Hands Off! SLink vs. Maitreya

Hands Off!

 

When I first got the AvEnhnace Dynamic update I was first thrilled that my elegant SLink hands finally would be back on my wrists in bento form, but the reality turned out quite differently. As I attached the hands I saw that gone were the elegant shape and the slender fingers. In their place was something that was everything but elegant. The fingers look too long and disproportionate and the hand seem to lack knuckles!? To put it in short: I felt my heart sink. I had looked forward to this since bento went live. I actually thought those first glimpses of a bento hand way back was from Slink, until I learned that it was from Vista.
Anyway, I decided after the initial shock, that I would wear my new Dynamic Hands for a few days to see if they grew on me. Also, Alicia Chenaux was sporting them on her You Tube channel and if they were good enough for her why weren’t they for me? (At least I think they were the Dynamic AvEnhance hands! Please correct me if I am wrong!)
Well, they are nice no doubt, the things I have mentioned are things I don’t like about them, but they work and they move, just not as good as others. They don’t look natural to me, and I am hoping for an update to fix these issues!

I lasted about a day and a half with the Dynamics before I went back to Vista, my all time favourites. Then I dared to look in Maitreya’s direction, hoping for a miracle from them. And today I got my answer, and it came from above with angles singing and a saintly glow with the V4.0 update, Mesh Body Addicts got more about it.
I never was a fan of the original Maitreya hands. I tried to wear them when I switched bodies from Physique to Lara, but I didn’t last long, a week at most. The bento version on the other hand, (ha ha, see what I did there!) Is awesome! The Maitreya hands have the defined, slender shape of the Vista Pro Hands and the option for the to-die-for almond shaped nails of the TuTy Bento Hands System. They move very naturally and they might be my new go to hands. I am not sure yet, but I’ll wear them for a few days to see how they feel.

Slink vs Maitreya

I used Vista’s animations to show how the Slink and Maitreya hands behave. The hands marked “S” is obviously SLink and those with “M” are Maitreya. As you see the SLink hands doesn’t look bad at all, just not my cup of tea.

I was gifted the TuTy Bento Hnads System before I could save up or decide to buy them for my self. Check out this link to my post: Vista vs Tuty’s bento mesh hands to learn more abut them. As with the other hands I wore them around for a few days, but they ultimately turned out to slim for my taste. They might be a better fit for an avatar with a more petite and less curvy shape than me. They move very well however and I am so, so grateful that I now own them! I contemplated wearing them for the sake of the almond nail shape alone, hehe. I love it. Thank you!

So which pair of hands are your favourite so far? Any new ones I haven’t heard of yet? Please share.

 

Completely Maitreya from neck to toe ❤ from Nea. We’ll see how long I last without my precious skink feet! See you all later :*

 

 

 

What you should keep your “Hands Off”:

::Bold & Beauty:: Hair ::  Megan. (L)
CATWA HEAD Lona v2.12
CATWA TEETH Lona [M]
*~*NeA’s*~* Rose Gold Ear stud L&R (not available atm)
*~*NeA’s*~* Rose Gold nose stud (not available atm)
*~*NeA’s*~* Rose Gold collar (not available atm)
L’Etre – Basic Mesh ears 2017 [LEFT]// MIX // MATERIALS
L’Etre – Basic Mesh ears 2017 [RIGHT]// MIX // MATERIALS
Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.0
Maitreya Mesh Body – Bento Hand R V4.0
Maitreya Mesh Body – Bento Hand L V4.0
Maitreya Mesh Body – Feet V4.0
*~*NeA’s*~* Rose Gold bracelet (not available atm)
[P] Pillows, Cinderella Hunt: Bracelette (Cinderella Hunt item)
*{Junbug}* Edwardian Engagement Ring [Rose Gold]
*~*NeA’s*~* Gold Wedding Band (not available atm)

In this picture:

LAQ Decor ~ Clawfoot Bathtub & Shower (Silver) with Bath Items, Shower, Rose Petals, Steam and Water(1prim) rezzed
LAQ Decor ~ Twin Birch (Summer) – Animated
Scarlet Creative – The Arcade: Venice Palazzo Vinci MC Prefab 1

Ears for Easter!

New ears for Easter

What were the first thing you ever did when you figured out the Second Life avatar customization thingy?
I don’t recall the very first thing I did, but the one that stuck with me till this day were the pointy ears. I have had pointy ears since forever and my first pair of glorious sculptie hang glider sized elf ears were the *~*Mystic Ear: Elfin/Naturals by *~*Illusions*~*, complete with jewelry. How I adored them! (1. portrait)

*~*Illusions*~* Elfin

Sunset Bath

Headshot catya 2

New ears for Easter closeup
I wore those until I downsized and invested in mesh *~*Illusions*~* Pixie Ears (2. portrait) back in 2012. In 2014 I was on the hunt for new ears with piercings and landed on SN ~ Mesh Fae Ears S1D1 by Sinful Needs (3. portrait). Those are a masterpiece, but was too high complexity for me at the time. I took to wearing them in 2016 though and had them stuck to the sides of my face until yesterday.
I bought the Basic Mesh Ears from L’etre (4. portrait), same creator as my skin, so no need to fuzz around endlessly to make the texture match. Although the texture is endlessly different from the skin on my head. Yes, they match up very well and looks almost seamless from a distance, but up close you can see that the ear texture is very real looking and full of detail where as the skin on my head is smoother and more “perfect” ’cause who wants pores and shit in SL? Well, I kinda do, but that is another story 😛 I like my new ears is my point although hard to grasp within all this mess. Also, they come with optional materials, which looks awesome sometimes and like plastic other times, again that is the nature of the beast though. Ears and faces are not the same, and not all SL lights will be flattering. I would like to see rigged ears though for the different mesh heads, but I guess that is out of the question. Or maybe some real pointy ears from Catwa? The sliders just doesn’t cut it once you are used to the precise tip of a ad-on mesh elf ear. A girl can dream though, and things I have wished for have come true before…

(Note that in the pictures where the seam between my head and the ears appear invisible it is because I have photshopped it! No ad-on ear look like that is SL unless they use the same tecnique as the neck fix provides. And then you got alpha glitches!)

I would also take this opportunity to ask you guys to take a closer look at my top and wedges in the first picture. The top is part of a set almost free on the Marketplace, BD-Kiana ethno strapless crop top & shorts . And the Wedges are the [ Vertice ] Mocha Wood – (SLINK) Wedge Sandals  . They both look so cute that it should be illegal, haha. And although the top is called “ethnic” I only see easter egg pattern. Might be because of my bunny poses from Sari-Sari. A group gift I logged on to find a few days ago. Anyway I love the look I put together with these great finds. I love to mix and match once in a while. We all were kings and queens of this back in the days of system layers with mod copy permissions!
What was your first major thing in SL? Anything goes, just use common sense 😉

Royal early Earster greeting to you all and

What I have mixed and matched:

L’Etre – Basic Mesh ears 2017 [RIGHT]// MIX // MATERIALS (New wardrobe staple!)
L’Etre – Basic Mesh ears 2017 [LEFT]// MIX // MATERIALS (New wardrobe staple! Yeah, would look great with just the one 😛 )
::Bold & Beauty:: Hair :: Joanne. (S/M/L)  (Gacha item, machine located at the main store)
*JB* Jacqui Bolero – Taupe – Lara
BD-Kiana top ethno MAITREYA (Free gift)
TETRA – Pencil Skirt (Rose) – Maitreya
[ Vertice ] Mocha Wood – Wedge Sandals (R)
[ Vertice ] Mocha Wood – Wedge Sandals (L)
CODE-5 Byanca v01 1 (Free group gift if you join their group)
BackBone Inspirational Rings – Think Limitless (Gacha item, machine located at the main store)

Poses:

Sari-Sari – bunny03 (bento) 1 picture
Animare home made pose on the spot. Hand pose from Vista HUD 2. picture
Animare home made pose on the spot some time ago 3. picture
Bazar Traveler Bed pose 4. picture
Sari-Sari – bunny02 (bento) 5. picture

My not so easter suroundings:

Enchanted Woods v2 – 6 (slope)
1 Prim Privacy Pine Grouping (with my own texture)
Stone Bundle Scene by Felix 3 Prim 15×15 M Size copy-mody ( with my own texture)
Skye Twisted Tree
. a i s l i n g . Old Fountain (Phantom)
LAQ Decor ~ Mossy Stonewall
Scarlet Creative – The Arcade: Venice Palazzo Vinci MC Prefab 1
LAQ Decor ~ Medium Birch (Summer) – Animated
[DDD] Low Poly Tree – Large – B
[DDD] Low Poly Tree – Large – A
Trompe Loeil – Ceres Lamp Post
Apple Fall Farrow Garden Wall with Door
Brick wall with ivy made by me
JCKLP / Before The Ball (Cinderella hunt item)
Stone on the ground texture on prim made by me
Bazar Traveler bed
Scarlet Creative The Arcade Mar 17 Cordelia Curtains Cream MT (Elfin picture, Gacha item)

A Noob today!

A Noob Today

Evereything on the floor and everything I am wearing except for my hair, sweater and choker was completely free!

I visited the Project Se7en for their 1 year anniversary today. I won’t lie, this thing is completely new to me. Never been here before or heard about it until yesterday so this is rally in keeping with what my blog is about. Yaay! Or not – I don’t know. But anyway, I bet most of you readers have heard about Project Se7en before and for those of you who hasn’t, here is a little something and a link to their blog:

The Project Se7en is a non-themed event runs on the 30th of every quarter (i.e. March, June, Sept, Dec) of the year. It is designed to collaborate our favorite creators on the grid who offer high quality designs AS WELL AS some small-to-mid scale stores with unique and original creations that you seldom see in events. We aim to meet with large variety of guests from different genders, different tastes, different styles and different countries.

This sounds very tempting for a near uncontrollable shopper like myself, so over I went to have a look and pick up the group anniversary gifts. There really were a whole lot to look at and lots of shiny gifts to pick up. Sadly there were not many for the gentlemen of SL, which is very sad really. On my first visit I picked up a bento pose for the gents, but that is all I saw! So maybe Project Se7en should urge their designers to maybe include more stuff for the other gender as they advertise themselves as wanting to meet with different genders? I don’t know. This post is not gonna go that routhe today, but is that something I should touch on later? Tell me in the comments if you wanna see that!

Anyway, back on topic: This load of freebies got me thinking of how nice it must be to be a noob today. If I started SL last November with a premium account I would have a home, fully furnished and decorated to excess by now for free! In the Christmas calendars you get tons and tons of neat free stuff and events like this offers even more of both makeup, home decor, accessories, shoes and clothing. Even Catwa appliers!

I recently made an alt and she is by now dressed in mesh head, body, feet, (sometimes) bento hands, hair, shoes, clothes and looks pretty decent. I don’t think I spent more than 400L$ on her to date! I can even afford to be picky about the shade of brown her hair is.
I am not gonna make a tutorial on how I did this because that is really not my area of expertise and there are far better blogs and video tutorials out there to help you with that. I’ll link some below in case any gorgeous noobs stumbles upon my humble blog. Not that I see how or why, but I am happy if you do!

Strawberry Singh’s Intro to Second Life Part 2 – Searching, Shopping & Improving your Appearance with Mesh

Regeneration, a blog with plenty of useful tips for a new avatar

Mesh body addicts, a list of all the mesh bits there is out there. No, not the naughty ones!

Some SL pampering

profile photo Honey Nea 2048

Two glimpses of my alt a few days after she was born. Looking pretty good no? She is the brunette in case you didn’t guess it 😛

I think my absolute favourite thing (hums tune) at the Project Se7en anniversary event were the amazing Carved Camellia Clogs. You have to balance on your tippy toes to wear them and the textures are really to die for. It is almost like I can feel them against my palm when I imagine touching them. They look like they are sturdy yet not heavy and I think I might be living in these come the warmer weather.
Another favourite is the skirt from Cubic Cherry. Funny story: Cubic Cherry and *~*NeA’s*~* Started out in the same skybox with a handful of prims each to work with. Of course Cubic Cherry was under the name .::Kre-ations::. back then. I am so happy they are in so many events now. My heart jumped the first time I saw them at “We < 3 Roleplay”! So cool to know that I saw the beginning of it 😀
Back to the skirt, I really like it and I think it is so cool that Cubic Cherry is making clothing for Maitreya now, but I had some glitching with my hip sticking out through the waistband. I tried editing my shape and if you up the saddle bag the problem goes away, and coupled with the alpha HUD I think you should be good if you have this problem.
As the Rufly skirt is pretty short in the back I was glad to see that another of the gifts was a pair of Dotty Panties from Milk Tea. Never heard of the store, but I’ll be checking them out!

I think this about wraps it up for this time. Have fun reading and watching all the links to people who are better at giving presenting information than me;)

But I wonder, should I check into the issue with the lack of male content at events that cater to not only one gender? Let me know!

Have a wonderful Sunday and a lot of

 

What I am wearing in the first picture:

::C’est la vie !:: Bonnie headband / TP7 Gift

*PL* star earrings
Wednesday[+] ~ Gradient Lips Gift
PICHI – Dont forget to love …. Tattoo (Maitreya Applier)
[Cubic Cherry] {Rufly} skirt maitreya (exp) Plain SEA
Milk Tea: Project 7 Birthday gift – Dotty Panties in Coral
:: c.A. :: Eris (socks) -TP7-BdayGift AD
*{( konpeitou )}* carved camellia-clogs

Decor items in the first picture:

{-Maru Kado-} Tatami rug-1
*FG* B-Day Mini Cake
* Lil Easter Pot * Project seven gift (Add me 🙂 )
[ zerkalo ] Boho Spring Sign
Cherry house-{{C.H}}-Decorative curtains -gift
Quasi – Star Light
Serenity Style- Hello -Gift

Stuff in this picture that is not from the Project Se7en anniversary event:

Rowne Salon.Sasha Hair.Medium
ISON – wrap off sweater -maitreya- (maroon) no lock

MudHoney Clara Settee – White
Scarlet Creative The Arcade Mar 17 Cordelia Cupboard MT
*HEXtraordinary* Marble Buddha Statue
*Hextraordinary* Lotus Candle Holder
*HEXtraordinary* Buddha Incense Burner
Bazar Paris – Books
{what next} Cafe Vintage Wall Prints (with my own pictures in the frames)

Because Shadows in SL are Awesome. And Books, Books too!

Because Shadows in SL are Awesome. And Books, Books too!

This post is just a little celebration of the simple things in life. Or Second Life rather. The simple, yet major thing that is shadows. How they bring even the simplest of shots to life and adds volumes to them.

This was just a pretty picture before I turned on the shadows. Then it came alive, started breathing. Brought forth memories of early spring days from my childhood when books were often my only friends.
The scent of new grass and tiny leaves on the trees. The first flowers and the promise of more to come. The excitement for summer and the sensation of warmth in the rays of the sun for the first time after a long, cold and dark winter.
The joy of a few stolen moments after school completely alone, but not lonely, on the living room floor with a book or just my thoughts. When the only sound was the wooden walls settling from the warmth of the sun, and the world seem to stand still and exist for a moment just for me.

What I am sharing my soul in:

DOUX – Noelia Hairstyle [Unrigged]
-Pixicat- All-Seeing.Top nr.1 – Blue (Maitreya)
-Pixicat- All-Seeing.Skirt nr.1 – Blue (Maitreya)
ISON – agnes cardigan -maitreya- (pink)
Belgravia – Patent 120_Nude

LAQ Decor ~ White – Main Bookcase
LAQ Decor ~ White – Glass Cabinet
LAQ Decor ~ White – Bookcase
.:revival:. sad tree light
.:revival:. elegant rug
:CP: Book Ribbons
floorplan. library canvas

Chasing Dreams at the Arcade

Happy end of the weekend everyone, I hope you are all having a great time so far!

I had my whole week fully booked so sitting down to write a blog post is very calming at this point. What time I have had in SL I have spent at the Arcade trying to win the rare in Scarlet Crative’s gacha set, the Cordelia Chateau. I discovered it while I visited the Scarlet Ceative sim and decided that this had to be mine. I am not sure if I’ll use it as a home or just fully decorate it and then moce back into my Venice Palazzo. Gawd I am so posh, moving from palazzos to cheataus and back! I am not even sure what a palazzo really is. I get that it is a big ol’ house but that is about it. I love it though!

Chasing dreams

So, back to my struggles, whenever my tiny store brings in some lindens for me to waste I TP over to the Arcade and try my luck on the Scarlet Creative gacha machine. So far I have gotten a nice collection of various chairs, sofas and other items, but no Chateau. My last try was maybe an hour ago and still no luck. The light gold armchairs do like me though, they always line up when I approach the gacha machine. I must have enough for a large family by now, haha. It is a very nice chair though and one of the of the other reasons I wanted to play the machine. and the sofa, that one is very nice too. I got it in dark, but am hoping for a light one to match the chairs.

It is a strange feeling to spend so many lindens on a gacha machine. As I think I have mentioned earlier I don’t usually play gacha machines that much. If I don’t get the rare in three pulls at most I am outa there. And I only play once if the price is higher than 50L$. I have however found that Scarlet Creative has some kind of spell that she put on her machines that sucks me in and glues me to the machine and it’s content that I can’t reach. She makes such wonderful stuff and have become one of my favourite designers these last years. Oh well, looks like I’ll be waiting for a miracle still. I’ll be sure to let you guys know when the Cordelia Chateau is finally mine. I can see the blog post now: “Do you guys remember that day about ten years ago – ?” Yeah, let’s hope not…
How much and often do you play those gacha machines at the Arcade and what makes you come back for more?

Anyway have a fantastic end of the weekend all. I ❤ you guys 🙂

DOUX – Lorena Hairstyle [M // CATWA]
Blueberry – Cake Leggings Fat Pack – Regular – Maitreya
Blueberry – Jolly Holidays – Gift Mini Sweater – Maitreya
Blueberry – Group Gift – Shoes Slink Flat

Scarlet Creative The Arcade Mar 17 Cordelia Armchair Artist MT
Scarlet Creative – The Arcade: Venice Palazzo Vinci MC Prefab 1
Stone Bundle Scene by Felix 3 Prim 15×15 M Size copy-mody (grass only with texture by me
Trompe Loeil – Ceres Lamp Post
LAQ Decor ~ Medium Birch (Summer) – Animated
LAQ Decor ~ Twin Birch (Summer) – Animated
Skye Twisted Tree
Apple Fall Privet Ball (Variegated)
{what next} Cafe Vintage Wall Prints
Scarlet Creative The Arcade Mar 17 Cordelia Cupboard MT
Bazar Forest – Chandelier
Bazar Crete-Door decoration
Bottle of Fremont red wine

That Feeling…

That feeling 3

…when you crash and all your hard work just slips through your fingers…

Happy weekend guys I think I have written and scrapped about five attempts by now and doing pictures for them has not even happened.
This noon I had a great idea of redoing one of my earlier portraits – “Sunset Bath”. I custom made the pose based on the one I used in that other picture, created a custom windlight, moved the tub with me in it around about a gazillion times, finally landed on a composition, clicked the photography button and – crashed!

Then I took a lunch break. A long one.

That feeling 4

The feeling is not possible to describe and I bet most of you probably have been there. And I know, I should have saved the windlight and the pose, but I was fine tuning the pose until the last minute and forgot. So technically this mess is my fault. Hehe, always fun to admit ones own short comings.
Anyway, after my lunch I didn’t feel like recreating the picture. It was not even an original idea anyway, so maybe this whole misfortune was for the best even.

The main reason I really wanted to make this post is because I once again decided to throw some lindens at Catwa. This time I got Lona in return for my airborne money. And is she pretty! She channels what I want me to be in SL – killer bone structure yet cute as a button. Earlier I just wanted to be killer, but somehow few people ever saw me as anything but cute, haha. That is the compliment that has reigned supreme in my SL. No matter how tough, elegant or classy I thought looked I never managed to channel it into anything but cuteness, so now I am embracing it. Hold on to your insulin guys!

(By the way a sincere thank you to everyone out there who has ever called me cute. I don’t expect you to remember me and I don’t remember half of you, but thank you anyway

That feeling 2
But back to my killer cuteness or cuteness killer (haha, let’s stop there shall we) and why I ended up with Lona of all heads. I did not think I would like her from her pictures or the videos I saw of people reviewing her. She looked way to cutsey even for me and generally not my style. But one thing I have learned over the years is that never go by this first impression. It might be right over 75% of the time but what about those final 25%? Well, Lona is one of those for me. When I tried her on my shape, dressed her in my preferred skin and started tweaking the sliders to optimize her look I found she responded really well to it. It didn’t take me long before she had completely morphed into Nea and I could not wait for my paycheck to arrive so I could justify making her mine! And just before the weekend took off she came home with me. So that is what has had me wanting to blog the whole weekend. I just needed some inspiration for a post that was a little bit better then passable. And here it finally is just as the glorious weekend ends.

That feeling 1

Happy almost end of the weekend with

What I am gritting teeth in:

::Bold & Beauty:: Hair ::  Megan. (L)
MI_Cami Romper with Lace MAITREYA (tinted)
Slink Hands – Dynamic – Female R and L V1.3
Slink Dynamic – Addon Nails Stiletto R and L v1.1

In these shots:
Bohemian Wagon (Adult) CHEZ MOI (modded by me) ( Boemian Bliss Deco(c)rate
*HEXtraordinary* Marble Buddha Statue(Boemian Bliss Deco(c)rate
*Hextraordinary* Lotus Candle Holder (Boemian Bliss Deco(c)rate)
*HEXtraordinary* Buddha Incense Burner
.:revival:. boho bed (Boemian Bliss Deco(c)rate)
.:revival:. elegant rug (Frozen Elegance Deco(c)rate)
Scarlet Creative – The Arcade:  Venice Wardrobe Blue MT
*HEXtraordinary* Antique Cherub Lamp (Timeless Romance Deco(c)rate)
Stockholm&Lima:Lover’s Trail-Hers and His (Timeless Romance Deco(c)rate)
Bazar Forest – Pavilion (curtain texture by me)
Bazar Forest – Candle a
Trompe Loeil – Stringlights With Photos Mirror
LAQ Decor ~ Bedside Table (Right)
LAQ Decor ~ Bedside Table (Left)
LAQ Decor ~ Curtains Set1
Soy. One gerbera in beer bottle vase

Home Sweet Home

Home sweet Home

As the title says!
I have been away for a week on a “second honeymoon” with my hubby. We traveled 7 hours by train to our country’s capital and had a blast! We went to see a show with Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox complete in 1920’s gettup and I have been shopping waay to much, haha. And the shopping didn’t stop when I got home! I had a mini spree at ISON both at the C88 and their main store. Mini spree for me is two or more items at one store hehe, my budget rarely allow for more. But when I saw this snug cardigan at C88 I had to go get it. I wanted to get the silk slip too, but decided against it as I thought the fabric looked to heavy for my liking. I am very particular about my silk.

But enough about that, I also got home to find the Doco(c)rate waiting for me. I unboxed it under an hour after we got home and my brain cold hardly process the items I got. I felt like everything was useless to me and not to my liking at all. I felt so sad and considered not subscribing to the next box, but then I realized I was just beyond tired and decided to put it all aside for later and relax a bit. So I patiently sat down and watched some youtube videos of other people unboxing the crate.
Yesterday I could finally make sense of the items I got and appreciate them, and putting them together was a breeze.
Remember in one of my previous posts I made a greenhouse to go in my garden because I couldn’t find any that I liked on MP? Well [ keke ] heard my plea and offered up this gorgeous greenhouse for this months Deco(c)rate and I love it! It is so pretty and after I shrunk it down a bit it was the perfect size for my garden. Oh, and it comes complete with bird droppings on one side of the roof haha. I adore that detail!
My three other favorite items was the little table in the set from Serenity Style and the Meditation set from *HEXtraordinary*. I really needed a new Buddha statue as my old one is from 2012 I believe. I still love that one, but fresh blood is always good.
The third item is not in this picture, but in my bedroom. It is the lovely .:revival:. boho bed. It is so lovely that the moment I saw it I switched out my old bed from February’s crate.
I really liked this months crate when my mind settled down from travel mode, haha. I have found a use from many of the items, but is it only me or was the LI of the items in this crate higher than usual? I thought many of the items were very high LI compared to mesh items I usually see. I don’t know. I still like them, and it is my fault for filling my land up with a huge house:P I just thought I should put the question out there in case more people had noticed.
Anyway, I think I am gonna go back to demoing the latest bento head from Catwa. She also heard my wish and worries in Contemplating a Face Lift.  Now this is starting to get scary! Two wishes granted in under a month?!?
When I saw the teasers for Lona I didn’t think I would like her on me, but now that I have tried her I am very much considering investing. I am still gonna demo Lona for a few more days like I did the LeLutka one (which I obviously didn’t end up getting, still ye ol’ Catya for me), but this is something different! How long do you guys demo big purchases like that?

Somewhat less confused ❤ from Nea

What I am somewhat less confused in:
TRUTH HAIR Zoya [Unrigged] (group gift)
TRUTH HAIR Bangs [Dbl Side Wavy] (group gift)
ISON – agnes cardigan -maitreya- (pink)
Blueberry – Rylai – Tight Dress – Maitreya – Cream
L’Etre – Harper&Kittie eyeshadows Palette (group gift)
Lip tint by me

In this picture:
[ keke ] old garden greenhouse
Vagabond – Mojave Decal (tintable)
*HEXtraordinary* Boho Mediation Altar – Set
*HEXtraordinary* Boho Meditation Pillows
Bohemian Wagon (Adult) CHEZ MOI
Serenity Style- Bohemian Table
ARIA – Palermo Potted Narcissus Papyraceus
ARIA – Palermo Armchair
:CP: Free Spirit Cabinet

AF Monogram Luggage Bag
Traveler-Bag 1
Apple Fall Macarons in Box
Apple Fall Macarons on Sketchbook

Contemplating a Face Lift

Hello everybody. Ready for a load of mess and rambling?

Contemplating a facelift 01.03.2017_001

For the last few weeks I have felt really torn about the new bento heads coming out from Catwa and LeLutka. I have been a Catwa fan since before they started making mesh heads and I have always liked how their heads look. They feel like me, or three of them does at least. And I love LeLutka hair, their Swish line is so wonderful! But I never fell for their mesh heads. They always felt a bit stiff to me. I can’t really think of any better way to describe them, god knows I have tried, haha.
My current bento head which I love is Catya by Catwa, but there is no definition in the hollow of the cheek on this head and I miss that. I own Annie and Sarah from their regular mesh head line and Sarah has amazing bone structure which I tried to replicate with Catya. As you can see in my pictures I don’t think I am that far off.

I have demoed Kimberly and Lilo, but both fall short for me. Kimberly just doesn’t feel right and Lilo has too narrow eyes for my taste. I really thought Lilo was my new head though, she kinda reminded me of Sarah in the first pictures released of her. I was so disappointed when I could not make a shape for her that I loved D,:

So today I decided I was going to pick up the demo of the new bento mesh head from LeLutka called Chloe, to see if it had something going for it. And for the first time I am feeling like LeLutka has at least hit the target for me, it is not a bullseye but not too far off either. I like the eyes, face shape, chin and the lips look more alive than on normal LeLutka heads.

I have been demoing both Chloe and Simone 2.0 since I logged on today, about 6 hours. In that time I have demoed skins, hairs and just hung out at home while I do some RL stuff in between. Chloe really started growing on me, but as I sat down to write this post I am feeling myself falling out of love with her again…

– So I got interrupted by RL yet again while I was typing that last sentence and when I look at Chloe now I kinda like her in a way again. The face shape really is gorgeous and so are the eyes, but the shape of the nose and those lips are still bugging me. Don’t really know what it is though.

As you may notice I am still very much on the fence about my second bento head. I am really wanting a new one with those nice pronounced cheekbones, but I don’t want to settle for something I don’t love completely. Neither Kimberly or Lilo is an option for me, Simone got those stiff lips and I am not too keen on Chloe’s nose or lips. But so far LeLutka looks to be my best bet which feels strange.

This is moving us on to the real reason for me writing this post. I feel guilty about maybe moving on from Catwa. I rarely switch between bodyparts and when I move on from one avatar enhancement product I usually never go back. I had the same feelings of guilt when I changed body from Slink to Maitreya. Now I only see what I don’t like about the Slink bodies. I am afraid this will happen with my Catwa heads as well. *sigh* I know this is silly perhaps, but it is my reality at the moment.
So to finish this up I am still undecided about my next bento head and no closer to a choice. And I am wondering if I am alone in my guilt when moving one from one designer to the next? Please say I am not alone!

Confused ❤ from Nea

What I am contemplating in:

[LeLutka]-LUMEN hair – StrawberryBlonde
LeLutka.Head.Chloe 2.6-DEMO

Soy. Vanty Set – C88 Limited Fatpack
Garbaggio // Shoe Clutter Red
Garbaggio // Shoe Clutter Nude
Bazar Forest – Candle b (modded)
[LeLutka]-LUMEN hair – StrawberryBlonde
.LeLutka.Head.Chloe 2.6-DEMO

Creative self care

Creative self Care 2

It has been a few stressful days in RL so when I came on SL today I didn’t think I was gonna do a post, but then inspiration hit me. I have modded my Scarlet Creative home and added a row of french doors on the opposite side of the house where there was a wall before. I like my view and prefer as many windows as possible in my home. Even if this view only is of the waterfall and stone wall of my plot border. I still think it is nice to feel like the outside almost comes inside and vice versa.
I also dug through my inventory to find my old favourite: this reading blanket from Off Brand Furniture. I don’t know if they are still in business, but the couples poses are wonderful and I might need to try and drag my hubby with my into SL so I can get a couple of shots of the both of us on this prim wonder. Amazingly this blanket with all props comes in at only 13LI which is actually quite good. The props also move around to fit each pose, so there is a lot of versatility in this item. The texture selection is almost unmatched with so many textures for the books, individual pillows and even your reading material. I have brought this blanket with me from my most goth days up till what you see today which is very much pastels. Yikes, I never thought I’d see the day!

Creative self Care
Well anyway moving on but still sticking to the colour scheme is my new lace blouse from Asteia called Scarlet. I bought it a couple of days ago and I love it. I have known about Asteria for some time but never bought anything from them, but after I visited their main store and got to try the demos on for free, (they are 1L$ on the marketplace) I have decided I need at least a few things more from them. The rigging is spot on for my Maitreya Lara body and the textures are very nice. Even better is the prices which is very reasonable indeed and you get items that are a little out of the box from what we normally see. But still all quite wearable, which is important to me.
Still rocking the Doux hair I got last week in my new favourite colour. I wish more creators would do more strawberry blond shades. I looked a while, not that I have gone through all of SLs hair designers, but of all my favourites only Doux and Magika does nice strawberry blonds. Does any of you guys know about other creators that make those lovely light red shades?

Well, I think that is all from me this week. And it has been a good week overall, both in RL and SL. I wish you all happy Saturday and can’t wait to see you again next week ❤

Asteria”Scarlet”[Maitreya] Blouse – Beige
TETRA – Pencil Skirt (Rose) – Maitreya
Medusa Shoes Patent Coral
L’Etre. Les accessoires – Veronique flower crown (repositioned)
DOUX – Veronique Hairstyle [M]
alaskametro<3 “Basix” lingerie Clarity – Omega Classic HUD (Wearing opaque and lace bra layered)
alaskametro<3 “Fall Essentials” makeup palette – Omega TESTER (eyemakeup only, tinted pink)
liptint applier made by me

Skye Twisted Tree
:::OBF::: Couple Reading Blanket (Texture Change)
Apple Fall Clifton Cast Iron Fireplace (White)

JVTEK LandMap Magic

This is not going to be a tutorial, I just wanted to share my joy for this product! If you want an in depth tutorial please check out this Youtube video . So with that out of the way here we go:

I wanted to share this amazingly cool item called the JVTEK LandMap with you guys. It is my holy grail for the garden and will completely transform your land! As it is a bit of a job to get it to match up when doing larger than 32×32 sized land that is not free of decorating items. Unfortunately I forgot to take pictures mid process, but I recreated it as best I could.

JVTEK LandMap joy 1
This is the scanner set up and mapping the land at it’s default size. Particles must be on for this if not you are setting yourself up for a harder job than you need to. You can move those little beacons that emits the fence of light to make the mapped area bigger or smaller as you need to.

JVTEK LandMap joy 2

In the next shot you see the LandMap laid down. It originally has a texture with the JVTEK LandMap logo on them, but as I said I forgot to take pictures of that.
To get to this point you have to lock the scanner and go to the web page it directs you to and from there save the sculptie to your chosen folder and from there upload it as a normal texture to SL. Or sculpties if you needed more than one scanner to cover your land. I used four for mine. And yes, you heard that right I said sculptie! These things are ye ol’ sculpties. I have said I love old stuff! Don’t be scared though you won’t notice what they are and they are pretty low land impact. My four ones linked together come in at only 8LI.
When you have uploaded the sculptie texture it will have a name and you just drop them on the scanner with the same name. Double check the names so you drop them in the right place.

JVTEK LandMap joy 3

In this shot you see me all happy about having my chosen texture laid out on my LandMap, although my new little Frenchie doesn’t look too impressed. I think it is rather awesome though, haha.
You can use the scanners to texture your land if you wanted too, it says how to in the manual, which is very easy to follow. But I chose to delete the scanners at this point and just texture manually. It works just as good for my needs.
It is also at this point I go and fix the places where the land underneath pokes through at some places. This is one of the things you need to keep in mind when using this tool. If your land settings are too extreme or you went nuts with the terraforming the LandMap won’t cover everything perfectly. But it is easily fixed either following the LandMap manual or the lazy way like me, just go and lower the bits that poke through a tad. Go easy on the strength though.

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At this last picture you can see some of the problems the LandMap has with extreme terraforming. This part of my land is usually covered by the Enchanted Woods v2 – 6 (slope) and my 1 Prim Privacy Pine Grouping  (not shown here and normally retextured with my own texture) so it doesn’t bother me, but I thought I should take the opportunity to show you how you should not do it when using this tool.
When done with the new ground texture I would also normally retexture the base of my items from Skye like the Enchanted Woods and Twisted tree to match. I just kept it’s normal texture to clearly show that it is not part of the LandMap.

So this is it for now. And I think we can all agree about my claim in my first blog post that I would be here very week at most actually meant several times a week, haha. I am really enjoying this and I also just realized that this blog is now a month and a day old, so maybe some celebrations is in order? I’ll at least have some cake!

Thanks for reading guys ❤

What I am gardening in:
DOUX – Veronique Hairstyle [M]
L’Etre. Les accessoires – Veronique flower crown
*JB* Meghan Shirt – Sky – Maitreya
*JB* Meghan Scarf – Maitreya
Blueberry – Pizza Jeans – CutieBootie – Maitreya
T – Hayato Sneakers Tip-Toe [Manifold] (F) (older gacha)
Alchemy – Doge –  French bulldog – Cream (older gacha)
l&e Boho rings A left and A&B right silver (Vista Bento hands) (tinted)
[P] Pillows, Cinderella Hunt: Bracelette

In these shots:
stones I. 8 pcs = 1 prim
Stone Bundle Scene by Felix 3 Prim 15×15 M Size copy-mody (grass part with my own texture on it)
Beach edge 1 (Curtsey of Willowdale)
Willowdale wave – shallow (Curtsye of Willowdale)
Beach sand blur (Curtsye of Willowdale)
JVTEK LandMap scanner
JVTEK LandMap finished and textured with my own texture

Enchanted Woods v2 – 6 (slope)
[DDD] Low Poly Tree – Small – D
LAQ Decor ~ Medium Birch (Summer) – Animated
Apple Fall Farrow Garden Wall with Door and without
Trompe Loeil – Ceres Lamp Post
[DDD] Low Poly Tree – Large –
Scarlet Creative – The Arcade: Venice Palazzo Vinci MC Prefab 1B
Waterfall and rock wall in the background (Curtsey of Willodale)