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

Kitty Loves..PXL Sweet Lips

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It’s all about the mesh these days isn’t it? (“It’s all about the mesh, ’bout the mesh, no sculpties!”)  Frankly I just  can’t be me until I have my mesh body and my ears attached. Then, of course, there’s my hair, clothes, tattoos and piercings, footwear and blimey, I’m exhausted just thinking about this! In RL,  I’m far less work.  Unless I’m in the office I’m usually sporting a onesie of some description and I care not a jot.  I tried a few of the mesh mouths when they first came out and despite there being appliers galore out there for them, I just didn’t like the way they made me look. I’m really not into trout pouting. I mourn for Meg Ryan’s  previous gorgeous smile and the idea of sticking anything into your lips to make them larger is just madness to me. I do have an awesome Urban Decay Lip Plumper in RL that makes my pout more luscious in times of need, but there’s some strange alchemy going on with that stuff. It makes your mouth tingle in a way that’s burgeoning upon the unpleasant and the effect is incredibly temporary. A good hard snog will suffice just as much if you ask me.

But back to the issue at hand; mesh mushes. Are they worth all the excitement? Until yesterday, I would have given you a big fat “NO”, but guys, I’ve changed my mind courtesy of this new release from PXL, called ‘Sweet Lips’. I’d observed a couple of Plurk buddies wax lyrical about the virtues of these newly released enhancements but when my good friend Gidge Uriza said they were pretty awesome out of the box I knew I had to try them, because for a start I’m very nosey and for another thing I hate being left out, LOL 🙂 Also, they looked absolutely banging on her, so  I zoomed over to the store where there were quite a few other avatars picking up demos. I tentatively picked up mine and retreated to the comfort of a sandbox to play about with my gob. (Which sounds unbelievably dodgy!)

I was entranced. These are incredibly easy to fit, adjust and wear and I was really pleased with how well I could match them to my skin tone without using appliers. Lip piercings are included (but can be removed via HUD) and I’m guessing more appliers will be forthcoming from a lot of the best skin makes in world, especially seeing as GLAM AFFAIR included some with their FIFTY LINDEN FRIDAY offering this week, this beautiful ‘Brandi Sweet’ skin in America tone.

Let me draw your attention to this featured picture because guys, I haven’t done anything with it at all; it’s a completely raw shot from SL, using the Strawberry Singh Close-up Windlight setting, and as you can see these sweet lips look pretty darn perfect don’t they? I’m incredibly impressed. Truth be told they could do with a minor tweak on my part because the fit is a little off on the left hand side as you look at the picture, so you can see a little glitch if you zoom in, BUT that’s me, not the product. A little tweak and these bad boys will be ripe for puckering up and chasing boys all over the grid, as is my usual fashion!

Incidentally you can change the colour of your lips via the HUD, but to be honest I’m not going to be messing about with that. I’ll wait for properly textured appliers I think; purely based on personal preference and the fact that I’m very lazy and cannot be bothered with faffing around with colours etc. Besides, I’m very good at breaking things, and although I think these are worth every Linden I paid for them (L$650) I don’t want to have to buy them again!

I actually don’t think that I’ll be taking these ‘Sweet Lips’ off now that I’ve fitted them, and I really am looking forward to lots of lipstick combinations coming out for them too. I know that like GLAM AFFAIR, IZZIE’S has already released appliers so I’ve no doubt that other skin brands will be following thick and fast. Exciting times!

Another point to note is that these lips are advertised as ’01’, which to my mind, and judging by the spaces left in the vendor in store, means that there will be further releases coming to the grid. On the strength of these alone I cannot wait, my only wish is that the next edition steers away from the gormless guppy-like pout, and perhaps give us a bit of a smile. It’s all very well being all fierce and fashionable but sometimes you just want a bit of a grin, you know?

Anyway, if you want to give these divine ‘Sweet Lips’  a try, and I strongly suggest you do, so zoom over to the PXL Main Store and hit the vendor inside on the right.

Have fun and let me know what you think!

(For details of what Kitty’s wearing, please see previous post!)