Sparkle Wherever You Go

I couldn’t resist making this quote my blog post title, it’s a perfect little life mantra. Be the one who lights up the room, the one who sparkles. Admittedly your definition of “lighting up the room” may be switching on the light…but there you go, we all interpret things in different ways 😀

As it’s February, be prepared to be hit with all things girly, cute, pink and Valentine’s themed ….. until the 14th! There is always a temptation to go Anti-Valentines and stick two fingers up to the whole event, but I’m a girl who loves romance and affection, so I’m all out for the pink. Gimme love, bishes! Both Mystical Market and the Broken Heart Fair run until the middle of the month, so be quick if you want to check them out (I have and they’re fab!) The Stupid Cupid Hunt is back for it’s 8th year running (!!) and all prizes are 1L when you find them in each store. Good luck hunting, have fun shopping and remember most of all…sparkle wherever you go ❤

 

Credits:

Skin: *Spicy* / Emma skin – Sunkissed worn (Catwa, BoM inc)

Hair: .EscalateD. / Caddie V1 – Pastels worn

Eyes: A.D.D.Andel! / Cupid Eyes – hud inc (Mesh, BoM, Omega inc) / *new release* available at Mystical Market until 12th February 2020

Lipstick: .lovelysweet. / Cupid Lippies Set – hud inc (BoM, Catwa, Omega inc) / *new release* available at the Broken Heart Fair until 14th February 2020

Tattoo: Sn@tch / Heart Locket Tattoos – 3 options inc (Classic, BoM, Omega inc)

Nails: .lovelysweet. / Sweetheart Nails – hud inc (Maitreya inc) / 10L special offer available at the Broken Heart Fair until 14th February 2020

Dress w/ headband: .Princess Stuff. / [Ask For My Name Dress] & Headpiece (Altamura, Belleza, eBody, Maitreya, Slink, TMP inc) / The Stupid Cupid Hunt 8 prize available February 2020

Heels: [Sheba] / Blossom Mules – hud inc (Belleza, eBody, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Pose: Mewsery / Kitten Pose Set (3 bento poses w/ mirrors inc)

Chair: Refuge / Vintage Fur Chair – Pink/Gold

Cupcakes: DISORDERLY. / Donut Cupcakes – Strawberry Plate

Bonbons: Dahlia / Gokotta – Bon Bons – Strawberry – Spilled 19 / gacha item

Nail polish tray: The Artist Shed / Nailed It Tray

Art, Hatbox & Mannequin: What Next / Madeleine Decor – Full Set

Backdrop: MudHoney / Photo Room 6 (hud inc) / gacha item

Stella

I don’t know about you but I’m ready for Spring to begin! Scraping ice off my car this morning was *not* fun. That’s it. I’ve decided. It’s time for the seasons to change and for us to get some sunshine. Done 😀

At least if I can’t have sunshine in rl, I can enjoy it inworld. This outfit definitely has me in the mood to enjoy Spring flowers, as well hit a formal event or two. I might suggest that to the Mister and see how far he runs.

 

Credits:

Hair: Truth Hair / Arwen – light browns

Lashes: [POUT!] / Alice Eyelashes – hud inc (AK Deluxe, Catwa, Genus, Lelutka, Vista inc)

Eyes: TONE 2 / Rainforest Eyes Collection – Dark (Omega inc) / *new release* available at TWE12VE January 2020

Eye makeup: TONE 2 / Rainforest Face Art Collection – hud inc (Classic, Lelutka, Omega inc) / *new release* available at TWE12VE January 2020

Lipstick: TONE 2 / Rainforest Lip Art Collection – hud inc (Classic, Lelutka, Omega inc) / *new release* available at TWE12VE January 2020

Nails: CAZIMI / Moony Nail Appliers – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Omega, Slink inc) / *group gift* available at Designer Showcase January 2020

Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai / La Dolce Vita Earrings – hud inc / *new release* available at VANITY Event January 2020

Top: LYBRA / Stella – Med Hud used (Alice, Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at FaMESHed January 2020

Pose: Image Essentials / Contemplation (5 bento poses w/ mirrors inc) / *new release* available at TWE12VE January 2020

Backdrop: FOXCITY. / #MOOD Gacha – Love Succs (Pastel) RARE / gacha item

Waiting for the band to start

For a number of years, I’ve enjoyed gigging on my own. Solo. Yes – a woman on her own doing something for herself that she enjoys. You would not believe the number of people who look at me surprised when I tell them this. (I also go to the cinema on my own – I know, what a *weirdo*). I realised a number of years back that if I spent my life waiting for other people to join me in activities I enjoyed doing that’s all I’d spend my life doing….waiting. I got bored of waiting, so I started living. As with all things in life, you have to be sensible and take precautions. No, I don’t mean pepper spray but trust your gut instinct and avoid any strange looking people who are staring at you (that’s another story for another day). So, if you ever spot me about, having a drink and waiting for the band to start, say hi. We might have some amazing stories to share 🙂

 

Credits:

Hair w/ hat: Doe / Kimmie – Essentials worn

Top: PinkRayne / Carly Shirt – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at TWE12VE January 2020

Jeans: The Annex / Julep Jeans – denim worn (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release*

Sneakers: [Gos] Boutique / Low Tops – black worn (Maitreya worn) / gacha item (shoe is free, but colour appliers are gacha items)

Pose w/ can prop: .::Hazeel::. Poses / Summer Soda (bento)

Scene Location: Twisted Cork Wine & Rock Bar

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

Tangled up

One thing I love about Christmas (apart from the copious gin and cake) is the sparkle and pretty multi coloured lights you see everywhere. I know some people like plain colours or to go minimalist but I don’t. I love bright colours, lots of colour and getting tangled up in colour just seems so….festive. Doesn’t it? It’s why I love this hair and accessory combination today. These tangled lights that twist around the body and entwine the hair. It’s festive and full of life. Just lovely 🙂

 

Credits:

Hair: .EscalateD. / Tosha – V1 – Essentials worn / *new release* available at The Naughty List 4 December 2019

Makeup & Nails: CAZIMI / Joyful Makeup & Nails – hud inc (Belleza, Catwa, Classic, Lelutka, Maitreya, Omega, Slink inc) / *new release* available at anyBODY December 2019

Earrings: Bliensen + MaiTai / Candy Cane Earrings / 25L donation  available at SL Christmas Expo December 2019

Body lights: *paper moon* / Tangled Up In Lights – Rainbow Green / *new release* available at Winter’s Hollow December 2019

Dress: ChicModa / Demi Dress – red worn (Maitreya, Hourglass, Legacy inc)

Cookies (plate and hold): #Zexy / Krampus – Cookie / *new release* available at The Summoning Krampus Event December 2019

Backdrop: #Zexy / Dark Holiday Backdrop – NICE version / *new release* available at The Summoning Krampus Event December 2019

 

Spread some Joy

As we approach Christmas shut down at my rl workplace, it’s fun to start seeing people wind down and get into a festive mood. We have a Christmas tree decorating contest running this week and while my department hasn’t a hope of winning, I had so much fun decorating our tree yesterday. Cue fake dollar bills and chocolate gold coins with our senior manager’s face on it. Yes, I work in a Finance department! I hope you get a chance to spread some joy and receive some too over the next few weeks. It can get hectic, but I also hope there are moments of calm x

 

Credits:

Artwork: Refuge / Winter Scene Twinkling Stars

Fireplace: ChiMia / Yule Fireplace

Christmas Stockings: What Next / Christmas Stockings (plaid used) & Deer Stocking Holder

Joy sign: Culprit / Joy Marquee Letters / *new release* available at Tannenbaumn December 2019

Christmas Sledge decoration: Khargo Furniture / christmas sledge decoration / *new release* available at TWE12VE December 2019

Wooden Christmas Tree: hive / wooden christmas tree [green] / gacha item

Christmas baubles box: Heart Designs / Box of Baubles / *new release*

Pine Cone Bowl: DISORDERLY. / Light Pine – Bowl

Building: hive / simple skybox

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