Bittersweet

Bittersweet

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter. ~Carol Bishop Hipps

Bittersweet

Around the fireplace

Welcome to this omnibus blog, where I show photos of my living room from Barnesworth Anubis’ house for Collabor88 jam packed with wonderful goodies, mostly from this month’s Shiny Shabby, showing you CAN do one-stop shopping and walk away with a sim’s worth. I can’t comment on everything shown but will make passing comments on each photo.

There are a ton of gachas at Shiny Shabby, including those from Kunst and Hoorenbeek, Toro, Reverie, Apt B, and Concept. ConceptDesign’s awesome plywood chairs come with color change for the cushions and pillows for lots of mix and match fun.

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The horse’s corner

Take a ride on Eku Zhong’s antique horse for Shiny Shabby. Rugs abound among the gachas, of course, but if you want an alternative, Whimsy Winx and Sasy Scarborough have cooked up several sets of wonderful rugs for décor, sold at their stores.

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The bay window

Barnesworth chocked this house full of cozy bay windows for sitting or decorating. I threw Kunst Himmel’s pillows up there (which include poses), and put a fern from ConceptDesigns out.

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The front window

A sitting area by the front windows (with a crisp fall breeze floating in) includes hand chairs jammeh and a pretty chest of drawers and mirror from Paolla Flux’s gacha at Shiny Shabby.

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The “kinky” bookcase

ROMP is opening today, and I will be featuring more from that later this week, but I couldn’t help but put one of Anaisterpellie’s kinky lamps from ROMP up on the bookshelf from ConceptDesign, holding a very cute country shelf from FadeArcade.

My obligatory close-up shows Abraxxa Anatine’s funky eyeglasses matched with jewelry from Maxi Gossamer for Fameshed and the yummy sweater set from Theatra Blackheart for Shiny Shabby. An easy ponytail from Karla Marama makes sense with this casual look and another one of Sawsan Secretspy’s luscious skins has hit her store.

And yeah, this was a fuckload of work with more coming. Thanks again, Sabein, for helping me get there.

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Hair: pr!tty – Nahla – {Medium Roots} by Karla Marama for pr!tty, available at Shiny Shabby*

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. V2 Fatma Golden 03 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Eyes: [theSkinnery] Flirtacious  eye collection – 4 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at The Cosmetic Fair *

Lashes: .LeLutka.Kornelia lashes.01 by Thora Charron for LeLutka *

Body: Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V3.4 by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Sweater/skirt combo: E-Clipe Jolie V4 by Theatra Blackheart for E-Clipse, available at Shiny Shabby*

Eyeglasses: EarthStones Eyeglasses – The Classic – Brights by Abraxxa Anatine for EarthStones *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Celestine Heart – Short by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Leggings: erratic / basics – leggings by Erratic Rain for erratic *

Boots: shine by [ZD] VINTAGE COWBOY BOOTS cognac by Cecilia Blachere for shine by [ZD]

House: [ba] tabor cottage by Barnesworth Anubis for Barnesworth Anubis, available atCollabor88 *

Around the fireplace:

  • concept}  Corner set –  08 Chair Classic- RARE by ConceptDesign for concept}, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • concept}  Corner set –  07 Chair Colors – RARE by ConceptDesign for concept}, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • concept}  Corner set –  09 Chair Pastel – RARE by ConceptDesign for concept}, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • Apt B // Snuggle Up Basket by FadeArcade for Apt B, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • Soy. Solid Wood Center Table by Soyoy for Soy., available at Shiny Shabby*
  • Toro. Magazine + Espresso shot by jammeh for Toro., available at Shiny Shabby*
  • Soy. Book one is reading by Soyoy for Soy., available at Shiny Shabby*
  • .08 [ kunst ] & [ hoorenbeek ] – Mason jar & candle by Kunst Himmel and Limer Hoorenbeek for [ kunst ], available at Shiny Shabby*
  • W.Winx & Flair – Rug Set – Striped by Whimsy Winx and Sasy Scarborough for W.Winx & Flair *
  • Soy. Mini Leather Stool w/ texture change by Soyoy for Soy., available at Shiny Shabby*
  • {Reverie} Day Dream – World’s End Clock  – Autumn [RARE] by Paolla Flux for {Reverie}, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • :HAIKEI: white cosmos pot by qo0op for :HAIKEI:, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • Con.&floorplan. framed poster / football by Tegin Serin and Wavie Haller for Consignment and floorplan *
  • Apt B // Snuggle Up Logs by FadeArcade for Apt B, available at Shiny Shabby*

Horse’s corner

  • Soy. Mini Leather Stool w/ texture change by Soyoy for Soy., available at Shiny Shabby*
  • Trompe Loeil – Classic Newsprint Wall Art Penn Station by Cory Edo for Trompe Loieil *
  • Dutchie hanging fern by Froujke Hoorenbeek for Dutchie *
  • .07 [ kunst ] & [ hoorenbeek ] – Wood planks stool (b) by Kunst Himmel and Limer Hoorenbeek for [ kunst ], available at Shiny Shabby*
  • W.Winx & Flair – Rug Set – Creamy by Whimsy Winx and Sasy Scarborough for W.Winx & Flair *
  • Culprit Beloved Rocking Horse B by Eku Zhong for Culprit, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • 6. Apple Fall Shauna’s Chair by warehousefifteendesign for Apple Fall

Bay window:

  • .04 [ kunst ] & [ hoorenbeek ] – Wood planks table by Kunst Himmel and Limer Hoorenbeek for [ kunst ], available at Shiny Shabby*
  • .10 [ kunst ] & [ hoorenbeek ] – Autumn carpet by Kunst Himmel and Limer Hoorenbeek for [ kunst ], available at Shiny Shabby*
  • .03 [ kunst ] & [ hoorenbeek ] – Pillows (wall) by Kunst Himmel and Limer Hoorenbeek for [ kunst ], available at Shiny Shabby*
  • .02 [ kunst ] & [ hoorenbeek ] – Pillows (floor) RARE by Kunst Himmel and Limer Hoorenbeek for [ kunst ], available at Shiny Shabby*
  • concept}  Corner set –  01. Plant box by ConceptDesign for concept}, available at Shiny Shabby*
  • Dutchie hanging fern by Froujke Hoorenbeek for Dutchie *

Front window:

The “kinky” bookshelf

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Everything Nice—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 22

Everything Nice—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 22

What are big girls made of?
What are big girls made of?
Cinnamon and spice
And everything nice,
That’s what big girls are made of

Everything Nice

The KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar is full of gorgeous gifts today. One of them is this beautiful holiday gown from StellaJane, mesh with a beautiful cut and a gorgeous velvet texture with subtle starbursts, perfect for winter celebrations, even after Christmas. And it’s a GIFT so get it from the calendar today. Or run down to their store and get another gift dress, which she asked me to model for the ad.

I dressed up my look with another gift from Zuri Lyric and Poulet Koenkamp, a gorgeous jewelry set that includes texture change for the gems and metal. I loved playing with the color combos and found a perfect set of gems for this look, and that translated to the earrings and bracelet automatically. My shoes were Eku Zhong’s offering for the 21Shoe, which is over now but I know Eku will bring out these shapes in other colors, so get over there to grab them.

Everything Nice

I love this new loose curl ‘do from Sabina Gully. It has an old-fashioned glamour to it and her characteristic loose locks and swirls of hair. Her HUD has a range from blonde to dark so you can switch it up as you like. My skin is one of Sawsan Secretspy’s lovely, soft sexy looks with a beautiful makeup and luscious lips. I wore it this time with her applier on the Belleza body. It’s a great match and a perfect skin for this sexy, elegant look.

Everything Nice

Hair: Magika [Hair] You by Sabina Gully for Magika

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Lulu’ Tan by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::. *

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – hazel by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Body: -Belleza- Venus V 0.02 *SlinkFit H&F by Tricky Boucher for –Belleza– *

Dress: SJ Velvet Halter Dress – Cinnamon Sparkle by StellaJane for Stella Jane, GIFT available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

Jewelry: Lazuri Princess of the Forest Choker, Earrings and Bracelet by Zuri Lyric and Poulet Koenkamp for Lazuri *

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

Nail appliers: -{ZOZ}- Reindeer Colors Gold Polish Huds – (Slink) by Zozicon for ZOZ, available at FROST *

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: KoiKoi Ellipse Red by Eku Zhong for KoiKoi *

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

Everything Nice

Geek Chic—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 18

Geek Chic—KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar, Day 18

“Why is being a nerd bad? Saying I notice you’re a nerd is like saying, ‘Hey, I notice that you’d rather be intelligent than be stupid, that you’d rather be thoughtful than be vapid, that you believe that there are things that matter more than the arrest record of Lindsey Lohan. Why is that?” ~ John Green

Geek Chic

I’m a nerd. I admit. I am a nerd about SL. I passionately love SL. I love my friends. I am an “enthusiast.” The way I see it, some people geek out about knitting, some geek out about model airplanes, some geek out about the Raiders. Me? I geek about SL. There’s nothing like meeting an SL friend in RL and suddenly conversation turns to Burning Life or Maitreya shoes or gestures or why you can’t teleport instead of taking the stairs. (All such conversations happened this weekend when Eshi and I had drinks with an SL friend who was in from out-of-town.)

Eku Zhong makes some of the coolest stuff including shoes for KoiKoi and furniture and structures and other whacko stuff for Culprit. She made this silly sign for the KittyCatS Advent Calendar and it’s honestly a perfect piece for most of us SL nerds. I couldn’t resist wearing this awesome sweater from Dawn Brunswick that she is selling at Frost. It comes with six equally uh… “interesting” textures including one with big furry kittens. My boots are Tatyana Ultsch’s super fly boots for Frost, which include a HUD that allows the addition of a strap and other decorative features.

Geek Chic

I put on Truth Hawks’ great long ponytails with bangs. They really aren’t that nerdy but I needed something whimsical and this fit the bill.  I love Jade Glazner’s skins because of the clean palette they give for wearing makeups. I wore her cateye liner so my eyes could be seen better behind these great nerdy glasses from Laika Saintlouis—cuz even a nerd can be cute!

Geek Chic

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

Skin: ::NM:: Zoe (05) Brown with ::NM:: Zoe Makeups (Eyes) Liner by Jade Glazner for ::Nar Mattaru::

Eyes: #adored – dawn eyes – light blue by Constance Daehlie for #adored *

Sweater: {joli} Obnoxious Oversized Sweaters by Dawn Brunswick for {joli}, available at FROST

Glasses: Alphavillain – Samuel Glasses (Black) by Laika SaintLouis for Alphavillain

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

Tights: Izzie’s – Tights pastel pink by Izzie Button for Izzie’s

Boots: :::insanya::: Stomper Boots (high top) by Tatyana Ultsch for :::insanya:::, available at FROST *

Wall art: Culprit Talk Nerdy to Me by Eku Zhong for Culprit, GIFT available exclusively in the KittyCatS & Friends Advent Calendar *

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

Geek Chic

The Aptitude to Fly

The Aptitude to Fly

“A power of Butterfly must be –
The Aptitude to fly
Meadows of Majesty concedes
And easy Sweeps of Sky -”
― Emily Dickinson

The Aptitude to Fly

The EB Awareness Event started yesterday and was quite a success with a full sim and lots of people shopping. Epidermolysis Bullosa is a rare disease that affects 1 in 50,000 children born throughout the world as a result of a genetic disorder. It varies in severity among its sufferers. It is characterized by a defect between the anchoring of the skin between the epidermis (top layer of skin) and the dermis (second layer). People who suffer from EB suffer from skin fragility, blistering and constant pain. “Butterfly Children” is what kids with the disorder are called due to the fragility of their skin so a lot of the décor sold at the fair has butterflies on it.

Kaerri Rae has made an entire set of furniture with monarch butterflies as the motif especially for this event with a large chunk of her income going to DEBRA of America. She offers two sets: one in white with dark gray accents and one in dark gray with white accents. Depending on your décor, you can choose a set and use the pieces with your own existing furniture. I set up two little nooks to show the set, and I included a few other pieces that will be sold at the EB Awareness event, including a darling lamp from Plato Novo.

 

 

The Aptitude to Fly

My sweater is also being sold at the event, a generous offer from Parallax Resident. The sweater comes with a texture-change HUD for some great sweater options. I have seen this in the men’s version too and it’s terrific. Portions of the sale of this sweater go to DEBRA of America. My jeans are a pair of great bell bottoms that Datrip Blackbart has at the Vintage  & Cool fair in several colors. My shoes, which I adjusted to my Slink feet, are from Renee Harvy and can be worn without the feet. My handbag is one of the gacha items at Miffhoi Rosca’s kiosk at Season’s Story.

Mochi Milena did an amazing job on the extensive skins she created for this month’s androgynous theme at Genre. I already knew that she put considerable effort into creating options for fembois and women who want cleavage and makeups. I really appreciate that Mochi offers these options to people who want to explore their identity. My hair is Mina Nakamura’s latest for the Dressing Room Fusion and so perfect for the season with a texture change hat as well as the mesh hair. Love this look!

The Aptitude to Fly

Hair: MINA Hair – Carlijn BB (no materials) by Mina Nakamura for MINA, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Skin: [PF] Ashley <Peach> – Lid 01 (ltbrown – thick) / Female by Mochi Milena for Pink Fuel, available at Genre *

Eyes: #adored – cloud eyes – earth – b by Constance Daehlie for #adored, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Sweater: [Phunk] Womens Fishermans Sweater by Parallaxx Resident for Phunk, available at the EB Awareness Event *

Jeans: Legal Insanity – Meadow bell bottom almost black jeans by Datrip Blackbart for Legal Insanity, available at the Vintage & Cool Fair *

Handbag: =Zenith=Saladbag (Colour Knitting) by Miffyhoi Rosca for =Zenith=, available at the Season’s Story

Hands: Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands – Casual and Elegant1 by Siddean Munro for Slink

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

Shoes: ::Duh!:: Red Sequin Slipper by Renee Harvy for Duh! *

Furniture: Butterfly Set White Complete by Kaerri Rae for Kaerri, available at the EB Awareness Event *

  • Butterfly Chair White
    Butterfly Chandelier White
    Butterfly Curtain
    Butterfly Lamp
    Butterfly Lamp Large White
    Butterfly Lamp White Small
    Butterfly Picture White
    Butterfly Rug White
    Butterfly Side Table
    Butterfly Sideboard White
    Butterfly Topiary Medium White
    Butterfly Topiary Small White
    Butterfly Trio Pictures White
    Butterfly Wingback White
    Round Butterfly Table White
    Spring Flower Arrangement Grey

%Percent – Debra Flower Lamp (russetkhaki/Med) *MESH* by Plato Novo for %Percent, available at the EB Awareness Event *

Interior: Culprit Dragonfly Cottage (Mesh) by Eku Zhong for Culprit

Enchained

Enchained

It wasn’t the blackness of your hair
nor the brown beneath your eyes,
it was the passion of your
kisses that enchained me.

~ Traditional Solea

Enchained

Saya Littlething has made a beautiful line of mesh flamenco gowns, so of course I need to wear one because flamenco is one of my favorite things. With a beautiful lace texture and ruffles going up the legs and across the decolletage, the gown is a lovely piece of work and moves well. (I was dancing with it to test—for the sake of my lovely readers, of course.) I wore gorgeous strappy shoes from Eku Zhong that were made for Slink feet but with minimal moving, fit the Belleza body just fine.

Enchained

I am wearing one of Sawsan Secretspy’s newest skins, this one made for the Black Dot Event. I love the elegance of this one with its classic makeups and beautiful brows. I have matched it to the Belleza mesh body and it looks pretty seamless. Truth Hawks made this tumbled curly ‘do for the Uber event, a very good choice for the event as it’s sexy and classic all at once. Sometimes long hair is not necessary for sexy.

Enchained

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Vixen by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at Uber *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Aisha Darktan 02 by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Black Dot Event *

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

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

Dress: [Scarlet] Lilire / Fitted Mesh Gown by Saya Littlething for *::Schoen::* *

Shoes: KoiKoi Mambo by eku Zhong for KoiKoi *

Poses by Annemarit Jarvinen for KaTink and Tutys for Tutys

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!

Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

“To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.”  ~ Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera

Love in the Time of Cholera

I’ve been holding on to this quote for a bit for a look that makes me fall in love, and this one did. It’s the colors of the dress from Spooky Mistwallow, and the style. Spooky includes a HUD that allows switches between 6 colors on the dress and 6 on the skirt, all complimentary for the palette you choose, and I loe this brown set. The style of the dress is flirty and soft and sophisticated, especially belted at the waist.

Well maybe it’s the shoes really that I really love. Strappy and sexy, they are one of two pairs that Eku Zhong is selling for 21 Shoe, and they are ONLY ON SALE TODAY, the 21st, so do not delay in getting them. Eku is a quiet one, making her sexy shoes and softly putting them out for shoe warriors to snatch up and sex up the grid.

Love in the Time of Cholera

It’s the skin. That is key here. Umazuma Metaluna has outdone herself on this one. The tone of the skin, the freckles, the features, the beautiful full lips, groomed eyebrows, gentle blush. I gasped when I saw myself. This may not be a look for everyone. It’s certainly not your typical dolly face. Uma has imbued this face with character and beauty.

It might be the eyes. I have been showing a lot of Constance Daehlie’s eyes and makeup and I am completely in love with these dark brown peepers. It’s hard to do a brown eye right, and she pulls it off by giving light to the eyes.

Then perhaps it’s the hair. I loved this short cut from Miu Edman when it premiered at Hair Fair and ran to get the brown for this ensemble. I personally LOVE short hair on women and wish I could pull it off myself. It’s a great style to show off these ginormous earrings from Donatela Couturier.

Love in the Time of Cholera

Hair: +elua+ Ursula_Darkbrown by Miu Edman for +elua+

Skin: [theSkinnery] Zuri – Bare face (toffee) DB CL1 with [theSkinnery] Zuri – waterline eyeliner by Umazuma Metaluna for[theSkinnery],available at the Fantasy Collective *

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

Dress: :KR: Sardinia Dress  – Browns by Spooky Mistwallow for Kastle Rock Couture *

Earrings: [Modern.Couture] Jewelry – Cigana Earring by Donatela Couturier for [Modern.Couture]

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

Nail appliers: Ma Vie Les Vernis Metals by Mavi Beck of Ma Vie, available at District 5

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: KoiKoi Little Black Shoe by eku Zhong for KoiKoi for 21 Shoe (get ‘em NOW) *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin