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

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

A Place to Disappear to

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This is one of those occasions where I was surfing through marketplace, pages upon pages of searches, and stumbled upon this top from Villena. I’m not even sure if it’s newer or if it’s been out for awhile, but doesn’t matter; I love it! It’s also worth mentioning that, while this photo doesn’t show it off, these new shorts from Addams are incredibly bootylicious, emphasized no doubt by the new boots at Collabor88 from ISON. They even come with a Maitreya-specific fit (best way to Boot, really.)

Body: Maitreya – Lara Mesh Body
Skin: League – Erin (Sunkiss)
Eyes: IKON – Sovereign Eyes
Hair: Elikatira – Wendice
Top: Villena – Sweatshirt (Bandana Print)
Shorts: Addams – Malena Denim Short High Rise
Shoes: ISON – Leather Knee Boots (Black) (November Collabor88)
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Relaxed)
Makeup: Maxi Gossamer – Groomed Eyelashes, Filthy – Lashes 1
Jewelry: Earthstones – Mahika Necklace, Misha Jesuil – Belly Ring for Maitreya Lara
Sunglasses: Yummy – Karina Sunglasses (Black)
Pose: Marukin – Poppy – Gleaming Bergamot
Location: Devils Pocket

How We Roll

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Over time, you might find those brands who slowly creep their way into your inventory’s heart, filling it up. And then there’s others, who do it more rapidly, because every release is something you must have. Addams is the latter, because not only is the rigging so well with my Maitreya Lara body, the styles are just so on point. Especially this top from the current round at Collabor88 (which hopefully should be… maybe? less crowded now that it’s been two days, but I don’t know – it was insane getting in!) It’s made to go over the bikini top that’s also on sale, but easily can be worn without. It matches perfectly with the not-new-but-new-to-me worn jeans at the mainstore location.

Now, I’m not really sure which category Lamb falls into; I just know that over the years, I’ve collected a ton of her hair. And definitely added two more that are out now at C88. One drapes a little more over the face (shown), the other a bit more off of the face, and both with these loose waves I wish I could pull off in RL.

Body: Maitreya – Lara Mesh Body
Skin: League – Erin (Sunkiss)
Eyes: IKON – Sovereign Eyes
Hair: Lamb – Flower (August Collabor88)
Top: Addams – Sophia Tank Top (August Collabor88)
Pants: Addams – Worn Jeans (rolled)
Shoes: ieQED – Emmy Wedge (Marsala)
Feet: Slink – Womens Barefeet (High)
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Casual v1)
Makeup: Maxi Gossamer – Groomed Eyelashes, Filthy – Lashes 1
Jewelry: Earthstones – Mahika Necklace, Misha Jesuil – Belly Ring for Maitreya Lara
Pose: Marukin – Berry – Hy02-04
Location: Hathian

All that Glitters is…

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With Thanksgiving behind us, now begins quite the shopping season. I didn’t have too much in RL to buy, but I went a bit crazy on all those 50% off gift card sales, like at Trompe Loeil, Barnesworth Anubis, & Cheeky Pea. Combine that with Black Friday sales at ColdLogic, BOOM, Reign, & others… my wallet hurts. Especially considering Arcade starts tomorrow!

But before that parade of gachas begins, I couldn’t resist so much of what’s offered at this month’s Uber. In just a few short months, it’s proven to be one of those events where most designers really bring their A game. I mean, just look at this dress/jacket combo from Foxes – perfectly fluffy in the skirt, HUD-controlled jacket and top, and glitter. Shiny, party-rific glittery goodness. It’s perfect for those inevitable holiday and New Year’s parties to come!

Skin: League – Erin (Bronze)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shine (Soft / Ocean)
Hair: Truth – Neria (Light Blondes)
Dress: Foxes – City Lights (Dark Grey)
Feet: Slink – Womens Natural Barefeet (Rigged)
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Casual)
Makeup: Maxi Gossamer – Groomed Eyelashes, Filthy – Lashes 1, Belleza – Eyeliner 3, League – Erin Tintable Lipstick 7, PXL – OpenMouth Pro
Jewelry: Yummy – Midsummer Blossom Necklace (Carmine)
Pose: Marukin – Sol (White Fleur)
Location: Kowloon

All the Single Ladies (Pose Fair 2014, Part I)

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Today begins my favorite event of the year: Pose Fair 2014, presented by The Hottie Cooterati Experience! Don’t get me wrong, there’s many great events every month, and a special few rank very high in my book. But I have the most fun with Pose Fair, because to me, poses are what hold a photo together. Plus I get to stock up on my supply without having to run sim to sim to sim; it’s all on one. The sim will open up Saturday, April 19th (today!) at Noon SLT. (URL to be provided here once the event opens!)

I was lucky enough to get into the fair early, and spent more than I meant to. But that just means there’s a lot to preview for you. Breaking it down first is what I use the most – single female poses. Mien has a fun pose set out for mock selfies that comes with it’s own iphone-like prop to use. Fri.day and Marukin also both have new singles pose sets out, which any look at my archive here will tell you… they are among my favorite. Simple and clean, neither ever disappoint. A good investment for any photo-fiend!

I can’t go without mentioning the clothes, of course. ColdLogic has another spring set out, with three belted dresses available. And over at the 100 Block event, you’ll find these sandals from Reign – a new to me store with shoes that emptied my wallet. This hair from Magika is actually a modified version, but there’s now a proper short haired (no braids) version available called Shimmer, so be sure to pick that up!

Skin: League – Erin (Sunkiss)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Magika – Shine (modified)
Dress: coldLogic – Timm (Khaki + Coral belt)
Shoes: Reign – Spartan Sandals (Coral)
Feet: Slink – Womens Natural Barefeet (Rigged)
Hands: Slink – Mesh Hands (Relaxed)
Makeup: Maxi Gossamer – Groomed Eyelashes (Black), Filthy – Lashes 1
Jewelry: Magic Nook – Summer Hoop, Maxi Gossamer – Baroque Teardrop necklace
Pose: Mien – Selfie 4 & 2, Fri.day – Monday 5, Fri.day – Careless 4 & 5, Marukin – Parisian Maiden, Call Me When You Need Me (all available at Pose Fair 2014)
Location: Story of Infinite

Pleats

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Unintentional breaks are unintentional! Isn’t it a bummer when life gets to busy to pay attention to your creative side? Granted, I’ve been feeding mine a bit more in roleplay, and that’s good, too. But this… well this is different.

Not too much fuss with this, but it is an outfit I put together about a month ago for a post, and have worn it at least three times in a scene. I just love this skirt; because its HOC, it of course comes with a HUD that has two handfuls of options. This blazer is another of Emery‘s cute mesh releases lately, and the bodysuit from Secret Store, which has kept up a few cute texture-based clothes to go with adorable mesh they’ve been putting out.

Skin: League – Isla (Suntan Natural – Cleavage C)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Elikatira – Sound (Blond 10)
Top: The Secret Store – Cable Knit Bodysuit (Snow)
Jacket: Emery – Poe Blazer (Black)
Skirt: HOC Industries – Pleated Skirt
Pose: Marukin – Rose (As You Grow)

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

Mix ‘n Match

One thing I managed to grab before leaving for a nerd convention for four days was both this new tank top at Action and the second May VIP gift from paper.doll! The bikini gift comes with a few options for the bottom, and the tank itself has a HUD that offers a few graphic options as well as colors – both just fantastic and perfect for summer.

Skin: League – Jen (Suntan Natural – Cleavage D)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Truth – Felecia (Oasis) -mesh-
Tank Top: Action – Heat Wave Tank -mesh-
Bikini Bottom: Paper.Doll – Mix ‘n Match Kini Top (VIP May Gift)
Bikini Top: Paper.Doll – Mix ‘n Match Kini Bottoms (Orange) (VIP May Gift)
Feet: SLink – Womens Natural Barefeet (Rigged) -mesh-
Makeup: Filthy – Lashes1, Fishy Strawberry – Allure Lipstick (Faded Brick)
Pose: Marukin – Rose (Mended Heart)

52 Weeks of Color – Thistle, Pueblo, & Deep Pink

Who has two thumbs and is playing catch-up on this challenge? This girl! Because I need to be up in about 5 hours, I shall make this quick. The top in Thistle is from Atomic’s offering at the last Dressing Room Blue cycle (not out now, but a gorgeous skin is in it’s place), and the necklace is RezIpsa Loc’s offering for the very last Super Bargain Saturday! Very sad to see that Weekly sale end – it was run so well and always had great stores.

Secondly, a dive into my inventory found a sweater from one of my first favorite stores, looong time SL fashion staple Nyte ‘N Day, that fit perfectly with Pueblo. I meant to check, but I believe this is still out in an array of colors. Amazing what organizing can do.

Lastly, one VIP group that has always served us shoppers well is Aura’s, and a few changes have been made. Most notably, the percentage from sales in credit has gone up and all gifts are going to be moved to a convenient gift wall. Including this crazy pink strapless backless sexilious dress! The price of the group has gone up as well a bit, but this one is worth it. Really worth it. Tyr’ll treat you good, & with underboob.

52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Week 18: Thistle
52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Week 19: Pueblo
52 Weeks of Color Challenge – Week 20: Deep Pink (more info)
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Thistle
Skin: League – Jen (Suntan Natural – Cleavage D)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Shag – Your Wish (Bombshell)
Top: Atomic – Vital Top (Lavender) (Stumblebum Brigade)
Skirt: Mon Tissu – Oxford Pencil Skirt (Charcoal) -mesh-
Makeup: Filthy – Lashes2, Fishy Strawberry – Allure Lipstick (Faded Wine)
Necklace: RezIpsa Loc – Owly Necklace (Magenta) (Last Super Bargain Saturday)
Pose: Marukin – Filgree – Cartesier

Pueblo
Skin: League – Jen (Suntan Natural – Cleavage D)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Lamb – Heart (Honeycomb)
Top: Nyte ‘n Day – Snug Sweater (Brown)
Pants: Izzie’s – Tweed Pants (Beige)
Makeup: Filthy – Lashes1
Pose: Magnifique – Bikini Model Pose 5

Deep Pink
Skin: League – Jen (Suntan Natural – Cleavage D)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard – Shimmer Eyes (Blue)
Hair: Lamb – Breeze (Lush)
Top: Aura – Racing Stripe Club Backless Mini’s (Pink) (Group Gift!)
Makeup: Filthy – Lashes1, Acid & Mala – Eyeshadow Duo (Teal & Blue Sea)
Pose: oOo Studio – Jubilant Four