Category Archives: Homes and Gardens

Putting It Into Practice

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Yesterday I spoke about being kind to others because you never know what is going on behind the avatar. I wrote that item before I went to work for the day. I work in a hospital clinic and later in the day someone came in for treatment that I knew almost 30 years ago.

She was a supervisor at a factory I worked in when I left school as a temp agency worker. I was 16 and she was probably late 40’s, early 50’s then. She was feared by everyone, the temp staff and the full time permanent staff alike. She was not a nice person and made everyone’s life as difficult as possible…and yesterday…she was a shadow of former self. She didn’t remember me. She was quiet, withdrawn and nervous. I mentioned to her while she waited that I had worked with her in the past. We talked for a while about people we knew, the place we worked and reminisced about it. Her eyes lit up, she laughed and smiled. I didn’t mention the bad stuff just spent some time talking to her generally.

It struck me again, all the time she was being difficult when I was 16 what was going on in her life behind the scenes. It felt good to forget that fear and annoyance with her from years gone by and be the one with the power to make a difference to her day in a positive way.

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One of the other things that made me feel good yesterday was finally getting over to Less Than Wicked to take some pics and checking out the items at this round of Tres Chic

I’m in the process of decorating my new house…it’s a long process with so much other stuff going on with MadPea Celebrity Auction and the launch of Peatonville just around the corner but I had to find somewhere for these gorgeous autumnal items from Serenity Style, available at Tres Chic.  Perfect for the rustic Fall look these Autumn Wood Blocks also come with the ground leaves that set them off adorably.

Off to work again now and looking forward to what today has in store.

Credits:

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Hair – Argrace – Tsubasa

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Ricielli – Bonnie Dress **NEW** at Tres Chic

Shoes – fri.day – Didi Wedges

Head – LODE – Head Accessory – Vines (Autumn) RARE Gacha item

Pose – oOo Studio 

Location – Less Than Wicked

Serenity Style-Autumn Wood Block Leaf **NEW** at Tres Chic

Serenity Style-Autumn Wood Block Striped **NEW** at Tres Chic

Serenity Style-Autumn Wood Block Fall **NEW** at Tres Chic

Serenity Style-New Autumn Leaves **NEW** at Tres Chic

Dust Bunny – Firewood Basket

{anc} flottante puppy

floorplan & willow. Venturer wood print / in the wild

floorplan & willow. Venturer wood print / feather


Hooray for Peter Pumpkinhead

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I want to sing ‘It’s the most wonderful time of the year’ but people would think I meant Christmas. Of course, I don’t. I mean Autumn, Fall…Halloween. What is not to like  about this time of year. Fresh air, with a chill, but not a freeze. Roaring fires, crisp leaves on the ground. The colours..oh my the colours, oranges, browns, greens, yellows, golds and saffron.

The new round of Tres Chic opens tomorrow 17th September and there are going to be some fabulous items for sale if the previews are anything to go buy. The set above is unKindness set for the event and is absolutely adorable. The Country Pumpkin set comprises three individual pieces that can also be purchased as a set and are also copyable to decorate your Fall themed areas and homes. The seat comes with 6 male and 6 female poses and is complimented perfectly by the Accessories Set and Candles Tray.

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Richly textured this perfect Pumpkin set is available from 17th September through to October 5th at Tres Chic.

Credits;

unKindness -Country Pumpkin Seat **NEW** at Tres Chic. from 17th September

unKindness -Country Country Pumpkins Accessories **NEW** at Tres Chic. from 17th September

 

unKindness -Country Pumpkin Candles **NEW** at Tres Chic. from 17th September

DDD – Handing Candles

Skye Studio Tree Tunnel

 


Mainstore Monday – Lamb & Tres Blah

Every Monday I blog a Mainstore Monday meme featuring two mainstores from around the grid. The purpose of this is to redress the balance a little between event shopping and mainstores shopping and show some examples of great mainstores, ideas, sims and places to blog and share with your friends. I love shopping events and will be the first trying to get my pixel butt into all of them but I also love a great mainstore.

This week I’ve visited two stores that share a beautiful sim, Lamb and Tres Blah.

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I adore Lamb hair. When I gained early access to the Hair Fair this year Lamb was one of my first stops and I wasn’t disappointed. I am also loving their hairstyles at this round of the Arcade too. The Lamb hair store is a quaint store on a sim that has the air of a small French town square. The inside of the store is just as full of character as the outside too. Lamb hair ranges from the funky to the cute, often with a more than a dash of retro and vintage to them too. Certainly when I am putting together a vintage or classic style look it’s one of my first stops for hair to compliment the look.

It’s not a huge store but it packs the items in without looking over busy and the items are all well displayed and easily accessible which is no mean feat in a store that has a number of arches and alcoves.

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There’s not a lot of fuss about this store, it very much does what it says on the tin. There’s no big reception area with details of events and giftcards and other sundry items, just a Hello and straight into the business at hand…trying on your hair.

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Directly opposite Lamb is Tres Blah which is fast becoming one of my favourite event stores after recent rounds of awesomeness at events like C88. I haven’t taken too many internal pics of the store as there are a number of ‘Under Construction’ signs up and about…but to be honest they have been there for quite some time so I’m not actually sure if the store is under construction or it’s some kind of clever joke that has gone straight over my head.

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The majority of items in the store are clothing but there is a very good selection of other fashion related items too and also a wall dedicated to the gorgeous gachas that Tres Blah has put together for events like The Arcade.

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The hair that I am wearing in the above pic is in fact that hair that I made total grabby hands for at the Hair Fair and is now available in the Lamb store. I’ll be back next week with another Mainstore Monday. Have a great week everyone!

Credits:

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Fierce

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Tattoo – White Widow – Focus **NEW** at Anybody

Hair – Lamb – Crave You

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Top – Tres Blah – Kimono

Pants – Maitreya – Hipster **NEW**

Jewelry – Meva – Gipsy Set

 


Checkers for One Ain’t so much Fun

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That said, at least I can’t lose if I play games on my own. After a few rounds of Greedy last night that left me wondering if my name had been put into some Greedy blacklist of players never to win a game!!!

While the weekend is still with us be sure to head over to unKindness and pick up these fabulous Rustic Benches at only 150L$ each in PG and Adult versions which a super-duper colour and texture change menu to mix and match with your home style. *coughs* The animations are really rather good and yes, I tried all of them…in both items…with a little help *winks*

Also starting this weekend is the first round of Gen Neutral a totally new concept event on the grid and one that I can totally get behind. I’ll be featuring more items from that event over the coming days I’m sure.

Flux Sur Mer is one of my favourite sims and there new shopping area is a great place to visit and shop in absolutely stunning surroundings. It really does enhance the shopping experience when you have a whole sim to relax and enjoy. Serenity style has an exclusive item coming up at the next round of their shopping event starting on the 15th September. Games Time includes the checkers board and Bingo card deco which are totally cute and perfect for cluttering up any lived in home.

Maitreya in the meantime broke my bank with this new release of tank tops and hipster pants…I got fatpack mania but they are worth every single L$ and ladies, you know they are gonna fit your Lara bods to perfection!

Credits:

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Hair – Truth – Josette **NEW**

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Top – Maitreya – Tank Top **NEW**

Pants – Maitreya – Hipster **NEW**

Pose – Kirin

Decoration:

unKindness – Rustic Bench **SPECIAL** for the Neighbourhood this weekend only

Consignment – Clock **NEW** at Gen Neutral

Serenity Style- Old Checkers & Bingo Frame **NEW** at Flux Sur Mer from 15th September

Soy End Table and Dark Purple Berries Vase

Cheeky Pea –  Delilah Earth Solid Curtain

FANATIK – Rug

{anc} Lace Curtain – Bokeh

 


I’m not just Special, I’m a Limited Edition…

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I played with that quote a bit because the original is ‘I’m not special, I’m a Limited Edition’ and when it comes to this elegant Asian loft skybox from DaD Designs it is most definitely special too! The 100% original mesh loft comes with two options, one with a privacy cube, with a footprint of 28 x 28 and 30 x 30 respectively and is perfect for a home or store or that separate lil getaway place in the sky.  Crazy to think that’s it’s only 31Li!!!

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The best thing about this tranquil, peaceful place to call home is that it’s a Limited Edition at the 24 Designer 2015 which runs from the 11th to the 19th and only 150 of these will be sold which means that you won’t find them all over the grid in everybody else’s parcels and will be far more exclusive to you to show off to your friends. But you have to be quick as the event only runs for a week and these will sell super fast at only L$390.

Everything, except the space, is small…the price, the Li, the number available so grab one while you can because everyone needs a place to call nirvana.

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Credits:

DaD Design – Asian Loft – **LIMITED EDITION – NEW & EXCLUSIVE** at 24 Designer 2015

Botanical – Waterlilys

Culprit Zen Screen Tonbo

Culprit TSUKUBAI (mesh)

MadPea Bonsai Tsukikage RARE

MadPea Bonsai Hizashi RARE

=Zenith= pingfeng

tarte. hot air balloon tealights

{anc} Bdream Umbrella

[[RH]] Wagasa lamp

[DDD] Paper Lanterns – Mixed Trio (Special)

[DDD] Paper Cranes Array

{anc} Bdream Rugachair

[[RH]] IRORI

*AF* Milltown Traveler’s Table Complete

*AF* Money Plant Small

Kalopsia – Wall Cup Lights

Culprit Zen Tansu

Culprit Zen Andon

MadPea Bonsai Ryu

MadPea Bonsai Kojiki

[[RH]] Japanese Tea set

Culprit Japanese Zaisu Set D (mesh)

.:revival:. sisal rug

Culprit Pebble Orb Fountain (mesh)

Scarlet Creative Rosemary Plant

EarthStones Incense Horizontal – Brass/Amber

MadPea Bonsai Tsume

{anc} Bdream Sakurapot

-[Zacca]- Zataku

Aphrodite Japanese bonsai with nature sounds & butterflies

Dutchie japanese panel spring

**Please note that I have added the water in the 2nd picture as part of my decoration**


She’s a Black Magic Woman and She’s Trying to Make a Devil out of me

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This is almost a part two to my earlier post there was just so much awesome stuff to tell you about that I had to share the love over 2 posts! I also had omitted to thank my friend Marc for his help in putting together the scenes in my last post so I wanted to rectify that.  I’ve known Marc for some time now and recently have gotten to know him a lot better, he’s been a total star helping with my pics, blogging and coming in super handy with a MadPea mini-crisis I had earlier today. I’ve had some awesome things happen to me this week and discovering the depth of his friendship has been one of them.

I am really enjoying using my TMP Classic head more often now and getting used to the using Stylemode to achieve different looks for my avatar. Today I am using the brand new eye tattoo appliers from White Widow available at ON9 and also from White Widow, the Altar tattoo which is new at We Love Roleplay…to be honest I’ve not taken this tattoo off for days…I love it!

Everyone loves to have a lil black dress they pull out for those occasions when you need to slip into something drop-dead sexy and fitted to perfection and if you have been to C88 already this month you may have seen the ISON Occult dress I’m wearing for this post. The dress is sold separately to the jacket but you can mix up elements of the two for the desired look. Fitted for Maitreya and Slink this is THE dress to shimmy into when you want to dress to impress.  Matched up with AlterEgo Leg Fade v2 and these absolutely gorgeous Samantha Booties from fri.day that can also be grabbed at C88.

Witchy Woman!

Credits:

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Hair – [e] elikatira – Estelle **NEW** at Fameshed

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Tattoo – White Widow – Altar – **NEW** at We Love Roleplay

Face Tattoo – White Widow – Mellow – **NEW** at ON9

Glasses – Izzie’s – Gentleman Glasses

Dress – Ison – Occult Dress **NEW** at C88

Shoes – fri.day – Samantha Booties – **NEW** at C88

Leg Fade V2 – AlterEgo

Horns – Zenith – Muted Coven Horns **NEW** at C88

Poses – Posesion


Those Who Don’t Believe in Magic Will Never Find it

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All Hallows Eve is just a few weeks away and the stores and events are filling with more and more great decor items that fit the theme.

Being a Brit I was intrigued by the way Halloween is celebrated in other countries and certainly the popularity of it in Second Life, where it has got to be the second biggest celebration after Christmas holidays, is a reflection of the fact that the largest population represented in SL are Americans where Halloween is a widely celebrated holiday.

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My parents were aghast when I asked once as a child if I could go ‘Trick or Treating’ as some of my other friends were going. “NO you can’t go house to house begging! Whatever next!” was my mother’s horrified response. It’s funny that you quite often find yourself saying the same things to your kids that were said to you when you have your own children. Except in this case. When my children were old enough to want to go Trick or Treating I enjoyed dressing them up and taking them out. We didn’t go to houses where we weren’t expected. There were several children of around the same age in the small area where we lived and the parents had all agreed to visit each other for the kids to experience the fun.

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Both the current round of the Arcade and Collabor88 have great items for decorating your home, store, club or special halloween areas this year. I adore the set pictured above from unKindness. The Charmed Parlor set comprises of Thrones, Fireplace and mirrors that all come with 6 colour change options. The throne comes with over 20 unisex sit animations and then the decor items can be added in around you with the Rug, Table and a selection of candles in complimentary colours. The set is a great focal point to build your perfect witches parlor around.

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Credits:

Pandemonium Dungeon

cinphul // moon curtains **NEW** at Cosmopolitan til 13th September

unKindess – Charmed Parlor Throne **NEW** at C88

unKindess – Charmed Parlor Mirror **NEW** at C88

unKindess – Charmed Parlor Fireplace **NEW** at C88

unKindess – Charmed Parlor Planchette Burner **NEW** at C88

unKindess – Charmed Parlor Planchette Boxes **NEW** at C88

{vespertine} – Ouija Board.

NOMAD // Brocante // Candelabra **NEW** at Arcade Gacha

Soy Essentials of Witchcraft – **NEW** at C88

unKindess– Potions Gacha Potions Set

-Pixicat- Bastet.Sphynx **NEW** at Arcade Gacha

NOMAD // Brocante // Flower Urn **NEW** at Arcade Gacha

Heart – Witch Forest – Hanging Skull

MadPea Cursed Collection – Violin **NEW** at Arcade Gacha

MadPea Cursed Collection – Lyra **NEW** at Arcade Gacha

DRD phantom small chandelabra

DRD phantom trunks

ISON – books and skulls

ISON – wine light

DRD phantom phantoms rose

:Moon Amore: The Sacred Sabana (Geometria)

unKindess – Charmed Parlor Rug **NEW** at C88

ISON – light of life

ISON – elixirs

ISON – iron cast bowl

MadPea Cursed Collection – Glockenspiel **NEW** at Arcade Gacha

[ContraptioN] – Dulci’matic: Tenuous Collaboration

Scarlet Creative Greenwich Trunk Dark **NEW** at Arcade Gacha

[PM}Pixel Mode  –  Bird Cage

NOMAD // SUN VERSUS MOON  **NEW** at C88


A Sunday Well Spent Brings A Week of Content

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Sunday is really the start of the week. I remember being told that as a child and thinking the person telling me was bat-shit crazy. Monday was the first day of the school week, the first day of the work week why would Sunday be the first day of the week? It made no sense whatsoever. Now…many, many years later it still makes no sense whatsoever. What does make sense, and even more so the older I get, is making sure that Sunday is relaxing, chilled out and happy. It’s got to revive you and ready you for the week ahead. This Sunday is only halfway through for me at the moment but it’s certainly already working out to be one of the most restful I’ve had for some time.

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Having a bit more time today gave me the opportunity to look through some items and put together some looks and sets that I had been planning on for a while and adding in some new items too. Those of you who read my blog regularly will know what a fangirl I am of White Widow Tattoos and they’re back with some awesome new releases including the one I am wearing today which is from We Love Roleplay event. It comes in black, henna and white ink versions and in just about every body applier known to man! White Widow put a lot of work into making sure that they cover as many appliers as possible so that as many people as possible can enjoy their work.

I put together the scene with these awesome items from Serenity Style for Mesh Avenue September Round. The set comes with mannequins and a room divider and wheel (not shown). I’ve featured Serenity Style a few times, including a Mainstore Monday post. I urge you to visit Mesh Avenue to pick up this beautiful set but also to check out the mainstore of this creator of beautiful mesh home decor… she really is going places.

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I wanted to add a quick note about the poses I am using today from addme. Not only are the poses great and working very well with a mesh body but I was so happy when I unpacked these and found that only do the poses come individually with mirrors but there is also a pose stand with the poses in them and a hud with them in. Now, I use a pose hud, as I am sure a lot of photographers and bloggers do, but I am always buying new poses and every few weeks have to sit down and update my hud. The fact that addme have supplied the hud and posestand is an indication of the thoughtfulness and the desire to go above and beyond what a lot of other stores do. They are helping to make their products even more usable and making themselves stand out from their competitors. They’ve done a great job.

I am going to wrap up my chilled out Sunday with a 2 hour dj set at !Exodus! Rock Club. Feel Good Sunday tuneage from the 90’s 00’s and today with a playlist including Oasis, Cardigans, Suede, Placebo, Elastica, The Kooks, Razorlight, Catatonia, Jake Bugg, Modest Mouse, Weezer, Pepper, James, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Tame Impala, Garbage, The Cure, Beck and Our Lady Peace…and quite a bit more too! Come along and chill out with me and feel good this Sunday.

Credits: 

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Hair – Argrace – Azami

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Tattoo – White Widow – Altar – **NEW** at We Love Roleplay

Outfit – Junbug – Rose’s Boudoir

Shoes – fri.day – Opal Heels – Vintage

Earrings – League Sideshow

Serenity Style- Dizzie Mannequin **NEW** at Mesh Avenue

Serenity Style- Dizzie Room Divider **NEW** at Mesh Avenue

Botanical  – Decorative Lights

Poses – addme Poses


Autumn is Coming

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*Settles down at the typewriter with a cup of cocoa*

I love Autumn…or Fall as it is often referred to. I love Winter too as, in real life, I am sooooo not a Summer person. So, Autumn signals the turn in the weather and a fresher, crisp chill in the air that I long for through the summer heat. Many of my happiest memories of childhood are from Bonfire Nights in early November and family Christmas’s with loved ones.

Another reason is the colours of Autumn are so appealing to me, oranges, burnt siennas, dark greens, yellows, tans and golden browns. I can’t wait for Autumn shopping too and we’re already starting to see some fabulous items getting us ready for the season like this superb Autumn Vanity Table from unKindness at the September round of faMESHed.  This is going to look absolutely perfect in my autumnal house and garden I plan putting together over the next couple of weeks. The item comes with the table with mirror, 3 wreaths and cushions with animated and static poses.

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I love the table and I love the fact that it gave me a great excuse to dig out the warmer fall wardrobe and match up these AlterEgo Jesabelle Jeans with the Foxes Fleece Jacket. Time to clean up the inventory and make space for more great fall fashions and furnishings that you know SL Creator’s are busy beavering away working on right now.

Credits: 

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – Lara Hurley Midtone and Elea Head Applier

Hair – Argrace – Nao

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Top – Foxes – Fleece Jacket and Tee Shirt

Pants – AlterEgo – Jesabelle Jeans

unKindness – Autumn Vanity Table w/Mirror **NEW** @ faMESHed

 


My Girl Likes to Party All the Time, Party All the Time, Party All the Time!

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It’s champagne time…well actually it’s red wine time in my house. Today was my first day at my new job and there was so much to take in and learn…including a whole new medical language! I have always enjoyed learning new things but as you get older it’s not as easy as it once was. I find myself writing a lot more things down whereas I used to be able to rely on hearing or seeing them once for them to stick in my brain. Maybe my brain is full *nods*

When I think back to how I used to burn the candle at both ends, partying nearly every night and then still making it to work reasonably bright eyed and bushy tailed the next morning I have to laugh. As much as I would like to think I could still function like that I know the reality is much, much different.

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This week is going to be super busy and I am looking forward to the challenge of juggling rl work and my sl commitments. They say when you want something done ask a busy person. Being busy does help to keep me focussed and when I have too much time on my hands I can be prone to procrastination so knowing this about myself I am confident that I will still be able to achieve my SL goals in tandem with my rl ones. As another saying goes ‘work smarter, not harder’.

I have recently joined the blogging team at AlterEgo which I am so excited about. I’ve blogged items from AlterEgo before and have so much respect for Toxxic Rhiannyr and her work ethic and sassy attitude. Seeing the works she did for The Lexi Project left me in total awe…I don’t think she slept for weeks alongside Heather and Kehl Razor to pull off that event. So I am honoured and delighted to join her blogging team. Plus…she has pandas…that’s a huge selling point right there!

Party Girl

Credits:

Body – Maitreya Lara

Head – TMP – Classic

Appliers – AlterEgo – Ash Tan Skin and Lydia Mesh Head Applier 

Hair – !Lamb – Afternoon **NEW** at The Arcade Gacha

Eyes – IKON – Hope Eyes – Storm

Dress – Pixicat – Bastet Dress Pink – **NEW** at The Arcade Gacha

Shoes – fri.day – Cora Heels – Nude

Poses and Props – NanTra

cinphul // moon curtains

{anc} MoonLight Lounge. Glitter balloon **NEW** at The Arcade Gacha

{anc} MoonLight Lounge. Champagne **NEW** at The Arcade Gacha