Otherworldly

Tall Tales

I do love animesh critters and I was absolutely thrilled when I managed to win two of the rares from Jian’s Warrior Wolves gacha for the Epiphany. One of them, the animesh companion wolf, is featured in this post and you’ll probably see the wolf mount soon as well. And I may have to go back to try and win the wandering animesh wolf too, it’d be fantastic together with my Teeglepet horses. But I can’t imagine I’d be that lucky! I absolutely love how well these animesh wolves move and of course how good they look.

To show off the giant wolf I decided to make use of the Pinnacles from Spyralle for La vie en pose, the first set of air platforms for photography with an uncluttered background where you mainly want to show off the environment settings. Myself I dressed in a brand new gown from Faida for a brand new event, Spellbound. Spellbound, run by Juno Mantel of Junbug, features a very nice selection of creators and a magical/fantastical feel just as the name suggests. The Fate gown is sleek and elegant, with the belt being the perfect accent to the clean lines of the gown.

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Beach Fantasy

The latest set from the Plastik is called the Valin Fantasy Kini, which of course called for a beachy setting yet again. However, the set also has a bit of a eastern fantasy vibe, so I decided to setup a little Arabian Nights-inspired shelter made from a few different Paper Moon releases to give it the right surroundings. I quite like how it turned out, I need to experiment further with using the fabric fences and market stalls for another photo idea I have.

This post also features a new hair from Wasabi (from the Epiphany, just like the set from the Plastik) and more poses from La vie en pose.

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My Vanity

In my previous post, I mentioned having picked up the latest makeup release from Alaskametro, Summer Beauty. In this post, you’ll see a gradual addition of makeup from that set, matching a few of the animations available in Dutchie’s fantastic mid-century vanity. This stylish piece is such fun, with an excellent selection of animations. I had no idea there were so many animations for putting on makeup and brushing your hair available, but I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised when there are lifestyle/roleplay animations of so many other kinds available. I would have loved to do a video as well, but that doesn’t quite work when we’re not at home. As it is, I am really pleased with the photos, though I could easily have added twice as many because there were so many nice animations to pick from.

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Aegean Girl

I may have managed to setup a lot of pretty photo locations on our own sim, but a proper beach is definitely still lacking. And the gorgeous Aegean Halter by Paper Moon for We Love Role-Play simply had to be shown in an appropriate location. So, I headed off to check out one of the recent releases from Studio Skye—the Pebble Beach building set—at one of their showcase sims, Skye Neist Point. It turned out to be the perfect place to show off the halter as well as some beachy poses from Ecru for La vie en pose.

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Contemplating Revenge

Sometimes, it is best to plan your revenge carefully. Why not while lounging comfortable in bed, for example? The Revenge dress from lassitude & ennui for We Love Role-Play initially had me looking a “tougher” poses, but then I tried out this set from Diversion for La vie en pose and this one caught my eye. After all, revenge is supposed to be a dish best served cold, and then you’ll have plenty of time to plan and contemplate how to go about it.

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The Fairy Ring

You never know what you will find when you step inside of a fairy ring. It might be best to bring a friendly imp along—but keep in mind that imp’s love mischief!

The fairy ring is by Roawenwood and both the hair and the dress are new releases for the July round of We Love Role-Play, from the Dreaming Thicket and Velvet Whip & Faida. The imp is an earlier gacha release by lassitude & ennui.

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La vie en pose is coming

A new pose event is just around the corner. La vie en pose opens July 10th (and runs until July 25th) and will feature poses, props, animations, backdrops and phototools. This should be a great event for photograpers and storytellers! I´ll be featuring a selection of the available exclusives from the fair, starting with this pose prop from Velvet Whip - Genie in a jar. To outfit my genie, I picked the recent Lootbox release from deviousMind, Nite & Daey.

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None Shall Pass

We’re in the middle of packing for our annual trip up north but of course I need a creative break now and then. I though the new fantasy armour set from the Plastik for the Lootbox gacha was very nice and given the horns that are a part of it I decided that it probably belongs to a guardian of some underworld realm. So, I headed off to my trusty caves by Fanatik and made use of the Petra chamber once again.

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Light & Dark

The Crystal Heart festival is opening June 30th and two of the creators offering magical creations for it are the Plastik and Voluptas Virtualis. I thought their releases combined very well with each other—the set from Voluptas Virtualis is a revealing Sword & Sorcery outfit which the huge accessory sets in light & dark from the Plastik blended quite naturally with. As luck would have it, #hashbang! has a gacha of backdrops out with light and dark versions of each style which ended up being just right for showing both versions of the Plastik release. Finally, I am also wearing a new hair from Wasabi, out now at Uber. As all of their recent styles, Juniper comes with a few style options. Here I went with the windswept pony tail to go with the flying poses.

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Old Treasures

Old Treasures is a fairly newly launched brand which already has released a small but very well-made collection of pieces inspired by history and/or fantasy. For this post, Ran and I selected three pieces to showcase; a wearable for each of us and a piece of furniture. The easiest choice was definitely the throne, released for the GoT-inspired round of Enchantment a while back. It is called the Archon of the Fourteen Flames Throne and well…the company we formed a couple of years ago happens to be called Fourteen Flames. We definitely appreciate it when someone makes pieces inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones but uses more subtle naming schemes like this.

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Enchanted Niamh

Having a vacation just around the corner should be nice, but it always manages to make me all stressed out and of course totally locked up creatively. I like going places, I just don’t like the preparations. I am already preoccupied with what I need to pack, and we’re going next Wednesday!

Anyway, after a bit of teleporting around between various builds on the sim, this simple setup struck me as a fine way of showing off this beautifully textured gown from Senzafine. I really like the colours that Synjari has done for this release, they are very vibrant and a bit unusual. There are six colours in total and five sizes and you will find the gown at Midsummer Enchantment until June 30th.

The long, lovely braid I picked up at Magika’s 50% refund sale. Alas, it ended yesterday, but Magika’s regular prices are so good that its certainly worth getting it anyway.

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Final Chance for Redeux

Today is the last chance for you to check out the great sales and bargains at the June round of Redeux. Technically, it closed on the 21st, but I believe it stays around for most of the 22nd as well. So this is just a quick post to give you the chance to visit before it is too late. The fabric wrap by Roawenwood, the pose by Serendipity and the fireplace from Myth are all items available at Redeux. The hair is one of two styles available from Wasabi’s gacha at the June round of the Arcade.

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Ibiza

This outdoor shower from InsurreKtion is one of my favourites from the current round of Redeux. It has a great set of single and couple animations and is the perfect addition to a cottage or beach house. Here, it is being used on a beach, both as a regular shower and as a way to get the salt water off after going for a swim. I really like the way the particle effect for the shower water looks. The sexy swimsuit is the latest release from Voluptas Virtualis for the first round of the Black Fair Monthly.

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Vintage Bookworm

I love books. IRL, I have quite a few shelves full (okay, its a whole wall covered with shelves from top to bottom), but I do wish it looked a little more like a proper library—like this one, from Dutchie. The richly coloured wood, the rows upon rows of proper hardcovers, it all feels very classy and old-fashioned. A far cry from having your whole library in your Kindle, even if that admittedly is very practical! But one could always have a physical library AND a matching electronic one. That’d be my dream, actually—a dedicated library/workroom with the walls covered by books, and an electronic copy of each title as well.

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Neon Dancer

A new round of Redeux has just opened and you only have until June 21st to check out all the great bargains, from items at 50% off to items at just L$50. My first post for this round features the Aisha outfit from the Forge and the Modern Backdrop by Inner Demons. Also new is the Susan hair from Wasabi, for the Vintage Fair.

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