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Dancing with myself

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How often does it happen, you´re either at home, on the bus, in your car, basically anywhere, and suddenly, that tune comes on the radio, or the shuffle on your iphone makes it´s notes ring, and for no reason at all except that you have a beat and a melody you can´t just not dance.

Culprit- Edwardia Chair Zebra and Heirloom Rug (FaMESHed)
{what next} -   Fleeftone Retro Record Player
Pixel Mode – Ashworth Armoire – Black (FaMESHed)

You sometimes start just by slowly tapping your foot, growing faster and faster as the beat speeds up and suddenly you´re dancing, and the most fun part of it is, you´re dancing like no one is watching, because even if they where, you don´t care and you would never notice. For as long as that song lasts is just you and the beat, nothing else exists or matters.

I´m pretty sure we all had moments like these, i call it the dancing with myself, and it was my inspiration for this blog post when i tried out this pose set from flowey, and the basic idea for the whole setting, it´s also how most of my blog posts start, so often with a simple contagious beat that speeds ups and grows till it´s a full 5 minute song.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Izzie’s – Asia Skin Ginger Edition 
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer - Eyelashes – Groomed
Hair: Wasabi Pills - Lily
Skirt: Cracked Mirror - Studded Skirt (FaMESHed)
Shirt: The Secret Store - Lua’s Cropped Shirt  (FaMESHed)
Hands and Feet: by Slink updated to the new Slink Avatar Enhancement system with appliers by Izzie’s

1st pose came with the chair all others are from Flowey - psycho dance

And a simple song, becomes a lot more when i start building up on that tiny inspiration, and concept, you can´t just dance in an empty space, you need a setting a context and meaning, and then the rest of the blog post grows, with me sitting down and picking pieces and little bits that sorta fit in together not only for me but for those reading.

So i bring you today a peaceful, but at the same time busy space , i love doing furniture posts even if they take time and patience and a lot of positioning, i guarantee you  have has much furniture, if not more off frame in this picture, mostly because there is so much amazing quality available n sl these days, it becomes hard to pick from it all.

But i did my picking and as you can see is mostly part and bits from a lost of what´s available at FaMESHed this month and yet i had also to leave a lot of the awesome out, but you can´t possibly blog all the things i keep saying to myself.

Culprit- Edwardia Chair Giraffe, You’ve been Framed set (FaMESHed), Girl on a Pedestal and Antique World
Pixel Mode -  Ashworth Dresser  (FaMESHed)
Trompe Loeil -  Nine cell photo arrangement – Mist and Columns and Balance Lamp (FaMESHed)

This isn´t probably the best way either to show of the ne Slink Avatar Enhancement, and i am sure you will find a lot more, better posts out there that show you all the options, and the different appliers, including all the nail options from 1001 different stores, but i always do things my way, and i wanted to show the appliers in action and inworld as i normally use them, in my regular casual style, and with movement, free from close ups , with plenty of shadow dancing and look for the first time no seams at all on my feet or hands.

I´m sold and in love with these, and thanks to Siddean Munro for making the appliers available to other creators and also to Izzie’s for putting out matches so fast and all in a super easy to use HUD, i now wait for all the other shops that wil also follow, and all the pretty nail options i´l have soon to play with.

Culprit- Edwardia Chest and Console Table (FaMESHed) Plate of Cakes and Hatboxes
Pixel Mode -   Ashworth- Candle, Me Time Tray and Laptop Prop and  Farms Trio Picture  (FaMESHed)
[Tia]  - Mona Lisa Clock Sidetable WhiteWood and Bookbase Bookshelf
vespertine- animalia paper prints, silent emories frames
floorplan. - guitar bookcase and books (The Mens Dept.)
.lame - Kyle’s Rug (Rugged)
MudHoney -  Ryan Candelabra

LISP Bazaar- Mesh – Easel – Press wood for tex change – Sign

Skybox: RageWorks – Studio7 (FaMESHed)

And for today that is it for my usual ramblings I promise to come back soon and hopefully do more furniture posts in the future mixed in with all the amazing projects i have going on for the next few months, see you all later for some pinning news.

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.

Cutting Corners

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Sometimes i like to take a break from clothes and avatars and do a little furniture and decor post, so today i bring you all a little bit of the Four Walls Hunt  that is ongoing until the end of the month.

Again i feel so happy for the coming of mesh, i look at these pics and see such huge improvements in quality when it comes to all rezzable objects available at this time. This last year or so made furniture quality bloom, and most of all diversity with not only more details but lower land impacts, and the huge amount of more blog posts on furniture, houses and home decor shows how much the market grew.

So today here it is a small sample of some items available on the hunt, (Check the creators list here) and a few bits and bobs i had about in my inventory.

See you all again soon, and remember to enjoy your SL Homes.

Kukuvaya – Norah Skybox (Four Walls Hunt)
Tia – Summer Couple Cuddle Quilt and Pillows (Four Walls Hunt)
Trompe Loeil – Pallet Lounger (Four Walls Hunt)
Wall Candy – Together v2 (People) (Four Walls Hunt)
Baffle! – Symphony (not available anymore)
Scarlet Creative – Love Letters Sign and  Holiday Heart – Faded (My Attic)
Hanaya - A Pine in Winter (Four Walls Hunt)
Prism Furniture -Immerse Yourself End Stand, lamp, photo frame, rug and Floor Pillows  (Four Walls Hunt)
floorplan. – valena cubby and “where the sidewalk ends” book (Four Walls Hunt)
Robin (Sojourner) Wood - Wall Plates – You and yOu (The Arcade)
Olive - the Hello There Sirs! Pet Rock (The Arcade)
Schadenfreude- vouboo – lok and kee (The Arcade)
Zigana – Four Walls table (Four Walls Hunt)
Sway’s – have a Cupcake set (Four Walls Hunt)
PILOT – Miller Dresser and  Miller Positive Words A to C (Four Walls Hunt)
MudHoney – Meredith Ottoman and also the packaging it came in (Four Walls Hunt)

Rumour has it…

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That the CHIC² is full of awesome, and the truth is this anniversary event for Chic Management´s second birthday is  certainly full of new wonderful goodies, this is a small preview of some of the things that will be available for the event that starts today at 4pm and last till the 24th of this month.

So after much musing i decided to use these pics on my first post for the event, I was amazed to the amount of furniture and decor items, some from a few of my favorite shops, so im starting with this lovely table from Fluke, with a wide array of poses and a very low land impact in spite of all the detail, and again mesh, I always smile when i see mesh furniture, I have a petite avatar and regular prims furniture does not lower on land impact count, when resized, like mesh does, also mesh are these gorgeous topiaries by Trompe Loeil, that come in a night and day versions and sort of set the mood for the whole pics.

New shops that i found at the event and quite liked it where also Chloe, Zanzo and Atro Patena I totally fell in love with Chloe to be honest, and had the chance to chat with the owner, that is how i found out their store is new and opening soon, so i can´t wait to see more from them the CHIC² earings and ring set are simply adorable and i´ll will most certainly blog them later in more detail. I also quite liked Zanzo and Atro Patena it´s nice to see new hair that is up and cute and mesh but in separates, allowing you to mix it with regular layer clothes.

Also worn here Maxi Gossamer ( with the usual eye for detail and awesome mesh work), Coldlogic that have I haven´t blogged much to be honest more because of distraction and lack of time then anything else, because their work in giving mesh texture and flow it´s truly amazing, and i´ll certainly bring you more Coldlogic latter in the week. And also YS & YS , and this is where i need a proper slap i don´t experiment with new skins enough, and i totally should since it´s well worth it steeping out of your usual skin.

But i also did other things this weekend, besides spending most of my hours at CHIC², i went to  Zaara´s 50% annual sale and loaded up on jewelry and jeans, because Zaara is always my first choice when it comes to layer system jeans.

and I also ran dow to slink to grab me some summer sandals for my mesh feet, I can´t always walk about barefooted, I started with two colours, let´s see how many i have when the summer ends. I´m really excited with their look, that is casual but not too casual you can´t wear with the a dress or jeans, and perfect for summer.

So here it is folks, now get ready, cause there is about 3 hours left until CHIC² opens their doors, and you can start by browsing the stores in the event at their website and be prepared to tp here when the clock strikes 4 pm.

Day:
Shape: mine
Skin: YS & YS – Rachel (CHIC²)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Hair: Elikatira - Daffodil
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer – Eyelashes – Groomed
Outfit: Coldlogic – Moody (CHIC²)
Shoes: Slink – Mesh Feet
Sandals: Slink - Ilena Sandals
Earings and Ring: Chloe - Honey Drop Earring and Honeycomb Ring golds (CHIC²)
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer - Eden Sun Pendant – Mini Orbit (CHIC²)
Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Watermelon Lipshine (group gift) 

Nigth:
Shape: mine
Skin: YS & YS – Misha (CHIC²)
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Hair: Atro Patena – Juliet (CHIC²)
Eyelashes: Maxi Gossamer – Eyelashes – Groomed
Outfit: Zanzo – The Night Wish -Shorts and Blouse (CHIC²)
Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Boudoir mules
Earings and Ring: Chloe - Honey Drop Earring and Honeycomb Ring charcoal (CHIC²)
Necklace: Zaara - Balini Necklace (Zaara anual 50% off sale)

Mesh Topiaries by Trompe Loeil

Table by Fluke – Chic Cafe (CHIC²)

Aditional poses by Frooti – Random Chic (CHIC²)

HUNT ALL THE MESH

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Because Mesh Around is starting today at SL´s noon, and i bring you another small preview of some of the items available during at the hunt, since SL was not very kind to me yesterday, I only managed to take one picture, but it has not one but two Ely´s in it.

And so today i bring you: GeometryBilo[GoS]Trompe Loeil and [HANDverk].

For some flowy summer prettiness, two love sets, one a dress from Bilo, which you know how much i love, and the other, a set of two separates: skirt and blouse, that you can either mix and match with other Geometry separates, which i heard there will be more available pretty soon, or with casual jeans or even system layers.

And now let me talk about these pumps, I wish more shoe creators would enter hunts, not enough do to be honest, and it´s such a wonderful way to show of your designs, specially when the quality is so at a top-level like this.

I don´t think i´ve mentioned yet how much i love furniture in mesh, but i will now, first reason is more detail for less prims, both the furniture set by Trompe Loeil and this lovely clock by [HANDverk] are mesh and so easy to mod, for the picture i did some moding to them, i resized the clock to bigger and resized the table to smaller and also took out he shadow parts on the furniture.

And here is the second reason i love mesh furniture even more, resizing it will even lower it´s land impact values, making it the best option for tiny avatars and petite ones.
So remenber folks at noon the hunt starts, so make sure you are ready to run around the grid looking for meshy goodness, and in case you are wondering what else is available on the hunt rememnber to check out my fellow bloggers from The Ego Co.

Wearing:
Shape: mine
Skin: Mynerva – Milena
Eyes: Izzie’s – Natural Mesh Eyes
Hair: Truth – Tashia
Eyelashes: ploom – Lashes 2 (Skin Addiction Gift)
1st Outfit: Geometry - Precious Ruffle Skirt and Candy Tank (Mesh Around)
Shoes: Ingenue – Gabtsy Heels
2sd Outfit: Bilo –  Salma Peta (Mesh Around)
Boots: [GoS] - Desire Ankle Boots in Baby Pink (Mesh Around)

Furniture by Trompe Loeil – Curve Patio Set – Summer Dots (Mesh Around)

Clock: [HANDverk] – Sunburst Clock.red (Mesh Around)

Poses by Long Awkward Pose