The Loyal Heart

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Pose:  HERA “Breathe 3” -group gift/group 49L to join.

The Past

During the Great Ox Wars, the Chieftain of the Griffin Clan made a promise to his most loyal knight as the knight lay dying.  The Chieftain promised that his heir and eldest son would marry the knight’s newborn daughter when she came of age, and would be raised in the castle with her mother to see to her care and education. The knight was able to die in peace knowing that his small family was going to be well provided for. The betrothal ceremony took place as soon as the Chieftain returned home from battle. The young heir, a strapping lad of 5 years, looked at his future bride swaddled in her blankets and curled his lip in disgust, for not only was she a girl child; she was a red, homely, wrinkled little thing.

Four years passed and the young heir did all that he could to avoid interacting with his future bride. There were times, to the young heir’s chagrin, when nobles of other clans visited when they all must spend the day together.  He was not only forced to spend the day with this young betrothed, but he was also stuffed into his best clothing with strict rules not to get dirty. One such day a visiting noble’s son, a brutish 13-year-old, was taunting the younger heir into demonstrating his feats of prowess.  In other words, he dared him to walk the fence surrounding the pig pen.

“Syrinx, you musn’t!” Yamei bossily ordered chubby hands firmly on her hips, attempting to raise an eyebrow in judgment as the Chieftain often did. “You’ll be whipped!”

Syrinx shot Yamei a disdainful look, lifted his chin and straightened his spine then marched towards the narrow fence.  Yamei followed at his heels buzzing dire predictions of punishment into his ears as only a young girl can. Syrinx climbed on top of the fence, balanced just so, and looked behind him and saw the older lad climb up behind him.   Yamei kept speaking so he blocked everything out and focused on reaching the end of the fence. About halfway down the rail he felt it shimmy and heard a thud and the squealing of pigs. He looked back over his shoulder and noticed a defiant Yamei glaring at a sputtering lump of smelly muck.

“Syrinx, why didn’t you listen when I warned you he was going to push you?  Oh, I had to stop him, and now the whipping will be mine, but I couldn’t allow you to be dishonored. I am not sorry!”  she stamped her little foot in emphasis.

Saying nothing,  Syrinx reached down and held her hand and together they walked into the keep. The Chieftain was surprised by seeing Syrinx holding Yamei’s hand, and immediately suspicious as any father would be. He arched his eyebrows and asked where the noble’s child was.  

“In the pig pen.  He’s the one wearing the hat.” Yamei quipped.

The great hall erupted with the sounds of laughter, and Syrinx wisely snuck Yamei from the room.

After her defense of him, Syrinx began to regard Yamei with less disdain, and almost a sisterly affection.  He tolerated her tagging after him constantly asking why. Once she acquired new skills he allowed her to join with him; tending the griffins, riding them.  She joined him to practice combat arts and spellcasting with him. However, with their enlightened and natural studies, especially herbology, she eventually surpassed his knowledge despite the 5 year age gap. And so they went until he was 18, and she 13.  At 18 his idea of feminine beauty shifted as is wont in young men of his age. He allowed that she wasn’t as ugly as he’d previously regarded her, and despite not having golden curls, her hair was lovely as lovely burnished russet and quite pleasing. However, she was thin and gangly, her eyes too small, her nose too large, and he could do naught but sigh that this was his future wife.

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Present

Time passed, with Syrinx often gone between attending Court and being in battle.  The wedding was to occur on her 18th birthday. Syrinx had matured, and at 23, while not thrilled with giving up his bachelor ways to commit to one woman, he was ready to shoulder his duty with some peace.  The wedding was to be a huge affair as it corresponded with the of the end of long-lasting Great Ox Wars, with Syrinx and his griffin riders playing a large role in the realm’s victory. The King himself was in attendance, along with all the Nobles and thousands of peasants.

On the final night before the wedding, Syrinx was to bed down in the barracks with the other griffin riders as his chamber was being used to house the Prince. After dancing once with Yamei in the sweltering great hall, he snuck out to take a walk around the bailey. As he circled back he witnessed a man pulling a woman into a darkened niche and decided not to interrupt the lovers’ tryst.  However, upon hearing Yamei’s name coming from the Prince’s lips, he stopped in his tracks.

“I love you, Yamei. I can give you everything.  Come away with me.” the Prince insisted.

Syrinx could see her stiffen due to the imperious manner of the Prince, yet she replied in a sweet tone that did not betray her irritation.

“I am, of course, honored beyond words by your proposal. But, my father’s honor, nay my own honor, cannot allow me to accept your exalted offer. You say you love me now, and so you must also know and love my integrity.  Dishonoring my father, the Chieftain, Syrinx, and the loyal Clan of Griffin, would lower my esteem in your eyes, and not bode well for our future felicity.”

“Nay, Yamei!  I would only love you more for your sacrifice.  Your honor would not be tarnished, as no one would dare judge the future Queen. Nay, they will benefit from your goodness and love you as I do.  I do not know why you reject me for a lesser noble who doesn’t even love you.”

Yamei softly sighed and trembled slightly before lifting her chin and replying “ I know he doesn’t love me, I have always known it.  You have been a close friend, a companion, one I treasure dearly in my mind, but not in my heart. I have been raised to be his wife, and my loyalty has led me to closely observe him, and I do love him.  My love will be enough to keep me happy. If you love me as dearly as you claim, kiss my cheek now, and bless my marriage tomorrow.”

The Prince leaned in and kissed her cheek then walked away.  Syrinx was stunned, he had hardly given her notice in the past 5 years, he assumed that she was as indifferent to their union as he was, doing her duty. Instead of returning the great hall and the celebration, he headed to the barracks to absorb and reflect on this new information.

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Pose by: P^Oz “Namaste” -group gift group FREE to join

The ceremony was to be at Terce, with a large wedding breakfast to follow, early enough for visiting nobles to depart the keep and allow the servants to prepare the marriage apartments. Syrinx rose and performed his morning ablutions with care.  Yamei rose early, and after also dressing with care she went early to the vestry to meditate and pray.  When Syrinx arrived to meet her at the chancel, he stopped short upon seeing her in her wedding finery.  It was like he was truly seeing her for the first time, and how her peace, goodness, and spirit rendered her truly beautiful and he had never seen it.  He was proud when he placed the ancestral diadem upon her head, signifying not only their union but the future guardianship of the clan.

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Pose:  Po^Z  “Euphoria”  @ Dazzle

The Future

While his father was still living, Syrinx’s mother passed away soon after their marriage. Yamei assumed the role of the heart of the clan.  With her loving nature, she cared for the sick, championed the peasants’ welfare, and even personally saw to the education of all the children through afternoon gatherings when all their chores were done.  The clan prospered and adored her. However, despite being attracted to and respecting Yamei, Syrinx was not yet in love with her.

When their first son was being born, Syrinx felt pride and concern, as any new father would.  As is a clan tradition, a seer accompanied him into the chamber to meet his new son.  The seer touched his arm while he gazed upon his infant son and gave him a glimpse into the future. Due to his wife’s love and guidance in his son’s life, his son would be the greatest leader that the Griffon Clan had known, far surpassing Syrinx.  When the vision faded, Syrinx looked from his son to his wife’s face noting the joy and love radiating from her face and knew beyond a doubt that he was madly, deeply, and truly not only blessed by but in love with Yamei.

Get It!

Diadem:  Stone’s Works “Double Gryphon Diadem Stone’s Works”225L @ Fantasy Faire

Hair:  FABIA “-FABIA- Mesh Hair <Karina> Dark Brown set 7” -Gacha 50L a pull

Jewelry Set (contains more than shown, 10 pieces total, texture change) Beloved Jewelry- Emerald Bay Store “Dahlia Set” -595L

Skin: Avi-Glam  “AG. Anna Skin (T1, black eyebrows, cleavage)” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Eyelashes:  ATIA’s  “Plume” in Swag Bag  –FREE!

Eyelashes and Eyeliner tattoo:  Blacklace Beauty “Eyelashes and liner 1” – 99L (fatpack)

Full Face Makeup:  Dulce Secrets “::DS:: Opulence Makeup 1″@   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Dress:  Spyralle – Park Place Store “Spyralle Realta Winter Rose” -200L

Arch in Flower pics: Simply Shelby “Enchanted WildFlower Tunnel” -200L

Body:  Slink Hourglass

Sim 1: The Story Well Sponsored by SWANK (fantasy faire)

Sim 2:  Skybox Scene at $60L Plus Rentals

 

 

Vegas Wedding

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Pose by #Helloposes “Christmas 1m)

So, isn’t this gown just divine? It’s available by Papermoon Creations at this round of the Dazzle Event.  I’m simply charmed by it, but… I’m not a girl wanting to get married again, and if that special someone does come along, it’ll be at the courthouse.   So, instead of a fantasy story, I thought I’d give a story about my real wedding, in Las Vegas, NV.  My gamble in Vegas may not have paid out in the very end, but I still loved my wedding!  It wasn’t a drunken spur of the moment affair, we had actually planned it there and took 50 of our close friends and family with us.

One of my favorite memories, and indeed my favorite pictures from the wedding are of me walking across the casino floor in my gown to get the chapel.  They are interesting and amusing for a few reasons, people stopping their glassy-eyed stares at the mesmerizing spins of the slot machines to watch my journey, slight smiles on their faces.  Strangers calling out congratulations and well-wishes, including more than a few salty comments.  In the pictures the contrast of the gaudy and bright casino against the elegant white of my gown.  Maybe most memorable of all, was me being proud of the attention rather than the usual embarrassment of a whole bunch of strangers staring at me.

 

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Flowers in gif:
Yellow Petunias: Sweet Revolutions March Vintage Gacha Gift
Pink Tulips:  “.Lunaria. Pink Tulips” -Group gift/group FREE to join!
Purple Grasses: Lunaria “.Lunaria. Wispy Grass – Spirit”-25L

 

If a picture is worth 1000 words then a 7-second gift should be worth at least 7000.  Everything pictured, with the exception of my ground flowers, makeup, and my jewelry is all included in the package, which sells for 750 lindens.  This includes the base dress, which can easily be worn on its own after the big event.  There’s 2 layers of additional skirt, a beaded and a glitter, both of which have 3 separate layers each; there’s also 2 layers of the veil, glitter and tulle, of which there are front and back pieces; along with the flower crown and flower for the veil attachment, and the bouquet.  Wear it all or mix and match your way into your dream gown.  Still pics just didn’t do justice to how simply gorgeous this dress is, so I hope you enjoy the gif above showing it off a bit. I did decide to show this off in a lovely setting after my casino jaunt.  For some reason, I thought the placement and slight blur of the flowers made me think of Monet, whose paintings I happened to see while on a separate trip to Vegas at the Bellagio.

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Pose by HERA “Engagement”  group gift-group 49L to join!

My jewelry just happens to be April’s birthstone, the diamond.  This month’s release of the complete set of birthstone jewelry that Beloved Jewelry is featuring each month.  For this month, the price for group members is just 50L, and non-group members 99L, and the Beloved Jewelry group is FREE to join!  These sets contain 2 bracelets, bento ring (which comes set for right ring attachment but is easily moved to the left with changing attachment point to left right finger and then editing it into the right position), 2 pairs of earrings, hoops and studs, which are perfect for shifting a little for a double pierced look, as well as a choker, and a separate pendant necklace.  The sweeten the pot, there’s also a texture change script for 12 metals options.  I chose to model it in platinum.  All the past month’s birthstones are still available if you missed out, but not at the discounted price.  If you want this complete set of diamond jewelry for only 50L, head down to Beloved Jewelry, join the group (which includes regular gifts via notices) before the end of the month.  Even if you did miss the past deals for your birthstone they are still quite low priced at 125 lindens for group members, and 245 for everyone else.

You may also notice this nail polish which is rather well coordinated with my lipstick.  No, they aren’t actually from the same store, but one is FREE and the only is only 99L in a fatpack of 6 shades. Take a gamble and guess which is which?  If you thought the nail polish was free, you win!  This is a new gift set out at the Free Dove from Main-Pedi.  There is a HUD of 6 shades in the 21st Century  Fun fact about this set, it’s the very first set of polish that Mani-Pedi released!  You can get in a little piece of SL history if you snag this set.  You’ll need the Free Dove group to scoop this up, but the group is FREE to join.  Pro-tip, if you like these shades, subscribe to the Mani-Pedi feed and bi-monthly gifts of new polishes.  If you guessed the lipstick, you still win as 99L for 6 nude lips is a fantastic deal from The Little Black Dress.  In the box are standard tattoo layer, Omega, Catwa, LeLutka, and Areruka appliers.

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Oh I just thought this little gif of part of the crew at the Ace Cafe for a DJ’d R&B night just looked too much like an after party for a Vegas Wedding, the non-hotel version that is.  And, of course, more of this fabulous skirt and veil.  Sun-Friday at 2 SLT with either DJ Zef or Dj Elvis.  Great company, great music!

The rest of the wedding was interesting.  No, we didn’t get married by Elvis, we got married in a lovely chapel by a man in a purple velvet robe though!  Elvis was included in the reception, however, with my ex-husband giving a lip-syncing to totally horrid and hilarious Elvis impersonation. Nearly everyone in attendance ended up drawn in by the casino after the reception, and we made a big party around the nickel slots, a good choice since nearly everyone was drunk.  That’s about all that’s really fit to share here on the blog, so I’ll leave you with the usual disclaimer, anything not mentioned in the writing has been blogged before, so consult the style card at the end!

 

^ 1st Pose by Po^Z “Euphoria 2 available in a set at Dazzle!” Side two are Belle Poses Miranda Series.

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Hair:  Truth “TRUTH / Farryn” – single color palette HUD – 250L

Complete Bridal Set (Veil, dress, bouquet) Papermoon Creations -750L @ Dazzle Event!

Skin: Avi-Glam  “AG. Anna Skin (T1, black eyebrows, cleavage)” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Eyelashes:  ATIA’s  “Plume” in Swag Bag  –FREE!

Eyelashes and Eyeliner tattoo:  Blacklace Beauty “Eyelashes and liner 1” – 99L (fatpack)

Lipstick:  The Little Black Dress “*LBD* Nude 3 Lipstick LG” -99L (fatpack)

Ring, Bracelets, Earrings, choker, necklace: Beloved Jewelry “April Birthstone Set” – 99L or 50L for group members Group FREE to join!

Nail Polish:  Mani-Pedi “21st Century Polish”  @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Body:  Slink Hourglass

Sim:  Ballagio Games 

 

 

 

Atlanta Beach Pie

 

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Atlanta beach pie does me make do a happy dance, and no it’s not a lemon merengue. Honestly, I really didn’t make this pie up just to do pie puns, although it does open the door, which I will boldly march through.  Atlanta Beach Pie is a real thing, and it will make you say oh my.  It’s this absolutely heavenly mix and sweet and salt and bright and rich, and, well, I’ll just direct you to the recipe. It’s one thing I miss about living in North Carolina that’s for sure when I didn’t have to make it myself when I had a craving.  What does Atlanta Beach Pie have to do with Second Life Fashion?  The beach and the pie of course!  I just happened to link you a delicious recipe as a bonus.

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Anyway, food dreams aside, one of the first things I do when I log in on Friday is to check my Fly Buy Friday’s HUD.  Please note that the marketplace link only works during an active sale, so if you see this after Sunday, you’ll have to go into a participating store and subscribe for next week!  But trust me you really want a piece of this action. If it wouldn’t hurt the fillings of all the other great designers who participate in this sale, I would have been disappointed that it wasn’t Pie Buy Fridays because honestly, I rarely miss a weekend when Pink Cream Pie is participating, and that’s what I call it in my head anyway.  This week’s offerings are exclusive tie versions of one of my favorite original mesh tanks, the Lucy Tank.  I limited myself to just one, the Jolly Rancher Tie Dye, but there are 10 color variations available, or if you can’t pick, you can get all 10 in one HUD for 500L.  The Lucy Tank comes sized for Maitreya, both Slinks and all 3 Bellezas.

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Pie Got Lucky!

It’s been a few weeks now But Petite Mort and Oubliette VIP groups formed into one group and moved to a new gorgeous sim, Witchwood.  Even better is that the new group is still FREE to join!  I had to pay 75 lindens back in my day to join just Petite Mort, so this is a great time-limited deal.   However, both stores still have lucky boards and the new consolidated group gets you access to both sets.  I won these Medium Wash Flap Pocket Denim shorts off of a lucky board on the Petite Mort side.  They also come sized for Maitreya, both Slinks, and all 3 Bellezas.

Another Free Group?!

No matter how you slice it, two groups who normally have fees to join being mentioned in the same post is pretty great news.  Pr!tty currently has suspended their group join fee.  This super cute windblown precision bob, Demy, is 1 of 5 group gifts that are available.  There is also an optional bangs in the pack that I opted not to wear.  This and all the other group gifts include all of the color HUDs.  Additionally, there are several group lucky letter boards to try your hand at, the store was really busy when I went in and I didn’t win any yet, but it’s on my list of things to go back to!

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Gotta Keep the Sun Out of My Pies

I found these unisex glasses on the Marketplace from the Cremosas store for just 100 lindens.  They have a hud of 50 colors, a resize pair (that doesn’t go very small, I’m wearing them on min size) and you can edit the color on the texture screen.  I did edit them via select face and added black to make them sunglasses. But 100 lindens for such a good and versatile pair of eyewear is still a great find!

I guess my pie puns definitely were a bit crusty this time, I know I used that before, but this time I really mean it! This time my nut filling was definitely oozing out.  They still suck?  I guess it’s time to eat my humble pie and end this post, with the usual disclaimer.  Anything not discussed has been blogged before, consult the style card at the end!

 

Get it!

Hair:  Pr!tty “Damy” -group gift/group temporarily FREE to join

Skin: Avi-Glam  “AG. Anna Skin (T1, black eyebrows, cleavage)” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Eyelashes:  ATIA’s  “Plume” in Swag Bag  –FREE!

Eyelashes and Eyeliner tattoo:  Blacklace Beauty “Eyelashes and liner 1” – 99L (fatpack)

Glasses:  Cremosas “Glass Unisex Therize” –100L on Marketplace

Tank Top:  Pink Cream Pie “Lucy Tank- Jolly Rancher Tie” – 50 L (Fly Buy Fridays Exclusive!)

Shorts:  Petite Mort: “Medwash Flap Pocket Denim Shorts” -Lucky Letter Prize/ group temporarily FREE to join!

Nailpolish;  Entice “Lust for Kicks”

Body:  Slink Hourglass

Sim: Beach House Scene @ $60L Plus Rentals

 

 

 

Where is Spring?

 

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Pose by Kokoro -Group Gift “Luck”.  I’m either crossing my fingers that Spring will actually come soon, or I’m flipping off the snow, depending on how closely you look at it.  However, both apply!

The first day of Spring has passed, but it sure doesn’t feel much like it, especially for those on East Coast getting hammered by these Nor’Easters.  Still slipping into my warm clothing so I don’t freeze my tuckus off. So even though I’ve been dreaming of Spring quite often in Second Life, today I felt a bit like keeping the chill off.  I’ve got a lucky board item that anyone can snag, a group gift, and a new-me discount hair from Truth to show off today.

 

It’s well known that I spend quite a bit of time down at Sn@tch fishing, rioting, shopping, some hunts, events, basically just everything.  So I’m usually around to snag the lucky boards when the M pops up.  There’s 10 there and you don’t need to join the group to win them, and as a bonus, they are located right next to the riot vends, so if you get double lucky you may get in on one where we hit rock bottom and walk away with a ton of FREE and cheap snags.  Or, finally buy that 7 seas fishing pole, and real in whatever the custom prizes are that day (changed every 2 weeks) while watching the boards, and the riot vends!

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I won this “Willora Argyle Dress” on one of those Sn@tch filled days.  It comes with a HUD to choose 1 of 8 of for the colored diamonds. There’s a few sizes in the box:

  • Standard Sizes XS-L (alpha if needed)
  • Slink – Hourglass and Physique
  • Maitreya
  • Belleza
  • TMP

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There’s really not a whole lot to say about the rest, basically because I’ve covered both Truth and Earthstones so many times, even if the chosen items today are new to the blog.  My boots are unavailable, and my makeup has all been blogged before, so I guess today’s look is pretty much yawn city as far as writing about it goes, looks great on though!  I’ll cut it short and leave all the rest of the details in the style card!

 

Get it!

Hair:  Truth “Tammy – crow” -50L (entire blacks and whites pack)

Skin: Avi-Glam  “AG. Anna Skin (T1, black eyebrows, cleavage)” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Eyelashes:  ATIA’s  “Plume” in Swag Bag  –FREE!

Eyelashes and Eyeliner tattoo:  Blacklace Beauty “Eyelashes and liner 1” – 99L (fatpack)

Glasses:  Really Rockabilly! Zef’s Catty Horned Rimmed Birth Control Specs – 99L

Eyeshadow: Dulce Secrets: ” ::DS:: Ivyana Aqua Eyeshadow” –2017 Advent, but available in fatpack for 99L

Dress:  Sn@tch “Willora Argyle Dress” –FREE lucky letter prize.

Necklace and Earrings:  Earthstones “Aculo” -2 group gifts/group 250L to join!

Bracelet:  Earthstones “EarthStones Shades of Stones Bracelet – Labradorite & Onyx”@   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Boots:  Hilly Haalan “[hh] Sara Boots” –from WOH4

Body:  Slink Hourglass

Sim:  Toronto Apartment Scene -$60L Plus Rentals

Melissa and Her Destiny

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This piece is based loosely on the Italian fairy tale Catherine and Her Destiny. Melissa’s mother was given the choice in my tale and her choices affect how Melissa’s fate is determined. Melissa, however, learns how to take destiny into her own hands with a little magical assistance.  Lovers of Jane Austen will also note that this is an imagining of Pride and Prejudice as a fairy tale.

The original fairy tale can be found here.

Prologue

One day Destiny appeared to the daughter of a successful attorney.  Destiny asked the maiden if she would rather be happy in her youth or in her old age.  The girl, unable to envision herself as old, chose youth. Soon the maiden met a handsome, wealthy, landed gentleman who became enamored of her beauty and lively spirits.  He begged for her hand in marriage, and they soon were wed, elevating her sphere in society. He carried her off to a fine estate in the country where they lived merrily and had many children.

One day, when the woman was about thirty, she was again brought to bed.  After many hours of struggle, the mother was left weak and torn, and the babe, a large boy, was stillborn.  The woman had never before experienced sorrow. She was mean of understanding, further having spent her youth in frivolous diversions she had little education and was unable to cope.  She developed an uncertain temper and fancied herself with a nervous disposition.

But the sorrows had only just begun.  Over the years the income of the estate began to steadily fall, disaster after disaster came to their lands.  In her attempts to console herself she spent more than they could afford; even using up her daughters’ dowries, which would aid them in securing men of worth as husbands.  One day her sons had been out visiting the tenants when a violent wind blew a tree into the tenant’s house, crushing it, killing them all. Eventually, her own husband withdrew his affection and only encountered her to tease and torment.

In a dreadful bitterness of spirit, the woman climbed to the top of the nearby Oakham Mount and cried out to Destiny. Destiny appeared and informed her that she would one day grant her a measure of peace through the marriages of her daughters. However, in return, one of her daughters would receive the mother’s destiny, happiness in youth but not in old age; and another would receive the opposite.  The woman, thinking only of herself, chose her youngest to live out her destiny, and her least favorite daughter, the second eldest, to live out the opposite.  She felt it would bring her comfort to witness the happiness of her youngest, and not vex her too dearly to witness her second eldest suffer.

Melissa’s Destiny

The woman returned home and called the two daughters before her and explained her bargain with Destiny.  The youngest, who was the image of her mother, exclaimed that it would be grand. She confidently and assertively declared that she would enjoy her youth, vowing she would be the first of all her sisters to marry.  The second eldest, who was of superior intellect, listened carefully to what her mother had said and began to plot.

Destiny was true to her word.  The youngest daughter was pampered and petted, receiving anything she wished. Tragedies and sorrows followed the second eldest.  But Destiny had miscalculated, for the second daughter, Melissa, had a strength of spirit that did not allow her to remain unhappy for long.  Destiny tried harder, and one day after having Melissa insulted by a wealthy, handsome lord, nearly succeeded.

The next morning Melissa traveled to the top of Oakham mount to confront Destiny.  When she reached the summit she called out and Destiny appeared before her.

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Pose: ::KM:: Pose – Rose -35L on Marketplace

“Destiny, it has been several years now, do not make me continue to suffer for the choices of my mother.  Please, please allow me to see some happy days.” Melissa humbly requested.

Destiny did not want to completely relent, but she was moved by the manner of Melissa’s request, which even in its simplicity was utterly charming.  She decided on a compromise.  She reached into her pocket and withdrew a magical book, which she handed to Melissa.

“I will not relent easily,” Destiny declared.  “I will still send events to plague you, and I will cause confusion in your mind to hide the opportunities for happiness. However, I will give you a magic book to help. Read it, and it will show the way to find happiness.”

Melissa thanked Destiny.  She noted the book was named Kismet before she placed it in her reticule. She descended Oakham Mount determined to read as soon as was possible.

The book was indeed magical, each time she opened it something new was written on the pages.  Some days it held novels, others poetry, others philosophy, the possibilities were endless.  On the day she went to an evening party at a neighbor’s home, where the arrogant lord was also in attendance, it was a collection of wise, old sayings. She read faithfully every day, searching for answers on controlling her own happiness, but found it contained none.  Destiny still seemed in control. Melissa didn’t realize how what she read was not only increasing her knowledge but was influencing and shaping her conversations with others enhancing her already charming manners.

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Still pose taken from Tuty’s Bento Diva AO (this book tree is for sale at Harshlands!)

One day her beloved older sister fell ill at a neighboring estate. She went to nurse her sister and took the book with her. She even read it while spending an evening in the drawing room with her hosts.  That night it contained the observations on the picturesque, which gave her some personal satisfaction when she was able to recall it in as a way to beg off a situation obviously meant to exclude her, saving face. Yet still nothing improved; the arrogant lord remained critical of her, leading to a few confrontations,  which while disguised as playful banter in her opinion were rather factual and cutting.  Her mother arrived to check on her sister’s health and vexed and embarrassed her with her display of nerves and ignorant statements.  The ladies of the house, while maintaining a cold civility, attempted at every opportunity to show how inferior she, as lesser poor gentry, was to the lord and his connections and continued to look down upon her.

The days after she and her sister returned home she did not have a chance to read.  Her foolish cousin came to visit and her mother was continuously demanding that she be in his company.  During this time she met a charming, handsome militia officer who seemed much taken with her and she wondered if Destiny was tricking her about the book.  The first good thing to happen to her was on a day she hadn’t read it!  She vowed not to read again for several days. Therefore, Melissa did not read before attending a ball at the neighboring estate. However, on this day, nothing good happened.  Her favorite militia officer did not attend, she was forced to dance with the arrogant lord, and her family, excepting her older sister, made an absolute spectacle of themselves.

The next day she carried the book with her, determined to see if it would tell her how to find her happiness.  She hadn’t yet opened it when at breakfast her cousin demanded a private audience and proposed marriage in a most insulting manner! She refused. When her mother found out she abused her dreadfully and ran to her husband to force Melissa’s acceptance. In desperation, Melissa pulled out the book and read while her mother was in with her father.  To her surprise, it only contained three words “I have, Sir.” She used these exact words when her father called her into the study to discuss the marriage proposal.  To her relief, he did not make her marry her cousin.

Melissa, in her agitation over the events, did not realize she had spoken the words from the book.  Therefore, she did not read the next day. Her sister received a note that her beau had left the country!  When Melissa did again read the book, she discovered her favorite militia officer had transferred his attentions to a young heiress.  Angry at Destiny having tricked her, she hid the book away in a drawer, convinced of its uselessness.

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Pose SEmotion “SEmodeling-10” – a FREE gift at Sense Event!

Over the next few months, she only opened the book twice, because at times it really did have interesting reading.  On the first day, her Aunt and Uncle invited her on a pleasure trip. On the second, a friend she had quarreled with came to invite her to visit her new home in another country at Eastertide. Nonetheless, after that day, the book sat in the drawer for several weeks, where she found it while packing for her trip.  On a whim, she decided to bring it with her.

A few weeks into her visit, she became bored and took out the book to entertain herself.  That day the hateful lord who had insulted her came into the country and even went as far as to call upon her.  Irritated, she didn’t read it again for a week, when once again she was compelled by boredom.  She read it on the days they were entertained at the nearby great manor where the hateful, arrogant lord was residing. She read it on the days she only walked in the park, often encountering the arrogant lord.  She did not read it the morning a colonel gave her knowledge of the arrogant lord’s role in interfering with her sister’s romance with his friend.  That night the arrogant, hateful lord shocked her by offering an even more insulting marriage proposal than the first she had received. She abused him verbally while she rejected him, despite his elevated status and great wealth. She was flabbergasted that he loved her, for she was sure he always looked at her with disdain.  After the emotional encounter, she read the book in order to calm her mind for sleep.

The next morning the arrogant lord gave her a letter.  As she read it she remembered how Destiny had told her that she would be plagued with unhappiness due to her own mind.  Oh, how blind she had been!  Her vanity due to being insulted had led her to a prejudice against the lord which shaped her opinion of their interactions. She realized that Kismet had been leading her to happiness with the handsome lord, and she had seen only Destiny’s tricks.  She vowed that she would read the book daily from now on. Destiny knew that she could no longer fool Melissa into doubting the book’s power.  However,  Destiny was not yet willing to surrender. She still had some control over events.

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Serenity Style– Bella Dreams – Magic Book (from this past Enchantment hunt), scene  and furnishings is the Castle Home choice in my skybox rental

Melissa never again failed to read the book every day.  Destiny and Kismet continued to battle over Melissa’s happiness.  Destiny felt she scored a victory over shortening Melissa’s pleasure trip, but Kismet only smiled and set the destination to the handsome lord’s country.  Destiny countered by arranging for the handsome lord to be away, so Kismet had the lord’s steward send him a letter urging him home early.  Angered, Destiny pulled her nastiest trick yet, combining Melissa’s fate with that of her youngest sister, and arranging for her to scandalously elope with the handsome man’s enemy, the same deceitfully charming militia officer that once captured Melissa’s attention. They resided together yet unmarried.  This would ruin her family’s reputation, and ensure that they would be shunned by all society.

Destiny was proud of her genius.  She could keep the mother to the original bargain, as this scandal would ensure that none of her daughters would ever marry.  This would also keep Melissa at home with her vexing mother, ensuring she would be unhappy until her old age.  Destiny was smug and decided she had earned a rest.

Kismet did not relent, she worked constantly to allow Melissa happiness, including allowing the handsome lord to hide the scandal and ensure  Melissa’s sister’s marriage to the reprehensible militia officer, and that the marriage was in all ways respectable in the eyes of the society. When Destiny realized this, she caused the handsome lord to doubt Melissa’s regard. Kismet countered by arranging the betrothal of the eldest sister to the handsome lord’s friend, guaranteeing Melissa would always be thrown in his path. Destiny retaliated by spreading a rumor to the handsome man’s aunt.  Surely, thought Destiny, he will give up all hope in the light of his family’s displeasure in the match. Enraged, the aunt traveled to Melissa’s country to confront her.

That morning Melissa had read a story in her book that gave her confidence in a way that emboldened her spirit and sharpened her mind.  When the Aunt arrived, Melissa did not relent to her arguments and countered them admirably and intelligently.  She would not promise to refuse to marry the handsome lord and had even praised him by saying that any wife of his would have no cause to repine.

Angered, the Aunt immediately went to the handsome lord, and complained about Melissa, giving the full details, including Melissa’s audacity to praise him, as if she were his equal.  The handsome lord listened attentively and began to feel hope that just maybe Melissa did have high regard for him now.  The revelations spurred him to return to Melissa’s country and see if he could observe this regard himself.

The handsome lord did return to Melissa. After some timid encounters with each other, one morning they set out on a walk towards Oakham Mount.  During this walk, they finally became engaged to be married.  They continued walking once they had settled upon their future, absorbed each other’s company, and soon were at the top of Oakham Mount, where Destiny appeared to Melissa.

“Melissa,” said Destiny. “As you have found happiness in your youth, I am no longer your destiny, for it is now determined that you will live happily ever after.”

And she did.

The end.

 

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Pose: :A:H:D: V-day Couples Pose With Balloons (pose only) -25L on marketplace

 

I sincerely hope that you enjoyed my retelling of a fairy tale and a beloved novel.  I haven’t included a fictional story in my posts in quite a while, and it was always something that I had intended to do.  However, I do always talk about the clothes. But this will be a rather long blog post if I do my usual in-depth discussion of them. Once again I will be providing an annotated style card with all the details.

Melissa

Hair:  Posh Pixels  “Julieen hair” -NEW at The Free Dove.  This comes with the fantasy hud, but it comes out of the box in this black to auburn fade which I chose not to change, and is not on the hud, so if you do change it you cannot go back to this color. You’ll need the Free Dove group to get this gift, but the group is FREE to join.

Skin: Avi-Glam  “AG. Anna Skin (T1, black eyebrows, cleavage)” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Eyelashes:  ATIA’s  “Plume” in Swag Bag  –FREE!

Eyelashes and Eyeliner tattoo:  Blacklace Beauty “Eyelashes and liner 1” – 99L (fatpack)

Jewelry:  Beloved Jewelry. Each piece, earrings, bracelets, choker, necklace, bento ring, and forehead tiara are sold separately for 50L at the Inspiration SL event.   In this set is a texture change script for 33 Gemstone Choices (Two Stone Variations Change Separately), 12 Pearl Colors, & 12 Metal Options.

Eyeshadow: Dulce Secrets “::DS:: Mint Arctic Shiver Makeup” – in The Dulce Secrets 2017 Free Dove Collection at The Free Dove.  – FREE!

Lipstick: ATIA’s  “Peach Lamme Semi-Frost Lips by ATIA’s” in Swag Bag  –FREE!

Dress:  Spyralle (Park Place Store) “Spyralle Owl Moon Gown – March” -30L through Friday March 23rd, as part of the 30 Linden Saturday Sale, after which it goes back to 200L.  There are quite a few different color combinations of the Owl Moon Dress available at Spyralle, they are on the upper level of the Park Place store, and all gorgeous!

Boots:  Have Unequal “Julianne Thigh High Boots White Wool”

Body:  Slink Hourglass

Sim:  Harshlands Mainstore That’s right it’s a store…all in that fantastic sim, all organically placed for sale as you explore.  Don’t miss this one!

Sim #2 (chaise shot only)  Skybox scene at $60L Plus Rentals

 

Destiny

Hair:  Exile “Exile::You Send Me”

Skin:  Glam Affair “-Glam Affair – Ellie Skin – Nostalgia Blue – Artic G”

Headpeice: Spyralle “Spyralle Eagle of the Snows Headpiece”

Gown: “Spyralle Owl Moon Gown – Dark of the Moon”

Eyebrows: [LAKSHMI]Fia-Lelutka Mesh Head Applier

Eyes: FASHISM ‘Sunrise’ Eyes – Egyptian Blue (M)

Body:  Maitreya Lara

 

The Arrogant, Hateful, Handsome Lord

Outfit: -Unavailable

Skin:  Oceans Design “Devon – dark tan”

Hair:  Calico Hair “Jay”

Eyes:  Amicci

 

Tale As Old as Time

 

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Pose By West End “Sadness 1”

 

The actual tale that’s as old as time here, is that once again I’m posting a post with hours to go to snag the majority of what’s here.  I debated it, but I was so completely enchanted with the gifts on the Enchantment hunt that even though I finished late last night, I’m on bright and early this morning to pound this post out so it can be both praised, and give you a few hours to rush it!  So I figured instead of my story or ramblings about the stores and why I love something, I’m just going to do one of my annotated style cards. I know, I know, I’m the pits, but if I have a handsome 40+ male reader, I’d accept a spanking for my bad behavior.

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Pose by HelaMiyo “Ego4”  dollarbie! in box of 45 poses for 45 Lindens

Hair:  Ali&Ali “A&A Zintha Hair Light Brown” *colorable with edit to shade/darken only  @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Rose in Hair: Epic “*Epic* Dark Red Hair Rose!”  FREE Enchantment Hunt prize *prize includes sexy rose applier lingerie

Skin: Avi-Glam  “AG. Anna Skin (T1, black eyebrows, cleavage)” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Eyelashes:  ATIA’s  “Plume” in Swag Bag  –FREE!

Eyelashes and Eyeliner tattoo:  Blacklace Beauty “Eyelashes and liner 1” – 99L (fatpack)

Lipstick: Little Black Dress “*LBD*Glossy Sheer Lipstick – Ruby” – 149L (fatpack)

Glasses: OLQINU “tasseled glasses <saint>”  Very Missy Modified past event gift 

I specifically included OLQINU because they are also on the Enchantment Hunt, with an item that I did not use for this set.

Rings:  Slipper “Slipper – Bella Ring” *bento for Maitreya or Slink Hands – FREE Enchantment Hunt prize

Necklace:  Beloved Jewelry “Beloved Jewelry: Quassia Necklace” -SALE that includes matching earrings -60L thru Thursday.  Has the new 33 gem texture HUD, as well as 12 metals, and choice of accent and main gem.  I used Gold 1 and Tanzanite as both main and accent gems.

Hand held rose: Whymsical Marketplace“A Father’s Gift” –  FREE Enchantment Hunt prize

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Pose By Aerial “Shoes”- group gift/group FREE to join

Dress: Charm “Dress Luana -Yellow” -possible Lucky Letter?  If not current one then 150L

Shoes: 1313 Mockingbird Lane “(*<*) 1313 Belle Slippers” FREE Enchantment Hunt prize

Scene

Photoboth:  HelaMiyo FREE gift (used own textures on walls and floor

Stained Glass: Harshlands “[HL] Stained Glass Romance” FREE Enchantment Hunt prize

Bench:  MOoH!  “Tree Bench Belle” – FREE Enchantment Hunt prize

Roses and Pitchers: Zerkalo “[ zerkalo ] Fresh Roses – Red” FREE @ Gacha Gardens / group FREE to join

 

Now go get it!

Slacker Day!

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Finally, loungewear again! Now, I know, that I have said many, many times that I don’t have a style.  However, if I’m not roleplaying in some fashion, I’m running around ultra casual, it’s what I do, it’s the real me, I’m a slob.  I just even realized that I’m wearing something similar as I write this, only the purples and pinks are more jewel-toned!  Everything I’ve got on is mostly FREE for another day or two at least, the group gifts can remain longer, and my Free Dove stuff isn’t going anywhere soon.

Shop Till You Drop

Truth had a booth at Shop Till You Drop, and this Astra Valentine’s gift was FREE to all there.  It was a super generous gift with ALL of Truth’s color HUDs, and a style HUD.  Since the event ended on the 26th, I decided to show off this hair as a thank you, and in conjunction with mentioning that the 50% items are still in the marketplace if you missed the event (search VDAY).  This hair is also for sale on the MP, but not 50% off, the full fatpack will cost you 1250 lindens, 400 lindens for the variety pack, or 250L for a single color hud.  I know I had alot of trouble getting in until towards the end of the event, and others may have just given up.  I finally snagged the Farryn hair that I’ve been drooling over for a couple of months now for just 150 lindens for the single color pack.  I do have plans for that hair and this blog in the works, but the magic eightball said NO when I asked if I’d get that post out by the end of the month.  Spoiler alert, that loosey-goosey gorgeous french braid looks amazing under a white Stetson.  Stay tuned if you’re craving a western look!

*Noon SLT update, Group Notice sent out that Astra is available at the Truth Front Desk for FREE!  

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Gacha Garden

I had so many goodies to show off from this round of the Gacha Gardens that didn’t even get around to showing off my Justice Liza Dress gacha RARE win (and only on the 2nd pull!)  I did blog a few things here, and here, but, seeing as Gimme Gacha events rank among my favorites, I’ll give another little shout out and hope it drags another body into the event. I’m wearing A*S’s  “Candy Heart collar love” which was the gift set out at the A*S gacha stall at the Gacha Garden Event.  You’ll need to be a member of the Gimme Gacha group to snag any of the gifts, but the group is FREE to join (and imo a very fun group to remain in for chat and gacha trading!)  It ends on the 28th, so if you haven’t gotten down there yet, shake your tail feather!

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Sealed With a Kiss

If you’re like me and doing all you can to catch up on all you missed in terms of hunts and events this month, you should put The Sealed With a Kiss Hunt on your list! I found these pink floral chucks at Poeme for just 1 linden!  They are unrigged and modifiable, so they’ll work with any feet!  If you love em, head down and snag them by the end of the 28th!

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I ❤ Group gifts!

Justice is one of my absolute favorite stores to get my everyday looks.  Absolutely everything I’ve demoed or purchased from there is rigged amazingly well, little if any glitches, even with my slider so far to the right on my boobs, and I definitely have my body fat slider some to the right as well! I barely have to use my alpha hud at all. I often joke in group chat about how much I love how her stuff does “justice” to my hiney in such a way that even I can’t stop staring at it. (See what I did there? And see me wearing the Bailee Jeans that started this love affair here.)

Then there’s the fact that the owner, Valentine, is one of the genuinely nicest people that I’ve had the privilege to meet in Second Life.  Currently, at Justice, there are 3 group gifts available for women, including these lavender leggings, and one gift for men.  Group privileges also give a percentage of credit when you make a purchase.  To my great delight, she often participates in Fly Buy Fridays!  I lurrrrveeeee Fly Buy Fridays, getting that little sales HUD is the highlight of my SL shopping week!  There’s also gachas in the store for us gacha lovers, and she participates in several events as well.  Oh, and do you know what the sugar sprinkles on top of all this delightfulness is?  The Justice group is FREE to join!

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This pose isn’t included in the set from Belle Poses, but I’m using the furniture with a pose that’s in the 9-year Anniversary pack, which is 45 poses for 45 lindens, by HelaMiyo! Am I the only one who hangs their head over the end of the couch like this when I’m bored? It does feel pretty great on my back however.  Although with 1st World gravity my face would be behind the juggs, I am past 40 now!

Anyway, if you read that little photo caption, I’m hanging here to show off these glasses, which I have blogged before, but wanted to mention again, because it’s been 6 months and they are still available! Blankline is actually a men’s store, but when it comes to plastic black frames, I’m a fan and don’t discriminate.  Take the teleport, and yes it will say men’s something or other, but you’re in the right place, you can join the group there at the desk and there’s a picture frame behind it that has these hip nerdy glasses as a group gift.  The Blankline group is FREE to join!  Take your men along, because there are some pretty fantastic men’s clothes here.

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These pink reverse french nails are group gift #183 “Coffee House Pinup” From Hello Dave. It’s last week’s group gift, this week has #184 and #185 given, so if you’ve not joined Hello Dave yet, for 100L, you can still get this in the Past Group Gift’s box, which has all the group gifts from 149- current.   Hello Dave gives a new nail palette each week as group gifts!

The Group of Groups!

So, I’ve already told the store about finding The Free Dove via google, which started my fascination with SL fashion, but it was when I found what is my favorite blog SL blog ever that I expanded my knowledge to things like,  furnishings, decor, events, hunts, poses.  I still read it daily, and often link back to it, it’s also here on WordPress.  If you didn’t guess by all those hints it’s Fabulously Free in SL! However on top of sharing all the finds they go out and hunt for, there’s also a TON of designers who support their group and offer FREE gifts to its members.  These totally FUN LED lighted jelly bracelets are one such gift.  Zendra has generously made these exclusive for the FabFree group, and it’s easy to see why as it’s rainbow colors just like the FabFree group logo! If you’re not already a member of the FabFree group, it’s FREE to join!  Just head down to Zendra and use the FabFree group tag to snag these fun bracelets!

Missy Recommended Buys

My shirt, sigh, there are two points I need to get across here.  One is, that I need to blog more often. Two, since I didn’t blog them in time, you should take it upon yourself to check the weekly riot offerings at Sn@tch, and the best way to get in on the riots is by joining the Sn@tch VIP group which is 200L. I rioted for these a couple of weeks ago and got them at rock bottom, 50 lindens.  The Lucy tanks are a fantastic basic to have, there’s a HUD of 30 colors and a ton of sizes, but I’m not going to go into all that because I’m not sure if they are still available!  I checked the Marketplace, and they aren’t listed there, but the store is pretty huge so they might be there at normal price, I didn’t run around and look, I’m too LAZY for that!

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The couch, game controllers, and every pose  (6 total) above not captioned with a different designer are a set from BellePoses.  You can snag the Smart Girl poses and props for 99 lindens on the marketplace, or in the main store!

Everything else has been blogged before, including the skin, lipstick, and earrings from The Free Dove.  Check the style card for all the links and credits!  My 3 parting poses are just me being goofy, and are not from the included poses in the Smart Girls set, but the props are, naturally.

Get it!

Hair:  Truth “Astra” (see pricing above)

Skin: Avi-Glam  “AG. Anna Skin (T1, black eyebrows, cleavage)” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Eyelashes:  ATIA’s  “Plume” in Swag Bag  –FREE!

Eyelashes and Eyeliner tattoo:  Blacklace Beauty “Eyelashes and liner 1” – 99L (fatpack)

Glasses:  BlankLine, “Glasses” – group gift/group FREE to join

Lips:  Dulce Secrets “::DS:: Pouty Pink Lips” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Earrings:  Poeme “Poeme Haunted Pearl Earrings -Potion SLV”  @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Choker: A*S “Candy Heart collar love”  FREE @ Gacha Gardens / group FREE to join

Tank top: Sn@tch “Lucy Ribbed Tank”

Bracelets: Zendra “Bracelet Rubber band Led” – gift for FabFree group/ FabFree FREE to join!

Leggings:  Justice “Abbie Leggings -Lavender” -group gift/group FREE to join!

Shoes: Poeme “Happy Valentine’s Sneakers” -1L hunt prize for  The Sealed With a Kiss Hunt

Couch, controller, poses:  Belle Poses “Smart Girls” -99L

Body:  Slink Hourglass

Sim:  Skybox scene from $60L Plus Rentals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Dove Challenge #6

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I couldn’t resist getting one more Free Dove hunt post out for this short month, so you’d have a chance to get down there and grab it!  This outfit is also chock full of things that make my Second Life stuff giddy; flexi-skirt, artistic details, vibrant color, Spyralle’s fractal textures, Dulce Secret’s makeups, and jewelry from an early favorite of mine, who is regularly featured on my blog, Glint.  Not to slight the other fantastic designers here, I just have somewhat special relationships with the 3 designers above! This look could be roleplay, or it could just be an extra-special boho-inspired look with the vivid colors of both the outfit and the beaded accessories I’ve paired with it.

Furthermore, once again I’ll be offering my personally designed glasses for this look for FREE to anyone who drops me a notecard mentioning The Free Dove and includes their calling card, or sends me an instant message if I’m online! I’ve decided to offer all of my designs that I use with these glasses that match up my custom looks that I blog in all posts on the Marketplace for just a linden.  All of the ones that I use in Free Dove Challenge Posts will be always be FREE by in-game request, as well as offered on my Marketplace page for 1 linden if you prefer that route.

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Things have been busy, and a bit stressful  lately in 1st Life, so if you’ll excuse me, since I’ve already at some point discussed every single designer that I am wearing today on my blog, and everything is at the Dove, I’m just going to breeze through my outfit, by designer, items, and sizes available, if applicable.  There are 3 hunt items in this look, that will be gone by March 1st, so I’ll be sure to note those as well! Going from head to toe!

Hair:  Sentinus Design“Melek Fitted Mesh Hair.”  With a full color-hud, as well as an additional size for larger breasts.

Skin:  Avi-Glam  “AG. Anna Skin (T1, black eyebrows, cleavage.) There are both system skins and omega appliers, for blonde or black eyebrows, with or without cleavage shadowing.

Glasses:  Mesh by -Leo-, design by me.  Available for FREE to anyone who contacts me and requests them.  I’ve also made them available on the marketplace for 1 linden if you’d rather.

All of my makeup and my nail polish is all from one gift.  The Dulce Secrets 2017 Free Dove Collection.

  • Eyeshadow “::DS:: Wings of Hope Sapphire Eyeshadow”
  • Lipstick “::DS:: Fresh Purple Lips”
  • Nailpolish: “::DS:: Fresh Water Pearl Slink Nail Appliers”

Earrings:  Rebel Hope Designs “!Rebel Hope – Island Girl Green Earrings”

Necklace:  Glint “Pewter tree of life necklace”  HUNT ITEM- FEBRUARY ONLY!

Bracelets:  Spyralle “Spyralle Betty Bakelite Bangle L&R – Blue” HUNT ITEM- FEBRUARY ONLY! (p.s.  I love Bakelite!)

Crop Top:  Spyralle “Spyralle Daya Top Blue2206”HUNT ITEM- FEBRUARY ONLY!

Prim Skirt and Hip Wrap: Spyralle “Daya: (prim skirt blue 2206, and hip-wrap blue2206) HUNT ITEM- FEBRUARY ONLY!

Foot gems:  Glint “Bead flower foot cords”  (available in Maitreya, Slink, and Belleza flat)HUNT ITEM- FEBRUARY ONLY!  

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I took off the prim skirt here and wore the applier pants layer as a pair of tight capris so I could show the versatility of the outfit, as well as these adorable perfectly coordinating foot cords from Glint.

Anyway, this whole post serves as an annotated style card this time, so forgive my laziness and I’ll just sign off with my usual photoset.  Hurry down and grab your February hunt prizes, with special thanks to the sponsors this month, Anny’s Fashion, Glint, and Spyralle. Everything in this post not labeled hunt is found at The Free Dove, and the hunt items may be between The Free Dove or in the designer’s main store.  Additional note, Spyralle, which is usually pay-to-join group, is FREE this month in conjunction with this hunt (you’ll need this tag for the 3 Spyralle items that are at the mainstore in this hunt!)  You’ll need to be in The Free Dove group to snag everything here, but the group is, and will always be, FREE to join!

Free Dove Challenge #5

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I have some exciting news in this Free Dove Challenge post!  As you may already be aware, I’m rather attached to my glasses.  I’ve worn them since I was 8 , nearly 34 years now, never got along well with contacts, although I usually buy a box or two every so often for emergency reasons, like lost or broken glasses.  I reached an agreement with Paloma, that I could wear this pair of FULL PERM glasses in my Free Dove Challenge posts if I offered to send a pair to anyone who asks.  I can’t set a box out at the Dove, as I’m not a designer with a store, but I can, and will, send them to anyone who drops me a notecard saying they want them.  Oh, and please drag your calling card to the notecard to make it easier for me to do this.  The sky’s the limit with what you can do with these,  color them, or pick up some textures to apply, I’ve even got a tutorial here on my blog if you’re not sure how to do that. Today I tried to color them to highlight the amazing look on my dress, using an iridescent texture that I uploaded, and then coloring over that, as it was mostly blue, I could use a pink that would match the purples in the outfit, and show pink in the lighter areas.  Now that exciting announcement is over I can present my head to toe look fromThe Free Dove!

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Here’s a fun fact.  The hair I’m wearing today was what I wore for the longest time as my main hair, my first favorite hair. I still do wear it quite a bit despite several folders full of hair now.  My personal favorite is when designers mix mesh hair with flexi-prim hair, as I’ve mentioned before, likely more than a few times.  This hair from Tameless, “Beatrice”, is the start of that love affair.  It comes with a naturals HUD of 30 different shades.  I love to wear this hair when I’m outdoors, it just looks like the wind is blowing through my hair as I move around.

My make up is of course from that huge box of goodies from Dulce Secrets.  Today I’m modeling ::DS:: Rosy Glow Blush, ::DS:: Mystical Abyss Makeup, and ::DS:: Pouty Pink Lips.  I’m still discovering makeup in this box, and I just found and love this lipstick, and the mystical abyss makeup’s eyeshadow is simply perfect for this outfit!  I think I want to find some more of these pouty lips too. I couldn’t be more pleased with how the makeup turned out today.  My skin is my usual AG.Anna from Avi-Glam that is exclusive to The Free Dove!

This necklace is also something I wore very often when I first discovered The Free Dove. EarthStones Lora Necklace – Turquoise Silver also comes with matching earrings which didn’t show through my hair. but they are just as lovely.  Alternatively, there is a Lora set in gold and sunstone which is another favorite of mine as well.

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I’m also super excited that Spyralle is in this month’s Mini hunt!  More Kerryth love from me, she deserves and I wish I could do more!  I simply love her fractal designs, I’m also really into lavenders and blues lately, so I was super happy to unbox this set.  The “Spyralle Florette Minidress Periwinkle” also comes with an omega applier for the knee-length capris.  There are several sizes in the box, standard sizes xs-L, Maitreya, both Slinks, all 3 Bellezas, as well as TMP.  This beauty will only be at The Dove until the end of the month, so head down and hunt it up!  There are 5 hunt prizes to be found at the Dove, and 3 at Spyralle’s new main store.  You’ll need to be a member of The Free Dove to snag those there, and excitingly Spyralle’s group is FREE to join until March 1st, so you can join that wonderful group in order to hunt down the 3 prizes there.

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Only in 2L could I do a backbend in high heels on a tree branch!  Pose by HelaMiyo!

How daring was I to scale this tree in strappy high heels!  These well-coordinated kicks are a gift from Shoe-ddiction, whom I featured a couple of times in January as they did the mini-hunt that month.  But these “Denim Love Blackberry” aren’t a hunt item, they are right there in the shoe section to be snagged!  There are a Slink high version and an unrigged version in the box.

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The Tree

Now, everything on my body is from The Free Dove, which is my challenge rules!  However, I have to give designer credit for this tree that I fell in absolute love with. It inspires my creativity, and I plan on using often for photography.  I won’t forget to get in a few cuddles with my sweetie either.  However, the really good nis thatthat this designer is a Free Dove supporter with gifts in the store, and also a participant in this month’s Dazzle.  He’s also a new favorite of mine, whom I’ve blogged 3 times already this month!  If you haven’t’ already guessed by those hints, I’ll tell you that it’s from Stone’s Works. It also breaks my self-imposed blog guidelines of 100L or less, but I don’t care!  I love it!

The “Sittin Tree v 3 2015” has 12 PG couple’s poses, but a few can be used for single shots, and I did, the first pic on the blog is the first pose in the menu. I also lined up some poses with my pose stand for some silly and fun action shots.  I plan to use it for holding up some swings and hanging chairs that I have acquired. All in all, I imagine hours of fun and great pics in the future with this lovely tree.  It has 6 land impact, which is ok considering it’s huge, as you can see. It costs 425 lindens, but thanks to the now past Valentine’s Hunt where I found a 200 linden gift card, I Missy Mathed it down to 225 lindens.  If you want to purchase this it’s out in the yard of the store, to your right when you teleport in.

The flowers underneath are not included, but they are FREE!  Lunaria has several beautiful ground covers as gifts for the FREE to join group. I scattered several of them around to look like a field of flowers, overlapping at times.  Lunaria is a store to be seen if you like elegant, feminine designs with a touch of fantasy. There’s also several lucky letters and a midnight madness board, and a couple of boxes of old gifts, along with several landscaping and clothing gifts available.

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Ok, I’ve gone a little overboard on my furnishing credits in this Free Dove Challenge Post, but credit where credit is due, I like to give all the info on the designers I include, as is more than fair, as furnishings help show off my clothing in a way that, to me, brings the designs to life. However, the focus here is on the clothes, as it is a fashion blog overall, and of course the wonderful Free Dove.  Everything on my body can be found at The Free Dove.  You’ll need to be Blessed by a Dove to pick up these items, but the group is, and will always be to join!

Get it!

Hair:  Tameless “Beatrice” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Skin: Avi-Glam  “AG. Anna Skin (T1, black eyebrows, cleavage)” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Glasses: -LEO- FULL PERM – FREE with a notecard to me.

Eyeshadow:  Dulce Secrets “::DS:: Mystical Abyss Makeup” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Blush:  Dulce Secrets “::DS:: Rosy Glow Blush” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Lips:  Dulce Secrets “::DS:: Pouty Pink Lips” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Necklace:  Earthstones “Lora Necklace – Turquoise Silver”  @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Mini Dress and Capris:  Spyralle “Spyralle Florette Minidress Periwinkle”@   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join. (limited time, February Mini Hunt reward)

Shoes:  Shoe-ddiction “Denim Love Blackerry” @   The Free Dove – group gift/group FREE to join.

Body:  Slink Hourglass

The Landscaping

Tree:  Stone’s Work’s “Sittin Tree v 3 2015” -425L

Multiple Flowers and Grasses:  Lunaria – group gifts/group FREE to join

Sim:  $60L Plus Rentals