Lyrical B!zarre gets [SWANK]y

Just a quickie post to highlight this fabulous dress from Lyrical B!zarre Templates; available exclusively at [SWANK] until September 30.
Lyrical B!zarre Templates at SWANK

Ciel comes with the dress, arm pieces and beret…there’s a black seem running up the center back and it is super fitted and sexy from ALL angles; at least that’s what my husband says.

The Hair is listen from Magika, shoes are gatcha Leila pumps (black) at Pure Poison and the miniature kitty is from KittyCats.

Life is ephemeral…enjoy the ride.

~X~

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~Make it REIGN~

I know, I know…most of you are already aware Reign is having a fabulous contest with two HUGE prizes! I may be a little late to the party, but not too late to show you my entry and give you all the details; so you can enter.
Ballet School Drop OutHere are the contest details…copied directly from the Reign Ballerina Contest note card:

REIGN. Ballerina Photo Contest!
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Thank you For your Interest in entering the Reign Ballet Photo Contest. Below you will find all of the rules and instructions on entering your photo.

-ONE winner will recieve 10K in Reign Store Credit!!-
-Second Place Winner will Receive 5k in Reign Store Credit!-
•Rules

♦Photo’s must contain REIGN Ballerina Warmers. -Found Currently at Collabor88

♦Photo must be turned in by the deadline on August 31st at MIDNIGHT… 12am slt

♦PHOTO CAN NOT CONTAIN NUDITY TO BE CONSIDERED
We Plan to post the winning photo to facebook, flickr, and a spot in our store we ask that it is appropriate for those forums.

♦Only One Entry Per Person.

♦LAST RULE!!! You must have funnnnnnn!!! We are doing this purely for fun, let your creativity flow!

•Instructions
Upload your photo to secondlife.
Place your full perm photo in a notecard titled: REIGN. BALLERINA CONTET ENTRY- (YOUR NAME)
Drop the Notecard in the Box in the Mainstore!

-If you Post your photo on Flickr (AND WE WOULD LOVE FOR YOU TO) make sure to use the tag ReignDancer so that we can find it… we would also like for you to post it to the We Love Reign group: https://www.flickr.com/groups/2684708@N23/
Feel Free to tag me on flickr too- Kenadee Reign

Then all you have to do is Wait. The winner will be announced in the REIGN group and on our Website, Facebook, flickr, and plurk.
Kenadee’s Flickr- https://www.flickr.com/photos/108809965@N07/
Illy’s Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/illy.reign?fref=nf
Reign Website- www.reignandflite.com

-GIVE IT ALL YOU’VE GOT!!!! We Are So looking Forward to your submissions.

Kenadee&iLLY♥

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

~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.

~Yasum…you too can LIV-Glam!!~

I finally had the chance to visit *LIV-Glam*, a few days ago, and I was NOT disappointed.  Despite the fact that I am a bit late in “discovering” Ms. Samantha S. Jones’ store…I am making up for the lost time with my *LIV-Glam* purchases!  The l ALEIDA l bo furjacket set I am wearing today is actually a free hunt item in her store…however, you will likely see more of her things on my blog; in the future.
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The funky shoes are from Yasum Design and are called *Geisha Geta Punk*…and with good reason…they have a delicious twist from traditional geta with their tip toe design.  The detail and texture, of the shoe, is fabulous…my only wish is that the foot were a bit more refined and the HUD were easier to work…but that isn’t deterring me from wearing them to death; they are just so much fun to wear and build outfits around.  Oh, and they come in several different pattern/solid tone choices and are priced at a very reasonable 99Lfor the single or 499L for the fatpack of all seven designs.
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I’m also wearing yet another amazing hair, Looking, from [e]Elikatira is having a HUGE retirement sale and you can pick up a single color pack or the “essentials” pack for the incredible price of only 70L!!  No outfit is ever complete without something from CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY.  In this instance, it is one of the gorgeous group gifts, Tabula Rasa (Necklace and earrings), the amazingly talented Belle Roussel generously blesses her members with. <3<3
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Drop dead luminous eyes are from the Eternal Collection (Black/L) at Ikon.  Mr. Innovia…you have a new stalker!

Other Ephemera

Ring (on right hand):  *TWISHEE* (no longer available)

Wedding Ring Set:     CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY

Skin:  Belleza

Eyeliner:     LpD

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* 

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB::

Beauty Marks:  [:T:]

Hands:     Slink

Poses:     aDORKable Poses

Full body and foot pics shot on location at Avenue Headquarters, using William Weaver’s phototools windlight Horizon Building Light preset and LUMIPro HUD V 3.2.  The headshot was captured in my personal studio aslo using LUMIPro V 3.2

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

~Change~

It is always around this time of year that I become more reflective.  I start shifting things around the homestead, organizing my desktop, and assessing my avatar for updates.  Usually these updates are minor, but I will admit I look drastically different from my rez day on October 5, 2008.
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Yes..this is me…fresh off Welcome Island.  Well, actually, it is about a week out…by this time I had switched out my eyes to these neon aqua ones and attempted my first “editing” project by lengthening the back of my hair. Of course, I thought I looked pretty good, but it didn’t take long to notice that there were better options to change my look.  There have obviously been a multitude of changes in skin and tweaking my shape over the years…but I have always wanted to keep a “Eurasian” look for her.  It hasn’t been easy, and there have definitely been some mis-steps with skins, but I think I’ve finally found a skin that compliments the look I have been working toward.  The Belleza Aiko (Pale) skin looks just stunning on me!
~Change~

I have absolutely adored Belleza skin for ages…but kinda gave up on it as an option because it never really fit the look I was trying to achieve.  Having said this, the ONLY place I took my husband for skin was Belleza; it is simply flawless on him.

I know Aiko was released a while ago, but, as I said, I had given up on Belleza as a skin option; I don’t think Aiko was around when I stopped trying on the Belleza demos. I am so thrilled that I decided to take a random trip back to see what Tricky Boucher had created lately!  The moment I tried the Aiko demo on…I knew I had finally found THE skin for me…THE skin that took over four years to find!  It is simply the perfect Asian skin…rendered with a deft and talented hand; crafted with an eye for the true nuances that mark the subtle beauty of ethnic skin.  Thank you Mr. Boucher…my husband and I both adore our Belleza skins! <3<3
~Change~

My outfit today starts with the Amy top and Zoey pants from /erratic/.  I can’t effuse enough about how fabulous this shirt and these pants are!  The shirt has gorgeous draping…with the front loosely tucked in…the back is untucked but lies wonderfully against the pant. It isn’t easy to wear separate mesh pieces and have them “layer” over each other without issues….but this shirt works!  The pants fit like a glove and have a buttery soft texture to them…with attention to even the smallest detail; such as the pull tab and slider on the zippers.

I finished off my look with the gorgeous Sound hair from [e].  Elikatira is having a HUGE retirement sale (HURRY back with your gorgeous newness soon!!).  It isn’t easy trying to get into the store right now…but WELL worth it…so RUN!!!  My necklace is part of the latest release set, **Attar**, from +:+WTG+:+; found at the new round of Limited Bazaar.  My Bracelet is part of the Harvest set from CHOP ZUEY COUTURE JEWELLRY, the Agam ring (no longer available), on my right hand, is from *TWISHEE*, and my adorable Beagle, named Bagel, is part of the Z Bag from ZOOBY’S.

Other Ephemera

Eyes:      Ikon

Eyeliner:     LpD

Prim Eyelashes:  *REDGRAVE* 

Mesh Eyelashes:  ::BB::

Beauty Marks:  [:T:]

Curved Wedges (Black):     [RA] RunAway

Hands:     Slink

Poses:     aDORKable Poses

Shot at my private studio using Scarlet Creative For William Weaver Art Gallery build using Lumipro lighting.

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