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Moth, Butterfly, and Torchbug

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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!

Moth, Butterfly, and Torchbug
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Moth's Wings
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Look
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

Style
* 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)

Poses & Destination
* Kirin / Sitting Pretty Pose Pack – Pose 5 | Kustom9 Event, through August 10th
Location / Calypso Dream

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! ♥

Epif-fini!

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Hey there, my darlings! Going to keep this one a bit brief, as I’ve only just got time to show you the fullness of this gorgeous outfit before the time on the event runs out. (I need to clone myself so I can post multiple times a day; so many spectacular events and mainstore releases to celebrate!) So have a gander and visit the SLURLs below to get yourself over to this truly unique gacha event before the current round is fini!

Ever Afterr
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Epiphany
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / L’Etre | Jessica Skin – Golden Tone (with optional freckles) | WearHouse Event, through August 28th
* Hair / Besom | Jackson – Fade Dye HUD | N21 Event, through August 10th
Eyes / Avi-Glam | Premium Eyes – Green v2 | SL Marketplace
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Lip Gloss – Strawberry Lips | SL Marketplace
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Pastels Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace
* Tattoo / SwaggedOut | Athena Tattoo (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink, TMP & Omega Appliers + system tattoo layers) | WearHouse Event, through August 28th

Style
* Headpiece / ERSCH | Lilly Half-Wreath – White
* Jewelry / Salt & Pepper | Jungle Bangles & Earrings | Gacha Items at The Epiphany, through August 4th
* Outfit / Salt & Pepper | Jungle Top & Skirt – Purple | Gacha Items at The Epiphany, through August 4th
Shoes / REIGN | Avian Sandals – White (Maitreya, Belleza, TMP & Slink Flat feet; 6 feather colors in HUD)

Poses & Destination
Pic 1 / Chisa Creation | Winter Pack 2014 – # 18 | L$1 on SL Marketplace
Pic 2 / Chisa Creation | Winter Pack 2012 – # 10 | L$1 on SL Marketplace
Location / The Vineyard at Checkmate

Dazzling gacha fans with a truly unique experience are the fabulous crew behind The Epiphany event, going on through August 4th. Here’s a quick summary of how the event works (a more complete guide may be found in this Flickr post):

When you rez an item, you will get the option to either turn it in for points, or to keep it. You will be able to trade these points in for purchasable exclusives.

– Commons trade in for 1 point
– Rares trade in for 3 points

With 25 points you can purchase 1 “no transfer” exclusive item from any of the creators at the event.

The fabulous Jungle set that I’m wearing by Salt & Pepper includes several of those lovely gacha prizes, and if you happened to be pulling on the machine and received a duplicate, or perhaps received an item in a color that wasn’t to your fancy, you could then opt to trade it in for points. And the best part is that you can rollover up to 100 points until the next round of The Epiphany, if you’d rather keep them for future trades. How wonderful! This is exactly the type of system I had hoped existed when I first learned about gachas, and I’m thrilled that the team at The Epiphany have brought it to fruition. But hurry if you’d like to play: the current round is only on through August 4th!

A couple more lovely things to mention: the dreamy, perfectly wispy braid by Besom, which is exclusive to the N21 event through August 10th. It’s hard for me to quit that gorgeous Fade Dye color HUD, and I think this hair color matched so well with the beautiful and tropical Lilly Half-Wreath by ERSCH. And I’m so in love with the Avian Sandals by REIGN, which come with 6 unique feather colors in the HUD. They were part of the recent Saturday Sale, where all flat sandals in the shop were priced at a mere L$50 per pair. Incredible! All apologies that I didn’t have a chance then to post about it, as I only just learned of it in the nick of time and it was a one day sale only. To keep up with the flash sales of Second Life, join the Fifty Linden Fridays and Saturday Sale groups in-world. You’ll be informed every week of all the wonderful goods on offer, with SLURLS and vendor pics for easy planning. I highly recommend it!

Off to snatch some rest for now; have a wonderful time at The Epiphany, or if gacha’s not your thing, be sure to check out the all new WearHouse event that’s on through August 28th. The delicate tattoo and absolutely gorgeous skin I’m wearing are both from the event by SwaggedOut and L’Etre, respectively. These two designers are new to me, and I’m really loving them both. Enjoy! ♥

The Stars Are Projectors

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Welcome to August! We just had our first major rainstorm of the season last night and it was oh, so nice! It made this post even more perfectly timed, as it’s a predominantly cool color palette with rich grays and stone influences, all things that make me think of a rain-soaked city and rolling, rumbling thunder. Featuring items from Cosmopolitan, Illusion Point, Shiny Shabby and Manga Fair!

The Stars Are Projectors
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Essences | Aribeth Seasons 02 – Medium 01 Brunette
Hair / Little Bones | Queen – Duo Tone HUD | Group Gift
Eyes / Avi-Glam | Destiny Eyes – Grey (S) | Free on SL Marketplace
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
Lips / Pink Fuel | Glossy Pout Lipstick – Love (Light Tones)
* Tattoo / What 2 Wear | Tattoo W2W.0.8 – Faded (Maitreya, Belleza & Slink Appliers + system tattoo layers) | SL Marketplace

Style
* Headpiece / ERSCH | Samurai Head Piece
* Necklace / Secret Love | Goddess Necklace (4 metals in HUD) | Manga Fair, through August 9th
* Dress / Figment | Nemesis Dress – Silver/Black | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Shoes / KC Couture | Onyx Platforms (Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, TMP & Slink High Feet)

Pose
* Kirin / Maki Poses – Pose 1

Decor
* Skybox / cinphul | Pluto II Skybox | Cosmopolitan Event, through August 2nd
* Bed / Little Llama | Bed Under the Stairs – White
* Candlesticks / Paper Moon / Ornate Candlesticks & Candles | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Chair (Right) / 22769 – Bauwerk / Demon Chair – Stone/White Leather | Illusion Point Event, through August 18th
* Quilts / cinphul / Memaw’s Quilts – Dingy 3 (x2), Summer 4 | Shiny Shabby Event, through August 15th
Chair (Left) / floorplan | Lazy Chair for Seraphim | Past Event Gift
Star Machine / Ex Machina | Kopernikus Star Machine | Past Event Gift
Stringlights / Half-Deer / Flower Stringlights – Curved

I’ve spoken before about the uncanny trickery that designers have displayed, seemingly reading my mind and releasing something fabulous right when I was looking for it. It happened once more with this wonderful skybox by cinphul, available at the current round of Cosmopolitan. I had been using a rather bare-bones skybox I’d snagged as a freebie from the SL Marketplace, so I was thrilled to find that the Pluto II model has a really clever design that allows it to fit my tiny, rectangular 512 sqm plot perfectly. (I think it’s called a parallelogram, if my memory of grade school geometry is accurate? But I just think of it as a “slanty diamond”!) Two walls are frosted glass, whilst the others have cool-toned, rustic textures. Check it out at Cosmopolitan, but be sure to get over there by August 2nd!

For a perfect pop of color, cinphul also came through with the Memaw’s Quilts collection on offer at Shiny Shabby. There are seven unique colors/prints to choose from, and you get six varieties in each pack – from perfectly draped options to quilts specifically meant for wall-hanging. My other wonderful, event-exclusive decor items may be found at Illusion Point, and they include the striking modern-fantasy design of the Demon Chairs by 22769 – Bauwerk (available in 3 different material options – carbon, metal and stone – and the colors black and white), as well as the perfectly sleek Ornate Candlesticks & Candles by Paper Moon (6 metal colors and 7 candle colors).

My uniquely charming bed was originally showcased at the Wizarding Faire, but it should now be available for purchase at Little Llama‘s mainstore, and it’s absolutely lovely! I really wanted some pops of pure white in this room, and I think it worked out beautifully. And I was rapt to find a truly unusual item in my inventory: the Kopernikus Star Machine by Ex Machina, which I believe was an event gift from the last round of We Love Roleplay. I didn’t see it in creator Hattie Panacek’s Marketplace store, but perhaps if you sweet-talk her nicely, she’ll offer it up for sale. Really is a beautiful piece that projects a bevy of soft, rotating stars on the walls, ceiling and floor of my skybox whenever I fancy!

And you know I couldn’t go long without chattin’ about fashion! My dress was just perfect for this picture – another stroke of wonderful luck! – and it’s the Nemesis by Figment. A beautifully dipped neckline, flirty hem and a stone-like cinch at the waist and I feel like an exotic, modern goddess of thunder! I was also dazzled by the gorgeous Samurai Head Piece by ERSCH, which comes in two separate attachments so you can get a perfect alignment and fit. I wasn’t sure if perhaps it was more of a bold, editorial piece than something practical, but I wore it around as I visited several Fifty Linden Fridays stores, and I really loved watching it bob along with my walk and how striking it looked. I’ve heard that every girl needs a great piece of statement jewelry, and I suppose you could say an accessory like this one will really turn some heads! ;)

I’m off to snatch some rest before a whirlwind of Mesh Body Addicts Fair coverage begins! The event kicked off today, and will be another one that’s may be very difficult to access in the early days, but your patience will certainly pay off once you get there, believe me. Hope you saved up for this month’s events, because in the words of my lovely Aussie friends, there are some real crackers! ♥