The Old Kissing Bridge

The height of romance is a walk in the country, capped off by a kiss on a wooden bridge. The Old Kissing Bridge is the latest main store release from {what next}. It comes with three texture choices, plus lanterns and steps for decoration. There is even a sign that has three choices of text, plus a plain version in case you want to add your own. The bridge rests on stone piers that can be sunk into the ground or left exposed. On my land, it worked best to sink them, so they aren’t visible, but the texturing is lovely.

There are no poses included, but that just means you can choose your own. You can stroll, kiss or cuddle to suit your mood.

It is a truly stunning addition to your landscape, capped off with a kiss.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

On Peep:
*Dress: Just BECAUSE~MariaDress~ by Annie Melson (available at the main store)
Shoes: Essenz – Valencia by Senzati0n Domenitzo (available at FaMESHed September 2017)
Hair: *ARGRACE* AKEMI by rika Oyen (new release at the main store)
Mesh body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Mesh head: .LeLutka.Head.May 3.0 by JadenArt
Mesh head applier: itGirls – Jean Lelutka Applier – Tan Face by Annie Jolifaunt (available at Uber August 2017)
Mesh body applier: itGirls – Fade Body Applier – Maitreya by Annie Jolifaunt

On Chance:
Coat: Gabriel ::GB::Double long coat / light brown by Takuya Jinn
Jeans: SLINK – ELIAS Skinny Jeans (Light Blue) – ColdAsh by ColdAsh
Shoes: Penny Loafers Brown (Slink)) – REDGRAVE by Emelia Redgrave
Hair: NO.MATCH_NO.ACCESS. by viking
Body: Slink Physique MALE Mesh Body Release 1.2 by Siddean Munro
Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Justin V4.11 by Catwa Clip
Skin applier for body, hands and feet: L’Etre Homme – Slink Hand, Feet and Body Appliers [Golden Tone] by Dam1710

*Bridge, steps, lanterns & sign: {what next} The Kissing Bridge by Winter Thorn (main store release)
Trees: HPMD* Garden Tree05 – white 2A by Sasaya Kayo & 3D TREES Willow with roots by Nadine Reverie
Grass: aa build & design Long Grass (Spring) by Jake1un & KIDD GRASS*Hedgerow*Lavender* by doP Kidd
*Pose: C O R P U S . Country Love by Diconay Boa

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)