{ The Tourist } Shiny Shabby is OPEN!

“The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page.”
~St. Augustine

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Hi lovelies!  I’m happy to announce the May round of Shiny Shabby is open and ready for all you shopaholics to indulge and stock up your inventories on the latest shabby chic items for Spring/Summer from awesome designers across the grid. There were truly so many wonderful new items that I wanted to show off as many as I could and put together this little scene reminiscent of travels through Europe “Eat, Pray, Love” style.

Your shopping adventure awaits! Happy spending! ❤

CREDITS

Wearing

Mehs Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin – Beth (Med 03 Br) – Belleza

Hair – Myrtle – MINA **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Outfit – Luisa Top (aztec 2) & Boyfriend Jeans (medium blue) – SPIRIT **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Shoes – Sandra Sandals – Pure Poison **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Jewelry – Irinia ring set – ieQED

Jewelry – Katya bangles (fresh) – Earthstones

Accessory – Whiskey Flask & Holster – [kunst] **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Accessory – Haight-Ashbury Bag (chestnut) – {Reverie} **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Pose – Phone #5 – Label Motion **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Scene

Build – La Primavera Toscana Gacha: Mansion, Manor, Walls, Hall & Clay Pots – 8f8 *previous gacha*

Hyacinth Bistro Tables/Chair & Strawberry Plants – [ARIA] **NEW** @ShinyShabby

La Cantina Gacha: Wine bottle set (used) – *YS&YS* **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Helium (Balloon Tank) – Breno **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Old & Rusted Gacha: Ladder & Hanging Rags – Apt B **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Unique Vintage Deco Gacha: small branch (blue) – [Toiz] **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Paper Diamond Curtain 2 – Boogers **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Lake Couch (red) – CONCEPT **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Shabby Door Screens – 22769 [bauwerk] **NEW** @ShinyShabby

{ Afternoon Tea } NEW from Shiny Shabby!

Shiny Shabby is open for another round of shopping goodness and this month’s theme is “From Russia with Love” featuring so many amazingly talented artists and their Russian inspired wares. Beautiful ethnic fashions, rich textures and patterns, and intricately ornate home furnishings for decorating inside and out. Several creators have touched on the the lavishness of vintage Russian style offering varying Samovar tea sets.Teatime_FINAL

In addition I was very excited to see a few new applier offerings for mesh heads.  I am loving this new Slink Visage applier from [TheSkinnery] called “Alyona”. With or without freckles in 3 different brow options.  Beautifully blushed cheeks make me feel like a doll.  The Absinthe Dress, from GizzA, is available in 5 different floral patterns and each comes with a coordinating floral necklace to match.Teatime-Closeup_FINAL

Shiny Shabby is open until May 14th, so you have plenty of time to get over there and check it out!

Happy Shopping! ❤

CREDITS

Wearing

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Mesh Head – Visage “Emma” – Slink

Skin/Visage Applier – Alyona (RBf) – [TheSkinnery] **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Eyes – Crystal (winter) – BUZZERI

Hair – Miss Mabel V2 (light browns) – Lamb! **NEW** @TagGacha

Outfit – Absinthe Dress w/Necklace (vintage teal) – GizzA **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Shoes – Malgo (leather navy) – Just Design **NEW**

Scenery

Neva Chapel – Scarlet Creative **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Antique Tea Cart, Chair, Bookstack, Teacups – Kalopsia **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Douze Roses Gacha: Step Stool & Ladder – APT B **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Short Russian Woodwork Mirror (white) – TORO **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Samovar, Sugar Pot, Napkin Holder, Tray (Tzar) – 8f8 **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Moscow Nights Gacha: Bowl with Candies & Lemon Porcelain – Zerkalo **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Poses

Pic #1 (full body) – Stand #484 – !Bang **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Pic #2 (closeup) – Simpli Series II #5 – An Lar **NEW** @ShinyShabby

{ Begin Again } Classic Romance @ The Liaison Collaborative

WARNING! Commentary ahead….

I think there’s definitely different camps when it comes to the notorious V-Day.  Whether we like it or not, Valentine’s Day comes every year taunting us with it’s candy hearts and mushy cards, it’s overpriced flowers and cutesy teddy bears, and then there’s the chocolate…  Not that I have anything against chocolate.  😛  And I have heard the arguments: “Why only celebrate love one day a year?? Pffft!”  “Valentine’s Day was created by Hallmark to sell more stuff.”  “Valentine’s Day should be called Extortion Day.” And perhaps it’s true that one shouldn’t simply save up all the romance for a single day.  And what if you have no one to romance with?  There are plenty of reasons to not be obliged to celebrate this particular holiday…

Yet, I can’t help but be drawn into the romantic feel of this time of year.  Post-Christmas let-down and winter doldrums leave you feeling deflated.. so having a little love in the air definitely can breathe new life into you.  And that doesn’t mean you have to have ‘the one’ in your life… no need to feel pressure to run out and get a significant other just for February 14th.  Sharing the love works on many levels, and is a pretty awesome upper.  It makes people happy and feel good.  And I don’t know about you, but making people happy makes me happy.  So share it with family.  Share it with friends.  Share it with your favorite furry animals.  Maybe this February you’ll still be single, so what.  Forget the date. Love blooms in all seasons.  But I guarantee you that happiness in your heart will draw others in like moths to a flame.

Be happy and Be Loved! ❤

This round of The Liaison Collaborative themed around “Classic Romance” inspired me to put together a scene straight out of a chick flick.  And I’ll admit that although I wasn’t too excited at first about going all romantical, a little help from a friend brought me out of my funk and feeling ready to begin again.

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He’s a good sport letting me clean him up from his typical bad boy look and making him stand for hours pretending to woo me (Thanks, Cyp!). 😛

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I hope you enjoy this little brunch date at the cafe story in pictures… and remember to check out TLC for these and more romantically inspired goodies!

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CREDITS

Scene:

Buildings – Portobello Corner Store & Carnaby Row Store – Apple Fall **NEW** @TLC

Buildings – Chelsea Townhouse – Apple Fall **NEW**

Bisous Tables / Chairs – Pixel Mode **NEW** @TLC

Streetlights – Dutchie

Feuilles Wall Lantern, L’Olivier Planters, Cafe Table (rose), Neva’s Kitchen Shelf (RARE), Bags of Flour – Apple Fall

Sandwich Board Sign – {What Next}

La Petite Joie Cafe Gacha: Cappuccino Order, Decorative Wall Clock, Awnings, Cafe Chairs, Menu Board – 8f8

Rose Vases – {Imeka}

Cage Shelf – HIDEKI

Scriptor Word Art (Coffee) – DIGS

Vintage Porch Mailbox, Aspen Trees – Botanical

Car – HM TO 20GT M White – HaruMotors

Pigeons – Sculpty Creations Animals

City Trash Can – 7 Emporium

Newspaper Box – URBAN JUNGLE

Trin’s Outfit:

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya **NEW**

Skin – Ellie America 02A – Glam Affair **NEW** @Uber

Hair – Esther (Blondes) – TRUTH **NEW** @Uber

Eyes – Cheri Eyes (Ice) – SONG **NEW** @Kustom9

Dress – Classic Romance Dress (blush) – Coquet **NEW** @TLC

Jewelry – Pearl Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings (ivory) – Izzie’s **NEW** @TLC

Shoes – Dolores (black) – CandyDoll **NEW** @Kustom9

Flowers – Bouquet No. 46 – Gumi’s Shops

Cypriss Outfit:

Mesh Body – The Shops **NEW**

Skin – Rays (Tone 3) – Tableau Vivant

Hair – Taro (bento) – Taketomi **NEW**

Outfit – Vartan male outfit (shirt,pants,shoes) – Fashionatic

Poses:

Picture #1 – (His) Walking Male 01 – Apple Spice

(Hers) Bisou Chair animation – Pixel Mode

Picture #2 – Taking Over Me – Exposeur **NEW** @TLC

Picture #3 – I Remember – An Lar Poses **NEW** @TLC

{ OMG Unicorns! } and NEW Poses from oOo Studio

This week, oOo Studio is participating in Fifty Linden Fridays with a set of 5 poses called “Margarethe”.  I decided to take this particular pose and run with it.. all the way to Collabor88 where it’s Unicorns, Unicorns, everywhere Unicorns this month!  Inspired by the tradition in Spain called “The Running of the Bulls” I set out to have a little fun with my uni-friends here and re-create that feeling with a fantastical twist of pink cobblestone streets up in the clouds.  Don’t be fooled by their cuteness, they’re faster than they look!

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Body & Hands – Lara – Maitreya **NEW**

Mesh Feet – High Feet – Slink

Skin – Sia Skin (Fairy Tales – America 01A) – Glam Affair **NEW** @C88

Makeup – Romy Freckles & Moles 05 – Glam Affair

Eyes – Lillian Eyes (Winter) – Buzzeri

Hair – Windsong (Wild Fusion 2) – Exile **NEW** @C88

Outfit – Petal Dress & Jacket (Set 1) – .Atomic. **NEW** @C88

Shoes – Unicorn Heels (Metal) – Pixicat **NEW** @C88

Accessories – Unicorn Head Chain (gold) – (Yummy) **NEW** @C88

POSE & SCENE

Margarethe #1 – oOo Studio **NEW** for FLF 1/16

Mesh Cobblestone – Stormwood (*modified)

Baby Unicorn Companions & Winged Unicorns – Mish Mish **NEW** @C88

Clouds and Moon & Stars – Dreamer’s Cloudland Set – 8f8

{ My Secret Budoir }

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This was one of those photos that was supposed to get done weeks ago and got put off a bit to meet other deadlines but instead of skipping it altogether I really wanted to make it happen.. better late than never.  It was about time to do something a little sexy and feminine…One by one I had collected each piece and once I found this lovely daybed from Scarlet Creative, which is out now at The Liaison Collaborative, I knew it was meant to be.  The picture just came together on it’s own.  A perfect little vintage hideaway… welcome to my (not so) Secret Budoir!

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STYLE CREDITS

Skin – Brooke (Med 07 Br) – Belleza @Uber (Oct round)

Makeup – Beauty Mark 1 & 3 (Mae Skin from V&C Fair) – Belleza

Hair – Giz (Type B – Citrine) – D!va

Eyes – Crystal Eyes (Winter) – Buzzeri

Lashes – Dolly & Flutter Falsies – Candy Mountain

Mesh Body – Venus – Belleza

Lingerie – Vintage Lady Vest Dress (Begie) – =Zenith= **NEW**

Shoes – Steampunk Fitted Boots – Pure Poison **NEW**

Jewelry – Malkyn Collar (brown leather – gold/white) – [ILAYA] **NEW**

Jewelry – Renee Earring (gold w/white pearl) – *LODE* **NEW** @The Fantasy Collective

Accessory – Eye Piece (Vintage) – ::TI::

SCENE & POSES

Cupcake Lights (brown) – 8f8

du Macaron Daybed (Citron) – Scarlet Creative **NEW** @TLC

The White Rug (edited) – [Tia]

La Miroire de la Marquise Set – Kalopsia

Corset Chair – Cheeky Pea

Poses 195 (full photo) & 198 (close up) – Slouch

{ What makes a happy home }

I’ve been making a new home in SL the last couple weeks… in between trying to get work done on other things.  Before this I would log in on a platform in the sky somewhere surrounded by pose stands and random objects.  I bet many of you know this scenario well.  Those that do photography or blog, or even build… logging into a platform is pretty common. I would set a scene on this corner or that, take a photo, tear it down… it was always just temporary.  It’s been almost a year since I’ve had anything that resembled a real home in SL that actually stuck around, a place where I could invite people and say “this is my place” and not be embarrassed by the barren wasteland that I paid tier on every month.  So it was time to lay down roots and move in.  The fall always inspires me to decorate, in both RL and SL… as even my RL home is full of the warmth of fall colors.  I love the earthy browns and natural textures and fabrics, distressed pieces, and knotty wood floors.. and lots of windows dappled with sunlight.

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On a cool crisp day with the leaves rustling just outside, there is still a cozy home full of warmth, where lazy puppies snooze and curious kitties play. Oh!  And there is always a steamy cup of coffee waiting for me…

…In my dreamy autumn home.  My happy happy home.

CREDITS

Meribel House (RARE) – Scarlet Creative **NEW** @The Arcade

Meribel Day Sofa – Scarlet Creative **NEW** @The Arcade

 Love Curtain with Pole – Scarlet Creative **from past Arcade Gacha

Sleepy Puppy (RARE) – Ispachi **NEW** @The Arcade

Breakfast Tray – Ispachi **NEW** @The Arcade

Cats in Motion #5 and #9 – (Fashionably Dead) **NEW** @The Arcade

Stacked Envelopes, leaf herbarium book, knitting basket – {vespertine} **NEW** @The Arcade

Gilt Frame, Frame Shelf, Carriage Shelf – Apple Fall **NEW** @The Arcade

Strung Branch Pendant Light, Recycled Wood Parquet Table, White Iris – Apple Fall **NEW** @C88

Pumpkin Clonch (Colours) – Apple Fall **NEW** @H&G Expo RFL Item

Milan Lounge (Crisp Linen), “Home Sweet Home” Heart, Reading Pile 25, Fashion Trunk (Classical) – Apple Fall

Leather Pouffes (cafe & chestnut), Floorwood Table, Cigars – Zigana **NEW** @TMD

White Rug – Zigana

Holden Radiator – [ARIA] **NEW** @FaMESHed

Gretchen Vintage Rug (cream) – [ARIA] **from past Arcade Gacha

Old School Wire Baskets – Sari-Sari **NEW** @The Arcade

Radio 1A579-A – Seven Emporium **NEW** @The Arcade

Old Floor Lamp (bronze) – Tarte. **NEW** @The Arcade

Constance Potted Orchids – DIGS

La Petite Joie Cafe – Hat Rack – 8f8 **NEW** @The Arcade

Engineer Boots (Dark Brown) – (Sleep Eddy) **from past Arcade Gacha

Artist’s Cabinet – Cheeky Pea **past FLF Item