Otherworldly

Against the Wall

Sometimes, the right place for a bit of romance (alright, naughtiness) is a secluded corner of the castle, leaning up against a tapestry that keeps the cold stone wall away from you. After all, beds and couches can get a bit tedious in the long run. That’s when Roawenwood has your back (quite literally) with this new release for We Love Role-Play. The “Up Against the Wall Hanging Tapestry” offers nine different textures, 1 casual talking animation, 17 cuddles & kisses and 19 adult animations. I quite like the animation selection and it is a really nice way to have access to couple animations in locations where, for example, a bed would be out of place.

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Collared by Dutchie

This weekend, Dutchie released four collar styles (plus a freebie leash handle that works with them), each packed with a carefully curated selection of bento animations. There’s 42 solo collar animations and 6 couple animations. The collars also include a bound walk, crawl walk, ankle lock and neck lock. Each style costs L$798. The best way to show the collars was with a video, so of course I brought Ran on to hold the leash and help me demonstrate the functionality of these collars. Hope you enjoy!

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The Snow Queen’s Castle

Yesterday, I set about getting this post ready, uploading images to Flickr and the blog. Then, dogs and deadlines happened and here I am, a day and a half later with nothing written yet. And since the deadline is still hovering over my shoulder, this will have to be short and sweet. As I mentioned when reviewing the Quinta Palace from Fanatik, they also had a new castle out. In contrast to the palace, the Stalker Castle is a compact build with a footprint of 30 x 28 m and 170 prims.  There are three levels (plus the roof) and the castle is lit by torches and braziers. The beautiful lighting inside is what made me want to shoot it in the snow and even have it snow inside, which of course is perfectly plausible when you’re a snow queen courtesy of the latest deviousMind release.

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MyStore by Fanatik

No, I haven’t opened a new store in Second Life. The little shape collection lives happily on the Marketplace and will probably remain just there for now. However, if I were to need a new store build, MyStore—the new modular store-building set by Fanatik—would be a serious contender. Want to get a closer look at it? I made a video showing the building blocks and the five pre-made store builds.

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Poisonous Snow

Alia Baroque of Fallen Gods has this truly poisonous green skin out at the spooky Hallow Manor event. It is of course available for both male and female avatars, as with all skins from Fallen Gods, and it includes Omega appliers and system layers which means I was able to use it with the new Slink Visage Jacquie head which uses Bakes on Mesh. I think Jacquie makes for a very cute green girl, especially in the Halloween edition of Lil’ Miss Snow from deviousMind which fits the poison theme perfectly. I would definitely think twice about trying her apples!

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Naga

A short and sweet post today, the dogs have been two handfuls today and I am absolutely exhausted. But as soon as I unpacked the review copy for deviousMind’s latest release, the Naga gacha, I knew I wanted to head down into my caves by Fanatik and photo this extra special dragon-tail version. And thanks to Bakes on Mesh it was easy to find a skin for it; this is Draco by Fallen Gods. The hair is the windblown version of Elenoire from Wasabi and the magic effect from the Dreaming Thicket.

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In the Trenches

I had not expected to do another decor only post so quickly, but I really wanted to blog one of the recent releases from Fanatik and the “avatar inclusive” idea that I had been working on did not pan out! However, this is definitely proving to be a fun way of doing something new with my SL photography so I don’t mind at all.

The focus of this post, then, is the Trenches set by Fanatik, a collection of deep trenches supported by wooden structures.

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The Game

Nephilaine of the Muses has been on fire lately, releasing a string of fantasy/roleplay outfits, some for women and quite a few for men! She sent me a selection of these and of course I had to tell Ran to pick some up as well, so that we could do a photo together and show off a pair of the new releases. Since I don’t have a separate male alt, that meant changing myself into ManFreyja, which is always a bit weird since I’ve just got a female AO. ;) I am not sure what I dislike the most, standing around with the female AO on when I am dressed as a male or standing around with the AO off and looking like a noob. That may actually be more painful.

Anyway, back to business of showing off these outfits! We headed off to our tavern by Fanatik to play some nice, in the form of a working dice game by the Dreaming Thicket.

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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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Cherry Blossom Lagoon

Would cherry trees grow high up in the mountains and could there be a gorgeous pool like this in such a spot? I have no idea, but I love the way this looks together. The cherry tree from Organica is actually animesh and looks beautiful in motion. The big lagoon/pool from Fanatik comes with a large set of single (sits, sunbathing and bathing) and couple poses, including adult ones, and it has three different areas that you can sit in. The pool comes in a summer and a winter version.

The bikini I am wearing is from the Plastik, a mainstore release first released for Fifty Linden Friday but now out at a regular price. The set includes two patterns and fits Belleza Freya and Isis, Maitreya Lara and both Slink bodies. Also included are a pair of earrings which are not worn here.

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In the Court of Love

I picked up this bed, called Court of Love Bed, from Violetility on the last Saturday sale. A fabulous deal for all the animations included, I am particularly impressed with the range and variety of single animations. Having lots of great couple animations is always good, but for photos single animations are often much easier to work with if you also want to show off an outfit. Like this Gabriella set by Voluptas Virtualis for Kinky, which definitely deserves a good look.

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Opus Aureum

The official program for the Fantasy Faire ended on Sunday, but the faire itself goes on until May 5th, so you have plenty of time left to shop for a good cause. And there is an extra incentive to do so now. I quote from the post about it:

“An anonymous donor has offered to donate 20,000 dollars if the Faire‚Äôs total reaches 40,000 dollars by May 5th.”

That is a fantastic increase of what the Faire could raise for Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society, so keep shopping!

Of course, there is also the Quest, which is a wonderful way of exploring the beautiful sims. If you want to do the Quest in style, why not consider one of the fantastic full avatars from Fallen Gods Inc?

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Ice and Fire: Defiance

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.

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The Waterfall

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.

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Misty Mountains

A lone warrior wandering the rugged wilderness, a tall watchtower looming in the background. The Six Lakes sky landscape from Landscapes Unlimited provides the perfect backdrop for showing off the Immortal Elf outfit from Noble Creations and the Chillon Tower from Fanatik looks right at home amidst these tall mountains as well.

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