Otherworldly

Fantasy Faire 2024: A Guiding Light

I already used one of the poses from Audition, but the Beacons of Hope set is so perfect for the message of the Fantasy Faire that I wanted to revisit it again for this post. The lonely figure in the opening of the door, small against her surroundings but still offering a hopeful light, seemed like such lovely imagery.

Of course, it also gave me the opportunity to feature more Faire-releases, such as the pretty Eleanor gown from Faida, a sweet and simple style in a beautiful rose colour which is one of two special colours found in RFL vendors. I think the ribbon necklace from Sigma complements it in a lovely way.

The building is from Del-ka Aedilis Medieval Series, a charming townhouse with two stories and ivy clinging to the walls. The second story is set back a little bit, creating a fenced-in veranda in front of the door.

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Gelato

alaskametro has several new releases out for Skin Fair, which runs from March 8th to March 25th. The “Fit” body skin has received a significant update, which includes new tones and new add-ons. The skin is now sold in 4 packs with 3 tones in each, which at L$250 per pack remains a fantastic bargain for a great body skin. And, if you have bought the “Fit” body before, make sure to check which packs you get redelivered as Alaska is generously providing updates for previous purchases.  This body skin is in my top three for sure, it is so natural and well-balanced in terms of texture and shading. Not too shiny, not too shaded, not too exaggerated in any way. I am definitely very happy to have even more tones to play with and to potentially match with other face skins.

Of course, Alaska also provides some very nice face skin. For Skin Fair, she has updated Abby (again, check for redeliveries if you bought her before) and created two new faces; Amber, a Genus or SLUV skin, and Maya, an EvoX Asian skin. I decided to photo all three ladies in the Basix underwear from alaskametro outlet on the Marketplace and posing on the Gelato limited edition of the Valentine furniture from DICTATORSHOP, available at Cosmo until the 16th of March.

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My Fair Vanity

For Valentine’s Day, Dutchie sent out a lovely vanity for her subscribers. It features the usual well-selected animations and impeccable mesh and textures, as well as a bonus feature: mirrors using PBR. Now, the included notecard explains that using PBR for mirrors is still in its early stages and still has a lot of issues, but of the implementations I have tried, Dutchie’s is the best I have seen and it really does add something to the room to have a mirror. Because of this, I made a short video showing a couple of the animations and what the mirror effect looks like. Note, I misspoke a little in the video; there’s several (10, in fact) couple animations under the Kiss menu. And if you like the look of this vanity, there will be an adult version coming as well, with an option for subscribers to get a L$1000 rebate. I also did not explore the texture options for the vanity since it fit so well into the look of Dutchie’s Waterland house out of the box.

Also worn in the video is a new Truth Collective hair and a sexy new Petrichor release (just Petrichor, not a collaboration this time as I think I may have said in the video). For additional credits and links, look below the video.

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The Love Loft

Need some more hearts in your virtual life? Then DICTATORSHOP has you covered with their Valentine collection, which includes some previous releases as well as new additions for 2024.  I’ve mixed a few of each to setup this cosy loft and I’ve done opted for the black texture for all the pieces as I wanted a very sleek look.

So, what do we have here? The central pieces is the Canopy Heart Bed, which is an Adult Kink bed with 550 animations catering to straight, gay and lesbian pairings. It offers a range of metal and fabric textures and includes optional drapes and lights for a very sweet, romantic look. For this post, I only made use of some of the solo animations, so expect to see it again down the road.

The other piece with animations is the Dance Pole, offering a nice selection of both male and female dances that give your avatar quite a workout!

In addition to these two pieces, there are three new decor releases. The Swirl Lamp is a free gift at the Shop & Hop until February 19th. The Heart Lamps (includes two versions) are available at the store and discounted to L$50 for group members and the Heart Tables are a new instore release.

The bodysuit I am wearing is a new release by Faida for the Fetish Fair and I am using it on the sexy and athletic Khara body from Inithium.

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Ancient Empire

A long-forgotten throne, hidden away in a secret chamber. And its guardian, waiting for someone to rediscover the treasures of an ancient empire.

Lore has a fabulous set of Egyptian-inspired pieces out at We Love Role-Play, as well as some matching vases available at the mainstore. The throne includes single and couple poses, though I have to repeat my little niggle from the MoonSha throne: I would love some more throne-appropriate sits. Otherwise, I love the look of this gaudy, over-the-top throne. The large ankh floats mysteriously in the air and the smaller versions attach to your hand and float above your palm.  You have several options for metal and gem textures via a hud, for both the throne and the ankhs.

For my outfit I wanted something a bit Sword & Sorcery, which the Amarylis set from Petrichor and Ersch provided. It comes, as always, with a ton of texture options. My hair is another Wasabi & Truth collaboration, a very long and sleek style called Spirit.

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Mistress in Furs

NOTE: Updated text. The Mistress Chair is brand new, not just updated!

Dutchie has just released the femdom version of the Leather Tub Chair which features over 100 couple animations specific to this version and many of these are brand new, custom animations. The Mistress Chair also has Lovense compatibility, for extra immersion and fun if you own any Lovense sex toys. The latter function has also been added to the already existing maledom Master Chair.

To show off the chair, I decided to wear very little, foregoing the dress from the Vanerin set by Petrichor and Ersch and wearing only the fur accessories as well as the separate fur cuffs, both pieces available at Collabor88. That also shows plenty of the lovely Persephone skin by Nar Mattaru, here in Caramel, and I love how the Jaya hair by the Truth Collective (Truth and Wasabi in this case) frames the face.

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Riders

The Heritage series Dining Table from Dictatorshop is the perfect choice for your country estate, combining traditional elegance with a modern twist.  With 10 wood textures, 12 leather textures and 10 fabrics you can create the perfect look for your house. There are also presets for quick and easy customization. By clicking the central runner you can choose centerpiece decor options such as flowers, food or candles and by clicking the placemats each person can choose their own food from several different menues.

The Dining Table is available in two versions, PG and AV. Both have social and dining animations as well as some cuddles and kisses, but the Adult version also adds sex animations. All of the couple animations move the female to where the male is sitting.

To play on the country estate feel, both of us decided to use pieces from Salt & Pepper’s English Rider set.

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Snow Falling

It rained a bit here today, but I am still in Winter mood, waiting for more snow tomorrow. So, I am playing around with more snow scenes in Second Life as well, here using a covered viking hut from Del-ka Aedilis with the shimmer snow particles from Dysfunctionality. My outfit is by Sweet Kajira for the December round of We Love Role-Play (still available through January) and the head piece is by Miamai for Winter’s Hollow (open until the 20th of January). The poses are from Nantra’s Blame it on the Rain set, but that works just as well with snow of course.

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A Candle in the Dark

The December round of We Love Role-Play stays up during January as well, so if you failed to shop with all the holiday preparations going on (or if you spent most of the month sick, like me), you still have the chance to visit.

Among the items available are this medieval kirtle from the Annex and a lovely mature skin by Poema which I think looks stunning on LeLutka’s Lake head and with steel-grey hair.

The walking candle is by Candle & Cauldron for Winter’s Hollow and comes in brass, copper, iron and silver and also includes decor versions. The candle is also ready for use with a PBR viewer, but that is not what I am using here.

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Winter Music

Time to start a happy new blogging year off and what better way than with some classy kink? The Grand Piano from Dictatorshop’s Louis Collection is a beautiful piece of baroque craftsmanship, a fantastic centerpiece for a luxurious home. In the PG version, you have over 120 animations suited for any audience, but of course it doesn’t stop there. The Adult Vanilla version offers 226 animations and the Adult Kink over 400. I have explored the menus of the latter and there is indeed plenty to play with. You will see a small selection in the images below, just a little teaser for what is available.

The Grand Piano also offers customisation of its appearance, with 7 wood and 12 fabric options. I love the look of the silvered wood combined with black accents; it gave a very wintry feeling. And, of course, there are several more matching pieces in the Louis Collection, should you wish to furnish your home further. You can learn more about the Grand Piano here.

And speaking of a wintry feeling, how about the naughty little snowflake outfit I am wearing? This is a collaboration between Petrichor & Ersch for Kinky in December and I love the textures and materials on it.  My hair is a new release from Wasabi through the Truth Collective, a cute style where two braids end in long pigtails, one on either side.

Finally, we have Ran wearing the elegant Coronation outfit from Toksik, which I thought fit in nicely with the baroque piano.

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Alone at the Inn

For the independent adventuress, the Flor outfit and matching boots from Sweet Kajira are a perfect choice. Perhaps she is a pirate or a mercenary, but either way she is the kind of woman who can visit an inn on her own, certain that she can handle any trouble that comes her way. The textures on this set are really nice and the fatpack HUD offers a wide range of mixing and matching options. You’ll find it at We Love Role-Play for a few days more!

The gorgeous curly hairstyle is by Truth and is aptly named Bounce, of which it has plenty. My skin here is Otrera by Nar Mattaru in Olive, one of my favourites, and the shape an in-progress work for Zora and Legacy.

The build is one of the Medici townhouses by Del-ka Aedilis and I liked the idea of trying something different with this one, so I set it up as an inn. It has a large room on the first floor and a large room on the second floor, so that could serve as a common room and a sleeping loft.

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Snow Witch

Its early to hope for snow, but I am starting to long a bit for it, especially the way it brightens the dark november nights. Fortunately, I can get a little taste of it in Second Life. For this round of We Love Role-Play, Konoha has a beautiful orangerie available and it comes in two versions; with and without snow. I took the snowy version and set it amidst a snowy landscape. For a dash of colour, I choose the Matilda dress from Rakshasa and used the HUD to select a black and red combination. This versatile dress (with its matching hat) can be worn with long or short sleeves and with a long or short skirt. It certainly has a witchy feel to it with the hat, but less so without it, making it versatile in that regards as well. The white heels that you see peeking out beneath the hem in the first shot are from Sass, a nice low-heeled shoe option.

Finally we have the hair from the Truth Collective (Truth & Wasabi), a very charming double pony-tail called Pudding which is out at Access. It is very sleek on top so worked perfectly with the hat.

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Kitchen Helpers

We Love Role-Play meets the Dog & Pony Showin today’s post, featuring poses from Aelithe, a lovely new dress from Rakshasa (with bonus vegetable basket from Neon Sheep), a kitchen work table from RiG! and some hopeful dogs from Teegle: the original size of the mutt (now a limited edition), the resized mutt and of course the adorable puppy. Also new is the hairstyle, a Truth Collective release from Truth and Wasabi. I love those two thick braids! It also comes with an optional hat decorated with an Ankh, quite suitable for Halloween, but here I am wearing the headscarf included with the dress.

Our own RL dogs, a pair of boxers, would definitely agree with this bunch that the kitchen is the best place in the house, even if the bed (not their bed) comes a close second. I think that their ideal would be a bed IN the kitchen. ;)

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Dryad Queen

The new dark and delicious Dryad skin from Fallen Gods for We Love Role-Play is called “Blackwood” and it seemed to me that such a dryad would make her (or his, the skin is available for both genders) home in the deepest parts of the woods. The Fall Court Circlet from Kreep, with its pale mushrooms, felt like just the right crown for the queen among such dryads. And her throne? Those twisted brambles from Lore again, here placed in a dark forest tarn. I also went for some shopping at the Halloween Shop & Hop and came away with an appropriate set of swamp trees from Fundati’s Ultimate Swamp Setto add to the feeling of a ancient forest.

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Atomic Rain

The October round of We Love Role-Play is just a day away, so I slipped into something naughty to do a little bit of teasing. Though the outfit is not for WLRP, instead it is Petrichor & Ersch for Kinky. The Kevrys bodysuit is more open than closed and accentuated by delicate chains and matched by a collar. Very sexy in the way it frames the body and of course the HUDs give you tons of texture options. My hair is by Truth and Wasabi for Anthem, which opens today. Rain is a delicious long style with four style options plus optional bangs. Perfect for the sultry look I wanted and which is enhanced by the eyeshadow from Poema which is one of the things coming to WLRP, together with a matching lipstick set, each offering 9 colours. The other piece from WLRP is the spectacular tattoo by Nefekalum, which of course uses materials for that extra effect and includes 20 colour combinations in two opacities each.

The poses (or rather, animations) are from the bed by Lore, which is actually from the last round of WLRP. An unwelcome visitor in the form of a nasty cold kept me from blogging that before the round ended, but I really wanted to show off the bed with its matching table and lamp and it gave an interesting vibe to this scene.

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