Friday, February 28, 2014

Buckle Up Buttercup

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It is no secret that I adore changing up my look in a chameleon like way. Though I am loyal to my skins, I change my hair often, and when I can pile on the tattoos, I love to ink up.  Perhaps my favorite change since my last rendezvous in SL has been all the new layers, available for customizing your avatar. From hair bases, to nails (thank-you very much Slink), and especially all the amazing full body tattoos.
This tattoo is an allover masterpiece call Rigel, from Letis Tattoo, and it even comes with an available Slink Avatar Enhancement HUD for the hands.  From front to back, both legs, facial stars, hands, all of it in one amazing tattoo design. I think I have found a new addiction, just when I thought I had mastered them all.
This adorable new Girl Thursday Buckle Skirt is available today for 50L Fridays, in both this sexy black version and a yummy grape purple colour too. It is perfection for displaying a lot of skin, and a great new Tattoo. It comes in a heap of luscious colors in store, so check out Girl Thursday for some wonderful fresh and affordable swag. With new (to me) nail Flair by Sasy Scarborough, I feel positively styling. 
Maxi Gossamer is my favorite find of the month for great prim accessories, I could have bought up her entire shop if someone hadn't emptied by Linden balance, no names.... *tries to look innocent*. The Dream Angel Skull Ring is so bad-ass, and the Amalfi Necklace is a long and sexy adornment. And sexy ankle boots from Leverocci make my new Slink feet look so sweet, I may pop the peep-toe look more often just to show them off. I shared this great look over on the On Your Toes blog today too, so take a peep!

Top: Asteria Creations, Alice Mesh Front Tied Top - White
Skirt: Girl Thursday, Buckle Skirt (Black) **NEW & 50L Fridays Today**
Necklace: MG - Necklace - Amalfi Silver Moon - Long

Ring: MG - Dream Angel Skull Ring - L - SILVER
Boots: Leverocci, Peeptoe Ankle Boots_Pony_Black (SL Marketplace)
Hair: [BURLEY],Tish (DBrown06)
Skin: *League*, Jen Pale Bloom (Cleavage D)  w/ Hairbase
Eyes: IKONAscension Eyes - Hazel
Lashes: MMS-Thora Lashes by Minnu Palen (No Longer Available)
Hands: Slink, Mesh Rigged Hands *Avatar Enhancement* 
- Elegant1 R, Flat L Versions
Feet: Slink, Mesh Rigged Hands *Avatar Enhancement* Mid Height Version
Note: The above is textured with skin appliers available from 
Nail Art: Flair, Nail HUD Add-Ons for Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands- Set 28
Tattoos: Letis Tattoo: Rigel Combination Full & 
Letis Tattoo : Slink HUD SKULL for Rigel
Note: The above is textured with skin appliers available from Letis Tattoo.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Pretty Life

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So much has changed in the 4 years I was absent (by choice) from SL, and yet some things never do. Great friends that have welcomed me back have made it so nice, and new friends make it a new adventure too. As a Blogger, it is a huge challenge, not to mention an expensive proposition, to start anew. There are new features to learn about and showcase, new designers, new and really exciting changes to fashion in general, but then there are the things I missed. 

As always, I blog items I love, and I try very hard to be sure that I blog original content. I am mindful of copyright and IP rights, and I want to fall on the right side of the line in what I choose to showcase. However, there is going to always be the back story that I am missing, and even if I ask old friends and fellow bloggers a thousand questions, there will always be some drama that I have missed. So please feel free to comment, drama free, if any of the items I am wearing are from suspect sources, and I will apply due diligence to be sure that I cover my bases too. I want to celebrate the best and the most wonderful things about SL, and that means getting a little help from my friends to be sure that I am living a guilt free "Pretty Life".

Top - *ionic*, My second hand cardigan (black & white)
Pants - *Fishy Strawberry*, Tapered Cargo Pants (Grey, No Belt Version)
Boots -  Maitreya, Stagioni Xtd Leather (Artichoke)
Necklace - MG Maxi Gossamer - Necklace - Wicked little Heart (Short Version, Texture Change Gems)
Hair - Magika, [Hair, Un-rigged Version] Plenty
Skin - *League*, Jen Pale Bloom
Hands - Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands - Elegant1 R, Flat L
Shape - My Own (with help from the fabulous Anessa Stine)
Eyes - .ID., Real Eyes - Hazel
Lashes - MMS - Thora Lashes by Minnu Palen (No Longer Available)
Poses - **KoumB** by Koumia Bellah (No Longer Available)

Song In My Head: Jakalope - Pretty Life

The Book Meme - Blogger Challenge

So it's no secret that I am back on the grid again, at least not to those who are still active in SL. I have always loved the things that connect us and make us unique, and when I saw blogger extraordinaire, and all around darling, Strawberry Singh had issued a blogger challenge called The Book Meme, I wanted in. I am a huge book nerd and proud. Here is my Q & A, you can still get in on the challenge by copying these questions and pasting in your own answers.

  • Are you a bookworm? -- Absolutely! I always have at least one book on the go, and often more than that. I have a list of  "1000 Books to Read Before You Die", and I am crossing them off as I go.
  • Which do you prefer: hardcover, paperback or electronic? – I tend to read in bed a lot, so my kindle is my new best friend. But there are some books I love so much I have multiple versions of, those special hardbound editions. I also repurchased a lot of my favorites for my kindle so they would be at my fingertips always.
  • Which book is your favorite? – Such a hard question to answer, since I read so much in so many genres. But my desert island pick would always be Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. Call it cliche, but I have read it so many times and it never gets old, I cry every single time.
  • Which children’s book is your favorite? – My favorite book from childhood is one my mother read to us at bedtime, the Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. It is so very sad, and so very meaningful. It is about the things we treasure that should never be forgotten, no matter how much we grow and change.
  • What’s the last book you’ve read? – I just finished re-reading the entire Outlander series, all 7 fat books, by Diana Gabaldon. I am so in love with these characters, and can't wait for the next book to drop in June. The best news ever is that STARZ is producing a TV Series based on the books, and the leading man, Sam Heughan is dreamy as Jamie Fraser. It is coming this summer as well.
  • Name your top five favorite writers: – Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R. Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Diana Gabaldon, gosh... is that 5 already? I could name dozens.
  • Name a book that had a strong impact on you: – A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra. This book is remarkable.
  • Favorite & least favorite book genres? – My favorite genre seems to be Science Fiction and Fantasy, but I read everything from Classics, Biographies, Graphic Novels and Manga too. Least favorite is hands down Self-Help books, I just can't stay interested in them.
  • Favorite & least favorite book-to-movie adaptions? – The BBC adaptation of Pride & Prejudice with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, is pretty much a dream come true, I can have that series on rotation 24/7 and never get tired, I know it word for word.  As for the worst, I think that Tom Cruise killed Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice. The movie is worth watching as a stand-alone, but Lestat is an eternal teenager and the couch jumping Cruise is just awful.
  • Have you ever bought a book based on the cover alone? – I usually have to read something off the cover or inside the flap to get a taste of the book, but I am sure I did it a lot when I was a teenager with those awful teen romances from the 80s.
  • Where do you usually buy your books? – When I walk buy a used bookstore in downtown Toronto, I always go in and get something, even if it is just a copy of a classic novel I have read, and want to share with my nieces and nephew. Otherwise, I have to carefully approach and stay as short a time as possible, else I go broke endlessly.
  • Do you go to the library? – I don't unless I am taking courses at the University, the higher my education level goes, the scarier the libraries are. The University of Toronto has a dozen different libraries all over the campus, it's like trying to find needles in haystacks.
  • How many books do you own? On my main kindle it is about 300 titles to date, on my shelves, lets just say there are layers on layers in front of layers and no room left on any of my four large bookcases in my office. It's the first thing people comment on when they come into my condo, they always go wide eyed and say, "I guess you like to read!" There are over 1000 books in my place, and I have boxes of them in storage.
  • If you were to write a book about Second Life, which topic would you focus on? I think it's really interesting how you begin to identify with your avatar, how it becomes a part of you (for so many of us, anyways). I am interested in that, how we become attached to our shape or skin, or not. Whether we carve out an identity or niche, or find one. Our nicknames become somehow part of our psyche, that fascinates me and I think it would make an interesting project to talk to people about those attachments, inventory not excluded.
  • **Meme instructions: Copy and paste the following questions and answers into your post, delete my answers and input your own. Don’t forget to leave a link to your post in the comments on Strawberries Blog here so we can all come and see. If you create an image for this meme, feel free to share it in the Blog Memes Flickr Group.

    Top - DCNY, Mesh Striped Crop Top (Bluesy)
    Shorts - The Secret Store, Balloon Shorts (Carbon) @ COLABOR88
    Shoes - Baiastice, Lunar Ankle Boot (celeste) @ COLABOR88
    Hair - Clawtooth, Lady Stardust - Blueberry Pie @ COLABOR88
    Skin - *League*, Jen Pale ChinaDoll 
    Hands - Slink, Avatar Enhancement Hands - Elegant1 R, Flat L
    Shape - My Own (with help from the fabulous Anessa Stine)
    Eyes - .ID., Real Eyes - Hazel
    Lashes - MMS - Thora Lashes by Minnu Palen (No Longer Available)
    Props - floorplan. pride and prejudice novel, AF Open Book
    Skybox - llorisen // ciaran skybox (Includes Texture Change Cushions and Poses)