Otherworldly

Read My Lips

The Fawn outfit from On a Lark is a special offer for 25 Linden Tuesday; individual colours are 25L and the HUD-controlled fatpack only 125L. It includes six different fits, among them Slink Hourglass so that is what I opted for this time. To show it off I decided to make use of a backdrop from Faida for La vie en pose as well as poses by Creative Stylez, also for La vie en pose.  The backdrop includes several different textures both for the stone and for the drapery, the poses come with mirrored versions and a lipstick prop for each version.

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The Bath Slave

Welcome to the Roman Bath from the Civitas Series by Del-ka Aedilis. Classic and elegant, it a perfect addition to a roleplay sim needing a public bath house. The two tritons bearing braziers at the front are not part of the build but a separate release from Fantavatar & Moonstruck, but I thought they fit really well in thematically and they also show how you can add more of a fantasy touch to the setup. The Tritons include left and right versions and here I have sized them down considerably; at their original size they would make great centrepieces for a temple or similar setup.

The basket with bath supplies is also from Del-ka Aedilis and can either be worn or rezzed out as a decor item. Here, the bath slave (dressed in clothing from On a Lark) is holding it to welcome visitors to the bath. I also want to mention the skin because this is a brand new release from alaskametro for the Spoonful of Sugar Festival, benefiting Doctors Without Borders. Estrella is a 100% donation item and is available in five tones for LeLutka Evo X.

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Fantasy Faire 2021: The Homestead

Tomorrow is your very last chance for this year to visit the wondrous realms of the Fantasy Faire. This may be my last post for the year, unless I manage to squeeze out another one tomorrow, but don’t count on it. For this one, I opted for focusing on a couple of builds available at the Faire to create a Viking homestead.

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Fantasy Faire 2021: The Butterfly Queen

Deep in the Wandering Woods, you may come across her, the Butterfly Queen. From time to take, she takes human form to explore the woods, often delighting in playing a flute that is said to make flowers bloom.

The beautiful butterfly-inspired Asclepia gown from the Dreaming Thicket insisted on being showcased in a colourful and magical way, and the Wandering Woods sim (sponsored by Titans) was just right for it in terms of looks and hues. I added the Anemone crown and collar from On a Lark for a regal look, further helped along by the tall updo from KMH, and wore the Mystic tone of the Jemima skin from Lumae to match the colours of the gown. The lovely flute from Harshlands is the Ultra Rare from flute gacha, which means it plays all the songs contained in the other flutes.

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Rocking the Night Away

It has been a bit of a crazy day, in more than one way. Fortunately, it also involved a visit to the stables in RL, which always works to distract and calm me down. I don’t knit (not since school, anyway), but I can imagine it would be pretty soothing to sit and work like this, with the comforting sounds of the horses in the background. The classic wooden rocking chair is one of two rocking chairs from Dutchie (the other is a mid-century style that goes well with Dutchie’s other furniture sets) released for the November round of FaMESHed. The rocking chairs have 10 female and 10 male solo animations each, including knitting and needlepoint. The props are auto-attaching with the AV-sitter experience and the animations are of course Bento-enabled. The wooden rocking chair includes several wood choices and paint options and the mid-century style offers different fabric options.

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A Conquistador Redeux

Redeux opened its doors to another round of discounted goodies yesterday and I have a few things to share with you. But first, a reminder about what Redeux is:

Redeux is a bi-monthly event taking place in the months of February, April, June, August, October, and December from the 14th to the 21st—Noon SLT.

In this event, you will find over 60 merchants offering both gacha and non-gacha items.  In each of the merchant stalls, there will be at least one offering 50L, and many will also have 50% off items and new exclusive items, highlighted with specific tags, and discounted by 25% for the event.

In this first post, I let the ornate Conquistador Bath set from Artistan Fantasy take center stage, but my corset and mini-mini skirt outfit from On a Lark is another great find from this round. I used the Isadora Rustic Cottage from Trompe Loeil to house the Conquistador set and this also gave me the opportunity for a cheeky shot through one of the tower windows as the closing image.

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Faded Elegance

After a hiatus in January, a new round of We Love Role-Play opens in just a few days (on the 4th). The pretty top that I am wearing is Paper Moon’s release for the event, a tank top style with laces all the way up the back (which I of course failed to do a shot of…) which comes in seven colours with each including a fresh and a faded version. This is the faded version of Crimson, which I paired with a skirt from On a Lark. Matching two unrelated mesh pieces isn’t always easy, but these work wonderfully together.

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The Villa

I’ve actually never been to Italy, but I have had the opportunity to see Roman ruins at sites in the UK and, most recently, in Spain. The museum outside of Sevilla included a small reconstruction of a villa, showing the various rooms of the house. The Villa Iunia from Del-ka Aediles is a grander affair, but definitely has the right feel, with larger central areas and small rooms off to the sides of these. The choice of colour and pattern also fit known examples. I really appreciate the attention to the details that make it feel authentic. There is also a neat feature where you can turn on rain over the impluvium (the pool), really bringing the outdoors indoors. The villa is a brand new release and you can get it at 50% off at Redeux. But remember, each round of Redeux only lasts a week, so make sure you fit in a visit before you get too busy with the holidays!

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Elven Enchantment

There is a new round of Enchantment and this time it takes its inspiration from Lord of the Rings and the designers offer everything from orc-inspired skins to robes fit for an elven king. I am showing you a beautifully textured dress from Senzafine and a set of chairs from Roawenwood with clear elven inspiration in the elegant lines. Additionally, I am wearing another piece from the current round of Redeux (remember, that one is only open for a week!), an intricate necklace from On a Lark. Finally, the hair is Cayden from Wasabi, released as a male style but as you can see it works fine for a female avatar as well provided that you don’t have too large a chest (there’s only two size options for the chest).

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Lumae in Shadows

I just got the opportunity to start blogging for Lumae and since they are currently having a big sale and a photo contest it seemed like a perfect time to introduce the brand here on my blog even though there is no new release out right now. You can read more about the sale and the photo contest on Lumae’s Facebook page.

Lumae releases faces for a range of different heads, including Omega, and provides both natural and fantasy skin tones. The skin I picked for this post is made for LeLutka and she is called Deia, here shown in T6 (out of 8 in total). At the end of the post, I have included a list of what is included with a purchase of Deia.

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Hair Fair 2018: Favourites

To show my new purchases from Hair Fair, as well as a couple of demos I am still indecisive about, I decided to put together a video. This also allowed me to give you a closer look at style huds and hair colour huds from each brand.

Remember that every pack of hair sold at Hair Fair donates a minimum of 15% to Wigs for Kids, so its shopping for a good cause!

 

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LeLutka Axis HUD

After debating it for a while, I recently picked up the Axis HUD from LeLutka. With this HUD you can make your own expressions for your bento mesh heads and no, it doesn’t just work on LeLutka. In this video, I demonstrate the HUD on three different heads: LeLutka Cate, Vista Zoe and Lightstar Maya. Full credits for what I am wearing can be found at the end of this post and I have also included two photos to show the outfit from On a Lark and the jewelry from the Plastik better.

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Desert Wanderer

As I work from home, getting up early is not necessarily what I am best at. Today, a somewhat early dog training session had me up and about earlier than usual, which led to an unscheduled midday nap. Cosy, but not terribly productive, and definitely one of the pitfalls of setting you own schedule. Another is that you might just be drawn into doing something else in front of the computer, such as coming up with a new photo idea. This one, I am quite pleased with, especially the more distant shot as it came out very moody and dramatic (if I may say so myself!).

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In Praise of Bacchus

Alia Baroque, best known for Fallen Gods, also has the delicious sub-brand called Libertine where he puts out decor from various eras. For the latest round of the Secret Affair, he has released “In Praise of Bacchus”, so that is what we’re doing today. The set can be purchased as a complete set or you can pick out individual decor pages. For a detailed look at what is available in the set, check out Alia’s post. The setup that I am showing in the post is what you get when you use the rezzer from the Adult package to setup a prepared scene.

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Skin Deep Deals

Its time for that weekend of shopping madness again. In the last years, Black Friday has become a thing here in Sweden as well, even though its not a holiday weekend for us. I am not one to scoff at a good sale, but I have been trying to teach myself not to shop for the sake of shopping or just because something is on sale. I am not ready to move out into the woods and live an entirely self-sustaining life, but I have found that Second Life can be a good substitute for RL retain therapy. If I feel the need to shop just to perk myself up, much better if I do that in SL. Fortunately, there’s no shortage of excellent deals on virtual goods and if skins are your vice then the Skin Addiction Black Friday sale has you covered.

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