan of Labradorite  in real-life, and I own a number of pieces including a very large polished boulder. It’s my ‘pet rock’ and it is so incredibly beautiful, it has a dense, heavy feeling and almost dull blue-green colour to it, but when the light catches the stone seems to come alive with flashes of feldspar-brilliance. selene_005

I’m wearing the necklace and bracelet from the ‘Selene’ collection in this snap, along with a rather nice ‘Jackie Tube Dress’ from THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR by the brand  JUST BECAUSE (I intend to feature this dress in a more in-depth piece over the weekend)Selene Selene was of course a Goddess, and I think I evoke her spirit perfectly in this snap

Here are your links to THE GACHA GARDEN and to THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR

Kitty Wears:
Skin: ZOUL CREATIONS Della sk1 – Dk Brows – chCZC (+ Della Eyeshadow – Brown 03)
Lashes: HUSH – Lashes – Flirt
Lips: PXL SweetLips v1.4
Ears: AITUI – ‘Naked’ Ears
Eyes: IKON ‘Hope’ Eyes in ‘Denim’ (M)
Eyeliner: MONS / Makeups – black eyeliner series-8
Hair: LITTLE BONES ‘Ce Soir’ (Landslide Pack)
Jewellery: APHORISM ‘Selene’ Necklace and Bracelet in ‘Labradorite’  THE GACHA GARDEN
Dress: JUST BECAUSE ‘Jackie Tube Dress’ (Light Blue) THE MESH BODY ADDICTS FAIR
Pose:  
BOUNCE THIS (From the ‘Mega Pose Pack HUD’)
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LOTD: A bit of everything! (OMG Gacha, Hair Fair and The Seasons Story too!)

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July is in full swing and it’s a BUSY time of year guys and gals, and with so many events running at the moment it’s hard to know which way to turn or where to spend you hard-earned Linden Dollars. Blogs such as ELOQUENCE (and SERAPHIM) do an epic job of featuring the majority of in-world events so that you can see if there’s anything that you fancy before you try to TP in, and for that we owe them our gratitude. It must have been an absolutely enormous task recording the releases and photographing them at the HAIR FAIR Blogger preview last night, yet Vixen Thibedeau has done a sterling job.  (I was there for about five or six hours, got lost twice, spent way too much and felt completely overwhelmed by it all, so pity the poor blogger that has done all the legwork for you!)

If you don’t use blogs such as ELOQUENCE or SERAPHIM to plan your event visits then I really do recommend that you start doing so now. I never land at an event now unless I’ve had a good look at what is on offer beforehand. I go to each event with my list in hand, get my shopping accomplished and get the hell outta Dodge! I’ll return once the initial furore has died down towards the end of the event run, and then I can happily wander around and take in the build, the displays and the ambiance of the place. (Oh, and stare at all the avatars in attendance and scrutinise what they’re wearing. Ahem, no, I don’t, honest.)

Today’s ‘Look Of The Day’ then includes some items that can be found at events that are currently setting the grid on fire. I’ve gone for a dressed down look today, with the key element being this absolutely ravishing hairstyle from a brand called ‘MURRAY’.  I’ve never heard of them before yet I think they’re going to have an exceptional HAIR FAIR 2015, because all the styles they offer at the event are flawlessly executed. There’s no fuss, no tortured prims or misaligned mesh to be seen and no flatness of texture either; but you will discover hair that is beautifully styled, textured and utterly perfect when worn. (Regular visitors will have noticed that I’m wearing a long hairstyle and shock, horror Kitty-readers but most of the styles that I have purchased at HAIR FAIR 2015 have been loose and flowing, rather than my normal much-loved bob shapes. Clearly I’m sickening for something!)

But back to MURRAY; the reason I fell for this ‘Giorgia’ style is because, well, just look. It’s perfect isn’t it? This is the ultimate in plain and simple long hair. Some people may think that when you’re launching at such an occasion you should go out all guns blazing and throw some seriously fancy styles our way, but actually I think it is far better to start as you mean to go on. It would be way too easy to throw avant-garde and over-the-top styles at us but we’d wear them once, twice maybe before throwing them into the backs of our inventories, and I don’t know about you but mine is bursting at the seams as is. Better to launch with something with universal appeal in my opinion, which is what they have done with all four of their HAIR FAIR releases.

You know you should never disregard ‘simple’. It takes a proper artist to make something look so easy and effortless, when behind the scenes it’s actually very difficult to do. Hair creation in world can be merciless after all. MURRAY is a brand that has started with, well, not so much of a bang, but definitely not a whimper. (I think an assertive stamp of the foot?)
They’re a brand I’m going to be watching with interest and I cannot wait to see what further items they come up with during the remainder of 2015. Incidentally, if you’re curious about the flower it’s actually a freebie in recognition of HAIR FAIR’s 10th birthday and comes in a pack of 6 different shades for you to enjoy from TABLEAU VIVANT. (When you do manage to get in watch out for the freebies that the majority of vendors have placed out for us, there are some absolute cracking styles that people are giving away!) It looks beautiful with this ZOUL CREATIONS ‘Della’ skin and I’ve resurrected my PXL Sweet Lips from my inventory to wear too. Why? Because they’re plain awesome!

My dress is another summer release from the APHORISM label. Rucy Byron is turning into a virtual design powerhouse in 2015 consistently releasing quality fashion for male and female avatars; the dress is available in either pattern, plain or floral flavours and encapsulates perfectly the Boho vibe that seems to be rocking Second Life in 2015. You’ll find it at THE SEASONS STORY.  To accessorise, I’ve added a nose-ring from the latest round of OMG GACHA! which is full of Summer and kawaii-themed delights with loads of machines to play.

There really is so much going on this weekend/this month/this summer in-world that you’ve absolutely no excuse not to find something that you’ll enjoy, and don’t forget that INDIE TEEPEE is in full swing over the weekend too, don’t miss it! ( I previewed it in my last post here)

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Kitty Wears: 

Skin: ‘Della’ by ZOUL CREATIONS
Mouth: PXL Sweet Lips (worn with Della lipstick/applier) by PXL 
Eyes: ‘Charm’ Eyes in ‘Brown’ by IKON
Ears: ‘Naked’ by AITUI
Lashes: ‘Flirt’ by HUSH

Hair: ‘Giorgia’ Hairstyle (light brown 05) by MURRAY @ HAIR FAIR
Hair band: Tropical Headpiece’ in ‘Sunset’ (TABLEAU VIVANT HAIR FAIR gift)

Body: ‘Physique’ by SLINK
Hands & Feet (Casual Hands and Mid Feet) by SLINK

Dress: Summertime Dress (s) by APHORISM (THE SEASONS STORY)
Shoes: ‘Boho Platforms’ in Brown by PURE POISON

Septum Ring: ‘Nisha Septum Ring’ (Black) by ^^SWALLOW^^ (OMG GACHA)
Ring (just seen..only just!) Schadenfreude Owl Wee Beastie Ring by SCHADENFREUDE

Pose: AN LAR POSES ‘The Watchtower Series: Two’ INDIE TEEPEE

I’ll meet you at INDIE TEEPEE

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It is incredibly easy to become jaded by events in Second Life, I know I am as guilty of that as the next person, but when an event launches that is as special as INDIE TEEPEE then it is worth your time and effort to check out. I think it’s going to be the hot ticket event of the month, and it will surely benefit from frustrated avatars who can’t get into HAIR FAIR 2015. Can’t get in to buy fabulous hair? No problem, get yourself over to INDIE TEEPEE instead!

One of the things I really like about this event is the website. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve visited an event’s website and been left feeling frustrated by the lack of information. I’ve also visited many a website and become completely perplexed by the layout and what it is trying to tell me. Not so with anything on INDIE TEEPEE’s website because it’s a thing of beauty and really easy to navigate, bursting at the seams with content. There are podcasts, a Spotify playlist, a full schedule and profiles of various avatars that have been involved in the production of this event. Care has been taken to produce this website, and it shows..but does it show at the event too?

I think that it does. Like a festival in real-life there are different areas for activities and events, and lots of shopping in between. The sim has been decorated to give a Burning Life cum Glastonbury feel; where barren areas dotted with campfires are juxtaposed with greener areas and portaloos! (Try one, they’re super-fun!)

You can enjoy many activities at the sim such as watching machinima or exploring some of the artworks that are on display. You’ll be able to watch the machinima on the big screen under the stars from the comfort of the back of a pimped-out truck, or a picnic blanket.

There are a number of art installations to view and explore at the event; my personal favourite is ‘Muses’ by BryneDarkleyCazalet which is an interactive artwork featuring some inspiring female musicians. I like this because it features a number of my own personal favourite artists (Kate Bush, Siouxsie Soux, Bjork and Debbie Harry amongst others) and I find it the most personally resonant art on display at the event, but all of the pieces look spectacular against the desert backdrop.

Because this is a festival you can be assured of some fantastic live music and DJ sets. There really does seem to be something for everyone at each of the three stages. I’m looking forward to hearing some tunes, and perhaps taking in some of the live Roller Derby action that is being hosted at the event. I’m also looking forward to the events that are going to be held at the Literary Corner too.  There’s a giant copy of my favourite novel of recent years  (and I’m currently enjoying it in audiobook form read by Wil Wheaton) ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Kline overlooking the comfy cushions and the campfire that decorate the area.

Nothing has been overlooked here at the INDIE TEEPEE event, and I’m actually really excited about it.  Many years ago The Guardian newspaper held ‘Secondfest’ in world, which was a cracking virtual festival where I made life-long friends.  I really hope that INDIE TEEPEE proves to be the same!

PicMonkey CollageWhat do you wear at an event such as this? Well, festival chic obviously, and you’ll be able to stock up on that at the event shops. Take stacks of Lindens guys, because the shopping is good!   Some of the best content creators in Second Life are participating and you can be assured of some fabulous finds.  I found a fantastic summer top from APHORISM at the event. The ‘Sun-Kissed’ top comes in 5 pattern colours (Yellow, Black, Green, Pink and White) and 5 plain colours (Blue, Crimson, taupe, White and Black) and is quintessential festival wear. I opted for the flowery print in loose cotton which while simple perfectly encapsulates the festival vibe. (I teamed it with my APHORISM ‘Glastonbury’ boots, an old favourite of mine, these boots are the kind of virtual fashion that beg for close attention. Zoom in to catch all the details and you won’t be disappointed!) The boots and top look perfect with an epic INDIE TEEPEE festival-find, the stunning ‘Haight-Ashbury’ leather bag with an embellished pattern from REVERIE that really does need to be seen to be believed. Last but not least you’ll need a hat to give you some relief from the sun in the desert heat, and I found the perfect hat in the shape of a rather glorious fedora by REMARKABLE OBLIVION. Yes, it’s a fedora but no, it doesn’t require tipping, OK? You’ll find a full list of participating shops HERE.indie teepee_007

So, all that’s left for me to do is wander the area, taking in the sights, sounds and smells of this festival.  I’m so happy that this has been created and built in Second Life, it really does look absolutely stunning and I hope it lives up to my expectations. You know, I have a feeling it will actually surpass them..I do hope so!  I’ll meet you there by the porta-loos..

INDIE TEEPEE FESTIVAL OPENS 10th JULY 2015 CLICK HERE FOR TP