~Catching fireflies in Wisteria Starlite~

One of my few cherished childhood memories is catching fireflies, at twilight, in the field across from my grandparents farm in Maine.  I recall using a mason jar, that we’d poked holes in the lid, and leaping through the tall grass trying to capture what we called lightning bugs and  tinkerbells.  It was heartbreaking to see them die so we always made sure to release them shortly after capture; ensuring they’d grant our wishes and return another night.

I had not thought about the magic of catching firelfies in many years…then I saw the Moonlite and Starlite gowns from ~ghee~…and those enchanting evenings came flooding back.  The ~ghee~ Moonlite and Starlite gowns are actually a two piece ensemble…the Moonlite gowns come in deep rich jewel tones with an off-the-shoulder top and the Starlite gowns feature a racer back top and muted tones.  The moment I slipped into the Starlite Wisteria gown, I knew I had to capture its shimmering beauty surrounded by the quiet elegance of  the Angel Manor Gardens; while chasing firelflies at dusk.  I spent several wonderful hours in the Angel Manor Gardens…shooting the photos for this piece…and reveling in the childhood memories of evenings filled with moonlite, starlite and fireflies.

~Catching fireflies in Wisteria Starlite~

It’s a great big crazy world out there and life is fleeting…stay captivated! ❤

~X~

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Xiu is also wearing:

Hair:  Analog Dog – b – honey (Coral)

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

Hands:  Slink – AVEnhance – Elegant1

Ring:  Lazuri – Celseste Heirloom

Poses:  I used a Manifeste the Art of Posing (on hiatus) pose as my base and altered it using my Animare Hud…so that I could “hold” the firefly jar, from Outdoor Store & Osmosis; which is meant as a table top decor item.

Shot on location at Angel Manor Gardens  

**I used DOF and Phototools Hospital Light windlight….using the sun position slider I was able to capture the shimmer of the materials “satin” feel of the skirt and to pick up the highlights in the hair.  I also used a wearable projector and three point light from the LUMIPro system and adjusted them to create a soft key and fill lighting on the avatar…to prevent loss of detail from uneven windlight shadowing.

***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. ***

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~Summer in Sailors Cove~

Reason 99999 why I LOVE Second Life…I can live anywhere I want to and the move is a snap!

A lot of people in SL just don’t think that having a “home” is important…but I have always had a home in SL; for me it is part of the immersive experience.  I’ve lived in skyboxes, spaceships, apartment buildings, tropical islands, showy mountains and currently a house boat.  My husband and I love to sail around the collective sims that connect to the Blake Sea…so it was an easy decision to rent a boat slip at Sailors Cove; which is part of the collective.  Sailors Cove is a charming New England themed port with quaint shops, a concert area and dozens of little places to discover. After our first visit to the village, we decided to rent a boat slip…one slip led to another and now we have three boat slips and a lovely shop on the waterfront.

It was a gorgeous summer day with warm coastal breezes, clanging bells on buoys, the high pitched chatter of gulls and terns and wispy white clouds drifting high in cerulean skies.  I love to explore the little village I call home…there are so many things to discover and enjoy.  Today I spent the afternoon bicycling around the docks and side streets; peering in shop windows and chatting with visitors.  As the sun started to slip over the western horizon, I finished my day of wandering with a triple scoop and my favorite pooch.
~Summer in Sailors Cove~
My outfit today is the July VIP Group Gift, Blossom Contrast shorts and Bikini Cover-Up Top from ~ghee~, Pure Poison Aurore Sandals (available at We ❤ Role Play event) and Berry Juice hair from LoQ Hair (75L Fat Pack Promo on the Marketplace!).  My Silver Chain Hoop Earrings are from Ecco and my bangles were from [EY:NO], which is now closed.

You can rez a bicycle like this from the vendors outside the rental office at Sailors Cove. My pose and ice cream cone are part of the My Summer Ice Cream pose pack from Label Motion…which I modified to fit the bike; using Animare.

My pooch was a gacha, from Alchemy, for the June round of The Chapter Four event.

Life is fleeting…take time to enjoy something from each day you are here and stay captivated! ❤ ❤

~X~

 

~Ms. Scarlet’s Position~

It was Ms. Scarlet in the drawing room with the revolver…game over…I win!

Clue is one of my all time favorite board games.In fact, I liked it so much, I once recreated the game from scratch!  The very first time I played was at a friend’s house…she had received the game as a birthday gift and invited a bunch of us over to play the game with her.  I was HOOKED!  I begged and begged, to keep going, and we played all afternoon.  I memorized everything about the game, pieces and board and rushed home to start making my own.  We were a large family with zero “extra” money to buy a game…so I got creative and started cutting up cardboard, left over school project poster board and the various playing pieces came from broken Barbie and Ken dolls; or whatever other flotsam and jetsam I could conjure.  I never did finally end up with a “real” Clue game, but the one I made was pure magic and brought many happy hours of playtime.

This dress Position, from Lyrical B!zarre Templates, is the third game inspired creation for the Month of Games event; sponsored by Siren Productions.  It is truly a stunning work of art and I knew immediately that the only location I wanted to use for the photo shoot was Angel Manor Estate; a place on par with the beauty of the gown.  If you’ve never been to Angel Manor Estate, do take the time to visit…it is the exquisitely built home of the Angel family; which they so generously open to the public.  After wandering from one sumptuous room to another, I finally found a drawing room with beautiful hues of green and gold…perfect for Ms. Scarlet’s nefarious plans!
~Ms. Scarlet's Position~

The Lyrical B!zarre Templates Position gown comes with the necklace, earrings, arm pieces, mesh sheath dress, additional flexi skirts and flexi train (not worn).  The chain I am wearing around my waist is the “chest piece” from the Lyrical B!zarre Templates Regina gown; featured HERE.  You will find the Position and Regina gowns at the Month of Games event until July 31st.

Also, be sure to visit the Angel Manor Estate, their sublime gardens, and if you are able, attend one of the dazzling functions the Angel family hosts to support the worthy charities they sponsor.  You may just have the pleasure of receiving a warm greeting from one of the Angel family members…thank you so much for your gracious hospitality Ms. Kylie Angel-Skyborne.  I hope to return time and again. ❤ ❤

Life is fleeting…stay captivated!

~X~

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Xiu is also wearing:

Hair:  .:EMO-tions:. – *PRIA*

Hands:  Slink – AVEnhance – Elegant1

Eyes:  Ikon – Immortal Eyes Sage (mesh) (Current VIP Group gift)

Cigarette Holder:  Bloody Mess – Cigarette Holder (old promo item…no longer available)

Gun:  Breach – Redemption MK4  (no longer available)

Shot on location at Angel Manor Estate

Poses:  aDORKable Poses

***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. ***

~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.

STAND4LOVE

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.

Sascha's Designs Red Hunger

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. ***