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Make me Purr

Purring to me is an expression of absolute contentment, and yes, I am a cat lover.  A cat’s purr has been said to vibrate at a frequency that can actually heal bones, and cats purr not only when contented, but also when frightened or in pain, kicking off endorphins to heal and calm themselves and everyone around them.

For me though, I think of other things that make me purr. Some days it is letting a piece of Swiss chocolate melt in my mouth, or listening to most anything by Lindsey Stirling.  Sunshine on my bare shoulders, or laying in bed on a weekend morning with a purring kitten on my chest…yes…I purr too.

Then, there are the special people in your life, where there nearness alone, those silent times of connection where no words are necessary, just a look, a touch….I don’t hear it, but  I can feel it inside; that long, languid, contented purr.  Purrs are found when we slow down, be present, and just savor.  A purr is pure blissful enjoyment of the moment. Here’s wishing you many purrs throughout your day.

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Styling:

Dress: Nelly Mesh Mini Dress Blue – shine by [ZD] at the Comics Fair 2014

Hair: Stay the Night Autumn – Exile

Bracelet: Tamara Bracelet – Ben’s Beauty

Necklace: Noir Necklace (old Group Gift) – Finesmith

Pose: Enjoy – Morphine

Location: It All Starts With a Smile

 

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100% Boyfriend Approved

I have a thing for comfort clothes in both RL and SL, and when you get comfort combined with total smexy, I found a new favorite anytime outfit to grab for dancing, shopping, exploring, or hanging out.

Boyfriend Approved Front

This little number from Urban Cherry looks great coming and going, teasing from the front with its criss-cross bodice and belly baring scoop, and then begging to be untied from the back. It comes 100% boyfriend approved. They just can’t resist those string ties. Just don’t plan to stay in it for long.

Boyfriend Approved Back

It is also girlfriend approved, for the record, currently being offered at the Urban Cherry mainstore in black at 50% off, and in the red I’m wearing for 50% off at the Thrift Store Event. Other colors also available. Oh how I love play clothes, especially when they are on sale.

Styling:

Dress: Miss Daisy Halter Dress in red – Urban Cherry on sale at The Thrift Shop for 50%

Hair: Collide Autumn – Exile

Earrings: Daise earrings – N@N@

Bracelet:  Caprise Bracelet – [glow] Studio

Shoes: Admiral Zebra for Slink Mid feet – CandyDoll

Poses: Martinique – oOo Stuido Poses

Pieces of Me

I could say new year, new look, but this one is a drastic one …so perhaps it deserves a bit more explanation.  A quote I read recently sums it up nicely. “One day someone is going to hug you so tight, that all your broken pieces fit back together.”

Pieces of Me

Since I started in SL, I have lived many different lives,  avatars created with components of me, but never all of me, to keep my heart and emotions safe.  There was Minx, my flirty, scrappy warrior pixie; Ciara, my spiritual gypsy witch; Terelyn, the fallen angel conflicted about her place in the world; Mika, my magical child self.  And of course, you’ve all known Nyree, my professional model working self.  You see, by splitting myself this way, I could still be part of me that I knew, which gave me some level of comfort, but at the same time, because it was only part, it didn’t matter so much if that one part was accepted or rejected.

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I once had someone tell me if I could ever bring all my avatars together, then I’d be completely me.  I could see the truth in that, yet was never willing to do so, not for myself and certainly not for any SL lover.  Until, I met someone on my Princess of Play avatar, Shadow.  Shadow was me, at my most relaxed.  And I guess because of that, and the fact that I was truly looking for a friendship, not expecting a romance, my guard was down…and somehow all of me came together without me even thinking about it.

Shadow and Dilly Pieces of Me

When you find someone who loves the whole of you, and makes you feel so safe and valued for who you are, it is funny how the pieces merge together. So, Nyree has taken on Shadow’s look, and for the first time, Nyree’s look hasn’t changed due to insecurities, but rather from a sense of freedom to be myself, with all my foibles.  I am living fully as me for the first time in SL, doing the things I love, being with the people who matter, and able to flirt, scrap, play, explore deep, soul-searching topics, work and live my magical SL life.  Dedicated to the one that brought all of me back together again, and gave me all of him in the process. All of Me – John Legend.

On Nyree:

Jacket: ISABELLA MESH LEATHER JACKET creme – shine by [ZD]

Skirt: Giles ruby – ColdLogic
Shoes: Pointy Strap Heel Red for Slink Medium Feet – ISON

Ring: Indonesia Ring – Sajahan – Finesmith

Hair: Celebrity Skin Dark Blondes – Exile

Pose: Pouffe in Red Ottoman (multi-pose) – Circa Living

On Dilip:

Jacket: JONAS MESH PEA COAT grey with rollneck sweater – sharp by [ZD]

Pants: MESH SUIT PANTS black – sharp by [ZD]

Shoes: Elegance Shoes black – Scarpa

Hair: Dura Boy 36 – Dura

Pose: Arwan – Diesel Works

Scene:

Living Room Set, Table, Lamp, Print Rug, Picture Grouping, Hanging hearts, Ottoman, Window, Valentine Knick Knacks – Luxely Valentine Living Room – Circa Living

Tusciana Breakfast Tray – Circa Living

Vintage Love Manniquin – Circa Living

Illusions Round Wall Mirror – Circa Living

Heart Blanket Red – Dreamscapes Art Gallery

Love Is Framed Pic – Dreamscapes Art Gallery

Toronto Study Cabinet – Bazaar Quality Home

Rose Heart Wreath – A.D.D. Andel

Stockholm Attic Skybox – Barnsworth and Anubis

Couples Pose:  #8 Couples Pose – Everglow

Fall In Love with Contrast

While styling the other day, I found myself in an interesting conversation with a designer friend.  In a nutshell, we came to the agreement that a contrast is better than a match, so that each piece stands out in its best light.

The people in our lives are like that too.  A contrast is more compatible than an exact match.  I know for myself, I am a terrible procrastinator, often because I spend so much time planning, it leaves me in a scramble to get things done.  I don’t need another person in my life with that matching trait.  I need the contrast of a spontaneous person who is willing to wing it a little, break me out of my rut, and help me get moving and experiencing.  And they don’t need someone just like them, for that matter.  Living all for today would mean getting blindsided by a tomorrow they aren’t prepared for.  So embrace the contrasts in the people you love.  Don’t try to make them act like you.  It is those differences you fell in love with so that each of you can shine in your own unique way.

Here’s another contrast for you.  A wonderful event called Fall In Love, coordinated by Finesmith Muse Inspiration Week 7, Winter Zhukovsky.  And despite her name, she has created a fall shopping wonderland that is so autumny you can smell the apple cider.

Finesmith - Love Fall Poster

From November 23rd until November 30th, 35 leading designers have come together, many offering event exclusives.  Additionally, a fashion show displaying these designs is planned on November 26 at 4pm.  Hunt items courtesy of Finesmith are also tucked here and there, so you can combine your shopping and hunting in one place. Here is your TAXI.

And speaking of contrasts, while the event theme is a color-filled autumn, in honor of our coordinator Winter, here are two cozy Shine by [ZD] event offerings, but with a winter themed twist.

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Styling:

Jacket: Angelina Jacket Pink & Black – shine by [ZD] at the Fall in Love event

Dress/Belt: Mica Rollneck Dress Black – shine by [ZD] at the Fall in Love event

Makeup: Frosted Elegance Silver – Shellac

Earrings: Tamara Earrings – Ben’s Beauty at fi*friday until 11/28

Boots: Cantebury boots Burgandy – Loodes of London

Tights: Poka Dot Tights Grey – Cannibelle

Bag: Elephant Bag Dark Grey – Toki Doki at The Dressing Room Fusion

Hair: Rasberry Beret – Exile

Poses: Liz – Imeka at Kustom9

Landscaping: Two Moon Gardens

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

Still Time to Share the Love – I Love Donna Flora

There is still some time to share the love, and there is oh so very much to love, at the I Love Donna Flora event. Today is your last day to pick up some great event exclusives and help out a wonderful lady in the process.  I put together a fun mix and match boho look with some of the event offerings, all of which the generous designers are contributing 50-100% to aid Squinternet Larnia. Shop, have fun, give, and share the love.

I Love Donna Flora

I Love Donna Flora BackStyling:

Top: Naomi Top Coral (also comes with Swinebourne shorts, not shown) – Molichino at I Love Donna Flora

Pants: Skinny Jeans Royal – Nya’s Shop at I Love Donna Flora

Shoes: Boudoir Slippers White – Slink at I Love Donna Flora

Necklace: Beehive Necklace – HANDverk

Hair: Piece of my heart – Exile

Poses: June and July group gifts – Diesel Works

Scene:

Fireplace: Part of the Verona Pool – The Loft

Couch: Hufnie Sofa Tan – The Loft

Chair: Verona Dining Chair – The Loft

Cushion: Dunham Poof Orange – The Loft

Watermelon: Sunnyside Watermelon Platter – Circa Living

Drinks: Sunnyside Export Beer – Circa Living

Side Table: Rustic Tree Side Table – Elate

Flowers: Twig Vase – The Loft

Candle: Fyreworks Pillar Candle – Kismet

These are a few of my favorite things

This is my 100th post…a milestone for me, I feel.  And to commemorate it, I’ve chosen to highlight a few of my favorite fall things.  Fall amps up the traditional side of me, and I am reminded of old traditions no longer available to me, and new ones that I am coming to look forward to.

About a year and a half ago, I made a major move from my home state of Michigan to Mississippi.  I did it for love, and I don’t regret it, but Michigan had been home for the majority of my life, and I’m not sure at what point that will change.  The leaves don’t turn the same bright hues in Mississippi that they did in Michigan.  I miss the color tours I always took, just driving around the upper peninsula in mid October, grabbing a couple bottles of late harvest riesling from the local wineries.  Then…there were the cider mills.  We don’t have those in Mississippi, but Michigan is the apple state.  My favorite cider mill visits include tramping through the nature trails with the leaves crunching underfoot, munching on a caramel apple, and waiting in line for an hour just to get sugared covered cider donuts and a gallon of cider, both of which would be breakfast and snacks in the coming days.  Then, it was on to the pumpkin patch to pick the biggest pumpkin I could carry.

Now, in my new home, fall is a little different, particularly since it has only just cooled enough to open the windows instead of  air conditioning, and the leaves have yet to change.  The new traditions are still developing, but pumpkins are very much a part.  Weeks in advance we begin looking for designs to carve, and we are particularly fond of dragons and cats.  We will transfer our chosen design onto the pumpkins, and spend several hours carving our intricate patterns.  Once finished, the lighting and picture-taking will commence.  We will boil, salt, and roast the pumpkin seeds for snacking, and whip up a pumpkin pie.  Then, the first week of November we will head down to First Mondays, which oddly…falls on a weekend, to get the dark royal honey that is only available on that one special weekend, and with luck, a few jars of homemade sweet and spicy pickles.

One tradition that hasn’t changed though, is the unpacking of the favorite sweaters.  I may have traded in my heavy-weight fishermen wool for a light-weight angora, but bringing out the sweaters, scarves, boots…they all say fall, cozy comfort to me, and they are perfect to run around in on crisp autumn days.  It is something I look forward to.  So for my 100th post, here is my current SL favorite fall outfit.

Styling:

Sweater Dress: Loose Knit Dress – Chantkare at the Couturier’s Docks

Scarf: Pashmina Scarf – Shine

Hat: Bizarre Flower Headpiece Autumn Brown – LaGyo

Hair: Tempest Drift – Exile

Makeup: Eartha 2 – Face Paint

Boots: Equestrian Boots Autumn Collection (color-change) – [Gos]

Pose: AntiVIP – Morphine Poses