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Friday, May 25, 2012

{.essences.} Moana skin - Skin Showcase

The SA Skin Showcase has opened and has some beautiful skins available! This special event is going on in a beautiful park with over 100 designers showcasing their best skins. I managed to get in as a blogger and found this stunning skin by {.essences.}. The {.essences.} Moana skin has so many options, from shadows to lips, blushes, freckles and lashes. A mole is even included, but I failed to get a shot of it. I have spent my day in this skin and am honestly in love with it. it fits prissy ole me!

{.essences.} Moana skin - Skin Showcase

{.essences.} Moana skin - Skin Showcase

{.essences.} Moana skin - Skin Showcase
{.essences.} Moana skin - Skin Showcase

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The Skin Showcase is absolutely packed as this post is published, but don't give up if you are trying to get in! Its completely worth it!

Style Card:

Skin Showcase: Lake SLURL near Essences
Skin: {.essences.}
Eyes: LAQ

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Culture Shock

I finally got myself off to Culture Shock and first, I have to say, I love the way this was set up. I love being able to start at one point and just walk walk walk and end up at the same point, having hit every stand without having to back track and go along another line of shops. It was absolutely fantastic! I also am one of those people that wait until the last week because I like to shop without lag, and I got some amazing pieces!

Culture Shock

I tossed together this look with a few of my favorites. Lisp had this adorable stack of suitcases that I could not resist, another moment where I didn't even try! They fit in perfectly in this corner of my home. I also held no resistance for the boots by Ingenue. House of Fox has this fabulous Mesh skirt out, though it was a bit higher than I thought it would be it is still an amazing piece. I've always loved the style and with it moving with me as I walk, I'm in mesh heaven! The top was part of an outfit by Echo. Now, the hair I didn't get at Culture Shock, but Wasabi was there so I figured it would at least tie in. Yea, I cheated a bit there. I have an adorable necklace on from Caroline's Jewelry and, much to the shock of those around me, I picked up a tan skin from Pink Fuel. Last, but not least, I picked up a pose pack by Atooly. They are adorable, and I can't wait to use the rest of them for future bloggage.

Whew!! Everyone had such great stands at Culture Shock, I got so many great things and a lot of the exclusive pieces too. There are so many fun events going on, I can't wait to get to work on the next set of blogs I have pieces for already. See you on the grid!

Style Card:
Necklace: Caroline's Jewelry
Top: Echo
Skirt: House of Fox
Shoes: Ingenue
Skin: Pink Fuel
Hair: Wasabi
Suitcases: Lisp
Pose: Atooly

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Monday, May 14, 2012


In all honestly, I think I am longing for lazy days, but not at all having any! I've been wanting to blog the last few days but just haven't really had the time with so much going on at work. Staff changes, a massive project I just haven't been able to get done (sim builds that simply are not going to get done on time, doh), then there was Mothers Day where I couldn't stay sat at the pc all day! However, I managed to toss this together...finally.


The dress is from The Sea Hole (collabor88 item as well as the hammock) and the hammock is by Cheeky Pea. I absolutely love these items, even though I didn't pick up much at the event this time. The skin is Illusory with some makeup by Izzies and A.E. Meth. Standing pose by Fri.Day (wow, I still haven't cleaned up from pose fair, my inventory hates me right now lol) and one of my favorite hairs by Wasabi.

Oh lazy days better be coming soon! Things in other areas of life are settling down to where they are supposed to be. My stress has been slipping away and my friendship/relationships are falling into place. Its nice to be going to bed with a smile, instead of worry and anxiety, and then waking with the same smile in place. It can only get better from here.

Style Card:

Skirt & Top: The Sea Hole
Hair: Wasabi
Skin: Illusory
Eye makeup: Izzies
Shoes: Ingenue
Eye liner: A.E. Meth
Hammock: Cheeky Pea
Standing Pose: Fri.Day

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

I fully intended to do a post with some of the makeups from the Summer Beauty Festival but instead I got caught with some extra work. I do love taking on jobs for pictures though, so I didn't mind the distraction at all. Little bit of dancing with some good friends then wandering around the tons of sims we have at DSE to find the perfect spots for a few pictures. Sharing a few of them, the last two are my own sim, which is going to change again already! Work work work....






Finally off to bed and some cuddles. Been a really long but amazing day and I am feeling better and better as each one passes. I hope that you are each having a great week and hopefully I will get that post done tomorrow! Sweetest of dreams to whoever wanders through here...

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The only thing more unthinkable than leaving was staying;
the only thing more impossible than staying was leaving.

Blog fail

Someday you're gonna look back on this moment of your life as such a sweet time of grieving. You'll see that you were in mourning and your heart was broken, but your life was changing...

Both quotes from Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

The hardest thing in the world is mourning the loss of someone you love. Losing something you will never again have, another human who became so important and so much a part of you that losing them crushes you deeply, to your very soul. I am grieving, but my life is changing.
Fashion credits for the dress, its beautiful: Son!a


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