Lazy Lounge wear

This is definitely my mood today….and probably tomorrow too. Sadly, not the day after as I go back to work after two weeks off 😥 Ahh well, I guess all good things must come to an end, although I could happily take another week off work to relax. Christmas is a busy time as we have a lot of rl birthdays and an anniversary. Yes, it’s lovely to skip the 6am wake ups, but it isn’t a restful time of year. Ok, I need to stop grumbling and enjoy these last two days of freedom! I hope you have a lovely weekend x

 

Credits:

Hair: .EscalateD. / Juniva – V1 – Essentials worn

Lounge wear (inc socks): MOoH! / Nova outfit – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / VIP group gift

Pose: entangled poses / Hermione (3 poses inc)

Framed prints: What Next / Picture Gallery Frames – Classic / *new release*

Couch: ChiMia / Alexander Armchair / *special offer* available at Flourish until 15th January 2020

Books (various): ChiMia / Alexander Cafe (various / *special offer* available at Flourish until 15th January 2020

Lamp: ChiMia / Reading Lamp / *special offer* available at Flourish until 15th January 2020

Side table & candles: ChiMia / Marble Side Table & Minimalist Candles / *special offer* available at Flourish until 15th January 2020

Backdrop: MudHoney / Photo Room 4 / gacha item

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

Happy Holidays

And here we are….it’s December people! Happy Holidays!! Although, if you’re anything like me, my holiday time starts in a couple of weeks and we’re on countdown! My mental calendar is ticking down and I am ready to…..sleeeeeeeep. lol. Of course, we know that won’t really happen, but hey, a girl can hope.

Anyways while we wander inworld, there are two killer hunts on this month that are a MUST. Check out The Grumpy Santa Hunt and of course, the timeless Peace on Earth Hunt. Good luck with the hints, I’m rubbish at them 😉

And now I take a moment to put my feet up and have a hot cuppa with a treat. Don’t worry, you’ll see me about soon enough. There’s no rest for the wicked ❤

 

04 12 2019 B

 

Credits:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] / Hair Claire – hud inc / *new release* available at The Liaison Collaborative 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

Jewellery (necklace & earrings): Ghee / Daisy Chain Jewellery – Yule worn / *new release* available at Shiny Shabby until 16th December 2019

Mug: Zombie Suicide / Muggles Dripping Mug – hud inc

Macarons: Hangry / Macarons – Mixed

Top w/ sweater: ChicModa / Amy Bustier & Noelle Sweater (Hourglass, Legacy, Maitreya inc) / *new release* available at FaMESHed November 2019

Jeans: L&B Swear / Moto Denim Jeans – hud inc (Belleza, Classic, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Pose: GingerFish Poses / Noel (6 bento poses w/ mirrors inc) / *new release* available at Tannenbaumn December 2019

Stool & Pine Tree Art: [CIRCA] Living / Snow Days Step Stool & Winter Night Shadowbox Art / Winter Dreams Market Gift #2 (check under Christmas Tree) available December 2019

Happy Holidays sign: The Artist Shed / Vintage Holiday Sign / The Grumpy Santa Hunt prize – check main store for hint

Rug: Salacity / LIzzy Christmas Rug / Peace on Earth Hunt prize – check main store for hint

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

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

Mini tree tray: Bliensen + MaiTai / Winter Forest – Winter Deco Candle – green / *new release*

Crackers: Second Spaces / Holiday Party – party favors / *new release* available at The Arcade December 2019

Gingerbread men on plate: [CIRCA] Living / Festive Holiday Cookie Platter / Winter Dreams Market Gift #3 (check under Christmas Tree) available December 2019

Snowglobe & Wall Stars: [CIRCA] Living / Star Marquee Duo & Snowy Winter Jar / Winter Dreams Market Gift #1 (check under Christmas Tree) available December 2019:

Backdrop: MudHoney / Photo Room 4 / gacha item

So many cocktails.

This time next week I’ll be on vacation. It’s needed, very much needed. I’m not sure where time is going this year but it’s speeding up and I want some back. Before we know it, I’ll be hitting a “big” year birthday and I’m not ready for it. I’m still 35 in my head! One thing we often do on holiday is splash out on the all-inc drinks package. Don’t judge me. I’m not a *heavy* drinker at all. I love the convenience and the variety of cocktails I can drink on the package. So many cocktails. While I’m dreading the thought of packing, the thought of being pampered for nine days is motivating stuff! So, if I go quiet for a little while don’t worry. I’ll be back – tanned and with some weight to lose, but who’s counting? It’s worth it!

 

Credits:

Hair: .EscalateD. / Macon V1 – Essentials hud worn

Eye makeup: ALMA Makeup / Eloise – hud inc (Catwa, Lelutka, Omega available)

Nails: CAZIMI / Masala Nail Appliers – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Omega, Slink inc)

Earrings: Elle Boutique / Avril Earrings – hud inc / group gift (free join)

Necklace: RealEvil Industries / Sereia Necklace – Lagoon / gacha item

Bracelets: RealEvil Industries / Sereia Bracelets – Lagoon / gacha item

Dress: MOoH! / Jessy dress – hud inc (Belleza, Classic, Maitreya, Slink, TMP inc) / The Beached Bunny Hunt 9 *hunt prize* available July 2019

Cocktail: Junk Food / Margarita Blender – Lemon (cocktail, blender and limes inc) / available as a Saturday Sale offer this weekend only, then full price

Complete bar set w/ decor: What Next / Palisades Bar, Stools & Decor – Full Set / available as a 50% at SL16B – until 8th July 2019

Pose: GingerFish Poses / Paris Nights (5 bento poses w/ mirrors inc) / *new release* available at The Liaison Collaborative July 2019

Backdrop: MONS / 3D – Photoshoot Decor (navy)

Follow your dreams.

That’s what all the motivational posters usually say, isn’t it? In fact my top also carries the message (if you cam in reeeally closely – don’t stare at my boobs m’kay). However, some days my dreams may be rather big; other days they’re much smaller. Today my dream is to lose myself in a bag of carbs and chill the day away. Kitty’s dream *apparently* is to play with the cherry atop what was a glorious ice cream. Who am I to judge?

 

Credits:

Hair: {Limerence} / Sophie – Colour Ombre (#7) / *new release* available at Lootbox June 2019

Jeans: VINYL / Sky Ripped Jeans Pak Faded – hud inc (Maitreya, Belleza, Legacy, Slink inc) / *new release* available at Uber June 2019

T-shirt: VINYL / Candy Beach Tee Pak Navy – hud inc (Maitreya, Belleza, Legacy, Slink inc) / *new release* available at Uber June 2019

Knee pads: VINYL / Soto Knee Pads Pak Yellow – hud inc (Maitreya, Belleza, Legacy, Slink inc) / *new release* available at Uber June 2019

Sneakers: Livalle / Slammers -Slip on Shoes – Summer Fruits (Maitreya, Slink inc)

Canned drink: Junk Food / Horizon Tea (Green) / available as a Saturday Sale offer this weekend only, then full price

Bag: Junk Food / Prongles Bag / gacha item

Kitty: DISORDERLY. / Delicious Adventures – Messy Cat / gacha item

Mat: Sway’s / Door Mat – Owl / gacha item

Flowers: MOoH! / Garden Lantern gacha – Lantern flower cascade silver / gacha item

Pose: Copper Moon / Steffi (5 bento poses w/ mirrors inc)

Backdrop: Silence. / Scottsdale Door Backdrop – Yellow / gacha item

Beach Day!

Yes, sad to say I’m up early on a Sunday morning. Boo to an overactive mind, which woke me with a list of chores to be done and a song on repeat. Typical! On a plus, it’s gloriously sunny outside and that puts me in the mood for a beach day! Not in RL, because my nearest seaside is a *little* tacky BUT inworld, I have this gorgeous unspoilt beach to enjoy. My little friend has snuck along to sun herself, although we best keep her away from the water. My other companion keeps bringing me drinks and who am I to refuse? Don’t mind me while I lie back and enjoy the warmth seeping into my bones. After all, isn’t that what Sundays are for?

 

Credits:

Skin: [POUT!] / Grace Skin [TEA] (Catwa inc) – body appliers sold separately) / *new release*

Hair: .EscalateD. / Briana – V1 – Essentials worn / *exclusive* available at Midsummer Enchantment June 2019

Eye makeup: CAZIMI / Smoke Show Eyeshadows – hud inc (Catwa, Classic, Omega, Lelutka inc)

Lipstick: CAZIMI / Everyday Lip Tint – hud inc (Catwa, Classic, Omega, Lelutka inc)

Nails: CAZIMI / Photonic Nail Appliers – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Omega, Slink inc) / Free (0L) gift on Marketplace available HERE

Bikini: …:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::… / Tropical Feel – hud inc (Altamura, Belleza, eBody, Maitreya, Slink, Tonic inc)

Arm cuffs: [QE] Designs / Goddess Accessory Set – hud inc / 5L Hunt Prize available at Midsummer Enchantment June 2019

Bracelet: PROMAGIC / Bracelet / Subscriber’s Gift – June 2019

Wedges: Mosquito’s Way / Joyce – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Drink: What Next / Pool Drinks – Tropical / free gift available at SLB16 Gift until 8th July 2019

Flamingo drinks: MOoH! / Flamingo tray blue (common) / *new release* available at The Gacha Life June 2019

Bag: +Half-Deer+ / Summer Paradise – 15. Beach Tote Stowaway (White) / *new release* available at The Arcade June 2019

Pose: GingerFish Poses / Sea Jewel (5 bento poses w/ mirrors inc) / *new release* available at Flourish Sales Studio June 2019

Scene Location: Esoteric

When good Birthdays go bad….A June Blogger Challenge!

We’ve all been there. It’s a celebration and a little too much food and drink lead to far too much emotion, queasiness and well….a little more….Either way the effects aren’t pleasant and this scene is reminiscent of my 18th birthday oh so many years ago. One lesson I learned that night was warm champagne cocktails do NOT agree with me, although I suspect they wouldn’t agree with anyone. Ahhh foolish youth; I thought I knew it all and actually I knew very little!

Enough reminiscing, I want to challenge you all….to a blogger challenge! Inspired by both Mericat Ireland and Moz Loordes, I throw down the gauntlet for June! I have six of these naughty naughty balloons in my picture. I challenge you to contact me (inworld: Wynn Klaar or Facebook: Wynn Smith), collect one of these balloons (my gift to you) and use it in your next blog post. Tag me so I can see the fruits of my loins go forth and prosper – a proud parent moment, if you will 😉

Previous blog challenges have been set by Meri on her blog (ReadMeri) and Moz (a man 4 all seasons). I know that a certain Isa Cheren can work wonders with a balloon, so I’m excited to see what happens. But YOU….yes, YOU, dear blogger. Come join me and see what magic we can create ❤

 

Credits:

Hair: Navy and Copper / Waffle – Brunettes worn

Top: +Muggleborn+ / Willow top (Belleza Freya, Maitreya, Slink HG, V-tech, Solarian, eBody inc)

Pants: +Psycho Barbie+ / Melted Wax Pants – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Heels: Pure Poison / Cassie Pumps – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Birthday cake: PILOT / Tall Birthday Cake [Pink]

Balloons: BackBone / Naughty Party Balloons – various (gacha) / *new release* available at Kinky Event June 2019

Large glowing light: MOoH! / Rotating light cage – gold RARE (gacha)

Champagne bottle in bucket: MOoH! / Champagne cooler – silver (gacha)

Red wine: Apple Fall / Argentinian Malbec

Heart confetti (floor): NOMAD / Heart Confetti – Silver

Heart confetti (sky): *~*HopScotch*~* / Lovey Dovey – Spiral 1 Black (gacha)

Pose w/ table: .::Hazeel::. Poses / Intent Table (bento pose) / *new release*

Backdrop: VARONIS / Noir Background