Winter may largely be over (except on TV, of course, where it should be alive and well for roughly the next six weeks once Game of Thrones starts), but getting cosy in front of an open fire on a chilly spring evening is not bad either. And a big old castle can certainly get a bit drafty! That’s when some nice furs to curl up on are particularly nice. And if you have some company to help keep you warm, even better.
The Ice and Fire event opens on April 3rd and of course I will be blogging it. Even though we’re already starting to get crazy busy now that the start of season 8 is less than two weeks away, I wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to have fun drawing some inspiration from Westeros for a few posts. After all, I have bought all these castles and medieval buildings for a reason!
First up is a beautiful gown that is a collaboration between Faida and Velvet Whip together with one of a set of six pendants by Adam n Eve. For the background, I decided to setup my Iron Throne from Death Row Designs in the Dungan Castle by Fanatik. Not quite the Red Keep, but pretty good! I could have used some dragon skulls for the walls, though.
I hadn’t intended to do another video quite so soon, but Dutchie’s Cafe Table really deserved one and then I decided I might as well include a closer look at LOGO’s Jolie head and some Skin Fair items from alaskametro. I ramble on for quite a while, so I might as well leave off to the video right off!
To check out the credits for the featured items and the rest of what I am wearing, see the end of the post.
When Fanatik came out with their river set, I wished for a waterfall in my post about it. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, but a week or so ago they released a matching waterfall. Naturally, I had to pick it up, though it took me a while to get around to featuring it in a post. But when I wanted to do a dreamy forest scene to feature Faida’s and Velvet Whip’s collaboration for Enchantment, the waterfall turned out to be the perfect backdrop when set at the edge of the forest from Studio Skye. I am also teasing another of the new Adam n Eve skins that will be out at Skin Fair 2019 and the gorgeous hair is by Wasabi.
Faida and Velvet Whip has another collaboration from their “Oops!” line out at We Love Role-Play. This is a line of scripted clothing for roleplay, which allows parts of the outfit to be removed when it is clicked by the wearer or someone else who is allowed to control the outfit. When someone else does it, the action can be accompanied by roleplaying emotes. I’ll show a couple of the options in this post, so it will be getting progressively more nsfw. The gorgeous hair I am wearing is the latest group gift for Truth’s VIP group; it has so many different ways of wearing it that you will be seeing a lot of it.
I am not exactly dressed for it, but I am here to tell you that the Midwinter Fair ends tomorrow and you don’t want to miss the chance to check it out! The fair offers a good mix of gachas and regular items, some of it winter themed and some not. The gacha from Faida that I am wearing most certainly isn’t winter themed (even if there is an “Ice” colour option), except maybe if you are a fearless barbarian who faces fighting in winter like this. Actually, you have to be pretty fearless to fight wearing this regardless of the weather, but you are sure to distract your opponent!
I am not a coffee drinker (which is pretty unusual in Sweden!) and while I do like tea, my favourite hot drink indulgence is without a doubt hot chocolate. Best drunk in winter, of course, especially outdoors at a Christmas market where you often get it flavoured with cinnamon. Delicious! So, for my second Redeux post for this round, I setup the hot cocoa stand from Roawenwood as a backdrop.
Right now, I seem to be moving from room to room in the Dungan Castle by Fanatik, setting up different scenes in different locations. This one started with the excellent Gothic Bench & Chair set by Fantavatar & Moonstruck for We Love Role-Play. Those pieces just had to be shown off in a castle, but I needed a bit more decor to make the scene come together. That’s when I turn to Paper Moon, especially the sets of tapestries. Those are superb for hanging on your castle walls and making rooms feel a bit more inhabited. You also see a glimpse of a piece from the gacha set “The Songs Ephemera” which are excellent little table settings for different characters.
Time for another visit to Tia’s gorgeous Pompeii Bath House. This time, may I introduce Favorita, your lovely bath attendant? The gown with its…interesting options is another collaboration between Fallen Gods and Faida, which means a lot of texture and style options via the HUD. You can independently retexture (and each colour offers several texture variants) or hide the top, the corset and the skirt. The top can also be worn with one breast exposed, as shown in the second picture. And because you can hide separate parts, you can combine gowns of different colours by wearing two gowns and hiding different parts on each. Here, I am wearing black and purple.
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. ;)
Fallen Gods & Faida have another beautiful collaboration out at Romp and Fallen Gods also has a gorgeous tattoo to pair with it. I simply had to photo the combination, even though the dress (alas) is only fitted for Maitreya. Given this, I had to do a bit of image combining as the alpha cuts on my Slink Physique didn’t quite work with the plunging neckline. However, nothing about the look of the dress itself has been altered.
Between a whirlwind trip to Madrid for a book signing and interview and packing for our proper vacation, I haven’t had a chance to blog for a good while. As it happened, the wait led to a nice opportunity to pair up Roawenwood’s latest set with a new collaboration from Fallen Gods and Faida. It also allowed for some naughty shots, and I never turn down an opportunity for those.
Feeling like you should be treated like royalty? Then you will want to take a look at my unboxing video for the Treasure Chest for March. Its theme is “Royal Treatment” and it includes 12 designers, each with their own interpretation of what that might be. The teaser photo reveals a few of the things you will find in the box, but to see all of the goodies you will have to watch the video. If you like what you see, the Treasure Chest now costs L$3000, but if you had signed up before the reveal it would have been L$1500, so keep that in mind for next month if you would like to give the only roleplay oriented subscription box on the grid a try.
Given the scarcity of gorgeous male historical/fantasy clothing in Second Life (unless you’re a grungy barbarian), I am always really thrilled when I come across something that I know Ran will want for his avatar. One brand that is sure to never disappoint in that regard is Junbug’s male side brand/sub brand, fittingly named Heathcliff. At the Fantasy Gacha Carnival, she has a gorgeous set of tunics and matching knee breeches which I promptly spent some money on and then passed over to Ran with orders for him to get dressed. As it happened, I had a new dress to blog, so we made it a little scene in a tavern.
The last two days it seems like half the grid (at least) have been trying to get into the Epiphany. And no wonder, really, because there are some very cool gachas this time around. I’ll be featuring just a taste of two of them in this post, the Terra Decor Gacha from the Plastik and the Cadeau, Costume Edition by Fallen Gods & Faida.