3 is our magic number

Good morning my lovelies. Or is it afternoon? Or evening? Who knows. The only thing constant is change and that time moves onward. If you have time today why not check out my gorgeous new outfit at FaMESHed or perhaps discover something new for your home? Then once you’re done, curl up on the sofa with a drink and enjoy ……. calm. Bliss xxx

 

Credits:

Hair: Clawtooth / Tiny Lion – Essentials worn

Outfit (top & skirt): ChicModa / Bellita Crop Sweater & Pencil Skirt – purple worn (Legacy, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at FaMESHed January 2020

Heels: REIGN. / Manhattan Heels – hud inc (Belleza, Legacy, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Pose: Lyrium / Nicole series Gift (4 poses w/ mirrors inc) / free gift available at mainstore

Drink: Hangry / Floral Drink – Mint

Fireplace: What Next / Madison Fireplace

Chair: The Artist Shed / Grandma Noonie’s Chair

Rug: Petite Mort / Summer Gazebo Rug 2 / gacha item

Wooden cabinet: [CIRCA] Living / Madame Gypsy – Vintage Chest – Walnut

Mince Pies, Cake & Drinks: What Next / Winter Treats Set

Mirror: Refuge / Fairytale Mirror – gold

Number: *paper moon* / Art Deco Numbers – Aged Gold

Wall Art: The Artist Shed / Where Unicorns are Born

Standing Candle: Heart Designs / Reindeer Candle

Background: Apple Fall / West Village Belgravia Skybox

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

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

70s Boom!

Everything about this scene just screams the 70s to me. The wallpaper, the orange and brown tones, the chair that just doesn’t look comfortable….that textured upholstery!! Growing up in the 80s, there were still so many 70s references in my home. Our wallpaper was white and yellow in a flock swirly pattern that would send you cross eyed. The carpet was orange and brown until my parents took pity on us and mercifully switched it out. Our clothing was polyester (shudders) and purchased from C&A. I don’t feel like we completely left the 70s in my home until the late 80s. Honestly. So, I look at this scene, grab a cookie (also orange and yellow – how 70s!) and contemplate my life since then. Thankfully there are more breathable fabrics in my life but I do miss the simplicity and how, in my innocence, I truly believed anything was possible. Even the colour clashing of the wallpaper and carpet ❤

 

Credits:

Armchair w/ rug and music cabinet: Fantasy Furnishings / Good Ol’ Times / *new release* available at TWE12VE November 2019

Gold Sun Art: Filigran / 70s Boom! – Wall Deco

Blue side cabinet: Filigran / 70s Boom! – Cabinet

Book stack: Filigran / 70s Boom! – Books

Shelf: Filigran / 70s Boom! – Shelf

Small plant: Filigran / 70s Boom! – Vase

Framed pictures: Filigran / 70s Boom! – Picture Frames

Cat in fruit bowl: Heart Designs / Kitty in Fruit Bowl

Orange radio: Salacity / Retro Radio (Tangerine)

Lamp: Petite Mort / Modern Bungalow – Ceramic Lamp / gacha item

Pendant light: Petite Mort / Modern Bungalow – Globe Chandelier / gacha item

Aloe plant: Petite Mort / Modern Bungalow – Aloe Potted Plant / gacha item

Stack records: MadPea / Retro Audio Record Holder / gacha item

Coffee table: Serenity Style / Five Minutes Table / gacha item

Drinks: What Next / Fall Woodland Drinks (Coffee)

Cookies: What Next / Fall Woodland Cookies

Building: Vicious Decay / Mesh 70’s Retro Skybox

Take a seat

Come, take a seat. I’ve baked cake (ok a few) and poured you a drink. Take the weight of the world off your feet and join me. Let’s have a chat and catch up on the day. Little conversations that mean so much; dipping into each other’s life and sharing anecdotes. Maybe there’s something that’s been bothering you. Let’s try to work out a solution together. At the end of the day, leave with a smile on your face and a warm hug. Happy times shared and memories created.

These are the moments I enjoy most with my friends. Gone are the days when I’d go out clubbing and drink myself into oblivion, wondering who or what I’d done the previous night. The times I truly appreciate now are the little moments of heartfelt conversation, laughter and sharing each other’s company.

 

Credits:

Hair: Clawtooth / Turn It Out – Brunettes worn

Necklace: NaaNaa’s / Victoria Necklace

Top: Ghee / Harvest Blouse – Olive (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at SENSE Event September 2019

Pants: Ghee / Harvest Pants – Chicory (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at SENSE Event September 2019

Heels: Bliensen + MaiTai / Fox Shoes (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release*

Pose: Image Essentials / Take A Seat V2 (5 bento poses w/ mirrors inc)

Sofa: ChicModa / Fresno Bench

Rug: ChicModa / Fresno Rug – Pink

Table: Heart Designs / Vaygah Table – Midnight / *new release*

Wall art: *paper moon* / Vintage Board Games: Pachisi / *new release* available at Loading… September 2019

Tall cake: Apple Fall / Fall Harvest Cake / gacha item

Chocolate cake: -Mint- / Harvest Berry Cake

Drinks: DISORDERLY / Falling for Desserts – Pumpkin Parfait / gacha item

Tray of biscuits: Pewpew! / Creamy Pies & Hearts Plate – Yellow / gacha item

Backdrop: MudHoney / Photo Room 4 / gacha item

In the Farmhouse

While Autumn is closing in here in the UK, this weekend has glorious sunshine and I intend to make best use of it. Some lazy relaxing in the garden is a must before the week begins again. I like to think that this scene, while containing some Autumn/Fall inspired items, retains a warmth and an Indian Summer feel. Perfect to just smile and relax with. As always, our Home and Garden Designers spoil us with beautifully textured creations – I could literally reach through and bite into that apple! On that note, it’s time for a snack.

 

Credits:

Farmhouse shutters: What Next / Farmhouse Wall Decor – part of Fall Farmhouse Decor Set

Trio Stacked pumpkins: What Next / Farmhouse Gourd Tower 2 – Large (colour change) – part of Fall Farmhouse Decor Set

Tall pumpkin: What Next / Farmhouse Gourd 4 (colour change) – part of Fall Farmhouse Decor Set

Squat pumpkin: What Next / Farmhouse Gourd 2 (colour change) – part of Fall Farmhouse Decor Set

Milk Can: *paper moon* / Olde Tyme Kitchen: Milk Can – Galvanized/Faded

Milk Jug: *paper moon* / Olde Tyme Kitchen: Milk Jug – Galvanized/Fresh

Chimney plants: Heart Designs / Autumn Flower Chimney 2 / *new release*

Tall Planter: Heart Designs / Orange Beauty / *new release*

Wood base: What Next / Farmhouse Log Stand – part of Fall Farmhouse Decor Set

Candlestick: What Next / Farmhouse Candlestick 2 – part of Fall Farmhouse Decor Set

Plate of apples: *OLD WORLD* / Plate of 2 apples / 1L gift available on Marketplace HERE

Vase: Serenity Style / Meli Heart Pot / gacha item

Homecoming.

For those of you who don’t know (and who didn’t?!), I’ve very recently returned from my rl vacation, very excited to see my little princess diva kitty. She’s getting on in years now and every time we go away I don’t like to leave her (although her grandma always does an excellent job looking after her). This was literally our scene when we returned yesterday. Kitty asleep on the sofa, all curled up and cute, looking so peaceful in the moment before I said hello. Then it was all miaows, dribbles and purrs. A perfect homecoming for this kitty lady 🙂

I also wanted to show you the complete building from *paper moon* that I used in my scene. While the tile floor and distressed walls remind me of family visits abroad, you can see the overall building has a gorgeous Mediterranean feel and won’t take too much land impact either. Perfect for the decor enthusiasts out there. Enjoy x

 

_pm_ Mud Building_ Zeynep advert

 

Credits:

Kitty: Foxwood / Tea time – Sleepy Kitten (static) / *new release* available at C88 June 2019

Swing bench: [CIRCA] Living / Waterton Garden Swing – sand / *new release*

Rug: ChicModa / Offensive Doormat – Welcome MF’s / *new release*

Watermelon bowl: Culprit / Icy Watermelon (gives watermelon on touch)

Side table: Heart Designs / Daisy Side Table / *new release*

Art: What Next / Bailey Picture Shelf / *new release*

Building: *paper moon* / Mud Building – Zeynep