Ever wonder how the Frog Prince ended up cursed to be a frog in the first place? Perhaps there was a pretty witch whose heart he broke. And perhaps he wasn’t the first prince to do so either. You see, she was a bit of a romantic and couldn’t resist being charmed by handsome princes, but something would always go wrong. The prince would go on a quest and have forgotten all about the witch on his return. Sometimes, there’d be a princess involved. Whatever the cause, the witch’s heart would be broken again and soon enough there would be another addition to the pond in her garden. Over time, it got quite crowded there.
Big events are fun, but returning home with a bug of some kind is less entertaining. No apparent cold, but definitely a fever, and that’s been enough to make even a bit of blogging too tiring the last few days. However, I do have quite a few things I’d like to show off, including a brand-new skin from alaskametro and a couple of pieces from the current round of the Fetish Fair from Roawenwood and Voluptas Virtualis.
After a bit of a hiatus from vlogging, I finally had time to a video featuring two awesome recent releases: The Pompeii Bathhouse from Tia and the Gerard bento head from Vista. Fair warning, I was a bit out of practice and perhaps a bit too talkative, so the video may feature more rambling than usual. Not that don’t ramble in general, but you get the idea. You may skip ahead to the essentials. ;)
I do need to make some small corrections to what I said in the video regarding the Gerard head. It is currently on sale in the Vista mainstore for L$2000. It is the add-on facial hair that is available at the Mesh Body Addicts Fair. There is also a brand-new bundle (released today) of the head plus a full bento AO for L$3500.
Sometimes, it is a struggle to come up with a good idea that results in a pleasing image at the same time as it shows off the item(s) being blogged in a good way. Other times, the idea leaps into your head almost fully formed. That was the case when I opened the latest blogger pack from the Dreaming Thicket, the Ladies’ Crowns Gacha from the Fantasy Gacha Carnival. The idea that came to me was of a woman on a throne, wearing one crown but choosing from a selection of others, including some more “powerful” ones.
I am in the middle of packing for another trip, but I couldn’t resist putting together a shot with the Zumurrud Draped Hammock from Roawenwood and the rate set of accessories from the Nyx gacha by Voluptas Virtualis. I love the little tropical scene that the hammock and the plants included in the set creates and the icing on the cake is the gorgeous ship by Rustica in the background. The landscape is from Landscapes Unlimited, one of the Solid Sky Landscapes.
I have a week at home right now, between our two trips, so I thought I would dig into my inventory and show a few things before its too late. Like this outfit from Voluptas Virtualis for the Crystal Heart Festival which ends in a few days. I thought combining it with the body glitter from Alaskametro might be a nice touch seeing how much skin it leaves bare. There is also a bit of a dark edge to this set, so I placed an altar from Souzou Eien in one of my caves from Fanatik and grabbed a knife from the Half Moon Market.
I had meant to write this blog before leaving for Spain, but I ended up only having time to post the images on Flickr. As such, this is just for archival completion and (partial) credits.
Tropical Bodysuit by Luxuria (at TLC), hair by Magika and build by Zinnias (at Swank).
The outfit I am wearing is called “Woods Queen” and is available from Noble Creations at We Love Role-Play. However, having done a fantasy shot in the woods for my last blog, I wanted to do something very different with this. I set about browsing the Explore Second Life flickr pool and came across the Chernobyl sim with its strikingly stark landscape.
For Blush, deviousMind has a really cool gacha set out called “Unlocked”. The common item which forms the base is a chain harness with strategically placed locks. The rares consist of floating and wrapping ribbons (the floating ones are bento animated) which can be set to match any harness in colour and also has options for opacity. I knew right off that I wanted poses that were fairly dynamic so that the floating ribbons would make sense and after searching around in my inventory I came across the “Dancing Blades” set from HopScotch. Just what I needed!
Faida and Velvet Whip have started collaborating on a line of interactive clothing they call “Oops!”. The latest release is out at We Love Role-Play and Titania was kind enough to send it to me. I had been eyeing the earlier releases but since they are fitted for Maitreya, I was a little uncertain how they would work on Slink Physique. It turns out it works pretty well, though I did have to switch the alpha cuts around between the different stages of the dress so doing a video as I had first intended wasn’t ideal. In the more undressed versions, I also had to make some small edits to the images where the alpha cuts didn’t line up right, so if you want to use the outfits for actual roleplay, I do definitely recommend wearing them on the Maitreya body. But since most people aren’t as stubborn as me about sticking to just Slink, that shouldn’t be a problem. ;)
As warm as it continues to be here, a nice big pool would be fabulous. A beach would be even better. But that has to wait a few weeks so in the meantime I try to cool off in front of the computer as best as I can. Maybe I should hang out in my winter landscape instead? Not while wearing this outfit from Voluptas Virtualis, though, it is definitely made for somewhere warm and sunny.
Last week, I was reached by the sad news that Nephilaine, the creator behind the Muses, had lost her RL husband. A fundraiser had been set up for her and their twin children, to help with the expenses that cannot be avoided in a situation like this. In the long term, however, it will undoubtedly be important for the Muses to reach as many customers as possible. With that in mind, I created a video showcasing the store, hoping to encourage some old and new customers to visit and do some shopping.
I am still making my way through the LightStar heads and today I have Makeda to show you, a head with African features. As with all of the other LightStar heads, there’s a “companion” male head, in this case called Solomon. I do hope to show some more of the male heads as well but if it is a bit tough to find Omega skins for female heads it is 10 times worse for male heads. It may just have to wait for Bakes on Mesh to go live; in fact, I have tried several of these heads with some system skins in the project viewer and they work beautifully.
In this post I am also showing you the Maxwelle Chaise from the Plastik, the Fortuna bodysuit from Voluptas Virtualis and the Brooklyn hair from Wasabi.
I lost a bit of enthusiasm for writing this post due to that bloody football match that should have ended a minute or so earlier and/or had a penalty call for Sweden in the first half. But not that I am bitter or anything… ;P
Anyway, I wanted to get another Vintage Fair post out before it closes and since I also have a few more LightStar heads to show off, I decided to do both at the same time. Today’s head is Lin, one of the more distinctly ethnic heads from the range, and like all the other heads it is now down to just L$1000. I am wearing it with an Asian-inspired skin from Alaskametro and a Chinese-style gown rom Senzafine. The gown and the shoes (by Eclectica) are from the Vintage Fair, as are the poses by An Lar used for these shots.
The final weekend of the Vintage Fair is coming up and I thought I would show another favourite item from it, namely the striking High Council set from Roawenwood. It is perhaps a little more vintage than most, but certainly right up my alley. I knew I had to blog it as soon as I saw it and I love how it looks in the build from Fanatik’s Medieval Village set. To play the part of the lonely ruler, I opted to switch to a male avatar, which also gave me the chance to show off one of the male heads from LightStar as well as the male version of the Elvenne skins from the Plastik.