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~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! 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:
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Ghee Fall14 Collection at Penumbra today!

Greetings! I know it has been far too long since my last blog post, but I’m back and bringing you a very tiny peek of the drop dead gorgeous new Fall14 Collection from ~ghee~.  The Fall14 Collection has over 70 pieces, from thermals to boots and nails,  which you can see today at 2pm SLT at the Penumbra AW14 fashion Week event. The choices that I am wearing, from the Fall14 Collection are the Russian Fur Hat (Claret), Fall14 Opera Coat (Claret), Fall14 Satin Sheath Dress (Sangria), Noir Tights, Couture Boots (Gold Metal) and Couture Handbag. ~ghee~ Press Release:
Inspired by the idea of dramatic opulence, the collection uses fine wools, fur, embossed leather, knit, velvet and satin textures combined in a deep rich color palette inspired by the AW14/15 Pantone Colour Trends. Cassis – vibrant blackcurrant purple; Royal – bright blue; Aluminum – muted mid grey; Claret – rich red; Saffron – deep yellow/gold; Sangria – luscious purple red; Mauve Mist – soft muted mauve; Cognac – rich brown; Cobalt – deep green toned blue; Cypress – muddy grey green, Fog – pale grey; and Noir – charcoal black.… Read the rest~Fall14~

~Sascha’s, Zibska, ZOZ, Chop Zuey, Ikon~

Just a quickie post today to highlight new releases from some of my favorite places in SL.  The truth is, I have a LOT of favorite places in SL.  There are so many truly talented individuals creating content in our virtual world…I love being able to wear and show each person’s amazing work. This dress Otille, from Sascha’s Designs, is not yet released…but get ready…it won’t be long!  I absolutely love the textures Sascha uses…she’s been designing gorgeous clothing for a long time and she knows what she is doing with textures.  I’m wearing the Bronze and Red colors, but I also saw White, Gold, Blue, Sand, Champagne, Mauve, Pink, Moss, Peach, Hot Oil, Purple and Rose; so plenty of options to choose from! Zibska just released these fabulous Plelone shoes that come with a color changing HUD for the shoe and the studs; they are Slink high foot compatible.  My fabulous Slink nail appliers are the Romantic Sparks polish from -{ZOZ}-.… Read the rest~Sascha's, Zibska, ZOZ, Chop Zuey, Ikon~

~Noa at Enchanted Photopia~

While checking in on Facebook today, I saw this great youtube video posted for Enchanted Photopia.  I watched the entire video and was so inspired by it, I knew I had to go explore the place further.  What an incredibly magical place, full of vignettes featuring familiar animated movie characters and scenes.  Trust me, that description does not do this wonderful place justice.  At the very least watch the video…but it is very much worth the visit! Enchanted Photopia was the perfect backdrop to try to capture my fun outfit; featuring the Noa dress from Sascha’s Designs.  The Noa dress is the latest release form Sascha’s…you have the choice of purchasing three separate HUDs and each has a choice of six different dress textures. I will show all three HUDs below.  The dress texture I am wearing in the first photo is from the Noa No.2 HUD…I really love the Sugar Skull feel of the graphic.
The Noa No.1 HUD has stripes, plaids, florals and paisleys…a great mixture with choices suitable for any occasion.… Read the rest~Noa at Enchanted Photopia~

~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. … Read the rest~A Beguiling Tango~

~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. … Read the rest~Catching fireflies in Wisteria Starlite~

~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. … Read the rest~Summer in Sailors Cove~

~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.… Read the rest~Ms. Scarlet's Position~

~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! 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! … Read the rest~Whiteout in Candy Land~

~Regina…the birth of the Chess Queen~

Chess is one of the oldest, most venerable, games of skill…requiring intellect and tactical precision…a game played by royalty, and laymen, for centuries. Of all the game pieces, in Chess, the Queen is the most versatile and powerful…and yet, she was not introduced into the game until 500 years after it was created! The birth of the Queen, into the game of Chess, heralded an exciting tactical proposition; with the agility in which the piece was embodied. The value and power of a queen is such that it is sometimes used as bait to lure an opponent into a trap, by a queen sacrifice; known as a “Fool’s Mate”.  Her duty is to protect the King, but the triumph of the game rests within using her allure to out maneuver the opponent.
Regina, from Lyrical B!zarre Templates is an exquisite interpretation of the White Queen.  Her curved, enticing lines draw you in and captivate…distracting her opponents from her majestic power and ruthless agility.… Read the rest~Regina...the birth of the Chess Queen~

~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?

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. … Read the rest~Stand4love~

~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.
Enjoy this sneak preview and get ready for the Hunger Games! Stay captivated! <3 <3 ~X~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 <3 <3 ***NOTE that I am not a mainstream fashion blogger. … Read the rest~Sascha's Blue Hunger~

~Sascha’s Red Hunger~

On 8th July 2014 · By ~Xiu~ · With Leave a comment
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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. Enjoy this sneak preview and get ready for the Hunger Games! Stay captivated! <3 <3 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 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 <3 <3
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Cocktails at ~ghee~

On 5th July 2014 · By ~Xiu~ · With Leave a comment
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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 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. 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!… Read the restThe Cocktail Swimsuit from ~ghee~

~Stopping by Woods…~

On 29th December 2013 · By ~Xiu~ · With Leave a comment
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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.… Read the rest~Stopping by Woods...~

~Taking a Break~

On 23rd April 2013 · By ~Xiu~ · With Leave a comment
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Thank you all for following me, the wonderful comments and the amazing opportunities to continue to work on my photography/blogging skills. I am taking some time to enjoy all the wonderful blessings I have in First Life. I leave you with warm wishes wherever your toes take you…

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~Breathless~

I know…it’s been quite a while since my last post. So many amazing things have happened over the last month that I simply haven’t had time to catch my breath. I am now working as the Media Coordinator for the inimitable Ms. Samantha S Jones, the amazing creative genius behind LIV Glam.  It is a big job with many many responsibilities and I am loving every minute of it.  I am thrilled to be working with people who, every day, bring so much passion, drive, creativity and positive energy to the table.  What really keeps me there is knowing I am working with someone who doesn’t allow other people’s opinions or obstacles to hinder her; she remains positive and focused. Our whole team works as a cohesive unit, each of us working within our own pocket of strength; while supporting and sharing that strength with each other.  We see the bigger picture and the future of LIV Glam is so limitless it still leaves me breathless.  I love that I am challenged every day to push beyond and continue to dream bigger dreams that I know I will manifest, because I know who I am and because I work with people who share that same mind set. … Read the rest~Breathless~

~Music and Magic at Templemore City~

Welcome to Templemore City…an entire sim dedicated to showcasing the best live music talent and DJs in SL.  Templemore is the brain child of Luis Lockjaw …created from his passion for music and the desire to have a place where the diverse SL population can come together to listen to music performed by artists from around the world.  Luis (suit jacket and tie) and, his best friend Gravey Jones can often be found tweaking the Templemore City build and supporting musicians during their sets at the live venues.
addition to housing several music venues, each with its own unique vibe, Templemore City  is also an amazing cohesive build where you can stop by to take a stroll around the main square, wander off the side streets or enjoy the old time carnival rides.  It’s a great place to spend an afternoon or evening checking out the amazing music offered, enjoying the company of other SL music enthusiasts and don’t forget your camera because there are so many fantastic photo ops all over the sim.… Read the restGravey Jones and Luis Lockjaw...creators of Templemore City

Women are Rising in Second Life – and we have the video that shows it!

On 11th February 2013 · By ~Xiu~ · With Leave a comment
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Reblogged from One Billion Rising in Second Life: Today we are very proud to announce the release of our special video for One Billion Rising in Second Life. This video was made to promote the 24 hour event on Thursday 14th February, running from 12 midnight to twelve midnight, with 24 hours of music, dance, art and celebration. SPREAD THE WORD! The video was made by women of Second Life, and we will be posting a list of the names on the One Billion Rising website later today, together with a list of the locations where it was filmed, so that you can visit these amazing places within Second Life. Read more… 88 more words One Billion Rising...I hope everyone can participate in some way...even just re-posting this video. Help stop violence against women. What are you rising for...help break the chain.

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~Ephemera~ 2013-02-10 17:46:45

On 10th February 2013 · By ~Xiu~ · With Leave a comment
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Reblogged from Wren Noir Photo Studio: When strong, intelligent, caring women get together there is no stopping them from turning things into spun gold.  Such is the case with Aisha and XiuLan ... and little me is just tagging along in the back.  See me trying to hold them back?  It's just not possible.  They keep walking!  Best thing to do is run along beside them and hope to lithely jump on the train with them.   Read more… 71 more words Thank you Wren....no truer words could be also said of you <3<3 I enjoy all our conversations.

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