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Flowers Bloom

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There are some things we come to look forward to each day because they bring a wonderful sense of well-being, balance, and contentment to our lives. Perhaps it’s a cuppa (coffee or chai, if you please!) while you’re catching up on blog reading and Flickr browsing. Maybe it’s that last kiss from your loved one before you leave for work, or even just the joy of that first, luxurious feeling of repose after climbing into bed at night.

I have many of these little rituals and touchstones, and one of my favorites is seeing the friendly, genuine, ever-smiling face of my friend Reina Alice on Flickr, whose pictures warm my heart like a rich, soothing sip of coffee on a chilly morning. A little while back, Reina took a lovely picture at the Small Town Green sim, so I went there myself to stand amongst the tulip patches and take a picture in tribute to her own.

I’m always so genuinely touched by the wonderful bonds we form over admiring and appreciating each-other’s endeavors in virtual photography, exploration, and style. Thank you to Reina and everyone in our ever-growing, ever-passionate Flickr family for welcoming me back to Second Life so warmly, and making me feel like I’ve come “home” again once more! ♡

Flowers Bloom
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Pearl (Resort HUD) by Little Bones
Eyes // Baby Blue Eyes by Arte
Tattoo // Adah Tattoo (White) by Nanika

Style

Necklace // Pixi Dust Necklace (Gold) by Tea.s
Top (Applier) // Crochet Strings (White) by Milk Tea for the Buy Now Event, through May 31st
Shorts // Juci Shorts (Rose) by KITJA

Pose & Destination

Pose // Sara 5 by Label Motion
Location // Small Town Green

Café Lights

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I found myself wandering around the lovely Giardini di Vita sim, when I spied a pretty café and thought I might just take a snap! A few days later, I can’t quite recall how I got there, as it’s not yet appeared in my alphabetical “sims to visit” list (yes I have one; yes I know I’m a lovable nerd!) Maybe I saw a lovely picture of the place on Flickr? Perhaps a lucky happenstance of a search gone awry? In any case, it’s very charming and very much deserves your visit!

Café Lights
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Look

Body // Lara Mesh Body v3.5 by Maitreya
Head & Skin // Melissa by Genesis Lab
Hair // Tako (Naturals HUD) by !Ohmai Salon
Eyes // Forest Green Eyes by Arte

Style

Jewelry // Hippie Deluxe Necklace, Earrings & Bracelet by Salt & Pepper
Top // Rachel Shirt (White) by KITJA for Uber, through May 22nd
Jeans // Kerca Pants (Faded) by KITJA
Shoes // Cape Town Heels (in Cream for Maitreya High) by Essenz

Pose & Destination

Pose // Marcia 4 by Pose Maniacs
Location // Giardini di Vita

My look is courtesy of the wonderful KITJA brand, which is brand new to me, and I’m loving it so much already! The Kerca Pants were available at the last round of The Dressing Room, so if they’re not in the mainstore just yet, they should be very shortly. The Rachel Top is at the current round of Uber, which I’m sure you’ve visited but I swear I buy something new every time I go back. So many SL events are truly witchy in that way!

Speaking of events, my Second Life Shopping Events Tracker is now completely up-to-date, and fully stocked with amazing events, fairs, and sales to visit! As always, if anything is missing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. The more details you can provide, all the better. I would love to make it the most complete, at-a-glance resource I can! ♡

Body Gold

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It’s the end of another beautiful week, and we’re right on the cusp of August, hooray! This is traditionally my favorite summertime month since moving to the desert, as we have some terrifically fearsome monsoons in August, and as a longtime thunderstorm lover, it’s often my only chance to experience a good rainstorm all year long. I certainly wouldn’t hope to be caught in the rain in the dress I’m wearing today though! ;)

In my First Life, I rarely wear white as I’m so fair skinned, it just washes me out and gives me a bit of a ghostly pallor. But paired with a lusciously tanned skin in Second Life, I’m in love with its simplicity and the way it perfectly sets off my gold and neutral accessories. Today I’m featuring exclusives from the current rounds of The Epiphany, The Fantasy Collective, and Shiny Shabby; please check below for all the details!

Body Gold
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Night Market
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Look
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Birdy | Jaime – Toffee (Natural) | Group Gift
Hair / Truth | Essena – Variety HUD | Group Gift
Eyes / Arte | Forest Green Eyes (S)
Lashes / Mon Cheri | Falsies Mesh Eyelashes – Upper
Eyeliner / Glam Affair | Couture Eyeliner No. 02
Lips / Birdy | Gloss – Raspberry | Group Gift
Freckles / Birdy | Freckles GG | Group Gift
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Metallic Pack – Diva Gold (Maitreya, Slink, Eve & Omega Appliers) | SL Marketplace
Tattoo / Things | Porsenna Tattoo (Omega, Slink, TMP & Belleza Appliers + system tattoo layers)

Style
* Headpiece / Salt & Pepper | Jungle Headpiece – Gold | Gacha Item at The Epiphany, through August 4th
* Necklace / Salt & Pepper | Fea Necklace | The Fantasy Collective, through August 15th
* Ring / Salt & Pepper | Jungle Ring – Gold | Gacha Item at The Epiphany, through August 4th
* Dress / Azuchi | Suma Dress – White (in Maitreya & Slink Fitmesh + Standard Sizes) | Shiny Shabby Event, through August 15th
* Shoes / KC Couture | Luxor Heels (for Maitreya, Belleza, Eve, TMP and Slink High)

Poses & Destination
Pic 1 / Exposeur | March 2015 Gift – 2 | L$1 on SL Marketplace
Pic 2 / Exposeur | February 2015 Gift – 4 M | L$1 on SL Marketplace
Location / The Wayward Carnival

Salt & Pepper creates beautiful accessories and clothing, and I’m so captivated by their items from the Jungle Set at this month’s round of The Epiphany! I’m wearing the Jungle headpiece and ring in gold, which both lend a perfect touch of bohemian glam to any outfit. I’m also wearing the lovely Fea Necklace (exclusive to The Fantasy Collective this month), which is elegantly rustic (there’s an interesting combination of words!) and beautifully detailed with perfect gold and neutral tones. My shoes are from my beloved KC Couture, and thanks to the wonderful HUD that comes with the Luxor Heels, I found the perfect combination of a wooden base, bronze straps and gold embellishments.

And that lovely dress which I dare not prance about in the rain in? It’s by Azuchi and is a Shiny Shabby exclusive, available in 3 solid colors (black, red and white) and 3 tropical patterns. It’s another design that’s deceptively simple but beautifully detailed; and best part is that it comes in Maitreya and Slink fitmesh versions, as well as Standard Sizes. It’s also materials enabled, which gives it a beautiful, soft sheen and really brings out all the lovely details. I’m wearing the Maitreya version, and I did opt to alpha out my pelvis because my AO has a lil’ bit of booty-pop going on (entirely unintentional, I assure you!) but I’m thrilled with not having to fiddle with upper body alpha bits, which I always find to be the trickiest. Thank you, Azuchi! ♥

To wrap up, my sincere appreciation to Birdy for the gorgeous Jaime skin (with optional freckles and lip gloss) that’s on offer as their VIP Group gift. I had at first thought that the toffee skintone may be a touch too deep for me (once a pale gal, always a pale gal!) but having no hope of perfectly luscious, tanned skin in my First Life, having it in Second Life is a special thrill. And it’s just so pretty! The group is L$150 to join, and that gets you access to group gift skins, eyeliners, a couple of ridiculously adorable wearable pets, and also gives you access to gifts from the Foxes and Alchemy brands as well. Sincerely recommended!

I’m off to make my final push to visit every last swiftly-ending event. Be sure to save a few – or lots – of Lindens, because the Mesh Body Addicts Fair and WearHouse Event both launch on August 1st, and we have Enchantment coming up two weeks later. And of course oodles more! Are you fashionably exhausted yet? Time to mainline caffeine, because a new month is upon us! xoxo

Blue Belle

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Happy Independence Day to all of my lovely American friends! And for those who live outside of the USA, happy 4th of July anyway because it’s Saturday and that’s always a time to celebrate! Unless you’re one of those fancy Australian peeps who lives in the future, where it’s Sunday already. In that case, I really wish you’d get around to divining my lottery numbers so I can afford to buy out the delicious sales and events going on this month!

Speaking of which, an amazing number of brands are having special sales this weekend (some extend through the end of July; dates are included below). This is by no means all of the holiday sales, but these are all the ones I had bookmarked, spied on Flickr, or received as notecards in-world. Don’t blame me if you’re absolutely broke by Monday!

Ariskea – 50% off everything, through July 15th
Black Tulip – 50% off pose sets, couples & groups; through July 5th
BYRNE – 50% off everything, through July 5th
ColdLogic & Fate – 50% off everything, through July 5th
Dark Passions & Koffin Nails – 40% off (excluding gachas and discounts), through July 17th
Du Jour – 50% off everything, through July 11th
Fetch – 50% off everything, through July 31st
Heydra – 40% off everything and free VIP group join, through July 5th
HollyHood – 50% off everything, through July 29th
LOULOU&CO – 50% off everything, through July 13th
mpc. – 50% off all accessories, through July 5th
Nantra – 50% off all pose sets, through July 5th
Petite Mort – 30% to 50% off everything, ends July 6th
Pin Me Down – 50% off everything (including gachas), through July 5th
Rowne – 50% off flash sale, end date unknown
Salt & Pepper – 50% off everything, through July 5th
YumYums – closing sale ($L25 and up), through July 31st

Blue Belle
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I may be missing the red and white from my look today, but I’ve definitely got the blue covered! This lush, chic dress is by db Dollz and is exclusive to The Showroom event through July 11th. It comes in six colors, and I was head-over-heels for the rich, sapphire blue tone. Blue is my favorite color, and I just don’t wear it often enough in-world, which is an inexcusable crime! The soft ruching is a lovely detail, and I have to adore a dress that can easily be dressed up or down, and is both sexy and chic. All of the rawrs! ♥

My sweet accessory is another event exclusive: the Ribbons & Pearls necklace by Secret Love may be found at the FAD Fashion Event through July 25th. As always with Faylinn’s lovely designs, you have several metal, ribbon and gem colors in the HUD to choose from. My eyes and nails are two free Marketplace finds from TSM and By Snow, and I love the pops of purple to compliment the blues. I’m sure with that, my lavender-loving friend Holly will insist that I’m once again attempting to be an enabler, but my only response to that is: “What do you mean attempting?” /me grins cheekily

Blue Belle
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My prop is by Something New Poses n’ Props, and is specifically designed to show off shoes, which I just love! I’m using a built-in pose in my 1st pic, and the pose in my 2nd pic is by Signature Pose and is exclusive to the My Slink Obsession event, which kicks off on July 5th. Between all the ongoing and upcoming fashion events, and the weekend and month-long sales, you’ll have the perfect opportunity to offset a frenetic holiday with a heapin’ dose of retail therapy!

One final thing to sneak in: today is the final day to check out the unique, creative, dazzling builds at the Second Life Community Celebration sims. If you need some guidance on the not-to-be-missed exhibits, please visit my SL12B Event Roundup, the official SL12B website, or the Flickr photo pool for inspiration! Me, I’m off to collapse into bed and get a nice rest before the day’s festivities. Have a wonderful weekend, one and all! ♥

Body
Body / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
Skin / Belleza | Eva – SK FLF | Fifty Linden Fridays (Past)
Hair / Magika | Dots – HUD 03
Eyes / TSM | Crystal Eyes – Purple | Free on SL Marketplace
Lashes / ACD | Eye Lashes 4 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Arte | Cat Eyes Eyeliner – Long | SL Marketplace
Lips / alaskametro<3 | Light Lipgloss – Blush | SL Marketplace
Nails / By Snow | Maitreya Crystalline Nail Applier | Free on SL Marketplace
Tattoo / Seventy-5 | Full Floral Tattoo for Maitreya | SL Marketplace

Style
* Necklace / Secret Love | Ribbons and Pearls Necklace | FAD Fashion Event, through July 25th
* Dress / db Dollz | Scarllet Dress – Blue | The Showroom Event, through July 11th
Shoes / Fri. | Veronica Platforms – Black

Poses
* Pose 1 / Something New Poses n’ Props | Stairway to Shoes – Prop & Pose #1
* Pose 2 / Signature Pose | Ade – Pose 002 | My Slink Obsession Event, through July 22nd

Late Bloomer

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/me stretches and purrs! 🐱

Lately I’m getting by on only around 4 hours of sleep a night (or morning, as the case may be) so finding a space of solace and serenity in the virtual world is bliss when I’m working on a new photo or post. When I spied the name Chakryn Forest in someone’s profile’s picks (not that I was perving or anything … ahem), it seemed familiar to me, and when I put together this look I thought an enchanted forest would make for a lovely backdrop.

This won’t be a particularly wordy post, because there are some last minute, event-exclusive lovelies that I wanted to share, and I’d much rather you go check them out than be scrolling through my rambles! (Although I truly adore and appreciate that you do!)

Late Bloomer
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RAYNE is offering the chic, sleek Blossom jumpsuit as a free gift to group members, and it may be picked up from the Sneak Peek event, which is also where the beautiful La Boheme outfit resides that I featured on Monday. I found a sweet and apt accompaniment in the Rose Crown by db Dollz, which is a gacha prize from the Ross Fair Event. The crown comes in several sweet colors and combinations, and is beautifully crafted.

I peeked into The Dressing Room Fusion and fell hard for Izzie‘s lovely Arrowhead Necklace, which comes in both gold and silver metals with an versatile range of texture-change hues, and is a steal at just L$70. My favorite part is that it’s literally pointing at my bosoms, as if ensuring that people direct their gaze at my womanly curves. Hey, no complaints here! :)

My soft midnight black polish is from Alaska Metro‘s free tester pack, which offers Maitreya, Slink, Eve and Omega appliers. Her designs are dazzling and wildly affordable, so I highly recommend picking up the tester pack and then thoroughly buying out her entire Marketplace shop! And my ring is gift from a past round of We Love Roleplay by designer Fawny; it’s so pretty with its delicate leaf design. I realized that it was meant for the other hand, but I really wanted to show off the ring with this pose, so I was very appreciative that the ring has copy/mod permissions and I was able to easily create a left-hand version. I so dearly love when creators give us options like this!

Please be sure to check the end dates of the events as listed below, and if you haven’t already, take a peek at my Fashion & Shopping Events Calendar which will give you all the start and end dates of the currently ongoing events at a glance. I’m scheduling this post in the middle of the night, so by the time it publishes I’ll hopefully be dreaming sweetly. Good morning/night, dear readers! ♥

Body
Avie / Maitreya | Mesh Body – Lara v3.4
* Skin / DS’ELLES | Clara Skin – Neva
Hair / Magika | Things – HUD 01
Eyes / SU! | Bastet Eyes – Amethyst | Group Gift
Lashes / ACD | Eyelashes 1 | SL Marketplace
Eyeliner / Arte | Cat Eyes Eyeliner – Short | SL Marketplace
Lips / Bonita | Tinted Gloss – Strawberry Lips | SL Marketplace
Nails / alaskametro<3 | Basic Pack for Slink, Omega, Maitreya & Eve | Free on SL Marketplace

Style
* Crown / db Dollz | Rose Crown – White | Gacha Item at Ross Fair Event, through July 6th
Necklace / Izzie’s | Arrowhead Necklace – Gold | The Dressing Room Fusion, through July 3rd
Ring / Fawny | Sweet Rose Ring | Past Event Gift
* Outfit / RAYNE Couture | Blossom Jumpsuit | Group Gift at Sneak Peek Event, through July 5th

Poses
* Atonement / Crystals Pose Set – Silver Ropes | SL Marketplace

Location
Chakryn Forest