Nothing To Wear

It’s a woman’s worst nightmare: having so many choices she simply has nothing to wear.

Only one of these gowns is actually wearable, and it is a stunner. The Aja Gown by Valentina E., available at FaMESHed, will have you prepared for princesshood. The others are mannequins, but I would wear every single one of them. I racked up all of these great decor items from LAGOM at The Gacha Garden.

Thanks to my haul, I find myself with nothing to wear.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
Dress: Valentina E. :V.e. Aja Gown Navy MAITREYA by ValentinaEvangelista (available at FaMESHed August 2017)
Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * CALANIA * hair by Mirja Mills
Mesh head applier: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* CATWA Head “Agatha” Eastern by Steffi Villota (available at Uber through August 23)
Mesh body applier: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* for Maitreya Mesh Body “Freckles” EASTERN by Steffi Villota
Eyes: Avi-Glam AG. Serene Eyes Tropical by Kendra Parfort
*Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Lona v2.12 by Catwa Clip
Mesh body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle

Mannequins: LAGOM – THE GALLERY Mannequin A, B, C, D, E & G by ZandraSnowpawSnyder (gacha prizes at The Gacha Garden August 2017)
Flowers: ARIA– Dido Vase With Lillies by Yelo Uriza
Build: Exposeur – Clean Scenes – Crates by RubyStarlight Writer (gacha prize – now unavailable)
Pose: Image Essentials IE – Soft Caress 5 mirror by Kay Weston (available at Mesh Body Addicts Fair August 2017)

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

Coming Up For Air

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I love this picture.

I was playing around on the edge of my land and hit the slope into the water. As I stood there, trying to find some props for a completely different shot, my avatar began slipping downward into the depths of the Linden Sea. With my head stuffed in my inventory, I wasn’t quite sure where I had gone! I cammed around to find myself and stumbled upon this awesome angle through the water. I quickly saved my camera view and tried out various poses until I found the one I needed. Then the fun began: Windlight settings! The cloud coverage became my ripples, the stars became the basis of the bubbles, and the lighting became the deep blue-green of the ocean.

I ended up merging two shots to create this one, but other than a few extra bubbles, this is what I was seeing through my camera lens.

All of this was to highlight the amazing ruffled bikini by Valentina E. for Summerfest ’16. Go forth and shop. But don’t forget to come up for air.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
Bikini: Valentina E. :V.e. Carmen Ruffled Bikini Jade Plaid By ValentinaEvangelista (available at Summerfest ’16)
Hair: [elikatira] Stella by Elikapeka Tiramisu
Head: CATWA HEAD Alice V4.9 by Catwa Clip
*Skin & Catwa Head Applier: Elysium – Candice skin (red brow) – mocha freck by Aleida Rhode
Body, feet and hands: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle

Pose: Ma Vie – Didi 07 by Mavi Beck