Road to Nowhere

I just love when a new brand makes it into a popular event, especially one with so much potential as Navy & Copper. If you’re not familiar with this brand, color HUDs include 30 color choices with basics/roots/tips/combination. Tones are available in blondes, brunettes, reds and grayscales. I would like to see some color choices- maybe some pastels or bolds added in the future, but overall, I do love the textures. Currently, you can find their hair in Shiny Shabby and faMESHed, but do stop by the mainstore for more, as well as a group gift (free to join!) and discounts for joining.

On a side note- is it me or are the availability of photogenic sims for bloggers really dwindling these days? If you’ve got any interesting SLURLs to share, please let me know!

With that being said, I was scouring my inventory for a backdrop to use when I stumbled across an oldie but goodie in Milk Motions June 2017 Arcade release (previously blogged here.) Though I really wanted to use this piece, my parcel is just plum out of prims, so I donned my dark sunglasses, checked both ways and crossed the street on over to Backdrop City.

In the passed few weeks, the drama has been real over creators and event coordinators boycotting Backdrop city for multiple reasons. We’ve all got differing opinions when it comes to content, purchasing rights and the use of items we own in SL- yet nevertheless, the concept of this sim has in fact been around for quite some time. So why only now has it become an issue?

I do think that if the pieces are appropriately credited, then it is basically free advertising for creators. On the other hand, I definitely think the keepers of Backdrop City, out of respect for creators and events, should wait until an event is over before offering them ‘free to use’ for the public. Whether or not that is already happening though, I am not sure. (Insight anyone?)

As for me, while I prefer to own the backdrops I use for editing purposes, I do like the place as it offers quite a lot for bloggers and residents to use and it did give me some ideas for backdrops that I will definitely go out and purchase on my own.

From what I saw when I first visited, the group is free to join and no profit is being made from the use of these backdrops. There is a sim tip jar, however, and obviously if you are using the place it wouldn’t hurt to help support the upkeep. Sim costs don’t just grow on trees, you know. Whether or not tipping might be considered profit is up for debate, I’m sure.

All in all, I’ve certainly heard some good feedback from both sides. Arguments that Backdrop City is taking a bite out of creators’ profits by offering their items for free use, yet at the same time hearing that it isn’t much different than people reselling gachas for a cheaper (or higher/profitable) price. Or, in visiting just about a sim and taking pictures with anything but Linden plants in the background. Same difference, no?

What are your thoughts on Backdrop City, or the controversy surrounding free to use backgrounds for the community?

Meanwhile, I will just be over there, sipping my Lipton with Kermit the Frog.

My Outfit:

LeLutka – Greer Bento Mesh Head
Glam Affair – Federika (america)
Navy & Copper – Latte Hair (gingers) NEW RELEASE @ faMESHed
Scandalize – Valvena Pants (militar) NEW RELEASE @ faMESHed
Rebel Gal/Ec. Cloth – Ruffled Lace-Up Bustier (white) NEW RELEASE @ Uber
Coco – Puffer Jacket (maple)
Breathe – Jona Heels (black) NEW RELEASE @ Gacha Garden
Nanika – Darina Tattoo (black)
Anachron – Round Frame Glasses (top bar gold/tinted)
Bamse – Tagged Choker (bye felicia) NEW RELEASE @ Gacha Garden

Poses by Vilda & Phew
Scene by Milk Motion (road to nowhere)
Location @ Backdrop City

Under my Umbrella

My Outfit:

LeLutka – Greer Bento Mesh Head
Glam Affair – Federika (america) NEW RELEASE @ Collabor88
Pixicat – Dark Dress (plaid) NEW RELEASE @ Collabor88
EssenzQuebec (w/hud) NEW RELEASE @ the Liaison Collaborative
TruthApple (multitone 1)
Tres Blah – Golden Cage Frappe 2
Fame Femme – Fall Umbrellas RARE & SOI (black) NEW RELEASES @ the Gacha Garden
Kibitz – Nightmare Ring Set

Poses by Marukin (stillness) NEW RELEASE @ Collabor88
Location @ Elysium City

Street Chic

My Outfit:

Catwa – Catya Bento Mesh Head
L’Etre – Adachi Skin (buttermilk)
Osmia – Samanta Dress (w/hud) NEW RELEASE @ Shiny Shabby
Truth Hair – Elie (multitone1) NEW RELEASE/VIP Group Gift @ the Mainstore
Glamistry – Iris Heels (black) NEW RELEASE @ the Mainstore
Magic Nook – Golden Life Sunglasses
Minimal – Ladgerda Necklace (gold) NEW RELEASE @ Shiny Shabby

Poses by Le Poppycock
Prop by RAMA (iron contour) NEW RELEASE @ Gacha Garden

Old Town

My Outfit:

LeLutka – Chloe Bento Mesh Head
Glam Affair – Agnes (america)
Kitja – Dina Top (white/striped) & Dina Skirt (grey) NEW RELEASES @ Uber
Essenz – Germany (black) NEW RELEASE @ faMESHed
Truth Hair – Asuka (w/hat) (variety)
Mon Tissu – Oui Necklace (silver) (no longer available)
Noodles – Starling Choker (black)
Reign – Tied Clutch (fatpack) Group Gift @ faMESHed
Anachron – Round Frame Glasses (top bar black) NEW RELEASE @ the Gacha Garden

Poses by Kirin (tomo) NEW RELEASE @ Kustom9
Prop by RAMA (old town) NEW RELEASE @ the Gacha Garden

Street Style

Happy (belated) Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mommies out there!

If you’re looking for something to buy that special someone in your life, then the month of May is the time to do it. There’s a huge assortment of anniversaries, sales and new events all month long!

eBento premieres for all you Bento lovers out there. It has something for everyone, including skins, poses, AOs and all sorts of bento-enabled goodies. The event runs from now, until June 8th, so you’ve got plenty of shopping time left.

Also, faMESHedthe Chapter Four  and the Ultra Event are all having anniversary rounds this month as well. There are not only great designers, but lots of free group gifts as well!

My Outfit:

LeLutka – Chloe Bento Mesh Head
Glam Affair – Beth (america) NEW RELEASE @ eBento
Azuchi – Hamptons Shorts (blue) NEW RELEASE @ Uber
Erratic – Aida Top (black) NEW RELEASE @ Collabor88
Essenz – Amazon (w/hud) NEW RELEASE @ the Dark Style Fair
Avaway – Lina Watch & Bracelets NEW RELEASE @ Collabor88
Tableau Vivant – Undercut/Curly & HB8 (reds) NEW RELEASES @ Collabor88
Mynx – Petal Earrings (gold) NEW RELEASE @ the Chapter Four
Nanika – Irene Tattoo (black) NEW RELEASE @ the Chapter Four

Poses by Le Poppycock (Convolutions) NEW RELEASE @ the Chapter Four
Scene by RAMA – Street Style (obsolete door) NEW RELEASE @ the Gacha Garden

Happy Valentine’s Day

Okay, so maybe I am a couple of days early, but I wanted to give you all a chance to grab up some of these gorgeous new pieces before this special day!

Glam Affair and Essenz have released the sultry Kiko skin and super sexy  caged heels for the Gacha Garden event. They pair perfectly with this flirty new dress from Annie Melson of Just Because and the red rose Barcelona headpiece, also from Glam Affair, at the February round of faMESHed.

Aren’t you just in love, with love (and pretty stuff!?)

My Outfit:

Catwa – Catya Bento Mesh Head
Glam Affair – Kiko Applier (america 04/clean) NEW RELEASE @ the Gacha Garden
Glam Affair – Barcelona Headpiece (modified) NEW RELEASE @ faMESHed
Truth Hair – Etienne (variety)
Just Because – Jennifer Dress (w/hud) NEW RELEASE @ faMESHed
Essenz – Verona Heels (brown) NEW RELEASE @ the Gacha Garden
Formanails – Ballerina for Vista Hands (w/hud)
Kunglers – Adele Necklace (pink) NEW RELEASE @ Shiny Shabby

Poses by *Le Poppycock*
Location @ Hypnotic

Summer Chill

Everyone who knows me, knows how much of a hopeless gacha addict I am. In fact, it’s so bad, that my inventory blows up by at least a thousand items each time I visit an event. I definitely need some serious help, especially with the Arcade being a few short weeks away.

With that being said, shoe gachas are my downfall and so of course, Essenz has released another fabulous heel for the Gacha Garden. Quito is sleek and strappy and definitely a rockstar style that can be dressed up or down with jeans or in my case, a summer dress.

While it still feels like summer here in Florida, I’ve brought the image of chilly weather to me with this new knit scarf by Petit Mort. You can find it at Sad November until the 22nd.

For the November round of Kustom9, Tetra has expanded its line and Nata’s first attempt at mesh hair is stunning! “Pineapple ” is a medium-length, off the shoulder style with soft, flowing waves and tons of options! The start of this new line comes in 60 colors and 5 packs (light, dark, red tones, balayage, color ombres.) The textures of this hair are soft and very realistic and I, for one, cannot wait to see more future releases!

My Outfit:

Catwa – Annie Mesh Head
League – Ella Skin (medium) NEW RELEASE @ the Mainstore
Tetra – Pineapple Hair (balayage) NEW RELEASE @ Kustom9
R.icielli – Gigi Dress (w/hud)
Essenz – Quito (brown) NEW RELEASE @ the Gacha Garden
ieQED – Pineapple Set (gold)
Magic Nook – Parisian Romance Clutch (green)
Petit Mort – Cable Knit Scarf w/HUD NEW RELEASE @ Sad November

Mons / 3D – Leaf Photoshoot Decor
Poses by Le Poppycock