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It’s Friday!! — Featuring !Lybra, Chop Zuey and Truth

After a week of ups and downs, it’s finally Friday again. Yay! I hope you fill your weekend with fun, family and friends, and always embrace those you love dearly and make sure they know. I recently watched Werner Herzog’s From One Second To The Next, a documentary that’s only 35 minutes long, but so intense and impacting. It covers the topic of texting while driving and shares several family struggles as they related to the topic. I love Werner Herzog’s point of view and had seen several things he created prior to this and knew this would create energy and make a sincere point. It succeeded. It’s not one of those things you would rush out to rent, but if you have access to it via Netflix, HULU or Amazon Streaming you should see it and share it.

This morning, I want to show you a beautiful new addition to the collection at Lybra. Such a fashion now style, this gown has the long flourish of a formal gown with the frisky mini showing lots of leg as well. Natalia from Lybra blends the formality of a long gown with the playful nature of a miniskirt. I paired the new gown with the Betty 2.0 Set from Chop Zuey. You’ll have options to change the metal as well as the stones in this set, making it multifunctional. I’ve tried to wear this cute new Truth Sian, a new cut that ended up being a bit more challenging to do because the style is playful, fun, short and somewhat casual. With this outfit, however, I thought it fit perfectly. I l (Read more...)



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New At The Couturier’s Dock – Expansion Coming Soon — Featuring Baoba from The Couturier’s Docks and Whimsical Imaginarium

The Couturier’s Dock event displays an array of designers each month, allowing each designer the opportunity to advertise limited quantities of the item they display. This month, Baoba has a lovely bowed hat called Divina.

Whimsical Imaginarium, also on the Salimar Sim, brought home the Sugared Skulls collection from one of the recent events and now you can get it in the main store; La Novia shown in photos above.

The Salimar sim announced recently that their group project – The Couturier’s Dock – will be expanding in the next few months, exciting news from an already great program.Vestige Fashion created a set of 10 poses called Female Noir and I’ve shown two more from the collection in this series.

Have fun with it and enjoy your world! Thank you for being a part of mine.

Featuring Baoba Divina from The Couturier’s Dock
Featuring Whimsical Imaginarium La Novia
1. October’s 4Seasons Limited Edition Angelina Milk
2. SLink Elegant 1 Hands
– Female Feet High
3. Silken Moon Matrushka Nails
4. HOLLYHOOD Godiva Mesh Red Heels
5. Truth Dasha
6. Vestige Fashion Instruments Female Noir Pose Set

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Bustling Towards the Holidays — Featuring Wicca’s Wardrobe from The Couturier’s Docks, Chop Zuey, >Asset<, Lyrical B!zarre Templates and Vestige Fashions from The Instruments

I stopped to take photos today when I popped in online. It’s gotten crazy busy this past week, with family and gifting and holidays to plan, and I’m more alert and aware this year than I’ve been in many years, so I FEEL the busy. I’m excited about it! I feel like I’m thriving because of it instead of crumbling or curling up into a tiny little hide me now ball. I did catch a cold somewhere this past weekend. I don’t care for them, but who does. I’d rather get normal colds any old day compared to what I faced this time last year.

So the photos… I put together items from several events, and eagerly begin looking for holiday type looks to share, because I’m in the mood. For this style, I pulled items from Wicca’s Wardrobe at this past month’s The Couturier’s Docks event and know that any day now, new items for TCD will be ready to share. Meanwhile, enjoy the Juliet Bag and Juliet Hat. I’ve paired Lyrical B!zarre Templates with the items from Wicca’s, a new gown called Anne. It’s one of those understated gowns that wows with simplicity and beauty. The Romero Britto collection came out this month and will be something easily paired with a whole array of styles and colors because there’s a color options HUD included with this great set from Chop Zuey. I don’t believe I’ve had a lot of exposure to products from Vestige Fashion (one of many reasons I lovvvveeeee (Read more...)

Chop Zuey Girl Live Contest Day 1 — Featuring Nya’s Shop

It was a lot of fun to put together this outfit last night. I was preparing to work at Chop Zuey but even more so, I wanted to wear something new and awesome to the Chop Zuey Girl first live contest this morning.

I pulled together a dress from Nya’s Shop called Happy Dress Sangria, sold at this month’s rotation for The Instruments The event. I just bought the hair as well, new from Truth Hair called Aida.

My heart beats a little faster when I try to find pieces from Chop Zuey, play with them to repurpose, relocate or use as a different type of jewelry, and in this case, I took a set of bracelets and used one as a choker.

Featuring Nya’s HappyDress Sangria from The Instruments
Featuring Truth Aida
1. MG Full Groomed Lashes
2. KMADD/Moda Mesh Eyes
3. SLink Female Feet High
– Elegant 1 Hands
4. October’s 4Seasons Pearl Skin Tone Laila
5. Liv-Glam Natasha High Heels
6. Chop Zuey Impromptu Bracelets (One repurposed as a choker)
– Zigeunermusik Earrings
7. PosESioN Irish Pose Set

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Tiny Footprints — Featuring !Lybra and Dulce Secrets From Tiny Footprints Charity Event

Tiny Footprints is a new idea to me but so wonderfully special. This week, this charity has items for sale that help raise funds to support the charity. For families who lose children at a very young age, Tiny Footprints works to connect those families with skilled photographers who will take a special memories photograph to commemorate their young child’s life. You can read more about the organization and what they stand for and do, and donate directly here: 
I have on a gown that’s designed by Lybra called Dementia. This purchase goes 100% to the charity, and is a beautiful vintage clothing style. I also picked up the array of makeup from Dulce Secrets called Over the Rainbow, also set to donate 100% of the proceeds to this charity.

You can find designers from all different points of view at this event. I hope you have time to go by and see. You can find this in SL at…/Oracle%20Sparc/…/207/37

Featuring !:Lybra:! Dementia From Tiny Footprints Charity Event
Featuring Dulce Secrets Over the Rainbow Makeup From Tiny Footprints Charity Event
1. -{ZOZ}- Candy Lines Polish
2. SLink Female Feet High
– Elegant 1 Nails
3. *~*Damesfly*~* Drewleigh
4. October’s 4Seasons Lily Skin Tone With Brown Brows (Angelina)
5. -LOUX- Lips #9
6. Chop Zuey Singing Heart (Purple) Necklace and Earrings
7. KMADD/Moda Mesh Eyes
8. Gaeline Magnificia Lashes
9. In (Read more...)

A New Designer Joins the Design Team at Zanze — Featuring Zanze; Also Featuring no. 7

Every now and then I feel one of the photos I took so intensely even though it’s not specifically a blogger photo. I often weed it out, because you really can’t see the elements of the items I’ve been asked to blog, but this time I included one.

I thought this dress, Corazon from zanze was pretty, something I’d pull out, even now in the south, and wear to have a girls lunch or to meet my secret lover for midday drinks and a tryst. Naughty, eh? It must be my Friday mood. The facial decorations fit the lighthearted fun afternoon eye-dea… get it?

But I think a proper tryst would mean I had to remove no. 7’s newest release Changing season, couture lashes, though they’re really more like facial gems. I wore Gaeline’s HUD operated mesh lashes as well. The item from no. 7 is the filigree silver and red gems that fit to the left side of the face.

I’m really happy that Ms. Fizz Lennie Devina aka Fuzz Lennie has joined the design team at Zanze and recognize her fresh eyes as an asset to this already awesome business. I can’t wait to see more from her and Zzoiee aka Zoie Zee. I just loved the black photo, the lighting, the energy it created, so it’s not the best frame to see the dress, but it’s just too much fun not to share it! Happy Friday.

Featuring Zanze Corazon Dress 
Featuring no. 7 Changing Season Couture Headpiece
1. .:JUMO:. Riyadh Silver Heels
2. SLink Female Feet High
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Lots Of Pictures, Lots Of Beauty, Lots of Fun — Featuring Sabra Style November Releases, Featuring Truth Sian

Kylie Sabra has an array of hats she wears, and everything she does, she attacks with passion and energy and influences the world around her as a result. Besides being a tremendous designer, she works in one of the finest Art Galleries on the grid as curator, the Rose Theater Art Galleries.

I’ve had the joy of spending time with her, in public spheres and private spheres and I admire everything she touches. The clothing collage I put together displays an array of items she’s created and has for sale this month at Sabra Style. I don’t know how she manages to keep up with everything, but look at how well she does!

If you’ve never visited the gallery, I encourage you to go. Are you an artist? You should drop her a note card. Have you seen her collection of clothing she’s created? You must go. When someone works with as much passion as she exhibits, you know that you’re going to love something if not everything there is to love about what she does. Visit. See. Invest. Enjoy!

Featuring Autumn Sabra Style (a & b)
Featuring Truth Sian
1. Dark Horse Nails Gold Stripe Polka Dots
2. SLink Elegant 1 Hands
– Female Feet High
3. October’s 4Seasons 55L Thursday Special Edition Cinnamon Skin Tone Giselle Face
– Golden skiss Gloss
4. FuLo Bangles and Watch Set Gold
5. VIOLATOR The Dark Note
6. KMADD/Moda Mesh Eyes
7. Corpus Poses
8. Gaeline Fantasia Lashes
#c C (Read more...)

Celebrating New Gifts and Talents — Featuring Baboom Couture (Including New Items from WEIB Sale Room), Also Featuring October’s 4Seasons 55L Thursday Debut

It’s back to business as usual at my house after a 5 day weekend that culminated with Veteran’s Day. I’m not sure what the lettering is exactly of the new family day status, but local bases have the privilege at the top I imagine, perhaps the CO/XO, to decide on a certain number of family days for those who are stationed stateside. It helps balance the many extra hours that are served while deployed, traveling, at schools, etc. and gives the family special time to share as a result. Often the Friday after Thanksgiving is declared one of these days. Other holidays that come randomly through the year might tack on an extra day or half day, and this year, since Veteran’s Day was on a Tuesday, they were able to extend the weekend by an extra day by giving Monday off too. Usually, I’m about ready to growl by the time Mr. goes back to work, but this weekend was really great. I was sorry to see him go. Now we settle into the weird pace of the holidays, all the things that need attention, long distance family, and all that jazz. I feel better in November than I have in years. Today I do. So today I will embrace the day with all that I am and share a bit of all that I am with you, my extended family and friends whom I love with gentleness and passion.

I received a note from Kyra Camel, the designer at Baboom! that announced her first mesh creations were ready for sale at Baboom! and would I consider blogging a few items for her. I rejoice in the (Read more...)

A Contest For Everyone — October’s 4Seasons Hosts a Natural Beauty Contest

Submit a raw snapshot of you wearing October’s 4Seasons products and submit to Selene Snowpaw by Friday, November 14th at 11 p.m.Your photos will be posted in the store for voting by fellow customers between November 12 and November 21. Winners will be…

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New Tech, New Rules – October’s 4Seasons Joined 55L Thursdays: An INCREDIBLE Deal – Bombshie from Designer Showcase and New WTB

This morning I read an article on the camera drones that are under 500 USD, so inexpensive that the average joe could afford one and it seems many many average college age joes and joettes have bought one and operate them everywhere from the beaches to the center of their home team football field for Opening Day games. In the last few years, new technology appears on the market so quickly that the regulators related to the new technology have to run to keep up with what’s created, try to make rules associated to that tech make sense, and yet keep the freedom of commerce and fun in the original product so people are happy. If the young people or old people or in between people own and operate these drones on their own private property, the risk for danger factor remains relatively personal, and if a crash occurs, a failure of the tech in the drone, it’s usually to the detriment of the private operator. However, when the same tech is deployed over a stadium filled to the max with 106,000 people waiting for kick off (and this is happening over seas with loads of football matches as well), the risk for danger factor exponentially escalates and the rules to limit or control the tech have not been clearly defined so there’s a massive loop hole right now and I can only imagine that this will continue to be the case in the years to come with tech coming at us as fast as light and faster.

Yesterday, a friend of mine came to me with a couple of screen shots she’ (Read more...)

Why Do I Do It? — Featuring !Lyrical B!zarre Templates!

Your checkbook reflects and reveals your heart. I know it’s not a common term these days, the use of the word checkbook, but the concept isn’t foreign. Where we spend money reveals a lot about what we think and feel to be important. In the case of Second Life, this really still has credence. It may be pennies on the dollar for the actual cost of something, however, it is real dollars, euros, yen, francs and rubles. How much would your transaction history tell the world about you? Do you invest in accessories for your avi? Pay a monthly fee to belong to a specific group? Donate to charities? Tip a singer, hostess, or dancer? Or perhaps pay for skills such as foreign language classes, photography classes or modeling classes? Each decision reflects a great deal about where our hearts, our impulse and passion find truth. We spend those increments of money because this thing or that matter.

Another way to determine what’s of value to someone, probably another easy measurable method, is to calculate where they spend their time. Some people come in to a virtual world to relax after a long day at work, while others work in a virtual world to create money to exist in the world away from it. If you followed someone’s timeline, you’d get data of a different sort than financial, but you’d still learn a great deal about that person.I devote a lot of time to ‘work’ for the fashion world. People ask me from time to time if I get paid for what (Read more...)

Adding Sneak Peek To My Blog — Featuring Zanze from Sneak Peek and Wicca’s Wardrobe from The Instruments

I received my first item from a monthly event that I joined recently. It’s called Sneak Peek and offers an array of items from various designers. Each time I add a new event, I update my blog’s front page. You’ll find the short term events above the Flickr slide show, then each of the monthly events I work with below it.

They’re alphabetized now, though in the past, I had items listed on the front page in the order that the designers had hired me. It’s way too complicated to keep up with that, especially when I’ve had periods of times I left a group to deal with my world offline then returned. Yes, alphabetically is easier. Except when I forget whether N or M comes first in the alphabet. :p I’m sharing a link here, for this first time, then will know you have access to the SLurl on my blog, Sneak Peek’s blog address on my blog and any other pertinent information.

I’m so glad to work with the incredible team at Zanze with this new project and admire Ms. Fizz Lennie Devina and adore Ms. Zoie Zee – So to kick off the Sneak Peek blogging, this is Elena from Zanze the store, at the November Sneak Peek. I paired the halter dress with Sazzy Pants from Wicca’s Wardrobe. You can find them and other new pieces she’s created to be worn together as an outfit or separately like I have in this instance. These pants and other Wicca&# (Read more...)

Looking For Drama — Featuring /Wasabi Pills/, [dirty little secret], Entice from Designer Showcase and Ro’ e Buni’ from The Instruments

I nearly squealed out loud to the empty house today when I saw that season 10 of Grey’s Anatomy was up on Netflix. There are only a few shows I’ve binge watched via that connection and I love it when I do. I can be so impatient waiting 25-28 weeks for each episode to air in it’s normal time slot, break for holidays, take time off for the March Madness, or whatever. With this Netflix thing, I can gobble up good stuff at my pace, and I love Grey’s. I was an avid fan of E.R. but only a few of the first years, and lost interest after a while. I watched House and again, lost interest in it as well. I have returned to watching it intermittently, again thanks to Netflix, but it doesn’t have that same emotional tug to me, like Grey’s.

After 1 1/2 episodes, however, I had to come back here, and read news, look at emails, check notices, and look for friends to connect with because this emulation of life that comes virtually into my world makes more sense than every emotional tug I ever felt watching a television simulation of life, by like a million jillion. Sometimes people talk about drama, a bad thing, something to avoid, and yet drama, that day to day stuff that makes us laugh or cry or feel some other emotion drives our world. Drama on television inspires us. Drama in our day to day life either feeds us or is a byproduct of human connection. Sometimes things irritate me, like idiots, sometimes things disappoint me, like liars, and sometimes thi (Read more...)

With Silent Confidence I Prowl — Featuring Artizana from Designer Showcase and October’s 4Seasons

I always know when a design comes from Artizana. The designer has a specific point of view and remains consistent, from piece to piece, since I began to blog her items. I’ve seen a few in various special events around the grid and often find items at Designer Showcase from there as well.

This is another of those instances. The choices Artizana added to this cycle offer a range that even includes an outfit for the guys, which is awesome because I know that menswear might be much more difficult to find.

This outfit Koutiala (Savannah) has a tribal vibe with earth tones that I thought melded well with the new release of the skin tone Mocha for the Angelina face that’s just about to come out at October’s 4Seasons. This sneak peeks shows how beautiful this darker skin tone really is, and I chose the natural skin, no makeup added, because I knew I’d use the face wrap, and because I believe this Angelina face continues to be the absolute best yet ‘face’ line at 4Seasons.

With no makeup, the eyes have a passion that speaks confidence silently and if you choose to wear the skin options that do have makeup, that passion remains, with a flair. (I thought the set of poses called ‘Confidence’ from Image Essentials Props and Poses were apropos for this pair of photos!)

Featuring Artizana Koutiala (Savanna) Sari from Designer Showcase
Featuring October’s 4Seasons Mocha Skin Tone (Angelina)
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Fierce and Sexy — Featuring Wicca’s Wardrobe and [[Masoom]] from The Instruments

I used new Dana heels from Wicca’s Wardrobe and an outfit called Indra from [[Masoom]] to create this look. I really liked it because though it was a long dress, the military-like jacket over the gown ended up giving it a very different look that the m…

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Are You Ready For Holidays? — Featuring Sabra Style, -LOUX- and E C R U from Designer Showcase; Featuring Zibska and PosESioN from The Instruments

Some years, I truly struggle with the emotion of the holidays and by November 3, I’m buried somewhere down deep inside myself and bracing for the storm of the supposed “HAPPY” holidays that sometimes seem so far away from reality. It’s something significant and not something only I struggle with, so I hope as you read this, if you know others who do, you might be a breath of gentle air, a warm hug, a cup of hot cider, a blessing of hope, and then just wait, and be there, because those of us who’ve learned how to hibernate through emotional seasons also wake. They’ll want you there when they do wake and they will remember your touch and heart while they couldn’t respond to you.

So I went over to a Winter Sim and found some precious displays and this little snowman standing in his own huge snowfall caught my eye. I know it’s a bit early to think of Merry Christmas, but it’s not too early to think of love, a love to touch the whole world, regardless of faith, and peace, enough to spread like a fire, and bring a calmness like the snow to every single of the 8 billion souls you’ll find out there this year.

I’m wearing a new Charisma gown in red from Kylie Sabra at Sabra Style. You’ll also find E C R U Ritz Heels and this bold yet elegant luscious new  lipstick from -LOUX- both at Designer Showcase

, excellent deals, and every new month that passes brings multiple reasons to return to enjoy this (Read more...)

Dancing In A New Month — Featuring Lybra from Designer Showcase, Featuring Loordes of London from The Instruments

After dancing the first day of November into existence with a few friends and patrons of Lybra, hanging out with the designers, Lybra Rage and Natzuka, I had to write about the new gown from their amazing array of art they create. This Olympia gown may be bought at Designer Showcase and though it’s almost pure white, with the feather boa for the shoulders, and sleeves that are long, you’ll be able to wear this any season, for holiday celebrations, or just to hang out and dance a new month into existence.

The shoes peeking out from under the gown come from Loordes of London, and can be bought this month at The Instruments. You’ll find these heels along with several other styles, plus other items as well, so a visit will be worth your time!

I have to make a quick comment about the Angelina series of skins from October’s 4Seasons. These skins compete graphically with the best skins on the grid. Period. They offer every option you might seek, for attachments, appliers, and mesh. There are different brow shapes, and stunning makeup that October creates each time she makes a new skin tone. She’s taking the ‘Seasons’ theme, that will help you choose the right skin AND the right outfits and hair and other elements of your avi, to a new level and making sure you know when you’re wearing what season, and educating in a positive way in the process. The last thing I have to say, the skins that are not the t (Read more...)

The Joy Of the Chop Zuey Girl Contest — Featuring Chop Zuey, *Whimsical Imaginarium* and AZUL

I ended up with a plethora of pictures I put together for the Chop Zuey contest and instead of just sharing the final draft, I thought I’d show the selection, and my point of view. The Sailing To Byzantium fascinator that Chop Zuey released recently re…

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Morning Has Broken — Featuring Zanze, Lindy, and Designer Showcase

Before I went over to dance and play this morning, I went fishing in my new Designer Showcase bag and found a heavenly gown by Zanze and new heels from Lindy. The dress is called Eva and has a really feminine touch to it, with a whisper of winter yet to come in a pattern on grey that vaguely brings to mind snowflakes.

And yes, I know some of my friends got snow on Halloween! I declare! (That’s something my gramma used to say when she didn’t know what else to exclaim, and I suppose it fits sometimes, eh?) The Katie Kinsey shoes are in an old style from the 1940s.

They were danced in often in celebration of the end of a war to end all wars and the reunion of families around the globe. When you wear your Lindy Katie Kinseys, think about how wonderful that must have been. I’m an idealist. I’m me.

Featuring Zanze Eva Gown from Designer Showcase
Featuring Lindy Katie Kinsey Heels from Designer Showcase
Featuring LollipopZ Elf Blonde Ambition
1. SLink Elegant 1 Hands
2. Dark Horse Style Silver Stripe Dark
3. October’s 4Seasons Blonde Blossom Skin Tone (Laila)
4. KMADD/Moda Mesh Eyes
5. Manifeste Poses
6. Maxi Gossamer Lashes

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The Witches Warn — Something Wicked This Way Comes — Featuring Chop Zuey and !Lybra!

The scene opens, and a fearsome group of witches chant and prophecy, whispering words in an Olde English tongue, and MacBeth enters. One of the great stories of William Shakespeare, and fraught with all the excitement of earthly gasp and second-worldly wisdom, inspires this new set of jewelry from Chop Zuey. Thank you Belle for making more than jewelry. You always have a story to share, a tale to tell, and an adventure for us to take with you when we wear your ingenious pieces.

Second Witch:
“By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way comes.
Open, locks,
Whoever knocks.”

Karina by Lybra made me smile because during the years I took Russian in college, I had to sign my name КАРИНА – which when translated to the alphabet more of us recognize, Karina. There are a thousand ways to make something flexible and something traditional in Second Life clothing design, but it at times feels like only two or three ways may be used by many. When I put on this dress, there were layers of skirt that moved with unique flair, something fresh and different, around a sweetheart bodice, and I loved it. I really enjoy the artistry of the fashion industry, and when artists like those behind the name Lybra create a gown, I know it’s not just another gown but something special.

Featuring Chop Zuey Something Wicked Set
Featuring !Lybra! Karina Gown
1. KMADD/Moda Mesh Eyes
2. October’s 4Seasons Angelina Milk Sk (Read more...)