Winter Is A’Comin’

Winter Is A'Comin'

Winter is icumen in, Lhude sing Goddamm, Raineth drop and staineth slop, And how the wind doth ramm! Sing: Goddamm. ~ Ezra Pound

Winter Is A'Comin'

Yesterday it was cold and the wind was blowing the sparkling crystals of snow off the trees, glistening in the sunlight in a most spectacular way. We are supposed to get more snow today and the skies have that certain gray cast. I realized once I put together this blog every item I am wearing relates to winter storms. First start with Poulet Koenkamp’s newest dress in “Turbulent Gray.” With a storm of translucent skirts, shimmering with swirls and feathers, this gown includes an optional fur stole.

My jewelry is Isaura Simon’s generous and lovely diamond snowflake and necklace, offered on the KittyCats Advent Calender as yesterday’s gift, a perfect accessory for this winter look, especially as I stand in Tya Fallingbridge’s gazebo decorated with white lights and surrounded by Cory Edo’s snow-kissed trees, both available at FaMESHed.

Winter Is A'Comin'

Aida Ewing recently released a set of skins at Collabor88, adding to my cool and beautiful snowy look. Kavar Cleanslate’s hair (appropriately from the “Wild Fusion” set) is cool and blue with white and gray highlights. And Maddox Dupont is offering these gorgeous “infected sky” colored eyes in the Peace on Earth hunt.

 

Winter Is A'Comin'

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. ~ Anton Chekhov

Hair: Exile::Dream of Paradise in Wild Fusion by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Mokatana skin – America 04 H by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at Collabor88*

Eyes: MADesigns EYES_PURPOSE ~ infected sky by Maddox Dupont for KMadd Enterprises, one of the Peace on Earth hunt items

Dress: :: PM :: Royal Queen Gown in Turbulence Grey by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations *

Jewelry: Designs by Isaura 2013 Xmas Present (Snowflake Necklace and Earrings) by Isaura Simons for Designs by Isaura, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

Nails: Nailed It – Glitter Silver by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Gazebo: [PM] Pixel Mode – Winter Dreams Gazebo by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed *

Trees: Trompe Loeil – Holiday 2013 Tree Blue Spruce Snow – Plain by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *

The Residents

The Residents

“Most people are other people.” ~ Oscar Wilde

My friend, Tutsy Navarathna, recently released a new machinima that posed a really interesting question. What happens when someone from “outside” comes to our world? What do they see?

In this case, two aliens end up in our world, trying to understand the humans they see. But the machinima has a brilliant SL twist. I won’t say much more except I will encourage you to watch the whole thing. (At just over 10 minutes long, it’s a lot of content, very beautifully assembled, and it has an actual story of interest, which beats most machinima I have seen. Besides the beautiful imagery, showing some of the best sims of SL, the story is interesting and humorous.)

The Residents

I was inspired by the many “humans” Tutsy’s aliens encountered to make a human of my own in the same spirit. She is casual and otherworldly. First I start with a cute knit top from Sanura Snowpaw in a chic black and white stripe, off the shoulder mesh. Then I add Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus’ boot flared jeans with their brilliant texture change HUD. (The jeans come in a bazillion colors but I chose black to make this look.) Finally I end up with Pixieplumb Flanagan’s funky boots that also include a texture-change HUD—and I chose zebra print.

The Residents

Of course, Aida Ewing’s recent release of fairy skins inspired me in this blakc and white look. With beautifully rendered grays, the skin makes my “human” aetherial. A pair of intense gift eyes from Silverr Andel (part of a very generous set put out for the Peace on Earth hunt) creates her spark of life. And Kavar Cleanslate’s wild ponytails, using one of his crazier texture sets, makes my girl a combination of casual and unusual—a perfect “resident” for our aliens to observe.

The Residents

Finally, I share a tableau of residents, some of whom the aliens might encounter, in a typical scene in front of a holiday fireplace, generously provided by Misa for the KittyCats Advent Calendar for yesterday. She includes sitting rugs for “humanoids,” “dinkies” and “tinies.” I got Maxxi Toxx in his tiny avatar to come over and lie in front of the fire on the tiny rug to demonstrate. (You have to see the machinima to “get” the photo—it will all make sense.)

The Residents

[7:40] Roller Ball: I must go. My mistress is calling. *poof*

Hair: Exile::Stray Wishes by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile:: *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Elvi – Fairy 01 A by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: sa Serenity Eyes BANDIT by Silverr Andel for Sterling Artistry, one of the Peace on Earth hunt items

Top: .: Somnia :. Jailbird {White/Black} by Sanura Snowpaw for .: Somnia :. *

Jeans: L&B Jeans Flare Candy – Color FatPack by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus for Lapointe and Bastchild *

Boots: BM Carrie Exotic Boot All Colours by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

Poses by Mavi Beck of Ma Vie *

Fireplace with stockings and pose rugs: Delightful Gift Box – Holiday Fireplace by Misa Delight for Delight Tiny and Humanoid Items, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

Tiny friend: Maxxi Toxx (thank you!)

Brrrrrr

Brrrrr

“The cold cut like a many bladed knife.” ~ Israel Zangwill

Brrrrr

A cold front has blown through my town and the rest of the country and we’re all huddling in for the duration. Paul Lapointe and Bastchild Lotus just released this chic pair of boots in autumn colors that include a color change for the boots, the strap around the boots and the sole. In typical L&B style, the boots are sexy down to the last detail and versatile for many looks.

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SamanthaSJones proudly released this trenchcoat recently. I have seen the style in other stores but not with Sam’s unique twist on it. Rather than offering the coat in many colors, you get a coat OF many colors with her special hud that allows 120 different colors. I have to be honest—I was late on this post because I spent so much time clicking all the colors, trying to decide what I liked.

Brrrrr

Helyanwe Vindaloo offered this blushing, cold weather skin in the KittyCats Advent Calendar yesterday. Remember that you can get previous days’ gifts in the calendar up until Christmas, so if you missed yesterday, get it today. My sleek hair is Tabata Jewell’s newest style, offering a close-to-the-head style that looks chic and fashionable, perfect for the new menswear haute couture look or for wearing short under hats (or earmuffs—these from Izzie Button).

Brrrrr

Finally, under my gloves I sport a secret manicure. Today, Caroline Apollo offered this darling nailpolish set as a gift in the KittyCats Advent Calendar. With four different kitty motifs, you can share your KittyCat love on your Slink hand nails.

Brrrrr

“Withstanding the cold develops vigor for the relaxing days of spring and summer. Besides, in this matter as in many others, it is evident that nature abhors a quitter.” ~ Arthur C. Crandall

Hair: Vanity Hair: After Dark-Dark Blondes by Tabata Jewell for Vanity Hair *

Skin: .ploom. Maia [Vanilla] (LB) – Frosty by Helyanwe Vindaloo for .ploom., available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

Eyes: .ID. Portrait Eyes / Blue by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Coat: [LG] Boutique-[ FALL-13] How To Marry A Millionaire Coat by SamanthaSJones for for LIV-Glam *

Tights: {SMS} Braid Knit Tights Pulse by Irie Campese for So Many Styles, available at TDR Fusion

Ear Muffs: Izzie’s – Mesh Earmuffs teal by Izzie Button for Izzie’s

Scarf: BoHo HoBo Scarf Ladie’s Small (rainbowstripes) by Trill Zapatero for BoHo HoBo

Gloves: [VG] – ‘Brody Gloves’ in Crimson – Glove Layer by Chloris Hathor for Viva La Glam

Nail Applier: Caroline’s Kitty Nail Polish Huds for Slink by Caroline Apollo for Caroline’s Jewelry and Accessories, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

Boots: L&B S’wear “Bianca” (SM) Knee Boots Autumn Neutrals by Paul Lapointe and BastChild Lotus forLapointe and Bastchild *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Ev’rywhere you go;
Take a look in the five and ten glistening once again
With candy canes and silver lanes aglow.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Toys in ev’ry store
But the prettiest sight to see is the holly that will be
On your own front door.

~ “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” (version by Bing Crosby)

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

My studio has been taken over by the coziness of Christmas. My KittyCat, Calliekins, pops up from time to time to cuddle with me on the sofa while I am planning my holiday lists. The countdown to Christmas, my seasonal target date, is getting hectic. All these Advent Calendars are not making it any easier!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

First, we have KittyCats’ Advent Calendar, which is offering a darling gift from a KittyCats friend every day. Today’s gift was a darling antique cabinet with doors and a drawer that open and close from Bebe Begonia. I put books in but you could put anything you like in this antique cabinet.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Speaking of Advent calendars, Cory Edo is offering a great one at the Arcade, which offers 12 gifts for the 12 days of Christmas. You pump your quarters into the gacha machine and it spews out keys that can be rezzed to open the doors. DO NOT rez a key for a door you have already opened. You will render it unusable—one key opens one door once only. I rezzed the #1 key and got this darling holiday bird with frame.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

If you hadn’t noticed, I decided to begin to look a lot like Christmas myself with this short sleeved turtleneck from LacunaInc. The weather being what it is today, short sleeves would not do well for me in RL but in SL, it’s always the perfect temperature, so I could snuggle up on a Holiday-theme sofa with Calliekins and enjoy the twinkling lights on the holiday tree from Cory Edo, both offered at FaMESHed. Ceberus Noel is offering these cute cuffed boots for the winter season made from mesh.

Finally, I gave myself a holiday appearance with green eyes from Audrey Lamede and one of the Shyla Diggs/Tricky Boucher skins being offered at the Arcade. With beautifully lined eyes and a deep red mouth, this ones a keeper if you only get one. And I am wearing the rare long hair from MissAllSunday Lemon in Ash, which is also being offered at the Arcade.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
Soon the bells will start
And the thing that will make them ring
Is the carol that you sing
Right within your heart, right within your heart

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Kira Mesh Hair – Ash – RARE by by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at The Arcade *

Skin: -Belleza- Tara Arcade 14 by Shyla Diggs and Tricky Boucher for -Belleza-, available at The Arcade *

Eyes: .ID. Shades of Green – Olive II by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Top: *LACUNA* Two Tone Turtleneck M – Olive & Samba by LacunaInc for Lacuna *

Jeans: *Shai* Slim Jeans Mesh by Shai Delacroix for Casa del Shai *

Boots: *GF*[Mesh] Wedge Boots “Nancy” -charcoal- by Cerberus Noel for G Field *

Sofa: Trompe Loeil – Holiday Couch With Pillows by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *

Holiday tree: Trompe Loeil – Holiday 2013 Tree Blue Spruce – Scripted Lights by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at FaMESHed *

Advent Calendar: Trompe Loeil – Advent Calendar 2013 by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, available at the Arcade *

Rug: Persian Rug Blue and Cream by Nuala Shippe for Kunstkammer (no longer available)

Books: :CP: Hemmingway Book Pile by Isla Gealach for Cheeky Pea and Dutchie row of books by Froukje Hoorenbeek for Dutchie

Gifts: {what next} Fancy Christmas Giftboxes by Winter Thorn for {what next}

Cabinet: {CdB} Vintage French Painted Cabinet by Bebe Begonia for Casa de Bebe, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland *

Luck Be a Lady

Luck Be a Lady

They call you lady luck
But there is room for doubt

~ “Luck Be a Lady” by Frank Sinatra

Luck Be a Lady

I am one lucky lady. I have this sexy little dress from Ariadna Garrigus, these longer than long red vinyl thigh high boots from Bax Coen and my own showgirl sign, advertising my luck from Agustkov. The dress comes in black with red or white but I chose the red because it’s my lucky color. The boots come in several colors—they were recently released in vinyl because, well, every girl in SL needs a little kink in her SL. And the sign is a great one with texture change, on and off marquee lights, and seven poses—some of which I show here except lying on my back, which is one of Rogan Diesel’s new “Erotique” poses.

Luck Be a Lady

It seems lady luck is what you need at the gachas. I thought SL banned gambling but a little gumball machine stuffing doesn’t seem out of the question. I am lucky because I got Queue Marlowe’s rarest hair offered at the Arcade, this fresh-out-of-bed sexy ‘do with a queen of hearts crown. And my skin is one of Umazuma Metaluna fresh faces from the Arcade. I love the cat eyes and the bright cherry lips softened by a freckled face. Sexy as heck—get them all!

Luck Be a Lady

I would be remiss in telling you about the gift for the fourth day of the KittyCats Advent Calendar. It’s such a sweet gift, it just didn’t fit in with my Lady Luck, but you’d be lucky to get it. Dellybean North has lovingly recreated the KittyCats in a music-playing snow globe. Click the globe and snow falls while a sweet lullaby plays.

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Lets keep this party polite
Never get out of my sight
Stick with me baby, I’m the guy that you came in with
Luck be a lady tonight

Hair: AD – queen of hearts – dark browns (rare) by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, available at The Arcade *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Maya 6 (honey) BB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at The Arcade *

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Moon Eyes – brown by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Dress: ***ArisAris AA14 Connection Red dress by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Casual Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand appliers: [theSkinnery]Slink Skin Applier HUD-Hands-honey by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery *

Nail Appliers: Nailed It – Dark Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Boots: BAX Regency Boots Red Patent Leather by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Designs*

Sign: 7 – Lady Luck Vintage Sign by Agustkov for Seven Emporium

Pose from the “Erotique” series by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

PuddyTat Lullaby Snowglobe 1 by Dellybean North for True North Designs, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

The Gift of Appreciation

The Gift of Appreciation

You… You really like me!” ~ Sally Field

The Gift of Appreciation

I got an email from Doctor Gascoigne today that said, “I voted for you,” in the subject line and nothing else. I had to email back asking what he was talking about and he pointed to me the Avi Choice Awards, where I was listed as a candidate for best blogger. I was really surprised! Wedged between such heavyweights as Fabulously Free in SL, Hamlet Au, Inara Pey and Juicybomb was little old me. I am, needless to say, very honored just to be among their company and if you are planning on voting for Hamlet and have a shaky hand, well I won’t stop you from accidentally clicking on my name. Thank you for nominating me. It’s a true gift that warms my heart. Vote here (click on the here).

That being said, I am behind on my blogger duties due to SL weirdness and oh, sleepiness. I’ll admit it. I couldn’t stay up last night to finish my photos. So today you get Days 2 AND 3 of the KittyCats Advent Calendar goodies. First are a set of poses by Veridian Frog, designed to be used with the KittyCats Megapuss. Created to be used with the built in poses on the KittyCat, the poses are darling and picture purrfect. Imagine what kind of cute holiday cards you could make with your Megapuss.

The Gift of Appreciation

And Barnesworth, an old old friend of the KittyCats, is offering this gorgeous mahogany fireplace with candles and a special pet feeder. The good news is if you missed yesterday’s, you can go today and get it. The previous days’ gifts stay open. The gifts are available to anyone—not just KittyCats fans. However, only one per avatar. How many fireplaces do you need anyway? And the Kittycats friends are doing this in appreciation of you as customers and fans of Kittycats.

The Gift of Appreciation

AvaGardner Kungler is offering this elegant dress at the Winter Trend. I love the studs on the front—usually I hate studs on mesh but these are like jewels sparkling on the dress. My darling boots are Pixieplumb Flanagan’s answer to sexy winter wear. I got my gorgeous skin from Chandra Masala during the Skin Addiction Black Friday sales. (Bet you wish you hadn’t missed this one.) Chandra imbues her skins with beauty and a sort of spiciness (she who “puts the ‘desi’ in ‘desire’”). And my sassy chic ‘do is one of Mirja Mills’ latest.

The Gift of Appreciation

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. ~ Voltaire

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * COLLIEN 2 by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: Jalwa – Zahida – Carom – Brown Eyebrow by Chandra Masala for Jalwa

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Moon Eyes – hazel by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Dress: (Kunglers) Milla shift dress – Abalone by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, available at Winter Trend 2013

Boots: BM Mirari Boot by Pixieplumb Flanagan for Baby Monkey *

Poses: Megapuss Poses, MoodSwings by Veridian Frog for MoodSwings, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

[ba] mahogany fireplace with candles and fancy pet feeder – KittyCats advent 2013 by Barnesworth Anubis for Barnesworth Anubis, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

 

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Sleigh bells ring
Are you listening
In the lane
Snow is glistening
A beautiful sight
We’re happy tonight
Walking in a winter wonderland

~ “Winter Wonderland” (this one by Bing Crosby)

Winter Wonderland

I managed to squeak through Thanksgiving and Black Friday without injury and now I am in the middle track to the rest of the holidays. I have almost all my holiday gifts purchased. The cookies are baked and hidden away. The house is clean. What can I do with myself?

It’s time to receive and the generous folks at KittyCats and their friends are opening the advent calendar for yet another year. Touch down at the calendar, click on the door, and receive a gift from one of the generous KittyCat friends each day. The first gift is a KittyCats trap, a cute box for your KittyCat.

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The rest of the sim has been decorated for winter enjoyment with beautiful picturesque spots for your snapshots and a great huge skating rink to enjoy alone or with a partner. I snuggled up in Kavar Cleanslate’s ingenious sweater/hair combo. The hair comes on top with the hood with a color change for hair and the hood. The dress is a separate piece that also has a color change and the special rare is the Glimmer dress. I wore the icy blue because I love it. I paired it with Babette Ultsch’s sexy off white boots, which are available at her store now (after Shoetopia). A pretty knit scarf from Rebeca Denbow keeps my neck warm. (I purchased because I can knit something like this in RL. Really!)

Winter Wonderland

I went shopping the Black Friday sales for Skin Addiction and wandered into Tuli Asturias’ store and fell in love again. I think I already had this skin but I had to get it again because I still like it. Even with the changing lighting in SL, the skin holds up. The make ups seem a bit bold but I know Tuli is up to new styles and looks to be released soon. I have always been a Tuli girl.

Winter Wonderland

When it snows
Ain’t it thrilling
Though your nose gets a chilling
We’ll frolic and play the Eskimo way
Walking in a winter wonderland

Walking in a winter wonderland
Walking in a winter wonderland

Hair with dress: Exile::First Snow – Dark Browns with Glimmer Dress addon RARE by Kavar Cleanslate for ::Exile::, available at The Arcade *

Skin: [:T:] Gina / sunkissed :: 02 Lagoon by Tuli Asturias for Tuli

Eyes: [Crash Republic] Moon Eyes – blue by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic *

Scarf: _CD_Cold Scarf Snow – by Rebeca Dembow for Candy Doll

Nails: Nailed It – Prim Nails – Medium by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Boots: *KL* Boots Eve Off White by Babette Ultsch for Kitties Lair *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

First day advent gift: A.D.D. Andel! Kitty Trap!- KittyCatS Advent Gift 2013, available for FREE (a gift, duh) at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland