Manners Maketh Man

I log into Second Life and my fiancée goes, “Why are you dressed like Clark Kent?” Mind you, the previous day I was getting my outfit ready for this Kingsman inspired post and I was shocked that Livvy’s first thought was Clark Kent! I gasp and reply back with bewilderment (and a little offended that my outfit was not obvious enough), “What?! I am dressed like a Kingsman!” “A what?” she questions, clearly having lived under a rock for several years. My brows flatline and I just stare at her. “You’ve not seen Kingsman?!” I thought everyone has seen it! It’s the hip modern version of James Bond! But you, my wonderful readers, surely have seen the movie, yes? Nod yes and everything will be okay.

MadPea made this awesome iSpy gacha set for Man Cave and the -first- thing I thought was Kingsman. So, of course I had to go with the inspiration, right? The set pays homage to the more classic spy whose kit is more low-tech yet cleverly lethal, which is why I immediately thought Kingsman/James Bond.

There are 18 Common and 2 Rare items in the MadPea iSpy gacha set. This set also includes a fun little puzzle that, when solved, gives a special prize and brand new achievement!

There are quite a few wearable and animated prizes that will definitely be a fun surprise for any aspiring agent such as the 15py handgun, blade cane, grappling hook, poison pen, and jet pack!

The 15py handgun comes in black, silver, or steel and fires shots! Just attach the handgun to your avatar and enter mouselook. Click to shoot and a bang of light fires from the weapon.

The blade cane is actually my favorite. Sleek and stealthy, this cane has two animations cycle through while standing with the cane. Then, for some fun action, click on the cane for an epic battle pose animation which will deploy the blade at the end of the cane!

The grappling hook is pretty neat and functions similarly to any other weapon. Attach to your avi, go into mouselook, and click to shoot out a hook!

The poison pen is rather cool. When clicked, the pen activates a poison cloud, perfect for those sticky situations for a lethal ambush with an innocuous looking writing utensil. I keep this in my pocket at all times.

The Jet Pack will raise your avatar and lower it by using PgUp and PgDown, respectively. When pressing PgUp, the Jet Pack turns on, allowing you to fly all around with unlimited fuel! Then when pressing PgDown, you’ll lower until you hit the ground and the Jet Pack will automatically turn off.

Kingsman | Mine & Yours

Credits:

Featured: MadPea iSpy gacha set & MadPea Bow Bells Boozer gacha set

Glasses: MadPea iSpy Spy Glasses (modded) by MadPea from the MadPea iSpy gacha set @ Man Cave
Cane: MadPea iSpy Blade Cane by MadPea from the MadPea iSpy gacha set @ Man Cave
Pen in chest pocket: MadPea iSpy Poison Pen by MadPea from the MadPea iSpy gacha set @ Man Cave

Hair: Stealthic – Narcotic (Browns) by Stealthic Resident
Jacket: [Deadwool] Peak suit (royal) – jacket – blue pin by Masa Plympton
Trousers: [Deadwool] Peak suit (royal) – trousers – blue pin by Masa Plympton
Dress Shoes: [Deadwool] Penny loafers by Masa Plympton

Pub Decor (all from the MadPea Bow Bells Boozer gacha set) found at MadPea Main Store:
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Pub RARE
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Jukebox RARE
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Pub Bar RARE
Various MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Ale Bottles
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Beer Mats
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Table
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Small Stool
MadPea iSpy 15PY Handgun- Silver
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Hanging Wall Decor Flag
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Tall Bar Stool
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Water Jug
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Cash Register
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Cockney Slang Quiz Box
MadPea Bow Bells Boozer Beer Pumps

iSpy MadPea Gacha Set | Mine & Yours

This was my was desk as a Kingsman/spy, getting ready to crack the MadPea iSpy code. I had everything I needed to work out the puzzle and success! I cracked the code. Now it is your turn – can you crack the code?

Credits:

Featured: MadPea iSpy gacha set @ Man Cave

MadPea iSpy Decoder Machine RARE
MadPea iSpy Agent Desk
MadPea iSpy Agent Chair – Chestnut
MadPea iSpy Martini Set
MadPea iSpy Cigarette Case
MadPea iSpy Blade Cane
MadPea iSpy 15PY Handgun- Black
MadPea iSpy Camera
MadPea iSpy Poison Pen
MadPea iSpy Sovereigns
MadPea iSpy Garotte Watch – Black
MadPea iSpy Garotte Watch – Brown
MadPea iSpy 15PY Handgun- Silver
MadPea iSpy Secret Book

Following items are from the International Set Decorative Goods Gacha by Arscene Dubrovna
* S O R G O – Leather Gloves
* S O R G O – Passports Pile A
* S O R G O – Pile of Euros Stack
* S O R G O – Plastic Warped Stack

Prepping for the ….

Well hii everyone! Gosh this look … I can’t even right now tell you how much fun I had playing around with this look.  I think once again I have found a new head.  Shh, dont judge me! We all have our vices and I think mine are shoes, hair, heads, coffee….OK so I have a lot of vices, but I am allowed to have them.  That is what makes my blogging job here so fun! So, if you were lucky a few weeks back LAQ released a new head for like 500L! I was like are you kidding me! A full bento head for like a really amazing price and she is GORGEOUS! I mean I am loving this head.  Its a mix of not old … but not uber looking young.  She has that I am adulting look to her.  Now I am going to tell you, the shape that she comes with is great, but my preferences is to have a little more meat on my bones.  But the face is literally untouched for the most part.  I think I might have made tiny adjustments to fit the skin a bit more.  NOW let me tell you like my other LAQ head, this skin is the best version for her. I have not found any other skin that I adored on this head which like I said last time is a rarity for me.  But at the same time it makes my life easier because I don’t have to hunt and look for a skin that makes me feel beautiful! Besides the reaction I got from Caleb when he seen me in it … yea, I think I will be keeping this head for a bit (at least till the next head comes out) Shhh Vices!!!

Alright, so the things I am wearing … gosh there is a lot going on here. I am wearing from Apple May items from Collabor88! Its a week into the event and you can totally get in now with out all the rush of the crazed shoppers that want to go on the first day! You know like me, I will spend so much time trying to get in … but that is besides the point.  This outfit, is gorgeous and there are several ways to wear it.  You have this beautiful head band (which I paired with Exile hair from the event!) Then you have the corset and panties, now the corset in the fat pack gives you a ton of colors to play with.  Which every girl needs is variety! But you have the option to wear just the corset or you can wear the top with it.  I have chosen to keep the top on for now.  That comes off later *winks*.  Believe me this is a very fun and detailed outfit to have specially if you wanting to impress that special someone in your life! This will definitely get their attention.

Now another staple piece to my outfit is the accessories I have from Cae.  YES more Cae, because you need all the things from her.  I am dying for these layered necklaces she keeps making.  The tiers are beautiful for lining the neck and keep the attention focus in places that they should be 🙂 But its a great compliment to the outfit.  With her items you get the HUD that allows you to change the stone and metal colors of EACH section.  Which give you so many opportunities to create a look that you would love.  As always I am impressed with her skills in creating things that make me feel so pretty.  And at her store you can pick up gift cards to give to your loved ones so they can experience her greatness too!

Ok so last but not least … which is a bit of a new thing for me.  The background items I am using.  These items have come from Deco Crate.  Now, Caleb purchased the crate so I have to credit him on rezzing these items out for me.  And now I wished I purchased this one because WOW.  He kept rezzing these things out and I was like … OH BABY I WANT THAT! or I NEED THAT TOO! and he would just look at me like I was crazy.  This box was totally for the girly girl in me.  So I am going to list the items below so you can see what was set out.  But omgosh, so cute and fun to play with! PS the pose I am using this pose is in the vanity.  Sooo I am keeping my revolution up! Just saying. I didn’t fail yet!

Credits:

Items by Apple May Designs  – Apple May @ Collabor88
Beauty is Pain (Maitreya) Corset
Beauty is Pain (Maitryea) Panties
Headband: Beauty is Pain *touch to resize*

Earrings:  Cae :: Nylah :: Gem Earring  by Caelan Hancroft @ Ultra Event – Jan 15th open
Necklace:  Cae :: Nylah :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft @ Ultra Event – Jan 15th open
Hair:  Exile:: Slow Dancing by Kavar Cleanslate @ Collabor88

Eyes:  Izzie’s – Winter Eyes grey brown by Izzie Button 
Head:  LAQ Bento – Motion Capture – Neve by Mallory Cowan @main store 
Shape: LAQ Bento Shape – Neve – Livvy <– Edited shape a bit for my liking
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle

Deco Crate Items: Keep in mind these are peices of complete sets
.peaches. Impassioned Vanity – w/ animations by lα peтιтe peαcн (imaginerabbits)
:CP: Champagne Patio Palm Plant by Isla Gealach
DaD “Vintage rotary phone” c/m V.1.0 by sheerpetal Roussel
{YD} Intimate Wedding – Vase of roses by Pietra Landar

Habitat

I saw JIAN’s Panther Chameleon habitat at Collabor88 and was in total utter awe at how gorgeous it looked with its lush green scenery for this amazing chameleon. The detail is phenomenal, and the textures are absolutely beautiful. The habitat is rezzed decor (12 LI) and the chameleon is animated with my favorite animation of it shooting its tongue out. Honestly, as soon as I saw this habitat, it was an impulse buy that I absolutely needed. Even if the habitat wouldn’t really fit anywhere in my house, it’s one of those things where I’d -make- it fit with the house somehow because it is just too cool not to have out.

I wanted to feature this chameleon habitat in a different way from how it is intended (by using it as an actual environment/backdrop) but also really highlight the complete beauty and mystique of this product. In daylight, this habitat is breathtakingly gorgeous. In darkness, this habitat takes on a whole other living form.

Jian Chameleon Habitat | Mine & Yours

Credits:

Backdrop: JIAN Chameleon :: Habitat (modded) from JIAN Panther Chameleon set by JianSL Resident @ Collabor88
Snake: OtherSkin Creations – Animals Hope by Kaleidos Resident
Tattoo: Ghost’Ink ::ARES Complete : ( Black ) RARE by Rockberry Fairlady

Pose: Made by me 🙂

Light the Way

Hello! ♥

So I wanted to be a little artistic today.  Using the filters that come in my Photoshop packs and the Winlights for Secondlife, that you can download from all over the Internets. What helps make my pictures look amazing are the many backdrops you can get from Foxcity! What I really love about her items are that the lights are enhanced based off the windlight you use.  The windlights I am using today in the pictures are all the ones that the owner has created I love them.  I use them quite often! I believe there is a link somewhere to where they are. I will insert them later if I can find them! I know they are listed on her Youtube tutorials which is a great learning tool for people that want to do more with their pictures.

What I am really excited about in these pictures is the cushion I am sitting on.  Its by Stockholm & Lima! Her store is aimed for the kinky minds, but you can use her furniture in all the ways possible.  She offers a variety of items, for all sorts of people in the naughty world.  But what I love too is that she has simple poses in her items too and when I say simple, I mean single poses, which allow you to get the most use out of your products.  Those single poses are what made my pictures happen today! I was so inspired when I seen these, along with the background it was great a great choice.  So … let me tell you more about what is in the pillows!! ♥

Notes from Stockholm & Lima

Subtle- adjective
1- not loud, bright, noticeable, or obvious
2- small, but important.

Subtlety- noun
1- something that is subtle in nature.

That is what these little pillows are all about. They are small, simple, don’t take up much room. They don’t demand their own space. But that is obvious isn’t it? What is not obvious.. is inside.

There are 4 brand new, Full Body Bento couples cuddles in these little pillows, and 5 brand new Full Body Bento adult animations (in the adult version).

What is Full Body Bento? This means that all human parts have been animated. The Face, the Eyes, the Hands, AND the Body into one single animation.

The pillows aren’t PACKED with animations, instead, these have animations that matter, and a quality level that is currently unmatched anywhere else in SL. These animations are only available at Stockholm&Lima, and no where else.

Total Animation Count-
12 Solo (non bento) animations male/female mixed
4 m/f bento cuddles
5 m/f bento adult animations (in the adult version only)

Total Texture Count-
Frilly – 5 pillow and 5 ruffle textures (these are a match to Stockholm&Lima’s First Crush Bedroom)
Standard- 10 pillow textures

Sitting alone in a quiet room … lights faded to allow you think … pensively sitting
Sometimes you are just so exhausted that you just want to give up and go to sleep
                                                                                                                  #PositiveMentalAttitude (promoting my fav youtuber Jacksepticeye)

Credits:
Collar:  .::Supernatural::. Jenna Collar Black Silver by Sombria Bailey
Hair:  .Lelutka.HF01 hair.FIT.A by Thora Charron
Dress:  Addams // Frostine Winter Wool Dress // Maitreya by AmaliaRainwood @ NEW RELEASE Main Store

FOXCITY. Photo Booth – Starstruck (With Light) by Satomi Masukami @ Limit8
Stockholm&Lima:Subtlety Pillow by ѕуяυρ ωαη кєησвι (surrealia.anatine) @ FaMESHed

Hello Gorgeous!

Well Hello Everyone!  So I think I want to tweak my New Years Revolution.  I think for this year I want to add CREDIT MY POSES! I am horrible at this.  I mean really, look at my past blogs and I have not really credit my poses.  Here is the issue with it.  I have learned so many tricks and tips on blogging that poses were never mentioned.  I have my poses in a HUD or I have them in a single pose and when I am done with using them, I tend to close out so I have my full screen to do some blogging.  Now what sucks is I should be promoting all the brands I am blogging for.  So I am such a bad person at this I am taking responsibility.  Isn’t that the first step?  I mean admitting you did something wrong?  I do something wrong all the time so this will be the first one that I am going to admit too!

So I am shouting out the fact I am blogging the items from Foxcity! Now here is the funny thing about this store and creator.  I actually use her poses a lot.  Yes, she has been mentioned in my blogs before, but I haven’t really gave credit to her.  So this is my I am sorry, and I am going to try and do better.  Now I am going to add a little disclaimer in here but in no way excuses my actions.  When I am a sponsored blogger, I do and will credit ALL items.  But I am not sponsored by any pose stores.  But again that is no excuse to not credit someones hard work. This is my new years revolution and yes I know its resolution, but I like the word revolution better.

So these amazing poses and the background you can find at Chapter 4 they are a great deal, two separate items to purchase, so if you want just poses or just background you can do that! So take your choice.  Mine was to purchase both parts  ♥

Credits:
Jacket:  ::GB:: Mouton Hoody Coat / Blue by Takuya Jinn @ Kustom 9
Necklace:  Cae :: Aliyah :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft
Collar:  .::Supernatural::. Jenna Collar Black Silver by Sombria Baily
Hair: +Spellbound+ Nocturnal by Kohana Xue
Head:  LAQ Bento – Motion Capture – Scarlet by Mallory Cowen
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle

Box: FOXCITY. Photo Booth – Hello Gorgeous by Satomi Masukami @Chapter 4
Pose: FOXCITY. Me Time Bento Pose Set by Satomi Masukami @ Chapter 4

A Girl has to Accessorize!

Hi everyone! Boy oh boy! Do I have some fun things to show you today.  I might be engaged and being a bridezilla, but that doesn’t stop my blogging duties and wants to continue on ♥ But I keep thinking about all these cute accessories I have collecting in my inventory.  Now to be honest Cae has been on a creating train and non stopping as she has filled my inventory with so many cute items to place on my cute-self. I literally packed it all on.  Earrings, Necklace, Bracelets … oh my! I am going to tell you that I did change the direction of one of the bracelets to show it off a tad better.  It was an easy to do thing, but remember when you are working with objects like this to please make a copy before you go playing with them.  All her jewelry I am wearing in this post come with a HUD that allow you to change the metals or jewels of the items.

Exile placed out a new hair! This look has me excited because I love high ponytails.  What is even cuter is that the knot on the top of the head is tied up with hair and not a band, which is a look that seems to be growing popular.  You can pick this hair up at the event Ebento.  I do believe that Exile places their our in the main store after said events are over, so if you are arriving there late you can always check the main store.  But this is so a style that many girls should have in their collections if you love the ponytails too!

So, I never thought I would leave my LeLutka head.  But I did, I actually went for LAQ which is a new one for me.  They are well known for their skins and now are in the head business.  So this is where truth comes in for me.  I am wearing the LAQ skin that came in the HUD of the head to match, which is a real odd thing for me.  Most times when I am testing out heads .. its a rarity that I will want to wear the skin that comes with.  Most times I am out and about looking for a skin that makes the face look perfect to me.  Well to be honest, LAQ skin is just that.  In my opinion I would stick with the skin that comes with.  BUT you can totally accessorize it with different make ups for different looks.  What is cool too about this head is that its omega ready, you do not have to purchase an omega HUD … so you are saving the 99L that it would normally take to get one.  The head price runs around the same as most heads in SL for girls.  Head on over to LAQ and test the demo’s there are so many cute looks to be had! You will definitely find one you like.

I am going to end my post here for now.  Have fun shopping and do all the things us girls do to get pretty!

Credits:
Accessories – by Caelan Hancroft
Cae :: Monogram :: Bracelet
Cae :: North Star :: Bracelet
Cae :: Valeria :: Earring @ FaMESHed
Cae :: Valeria :: Necklace @ FaMESHed
Hair:  Exile:: Anyway by Kavar Cleanslate @ Ebento
Top:  {le fil casse} Jordana Velvet Top by Jacinda Jaxxon @ FaMESHed
Eyes:  Izzie’s – Winter Eyes grey brown by Izzie Button
Head:  LAQ Bento – Motion Capture – Scarlet by Mallory Cowen

FOXCITY. VIP – Framed Booth w Light by Satomi Masukami
FOXCITY – Me Time 5 by Satomi Masukami

She said “Yes!”

Originally written by Caleb… but commandeered by Livvy (green text)

As soon as 2018 came, I asked Livvy to marry me (finally). Being the clever boyfriend that I am, I made her think we’d be spending our New Year’s together very casually (but also cozily in each other’s arms), just enjoying each other’s company as the clock strikes 12. Being that we were online most of New Year’s Eve together, I literally had to set up my proposal scene right in front of her. Thank goodness for AFK time!  (Livvy here: Yes finally … I have been waiting for this slow day to finally come to a head and happen.  But only because I love him so much, and I feel like queen of the world when he is with me.  Mind you this is our 2nd time dating.  Time was not a good factor on our side and we have grown and learned so much to finally come back to this day and be so incredibly happy!) 

My plan was to have our own fireworks display on our land, which is something we normally do anyway like on the 4th of July. So, again, totally inconspicuous. But what she did not know was, I planned to have my proposal show up written like fireworks in the middle of the lit sky when I was setting off in world fireworks.  (Ohh this is story to be told!)

Throughout the day, I distracted her with shopping adventures and a total season of Stranger Things. I had never seen Stranger Things on Netflix yet and after the first few episodes, I loved it. So we binge watched the entire season that night lol, which worked great with my planned proposal because Livvy would not think anything of it. We were comfy in our sweats, cuddling in front of our camp fire, Netflixing and actually ‘chilling’ like normal people.  (Mind you his Christmas present to me was the gorgeous dress I am wearing below, and it threw me off that I was not to wear this for my Happy New Year fireworks! This made me very curious as to what was going to happen.  And watching all 8 episodes of Stranger Things was so totally romantical, because its our thing to watch shows together.  The fact he was so into this one just made me smile the whole time ♥)

When midnight came, I exclaimed, “HAPPY NEW YEAR, BABY!” And she did the same as I proceeded to set off all the fireworks I had set up earlier. These were a mix between my MadPea Fireworks I had from 2016 as well as my {damani} – Fireworks deLuxe from back in 2014 lol. While we were smiling and celebrating our first New Year together, I turned off the transparency of my written proposal in the sky to let it finally be shown. The proposal said, “Will You Marry Me, Livvy?” in all cool sparklers effect to sort of blend in a bit with the fireworks.  (What he is leaving out here is that I didn’t actually seeee the message at first.  It was a blur in the sky, and I thought I broke my av for a moment so I zoomed in, thinking that I could totally fix it .. but that didn’t happen so I zoomed way out and it came clear what the message was and it confused me a bit because I was so not expecting this.  I hit the escape key and back to my av my camera flew and there was Caleb on one knee!!!!)

Will You Marry Me, Livvy | Mine & Yours

We have been on voice this entire time and when I heard her give notice to the image that was coming in for her, I got down on one knee, waiting for her to finally realize what was happening. I was proposing to her and I started saying the following to her on voice:

Livvy Fhang, I met you in 2014. Started dating you in 2015. We went our separate ways but found each other again in 2017. While together, you have made me an incredibly happy man with you back in my life. Ever since the day our paths crossed again, I’ve been smiling ever since… and incredibly in love with you. 2018 is here and I want us to start our new chapter together. I’ve been waiting for this day – this very day… the first day of the year, as I want to start the new year with you as mine in every way. Livvy… will you do me the honor of letting me be your husband? Will you marry me?

(He totally made a typo in that proposal … but I am not going to share it because it should be perfect the way he wanted … even if he wasn’t nervous, I still say he was, that voice that he loves to think was sooo confident I could hear the slight shake, but shhh, he was all man when asking me everything)

While I was telling her how much she has meant to me and how happy she has made me, I could hear the happiness in her silence as she listened. Yes, her silence has a voice – just like how you can hear someone smile… or choke back feelings of elation… or even tears of happiness. I was beaming the entire time and then as I finished my words, a resounding, “YES!” from her lips. My goodness how happy it made me to hear her say that… and how happy it made me to hear her happiness as well.  (I mean I waited a really long time to get this question from him.  Then again he is so slow with things, always wanting them perfect.  Though we were a bit backwards in how we did this.  Most of our plans were already planned minus the asking part.  Which most couples dont do until asked?  But we arent your average couple, we are us and we know how we tend to work, it was a matter of time before it happened anyways.  And he did it in the most perfect way.  I am just impatient and always will be. How he deals with me and still put a ring on it … amazes me! 

I love this woman so damn much (I love you too, baby). I can’t wait for so much many more moments and memories to share and create together. Happy New Year, indeed! We’re engaged! (And I am not letting go for one moment, you are stuck with me!)

Caleb and Livvy Are Engaged | Mine & Yours

Credits:

Decor:

MadPea Fireworks by MadPea
{damani} – Fireworks deLuxe by Damanios Thetan
.:revival:. tree trunk spring plaid by Momentous Resident

Will You Marry Me (fireworks effect text) by me
Livvy’s Pose made by me
Caleb’s Pose made by Redd Columbia from -RC- Proposal Set

On Caleb:

Tux Jacket: [Deadwool] Peak suit (tux) – jacket – ivory by Masa Plympton
Tux Pants: [Deadwool] Peak suit (tux) – trousers – ivory by Masa Plympton
Dress Shoes: [Deadwool] Penny loafers by Masa Plympton

On Livvy:

RING: *AvaWay* NEVA_RING #1__M RARE By Avaway
Collar: .::Supernatural::. Jenna Collar Black Silver by Sombria Baily
Necklace: Cae :: Rhew :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft
Dress: S&P bride dress Maitreya RARE by xxsaltandpepperxx
Hair: TRUTH / Tinsley by TRUTH HAWKS – Group Gift
Head: LAQ Bento – Motion Capture – Scarlet by Mallory Cowen
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle

 

Our New Years 2018

That time is approaching all I can think about is the clock striking midnight and the love of my life tipping me down and whispering just how much our year has been amazing.  Granted I don’t have to wait, because Caleb tells me this all time.  I swear with him I feel completely spoiled and loved.  We will be counting down the New Years together, and its going to be the best one yet!  10 … 9 … 8 … 7 … 6 … 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 … KISS ME BABY!

So you might be wondering about my dress?  Well its a new creation by Apple May Designs.  You can find it at it at the main store.  There are several colors you can pick from! Lately, I been feeling the red colors.  Which for me is a rarity.  But I think for the New Year, I should try a new me and have a little fun with it.  I think that we all could try new things in our lives.  So make sure you head on over to the store and test out the demo, and see what you like.  SO many beautiful looks to be had with this. ♥

So .. what is your New Years Resolution?  Mine is to finally clean out my inventory and make it clean again for it to be messed up again over the upcoming year ♥

Credits:
Hair:  !Oleander ~ Tegan. [Rigged] by baileeoleander
Dress:  Apple May Design – Athen Gown (Maitreya) By Apple May  NEW 

Head:  LAQ Bento – Motion Capture – Neve by Mallory Cowen NEW 
Shape:  LAQ ~ Neve shape by Mallory Cowen NEW 

Items: 
hive // celebration balloons set by TheHiveStore Resident
[ keke ] 2018 . gold by Kean Kelly @ UBER 
[ keke ] serpentines . by Kean Kelly @ UBER 
{anc} Confetti. by aki69 Resident

MadPea’s Magical Christmas Hunt Experience & Prizes

The MadPea Christmas Hunt is coming to an end on December 28th (today), and what a wonderful ride it has been! I’ve got some awesome sims and amazing prizes to share with you! Unlike my previous blog posts about the MadPea Christmas Hunt, this one is more a reflective written journey that is filled with my personal experiences and feedback.

I wish I could say I did the MadPea Christmas Hunt every day to show you all the neat places I visited through the entire duration of the hunt. But truth-be-told, between RL Christmas gatherings and SL Christmas gatherings, I was a busy body! However, during my free time, I did visit a few places to take some pictures and here was my magical Christmas adventure:

My MadPea Magical Christmas Hunt Adventure

Day 1  – Malaika Park

Malaika Park | Mine & Yours

I came across this serene and cozy winter sim called Malaika Park. “Welcome to Winter At Malaika Park!” I am greeted. To my pleasure, this beautiful, open ice skating area with a cute cozy winter lodge up above overlooking the lovely scene is also open to rez! A photographer’s dream as I start to rez poses and light prims. But then as I was busy setting up, I saw my love playing around with her skates and zipping by. How beautiful and natural everything was. Immediately I just start deleting all my equipment and snap natural shot of Livvy in the background skating with the entire sim for her as a playground. It was a gorgeous sight in its purest form, as intended – natural. This place was a hidden gem for me and I’ll be bringing my family here for some more ice skating and sledding fun.

Day 2 – Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland | Mine & Yours

A crowd favorite, Winter Wonderland at The Forest sim is a lovely delight. With snowy paths with the familiar crunch upon steps to jingling in the distance and bells of the trolley. Sigh – such cozy paradise! I absolutely love this place. There are so many spots to explore and take pictures, but my favorite image was seeing the trolley go through a tunnel of Christmas lights. There’s just something so endearing and familiar about that image that I had to capture it.

Winter Wonderland owners Alexis Wilson (lexxihudson Resident) and Mark Wilson (exde Resident) even provide vacation lodging for those who would like to stay to enjoy the winter beauty of this wonderland. Each cabin includes a private hot tub, picnic area, bbq and firepit. There are five rentable cabins on the sim, and there is already a waitlist! The sim will stay winter season until end of February so I hope my family will be able to stay here for a week before the season turns to spring/summer camping.

Day 3 – Norelia Island

Norelia Island | Mine & Yours

Livvy to me, “Let’s make our land look something like this, baby!” Me, a dutiful husband in the making, “Okay, my love.”

Norelia Island is gorgeous in its natural beauty. Identifying as a Mediterranean island, Norelia Island was a welcomed warm paradise after visiting snowy sims after snowy sims. But the lush, enchanting green meeting deep, majestic blue is something Livvy and I both love very much. This photo above is merely a small corner of what this island has to offer, but this very exact spot drew me instantly. What a perfect view with the perfect woman in my lap. This spot right here is my secret oasis.

If you also took pictures at Norelia Island, share them to their Flickr group here: https://www.flickr.com/groups/noelia_island/

Day 4 – The Isle

The Isle Toys | Mine & Yours

The Isle was a treasure trove for toys. Toys galore! All clumped in one witty spot – The Grinch’s Stash. Very cute and such a visual delight for all MadPea Hunters involved, no wonder this place was a top favorite! However… this area was not why I chose to feature The Isle. It was the alluring landscape surrounding The Grinch’s Stash that made me fall in love with it.

The Isle | Mine & YoursThe Isle 2 | Mine & Yours

Home to S Δ j i Δ h (Sajiah Viper), The Isle is enchanting and magical. This charming sim could have been easily overlooked, but slow down – take your time and look around. What beauty surrounds you! No edits involved, this was how I saw The Isle, and it was breathtaking.

“Though in ruins, the heart will always call it home.” – Sajiah Viper, The Isle

Because this is a personal home, I am uncertain how long this gorgeous place will remain open to public. However, Sajiah was very kind in allowing me to photograph and feature her home in this blog. You can also check out Sajiah Viper’s talented photography here:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/sajiahviper/

Day 5 – End StreetEnd Street | Mine & YoursEnd Street 2 | Mine & Yours

End Street is advertised as a hotel and voyeur adult hangout where there are “Free hotel rooms and wifi.” Truth be told, I just like how the scene looks. The questionable hotel rooms decorated with kinky adult furniture definitely add personality to this shady street, but I like it. It is intriguing and confusing at the same time, but I love the edgy raw-ness the place exudes. Beautiful is a subjective word. I think End Street is beautiful in its own way.

So that wraps up my MadPea Christmas Hunt traveling adventure! It was a lot of fun for me, and I absolutely loved taking these snapshots whenever I saw something I wanted to capture in the moment. I’d love to see or hear about other people’s favorite sims.

My Personal (positive and negative) Feedback – Changes MadPea made from their last hunts:

1. No more competitive cash 🙁

For this hunt, it seems that the Top 5 Hunters (generous) cash reward from the Halloween Hunt has been done away with, as well as the daily cash reward for the Top 3 Hunters we saw in the Summer Hunt. Instead points were given out.

1000 Points to 1st place
500 Points to 2nd place
300 Points to 3rd place

Top 3 Team White MadPea Christmas Hunt | Mine & Yours
Holy cow! I had no idea that I ranked for team white until I was scrolling the website to fact check hunt info for this blog post!

I’m a bit disappointed in this change because as far as we know, there is a hard cap as to how useful points can be in the hunt system, especially for those who already have enough points to redeem all prizes. The incentive for points does not seem really enticing, especially if the top hunters are already racking up a lot of points already. The points to prize ratio is, at face value, not worth compared to the amount of effort it takes to be in the top three places. To put it into perspective, the starter (least expensive) prizes are 500 points. 3rd place winner wouldn’t even be able to snag an extra starter prize if they wanted to. I’d suggest MadPea gift cards or credits instead.

2. Cute Variety of Hunt Items

The Summer Hunt and Halloween Hunt items (seashells and apparitions) were dull compared to the cute toys for the Christmas Hunt. I feel this makes the hunt more of a visual treat, as it is a nice surprise to see all sorts of adorable enchanted toys going crazy. The different kinds of robots are my favorite. They are so adorable and nicely made that I wish I could have them as toy decor under the Christmas tree or for stocking stuffers!

3. Hunting Gear

This time around, we can ride in style as we hunt! All hunters can purchase optional Christmas sleighs that spread a little magic as you hunt for the enchanted toys. At the back of the sleigh will be a number that represents how many toys you have captured, and once the toy is found, it will appear at the back of your sleigh! The sleighs are also texture change so you can wear your team color, if you wanted to. There is also a magical candy cane wand that interacts with the toys as you find them.

HOWEVER… Raise your hand if you had the Effective Liberating Flight Squad (E.L.F.S.) in mind from The Santa Clause movie with Tim Allen? *raises hand* No optional outfits this time around, which was a bit of a bummer. I would have loved a cute jumpsuit with cute Christmas badges and motifs sewn on it, as well as a cute jet pack. So instead, I created my own not-as-cute-as-I-would-have-liked look with various accessories. Unfortunately that means I wasn’t decked out in MadPea products like last time, which is a shame because MadPea makes some really awesome stuff.

4. Radar

I loved the Halloween Ghost Hunt radar – it was compact, visually appealing, and fit the theme. This one I am on the fence about. Let’s start with the new.

  • Favorite Button – This seems to function only as a voting button to vote for your favorite sims, letting MadPea collect all hunter’s votes when the ‘favorite’ a sim. Then, top 10 sims selected by all hunters so far are placed here on their website. Initially, I thought it would also store locations of your (personal) favorite sims, eliminating the need to create Landmarks. Unfortunately, that function does not exist (yet!).
  • Counter that tracks each type of hunt item collected – This seems to be more for the achievements that can be obtained for the more hardcore MadPea players wanting to rank in the MadPea Player Portal. Check your standings here.
  • Window Toggle to display prizes that have been unlocked – An interesting addition to the HUD. It seems this notification window pops up instead of pushing group notices through. It is nice to see right on the screen what prizes have been unlocked. Though I wish there was a scrolling option to see more of the unlocked prizes besides just the most recent one.

Missed Opportunities:

  • Favorite Button – Would love if the HUD could store a hunter’s personal favorite sims so they can come back to the sim at the click of a button.
  • Hunt HUD Radar size – It seems minimizing the HUD’s real estate on the screen was not an intention. This thing takes up quite a bit of room when opened. The horizontal bar that stays at the top of the screen is clunky. I’d rather the section that displays the numbers be an expandable cartridge, similar to the existing window toggle for the prize display window. Having the numbers take the room and always be displayed on the screen makes me feel more like a goblin at Gringotts Wizarding Bank than an elf.
  • Underwhelming HUD visual design – Compared to the Halloween Hunt Radar, this Christmas one feels rather lackluster. For a magical celebration such as Christmas, I don’t feel much holiday spirit when I put this HUD on.
  • Skipping location option – Would be nice to have the option to remove a location from my random TP list. I am not sure how the scripting or algorithm works, but I kept getting the same three sims over and over again that I intentionally wanted to avoid (even though I had a lot of other sims I have not visited).

5. Awesome Prizes!

I loved the prizes this time around. I felt like there was something for everyone. Even if all of the prizes did not appeal to you, I am sure at least one of them would have been a great addition to your avi or home (especially during the Christmas season!). If you haven’t already, check out my other posts here and here to see what some of the MadPea Christmas Hunt prizes are. All prizes are also showcased on the MadPea Christmas Hunt Website as well as their Facebook page.

MadPea Toy Factory | Mine & Yours

I wanted to end my coverage of this awesome MadPea Christmas Hunt with their final prize: The Toy Factory. It is 99 LI. Featuring one furnace with a door you can open or close. The fire within can be lit with a simple click. Two functioning conveyors operate at the crank of each lever. The MadPea Christmas Hunt Toys then rez and move down the conveyor belt similar to that of an assembly line.

If you are like me, you would immediately be thinking something along the lines of this:

[real-time reaction below]
Caleb: … It rezzes the MadPea Hunt toys!!! I’m just gonna take the toys out of the conveyor belt prim and rez them all along the assembly line!
*edit linked parts, copy toys over to inventory*
Caleb: SUCCESS!
*proceeds to rez all the toys out one by one*
Caleb: So cute! I can’t wait to place these all out an-
*notices the toys start disappearing one by one*
*realizes the toys are temp rez and no mod*
Caleb: NOOOOOOOoooooOOOOoooo

TLDR: MadPea Toys in the Toy Factory are temp rez. Foiled!

Santa’s Toy Factory Credits

Featured: MadPea Toy Factory by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)

RO – Santas Workshop – Stu RARE by AxsisThorn Resident (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
RO – Santas Workshop – Flu RARE by AxsisThorn Resident (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)

09 Action Holly Jolly – Mini Who Car RARE by MarilynMonroe Munro (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
10 Action Holly Jolly – Griswold Advent RARE by MarilynMonroe Munro (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
04 Action Holly Jolly – Santa Mail by MarilynMonroe Munro (part of the Santa’s Workshop gacha from December 2017 Arcade)

SPELL : An invitation Letter by lakua Arriaga (part of the Witchcraft & Wizardry gacha set @ The Chapter Four)

JIAN Christmas Tree 2017 Decorated by JianSL Resident
JIAN ’15 Holiday Decor :: Wreath (Wall) by JianSL Resident

floorplan. north pole toy co. by Tegan Serin

Various toys from the – Kalopsia – Vintage Toys Set by Isabeau Baragula
Various toys from the <:*BoOgErS*:> Kid Clutter gacha set by Zen Zarco (from March 2015 Arcade)

Thank you to MadPea for putting on a wonderful hunt for us all to participate in, making the holiday season so much more enjoyable! Also, big thank you to all the sim location participants who placed out toys for us all to gather. This Christmas hunt would not have been successful without your generosity!

Merry Christmas From Us!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

A really quick post for you all this beautiful morning. Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday so far, and plenty more celebration ahead! Wanted to share this amazing MadPea Christmas Hunt prize that would be perfect if you have little ones to celebrate Christmas with. Our daughter ran down Christmas morning from her room, jumped on our bed to wake us up and made a mad dash to the Christmas tree to find this amazing and official certificate from Santa Claus. The look on her face was priceless, and she was beaming from ear to ear. We loved it so much that we had to take a family picture to celebrate what an amazing child Nessy has been the whole year!

Christmas Morning | Mine $ Yours

Featured: MadPea Christmas Certificate of Good Behavior by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)

Tip: Scaling down through stretching will not work if you want the certificate to go smaller (I think it is the name plate that has been sized down to the minimum SL dimension already on one of its sides so you cannot go beyond that when linked together with something else. Instead, use a resizer script that ignores minimum dimension restraint that will conveniently help you resize the item as a whole.)

MadPea Rustic Starlight Garland by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)
MadPea Christmas Countdown Calendar by MadPea (Group Gift)
MadPea Christmas Trivia by MadPea

Our Christmas Tree Area:
Botanical – Green Douglas Fir Christmas Tree (Tannenbaum) by Kriss Lehmann
The Loft – Monochrome Christmas Twinkle Lights RARE by Colleen Desmoulins and Nardya Rousselot  (from the 2015 Monochrome Christmas gacha)
*AF* Christmas Tree 2016 (modified) by ArtizanMesh Resident
*AF* Snowden Peaks – Gift Boxes by ArtizanMesh Resident
Silence. – Velvet Ruffle Tree Skirt – Red RARE by MadelineLumin Resident (from the Tannenbaum 2015 gacha)
{what next} 10 Christmassy Gift Boxes – Decor by Winter Thorn
dust bunny & O.M.E.N . Sleigh Bed & Pup by lxlNoel Resident & DamascusVera Resident
O.M.E.N – Waiting for Santa Paws – Dream Pup – RARE by DamascusVera Resident (from the Waiting for Santa Paws gacha from the December 2015 Arcade)
<:*BoOgErS*:> Santa Bear Arcade Christmas Gift 2014 by Zen Zarco
:CP: Winter Isle Countdown by Isla Gealach
<:*BoOgErS*:> Carol Bear Green by Zen Zarco (part of the Boogers Arcade Bears for December 2015 Arcade)
<:*BoOgErS*:> Carol Bear Yellow by Zen Zarco (part of the Boogers Arcade Bears for December 2015 Arcade)
<:*BoOgErS*:> Carol Bear Red by Zen Zarco (part of the Boogers Arcade Bears for December 2015 Arcade)
BackBone Winter Bar Cart Full by Ruvio Cortes
{anc} NOEL. : frilled furrug / milk 2Li by aki69 Resident (from 2014 NOEL. gacha)
The Story of Snowpine Point by Anya Ohmai

In the Living Room:
MadPea Holiday Stocking – Full Pack by MadPea
:CP: Winter Isle Sofa by Isla Gealach
:CP: Winter Isle Fireplace by Isla Gealach
:CP: Winter Isle Framed Picture Large by Isla Gealach
:CP: Winter Isle Deer by Isla Gealach
:CP: Winter Isle Hanging Star Chain by Isla Gealach
Fireplace Garland by AzaleaBluebell Resident

Pose made by me 🙂

 

Also wanted to share a little memory a week before Christmas when we visited Santa on our land. He set up a little cottage area for him to stay at when Nessy went to visit him. She had received his letter, as Santa wanted to check up on Nessy before Christmas just to make sure she was still on track for staying on the Nice List. Merry Christmas, everyone! Stay warm and enjoy the company of loved ones around you this beautiful holiday season <3 From us to you, Merry Christmas.

Visiting Santa | Mine & Yours

MadPea Santa’s Mailbox by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)
MadPea North Pole Light by MadPea (MadPea Christmas Hunt Prize)

01_8f8 – Granny’s Winter Cottage – Granny’s Cottage RARE (modified) by 8f8 Resident (part of the Granny’s Winter Cottage gacha from the December 2014 Arcade)
JIAN Santa’s Samoyeds 13. Elf Pup Wanderer from  by JianSL Resident (part of the Santa’s Samoyeds gacha from December 2017 Arcade)
JIAN Santa’s Samoyeds 5. Decorated Puphouse RARE by JianSL Resident (part of the Santa’s Samoyeds gacha from December 2017 Arcade)

07 -Sorumin- HO-HO-HO GACHA -Deer stand- by Nastasica Resident @ Limit8 (part of the HO-HO-HO gacha set)
05 -Sorumin- HO-HO-HO GACHA -Deer eat- by Nastasica Resident @ Limit8 (part of the HO-HO-HO gacha set)

dust bunny . winter decor . peppermints by lxlNoel Resident @ Tannenbaum
dust bunny . winter decor . merry christmas sign by lxlNoel Resident @ Tannenbaum
dust bunny . string lights . colored . by lxlNoel Resident @ Tannenbaum

.LeLutka.Spirit.Tree. by Thora Charron (Group Gift)

{what next} Flakey the Snowman by Winter Thorn
RO – Sleigh Bells – Sleigh RARE by AxsisThorn Resident (part of the Sleigh Bells gacha from December 2015 Arcade)
RO – Sleigh Bells – Presents RARE by AxsisThorn Resident (part of the Sleigh Bells gacha from December 2015 Arcade)
– Kalopsia – Bunny Foofoo – Sitting – Brown by Isabeau Baragula
– Kalopsia – Santa’s Bag of Toys by Isabeau Baragula
– Kalopsia – Puddle Duck – White by Isabeau Baragula
– Kalopsia – Rocket – White by Isabeau Baragula
– Kalopsia – Bunny Foofoo – Standing – White by Isabeau Baragula
dust bunny . present pile by lxlNoel Resident
dust bunny . vintage sleigh . with gifts by lxlNoel Resident
Alouette – North Pole Destinations Sign by Scarlet Chandrayaan

Pine Cone & Fir Twig Wreath w wood ornaments by Pamela Galli
Kalopsia – Wood Sign – Joyeux by Isabeau Baragula
Kalopsia – Wood Sign – Noel by Isabeau Baragula
Kalopsia – Watercan Tree by Isabeau Baragula
Kalopsia – Old wood chair – Dark/Red by Isabeau Baragula
Kalopsia – Old wood chair – Light/Green by Isabeau Baragula
Kalopsia – Pile of Gifts by Isabeau Baragula

hive // fir tree set by TheHiveStore Resident

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