~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. ***

~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. ***

~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. ***

~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. ***

 

~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. ***

~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.

~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.
Xiu Sing's

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.