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Photo Challenge #3: My New Year’s Non-Resolution

I no longer make New Year’s resolutions. At the ripe old age that I am in RL, I’ve learned – usually the hard way – that just because the calendar ticks over to January 1st, that does not mean I’m ready to make any major life changes. If it did, my house would be clean and perfectly organized, I’d have the business credential I vowed to pursue, my book would be written, and I’d be about 15 lbs thinner. Instead, I get a few weeks of success, followed by months and months (sometimes years) of guilt.

That being said, I still take time at the beginning of every year to think long and hard about life. And when I come up with something that needs fixing – which I usually do – I make a promise to myself (yes, I know that sounds a lot like a resolution, but trust me, it comes with a lot less pressure). This year, my RL promise to myself is to “be in the present.” Simplistic? Yes. But simple? Not so much. To a gal with a full plate, including a business, a family, volunteer work, and SL, among other things, it is very difficult for me to just… be. To stop and smell the roses, so to speak. I’m always thinking about what I have to do next instead of what I’m doing, and I feel like life is moving so quickly that if I close my eyes for 2 seconds, I will have missed something important. I don’t want to wake up one day and find my daughter packing up her car for college, leaving me full of regret for having missed spending as much time with her as I wanted when she was young.

To quote Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

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Along those lines, the first major change I made in SL for 2014 was to get a new house and move into the sky. While I truly love the sim where I live, I’d really grown tired of strangers walking into my house – and staying – uninvited. So instead of moving away, I moved up. And while I’m waiting for the movers to bring my furniture, I’ve decided to sit and enjoy the quiet with my furry housemates.

Several items around me are worth mentioning: the lovely, lighted 2014 is the current group gift from ::Fabuleax::, and the vase of flowers behind it is a gift from JoHaDeZ. The packing box and books, as well as the elegant wine lights, are group gifts from tarte. Both my sandals and the cute tissue box on the book pile are Fifty Linden Friday sales items, which, as of this writing, were still on sale for 50L – probably not for much longer, though! The pretty picture on the mantel, as well as the adorable guinea pig are gacha items from ::Fabuleax::; I got lucky and managed to win 2 rares! The guinea pig comes with a cute holding pose, but he got loose, so I decided to let him play with Fiona. And finally, my house of cards was 5L on the Marketplace.

As for what I’m wearing, you can find it at B!ASTA as their New Year’s Resolution Hunt gift. I’m wearing it in honor of the many years in which I resolved to lose weight and exercise.* ;-)

May you all have a wonderful 2014 – don’t forget to enjoy it!

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Izzie’s Lila Light Ice Princess (previous TDRF)

Eyes – IKON Promise Eyes Fjord (group gift / free to join)

Eyelashes – REDGRAVE 6-Natural

Ears – [MANDALA] Taper Ears

Hair – TRUTH HAIR Parvati

Hands & Feet - Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands & Feet

Pants & Top – B!ASTA Gonna Do Some Sports (0L / NYRH)

Shoes – tulip. Gladiator Sandals Burgandy (50L / FLF)

Pose by aDORKable Poses

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Decor Items…

Build – L2 Studio Tarrytown House

Calendar – [Commoner] 2014 Wall Calendar

Picture – ::Fabuleax:: Vintage Frame Small Birdcage RARE (20L gacha)

Bottles – tarte. Wine Lights (group gift / free to join)

2014 Light - ::Fabuleax:: ArtLight Happy New Year (group gift / free to join)

Flowers – JoHaDeZ “dreamy” / w lilac (0L / free gift)

Guinea Pig - ::Fabuleax:: Arthur the Man Guinea Pig RARE (49L gacha)

Box & Books - tarte. Packing Box (group gift / free to join)

Tissue Box – +Half-Deer+ Cuddly Tissue Box Heart (50L / FLF)

Cards – Lena Le House of Cards (5L)

Dogs – Virtual Kennel Club

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* As a side note, last September 19th I “resolved” once again to lose weight and exercise, and I’ve lost 12 lbs as a result. Which just goes to prove that what matters is your determination, not the date on a calendar. :-)

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The Dressing Room Fusion – Round 29 (From Jan 3rd)

Since the new changes to the blog and the raising of the upper level price of things we can show you to L$75, we have been aiming to include more of the discounted items around the grid and that you can find in events such as The Dressing Room Fusion!

There is a new round starting today so I thought I would pop along to take a look. Usually I end up incorporating a few bits here and there throughout my posts to show you some of the items that are available.. but this time around I thought I focus on the event itself and create a few looks from some the creations you can find there.

I’ve peppered in some other items from around the grid so I could pull together some complete looks.

PS :~ TDRF after each item means it was bought from The Dressing Room Fusion


.HAIR. Maria by Tukinowaguma [FREE / Group Gift / Free to Join]
.SKIN. Emma (Peche) by Essences [L$70 / The Dressing Room Fusion]
.EYES. Chocolate Vanity Eyes by IKON
.GLASSES. Castor Glasses by Umeboshi [L$10 / Marketplace]
.EARRINGS. Encircled Earrings by AMOROUS [FREE / Marketplace]
.BOWTIE. Papillion by Swallow [L$70 / TDRF]
.TOP. Leo T-Shirt by Le Primtif [L$70 / TDRF]
.JEANS. Skinny Jeans (Tan) by Cynful[L$70 / TDRF]
.BRACELET. 37 Bracelet by Edge Grafica [FREE / Marketplace]
.SHOES. Cat Flats by MDL [L$1 / Marketplace]

.POSES. Renata Set by Label Motion @ Dressing Room


.COAT. Aranels Coat by BOOM [L$70 / TDRF]
.TIGHTS. Heart Tights (8 Pack) by Izzies [L$70 / TDRF]
.SHOES. Black Ballet Flats by Just Dreaming [L$10 / Marketplace]

.POSE. Leave It Be by Tea.S

.OUTFIT. Socialite by Snatch [L$70 / TDRF]
.TIGHTS. Heart Tights (8 Pack) by Izzies [L$70 / TDRF]

.POSE. Blair Pose 3 by Label Motion


.NECKLACE. Over The Moon Necklace by Magic Nook [L$70 / The Dressing Room Fusion
.CARDI. Julianna Sweater by TokiD [L$70 / TDRF]
.LINGERIE. Megan Lingerie (Hot Pink) by Etiquette [L$10 / Marketplace]
.TIGHTS. Heart Tights (8 Pack) by Izzies [L$70 / TDRF]

.POSE. Nippy 4 by Adorkable Poses (Pose set was bought at a past event, I don’t think it is available now)

Here is a close up of the Emma Skin from Essences that you can find at The Dressing Room Fusion. It comes in three skin tones but I fell in love with the warmth of the Peche tone.


.SKIN. Emma (Peche) by Essences [L$70 / The Dressing Room Fusion]


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Janie’s Got a Gun

Another event that you won’t want to miss is Gothmas by Gaslight (GxG). To quote the web site, “Gothmas by Gaslight is an annual holiday shopping event with a dark twist. It primarily caters to the goth, steam/dieselgoth and the dark Victoriana communities.” So… if you’re sick of cutsy holiday/Christmas stuff, and you have a slightly dark side, this is the place for you. ;-)

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This sexy dress is a free opening gift from .enfant terrible., which you can find at Gothmas by Gaslight. The textures are gorgeous, and I love the metalwork on the bodice. My shoes – which you can’t see – are quite lovely, and are also made by .enfant terrible. You can check them out when you visit their GxG shop. :-)

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My choker and ring are both 20L gacha items from !The Little Bat (TLB) at GxG. My earrings – which you also can’t see – are a free GxG gift from *Faerycat Designs*. They are little black ornaments with gold stripes, if you’re interested. Finally, how fun are these poses?! They are both from a 5-pose set by Flash Friendly Poses, which you can pick up for 100L at GxG. The awesome steampunk gun is included. :-)

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Izzie’s Lila Light Gold Rush

Eyes – IKON Ascension Eyes Apparition

Eyelashes – REDGRAVE 38-Classy

Hair – TRUTH HAIR Melita

Hands - Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands

Manicure -  //elephante Poses// A Damask Christmas

Dress – .Enfant Terrible. Evening Glam Gown (free gift @ GxG / 0L)

Earrings – *Faerycat Designs* Gothmas Ornament Earrings Black (free gift @ GxG / 0L)

Choker – !The Little Bat Pearl Choker Gold (20L gacha @ GxG)

Ring -  !The Little Bat Pearl Choker Gold (20L gacha @ GxG)

Shoes - .Enfant Terrible. Wrapped Heels Black (299L @ GxG)

Prop & Poses – Flash Friendly Poses Vendetta (100L @ GxG)

Location – Mad Pea City

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Peace, Ice Skates, and Mythical Creatures

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There’s still plenty of time to pick up those Peace on Earth Hunt (POE6) gifts, and with so many great stores in the hunt, you don’t want to miss a single one! My complete outfit is the POE6 hunt gift from ~*~Felicia’s Fashions~*~; included are the sweater, leggings, and boots you see here, plus a pair of mittens and a snuggly hat which I’m not wearing here. The pretty skin I’m in is a special Christmas edition of Izzie’s new release, Lila, which you can only find at The Dressing Room FUSION (TDRF). 4 different eyebrow colors are included. Oh, and my pose is from a 5-pose gift pack by {Imeka~}, so pop over and pick them up! :-)

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More POE6 goodies for your landscaping needs! First, this awesome ice-skating shack is the gift from Hanaya. It dispenses animated ice skates for both men and women for your winter skating pleasure. The lovely tree on the right is the POE6 gift from *Kismet*; this is the “undecorated” version, but there is also a version with Christmas decorations in the box. The decorated stump on the left is the POE6 gift from HPMD (bear cub not included). There is also a larger version in the box with more lights and critters aboard – and it snows! :-D A couple of non-POE group gifts are included in this scene, starting with the tin house lantern, which was sent to members of the {what next} group a while back; 3 different house shapes are included. Finally, my cute, mythical Jackalope friend is the newest group gift from the Virtual Kennel Club. VKC pets are artificially intelligent and will wander around your land, or follow your commands as you wish. This little guy comes with a sweet petting animation, although he did poke me in the face a few times with his antlers. ;-) You can pick him up at one of 3 VKC parks, but only until Friday, 3 January 2014 (see link for more information). Enjoy!

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Izzie’s Lila Light Christmas Flower (70L @ TDRF)

Eyes – IKON Spectral Eyes Ice

Eyelashes – REDGRAVE 6-Natural

Hair – Clawtooth Cozy Cutie (188L @ Collabor88)

Hands - Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands

Complete Outfit – ~*~Felicia’s Fashions~*~ Gillian Christmas Set (0L / POE6)

Pose – {Imeka~} Ayumi Pose Pack (free gift / 0L)

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Decor Items…

Skate Shack & Skates – Hanaya Rideau Canal Mesh Skating Shack (0L / POE6)

Snowflake Picture – Sway’s WallArt Snowflake (75L / past advent)

Lights – {what next} Mini Lantern String Lights Silver

Lantern - {what next} Tiny House Lantern #1 (group gift / 250L to join)

Wooden Tree - Sway’s Wooden Tree with Hearts (75L / past advent)

Potted Tree – *Kismet* Snowflake Tree Undecorated (0L / POE6)

Stump – HPMD Decorated Stump S (0L / POE6)

Polar Bear – .Birdy. Snow Cub (group gift / 50L to join)

Bunny – Virtual Kennel Club Jackalope (group gift / 500L to join)

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Merry Christmas Gifts!

Just a quickie on this Christmas Eve to share a great freebie and some special news! This gorgeous mesh gown AND the diamond and ruby jewelry (necklace, earrings and ring) was sent as a gift to members of the Kungler’s group last week. You can still find it in the notices, but in case it falls out, you can stop by the new in-world store and pick it up.

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My beautiful silver sandals are from the Gos Boutique, and I know you can’t see them, but… that’s not really important. What IS important is the terrific Christmas gift they announced yesterday: a 500L gift card for members of the Gos Boutique in-world group! You need to stop by the store no later than 31 December 2013 to pick it up, and then you can use it to buy whatever you wish in the store… like I did with these sandals. :-D The group currently costs 500L to join, but in addition to this gift, members receive 10% store credit on all purchases from the Gos Boutique main store. And Gos footwear does not disappoint, I promise!

EP - A Damask Christmas

Finally, my manicure is courtesy of the Day 10 Advent gift from //elephante poses//. As of this posting, it is still available, but hurry over, if you want it!

I’d better run… I think I  hear reindeer hooves on my roof now. Have a wonderful Christmas, dear readers! :-)

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Izzie’s Lila Pale (new release)

Eyes – IKON Spectral Eyes Ice (featured @ FaMESHed)

Eyelashes – REDGRAVE 6-Natural

Hair – TRUTH HAIR Fernanda

Hands - Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands

Manicure -  //elephante Poses// A Damask Christmas (advent gift / 0L)

Dress & Jewelry – Kungler’s Group Gift 2013 Dress & Jewelry (group gift / 50L to join)

Shoes – Gos Boutique Isabella Sandal Silver

Pose – {Imeka~} Katie Pose Pack (88L @ Collabor88)

Location – Small Town Green

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It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

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Although I don’t actually do any SL role-playing (yet), I really love the role-play “dress up” events, and We <3 Role-Play! is one of my favorites. Here, I’m wearing Hilda’s Kirtle and Hilda’s Cloak by {Junbug}. As with all of {Junbug’s} offerings, the textures are amazing, and this one is even materials-enabled. Items are We <3 Role-Play! are discounted for the duration of the event, so if you like any of them, be sure to pick them up before the prices go up! My lantern/pose is a gacha prize from LISP Bazaar at The Arcade; Care showed it earlier in this post, but I couldn’t resist showing it myself. :-D

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There are bunches of gifts under the We <3 Role-Play! Christmas trees, and I’m wearing two of them here. My tattoo, which reads, “There is no fate but what we make,” is a free gift from Aeva//Heartsick. It comes with black and white, as well as colored, stars. This beautiful jewelry – earrings and Maang Tikka – is a free gift from !!Sax Shepherd Designs. It is HUD-driven, with 4 different metals and 8 different jewels. Not all the gifts are free though – some are just very inexpensive – but be sure to head over and pick up the ones you want before this fun event ends. :-)

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Serena is wearing…

Skin – Glam Affair Cleo America

Eyes – IKON Spectral Eyes Leonine

Eyelashes – REDGRAVE 6-Natural

Hair – ::Exile:: Dream of Paradise

Ears – {Lemon Tea} Elven Ears

Tattoo – Aeva//Heartsick There is no fate Tattoo BW Stars (0L / free gift @ We <3 Role-Play!)

Hands - Slink Avatar Enhancement Hands

Dress – *{Junbug}* Hilda’s Cloak & Kirtle (featured @ We <3 Role-Play!) 

Jewelry – !!Sax Shepherd Designs Holiday Snow Gift Set (0L / free gift @ We <3 Role-Play!)

Lantern & Pose by LISP Bazaar Mulberry Lantern (25L gacha @ The Arcade)

Pose #2 by Izzie’s

Location – Slightly Twisted

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It’s Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas

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I don’t know about you…  but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas everywhere I go!  I put my outfit together today with a few freebies & dollarbies I found around the grid.

You can find the Olani Candy Cane Dress hidden in the Candy Cane 5 Hunt icon at Leri Miles Design  and pick it up for just 1L until December 25th.  My sweet Love Necklace is a group gift at Mango Cheeks which is all yours after joining their free inworld group.  Under the Christmas tree at  Izzie’s you can find the Rudolph Slink Nail Appliers, and the Hair Tie Bracelets priced at 0L.

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Enjoy your weekend, Fabulouses!

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Love is wearing…

Skin- Mirror’s Enigma Freya
Eyes – IKON Ardent Eyes Platinum
Hair – Truth Teddy
Hands – by Slink
Nail Applier –  Izzie’s Rudolph Slink Nail Appliers (free / 0L)
Dress - Leri Miles Design Olani Dress Candy Cane (Candy Cane Hunt 5 / 1L)
Shoes – GOS Lauren d’Orsay
Necklace – Mango Cheeks Love Necklace (free group gift / 0L / free to join)
Bracelets -  Izzie’s Hair Tie Bracelets Christmas Gift  (free / 0L)
Poses by Glitterati
Sim – Winter Holiday Village

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Starlight, Star bright

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The Peace On Earth Hunt continues and the gifts are plentiful, amazing and 100% free!  Today I am featuring the magnificent sparkling midnight blue Starlight Gown which is the POE6 Hunt prize at Romance Couture.  This gown comes complete with the sparkling head-dress and a beautiful large bustling train.

You can find the Snowflake Jewelry Set at  Izzie’s , set under the tree for you at the main entrance to the store - priced at just 10L.  This set includes the earrings and matching necklace.

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Love is wearing…

Skin – PXL Creations Jade
Eyes – IKON Ardent Eyes Clarity
Hair – Amacci Gloria
Hands – by Slink
Gown – Romance Couture Starlight Gown (free / 0L / POE6)
Jewelry - Izzie’s Snowflake Jewelry Christmas Dollarbie (10L)
Pose by Pretense
Sim – Winter Moon

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Sugar Plum Princess

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I feel like a sugar plum princess today, all dressed up in the Peace On Earth Hunt prize from Snowpaws!  After you find that cleverly hidden globe at Snowpaws, and pick it up for FREE, you will have the Epais Dress, Tiara and Earrings shown.

The lovely winter frosted skin I am in today is Izzie’s Group Gift for December called Lucie Frost.  This skin includes cleavage option, and slink appliers for hands and feet!  The group is 250L to join, but the generous monthly gifts make it well worth the join fee.

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Don’t forget Fabulouses, there is only a few more days to enter the FabFree Photo Challenge this round!  Click HERE for more information!

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Love is wearing…

Skin – Izzie’s Lucie Frost (free group gift / 0L / 250L to join)
Eyes – IKON Ardent eyes Platinum
Hair – Truth Felicity
Hands – by Slink
Dress, Tiara & Earrings – Snowpaws Epais Dress (free / 0L / POE6)
Shoes – Pixel Mode Baby T
Pose by Starry Heaven
Sim – Winter Moon

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Sunday Night Group Gift Haul

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Hey Fabulouses!  Tonight I have some really cute group gifts to share with you!

First, I wanted to let you know that Somnia has reached 900 inworld group members and there is yet ANOTHER gift in the notices for VIPs!  This time it is the Pussy Jumper Sweaters in the olive and khaki (I’m wearing Khaki today!).  There are now several group gifts within the notices, and it is quickly creeping up to 1000 members.  Who knows what will pop up for gifts then, so make sure you stick around if you do join!

My friendly X-Mas Bear is a free group gift at Sweet Leonard which you can snag along with a ton of other great gifts after you pay the 80L join fee.

The silvery Snowflake Earrings you see dangling at my ears were sent out from the Pure Poison Subscribomatic recently as a free gift.  If you are not a subscriber, make sure you head down to the mainstore and subscribe – because there are often gifts being sent out!

Last, but definitely not least…  The skin I am in today is the latest group gift at Wow Skins for women.  This one is called “Love” (how suitable for me!), and is available in the tan skin tone.  Cleavage options are available.  This group is 300L to join, however there is a year’s worth of group gifts to pick up, as well as you will gain access to 10 lucky boards and 2 midnight mania boards that are all set to group as well.

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Love is wearing…

Skin – Wow Skins Love Tan (free group gift / 0L / 300L to join)
Eyes – IKON Perspective Eyes Coffee
Hair – Truth Rocky
Hands – by Slink
Sweater – Somnia Pussy Jumper (free group gift / 0L / free to join)
Earrings – Pure Poison Snowflake Earrings (free / 0L / subscribe gift)
Bear – Sweet Leonard X-Mas Bear (free group gift / 0L / 80L to join)
Pose by Pretense
Sim – Izzie’s

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