City Streets

City Streets 1

All dressed up in ho-wear, I ventured back to my old stomping grounds to find that the Red Light district was no more. How can that be? After a nice OOC chat with a new arrival I moved on to my historical place of choice for all things dark and mysterious, Toxian City.

Now my garments of themselves are not all that "ho" but by the time I got my look together I was feeling pretty "lady of the night" as my mum used to say :D.

All fine quality items no matter how you style your wardrobe.

Kaithleen's Crop Fur Coat at Tres Chic

Dahlia - Madison - Choker at Tres Chic (some great looking earrings currently hidden by hair are also available so don't miss those!

=DeLa*= Mesh Hair "Sarina" at Tres Chic


City Streets 2

If you missed these beautifully detailed boots at Cosmopolitan, check the main store of  **UTOPIA@Design** - "LEXI" come with color change hud. Maitreya, Belleza and Slink fits.

Ducknipple: WonderBra
Makeup: alaskametro


Poses by: Everglow and Diesel Works

Highlights

Erika - the jacket

Reigning as my favorite new release at Tres Chic this month, I give you the Erika jacket from E-Clipse Design (ED. Design).

The finely detailed jacket is available in a variety of neutral tones and comes in Maitreya, Belleza and Slink fits.

I don't often spend a lot of time putting together "a look" but since I really really liked this jacket, I did just that. It wasn't all that easy really as I was looking of an understated classy mood, rich gal on the prowl. here is the rest of my outfit, mostly recent releases.




Mowie. - "Zarina" Legging

Amacci Shoes - Carmel

(Kunglers) Ticiane earrings in amber

Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA Dubet

Poses by: Eternal Dream

Contemplation on Fall

Contemplations on Fall

While I am fairly tired of "Halloween" *wink*, I am still in love with Fall. The leaves are just beginning to turn in my section of the globe; greens mix with the beginnings of gold and a crispness permeates the foggy morns and gives way to dappled sunlight.

From MEVA for Cosmopolitan, a variation on a theme, the Thalia Skirt and Top which come with optional belt.
Maitreya fit.

Thalia

Also at Cosmopolitan, the [meisu] Apricity glasses with some lovely detailing. A color change hud comes with resizing options.

And, still from Cosmopolitan, another style of the Cici earrings from Amacci.


Over at Salem, you can find a large collection by hud of nail appliers from alaskametro. Materials appliers included for Slink and Omega, Maitreya nail appliers included (with mix options) for hands and feet.

Happily these can move beyond October nicely!

Poses by: an lar, Orc and aDORKable

Golden Girl


Meet The Countess -- or at least a few pieces from a many layered gacha set including hat, shoes, formals and more.  Find your favorite hue and be prepared for some trading. Better yet, bring your gal friends along with you.

The place - The Epiphany. The brand - Baiastice.


Elephant earrings! (and necklace). Sometimes we just don't know what we need!

Hair: NO.MATCH_NO.MEANING
Makeup: alaskametro

Poses by: Eternal Dream

Monday Meme Revisted

We are revisiting astrology signs this week. Since I was VERY verbose last time I am going to paste in the link to my answers from four years ago.

And as an addition to my pasted link, I want to reply to the person that said Berry was technically "on the cusp". To some astrologers that is a valid statement; to others it is not :D. There are many MANY factors that come together in a natal chart but for some of us, one's sun is simply and definitely in the the sign it lies in.

Anyway, here are my answers.

After tubbing (always a morning ritual) I decided it would be good to finish this post adding the NEW info Berry asked.  I am not going to use the terms on the website she referenced but I had no argument with the adjectives given for her Virgo-ness.

What are some of the traits of your zodiac sign and do you feel they reflect who you are?

Aquarians think a lot; they often live in their head more than in what we think of as reality. Aquarius is both the sign of genius and madness, because we can often see and understand things that others cannot.

Aloof is a good adjective for Aquarians, but it is not so much a chosen thing as we are often busy watching from the sidelines. We "walk around" a scene rather than take part. We see the spaces between the trees rather than the trees themselves (also an artist thing so I can't really say how much is star inspired).

We often do things for the "good of the group" rather than for ourselves. We believe in progress and change but often find ourselves kicking and screaming (in our heads anyway) when faced with an actual need for change in OUR lives. 

We can be torn between future and past (Uranus is the modern ruler of Aquarius; Saturn the traditional one -- both a part of us and not all that simpatico in nature).  Sometimes it is difficult to reconcile these feelings and we find ourselves split. For example the typist has a super spiffy computer but I am one of the few people I know who purposefully doesn't have a cell phone.

There are so many influences in an astrology chart it is sometimes difficult to see where various characteristics come from.  I have always been an avid gardener. Digging in the dirt is an important part of my life when weather permits. That has nothing at all to do with Aquarius, but it very much is a factor pointed to by my Taurus ascendant. 

Hence I will skip the likes and such part of the question :D.

PS. I almost forgot to mention one of the most important Aquarian needs -- "personal authenticity"; being true to ourselves it of utmost importance.




Succubus

succubus

From !dM deviousMind for the EPIPHANY this October --- "Succubus".

Tons of colors to choose from and some eye-catching thigh high boots.

The tail and wings are pretty darn spectacular with seductive movement!

Lara and Hourgalss fits.


Each round of gameplay rewards you with one random color, "Succubus" consists of 2 sets [set A: top & collar, set B: thigh boots] in 12 common colors each, for a total of 24 commons. On top come 3 rares: Bento Succubus Wings, Bento Gloves and finally Horns, Tail&Trident.

Hair by RAMA.SALON at Tres Chic - Carol which happily comes in a wide variety of sizes!


Pose by: Diesel Works

Leaves in the Fountain

Leaves in the Fountain

There is a chill in the air. That is a certainty. Warm attire moves to the front of the closet.

From Baiastice for COLLABOR88 the Francois Coat with hud that lets you change the color of the camisole. And if you have the fatpack you can add in some texture accents -- or of course choose a print version of the coat. With enough breathing room in the important places, it works nicely with many sleek fitting primary layers.

Now you can of course wear this with the very cute not too short (hard to come by so a good staple in your closet) skirt, but I was feeling more adventurous in my styling last eve and went for a leggings look. That works too.

Here's the additional info:

Mowie. - "Zarina" Legging
lassitude & ennui Lazy boots


Amacci has some new earrings out at Cosmopolitan.  These are Cici III, a great accent when you want to stay understated. An easy to use hud offers choices for both metal colors. You can ALWAYS be coordinated!


This  Fountain Octagonal Autumn (with animations) from Atelier Visconti is perfect in this location. Fall has come; the days are cool and a quietness envelopes the sleep town with shadowed mysteries.

Find it at the Fallen Gods Inc Dicennial .

Photos taken at A Steamy Mystery at Terradale where you can wander to find clues and perhaps solve the mystery of what happened to Sarah. 

My Seven Second Life Facts

Berry is starting up the memes again -- under another name but I am betting most of us will call them Monday memes anyway.  I am tardy as I don't visit her site often now that the focus is on mesh heads and I have no plans to get another.

Since I write SO much on forums and such I don't have a lot of unknown facts but I will try and share a few quirky things.




1. I still have my Firestorm Kitty, Pearl. And it is an important day for her; she is 1500 days old as I type this. Pearl has always had a home of sorts and has never been put away in inventory. She has a tendancy to fall through prims in the sky so I try and keep her on solid ground. Currently she is roaming LEA12 where she has lots of space and some visitors to keep her company.

2. I have 98 videos on my YouTube channel. Some arty, some tutorials, a few that are ads for products.

3. I spent much of my youth camping for lindens which gave me enough money to start my first store which was clothing. I was never very GOOD at clothing but it sold fairly well for the times. And I am so glad we have progressed in that area. 

4. Aside from some real life friends who I joined with, Nissa Nightfire is the only old timer still in my friends list. We met as early bloggers on Iheartsl when it was a community blog and not a feed.

5. A Steamy Mystery at Terradale is my fourth LEA build. The fist was an eighth of a sim city build with subway that I constructed (prims) in order to film "Lost in the City".  That was five years ago.

6. I seldom update my software as long as it is doing the job it needs to do. My graphics software is six years old.

7. I love to move and decorate, then I often lose interests. My favorite home was a Steampunk house won on a hunt that I set up in Winterfell.

The Dark Witch

Dark Witch

Packed full of goodness, here is the rundown on items in this post and where you can find them.

Casadel "Olivia" [Maitreya/Belleza] Mini Dress in Black comes with teeny tiny panties (thank goodness). Other colors are available at Cosmopolitan.

Dark Witch Close

.::Nanika::. Ardor tattoo at On9 comes in white, black and henna in three strengths. Appliers for popular bodies and Omega as well as a classic tattoo layer.

alaskametro "Lady Venom" gacha at On9 features lips, eyes, nails and faces in various spooky combos.

The Medallion Beaded Necklace Set from Metal & Stone features two separate black necklaces which can be worn together or apart.  This is the donation item at the 2017 Scare Me Silly event which opens the 13th.


This is my donation item for the event.



One more perfectly bewitching item is in the mix, **Dirty Princess** The Demanding Princess Boots are available at Cosmopolitan. A variety of colors by hud; Maitreya fit.

Hair: *TUKINOWAGUMA* Barret

Poses by: Nigotine [nla] and Helamiyo

Farmhouse FLF


It's my favorite sales event -- Fifty Linden Friday.

And {what next} has some seasonal goodness for you including the Fall Farmhouse Decor -- perfect for the months ahead and beyond.

There are also a sets of outdoor string lights in white and amber with various pole choices.

So get your shopping bags out!

Pumpkin Caving Time

Pumpkin Carving Time

Tis the season for garden harvesting and Fall decorations. What better way to combine both activities than pumpkin carving?  You and your friends can get together and have a grand time!

From Sway's for The Liaison Collaborative, a pumpkin carving set which includes:

-Table with Pumpkin Lantern
with 8 animations

-Stump Seat A with 11 animations
-Stump Seat B with 11 animations
each seat has a different set of animations

-Crate with pumpkins
-Bucket with Pumpkin scraps
-Pumpkin scraps
-Pumpkin Bowl
-Knife
-3 different Carved Pumpkins


Victorian Steam Shotgun House by ChiC buildings.

Little Branch WildOak.v1{4Seasons}*Animated

Songbird

SONGBIRD

From Have Unequal at The Chapter Four's Gacha Room  a fun wearables gacha with a Steampunk flare, Satine. Corset, Thong, Skirt, Belt and Boots in neutrals and red. My favorite piece is the belt which fits perfectly. Maitreya.

From no.match at On9, some more perfection in the form of period hair. I was SO happy to see this!  A big hole in my hair wardrobe is now filled. No Shiver is the style.

And from the 22769 team for We Love Roleplay, the dysfunctional piano with some great detailing.  It comes with and without dust cover. A broken chandelier (great for All Hallows Eve) completes the set.


Collar: lassitude & ennui (old)

Poses by: aDORKable

Black On Black

Black on Black

There is plenty of goodness in new releases this week. Here are a few that caught my eye.

From Baiastice at The Liaison Collaborative, Nottee lingerie which comes in several versions and an array of colors. Super cute matching thongs are a bonus in each set. Personally, I think the lacy version can do double duty as a dress *wink*.

From cinphul, the tiandi decor collection at Cosmopolitan. Artfully delicate designs meet with technical expertise in the well-made furnishings.

Some fun shoes can be found at On9; look for Camelia shoes at the SLACKGIRL booth.

And if you are a redhead, don't miss out on the Hello Tuesday bargain at no.match.  Find No Surrender in the same Cosmopolitan shopping sim.



Pose by: Nantra

Shades of Brown

Shades of Brown

Hints of Autumn are moving across the grid. Time to delve into closets for warmer attire and earthy colors.

My 2017 guy avatar is looking mighty spiffy these days. Here's the scoop.


Out for Hello Tuesday from {Fe Style} the Witron Jacket  w/T-Shirt [Brown]. Wander over to the Fe Style shop to gather in the bargain. Standard sizes.

And from A&D Clothing Dexter Jeans which come with a great hud (and lots of bonus tones) in the fatpack. These have a great fit and a built in belt. Realistic wrinkles and a choice of material options by hud add to the value. Many mesh body fits; I am wearing the classic on my EXMACHINA Davide body and that works very well.  Find these inside the main venue shopping mall at Cosmopolitan.



Poses by: Diesel Works

Men Only Hunt 10 Is ON.

Men Only Hunt 10

The Men Only Hunt started this morning. I spent most of the day hunting. While I didn't end up with too many things that were my taste, I enjoyed the time spent; it's been awhile since I hunted.

This is a good hunt but not an easy one. There is a hud to pick up here. The hud works very well but since many of the participants were apparently lax in sending in their logos, it isn't always clear where you are headed. Now and then you end up in a mall-like setting wondering WHO is actually in the hunt.

A notecard with hints (for some shots not all) is helpful, both in finding the item as well as figuring out which of the stores at the landing point are actual hunt participants.

Most stores had there items out, some apparently not, one at least had an empty prize MUSTACHE (now filled so no worries) but a few seemed MIA and still in the hud.  No fault of the organizers; you can only do so much.

Shown here are my personal picks and a few mentioned of other things that didn't make it into my "beauty shot".

lock&tuft - cosmo beanie with color huds for cap and hair

Wilson's - M -    Rust pullover shirt

Yasum *Urban FU Bracer*

[Gild] Key nacklace_for male

INVICTUS - Glasses / Black

[Bad Unicorn] Darts Board  with dart attachment

Other notables:

[ZEX] Emilio - Polo shirt in MANY body fits as well as standard sizes. The one for DAVIDE fit perfectly which leads me to believe the others will too.

*Birth* 'Bushy' Eyebrow Appliers Tintable

NX-Nardcotix Finlay Backpack Commando [DAVID]

Volkstone Tyler Facial Hair

Plenty of posed and tattoos.



The most popular item on the hunt is BOUND to be (wait for it) the full mesh body BENTO avatar WITH HEAD ----- and ALPHA HUD.  Yep, really.

When I arrived at Altamura there was a huge crowd there. I had no idea WHY at the time, but opening the prize box answer that question easily.

The hud is simple and not arty but works just fine. The body and head conforms to the a standard legacy shape well so no odd looking deformed heads until you "fix" something.

The notecard says that the free body includes skin tones but I am not seeing where. There are some VERY impressive vendor photos at the shop, so the question is -- are their other skins sold for this body?

I had my friend test this as honestly I was way overtired after a full day of running around and opening and trying.  He is very happy with the skin provided but others might certainly be interested in adjusting for a more personal look. So keep that in mind.

The hands and mouth are in fairly constant motion which is a little jarring when you aren't used to it, but maybe other Bento bodies and heads do that too -- or perhaps it is my friends AO.   Not sure on that.

But a SUPER nice gift (and easy to find too).

His suit is still looking good but fairly antique and most likely another hunt prize.



Top photo (me) body Exmachina Davide

Poses by: grafica (hunt prize) and Diesel Works

Chill in the Air

Chill in the Air

If you haven't been over to Cosmopolitan, you have until late Saturday eve to take in the releases of this round.  Among them are the new arrival from MEVA, Thalia with double layered skirt and to-die-for belts. A variety of neutrals and hues, the dress is sleeveless.

I was feeling a bit chilly this evening so I added a faux fur jacket from AnaMarkova, the Marlena Jacket in Mink  (not new).

Jewelry by Meva.
Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA Tapia


Pose by: Verocity

Messy Witches

The Messy Witch

I have never really embraced my inner witch. My great-grandmother was pretty powerful though and my grandmother was way beyond a "collector". Put them together and you have the makings of a Messy Witch, the 22769 release for Salem.


It is a great gacha collection with some very nice furniture as well as plenty of witchy decor items, many more than are pictured here.


Happily another gacha furnished my attire.  The ~Nerido~ Witch Set (Maitreya) is available at The Chapter Four. Black, maroon and royal blue make up your colors. Try for one set or try for all. A witches hat is also in the mix.


Hair by eXxEsS

Poseby: Diesel Works

Minimalist

Minimalist - Closeup

I love simplicity -- clean lines -- no frills.

Here are a few new releases that fit the bill.

From LAKSHMI Hair at The Chapter Four, Wren. Smooth and sleek; understated and classy -- with some killer hair textures! Wow.

From MEVA for Industrie, Skyline Bento Rings in three metals with show-hide hud.


Add two more winners from the same venues:

From Newchurch at Industrie,  the Thompson Industrial Cabinet packed full of details without any fuss.

From Valentina E at The Chapter Four, the Vale Puffer Jacket Black (many colors are available).

Makeup by alaskametro

Poses by: an lar and Di's Opera

Corporate Connection

Suits

Now and then some of us have occasions to dress for success in that corporate mode.  A few of us wear that style in our day jobs. If either of these scenarios sound like YOUR life, then be sure and check out the new timeless suit from Baiastice at Fameshed, Kyren.

Many colors of course and bonus prints in the fatpack. Maitreya and Slink fits with a hud for the camisole hue.



Even if you never EVER get this dressed up, the Klum bag also available at FaMESHed is a release you really should check out. Just beautiful and filling a giant hole in my accessories inventory, it can accompany more casual attire. Versions for shoulder and hand, with and without pose.

Winter is a comin' and these lovely gloves will come in very handy. The Yoi gloves -- also from Baiastice but this time at Uber -- come in Bento (shown), rigged and unrigged with choices of open or closed.

Necklace: (Kunglers) Nadir necklace - Quartz

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * SANDRA *

Poses by: Eternal Dream

Fall Closets - Guywise

Fall Closets

I showed you the female style of the ::WetCat:: "All Dressed Up" Closet Prop. But honestly? I like the guys version even more!

So clever! with very high quality props that rez and enhance your photos. Plenty of manly textures to choose from and the poses are great!  Check it out at Cosmopolitan.

My actual wearable as Chav is the new  A&D Clothing - Hoodie, Smith, also available at Cosmopolitan. It comes with a big choice of colors to coordinate with many jeans and slacks. Happily a lovely light rust version worked great with my ONE pair of male jeans that fit the new Davide body from EXMACHINA.

A side note here -- and a pitch. I don't get many male releases and I am happy to feature them if they will fit this new body. Just saying. The guys really have a tougher time in Second Life and I am happy to do my bit to help them find what they need.


Pose by: WetCat

An Evening with Tim - It's Fall

22769 for Gacha Guardians

Get on your gacha shoes cause there is plenty to see at the newly opened Gacha Guardians.

From 22769 a really fun (and big) set of Tim Burton inspired furniture and decor. Some of my favorite pieces are shown above.

It's Fall

And from ChiC buildings a Fall pose prop gacha featuring both rez and wear versions with a fun HallOween "bonus" prize.  Shot above is my favorite of the set. Also at Gacha Guardians.

Growing Up

growing up

Sometimes it is difficult to put our youth behind us. Tomboy days merge into corporate meetings, frilly lace and more adult matters. Still, it is good to remember.

From Baiastice at Salem Macabre Market (opens October 1), a collect of Fall themed and Halloween items, the Marchesa Corset which comes with an easy to use hud that let's you choose between lingerie pieces in that now you see it now you don't manner.  A full dress is also in the mix, perfect for seasonal photos.


The ::WetCat:: "All Dressed Up" Closet Prop is also packed full of choices including closet accessories for both gals and guys (by hud). There are poses for both females and males also of course as well as a texture change menu for woods and fabrics.  Find it at Cosmopolitan.


Also at Salem from Baiastice, Cameo necklace and earrings sets in three styles. This is "Bones".


A perfect pairing for shoes?   Found at Cosmopolitan.

*Dirty Princess* Lace Couture Princess Heels come with an eight color hud for various parts.


My tattoo is from Nanika and available at Tres Chic.  Look for Marisa.

Hair: TUKINOWAGUMA Drexler


Poses by: WetCat and BehaviorBody

Broom Parking

broom parking

We are on the brink of October with all its fun and mystery. So dust off your broomsticks and prepare for pumpkin carving time.

From the latest round at Cosmopolitan:

PLASTIX's  Lunesta Dress for Maitreya and Slink. A color hud is included that let's you choose top, skirt and belt colors separately.



Avenge's New Baroque earrings with three metal choices. A necklace is part of this new release.

Hair: eXxEsS : TOFFEE

Poses by: aDORKable

New Guy on the Block

Davide - New Guy in Town

His name is Davide.

From Exmachina and available at both Cosmopolitan and the main store, Davide is the new entry into the male mesh body arena.

I don't normally do "reviews"; items either make it onto this blog or end up in the pixelated recycle bin. But today I am making an exception.

I haven't purchased a male body to date, but I have tried them all. I can honestly say that this is my favorite.


There are plenty of pros with this body, one being that it comes WITH head and a very nice skin. Four skin tones are in the hud. I felt this the most realistic tone of the choices.

One of the biggest disappointments for me in the mainstream male body options to date was the inability to get much of a "beefy" look.   Most designers seem to find that swimmer's body aesthetic to their liking.  My version here has a modified shape, and with some well fitting clothes I could have made additional changes. As it was, I modified the shape to fit the jeans. As you can imagine my male clothes closet is pretty sparsely decorated.

Click for larger view

Out of the box, Davide looks like this. The hud is extensive and while the alpha choices adhere to the "we can never have enough divisions" mantra, the hud is pretty self explanatory.  For those with a high resolution screens, the tiny slots will be difficult to turn on and off, but since most outfits for guys are fairly standard for alpha needs, saved slots should help a lot in that area.

My copy of Davide opened with some apparent skin issues. In actuality, the body had varying skintones happening all at once. A click or two to find your favorite shade and the body and head match perfectly. The skin is very nice in a slightly painterly mode which I like with very well-crafted eyebrows (I am SO picky about eyebrows) and some subtle shading under the eyes which give a very realistic look.

The hands and feet are quite realistic and the flow of calves to ankles is a cut above some of the other bodies (another thing that kept me from buying before).

David comes with rigged blue eyes. I traded those out for some Mayfly Onyx eyes which photograph well and that worked as well as mesh eyes work in legacy avatars -- quite pose dependent.  I didn't try the omega applier layer options; those are apparently being tweaked for better performance.

The biggest caveat that I can mention is that there seems to be NO DEMO. Hopefully that will come along in the future. There also seems to be an issue with the hud initializing when first added. There is a reset script option but while I did reset the scripts, that did not fix the issue. I had to relog and then all was fine.

This is a release packed with choices and at under $4000 for a full Bento avatar WITH Bento head, it is likely the best deal in town. There are still a few issues to work out, but I would definitely keep my eye on this brand.  If you join the free group you can pick up a free Bento avatar. This comes with no HUD or applier abilities and you will need your own mesh eyes, but it is very lovely and for those folks that spend a lot of time naked (or mostly so) a great way to try out the body.

Since this is a brand new body, clothes will be a bit tricky until designers -- well, start designing. The standard size clothing that I tried worked fairly well though, so it isn't a dire situation. And, honestly when Lara first came out there weren't all that many "Lara" clothes either. We muddled through and were simply happy to look as great and SMOOTH as we do.

Pants, necklace and hair are all antique gifts and no longer available.


Poses by: Diesel Works

Of Pumpkins and Prose


Just a pretty picture of some nicely made Fall decor available at Cosmopolitan.  Look for the *PAN* Autumn Hall set. This full set is available at a very VERY low price, so bargain hunters should zip on over.

Solitude

solitude

The night speaks of subtle whispers and long-forgotten promises. A soft sigh; a remembered embrace.

From Baiastice for Uber, the Ale Faux Suede Dress- this version in brown. Maitreya and Slink fits. Many colors available.

From Kunglers for Cosmopolitan, the Cleuza necklace - a blend of classic and statement-making, this version in peach.

From TUKINOWAGUMA    also at Cosmopolitan, Drexler hair -- a long and messy style with plenty of sass.



From G&D, Mirna sandals for Belleza, Maitreya and Slink with twenty-one colors by hud --- also at Cosmopolitan.


Poses by: Kirin and Torridwear [nla]

Night Circus

All the info here:

It is night. I am at a circus. Hence the title of one of my very favorite books crept in. Always good to point out the mystery.

From MEVA at Shiny Shabby, the Dora pants and shirt. Many neutral colors to mix and match. Maitreya fit.

Add a new shoulder handbag that works very well (be still my beating heart). Find the AsteroidBox. Heatu Bag in four color choices at Cosmopolitan.

The Petite Mort- Boho scarf w/HUD is great for those slightly chilly nights.

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * CHARLIE * at Tres Chic


Pose by: Helamiyo