And now for something just a little different…

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I’m a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions. But in many areas of my life, such as Second Life, I don’t make resolutions so much as think about what I might want to focus on, or what directions I might want to explore in the coming year. I’ve always had an interest, since my first DAY in SL actually, in improving my photography. So I’m planning to step outside of my comfort zone a bit and hopefully expand my knowledge and skills in that area. Now you’ll know why you might see some different styles and experiments here, and on my Flickr stream. I’m excited about this new journey!

Winter Solstice

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[CIRCA] has a lovely new winter room collection for this month’s OMG! event, running ’til Jan. 24. It looks to me like these pieces would coordinate beautifully with most of the winter pieces [CIRCA] has released this season. In my part of the world, the winter snow is just now really hitting us, so I’m definitely in the mood for snuggling up in a cozy corner! I’m a sucker for a crackling fire. The collection has a fairly modern feel, but mixes beautifully with more traditional pieces.

CREDITS
At OMG! Gatcha Event:
[CIRCA] – “Winter Solstice” Chalkboard Frame – Winter Comfort by Cherelle Capra
[CIRCA] – “Winter Solstice” Rattan Ball Lights – Tan by Cherelle Capra.
[CIRCA] – “Winter Solstice” Floor Cushion – Seat A by Cherelle Capra.
[CIRCA] – “Winter Solstice” Modern Fireplace – Frost/Grey RARE by Cherelle Capra.
[CIRCA] – “Winter Solstice” Highback Beanbag Chair – Frost RARE by Cherelle Capra
[CIRCA] – “Winter Solstice” Ribbed Area Rug – Frost
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Other:
[CIRCA] – “Caspian” Cast Iron Wall Planter – Leafy Mix by Cherelle Capra.
[CIRCA] – “Ever After” Floral Teacup Set – Yellow (display) by Cherelle Capra.
LISP – Mesh – Anna Floor Lamp Orange
PILOT – Larkin Set – Cactus Planter by Kaz Nayar.
~silentsparrow~ Carny – Dodo! Sitting by hyasynth Tiramisu.
floorplan.&Willow. apothecary books by Tegan Serin.
Toronto-Bedroom books&glasses by Ria Bazar Mavendorf (Ria Bazar).
Botanical – *Seasonal Boxwood Hedge* by Kriss Lehmann.
[CIRCA] – “Savanna” Leafy Plant Stand – Short by Cherelle Capra.
Kalopsia – Books Pile by Isabeau Baragula.
Scarlet Creative Anya House 1 by Charlotte Bartlett.

I’m wearing cozy yoga pants and a sweater from Blueberry~

The Tea Room

The Tea Room

This beautiful tea room chair was created by [Circa] for the regency theme for Genre. It comes in a range of beautiful fabrics, and each chair has a texture HUD that allows you to change the wood frame to 10 different wood textures. You can customize your chair to fit into any decor!

Genre ends today, but if you miss it there, I think you’ll be able to pick it up at the Circa main store!

CREDITS:
[CIRCA] – “The Tea Room” Louis Hooded Chair -Paris Gold(32pos)
[North West] Painting (Barraud, La tailleuse de soupe)
floorplan.&Willow. apothecary books
Kalopsia – Bird Table
LISP – Mesh – Persian Rug Peach
Scarlet Creative Anya House

Lazy Sunday

Uber-Cute

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Uber is getting off to a great start this year, with plenty of amazing things to add to your inventory! [see how I just skipped right over that new year’s resolution to tidy up my inventory??]

I love absolutely everything about this outfit — but special shout-out for this hat hair! It’s adorable for a casual look, which is what I wear most often in my day-to-day SL. The cap is color-change, so will go with pretty much anything.

Everything Addams does is terrific in my book. This skirt is adorable, with the perfect amount of sassy flair. The shirt will certainly be one of my wardrobe staples.

This round of Uber will run ’til Jan 23 … but don’t wait ’til the last minute!

CREDITS:
Top: Addams // Skyler [at Uber] | Skirt: Addams // Sonia Pleated Skirt [at Uber] | Boots and Socks: REIGN
Bracelets: Kibitz | Earrings: Maxi Gossamer
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Austen [at Uber]
Skin: Glam Affair – Sylvia | Lashes: [[Mozz]] | Freckles: [Stellar] | Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes
Pose Prop: Exposeuer

Christmastide

Christmas-Home

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In many traditions, the Christmas season continues past Christmas Day itself. I love enjoying the quiet after the festivities have passed … it feels like a time of quiet reflection and a chance to enjoy some of the things that were a bit of a blur earlier. Before I take down my Christmas decorations, I wanted to share a couple of pictures with you. I’ve fallen completely in love with this latest release from L2 Studio. It makes a stunning Christmas house, but I can see it transitioning through all the seasons. It appears quite grand on the outside, but is very cozy and livable on the inside. I get a shabby chic vibe that I think could be styled a million different ways, depending on season and mood.

CREDITS:
House: L2 Studio Alameda Street House
PILOT – Hanging Ornaments (on windows)
Botanical – Green Douglas Fir Christmas Tree (Tannenbaum)
!Ohmai: Doilie Tree Skirt by Anya Ohmai
Ornaments from Tannenbaum gacha: too many to name!
Packages: What Next
Baby under tree: from !Ohmai: Sol christmas ornament
+Half-Deer+ Stringlight Clutter
Fireplace and Mantel Décor [PM]Pixel Mode | Trompe Loeil – Fireplace Logs and Fire
[LJ] Hangy Socks – Red Print – All by Tala Laval.
. a i s l i n g . Hey Mickey! Rug
Holiday Hound by Garvie Garzo
Ariskea [Twinkling] String Star
Schadenfreude Nemean Drum Table
Fancy Decor: Wooden Snowflake A
R(S)W Nutcracker – King – Blue by Robin Sojourner
{vespertine}- frostwoods pop up book
{what next} Winter Cubby Armchairs
Landscaping Outside:
{what next} Wintery Porch Sign
floorplan. vintage shovel / red and crate sled
LISP – Mesh – Victorian Streetlamp
+Half-Deer+ Lighted Pathway
[PM}Pixel Mode – Snow Form
Botanical – *Seasonal Boxwood* ~*GOD*~ Lumenaria Tree 1 – Autumn
Botanical Snowmen

Happy New Year 2016!

Happy New Year 2016

~Click the photo to see it bigger and better on my Flickr stream … and while you’re there, follow me! I often post photos there that I don’t blog~

Every year I think that finally the magic of a “New Year” will disappear. But, so far it has not. I always feel a surge of hope, and a new energy for moving forward and making changes. My aspirations have changed as I’ve grown older, but excitement for a fresh start is always there. This year I want to continue exploring the fascinating newish world of mesh body parts. I’d like to pay a little more attention to what is available for male avatars. Creating living environments is always near and dear to my heart. And I’d like to push the boundaries of my photography skills, including working more with other people!  So there you have it — my list of New Year’s Resolutions… of a sort.  Enjoy your own Second Life… however that looks for you!

Happy New Year, my friends~

On Her:
Dress: Dead Dollz ~Hoar MiniDress | Earrings: (Yummy) | Hair: TRUTH HAIR Nayeli
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara | Skin: Glam Affair – Sylvia | Lashes: [[Mozz]] | Freckles: [Stellar] | Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes

On Him:
Jacket: {Fe Style} Hank Jacket (Now at Men Only Monthly) | Pants ::BRAVURA:: | Body,Hands,Feet: Slink Physique MALE Mesh Body Release 1.3 | Skin: -NIVARO- Tiberius Skin | Hair: *ARGRACE* AKIRA – Ebony | Eyes: IKON Triumph Eyes – Coffee (S)

Poses with Prop: oOo Studio

Landscaping: Botanical and Studio Skye

Last Chance Uber!

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I think you just might have time to slip into Uber before they change out the collection! But don’t delay — this is truly the last chance!

Jeans: Spirit — Now at UBER | Top: Blueberry | Boots: Gos | Necklace: Izzie’s
Skin: Glam Affair | Lashes: Mozz | Freckles : Stellar | Eyes: IKON
Hair: Truth
Body: Maitreya Lara
Poses: !bang

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Uber-Erratic

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Days and nights are growing a little hectic with the holiday’s imminent arrival! Please forgive me for being brief~ You have just a few short days to get over to Uber before the collection changes — and it is well worth the trip!

Tank and Brief: Erratic ~ now at Uber
Jewelry: Cae and Kibitz
Pose: Exposeur
Hair: Truth
Body: Maitreya ~ Lara
Skin: Glam Affair
Eyes: IKON

Polar Drift

Polar Drift
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I celebrated my 8th Rezday last month while I was on a short hiatus. It’s the first truly extended cold-turkey break I’ve taken from SL ever! Sadly, a relationship I valued didn’t survive the break, but it was important for me to take the time. “Polar Drift” seemed like a good theme here!

And speaking of Polar Drift, that is the name of one of the newer sets from Circa! The multi-piece set is available for another day or so at the Color Me Project. I think my favorite piece is the sweet little snowflake tree, but there are plenty of other pieces to create a lovely seasonal nook. You can buy the whole set or individual pieces at a discount during the event, so hurry on over soon!

Wishing you a peaceful start to the season!

CREDITS:
Top: coldLogic combo shirt – wayne.grey (M)
Scarf: coldLogic combo scarf – wayne.marine (M)
Pants: ISON – side lace pants -M- (gray)
Bracelet: erratic / owl bracelet / silver
Boots: fri. – Juliette.Boots (Coal) – Left
Skin: Glam Affair – Sylvia
Blush: Izzie’s – Winter Blush (light) [free gift in store!]
Lashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 04 [tattoo layer]
Freckles: [Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism (XS)
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Bronwyn 1
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.3

SET CREDITS:
[CIRCA] – “Polar Drift” – Snowflake Pouffe – Frost
[CIRCA] – “Polar Drift” Area Rug – Ribbed Icy Blue
[CIRCA] – “Polar Drift” Bench – Winter Blues [texture change]
Alouette – Christmas Tree Bookshelves
Trompe Loeil – Attic Skybox V1.1
Botanical Snowman with Top Hat

In the middle of starting over…

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After the whirlwind of August, September feels like a time to settle in a bit. My thoughts begin to turn to changing seasons and to changing up my SL. After so many years in SL, I’m beginning to get used to letting go of things gracefully and embracing whatever new adventures might come my way. Sometimes that adventure is a revival of old interests, sometimes its something entirely new. And its all good.

One of the things I’m embracing is the return to the mainstore! I love events — I go to many of them, and I spend tons of lindens at them, and I wouldn’t want to get rid of them. But I have missed the joy of exploring a whole store of items from a favorite designer and finding some new-to-me treasures. The new-ish Mix shopping experience is designed to do just that — get shoppers back into mainstores for new, exclusive, and sales items from designers all over the grid.

One of my current favorite designers is Addams — styles I love, and a perfect fit on my Maitreya body. For the September round of Mix, Addams is offering a 50% off deal on these great pants. I had already picked up the fatpack at a previous event, but if you missed them — now’s the time! They fit like a dream, and I especially love the prints — a very bohemian vibe. Since I was already in the store, I looked around and spotted a new mainstore release –this fantastic hoodie! Perfect from the cooler weather that is just around the corner. I picked up the fatpack, and was delighted to find a huge number of ways to customize the hoodie — including changing the colors of the waist, sleeves, hood, and laces. I can see myself wearing this a lot!

And speaking of starting over… I was thrilled to see one of my favorite posers surface in SL again — Sai Pennell, formerly of Imperial Elegance. I’ve always been a fan, and still use many of her stands in my AO. Sai is making poses again under the brand ennaline. Check out her store, join the group (free) and pick up her current group gift — a fun french tartan manicure!

Happy shopping, my friends — and enjoy any new adventures you decide to embrace!

Top: Addams // Susie Open Hoodie
Pants: Addams // Ivy Skinny Flare Pants
Shoes: Maitreya Gold * Taupe * Antheia Sandal
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Sakina
Skin: -Glam Affair – Luna skin
Lashes: [[Mozz]] Lashes – 04
Freckles: [Stellar] Freckle Face Tattoo
Eyes: IKON Lucid Eyes – Optimism
Glasses: EarthStones – The Countess
Necklace: Izzie’s – Metal Feather Necklace copper
Earrings: Izzie’s – Metal Feather Earring copper
Ring: Izzie’s – Wooden Button Ring cyan
Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara
Poses: ennaline