Before the Party—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 14

Before the Party—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 14

“I believe when life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade…and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.” ~ Ron White

Before the Party

Before any party in my house, there is a period of furious cleaning, pulling out the special dishes, setting the ambience. Since the holidays are coming up, I pulled out some accessories for creating the mood. Sway Dench’s fireplace for the Liaison Collaborative is a great centerpiece without flickering fire and Trace Osterham’s collection of bar tray and other party-related items (cleverly named “Eighteenth Amendment”) create a perfect party atmosphere.

Wintery house preparations mean a cozy sweater and tights, this the wonderful cabled turtleneck Missqwerty Pevensey is featuring for Frost with a great shape and wonderfully textured cables. Tights from Maya Levane warm the look up.

But the best part of the look are the other gift today in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, these custom-made boots from LeeZu Baxter. LeeZu has thought to include a darling artistic kitten on her boots with a great colorset, made exclusively as a gift to any takers. Come get her fabulous mesh boots from the calendar today!

Before the Party

Sawsan Secretspy has now released her golden skin tone for the Elsa line and it sure is gorgeous with a deeper tone for girls who want to shine. This set includes heavily lined eyes for a more seductive look. My casual updo with a bun at the nape of the neck is one of Mirja Mills newest and comes complete with her great texture-change HUD. And my gorgeous green eyes are from Constance Daehlie’s new set at Anypose.

Before the Party

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * LOLLI * by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Elsa Golden 03 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – hazel by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at AnyPose *

Sweater: [AB] Sweater Dress Tan by Missqwerty Pevensey for American Bazaar, available at FROST *

Tights: (TokiD) un tights -orange 1 by Maya Levane for TokiD

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Relaxed by Siddean Munro for Slink

Boots: [LeeZu!]  Mia Miu Boots <mesh,resize> /special by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!, GIFT available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

Fireplace: Sway’s [Valerie] Fireplace . wood-medium by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at The Liaison Collaborative *

Bar service: {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment by Trace Osterham for {theosophy}, available at The Arcade *

  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Bar Cart (Light) RARE
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Plates (Gold)
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Plates (Moss)
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Bottles (C)
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Bottles (B)
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Punch Bowl (Mint)
  • {theosophy} Eighteenth Amendment – Lamp (Mint)

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Before the Party

Dilettante

Dilettante

Slow down, dilettante
So I can limp beside you
And follow in your rush too

Hang on, street savant
My bank in my pocket
How far you think you’ll take us?

You’re like a party I heard through the wall
Invite me

~ “Dilettante” by St. Vincent

Dilettante

I thought a song by St. Vincent was a perfect choice for a dress by LeeZu. Both throw together colors, patterns, ideas into a melange of perfect sound and thought. LeeZu’s latest mesh has ruching in the back and front and a little lace peekaboo slip at the hem. Other creators would make this a simple shape; LeeZu does more with it. Then she applies her amazing art, combing graphic color with actual feel-touch textures and detail.

I added one of Abraxxa Anatine’s jewelry sets for Mystic Realms Faire to the look. Obviously this is meant for some elven look but it works just as well with a regular outfit which bespeaks its stylishness and versatility. Nails from Cyclic Gears for My Slink Obsession give me a stylish orange metallic touch.

Gina Lurra has created a pair of mesh boots with a HUD that allows you to change everything except the color of your underwear—vamp, heel, sole, studs, zipper, etc. She includes rigged and unrigged versions (for those of you who can’t resist tinkering).

Dilettante

Queue Marlowe has come out with a new style that is out to there in curls and style. Once again, Queue blew corkscrews out of the water with this look. It is made of bouncy flexi prims with a color-change hairband. My skin is Aleida Rhode’s sensual coppery skin for the Body Modification Expo. With a beautifully shaded body and a lovely face, it’s a great offer at the Expo. I added a slick of gloss from Mocksoup Graves to soften the look.

Dilettante

Hair: AD – amber – dark browns by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Elysium – Devine II skin – medium by Aleida Rhode for Elysium, available at the Body Modification Expo *

Lipstick: M.O.C.K Cosmetics Sweet Coral Lipstain by Mocksoup Graves for [mock cosmetics]

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – kelp by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: [LeeZu!] Cala Dress <mesh,rigged,materials> /olive by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Necklace and Earrings: EarthStones Elena Necklace and Ball Earrings – Chrysocolla by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Relaxed by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: [LVLE] Fall Textured Fingernails by Cyclic Gearz for LVLE, available at My Slink Obsession *

Boots: [IRENA] Spikes boots Fitted by Gina Lurra for [IRENA] *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Whistle

Whistle

“If you want me just whistle. You know how to whistle don’t you? Just put your lips together and blow.” ~ Lauren Bacall

Whistle

Lauren Bacall recently passed away and I wanted to do a tribute look for her but who can possibly replicate such beauty? Only she could be herself, because it was her soul that gave light to her elegance. Her famous quote is a perfect sassy elegant rejoinder and encapsulates the persona she embodied.

For this dress from LeeZu Baxter, I wanted to find an elegant, old school look but I knew I couldn’t pull off Lauren Bacall, so I proceeded as seemed natural. LeeZu has never been afraid of pushing the boundaries of what she can do in SL, pulling in elements of everything at her disposal—textures, mesh, prims, and old fashioned style—to create her very haute fashion. This time she has mesh layers to show a very elegant gown with a lace overlay and then a great filmy flexi skirt at the bottom. With the brooch at the rib and the medallion flung over the shoulder, it’s sexy and beautiful, especially with her complex textures.

Whistle

A look this complicated doesn’t need a lot else going on, so I opted for small earrings from Krystal Jenkins, which show well with my new hair from TOmmy Fairplay. This is a men’s hair, but it looks amazing on women too, especially worn with this gorgeous skin from Umazuma Metaluna from her collection for the Arcade. With deep berry lips and a gorgeously framed eye, the look is pure glamour.

Whistle

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Dawson Non-Rigged Mesh Big Pack by TOmmy Fairplay for Damselfly *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Marni 14 (honey) with [theSkinnery] Marni Brows 6 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery],available at the Arcade (opening soon) *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – stornborn by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: [LeeZu!] Aurora Gown <mesh,rigged,materials> /mauve by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Earrings: :::Krystal::: Captured Radiance Earring – Platinum (Hope Stone) by Krystal Jenkins for :::Krystal:::

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Essenz – Palermo (Fatpack 2) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz *

Poses by Olaenka Chesnokov for oOo

Reckoner

Reckoner

Because we separate
Like ripples on a blank shore

~ “Reckoner” by Radiohead

Reckoner

Sometimes I need to break out the leather and the piercings and just get a little punk. I had all this good stuff around and I put it together and boom! Start with the great jacket/shirt combo from Tatyana Ultsch. This absolutely awesome jacket comes with a HUD that allows tons of variations (stripes on or off, different belt looks, dozens of t-shirt textures or none at all). I made sure the stripes were on to match Eudora3D’s skirt for We <3 RP. My kick ass boots are mesh delights from LeeZu Baxter that she came out with not too long ago.

Reckoner

My skin is a great deal at The Dressing Room Fusion. If you want to get into Inka Mexicola’s stuff at a good price, this is the way to do it. I punked it up with liner and lips from Constance Daehlie, who I seem to be a showing a lot of lately. It’s a go-to for me. Those beautiful gray eyes are from Umazuma Metaluna’s set at Chapter Four. Hasuko Kuramoto brought out these mesh ears not long ago and I made my own earrings from full perm pieces from LCorse. And my updo? A brutally brilliant bun from Kattington.

Reckoner

Hair: *Milk* Hair~ The Top Knot by Kattington for Milk

Skin: Essences {Linka} TDRF *medium01* brunette by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Makeup: #adored – komei lipstick – inky and #adored – go to liners – smoked out by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Bohemian eye collection – 17 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery],available at the Chapter Four *

Jacket: :::i::: Aria Jacket – Black by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya::: *

Skirt: Eudora 3D Carnivale Skirt Black by Eudora3D for Eudora 3D, available at We <3 RP *

Ears: Auricle Mesh Ear 1.0 by Hasuko Kuramoto for Midnight Lotus *

Piercings: Piercing pack1 Full Permissions by 90x60x90 for LCorse

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Oya – Necklace – silver by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at the Gypset Market *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Nail Hud Add On – Slink Avatar Enhancement – Set 223 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at My Slink Obsession *

Shoes: [LeeZu!] Milo Boots by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Everywhere Hair

Everywhere Hair

I called this “everywhere” hair because Thora Charron from LeLutka has managed to hit every demographic in SL for her Hair Fair offerings: RP, high fashion, romantic and dressy. In Thora’s typical style, the textures are detailed and beautiful with all the exacting touches typical of a LeLutka hair.

Everywhere Hair

The styles, of course, vary in vision. Using mesh in interesting and exciting ways, Thora has managed to make a collection for Hair Fair that is certain to donate lots to Wigs for Kids, especially with the lush hair colors and great hair textures.

Everywhere Hair

The hair comes in packs by color and do not include a HUD. This may or may not be a winner for some. Certainly, wearing non scripted hair IS a winner to most people, and there are abundant color choices. I love this lush red—Harvard—and think it’s stunning for all these hair styles.

Everywhere Hair

Hair (top to bottom):

[LeLutka]-CHRISTINE hair/Dark Red by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

[LeLutka]-FRANCINE hair – Harvard by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

[LeLutka]-COLLEEN hair – Harvard by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

[LeLutka]-CHARLENE hair – Harvard by Thora Charron for LeLutka, available at Hair Fair 2014 *

Skin: .:JUMO:. Mariah Skin Cocoa Red Brows with .:JUMO:. Mariah Eyeliners 002 by JuneMonteiro for .:JUMO:. *

Eyes: pearl – clear pond – medium dark by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes *

Dress: Bon Bon Longdress <mesh,rigged,materials> /cream by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Poses: KaTink – Chanel Runway Fat Pack 1-15 by Annemarit Jarvinen for KaTink *

Martha My Dear

Martha My Dear

Martha my dear
Though I spend my days in conversation
Please remember me
Martha my love don’t forget me
Martha my dear

~ “Martha My Dear” by the Beatles

Martha My Dear

This cheerful Beatles’ tune popped up and made a perfect title for this beauty, who I have named Martha. Fashion for Life opens today, featuring the work of over 150 designers, with donations from a portion of every single sale going to RFL. Because of RFL SL’s rules, the designers were required to load their items into individual vendors, one at a time, so you had better shop til you drop to make it worth their while. (It’s open two weeks. Take a sim a night or day and you’ll have seen everything and been able to explore these gorgeous sims too.)

The sims are, as I have mentioned, gorgeous. I took today’s photos on Pluto Fairey’s beautiful sim, which is sponsored in part by LeeZu Baxter. And check out the dress LeeZu is offering as her exclusive. Available in eight combinations, this down-right sexy dress with its bold graphic print will put you ahead of the crowd, especially with this amazing silhouette on a proprietary mesh piece. LeeZu has filled the store with items, all in the RFL vendors, so buy buy buy! (And make sure you click the flowers—there is a dance pose in them. I will be spending any time at FFL dancing in these flowers.)

Martha My Dear

My goal was to be top to bottom FFL content and I managed it. Start at the top with hair from Shylah Honey and Tommy Fairplay. With their great texture change HUD I was able to get this great two-colored look that matches my dress. My skin comes from LadyLuy and includes a ton of makeup options including blush. My eyes are from a set being sold by Marisela Bouchard, who generously paid for two shops so she could sell skins and clothing. My jewelry is offered as the exclusives by Sebastian Dionysus and Plurabelle Laszlo (who is also offering some darling shoes that I somehow have to get into the blog). Sasy Scarborough leapt in at the last minute to grab a store and is offering some darling nails, one of which is just great colors (no decoration), which is great for many outfits. My shoes are from Senzati0n Domenitzo, who is now creating for Slink feet (yay!) and is sponsoring another sim. And my elegant poses are a set that AnneMarit Jarvinen is offering in her shop.

Martha My Dear

Hold your head up you silly girl
Look what you’ve done
When you find yourself in the thick of it
Help yourself to a bit of what is all around you

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Zendaya by Shylah Honey for:::Damselfly Hair::, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Wander *

Skin: Skin Aimi  Milk with Eyeliner Louis Vuitton, Gloss, and Blush Warm Red by Ladyluy for Center Ville Maison, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Perambulate *

Eyes: Silk Dreams Eyes – Dark Brown by Marisela Bouchard for Silk Dreams, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Journey

Dress: Bon Bon Longdress <mesh,rigged,materials> /cream by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu!, sponsor of FFL Parade for Fashion for Life *

Necklace and Bracelet: Crystal Ice Necklace C Black and Crystal Ice Bracelet R Black by Sebastian Dionysus for Designs by Sebastian, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Trek

Necklace: Bliensen + MaiTai – Yasemine – Necklace by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Wander *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant  Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1  Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 217 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair, available at Fashion for Life on FFL Trek *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Essenz – Detroit (Fatpack) by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, sponsor of FFL Trek  at Fashion for Life *

Poses: KaTink – Chanel Runway Fat Pack 1-15 by Annemarit Jarvinen for KaTink, available on FFL Promenade at Fashion for Life *

Taken on FFL Parade, built by Pluto Fairey

Inventoil Made Easier

Inventoil Made easy

“There’s never enough of the stuff you can’t get enough of.” ~ Patrick H.T. Doyle

Inventoil Made easy

A few years ago I introduced the word “inventoil” to the world, which was my word for going through my inventory and sorting things. At the time my inventory was almost manageable. I knew what I had and where it might be. That ended a couple years ago when boxes exploded with fatpacks of fatpacks, and I started joining events to blog. And oh, well, I shop a lot too. Pfff.

StarlightShining clued me into a fancy trick in Firestorm that is going to revolutionize your inventory, especially if you have a hoarding problem as I do. And I’m going to teach you how to do it. The bottom line is that you are going to be able to pack massive amounts of stuff into a package without manually moving it. It’s kind of like those Spacebags that “triple your storage’ when you vacuum out the air.

Inventoil Made easy

First, get the Firestorm client. This only works with Firestorm as far as I know.

You need to select what you want boxed. Make a folder at the top layer (meaning “Inventory > Folder”). If it’s in any other folders, this will not work. My folder is “~ 100 Block,” full of some dope stuff I got to blog for the 100 Block, some of which you saw here. The event is over and I am desperate not to part with these things but the reality is, they have to be packed away if I can’t bear to delete them. I named the folder with the ~ (a tilde in geek terms) so it would sort to the bottom of my inventory, making it easier to find. (You can name with ! at the beginning and it sorts to the top but I have used that trick too many times for it to be useful to me anymore.)

Everything in that folder, including folders, is going to pack into the package at ONE LEVEL. That means the stuff IN the folders will go into the box but the folder separation will not. So if you pack folders in this folder, don’t expect them to remain sorted. I don’t personally care. Most people name things in a manner that they sort correctly. And if they don’t, well, I didn’t need it anyway.

Inventoil Made easy

Edit the box and hit “Copy Key.” You are going to need that in a moment.

In the chat line of local chat type “zdrop on <paste what you copied from Copy Key here> <name of folder EXACTLY with capitalization correct here>”. The package and folder do not have to have the same name, incidentally. I just happened to do that. This is a photo of what I ended up typing.

Inventoil Made easy

If you did it all correctly, you will see the message in your chat window start scrolling by and witness each item being packed into the package. The progress will fill up your screen but no one else’s.

Inventoil Made easy

While it packs, resume your normal activities in the sim. Pose for photos (though the little starry line might show as you package), furnish your house, sort other items in inventory (though you can’t start another zdrop transfer), chat in Skin Addiction. It’s not a quick process if you have a lot of things.

Inventoil Made easy

The biggest thing I found is that you need to stay within in the sim you are on and while I have not tested this, I am guessing you have to stay in relatively close proximity to the package. I managed to thoroughly furnish the Theosophy sky box while packaging all my LeeZu one evening.

Inventoil Made easy

If you are packing a lot, I would advise you to get a scripted package that will allow you to scroll through menus to find the contents of the box. I use the Bright Container myself, which is old technology but works for me. And yes, you can pack into packages that already contain scripts, objects, notecards, etc. If I find more 100 Block items, I can simply jam them into that box from the same method.

When it’s done, you’ll see this. (Please note the time stamp. Started at 20:48, ended at 21:03):

Inventoil Made easy

If you check inside your package, it may take some time for the inventory to pull up but you should see this:

Inventoil Made easy

Any no copy items will have gone into that package. The rest transfer, so if you want to keep the folder in your inventory AND have a box of things, go ahead. I will be holding on to that folder for a day or two more and then maybe, if I can bear it, moving it to trash. In a day or two I might even “empty trash.”

Let me give you a quick review of my outfit. Start with the aforementioned LeeZu Baxter, whose work I can not BEAR to part with. Her newest top features a peekaboo peel off strap that drops down, so I put on the bodysuit that Kinu Mayako is offering for a mere 5L in the Pink Fusion Hunt. (Oh hunt items—another choice batch for boxing!) My skirt is Datrip Blackbart’s Pink Fusion Hunt item and my shows with anklets are from Mr. Gospel Voom and his innate knowledge of what turns men on. (I got lots of compliments on these shoes, ladies… hint hint).

My skin is Carina Larsen’s newest and I have to say I have a secret crush on her work. Her skins look like no one else’s but have a sophistication and freshness all at once that make them gorgeous and unique. My eyes are also from Carina and include a HUD for changing size, glow, and shadowing. I will be featuring more of these mesh eyes. Finally my hair is Chiaki Xue’s newest, a darling short cut that includes a little bouncy flexi so when I am hanging upside down, you can see it fly out.

Inventoil Made easy

Yes, I know my inventory is too big! “To inform fools, that they are so, does not make them any wiser.” ~ Taylor E Bennet

Hair: *Dura-Girl*53(L-Red) by Chiaki Xue for Dura *

Skin: Amacci Skin – Tyne (Cream) – 02 Ruby by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Eyes: Amacci  – Zenith Eyes – Mesh Eyes with HUD – Spring by Carina Larsen for Amacci *

Top: [LeeZu] Constance Top/pink by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Bodysuit (underneath): [ SAKIDE ] Pink Dream Bodysuit v3 by Kinu Mayako for [ SAKIDE ], available for the Pink Fusion Hunt *

Skirt: Legal Insanity – Pink fusion hunt – leo mini skirt by Datrip Blackbart for Legal Insanity, available for the Pink Fusion Hunt *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Relaxed Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail Appliers: :FY: Spring Glitter Nails @ Pink Fusion Hunt by Hannah Lacombe for Forever Young, available for the Pink Fusion Hunt *

Shoes: [Gos] Charlotte Mary Jane Pumps – Patent by Gospel Voom for Gos Boutique *

Floor cushion: Sway’s [Shirin] Floor Cushion – silver.indigo by Sway Dench for Sway’s, out for The Challenge *

Poses by Tutys for Tutys