Up Close and Personal

Hey Everyone! I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving!! But now that the Fall holiday is over, Caleb and I are putting out the winter things.  Being that time flies so fast in SL we are building our winter wonderland. So the snow is coming out, and the Christmas stuff is coming forward.  And I have some really great little up close items for you to check out this post! Did you know that Tannenbaum has opened?! So excited for that! If you go there, you will find so many cute things to decorate your homes, land and even yourselves with! Some thing for everyone I say.  This is more on the accessorizing side of things for me this post.  Hence why I am up close and personal.  Festively speaking I am wearing so many great things.  Normally I tend to forget to blog my make-up … or maybe its because I dont wanna share … who knows with me … but this time I am really sharing because its IZZIES! and honestly, I really love her makeup … actually most of the makeup I wear is from her so if you see it on me and I don’t mention it … yea, its prolly Izzies, cause for me its the best ♥ Now The eye makeup and the lipstick set are both at Tannenbaum and they are shimmers and glitters which makes me happy.  Sparkle like the snow … yep I said that dreaded word … SNOW! Its gonna be falling soon … or maybe it has been falling on you already.  But its coming … WINTER IS COMING! (GoT reference for my nerds).

While at Tannenbaum make sure to get the jewels from CAE! Yes, I am blogging Cae again … uhm because I wanna and I stilll love her stuff.  And I will own it all.  But let me tell you about the cute Holiday items.  There is a cute Christmas Tree earring set.  I am in love with these. I believe there is necklace in the set too, but I didn’t wear that one because I wanted this Reindeer one on my neck right away!  Its a cute little circle charm with a Rudolf cut right in the middle.  I say that because my gem is red! And its the nose of the reindeer.  But yea, this is so cute and I have a ton more in the Tannenbaum collection of hers to show next.  So keep a look out for that.

Okay so UBER opened.  BUT I am going to tell you that I didn’t get this hair from UBER … because I tested my skills at one of the many perks of the VIP TRUTH group.  I tried my hand at telling a little story to the Group Moderator of the group.  Once in a while they ask a question and you submit your answer.  This time it was WHAT WOULD YOU DO (IN WORLD) WITH UNLIMITED LINDENS? and I won the prize, which is the new release in the fat pack.  I really enjoy this hair because it can be worn in several different ways, thanks to the new Style HUD that was created.  Also on that with all the endless color options its perfect.  Its a great holiday if you are looking for a dressy casual look! If you are looking for this hair though, its at UBER!

Now my last item but one of my favorites too! Is my sweater ♥ Just Because has placed out another adorable item! This sweater is perfect for the holidays too.  I wore this in the orange for our family Thanksgiving dinner.  But being I am blogging the upcoming holidays the green was a perfect fit for the background look I was going for. That and I think its a beautiful color.  Like always I love the little details from the way the sweater looks realistic and the way the buttons are placed.  It shows the care that the designer has placed into their item and that makes me want it so much more.  While I do blog a lot of Just Because .. its because I know that she places lots of care into her items.  So I am proud to show this brand and other brands like hers! ♥

Credits: 
Makeup:  Izzie’s – Festive Shimmer Eye Make-Up by Izzie Button @ Tannenbaum
Makeup:  Izzie’s – Shimmer Lipstick by Izzie Button @ Tannenbaum
Necklace:  Cae :: Reindeer :: Necklace by Caelan Hancroft @ Tannenbaum
Earrings:  Cae :: Yuletide :: Earrings by Caelan Hancroft @ Tannenbaum
Sweater:  JustBECAUSE Vora Sweater – FatPack – Lara by Annie Melson @ Main Store 
Hair:  TRUTH / Farryn  by Truth Hawks @ UBER

Let It Snow – Ugh

Today was so cold outside where I live, that it actually snowed.  Maybe just a few flurries here and there, but it was enough to make me realize that nothing will stop the fact that winter is indeed coming.  So this picture is me throwing in the towel so to speak to finally embrace winter … not that I want to or anything, but I have to admit I do look good doing it.  Just Because released another gorgeous dress! This one I made completely festive with the red color.  Now for me, red is not a color I normally go for.  I love the blue tones that she tends to place out.  But honestly this one just called to me.  I wanted to go with a beautiful color that would put me in the spirits, and this one did just that.  Honestly what I really love about this dress is the tied knot that falls in the crevice of the breasts.  It gives that little bit of flair ♥

I paired this with one my newest favorite Cae items.  This Trinket Necklace allows you to pick a letter of your choice on the circle.  I choose the letter C for Caleb, and I am wearing the longer version of this necklace because I can keep it close to my heart, its adorned with a small red jewel, but it doesn’t have to be red .. infact you can pick another color off the HUD.  Whyyyy Caelan do you have to keep coming out with all the cute things I want in my life! I mean that in such a good way! I never would complain about all the cute things in my inventory … please keep them coming to my inventory! ♥

Welp, that is all I got for now, because … I don’t have anything else to say.  Now lets end this post so that you can go shopping!! oh and don’t let the snow bring you down to muuuch.

Credits:
Dress:  JustBECAUSE Sonja Dress – FatPack – Lara by Annie MelsonNEW @ Main Store 
Shoes:  REIGN.- Marylin boots (MAITREYA)- Black by KENADEE REIGN (kenadeecole)
Hair:  [e] Haley by elikapeka.tiramisu
Collar:  Cae :: Submit :: Collar by Cae (caelan.hancroft)
Necklace:  Cae :: Trinket :: Necklace (Long) by Cae (caelan.hancroft)

Head:  .LeLutka.HUD.Simone 3.0  by Thora Charron
Skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* A.T.W. SKINS _Maitreya Mesh Body_ Nordic by Steffi Villota 
Body:  Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle

AE – Jewelry pose 2 by Pookey (tamara.artis)

Can’t a Girl get Ready?!

Hi everyone! All I wanted to do was get ready for an event that me and Caleb were going too.  I was rushing trying to get my earrings on and find my shoes! Caleb on the other hand found it rather amusing to follow me around and make faces.  Can’t a Girl get Ready?! I swear that is all I was thinking in my head.  But for real though I love Caleb and when he does the faces it makes me laugh, the whole time I was trying to be serious.  He is lucky I choose this picture! Because really there is a good one I caught of him looking all constipated haha, that or he farted either way.  But I am nice and just calling him out instead!

So you might be wondering what is happening.  Our daughter was nominated for an award that had to do with poses.  We are so proud she got nominated and wanted to celebrate with her, so we are getting all dolled up and getting ready to head out.  I am wearing the stunning Just Because dress called Tracy ♥ I am in love with this style of the dress.  Its the perfect kind of dress that you do not have to over accessorize.  Some earrings, and a bracelet and you are good to go.  The strappy area works around the neck leaving you to not have to wear a necklace.  Then when going to the bottom of the dress, its a diagonal cut that is just perfect for showing off the right amount of leg and still be modest (still wear your panties).  What I love the most about this dress is the detail, the way it fits the body, how the little wrinkle lines go in all the right places.  And the color choices in the fat pack are fabulous! Its a must have for those that want to go out and be a little fancy.  You can pick this up at the main store.  (Perfect for the holidays)

So my post for the day is really short and sweet.  I wanted to share this new dress by Just Because.  Like I said at the main store so head over and check it out! On that make sure you look at her whole store because the clothing is just amazing.  I have a nice collection of her designs and if you are lucky you can catch the collection she makes with her RL daughter.  They are adorable designs.  ♥  Read the creds below!

Credits:
Dress:  JustBECAUSE Tracy Dress – FatPack – Lara by Annie Melson @ NEW Main Store Release
Hair:  TRUTH HAIR Faye by Truth Hawks

Head:  .LeLutka.HUD.Simone 3.0  by Thora Charron
Skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* A.T.W. SKINS _Maitreya Mesh Body_ Nordic by Steffi Villota 
Body:  Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle

Pose by Caleb

Can’t Fall Last For Always?

Well Hi All! Its still fall … I think … because lately I been seeing snow pictures on my flickr feed and its like Whaaaaa.  I go shopping and the Fall things are gone and I have to buy the Winter things! Omgosh can a girl enjoy the damn fall for a moment.  Its my holiday, its my favorite season.  It the time of year I look forward too all the time. Ugh, I swear it gets shorter and shorter each year.  Halloween comes and bam over … Christmas.  Uhm Hello! We have Thanksgiving toooooo, mhmm I am ranting.  Its okay, just let me sit here looking pretty and rant my head off.  If you don’t wanna read it … welp read the credits below.  For those of you fall lovers … keep reading ♥

So I was traveling to different places today to find a FALL sim that would allow me to take pictures and woooo would you believe there are still some people out there that Celebrate the Fall Season!!  Anyhooo, I found this cute little sim that has tons of places the take pictures.  I found it in the SL guide thingy that you can use to visit different places.  I am linking the place below.  Check it out and please don’t abuse these places.  Not that any of my amazing readers would ☻

Visit the Location Here

So .. today, is a simple picture.  But the inspiration really was the sweater that I am wearing.  Its from Gawk. This is an off the shoulder sweater that looks amazing with jeans.  It fits the system and the Maitreya body.  There are Christmas theme ones … But don’t expect that UGLY sweater look because that wont happen.  These are so comfortable to wear.  I have one for later in the year … when Winter is appropriate! Like … you know Christmas ♥ But you can get these normal ones noooow and there are so many cute colors to choose from.  I want them all I swear.  But I am in love with this steel blue one.

I paired this with my Blueberry jeans and Fri.day boots.  I looove these boots, they are so comfortable looking and totally resizeable for your calves which makes these perfect for jeans.  While you are resizing them, they do not look huge on the legs, so that is always a bonus, and the faux fur trim is great.  I love the style mixed with the leather.  Just amazing.   Around my neck you will find the new collar from Cae.  Mhmm yep I am back again with mooooore Cae, because uhm … well I like it and I wear the most out of my collection.  You can wear it in RLV or standard.  Its a nice little fit around then neck.  I made mine a little bigger and pulled down because I have a short stubby neck haha,  I don’t mind admitting it.  Caleb might disagree .. but his opinion is bias, so I don’t listen to him. Oh you can find this choker at Romp!

OK well everything is listed below.  Check it out.  Imma keep this short and sweet.

 

Credits:
Jeans:  Blueberry – Skinny Jeans – Regular by Blueberryxx
Necklace:  Cae :: Submit :: Collar by Caelan Hancroft @ ROMP
Boots:  fri. – Jessica.Boots (Buck)  by Darling Monday 
Sweater:  Gawk! Steelblue Angora Pullover – Maitreya by Mell McMahon @ NEW – Main Store 
Glasses:  PEACHES. – SparklingGlasses// Black by rachealx
Hair:  [RA] Jill Hair – Unrigged by Candela Kira
Earrings:  ~Nerido~ Kitty Earring-Blue by Lina Nerido 

Head:  .LeLutka.HUD.Simone 3.0  by Thora Charron
Skin: DeeTaleZ *Appliers* A.T.W. SKINS _Maitreya Mesh Body_ Nordic by Steffi Villota 
Body:  Maitreya Mesh Body – Lara V4.1 by Onyx LeShelle

Pose: DS’ELLES for hand bento / pose bento 19 by Deesselle Destiny

#SecondLifeChallenge – Let’s Chat Over Some Coffee

Let's Chat Over Some Coffee | Mine & Yours

So it has been several years since I have participated in a Strawberry Singh weekly challenge (#SecondLifeChallenge). This is a great one to dive back into since I’d be curious how differently it might be in the next year to come. To check out Berry’s challenge, go here.

1. How long have you been blogging or vlogging about Second Life?
In terms of consistency, I’ve been actively blogging since July 2017. So I guess you can say I am a baby blogger. lol what’s funny is, I created a previous blog back in 2016 – spent weeks coding it to look just the way I liked it and getting all set up on its own host with its own domain (go big or go home, right?), but only ended up doing a small handful of blogs before I became demotivated. The lack of drive was not blog-related, however, and was more about things that were happening around me in my SL/RL that kept me down. I am in a much better place now though with an amazing and supportive girlfriend (who has been blogging for YEARS and has such a fantastic work/blog ethic that inspires me) and two loving daughters who make being an SL dad so utterly enjoyable.

2. Why did you start blogging or vlogging?
I like making realistic scenes to celebrate whatever I am featuring, and capturing a specific moment that tells a story. It allows me to be creative in the story of what I want to present in an image. In a sense, it is a sense of being in control despite the fact that I am allowing my creativity to run wild. The pictures I take are personal, relating to me as a person in some way. There has to be some significance behind the blog for me to take the time to create a scene, take a picture, edit it, and then write about it. And time, for me, has always been a precious commodity.

3. How many times a week/month do you post?
I probably post 2 blogs a month right now, but the goal is to do at least one post a week. As stated in the previous section, time is limited for me. I am always making a deliberate choice what to be spending my time on, taking into account the cost of time spent vs the benefit of it. So, when I do post a blog, it’ll definitely be of quality and of significance.

4. Do you keep track of how many hits or subscribers you have?
No, not at this early time and stage.

5. Which electronic devices do you use to blog/vlog with?
My desktop.

6. Do you monetize your blog or vlogs? If so, do you mind sharing how much you make approximately? (You don’t have to answer the second question)
No, I do not.

7a. What has Second life blogging or vlogging taught you?
That sometimes I am too ambitious for my own good/limitations/time restraints lol. I’d have this big ideal and once I start executing it all out, I realize that it’s taking more time than I can realistically commit too. Blogging is still teaching me that, but I am learning as I go 🙂 Blogging has definitely helped improve the way I take pictures and edit them, making the final product much more rewarding.

7b. (A spin off from #7 and my own question) What do you hope Second Life blogging or vlogging will teach you?
I do know that I spend probably triple the time Livvy takes to put out a blog, as she is seasoned and experienced, while I am still relatively new. I am hoping that with more practice, blogging becomes a lot more intuitive for me, and that with a practiced hand, I can create scenes faster, take pictures faster, and edit them faster. Of course, like all bloggers, I’d like to constantly get better at editing photos in Photoshop as well.

8. Do you feel like Second Life blogging or vlogging takes away from your real life?
It does not because I do not let it. My RL will always come first because that is where my past, present, and future is. Every weekday, I spend 1.5 hours driving to work (that is California traffic for you, but I do live 50 miles away from work so I guess that doesn’t help either lol), work 8-9 hours, drive back home for another 1.5 hours, take care of some house stuff, make dinner, and then plop into SL for two hours to spend with the SL family before going to bed. I am able to spend more time in SL on the weekends, usually Sunday as that is my relax day while Saturday is my errands and chores day. With that time, I can work on blogging a bit when I am not doing family SL time. I think it goes without saying that making sure my girlfriend and kiddos are happy first comes before blogging.

9. Do you have a mission statement for your blog or vlog, if so, what is it?
It’s a blog I share with my girlfriend, Livvy. And really, the blog is a published platform for us to just express ourselves whether it is just being creative, sharing an experience, or celebrating an awesome product. Livvy and I are two different kinds of bloggers which makes our blog rather unique and comprehensive. She likes showcasing the fashion, including everything from hair, accessories, clothing, shoes, and even the pose. I, on the other hand, like decor and events (not really shopping events but more interative events such as hunts). Sorry, gentlemen, but men’s fashion does not usually excite me. You can ask the girlfriend.. I am mostly shirtless and barefoot, changing only my pants. If not that, then I’m dressed up in some sort of suit. I am strange, I know.

10. Share your top 3 tips for new bloggers/vloggers.
I am new as it is lol. But here’s some tips anyway.

3. Establish a realistic blog schedule in regards to its frequency.
2. Engage, interact, and support people in the SL community or in out of world social platforms like Facebook, Plurk, and Flickr.
1. Have fun with your blog and be proud of your creation.

Bonus Question:

What kind of blogger/vlogger are you?
I’m the type of blogger that likes to highlight or feature a specific creation or event. Whatever it is I am featuring, it’s gotta be the hero of the image/blog. I try to steer away from creating product mosaics that clump a lot of creations into a single image. Instead, I’ll specifically choose select supporting products that can help complement the hero of the image/blog. I also like to tell a story through my blog, as each photo I post has special meaning behind them. There’s always an inspiration behind it that motivates me to put the time and effort into posting, so I like writing it out in the blog post.

The Interview

I was sitting down to take this picture for my blog and I don’t know .. all of a sudden I felt like I was in an interview with someone of importance.  Not that anything I would have to really say is that important.  But the vibe of the picture was just wow.  I really was digging on the feeling of this picture and it just came together.  So how are you lovely people doing today?

There are so many events, sales, and new releases going on! Gosh, I have so much to cover as I discover them.  For instance, Exile has released new hair at the mainstore.  TWO of them! This is one … but omgosh they are adorable.  I swear I repeat the same things over and over about a store that I just love.  But his blonds are killing it! I mean I remember back in the day when it was like ’06 and blonds couldn’t be worn that much unless you wanted to be like barbie with the huge glow.  I couldn’t pull it off.  But slowly over time the color has been coming out so well with designers.  This mid-length hair style is just perfect for those days when you are just wanting to let it hang down and be comfortable.

I then hit up ERRACTIC because that store is having a sale for a bit ALL ITEMS ARE 50% off!! So if you are missing some of your favorite sets or peices, THIS is the time to go over there and hit them up and get all you want.  These things don’t last long.  On that its been packed and took me a bit to get in.  So maybe when you are all reading this you can get in.  I will cross my fingers for you.  I picked up this very pretty dress and a ton of other things while there.  The floral patter on this blue just called to me when I seen it.  So it now totally belongs in my collection of summery/spring like items.

Cae is once again participating in the FaMESHed Round.  Which I have to say the new build is gorgeous.  Despite what people were saying I was loving on the last design too.  The wide open spaces.  But this is nice too.  Easier to navigate for those of you non cammers that don’t get around so well … pfft.  (yep I went there).  But You can find this gorgeous necklace set with earrings at the new round.  I do find it hard to wear earrings, I think its more because my choice of hair styles are that tend to frame my face.  But that doesn’t mean I don’t love them nor that I don’t have them.  I need to start finding more up-do like hairs to showcase the earrings.  But with all of Cae’s items you get a HUD that allows you to change the colors of the stones and the metal and its just perfect for that little bit of accessorizing.

The last thing I want to talk about before I end my blog is Gacha Garden is open and I found the cutest little closet set for girls.  You have your choice of light or dark.  For this look I am using my light set.  You play the machine and you have a chance to win.  I am really enjoying that aesthetic of how it looks and the sweetness the lighter colors give.  If you are interested in the darker one, its more goth with its red and blacks.  So it caters to all! So make sure you head on over and check it out before the event ends.  But you got time don’t worry.

All links are below … and if you wanna follow me or Caleb on flickr… you can find that information on the right 😀

Credits:
Cae :: Sawyer :: Necklace by Cae (caelan.hancroft) @ FaMESHed
erratic / caroline – maxi dress / floral blue (maitreya) by erratic (erratic.rain) @ the Main Store 
Exile::Autumn Breeze by Kavar Cleanslate @ the Mainstore 

Izzie’s – All The Colors Matte Lipstick Set (LeLutka) FLF by Izzie Button
Izzie’s – Tokyo Eyes (Pale) FLF by Izzie Button
Veechi – Fall Foiled Shadow [LeLutka] by Aiubrey Snoodle

Items by 咩花糖 (m8229mn) @ The Gacha Garden
-Nomi-Princess Closet-Sofa(Light)
-Nomi-Princess Closet-Closet Light-1 RARE
-Nomi-Princess Closet-Candy Jar-2(Light)
-Nomi-Princess Closet-Candy Jar-1(Light)

KITE – Cat Ornament Onyx GIFT