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Monday, December 22, 2014

124 ~ Warm Holidays

It's been a long time since I was able to enjoy Steampunk in SL.  Though it's not a regular RP genre for me, there have been times I've really enjoyed it.  Everything from music, like Steampunk Giraffe, to movies and clothing, can really be impressive.  And maybe, with the studies into creating a habitat in the Venusian atmosphere, it's not too far-off of a reality for us.

I was thrilled when I unpacked this fireplace from Ravenghost.  It's so well-detailed, with options for steam, smoke, fire, sounds, size and animations.  It's 100% original, and it's for a good cause!  If you haven't heard of Twisted Krissmus, let me share with you some awesome information!  It's a grid-wide event where all of the high-quality items (like this fireplace!) are brand-new, original, transferable for gifting, and 100L$ or less!  If you're trying to find something amazing for your family or friends, and are on a budget, this could work perfectly for you!  If you go to get this awesome fireplace and want to see who else is participating, you can click on the kiosk to get the list.  Or, you can check out their website for more info!

Another amazing event right now is the Gothmas by Gaslight event, open until January 3rd.  This is another production from Cursed Events, with 65 designers and sponsors spread out over 2 sims.  This outfit is a GxG release from Immateria.  The system layers, as well as the mesh jacket, are part of the set.  The shoes are an older item I've had in inventory for a while, from Heartsick in an old Black Event.

The dials on this fireplace really do work!  And you can see in these images the animations that have you warming your hands by the fire.  I love the texture work on this, and the creative take on a steampunk fireplace!

The breakdown:

Hair:  Analog Dog - ffwd - blonde
Skin:  Glam Affair - Aria - Asia - Combo 3
Shape:  Mine!
Outfit:  Immateria - Raith - for Gothmas by Gaslight event
Shoes:  Heartsick - Mischief Boots - Black/Gray
Fireplace:  Ravenghost Interiors - Steaminator Fireplace - for Twisted Krissmus event

123 ~ She rules the winter forest

 ~She's been given report that the humans are encroaching on the border, as humans are wont to do.  With the sun cresting high in the sky, she mounts her steed, venturing off with only her magic to defend her as she rides along the perimeter.  The glistening snow, the shimmering ice and clear waters all reflect the truths that have been spoken.  The humans are spreading their claim on the lands.  Soon, they will be edging further and further into the protected space that she has been charged with leading... and protecting.  Regally, she rides, looking out over the expanding village with a seriousness about her, and yet a placid demeanor.  Tonight will bring the long-coming conversation with the elders that she had hoped would not have to be.  Yet, the prophecy spoke of it.  The humans are coming. ~

Back in my Elven Warrior days, I was gifted this beautiful horse so I could learn jousting and compete against human counterparts in a land called Dubhan.  While there are more updated animals out there, I love this one still, because of all of the options with it.  You can make it prance, trot, walk, stand, even leave piles behind for that extra bit of realism.  Just add to the outfit and turn off the ao and you're set!

Okay, so maybe I should have dressed her up a little more ethereal... but I'm spending my L$ on Christmas gifts instead of on outfits for myself these days!  Not that there aren't some amazing items I'd love to have, and a TON of events going on that would more than deserve my money!  Some of them are getting my money, actually, as I shop for others.  Anyway, this outfit is well enough for a woman of the woods, who embraces the seasons and doesn't have to worry about hot or cold against her skin.

This amazing mesh crown is a collaborative piece from Yukio Ida of [ Gauze ]  and Selos Dae from [[Trap]].  It's called the Faunus Crown, and comes in either Fay (shown) or Natura.  Hand-painted custom mesh, with HUD options for coloring and lots of options, as well as resizing, this crown is amazing!  You can find it at We <3 rp=""> .  I highly recommend snatching this up!

Special thanks to Valdrtosk for letting me come to sim dressed as a fantasy queen, rather than a Gorean player!  There aren't actual horses in Gor, though the kailla is similar... with huge fangs!  I always find this sim to be a gorgeous backdrop for pictures, particularly when Tor has it dressed up for winter!
The breakdown:

Hair:  Calico - Alyena - Rare Pale Blondes - Gorean Gacha win
Skin:  Glam Affair - Aria - Asia - Combination 03 A - Arcade win
Shape:  Mine!
Eyes:  Mayfly - Luminous Eyes - Aurora - 1 (New!)
Crown:  [ Gauze ] - and [[Trap]] - Faunus Crown - Fay - at We <3 r="">P
Armor:  .storybook. - Valeska - Dark - Rares - Gorean Gacha win
Coat:  Stitched - Elyana coat - Blue - Gorean Gacha win
Horse:  The Armour Stall - Ardennes Horse - Buckskin
Location:  Valdrtosk Village - Northern Gorean RP sim

Saturday, December 13, 2014

122 ~ Naughty Holiday - ROMP monthly!

~They'd hit it off right away, a connection, a spark - a desire.  Kissing in a dark corner of the club had led to other, bolder encounters.  Eventually, a random tryst here and a secret meeting there led to a long-term fling.  Seasons passed, the two learning each other's personalities, limits and exploring new ideas and fantasies.  Finally, the holidays arrived.

"I have an idea.  I want to introduce you to him.  And I know just the way," she said.

Of course, when your Mistress demands, you comply.  So, she arrived at the house, clean, shaved, and with high expectations.  A bookcase slid back, opening to a secret room that could have been used for an office or den.  Not here, though.  While it wasn't a dungeon, she knew exactly what this room was for.

"I'll get you warmed up, and we'll make you look more... festive."  The strings of lights dangled from the Mistress's gloved fingers.  "And you will be his present."~

This cage is by far my favorite item in this month's round of ROMP!  Artisan Fantasy excels at making rustic, beautiful mesh, and their adult items are amazing.  You may have seen some of their work before in previous rounds of ROMP as well.  This cage comes with multiple animations for the inside and out.  Chained to the ring, having playtime inside, lying down, getting a drink like a good pet, or lounging on top of the cage... you're going to look good with this as your kennel!

The news is saying that 2014 has been the year of the booty.  Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Lopez, they brought the attention back to the assets that others in the kink world never forgot about.  And just look at this bling for your butt!  Once in place, it not only makes you look more luxurious, but rubs in all the right places with every shift of your hips.

These chairs, though!  I was so excited to see Cheeky Pea on the list for this round!  You know how much I adore their furniture anyway... but these really made my day!  They come in a variety of colors, with some awesome festive prints on the pillows and options of PG or Adult animations.  Happy Holidays to me!

I fully expected to see a traditional evergreen when I heard that Warm Animations had made a "naughty tree" for the holiday round of ROMP.  This made me laugh... as I'm sure it will to any of you who have watched the original Evil Dead!  Bruce would be proud, I'm sure!

Of course, it can't all be about the furnishings, right?  A girl (or guy!) has got to get festive too!  Christmas lights look so much better casting their glow against warm flesh, don't you think?  The binding... the heat from the lights... you can't tell me that wouldn't be fun.  Add a collar and a holiday gag, and you're soon to be on your way to some very, very happy holiday playtime.
The breakdown:

On Whisp:

Hair:  Truth - Parisa - Light Browns (50% off sale in-store now!)
Skin:  Flounce - Amelia - Mocha - Bare - with Blonde brows
Shape:  Mine!
Hands:  Slink - Relaxed - F
Breasts:  Lolas - Delicq
Eyes:  Mayfly - Luminous Mesh Eyes - Lion - new release! Comes with a variety of levels of shine, shadow, and detail in the sclera
Collar:  Ama - String of Pearls - Festive - with or without OC scripts, with a HUD to customize your collar's appearance.  Unrigged, and can be purchased either copy, mod, no transfer or no copy, mod, transfer.  Special item for ROMP December!
Lights and Gag:  Stockholm and Lima - Holiday Gag and XXXMas Lights for ankles and wrists - for ROMP December!
Plug:  Haste - Princess Plug - Hematite 2 Gage - for ROMP December!

Cage:  Artisan Fantasy - Captive Cage - Weathered - Low LI - for ROMP December!
Chairs:  Cheeky Pea - Striped Trees (Adult) and Striped Fox (Adult) - special price for ROMP December!
Tree:  Warm Animations - Naughty Tree - for ROMP December! - 50% off sale in-world!  Go visit!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

121 ~ Sanctuary

Your home should be your retreat.  It should be more than the place you lie your head; it should be a haven.  It should be a place you feel safe, welcome, comforted.  When the rest of the world is insane, bearing down on you from every side, your home should be the place you can go, whether alone or with family, and know that you can shut the door and be surrounded by people and things you love that aren't out to get you.  Our homes are what we make them - for ourselves and those we share them with!

When I saw this house at Collabor88, I had to get it.  I keep replacing the houses/homes/skyboxes because I get a whim and fall in love with something new.  This one, though, I think is a keeper.  It even has a hidden room with a super secret bookshelf entrance!  I squeed in RL over that!  Oh yes, I have big plans for that room.  (Romp is opening soon! *wink wink*)  I adore the textures they chose to use for this, from the floors that look like reclaimed wood, to the beautiful roofing, plaster on the walls, and filled-in-then-cracked transoms.  It's an old, lived-in house with lots of story to tell and more to be written!

With the help of a few friends, who also happen to be room mates, we're getting it set up rather nicely, I think.  It's still a work in progress, and not quite cozied up for the holidays yet; but I thought I'd share it with you all the same.

The Lavender Brown House from Scarlet Creative comes in 2 versions - the Low Prim one that you can use if your graphics are kept higher to show the detail in the mesh work, or the higher prim version that you can use when you can't quite get all the quality from the mesh prims.  Either way, it's beautiful.  This land plot is 1408 sqm and it fits nicely, with room to spare.  Plenty of prims for furnishing, too.

There is no fire in the fireplace, so you can add your own fire or embellish it with books, logs, or candles.  We plan to fill this in some soon, after our holiday shopping is done!  For now, these candles from Cheeky Pea are filling in some of the generous space left vacant.

The mantle has two layers of space for decorating.  When I'm looking at living space in the real world, I often picture the space as it would look decorated for the holidays.  I can't wait to get started with this one!  Even when it's not the holiday season, it can still be dressed up nicely, like with the LOVE decoration from RnB, sconces and wall art from Cheeky Pea.

Okay, let me just put it out there what a love affair I, and most of my friends, have with Cheeky Pea.  They are definitely on the top five list of places that we refer others to when we hear pleas for "good furniture stores."  This living room set is called "Ansel."

You can see more Cheeky Pea items in the distance, where we set up a small reading nook.  If you look carefully, you can also see a china cabinet by MeshedUp, and their wall shelves in the living room.

The laptop is part of the poses that are in this sofa, so you can curl up on a chilly day and do your blogging, web surfing, or chat room trolling!  So when I'm in my cozy bear-hood sweatshirt, my ripped up leggings and warm winter boots, I can curl up on the couch and relax!

Even when relaxing, it's nice to feel somewhat feminine.  A little hidden frosting on my throat is part of the Glacial set from Beloved Jewelry.  And what better for a relaxing day than a messy braid?  If you haven't heard yet, you need to hurry on over to Truth, where you can get any hair, braided or not, for 50% off!
The breakdown:

Hair:  Truth - Parisa - light browns
Skin:  Flounce - Amelia - Mocha - Bare - with Blonde brows
Shape:  Mine!
Eyes:  La Petite Morte - Clarity Eyes - Blue
Hands:  Slink - F - Relaxed
Hoodie:  Glow Designs - Bear Hooded - black - at Feeb's Rascal's Winter Market (21st November to 1st January) 99L$ each in 10 color options
Leggings:  Al-Hanna - Ripped Leggings - Style 4 - Sold in pack of 8 with appliers for Belleza, Slink Physique and TMP bodies. (Shown above on system body)
Boots:  In Her Shoes - Warm Winter Boots - Black

House & Furnishings:
Home:  Scarlet Creative - Lavender Brown House Prefab - at Collabor88
Living Room:
Cheeky Pea - Sofa, Wing Chairs, Coffee Table, Bird Cage Candles, Console Table, Terrarium, Wall Art Frames, Candle Sconces, Candle Holders, Book Pile - Ansel Collection (PG)
Mantel Sign: RnB - Love Wall Decoration
Lantern: Junk - Wannabe Boho Lantern 3 (old Arcade win)
Rug:  Arcane Creations - Round Zebra Rug
Shelves: MeshedUp - Wall Shelves w/Light
Reading Nook:
Cheeky Pea - Armchair, Bowl Planter, Coffee Table, Spike Rug, Oversized Light - Deconstructed Collection
China Cabinet: MeshedUp - China Closet