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
Life is unfair – especially secondlife: here am I trying to catch up on all the events happening right now within SL – and new ones are already starting. So this is definitely a mix and match post. Nevertheless – the merchants within SL make it easy these days to keep you entertained and also to find neat stuff for your avatar, home and garden. So let’s start again with the Around The World Fair and with another region: South America. Trompe Loeil, who are also sponsoring the event, made this adorable Mendoza bed and I especially love the textures on the cushions and the blanket. The textures also can become changed by mouseclick – you can choose between three Argentinian patterns and two neutral versions also – so the bed matches definitely every room. And like always – there is a mass of animations and animated poses included.
Yesterday The Great Outdoor Hunt by the Royal Living Magazine has started and I got myself the “Natures Way Mini Set” by DIGS containing the log store and the stool. There is even a lamp and also a rug in the huntgift that are not shown here. Finally again a furniture hunt and I can only encourage you to do this one because – as you can see on the Royal Living Magazine Website – the gifts are adorable. Each gift is 45 L$ and some of them are kind of hard hidden also. The only downer with this hunt is, that there seem to be no hints provided. So you need a good eye and a little bit of luck for this one.
For the art, and you know that I have a thing for SL art: again these are artworks you can find at The Gallery Gift Shop. Still one of my first stops when I decorate a space or a house because you can find so much adorable stuff there for not too much money.
Todays outfit comes straight from the Mens Dept. I already told you that <HVK> have some adorable cardigans in the Mens Dept. Finally it is time to show them. The Pilot Cardigan is available in black, grey, navy and, shown here, khaki. You definitely should check the demo first on this one because it comes only in two sizes. Nevertheless: the purchase also includes a shirt for the cardigan that is not shown here. The green skater pants are from 22769 ~ casual couture and is also one of the finds in the Mens Dept.
List of stuff:
Hair: Dura – The 2nd year Anniversary hair (Black)
Skin: KENTO – Preston T2
Sneakers: [JP]:dsg. – Sneakers (Groupgift)
Log Store and Stool: DIGS – Nature’s Way Mini Set (The RLM Great Outdoor Hunt)
Art (on Log Store): Piedra Lubitsch – A Rose is a Rose (m) (for the Gallery Gift Shop)
Art (on wall): Chiana Oh – Lotus Blossom Night (for the Gallery Gift Shop)
Books (on Log Store): [AF] – Japanese Books
Insomnia sometimes hits me – especially when I have a test the other day, or exams or something else important. No matter what I do to calm myself down – as soon as I lie in bed I am wide awake again. So when I went to FAIR and saw the “sleepless bed” from flowey & art dummy, especially with the poses included, I just had to take it, because this all looked way too familiar. The sleepless bed has a Land Impact of 7 and holds 11 animations including a reading one with book.
The Club Chair in my back is from Trompe Loeil and it is currently on sale. Hurry up because the sale ends 28. October! The Club Chair is available in 8 different colors and holds also 8 neat animations. And what I especially like about the chair is that it is not a supercute girly kind of furniture. It matches perfectly to boy rooms also.
Talking about rooms: L&K Prefabs released this adorable skybox for the new round of the Home And Garden Designer Warehouse. “The Attic” is a supercute sky home with flawless textures and it is 100% mesh. The Land Impact is 86 and I like about the skybox that it is copy and mod – so with some building skills you can alter it also to your needs. And again – I really love the texturing on this one – it just looks so real to me. It definitely has style and flair galore.
The Photographers Lamp is from [HANDverk] and is available in the current Mens Department. The design is a true classic and it is one of these special pieces that give your virtual home that special extra touch. This one should not be missed!
My everyday skin is – as you probably know, because I often tell – Toban from KENTO. And I was so happy to learn that KENTO finally released a new skin: “Preston” comes in 4 different color tones (from above left to below right T1 – T4) and each package includes the skin, the skin with teeth, eyebrow shaper and eyes. It has been a while since KENTO released the last skin – but the designer definitely used that time well because you can see on Preston the progress and the subtile shading. With skins in general there are always some critical points like seams on the hands i.e. and I did not notice one single seam on the skin. So this is definitely a high quality skin for a fair price.
In general you should visit KENTO anyways if you are looking for a new skin because all older skins are on sale now! And if this got you all excited – there is even more, because I spotted some “Coming Soon” placeholders in the store and this can only mean: KENTO will release some new skins soon. But in the meantime: Preston is definitely a top state of the art skin.
The white pearl undies are the current Freebie at VITAMEN and I am always surprised with what ideas the designer comes up. When I look in my undies drawer I see a lot of boxers but VITAMEN truly pushes the underwear fashion forward. And the freebie comes not only in white but also in gold, is extremely well done and textured – and you can not ask for anything more.
List of stuff:
Skin: KENTO – Preston T2
Underwear: VITAMEN – Monthly Freebie
Chair: Trompe Loeil – Club Chair White (on sale til 28. October)