Spring Forward, Fall Back

1 Autumn Blight3

It is the time of year when those of us who follow Daylight Savings Time start changing our clocks. Here in Australia, we did it this weekend. I, of course, forgot. Because it is our spring, that means moving the clock forward an hour. Yet after over 14 years in Australia, October still feels like it should be autumn.

The fall months have always been my favourite. The gradually cooling temperatures, the crisp and riotous colours of the changing leaves and the promise of longer nights to snuggle down into soft, comforting blankets are special moments of the season to me. It is a time of transition that speaks not of an ending, but of a beginning of seasonal festivities to be shared with friends and loved ones.

Here in Australia, that is all turned on its head. October brings springtime, new growth and bounteous blossoms, but also a rise of allergic reactions. I have already abandoned my woolly nightshirts for tee-shirts and open windows as I try to find a cool spot on the pillow when I lie down to sleep. When I dream, it is of bonfires, hay rides and mulled cider around an open fire. When I awake, it is to covers tossed to the floor and a sheen of perspiration on my face. As my body adjusts to the time change, the morning light that awoke me just a few days ago is still an hour away when the alarm jars me from my seasonal dreams.

At least in Second Life I can recreate the season, falling back on my midwestern memories of oranges, golds and red. Of the walks through a meadow, glorying in the magical glow that only comes from an autumnal sunset.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Jacket/top: *Fishy Strawberry* Ducato Leather Jacket S – Brown by Fae Eriksen
Jeans: tulip. Alana Jeans S Classic by Minami Susanowa
Boots: (LaRoo) Shotgun Boots (Brown) by LaRooShoes (store closed)
Hair: *ARGRACE* Mia – Ginger by rika Oyen
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT PetalPink MEB C2 (FR) by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Hand appliers:[PXL] Creations – [ PXL ] Slink Hand Appliers NAT by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Pose: Eternal Dream Poses *ED* Trudi 09 by Fata Boa

Location: My home

Have Ruby Slippers, Will Travel

1 Something Fishy1

If you read my in-world profile, you will see this:

I’m an American who clicked her heels and landed in Oz. I’ve found the world looks remarkably similar from down under (and I don’t get dizzy hanging upside down anymore!) Maybe one day I’ll find those ruby slippers and end up in Kansas, of all places!

It used to say something different, but being an American in Oz, the theme has always been the same. Finally, I found those ruby slippers…now just to figure out how to program the GPS so I don’t end up in a cornfield and I’m all set to go!

These shoes have featured in several of my blog posts. They are a lovely little prop, part of a long-ago-purchased set from Cleo Design. I think of them as my link to home whenever the distance seems to be too great. I use them in a photo shoot and I imagine there are no such things as witches (wicked or otherwise), yellow brick roads fraught with danger or talking Tin Men or Scarecrows.

On another note, I wanted to give a big thank you to Fae Eriksen, owner and designer of *Fishy Strawberry*. I recently applied as a blogger for her brand and while I wasn’t selected, I received a lovely thank you note and 500L in store credit. I only ever expect to hear back from a designer if I am chosen to blog for them, so this was a very sweet gesture. I was truly touched. Thank you, Fae, and I’ll still keep buying your pretties…and your little dog, too!

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Top: *Fishy Strawberry* Apron Top – S Denim Dark by Fae Eriksen
Skirt: *Fishy Strawberry* Waist Band Mini – S Denim Dark by Fae Eriksen
Necklaces: Maxi Gossamer MG – Necklace – Boho Bliss Tassel-Tastic – Long and Short by Maxi Gossamer
Hair: MINA – Nanda NB Light Reds by Mina Nakamura
Skin: [PXL] Creations [PXL] JADE NAT PetalPink MEB C2 (FR) by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual (L) & Splayed (R) 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

Shoes: Cleo Design Shoes by Cleom Bailey
Bridge: Skye Studio Wooden Bridge Old Mossy by Alex Bader

Pose: oOo sabrina_five by Olaenka Chesnokov

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet

Shopping Nirvana

1 21Shoes & My Attic

Happiness may be a warm puppy, but it’s also a two-for-one shoe sale on the same day I visited My Attic @ The Deck! As you can see, I was positively giddy after my latest shopping excursion. And who can blame me? My boots, the Cream version of Eudora 3D’s Coffee & Cream Edition for the inaugural 21Shoe event are sparkly-new and oh-so-cute. And don’t forget about my new hairstyle by MINA, cashmere top and comfy yoga pants (each one of a pair in the sets) by *Fishy Strawberry* and my pose set by {NanTra}, all nabbed at My Attic. Two stops, all this goodness (plus more I haven’t shown…yet 😉 )

Now I can just lie back and fall asleep, dreaming happily of shopping nirvana.

Unfortunately, 21Shoe is a one-day only sales event, so if you missed it this month be sure follow the 21Shoe blog or join the in-world group to keep up to date. (I’ll grab the link and update my blog when I get in SL later, or you can find it in the Groups in my Profile).

Just a quick note of advice: be careful about carrying on a conversation while posing oneself. I accidentally let my mouse slip and shot myself across the sim o.O The things I put myself through for a happy snap!

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Top: *Fishy Strawberry* Joy Cashmere Sweater (Pack 2) by Fae Eriksen (available at My Attic @ The Deck)
Pants: *Fishy Strawberry* Yoga Pants – Camel (Pack 2) by Fae Eriksen (available at My Attic @ The Deck)
Boots: Eudora 3D Rockstar Boots 21Shoe Coffee&Cream Editions by Eudora3D (for 21Shoes)
Hair: MINA Hair – Nikky by Mina Nakamura (available at My Attic @ The Deck)
Skin: [PXL] Creations – [PXL] JADE SK Bare Lips MEB C2 by Hart Larsson
Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual by Siddean Munro
Hand appliers:[PXL] Creations<a – [ PXL ] Slink Hand Appliers SK by Hart Larsson
Eyes: Amacci Gaze Eyes – Ocean Blue by Carina Larsen
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Bed: Scarlet Creative Nostaglia Bed Wood/Gold by Charlotte Bartlett
Dreamcatcher: Cheeky Pea :CP: Kaleidoscope Dreamcatcher by Isla Gealach (part of :CP: Sweetwater Room)

Pose & props (shoes, shoeboxes & shopping bags):{NanTra} Shoe-aholic Pose Pack (available at My Attic @ The Deck)