In The Clouds

Hey there! How have you been doing? It’s been quite a while since I last checked in. Real life got crazy busy, and I also just needed some time away. The downside of this, was that I missed showing you some of the fun Valentines and Easter things that I collected. However, I think I will incorporate some of those things into outfits for some future blog posts, so keep a look out for that!

So as I was saying, I have been away for some time. On my return I felt inspired to build. This is a little unusual for me as normally after being away for a while, I would then be checking out any promos or gifts I had missed, or I would explore some new places. This time however, I just wanted to chill out and make something. Maybe I just felt inspired! I didn’t really have any plans on what to build, so it was kind of spontaneous. I ended up building a skybox which was really fun to do. I should mention at this point, that I have been very lucky to be renting waterside plot at the moment. I have plenty of prims to play with on the land. This makes a change for me, as I am used to a much lower prim count, and also rentals where it sometimes isn’t really possible to build at all, such as at the motel room I was living in not so long ago. So now I have this nice plot of land to rent, plenty of prims, lots of space and I am making the most of it! I am steadily getting my home up together the way I like, and I plan to make a post about that too in the near future. So I decided to rez a plat way up in the sky, and I got started on building the skybox! I gave it a city skyline view out of the front window. The side and back windows can be looked through from the inside, but nobody can see in from the outside, adding privacy.

Use the < > arrows to explore the City Living Skybox photos above!

There is a raised area at the back overlooked by the back window. The skybox is fully textured throughout, with Scandinavian pine effect flooring and walls to the raised area, and feature marble effect panels on the side walls. The ceiling is decorated with a space/galaxy theme in mind. I named the skybox ‘City Living Skybox’. I think the two best things about it are that it is considerably spacious, and that it is fully modifiable, so it can easily be (linked parts can be) retextured. I was so pleased with my creation that I decided to put it up in my marketplace store, Nefertiti, as a promo. So if you are looking for a very reasonably priced, spacious, stylish skybox that can be fully edited to your individual tastes, then head over to my Marketplace store, Nefertiti, and grab it while it’s hot! Land impact is relatively modest too, at only 19 prims.

Twinkle Toes

I did realise after taking the above photos, that I had forgotten to put my shoes on (again!) My outfit was pretty much thrown together this time. This is a typical casual weekend look, which was very fitting as it was a Saturday, so there you go! As an afterthought I decided that I should find some shoes to wear with my outfit. I found these sneakers in my inventory which were perfect for the look! They are the No Cabide Hella sneakers in a high foot option. I wear the Maitreya fit, and it’s fourth foot fit, so it’s the last but one highest foot option. There are also fits included for Slink and Belleza. The sneakers come complete with a incredibly cool 10 texture change HUD, which comprises a varied selection of textures for the different parts of the sneakers, such as sides, front, laces and metal textures for the metal eyelets. You can mix and match the various textures however you like to create your own individual sneakers look. The detail on these sneakers is really nicely done by the creator. There are even little woven ridges on the laces, and the way the shadowing around, and under the laces is especially awesome. It’s the small details like this that make these sneakers really stand out. The Hella sneakers are available on No Cabide’s SL Marketplace store, and they also have other sneakers in their MP store, such as the Bloody Mary sneakers which also have a texture change HUD. It’s worth heading over to take a look for sure.

Rocking the No Cabide Hella sneakers in the City Living skybox!

I love the little spikes on the sides of the sneakers, and the open lace look really sets them off. The level detail in these sneakers is amazing. Even the laces have little woven ridges textured onto them! Oh, by the way, the jeans are from Paper Sparrow, which is one of my most favourite SL stores! These jeans were actually from a hunt a while ago, around last Halloween I think, but don’t quote me on that. I totally LOVE them!!

The complete look!

Last but not least, the top I am wearing is the ‘Stripes T-shirt’ from ARATA on the SL Marketplace. This T-shirt is simple yet classically stylish, and can be teamed up with anything from jeans (as I have done) or a denim skirt, to a black pencil skirt or fitted black trousers and some fun accessories. It comes with a texture change HUD too, with different colour options for the stripes and background colour of the T-shirt. Style it however you want – style it your way! Now I sound like a television commercial, but you get the picture!

I’m not sure if this exact T-shirt is still available at the ARATA Marketplace store, but I know they have another one called the Simple T-shirt which is more cropped, but is a similar fit. It also has a really fun texture change HUD. There is currently a free version of it available as a gift too. This freebie even includes a two texture change HUD with a checked pattern, in black/red and black/jade green. Two colour options is very good for one free T-shirt! Style it up with a cute skater skirt, leggings, jeans or whatever you like!

I am wearing:

  • Mesh head: Lulu (BoM compatible) by LAQ
  • Skin: Amber 2016 in tan, (BoM version) by WoW Skins
  • Blush: Natural Blush in Dark Tan by Mock
  • Eyes: Sovereign eyes in ‘Moor’, by Ikon
  • Hair: by Tableau Vivant
  • Bracelet: Silver Twist Bracelet, by Koweeki
  • Mesh Body: Lara, by Maitreya
  • Shoes: Hella Sneakers with 10 texture change HUD, by No Cabide
  • Top: Stripes T-Shirt with texture change HUD, by ARATA
  • Jeans: Lovecraft LE Sabrina Jeans, by Paper.Sparrow

Blackberry Way

So it’s Monday again…Booo! It’s been a few days since I posted to the blog, and I took a couple of days or so away from SL as I was really tired in real life. But I’m back! I felt like taking a walk today, somewhere relaxing and very easy on the eye. Well I certainly found the right place! Sky Cove at Serenity Gardens was the perfect location to wander along cobbled paths, cross lamp lit bridges, and explore romantic areas – perfect for relaxing with someone special or for spending quiet time alone to contemplate. If you are looking for somewhere picturesque to live, there are also some beautiful homes here available to rent. I did my very best to be respectful of the fact that people do live here, but there is a lot to explore, including an open beach club that looks like it may be worth another visit one night soon. Over all you get a sense of relaxed, luxury living here, and even if you ‘re not a resident, there is plenty to take in and enjoy. I also discovered a blackberry hedge. The blackberries look almost good enough to eat! It did occur to me that it may be slightly the wrong time of year for blackberries, but hey this is SL! We can have ripe and juicy blackberries all year round! My outfit, hair and makeup all seem to have matched for the colours of the blackberries. It wasn’t planned at all, but it made for a nice little photo sesh nonetheless!

Feeling very berry, exploring Sky Cove at Serenity Gardens.

The flamingo dress that I wore today, is of course my win from the ‘guess and WIN’ board at S@BBiA. You may remember in my post from the other day, I was really excited about winning this dress! It comes with a hud too, with two other colour options so you can change it up how you like. A pretty cool win!

Tempted to pick a juicy blackberry!

I decided to team the dress up it up with a cute pair of red ankle boots which I have had for some time, from [ASHBURY] and I think these were a past Christmas gift. They don’t have sizing for my Maitreya feet included, so I had to alpha out my feet, but I think they look great. I have wanted to wear these for ages but just didn’t have the right outfit to put them with until now, so I am really pleased to finally be wearing them! Oh and the necklace was from Hilly Haalan – also a gift. As always, I will list everything I am wearing, at the end of the post, below with highlighted links for each store (in the store name). Thanks for reading and until next time, stay safe and look after one another.

What I wore today:

  • Mesh head: Lulu (BoM compatible) by LAQ
  • Skin: Amber 2016 in tan, (BoM version) by WoW Skins
  • Tattoo: Black Heart Face Tattoo by Nefertiti (my Marketplace store)
  • Blush: Rosy Glow Blush by Dulce Secrets (store location no longer available, sorry).
  • Lip Colour: from the Melody LAQ head applier hud, by Pink Fuel (The lip colour is in the form of a tattoo layer in the hud that works with any BoM skin!)
  • Eyes: Sovereign eyes in ‘Moor’, by Ikon
  • Eyeshadow: by poema
  • Lip Colour: from the Melody LAQ head applier hud, by Pink Fuel (The lip colour is in the form of a tattoo layer in the hud that works with any BoM skin!)
  • Hair: Qopi (reds) by Truth Hair
  • Mesh Body: Lara by Maitreya
  • Shape: My own
  • Necklace: Alex necklace (gift) by Hilly Halaan
  • Piercing: Diamond nose stud by PUNCH
  • Dress: Flamingo Dress by S@BBiA
  • Boots: Holiday ankle boots in red by [ASHBURY]

Available on the SL Marketplace only.

Hey everyone! Just a quick check in to let you know that the free gift is still available at my SL Marketplace store, Nefertiti. The Butterfly Tattoo comes in a fatpack of 8 cute colours, and is for BoM and classic/system avatars. Furthermore it’s free, so don’t delay, hop over and get it today! Available for free until the end of January, and Free Valentine’s gift coming soon!

New Year, New Begininngs

New year’s love and wishes to each and everyone of you. 2020 was a very tough year. Let’s hope that as 2021 progresses, and as we continue to do our bit, that things will get better. I have found that positivity and being inspired to be creative has given me energy over the last year, and into this new one too. This has been a driving force for me. Finding something to do that you enjoy, and drawing from inspiration also can be such good therapy when we are feeling low. It can give you such a lift. I have decided that this year, in place of new year’s resolutions (which I never keep!) I am going to focus on the things I like to do, getting inspired, and things that make me healthy in mind, body and soul. I hope that you also focus on things that you enjoy, and that you feel positivity as we move through 2021. Hopefully the blog will also give people a bit of a lift as they read it. Don’t forget to get involved by leaving comments, and you can also follow us to receive notifications of new posts, by clicking our follow button. I really hope so anyway, it would be lovely to have more followers on board for our journey into 2021!

New Year’s Day debris at Oliver’s Tavern, Yeti’s Run Ski Resort.

I decided to take a stroll early on new year’s day. It was very quiet…well, it was the morning after the night before, and I suspect that quite a few people were nursing headaches, after the exuberance of the celebrations the midnight before. I decided to head over to Yeti’s Run Ski Resort, an award winning Sim, where you can enjoy ice bumper cars, snowboarding and shopping, as well as other fun activities. There are also cabins to rent at the resort, and there is currently a magnificent steam train that sits on the tracks by the station. It is well worth a visit, and there are lots of photo opps! One of my other favourite things about the resort is Oliver’s Tavern, a themed Irish pub. I thought I’d get a photo of myself outside Oliver’s Tavern, where there was plenty of evidence of the revelry to be seen from the night before!

Pretty in pink, at Yeti’s Run Ski Resort.

The snow was still falling that morning, and I needed to make sure that I was wrapped up nice and warm. I decided to tog up in my pink wool mix coat that I got a few years ago from S@BBiA. Although it isn’t a ‘new’ item, it really is a timeless classic, and goes so well with the hat I recently got – the toksik Cushy Beret. It is sold as a fatpack with several different colours and patterns to choose from, so you can be sure that you can always match it to whatever you are wearing for optimal cuteness! My hair is one of the free gifts currently available at Pr!tty, and it also comes with colour huds, so you can select your favourite shade. The colours are all gorgeous by the way, and I chose this strawberry blonde-like colour. I hope you like it! All the deets for my complete look are listed at the end of the post in the ‘What I am Wearing’ section, as always. Oh and before I forget, S@BBiA where my coat is from, still have their Christmas group gift on display, plus another additional gift AND a wall full of really lovely past group gifts. There are also lucky letters and a guess and win board, so if you haven’t visited, it’s time to hail that SL taxi cab!

Getting lucky on the Guess and WIN board at S@BBiA!

Talking of gifts, so many creators have generously given over Christmas and new year, both at their stores and at shopping events such as the Sense event, which runs until January 8th. And don’t forget the Shop & Hop Winter Shopping Event, which runs until January 3rd. If you get your winter skates on, you might just be in time to catch it! The Christmas 2020 and new year 2021 gifts and promos have been truly phenomenal. Thank you so much to all the creators who put out these amazing gifts and promos. I have really enjoyed browsing the stores and shopping events in SL. The quality of goods on offer has been exceptional, and demonstrates the wonderfully creative talent that exists across the grid. I really hope you have enjoyed shopping and collecting promos and free gifts as much as I have over recent weeks. I boxed mine up to look like Christmas presents, and I have collected so many, that I will be opening them for weeks to come I think! This post has been rather long, but I had so much to tell you about! And so, until next time, happy new year love and wishes once more, take care and stay safe.

I am wearing: (Click on store name for location link)

  • Mesh Head: Lulu (BoM compatible) by LAQ
  • Skin: Amber 2016 in tan, (BoM version) by WoW Skins
  • Blush: Rose Red AND Baby Pink (both added) for Gaia skin for Genus, by Pink Fuel (These work with my BoM skin from Wow, on my LAQ mesh head!)
  • Lip gloss: From the Melody makeup applier hud by Pink Fuel (Lip and eye colours on this hud work as tattoo layers, so they work with any BoM skin!)
  • Eye shadow: Melody makeup applier hud by Pink Fuel
  • Face tattoo: Black Heart Face Tattoo by Nefertiti (my Marketplace store)
  • Eyes: Vanity Eyes in forest, by Ikon
  • Hair: Kiki (Fatpack) by Pr!tty
  • Mesh Body: Lara by Maitreya
  • Shape: My own
  • Piercing: Diamond nose stud by PUNCH
  • Coat: Cocoon Coat in pink, by S@BBiA
  • Hat: Cushy Beret, (Fatpack) in the pastel pink colour option, by toksik

Frosty the Snowman

What better way to enjoy the countdown to Christmas, than taking a bracing walk in the snow! This is what I decided to do today. I took myself over to Winter Park where I added the finishing touches to an adorable snowman, full of cheery character, who I have named ‘Mr Frosty’. I don’t know if that is his real name, but that’s what I’ll be calling him from now on. Winter Park has lots of fun, wintery and festive features including an area for ice skating and lots of little nooks and crannies for photo opportunities. I also discovered some great gacha shopping there, and of course Mr Frosty was waiting for me to straighten out his scarf, so what’s not to love?!

Fixing Mr Frosty’s scarf at Winter Park.

You might remember my promise in my previous post, to tell you what I bought with the gift card that I won in the joke trivia game, in the Paper Sparrow group a couple of weeks ago. Well, I got the white long sleeve crinkle dress, which I wore today for my little snow adventure. As you can see from today’s pics, it actually isn’t completely white, and it has a stylish grey pattern. This makes it perfect for teaming up with the Taylor boots, which were a lucky board win a couple of months or so ago, also from Paper Sparrow. As you can tell, I have spent quite a lot of time there! The Taylor boots come complete with a varied colour hud. I chose this colour which is like a dark metallic grey. I’m really pleased with this outfit, and I think it is very versatile, in that it can be worn casually, whether it’s browsing the shops, or partying with friends, or as work/business wear. I’m not sure the boots were a very practical choice for walking in the snow, but hey, this is SL right? You can wear whatever you want in the SL snow! I decided to take another walk over to Cozy Cove (destination no longer available, sorry,) to see a hint of the Northen lights, and take in the snowy scenery. I felt like like the Snow Queen in my rare white crown which is one of my much treasured gacha items that I own. Cozy Cove really is a magical place full of snowy forest and there are some fully decorated and furnished indoor areas too where you can go and warm up if you get too cold. Again, there are some great opportunities for photos here which would be great in any Christmas photo album!

Enjoying the snowy, magical surroundings at Cozy Cove.

I am wearing: (Click on store name for location link)

  • Mesh Head: Lulu (BoM compatible) by LAQ
  • Skin: Amber 2016 in tan, (BoM version) by WoW Skins
  • Tattoo: Black Heart Face Tattoo by Nefertiti (my Marketplace store)
  • Blush: Natural Blush in dark tan, by Mock
  • Lip Colour: from the Melody LAQ head applier hud, by Pink Fuel (The lip colour is in the form of a tattoo layer in the hud that works with any BoM skin!)
  • Eyes: Celestial Eyes in Sapphire, by Buzzeri
  • Hair: !MiH Maeve hair in vintage violet (no longer available)
  • Mesh Body: Lara by Maitreya
  • Shape: My own
  • Dress: Long Sleeve Crinkle Dress in white, by Paper Sparrow
  • Boots: Taylor Boots by Paper Sparrow

Hello Winter!

Winter is here and there is a distinctive chill in the air. …Brrrr! However, Jack Frost has nothing on me, in my warm and cosy Jesse hoodie and knee high socks from Paper Sparrow. Both these are in the colour option of melon, but if melon isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other gorgeous colours to choose from for both items. The Maitreya version fits my Lara body like a winter dream, as do the knee socks.  Both these are also available for most  other bodies, so the store is almost certain to have your size. I was lucky enough to be able to purchase these with last month’s store credit. This is available each month, for group members, thanks to the generosity of Paper Sparrow store owner, Bunnie Francis. I highly recommend heading over to the store. There is also an extensive sale section, lucky letters boards and an advent Calendar Christmas tree with daily gifts – not to be missed! 

Staying in the warm.

I was also very lucky to have won a round of joke trivia, held in group chat by FanDuran who is a CSR at Paper Sparrow. My awesome prize was a gift card to spend in-store, again thanks to the kindness of Bunnie. Thanks Bunnie! I did also pick up a couple of cool items on lucky letters, and I will be be blogging very soon, about these, and also about what I bought with the gift card, so watch this space! Meanwhile, I’m so snuggly and warm, I might just stay at home today.

Until next time, take care and stay safe.

Christmas Lights.

I am wearing: (Click on store name for location link.)

  • Mesh Head: Lulu (BoM compatible) by LAQ
  • Skin: Amber 2016 in tan, (BoM version) by WoW Skins
  • Tattoo: Black Heart Face Tattoo by Nefertiti (my Marketplace store)
  • Blush: Natural Blush in dark tan, by Mock
  • Eyes: Vanity Eyes in forest, by Ikon
  • Hair: Never (brunettes pack) by Magika
  • Mesh Body: Lara by Maitreya
  • Shape: My own
  • Hoodie: Jesse Hoodie in melon, by Paper Sparrow
  • Socks: Knee Socks in melon, by Paper Sparrow