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Guest Blog by Gloria Silverstone – Twisted Victorian Gothic

See the Original Post here – Twisted Victorian Gothic

POSTED ON OCTOBER 9, 2015

FT Twisted Fall hunt 2015_Victorian Gothic LRThe Twisted Hunt (9/19-10/19) is well under way and although dubbed the hardest hunt on Second Life, the prizes are worth the effort.  Today, I’m showcasing Finishing Touches main hunt gift the Qi Skybox, side hunt items and a corresponding gacha collection.  The skybox and all the furnishings have a modern Victorian Gothic influence in a black, white and grayscale palette….perfect for a sophisticated Halloween.  Victorian Gothic is an architectural style and movement during the mid-late 19th century, often seen as a sub-style of the broader Gothic Revival style.  It is characterized by gothic details, decorative patterns, scallopping, lancet windows and hood moulding.  Architectural elements such as pointed arches, steep-sloping roofs and fancy carvings like lace ant lattice-work were applied to a wide range of Gothic Revival objects.  The movement is all about drama and elegance with lavish interiors, curved ornate furniture and plenty of decorative details.

FT Twisted Fall hunt 2015_Victorian GothicFinishing Touches Qi skybox has a decorative pattern tiled ceiling, tall narrow pointed arched windows, oversized white candle fireplace and white/black wainscoting.  I styled the Victorian living space with the tufted curved black & white sofas, armchairs and stools enhancing the ornate detailed birdcage chandeliers and patterned tapestry wall hangings.  Pops of red, hanging boston ferns, potted palms and framed Victorian silhouette complete the space.

FT Twisted Fall hunt 2015_Gold SkeletonTo commemorate the 11th Twisted Hunt, Finishing Touches is offering a side hunt with eleven gifts that correspond to the gacha collection.  The hunt items include 3 versions of a skirted table, 3 versions of hanging tapestry, couple rugs with pillows, Persian Grey wrinkled rug, box of skulls, pumpkin trio and ceramic vase.  All side hunt gifts can be found in the Twisted Qi skybox (the main Twisted Hunt gift).  Do you love the Qi skybox?  Need to furnish it, then check out the gacha for beautifully twisted coordinating decor priced at $50 per play.  Try your luck at black or white caged chandeliers, shadow box frames, tulip lamps, coffee tables, and tufted stools (see key below).

_FT_ Twisted Gacha Fall 2015Lastly, 24Karat Roux, owner and creator of Finishing Touches is offering the Rolled Arm Couch & Chair in White Leather and Black Leather for 50% off the regular price during the Twisted Hunt.  The couch and chair were designed to coordinate with the Twisted Qi skybox hunt gift and Twisted gacha decor items.  Hope you are inspired to create an elegance spooky gothic Halloween using the Finishing Touches free Twisted hunt gifts.  Happy Hunting!

Taxi to Finishing Touches please…


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EB Designs = Spring Goodies

Thank goodness it’s finally the weekend! And what better way to spend this Saturday than… you guessed it! Decorating more of the new house! EB Designs has put a Cart stuffed full of fantastic items for us. Not only décor but also some lovely vintage clothing and things for builders AND landscaping! You can’t ask for much more.
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There are so many things in EB’s Cart I didn’t know what to show first. SO I pulled out my favorite two things and I’ll let you explore the Cart for more surprises. This is the Victorian Little Glass House – Hydrangea. I love hydrangeas and have my fingers crossed for the bush I planted by my RL porch last fall. But if that one doesn’t bloom: I have these!

EB Designs has generously set out four fat packs of items for us too. One fat pack is the Easter: Little White Bunny. Inside you’ll find this adorable white bunny cameo purse as well as a matching bracelet and necklace plus the beautiful ‘Joy of Easter’ blooming cherry branches and eggs arrangement vase and a lovely delicate console table to display them on.  The little clutch purse attaches to your hand but I set it out to show off.

The EB Designs Cart is one you will not want to miss out on!

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Display Case – EB Designs – (10L  at the Wash Cart Sale)

Purse – EB Designs – part of the Easter: Little White Bunny Fat Pack – (10L at the Wash Cart Sale)

 

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Etta Place

People tell me I look like my mum. Personally, I think I look more like my dad.. what do you think?

ettaMaybe if I turn a bit to the side.. can you see the resemblance now?

My dress is like my mum’s though. If you like it, you can get one just like it at Lemania Indigo Designs. It’s not pricey.. just 1 L$ is all it’ll set you back. Gotta hurry though, because she’s takin’ down the old styles and gettin’ ready to bring the new ones out. This one’ll be gone tomorrow.

Jes’ tell her Etta sent you.

Lemania Indigo Designs:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/S%20Crystal%20Springs/148/169/30

~ Etta


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Dany’s for men and Women

I picked up these outfits a while ago.. and they have sat in my inventory until now. They’re exactly my style too: olde-timey, Victorian, frilly. The dollarbies in Dany French Touch change rather frequently, but these lovely clothes were still available as of this post. Dany’s also has a lucky chair with outfits for both men and women.. and I love the blue outfit that is in the lucky chair right now.

danysWhile you’re there, take the time to explore the sim, it’s quite pretty and I understand they have homes available for lease.

Dany French Touch:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/New%20Toulouse%20Algiers/20/216/2

~ Shang


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More from Chemical Kisses

After I made this post about the very reasonably priced gowns at L-AIXIOSE, I recieved a nice note from Flaran Riggles, about two more shops owned by the same shop keeper with even more dollarbies and oodles of gowns that are all priced under 100L$.

I hadn’t been to this part of Caledon before, and I wasn’t disappointed as it’s a pretty as all the Caledon sims. I could wander all day, just admiring the well kept lawns, and cleverly executed gardens here.

But on to the dresses..

caledonThe first is really almost a full avatar, as t includes a skin and shape. I’ve used the skin in these pictures, but the shape shown is my normal “Shang” shape. I can wear different skins, haircolour and styles, different eyes.. even ears and faun legs but I just don’t feel right in a different shape. Go figure. The dress on the right is much more opulent– it’s really for a night out on the town.

Akina Estate, Caledon Cape Wrath: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Cape%20Wrath/232/89/30

This is a teleport to the first shop, where I got the dollarbie dresses shown above. To get to the second shop, go out of the front door, turn left and climb the stairs. At the top of the stairs you will find the other shop on the left.

~ Shang


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To-a-T

Looking for that perfect day dress to wearing while looking at all the Christmas decorations before they disappear till next year? Well To-A-T might have just the dress you’re looking for, and if you’re pinching L$ right now (aren’t we all?), you’ll be glad to hear that this dress and hat won’t cost you a single L$.

The catch?

You have to visit two very scenic sims to pick up both parts. You pick up the hat in To-A-T’s Port Babbage shop, and the Dress in their Caledon Eyre shop. Caledon Eyre uses a central teleport point. When you arrive, turn to face east, To-A-T will be the first shop on your left.

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Here’s a close-up of the fabulous hat.

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There are some great deals to be found in Port Babbagem including a Lucky Chair with parts for a mechanical man avatar,  some dresses from House of Burtesque, and some cool Winter Holiday D’Fly Pumps from Xcentricity (1L$).. but hurry on these if you want them, they may be gone soon.

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To-A-T Port Babbage Shop:   http://slurl.com/secondlife/Port%20Babbage/59/154/107

To-A-T Caledon Eyre Shop:   http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Eyre/69/207/25

~ Shang


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Pretty Dresses from L’AIXOISE

More pretty dresses, and with the New Year’s galas that will be happening across the grid, can a girl really have too many gowns?

Of course not.

Fortunately, L-‘AIXIOSE is here to help with two dollarbies and a shop filled with dresses that are all under 100L$. These are nicely done Victorian style gowns (with a few thrown in that will please goth clothing fans) — some formal, some day dresses. but all gorgeous! I picked up these two doallarbies there.

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Hair in the picture on the left is Tenta from Stringer Mausolem, and on the right I am wearing Gypsy from World’s Apart.

L’AIXIOSE: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Fatimas%20Desire/166/45/23

~ Shang


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Wonderful Gowns from Wunderlich

Teagan Blackthorne showed me a wonderful hairstyle from Wunderlich that she’s blogged here. Loving period clothes and hairstyles the way I do, I had to visit the shop. To my delight, there were two pretty gowns for me to pick up.. for absolutely free!

From the notecard provided with the gown below: The Victorian ball- or dinner dress freebie was made using photos of an actual existing, extant dress using a special software and technique for seamless, photorealistic textures. It’s mostly historically correct (whereas ‘mostly’ is due to the fact that there are shaping restrictions in SecondLife…) for a period around 1860-65.

gown1The other gown available from Wunderlich is a very pretty gown that is appropriate for the wamer months. This gown also includes a system skirt that can be worn in lieu of the prim skirt in sims where lag might be an issue.

The wonderful Croc necklace shown in the pictures is by our very own Farah Palmer. You can pick it up in her store, Ruffian, for 1L$.

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And what does a girl wear with period gowns? Why these gorgeous shoes from Laughing Academy of course! They’re available at the Candy Land location for a limited time.

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Wunderlich:  http://slurl.com/secondlife/ZoHa%20Islands%20E/188/82/32

Laughing Academy at Candy Land: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Candy%20Land/137/153/58

~ Shang


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More from Kleineschwein

Flaran Riggles dropped a notecard on me to let me know that I missed some of the goodies available at Kleineschwein. Thank you,  Flaran! I would hate to have missed these pretty dresses and this warm cloak.

There are two Victorian style dresses available for 1L$ each from Kleineschwein. These are perfect for a quiet evening at home with a cozy fire blazing in the fireplace, sipping hot cocoa with that special someone.

kleineschweinAnd if you find you have to go out to fetch more firewood, don’t forget to don something warm like this full length cloak (also 1L$), suitable for men or women.

kleineschwein2Kleinschwein is in the scenic Caledon sim. Caledon uses a central teleport system, so you’ll have to walk to the shop. To get there, teleport to Caledon, then go south past the stables and commons. Kleineschwein will be the first shop on your right just past the Christmas tree in the commons. Once you are in the shop, go upstairs. The dresses and cloak are in an alcove off the main landing.

Kleineschwein:   http://slurl.com/secondlife/Caledon%20Eyre/41/107/23

Skins shown in these pictures are courtesy of the Lemon + Chai Holiday Hunt.  Teleport to the Chai skin shop and visit every section to find 12 jewels containing skins, shapes, and nail polish.  I didn’t find jewels #10 and #11. There might be eyes included as prizes too, I’m not sure.

Chai: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Port%20Obscura/130/129/487

~Shang


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Ride THE BYCICLETTE at VANDEVERRE´s Emporium wearing a FLEUR

Bicyclette Regency Picnic DressFLEUR (formerly Tete a Pied) gives out as a “Thank You Joining the Update Group” a gift card worth 500 Linden to buy one of the absolutely amazing skins. But hurry, it lasts only for 1 week! What`s to do:

Do a search in groups for the group called Fleur. (When I do a group search I use the phrase fleur and it is the 2nd choice). Join this group. It is free to join. Go to the Notices. Sort the Notices by date. Go to the one dated 02/16/2008 with the subject Thank you ….. Click Open Attachment. You´ve got an important landmark! And it couldn´t harm to read the notice!

Now make sure your FLEUR group tag is activated and tp over to the landmark. There`s a gift vendor at your landingpoint outside the store. You have to stand in front of this vendor, click it and you will get a 500 Linden gift card. Wear it! Step into the store, look around and buy the skin (choose “card”) you like most. Enjoy this generous gift!

 

You have to be patient because there´s a lot of lag. The skin I´ve bought and I`m wearing in the picture is TaP Vivant Cream Lustrous 1.

Let´s come to the outfits – I picked up 2 tips from the hotline (thanks to LadyDawn Starbrook and Cyn Vandeverre!) and tped over to La Bicyclette at Port Caledon. There I found free court bow and curtsy gestures and a free bustle bow but no dresses or shoes. For all this I went to La Bicyclette at Caledon Eyre and now I was able to buy the lovely embroidered shoes for 1 Linden (at the entrance in a box) and the victorian bicycling outfits (inside the store under the window). In the picture I´m wearing the green and yellow Spring Outfit.

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The Commons, Victorian and Steampunk Shopping, is located a few steps away from La Bicyclette. Outside the big building (a wide place with cobblestones and a fountain) there is a table with freebies. I have decided to take the Regency Picnic Dress which is for free. And I will love this dress forever, seriously! I would have never thought that, because it is not my style at all! EDIT: Regency Picnic Dress is made by Jacquelin Seisenbacher, owner of Kleineschwein Designs, about a block east of the telehub in Caledon Eyre.

At least I ended up at Vandeverre`s Emporium. The sign didn´t let me buy the Valentine shirts (maybe they are gone, I´m late) but I found a Grey Silk Day Dress with an amazing silk texture. It´s a Victorian Outfit based on an extant silk tunic from 1100. Take the time to read the notecard. Also, there´s a free Black&Gold Uniform Set (not shown).

Bicycling Dress SpringVandeverre`s Grey Silk Day Dress

Skin TaP Vivant Cream Lustrous 1 (group gift o L)

Fleur Skins Vivant, Fleur 55/120/27

Grey Silk Day Dress (0 L)

Vandeverres`s Emporium, Caledon Brigadoon 204/56/22

Gestures (0 L) , Embroidered Shoes (1 L), Bicycling Outfits (0 L)

Regency Picnic Dress by Jacquelin Seisenbacher KleineschweinDesigns (o L)

La Bicyclette, Caledon Eyre 31/156/23

 

 

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