Boho Bliss

As I enter the second day of feeling totally grotty with this viral infection, I do what any girl would do in my situation. Well, after having watched some tv, fallen asleep on the sofa, been woken up by the cat blaring the call of her people at me….I do what any girl would do in my situation. I shop. Or, more specifically, I hunt. SL Hunts are still a thing people and good fun at that too! I love a hunt, because often it’s a great way to discover new stores or if you are already a fan of a store, pick up some lovely items for amazing prices. The Boho Bliss Hunt contains all exclusively textured prizes and are priced between 10-20L apiece. With 10 pieces to collect (and the hunt basket is free and wearable), you have a mini outfit capsule ready for the month. The hunt key is below:

BOHO BLISS HUNT AD

I also wanted to show you the Creative Cafe and urge you to visit! Created by the lovely Deva Westland, it’s a little piece of mainland heaven, perfectly recreating a little cafe with an outdoor art gallery to enjoy too. The Mister and I have visited and enjoyed wandering through the gallery. There are also little couples seating areas, which I love and I am sure you will too. Bring a friend or a date and have fun exploring. Thank you Deva for creating this little spot for everyone to enjoy x

 

Credits:

Hair: Doe / Plum (two-tone) – Browns / gacha item

Lip gloss: .lovelysweet. / Pure Glossies – hud inc (Catwa, Genus, Omega inc) / *new release*

Necklace: Sn@tch / Paragon Jewelry Set – hud inc

Top: Petite Mort & Oubliette / Boho Bliss Crochet Cardigan (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / Boho Bliss Hunt Prize available on the Witchwood sim January 2020

Pants: Petite Mort & Oubliette / Boho Bliss Patch Jeans (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / Boho Bliss Hunt Prize available on the Witchwood sim January 2020

Sandals: [Sheba] / Tessa Sandals – hud inc (Altamura, Belleza, eBody, Maitreya, Slink, Tonic inc)

Donuts: :::ChicChica::: / Donuts Kebab

Coffee: *Tentacio* / Kyoto street food – coffee time

Pose: GingerFish Poses / Love is the Warmest Color (5 bento poses w/ mirrors inc)

Scene Location: Creative Cafe

Snowfall Hill

Still in a festive mood people? Good. I hope so. If you haven’t decorated your home yet, there is still time! We’re spoiled with so much seasonal themed clothing, decor and furniture I’m sure there will be something you like available. But make sure once  you’re done, that you spend some time writing a letter to the Big Guy telling him what a good girl you’ve been or…like me…you’ll end up with some coal in your stocking instead!

 

Credits:

Hair: Doe / Sweetum – Indecisive (Rare) / gacha item

Sweater: Ghee / Nordic Knits – Red Snowflake (Belleza, Legacy, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at Ghee Christmas Market (outside mainstore)

Leggings: Ghee / Nordic Knit Leggings – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at Ghee Christmas Market (outside mainstore)

Pose: GingerFish Poses / Sugar Rum Cherry (5 bento poses w/ mirrors inc) / *new release* available at eBENTO December 2019

Christmas tree, Wreath, Lighting & Couch: [CIRCA] Living / Snowfall Hill Living Set / Peace on Earth Hunt prize – check main store for hint

Rug, Fireplace runner, Stockings, Candles, Cookie plate & Letter: Short Leash / Naughty & Nice Xmas (various gacha items)

Fireplace light: Trompe Loeil / Hammered Tree Candleholder (gacha) / *new release* available at The Arcade December 2019

Building: ChiMia / Marais Apartment (Versailles Blue) / *new release*

19 Question Blogger Challenge

Hello you gorgeous people. Yes, I’m still very much in a festive spirit…probably gin lol. Although, admittedly I’ve been drinking more craft beer recently (milkshake IPA anyone? Yes, it really does exist). A few blogger friends have taken part in a 19 Question Blogger Challenge this month and I thought I’d throw my hat into the ring. Their blog posts are HERE, HERE and HEERE!

So, settle with a glass of something and we’ll begin:

 

What does your vlog/blog name and meaning behind it?

My blog has always been about shopping in SL, so shopSL was born. TBH, I wanted something professional sounding that would be easy as a logo as I also intended to be blogging for a long time. Previous blog names were too long and in hindsight, too amateurish.

When did you start your SL blog/vlog?

shopSL was born in March 2017 but I’ve been blogging under various guises since approx. 2012. Blogging styles have changed so much over the years. Back in the hazy days of 2012/14 people just wanted to see a picture on a white background and get a landmark. Now, blogging is about creating a “vision” or lifestyle that products slot into. It’s a different type of challenge.

How would you describe your blog?

Primarily shopSL is a Fashion blog. However, more recently I’ve been dabbling with Home and Garden blogging and enjoying the new challenge that comes from putting together a scene in this way. I like to blog at different locations too, but admittedly I need to get off my platform more and explore.

When did you start SL and what brought you to SL?

I started SL in February 2007 (OMG!!) after having read a magazine article about women who had turned SL into a viable business and were earning megabucks working at home. Those were the days when stores could span multiple sims and land was worth a lot of money. I created my first avatar, logged in intending to be the next SL Business Empire and discovered clubs instead! I remember the first time I left orientation island, I met some people and asked them “how do I walk to the …..?” They told me “you teleport” and “use the search function”. That was a revelation. The rest as they say, is history.

What inspired you to become a blogger?

It’s pretty simple really. I love taking pictures and sharing bargains/sales/deals with people. I found when I wasn’t blogging I was bombarding screenshots and links to my bff. So I decided when I finished my first lot of work studies in 2017 it was time to focus on blogging properly again and dip my toe into the water.

How Often do you post?

Usually 4 times a week. It keeps me from overthinking and getting myself into mischief.

What’s you favourite thing to blog and why?

I don’t have a favourite thing, per say. I love to be inspired by the items I blog, whether it’s a beautiful design, something humorous or just plain kooky. Whatever it is, I end up making it cute even when I don’t intend to.

Do you watch/read other vlogs/blogs & how often?

If a title on my feed catches my attention I’ll read the blog or watch the vlog. I tend to scroll through Flickr, Facebook and Twitter looking at the pretties and click through to links. I’m also a terror for screenshoting items from Facebook and going back for links later.

What strength do you have that has helped you as a blogger?

Being true to myself, sticking to my principles and resilience. If a Sponsor runs a recruitment campaign and you aren’t picked up, there are any number of reasons why and they often aren’t personal. As bloggers grow and develop their skills, so do creators/designers. If their journey doesn’t involve you, it’s all good. Wish them well and continue to support their brand in other ways instead.

How do you motivate yourself to stay active & fresh with your blog?

I drink gin 😀 Honestly, I don’t know. I like to play about with graphics, watch YouTube videos with hints/tips that people have kindly provided and talk with people. Where possible, collaborate with other bloggers. Play with windlights. Try blogging different products to see if you like it. Often you realise what you *don’t* like more than you do and that’s a learning process too.

What’s the last thing you bought in SL?

Clothing from Riot – I’m a sucker for her Cozy Comforts gacha at The Epiphany this round.

Which sim is your favourite for taking blog/blog photos and why?

Try Yorkshire – it’s truly stunning.

Do you have an alt?

Wynn is actually my bff’s alt that I adopted after a bad SL relationship split. I wanted to be anonymous and start afresh, although over time Wynn became my main avatar and my original Avi (Terri) is now an alt I rarely use.

Would you say your avi is an introvert or extrovert?

I’d say I am me, whether online or in real life. If I know you well, I’ll chatter away and tell you all sorts of stories. If I don’t know you well, it’ll take time for me to open up about personal stuff. It’s no reflection on you, it’s just who I am.

How do you feel about SL relationships (romantic & friends)?

They’re very important to me. I am very lucky to have some amazing friends online that I consider valuable real life friends too. I’m also very lucky to have the Mister in my life. He knows how much I adore him.

What is your guilty pleasure on SL?

Gacha! Fatpacks! Shoes! Don’t come between me and a Gos sale, because there will be blood and destruction 😉

Where is your avi right now? (mainland home, sandbox, event, stuck in a TP (lol)….)

I’m naked on my blogging platform as I consider what scene to create next. Thankfully I have quiet neighbours who don’t perv (that I know of!)

What are your favourite things to do on SL?

I love to spend time with my loved ones, listen to decent music, play games with friends, shop and blog. Sometimes the Mister and I will have a little explore together. I like to event hop. We go to trivia events. I also enjoy the art exhibitions my friend Deva creates.

What is your favourite SL fashion & decor style?

Aspirationally I’d like to be sophisticated. In reality, it’s anything cute and girly. But I like to mix and match. If it’s a bold colour and I like it, it’ll get thrown into a picture somewhere at some time.

Have you ever collaborated with another blogger? Pros & cons?

I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with a few bloggers over the years. Each have brought their style of blogging to the experience. It’s always a learning experience to work with other bloggers, so don’t be afraid to try it. Share ideas, technical knowledge and you’ll learn a thing or two too.

What new changes/developments in SL do you like/dislike?

I’m an old woman in SL. I don’t use Black Dragon. I prefer appliers to Bake on Mesh. I use my camera controls in a weird way. I remember the days when you’d log in with all your attachments up your arse and bling necklaces were standard. I remember system skirts and having a system skirt shape. SL has changed a lot in 12 years. What hasn’t changed is that there will always be lovely kindhearted souls and it’s a joy to meet them through my computer in my little part of the world.

What is your pet peeve in SL?

False people.

What valuable advice would you give to a new vlogger/blogger?

Experiment. Do what scares you. Take risks. Keep trying. Don’t give a shit what others think. Stick to your guns and blog, blog, blog. For every person that doesn’t like your style, someone else will adore it. You’re not here to make everyone happy – just yourself. Everything else is a bonus.

What is your favourite SL memory?

I have a lot of happy memories but they often involve my bff. She’s a star and I love her very much x

What’s the craziest/wackiest/ strangest thing you’ve ever experienced on SL?

One time an ex partner took me to a cave and told me to jump on a poseball with a dragon in front of it. Next thing I know, Mr Dragon and I are getting it on and I’m giving birth to an egg. We called the baby Hubert. Mr Dragon stopped paying child support 5 years ago. The bastard.

The funny thing…when I recounted this story recently, one of my friends piped up “ohhh yeah, I remember that place! I got an egg too.” Clearly Mr Dragon was not the faithful kind.

What 5 things make you the happiest on SL?

  • Seeing people happy and in love 🙂
  • Spending time with the people who I love and care about
  • Laughing with the Mister
  • People enjoying my creativity inworld, whether it’s music, art or blogging
  • A shoe fatpack sale

Is there anything you have learnt in SL that has helped you in RL?

Never judge a book by it’s cover. Trust your gut. If something doesn’t feel right about a situation, it often isn’t. Stay away from toxic people who bring you down. No, they will not change for you.

What is the one thing you want everyone to know about your avi & blog?

I’m innocent!

 

Credits: 

Wooden table: The Artist Shed / The Modern Tree

Christmas stockings: The Artist Shed / Tacky Stocking (various shown) / *new release* available at TWE12VE December 2019

Female Deer wreath: The Artist Shed / Darling Deer Wreath

Male Deer wreath: The Artist Shed / Dapper Deer Wreath

Lanterns: Khargo Furniture / Christmas Fireplace Gacha – Lanterns Metal / *new release* available at The Gacha Life December 2019

Candles & globe: Khargo Furniture / Christmas Fireplace Gacha – Snowglobe Gold / *new release* available at The Gacha Life December 2019

Santa sack & gifts: Khargo Furniture / Christmas Fireplace Gacha – Santa’s Sack Gold / *new release* available at The Gacha Life December 2019

Kitty: Heart Designs / Christmas Kitty / *new release*

Rudolph: MOoH! / Reindeer plushy / Peace on Earth Hunt prize – check main store for hint

Christmas tree: MOoH! / Christmas tree / Group gift December 2019

Backdrop: The Bearded Guy / Xmass Feelings – The Snow / gacha item

Winter’s Hollow

Winter’s Hollow is now open and if you like your Seasonal Greetings dark, gothic or spooky, this is the event for you. Run by Dark Passions Events, it’s open until the end of the month and there is plenty to enjoy. As well as new releases (exclusives) from a range of designers, there is also a 5L hunt taking place. Plus, if you head over to the event closer to the 21st December, there will be Winter Solstice gifts under the tree. So, what’s not to like? Awesome releases, gifts and a hunt! Now, if you don’t mind I need to have words with someone about this Christmas stocking I’m holding. *Clearly* I got passed the Naughty one when I’m innocent. *sigh*

Winter’s Hollow Shopping Guide: HERE

Winter’s Hollow Landmark: HERE

 

Credits:

Hair: .EscalateD. / Solaris – V1 – Winter Edition Minihud worn / *Winter Solstice Gift* available at Winter’s Hollow December 2019

Lipstick: CAZIMI / Coral Lips – hud inc (Classic, Catwa, Lelutka, Omega inc)

Earrings: Astara / Sparkling Bauble Earrings – hud inc / *new release* available at Winter’s Hollow December 2019

Outfit (top & skirt): zOOm / Hermione Outfit – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at Winter’s Hollow December 2019

Socks: NaaNaa’s / Cosy Socks – grey worn (Maitreya inc) / *Christmas tree gift* available at Anthem December 2019

Stocking (hold): [ bubble ] / Dark Xmas Socks – hud inc / *new release* available at Winter’s Hollow December 2019

Pose: .lovelysweet. / Goddess Poses (4 poses inc)

Krampuss wall art: *paper moon* / Vintage Krampus Prints – White (2 of 4 shown) / *hunt prize* available at Winter’s Hollow December 2019

Fireplace w/ stockings: Raindale / Darkcarol heart with hood & garland / *new release* available at Winter’s Hollow December 2019

Couch, coffee table & lantern: Refuge / Industrial Christmas Set / *new release* available at Winter’s Hollow December 2019

Building: Candle and Cauldron / Gloom Manor Skybox & Festive hud used / *new release* available at Winter’s Hollow December 2019

Holiday Shopping

They say a dog is for life, not just Christmas so someone will need to stop Wynn before she makes a mistake today. Too much holiday shopping has addled her brain and left her making poor life decisions. They do look cute though and they could keep each other company…..make Wynn exercise more with long walks….be good companions to her…..gaaaah! Now I’m doing it too!

 

Credits:

Hair: .EscalateD. / Feodosia – V1 – Essentials worn / Peace on Earth Hunt prize – check main store for hint

Dress: …:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::… / Cozier Everyday Dress – hud inc (Classic, Belleza, eBody, Maitreya, Slink, TMP, Tonic inc) / *new release* available at anyBODY December 2019

Boots: [Sheba] / Rain boots – hud inc (Altamura, Belleza, eBody, Maitreya, Slink, Tonic inc) / *new release*

Backpack: NeverWish / Ornament Backpack – red worn / *new release*

Pose w/ bags: Image Essentials / Holiday Shopping (8 bento poses w/ mirrors inc)

Background: BamPu Legacies / How Much Is That Doggie In The Window / *new release* available at SL Christmas Expo December 2019

The Hot Chocolate Bar

We all have those moments. Sweet tooth moments. I spent most of my working day fantasising about having a big mug of hot chocolate with whipped cream and marshmallows. I was determined to head out and grab one, but no…the weather was too much of a deterrent. Maybe another day.

However, I’ll definitely need something hot to keep me toasty in this little winter outfit. As my mother would say “you’ll freeze your kidneys in that outfit!” But it’s so cute, I can’t resist. Ahhh the benefits of a pixel Winter – I can still expose myself and not feel the cold. But I am now *determined* to get that hot chocolate….and a donut too….or maybe a muffin. Perhaps a cookie. Heck, all of em 😉

 

Credits:

Hair: Magika / June – hud inc

Headband: The Annex / Wire Antlers – gold worn / mini market sale at mainstore

Eyes: .lovelysweet. / Autumne Eyes – hud inc (Catwa, Omega inc) / *new release* available at A Shopping Carol event (hud required) December 2019

Top w/ jacket: Petite Mort / Winter Chill Gacha – Winter Puffer Jacket w/ hud – Rare (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at The Imaginarium December 2019

Pants: Petite Mort / Winter Chill Gacha – Blue/White Winter Sweats – Common (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at The Imaginarium December 2019

Pose w/ donut: Zombie Suicide / Weightloss Gacha – Donut Plain / gacha item

Ho Ho Ho sign: Refuge / Ho-ho-ho Marquee Sign – New

Complete Hot Chocolate Station: What Next / Colonna Hot Chocolate Station – Full Set

Me and My Boys

What can I say? I guess I was in a ‘Festive Gangsta’ mood when I did this photo. It clearly shows that I fail at doing *anything* in a credibly sinister way; even when I’m trying to look rough, I can hear you saying “awww isn’t she cute? coochie coo!” Pfft. Me and my boys are gonna rough you up. Make you eat yellow snow. Generally do nasty stuff, like make you tea without any sugar in it. Because we’re mean….and nasty 😉

 

Credits:

Hair: .EscalateD. / Danielle – V1 – Essentials worn / The Grumpy Santa Hunt prize – check main store for hint

Dress: Loud Rebel Design / Senna Top & Skirt – Green worn (Belleza, Legacy, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at The Darkness Event December 2019

Leggings: Sn@tch / Marta Winter Knit Leggings – hud inc (Classic, Omega inc)

Boots: NaaNaa’s / Velvet Booties – Red worn (Maitreya inc) / *new release* available at Tannenbaumn December 2019

Pose w/ Nutcracker prop: .::Hazeel::. Poses / Nutcracker (5 bento poses inc) / *new release* available at Pose Fair December 2019

Snowmen: Bad Unicorn / Silly Snowman (L to R: Slick, Bats, Red, Nommy) / *new release* available at The Arcade December 2019

Santa Flamingos: Bliensen + MaiTai / Santa Flamingo – White / *new release* available at The Liaison Collaborative December 2019

Standing Santa: Apple Fall / Happy Santa Figure – Berry / free gift

Mini dwarves: Bliensen + MaiTai / Tomte – Red / *new release* available at SL Christmas Expo December 2019

Sleigh w/ gifts: The Artist Shed / Special Delivery

Pee balls: The Artist Shed / Don’t Eat Yellow Snow

Shutters: *paper moon* / Tree Shutters – Red & Green / *new release* available at We ❤ Role-Play December 2019

Wreath: What Next / Holiday Wreath

Building: Trompe Loeil / Kenna Cabin