Saturday, April 18, 2015

Desert Rose - Block 100 Fair

The city was known as the Desert Rose, it wore its name well. Sandstone walls of pinkish hue towered above the rolling sands, stretching out for days on three sides. The ocean guarded the fourth, it was here that she liked to watch the sunset, the glowing lifegiving orb dipping into the waves drew the finest colours from the city which was her home. The lanterns had been lit all along the shoreline, from the harbour to the thorn gardens. It had been a long walk, but one she took each evening to bid farewell to the sun, and greet the coming of night, easing the transition through the line of fire, each lit from the coals nestled in the urn she carried in her hand. She began her walk at the cliffs, came through the harbour, the first lanterns lit in the brightness of day, the last as evening mists rolled into the thorn gardens. The soft sea fret gilded the roses as beautifully as any morning dew, it was these she picked to adorn her hair; their delicate fragrance, spiced like the desert winds, accompanied her as watched the sun set.
The 100 Block Fashion Fair is back in 2015.
A full sim fashion fair showcasing many designers, each offering up an item exclusive to the fair, available at 50% off! You can shop to some excellent tunes, as on particular nights there are live DJs for your entertainment.
For those interested in photography, showing off the items they have bought - there is a photo contest running, in which you could win prizes valued at over L$ 200,000.
The Fair runs from 9th - 30th April 2015.

Rose Crown : :FF: Fleur Crown Box (Solstice)  L$ 249.
Beautiful crown of roses, four blooms to each side. Delicate chains across the forehead. All controlled via HUD, with four options for the colours of the roses, and four metal tones.
Hair : *~*Damselfly*~* Keats Rigged-Mesh Light Reds  L$ 125
Beautiful MESH hair - HUD driven 20 tones in the Light Reds pack
Gown : :[P]:- Crotan Gown:// Wine  L$ 329
Amazing full length MESH gown from The Plastik. The texturing is amazing, giving the gown a real silk feel, complete with natural 'crumple'. Hidden by the hair, the gown has a rounded square open back, with a discrete smart bow. 5 sizes, from XXS to L

The Block 100 Fair

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A new future

For centuries past, all the lands and seas around the citadel had contributed to its greatness. From beginnings many in the capital today would call inauspicious, a small fishing village on a natural harbour, amazing changes had occurred. Morgyn was a descendant of that hamlet, though her rise had little to do with lineage.
She had spent more than hours, more than days pondering the reasons behind the world, and the way it was today. This intellect had played a part in her attaining her current status, but had not helped her reach any concrete conclusion. Night followed day, and still people came, came bearing the profits of their labour, came to offer it up as part of something bigger than themselves. Those with nothing came to look upon what was made, and were inspired by it.
Still she had to wonder, what was it all for? The charm of the village, as rustic and run down as it was, had been buried beneath stone. Stone was topped with iron, steel, then silver and gold. Precious metals were chased and inlaid. It brought prestige, it brought envoys, it raised the working coastline to an empire. Had piled up riches in the hands and under the feet of those who had never toiled to earn them. Tradition and tradition alone, of appointment by lottery had brought her to these halls, to rest on drifts of diamonds.
She had it. The long night of the celebration ball and all its revelry faded as morning light crept across the shining floor of her chambers. The people came, they brought all they could. Her plans would unfold swiftly, those of the citadel were more misguided by greed and practice than malice, they would see the error of their ways, and the rightness of these new actions. All desired the betterment of their world, it would no longer be confined to their capital. Each would turn their talents and the fruits of their enterprise to their homes, to the lands of their friends. Diamonds and pearls would no longer outshine the beauty of wood and earth. All that could be made would be made, all that minds could imagine, and all would be able to see it.

Outfit : :[P]:- Esme Outfit:// Mermaid  L$ 289
Beautiful top and skirt MESH outfit. Available in a fantastic array of colours, here shown in Mermaid. Check out the side lacing!
Sofa : DS'Elles Baroque Sofa  L$ 700
Fabulous MESH sofa, with 20 individual poses. All poses can be shifted on X, Y, Z axis for a perfect fit.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Walking the wilderness

4 The dried up stream bed passed beneath Nahuel's feet without the slightest sound. Blades of grass folded, succumbing to his weight; twigs bent and stone ground against stone under him, muffled to muteness by the movement of his body, never erring, lithe on shoeless feet. He had come this way without thinking, no particular quarry in mind. The kills the previous day would feed the camp for at least another. Walking alone through the dawn was his intention, silently wandering through new territory to see what could be seen.
Not everything could hope to be so silent. In the stillness, the glow of golden early morning light seemed to dance on every surface it touched. Vibrations of light, such as a finely tuned ear could almost hear. Something caught his attention, the feeling and sensation of movement, though none could be seen when he turned his head to look. Out here, for the most part he was predator, not prey, that was the better part of the balance, the way it had been for most of his life. Times when strangers came were few, they had never left, but become part of their group, or had chosen a different path, taking nothing of themselves with them but spirit. Spirits seemed to move from fading to lingering shadows, something was walking with him in the glade.
Welcome to The Arena!
Finding a lack of events for the men of the fantasy realm, the creatives behind the Fantasy Gacha Carnival have organised The Arena to cater to this need! A shiny new event, which will run quarterly, offers patrons an array designers with fantasy and RP items both directly for sale, and in gachas. The event opened on 5th April - get along and have a look!

Face Tattoo and Piercing : .ARISE. Gota Piercing + Facepaint Addon / Black  L$ 109
The tattoo is modifiable, so you can tint it to any colour of your choosing! 
Pauldrons : .Keystone. Tarnsman's Pauldrons.  L$ 200
Three options are included with the pauldrons - Steel, Worn, and Worn Steel - shown here.
Pants : !gO! Navajo  pants - black  L$ 212

Part of a range of clothing and skins available from !gO! at The Arena, look good all on their own!
Wrist Daggers : 7mad;Ravens Knife Fight Bloody    L$ 199
Who wouldn't need a bloody knife strapped to their arm? Not me!

Not from The Arena
Skin : :[P]:- Immortalia Skin-Male:// Silvano
Hair : *Dura-Boys&Girls*20 (Black) resize

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Happy Easter!

Breaking the egg shell from the inside was hard work. She had been hitting and pummelling on the white china-like surface for hours... then, finally, she was rewarded by a tiny cracking noise. She continued in frenzy. Her fingertips were aching, but it didn't matter at all. She wanted to find a way out of the shell that had been her home for months, but recently became tight and restrictive. There was no sufficient place inside for a grown and winged creature any more... so she had to break free, and find her own space, soaring among the clouds.

Dove - Happy Easter!
The items I'm showing you here are from past events I intended to blog, but a recent stay in the hospital didn't allow me to realise my plans as I originally hoped. Better later than never, I'm wishing you Happy Easter now, with a few amazing items from some of my preferred creators in SL.

Skin: "Thalassa" by Fallen Gods Inc. for the last Verne-themed "A Tattered Page" event. I don't know whether this beautiful blue skin will be available at Selidor, but if you're in urgent need of another similar item, please pay a visit to the Fallen Gods shop notwithstanding... I'm quite certain you'll find something that catches your imagination.
Hair: "Healy" by TableauVivant for the last round of The Arcade Gacha event. As merchants aren't authorised any more to sell their prizes at any later time after a round closes, I'm afraid this amazing hair is now gone for good.
Outfit: "The Seven Sins - Greed" by Faida and Fallen Gods Inc. - 380 L$. I'm truly and really happy that Alia Baroque and Titania Halasy have decided to continue their collaboration! The fruits of their joined efforts are many already, among which this marvellous gown originally created for The Countdown Room. The sins are seven, so are the colours available, so please visit Titanias's shop or Alia's place, and pick the sin closest to your heart... but be warned, it won't be an easy job. :)
Bracelets: Finesmith - a past group gift not available any more.
Pose: "Elf" by HelaMiyo - 150 L$. The pose set was a special donation item for the Fashion for Life event, now available in the main shop, with the proceeds still going to the American Cancer Society.

The picture was taken at Un Jour, a rebuilt version of the emblematic sim "Embryo".

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Somebody say cookies?

Greedy, greedy, greedy. She couldn't help it.
Working in the snack cabin all day, she was surrounded by delicious morsels from opening to close. Hers was no ordinary kiosk, everything they stocked was home made, delivered fresh each morning, or throughout the day as her group of bakers and makers arrived, gingham swaddled trays in hand. Business woman as she was, the cookies fascinated her at the moment, even more than the profits which could be made from them. A new baker had brought them in such a variety of flavours, each tasting so good she had to add them to her collection. One day strawberry would be her absolute favourite, the next chocolate, the next cherry. Today was all about lime. The crumble of biscuit, the smoothness of the icing. If her customers weren't quick, soon there would be none left.

Newness! Newness all round. I finally got mesh mouthed, with a Loud Mouth, and have been playing around with various skins and appliers. Some seem easier to match up than others, on low graphics (my usual state for RP etc) some just won't work for me, the difference in texture from skin to applier is too great, and I just looked weird. Combinations like this - some have improved with higher graphics settings, some not - so I will continue to fiddle with those. Other skin combos look good with the Loud Mouth even on low graphics - the pics above were taken on ultra of course, but I'm sat by by fireside now in the lowest of settings and I still look normal! 
Cosmopolitan is a fortnightly shopping event running from March 30th to April 12th. It's here that you can take your pick from the cookie flavours on offer from YumYums. You can get to the event here... 

Skin : .{yumyums}. {Honey} Hope [Blonde Brow]  L$ 1200
The same skin covered in the Skin Fair 15 blogpost - now making use of the Loud Mouth appliers as well as SLink.
Mouth : Loud Mouth - Alli v3.0   L$ 789
This is going to take some getting used to for me, here it looks great! - The HUD is simple to use, with links to a help blog if needed.
Cookie : ,{yumyums}. Jammie Cookie {Lime}  L$ 80
Cookies come ready to be bitten, also included with each colour is a lip drip of icing, and a drip that's fallen down onto the chest (not shown above).
Dress : :[P]:- Briane Dress [M]:// Batsy  239L 
Fantastic minidress, punky edge with studded belts all part of the design. 5 standard mesh sizes and one for good old ruth. Many colours and designs available.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A world of watercolour

Mei 4 Mei had come down to the water to witness the illusion which took place just once each decade.
Mei 3
Few believed such things were possible, no one who had never seen it could put any stock in the tales. Those who had been raised on stories of its existence, to them it was a wild dream, a fairytale of childhood, not something to search out as a truth. Mei had more faith in the tales she grew up loving than others. Ever an aesthete she had always liked to believe the stories, the words of which wove into such dreams there were days she had cried on waking for the loss of them.
Mei 2
Mei believed in dreams, in stories, in the words she had been given by parent and grandparent. She went down to the water, stepping into its cool embrace as the moon rose. Smooth flowing water grew in substance as the world faded away. The transparency through which the stones of the lake bed showed clearly now darkened, through sepia to the blackest of inks. Looking up, individual colour had drained from the world, replaced by delicate washes and brushstrokes. All had become art, as she had known it would. Now she had her own tale to tell, to pass down word of all she had seen to her own kith and kin. 

As sad as it is that the Skin Fair is over, many of the exclusives are now available in the creators own stores. Mei Lei is one such beautiful creation from DS'Elles. Shown here in 'Medium' tone, one of five available, each skin comes with five brow options. No brow, blonde, red, brown and black. Included are three tattoo options for freckles, cleavage, eye liner, eye shadow, lips and a hairbase.
The Mei Lei shape is available separately from DS'Elles, as are SLink Appliers for Hands and Feet, SLink Physique, Loud Mouth, Maitreya, and Sweetlips.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Plastik Men @ The Skin Fair 2015

In the darkness of the town the foghorn echoed across the port, the only sound of safety any could expect to hear at this hour. All other sounds were illicit; from the scratching of roaches and squeaking of rats in the walls, to the muffled footsteps, muted moans and snicker of blade coming from the depths of each alley.
Janus lingered here, and other sordid spots like it, each night. The heart of darkness was all he could offer at this hour, bringing a depth of shadow where it was needed, for tasks impossible, or improbable, to complete in the light. He cast no judgement, brought no crime into being. All he enabled, would be uncovered, when the time came.
Male 1 2Male 2
Janus was a man of two faces, two sides of the same coin. Just as he brought darkness at times to all places, so he also brought light. Light didn't always mean sunshine, didn't always mean happiness, it meant sight and sight could uncover terrible things. Beauty was terrible, it could wound more terribly than hate.
Male 2 2
He would weather the changes he brought, feeling them as keenly as any he affected.

As promised - though a little later than anticipated (forgot to upload the images before going away for the weekend) the Male Immortalia Skins from The Plastik exclusive to the Skin Fair 2015!

As with the females, there are twenty tones to choose from, the male skin comes with appliers for SLink hands and feet, toenails and fingernails. Just as generous for the boys, there are eighteen tattoo layer options for body shading and make-up, and eight brow options included.

Nocturn Janus
Skin :  :[P]:- Immortalia Skin-Male:// Nerio
Eyes :  :[P]:-Haunt Collection-Blind Trauma (Eyes)
Horns :  :[P]:- Vi Horns [L-Corded]:// Gunmetal  /  :[P]:- Vi Horns [R-Bare]:// Gunmetal

Daiurn Janus
Skin :  :[P]:- Immortalia Skin-Male:// Gaspare
Eyes :  :[P]:-Haunt Collection-Bloody Blindness
Lip :  :[P]:- Immortalia Makeup:// Stripe
Face : :[P]:- Immortalia Makeup:// Shadow Makeup
Horns : :[P]:- Vi Horns [R-Bare]:// Thicket  /  :[P]:- Vi Horns [L-Corded]:// Thicket

Hurry to grab these! Limo!