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

A Winter Scene

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Frigid winter days are usually best spent cuddled up inside with a crackling fire, a snuggly blanket and good book. But once you look outside and see the sun sparkling off of the frozen pond, snow just begging to be turned into a snowman or snowballs and the promise of hot cocoa when your fingertips have turned blue inside your mittens, the comforts of home become a place to return to after a bit of fun in the crisp winter air.

Wayward Winter is open from January 18th through the 31st. There you can find just about everything you need to create your own winter scene.

Pretty stuff I’m showing off:

From Wayward Winter January 18-31, 2016:
*Cabin: {what next} Snowy Alpine Cabin by Winter Thorn
*Hot Cocoa Stand: Soy. Hot Cocoa Stand by Soyoy
*Hot Cocoa Sign: Soy. Cocoa stand Signboard by Soyoy
*Sled Bench: Sway’s [Sled] Bench by Sway Dench
*Snowball Pile: ! Lost Junction! [LJ] Snowball Pile A by Tala Laval
*Hearts: Tool Shed – Scattered Hearts – 2 – Light by Fallacy DeCuir

Other items:
Skating pond: {what next} Winter Iced Over Pond (Mesh) by FrankLee Anatra
Bench: {what next} Bramley Bench (Pine Winter) by Winter Thorn
Chariot: !six o’clock! cuddle chariot – White by Pepite Roxan
Snowman: DRD snowman – gift for arcade by Jaimy Hancroft
Crane: +Half-Deer+ Crane the Lightbringer – Silver by Halogen Magic
Ermine: +Half-Deer+ Winter Whimsy – Snowy Ermine by Halogen Magic
Snow piles: +Half-Deer+ Snow Tracks – Patch (Heavy) by Halogen Magic
Fox: The Secret Store – Winter Foxes – Playful / White by Maylee Oh (gacha prize)
Doves: {anc} NO LIMITS // flock of flying doves. [ham-pink] and NO LIMITS // flock of doves [choco-brown] by aki69 (gacha prizes)
Skis: [ zerkalo ] Vintage Entryway – Antique Skis by danielestro (gacha prize at Kustom9 January, 2016)
Ski poles: [ zerkalo ] Vintage Entryway – Ski Poles by danielestro (gacha prize at Kustom9 January, 2016)
Box of candles: [ zerkalo ] Vintage Entryway – Crate with Candles by danielestro (gacha prize at Kustom9 January, 2016)
Large tree: Hayabusa Design Willow Tree M15-1 v2-1 T10G by Mitsuko Kytori (subscriber gift)
Trees: Studio Skye Enchanted Woods v2 by Alex Bader
Grass: HPMD* Winter Grass 2013 – b by Sasaya Kayo