Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lime - A - Licious!

Dear Diary:

You know how the saying goes - if you're given lemons, you make lemonade - so what do you get with a bunch of limes?

Lime juice?           LimeWire, the-under-a-court-injunction download company?                  LIME the Caribbean's leading communications company?             Key Lime pie?                      Lime, the fertilizer for your flowers?             Birdlime, the sticky stuff that can be smeared on branches to capture small birds?                      Limestone, a kind of rock?                Limelight, being the centre of attention?                   Chlorinated lime, a disinfectant?       Lime, a fanfiction?      Lyme disease? (Ooops...wrong spelling)


You get Electric Lime!!
Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Lola (light)
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eyelashes: LeLutka Lola
Hair: W&Y #147
Hair Accessory: Cover Girl holly and roses

Dress and leggings: Malt Fashion ROXY (limeade)
Shoes: labelmode Amber shoe (pistaccio)

Earrings: Aglaia Jewelry Heart of Gold
Bracelets: Malt bracelets (green and black)

Poses: HelaMiyo (gown poses)

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Buying a new house

Dear Diary:

Since coming to this world, I have lived in an apartment, moved to a condo, rented a two story "box", and when that sim closed, moved to a villa, a beach house and finally a brownstone.  I was talking to my friend Chloe, and since she lives in a huge house, she convinced me it was time to buy my own house - with her advice of course. 

She went to Ramos' prefabs to scout out the possibilites.
Their houses are really great!  There's a wide variety of styles and sizes and they're furnished with Ramos' lovely furniture to give you an idea of how they look when they're lived in.  Ramos also offer some extras with their homes like lighting, security and a $500 gift certificate towards purchases from their store.

While Chloe was busy, I went to Mudhoney.
The houses here could be rezzed so that I could walk in and see the actual size.  You could also purchase a footprint at no cost to see if it could fit on the land.  The colours and details in each building were awesome.  I particularly loved the large windows.

I met Chloe at La Galleria.  There's an amazing number of house sizes to choose from with quite a low prim count for each.
The houses here are furnished too and I must admit that adds to the ambiance when looking for a place.  La Galleria offers a discount on kitchen or bathroom fixtures when you buy a house from them.

I have to think long and hard about all of the wonderful places I saw.  The decision is going to be very difficult to make.

Good Night for now.

Chloe is wearing:
Skin: YS & YS  Emma pale
Eyes:  Alady blue-gray eyes
Eyelashes:  Glow Studio Hollywood lashes Greta Garbo
Hair:  Mirone Faye
Nails:Candy Nail #N5000 Basic Dark Red

Coat: Truth Gypsy coat (brown) (Chloe couldn't remember much about this - sorry)
Sweater:  Scribble Lodge sweater
Jeans: Truth picnic denim (old group gift)

Earrings: YS My Love earrings (gold)
Necklace:  Alienbear Design necklace (gold)
Ring: kraftika ring #206

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Mila / HUSH
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Hair / hat: The Strand Sammi

Coat: fd Fog Coat (green)
Sweater: artilleri morning shirt (brown)
Pants: ETD Barely cords (brown)

Earrings: Hucci Kaete hoop earrings (copper)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Two-tone Teal

Dear Diary:

Teal is my LEAST favourite colour in any world but I did have a couple of things in my closet that fit the 52 weeks of colour challenge so that had to be it!

I wondered what I could use as an example of teal since I know it can be "blue-green" or "green-blue". there a difference?  I knew about Teal Ducks so thought I would check them out.

I went to Duck's Unlimited for a look at the ducks and see the colour choices.  So here is the "Blue-winged teal duck".

And the Green-winged teal duck.

And here's the duckie who is a combo of both!
Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Mila / HUSH
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eyelashes: Glow Studio Hollywood Lashes Greta Garbo
Hair: Calico Ingmann Creations Jillian
Headband: Lelka's Ribbon Headband (blue checkers) (from SL Marketplace)
Nails: PXL  Creations Nailpolish Blue #3

Dress: Fab Pony Diplo (grey and teal)
Shoes: Gos Shoes espadrilles (bloom)

Earrings: PC Oxidized silver hoops
Bracelets: DM colour bangles

Friday, February 18, 2011

Getting through the Winter

Dear Diary:

Winter can seem very long and drawn-out.  When the snow first flies, it's pretty and I really enjoy it but by February my patience with the white stuff has gone.  By then, I'm through my thrill of shovelling and I've lost the excitement of watching the snow swirl around outside.  To pass the time, I try to do as many winter sports as I can.  My fav is down-hill skiing.
I found this great place to go skiing.  I took the lift up to the lodge and started out from there.  It's very picturesque with a slalom run to try.  However, I decided to try another run.
"Hmmm...I wonder if I can do this," I think [looking at the sign with trepidation]

Another activity that I love to do is snow shoeing.
When the weather is a little milder, I like to put on my snow shoes to forge through the forest area with deep snow.  This is REALLY getting back to nature!
When the trek is over, it's nice to sit by an open fire, getting all toasty and warm.

Outside activities really help to fill in those long winter days.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing in both pictures:
Skin: LeLutka Lola (light)
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)

Hair/Hat: Mirai Fuka Black and silver winter hat
Ski suit: SF design snowsuit (blue)
Ski boots and poles: Lake Tahoe ski bundle

Location: Lake Tahoe Ski Resort

Snow shoeing:
Hat: Coco fur trapper hat (group gift)
Jacket: OGF flannel shirt (red)
Sweater: Orion sweater (gray)
Jeans: FD Entourage original (blue) (no longer available)
Boots: Orion Mr O's boots (flower/power glitter)
Mitts: TazzMania toasty mitts (no longer available)

Location: Durango Snow Woods

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Thinking about friendship

Dear Diary:

A few weeks back I lost a friend.  And when I say lost, I mean lost - forever.  She did not disappear.  She did not evolve into a new identity.  She died.  When I received the notecard telling me of her passing, I felt cold.  I felt shock.  I felt numb.  I sat with my fingers on the keyboard with thoughts racing through my brain.  What exactly was I feeling?

I never knew her true name.  But when seeing her name pop up on my friends' list, I knew her.  I knew little of her background and yet I knew the life she shared with her partner on a beautiful island in a rambling house.  I never heard her voice but I could sense the laughter and friendliness when we were together.  So what did I know?

I knew her profession, one of caring and consideration, that definitely passed on to our other world.  She always asked how I was, and what was new in my life.  She was a great listener and was willing to take the time to hear my rantings and ravings and always had a positive spin on the situation that made me look at things in a different way.

I knew the state she lived in and although we didn't share the same country, views on politics or thoughts on international affairs, we did share much the same weather!  And we both could commiserate about that!

I knew she had children.  They were grown-up but she was very proud of them and often mentioned about the accomplishments of each.

I knew she was very ill.

Yes, I didn't know a lot about her, but I considered her my friend...a good friend.  I will miss seeing her name in bold, miss the conversations and miss her friendship.

How can you doubt the reality of this world?

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Mila / HUSH
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eyelashes: LeLutka Seductress volume lashes
Hair: Laqorki Saturday
Nails: PXL Creations Manicure pink #1

Jacket: The Secret Store Mrs. Jones' Jacket (carbon)
Skirt: CoCo Designs Ruffle skirt black lace (group gift)
Earrings and necklace: Dark Mouse simple pearl set (black) 12 days catnmousemas

Chair: Morantique Garbo chair / natura

Saturday, February 12, 2011

It's a Red Heart Day

Dear Diary:

My Grandmother had a Billie Holiday record that she often played and I thought of it when I was doing this picture.
"A smile on my face
A song on my lips
Pretending is all I do
I'm painting the town red
To hide a heart that's blue

I stay with the crowd
I play with the crowd
But oh, if they only knew
I'm painting the town red
To hide a heart that's blue

Must I go on carrin' on?
My merry song is just pretend
Loving you so, wanting you so
Where will it end, how will it end?

A smile on my face
A song on my lips
But never forgetting you
I'm painting the town red
To hide a heart that's blue
  (I'm Painting the Town Red by Billie Holiday)
Maybe that's an appropriate song for Valentine's Day too.  Who knows?

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Mila / HUSH
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eyelashes: LeLutka Seductress volume lashes
Hair: Truth Hair Pepper
Nails: SN Shiny Red Nails

Jacket: Awram-Viie kimono shuiro (red)
Cami: Sapphire Ambrosia (top only) (red)
Leggings: Milk Motion my cut-out leggings (red)
Shoes: Vignette Betty dots (red) (free)

Earrings: G Field Heart earrings (red) (free from Sweet Heart Hunt)
Bracelet: Saga Jewelry silver/red bracelet
Purse: G Field Heart bag (red) (free from Sweet Heart Hunt)

Poses: Olive Juice (Look Book group)

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Paint it Black!!

Dear Diary:

I was thrilled when Luna announced that the colour for this week would be black.  I have tons in my closet.  "This will be so easy", I thought.  HA!  This was probably the most difficult since it was so hard to choose which outfit to feature.
Black is so elegant.  My Grandmother always said that if you wear black and pearls, you can go anywhere and look like you belong.

Black can herald many things.  There are black tie affairs, that signify a semi-formal / formal event.  It can indicate someone is in mourning.  Before the 1960's most sisters in a convent wore a black habit.  I even discovered that in some places a black bandana shows allegiance to a gang.

I roughly counted over 20 movies with black in the title (Black Swan; Creature from the Black Lagoon; Meet Joe Black for a few); over 30 book titles (Black Beauty; Black Dahlia; Death by Black Hole as example) and 70+ music titles ( Back in Black; The man in Black; Black Velvet to cite a bit).  Enough trivia for today!

Needless to say, I love black and was so happy to do this colour!
Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Mila / HUSH
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eyelashes: Glow Studio Bohemia eyelashes (raindrop)
Hair: Oh Hair Bob
Nails: SN Shiny nails (black)

Sweater: Latte Lacy knit (black)
Leggings: Emery Roxe Lace (black)
Boots: B! Fashion Bambolina ankle boots (black)

Earrings: Mandala Milky Way earrings (black) (Rocking Friday)

Poses: Olive Juice (Black Velvet; Look Book 2)

Sunday, February 6, 2011

It's football fever!

Dear Diary:

It's Super Bowl Sunday!!  I love this day!  Not only for the game [what happened to da Bears??] but for the BBQ, salad, desserts and beer.  And who will be the champs??  Hmmm....Steelers have already won 6 times; the Packers 3...but I think the Pack is HUNGRY this time around...

I always wanted to know how it would feel to throw around a football in front of a huge crowd so I went out to Rutgers Stadium.  I had to dress the part and wear my hair to rival Matthews and Polamalu.

 I tried throwing.
I caught it and ran for the goal.
Sooooo close now.....almost there.
TOUCHDOWN!!  I went crazy and the crowd went wild!

Wow!  How thrilling for me!  Now I can really get into the game.

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Lola (light)
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eyelashes: LeLutka Lola
Hair: LeLutka RUSH

Tee: MaxThreads Clay Matthews home jersey
Jeans: FD Entourage Original (blue) (no longer available)
Sneakers: Viviane Fashion sneakers heart (red) (only $L1)

Earrings: Caroline's Jewelry Large hoop earrings (gold)

Poses: Embody (Gridiron); !Bang (airplane)

Location: Rutgers Stadium

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Dear Diary:

Today is the Lunar New Year or as it's often called, the Chinese New Year.  This year's symbol is the rabbit, the 4th animal in the 12 year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.

"People born in the Year of the Rabbit are articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are virtuous, reserved, and have excellent taste. Rabbit people are admired, trusted, and are often financially lucky. They are fond of gossip but are tactful and generally kind. Rabbit people seldom lose their temper. They are clever at business and being conscientious, never back out of a contract. They would make good gamblers for they have the uncanny gift of choosing the right thing. However, they seldom gamble, as they are conservative and wise. They are most compatible with those born in the years of the Sheep, Pig, and Dog."  (from Chinese Culture Center)

One of the colours associated with this sign is Aqua so I picked an appropriate dress for visiting the beautiful Pear Garden.

The hair from Plume was a wonderful addition to this dress.

Gong Hay Fat Choy! 

Good Night for now.

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Mila / HUSH
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Eyelashes: LeLutka Lola (in skin pack)
Hair: Plume Asia

Dress: Lika Ruby china dress (teal)
Shoes: Maitreya slinky stilettos (red)

Earrings: Calamity Hathaway Creations Tiger symbol

Poses: Olive Juice; Glitterati

Location: The Pear Garden

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Get my credit card on the way to Emerald City!

Dear Diary:

OK I paraphrased a line from "The Wizard of Oz" but it just fit my feelings about emerald. I love all of the greens but emerald is one of my favourites and of course it fits into the jewelry category too.
Emeralds have always held an allure for me.  Yes, it's the colour, the carats and the cost but when you look deeply into that sparkly green stone, all sensibility leaves your brain.  Last year I was in Colombia and I just had to go to a jewelry store.  I tried on rings, bracelets and necklaces that were all beyond my reach but it was such fun doing it.

The emerald is a true gemstone.  When buying an emerald, as with diamonds, you should consider the four "C"'s - colour, clarity, cut and crystal (transparency).  The darker the colour, the more valuable the stone. Most emeralds have flaws and often develop cracks but that doesn't lessen the desire to own one.  Although Colombia mines produce most of the world's emeralds right now, I read that emeralds can also be found in other countries, including Canada!  Hmmmm....running out now with a pick and shovel!

Good Night for now

I'm wearing:
Skin: LeLutka Ava (light)
Eyes: Miriel Hazel (no longer available)
Hair: ploom Twila

Top:  Barbed wire body by Eshi Otawara (emerald) (comes with earrings)
Skirt: The Secret Store Chiffon silk kerchief skirt (for TDRB)
Leggings: A piece of candy Sheilagh leggings (emerald)
Shoes: GF flat shoes "Little Diva" (moss)

Bracelet: Zaara Pratha silver cuff "malachite"
Glasses: Dark Mouse Cateye glasses Marilyn

Poses: Exposeur; Sway