The Bistro down the Street

bistro_insideC’mon everybody, meet me at the quaint little bistro just down the street. Ah, the stories its walls could tell, of hopes lost and luck found. Everyone is welcome there. Dine inside…
bistro_outside…or relax outside in the sun with a cuppa of whatever you fancy.
bistro_upstairsAnd if you’re the artistic type, meet kindred spirits in the lounge upstairs.

bistro building & all furniture, unless stated otherwise:
22769 ~ [bauwerk] (Food Fair)

inside set:

tea time set (table): Tres Blah
hot chocolate: LISP
wine: Elate!
tea set (counter): Dysfunctional Designs (Food Fair)
artworks & vases: Action, [CIRCA], A.D.D. Andel & JoHaDeZ

inside outfits:

Chanda (front, left): 
hair: elikatira
dress: 22769 (The Gallery Gift Shop)

Leon (front, right):
suit: FATEwear
walking cane: [hate this]

sad girl (background):
hair: Dura (group gift, free)
skin: Curio
shape: By Snow (free)
pearls: lassitude & ennui (Free*Style, free)
dress: World's End Garden (The Gallery Gift Shop, free hunt gift)

outside set:

plants: Dutchie
laptop: Meshworx
handbag: 22769 (The Gallery Gift Shop, free hunt gift)
milk / chocolate: {Haute House} (Food Fair)
shades: Kumaki
sushi: Breno
hat: Deco
coffee: 22769 (Food Fair)
bikes: {what next}

outside outfits:

business woman (front, left):
skin: Glam Affair
shape: custom
hair: elikatira
glasses: Kumaki
piercings: the HV
outfit: coldLogic
bracelet: erratic

Moran (front, right):
hair: Truth
necklace: Just You
tattoo: -Valley Park- (The Mens Dept)
shorts: Redgrave
boots: TonkTastic

HT (middle, right):
hair: Dura
skin: Tableau Vivant
necklace: G & D
tanktop: BeUp
shorts: 22769
leg cast / ankle brace / crutches: [ht+]
shoes: Adjunct

gossip girl 1 (background, left):
hair: [Due] (Hair Fair, free)
skin: Curio
shape: By Snow (free)
dress: Coco Designs (group gift, free)
shoes: Gabriel (group gift, free)

gossip girl 2 (background, right):
hair: Magika
skin / pants: The Plastik
tank: Auxiliary (Hair Fair, free)
shoes: Coco Designs

upstairs set:

artwork (left): Gabrielle Swindlehurst (The Gallery Gift Shop, free)
crying peacock statue: RAG Randt (Mad Pea's Room 326, hunt gift)
bookshelf: Second Spaces
books: Dutchie
ceiling fan: Trompe Loeil
mask: DownDownDown (The Gallery Gift Shop, free hunt gift)
artwork (middle): Arduenn Schwartzmann (Mad Pea's Room 326, hunt gift)
tree sculpture: MudHoney (Home Show)
violin: Grollwerk
chocolate cake: Culprit (Food Fair)
deco pillows: [hate this]
armchair: Kuro
easel, stool & artistic clutter: ~Bazar~ (Home Show)
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Chanda – The Silence of the Prims

chanda - silence of the primsThis is my entry for Strawberry Singh’s SL Movie Poster Challenge.

Chanda – Unicorn

chanda - unicorn

Playing around with more Arcade and Gacha stuffs.

Today’s look:

skin: Glam Affair (The Arcade)
eyes & veins: Clemmm
hair: Wasabi Pills (The Arcade)
unicorn set: +Half-Deer+ (The Arcade)
skybox: vespertine (old gacha item)
pose: Adorkable

Chanda – Demonstrations

chanda - demoThose of you who know me from plurk, may have read one of my rants about skin demos. I will try not to let this post end in a rant, but I would like to say a few words about demos, especially skin demos.
Above you see an example of a great skin demo, the way it should be in my opinion – I hope, Izzie doesn’t mind me using her work as a positive example.

I will not show any pictures for negative examples – I don’t want to diss any hard working creator, even if they made a poor choice for their demos.

What I am talking about, are demos that are covered in lines or even grids from head to toe. Of course, I do understand creators want to protect their work from thieves and keep people from using the demo skin, instead of buying the actual one.
But when a skin is totally covered, you can’t make out the fine details. And it’s those details that are the most important to me. I am always searching for “the” skin for one of my characters. Once I found it, they usually stick to it for a long time, or at least to the same skin maker.
Most of the time, the lines cover the seams between different parts of the texture as well. In other words, it makes it harder to see if a skin is well-made or not. Now, I am prepared to pay a fair price for a well-made skin I like. But if I am going to spend that much money, I expect to be able to see the quality and details before my purchase.

Before this really turns into a rant, here’s another picture of Chanda wearing an entirely new look, which is quite unusual for her.

chanda - demo outfit

skin: Izzie's (The Dressing Room Fusion)
hair: LoQ (Marketplace promo)
top: Sey
pants: Boom (The Dressing Room Fusion)
earring: Glow Studio (The Dressing Room Fusion)
necklace: Kosh
poses: Adorkable (closing inworld soon! check out their sale!)

Chanda – Don’t look…

chanda - running

…behind you!

Going outside into the woods at night and all by herself sure wasn’t the smartest thing, Chanda ever did. It seems, this girl has a knack for getting herself into trouble. From the looks of it, this time, she was able to get away from whoever… or whatever was chasing her. Or was it just in her imagination all the time?

Today’s look:

skin: Glam Affair
hair: Dura
make-up: Jalwa (free @ World Goth Fair)
teeth (tattoo): Fallen Gods
dress: The Muses (World Goth Fair)
necklace: Kosh
nails: Love Soul
shoes: Deco
stockings: erratic
lantern: Trompe Loeil

Today’s set:

pose: [hate this]
location: Bentham Forest

Chanda – Guilty Confessions

chanda - guilty

We all know, Chanda is a bit of a wild girl. But what did she do to end up in prison? I’ll leave that to your speculations.

The purpose of this picture and post is Strawberry Singh’s guilty confessions meme

1. Inventory maintenance

While not as bad as Berry’s, I constantly wrestle with my inventory myself. I recently managed to get it just below 80k (79,329 as I’m writing this).

2. Shopping

Yes, I will admit it – I love my shopping sprees. Usually, I end up spending too much money on too many things I never use. Since I have started to blog, however, I took the chance to pull out some of these things, if only just for a picture.

3. Being insociable

If it’s not for a sale or event I want to look at, I hardly ever leave my home in SL, and I’m not very comfortable if I do. I’d never approach a stranger and it usually freaks me out a bit if someone I don’t know IMs me without a real purpose (like begging *sigh* or asking about stuff I’m wearing, etc). Same goes with (customer) IMs that are just like “hi” or “hello”, or even worse “Hi, I have a question.” and then… nothing.
Before this ends as a rant on its own… don’t get me wrong here. I’m not unfriendly (I hope), I’m just very shy. Once I had the chance to get to know someone, I’m fine talking to them or being around them. (HINT: If you want to get to know me, try not to scare me when we first meet.)

Today’s look:

hair: Sadistic Hacker (free)
hairbase: Exile (free)
outfit: 22769 (The 100 Block)
shoes: League

Today’s set:

jail: Lithium

Allow me to introduce… Chanda

chanda - out of reach

Name: Chanda Fergusson
Age: 20
Born: Dublin, Ireland
Occupation: student (biology, genetics), part-time model

Here’s a young woman you don’t want to mess with. Too clever for her own good, Chanda decided to study genetics, in order to find a cure for vampirism. She wants to help her mother and godfather, who are both affected by what Chanda believes to be a genetical mutation.

She is very dedicated to her studies, but never forgets to have some fun, too. She has quite the reputation for playing friendly tricks on her fellow students. Rumours have it, she has fairy blood running through her veins.

In her spare time, Chanda works as a model for [hate this].

OOC information:

Originally, I simply created Chanda as a female model for my store, with no intention to turn her into a full-fledged character. Her main purpose was to look cute, with an edge to it. No offense to those who love their barbie girl models, they sure are pretty. It’s just not me.

chanda fergusson

Chanda’s basic looks:

shape: Flowers
skin: Glam Affair
eyes: Umedama Holic
hair: Wasabi Pills (*)
tattoo/piercings: the HV

(*) Chanda’s hair changes a lot, but it usually is either ginger or copper, rarely blonde. As a character, she is a redhead.

A few words about her outfit: I don’t normally shop for female clothes and my selection is very limited. The coat is meant for male avatars. To make it fit, I reduced her breast size to 20 (usually, it is around 45). I like the tomboyish look on Chanda, but if you want to keep your cleavage, you are probably better off looking for another coat.

Today’s outfit:

coat: Deadwool
top: [hate this]
skirt: HOC Industries
boots: Deco
glasses: Tokugawa
necklace: Maxi Gossamer
stockings: erratic
location: Rust.