New Release @ W. Winx!

WinxBox - Snow Cardinals

My Attic just opened for the November 2013, the theme for this edition is Baby, It’s Cold Outside. This WinxBox was a collaboration between my store (W. Winx), and Sasy Scarborough of Flair!  This WinxBox is Snow Cardinals, a winter theme of bare branches, blue sky, and bright red cardinals against snow, to make you “pop” in your photos. It’s all mesh with a land impact of 29! There are six custom made poses included inside, and an adjustable menu to help customize to your height, and where you want the pose to be. The Snow Cardinals WinxBox is currently available at My Attic, for the limited time price of $95L until November 30th, after that it’s available full price on marketplace and in W. Winx mainstore.  Demo available at the My Attic event, and outside of mainstore.

My Attic’s latest session runs November 21-30th. The theme for this session is ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ and the designers, and guest designers participating have created beautiful items based on what that theme means to them. A selection of fashion, hair, poses, accessories and props available. I hope you will join us for this event at The Deck. All items will be $95L for the duration of the event, and will then go to regular store prices afterwards. Stop by My Attic to see the many items that are available. Teleport: My Attic

New Release at My Attic – W. Winx & Flair WinxBoxes

W. Winx & Flair - WinxBox - Change Chic

My Attic just opened, and Sasy Scarborough and I collaborated again on two WinxBoxes in the ‘Change’ theme.  These mini dressing rooms are available in two styles, Chic, and Funk, with custom unique poses for each box, and texture change walls.  The boxes are mesh featuring a very low land impact, and access control for you, your group, or anyone. Both boxes are on display for demoing at My Attic.

W. Winx & Flair - WinxBox- Change Funk

My Attic’s April session runs through to April 30th. The theme for this session is ‘Change’ and the designers, and guest designers participating have created beautiful items based on what that theme means to them. A selection of fashion, hair, poses, accessories and props available. I hope you will join us for this event at The Deck. All items will be $95L for the duration of the event, and will then go to regular store prices afterwards. Stop by My Attic to see the many items that are available.

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Sashay! Shantay!

Sashay! Shantay!

The Celoe & LeLutka team have released several new items. For Celoe it’s the hot Jacqualine Sandals. The mesh sandals come in eight colors, with the chain/metal options of gold and silver included. They feature an easy to use HUD to tint feet, change manicures, and resize. Forget spring, I need a hot summer date for these!
LeLutka released two mesh hairstyles, and today I am wearing the Bouffant in Praline. This. Is. Big. Sexy. Hot. Hair. The hairstyle features a mesh base, mesh tresses, and a pearl tiara. Grab a demo and check it out.

Celoe Jacqualine Sandals

My poses are new from Ma Vie, and are currently available at Pose Fair 2013 which is running until April 14. I used several from different sets released there, and also with my Eames Lachaise from Handverk. Ma Vie makes nice poses, suited nicely for everything from personal photos, blogging, and professional photography. Don’t forget to check out her Underwater Love set. While you might just think it’s for mermaids…I’m sitting on the chaise with it. You better WORK!

You better WORK!

I’m also wearing Handverk’s Flamingo Clutch, and Disk Necklace. The clutch is full of whimsy, and available in a variety of colors, I’m over the moon with the pink one, and love the design of it. The disk necklace is also available in a number of textures, and is great for modern formal and casual. I’m really impressed with the design of Handverks accessories as they are contemporary in design, but each has some organic or whimsical element.

HANDverk New Mainstore

HANDverk has created a new main store. It’s a beautiful contemporary mesh building complex housing their mesh accessories, and mesh home goods. The building is beautiful I especially liked the enclosed courtyard at the teleport spot. The canopy over it really is nice, and I love the spiral stair case in the corner. The home goods are nicely displayed for demoing, and finding the options available for them. The accessories building is a stunning display area for their items. The colors, the tone of wood, and graphic displays are professional, well thought out, and suit the entire build. The designers have put as much thought and care into the store as they do the design of their products, and ads. Second Life is becoming so exciting and refreshing since the introduction of mesh and this is an example.

A new release/update from SLink are my SLink Avatar Enhancement Hands. If you already own SLink’s mesh hands, or feet go back to the store and get the latest update via the redelivery terminal. The latest update gives you the ability to perfectly match your prim parts to your skin by using an applier made by your skin designer!

Developer kits are available to designers, click here for more info on how to apply for a kit. Tuli is using this now with my new Eva skin, so you can stop by her store and buy a skin applier hud that will match all her tones. The hands/feet are really simple to use. Unpack your purchase, read the item titles inside the folder carefully. There will be the regular mesh hands/feet you can tint still via hud. But there is a separate hand/foot boxed that says “Avatar Enhancement”. Unpack this if it’s not already unpacked. This is what you need to use the appliers, the actual part will be labeled with an (av).

You will find your hands and several huds in the Avatar Enhancement folder. There is a Basic Fingernails Hud with basic manicures. The Main Nails Visibility Hud allows you to change the length and tip of your fingernails. There is a hud you can wear to quick access the SLink website for more info called Slink Avatar Enhancements. Check to see if your favorite skin designers have made SLink hand/feet appliers for you. They’re easy to use, once you have your (av) hands/feet on, wear that particular stores hud, and click the shade you want, and viola. Same technique for manicures which are available from several stores. I’m wearing a pink and silver manicure in Flair’s Set 5. Many designers are also using this to make stockings for the bare mesh foot as well so check your favorite stores for this item.

*Remember you will only see the perfect effects from tinting and appliers, if you have your basic shaders and atmospheric shaders enabled. To do this, go into (Ctrl + P) Preferences > Graphics Tab > Advanced and checkmark the boxes.*

Hair: LeLutka - Bouffant – Praline {MESH} NEW!
Eyes: Amacci - Gaze Eyes – Steel
Lashes: LeLutka  – 2011/Curl
Skin: Tuli  - Eva – Powder 09 Dimples NEW!
Makeup: Tuli - Eva – Powder – Lips – Sheer Sweet Pink Gloss NEW!
Necklace: Handverk – Disk Necklace – Mother of Pearl {MESH}
Dress: Celoe  - May Dress – Night {MESH}
Clutch: Handverk - Flamingo Clutch – Cotton Candy {MESH}
Hands: SLink  - Avatar Enchancement Hands – Casual {MESH} NEW!
Hand Applier: Tuli  - Powder Skin Applier NEW!
Manicure Applier: Flair – Nail Hud Add On – Slink Avatar Enhancement – Set 5  NEW!
Shoes: Celoe  - Jacqualine Sandals – Glamour -Gold Chain {MESH} NEW!
Poses: Ma Vie- Dream Sequence 08, Long Nights 05, Underwater Love 09, Slipping Away 04. NEW! (Currently Available at Pose Fair 2013)
Furniture: Handverk - Eames Lachaise – White {MESH} [used with Ma Vie Pose: Underwater Love 09]
Posestand/Studio: VR Studio by VR Foundry

Santa Clutz! Gingerbread Village Tray! @ W. Winx

New Winter Whimsy at W. Winx!

Santa Clutz!

Santa Clutz @ W. Winx

Santa Clutz @ W. Winx

Oh oh!  Dood…wheres my ipod?

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Santa Clutz on Marketplace

Gingerbread Village Tray

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Gingerbread Village Tray on Marketplace

Previous Winter Releases & W. Winx in Happy Holidays Hunt:

W. Winx is in the Happy Holidays Hunt and our hunt item is a Gingerbread Arbor. This holiday arbor features 6 animations, and is a bright, festive addition to your decor. 96 stores are participating in the hunt and the amazing amount of goodies you can collect is overwhelming, men’s and women’s fashion, home and garden! Stop by the store and click the Happy Holidays Hunt sign for more information. Teleport to W. Winx

Gingerscapes @ W. Winx

Gingerscapes @ W. Winx

W. Winx has more new winter releases….Gingerscapes! Instantly transform your place into a gingerbread and hot cocoa winter wonderland, full of marshmallows, gumdrops, peppermint sticks, and extra snickerdoodle cookie because you have been good. The Gingerbread mini is 10×10, featuring 5 animations, and an extra snickerdoodle cookie with sit pose for you to place increasing seating to 6 and beyond. Perfect for small parcels, 512′s. The Hot Cocoa Gingerscape is 21×21, featuring a hot cocoa ‘pond’, 7 animations, extra snickerdoodle cookies for you to place for added seating (2 kinds of animations). Both are on display at W. Winx, at the display platform as well. Gifting options available through SL Marketplace and Display Platform. These items are Copy, Mod, No Transfer.

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Hot Cocoa Gingerscape on Marketplace
Gingerscape Mini on Marketplace

Extend the whimsy, with Gingertrees, a forest of them! Available in an all in one Fatpack for fast sim decorating! Or purchase by set. Each tree set features swayed and upright gingertrees in either Sugared, Lightly Sugared, or Plain gingerbread trees, with sprinkles option as well. All sprinkle trees give out a cookie when touched. Trees are copy, mod, no trans for full sim landscaping possibilities, with a fatpack available at 25% off.

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Gingertrees Fatpack on Marketplace
Gingertrees (Sugared & Sprinkles) on Marketplace
Gingertrees (Lightly Sugared & Sprinkles) on Marketplace
Gingertrees (Plain Gingerbread & Sprinkles) on Marketplace

W. Winx-Mel-a-mine Photo Cube! Remember back when photo cubes were the rage! Every coffee table had one! Now you can too! This amazing cube is easy to customize! Click and the plastic is gone! Drag your photo onto the side you want, click and the plastic is back! Copyable! Mod means not only can you customize, but you can make them into various sizes for display! Send a holiday gift via the display platform. Teleport to W. Winx

New Releases @ W. Winx

W. Winx is in the Happy Holidays Hunt and our hunt item is a Gingerbread Arbor. This holiday arbor features 6 animations, and is a bright, festive addition to your decor.  96 stores are participating in the hunt and the amazing amount of goodies you can collect is overwhelming, men’s and women’s fashion, home and garden!  Stop by the store and click the Happy Holidays Hunt sign for more information.  Teleport to W. Winx

 

Gingerscapes @ W. Winx

Gingerscapes @ W. Winx

 

W. Winx has more new winter releases….Gingerscapes! Instantly transform your place into a gingerbread and hot cocoa winter wonderland, full of marshmallows, gumdrops,  peppermint sticks, and extra snickerdoodle cookie because you have been good.   The Gingerbread mini is 10×10, featuring 5 animations, and an extra snickerdoodle cookie with sit pose for you to place increasing seating to 6 and beyond.  Perfect for small parcels, 512′s. The Hot Cocoa Gingerscape is 21×21, featuring a hot cocoa ‘pond’, 7 animations, extra snickerdoodle cookies for you to place for added seating (2 kinds of animations).   Both are on display at W. Winx, at the display platform as well.  Gifting options available through SL Marketplace and Display Platform.  These items are Copy, Mod, No Transfer.

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Hot Cocoa Gingerscape on Marketplace
Gingerscape Mini on Marketplace

Extend the whimsy, with Gingertrees, a forest of them!  Available in an all in one Fatpack for fast sim decorating!  Or purchase by set.    Each tree set features swayed and upright gingertrees in either Sugared, Lightly Sugared, or Plain gingerbread trees, with sprinkles option as well.  All sprinkle trees give out a cookie when touched.  Trees are copy, mod, no trans for full sim landscaping possibilities, with a fatpack available at 25% off.

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Gingertrees Fatpack on Marketplace
Gingertrees (Sugared & Sprinkles) on Marketplace
Gingertrees (Lightly Sugared & Sprinkles) on Marketplace
Gingertrees (Plain Gingerbread & Sprinkles) on Marketplace

W. Winx-Mel-a-mine Photo Cube!  Remember back when photo cubes were the rage!  Every coffee table had one!  Now you can too!  This amazing cube is easy to customize!  Click and the plastic is gone!  Drag your photo onto the side you want, click and the plastic is back!  Copyable!  Mod means not only can you customize, but you can make them into various sizes for display!  Send a holiday gift via the display platform. Not available on Marketplace yet.  Teleport to W. Winx

The Deck is 1 Year Old!

The Deck, one of Second Life’s fashionable shopping sims, is celebrating their first anniversary.  Many store as well as my own have been able to put out a gift for shoppers.  W. Winx offers you the Lotus Water Temple Spring, a free gift in celebration of The Deck’s birthday, this weekend only.  Come check out the stores, and enjoy some time at  The Deck.  For more information on the birthday fun click here, and here. ;-)

Lotus Water Temple Spring - Gift

New Release @ W. Winx – Lotus Water Temple Market

Some new releases at W. Winx, the Lotus Water Temple Market!  It’s been a long time coming, but I couldn’t ignore the requests for more items in this series, and the requests for market related items.  Much more is planned with this theme but this is whats ready to go!

W. Winx - Lotus Water Temple - Outdoor Market Set

Lotus Water Temple Market – Perfect for outdoor markets, or perhaps even usual stand etc indoors.  The right setting is everything!  Instant atmosphere when paired with other Lotus Water Temple themed items!  This full market set contains, pens, stands, flats, and vendor walls, for displaying merchandise to its advantage.  Specially created to work with the needs of the bunny breeder.  Whether it’s your personal store, your home warren, or your professional market, you will find this fits perfectly!

W. Winx - Lotus Water Temple Pavilion

Lotus Water Temple Pavilion – Made for those times you want to hang out with friends and family but still keep an eye on your breeders, or a particular nest.  This features 2 cushion sets in the Bollywood and Jade Tea Garden color themes, with 9 animations. Perfect for small plots, and only 33 prims!

W. Winx - Lotus Water Temple Open Pen

Lotus Water Temple Open Pen – Funny enough while intended as an open pen for bunnies, this really is multipurpose anything from a pen to garden gazebo.  Includes an attached sign for you to list bunny breed, or store logo, its full mod so you can unlink this if you would like.  Amazingly only 12 prims!

W. Winx-Lotus Water Temple Well

Lotus Water Temple Ruins Well – An old deserted well.  Comes with plants, and lounging blanket with 7 animations in two color themes. That little something for your special area.

W. Winx – Lotus Water Temple Market outdoors @ The Deck

W. Winx Main Store @ The Deck

W. Winx’s Warren (Live Ozimals Bunnies & Nests! v1.1 nests currently $100-$250 gems, lops, shaded, retired)

Listings on Xstreet, Slapt.me, and Metaverse Exchange.

A few recent releases at W. Winx have been :

Bunny Pavilions!

Meadowlark Bunny Pavilion

Bunny Pens!

W. Winx - LazeDaze Bunny Pen

Petscape – A Day At The Beach!

W. Winx - Petscape - A Day At The Beach

W. Winx-Beachcomber-Mendocino 2

A Playdate with League

A Playdate With League

A Playdate With League

Sasy and I went out to play and got all dressed up in our finest from League.   Sasy looks hot in the Bella Disastre, click here to read her post on it.  I love Nena Janus’ work, she really is inventive, well done, and multipurpose whether you role play, go for an edgy look, or choose mainstream fashion as your style.   I am wearing a semi new release called Ella.   League is one of those stores its ok to just teleport in and buy whatever the new release is in fat-pack form and go home to see what you got.

League - Ella

League - Ella

Ella is a fun set, consisting of nice layer work which League is well known for.  The textures are finely detailed, the body highlights and shadows realistically done assuring from what ever angle you are seen at is the “good side”.  I love the prim armbands, and the multiple layers to the skirt, and even the cinching around the hems of the blouse. The corset is to die for, I love corsets worn as outerwear.  Ella also comes with an Astrolabe necklace, the perfect accessory with moving parts.

I grabbed everything that came with it including several colors of skirts and stockings, and I love how it works with her Asuka boots.

The Asuka Boots go nicely with many designs in her store, and are worth checking out if you have a boot fetish.  The worn brown leather texture is richly detailed, with a sexy row of buttons running down the sides, finishing off with deadly sharp stiletto heels, and a pointed toe.

The stockings really are a fun addition to your wardrobe.  If you have been paying attention to many blog posts and flickr photos, you will have seen these and other league stockings used to make up many outfits with success.  They work with any style, and come in a number of colors.

I am wearing PixelSalons (PixelDolls) Peppermint (Loose Chignon).  PixelSalon makes these cute hairs in static, with 18 color HUD that come with purchase.  Available for separate purchase is a Streaks HUD, a Fade HUD. I used the Streaks HUD in a reddish tone.  I am wearing steampunk neko ears and tail from Steampowered Nuts,  Thomus Keen is a big maker of industrial steampunk items, which I find work well with some of the clockwork I like.  I think these are great, fully animated the ears turn as if scanning for sounds around you, while your tail which comes in three sizes and is steam powered twitches here and there.  I love them cause to me they are a second set of ears, imagining them actually inputting all sorts of technical data to me from radar, to local stats.  (Hey its my day dream shove it)  They come in two varieties of perms for purchase.  You simply must see his other fun stuff!

To take this shot I used AM Radio’s Miracle HUD, its lovely photo HUD available at The Far Away.  Perfect for shots there, and all over the grid its menu driven easy to use.  I used my VR Library from VR Foundry for posing on location (Xstreet creator listing), and TorridWear for the animation/pose.

Items & Teleports:

Ears & Tail: Steampowered Nuts – Steampunk Neko Ears & Tail  (Xstreet Link) [Purchased]
Hair: PixelSalon – Peppermint (Loose Chignon)  (Color-changeable HUD) [Purchased]
Skin: Redgrave -Leticia – Tan Skin – smoky [Purchased]
Outfit:  League – Ella – Red Skirt/Stockings [Purchased]
Shoes: League – Asuka Boots [Purchased]
Photo HUD: AM Radio – Miracle HUD – AM Radio [Free at time of post]
Pose HUD: VR Foundry – VR LIbrary
Poses: TorridWear

Teal & Plum Mix

Teal & Plum Mix

Teal & Plum Mix

After being on a semi black and white binge recently I had to have some color, LeeZu’s La pequena chaqueta jacket was just what I needed.  It’s a fun jacket full of rich intense color, and texture, with great shaped prim parts to add further dimension.  This deep intense teal went well with Adam n Eve’s Skai boots in Calypso.  Not to overpower the outfit I went with Maitreya’s Jules denim skirt which has this lovely sculpted skirt prim, and belt.  It holds it own in the outfit while still letting the jacket set the tone.

For a touch of added color I pulled out the plum tones in the jacket with  Maitreya’s Slouch Socks, and added more with ETD’s Casual Purse in Eggplant and Orchid.  The purse comes with its own ao, and I am glad I picked up the fat-packs of purses from ETD.  Celestial Studio’s Whitney style hair added more color in the color-changeable headband, while pulling the hair back to show off the collar of the Jacket.  VG Republic’s (yes, still closed, but we are patient) Double Hoop earrings colorchangable in plum were a close enough match, the color was close to the shades of purples already in the jacket.  Redgrave’s Leticia skin in lilac worked lovely too.

I wore my Boot Fixer hud for this post, I have been wearing it more and more and even with short ankle boots and shoes.  Its this neat little hud, very simple to use, wear and turn on.  It corrects any deviation in animations, and poses that distort the line of the foot/ankle area so no matter what shoes or boots you are wearing they always line up perfectly.  Even with regular shoes you wouldn’t think this would be such a problem, but I have noticed it helps too, so now I am wearing it all the time.  It’s $50 on xstreet, and available here.   Sasy turned me onto this gadget, she blogged it here.

Items & Teleports:

Hair: Celestial Studios -  Whitney Hair – Penny [Purchased]
Skin: Redgrave – Leticia – 04 tan lilac [Purchased]
Jacket: LeeZu! -  La pequena chaqueta /yellow [Purchased]
Earrings: VG Republic – Double Hoop Earring [Purchased]
Handbag: ETD – Casual Purse (Eggplant & Orchid) [Purchased]
Skirt: Maitreya -  ‘Jules’ jeansSkirt – Dark [Purchased]
Socks: MaitreyaSlouch Socks Softs1 [Purchased]
Boots: Adam n Eve Boots – Skai – Calypso [Review Item]

Poses: Imperial Elegance Teleport here.  Xstreet here.

A.I.F. Pet Shop

I have always found my friends pets a little obnoxious.   Having a pet of my own was never really anything I was interested, perhaps Gary has being a dog lover, but not me.  Until my friend gave me a corgi from A.I.F. Pet Shop for Christmas.

This is the melding of Japanese innovation with terminal cuteness.   The Corgi is available in 4 varieties golden, chocolate, charcoal, and smokey.   They arrive in an adorable little basket for you to open.  You receive a HUD, a leash, bowl, food, bath, and radar HUD to help find your puppy should you become separated, and in case of emergency a replacement.

Dulce the Canine Fashionista

Dulce the Canine Fashionista

Dulce & Mommy party like rock stars at Phaylen Fairchilds rezday party

Dulce & Mommy party like rock stars at Phaylen Fairchild's rezday party

When you first open the basket and rez your puppy and wear the HUD, you name your new puppy.  The HUD lets you interact with it at all times, allowing you to have the corgi follow, feed, call, and a number of other actions, and even dress it in the  most adorable the clothing!

It sad isn’t it, or maybe perhaps fitting that my darling little Dulce dresses more smartly then the noobs these days.  Notice no bling.  Miss Dulce does not abide by bling.  She doesn’t need to flash to get attention, all eyes are on her as she is overwhelmingly chic on her own.  Dulce spends her days accompanying Mommy out for fashionable outings, shopping, exploring, and retires to nap blissfully while Mommy builds.

A.I.F. Pet Shop has stated that they are interested in providing clothing updates as time goes and in accordance with the response to their pets.   There are a number of slots open on the HUD to allow for clothing additions.  Currently full are two slots, of the cutest in doggie wear.  From the start you are ready for many occasions, from a formal party, to casual outings, and even holidays.  I look forward to this feature being updated with more options although I am quite pleased with the amount already provided.

The HUD and accessories allow you to interact with your dog.  It’s attached to your avatar after rezzing, and when worn in Hug action as in my rock star photo counts as 0 prims on your land.  The Hug action is one of my favorite actions, as when your puppy is on your shoulder like this you have the ability to teleport around Second Life with them.  Perfect for those on the go.  To remove the puppy from the Hug action, you simply right click and select the drop option, your HUD and pie menu will show if you if sim conditions favorably exist to allow for this.  If you drop and find the dog has been (gasp) eaten by Second Life, simply rez the replacement.  You will be able to update the new puppy with your previous settings and name.  I have to admit I have been amazed at Second Life appetite for dogs.  I am on my 11th dog at least.  The replacement is invaluable.

Dulces busy day

Dulce's busy day

Other actions on the HUD and with the accessories allow you to Feed, and Bathe your canine.   Simply rez the bowl or bath, and click.  Sweet little Dulce loves their brand of food, and is always a good puppy and takes her bath. Teleporting your pets name followed with Come, will call the dog to you they will sit with you and keep you company while taking a nap.   They are just as adorable asleep as they are awake.  You also have the ability to throw a ball for them to chase around, ask them to follow, or free them to run around at will.  Dulce prefers to Hug Mommy, when set to Free,  unless she’s at Aunt Milli’s sim where she likes to run around, act crazy, and not hold still for photos when Mommy’s trying to blog.

Dulces Growth Chart

Dulce's Growth Chart

Over time you will notice some amazing things as you interact with your pet.  They grow! Shown here is a comparison of what the corgi starts at and where my pet is at now.  Even when you have to replace it the update will also make sure your pet goes to its last size.  I made sure that the dimension of the picture were unchanged between the two as I took them as puppy updated.

Many other fun things will happen along the way, as you become used to each other, I remember the day Dulce rolled over, on her own, brought tears to my eyes!  Such a day.  I immediately took pics and spammed my friends with the auspicious moment. (tear)  Or remember its first poo.  I was so proud.  Best of all…it won’t eat my ALL MY NINE WEST SHOES…oh sorry RL moment there for a minute.

Dulce & Mommy at Aunt Millis

Dulce & Mommy at Aunt Milli's

You are assured of lots of fun times, and memorable moments with your A.I.F. Pet Shop puppy.  Over time you won’t know how you ever existed with out them..although your true love might have a word about the dog in the way while trying to kiss you..other then that nothing but fun!

A.I.F. Pet Shop corgi’s are available inworld at A.I.F. Pet Shop,  and available for gifting through Xstreet.

My Current Wish List for future updates for this are.  A pet bed in a variety styles, a dog house, and a bag to carry little Dulce around, something chic and stylish, and scripted into the HUD, and a second HUD to allow my partner to interact with Dulce, everyone should share her sweetness, and lots of puppy kisses.  :D

Fall Photo Hud

Well Second Life has been a pain all week, and murphy’s law has been in effect. Nothing like going to photograph skins, and other items, and find after hours spent carefully doing so, that all of them have your hud/interface on. ;-)   So I busied myself with other things to wait out a streak of bad luck.

I have finished a photo hud with 16 frames/borders, effects for some fun inworld photos.  I made some of them specially for the darkest of settings for some fun mist/fog/spectral effects.  If you are not familiar with a photo hud, you wear it, frame your shot, save photo to disc, and crop in any image editing program.

I’m adding some fall centerpieces this week too if Second Life accommodates, but next my skin posts.

Fall 2008 Photo HUD

Fall 2008 Photo HUD

I have listed it on Onrez, Xstreet, and it’s also available inworld, see my classifieds ad for a tp, its by the little pumpkin house.

Tools of the trade

We all see these cool backgrounds on people pictures and say wow they really know their photoshop, and they have such nice poses, and unless you already own these cool tools you really don’t have a clue about whats out there and what does what.

Most often you see models, bloggers, and designers using photo studios and that sounds really OOOOH exclusive and high tech but its not. Many are available in world, and through OnRez, and Slex. Search keyword: Photo Studio

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Music

I have lived in a number of homes, and some of which have come with pre-installed media devices, radios, and stream media (TV). Currently in Generation, my home came with a pre-installed group deeded tv…that I suck at running. But I will blog that another time. My first experience with radio in SL, was a pre-installed radio at my Loveland rental. I t was great, I could access a large number of preselected stations.

After I moved to another sim, and got to experience buying my own home, and media devices, and I went with Ligeia Westwick’s Jukebox, which I found to be handy as I was able to store my favorite stations on it, and control the stream via the Jukebox menu. The problem was finding the streams. I began to collect any stream I could get my hands on, and will freely admit I am a tard at figuring out how to get a stream off a site without using winamp. After moving to Generation, I had found a particular stream I loved and just put that in not bothering to deed the jukebox.

My boyfriend Gary is a music nut, with a wide taste in genres like me, so it became necessary to accommodate his musical tastes in addition to my more obsessive ones. So after awhile I began hunting for another media system, and Rooby Begonia was kind enough to tip me off to my current one.

My new Internet Radio is now deeded to my residential group and I get all kinds of goodies, like being able to search by genre, song, keyword. For instance I am a big fan of Radio Nigel, while I can add that as a preset, I haven’t, cause in my zest to get using it I forgot to change the script to make it one before it was deeded.

Mental note to self: Make up configuration card, and settings card in inventory, and complete before contacting estate manager to come undeed and then redeed.

Now say a friend tells me about Radio Nigel and I wanna check it out, I can search the web, find its blog, and without using winamp I am screwed on getting a url for the stream, but with this radio: /21 search Radio Nigel

Now I am given up to 50 search results for that in my chat display (50 being the default), I just /21 tune 1, and since Radio Nigel is always the result on that search for 1, I am now streaming that station.

I can search by genre, but find it boring outside of simple searches like Dance, Party, Hits, 80′s, Blues, etc. What is fun is doing searches on bands, and sub genres and niches, and pretty much anything like TripHop, NY, Abba, you never know what you are gonna get, but I still stand by my RL searches of playlists, and stations. It still nice to know that when I get inworld I can simply type /21 search Indie 103.1 and get it.

If you know your stream already: /21 (insert Stream)

You have a variety of custom settings you can set for it, like a preference of bandwidth, # of searches, presets, etc, but I stick by the defaults before tweaking.

Now the best part of this is…my radio is 1 prim! I went with the 1 prim black box which ran about $499 or so I forget. There is also a nice display of the stream, and song thats currently playing.

Ligeia’s Jukebox is available at Ligeia’s Zurich City Emporium – Vintage Decor Designs, Zurich City (34, 98, 26)

Internet Radio is made by Alvargi Daniels, and is available at La Paloma Island Estates, The Internet Radio Shop – Land Radio, Music Player, Stereo, Alvargi Sound South (145, 247, 351)

More RL Tools

DeviantART is an amazing forum. Virtual, and Graphic artists shape, share, and showcase here. Many tool are here for those looking to add to their collection of graphic art tools. Search keyword: Brushes

You will everything from blood splatters, angel wings, to hand prints. Everything you might be looking for. I have a number of their brushes that I use. JUST ONE THING! Be cool! If you flickr, cite/mention the artist whose brushes you used. It’s a courtesy thing, and very bad form not to.

Many of these tools are free, some are for sale, so freebies, dollarbies, and more higher priced tools available.

Enjoy!

XO

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***HI ALL, I AM LEAVING MY ORIGINAL POST UNTOUCHED ONLY TO ADD THIS TO IT! PLEASE READ ALL COMMENTS FOR THIS POST.  

I welcome and invite all comments of a civil, informative nature to be posted regarding usage.  At most, this is informative, and obviously something to discuss.  THX!

I have a skeleton in my closet

The Closet

The Fashionista Closet by Dominus Skye

I am afraid of my closet.

Why?

It’s scripted, that’s why!

In theory I will be able to put all my COPY clothing items in it, and be able to access them anywhere on the grid via HUD. I am overwhelmed by it as I am a script phobic. But I am determined to use it. Thus far it sat in my inventory for a bit, then I rezzed it in my bedroom. Now that I have adjusted to it’s presence in my life, I need to be brave and load it. I plan on documenting this on my blog, each little step along the way from here, to my first outfit ordered from it on while away from home. But for now….I’m still scared of it. Even though it’s cute.

TP to Sparkle Skye’s Allure store, it’s to the right.

The Ultimate Accessory

Shoes? No. Jewels? No. The Latest Handbag? No!

MystiTool!

I am amazed at how many people of the fashionable set haven’t heard about it. What on earth are you wearing besides the obvious? I know…just your ao right? My god! How do you function? Honestly!

So what is a MystiTool?

Well… Let me overwhelm you with a list of features then I can go over some of the more everyday features you might immediately find a use for.

Avatar Scanner, Sim-wide AV Scanner, Remote Sim-Wide, AV Scanner, Bug Scanner, Bug Radar, AV Chat Range Notify, Movelock, Non-Physical Vehicle, Collision Notification, Channel Listener, Locate Avatar, Unsit, Eject, TPHome, Ban, Unban, Music, Kill Avatar, Trap Avatar, Drag Avatar, Toss Avatar, Orbit Avatar, Crush Avatar, Disrupt Object, Teleport History, Landmark Manager, Favorite Locations, AV Following Chair, DynaTable + Automatic Chairs, Object Rezzer, Flight Assist, Posing Stand, URL Catcher, SL URL Maker, Sky Platform Rezzer, Instant Platform Rezzer, Camera Follower, Sim Warnings (sim stats, flags), Anti Idle/Away Prevention (the only feature you dont need cause you can disable that in the Client menu), Color Converter, Land Calculator, Emoter, Animation Control, Avatar Stand, Mimic (AV Imitation), Popup Sender, Avatar Find, Dust Particles, Light Emitter.

What! Whoa! That is a LOT of STUFF!

Not really, but yeah, kinda.

ALL IN ONE HUD! You can access all these amazing features either by typing in a simple command in chat like: /1 light on; or click theHUD button, select Privacy, then select Scan Sim.

First you get your MystiTool box, unpack, and watch this nice little folder unfold in your inventory with the following items:

Landmark to Mystical Cookie Designs, MystiTool Hud, MystiTool Implant, MystiTool Land Relay, MystiTool Settings Backup, MystiTool Sleeper, MystiTool Manual.

You wear the HUD. This is the majority of the features listed.

Implant: If you like a nice face light, and maybe the ability to locate someone you’ve lost in a sim, or like dust particles while flying wear the Implant.

The Land Relay: Rez on land you own, or you can have this deeded to the group if its Group Owned. This will allow you to scan your home sim for a list of avatars in the sim it’s located in. Nice if you happen to have checked your home on map, and notice someone is at your house-don’t tp in to say WTF?!?, scan your sim, and know WHO you are dealing with first. Perhaps it’s friends stopping by, maybe someone using your poseballs, or your nearest and dearest having an affair! OOOOH! Now we are talking gadgets aren’t we!

The settings backup is nice as you will store a lot of information in your MystiTool. The designer has a built in update feature so when she tweaks, or adds content, she can send you the new update and you can add your accumulated settings to the new MystiTool. Also great for when SL goes horribly wrong and you need to reset.

Sleeper: built in is the ability to put your MystiTool to sleep. It cuts the scripts running down to the basics. I do this when I notice I am having difficulty in a sim, and can’t bear to detach. I need my radar and the ability to protect my av in seconds.

Manual: You won’t believe how many people never read it. Save that bad habit for R. This is so important, and so much better then IM’ing the group with stuff like “how do I turn my dust off” and very simple things like that. READ THE MANUAL! If you find you have problems reading the note cards in the manual getting messages like “you do not have permissions to read this” or some shit like that, Drag the notecard out of the manual and into your MystiTool folder, then you will be able to. This is a common SL glitch.

Start out using MystiTool every day. Now for the features.

Radar: Now if you have never used radar, it displays a list of avatars within 96 meters of you. You can get other free radar huds to wear but not all also tell you if the avatar is Sitting, Walking, Hovering, Flying, Typing, Busy, Away, or on Alway Run. Nice for having conversations with people whose ao overrides their typing animation. Instead of standing around looking at each other you know the other person is typing something to say or…just standing around looking at you. They appear as follows on your screen in a nice list on the right:

1 AVs within 96m [0]

Philip Linden (5m) BAR (this means that Phil is 5 meters away, set to always run, and has his busy on.

or

Philip Linden (88m) SA <–Sitting, Away

Philip Linden (88m) HT <—-Hovering, Typing

Philip Linden (88m) FB.AR <–Flying in busy mode, and set on always run.

You are also notified if someone comes into chat range with green text on your screen in the chat space:

[12:02] MystiTool HUD 1.0.21: Entering chat range: Philip Linden (19m) This is something that you can choose whether or not you want it to display on your screen. On/Off functions are nice.

No one see this but YOU! This is the one tool you will use all the time because if you are wearing it you are seeing it, you will after time rely on this to the point of being handicapped when not on. No radar is like being naked, at a podium, blindfolded.

Av Scanner: Just what it says allows you to scan for avatars.

MoveLock: Probably the second most used tool you will learn to use. Typing /1 ML on gives you the ability to not get pushed by greifers, or in crowded places. Camping and tired of people pushing you out of range of the camper to take your spot? Movelock! Tired of shopping and some newbie/greifer tries to push you around. MoveLock! This is an on/off feature as well. I am 24/7 ML on.

Non-Physical Vehicle: Rezzing this orb and sitting on it makes it very difficult if not impossible for a greifer to orbit you. Sitting helps too against some devices, but this is pretty much a sure thing. To disable this, stand up. It disappears and you may go about your business. This is the first thing I do when a greifer strikes, if I am in a place where I can rez objects, rez and sit, disable particles in the client menu, check my radar for the name of the person I am going to file an Abuse Report on, while protecting myself and others with my MystiTool features.

Collision Notification: I have my settings so that if I come in contact with a script object I get a notice similar to the chat range notification. This will tell me what is trying to interact with me, be it someone shooting their watermelon gun at me, or my clumsy laggy ass bumping into scripted objects.

Channel Listener: This is a favorite! When this feature is on, I have the ability to see in chat when you type any channel command in chat, like change your hair color, or show/hide poseballs. I can also see if you try to use any channel commands on YOUR MystiTool.

Locate Avatar: Duh!

Unsit, Eject, TP Home, Ban, Unban, Music, Kill Avatar, Trap Avatar, Drag Avatar, Toss Avatar, Orbit Avatar, Crush Avatar, Disrupt Object—ok, some of these are land commands you can use if you have the land relay on your land and deeded to your group. Someone comes onto the property and you want them to leave. /1 unsit Philip Linden; you can also change your music settings with this. Now the main Hud, will allow you to use the other features to protect yourself if greifed. /1 toss Philip Linden; /1 orbit Philip Linden. Now while I am using El Presidente’s moniker to demonstrate how easy it is to use these features, I highly recommend NEVER typing most of these exact lines. All these feature if you are not able to easily remember channel commands, are able to be accessed and used via the menu system. It will scan the local area for av’s within range, and give you a list of people to choose from. But come on, if you are gonna use these, you don’t have that kind of time. Use your brain and REMEMBER them, I can orbit your ass while you are still navigating the menu system. Be Proactive. And a nice public service announcement from all MystiTool users: DO NOT USE this for greifing, the MystiTool community prides itself on responsible ownership, and fellowship. Don’t be an ass, you wanna play like this–go play Warcraft.

Teleport History, Landmark Manager, & Favorite Locations: Yes! There is a back button! Forget where you’ve been and wanna go back. TP History! This will automatically store a selection of places you have been recently. Landmark Manager allows you to drag your LM’s to it to store for easy reference, and out of your inventory. Favorite Locations allows you to “bookmark” your favorite places to quick TP there, without digging around for LM.

AV Following Chair, DynaTable + Automatic Chairs, Object Rezzer: Fun things! Need to help someone get somewhere? Going afk and don’t want to have your friends just leave you standing there. Rez a chair behind yourself or another person. This chair will follow you or them. When SL was having some problems and I had Delilah Karas over, I used this chair to have her sit while I flew her 3 sims over to go shopping in my home sims. DynaTable + Chairs- this will rez a table and as many chairs as it can as people require them. Color changeable too. Object Rezzer- You can now store any COPY item in here to rez when you want it. Picnic, bench, poseballs, car. If its a COPY item, you can have it wherever you can rez. Nice for storing couples poses, kisses, and champagne. ;-)

Flight Assist: Delete your flight feather! You can fly with no added assistance now, and at different speeds-even fly plaid.

Posing Stand: Hello! I was wrong, this will be the 2nd most used item.

URL Catcher: Someone just mention a website and you want to check it out, this will assist you.

SL URL Maker: Tired of freezing up every time you click MAP to make a slurl, via menu you are two clicks away from having three types of SLurls posted in your chat for you to copy and paste into IM’s, etc.

Sky Platform Rezzer: Need more room? Rez a 40m x 40m sky platform! Loaded with options–the floor can be changed with a click to grass, builders measuring grid, asphalt, wood, and more. Bit of a klutz? one click and you have a railing around the parameter-I like to call these Gary Walls. Need some privacy? Enclose the entire space! No see in, you see out!

Instant Platform Rezzer: Handy device for accurate placing of your Sky Platform. Rez it, and sit, select the altitude you would like your Sky Platform to be at, 300m for example, and it whizzes you up there. Rez your platform.

Anti Idle/Away Prevention: As I said before the only feature you don’t need cause you can disable that in the Client menu. If you are still wearing a scripted object to keep you from timing out and getting logged off–DO THIS RIGHT NOW! You WILL need to double check the next couple of times you log on to make sure the setting as “taken hold” after a couple of times it will remain like this. You may need to do this when installing a different viewer, or an upgrade. Many people think that doing this is a cheat type thing. If you are one of them, you are misinformed. This information comes directly from the Second Life Knowledge Database from the Lindens for YOU! On your keyboard, press Ctrl+Alt+D or Ctrl+Alt+Shift+D. On a Mac, press Option+Shift+Open Apple+D.; The words Client and Server appear next to the Help menu at the top of the Second Life window. From the Client menu, choose Character. From the Character menu, choose Character Tests. From the Character Tests menu click on Go Away/AFK When Idle to remove the X next to it.

Color Converter, and Land Calculator: I haven’t used these yet-but they are for the color …mumble…mumble..technical..something or other, and Prims per Sq. Meter finder thingies.

Emoter: Make yourself smile, look sad etc.

Avatar Stand: Stand on someone’s head.

Mimic: Really fun and quickly obnoxious. Scan the area to get a list of avs in the area to mimic, click one, then type fun things like, Select Philip Linden, /1 say I would really like to help you recover your lost armidi hair collection, but I really have to take a shit right now.

[12:01] Whimsy Winx: Mr. Linden, I am really upset that I have invested a great deal of USD purchasing power into the grid, which has helped the SL economy grow, and tried to conduct myself at all times as an upstanding, responsible, SL resident, only to lose precious items due to asset loss on an unstable grid. What can you do to help me. BTW I will be blogging this. (white text)

[12:02] Philip Linden: I would really like to help you recover your lost armidi hair collection, but I really have to take a shit right now, and upload a texture of it for the SL Scat Fetish group. (you can’t fool everyone with this-it will be displayed on all screens in green text)

[12:02] Philip Linden: WTF? (white text)

Popup Sender: More fun! Scan the area, select a person, send them a pop up. Tell someone you love them! Send a pop up that won’t get missed in chatting areas to people around you. Hey! It’s Whimsy’s Rez Day! BTW it’s January 9th. I will be available for you to adore, throw surprise rez parties for, please give me advance notice so I may wear something fabulous!

And how much do you think you would spend to purchase these items? You are looking at some serious Lindens! But not with MystiTool. $396! Interested but overwhelmed? Pick up a $1 limited feature MystiTool at the store.  For a limited time, Mystical Cookie Designs will be listed in my Picks in my profile.   Mystical Cookie Designs is located in Avendale 197, 242, 22.

After a very very very long blog post I realize this sounds like a infommercial. I was in no way compensated for this post. I purchased my MystiTool, in the Spring of 2007, on my own. I loved it so much, I will tell anyone and everyone about it. Try it out for yourself.

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