Goodwill to All

Goodwill to All

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. ~ Charles Dickens

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One of my favorite fantasies about Christmas comes from long romantic novels I read like Cecilia by Fanny Burney (yes, I read the whole thing.. ack) or Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen or even Downton Abbey. The ladies dress in their finest, attend a winter ball in which they are whisked into an exceedingly warm room of dancers and high intrigue and waltzed around the room by handsome gentlemen of means, all jockeying for their favor. And they do this through the “season” of parties and balls. Everyone speaks in charming, euphemistic language, fans are fluttered, and hearts are joined and broken.

So when I see an old fashioned tree like this from Tobias Convair (and yes, I know it has electric lights on it from Tya Fallingbridge—don’t be pedantic about my fantasy here), I want to put on a ball gown and ready myself for the ball. In this case I wear Mami Jewell’s newest gown, which she made for Anjelica Carling, the 2014 Miss Virtual World. With a sparkling texture across the  bodice and in the flexi prims, the dress is a picture of sparkling holiday beauty, especially paired with Maxi Gossamer’s sparkling jewelry from Fameshed.

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The beauty of this look comes from Rocketta Haven’s newest skin. With a unique beauty that is Rocketta’s own, espeically the full pouty lips that go beyond the usual beestung look ad the lined eyes, the skin harkens back to an old-fashioned beauty. Paired with Silverr Andel’s eyes and Mirja Mill’s latest hair, a vintage wavy ‘do, our heroine has a touch of tragedy and romance to her look.

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“I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!”
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hair: .:EMO-tions:. * MAE * with .:EMO-tions:. HAIRBASE 18 – vintage darkred by Mirja Mills for .:EMO-tions:. *

Skin: [KOOQLA] Bisquit . Nude 01 (db) by Rocketta Haven for Kooqla *

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

Dress: -AZUL- Anjelica /Morganite by Mami Jewell for –AZUL- *

Jewelry: MG – Necklace and Earrings- Mayfair Bell Diamonds by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer, available at FaMESHed *

Tree with ornaments: +CONVAIR+ Xmas Tree 2013 and +CONVAIR+ Tree Stand with [PM]Pixel Mode – Tree Lights –Multi, [PM]Pixel Mode – Star Ornament, [PM]Pixel Mode – Tree Ball – Gold, [PM]Pixel Mode – Tree Skirt – Antique by Tobias Convair for +CONVAIR+ and Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode *koo

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations *

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you. ~ Isadora Duncan

Where the Wild Things Are

Today I can’t be tamed. Start with a top from LeeZu Baxter, a system top done in Leezu’s magnificent artistry with ruffles at the bottom, little buttons, clipped straps. The old fashioned system piece, when done well, is still a wonderful avatar look and Leezu is one of the few that has the skill to pull it off. I pair it with Ivey Deschanel’s gift from the KittyCats Advent Calendar—a set of wild mesh pants with animal skin on the cuff. She includes four pairs in the gift—this is one of them. It’s a perfect gift for wild cats.

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Aida Ewing recently released the Kaelyn skin, which I have enjoyed wearing in the India tone. Some of the makeups are bold and some are subtle. This one is in between. AvaGardner Kungler offers this chic necklace based on organic shapes and probably real life jewelry. I love how Ava experiments with her jewelry, shapes and colors. Finally, Mina Nakamura put out this great side swept tousled look. I love how it wraps around the neck with pieces going down in back and a lock escaping in the front. It’s so natural and wild.

Where the Wild Things Are

This whole world is wild at heart and weird on top. ~ David Lynch

Hair: MINA Hair – Noor BB by Mina Nakamura for MINA *

Skin: -Glam Affair – Kaelyn skin – India 03 D by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair *

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

Top: Vera Top /black by LeeZu Baxter for LeeZu! *

Pants: :::Sn@tch Fiasco Leather Pants (Zebra)::: by Ivey Deschanel for Sn@tch, available at the KittyCats 2013 Advent Calendar at KittyCats Winterland

Necklace: (Kunglers Extra) Tamarindo – Necklace – Silver by AvaGardner Kungler for Kunglers Extra

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

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin

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.

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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.

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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.)

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[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!)

Gifts to Make You Smile

Gifts to Make You Smile

Peace begins with a smile. ~ Mother Teresa

Gifts to Make You Smile

The Peace on Earth hunt begins tomorrow at over 200 stores and the gifts that I have seen are incredible. Take, for example, this glittering ball gown from Ivy Burner. I mean, this is a gift???  Are you kidding? I would pay good money for this! With its beautifully texture bodice and swirling iridescent skirts, it’s worth far more than the time it will take to find it hidden at Sassy. Add the jewelry I show from Maeve Mortlock and Geeb Snowpaw, and you have beautiful pieces for the cost of what? A few minutes of time doing the fun of hunting.

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The hunt also has several skins. This skin by Marie Whitfield is a wonderful example of the generosity of skin makers. With three tones, each with two cleavage options, it’s quite a score. I am wearing the skin on a shape from Xme Xue, who makes my favorite plus-sized avatar shapes. They always have beautiful faces, sexy curves, and proportionate silhouettes.

Several creators are giving out décor rather than avatar items. I show a birdbath from Ittibitti Monday and a gorgeous fountain from Cierra Anatine. The fountain itself is worth quite a bit with Cierra’s beautful textures and would be lovely in any décor.

Gifts to Make You Smile

“I don’t know what’s in the box, but I love it. Unopened gifts contain hope.” ~ Jarod Kintz, This Book Title is Invisible

Hair: >TRUTH< Portia w/Roots – driftwood by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH< *

Skin: [BLUSH] Selma Skin Tan – Nude (Enhanced Cleavage) by Marie Whitfield for [BLUSH], available in the Peace on Earth Hunt *

Shape: !  Ample Avi – TRYSTE – POE5 Gift by Xme Xue for Ample Avi, available in the Peace on Earth Hunt *

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Bleached Blue ML by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Gown:  ~Sassy!~ Whitney gown – sky by Ivy Burner for ~Sassy!~, available in the Peace on Earth Hunt *

Necklace: Timelines vintage necklace – Peace On Earth 2012 by Geeb Snowpaw for Timelines Vintage Couture, available in the Peace on Earth Hunt *

Earrings: Ear Candy ~ POE 2012 Earring by Maeve Mortlock for Ear Candy, available in the Peace on Earth Hunt *

Birdbath: Half globe birdbath with animated doves by Ittibitti Monday for ! Winter Super Wonderland, available in the Peace on Earth Hunt *

Fountain: *K* Florentine Dove Fountain by Cierra Anatine for Kismet, available in the Peace on Earth Hunt *

Poses by Audrey Cresci for The Muse Poses, available in the Peace on Earth Hunt *

The Gifts of the Season

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I am in the habit of looking not so much to the nature of a gift as to the spirit in which it is offered. ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

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It’s that time of the year again when we fight in the store for the last $180 TV, we find out at the last minute we have to make 4 dozen cookies for an exchange the next day, the snowblower is on the fritz when the first snow has come, and our boots have a hole in them. (OK, this is my own personal experience—your mileage may vary.) Amidst all this, however, is joy—seeing kids wait for Santa, visiting with friends you haven’t seen in a while, enjoying the beauty of the first snowflakes, and oh yes.. the annual Peace on Earth Hunt. If you don’t think that’s pure joy, you’re a scrooge.

For the fifth year, the Peace on Earth Hunt is taking place from December 1 to January 6. During the hunt you can visit OVER TWO HUNDRED designers and find their beautiful holidays gifts made just for you as you search through their shops. Now I am not a big hunter, but this one is certainly worth it, considering the quality of the creators and the gifts being offered. Consider this gorgeous dress from joeylin. I have been meaning to blog her work for a while—mesh done in transparent textures so the look is ethereal and alluring. She is offering this dress as a gift during the hunt. With mesh pieces combined with a flexi skirt, it’s well worth the search and a piece on par with anything else she sells in her store.

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Heather Beebe, whose generosity knows no bounds, is offering this gorgeous skin as her gift to hunters. She is setting it out in a set of four shades with varying cleavage and brows so you don’t get stuck with one look. That’s quite a generous gift. Mirja Mills made this fantastic hair in black and white for your fantasy looks with flowing wavy locks and a stunning silhouette. Giving the option of two colors is kind. And Tiffy Vella is giving away this exquisite snowflake-shaped necklace and earrings with matching ring. Undoubtedly this took her quite a bit of time and skill to create.

It’s a lot of work for the organizer, Sequoia Nightfire, to organize this hunt. She does it with no compensation that I know of, and the creators receive nothing but your eyes on their store in return. So  remember, hunters, each one of these items is a gift, an offering from a creator to share their talents, their time and their artistry. Thank the creators with purchases or with kind words, and enjoy the bounties of the season.

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God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say “thank you?” ~ William Arthur Ward

Hair .:EMO-tions:. * HEAVEN*/black and .:EMO-tions:. HAIRBASE 10 – straight black by Mirja Mills for Emo-tions *

Skin: [ROCKBERRY] Skyler/POE 5/natural/Frx/CLV/BLK by Heather Beebe for Rockberry *

Eyes: IKON ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Bleached Blue ML by Ikon Innovia for IKON *

Dress: joeys Mesh Cavalli inspired Winter gown by joeylin for Paisley Daisy *

Jewelry: Eclectica ‘Harikoa’ by Tiffy Vella for Eclectica *

Shoes: Karried Away Ballet Flat Platinum by Karrie Kweller for Karried Away

Poses by Rogan Diesel for DieselWorks Animations