Good Sunday everyone. And first of all an excuse to all our readers and of course also to the creators for not blogging that much in the last few weeks. It is funny – our blog became one year old now and yet I faced something like a blogging blocade. If you are a blogger, you maybe know that. If you are not let me try to explain: it was like logging in, putting some scenes and outfits together and was just not feeling it. And since it is my job to represent items the very best way I can I decided not to force it and try to get my blogging-mojo back.
On the plus side: I finally managed to get my ass in gear and to make pictures that are somewhat appealing to me. And of course I have some adorable newness to show you. Two events started beginning of April – The Mens Dept. and The Challenge. And I mixed items from both events for this californian inspired blogpost. The Mens Dept. provided me with a new haircut from Uw.st. The “Lenny Hair” is finally a curly hairstyle – and there are not that much on the grid for men anyways. And i must say I fell in love with this hair. Also Poetic Colors brought some adorable new eyes in the Mens Dept. I am wearing the Jaded Eyes Emerald. The Thorn Necklace comes from Kosh and the Cardigan from !gO! – both also available at the sales event for guys. The denims instead are the new mesh release from [ JP ]:dsg and I simply love them. First of all the texturing is fantastic. And second the denims have a belt that does not look like you are wearing a tire around your hips. Really well done and strongly recommended.
The titel of this post is “California Morning” and it comes from this months theme of The Challenge: California Bungalow. And L&K Prefabs have exactly that as item for The Challenge – a California Bungalow. The prefab has a very bold texturing and has two rooms and a veranda also. And it is not only a 100% mesh build but also beautifully made. I especially love the texturing inside and I hope that the pictures give you a fair impression of that.
What I am showing you here is the main room of the bungalow. The chairs and the side table in the upper part of the picture come from [kusshon] and are – again – from the Mens Dept. The new released Singapore series has a great vacation vibe, but also fits, like shown above, in nearly every kind of room. Like with all items from [kusshon] there are a lot of gadgets included in the furniture. Not alone that the chairs hold 14 animations – the pillows also give you things like magazines, a glass of wine and a cigarette matching some of the animations. I really love the backdrop and the side table with the tropical fruits.
In the lower part of above picture you can see some more items from The Challenge. There is the dining table with chairs from EoD called “Dining at Home”. And the tea set is just one of the many things the table can rez. The nightstand comes from 22769 ~ [bauwerk] and it works as nightstand for your bed, but also as console like used here. The set includes a completely decorated version, a plain version and all decoration pieces as stand alones also. The Light on the nightstand has a turn on/off script inside. The rug is a new release from L&K Prefabs which will come to the store soon in many different colors. The guitar bookcase is from floorplan and again from the Mens Dept. And the antler is a mesh accessory from Scarlet Creative.
Breno just released the Niall Morning Chaise. I really love the texturing on this one and the poses fit even taller avatars like I am. Also there are a lot of new stuff to find in the new Breno Store like the checkmate artwork also. The stars lamp are from *bbqq* and are their share for the new Mens Dept. The books and the newspapers are decoration pieces I gathered for some time now. And the bookshelf in the closing picture is from World Of Wood and I really must say that this piece is definitely one of the most realistic looking bookshelfes I have found in secondlife. So if you have a thing for books you definitely should pay World Of Wood a visit.
Pants: [ JP ]dsg. – Manoa JNS denim
Rug: L&K Prefabs – Ilio Rug (owl) (out soon)
Antler: Scarlet Creative – Mounted Antler
Drapes: LISP Bazaar – Beatrice Heavy Drapes
Daybed: Breno – Niall Morning Chaise
Artwork: Breno – Checkmate
Newspaper: World Of Wood – Newspapers
Rug: L&K Prefabs – Ilio Rug (owl) (khaki)
Bookshelf: World Of Wood – Hunters Bookshelf
Welcome in the New Year. Sorry for my absence of writing, but I just moved flats in RL and had all the fun like not working internet connections, packing and unpacking stuff and carry all of it in the fifth floor without elevator. Moving in SL is somewhat easier… But anyways: here I am trying to catch up on all the events and things happening in SL right now. So lets start with the crown I am wearing. It is a new release from a brand new store called “Aesthetica” and it is available in the current Gallery Gift Shop. Aesthetica is so new that they do not even own a mainstore right now within SL. So if you want to have the Fabric Crown you better hop over to the Gallery Gift Shop and get your copy while the current round is still rolling.
The Mens Dept. started last weekend in a complete new collection. And like always you can find brilliant stuff for lads there. The cozy hoodie I am wearing is from 22769 ~ casual couture. And you can choose from 6 different colors at the venue. And the fleece like texture indeed looks quite comfi to me. The pants are from !gO! The Morten Pants and Socks are very country in a stylish way. Also corduroy seems to be the new thing within SL. The pants are available in two different colors and there are also matching shirts and vests available at the Mens Dept.
Todays furniture also comes from the Mens Dept. The Oslo lounge and shelf set is the item from [kusshon] for the current round of the Mens Dept. And it is rich on details and great stuff. The lounge holds many animations. And the Laptop is also included. So this makes the set to a must have for every mancave. The Nippon desk and stool is also from [kusshon] and was the item from the December Mens Dept. But it is still available in the [kusshon] mainstore. Also here you get a lot of animations in the stool and many decorative pieces like coffee cups, pens, paper and a stack of japanese newspapers.
List of stuff:
Hair: Hype – Jory Hair // Black
Crown: Aesthetica – Fabric Crown (available only at the Gallery Gift Shop)
Writing Desk, Stool and Art: [kusshon] – Nippon Writing Desk Set
Happy weekend and happy December also. The craziest season within secondlife is starting now – and many shops have Advent Calendars for you to give you some fabulous gifts. Of course I can not keep track on all of those – but I will show you some that I really like. Since it is getting colder outside SL merchants provide you with great hats and caps. And the “Team Naughty” Knitcap is just the first Advent Calendar gift to showcase. Like every year 22769 ~ casual couture have put up a huge christmas tree in their store with a lot of giftboxes around it. Each giftbox holds a number – and today, December 1st, you receive the “Team Naughty” and the “Team Nice” Knithat. But you only can get it today and also just once – so better be careful when you tap the box with the “1”.
The jumper is the huntgift from [ iren ] for the “With Love <3″ Hunt. There is a female gift also. The jumper is mesh in male standard sizing and comes with two different alpha layers. I love how the jumper has folds and wrinkles and I especially like the color.
Right after my last decoration post “Cozy” I received a few IM’s from friends about where to find cute winterish cottages and houses. And now the good news: todays Winter Cabin is indeed the gift for December 1st at BoatHouse. The Advent Calendar is group only – and there is a 250 L$ fee to join the group. But first of all it is extremely hard to find such a nice and wonderful made house for that price and second this is the FIRST gift of 23 more to come. And while you are at BoatHouse there is a Cookie Jar Sale going on where you can find several items for just 70 L$. The items are all trans – so you can even gift them so someone.
The sofa I am sitting on is the gift from Cheeky Pea for the “With Love <3″ Hunt. It has neat single and couple animations and also fits perfectly in the winterish season. And also the kitchen table with chairs (above right) is a gift from the same hunt. It comes from floorplan. While we are talking about hunts (and there are also a lot of them running right now) – the frames on the shelf (above left) are from the “Home For Christmas Hunt” and are from SFW. You can put your own pictures in it. And also the cute christmas tree wall decor is a gift from the Home For Christmas Hunt – and it is from BoatHouse. And the coffee table in front of the couch is the gift from PRIME for the hunt. It comes with a few more things also that are not shown here.
Back to the “With Love <3″ Hunt. These Lamps in my window come from [Apple Fall] – and they are copy. Like everything from Apple Fall they are wonderful made.
If you do not want to make hunts then gatcha is maybe your thing: The Arcade Gatcha Festival started with the second round and Trompe Loeil offer the “12 Days Of Christmas” Advent Calendar. It is the shelf above the Cheeky Pea Couch (below left). You get this calendar for free at the Arcade Gatcha Festival – and you can play for the keys (25 L$ each). Each key openes a door and is giving you a gift from the calendar. It is just such a cute idea. Trompe Loeil are also at FAIR where you can find the “Curio Table” next to the sofa. And to make 3 full – Trompe is of course also at the December Round of FaMESHed and offer this cute Cabinet Bed. You can change textures and also close and open the side window shutters.
List of stuff:
Hat: 22769 ~ casual couture – Knit Cap “Team Naughty” (Advent Calendar Dec. 1st)
Jumper: [ iren ] – Loose Shirt (for the With Love <3 Hunt)
Pants: !gO! – Mads Pants
Sofa: :CP: – Rue Abel Loveseat (for the With Love <3 Hunt)
Sidetable: Trompe Loeil – Curio Table Poplar with Marble Display (for FAIR)
Shelf: BoatHouse – Shelf with Wallpaper Backing (Cookie Jar Sale 70L$)
Frames: SFW Industries - Frame Group Leaning – Holiday (for the Home For Christmas Hunt)
Lantern: 22769 ~ casual couture – Decorative Lantern (Advent Calendar)
Lamps: [AF] – Manhattan Table Lamp (for the With Love <3 Hunt)
Coffee Table: PRIME – Coffee Table (and decor on the Window) (for the Home For Christmas Hunt)
Advent Calendar: Trompe Loeil – 12 Days of Christmas (for the Arcade Gatcha Event)
Decor (on Window): L&K Prefabs – Raw Tablewear
Cabinet: BoatHouse – High Cabinet White/Blue
Rug: 22769 ~ casual couture – African Rug (Groupgift)
X-Mas Wall Decor: BoatHouse – Wall Christmas Tree (for the Home for Christmas Hunt)
Table and chair: floorplan. – aden kitchen table and chairs (for the With Love <3 Hunt)
Leaning Frame: [AF] – Winter Frame
Pillows: [AF] – EVELYN Throw Cushion Monotone
Basket: BoatHouse – Basket of Pillows
Bed: Trompe Loeil – Cabinet Bed Morning Light Fabrics (for FaMESHed)
Wall Frames: 22769 ~ casual couture – Winter Frames (Advent Calendar)
Art and Sideboard: BoatHouse – Old Side Table and Accessoires (Cookie Jar Sale 70 L$)
Cabinet: LISP Bazaar – Morning Frost Cabinet with Key
Prefab: BoatHouse – Winter Cabin (Advent Calendar December, 1st)
It is funny – in the current Mens Dept. you can find items from different designers that follow one vibe. This time it definitely is skating. But let us start at the beginning: I wanted to go with a complete different look and therefor I purchased the Pilot Cardigan from <HVK> – that is obviously not shown here because <HVK> have a special kind of “shoppingbag” for their items which is the skateboard with the pose you can see above. And I have had a good laugh when I saw this and I somewhat wanted to create a look around this one. And for the cardigan – I will feature the knit from <HVK> in a further post for sure, because it is fabulous.
The denims with the wrapped around shirt are from !gO! and I really love the look of them. Also the shirt moves of course with your walk and shows once again the creativity of designers with mesh. The bicolor v-neck comes from [LV]SOLIDe and comes in 4 different styles and of course, like the pants from !gO!, in mesh male standard sizing.
The super curly hair is from [IRUCO] and is their latest release. Definitely a must if you are not going for the usual haircut in secondlife. The fantastic necklace comes from KOSH. The “Adain Necklace” can be found in the Mens Dept. in five different styles (black, chopper, silver, gold and shown here: brass) and this time you also can find the matching rings at the Mens Dept. I especially love of course the flawless texturing and the brilliant crafting of the necklace which is with every KOSH item I saw. Also you get not only the male version but also the female version and both options are also included with the chest- and spine attachment points. My eyes are from Poetic Colors and have been an item in a previous cycle of the Mens Dept.
List of stuff:
Skin: KENTO – Preston T2
Hair: [iruco] hair28 (black)
Eyes: Poetic Colors – Autumn Eyes “October Rain”
Sneakers: [JP]:dsg. – Sneakers (Groupgift)
Skateboard and Pose: <HVK> – Shoppingbag (comes with every purchase of <HVK>)
Picture taken here.
I rarely do location shots. First of all it is so much easier as photographer to build your own set and to fiddle around until you have the perfect pose and angle. And second of course noone is running in your picture when you are on high resolution and asking you what you are doing. BUT: this post is different, because it is indeed a location shot. And I want to tell you the story how that happened.
I found an artist via flickr that I found quite interesting and learned that the artist – Lux Chiantelle – also has an inworld gallery and hangout. As you know I am always looking for art for my home and garden blogposts so I contacted her and she was so kind to hand me over the landmark to the LND Gallery. And the place just blew me away. I wanted to buy some art there and I did (you will see bits and pieces in further blogposts also). But the Gallery and Hangout was just so me. Not only that the Gallery has a way lovely layout and is art itself – but the interior just has the perfect amount of quirkyness I simply adore. So you simply MUST check this place out!
And as we entered a new month the new round of the Mens Dept is coming closer. I am very glad to show you a special preview of a coat from !gO! you can get there beginning October 5th. I love this dufflecoat – first the texturing is way lovely and second I love dufflecoats in RL also. The dufflecoats are available in three different colors (red, green and brown) and are rigged mesh in male standard sizing. And believe me – I have seen many parts of the new collection and of course I will show you some more of it within the next days. But the 7th cycle of the Mens Dept. is by far the best one – you will love it.
Finally the glasses are from GOTZSCHE and are available at L’Accessoire.
Hair: [INK] HAIR – Steez (black)
Jeans: [NW] folded denim
Location: LND Gallery & Hangout