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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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Like having a hundred hugs…

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Good evening Fabulousians….

I hope you are all doing quite well today.  Today marks my 100th post on FabFree, and I wanted to give you all a HUG!… just like blogging gives me a virtual hug every time I do it… .  I know I know, to some, this may seem like quite a few posts, and to others *coughs* Love… a drop in the bucket.  Anyways, about the hug…. I snagged up my male alt and headed down to the FabFree Headquarters @ the Wash and picked up this great pose by Limitless Poses. i.e.  The HUG for you all!!  or at least a really cute picture of one! *laughs*… best I can do.. sorry 😀

I had also picked up the Eyes Wide Shut Hunt gift from Vero Modero for both male & female, and this skin from Tableau Vivant‘s reopening for him. The watch is the opening gift from LaNoir Soleil Designs, and the hair is the Fifty Linden Friday hair from tulip..  See the credits below for more info…

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first picture pose: -[ Limitless Poses ]- – Fabfree Gift (FREE) (You can find this at the FabFree Headquarters @ the Wash. )

watch: -[ LaNoir Soleil Designs ]- [LNS GIFT]  NICO TRAVEL  WATCH (FREE) (This is a free opening gift you can find on the floor in the main building. Male and female sizes given. )

male skin: -[ Tableau Vivant ]- Reopening Gift – D with Buzzcut B hairbase (FREE) (This is a group gift. This Tableau Vivant Group costs L$ 50 to join. )

shapes: -[ StandardSizing ]- Standard Sizing Package (Updated! Male + Female) (FREE) (I wanted to make sure I got something that everyone could use.. and modify… and I wanted to have the pose work.. so having them both use the medium standard seemed to work. ❤ I found this package on the marketplace @  https://marketplace.secondlife.com/p/Standard-Sizing-Package-Updated-Male-Female/2894727)

outfits: -[ Vero Modero ]- Akin & Ayla Outfit (L$ 1) (The male outfit comes with the hat as well. This is from the Eyes Wide Shut Hunt.  This is number 49. )

hair: tulip. Lydia (Reds 8) (L$ 50) (This is a 50 Linden Friday item.)

Mesh slip ons: -[ GRUMBLE ]- GG MENS -MESH Van Slip-Ons-Grunbe (L$ 50) (I won a giftcard for L$ 50 on one of their lucky chairs and bought these shoes for him with it. The lucky chairs are in the subway area I found these shoes in the second floor of the men’s department.)

care’s shoes:  -[ G O S ]- Paris Peeptoe – Emerald & Plum Satin (L$ 495) (These come with a HUD to not only match your skin ton, change nail color but also have GOS’s new COLOR+ system… These allow me to choose how my shoe is textured, using the Emerald & Plum color choices…. allowing me to make the heel Emerald while the main part of the shoe can stay purple… etc… You can get these @ The Liaison Collaborative . I used these in my postPaying to be Naked…as well. )

care’s skin: -[ Essences ]-  – Opera Gentle 03 *light rose* (L$ 750)

well, I am looking forward to many more posts for you all… and thanks so much to all the people who see me around the grid and thank me for doing a good job… It always surprises me that people actually take the time even read my posts.. *big hugs*…………….. till next time……………. care ❤


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With Love, Again Hunt – Part 2

I’m back again to show you more of the With Love, Again Hunt goodies!  As I mentioned in my previous post, all items are 10L and the hunt continues until January 6th.

The outfit I am wearing is from Zenith Fashions and includes the black leggings and the cozy Ball Ball Sweater.  Also included is a red version of the sweater. My shoes are from Priss and are the Wonderland Satin Wedges.
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Priss Wonderland Satin Wedge (10L / #10) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Taejin/116/231/288

Zenith Ball Ball Sweater and Black Leggings (10L / #54) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Shinyokou%20Garden/199/40/22

At Tulip you can pick up the Black Sheep Jacket in Sage and my jewelry is The Soul Set from +:+WTG+:+.

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Tulip Black Sheep Jacket (10L / #6) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Warrumbungles/183/159/999

+:+WTG+:+ Soul Set (10L / #99) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Pearl/203/217/496

Style by Kira has the three Angel Skins in their With Love, Again hunt prize, shown below.

With Love, Again Hunt X2 Style by Kira – Angel Skins (10L / #100) http://slurl.com/secondlife/Flawless/96/66/30

Adorkable is also participating in the With Love, Again Hunt.  You can grab the Chill Dork Pack that includes 10 poses plus mirror poses.  I have used the poses in this blog post.

 Adorkable Chill Dork Pack (10L / #64) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/The%20Deck/134/192/22

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Love is wearing…

Tulip Black Sheep Jacket (10L / #6) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Warrumbungles/183/159/999

Priss Wonderland Satin Wedge (10L / #10) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Taejin/116/231/288

Zenith Ball Ball Sweater and Black Leggings (10L / #54) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Shinyokou%20Garden/199/40/22

Adorkable Chill Dork Pack (10L / #64) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/The%20Deck/134/192/22

+:+WTG+:+ Soul Set (10L / #99) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Pearl/203/217/496

 Style by Kira – Angel Skins (10L / #100) – http://slurl.com/secondlife/Flawless/96/66/30

Also worn, not in the hunt…

Eyes – Fashism Sunrise Eyes Warm Silver (not free) – http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Jewelry/47/208/38 

Hair – Truth Clara (not free) –  http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Truth%20Hair/113/35/27

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Flirty Skirts and more goodies from BABY MONKEY

What´s that? Big surprise, great surprise 🙂 Pixieplum Flanagan, designer and owner of BABY MONKEY, made a collection of 10 Linen Flirty Skirts! And they don´t even need glitchpants underneath, how I love this idea (I mean, it´s hard to find skirts without the need wearing glitch pants underneath, right?), now I can wear all my sexy undies 🙂 Well, Pixieplum Flanagan will be releasing a new pair of sandals next week, so she made exactly matching Linen Flirty Skirts and she´s offering the skirts for free at her BABY MONKEY store (big box in the middle of the store) AND at our FabFree Headquarter, too. BUT they will be out only for a week! It would be a pity to miss the collection of 10 Linen Flirty Skirts, I really love each of the skirts, they are so well done and so versatile, you can mix and match them with all tops. They are mode and copy, so you can adjust them to your personal taste (and shape). So hurry!

But that´s not all! There are 2 new groupgifts! And I´m excited again 🙂 Red Dahlia Top&Skirt as well as Summer Tulip Top&Skirt are charming! Summer Tulip comes with top on 3 layers, a purple thong! and a matching skirt. Red Dahlia also comes with top on 3 layers, a wonderful long skirt and …… no thong *grin* I would strongly recommend you to become a Baby Monkey Junkie (no, I´m not in a relationship with the Flanagan`s and no, I´m not paid for blogging it *grin* I just love Baby Monkey stuff and Pixieplum Flanagan is one of the most generous designers, that´s all!) So, do a search in groups ……. or no, wait! There´s a sign pictured on the wall at BABY MONKEY´s store, click this sign to join the Baby Monkey Junkie group! Then go to the group notices, sort them by date, you will see 2 notices, both dated 4/13/2008, subject: First of two free outfits ……./Second New Outfit. Save the attachment. You are now proud (and grateful) owner of 2 boxes from BABY MONKEY with Red Dahlia Top&Skirt as well as Summer Tulip Top&Skirt. Find a place that allow build, unpack your box and pick it up again.

My hair, well *sighs* Again it´s not free , I´m sorry. This time my new hairstyle comes from Damselfly. It´s Loraella (Daratra Sand Dollar pack – 200 Linden), worn in Sand Dollar Blond. Loraella is quite my style, but more feminine and for a change I decided to wear blond 🙂

But my skin is a dollarbie from SYD Style Your Destiny. It´s one of the fantastic “1 Linden skins” available at SYD`s store (first floor, pictured on the wall): Rosepetal Skin Makeup 00.

Skin Rosepetal Makeup 00 (1 L)

SYD StyleYourDestiny, Granymyr 243/189/40

SummerTulipDress, RedDahliaDress (group gifts 0 L)

RedFloralPumps, DenimAnkleLacedFlats ( 0 L)

10 LinenFlirtySkirts (0 L limited for a week!)

worn in black, foxglove and cornflower
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BABY MONKEY, Dindrane Elfor 221/27/31

NOT FREE! Loraella Hair (Daratra Sand Dollar pack, 200 L)

DFODragonFlyDesings,DamselFly,DragonFly Oasis 111/50/26