Z Is For Zee End

1 Z is for Zibska

I talked yesterday about how much I have enjoyed doing this challenge. Today it’s just about the last letter in the alphabet.

I had to spell out “Zee” in the title because if I had said “Z End” most of the English-speaking world would have thought it read “Zed End.” Pronouncing Z as “zed” is the part of the Australian vernacular I have resisted most. It makes no sense to me; D is not pronounced “ded”, nobody says “ged” for G nor “ped” for P. So why is Z any different? Although zed is a derivation of the original Greek zeta, B isn’t called “bed” (the Greek is beta).

I could have just called this post “Z is for Zebra & Zibska” but then I wouldn’t have been able to get into this phonetic phenomenon to complete this curiously quizzical conundrum.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Outfit (dress/hat): Zibska ~ Idonea in Zebra by Zib Scaggs
Necklace: [MANDALA] KABUKI NECKLACE/ Shangri-La PINK by Kikunosuke Eel
Earrings: [MANDALA] KABUKI Earrings/ Shangri-La PINK by Kikunosuke Eel
Shoes: ::HH:: Hucci Xayabury Sandal – 21ShoeSpecial by Eboni Khan
Hair: Amacci Hair Gloria ~ Sangria by Carina Larsen
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT PetalPink MEB C2 (FR) by Hart Larsson (available at The Skin Fair 2014)
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) High by Siddean Munro
Hand & Feet appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand & Feet Appliers NAT by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Screen: {what next} Vintage Dressing Screen (updated) by FrankLee Anatra
Stool: {what next} Vintage Stool by Winter Thorn

Pose: oOo Studio Poses – oOo surface_eleven by Olaenka Chesnokov

Y Is For Yellow

1 Y is for Yellow A

I can’t believe the Inventory Alphabet Challenge is almost over. This has been a fun challenge, some letters tougher than others. I knew from day A, though, that Y would be for yellow. It is a happy colour full of warmth and sunshine. And I knew from day A that I would use this flower-filled hill at It all starts with a smile. The rest was just details – I have a LOT of yellow stuff in my inventory.

I have already taken the photo for Z…I just have to process it and write the post. I have a lot of other pictures I took during the course of this challenge that I just haven’t had time to blog; I may slow down on shooting more pictures until those have seen the light of day. Or maybe I’ll just save them for a rainy day.

Sometimes I feel the pressure to blog only new things. But is an outfit that I put together from pieces that were new a couple of weeks ago really old? Unless it is a limited edition item, the dress or shoes or pose is still available for sale in the creator’s store and a later post is a reminder of this. I admit I do a lot of my shopping at sales events, rather than going to individual stores. I also blog for a few events, and while I have a responsibility to show items while the event is running I try to use the things I have been given later on, just so my readers are aware of something pretty they may have missed the first time around or I wasn’t able to show during the event. I am grateful to the designers who provide review copies to event bloggers; we aren’t their hand-picked bloggers and I do appreciate the trust they place in those of us selected by event coordinators. I have gotten past the point where I feel pressured to blog every single item that I receive; not everything is my style and I refuse to blog something that I can’t make look as good as I possibly can.

There is a point to my rambling. This challenge has reminded me of a lot of lovely things that have been languishing in my inventory for a while, and even a few things I had forgotten about or hadn’t even opened. Other than the hair I am wearing in this photo, everything is an older item. Yes, probably only a few months old, at most, but in the world of Second Life blogging, that is practically ancient history. Going back through my belongings during this past three-and-a-half weeks has given me an opportunity to remember that “new-to-me” can be just as exciting as “new-to-everyone.”

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Dress: Baiastice_Ayoun dress-yellow by Sissy Pessoa
Necklace: Cae :: Promise :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft
Earrings & Ring: Cae:: Promise :: Earrings & Ring by Caelan Hancroft
Hair: TRUTH HAIR Fleur (Reds) by Truth Hawks (available at The Seasons Story Spring 2014)
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT PetalPink MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Hand appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand Appliers NAT by Hart Larsson
Nail polish: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – Set 101 by Sasy Scarborough
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri
Elephant: Kirin Pose Store – My Little Elephant Yellow by Carolina Sautereau

Pose: {Imeka} Poses Kirsty-Pose 2 by NatWilliams

Location: It all starts with a smile

X Is For X-Ray Spex

1 X is for X-Ray Spex 1

I really don’t know why I was panicking about the letter X. I have a Cao for a friend who, when I mentioned in the comments of an earlier post I was worried about X, she replied that every girl should have a pair of X-Ray Spex. And sure enough when I logged on today, I had a pair – a gift from Cao 🙂

I actually cried when I found them. You see, today is not just Letter X Day, it is ANZAC Day here in Australia. Cao and I can trace the true beginning of our friendship to one year ago today. It all started with this post. I have told the story before of how I had mentioned the previous day that I had a special post planned and Cao, like a kid on Christmas Eve was very excited about it. I worried that she would be upset since I knew that she had lost someone close to her at war. I was appalled by my own glibness and warned her in my reply to her comments that it was actually a somber post.

Barely a day has gone by since that she and I haven’t traded blog comments, the occasional email or banter on Facebook. Unbelievably, we have never met in Second Life – a travesty we must rectify soon. Though we live on opposite sides of the world and time zones are cruel, we will find a way. I have no doubt. And that’s not all…

X also marks the spot that Cao holds in my heart ♥

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Top: MOLiCHiNO Daff Tank by Aurelia Chaveau
Glasses: Myficalities X-Ray Spex by Myf McMahon
Hair: “”D!va”” Hair “Elsa” (Typa-B)(Garnet) by Marisa Kira (available at The Seasons Story – Spring April 2014)
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT PetalPink MEB C2 by Hart Larsson

Pose: {NanTra} Poses – Betta Recognize 4 by Nancoix Urquan (available at Pose Fair 2014)