Thursday, 30 January 2014

The Interview Challenge

The Strawberry Singh meme of the week involved finding someone to interview me, so I threw Clay Cowen to the wolves (;-P) and asked him to interview me. I crashed three or four times trying to take a photo, and ended up with a less than optimal photo, but oh well. My computer and SL are not getting along that well lately. Here's our interview:

Me: I didn't get the pic I want but I got something, so let's start the interview. Can you interview me upside down?

Clay: hehe, sure. So, how long, do you think, before those wolves lose interest in us and we can get down?
Me: I think they're too smart for that. We'll have to teleport away. But maybe they're nice. I like dogs.

Clay: Like dogs, she says! Cute little store she says!  This woodland path is not scary she says! Seriously, what can I do to keep you from taking me shopping?
Me: There's nothing you can do to stop me. And that staying naked trick of yours doesn't work. It just makes me think you have nothing to wear.

Clay: Maybe I just like being naked around you, ever thought of that?
Me: It has occurred to me, yes. However, the urge to take you shopping is probably not the urge you're looking for. Besides, it's January 30th and I haven't taken you shopping in AGES! Do you remember the last time I made you go shopping?

Clay: Last time wasn't so bad, I guess. Is it very frustrating to be with a guy who changes his clothes about as often as a Simpsons character and hates shopping?
Me: grin It can be. I really don't understand how Second Life guys can wear the same clothes and skin and hair day in and day out. It's part of the fun for me in SL.

Clay: I guess for a lot of guys the fun of SL is just not having to worry about every day things like changes of clothes.  Is that how you got into doing the blog, enjoying the experience?
Me: You couldn't answer my question on when we last shopped together, could you?

Clay grumbles and looks at the wolves, considering trying his luck with them and looks back at her. "I guess not, no."
Me: I got into blogging because I like to put together looks and decorate my environment, and I like taking pictures, though sometimes with the computer crashes pictures are frustrating. I didn't think you'd remember...It was the Nerds and Geeks Fair! You got two Dr Who outfits and a sonic screwdriver!

Clay grins and nods "Now I remember it, yeah.  That was a while ago.  Do you enjoy finding new things like that?"
Me: I love the shared fantasy of Second Life, not just making my avi pretty (and yours). Everything we see on a sim is a creation of someone, not a background provided by Linden Labs. I love the designers who made the wolves, the trees, the poses, the clothes - and how I can put them together in my own way.

Clay grumbles about whoever made these menaces then looks back at Dolly. "You know, there are dangers in SL other than wolves.  Tell me the truth, you'd sell me to a travelling sideshow if it meant you could log on to Collabor88 first try every time, wouldn't you?"
Dolly Baroque grimaces for a moment, thinking hard. "Think that would work?"

Clay: How much hair is in your inventory and can we use it to fashion a rope and escape the wolves?
Me: Oh lord, I have no idea how many hairs I have, but I think we could make a rope to tie around the whole sim with the hair in my inventory. However, I'd rather feed you to the wolves than give them up.


Studio Skye Enchanted Woods
Eclyps 3D Standing Wolf 1
Poses by Del May

On Clay

Dura-Boy 31(Mocha)
Colossus Boots Black
FATEwear Pants - John - London
FATEwear Shirt - Chung Blazer - Void
FATEwear Shirt - Chung TuckedShirt - London
Belleza- Ashton Medium GG Bald (chest hair)
On Dolly

Fashionably Dead Bossy Boots - Wingtip White
Fashionably Dead Bossy Boots Socks - White
Fashionably Dead Skin Tight Jeans - Sky Blue
coldLogic shirt - berry.paloma
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands
Donna Flora SQUARE ring topaz
Glam Affair - Vera - America - Clean E

Monday, 27 January 2014

Let's Go Out Tonight

Fashionably Dead has new store releases and I was taken by this lively satin textured romper, which actually comes in three pieces, top, shorts and peplum belt. Show up for cocktails in this instead of the little black dress!

Truth has been busy as well with this lovely new hair release called Rowan. I love the way it frames my face.


Fashionably Dead Romper (New Release)
Hucci Kasos Shoes - Mono (at Collabor88)
Maxi Gossamer - Bangles - Starry Night  - Large
Maxi Gossamer - Ring - Royal Khadijah Estate - Small - GOLD
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands
Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) - Mid
TRUTH HAIR Rowan (New Release)
Glam Affair - Vera skin - America - FLF E
BeetleBones Mesh Lashes V.01 (Dainty brown)
IKON Spectral Eyes - Amber

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Warm Me Up with coldLogic

The new coldLogic release is cozy layered sweaters and skirt/leggings. With temperatures in the single digits I needed this look! The cute LP Ono glasses are a steal at My Attic @ the Deck, and yet another gorgeous Truth hair was released to feed my hair addiction.


coldLogic pants - montana.cayenne (New Release)
coldLogic shirt - deschanel.cayenne sheer (New Release)
Maxi Gossamer - Necklace - Knotted Shimmer Pearls
Maxi Gossamer - Ring - Royal Khadijah Estate - Small - GOLD
TRUTH HAIR Esperanza (New Release)
Glam Affair - Vera skin - America - FLF E
LP Ono Glasses - Tortoise (at My Attic @ the Deck)
BeetleBones Mesh Lashes V.01 (Dainty brown)
IKON Spectral Eyes (left) - Amber
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Tools of the Second Life Photo Trade - A Meme

 I took this photo Sunday night before i saw Strawberry Singh's meme for this week. Honestly I wasn't trying to copy your look Berry! But I do love the memes, so even though I'm not showing any tools in the photo, I'll tell you about them.

There's only one HUD that I always wear for photos and that is the very handy (and very free) AnyPose Expression. I use it mostly to focus eyes and occasionally change my expression. I have several other tools, but I only wear them when I need them.

I haven't updated my Pose Anywhere HUD in a long time because I prefer using pose balls or stands. When I use my HUD and need to touch something to bring it into focus, my camera view changes because my avi turns around. I save this tool for places where I can't rez a pose ball.

I love my Animare Pose and Animation System. It's perfect for those small adjustments I sometimes need to make to a pose. Sometimes a different tilt to the head or a small hand adjustment can make a big difference to a look.

Non-photo tools are my Vista Animation Overrider that I've worn for years and my wonderful texture organizer from my building days, the Skidz Partz - TMat. It's a great way to keep those textures organized and to reduce the size of my inventory. You can even store poses in it, although I haven't tried that. It may seem pricey, but I've had mine for years and it still works perfectly.

In other news, I've been feeding my hair addiction with this latest Truth Hair release called Bryn. I feel fabulous - at least until my next fix.


Maitreya Vintage Lace Gown - Antique Part1
Maitreya Vintage Pearl Necklace
Glam Affair - Cleo - America - Clean F
  IKON Spectral Eyes - Amber
Mandala Simple Ears HUTUU
Beetlebone Mesh Lashes V.01 (Dainty brown)

Sunday, 19 January 2014

I'd Like to Thank My Mom...It's the Oscar Contest!

Contests are fun and Harper Ganesvoort's 5th Annual Oscar Fashion Photo Contest is one of the most fun of all. Last year Ayla and I won 3rd place with this entry! Every red carpet fashionista should enter! Check out past years' entries (and add your entry for this year) at this Flickr pool.

I'm planning to take a few photos and choose my favorite for my entry, but this "Thanks Mom" photo is a definite possibility. There's time, the contest runs through March 2nd.


Baiastice Giulia dress - metal gold
Mandala 777 jewelry set Yellow
LeLutka - KATE hair - AuburnHaze (New Release)
Glam Affair - Vera skin - America - FLF E
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands
Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) - Mid
ANE Aura Shoes GOLD 
Pose and Props - Standby Inc. - World Tour - Microphone (Gacha Item)

Thursday, 16 January 2014

About the Booty

We all have a love/hate relationship with our Second Life rears, don't we? We love that we can control the shape and we hate how the default avatar gives us weird pointy edges. I was tempted to try the new mesh booty from Luck Inc. called Phat Azz, but I could tell it wouldn't look right on my slender avatar. But when the same creator, CK Winx, released a new version called Cute Azz for us less bootylicious ladies, I decided to try it.

The Glam Affair applier blends seamlessly, so it's easy to forget that I'm wearing mesh from the waist down. It works with my SLink feet though I went down a foot size for a seamless fit. I adjusted my shape for the look, reducing body fat and belly to 0 so there would be no overhang. I lengthened my hips a little which made my Cute Azz look more natural to my eye.

Unlike my SLink mesh hands and feet, this is not a mesh item I would wear every day. There are appliers to cover it, but I've been over the painted-on-clothing look since mesh hit the grid and I'm not going back. This mesh ass is a photo prop for me and as such it is a little pricey at $1200 L plus the price of skin appliers. I tried a lot of poses and discovered that while my new Cute Azz didn't do that bizarre flattening that our default booties do in certain poses, it did have its own minor issues, mostly in seated poses at the joints of the hips to the legs.

So, while it's not the perfect answer to our default booties, it does improve over the default avatar rear in many respects (and at many angles).


Luck Inc - Cute Azz
Maxi Gossamer - Ring - Royal Khadijah Estate - Large
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands
Slink AvEnhance Feet High
Slink Mesh eyelids (alpha) (photo prop)
Slink Priscilla Plateau Heels Black
LeLutka - NEW hair - AuburnHaze
Glam Affair - Vera skin - America - FLF E

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Practical Jokester, Moi?

Strawberry Singh has started her blog memes again. Hooray! Last week was a "what did you do for New Year's Eve" meme. Mine was too uneventful to blog about. My friend who was going to spend the evening with me came down with a cold, my sons had friends over and I spent New Year's Eve staying out of their way. YAWN!

This week's meme is about practical jokes - jokes I'd played or had played on me.

Meme Instructions: Share one or more practical jokes that either you have played on others or others have played on you inworld. If you have pictures or videos to share of it, even better. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in [Berry's] comments.

I hung my head and sighed. I couldn't think of a single practical joke! I asked Ayla for help and she couldn't think of anything either. I threw a surprise SL party for her and her RL husband to celebrate their real life wedding, but other than getting them to the party under false pretenses it wasn't a joke.

We decided we were awfully, awfully boring, or forgetful or both. She logged for the night and at that minute I gave my forehead a slap. I remembered the day we decorated our friend Friar's home with grafitti. I still had my grafitti, so I recreated the scene of the crime, maid outfit and all. Here's the original picture! Ayla's was a god awful rendering of body parts. Maybe she'll share it. I got caught (go figure, how'd he guess it was me?). Here's a bit of our conversation about the matter:

Friar Tyles stands tapping his medieval foot on the floor as the lass begins to clear the wall of the strange symbols know as 'words'. With a devilish grin he tilts his head to the side to catch a glimpse of the lovely thighs on display and says...'I'm not sure who Ayla was but her friend has a good grasp of anatomy'

Dolly Baroque squints at the crude drawing above the fireplace and says, "Anatomy? Like the stars and such? I suppose it does kinda look like a rocketship, but what's that other thing? Twin moons?"

Friar Tyles bursts into peels of laughter at the misunderstanding. Pointing at the "W" with two dots at the centre hs tries to keep a straight face as he says...'I believe that is the constellation 'breastus major' also know as the funbag constellation'

Dolly Baroque turns to look at him, bowing to his superior wisdom. She was not likely to tell the gentleman what SHE thought the picture looked like.. not a rocketship and stars, that's for sure. "Well you'd know best Sir..." she says sweetly and turns back to the wall scrubbing.


Belleza - Ria Med 1 R
Belleza - Ria Med Freckles 1
BeetleBones Mesh Lashes V.01 (Dainty brown)
IKON Spectral Eyes  - Amber
Maxi Gossamer - Ring - Royal Khadijah Estate - Large
Paint brush
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands
Provocation Maid costume
Provocation Maid rim

A Lesson in Truth

Truth Hair is the lesson. The first new Truth releases of 2014 are gorgeous! And remember when I told you there was so much more to blog for Collabor88? In the top photo the Belleza Skin, Yummy Accessories earrings, and The Secret Store blouse are all available at Collabor88.

In the second photo the dress is from Tee*fy, the clutch from Baiastice, and the black pearls from Maxi Gossamer. All at Collabor88!


(Top Pic)

TRUTH HAIR Luella (New Release)
Yummy Pearl Wisp Earring - White (at Collabor88)
 The Secret Store - Mary Pleated Shirt - White Polka (at Collabor88)
Belleza - Ria Med 1 R (at Collabor88)
Mandala Simple Ears HUTUU
BeetleBones Mesh Lashes V.01 (Dainty brown)
IKON Spectral Eyes - Amber
MIEL HIPSTER PEEPERS - tortoise shell

(Bottom Pic)

TRUTH HAIR Snow - Gingers (New Release)
Belleza - Ria Med 1 R (at Collabor88)
Belleza - Ria Med Freckles 1
Belleza- Ria Med Gloss Lip 4
Baiastice -Yara clutch-black (at Collabor88)
Maxi Gossamer - Necklace - Knotted Shimmer Pearls (at Collabor88)
Maxi Gossamer - Ring - Royal Khadijah Estate - Large - SILVER
Yummy Pearl Wisp Earring - White (at Collabor88)
Tee*fy Julianna Fluffy Dress Classic (at Collabor88)
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands
IKON Spectral Eyes - Amber

Saturday, 11 January 2014


Collabor88's theme for January is nostalgia and I am inspired. There are so many great items that I have several blog postings planned. I've never blogged JunBug before and I am delighted to let you knowthat the JunBug Instant Crush dress is gorgeous. Never have I seen a sexier rear in evening wear! Make sure to demo - I had to wear a medium instead of my usual small. The D!va Astralia hair works perfectly with the dress, don't you think?

Trompe Loeil has a lovely materials ready chair called Astrid in an elegant style, and the Crawford mirror from Lark is feminine and classy. Collabor88 has them all. Here's your TAXI.


JunBug - Instant Crush in Bloom (at Collabor88)
D!va Hair Astralia (Red amber) (at Collabor88)
Lark - Crawford Glove Box (at Collabor88)
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands 
Belleza Ria Med 1 R (at Collabor88)
Mandala Simple Ears HUTUU
Lark - Crawford Mirror (at Collabor88)
Trompe Loeil - Astrid Chair Nostalgia Rose (at Collabor88)
Pose by Flowey (at Collabor88)

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

The Bedroom

I love home decor in Second Life. I can be awfully fickle and redo a home from the ground up more than once a month. Digs just released a lovely new bedroom set called Ainsley that I'm currently enjoying. The bed comes in PG or Adult versions for all our bedroom activities. Color change bedding and furniture gives plenty of versatility to the look.


DIGS - Aisling Bed - Pastel
DIGS - Aisling Bedside Table
DIGS - Aisling Bedside Lamp
DIGS - Aisling Tallboy
DIGS - Aisling Dresser
DIGS - Aisling Reading Pile
DIGS - Aisling Mirror
DIGS - Aisling Wicker Storage
DIGS - Aisling Skincare
DIGS - Suspension Lamp - Pewter
DIGs - Closet Doors
DIGS - Weather Embroidery trio
What Next - Norwegian Wood  Guitar
The Loft - Alderan Planter White
Trompe Loeil - Hanging Tri-Planter Blue 
Dutchie Plants
Cheeky Pea - Kaleidoscope Dreamcatcher
Tres Blah - Bon Voyage Clock Radio (Pink) (Gacha Item)
Apple Fall - Lustful Lilacs

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Feather Soft

Two new things to love - the latest Lelutka hair and this necklace and earring set from Mandala. What could be better than feathery statement jewelry and swooping curves of pretty hair?


MANDALA YAKUSHI  WHITE Earrings and Necklace
Mutresse Jana Cardigan
BeetleBones Mesh Lashes V.01 (Dainty brown)
IKON Spectral Eyes (right) - Amber
LeLutka NEU hair - AuburnHaze
LeLutka NEU side - AuburnHaze
Glam Affair - Vera skin - America - FLF E 

Saturday, 4 January 2014


I do love to dress up in Second Life. Baiastice's new release for FaMeshed has the luxury texturing and ruffled detailing that make my heart go pitter patter. It also gave me a chance to step out in my delicate SLink wrap around heels for the new high SLink feet.


Baiastice kirsty skirt-vanilla (at FaMeshed)
Baiastice kirsty top-vanilla (at FaMeshed)
Yummy Metal and Diamonds Necklace - Day
Ryvolter Mink Princess Stole - Champagne
Maxi Gossamer - Ring - Royal Khadijah Estate (at FaMeshed)
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands
Slink Hera Wrap Heel Mother of Pearl
Slink AvEnhance Feet High
TRUTH HAIR Gaia 2 - Gingers
IKON Promise Eyes - Green (at FaMeshed)
Glam Affair - Vera skin - America - FLF E
Beetlebones Mesh Lashes V.01 (Dainty brown)

Thursday, 2 January 2014

2014 First FaMeshed of the Year

A new round of FaMeshed began with the beginning of the new year and I went shopping! There are more new mesh eyes from Ikon, a cute new Wasabi Pills Emily hair, great jewelry from Maxi Gossamer and  a very interesting and original peplum leather top/cardigan duo (in one piece) from Coquet. A HUD allows texture changes to the sweater. I added striped leggings from coldLogic for a bit of fun.

Happy 2014!


Coquet Peplum Black (at FaMeshed)
Maxi Gossamer - Necklace - Royal Khadijah Estate - Long Combo - GOLD (at FaMeshed)
Maxi Gossamer - Ring - Royal Khadijah Estate - Large - GOLD (at FaMeshed)
Wasabi Pills Emily Mesh Hair - Gingerbread (at FaMeshed)
coldLogic leggings -
Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands 
Glam Affair - Vera skin - America - FLF E
IKON Promise Eyes - Green (at FaMeshed)
Beetlebones Mesh Lashes V.01 (Dainty brown)
Pose from oOo Studio