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Heth Haute Couture – August Gifts

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The August Group Gift by Heth Haute Couture (HHC) is the Ralph Men’s Ensemble.   It’s a cool, preppy style inspired by the real life Spring/Summer 2018 Ralph Lauren Collection.  It features a navy blue lightweight vicuña wool jacket that has gold buttons and HCC Crest details – very smart!  Under that is a white cable knit cardigan waistcoat and yellow button down Oxford shirt.  The yellow cuffs are also included and you can wear them for an optional styling feature.  I’ve shown with and without so you can see the difference.

There’s  designer jeans to match and a pair of white lace-up canvas sneakers.  Now this is an ‘all in one’ outfit, you simply click and wear.  There are 5 Standard Sizes, XS to XL plus an alpha if you are using a system body.  I had the ADAM Mesh Body on which was fine with the size L.  The jeans have a nice brown leather belt attached.  The ensemble also includes couture eye glasses with a handy resizer.

 

I went to Holly Kai Garden for the photography.  Holly Kai is an art installation set within beautiful landscaped gardens and there are also some art galleries and a central cafe/courtyard area to enjoy.  Lots of places to sit and even interactive art to try out.  It’s well worth a visit and the exhibits change from time to time.  The picture above shows that I’m also wearing the Akeruka – Bento Aron Head which I discovered has a few animations on the HUD so this is the slightly bemused smile, the one where somebody’s telling you a tale that you know is not true but you’re humouring them all the same.  I do like the couture glasses on this face.

This is me floating around one of the interactive art installations, took ages to get that shot because you’re moving relatively fast. Maybe try it out on an empty stomach 🙂

 

Here I am trying out the Ralph Ensemble to see how well it stands up to sit poses.  Quite well, I think!  There was minimal distortion to the jeans and blazer in the crossed leg pose. I’ve also put the cuffs on because they do make a difference to the overall styling.  The background is part of the cafe/courtyard at Holly Kai Garden, there’s a row of benches which contain solo and couples animations.  Not to mention a handy ice cream vendor 🙂

 

And this last picture shows The Ralph Men’s Ring, which is the free gift for August. You don’t even need a group for this one.  This is a handsome Mesh men’s signet ring with 5 carat square cut sapphire which is surrounded by white diamonds and set in solid gold. It definitely adds that touch of style to your ensembles! There are two versions includes, with and without rezzer so that you don’t have to struggle to get a great fit.  I moved this around a little bit to fit the ADAM hands but once fitted,  you don’t have to mess with it again.  Heth always includes a pose stand in his vendors, so stand on that and it’ll be easy.  If you use Bento hands, that will take a bit more fitting, right click the ring in Inventory and ‘add’ it to the appropriate finger, then move around to fit.  If you’ve done that correctly, the ring will move on the ‘bone’ of the finger as you use the Bento poses.

Pick up your copy of the HHC August Group Gift and the August free gift from:-

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 🙂

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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 🙂

Broody in 18th Century Cornwall

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“When the doors of perception are cleansed, man will see things as they truly are, infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” ~ William Blake ~

A bit of an arty photo to illustrate the new hair by No.Match, which is available at the current round of Cosmopolitan and an amazing themed art sim called, “The Gates of Melancholy”.

“No.Warning” is a gorgeous unisex hairstyle (try the demo first) that comes in all of No.Match’s colours; it flows over the shoulders and has a goodly amount at the back. Makes you look like you’ve got masses of hair just about under control! I really like it and have styled it kind of Poldark, a broody drama on UK television set in 18th century Cornwall. In fact, the setting would be just about right for the west country, too.

Other items of apparel:

Knight’s Set by ::GABRIEL::  (parts of a gacha but you can easily collect it on MP in the gacha resellers)

Man Trybal Necklace by *Phoebe* – a long time and underrated designer, go and have a look

Back to the sim which has been created by shelly70. It is based on and inspired by the life and works of the famous American painter Andrew Wyeth,  a visual artist who was primarily a realist painter. He was one of the best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century. The Gates of Melancholy attempts to emulate and elicit the feel of the watercolour paintings of Mr Wyeth.  You’ll find spots throughout the sim where you can experience recreations of some of his paintings and you can pose, take pictures and create your own art work as you like it. I found it atmospheric and was already forming stories in my mind as I looked around.

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Vengeful Threads – Urban Warfare on the cheap

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It may be on the cheap, but it’s anything but cheap looking!  Vengeful Threads sale offer for Sinful Sunday is this great outfit entitled, “Urban Warfare”.

I took a trip to The Wastelands roleplay sims to photograph the outfit. I use these sims occasionally and I should do more, really – they have amazing backgrounds equally suitable for photography as well as roleplay.

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This is a BIG pack for your lindens. There’s actually three mesh pieces plus a clothing layer, you just need to add boots and accessories to complete the look. Standard sizing XS – XL in pants, jacket and men’s basic tank.  The clothing layer tee in earth colour is useful to go under the jacket on its own. Alpha layers all round. A useful set altogether or as separates with other pieces.

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A midday shot to see the texturing –

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Boots were by Mirus Code – men’s toe boots, watch by Robbish and steampunk goggles by MeshedUp.

The sale is just for today, so make your way to Vengeful Threads mainstore!

 

Photography in The Wastelands: The Rot

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Vengeful Threads – Sinful Ambrose

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There’s a whole outfit on offer at Vengeful Threads this Sunday – 3rd April – for Sinful Sunday.  It’s called ‘Ambrose’ and it’s in a midnight blue colour, which makes a useful change from black.

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Three pieces are included in this outfit – T-Shirt which in on a Clothing Layer, Mesh Trench Coat in 5 sizes XS – XL and Mesh Leather pants in 5 sizes XS – XL. I was wearing the L size Trench over M size pants. The texturing is great on these pieces, especially the stylish trench which has the belt tied at the back of the coat and wraps neatly around the hips. The Leather pants with integral belt would make a good separates piece as they go easily over short boots without anything showing – miracle!

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Photographed at Netherwood, a recently built sim based on the UK’s Lake District. It’s open to the public, so please donate if you use the sim for blogging purposes. The railway track is overgrown with grass and I was going to say disused – but knowing British Rail, I wouldn’t put anything past them 🙂

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Friendly horse, he probably wanted that apple I haven’t got *smiles*

 

Here’s your TAXI to Vengeful Threads and don’t forget – it’s a Sunday only offer.

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Places – ‘Countryside’ at Habitat Springs

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‘Countryside’ is a beautiful place to visit, and it’s on a sky platform at Habitat Springs so the lag is negligible.

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It’s an area created by long time resident, Dicky Spad, and he says, “Countryside is a area I created that’s a quiet place to enjoy the wildlife and the peace and tranquility of nature. It is open to the public and it’s dedicated to SL® photographers.. Please respect others while here and have fun!! Clothing is optional.”

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Added to the Second Life® Destination Guide, Dicky has found the ‘Countryside’ visitor count increasing recently, but not so much that its impossible to find a quiet place to relax or take photos. When we visited there was only one other person taking photographs and this was in the SL® daytime.

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Most of the landscaping is by Studio Skye based on the Autumnal seasonal tree sets and water prims for the pond and river. Numerous woodland animals are placed here and there and make excellent photographic opportunities. There’s also a section of cattle and farming vehicles with a red Chevy truck by the side. I took photographs on the Midday setting and got some really nice ones.  There are some nicely animated places to relax for solo and couples, including the banks of the river and a walled area containing a campfire and log seating.

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This is an Adult sim, clothing is optional beyond a certain point where a noticeboard advises visitors of same. The atmosphere is peaceful with a good variety of woodland bird song which adds to the effect. It’s not a huge place but what there is, is beautifully formed and would be perfect for a pleasant afternoon or evening spent relaxing with friends or as an inspiration for photography in a rural setting.

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Visit ‘Countryside’

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

V-Spot @ Boys of Summer Event

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Is it summer yet?  Well it must be because the ‘Boys of Summer’ event is on now!  Talk about lazing around in a deckchair watching the day go by 🙂

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V-Spot  have released a great Tee at the event. It comes in 5 varieties – Blue, Brown, Green, Grey and Purple which all have different print textures. There’s bound to be one you like or even all of them.  Sizing is both in FitMesh 1 and 2, and standard sizing S, M and L.  A couple of Alphas make this sexy Tee easy to fit. I used FitMesh 1 together with Alpha 1. (Pants worn are V-Spot Rock Star pants available from the mainstore).

Here’s a montage of all the colours –

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I was at New Brighton – a pretty good representation of an old fashioned British pier and surrounding sea front which is not far off what it is nowadays back in the real world. The group owning the sim has events at the end of the pier which is decked out like an Art Deco bar and seating area – much fun! Windlight setting was – ‘Annan Adored Realistic ambient’.

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Here’s a Taxi to the ‘Boys of Summer’ event.

Here’s a Taxi to the sim ‘New Brighton’.

That’s all for today, Cheers m’dears 🙂

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