The Challenger

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Happy weekend. There is a new fun event within secondlife called “The Challenge”. So what is this all about? It is a group of Home and Garden builder who decided that it would be nice to become challenged by random themes each month to craft at least one item according to the theme. And of course the themes are not necessarily that obvious. So for the first round the creators got “Tudor Style” and they did a brilliant job with their items.

First of all: Tudor is not a really common building style within SL – so it is nice that people decided to bring it inworld. And second – even if the creators worked around the theme you still can tell that it is an item from their store. Like i.e. this Tudor Bench from EoD. It is available in three different options/colors and it is massivly filled with single and couple animations. It is a wonderful piece of furniture that – as you can see – not only matches history themed rooms and homes.

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Another wonderful item to be found within “The Challenge” is the Rhys Pergola from BRENO. And again – this is indeed Tudor style but also fits nearly every kind of sim you can imagine. Also it comes with and without curtains. So if you need something for your virtual garden or park – you definitely should check back with BRENO. Michigans Shack even crafted a complete Tudor house you can see in the background. And yes – it is big, but wonderful. The Tudor Mansion has 6 rooms on the first floor and 5 rooms on the second floor and makes a fantastic home for SL familys.

The thing that thrills me about “The Challenge” is the variety of items and also – like said above – that they are according to the theme but that they are also brilliant stand alone items that have not just become built for the one purpose, but are an addition to the offers of the stores. And last but not least: most of “The Challenge” items are having a discount in the first week of release – and if i calculated right this will be until 6. March 2013. So better hurry up!

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List of stuff:

Hair: [iruco] hair23M (black)

Skin: Belleza – Jacob Skin Mens Dept edition (for the Mens Dept.)

Jumper: [SLEEPY EDDY] – Turtleneck Fishermans Sweater Brown

Pants: Razorblade Jacket – Hoon Faded Cords

Sneaker: [ JP ]dsg. – Sneaker Varial Multicolor (comes with HUD)

Bench: End Of Daze – Tudor Chaise (for “The Challenge“)

Pergola: BRENO – Rhys Pergola (for “The Challenge“)

House: [Michigans Shack] – Tudor Mansion House Prefab (for “The Challenge“)

Skybox: Garden of Dreams – The Field

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On the Beach

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The February Mens Dept. has some great skins to find for a bargain. I already showed you the new FRUK Skin yesterday – today it is the special edition of the Jacob Skin from Belleza. Wonderfully made and rich on details and I especially love the tone of the skin – not to dark and not to fair. Definitely worth to check out. Also from the Mens Dept. are the Arabasque Briefs from Lazybum. They come in six different styles, with prim bulge and drawstrings.

Poses are essential for pictures within secondlife. Poseology offer the Donovan Pose Set also at the Mens Dept. and these are very casual and great to use for any occasion (as shown below).

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BRENO just have released the Corfu Hammock you can see behind me in above pictures. The hammock has three different fabric textures (guy thing – shown here, pure and Santorini) and also three different wood textures (bleached, cherry -shown here and dark). Also it has seven single and nine couple poses included. It is a lovely item for each beach themed sim or also for your secondlife garden since it is so versatile to fit nearly every style.

The sneaker I am wearing are the new release from [ JP ] dsg. The Varial Sneaker can become controlled by a HUD with size and color and are extremely detailed and just so real looking. And there is a thing I really want to add: I really love the way [ JP ] dsg. are setting up their HUDs – first it is really understandable by first sight and you do not have to click through a bunch of submenues to get what you want and second the design of the HUD is everytime a piece of art by its own.

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List of stuff:

Hair: [iruco] hair23M (black)

Skin: Belleza – Jacob Skin Mens Dept edition (for the Mens Dept.)

Briefs: [Lazybum] – Arabasque Briefs B&B (for the Mens Dept.)

Sneaker: [ JP ]dsg. – Sneaker Varial Multicolor (comes with HUD)

Poses: Poseology – Donovan Pose Set (for the Mens Dept.)

Hammock: BRENO – Corfu Hammock

Dreamscene: Garden of Dreams – Hidden Cove

Rock of Ages

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The new round of L’Accessoires has some surprises: first of all a new location – so better update your landmarks. L’Accessoires in February has also a lot of items that are for boys or at least pretty unisex. So you have no excuse anymore to spare this event. A few are shown here:

Starting with the fabulous necklace: the Sascha Uomo Necklace from Zibska is wonderful crafted and splendid on details. And same goes with the Divinity Headpiece from Glam Affair that comes in 8 different styles. Might be a little bit extravagant and glam rock-ish, but hey, this is SL. And it is the perfect piece for a unique look. Also the sunglasses are from L’Accessoire: They come from MONS and are available at the venue in 4 different colors.

The skin is the new “Bennet” Skin from FRUK. The style “Rock of Ages” is an offer right now at the current Mens Dept. and it comes with hairbase- and bodyhair-tattoo.

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List of stuff:

Skin: FRUK – Bennet “Rock of Ages” (for the Mens Dept.)

Hair: Dura – Dura-Boy*12 (black)

Headpiece: Glam Affair – Divinity (for L’Accessoires)

Shades: MONS – Rounded Sunglasses black (for L’Accessoires)

Necklace: Zibska – Sascha Uomo (for L’Accessoires)

Basalt

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I am way late to show you some goodies from the Mens Dept and other locations. When it rains it pours – so people say: after the problems with my internet I faced some RL personal trouble that kept me away from blogging for far too long. But well – I am back (again) and here we go:

The Mens Dept February Round has some gems for you to get for a bargain. And as always you find at the venue a mix from clothing to furniture. Spotlight on the Shell Chair from [HANDverk]. Like everything from [HANDverk] the chair is a modern classic piece you just do not want to miss. It is breathing a certain 60ies/70ies style and the simplicity of the chair is marvellous. The chair comes with 7 animations and is available in black and in red. The shirt I am wearing is one of the items from 22769 ~ casual couture. The doubletee Pi is a layered shirt – or in other words: a tee over a longsleeve. It looks kinda indie/skater to me and is definitely a keeper. There are two other shirts to find at the venue also. And also the necklace comes from the current Mens Dept. It is from KOSH and it is called Pivot Necklace. The necklace comes in 3 different styles and there are also matching rings.

Dura released a new hair two days ago. Boy*41 is a more modern cut with shaved neck – so you need a hairbase for this one. The skin I am wearing is from the Body Co. Sale at The Warehouse.

And finally – the skybox: The prefab is one of the new releases from GARDEN OF DREAMS. The “Showcase Set” contains – amongst 3 other scenes – this one called Basalt. I absolutely love the minimalism in this one. And in my opinion it works also brilliant as a small shop. The set is full mesh and has a Landimpact of 12 – so it definitely is a fantastic shell for everything you can imagine.

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List of stuff:

Hair: Dura – Dura-Boy*41 (black)

Skin: The Body Co – Fox (light) (at The Warehouse)

Necklace: KOSH – Pivot Necklace (B) (for the Mens Dept.)

Shirt: 22769 ~ casual couture – Doubletee Pi (for the Mens Dept.)

Pants: Razorblade Jacket – Hoon Faded Cords

Sneaker: [ JP ]dsg. – Sneaker Ventura

Chair: [HANDverk] – Shell Chair Black (Pre-Release for the Mens Dept.)

Scene: Garden of Dreams – Showcase Set Basalt (mesh | LI 12)

Clean

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Good news first: my internet is back! And finally I can catch up on things I want to show you. I already told you about the new kid in furniture town [bauwerk] yesterday – today I want to show you one of the quirkiest items that can be found in the store: The “Somewhere Beyond the Sea” chair. The octopus chair is fantastic modeled and looks just so real. It is available in 4 different colors (black, cobalt, red and shown here white) and is just 4 prims (LI 8). Definitely not an everydays chair – but a total eyecatcher in your virtual home. The chair comes with 10 sitting/lying poses – and yeah, you heard right: you can also snuggle with the tentacles of the kraken. [bauwerk] also have the chair in hot pink in the currently running Four Walls Hunt.

The set I took my pictures in is from Scarlet Creative – and it is a freebie on the marketplace. The “Art Cube” was designed for an art show of William Weaver – and it is brilliant. A wonderful backdrop for photos with a neat modern look. The sneakers I am wearing are the new release from [JP]dsg. They are HUD driven – so you can change literally every part of the shoes in color and texture. And I love that – instead of cluttering the inventory with multiple wearing options you just have to attach the HUD to have as many different sneakers as you want to.

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Reila Skins just released the seductive Romeo Skin I am wearing today. Romeo is a quite young looking skin and I love the subtile shading of the cheek bones on this one. The skin is available in 4 different tones – and you also can get beard tattoo layers especially made for this skin. So if you are looking for a new you in the new year – check this skin out.

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List of stuff:

Hair: [iruco] hair23M (black)

Skin: Reila Skins – Romeo pale

Sneaker: [ JP ]dsg. – Sneaker Ventura

Chair: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] – Somewhere Beyond the Sea Chair white

Prefab: Scarlet Creative – Art Cube (free on the Marketplace)