Yesterday was one of those days where I had to indulge in some virtual retail therapy to cheer myself up, so I picked up some landscaping sets from Studio Skye that I have been eyeing for a while and did some rebuilding of the winter corner of our sim. I am rather liking the result and decided to use it as the backdrop for a new video, where I look at another animated/customisable hair from Little Bones and some new makeups from the Plastik.
The Efezah set from Aisling is one of those gorgeously elaborate gacha sets that could result in you spending a lot of time plugging away at the machine. Fortunately, you don’t really need all the pieces for the set to work, even if that is of course very nice to have! There are five common pieces—necklace, plastron, upper arm, forearm and veil—and these come in silver, gold or black. Additionally, there are two rares: the choker and earrings set and the headwrap. Each piece comes with a HUD which for common items control the gems and for rares both the metal and the gems. I love the colour options for the gems which really lets you highlight the intricate detail of the pieces. The only thing I struggled with was finding a hair that fit under the headwrap (in the end, I just used a hairbase), but that says more about my untidy inventory than anything else.
I have been engaging in a lot of rereading lately and my latest choice may be inspiring a few more or less NSFW pictures as I decided that it was finally time (well overdue, really) to revisit Jacqueline Carey’s Kushiel’s Legacy series. I had (shame on me) almost forgotten how delicious that series can be. Now, if only someone in Second Life would make an appropriate set of eyes for an anguisette and perhaps a few marques as well…
But I digress (a little, anyway). However, certain elements of Kushiel’s Dart did inspire these shots. But when I started putting it together, it was also with a mind to show off the lovely stockings from Senzafine, so the clothing (or lack thereof) have a lot to do with that as well.
A dusting of snow on the ground and cold winds that chill the thick stone walls of the castle. Not so welcoming, perhaps, but beautiful in its starkness. And the gargoyle perching on his fountain does not mind, but keeps up his silent watch no matter what the season is. So far, at least, it is not cold enough that the water has frozen. Perhaps there’s a warm spring somewhere under the castle?
I seem to have brought home the flu from Barcelona, so this will be a fairly brief post, I am afraid. The focus of it is the new Muse set from Noble Creations, available at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival. The set includes the various metal accessories scene here—collar, bra and spine spikes, the latter only partially visible—as well as two versions of the belt and two different skirts. One is the lateral skirt I am wearing and the other is a full skirt. I rather liked the effect of combining this with the chainmail appliers from the Muses. My hair is from a gacha as well, Wasabi Pills for the Chapter Four.
For quite a few years now, shopping in Second Life has been ruled by events. But this year a new way to shop has made is debut: the subscription box. A well-known concept in real life (though I must admit I have never tried one myself), the subscription box seems to have gotten off to a good start in Second Life. If you want a good look at what boxes are available so far, I recommend Strawberry Singh’s post Subscription Boxes in Second Life. It is well-written and informative (as all of her posts!) and it serves little purpose for me to simply repeat the same details here. However, what I wanted to do was give an extra push for an upcoming box: the Treasure Chest. It will be the first roleplay-oriented subscription box in Second Life and yours truly will be doing unboxing videos it! Yes, I am more than a little excited and waiting eagerly for the first box to arrive this weekend. If you also want to subscribe for the very first Treasure Chest (and the lineup of designers looks great), you have until the 14th to do so.
After putting together my outfit for today’s photos, consisting of We Love Role-Play releases from Noble Creations and the Muses, I decided that a jungle sim was in order. After a bit of searching, I came across Prehistorica: The Dawn Kingdoms, which turned out to be a lot more than just a jungle sim. Fancy a prehistoric adventure—as a dinosaur? Then this might just be the sim (and shop) for you as they have a great range of mesh dinosaur avatars. And even if you just feel like exploring a bit as a time-travelling human, its definitely worth a look around as it is a very cool build, with plenty of dinosaurs roaming around. I am thinking I will be back here for more photos and maybe even a video.
The golden round of The Secret Affair has already provided me with material for several posts and I am not quite done yet. This time I’ve come to the releases by Noble Creations and Paper Moon, which I have paired with a new Omega applier lingerie from the Muses.
When it comes to fashion and appearance, Second Life offers the whole spectrum from realism to over-the-top fantasies of all kinds. I tend to play around somewhere towards the more fantastic end of the spectrum, though my preferred look is largely human. But I do enjoy fantastical outfits and accessories, not to mention hairstyles that would make Rapunzel jealous. Such as this impressive braid from Calico for Hairology. Also featured in this post are items from Aisling and The Muses.
Bliensen + MaiTai has released a necklace and a matching pair of earrings at two different events; the Eulalia necklace at Lost and Found (soon available at the mainstore, the Flickr notes) and the Eulalia earrings at We Love Role-Play. It has been a while since I focused just on a set of accessories with close-ups like these, but these pieces really deserved to be highlighted. Gold and silver versions are included and the earrings come with four different stone options. The Flickr notes that the necklace is inspired by Etruscan jewellery and I think they would make superb accessories for any roleplay look. In this case, I paired them with the Gilded Net outfit from the Muses.
The Fetish Fair ends on September 2nd, so you’re nearing your last chance to check out what’s on offer. Roawenwood has two new releases at the fair, both at a 50% discount, and I am taking a look at one of them in this post: the Enchained dance set.
The Muses have a new release out and that was just the inspiration I needed to put together a look, which also includes one of the Hair Fair releases from Calico. I used one of our older NotSoBad houses as the setting, for a bit of a Middle Eastern feel.
I recently reread Judith Tarr’s Alamut (which I cannot recommend enough if you like history, fantasy and romance) and it put me in the mood to do some desert scenes. Fortunately, Aisling and Bliensen+MaiTai had just the right items out at We Love Role-Play.
More and more creators are now moving to offering their mesh as fitmesh, either based on “Ruth” or on specific bodies, and the advantage in terms of fit over “Standard Sizes” is quite considerable. Producing fitmesh for all different bodies still involves a lot of work, however, so I am very happy that many creators have opted for supporting more than one brand. But why am I going on about this today? Because the Muses has re-released some of my favourite gowns in four fitmesh sizes for the classic/system body, Slink’s two bodies and an experimental size for the Maitreya Lara body. So, I am taking a second look at a couple of them, and as it happened they went beautifully with some new jewellery from Aisling.
Thanks to a bout of norovirus last week that I am still not feeling recovered from, I have an even bigger pile of pretty things to show off than usual. My apologies to anyone that I owe a post! I did manage to put together a little scene today, though I fear I may be less verbose than usual as I have a couple of reviews to write for Westeros.org for our Game of Thrones-coverage. But enough of the excuses and on to a pair of very cool sets from the Fantasy Gacha Carnival and a beautiful gown from We Love Role-Play.