Deco Prep

Every year, I say this: “Even after (fill in the blank) years in Australia, it doesn’t feel like Christmas in the middle of summer.”

This year will be my 18th year here and that hasn’t changed one bit. On Friday at work, a couple of the women in my office started putting up small Christmas trees on their desks. Mind you, it was around 30C degrees (86F), so I just shook my American head and went back to proofing.

When I logged into Second Life today, I started putting together a room for my post. It was non-seasonal when I began, but somehow, the Christmas Spirit seemed to call my name. That led me to Tannenbaum 2017 and a little festivity began to creep into my setting. I decided that these new holiday things would compliment items already in my inventory from [ keke ], Kuro and {what next}.

I haven’t gone full-blown Festivus yet, but I’m well on my way with my Christmas deco prep.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
*From [ keke ] by Kean Kelly:
*[ keke ] hygge collection vol. 2 . giga pack bx (available at Uber through December 23)
[ keke ] hygge sofa . white . sits 3 prs
[ keke ] hygge sofa table . white
[ keke ] glitter bottles
[ keke ] rainfall glitter broad
[ keke ] glitter chandelier . aged

*[ keke ] mistletoe fatpack . 15 pieces (available at Shiny Shabby through December 15
[ keke ] mistletoe . mist . mini
[ keke ] mistletoe wreath . green .
[ keke ] mistletoe wreath . frost . laying

*available at the mainstore:

*[ keke ] hygge collection . fatpack . 10 pieces . bx
[ keke ] hygge cup . hot matcha tea
[ keke ] triple tray table . white
[ keke ] bulb box . white . switch light on and off
[ keke ] hunters moon lamp . switch light on and off

*[ keke ] group gift winter 2017
*[ keke ] rosehips in pitcher . bugs
*[ keke ] winter ornaments in metal box RARE (gacha prize)
*[ keke ] winter metal box snow (gacha prize)
*[ keke ] shimmer stars in a jar

*From Kuro by Luana Dawg:
*For Sad November through December 2:
*Kuro – Antique armchair (Blue) Adult

*For District 20 through December 19:
Kuro – Nature sidetable
Kuro – Nature rugs I
Kuro – Nature rugs II
Kuro – Old lantern
Kuro – Nature plants I, II & IV
Kuro – A frame skybox

*{what next} ‘It’s Cold Outside’ Neon Light (warm white) by Winter Thorn (available at Collabor88 through December 6)

Available at Tannenbaum 2017 through December 25:
BALACLAVA!! Starlit Birch Tree & Photo Ornaments by Uriah Eulenberg
Dahlia – Finola – Ornament Basket – Assorted Gold by June Fallon
Dahlia – Finola – Mochi Sleeping Ornament – Rare 01 by June Fallon (gacha prize)
Dahlia – Finola – Mochi Looking up Ornament – Rare 02 by June Fallon (gacha prize)
Dahlia – Finola – Mercury Ornament – Blush 10 by June Fallon (gacha prize)
{anc} vintage bell chair 3Li {milk ribbon} RARE by aki69 (gacha prize)

From +Half-Deer+ by Halogen Magic:
+Half-Deer+ Favorite Sweater Clutter – Pink – Floor A
+Half-Deer+ Stringlight Clutter – Loose Coil
+Half-Deer+ Stringlights – Draped B
+Half-Deer+ Stringlights – Floor D

*Little Branch LB_GiantCedar{Animated}*Seasons by Cari McKeenan

I’ll Lean On You

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Friend or lover, it’s important to have someone to lean on. Even if it’s yourself.

Apple May Designs has released this sexy jumpsuit for Sad November. While I chose black, it comes in other colours. It has deep v-neckline and wonderful draping. The event runs through November 28th, so make sure you stop by.

The pose I chose is from Luane’s World for The Liaison Collaborative. It is one of four friends/couples unisex poses in the BFF Series, which is so very fitting for the Bountiful Harvest round. In addition to the regular designers, each has been allowed to invite a guest. In some cases both designers have their own offerings, in others they have collaborated and sometimes both.

I recommend taking a friend along; you’ll need someone to lean on by the time you’re done.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
On Peep:
*Jumpsuit: Apple May Designs Dutch Set (Maitreya) – Black by Apple May (available at Sad November until November 26)
Choker: MANDALA]MILKY WAY CHOKER/Black WIND by kikunosuke Eel
Hair: =DeLa*= Mesh Hair “Hannah” Reds by Kuranosuke Kamachi (available at Tres Chic through November 10)
Head: CATWA HEAD Tumble V4.9 by Catwa Clip
*Skin & Catwa Head Applier: Elysium – Candice skin (red brow) – mocha freck by Aleida Rhode
Body, feet and hands: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: LOTUS. Devotion Eyes – 2 by Lilanachristina (gacha prize)
Eyeshadow: Deesses Boutique : Catwa – Queen eyeshadow set (10 models) by NatalieWells

On Chance:
Sweater: [ JuSt CoOl ] JC Sweater M – Black by JustCoolBot
Jeans: SLINK – ELIAS Skinny Jeans (Light Blue) – ColdAsh by ColdAsh (available at TMD October 2016)
Shoes: Adjunct – Afterlife Men’s Hi-Top Sneakers – Black/Brown by myvegancookbook Bolissima
Hair: NO.MATCH_NO.ACCESS. by viking
Body: Slink Physique MALE Mesh Body Release 1.2 by Siddean Munro
Mesh head: CATWA HEAD Justin V4.11 by Catwa Clip
Skin applier for body, hands and feet: L’Etre Homme – Slink Hand, Feet and Body Appliers [Golden Tone] by Dam1710

Flowers: -Garden- by anc “secret garden” ROSE {poet/bouquet} by aki69
Tree: Little Branch LB_OliveTree.v2{4Seasons} by Cari McKeenan

*Pose: Luane’s World :LW: Poses – Footprints in your heart – BFF series – unisex by LuaneMeo (available at The Liaison Collaborative November 7-30)

Scooped

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Sometimes it all comes together.

I’ve had this pose by !bang for Sad November all month. I just hadn’t found the inspiration to blog it.

Couples poses can be tough, especially those where the pair are entwined, like this one, if you’re wanting to show off clothes. And if you’re wanting to showcase it, you have to be careful to stage your scene so that it is a centerpiece, and not lost amongst the furnishings.

Enter the body tattoos by Clemmm for Enchantment. It is just the thing to bring focus to the pose, while showing off some awesome ink.

Even more amazing is that I was able to get Chance and myself both in the event the day after it opened!

I was a bit disappointed that the Slink applier for this tattoo doesn’t work with the Slink Physique male mesh body, but when Chance is stripped down to his basics, he still looks pretty good. The only real issue was that I didn’t want to have to try to edit his system hands, so he’s wearing his Slink appendages. I had to touch up the hand tattoo in Photoshop. I didn’t make it look as good as the real deal, but I did my best.

Despite that minor issue, I think we scooped up some good stuff 😉

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

On Peep:
Bikini: .miss chelsea. Chain Bikini Bottom Leopard Maitreya by MissChelseaStore
Tattoo: Clemmm – Detached Shadow Smear by Clemm Velinov (available at Enchantment November 2015)
Hair: *ARGRACE* NAO – Red by rika Oyen
Skin: -Glam Affair – Caroline America – Clean D with Eyemakeup 08 and Lipstick 01 by aida Ewing (available at Uber Oct. 25 – Nov. 23)
Body and hands: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Sovereign Eyes – Tropical by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

On Chance:
Boxers: -HORR- Yak Boxer – CTC by Horr Amaterasu
Tattoo: Clemmm – Detached Shadow Smear by Clemm Velinov (available at Enchantment November 2015)
Hair: Besom~ Derek by Kattington
Hands: Slink Male Hands (AvEnhance) – Relax by Siddean Munro
Feet: Slink Avatar Enhancement Male Feet by Siddean Munro
Eyes: IKON Odyssey Eyes – Glass by Ikon Innovia
Skin: 7 Deadly s{K}ins – DAMIEN Caramel by Moonspell Ghost

Rug: Zigana . rug . naturel by Nalena Fairey
Pillows: [ zerkalo ] around the world – pillows by danielestro (retextured)
Confetti: {anc} Confetti. [gold] by aki69
Flowers: {anc} suger rose field [pink] by aki69

*Pose: !bang – scooped by Luna Jubilee (available at Sad November through Nov. 21, 2015)

Photo taken with LUMIPro 2016 Beta3 by Stefan Buscaylet