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Vintage Chillax on the Beach

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Chez Moi Furnitures have come up with the best beach set of the season, so far! At least in my humble opinion but then I do love Vintage. You can have any colour you like  as long as it’s pink with white trimmings. With a strategically placed white kitten (for my PG blog), I’m ready to chillax and ignore the Election, just for today 🙂 The peacock is only interested in the cookies, after all, he’s a sensible chap.

 

 

The peacock is a new pet and he’s from TLC Home Collection. You’ll find two versions in the White Peacocks pack, currently at the Cosmopolitan Event – tail up and tail down. I actually remember when as a child we spent some years in Sri Lanka, there were quite a few white peacocks in our village who used to guard the area from snakes which they would kill and sometimes eat. They were allowed to go in and out of the houses to do this, encouraged by tasty titbits left for them.   Very useful birds! When there was rain coming they used to dance. During the mating season the peahens were embarrassed by the fights between the peacocks and used to turn around so they didn’t have to see the chaos.  I don’t know how many folks used to observe this but I was and still am fascinated by Nature in all Her glory.

 

 

Here’s all the gen in detail:-

On Moz:-
ADAM Mesh Body – v.1.4b – Skin 1 #9 with neck blend tattoo – perfect for when you want that combination with the Avatar Head
Hair – NO.MATCH – No.Mojito – browns HUD
Shape – my own for the ADAM Mesh Body
Shoes – B&W Design – Summer is Cool Sandals with texture HUD for SLINK feet (fit ADAM, too)

Home & Garden items used:-

“Vintage Lounger Set” – Chez Moi Furnitures – currently at Cosmopolitan Event
Vintage Lounger (PG or Adult versions) – LI 5 (I resized it a wee bit, was LI 4). Huge interactive pose Menu – Male/Female Solo – Couples romantic poses – Intimate in the Adult version – all with Swap and Adjust functionality
Vintage Umbrella – LI 5
Vintage Table – LI 1
Lemonade Jar – LI 2
Lemon Bowl – LI 2
Lemonade Cup – LI 2 (total set would be 16 LI at default size)

GOOSE – Mooring deck (small) – from Deck Set – lots of pieces in this set which is great for beaches and rivers, it has that bleached in the sun look and the ropes are really well done
Cookies Box that opens and closes on touch by Aphrodite

Animals:-
White Peacock – male, tail down – 2 LI – from “White Peacocks Set” by TLC Home Collection – currently at Cosmopolitan Event
JIAN – Pudgy Persians 9. White Wander Kitten – from “Pudgy Persians” gacha

Landscaping:-
Bird of Paradise Plant –Mesh Plants by Reid Parkin on MP
Hayabusa Design – Gramineae Beach OPTSB M17-1 v1-1 from large Gramineae Pack – I’m very fond of these because they are animated and look as if a gentle breeze is moving them around
KIDD – PAMPAS Grass * Mega Bush 2
Mossy Path 2 Curve by ArchiTech Design Store
FYN – PRIVACY SCREEN – TROPICAL 2 – Free Your Nature on MP

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

A Game of Two Halves

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One of the nicest furniture sets at the latest round of The Arcade Event, “The Royce Collection” by Fancy Decor has a total of 17 pieces to collect. Every one of them is a little piece of art so even if you only have a few plays on the gacha, you’re bound to get a couple of gems.

My favourite piece here is the X Bench which is slightly Romanesque in style. You know, I’m not sure if I could put an overall style on this set but somehow, it all gels together in a most delightful way. My second favourite piece is the Royce Chandelier. Even when it’s not lit, the round bulbs give a pleasant glossy tone and the shape is a bit Art Deco to my eyes. And then I like this.. and I like that… you get the idea 🙂

I thought I’d try photographing the set in a fabulous partially open room, so I used part of the Songo Courtyard by Barnesworth Anubis. In front of the loggia, which you can’t see, is a pond which is surrounded by  formal paving, small flights of steps to the sides and clipped topiary shrubs. It’s walled on the remaining three sides and then you enter and leave by a gate at the end of this rectangular build. Quite primmy but well worth the effort.

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Here’s details of all the Home & Garden pieces I used:-

Fancy Decor – all the pieces of “The Royce Collection” at The Arcade Gacha Event.
17 pieces, 2 are Rare – Royce Sofa and Stone Fireplace

Royce Sofa – singles and couples menu – LI 7
Stone Fireplace – LI 9 – flickering flames

Greek Key Chair – LI 1 – 9 solo sits
Bamboo Coffee Table – LI 3
Tray Table – LI 1
Carpet Hide Rug – LI 5
X Bench – LI 1
Greek Key Curtains – LI 3
Royce Chandelier – LI 3 – on/off via touch
Cylinder Lamp – LI 1 – on/off via touch
Faux Tusk, Blue Vase, White Vase, Lathed Candles, Van Gogh Sketch, Woman Silhouette, Man Silhouette – 1 LI each

Fancy Decor: Gold and Silver Candlesticks – 1 LI each
Fancy Decor: Model Ship
Fancy Decor: Potted Crocus (Blue/gold)
Fancy Decor: Floor Globe (gold) – LI 3

Barnesworth Anubis – Building – songo courtyard garden – loggia – LI 73

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

One Man went to Mow

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When you know you’ve got a really big gardening job to do and… you just can’t be bothered! The grass is so tall that the elephant shrews are bouncing about in it and you’ll be lucky if you can find the lawnmower, let alone start it 🙂  Duvet Day‘s garden furniture is just too comfortable, I don’t know, I think I’ll just have a snooze along with the Spaniel.

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Here’s the Home & Garden items I used in detail:-

Duvet Day – “Summer in the Garden” gacha – at Cosmopolitan Event

[DD] Summer in the Garden sofa – LI 5 – Texture change cushions – solo sits ladies and gents, plus cuddles menu
[DD] Summer in the Garden chair – LI 3 – Texture change cushions – solo sits ladies and gents
[DD] Summer in the Garden fireplace – LI 4
[DD] Summer in the Garden gazebo – LI varies according to size – lights on/off with touch
[DD] Summer in the Garden plant – LI 3
[DD] Watering can with daisies – LI 3
[DD] Watering can with daisies – LI 2
[DD] Summer in the Garden table – LI 2
[DD] Summer in Garden Lanterns – green, pink and blue – LI 2 each

Table extras:-
[V/W] Epic Table Set* – Velvet Whip – gacha Rare
[V/W] Cheese Plate Round – Velvet Whip
Strawberry parfait from Strawberry Set by Poche at SaNaRae

Animals:-
Elephant Shrews Set by Silent Sparrow at SaNaRae
JIAN – Splendid Spaniels gacha 18. Upside Down Sleeper

Landscaping:-

{what next} – Spring Garden Lawnmower (pink) – from gacha
[we’re CLOSED] – grass field lush
Walled Garden 1 by Kaya Angel – LI 180

 

Until next time – if I can stay awake …

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Live long and prosper

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22769 ~ [Bauwerk] recently brought out this fabulous Starship Skybox which instantly reminded me of you know what, being the Trekkie nerd I am *laughs*.  So I thought I’d have a bit of fun and create my very own Vulcan chap. His personality turned out to be anything but how that fantasy race actually act, but never mind! Maybe he’s stepped one too many times into the teleporter, maybe Dr McCoy was right about teleporters – he hated them  Here’s my favourite quote involving the good doctor…

McCoy: Where are we going?
Kirk: Where they went.
McCoy: Suppose they went *nowhere*?
Kirk: Then this will be your big chance to get away from it all.

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Clothing:-
Gabriel  – Gladiator Set (gacha) pants, belt, boots

Vero Modero – Ramsa Set – Harness collar and shoulder pieces

Avatar:-
ADAM Mesh Body V 1.4b – hair base from the HUD
CATWA Daniel Bento Mesh Head V 1.07
CATWA unrigged Animated Mesh Eyes
SLINK – Bento Dynamic Hands
MANDALA – Ears – STEKING season 5
Shape – my own

Hair – NO.MATCH – No.Thrill, blacks
Appliers – 7 Deadly s{K}ins – GUYS department location
Nathan (group offer at L$250) Omega Face Applier Steam (no hb)
Omega Body applier – trail Steam V 1

Bento Gesture – COBAIN on MP (must have Bento hands on)

Set:-
All by 22769 ~ [Bauwerk]
22769 – Starship Skybox – LI 58 – Footprint 21.2 by 33.7 by 9 metres
Animated Star field diorama, sliding doors open/close on touch, lights on/off
22769 – Spaceship Junkyard Debris Table – LI 4
22769 – Spaceship Junkyard Debris Chair – LI 4 – 12 original Poses

 

 

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Home & Garden Expo 2017 – My Little Department Store

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What a beautiful store this is, it’s “Verdalina’s Department Store” and is a new release by Spargel & Shine Homes, currently at the RFL Home & Garden 2017 Expo . It’s a classically styled building with three floors, four side rooms, three balconies and a nifty elevator to get you there. It would be great for a shop, business, boutique hotel or even a home! Land Impact is 257 when rezzed and the Footprint is 16 by 24 metres. A chrome light is included so you can put as many copies around as you like. The Elevator is a joy and such fun to use. It’s animated, and does not need reprogramming for every new location. Simply step through the doors and click on the control panel. You’ll automatically go into a pose and a menu will appear asking you which floor you want. Once there, you just click on “stand” at the bottom of your screen and walk out through the doors.

 

Now I bet you could make an excellent home of this. The rooms would be cosy and not too big and you wouldn’t have stairs to worry about. So, I thought I’d decorate some of the rooms with furniture from the Expo… see what you think!

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Here we are on the ground floor which is open plan and contains a central lift. Both sides have large picture windows and side arch windows. This is just a section, really, because there is more space in the opposite direction. I was using the Moroccan set from Bazar. And yes, herons live in Morocco too, I checked!

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Here’s a close up with the fire off. Still looks beautiful with the cool, white stones. You can use the suite with gold or silver hints via texture change. I love the tassels on the sofa and carpet.

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On every floor, you’re going to have a lift area (at least in the main section). There are sliding doors to the smaller side rooms that go off the main sections. So why not make a feature of this area? The Heron has already pecked the lift doors so that they are opening, revealing the control panel on the wall.

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One floor up and we’re in the main section here, with three French windows that open onto a balcony. There’s a lovely feeling of light that flows into the room and it feels airy if you leave a couple of doors open. His and Hers day beds, perhaps!

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Finally we’re on the top floor and you can see one of those sliding doors to the side room. The windows have that beautiful wrought iron panel work that casts fancy shadows into the room. Silly me left cookies on the table so you can’t really blame the dalmatian! This makes a nice drawing room or lounge but could equally be a main bedroom.

I hope that’s given you some decorating ideas!

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Here’s the Home & Garden items I used in detail, including direct SLurls to the Expo stalls. Items not in the Expo, I’ve noted.

OUTSIDE

Verdalina’s Department Store by Spargel & Shine Homes on Hope 9

~aKa~ – Banana tree in Creme planter
~aKa~ – Feather palm in Creme planter
Wishing Fountain – By Dorian

All from The Little Branch (not Expo)
WildSassafras.v2{Animated}
WildGrass*1Li{Lavender}
WhiteFlowers1{Rounded-Field}
WildGrass*1Li{Green}

Botanical by Kriss Lehmann – Summer Linden Small (not Expo)

INSIDE ONE
Verdalina’s Department Store – ground floor looking towards front of the building
by Chiana Oh – ‘between earth and sky I’ -Picture-
by Chiana Oh – ‘between earth and sky II’ -Picture-
~aKa~ – Banana tree in Creme planter – modified for colour
~aKa~ – Feather palm in Creme planter – modified for colour

BaZar – “Morocco” lounge set
~BAZAR~Morocco-6 table-hunt item
~BAZAR~Morocco-Curtain
~BAZAR~Morocco-Chandelier (gold) – also silver version
~BAZAR~Morocco-Sofa – PG and Adult versions
~BAZAR~Morocco-books
~BAZAR~Morocco-Cactus
~BAZAR~Morocco-Candle lamp
~BAZAR~Morocco-Side table – texture change for gold/silver
~BAZAR~Morocco-Carpet
~BAZAR~Morocco-Fire table – can be on or off
~BAZAR~Morocco-Potted plant
~BAZAR~Morocco-Tea set
(set also has a Pergola)

Fancy Decor – Floor Globe (gold) (not Expo)
TLC Home Collection – animated Heron (not Expo)

INSIDE TWO
Verdalina’s Department Store – Half-open lift to all floors! –
Mesh India – Pillow Rug Decor – LI 4
~aKa~ – City wall art – LI 1
ChiC Buildings – Tall Circle Shelf with Plant – LI 2
TLC Home Collection – animated Heron (not Expo)

INSIDE THREE
Verdalina’s Department Store – Second Floor looking towards balcony
Papillon – Catnip Basket Fairy Shelter – LI 6 – this is a Home for Papillon Breedables Fairies!
ChiC Buildings – Butler Table and Garden Candle Trio
Bee Designs – Iron day bed – LI 16 – Friends & Cuddles Menus

Raindale ~ storage bench – LI 5
Raindale ~ storage ottoman – LI 2
Raindale ~ Flower bucket 3 – texture change flowers
Raindale ~ cupcake tray (H&G expo hunt)

~aKa~ – Industrial Pendant Lamp Black & Copper – LI 2 – this is long and I had some of it in the next floor. Can be Modified!
~aKa~ – Four Seasons Daybed – LI 4 – Male & Female sits and Romance menus
~aKa~ – Tubular Barstool – Black&Leather – LI 1

INSIDE FOUR
Verdalina’s Department Store – Top Floor
Spargel & Shine Homes  – Lucero Cabinet & accessories and Rug Multi-Floral 1, rug is not Expo

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:: N :: Gemma 2 Chair – LI 4 – girls & guys solo sits
:: N :: Gemma 2 Sofa – LI 6 – male & female solo sits and couples Menu
:: N :: Gemma 2 Chair-and-a-Half – LI 3 – male & female solo sits and couples Menu

House Shelf with Tall Legs Trendy by Feather & Nest – texture change inside & out

Twisty Twigs Vase Duo L – Pinstripes As – Storax Tree (not Expo)

TLC Home Collection – Dalmatian looking at cookie on table from Animated Puppies gacha (not Expo)

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That’s all for today, folks. I’ve shown the majority of the Expo blogger items that I picked up in my posts this last week. Of course there are many more sets, pets, landscaping and home items to be seen over the 9 Sims. You’ve got until June 4th – Happy Shopping!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Home & Garden Expo 2017 – Garden Idyll

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As it’s a bank holiday weekend, I thought today we could have a Garden Idyll.  You know the sort of thing – nothing to do but laze around in the garden (with no thought as to actually gardening) or scurry indoors to the sun room for tea if the skies turn grey.

As usual, you can click on the pictures for the larger versions, and all items are detailed below with direct SLurls to the Home & Garden 2017 Expo stalls.

First of all, we need a Sun Room, so here’s one By Dorian, a lovely medium sized building that is both cosy and manageable for a small garden.

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The daft sheep by Toys Design invites you to sit on him, and my daft Shib has already taken up residence in that fabulous Ficus Alcove by Organica. The fountain is also By Dorian, flower buckets by Raindale.

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Items by Organica, the potted “Hens & Chicks” are the Donation items. These are Sempervivum succulent plants and they are often used on roof gardens for their variegated colour display and drought resistant properties.  I’ve also included the paving stones tile, Hyacinth plants and Hyacinths in Pots which you can purchase in a FatPack at the Organica stall.

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The other side of the Sun Room is a bit of a grove for faeries.  These beautiful items (including the fairy meadows) are all by Deelish-ous Designs and I do urge you to visit their stall at the Expo, its one of the most enchanting.

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Fae folk in the trees…

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… and taking a nap in a matchbox! Can you believe this cute little item is only 4 Land Impact?

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Inside the Sun Room are lots of items to remind you about gardening *laughs* .  I just love that potting shelf with a multitude of pots and a watering can – it’s part of a gacha by Feather & Nest.  The patio set is by Bee Designs and is one of their Donation items. You even get the grass and flowers with it. Garden Candles are by ChiC Buildings and they’re giving off a warm glow and that magnificent Fig Tree and Swan Deco on the wall is by La Luna Nature & Art.

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Meanwhile, at the other end of the Sun Room, you can see I’ve been doing some work on the car.  I dragged the paint machine inside in case of rain showers!  Gacha item by Mesh India.

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With rain clouds threatening, it’s time to retire to the forest where we can huddle around the fire and stuff our faces courtesy of Raindale’s wonderful Forestholm gacha. I went to get some more sandwiches and when I returned, this was the scene awaiting me. Comatose dogs and some forest wildlife encroaching on my tea! Only the kitten was alert and I’m not sure if she was just eyeing the cupcakes 🙂

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Here’s the Home & Garden items in detail:-

OUTSIDE
[ Organica ] Cobblestone & Moss Framed Landscaping Tile
[ Organica ] Hyacinth – various colours in FatPack
[ Organica ] Potted Hyacinths – various pots in FatPack
[ Organica ] Ficus Alcove 1 – LI 17
[ Organica ] Potted Hens & Chicks (RFL Blue)
[ Organica ] Pail Potted Hens & Chicks – half pot to place against wall

By Dorian – Wishing Fountain – LI 9
By Dorian– Summer House – LI 22
Sit on me SHEEP Male by Toys Design – there’s also a female Sheep, both Donation items

Raindale ~ Flower buckets 1 – 3 – 5 colours for petals – 1 – 2 LI – Copy/Modify

All by Deelish-ous Designs – as below
Fairy Flower Meadow Blues
Fairy Flower Meadow pink/reds
Fairy Flower Meadow orange/yellows
Fallen Log Hope Bench ~RFL 2017 Deelish-ous Designs Hunt item
Fairy Jars Display Tree
Fairy Sleeping in Matchbox 4 LI

+Half-Deer+  – Shiba Inu – Sleepy (not Expo)

INSIDE
Mesh India – Car Decor Paint Machine LI 13 – from gacha on Hope 5

Bee Designs – Wrought Iron Patio Set

ChiC Buildings – Garden Candle Trio

Feather & Nest – Items from Gardening Gacha
Feather & Nest – Gpg – Gardening Shelf – Rare
Feather & Nest – GPg – Crate with Pots
Feather & Nest – GPg – Pots with Spring Bulbs
Feather & Nest – GPg – Pots with a Garden Trowel

La Luna – Nature & Art: Fig tree mesh LI 3 – large tree resized to 1 LI
La Luna – Nature & Art: Swans in love ( Mesh LI 1 )

PLAAKA Rhubarb(on soil) – from Rhubarb Set (not Expo)

FOREST

Raindale ~ cupcake tray (H&G Expo hunt gift, hidden at Raindale Booth on Hope 6)

Forestholm gacha – 50L$ per play, 50% goes to RFL – this is on Hope 5
Raindale ~ Forestholm cushion – 6 solo sits
Raindale ~ Forestholm cushions (deco)
Raindale ~ Forestholm bonfire – on/off, particles & sound
Raindale ~ Forestholm bench – 7 solo & 6 couples poses
Raindale ~ Forestholm table
Raindale ~ Forestholm tea set
Raindale ~ Forestholm fallen tree – 9 solo & 7 couples poses
Raindale ~ Forestholm basket
Raindale ~ Forestholm lantern
Rare ~ Raindale ~ Forestholm swing – 14 solo & 7 couples poses

Animals:-
TLC Home Collection –  Sleepy Dalmatian from Animated Puppies gacha

JIAN Munchkin Kittens gacha – Siamese Companion Kitten
JIAN :: Squirrel (Wanderer) from Squirrel Tree Set
JIAN :: Nightingale Bird from Nightingale Tree Set
JIAN Scruffy Shepherds gacha –  14. Sleepy Adult

Landscaping:-
Fairy Flower Meadow Blues – Deelish-ous Designs – Expo!

Enchanted Woods v2 – 4 (clearing) – Studio Skye
8 Conifers .. 2 Prims(A)(2) (1m to 64m <-resizeable->) by Tobias Novi on MP

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That’s all for today. In my next post I’ll be showing you the new house from Spargel & Shine, plus some excellent furniture.  So until then…

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Home & Garden Expo 2017 – Dream Boat

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Hope you’re all enjoying the Home & Garden Expo 2017!  The Expo raises money for Relay For Life of Second Life® (RFL of SL). Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fund raising event, and RFL of SL is one of its virtual counterparts. You can find more information about RFL of SL – HERE

I thought today, we’d do a bit of fantasy with 3rd Eye Perceptions’ amazing Wind of Change Boat. This stunning piece also has the Paper Birds as a separate item and in the photo I’d actually added this to my avatar, along with the lamp.  After much fiddling with both those pieces, which are really décor, I managed to get some good shots.  The boat has solo animations for ladies and gents.

 

I’m also showing the two Donation items from Jz for Men – board shorts and open shirt.  Jz is on Hope 7 and has some really nice mesh body compatible/standard sizing  apparel.

Later on, I went to Orcadi Island and met the hound who insisted on being in the photo. I don’t think the kitten was very happy about that!

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Here’s details of the Home & Garden pieces I used:-

3rd Eye Perceptions on Hope 4 (direct landmark)

Winds of Change Boat Lounge (basic)
Winds of Change Paper Birds

Duvet Day – Milan Lantern

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Nicehoon Langer at Tomato Park

JIAN Munchkin Kittens gacha :: Calico Held Kitten
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Details of avatar and apparel:-

Jz for Men on Hope 7 (direct landmark)

Denim Board Shorts – standard sizes XS – XL and mesh bodies for ADAM, AESTHETIC, SLINK and TMP
Jz for Men – Plain n Plaid Open Shirt – blue – standard sizes XS – XL

!!Smesh – sunglasses subway

Hair – Damselfly – Zain (non rigged) in dark browns HUD

7 Deadly s{K}ins –  Omega head applier – Devan Walnut v1 hairbase
7 Deadly s{K}ins –  Omega body applier – Walnut Trail V2 – GUYS department location

CATWA Daniel Bento Head
ADAM Mesh Body V1.4b
CATWA animated eyes n tears

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Cheers, m’dears 🙂