The inspiration for my title today comes from a gorgeous piece of music I had the fortune to stumble upon from the Elder Scrolls Online soundtrack, a game I’ve not yet played, although I’m a tremendous fan of the single-player RPGs in the Elder Scrolls series. And in like kind, my look reminds me of something I might have loved to wear in Skyrim, or perhaps in another favorite RPG of mine, Dragon Age. Rather than slaying beasts today though, I’m charming them! These lovely butterflies at the gorgeous Calypso Dream sim seem to be quite interested in me, at least!
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Belleza | Eva FLF – Sunkissed
Hair / Elikatira | Lillian – Essentials HUD
Eyes / Avi-Glam | Blissful Eyes – Clarity | SL Marketplace
Lashes 1 / ACD | Lashes – 08 | SL Marketplace
Lashes 2 / Ri | Lashes – 04 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
* Lips / Nova Bodyshop | Grace Lipstick – 001 (LeLutka, TMP, Kissers, Loud Mouth, Nyam Nyam & Sweet Lips appliers + system tattoo layers) | Totally Top Shelf Event, through August 22nd
* Wings / Che Bella | Seed of Inspiration – Moth’s Treasure (6 wing colors in HUD) | Gacha Item from The Gacha Garden, through August 22nd
* Mask / Spyralle | Forest Edge Mask (4 metals & 6 leaf colors in HUD) | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Jewelry / Cae | Sebastian Necklace & Earrings (3 metal colors, 10 pearl colors & 10 gem colors in HUD) | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Dress / Les Encantades | Chiara Dress – Olive | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Feet / KC Couture | Diana Jewels (Maitreya Mid & High, Belleza Mid & High, Slink Mid & High feet)
With the exception of my twinkly toe jewels, everything in my style today may be found at a fashion event, three of them from the fabulous Illusion Point which is on through August 18th. From Les Encantades, I’m wearing the dreamily draped Chiara Dress, and I just fell in love with this warm, leafy green color with its golden accents. And speaking of all things leafy, how lovely is this face mask by Spyralle? I’m delighted with how perfectly it fits, and the included HUD offers 4 metals and 6 beautiful leaf colors to choose from. Also from Illusion Point is the utterly charming Sebastian jewelry set by Cae, which features a delicate crab in 3 changeable metal colors, with 10 gorgeous pearl options and 10 jewel tones for its wee little eyes.
Another wonderful event exclusive is from Che Bella and it’s the Moth’s Treasure Wings, which may be found at The Gacha Garden. Much like the recent Epiphany event, The Gacha Garden has a really unique twist to its gachas: once you’ve pulled 20 times on a single machine, you are guaranteed an ultra-rare item – a “Seed of Inspiration” – that will be retired forever after the event. To learn more about how the event works, and to see the truly exceptional list of event designers and sponsors, be sure to visit The Gacha Garden website!
I also have to mention how much I adore this rich magenta/plum lipstick by Nova Bodyshop, which may be found at Totally Top Shelf. I think this is my favorite Nova lipstick so far: it fits my pouty lips just perfectly, and the shade is striking without being too deep. Perfect! And as always with Noctea’s wonderful cosmetics, the Grace lipsticks come with a wide range of appliers, which I’ve listed in the credits above. I’m also using a pose from the excellent Sitting Pretty Pose Pack by Kirin, which may be found this month at Kustom9. Sitting poses that work well with mesh clothing can be a bit tricky, I’ve found, and the options in this pack are really lovely. I’m sure I’ll be turning to them often in the future!
One last thing to mention is how truly lovely the Calypso Dream sim is; I’ll be visiting here all the time for picture-taking opportunities, I just know it! Many thanks to the gracious Manis Lane for offering her sim to the public for exploring and photography! ♥
/me stretches and purrs! 🐱
Lately I’m getting by on only around 4 hours of sleep a night (or morning, as the case may be) so finding a space of solace and serenity in the virtual world is bliss when I’m working on a new photo or post. When I spied the name Chakryn Forest in someone’s profile’s picks (not that I was perving or anything … ahem), it seemed familiar to me, and when I put together this look I thought an enchanted forest would make for a lovely backdrop.
This won’t be a particularly wordy post, because there are some last minute, event-exclusive lovelies that I wanted to share, and I’d much rather you go check them out than be scrolling through my rambles! (Although I truly adore and appreciate that you do!)
RAYNE is offering the chic, sleek Blossom jumpsuit as a free gift to group members, and it may be picked up from the Sneak Peek event, which is also where the beautiful La Boheme outfit resides that I featured on Monday. I found a sweet and apt accompaniment in the Rose Crown by db Dollz, which is a gacha prize from the Ross Fair Event. The crown comes in several sweet colors and combinations, and is beautifully crafted.
I peeked into The Dressing Room Fusion and fell hard for Izzie‘s lovely Arrowhead Necklace, which comes in both gold and silver metals with an versatile range of texture-change hues, and is a steal at just L$70. My favorite part is that it’s literally pointing at my bosoms, as if ensuring that people direct their gaze at my womanly curves. Hey, no complaints here! :)
My soft midnight black polish is from Alaska Metro‘s free tester pack, which offers Maitreya, Slink, Eve and Omega appliers. Her designs are dazzling and wildly affordable, so I highly recommend picking up the tester pack and then thoroughly buying out her entire Marketplace shop! And my ring is gift from a past round of We Love Roleplay by designer Fawny; it’s so pretty with its delicate leaf design. I realized that it was meant for the other hand, but I really wanted to show off the ring with this pose, so I was very appreciative that the ring has copy/mod permissions and I was able to easily create a left-hand version. I so dearly love when creators give us options like this!
Please be sure to check the end dates of the events as listed below, and if you haven’t already, take a peek at my Fashion & Shopping Events Calendar which will give you all the start and end dates of the currently ongoing events at a glance. I’m scheduling this post in the middle of the night, so by the time it publishes I’ll hopefully be dreaming sweetly. Good morning/night, dear readers! ♥
Avie / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Clara Skin – Neva
Hair / Magika | Things – HUD 01
Eyes / SU! | Bastet Eyes – Amethyst | Group Gift
Lashes / ACD | Eyelashes 1 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Arte | Cat Eyes Eyeliner – Short | SL Marketplace
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Gloss – Strawberry Lips | SL Marketplace
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Basic Pack for Slink, Omega, Maitreya & Eve | Free on SL Marketplace
* Crown / db Dollz | Rose Crown – White | Gacha Item at Ross Fair Event, through July 6th
Necklace / Izzie’s | Arrowhead Necklace – Gold | The Dressing Room Fusion, through July 3rd
Ring / Fawny | Sweet Rose Ring | Past Event Gift
* Outfit / RAYNE Couture | Blossom Jumpsuit | Group Gift at Sneak Peek Event, through July 5th
* Atonement / Crystals Pose Set – Silver Ropes | SL Marketplace
Bienvenido, cutie pies! Have got some lovely sneak peeks for you from the Body Art Hunt, which just kicked off today and is cram-jammed with some gorgeous gifts from 22 of the grid’s best. You may find a list of helpful SLURLs and hints at this link, or search for the “Stuff My Inventory Hunts” group in-world to chat with fellow hunters. Onto the previews!
I’ve been lusting over White Widow‘s tattoos since they kept sneaking into my Flickr feed (it’s some form of witchy black magic, honestly!) – and I’m rapt with the gorgeous Desperado hunt gift. It comes with an impressive number of appliers for your meshy bodies and bits, and also offers options for classic avatars. My eyes and eyeshadow are courtesy of Banana Banshee and Zibska, and they both did a smashing job being inspired by the hunt’s theme of “Circus”. From Banana Banshee, you’ll find four pairs of eyes in really cool color and pattern combinations, and mesh options are offered in several sizes, including a special size for petite avatars. And Zibska offers a dazzling array of 10 shimmery eyeshadows in classic tattoo layers and appliers for TMP and LeLutka heads.
My amazingly glamorous ‘do is by Besom, and right now it’s exclusive to the N21 Event, which is ongoing through July 10th. I’m madly in love with the hair colors found in the Fade Dye HUD! The pretty pastel fades are so perfect, I want to rez the HUD and rub up against it in a salacious manner that would be entirely unladylike! My wonderfully sexy bikini is by Sachi, a new brand with a lot of promise who are doing lovely work with applier clothing. (But don’t worry, classic avies – clothing layers come with each purchase as well!) The Karrueche Bikini comes in Cyan, Orange and Ruby Red, and whilst I don’t often reach for red in my outfits, I couldn’t resist the juicy, apple-licious hue.
Speaking of new brands, I’m really impressed with the quality of Paper Arrow‘s beautiful and delicate jewelry. They have a wonderful gift out right now, and their group fee will be raised to L$250 on July 20th so now’s the time to teleport over and snag the goodness! On sure, I could give you a preview of the gift, but I’mma tease you into giving Paper Arrow a very worthwhile visit yourself, because I’m fancy like that. ^_^
And on the subject of being fancy, I’m on a surfboard, you guise! Well, technically I’m lounging on a surfboard, but it’s only because I don’t want to risk getting my hair wet, and there’s the whole “lack of surfing prowess” thang to contend with. So for my kindred beach babes who’d rather surf our deep thoughts than the deep ocean blue, MMC has created a perfect pink surfboard prop that comes with 8 relaxing and highly picturesque poses.
Last but not least, I’m wearing another luscious AlterEgo group gift skin that you simply have to go snag, or you’re officially the worst. (Only kidding, I’m not the boss of you, silly!) But with three gorgeous gifts, and three sets of pretty L$1 lippies to pick up in-store, Toxxic is spoiling her group members with awesomeness!
Oh! And I want to sneak in a sincere thank you to the kind soul(s) who shared my Second Life Fashion & Shopping Events Spreadsheet post on Facebook! I don’t have an account there myself, and I noticed a lot of visitors within the last day who were directed to my blog via FB, so I tremendously appreciate the link love. So happy that people are finding the schedule/spreadsheet to be a good resource, and I just updated it this morning with a couple of new events and the new FaMESHed round info, so it should be all up-to-date. Go forth and shop all the things! ♥
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / AlterEgo | Kensi – Honey (Longnight) | Group Gift
* Hair / Besom | Ky-J Hair – Fade Dye HUD | N21 Event, through July 10th
* Eyes / Banana Banshee | Carnival Eyes – Party | Body Art Hunt, through July 31st
Lashes / ACD | Eye Lashes 4 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Langly | Eyeliner 1 | Free on SL Marketplace
* Eyeshadow / Zibska | Celia Eyeshadow – Carnivale 05 | Body Art Hunt, through July 31st
Lips / AlterEgo | Lip Luva Collection Reds – Apricot | L$1 at in-world store
Freckles / Shock | Tintable Freckles | Group Gift
* Tattoo / White Widow | Desperado – Normal | Body Art Hunt, through July 31st
Prop & Poses
* MMC / Surfboard Female Pink
The Vineyard at Checkmate
In my little corner of the First Life universe, it’s HOT. I think even the Grammar Police would forgive that egregious caps lock usage, because there’s just no suitable way to express the special melty, sweltery misery of a desert summertime. Why did a red haired, fair skinned, burns-to-a-crisp-in-10-minutes lass move to such a place? Excellent question, my friends! Do let me know if you ever think of a logical answer. ;)
Having grown up in the Northeastern part of the US, I was used to never living far from a body of water, whether it was the Atlantic ocean; a pretty lake at a state park; even a swimming hole at the base of a waterfall where you’d steal away on lazy summer afternoons for shy smooches with your high-school paramour. But in the Southwest? Bodies of water are either man-made and un-swimmable, or merely a faraway dream.
With our lack of precipitation and shorelines, I always have a dual dream of rain and the beach, although not necessarily experiencing both at the same time! But in Second Life, I’m enjoying exactly that: a beautiful oceanside escape and a gorgeous outfit that may not be suitable for rain, but was beautifully made by RAYNE. Close enough for me!
I feel just like a tropical, boho beach babe in my long, lovely skirt and fringed top by RAYNE Couture, which is exclusive to the Sneak Peak event through July 5th. It comes in three different color combinations; I’m showing the forest/red (left) and teal/purple (right) styles here. And my beautiful, freckly and fresh-faced skin is by DS’ELLES, whose skintones are just perfection for sunny summer days! They give me a soft, sweet kiss of sun that I can’t even dream of achieving in real life.
How lovely it is that the virtual world lets us experience so many things we can only wish for in the physical world, from the serenity of an ocean’s shore to the golden loveliness of tanned skin. Is it any wonder that I’m absolutely rapt over my 2nd Second Life? ♥
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Lola Skin – Neva
Hair / Entwined | Elinna – Light Reds HUD | Group Gift
* Eyes / DS’ELLES | Prunelle Eyes – Amande
Lashes / ACD | Eye Lashes 3 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Langly | Eyeliner 1 | Free on SL Marketplace
Eyeshadow / TSM | Eye Highlight | Free on SL Marketplace
Lips / Pink Fuel | Glossy Pout Lipstick – Love
Overlow Poses / Pack Gift 4 – Poses 1 & 2 / Free on SL Marketplace