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Sunrise

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I stopped for coffee and was writing in my journal when the wind storm blew up off the ocean and disturbed my papers. I had to set everything down and gather it all up again. Thankfully there was plenty of stuff nearby (pots, candles, a plate of cinnamon buns) to act as paperweights… but I took a moment to enjoy the sunrise glowing on the horizon before snapping a picture to share my hunt finds with you.

Dressed for success.

I’m often inspired by locations and clothing in second life. The visuals give me pause and take my breath away. I stumbled across the Summer Diaries Hunt and found several beautiful items, but one of my favorites was this Lolita Micro Dress by Soul Designs. It comes with a color change hud that allows you to choose between 6 colors including gold (shown), teal, red, navy, purple, and black.

Sizes included:

  • Standard mesh sizes XXS – L
  • TMP
  • Maitreya – Lara
  • Slink – Hourglass & Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, & Venus

A sweet ocean surprise…

I received a notecard from Chop Zuey yesterday, letting me know that the creator was participating in the Flawless Sim Seashell Hunt. For just 1L I could go to the Designer Showcase, hunt down the seashell there, and come away with some pretty jewelry. I wasted no time! In the picture you can see the matching necklace and earrings, but the set also comes with two beautiful anklets that go with the set as well!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Damselfly – Aviva
Jewelry – Chop Zuey – Sounds of the Sea Pk Set (1L @ the Designer Showcase for the Flawless Sim Seashell Hunt)
Dress – Soul Designs – Lolita Micro Dress w/Hud (1L for the Summer Diaries Hunt)

Sim Location – [ Elysion ] – *Note – Sim is group access only

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One Moment in Time

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It’s that one moment of magic when the moon is still out in the morning as the sun rises and both are out at the same time… The sky is a color that no painter can capture, but Lunaria almost captures the color on this free gift dress I found.

Annabel don’t cry for me…

I’m not sure if this free group gift dress by Lunaria called “Annabel” was meant to be a roleplay dress or not, but it sure would be perfect for one. If you’re not into roleplay, it’s beautiful for any other occasion as well, and it makes me think of moors and songs and poems by Edgar Allan Poe like “Annabel Lee.” The fabric is an amazing texture as far as the color… shimmering in different hues of blue with a sheer hem, and it comes in a variety of sizes for all your needs.

Sizes available:

  • Standard mesh XS – XL
  • Fitmesh XS – XL
  • TMP
  • Maitreya – Lara
  • Slink – Hourglass & Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, & Venus

If you love this dress, be happy! There was another free group gift out, as well as a Midnight Mania board, and three lucky letter boards too!

More magic.

As if this dress wasn’t enough to make my day, NSP Florals has out a magical gift right now in the form of this Pastoral Bliss Hair and Wreath. The hair has wisps around the face and a braid down the back. The hair and wreath are separate pieces, so you can wear the hair by itself, or pair the wreath with another hairstyle you already own if you like. You’ll only be getting the ginger color in the hair, but it is simply stunning, and I was happy to change out of my usual silver locks for the day.

NSP Florals has a one time join fee of 125L for their group, and you’ll need the group tag to pick up your gift, but the creator puts out a beautiful monthly gift. So if you join this month to get this gift, you’ll be set to get next month’s gift and all the gifts to come!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair & Wreath – NSP Florals – Pastoral Bliss Hair Group Gift V3 (Free Group Gift/Group is 125L to Join)
Dress – Lunaria – Annabel Group Gift (Free Group Gift/Group is Free to Join)

Sim Location – Envy Isle

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New to Me!

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New to me!

I found this great little shop called Alien Gizmo. It must have been around for a while because there was a little wall of group gifts with some awesome dresses and tops and outfits all free for the taking with your free Alien Gizmo group tag. I picked up the December group gift called Geri, but there were lots of recent group gifts that were just as nice! You’ll be trying on new things for a while if you’ve not been to this shop before.

Geri comes with a color change hud for several really cute styles to suit your tastes (I’ve included the vendor advertisement at the end of this blog to show you the other colors), and I love the unique cut-out design of the top that makes this mini-dress uber sexy! It also comes in a variety of mesh sizes to fit all your mesh body needs!

Sizes included:

  • Standard Mesh Sizes XXS – L
  • Maitreya – Lara
  • Tonic – Curvy & Fine
  • Slink – Hourglass & Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, & Venus

New Hair!

KoKoLoReS has out a new group gift for July! Hoorah! Just on schedule and as always, KoKoLoReS delivers, making their one-time join fee of 250L worth every penny. Like clockwork, the creator has put out a new group gift for the month. I’m sporting “Haylee” in the picture above, which is the group gift hair for July. You’ll get this un-rigged (meaning you can adjust it to fit your head) mesh hair with a hud of natural colors to fit your needs. You won’t want to miss this one.

If you haven’t already joined the group, why not start with this month! Then you’ll be ready to go for the next group gift when it comes out in August!

Happy shopping and gift hunting everyone!

NOT MY ARTWORK Geri Dress GROUPGIFT

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – KoKoLoReS – Haylee VIP July2017 (Free Group Gift/Group is 250L to Join)
Dress – Alien Gizmo – Geri Dress (Free Group Gift/Free to Join Group)

Sim Location – Envy Isle

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Bring Out the Bands

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Bring out the big bands! Or at least the street performers and a good guitar 🙂 I’m ready for some music in this snazzy get-up I found!

The perfect dress.

If you haven’t checked Baby Monkey for group gifts lately, now is the time to stop by. The group has a one time join fee of 20L, but there are three really nice group gifts out, including this Striped Beach Dress which I couldn’t resist. The colors are just fantastic!

It comes in the following sizes:

  • Standard Mesh XXS – L
  • TMP
  • eBody
  • Maireya – Lara
  • Tonic – Curvy & Fine
  • Slink – Hourglass & Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, & Venus

The Hair Fair is still going!

I made another stop at the Hair Fair; this time at the opposite end, and visited the other side of the available sims. Exile has a free gift out that includes a style for both men and women (see guys, you aren’t left out after all!) and I struck gold with this free fatpack of hair called Evie. You’ll want this cute style for yourself!

Happy Shopping everyone!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara V4.1
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Skin & Head Applier – Lumae – Sabine, T4 fawn / Starlight
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Exile – Evie (0L @ The Hair Fair)
Dress – Baby Monkey – Striped Beach Dress (Free Group Gift/Group is 20L to Join)
Shoes – Pure Poison – Ralu

Sim Location – [ Elysion ]

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Beeeeeeeee Happy!

Beeeeee Happy

Mmmmm… a slice of watermelon in the middle of summer is just the thing! Pair it up with a cute free dress, and a great pair of sunglasses and the day can’t be beat! I put my hair up out of the way to make sure it didn’t get sticky. Let me tell you all about my look today!

This great pose!

I went to check out the Honey I Shrunk the Cart Sale and Hunt and went around and picked up as many of the hidden 2L Honey Drops as I could find. I’m showing off several of my 2L finds to you in this post! One of my favorite 2L gifts was this Watermelon Patch pose prop! It comes in two sizes. One for adults (shown) and one for kids! You’re sure to enjoy taking pictures with this terrific hunt prize!

Too cool for summer!

I love this cute butter colored dress. This cute minidress is by Crazy Pastry Designs and comes in lots of sizes.

Sizes available:

  • Fitmesh XS – XL
  • TMP
  • Ebody
  • Maitreya – Lara
  • Tonic – Curvy & Fine
  • Slink – Hourglass & Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, & Venus

I paired the dress with a great pair of blue “Zipper” sunglasses by Closet Full of Pancake. You can get a close-up of what these look like by clicking on the Flickr picture. One of the lenses has a “zipper” in it for a unique look!

Another Hair Fair visit.

I also couldn’t resist another visit to the Hair Fair. I knew I needed an updo to keep my hair out of the sticky yummy mess of my watermelon eating. Cheveux happily provided with their free gift! This hair gift is a mesh fatpack of colors and is cute as can be. I cam-shopped from the same spot I’ve been cam shopping from the last couple of times (I’m still finding lots of goodies there) and it was an easy to find booth. Remember to use this tip for selecting objects that are far away:

((Quick hint: to get maximum shopping benefit, if you are in firestorm viewer, go to preferences, firestorm tab [along the left side] then Build 2 [along the top tabs] and uncheck “limit select distance” and then click ok. This will allow you to select items from any distance as long as you can see it with your draw distance!))

Happy Hunting and Hair Fair shopping!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara V4.1
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Skin & Head Applier – Lumae – Sabine, T4 fawn / Starlight
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Cheveux – HairFair2017 Gift Fatpack M111 (0L @ The Hair Fair)
Sunglasses – Closet Full of Pancake – Zipper Glasses (2L @ The Honey I Shrunk the Cart Hunt)
Dress – Crazy Pastry Designs – Honeysuckle Mini Dress (2L @ The Honey I Shrunk the Cart Hunt)
Shoes – On a Lark – Gem Sandals w/ Hud

And Stuff…

Watermelon Garden Pose Prop – Something New – Watermelon Patch (2L @ The Honey I Shrunk the Cart Hunt)

Sim Location – The Cyprian Garden

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le 4 Juillet

le 4 Juillet

Growing up, one of my favorite classes in high school was French, and I had an amazing French teacher who was French-born. We would celebrate Bastille Day on July 14th, and my French teacher was always great about recognizing both the 4th of July as well as Bastille day, and we would have celebrations for both as she would teach us the importance of both holidays and how they were similar and how they were different. I admired her a lot.

I thought of her today as I stopped on my gift rounds and put together my outfit. I thought of her as I thought about the importance of fighting for human rights, freedom, and things we believe in. She was an inspiration to me. So this post is for her… my le 4 Juillet!

Pick up your heels!

Graffitiwear put out two really terrific gifts for the month of July, so pick up your heels and get down to the store to pick them up! If you are already a subscriber member, you should have received the free July Subscriber gift, which is this great set of Strappy Blue heels. They come in a box that includes heels to fit Slink, Maitreya, and Belleza feet, as well as a pair that says “Map” that I’m not familiar with. If you’re not a subscriber, just slab that board and the heels will be delivered to you!

A new dress!

My new dress is the July group gift. Just wear your Graffitiwear group tag and pick up this July dress which is perfect for any July celebration.

It comes in the following sizes:

  • Fitmesh XS – XL
  • TMP
  • Ebody
  • Maitreya – Lara
  • Tonic – Curvy & Fine
  • Slink – Hourglass & Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, & Venus

New hair too!

I’ve been showing you some of the great gifts from the Hair Fair here and here, and I’m back again with another great style. I love this edgy look from KoKoLoReS called “Sniper.” I think it’s super sexy, and it’s not only free but it comes in a fatpack of colors too!

Again I went to the cam area and shopped from there, using the trick that I told you about in my post here to be able to select things from long distances. I picked up this style and was thrilled!

Happy cam shopping at the Hair Fair! There are so many wonderful gifts to be had!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara V4.1
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Skin & Head Applier – Lumae – Sabine, T4 fawn / Starlight
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Lipstick – Avenge – Mat Lipstick applier for Catwa – red
Hair – KoKoLoReS – Sniper (0L @ The Hair Fair)
Neck Bow – Grumble – Red Neck Bow
Dress – Graffitiwear – 2017 July Dress VIP Group Gift (Free Group Gift/Group is 5L to Join)
Shoes – Graffitiwear – 2017 July Subscriber Gift Blue Strappy Sandals (Free Subscriber Gift)

Sim Location – [ Elysion ]

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A Street Fair Find

Independance Day

Street Fairs are still in!

I took a stroll down The Old Fashion 4th of July Street Fair, which is going on until July 9th, and was thrilled to see all the free gifts (woot free!) as well as the discount deals and low cost items. There were many free items I could have shown off for you, but in the end, I decided I would spend a little bit of linden to don the one thing that really caught my eye!

Ready for Independence Day!

At the G Sloane booth, I picked up this Mesh Flag Wrap Dress for just 10L! It comes in all the standard mesh sizes with a quality alpha as well and fits like a dream. (There were several other discount items at this booth that were just as pretty as well as a free gift basket!) I couldn’t resist the pretty wrap style, and the price was just right.

Another Hair Fair gift.

As I showed you in my post here, I went cam shopping for gift hair at the Hair Fair again. Don’t forget to check out my tip on how to get rid of that pesky issue that keeps you from selecting things that are far away. My post here tells you the special trick.

This time, I picked up this pretty hair from DUE called Crystal. It only comes in the one color (brunette) but it was such a lovely pony tail style that I didn’t mind deviating from my usual silver colored hair. And it was free too!

I hope you have a great day gearing up for the 4th of July tomorrow!

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara V4.1
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Skin & Head Applier – Lumae – Sabine, T4 fawn / Starlight
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – DUE – Crystal (0L @ The Hair Fair)
Dress – G Sloane – Fourth of July Mesh Flag Wrap Dress (10L @ The Old Fashion 4th of July Street Fair)

Sim Location – DeCuir Creations Fireworks

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These Pearls

Those Pearls

It’s lush here…

I’ve been exploring more and more of the Elysion sim and it’s simply lush… though be warned it is adult themed, you have to be a member, and joining costs a fee. But I’m enjoying my exploring. I like to dress up for my explorations into the unknown corners of this paradise… and I decided to check out the Hashtag Event to see if I could find something special for my journey today.

I happened upon…

… the perfect dress. This little pink number by Wellmade is… well… wellmade! It hugs all your curves and has a sexy cut out and has the sort of shimmer of latex that invites compliments but almost looks like faux leather too… best yet, it was a gift for only 7L. It was among many other gifts (almost every booth had a gift that cost from 0 to 10L!) and it made visiting Hashtag well worth the trip.

It comes in the following sizes:

  • Ebody
  • Maitreya
  • Slink – Hourglass & Physique

Another gift from Moondance…

In my post here, I showed you a free gift from Moondance Boutique. I remembered that they had another gift out for SL frees & Offers members and stopped by to pick it up. The free Hanna Jewelry Set includes a texture change pearl and earrings set that allows you to change the 3 sets of pearls on the necklace and earrings each separately with many different color combinations to get just the right look. It was a great free addition to my outfit to go exploring a lush sim like Elysion.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara V4.1
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – little bones. – Fabia (available @ Collabor88)
Jewelry – Moondance Boutique – Hanna Jewelry Set (Free SL frees & Offers Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)
Dress – WellMade – Tacsa Dress Gift for Hash Glam (7L @ Hashtag Event)

Sim Location – [ Elysion ]

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I wasn’t exactly dressed for adventuring…

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I wasn’t exactly dressed for adventuring… after all I was in my 10L Emerald Couture Dk Olive Bloom dress from the Cart Wash Sale with its asymmetrical hem and floral material…

Even if it did come in all the following sizes…

  • Standard mesh XS – XL
  • Fitmesh XS-XL
  • TMP
  • Ebody
  • Tonic – Fine & Curvy
  • Maitreya – Lara
  • Slink – Hourglass & Physique
  • Belleza – Freya, Isis, & Venus

… I wasn’t exactly dressed for adventuring… wearing my 10L Emerald Couture Dk Olive heels from the Cart Wash Sale (which fit Slink, TMP, Maitreya, and Belleza feet)… but that didn’t stop me.

I knew when I saw the sign on that airplane that someone had spray painted, “Do epic shit” that it was time to step out of my comfort zone and step into adventure… even if I was wearing a dress. So I crossed through the broken down fence to the crash site and wandered in.

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Once inside, I explored the wreckage. It was littered with “treasures” and things I wanted to see. There was some graffiti that caught my eye and seemed important to remember: “We all bleed the same colour.” Yeah… isn’t that the truth. So many forget that in their everyday lives as they walk down the street. It’s a good motto to live under the moon by.

It had me fingering my new free texture change Lotus Moon necklace from Moondance Boutique. It was part of a matched set that included earrings too… as well as a bunch of beautiful rings, but I’d left the rings at home. I managed to get it as a group gift (the group was free to join) and I was tickled pink about it…

… even if I wasn’t dressed for adventure.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara V4.1
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – Lamb – Nevermind
Jewelry – Moondance Boutique – Lotus Moon Jewelry Set (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is Free to Join)
Dress – Emerald Couture – Summer Bloom Dress Dk Olive (10L @ The Cart Wash Sale)
Shoes – Emerald Couture – Summer Bloom Dk Olive Heels (10L @ The Cart Wash Sale)

Sim Location – Abandale

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In Repose

Repose

“These vapors, with their leaden, golden, iron, bronzèd glows,
Where the hurricane, the waterspout, thunder, and hell repose,
Muttering hoarse dreams of destined harms,–
‘Tis [he] who hangs their multitude amid the skiey deep,
As a warrior that suspendeth from the roof-tree of his keep […]”
— from “A Sunset” by Victor Hugo

Sunset.

I have a potted garden in real life that I tend, and I sit outside surrounded by the flowers and herbs almost every evening as the sun sets. When I passed the NSP Florals Cart at the Cart Wash, I was taken in by the dresses… particularly the blue flowered smock that I have chosen to show off. It reminded me of my evening sunsets among my flowers… mostly yellow petunias and a wide range of potted herbs such as spearmint, chives, oregano, cilantro, etc.

I love the high neckline, the detailed flowered texture, and the softly ruffled skirt that make this dress perfect for summer evenings. It comes in all the standard mesh sizes with a quality alpha layer, and is sure to become a favorite of yours too for only 10L. The NSP Florals Cart sports this dress in 12 different colors for you to choose from, so if blue is not to your liking, you’re bound to find something that is.

Behind the ears.

I’m a little late in showing it off, but I’m glad I didn’t forget to stop by KoKoLoReS for the monthly group gift! Be sure to stop by the main-store before June is over to pick it up. This month’s gift called “Kit” is a beautiful long and behind the ears style that has a summery and demure feel to it. It comes with a hud of natural colors to suit your needs. The group join is a one time fee of 250L, but KoKoLoReS is excellent about giving a monthly gift on schedule, usually with a range of natural colors with each gift, making the fee well worth your lindens.

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Astrid (Portia Swords) is wearing…

Body – Maitreya – Lara V4.1
Head – Catwa Head – Tumble
Head Applier – Glam Affair – Alba Applier
Eyes – IKON Hope Eyes – Wight
Hair – KoKoLoReS – Kit VIP gift June 2017 (Free Group Gift/0L/Group is 250 to Join)
Lipstick – Avenge – Mat Lipstick applier for Catwa – pinky
Dress – NSP Florals – Rosie Sleeveless Dress – Singles V7 (10L @ The Cart Wash Sale)
Shoes – Livalle – Classico Zipper Heels in Navy

Sim Location – [ Elysion ]

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