And a single small cottage, a nest like a dove’s,
The one only dwelling on earth that she loves.

~ William Wadsworth


Mystic Realms Faire and Body Modification Expo both open today at noon. This should not be a huge problem for most because both fairs are open for a couple weeks, but you know it will become a huge thing trying to in. And frankly, I can see why. I got this darling little mesh dress from Cerberus Noel, which comes in four colorways, and it’s an ideal dress for a saucy wench or a spirited elf or a hunter. Paired with this intriguing and gorgeous necklace from XanXan Jervil and the awesome pirate boots from Jackal Ennui (which come rigged and unrigged so yes, Dorothy, you can adjust them to your Belleza body as I did), the look is fantastic and beguiling.

What is also beguiling at Mystic Realms Faire is the great furniture you can get for roleplay. Cherelle Capra is offering this amazing bookcase with all the books and a scale at super low prim count plus an amazing desk. Artizanmesh has made an incredible furniture set that includes in some pieces, single and couples poses. I was absolutely charmed by Tree of Life chair.


Seasons Story opened today too and Umazuma Metaluna has come out with a set of two fantastic skins for the event, both in fall colors. The coloring is warm with her typical beestung lips and provocative brows and eyes. My hair is Shylah Honey’s gorgeous look for the Body Modification Expo, a side-parted long ‘do with a beguiling wisp of hair across the face. I love this hair and think it could be worn over and over with many looks, especially with the great textures.


Hair: *~*Damselfly*~*Jojo Rigged-Mesh Big Pack by Shylah Honey for Damselfly, available at the Body Modification Expo *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Hazel – Autumn (toffee) DB CL1 by Umazuma Metaluna for [theSkinnery], available at Seasons Story *

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

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

Outfit: *GF*[Mesh] Elwyn Outfit –chestnut by Cerberus Noel for G. Field, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Necklace: :(SH): Anniana Rune Necklace – Rust by XanXan Jervil for Sad Harlekin, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Ring: Ariskea [SkyStone ] Gold Ring 1 [Add me] by Diaxm for Ariskea, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Boots: lassitude & ennui Captain’s boots crimson by Jackal Ennui for lassitude & ennui, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin


*AF* Balloch Perch Collection by Artizanmesh for Artizan Fantasy, available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

  • *AF* Balloch Perch Herb Shelf ~ Warm
  • *AF* Balloch Perch TOL Chair ~ Warm
  • *AF* Balloch Perch Slatted Rocker ~ Warm
  • *AF* Balloch Perch Boarded Candles ~ Warm

[CIRCA] – “Traveller’s Discovery” Tall Shelf by Cherelle Capra for [CIRCA], available at the Mystic Realms Faire *

The Dog Days

The Dog Days

“The first week of August hangs at the very top of the summer, the top of the live-long year, like the highest seat of a Ferris wheel when it pauses in its turning. The weeks that come before are only a climb from balmy spring, and those that follow a drop to the chill of autumn, but the first week of August is motionless, and hot. It is curiously silent, too, with blank white dawns and glaring noons, and sunsets smeared with too much color. Often at night there is lightning, but it quivers all alone. There is no thunder, no relieving rain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after.” ~ Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting

The Dog Days

Before I launch into the main segment of this entry, I want to share a little trick with you about making hyperlinks in your profile. It’s very easy to do if you know the correct code.

In your profile, in a chat, etc, you can “link” a slurl or a url very easily. This is the protocol:

[ A Passion for Virtual Fashion]

If you insert this into your profile, this is what you will see:


But this is what everyone else will see:


THIS does chew up extra characters in your profile, so be careful using it. Consider using a tinyurl or another truncated url. And watch your spaces. Any before the http:// will screw it up.


The Dog Days

It’s the dog days of summer, though I am enjoying lovely sunny weather and cool breezes. I dressed up accordingly with a cheerful mien so I could face these dog days with happiness. And what a lot of happiness the grid is offering right now. First start with the new hair from Truth that he is offering at Uber. In two different face-framing styles, the hair includes a darling color change hair band with a series of great textures. My skin is Sawsan Secretspy’s lovely work for Designer Showcase, a clean palette for your choice of makeups, and I chose lipstick from Constance Daehlie.

My beautifully designed top is one of Erratic Rain’s pieces for Uber. She designed the mesh top to bottom for both this and the shorts she is selling and the textures are gorgeous. I found a pretty little necklace from Menieelee Gelles at the Chapter Four to match and a skirt from nodoka Vella. Pretty new peeptoes from LacunaInc make the look complete.

Oh.. and my dawgs. Nina Helix is offering another gacha full of ferocious pups and Apple Fall was selling this ceramic pug that I have repurposed, both at Chapter Four.

The Dog Days

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Malibu 2 by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at Uber *

Skin: .::WoW Skins::. Renata tan by sawsan Secretspy for .::WoW skins::., available at the Designer Circle *

Lipstick: #adored – sugarlips – pink-a-boo 3 by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Eyes: #adored – dream eyes – velik by Constance Daehlie for #adored

Top: erratic / amber – tie-up shirt / pink colorblock by Erratic Rain for erratic, available at Uber *

Skirt: {amiable}Tea-Length Skirt by nodoka Vella for {amiable}

Necklace: Soothe. Stone bijou necklace (coral) by Menieelee Gelles for ASO, available at the Chapter Four

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

Nail appliers: Maai * Slink * hands & feet * Darling by Snow Wolfhunter for Maai

Feet: Slink AvEnhance Feet High by Siddean Munro for Slink

Shoes: *LACUNA* Satin Peep Toe Heels (Slink) – Vivacious by LacunaInc for Lacuna *

Pugs: Apple Fall Pug Ceramic Décor by Apple Fall for Apple Fall, available at the Chapter Four

Chihuahua: Alchemy/Birdy – Chi Chi Chihuahua – Spike – Brown by Nina Helix for Alchemy, available at the Chapter Four

Poses by Valencia Southard for Marukin, available at Collatbor88

Girl About Town

Girl About Town

“But the beauty is in the walking — we are betrayed by destinations.” ~ Gwyn Thomas

Girl About Town

I never used to enjoy walking. I always felt I needed to be going somewhere to make it worth my while but now I realize it’s the journey that makes walking so much better than driving or even biking. I can see into shop windows, notice the flowers (if they ever return), smile at people, enjoy the fresh air.

Girl About Town

I put together an outfit of different pieces to make my walking fashionable. First is the two piece jacket and shirt from Cecilina, which she is selling at The Chapter Four. Part of the 2-for-1 group, you get the under piece and this jacket. Presumably you can wear the jacket without the under shirt but I like them together. I wear them over leggings from Moonbubble Gothly, who includes a HUD of darling textures for changing things out (as seen above). One pair of pants can be worn SO many times. My messenger bag is from Superjaix in the gachas at The Chapter Four. Made for male avatars, I still managed to make it look good with my girl. And I built my whole look around Cyclic Gear’s darling loafers with contrasting bows. They come in several combinations and she has made them to fit the Slink flat foot or Toddleroos.

Girl About Town

My skin is one of the fresh and lovely skins Umazuma Metaluna is offering at The Chapter Four in a gacha. I have looked at all of them and they are all worth the extra cha-ching, especially this rare with its delicate freckles and cat-eye liner. MissAllSunday Lemon has this new hair out at FaMESHed, and it’s definitely worth a look-see because of its versatile styling and as usual, her great textures.

*** I need to make one big important plug! You NEED to walk to the Basilique Playhouse to see Paradise Lost. As you know, I have blogged it but really, truly, it’s a must-see in SL if you see anything. Tickets have gone on sale. (Don’t worry—I made sure to get mine already so you can’t snatch my opening day seats.) I am so stinkin’ excited to see this and I am a jaded SLer. Get your tickets on Marketplace for 1000L or 1500L at the door. Half of all ticket sales will be donated to the WWF Adopt-A-Gorilla Program for Ihoho, the mountain gorilla (who is should be made into a gacha toy, he’s so cute).

Girl About Town

“There comes . . . a longing never to travel again except on foot.” ~ Wendell Berry

Hair: /Wasabi Pills/ Sandy Mesh Hair – Chocolate by MissAllSunday Lemon for Wasabi Pills, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: [theSkinnery] Haruko 4 (honey) DB CL1 RARE by Umazuma Metaluna for the Skinnery, available at the The Chapter Four *

Eyes: [UMEBOSHI] Mirror eyes Black (med) by Keiba for UMEBOSHI

Top: . potcha + 2byte . le ‘bon black inner and . potcha + 2byte . le ‘bon outer (2) by CECILINA For . potcha, available at the The Chapter Four *

Leggings: [ bubble ] Pattern Leggings by Moonbubble Gothly for [bubble] *

Necklace: MG – Necklace – True Hearts – Short by Maxi Gossamer for Maxi Gossamer *

Messenger bag: / XIAJ / Ibi Messenger Bag + olive by superjaix for XIAJ, available at the The Chapter Four *

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 by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

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

Shoes: [LVLE] Naenia Slipons – Teal/Lime by Cyclic Gearz for LVLE *

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

Time Is On My Side

Time Is On My Side

Time is on my side, yes it is
Time is on my side, yes it is

~ “Time Is On My Side” by The Rolling Stones

Time Is On My Side

Ennui in Paris is a fine thing. It suits. A bit of rambling about one’s home with the Parisian lights twinkling below does wonders for the intellect and one’s mind. It’s how Foucault made his name, how Derrida deconstructed, how Barthes wrote his Mythologies. In a skybox like the one from Tya Fallingbridge, the Clock Tower available at FaMESHed, with its functional clock (you can set to your time and chimes on the hour) and interchangeable city scenes, including this of Paris, you can experience your own sweet time around the globe.

Time Is On My Side

I have donned a gorgeous outfit from SamanthaSJones. I love Sam’s use of color and texture in her outfits, her sense of proportion and material and pure style. Every piece she turns out is classy with well-done textures. Pink stiletto pumps from Senzati0n Domenitzo, which she offers with a color change HUD for six different shoe colors, punctuate my at-home look. (I am in Paris—I HAVE to be chic, even in a state of ennui.)

As for the skybox, I can go on about the fine features of this abode, including the open stair case upon which the clock from the window is projected, the lofted bedroom and the beautifully appointed bathroom, complete with couple’s shower (functional) and his and hers sinks.

Time Is On My Side

Of course, a skybox like this can’t remain empty so I outfitted it with Tobias Convair’s sectional (seen above) from FaMESHed and Cory Edo’s terrific Ines collection, also from FaMESHed. The Branch Screen is absolutely exquisite and decorates this loft beautifully as well as the other pieces including the chair and ottoman. You can mix and match these pieces with others you have owned—they are not necessarily meant to be used together, though I show them here so you can see them (and how well they go in this loft, incidentally).

Time Is On My Side

Aida Ewing is offering a gorgeous new skin at Collabor88 in Sylvia. This time she went all out, offering several nose options, cheek makeups, eye makeups and lipsticks as well as eyebrow shades. It’s really quite a bargain, especially for such a gorgeous skin. Imagine the possibilities. I loved putting on Truth Hawks’ newest long straight ‘do, which is also at FaMESHed. I chose the teal tipped hair to match my outfit. I love that his HUDs offer so many color options.

Time Is On My Side

Go ahead, go ahead and light up the town
And baby, do everything your heart desires
Remember, I’ll always be around
And I know, I know
Like I told you so many times before
You’re gonna come back, baby

Hair: TRUTH HAIR Samira – Gingers by Truth Hawks for >TRUTH<, available at FaMESHed *

Skin: Glam Affair – Sylvia  America – Base D with Glam Affair – Sylvia – Eyes Makeup 03, Glam Affair – Sylvia – Lipstick  03 D, Glam Affair – Sylvia – Cheeks 03 and Glam Affair – Sylvia – Nose 01 by Aida Ewing for Glam Affair, available at Collabor88 *

Eyes: [Brixley] Mist Eyes – blue by Isabelle Requiem for Brixley, available at Kustom9 *

Outfit: [LG] Boutique-[ WINTER-13] Little To Much Hud 1 by SamanthaSJones for LivGlam *

Nail Appliers: Nailed It – Neon Set – Colors HUD by Giela Delpaso for Nailed It *

Shoes: Essenz – Dallas by Senzati0n Domenitzo for Essenz, available at The Style Icon *

Free-standing poses by Dove Swanson for Long Awkward Pose (no longer available)

Skybox: [PM]Pixel Mode  – Clock Tower Sky Box by Tya Fallingbridge for Pixel Mode, available at FaMESHed*

Furniture and décor:

+CONVAIR+ Modern Leather by Tobias Convair for Convair, available at FaMESHed *

Trompe Loeil – Gilded Bed {Adult} Tan Ornate by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil *

Trompe Loeil – Ines Floor Lamp Red Diamonds
Trompe Loeil – Ladder Shelf Natural + Books
Trompe Loeil – Ines Triangle Plate Decor Metal
Trompe Loeil – Ines Coffee Table Natural
Trompe Loeil – Ines Ottoman Atlantic {A}
Trompe Loeil – Ines Chair Atlantic {A}
Trompe Loeil – Ines Branch Screen
Trompe Loeil – Ines Wall Fountain by Cory Edo for Trompe Loeil, all available at FaMESHed *

Zigana . rug . stripe (modified) by Nalena Fairey for Zigana

*ionic* Northern star by lakua Arriaga for ionic, available at The Chapter Four