Saturday, April 22, 2017

Don't Mistake Her Calm For Kindness

This is your last chance to but Lumae's 2015 line of skins, including this gorgeous Djinn tone. Djinn comes with a plain version, as well as one with dotted eyebrows and one with this awesome face paint. There are 20 sets of skin on final sale for 100$L. After one month, they will be retired for good, after Lumae reveals her new homestead sim mainstore, which is an exciting move for the brand!

In other news, this freakin' Woodland Watcher set by Disorderly at n21 caught my eye... and my wallet! But who am I to resist dryad goodness? The Woodland Home rare (the gorgeous base of vines wrapping around my avi) comes with edging, in case you're a container garden dryad, and comes with 4 built in poses! It's also attached to the avatar center, so you can also use your own poses, like I did! I'm so glad that I decided to play this machine!

Credits below!

Body - Maitreya "Lara"
Head - LeLutka "Stella"
Skin - Lumae "Adore - Djinn"
Dress - Storybook "Medusa - Dress - Viper"
Hair/ Butterflies - Tableau Vivant "Namiriel"
Ears - Mandala "Fantasy Elf Ears"
Eyes - Suicidal Unborn "Phantom Eyes"
Body Vines (small) - Decoy "Forest Fae Gacha"
Base/Orbs/Halo - Disorderly. "Woodland Watcher" gacha @ n21
Particles - Cole's Corner "Mother Nature"

All additional foliage and sim - Studio Skye

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fantasy Faire : [The Plastik]

If you haven't played the Deera Gatcha by [The Plastik] at Fantasy Fair (TP to the booth >>HERE<<), you are missing out on some SERIOUS cuteness. These adorable deer avatars come with antlers, eyes, multiple tail options, and their very own AO! They root around, stamp their feet, and when bound along instead of running! The machine is 150$L per play, BUT I say that's a super nice deal for a full avatar with its own AO! If you want one but aren't a gacha person, there is also a Relay For Life exclusive purple one for 199$L right next to the machine! 

I found out today that they make EXCELLENT gifts, and can brighten the day of friends who are feeling a bit low or bored. Luckily I still have a few to hand out for rez days and holidays, or just.. rainy days! It was predictably easy to tempt eight other people to join me in playing with these avatars. These are guaranteed to make you smile!

For other amazing creations by [The Plastik], check out their >>MAINSTORE<<

Dis one mah fren

Fantasy Faire : [Gauze&Trap] .:Soul:. Wasabi Pills

Don't you love when items match perfectly?! I always wonder if the creators coordinate secretly and just don't announce that some things match... but then again, maybe they're just on the same wavelength for some events! In this case, the [SE D4] version of .:Soul:.'s Ceredil skin goes PERFECTLY with two of the Fantasy Faire exclusives by [Gauze&Trap], the Faun Legs - Short :Demon: and the Fuzz Gloves: Demon. The multi-colored flame motif on both remind me of an oil slick, and that's just... neat! This Fantasy Faire exclusive hair by Wasabi Pills, Adamaris, also coordinates really well! 

Keep in mind that the Fantasy Faire exclusives really ARE exclusive - you can only grab them for the 10 days when the Fairelands overlap our world. And the 100% of the proceeds from those purchases go directly to Relay For Life... so if you're going to shop at the Faire, PLEASE browse those items first! Exclusive pixels *and* a great cause? That's what we like to call a win-win!

If you'd like to stay up to date on the goings-on for the Fantasy Faire, keep an eye on their site >>HERE<<, and join the in-world group, which is free! There is always a DJ event, art exhibit, auction, or even just silly chat happening.

Credits below!

Body - Maitreya "Lara"
Head - Catwa "Kimberly"
Skin - .:Soul:. "G2 F - Ceredil - Gyouko - [SE D4]" @ Fantasy Faire
Eyes - Suicidal Unborn "Phantom Eyes"
Ears - [][]Trap[][] "Beastie Imp Ears"
Horns - [Gauze&Trap] "Ziva Horns"
Choker - .random.Matter. "Shoya Choker"
Bodysuit - Fawny "Cove.Dress - Rare - 1 - Maitreya"
Legs - [Gauze&Trap] "Faun Legs - Short :Demon:" @ Fantasy Faire
Sleeves - [Gauze&Trap] "Fuzz Gloves: Demon" @ Fantasy Faire
Hair - /Wasabi Pills/ "Adamaris" @ Fantasy Faire
Particles - Cole's Corner "Eternal Flaming Aura - (Orange)"

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Fantasy Faire : [The Plastik] & [TRAP]

I love when my favorite brands team up! This time, Plastik and Trap got together to make these amazing Koen (male) and Koie (female) skins. There are multiple versions for the face, from bare to the full version, which I'm wearing, as well as a ton of body appliers. I say to *always* demo, but really the big challenge here is going to be which color you choose. 

Also, pictured behind me is one of the amazing sim builds for Fantasy Faire. There are so many gorgeous sights to see, it will take me forever to photograph everything that I want to!

Credits below!

Body - Maitreya "Lara"
Head - Catwa "Kimberly"
Ears - Mandala "Fantasy Elf Ears"
Hair -Moon. "Sparrow"
Skin - :[P]: & [TRAP] "Koie Skin (Femme):// Gilded Gold" @ Fantasy Faire
Eyes - Suicidal Unborn "Phantom Eyes"
Headdress - [The Plastik] "Daemonus Headdress Rare"
Skirt - Moon Elixir "Courtesan - 22 - Maitreya - Charcoal Skirt"
Wings - Tentacio "Raven Wings Wood"
Feathers - {anc} "Feather Chips {raven}"

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Damn, It's Good To Be The Queen

.:Soul:. hits it out of the park yet again with their line of Ceredil skins debuting at Fantasy Faire. This is the hibiscus tone, which is appropriately purple! Each skin features the neat flame design in different colors, as well as a separate tattoo applier... so you can mix and match! (Customization is *the best*!) There are male and female versions, as well as a slew of appliers available.

A little heads up, also: the .:Soul:. VIP group is free to join for the duration of the Faire, so make sure you join! (Group gifts are usually awesome fantasy skins and eyes, so it's definitely worth the group slot!)

Credits Below!

Body - Maitreya "Lara"
Head - Catwa "Kimberly"
Hair - Spellbound "Phoenix"
Skin - .:Soul:. "Gen2 - Gyouko - Ceredil - [SE Hyacinth]" @ Fantasy Faire
Ears - Mandala "Fantasy Elf Ears"
Clothing - Moon Elixir "Athena" "Occultist" "Courtesan" various pieces
Crown - The Plastik "Elementalis Horns & Crown"
Particles - Cole's Corner "Cosmic Consciousness"

Fantasy Faire : Belle Epoque Exclusive Interview

In my continuing quest to bring faces to names and make sure people know that creators are people too, I sat down with Janire Coba, owner of the Belle Epoque clothing brand. Janire is sweet, hardworking, and very forthcoming! She has two gorgeous new gowns for Fantasy Faire, including the one pictured above and below! The Oriana gown is delicate and soft, and makes me think of either a lounging courtesan or fragile Sybil. The dress is offered in 7 colors, and has Maitreya Lara and Slink Hourglass sizes.

Credits and interview below!

Body - Maitreya "Lara"
Head - LeLutka "Stella"
Skin - Lumae "Talila"
Ears - Mandala "Fantasy Elf Ears"
Hair - Tableau Vivant "Hairplay - Side Blow"
Eyes - {Demicorn} "Faery Eyes - Orchid"
Dress - Belle Epoque "{ Oriana }" @ Fantasy Faire

BranwenAlcyone: First of all, hello and thank you for agreeing to this interview!
Janire Coba: I am more than happy to be here with you!
 BranwenAlcyone: I'd love to talk a little bit about your brand, Belle Epoque. It's pretty well known for having a softer color palette, is that a conscious decision or do you just enjoy those tones yourself?
Janire Coba: I do find soft colors very dreamy. I am not a soft woman, so I guess I like to surround myself by softness! *giggles*
Janire Coba: I want Belle Epoque items to make women feel soft, delicate, feminine. They make me feel that way, and I like it!
BranwenAlcyone: That's such an interesting approach! And SecondLife is such a great tool for exploring contrasting sides to our natures.
Janire Coba: Yes, it is!
BranwenAlcyone: I know that your items definitely make me feel like a vintage pin up model!
Janire Coba: Do they? That's amazing, because that's my favorite style in both worlds, RL and SL *laughs*
 BranwenAlcyone: I like that it's such a recognizable style, but there is still so much wiggle room in terms of creativity.
BranwenAlcyone: You've told me before that you love to create  vintage and fantasy items the best. What are some of your inspirations when you sit down to create?
Janire Coba: Well, when I was a child I used to tell my mum when I saw something from the 50's, "Mama, i was born too late, i missed all these dresses and music!"
Janire Coba: She always answered, "Janire, now you'd be old!" And laughed at me hahaha! I just love those innocent romantic times, when everything was beautiful. And fantasy...
Janire Coba: I lived a rough childhood, and spent my days daydreaming in my room; now i can daydream while I work *winks* Let's say my childhood and youth was ugly, and now I am a grown woman, I want my life to be beautiful!
BranwenAlcyone: I completely understand that. I'm so glad that SL has been a good outlet for your daydreams. And it certainly shows in your soft and dreamy items! When you're creating your items, how long does, say, a dress usually take from start to finish?

Janire looking like the vintage beauty she is

Janire Coba: Let's say a week, once I open Blender or Maya, until I finish the vendors. A week if my 3D teacher doesn't have to correct it! If he does, it can take almost two weeks!
BranwenAlcyone: Oh, are you in school for 3D creation? That's exciting!
Janire Coba: No I am not, I had to hire a 3D teacher when events asked for original meshes; I am too clumsy to learn by my own! I admire those designers who learned by watching tutorials, I tried, and found it a circus *laughs*
Janire Coba: In fact, today I asked a SL friend to help me with a dress because it was impossible to rig it.
BranwenAlcyone: I did notice the shift from template items to original work, and I'm very impressed. Not every creator would take the time to learn a new set of skills like that.  Do you feel more connected to the items that you've created from scratch?
Janire Coba: Well, I didn't sell a single item I created from scratch until I thought they were... decent and respectable *laughs*
Janire Coba: I was learning 3D while I was selling full perm meshes in my store. I am too humble, and perfectionist, I wasn't ready to sell my own items. So before selling items made by me from scratch, I hired a mesh maker. In fact, nowadays I keep asking that person for help! Blame my clumsiness *giggles*
BranwenAlcyone: Sometimes it's easy to forget that creating items takes a LOT of skill and education, as well as plenty of experience when problems come up!
Janire Coba: And customers tend to forget there're like 5 mesh bodies, and some of them have different options *fakes a faint*
BranwenAlcyone: And those are just the big brand names!
Janire Coba: Indeed!!
BranwenAlcyone: So you're participating in this year's Fantasy Faire. Can you tell me a little bit about your items for the Faire?
Janire Coba: I can and I will! I made two dresses as new releases, one of them is a sexy silk gown, inspired by... Game of Thrones and Arabian Nights, I wouldn't know how to explain it, I want my girls to look damn sexy and super expensive! And then I went rural and wild and made a dress from the XVIII century. A Scottish one!
BranwenAlcyone: Those sound amazing! I can't wait to try them both on. :) What's it like, participating in such a huge event?
Janire Coba: Oh well, when I was a newbie back in 2009, I was a fairy. Now I see my old pics, and I was so damn ugly, you wouldn't believe it *laughs* but I thought I was the cutest thing on Earth! Someone talked to me about Fantasy Faire, and as soon as I got there I fell in love. It's been my favorite event since then. So to me, it's unbelievable to join it as a designer!  And on top of the amazing items, beautiful sims and funny experiences, we get to help people with Relay For Life, which means the world to me.
BranwenAlcyone: That's such a sweet outlook on it! What's your favorite part of the Faire, as a participant? Do you do the big quest or attend events?
Janire Coba: My favorite part is when everything is ready for the opening, when you can walk around and admire what everyone has been working on. And then the event opens, and I look at the map and see all those crazy green points and I pray for everything to be ready and perfect for them all! Because I've been a customer, and you never know what to expect when you're TPing there, it's the craziest event of all!
BranwenAlcyone: It's my favorite, too. I love when all of the stoppers get taken out and everyone lets their creativity go wild!
Janire Coba: Last year i was so busy I couldn't enjoy the Faire, ao this year I promised myself I'd take some free days to be a visitor :P
Janire Coba: Yes!! In that event, you can find anything, and meet anyone.
BranwenAlcyone: I hope you keep that promise to yourself! And that's so true, I've made some very good friends during Fantasy Faire in the past, and hope it happens again this year!
BranwenAlcyone: Thank you so, so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to sit and chat with me :)
Janire Coba: It's been a pleasure to show you what's inside of this weird vintage girl *winks*
Janire Coba: I hope you enjoy the Faire to the fullest, because I will!

Fantasy Faire : deviousMind and Faeline Fairy

What lovely items and sights are in store for you, dear reader! Tomorrow, the Fairelands once again appear in SecondLife, giving us beautiful panoramas, exclusive items, and an immersive and fun Quest! And all this for an amazing cause, with each creator offering a special item, with a percentage of the profits going to Relay For Life. Be sure to join the free in-world group as well, to keep an eye on auctions, performances, literature readings, and more! There is always something happening on one of the many gorgeous sims during Fantasy Faire!

At the Faire, you can find two of the items I'm wearing: The Saki wings by Faeline Fairy and the Datura dress and accessories by deviousMind.

The Saki wings come in a few different colors, and have a menu with a LOT of options. They are both flexi and animated, so they have quite a bit of movement!

The Datura dress comes with a sheer version, opaque, and option lace add-on. And that's not even the half of it - all of the rose and leaf accessories in the picture are also options. I am a huge fan of customization, so this set it perfect to me! It also comes in Maitreya Lara, Slink Hourglass, and Slink Physique sizes.

Body - Maitreya "Lara"
Head - LeLutka "Stella"
Skin - Lumae "Talila"
Ears - Mandala "Fantasy Elf Ears"
Eyes - {Demicorn} "Faery Eyes - Orchid"
Hair - Tableau Vivant "Thea"
Wings - Faeline Fairy "Saki (Snow)" @ Fantasy Faire
Dress - deviousMind ""Datura" **FF2017**" @  Fantasy Faire