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

Candy?

I spent a little time wandering through Kustom9 this week, picking up some of the brilliant group gifts they have available for their anniversary celebrations. Honestly, we’ve been spoiled with some of the gifts available. I can say this as I nom on my teddy candy and consider plans for world domination. After all, evil needs candy too.

 

Credits:

Hair: Ade / Rexha Hairstyle – Browns worn

Eyes: MUDSKIN / Ghost Lens (Catwa, Genus, Lelutka, Mesh, Omega inc) / VIP group gift Kustom9 available October 2019

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

Nail Polish: CAZIMI / Fearless Nails – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Omega, Slink inc)

Hair band: Zombie Suicide / Penta Kitty Ears – hud inc / *new release* available at Black Fair October 2019

T-Shirt: {zfg} / cereal killer – evil worn (Belleza, eBody, Maitreya, Slink, Tonic inc) / *new release* available at The Gacha Life October 2019

Pants: The Annex / plaid skinny jeans – red worn (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Sneakers: #Zexy / Slip-On Nams Print’n’Check – hud inc (Maitreya inc)

Ice cream: Yokai / Teddy Bear Ice Cream / VIP group gift Kustom9 available October 2019

Pose: GingerFish Poses / Bedeviled (5 bento poses w/ mirrors inc) / *new release* available at Pose Fair October 2019

Backdrop: VARONIS / Path to Absolution Backdrop / VIP group gift Kustom9 available October 2019

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

Rainbow

This hair, this outfit, heck these boots all scream one thing to me….it’s time to party! I love a bit of disco music and this outfit is getting saved for my next inworld party. Love it. I also adore the colour that the boots and my earrings bring to the party. Did someone mention drinks and nibbles? Well, I’m prepared to offer a cocktail but no one is getting a bite of cake from me. Sorry, not sorry. You’ll have to get your own 😉

 

Credits:

Hair: Analog Dog / Keli – dark blondes worn / *new release* available at Curves June 2019

Eyes: .:: StunnerOriginals ::. / Eyes Renaissance – browns worn (Omega inc) / *new release* available at The Gacha Life June 2019

Blush: TONE 2 / Belle Epoque Blush Collection (Omega, Lelutka inc) / *new release* available at Vintage Fair until 16th June 2019

Eye makeup: TONE 2 / Belle Epoque Eyes & Lips Collection (Omega, Lelutka inc) / *new release* available at Vintage Fair until 16th June 2019

Earrings: PKC / Peace Earrings – hud inc / *new release* available at Vintage Fair until 16th June 2019

Outfit (top & shorts): Pink Cream Pie / Cris Crop + Adria Shorts – white worn (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc)

Boots: REIGN. / Rainbow Plat Boots – thigh high worn (Belleza, Legacy, Maitreya, Slink inc) / *new release*

Cake: :::ChicChica::: / CakeInJar #5 (gacha) / *new release* available at The Arcade June 2019

Drinks tray: .:Short Leash:. / Full Service Tray – Cocktail Service (drinking and decor versions available) / *new release* available at Jersey Shore 4 June 2019

Pose: Entangled Poses / Medea (3 poses inc)

Background: PROMAGIC / Mixed Background 4-Green / gacha item

 

Spring flowers

This weekend we’ve had some glorious weather. I’m sure like anyone else in the UK we felt spoilt to have such sunshine in April. Usually it’s wind, rain and misery lol. It’s been the perfect excuse to get into the garden, sit in the sun and be part of nature. Feel the warmth seep into my bones and calm me. Bliss. Sadly, now the bank holiday is over and it’s back to work. Sigh. Ahh well, couldn’t hide from the world forever. Although it’s tempting. When’s the next bank holiday again? 😉

 

Credits:

Hair: Sn@tch / Bubbles Hair – Naturals worn / *new release*

Makeup (eyes and lips): ALMA Makeup / Red vs Pink  (Catwa worn)

Earrings: MINIMAL / Flower Earrings – 5 / *new release* available at The Seasons Story April 2019

Top: Ink Blots / Female Hunt Prize (Belleza, eBody, Classic, Maitreya, Slink, TMP, Tonic inc) / The Evil Bunny Hunt 9 Hunt Prize available April 2019

Shorts: [JUSTICE] / Bailee Shorts (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink inc)

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

Pose w/ prop: *StoryTeller* / Woman & Flowers – 6 / *new release* available at The Gacha Life April 2019

Scene Location: Esoteric (public access area)

Pixels and Stripes

While we’re only partway through the month, there are lots of events on to spoil you with. I’ve had fun exploring and seeing what’s out there at the moment. Evil Bunny Productions are very active each month with at least 2-3 events on the go. The Gacha Life and TWE12VE are in full swing until the end of the month and designers are very generous with their gifts at these events too, so well worth checking out.

Shiny Shabby starts today and I’m loving how cheeky, yet feminine my outfit is. The huds that are provided leave you spoiled for choice, so if you’re a Maitreya girl check it out. My pixelated lipstick is currently available at eBENTO and the colour choices in the hud are statement pieces. I thought the blue would contrast well against my background, which is a gacha item from The Bearded Guy. My pose, which is available at The Darkness Monthly Event, also shows off my jewellery and nails quite perfectly, which is fab. All in all, I’m set up for the weekend. I hope you are too. Enjoy ❤

 

Credits:

Hair: Tameless Hair / Finola – Naturals worn / *new release* available at TWE12VE April 2019

Eyes: .lovelysweet. / Soul eyes – hud inc (Catwa, Omega, Vista inc)

Tattoo: +LOVE LACE DESIGNS+ / Classic Modern Tattoo – Vintage Chest – rare (omega inc) / gacha item available at The Gacha Life April 2019

Eye makeup: [POUT!] / Funky Liner Eye shadow – hud inc (AK, Catwa, Genus, Lelutka, Vista inc) / VIP group gift

Lipstick: ALMA Makeup / Pixel – hud inc (Catwa, Lelutka, Omega available) / *new release* available at eBENTO April 2019

Nails: Zombie Suicide / Rounded Nails – hud inc (Maitreya, Slink bento inc)

Rings: PKC / Joli Bento Rings – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink, Vista bento inc)

Outfit (top & skirt): NaaNaa’s / Miranda Outfit – huds inc (Maitreya only) / *new release* available at Shiny Shabby April 2019

Pose: Zombie Suicide / Ira pose & animation set (4 bento animations and poses w/ mirrors inc) / *new release* available at The Darkness Monthly Event April 2019

Backdrop: The Bearded Guy / Amicorum Spectaculum – Tomorrow Nights / gacha item

Love yourself on the weekend

I don’t think anyone could argue with that sentiment…..could they, although in this case Wynn has taken the sentiment literally. Nothing like some Sunday loving than some Saturday loving perhaps…maybe some midweek loving? Whichever way, love yourself on the weekend!

There are some time sensitive items in my blog post that I wanted to share, so if you like them you need to hurry! My couch and pouffe are both part of this month’s round of Monthly Midnight Madness. You can find all the info about the event HERE. All you need to know is if you like these items, you have until midnight slt TODAY to purchase them heavily discounted. After today, you’ll need to check the store to see if they’re available.

My cuuuuuuute rug is part of this month’s Syndicate Sunday, which also ends TODAY. There’s also a pizza rug (not shown) that looks good enough to eat, so check them out before they’re gone.

My little candy ribbed friend is part of Muggleborn’s Easter Dildo Hunt (because that’s what people do at Easter….who wants eggs after all). The hunt is on until the 21st April and there are 5 more goodies to find *waggles eyebrows* You can find more info and a slurl HERE.

Finally, the Evil Bunny Hunt 9 and The Gacha Life events are in full swing until the end of the month. Both are organised by Evil Bunny Productions because who doesn’t need an evil bunny in their lives? You can find more info about the hunt and event HERE on the EBP website. Until then my lovelies, be good….mostly 😉

 

Credits:

Hair: Sn@tch / Allie Hair – Naturals worn / *new release*

Top: 1313 Mockingbird Lane / Spring Cleaning tank – Black Paws (Maitreya only) / *gacha item* available at Spring Flair until 26th April 2019

Shorts: Pink Cream Pie / Vivi Shorts – hud inc (Belleza, Maitreya, Slink HG inc)

Ankle wraps: [Sheba] / Panda anklet – hud inc (Altamura, Belleza, eBody, Maitreya, Slink, Tonic inc)

Wall art: ~Adorably Strange Wares~ / The Cerise Wall Art / *gacha item* available at The Gacha Life April 2019

Rug: [QE Home] / Donut Rug – hud inc / *exclusive* available as part of Syndicate Sunday ending *TODAY*

Couch: Kei Spot /  Dorm Lounger PG (unicorn) / Last Chance Item – Monthly Midnight Madness April 2019 round *THIS WEEKEND ONLY*

Pouffe: PRIME / Tufted Pouf / Last Chance Item – Monthly Midnight Madness April 2019 round *THIS WEEKEND ONLY*

Breakfast: dust bunny / dreamy outing – croissant sandwiches

Underwear: . BLUSH . / Underwear Set – 3 Colors

Emergencies box: BackBone / Urgency Box

Dildo: +MuggleBorn+ / Candy Dildo – animated and hold versions inc / Easter Dildo Hunt prize available until 21st April – starting point HERE

Vase: ~Adorably Strange Wares~ / The Cerise Blossom Vase II / *gacha item* available at The Gacha Life April 2019

Fish decor: Boutique #187 / Crazydermy – BirdyFish / gacha item

Framed print: Magnum Opus / Bad Boy Frame – own pic inserted / The Evil Bunny Hunt 9 Hunt Prize available April 2019

Pose: GingerFish Poses / Traveler’s Soul (6 bento poses w/ mirrors inc) / *new release* available at The Liaison Collaborative April 2019

Backdrop: The Bearded Guy / Botanical – Somewhere Home / gacha item