Mirage

Mirage

It has been a while since I did a layered pic, so having so many beautiful prints to choose from in this swimsuit, I decided today was the day I dusted off my skills. I don’t think I had actually ever done one with shadows and clouds in the past, but with a little trickery and my VR Studio hud holding my camera for me, I was sorted and confident I could pull it off.

So all three are me, no alts, no Whimsy standing in for me today, and it was fun…not too rusty at all. I really like this swimsuit by a new to me store called Aleutia. I did cheat however, as it was a new sign up for What’s New SL, so I didn’t exactly find them on my own. The print choices are great, and I seriously had trouble choosing, so fatpack it was. They do have a solid version available, but could not pass up the prints.

I had a vision, and when you have a vision at our house/studio, it usually involves me saying something like ‘Whimsy, I see cactus… I need sands and rocks please” and within minutes this was set up for me, she is a dynamo. I am wearing some great styles by Wasabi Pills for different looks, and really do love the newish huds options there. The newer front style even has spikes coming out the centre part, but you can turn those off as I did with the hud. Very cool indeed.

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 –

Studio Skye 

Botanical

Location –

Poses by –

Body Language – K9

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Allana Skin Applier – The Skinnery  @ Collabor88

Linda, Rose LeLutka Applier – The Skinnery

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

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : The Skinnery

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 10 – Flair

Hair:

Alena, Viola, Olivia – Wasabi Pills

Clothes:

Summer Siren Swimsuit (Prints) – Aleutia

 

 


Nothing but Aquanet

Nothing but Aquanet

 

Nothing but Aquanet 2

I was feeling sporty today, much to Whimsy’s horror – she does not take kindly to flats, and sweating of any kind , even virtual. I remembered that one long ago friday we had purchased some basketball props, one does not pass up props of any kind especially for 50L. Then Whimsy remembered that the Willow House by Dust Bunny had garages – she is all about the builds that girl – and we had the perfect scene.

Honestly when I got to the U.S my first time, I honestly got so emotional at the sight of a basketball hoop over a garage and a baseball glove and bat on a front lawn…for me it showed that all the movies and t.v shows I grew up with were real – yeah I am an odd duck. Here boys ride skateboards and maybe in the 70’s and 80’s played cricket in the street, and us girls rollerskated and rode bikes (not me way too clumsy on a bike) and dolls, lots of dolls….but that was about it, and that was not even that common, and I did live in a suburban area with lots of kids around.

So once the scene was set it was just about the outfit, and that was already nailed, piecing some bits together from recent COCO releases. I love the sweaters over the shoulder looks, and these sweatpants are so cute. Loving so much that she does slink sizes, and her aesthetic style wise is always just so classy.

I found these adorable tip toe runners – for Slink high feet –  from Tooty Fruity on Marketplace, they are on promo special at the moment, so the pair with a fatpack hud was cheap as chips – doing a proper L to $ conversion EVEN CHEAPER than chips.

I am wearing another of the recent release hair attachments by LeLutka, that are for the LeLutka heads, and while still keeping to my widows peak (0003) hairbase, I went with the very preppy attachment 0001. Now I did edit the pic to give myself some movement, with the hair, one can not really jump that high without something moving, mind you that is why the title of the pic refers to the hairspray that is probably responsible for the hole in our Ozone layer. I did include a close up, so that you see the hair naturally too.

So the moral of the story is, buy all the sale props you can when you have the opportunity, because one never knows when one will need to be sporty.

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 –

Basketball Decor – PILOT 

willow farmhouse – dust bunny

Location –

Poses by –

Black Cats Poses (volleyball set) 

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Head – LeLutka

Allana Skin Applier – The Skinnery  @ Collabor88

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

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : The Skinnery

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 57 – Flair

Glazed Lipstick – set 1 – LeLutka Appliers – League 

Hair:

Sasy –

Hair Base – NV 0003 – LeLutka /Undivided Section

Hair Attachment – A-NV-0001 – LeLutka /Undivided Section

Whimsy –  

Misty –  Wasabi Pills

Clothes:

Sasy –

Stappy Bralette –  Le Primitif @ Kustom9

Sweatpants (hourglass), Cardigan tied around shoulders (Hourglass) – COCO  

Whimsy –

Shorts Anja – Tee*fy

Kelly Cami (slink applier) – Flair

Shoes :

Sasy –

Tip Toe Sneakers – Tooty Fruity

Whimsy –

London Sneakers (Gacha) –  Baiastice 

 

 


Spring has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

Every year I write some words about how it is winter here, and everything is summery in Sl and blah blah blah. I realised I do not think I ever really focused on the Spring/Autumn difference. So when Whimsy proclaimed I was very colourful today, I was like well derrr it is Spring.

I saw this great backdrop prop by Mons that had me tping instantly to grab it, perfect for shoots, and it has a spring and autumn version. The planter below is not part of it. I love this dress by Candydoll that is at this round of C88, but as it had a very baring openness to it, I decided to search for a more modest but still hot option. Now as much as mesh clips when layering if not made together, so to can clothing layers on mesh bodies. No fault of the body, or the mesh clothing creator if layering is not their goal, but when building so close, it can mean that you cannot wear a shirt , or underwear layer applier without it poking through. So with this sports bra applier I picked up I used the tattoo option, and just like Baby Bears everything, it was Just Right!.

I tinted the bra with the handy RGB hud that comes with the Slink Hourglass (and the other bodies, hands and feet ) and came up with this great pink and yellow combination. Even more perfect was that these insanely hot boots by Breathe have the same palette as Candydoll, so it was just instant perfection.

Now about the hair. I am so excited that LeLutka has added four new hairbase types to the Undivided section of their store. The hairbases are for LeLutka heads only, and they are awesome. My favourite and the one I am laying claim to as mine forever, is the 003 one which is a widows peak style. So much to love, so sexy, so everything, I am going to try and wear this with a billion hairstyles if I can. Also depending on the colours, and the fact that the LeLutka hairbases are tintable with the head hud, I should be able to wear all sorts of hair – not just LeLutka – with them, if I am tricky.

The release also has four new attachment styles sold separately, and they are gorgeous as well, this updo scarf adorned style is so gorgeous. Lucky me too that there was the perfect yellow texture option for the scarf, fated I tell you.

The delicate chain around my neck is by Minimal, they are companion necklaces, of your spirit animal, and they are so pretty, so if you are looking for a more always piece of jewellery these are a definite must see.

 

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 –

Leaf Photoshoot Decor (spring) – Mons @ Crossroads

Fixture — Exotic Wall Planter – 01 – LEIJIN

Location –

Poses by –

!Bang

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Head – LeLutka

Allana Skin Applier – The Skinnery  @ Collabor88

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

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : The Skinnery

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 57 – Flair

Glazed Lipstick – set 1 – LeLutka Appliers – League 

Hair:

Hair Attachment – A-NV-0003 – LeLutka /Undivided Section

Hair Base – HBSE-NV-0003 – LeLutka /Undivided Section

Clothes:

Isaria Dress – CandyDoll @ Collabor88

Sports Tank – Applier (used Omega for the tattoo layer) – I`pitǝmē

Shoes :

Stella Boots – Breathe @ The Chapter Four

Accessories :

Animal Companion – Moose – Minimal @L8


Leather Shake Leather Slide

Leather Shake  Leather Slide

Utopia has released stunning new boots…it has been a long while between releases, and I am wearing the Hourglass fit version, and they are perfection. Utopia boots have always been a popular thigh high in my inventory, and these are just all the mesh, and materials and detailing we have come to expect.

The gold detailing on the straps just went upwards from there, inspiring this black, gold and beige look. It was fated that the great little skirt by sYs has similar military gold buttons on the side. The collar and skirt are part of a set, but I opted instead for this leather tank by Spirit. The tank has hud options for changing the colours of the adorable leather wings on the back, so you can create your own little contrast looks, or go for all solid, up to you.

Lounging the day away on this lovely swing lounger by Purple Poses. The leather strapping and metal frame is perfect for your verandah/balcony. I slipped a rug under it, with a bit more colour, and the lighting string by Cheeky Pea adds my ambiance.

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 –

A simple place – Rug – Apt B

Kara String Lights – Cheeky Pea

Location –

Poses by –

Comfort Sofa Purple Poses @ Collabor88

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Head – LeLutka

Allana Skin Applier – The Skinnery  @ Collabor88

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

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : The Skinnery

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 142 – Flair

Hair:

Lana – LeLutka

Clothes:

Khan Skirt & Collar – sYs @ MBA

Forest Tank – Spirit @ Collabor88

Shoes :

Gladia Boots – Utopia 

Accessories :

Alex Rings – Noodles @ Collabor88

Golden Companion Labrador – Jian @ The Arcade


A Moment Needed

A Moment Needed

There are days when just closing your eyes to the mayhem around you for five minutes can be enough. Being able to do so surrounded by, and adorned in beautiful items makes that five minutes a delight, a restart to your day, and a reminder of how it really can be the little pleasures that make all the difference.

One of my newest, and biggest pleasures is the TRANSFER ONLY option in the custom tab when sorting inventory. I made a little GIF of it, so you can see where it is located (In Firestorm Viewer) and of course you can put a search query in the space and voila you see all that you have of that type of item that is transfer only. This makes for sorting, and giving items away, or swapping/trading etc a breeze.

With all the Gacha purchases one can tend to make, or be given items when people have extras, they often end up lost amongst objects. This gives you a chance to search store name, then the transfer only part, and sort that stuff into a proper folder for it (which we all aim to do when we shop, but seriously who has time for those dramatic pauses when there is shopping to do).

I got to pull out some beautiful pieces, also of course searching by type of item is always fun, screens, ottomans etc. Incorporating older and newer items together, as that has always been my thing in blogging, that “Everything Old, is New to Someone”. With the speed in which events, new releases and so on occur in SL now, there is a time limit on how much people can spend chasing it all over the grid, so there are going to be items that people miss altogether.

This also gives me a chance to revisit pieces and give them another spin around my platform. It is why Whimsy and I have such shockingly high inventory counts, we don’t want to delete older, because older is not yuck, older is just older (depending on how old of course, I did delete an ottoman today that was made with torus’s and had poseballs linked to it for sitting SOOOOOOOOOOO OLD!).

I decided to take the gorgeous lingerie set by The Secret Store as my starting point, and everything just fell beautifully into place. The style of lingerie is vintage perfect, the colours are soft and romantic. I would love to see a second set (non event) with some more vivid colour options in contrast, as the red and blue version look amazing, but that just makes me want black and white, pink and yellow, red and black or white, and so on and so on, not greedy at all.

My hair is by Elikatira and the style also worked out perfectly, fit wise and just that little rock-a-billy edge to it, with the bangs style. It is at the current round of Hair-O-logy that is packed full of awesome hairstyles. Make sure you visit them and try everything in sight, male hair is available also.

My new little partner in crime is by Jian, I have purchased and blogged Jian pets in the past, and these Labradors are at the current The Arcade, and every play is just a bundle of awesome. I had rezzed him, but he is a wearable version, my new little companion puppy, so much the cute.

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 –

Eclectic Collection – Sofa Chair, Eclectic Collection – Hot Lips Phone (Pink), Salad Days – Gold Alarm Clock ,  Salad Days – Ruffled Clutch, Pampered – Beverage Cart – Tres Blah (Gacha)

Priyanka Pouffe, Priyanka Light Upright – Cheeky Pea

Arched Window – Floorplan @ Collabor88

Privacy Screen – Garbaggio (Gacha)

Kiya Beach Hut White – Trompe Loeil 

Location –

Poses by –

RK Poses

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Head – LeLutka

Allana Skin Applier – The Skinnery  @ Collabor88

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

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : The Skinnery

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 142 – Flair

Hair:

Poppy – Elikatira @ Hairology

Clothes:

Dita Ensemble (Moss) Slink Physique Hourglass – The Secret Store @ Collabor88

Shoes :

Boudoir Slippers (Slink Mid Feet) – The Secret Store

Accessories :

Ophelie Long Earrings – LaGyo @ Collabor88

Golden Companion Labrador – Jian @ The Arcade


She puts the…..

She Puts The

Sometimes a working girl needs lotion, and that can be taken in a few very different directions I am sure…depends on how your mind rolls with it. I jumped up into the beautiful tree hut by Soy at this round of Collabor88, and found that the balcony, bench and bed all had their own cool animations, and this one just came out fun. I did tweak the head angle a little, but all in all it definitely makes for a bit more action.

I kind of imagined that I am working in the fields all day, or maybe at some camp ground, and this is my me time. I like the cosyness of the tree hut, kind of like a tiny house, but not, because it’s just a hide-away not really set up for all the other necessities of living…I guess those would be in the main part of my imaginary camp grounds.

I am making sure to keep my skin supple and moisturised, because one wants to be able to return to the city looking refreshed not haggard. The skin is by The Skinnery, and the latest C88 effort is this gorgeous applier for the LeLutka heads. I love this skin, the cheekbones are beautiful and it just has that perfect look for Simone especially. I am glad the brows options are a darker blonde, as it goes with a lot of options. It does also have a no brows choice, so you can add your own brows appliers.

Hair beautifully pulled back from the face, into these rather large, and casual to dressy inspired buns by Exile. It is a must do do for sure. Blueberry has this great open shirt, that has lumberjack flanno print options, which kind of started my combination, but I just couldn’t go there with the flanno – didn’t do it in the 80’s and even though I have in the past dabbled, it really is not my thing – which makes it even better that there are so many solid options to choose from. The undershirt has an off option and again even more colours to mix and match with, making it a great go to shirt.

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 –

Tree Hut – Soy @ Collabor88

Jolie Lotion, Handheld Mirror – Tres Blah

[Patisserie] Patisserie Sign – Ariskea @ The Arcade

Location –

Poses by –

part of build

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Head – LeLutka

Allana Skin Applier – The Skinnery  @ Collabor88

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

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : The Skinnery

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 142 – Flair

Hair:

Southern Shade – Exile  @ Collabor88

Clothes:

Madori Shirt – Blueberry @ Collabor88

Lola Denim Shorts – Blueberry

Shoes :

Teeks – Reign  @ Collabor88

 

 


The Collection – Ison & Rowne

The Collection 1

 

The Collection 2

Many of you are too young to remember collections were a huge part of Second Life fashion. Not just two or three items, but full season based collections of tops, bottoms, dresses, and formal wear, all released at the same time. Often with a lot of fanfare such as fashion shows, store events and so on…it was something we waited months for, and stores would not release anything as they put together their collections. It would shock many of you to know that in the olden days some stores only released 6 – 8  times a year,  especially hair stores, as working with prims was a very complicated process.

Collections were everything, you coveted them, you were either lucky enough to walk in and throw all your lindens down and walk out with every fatpack, or you spent months buying piece by piece until you had it all, they were not only collections, but for many became collectibles. Some of you might remember Digit Darkes and her Wicked collection all based on the Musical, that fashion show was epic. Digit was actually a big collections girl, her Antoinette Collection ( I got to model one gown which appeared in the Belgium version of RL Magazine ELLE , picture taken by Grazia Horwitz ) based on the movie was also an incredible and grid stopping release.

LeLutka when they did their Cachet collection had everyone fighting in the change-rooms, and then onto their many other collections and of course Celoe… and Paper Couture once did a runway event that was special invitation only that almost had people jumping from roofs in sadness of not getting in. Then there was Last Call (Whimsy wore Last Call as an homage to the past in her Second Life website screenie)  and just The Quad in general used to tilt the grid when all four stores used to plan to release things at the same time…you would find people stuck in corners of sims with shoes up their bottoms and with a look of total shock that they got into the sim, but now did not know where to start, such gentle creatures :).

Collections were exciting, we waited, we parked on neighboring sims talking to eachother sitting on boxes, and just got so excited by it all. Whimsy and I miss collections like that, we have often said so.

Now Ison and Rowne have collaborated to bring forth their Pre-Fall Collection for a limited time only. The collection will be available in pop up tents on either stores sim, and it will only be available until the 28th of September. Half of the collection will be at one stores sim, the other half on the other, so you will have to visit both. The collection has lovely classic line pieces, that are created to be worn mix and match. The colour pallet is superb, and going into the cooler months for most of the planet, they will definitely be go to pieces. Now again this is limited time only – which I am very sad face about – but make sure you get them, so that months from now when wearing your stunning floor length wool coat and your friend asks where it is from, you can rub it in that its too late for her and grin – ok maybe do not do that, you want to keep your friends.

The items come in various size options, some include Maitreya and Standard Sizing, some Maitreya only, make sure you demo everything as even with standard sizing depending on the style of the item it may run slimmer than your shape, but that is what alphas are for :). I do wish that the items had slink versions, but we cannot have everything maybe future collections will fingers crossed. The collection is released on the 28th of August so get ready to TP as soon as they open the tents.

I am wearing the Mica dress in standard sizing with the Slink Original Physique body. I am standing in the new Malibu summer set by Cheeky Pea, this is her take on living life glamorously…you need to read the magazine on the table, it is very funny and shows how hilarious Isla can be. It is rich and vibrant and the luxury of it suited the style of clothing. I am also wearing some very stylish shoes by Ingenue, that really completed the look perfectly. With all these talks of collections and big grid stopping releases the Elikatira hair had to be worn. Some of you will remember her as ETD the hair store that definitely tilted the grid on many an occasion, Whimsy and I did sit on prims on the side of the sim as she set up her new store, with new styles and new textures way back in 08 and remember people yelling that they saw her, that they knew it must be close to opening, and Elika keeping people up to date with notices as we waited excitedly for the doors to open….those were the days my friends :)

Ison Mainstore

Rowne Mainstore

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 –

Malibu Garden Summer House set – Cheeky Pea @ Uber

Location –

Poses by –

adorkable

Eyes:

Ellis – LeLutka (no longer sold)

Skin & Body Parts Worn:

Simone Mesh Head – LeLutka

Shana Skin Applier – Glam Affair  @ Collabor88

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

Avatar Enhanced Skin Appliers : Glam Affair

Avatar Enhanced Nail Appliers : set 142 – Flair

Lipstick – Izzie’s

Eyebrows – Custom

Hair:

Kabrina – Elikatira

Clothes:

Mica Dress – Ison @ Rowne (collection)

Shoes :

Luzy Heels – Ingenue @ Collabor88

Accessories :

Professional Choker – Minimal @ Versus