Category Archives: Miscellaneous

When the Night Calls Your Name

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I feel so naked! You may look at the pic and think huh? There is no nakie! This is the first time in probably 6 months that I haven’t worn a mesh head. IKR! I have like 8 different mesh heads…I am never meshheadless! But for all the benefits of mesh heads I realised today that there is a lot to be said for the versatility and options of a good skin (thank you AlterEgo!) and make up! I got to play with my make up bag again and loved how it came out.

There are some great events up and running at present and more starting in the next few days. Two of my favourites The Fantasy Collective and Shiny Shabby both feature new items from White Widow too which is an even bigger bonus! The tattoo above is called Invictus and will be available at The Fantasy Collective from the 22nd September.  Also coming up is Shiny Shabby AND a new round of My Attic which I will be blogging goodies from very soon!

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It’s gonna be a hella busy week for me but I’m already excited at the thought of bringing you so much awesomeness and the MadPea Charity Auction!

Credits: 

Body – Maitreya Lara

Skin – AlterEgo – Mayumi Drow

Tattoo – White Widow – Invictus **NEW** at The Fantasy Collective from 22nd September

Hairbase – Just Magnetized – Tintable Hairbases

Lashes – DAMNED – Luscious Lashes

Make Up – AlterEgo **EXCLUSIVE** at Body Mod Expo

Eyes – Dead Apples – Phantom Eyes

Hair – Spellbound – Medusa

Dress – Baiastice – Bia **NEW** at C88

Umbrella – Tres Blah Umbrella  **NEW** at C88

Poses – Vibe


Work Hard, Play Hard but Remember Your Value

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There’s lots of good stuff happening right now in both of my lives. We’re fast approaching the MadPea Celebrity Auction at !Exodus! which brings both of my SL working lives together for a great cause.  A week later we will be launching The Peatonville Asylum adventure game that we have been working on non-stop for over 2 months.

Yesterday I wrote the blog post on the MadPea blog where I announced the hud packages for the game and while the vast majority of feedback there were of course the dissenters who complained about having to pay to play.  The minimum cost to play is L$100. What you get for that L$100 is hours of gameplay, a rich layered storyline, a fun group of people and community to join and play alongside and a goodie bag. The silver and Gold hud packages are loaded with extras and rewards.

What has it cost to develop the game…well I don’t track the exact costs, or know what my colleagues are paid but a team of 15 people working flat out for 2 months, building, scripting, designing, blogging, marketing, graphic designing, texturing, writing, animating, making poses, liaising and organising collaborators. 2 sims, built and decorated as well as the associated costs of those sims. Plus freelancers to fill skill gaps such as making clothing items for the Gold Hud Costumes.  I think most rational people are reading this and thinking “Wow! People really complain about spending 100L$ after all that work” Yes, they do and it’s heartbreaking because no matter how much positive feedback you get the fact that someone can sit in your group and accuse you of being greedy is hurtful. The irony is that if they really stopped to think about it, it’s them that are greedy expecting everything for free.

I believe that are two main reasons for this expectation and I spoke about one of them when I, along with Kiana Writer, was interviewed by Saffia Widdershins at SL12B earlier this year. People are not used to being asked to pay for experiences in SL and therefore they often don’t place a value on them. They go to clubs and don’t expect to tip the venue and sometimes don’t tip the staff because it’s someone else’s responsibility to pay for their entertainment. If everyone thought like that there would be a lot less clubs and venues in SL that’s for sure. But as long as someone else is subsidising their time why should they be bothered. They would however be the first to kick-off if they turned up at their favourite venue and found it ‘pay for entry’ or group only with a group charge. There are free games on the grid…go play one and then try a MadPea game and tell me you don’t notice a difference in quality level.

The second reason I believe is the misbelief that MadPea Games are hunts (in the traditional sense of a hunt). Yes there is a hunting element – you have to find items to complete your passage through the gameplay but you are not hunting prizes. Most standard hunts in SL don’t have full sims themed to the storyline, mini adventures, a storyline, themed outfits to wear to immerse yourself. We make interactive grid-wide adventure games not hunts and our rewards for completing the game are far superior to any ‘hunt’ I’ve ever done in SL. When you play Peatonville at the Gold Level you will get 50 Rewards – 2 from each of the collaborating creators who include Zerkalo, AF, Serenity Style, Botanical, Exile Hair, Noodles, Reckless Tattoos and Junk to name just the first few that came to my mind.

I buy my homes, my clothes, my mesh bodies, heads, hands and feet, my decor, my hair, my accessories… I work hard, all the team do, most of us alongside real life jobs because we love what we do but yes, we value our time and our work and that means it has a price tag. It’s about time other game and experience creators put value on their work and charged accordingly and more than about time that all SL residents understood that you get what you pay for.

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These pics are taken at the starting zone for Peatonville Asylum, Peatonville Bay. The game opens on 2nd October to everyone and on the 1st October to players who win or purchase an early access Gold Key.

Credits: 

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Hair – Argrace – Nao

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Tattoo – White Widow – Focus **NEW** at ANYbody

Jacket and Top – Coco – Cropped Bomber Jacket **NEW** at Shiny Shabby from 21st September

Shorts – Pixicat – Tilde Shorts – **NEW** at Kustom9

Shoes – REIGN – Thigh High Sneakers

Earrings – Kunglers – Blanche – **NEW** at ON9

Poses – Kalopsia Scooter with Poses

 


Putting It Into Practice

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Yesterday I spoke about being kind to others because you never know what is going on behind the avatar. I wrote that item before I went to work for the day. I work in a hospital clinic and later in the day someone came in for treatment that I knew almost 30 years ago.

She was a supervisor at a factory I worked in when I left school as a temp agency worker. I was 16 and she was probably late 40’s, early 50’s then. She was feared by everyone, the temp staff and the full time permanent staff alike. She was not a nice person and made everyone’s life as difficult as possible…and yesterday…she was a shadow of former self. She didn’t remember me. She was quiet, withdrawn and nervous. I mentioned to her while she waited that I had worked with her in the past. We talked for a while about people we knew, the place we worked and reminisced about it. Her eyes lit up, she laughed and smiled. I didn’t mention the bad stuff just spent some time talking to her generally.

It struck me again, all the time she was being difficult when I was 16 what was going on in her life behind the scenes. It felt good to forget that fear and annoyance with her from years gone by and be the one with the power to make a difference to her day in a positive way.

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One of the other things that made me feel good yesterday was finally getting over to Less Than Wicked to take some pics and checking out the items at this round of Tres Chic

I’m in the process of decorating my new house…it’s a long process with so much other stuff going on with MadPea Celebrity Auction and the launch of Peatonville just around the corner but I had to find somewhere for these gorgeous autumnal items from Serenity Style, available at Tres Chic.  Perfect for the rustic Fall look these Autumn Wood Blocks also come with the ground leaves that set them off adorably.

Off to work again now and looking forward to what today has in store.

Credits:

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Hair – Argrace – Tsubasa

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Ricielli – Bonnie Dress **NEW** at Tres Chic

Shoes – fri.day – Didi Wedges

Head – LODE – Head Accessory – Vines (Autumn) RARE Gacha item

Pose – oOo Studio 

Location – Less Than Wicked

Serenity Style-Autumn Wood Block Leaf **NEW** at Tres Chic

Serenity Style-Autumn Wood Block Striped **NEW** at Tres Chic

Serenity Style-Autumn Wood Block Fall **NEW** at Tres Chic

Serenity Style-New Autumn Leaves **NEW** at Tres Chic

Dust Bunny – Firewood Basket

{anc} flottante puppy

floorplan & willow. Venturer wood print / in the wild

floorplan & willow. Venturer wood print / feather


Hooray for Peter Pumpkinhead

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I want to sing ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ but people would think I meant Christmas. Of course, I don’t. I mean Autumn, Fall…Halloween. What is not to like  about this time of year. Fresh air, with a chill, but not a freeze. Roaring fires, crisp leaves on the ground. The colours..oh my the colours, oranges, browns, greens, yellows, golds and saffron.

The new round of Tres Chic opens tomorrow 17th September and there are going to be some fabulous items for sale if the previews are anything to go buy. The set above is unKindness set for the event and is absolutely adorable. The Country Pumpkin set comprises three individual pieces that can also be purchased as a set and are also copyable to decorate your Fall themed areas and homes. The seat comes with 6 male and 6 female poses and is complimented perfectly by the Accessories Set and Candles Tray.

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Richly textured this perfect Pumpkin set is available from 17th September through to October 5th at Tres Chic.

Credits;

unKindness -Country Pumpkin Seat **NEW** at Tres Chic. from 17th September

unKindness -Country Country Pumpkins Accessories **NEW** at Tres Chic. from 17th September

 

unKindness -Country Pumpkin Candles **NEW** at Tres Chic. from 17th September

DDD – Handing Candles

Skye Studio Tree Tunnel

 


Mainstore Monday – Lamb & Tres Blah

Every Monday I blog a Mainstore Monday meme featuring two mainstores from around the grid. The purpose of this is to redress the balance a little between event shopping and mainstores shopping and show some examples of great mainstores, ideas, sims and places to blog and share with your friends. I love shopping events and will be the first trying to get my pixel butt into all of them but I also love a great mainstore.

This week I’ve visited two stores that share a beautiful sim, Lamb and Tres Blah.

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I adore Lamb hair. When I gained early access to the Hair Fair this year Lamb was one of my first stops and I wasn’t disappointed. I am also loving their hairstyles at this round of the Arcade too. The Lamb hair store is a quaint store on a sim that has the air of a small French town square. The inside of the store is just as full of character as the outside too. Lamb hair ranges from the funky to the cute, often with a more than a dash of retro and vintage to them too. Certainly when I am putting together a vintage or classic style look it’s one of my first stops for hair to compliment the look.

It’s not a huge store but it packs the items in without looking over busy and the items are all well displayed and easily accessible which is no mean feat in a store that has a number of arches and alcoves.

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There’s not a lot of fuss about this store, it very much does what it says on the tin. There’s no big reception area with details of events and giftcards and other sundry items, just a Hello and straight into the business at hand…trying on your hair.

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Directly opposite Lamb is Tres Blah which is fast becoming one of my favourite event stores after recent rounds of awesomeness at events like C88. I haven’t taken too many internal pics of the store as there are a number of ‘Under Construction’ signs up and about…but to be honest they have been there for quite some time so I’m not actually sure if the store is under construction or it’s some kind of clever joke that has gone straight over my head.

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The majority of items in the store are clothing but there is a very good selection of other fashion related items too and also a wall dedicated to the gorgeous gachas that Tres Blah has put together for events like The Arcade.

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The hair that I am wearing in the above pic is in fact that hair that I made total grabby hands for at the Hair Fair and is now available in the Lamb store. I’ll be back next week with another Mainstore Monday. Have a great week everyone!

Credits:

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Fierce

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Tattoo – White Widow – Focus **NEW** at Anybody

Hair – Lamb – Crave You

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Top – Tres Blah – Kimono

Pants – Maitreya – Hipster **NEW**

Jewelry – Meva – Gipsy Set

 


Checkers for One Ain’t so much Fun

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That said, at least I can’t lose if I play games on my own. After a few rounds of Greedy last night that left me wondering if my name had been put into some Greedy blacklist of players never to win a game!!!

While the weekend is still with us be sure to head over to unKindness and pick up these fabulous Rustic Benches at only 150L$ each in PG and Adult versions which a super-duper colour and texture change menu to mix and match with your home style. *coughs* The animations are really rather good and yes, I tried all of them…in both items…with a little help *winks*

Also starting this weekend is the first round of Gen Neutral a totally new concept event on the grid and one that I can totally get behind. I’ll be featuring more items from that event over the coming days I’m sure.

Flux Sur Mer is one of my favourite sims and there new shopping area is a great place to visit and shop in absolutely stunning surroundings. It really does enhance the shopping experience when you have a whole sim to relax and enjoy. Serenity style has an exclusive item coming up at the next round of their shopping event starting on the 15th September. Games Time includes the checkers board and Bingo card deco which are totally cute and perfect for cluttering up any lived in home.

Maitreya in the meantime broke my bank with this new release of tank tops and hipster pants…I got fatpack mania but they are worth every single L$ and ladies, you know they are gonna fit your Lara bods to perfection!

Credits:

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Hair – Truth – Josette **NEW**

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Top – Maitreya – Tank Top **NEW**

Pants – Maitreya – Hipster **NEW**

Pose – Kirin

Decoration:

unKindness – Rustic Bench **SPECIAL** for the Neighbourhood this weekend only

Consignment – Clock **NEW** at Gen Neutral

Serenity Style- Old Checkers & Bingo Frame **NEW** at Flux Sur Mer from 15th September

Soy End Table and Dark Purple Berries Vase

Cheeky Pea –  Delilah Earth Solid Curtain

FANATIK – Rug

{anc} Lace Curtain – Bokeh

 


I’m not just Special, I’m a Limited Edition…

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I played with that quote a bit because the original is ‘I’m not special, I’m a Limited Edition’ and when it comes to this elegant Asian loft skybox from DaD Designs it is most definitely special too! The 100% original mesh loft comes with two options, one with a privacy cube, with a footprint of 28 x 28 and 30 x 30 respectively and is perfect for a home or store or that separate lil getaway place in the sky.  Crazy to think that’s it’s only 31Li!!!

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The best thing about this tranquil, peaceful place to call home is that it’s a Limited Edition at the 24 Designer 2015 which runs from the 11th to the 19th and only 150 of these will be sold which means that you won’t find them all over the grid in everybody else’s parcels and will be far more exclusive to you to show off to your friends. But you have to be quick as the event only runs for a week and these will sell super fast at only L$390.

Everything, except the space, is small…the price, the Li, the number available so grab one while you can because everyone needs a place to call nirvana.

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DaD Design – Asian Loft – **LIMITED EDITION – NEW & EXCLUSIVE** at 24 Designer 2015

Botanical – Waterlilys

Culprit Zen Screen Tonbo

Culprit TSUKUBAI (mesh)

MadPea Bonsai Tsukikage RARE

MadPea Bonsai Hizashi RARE

=Zenith= pingfeng

tarte. hot air balloon tealights

{anc} Bdream Umbrella

[[RH]] Wagasa lamp

[DDD] Paper Lanterns – Mixed Trio (Special)

[DDD] Paper Cranes Array

{anc} Bdream Rugachair

[[RH]] IRORI

*AF* Milltown Traveler’s Table Complete

*AF* Money Plant Small

Kalopsia – Wall Cup Lights

Culprit Zen Tansu

Culprit Zen Andon

MadPea Bonsai Ryu

MadPea Bonsai Kojiki

[[RH]] Japanese Tea set

Culprit Japanese Zaisu Set D (mesh)

.:revival:. sisal rug

Culprit Pebble Orb Fountain (mesh)

Scarlet Creative Rosemary Plant

EarthStones Incense Horizontal – Brass/Amber

MadPea Bonsai Tsume

{anc} Bdream Sakurapot

-[Zacca]- Zataku

Aphrodite Japanese bonsai with nature sounds & butterflies

Dutchie japanese panel spring

**Please note that I have added the water in the 2nd picture as part of my decoration**


She’s a Black Magic Woman and She’s Trying to Make a Devil out of me

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This is almost a part two to my earlier post there was just so much awesome stuff to tell you about that I had to share the love over 2 posts! I also had omitted to thank my friend Marc for his help in putting together the scenes in my last post so I wanted to rectify that.  I’ve known Marc for some time now and recently have gotten to know him a lot better, he’s been a total star helping with my pics, blogging and coming in super handy with a MadPea mini-crisis I had earlier today. I’ve had some awesome things happen to me this week and discovering the depth of his friendship has been one of them.

I am really enjoying using my TMP Classic head more often now and getting used to the using Stylemode to achieve different looks for my avatar. Today I am using the brand new eye tattoo appliers from White Widow available at ON9 and also from White Widow, the Altar tattoo which is new at We Love Roleplay…to be honest I’ve not taken this tattoo off for days…I love it!

Everyone loves to have a lil black dress they pull out for those occasions when you need to slip into something drop-dead sexy and fitted to perfection and if you have been to C88 already this month you may have seen the ISON Occult dress I’m wearing for this post. The dress is sold separately to the jacket but you can mix up elements of the two for the desired look. Fitted for Maitreya and Slink this is THE dress to shimmy into when you want to dress to impress.  Matched up with AlterEgo Leg Fade v2 and these absolutely gorgeous Samantha Booties from fri.day that can also be grabbed at C88.

Witchy Woman!

Credits:

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Hair – [e] elikatira – Estelle **NEW** at Fameshed

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Tattoo – White Widow – Altar – **NEW** at We Love Roleplay

Face Tattoo – White Widow – Mellow – **NEW** at ON9

Glasses – Izzie’s – Gentleman Glasses

Dress – Ison – Occult Dress **NEW** at C88

Shoes – fri.day – Samantha Booties – **NEW** at C88

Leg Fade V2 – AlterEgo

Horns – Zenith – Muted Coven Horns **NEW** at C88

Poses – Posesion


Mainstore Monday – AlterEgo & Spellbound

Every Monday I blog a Mainstore Monday meme featuring two mainstores from around the grid. The purpose of this is to redress the balance a little between event shopping and mainstores shopping and show some examples of great mainstores, ideas, sims and places to blog and share with your friends. I love shopping events and will be the first trying to get my pixel butt into all of them but I also love a great mainstore.

I originally started the meme a few months ago after having several conversations with Toxxic Rhiannyr of AlterEgo about the balance between events and mainstores so this week I am featuring her store and also Spellbound Hair and Accessories.

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AlterEgo is a long established and well known name to the majority of Second Life shopping addicts. Toxxic is always tinkering with the look of the store and sim to constantly improve it and keep things fresh. AlterEgo sells skins and shapes, accessories and edgy, urban fashion.

Mainstore MondayAlterEgo has a range of skins in regular skin shades and drow versions which also have a number of different skin appliers available for various mesh bodies and also head appliers for TMP, Genesis Lab and Logo. In an age when we there is a lot of discussion about us all starting to ‘look’ the same because of mesh heads and bodies AlterEgo is often offering limited edition skins so you can be sure of being limitedly unique!

A few years ago a number of stores used to offer newbie packs for new avatars. AlterEgo is one of the creators that still generously offers a number of items to avatars under 30 days old including clothing and a skin pack. I meet a lot of new residents through my club and through my work at MadPea and always recommend a visit to AlterEgo is they are below the age threshold. It’s a great start for a new avatar. For older avatars there are a number of fabulous group gifts and often events like vip raffles. Mainstore Monday

You can find out more about AlterEgo by visiting their mainstore or by checking out the AlterEgo blog.

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My second stop of the day was at Spellbound. I love this sim and with the upcoming Halloween season this sim is perfect for photoshoots and blog posts too. The picture above is the view of the store as you arrive at the landing point.

Spellbound is a store specialising in hair and accessories with more than a touch of the bizarre and spooky about them…as the name would imply.  Spellbound puts a lot of thought into just about every aspect of the shopping experience from the outside sim, to the layout of the store to the ‘spellbook’ packages and animation that your purchases are delivered in.

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The styles, the quality and the options for colours and colour mixes are superb and you get great value for your L$. The styles range from cutesy to demonic but always with a twist that makes Spellbound unique.

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As you enter the store there’s a wonderful reception area with lots of quirky niknaks and information about events, group information and a subscriber for those with limited group space. I recommend joining the group and collecting your group gift hair. The group does have a small charge to join but the hair group gift is a fatpack with numerous colour options for both the hair and the accessories.

Finally, here’s my look du jour! And I have to thank Ingrid Von Paine for the giftie of the RARE Cloak and Hat from the Livid Witchy Gacha for inspiring my look!

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Credits:

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – AlterEgo – Ash Tan Skin and Lydia Mesh Head Applier 

Hair – Spellbound – Astarte *GROUP GIFT*

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Tattoo – White Widow – Altar **NEW** at We Love Roleplay

Witches Hat – LiViD  Coven Hat Vintage RARE Gacha in store

Corset – Pixicat – Temptation Corset RARE previous Arcade Gacha

Pose and Props – F*CKING NINJAS – Bring the Light

 


A Sunday Well Spent Brings A Week of Content

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Sunday is really the start of the week. I remember being told that as a child and thinking the person telling me was bat-shit crazy. Monday was the first day of the school week, the first day of the work week why would Sunday be the first day of the week? It made no sense whatsoever. Now…many, many years later it still makes no sense whatsoever. What does make sense, and even more so the older I get, is making sure that Sunday is relaxing, chilled out and happy. It’s got to revive you and ready you for the week ahead. This Sunday is only halfway through for me at the moment but it’s certainly already working out to be one of the most restful I’ve had for some time.

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Having a bit more time today gave me the opportunity to look through some items and put together some looks and sets that I had been planning on for a while and adding in some new items too. Those of you who read my blog regularly will know what a fangirl I am of White Widow Tattoos and they’re back with some awesome new releases including the one I am wearing today which is from We Love Roleplay event. It comes in black, henna and white ink versions and in just about every body applier known to man! White Widow put a lot of work into making sure that they cover as many appliers as possible so that as many people as possible can enjoy their work.

I put together the scene with these awesome items from Serenity Style for Mesh Avenue September Round. The set comes with mannequins and a room divider and wheel (not shown). I’ve featured Serenity Style a few times, including a Mainstore Monday post. I urge you to visit Mesh Avenue to pick up this beautiful set but also to check out the mainstore of this creator of beautiful mesh home decor… she really is going places.

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I wanted to add a quick note about the poses I am using today from addme. Not only are the poses great and working very well with a mesh body but I was so happy when I unpacked these and found that only do the poses come individually with mirrors but there is also a pose stand with the poses in them and a hud with them in. Now, I use a pose hud, as I am sure a lot of photographers and bloggers do, but I am always buying new poses and every few weeks have to sit down and update my hud. The fact that addme have supplied the hud and posestand is an indication of the thoughtfulness and the desire to go above and beyond what a lot of other stores do. They are helping to make their products even more usable and making themselves stand out from their competitors. They’ve done a great job.

I am going to wrap up my chilled out Sunday with a 2 hour dj set at !Exodus! Rock Club. Feel Good Sunday tuneage from the 90’s 00’s and today with a playlist including Oasis, Cardigans, Suede, Placebo, Elastica, The Kooks, Razorlight, Catatonia, Jake Bugg, Modest Mouse, Weezer, Pepper, James, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Tame Impala, Garbage, The Cure, Beck and Our Lady Peace…and quite a bit more too! Come along and chill out with me and feel good this Sunday.

Credits: 

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Hair – Argrace – Azami

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Tattoo – White Widow – Altar – **NEW** at We Love Roleplay

Outfit – Junbug – Rose’s Boudoir

Shoes – fri.day – Opal Heels – Vintage

Earrings – League Sideshow

Serenity Style- Dizzie Mannequin **NEW** at Mesh Avenue

Serenity Style- Dizzie Room Divider **NEW** at Mesh Avenue

Botanical  – Decorative Lights

Poses – addme Poses