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Preface

Aloha peeps – glad you dropped by!

I’ve been blogging Menswear and Home Decor for… errr ahem X number of years and still really enjoy it! On Facebook & Flickr I belong to a plethora of Menswear and Decor groups and publish and link to this blog from those areas.

In addition, I’ve been features writer on ‘Love to Decorate’ magazine and from that interesting work, I’ve gleaned a lot of fascinating and useful information on the Home & Garden world of Second Life. I’ve also worked as a writer for various virtual Fashion and Lifestyle magazines – interviewed loads of fabulous Designers and Creatives  –  and even tried my hand at modeling – but nowadays I live the simple SL life which I enjoy with friends and family, not least of all my lovely partner & husband, Arrchie and our son, Danilo:)

I wouldn’t say I’m one of SL’s greatest photographers *smiles* but I can take good quality high resolution photographs and I’m a dab hand at Photoshop, so if you like my work please get in touch and I’ll promise to do your brand proud!

A huge thank you to my sponsors – see side bar for slurls to their stores❤

Written by Moz Loordes

30/09/2010 at 6:49 pm

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Adam Mesh Body

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Adam Mesh Body - review 3

 

This is an honest appraisal of the Adam Mesh Body by designer, Ginger Chevalier.

I’ve yet to find a mesh body that enhanced my shape and was easy to use… until now. When I tried the Adam demo I was so surprised on a number of fronts. It’s true to say that I can work mesh bodies but even from the perspective of somebody completely new to them, this was not difficult to get a handle on. I’d suggest getting the demo, add the body and the alpha… add the HUD and start fiddling.

The HUD needs opening up (like those for SLINK hands and feet) so click on an arrow. You’ll find a choice of two skins – with or without body hair. I’ve included Ginger’s video from YouTube which goes through all the options on the HUD and there’s also a friendly Inworld group to join for tips and help.

The feet are compatible with SLINK flat feet so you can use all your existing shoes – this is not the same for every mesh body. One of the best features with Adam is that a set of neck tattoos are included and you can experiment with these to match your existing skins.  I was using my favourite Li Skin from *BIRTH* and it matched well with No. 9 skin on the HUD. When I added the No. 9 neck tattoo, it all blended in!  Now, I have never seen anything so damn easy to use.  I would have liked an option for  no chest hair but hair elsewhere ~ however, I expect the skin designers will offer that – hopefully. There’s 6 neck sizes which you can access via the HUD again – one of those should fit your existing shape and if not – alter in Appearance mode. Fingernails and toenails are matchable at a click on the HUD and also you can add shine to the skin with sliders.

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Putting the body through some challenging poses – it held up well with minimal/no jaggies on the photography. Adam has clothes included with the body – vest, jeans,  sneakers and trunks. Do go into Appearance and play with the sliders – Adam is pretty versatile and will take a number of shapes without distortion.

Adam Mesh Body - review 1

 

Rear view, because if you’re like me, all angles are important! Adam also passes muster for most mens bitz and as long as said bitz have a colour control on them and are unrigged, you’re good to go.

 

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Finally, Adam is OMEGA compatible which is important because it increases your choice of available skins, tattoos and clothing. Here’s the marketplace link for OMEGA.

 

Adam Mesh Body on Marketplace (L$2, 950)

Visit the ABSOLUT CREATION mainstore to pick up the DEMO

 

Here’s Ginger’s useful vid, watch it for options that I’ve not elaborated upon:-

 

(https://  www.youtube.com/  watch?v=  dMMcFJ9Ju20)

Palm tree and cushions are a piece from Chez Moi Furnitures “Summer Set”. Photos taken on various Windlight settings.

Cheers, m’dears:)

One posh suit from HHC

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Designer, Hethwen of HHC, has decided to treat all group members to brand new outfits on the occasion of gathering 400 folks into the fold. As far as the chaps are concerned, we get a fabulous new suit with matching shoes.

There’s one word for this suit and that is… posh! It’s so easy to wear – one alpha and the mesh itself in standard sizing XS – SL – so a couple of clicks later and you’re ready to attend any function you like. The shoes are unrigged so you can move them up and down to suit the trouser cuffs.

Getting ready – looks as good from the back as the front…

HHC - 400 group gift - getting ready

Judging at the Academy – I hope they all take note of the matching waistcoat and tie…

HHC - 400 group gift - academy

Leading the applause –

HHC - 400 group gift - applause

 

Bring out your inner Dandy!

Other items worn: Accessories from GDit Jewelry, hair from No_Match

Collect from the HHC mainstore on Metaverse and don’t forget to wear your group tag.

“What’re we gonna do tonight?
Yeah What’re we gonna do tonight?
Oh, we should go to a function!
Ooh a oh yeah, yeah”

 

 

Cheers, m’dears:)

 

Written by Moz Loordes

27/07/2016 at 2:21 pm

Chez Moi Furnitures – Fancy a Dip or a Mixed Grill?

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Chez Moi - Pool Fun - Lazy

 

Ah, the long, hot days of summer… lazing about on the patio with nothing to do but watch the grill!  Introducing  Chez Moi Furnitures “Pool Fun” set and it really is a whole lot of fun!  I tested it out with the ducks and the dogs this afternoon and we all agreed that it offers great roleplay scenes and looks good, too:)

Here’s the pieces: –

INFLATABLE POOL  (you can also change the texture of the bumper around the pool)
– 21 single pose (42 in total)
– 28 couple poses
– 17 extra poses

CHAIRS (with suitable accessories attached such as crate of beer, magazines, lifesaver)
– 9 female poses
– 9 males poses

GRILL BARBECUE
– 4 single poses (8 in total)
– 8 couple poses

MIXED BOX

♥ Prims / Li
chairs:
– 2 chairs: 8/5
– 3 chairs: 3/3
– 1 chairs: 4/4
Inflatable pool: 9/13
MixedBox: 14/7
GrillBarbecue: 23/15

We were just testing the water!  What’s warm enough for me is too hot for the ducks, though. The drake is watching dubiously and the other are heading quickly for the lilo and I don’t think they noticed the killer whale:)

Chez Moi - Pool fun - Fancy a Dip

 

That grill is drool worthy! It should even wake up the shib soon:)

Chez Moi - Pool Fun - waiting for the grill

 

The whole kit and kaboodle is available from Chez Moi mainstore and also on Marketplace.

Here’s a couple of Chez Moi pictures to show just some of the great animations –

Chez Moi - Pool Fun - pool animations

Chez Moi - Pool Fun - Grill animations

 

Other landscaping/pets in the scene –

Botanical – Mesh Mediterranean Cypress [Mod Copy]
Botanical – Summer Linden Small [c]
HEART – WildFlowers – Petunias

Wood Wall – Katia Millet

Dog is from a Half-Deer gacha (you can pick up similar on MP) – Shiba Inu sleepy

Jian :: Duck Family

 

Cheers, m’dears:)

 

Of Birds and Barbeques

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22769 [Bauwerk] - BBQ for 2 - pieces

 

Gacha Guardians is running until July 31st! To start, you’ll need a special HUD from their main location or any participating store. The HUD will allow you to find and collect rune stones. Once you’ve hit the rune stone, you can either play the gacha at the current location or move on to the next. So, it’s a bit of a game and a bit of a gacha!

All particating stores will have a special Gifts of the Guardians, and you can get keys for these by playing a machine 10 times. When you’ve visited all the locations and touched each rune stone – you can open a special portal to enter the Guardian’s Treasure Room. Use your keys to unlock all the specials gifts! After the event, these will be retired and never made available again.

For more info including pictures of the prizes, visit the Gacha Guardians blog.

Today, I’m showcasing 22769 ~ [Bauwerk]‘s gacha which is called, “BBQ for 2”. It’s a lovely extensive gacha and as the items are copy, you can have much more than just two people over for your bbq!

22769 [Bauwerk] - BBQ for 2 - ready to grill

The BBQ for 2 Gacha contains:

RARES:
Beer Crate Chair – red*
Beer Crate Chair – green*
each with 3 single sit animations
LI 2

Coolbox
decoration item only
LI 2

22769 [Bauwerk] - BBQ for 2 - grill area

COMMONS:
Kettle Grill hide/show meat on touch
Boom Box
BBQ Tools
Paper Cups
BBQ Dips
Bread
Beer Keg
BBQ Party A-Frame
Tire Table
Plate with Corn
Plate with Grilled Chicken
Plate with Melon Slices
Plate with Saussages
Plate with Raw Meat
Ketchup & Mustard
Sidetable

All Common Items are decoration items only 8 – 1 LI

22769 [Bauwerk] - BBQ for 2 - Pergola

The Gift of The Guardians is this fabulous “BBQ Party Pergola” with a land impact of 15. It has a good length of decking with the drapes at one end and here I’ve put it over the river because if the grill sets alight all we have to do is to tip it over the side!

22769 [Bauwerk] - BBQ for 2 - Saucy songbirds

The birds are visiting/ahem! taking over and they are all from TLC Home Collection – “Songbirds Collection Set 2”. These are delightful animated songbirds and you can control the volume of their songs. There’s 3 in the set – Blue Tit, Bullfinch and Chaffinch.

 

Visit 22769 ~ [Bauwerk] mainstore to try your luck.

Cheers, m’dears and happy bbqing:)

no_match Hair Fair 2016

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no_match Hair Fair 2016

 

At last I managed to get into the Hair Fair 2016! I did have early access but missed it this time… anyways, it was well worth the frustrating wait because of the fabulous no_match hairs:)

Do go and see these because they are perfect for summer hair. There are a further two exclusives in the dreadlocks style, one which is a shorter design and one with a long pony tail at the back which I’ve not shown.  In the foreground I’m wearing, “No_Icetea” which has wraps, charms and sunglasses perched on top. The other hair is called, “No_Mojito” and it’s piled up on the head and over one shoulder. Both of these styles fall down the back equally luxuriously.

There’s a good variety of packs and I’ve got the browns here. In each pack you get… multiple hair bases, HUD to change colour, HUD to change accessories, head alpha, applier for mesh heads – Catwa, Omega, Lelutka, cute face spots tattoo, info notecard, vendor photo and landmark to mainstore. Hair sizes included are for female, busty, male and XL. I found the male size to be more than adequate.

Here’s the HUD which you can use to change the accessories, great matches to various outfits possible. You can even x out the wraps and charms if you want.

No_Match custom HUD

Now, gents, take note! You’ll land at the entrance to the section no_match is in. Just follow your red arrow to get to the store. A very useful thing that they’ve done this year is to mark the stores that carry men’s hair with a large male symbol over the top of them. Makes it all so easy.

Hair Fair – no_match store

Keep trying to get in, and in the meantime here’s some other places you can check out no_match –

no_match on Marketplace

no_match mainstore

Cheers, m’dears:)

Written by Moz Loordes

18/07/2016 at 2:23 pm

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Vengeful Oni

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Vengeful Threads_Oni Mask exclusive

 

Oni (鬼?) are a kind of yōkai from Japanese folklore, variously translated as demons, devils, ogres, or trolls. They are popular characters in Japanese art, literature and theatre. Depictions of oni vary widely but they are generally portrayed as hideous, gigantic ogre-like creatures with sharp claws, wild hair, and two long horns growing from their heads. They are humanoid for the most part, but occasionally, they are shown with unnatural features such as odd numbers of eyes or extra fingers and toes. Their skin may be any number of colours, but red and blue are particularly common.

I think that Vengeful Threads got the Oni Mask exactly right!  My depiction is of a more shapely oni *laughs* he’s obviously not been fed for a while and is standing around waiting for his next meal to come along. The mask is original mesh, made as an exclusive for The Darkness Chamber Fair.

Not only is this fabulous mask in gold but there’s also variations in silver, red, purple, green and blue. Permissions are Copy/Modify so you can get a good fit. All I did was to enlarge slightly and reposition.

Now you’ll have to hold your horses as the fair opens on August 6th and runs until August 27th, but until then why not have a look at their blog and check out all the designers who’ll be making goodies for this event.

I’m including a landmark to The Darkness Chamber Fair but please be aware that the event won’t open to the public until August 6th.

Cheers, m’dears:)

Standing at The Crossroads

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22769 Bauwerk_Patio Lounger Set_Crossroads

“The writer operates at a peculiar crossroads where time and place and eternity somehow meet. His problem is to find that location.” ~ Flannery  O’Connor ~

The Crossroads is a brand new event from the folks who brought us Shiny Shabby. Featuring six sections called Worlds, each with its own theme – Roleplay, Vintage, Cute, Contemporary, Apocalypse and Lust worlds – it hopes to bring us a unique shopping experience from gachas to regular vendors, from lovely and cute to dark and apocalyptic. It hopes to cover all tastes! For more info, check out The Crossroads  blog. The event runs until July 28th so we’ve got plenty of time to explore and shop.

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] have released a wonderful patio set at the event, the pieces of which can be purchased separately as follows:

Patio Side Table – LI 2, white pottery – LI 1, Art Magazine – LI 1
Beach Pouf – LI 1, 8 single animations, choice of grey, red or brown versions
Crate Table – LI 2, big book with cup – LI 2, coffee maker – LI 1
Patio Decoration Pack – drum table with pillows – LI 2, snake plant – LI 4, beach rug – LI 1
Patio Lounger – PG and Adult versions – LI 9, 14 single sits, 8 couple and an additional 19 intimate poses in the Adult version
Beach Pallet is the free gift at the event
All pieces Copy/Modify

22769 Bauwerk_Patio Lounger Set Reverse_Crossroads

 

zerkalo ~ Fresh Roses – LI 2 (white and red versions) Copy/Modify. These beautiful pieces would grace any summery scene and the detail is second to none.

zerkalo - Fresh Roses - Crossroads_001

Here’s your taxi to The Crossroads Event

Other pieces in the garden are:

[PM]Pixel Mode – The Backyard Garden Pool

Wood Wall – by Katia Millet (CMP)

Botanical – Mesh Mediterranean Cypress [Mod Copy]
Botanical – Summer Linden Small [c]

HEART Botanicals – WildFlowers – Petunias

Little Branch_WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}

Cheers, m’dears:)

 

 

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