Waiting on Whimsy

Waiting on Whimsy

In previous posts I mentioned the storyline of Whimsy and I sharing a Loft studio apartment, her of course coming to visit and never leaving. She created this makeshift room using old door panels, and wall hangings and I added some bits and pieces to the mix. She of course could not find earrings or something that made her deliberate on her look for over a week now, and then like anything new and shiny she has been distracted and has gone and set up a whole new section of things to take pics in.

I felt that the space needed attention, because I love the fact that we made a one bedroom studio into a fun interactive two bedroom apartment. So this is me waking up and finding that Whimsy is not here, and jumping on her bed until she gets home, because you know when you get up to mischief it makes people arrive sooner.

I watched this amazing Japanese Drama on Netflix a few months ago called Atelier. It was awesome, and about a lingerie boutique that was so couture and set in its ways, don’t want to ruin it but you should really watch it, it does in fact give you an insight into how incredible Lingerie is, and this store Chocolate Atelier in SL does well to help prove that theory. This is a fun lounging/sleeping set that I could not resist, and there are more elaborate pieces as well as a few Gacha machines you can hit up. I often play them at the Gacha Garden.

I am wearing a new release from Glam Affair for the LeLutka heads called Yumi, it is at this round of Collabor88 and very beautiful, with a lovely selection of lipsticks to choose from. The hair is a new release style from LeLutka, and is called Bailee and so so pretty.

 

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Props, Furniture, Build –

City Loft Skybox – Cheeky Pea @6Republic

Lotus Spa String Lights, Boho Glamping Bed – Cheeky Pea

Hanging Guitar (Boho) – What Next @ Collabor88

Potted Cactus, One Love Sign – Floorplan @ Collabor88

Wardrobe Hanger 01 RARE, Industrial Wall Lamp Yellow  – YS&YS

Metal Cabinet – Junk

RX9-1000 Boombox Keyboard – Seven Emporium

-tres blah- Hodgepodge – Catch All, Salad Days – Geometric Board – Tres Blah

OSC- HANGING FABRIC – Leaf A, old glass door B (light wood) (tinted), OSC- HANGING FABRIC – Tyedie blue – Soy

Location –

Poses by –

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Mesh Head – LeLutka @ Undivided

Yumi Skin Applier (LeLutka Head) – Glam Affair @ Collabor88

Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Hourglass Physique Body – Slink

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : Glam Affair

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 82 – Flair

Hair:

Bailee Hair (swish) – LeLutka

Clothes:

Salma Lingerie – Chocolate Atelier

 

 


My oh My

My oh My

When I unpacked this remarkable piece from Ariskea at this round of Collabor88, there was so much excitement, as I realised that the colouring combinations were spot on for the ones on the rug set we created for Winx & Flair last year that was already on the floor to add a bit of colour to the room.

I love turquoise and I love orange, and just adored how the rugs turned out ( you get three colour combinations, texture change in the rug set) and then seeing that they were the perfect match to this set just made for a lot of noise. Even the underneath rug style of texture is a match to the base cushion of the seat, which means we nailed it, so much joy.

The piece is gorgeous, the wood stunning, and the detailing is remarkable, I love it and would use it inside and outside as a feature piece. I even dressed or perhaps under-dressed for it. Another Kimono look this time an open lounger style from Addams, also a C88 release, with the tank that fits perfectly under. I am wearing it with some panties from an Addams gacha I got recently.

Teaming it all together with the stunning hair from Exile and this gorgeous necklace by Maxi Gossamer, and I am in blonde/blue heaven. The light coming into the skybox hits the hair so well that it has such a glorious sheen and softness to it. Much love, Must Have! Make sure you push your way into C88 when you can, as this session is as usual wonderful.

 

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Props, Furniture, Build –

Rug Set – Mayan – Winx & Flair

[Wild] Boho Daybed [Wood] – Ariskea @ Collabor88

City Loft Skybox – Cheeky Pea @6Republic

Lotus Spa Bath Caddy, Pallet Storage bed (earth), Hamilton Hutch Natural – Cheeky Pea

Salad Days – Record Storage, Record Player – Tres Blah

Riciclo Set Wall Lamp – YS&YS

Rustic Chair – Fancy Decor

Oil Drum Chair Steel Rust – Industria Collection – Ex Machina @ Gacha Garden

Arch Lamp Tall – Junk

Location –

Poses by –

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Mesh Head – LeLutka

Evanescence natural – Skin applier Lelutka – YS&YS @ Gacha Garden

Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Hourglass Physique Body – Slink

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : YS&YS

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 30 – Flair

Mole Appliers – League

Hair:

Empty Pages – Exile @ Collabor88

Clothes:

Victoria Kimono, Della Tank – Addams @ Collabor88

Elizabeth Panties (gacha) – Addams 

Accessories :

Coachella Gypsy necklace – Maxi Gossamer @ Collabor88


Olives and a bike

Olives and a Bike

I love when mesh pieces fit together so well, not only in colour pallets but also in the fit itself, and this vest and leggings by two different creators fit the mark. Still have not managed to leave the bedroom in our decorated skybox by Cheeky Pea, but as you can see in this and the past posts, there is a lot going on.

The decor is a mix of gacha items from the past year or so. The hair I am wearing is another of the glorious Swish styles by LeLutka that were released last week. I love how striking this style is, and put together with the outfit combination I am ready to take on the day.

 

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Props, Furniture, Build –

City Loft Skybox – Cheeky Pea @ 6 Republic

Lotus Spa Bath Caddy – Cheeky Pea

Workspace – Print and Books, Colored Pencils (gacha) – Tres Blah

Salad Days – Record Storage, Record Player – Tres Blah

Wardrobe Ladder 00 SOI, Industrial Wall Lamp Yellow – YS&YS

Rug Set – Mayan – Winx & Flair

Kade Table – Junk

Rustic Chair – Fancy Decor

Oil Drum Chair Steel Rust – Industria Collection – Ex Machina @ Gacha Garden

Love Coffee Wall Print – Custom Not Available

Location –

Poses by –

Oracul

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Mesh Head – LeLutka

Evanescence natural – Skin applier Lelutka – YS&YS @ Gacha Garden

Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Hourglass Physique Body – Slink

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : YS&YS

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 87 – Flair

Glazed Lipsticks set 1 – League

Hair:

Blair (Swish) – LeLutka

Clothes:

Biker Leggings (hourglass) – Tetra 

Allie Leather Vest (hourglass) – R.icielli

Shoes :

Shameless Platforms (mid feet slink) – Reign

Accessories :

Space Necklace #4 (gacha) – Minimal 

Ricci Clutch – David Heather


White is right

White is Right

I have probably mentioned this before in the TEN years that I have been in Second Life now. I was Ten the other day, gosh it has been one hell of a ride. But as I was saying, White is one of those things that certain people can just wear,  always. They are usually the same people that can wear Linen without it creasing, and have that blonde hair that is not yellow in any way, and as they age just gets blonder and more beautiful.

Not only are they able to wear white, but they indulge in it, bedroom fittings, decor, white everywhere, and it suits them to a tee, somehow it fits and softens them, for others it can come off looking cold and sterile…it really is one of those marvels.

When I saw the lovely playsuit by Pixicat at this round of Collabor88, I knew that I just had to give the white a whirl. White was always a non starter in SL clothing in the past, it only really got its groove back when mesh came into play, with having the proper shading, shadows working on any seams and creases in the fabric, it now look as real as it can be and still actually white. The suit comes with the lovely tan braided belt, so combining that with the lovely gladiator style sandals from Mutresse (every part of them is texture change) I was white and right.

I am also wearing this amazing hairstyle by Clawtooth, I love that Bubbles has kind of edged into a groovier style mode of the last year or so, in the past it was very retro/vintage styles and while I love those to pieces, it is nice to have a hair store you like cater to all your hair needs, whims, whatever.

 

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Props, Furniture, Build –

Pallet Storage Bed (earth) – Cheeky Pea

Riciclo set Wall Lamp – YS&YS

Location –

Poses by –

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Mesh Head – LeLutka

Evanescence natural – Skin applier Lelutka – YS&YS @ Gacha Garden

Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Hourglass Physique Body – Slink

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : YS&YS

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 87 – Flair

Hair:

Girlfriend in a Coma – Clawtooth  @ Collabor88

Clothes:

Carefree Playsuit (hourglass) – Pixicat @ Collabor88

Shoes :

Gugu Sandals (Slink Flat feet) – Mutresse @ Collabor88

 

 


No Right Hand! Please…

No right hand Please

 

Important : I am using Firestorm viewer for this post,  so things may differ in the Second Life viewer or others.

Has this happened to you? (gif)

Over the years we have had many changes in what we have available for content creation. We started out with very limited resources, and many mistakes that creators adapted around and made work.

We now have the ability to combined 38 attachments of HUD and Body attachments (more info on limits HERE) . This seems like a lot, but can get very full very fast.

When you right click any attachment, for your body or your screen you get a menu option containing two choices, Attach to: which is for the body, and Attach to Hud: which is for your screen. Attach to has 32 options, and Attach to Hud has 8. Even though that adds up to 40 we still only have 38 total.

If using the Firestorm viewer go to the Appearance Button, then go to the wearing tab, and at the top it will tell you how many out of 38 you have on…at the moment I have on 20/38.

When you create a prim, or upload mesh into world, it by default sets to RIGHT HAND – in the olden days it was skull by default, so you used to see a lot of new residents with boxes on their heads replacing their hair.

So now the default is RIGHT HAND, and it does not have to be.

While putting this post together I purchased a ton of demos, and some full purchases of full perms items. That alone was very educational, as every single one of them attached to right hand. I am very knowledgeable on the ability to right click and ADD, but that is not something that is as intuitive for all, and for newer customers/residents you have the learning curve of how to do anything already having a high stress load.

It is instinctive to WEAR not ADD. It is also very normal to wear a bottom of something and wear the top of something and not expect them to replace each-other. I have experienced bikini tops taking off bikini bottoms, shirts take off pants and so on. Again ADD is the option many choose, but add is doing just that, you have to then remove what you do not want to wear, so it is a lot of extra steps. Wear replaces, so wearing one hairstyle would have the other detach as expected, but even sometimes that is not the case because one hair is attached to Skull and one hair is attached to right hand.

By default the Firestorm viewer allows double click WEAR of any item, this is how I get dressed, this is how I want to get dressed. Again it is not going to make sense to a newer customer/resident to ADD something, because they don’t want to wear a ball-gown and jeans, they want to wear the ballgown. You can change the double click option in debug settings in the advanced menu of your viewer. Again this may be a Firestorm thing only. Go to debug and type doubleFS, and if you want to wear you keep the options false, if you want to add you make them true.

There is a full extensive list of available locations on the menu options for Attach to, it is choosing one that makes the most sense that is a simple task by creators or customers after purchase (an item does not have to be modify to do this).

If its a dress, shirt or something that belongs in the upper region of the body, then use those options, lower for lower and everything else as it would make sense to do.

One of the misunderstandings by those that use mesh or purchase mesh, is that they do not realise that if an item is rigged, it can go ANYWHERE! The rigging hard-codes it to the skeleton, so even if you attached your hair to your left foot it would still appear on your head. It does not matter where you attach rigged items to, they will always show where they are meant to. In the case of someone having added a regular prim to something for it to rotate better, that prim may be visible if moved, so that is something you will have to consider on both ends, creator and customer.

For Creators, once you have your item in-world/unpacked, and you know it is the product you want to proceed with, right click it in your inventory, choose Attach to, pick a location and select it…detach the item and then click wear and see if it is now being shown as worn on that location. Once it is then you can proceed to colour, texture whatever else you need to do.

For Customers, if every-time you choose wear for something it takes off something you want to keep on, or you just want to spread out some of the load, or you just like having your uppers and lowers upper or lower, then right click Attach to, choose a new location and attach. From then on the item will attach to the new spot. Again if the item is rigged it will not matter where you attach it to, it will always show as it is meant to.

If an item is not rigged, you will have to edit it into location. So take a copy of the item first and then change the attachment location with the copy. Wear the original version that is already lined up, then wear the copy that is on a different attachment, and mimic its location with editing it into place.

The reason for this post, is not only to not find myself suddenly naked in a public place, because I did not realise my dress was right hand attached and I wore a ring, that was also right hand attached. But because again with SL often creating new and improved bugs, having a huge amount of your attachments all located on the same attachment point makes for a disaster waiting to happen.

With HUD attachments, it is not RIGHT HAND they do usually just go to the screen space allocated for them, but that could also be the space allocated for something you use more often. The 8 HUD limits is actually the harder of the two, but if you do need to move something it is the same principle, right click and Attach to HUD and select a place. If you do not see the hud, right click and select another HUD on your screen and scroll your mouse, this brings the HUD screen inwards and you may then find the HUD went off screen and can move it back. You can also move HUDs the same way off screen if you need it on permanently but do not need to access it. In some cases changing the attachment of a hud can rotate it on your screen and the back texture may be transparent, you can use rotate to bring the front of the HUD back as needed.

I know not everyone is going to suddenly change everything to a different location, but I do hope this helps some that were not aware they could make these changes.

The outfit in the gif is just a full perms item that I changed a lot with texture so that it does not look like anyone’s items, this post is not to point right handed fingers at anyone, but to give a little insight into the world of getting dressed in a hurry, and how to fix what may drive you a little nuts.

 

It never ends

It never ends

Whimsy and I spent three hours decking out the NEW City Loft Skybox by Cheeky Pea. We rezzed as much as we could outside and then it was like a flea market we already owned. Dragging in everything and making it work with the space, changing the bed a few times, settling on a sofa…you know all the things. At about the two hour mark we realised that this was a one bedroom space, and I had already decided that room was mine, so what to do with Whimsy.

With rentals being as high as they are now in RL, and how your first move is usually with a bestie – often they do not end up your besties after living together for a bit but oh well. So we did some thinking on it, and in RL in places like NY people are renting out walk in closets, just to live in the city, or sharing more people than should be possible into small apartments to save money. So with that idea in mind, Whimsy came to stay one Thanksgiving and never left…that is our story.

So unlike our usual of spending hours setting up a place, taking a pic or two and knocking it down again, we decided to live in this one for at least a week, and Whimsy is in full character, came home today and decided to nag me about dishes and all sorts of silliness. She is a scream and you cannot have her, she is mine.

My first post has me at work at the computer, pretty much my everyday. Me holding my wacom pen in my mouth is another normal, such a bad thing to do I would imagine, but it does not stop me.

This pic is kind of inspired by it being the end of the day, you are in the middle of changing and you suddenly feel inspired, or remember a mile long list of things you have to get done the next day, so jump back on the pc and have at it.

I am still in Hourglass body by Slink, and getting to catch up on a lot of pieces I have purchased but not had the chance to wear yet. I am also just so in love with this Bobby hair by LeLutka that was just released in the Swish section of the store.

I hope you enjoy the look of the studio/bedroom set up I did, there is definitely more to come, and when Whimsy stops the planning in her head of her pics, you will be able to see posts over on Virtually Dressed :)

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Props, Furniture, Build –

City Loft Skybox – Cheeky Pea @ 6 Republic

Moderna Storage Boxes,Lotus Spa Bath Caddy – Cheeky Pea

Workspace – Computer,Tablet, Gold Lamp, Sewing Form, Print and Books, Colored Pencils (gacha) Tres Blah

Hodgepodge – Agenda (gacha) – Tres Blah

Jolie – Makeup Clutter (gacha) – Tres Blah

Salad Days – Record Storage, Record Player – Tres Blah

Wardrobe Ladder 00 SOI, Industrial Wall Lamp Yellow – YS&YS

European Taste – Drawers 02, 03 Pouf, 04 pouf, Canvas 01  (gacha) – YS&YS

Holborn Kitchen Shelf (Empty) (gacha) – YS&YS @ 6 Republic

Rug Sets – Creamy, Mayan – Winx & Flair

Kade Table – Junk

Treat Yourself – Travel – necessities – Second Spaces

Rustic Chair – Fancy Decor

Oil Drum Chair Steel Rust – Industria Collection – Ex Machina @ Gacha Garden

Love Coffee Wall Print – Custom Not Available

Location –

Poses by –

Edited beyond recognition

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Mesh Head – LeLutka

Evanescence natural – Skin applier Lelutka – YS&YS @ Gacha Garden

Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Hourglass Physique Body – Slink

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : YS&YS

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 87 – Flair

Evanescence 13 Lipstick applier Lelutka RARE – YS&YS @ Gacha Garden

Hair:

Bobby (Swish) – LeLutka

Clothes:

Fall in Line turtleneck – Cynful 

Dress Code Panties (Gacha) – Azuchi

Accessories :

Wacom Pen – Seburo


Function Fear

Function Fear

One of my biggest fears as a young adult, was to be invited to a daytime function. It was not a fear of crowds or anything like that, it was WHAT TO WEAR? I was a teen/young adult in the 80’s so for me everything was about black…every item I owned was black, if it wasn’t black it was black with red, or black with grey, you get the point. I was incredibly social, the problem was that my social was night time, my life was in the dark. I did not do daytime, I was either asleep, or working and work clothes differ from social clothes – well they did then, now it is anything goes.

If it was one of my besties, it didn’t matter, because they would be wearing all black too, now do not misunderstand, we were not goths or punks we just wore black. Black tops, black pants, black dresses, black jackets, it was black all the time. I remember though getting invited to a christening, I knew the couple but they were more my partners friends than my inner circle…we all hailed from the same area though, so again, not a social issue. But I had not really thought about it, until the day came and I went to get dressed and had a breakdown. I did not own anything that was not going out clothing or black. I knew this about myself, but I did not realise that every item of clothing I had at that stage was going out to clubs/pubs clothing. Nothing was daytime be respectable in mixed age company clothing. I was beside myself, I have never littered the floor, bed and every item of furniture with clothes before for one getting dressed moment, that day I did though, and then the tears started, my poor partner, he was standing there just gobsmacked by this whole thing, as I am usually flying in the door, a whirlwind of shower, hairstyling, dressing and out again in less than 30 minutes.

I ended up raiding my mums wardrobe, which in itself is a challenge as I am 5″10 and she isn’t. I managed to create a look with her top and my bottoms and felt all sorts of traumatised on the way over. Managed to get through it all, and not a black wearer in sight – as mentioned not my circle lol. Now that all seems to have changed, the what to wear etiquette of day and night events…right up there with thongs to work (I mean seriously ladies, what is up with that) but honestly if I had any advice for young girls going into adulthood now, it would be to find some clothing that works in the daytime that you like for a dressier affair, dry cleaner bag it up and make sure  its a classic and won’t go out of style…because you never know when you are going to need to look like you do that kind of stuff all the time, and you don’t usually sleep until 3pm.

This look would be perfect, it might still be black, but the floral motifs, and the gold embellishments in the bag and the jewellery, all works, and makes a nice change from all that pastel behind me. I swear Whimsy was huffing with a Unicorn again.

The wrought iron dream set by Cheeky Pea is just the perfect outdoor setting for any occasion, leave it out all year long. The umbrellas and lights are divine and the intricacy of the iron work itself is amazing. Little bits and pieces for the place settings and food bits and pieces make it a must have!

The leather dress is by Mimikri, and is super sexy, perfect look and fit for the Hourglass body by Slink. The bag is by Baiastice, I love when she does accessories, especially bags, so much fun goes into them. Breathe is back as I mentioned before, making some delightful footwear, and this style is one of their latest. I love the double strap look, it gives the shoes some extra pizazz.

The hairstyle is one of the newest LeLutka releases, they had not released hair in a long time, so did a fiver this time around. Five gorgeous styles to wear, and all with the swish option for that fun movement they create.

 

Equipment Used:

VR Studio 4.2 and HUD and Library for location shoots

VR Foundry Mainstore (adult)

VR Studio @ Winx & Flair (general)

VR Foundry Marketplace

Props, Furniture, Build –

Dream Wrought Iron set – Cheeky Pea @ Uber

Gerzo Cart – The Loft

Faery Light Balloons – Half Deer

Soiree Pom Poms – Tres Blah

Fountain Nympha – Atelier Visconti @ The Liaison Collaborative 

Paver stones – Barnesworth Anubis @ Collabor88

Location –

Poses by –

Oracul

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Mesh Head – LeLutka

Evanescence natural – Skin applier Lelutka – YS&YS @ Gacha Garden

Avatar Enhanced Mesh Hands, Deluxe Feet & Hourglass Physique Body – Slink

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : YS&YS

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 87 – Flair

Evanescence 13 Lipstick applier Lelutka RARE – YS&YS @ Gacha Garden

Hair:

Brooklyn (Swish) – LeLutka

Clothes:

Cara Leather Dress – Mimikri 

Shoes :

Tyra Heels – Breathe @ The Chapter Four

Accessories :

Peony Handbag – Baiastice @ Fameshed

Ginza Necklace – Gacha – Minimal @ The Epiphany