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Posh Parakeets

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These little parakeets think they are Posh with a capital ‘P’  as they hang out at the Manor! Of course they reckon the owner has put in the handy fencing and water feature especially for them so they can take their morning bath and dry off afterwards 🙂

Featuring the “Manor Fence Set” by unKindness (my new Sponsor – yaaaay!!), currently at the August round of FaMESHed.  This lovely set has Materials enabled to great effect, the slightly rusty railings, shiny fleur-de-lis decoration and weathered stone pillars are a delight.

HEXtraordinary have created the parakeets from their gacha “Parakeet Pals”, and that’s currently at the Gacha Garden Event.  If you ask me, they look like budgerigars so if you’re in my part of the country, we call those spugs. Anyway, there’s lots of differently coloured spugs in the gacha plus a nice cage for them or else they have a posh twig stand to sit on.  Those are Rares and I didn’t get anything to speak of expect for lots and lots of spugs. However, as you can see they would much rather be outside! It is extreme cuteness the way they flap their wings during the animation cycle. In the picture above, the snowy one was flapping at the time having just taken a dip in the “Soothing Fountain” by .peaches. (Deco(c)rate) and it’s anything but Zen with all the tweeting, flapping and squawking when one of them has spent too long in the bathing bowls.

Here’s the scene repeated in a warmer Windlight setting.  That beautiful tree is by Little Branch and it’s a sweet chestnut, that was also in the Deco(c)rate subscription box which is well worth getting, even at the non-discounted price.

I think the owner of the Manor needs to mow the lawn soon, it’s a weekend gardening job 🙂

 

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

unKindness – Manor Fence Set, currently at August FaMESHed Event
uK – Manor Fence Lamp Stone Base – LI 2
uK – Manor Fence Railing – LI 1
uK – Manor Fence End Stone Base – LI 1
(also in pack – Manor Fence End Destroyed Base and Manor Fence Lamp Destroyed Base)

.peaches. – Soothing Fountain – LI 5
Little Branch – Sweet Chestnut – LI 7 {Seasons}*Animated
Deco(c)rate – “Now and Zen” August edition

Apple Fall –  Hardwick Manor (512) – LI 345

TMG – Red Flower Grass – dense – LI 1
TMG – Purple Flower Grass – dense – LI 1
Two Moon Gardens – free gifts!

Platform created with Vita’s Ground Textures – Mossy Tiles
https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/55344

HEXtraordinary – Parakeet Pals gacha – 3 LI each, currently at the Gacha Garden

 

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

Marrakech by Moonlight

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I’ve not been to Morocco but it looks a grand place to visit, the buildings and furniture are so exotic, not least the house courtyards which are generally open to the sky with the rooms set around them. Duvet Day‘s latest gacha, currently at Cosmopolitan, is called “Midnight in Marrakech” and includes the themed skybox.

 

 

Originally, Morocco’s first independent state was called the Berber Kingdom of Mauretania and that was ruled by the Berber’s clan and documented in 110 BC. Moroccan architecture since then has been influenced by early Islamisation in 788 to 974, Moorish exiles from Spain during the early 8th century to the late 15th century and also by France who occupied Morocco in 1912. Morocco’s varied geography and the long history of the land’s successive waves of settlers and military occupations are all reflected in the architecture. The French placed building standards where the buildings couldn’t be more than four stories high, twenty percent of any planned area had to be courtyards or gardens, balconies couldn’t overlook the neighbours and the roofs of all buildings should be flat. Very interesting because you then see that these regulations not only maintained the existing architecture but also balanced Morocco’s rapid urbanization.

 

 

I took photos inside the upper room (decked out as a bedroom), the side of the skybox that enclosed the rooms and stairs, and the courtyard area which, in this case, contains a very nice swimming pool.

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

Duvet Day – “Midnight in Marrakech” gacha, currently at the  Cosmopolitan Event

[DD] Midnight in Marrakech canopy bed RARE – LI 19 – texture change pillows, animation menus for solo sits, cuddles, couples relax, x 4 couples intimate
[DD] Midnight in Marrakech striped sofa – LI 6 – animation menus for solo sits, cuddles and kisses
[DD] Midnight in Marrakech chair – LI 5 – animation menus for solo sits and cuddles
[DD] Midnight in Marrakech damask sofa – LI 6 – texture change for sofa and pillows – animation menus for solo sits, cuddles and kisses
[DD] Midnight in Marrakech pouffe – LI 3 – 3 sits
[DD] Midnight in Marrakech banana tree – LI 5
[DD] Midnight in Marrakech mosaic table – LI 2
[DD] Midnight in Marrakech hanging lantern teal – LI 2
[DD] Midnight in Marrakech hanging lantern green – LI 2
[DD] Midnight in Marrakech hanging lantern pink – LI 2
[DD] Midnight in Marrakech hanging lantern orange – LI 2
[DD] Midnight in Marrakech home – LI 100 – lower floor contains swimming pool on decorated terrace, door to ground floor room and stairs to upper landing and bedroom. Double doors on both rooms swing open on touch, all windows are decorated

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Moroccan Bench (Seed of Inspiration)
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Moroccan Dining Table
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Moroccan Cabinet
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Moroccan Table Lamp
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Moroccan Step Chest
22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Moroccan Rug – all from the “Moroccan Love Affair” gacha, mainstore

Storax Tree – Morocco Ornate Chest Of Drawers Gold
Storax Tree – Morocco Camel and Camel Rug Decore
Storax Tree – Morocco Table Top Collection B
Storax Tree – Morocco Oil Painting in Iron D

SAYO – Modern Morocco Set – Magnolias

~BAZAR~Morocco-Tea set

 

 

Hope you’re all having a good week!  Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Due South

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I think there’s a bit further to go to the beach, though, looking at the forest trees ‘n all!  This is the brand new prefab by Galland Homes, it’s called the Savannah and it’s a Southern style beach home.  Absolutely beautiful and yes, the porch is a wrap around affair so you get  more than your fair share of outdoorsy space.

A large home,  it’s recommended for 3072 sq m plots and has a Land Impact of 244, that’s surprisingly low for such a large and detailed property.  Double doors open onto the porch at both front and back of the house.  Downstairs, there’s a family sized room with a blazing fireplace, two other reception rooms, space for a kitchen and a powder room under the stairs – or maybe it’s a good room for Harry when he comes to stay!  The stairs are easy to traverse, even for very tall avatars. Upstairs you get a nice landing with doors off to master suite, two further bedrooms and another room which you could use as you wished, maybe a bathroom or nursery.

 

On the outside, the shutters have a texture change for black, blue, teal, maroon and grey. I chose the blue here mainly because I had the Ca’Pepe sofa and light from Concept} that matched up rather well.  The colours do change the character of the house, it’s surprising.  Inside, it’s quite possible to re-texture and tint the interior walls, instructions are included. The ambient shadow effect is largely transparent and baked on a plane in front of the texturable wall. Thus, you should be able to change the colour or texture and maintain the baked shadow effects by following the instructions. It is quite a cool décor at the default and so you’d be able to make it much warmer with re-texturing.  I’ll decorate one of the interior rooms this week and link back to this blog post so you can see (what a mess I’ve made of it 🙂 ).

Click on any of the interior light switches and you’ll find all the features of the home, including security.

 

I think this beautiful prefab is equally at home in the country as it would be down at the beach and if you check out the Galland Homes Flickr, you’ll see the blogger pictures in various environments.

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

Galland Homes – Savannah – available to view and purchase at the mainstore and direct on Marketplace

Apple Fall – Notting Hill Cobblestone (Straight 1/3) – matched perfectly on Fall setting
Dysfunctionality – Mixed Tallgrass – B
C J Creations – Flowerfield Purple dragon
TrigiGifts – Animated Horses
KIDD – PAMPAS Grass * Mega Bush 6

Babylonia – Hanging Ivy Arch 001 and Babylonia: Hanging Ivy 001 – part of an excellent set and one of the best ivy meshes I have seen thus far
La Galleria – Etruscan Pottery Pitcher –  just right for planting your ivy in 🙂

Concept} 14. Ca’Pepe. Sofa PG. RARE
Concept} 05. Ca’Pepe. Lamp
Kustom9 Event or mainstore

 

 

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

 

 

A Little Bit of Zen

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This little garden by TLC Home Collection creates a state of calm where you can sit and watch the water flow, and enjoy the animals. The dragonfly can be set to “active nature” and he’ll fly from lily to lily, it’s really enchanting. The Koi are also interactive and will feed from your hand, just follow the script directions so that they will also swim around in a designated area, notecard explanations are included.

The hanging loveseat by Chez Moi is not only a beautifully detailed and observed piece of garden furniture, but it is also texture change for the pillow and cushion pieces. As with all Chez Moi pieces, the loveseat is packed with poses that everyone can enjoy.

The word Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word 禪 (dʑjen), which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna which can be approximately translated as “absorption” or “meditative state”. It shows in a way, the progression of that desired state through the different spiritualities. All blossoms on the same tree.

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

TLC Home Collection, currently at ULTRA Event to August 15th
Zen Minimalist Garden – 21 LI (includes Red-Crowned Crane and Dragonflies)
Koi Collector’s Edition (set 1 of 3) upgraded to make the fish feedable!
(all are Copy/Modify)

Chez Moi Furnitures
Tuareg Hanging Loveseat – 8 LI – Copy/Modify with Texture Change for pillows and cushions, packed with animations – Adult & PG versions
Potted Cactus – 1 LI – Copy/Modify
Both currently at the Indie Teepee Event to August 6th

DYNASTY – Aged Mahjong Set – Brown – this was at Summerfest, hopefully it’s in the store now!
Concept} 12. Ca’Pepe. Square carpet – gacha currently at Kustom9
Concept} 13. Ca’Pepe. Candles
Concept} 11. Ca’Pepe. Bonsai
Calm. Designs – Song . Wall Decor . Jade, currently at The Chapter Four Event

Landscaping:-

Little Branch – WildSassafras.v2 {Animated}
Dysfunctionality – Fluffy Grass – Gridular – texture change for different types of grass
unKindness – “Little Oasis” gacha – Rock Shelf Brown – currently at The Gacha Guardians Event

 

 

Hope you all have a great week!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Too glam to give a damn

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I liked the sentiment of this set by Fancy Decor. I’d say it’s about creating what you think constitutes the concept of “Glam” and not to bother about what anybody else says.  I sorted through my recent Home & Garden and came up with some fabulous pieces to match the main set.  If you haven’t visited the Home Show 2017 or would like another look, then you’ve got until July 29th.

Don’t forget, you can click on the picture to view a much larger version.

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

Fancy Decor – “Too Glam Set”, currently at the Home Show 2017 until  July 29th
Fancy Decor: Glam Table (silver) – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Ring Lamp (silver) – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Handled Box (silver) – LI 1
Fancy Decor: Too Glam Art (silver) – LI 1

KraftWork
KraftWork Wall System – Geometric – LI 1
KraftWork Fontainebleau Chair – 6 female & 5 male sits – texture change for Old Rose, Orange Crush and Vintage Blue – LI 2
KraftWork Fontainebleau Lips Wall Hanging – LI 1

Ariskea – [Little Pensee] Poenies Gift Box [Decor] – LI 6

*::.who what.::* -akari kingyo- {orange}

Poche – Gentle watermelon – from the Summer Drinks gacha

TLC Home Collection – animated Red-crowned Crane – LI 2, currently at ULTRA Event

Apple Fall – Botanical Study 1 and 2

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] – Sphinx Statue Black Marble – LI 1, currently at We ❤ Roleplay until end July

Best wishes for a great weekend!

Cheers, m’dears 🙂

Well suited for all occasions

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Hethwen of Heth Haute Couture has been turning out menswear this July like nobodies business,  his graphics program must be on fire by now!  So I thought I’d better do a post featuring everything so far before my Apparel folder explodes 🙂

First up is Dom Pedro and his favourite rare breeds bull.  Don’t ask, I think I’ve had way too much sun this July.  Anyways, Dom Pedro the 1st was the founder and first emperor of Brazil and Heth originally made this fabulous outfit for Rodrigo Colt-Stable – Mr. Virtual World Brazil as his National Costume. Dom Pedro was a true style icon of his time, and the epitome of fashion. This ensemble reflects the panache of his style moved forward.

An elaborate cutaway jacket with standing collar is detailed in acanthus gold gimp and features a six button open front with jeweled waist and back chains, epaulette shoulders, wide cuffs, matching vest and slacks, and includes jeweled dress sword, Jeweled lapel ornaments, matching leather shoes with socks, standing collar shirt, jeweled cravat, white gloves, and double back caplets. Includes five mesh sizes.  You might need to pull the collar part down a bit according to your size, I was using the size M which looked suitably elegant.  Everything else (and there are lots of details to this outfit including a small cape which has versions for left and right shoulders) fitted perfectly. The cravat is flexi and flows nicely with avatar movement.

“Dom Pedro” – décor

FLOOD – Aurochs Bull
Dysfunctionality – [DDD] Thick Fur Rug – used black texture, my fav texture change rug
Apple Fall
Notting Hill Cobblestones Set
Kent Wall Set

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Next up is the “Colt Men’s Formal”. This formal ensemble exudes the couture brilliance of both worlds – a strong Latin influence and elegance of the vampire. Featuring a three piece formal suit in black silk detailed with gold, burgundy and hunter green acanthus leaves. Includes Jacket, matching slacks, vest, boutonnière, shirt. cravat, brooch, belt, lace sleeve cuffs, and formal jeweled shoes. In five sizes and compatible with most mesh avatars.

I was using the size S for once, just seemed to have that thinness that the vampires are famous for. And if you think Louis is casting a shadow on the wall, he’s not, it’s the Samowar.  A container used to heat blood after it’s been in the freezer…errr hot water for tea, especially in Russia!

“Colt Men’s Formal” – décor

22769 ~[Bauwerk] – The Refugium – RARE – LI 49 – from The Refugium gacha, currently at Epiphany Event until end July
22769 – Samowar – COMMON
22769 – Samowar Tea Glass – COMMON
22769 – Copper Plantstand 1 – COMMON
22769 – Ivy Wreath in Pot – COMMON
22769 – Book Table – COMMON
22769 – Refugium Rug – COMMON

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If you’re looking for a summer suit and want something that’s a bit outside the box, how about one of these from the “Ryan Men’s Suit Collection”. There’s a choice of 8 and I did them in order from the left, 1 – 8.  These are only L$99 and they include the shoes as well. The suits feature matching jacket and slacks in tropical Hawaiian prints with coordinating silk shirts and pocket squares. They are  perfect for themed weddings, special events, or just to spice up your wardrobe. Includes 5 standard sizes and I was wearing the size S again, with the ADAM Mesh Body.

Don’t forget, you can click on any of the pictures to get a larger version.

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Now for the gifts this month.  The free gift where you don’t even need to belong to the HHC group is the “Clan Heron Brooch”.  A stunning gold and emerald brooch to ‘Lift the Wings’ of your Scottish Pride. Brilliant cut round, pear and marquise emeralds are encrusted over an embossed double winged brooch that is gently detailed with Celtic knots. A truly unique brooch that will compliment and flatter.  I’m wearing the brooch with the Richard Men’s Suit available at the HHC mainstore.

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Finally, the group gift is the “Chip Men’s Ensemble”.  A zip front hoodie is paired with HHC black tapered leg designer jeans. Includes white couture sunglasses, complete mesh outfit in 5 standard mesh sizes, and black leather sneaker style boots that fit beautifully into the cuffs of the jeans.  I was wearing the size M.   Make sure you have your HHC group tag on to collect this July gift.

You’ll find everything that I’ve blogged today at the outlets below.

 

Heth Haute Couture mainstore at Morise

Heth Haute Couture at Pure Luxury

hhc-logo-banner

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 🙂

 

Summer Garden Party

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The English don’t cope with the heat very well on the whole.  We get the sun so infrequently that we don’t install air conditioning (which would really help) and leave it to the last minute to purchase electric fans by which time the shops have run out of them or not bothered to stock them at all.  However, it is noticeably warmer in the south of the country and even quite humid so here we do daft things like car boot sales and garden parties at times when we’re all wilting in the heat.

Parasols or sun umbrellas or put that thing up pronto because I’m dying of heatstroke, whatever they are called, are very popular. Hence, I was pleased to see this magnificent sun umbrella by Newchurch in the latest set, entitled “Miramar”.  The clever thing about this set is the masses of texture change options on both seating and pillows (which you can arrange yourself) plus the fact that to collect the whole set, you need to visit both The Home Show 2017 and ON9 July Event.

Other goodies I managed to collect before collapsing with exhaustion, are detailed below but I’d like to point out the retro record player by FIN, a real find at The Home Show 2017.  This designer does all sorts of retro furniture and décor, a lot of it covering the 1950s period which I think was a lot more exciting in the USA than in the UK, where we were really into picnics and worrying about the impending nuclear war caused by the Cuban Missile Crisis.   Great fun 🙂

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

NEWCHURCH – “Miramar Set” which is split between the Home Show 2017 and ON9 Event

For the Home Show 2017 (until end July)
Miramar Lounge Chair – LI 3 plus 1 per pillow – single poses – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
Miramar Small Sofa – LI 3 plus 1 per pillow – singles and couples poses – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
Miramar Coffee Table – LI 1 – includes Caliza Long Planter – Copy/Modify

For ON9 Event
Miramar Side Table – LI 1 – Copy/Modify
Miramar Cantilever Umbrella – LI 2 – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
Miramar Chaise – LI 4 – singles and couples poses – 15 textures – Copy/Modify
(Chaise not shown in picture but it’s equally as good as the rest)
All 100% original Mesh with Materials enabled

FIN – Fifties TEPPAZ Player YELLOW, currently at The Home Show 2017
Soy. – Clutterd records (from a huge & fab collection all to do with record players)
Frangipani Garden – Watermelon Punch Set, currently at Japonica Event

JIAN – “Munchkin Kittens” gacha – :: Calico Wandering Kitten
JIAN – “Pupper Parlor” gacha – :: 10. Black Bow Wanderer Yorkie, gacha at Epiphany Event

TLC Home Collection – Dragonfly, part of Zen Set (which I’ll be showing more of in another post) and Dragonflies on Water Lilies Set, currently at ULTRA Event

KraftWork – KraftWork Pet Shop Toys Stuff Peanut Butter Bones and
KraftWork Pet Shop Toys Stuff Woof Bowls – from “Pet Shop” gacha

[ zerkalo ] – pieces from “Cat Sweetness” Gacha – at Kustom9 Event
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Grand Cat Cake – RARE
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Bread Cat
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Cat Ice cream
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Cat Macaroon
[ zerkalo ] Cat Sweetness – Cat Cookie

22769 ~ [Bauwerk] Babble Game (which resembles the game you all know and love)

Duvet Day – “Summer in Garden” Lantern green – from same gacha

Two Moon Gardens – Flower Bank 2a (modified)

Cheers, m’dears 🙂