All The Beautiful Things

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Right now is a great time for finding beautiful Home & Garden items around the grid. The crocuses from [ keke ], which come in four different colours, are available at this round of Lost & Found. They are crafted in the signature detail of Kean Kelly and are perfect for springtime decoration.

Shiny Shabby offers up loads of amazing decor, as usual. The crowns and table from NOMAD are just a tiny example of the offerings. And make sure you get to The Seasons Story before it closes April 30th for more loveliness from [ zerkalo ].

The rabbit mannequin is a gacha prize from a new-to-me store, {-Maru Kado-}, also from The Seasons Story. Unique, different and quirky, it is weirdly beautiful and completely unexpected. Those are qualities that immediately catch my eye and are deadly to my pocketbook!

Get out this weekend…explore, shop and enjoy all the beautiful things.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

*Crocuses: [ keke ] crocus – pink, purple and blue by Kean Kelly (available at Lost & Found until May 1)
Candle: [ zerkalo ] Like a Bird – Bowl Candle Light by DanielEstro (gacha prize at The Seasons Story through April 30)
Mannequin: {-Maru Kado-} mannequin_Rabbit (White/1Li) by shiro0822 (gacha prize at The Seasons Story through April 30)
Crowns: NOMAD // Crown Decor by Piraiyah Novikov (gacha prize at Shiny Shabby through May 15)
Table: NOMAD // Scalloped Garden Table by Piraiyah Novikov (gacha prize at Shiny Shabby through May 15)
Curtains: Kalopsia – Lace Curtains by Isabeau Baragula
Fence/ivy: Soy. Herisson with green by Soyoy

Nothing To Hide

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Why should I? Everything in this photo needs to be seen.

Maybe I’m crossing my fingers behind my back, but not because I’m negating telling a fib. Maybe it’s because I’m hoping you are excited as I am about all of these amazing things!

More from The Liaison Collaborative and [ keke ] this post. The dress is an adorable peek-a-boo sundress from Vinyl. Peek-a-boo meaning, you’d better wear panties underneath! The Petal Eyelashes from Izzie’s are dramatic and unexpected. They certainly jazz up a spring outfit.

From [ keke ] comes the clipped artwork. They, along with nine other designs, will be available at The Seasons Story when it opens on April 10th. Using public domain works of art, she has yet again created the most wonderful accents for your home.

Check out the credits for the rest of the goods; like I said, I have nothing to hide.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

*Dress: Vinyl – Charlie Sundress – Maitreya by sukoshitosuto (available at The Liaison Collaborative until April 30, 2016)
Hair: Lamb. Foxygen by Lamb Bellic (available at Collabor88 April, 2016)
*Skin & Maitreya Applier: Elysium – Candice skin (red brow) – creme freckles by Aleida Rhode (available at Skin Fair 2016, Sim 1 through March 27, 2016)
*Lips: ::JOLI:: Giselle Lipgloss #4 by Aisling Caiben (available at Skin Fair 2016, Sim 2 through March 27, 2016)
*Eyeliner: ::JOLI:: Basic BOLD Eyeliner by Aisling Caiben (available at Skin Fair 2016, Sim 2 through March 27, 2016)
Body, feet and hands: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara by Onyx LeShelle
*Eyes: Mayfly – Luminous – Mesh Eye (Ghost Persian Blue, w3) by Arkesh Baral
*Eyelashes/makeup: Izzie’s – Petal Lashes (Mesh) and makeup (teal) by Izzie Button (available at The Liaison Collaborative until April 30, 2016)

*Artwork: [ keke ] clipped print floral 4, 3 and 2 by Kean Kelly (available at The Seasons Story from April 10, 2016)
Build: dust bunny . gardenia shed by xlNoel (available at Collabor88 April, 2016)

*Pose: oOo Studio spring_seven by Olaenka Chesnokov (available at The Liaison Collaborative until April 30, 2016)

The silver thorn, the bloody rose lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

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Starry, starry night
Portraits hung in empty halls
Frameless head on nameless walls
With eyes that watch the world and can’t forget
Like the strangers that you’ve met
The ragged men in the ragged clothes
The silver thorn of bloody rose
Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow

Now I think I know what you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They would not listen, they’re not listening still
Perhaps they never will…

~ “Vincent” by Don McLean

While he is best known for the iconic hit, “American Pie,” my favourite Don McLean song has always been “Vincent.” His ode to Vincent van Gogh is haunting and beautiful, sad and filled with regret. But it is also a song of forgiveness; an understanding of how this genius grappled with his demons and ultimately overcame his struggle. The fact that the world was deprived of his brilliance is pardoned, knowing that this master finally knew peace.

This post didn’t begin being about this song or this artist. It started with the dress, a group gift from Salt & Pepper for her one year anniversary as a designer. I wasn’t quite sure what I was going to do with a latex dress, so I zeroed in on the colour. I knew the starkness of a snowy background would create drama; the props came as an afterthought (although anything from [ keke ] pops to the foreground when I think of adding something pretty to a scene). It was only after I “planted” the bush that the lyrics to the song came to mind.

I haven’t listened to this song in years. But creating this photo, the lyrics came back to me as clearly as the beauty of van Gogh’s masterpiece.

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue, morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain,
Are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand

Sleep well, Vincent, underneath the starry night.

Pretty stuff I’m showiong off:

*Dress: Salt & Pepper S&P Dress Annie maitreya exp by xxSaltandPepperxx (group gift at the main store)
*Shoes: fri.day fri. – Macey.Platforms (Cherry) – Maitreya by Darling Monday (available at Uber through February 23rd)
Hair/pose: *ARGRACE* Akane – Cherry by rika Oyen
Eyelids: Slink Mesh eyelids (alpha) (photo prop) by Siddean Munro
Ears: [MANDALA]SIMPLE_EARS_HUTUU by kikunosuke Eel
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] Legend – Henna – RARE by Julie Hastings (gacha prize at The Epiphany January 2016)

*Book: [ keke ] book of magic by Kean Kelly (available at Shiny Shabby through February 10th)
*Bush: [ keke ] winter flowers – shrub 1 by Kean Kelly (available at The Seasons Story through January 31st)
*Petals: [ keke ] winter flower ground by Kean Kelly (available at The Seasons Story through January 31st)

Photo taken with LUMIPro 2016 by Stefan Buscaylet