Under the Sun of Summerfest

summerfest

While some things in life might slow down in the summer, creators in SL do not. This is no more evident than at Summerfest ’14, an annual beach themed shopping event on its second year. Last year’s outing ended up being among my favorites of 2013, and this year is no different. I spent too much! You’ve already seen this short tank top all over from Tee*fy because it’s glorious, and just like Maitreya’s shorts from last post, these cut offs from Tres Blah fit so great around my legs. Add in these sandals from Ingenue & wavy hair from Exile, and you’ve only tipped the iceberg that is this year’s Summerfest.

PS. if you’re looking for a gorgeous summer sim, head over to Izzie’s Mainstore. I love how she changes it up on the regular, always looking fantastic!

Skin: League – Erin (Sunkiss)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes
Hair: Exile – West Coast (Light Blondes)
Top: Tee*fy – Mia Mini Halter Tank Top (Desert), DRIFT – Draped Cardigan (Knit Stripes)
Pants: Tres Blah – Astrid Denim Cut Offs (Medium Wash)
Shoes: Ingenue – Akeley Sandals (Saddle)
Feet: Slink – Womens Natural Barefeet (Rigged)
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Casual v1)
Makeup: Maxi Gossamer – Groomed Eyelashes, Filthy – Lashes 1
Sunglasses: Yummy – Karina Glasses (White)
Pose: oOo Studio – Drama (Seven)
Location: Izzies

Spice

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Pose Fair 2013 is nearly at an end (Sunday!) and I can’t let it slip by without showing off a few of my favorite finds (one top of the poses that’ll show up in future posts). I hadn’t heard of Apple Spice prior, so this one is a true discovery. I like the unique positioning in this sampling, and it shapes the avatar nicely. Granted mesh covers up joint issues much better than before, but still!

Skin: League – Isla (Suntan Natural – Cleavage C)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Exile – Veronique (Vanilla)
Top: Ionic – Indie Blazer (Radiohead)
Pants: Tee*fy – Shine Leggings (Black)
Feet: Slink – Womens Natural Barefeet (Rigged)
Sandals: Slink – Aussie Thongs (Black)
Makeup: Filthy – Lashes 1
Pose: Apple Spice – Ground 001, Shy 007, Sub Pet 008
Location: Crael

Projects

Oh, hello! Where the hell have I been? Oi, busy. That’s where. And I have about 6 posts here ready for the viewing, so it’s high time I got back on track. One project involved this build right behind me, which I’ll have for sale shortly at my store, [HT] Hometown; a larger sized warehouse built for a roleplay sim, and pretty open for other uses, too!

During all this busy-ness, the shopping hasn’t stopped, much to my wallet’s dismay. I found a few new-to-me items that I couldn’t take off for days; one being this Veronica hair from Exile. My character in roleplay doesn’t have shorter hair, so this is purely for fun, but I love the tussled look of it. Then, there’s these p-er-fect Doc Marten replicas from J’s, a long time SL shoe staple. I suckered myself into two pairs.

Skin: League – Isla (Suntan Natural – Cleavage C)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Exile – Veronica (Vanilla)
Top: Kyoot – Book Worm Top (Bed & Breakfast)
Coat: Zenith – Hoodie Sweater Coat (Choco)
Pants: Tres Blah – Juju Jeans (Original Wash)
Shoes: J’s – Short Boots (Dark Brown)
Scarf: Tres Blah – Autumn Scarf
Makeup: Filthy – Lashes 1
Pose: D.Luxx Poses – Against the Wall (F01)
Warehouse: [HT] Hometown – Harper Warehouse (coming soon)

52 Weeks of Color – Charcoal, Bittersweet, & Juniper

Only a few short days left this year, and I’ve got a few more weeks to go, but dangit, I can finish this. Have you done this challenge, too? Probably better at keeping up than I have been, but either way, good luck to you, too.

52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Week 44: Charcoal
52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Week 45: Bittersweet (combined with)
52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Week 46: Juniper (more info) Join the Flickr group

Charcoal:
Skin: League – Isla (Suntan Natural – Cleavage C)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Elikatira – Wherever (Blonde 10)
Top: Coldlogic – Farrell (Coal)
Skirt: Mon Tissu – Oxford Pencil Skirt (Charcoal)
Shoes: League – Dhara Boots (Charcoal)
Makeup: Filthy – Lashes 1
Glasses: Acid & Mala – Reader Glasses (Black)
Pose: Baffle – Dancing Petal #1
Location: Dimrill Dale

Bittersweet/Juniper:
Skin: League – Isla (Suntan Natural – Cleavage C)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Exile – Collide (Vanilla)
Dress: Auxiliary – Retro Cocktail Dress (Blue)
Shoes: Celoe – Xylia Pumps (Spicy Mix)
Feet: Slink – Womens Natural Barefeet (Rigged)
Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Pleasantville earrings (Coral & Onyx), LaGyo – Santa Fe Necklace & Ring (Silver) (November Collabor88)
Makeup: Filthy – Lashes 1, Fishy Strawberry – Allure Faded Lipstick (Brick)
Pose: Flowey – Bad Habit (Breathe In)
Location: The Looking Glass

Pose Appreciation Week II

The week is actually long over now, but given I’m behind on my color challenge, too, I figure, better late than never! Anyway, two other posers I happily use on this blog quite a bit are Magnifique and Marukin. Both create well-set individual poses; I especially love the unique themed sets from Marukin, and I’ve gathered quite a few cute multi-person ones from Magnifique over time, including this Winter Wonderland pose from last year.

Also, I definitely time to break out the snow that I don’t get in real life, with designers obliging in kind! Auxiliary first released a version of the adorably cozy Cropped Double above at the Cinema even, but now has an everyday version available in store. And Ronsem busted out this leather jacket in a few different shades that required a bit of help deciding from my male fashionisto here. Both are mesh (though starting this post, won’t be denoting such anymore).

On Peri (individual poses):
Skin: League – Isla (Suntan Natural – Cleavage C)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Exile – London Rain (Vanilla)
Jacket: Ronsem – Leather Jacket (Cocoa)
Tank: Fri.day – Cliquester Tank (Geek)
Pants: Tres Blah – Juju Jeans (Original Wash)
Shoes: J’s – Short Laceup Boots (Dark Brown)
Makeup: Filthy – Lashes 1
Pose: Marukin – Filgree – Cartesier, Porceline Goodness, Marukin – Rose – Mended Heart, Marukin – Viola – Jane Doe
Location: Tatty Soup

On Peri (couple pose):
Skin: League – Jen (Suntan Natural – Cleavage C)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Elikatira – Conclusion (Blonde 10)
Top: Auxiliary – Cropped Double
Pants: Armidi – A001 Skinny Jeans (Dusted Classic)
Shoes: Kookie – Armarda Long Boots (Rusty Brown)
Gloves: League – Sheepskin Mittens (Light Brown), Artilleri – Knit Earmuffs (Black)
Makeup: Belleza – Green Glitter Eyeshadow, Fishy Strawberry – Allure Faded Lipstick (Brick)

On Alfie:
Skin:  Sacred – Robert T3 (Stubble)
Hair: Boon Hairpieces – RUMI51 (Chocolate)
Jacket: Lapointe & Bastchild – S’Wear “Aviator” Leather Jacket (Black)
Shirt: Nanuk – Kent Tee (Dark Grey)
Pants: [YU] – Edwin Jeans (Faded)
Shoes: Hoorenbeek – Engineer Boots (Gritty Black)
Sideburns: MCCVIII – Large Burns
Glasses: Gritty Kitty – Browline Glasses

Pose: Magnifique – Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Pose Appreciation Week I

There was a discussion last week or so regarding giving credit to poses and pose makers for these wee little fashion pictures we do from time to time. I’m of the mind that a picture can be very boring without the pose to breathe some life into it, so I was very excited to see someone suggest Pose Appreciation Week over at [SL] Blogger Support! This week has, however, not panned out into the post fest I meant, as a Thanksgiving visit from the parents and building projects have gotten in the way. Alas, the week isn’t over yet.

Featured above are Bounce This Poses & fri.day, both of whom have been featured multiple times before. I use Darling Monday’s individual poses on the regular here, actually, and Bouncer Criss does a great job with sexy & sweet couples poses, as well as using props for his poses, which I’ve come to really love for pictures.

Couple Pose: Bounce This – Autumn Lovin
Individual Poses: Fri.day – Clash Pose 4, Stare Pose 1, Cheeky Pose 1
Location: Tobacco Road

On Peri:
Skin: League – Jen (Suntan Natural – Cleavage C)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Exile – London Rain (Vanilla) -mesh-
Blazer: Emery – Poe Blazer (Black) -mesh-
Tank: Whippet & Buck – Striped Bodysuit
Pants: Armidi – Kogo Skinny Pants (Indian Red)
Shoes: Mon Tissu – Heathrow Boots (Black) -mesh-
Jewelry: Bliensen+MaiTai – Bleeding Heart Necklace, Bliensen+MaiTai – Black Rain Earrings (The Wash Black Market) -mesh-
Sunglasses: Yummy – Karina Sunglasses (White) -mesh-
Makeup: Filthy – Lashes 1

On Alfie:
Skin: Sacred – Robert T3 (Stubble)
Hair: Boon Hairpieces – RUMI51 (Chocolate)
Jacket: Villena – Varisty Jacket (Red) -mesh-
Shirt: Arnadi – Dinosaur Jr tshirt
Pants: Not So Bad – Jane Jeans (Dark) -mesh-
Shoes: Z3 – Vans Canvas (Black/Grey) -mesh-
Sideburns: MCCVIII – Large Burns
Glasses: Gritty Kitty – Browline Glasses

Breaking: a Vintage Fair Preview

In just a few days, one of CHIC’s best events returns for another year of decade & era fun, aka the Vintage Fair. I’ve been lucky to be chosen for some early access, and while many stores haven’t set up yet, there’s still plenty to showcase before the doors open on August 4th. The event is sponsored by Aura, Belleza, Cheeky Pea, ColdLogic, GizzA Creations, Indyra Originals, PurpleMoon Creations, Trompe Loeil, as well as the amazing oOo Studio, who has put out a sort of ‘trip around the world’ theme. One of the sets you’ll find on display is called Breaking, featuring various still shot poses of someone break dancing. Check out the rest once VF opens on the Retro sim!

On Peri:
Skin: League – Jen (Suntan Natural – Cleavage E)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Exile – London Rain (Vanilla)
Top: Action – Womens Boardwalk Tee (Grass)
Pants: JP:dsg – Sweat Pants (Black) -mesh-
Shoes: HOC Industries – Bolts II
Earrings: Aura – Bahiti Hoop Earrings (Autumn) -mesh-
Sunglasses: Izzie’s – 80’s Sunglasses (Vintage Fair) -mesh-
Pose: oOo Studio – Breaking One (Vintage Fair)
Location: Virtual Decay mainstore

On Snoodle:
Skin: Body Co – Breeze (Fair 01)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Real Mesh eyes (Gray)
Hair: Entente – Marc Hair (Ash Blonde)
Top: Love Re Me – Dot Polo (Green) -mesh-
Pants: Kal Rau – Promo Shorts -mesh-
Shoes: Redgrave – Miles Sneakers
Glasses: Gritty Kitty – Velma
Pose: oOo Studio – Breaking Four (Vintage Fair)
Location: Virtual Decay mainstore

Take a Number

I never did this last year, so I don’t have the numbers to compare. But once again, a small challenge has been issued by Ms. Strawberry Singh using the Avatar Ruler found on marketplace to display just a few numbers concerning our shapes in SL, and for those who did it before, how it’s changed since the introduction of mesh. How much you divulge is up to you, but if you want to take part, just head on over here for information, and join the Flickr group to add yours to the pool!

1. How has the introduction of mesh affected your SL, if at all? Are you open to wearing mesh often or do you still shy away from it?

Mesh has mostly just affected the way I shop. I wear it about half the time, and I look at a product differently when it’s mesh. Not good or bad, but more in terms of if I think the arms will fit rather than how the prim will move.

2. Have you changed your shape to fit into mesh? If so, did you go bigger or smaller?

I have a few versions of my shape (leaving my original shape intact), & all are reductions of either breasts or ass to fit within the size that matches the rest of my avatar.

3. Do you think the mesh deformer will resolve a lot of the issues people seem to have with mesh and will it encourage you to wear mesh more often, if you don’t already?

From what I’ve seen, I don’t konw if the deformer is the fix, or at least, the final fix. I don’t know if anything will get me to wear mesh 100% because there’s still issues I find with it. I have trouble layering, & I hate when clothes looks like it’s floating atop my body (mostly with straps, swimsuits, or underwear garments). For those things, I’ll probably wear system texture clothing layers for a long time.

Skin: League – Jen (Suntan Natural – Cleavage D)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Exile – London Rain (Vanilla)
Bikini: Illusory – String Bikini (Stumblebum pack)
Feet: Slink – Womens Natural Barefoot (Rigged) -mesh-

52 Weeks of Color – Raspberry Glace & Unmellow Yellow

Apologies for the slow movin’ around here. I dare to say my RL has been the same. It’s getting hotter outside, and even at work, given the fact that it too me a few seconds to realize I’d spilled a tub of coffee all over myself. Fun times!

Doubling up here again with the color challenge posts, and these two colors were a bit harder for me. The Raspberry Glace top I’ve worn here before, and it’s definitely an old shirt, but I still love it. It’s great when clothing in SL just stands the test of time! For Unmellow Yellow, I use a dress I’d totally forgotten to use for Cobalt.. thankfully, works just as well. I believe it’s from this month’s round of Collabor88, which is nearly up! So head over and grab your goods before the new batch arrives!

52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Week 25: Unmellow Yellow
52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Week 24: Raspberry Glace (more info)
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Skin: League – Jen (Suntan Natural – Cleavage D)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Exile – She Loves You (Vanilla)
Dress: Schadenfreude – Mondrian Color Field Dress -mesh- (June’s Collabor88)
Boots: Sassy Kitty Designs – Black Boots
Makeup: Fishy Strawberry – Allure Lipstick (Faded Orange), Grixdale – Rock-n-Rolla (Tramp)
Pose: Long Awkward Pose – Random 4
Location: Artilleri

Skin: League – Jen (Suntan Natural – Cleavage D)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Fri.day – Joanna 2
Shirt: Surf Couture – I’m a Little Bit Country (Burnt Violet)
Skirt: Grixdale – Lazy Sunday Jeans (Rust)
Earrings: Aura – Dia De Los Muertos (Overcast) -mesh-
Makeup: Filthy – Lashes 1
Pose: Sparrowtree Studios Poses – Road Warrior

Summer Reading

I remember when summer was such a welcomed season, because in my younger years, it mean NO SCHOOL, and in my college years, it meant NO REQUIRED READING. Now, it just means that it’s hot (& muggy!), but I still like to pick out a few books to read over those hot months. This summer, it’s just going to be A Song of Fire and Ice series, aka Game of Thrones & so on. So far? Still on the book one. I get distracted a lot, and only find solid reading time during my lunches at work. One chapter at a time, here we go!

While that’s not the book in my hands above, there’s a few notable things on my avi otherwise. These cute rompers came out just a few weeks ago at coldLogic, as did these rigged boho beads from Aura (one set is hidden in a hunt in the store for free and four others are specially priced for Stumblebum). Couple that with newish hair from Exile and this cute beachy chair set at {what next}, & you have my imaginary summer reading spot+outfit. Also: fitted sandals for Slink’s rigged mesh feet? Brilliant!

Skin: League – Jen (Suntan Natural – Cleavage D)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Exile – London Rain (Vanilla)
Romper: ColdLogic – Briggs Romper (Key Lime) -mesh-
Shoes: Slink – Ilena Sandals (Black) -mesh-
Feet: Slink – Womens Natural Barefeet (Rigged) -mesh-
Sunglasses: Yummy – Karina Glasses (White) -mesh-
Necklace: Aura – Boho Beaded Necklace, Rigged (Tang) -mesh-
Chair Set: What Next – Seaside Chic Set