Lara

Lara

Skin: Glam Affair – Sia (TCF)
Hair: Blueberry – Alessa
Pearls: DeviousMind – Sarah la Seductrice
Lingerie: Erratic – Giselle
Shoes: SSD – Mata hari jeweled stiletto

Onyx Leshelle of Maitreya was kind enough to send me the new Lara mesh body just before release, but because of the holidays, I’ve only just gotten round to reviewing it now!

I’d been lusting after this body after I’d seen teasers for it on Onyx’s Flickr and now that it’s finally out, the hype was 100% justified. The overall shape is nice, and you can achieve a myriad of different body shapes, easily taking yourself from slender to curvy and everything in between without any weird rigging or what have you.

What I adore about this body most is the fact that it’s already got Glam Affair skins built in as default presets. So, for me as someone whose inventory is made of up 98% Glam Affair skins, you can understand my joy when I find out I don’t need to go out and buy yet more appliers for yet another mesh body. Of course, other skin brands will be making appliers for this too.

Side-by-side of popular fitted mesh bodies currently on the market. Same shape, same appliers. Raw image apart from cropping, text and censor bars.
Hair: Olive – The Melody

Currently, the only downside to this body for me personally would be the fact that at the moment there is only one hand pose included. But I did ask Onyx about this and here’s what she had to say;

Xanthe: The hands are really pretty, but do you have plan to make different hand poses in future?
Onyx: yes thats the plan 🙂 We didnt want to delay the release further for that at this point. And since people seem really happy with their slink hands and feet, in which they invested so much, i thought that many people will be ok with their slink hands for now (if they want more poses). I am also interested in feedback about such things. It is hard to know what people wish for. if there are people who want more hands, id love to make more hand options
Xanthe: Ooh I see! It’s great that you made it compatible with slink. I really like how realistic your hands are though. One thing I liked about the Belleza body was the fact that you can change hand poses in a single HUD. I think if Maitreya did something like that it’d be a huge help. It’s good having slink hand poses as an option for now but it’s a hassle rifling through folders to find a certain pose you know?
Onyx: yes I understand
Onyx: that was a great idea of belleza indeed
Onyx: we would need to invest some time in that, making more hands. But i would love to

I think it’s very fair not to delay the release any further, and since the Lara body is seamlessly compatible with slink hands, there shouldn’t be any issues for those who want to use different hand poses for the time being.

The feet that come with the body are beautifully realistic and I appreciate them a lot. However they are not compatible with slink shoes, so designers will have to make Maitreya-compatible shoes for those who prefer to wear the Lara feet as opposed to the Slink feet with their Maitreya body.

Many people who purchased the body have reported seeing ‘jagged shoulders’, but it’s not something that I’ve noticed myself. I’ve seen from screenshots that it can either be chalked down to a very minor rigging issue or something to do with the graphics for some. But I can’t say for sure since I haven’t experienced this.

Favourite Features

  • Seamlessly compatible with Slink hands + feet (XS size only)
  • Compatible with Omega system appliers
  • Rigged mesh lingerie included + Appliers lingerie by Zaara included
  • Preset with 10 skin-tones by Glam Affair
  • 3 layers for appliers
  • 3 foot styles
  • 3 Nail Lengths

All in all, I’d say this is hands down my favourite body so far. Maitreya is ticking all the right boxes with regards to realistic shape and making it compatible with other brands already on the market. Their alpha hud makes it easy to fit into any mesh clothes you might have and I’ll happily give it bonus points for using Glam Affair skins as default presets.

A big thank you to Onyx Leshelle who provided this body for review

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Bed: Sway – Neal unmade bed

Flower Canopy: Kalopsia – Fancy Gazebo

Vanity: Cheeky Pea – bureau de brioude (Uber)

Bright Journey

Bright Journey

Hair: Tableau Vivant – Drake
Costume: FrozenDreams – Thief
Bikini: Nar Mattaru – Glory Bikini
Sleeve Ribbons: Underground – Holiday bow
Mount: Breeder’s choice – Strider bird mount (Totally Top Shelf)

Skin: Glam affair – Sia II (TCF)
Hair: Olive – The dreaming (The new tailors)
Eyes:  Buzzeri – Lillian eyes (Coming soon @Kustom9)

Location: Aletheia

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Part of the game

Part of the game

Skin: Lara Hurley – Fae (Uber)
Hair: Little bones – Two weeks 1 (TCF)
Bodysuit: Diram – Adriana (On Sale)
Shoes: Pure Poison – Golden queen sandals (A6D)
Chair: Gudu – Aria chair
Crown: ISON – Royal crown

Yesterday I told you guys about new event on the grid, Uber. Well today I’m gonna tell you about After6Days! It’s another brand new event and features a lot of amazing designers like Tableau Vivant, Pure Poison, Le Primitif, David Heather and more! The theme for this round is Chess so if you love your checked-patterns and chess-piece accessories then you should definitely come pay a visit. It’s founded by talented SL and RL fashion designer Joy LaPerriere of .Shi!

Part of the game (Zoom)

Earring: Modern couture – Adrian earring (A6D)
Bracelet: Eudora – Karnamak bracelets (A6D)
Ring: Le Primitif – Alloy spiked ring (A6D)
Cigarette: Mes petites coutures – Audrey Cigarette

Also, Diram is having a 50% off sale on all mesh clothing. I don’t know how long this sale will last but you’d better head over right away and grab some amazing, high quality items at discounted prices!

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Rabbit Heart

Rabbit Heart

Skin: Glam affair – Brandi
Hair: Catwa – Sandy
Flower crown: Liquence – Flower crown
Dress: Zenith – Denim lace dress
Bag: Zenith – Leather handbag (The Arcade)
Masks: ANE – Day creature (TCF)
Shoes: Maniac Quintessa – Yesenia pumps (Gypset market)

So while I was catching up on my social networks yesterday, I saw someone had shared a photo of these amazingly beautiful shoes. I fell in love instantly and ran off to the Gypset market to get them! They’re by a store that is totally new to me called Maniac Quintessa! I just loved the suede texture and pretty lace sock, I couldn’t resist! I’m not sure how long they will be available at the market, or if they’ll even come to the mainstore afterwards so better grab them quickly!

Also, a new round of The Chapter Four is under way and ANE has made this cool masks for you all! There are 4 Rabbit ones to choose from and 4 ‘night creature’ ones too (I want to say they look like bats but I could be wrong haha) in a few colours. These are in the under 100L$ room so definitely go pick up this amazing bargain while you can!

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Picnic

Picnic

Left
Hair: Little bones – Limbs (100 block)
Top: Tee*fy – Julianna cropped top
Necklace: Yummy – Satin bow and pearls set
Skirt: Nylon Outfitters – Tutu set (C88)
Shoes: Fri.day – Ella (C88)
Pose: Sari-Sari – Groundsit (K9)
Right
Hair: Truth – April (C88)
Top: Tee*fy – Sophie cut-out ruffle top (C88)
Jacket: COCO – Jacket over shoulders (Fameshed)
Necklace: Yummy – Silver rose pendant (C88)
Skirt: Tee*fy – Su pencil skirt (C88)
Shoes: ANE – Strappy heels (C88)
Pose: Imeka – Juice

Hey look! More Collabor88 goodies! This time I just have to talk about Tee*fy’s stuff this round because it’s adorable! The Sophie cut-out tops and Su skirts all go so perfectly together, you don’t even have to worry about which will match what. Plus I had to pick my jaw up off the floor when I saw that the skirts were only 88L$ each. I paired them with ANE’s super pretty strappy heels (which I’ll probably be wearing more often because I adore them) and a little pendant from Yummy.

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Mayfair

Mayfair

Coffee: Atelier Kreslo – To-go cup
Bottoms: ISON – Work it trousers (C88)
Bag: Lagyo – Mackenzie tote bag (C88)
Magazines: Off brand furniture – Decorative magazines
Keychain: Xiaj – Roy keychain wallet (TCF)
Shoes: JD – Coco heels (TLC)

I know I’m sooooo late off the mark with this one but a new round of Collabor88 has been open since the 8th March! The theme this round is ‘back to business’ so if you love your tailored suits, high buns and ponytails then you’ll adore this round! I’m wearing this fabulous suit and pants combination from ISON which is available in a bunch of great colours and includes a HUD which lets you change the colour of the shirt underneath or remove it altogether if you want something sexier. The jewellery and handbag are gorgeous pieces from Lagyo! The bag comes in both gold and silver versions for whatever colour you choose as well as hand, forearm and no-pose versions! And it has just enough room to stuff in your fashion magazines (which I found from Offbrand furniture!). The jewellery set includes necklace, earrings and a ring for each hand which also comes in gold or silver versions so it’ll be the perfect statement to add to that little black dress

Mayfair

Skin: Glam affair – Sylvia (C88)
Hair: Tableau Vivant – Gloster (Coming soon @The Attic)
Jewelry: Lagyo – Mackenzie collection (C88)
Sunglasses: Luxe – Lolita glasses (Kustom9)
Blazer: ISON – Work it blazer (C88)
Pose: Ma vie – Girl fever

I’m also rocking a new hair by Tableau Vivant! It’s called Gloster and it’s unisex, so here’s something for you boys too! It’ll be available at this coming round of The Attic so be sure to keep an eye out for that! My shoes are a new release from JD for The Liaison collaborative which just opened up! You can purchase them in great colour change HUDs in either lights, darks, or even the limited edition TLC colour pack! These shoes can only be worn with the JD MyFeet Tip toe style but you can buy these at the event along with the shoes if you don’t have them yet. These won’t work with Slink feet or the default avatar feet so make sure you know what you’re purchasing before you do so!

Also available at C88 is Glam Affair’s Sylvia in Jamaica tone! Sylvia made her debut at the previous round of C88 in America tone but if paler skins aren’t for you then Jamaica is a pretty tan tone you might be interested in! Above are just a few of the many many many combinations you can create with the different eyebrows ,noses, cheeks, eyes and lips add-on packs so go crazy!

And here are some more Skin Fair peeksies for you in case you still haven’t made up your mind which of the hundreds of skins you’d like to take home with you! We have Egozy’s new exclusives Laoya and Anjali. Anjali is my personal favourite because she’s a beautiful Asian skin with pretty bindi tattoos! But also we have Elysium’s Taylor which comes with a bunch of lipstick tattoos to match each tone and you can wear her with or without freckles and cleavage!

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Location: Mayfair

Rust Away

Rust away

Top: Pixicat – Cutout tie top (New!)
Jeans: Pixicat – Highwaisted jeans (New!)
Boots: Fri.day – Hunter boots
Bag: Xiaj – ibi messenger bags (TCF)
Pose: Del May – How about it?

Have you been to The Chapter Four yet? No? Well go! There’s a bunch of cute stuff this round from the regulars as well as couple new designers popping in too! Xiaj has popped these messenger bags into a gacha in a whole bundle of different colours and designs from camo to polkadot (including my favourite, florals!) so you’re bound to win something that you’ll love! Offbeat has a cute cardigans gacha that I pumped so much money into! You can buy this collar as an extra add-on for the cardigans but I like collecting these to go with my other shirts as well! Since mesh isn’t the best thing to layer with, these add-on collars are great for spicing up that tank top you’ve had knocking around for ages without a bunch of scary clipping or utilising clothing layers!

Okay well have to been to Nouveaux yet? Not either?! Come on I’m trying my best here! Pixicat, our resident mesh-master has created this adorable knotted top and jeans set! They come in a variety of colours and, you can’t see under my blazer but, they have really cute cut out shoulders! Both are 100% original mesh and both are a real steal too with the jeans only coming in at 100L$! You really won’t find quality like this for prices like these so do check out Pixicat and show her some love!

Rust away

Skin: Glam affair – Aria (Arcade)
Hair: Milk – Oh Cecilia (group gift)
Hat: Enfant Terrible – Travel souvenirs (Arcade)
Blazer: The Secret store – Structured blazer
Necklace: Maxi Gossamer – Heart key pendant
Collar: Offbeat – Spring cardigan add shirt (TCF)

Now, you must have been to The Arcade by now, right? Good! This cute kitty-ear bowler hat is one of the common prizes from Enfant Terrible’s machine and oh my goodness is it not just the cutest? Hats with cat-ears are my weakness! I tipped it to one side to show off this cute bun hairstyle, which is a new group gift from Milk! The group is free to join and Katt puts out a new gift every month so definitely join the group and stay there! All the colour HUDs are included as well so you blondes and redheads need not fear!

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Location: The Sideroads Blues

 

The Artist

The artist

Skin: Mariko – Yejin
Hair: Little bones – Bullfighter jacket (Group gift)
Hoodie: Room of amo – Cowichan hoodie (Group gift)
Paint: Half deer – Paint splatter

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, a new round of The Chapter four has begun! So hang onto your purses because there are tons of adorable gachas, discounts, 2 for 1’s and cheapies for you to grab for a limited time only!

Half Deer’s gacha machine for this round is full to bursting with my three favourite words; Floral, pastel and shoes! The Obel sneakers come in a huge variety of colours you can win and the rare even comes with a colour change HUD! The good news is you can wear these with or without Slink flat feet (but obviously they look better if you have them) so not to worry if you got over-excited and didn’t read the label! Also in the gacha area of TCF are Birdy’s incredibly cute pocket pets. You can win one of many cute little kittens, puppies and bunnies to stick in your pocket and take with you wherever you go. Every pocket comes with a colour change HUD (yes, even the commons) so you can match them to all of your outfits!

The artist

Top: Beetlebones – Freebie tanks (Free)
Skirt: Zup – Mesh belted skirt (5L$)
Pocket: Birdy – Pocket pets (TCF)
Tights: Umeboshi – Pabu tights
Shoes: Half deer – Obel sneakers (TCF)

Little Bones‘ very own Nova Monroe has outdone herself yet again by sending out a copy of her new release in special colours to members of the group. The Bullfighter jacket hair is incredibly adorable and comes in four exclusive colours for absolutely free! I really love how cute this hair is so I’ll definitely be picking it up in more colours as soon as they’re released! Nova throws free hairs in your face whenever she makes them (which is very often!) so be sure to join the Little Bones group and stay there to keep in the loop! As always with her gifts, they will only remain in the past notices for 14 days, after which time they will no longer be available so, hop to it!

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Land of nod

Land of nod

Left
Dress: Fashionably dead – Fluffy girly dress (C88)
Boots: Ingenue – Brigita boots (C88)
Tights: Cannibelle – Angel wing tights
Right
Dress: The secret store – Sarah dress coat (C88)
Bag: Birdy – Deer backpack (TCF)
Shoes: Aux – Heartbreaker (C88)
Background
Sheep: Mishmish – Counting sheep (C88)
Trees: Half deer – Daydreaming tree
Wall stars: Myrrine – Shabby chic star on wall (Four walls hunt)

 

Hooray! A new round of Collabor88 is open and the theme is Hibernation, so there are lots of cute and dreamy clothing, skins, hair, accessories, homes and decor you can grab! There are a couple more guest designers you might recognise this round as well such as Eaters Coma. So without further delay, I’ll talk you through my little haul!

As always with C88, all the items are priced in integers of 88L$, so some items can be 188L$, 288L$ or even just 88L$! Most of the items in the image were 188L$ or 88L$ so you’ll grab a bargain whatever you’re after! Mishmish’s cute little dreaming sheep come in small versions (for your head) and large versions (to sit on!). It comes with the fences and cloudy backdrop and their little ears even animate! There are a few colours to choose from as well so they make great whimsical home decor items whatever your colour palette!

Land of nod

Left
Hair: Clawtooth – Cozy cutie (C88)
Skin: Glam affair – Elvi
Necklace: Zenith – Ribbon necklace (Group gift)
Right
Hair: Eaters coma – Hair 44 (C88)
Earmuffs: Noodles – Bearmuffs (C88)
Eyes: Buzzeri – Mysteria eyes
Poses: Imeka – Reika (C88)

Fashionably dead has this pretty ruffly dress (left) out as one of their items for this round along with matching coats and scarves to keep you adorably warm. I’m a sucker for ruffly dresses so I couldn’t resist! I did notice a little textural hiccup on the right shoulder by the collar though so make sure you try the demo before you buy. You’re unlikely to see it if you wear a lot of jackets/long hairs but better to be safe than sorry!

Noodles has some really sweet bear earmuffs for only 88L$ each, and you can even purchase a transferable one to gift to a friend this holiday season. Clawtooth and Eaters coma have two versions of the same hairs (with bangs and without) and Clawtooth’s snuggly ribbon’s texture can also be changed!

 

Finally, Birdy has some really cool backpacks out for The Chapter four! You get 2 colours in each pack you buy and all of them are beautifully made and even have resizer options so you can fit it to any avatar you may have! I just love deers and fauns so the little gold deer embellishments really did it for me!

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