Tuesday, August 26, 2014

O Shepherdess Where Are Thyne Pastures?

The last lamb was exhausted and weak. It looked up to the centre of its tiny world, the shepherdess, the benevolent caretaker and the source of all goodness, and it silently begged for water. "Oh my dear... I am so very, very sorry..." - whispered the young girl, and hugged the little woolly body closer. "There has been no rain for ages, the pastures are fenced, and we are not permitted into town. But I shall not leave you alone, my dear." The thirsty, exhausted girl kept the thirsty, exhausted lamb in her arms, and she was waiting for whatever fate was mapped out for them.
Shepherdess
As far as gacha machines are concerned, I made a vow some time ago. "I shall play one gacha machine three times, and I shall be happy with whatever I receive" ... and, oddly enough, the spirits guiding those machine handles reward me with rare or ultra rare pieces amazingly often.

Many of the items I'm showing you here are from the current round of The Fantasy Gacha Carnival, already duly introduced by my swifter-than-the-wind fellow blogger Vyl here. You can tempt your luck at Acerbus Silva until August 31st (or, according to the notice you receive when landing, until September 8th), so you still have a few days to walk around, pick and play.
Dress: "Mei Mei" by May's Soul in Green (common) - 75 L$ per play.
Headpiece and collar: "Lifa" by Zibska, full set with colour HUD (rare) - 50 L$ per play.
Face jewellery: "Miradi'el" by Keystone in Onyx (rare) - 50 L$ per play.
Necklace: "Eloise Chain Collar" by The Forge in Black (common) - 75 L$ per play.
Hand jewellery: "Aaliya Hawk" by Luas in Metal (common) - gacha machine available in the shop, 50 L$ per play.
Sheep: "Sheepie" by Adore & Abhor in Licorice - a previous Zodiac Event gacha prize now available in the main shop, 50 L$ per play. I'm a RL Aries so I'm quite taken with this sweet cutie, you know...
Skin: "Fairy" by Mudskin, blogged here.
Nails: "Basic Prim Nails" by Candy Nail in Monotone 10 - 70 L$.
Hairbase: "Curls" by EMO-tions in Black - a previous group gift.
Eyes: "Immortal Eyes" by IKON in Sage - group gift June 2014, now available for sale in the main shop (150 L$).
Pose: Gesticulate - an old gift from the FabFree Headquarters, not available any more.
The picture was taken at El Laberinto Perdido, the latest build by Romy Nayar - quirky and bizarrely cute, as her creations usually are.

Monday, August 25, 2014

When I paint my masterpiece

11 Oh, the streets of Rome are filled with rubble
Ancient footprints are everywhere
You can almost think that you’re seein’ double
On a cold, dark night on the Spanish Stairs 10 Got to hurry on back to my hotel room
Where I’ve got me a date with Botticelli’s niece
She promised that she’d be right there with me
When I paint my masterpiece 9 Oh, the hours I’ve spent inside the Coliseum
Dodging lions and wastin’ time
Oh, those mighty kings of the jungle, I could hardly stand to see ’em
Yes, it sure has been a long, hard climb 12 Train wheels runnin’ through the back of my memory
When I ran on the hilltop following a pack of wild geese
Someday, everything is gonna be smooth like a rhapsody
When I paint my masterpiece 19 I left Rome and landed in Brussels
On a plane ride so bumpy that I almost cried
Clergymen in uniform and young girls pullin’ muscles
Everyone was there to greet me when I stepped inside 13
Newspapermen eating candy
Had to be held down by big police
Someday, everything is gonna be diff’rent
When I paint my masterpiece 

Last lot from me from District 5! If you haven't been down there yet - better get a wriggle on!

Set 1:
Eyes : .random.Matter. - Fracture Eyes - Clover  L$ 90
Tattoo :  .Identity.  - The Hustler [Fresh] Tattoo  L$ 220
Dress : :::insanya::: NormaJean Dress - Cherries White L$ 175
Bag :  .{yumyums}. Calm Yo-self Bag [Left Hold II] {Summer} L$ 299
Binder :  .{yumyums}. Closed School Binder {Stars} L$ 199
Pencils : .{yumyums}. Colored Pencil Stash {Beachy} L$ 99
              .{yumyums}. Nommy Colored Pencil {Grapeasaurus}
              .{yumyums}. Tucked Colored Pencil {Snozberry}
Shoes :  ]S]N]0]B] Fun Wedge Heels  (Work with Slink Medium High mesh feet) L$ 380
Not from District 5 : 
Hair : (r)M Hair No.25'14 - o3.2-Fantasy L$ 287

Set 2:
Hair : ~Tableau Vivant~ Aidoru Series - Kyary - Monsoon  L$ 250
Eyes : .random.Matter. - Fracture Eyes - Clover  L$ 90
Tattoo :  .Identity.  - The Hustler [Fresh] Tattoo  L$ 220
Dress : [ SAKIDE ] Artless Dress Tie RedL$ 100
Binder :  .{yumyums}. Open School Binder {Unicorny} L$ 199
Pencils : .{yumyums}. Nommy Colored Pencil {Snozberry} L$ 99
               .{yumyums}. Tucked Colored Pencil {Beachy}
               .{yumyums}. Tucked Colored Pencil {Daybreak}
               .{yumyums}. Tucked Colored Pencil {Grapeasaurus}
               .{yumyums}. Tucked Colored Pencil {Gummybear}
               .{yumyums}. Tucked Colored Pencil {Lotus}
               .{yumyums}. Tucked Colored Pencil {Orangeswirl}
               .{yumyums}. Tucked Colored Pencil {Slushie}
               .{yumyums}. Tucked Colored Pencil {Smooshie}
Shoes :  ]S]N]0]B] Fun Wedge Heels  (Work with Slink Medium High mesh feet) L$ 380

Taxi to District 5 

Lyrics courtesy of http://www.bobdylan.com/us/songs/when-i-paint-my-masterpiece

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Sketch Artist

17 Knock, Knock, Knock. No answer, no reply. Looking around, he checked the number on the building, it had seemed such an unlikely spot after all. Reaching into his pocket he pulled out a folded note. Torn from thick heavy paper, its edges feathered with fine graphite lines, the fade out of some sketch were overwritten with a confident hand. The address was right, and the time... 16 "Hey" the call spun him on the spot. There she was, the girl with the sketchbook. Grinning, he moved to walk toward her until she held up a hand. "No" she paused, letting her bag drop to the ground, crouching to rummage in it, and rising again with a sliver of charcoal in her hand. "Stay just where you are." As she spoke, more like her appeared, each with sketchpad in hand. Soft murmurings of voices drifted across the lane to him as they nodded to each other. "The light here is perfect..." she said, settling down next to her bag on the cobblestones, her hand already tracing the lines of the building behind him onto the page. "Now, take off your shirt." 18 Changing things up a bit, with one for the bois. More from District 5!

Hair : ~Tableau Vivant~ Aidoru Series - Reita - Winter  L$ 250
HUD driven colour options for this unisex hair.
Tattoo :  .Reckless. - Notti Faded  L$ 300
Love this design - a great look for bois and girls.
Top : etham - James Cardigan - Black  L$ 199
HUD driven colour options - down to the buttons!
Pants : DN Mesh (m): Clip Jeans L$ 195
Another HUD - pick the colour of yer pants!

Not from District 5
Skin : AKERUKA Josh Skin - Group Gift L$ 1

Taxi to District 5






Thursday, August 21, 2014

District5

2 L'├ęcole d'art had an expansive summer programme, sending students across the continent in search of ideas. 1 Each student, talented in their own way, packed up their new bags and went out to explore. 3 Everyone was given their choice of equipment, the tools of their trade with which to hone their craft. 4 8 Some would work in marble, others in fabrics or oils. 7 Each began with pencils and paper, wandering the streets and lanes of strange towns for inspiration. 5 All would come together in the end, in the name of art. 6 Ah... Depraved Nation. NEVER disappoints. If you haven't been to District5 yet, where have you been? What have you been doing? Eh? Wait! Don't go yet! *chuckles* Here's what you can expect.
1 SIM - Five themed areas like the spokes of a wheel. From cheerful and rustic, to grimy and sordid - there's something for everyone. Here's a little of what I found - with more to come soon!

Taxi to District 5

Set 1

Eyes : .random.Matter. - Fracture Eyes - Clover  L$ 90
Such pretty eyes - far more realistic and lifelike than your average due to beautiful artwork of the sclera.
Pencil : .{yumyums}. Nommy Colored Pencil {Stark} L$ 99
Many colours, many positions - much more to come from these!
Tattoo (upper) :  Letis Tattoo :: Essence  :: MM14014 ::  L$ 300
Beautiful tattoo - tattoo layer extends up onto the face and down onto the hands.
Top : Razor/// Cataclysm Tri-Jacket - Violet-  L$ 279
Fantastic style in this jacket, limited numbers of each colour available at District5
Skirt : {dollle*} 045 Tartan Front Slit Micro Skirt - Black  L$ 100
Micro Mini Mesh! Love the grey tartan.
Bag : .{yumyums}. Calm Yo-self Bag [Left Hold I] {Fall} L$ 299
Ideal leather look bag - comes with two options for holds on left and right (hand and arm).
Shoes :  ]S]N]0]B] Fun Wedge Heels  (Work with Slink Medium High mesh feet) L$ 380
Excellent HUD with these heels - you can get an idea of the variation available in this post.

From Hair Fair 2014 : [LeLutka]-FRANCINE hair - IrishRed - Naturals pack L$ 275
Beautiful hair - love the style and the accessory!


Set 2

Eyes : .random.Matter. - Fracture Eyes - Clover  L$ 90
Teeth : [whatever] Teeth 2.0 - Fang   L$ 269
A great idea, especially for those who enjoy role play. Getting the ideal fit was a little tricky - but I was in a rush! Take your time, and play with the different alpha styles included to get your perfect look.
Tattoo (upper) :  Letis Tattoo :: Essence  :: MM14014 ::  L$ 300
Top : EMPORIUM - J&S Bean  L$ 100
Blown away by this for the price - HUD driven texture options for the vest top, jacket and shoulder spikes.
Skirt :  [VN] - Retro Pencil Skirt - Skelly  L$ 200
Great high waisted pencil skirt - gotta love a bones design.
Binder :  .{yumyums}. School Binder {Candy} L$ 199
Binder shown here in both open and closed options included in the pack. These also work as SL standard typing animation overriders. If you have that turned on, when you type - now you write!
Shoes :  ]S]N]0]B] Fun Wedge Heels  (Work with Slink Medium High mesh feet) L$ 380

From Hair Fair 2014 : ::TI:: Mireda Hair-  Licorice - Blacks Pack L$ 250
Can't get enough of this style.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Love Ulaa - Please Help

"Love Ulaa is a fundraising event which aims to raise at least $200 towards sending Ulaa Coronet to visit her terminally ill mother. She has raised half of her target herself through gofundme. Now it's time for the SL community to step in and lend a loving hand to one of our own."

Butterflies For Ulaa - Please Help
This morning I've received a group notice from Evangeline Miles of Evie's Closet, in which she speaks of her RL friend in the gentlest terms, and she applies for our help. I don't know Ulaa but I know what it means to be in her situation. Many years ago I had to take a plane literally in hours, hoping to be able to see my father still alive in another country. Luckily, I had the money to pay my fare. Ulaa is not this fortunate. The event is open until 18 August, so you have a few days to visit. Please go and spend your Linden Dollars in the best way possible.

Outfit: "Sigrid" by Evie'sCloset, a special version for the "Love Ulaa" event (250 L$).
Bun: part of the "Iona" hairdo in Cast Iron, by Discord Designs, available at the "Love Ulaa" event (180 L$ for a colour pack of 6 shades).
Hair: "Grace" in Black by Due, a special offer for the current round of "Enchantment" (250 L$ for a colour pack of 5 shades).
Jewellery: part of the "Persephone" outfit by Les Encantades - 100 L$ (a true deal, as the rest of the outfit is amazingly beautiful, too!), available at the We Love Role-Play event.
Skin: "Fairy" by Mudskin - June 2014 group gift; it is free to join the group.
Eyes: "Kaleido Eyes" in Night by Ikon - a former group gift, now available for 150 L$.
Pose: "Butterflies" by UncertainSmile - part of a three-piece pose and prop set, available at the "LoveUlaa" event (200 L$).
The picture was taken at Dawn of Radiance, the dreamily beautiful sim built by Silvermoon Fairey.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A Pirate's Life

1 Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We pillage, we plunder, we rifle, and loot,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We kidnap and ravage and don't give a hoot,
Drink up me 'earties, yo ho. 2 Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We extort, we pilfer, we filch, and sack,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
Maraud and embezzle, and even high-jack,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho. 3 Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We kindle and char, inflame and ignite,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We burn up the city, we're really a fright,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho. 4 We're rascals, scoundrels, villains, and knaves,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
We're devils and black sheep, really bad eggs,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho. 5 Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate's life for me.
We're beggars and blighters, ne'er-do-well cads,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho.
Aye, but we're loved by our mothers and dads,
Drink up, me 'earties, yo ho. 7 6 More from the fabulous Fantasy Gacha Carnival.
There are so many designers here, most with at two different gacha machines - so very dangerous! I've come the hard way to learn that if there is one item you really really want from a gacha - you are likely to spend far too much trying to get it! That said - all of the items I've ended up with are amazing!

First set :
Headdress : [Tia] Empress Headdress - RARE  L$ 75
Hair : little bones. Pirate Wench DipDye&Fades L$ 99
Top : -Pixicat- Crew.Vest - White   L$ 75
Fans : [BlackPearls] War Fans v08 common  L$ 50
Skirt : *{JuneBug}* Flowing Skirt [Crimson] M  L$ 50
(Anyone looking for any swaps from Junebug - let me know! I have the skirts and bows in all colours, and two of the Ultra Rare sets - I'm looking for the Rare set in Crimson or Black!)


Second Set :
Headdress : ! !Sax Shepherd Designs ~ Gatcha ~ Buccaneer Beads ~ Barataria Headpiece  L$ 50
Hair : little bones. Pirate Wench DipDye&Fades  L$ 99
Dress : =Kio= Oriental Desire - Purple  L$ 75

Third Set :
Hair : .ploom. YAR!- Candy RARE   L$ 99
Necklace :  .Enfant Terrible. Moonchild necklace black   L$ 75
Top and Skirt : Luas - Valkiria - Red   L$ 50
Gauntlets : *sweet Kajira* Awildr   L$ 75
Stockings : .Things. - Viking Stockings Red   L$ 75
Pose :  Infiniti . - Paper Birds - 12  L$ 50

Taxi :Acerbus Silva

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Riding the rails

2 
It was the era of speed. The twenties roared with shining engines and sparkled with modernity. The horrors of the Great War were not forgotten, they were just that bit harder to see when eyes were dazzled by movement, chrome and sequins. 1 Spitfire welcomed this change, along with all others of her age. The nights were long, free to be enjoyed. Beerhalls stayed open until the dawn, jazz spilled from windows and doorways. She rode the rails between nightclubs, a buccaneer in each carriage, one eye ever open for thrills to come. 3 In the darkest hours of night, she sailed her landbound ship alone, wheels trundling along tracks, wearing to a brilliant shine in the moonlight. Her cabin aglow, sliding through the shadows of the city, the cobbled hills her own high seas. 4 The Fantasy Gacha Carnival is something of a treasure trove. Ok ok I'll stop with the pirate references 
- just such the vibe I get from this dress! 
YumYums have these beautiful items in the Carnival in this round which begins on August 8th. 
Dress, shoes, eye-patch and hat are available in a range of colours, red, green, purple blue, from commons to ULTRA RARE pink. All for just L$ 50!

Spitfire wears:
Hair : Analog Dog - PopScotch - Blacks L$ 275
Analog Dog
Skin : Deetalez Skin Shanice No.4 eyeliner (Skin retirement sale)
Deetalez
Eyes :  Chus! Poppet Lens in Spawn L$ FREE
Chus! Marketplace
Dress, Eyepatch, Hat and Shoes :  .{yumyums}. Miss Captain Heart
Amazing texture on the dress, the shading is perfect. The shoes are for SLink High Mesh feet. Love this!
Available at the Fantasy Gacha Carnival here from 08/08/2014:

Acerbus Silva


The sim where the pictures were taken is a current favourite of mine. A beautiful rendering of Stuttgart.

Marienplatz