Sunday, May 27, 2018

I believe I can fly // uber

Someday I'll set up a real photo studio and learn to do wonderful things with windlight. But today I'll pop in quick and show you what I found at uber. Note: this isn't one of my freebie posts, it's more of a love fest <3

Now I've been in Second Life a while I've found designers I favor and a style that suits me. I'm happiest when I mix and match to make my own fashion statement. Today's outfit combines pieces from some of my fav designers, all from uber.

ISON does marvelous things with mesh, and the farah top Ava is wearing is a great example. The sleeves fit Ava's Maitreya body beautifully with no gaps or skin flashing through. I've sampled quite a few mesh items with peasanty statement sleeves, and it seems this perfect fit isn't easy to achieve. ISON included an Alpha HUD to hide the sleeves that I forgot to mention because I don't want to hide these beautiful things.

I think COCO's designs are the ideal combination of casual and haute couture. Her Extreme Wide Leg Jeans are a perfect balance to the top's statement sleeves. I can get jeans that are painted on, ripped, embroidered... but to find simple jeans with an elegant cut? COCO did it!

TRUTH is so generous with the monthly hair gifts that I rarely feel the need to purchase any, but I had to get the Bloom hair. With all the included color, styling, and accessory HUDs, the romantic Bloom could be styled to go with a number of outfits including feminine gowns and dresses.

One thing I love about shopping events like uber is that they introduce me to designers I might not discover on my own, and I found one this time. Cae is a designer I hadn't noticed until now, but the Mirha Necklace won me over. It's the perfect statement piece to accessorize this outfit and many more over the summer. The all-mesh Mirha includes a HUD to vary the stones and metals, and it's materials enabled for that extra realistic shine. 

~ my finds ~

top: ISON @ uber - farah top
pants: COCO @ uber - Extreme Wide Leg Jeans
hair: TRUTH @ uber - Bloom
necklace: Cae @ uber - Mirha

~ the rest ~

body: Maitreya Lara
head: Catwa Catya
ears: Mandala Steking Ears
skin: Glam Affair Maya (an old Gacha Garden gift)

~ xoxo ~

Saturday, May 26, 2018

At the end of the universe

...mixing my own trans galactic gargle blaster.

When The World's End Cafe popped up as a recommended site, I thought immediately of the Restaurant at the End of the Universe in the Hitchhiker's trilogy. Since the café was a quick teleport away, I took Ava to have a look. I found a sweet café with a post-apocalyptic atmosphere where you can get a seat inside or out and a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. A huge fan of the Hitchhiker's Guide, I really wanted a "trans galactic gargle blaster" but didn't panic! I found a close facsimile in inventory.

If you clicked to find out what Ava's wearing, here's the scoop ~

~ my finds ~

dress: NYU @ FaMESHed - Mini Qipao - gift!
fascinator: Swallow - Butterfly Pink - group gift!

~ the rest ~

hair: TRUTH - Tinsley - (past gift)
body: Maitreya - Lara
head: Catwa - Catya
ears: Swallow - Noldor Elf Ears
skin: amara beauty - Bianca 02
trans galactic gargle blaster: ChicChica - Special Arcade drink (past gift)

@ The World's End Café

~ xoxo ~

Thursday, May 24, 2018

You had me at "Panties"

Lately I've noticed a trend in the mesh skirts and dresses, and I love it! I'm seeing panties built right into the skirts. The built-in panties solve so many problems - they cover what needs to be covered and permit the design of the skirt to incorporate slits and cutouts.

Fashionnatic's Nadine Pink Dress, something I picked up free at the Cosmopolitan shopping event, has this feature. This chic dress with asymmetric cutouts and a laced side slit comes with a texture changing HUD to vary the colors of the laces and panties. I've changed the laces to black so you can see them better.

Ava's shoes are the Andrea Lace Up Heels, a gift from Narcisse at FaMESHed. She's wearing a hair and beret combination from Blossom Mesh Object Shop that I picked up free at The Chapter Four. Her outfit is accessorized with the Her Majesty Cat Clutch, an adorable gift from Chop Zuey at eBENTO.

~ my finds ~

dress: Fashionnatic @ Cosmopolitan - Nadine Pink Dress - gift!
hair: Blossom Mesh Object Shop @ The Chapter Four - BMGH 10 // Beret(Black) // Sakura - gift!
shoes: Narcisse @ FaMESHed - Andrea Lace Up Heels - gift!
clutch: Chop Zuey @ eBENTO - Her Majesty Cat Clutch - gift!
nailpolish: AvaWay @ The Gacha Garden - SAMMY metallic nail polish #7 - gift!

~ the rest ~

body: Maitreya - Lara
head: Catwa - Catya
ears: Swallow - Noldor Elf Ears
skin: amara beauty - Bianca Skin
lipstick: Zibska - Chloe Lips

~ xoxo ~

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

On the Path

The Unalome#01 Underboobs Tattoo is Carol G.'s gift at eBENTO, and it has an interesting backstory. The unalome is an early spiritual symbol arising out of ancient religions like Buddhism. The design represents the path to complete enlightenment. I love that Ava can display such a meaningful symbol and that Kaithleen's Deep Cut Dress, her gift at Tres Chic, shows it off so beautifully.

~ my finds ~

dress: Kaithleen's @ Tres Chic - Deep Cut Dress - Silver - gift!
tattoo: Carol G. @ eBENTO - Unalome#01 Underboobs Tattoo - gift!
shoes: Hysterical - Rebel Love Metallic - gift!
eyes: bai - Catwa Mesh Eye Appliers [brown] - marketplace gift!
septum - ZOOM @ FaMESHed - Farasha Septum - gift!
nails: alme. @ The Gacha Garden - For Rose - Mint - gift!

~ the rest ~

ears: Swallow - Noldor Elf Ears
skin: amara beauty - Miriela F01
hair: Moon. Olive
body: Maitreya Lara
head: Catwa Catya
piercings: CODE-5 Alegra, CODE-5 Alonza Piercing Set, -KC- CAERA Waist Piercing

@ Mystical Fae Forest

~ xoxo ~

Monday, May 21, 2018

eBENTO First Anniversary

Surf, sand, sun, and is that a shark in the water? Looks like a good day to stay ashore and cool off with a popsicle.

I just visited the eBENTO first anniversary where most of the booths have free gifts. The Alda top Ava is wearing is the event gift from Arcane Spellcaster. The side slit lets the cool breeze in, and the top has a texture changing HUD providing a huge selection of colors. This top would be great with a skirt or pants too.

The other thing I want to highlight is the Lilu hair from Sintiklia, also free at eBENTO. The Lilu hair has an actual center part, very nicely done, the first I've seen. Lilu's texture changing HUD provides an exclusive color selection. Oh and of course there's the colorful flower tattoo from Juna and the fun frosted donut sunglasses from elise and... here's the scoop ~

~ my finds ~

top: Arcane Spellcaster @ eBENTO - Alda Top - gift!
hair: Sintiklia @ eBENTO - Lilu Hair - gift!
bikini bottom: Nerido - Summer Bikini - Summer Loving Hunt gift!
tattoo: Juna @ eBENTO - Colorful flower tatoo - gift!
glasses: elise @ eBENTO - Glaze - gift!
earrings: Maxi Gossamer @ FaMESHed - Flutterby Heart Earrings - gift!
lipstick: Swallow @ eBENTO - Olga Lipsticks - gift!
nailpolish: alme. @ The Gacha Garden - For Rose - Mint - gift!
facial moles (zoom in): session @ eBENTO - Moles for CATWA - gift!
popsicle: Tentacio - watermelon pop - old SaNaRae birthday gift

~ the rest ~

body: Maitreya Lara
head: Catwa Catya

@ Luanes World

~ xoxo ~

Saturday, May 19, 2018

If I find a four-leaf clover...

All my wishes are for you <3

I finished unpacking my gifts from Tres Chic, and my eyes popped when I saw the Jules blouse from Aleutia. This silky cold-shoulder blouse has long sleeves that are tied at the top with delicate strings and fall past the wrists. The gorgeous color is called "pink lavender" and I think it's both soothing and exciting, a very flattering hue. I've dressed this blouse down by pairing it with jeans, but it would be lovely with one of the boho skirts that are so popular this season.

Ava's jeans are in a lucky letter board at Petite Mort. They're the Dirty Darkwash Highwaist Skinnys that are free from the lucky board. There are three coordinating items in the other lucky boards, go try your luck!

Ava's hair is another Tres Chic gift, the Ruby Mesh Hair from DeLa, which comes with a full fatpack of color options. Her shoes are the Tres Chic gift from Like Design, a flat summery number called the Diamond Sandal.

Her outfit is accessorized with the Steampunk women necklace, a gift from Elle et Lui at The Chapter Four. Her head accessory is in the LODE gacha at The Chapter Four, the Clover Headphones in the rare violet color. I'm not sure how well clover conducts sound, but these are the first headphones to fit with Ava's ears! It didn't take me long to get a RARE in this gacha, but the common prizes are lovely too.

Wishing you the best of luck, all ways ~

~ my finds ~

blouse: Aleutia @ Tres Chic - Jules Pink Lavender - Tres Chic gift!
jeans: Petite Mort - Drty Drkwash High-waist Skinnys - lucky board gift!
hair: DeLa @ Tres Chic - Fitted Mesh Hair "Ruby" - Tres Chic gift!
shoes: Like Design @ Tres Chic - Diamond Sandal - Tres Chic gift!
necklace: Elle et Lui at The Chapter Four - Steampunk women necklace - TCF gift!
head accessory: LODE @ The Chapter Four - Clover Headphones [violet] RARE
nails: AvaWay @ The Chapter Four - SAMMY metallic nail polish #7 - TCF gift!

~ the rest ~

body: Maitreya Lara
head: Catwa Catya
ears:[Gauze]&[Trap] Mythic Ears
skin: amara beauty Bianca Skin applier in the April powder pack

@ Cuivieenen

~ xoxo ~

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Silk and sunstone

I had to blog this dress right away because I adore it. Baiastice is celebrating the store's 11th (!) anniversary by giving away this elegant and beautifully textured Silky Mini Dress to group members. The dress comes in six colors all by HUD.

You can join the Baiastice group for a $50L fee, and when you pick up the dress you'll find several other group gifts on the counter. Be sure to snatch up the Plaisir Pumps and use the texture change HUD to get a perfect match to this outfit and many others.

Ava's Sunstone Necklace and Earrings are in the Graffitiwear May Subscriber gift. I was excited to open this gift because I love sunstone. The jewelry will go with a lot of my wardrobe, but I was waiting for just the right thing to highlight its loveliness.

The lacy white tattoo called 'Pendant Loop' is a group gift from CAROL G. You can see the tattoed arms and a bit of the chest tattoo. If you didn't already know white is my favorite color, now you do :)

~ my finds ~

Dress: Baiastice Silky Mini Dress - group gift!
Shoes: Baiastice Plaisir Pumps - All Colors - group gift!
Necklace & Earrings: Graffitiwear Sunstone May Subscriber gift!
Tattoo: CAROL G. Pendant Loop white - group gift!

~ the rest ~

Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: Catwa Catya
Ears: [Gauze]&[Trap] Mythic Ears
Hair: KoKoLoReS Hair Jasmine
Skin: amara beauty Bianca Skin - in the April Powder Pack for Catwa

@ Luanes Magical World

Friday, May 11, 2018

Happiness is the right slogan

If happiness can be found in having the right slogan, Ava is well on her way to bliss. Ava's "May the Fourth Be with You" crop top is a little gift Entice put out for Star Wars fans and you don't even need to join a group to pick it up free! I'm not sure how long the gift will stay out, so best make a dash for it. The top has a texture changing HUD that gives you four color options in addition to the basic black Ava is wearing.

Ava's outfit is topped with the April VIP gift from TRUTH Hair that arrived early in the month of May. The Jacica hat and hair combination comes with several color HUDs for the hair, giving you a complete fatpack of color options. A stylist HUD lets you vary the hairstyle or leave off the hat if you choose, and an accessory HUD has choices for the slogan, the color of the slogan, and the color of the hat itself.

If you zoom in you'll just see Ava's necklace, which also bears a slogan. I picked up the Mantra Necklace by Cae at the latest round of FaMESHed. The Fearless necklace has a texture changing HUD to vary the color of the metal and jewel and is engraved with the slogan "be fearless."

In the pursuit of happiness through slogans, these just may do it. If not, perhaps happiness can be found in a cup of cocoa and good comics in a little café in the north woods?

~ my finds ~

Hair: TRUTH Hair - Jacica - April VIP gift!
Necklace: Cae @ FaMESHed - Mantra Necklace :: Fearless - FaMESHed group gift!
Top: Entice - May the Fourth Be with You - free gift!

~ the rest ~

Pants: Addams - Donna Cargo Jogger - Marketplace
Body: Maitreya - Lara
Head: Catwa - Catya
Ears: Mandala - Steking Ears
Skin: amara beauty in the April Powder Pack - Bianca

Pose: entangled poses - Lorelei 2

@ D o X

~ xoxo ~

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The woods are lovely, dark and deep

This line by American poet Robert Frost could have been written by me, if I had his talent. I can't seem to pass by a wood without feeling lured into its depths. The Japanese practice of forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, involves immersing yourself in the forest and experiencing it mindfully with all your senses. In Japan there are even forests certified for forest bathing. Due to the power of imagination, even in SL a forest gives me that Ahhh... feeling

A white peasant dress is something else I find practically irresistible. I scooped up this pretty Roma Dress by Tres Blah at the latest round of Collabor88. Officially, it's color is "cream." The dress comes with a texture changing Hud to vary the color of the belt, buckles, and panties. That's right, this dress thoughtfully comes with panties attached.

Ava's feather jewelry is the Lelya Necklace and Earrings in Nanika's gacha at The Chapter Four. I went there to click freebies which I have yet to unpack but that's another blog. Her tattoo is also by Nanika and is a group gift at the Gacha Garden. The Darina tattoo is a perfect complement to the off shoulder tops and bare midriffs so popular on the grid this season.

The Angeline Sandals by CULT are a $99L special at FaMESHed. There are tons of freebies to click at the FaMESHed event as well. Instead of showing all freebies today, I thought I'd show a look that I just love. Even the path leading to an unseen destination is one of my favorite things.

~ Ava's outfit ~
Dress: Tres Blah @ Collabor88 - Roma Dress
Necklace & Earrings: Nanika @ The Chapter Four - Lelya Necklace RARE & Earrings 5
Shoes: CULT @ FaMESHed - Angeline Sandals TipToe
Tattoo: Nanika @ The Gacha Garden - Darina tattoo White - group gift!

~ the rest ~
Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: Catwa Catya
Skin: amara beauty - Bianca Skin
Ears: [Gauze]&[Trap] - Mythic Ears
Eyes: euphoric - Koko Beauty Set
Hair: MINA Hair - Kimmy

Pose: entangled poses - Ariadne 1

@ Tagus Enchanted Forest

~ xoxo ~

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The mountains are calling

Have you found a place that calls you so strongly you want to go there every chance you get? For some it's the beach, and for me it's the mountains. In the clean air and natural beauty of the mountains I feel uplifted and completely invigorated.

Here Ava is wearing the *CentoPalini* Black Feather Earrings that I just discovered for 1 Linden on the Marketplace. These are really nice earrings with feathers dangling from a pearly drop and gently moving in the SL breeze so you can imagine they're tickling your neck.

Ava's fun T-shirt is the FaMESHed gift from *COCO*, one of my favorite designers on the grid. A one-color version of Ava's Kimmy hair is MINA Hair's FaMESHed gift, and I liked the gift hair so much I bought the Kimmy hair in *my* color. Ava's minty nail polish is the gift from alme at the Gacha Garden, and her tattoo is the Gacha Garden gift from Nanika.

~ my finds ~

Earrings: *CentoPalini* on Marketplace - Black Feather Earrings - $1L
Nail polish: alme @ the Gacha Garden - For Rose - Mint - gift!
Tattoo: Nanika @ the Gacha Garden - Darina tattoo White - gift!
Top: *COCO* @ FaMESHed - crop tee - gift!

~ from inventory ~

Leggings: Blueberry - Denise - Leggings
Watch: *KATE* Color Watch - Red
Wrap Shirt: BUENO - Olivia Wrap

~ body ~

Body: Maitreya Lara
Head: Catwa Catya
Hair: MINA Hair - Kimmy
Eyes: euphoric - Koko Beauty Set - in the April Catwa powder pack
Skin: amara beauty - Bianca Skin - in the April Catwa powder pack

Pose: Zombie Suicide - Peace Out Bento Pose
Location: private