You Had Me At Coconut Cream

I used to bake a lot of pies. I have a crummy oven now, so I rarely make them any more, but I always loved making my own pie crust, then filling it with something yummy. Toasted coconut flakes atop a pale vanilla custard, brimming with more of those delicious morsels – no meringue – in a buttery, flaky pastry shell. I can taste it now, if I close my eyes and shut my mouth (to prevent drooling down my chin).

I was so excited to see the latest release from {what next} for Collabor88. The “Patisserie” Kitchen Decor set is a baker’s delight. As usual, each item comes with texture-change options and unbelievably, each one weighs in at only one Land Impact each. I remember the days when a single table setting gobbled up 20 or more prims. With this set you can get your bake on with the full set for a grand total of only five LI!

If you need a place to display all of these goodies, head over to the Kuro main store for this pretty and practical kitchen. The timing couldn’t be better.

I may just whip up a batch of pie crust later. Writing about coconut cream pie is causing my tummy to growl. More likely, though, I’ll just see how well my memories satisfy my craving…then head to the bakery for a second-rate version I can critique with the hauteur of true Baking Queen.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
*From {what next} by Winter Thorn:
{what next} Patisserie Kitchen Decor (available singly or in a fatpack at Collabor88 September 2017)
{what next} ‘Patisserie’ Kitchen Mixer
{what next} ‘Patisserie’ Bowls Decor
{what next} ‘Patisserie’ Kitchen Utensils
{what next} ‘Patisserie’ Dish Drainer
{what next} ‘Patisserie’ Bake Decor

{what next} Country Kitchen Cookbook

*From Kuro by Luana Dawg (new releases at the main store):
Kuro – Blue kitchen island
Kuro – Blue kitchen cabinets
Kuro – Lighted shelves
Kuro – Rustic stool
Kuro – Mesh divider (decorated white)

From MadPea by Electronic Mode (from the GOFBB gacha):
MadPea GOFBB Measuring Spoons
MadPea GOFBB Cooking Pan
MadPea GOFBB Tin of Brown Sugar
MadPea GOFBB Tin of Icing Sugar
MadPea GOFBB Tin of Baking Powder
MadPea GOFBB Milk Jug

Tres Blah -tb- Kitchen Basics – Baking RARE by Julliette Westerburg (gacha prize)
[ keke ] simple kitchen clutter . bowls by Kean Kelly
[Krescendo] Kitchen Creed Frames – 9 (w) by KrescendoStore (gacha prize)
Scarlet Creative Carnaval 2 by Charlotte Bartlett (previous Luxe Box release)

In The Garden Of The Imaginarium

Books, birds and bell jars. Combined you have the beginnings of your own imaginarium. Plant them in a garden and they will thrive and grow.

The bell jar from [ keke ] is stunning and available this weekend at the main store for only 50L. Crafted with love and care by Kean Kelly, it will allow you to begin your garden.

From The Liaison Collaborative you will find plenty of “Literary-ly” themed trinkets and treasures, including the Imaginarium from 22769, the Paradise Lost statue from ~ by Nacht ~ and delightful gachas from [Black Tulip] and Serenity Style. For resting and reading and just looking adorable, you will find the Library pose set from [evoLove].

Surrounded by foraging doves, bountiful grasses and flowers with fall bursting in the distance, you have all the tools to create the perfect Garden of the Imaginarium.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:
Top: Tres Blah – Passport Sweater (Lara) – Blush by Julliette Westerburg (available at Collabor88 September 2017)
Skirt: Tres Blah – Skater Skirt (Lara) – Spot by Julliette Westerburg (available at Collabor88 September 2017)
*Shoes: Mosquito’s Way – Bea for Maitreya by Camilla Limondi (available at The Liaison Collaborative through September 30)
Hat/hair: Exile:: Break the Rules Hat by Kavar Cleanslate (available at Collabor88 September 2017)
Mesh head: .LeLutka.Head.May 3.0 by JadenArt
*Mesh head appier (including lipstick, eyeliner & eyeshadow): *Birth* Lelutka Hud – Rose Applier – Tone 03 by Silent Alchemi (available at The Liaison Collaborative through September 30)
*Mesh body applier: *Birth* 3rd Gen Maitreya Body Skin Applier – 03. Tone v1.0 by Silent Alchemi
Eyes applier: Avi-Glam AG. Vivid Eyes – Lelutka Applier – Daylight by Kendra Parfort

*From [ keke ] by Kean Kelly:
[ keke ] autumn bell jar (50L this weekend only at the main store)
[ keke ] still falling rowan arch
[ keke ] blow me away rowan leaves
[ keke ] still falling rowan leafs groundcover
[ keke ] wild lilies – big – orange
[ keke ] wild allium . white 3 (recoloured)
[ keke ] little diva drawer . dark
[ keke ] waterfall glitter big – gold
[ keke ] Aquilegia 3 . gold

*From The Liaison Collaborative through September 30:
22769 – The Imaginarium by Paco Pooley
[Black Tulip] Reading Set – An Open Book by Auryn Beorn (gacha prize)
*~ by Nacht ~ Paradise Lost by Fox Nacht
Serenity Style– Norah Imagination Chair by Hanstrid Inshan (gacha prize)
[evoLove] – Library by evoloveposes (stool and pose)

[we’re CLOSED] grass field dry by Wendy Xeno
HPMD* Sweet Garden Grass06 – mix(warm colors)*b by Sasaya Kayo
*alirium* ItchyGrass [Brown] by Alir Flow
Studio Skye Enchanted Woods v2 by Alex Bader
{anc} NO LIMITS // flock of doves [choco-brown] by aki69 (gacha prize)

Inspiration Amidst the Cast-offs

1 Mannequins by Candlelight 2

When you are given a gift, it is important that you show your gratitude. I have been given a gift of a marvelous woman whom I call my sister. If you read my blog even occasionally, you know her name is Rwah.

Rwah and I became friends through our blogs, encouraging one another, offering constructive criticism and always showing support. We are different. Slightly off-centre, but in different ways. We both speak our minds, but while I tend to be more reserved, Rwah is exuberant. We are both creative, but I am more conventional, Rwah, totally avante garde. We are both loving, but while I tend to hold my caring close to the vest, Rwah wears her heart on her sleeve.

When I suffer insecurities, I hold them in – except with Rwah. She listens, digests, then gives me a needed kick up the backside along with a healthy dose of encouragement. She helps me focus by forcing me to find my own inspiration. She is far from ordinary, but and her extra-ordinariness is what give the spice to her quirky personality.

She is a perfectionist, often to the point of indecision, allowing her vision to be clouded by too many brilliant ideas at once. Her perfection is a storm of chaotic creativity clashing with a constant need for change. She is much more likely to completely discard a stunning creation – by other’s criteria – and start again when it doesn’t meet her exacting standards than to let it languish as anything less than stunningly superb. For some, 98 percent is enough. For Rwah, nothing less than impeccability will do.

She is stubborn, forceful and generous to a fault. There is always a chance if you visit her sim there will be a struggling artist somewhere on a platform or rezzing a structure on her land. She also frequently blows up her inventory and leaves a box of goodies for me to find somewhere. It is like an Easter egg hunt while Trick or Treating at Christmas. Brimming with gacha prizes that have lost their lustre for her, they are bright, shiny and inspirational for me.

The contents of some of those boxes were the catalyst for today’s photo, along with a couple of tips on styling. Just a bit of tweaking of an already good idea – that is what I count on from Rwah’s advice. Unless total destruction is required, she will just nudge me in the right direction. Unless, of course, it is demolition-worthy. She would tell me that, too. That’s what a good sister does.

I called this photo “Mannequins in the Candlelight,” based on the image alone. But I renamed the post “Inspiration Amidst the Cast-offs” as a tribute to the beautiful woman named Rwah.

It just seems fitting.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

Lingerie: *LACUNA* Cleo Lingerie – White by LacunaInc
Skirt: Kyoot – Pretty White Dress (dress prim) by Saeya Nyanda (heavily edited)
Earrings: Maxi Gossamer MG – Earrings – La Cerlique Earring – SILVER by Maxi Gossamer
Hair: Analog Dog AD – mode – dark reds by Queue Marlowe
Skin: -Glam Affair – Amberly II skin – America 05 D by aida Ewing
Body, hands and feet: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V1.0 by Onyx LeShelle
Eyes: IKON Promise Eyes – Maldives by Ikon Innovia
Lashes: Mon Cheri *MC* “Falsies” Eyelash by Freya Oliveri

Mannequin/pose: {anc} mannequin. Prince 5Li RARE by Aki69 (gacha prize)
Moon: {anc} garden. ladyinmoon 1Li by Aki69 (gacha prize)
Candle trio: Pixel Mode – Victoria’s Bath – Candle Trio by Tya Fallingbridge
Lanterns: .:revival:. linen lantern I & II white by Momentous (gacha prize)
Candle jars: *Tatty Soup* Candle Small, Medium & Large by Tab Tatham (no longer available to my knowledge)
Crown: Tres Blah -tb- Crown and Candle by Julliette Westerburg (gacha prize)
Candle with rose petals: LISP – Noir Petals & Candle by Pandora Popstar
Votives: [ keke ] spring candle tin – brass by Kean Kelly
Lantern: {what next} Amberley Floor Lantern (plain candle) by Winter Thorn (available at Collabor88 May 2015)
Candelabra: {anc} EDEN.candle / old 1Li (gacha prize)
Stool: .:revival:. original stool grey by Momentous (gacha prize)
Portrait: Tres Blah -tb- Spring Living – Romance by Julliette Westerburg (gacha prize)
Jar of roses: Tres Blah -tres blah- Workspace – Silver Mason Jar of Roses by Julliette Westerburg (gacha prize)
Light trees: tarte. garden tree by Alixxbella
Rug: junk. cream animal rug. by Tab Tatham
Build: Apple Fall Rural Farmhouse RARE by Warehousefifteendesigns (gacha prize)

Photo taken using the LumiPro HUD by Stefan Buscaylet