A Dream Within – Poet’s Heart

“A Dream Within…” is a charity event for Crohn’s and Colitis UK (info: http://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/) and is inspired by Edgar Allan Poe.

Dream Within Logo

Why Crohn’s and Colitis UK? Crohn’s Disease is a treatable illness, but not curable, also the cause is still unknown. Many people have never even heard of this illness, but with time the symptoms and side effects of Crohn’s will get worse (anaemia, short bowel syndrome, malnutrition, DVT… etc the list is going on and on), and it sometimes gets life threatening. With the growing number of patients diagnosed each year it is vital that the research towards this illness is well funded, that soon they will finally find a cure so future patients will not have to face the huge impact of Crohn’s on their lives.

Why Poe? There is no other like him. Each designer was assigned to a different verse/part of one of Poe’s poems and was asked to interpret it into a creation, a visual composition of theirs.

50% of the income of each design will go to Crohn’s and Colitis UK, but there will also be donation boxes dotted around. Your Chariot.

EVENING STAR

‘Twas noontide of summer,
And mid-time of night;
And stars, in their orbits,
Shone pale, thro’ the light
Of the brighter, cold moon,
‘Mid planets her slaves,
Herself in the Heavens,
Her beam on the waves.
I gazed awhile
On her cold smile;
Too cold- too cold for me-

AURORA BY POET’S HEART:

Dream Within Poet's Heart Aurora Nightsky Close

Dream Within Poet's Heart Aurora Nightsky

Styling:

Gown/Hat/Gloves: Aurora Nightsky – Poet’s Heart at A Dream Within

Makeup: Frost Fest Blue (December group gift coming soon) – Shellac

Jewelry: Celeste Heirloom Special Edition – Lazuri

Hair: Sonne Chianti – Bliss Couture

Pose: Refined – Di’s Opera

Location: Winter Wedding Venue – Boudoir

Candy Dreams and Whimsy Wishes

Let me be a kid again, lost in dreams of candylands, fairies, and mermaids.  We all need a little sweetness and magic in our lives, no matter how old we get.

Candy Dreams and Whimsy Wishes

And this post is just a nail and ring fest from two great designers, with  some colorful fun nails from Shellac for your slink hands, and yummy rings, with  couture appeal, that you can find in the gatchas at Circa Living, now that the Candy Fair has closed. Nails come in 6 or more color varieties per pack, and also include the toe nail polish. This is just a sampling of styles and colors for rings and nails.

Candy Rings

Styling:

Makeup: Exotical 1 – Shellac

Hair: Locked Brown – elikatira (no longer available)

Outfit: Sohma Tank Tunic Outfit – Senzafine

Jewelry: Vellox Necklace – Kunglers

Shoes: Isabella Sandals Teal – Gos at Collabor88

Pose: Are You Worthy – Neiva Kumasi Poses

Nails/Ring upper left: Lattice Nails – Shellac, & Rock My Candy ring – Circa Living

Nails/Ring upper right: Autumn Palette Nails – Shellac, & Just Been Kissed ring – Circa Living

Nails/Ring bottom left: Angle Cut Nails – Shellac, & Angel Mint ring – Circa Living

Nails/Ring bottom right: Windows Nails – Shellac & Stick Mint ring – Circa Living

Scene:

Toy Box, candy stash: Candy Dreams Wood Chest – Circa Living

Pillow: Candy Dreams Floor Pillow Sugar Honey – Circa Living

Candy Dish: Candy Dreams Candy Dish Lemon – Circa Living

Candy Picture: In the Spirit of Candy – Circa Living

Fall Picture: Fallen Autumn Print – Circa Living

Lava Lamp: Candy Dreams Liquid Lava Lamp Gold – Circa Living

Hanging Lamps: Paper Lanterns Mixed Trio – Dysfunctional Designs

Hanging Wings: Angel Wings with color-changer – Unknown

Shelf: Blank Shelf Small (group gift) – Dysfunctional Designs

Suitcase: Suitcase White – Sickly Sweet

Fairies: Porcelain Fairies (gatcha item) – Baiastice

Mermaids: Mermaid figurines (gatcha item) – Culprit

Book: Where the Sidewalk Ends – floorplan

Rug: Paradise Reef Swirled – Circa Living

Less is more

At this stage in my life, I am finding that in many ways, less is more.  I would rather have less quantity, but more quality.  If I don’t love it or use it, then why keep it?  One example is I have essentially “staged” my home.  I’m anticipating a move in the coming months, so with the exception of a few things that make it still feel like a home, it is very clean and uncluttered, with all excess already packed, or set aside for a yard sale.  Less stuff means I spend less time cleaning now, and will have an easier move when the time comes. And now that it is all packed away with only the essentials I truly use, I find I really don’t miss the excess.

Less is More Close

Also, after much deliberation, I am letting go of my SL property in favor of a tidy 200 prim skybox.  This has been a very difficult decision, as I’ve owned my own property for over 4 years out here, and my SL home is a haven for me.  I have come to realize though, that my SL spending is causing me to neglect some important RL budgetting needs.  Not to say I won’t shop. My best friend told me I can sniff out a sale like a drug dog sniffs out cocaine.  But for the first time, I’m styling on an SL budget, and rising to the challenge of still being able to express my creativity and fashion sense with a healthy respect for priorities. That said, most all of the goodies in these pics are on sale right now. Less is certainly more when it comes to finding a great deal.

Less is More

I guess lately I have been thinking more long-term than short-term, and more RL than SL.  This is actually a healthy shift, I believe, for at times SL has been a diversion, an escape, even an addiction for me.  I don’t see me ever giving SL up completely, for it feeds my creativity in so many ways, but there is an opportunity cost to every decision we make.  If I want to create the RL future of my dreams, it starts with less attachment to my SL life.  Less SL will mean more RL, and in the end, where do I really want to live?

Styling:

Jacket: Alegra Mesh Moto Jacket Fur- shine by [ZD] at Designer Warehouse

Top: TSADE/Body Cuff – Shi. at Collabor88

Skirt: The V Jessy Skirt – Pure Poison currently having a 50% off sale

Shoes: Lace Up Gladiator Sandals Black – Ison at Collabor88

Hair: Windswept – Clawtooth at Collabor88

Makeup: Simply Gray – Shellac

Nails: Solid Darks Slink Nails – Shellac

Purse: Lola Bag Black – Zenith

Poses: June Group Gift – Diesel Works, Careful with the moon – Morphine

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Have you ever noticed how wintertime gets all the good songs?  I’ve never understood how autumn, in all her glory, got missed. Well, here is my song of the season, sung to the tune of “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

 They’ll be leaf piles for jumping

And apples for dunking

And nature will give us a show

 

They’ll be pies for the baking

And friends for the making

And carved pumpkins lit all aglow

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

Fall BargainsStyling:

Hair/Hat: Falling For You – Exile at Collabor88

Sweater: Cold Shoulder Top Spiced Sweater – Drift at The Dressing Room Fusion

Collar: Chic Leather Collar Chocolate – Drift

Pants: Amanda Pants Linen Black – A&C Sweet

Boots: Anais Boots Black – Realizm at Material Girl Fashion Bazaar

Pose: September Gift – Diesel Works

Location: Vespertine

Shine for Avenue Fall Fashion Week

The time for cozy clothes and rich colors has arrived.  Here is just one of the gorgeous seasonal outfits you will find on the runway at Avenue’s Fall Fashion Week, brought to you by shine by [ZD]. The plum of the wool trench and skirt combo is a perfect canvas for mix and match with contrasting and complementary colors.  I chose a pretty deep teal in my color-play. Plus, the outfit is a two piece, meaning you can break the pieces apart for additional fashion fun options.

Shine for Ave Fashion WeekStyling:

Outfit: Fashion Week Outfit 6 Jill Plum – shine by [ZD] for Avenue Fall Fashion Week.

Shirt: Ivonne in Leather Black – Baiastice

Scarf: Autumn Wool Scarf – Sweet Leonard

Hair/Hat: Nele Dark Brown – EMO-tions

Clutch: Leather Feather Clutch Blue – HANDverk

Pose: Revealed – Ma Vie

Taste the Orient in your own backyard

This month’s Genre, with an East Asian theme, is just about to wrap up.  The offerings at Genre are easily one of the best bargains on the grid.  You can escape to the Orient without ever leaving home with the addition of one of Circa Living’s Ayumi Tea houses. There is a color for every taste, and at 100L a piece, that is a price that fits into anyone’s budget, complete with the amazing detail and quality Circa Living is known for.

Circa Tea House Distant

Circa Living is also offering their Ayumi Sitting sets, that coordinate with the tea house color of your choice, also only 100L.  This round of Genre wraps up on Sept 12, and when the goodies move to the store, the prices go up, so hurry over while you can to add a little Asian flare to your decor.

Circa Tea House

Styling:

Hair: Suri in Chocolate – EMO-tions

Necklace: Chiasa Scaled Color-change Necklace – Zibska

Kimono: Mudare Yukata Red – Ade yakko (Limited Bazaar item)

Tights: Vacay Tights Cloud – LD Major

Shoes: Ballerina Flats Erea – Quality Designs

Pose: Manifeste

Scene:

Ayumi Tea House in Brown/Blossom – Circa Living at Genre

Ayumi Tea House Sitting Set in Blossom, includes Pendant Light and Bamboo Vase – Circa Living at Genre

Water Lily Arrangement – Heart Botanicals

Arched Log Bridge – Botanical at FaMESHed

Cocktail of Color

Have you ever gotten on a color kick, where you find yourself gravitating over and over to a particular color?  It can tell you something about where you are in life.  I have been on an orange tangent, as some of you may have noted in my posts.  So I thought I’d do a little color psychology, to see what my subconscious may be trying to communicate to me. You see, in real life, orange is a color that looks abysmally awful on me.   I never wear it and don’t decorate with it, as it turns me a lovely jaundiced yellow.  In SL, however…I love, love, love it, and it has been a dominant theme in my clothing, decorating, and posts as of late.

I learned in my Google research that orange is the color of creativity, which has always been what SL has been about for me.  Orange is also indicative of a need or desire for change, and can supposedly help one adjust to changes. Curiosity is a characteristic of this color, when it comes to exploring new things.  This makes sense when I consider at my current stage of life, I am seeking a job change that will move me out-of-state, and also bring closure to a 3 and a half-year relationship I’ve been in.

Coctail of Color

Orange also is a powerful healing color, excellent for those who need a boost of self-esteem; and wearing orange during times of stress is said to balance the emotions.  I can certainly use some of that with all the changes I’m embarking on.  So if you find yourself trending towards a particular color in your SL or RL, it can be interesting to do a little color analysis to see if there is a special message there for you.

Coctail of Color Close

Styling:

Dress: Cocktail Koi – Lush by CoCo

Necklace/Earrings: Zelda Necklace and Earrings – HANDverk at Collabor88

Bracelet: Winter Berries Bangle – Chop Zuey

Eye Makeup: Nyree Storm, no lip – Face Paint

Lips: Dailyn LIpgloss Rasberry – Izzie’s

Hair: Dolce Bournville – Lelutka

Poses: Mesh Dress and Slim Dress poses – Poet’s Heart

Location: Alirium