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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!  I’m still blogging and writing for LTD as I love it 🙂

I can take high resolution photographs (I have an ex gamer’s computer so it’s got to be good) and I’m a dab hand at Photoshop/Paintshop (I make original jewelry and textures for apparel), 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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Viking Legend

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Ragnar Lodbrok was a legendary Viking leader and hero of old Norse poetry and sagas from the Viking age.  According to this traditional literature, Ragnar distinguished himself by many raids against France and Anglo Saxon England during the 9th century.  When I saw this new release from 7 Deadly s{K}ins called ODIN, I was put in mind of Ragnar from the television series Vikings which is based on the Ragnar of old.

To get this look, you’ll need a Bento head and a mesh body that will take Omega HUDs. The 7 Deadly s{K}ins “Odin” pack contains 20 Omega Mesh Head appliers (based on the Bento CATWA Daniel head) in 5 skin tones – Taupe/Caramel/Clay/Steam (used in the pictures)/Stone and 2 facial hair options. There is also a Bento Shape which is Copy/Modify included.  The Shape is also available separately, check out the Second Floor of the guy’s dept and you’ll find it there.

I used the Adam Mesh Body with this Shape and the 7 Deadly s{K}ins Steam tone Omega applier for same.

It’s an easy matter to change the hair base using the CATWA HUD so as to get a nice blond colour, the hair is from EMO-tions Bradley which matches up perfectly. Add pants and boots from The Forge and a fur coat from !gO! and you’ve got Ragnar!

Here he is in close-up. I really think designer, Izara, has made an excellent job of both the shape and the skin. The nose is really elegant and the eyes are well spaced.

 

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Pick up your copy of the Odin appliers and Shape from 7 Deadly s{K}ins guy’s department !

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Love Letters straight from your Heart

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“Love letters straight from your heart
Keep us so near while apart

I’m not alone in the night
When I can have all the love that you write
I memorize every line
And I kiss the name that you sign
And darling then I read again
Right from the start
Love letters straight from your heart”

I was trying an indoors to the outdoors scene here, to illustrate Chez Moi Furniture‘s new February releases.  In the garden you can see the “Rustic Swing Douceur”, this has some gorgeous texture change options for the pillow/blankets. It’s packed with interactive poses and available in both PG and Adult versions.  You can pick up a copy from the current round of Cosmopolitan.

Indoors, there’s the Black Piano from the “Gacha Lyrics Deluxe”, now on at The Gacha Garden Event. These items are beautiful piano and stool sets plus chairs and décor.  Here’s the gacha Key.

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There’s also the “Sassy Bed” which you can get from The Chapter Four Event. This lovely bed has texture change options for 6 different colours of pillows and blankets. There’s a PG and also an Adult version with 98 animations and 182 animations respectively. Sassy is fully interactive for relaxing moments by yourself or with family, as well as hot dates! All the Chez Moi Furniture items will be available from the Mainstore, after the Events finish dates.

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Chez Moi Furnitures Home & Garden items:

Deluxe Piano Black gacha – LI 3 – February round of  The Gacha Garden
Rustic Swing Douceur – LI 6 – Cosmopolitan to February 11th
Lyrics Frames – LI 2 – same
Sassy Messy Bed – LI 11 – The Chapter Four to February 20th

Other Home & Garden items:

Bocas Belle House – Spargel & Shine
Two Moon Gardens – Hidden Heather completely modify garden
Half-Deer – Fairy Curtain – Tied, mirror versions
Apple Fall – 8. Lovebirds Candle – gacha
Apple Fall – Joanne Crystal Lamp
Apple Fall – Slipcover Chair (Key)
Plate of Colorful Macaroons – Cherry Pie
Hearts On Sticks – Trowix
La Galleria – Fabric Hanging Hearts, Valentine cards left and right versions,
Rustic Wooden Heart Collage 1, Wild Rose Vintage Heart Pillow, Needlepoint Heart Valentine Pillow, Lavender Vintage Heart Pillow, Valentine Quilt Pillow, Valentine Quilt Heart Pillow 2 – all of these are free gifts scattered around the new Arcadia prefab!

 

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

February Gifts at Heth Haute Couture

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I’m just raising a glass to designer Hethwen, for the February group gifts at HHC!

The “Fitz Men’s Suit” is the group gift, a couture men’s suit that features a slim fit black crepe jacket with golden dragon embroidery. It makes a statement without going over the top. We get a matching crepe short waistcoat with black crepe slacks, a matt textured fabric that shows off the dragon design really well. Also includes a silk tie, leather wingtip shoes which are beautifully detailed with matching socks and a pair of couture shades! The sunglasses are fully Modify so you’ll be able to get a decent fit.  Here’s the reverse view where you get the whole Chinese dragon design.

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Fitz is offered in 5 standard mesh sizes – XS to XL – and is a one-piece mesh. Just add the alpha, click on your preferred size and Add, couldn’t be easier to achieve that bold look. I was using the size L.

Now for the February free gift, the “Dancing with Dragons Brooch”.  Yes, this is completely free to non-group members!  A bold and stylish brooch that will add perfect panache to every ensemble. Two impressive dragons dance around a mounted centre ruby heart set in platinum.  The dragons are embellished with animated ruby eyes. A must have collectible piece for everyone who loves dragons and fine couture jewelry. Includes two sizes (large and small) and comes with a micro resizer to provide a perfect custom size.  I chose the large size which fitted nicely on the lapel of the suit. The smaller version would look equally good as an accent piece placed on a tie.

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Pick up your copy of the Fitz Men’s Suit from these outlets:

Heth Haute Couture mainstore at Morise

Heth Haute Couture at Pure Luxury

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Heth Haute Couture Outfits and Jewelry on Marketplace

Heth Haute Couture Inworld Group – (Cut and paste this link into your local chat)

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

What Tea for Two leads to…

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Yet another tea party! Well food is the spice of life, and I was happy to get one of Raindale‘s new sets – this time it’s the “Sugarvale Set”. It’s not designer Keira’s typical style, however I think she’s made a great job of this cute gacha set which reminds me of Spring. Only another couple of months to go!

Sugarvale is a gacha set and you can find it at the new round of The Crossroads Event, in the gacha section. Here’s the pieces in detail.

The Rare:
Pavilion and it’s 22 LI. Plenty of room in it, it’s beautifully detailed.

The Commons:
~ Beaded curtains which look great at any time of day but do have some glow for low light – there’s a pair of mirrored curtains included.
~ Lantern – 2 versions, one with particles which float out little glow spheres like dandelion clocks.
~ Ottoman which has 4 poses and a HUD which gives you practically any colour you want.
~ Frames – one with a flower bouquet and one which is plain where you can add your own pictures.
~ Chairs – 2 copies with 10 animations each, some of which rez props like newspaper, drink and book.
~ Table to match the chairs.
~ Carpet – with a HUD for five pastel shades – mauve, blue, green, pink and cream.
~ A vase of daisies which gives a flower on touch.
~ Swiss roll with knife and slice all ready to scoff! The Swiss roll gives a piece on touch.
~ Beautiful little Heart shaped cups on saucers in 3 pastel shades.

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Other Home & Garden items:

Two Moon Gardens – “Behind Closed Walls” garden which has a footprint of 43 by 43m, is 127 prims with Permissions of Copy/Modify. Includes dancing butterflies emitter, bee sounds, dandelion emitter, sunny days nature sounds. I moved the flora around a lot as the garden is completely modify, and the bees will move with the hive.

│T│L│C│ Home Collection – Pheasant family. You get the cock pheasant and two versions of his lady friend – light and dark feathers. They are both animated.

Nest & Eggs – Moz – because the pheasant pair are well used to “Tea for Two”!

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

PandaMonium

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Of course, I should never have left the Tea House doors open. When I get back from some gardening what do I find? PandaMonium! There’s even one of the beeping creatures playing the lute! Now… how to get them out. Hmmm, any ideas?

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All naughty pandas from │T│L│C│ Home Collection‘s “Panda Grove” at the Cosmopolitan Event, until February 11th, then at the mainstore. This is animated scenery with adult pandas at 3 LI each and cubs at 1 LI each. You also get stone and mesh bamboo pieces. There’s 3 variants of the pandas and also separate pieces, all Copy/Modify.

Trompe Loeil – Ikoi Tea House – LI 94 – this is a big prefab, I was only using around a quarter of the floorspace. Please do check it out at the mainstore.

::Newchurch::  – Zhang Set (in Rosewood and also available in Light Teak) – this is a really beautifully made set with lots of detail.
:: N :: Zhang Armchair, Rosewood – LI 3 – 16 sits for male, 16 sits for female
:: N :: Goddess of Mercy – LI 1  and :: N :: Zhang Console Table, Rosewood – LI  All pieces are Copy/Modify which means you can even tint them. The decorative statuette is of the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin, She is described as the one who perceives the sounds of the world.

RH Design House – the most wonderful place for all H&G Japanese items, lots are in gacha, others can be bought from vendors.

Kuruwa Set – Futon, Zabuton, rug, bedside light, armrest, mirror, make-up set, long candle, Kimono rack, Kiseru set, Goban
Biwa – Japanese Lute

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

You can keep your hat on…

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As you can imagine, we had great fun making this blog post! It’s all done with pieces from 22769 ~ [Bauwerk]‘s gacha for the Epiphany Gacha Event, called “The Art Atelier”.

Not only do you get the Rare Artist’s Atelier, which is brilliant in itself and would be wonderful to decorate any way you like, but the Commons are various constituents of an art studio. That’s for artist, sculptor and potter.  Here’s the gacha Key.

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The nude model podium has some great poses on it, suitably artistic in nature. I just loved the sculpted pieces, especially the unfinished detailing of them. It’s as if the statues are trying to escape from the medium of rock in which they are sculpted.

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So since Arrchie exhausted himself painting and had to retreat to the Old Atelier Couch, I got on with the pottery.  There’s at least 4 animations in the wooden stool and one of those is where you’re shaping the clay on the revolving wheel. Great attention to detail here!

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The garden outside is one of Two Moon Gardens  Spring releases, the “Hidden Heather” landscaped woods with stream. It has a running stream and small rocky waterfall area and oodles of plants, trees and shrubs, all of which you can move around as it’s completely modify. Yes, there’s lots of heather in it.  Hidden Heather is around 87 prims (less Land Impact) and covers a 32 by 32 m area. Buying whole gardens like this is pretty cost effective all round, and if you can move the plants and pieces around so you can fit objects into the scene, it’s even better.

Here’s info on The Art Atelier gacha pieces in detail:

RARE:  The Art Atelier – mesh ground building – LI 45 – Dimensions: 9.5 x 15.0 x 8.3 meters

COMMONS:
Nude Model Podium – LI 3 – 11 single poses
Pottery Stool – LI 2 – 6 single poses
Empty Easel* – LI 3
Easel with Painting* – LI 4
Pottery Shelf* – LI 3
Pottery Work Station* – LI 3
Sculpted Arm* – LI 2
Sculpted Horse Head* – LI 2
Sketches* – LI 1
Unfinished Statue* – LI 5
Unfinished Relief* – LI 10
Utility Drawer* – LI 1
Picture Storage Container* – Li 3
Sculptor Tools* – LI 1
Paint Tools* – LI 2
Sculptor Table* – LI 2
Hanging Studies* – LI 1
Leaning Canvas* – LI 2

Items marked with * are decoration only item, next owner permissions: no-copy, mod, trans

Epiphany Exclusive Item:
Old Atelier Couch – LI 7 – Dimensions: 2,7 x 1,6 x 1,5 meters – 12 single- and 6 couple animations – copy, mod, no-trans

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Visit the Epiphany Gacha Event

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂

A Valentine from Africa?

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At last I got the CATWA Daniel Bento head!  So far, it’s been a breeze. Here, I used the 7 Deadly s{K}ins Jager applier (January’s Group Gift) and fiddled around with the shape a bit. I can see it’s going to take a lot more fiddling before the Bento head looks anywhere near my system shape head but I think it’ll be worth it. I’ll post more in detail on Daniel, as I’ve only got a very basic understanding of it at the moment.

What I really wanted to tell you about is that  7 Deadly s{K}ins are going to have a Valentine ADVENT Event in February, so join the group now as it won’t be free to join during the event! From 1st until 14th, every day there’ll be a new group gift to collect. By the time the Event is done, ladies will have accumulated over 11K worth of items including a Maitreya body applier fatpack. Now what about the gents, I hear you say. Well, I asked designer Izara if there would be male items she said that it would be a surprise! She is just not letting on but I am sure there will be!

Here’s a close-up photograph of the Jager applier on Daniel face. I was at the Devin 2 sim where the owners have built a wonderful safari type scene which is open to the public for photography and relaxing. You have to teleport up from the ground to get to the platform, look out for signposts.

 

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Visit 7 Deadly s{K}ins mainstore, Guy’s Department

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂