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Indoor beach

I’ve been feeling very unmotivated with the blogging of late, but hey, I’m sure it’ll come back. Eventually. (Right now, I’m in one of my “listen to loud uncool music all day long” phase. Trust me, you don’t want to know.)

In the meantime, this post was actually inspired by the fact that my RL flat doesn’t have an outside space, not even a balcony, and in the summer, this is something I really miss. From that point of view, I’m actually grateful that summer so far hasn’t been that summery. Yay for non summery summers. Yeah, I’m weird.

Credits

Skybox: UmweltSeasons Hunt Tropico Skybox
Swimming Pool: [kusshon] “lil pool”. freebie.
Sand and stuff (including awning): –Hanaya– Chilling on the Beach Set (also includes beach chairs, not shown))
Chair: –Hanaya– Candylane Canvas Chair (Chocomint), modded (for the Seasons Hunt)
Picnic basket, fruit platter, radio: /artilleri/ Picnic blanket (last week’s *FLF*)
Strawberries & cream: cluttered. summer breakfast (for the Seasons Hunt)
Orchid: (THISnTHAT) Flowers orchid (part of old hunt gift)
Scooter: (pda) Ca plane pour moi (for the Seasons Hunt) (this is AWESOME, by the way!)

Other:
Bikini: (Milk Motion) My itsi bitsi bikini for the Season’s Hunt
Flip flops: couverture – special prize sandals (from Rando Museum project)

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Zen Promenade

I spent a while walking around the SLOW region yesterday and couldn’t stop taking pictures, partly because I’m having a lot of fun with the KARI Komrad HUD, and partly because it’s such a beautiful area. It’s a shopping destination (Node+, Couverture, Picnic, oyakin*, NoaR, and the cutest little cafe), but it’s also a gorgeous place in it’s own right.

Please do click on each image to see a bigger version.

[Visit SLOW]


English summer

What can I say…I know there’s been a heatwave in Europe, but here in the UK (yeah, yeah, I know the UK is in Europe, geographically speaking – but it doesn’t always feel that way), apart from a few very muggy days, the weather has been quite changeable, with quite a bit of rain. Which suits me fine, I love rain. So when I discovered that the Scarlet Creative skybox had texture change windows, and one of the settings was “rainy”, I knew it was a keeper. Even if the rainy effect is much more obvious if you rez the skybox in a big white box, which is what I’ve done here.

Credits

Skybox: Scarlet Creative – Paradise Circus (available on the Marketplace). (Floor slightly modded.)
Rug: The Loft– m.fox- (SY)- Floor Rug (no longer available)
Bed: .::PopArt::. Ian Sexbed (slightly modded)
Dresser: /artilleri/ bernard dresser
Laundry basket: b.v Laundry basket (gray) (Rando Museum Project gacha item [surl])
Bedside table: Kinokoko – Garden Rack(WHITE)
Bedside lamp: :[MudHoney]: Designs – Wicker Sphere Lamp
Orange Juice: MudHoney Lemonade Cup (part of the MudHoney Dinner Party set)
Candles: MudHoney Beige Candle Jar (part of the MudHoney Dinner Party set)
Mirror: [North West] Tall Gilt Mirror w/ resizer (old hunt gift)
TV: Sway’s TV Time – RetroTV
Bench: LISP – Provence Bench – Texture Change (from Lisp L$10 garden)
Plants: Vent du Sud herb trio, Second Spaces Urban Garden concrete planter
Picture frame: [North West] Single frame on a string (white)
Books on floor: The Loft– m.fox (LP)- Book Stack (no longer available)
Book on table: Ulysses (Grimalkin edition)
Lamp: {SS} Ice Storm Lamp – Harvest Gold
Table: /artilleri/ Atomic table *boomerang*
Flowers: UrbanizeD – Vase & Floral Decoration “Gravis” – Bali (Limited)
Armchair: [mdrm]summer sofa

On the dresser:
Heads: Picnic figure head – apricots, prince
Painting: [croire] june group gift
Radio: b.v Radio (sky)


Hunting Ninja cats

On a whim, and because I obviously have too much time on my hands (um, not really…), and because I’m an absolute cheapskate an avid bargain hunter, I embarked upon the Kiyomizu Summer Hunt. I can’t for the life of me remember what triggered this, some blog post or other, but I can’t find it (yes, that’s really daft!), otherwise I would link to it. Anyway… The hunt takes place mostly on and around Japanese sims, and the prizes are a mixed bag: apparel, furniture, a couple of builds (one skybox and one castle!), one pair of eyes, so a bit of everything. I didn’t find everything (I found about 50 items out of 96), and I threw away a fair bit (as always with hunts), but there are a couple of things that I found, plus some lucky boards and free items that I picked up on the way, that made me glad I took the time.

You’re looking for ninja cats, but it works a bit differently from most hunts. The starting point is in the KIYOMIZU shopping mall, where you land near a rotating cube (there are 3 of them, and the surls are on this page.) Clicking on the cube will take you to a web page with the shops surls, how many cats are hidden at that location (some shops – usually the bigger ones – have more than one), and wether you have found the cat yet (or how many you have found if there is more than one). The page only updates that information when you go back to the cube and click to reload the page, though (i.e. refreshing the page in your browser simply displays the links to the 3 starting points again). It’s actually fairly simple once you get the hang of it. The shops are simply listed as “Shop No 5”, or “Shop no 76”, or whatever, so you have no idea what they are until you get there. Nope, no hints either. Or pictures of what you’ll get when you found the ninja cat. In other words, something I would usually steer well clear of…but I found it surprisingly enjoyable for all that…

Oh, yes, one more thing – it ends on the 9th of July, not sure if that Japan time, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was…

Here’s what I thought was worth taking pictures of (with my new Kari HUD, yay!):

Shop No 7: Ron Shop
This is not actually the hunt prize, because I couldn’t find it when I first went round. I blame the sky setting I must have been using, cos I found it now, can’t wait to see what it is, but anyway, the lights above are in the “free” section” on the right as you enter. It’s a shop for tinies, but there’s definitely some stuff for us conventional avatars too…

Shop No 61: QP
One of the nicest surprises of this hunt: some lovely skyboxes and stuff there. This is the hunt prize.

Shop No 5: +eChau+
Freebie on the wall of the shop, also matching chairs available (also free), and other stuff, free or cheap.

Shop No 44: Shop Floral harmony
This is the hunt prize.

Both cupboards are from Shop No 26: R+a. The cupboard with the green polka dots back is a hunt prize; the cupboard with green floral back was only L$30, and the whole of the store is really inexpensive (a skybox for L$50, for example).

Shop No 49 : Zill., this is the hunt prize.

Shop No 84: *R&R*, this is the hunt prize.

Shop No 95: SHOP CHIHIRO, this is one of the hunt prizes (there are two to find).

Table: hunt prize (comes with two stools, not show) from Shop No 26: R+a
On table: freebie dishes (not the hunt prize) from Shop No 31: muu workshop


All hands on deck

Well, my internet problems kept on happening, I rang my internet provider, talked to first line support, who were beyond useless, talked to second line support, who were beyond useless, took steps to change my line provider, and since then my connection is great. Let’s hope I’m not making a mistake.

We’ll see.

This is UrbanizeD summer desk for SUYS, which last time I checked (which was this morning), is still available for the bargain price of L$150, and is very very nice (and texture change to boot). Just add champagne, fresh fruits and cupcakes, and what more do you need…

Credits:

Outdoor space: UrbanizeD – Floating Deck “All Aboard” – SUYS Edition
Vase: UrbanizeD – Vase & Orchid “Follow Your Dreams” – Dubai Sands
Cocktail: Designer Prims Orange Cocktail
Fruits Platter: Designer Prims Cut Lemons and Limes
Cupcakes: :CP: Cupcake Stand



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