Thursday, April 24, 2014

Warrior of cards

It was a long tradition of the women of Nimoje family to read the cards for others. So nobody was surprised when Cilia showed a talent for that. It did not take her long to master even more difficult patterns and her forecasts became even more exact. Unfortunately they became too exact. She was able to tell people that they would loose their keys on a certain day to a certain time, and if they would be able to get them back or not. She also could tell them what they would drink or what kind of food they would get. It scared people. So her family tried to talk her into being less exact and she even tried but the more she tried to say simple sentences the more horrible things escaped her lips. And everything she said became true. For some time she tried to stop reading the cards but this also did not work. She started to see the future of random people in the leaves of trees or in dirt. And then she changed. She left her family and started to travel. Now and then she approached people and informed them about their future and disappeared again leaving a trail of cards behind her.
play-a-game-with-me-2 The Mia Mesh Hair from Wasabi Pills has been released some time ago. It amazes by it's livid design which makes it look like being blown to the side by strong wind while still looking elegant. So it goes very well with the Soldier of cards outfit from DownDownDown. The outfit is made of unrigged mesh and clothing layer parts. This makes it slightly old school but it is very unique and definitely worth to have a look at. DownDownDown offer a lot of cute and unique accessories as well. Captivity Co. take part in the Comic Fair. Their items are joker and card related. The pose used for the picture belongs to a set which contains the pose, cards and also a base ball bat - which has not been used for the picture. They also offer other comic related poses at that fair. Their booth is worth to look at, while the rest of the fair is mainly not related to the topic.

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Mia Mesh Hair - Rouge
Dress, Gloves and Blindfold: DDD_Soldier of cards
Pose: Captivity Co. - A Game (Sold at the Comic Fair)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Counting Crows - Pose Fair 2014

The birds came at twilight. Coal black wings shot with petroleum rainbows scythed through the still air. Harsh calls ricocheted from tree to tree, muddling in the mist.
Coming out of her daily slumber, the birds were as much an alarm call as the seismic shift of sun sinking below the horizon. As she slumbered, they were her eyes, the only sight of truly sunlit lands she had seen in centuries.
Flying close, wings brushed against skin; further transferring memory and thought. As rare lovers could confirm, fingers smoothing through her hair would more often than not dislodge several feathers.
Far from stray quills, these were as much a part of her as of the crows surrounding her. When circumstance demanded and starlight silvered the land, she would leave it for a time, joining them in flight through the darkness.

Busy Busy! So much to do, and with the *ahem* Fantasy Faire not too far away, I'm covering what I can when I can!

The Hottie Cooterati Experience brings the Posefair 2014! Over 100 stores in an AMAZING build (full instructions on best viewer settings for the experience are delivered by NC on arrival). Stores offer exclusive poses, some gachas, some gifts. The fair runs until May 3rd.
Here shown is the Savoir Faire (SFS) 'The Crows' pose prop L$ 250. This comes set up for the model to stand amongst the crows at the apex of a corner as if in a room. The prop itself is modifiable, so you can re-texture the walls (which are a lovely battered and stained chintz). Here I've actually modified them by shrinking the walls down to allow greater depth in the image. I love crows. LOVE them, and this pose prop is excellent. Crows are MESH and unmoving, the prop itself contains six poses, which are all adjustable on X, Y, Z axes.

Also Shown :
Hair : Little Bones - Gods & Monsters (Royale) All Fades pack L$ 450 (Block 100 event exclusive)
Dress : even.flow - Igraine Dress "silver solid" L$ 195 (Monochromatic Fair exclusive)

And... just incase you missed it on Flickr - My entry for the Block 100 photo contest.
Block 100 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

A dance in monochromatic mood

Dance baby dance, like the world is ending.
Dance baby dance, like the world is ending.
Dance baby dance coz the world is ending.
The cosmos was tuning up for an epic performance. Darkness and light conspired to work together, bringing an end to the old, and creating the new. The music of the eternal dance played through all beings at all times, this would be a memorable crescendo, one requiring many hours of practice. There could be no getting it wrong.
Merida knew the steps, having watched the shadowdancers since her eyes could discern their forms from the surrounding darkness. This would be her d├ębut. It felt as though she had practiced for millennia, when in reality the nearest star had burned half its lifespan before she set foot in the practice studio. This place was out of time, above and behind, where protagonists of the dance would meet. Their movements syncopated, graceful limbs moving perfectly in time with the music of the stars, forever bringing death, and life.

The Monochromatic Fair opened on Friday April 18th. Far from just black and white, the fair is a riot of colour - just one at a time! 104 creators have set up shop on a single sim, with exclusive items from each - all keeping to the single colour theme. I really hadn't gone planning on spending anything (after my accidental *I must have it all* at the GoT gacha event) but that whole plan was ruined as soon as I saw the {Aoi Hime} horns at .::Cubic Cherry Kre-ations:.. I've said in the past about going back to visit things to be sure you want to buy them. This was an on the spot, got to have it type deal. The style of the horns is just beautiful, so organic. The colour set the tone for this whole look. Of course then I went looking in all the other stores cherry picking - pardon the pun - items to fit the idea sparked by the horns. Oh the dangers of shopping.
The Monochromatic fair is open until May 2nd.

You can find the SIM here...
The Monochromatic Fair
You can find details of all merchants and direct SLurls here

Horns : .::Cubic Cherry Kre-ations:.. {Aoi Hime} Horns  L$ 300
As I said above. Just beautiful. Here shown is the 'night' version, the 'day' version is also included.
Hair : [geek.] I'm a Puzzle - SurfShop (With bangs and headband) Blues Pack L$ 100
Love teal, love it. Nice selection of tones in each pack.
Cardigan : [NV] Ela Cardigan -Wool Black L$ 125
The fit of this cardigan is great. The texture of the wool sets it apart from the usual flat black.
Skirt : Razor/// Fluffy Butt Suspenders  L$ 150
This skirt - with suspenders - is pretty amazing. I'm not even going to pretend I've seen all it can do. You may have heard about 'Materials' in SL - for which you need a viewer with Materials capability. It's looking to be the biggest change since the introduction of MESH. Even without getting into all of that - the options on the HUD that comes with the skirt (along with multiple options for sizes, including those to fit Lola's, Cute Azz and Phat Azz) are great. Separate options to change the transparency and glow of the ruffles and the straps, along with 20 colour options for the ruffles and 21 for the straps, there will be a combination to fit your look.
Leggings : [-S-] Slinky Tights - Holey Moley - Blue L$ 100
These come with Slink and Azz appliers.

Not from the fair -
Ballet equipment : YumYums Mesh Ballet Studio Set  L$ 299
This is a prop - no poses included. It would work brilliantly to enhance any gym / ballet setting.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The magic of Butterflies

At the beginning they had tickled her a lot. But with the time the skin in her face had become less sensitive to the touch of hundreds of little legs. Her teachers had been surprised when she choose butterflies, most of her classmates had chosen bigger animals as their weapon. But every time somebody tried to talk her out of her decision she just smiled and whispered "you will see and others will feel".
Of course it would have been more easy to use wasps or bees but they would not have looked as pretty as butterflies.
But they had benefits. It was possible to use them as jewelry. And that was what she did. Now and then people who had laughed about them had to learn that magical butterflies could have very sharp wings and that they could grow.

wandering-in-grass 22769 made lovely masks for L'accessories . The butterflies are made of mesh and available in many colours they can be worn either with holder or without. The Hanako hair from Wasabi Pills looks romantic and elegant. It fits well to roleplay and also sporty look. The hair is made of rigged mesh and sold at the seasons story. The Kimono is currently sold at the Japan fair but also available in the main store of *...Silvery K*. It is made of one piece of rigged mesh and not only available in white but also in red and black. The set contains also fitting shoes. The poses used in the post come from *Ma Vie*.
Mask: 22769 ~ Mes pensees sont des papillons (sold at L'accessories)
Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Hanako Mesh Hair - Iceberg (sold at the seasons story)
Kimono: *:..Silvery K..:* KimonoMesh(Rose_white)
Tattoo: Dragon Tattooo = Kurikara MonMon = Irezumi
Poses: *Ma Vie*

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Secret Affair - Game of Thrones

For many years she had studied in the darkness. It was in the darkness after all, that the lord of light held sway. This was known, to those with the wit to see it, a truth as plain as any other; shadows could not exist without light. Light came to her in many guises, all borne of fire. Candle flames fascinated the young. All were warmed and fed from the kitchen hearth. The old, when their time came, journeyed into the realm of the dead through the funeral pyre. As the war progressed, and she played her part, wondrous new possibilities were laid out before her. Wildfire. Her sigil, the ruby red stone always at her throat shimmered now, green as grass, a tribute to her desires. Having felt the power, all she wanted was to set the world ablaze.
Across the seas, in desert stretching further than any eye could see, the displaced princess walked. In her mind, she was princess no longer, no more was she Khaleesi. These things had passed as she took on her new role, the one which she knew would last her the rest of her life, and carry her to the heights of ambition. As the eggs cracked, splintering stone cherished through centuries for its beauty, her children had emerged. She had learned from the decline of her family, had seen great cities fall under the blade of her husband and had made mistakes of her own. In her hands she now had the power to take the world for her own, and she intended to take it. 4
5 Far up in the North the snows shifted beyond the wall. The closest noble house had the saying 'Winter is coming'. It was true, and it was a lie. Winter would always come to those in the South eventually. High up in the wilds, it never ended. Eternal cold hardened those who lived in it just as the baking sun burned weakness from the wandering tribes of the desert. Adaptation made these people seem uncouth, even feral to those accustomed to living in comfort, with all they could ever need within arms reach. Such imperious beliefs could not go on forever unchallenged. There was beauty and strength in the wilds, and with the first snows of true winter floating toward the south they would come to challenge all. 6

Anyone else who got as absurdly excited about the fourth season premiere of Game of Thrones as I did this week, should get themselves along to the GoT themed gacha event at The Secret Affair. It runs until the 30th April. Select high quality designers have some amazing items in gachas, also some available to purchase direct. As ever, I've gone for a mixture of both. (I didn't even show here all I bought - there wasn't room!)
The Secret Affair - Game of Thrones Event

Gown - . a i s l i n g . Qarth Lady -Black-  L$ 450
Beautiful MESH gown, HUD driven, with options for the fabric and colours for the metal sections. The fabric 'tails' from the shoulders are also changeable, from solid to near transparent opacity.
Choker - !dM deviousMind "Melisandre" Choker **EMERALD** L$ 50 (Gacha)
Choker has options for changing metal colour.

Crown - Alchemy - Mother of Dragons -  ULTRA-RARE  L$ 100  (Gacha)
Outfit - DRD Death Row Designs -  Targaryan Blue and Bloody - L$100
Dragon - YumYums - Baby Draegon (Hornwood) - L$ 50 (Gacha)

Gown - Peqe - Throne's Game_The North  L$ 380
Another beautiful MESH gown. The shine on the 'metal' belt is outstanding. 
Crown - [Keystone] Wilding Crown L$ 50

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The Lost Mine

It all started on a Tuesday. Not the most auspicious of days; a day, in fact for fools. Professor Madrigal Peabody was not generally regarded as a fool, but like all geniuses, he had his moments. After years of toil and research, he had invented a portal into another world and found a lost mine full of riches. Such wonders were his to behold, and yet his own world, and his duties there called him back. Being a scholar, a scientist, he of course drew out a map ensuring he could find the portal again at any time of his choosing. The universe gave, and then, with the turning of the stars, it took away. The Professor absent mindedly tore up the map, thinking it nothing more than his grocery list.
It was then that he asked for help, the pieces strewn by the winds all across the city. Adventurers and students answered his call, picking up bags to collect the torn pieces, they hunted through the city, gradually piecing together the lost map. Once the map was complete, each shred joined to the others, a shining light sealed the rents, and pulled the adventurer through the portal.
Finding their feet far from any city, scent of pine drifted on fresh breezes carrying the ringing of distant hammers, of low, deep voices. Walking through the woods, the adventurer tripped over a clod of disturbed earth, something deep within catching the sunlight. Voices rose at the nearby camp. Small people, Dwarfins male and female bustled along the path, drawn to the shining crystal.
They led the adventurer to a wooden door into the mountain. "There are more crystals." They explained; hidden all over the land. Only by collecting enough to fill the empty sockets in the door could any but a Dwarfin hope to progress, as the Professor had...
So the adventurer hunted, searching the woods, coves and the Dwarfin town; until the bag, so recently full of scraps of paper, clinked gently with its load of large crystals. Travelling back through woodland paths, once more the adventurer stood before the great door, sliding each crystal home. Shuddering, with a cloud of dust, the door began to move.
Deep in the darkness, cavern after cavern the adventurer walked through the lost mine. Soft light glowed from crystals much larger than any they had ever seen. Some caves were dead ends, others cunningly bored into the rock merely had the appearance of leading nowhere. Banners, each of a different colour, adorned some of the caves, and in these, solving riddles and puzzles, the adventurer found crystals of a deeper hue, collecting them all.
As the rainbow completed, and the final puzzle was solved all faith and trust was given over to a rickety wooden mine cart... and a journey on to treasure...

MadPeas have done it again! 
Another 'point and click' adventure through SL - this time in three parts. Part one is in MadCity itself, then on to the Dwarfins SIM, then into a cave system to solve some fiendish puzzles, collecting and clicking as you go, before the crazy cart ride to the pile of prizes in the depths of the Lost Mine.

This game is a little different, as the things you have to 'pick up'  / click on  - pieces of crumpled paper or piles of earth are right out there in the open for anyone to see, and anyone to click on. You have to be quick! Once someone has clicked on it, their name will appear over the item, and it will disappear after they animate picking it up. The items spawn throughout the SIMs, they may re-spawn in the same place, but perhaps not for several hours. 
For this game, after buying the game HUD for L$150, you can also buy 'Pea Clue Finders' a wearable Pea in pink or green, who gives hints as to where the next piece can be found. There are also Dwarfin 'Clue Finders', which do the same thing all L$150 each. As I'm something of a purist when it comes to hunts etc, I didn't buy these, so I can't really grumble too much when someone wearing one runs in and clicks on the item I was heading toward. Not saying no grumbling, but not too much!

On to the prizes shown here!

Shack : Never totally dead - The Shack
Map : Collage - The Professor's Map
Drinks cabinet : Apple Fall - Globe bar
Treasure chest : Elephante Poses - Treasure
Barrel : Alouette - Mining Decor
Gold bars : .:Wimey:.  - The Lost Mines' Golden Treasure
Dwarfin : Dwarfin - Walk a Long - Rustic Easter (drops easter eggs when you type!)
Dress : Peqe - Arabian (mesh)
Nail appliers : {Wicked} Peach - Bedtime Story Nail Appliers (Slink hands only)

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring blooms...

As sunlight with more than the warmth of winter reached through bare branches to stroke across the sodden land, Mae had awoken.  Under bark and beneath the leaf litter her presence was felt. A slow warm breath caressed sleeping seeds, bulbs buried deep in their earthen beds. Each night she slept a little less, frosts no longer banishing her to slumber. Movement in the woods, slowly at first, more and more as each day passed.
Green shoots unfurled, breaking through the chill of earth to broaden and grow in the sunlight. Sap rose, leaves blossoming, the great trees taking in and giving out the first breath of the new season as Mae took her first steps. Each year though born anew she was as old as time and life itself. Even in the heart of a city, her influence was felt, paving stones cracked and crumbled under the tendrils of moss, the searching roots of clover. Here in the woods she emerged, gathering strength against the creeping grey misunderstanding of civilisation. Mae would never be tamed, never caged. This freedom was the hope of the world, free to all should they choose to follow. All it ever took, was a walk in the woods.

Ok, so I'll let you all into a little secret. Of all the shopping I manage to do, I never buy skins. All right, not never, but rarely enough to make it something of note. I have been fortunate enough to blog some amazing skins, and this one is no exception.

I went to the Skin Fair (which closed yesterday - my timing is EPIC) and wandered around the stores, finding things I liked here and there... then pow!  [theSkinnery] blew me away with this skin. As I mentioned, skins tend to be big purchases for me, something I would only think about buying if I fell in love with it, or if I had a specific look I was going for in a post destined for this blog, and couldn't get the damn imagined image out of my mind. Like this...  Still, as with life in general, I find that if I go back to a store to look at something three times, it's something I want enough to buy. So, after the three visits to see the Quiana skin, here we are!
The skin itself is beautiful, very natural, with the kind of 'flaws' like freckles and moles that make it real. 

L$990 for [the Skinnery] Quiana  - Bare Face - in Toffee as shown here - gets you nine skin versions, with differing brow and cleavage options. Three 'system' eyebrows, and an alpha mask to get rid of those pesky system eyelashes. Two 'tattoo' options for blush and glow. There's also a 'Lip Intensity System' enabling you to choose from eight different 'intensities' of lipstick, and two glosses - the colour possibilities of which are endless. There's also a handy notecard which explains this a lot better than I do.

I also bought separately the Slink appliers for MESH hands and feet.

Skin : [the Skinnery] Quiana - Bare face(toffee).  L$990
Slink Applier for hands : [theSkinnery] Slink Skin Appliers-Hands-toffee. L$175
Slink Applier for feet : [theSkinnery] Slink Skin Appliers-Feet-toffee. L$175
Hair : Truth Hair - Harley (Browns) L$250
Dress : LUAS Tarna Ivory gown with Lola's Appliers L$150