A House is a Home

A House is a Home

a house is a home where the chores are never done
where you spend your whole life running to and from
and if the life that you live is not the life you choose
make your child a home and start anew

~ “A House is a Home” by Ben and Ellen Harper

A House is a Home

As I blogged yesterday, my trip to the Home and Garden Expo 2014 was very fruitful. I found many home treasures for both exterior and interior. I decorated one room of Froukje Hoorenbeek’s fabulous villa with a few treasures to share. Most of them are donation items at Home and Garden Expo 2014 , which means that 100% of the money earned from their sale goes to Relay for Life in SL. It seems like a gimme: get something awesome and donate to RFL all at once.

So let me tick through some of these items. First, Eku Zhong, who makes some awesome stuff, is co-sponsoring a sim at H.G.E. and she has donated the money from the sale of the brown leather sofa and chaise plus a black set and some other goodies to RFL. Eku does absolutely great textures and buildings for her business (as well as sexy shoes for her other label, Koikoi). I broke down and bought her Dragonfly Cottage at the H.G.E.

A House is a Home

Loz Hyde is also co-sponsoring a sim at H.G.E. and he is offering this coffeetable and a similarly-shaped ottoman for donation. I recolored the table to match the décor (thank you for leaving it mod, Loz). The stately armchair in the corner is one of a set of chairs that Apple Fall is offering with full donation going to RFL.

A House is a Home

John2010 Dexler has made a few things for the H.G.E. including the artwork above the fireplace from Cleom Bailey. I framed it in black (thank you, Stephen) so it would stand out against the great wallpaper Froukje made for this room. Rod Eun specializes in “low prim” furniture, which means textures on prim blocks, but they look good and are inexpensive and his blanket chest here donates 100% to RFL as does the awesome samovar from Rusalka Writer. Plato Novo is providing a set of lamps with pithy quotes on the shades for RFL’s cause and Laurent83 Waco made the tray that brightens up the room with croissant and tea.

And here is a shot of Froukje’s lovely villa in the full sun.

A House is a Home

Villa: Dutchie Villa Utrecht  by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie, available at the Home Expo 2014 *

Interior:

Thank you, Etrone, for getting me through this!

Going Home

Going Home

Home, I’m making my way home.
My mind’s already there.
Yes, my mind is

Light, you’re with me in the dark.
Light my way at night.
Let your light shine

~ “Going Home” by Asgeir

Going Home

The Home Expo is on, benefitting RFL. I had the fortune to preview it and then the “misfortune” of sorting through the amazing things I picked up and got to preview. I admit I am not as quick to decorate my space as I am to decorate myself, so it took me some time and some help. (Thank you, Grayson, for the space!)

Froukje Hoorenbeek is premiering her new home, the Villa Utrecht, at the Home Expo. While the sale of this beautiful structure is not benefitting RFL, Froukje co-sponsored a sim at considerable expense, so she is definitely donating to the cause. The house is gorgeous and she told me has a lot of personal significance for her (which is I chose the lovely song from Asgeir for the title and quote). The textures are lush and lifelike and the house is well made with windows and doors that open out as they would in RL and a great attic up top (plus the clock keeps time in your time zone).

Going Home

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention other creators who have donated to the cause for the Home Expo. Alex Bader is also a sim co-sponsor and has built a gorgeous parcel that makes going to Home Expo worth it alone. He is generously donating all the proceeds from sale of this oak tree at Home Expo to RFL.

Going Home

Cleom Bailey is also participating and donating proceeds of the set from which this iron table and chairs comes. And John2010 Bailey is donating proceeds from the lamp I threw all over my parcel. I am astounded by the content and generosity of the creators participating in this event. They not only donated to participate but give 100% of proceeds from their donation items to RFL. When I got to preview, I made sure I hit a lot of those RFL kiosks to purchase items.

Tomorrow I will take you inside the house to show a few more items from Home Expo. By the way, that pretty flowerbox is a GIFT that Sheerpetal Roussel is offering at Home Expo.

Going Home

Villa: Dutchie Villa Utrecht  by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie, available at the Home Expo 2014 *

Exterior:

  • DaD DESIGN “Pink flowers on pot” C/M – 2014 HGE Gift – and DaD DESIGN “Red flowers on pot” C/M – 2014 HGE Gift – by Sheerpetal Roussel for DaD Design, available at the Home Expo 2014 *
  • Topiary d’Ete Fleur with Lights by Tess Spargel for Spargel & Shine
  • -JoHaDeZ- Garden Latern “Star” by John2010 Dexler for -JoHaDeZ-, available at the Home Expo 2014 *
  • Skye Four Season Oak Tree by Alex Bader for Studio Skye, available at the Home Expo 2014
  • iron table and iron chairs by Cleom Bailey for Cleo Design, available at the Home Expo 2014 *
  • *alirium* nanohana by Alir Flow for alirium
  • *aG* MossyBrickPath by Alir Flow for alirium
True Blue

True Blue

True blue, your silent cry
And I can see it and I want to touch you
Please, cause no one sleeps
True blue is breaking the waves
I used to know all the gates of love
And all the love was streaming through you

~ “Eclipse Blue” by Nosaj Thing

True Blue

I put together this true blue outfit because I just loved all the elements and wanted to wear something that made me feel good. Start with this open-necked chambray blouse from Julliette Westerberg, who has a fine grasp of mesh rigging and clothing with great textures and fashion. Add my favorite jeans from Paul Lapointe that come with a texture-change HUD for the jeans and the belt. I ran over to Jewelry Fair and found that RealEvil was there with some fabulous mesh jewelry. The necklace I show has texture change for the metal and all three layers of feathers, so it’s versatile and really nicely made.

True Blue

I brought out this gorgeous skin from Inka Mexicola again. Gosh it’s beautiful. I LOVE the eye makeup, especially with this whole look. (The next blog I am going to be showing Inka’s skin with the Belleza body. Think it won’t work? It does!) My gorgeous ponytail is one of Truth Hawks’ newer ‘dos. I am true to blue, true blue.

True Blue

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Posy by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: Essences {Linka02} *medium01* brown by Inka Mexicola for Essences, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Eyes: #adored – siren eyes – kelp by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Top: -tres blah- Open Collar Blouse – Chambray by Julliette Westerburg for -tres blah-

Jeans: L&B Jeans “Classic Boyfriend” by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Necklace: **RE** LUX Elix Necklace by Crashnoww for RealEvil Industries, available at the Jewelry Fair *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Slink – Raw Nostalgia Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Feet: Slink Female Feet (AvEnhance) – Mid by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Eudora 3D Ragnarok Clogs by Eudora3D for Eudora 3D, available at Uber *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Rainbow’s End

Rainbow’s End

“Where does the rainbow end,
in your soul or on the horizon?”
~ Pablo Neruda

Rainbow's End

Something bright and colorful for an unusually cold and cloudy day where I am. This great tie-dyed dress from Cortez Brandriss comes in several colors/patterns but I was feeling the hippie love so I got this one. Something about it just makes me happy. I accessorized with some great Indian-inspired jewelry from Dima Plessis for the Jewelry Fair, which is opening today. It came with a great texture-change HUD that allowed me all sorts of clicky changes to mix and match AND she did the fine service of providing a few prematched options. Love it all, especially with the bangles she has also made for the Fair.

Rainbow's End

My long braid is Mirja Mills’ newest with side-swept bangs and an interesting combo of braids rigged to the avatar. As always, you get Mirja’s great assortment of hair colors. My glowing skin is Sawsan Secretspy’s newest for the Suicide Dollz Event. Sawsan is going nuts with new skins, and they are all gorgeous. How does she do it?!

Rainbow's End

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * MELA* by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Raja DarkTan by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Suicide Dollz Event *

Eyes: [Buzz] Ardent Eyes – Angel by Eleri Catlyn for Buzzeri

Dress: [ free bird ] Aucklet Dress – Karma by Cortez Brandriss for [ free bird ]

Necklace: Cazimi: Ahlam Necklace – Ultimate by Dima Plessis for Cazimi, available at The Jewelry Fair (opens September 13)*

Earrings: Cazimi: Ahlam Earrings – Ultimate by Dima Plessis for Cazimi, available at The Jewelry Fair (opens September 13)*

Bracelets: Cazimi: Suhaila Indian Bangles – Pink & Gold by Dima Plessis for Cazimi, available at The Jewelry Fair (opens September 13)*

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Ma Vie. – Les Vernis – Classics by Mavi Beck of Ma Vie

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Pure Poison – Lisa Sandals – Black by Shaleene Kenin for Pure Poison

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Ruby Pearl

Ruby Pearl

Well, I’ve got a woman named a-Ruby Pearl
A be-boppin’ baby in a be-boppin’ world
She’s got the rhythm from her head to her feet
She knows at first every brand new beat
Ruby Pearl, hey, hey-hey, Ruby Pearl
Ruby, Ruby, Ruby Pearl

~ “Ruby Pearl” by Jackie Lee Cochran

Ruby Pearl

A be-boppin’ girl, our Ruby Pearl, with a great mesh dress from the just-opened Thrift Shop with all the great attributes of a rockabilly look. With a full mesh skirt (underlain with a cleverly-crafted alpha that includes lace at the edge), this dress with big blowsy roses is a lovely look from Blacknesslectra. To go from sweet to more rockabilly, I added a tattoo from Antonia Marat (still the best rockabilly I can find on the grid) and pearls and earrings from Plurabelle Laszlo, that will soon be featured at the Jewelry Fair. Finally, wicked stiletto shoes from Beanster Potato with a texture change HUD  for the little triangle insets allowed me to match my shoes to the look while having that edgy high heeled look that good rockabilly needs.

Ruby Pearl

Of course, the whole look was started because of this fabulous new style from Truth Hawks with the side rolls and long wavy locks. He made the hair in two versions so you get two for one in your box, but I preferred this look, especially with the fabulous skin that Sawsan Secretspy has made for the Unique Varied Event. She includes several lipsticks and eyeshadows and this wickedly great eyeliner with the skin. I wore the cleavage version with this dress because it makes sense. CarrieAnn Lemon’s great plain nail color set from the Thrift Shop completes my look.

 

 

 

 

Ruby Pearl

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Tulip 2 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Aurora Tan Nat CL with .::WoW Skins::: Eyeliner and .::WoW Skins::. Aurora – BabyPink Lips by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Unique Varied Event *

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Prisma~ Ice Eye by Funeral Plutonian for {S0NG}

Dress: +MC+Hey Darling!Roses by Blacknesslectra for Macabre, available at Thrift Shop

Jewelry: Bliensen + MaiTai – Margarita – pastel rose – Necklace and Earrings by Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Jewelry Fair (opening September 13) *

Tattoo: /artilleri/ maggie tattoo (no chest) by Antonia Marat for /artilleri/

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: ! ellemeno ! colored nails by CarrieAnn Lemon for Ellemeno, available at Thrift Shop

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: DN Mesh: Akaline Heels by beanster Potato for Ducknipple *

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Mystery Girl

Mystery Girl

“I’ll search the world
for the girl
who knows what’s become between us…”

~ “Mystery Girl” by World Party

Mystery Girl

My mystery girl took a trip over to the Designer Showcase to dress up today. First, this dress from GraceHaddington is a new creation with one of her great texture-change HUDs and a gorgeous sheer panel at the decolletage. Grace is the queen of textures, applying them to her clothes in great proportions and with a wonderful eye how they will work on a silhouette. Rather than texture the whole dress with the abstract pattern, she leaves the back solid, which gives the whole dress a visual pop. I paired it with darling t-straps from Delinda Abbot, which are harder to come by in SL than one would think. Love the pointy toe and the stylishness of these shoes. Earrings are preview copies for the Jewelry Fair from Plurabelle Laszlo for the Jewelry Fair coming on September 13. Can’t wait to see what else is coming out!

Mystery Girl

My beautiful skin is Umazuma Metaluna’s new offer for Collabor88. It’s great to see some new designers in Collabor88. As much as I like the others, it’s nice to see a change of pace, and of course, we know Uma does some brilliant and unique skins. I love the delicate features of this skin and the beautiful makeup colors, perfect for a Miami night. My sideswept ‘do is Queue Marlowe’s lovely limited edition for 24 Squared. It’s one that you should rush to get because it will be gone and only 150 lucky people on the grid will have a copy.

Mystery Girl

Hair: AD – joan – dark browns by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, available at 24 Squared *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Kim – Miami (toffee) DB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – black coffee by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Dress: [LG] Boutique-[ SUMMER14] Riptide by GraceHaddington for LivGlam, available at Designer Showcase *

Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai – Margarita – pastel rose – Earring Plurabelle Laszlo for .Bliensen + MaiTai, available at the Jewelry Fair (opening September 13) *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – set 223 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: Lindy Birget BlackPat by Delinda Abbot for Lindy, available at Designer Showcase

Poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Solitude

Solitude

“Trees’re always a relief, after people.” ~ David Mitchell

Solitude

I am an introvert. I like my alone time a lot. I like quiet. So a walk in the woods is a good thing, and dressed as a woman warrior, I can let my inner fierce out. I dressed this way because two elements I wanted to show: first, these great mesh gladiator sandals with knee pads from Erratic Rain, which she is featuring at Uber. Available in several colors, the sandals are great for any kind of RL or a sexy summer look. My outfit is one of ValentinaEvangelista’s great mesh pieces. She makes her own mesh, and it’s not easy rigging clothes to fit well and also doing the fantastic textures she makes. If you want original mesh, that’s the place to go.

Solitude

The other reason I did this look was to show off Shylah Honey’s hair for We Love Roleplay. Shylah (and her husband Tommy Fairplay) also do all original mesh pieces. This side-swept ‘do comes in 20 shades on their texture-change HUD and includes the feathers on the side, perfect for RP. My skin is Sawsan Secretspy’s exclusive for 24 Squared. She will only be selling 150 copies total and once they are gone, they are gone. The skin comes with a generous number of lipsticks and eye makeups plus freckles and of course, cleavage, so it’s a very unique look for a lucky few.

Solitude

Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Koko Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly, available at We Love Roleplay *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Melissa Bronze  with .::WoW Skins::. Orange Lips Tattoo B/DT (ADD ME) and .::WoW Skins::. Black eyeliner (Bonus) by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at 24 Squared *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Moca moca eyes -Light Brown- by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Outfit: :V.e. Sophia Two Piece Cocoa by ValentinaEvangelista for Valentina E.

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Fern’s Trinket and Bead Necklace – Long by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at  FaMESHed *

Headpiece and Earrings: Legal Insanity – Ashanti Headband Black with Ashanti Earrings – Black  by Datrip Blackbart for Legal Insanity, available at the Showroom *

Bracers: .random.Matter. – Baratheon Bracers – Brown by Nikohl Hax for .random.Matter, available at We Love Roleplay *

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual by Siddean Munro for Slink

Feet: Slink Mesh Feet (Av) Flat by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: erratic / valena – gladiator sandals / espresso by Erratic Rain for erratic, available at Uber *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Taken at the Chakyrn Forest