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Role Model

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I don’t quite have the stance down pat, but I’m working on it! As a role model for posture, Miss Dress Form is perfection.

I mentioned a couple of days ago I seem to be carrying a mannequin theme lately. It honestly hasn’t been a considered idea; it has just happened. I love pulling items out of my inventory, scattering them, taking some back, moving others around, digging for another gem or two. Or six. Or eighteen.

I have several dress forms in my treasure trove (surprise, surprise!), but this one from Apple Fall has to be my favourite. It actually reminded me a bit of the frock I’m wearing from Apple May Designs. The dress comes in four colours, with the pink I am wearing on sale for 50L for a limited time at the main store. What a bargain!

I spent two hours setting up this room for a client shoot. She was a no-show. So instead of getting upset, I decided to use it myself.

How’s that for being a role model for fashion, economics and resourcefulness all in one post? ;)

*Dress: Apple May Designs Diamond Dress (S) – Pink by Apple May
Shoes: Essenz – Cape Town (Cream) by Senzati0n Domenitzo (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
Hair: [Entwined] Electra by Vivienmarli (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
Skin: -Glam Affair – Amberly II skin – America 05 D by aida Ewing
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Dress form: Apple Fall AF Dress Form w/ Dress by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Dresser: 4. Apple Fall Blanket Curio by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Plant: 4. Apple Fall AF Reaching Plant by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Picture on dresser: Trompe Loeil – Recycled Wood Photo Frame by Cory Edo
Bed: Vagabond – Julie’s Bed by Shawneese Offcourse (available at Collabor88 May 2015)
Rug: Glam Affair – Andy Rug 02 by Aida Ewing (gacha prize)
Books & papers: Zigana Product Box by Nalena Fairey
Bench: Apple Fall Neva’s Sideboard by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Open book: Apple Fall AF Sketchbook by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Knicknacks on bench: -tres blah- -tb- Fairy Whispers and Daisies by Julliette Westerburg (gacha prize)
Lamp: Apple Fall AF Dolly Lamp by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Dollhouse: Apple Fall AF Victoria’s Dollshouse by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Firewood: Apple Fall AF Woodstock by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Persian Rug: Little House of Curios – Faded Persian Rug by Lindsay Pinelli
Leaning painting: Apple Fall AF New Arrival Painting by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Armoire: Apple Fall AF Victoria’s Armoire by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Lillies: Apple Fall AF Calla Lilies by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Side table: Spargel & Shine Antique Bath Table Rose by Tess Spargel
Square photo: Zaara [home] : 19 Vintage frame *square* by Zaara Kohime (gacha prize)
Oval photo: Zaara [home] : 15 Vintage frame *oval* by Zaara Kohime (gacha prize)
Tall photo: Zaara [home] : 16 Vintage frame *tall* by Zaara Kohime (gacha prize)
Horizontal photo: Zaara [home] : 18 Vintage frame *horizontal* by Zaara Kohime (gacha prize)
Shelf: Apple Fall AF Frame Shelf by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Light branch: [ keke ] twinkling lights log – snow wood by Kean Kelly
Painting: Apple Fall AF Gilt Frame (Portrait) by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)
Build: (Milk Motion) flat in Montmartre – all white by Marie Lauridsen

Pose: !bang – stand 485M by Luna Jubilee

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet

Jane’s Bath

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1 Jane's Bath

Jane’s a lucky girl. She has a lovely bath in a garden, replete with pretty, shiny things. She has the option of allowing herself to air dry after a long, relaxing soak. She has flowers and grass rustling in the breeze, a slow-dripping shower from the watering cans, and sparkling lights to mimic fireflies in the daytime.

She could probably spring for some snazzier towels, but with that air-drying option, she’s still in good shape.

Almost everything in this photo comes from Shiny Shabby. And even the shabby bits are glorious. This round has a huge wow-factor, and I have the diminished bank account to prove it.

I think I’m going to sneak into Jane’s bath to soak away the soreness I developed while flitting around this amazing event.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

*Bathtub: Kuro – Jane’s bathtub by Luana Dawg (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
*Bench: Kuro – Jane’s stool by Luana Dawg (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
*Teapot: Kuro – Jane’s kettle by Luana Dawg (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
*Plant: Kuro – Jane’s plant by Luana Dawg (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
*Bucket: Kuro – Jane’s bucket by Luana Dawg (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
*Pots: Kuro – Jane’s vases by Luana Dawg (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
Metal container: Apt B // Old & Rusted – Metal Container by FadeArcade (gacha prize) (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)SS
Ladder: Apt B // Old & Rusted – Ladder by FadeArcade (gacha prize) (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
Lace: cinphul // ASBMF [Lace 3] by Imokon Neox (gacha prize) (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
Tall watering can: cinphul // ASBMF [Shower] by Imokon Neox (gacha prize) (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
Short watering cans: cinphul // ASBMF [Garden Decor 1, 2 & 3] by Imokon Neox (gacha prizes) (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
Hanging rags: Apt B// Old & Rusted – Hanging Rags by FadeArcade (gacha prize) (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
Chair: Apt B // Old & Rusted – Picture Chair by FadeArcade (gacha prize) (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
Cloths on ground: Apt B // Old & Rusted – Floor Rags by FadeArcade (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015)
Light trees: tarte. garden tree by Alixxbella
Grass: HPMD* Winter Grass 2013 by Sasaya Kayo

…Should You Choose To Accept It

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So I seem to have a mannequin theme going here, lately.

This was an accidental photo after I had spent literally hours on a totally different image wearing a different outfit in a different location using a different pose for the same theme. Don’t you love when a plan comes together? I just wish it had come together before I spent all that time on the other set up!

I was challenged by Rwah to create a photo of myself fixing my shoe. She had been challenged by Len Douglas to take a photo of herself fixing her bra. It was inspired by his photo of himself fixing his tie.

I, in turn, invited Wendz Tempest to create a photo of herself fixing her stocking. Her mission, which she has chosen to accept, is not only to create the image but to challenge someone else to fix something else.

We’re regular McGyvers here. No disrespect intended, Mr Phelps.

When Johnfrancis Laville passed me over this sexy Homberg, he said he wasn’t sure if it would work for a woman. Pffft, I say! What’s sexier than grabbing your man’s hat and slipping it on with a pair of Come Get Me pumps from Essenz and this tiny fishnet top and (broken) panties by Apple May Designs? Especially when you’re comparing yourself to a static model, even if she is dressed only in a rosebud? It’s all about standing next to some(one)thing that doesn’t look as good as you ;)

My mission is complete. *Cue self-destructing tape and sizzling match with cheesy 1960’s theme music*

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

*Top: Apple May Designs – FishNet Tops – Red by Apple May (available at The Black Dot Project until June 4, 2015)
*Panties: Apple May Designs – Broken Panties – Red by Apple May (available at The Black Dot Project until June 4, 2015)
*Hat: JfL Hats Homberg hat black by Johnfrancis Laville
Shoes: Essenz – Cape Town (Black) by Senzati0n Domenitzo (available at Shiny Shabby May 2015
Hair: +LALA Moon+ Beagle [ Crimson Red ] by RuRu Nagy (heavily edited)
Skin: -Glam Affair – Amberly II skin – America 05 D by aida Ewing
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Mannequin: {what next} Paperdoll Mannequin *store gift* by Winter Thorn

Pose: Dream Print – Blogging One ‘15.7 by Ashlie Coba (edited with Animare by YT Recreant)

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet

Inspiration Amidst the Cast-offs

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When you are given a gift, it is important that you show your gratitude. I have been given a gift of a marvelous woman whom I call my sister. If you read my blog even occasionally, you know her name is Rwah.

Rwah and I became friends through our blogs, encouraging one another, offering constructive criticism and always showing support. We are different. Slightly off-centre, but in different ways. We both speak our minds, but while I tend to be more reserved, Rwah is exuberant. We are both creative, but I am more conventional, Rwah, totally avante garde. We are both loving, but while I tend to hold my caring close to the vest, Rwah wears her heart on her sleeve.

When I suffer insecurities, I hold them in – except with Rwah. She listens, digests, then gives me a needed kick up the backside along with a healthy dose of encouragement. She helps me focus by forcing me to find my own inspiration. She is far from ordinary, but and her extra-ordinariness is what give the spice to her quirky personality.

She is a perfectionist, often to the point of indecision, allowing her vision to be clouded by too many brilliant ideas at once. Her perfection is a storm of chaotic creativity clashing with a constant need for change. She is much more likely to completely discard a stunning creation – by other’s criteria – and start again when it doesn’t meet her exacting standards than to let it languish as anything less than stunningly superb. For some, 98 percent is enough. For Rwah, nothing less than impeccability will do.

She is stubborn, forceful and generous to a fault. There is always a chance if you visit her sim there will be a struggling artist somewhere on a platform or rezzing a structure on her land. She also frequently blows up her inventory and leaves a box of goodies for me to find somewhere. It is like an Easter egg hunt while Trick or Treating at Christmas. Brimming with gacha prizes that have lost their lustre for her, they are bright, shiny and inspirational for me.

The contents of some of those boxes were the catalyst for today’s photo, along with a couple of tips on styling. Just a bit of tweaking of an already good idea – that is what I count on from Rwah’s advice. Unless total destruction is required, she will just nudge me in the right direction. Unless, of course, it is demolition-worthy. She would tell me that, too. That’s what a good sister does.

I called this photo “Mannequins in the Candlelight,” based on the image alone. But I renamed the post “Inspiration Amidst the Cast-offs” as a tribute to the beautiful woman named Rwah.

It just seems fitting.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Lingerie: *LACUNA* Cleo Lingerie – White by LacunaInc
Skirt: Kyoot – Pretty White Dress (dress prim) by Saeya Nyanda (heavily edited)
Earrings: Maxi Gossamer MG – Earrings – La Cerlique Earring – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer
Hair: Analog Dog AD – mode – dark reds by Queue Marlowe
Skin: -Glam Affair – Amberly II skin – America 05 D by aida Ewing
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Mannequin/pose: {anc} mannequin. Prince 5Li RARE by Aki69 (gacha prize)
Moon: {anc} garden. ladyinmoon 1Li by Aki69 (gacha prize)
Candle trio: Pixel Mode – Victoria’s Bath – Candle Trio by Tya Fallingbridge
Lanterns: .:revival:. linen lantern I & II white by Momentous (gacha prize)
Candle jars: *Tatty Soup* Candle Small, Medium & Large by Tab Tatham (no longer available to my knowledge)
Crown: Tres Blah -tb- Crown and Candle by Julliette Westerburg (gacha prize)
Candle with rose petals: LISP – Noir Petals & Candle by Pandora Popstar
Votives: [ keke ] spring candle tin – brass by Kean Kelly
Lantern: {what next} Amberley Floor Lantern (plain candle) by Winter Thorn (available at Collabor88 May 2015)
Candelabra: {anc} EDEN.candle / old 1Li (gacha prize)
Stool: .:revival:. original stool grey by Momentous (gacha prize)
Portrait: Tres Blah -tb- Spring Living – Romance by Julliette Westerburg (gacha prize)
Jar of roses: Tres Blah -tres blah- Workspace – Silver Mason Jar of Roses by Julliette Westerburg (gacha prize)
Light trees: tarte. garden tree by Alixxbella
Rug: junk. cream animal rug. by Tab Tatham
Build: Apple Fall Rural Farmhouse RARE by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet

Adrift On The Tide Of Dreams

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And all my days are trances,
And all my nightly dreams
Are where thy grey eye glances,
And where thy footstep gleams–
In what ethereal dances,
By what eternal streams.

~EDGAR ALLAN POE, To One in Paradise

There has probably been written more about dreams than I have had. I tend not to remember mine in the morning, so I try to concentrate more on day dreams. Imagining myself in places that I have never been and likely never will see, psychedelic whirlwinds of colour, sound and imagery that leave me breathless with my heart pounding. It is those moments when my imagination expands my universe to a place where I can recline on a downy-soft bed, afloat on a gentle tide. Where the sounds of the waves seduce me with their eternal dances.

At work I am known for “going into the zone,” where a colleague must call my name several times before I respond. Usually I am just focused on my work, tuning out the conversation and noise around me. But sometimes, if there is a smile on my face, you can be sure I am adrift on the tide of dreams.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

*Corset: Salt & Pepper S&P Corsage Alina by xxSaltandPepperxx (available at We Love Role-Play through May 31, 2015)
Panties: *LACUNA* Cleo Lingerie – White by LacunaInc
*Necklace: Salt & Pepper S&P Necklace Sarah by xxSaltandPepperxx (available at We Love Role-Play through May 31, 2015)
Earrings: Cae :: Entangled :: Earrings by Caelan Hancroft
Hair: *ARGRACE* AZAMI – Auburn by rika Oyen
Skin: -Glam Affair – Amberly II skin – America 05 D by aida Ewing
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Bed/pose: Vagabond – Julie’s Bed by Shawneese Offcourse (available at Collabor88 May 2015)

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet

Where’s Dave?

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This is Dave’s bed. Those are Dave’s shelves. That’s Dave’s rug. In fact, this is Dave’s room so all of this must be Dave’s stuff. But I have to ask…

Where the hell is Dave???

I guess if I’m stuck waiting for Dave I couldn’t do it in a better place. The bed by Kuro is soft and comfy (despite being built on a platform of cement blocks) and there are a lot of really interesting things to keep my attention. The vast majority comes from 6º Republic. I didn’t think the Industrial theme was my kind of thing, but then I stopped by. Boy, was I wrong! I loved so much that I had to walk around and make a list of all that I wanted and then rank the items so I didn’t go over my budget. Trust me, there is lots more that I couldn’t get, and still more in my inventory that didn’t make it into this photo!

I have to say that Dave has excellent taste, but is just a bit messy. Clothes and shoes on the floor, books scattered about, even candles lit and a cigarette left smouldering in the ashtray. Surely he won’t be gone long?

I also had the time to ponder one burning question:

WHO the hell is Dave?

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Lingerie: erratic / fiona – lingerie HUD (MAITREYA) nude by Erratic Rain
Hair: “”D!va”” Hair “Sala”(Garnet) by Marisa Kira (available at Collabor88 May 2015)
Skin: -Glam Affair – Amberly II skin – America 05 D by aida Ewing
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

*Bed/pose: Kuro – Dave’s bed by Luana Dawg (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
*Shelves: Kuro – Dave’s shelves by Luana Dawg (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Bedside table: ~BAZAR~ Stockholm-Bedroom night stand stool by Ria Bazar (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Clock: ~BAZAR~ Stockholm-Flip Clock by Ria Bazar (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Shopping bag: ~BAZAR~ Stockholm-Paper bag (decor) by Ria Bazar (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Chair: :HAIKEI: a faint glow gacha {3} by qo0op (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Books: ~BAZAR~ Stockholm-Bedroom Books 01 & 02 by Ria Bazar (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Clothes: :HAIKEI: look through the window gacha {4} by qo0op (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Light: ~BAZAR~ Stockholm-Bedroom Lamp (left) by Ria Bazar (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Shoes: ~BAZAR~ Stockholm-Sneakers decor (male) by Ria Bazar (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Table: Fancy Decor: Cinder Block Table (stained) by Jake Vordun (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Candles: ~BAZAR~ Stockholm-Bottle candles by Ria Bazar (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Ashtray: =Mirage= Color Change Ashtray (Smoking) by Spooky Mistwallow
Bike: ~BAZAR~ Stockholm-Bicycle on the wall (decor) by Ria Bazar (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Cabinet: ~BAZAR~ Stockholm-Bedroom cabinet by Ria Bazar (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
*Rug: Kuro – Dave’s rug by Luana Dawg (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Clothes rack: ~BAZAR~ Stockholm-Clothing rack (male) by Ria Bazar (available at 6º Republic through May 27, 2015)
Build: Trompe Loeil – The Chatham Loft Skybox Light (with surround) by Cory Edo

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet

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