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The Challenger

The Challenger 1

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

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

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)

Winter Morning

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Autumn and especially winter are the best seasons for decoration within secondlife. Creators release one adorable item after another and makes even me wanting to own a sim. On the other hand I guess I would constantly decorate and alter it and would have no time anymore for blogging… Anyways – here we go: a new hunt is coming to the grid, organised by CHIC. And that alone should set you in instant exitement because you know what you can expect from a CHIC event. Top stores, wonderful gifts and a way brilliant organised hunt. This one is called “With Love <3” and the gifts are wonderful. It is a great pleasure for me to show you some of the male gifts and also some decoration and furniture pieces you can get in this hunt.

The jumper, scarf and mittens is the gift from [ SAKIDE ] and I really love the casual and realistic look of the items. This indeed is something you could find in my RL wardrobe also. The jumper and the mittens are rigged (and can be worn seperate also) and the scarf contains a resizer. Definitely a keeper. The painter pants are from [Sheep Door] and the boots are from Adjunkt. Please note that the With Love ❤ Hunt is a 10 L$ Hunt – but the items are definitely worth it.

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I already gave you some decoration ideas for your parcel/sim in my post “Cozy” and I promised there that I will give you a better look on the fabulous new mesh winter trees from Garden Of Dreams. Well here they are. Indeed all plants are from GOD which I love to use since they are copy and you can fill your sim easy with a very attractive winter look. The “Chill Grove Tree” Set from GOD contains 3 different types of trees that come in three sizes, but also in two different appearances: there is one version with branches and a “dead” version without branches at all. So that is a hell of a set! Like said the trees are mesh – and therefor the landimpact is a thing you have to deal with. One tree has a landimpact of 18 but on the other hand the trees rez much faster then the usual sculpted ones. And in my opinion they also look much better. So with trees I recommend to mix sculpted trees with mesh trees as accent.

These adorable benches in my little park come from estatica – a shop I got to know via the Silverlining Hunt. The Musgrove Benches come in a rounded version (around the tree) and in a straight version. And also – of course – in a fatpack with both. Each bench holds 47 animation/animated poses for male and female avatars and for couples. This is the perfect item to decorate your sim or home because not only that the benches are extremely well done – they are also copy and each bench has just 1 LI! And even if I used it on my winter set – they look also good in all kind of seasons sims.

The cute lanterns are from Trompe Loeil. They are available in 2 available color/material options. And each package contains a version with the Handle up or down. Also the lanterns have 1 LI and they are also copy – so this is also the perfect decoration item for your virtual home. The light is owner driven only and the texturing – like with all Trompe Loeil produkts – is absolutely flawless.

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List of stuff:

Hair: REDGRAVE – Hairstyle EDWARD -midbrown-

Skin: KENTO – Preston T2

Scarf, Jumper, Mittens: [ SAKIDE ] – First Frost (for the With Love ❤ Hunt)

Pants: [Sheep Door] – Painter Pants Black

Shoes: Adjunct – Jacob’s Ladder Boots Crude Oil Black

Benches: estatica – Musgrove Benches

Lanterns: Trompe Loeil – Rustic Lanterns

Trees: Garden of Dreams – Chill Grove Tree Set (mesh)

Cozy

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First I have to warn you: this is going to be a long post with a lot of pictures. But I hope you find it somewhat useful. I came to the idea with this post after my friends, who generously allow me to build my sets on their sim, have been looking for some decorative winter and christmas stuff. And well – since the winter season is about to begin in second life and I received some questions also where to buy what for decorating the house, store or sim I thought it would be easier to make a blogpost about it.
The pictures have been taken in the adorable Noelle Chalet from Scarlet Creative. I found the prefab on the marketplace and you can get it there for the steal of 200 L$. Not only that the house is extremely lovely textured and done – it also comes with a basic set of furniture all inclusive. For a SL single like me it is the perfect winter house that already sets you in the right pre-x-mas-mood. The next thing I strongly recommend are two hunts going on right now: The Great Outdoor Hunt and the Silverlining Hunt. Both hunts are not free – the Great Outdoor Hunt charges 45 L$ per huntitem and the Silverlining Hunt 5L$ – but it is definitely worth it! My computer in above picture is the Silverlining Huntprice from SFW Industries and the console and the picture frame is the Bertram Set from estatica from the same hunt. The frame comes blank – you can put your own image in it like I did.

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If you are looking for themed furniture and decoration one of my first adresses is LISP Bazaar. LISP have many offers on the marketplace and also a huge amount of highly decorative items for a budget price. I got myself the Winter Room Whole Set in a Box that contains so much adorable stuff like the x-mas stockings on my chimney and the cute Snowflake Tag Chair. The Log Basket with Axe just matches perfectly the DIGS Huntgift for the Great Outdoor Hunt: the Nature’s Way Log Store.
The Silver Kitchen Shelf comes from Pestique Furniture and is their share for the Silverlining Hunt. And the Artwork above the chimney is from Felipe Bedoya and is called Dios. You can get it for free at the LND Gallery and Hangout.

List of stuff:
Dinnertable and Chairs: Scarlet Creative – Adler Dining Table (comes included in the Noelle Chalet)
Computer: SFW Industries – Flatscreen Monitor and Keyboard (for the Silverlining Hunt)
Console and Pictureframe: estatica – Bertram Set (for the Silverlining Hunt)
Chair: LISP Bazaar – Snowflake Tag Chair
X-Mas Stockings: LISP Bazaar – Stockings Blue
Log Store: DIGS – Nature’s Way Mini Set (The RLM Great Outdoor Hunt)
Log Basket: LISP Bazaar –Burlap Bag of Logs
Shelf: Pestique Furniture – Kitchen Shelf Silver (for the Silverlining Hunt)
Art: LND Gallery and Hangout – Felipe Bedoya: Dios (free)

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If you decorate for winter or even for christmas obviously it is all about the light. And this is kind of a tricky issue in second life to be honest. Lamps often can be way too bright and even art often comes with a own lighting, that radiates way too much. Most of the times the items you purchase are mod – and it is a good idea, for a special cozy look and feel, to lower the brightness or even the light radiation by yourself.

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I love to mix and match vintage furniture with rather modern pieces. I had a discussion with a friend a few days ago about this. And the true and simple fact is: nothing gives a room or a house more personality then a healthy mixture of styles. Because we all are not living in a furniture catalogue in RL also, right? We all have pieces with history like a rug or a sofa or even a bed and buy eventually some new stuff to mix and match it with what we already have. If you are going for a comfi look of your home in SL I only can suggest that you keep that in mind. If you buy everything new and all at once you maybe archive a nice look, but it appears cold. At least that is the experience I made with decorating SL homes.

I kept that in mind when I created my two comfort zones. In the upper part of the picture I combined the Anna Sofa from LISP with the weekend lounge from BoatHouse. The drapes, the lamp and the String Lights in the window are also from LISP. And the side table is from the Haarlem Deco Set from POST.
The lower part of the picture has the two ball chairs that come with the purchase of the Noelle Chalet. The supercute fireplace is the Silverlining Huntgift from L&K Prefabs. The coffee table and also the gingerbread on it with the hot chocolate are again from LISP.
Again I want to point you also to the Gallery Gift Shop, my favorite shopping event within second life. You can not get somewhere else state of the art artworks for your walls. Of course the Gallery Gift Shop is not only about art but also about fashion and accessory and many things more – but when it comes to decorating you just must at least have a look there.

List of stuff:
Lighttree: ICONIC – Light Tree
Artwork (on floor): Chiana Oh – AM Radio’s Train (for the Gallery Gift Shop)
Sofa left: BoatHouse – Weekend Lounge
Sofa right: LISP Bazaar –Anna Sofa (with texture changer)
Sidetable: POST – Haarlem Deco Coffee Table
Lamp: LISP Bazaar –Frost Floor Lamp
Rug: Scarlet Creative – Adler Rug (comes included in the Noelle Chalet)
Drapes: LISP Bazaar –Beatrice Heavy Drapes (with texture changer)
Windowdecoration: LISP Bazaar –String Lights 5
Art: Gabrielle Swindlehurst – Fields of Frost (for the Gallery Gift Shop)
Ballchairs: Scarlet Creative – Retro Bubble Chairs (comes included in the Noelle Chalet)
Fireplace: L&K Prefabs – Old Fireplace (for the Silverlining Hunt)
Coffee Table: LISP Bazaar –Tile Coffee Table White
Food: LISP Bazaar –Gingerbread Chocolate
Rug: LISP Bazaar –Warm Tartan Rug

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Trompe Loeil just released a huge set of holiday decorations and they are in one word adorable. I already told you that I love these stars Cory Edo made as lamps. Now they are also available as ground floor decoration and I can assure you that no home within SL will have them not lying around in one corner at christmas. They are fantastic! Trompe Loeil also made this decorative sleigh in many different colors and it is just way cute.

Another cute find is the “Starry Night” Deco set from [CIRCA] which is indeed again a huntgift in the Silverlining Hunt. And you get so much in this one. The mirror, the side table and the silver tree. And now it shows that the theme of the monochrome silverlining hunt is perfect for the season – because it just can not get more winterish then that. The propped up wall sled is again a find at LISP – and again: check the marketplace-store of LISP for higly decorative holiday things!

List of stuff:
Sideboard: LISP Bazaar –Snowfrost Heart Console (decoration also comes from LISP)
Sleigh: Trompe Loeil – Decorative Sleigh White
Stars: Trompe Loeil – Star Duo Ground Silver/White
Side Table, Mirror and Silver Tree: CIRCA – “Starry Night” Deco Set (for the Silverlining Hunt)
Wall Sled: LISP Bazaar –Propped Up Wall Sled with scarf

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The bedroom is more or less the interior that came with the Noelle Chalet. However – I brought some personal touch in it with the supernerdy Space Invaders Wall Art from BRENO. I love retro and obviously I love computer games (otherwise I would not spend ages to write blogposts about a virtual enviroment) and the wall art is just so me. On the wall you can see the Casting Dresser from DIGS. And like the Wall Art it is also a gift in the Silverlining Hunt. So I guess you get a picture now, why you must do this hunt, when you want to decorate your home in winter style.

Decorating a home is one thing. Decorating a sim is a complete different story. Most trees and plants come no copy which is understandable from the creators point of view. Nevertheless – if you have a whole sim or parcel to decorate you can literally spend a fortune on plants and rocks and neat outdoor stuff. No doubt: it IS expensive. If you read my blogposts for some time you know that I am a fanboy of Garden Of Dreams since the creator Kayle Matzerath is putting so much love for detail in them. Another point is: the dreamscenes (and also the permanent skyboxes that come with every dreamscene) are copy and mod. For this post I took the Winter Cabin Dreamscene and took all plants, gras, rocks and mountains out of it to decorate the surrounding of the chalet. I will be honest: I did not decorate on the ground but on a 60×60 meter prim. But what works high up in the air works on the ground also. And if you want to decorate a parcel or a sim you should check out the dreamscenes from GOD since you will safe money on the long run. Garden Of Dreams just released also some mesh trees. You can see a few in the pictures below, but I will make a proper post about them soon. And while we are talking about it: GOD also has currently a christmas sale with winter/Christmas stuff. So there are many reasons to check the store out.

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List of stuff:
Bed and Lamp: Scarlet Creative – Noelle Modern Bed and Adler Lamp 1 (comes included in the Noelle Chalet)
Wall Art: BRENO – Attack of the Space Invaders (for the Silverlining Hunt)
Dresser: DIGS – Casting Dresser (for the Silverlining Hunt)

Prefab: Scarlet Creative – Noelle Chalet Furnished
Enviroment: Garden of Dreams – parts used from “The Winter Cabin” And new Mesh Winter Trees

What I am wearing:
Hair: Dura – Dura Boy 24 (Black)
Skin: KENTO – Preston T2
Antlers: +Half Deer+ – Fawn Antlers (for the Silverlining Hunt)
Jumper: [LWL] – Deconstructed Jumper (Oatmeal Cross)
Pants: 22769 ~ casual couture – Slim Cut Leather Pants Brown (for Around The World)
Shoes: Adjunct – Jacob’s Ladder Boots Crude Oil Black