Pretty Stuff I’m Showing Off

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Yesterday marked my third year of blogging. It amazes me how some days it feels as if I have been blogging for 30 years and others it feels as if I have been blogging for 30 minutes. Like a lot of things, blogging has gone in cycles for me. I will go into a frenzy and post daily for a while, then I might drop off for a week…on a couple of occasions, longer than that. When blogging begins to seem like a chore, I am more likely to take a break until something inspires me to dust off the camera and shoot another photo. Or 12.

I am fortunate to be an official blogger for several creators and events. I take this responsibility seriously; I do my best to blog everything that I am given. The only times I don’t is when either time or inspiration (or both) prevent me from presenting the items to my very best. No, I am not the most gifted photographer in Second Life. Nor am I the most verbose author in the blogging realm. But I am honest and always try to blog with integrity.

I learned the hard way to blog only things that I would buy myself. That is how I started; simply photographing and writing about things I had purchased and loved. I don’t apply to blog for designers or events that aren’t regulars on my shopping list and I have turned down a lot of offers from designers, simply because their style didn’t fit my own. If you read the credits at the end of my posts, you will see that I head them with “Pretty stuff I’m showing off.” That isn’t just a tag line; it is more or less my philosophy of blogging. If it’s pretty and I like it, I want to show it off for the designer who has chosen to share his or her talent with us.

I was asked just a few days ago what my blogging specialty was. It really was a question that stumped me. I rambled on about fashion, H&G and even location shots, but never really did answer the question. After thinking about it for a few days I have come to the realisation that my specialty is simply, “Pretty things I’m showing off.”

Thank you to all of the designers who have given me the gift of your talent, the readers who have been here since nearly the beginning (Cao, Wendz, Rwah, Alexa, Cheri) and those who have stopped by frequently without leaving a comment. I’d love if you did; comments to me are the beginnings of conversations, and conversations lead to friendships.

I’ll leave my ramblings off for now, and let you get to the good stuff. You know…

The pretty stuff I’m showing off:

*Sweater: {amiable}Over-sized Knit Cardigan Gacha by nodoko Vella (available at Wayward Winter through January 31, 2016)
Leggings: Flair – Tempter Leggings – Maitreya Applier Pack 3 by Sasy Scarborough
*Boots: Salt & Pepper S&P boot Mara by xxSaltandPepperxx (available at Wayward Winter through January 31, 2016)
*Hair: [^.^Ayashi^.^] Nessie hair-Fatpack by Ikira Frimon (available at Wayward Winter through January 31, 2016)
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
*Skin: [PXL] Creations Shara Winter NAT Makeup 03 REB C2 by Hart Larsson
Tattoo: [White~Widow] DeadMan – Henna by Julie Hastings
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Eyes – Tropical by Ikon Innovia

*Moon, lantern & pose: Le Poppycock Le PC *Upon a Winter’s Night* Elysian Light (Moon) by Olivia Lalonde (available at Wayward Winter through January 31, 2016)
Photo taken with LUMIPro 2016 by Stefan Buscaylet

Location: Furillen

NO Cats Allowed

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The cuteness factor of the things in this photo is off the charts! So many adorable, cuddly things to talk about…

I’ll start with the boots from Apple May Designs. Fur, pearls and bows are a perfect combination to place them in the cuteness category. Available at Cosmopolitan, they come in white or black and are adorably priced, as well.

Next up is the snuggly jacket from {amiable}. I can feel the warmth just looking at it and the big bow is super cute. You need to hurry a bit to pick this up at Wayward Market, which closes on January 10th.

And what about my long little buddy there? I had to get to TMD to grab this little dauchshund from [sau]. Having once been owned by a little doxie, I was enraptured by the spunky character of these dogs captured so perfectly. Such personality!

While I was there, I went absolutely nuts over the pose props from Toro. Be sure you check them out; there are two different sets, or you can grab both in a fatpack.

I’ve blogged the kittens from JIAN before, but they are well-worth bringing out again. Especially because in true cat-like fashion, they are completely ignoring the rules 😉

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

*Jacket: {amiable}Big Collar and Bow Girly Winter Coat by nodoka Vella (available at Wayward Market through Jan. 10th)
Pants: Blueberry – Denise – Leggings Full Length – Maitreya by Blueberryxx
*Boots: Apple May Designs Flurries – Ivory *Standard* by Apple May (available at Cosmopolitan through Jan. 16th)
Hat/hair: *ARGRACE* Baseball cap2/Grace – Red by rika Oyen
*Skin: [PXL] Creations Shara Winter NAT Makeup 03 REB C2 by Hart Larsson (available at Wayward Market through Jan. 10)
Body and hands: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle

Kittens: JIAN :: A Very Kitten Christmas – White Kitten, Calico Kitten & Ginger Tabby Kitten by Jinasl (gacha prizes)
Dog: [sau]Tooldog[1][naked] by NiR McBride (available at TMD January 2016)
*Wall: Apple Fall Farrow Garden Wall by Warehousefifteendesigns (Wayward Events Group Gift at Wayward Market through Jan. 10th)
Ground/snow: Studio Skye Enchanted Woods v2 – 4 (clearing) by Alex Bader
Paint set/pose: Toro. Wheatpaste set by Jammeh (available at TMD January 2016)

Photo taken with LUMIPro 2016 by Stefan Buscaylet

Fright Night & Chill

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Who needs NetFlix with this set up? Just about everything in this photo (as you can tell from the credits) are available at Wayward Halloween to create your perfectly spooky date night in. From the DVD player, DVDs, TV, snacks and decor, there’s no reason not to snuggle up with someone dear and hold on for dear life. You may want to find someone with a little more meat on their bones than my wee skeletal fella, but then, different strokes for different folks, right?

Wayward Halloween is running through October 31st. Check out the Wayward Events website for more information and details on entering the photo contest.

Let the spooking begin…

Pretty stuff I’m showing off (all *starred* items available at Wayward Halloween October 16-31):
*Top: {amiable} I Am Dreaming of You Gacha_Top by nodoka Vella
*Shorts: {amiable} I Am Dreaming of You Gacha_Pants by nodoka Vella
*Slippers: {amiable} I Am Dreaming of You Gacha_Slippers by nodoka Vella
*Hair: [DUE] Ondira by Dubled
*Tattoo: [White~Widow] Vertigo – Black – RARE by Julie Hastings
*Head: Genesis_Head_Tara_2.0 by GenesisLab
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Skin: -Glam Affair – Amberly II skin – America Maitreya Applier by aida Ewing

*Coffee table: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Couch Table by Paco Pooley
*Cups: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Halloween Cups by Paco Pooley
*Candy corn: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Bowl of Candycorn by Paco Pooley
*Chips: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Bags of Chips by Paco Pooley
*Ghosts on a plate: Kuro [Spooky caries] – Ghost by Luana Dawg
*Lollipops: Kuro [Spooky caries] – Frankies by Luana Dawg
*Remote: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Remote Control by Paco Pooley
*Rug: { Speakeasy } OId rug by JamesEdwardQ
*Pouf: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Cubic Pouf by Paco Pooley
*Doll: [sYs] MUERTE doll1 by Syane Cysse
*TV Guide: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] TV Guide by Paco Pooley
*Cloche: The Hive – Creepy & Kooky //Room Service by TheHiveStore
*TV Table: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] TV Shelf by Paco Pooley
*TV: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] Haunted TV Flatscreen by Paco Pooley
*DVD Player: 22769 ~ [bauwerk] DVD Player by Paco Pooley
*Shelf: { Speakeasy } Homemade shelf RARE by JamesEdwardQ
*Plant: { Speakeasy } Beetlejuice Flower pot RARE by JamesEdwardQ
*Pillows: The Hive – Creepy & Kooky //Lover’s Pillows by TheHiveStore
*Table: Casita – Morticias Console Table by Violett Omizu
*Wall decor: The Hive – Creepy & Kooky //Without You Wall Decor by TheHiveStore
*Red candle: //lunaBeam// Medium Candle [2Li] by Lunieluna
*Green candle: //lunaBeam// Small Candle [2Li] by Lunieluna
*Stacked boxes: Serenity Style– Not every witch box FACE by Hanstrid Inshan
Build: Scarlet Creative Burtonesque House by Charlotte Bartlett (available at Collabor88 Oct. 2015)

*Pose: Label Motion – Halloween Balloon 02 by anne Dakun

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet