Category Archives: second life fashion

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

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floorplan & willow. Venturer wood print / in the wild

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Everyone is Fighting Their Own Battles – Be Kind

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One of the things I love most about our Virtual World is that we come across so many different people from different walks of life. I find that SL often breaks the generalisations and prejudices that we might have had about people. I know over the 9 years I have been part of Second Life that my perceptions have changed…I hope I am far more open-minded and tolerant than I was and I always considered myself to be a very tolerant person in the first place.

I have lots of examples of this having worked and played in various communities over the years and one of the biggest changes I have seen has happened under my own nose.  6 years ago almost I hired a female avatar DJ to work at my club. She insisted on using a voice morpher which did cause a lot of snickers and giggles from people. Of course people made assumptions…quite rightly as it proved, that this DJ was not in fact a female in real life. A couple of years in this DJ was unaware one night that their voice morpher failed, just for a split second, and several us were able to confirm that it was a male voice. No one said a word. To us, she wanted to be known and associated as a female and we were fine with that. It was her SL and she could be whatever she wanted to be.

For one reason or another the DJ left my employ but came back a few years later and asked to rejoin the team. I said yes, but not with a voice morpher. The voice morpher is unclear and distracting, I said, and besides we all know you have a male voice. By this time I also had several other dj’s whose avies didn’t match the voice and it really was no big deal to anyone. The DJ was surprised we knew, shocked we had known for so long and I think mostly pleasantly surprised that she hadn’t noticed any change whatsoever in how people related to her.

Everyone has things going on behind the avatar that others may not know about. Some might, but most won’t unless you are a person that shares everything with everyone like a daily edition of a newspaper. I’ve been reminded of this today as I read Facebook and find out that someone I know has been dealing with the decline and now passing away of a parent to cancer. This person knows full well that they get a fair amount of criticism from some quarters for how they interact with others sometimes. My writing that won’t be a surprise. But, reading that this morning really made me remember the adage ‘Be Kind to Others, You never know what battles they are fighting’

Have a wonderful Thursday everyone and treat people how you would like to be treated today.

Credits:

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – Lelutka Stella

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Alena Head Applier

Eyes – Ikon – Storm

Hair – Exile – Blown Away

Jacket – Erratic – Mischa Wrap Coat

Pants – Maitreya – Leather Leggings

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

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

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

DDD – Handing Candles

Skye Studio Tree Tunnel


Kirin @ Kustom9!!

Hello Sweeties !!

Kustom9 just opened it’s doors and I wanna share with you the new release from Kirin Poses that’s available there.

Hinata pose pack is composed by 7 sitting poses (1 variant) and It’s available for 89 lindens the pack.

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Credits for what i’m wearing can be seen here.

I hope you enjoy and check it out the new Kustom9 Location !!


Filed under: Carolina Sautereau, Events, iheartslFeed, Kawaii, Kustom 9, new release, new releases, second life fashion Tagged: Kirin, Kirin Poses, Kustom9

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

 


LOTD #633: Blue Moon

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  • Body:

Mesh head & Skin Appliers: VCO _ Fairy mesh Head _  [Pixie] _ 04 (by yamette)
Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 (by Onyx LeShelle)
Mesh hands & feet: Slink (by Siddean Munro)
Hair: tram  E817 hair / beige (by moca.loup) [NEW]

  • Clothing / Accessories:

Dress: Tee*fy Sofia Dress – Maitreya – Lavender (by azure.electricteeth) [NEW]
Collar: Glam Affair – Ballerina Collar Spring (by amberly.boccaccio) [NEW]
Head accessory: pr!tty – Floral Headband (by karla.marama)
Butterflies: !Ohmai: Butterflies Aplenty [Ver1] (by Anya Ohmai)
Shoes: *BOOM* Beary Sweet Flats lilac (by aranel.ah)

  • Poses:

Kirin Poses – Hinata Pose Pack (by Carolina Sautereau) [NEW] Soon @ Kustom9

  • Decor:

Moon: {anc} MoonLightLounge. moon boat RARE (by aki69) [NEW] @ The Arcade
Butterflies: [ keke ] butterfly wall decor – blue (by kean.kelly)
Pigs: {anc} MoonLightLounge. baby pig.sit (by aki69) [NEW] @ The Arcade
Balloons: {anc} MoonLightLounge. Glitter balloon. (by aki69) [NEW] @ The Arcade
Table: {anc} MoonLightLounge. wood table(by aki69) [NEW] @ The Arcade
Bottle: {anc} MoonLightLounge. champagne (by aki69) [NEW] @ The Arcade
Books: {anc} garden. whitebook (by aki69)
Champagne tower: {anc} MoonLightLounge. champagne tower (by aki69) [NEW] @ The Arcade


Filed under: Basic, Carolina Sautereau, Decor, Events, iheartslFeed, Kawaii, Kustom 9, new release, new releases, second life fashion, The Arcade Tagged: !Ohmai, *BOOM*, -Glam Affair -, Kirin, Kirin Poses, Maitreya, PR!TTY, SLink, Tee*fy, tram, VCO, [ keke ], {anc}

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


Follow me into the dark..

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                                              ::{u.f.o}:::red riding hood { @ The Arcade }

Hair- tram