Chillax

I don’t know why I waited so long to adopt this new outlook for my SLife. I am having a blast! I still never thought I would have ever joined an RP-style community, but I am so glad I did. Not only have I already made some incredible friends in the last few weeks, but I’m also having all sorts of interesting adventures.

I’ve worn a lot of casual stuff lately as I wander through town not getting into trouble, but I really wanted to show off these new sneaker-style booties from Scandalize and Ariana dress from Cynful. They both have a similar tufted/quilted sort of pattern on them that go great together. I’ve actually worn them for quite a few days, I’m afraid my neighbors might start questioning my hygiene.

In any case, it has been nice to take a step back from blogging. Don’t get me wrong, I still love every moment of it. But not having the deadlines and getting to post at my leisure is, admittedly, really nice. Of course, I couldn’t help but apply to blog for an event that ya’ll know I’ve <3’d every year. So, stay tuned for some Summerfest ’20 inspired goodies coming soon!

DETAILS:

LELUTKA – Nova Mesh Head
LARA HURLEY – Tess Skin
CYNFUL – Ariana Dress NEW RELEASE @ Collabor88
SCANDALIZE – Shaysel Boots NEW RELEASE @ faMESHed
BLUEBERRY – Alena Waist Jacket
NAVY & COPPER – Kaylee / Ponytail
KIBITZ – Destiny’s Necklace
ZOOM – Ozzy Glasses
MINIMAL – Kunstmuseen Green Leaves Corner

Witchy Weekend

I absolutely love Halloween! Granted, trick or treating in Florida is often way too hot to enjoy, but the concept is still totally awesome. While I am too old when it comes to begging for candy, we’re never too old to play dress up! Am I right?

In SL, the possibilities are endless and for the first time, the Arcade is sponsoring a special pop-up holiday edition of its gacha event! That’s right, all you can play Halloween gachas are available from October 6th-31st. You can check out the shopping guide here!

There are tons of new releases and themed items to create the perfect Halloween costume. I’m wearing new releases from Osmia, Glam Affair and Scandalize, among others and added these perfect folded top boots from Essenz to finish off my witchy inspired ensemble.

What is your favorite part about Halloween?

Love Cara

My Outfit:

Catwa – Magy Bento Mesh Head
Glam Affair – Dorothy Applier (17/RARE) NEW RELEASE @ the Arcade
L’Etre – Luminosite Lipstick #6
Wasabi – Paris Hair (blonds) NEW RELEASE @ the Arcade
Osmia – BloodyPromGacha – Short Dress (black) NEW RELEASE @ the Arcade
Scandalize – Sabrina Black Hat/RARE NEW RELEASE @ the Arcade
Essenz – Colorodo (black) NEW RELEASE @ the Seasons Story
Canimal – Oh My Goth Necklace (black) NEW RELEASE @ the Arcade
Black Bantam – Cutie Sphinx Kitten NEW RELEASE @ the Arcade
ChicChica – ChicStick #2/RARE NEW RELEASE @ the Arcade

Backdrop by Glam Affair (dark stage/rare)

Plaid, Please

It’s sweater weather! Well, in theory. And definitely not here in Florida. But for me, September is the start of it all! Addams has released this new loose sweater in assorted color packs (solid, plaid, ombre, splotch) and the tones of this particular pattern are definitely rocking the Fall 2018 Pantone color palette. I’ve really been on a plaid kick in RL and so I went straight for that pack. I’ll admit that at first, I was iffy on the red and purple together, but it totally works and adding the new studded boots from Reign really added to the ‘wow’ factor.

Glam Affair has also released a new skin for LeLutka Heads. I am wearing Trecy in Tone 6. I still miss my old America tones, but I am really enjoying the variations in the new tones for seasons, as well as all of the new features. Can you say, hello contour!? Anyway, check out these lips on Trecy! As soon as I saw the ad, I was hooked. She is definitely my new favorite! What do you think of the new tones?

Love Cara

My Outfit:

LeLutka – Greer Bento Mesh Head
Glam Affair – Trecy (tone 6) NEW RELEASE @ Uber
Addams – Frank Knitted Loose Sweater (plaid pack) & Frank Crop Top NEW RELEASES @ the Mainstore
Navy & Copper – Muffin (natomb&tips)
Ricielli – Yuse Bag (violet)
Scandalize – Alura Pant (black)
Reign – Witches Brew Traveler & Becky Studded Boots (black) NEW RELEASE @ N21
Friday – Cozy Socks (tops/tinted)
LaGyo – Anapos Scarf (tinted)
Kibitz – Yazil Rings (gold) NEW RELEASE @ N21

Poses by Vilda&Phew (astrid)
Location @ Erebos Harbor

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

The Color of Love

It’s February and that means love is in the air all around! With Valentine’s Day less than two weeks away, many events and designers grid wide are releasing all sorts of goodies. These new heart balloons by Moon Rabbit are part of a gacha set available at Shiny Shabby. While I do wish they were modify so you can change the size of them, they are a lot of fun! You can grab the rare bundles in red, black or pink (single versions in pink as well!) They also come with some pretty fun phrases, too.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you fall into all of the hype, or is it just another day for you?

My Outfit:

LeLutka – Greer Bento Mesh Head & Rogue Bun
Glam Affair – Federika (america)
Scandalize – Senuna Leggings (black) NEW RELEASE @ Cosmopolitan Event
Toksik – Dulcet Blouse (white)
Nardcotix – Sophie Stiletto (red) NEW RELEASE @ Blush
Luxuria – Fleurette Lingerie (scarlet red)
Izzie’s – Heart Mole Applier
Moon Rabbit – Red Balloons RARE #3 NEW RELEASE @ Shiny Shabby

Poses by Paper Rabbit (poses 115-120) NEW RELEASE @ Blush
Location @ Tres Chic