Two Favourites, Squared

Every summer, I look forward to two events in Second Life: Hair Fair and Summerfest. And every year, I look out for two designers at those events.

I first discovered *ARGRACE* at Hair Fair a few years ago and it has become a favourite hair brand for me. rika Oyen follows a theme for her offerings for Hair Fair. She has done hats previously (baseball caps, cowboy hats) and this year, it is towels (two versions) and messy hair. The texturing on the towels is so perfect I want to wrap my own hair in one. And the hair itself is just the right amount of wisps and tousled locks to believe you have just stepped out of the shower, or the ocean. And don’t forget her other creations: bedhead extraordinaire and shampoo. I will try to get posts with those later, but don’t wait for me – go check them out yourself.

The first item I ever bought at Summerfest was a ruffled one-piece bathing suit from Valentina E. Last year, it was a ruffled bikini. And this year, another one. I simply love the bold patterns and unflinching style. Valentina E. is equal parts haute couture and smouldering sensuality. This bikini ticks all the boxes of becoming a classic. I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Honourable mention must go to Izzie’s, also at Summerfest. She is the mistress of the appliers, and the water droplets she features this year are the proof. With appliers for multiple bodies and heads, plus Omega, different skin tones with varying levels of shine, I may have to amend my title:

Three favourites, cubed.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
Bikini: Valentina E. :V.e. Reina Ruffled Bikini MAITREYA by ValentinaEvangelista (available at Summerfest ’17)
Rings: Meva Bento Maitreya Ring Left Middlefinger 3 Gold, Left Annulary Gold, Left Annulary 2 Gold & Left Pinky Gold by Mea Carnell (gacha prizes)
Hair: *ARGRACE* SUIU by rika Oyen (available at Hair Fair 2017)
*Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Lona v2.12 by Catwa Clip
*Eyes: CATWA RIGGED EYES Lona v1.1 by Catwa Clip
Mesh body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
*Mesh head applier: *Birth* 3rd Gen ‘Freya’ Catwa (Catya_bento) Applier – 03. Tone by Silent Alchemi
*Mesh body applier: *Birth* 3rd Gen Maitreya Body Skin Applier – 03. Tone v1.0 by Silent Alchemi
Water droplet appliers: Izzie’s – Catwa – Applier Wet Face and Wet Body Hud (Maitreya, Belleza, Slink & Omega) by Izzie Button (available at Summerfest ’17)

Pose: Del May DM – Whim by Del May
Photo taken with LUMIPro 2017 by Stefan Buscaylet

Bunnies, Blooms and Baths

It is a Home & Garden extravaganza at my place right now. [ keke ] has been going wild with main store releases, including the adorable clipped sketches, refurbished spring drawers (available in three colours) and the glass lamps shown in my photo. In the rush to hit the big events on the grid, don’t forget the pleasure of browsing the home shops of some of your favourite designers. It is a much more relaxed way to shop, with less lag and no pressure to get in and out.

That being said, Bloom is off and running and {what next} has plenty of blooms to offer with their potted tulips, tulip wheelbarrow and pretty watering cans to keep those flowers fresh. They work perfectly together, so grab all the things.

The bathtub is from a larger set from Artis. If you read my blog regularly you can probably tell that I have fallen in love with this posemaker. This set is available at Pose Fair 2017. Do check it out.

And finally, I have fallen in love with the bunnies from JIAN at Collabor88. While they don’t come with Easter eggs, they are just perfect.

I can think of no better way to relax, reflect and revive than with bunnies, blooms and baths.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
Hair: *ARGRACE* CHIZURU by rika Oyen
*Makeup: alaskametro<3 “Blossom” makeup palette – Catwa applier by Alaska Metropolitan
*Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Lona v2.12 by Catwa Clip
Mesh body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
*Mesh head applier: *Birth* 3rd Gen ‘Freya’ Catwa (Catya_bento) Applier – 03. Tone by Silent Alchemi
*Mesh body applier: *Birth* 3rd Gen Maitreya Body Skin Applier – 03. Tone v1.0 by Silent Alchemi
*Freckles: .::Nanika::. KIRA Freckles by sDEVAs

*From [ keke ] by Kean Kelly:
*[ keke ] clipped sketches (New release at the main store)
*[ keke ] refurbished spring drawer – white (available at the main store)
*[ keke ] glass lamp tall . golden (available at the main store)

*From {what next} by Winter Thorn, available at Bloom through April 29:
*{what next} Springtime Tulips Wheelbarrow
*{what next} ‘Bloom’ Watering Can
*{what next} Springtime Tulip Planter (yell+pink+white)

JIAN Straight Ear Bunnies by JianSL (available at Collabor88 April 2017)
JIAN Clover Patch by JianSL (available at Collabor88 April 2017)
MishMish – Sweet Short Grass by Aime Takaaki (available at Collabor88 April 2017)
(fd) Climbing Plant Green by Toast Bard (gacha prize)
Hayabusa Design Toona Sinensis Tree by Mitsuko Kytari (subscriber gift)
Soy. Garden Shed with Lblue Bricks by Soyoy (available at Collabor88 April 2017)
*Tub/pose: Artis – Bathtub by Tamara Artis (from I give my all… set, available at Pose Fair 2017)

Before It’s Too Late

Skin Fair 2017 is drawing to a close. It finishes on Sunday, March 26th, so if you haven’t been yet, you had better add it to your agenda for the weekend. Even if you have been already, there is never any harm in making one last trip to make sure you haven’t missed something essential.

After you have made your final Skin Fair visit, it will be time for the opening of Uber. Just look at this lovely top from *Just BECAUSE*. It is daring and sexy and sweet at the same time! I am wearing one of the patterns that is exclusive with the purchase of the Fatpack. There are eight floral prints in addition to the standard *JB* pallete, so it is well worth the splash-out.

Please note that Annie has included this note:

Rigging is a very hard process, and when you have two mesh items layered close to each other such as clothing and bodies with different topology, it will never be exact. Alphas help with this and are our friends. However, sometimes, alphas can’t always cover certain areas depending on the mesh item.

Please note that this mesh item was especially hard to rig due to the difficulty of rigging to the shoulders and armpits and not being able to use alphas in those regions. Trying to have mesh lay over the top of the armpits and move without clipping is nearly impossible. Some clipping may occur with certain poses and animations. We have done our very best with rigging this item, but couldn’t make it perfect.

As such we STRONGLY ADVISE trying a FREE demo of this item!

That being said, I have had no problems with the rigging and trust me, I put this top through a LOT of poses today!

You will also want to pick up the Sadie Platforms from fri.day when Shoetopia opens. It opens on the 25th, but as I write this I am not sure if it already open or if it opens later today. I’m afraid I don’t have a SLurl to the event at this time, but I will do my best to update this post when it is available. In the meantime, you can just drool over my shoes (which come with optional over-the-knee socks for Maitreya Lara with a four-colour texture change HUD). *Edit: Link has been added

So, your task for the weekend is to try to get into Uber and Shoetopia after you have visited Skin Fair…before it’s too late.

Pale Girl Productions Logo 1j

Skin Fair Sim 1
Skin Fair Sim 2

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
*Top: *Just BECAUSE* *JB* Misty Shirt (Fatpack Exclusive Print) by Annie Melson (available at Uber March 25 – April 23)
Skirt: _CandyDoll_Akahana Collection Skirt Maitreya Pale Rose Floral by Jacinda Jaxxon (gacha prize)
*Shoes: fri.day – Sadie Platforms (Sage) by Darling Monday (available at Shoetopia beginning March 25)
Hair: *ARGRACE* TOKIWA by rika Oyen
*Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Lona v2.12 by Catwa Clip (available at Skin Fair 2017 March 10-26)
Mesh body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Mesh hands: VISTA PROHANDS FEM V.2FINAL by VistaMesh
*Mesh head applier: *YS&YS* Cherry Tone03 Skin Applier – Catwa Mesh Head by Monicuzza Babenco (available at Skin Fair 2017 through March 26)
Mesh body applier: *YS&YS* Tone 03 Body applier v2.0 for Maitreya by Monicuzza Babenco
Mesh hands applier: *YS&YS* Tone 03 Vista Hands Skin Applier by Monicuzza Babenco

Rock/pose: Amitie Poses – Rocks by BELEN Ackland (available at Shiny Shabby March 2017)