It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 1

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 1

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

There’ll be much mistltoeing
And hearts will be glowing
When loved ones are near

~ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” by Andy Williams

advent calendar

It’s that time of year ago! Yes indeed! The KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar is out and I have the pleasure of showing you all the amazing content they will be giving as a gift EVERY SINGLE DAY until Christmas. The final gift will be, of course, a special holiday KittyCat. (The gorgeous front of the calendar was made by my partner, Callie Cline, who doesn’t know this, but she will be designing all my holiday cards in the future!)

The rules of the calendar are as follows: one gift per avatar. One gift per day but you can gather gifts from previous days if the door has been opened. Calendars will be available at the KittyCatS Wonderland, the main store for KittyCatS AND this year, at the stores of the contributing designers!

And who are this year’s designers? I am guessing you will be as stoked as I am when you see. (Just add “OMG OMG OMG” after each name as I did when I saw the final line-up):

  • Adored
  • Analog Dog
  • Azul
  • Barnesworth Anubis
  • Bare Rose
  • Blacklace
  • Chop Zuey
  • Convair
  • Culprit/Koikoi
  • Damselfly
  • Earthstones
  • Emo-tions
  • Funky Junk
  • Je Suis
  • Kunglers
  • Lapointe & Bastchild
  • LeeZu Baxter
  • Maxi Gossamer
  • Miamai
  • Mina
  • Pixel Mode
  • Scarlet Creative
  • Shai
  • Sn@tch
  • Somnia
  • The Loft
  • Tres Beau
  • Wow Skins

I am so excited for this line-up. This year is going to prove to be one of the best for gifts ever seen in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar! Thank you so much, wonderful designers!

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The first gift is a beautiful jewelry set from Belle Roussel, made specifically for the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar. The “Hearts of Hope” set includes a necklace, charm bracelet and earrings. What you can’t see in my static photo is that each gem has an animated texture so the diamonds appear to catch the light without having to include bling or have materials shown and is very representative of Belle’s beautiful work. The set is bold and rich-looking and festive ornamentation for any dress-up you want to do this holiday season.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

I show it with an elegant sheath from Zib Scaggs that I have had in my inventory forever, waiting for the perfect look, and this was it. With new shoes from BabyChampagne Sass, which I was able to adjust to fit my Belleza Venus body feet, and Shyla Diggs’ new skin for Uber, it’s a dressy look for the holidays. My simple décor is a wire tree from Sway Dench that comes as a wall hanging or floor model, with or without little photo frames and with a great texture change script that allows gold or silver or a combo, also available at Uber.

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Suki Mesh Hair – Cinnamon by MissAllSunday Lemon for /Wasabi Pills/ *

Skin: -Belleza- Lola Med 2 R by Shyla Diggs for –Belleza-, available at Uber *

Eyes: .ID. Shine Eyes / Blue-Green by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Dress: Lifen ~ Lagoon by Zib Scaggs for Zibska

Jewelry: Hearts of Hope Gld Necklace, Hearts of Hope Gld Charme Bracelet, Hearts of Hope Gld Earrings by Belle Roussel for Chop Zuey, GIFT available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}sexy cara SLK-v band by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

Tree: Sway’s [Noel] wire Christmas tree / potted by Sway Dench for Sway’s, available at Uber *

Poses by Luth Brodie for Reel Expression (no longer available)

Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive

Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive

You’ve got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

~ “Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive” done by Aretha Franklin

Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive

It’s time to put the good face on. I admit sometimes I can be cranky—can’t we all? But humming this tune reminds me I have to “eliminate the negative.” It’s easy to be positive when you feel put together and this new dress from Ivy Burner that she has at the 100 Block, which comes with a great texture-change HUD, is putting me in a very up mood. With a graceful billow of fabric at the waist, it shows a different silhouette than many minis nowadays but with the halter top and way open back, it’s still very sexy. Accentuated with darling little wedge booties from BabyChampagne Sass, also from 100 Block, and a great clutch from Aleida Rhode that includes texture change for the metals and is also found at 100 Block, I am feeling up beat.

Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive

Sawsan Secretspy is launching this new skin at the Spring Break Fair, and it’s a beauty with gorgeously made-up eyes and lush lips. I was thrilled when I wore Isabelle Requiem’s gorgeous eyes from Kustom 9 with this skin—it just all went together with Chiaki Xue’s sassy short haircut that she is selling at the Japan Fair. AvaGardner Kungler completes the look with stunning jeweled teardrop earrings. This confident look is the ideal approach to a rosy day.

Ac-Cent-U-Ate the Positive

You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium’s
Liable to walk upon the scene

Hair: *Dura* JAPAN FAIR Limited hair B by Chiaki Xue for Dura, available at Japan Fair 2014 *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Leilani Tan 02 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Spring Break Fair *

Eyes: [Brixley] Spring Eyes – evergreen by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Kustom9 *

Dress: ~Sassy!~ True Romance – all colors by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available at the 100 Block *

Earrings: (Kunglers Extra) Esplendor earring – Gold rose by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra, available at L’Accessoires *

Handbag: Elysium  – Coco clutchbag – terracotta by Aleida Rhode for Elysium, available at the 100 Block *

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

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Ombre Set HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}} my destiny golden green by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at the 100 Block *

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

Lula

Lula

“He knew more about the death of Lula Landry than he had ever meant or wanted to know; the same would be true of virtually any sentient being in Britain. Bombarded with the story, you grew interested against your will, and before you knew it, you were so well informed, so opinionated about the facts of the case, you would have been unfit to sit on a jury.” ~ Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling

Lula

I have been sitting on that quote a long time to use it for a look and it seems perfect because this look reminds me of Lula Landry, the tragically murdered model from Robert Galbraith’s/J.K. Rowling’s first book about the private investigator, Cormoran Strike. I read the book enthusiastically before I knew Harry Potter’s creator had written it—it really is well-written and incredibly enjoyable with full-fleshed characters and a great plot. Cormoran Strike is a complex and incredibly interesting man. Clearly Harry Potter isn’t the only one she has in her. Now she has a new one coming out in June and I can’t wait!

My Lula is fashionable, of course, but also gentle in the way Lula in the book was. She was not sharp, not a Naomi Campbell. She is a woman of mixed-race, adopted by a wealthy family, clearly loved by them. And loved greatly by the public as well, being beautiful and gentle as she is. So it’s a shock when she has been murdered. This gorgeous maxi-dress from Kim Lysette is a fashionista’s dream with its great silhouette and texture-change HUD (6 variations of this texture) and ridiculously inexpensive at 55L at Fi*Friday. I embellished with a gorgeous new necklace from AvaGardner Kungler, who contributes the best jewels to the grid. As always, her use of color and shape is what amazes.

Lula

My absolutely drop-dead gorgeous skin, the impetus for bringing Lula back, is from Shantia Soulstar. This was one of my favorite skins at Skin Fair this year, breathtaking in its beauty, proportions, and coloring. Her included makeups are subtle enough that the beauty of the skin and the avatar shine through. And with these gorgeous eyes from Umazuma Metaluna and this gorgeous long hair with trimmed bangs framing my face from Truth Hawks, my Lula is every bit the gorgeous, graceful model I imagined.

Lula

“He had never been able to understand the assumption of intimacy fans felt with those they had never met.” ~ Robert Galbraith, The Cuckoo’s Calling

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

Skin: Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Dk Brows with Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Eyeshadow 07 and Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Lips 08 by Shantia Soulstar for Zoul Creations, available at Skin Fair 2014 (Sim 1) *

Eyes: [theSkinery] Maple eye – Indian Summer by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery

Dress: [LG]KC Sp14 Lego House Maxi Dress by Kim Lysette for LivGlam/K Collection, available at Fi*Friday *

Jewelry: (Kunglers Extra) Arara necklace – copper by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Autumn Nights Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Djinn Immortal copper by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

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

Phenomenal Woman

Phenomenol Woman

It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

~ from “Phenomenol Woman” by Maya Angelou

Phenomenol Woman

Phenomenal woman, yep, that’s me. I can’t help but think it’s my look today. Start with Poulet Koenkamp’s newest dress, which comes in several color variations. With a patterned tiered skirt and a sweetheart neckline, this dress has a lot going on. I pair it with Mirja Mills’ newest jewelry set in black and white with teensy intricate design and beautifully rendered textures.

Phenomenol Woman

The story here, of course, is Nicole Button’s newest releases for Skin Fair 2014. These skins are phenomenal with lush skin tones and absolutely drop dead gorgeous features. I put this skin on and I was hooked. Each skin pack comes in 6 skin tones and includes two natural skins in bright and soft (meaning one is more burnished than the other), two lip glosses, four eyebrow colors, hairbases, and a ton of cleavage options. She also includes mesh ears and appliers for just about everything you ever need. Truth Hawks’ gorgeous full long locks complete my look, making it sexy and sensuous and woman—phenomenally.

Phenomenol Woman

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Lolita by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at Collabor88 *

Skin: Egozy.Anjali (Canelle).SOFT with Egozy.Anjali.Hairs Chestnut.(Add)(Canelle) by Nicole Button for Egozy, available at Skin Fair 2014 (Sim 2) *

Eyes: PC pearl – bog wood – medium medium by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes

Gown: :: PM :: Zohra Gown in Black/Silver by Poulet Koenkamp for PurpleMoon Creations *

Jewelry: .:EMO-tions:. *ARIEL* armband, circlet, earrings, necklace, ring (silver/black) by Mirja Mills for.:EMO-tions:. *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Flat Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Fingernails Applier Slink A/E – Set 144 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair*

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Dancing queen black by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

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

Phenomenol  Woman

Elegance

Elegance

Elegance isn’t solely defined by what you wear. It’s how you carry yourself, how you speak, what you read. ~ Carolina Herrera

Elegance

I have always been a big proponent of elegance, which features beauty and simplicity and a certain quiet rightness to things. People can speak of elegance in code, elegance in math or philosophy, but here I hope to represent it in self-presentation. My beautifully textured dress from Ariadne Garrigus certainly conveys the idea. With a simple palette, she covers her dress in beads of varying sizes over a satiny fabric but with a casual silhouette that includes a strappy criss-cross back. It’s purely sexy in a sleek elegant way. BabyChampagne Sass’s gorgeous peep-toe slingbacks and simple jewelry from Maxi Gossamer complete the look.

Elegance

The inspiration for the look was Shantia Soulstar’s exclusive new skin for Skin Fair 2014. In trying on several skins for preview, this one definitely caught my eye with its elegant beauty and rich tone. (I shot it kind of overlit, I realize, but I wanted the gorgeous features to really show.) Shantia sells this skin in seven tones with 10 eyeshadows and 10 lipsticks and includes dark, light and no brow options. It’s a really captivating skin from a creator I had not tried before.

And of course, I have been looking for the perfect chance to show these dreads from M4ri1yn Magic. He has created a very interestingly engineered hair piece—there are two pieces actually: the dreads themselves and then the wisps. This ensures the pieces will fit on your head. His HUD includes tones from white to dark with blonde, red and dark in between. It’s a fresh thought process from M4ri1yn and not like his other hair, and I love it!

Elegance

“An elegant woman is a woman who despises you and has no hair under her arms.” ~ Salvador Dalí

Hair: ~Tableau Vivant~ Hill – Dreads series by M4ri1yn Magic for Tableau Vivant *

Skin: Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Dk Brows with Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Lips 06 and Zoul Creations – Meili – Tone 4 – Eyeshadow 01 by Shantia Soulstar for Zoul Creations, available at Skin Fair 2014 (Sim 1) (opens March 14) *

Eyes: PC pearl – bog wood – large medium by Lano Ling for Poetic Eyes

Dress: ***ArisAris AA31 boasts Dress by Ariadna Garrigus for ArisAris *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace and Earrings – DewDrop Glass Bead by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant Left and Slink Mesh Hands (av) Elegant1 Right by Siddean Munro for Slink

Nail appliers: Flair – Nail Hud Add On – Slink Avatar Enhancement – Set 144 by Sasy Scarborough for Flair *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Dancing queen black by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

Poses from the Geisha set by Tutys for Tutys

Elegance

When Spring Comes….

When Spring Comes...

“If winter comes, can spring be far behind?” ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley

When Spring Comes...

When spring comes, and undoubtedly it will because a hyacinth in a pot on my dining room table is belling her fragrance and telling me excitedly that spring is coming, some day, soon. My bike is sitting out in the garage, orange and bright blue and hopeful. My gardening clogs are lying obediently by the back door, biding their time. It’s going to come, spring is, I know it.

And when it does I will be damn happy, as I am sure anyone will. This dress from Amberchaudry Corpur reminds me of that happiness with its pastel colors and glittering lines. In shadows, the alphas in the skirt don’t do the dress the greatest favor but in the light most would wear this—unshadowed—it’s quite pretty, and quite a deal at the Designer Showcase. I also got my pink and pretty nail appliers at the Designer Showcase, from S1nful Viper, who features several pastel sets. My bracelets feature materials from Maxi Gossamer.

When Spring Comes...

I rather adore the new skin from Izzie Button that she is offering at the Liaison Collaborative. She offers appliers in her store for all her skin tones and a set of makeups with this skin, which is beautiful and sexy in the best ways. My updo is one of Mirja Mill’s gorgeously created buns with the great hair base. It looks so sleek and so sexy this way. And earrings are Plurabell Laszlo’s offering for I <3 Role Play. They can be used with any outfit that needs a touch of spring.

When Spring Comes...

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” ~ Anne Bradstreet

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

Skin: Izzie’s – Maci Skin sunkissed LB with Izzie’s – Maci Eyeshadow pink and Izzie’s – Lipstick soft rose by Izzie Button for Izzie’s, available at the Liaison Collaborative

Eyes: [Brixley] Haze Eyes – indigo by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at SL Fashion Week *

Dress: [[ Masoom ]] Veera gown by Amberchaudry Corpur for Masoom, available at Designer Showcase

Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai – Cassis Earring by Plurabelle Laszlo for Bliensen + MaiTai, available at We <3 Roleplay *

Bracelets: MG – Bangles – Sparkly Pearl Cuff – GOLD by Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Nail appliers: SB: Amore Polish Slink Nails by S1nful Viper for Sansa Bella, available at Designer Showcase

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Cherish GOLD by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

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Prime Time

Prime Time

When you’re down, and it’s hard
And you feel like you’ve given your all
Baby I know we’ll always keep it real and true

~ “Prime Time” by Janelle Monae featuring Miguel

Prime Time

Janelle Monae’s elegant smooth voice in “Prime Time” and her lush imaginative music so suits this smooth golden look. (Her latest album, “The Electric Lady,” features some of my favorite musicians—Esperanza Spalding, Erykah Badu, and Prince.) This look starts with an elegant, Indian-influenced gown by Spooky Mistwallow, suitable for dancing and role playing and featured at her role play shop. Add to it gold shoes from BabyChampagne Sass, elegant and stylish. A glint of minimalist jewelry from Yani Trice, sold at this month’s Chapter Four, is all the embellishment this gorgeous look needs.

Prime Time

Sawsan Secretspy’s gorgeous newer skin, which I have showed a few times now (guess I like it) adds to the smooth golden beauty here. Funeral Plutonian’s eyes, which I found at Kustom 9, give a brown sugar sweetness to our lady. And I love Mina Nakamura’s ombre hair, which she is selling with five amazing color combs in a HUD for one low price at the Dressing Room Fusion.

Prime Time

Cause baby it’s a primetime for our love
Ain’t nobody peekin’ but the stars above
It’s a primetime for our love
And heaven is bettin’ on us

Hair: MINA Hair – Noor NB with Materials by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Maram Med 03 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::.

Eyes: {S0NG} :: Inka~ Lost Eye by Funeral Plutonian for S0ng, available at Kustom9

Gown: =Mirage= by KRC – Sarie Gown – Forest by Spooky Mistwallow for =Mirage= Arabian Treasure Company *

Jewelry: :::LP::: Noel_Bracelet – Gold R and:::LP::: Noel_Ring – Gold R by Yani Trice for Le Primitif, available at Chapter Four

Nail appliers: Autumn Nights Set by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Cherish GOLD by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

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