~Whiteout in Candy Land~

Do you remember playing that fun board game Candy Land, where you follow the winding track through the Candy Cane Forrest and Gum Drop mountain in search of King Kandy?  I remember playing it with my niece and nephew and the little buggers tried to cheat!  Despite the cheating, we still had a blast and it whiled away the endless hours of being stuck inside on a school snow day.

Yesterday I mentioned the Month of Games event, hosted by Siren Productions, was in full swing.; with tons of fabulous designs geared toward three game themes.  One of the themes is Candy Land and the amazingly talented creator behind Lyrical B!zarre Templates came up with this oh-so-sweet candy dress named Whiteout. This dress is loads of fun and perfect for a costume party, a day exploring or just because you LOVE candy!

~Whiteout in Candy Land~

You can really get creative with the different components of this dress…I used a copy of the bodice candy piece as a wreath for my hair and I wore it on my *DOLLCOCO* avatar!  I accessorized the dress with the Fairytail Hair and Spring Fairy Parasol from Boudoir and my lovely little snow colored French Bulldog; a past The Chapter Four gacha from Alchemy.  The fabulous Wonderland Teacup Party is the latest VIP group gift from Boudoir and ONLY AVAILABLE FOR 48 HOURS…so HURRY!

I shot this on location at a really adorable little parcel named A&R haven & relax place.  This enchanting little place is full of wonderful spots to relax, take photos or enjoy the dances created by the owner Ryeeee.  A fantastic little hidden secret garden that is well worth the visit and don’t forget to check out her lucky boards, filled with her unique dances, that turn over quickly!

Now I’m off to gather clues for the next game theme!

Life is fleeting…stay captivated!

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Xiu is also wearing:

Ballet Shoes:  Slink – Ashia Ballet Pointe Pewter

Pose:  Diesel Works Poses & Animations

***PLEASE NOTE that I am not a mainstream fashion blogger.  My focus is telling a story through a photo…so I DO manipulate my photos.  TRY before you buy. ***

 

~Stand4love~

Just about everyone knows that my husband and I met in Second Life and we are now married in both worlds.  It was easy for us, but it isn’t so easy for everyone.

It is hard to understand that a world,  advanced in so many ways, is still woefully lacking in tolerance for ALL human beings; regardless of race, gender or partnership.  This big old crazy world can be hard enough to negotiate, and true love is rare…so why do we still insist on forcing others to adhere to bigoted, hateful laws?  Laws that were created by humans to exclude, control and manipulate other humans?  What right do we really have to try to dictate who can love one another and whom they can marry?

~Stand4love~

This isn’t about laws…it isn’t even really about love…it is about standing up and taking back the power to live our lives, and pursue happiness, as we choose to.  It is about breaking free from the tyranny of control where it doesn’t belong…in our bedrooms and our personal lives.  Stand up for yourself, stand up for your fellow human beings, stand up against those who want to control your life to serve their own selfish ends.  Show them their laws are wrong, show them you will not be excluded, show them you have a voice, a vote and the power to make things change.

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Life is fleeting…live, love and stay strong.

❤ ❤

*Thank you Flora Raven for adding the S4L logo to the photograph. ❤ ❤

~Exclusive Blue~

As promised…I have a sneak peek, for the Sascha’s Designs Hunger Gown, that will be sold exclusively at the Opium Evolution Hunger Games Event from August 1-10!

This exquisite Cobalt Blue Hunger Gown is as breathtaking in person as it is in the photo.  All of the Sascha’s Designs Hunger gowns will come with the wings, a mask and several different skirt options.
~Sascha's Blue Hunger~

Enjoy this sneak preview and get ready for the Hunger Games!

Stay captivated! ❤ ❤

~X~

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Hair:  .:EMO-tions:.  – *PRIA* (intensivered)

Jewelry:  LAZURI Jewelry – Celeste Heirloom – Color Change- Dark Gems

Shot on location at*StoryBrooke Gardens*…This gorgeous destination is one of three amazing builds from the creator of Baja Norte…thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring place Lauren Bentham ❤ ❤

***NOTE that I am not a mainstream fashion blogger.  My focus is telling a story through a photo…so I DO manipulate my photos.  TRY before you buy. ***

~Sascha’s Red Hunger~

Let the games begin!

The Opium Evolution Hunger Games that is!

The games and shows will take place from August 1-10…but that won’t stop me from showing you an exclusive sneak peek at this stunning Red Hunger dress from Sascha’s Designs.  Sascha will be featuring the Hunger Gowns in Red, Gold, Silver and Black at the Opium Evolution Hunger Games Event…there will also be an exclusive color that will only be available at the games, but I am not going to tell you what it is yet…you’ll just have to watch this blog to find out in a few more days.

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Enjoy this sneak preview and get ready for the Hunger Games!

Stay captivated! ❤ ❤

~X~

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Hair:  Analog Dog – b – honey (Coral)

Jewelry:  LAZURI Jewelry – Celeste Heirloom – Color Change- Dark Gems

Pose:  Del May – Tilt

Shot on location at Baja Norte…thank you for such a beautiful and inspiring place Lauren Bentham ❤ ❤

***NOTE that I am not a mainstream fashion blogger.  My focus is telling a story through a photo…so I DO manipulate my photos.  TRY before you buy. ***

Cocktails at ~ghee~

One of the best things about SL is…no matter where you are, what the weather is like or how far you are from an actual beach…you can always find a place and a reason to wear a fabulous swimsuit!

Lucky for us The Fashion Collective just started another round today and ~ghee~ has one of the hottest swimsuits on the grid available at this event!

The Cocktail Swimsuit from ~ghee~
The Cocktail Swimsuit is a gorgeous bare back, one piece halter suit in stunning ombre colors inspired by cocktails…it is also materials enabled and shimmers softly in the sun.  The color I am wearing in the above photo is BAY BREEZE and I swear I can almost taste the delicious vodka, cranberry, pineapple concoction that is its name sake.  If you’d like to try a different flavor, there is HYPNOTIQ, COCO BEACH, BOCAAMORA, BELLAVISTA and AURORA.

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Head on over to The Fashion Collective event from July5-19 and choose your favorite flavored ~ghee~ Cocktail swimsuit…or be adventurous and try a few…after all, summer IS just beginning!

Enjoy your Cocktails!

~Stopping by Woods…~

~Stopping by Woods...~

I’m back…I think.

When I feel stressed or overwhelmed…I take a walk, through the woods, and often it kindles lost pages of poetry.  My favorite poet companion on these solitary sojourns is Robert Frost.  I grew up reading his work while walking miles and miles of deserted back roads and woods.  The walk and his words bring back balance and order to my life…I am once again able to step back into the chaos and stay centered.

How do you find your peace?

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Robert Frost

~Breathless~

I know…it’s been quite a while since my last post. So many amazing things have happened over the last month that I simply haven’t had time to catch my breath.

So last night I took a little pocket of time to breathe deep and savor the beauty of SL…
~Breathless~

May life leave you breathless with it’s limitless possibilities…and bring you unbound joy.
~Breathless~

Dreams are limitless and we have everything we need to manifest them…be bold and work hard to make those dreams your everyday.

~Music and Magic at Templemore City~

Welcome to Templemore City…an entire sim dedicated to showcasing the best live music talent and DJs in SL.  Templemore is the brain child of Luis Lockjaw …created from his passion for music and the desire to have a place where the diverse SL population can come together to listen to music performed by artists from around the world.  Luis (suit jacket and tie) and, his best friend Gravey Jones can often be found tweaking the Templemore City build and supporting musicians during their sets at the live venues.
Gravey Jones and Luis Lockjaw...creators of Templemore City

In addition to housing several music venues, each with its own unique vibe, Templemore City  is also an amazing cohesive build where you can stop by to take a stroll around the main square, wander off the side streets or enjoy the old time carnival rides.  It’s a great place to spend an afternoon or evening checking out the amazing music offered, enjoying the company of other SL music enthusiasts and don’t forget your camera because there are so many fantastic photo ops all over the sim. <3<3
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Gravey Jones is also a musician who performs in Templemore City and you can find a sampling of his music on his SoundCloud.  Luis is constantly searching for new artists to add to their venues and you will find a line up of who is performing on the Templemore City Google Calendar.

Templemore City …come for the music…stay for the magic.

~LIV-Glam everyday!!~

I honestly wasn’t planning on doing a post today…I am already backlogged with things that need to be accomplished… yesterday. However, all these commitments are exciting…I have my first fashion editorial client and I am muddling through all the details of starting a new business; more information on that coming up in about a week.

So to blow off a little steam, and to reward myself for learning how to create 3D text in CS6, I stopped by LIV-Glam to check out her fabulous weekly sale items.
~Styling~
Not only did I find this gorgeous Anikin Bodycon Dress for an absolute steal at 99L, but I also scored the furniture, pictures and accessories displayed behind me; also for the amazing price of only 99L for the whole set!  Wait!!  It doesn’t stop there…part of the LIV-Glam genius is that her items are sold as HUDs.  What that means is when you purchase an item it is delivered as a HUD…you wear/add the HUD and choose the size you will wear…then the item is delivered to your inventory for you to use.

NO MORE cluttering up your inventory with a gazillion different sizes of the same item, no more tediously deleting ALL the other sizes that usually come with your clothing purchase…you simply wear the HUD, select your size and wear the item once it is delivered to you.  Once you are finished wearing the outfit, you can simply delete it…and choose a new one from the HUD next time you want to wear the outfit.

Don’t detach that HUD just yet…because most of the LIV-Glam clothing comes with a plethora of pattern or color choices that you change via the HUD.  Once you are wearing the clothing items you can simply click on the pattern/color choice you want, on the HUD, and your clothing will recolor/re-pattern itself!  Brilliant!

Now, let’s do the math…I purchased this dress for 99L, a HUGE bargain for all this sexy in just one color, BUT the HUD comes loaded with 6 dress color presets and six belt color presets….hmmmm I think I just walked away with a few free dresses!

EVERY week LIV-Glam puts out several new designs priced between 55L-99L.  Her textures and designs are fun and fabulous and the customer service is off the charts.  I had a small vendor delivery issue and it was resolved in under 5 min…not to mention I was treated incredibly well by Aisha and Maven; thank you ladies <3<3.  It just doesn’t get better than this….or does it?
~Styling~
Notice the chair now has new fabric on it…well the Air De Paris set also is delivered as a HUD…where you can either choose to have items delivered to your inventory piece by piece or as a set.  So, if you choose to have it delivered as a set…it rezzes as a linked set.  You will need to choose the chair to be delivered individually, because they come with 10 fabric pattern presets which also gives you the added versatility of mixing and matching the chair back and seat pattern.

Other Ephemera


Skin:  Belleza

Eyes:      Ikon

Eyeliner:     LpD

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* 

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB::

Beauty Marks:  [:T:]

Hands:     Slink

Hair:  .:EMO-tions:.

Shoes:    [Diktator]

Wedding Ring Set:  CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY

Agam Ring:     *TWISHEE*

Necklace and Earrings:     Indyra Originals

Shot at my personal studio using LUMIPro lighting and aDORKable Poses tweaked with Animare.

*Please also note that I am NOT a mainstream fashion blogger and I DO edit my pictures…please try demos before purchasing items.

~Weekend Shopping Trip~

Thank god shopping in SL is a whole lot easier than in First Life…because my feet would be falling off my ankles after my weekend shopping trip.  I tp’d to so many places, I started to get confused about what was where, what stores/shopping venues I’d already been too and where I actually bought things from.  My poor inventory groaned a bit with the added items…but I did purchase one of those closet inventory organizers.  I promise, as soon as I get it up and running I will do a post about the pros and cons of it.

In the meantime, I found some really fabulous goodies to share with you.
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I’m wearing the ever-so-soft belted Haley Tunic from the incredibly talented designer, Aurelia Chauveau, owner of Molichino.  Her designs are new to me AND she makes her own mesh…I can’t wait to go back and indulge in more of her truly wonderful creations! <3<3  This tunic is very versatile…I have been seeing it on the feeds paired with skirts, pants, camisoles, and leggings. I decided to be daring and wear it all by itself…with the plunging neck and softly flared short hemline…how could you not feel sexy chic in it.

I decided to accessorize the outfit with a new pair of the [Gos] Sophia Peeptoes and [Gos] Butterfly Sunglasses.  Not only has Gospel Voom managed to create the ULTIMATE skin matching HUD for his entire line of shoes…but he has been designing some of the BEST sunglasses on the grid for a while now.  So while you’re there, don’t forget to also score a fabulous pair of  [Gos] shades.
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My hair is Sound from [e]…where you can still pick up all her gorgeous styles for a HUGE discount at her retirement sale.  The ring is Tiger Lily from Maxi Gossamer, the necklace is Chakra from *Twishee*, hands are from SLink, my bag is Antigone from the oh-so-fabulous Miss Samantha S. Jones; owner and genius behind LIV-Glam, and I am still rockin the Aiko skin from Belleza.

The first pic was shot on location at Mont Saint Michel. and the second shot was captured at May Fair; using LUMIPro lighting and aDORKable Poses.

*Please note that I am NOT a mainstream SL Fashion Blogger and that I DO edit my pictures…please try demos before purchasing items.