The Midas Touch


One of my favorite fables from childhood is King Midas' Touch. King Midas was considered one of the wealthiest rulers in all the land. He was convinced the more gold you had, the happier you would be. He would spend his time counting his money and wearing as much gold as he could; many would say he was plated in gold! One day in his rose gardens, King Midas came upon a Satyr sleeping in his garden. The King recognized the Satyr as a close friend to the god Dionysus. So he treated the Satyr as a royal guest until finally one day the Satyr introduced the King to the god. Dionysus was so grateful to King Midas for taking care of his friend so well he told King Midas he would grant him one wish. The King was elated. Finally, he could have all the gold he ever dreamed of owning. Quickly he wished that everything he touched turned to gold. The god warned King Midas that it wasn't a good idea, and was he sure it was what he wanted. The King was positive that it was all he ever could dream of wanting. So the god granted King Midas his wish.


The King happily went around touching items in the palace changing them to solid gold. He was elated; he touched the walls, the rugs, the chairs, the wall hangings, vases, and cushions. His wealth grew as well as his imagined happiness, that is, until exhausted and hungry he sat down for a meal. The minute his lips touched the food, it became solid gold, the wine he tried to drink turned to gold dust.   In alarm, he began to wail, cursing his desire for a meal; the servants were beside themselves. Hearing of her father's distress, the King's daughter ran to his side and hugged him in an attempt to comfort him and was transformed instantly into a golden statue. Nuggets of gold poured down his face as he cried to Dioyssus to remove the wish that had become a curse from him. 


Dionysus heard poor King Midas and took pity on him, for he knew of the King's love for his daughter. He told the King he would remove the curse only if he promised to care for the people of his kingdom as fondly as he did his daughter. The King agreed, and Dionysus removed the curse. Everything King Midas touched returned to normal. That is, except for his daughter's rosy skin tone, it was left a golden tone forever, as a reminder to King Midas that people are more important than gold, and only through your connection to others can you find true happiness.


 LET'S GO SHOPPING!

 
:[ Outfit ]:
 
✫ NECKLACE: Beloved Jewelry created the lovely Reuelle Necklace and Reuelle Choker I am wearing today. They are customizable with 56 gem colors, 16 metal options, and 24 pearl options. You can pick up a copy at their main store for 599L for the complete set. The full collection also includes a matching tiara and earrings. If you join their in-world group, you also can get 15% off. The group costs 25L to join and is totally worth it! Beloved Jewelry is definitely one of my favorite stores to find something to add a little sparkle to my day. They have been creating fine jewelry since 2008 and have a large selection of affordable unique, customizable jewelry for men and women. I highly recommend you check their shop out.

✫ DRESS:  My lovely dress is actually two separate components, the Natasha Top and the Natasha Skirt. They are by Just BECAUSE. These items are 100% rigged mesh and are ORIGINAL mesh! Both items 
are available in 18 colors for 249L or 1.299L for a fatpack of all colors. They fitted for Maitreya, Petite, Legacy, Perky, and Kupra. There are demos available to try. I can not stress how much I love Just BECAUSE's designs. I have been following/blogging Just Because since 2012. The quality has always been top of the line, with significant care given to their creations with hand-drawn textures and styling. To top it all off, Just BECAUSE has always kept it reasonably priced. Most places I found when I was younger have outgrown my price range and, if we are honest, style. But not Just BECAUSE; it just keeps getting better and better.

:[ Cosmetics ]:
 
✫ LIPSTICK:   Chhote Chhote Peg Lipstick is by Entice. The Chhote Chhote Peg lipstick line comes in two vibrant color collections (Matte and Metallic) and fits Lelutka EvoX heads. Princess Midas is wearing the gold-tone from the Metallic set. These luscious lip colors are available for 150l a set or 249l Mega fatpack at The Makeover Room until the 28th of this month. So don't procrastinate too long, or you will miss out on a great deal. 

After visiting the Makeover Room, I recommend walking over to Entice's main shop. Entice specializes in women's original mesh casual, formal, and fantasy apparel. They have something for everyone's style. They have an in-world group (free to join) to keep you current store updates, sales, and special events, as well as group slap boards for free goodies. They are located on the top floor, totally worth the visit!

✫ FRECKLES and MOLES:  The adorable freckles and mole (January Facial Marks) are by CAZIMI. The Facial Mark set comes with freckles in four opacities and seven marks for both sides of the face. I am wearing the Freckles in 30%, the Over Eye Outter Right Mole, and Cheek Left Mole. The January Facial Marks are the January VIP gift for group members. The BOM layer freckles and markings are for standard and EvoX heads. IThe VIP group has a 250L join fee. Members get 5% cashback on in-store purchases. This is worth every penny; CAZIMI spoils their VIPs! If you are not familiar with CAZIMI, now is the time! CAZIMI is an excellent cosmetics designer. They feature tons of makeup (eyeshadow, blush, eyeliners, concealers, and more), mesh and applier nails, eyes, and lashes. You can't find a better designer for your cosmetic needs.

✫ EYESHADOW:  CAZIMI also created the Nemesis EvoX BOM Unisex Liners ( 250L )These are perfect for the days that I want just a little pop to the eyes. The Liner set includes four eyeliners in four opacities and has a tintable white version. I am wearing liner #4 in 40% opacity.

:[ Avatar Body ]:

✫ HEAD: In this post, I am wearing Lelutka's Lilly Mesh Head (Model #: LEX02 - LeLUTKA EvoToEvoX Head). At the time of this posting, this head costs 3,990L. This head can support  Evolution (EVO) and Evolution X (EvoX) skins. The Lilly set comes with a Head, Teeth, Mesh Eyes, Elf Ears, and many bonus goodies like hairbases, face light, multiple teeth accessories like braces, ear piercings, and samples of cosmetic tattoos. It is Bakes on Mesh Ready (BOM) and comes with a default shape, Head and Ear skins in BOM layers, and skin, brow, and eye applier. Avatar complexity for the head alone is approximately +5738 (Head, Teeth, and Eyes). Lelutka is my go-to place for mesh heads. I love their style, quality, and ease of use for their huds. I own several of their heads. There are demos available for you to try before you buy.

✫ BODY: Today's body of choice is Maitreya's Lara Mesh Body. The Lara Mesh Body is Bakes on Mesh Ready (BOM). The body includes Bom add-on parts, a save stick to save your configurations, Bento hands, with hand poses and hand AO built into the HUD. The body has the 5 default foot shapes (Flat, Low, Mid, High, and Ballet). The HUD comes loaded with 22 Glam Affair skin tones, and BOM layers are provided. There are five nail shape options and 19 nail polish options. Alphas are controlled via HUD. There are over 200 possible selections. The body comes with mesh lingerie made by Erratic and BOM Layers by Zaara. At the time of posting, the Maitreya Lara Mesh Body costs 2,750L. 

This is the mesh body I wear the most; I really like the softer curves, and  I find most outfits are offered in their shape. If you prefer a petite or flat look, Maitreya has add-ons for the Lara Mesh Body for 499-599L each. The Lara Mesh Body, the Petite Add-on, and the Flat-Chest Add-on have demos available to try before you buy.

✫ SKIN:  The delightfully cheery [G3] Lianna: Limon S.E. Full Skin Set is one of the newest releases from .:Soul:. The Lianna: Limon S.E. Set is a full skin set for Lelutka EvoX Heads and includes BOM layers for brow/no-brow skins with add-on layers for muscled/toned, full/soft breast, flat chest, cover-up/cover-down layers. It also includes skins for Uni and EvoX Ears. There is also a Male version of the skin, the [G3] Liam: Limon S.E. Full Skin Set. They are available at the .:Soul:. Main Store for 1,499L each. 

If you join the .:Soul:. VIP group, you get a 15% discount on every purchase, as well as free group gifts and teasers on new releases, updates, and store sales. .:Soul:. designs are a mix of items ranging from Fantasy to Sci-fi and Modern. I have been a big fan of .:Soul:. for years, they have been my go-to place for fantasy skins and accessories. They have a wide range of fantasy skins with androgynous, unisex necklines, eyes, horns, ears, and other unique body accessories, furniture, and buildings for all your roleplay needs. 

✫ HAIR:  The classy and elegant Wings -TO1220 hairstyle is by WINGS DGIt is available in six color packs: Gray, Gold, Brown, Red, Variety, Omber, and Morandi( Fatpack only) for 299l each or 999L for the fatpack at the Anthem sale event. Each individual color pack has 15 hair colors. It comes with four styles controlled by a HUD and two hair sizes (Large and Medium). The Camellia Rose headpieces can be removed and have six color options. This hair is adorable, a must-have for any hair collection. Though do note, WINGS DG hairstyles are all alphas. This means that it will have problems with other alphas such as water, trees, and glass. Try the demo before you buy!

✫ EYES:  The Spooky Inviting Eyes are by CAZIMI (0L). They were the October 2021 VIP gift. You can still pick them up if you missed them if you are a group member. If not, it only costs 250L to join, and trust me, you want to. CAZIMI spoils their VIPs! The eye set comes in 8 colors in two sizes for BOM eyes layers. I am wearing Spooky 7,  Amethyst Purple, in large. 

✫ EYEBROWS:  The Taylor Brows are by CAZIMI (250L). The Taylor brows include 8 Eyebrows, a brow filler in 2 opacities, 1 under brow highlighter in 4 opacities, a Stray hair layer. All in both EvoX and standard BOM layers.

✫ EARS: My ears are the default Lilly Head elf ears.

✫ SHAPE: The shape is custom-made and not available for purchase.

:[ Poses ]:

✫ The pose used is from Photoshoot's Honey Bento Pose Set. This set comes with 5 poses, including breathing and mirrored versions. You can pick it up on sale for 65L currently. It is located in the center of the Velour Mall.



✫ I used Animare to adjust the hand and head of the pose to create my image. Animare is an animation tool that allows you to reposition existing poses to align better with your avatar. It is available in-world for 699L or 859l on the Marketplace.

:[ Photo Tools & Location ]:

✫ My photo was snapped in a custom photo box created by me.

✫ For lighting, I use LUMIPro. LUMIPro is a HUD worn by the photographer that controls all aspects of lights worn by the model or self. The photographer can adjust position, color, radius, and falloff. You do not need rez right to use LUMIPro. The built-in posing system controls ten models independently without needing to rez for pose stands. You can pick up a copy for 6,6995L on the Marketplace.





Disclosure of Material Connections: I may have received one or more products as review copies. Regardless, I only recommend products I personally use and believe will benefit my readers. See my full disclosure policy here.





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