~A Beguiling Tango~

Second Life is rich with creative people…each one expressing their genius in his or her own inimitable way.  Each time I set out to explore this amazing virtual world, I am awestruck with the depth of skill and attention to detail that goes into creating beauty, form and function out of pixels.  Pouring your heart and soul into producing something from your imagination is tough enough in First Life…add the challenges of translating that same work into pixels, on a computer, and you start to appreciate the dedication and perseverance required to do so.

I always feel honored and blessed that I have had the good fortune of becoming friends with truly artistic people in Second Life and one of those friends is someone I particularly cherish.  Jillar Lamar is not only an incredibly talented digital artist, in SL, she also has the ability to translate that eye for beauty into the landscape of her Second Life world.

The Beguiled; Art Gallery and Studio is where you will find the collective works from Jilla and where you will also find yourself immersed in a lush, whimsical landscape that invites you to slow down, wander the grounds and take in all the enchanting details.  Jilla has managed to build an artistic, three dimensional masterpiece worthy of Monet.

~A Beguiling Tango~

When I saw the Kara Little Black Dress and the Poppy Dot Chemise, from ~ghee~, I wanted to grab my husband and head to The Beguiled to tango the afternoon away; amongst the flowers.  We found the perfect spot, for dancing, right next to this wonderful Garden Piano from Boudoir.

~A Beguiling Tango~

You can find the Poppy Dot Chemise and the Kara Little Black Dress, and many more fabulous black themed dresses from ~ghee~, at the Black Fashion Fair.

Life is fleeting in any world…take time to explore and stay captivated! ❤ ❤

~X~

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Xiu is also wearing:

In Photo #1

Dress:  ~ghee~  – Kara Little Black Dress (available at the Black Fashion Fair)

Foot Ribbons:  ~ghee~ – Black Ribbon Wraps with optional Poppy Accents (available at the Black Fashion Fair)

Hair:  [elikatira]– Looking (retired style)

Skin:  Glam Affair  Aria – Asia (previous gacha item)

Hands:  Slink – AVEnhance – Elegant1

Necklaces:  MG-Maxis Gossamer Accessories Jewelled Owl, Wild Honey Bee & Jewelled Peacock

Bangles:  [EY:NO] (store closed)

Pose: BODY / shots – Tango d’Amore 03

Shot on location at Beguiled; Art Gallery and Studio  

Photo #2

Dress:  ~ghee~  – Poppy Dot Chemise (available at the Black Fashion Fair)

Shoes:  ~ghee~ – Sequin Heels Ruby

Hair:  TUTY’S MOCAP ANIMATIONS, SKIN & SHAPE, HAIR– LIMBO

Skin:  Glam Affair  Aria – Asia (previous gacha item)

Hands:  Slink – AVEnhance – Elegant1

Necklace: Created by my husband and not yet available

Bangles:  [EY:NO] (store closed)

Pose: ::Focus Poses:: – The Tango  *Please note that the left side of the female avatar, in this pose, gets burried into the right side of the male avatar…I had to do a lot of repositioning of the “female” pose ball to extract her body out of his and get a decent shot (that is why my foot is off the ground).  I also had to heavily edit the arms in this pose, using Animare, in order for them to meet up with his body and arms.

Shot on location at Beguiled; Art Gallery and Studio 

***I used three point body lighting and projector key and fill lighting from the LUMIPro lighting system.

**My Husband is wearing his FATEwear suit, AKEYO Black Wool Fedora and I do not know which shoes he is wearing lol.

***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. ***

~Love~

There are many in SL who vehemently insist that SL is SL and First Life is First Life and NEVER the twain shall meet. There are yet others who have managed to strike a balance between how much of the two worlds they allow to crossover. Then there are those, albeit rare, who find themselves completely immersing the two lives…my husband and I are two of those people.
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The man wearing the fabulous new mesh tuxedo from LAPOINTE & BASTCHILD is my wonderful husband Douglas Caldwell.  Neither one of us was particularly in search of a relationship in SL and neither one of us ever gave thought to any SL relationship transmuting to First Life….it just happened.  Our first meeting in SL was completely random and it was clear from that first connection that this relationship was going to be different.

First, we didn’t go through that whole “madly in love” phase…we were just immediately comfortable with one another; like friends who have known each other for years.  Communicating with one another was just a flow of easy conversation…and before we knew it we were living together in First Life as well.  We are approaching our one year anniversary and I cannot begin to explain how much his loving presence has changed SL and FL.

I can’t tell you that mixing SL and FL is good or bad…I only know that for us it has somehow just worked.  Every relationship is unique to the two people involved; regardless of which “world” or “life” it is built in.  What has worked for us is simplicity…we have always just been the same, beautifully flawed, human beings in both worlds.  Our avatars may not look like our First Life selves, but our hearts and our spirits have remained the same in both worlds.

I love you Mr. Caldwell.
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My hair is the fabulous Zoey (Saffron) from *Bliss Couture* and the stunning Harvest jewelry set is from CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELRY;  as is my Kismet wedding set.  My top is a classic “go to” wardrobe selection, Poet Shirt II (Cream), from ~Sassy!~ and my pants, Kay, are from MOLiCHiNO (Fabulous classic styles).

Other Ephemera

Skin:     Glam Affair

Eyes:      Ikon

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* 

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB::

Beauty Marks:  [:T:]

Boots:     SimiLar Quality Italian Ladies Shoes and Boots

Hands:     Slink

Poses:     aDORKable Poses

On Doug

Skin:     Belleza

Eyes:     FDM ALIVE EYES

Hair:     Calico Creations

Shoes:     Immerschon

Shot on location at Zenshi using LUMIPro HUD V3 Version 3.2 lighting.

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

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.
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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