Running Through January

I'm not sure I could have kept up with all the hunts even if I didn't have a day job.

That said, I want to mention Raven Pennyfeather's RP sales at Rfyre. For the last few weeks she's been offering outfits geared toward the Role-Playing set at some significant discounts. Some of them are older designs or revamped versions of them.

Today you can get her stunning Tessen (right) for $199L, including the boots and battle fans pictured. She also has the deep purple version of her chained leathers on sale for $69L for Humpday Happiness, but it's only today so don't expect them to be there after midnight.

One of the more interesting hunts has been The Next Big Thing hunt, (January 15th-February 12th) just for sheer imagination. Much of it is non-clothing and in clothing the men's pickings are fairly slim but it's still very fun and always interesting to see what ideas are crowding the brains of some of our favorite designers. In the case of 22769 (left), they went a little retro -- but I have no complaints because I think these are some of the best looking jeans I've seen in awhile. Stonewashed canvas denim, v-neck boater and a paisley over-shirt (not shown).

Southpaw took a step off the beaten path for her Next Big Thing offering (unless we're having a revival of Last of the Mohicans no one warned me about with a set of silks and male jewelry that's actually pretty well suited to her delight in all things elvish. Paired here with a striking De La Soul skin (in multiple shades), and boots from Tribal Soul (part of the Gorean Grid Wide hunt - Battle of the Sexes which was over the 22nd, but I'm still seeing some of the pink, blue, and green symbols in the shops), its just the thing to appeal to your primal soul.

If you are too overwhelmed or busy to hunt, I'd suggest taking a quick pop over to the Nomine sim, and see if you can't score something awesome easily by taking a chance for one of Munchflower Zaius' multiple offerings in her Gatcha. $20L could nab you a very cool Tribal hoodie, or other articles. The hair I mixed with this outfit is from Sonic Death Monkey - Onymphic - from the Inferno Hunt, (Feb 6-26th).

The last is not free (although the boots are an amazing bargain and as referred to up-post, you can get at least one set of Rfyre's chained leathers at an amazing price.) Lexi Vargas of Brocade Tiger released a whole line of new things to his shop last fall, including a set called simply "Gentleman" which is a full sleeved blouse and cravat, waistcoat and tight fitting riding pants in a complimentary subdued moss color (not shown).

Here I paired them with Raven's chained leathers in brown which I got for a discounted price when she released them. The riding boots are by Arundel Design and cost (as do all of Arundel's, boots, hats and full fledged Victorian outfits) a mere $50L. I actually first found these boots when I first rezzed in SL and loved them then. She's added some others and for historical RP they are awesome, being scriptless. (You can edit them the old fashioned way.) She has several shops around the grid, although I found these at her shop in Caledon Oxford Village.


22769 Casual Couture
Arundel Designs
Brocade Tiger
De La Soul
House of Rfyre
Sonic Death Monkey
Tribal Soul

Skins: Top to Bottom: Den Dou Ichiro, De La Soul - Dailan Violet Strip, Redgrave - Emil, Redgrave - King
Hair: MADesigns, Zeus, Shag, Sonic Death Monkey

Catch up - welcome to 2011

Video card issues made me miss both getting and posting on some of the fantastic gifts given out in December, so here's hoping 2011 will be a bit more productive.

A number of hunts started yesterday so I'll be tracking those.

But before throwing myself into them, I took a quick stroll over to the J Island set of sims to see what was new. J Island proper is the home of one my favorite designers [Mr. Poet]. Connected to it is a J Moon Island, home of the Fujiyama freebie mall.

Peppermint Blue has an outlet there along with several other small and mostly unknown designers. It's largely women's things but a little poking brought up some finds including a remarkably good skin from Heaven's Gate Neo.

Left is a full outfit from BEAT-RUSH, including belt and pendant. Beat-Rush is better known for their DJ equipment, and the outfit was done to promote that business; but tank, jeans, belt and necklace are a pretty good look for nothing at all. The clothing line runs under the name Vajira and you can find other selections including at the main shop, including a nice pair of short boots for $10L.

Speaking of Peppermint Blue, if you have not joined Alice's subscribo, you really should. She sends out gifts regularly and while much of her stuff is geared toward the younger j-pop set, she really does both create and assemble some nice stuff. Over the holidays she sent out several gifts including a couple of pairs of nicely done and detailed boots. The boots are still in the history of her subscibo as a January gift but they won't be there forever. They are sturdy looking and come with a resize menu that can be removed once you get a good fit (be sure to make a copy of them first.)

Heaven's Gate Neo offered up this skin, called Edgar. It comes with a shape as well, that is a little on the tall thin side for me, but nicely proportioned. (Not shown). but the overall detail on this skin, shading and definition is very nice. This skin is only available at the mall as near as I could tell, but if you want a more youthful skin, check out her main store.

The jeans are from the Peppermint Blue outlet at the same mall, and I like the double placard front on these jeans. I also like the detail and texture stretch on the sweater. The sweater is by Azul.K, and the only downside to it is that rolled sleeve prims are not modifiable, and so they didn't fit my arms at normal position (above the elbow,) shoving them up further solved most of my objections to them though.

The hair here is from -Lotus-, one of the men's group gifts, called Yuu, which is a hair I may be taking a closer look at in the future. Glasses are from HOC (not free), biker gloves are a group gift from +grasp+.

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