~Autumn Leaves~

In case you don’t yet know, ~ghee~ is having an Autumn Leaves hunt!  I’ve tried on all the pieces and they are rich with the beautiful colors of Fall and perfect for a day out shopping, meeting friends for coffee or a romantic afternoon with your sweetheart.  I’m wearing the Oatmeal Coat, Pumpkin Thermals top and leggings and Oatmeal boots.  You’ll find more details below my photo!

~Autumn Leaves~

From the  ghee promotional packet:

The ghee Autumn Leaves Hunt is underway! The ghee gals have created an amazing Autumn Leaves Collection and have turned it into a hunt. This hunt contains 27 co-ordinating pieces that you can layer, mix and match in so many ways! All you have to do is look for the 27 Golden Leaves that are 10L each and the whole collection is yours! This fantastic hunt will end on November 30th, 2014.

For hints check out the ghee blog:

http://ghee-sl.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/spruce-up-your-fall-wardrobe-with.html

Items in the Autumn Leaves Hunt:
ghee Autumn Leaves Hunt Poster

Life and Fashion are fleeting…stay captivated! ❤ ❤

~X~

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Xiu is also wearing:

Skin:  Glam Affair  – Aria

Hair: Magika – Dots

Poses: Label Motion  – Autumn Leaves prop/pose pack (ONLY 60L!)

Shot on location at  Private Residence

Scarecrows and fencing:  BAZAR

Fallen Leaves:  3D Trees

Haystacks:  Diavolo Creations

***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. ***

~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.

~Pin-Up~

Shhhhhhhh…I’ve got a secret fetish…
Pin-Up~Peek
Well, not so secret really…anyone who knows me knows how much I love Pin-Up art.  I grew up loving black and white movies, jazz, old magazines and pin-up art.  So, I get very excited when I come across a creator in SL who enjoys designing vintage and pin-up clothing and accessories.
Pin-Up_024PMPeek

Last summer I was searching for a mesh bikini and stumbled across an adorable one at this store, on the marketplace, called Etchaflesh.  I liked the bikini so much, I wrote a review about it.  Several days later, I received a special edition corset, as a thank you for the review…and I was officially hooked on Shaodie’s designs.  She manages to fuse goth, pin-up and a bit of rockabilly into her own unique interpretations.  One of the things I love about her work is that she doesn’t overlook the little details that make clothing standout; like the corset lacing on the back of this high-waisted pin-up skirt..  I like the dark edge to her designs, but then she also has some really gorgeous pink corsets; there is something for everyone.
Peek

I decided to pair the skirt with back-seam stockings and top from a 50’s Tintable set that I purchased from Reasonable Desires…a few years ago. The oh-so-fantastic pin-up Jean hair from .:EMO-tions:., and the Coqueta Doll (pink/black) platforms from KIKI Designs. Finishing touches…Severine Earrings from Zibska, Prim eyeliner from LpD and mesh hands from SLink.

The Details

Skirt:   Etchaflesh  Gothsweet Pin-Up Skirt

Top & Stockings:    Reasonable Desires  50’s Tintable lingerie set.

Hair:  .:EMO-tions:.  *Jean* (black)

Shoes:     KIKI Designs  Coqueta Doll (Black & Pink) mesh

Earrings:     ZIBSKA Severine earrings in Gold (Gift from Hair Fair)

Skin:  Glam Affair – Jadis – Natural Clean(a)

Eyes:  [Curio] Tragic Eyes – Fatpack (Purples and Blues) Watercolor Shine Large (Prim eyes) Not currently available.

Eyeliner:     LpD  Prim Eyeliner (black)

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* Eyelashes- 11-Showgirl

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB:: (Beetlebones) Mesh Lashes V.01 (SLEB Black)

Beauty Marks:  [:T:] Beauty Marks tattoo layers (layer option 2) [:Tuli:]

Hands:     Slink Mesh rigged hands Elegant, pointing and relaxed.

Poses & Props:     {what next} Vintage Dressing Screen and Stool Modelling Props (both loaded with pposes)

Shot at: ~Ephemera Studio~

Dog:     Zooby Beagle (His name is Bagel :))

Her [dirty.little.secret]…she pillow fights for BCA

Pillowfight for Breast Cancer Awareness

Halloween may be right around the corner, but October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month and to help keep the pink on everyone’s mind…[dirty.little.secret] has marked down several pink themed items for only 10L!!! WooHoo!!  Now, my husband and I rarely fight…however, I must be getting on his nerves because he jumped a little to fast at the chance to beat the stuffin out of a pillow on me AND he didn’t mind all those extra times I said hit me again…hmmmm.  My pink plaid boyfriend shirt and too cute pink over the knee suspender socks are two of the 10L BCA items from [dirty.little.secret]…but wait…that’s not all…if you act NOW…the fabulous Bubblegum Twig Swing can also be yours for the amazing price of only 10L!!!

My adorable Tomako hair (in Ruby) is a lucky board win from D!va (no group tag required); however, if you join the group (no fee) there are a whole bunch of really cute hair styles available for their members…pssssttt don’t forget to crawl through the little secret door. The pink pillow in my hand is a freebie from Lauren’s Tiling Textures on the Marketplace…and it poofs all those fun feathers…thank goodness they clean themselves up with all the times I kept telling my husband to hit me again! My slippers come from another lucky board at ::marion:: (no group tag required). The *RD* (Reasonable Desires) Pink Leah bra is part of a set and was an old group gift…the group is free to join, the creator is very generous with member gifts AND she has several lucky chairs with all kinds of lingerie goodies in them.
Pillowfight for Breast Cancer Awareness2

The ‘Boho-Chic’ dressing screen and mannequin from {what next} were not free. The stack of pillows on the floor come from Bee Designs  are only 1L on the Marketplace!  The pillow my husband is holding (and his pose) is part of a Pillow Fight pose set from ZZANG on the Marketplace…it is not free (120L).  My husband’s yummy mesh pajama bottoms are not free (145L) from RUCA TEASE designs by BonBon.

The Details

FREE!!!

Thigh Suspender Socks (pastel pink),  Mesh BCA Boyfriend shirt & Bubblegum Twig Swing:  [dirty.little.secret] (10L each) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Envision/129/136/1749

Tomako (Ruby) Hair:  D!va  (Lucky board prize) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/CalanDiva/148/157/25

lFox and JP Feather Pillow Fighter (poofs feathers!):  Lauren’s Tiling Textures (0L) https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/lfox-and-JP-Feather-Pillow-Fighter-boxed/67028

Pink Leah Bra:  *RD* Reasonable Desires (old group gift)  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Reasonable%20Desires/128/128/2

Slippers “LB” pink:  ::marion:: (lucky board prize) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Love%20Soul/123/109/28

NOT Free

Pile of Pillows:  Bee Designs (1L) https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Pile-of-pillows/2209476

‘Boho-Chic’ dressing screen and mannequin:  {what next}  (125L together) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hodgepodge/113/97/31

PILLOW FIGHT RAWR!!! Kawaii poses pack 14:  ZZANG (120L) https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/PILLOW-FIGHT-RAWR-Kawaii-Poses-Pack-14/2724343

MESH LAZY DAZE men’s pjs:  RUCA TEASE designs by BonBon (145L) https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/MESH-LAZY-DAZE-mens-pjs/4058726

Skin:  – Glam Affair – Jadis – Natural 09(a) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beauty%20Avatar%20couture/164/134/25

Eyes:  [Curio] Tragic Eyes – Fatpack (Purples and Blues) Watercolor Shine Large (Prim eyes) Not currently available.

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* Eyelashes- 11-Showgirl  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REDGRAVE%20Skins%20Fashion/97/162/23

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB:: (Beetlebones) Mesh Lashes V.01 (SLEB Black) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beetlebones/48/39/2098

Beauty Marks:  [:T:] Beauty Marks tattoo layers (layer option 2) [:Tuli:] https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/T-Beauty-marks-tattoo-layers/1829557

*Pictures on the walls are my own personal property.

**Husband is NOT free…but he IS fabulous <3<3

She’s a Beetlebones Hamster Magician at the Etchaflesh Circus…

She's a Beetlebones Hamster Magician...at the Etchaflesh Circus

I’ve seen these cute little critters all over the grid and meant to get back to the Arcade Event to score one…but it just didn’t happen.  While out and about gathering landmarks for items…I ended up in one of my favorite little stores…Beetlebones.  Suetabulous has a funky little place full of her whimsical, eclectic creations…and much to my surprise, I discovered that these hamsters were created by her!  She has a gatcha display board where you can still pay the 100L to take your chance on getting one of several different coat types (mine is Siberian Cocoa).  For that 100L you get the adorable avatar (it is mesh so you will need a mesh enabled viewer) AND a fabulous AO that just has the most adorable animations in it.  Sue also has a really cute Winter Bunny Avatar gatcha board for only 50L.

I also stumbled on the fun little [Etchaflesh/Virtual Props] Trick and Treats Hunt being hosted by the owners of [Etchaflesh] and Virtual Props & Poses.  You don’t have to join the group to participate in the hunt, but if you do…it is free to join; with frequent sales and perks.  [Etchaflesh] specializes in gorgeous mesh corsets and Virtual Props & Poses has a wide range of poses and props; unlike any I’ve seen around the grid.  Collect 25 candies on your Hunt HUD and redeem them at the prize kiosks for either corsets or a fun pose/prop pack…I chose the Magician pack; which comes with several hats (with and without doves), the wand, and several poses.  The best part is that the poses and props were compatible with my hamster avi…with just minor fitting of the hat and wand.  I also picked up the fabulous circus background texture at the hunt…in the Virtual Props & Poses store…for FREE!! Gotta just love that <3<3

P.S.

The candies aren’t hard to find…and you can go back each day to collect another 25 candies and redeem them for another prize!

The Details

Dwarf Hamster Avatar (Siberian Cocoa): 100L gatcha @ Beetlebones  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beetlebones/48/39/2098

[Virtual Props] The Magician Pose Set:  Hunt prize from the [Etchaflesh/Virtual Props] Tricks and Treats Hunt http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Endless%20Death/43/164/27

[Virtual Props] Dark Carnival Studio Background:  Free for anyone (not group tag needed) @ Virtual Props & Poses http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Endless%20Death/26/107/24

She tangos in NC Paris full of .:EMO-tions:….

Tango in Paris

A few months ago I joined the NC Paris Group (free to join) the group gifts are generous, from jewelry to dresses, and each item is well made.  I love that I can pick up a nice piece of jewelry to mix and match with my everyday as well as elegant looks…for FREE!!  Something about this simple black skeleton dress made me want to do more with it than make it another Halloween outfit…so I threw on the bronze skeleton cuff, matching earrings, fine bangles and clutch (ALL free at NC Paris)…called Kyle and asked him to meet me for a Tango (10L pose from [MotivAction] Poses & mesh clothing).
Tango in Paris

I topped the look off with the fabulously tousled *Anita* hair from .:EMO-tions:. (Free). The gorgeous Samhain necklace, with matching earrings (not worn) from ::CHOP ZUEY COUTURE:: is a group gift (350L join fee…but the creator is VERY generous with giving their members free gifts).  I scraped my pennies together to join this group but it is worth EVERY linden!!

Tango in Paris

In this close-up you will see the clutch…unfortunately, the pic doesn’t do it justice.  This clutch is free to the members of NC Paris Group (free to join) and matches perfectly with the skeleton dress, earrings and cuff.  It is studded with diamonds on the front and the clasp is a gorgeously detailed bronze skull with a crown and diamond set eyes.

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The Details

0 to 10L (No group required)

Hair:  .:EMO-tions:. *Anita* /darkbrown  (0L/gift)  no group required.  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hells%20End/127/116/23

Pose (First pic):  {[MotivAction] Tango serie. Gift. (I) [Box] (10L)  https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/MotivAction-Tango-serie-Gift-I-Box/2067923\

Group gifts with 0L group join fee

Dress:  NC Paris Mini dress MESH edition Speciale  (Free to group) (The group is free to join just make sure you wear your tag to get the gifts) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NCparis%20Fashion%20Region/55/80/25

Skull Cuff & Earrings:  NC Paris Fantasy Jawels Cuff & Earrings (Free to group)http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NCparis%20Fashion%20Region/55/80/25

Skull Clutch:  NC Paris Clutch Glam (Free to group) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NCparis%20Fashion%20Region/146/209/25

Fine Bangles:  Multi Fine Bangle NC Paris (Free to group) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/NCparis%20Fashion%20Region/146/209/25

Group gifts with fee to join group

Necklace:  Samhain Gld set (Neck collar & earrings) (Group gift) ::CHOP ZUEY COUTURE:: (35oL group join fee with generous group gifts) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Chop%20Zuey/39/138/25

NOT Free

Skin:  – Glam Affair – Jadis – Natural 09(a) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beauty%20Avatar%20couture/164/134/25

Eyes:  [Curio] Tragic Eyes – Fatpack (Purples and Blues) Watercolor Shine Large (Prim eyes) Not currently available.

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* Eyelashes- 11-Showgirl  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/REDGRAVE%20Skins%20Fashion/97/162/23

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB:: (Beetlebones) Mesh Lashes V.01 (SLEB Black) http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beetlebones/48/39/2098

Beauty Marks:  [:T:] Beauty Marks tattoo layers (layer option 2) [:Tuli:] https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/T-Beauty-marks-tattoo-layers/1829557

Shoes:  Venezia Black (RGB) Similar Italian Footwear http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sleeping%20Beauty/176/189/25

She’s a Love Zombie {dollle*} with a Paper Heart…

Love Zombie {dollle*}

I absolutely LOVE Halloween..and I look forward to when October rolls around so I can start putting costumes together and decorating my place.  One of the best things about Halloween in SL is that I don’t have to wait until the 31st to start wearing my costumes and the decorating isn’t limited to my small First Life apartment.

{dollle*} just sent this fantastic Bloody Bandage Dress to their subscribo members. *It is a mesh item so you will need a mesh enabled viewer to see it properly.  I paired the outfit with this fabulous Bride of Frankenstein Hair from Paper Heart; available on the Marketplace for 1L and the Blood Blaster Heart from A Folf in Sheep’s Clothing; also available on the Marketplace for 1L.
Love Zombie {dollle*}

I finished off the costume with a deep crimson colored lip tattoo, that I scored for 1L from cStar Limited, at The Boho Culture Fair, Bloody Tears III Face tattoo (5L) from REPULSE , and Dead bloody eyes from Sicknessthesia…(FREE) on the Marketplace.  The Liane Goth skin in silver, from Amacci, was featured by Renee here.

I went all out decorating my sim for Halloween and I saved buckets of Linden by taking advantage of the wonderful hunts taking place around the grid and by scouring the Marketplace for freebies.  The Zombie Mausoleum is a prize for the SL’s Top Haunted Places Tour & Hunt from Post Mortum Designs, the crows are actually Walking Skeleton ACTION auto-rezzers from Another Fine UGH Design  for 10L on the Marketplace and the tombstones are free…as part of a Halloween Decor set from Diavolo Creations. The black pumpkins are a  group gift, 50L to join, from ::PM:: Purple Moon Creations.

Hunting for freebies on the Marketplace can be quick and easy when you use a few tricks to filter what you are searching for.  I always search the Marketplace with a key word for the item I am interested in and then use the “Category” and “Price” filters in the side column.  The category column can be filtered down to a fairly specific group and I usually search for items priced between 0-10L.  There are other ways to search for freebies on the Marketplace, but I find this to be the quickest route.  Just remember to only take freebies that are from the creator of the item and that you write a kind review if you like the item.  Creators really appreciate the positive feedback and it is a great way to thank them for offering something free to everyone in SL.

Additional Info:

The pics were shot on my private home sim, which is part of SL’s Top Haunted Places Tour & Hunt…so stop in to hunt for your FREE gifts!! (Made by my fantabulous husband <3)

The facial expression is from AnyPose Expression, available for FREE on the Marketplace, from Phate Shepherd Creations.

The pose was created by myself using Animare Pose & Animation System (NOT free), available on the Marketplace, from YT Recreant.