Home Away From Home!

I had to post about this house because I am so pleased with it. I’ve been looking to get a new house for some time but didn’t want to mess around with picking up furniture and having to sort it out and put some of it back down. I had a house that was too big for my tastes and didn’t feel like “home” to me. It was also using a lot of prims which was a waste since I was next to never in it. I started searching around and found this home by Trompe Loeil.

I first saw it on the Marketplace and I fell in love with it in the pictures there. I will admit that I had difficulties finding the demo of the house in Trompe Loeil’s main store. I must have teleported into their sim 3 or 4 times, flying around, walking through their store and doing an area search with no luck finding the demo. I bought it without seeing the demo. It turns out the demo was on a platform in the air and the teleporter was at their main desk at ground level. Once the creator told me where to find it I was able to find it easily enough.

I had an issue with the house. When I walked into it my camera kept bouncing into mouse look which made me feel like the house was very confining and small. I contacted the creator and she sent me a scaled version. This house is fully modifiable so it was easy to select it and scale it bigger. That however did not stop the camera bounce I found so annoying. I almost took the house back down but decided to put the problem to a group of friends on SL Universe. Sure enough, someone came up with a solution to my problem and I was happily able to move about my new home without my camera bouncing off the walls.

I was now a happy camper. I can’t say enough about this house. It looks amazing on the inside and outside. It appeals to my tastes; dark woods and rustic feel. It’s mesh so it is low prim (hovering around the 200 prim range). All the walls are tintable to you can “paint” the walls to match any decor. I particularly like this A LOT. I had a blast tinting the walls to match my furniture. This house quickly became one of my favorite SL houses of all time – and I own a lot of Second Life houses! It has two bedrooms (one of which I made into a bathroom), a living room, dining room, a kitchen (I made this into a bonus room), a patio room and an unfinished upstairs room which is nice and large. It’s a lot of house for its size.

It’s not one of those houses that are ridiculously out of scale and because of this it feels more “homey” to me than a lot of homes and I feel like it’s spacious and cozy at the same time.

I wanted to also mentioned that when I had a problem finding the demo and with the camera issue I was in contact with the creator, Cory Edo, and she couldn’t have handled the situation better. She was understanding, helpful and made sure I was happy. I am sure I was a real pain in the backside but she didn’t make me feel like it. Thus, not only is her house amazing, but she is as well so you are in very good hands.

Here is my new house. I will try to credit as many of the furniture creators who designed such amazing pieces shown in these many photographs as well. This will be a picture heavy post. Enjoy!

Click on photographs to see them full size.
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Dining Set: La Galleria
Bonus Room Couch/Coffee Table/Rug: {What Next}
Bonus Room Paintings/Bookcase: Stonewood Interiors
Leather Living Room Set: La Galleria
Yellow Stuffed Chairs: Stonewood Interiors
Bathroom: BAZAR
Bedroom: Lisp Bazaar

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ColdLogic leaves me warm inside.

Love ColdLogic

Most my friends know I am a big fan of ColdLogic. They have some of the best mesh clothes on the grid and they are currently celebrating their one year anniversary. That is great news for shoppers because that means they are having a big sale. All through February, their entire line is 50% off. Yes, I typed that right. 50% off! You can read more about their sale on their blog.

I have several outfits from ColdLogic, so it was hard deciding what to wear for this post. I finally settled on this great off the shoulder top and tan pants combo. They are sold separately so you can mix and match colors. If you love classy and quality mesh clothing then don’t miss this sale and celebration.

Top: Breeze Top (Coal) by ColdLogic
Pants: Else Trouser by ColdLogic
Hair: Truth Hair (Angie) by Truth Hawks
Jewelry: VERA black by Donna Flora
Skin: Belleza by Tricky Boucher
Shape: My Own

Bringing Sexy Back

I wasn’t going to do it. I wasn’t going to buy into the prim/mesh breast add-on craze. I tried a breast demo once. I wanted to see what the fuss was all about but I wasn’t impressed. I don’t walk around with my breast sliders maxed out so having breasts that spilled out in all directions didn’t appeal to me much. And then Belleza, my skin designer of choice, came out with Lolas Tango breast appliers. I raised an eyebrow. I then stumbled upon Strawberry Singh’s stunning pictures of her Tango breasts on her blog. I learned creators could easily contribute clothing to the craze. My interest was piqued. I hopped on over to Lolas’s main store hoping to find a demo and was disappointed when I didn’t find one. I made the purchase anyway and crossed my fingers that they would be as fabulous as everyone claimed them to be.

I originally had an issue with matching the breasts to my Belleza skin even with their appliers. The same day I purchased a new skin from Glam Affair and saw they also offered Lolas Tango appliers. I shrugged and purchased the appliers hoping they could salvage the breast purchase (I was regretting I had spent the lindens on them). I wasn’t disappointed a second time. The Glam Affair skin appliers made the breasts look almost seamless on me. The breasts were too large for my taste so I sized them down considerably. They took a little adjusting after being reduced in size but it wasn’t complicated – nothing a few minutes and a pose stand couldn’t fix. I really liked the result. They have a nice shape and beat the default mesh breast shape. I felt seductive and a little naughty in them (all right – maybe more than a little naughty). They brought my sexy back. I decided to pose for a pic and share it. Never thought I would be flashing this much skin on a public blog but when you got it you might as well flaunt it 🙂

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Mesh Breasts: Lolas – Tango by Sandi Moonites
Skin: Glam Affair by Aida Ewing
Undergarments: *BOOM* by Aranel Ah (W/Breast Appliers)
Hair: Truth Hair – Andrea by Truth Hawks

* Although this pic is (obviously) edited, I did very little editing around the breasts seams. The breasts matched that well to this skin.