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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!

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Written by Moz Loordes

30/09/2010 at 6:49 pm

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Carlito Men’s Suit – Group Gift – HHC

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There’s a stunning group gift just waiting for us gents over at Heth Haute Couture!  Only one more week when the “Carlito Men’s Suit” can be collected, until the end of September in fact, so better get your skates on🙂

A couture suit, this all in one mesh is so easy to fit. The material for the jacket is a tooled bronze leather that looks three dimensional and is sure to make a fashion statement with the six button front and peak lapel.  Add to that the black crepe slacks, emerald tie and black silk shirt and you’ve got a very nice suit. Also included is a pair of black Oxford shoes and filler prim socks, and a couple of alpha layers with and without feet, versatile for when you want to wear other shoes.

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Sizing is for five standard sizes XS – XL. I was wearing the S size for a change as I wanted to get that ultra slim look that’s rather popular at the moment. I must say that this size fitted very well around the neck. Here’s a back view on midday light setting – and it’s just as good.

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Find the Carlito Men’s Suit Group Gift until the end of September at Heth Haute Couture mainstore!

Cheers, m’dears🙂

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Spoonful of Sugar Festival – Indoor Home & Garden Delights

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There’s still time to visit the Spoonful of Sugar Festival! It runs until Sunday 25th September, and tonight (September 20th) they are having a special “Buy One, Get One Free” evening at participating stores.  Be there between 5-7 PM SLT.  Buy an item from any of the SOS vendors, then IM the store holder and get a free item of your choice.  There will be posters in the windows of participating stores.

Today, I’m showcasing some of the indoor Home & Garden items.

First up, we’ve got Storax Tree with a couple of gorgeous items – the “Heart and Home BBQ” and the “Heart and Home Coal Scuttle”. The scuttle has a LI of just 2 – look at all the detail in this small but necessary household item. The barbecue has lots of side details with pot holders and utensils, as well as glowing coals and an iron rack. All this for LI 8 and there’s texture change on the stone shelf and pot holders. Permissions are Transfer/Resize script for the both.

 

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Next, an elegant living room set by Outside the Box. Outside the Box, designed by Kasslina Moonglow, is a growing interior design studio that brings you furniture and decor that is at once, whimsical and modern: a fresh new look for your home.

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Here’s the pieces of the “Elegante Living Room Set” : –

OTB! Elegante Chair – LI 8, Copy/Mod, poses cuddles 11, 2 sequences
OTB! Elegante Sofa/PG – LI 15 Copy/Mod, poses 31 singles mixed, 16 cuddles, 7 for two friends, 8 for loving couples with one sequence
OTB! Elegante Urn, LI 3 Copy/Mod
OTB! Italian Screen – LI 5 Copy/Mod

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I turned my back for a moment and in came the Faunicorns! They really liked the vanity set by Spargel & Shine Homes and who can blame them. This charming antique piece comes with some extras – a chiffon floral scarf drapes over the mirror support and two memorabilia cards are stuck in the mirror frame. Adorning the dresser top is a pearl beaded lamp, a stemmed rose bud, and a wine glass with lipstick.

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The Faunicorns are by Jinx, who make all sorts of magical decor items, jewelry and other must have Home & Garden items. They are static decorations albeit poised endearingly, only  1 LI each.  The set is for three of them.

Having removed a couple of Faunicorns, I was able to get a closer shot of Victoria’s Vanity. Here’s details of the set: –

Victoria’s Vanity Bench – LI 3 – 7 poses – lipstick, facecream, brush, ponder
Victoria’s Vanity – LI 5
Beadwork Vanity Lamp – LI 5
Pink Rose & Lipstick Wine Glass – LI 3

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To view all these amazing Home & Garden designs visit…

SOS Festival Home & Garden sim – TAXI

For other sims please start here – SOS Festival Main starter Landmark – TAXI

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Cheers, m’dears🙂

 

 

Last of the summer styles at Petit Chat

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With so many beach sims in SL, you still need summer gear all the year round! So how about these casual pants from Petit Chat for a start?  The “Color me Pants” are available in a choice of six textures – the materials are smooth corduroy with soft pigskin leather pockets that give comfort and style. Materials are enabled to give depth and realism.

You get 5 standard sizes XS – XL which I tried out on legacy and mesh bodies to good effect. You can get away with a lot of standard sizing apparel on mesh bodies with a bit of fiddling on the alpha system, these seem to be easier than the FitMesh variety, at least they are for me. I was wearing the M size pants. If you are fitting on a legacy body, the sliders to alter for that perfect fit are – butt size, package and saddle bags. Don’t forget to keep a copy of your original shape before you start.

The textures are – Red, Anthracite, Iced Coffee, Limpet Shell, White and Peach, all original textures by designer, Trinity Yazimoto. You won’t find these anywhere else.   T-shirts and tops fit nicely over these pants as they fit closely to the avatar body. Here’s a montage of all the textures:-

 

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Visit Petit Chat mainstore – although not a huge amount, there is some really nice gent’s apparel!

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Cheers, m’dears🙂

 

A Fountain for Fall – Chez Moi Furnitures

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The new round of Tres Chic will open tomorrow, Saturday 17th September and it’ll run until October 1st at the new location on the Nika sim.  If you’re doing a bit of gardening for autumnal scenes, how about this interactive fountain from Chez Moi Furnitures.

In two varieties – Terracotta and Magnolia – this beautiful fountain has animated water effects, a trickling water sound menu and Materials are enabled giving it a realistic look under changing lighting conditions. The fountains are 16 LI each and the autumn leaves which are optional add a further 8 LI. The leaves that are on the water float around in slowly revolving circles.  I doubled the autumn leaf circle around the stones for effect.

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You can sink the stones into your ground which makes the waterfall look embedded into the landscape.

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The animations – 19 single poses for male and female, couples get 14 poses. Some poses rez props such as book and juice. Here’s the couples poses by Nanda.

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Other items in these pictures:-

Kingfisher by TLC Home Collection

Koi Carp – 7 seas fishing prize

Autumn Linden Tree by Botanical

Petunia flowers by Heart Wildflowers

Wood Wall – Katia Millet

TAXI to Tres Chic Event – open Saturday 17th September

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Cheers, m’dears🙂

Tea with Tim – 22769 ~ [Bauwerk]

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The theme of this month’s Liaison Collaborative, is that of the cinema. It’s inspired a lot of amazing work from the designers but this set from 22769 ~ [Bauwerk] entitled “Tea with Tim” was one of my favourites.  The inspiration was film director, Tim Burton, originator of such films as Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands and just lately, Alice in Wonderland.  This set is very much of that genre.

The Chair of Imagination, amazing contraption perched on a set of books, has a Land Impact of 7 with 14 sit animations (exclusive to Bauwerk).  The Twisted Candle is LI2 and has a touch on/off candle – such an amusing piece either on it’s own as a floor lamp or resized to fit on a table. Those two are purchasable separately.  The Jester Console (LI 2)  and tea tray Tea with Tim are together in one vendor.

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Here’s a close-up of the tea tray, and you’ll see striped teapot with matching cups, saucers and teaspoons, all on a tray. Lovely detail here and only LI 4. All items in this set have Permissions of Copy/Modify.

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Here’s your TAXI to the current edition of The Liaison Collaborative.

Why not check out 22769 ~ [Bauwerk] mainstore for many more fabulous Home & Garden items!

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Cheers, m’dears🙂

 

 

Ancient Italian Terrace seen at Spoonful of Sugar Festival!

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More from the Spoonful of Sugar Festival, which is being held to raise funds for Doctors without Borders/Medicines Sans Frontieres. It’s open now and running until Sunday, September 25th. 100% of the proceeds of at least one item in each store is donated directly to the charity plus a participation donation by each designer. Many designers are donating a lot more.

Today, I’m showcasing the  “TerraceRAVELLO” by mAi sweetHome. This gorgeous piece of landscaping is billed as an ancient Italian terrace with iron pergola and climbing bougainvillea. mAi sweetHome specialise in landscaping pieces of Italian inspiration and having lived in Italy myself I was pleasantly surprised to see these quality items for our virtual world.

The entire land impact for the terrace, including the rock cliff it stands on, is only 34 and the footprint is 47m deep and 22m in width. Permissions are Copy/Modify, the flowers are Copy. Placed against the side of a hill or plateau it will look magnificent. It arrives in a rez box which is very easy to operate, even for me! One of the options of the rez box is that of terraforming. When it’s on, moving the build into the ground will roughly terraform (the ground will sink) as you move the build into place. Such a help. After that you need only fine tune the land to fit. When you remove the terrace, it won’t re-terraform the land so you’ll need to settle that back again.

Here’s the Terrace Ravello in various windlight settings. The shadows fall so beautifully on the architecture.

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Close ups of the climbing bougainvillea and the central area as if you’d walked onto it and were viewing the landscape in the distance.

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You’ll find mAi sweetHome on the Spoonful of Sugar Festival Home & Garden sim. Their mainstore has a demo viewing platform so why not visit and check out all their other landscaping pieces.

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For other sims please start here – SOS Festival Main starter Landmark – TAXI

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Cheers, m’dears🙂

 

The Spoonful of Sugar Festival – Home & Garden 2

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Post 2 for The Spoonful of Sugar Festival which is on now and runs to September 25th.

All monies will be going to the American office of Medicins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders), an international organization that provides emergency medical aid to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from health care regardless of politics, religion or other affiliations.

Today, we’ll be looking at landscaping designs and full gardens from Two Moon Gardens and a gorgeous Songbird Collection from TLC Home Collection.

As Autumn draws near, it’s a great opportunity to landscape your garden in seasonal colours, flowers and landscaping.  Two Moon Gardens have released “Overgrown Glory – Autumn 1”, a stunning complete garden which you just rez on a suitably sized piece of land. Overgrown is 20 by 20 metres and 94 LI in all. It’s very beautiful and when you sit on the bench and look around at the trees, plants and hard landscaping you’re enthralled!

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There’s a central paved area onto which autumn leaves drop down, and this is surrounded by water features of fountains and troughs, a jolly good outdoor fireplace for those colder days and a bench from which you can laze and contemplate.

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Further outwards, there is a plethora of flowers just on the point of going over from the summer growth, or else spreading like mad as flowers do when you don’t curtail their activities! Then on the periphery, there are three magnificent trees in Autumn leaf with shrubs at the side. Just beautiful.  Also included in the set are a couple of extras – Sunny Days Nature sounds and Water Sounds (touch on and off). The bench has 5 sits female, 2 sits male, couples 7 cuddles. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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Also from Two Moon Gardens is the “Water Pump Patch”. A stand alone landscaping piece that can be easily incorporated into your garden, the pump has a Land Impact of 14. Flowing animated water rushes from the rusty iron pump down into a couple of collecting pools.

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There’s clusters of flowers around the pools and cute animated butterflies sort out nectar. You get extra water sounds that can be turned on and off at a click. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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No garden is complete without songbirds!  TLC Home have an absolutely enchanting set of animated, singing birdies. There’s a robin, a starling and a blue tit. They can be separate or rezzed with all three of them on a single branch.

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The volume of the singing can be controlled simply. Here’s the birds in close-up. They are 1 Land Impact each, the branch is another 2 LI, so you can have many of these in a garden, all singing away merrily.

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Last, but definitely not least, is a magnificent landscaping garden from Two Moon Gardens and this is called, “Graceful Falls – Autumn”. It is big – 45m by 50m – but well worth the 186 prims. Just look what you get!

The entrance is via stone steps (side grass bank included) which lead up to the central section. There are four water features surrounding a paved area, pillar vases of autumn flowers decorate the scene.

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The water is flowing and animated, sparkling and beautiful. It makes the whole garden spectacular. At the back of the garden there’s a smart stone wall with feature trellis that sports a central archway and this is festooned with ivy and autumn flowers to match the central pillar vases.

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Around the edges, there are stone terraces, with occasional flower troughs, shrubs with grating containers and a welcome bench from which to view all the finery. Graceful Falls – Autumn would not only make a fantastic central feature for a park or large gardens but I think it could also be the scene of special occasions such as weddings and christenings. Permissions are Copy/Modify.

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To view all these amazing Home & Garden designs visit…

SOS Festival Home & Garden sim – TAXI

For other sims please start here – SOS Festival Main starter Landmark – TAXI

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Cheers, m’dears🙂