The Challenge - Garden - Part 1

I am so excited about this month's theme for The Challenge.  It is GARDEN and you are going to run about madly when you see the awesomeness that the designers involved have come up with.  I am sure they just go from strength to strength!

I have decided that to do each item justice, I really need to show just a few at a time, so this will be part 1 of who knows how many.  I just don't want to rush them.  But, please know that I took all these photos on the same day, hence the same dress, hair and shoes. The dress and shoes are from Miel and the hair is from Magika.

The Challenge starts on the 1st of July, so get your wallets ready!

First up I have these amazing benches from JoHaDeZ.  They are filled with fabulous poses and each bench has different poses, so when you and a friend and sitting, chilling you won't be sitting exactly the same, which can be a tad awkward!  They are also made with SL's new 'materials' on the soil, rocks and lamps, but you will need a mesh viewer with shaders activated to see this*.  I am loving how real these items look.

This great garden shed is from !! Follow Us !! - I am loving the fact that you can enjoy a bit of lunch before heading back to work in the shed or the garden.  This shed and table/chair set looks great in the garden and the details are just perfect from the gourmet desserts on the table, to the items hiding in the shed.

And lastly, for today, is this gorgeous Arcadia Pergola from {MV}.  I love the use of the vines to give this pergola a very natural look.  Perfect for a more 'wild' garden area.  Imagine some chairs in here where you can enjoy the shade and the lovely fountain.

*  Materials Enabled - (From Trompe Loeil website)
"Materials - the addition of normal and specularity maps, for bumpiness/depth and shine control - are commonly used in other 3D game engines, and are now available for creators to utilize in Second Life.  These special textures make otherwise flat surfaces react with lighting sources, so a stone wall now appears to have real depth and texture, especially when a light is moved across it.  New specularity maps mean that transparent textures, like windows, can also have reactive shine as well."

At the moment only the official SL viewer lets you see the effects of materials.  I am sure the others will catch up as soon as they can!  Also, you need to turn on the Advanced Lighting Model ticked in Preferences - Graphics tab.  Check out this video for examples of how materials works HERE.


Friday Frolic

I love Fifty Linden Friday.  I look forward to seeing what goodies are out for it each week.  This week I have two items to show you, so make sure you go and grab them before Friday has rolled into Saturday.

I won't chat much so I can get this out in time.

Dress:  Miel - Nautica Dress Fatpack (colour change!)
Stools:  {what next} - Campout Stools (great poses and props)

Other Non-FLF Items
Braces:  Tuli - Parted Lips Prim - Braces
Hair:  Magika - Tomorrow (50% off in sale)
Skin and Shape:  Tuli - Sara Shape and Sara Skin - Powder - Sultry
Fire:  {what next} - Bear Canyon Little Campfire

Handy Hint - If you are going to the Magika sale might I suggest looking at the hair on marketplace, grabbing the demos of the ones you like and trying them on at home BEFORE you go to the store.  This will make things quicker and easier for you.


Slip, Slop, Slap

We used to have an advertisement on TV in Aryaland that involved the sunsmart message 'Slip, Slop, Slap'.  Basically we should slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat.  These are wise words indeed...unless you are in SL where the UV is nil and the only way to get sunburn is to buy one.  Brilliant.

Today, I am back on the beach, but this time I have icecream.  The cool Sandbridge Icecream Cart is from {what next} and is currently available at The Garden.  This item is static/decorative but you can touch it to get iced lollies or icecreams.  YUM!

Romper:  Leri Miles Designs - Blanca Romper Sunshine (Acid Lily)
Shoes:  Loordes of London - The Puppeteer Mix - Yellow  (AL)
Pose:  elephante poses - Dusk and Summer #3 (includes hat) (AL)

Jumpsuit:  LavandaChic* - Long Jumpsuit - Yellow (AL)
Pose:  elephante poses - Dusk and Summer #1 (includes hat) (AL)

Romper:  Leri Miles Designs - Jayla Romper Latte (New Item)
Pose:  elephante poses - Dusk and Summer #5 (includes hat) (AL)

Dress:  {PopTart} - Stars and Stripes Dress (Perfect Wardrobe)
Pose:  elephante poses - Dusk and Summer #2 (AL)

Bikini:  blah.BLAH.blah - Raven Bikini (New Item)
Lounger:  {what next} - Splash Floating Lounger - Blue Stripe (Zodiac)


Beached As, Bro

I am beached as.  Well, I am hanging about on the beach today.  The best thing about SL beaches is that you don't get sand in strange places.  BONUS!

I am hoping that no one throws water on me and tries to push me out to my pod.  I would like to say that this had never happened to me in RL, but thanks to some 'friends' who thought my pregnant form mock-worthy it actually has.  Such fun...

However, I had this whole beach to myself so I was quite safe from such hilarity.   This beach scene is a skysphere from A.D.D. Andel.  Nice place to hang with friends and soak up some sun.

The bikinis I am showing off today are all from the Endless Summer Hunt that started today.  I am loving these as my swimwear was in dire need of an update and revamp.  I hope you enjoy them too.

I must give a BIG mention to my skin and shape (since you can see lots of it today).  It is the new skin and shape called Sara V2 from Tuli.  I am also going to show you their fun new teeth range.  If you purchase any of these make sure you read the instructions.  I found it a lot easier when I finally did.  I am hopeless.

The hair I am wearing today is from Ploom.  It is currently available at the new round of My Attic @ The Deck.  The beach towels are also found here and are from W.Winx & Flair.

Because I am feeling lazy after my beach lounging I am giving you the link to the website and you can find the URLs and hunt hints there.  It is right HERE.

Bikini:  [trs] - Hawaiian Paradise Bikini
Pose:  Juxtapose - Endless Summer Days (With flip-flops/thongs/jandal prop - in all pics)
Jewellery:  CoLLisions - Aslaug Jewelry Set

Teeth:  Tuli - Parted Lips - Gap 1 (not in hunt)
Eyes:  Poetic Colors - Rain Tree (not in hunt - past freebie gift)

Bikini:  [SAKIDE] - Beach Forever Outfits (also has bikini bottom option)

Bikini:  GLO*MART - ESH Bikini

Bikini:  Kennedy's - Endless Summer Bikini
Belly Piercing and Tattoo:  HollyWeird - Belly Tattoo and Dermal Piercing

Bikini:  Seddy's Creations - Skulls Bikini
Necklace:  Cute Poison - Gamer Necklace - Black



It is summertime in SL and you know what that means?  Yes!  Summer hunts!  Depraved Nation has their hunt called Endless Summer.  It starts on the 20th (today) and goes until the 20th of July.  This gives you plenty of time to grab the starting LM and go and grab some awesome new summer gear!  Perfect.

My hair/hat is from Amacci and is called Tracey.  The dreamscene I am in is from Garden of Dreams called Hidden Cove.  My skin and shape are both new from Tuli and are Sara V2.

You can go HERE for all the URLs and hunt hints.

Dress:  22769 - Beach Dress - Sunset
Pose:  elephante poses - Say It Ain't So #4

Dress:  Sassy! - Taylor Dress
Pose:  elephante poses - Say It Ain't So #3

Dress:  Leri Miles Designs - Delta Dress - Spring
Pose:  elephante poses - Say It Ain't So #6

Dress:  {dollle*} - Endless Summer Strapless Dress
Pose:  elephante poses - Say It Ain't So #2

Check out the poster for more details!


Feeling Fine

I don't normally show you multiple versions of the same item, so I hope you will forgive me when I do that today.  The reason is that this dress from Finesmith with its lovely accessories is so versatile and each colour so different.  To give you an example I have worn the same dress in different colours in three different shots.
My photos do not give justice to the gorgeous detailing of the belt and collar.  Make sure you go take a look for yourself.

Finesmith - BALI Gown - Black and White
Hair:  PurpleMoon - Dax

Finesmith - BALI Gown - Popi
Hair:  Ploom - Sha

Finesmith - BALI Gown - Red
Hair:  PurpleMoon - Dew


Dis and Dat

Today I have a little bit of dis and a little bit of dat to show you and they are from all over the place.  Think of it as a bit of a tour de SL!  And think of all the fun you will have wandering about grabbing all the gorgeous furniture and fashion!  SHOPPING FRENZY!  Bonus!

Oh, and wait til you see the gorgeous new cabin from Trompe Loeil.  At only 39 prims, this little stunner is perfect for any prim budget, and even has a 5m tall foundation slab so you can use it on flat or sloping land.  Clever.

Hair is from D!va at Collabor88.  Sweater is from Leri Miles Designs (Lazy Sunday).  Pants are from [[>Cake!<]].

Furniture:  Trompe Loeil - Barrel Stools and Table - White (Collabor88)

Cabinet:  Trompe Loeil - Billiards Dressers - 12 (The Arcade)
Vases:  [CIRCA] - Organic Vase Trio - Coastal Earth (Thrift Shop)
Photo Frames:  Trompe Loeil - Stringlights with Photos (The Garden)

 Benches:  22769 [bauwerk] & Diesel Works Coffee Bench - White Nature (Atelier Kreslo)

Candles:  A&A - Crock Cake Candles - Hot Cocoa and Warm Vanilla (Thrift Shop)
Rock:  A&A - Sentimental Rock - A True Friend (Thrift Shop)
Firefly Jar:  A&A - Mystical Firefly Jar (Thrift Shop)
Wall Art:  MIAB - Daily Crossword (Thrift Shop)

Wall Art:  [CIRCA] - Grunge Art Panels - Trio (Thrift Shop)
Photo Fence:  Trompe Loeil - Fence Brown with Photos (The Garden)

Bed, Rug, Tree Photo, Wall Art and Bench:  Trompe Loeil - Cobble Hill Bedroom Suite - Brown (faMESHed)
Photo Board:  Trompe Loeil - Frame Brown with Photos (The Garden)

Dresser, Lamp, and Wall Art:  Trompe Loeil - Cobble Hill Bedroom Suite - Brown (faMESHed)
Blocks:  A&A - Mesh Antique I Love You Blocks (Thrift Shop)

Cabin:  Trompe Loeil - Rustic Cabin (Collabor88)


So Thrifty!

The Thrift Shop is great for wallets of all sizes.  There is something for every budget.  Today I have some dresses to show you and I am loving the funky styles.  It is great finding lots of variety too.  Told you there was styles to suit all tastes!

My hair today is from D!va and is currently at Collabor88.  I am wearing the Mimi style in Moon Stone.  The poses I am using today are all from !bang.

Bag:  Naminoke - Summer Tote - 2-1
Dress:  Twisted Finials - Priot Tankdress
Shoes:  Latreia - Lolita - Black (and in Pic 4)
Jewellery:  CoLLisions - Somni Jewelry Set - Plum

Dress:  Sour Pickles - Tropical Isle Summer Dress
Bag:  Greymoon - Alice Manuscript Bag - Cream

Dress and Bow:  Barely Legal - Save the Butterfly Fields - Blue Check

Dress:  Zanze - Cinch Dress - Zebra
Bag:  Flower Child - Vintage Duffle Bag - Floral Leather - Black


At the Thrift Shop

I wear your Granddad's clothes
I look incredible

Thanks, Macklemore, I do look great because I have been hanging at The Depraved Nation's latest event called The Thrift Shop.  This is definitely the place where you will get some fab items for some super prices.  I have SOOOOOO much to show you, that I had better get a wriggle on.  I would hate for you to miss out on this event.  This is the perfect time to spruce up your wardrobe or home.

The taxi to Thrift Shop is HERE!

Sidenote:  My hair today is from Wasabi Pills which I got this from the gacha at The Arcade SL.

Top:  {Capricious} - Jessica Top - Tomato
Pants:  Kaithleen's - 3/4 Trousers - Black
Pose:  Juxtapose - Thrift Shop 8

Dress:  Senzafine - Lilah Sundress - Sepia
Pose:  Juxtapose - Thrift Shop 6

Dress:  Flower Child - "Frill Me" Dress - Green
Pose:  Juxtapose - Thrift Shop - Rare 1A

Top and Vest:  NS - Vest and Belly Tee 
Shorts:  Fujiwara's World - Queen of City Pocket Shorts - Charcoal
Pose:  Juxtapose - Thrift Shop 4


Me and My Scooters!

What better way to show off some items from Acid Lily and around the place than with some fabulous scooters from {what next} in the background.  These 'hogs' rock!  They are gacha items in The Arcade SL.  How cool is that?  They have 2 seaters and also some awesome sidecar versions so 3 of you can ride!  Born to be wild!

The poses I am using today are all from Katy's Kreations and I am using a mix of Set 1 and Set 2. My hair is from Exile and is called Waiting for Tonight.

Dress:  Spearsong - Mesh Maxi Dress - Blues  (Acid Lily)

Dress:  Leri Miles Designs - Ruby Dress - Retro (AL)
Boots:  [[>Cake<]] - ShoeS - Lace Up - Pink (AL)
Necklace:  Phoebe - Owl Necklace (AL)

Top:  Color.Insane - Top 5 (AL)
Pants:  {PopTart} - Tread Pants - Soft Grey  (Numberology)
Boots:  [[>Cake<]] - ShoeS - Lace Up - GreYBlue (AL)

Dress:  {PopTart} - Minxy - Glam Giraffe  (New Release)
Glasses:  {PopTart} - Deal With It Shades (Gacha)
Headphones:  {PopTart} - Bow Headphones - Pink (Gacha)