In My Garden

In My Garden

Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are. ~ Alfred Austin

In My Garden

My friend Todd Action is quite a gardener in real life. He’s also a reader, so he built a reading shed in his back yard in the middle of a city—a cozy area where he can go out  and read a book, enjoying the peace and quiet of his beautiful garden. Todd, like many of us, however, will have to wait to get out in that shed because this has been one heck of a winter.

In My Garden

I was inspired by two sets of gardening items that have recently hit the grid to replicate Todd’s set up for myself. My reading nook is Sway Dench’s newest little build, a little “half-timbered” Summerhouse based on German design. Sway also made all the fencing that goes around it. Now this house is not just a joke—when I visited Berlin, my host pointed out huge areas of these little houses with little gardens. People from the city owned them and would plant their garden and spend their weekend sleeping in their tiny house and tending to their garden and of course, going to the biergarten in the evening. It is a restful respite from the stresses of the city, though the houses themselves were not far out of the city and seemed close together. I made Sway’s little house into a reading shed complete with Cory Edo’s Cabinet Bed.

In My Garden

My other inspiration is Tya Fallingbridge’s charming gacha set for the Arcade. She has attended to each piece with loving detail, from the seed packets hanging from a string to the garden tools and the spare birdhouse. There is even a coiled hose to add to the collection. And it all goes with the wonderful potter’s bench she is offering. For any gardener, this set would be a wonderful gift, and the great thing about gacha items is that they are transfer, so hit the Arcade and buy your favorite gardener this darling set.

In My Garden

Of course I don’t garden in a dress but I was so inspired by the folksy details of AvaGardner Kungler’s tunic dress that I had to wear it. Done in spectacularly detailed mesh (notice the tie at the waist), this darling dress is really perfect for a flower child. Flowered wellies from Moonbubble Gothly are the right footwear for muddy patches and Maxi Gossamer’s turtle-shaped necklace adds a natural touch to the look. Mina Nakamura has just released this lovely loose braid with her signature HUD coloring system.

My skin is Aida Ewing’s base skin for the Arcade, the pretty Aria skin. I wore eyebrows from the set to shape the face but it’s otherwise untouched so you can see it in its glory. The package that Aida offers has confused some, so I hope I can shed some light on it. She has packed the gacha at the Arcade with complete skins (already made up) and then a base skin and add-ons. The 12 “combination” skins are complete skins with complete make-up and are counted as commons. Then she has rare items that are all accessories: a base skin, 3 packs of different lipsticks, a pack of eyebrows, a pack of different noses, a pack of eyeliners and a pack of freckles and moles.

This is the thing: if you put your money in and get a combo skin and then try again and get a pack of accessories, you are set! The accessories can be laid over your combo skin to alter the look of that skin. So imagine you got one of the combo skins and then the package of brows. You can now make 7 different looking skins with the different brow configurations. (And the brows come in several tones for each of the 7 designs.) So nothing is really a loser in the Glam Affair gacha. You don’t *have* to get the base skin to win. It’s a generous offering on that gacha. I imagine the yard sales will be full of items you can pick up later.

In My Garden

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway. ~ Michael Pollan

Hair: MINA – Nanda NB by Mina Nakamura for MINA *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Aria skin – Asia – Clean Base with -Glam Affair – Aria – Eyebrow 05 – C by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at The Arcade *

Muddy knees: ~Soedara~ Muddy Knees by Marbella Provonost for Soedara

Eyes: .ID. Bright Eyes / REG / Feb Gift by Audrey Lamede for Insufferable Dastard

Dress: (Kunglers) Laura tunic dress – Concrete by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – Teardrop Turtle – Orange by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at The Arcade *

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

Nail applier: Nailed It – French Manicure – Pastels Set HUD (wear) by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Boots: [ bubble ] Cat Wellies by Moonbubble Gothly for [bubble] *

Poses: Di’s Opera – Those Seventies by Di Hoorenbeek for Di’s Opera, available at Limited Bazaar

 

Featured décor:

Trompe Loeil – Cabinet Bed Morning Light Fabrics by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil *

Sway’s [Zwerg] Garden Gnome by Sway Dench for Sway’s *

Sway’s [Zwergin] Garden Gnome by Sway Dench for Sway’s *

Sway’s [Andersen] half timbered Summerhouse by Sway Dench for Sway’s *

Sway’s [Andersen] Fence by Sway Dench for Sway’s *

Pixel Mode – The Happy Gardener – Arcade March 2014 by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at The Arcade *

  • [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Bird House
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Cultivator
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Empty Sack
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Garden Hose
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Hand Fork
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Hanging Seed Bags
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Large Clay Pots
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Plant Markers
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Potting Table RARE
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Seed Box RARE
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Seedling
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Small Clay Pots
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Tool Box RARE
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Trowel
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Watering Can
    [PM]Pixel Mode – THG – Weeder

Persevere

Persevere

Of the Earth signs, Taurus most relate to an unmoving force of nature that has become wise through perseverance.

Persevere

I was born under the sign of Taurus, and I represent my sign well. Some will feel I have stubbornness, but I prefer to think of it as perseverance and steadiness. One blog I read suggested that the Taurus wants to get things done, and that pretty much sums me up. Taureans also love material things, beauty, the earth, the sensual and the grounded. “Down-to-earth” is how many describe me.

Persevere

This outfit is a perfect choice for me as a Taurean. It combines a cozy long sweater with artistically patterned leggings and sexy red heels. Made with a texture that makes the sweater seem plush and expensive, the outfit from Kim Lysette, which she has at LivGlam this weekend for 55L, is nevertheless a deal, which is important to Taureans, who like to spend on beautiful things but also want to make sure they have financial security.  My shoes, a buy at 70L, are AvaGardner Kungler’s offering at The Dressing Room Fusion. Beauty on the cheap is a great thing.

queue's hair

My hair is one of Queue Marlowe’s Arcade pieces. At 50L a pop, it’s well worth it because she gives you a full array of colors in each hair and has included a darling little charm for every sun sign. She gave me the Taurus to show after I stubbornly insisted I wanted it. (Go figure.) My skin is a melange of pieces from the Aria set from Aida Ewing at the Arcade. She has configured it cleverly so you can get add-on pieces and mix and match for a great look. Pretty blue eyes from Isabelle Requiem, for the One Word event, complete the look.

Persevere

“As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.” ~ Leonardo da Vinci (Taurean)

Hair: AD – Star Struck – TAURUS – light reds by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog, available in all 12 signs at The Arcade TODAY *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Aria skin – Asia – Combination 07 G with -Glam Affair – Aria – Eyeliner or 02-Glam Affair – Aria – Lipstick Vinta – 03 by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at The Arcade TODAY *

Eyes: [Brixley] Woeful Eyes – blue by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at OneWord *

Outfit: [LG]KC Winter 14- Praise You by Kim Lysette for the K Collection at LivGlam *

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

Shoes: (Kunglers) TDRF 033 – Donna pump – Cardinal by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, available at the Dressing Room Fusion *

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

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

 

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

She’s a rich girl
She don’t try to hide it
Diamonds on the soles of her shoes

~ “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes” by Paul Simon

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

She’s a rich girl, don’t try to hide it. She can wear the best so she wears Avagardner Kungler’s stylish shift dress, one of the pieces featured at the Avenue Fashion Week. With a sexy silhouette and a bold geometric design with gems bespeckling the top yoke, this dress is high fashion for a girl who can have whatever she wants. Combined with mixed media shoes with spikey gold heels and a stylish handbag from Babychampagne Sass, the look is tres chic.

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

Sawsan Secretspy has created a set of skins for the Candy Fair that are absolutely delicious. With pretty features, a gentle blush and candy-flavored eye shadows, these are a fashionable look for any rich girl. Chocolatey eyes from Umazuma Metaluma, also available at the Candy Fair, sweeten the look. MissAllSunday Lemon gives us a darling curly do with a color change hair band and winsome bangs at this month’s FaMESHed.

Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes

People say I’m crazy
I got diamonds on the soles of my shoes
Well that’s one way to lose
These walking blues
Diamonds on the soles of my shoes

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Jade Mesh Hair – Dark flame by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Donna Sunkissed 3 RB by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::., available at Candy Fair *

Eyes: [theSkinery] Chocolate eyes – Sea Salt by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at Candy Fair

Dress: (Kunglers) Milla shift dress – Ivory by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers, available at Avenue Autumn/Winter Fashion Week *

Hands: Slink Mesh Hands Bag Right and Slink Mesh Hands Casual Left by Siddean Munro for Slink

Hand appliers: .::WoW Skins::. * NEW Sunkissed slink applier hands by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoWSkins::. *

Nail appliers: Nailed It – Love Donna Flora! by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Bracelet: [Crash Republic] Strappy Bracelet – copper trio RARE by Isabelle Requiem for Crash Republic, available at OMG, Oh My Gacha *

Handbag: {{BSD Design Studio}}Urban chic model handbag giraffe by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}} *

Shoes: {{BSD Design studio}}Statement shoes cow skin- trio by BabyChampagne Sass for {{BSD Design studio}}, available at the SL Fashion Week *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum.

Stepping Out

“Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.” ~ Margaret Atwood

Stepping Out

Today is Margaret Atwood’s birthday—she is 74. She is one of my favorite authors and has shown that one’s light doesn’t necessarily burn out as she becomes older and more successful—it can burn brightly, provocatively and thoughtfully. She writes literary fiction, critical thinking, and science fiction. I am particularly fond of her science fiction work, which seems to have become her genre in the past few years. I recently just read her two latest offerings, which are shorts offered via amazon.com for the Kindle–I’m Starved for You and Choke Collar—and they are witty and edgy dystopian chapters in a serial novel—a bit kinky, a bit surprising and a bit funny in a sort of dark way. I would want to be Margaret Atwood when I grow up if I had the least bit of chance.

Stepping Out

But no, I am simply a fashion blogger and what you see here is the combination of a few elements from great SL designers, including a mesh dress from AvaGardner Kungler, showcasing her ease with elegance and color mixing. The assymmetrical silhouette of this short skirt lends it an air of insouciance. I accessorized with a darling clutch from Renee Harvy and these charming pumps from Betty Doyle, featured at the Zodiac, with a curling tongue on the vamp.

My hair is one of Queue Marlowe’s newest, an update on the Harper model, now including sculpties and a slightly different shape. I am hoping to see this around the grid more—it’s darling. My skin is one of Aida Ewing’s beautiful glowing skins.

The title of this post, incidentally, is from the book, The Handmaid’s Tale. “Don’t let the bastards get you down.” It’s a phrase I have internalized.

Stepping Out

“What am I living for and what am I dying for are the same question.” ~ Margaret Atwood

Hair: cray sandy by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: Glam Affair – Roza Basic – Jamaica01 D by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Dark Brown (ML) by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: (Kunglers) Veronica dress – S – Lavender by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Clutch: ::Duh!:: Little Clutch  – Color Change by Renee Harvy for Duh!

Shoes: Ingenue :: Scorpius :: Water by Betty Doyle for Ingenue, featured at The Zodiac

For the Weekend

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.  ~ Bill Watterson

For the Weekend

I feel incredibly lazy this weekend though I ended up doing tons of stuff. This cute little outfit is perfect for a chic weekend. With a new top and shorts from AvaGardner Kungler, I am cool and sexy. I love Ava’s textures on this wrap top—she has such a great eye for color and color combos. Her little shorts are versatile and have a great prim waistband. I added this little scarf from Mika Nieuport to dress it up a little.

For the Weekend

My skin is a preview from Launa Fauna from 50L Friday. I have to say that I like this one quite a bit—she has smoothed out her over-pouty lips and round eyes a bit to fit a standard shape very nicely. The makeup is gorgeous.

For the Weekend

Finally, my boots are the newest from Bax Coen, and I have to repeat myself—the best fitting on the grid, bar none. This is because of Bax’s ingenious fitting system, which fits lengthwise and circumference—you can actually change the proportions of the boots with her system to fit your avatar. Therefore, a super tall girl with skinny legs is just as likely to look great in them as a short curvy girl. (Wish they had this in RL!) Even better, Bax offers custom fitting at her store by herself or one of her assistants. I tp’d into the store and Bax herself fit me—perfectly. Get fit once, you can transfer the data to any pair of Bax Prestige boots you purchase later. This is a system that can not be beat. This new pair shows Bax’s foray into supply luscious sexy suede. What a great texture!

For the Weekend

The biggest problem with the weekend—even a holiday weekend—is that it’s just too short ;)

Hair: Maitreya Taryn – Cacao by Onyx LeShelle for Maitreya

Skin: L.Fauna 50L Friday Lea Preview with BROWN L.Fauna Lea Eybrow Shape by Launa Fauna for L.Fauna

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Deep Hazel (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Top: (Kunglers) Dione – top cream & pink by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Shorts: (Kunglers) Eliette – shorts – brown by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers *

Bow: MIEL ELLE UBER bow – click to change texture by Mika Nieuport for The Hive

Boots: BAX Prestige Boots Dark Brown Suede by Bax Coen for Bax Coen Boots *

(Yes, shadowless.. fiddling and futzing with it all.)

A Heartbreaking Blog of Staggering Genius

“She needs a new journal. The one she has is problematic. To get to the present, she needs to page through the past, and when she does, she remembers things, and her new journal entries become, for the most part, reactions to the days she regrets, wants to correct, rewrite.” ~ Dave Eggers

A Heartbreaking Work

Since I was talking about crushes a few days ago, I have to bring up Dave Eggers, who I admire greatly. He wrote the book for my generation in the US—A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius when he was a young man—a sort of diary but so much more. After that, rather than self-indulgent Generation Y writing, he chose to reach out to the bigger world in his novels and his work. Now he leads 826 National, a non profit writing and tutoring center for kids in San Francisco. I could go on and on about how inspiring this man is. And his writing is damn good too ;)

Apropos of nothing about Dave Eggers, I show a pretty summery look. Well actually this is the kind of girl I think would like Dave—a beautiful sophisticated but not pretentious lady in a simple summer dress from AvaGardner Kungler and little shoes from Elikapeka Tiramisu.

A Heartbreaking Work

A pretty summer skin from Gala Phoenix with bold flowery colors to match the colors of the dress and my namesake hair from Queue Marlowe, and it’s a pretty look for a fangirl for a pretty awesome person.

A Heartbreaking Work

“Still though, I think if you’re not self-obsessed, you’re probably boring.” ~ Dave Eggers

Hair: harper mahogany by Queue Marlowe for Analog Dog *

Skin: :GP: Sundust [Light] Chic-Flair 2 with :GP: Chic-Dark Brows (Tintable) by Gala Phoenix for Curio *

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Pale Absinthe (ML) by Ikon Innovia for FASHISM *

Dress: (Kunglers) TDRB #26 – Summer Dress by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers

Necklace: NHA! Necklace Samy by kyrha Bouscario for NHA!

Shoes: [e] Flair Flats – Watermelon (SoM Gift) by Elikapeka Tiramisu for [elikatira]

Sofa prop: [Starstruck] Langar Sofa Green Sequin RARE by Cyclic Gearz for Starstruck