{ Pride or Vanity ? }

“Many people would be scared if they saw in the mirror, not their faces, but their character…”

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Still time to give yourself the royal treatment, as Enchantment has been extended til March 4th due to some earlier issues with the sim.  Many of the lavish and decadent goodies you see here are out now for Enchantment‘s “Cinderella” round.  Complimenting the Red Queen’s  haughty attire is a new “Vanity” pose set with mirror prop from oOo Studio.. The set is available now at N21.

STYLE CREDITS

Mesh  Head – Simone (Bento) – Lelutka

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin / Appliers – Thabita (Europa) – Glam Affair **NEW** @Kustom9

Mesh Hands (Bento) – Prohands – Vista

Mesh Eyes – Okina Gacha: Chocolate – Buzzeri

Hair – Saarto – Tukinowaguma **NEW** @Enchantment

Dress – Cinderelle (Ruby) – Junbug **NEW** @Enchantment

Accessory – Victoria Lace Collar & Rose Crown – The Mystic **NEW** @Enchantment

Pose – “Vanity” Mirror Prop Pose set – oOo Studio **NEW** @N21

Magical Night Garden Tables – Pillows **NEW** @Enchantment

Cinderella Flowers from a Prince – The Looking Glass **NEW** @Enchantment

Carved Wooden Throne – [DDD]

Persian Rug – Dutchie

Paint it Black Gacha: Curtains – Random Matter

Mystery Mansion 2 Gacha: Haunted Mirror (color modified) – Death Row Designs

Lainey Sconces (brass) – The Loft

Artemis Panel Wall – LISP

{ Elfed }

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I’ve been a busy little elf working on getting our home and sim changed over for Winter/Christmas which is pretty amazing considering how most seasons I’m 1000% behind on. Gonna make Santa proud this year (even if I am still on the naughty list). But I’m enjoying it so much.. finally having a “home” in SL and not just a place to take pretty pictures. I was given a stern talking to about not accurately depicting how this all went down, and it’s true.  I had help from my love, Mr. Roxan and my lovely, sweetness, Cecilia, in getting all the beautiful ornaments up on the tree.  Unfortunately we were too busy chatting for me to capture that in a photo. Plus there was a blinging Freenis on the top of the tree then.  I spared you all from the horror of that. 😛 You’re welcome.

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STYLE CREDITS

Wearing

Mesh Head – Annie – Catwa

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin / Appliers – Renee (America) w/Lipstick #5 – Glam Affair **NEW** @Uber

Makeup – Eyeliners w/ bags – VEECHI

Mesh Eyes – Chromatic Eyes Gacha (Ghost RARE) – Buzzeri

Mesh Ears – Steking V5 – Mandala

Hair – Glenn II (blonds) – Tableau Vivant **NEW** @C88

Outfit – Emily Sweaterdress w/Scarf – Just Because **NEW** @Uber

Shoes – Anna Boots w/Socks – Just Because **NEW** @Uber

Other – Festivat Gacha: Blinking Blitzen RARE – Remarkable Oblivion

Accessory – Gloves Necklace01 RARE – VCO

Pose Pic #1 – From Ladder Prop – Apple Fall & An Lar

Pose Pic #2 – Sits Pose #4 – Kirin **NEW** @Kustom9

Interior/Exterior Decor

Storyteller’s Burrow Gacha: Cottage (RARE) – 8f8

Douglas Fir Christmas Tree & Outdoor Seasonal Boxwood – Botanical

Black n White Christmas Gacha: Tree Lights RARE – The Loft

Assorted Tree Decorations Gachas – ARIA, Kalopsia, & Fancy Decor

Christmas Star – Figment

Hanging Mistletoe – Apple Fall

Holiday Decor ’15 Garland – JIAN

Snowmen – Dysfunctionality Designs

 

{ Will I always feel this way.. }

She lifts her skirt up to her knees
Walks through the garden rows
With her bare feet laughing
I never learned to count my blessings
I choose instead to dwell
In my disasters
I walk on down the hill
Through grass grown tall
And brown and still
It’s hard somehow
To let go of my pain
On past the busted back
Of that old and rusted Cadillac
That sinks into this field
Collecting rain
Will I always feel this way
So empty
And estranged?

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and of these cut throat busted sunsets
These cold and damp white mornings
I have grown weary
If through my cracked and dusty
Dime store lips
I spoke these words out loud
Would no one hear me?
Lay your blouse across the chair
Let fall the flowers
From your hair
And kiss me
With that country mouth
So plain
outside the rain is tapping
On the leaves
To me it sounds like
They’re applauding us
The quiet love
We’ve made
Will it always feel this way
So empty
So estranged?

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Head – Annie – Catwa

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Appliers – Ella (Pale) – League **NEW** @Mainstore Release

Mesh Eyes – Chromatic (Ghost RARE) – Buzzeri

Hair – Mahogany Gacha: V1 (Ombre 5) – Due **NEW** @Kustom9

Outfit – Carolina Wool Dress, Virginia Wool Coat, and Rain Boots – Addams **NEW** @Mainstore Release

Accessory – Brolly (white/black stripe) – The Pose Shop **NEW** @SadNovember

Pose – Seasons #6 – oOo Studio **COMING SOON** @No21

Scene

Chelsea Townhouse – Apple Fall

Boxwood Hedges, Brick Wall, Scrolled Wrought Iron Fencing, Vintage Porch Mailbox – Botanical

Leaves – Action

Puddle Jumper V1 – The Pose Shop **NEW** @SadNovember

Autumn Abode Gacha: Autumn Wreath – SAYO

Itchy Grass & Dwarf Forest – Alirium

Old Brown Trees – L12

{ Look deeper }

“She was the prettiest Hell I’ve ever been in;
I didn’t mind burning at all.”

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“I am a palace dark and deep, and oh the secrets that I keep…”

Enchantment is back again with a stroll through the woods for the hungry.  Taking on the old fairytale of “Hansel & Gretel”.  Beware of the sweet exteriors, sometimes they have the darkest interiors.  Shop to your heart’s delight from now til November 30th!

STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Head – Annie – Catwa

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin / Appliers – Barbara Gacha (America 02) – Glam Affair **NEW** @Kustom9

Makeup Appliers – Nereza Lipstick – Zibska **NEW** @Enchantment

Tattoo Appliers – Hel Tattoo – Nanika **NEW** @Enchantment

Lashes – Luise Lashes – Zibska **NEW** @Enchantment

Eyes – Chromatic Eyes Gacha: Ghost RARE – Buzzeri

Hair – Rare Bird (Fantasy 1) – Exile **NEW** @C88

Outfit – Witch Long Dress (black) – Kaithleen’s **NEW** @Enchantment

Headpiece – Mael Headdress (black) – Glam Affair **NEW** @C88

Other – Gatekeeper Necklace & Ruffle Collar – *katat0nik* **NEW** @C88

Accessory – Fingerclaws – DRD

Poses – Palais Singles – oOo Studio **NEW** @FLF 11/18

Build – Dungeon – Abiss

Imperium Throne – PFC **NEW** @TSA

{ Just a little mischief }

“I solemnly swear… that I am up to no good.”

~ Harry Potter

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Head – Annie – Catwa

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin / Appliers – Grace (Milk Tone) – INSOL **NEW** @TresChic

Makeup Appliers – Glenny Lipstick Set 4 – Glam Affair **NEW** @Uber

Nail Appliers – The Witching Hour Gacha: Nails 6 & 1 – Vilecult **NEW** @Epiphany

Eyes – Chromatic Eyes Gacha: Ghost (Rare) – [Buzz] **NEW** @Epiphany

Hair w/Hat – Darkness Falls ( Color Set 4) – Magika

Outfit – Coven Gacha: Witchy Top, Skater Skirt, Thigh Highs w/Garters, Ankle boots, Necklaces – REIGN **NEW** @Epiphany

Jewelry – Wicked Rings Gacha – Kibitz

Other – Coven Gacha: Cat for Hand (RARE), Flying Cards, Tattoos – Fawny **NEW** @Epiphany

Poses – Malediction Gacha: Entranced & Dark Angel (RARE) – Le Poppycock

Location – Foggy Swamp Sim by Neva Xenga

{ You’re my Oasis }

As I roam through the wasteland
You’re the one thing I need
I see you off in the distance
You’re my oasis
You’re my oasis
You’re my oasis
When we’re lost in a desert night
And we’re chasing our paradise
When we can’t fight another fight
We’re gonna make it, make it, make it
When we’re lost in a desert night
And we’re chasing our paradise
When we can’t fight another fight
We’re gonna make it, make it, make it
You’re my oasis
You’re my oasis
You’re my oasis

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Head – Annie – Catwa

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Applier – Kumi (M02) – Essences **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Hair – Burn Down (browns) – BESOM **NEW** @Epiphany

Eyes – Glacier (pitch) – Buzzeri **NEW** @Epiphany

Outfit – Long Ribbon Cami Top & Tight Harem Pants (white beige) – Gabriel **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Jewelry – Kandra Necklace (gold) – KIBITZ **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Jewelry – Indyra Bangles and Earrings (gold) – MEVA **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Pose – Mags 2 – RK Poses **NEW** @ShinyShabby

Scene

Summer Ruins – Fanatik Architecture

Amir “Desert Flower” Build – Snollygoster

{ Waiting Game }

I’m thinking it over
The way you make me feel all sexy but it’s causing me shame
I wanna lean on your shoulder
I wish I was in love but I don’t wanna cause any pain
And if I’m feeling like I’m even, we’ve got nothing to gain

What if I never even see you ’cause we’re both on a stage
Don’t tell me listen to your song because it isn’t the same
I don’t wanna say your love is a waiting game

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Baby I’m thinking it over
What if the way we started made it something cursed from the start
What if it only gets colder
Would you still wrap me up and tell me that you think this was smart
‘Cause lately I’ve been scared of even thinking ’bout where we are

What if I never even see you ’cause we’re both on a stage
Don’t tell me listen to your song because it isn’t the same
I don’t wanna say your love is a waiting game

What if I never even see you ’cause we’re both on a stage
Don’t tell me listen to your song because it isn’t the same
I don’t wanna say your love is a waiting game

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Body – Isis – Belleza

Skin/Appliers – Faye (Pale Bl 05) – Belleza **NEW**

Eyes – Celestial Eyes (winter) – [Buzzeri]

Hair – E816 Hair (beige) – tram **NEW**

Outfit – Estelle Dress (black) – Miss Chelsea. **NEW** @FaMESHed

Shoes – Polo Boots (black) – JustDesign **NEW** @FaMESHed

Jewelry – Septum Piercing (Bali 2) – Cae

Pose – Cool Sit – Del May

Flyaway Bench (white) – PILOT

Unexpected Journey: High Time Clock – 8f8

{ Come on baby make me purr for you }

Baby I’m preying on you tonight
Hunt you down, eat you alive
Just like animals, animals, like animals
Maybe you think that you can hide
I can smell your scent for miles
Just like animals, animals, like animals

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CREDITS

Mesh Head – Stella – Lelutka

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Mesh Hands/Feet – Slink

Skin/Appliers – Paige (European) – DeeTalez **NEW**

Mesh Ears – Steking v5 – Mandala

Eyes – Serenity (angel) – [Buzzeri]

Hair – Itch – Magika

Outfit – Minx Cage Bra & Harness (black) – Sweet Thing.

Shoes – Amerie Heels (black) – CandyDoll

Accessory – Glitch Collar (gold) – |CerberusXing| **NEW** @Kustom9

Jewelry – Dreamer Septum Ring (style 4 gold) – MONS **NEW**

Hair Accessory – Studded Kitty Headband – Action

Nail Appliers – Elegant Black II – ZOZ

Anal Plug Fox Tail Mesh (gold) – BWish

Pose – Little Kitten 7M – .Infiniti. **NEW** @ROMP

Pet’s Draped Basket Bed (cozy) – Roawenwood **NEW** @ROMP

Guilty Pleasures Sideboard & Hutch (multi dirty) – The HIVE **NEW** @ROMP

{ Finding Balance }

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As a mom, this time of year is a bit of a challenge in my house.  The start of the school year is always busy preparing and getting back to a routine.  Having to keep everyone on task and keeping up with homework assignments, volunteering in the classroom, PTA fundraisers, and extra curricular activities.. and before you know it, it’s Halloween, then Thanksgiving and SURPRISE!!! … Christmas again.  It all comes on so quickly, I hardly have time to think let alone do anything for myself.  But I still have all my other responsibilities around the house.. the cooking and cleaning, nonstop picking up after 3 boys and 2 cats, and then there’s Second Life and blogging and client photography.

I have determined that in order to keep my sanity…either I need to 1. win the lottery 2. discover how to clone myself or 3. find balance.  Since 1. and 2. are likely to not occur within my lifetime, I’m going to need to focus my energies on 3. FINDING BALANCE.  It’s a lot harder than it sounds.  Life is like juggling a bunch of balls, the more you add to the mix, the more difficult it is to keep them all going.. eventually one is going to drop. And when one goes, sometimes they all go.  I learned years ago that too many balls can have a devastating effect on one’s mental and physical health.  It’s important to know your limits.  I still struggle with this daily. Learning to say “no” has always been hard for me.  I’m a people-pleaser by nature and don’t like disappointing anyone.  My attempts at being WonderWoman have made me sick more often than I care to admit.

There are things that I do for myself though… that are good for my soul.  They help me push out the stress for a little while and refocus.  Sometimes in the middle of blogging deadlines, I will stop and do a photo for me, something personal.  It’s therapeutic.  Just as every few weeks I treat myself to a manicure and pedicure in my 1st life.  Taking care of myself is just as important for me as it is for the people in my life.  I’m no good to anyone if I’m a wreck.  I know I can really only speak as a woman and mother, but I think these ideas are pretty universal across all people in that: moderation is key.  Too much of anything can be.. well? too much.

Anyway.. maybe it was the massage I finally had last night, after 4 years of having a giftcard for it but took the plunge and got it done.  It was just what I needed.  I know I deserved it and plan to make it a regularly scheduled event now.  A little light at the end of a very busy tunnel each month.

For those struggling and juggling and still seeking their light.. I wish you balance. I hope you find those things in your life that help you stay centered and at peace. ❤

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STYLE CREDITS

Mesh Body – Lara – Maitreya

Skin/Appliers – Katra Ballerina (Europa 04 A) – Glam Affair **NEW** @Uber

Hair – Arden – TRUTH **NEW**

Eyes – Crystal Eyes (angel) – Buzzeri

Top – Ana Tank Top w/Gym Top 2.0 – Addams **NEW** @Uber

Bottoms – Cora Shorts (patterned) – Just Because **NEW** @Uber

Poses – Yoga Poses – oOo Studio **COMING SOON** @FLF

Scene for Photo #1 – Kennedy Interiors by Britain Knave-Kennedy

Build for Photo #2 – For Eku The Retreat Prefab – Scarlet Creative