Dunwich Macabre

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Dipping away from the norm, I found myself back at an old favorite gem in SL. It’s a long-standing sim based on the fictional town of Innsmouth, with its inherent creepiness amplified by my own personal soundtrack of Lovecraftian tunes, like this one from Caleb Hennessey. While it’s all pre-mesh, the effort remains unparalleled, especially for us Cthulhu enthusiasts.

I explored and crept around in a few new gems from Collabor88. Tres Blah put out the cutest set of regular and Halloween sweaters that finally fit the one shoulder look perfectly. Also, just in time for the coming winter season, Fri.day has a set of leg warmers out with a version for your favorite boots.

Body: Maitreya – Lara Mesh Body
Head: Lelutka – Karin
Skin: Glam Affair – Trixy
Eyes: IKON – Sovereign Eyes
Hair: Little Bones – May
Top: Tres Blah – Olsen Sweatshirt (Bones) (October Collabor88)
Skirt: Blueberry – Distressed Skirt
Tights: Izzie’s – Sheer Tights
Socks: Fri.day – Marnie Warmers (October Collabor88)
Shoes: Livalle – Nymph Lace-up Boots (Winter)
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Relaxed)
Makeup: Lara Hurley – Giulia (lips)
Pose: Fri.day – Rumor Pose 1
Location: Innsmouth

I guess I had a naive heart, cause boy, I let you have it

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I could spend all day over at It All Starts with a Smile exploring the autumnal setup Kaelyn Alecto has going on. As an entire sim full of picturesque spaces, you’ll find yourself like I did, staying long after the camera has been put away just to check out the views. I highly recommend a visit.

Body: Maitreya – Lara Mesh Body
Head: Lelutka – Karin
Skin: Glam Affair – Trixy
Eyes: IKON – Sovereign Eyes
Hair: Truth – Lyric (1 side)
Top: Tee*fy – Rhea Unbutton Top (Sept Collabor88)
Pants: Blueberry – Tali Fall Pants
Waist: KITJA – Rebeca Waist Shirt
Shoes: Ingenue – Sabrina Flats (July Collabor88)
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Relaxed)
Makeup: Lara Hurley – Giulia (lips)
Jewelry: Izzie’s – 3 Coin Necklace (July Epiphany)
Pose: Voir Animations – [St pose 34]
Location: Heavenly Groove (It all starts with a smile)

When September Ends

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I could not be more excited for Autumn this year, because at least in my city, it has been hot and so very humid. Over it. It’s time to break out my traditional reading of Sleepy Hollow, put up the Fall garlands (oh yes), and celebrate some decorative gourds.

One of my favorite sims to take pictures on is Izzie’s Mainstore, because every season, she changes around the entire area into something new and perfect, utilizing current items from other stores even (like Hive‘s rare Barn from the Arcade! Beautiful.) Had to break out a few recent finds, like the new comfy sweater from Truth’s clothing brand, ALT by Truth, available at Uber, and these perfectly fit new pants from Neve! With so many jeans in my inventory, it was about time I mixed it up.

Body: Maitreya – Lara Mesh Body
Head: Lelutka – Karin
Skin: Glam Affair – Trixy
Eyes: IKON – Sovereign Eyes
Hair: Elikatira – Naara
Top: ALT by Truth – College Sweater (September Uber)
Pants: Neve – Artist Corduroy
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Relaxed)
Makeup: Lara Hurley – Giulia (lips)
Jewelry: Izzie’s – 3 Coin Necklace, Izzie’s – Eternity Bracelet
Pose: Marukin – WS_FEMME – Parisian Maiden
Location: Izzies

Waiting Game

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Newness abounds at both Shiny Shabby & N21! It’s not often I shop and immediately blog something, but the stars aligned with this one (artist inspiration helps). RK Poses has a single female set for sale at the former, along with a few couples poses and single male; very much adoring the quality here. AND.. over at N21, an event that took mucho money from me this round, Fashionably Dead has these perfect knit dresses for sale. I had to grab two.

Body: Maitreya – Lara Mesh Body
Head: Lelutka – Karin
Skin: Glam Affair – Trixy
Eyes: IKON – Sovereign Eyes
Hair: Truth – Fenella [Hat]
Dress: Fashionably Dead – Knit Basic Dress (Navy) (September N21)
Shoes: Reign – Boho Laced Sandals (Black)
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Relaxed)
Makeup: Lara Hurley – Giulia (lips)
Accessories: Kunst – Cigarette #2, Magic Nook – Summer Hoop
Pose: RK Poses – Jas 2 (Shiny Shabby)
Location: Dead End

Revival

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It’s now the middle of September, and thus we begin the transition from summer to fall (at least in the northern part of the globe). I’ve always lived in places where that transition is a longer process (that rarely ends with snow), so it’s always this dance between being warm enough in the day to being chilly at night, and that jacket better be ready. That’s immediately what I thought of when I saw these pants on a girl at one of SL’s social lounges… and shamelessly inspected them to find out they’re from Legal Insanity! The jeans have a few different styles with one set flannel color, but you can buy a few different add-ons that use a HUD to change the shirt portion. Pairing it with a new crop top from United Colors and the rare hair from Lamb at The Arcade, and you have the outfit I’ve been in for three days. I probably should change… 😉

Body: Maitreya – Lara Mesh Body
Head: Lelutka – Karin
Skin: Glam Affair – Trixy
Eyes: IKON – Sovereign Eyes
Hair: Lamb – Let Her Go (September 2016 Arcade)
Top: United Colors – Mimi Crop Top (Whore Couture Fair)
Pants: Legal Insanity – July Dirty Jeans
Shoes: FLite – Lowtop Ducks (White)
Feet: Slink – Womens Natural Barefeet
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Relaxed)
Makeup: Lara Hurley – Giulia (lips)
Jewelry: Maxi Gossamer – Kitty Gypsy Hoops, Yummy – True Fate Ring (Opal)
Pose: Sari-Sari – Comfy Sit 2
Location: Blithe

Down the Rabbit Hole

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And thus begins life with a mesh head. That’s what I figured out after a week of demoing heads, skins, and body appliers to figure out which I liked the best. When it was becoming a bit overwhelming, I realized maybe I didn’t want to do this yet. And as I took off the head I’d been testing, I realized… I can’t go back. The smoothness and ease, look and feel, was already becoming in my eyes better than my old system head look (even though I loved it very much).

Maybe it shouldn’t have been such a process, but let me just say – if you are a picky person like me, who changes skins once very 1-2 years with no major shape changes for about 7 years, then be prepared. Diving into the world of Mesh Heads will take you awhile, too. Tones might be off, or the body texturing doesn’t match the quality of the face. Yes, some even still have an issue with seams. Demo demo demo.

Finally, though, for now I’ve settled on Lelutka’s Karin with a Glam Affair skin. I also have Catwa’s Candy that I have both a Glam Affair skin and a Lara Hurley skin to use, should I feel so inclined.

Body: Maitreya – Lara Mesh Body
Head: Lelutka – Karin
Skin: Glam Affair – Trixy
Eyes: IKON – Sovereign Eyes
Hair: Truth – Kora
Top: Addams – Amy Crop Top (June Uber)
Skirt: Addams – Amy Long Skirt (June Uber)
Shoes: Fri.day – Dusty Sandals (May Collabor88)
Feet: Slink – Womens Natural Barefeet
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Relaxed)
Makeup: Lara Hurley – Giulia (lips) (Summerfest)
Pose: Marukin – Berry (hy02-04)
Location: Hathian

No One’s Watching

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I had resisted diving into mesh heads for quite awhile now for the same reason I rarely ever get a new skin – I am picky. Way overly picky. And once I did start to check them out, I realized too how extensive and diverse the options are now. From skin to skin, lips to eyes, every option changes the look, and thus finding a fit for who my avatar has always been… well, it was a rabbit hole, for sure! I’m still in it, actually, but I’ve mostly settled for now on a lovely Glam Affair skin from this June’s round of Collabor88 (not used for this shot, but to be seen soon). More on that to come!

One trend I am loving in SL these days for us photo enthusiasts is main stores decorating the remainder of their sims in very picturesque settings. It’s lovely to visit, use for photographs, and especially in the case of my friend Lundy’s store, Hive, I found myself idling long after I was done just enjoying the setting while working on other things.

Body: Maitreya – Lara Mesh Body
Head: Lelutka – Karin
Skin: League – Luna (sunkiss)
Eyes: IKON – Sovereign Eyes
Hair: Truth – Elira (May Uber)
Top: ISON – Cropped Button Up (Navy Stripe) (June Collabor88)
Skirt: Blueberry – Letia
Shoes: FLite – Lowtop Ducks (White)
Feet: Slink – Womens Natural Barefeet
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Relaxed)
Makeup: Lara Hurley – Giulia (lips) (Summerfest)
Jewelry: Magic Nook – Summer Hoops
Pose: oOo Poses – Ballerina Five
Location: Honeycomb (Hive mainstore)