Time for Dances and Delights

The day felt too long. The sun was bright in my eyes, the hours toward evening seemed to drag on for an eternity.


As the evening breeze brought solace to the heat, the first of the fairies emerged. Their dance, the peacefully floating sparkles eased the anxiety of waiting.


The lanterns were slowly lit, the scent of evening roses filled the air, the night began its approach in a slow, gentle embrace of shadows.

maskedball2bsIt is time. Time for masks and mysteries, dances and delights. Time to forget the strength of sun and embrace the solace of night. It is time for the Masquerade Ball.

The first ever May Day Masked Ball takes place this evening in Fantasy Faire. The Ball is 5-7pm SLT in Poseidon’s Abyss. It is hosted by DJ Gabrielle Riel of Radio Riel and during the Ball there will also be an announcement of the King, Queen and Chancellor of Fantasy Faire.

Both The White Armory and Bliensen + MaiTai can be found in the Spires of Andolys, Illusions has its Faire-store in Ichi-go Ichi-e.

Scene: Ichi-go Ichi-e by Sharni Azalee in Fantasy Faire

Body: Skin: Essences – Clover 01 Pale Dust Brunette | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Frozen Silver Bright | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Liner: Beautiful Freak – Divinora Black* | Blush & Gloss: Pink Fuel – Elly Sugar Doll Gloss (Blush) | Hair: Magika – Shimmer | Hands & Feet: Slink 

Outfit: Gown: The White Armory – Forest Fantasy Gown Starlight* | Mask: *~*Illusions*~* Curiata Mask | Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Soleil Hair Pin, Necklace & Earrings* | Flowers: *BOOM* – Nature’s Crown (pale)

Pose: Kirin – Athena Pose 3 | The rest from AO


Just Be

They’re always there, fluttering. Thoughts, hopes, fears. What-ifs of past, paths of the future. Choices, estimations, considerations, re-considerations. Neverending. Tempting, condemning, promising, despairing.


They can feel like a burden, a swarm around you, never giving you a moment’s peace, drawing you in different directions, pulling your steps from one side to another, turn from your path forward back and around to the past again, caught in a cycle.


Sometimes you can’t leave them behind, sometimes they will simply turn you around again. Sometimes the fears are so mixed with hopes that you cannot tell them apart, all the paths are blocked with both.


Sometimes there’s no path, sometimes all you can do is be. Face them, dance with them and simply be, see where they will fall in the end.

World Goth Fair is still going on (last day June 1st) to cater more darkness to the grid. The corset, skirt and hat are combined from two different outfits by Aliza Karu’s AD Creations Dollhouse available in Port Seraphine. You can find the boots by Sax Shepherd Designs from the same sim. The necklace by lassitude & ennui and the liner by Beautiful Freak can be found in Sium. The petals by Uncertain Smile are a part of separate cage-based pose set, I just used them with other poses for this. The slink applier gloves and nails are from Severina set by Pale Empress and the slink applier gloves are meant to be worn with long system gloves layers and then mesh sleeves on top of them, I just liked them like this. You can find Pale Empress and Uncertain Smile also in Sium.

Scene: Cursed | Petals: Uncertain Smile – La Fete Triste1 Petals*

Body: Skin: Essences – Clover 01 Pale Dust Brunette | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Classic Frozen Silver Bright | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hair: Analog Dog – Schnapp Natural Black | Blush: Zibska – YesNo Two | Bunny Ears & Tail: +Half-Deer+ Velven Bunny Ears (Darkheart) & Bunny Tail | Liner: Beautiful Freak – Demonia Black*

Outfit: Top: LoveLace – Petit Four Licorice | Corset: [AD Creations Dollhouse] Sophie Corset* | Skirt, Pants & Hat: [AD Creations Dollhouse] – Goth1c | Shoes: Sax Shepherd Designs – Lolita Boots Calavera* | Gloves & Nails: Pale Empress – Severina* | Necklace: lassitude & ennui – Ravenskull necklace black* | Ribbon: *BOOM* – Precious Bow Choker pitch 

Poses: Poise – GA_2 | aDORKable Poses – 13 of 25 2012 | !bang – mini series optimistic 3

It’s Raining Shoes

“I was bathing! What in the name of Verne is this… rain of shoes? You! Squirrel with goggles! What is going on and who can I complain to?”

rainingshoes1cs“No, see, Miss, there was an unfortunate mistake of an accident kind, completely accidental and the ship that was transporting these shoes sort of kind of maybe possibly blew up. Nothing to worry about, I think the crew got away safely, I just got lost in the winds.”

rainingshoes2cs“You can’t have shoes falling on people when they are relaxing! I am writing a few choice words to the Air Trade Companies right this minute and-“

“Nonononono, see, um, all the shoes? The officials think they are destroyed. Unless you tell them, of course. All destroyed. No one will care if you happen to take them home. Best designer shoes on the market. Stay silent and you can have all the shoes!”

rainingshoes3bs“All the shoes? Seriously?”

“Aaaaaaaaall the shoes.”

Shoetopia is open and it is indeed metaphorically raining shoes. These pictures feature some of the shoes by lassitude & ennui, Alice Project, KoiKoi, Bliensen + MaiTai and BOOM. The tippy-toe high feet are the latest foot model by Slink, also released at Shoetopia and available for shoe-makers to begin making really high heels with and for. The middle pose by double take is also in a gacha in Shoetopia. You can start the shopping here

The story bit of easily amused entertainment continues the tale of why the airship blew up and how it is waited for in vain. The reason for gratuitous nudity is because apparently it’s obligatory to blog shoes naked now, yesyes. And I was trying to make Ely drunk.

Shoes: KoiKoi – Fruti-Bootie Strawberry | Bliensen + MaiTai – Industrial Revolution Brown | BOOM – Locale Heels red | lassitude & ennui – Emily Steampunk Shoes teal/silver, brown gold, Bound sandals red* | Alice Project – Miranda Pumps Back Bow Teal, Jessica Pump Gold Purple, Miranda Pumps Front Bow Blue & Green*

Squirrel: !Ohmai – Steampunk Squirrel Gray

Body: Skin: League – Sia Fair Bloom | Hair: Exile – Run To You Naturals | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Frozen Silver Bright | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Hands: Slink – Avatar Enhancement Hands Elegant1 | Feet: Slink – AvEnhance Feet High

Poses: HopScotch – Short Tempered 5 | double take – thoughtful | Astalianda – Cat Fight 8

Scales of Magma

Fire has always been both a blessing and a threat. It warms and it burns, it cooks meals and destroys buildings, it supports life and it steals it away. It’s no wonder all around the world we have imagined creatures that live within it, creatures that fire does not burn, creatures that swim in lava and always we have envisioned them fearsome.

lavadraco1csMost of the fire-associated creatures are also always if not downright evil, at least scary. Dragons, demons, djinni, perhaps only the mysterious phoenix manages to escape to the general good side.

lavadraco2csWho is to say what they really want, the fire creatures? Maybe even the salamander queen wants to simply bask in the heat like a common little lizard and wouldn’t spare one single thought on the nosy, noisy, flammable humans.

lavadraco3csNo better way to start a day than a warm dip in the lava, after all.

Both the Draco Magma skin by Fallen Gods Inc. and the Khor Feet by [europa] are available in the current round of We Love Role-play.

Scene: Garden of Dreams – The Hell Throne*

Body: Skin: Fallen Gods Inc. – Draco Magma Scaled Marks Awake* | White Markings: Fallen Gods Inc. – Draco Marks Tintable Overlay Intense* | Eyes: Repulse – Demonic v3 Eyes Red | Hair: *Alice Project* – Aphrodite* | Feet: [europa] – Khor Feet Ivory (Red) | Claws: [ni.Ju] – Black Tipped Claws

The (lack of) Outfit: Mask with Horns: *BOOM* I am Aries Titanium (from old Zodiac, not sure if it’s available anymore)

Poses: A part of the throne. | c( Two Cats) – Magical 2 | Musa – Fantasy Pose 037

Zodiac: Aries

Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac: the one to start things, the one to charge fearlessly ahead, the one with all the energy and enthusiasm. No doubts, no standing still, no wasting time in meaningless details.

aries1bsOften associated with sports and contests, Aries definitely has a competitive nature. You want something done, tell an Aries you doubt they can do it, the challenge will do the rest. So full of energy they are often about to burst, Aries is not a sign to anger. The ram is already charging as their natural state, you don’t want them to charge at you. Instead invite them to charge with you, they love anything to do with speed and freedom, including vehicles.

aries2bsAries lives in the now of things, there never was a sign more fitting to seize the moment. No one needs to tell them to carpe diem, they already own the moment. They also often experience the moments and life like the first time: there’s more to being the first sign than being the one to initiate things. There’s an odd touch of child-like innocence and excitement to them, accompanied with a quirky sense of humour.

aries3bsThey will get straight to the point: brazen, forward, outspoken. If they don’t like you, you’ll know. If they do, you’ll know that as well. Spontaneous, confident and always ready to lead the pack to new adventures, that’s Aries for you.

The new round of Zodiac features all Aries-like things. The skin by Essences, the sheepie by Adore&Abhor, the horns and mask by BOOM, the frames by .lame and all the poses (Exposeur and HopScotch) are available in Zodiac. The jacket and the shirt are from the moving sale of Erratic, which continues to the end of the month.

Scene: House: Greeny Beetle – Raven’s Boathouse | Bike: :~CD~:M&M- Wild Man – Motorcycle | Sheepie: Adore&Abhor – Aries Sheepie Licorice | Horns & Mask: *BOOM* I Am Aries (titanium) mask and horns | Frames: .lame – Bobby’s Frames (MINE)

Body: Skin: Essences – Aries 01 *sunkissed* brunette | Hair: lamb. – Whoop Dee Doo Restaurant Ketchup | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Moon Autumn Bright | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious 

Outfit: Jacket: Erratic – Tory Cropped Biker Jacket Black | Shirt: Erratic – Marney Laser Cut Dress Red | Pants: League – Zipped Leather Pants Dark Red | Boots: lassitude & ennui – Wanderlust boots black

Poses: Exposeur – Call The Shots 2 | HopScotch – Short Tempered 4 | Exposeur – Call the Shots 1 M

52 Colours: Tangelo

I did not even know this is an actual fruit, thought it was just a mesh-up name for the colour, but apparently it is! I had to do something silly for Miss Tangelo, so somehow that translated into an anything-but-realistic sailor costume. With a cutesy hat. The First and Last and Always necklace by House of Rain is available in the gachas at Unhinged Festival. It was just the right amount of sweet to go with the look. The Reema hairstyle is by Alice Project, who keeps saving my colours with the HUDs that allow exactly that: colour change. The sailor costume is by *BOOM* and if you are new to this outfit, be warned: the skirt is really really short from the back. Really. As for the surroundings, I wanted both a hint of orchards and sea, so I went to visit Selidor. Plenty of both there for silly sailors to pose with.

Scene: Selidor

Body: Skin: Pink Fuel – Ember Milk New Blood | Eyes: Poetic Colors – Summer Wheat | Lashes: Redgrave – 39 – Luscious | Makeup: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – SuperSweet Shadow One Ai Shui | Hair: Alice Project – Reema* 

Outfit: Costume & Hat: *BOOM* – A Day on the Yacht Tangerine | Necklace: House of Rain – First and Last and Always Pearl* | Rings: Sweet Leonard & Needful Things – SummerBreeze Rings

Poses: Amato – Pose Play 02 | !bang – Stand 137

Steam for Five Hundred

There’s another 500L Avatar Challenge going on and they are always so much fun that I had to poke at it. The idea is to make a new avatar under 500L, everything used must be available and accessible now, so you cannot use old hunt prizes and such. The last time I made a sorceress, a goth and a rocker, so this time I focused on steampunk. I like doing something out of the norm casuals for these challenges, because roleplayers need shopping guides, too! The clothes and goggles took most of the budget, but they were so worth it. The pants and the jacket can be found in League’s discount area upstairs and the goggles are by Grim Bros., because you can’t talk about SL steampunk and not mention them. The jewelry by KOSH was just 2L altogether (from their discount basement) and the hair (Exile), shoes (lassitude & ennui) and the lipstick (M.O.C.K. Cosmetics) are freebies. The skin is a group gift by bilo (50L to join the group) and I used it for both characters. The other girl being a more doll-styled gaslight romance heroine. The dress is an old Steam Hunt gift by Orquidea, but fortunately it’s for sale in the shop and thus still available. I love all their hunt gifts, it’s a delightful store. The cutesy ribboned pigtails are a group gift by Lo*momo (group free to join) and I got tattoo lashes by *BOOM* for 25L to add to the skin’s makeup. Eyes are from KOSH’s discount room, just 1L. Speaking of lassitude & ennui, there’s plenty of wonderful footware perfect for steampunk when you’re not trying to build a whole avatar with 500L. These Miss Dandy shoes were very affordable on the Marketplace, though, so both my girls wear Jackal’s things! The stockings are a freebie by *Sheer*. I picked the poses from my regular HUDs, so no guarantees about their prices. The location is of course New Babbage, an excellent stop for a newbie steam personage.

Adventurer Credits: 483L
Shape: self made
Skin: bilo – Pixie (Nasreen Skin Preview) – Group Gift (50L)
Hair: Exile – Eva/blackberry – freebie
Lipstick: M.O.C.K. Cosmetics – Sahne Bitter Chocolate – Wearable Demo
Jacket: League – Leather Jacket (195L)
Pants: League – Wild Angel Leather Pants (125L)
Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Laudanum Shoes black/silver – freebie
Necklace: KOSH – Rapture Necklace – 1L
Earrings: KOSH – Rapture Earrings – 1L
Goggles: Grim Bros. – Sepia Gogglets – 111L

Dolly Credits: 426L
Shape: self made
Skin: bilo – Pixie (Nasreen Skin Preview) – group gift (50L)
Hair: Lo*momo – GroupGift (Apr 2012) – still available, group free to join
Eyes: KOSH – Crystalline Eyes 8 – 1L
Tattoo lashes: *BOOM* – Love my eyes Liner and Mascara medium – 25L
Dress: Orquidea – Steampunk Doll – 200L
Shoes: lassitude & ennui – Miss Dandy Bronze Gears Shoes – 150L
Tights: *Sheer* – Zebra Tights – freebie

Poses: Glitterati – Drink 4 / aDORKable Poses – Love Gun II GroundSit 2 / Art Body Store – My Cute Wings 09 / WetCat – Modeller 4

Xmas in June!

Christmas came early yesterday when Coyote Momiji, the mastermind behind .( bewildebeest )., dropped a folder of boxes on me as a blogger packet. Plenty of squeeing ensued! I adore her ability to match quirky-funny with gorgeous, unique ideas with flair. Thus I spent today trying on everything and taking pictures!

Curlicues! It’s a wonderful word, it conveys exactly the right amount of beauty combined with the quirk. This Vine-series comes in necklaces, earrings and rings. I love how big they are, the earrings are perfect for updos like this Tukinowagama’s. I’ve been on a big-ring phase for a while now and having all these curves cover half of the hand is a definite squee-factor. I changed Sonya’s eyes into these violet ones by The Plastik, just to match the amethysts better. What little you can see of the gown by Evie’s Closet worked well with the set. Pose by Di’s Opera.

Oh, I also have to mention the Summer Event going on at Kozmetika! Full of the latest make-ups for summer, plenty of freebies and definitely worth a visit. It lasts until July 8th. I added basic eyeliner by cheLLe and and a blush by Grixdale to this look.

Fancy a cup? Short and Stout-series is both delightfully amusing and breathtakingly pretty. I think the pretty pots are supposed to be tea, but whenever I wear them they shall be coffee. Ah coffee, the sweet soothing nectar of life~ The big tea pot with the pose is by Love Soul, from the Black Butler Hunt. I wish I had had a teapot hairdo to match, but since I didn’t, I added this bunneh-hairdo by Milestone Creations instead. I couldn’t possibly wear something serious for this! Changed the blush from Grixdale to a.e.meth while going through the Kozmetika freebies. What little you see of the vintage dress is by L’Abel.

In case you were wondering, the first two pics were taken in Japan Tempura Island. If you’ve never been there, do go! Better yet, take someone with you! This last picture, however, is back home when I was pondering what to wear next and then went ‘EVERYTHING!’ and piled up as many things as I could. Well, almost. The Cascade earrings and hair ornament were begging for something more exotic so I added the bindi, and then I simply had to show off one of the Arabesque rings and then there’s this Along Came a Spider ring that is full of amusement and and and… oh, and check out the fun colours in the make-up by *BOOM*! I used an old freebie body suit by L. Fauna for this, along with one of my favorite Sky Everett hairs. Pose is by Poise. Skin is by League and lashes by Redgrave in all three, eyes by Poetic Colors in the lower two.

Psst, Coyote will raise the prices in .( bewildebeest ). next week, so this week is absolutely perfect for shopping! Also, if you’re not yet in her subscribo, go hit it! Pretty necklaces and regular gifts ahoy~

The First 30 Days…

…are surprisingly important. In the life of your avatar, that is. During that first month you can pick up a lot of good freebies that won’t be available to you later on. They’re there just to help the newbies become less so. The ones that I’d absolutely recommend as must-haves are the ones from Sn@tch, Silent Sparrow and Evie’s Closet. The latter two are more Victorian and fantasy in style, but you never know when you’ll need a steampunk outfit or a fairy gown. If you are still under one month in SL age and haven’t picked up their newbie packets: shoo!

I began plotting this post for two reasons. One: a friend of a friend got into SL and I felt I’d end up rambling all of this to her anyway, so might as well make it into something more public and potentially helpful. Two: I also realized I hadn’t really made a proper newbie help post yet. Obviously every SL blog has to have one, right?

So, I started a new account, picked the default rocker girl as my avatar and loaded in. Cringed at the duck walk, admitted that the default avatars have gotten better from when I first started, but… yeah. Still plenty of work to do. One evening and zero lindens later, here’s the change:

I still wanted to keep a sort of rocker vibe and after I found this skin, the avatar shaping took a distinct turn to more Asian. I wanted to add more colour despite my immediate instinct to dress her in black, so I conjured another look, just because.

I’ll differ from my usual blogging habits and give full credits and SLURLs lower, just for this post. But before we get there, I want to mention a bunch of resources to help in the possible newbie cluelessness.

First of all: SL for Nowt. The link leads you to a wonderful page full of helpful articles about various things a newbie should learn, starting from how to get stuff out of boxes to lucky chair explanations to hunt etiquette. Read, learn, enjoy~

Then I want to draw your attention to one of the most important things you can do yourself to make your avatar look good: editing the shape. Yes, a good skin will make your character come to life, but without a fitting and realistic (if that’s what you’re aiming for) shape underneath it, the skin won’t do anything. Here’s a couple of excellent articles about shapes and anatomically realistic measurements in What the Fug?Shaping Up 1 & Shaping Up 2. Don’t be a stick with t-rex short arms and balloons attached to your chest, it’s not difficult to edit the shape to look exactly like you want that avatar to look like!

On the subject of What the Fug? blog, I can spare you the horror of browsing and list the main no-nos: bling, slider-abuse, badly tinted prim feet, bad (or no) textures and most importantly: badly fitted prims. If you don’t yet know how to make a certain hairdo fit your head or how to stop your earring from floating near your shoulder: don’t wear them until you do. Simple as that.

Speaking of bad textures: stay away from (most) freebie places. Usually they are full of old, old things and going there is like being an alien fresh arrived on Earth and going shopping in a place called The Joy of Neon Eighties. It’s not the alien’s fault, nor your newbie self’s. Neither of you know any better yet.

Instead start reading freebie blogs and window shop good stuff from them, then log on and teleport over to yoink the said freebie. This kind of freebies are usually group-gifts of a store or a limited offer and represent the designer’s actual present-day awesome skills. My main bread and butter for checking what is new and must-have freebie and sales-wise is Fabulously Free in SL. I recommend them warmly~

My last advice to newbies is this: do not buy anything expensive until you’re at least a month old and have been going out and about in SL plenty during that time. You will just end up spending lindens on things you could find equivalent (or better) for free easily if you only knew where to look. The only exception to this is AO. It is very very difficult to find good AOs for free. (AO = animation overrider, it controls how you walk and move.) The only reasonable ones I know of are the 30-days-or-younger AO in Long Awkward Pose and a basic freebie AO for group members in VISTA, so you can get started for free, at least.

/stop rambling, cue credits

Shape: Heartsick (I edited it a lot, but used one of their freebie shapes as a basis. They also have adorable freebie skins and tons of cute dollarbie skins upstairs.)

Skin: !Imabee – group-gift

Red hair: Truth – freebie, fatpack of colours

Purple Hair: Exile – freebie, fatpack of colours, they have six freebie hairs for girls and three for boys

Eyes: Umedama Holic

Lashes & Eyebrows: !Imabee – a part of the same group gift as the skin

Make-up: BOOM in Kozmetika

Nails: Sn@tch – a part of the newbie avatar

Tummy tattoo: Silent Sparrow – a part of newbie gifts

Black outfit (picture 1): COCO – group gifts

Colourful outfit (picture 2): erratic – group gift

Boots: COCO – group gift

Bangles: Mariposa – freebie in MALT Village’s freebie corner

Earrings: Sn@tch – a part of the newbie avatar

Skybox & Furniture: PoP (Paper or Plastic) – hunt gift in Sideshow Freaks Hunt