Saturday, May 29, 2010

Bringing Spring To A Close

I thought since Spring is just about over and Summer right around the corner, I would focus on a springtime outfit. When I was visiting Elven Glen the other day, I found a design in one of their elven shops that I thought was particularly pretty. The designer, Lilah Fairey, had made several other choices, too, but this one stood out. I liked it because it was definitely unique, had alot of class and an innocence about it, along with being simple and lovely. It's called, Elven Lore Spring, and consists of shirt, pants, undershirt, spring skirt, underpants, jacket and gloves. The "pants" are a white flower vine crawling down each bare leg, while the "undershirt" is a grouping of beautiful white flowers sprinkled here and there all over the bodice area. The "gloves" are also little white flowers on the hands, while the "jacket" is of a sheer chiffon. A pretty, feminine belt surrounds a lovely flexi mini made of the same chiffon giving the look a sweet, sexy touch.

Skin: Curio/June 2 Raccoon 2 in Sundust Light by Gala Phoenix
Hair: Dr Life Healthy Hair Qiao-wave by Leena Ying
Elf Ears: Judas Afterthought
Location: Isle of Kellamore

Monday, May 24, 2010

Tol Narwa Vire: Storybook Magic

Unicorn, you are the picture of purity and light
Majestic, yet gentle within my perfect sight
Unicorn, protector and healer of all the wood,
Mighty, yet gracious, you represent all that is good

After discovering Elven Forest quite by accident, I've decided I want to see what else is out there, knowing there is more than I could ever take in! Yesterday late evening I visited an area known as Elven Lands, which consist of several sims. The first, Tol Narwa Vire, was an absolutely beautiful area full of deep woods, creeks, ponds and the sea, castles and other buildings with lovely, detailed architecture. I ended up spending the entire time I was on, which was about 3 hours, in this region. This is considered a roleplaying sim with rules, but not quite as formal as the rules in some roleplaying sims I've seen. As long as you are dressed as a fantasy avatar and play this part as your regular SL character, along with following the rules of the region, it is acceptable.

Above: The lovely hollow by the creek bank with the tiny boats and glowing aquarium.
Below: Intricate and beautiful architecture abound.

Upon arrival, you feel like you've stepped into a fairy tale, as you are surrounded by mushrooms, sparkle dust, forest trees, and bubbles. Everything is green and lush, with a magical touch. Up ahead and to the right an amazing and intricately detailed structure stands among the forest trees and extends up above the treetops into a tower. There are beautiful bridges, brick pathways, gardens and other small out buildings sprinkled all over the grounds in just the right places. Creeks, coves, caves, and small ponds also add much personality and beauty to the whole picture. The creators of the area went all out with poseballs, and interactive objects. They also scattered many creatures here and there all over the grounds. As I flew over the creek to see what was along the banks and where it ended, I discovered my favorite spot in the whole region. I landed on one side of the creek surrounded by huge trees and plant life of all kinds. On the other side, I saw a breathtaking white unicorn that almost looked like it glowed in the deep, dark forest. Unicorns have always been a childhood favorite of mine. Yes, I had to swim over and visit along with taking some pictures. In a different area by the creek banks, I ran across a little cove with tiny boats floating around their own little deck. Just a tad beyond this, the tall hills rising up from the creek bank surrounded an unbelievably beautiful, lighted, natural aquarium. It was built into the hill and under a bridge above. Right here, right now, this place was so enchanting and lovely, I felt I was part of this world, part of the magic it exuded.

Above: Riding a horse among the gorgeous flora and plant life by the ocean.
Below: Playing the harp that stands elegantly in the golden tower building.

Tol Narwa Vire was the most beautiful sim in the region, but there were a couple others that were definitely noteworthy. Falln Sanctuary, FallnAngel Creations, and Falln Amusements were three other sims I visited that were connected to Tol Narwa Vire and a part of Elven Lands. One other one is Falln Sanitarium, which contains the designer's skin and hair, but I didn't get to explore here. Falln Sanctuary consists of private residences, including the castle of Falln creator Azriel Demain. The castle is left open for anyone to explore and is truly amazing. Shallow water covers the ground all the way around the entrances to the castle, which has pretty stained glass roses as windows all over the building. This area also has lovely terrain, including tall, majestic snowy mountains, placed perfectly along with the green trees and forest. FallnAngel Creations houses the creator's fashion designs, while Falln Amusements contains alot of the products you see all over the entire region. Most of this sim had an amusement park setup complete with a train, carousel, ferris wheel, swings, a haunted house and several other unique displays. Of course I had to try out all the rides, as I love amusement parks anyway. They really did a good job with the authenticity and quality of the entire park. Normally a "ride through" haunted house, the cars were broken down, so I had to walk through. Instead of creatures jumping out at every turn, there were "scary" items for sale all over the haunted house. I just found it interesting and original how the creator used the sim to display products. All three sims are definitely a must see for fantasy lovers, or anyone for that matter. This is one of those places that every time you visit, something new and enchanting is guaranteed to be discovered!

Above: Riding the carousel at Falln Amusements.
Below: Contemplating entry into the haunted house at Falln Amusements.

Clothes: ED Gryphon Bronze by Eclipse Lykin
Also had on: Elven Lore Spring by Lilah Fairey and MysticHope Xandria Red by Kira Lavendel
Hair: Dr Life Yi and Healthy Hair Qiao-wave in blonde by Leena Ying plus Cross Sophie in blonde by AngelCross Skinstad
Skin: Curio/June 2 Raccoon 2 in Sundust light by Gala Phoenix
Location: Tol Narwa Vire and Falln Amusements by Azriel Demain

Monday, May 17, 2010

Bold In Bronze

Quite often, I plan to focus on a particular fashion piece I feel deserves the credit and is of great style and quality. The couture I'd like to feature today is called Gryphon Bronze by Eclipse Lykin of ED. This piece is of strong, durable leather and a thick knit and comes in a rich, deep bronze color. Along with being very nice to look at and full of beautiful details, it's truly functional for the active elf. It comes with oodles of parts and features, including, a short-sleeved and long-sleeved shirt, short-sleeved and long-sleeved jacket, shoulder shawl, a belt with holster, gloves, hood, pants for boots or no boots, boots, stockings, shorties and garters. Of course everything can mix and match and the color is so neutral, alot of pieces can be worn with other outfits in your inventory. The boots are my favorite and I wear them with many other outfits :) You can find the store, Eclipse Development, in world or on XLStreet. I also have their blog in my listing of blogs to the right of this post.

Skin: Curio/June 2 Raccoon 2 in Sundust Light by Gala Phoenix
Hair: Audrey II in Fire Red by Jolie Femme of JolieFemme Designs
Elf Ears: Judas Afterthought
Jewelry: Pearl Drop Tiara by Vivienne Daguerre
Location: Isle of Kellamore

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Elven Forest: Simply Beautiful With A Touch of Magic

I was in search of elven clothes and as I was looking, I ran across a listing for "Elven Forest" in SL search for Places. That "Teleport" button is just too easy to use, because of course I had to click it and explore as soon as possible. When I arrived, I was on a wooden deck with several booths around me full of little stores. Up ahead, I could see beautiful, tall, lush trees lining the forest that lay beyond. Forget the fact my original intention was to shop, and also forget the fact an SL "shopaholic" was surrounded by stores...I felt drawn to the dark and mysterious forest that relentlessly invited me to enter. I walked toward the border of trees, which had a sign out front, "Elven Forest". Everything was done right, from the forest trees to the font used on the sign to the pretty quaint lighting around the entrance. Without hesitation, I began my walk into the forest and there were so many brick trails, bridges and open grassland to discover, I didn't know where to start! Right after you walk in and then go straight to the center, there's a little social area where you can do a group dance, sit on a unicorn or a mushroom, and view a beautiful pond. It took me more than once to discover little hidden areas, like a cave behind a waterfall with poseballs and a little beach area past the forest and down a small trail. The area is full of private AND social areas with poseballs in abundance, so a fun place for friends or couples' romance. The areas consist of treehouses, little pools, castles, floating lotus flowers, caves, waterfalls, beaches, a watchtower, and many many more features. There's also a few different "up in the sky" areas you must check out. It's more fun to discover everything yourself, and well worth the visit. You must know that you can't fly from place to place, you have to walk. This is done for the sake of privacy for couples and to add to the exploring experience. They do have a great teleport system when you first arrive. Right before you get to the entrance among the trees, this teleporter lists every main area in Elven Forest. It's a large region, covering 2 sims, Blossom and Jaded Wings. Also, please be forewarned, this is an M-rated area and does allow nudity.

I won't tell anymore, I will let you discover the fascinating details! Overall, Elven Forest was created with love and care, full of class, beauty and magic.

Clothes: MysticHope Anfaela Brown by Kira Lavendel of MysticHope Designs
Skin: Curio/Lovely Obsidian in Sundust light by Gala Phoenix
Hair Top Picture: Sophie in Blonde by Angelcross Skinstad of Cross
Hair Second Picture: Audrey II in Fire Red by Jolie Femme of JolieFemme Designs
Hair Bottom Pictures: Bella III in White Beach Blonde by Jolie Femme of JolieFemme Designs
Elf Ears: Judas Afterthought
Jewelry: Pearl Drop tiara by Vivienne Daguerre
Boots: Gryphon by Eclipse Lykin of ED~Eclipse Clothing and Accessories
Location: Elven Forest in Blossom, created by Voy Sands

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Shopping Spree

I needed some new clothes in a most urgent way, so decided to do some shopping the other day. I happened upon a store that carried all varieties of elven and medeival enticements. Yes, I indulged in a few new outfits, well, I'd say about 7 or so. I tend to spend alot of time in one place until I know I'm making a good decision and getting the most for my money. I finally arrived back home with my purchases and could hardly wait to try them all on! That's what I spent the rest of my evening doing. I took my time with each outfit, looking at each one in the mirror as I did a few model spins per piece. I loved all of them, although there were a couple that were my favorite, so I know I'll end up wearing them twice as much or more than the others. Now I feel prepared to explore Elven Forest, a place I'd heard so much about. I think I'll sleep now, and do that tomorrow. Yep, shopping is hard work and tires a girl out!

Clothes: MysticHope Elvensign Blue by Kira Lavendel
Hair: Bella III in white beach blonde by Mcgeeb Gupte of Joliefemme Designs
Skin: Curio/June Geranium 2 in Sundust light by Gala Phoenix
Elf Ears: Judas Afterthought
Location: Isle of Kellamore

My Home

I have been so happy with my home this time after moving several times before. I've lived on the beach, in a snowy cabin, with my elf friends, and now, on a beautiful island called, Isle of Kellamore. I happened to run across an ad for land on the island through SL search and went to take a look. The island is owned and run by a very nice couple who have built a "central park" area in the middle of the island for anyone to enjoy. It contains wildlife, beautiful trees, plants, flowers, a quaint chapel, and more to explore. They own another island called Isle of Ballymore which is devoted to art and music.

I've always changed my decorating style over the years from rustic, to contemporary, to traditional and now I'm trying out old, medeival style and I rather like it. It goes well with the house, which is a Tudor style castle I discovered shortly after I found the island. It's built by a very talented creator named, David Avedon, who owns Old World Creations on Delight Land. It's called Wizards Keep and is only 99 prims total!! Amazing! I love anything with low prims, because I tend to use every last one! On top of being low in prims, it's unbelievably overflowing with features. You get ALOT for your money...what I call a great buy. You know how alot of homes you look at are so plain and the layout is too simple? In otherwords, just a square room with a fireplace and all wood walls and floors...maybe an upstairs with one extra room...that kind of simple. Not Wizards Keep! It was full of surprises when I looked at it. In fact, I didn't buy it the first time because I always look at several options then narrow the choices. When I went back to look at it, I found new features I hadn't noticed before. Those that stand out in my mind are the trap door in the floor of the living area and the ladder to a third bi-level upstairs. If you click on the trap door it opens and you can do whatever you want within that. Of course you have to dig the land to the size you want and that's just what I did. When you open the trap door, all you see is water. Once you step in, you fall into a magical aquarium! It's a little haven of it's own, with places to sit and watch the fish or be a mermaid if you so desire. No, if you enjoy castles and old styles, you'd love this home. You're welcome to come by for a visit anytime and I can show you around :) "Creoso, a'boramin!" This means, "Welcome to my dwelling" in Tolkien's Elven.

Home: Wizards Keep by David Avedon
Old World Creations
Location: Isle of Kellamore