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Fairytales Can Come True; They Can Happen To You — Featuring Sabra Style, {{BSD Design Studio}} and Wicca’s Wardrobe

What a difference a day makes. I’m not one who gets too tied into a specific day because I’ve had health issues that were indiscriminatory as the good or not so good days happened every day, special days, regular day, it didn’t matter. It means I grew up learning to be flexible and also to make the best of the good moments so that when another dark valley swooped in for a few weeks or days or months, I’d have something warm and wonderful stored up in memory, close to my heart; I used those positive memories to support me. This week was part of our annual beach trip. In recent years, I’ve traveled and stayed in one place for two weeks consecutively. Unfortunately, the military status and leave and all that jazz is slightly different at the moment, so I’m at Myrtle this week and this time next month, I’ll be at Taibee Island Georgia. I love getting away from the same four walls, even when I’m not in the best of health or head space. I also know it helps my sweetheart. I was unplugged for a bit more than 24 hours this year, just to make sure he knew he was the heart and soul of my life, and nothing was more important than him and his special day. We ate well, played well, went to see the One Show tonight, and then he’s snoring and I’m writing briefly to each of you on Facebook.

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Down By the Sea — Featuring .:W&W:. from The Month of Games and h.m.a.e.m. from L’accessories

I’m not sure what W&W stands for but it made me think of a sequence of events in the Breaking Bad series where one of the characters asks the lead character if he knows what the initials W.W. stand for there, and the guy says, “Walt Whitman maybe?” Knowing full well the whole time he’s answering that it stands for someone else much closer to home.

I didn’t know what W&W stood for either but I loved the quality of the outfit created for the Month of Games. Vanilla Latte offers you a complete outfit from head to toe and the pieces are so richly and well made, you could easily pull the pieces apart later and use them for other outfits. I’ve seen a whole array of corsets in our Second Life. This one has a few added details that make all the difference.

The Month of Games will last through the end of the month and I know that if you haven’t visited yet, you’re missing out on a treat. Lexie Jansma and her team at Siren Productions put together terrific events! They’re TMoG sponsors and have fashion shows, games and other things happening that coincide with the event to make it that much more enjoyable.

Featuring .:W&W:. Vanilla Latte – Full Outfit from The Month of Games
Featuring h.m.a.e.m. The Sea Clutch from l’accessories
1. EMO-tions Windblown 6
2. Gaeline: Mesh Lashes Illusia
3. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Chocolat Skin Tone
– Candy Eyeshadow Coffee
5. SLink: E (Read more...)

You Should Know the Lady — Featuring !Lyrical B!zarre Templates

I find that the closer I feel to a designer, the more I love what they do in SL. Builders. Scripters. Clothing creators. Any content. I get to know a little about their world and I want them to be happy, to feel successful, and I feel blessed to be a little part of their world. That’s so true when it comes to Loredana Alexandra’s world, and her business in Second Life Lyrical B!zarre Templates.

This gown, Position, expresses the inner beauty of this lovely lady. I love the way the brilliant scarlet color works as black fuses shadow to each of the pieces. I have loved every detail she’s put into items since we met, and each time she’s created something new, it became my new favorite. What she calls kooky – to me – it’s art, and high fashion.

Featuring !Lyrical B!zarre Templates from the Month of Games Position Gown
1. FINESMITH: Tyra Tiara
2. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
3. Face Paint: Wet Paint Nails
4. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Walnut Skin Tone
– Glamour Lips Sunset
– Candy Eyes Tangerine
– Seduction Lips Gloss
5. Gaeline: Phantasmagoria
6. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes
7. EMO-tions: Antoinette
8. [[j'adore]] Poses

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Another Perspective — Featuring Rapture from The Month of Games – Ms. Peacock Gown

After doing a Ms. Peacock gown yesterday, I thought it would be really interesting to put another one on today, also part of the themed event The Month of Games, from the same game, Clue – yet interpreted so differently. Rapture went all out with sweep…

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The Most Debonair Character — Featuring Lybra from The Month of Games,

I can remember the first time I played clue. It was with cousins and one of the cousins was a few years older than I and then her younger brother was my age. She had the game, and considered her wisdom at 14 to be worldly and elevated to heights we could not have possibly attained yet at 10 or 11. Then our mothers did that motherly thing and made us ‘play nicely’ together. That was good news for two of us, but the elder cousin was so miffed. I can recall her explaining with that huff that’s only perfected around the age of 14!

It really was a sophisticated game, and a game for grown-ups. She told us that throughout the hour or so she was forced to play with us, and at that time, I truly had no clue what I was doing. Pun intended. I just remembered feeling like I’d reached a new stage in life. The game was about adults in adult situations in rooms that I’d never heard of, like a conservatory.

When I saw the gown from Lybra, all those thoughts came rushing back, as if they happened yesterday. The dress IS all grown up, sexy, classy, elegant and suitable to that image of one of the characters in the game. “Ms. Peacock, represented by the blue piece on the game board, is considered to be the most wealthy and debonair character in the game.” Instead of taking the peacock literally and going in that direction, Lybra captured the essence of the original character, and modernized it to be a delicious evening gown, perfect for soire (Read more...)

Misty Eyed Emotions – Featuring from Designer Showcase – Artizana and LMD; also ~SB~ and EMO-tions

Designer Showcase means awesome deals for designers you might know and love or maybe you’ll find a new designer and fall in love. Either way, it’s a beautiful location, and new.

Artizana offered something really different this time, the Belili, but I’m coming to a place where I really like the perspective of Artizana, so when I ‘added’ my flower from them, and was posed while holding the flower, it immediately evoked emotion. I think that’s interesting, unexpected and beautiful. I thought about loved ones I know and have lost, and for friends and family who’ve lost special people, dear friends, and couldn’t help but stop and whisper prayers meant to sprinkle across the world and touch each of us.

The romper also comes from Designer Showcase made by LMD, Julia Romper Goldrush. Hair new from EMO-tions as a gift added a touch of innocence and heart. I finally found a great use for my Summer Fruits nails for hands and feet from ~SB~.

The whole style made me feel summery, emotional but in the misty eyed sort of way, and then I decided to use the last of the three photos as a Stand4Love photo as well, so you can see that version up in my cover photo.

Featuring from ~SB~ Summer Fruits Nails Hands and Feet
Featuring from Designer Showcase Artizana Belili (Serendipity) (Pose included holding flower.)
Featuring from Designer Showcase LMD Julia Romper Gold Rush
Featuring from EMO-tions Holly
1. Gaeline: Felicia
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Super Super Sweet From Candyland — Featuring Haute Couture Design from The Month of Games, Wicca’s Wardrobe from The Instruments, and New Designs from BSD

The fantasy world shown vividly through board games come to life in a variety of ways makes for creative designs at The Month of Games event. Siren Productions continues to bring inspiration to the fashion industry with themed events like this one. Candyland, Clue and Chess all remind me of special memories. I needed that. Maybe we all do sometimes.

This sweet gown, the Poute Frostine gown, comes from Haute Couture Design and can be found at The Month of Games til July 31. At The Instruments this month, Wicca’s Wardrobe offers collar and cuffs that match. They have a dramatic flair and took this super almost get cavities sweet outfit and added just the right touch. A new Legendary Beauty handbag and Fashion Trend pair of heels completed the look with each of those items created by BSD Design studio. In both pictures, the playful youth of Candyland has been evoked.

Each of these designers are represented in the styling shared above:
Featuring from The Month of Games Haute Couture Design Poute Frostine Gown
Featuring from The Instruments July Wicca’s Wardrobe Dark Desire Collar and Cuffs
Featuring from {{BSD Design Studio}} Legendary Beauty Handbag
Featuring from {{BSD Design Studio}} Fashion Trend Zigzag
1. Amacci Hair – Silvia
2. by Caryn – Black Lace Mask
3. Gaeline – Mesh Lashes Felicia
4. KMADD/Moda – Mesh Eyes
5. Kyxe Skins & Shapes – Blossom Skin Tone
6. SLink Elegant 1 Hands
7. Morphine – Heather Indecisive E (Read more...)

I Can Do Anything… — Featuring red(sans) from the Month of Games and !Elemental Designs from Designer Showcase

In the last six months I’ve learned more about the stress and joys that women of color face in their day to day lives. Not the ones they lead on SL because there are so many other things you can be on SL that it’s rare to find any single person who’s a…

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A Bittersweet Memory — Featuring -AZUL- and -{ZOZ}- from The Month of Games Event (Coming Very Soon!!)

This week has been a challenge for me. In order to put myself out there, from the beginning of my blog until now, I’ve had to do a lot of learning, growing, trusting that with each new trick or tip I receive and each new client I got to work with, I wo…

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The Month of Games and KL Couture — Plus New From Sabra Style

I love it when something takes me back to good childhood memories. One of those things is the scent of cotton candy. I’m still a candy-a-holic to this day. I probably consume enough candy that it should be considered one of Caryn’s 4 food groups. When I learned that The Month of Games, sponsored by Siren Productions, would feature three games and one of them was Candyland, I knew I was in for a delicious calorie-less treat. You can’t gain weight if you nibble at candy in Second Life. Promise!

The dress with the pale pink ruffle and bow at the back comes from KL Couture. I splashed a lot more color, all around, and had to go with the cotton candy type hair, though it’s originally a head piece from Lyrical B!zarre Templates. The fan skirt and shoulder are the same piece copied and one repurposed so that it matched, comes from Sabra Style Amelia Evening gown. It’s beautiful, and I thought the brilliant purple plumes would suit the overall theme of indulgence in my ever avid sweet tooth.

You’ll find a plethora of fun beginning July 12th, running through the 31st at The Month of Games. Along with Siren Productions, AIM, BOSL, Boulevard, Culture Magazine, Designing SL, ModeLS Magazine, SCALA, SL Live Radio, and Versus Magazine all combined efforts to produce this fabulous event. With designers galore and each designer styling 3 exclusive pieces, one for each game chosen, you’ll find something to love and loads of summer memories (Read more...)

Tomorrow, Who Knows? — Featuring ECRU from Designer Showcase, WTB, Chop Zuey, EMO-tions and **Feel**

I warn those who are close to me that my life has been on a veritable roller coaster since the day I was born. I came into the world and became a ward of the state instantly. I spent the first year and 3 days of my life in the University of Virginia’s ICU for little tiny people. I’ve heard off and on through my life, and long before I understood words, “You’re not going to make it.” I suppose I just took it as a dare. “You wanna bet?” So here I am, 45 and I’m still making it, one day at a time, and hopeful that you out there, reading my words, are taking the same dare life gives. I know it’s tough sometimes. A special person dies. A loved one gets injured or ill. A baby is born with special needs. I know that you can make it. If you need to take it one small step at a time, you CAN do it. When I hear your stories, turn a listening ear into a virtual hug, I also know deep down inside that if I could make the conscious decision to survive this roller coaster we all call life, YOU CAN Too!!

I love evolution of self. It happens off line and online. I also love History, a fanatic about it really. It helps to see where we’ve been so we can figure out what we are and where we’re going. SL turned 2 shortly after I joined. There was a team pulled together of Lindens and users, creators, and important figures of that generation. Now we’re in the midst of turning 11 and there’s going to be an SL-2 somewhere (Read more...)

Summer Fashion Festival (Last Day): ArisAris and Blue Couture – Designer Showcase: [Opal] and Moondance Boutique – Plus Zibska and KANDINSKY

Today marks the last day of the summer fun event, Summer Fashion Festival and I’ve two more items to show you from there before the day ends. If you’ll notice, there’s a simple black dress with white dots as the basic element of my styling. The dress is ArisAris, and its simplicity with just a few fine details like those around the bust are one reason I enjoyed this dress despite the fact that it looks similar to many I have worn. The accessories I used are from Blue Couture, and they were designed to accompany a night gown / lingerie set. Instead I pulled one of the feathered arm pieces, the unique belted posture collar and the belt and added them to spice up the dress.

Designer Showcase runs a month at a time and always brings new designers to the table, as well as providing a great venue for more well known designers to offer special prices and expose new faces to their great quality items. This styling includes items from two different jewelers, both with several pieces at Designer Showcase July. Moondance Boutique’s Gaia earrings shine just a bit and lit my cheek up just a smidge when I was standing with the sun setting. It was a neat lighting effect. The ring comes in several color options from [Opal] and worked well into my shades of grey styling.

Zibska made this ‘ball and chain’ type hat for an event that occurred recently and I had not quite f (Read more...)

It’s Something Special — Featuring NEW Jewelry from Chop Zuey and New Gifts Too!

There’s something special about being a part of something bigger than yourself and that’s always true in the Chop Zuey groups. I get to work with some of the finest, most revered models in Second Life and for one of the premiere jewelers on the grid. It’s a dream job, a dream life, and one I feel like I should shout loudly, “Thank you!!!” every day or so because of the privilege.

Belle Roussel announced a new design release just in time for the weekend called Chromatica, a set of jewelry that includes earrings, necklace and a set of bracelets you can mix and match, all on a HUD that lets you choose metal and then colors to add. I mixed silver with red and blue and felt quite patriotic.

With the new jewelry, I also had a new outfit from Belle’s Sky Boutique. If you haven’t visited the Sky Boutique to see how Chop Zuey makes clothing and accessories into wearable flickery beauty, you should go! The Spangles Bangles and Fireworks outfit shows one example of this clothing that’s also jewelry.

Also, the Yankee Doodle handbad should tempt you to try Chop Zuey accessories!

Thank you Belle and Chop Zuey for allowing me to be a part of your world and share your art:
Featuring from Chop Zuey Chromatica Texture Change Set
Featuring from Chop Zuey Yankee Doodle Dandy Bag
Featuring from Chop Zuey Spangles Bangles and Fireworks Outfit
1. SLink: Female Feet High
– Elegant 1 Hands
2. ZoZ: Nail Appliers Hands and Feet ZoZ Dark S (Read more...)

Lindy and Dulce Secrets at Designer Showcase, AsHmOoT at Summer Fashion Festival, !Lyrical B!zarre Templates at Lyfe of Style, and NEW from Truth

But even in the midst of family time and that all important binging, I like to make time to poke into our shared world in SL and find a new style in the mix and match of my inventory that showcases elements from around the grid, just like this summer look that seemed to fit the mood of a holiday weekend.

Lyrical B!zarre Templates has a great Sounds Rouge outfit and jewelry as well at Lyfe of Style’s sale room, and in these photos I used the jewelry here. I took the glow off and added a little shininess to the objects to make them a little darker to suit the dark reds and blacks in the top and skirt – from AsHmOoT – found at Summer Fashion Festival. The new hair from Truth – Dasha – is one of those styles that I wear all summer long and made me think of home.

Two items are from the Designer Showcase. Remember ** Designer Showcase has moved! The shoes are from Lindy and the eye shadow is new from ::Dulce Secrets::. I hope you’re having a mad fun weekend with your special someones and if you’re from the US, Happy Fourth!

These designers contributed to make this style possible. My thanks!
Featuring from Lindy Falyn BlackPat at Designer Showcase
Featuring from AsHmOoT at Summer Fashion Festival SS Coll KV Summer Pret a Porter 
Featuring from ::Dulce Secrets:: at Designer Showcase Boudoir Foxy Eyeshadow
Featuring from Lyrical Bizarre Templates at Lyfe of Style Sounds Jewelry Rouge
Featuring Truth Dasha
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It’s Not Over — Featuring EMO-tions, Essenze at Designer Showcase, !Lyrical B!zarre Templates at Art in Hats, and [AD] – Angels and Demos

Designer Showcase comes around new every month with new temptations, and new ideas from designers you might recognize and sometimes designers who you’ve never seen previously. The shoes from Essenz have a color change HUD so you get 6 tones for the price of one pair of shoes and at a reduced price because it’s a sale room. They have a range of colors that will work with every season as well. **Important News Designer Showcase has moved:

I got so invested in the project earlier this Spring put together by the team at SAVIAD that I had the choice to pick a few items I’d like to blog as a ‘prize’ and still have a few of those items. This Louise dress from [AD] Angels and Demons was one of my choices. I liked it’s elegant texturing and the fact that it was a knee length skirt. Not too fancy, not too casual and tres chic. New hair and jewelry from EMO-tions, the hair called Roxeanne and the jewelry called Beloved come as the last pieces from my blogging for EMO-tions specifically and as I work through all the pieces from each designer who’d helped make my blog successful, I counted each piece with the joy that designer brought. Mirja Mills keeps her products up to date, with fashion and with what crafters can do in SL.

The little mesh pieces of the hat from Art in Hats by Lyrical B!zarre Templates seem to flutter away, almost like little life crit (Read more...)

Down Where It’s Wetter, That’s Where It’s Better, Take It From Me – Featuring from Summer Fashion Festival OrsiniRed, and new from Carrie’s Lingerie

One of the last things I requested for blogging comes from Carrie’s Lingerie. She’s pumping thunder as my gramma would say, meaning, ‘working quickly’ and there have been several yummy releases recently. This one called Sami I chose to wear in Slate bl…

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Changes On the Wind — Featuring h.m.a.e.m., KMADD/Moda, [AMARELO MANGA], GAALL, Summer Fashion Festival, Kandinsky, and Moondance Boutique

A new day, a big decision and I’m off like a rocket or a rabbit or something! I know it seems like a rash decision sometimes when someone tells me this thing or that they want to change, but then again I don’t know how much time they invested in their …

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To ALL Of You – Designers With Whom I’ve Worked – For You and Your Sponsorship

Dear Designer – my friend,I’m so thankful for the way you’ve allowed me the privilege of working with your designs over the past months and even years. Each time I received new items, I felt like a little girl on Christmas mornin. My financial backgrou…

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A Twisted Bride — Featuring Silken Moon and !:Lybra:!

As I was tweaking the last few items to wear with this new dress from Silken Moon, a friend said, “You look like the top of a wedding cake.” I chuckled because the dress is called Twisted Bride, and if any model blogger is twisted, it’s me! I turned th…

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A Little Bit Of Everywhere — Featuring [Liv-Glam] at Designer Showcase, *Stars*Fashion* at Summer Fashion Festival and !:Lybra:!

[Liv-Glam] already has items out for the next Designer Showcase. I used the same dress here but two different color combinations from the HUD that had six options to choose from…

The jewelry from !:Lybra:! added one more reason why I love this store. If you haven’t been lately, you might want to pop in and see what’s new.

A whole array of items have been added, from hair and makeup to purses and other accessories thanks to the new addition of items from Natzuka Miliandrovic.

This blog was possible as a result of these amazing designers:
Featuring from Summer Fashion Festival *Stars*Fashion* Aurora Rigged Mesh Heels
Featuring from Designer Showcase [Liv-Glam] Love Never Felt So Good
Featuring from !:Lybra:! Aarushi Pearls Set
1. SLink: Elegant 1 Hands
– Female High Feet
2. Kyxe Skins & Shapes: Mocha Skin Tone + Makeup 11
3. Gaeline: Fantasia
4. EMO-tions: Greece
5. Apple Spice Poses
6. KMADD/Moda: Mesh Eyes

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