Shenanigans

This new release from ChicModa is very me…perhaps it’s very you too. Complete with a colour change hud, it entices you to engage in mischief and wickedness. Or, at the very least it tempts you to wear an updo 😉

I used it as inspiration for a very gold themed picture here, with eyes and lips dripping in colour and glitter. After all, who doesn’t want to be spoiled with luxury from time to time? A killer pair of earrings finishes off the look perfectly and we’re ready to go party. Now, if only I could manage to drag the Mister to a romantic ballroom, that would be most lovely…..

 

Credits:

Skin: *Spicy* / Emma skin – Tan worn (Catwa, BoM inc) / *Special Offer* 50L offer this weekend only, then back to full price

Hair: .EscalateD. / Malory – Natural Essentials Universal hud worn

Eyes: CAZIMI / Hope Eyes – Naturals – black worn (BoM, Mesh, Omega inc)

Lashes: [POUT!] / Delicate Lashes – hud inc (Catwa, Vista, Genus Lelutka inc) / group gift

Eye makeup: ChiMia Cosmetics / Cat Eye – Spectrum – Gold worn (BoM, Genus, Lelutka inc) / *Special Offer* 50L offer this weekend only, then back to full price

Lipstick: Dotty’s Secret / Flawless Fall Lipstick – hud inc (BoM, Catwa, Lelutka, Omega inc)

Earrings: Zombie Suicide / Moon Spell Earrings – hud inc

Hair band: ChicModa / Shenanigans Headband – hud inc / *new release*

Dress: Just BECAUSE / Fleur Gown – Gold (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Pose: [KoKoLoReS] / The Diva pose pack (5 bento poses w/ mirrors inc) / *new release* available at Pose Fair March 2020

Backdrop: The Bearded Guy / Sweet Nothing – Golden Love / gacha item

Call of the Wild

Honestly, I can’t tell you how much fun I had with this pose and creating this look. I felt like I should be kneeling by a stream, washing my hair with floral scented shampoo as all of nature flocked to me lol. It’s funny how certain things can evoke feelings or memories. This one definitely reminds me of those Timotei adverts and…Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura. Don’t judge me please >.>

 

Credits:

Hair: .EscalateD. / Shay – Natural Essentials Universal hud used

Top w/ jacket: MOoH! / Ellie jacket – hud inc (Belleza, eBody, Maitreya, Slink, Tonic inc)

Shorts: …:::Beautiful Dirty Rich:::… / Endless Shorts – hud inc (Belleza, Classic, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Socks: Sn@tch / Studded Zipper Socks – Army worn (Classic, Omega inc) / lucky board prize

Boots w/ feather fringe: 1313 Mockingbird Lane / Eretria Boots – 3 & Feather Add on worn (Maitreya only) / gacha item

Pose w/ rock and animals: Image Essentials / Call of the Wild (unisex pose)

Backdrop: The Bearded Guy / Sweet Nothing – Lonely Road (common) / gacha item

Always

I don’t want to be the fly by night girl. The one who loves and leaves you girl. I don’t want to be heartless or have my heart trampled. I want to be yours, always.

 

Credits:

Hair: [KoKoLoReS] / Hair Jill – hud inc / *new release* available at Salon 52 February 2020

Skin: DeeTaleZ / Marrie – European tone, cleavage (Classic, Catwa, Omega inc)

Blush: CAZIMI / Fresh Start Blush – hud inc (BoM, Omega inc) / VIP group gift

Eye makeup: [POUT!] / POP! liners – hud inc (BoM, Catwa, Genus, LAQ, Lelutka inc) / VIP group gift

Lipstick: .lovelysweet. / Glossytart Lippies- Angel Set (Catwa, BoM inc) / *new release*

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

Earrings: Astara / Always Earrings / 10L Love Hurts hunt prize available February 2020

Top: ChicModa / Ettie Heart Top – black worn (Maitreya, Legacy, Slink inc) / *new release* available at Uber until 22nd February 2020

Shorts: Oubliette / Sugar Skulls Flannel Booty Shorts (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at Suicide DollZ until 21st February 2020

Stockings: +Psycho Barbie+ / Fishnet Stockings – fatpack inc (Classic, Omega inc) / VIP group gift

Socks: LYBRA / Lea Stockings – Black (Alice, Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Pose: .lovelysweet. / The Stance Pose Set (4 bento poses inc) / *new release*

Backdrop: The Bearded Guy / Rampage Backdrops – Je t’aime Rainbow / 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

Hello!

Hello you gorgeous people *waves* I’m feeling in a very happy mood today. Our bank holiday Monday has done me the world of good, especially as tomorrow is Friday already! Yay for the weekend! Whenever we have a public holiday I wonder if I can reduce my working hours and live a life of luxury. Honestly, I have more chances winning the lottery, but hey a girl can dream! Until next time, my lovelies, be happy ❤

 

Credits:

Hair: KUNI / Fran – Variety worn

Lipstick: ALMA Makeup / Heat – hud inc (Catwa, Lelutka, Omega inc)

Top: LYBRA / Wynn Tee – hud inc (Maitreya inc) / VIP group gift

Skirt: +Psycho Barbie+ / Zipper Denim Skirt – hud inc (Altamura, Belleza, Eve, Maitreya, Slink, TMP inc)

Heels w/ socks: Mosquito’s Way / Tabatha – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Gumball machine: Dust Bunny / gumball machine – magenta

Pose: FOXCITY. / Hella Cute (Bento pose set) – Pose 3 used

Backdrop: The Bearded Guy / Walls Of Life – Stranger Wall / gacha item

Summertime Madness.

She loved him. Once. When they were younger, fresher, full of life. Now, every night all she hears is the rasp at the back of his throat. The expulsion of air through his flared nostrils. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Minutes ticking by in the dead of the night, while the summer heat sizzles in the bedroom. At some point, between the sheets, sticky from his sweat and the incessant snoring by her side, murder seemed….reasonable. A viable option. A means of escape from the never ending…..noise. That rasp at the back of his throat. The expulsion of air through his flared nostrils. Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Summertime madness takes many forms. But none as deadly as the voice of reason concluding that this was the only course of action.

My lovely friends Meri and Isabelle like to set blogger challenges. Perhaps you’d like to join us one month? If so, just poke one of us and we’ll tell you how it’s done. Meri’s interpretation of Summertime Madness can be read HERE and so can Isa’s HERE. Take a moment to read their stories, perhaps bookmark their blogs. You won’t be disappointed. Their words of wisdom and hilarity cheer me up no end ❤

 

Credits:

Hair: Ade / Lisa Hairstyle – Browns worn / *new release* available at Hair Fair August 2019

Eye makeup: alaskametro<3 / “Astral” eyeshadow – hud inc (Catwa worn)

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

Jewellery (necklace and earrings): Maxi Gossamer / Mayfair Bell Diamond

Outfit (tuxedo dress & underwear): Ghee / Tayla Tuxedo Dress – Forest worn (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release* available at Sense Event August 2019

Pose w/ prop: GingerFish Poses / Smoked (4 bento poses w/ mirrors inc)

Backdrop: The Bearded Guy / I’m Losing It Backdrops – Red Room / gacha item

Cheese and Wine

It’s late Saturday and this bottle of wine looks very tempting! Heck the cheese also looks tempting although the last time I ate cheese late in the evening I had some very strange dreams. The Boardwalk Event is still in full swing for another 10 days so I’d urge you to pop down for a visit. Maybe you’ll see something you love? I guarantee you’ll see something you like 😀

 

Credits:

Cheese board: Persnickity / Cheese Platter (part of Patio with Wicker Set) / *new release* available at The Boardwalk Event May 2019

Wine glass: Persnickity / Wine Glass (part of Patio with Wicker Set) / *new release* available at The Boardwalk Event May 2019

Wine bottles: Persnickity / Wine Bottles (part of Patio with Wicker Set) / *new release* available at The Boardwalk Event May 2019

Corkscrew: Persnickity / Wine Bottle Opener (part of Patio with Wicker Set) / *new release* available at The Boardwalk Event May 2019

Planter: Persnickity / Potted Green Plant (part of Patio with Wicker Set) / *new release* available at The Boardwalk Event May 2019

Table: DIGS / Bolton Table / *new release* available at The Boardwalk Event May 2019

Stool: DIGS / Blake Bar Stool – Tweed / *new release* available at The Boardwalk Event May 2019

Radio: Salacity / Retro Radio – Midnight

Fridge: Candy Crunchers / Mini Fridge – White / *new release* available at The Boardwalk Event May 2019

Backdrop: The Bearded Guy / Rampage Backdrops – Groove Bar (gacha)