faMESHed

I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl

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If you made me name just one thing I loved in Second Life (and please don’t make me, that would be impossibly wicked!) I would unquestionably have one-piece outfits on my short list. Whether we call them jumpsuits, rompers, or playsuits, they are just so easy to wear and always get me going in a flash– usually to the latest shopping event, where I’ll most certainly be found picking up demos for even more of these wonderful things to add to my wardrobe!

But – and I pause to take a deep breath here – I may have found the be all, end all romper in CandyDoll‘s Leilani, because you can customize the top and bottom (separately if you like), as well as the gorgeous lace detailing, and the fatpack HUD comes with so many patterns and colors, it’s dizzying and delirious-making, and I couldn’t be happier to be so spoiled for choice!

I’m also quietly mesmerized by the new Jaily hairstyle from EMO-tions for the Hairology event. It’s so beautifully vintage glam, yet still with a modern ease and sensuality about it. As I posed for this picture at the wonderfully picturesque Blithe sim, I couldn’t help softly singing torch songs to myself from the ultimate vintage (and timeless) chanteuse, Nina Simone. Because after all: no matter how lovely the outfit, sometimes a woman just wants a little steam on her clothes. ;)

I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Jaily (Brunette HUD) by EMO-tions for Hairology, through May 30th New Release!
* Eyes // April Eyes (Soul) by Inkheart New Release!
Tattoo // Gravity (White) by White Widow for We <3 Roleplay, through May 31st New Release!

Style

Earrings // Pearl Berries Earrings (from the Spring Bud Set) by Yummy New Release!
Clothing // Leilani Romper (Maitreya Fatpack) by CandyDoll for FaMESHed, through May 27th New Release!
Shoes // Shelby Sandals (Maitreya High) by Pure Poison for FaMESHed, through May 27th New Release!

Pose, Destination, and Inspiration

Pose // Decadence by evoLove
Location // Blithe
Song Spark // Nina Simone – I Want a Little Sugar in My Bowl

The Sirens Inside You

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One of the wonderful, kindred fascinations that so many of us share in the SL blogging and Flickr communities is a deep love and appreciation for music. Songs can often be found informing and inspiring pictures, blog posts, and even the looks we create. And some of the most enduring and beloved landmarks on the grid often have music at their core: whether it’s a well-loved dance and DJ spot, or a region like Chouchou whose very existence in rooted in the music created by its amazing owners and designers.

I’m often listening to music as I wander the grid, work on photography, or write my blog posts. And it was the soundtrack to the amazing and heartrending game “Life Is Strange” that inspired the site and sonic mood of my picture today. Without giving away any spoilers or secrets, a lighthouse features prominently in the game, and my look reminds me of something that a grown-up Max might wear on a trip in the dusky evening light to the Oregon coast. A form-fitting bikini modestly covered by a cool jacket she snagged from Chloe’s closet, and sandals with a wonderful Boho vibe that may be a bit of a nod to Rachel Amber’s memorable style.

The Sirens Inside You
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Quinn (Essentials HUD) by Elikatira
* Eyes // April Eyes (Ambar) by Inkheart New Release!

Style

Necklace // Alianza Necklace (Black) by MINIMAL for The Chapter Four, through May 21st Free Gift!
Jacket // Free Love Leather Jacket (Mural Elephant) by Foxes for Uber, through May 22nd
Bikini // Neve Bikini (Maitreya Royal Blue) by Miss Chelsea for FaMESHed, through May 27th Free Gift!
Shoes // CountryGirl Sandals (Maitreya Fatpack) by VALE KOER for Uber, through May 22nd

Destination & Inspiration

Location // Black Basalt Beach
Song Spark // José González – Crosses

Both my bikini and necklace are wonderfully generous gifts given out at the current rounds of FaMESHed and The Chapter Four, respectively, and I’ll once more include the list of must-see events I mentioned the other day which are presently featuring anniversary/birthday gifts from many of the participating designers. Be sure to visit before time runs out! ♡

The Chapter Four, through May 21st
FaMESHed, through May 27th
We <3 Roleplay, through May 31st

Desert Rose

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Merry weekend wishes to my readers and friends! I hope you’re all having a lovely and relaxing time, and keeping cool as well! ♡

Speaking of which, when I tried on the wonderful Estelle outfit by LAZYBONES at the current round of The Chapter Four, I knew it had to be mine for the fantastic “Arizona Heat Wave” print! As a (wilting) desert rose myself, I can attest to its accuracy; 8 months of summer-like weather, and often so many long stretches of time without a drop of rain in the skies. Sounds lovely in theory, but as a fair-skinned, ginger-haired, Irish/Scots lass I often ask myself … why did I think it was a brilliant idea to move here again? ;)

But you know what does keep me in marvelously high spirits? Anniversary gifts! There are 3 events on the grid celebrating their anniversary/birthday rounds this month, and so many extraordinarily generous gifts to pick up from the participating designers, it will make your head spin and your LI burst from the unboxing goodness – one of which is the foxy, fiery Juliet hairstyle on offer from MINA. So be sure to visit these celebratory events before time flies:

The Chapter Four, through May 21st
FaMESHed, through May 27th
We <3 Roleplay, through May 31st

Desert Rose
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Juliet by MINA for FaMESHed (Free Gift), through May 27th
Eyes // Spring Eyes (Goldish) by Inkheart
Tattoo (Legs) // Real Sign by Identity Body Shop

Style

Jewelry // Indyra Bangles (Golden) by Meva
Dress // Estelle Attire (White) by LAZYBONES for The Chapter Four, through May 21st
Shoes // Rhone Boots (Camel) by REIGN for Uber, through May 22nd

Pose & Destination

Poses // Hera Pose 4 and Dana Pose 5 by Label Motion
Location // ISON

Song Spark

Emilie Simon – Desert

Fair Mermaiden

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Hey lovelies! Want to hear something that will boggle your mind? At this very moment, there are at least 62 Second Life fashion events in full swing on the grid, and that’s only the ones I’m aware of. Chances are, there may be even more! And with three of the most hotly anticipated events opening very soon (Hair Fair 2015, The Seasons Story, and the Wizarding Faire), I hope your virtual wallet is still hanging on for dear life. But you know I love tempting you, so you’ll get no relief from me! I’ve got a whole array of new, event-exclusive goodies to share. C’mon, dive in! The water’s fine, and it’s high tide for shopping!

Fair Mermaiden
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At the Sex Sells Gacha Fair, CNZ brings you a gacha filled with mermaid loveliness, including six different tails, a shell bra, and poses to match. Every mermaiden needs a luxurious head of hair, so I can think of none more perfect than the Check Yes style from Besom, found at this month’s round of FaMESHed. It comes in two styles: the longer, sleeker version I’m wearing here, and the slightly shorter, more voluminous version 2.

My dreamy, luminous eyes are by UMEBOSHI and are exclusive to The Seasons Story, which opens on July 10th. (You’ll have to be a wee bit patient on that one, but I promise it will be worth the wait!) And I’m mad about my gorgeous diamond septum piercing by PUNCH, which may be found at the current round of Suicide Dollz. It comes with several metal choices (plus with an optional add-on HUD for even more varieties), as well as lots of beautiful gem tones.

Booty and the Beach
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I’ve dared to go bare with my teeny bikini from Sachi, which comes in gold and holographic varieties on system layers or Omega applier for my meshy mavens. My skin and lipstick are both group gifts from Pumec and Pink Fuel, respectively, and I highly recommend picking up both! For one last event exclusive, get your buns over to My Slink Obsession and snag the pose packs from Signature Pose. I had incorrectly assumed that this event solely catered to the Slink body/hand/feet crowd, but it’s also a wonderful place to find mesh clothing, poses, cosmetics, and more. You may even find shoes that come with versions for Maitreya and Belleza bodies as well. Love the versatility!

These pics took way, way too long to get (someone kindly spank me if I spend another hour fiddling with windlights), so I’m off to dreamland, where my mind will probably get lost in some kind of SL Event Inception. If you see me wandering around a shopping area in a hazy daze, give me a pinch and wake me up out of my reverie! ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / PUMEC / Milana – Summer | Group Gift
* Hair / Besom / Check Yes (Vers. 1) – Fade Dye HUD | FaMESHed, through July 27th
* Eyes / UMEBOSHI / Glimmer Eyes – Mermaids (Reef) | The Seasons Story, July 10th – July 31st
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eylashes – Upper & Lower | SL Marketplace or in-world
Lips / Pink Fuel / Shine Lipstick – Pink (Dark) | Group Gift

Style
* Piercing / PUNCH / Diamond Septum Clicker + Earth Add-On / Suicide Dollz, through July 17th
* Outfit / Sachi / Silk Gold Thong (Omega Applier or system layers)
* Tail / CNZ / Mermaid Tail – Blue / Gacha Item at Sex Sells Gacha Fair, through July 18th

Poses
* Pose 1 / CNZ / Mermaid Swim (Rare) / Gacha Item at Sex Sells Gacha Fair, through July 18th
* Pose 2 / Signature Pose / Ade – Pose 005 / My Slink Obsession Event, through July 22nd

Location
Floridays

Give Me One Accessoreason

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Nay, I say: give me FIFTY!

Ever’s Age: 19 days
L$ Balance: L$615

After unpacking my way through all the fantastic freebie finds from the other day, I noticed that I was experiencing a lack of accessories to go with my clothing cache. Then I realized that I hadn’t completely finished my group gift scouting at this month’s round of We Love Roleplay, so off I went to explore!

Like Chapter Four and FaMESHed, We Love Roleplay also celebrates its anniversary this month, and the gracious participating designers made sure that visitors would be delighted with free gifts and specially-priced items. There are many free and nearly-free offerings to pick up as you explore the booths, and these are just a few of my favorites! (Click for a full-size image.)

We Love Roleplay Group Gifts

We Love Roleplay Group Gifts (L$0), available through May 31st:

ieQED Double Nose Ring
Haste Dangle Chain Necklace
Evie’s Closet Tinuviel Collar & Grown
Fallen Gods Inc. Siren’s Call Tintable Face Tattoo

Also shown:

Skin: Insol Body Skin Scarlett – Ivory (L$0, no longer available)
Makeup: Alaska Metro Full Face Makeup – Two-Faced Earth 01 (L$0)
Lip Color: Alaska Metro Lip Stain Tester – Rose (L$0)
Eyes: AG. Destiny Eyes – Grey (L$0)
Hair: Wasabi Pills Irene Hair – Sorbet (L$0, FaMESHed group gift through May 27th)

But the generous Accessory Gods weren’t finished with me yet! Thanks to a tip from the excellent Teleport Hub blog, I visited the store Pure Poison to pick up the newly-released Gabrielle Jewelry Set and was amazed to find an entire collection of free gifts awaiting me!

Pure Poison Group Gifts

37 group gifts to enjoy, and most of them necklaces, earrings and jewelry sets. Incredible! I wholeheartedly appreciate this trend that brands have employed where they allow members who are new or are returning to the group to access previously-released gifts. You see this most often in groups where there’s a joining fee, but for a brand with a completely free in-world group to offer the same perk to their members? Truly an uncommon and fantastic find. Thank you so much, Pure Poison!

I have to admit though, I’m becoming just the teeniest bit antsy to get out and start exploring and enjoying the grid. Don’t get me wrong, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude that I’ve been able to double my wardrobe after only spending a scant L$2! I’m just one of those people who can’t bear to have a collection of unorganized items and objects in my inventory, so by nature I’m held back until I get everything unpacked, sorted out, and put away. Is that unusual, I wonder? My lovely friend Raznay says she hasn’t finished unpacking finds from the Wayward Hunt last month, and I understand that was a huge event with a lot to collect. I just want everything laid out neatly in nested and nestled folders, all ready to be worn at a moment’s notice. (Okay, I lied: I would never get dressed that quickly!) I even teased @SecondLife on Twitter that I’d be a very good lass if they would kindly implement an “UNPACK ALL THE THINGS” option, but they probably called my bluff. Curses! Maybe one of these days months years? ;)