The MBA Bi-Monthly Is Almost Here!

2016_001So, here we are.  A new year, a new start, and a very  HAPPY NEW YEAR to all KITTYWITCHIN’ readers!

Forgive me if I’m sounding a little melancholy but 2015 was a hard year for so many of us, myself included. Add to that international events that saw the world so divided, and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who wasn’t glad to see the end of the old year, and welcome the new.

I’ve spoken many times on this blog about my own personal attitude to blogging, about it being about pleasure rather than commitment first and foremost, and that’s why you’ll see that I barely posted over the festive season.  I gave myself some much needed time off from life in general. This week I’ve had a week off work to just relax, re-focus and just BE. It’s done me the power of good, and whilst I can’t say that I feel re-invigorated (it’s a damp, dank January so far after all) I sure do feel rested.

So here’s the first blogpost of 2016.  I haven’t actually logged in world much at all during the festive period but I’m glad I did today because it’s been lovely to receive some gorgeous items to share with you that are part of the MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY event.  This dress is the first item I opened and as soon as I saw it I knew it would work perfectly with this hair that I blogged from ‘Winter Trend’ last month, ‘Miriam’ by EN VOGUE.

The dress, called ‘Audrey’, is from PPD (PINK PEARL DESIGNS) and it’s a nice take on an often-repeated Second Life wardrobe staple. The stud embellishment across the torso looks good, and it winds itself around to the back of the dress. I didn’t find any major fit mesh issues that couldn’t be corrected via HUDS, and the dress fits BELLEZA ‘Freya’ and ‘Isis’ along with Maitreya ‘Lara’ (worn here) as well as SLink. Because of the long sleeves and the shape of the dress it has a formal feel, and in my opinion it works particularly well when worn with updos and of course this beret style.

You’ll be able to purchase ‘Audrey’ from the MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY EVENT that opens on the 10th, and promises to be a corker. I’ll be sharing some more of the goodies that you’ll be able to buy from the event on these pages over the next few days, so watch this space!

 KITTY WEARS:

BODY: Maitreya ‘Lara’ V3.4

SKIN: Glam Affair – Katra – Polar – August NB

EYES: IKON Triumph Eyes – Dusk (ML)

EYEBROWS: Nar Mattaru ‘Power Brows’ (Pitch Black + brow highlight)

LASHES: Hush ‘Flirt’

LIPS: PXL ‘Sweet Lips’ v1.4

HAIRSTYLE: enVOGUE HAIR – Miriam WINTER TREND

DRESS: PPD ‘Audrey’ (Black) MESH BODY ADDICTS BI-MONTHLY

ACCESSORIES:

NECKLACE – ‘Cae’  – Choupette (Christmas present, lucky me!)

POSE by ADORKABLE POSES (No longer available, sorry)

 

 

LOTD: Wanna buy some Lemonade?

Is July turning into events month or what? We’ve got the IDK event and THE EPIPHANY (a new Gacha-type event) both starting tomorrow and don’t even get me started on WIZARDING FAIR, WAYWARD CARNIVAL or PROJECT LIMITED, to name-check just a small selection of events in-world right now.  But fear not, dear readers, the list of events is endless and somewhat overwhelming, but I’ll only complain when I can’t get into them!

I just wanted to throw a very quick LOTD post at the blog because as regular visitors can tell, there are changes afoot.  First of all I’ve changed the page layout to a much more modern design. It also means I can feature more content on the front page so I think it more accurately reflects the amount of posts (and work *cough*) I put into Kittywitchin. I haven’t quite finished my blog tidy up just yet, but when I have you’ll be the first to know!

Anyway, on to my look for today something very plain and simple but effective nonetheless; no necklaces, rings or jewellery to speak of other than the lip rings in my PXL SWEET LIPS. (Which I adore so much, I really, really do. If you’re reading this Hart here’s a Kitty-customer request; please make some more with a bit of a smile will you? I love mine but I want to smile in my pictures more!)

Moving on from my visage and I’ve thrown on a tee-shirt from the unwashed pile in the deepest, darkest corner of my inventory that I had forgotten all about! I hadn’t unpacked it, I know right?! This is unheard of for me. I adore PIXICAT tops (Areve creates just the best tops, she really does) and my not having opened this particular one meant that when I purchased this something big must have been happening to prevent me opening the package. I mean something immense, seriously, like an asteroid hitting the planet, or a sink-hole swallowing me up.  Or, more likely is that I bought it and forgot but still, you get the point I’m sure!

I’ve teamed the top with an old favourite PSYCHO BYTS skirt, although it’s so teeny-tiny it would be the kind of thing that your Mum would call a belt and say you weren’t to leave the house in.  Enough jibber-jabber then, here’s my LOTD!

Front and centre is one of the HAIR FAIR 2015 new releases from LITTLE BONES. I’m wearing so much hair by this brand at the moment andas I keep saying it’s a real surprise to me because I really don’t go wild for the longer, multi-coloured styles, but this brand just has ‘something’ that gets me right in the virtual feels.  I don’t know what it is, but it works. Each style I’ve developed deep and meaningful feelings for from LITTLE BONES has been an absolute winner, and ‘Lemonade’ is no exception.

For a start, it’s called ‘Lemonade’, and for another, well, see for yourself…..

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It’s a fizzy and sparkling (see what I did there?) over-the-shoulder ponytail but what sets it apart from the crowd are the little wisps and tendrils that frame the face.  There’s a little tiny bit of hair that falls from the parting onto the forehead and it absolutely slayed me; in fact, I probably bought the style because of that lock alone! But just look, isn’t it something? This is the dip-dyes hud and features some outstanding colour variations to enjoy. I’m somewhat in love with this hair, can you tell?

Last but not least, the tattoo that I’m wearing.  It’s called ‘Insidious’ and is by WHITE WIDOW, who I only found out about last week and have been sporting her  stunning ‘Tombstone’ tattoo from ANYBODY at every opportunity I can get (as has Jez, he’s currently wearing the male version).   Normally I wouldn’t have bought new ink so soon but I spotted this one at the WIZARDING FAIR and had to have it because of the owls in the design. It’s full of owls guys, ALL THE OWLS!

Here’s all the credits, happy shopping!
Body:
SKIN: ZOUL CREATIONS: Della (Sk1 DK brows Ch C)
LIPS: PXL ‘Sweet Lips’
EYES: IKON ‘Charm Eyes: Brown’ (Group Gift Feb 2015)
LASHES: HUSH ‘Flirt’
EARS: AITUI ‘Naked Gen 4’
BODY & HANDS: SLINK Physique (body) Casual (Hands)
HAIR: LITTLE BONES ‘Lemonade’ (L) HAIR FAIR 2015
TATTOO: WHITE WIDOW ‘Insidious’ WIZARDING FAIR 2015 (Includes system tattoo layers and appliers for EVE, Maitreya Lara, Brazilia, Belleza, #TheMeshProject, Omega, and SLink)

Clothes:
PIXICAT – WideCropTop (Stripe)
PSYCHO BYTS – Mini Skirt (Black)

Misc:
Poses by FLASH FRIENDLY (LDF Set 1) Windlight used: Calwl

NEW YEAR, NEW KITTY!? (Not ruddy likely!)

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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY READERS!

I hope you’ve all had a fantastic festive season with your family and loved ones.  I know I had an absolutely cracking time, but in between RL work and being with loved ones I found very little time to log-in (which is just as it should be!)   I’m making up for it now though with gusto, and busily compiling some blog posts for you all to enjoy. So let’s start as we mean to go on shall we?

Seeing as it’s a new year I thought I’d share my first semi-nude shot of the year with you all, LOL!  This is me sporting the latest mesh body to hit the grid, ‘Lara’ by MAITREYA. Now, I decided after the BELLEZA malarkey that I wasn’t going to buy any more mesh bodies because with all the DMCA nonsense I didn’t ‘t know if they would prove to be a sound investment. Spendin thousands of Lindens upon something for which you’d expect regular updates, only for the item to be DMCA’d and taken off-grid isn’t a good return on the money spent. Not that I’m tight but I’m not made of Lindens, and I like to be careful what I buy. (Of course you do Kitty, that’s why you have 56k of items in your inventory…PFFFT)

Fortunately BELLEZA returned back to the grid with their wonderful mesh body and a happy Kitty this did make, so when MAITREYA released Lara my initial thoughts were “Nah, I’ll give it a miss.” I already had two mesh bodies, SLINK and BELLEZA, so I didn’t need another one, right? WRONG.

I made the FATAL mistake of demoing Lara. (I blame Magenta De Vinna AKA Skittles for this, because I asked on Plurk if I should give it a go because clearly I can’t think for myself, and Skittles told me that it was definitely worth a demo.) The rest is history. Readers, this body is bloody divine. I zoomed over to a sandbox, opened the box and fell in love.

So what are my thoughts on this bod? It’s very different to SLINK and BELLEZA in that, well to my eyes at least, it’s more ‘lifted’ around the bewbs and bum areas, but not in an exaggerated Nicki Minaj-on-acid manner. It feels youthful and zesty and vibrant and is VERY easy to wear. To me, SLINK feels like the classic mesh body that anyone can wear, BELLEZA feels more modern in some ways,  but this one feels, well, fizzy and vibrant, if you get my drift? Indeed, this is the first mesh body I’ve tried where I’ve managed to get a really good skin match out of the box without wearing one of the designated skins. Seaming issues to the neck in this body have been minimal for me, and after a few minor corrections I can’t see a join at all. I have had problems with my BELLEZA body and my SLINK body with the neck area, but the MAITREYA body has pretty much worked straight out of the box, which has made it a real blessing in my opinion. The whole package feels less ‘fussy’ in a lot of ways; although the HUD doesn’t have the panache of say the Belleza HUD, it’s effective and easy to use. I think the alphas are the most

The whole package feels less ‘fussy’ in a lot of ways; although the HUD doesn’t have the panache of say the Belleza HUD, it’s easy to use. I think the alphas are the most effective thus far too; I’ve found fitting my clothing around this to be the easiest of all the bodies that I wear.  I’ve had issues in the past where I’ve had to change my shape to get the best fit, I haven’t with this and my outfits look grand.

As far as changes go I’d like to see more hand positions included and more nail polish colours too in the basic HUD, but apart from that I really don’t see what other improvements will need to be made, other than enhancements over time.  The HUD needs work I think, even when resized it’s quite intrusive on the screen so if that could be reduced to a tiny icon by the click of a button that would prove useful. It also lacks ‘Oomph’ as far as HUDS go, it could do with prettying up a bit, but that is a cosmetic change that has absolutely no impact on the quality of this body at all.  Of course I ended up buying it, and guys I haven’t taken it off since I got it! 

If you’re into mesh bodies then you definitely need this one in your collection, and if you’ve never tried them before why not give the DEMO a try? The results are really

The results are really fantastic, as I hope my photographs demonstrate..

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I mean just LOOK at my bum, look at the hands…GAH!!! Amazeballs aren’t they? I absolutely LOVE it! There’s plenty of blogger buzz about this release too. I particularly liked Berry’s blog post about this body, which compares it with others on the market (except Belleza), and you can read it here.

Check out the MAITREYA ‘Lara’ body by clicking HERE to visit the Mainstore  The body costs L$2750 (That’s about £5.25), and for the product I think that’s an incredibly fair price.

Have you tried the Maitreya ‘Lara’ body yet?

What do you think?

Let us know in the comments below!

Gearing up for SLink Physique..

Get ready for an uber grid meltdown of gargantuan proportions on Wednesday peeps. In fact,  I think Plurk and the entire blogosphere will explode too, and there’s a very exciting reason behind it.

On Wednesday we finally get to see the long-awaited SLINK mesh body, and quite frankly I’m REALLY buzzing about the prospect!

 My Second Life, and I’m sure this applies to many others, has become infinitely better as a result of the amazing mesh hands and feet created by Siddean Munro. If you’ve been reading this blog for a long time you’ll know I’ve always had issues with my wrists in Second Life; I’ve always hated them and they’ve been a particular bug-bear of mine.  They look so unpleasant in photographs, but the introduction of the Slink hands has made all the difference. No more do I despair at ugly, angry wrist bones jutting out at unfortunate angles when I’m posing for shots for the blog.  The hands in fact are  really beautiful wee things and have created a cottage industry for enthusiastic manicure and pedicure creators across the grid. Not only that, but the detailing on them, and the positioning of the fingers upon the  hands has always really struck me as incredibly well thought out; whatever pose you choose they add a realism to your look that you just don’t get from the regular avatar.

 Of course, the fact that skin makers could release appliers for the hands and feet made them even more essential purchases, and  consequently I think I have appliers now for the majority of the skins in my inventory.  Depending on where you shop appliers can cost a small fortune, but they are so worth it. Wearing your exact skin tone across your entire frame courtesy of those magical appliers is such a simple, yet essential pleasure.  In recent months we’ve seen tattoo layers become available for hands and feet too, again enhancing our individual looks even further.  In fact, when you stand back and think about it the revenue generated by these add-ons must be outrageous!  It’s made of win for everyone concerned;  for SLink for providing the technology, in the first place, and for the  and the skin makers, manicurists and pedicurists  who have been canny enough to include appliers in their range.  And don’t forget the shoe-makers and the jewellery creators and..and…GAH! The whole industry that has sprung up around these virtual appendages is absolutely immense,  I don’t begrudge any of them single Linden either.  The work that must have gone on behind the scenes to make all this achievable must have been terrific. And  let’s not forget that there are now  dedicated shopping areas where you can purchase every kind of add-on that your heart desires too.

 Seems to me so far it’s all been a roaring success, and when Wednesday comes I can see no reason at all for Siddean not to have applied her same high standards of creativity to the mesh body, or should that be bodies (ooh, the very thought!)  that she’ll be releasing.  Let’s face it her work has always been bob-on, and this is why I am so eager to see what she has been busily engaged upon for the past few months.  I’m sure if you’re reading this then you are too.  So what benefit will a mesh body bring?

 Truth be told, and don’t laugh, I don’t really know! As it stands I love the shape that I wear,  so why will I want to change to anything else? I guess it’s curiosity that’s got the better of this Kitty.  I want to see the way that the body blends in to the existing Slink Add-ons. I’m interested in the bewbs too, isn’t everyone? One of the reasons that I haven’t worn my Lola’s so much recently is because I just can’t size them to the scale that I want. I don’t necessarily want a huge, heaving bosom in Second Life, but I do want definition and shape beyond that which is already built in to the shape of the avatar.  I’m hopeful that we’ll see some of that.

 Speaking of shape, I’m keen to see if curves will be catered for.  I’m hopeful that they will, in fact they have to be a selling point.  I  want to see beautiful, shapely bums and hearty, wholesome thighs.  I want to see clothes fit even better too and I admit I have no clue at all how the existing mesh marvels that I have in my wardrobe will fit, but I’m confident that this will be something that has been addressed.  Also, how will they be sold? Will we get torsos to which you add whichever feet and hand style that you like, or will there be all-in-one versions too? There are huge benefits to both. 

 Most importantly though we need the skin makers to get behind this release and create appliers that will work across the entire body.  Think of the possibilities for tattoos and decoration and relish the prospect of seeing some truly innovative and stylish avatars on the grid in the coming months.

 Wednesday can’t come soon enough for me, and I’m sure that Siddean won’t let us down.  As soon as I get my hands on anything resembling one of her releases, I’ll let you know what I think! GAH, I can’t wait!

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Picture above from Siddean’s blog, SLinkstyle. OMFG HOW AWESOME IS THIS?!

 Are you excited about the new mesh bodies that are starting to appear on the grid? What are your thoughts on this new mesh venture; do you think you’ll invest in one, or more? Let us know in the comments below!