Category Archives: Seasonal

The Challenge pins, news and weekend plans

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Like promised, and because it´s the last day of the month here are The Challenge pins, this time with an Angelic theme, not so angelic is the renaming and updating of my very first pinboard.

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Stores in this Edition:

22769 ~ [bauwerk]
[CIRCA] (not out yet)
CLEO DESIGN
[hate this]
Kuro
%Percent
PRIME
++Studio Sidhe++
Sway’s

Almost a year ago i discovered pinterest and my very fist pinboard was a special seasonal one filled with Valentines sales, specials, group gifts, and this year it´s back with a new name: My Funny Valentine and a lot more goodies, also remember the weekend will be a busy one and i have previews for: Enchantment (opens at midnite for update group members, and tomorrow at noon for the general public), FaMESHed (opens at midnite), and The Surreal Complex,

Earlier i brought you Fifty Linden Friday and later today Limited Bazaar, see you all again soon and have a great Friday everyone.

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Today´s pinning: Genre, The Garden and Summerfest’13

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Today there are a lot of events i am starting with 3 of them that i managed to pin last nite and this morning, there might be a couple of shops missing but due to later setups, and that will be updated as soon as possible.

So for now i bring you from smaller to bigger Genre, The Garden and  SUMMERFEST ’13

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Just please keep and eye open for more vents later, who also open today and i´ll be pinning during the day and blog when finished: Cosmetics FairThe Gallery Gift ShopL’accessoiresAtelier Kreslo and The Black Market and of course your annual Oopskate

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Don´t forget all the other up and running events tho:

FaMESHed

The Box

The Challenge

The Mens Dept.

We Love Role-Play

Zodiac

The Arcade

And my Regular boards that are constantly updated:

Spring Fever

Store Sales, One time Events, Hunts and Contests

Group Gifts

Attach to right hand

Have a great weekend everyone and just drop me a line if you find any mistakes, happy shopping.

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Confort in solitude – Ramblings about Landscaping and Decor and creating your own space

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I don´t often write landscaping blog posts, not only are they a lot of work but Pinterest also keeps me pretty busy to allow regular blog posts, nevermind long babbling ones, of course i don´t claim to be any expert, but i do love landscaping and decorating in general, and that is probably the second thing that consumes most of my inworld time, the first one being standing afk at events in ridiculous outfits.

Culprit – Victorian Gazebo (available at this month´s edition of  FaMESHed and one of my favourite furniture shops, with amazing LI on all the items and some of the best texturing and use of colour i´ve seen)

Studio Skye – Skye River Bank Building Set ( love this set and is perfect for so many things from the simple use of the premade shapes that come in it to breaking down all individual pieces and resizing them to fit your terrain better, this one along with their beach set and a few other pieces by other creators is what i use to do basically every landscaping, be it in a forest ground, an actual stream or simply around sim edges, only two things i wish i had with it is a fading transparency option for the water prim, so i could do a smoother transition when my streams meets linden water, i used several smaller pieces with different levels of transparency for that, and the basic shading and texture maps, at least an outline of the rock/grass areas so i could customize the textures to my sim ground. But hey you can´t have it all. This set is still a must have especially if you use it in creative ways.)

Botanical – Sculpted Linden Trees (I love these, because i love things that make my life easier, and when something is well done and you suddenly get an update making it ever better, i´m in heaven. They are controlled by HUD to every imaginable seasonal state, and the new update makes them mod also, which for me is always the height of my Landscaping needs, and also allows me to do a little one of my tricks, also these are the one item i never kill script from, because seriously a whole sim of them sees no performance issues, and i´m constantly looking at script time.)

KIDD Grass Garden – Meadow Wild Flowers Wild Hedgrow ( i really love these and bought a bunch of packs to scatter around they look lovely around houses, along paths and riverbanks due to the long shape  i just wish they where mod cause then they would be perfect for flower boxes also with some resizing) Pampas Grass ( i bought recently a huge pack of these to put around the sim edges, they are menu controlled  and include several texture options, making them perfect to lay around beach edges and even river edges, and they come with the option of killing scripts)

 

Whenever someone asks me about how should i get started with my parcel/sim i always say, start with the bigger pieces and then scale down, that would mean you star with buildings, making sure if they have rezz boxes that you keep the boxes out so you can do slight adjustments if necessary, terrain height is important and might be changed to fit step 3.

My second thing to do is to figure out paths ( this for me is one of the most tedious things to do to be honest) where do you want people to walk to? Where do you want to walk too? simple paths along buildings and sorting corners take time and patience and are also deeply connected to step 3 which is terrain, are you using sl land alone? Can you use mesh pieces to make it 100% times better? Do you have access to terraforming? there are so many alternatives these days to regular LL terrain, let´s be honest the textures on them are of ridiculous poor quality, and with the offer of so many more textures on the marketplace and inworld, you can change them to fit any theme you like.

I personally love mesh pieces that give a terrain the realistic bumps it should have and i´m addicted to rocks, since i first came to sl, people in sl do not use enough rocks, and creators do not make enough rock formations. Rocks can also help a lot on merging step 2 with step 3, so that all your paths are accessible where you want them to be actual paths or branching out into more private areas.

Next after paths and buildings and basic terrain shapes are done we start landscaping with actual trees and bushes, remember again to always start from bigger to smaller adding really big trees to more open areas surrounding buildings with them using tress as a natural privacy screen, and breaking down slowly a big area into small intimate spaces.

By the way i mentioned a trick above, whilst crediting the Botanical Linden trees, a way to give your setting a more immersive look be it forest floor/town square or simply paths is to have a few leaves on the ground, it makes the space more full and realistic for me, especially when the leaves match the trees above our heads, what i usually do if the trees i´m using are copy ad mod, is to take one of the leaves prims flatten it down, resize, and then copy a few about the edges, with different changes to transparency and slight tinting, this can make wonders to an area.

Culprit- Beloved Chair and Endtable set also pillow and plate (FaMESHed)
{what next} –  Cornwall Daisies Planter and Newspaper Pile
C’est la vie ! - messy bag
Trompe Loeil – books
Ginetic – Assorted baked goods

Some people do not enjoy busy, crowed looks, and yet others like Neva Crystall simply make it into their trademark look i myself like to feel a place is being lived in and used, although when people are not around it does get a little of that abandoned vibe, like suddenly all the people ran away due to some mysterious catastrophe, so think about that when designing a space, animals and even funny bots can bring a place to life, along with balanced sound effects which a lot of people forget to  add to their sims, the singing birds, the flying gulls, the water fountain quietly splashing, and the dripping of water from a hole in the roof, random crowd buzzing sounds in an environment that should be busy with people or also random mechanical sounds that seem to come from far away, can do wonders to any space.

Ages ago when me and bf where working on our now gone space station we used to have sounds everywhere, from speakers making randomized announcements, to machinery working on background to people talking, this contributes so much to full immersion and is so often forgotten.

Another thing you might notice about decorating especially when you have mod and copy items and some knowledge of how simple building is done, is that you can basically tear apart every item and reuse it in a different way, i´m kinda like that which makes me a creators nightmare customer, i will take your item and break it and use in every imaginable way that i can, and the more versatility creators give me the more i love them.

My biggest advise when decorating any space is always use it, walk along those paths, sit on every chair, cam around every little pixel, go up walls, walk into the water, and i always do this myself because it has to be a usable space, your avatar has to be able to go up stairs, walk up a wall to enter a meadow, stroll along a beach and have a way to go back on the road, walk up to objects to use them, take your time to actually enjoy and use the spaces you create so that others can do it also.

Lighting, take your time to adjust your lighting, what i usually do is go to Develop/Render Metadata/Lights, this will show you all your light sources, that you can then adjust to the areas as you wish, i tend to keep it minimal myself, and prefer Lights with timers that follow the sim night/day cycle. And speaking of day cycles, pick a good windlight for your sim, either make your own or download one of the many available ones out there, make your place/parcel stand out, that can be set in region easily, and i usually use the sim controlled windlights when walking about, which means i will have them changed according to your picks.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Izzie’s – Asia Skin Ginger Edition (Skin Fair)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer – Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Tableau Vivant -  Hathaway hair (COLLABOR88)
Dress: ColdLogic – darcy.grapes
Jeans: Zaara – Classic jeans
Flats: Tee*fy – Arden Ballerina Flats (FaMESHed)

1st and 2sd poses by !Bang 3rd pose by aDORKable

Keep your sim/parcel resources in check a sim can be beautiful but if you are constantly crashy and laggy in it what use is there to beauty that can´t be admired? Keep some spare prims for silly stuff, Land Impact changed a lot over the last year. Smart relinking of mesh objects and even regular prims can have amazing results on LI in your sim/parcel, try it out (with copy/mod stuff at least) and experiment see how small meshes with under one LI can do wonders in prim saving when linked. Play with your objects, remember they are yours to torture and mess with, I´ve found over the course of my SL years you learn the best things when tearing stuff apart.

I guess this is it my first actual piece of advise in actual Landscaping, or maybe just a silly tl. dr. rant, like i said i am no expert, and rarely believe in rules (they are there after all to be broken), there are of course no rules at all in enjoying your SL, we each do it on our own way and time.

Do you have little tricks and tips on decorating and landscaping? Share it with me i would love to learn them.

That´s all for today folks, have a lovely weekend and i´ll see you all soon. Just remember this as one last advise, whatever you do  always remember to enjoy your space, it is after all why it´s there, to be enjoyed, and don´t forget to share it with others.

My Funny Valentine

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I wasn´t going to blog today since i´m not  a huge valentines person to be honest, at least i prefer just some good quality time on a daily basis with my boyfriend then a bunch of roses, (i don´t evn like roses much, give me tulips anytime), but i don´t like being  a grinch, and i see Valentine´s stuff all over SL today, also today is the day i joined Pinterest, you can find me here, and right away i created a bunch of Pinboards all red and pink.

The most viewed so far is my collection of Second Life Valentines Stuff called: SL Awesome Valentines Freebies/Group Gifts and Specials , where i pinned all the promotions, Sales events, group gifts, random freebies, or special releases for Valentines Day by SL creators, be patient with me as i add more pins during the day, as i find them either on groups or flickr, or that was told of by other bloggers or creators, at the moment it stands to almost 40 pins and it´s still growing, just make sure you check the comments for more, since not all pictures on flickr are sharable.

I´n the meanwhile i´ll leave here a silly picture of my decor adventures over the weekend featuring:

HappyMood – StandingRabbit M (a lovely gift from Sonya Marmurek)

{what next} – Newspaper Pile, Coastal Coffee Cup and  Laundry Room Sign.

Tres Blah – Pastry Mania – Mustache Cup and Cuppie Teacup.

LAQ Decor – Park Bench

Kitheres and Organica – Perdu Cafe set

Simply Xed – Daisies In a Light Blue Milk Jug

So everyone havea wonderful Valentine´s with your loved ones, be it your other half, your children or your friends and just let me know if you find anymore sales out there.

All i want for Gothmas…

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It´s you, to come and join me at today´s opening of Gothmas by Gaslight.

You might remember Gothmas by Gaslight from last year but in the hunt format, this year it´s back but with something we all love a lot more, which is gatchas, i enjoy Christmas a lot but mostly in RL to be honest in SL around this time of year i tend to stay away from the holiday items, and that´s why i adore Gothmas by Gaslight, and the darker twist on the traditional things we get to see all over around this season.

I also like Gothy stuff, although i have no idea what i´m doing with it most of the time really, do enjoy it even tho i´m certainly sure, i don´t have a goth bone in me, as i see it a wonderful way to experiment with looks and get away from my comfort zone completely, and i´m lucky that my good friend Bronxie who is the most GAF (goth as f***) person i know let´s me tag along all goth events she´s involved without calling me out on my lack of gothyness .

So I hope you´re all ready for an amazing event that starts today and lasts until the 15th of January, and a cute darker twist on this holiday season. Just wait till you see my Gothmas tree guys.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Pink Fuel – Kumi
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes 
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer –  Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: booN – N URU697
Dress: Volstead – Anais
Necklace: House of Rain – Horror Holiday (Gothmas by Gaslight)
Pince-nez: InSpired Designs – Grave Visions Pince-nez (Gothmas by Gaslight)

Makeup: Beautiful Freak – Die in Winter (Gothmas by Gaslight)

Couch: Dark 7  – Wassail (Gothmas by Gaslight)
Pose by Del May

Darkness is coming

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Slowly falling over us all as the A new Twisted Hunt arrives, starting tomorrow, also starting tomorrow is another hunt, The Summer Harvest Hunt, which i will bring you guys soon over at the The Ego Co. blog.

But let´s start with The Twisted Hunt, one of my favourites, always with a dark theme, always with an amazing list of creators, some more well known others sorta of new, here i bring you guys a small preview from it, this gorgeous mesh necklace by House of Rain, that you might remember from The Goth Fair, and occasional blogs, i love mesh jewelry, and i love the detail it brings, also i like it even more when it´s copy and mod, the best thing for any mesh jewelry, that ended all scaling problems of small prims, allowing you to resize it and fit it to perfection when unrigged, like this beautiful necklace, that shows, a barren tree under a jeweled moon.

I missed doing a more dark look, and for this one, i picked a random skin from Glam Affair, an older one from a long lost Dressing Room, and added something new to the look, one of Nomine´s first mesh releases, in this lovely Shapirre tone, perfect for the mood of another gorgeous Garden of Dreams scene.

The dress has two versions, one of them short and another long, with cut out sides and perfect to show of your back.

So guys, prepare yourselves for an amazing weekend and month hunting, don´t we all love a good hunt? I´ll be seeing you all soon with more hunt goodies, have a wonderful weekend.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Skin: Glam Affair  – GiO skin Black Snow
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Elikatira  – Unfold
Dress: Nomine – Keyhole Gown
Necklace: House of Rain – As Darkness Falls ( The Twisted Hunt)
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics –  Clear Lipgloss

First pose by aDORKable

Scenery: Garden Of Dreams – Dream Scene – Moonshine Boat

Hidden Cove

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This is where i´ve been all weekend away, hidden taking pictures for this week blog posts, and doing something else, trying out Guild Wars 2, yes i gave in after eyeing the game for ages, and seeing all the amazing pictures my friends had from beta, i bought it. I haven´t had much time to actually play yet, but it feels nice to have some distraction, instead of blogging all the time, last week was super busy with blogging, so i am cutting back a bit, since no one can keep up doing 3 blog posts a day for long, not to mention i also have a sim to terraform and decorate and an inventory to tame.

But back to the goodies i bring you today, which is a bit of a lot, a lot of events going on, expect my tldr post of the month soon by the way, too much happening all over.

So i went to the dressing room, and tried the new Cassiopeia in the Jamaica tone, i have to say this, first time i tried a Glam Affair skin i was all, hmm doesn´t suit me much , but slowly and with time it has become one of my favourite brands to blog, even if i don´t really wear it daily, i love taking pictures in them, and i love the ticker eyebrows. I also stopped at My Attic last week if you remember well, and it´s where you can find this cute bikini i´m wearing, i´m not much of a bikini person myself, but i love well placed bows, and the bigger they are the better.

Also you all know i love cats and at the Truth district there is a fundraiser going on for one sick kitty the Archie Appeal Fundraising Event, and if there is something i don´t mind spending money on is cats, just ask my spoiled little girl, so i headed there and did some shopping, the poses i used here are also available there, and are a much needed set of behind poses by Bent.

I also finally got the chance to use this amazing beach scene by Garden Of Dreams with a hammock, tent and fire, pier and even a hidden nook with a treasure chest, which i find totally adorable.

See you all soon, if i don´t get lost in Guild Wars 2 killing foes and planting crops.

Wearing: 
Shape: mine 
Skin: Skin: Glam Affair  – Cassiopea – Jamaica (The Dressing Room)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maitreya – V.I.P. Group Gift – Mesh EyeLashes
Hair: Wasabi Pills  – Skye (ZombiePopcorn)
Bikini: Pididdle – Ribbon Kini (My Attic)
Feet: Slink – Mesh Feet
Makeup: Essences – Eyeliner V2.0

Poses by   Bent.  – Be.Hind (Archie Appeal Fundraising Event)

Scenery: Garden Of Dreams – Dream Scene – Hidden Cove

for more on Garden Of Dreams, check this small video Sha did over weekend.

Texture like sun

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I have to admit today´s post is a bit of a rushed one, since i was busy last nite with inventory issues, and several sorting, but i managed two pictures with something i grabbed from two events, first the cute and super cheap jewelry from Bliensen + MaiTai  at The Black Market.

I also visited the Midnight Dream Summer 2012 event, where i grabbed this cute simple top, i was quite impressed with this event a small area, with small shops and a nice summery fantasy theme, so if you have time drop by there if not to look at the gifts and cheap bargains, to at least look at the Lucky boards, A gorgeous Mother Goose skin has been taunting me since the event started but never calls out my letter.

But not all is events and i finally got around to try the new mesh Maitreya Jeans, and all i can say is go pick up a demo and try them on, they are quite impressive and detail, and at the moment my favorite mesh jeans on the grid, and the flared cuffs are perfect for the summer.

Also new, well not really new but my first time wearing it here is my favourite LeLutka hair. For today that is all have a good day folks.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Glam Affair- Leah MedTan – Spring Breeze BL HB
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Hair: LeLutka -Aphrodite
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Top: {u.f.o.}  – indian summer vest (Midnight Dream Summer 2012)
Jeans: Maitreya Flare Jeans
Feet: Feet: Slink – Mesh Feet
Sandals: Slink – Ilena
Jewelry by Bliensen + MaiTai – Naiade Earrings and  Hilde’s Embroidery Necklace (The Black Market)
Makeup: Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss  

Poses by aDORKable

Bikinis are optional

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Yes they are and although i prefer them in RL, in SL i always go for a one piece swimsuit, to me it has a way more classic feel, and a one piece is what i´m wearing today, this one is an old model from Zaara, I´ll probably put on an actual bikini at some point during this summer, I have promised myself i would try at least one mesh bikini.

Even if the swimsuit is not a new model, the hair i´m wearing is, i absolutely love it, and i missed Maitreya hair releases, also new is my new beach bag, that inspired the whole look of the pics, and it was a group gift from 22769, I love the fact it´s funny and i´m constantly amazed, on the improvement of their mesh work, from the rolled up newspaper to the blue sandals their works gets better and better with each new release, hunt prize or group gift.

To be honest i don´t know how Manuel and Paco manage to constantly be involved in so many events, both female and male, wich is admirable, while at the same time keep up a such a warm, cheerful attitude to everything, and i advise you all to read a bit more about these two amazing creators here, on Geanna´s blog here.

I also wanted to show of some of the poses available at Fluid, I already blogged the event on Friday when it opened, It´s another  The Ego Co. organized event, and totally dedicated to poses and props with a two week rotation between new releases, and i have to tell you i hope i get time to blog as much of them as possible, because props in it are incredibly good and refreshing.

Before i go i would like to leave here a big thank you to Gogo for the link back on here blog post Sunny, I´m still very new at blogging and when i saw she had mentioned my name i felt extremely happy and at the same time a bit embarrassed, since i´m not used to this sort of attention, but i´m incredibly honoured for the attention of one of Sl´s best blogs, when it comes not only to fashion but also photography, Thank you very much Gogo.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Hair: Maitreya – Siobhan
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer  – Eyelashes – Groomed
Swimsuit: Zaara – Keyuri
Bag: 22769 – casual couture – To the beach! (Group Gift)
Flower: Artilleri – Hibi hair flower
Freckles: la petite morte – Iris freckle
Makeup: Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Clear Lipgloss  

Poses by Pekka – Eva